Golden Sands Speedway Race Report

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Check Fends off Eswein for Super Late Checkered,
Plowman Remains Perfect in Super Stocks!

By Jeffrey Sachse

May 6, 2005; Plover, WI - A late race caution setup a dash to the checkered at Golden Sands Speedway during the Super Late Model main event, and the evening unfolded with solid racing action during the WAL-MART Kid's Night program.  Allen Check who had paced much of the 40 lap Super Late Model main event found himself challenged by defending track champion Mark Eswein and Jason Weinkauf as the green came out for a three lap dash to the finish.  Check would manage to fend off Eswein and sprint to the wire a half car length in the lead earning his first feature win of the 2004 season.  In the Super Stock division defending division champion Tim Plowman made a late race charge to nab his second consecutive victory.  In the Pure Stock division it was current point leader Michael Gwidt capturing the victory.  The evening concluded with three 2-Man Cruiser contests which were claimed by the teams of Kampert/Kampert, Floistad/Floistad and Wierzba/Wierzba.

Photo Highlights
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Allen Check (#20) grabbed the victory this evening in the Super Late Model division.
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Allen Check (#20) spent the final three laps of the Super Late Model feature fending off the challenges of defending division champion Mark Eswein (#71) who would eventually settle for second.
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Pat Williams (#27) did battle with Allen Check (#20) and Jason Weinkauf (#76) for the lead early in the Super Late Model feature, enroute to his first career top five finish.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Jason Kirsling (#99) scored his second straight Super Late Model semi-feature win by holding off Monte Gress (#107.5).42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Brady Baldry (#7) has had a solid start to his 2005 season, he captured the Super Late Model fast heat this week.
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For the second straight week, Mark Eswein topped the field with the fastest qualifying lap in Super Late Model action.
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Tim Plowman (#80) works past Brian Schmutzer (#55) on his was to his second straight Super Stock feature win.
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Brad Scholze (#78) has just worked under Brian Schmutzer for the lead of the Super Stock feature when his engine expired dropping him from the contest.
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Dave Neitzke (#06) garnered top honors this week in Super Stock qualifying.
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Mike Gwidt (#25) set fast time last week, and this week came away with a feature win in the Pure Stock division.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Brad Guralski (#16) turned in the fastest lap in Pure Stock qualifying.
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The 2-Man Cruisers were on hand and feature win were taken by the teams of Wierzba/Wierzba (#44), Floistad/Floistad (#F1) and Kampert/Kampert (#01).

Pat Williams and veteran Allen Check would bring the field to the green flag in the 40 lap Super Late Model main event.  Check working the high line would take the advantage grabbing the top spot with Williams falling into position behind him in second.   Mark Van, and the Weinkauf brother Jason and Chris gave chase in the top five spots.  Williams attempted on several occasions during the next few laps to work under Check for the top spot, but Check working a higher line would gain momentum down the straights to continue to hold the lead.

Van began to lose several positions in the outside groove giving third to Jason Weinkauf on lap five and fourth to Neil Knoblock on the following lap.  Weinkauf working the high line caught Williams on lap 11 and motored past to grab the second position.  Meanwhile the evenings fast qualifier Eswein, was working his way forward reaching the top six after starting deep in the field.

Check continued to hold the front position with Jason Weinkauf now looking for a way to the front spot.  Check, running a slightly higher line continued to keep his rivals at bay.  Every few laps Weinkauf would peek to Check's inside but each time he would attempt to position himself to challenge for the lead Check would manage to find enough speed to fend off the challenge.  A little further back Eswein was working the high line with a good deal of success working past Keith Bohmsach and Knoblock for fourth by lap 20.  Eswein then set his sights on Williams and after a duel which lasted several laps Eswein garnered the third position.

Eswein then reeled in Weinkauf who had fallen back slightly from check and the pair began to contest the second position allowing Check to pull further away.  Eswein would grab the position with four laps to go in the contest, but Check had built a lead of a dozen car lengths.  The lead evaporated however on the next lap when Monte Gress spun in turn two, forcing the only slowdown of the contest and brining Eswein up to Check's rear bumper.

Over the final three laps Check was able to fend off several challenges for Eswein, who in turn had to hold off Jason Weinkauf.  The lead trio reached the stripe in that order.  Bohmsach grabbed the fourth position followed by Williams who garnered his first career top five feature run.  Knoblock, Jeff Weinfurter, Frank Nitzke, Chris Weinkauf and opening night feature winner Troy Nelson made up the top ten finishers.

The Super Stock main event would have several interesting twists, especially late in the 30 lap contest.  The event began with David Pagels and Brian Schmutzer doing battle wheel to wheel.  Pagels driving a vintage Chevrolet Impala worked the inside line but would surrender the lead to Schmutzer at the end of the second lap.  Chris Brooks and Brad Scholze gave chase in third and fourth.

On the seventh lap Galen Manternatch spun in turn three bringing out the first caution of the contest, regrouping the field.  The green returned with Schmutzer again taking the lead and slowly extending his margin.  Pagels slipped from the preferred line and got shuffled back several positions on lap 12 allowing Brooks and Scholze to garner second and third respectively.

On the next lap Scholze managed to work inside of Brooks taking the second spot.   By this time however Schmutzer had built up a 10 car length lead which Scholze would have to erase. 

Scholze appeared to have the speed to reach Schmutzer slicing the advantage with each passing lap, finally reaching Schmutzer's rear bumper with 11 laps to go.  On the next lap Scholze managed to work to Schmutzer's inside and the pair ran wheel to wheel down the backstretch.  Scholze had just began to edge into the lead when his engine expired in a puff of smoke ending the battle for the win and his evening.  It also resulted in the second and final caution of the contest.

This left Schmutzer in the top spot followed by Scott Hamel, Brooks, Collin Wilcott and Plowman who had reached the top five.  When the race began Hamel began to apply heavy pressure on Schmutzer looking for a way to the lead.  Further back Plowman immediately went to the outside line and picked off Wilcott and Brooks in rapid fashion to run third.

Schmutzer had the speed to fend off Hamel who dropped back to the inside.  This opened the outside line for Plowman to then set his sights on the second position taking the spot with five laps remaining.  While Schmutzer had been successful at turning back all prior challenges Plowman would prove to be a bigger challenge.  With three laps to go Plowman worked by Schmutzer to take the lead and would pace the final circuits for his second consecutive victory.  Schmutzer would hold fast to second followed by Hamel, Wilcott, Brooks and Dan Gollen in the top six.

Pure Stock feature action Dean Aschbacher paced the opening laps of the contest after a early caution.  Aschbacher would pace the contest until Christopher Rindfleisch grabbed the lead position.  Michael Gwidt who started near the tail of the field patiently worked traffic reaching second place with nine laps to go in the contest.   Gwidt then closed on Rindfleisch but seemed unable to take the lead position. The evening's fast qualifier Brad Guralski reached third spot with four laps to go but was well behind the lead duo.

Gwidt managed to work to the inside of Rindfleisch with just three laps to go sneaking ahead for the top spot.  Rindfleisch still looked solid in second but he spun on the following circuit giving the runner-up spot to Guralski. Gwidt comfortably paced the distance to the finish followed by Guralski, Aschbacher, Dean Zakrezwski and Andrew Hintz in the top five.

A field of nearly 30 cars were on hand for the evening's 2-Man Cruiser contests making for a total of three feature races.  The events were captured by Kampert/Kampert, Floistad/Floistad and Wierzba/Wierzba.

Next week will be a special 10th Anniversary program making the 10th season the Basseuner family has owned and operated Golden Sands Speedway.  As a treat to the fans a discounted admission of $30 per carload of spectators will be admitted to the raceway. (Each person must have a seatbelt fastened to be counted in the carload).   It will also mark the first appearance of the Limited Late Models as the program headliner.  In addition the program will feature Super Stocks, Pure Stocks, 4 Cylinders and Spectator racing.      

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

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Super Late Models
40 Lap Feature:
1.) Allen Check; 2.) Mark Eswein; 3.) Jason Weinkauf; 4.) Keith Bohmsach; 5.) Pat Williams; 6.) Neil Knoblock; 7.) Jeff Weinfurter; 8.) Frank Nitzke; 9.) Chris Weinkauf; 10.) Troy Nelson
20 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Jason Kirlsing; 2.) Monte Gress; 3.) Steve Gress; 4.) Steve Gress; 5.) Wayne Mackesy; 6.) Joel Schulz
First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Chad Devine; 2.) Joel Schulz; 3.) Tim Hintz
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Kirsling; 2.) M. Gress; 3.) Dick Coleman
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Check; 2.) Dillon Kralovetz; 3.) Blake Horstman
Fourth 12 Lap Heat: 1. ) Brady Baldry; 2.) Knoblock; 3.) Nelson
Fast Qualifier: Eswein, 12.090 Seconds

Super Stocks
30 Lap Feature:
1.) Tim Plowman; 2.) Brian Schmutzer; 3.) Scott Hamel; 4.) Collin Wilcott; 5.) Chris Broosk; 6.) Dan Gollen; 7.) Tim Zuehlke; 8.) Dave Neitzke; 9.) Galen Manternatch; 10.) Wally Kalman
10 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Denny Crass; 2.) Dan Barun; 3.) Matt Raykowski; 4.) ken Soyka; 5.) Arnie Carriveau
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Soyka; 2.) Pagels; 3.) Raykowski
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Manternatch; 2.) Brad Scholze; 3.) Kalman
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Plowman; 2.) Hamel; 3.) Wilcott
Fast Qualifier: Neitzke; 13.634 Seconds

Pure Stocks
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Michael Gwidt; 2.) Brad Guralski; 3.) Dean Aschbacher; 4.) Dean Zakrezwski; 5.) Andrew Hintz; 6.) Chris Rindflesich
First 8 Lap Heat: 1.) Allen; 2.) Andrew Hintz; 3.) Chris Rindfleisch
Second 8 Lap Heat: 1.) Calabrese; 2.) Gwidt; 3.) Brad Guralski
Fast Qualifier: Gwidt; 15.252 Seconds

2-Man Cruisers
First 10 Lap Feature:
1.) Kampert/Kampert; 2.) Dean/Dean; 3.) Adams/Omernik
Second 10 Lap Feature: 1.) Wierzba/Wierzba; 2.) Netzel/Jisko; 3.) McDonald/McDonald
Third 10 Lap Feature: 1.) Floistad/Floistad; 2.) Cieselski/Cieselski; 3.) Helbach/Helbach