Golden Sands Speedway Race Report

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Weinfurter Edges Nitzke for Super Late Victory;
Brooks Sets Pace for Super Stock Score!

By Jeffrey Sachse

August 19, 2005; Plover, WI - The season continues to wind down on the high-banks of Golden Sands Speedway.  As the season point chases are beginning to settle in at Central Wisconsin's Power Playground fierce competition for the checkered flag remains during the final weeks of the 2005 season.  Leading the way to victory lane on Fabco Equipment Night at the races was Jeff Weinfurter of Wisconsin Rapids, who held off a final lap charge by Berlin's Frank Nitzke earning his first Super Late Model feature win of 2005 season.  The margin of victory was less than a half car length as the pair raced toward the stripe.

Photo Highlights
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Sliding around turn two, on it's side, the fans were thrilled as one of the bus racers managed to roll over his machine.  The driver emerged unhurt to a huge applause.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Jeff Weinfurter (#3) scored the Super Late Model feature checkered this evening.
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On the final lap, Jeff Weinfurter (#3) managed to fend of a hard changing Frank Nitzke (#18) for the victory in the Super Late Model feature race.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
The battle for second was hard fought throughout the early laps as Keith Bohmsach (#24), Burton Brown (#07), Mark Van (#66) and Frank Nitzke (#18) all fought for position.
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Joe Krzykowski (#77) captured the Super Late Model semi-feature race.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Chris Brooks (#75) earned his second Super Stock feature win of the 2005 season.
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Scott Hamel (#78) and Wally Kallman (#77) did battle for the second spot in the Super Stock feature during the final laps with Hamel getting the edge to place second.
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Dean Zakrzewski (#19) made some smooth moves in the opening laps of the Pure Stock feature and came away with a victory.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
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This weeks 2-Man Cruiser winners included the teams of Baer/Schlapman (#16); Green/Wheelock (#73) and Boyer/Poinek (#68)

In the Super Stock division is was Chris Brooks would would pace the event the entire distance, but found himself having to fend off the challenges of Scott Hamel and Wally Kallman over the final circuits to earn his second feature win of the 2005 season.  In the Pure Stock division, Dean Zakrezwski made some well planned maneuvers in traffic early in the contest putting himself in the lead.  He then drove a smooth race to hold off current point leader Brad Guralski to score the victory.

With another large field of 2-Man Cruisers on hand, three contests were held with wins going to the teams of  Baer/Schlapman; Green/Wheelock and Boyer/Poinek.  The night concluded with the ever popular Bus Races which saw near a dozen of the large machine take to the racing surface.  With plenty of metal mangling mayhem, one of the machines did flip onto it's side during the course of the event, and the driver emerged unhurt to thunderous applause.

Jeff Weinfurter and Casey Chase would bring the field up to speed in the 40 lap Super Late Model feature contest.  As the green fell Weinfurter would charge into the top spot, while Chase slowly fell back in the outside groove giving up several spots.

Burton Brown, John Totzke Jr., Mark Van would also work by.   Totzke Jr. worked the high lane to advance reaching the second position by lap four setting out after Weinfurter.

With the outside line proving to be the quick lane in the early going, Keith Bohmsach and Frank Nitzke also chose to race the tricky outside groove and quickly found themselves moving forward.  Second year Super Late Model pilot Bohmsach would reach third by lap six and Nitzke found himself in fourth a lap later.

Out front Weinfurter was slowly pulling away from the field with Totzke Jr., having a solid run, continuing to chase from the second position.

At the halfway point of the contest the top five continued with Weinfurter, Totzke Jr., Bohmsach, Nitzke and Brandon Selle in the lead positions.

Bohmsach would manage to work under Totzke Jr. for the runner-up spot on lap 23 as Totzke Jr. slid to the outside line. 

With fifteen laps to go the only caution of the evening appeared when Brown, Mark Van, and Monte Gress got collected.  Current point leader Mark Eswein also attempted to avoid contact but was clipped in the incident. Of the group only Van and Eswein were able to continue.

The race resumed and Weinfurter went back to the lead with Bohmsach right on his bumper.  Totzke held the third position attempting to fend off Nitzke. Totzke again slid up the track briefly allowing Nitzke a route into the third spot with 14 laps to go.  Selle who was directly behind Nitzke also advanced a spot at Totzke's expense.

Weinfurter was able to set a back quick enough to keep Bohmsach behind him but Nitzke began to charge hard on the outside.  With eight laps to go he rolled alongside Bohmsach and was successful in annexing the second spot.  Nitzke then quickly closed on Weinfurter reach his rear bumper with three laps to go.   Preferring the outside line Nitzke would manage to work the outside groove as Weinfurter defended the bottom of the track.  On the final lap Nitzke would manage to work to the outside of Weinfurter.  In a drag race to the finish Weinfurter had just enough speed to reach the line with a half-car length advantage.  Bohmsach would secure the third spot.  Selle claimed fourth and Chris Weinkauf would complete the top five runners.

The Super Stock contest would be all about Chris Brooks as he and Tim Zuehlke brought the 30 lap feature contest up to speed.  Brooks would prove to have the faster combination going right to the lead while Zuehlke began to lose positions.

Scott Hamel would gain the second spot on lap two with Wally Kallman, Roger Stanczyk and Tim Plowman  all working past Zuehlke to make up the top five during the opening laps.  Plowman the current point leader and defending champion would just reach the fourth spot when he suddenly slowed on the racetrack and headed for the pit area.

The lead trio of Brooks, Hamel and Kallman continued to follow in nose to tail formation as the field attempted to sort itself out.  The laps would pace quickly and only a single caution would slow the event.  That occurred on lap 18 when Galen Manternatch running in the fifth spot looped his ride in turn four and was clipped by Randy Storlie as he attempted to avoid Manternatch's errant machine.  The resulting damage would drop both drivers from the contest.

The final 12 laps would quickly pace with Brooks running a flawless race to reach the checkered first with Hamel right on his bumper. Kallman's effort to gain spots over the final laps fell short and he would settle for third.   Brian Weinfurter and fast qualifier Wes Coon completed the top five finishers.

The 15 lap Pure Stock feature would run non-stop from green to checkered without a single caution.  Todd Kuehl rocket into the lead by the completion of lap one would fend off John Evers over the opening laps.  Dean Zakrzewski would find himself in third, but with one bold move as lap six began he would split between Kuehl and Evers to take over the lead.  Zakrezewski would never give up the position thereafter.

Michael Witberler and Brad Guralski would find themselves in second and third by the halfway point of the contest.  Guralski the division point leader continued his march forward working past Witberler with four laps to go, but Zakrzewski had already built up a comfortable lead which he would hold to the finish.  Guralski would settle for second followed by fast qualifier Michael Gwidt.  Witberler and Dean Aschbacher would complete the top five finishers.

Next week, Friday Night, August 26 is Fan Appreciation Night with four divisions of racing action.  Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks and 4 Cylinders will all take to the racing surface as the point chase continues.

Golden Sands Speedway  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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Super Late Models
40 Lap Feature:
1.) Jeff Weinfurter; 2.) Frank Nitzke; 3.) Keith Bohmsach; 4.) Brandon Selle; 5.) Chris Weinkauf; 6.) Joe Krzykowski; 7.) Troy Nelson; 8.) John Totzke Jr.; 9.) Mark Eswein; 10.) Jason Weinkauf
20 Lap Semi-Feature:  1.) Joe Krzykowski; 2.) Mark Mackesy; 3.) Jerry Schneider; 4.) Dillon Kralovetz; 5.) Jason Kirsling
First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Kirsling; 2.) Kralovetz; 3.) Doug Kamin
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Mackesy; 2.) Rene Scheinoha; 3.) Burton Brown
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Mark Van; 2.) Eswein; 3.) C. Weinkauf
Fast Qualifier: C. Weinkauf, 12.017 Seconds

Super Stocks
30 Lap Feature:
1.) Chris Brooks; 2.) Scott Hamel; 3.) Wally Kallman; 4.) Brian Weinfurter; 5.) Wes Coon; 6.) Dave Neitzke; 7.) Cale Laessig; 8.) Roger Stanczyk; 9.) Dan Braun; 10.) Tim Zuehlke
15 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Laessig; 2.) Matt Osowski; 3.) Denny Crass; 4.) Matt Raykowski; 5.) Ken Soyka
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Raykowski; 2.) Soyka; 3.) Daune Robinson
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Laessig; 2.) Zuehlke; 3.) Hamel
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Galen Manternatch; 2.) Kallman; 3.) Stanczyk
Fast Qualifier: Coon, 13.159 Seconds

Pure Stocks
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Dean Zakrzewski; 2.) Brad Guralski; 3.) Michael Gwidt; 4.) Michael Witberler; 5.) Dean Aschbacher; 6.) Wally Higgins; 7.) Chuck Stebbens; 8.) Todd Keuhl
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Higgins; 2.) Shane Bates; 3.) Kuehl
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Zakrzewski; 2.) Gwidt; 3.) Guralski
Fast Qualifier: Guralski, 15.044 Seconds

2-Man Cruisers
First 10 Lap Feature:
1.) Baer/Schlapman; 2.) Kelley/Resheske; 3.) Mangen/Mancheski; 4.) Laszinski/Aldrich; 5.) Dominick/Gaetz
Second 10 Lap Feature: 1.) Green/Wheelock; 2.) Carter/Caves; 3.) Gagas/Auclair; 4.) Kuhn/Michaels; 5.) Kalewski/Clark
Third 10 Lap Feature: 1.) Boyer/Pionek; 2.) Juhn/Van Stedem; 3.) Clark/Disher; 4.) Kampert/Kampert; 5.) Dean/Dean