Eswein takes championship night and Late Model title at Golden Sands Speedway!
By Amy Kolo

September 3, 1999; Plover, WI: - A huge crowd gathered for the 4th Annual Coca-Cola Season Championship. Congratulations to all the lucky winners of some very excellent prizes. Amy Klinensmith was the Short Trax member of the week. Amber Alekna won the Wal-Mart bike. Congratulations to Larry Klingensmith, winner of the Marathon Travel’s trip for two to the Bahamas. And a big congratulations to Mike Molowski, winner of the Schiller Trucking gas-powered go-cart.

1999 Golden Sands Speedway - Super Late Model Champion - #71 Mark Eswein

9399f.jpg (20131 bytes) Congrats to the new champ!  Mark Eswein (#71) finished off a fantastic season by winning his seventh Super Late Model main event of the season, during the running of the Coca-Cola Season Championships.  Eswein's effort earned him the 1999 Golden Sands Speedway track title.

Jeremy Lepak turned fast time once again, and opted to take the Hot N Now Ultimate Challenge, which was up to $900.00

Mike Budleski started out with an early lead on the 40-lap feature event. Fast runner Monte Gress was right on Budleski’s heels. A caution came out on the third lap with Rod Wheeler loosing control of his car coming out of turn three. At the restart Budleski was able to keep his lead, but within a few short laps Gress was able to sneak around him.

Greg Weinfurter and Kirby Kurth started moving up from the back of the pack with the rest of the fast runners. By the tenth lap Mark Eswein had made his way through the pack to start working on the leaders. Jeff Weinfurter had also made his way through the pack and was hot on Eswein’s heels. Eswein was able to make his way around Budleski for the second position. Eswein was all over in Gress’s mirrors. Gress pulled a few car lengths ahead of Eswein, trying to secure his lead. MG Gajewski started making his way up to the front, but with in the next few laps, Gajewski started experiencing car problems and slipped way to the back of the pack.

By lap 20 Eswein was able to make his way around Gress for the lead. Gress was all over Eswein trying to regain his lead. Doug Drost and Jeff Weinfurter started battling for the third position. Gress and Eswein battled it out for the next ten laps. It looked like Gress was going to get around Eswein a couple of times, but Eswein hung on. On the checkered flag lap Gress pushed it hard to get around Eswein coming out of turn four and almost lost it. Eswein took the checkered with Gress in second. Drost finished third. Kurth was able to get around Weinfurter for the fourth position. Mark Eswein ended up the overall Season Champion and the Champion for the night.

Jason Kirsling spun fast time this evening and opted to take the Letter Perfect Challenge, which was up to $750.00.

Keith Bohmsach (#24) scored the most points during the evening which gave him the Golden Sands Speedway Coca-Cola Season Championship title.  Bohmsach finished fourth in the feature, fifth in qualifying and second in the dash to score the most points in the Super Stocks during the program this evening. 9399d.jpg (14806 bytes)

Kevin Peterson, driving Gary Wosick’s car, started out in the lead for the 30-lap feature event. Randy Storlie was right behind him, with other fast runners Alan Sankey and Keith Bohmsach. Sankey started losing positions as Judd Brandl and Cale Laessig joined the party in the front of the pack. Laessig started hammering it and got around Brandl. He then maneuvered his way around Bohmsach and looked at taking Storlie’s position away. Jason Kirsling finding the power started passing on the outside gaining positions. By the eleventh lap he was already in the seventh position. It looked like another super stock driver was going to take the Letter Perfect Challenge pot home.

9399c.jpg (15771 bytes) Racin' Jason the season champ!  Jason Szymkowiak (#17) who finished second in the CWSSA  Super Stock points last season, improved upon that effort this year and came home with the 1999 Golden Sands Speedway Super Stock title!

The leaders battled it out as cars in the middle of the pack started changing positions. Brandl and Kirsling were both able to make it around Jim Cormack, for the fifth and sixth positions. As the laps lessened, everyone started driving hard. Peterson maintained his lead, but Laessig had found the power and passed Storlie for the second position. Storlie was all over Laessig trying to regain that second spot back. Kirsling started passing cars on the outside like they were standing still. He was able to get around Brandl, but on the very next lap Brandl spun Kirsling sending both cars to the back. If Brandl hadn’t spun Kirsling, there would have been a good chance that Kirsling would have took the Challenge home.

And the winner is... Kevin Peterson (#61) had been running a limited schedule this year at Golden Sands, having competed in both the Super Stocks and Super Late Models.  Tonight Peterson wheeled a car normally driven by Gary Wosick and put it in victory lane taking the feature win. 9399g.jpg (16908 bytes)

With just three short laps to go, Peterson held his lead on the restart with Laessig in second and Storlie right behind. As the checkered flag fell Peterson took the win, Laessig and Storlie started coming across the line nose to nose, Laessig was able to pull ahead of Storlie by a foot or less for the second spot. Storlie finished third with Bohmsach in fourth. Jason Szymkowiak ended up the Super Stock Season Champion and Keith Bohmsach ended up the Champion for the night.

9399e.jpg (15898 bytes) Brooks topped the Pure Stocks!  Mike Brooks (#22) was engaged in a season long point duel with Marv Flick.  Brooks turned in some very solid performances over the final couple weeks to pull away in the standings.   Tonight's feature win finished off the season giving Brooks the title.

The pure stocks displayed another exciting race with many positions changing as more experienced drivers made their way through the back of the pack to work on the more green drivers. Jeff Gruber took the early lead with Jason Lewandowski and Anney Turzinski right behind him. Turzinski was able to make her way around Lewandowski for the second spot. New racer Mike Somers had some power and moved up to join the front runners.

Point’s leader, Mike Brooks made his way from the back of the pack to the front with his contender Marv Flick right behind him. Flick and Brooks have been in a heated points battle the entire season, and tonight they were going to decide who was going to be the victor. With five short laps to go, Brooks made his way around Gruber for the lead. Lewandowski and Turzinski fell towards the back of the pack. Flick started making his way around the slower cars trying to catch Brooks. In one lap Flick, passed to cars. With three laps to go Brooks and Flick battled it out. Brooks took the win, with Flick in second. Somers finished third.

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Fan participation! 

Prizes to be given away and fun for the kids are just a few reason for attending the

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racing events here at Golden Sands Speedway.   In the left photo, Craig Bassuener (left) and Pam from Marathon Travel, present lucky winner Larry Klingensmith (right) with a trip for two to the Bahamas.  In the right photo Mike Molokowski enjoys his win behind the wheel of a go-kart that lucky Junior Fan Club members get to race before the racing each evening.

Don’t miss the 5th Annual Miller Lite Invitational on Friday September 10, 1999. Call the speedway office for rules and payout information. (715) 423-4660.

Our racetrack is a high-banked 1/3 mile asphalt oval featuring Super Late Models, CWSSA Super Stocks and Pure Stocks. The track is located between Plover and Wisconsin Rapids, WI on Highway 54.  

Super Late Model Division
Feature Event Time Trials
1. #71 Mark Eswein 1. #40 Jeremy Lepak     11.926 Seconds
2. #107.5 Monte Gress 2. #52 Chris Wimmer   11.958 Seconds
3. #32 Doug Drost 3. #71 Mark Eswein  12.014 Seconds
4. #85 Kirby Kurth 4. #77 Todd Staplemann 12.033 Seconds
5. # 3 Jeff Weinfurter 5. #32 Doug Drost 12.040 Seconds
6. #77 Todd Stapleman
7. #52 Chris Wimmer
8. #22 M.G. Gajewski
9. #07 Burton Brown
10. #40 Jeremy Lepak

Semi-Feature: 1.) Gajewski; 2.) Mike Strupp; 3.) Eric Getzloff; 4.) Steve Gress; 5.) Chad Devine; 6.) Rene Scheinoha
First Heat: 1.) Charlie Schwock; 2.) Gajewski; 3.) Wayne Cottrell
Second Heat: 1.) Greg Weinfurter; 2.) Scheinhoa; 3.) S. Gress
Third Heat: 1.) Rod Wheeler; 2.) Kurth; 3.) Scott Beyer
Dash: 1.) Stapleman; 2.) Wimmer; 3.) Drost

CWSSA Super Stock Division
25 Lap Feature Event Time Trials
1. #61 Kevin Peterson 1. #99 Jason Kirsling 13.413 Seconds
2. #01 Cale Laessig 2. #40 Shawn Stelzer 13.431 Seconds
3. #53 Randy Storlie 3. #27 Judd Brandl 13.434 Seconds
4. #24 Keith Bohmsach 4. # 7 Chad Brundidge  13.472 Seconds
5. # 8 Carl Saylor 5. #24 Kieth Bohmsach 13.499 Seconds
6. #52 Mike Doughty
7. # 7 Jim Cormack
8. #80 Tim Plowman
9. #409 David Pagels
10. #27 Judd Brandl

Semi-Feature: 1.) Pagels; 2.) Bernie Fritz Sr.; 3.) Roger Stanczyk; 4.) John Pleuss; 5.) Paul Meronk; 6.) Jeff Nowak
First Heat: 1.) Dale Robinson; 2.) Stanczyk; 3.) Pleuss
Second Heat: 1.) Cormack; 2.) Krause; 3.) Plowman
Third Heat: 1.) Storlie; 2.) Alan Sankey; 3.) Laessig
Dash: 1.) Brundidge; 2.) Bohmsach; 3.) Brandl

Pure Stock Division
20 Lap Feature Event Time Trials

1. #22 Michael Brooks

1. #78 Bradley Scholze 14.824 Seconds
2. # 9 Marv Flick 2. #22 Michael Brooks 14.872 Seconds
3. #15 Michael Somers 3. # 9 Marv Flick 14.884 Seconds

4. #15 Michael Somers

15.108 Seconds

5. # 9 Wallace Laffin        15.380 Seconds

Semi-Feature: N/A
First Heat:
1.) Scott Christensen; 2.) Matthew Pyburn; 3.) Kevin Fisher
Second Heat: 1.) Brooks; 2.) Kevin Kneuse; 3.) Somers
Dash: 1.) Flick; 2.) Brooks; 3.) Scholze