July 3, 2003; Plover, WI - During a fast paced program filled with great racing action and novelty stunts on a warm evening, fans were treated to an evening where both the Super Late Models and Super Stocks ran almost non-stop in their feature races. In the 40 lap Super Late Model headliner, Mark Eswein of Wisconsin Rapids outran Jeremy Lepak to earn his third victory of the 2003 season on the high-banked third-mile oval. In doing so he further extended his point lead as he seeks his fourth track title in the past five seasons.
In Super Stock action, the 30 lap main event rolled from green to checkered without interruption as former division champion Keith Bohmsach outran the competition on his way to his third feature win of the 2003 season leading the race from wire to wire. In addition to the regular weekly divisions over 30 2-Man Cruisers participated in three feature races. Other racing action included an amazing trailer race where the object is to turn as many laps as possible without a fellow competitor knowing the your trailer off your car or truck. The sideshows this evening included "Deathwish Dan", who literally blows himself up, while lying inside a box. After briefly catching fire Deathwish Dan survived the stunt okay.
Preliminary activities included fan involvement, where winners of several prizes were named. These included,Matt McDonald who was the WAL-MART gift certificate winner, and Devyn Koch who was named the Junior Fan member of the week. In event qualifying for the evening Greg Back scored his first career Super Late Model feat qualifying effort with a lap of 12.266 seconds. Back opted to try his luck with the Basseuner Excavating Challenge which was up to $1,000 if he were able to come from the tail of the field and win the feature race. Back unfortunately was involved in a chain reaction accident which damaged his hood and he was forced to drop out of the event. In the Super Stocks, Tim Hintz earned his fourth fast time of 2003 and he decided to try his look at the Coors Light Challenge which was up to $500. Hintz however was mired in traffic for the feature event and could climb no higher than 10th at the finish.
The Super Late Models rolled out 16 strong for their 40 lap feature race. Monte Gress held the pole position with Benjamin Brinkman lurking to his outside when the green flag fell. Gress was able to get the jump on Brinkman taking the initial lead while Eswein began to pressure Brinkman for second almost immediately. This allowed Gress to assume the lead.
The caution flag would appear on lap four when Mark Mackesy spun in turn four. While avoiding the spin Greg Back bumped into another car damaging his front end. As a result he retired to the pits. The field realigned for the start with Gress, Brinkman, Eswein, Jeremy Lepak, Jason Weinkauf and Jeff Weinfurter holding down the top six spots. Weinfurter would snatch the fifth spot on lap nine dropping Weinkauf back a position.
Out front Brinkman began to pressure Gress for the lead looking to his inside. However, he would slip just a bit, sliding up the track and giving room to Eswein who effortlessly moved by for second on lap ten. Lepak would also take advantage of the situation moving into third at Brinkaman's expense on lap 12.
Gress continued to set the pace, but Eswein was searching high and low for a way to the lead. Eswein opted for the high groove which worked to his benefit as he powered past Gress for the lead on lap 15. Lepak, witnessing the maneuver made almost the exact same move on the next lap to claim second at the expense of Gress.
With Eswein and Lepak leading the way the laps quickly passed by. Eswein maintained a four car length lead as the event rolled to the final ten laps with the leader board showing Eswein, Lepak, Weinfurter, Allen Check and Gress out front. With five laps to go Eswein began to encounter lapped traffic, but he was able to maintain his lead while passing some of the tail end cars.
At the finish Eswein had a six car length margin over Lepak as he streaked beneath the checkered flag. Lepak would settle for second. The third position was hotly contested over the final five laps and Weinfurter was able to edge out Check for the position. Check would earn fourth with Weinkauf and Brinkman finishing in the top six positions.
When the green flag fell for the Super Stock main event, perhaps the only time Bohmsach was challenged for the lead was on the opening lap. Bohmsach sat on the pole for the start and had to work past Matthew Pyburn on the opening lap before securing the lead he would hold to the checkered.
With Bohmsach out front the battle for for second throughout the contest. Pyburn, turning in his best performance of the season fought hard to hold the second spot and retained the runner-up position until Chris Brooks worked by on lap five. Brooks then set out after Bohmsach but he was unable to match the leaders speed and the lead increased with each passing lap.
Further back, the winner of the fast heat, Mike Doughty had dropped Pyburn another position taking third on lap seven. The race reached the halfway point with Bohmsach extending his lead to a quarter-lap, while Doughty moved up to challenge Brooks for second. Doughty would work the high lane in effort to pass Brooks for second and the pair ran wheel to wheel nearly dead even for several laps before Doughty took over the runner-up position. Further back Tim Plowman and Matt Raykowski were engaged in a similar battle for fourth, with Plowman taking the spot with 12 laps remaining.
Up front with 10 laps to go Doughty slowly began to decrease Bohmsach's lead narrowing the gap to six car lengths with five laps remaining. Behind the lead pair Plowman continued to work the high line moving past Brooks for the third position with four laps to go. Over the final laps Bohmsach continued to glide around the track keeping a cushion over second place Doughty. At the checkered he still maintained a four car length lead to pick up the win. Doughty earned second, he best performance of the year. Plowman's hard charge from deep in the field netted third. Brooks, Raykowski and current point leader Shawn Stelzer completed the top six finishers.
Next Friday evening, July 11th will be the Charter Communications Night at the raceway. The show will feature the second round of the Big Gold Challenge where fans will have an opportunity to be paired with one of five Super Late Model drivers. Should that driver win the race, the lucky fan will win $1,000. In addition to the Super Late Models, Super Stocks and 4 Cylinders will be on the schedule. To complete the evening Spectator racing will take place giving fans a chance to take their street machines to the racing surface for some one on one showdowns.
Time Trials take place for weekly events at 6:30p.m. and racing gets underway at 7:45 p.m.
Golden Sands Speedway "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