Greg Weinfurter takes Golden Sands SLM feature win!
By Amy Kolo

May 2, 1999; Plover, WI:  -  Warm weather brought a ton of racing fans to Central Wisconsin’s Power Playground, for the last Sunday afternoon race.  Racing will be switching to Friday nights starting May 7th.  Fans cheered as the Short Trax Jr. Fan Club raced their go-karts.  Brad Becker was the Short Trax Fan of the Week, receiving his trophy and Short Trax T-shirt.  Nick Tetzloff won the mountain bike courtesy of Wal-Mart stores.  Congratulations to Jim Nitka and Jared Straub, Save-On Furniture’s Fan’s of the Week. 

The Tomahawk Sportsmans joined the racing field at Golden Sands Speedway.  Lyle Nowak ended up with fast time, joining the feature in the rear of the field.  Mark Reich started the lead in the 25-lap feature race.  Doug Salzman and Jay Vandergeest were directly behind him.   By lap 5 Salzman started having car problems and took off to the pits.  This gave way for Daurd Mahn to move up into the third position with Mark Sherfinski hot on his heels.   By lap 11 Sherfinski was able to maneuver around Mahn to take the third position and start working on Vandergeest.  In a few short laps, Sherfinski took the second position away from Vandergeest, and on the very next lap took the lead away from Reich.  Todd Brown started coming from the center  of the pack to work on the leaders. 

Tomahawk Sportsman driver Mike Sherfinski (#20), enjoyed his time on the high-banked third-mile paved oval here at Golden Sands Speedway, winning the feature race for the visiting class of cars. 5299b.jpg (15896 bytes)

By lap 19 Vandergeest started loosing power in his racer and headed into the pits.  Mahn started loosing positions and slipped to the back of the pack.  This gave way to Gary Jaecks to come up to the front of the pack.  With just five laps to go it was a dash for the finish.  Brown started having engine problems and went into the pits.  Lyle Nowak started dumping oil all over the track with just three laps to go, bringing out the yellow.  At the restart Sherfinski held his leading position, but Jaecks was able to steal the second position away from Reich.  Sherfinski took the checkered with Jaeckes in second and Reich in third.

Action, action, action in the super late model division.  First of all, MG Gajewski tied Greg Weinfurter’s track record of 12.066.  Then Kevin Peterson came out to time and ended up with a 11.968!  Jeremy Lepak broke the old track record with an 12.024.  Greg Weinfurter then came out to try to regain his track record title and screamed out a 12.005, close but not enough to take the record away from Peterson.  The last car to time in was fast runner Chris Wimmer.  His first lap turned a 12.058, then a 12.002, he finished with a 11.908, a new track record!   Peterson obviously disappointed went and congratulated Wimmer on his awesome run.  The super late model cars were all driving close and over 100 mph!  Wimmer of course opted for the Hot n’ Now Ultimate Challenge, which was up to $800.00. 

5299a.jpg (18026 bytes) Greg Weinfurter (#13) came out the winner in an exciting Super Late Model feature event. Weinfurter came from well back in the field to score his first Super Late Model victory of the season at Golden Sands Speedway.

As the feature race started Monte Gress took an early lead but soon was over taken by Todd Stapleman.  Stapleman lead the next four laps when a yellow came out for the three leaders all getting into each other.  Stapleman, Scot Fields, and Kevin Peterson all headed into the pits.  This gave fast runner Greg Weinfurter a chance to come into the lead position, with Monte Gress and Mark Eswein right behind him. 

Kirby Kurth started moving up the pack to try to close in on the upper positions.  The top four and fast drivers battled it out for the top positions.  A yellow came out on lap 19, as Steve Gress and Pat Tushoski bumped into each other.  At the restart, Weinfurter, Gress, Eswein, and Kurth kept their respective positions, on the single file restart.  (Double-file restarts will start again on Friday nights).  Jeff Weinfurter, and MG Gajewski started moving up the pack at a high rate of speed.  Chris Wimmer was also moving up the pack, at a high rate of speed.  It looked like Wimmer was going to be the first super late model to go home with the Hot n’ Now Ultimate Challenge. 

Jeff Weinfurter soon made his way up to Kurth, but not for long as Wimmer made his way around Weinfurter and started working on Kurth’s position.  There just was not enough laps in the race for Wimmer to make his way around Kurth and start working on the third position.  Greg Weinfurter took the checkered, with Monte Gress in second, Eswein in third, Kurth in fourth and Wimmer in fifth.  Great run for Wimmer, coming from the back of the pack and finishing fifth. 

Cale Laessig took the lead early in a very exciting CWSSA Super Stock feature event.  Laessig was chaed to the line by fast qualifier Jason Kirsling.  Laessing is the current Super Stock point leader. 5299c.jpg (16133 bytes)

The super stock feature showed just as much ‘edge of your seat’ excitement.  Fast runner, Jason Kirsling took fast time and opted to take the Letter Perfect Challenge which was up to $350.00.  Cale Laessig, took the early lead of the race with Tim Plowman directly behind him.  Plowman started having car troubles and started slipping to the back of the pack.  This gave way to Jim Cormack to move up into the second position. 

Former dirt racer, Judd Brandl moved up into the third position and started giving Cormack a run for his money.  By lap 10 of the 25-lap feature, Kirsling had already moved up into the fourth position.  It looked like Kirsling was going to be the first super stock of the 1999 racing season to win the Letter Perfect Challenge. 

Fast runner and last year’s pure stock champion, Shawn Stelzer was also moving up fast to challenge the top positions.     By lap 18, lapped traffic started coming into play.  This gave Randy Storlie the opportunity to take move up two positions sending Kirsling and Stelzer each a position back.  On lap 21 a caution came out with cars in the back of the field spinning out.  With just four fast laps to go Laessig held on tight to his position.   Storlie found the power and started moving up fast, taking the third position away from Brandl and working on Cormack.  As the checkered flag fell, Laessig held his position and took the win, with Cormack in second, and Storlie finishing third.

In Pure Stock action, Marv Flick (#9) came close to a clean sweep taking the lead in the feature race late in the event and going on for the win.  Flick also set fast time, but was denied a sweep when he finished third in his heat race. 5299d.jpg (15563 bytes)

With so many new racers in the pure stock feature, there was banging and crashing left and right.  Roland Kuhn started out in the lead, with Mike Somers in second and Anney Turzinski in the third position.  By lap 4 of the 15-lap feature, Turzinski was able to move into the second position.   Mike Brooks followed suit and moved into the third position.  By lap 9, Brooks took the second position from Turzinski.  With five laps to go, Kuhn lost power in his racer and headed into the infield.  With all the commotion on loosing the lead car, Marv Flick took the advantage and powered his way up to the lead.  Brooks tried hard to get around Flick.  Turzinski started falling back and headed into the pits.  This gave way for Jeff Gruber to take the third position.  Fast timer, Marv Flick moved up from the back of the pack to take the feature win.  Brooks finished second, with Gruber third.

Racing now switches to Friday evening, beginning this week on May 7th, Golden Sands Speedway 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
30 Lap Feature Event Time Trials
1. #13 Greg Weinfurter

1. #52 Chris Wimmer

11.908 Seconds
2. #107.5 Monte Gress 2. #73 Kevin Peterson 11.968 Seconds
3. #71 Mark Eswein 3. #13 Greg Weinfurter  12.005 Seconds
4. #85 Kirby Kurth 4. #40 Jeremy Lepak 12.066 Seconds
5. #52 Chris Wimmer 5. #22 M.G. Gajewski  12.086 Seconds
6. # 3 Jeff Weinfurter
7. #11 Mike Cox Jr.
8. #32 Doug Drost
9. #22 M.G. Gajewski
10. #38 Garret Fait

First Heat: 1.) Pat Tushoski; 2.) Chad Devine; 3.) Scott Fields
Second Heat: 1.) Todd Stapleman; 2.) Kirby Kurth; 3.) Doug Drost
Dash: 1.) Gajewski; 2.) G. Weinfurter; 3.) Jeremy Lepak

CWSSA Super Stock Division
Feature Event Time Trials
1. #01 Cale Laessig 1. #99 Jason Kirsling 13.634 Secs.
2. # 7 Jim Cormack 2. #24 Merle Weinfurter  13.669 Secs.
3. #53 Randy Storlie 3. #52 Mike Doughty 13.721 Secs.
4. #40 Shawn Stelzer 4. #17 Jason Szymkowiak 13.725 Secs.
5. #24 Merle Weinfurter 5. #40 Shawn Stelzer 13.749 Secs
6. #27 Judd Brandl
7. #99 Jason Kirsling
8. #78 Scott Hamel
9. #52 Mike Doughty
10. #80 Tim Plowman

Semi-Feature: 1.) Carl Saylor; 2.) Brian Stroik; 3.) Eddie LaPointe; 4.) Bernie Fritz Sr.
First Heat: 1.) Stroik; 2.) David Pagels; 3.) Fritz Sr
Second Heat: 1.) Cormack; 2.) Laessig; 3.) Keith Bohmsach
Third Heat: 1.) Storlie; 2.) Judd Brandl; 3.) Szymkowiak
Dash: 1.) Stelzer; 2.) Szymkowiak; 3.) Doughty

Tomahawk Sportsman
Feature Event Time Trials
1. #20 Mike Sherfinski 1. #32 Lyle Nowak 13.261 Secs.
2. #36 Gary Jaecks 2. #05 Paul Block 13.282 Secs.
3. #55 Mark Reich 3. #36 Gary Jaecks 13.403 Secs.
4. #15 Michael Schlinsog 4. #19 Duane Bushar 13.405 Secs.
5. #23 Duard Mahn 5. #20 Mark Sherfinski 13.462 Secs.
6. #64 Lawrence Olsen
7. #19 Duane Bushar
8. #00 Todd Brown
9. #32 Lyle Nowak
10. #23 Jay Vandergeese

First Heat: 1.) Riech; 2.) Doug Salzman; 3.) Schlinsog
Second Heat: 1.) Brown; 2.) Sherfinski; 3.) Jamie Strebig
Dash: 1.) Sherfinski; 2.) Nowak; 3.) Jaecks

Pure Stock Division
Feature Event Time Trials
1. # 9 Marv Flick 1. # 9 Marv Flick 15.218 Secs.
2. #22 Michael Brooks 2. #98 John Matthews 15.570 Secs.
3. #26 Jeffrey Gruber 3. #11 Jason Lewandowski 15.623 Secs.
4. #11 Jason Lewandowski

4. #26 Jeffrey Gruber

15.749 Secs.

5. #98 John Matthews
6. # 1 Daryl Kulby
7. #15 Michel Somers
8. #43 Marlowe Greening

First Heat: 1.) Roland Kuhn; 2.) Somers; 3.) Mark Flink
Second Heat: 1.) Brooks; 2.) Greening; 3.) Flick
Dash: 1.) Brooks; 2. Gruber; 3.) Flick