Race Report - May 28, 2004

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Weinfurter Masters Sands Friday Memorial Show,
Stelzer Storms to Super Stock Victory!

By Jeffrey Sachse

May 28, 2004; Plover, WI - Jeff Weinfurter of Wisconsin Rapids turned in a dominating performance in the 40 lap Super Late Model headliner to win his first feature of the 2004 season at Golden Sands Speedway.   Weinfurter would fend off the challenges of Joe Krzykowski over the final six laps on the high banked third-mile oval to claim the victory after starting near the middle of the field.

Photo Highlights
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Jeff Weinfurter (#3) scored his first Super Late Model feature victory of the 2004 season here at Golden Sands Speedway.
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Super Late Model sophomore pilot Pat Williams (#27) and Burton Brown (#07) brought the field to the green flag for the feature contest.
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Former Super Late Model champion Burton Brown (#07) paced the feature contest in the early going before being passed by eventual winner Jeff Weinfurter (#3).
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Joe Krzykowski (#77) turned in a strong showing charging to second place in the Super Late Model feature event.  He is shown passing Allen Check (#20) near the end of the main event.
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Monte Gress (#107.5) captured the Super Late Model semi-feature, earning his way into the evening's feature contest.
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Jeremy Lepak (#40) turned in a strong performance setting fast time for the evening and working his way into fourth in the Super Late Model feature race.
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Defending Super Stock champion Shawn Stelzer (#40) earned top honors in their feature contest this evening.
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Tim Zuehlke (#70) led much of the Super Stock feature before being passed by eventual winner Shawn Stelzer in the closing laps of the contest.
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Ken Soyka (#30) lost most of this front end in a wild accident in the Super Stock feature.  He was unhurt.
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Super Stock rookie Bert Soyka (#75) earned his first checkered flag in the class taking the semi-feature event.
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Tim Plowman narrowly missed the track record in the Super Stocks when he set fast time for the evening.
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Current Pure Stock point leader Brad Guralski (#16)captured his second feature win of the 2004 season.
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John Flick (#9) earned top honors in the 4 cylinder main event.
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With just two laps to go, John Flick (#9) motored past Kevin Teske (#27) for the lead, on his way to winning the 4 cylinder feature race.

In Super Stock action, defending division champion Shawn Stelzer cruised to a comfortable win after taking the lead late in the contest.  The Pure Stock feature winner was current division point leader Brad Guralski who managed to pace every lap of the 15 lap event.  Rounding out the list of winners on the evening was John Flick who would take the win from newcomer Kevin Teske, as Flick powered to the top spot with less than two laps left in the contest making for an exciting finish.

The 40 Lap Super Late Model contest headed toward the green 17 cars strong, with sophomore racer Pat Williams sitting on the pole and former track champion Burton Brown to his outside in a newly build race car.

Brown would use the outside lane to power ahead for the initial lead, brining Allen Check with him into the second spot.  A quick caution on lap two for a Clint Sillars spin, and racing resumed in earnest. Brown was immediately challenged for the lead by Check.  Check would work the outside groove and scooted past Brown for the top spot on lap 4.   The outside lane appeared to be the fast groove as Brian Back and Weinfurter advanced to second and third at Brown's expense on lap 8.

Check soon found himself having to defend the lead from both Back and Weinfurter.   Back tried on several occasions to work the low line past Check but his efforts were thwarted each time.  Weinfurter opted for the outside line and worked past Back for second on lap 12, before diving to the inside lane to get alongside Check.

After a brief battle Weinfurter assumed command of the event on lap 15 and began to pull away from Check.  Meanwhile four-time track champion Mark Eswein was working through the field and found himself in third behind Check.  Eswein would advance into the runner-up slot on lap 19, but as the laps clicked by he was unable to close the gap on Weinfurter who was setting a blistering pace.  Joe Krzykowski would secure the third position from Check just past the halfway point of the contest, in on of his strongest showings of the 2004 season.

The second caution appeared on lap 22 for debris wiping out Weinfurter's lead.   With the race resuming Weinfurter immediately began to build upon his lead again while Eswein and Krzykowski found themselves doing battle for second.  While Weinfurter would comfortably pace the contest as the laps wound down.  After many laps of hard racing Krzykowski powered past Eswein on the outside with 8 laps remaining.   However Weinfurter had build up a large advantage, seemingly headed for a comfortable win.  That advantage however was eared with six laps remaining as Sillars looped his tide in turn three forcing the final caution of the contest.

Underway for the six lap sprint to the checkered, Krzykowski pressured Weinfurter for the lead, but soon found himself having to defend the second spot as Eswein began to rally.  Weinfurter found himself two car lengths ahead of Krzykowski at the checkered.  Eswein would settle for third. A late race charge would net Jeremy Lepak the fourth spot while Check rounded out the top five finishers.

Tim Zuehlke paced the opening laps of the Super Stock contest while fending off the challenges of David Pagels and Dan Gollen.  A scary looking accident occurred on lap nine as several cars got together in turn three with one of the machines climbing up and over the front of Ken Soyka's ride.  While most of the cars received cosmetic damage, Soyka had the front end sheet metal ripped from his machine, but was was unhurt in the incident.

The top five runners at the time included Zuehke, Pagels, Gollen, Scott Hamel and Stelzer who had charged through the field and into the fifth spot.

With action resuming Zuehlke jumped back out front. On lap 14 Pagels slipped up the track allowing several competitors to squirt past and giving the position to Gollen.   On the next circuit Stelzer reached the third position and began to work over Gollen.  Stelzer wasted little time in securing the second spot, taking the position with 11 laps remaining.

Zuehlke soon found his lead being challenged as Stealer stalked him around the raceway. Making a slick move, Stelzer was able to work the outside line and nab the lead with 6 laps remaining in the contest.  For there on out Stelzer was able to comfortably pull away from the field and earn his second victory of the season.  With just two circuits left in the contest Scott Hamel would work past Zuehlke for the second spot.   Zuehlke would finish third in his strongest run of the young season.  Jason Kirsling putting in his first showing of the year in the Super Stock division netted fourth and Dave Neitzke rounded out the top five finishers.

The Pure Stock main event was in the hands of Brad Guralski from green to checkered in a non-stop contest which presented the largest field of cars to compete in the class this season for his second victory this year. Frank Calabrese would finish second after assuming the position with a handful of laps remaining.  Defending division champion Eric Nelson would claim third followed by Scott Strigel and last week's feature winner Michael Gwidt.

The 4 Cylinder feature had just a single slowdown.  Eric Kluever paced the first half of the race before losing the lead to Kevin Teske who was making his first appearance of the 2004 season.  In the closing laps of the race Teske found himself challenged by fast qualifier John Flick.  Flick would work the outside line as the pair battled side by side lap after lap.  With just two laps to go Flick would take over the top spot and snare the win.  Teske would finish second after a very solid showing.   Scott Stelzer finished third, ahead of current point leader Torey Nitzsche.   Jennifer Nitzsche completed the top five runners.

Golden Sands Speedway will wrap up it's double header weekend with the Wisconsin Challenge Series Memorial 100 on Memorial Day (Monday) Afternoon.  The event will feature the top Super Late Model drivers from several area states as they compete for top honors in a 100 lap main event.  The show will also feature twin 30 lap qualifying races for the class.

Weinfurter is the defending champion of the contest, as he outran Jason and Chris Weinkauf in the event one year ago.  Last year over 40 cars participated in the event.

Joining the Super Late Models, will be the snowmobile engine powered Wisconsin Sport Trucks.  The mini-size pickup truck bodied machines will run a full race program.   Also on showing during the afternoon will be the exciting 2-Man Cruiser races and the first appearance of the "must be seen" Bus Races.

Qualifying for the show will take place at 12:30 p.m., with racing beginning at 2:00 p.m.  The adult admission price is just $12 for the afternoon making the show one of the most inexpensive special event ticket prices in the Midwest.

Next Friday evening weekly racing will continue with a show featuring Late Models, Super Stocks, 4 Cylinder, Pure Stocks and a return of the Spectator racing event.   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

For complete RACESTAT Race Results Click Here!

Late Models
40 Lap Feature:
1.) Jeff Weinfurter; 2.) Joe Kryzkowski; 3.) Mark Eswein; 4.) Jeremy Lepak; 5.) Allen Check; 6.) Brian Back; 7.) Greg Back; 8.) Brandon Selle; 9.) Jason Weinkauf; 10.) Chris Weinkauf
20 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Monte Gress; 2.) Clint Sillars; 3.) Eugene Gregorich; 4.) Dean Lapointe; 5.) Keith Bohmsach; 6.) Steve Gress
12 Lap Consolation: 1.) Joel Schulz; 2.) Chad Devine; 3.) Dave Phillips; 4.) Elliott Weiler
First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Weiler; 2.) Dillion Kralovetz; 3.) Wayne Cottrell
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) S. Gress; 2.) Eric Wisz; 3.) Bohmsach
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) J. Weinkauf; 2.) Sillars; 3.) Mark Mackesy
Fourth 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Weinfurter; 2.) Eswein; 3.) G. Back
Fast Qualifier: Lepak, 12.209 Seconds

Super Stocks
25 Lap Feature:
1.) Shawn Stelzer; 2.) Scott Hamel; 3. Tim Zuehlke; 4.) Jason Kirsling; 5.) Dave Neitzke; 6.) Dan Gollen; 7.) David Pagels; 8.) Mike Brooks; 9.) Tim Plowman; 10.) Collin Wilcott
15 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Bert Soyka; 2.) Roger Stanczyk; 3.) Matt Pyburn; 4.) Don Cline; 5.) Marc Baldwin
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Stanczyk; 2.) Kevin Charles; 3.) Cline
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Matt Raykowski; 2.) Soyka; 3.) Zuehlke
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Kirsling; 2.) Gollen; 3.) Neitzke
Fast Qualifier: Dave Neitzke, 13.344 Seconds

Pure Stocks
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Brad Guralski; 2.) Frank Calabrese; 3.) Eric Nelson; 4.) Scott Strigel; 5.) Michael Gwidt; 6.) Harvey Vera
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Jared Pinkalla; 2.) Todd Kuehl; 3.) Bob Cook
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Guralski; 2.) Gwidt; 3.) Calabrese
Fast Qualifier: Vera, 15.470 Seconds

4 Cylinders
20 Lap Feature:
1.) John Flick; 2.) Kevin Teske; 3.) Scott Stelzer; 4.) Torey Nitzsche; 5.) Jenny Nitzsche; 6.) Eric Kluever
Fast Qualifier: Flick; 15.041 Seconds