July 6, 2001; Plover, WI - A fantastic crowd came out to Golden Sands to watch the racing action. Sunday, July 8th will be the first event for the Wisconsin Challenge Series. Some new late model racers came out to race Friday night to get ready for Sunday's event.
Chris Weinkauf took fast time with his first appearance this season. Chris also opted to take the Hot n' Now Ultimate Challenge which was up to $1200.
Kevin Peterson and Rene Scheinoha did not make the feature due to car problems and a heat race incident.
Doug Drost started out with the lead in the 40-lap feature event. Fast runner Judd Brandl was right behind him looking at taking the lead away. Terry Schoppenhorst was also right up front along with Todd Stapleman. Mark Eswein and Burton Brown started moving up the pack to run with the leaders. Brown lost power and started falling back into the middle of the pack.
This gave Benjamin Brinkman the chance to move up. Eswein and Brinkman made their way around Stapleman, and started working on Schoppenhorst. Eswein made his way around Schoppenhorst by the 24th lap with Brinkman right behind him. Brown got control of this racer, and started to win back some of the positions that he had lost. By lap 34 a caution came out for Monte Gress spinning out of turn four.
Drost kept the lead with Brandl right behind him. Eswein and Brinkman
were close behind. By lap 37, Brandl shot into the infield, trying to get around Drost for
the lead. Drost motored fast for the next three laps as Eswein moved in. Drost took the
win with Eswein in second and Brinkman in third.
Schultz kept the lead at the restart with, Plowman taking the second
spot away from Sankey. Sankey was racing hard to get around Plowman. Sankey really wanted
the win, since he almost had it last week until his motor blew. Kirsling started dropping
back, as Storlie moved up. Jim Cormack and Keith Bohmsach were also coming up fast. With
just a few short laps to go, it was an intense race to the finish. Schultz took the win,
with Plowman in second and Sankey in third.
By the 8th lap Bell made it to the front. Adams and Gereau started
battling it out and got into each other bringing out the caution. This gave way to Brian
Schmutzer moving in to the second spot. Nitzsche was able to regain the third spot, but
Keith Wirtz and Roger Stanczyk zoomed past her. Bell took the win with Schmutzer in second
and Wirtz in third.