Golden Sands Speedway Race Report

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Tim Hintz and Brian Weinfurter Take First Career Features,
Track titles to Eswein, Plowman, Guralski and Robinson!

By Jeffrey Sachse

September 9, 2005; Plover, WI - The weekly racing season came to an end with two first time visitors to victory lane, a couple new champions and a few competitors who kept a lock on the championship crown by successfully defending their titles.  In the Late Model division Tim Hintz of Nekoosa, a rookie in the Super Late Model division, showed his tenacity behind the wheel by coming out on top of a race long duel with Chris Weinkauf to score his first career feature win in the class.  It was Mark Eswein who finished fourth in the main event and won the overall End of Season championship title, who would also be crowned the season champion.  Eswein has won four straight championships and had earned two titles previous to that effort bringing his championship total on the high banked third mile oval to six..

Photo Highlights
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Tim Hintz (#1) a former standout in the Super Stock division, concluded his rookie season in Super Late Models with a trip to victory lane after topping the feature contest this evening at Golden Sands Speedway.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Tim Hintz (#1) was able to withstand the pressure of Chris Weinkauf (#75) and Brandon Selle (#98) to record his first career Super Late Model feature win.
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Jeff Weinfurter (#3) topped a full field on the Super Late Model semi-feature event.
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Things got stacked up early in the Super Late Model semi-feature, as Pat Williams (#27), Brady Baldry (#7), Casey Chase (#16) and Scott Beyer (#3) gather in turn one.
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Allen Check (#20) ended his season with a fast qualifying effort in the Super Late Models.
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Mark Eswein (#71) earned his fourth straight Super Late Model championship at Golden Sands Speedway.  Overall Eswein has six titles on the high banked third mile oval.
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Brian Weinfurter (#24) notched his firs career Super Stock feature win at Golden Sands Speedway.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Brian Weinfurter (#24) was stalked in the closing laps by Dave Neitzke (#06), but managed to hold on for the win in the Super Stock feature race..
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Wally Kallman (#77) turned in the fastest qualifying lap in the Super Stocks this evening.
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Tim Plowman (#80) successfully defended his Super Stock championship.
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Troy Engman (#99) topped the Pure Stock feature event this evening, making some brilliant moves early and then outrunning the field.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Brad Guralski (#16) made the right moves throughout the season and recorded his first career championship topping the Pure Stock class.
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Dale Robinson put the icing on the cake with a feature win in the 4 cylinder class.   The victory put gave Robinson the 2005 division title.

The Super Stocks would see another first time winner as Brian Weinfurter would manage to fend off a hard charging Dave Neitzke late in the contest to grab his first feature checkered in the class at Golden Sands Speedway.  Neitzke's second place finish in the main event also earned him the End of Season Championship title and elevated him to second in the season standings behind defending division champion Tim Plowman.  Plowman successfully defended his title in the class clinching the championship a week ago.

In Pure Stock action Troy Engman made some bold moves early in the contest to collected the feature win.  Brad Guralski finished third in the main event this evening winning his first championship by a comfortable margin in a rapidly growing class.  In the entry level 4 cylinder division, Dale Robinson would edge out 14 year old Dallas Kralovetz who established a new track record this evening, for the feature win.  Robinson also captured his heat race earlier in the program and those performances was enough to give him the season championship over former champion Mike Oehmichen.

The season ending 50 lap Super Late Model feature would be a wild affair sprinkled with several cautions thoughout the contest.  The first slowdown occurred as the field was taking the green flag. Front row starters John Totzke Jr. and Gregg Ruffalo made contact resulting in Ruffalo spinning into the infield and scattering the back.

Several cars made contact with one another with the machines of Eswein, Keith Bohmsach, Jason Weinkauf, Frank Nitzke and Allen Check all heading to the pits for service.  Of the group only Check was unable to return to action.

Totzke would clear Ruffalo on the restart taking the initial lead, while Hintz settled into the third spot.  Hintz would work the low groove of the raceway to make his way to the second spot prior to the second yellow which flew on lap eight when Troy Nelson and Eswein tangled sending both drivers to the tail of the field.

The green flew again with Totzke back in the lead being pressure heavily by Hintz.  Ruffalo meanwhile began to slide back in the pack allowing Chris Weinkauf to reach the third spot on lap ten with Dillion Kralovetz following fourth.

Totzke would give up his lead position with Hintz made his ride stick in the low groove working into the lead on lap 12.  On the very next lap Ruffalo would spin after contact from Jason Weinkauf  and forcing the third caution of the event.  This accident saw the machine of Monte Gress and Joe Krzykowski, who won the feature last week, also get collected. Both drivers would retire from the contest.

As the green flag flew again Hintz shot back to the lead and slowly pulled away while Chris Weinkauf and Totzke contested the second spot.  Totzke would slip to the high line on lap 18, but found himself falling back quickly as the low line would prove the faster of the two grooves. By lap 20 Jeff Weinfurter, Brandon Selle and Eswein who recovered from his earlier setbacks were giving chase to the lead pair of Hintz and Chris Weinkauf.

Selle put himself into the third spot on lap 22 and began to close on the leaders.  Hintz would soon find his lead challenged by Chris Weinkauf who experimented with the high line in effort to get to the lead. This allowed Selle and Eswein to join the fray for the top spot.  Weinkauf committed to the high line inching slowly closer to the lead.

With a four laps to go Weinkauf actually nosed ahead for the lead in the high line after Hintz wiggled coming off turn four, but Hintz fought back and reclaimed the top spot with three laps to go.  Weinkauf continued to press for the lead in the outer groove but Hintz would find a burst of speed over the final two laps and slowly pull away from Weinkauf.  In the end Hintz would reach the finish first after a hard fought battle

On the final lap Weinkauf would slip up the raceway just enough to allow Selle to steal second my a matter of inches.  Weinkauf would lay claim to third followed by Eswein and Weinfurter.

The Super Stock season finale went 35 laps, and like the Super Late Model feature, a spin as the green came out would slow the show as mechanical difficulties sent Mike Brooks for a loop.

Brian Weinfurter would set the pace on the opening lap with Tim Zuehlke giving chase.  Tim Plowman went for a spin on lap four forcing a slowdown.

Like the prior restart Weinfurter would sail away from the field behind while Zuehlke running in second soon has a parade following him in the low groove.   This gave Neitzke who had tied Wally Kallman as the evening's fastest qualifier opportunity to pick off cars in rapid succession in the outside lane.  Neitzke would scramble past several cars in rapid succession and on lap 12 he replaced Zuehlke in the runner-up spot.

By this time however Weinfurter had built up a dozen car length lead over Neitzke.  Dan Gollen, Brian Schmutzer and Wes Coon would give chase in the top five spots by the halfway point.

A spin by Brad Scholze with ten laps to go made Neitzke's job of catching race leader Weinfurter much easier and the pair line up nose to tail for the restart.  When the green flag waved Weinfurter was back to the lead. Just as the battle for the top spot began to heat up Gollen would loop his ride in turn four forcing the final slowdown to take place with five laps to go.

When the sprint to the checkered began Weinfurter was ready, pulling away slightly from Nietzke.  Over the final circuits Neitzke was unable to find a way to the lead with Weinfurter scoring the win.  Neitzke would settle for second but earn the most points on the evening taking the End of Season Championship event title.  Schmutzer, Coon and Galen Manternatch would comprise the top five finishers.

The entry level classes would run main events almost devoid of any slowdowns providing some excellent racing.  The Pure Stock main event saw a season high 17 competitors take the green flag.  Chuck Stebbens would place himself out front early in the contest.  Troy Engman who started twelfth in the event cracked the top five by lap three taking to the high side of the oval to pass cars.

Engman would catch Marcus Marti for second at the halfway point of the contest and then set out after Stebbens.  Stebbens would lead just two more laps before Engman went charging to the front of the pack.  Deeper in the field Brad Guralski, Frank Calabrese and Mike Kasperek were moving through the field while battling each other for position.

Engman's pace allowed him to quickly pull away from his rivals. When the checkered flag fell it was Engman out front by a comfortable margin in the non-stop contest.  Stebbens would hold onto second having one of his best runs of the season.  Guralski would finish in third reaching the position on the final lap.   Marti and Michael Gwidt would complete the top five finishers.

The final weekly racing event of the 2005 season was the 4 cylinder feature contest.  Aside from one quick caution at the start the race would pull off without any further glitches.  By the halfway point Dale Robinson and Dallas Kralovetz had reached the first and second spots with Kralovetz applying the pressure on Robinson while seeking the top spot.  Robinson and Kralovetz would engage in a side by side battle around the high-banked oval throughout the closing laps.  Kralovetz, though a rookie would perform like a veteran driver as he and Robinson raced cleanly to the checkered flag.

As the race concluded it was Robinson out front by a couple feet to pick up the win, a fitting end to a championship season.  Kralovetz would finish second but the new track record holder gave fans a glimpse of his determination to reach victory lane. Jousha Opper would finished third followed by Mike Oehmichen and Brandon Polansky.

There remains but one event on the 2005 schedule at Golden Sands, that being the popular Eve of Devastation.  The show will feature a variety of novelty racing events, some wild automotive stunts, amazing displays of metal mangling mayhem, school bus races and a whole lot more.  The show proves to be one of the most popular events of the season at the raceway.

The show will also feature the final events of the season for the 2-Man Cruiser division. The racing taking place during the program will decide the championship in the 2-Man Cruiser class.

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.) Tim Hintz; 2.) Brandon Selle; 3.) Chris Weinkauf; 4.) Mark Eswein; 5.) Jeff Weinfurter; 6.) Frank Nitzke; 7.) Troy Nelson; 8.) Dillon Kralovetz; 9.) Jason Weinkauf; 10.) Gregg Ruffalo
20 Lap Semi-Feature:  1.) Weinfurter; 2.) Jim Sauter Jr.; 3.) Mark Van; 4.) Mark Mackesy; 5.) Steve Gress
First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Sauter Jr.; 2.) Burton Brown; 3.) Gress
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Weinfurter; 2.) Jason Kirsling; 3.) Van
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Brady Baldry; 2.) Ruffalo; 3.) Nitzke
Fourth 12 Lap Heat: 1.) C. Weinkauf; 2.) Nelson; 3.) Eswein
Fast Qualifier: Allen Check, 12.055 Seconds

Super Stocks
30 Lap Feature:
1.) Brian Weinfurter; 2.) Dave Neitzke; 3.) Brian Schmutzer; 4.) Wes Coon; 5.) Galen Manternatch; 6.) Tim Plowman; 7.) Collin Willcott; 8.) Wally Kallman; 9.) Scott Hamel; 10.) Tim Zuehlke
15 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Ken Soyka; 2.) Hamel; 3.) Roger Stanczyk; 4.) Randy Storlie; 5.) David Pagels
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Soyka; 2.) Hamel; 3.) Pagels
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Stanczyk; 2.) Storlie; 3.) Weinfurter
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Mike Brooks; 2.) Wilcott; 3.) Plowman
Fast Qualifier: Kallman, 13.329 Seconds

Pure Stocks
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Troy Engman; 2.) Chuck Stebbens; 3.) Brad Guralski; 4.) Marcus Marti; 5.) Michael Gwidt; 6.) Frank Calabrese; 7.) Mike Kasperek; 8.) Michael Witberler
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Calabrese; 2.) Shane Bates; 3.) Stebbens
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Marti; 2.) Kasperek; 3.) Gwidt
Fast Qualifier: Guralski, 14.860 Seconds

4 Cylinders
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Dale Robinson; 2.) Dallas Kralovetz; 3.) Jousha Opper; 4.) Mike Oehmichen; 5.) Brandon Ponalsky; 6.) Casey Koback
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Randy Polansky; 2.) Jeff Cormack; 3.) Lance Neumann
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Robinson; 2.) Torey Nitzsche; 3.) Kralovetz
Fast Qualifier: Kralovetz, 14.923 Seconds