Golden Sands Speedway Race Report

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Eswein Scores Second Win of Season In Sands Super Late, Manternatch Grabs Second Checkered in Super Stocks!
By Jeffrey Sachse

July 9, 2004; Plover, WI - Charter Communications presented the evening's racing program at Central Wisconsin 's Power Playground.  Several drivers made repeat visits to victory lane adding to their season win total.  In the 40 lap Late Model main event, defending track champion Mark Eswein set fast time and then came from deep in the field, making a late race pass on Chris Weinkauf to earn his second feature victory of the 2004 season. 

Photo Highlights
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Mark Eswein (#71) scored his second Super Late Model feature victory of the 2004 season at Golden Sands Speedway.
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Mark Eswein (#71) runs the low groove to pass Chris Weinkauf (#75) for the lead in the Super Late Model feature race. Eswein would score the win with Weinkauf a close second.
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Dean Lapointe (#15) came from deep in the field and charged to a fourth place finish.  He is shown doing battle with Keith Bohmsach (#24) for position late in the race.
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Burton Brown (#07) grabbed a pair of victories this evening winning his heat race and the feature contest.
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Mark Eswein (#71) started out the evening with fast qualifying honors in the Super Late Models.i.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Galen Manternatch (#5) who scored his first career feature win a couple weeks ago, earned his second victory on the season in Super Stocks.
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The battle for second went down to the wire with Tim Plowman (#80) working past fast qualifier Tim Hintz (#1) for the position in the Super Stock feature..
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Tim Hintz (#1) nailed down fast qualifying efforts in the Super Stock division.
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Scott Strigel (#46) set fast qualifying honors and later came back to win the feature in Pure Stock action.
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Brad Guralski (#16) led the Pure Stock feature until the closing laps when Scott Strigel (#46) made the pass for the win.
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Scott Stelzer (#2) scored a popular victory by taking his Volkswagen Beetle to victory lane after the feature in the 4 cylinder class.

In the Super Stock division, Galen Manternatch, who scored his first career feature win a couple weeks ago, wasted little time in making a return trip as he captured his second victory this evening.  In the Pure Stock division Scott Strigel set fast qualifying honors and then came from dead last to score the victory in a wild Pure Stock main event.  Scott Stelzer wrapped up the evening by fending off Mike Oehmichen and earning a popular win behind the wheel of his Volkswagen Beetle in the 4 cylinder division.

Mark Van would set the initial pace in the Late Model headline event with Jason Kirsling and Keith Bohmsach giving chase.

Kirsling would nose ahead of Van for the lead prior to the first of two caution flags.   The first of which occurred on lap five when Greg Back had a flat tire and was unable to exit the racing surface fast enough to keep from forcing a caution period.

Racing resumed only briefly before Tim Sauter made contact with Jason Weinkauf, sending Weinkauf spinning on the backstretch.  Both were able to continue the race from the back of the pack. 

Underway again, Kirsling went back to the lead with Van in tow.  Chris Weinkauf would work the low line past Bohmsach to nab the third position by the tenth circuit.   Chris Weinkauf was having a good deal of success in the low groove and would work past Van for the runner-up spot on lap 13.

Van stuck in the outside lane quickly lost ground falling back in the field.

Kirsling's reign at the front came to an end on lap 15, when Chris Weinkauf powered to the outside groove and worked his way past for the top spot.  As the same time Eswein, who had worked his way forward from the fifth row, had reached the third position.  

Eswein continued his charge working the bottom lane past Kirsling for second on lap 18, as Chris Weinkauf continued to set the pace.  Eswein worked at cutting Chris Weinkauf's lead with each passing lap and the pair would duel for the top spot just past the halfway point of the race. 

With 15 laps to go in the contest, the lead changed hands for the third time, as Eswein hugged the low line to slip past Chris Weinakuf for the lead.  Unhindered by any slowdowns during the remaining laps Eswein would run to a comfortable victory.  Chris Weinkauf would hold fast to second to the checkered flag. 

Jeff Weinfurter worked his way into the third spot prior to the halfway point of the race, but was unable to close on the lead duo and settled for third.  Fourth place went to Dean Lapointe who turned in a solid performance dispite a car which began to develop mechanical difficulties late in the race.  Lapointe had come from deep in the field to reach fourth, only to have his engine begin to go sour in the waning laps.   His machine held together to get him to the finish line in fourth, just ahead of a fast closing Allen Check who won last week's feature contest.  Jason Weinkauf recovered from his spin early in the feature to reach sixth.

The Super Stock main event saw Matt Raykowski and Mike Brooks tussle for the top spot through the opening circuits.  Raykowski would gain the upper hand pacing the event during the early stages of the race.

The first yellow flag flew on lap five when Dave Neitzke looped his machine in turn one.  The green returned with Raykowski, Brooks and Galen Manternatch holding the top three positions. 

The race would have an unexpected turn of event on lap eight. Manternatch had just worked by Brooks for second, when Raykowski, the race leader, slowed and pulled into the infield, turning the lead over to Manternatch.

For the rest of the distance Manternatch would set the pace running to his second feature win of the 2004 season.  Tim Plowman would mount a late race change moving by fast qualifier Tim Hintz in the closing laps to reach second, but he was unable to seriously threaten Manternatch for the lead, settling for the second spot.  Hintz would hang on to finish third, while Brooks and Scott Hamel who came from deep in the field would complete the top five finishers.

The Pure Stock feature contest was spiced by four cautions during the first four laps before the event settled down to some serious racing.

Brad Guralski would set the pace until the closing laps when Scott Strigel would work his way into the top spot.  Once out front Strigel pulled away for a comfortable victory.  Guralski began to slow noticeably with three laps to go as his ca began to show signs of smoke.  Current point leader Eric Nelson would work his way past with a pair of laps remaining to finish second.  Guralski would nurse his ailing mount home third, just ahead of Andrew Hintz.  Dean Ashbacher completed the top five runners.

The 4 cylinder main event turned into a showdown between Scott Stelzer and Mike Oehmichen during the closing laps.  Stelzer had a comfortable lead until five laps remaining in the race, when a caution flag bunched up the field.

In the dash to the checkered Stelzer had his mirror full of Oehmichen who waited for a single mistake to try and take the lead.  Stelzer would turn flawless laps enroute to the checkered taking a popular win with his Volkswagen Beetle.  Oehmichen, the division point lead would settle for second ahead of Torey Nitzsche, Thomas Masephol and Jenny Nitzsche.

Next Friday evening four divisions of racing will take to the high-banked third mile oval as 2-Man Cruisers will join a full program of Super Late Model, Super Stock and Pure Stock activities.

Friday evening shows begin with qualifying at 6:30 p.m., and racing 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

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Late Models
40 Lap Feature:
1.) Mark Eswein; 2.) Chris Weinkauf; 4.) Jeff Weinfurter; 4.) Dean Lapointe; 5.) Allen Check; 6.) Jason Weinkauf; 7.) Keith Bohmsach; 8.) Mark Van; 9.) Mark Mackesy; 10.) Brandon Selle
20 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Burton Brown; 2.) Eugene Gregorich; 3.) Jeremy Lepak; 4.) Monte Gress; 5.) John Totzke Jr.; 6.) Nicholas Anderson
First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Anderson; 2.) Dave Philipps; 3.) Totzke Jr.
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Brown; 2.) Lepak; 3.) Bohmsach
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Mackesy; 2.) J. Weinkauf; 3.) Check
Fast Qualifier: Eswein, 12.183 Seconds

Super Stocks
30 Lap Feature:
1.) Galen Manternatch; 2.) Tim Plowman; 3.) Tim Hintz; 4.) Mike Brooks; 5.) Scott Hamel; 6.) Shawn Stelzer; 7.) Dave Neitzke; 8.) Brad Scholze; 9.) Bert Soyka; 10.) Brian Schmutzer
15 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Roger Stanczyk; 2.) Bert Soyka; 3.) Ken Soyka; 4.) David Pagels; 5.) Tim Zuehlke
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Zuehlke; 2.) Stanczyk; 3.) B. Soyka
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) K. Soyka; 2.) Matt Raykowski; 3.) Hamel
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Scholze; 2.) Stelzer; 3.) Manternatch
Fast Qualifier: Hintz, 13.624 Seconds

Pure Stocks
20 Lap Feature:
1.) Scott Strigel; 2.) Eric Nelson; 3.) Brad Guralski; 4.) Andrew Hintz; 5.) Dean Aschbacher; 6.) Shane Floistad
Fast Qualifier: Strigel, 15.392 Seconds

4 Cylinders
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Scott Stelzer; 2.) Mike Oehmichen;  3.) Torey Nitzsche; 4.) Thomas Masephol; 5.) Jenny Nitzsche; 6.) Nathan Morris
10 Lap Heat: 1.) John Flick; 2.) Masephol; 3.) Kevin Teske
Fast Qualifier: Oehmichen, 15.347 Seconds