Golden Sands Speedway Race Report

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Crate Victory for Frank Nitzke in Sands Super Lates!
Hamel Best In Super Stock Test!

By Jeffrey Sachse

June 3, 2005; Plover, WI - The evening was Crusin' for a Cure Night for the American Cancer Society, and it was Frank Nitzke who would cruise to the win in the Super Late Model main event.  The victory will place Nitzke in the record books as the answer to the trivia question.. who won the first Super Late Model feature with a "crate" engine.  Nitzke's machine was powered by an economical factory sealed high-performance engine.  In the Super Stock division it was Scott Hamel recording his first feature win of the 2005 season after making a pass of visiting driver Dan Linnehan for the lead midway into the contest.   In the Pure Stock division a quartet of racers were all doing battle pack style the final laps, with fast qualifier Frank Calabrese squeaking out a win.  In an equally hard fought contest, Dale Robinson earned his first career 4 cylinder win by a very small margin over current point leader and defending champion Mike Oehmichen.

Photo Highlights
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Frank Nitzke (#18) earned his fourth career Super Late Model victory at Golden Sands Speedway, and went into the history books as the first winner to utilize a crate engine for the win.
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Frank Nitzke (#18) slips under early race leader Dillon Kralovetz (#2) for the lead during the Super Late Model feature contest.
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A late race charge would earn Jeff Weinfurter (#3) a second place finish in the Super Late Model headliner.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Allen Check (#20) was a double winner this evening winning both his heat race and the semi-feature in Super Late Model action.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Troy Nelson (#66) turned in the fastest qualifying effort in the Super Late Model division for the second straight week.
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Melvin Zehr (#05) was a 14 year old hard charger from Florida who paid a visit to Golden Sands Speedway and wound up winning a heat race in Super Late Model action.

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Scott Hamel (#78) celebrates his first Super Stock feature win of the 2005 season here at Golden Sands Speedway.
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Visitor Dan Linnehan (#48) turned in a strong showing in Super Stock action.   Scott Hamel (#78) however would go on to win the feature contest.
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An unplanned gathering occurred during the Super Stock semi-feature as David Pagels (#409), Matt Cournoyer (#7) Matt Osowski (#99) tangle.

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Defending Super Stock champion Tim Plowman (#80) was the fastest qualifier this evening.
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Dale Robinson (#3D) scored his first career feature win taking top honors in the 4 cylinder class.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
The battle for the win was hotly contested on the final lap of the 4 cylinder feature.  Dale Robinson would edge out Kevin Reske (#27) and the evenings fast qualifier Mike Oehmichen (#87) for the win.
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Frank Calabrese (#56) captured the Pure Stock feature event after setting fast time in the class in qualifying.

The evening started out with Troy Nelson scoring his second fast qualifying effort of the season in Super Late Model action. Tim Plowman, the defending Super Stock champion turned the quickest lap in his division.  Likewise 4 cylinder defending title holder Mike Oehmichen turned in the quickest lap in the class.   Frank Calabrese completed the divisions competing this evening, with a fast lap in the Pure Stock division.

The main events for the evening unfolded on a warm and still night, former track champion Burton Brown and youngster Dillion Kralovetz brought the field to the green flag for the 40 lap Super Late Model main event.  Kralovetz got the upper hand at the start leaving Brown, Blake Horstman and Nitzke doing battle for the runner-up slot.

Nitzke would work the low line to get under Horstman for the third position on lap six and he then set his sights on Brown. 

The pace was slowed with Kralovetz still in the lead when several cars made contact in turn two on lap ten resulting in a spin by Mark Van, forcing the first caution of the contest.

Underway again Kralovetz led the way, while Nitzke continued his progress forward working the high line around the banked third-mile oval to surpass Brown for second on lap 13. Nitzke's then closed up on the rear deck of Kralovetz who continued to fight to hold the lead.

Meanwhile behind the lead duo Jason Weinkauf and Jeff Weinfurter were making swift progress.  Weinkauf reached third place at Brown's expense on lap 18, while Weinfurter who started deep in the field reached the top five.

Out front Nitzke's pressure began to pay off as Kralovetz began to run higher in the turns allowing Nitzke to work the bottom groove of the raceway. The pair ran side by side for several laps before Nitzke placed his lime green machine out front for the first time on lap 26.

Meanwhile a similar battle was taking place for third as Weinfurter had worked to the inside of Weinkauf as the pair ran wheel to wheel for the third position.  Weinkauf hung tenaciously to the outside line while Weinfurter worked the bottom portion of the raceway.  Each lap the pair would draw even by the finish line.

Out front Nitzke began to pull away from the field with a clear track ahead of him.  Weinfurter finally gained the upper hand in his battle for third with six laps to go, on the next lap Weinfurter managed to work under Kralovetz for the runner-up spot.  By this time however Nitzke had built up a six car length cushion and appeared to have the speed to keep Weinfurter at bay.

Nitzke drove a flawless race the final laps scoring his first feature win at the raceway since June of 2002.  Weinfurter would settle for second, for the second straight time in a weekly race program this season.  Weinkauf would surpass Kralovetz on the final lap to gather in third, with Kralovetz and defending track champion Mark Eswein completing the top five finishers.

The Super Stock contest had it's share of twists and turns as a dominating performance would come to and end for race leader Mike Brooks late in the contest. 

Visiting driver Dan Linnehan would get the better of local racer Wes Coon at the start of the 30 lap main event.  Mike Brooks, would follow Linnehan past Coon before the first lap was completed and the case for the lead began.

It was a short lived battle as Brooks immediately went to the low groove to sweep past Linnehan placing himself in the top spot.  At the same time Hamel began his march forward working the high line.  He quickly scrambled into the third spot prior to a caution by Ken Soyka who spun in turn two on the sixth lap.

The green flag returned and Brooks went right back to the lead.   The battle would be for second as Hamel and Linnehan contested the spot.  The battle would allow Brooks to increase his lead with each passing lap.  Hamel would finally gain the runner-up spot with 12 laps to go in the contest, but by now Brooks had built up a straightaway lead.

That lead however went away with 12 laps to go when Brian Weinfurter experienced mechanical difficulty dumped fluid on the racing surface forcing a yellow flag.

Brooks was again setting the pace and keeping Hamel in his tire tracks with Brian Schmutzer, Linnehan and Coon giving chase.  

Brooks however would not reach victory lane this evening as he suddenly slowed coming off turn two with 9 laps left in the contest giving the lead to Hamel.  Brooks would coast to the infield with his evening coming to and end.

Hamel, now suddenly found himself out front with Schmutzer trying to close the gap.  Over the final laps Hamel was able to set the pace taking the win by a car length over Schmutzer.  Linnehan would finish third, a strong showing for the visiting driver.  Coon and Wally Kallman would complete the top five runners.

The Pure Stock main event would settle into a four car battle for the second half of the contest with Frank Calabrese, Brad Guralski, point leader Michael Gwidt and Andrew Hintz racing pack style for the top spot.  Over the closing laps Guralski would move almost dead even with Calabrese on several occasions but Calabrese was up to the challenge taking his second win of the season in the Pure Stocks.  Guralski, Gwidt, Hintz and Chris Reindfleish would make up the top five at the checkered after a thrilling race.

Likewise the 4 cylinder main event would be a hard fought contest for the win.  Though Casey Koback paced the first half of the contest, with was Dale Robinson, Mike Oehmichen and Kevin Teske who would thrill the fans over the final laps with a tussle for the top spot.  On one occasion Robinson wiggled and the trio wound up three wide with a pair of laps to go.  Robinson however was able to quickly regain his pace and shoot back ahead of Oehmichen to win the contest by the narrowest of margins.   Oehmichen, Teske, Randy Polansky and Koback would make up the top five runners.

Next Friday Night will feature a special Kid's Box Derby race, all that's needed for the contest is a box and the willingness to do a little running on the raceway.  The motorsports activities will include Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks and 2-Man Cruisers.

Gates open at 4:30 pm, with time trials at 6:30pm and racing at 7:45 pm.

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.) Frank Nitzke; 2.) Jeff Weinfurter; 3.) Jason Weinkaf; 4.) Dillon Kralovetz; 5.) Mark Eswein; 6.) Troy Nelson; 7.) Chris Weinkauf; 8.) Burton Brown; 9.) Keith Bohmsach; 10.) Blake Horstman
20 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Allen Check; 2.) Jason Kirlsing; 3.) Brady Baldry; 4.) Pat Williams; 5.) Steve Gress; 6.) Wayne Mackesy
First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Melvin Zehr; 2.) W. Mackesy; 3.) Joel Schulz
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Check; 2.) Rene Scheinoha; 3.) Williams
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Mark Mackesy; 2.) John Totzke Jr; 3.) Bohmsach
Fourth 12 Lap Heat: 1. ) Weinfurter; 2.) Nitzke; 3.) J. Weinkauf
Fast Qualifier: Nelson, 12.091 Seconds

Super Stocks
30 Lap Feature:
1.) Scott Hamel; 2.) Brian Schmutzer; 3.) Dan Linnehan; 4.) Wes Coon; 5.) Wally Kallman; 6.) galen Manternatch; 7.) Dave Neitzer; 8.) Tim Plowman; 9.) Matt Raykowski; 10.) Collin Wilcott
10 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Dan Gollen; 2.) Brian Weinfurter; 3.) Bradley Scholze; 4.) Dan Braun; 5.) Randy Meyer
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Gollen; 2.) David Pagels; 3.) Denny Crass
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Hamel; 2.) Roger Stanczyk; 3.) Mike Brooks
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Zuehlke; 2.) Kallman; 3.) Neitzke
Fast Qualifier: Plowman; 13.373 Seconds

Pure Stocks
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Frank Calabrese; 2.) Brad Guralski; 3.) Michael Gwidt; 4.) Andrew Hintz; 5.) Chris Rindflesich; 6.) Dean Zakrezwski
First 8 Lap Heat: 1.) Sandy Brich; 2.) Wally Higgins; 3.) Raymond Kramer
Second 8 Lap Heat: 1.) Marcus Marti; 2.) Gwidt; 3.) Guralski
Fast Qualifier: Calabrese; 15.308 Seconds

4 Cylinders
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Dale Rabonson; 2.) Mike Oehmichen; 3.) Kevin Teske; 4.) Randy Polansky; 5.) Jenny Nitzsche; 6.) Casey Koback
Fat Qualifier: Oehmichen, 15.636 Seconds