Golden Sands Speedway Race Report

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Krzykowski Captures Super Late Headliner!
Plowman Powers to Victory In Super Stock Action!

By Jeffrey Sachse

June 4, 2004; Plover, WI - Run under nearly ideal weather conditions over 100 cars were in attendance in the pit area as Golden Sands Speedway presented another fast paced racing program on the high-banked third mile paved oval.  Heading the list of winners this evening was "smokin' Joe Krzykowski, who charged passed Super Late Model rookie of the year contender Keith Bohmsach in the closing laps of the main event to earn his first feature victory since the 1998 season.  Krzykowski has had several close runner-up finishes in recent years including last week where he finished runner-up to Jeff Weinfurter, but until this evening a victory had eluded him for 5 seasons.

Photo Highlights
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Joe Krzykowski (#77) came home with his first Super Late Model feature win at Golden Sands since the 1998 season.
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Joe Krzykowski (#77) uses the outside line to pass Keith Bohmsach (#24x) for the lead of the Super Late Model feature during the closing laps.
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Mark Mackesy (#12) turned in a strong third place showing.  He's shown slipping past Jeremy Lepak (#40) while Joe Krzykwoski (#77) gives chase.
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Burton Brown (#07) and Keith Bohmsach (#24x) battled for the early lead in the Super Late Model feature race.
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Brian Back (#61) debuted a new car this evening and promptly took it to victory lane winning the Super Late Model semi-feature.
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John Totzke Jr. (#8) was a double winner, taking both his heat race and the consolation event in Super Late Model action.
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Chris Weinkauf (#75) set the pace in the Super Late Model division this evening during qualifying.
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Tim Plowman (#80) earned his first Super Stock feature win of the 2004 season.
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Brad Scholze (#87) set the early pace out running David Pagels (#409) but.....
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In the closing laps he would turn the lead over to Tim Plowman (#80) and then drop from the contest with mechanical ills.
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Current point leader Shawn Stelzer (#40) set fast time honors for the evening.
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Eric Nelson (#94) made a stop in victory lane after capturing the Pure Stock feature.
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Kevin Teske (#27) celebrates a well earned victory after taking the 4 cylinder feature event.

In Super Stock action, it was Tim Plowman capturing his first feature victory of the 2004 season after several runner-up finishes this year.  The Pure Stocks saw defending champion Eric Nelson return to victory lane for the second time this year, while the 4 cylinders treated fans to an exciting race long duel which was Kevin Teske edge out Mike Oehmichen by a matter of inches for the win.

Former track champion Burton Brown and Keith Bohmsach brought the field to the green flag for the 40 lap Super Late Model main event.  A former title winner in the Super Stock division, Bohmsach worked the outside line to secure the initial lead of the contest, while Brown and Jeremy Lepak engaged in a tussle for second. Lepak would rumble into the runner-up spot on the fifth lap and set out after Bohmsach.

The lead pair separated themselves a bit from the pack behind them as the laps quickly passed.  By lap 10 third position settled in with Mark Mackesy holding the spot with Krzykowski in tow.  Bohmsach's rapid pace had allowed him to pull away building a ten car length lead, while Lepak found himself falling into the clutches of Mackesy.

Lepak slid up the track a bit on Lap 14, allowing both Mackesy and Krzykowski to slip by for second and third respectively.  Even with a new challenger in second, Bohmsach held a comfortable lead as the race past the halfway point, showing himself, Mackesy, Krzykowski, Lepak and Jason Weinkauf in the top five positions.

Krzykowski began to show some speed working by Mackesy for the second spot.   Bohmsach however still held a comfortable lead.  That lead however, was erased with 15 laps to go in the contest as the lone caution of the event flew when Jason Kirsling looped his ride in turn one.

One the restart Bohmsach has Krzykowski all over his rear bumper, while Mackesy and Weinkauf contested the third spot. As the race drew closer to it's conclusion Krzykowski opted for the outside line which allowed him to draw alongside Bohmsach.  The pair would run wheel to wheel for several laps before Krzykowski would inch ahead with five laps to go. 

Krzykowski would pace the final laps to the checkered to secure the win.  Bohmsach in his strongest showing as a rookie contender in the class would settle for a close second after an impressive performance.  Mackesy would edge out Jason Weinkauf for third.  Jeff Weinfurter, last weeks feature winner claimed fifth after passing Chris Weinkauf for the spot on the final lap.

Brad Scholze paced the opening rounds of the Super Stock contest with Dan Gollen and Matt Pyburn giving chase.  Scholze seemed to be able to command the pace of the contest staying out front by a couple car lengths while positions swapped behind him.  

The complexion of the race changed on lap ten when Pyburn and Gollen made contact sending Gollen spinning in turn two, Gollen was then clipped by Brian Schmutzer and a yellow flag resulted due to the tangle.  Pyburn was placed at the tail of the field while Gollen and Schmutzer were forced to call it a night.

This left Scholze still in control of the race, with 15 laps to go.  Plowman was up to sixth place at this point as he rapidly worked past cars using both the high and low grooves. Scholze began to stretch his lead over David Pagels, while Plowman continued to pass cars.  Cale Laessig, the current Super Stock point leader at Marshfield Speedway was making his first appearance of the season, and was turning in an impressive performances as he slipped by Pagels for second with ten laps to go in the contest.   Plowman now crept into the picture working into third moments later.

The lead trio of Scholze, Laessig and Plowman were lines up nose to tail when Plowman saw an opportunity to pass both drivers for the lead with seven laps to go.  In a quick maneuver Plowman charged to the top spot and he would pull away from the field over the final laps to take the victory.  Scholze's fine night came to an end as his car began smoking heavily forcing him to the pits with only three laps to go.  This left Laessig to claim the runner-up position by a comfortable margin. A late race charge would net current point leader Shawn Stelzer the third positions, while Tim Hintz and David Pagels would complete the top five finishers.

The four cylinder feature saw several different leaders early.  Aaron Philipps paced a lap in the contest early before Randy Polansky took over the top spot. Mike Oehmichen became the third leader of the contest on lap four.  With 8 laps to go Kevin Teske would nose ahead of Oehmichen for the top spot, becoming the fourth driver to pace the contest.

The final eight laps would be hotly contested, as Oehmichen would engage in a wheel to wheel battle with Teske for the lead which would continue all the way to the checkered.   As the checkered flag fell it was Teske ahead by the slimmest of margins for the victory.  Oehmichen finished second ahead of fast qualifier Torey Nitzsche. 

The Pure Stock contest turned into a duel between Eric Nelson and Scott Streigl for the victory, with Nelson leading most of the event, winning by three car lengths over Streigel.  Current division point leader, and the evening's fast qualifier Brad Guralski would finish third. Troy Engman and Christopher Rindfleisch made up the top five finishers.

Next Friday evening weekly racing will continue with a show featuring Late Models, Super Stocks, 4 Cylinder, Pure Stocks and a return of the 2-Man Cruisers. The evening will also feature the next round of the Fire Department challenge as area firemen will wheel equally prepared Saturn race cars in a special match race to lead off the evenings events.

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.) Joe Krzykowski; 2.) Keith Bohmsach; 3.) Mark Mackesy; 4.) Jason Weinkauf; 5.) Jeff Weinfurter; 6.) Chris Weinkauf; 7.) Mark Eswein; 8.) Allen Check; 9.) Rory Melbinger; 10.) Jeremy Lepak
20 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Brian Back; 2.) Monte Gress; 3.) Rene Scheinoha; 4.) Pat Williams; 5.) Steve Gress; 6.) Eugene Gregorich
12 Lap Consolation: 1.) John Totzke Jr.; 2.) Elliott Weiler; 3.) Joel Schulz; 4.) David Cabelka;
First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Totzke Jr.; 2.) Kasey Chase; 3.) Dillon Kralovetz
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Nicholas Anderson; 2.) Gregorich; 3.) Wayne Cottrell
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Lepak; 2.) M. Gress; 3.) Check
Fourth 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Weinfurter; 2.) Melbinger; 3.) Mackesy
Fast Qualifier: C. Weinkauf, 12.351 Seconds

Super Stocks
25 Lap Feature:
1.) Tim Plowman; 2.) Cale Laessig; 3.) Shawn Stelzer; 4.) Tim Hintz; 5.) David Pagels; 6.) Galen Manternatch; 7.) Scott Hamel; 8.) Jason Kirsling; 9.) Dave Neitzke; 10.) Mike Brooks
15 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Tim Zuehlke; 2.) Bert Soyka; 3.) Matt Raykowski; 4.) Ken Soyka; 5.) Roger Stanczyk
10 Lap Consolation: 1.) Marc Baldwin; 2.) Matt Komatz; 3.) Daniel Ernst; 4.) Kevin Loos
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) K. Soyka; 2.) Dale Robinson; 3.) Ernst
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Wally Kallman; 2.) B. Soyka; 3.) Zuehlke
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Kirsling; 2.) Manternatch; 3.) Laessig
Fast Qualifier: Stelzer, 13.608 Seconds

Pure Stocks
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Eric Nelson; 2.) Scott Streigel; 3.) Brad Guralski; 4.) Troy Engman; 5.) Christopher Rindfleisch; 6.) Andrew Hintz; 7.) Raymond Kramer; 8.) Bob Cook
Fast Qualifier: Guralski, 15.399 Seconds

4 Cylinders
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Kevin Teske; 2.) Mike Oehmichen; 3.) Torey Nitzsche; 4.) Jeremy Behr; 5.) Jenny Nitzsche; 6.) Randy Polansky
Fast Qualifier: T. Nitzsche; 15.600 Seconds