Brown bags Golden Sands Speedway's Season Opener!
By Amy Kolo

April 30, 2000; Plover, WI -  Golden Sands Speedway’s original season opener was scheduled for April 16th, but was cancelled due to rain. So, the April 30th race became the season opener. The weather was gorgeous with a huge crowd attending to join in the great excitement for the first races of the season. Congratulations to Benjamin Holberg the Short Trax Jr. Fan of the Week and Jyssica Zellner, the Wal-Mart gift certificate winner.

The Great North Legends joined the program at Golden Sands Speedway on opening day and Dean Fisher (#55) was able to put his car in the winners circle after the main event. 43000d.jpg (14990 bytes)

The Great North Legends attended the first race of the season. A total of sixteen cars took the field for the feature event. Russ Weiler took the early lead and starting advancing positions way ahead of the rest of the pack. Local driver Galen Manternach started moving in on Weiler with Scott Brandt moving in on Manternach. Manternach started losing positions as Brandt took the lead away from Weiler. Lapped traffic started coming into play as another local Legends driver, Dean Fischer advanced into the top positions. Fischer got around Weiler and was beating it hard trying to get around Brandt. As the white flag fell, Fisher got around Brandt for the lead. Both drivers were neck and neck going for the checkered. Fisher took the checkered with Brandt in second and Jon Lewerer passing Weiler for third.

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Burton Brown (#07) got his season off to a great start by winning the Super Late Model feature.

It was great to see all the new Super Late Models joining the field. There were some great paint jobs in all the divisions. With WYTE’s Rex Lane broadcasting the time trials live over the radio, drivers were excited to start timing in. Last year’s track champion Mark Eswein took fast time. Mark also opted to take the Hot n’ Now Ultimate Challenge which started out at $500 for the 2000 season.

As the 30-lap Late Model feature got under way, MG Gajewski took the early lead with Burton Brown right behind him. Judd Brandl a former Super Stock racer also joined the field in a very good-looking Late Model. Positions started changing fast. Brown over took Gajewski for the lead as Monte Gress and Kirby Kurth moved ahead. Eswein started advancing positions looking for the Challenge money. By lap 18 Gajewski started losing positions as Gress and Lepak moved ahead.

Not what they had planned!  Defending track champion Mark Eswein (#71) and Mike Budleski (#11) got together on the backstretch.   Eswein flipped several times before coming to a rest atop Budleski's car.   Neither driver was hurt in the incident but the wreck severely damaged both cars and they were out of the race. 43000a.jpg (16531 bytes)

By lap 22 a major catastrophe happened. Mike Budleski and Eswein got tangled by the score board sending Eswein airborne, flipping end over end, and landing right on top of Budleski. Both drivers were fine and even helped load up their cars. Both cars were pretty much flattened like pancakes. Thank goodness for great safety features. As the cars took the next green Brown maintained his lead. With Monte Gress fighting hard for the top position. With just seven laps to go, Brown held off Gress for the lead with Kurth in third.

New paint jobs and new Five Star bodies complimented the Super Stock class. Shawn Stelzer even put a vintage Chevelle body on his Super Stock. Everyone commented on how cool they thought it was. Randy Storlie pulled fast time and opted to take the Letter Perfect Challenge that started out at $300 for the 2000 season.

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Keith Bohmsach (#24x) charged to the front of the Super Stock feature with just three laps remaining and scored the win.

Jim Cormack took the early lead with Jason Kirsling right behind him. Storlie started fighting positions in the rear of the pack to make it to the front for the Challenge money. Kirsling overtook Cormack by the fifth lap, with Cormack losing another position on lap seven by Keith Bohmsach. By the eleventh lap, lapped traffic started coming into play. Kirsling maintained his lead, but Storlie was moving up from the back of the pack in a hurry. With just three short laps to go, Bohmsach moved around Kirsling for the lead. Storlie started moving up closer to the leaders, but there just were not enough laps to catch them. Storlie finished in an awesome fifth place. Bohmsach took the checkered with Kirsling in second and Cormack in third.

The Pure Stocks also got to participate in an Ultimate Challenge this year. CarQuest started the CarQuest Pure Stock Challenge, with $50.00 going into the pot each week. The fast timer is able to win the pot if he/she elects to start in the rear of the feature and win the race. Jason Lewandowski took fast time for the afternoon and opted to participate in the CarQuest Challenge, which started out at a $100 for the 2000 season.

Sharp looking Pure Stock!  Michael Somers (#15) proved his car is not only a sharp looking car but it's plenty fast too.   Somers was able to hold off newcomer Mike Kasperak for the feature victory. 43000e.jpg (17420 bytes)

For the 15-lap feature event, Matt Pyburn took the lead with Josh Oleson right behind him. Pyburn ended up spinning in the fifth lap giving the lead to Mike Somers. New driver, Mike Kasperek moved up right behind Somers for the second position. Somers held on tight looking for the first win of the 2000 season. As the checkered flag fell Somers took the win with Kasperek in second and Mike Flick in third.


Super Late Model Division
Feature: 1.) Burton Brown, Neenah, WI; 2.) Monte Gress, Neillsville; 3.) Kirby Kurth, Nekoosa; 4.) M.G. Gajewski, Wausau; 5.) Chris Weinkauf, Merrill; 6.) Jeremy Lepak, Schofield; 7.) Greg Weinfurter, Wisconsin Rapids; 8.) Doug Drost, Merrill; 9.) Joe Krzykrowski, Junction City; 10.) Scott Beyer, Greenfield
Semi-Feature: 1.) Jason Weinkauf, Merrill; 2.) Chris Weinkauf, Merrill; 3.) Jeff Weinfurter, Wisconsin Rapids; 4.) Leroy Pettis, Ringle; 5.) Steve Gress, Vesper; 6.) Mike Brahmstedt, Wausau
First Heat:
1.) Chris Weinkauf, Merrill; 2.) Jeff Weinfurter, Wisc. Rapids; 3.) Donald Trapp
Second Heat: 1.) Jason Weinkauf, Merrill; 2.) Todd Stapleman; 3.) M.G. Gajewski, Wausau

Third Heat: 1.) Monte Gress, Neillsville; 2.) Jeremy Lepak, Schofield; 3.) Greg Weinfurter, Wi. Rapids
Dash: 1.) Kirby Kurth, Nekoosa; 2.) Chris Wimmer, Wausau; 3.) Doug Drost, Merrill

Time Trials: 1.) Mark Eswein, Wisc. Rapids, 12.073 Seconds; 2.) Chris Wimmer, Wausau, 12.175 Seconds; 3.) Doug Drost, Merrill, 12.232 Seconds

CWSSA Super Stock Division
Feature: 1.) Keith Bohmsach, Wi. Rapids; 2.) Jason Kirsling, Nelsonville; 3.) Jim Cormack, Plover; 4.) Alan Sankey; 5.) Randy Storlie; 6.) Shawn Stelzer; 7.) Sarl Saylor; 8.) Merle Weinfurter, Wi. Rapids
Semi-Feature: 1.) Larry Schultz; 2.) Carl Saylor; 3.) Todd Peterson; 4.) Gare LaMonte; 5.) Mark Baldwin
First Heat:
1.) Don Cline; 2.) Larry Schultz; 3.) Mike Brooks
Second Heat: 1.) Wes Kuhn; 2.) Shawn Stelzer; 3.) Merle Weinfurter, Wi. Rapids

Third Heat: 1.) Jim Cormack, Plover; 2.) Keith Bohmsash, Wi. Rapids; 3.) Jason Kirsling, Nelsonville
Dash: 1.) Alan Sankey; 2.) Mike Doughty, Wi. Rapids; 3.) Randy Storlie

Time Trials: 1.) Randy Storlie, 13.476 Seconds; 2.) Keith Bohmsach, Wi. Rapids, 13.530 Seconds; 3.) Mike Doughty, Wi. Rapids, 13.606 Seconds

Pure Stocks Division
Feature: 1.) Michael Somers; 2.) Mike Kasperak; 3.) Marv Flick; 4.) Duane Robinson; 5.) Neal Soyka; 6.) Roland Kuhn; 7.) Jason lewandowski; 8.) Bradley Scholze
First Heat:
1.) Matthew Pyburn; 2.) Josh Gleason; 3.) Wallace Laffin
Second Heat: 1.) Marv Flick; 2.) Michael Somers; 3.) Mike Kasperak
Dash: 1.) Duane Robinson; 2.) Mike Kasperak; 3.) Bradley Scholze

Time Trials: 1.) Jason Lewandowski, 15.298 Seconds; 2.) Mike Kasperak, 15.397 Seconds; 3.) Bradley Scholze, 15.748 Seconds