Show Me The Money! Eswein and Bohmsach, take the challenge and win during Mid-Season Championships and pocket over $3,000!
By Amy Kolo

June 23, 2000; Plover, WI - The race season is flying by, as Golden Sands Speedway celebrated it’s Mid-Season Championship sponsored by Copp’s Food Stores. A special thanks goes to Copp’s for donating additional money to the purse for the night. Congratulations to Brandon Damask, the Wal-Mart Gift Certificate winner.

Mark Eswein took fast time in the Super Late Model division, and opted to take the Hot n’ Now Ultimate Challenge, which was up to $1,300.00.

62300a.jpg (16324 bytes) Big time celebration!  Picture in victory lane are Darryl Scherwinski (l) from Copp's, Alan Andreasen from Hot n' Now, and Track Promoter Craig Bassuener and Super Late Model Winner, Mark Eswien.  Eswein won the Hot N' Now Challenge worth $1,300 and claimed the feature win as well which was worth a cool $1,000 making the win worth over $2,300!

The Super Late Model feature was a 50-lap event and $1,000 to win. Burton Brown started out with the early lead but was overtaken by Jason Weinkauf. Joe Krzykowski and Chris Wimmer were right behind looking for the leads. The fast runners started making their way up to the front of the pack. By the fifteenth lap Mark Eswein was already up to the seventh position. If Eswein would win the event he could walk away with a total of $2,300.00! On the seventeenth lap, Lepak spun. This allowed Kirby Kurth to advance some positions, along with Jeff Weinfurter.

The final pass on the way to the front of the Super Late Model feature!  Jason Weinkauf (#76) tries to fend off the challenges of eventual winner Mark Eswein (#71) during the 50 lap Mid-Season championship feature.  62300f.jpg (11179 bytes)

By lap 20, Eswein had made it to the second position. Weinkauf still held on to the lead. Brown was in third, fighting off the advances of Kurth. Kurth started losing positions, allowing Weinfurter and Krzykowski to move back into the top positions. By the 31st lap, Eswein had made it to the front position. Weinkauf raced hard trying to regain is top position. Krzykowski made his way around Burton for the third position. With ten laps to go, Eswein was looking at taking home a ton of money. Lapped traffic started to come into play. Eswein was able to make his way around the traffic.

Weinkauf got caught up in the traffic, letting Eswein get a few car lengths ahead of the pack. Cars started punching it down, fight for top positions. As the checkered flag fell, Eswein took the win and a hunk of change. Weinkuaf held on for the second position with Krzykowski finishing third. Eswein also was crowed the Mid-Season Champion for finishing with the most points for the evening.

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Keith Bohmsach (#24) won the Super Stock feature and claimed some extra cash by winning the Letter Perfect challenge!

Keith Bohmsach timed in the fastest, and opted to take the Letter Perfect Challenge, which was up to $400.00. The Super Stocks were running a 35 lap feature, with $250.00 to win. Dave Pagels started out with the early lead. Alan Sankey and Carl Saylor were right behind him. Saylor started losing positions, giving way to Gary Wosick, Randy Storlie, Jim Cormack and Jason Kirsling, all fast runners. With the slower cars dropping back, and drivers moving in and out for positions, Keith Bohmsach made his way up to the sixth position by the fifth lap. Cormack started moving in on the outside passing some of the top fast runners.

By lap 11, Sankey finally made his way around Pagels for the lead. Pagels then started losing positions, and dropped to the middle of the pack. On lap 15, Kirsling who was in the second position, ended up with a flat tire and had to go into the pits. At the restart Sankey held on to his lead, with Storlie and Bohmsach fighting for the second position. By the 19th lap, Bohmsach got around Storlie for the lead. Cormack followed suit and moved in on Storlie. Storlie started facing mechanical problems and had to head into the pits. Merle Weinfurter and Mike Doughty then had a chance to move ahead.

Boxed in?!?  Alan Sankey (#3) and Randy Storlie (#53) battle for a spot with Keith Bohmsach (#24) right behind.  Bohmsach would find a way past the pair and eventually take the victory. 62300g.jpg (12227 bytes)

Cormack started racing Bohmsach hard for the lead. Cormack was in and out, almost getting around Bohmsach. Cormack raced hard, but stayed clean, putting on an excellent show for the race fans. Could Bohmsach maintain the lead and walk away with a big check, or was Cormack going to take it all away. With seven laps to go, lapped traffic started coming into play, but it did not even phase Cormack and Bohmsach.

As the checkred flag dropped, Bohmsach took the win, winning the Letter Perfect Challenge. Bohmsach walked away with a check for the feature win of $650.00. Cormack finished second, with Wosick in third. Doughty moved up into fifth and Kirsling finished sixth, even after going into the pits and starting at the rear of the feature, half way through the race. Bohmsach was also crowned with the Mid-Season Championship title, finishing with the most points for the night.

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Vintage racers!  In the left photo, Matt Osowski (#99) put his "mid-sixties" model Mercury Cyclone in the winner's circle after taking top honors in the Pure Stock feature!  In the right photo is a early 1970's vintage Late Model which was formerly piloted by Marv Marzofka (#91)

Mike Somers took the fast time for the night, but opted not to take the CarQuest Challenge. Somers wanted to let the pot build. The Pure Stocks put on a 25 lap feature event with $125.00 to win. The field started out with 16 cars, but only 6 finished the event. Everyone was driving hard trying to win the big money. New racers, Russel Kramer and Jeff Gosh were lapped on the seventh lap. Lap11 was when everyone started dropping out. Duane Robinson, Marv Flick, Neal Soyka, Dan Ernst, and Jared Back all started experiencing mechanical problems and went into the pits. Soyka came back out to continue racing.

Super Stocks!  Super action!   A group of Super Stock challenge each other for position during one of the preliminary events held this evening.  The class is known for it's tight racing action and their ability to run three wide! 62300e.jpg (11808 bytes)

With four laps to go, ten cars were still in the race. With three laps to go they were down to six. Somers and Scholze spun on the backstretch. Roland Kuhn, Kramer, Curt Blenker, and Matt Pyburn all exited the track with difficulties. With the two lead cars spinning and being sent to the back of the pack, Matt Osowski took the lead with Soyka right behind him. The restart ended up green, white, checkered. Osowski took the win with Soyka in second and Lewandowski in third. Mike Somers was crowned the Mid-Season Champion, finishing with the most points for the night.


Super Late Model Division
Feature: 1.) Mark Eswein; 2.) Jason Weinkauf; 3.) Joe Krzykowski; 4.) Burton Brown; 5.) Jeff Weinfurter; 6.) Kirby Kurth; 7.) Chris Wimmer; 8.) M.G. Gajewski; 9.) Leroy Pettis; 10.) Doug Drost; 11.) Chris Weinkauf; 12.) Jeremy Lepak
Semi-Feature: 1.) LeRoy Pettis; 2.) Jason Szymkowiak; 3.) Frank Nitzke; 4.) Steve Gress; 5.) Eric Getzloff; 6.) Scott Patrick
First Heat:
1.) Aaron Roehl; 2.) Leroy Pettis; 3.) Eric Getzloff
Second Heat: 1.) Scott Patrick; 2.) Todd Stapleman; 3.) M.G. Gajewski

Third Heat: 1.) Joe Krzykowski; 2.) Chris Wimmer; 3.) Doug Drost
Dash: 1.) Jeremy Lepak; 2.) Mark Eswein; 3.) Jason Weinkauf

Time Trials: 1.) Mark Eswein, 12.059 Seconds; 2.) Kirby Kurth, 12.082 Seconds; 3.) Jason Weinkauf, 12.102 Seconds; 4.) Mike Budleski, 12.128 Seconds; 5.) Jeremy Lepak, 12.134 Seconds

CWSSA Super Stock Division
Feature: 1.) Keith Bohmsach; 2.) Jim Cormack; 3.) Gary Wosick; 4.) Mike Doughty; 5.) Merle Weinfurter; 6.) Jason Kirsling; 7.) Shawn Stelzer; 8.) Alan Sankey; 9.) Brian Stroik; 10.) David Pagels
Semi-Feature: 1.) Bernie Fritz Sr.; 2.) Dean Brillowski; 3.) Don Cline; 4.) Paul Meronk
First Heat:
1.) Dean Brillowski; 2.) Brian Stroik; 3.) Carl Saylor
Second Heat: 1.) Jim Cormack; 2.) Alan Sankey; 3.) Shawn Stelzer
Dash: 1.) Gary Wosick; 2.) Mike Doughty; 3.) Randy Storlie

Time Trials: 1.) Keith Bohmsach, 13.370 Seconds; 2.) Jason Kirsling, 13.376 Seconds; 3.) Randy Storlie, 13.460 Seconds

Pure Stocks Division
Feature: 1.) Matt Osowski; 2.) Neal Soyka; 3.) Jason Lewandowski; 4.) Michael Somers; 5.) Bradley Scholze; 6.) Chris Brooks; 7.) Curt Blenker; 8.) Roland Kuhn
First Heat:
1.) Curt Blenker; 2.) Matt Osowski; 3.) Jared Back
Second Heat: 1.) Marv Flick; 2.) Michael Somers; 3.) Bradley Scholze
Dash: 1.) Matthew Pyburn; 2.) Bradley Scholze; 3.) Michael Somers

Time Trials: 1.) Michael Somers, 15.206 Seconds; 2.) Neal Soyka, 15.243 Seconds; 3.) Bradley Scholze, 15.277 Seconds