Golden Sands Speedway Race Report

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Chris Weinkauf Victorious In Sands Super Lates!
Hintz Goes From Fast Time to Feature Win in Super Stocks!

By Jeffrey Sachse

August 5, 2004; Plover, WI - Children turned out in abundance as CARQUEST presented Kid's Night at the races a Golden Sands Speedway.  The focus on the younger crowd included race car rides and a coin drop as well as numerous giveaways throughout out the evening.  While the youngsters benefited from a plethora of prizes, the adults in attendance were treated to another exciting race program.

Photo Highlights
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Chris Weinkauf (#75) celebrated his first Super Late Model feature win of the 2004 season at Golden Sands Speedway.
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During the closing laps of the Super Late Model main event, current point leader Mark Eswein (#71) managed to work past Allen Check (#20) for the runner-up spot.
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Super Late Model rookie Elliott Weiler (#01) thrilled the fans with some daring driving in the outside lane while doing battle for the lead.  He's shown racing with Benjamin Brinkman (#94) early in the contest.
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Wayne Cottrell (#28) was a double winner on the evening, taking both his heat race and the consolation in Super Late Model action.
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By setting fast time and winning the feature race, Tim Hintz (#1) narrowed the gap on the point leaders in the Super Stock class.
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Dan Gilster (#23) a visiting driver, spent a fair amount of time fending off Golden Sands Speedway regulars to lead the Super Stock feature.
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Tim Hintz (#1) uses the high line to pass Randy Storlie (#53) for the lead late in the Super Stock main event.
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Tim Plowman (#80) passes Tim Zuehlke (#70) on his way to a second place finish in the Super Stock main event.  Plowman is the current point leader in the division.
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Matt Raykowski (#6) visits victory lane after winning the Super Stock semi-feature.
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The Beetle is back!  Scott Stelzer (#2) captured the 4 cylinder main event this evening.
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Scott Setlzer (#2) works under Randy Polansky (#7) and Jenny Nitzsche (#13) for the lead in 4 cylinder main event action.
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Jim Robinson (#33) powers past Troy Engman (#99) on his way to winning the Pure Stock feature race.

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Visiting racer Jim Robinson (#33) no doubt enjoyed his trip to Golden Sands Speedway after taking a sweep of the class this evening.
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A wild flip early in the evening during the Fire Department Challenge provided a little early evening unplanned excitement for the fans... and the driver who was unhurt in this incident.

Chris Weinkauf of Merrill, would outrun current point leader Mark Eswein to capture his first Super Late Model feature win in over a year on the high banked third mile Golden Sands Speedway oval.  The victory, the second of Weinkauf's career at the track, kept alive a points chase between he and defending champion Eswein.  The margin remains in Eswein's favor by 35 points with four weeks of racing remaining in the title chase.

In the Super Stock division, Tim Hintz set fast time and has recorded back to back feature wins, having won the feature contest in the Super Stocks in their last appearance two weeks ago.  Hintz has a division leading four feature wins this season and finds himself third in the points chase, behind Tim Plowman and Shawn Stelzer.  In Pure Stock action visiting driver Jim Robinson turned in a dominating performance, taking a sweep of the division, while Scott Stelzer nabbed another 4 cylinder win in his popular Volkswagen Beetle.

The Super Late Model main event was a wild affair with several cautions to spice up the action. 

Benjamin Brinkman would set the initial pace fending off hard charging rookies Elliott Weiler and Keith Bohmsach.  Weiler opting for the outside line around the track proved to be especially tenacious in his efforts to wrestle the lead from Brinkman, while Bohmsach stayed on Brinkman's rear bumper. 

Weiler would pull alongside Brinkman using the high line and the pair would square off for and exciting battle for the lead.  On several occasions the high flying Weiler, would nose ahead of Brinkman, only to have Brinkman rally and continue the side by side battle.  Each driver took their turn out front by a matter of inches as the race progress.  Bohmsach continued to follow with Rene Scheinoha and Chris Weinkauf making up the top five.

Weinkauf began to work forward passing Scheinoha for fourth on lap 11, and then working past Bohmsach for third moments later.  A spin by Pete Kempf on lap 16 slowed the field forcing a caution.

The battle between Brinkman and Weiler would resumed on the restart but it would come to an abrupt end when Weiler, slipped off the top of the track spinning on lap 21, and ending an exciting battle with a spin.  With Weiler now at the tail of the field Brinkman had to deal with Weinkauf on the next restart.

Weinkauf would motor to the top spot at the resumption of the race with Brinkman settling into second.  Allen Check reached third moments later, with current point leader Mark Eswein climbing to fourth.  With Weinkauf setting sail out front, both Check and Eswein began to work the high line in effort to get around Brinkman.  Check would assume second on lap 25 and two laps later Eswein dropped Brinkman another notch to claim third.

Before Check could begin efforts to close the gap on Weinkauf, Eswein, showing some late race speed managed to work by Check for the runner-up spot with 12 laps to go in the contest.  Eswein was able to pull away from his rival behind him, but Weinkauf still has a 8 car length lead to contend with.

Weinkauf's pace would be enough over the final laps to allow him to earn his first feature victory at Golden Sands Speedway in nearly a year.  Eswein managed to close to within five car lengths at the checkered having to settle for second.  Check, Brinkman and Jeff Weinfurter would complete the top five runners.

Dan Gilster a visiting driver from the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway set the pace at the drop of the green in the Super Stock division.  Tim Zuehlke would reach the second spot on lap two with Randy Storlie giving chase in third.

Zuehlke would look to the inside on of Gilster on several occasions, but the caution flag flew on lap seven for a gathering of cars in turn two which included Scott Hamel, Dan Gollen and Matt Pyburn.  Before the racing could resumed Gollen experienced additional mechanical problems extending the caution, as his car needed assistance to exit from the racing surface.

With green flag returning Gilster went back to the lead, by Storlie was quick to advance working past Zuehlke for second before setting out to work on Gilster.  Hard charges Tim Plowman and fast qualifier Tim Hintz were moving up quickly working the outside line reaching the top five by the halfway point of the contest.

The battle for the lead became a quartet, as Gilster, Storlie, Plowman and Hintz all worked various line in a pack tying to reach the top spot.  With seven laps to go Gilster slid up the track, slowing Plowman briefly and allowing Storlie to squirt into the lead, with Hintz following into second.  On the very next lap Hintz motored alongside Storlie and the battle for the lead continued for the next two laps before Hintz edged ahead.

Once out front Hintz would pull away slightly as the battle was now on for second.   Over the final two laps Storlie and Plowman ran wheel to wheel for the runner-up spot.  At the line Plowman was able to edge out Storlie for the second spot my a batter of inched to finish second behind Hintz.  Storlie would settle for third. Gilster in his first appearance at the track claimed a solid fourth, and fifth place went down to the final lap with Shawn Stelzer edging Zuehlke for the spot.

The championship chase in the Super Stocks is the closest of any division, with Plowman holding a six point lead over Stelzer.  Hintz, closed the gap on the lead duo and is now just 17 points out of the lead.

Jim Robinson a regular at Jefferson Speedway in their Hobby Stock class, visited Golden Sands Speedway to compete with the Pure Stocks and he turned in an impressive performance taking a sweep of the class.  Eric Nelson, the division point leader had troubles in qualifying burst into the lead at the drop of the green dominating the contest.   Unfortunately Nelson exceeded the track's break out rule which forced a caution late in the race and bunched the field.  On the restart Nelson again quickly regained control of the contest, but Robinson reached the second position with five laps to go and began to run down Nelson.

On the final lap the pair were side by side as they encountered lapped cars.  It appeared Nelson would have the best shot at reaching the finish line first, but Robinson found room between Nelson and the lapped car to reach the checkered first be a couple feet.  Nelson would settle for second, followed by Scott Strigel; Frank Calabrese and Troy Engman

The 4 Cylinder contest had but a single caution period to slow their pace with Randy Polansky pacing the first half of the event.  Scott Stelzer, who came within one lap of winning the division's feature race last week before becoming involved in a tangle, powered past Polansky to take the top spot pulling away to a solid lead.  Current point leader Mike Oehmichen would reach second with five laps remaining and began to reel in Stelzer, but Stelzer was able to avoid any troubles this week and accepted the checkered flag with a 5 car length margin on Oehmichen.  Third went to John Flick, while Torey Nitzsche and Kevin Teske completed the top five runners.

Next Friday evening at Golden Sands Speedway is Kwik Trip Night at the races.    The show will feature four divisions of racing with a full program off Super Late Model, Super Stock, Pure Stock and 4 Cylinders activities. To round out the evening Spectators can take to the high banked third mile oval as they participate in Spectator racing.

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 www.goldensandsspeedway.com

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Late Models
40 Lap Feature:
1.) Chris Weinkauf; 2.) Mark Eswein; 3.) Allen Check; 4.) Benjamin Brinkman; 5.) Jeff Weinfurter; 6.) Mark Mackesy; 7.) Jason Weinkauf; 8.) Joe Krzykowski; 9.) Brian Back; 10.) Monte Gress
20 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) M. Gress; 2.) Lepak; 3.) Kurt Guralski; 4.) Mark Van; 5.) Steve Gress; 6.) Nicholas Anderson
12 Lap Consolation: 1.) Cottrell; 2.) Chad Devine; 3.) Dave Philipps; 4.) David Cabelka
First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Cottrell; 2.) Totzke Jr; 3.) Philipps
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Patrick Williams; 2.) Brady Baldry; 3.) Mark Van
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Brinkman; 2.) Lepak; 3.) Keith Bohmsach
Fourth 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Mackesy; 2.) Pete Kempf; 3.) Check
Fast Qualifier: Greg Back, 12.248 Seconds

Super Stocks
30 Lap Feature:
1.) Tim Hintz; 2.) Tim Plowman; 3.) Randy Storlie; 4.) Dan Gilster; 5.) Shawn Stelzer; 6.) Tim Zuehlke; 7.) Roger Stanczyk; 8.) Brad Scholze; 9.) Dave Neitzke; 10.) Matt Raykowski
15 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Raykowski; 2.) Wally Kallman; 3.) David Pagels; 4.) Collin Willcott; 5.) Mike Brooks;
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Brooks; 2.) Nick Quinnell; 3.) Marc Baldwin
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Pagels; 2.) Raykowski; 3.) Gilster
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Storlie; 2.) Matt Pyburn; 3.) Scott Hamel
Fast Qualifier: Hintz, 13.487 Seconds

Pure Stocks
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Jim Robinson; 2.) Eric Nelson; 3.) Scott Strigel; 4.) Frank Calabrese; 5.) Troy Engman; 6.) Shane Floistad;
First 8 Lap Heat: 1.) Nelson; 2.) Matthew Moore; 3.) Dean Aschbacher
Second 8 Lap Heat: 1.) Robinson; 2.) Jeff Burrows; 3.) Calabrese
Fast Qualifier: Robinson, 15.287 Seconds

4 Cylinders
15 Lap Feature:
1.) 2.) Scott Stelzer; 2.) Mike Oehmichen; 3.) John Flick; 4.) Torey Nitzsche; 5.) Kevin Teske; 6.) Jenny Nitzsche
Fast Qualifier: Oehmichen, 15.399 seconds