July 18, 2003; Plover, WI - There's no doubt Troy Nelson enjoys he new racecar. Nelson scored his second Super Late Model victory in the past five events as he powered past Mark Mackesy in the main event to score the victory in convincing fashion on a night presented by Terrace Homes. The win served notice that Nelson is out to capture a few more checkered flags this season. In the Super Stock division, Keith Bohmsach paced the entire distance of their feature contest which was slowed by only a single caution. For the two-time division champion it was his fourth win of the 2003 season. In Pure Stock action former Midwest Enduro Stock Car Series champion brought home his first career feature win at Golden Sands. The car Calabrese used is his enduro car which was constructed in 1997. It's estimated the machines has around 22,000 laps of competition on it.
The evening came to a wild conclusion with a pair of bus races. When the dust settled and the smoke cleared, two busses has been flipped onto their side, with their drivers emerging unscathed to standing ovations from the pack grandstands. Former Super Stock driver Gary Wosick would wheel his mammoth machine to victory in the main event for the busses.
The evening got underway with Travis Sauter earning the fast qualifying honors in the Super Late Model division. Driving a car prepared by Coleman Machine, the event marked Sauter's third time ever behind the wheel of a Super Late Model and his first appearance at Golden Sands. He navigated the high baked third mile in 12.249 seconds, edging Chris Weinkauf by .001 second to take the honor. Sauter then elected to start at the tail of the field to try and win the Basseuner Excavating Challenge which was up to $1,000. In the end however Sauter was unable to finish the main event finishing 14th.
In the Super Stock division Shawn Stelzer rebounded from a grinding feature crash last week to earn his first fast time effort in several weeks. Stelzer, who currently leads the division standings opted not to take the Coor's Light challenge which was up to $600.
Mark Mackesy was able to surge out front at the drop of the green flag in the Super Late Model headliner, with Brian Back and Nelson settling into the top three spots during the opening laps. Mackesy with a clear track ahead began to open up a slight lead, while Nelson began to work the outside line in an effort to pass Back.
On lap eight Greg Back spun on the backstretch collecting the cars of Frank Nitzke and Wayne Cottrell necessitating a slowdown. When the green flag returned is was Mackesy, Brian Back, Nelson, Mark Eswein and Jason Weinkauf holding the top five spots. Nelson was quick to strike on the restart sweeping past Brian Back for the second position. Eswein also moved forward claiming third on lap 12.
Out front Nelson has caught Mackesy and began searching for a line to snare the lead. Mackesy and Nelson would wind up side by side with Nelson hugging the low line and Mackesy using the momentum of the high line to keep pace. Nelson would secure the position on lap 17 when Mackesy slid up the track a bit in turn four.
On the very next lap Eswein attempted to lower Mackesy another position, but Mackesy fought hard to keep the position continuing to favor the outside groove. The race past the halfway point with the duel for second continuing behind Nelson who was beginning to build a solid lead.
On lap 26, that lead was erased as Jason Weinkauf shot toward the top of the track in turn four. The race resumed with Nelson immediately flexing some muscle and pulling away from the field. For the remaining distance Nelson was able to slowly increase his margin on his rivals. The battle for second however kept the fans attention as Mackesy, Eswein and Chris Weinkauf each tested various lines in effort to advance. In the end it was Mackesy who would reach the line in second some eight car lengths behind Nelson. Eswein was able to fend of Chris Weinkauf for third with Jeff Weinfurter crossing the line in fifth.
The Super Stock main event Keith Bohmsach and Brian Schmutzer squared off for the top spot at the drop of the green with Bohmsach taking the position. The field sorted itself out over the opening ten circuits with Bohmsach, Schmutzer and Josh Oleson leading the way. At the halfway point Jason Kirlsing the defending division champion had moved his way forward to the fourth spot. The race appeared to be settling in with much of the action taking place mid-pack when the first and only caution of the race flew with 11 laps remaining in the contest as Brad Scholze spun in turn two.
With the field realigned it was Bohmsach, Schmutzer, Kirsling, Oleson and fast qualifier Shawn Stelzer in the top five spots. As the green flew again Bohmsach bolted ahead of the pack. Kirsling quickly powered past Schmutzer for the second position and set out after Bohmsach. Stelzer attempted to make it a three car battle out front as he also maneuvered past Schmutzer to reach the third spot.
The duel for the lead heated up as Kirsling was able to reach Bohmsach's rear bumper with six laps remaining, but Kirsling was unable to find a way past the leader. With the checkered fell it was Bohmsach out front by a car length with Kirsling following in his tire tracks. Stelzer finished a solid third, with Schmutzer and Oleson following in the top five.
The Pure Stocks took to the track for third main event with heat winner Troy Porter setting the pace throughout the first half of the event. Frank Calabrese the evenings other heat winner made his way past Porter just prior to the halfway point of the race and the only slowdown of the contest. When action resumed Calabrese was able to check out on the field with his only real threat to the lead coming from spinning lapped cars which crossed his path on several occasions enroute to the checkered. When the action completed it was Calabrese in victory lane with Harvey Vera earning the second spot. Porter, Al Bartels and Eric Nelson made up the top five finishers.
Next Friday evening, July 25th will be the Team Sheril Tires Night at the races. The show will again feature Super Late Model and Super Stock action, while the 4 Cylinders and 2-Man Cruisers will provide action as additional support classes.
Time Trials take place for weekly events at 6:30 p.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