Sands Speedway Driver's Banquet!
By Amy Kolo
October 19, 2001;
Plover, WI - The Ridges Golf Course and Supper Club hosted
the 2001 Driver's Banquet. The top twenty-six in the Super Late Model, top fifteen in
Super Stocks, top ten in Pure Stocks, top ten in 4-Cylinders, and the top five in Cruisers
all received trophies for their recognition on an excellent 2001 racing season. Our Safety
Crew also gave out their own awards to add a little humor to the night. Russ, Jerry, Jeff,
and Brian gave out awards entitled: "The Sandbox Award", "SpinOut",
"On The Hook", and the "Yellow Flag Award".
The guys that won the award laughed and thought it was pretty cool.Everyone's favorite
season finale proved to be bigger and better. In the mist of everything that has been
going on in America, the night gave some people a little enjoyment. Alan Bassuener held a
meaningful prayer to the crowd with a moment of silence. At the seven o'clock hour, those
who brought their candles lit them; others used lighters while others held another moment
of silence for the victims in New York.
Super Late Model Division top runners: Back Row-Chad Devine, Bernie Fritz Jr.,
Doug Drost, Dwayne Vetrone, Todd Stapleman, Rocky(crew chief for Burton Brown), Frank
Nitzke, Charlie Schwock, and Euqgene Gregorich. Front
Row-Brandon Selle, Jeremy Lepak, Jeff Weinfurter, Judd Brandl, Burton Brown, Mark Eswein,
Alan Check, and Aaron Roehl.
Super Stock Division stars: Back Row-Andy Simonis, Brian Stroik, Scott Hamel,
Mike Doughty, Jeremy Szymkowiak, Tim Plowman, and Mike Brooks. Front Row-Jason Kirsling, Alan Sankey, Keith
Bohmsach, and Shawn Stelzer.
Pure Stock Division: Back Row-Dale Risch, Craig Nigh, and Dan
Gollen. Front Row-Scott Christiansen, John
Matthews, Ken Soyka, and Hank Frasch
4-Cylinder Divison racers: Back
Row-Brian Schmutzer, Eric Nelson, Roger Stanczek, Nick Weirzba, and Doug Adams. Front Row-Brandon Abott, Johnny Bell, and Keith Wirtz
Track official Russ Schoenman
looking fly in his tux (left). Bernie Fritz Jr. receiving his SandBox Award
from the track crew (right)
Golden Sands Speedway maintained it's own Super Late Model
point fund for the third year in a row, with a lot more Late Model driver's qualifying for
it's payoff. A huge thanks goes out to all who participated in the Super Late Model Point
fund. Thanks to CarQuest Auto Parts, Coca-Cola, Premium Brands (Miller Lite), Baer
Beverage (Budweiser), ARP Racing Bodies, Coleman Chassis, Rander Car Chassis, Diamond Race
Wheels, Goodyear Tires, B&B Racing Engines, Wenger Automotive, Five Star Bodies,
Bassett Racing Wheels, Koch Petroleum, Aero Racing Wheels, and Beway Racing Products. The
point fund amounted to over $30,000.00 in cash and contingencies.
Ten different drivers took home a feature win for the 2001 season. One race even featured
a tie! Judd Brandl and Jeff Weinfurter took the checkered at the same time.
Congratulations to all the feature winners for 2001, Mark Eswein, Doug Drost, Jeff
Weinfurter, Kirby Kurth, Todd Stapleman, Jeremy Lepak, Frank Nitzke, Allen Check, Judd
Brandl, and Gary Back.
The fight for the track champion in the Super Late Model Division was a tough one. Mark
Eswein rode at the top of the list for most of the year, with Neenah driver, Burton Brown,
trying to boot Eswein out of the top spot. Burton ran hard week after week. Mark had a few
timing mishaps and had to take the semi-feature a few times, which Burton used to his
advantage to gain the point lead over Mark. Mark and Burton traded off the first and
second spots a few times. But, Burton ended up as the track championship for the season,
by a mere five points. Burton never even won a feature race! I got to take that back,
Burton did win one feature, the Eve of Destruction Bus feature!
All in all every Super Late Model driver and team did their best and
put on great shows each and every Friday night. Jeremy Lepak also tried very hard to take
the championship this year, but had a few nights with engine problems. Jeremy did finish a
strong third place. Burton would like to thank his fans, sponsors, pit crew, and family
for helping him out and cheering him on to his championship.
Nine different drivers took features home with them for the 2001-season. Congratulations
to Keith Bohmsach, Mike Doughty, Jason Kirsling, Randy Storlie, Larry Schultz, Shawn
Stelzer, Alan Sankey, Jim Cormack and Dave Pagels for excellent feature wins.
Keith Bohmsach was the top dog in the Super Stock division. This driver amazed his fellow
competitors on the speed he maintained and his sheer willingness to be on top night after
night. Keith Bohmsach dominated the entire year with amazing times and finishes. Keith
ended up in a semi feature once due to engine problems, other than that he finished most
of the time higher than the sixth position. Keith would like to thank all his fans,
sponsors, pit crew, and family for all their help and support in making the 2001 season an
The Pure Stocks and the 4-Cylinders split the season, with both divisions racing equally
every other week. John Matthews took the Pure Stock championship by storm, winning week
after week. John even had a few clean sweeps. The same went for Johnny Bell in the
4-cylinder division. Johnny won feature after feature and set fast times week after week.
Johnny even took a few clean sweeps with him. Johnny Bell finished in the championship
spot almost a hundred points ahead of the second place guy.
Congratulations to our to rookie drivers in Super Late Model and Super Stock for the 2001
season, Eugene Gregorich and Jeremy Szymkowiak. A big congrats to Dave Phillips for
receiving Golden Sands Speedway's Congeniality Award. Golden Sands Speedway also gave
awards to the best looking car in each division and the Mechanic of Year award in each
Best looking cars were #94 Super Late Model Benjamin Brinkman, #52
Super Stock Mike Doughty, #18 Pure Stock Hank Frasch, and #30 4-Cylinder Roger Stanczek.
The Mechanics of the Year awards went to Super Late Model Burton Brown's team, and Super
Stock Shawn Stelzer's team. Congratulations to all and thank you for an excellent 2001