May 4, 2001; Plover, WI - The warm spring-like weather cooled down for the first Friday night of racing, but it did not stop the fans from coming out to enjoy some great racing action. Congratulations to Katie Weinfurter, winner of the River City Motors Gift Certificate. Alexandra Lafave was nominated as the Short Trax Jr. Fan Club member of the Week. Golden Sands Speedway's new promotion for the 2001 season is the "Fast Dash For Cash"
Sands' got a whirlwind money machine, filled it with Hard Cash,
Speedway Bucks, and prize gift certificates. There also is a ticket that says loose
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your chance at the Fast Dash for Cash. And now for some racing
Storlie started dropping back positions, as he got a little loose
passing on the outside. By lap 20 a caution came out with tons of cars spinning out of
control. Coming out of turn three and four, Cormack got off the bottom of the track and
got loose, Keith Bohmsach couldn't find space to miss the Cormack car and ended up in the
front stretch wall. Brian Stroik and Scott Hamel were also spinning to avoid the wrecks in
front. At the restart, with just five short laps to go, Doughty took the lead once again.
Shawn Stelzer slid up into the second position with Alan Sankey in third. Sankey took the
second position from Stelzer, but Stelzer quickly took it back on the next lap. Sankey
then fell back some positions, allowing Storlie to take the charge. Doughty held off for
his first ever feature win, with Stelzer in second and Storlie in third.
On lap 11, a bunch of cars started spinning in between turns one and two. Greg Back went directly into the soft wall, flipping his car onto the roof. Back was okay. The soft walls did exactly what they were supposed to do, protect the driver and leave minimal damage to the car. Back even rolled his own tire off the track as his pit crew took car of the car. At the restart Nitzke held his lead with Weinfurter still behind him. Pettis passed Weinfurter a few times for the second position, but Weinfurter was able to steal it back. Brown started slipping back a few positions, allowing Brandl and Eswein to move to the front. On lap 24, Brown took his racer to the pits.
On lap 26, Pettis was running third with Eswein right behind him. Both cars got loose and ended up in the rear of the field. This allowed Brandl and MG Gajewski to advance. With three laps to go, Gajewski shot passed Brandl with Todd Stapleman following in hot pursuit. Brandl dropped back. Nitkze took the checkered with Greg Weinfurter in second, and MG in third. Brandl finished fifth.
Ryan Rossier took fast time in the Pure Stock division. John Matthews took the early lead in the pure
stock feature and started pull ahead of the pack. Mark
Flink was close on Matthews heels. Lapped
traffic came into play right away with all the new rookie drivers. Matthews held his lead as Flink dropped back. Russel Kramer started making his way up the pack. With about half the pack being lapped. Matthews took the checkered with Hank Frasch in
second and Flink in third.