Golden Sands Speedway prepares for big season opening show!
April 10, 2000; Plover, WI - After a successful practice session where some die hard race fans were on hand last Sunday afternoon, Golden Sands Speedway now prepares for it's season opening event this Sunday Afternoon, April 16th. Qualifying on the one-third mile high-banked paved oval begins at 12:30 p.m. with racing at 2 p.m.
Super Late Models are set to fly this Sunday Afternoon at the Golden Sands Speedway!
Over 100 cars should be in attendance as a special 4 division program will get things underway for the 2000 season. The track's three main classes, Super Late Models, Super Stocks and Pure Stocks will be joined by the Mid-American Stock Car Series for the opener.
Headlining the show will be the Super Late Models which will do battle for a special payout which includes $1,000 to win the feature race. A full field of Super Lates will be on hand, as several new rookies will attempt to steal the top prize away from seasoned veterans like Kirby Kurth, Jeremy Lepak and others.
The Mid-American Stock Cars will contest a 50 lap feature race. Early entries for the McLeodUSA Mid-Am Stock Car Series 50 include series point leader and defending champion Rick Corso, former champion Mark Pluer and track record holder Bill Prietzel.
Corso, who won the series opener at Rockford, IL has entered a 2000 Ford Taurus. Pluer, the 1996 series point champion, will drive a 1997 Ford Thunderbird. Prietzel, who has won two Mid-Am Super Truck events at Plover and owns the one-lap qualifying record, will drive a 1999 Dodge Avenger.
Also entered is last year's spring McLeodUSA Mid-Am Stock Car Series winner Bobby Gutknecht in a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix.
Series officials expect drivers from Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Top drivers who are expected to make their first series start of the year include 16-year-old rookie Eugene Gregorich, former Eastern Wisconsin dirt modified frontrunner Brad Dahmer, LaCrosse Fairgrounds favorite Kenneth Hutchens and two-time Wisconsin International Raceway champion Mike Rahn. Gregorich will drive a 2000 Ford Taurus, Dahmer a 1999 Monte Carlo, Hutchens a 1988 Monte Carlo Aero Coupe, and Rahn a 1999 GrandPrix.
The speedway is located on Highway 54 between Plover and Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin