Golden Sands Speedway Race Report

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Nitzke and Plowman Take Mid-Season Championship Checkereds!
By Jeffrey Sachse

July 15, 2005; Plover, WI -  The Coca-Cola / Charter Communications Mid-Season Championship events at Golden Sands Speedway provided their share of thrills and spills as action took to the high-banked third mile oval.

Frank Nitzke would outrun Jason Weinkauf for his second Super Late Model feature win of the 2005 season.  In the Super Stock division, defending division champion and current point leader Tim Plowman charged through the field to earn his third feature this year.  The Pure Stock class was a wild affair with roll overs, red flags and assorted mayhem.  When the dust settled and the smoke cleared it was Dean Zakrezwski sitting in victory lane with his first career feature win in hand. The final class of the evening, the 4 cylinders, also saw their share of wild racing action, and when the checkered flag fell Chris Luedtke had his first feature win of the year on the high-banked third mile oval.

Photo Highlights
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Frank Nitzke (#18) earned his season feature win of 2005 by capturing the Mid-Season Championship Super Late Model main event at Golden Sands Speedway.
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Frank Nitzke (#18) works under Mark Van (#66) during the opening laps of the Super Late Model feature race.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Dillon Kralovetz (#2) captured the Super Late Model semi-feature event.
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Smokin' Joe Krzykowski (#77) has been on a roll, having won a pair of Super Late Model feature back to back.  This evening he turned in the fastest qualifying effort.
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Defending Super Stock champion Tim Plowman (#80) set fast time and later came back to win the feature to score the overall Mid-Season Championship title.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Collin Wilcott (#16) works under Tim Plowman (#80) in the closing laps of the Super Stock feature, but a wiggle on the last turn allowed Plowman to reach the checkered first.
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An unfortunate meeting between Randy Storlie (#53) and Wally Kallman (#7) hindered their evening in Super Stock action.
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Dean Zakrezwski (#19) collected his first career Pure Stock feature victory.
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Mike Gwidt (#25) got upside down during the early laps of the Pure Stock feature race.  He was not injured in the accident.
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14 year old Dallas Kralovetz (#21) earned the overall Mid-Season Championship title in the 4 cylinder class. 42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Curt Luedtke (#51) came away with the feature win in a wild 4 cylinder main event.

The 50 lap Super Late Model feature race would be presented with Frank Nitzke and Mark Van making up the front row.  Nitzke and Van squared off over the opening laps with Nitzke running the high line and getting the opening lead.   Van found himself having to defend second from a hard charging Jason Weinkauf.  

Before the battles had opportunity to settle themselves out the first and only caution of the contest appeared on lap five when Casey Chase got turned around in turn four.

The field came back to the green with Nitzke, Van, Weinkauf, Monte Gress and Brandon Selle occupying the top five slots.  Nitzke went back to the lead while the outside groove proved fruitful for both Weinkauf and Selle.  On lap ten, Weinkauf used the high line to work past Van for the runner-up spot, while Selle's efforts in the high line paid off with a move into the fourth spot at the expense of Gress. Selle then switched lanes working the bottom of the track and quickly dispatched Van for the third position.

By lap 15 the lead trio of Nitzke, Weinkauf and Selle began to break away from the pack behind them, with Nitzke's bright green car turning in blistering laps.

The top five remained the same when the halfway point of the race was reached with Niztke working out to a five car length lead.

Gress would work past Van for the fourth spot on lap 26 brining Jeff Weinfurter with him to reach the top five.  Just behind them Joe Krzykowski who won the feature contests the prior two weeks began to surge forward.

On lap 30, Weinfurter managed to work under Gress for the fourth spot brining Krzykowski with him to fifth.  The top three runners of Nitzke, Weinkauf and Selle, had nearly a quarter-lap lead on Weinfurter by this point with the field strung out all the way around the third-mile oval.

The leaders began to work lapped traffic as the final ten laps approached with Nitzke managing to keep a small lead as he worked traffic.  Nitzke's victory was assured over the final five laps as he made some good moves through lapped cars and further extended his lead.  Nitzke would reach the finish line with a eight car length margin on Weinkauf.  Selle would reach the finishing in third, his strongest run of the 2005 season so far.  Krzykowski would work by Weinfurter for fourth before the checkered but was unable to close on the lead trio.  Weinfurter would complete the top five runners.

Brian Schmutzer and visiting racer Cale Laessig bought the Super Stock main event to the green flag.  Schmutzer, knowing his home raceway well would shoot into the opening lead while Laessig found himself quickly challenged by the local drivers.  Collin Wilcott and Tim Plowman were among the first drivers to jump to the outside and found themselves moving forward rapidly reaching second and third by lap five.

Schmutzer soon found both Wilcott and Plowman testing him for the lead position.  Schmutzer clung to the bottom groove and would set the pace until lap 16 when Plowman jumped to the outside of the lead pair and managed to work past both drivers for the top spot.

Plowman then sought to stretch out his lead.  Wilcott however had other plans.  In a move similar to Plowman, Wilcott worked the high line past Schmutzer to reach the second position.  The lead pair of Plowman and Wilcott then slowly pulled away from the field.

The only slowdown occurred with eleven laps to go in the contest as Chris Brooks spun in turn three.  This tightened the field and when the race resumed Plowman and Wilcott continued their tussle for the lead.  The battle for third between Schmutzer and Roger Stanczyk became heated as the pair traded paint on several occasions before Stanczyk wiggled past for possession of the third position.  Out front Plowman continued to click off laps with Wilcott in his tire tracks.  As the final laps approached Plowman managed to gain a small cushion and reached the checkered two car lengths ahead of Wilcott.  Stanczyk finished the contest in third ahead of Schmutzer and Scott Hamel in the top five.

The 4 cylinder contest was spiced with several spins and spills before action finally settled in during the last half of their main event.  Curt Luedtke driving a smooth race was rewarded with the lead as he was chased by Casey Koback to the line scooting his first victory in the division of the 2005 season.  14 year old Dallas Kralovetz who made his debut several weeks ago turned in a steady performance this evening with a fast qualifying effort, a win in his heat and a top five feature run, to be named the overall Mid-Season championship winner in the class.

The Pure Stock main event was even more dramatic with several cautions the first few laps including one which was necessitated when a pack of cars got together and resulted in Michael Gwidt getting upside down off turn two.  Though he was uninjured he was forced to drop from the contest.

By the midway point Dean Zakrezwski had worked past Marcus Marti for the lead of the race and continued to click off smooth laps allowing him to pull away from those behind him.  Frank Calabrese would rumble into the second spot with a handful of laps to go but the veteran driver was unable to close on Zakrezwski who made his way to the checkered flag for his first career feature win in the class.  Calabrese would settle for second followed by current point leader Brad Guralski who was also the evening's fast qualifier. Marti and Andrew Hintz would complete the top five runners.

Next week, Friday Night, July 22nd, will be Team Schierl Night at the races featuring Super Late Models, Super Stock and Pure Stocks.  Children will also be part of the evening's action with a Big Wheel Demo Derby! The racing program itself will feature extender main events for the Super Late Models and Super Stocks, with Pure Stocks and 2-Man Cruisers also on the program.  The Friday Night activities on the high-banked third mile oval will begin with time trails at 6:30 p.m. and the first race taking place at 7:45 p.m.

The following week will be a double-header weekend with the Wisconsin Challenge Series making it's final appearance of the season on the high-banked third mile on Friday evening July 29th, featuring many of the Midwest's finest Super Late Model racers.  The highlight of the evening will be a 100 lap main event.  A pair of 30 lap qualifying races will set the field for the big event.  The show will also feature Wisconsin Sport Trucks and 2-Man Cruisers. Time trails will be at 6:30 p.m. and the first race taking place at 7:45 p.m.

The on Sunday Afternoon, July 31st, will be a special 10th Anniversary Party event.  The show will present Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks and 4 cylinders.  Fans will be able to take advantage of reduced admission thanks to special carload pricing.  Time trials will take place at 12:30 p.m. and racing will get underway at 2:00 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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