Drost steals Golden
Sands Speedway's Late Model main!
May 19, 2000; Plover, WI - The cooler spring weather did not keep the race fans away, as Golden Sands Speedways stands filled up. Congratulations to Cassie Lapinski the Wal-Mart Gift Certificate winner, and Ashley Schlapper the Short Trax Jr. Fan Club Member of the Week.
Jason Weinkauf pulled fast time in the Super Late Model division and opted to take the Hot n Now Ultimate Challenge which was up to $800.00.
The Super Late Model feature started off with a yellow right away as Mike Budleski and Burton Brown tangled in turn three. After the restart Stapleman took the lead with MG Gajewski right behind him. This lasted about five more laps, as Scott Beyer spun coming into turn two. As Beyer spun, Budleski and Larry Lepaks cars hooked together, went off the track, and hit the wall head first between turns one and two. Both drivers were thankfully okay.
As the next restart took place Stapleman regained his lead with Mark Eswein in second and MG Gajewski in third. With just two more short laps into the race Eswein and Gajewski tangled causing yet another yellow. With the new line up complete, Stapleman once again took the lead with Jeremy Lepak and Kirby Kurth right behind him. With so many yellows, it was only lap ten and Weinkauf already made it up to the fourth position. It looked like Weinkauf was going to take the challenge money home. The top four cars started racing hard.
By the fifteenth lap Lepak made his way around Stapleman for the lead. Kurth started having troubles getting thru the turns and started to loose positions, giving Doug Drost a chance to work on the leaders. With just ten laps to go, Weinkauf moved up into the second position. He started racing hard against Lepak trying to get around him. Now it was down to five laps, Weinkauf finally made his way around Lepak on the backstretch and was going to take the lead, when Drost came behind Weinkauf and moved him out of his way. This made Weinkauf loose and dropped back four positions. Lepak took the lead back, but was quickly overtaken by Drost, with Eswein following in hot pursuit. Drost took the checkered flag with Eswein in second. Lepak dropped back a few more positions, and Weinkauf finished third. It was an intensifying race. Great job to all drivers!
Randy Storlie took fast time once again in the Super Stock division. With the Letter Perfect Challenge money only up to $100.00, Storlie chose not to take the challenge. After some prodding and booing from the crowd, and a $100.00 bonus if he won from the track, Storlie changed his mind and opted for the challenge.
Wes Coon started out in the lead with Dave Pagels and Shawn Stelzer behind him. Coon, a rookie racer, dropped back a few positions, giving the lead to Pagels, and second to Hamel. Hamel made his way around Pagels for the lead. At the same time fast runners, Keith Bohmsach and Storlie started their way up to the front of the pack.
Half way thru the feature event, Bohmsach caught up to Hamel and took the lead away from him. Jason Kirsling maneuvered his way around Storlie and Hamel for the second position. Storlie wanted the win and started to try to get around the front-runners for the lead. Bohmsach held on tight to his lead position, fighting off Kirsling. Bohmsach took the checkered with Kirsling in second. Hamel held on to the third position, with Storlie in fourth.
Mike Somers took fast time once again in the Pure Stocks. Just a new racer last year, Somers has greatly improved and shown some very disciplined racing abilities. Of course Somers opted to take the CarQuest challenge, which was now up to $250.00.
Wallace Laffin took the early lead in the pure stock feature event. Veteran racers, Roland Kuhn and Marv Flick were right behind him. Flick started moving up and took the lead away from Laffin. Matt Pyburn spun by himself a few times, but did not bring out any yellows. As Pyburn spun, cars quickly changed positions.
By the tenth lap Somers was up to fifth place. He had been running on a flat tire four about three laps, but then had to pit to get it fixed. Matt Osowski moved up the pack and drove his way into the second position. He fought Flick for the lead, but there just were not enough laps in the race to take the lead away from Flick. As the checkered flag fell, Flick took the first position, with Osowski in second and Brad Scholze in third.
Spectator races were the final event of the evening. Track owner Darrel Bassuener even took his old Cadillac Hearse out on the track. Derrik Zag took first place in this Ford Probe. Ron Witt took second in his Malibu, and Nick Lhuillier took third in his TransAm.
Super Late Model Division
CWSSA Super Stock Division
Pure Stocks Division