Golden Sands Speedway Race Report

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Weinfurter Captures Victory #3 In Super Late Action! Manternatch Collects Career First Super Stock Win!
By Jeffrey Sachse

June 11, 2004; Plover, WI - Jeff Weinfurter matched his car number in Super Late Model victories this season as his yellow #3 machine lead the field to the checkered flag in the Super Late Model headliner. On a cool damp night more befitting of late fall and early summer a group of dedicated fans witnessed Weinfurter fend off both Eugene Gregorich and Brian Back for the win on a race that ran 40 laps non-stop. 

Photo Highlights
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Jeff Weinfurter (#3) earned his third Super Late Model feature win of the 2004 season at Golden Sands Speedway.
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Jeff Weinfurter (#3) works the low line past Eugene Gregorich (#14) for the lead in the Super Late Model main event.
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The final laps of the Super Late Model main event saw a great battle between Eugene Gregorich (#14) and Brian Back (#61) for the runner-up position.
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Brandon Selle (#98) turned in a solid showing taking the fast Super Late Model heat and later finishing sixth in the feature event..
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Travis Sauter (#01) made his first appearance of the year at Golden Sands Speedway and turned in the fastest qualifying lap of the Super Late Models.
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Galen Manternatch (#5) scored his first career Super Stock feature victory.
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Using the low line Galen Manternatch (#5) and Tim Hintz go by former race leader Brian Schmutzer (#55) during the Super Stock feature race..
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Tim Plowman (#80) sets fast time again this evening in the Super Stock division.
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Brad Guralski (#16) holds a slim point lead in the Pure Stock division after capturing another feature event.
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Eric Nelson (#94) works the low line past a pair of competitors in the Pure Stock feature.
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Troy Engman (#99) rebounded from this tip off the raceway in the Pure Stock heat, to turning in a second second place showing in the feature contest.

In Super Stock action Galen Manternatch spent the feature contest with Tim Hintz nipping at his heels.  Manternatch drove a smooth line around the high banked third mile oval and was rewarded with his first career feature victory.  In Pure Stock action, current point leader Brad Guralski would lead just the final 20 feet of the contest, taking the lead from Troy Engman coming out of the final turn.  He would reach the finish line inches ahead of Engman to score the victory.  The 2-man Cruisers completed the evening with the teams of Netzel and Jesko taking the first feature and the team of Clark and Boyer earning the victory in the second feature contest.   The entire show was completed before 10 p.m., and the final checkered flag in the Cruiser division was waving just as a light rain began to fall.

The opening laps of the 40 lap Super Late Model contest looked like a Back family reunion with Greg Back and Brian Back sharing the front row for the drop of the green flag.  Brian Back using the outside lane surged ahead for the lead brining Eugene Gregorich and Jeff Weinfurter with him.  The outside line proved to be the fast groove and on lap three, Eugene Gregorich surged past Brian Back for the lead.   Weinfurter followed suit and found himself in second before the conclusion of the lap.

Gregorich's ran a solid pace and both he and Weinfurter managed to separate themselves from the field.  Weinfurter applied the pressure to Gregorich looking both high and low for a passing opportunity.  He found that opportunity running the low line and on lap seven he drew alongside Gregorich to battle for the lead.  The pair ran wheel to wheel for a cou8ple laps before Weinfurter secured the lead position.

Though he had convincingly taken the lead Weinfurter only managed a small cushion over Gregorich as the laps quickly clicked by.  At the halfway point of the contest Weinfurter, Gregorich and Brian Back occupied the top three positions and had created a dozen car length advantage on the fourth place car of defending track champion and current point leader Mark Eswein, while fifth was being held by top rookie in the class Keith Bohmsach.

With no cautions to bunch the field it became apparent the win would be decided between the lead trio.  Weinfurter clung tenaciously to the lead, with Gregorich on occasion looking to his inside but he was unable to draw alongside to attempt a serious challenge.

In the closing laps Weinfurter's run to victory received some addition assistance as Brian Back began to pressure Gregorich for the runner-up spot.  Jeremy Lepak, who started deep in the field had slowly worked forward since the green flag fell, had worked by Eswein for the fourth spot with ten laps to go in the contest.

Weinfurter would reach the checkered with a five car length advantage over Gregorich.   Gregorich successfully defended his second position after Brian Back had worked to his inside trying to make a final lap bid for the position. Back would settle for third.   Lepak would take fourth with Eswein completing the top five runners.

The Super Stock main event had but a single caution to slow the pace during the contest.  Brian Schmutzer and Matt Raykowski were the pair doing battle for the opening lead with Schmutzer securing the top spot.  Schmutzer would set the pace, while Manternatch began to march forward.  Manternatch would reach the runner-up spot on lap six with Tim Hintz in tow. 

Schmutzer having the strongest run of the young season kept Manternatch in his tire tracks until lap 8, when Manternatch worked the low groove to take the lead position from Schmutzer.  On the following lap Hintz lower Schmutzer another position as he captured the runner-up position.  Schmutzer would continue to fade as the contest progressed.

The only slowdown in the contest occurred on lap 15 when Raykowski and David Pagels became tangled in turn one.  The race resumed with Manternatch holding the lead and Hintz seeking the top.  They managed to pull away from third place runner Tim Zuehlke for a private battle for the top spot.  Running a flawless race Manternatch was able to repel all challenges by Hintz and he reached the finish line with a one car length lead for his first career feature checkered.  Hintz followed in second.  All the while third place was hotly contested with several drivers doing battle for the position.   Scott Hamel, finally put a solid claim on the spot with eight laps remaining.   Mike Brooks with a solid showing took fourth followed by the evening's fast qualifier and last weeks feature winner Tim Plowman in fifth.

The Pure Stock contest appeared to be in the hands of Troy Engman who had a solid lead with five laps remaining in the feature race.  Brad Guralski who had taken the runner-up spot at the halfway point of the race had other plans however as he cut Engman's lead with each passing lap.  As the white flag flew Guralski reached Engman's rear bumper, before drawing alongside him going down the backstretch.  Coming out of the final turn, the pair were dead event and a drag race to the finish line had begun.   Guralski would reach the line a foot ahead in one of the closest contests of the season.  Engman would finish second after a great race.  defending division champion Eric Nelson earned third, followed by Christopher Rindfleisch and Michael Gwidt in the top five.

Next Friday evening weekly racing will continue with a show presented by Werner Electric featuring Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks and a return of the 2-Man Cruisers. The evening will also feature the second appearance of the Bus Racing event, which always provide plenty of thrills and spill for the fans.

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.) Jeff Weinfurter; 2.) Eugene Gregorich; 3.) Brian Back; 4.) Jeremy Lepak; 5.) Mark Eswein; 6.) Brandon Selle; 7.) Travis Sauter; 8.) Jason Weinkauf; 9.) Kirby Kurth; 10.) Monte Gress
20 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Banejamin Brinkmain; 2.) Steve Gress; 3.) Nicholas Anderson; 4.) Mark Mackesy; 5.) Allen Check; 6.) John Totzke Jr.
First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) John Totzke Jr.; 2.) Joel Schulz; 3.) Rene Sceinoha
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Check; 2.) Brinkman; 3.) S. Gress
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Weinfurter; 2.) G. Back; 3.) Eswein
Fourth 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Selle; 2.) J. Weinkaf; 3.) Lepak
Fast Qualifier: Sauter, 12.227 Seconds

Super Stocks
25 Lap Feature:
1.) Galen Manternatch; 2.) Tim Hintz; 3.) Scott Hamel; 4.) Mike Brooks; 5.) Tim Plowman; 6.) Shawn Stelzer; 7.) Tim Zuehlke; 8.) Matt Pyburn; 9.) Brian Schmutzer; 10.) Dan Gollen
15 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) David Pagels; 2.) Brad Scholze; 3.) Wally Kallman; 4.) Don Cline; 5.) Matt Komatz
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Scholze; 2.) Ken Soyka; 3.) Cline
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Pagels; 2.) Zuehlke; 3.) Brooks
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Manternatch; 2.) Hintz; 3.) Gollen
Fast Qualifier: Plowman, 13.593 Seconds

Pure Stocks
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Brad Guralski; 2.) Troy Engman; 3.) Eric Nelson; 4.) Christopher Rindfleisch; 5.) Michael Gwidt; 6.) Scott Strigel; 7.) Shane Floistad; 8.) Andrew Hintz
First 8 Lap Heat: 1.) Floistad; 2.) Rindfleisch; 3.) Bob Cook
Second 8 Lap Heat: 1.) Strigel; 2.) Nelson; 3.) Guralski
Fast Qualifier: Guralski, 15.396 Seconds

2 Man Cruisers
First 10 Lap Feature:
1.) Netzel/Jisko; 2.) Wierzba/Wierzba; 3.) Kampert/Kluck; 4.) No Card; 5.) Bitsky/Wogernese
Second 10 Lap Feature: 1.) Clark/Boyer; 2.) Kampert/Kampert; 3.) Turzinski/Turzinski; 4.) Szymkowiak/Pionek; 5.) Pingel/Williams