August 16, 2002; Plover, WI - As the season at Golden Sands Speedway begins to wind down, the level of excitement continues to rise with great racing action on the 3rd Annual Fabco Night. There was also a little unexpected mayhem thrown in to spice up the evening, including a rollover in the Bus Races and the unplanned destruction of the "Sands Buggy" safety vehicle by a runaway bus!
The two bus races which were captured by defending Late Model champion Burton Brown, and flagon Doug Strasburg had plenty of extra excitement. One bus, which had rolled onto it's side in turn two was lifted back onto it's wheels. The Bus then rolled down the banking and headed directly toward the track safety vehicle known as the "Sands Buggy" which was sitting innocently in the infield. Gaining momentum down the banking the bus went bearing down upon the little machine and pounded it into the side of a small infield berm which protects the infield lightpoles. Both the bus and the Sands Buggy were out of commission for the rest of the evening. The night also saw Super Stock competitor Hank Fraasch, roll his car during the consolation race after getting into the sand off turn four. Fraasch was uninjured in the accident which shortened his race evening.
In the Late Model division, Jeff Weinfurter of Wisconsin Rapids took an early lead in the 40 lap headliner and stayed comfortably ahead of the pack to score his second straight victory on the high-banked third mile paved oval. Just five days earlier, Weinfurter scored the biggest victory of his career when he captured the Wisconsin Challenge Series Legends of Yesterday 75. Weinfurter was almost a quarter lap ahead of runner-up Jeremy Lepak when the checkered fell this evening in a virtually incident free Late Model contest.
In the Super Stock division, Jason Kirsling of Nelsonville captured his third feature win of the season and his second of the past three weeks as he held off Keith Bohmsach to take the win by less than a car length. The victory also allowed Kirlsing to close the gap in the point race as he closed on point leader Tim Hintz. The margin between the two is now a mere four points with Hintz showing the way with a 746 to 742 point listing.
Fans in attendance got their share of door prizes including some special awards which included Jared Halbur who was picked at the Junior Fan of the Night, and Dylan Blades to took home a WAL-MART Gift certificate.
The evening began with Gary Back earning his third fast qualifying effort in his third appearance of the year at the track. Back bested the 31 car field with a 12.010 second effort and opted to take the Hot N' Now Ultimate Challenge worth $1,700 if he were to come from the back of the pack to win the feature. Back would move well through the field, but with only a single caution to aid his efforts he was unable to reach the lead and he finished a solid fourth on the evening. In the Super Stock division, Hintz earned his first fast qualifying effort of the season and he also took the challenge. The amount of $850 was to have been awarded by Point Shell / Turbo Wash if Hintz could take the checkered from the tail of the field, but he too was thwarted by a fast field and settled for fourth.
For the second straight week Golden Sands Speedway had long distance competitor Mark Chrudimsky in the pit area. Chrudimsky, from Hutto, Texas cracked the feature field this evening and would ultimately finish third after a strong performance in the Super Late Model main event. Also of note this evening was the sour luck of current point leader Mark Eswein, who had mechanical problems with his car and was forced to seek and alternate ride. Eswein borrowed the car of Judd Brandl and qualified second quick, but bad luck struck again in the heat race when he retired with terminal mechanical failure. Eswein was unable to start the feature and saw his huge point lead whittled to a mere ten markers over his nearest rival, Lepak.
The green flag waved in the Super Stock division main event with Chris Brooks taking the opening lead in the 25 lap contest. Fellow front row starter Galen Manternatch fell back and found himself engaging in battle with Keith Bohmsach for the runner-up spot. The pair ran wheel to wheel some five car lengths behind Brooks who was running well out front. On lap eight the first caution flew for several cars spinning tightening the field. Kirsling, who had started mid pack, had reached the fifth position by this point in the race.
With the green waving again Brooks took to the lead, while the Manternatch, Bohmsach battle waged again for second. Bohmsach would get the better of the battle and found himself in second at lap ten. Kirlsing meanwhile was also making progress, maneuvering around Shawn Stelzer for fourth a lap later. Kirsling then ducked to the inside of Manternatch in turn two on lap twelve to garner the third spot. Moments later Jim Cormack overheated dropping fluid on the track which caused Steve Borski to slide off the top of the banking and into the sandtrap in turn one resulting in the second and final caution of the race.
The yellow allowed the field to close back on the rear bumper of Brooks when action resumed with half the race remaining. Kirlsing wasted little time in getting to the front when the green flag again waved. He motored past Bohmsach on the outside and then rolled up alongside Brooks to battle for the top spot. Brooks holding the low line managed to ward off Kirsling's efforts for just a single lap before Kirsling's momentum in the outside groove propelled him to the lead on lap 13. The following lap Brooks pushed up the track allowing Bohmsach to dive low in turn two to take second.
Over the remaining distance Kirlsing set the pace keeping Bohmsach at bay a car length back. Brooks driving a flawless line continued in third. The lead trio reached the finish in that order with Kirsling holding a two car length advantage over Bohmsach at the wire. Brooks fended off a late race rally by Hintz to take third. Hintz was fourth and Manternatch rounded out the top five.
In a fairly incident free 40 lap Late Model feature, Burton Brown and Scott Beyer brought the field to the start with Brown taking control by the end of the first lap. Chrudimsky used the outside line to drop Beyer another spot before the completion of lap one to come to the second position. Weinfurter, who hard started sixth, quickly picked off several cars in the outside lane and then dropped Beyer another notch taking third on lap two.
Weinfurter then dropped to the inside to battle with Chrudimsky for the runner-up spot. Stocking well on the bottom Weinfurter completed the pass on lap three. Brown still set the pace but Weinfurter was quick to reel him in. Switching back to the outside groove, Weinfurter got a good run on Brown in turns three and four on lap six, edging ahead for the lead on lap six. Weinfurter completed the pass shortly thereafter and now was out front of the pack.
Having seen Weinfurter's move on Brown, Chrudimsky was able to imitate the fete and came around Brown for second on lap eight. The only caution appeared when Beyer slide through the infield on lap 14 bunching the field.
The top positions setup with Weinfurter, Chrudimsky, Brown, Troy Nelson, Jason Weinkauf and Jeremy Lepak leading the way. Weinfurter quickly established his supremacy, while further back in the field Lepak was working toward the front. Chrudimsky motored to second around Brown on lap 26 but Weinfurter had opened a dozen car length lead by this point. Lepak meanwhile had moved into fourth and he disposed of Brown on lap 29 taking third.
Chrudimsky was unable to close on Weinfurter, but Lepak was on the move. He closed on Chrudimsky and with five laps to go managed to gain the runner-up spot. Weinfurter however was comfortably in the lead and he reached the finish a quarter-lap ahead of Lepak for the win. Lepak gained second. Chrudimsky held off a late race rally by fast qualifier Gary Back for third. Back settled for fourth with Nelson and Brown rounding out the top six.
A pair of 2-Man Cruiser events were held and they were taken by the teams of Bohm and French, while the second contest was captured by the effort of Neilson and Engman.
Next Friday evening's show will be the Channel 9 Fan Appreciation Night and Marathon Travel VIP Night. On hand will be Super Late Models, Super Stocks and 4 Cylinders plus the round four of the Iron Man Competition while will feature an automotive version of the punt, pass and kick contest will take place. Time Trials for the weekly race events are set for 6:30 p.m., with the first race getting underway at 7:45 p.m. Friday Night racing will continue through September 6th.
A special invitational for Super Stocks and Mini-Stocks will take place on Sunday Afternoon, September 8th. Pit gates will open at 1:00 p.m., with Time Trials at 3:30 p.m. and racing at 5:00 p.m.. The event which will see a 40 lap feature contest for the Super Stocks, will pay $800 to win and $160 to start. Cars must bring their hometrack rulebook. Cars from CWSSA, Dells, Kaukauna, 141 Speedway, Jefferson, Columbus and other tracks featuring a Super Stock / Street Stock car may compete. Cars will run on the D2563, D2562 type Goodyear tire.
Mini-Stocks will compete in a 30 lap feature paying $500 to win and $75 to start. Cars must run on the Sumitomo 200 tire. Tires are available by calling (800) 428-8355.
Golden Sands Speedway known as Central Wisconsin's Power Playground is located between
Wisconsin Rapids and Plover, Wisconsin on Highway 54. For additional information
please call (715) 423-4660 or consult the track website at www.goldensandsspeedway.com