Golden Sands Speedway Race Report

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Krzykowski Nips Nitzke for Super Late Checkered,
Mike Brooks Masters Super Stock Main!

By Jeffrey Sachse

September 2, 2005; Plover, WI - Race fans who enjoy good clean, hard, side by side racing for the lead, did not leave Golden Sands Speedway disappointed after witnessing the Super Late Model main event on Friday evening.  Joe Krzykowski and Frank Nitzke,  found themselves locked in a duel for the win through a couple late race restarts, tossing the lead back and forth over the final laps.  In the end, Krzykowski emerged victorious by a car length earning his fourth feature win of the 2005 season on the high banked third mile oval.  For the second straight week Nitzke would finish in the second spot, but once again he would thrill the fans with his mastery of the tricky outside groove at the raceway.

Photo Highlights
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Joe Krzykowski (#77) scored his fourth Super Late Model feature win of the 2005 season after a torrid battle with Frank Nitzke.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Frank Nitzke (#18) and Joe Krzykowski (#77) thrilled the fans with a battle for the lead which changed hands several times during the Super Late Model main event.
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Scott Beyer (#3) captured the Super Late Model semi-feature contest.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Current point leader and defending champion Mark Eswein (#71) turned in the fastest qualifying effort in the Super Late Models this evening.
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One of the hardest crashes in some time involved the cars of Joel Schulz and John Totzke Jr. (#8) during a Super Late Model heat race.  Schulz was okay, while Totzke was shaken but otherwise unhurt.  The same could not be said of their cars which suffered extensive damage.
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Mike Brooks (#25) topped the Super Stock main event.
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Mike Brooks (#25) uses the high line to pass Dan Gollen (#3), while giving chase to Galen Manternatch (#5) during the Super Stock feature race.
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Defending 4 cylinder champion Mike Oehmichen (#87) collected the feature win this evening.
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Mike Oehmichen (#87) works by Randy Polansky (#7) for the lead during the 4 cylinder feature race.
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This weeks 2-Man Cruiser winners included the teams of Baer/Schlapman (#16); Bohm/Lepak (#2) and Boyer/Poinek (#68).

In Super Stock action Mike Brooks would pass Galen Manternatch for the lead in their feature race near the mid point of the contest, and spent the balance of the event keeping Manternatch in his tire track to earn his first trip to victory lane after a feature this season.  The 4 cylinder class saw defending division champion Mike Oehmichen outrun Torey Nitzsche.  In doing so he pulled within 10 points of division point leader Dale Robinson who finished third in the evening's contest.  Next week will decide the title for the class.  Completing the evening were three thrilling 2-Man Cruiser contests with checkered flags falling to the teams of Baer/Schlapman, Bohm/Lepak and Clark and Boyer

The Super Late Model event would see Joe Krzykowski and Frank Nitzke hold down the top two spots the entire distance of the 40 lap feature, but their battle throughout the contest would keep fans on their feet as the advantage swapped back and forth.

When the green flag fell it was Nitzke using the high line to take the opening lead, nosing ahead of Krzykowski as the pair raced around the high banked oval.  The battle for third waged in a similar format as Troy Nelson and Blake Horstman contested the third spot.  Nitzke's outside line allowed him to lead the first six laps before Krzykowski edged ahead on lap seven.

A spin by Scott Beyer on lap eight would break up the pack style formation as the restart would be single file.  Krzykowski would hold the point with Nitzke, Nelson, Horstman and Chris Weinkauf in tow.

Underway again Krzykowski hugged the low groove while Nitzke went back to the high line.  Nelson was also working a higher groove back in the third spot while trying to fend off the challenges of Horstman.  Action again slowed briefly when Monte Gress spun on lap 18.

With the race restarting Nitzke went right back to the outside line and this time it proved fruitful as he roared past Krzykowski for the top spot on lap 21.  A similar move by Horstman in effort to pass Nelson for third did not prove as successful as he wound up losing a couple positions as Weinkauf moved into the fourth spot.

Nitzke would stretch out to a two car length lead with 15 laps to go in the contest, and that would prove to be the biggest advantage of the race.   Krzykowski however was far from done as race race rolled along he slowly began to reel in Nitzke. 

Krzykowski again would find a way under Nitzke as the reached the line with ten laps to go.  The pair ran wheel to wheel the next several laps, with Krzykowski slowly inching forward.  The pair were dead event with eight laps to go, and on the next lap Krzykowski would lead the contest by a couple feet.

With six laps to go a spin by Mark Van slowed the pace one final time.  This time when the green flag returned Krzykowski would have the speed to keep Nitzke at bay as Nitzke was unable to get to the outside. Krzykowski would reach the stripe with a car length advantage for the win.  Nitzke would settle for second. Weinkauf would win out on his duel with Nelson to earn third.  Nelson settled for fourth and Brandon Selle would complete the top five finishers.

Super Stock feature racing got underway with Dan Gollen returning to action, setting the pace from the pole position.  Gollen had his car severely damaged in an accident early in the season and made his return to the track this evening. Galen Manternatch would start the event to his outside.  Gollen would get the jump to pace the opening laps with Manternatch working the outside line.  On lap three Manternatch would fall in line behind Gollen briefly while Tim Zuehlke, Sam Anderson and Mike Brooks gave chase in the top five spots.

A slip by Anderson on lap five would drop him from the top five and allowed Brooks to take the fourth spot as Brooks began to look at the outside line as a way to move forward. Brooks would succeed in securing the third spot with a pass on Zuehlke on lap eight.

Meanwhile the battle for the lead resumed with Manternatch finding room to work under Gollen.  Manternatch would reach the stripe with the lead as lap ten began.

A spin by Brian Schmutzer in turn two on lap 14 allowed Brooks to catch up with the lead duo of Manternatch and Gollen. When the green flag returned Manternatch went back to setting the pace.  Brooks went right to work on Gollen and jumped into the second spot.  For the next several circuits Brooks would stalk Manternatch looking for a way to the front.

With ten laps to go the pair brushed briefly with allowed Brooks to dart to the inside of Manternatch as they raced down the backstretch.  Brooks momentum would carry him to the lead, and once out front Brooks was able to build a small cushion.  Manternatch continued to give chase in second as the laps began to wind down. 

Further back Collin Wilcott and Tim Plowman has worked by Gollen to reach third and fourth.

For the balance of the race Brooks was able to maintain a two car length advantage on Manternatch and would take the victory.  Manternatch held onto second followed by Wilcott, Plowman and Gollen.

The 4 cylinder contest would see Amanda Schara, Jenny Nitzke and Randy Polansky all take their turn pacing the early portions of the 4 cylinder feature before the first caution flew on lap three when point leader Dale Robinson was hit and spun by Lance Neuman who was sent to the pit area after the contact.

The race resumed with Polansky setting the pace briefly before Oehmichen made his way to the top spot on lap six.  Once out front Oehmichen would pace the balance of the race.  Torey Nitzsche climbed into the second spot with five laps to go and would close on Oehmichen but would never seriously threaten the leader.

At the checkered it was Oehmichen for the win. Torey Nitzsche would claim second.  Robinson would charge through the field reaching third by the finish to maintain his point lead. Polansky finished fourth with Casey Koback completing the top five spots.

Next week, Friday Night, September 9th is Season Championship Night.   The program will feature racing in the Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks and 4 Cylinders.  The program will bring to a close the 2005 season point chases in each of those divisions.

However the 2-Man Cruiser title will be decided at the final event of the 2005 season, which will be the popular Eve of Devastation. That event will be held on Friday Night September 16th and features a wide variety of novelty races and motorized mayhem. 

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

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Super Late Models
40 Lap Feature:
1.) Joe Krzykowski; 2.) Frank Nitzke; 3.) Chris Weinkauf; 4.) Troy Nelson; 5.) Brandon Selle; 6.) Jason Weinkauf; 7.) Blake Horstman; 8.) Mark Eswein; 9.) Jeff Weinfurter; 10.) Keith Bohmsach;
20 Lap Semi-Feature:  1.) Scott Beyer; 2.) Burton Brown; 3.) Jason Kirsling; 4.) Jim Sauter Jr; 5.) Jerry Schneider
12 Lap Consolation:  1.) Mike Merriam; 2.) Rene Scheinoha; 3.) Wayne Mackesy; 4.) Mike Schneider
First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Merriam; 2.) Joel Schulz; 3.) Mackesy
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Gregg Ruffalo; 2.) Steve Gress; 3.) Dillon Kralovetz
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Jim Sauter Jr.; 2.) Burton Brown; 3.) Allen Check
Fourth 12 Lap Heat: 1.) C. Weinkauf; 2.) Greg Weinfurter; 3.) Selle
Fast Qualifier: Eswein, 12.013 Seconds

Super Stocks
30 Lap Feature:
1.) Mike Brooks; 2.) Galen Manternatch; 3.) Collin Wilcott; 4.) Tim Plowman; 5.) Dan Gollen; 6.) Tim Zuehlke; 7.) Chris Brooks; 8.) Dave Neitzke; 9.) Scott Hamel; 10.) Brian Schmutzer
15 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Matt Raykowski; 2.) Brad Scholze; 3.) Roger Stanczyk; 4.) Duane Robinson; 5.) Denny Crass
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Stanczyk; 2.) David Pagels; 3.) Travis Zvolena
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Randy Storlie; 2.) Crass; 3.) Gollen
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) M. Brooks; 2.) Schmutzer; 3.) Sam Anderson
Fast Qualifier: Neitzke, 13.205 Seconds

4 Cylinders
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Mike Oehmichen; 2.) Torey Nitzsche; 3.) Dale Robinson; 4.) Randy Polansky; 5.) Casey Koback; 6.) Dallas Kralovetz; 7.) Jenny Nitzsche; 8.) Matt Hansen
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Polansky; 2.) Jeff Cormack; 3.) J. Nitzsche
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Robinson; 2.) Oehmichen; 3.) Kralovetz
Fast Qualifier: Kralovetz, 15.145 Seconds

2-Man Cruisers
First 10 Lap Feature:
1.) Baer/Schlapman; 2.) Mangen/Mancheski; 3.) Kelley/Resheske; 4.) Laszinski/Aldrich; 5.) Meddaugh/Meddaugh
Second 10 Lap Feature: 1.) Bohm/Lepak 2.) Gagas/Auclair; 3.) Kampert/Kluck; 4.) McDonald/MacDonald; 5.) Kaehiler/Johnson
Third 10 Lap Feature: 1.) Boyer/Pionek; 2.) Kuhn/Van Stedem; 3.) Clark/Disher; 4.) Wierzba/Wierzba; 5.) Kampert/Kampert