Golden Sands Speedway Race Report

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Check Edges Weinkauf for Super Late Victory!
Brooks Takes Non-Stop Super Stock Main Event!

By Jeffrey Sachse

June 10, 2005; Plover, WI - It was a duel remenicient of a old western.. a shoot-out during the closing laps of the Super Late Model main event between cagey veteran Allen Check and youthful Chris Weinkauf as the pair ran wheel to wheel gunning for the checkered flag.  When the checkered fell there would be only one winner, but the fans were treated to a showing of good, hard clean racing... and Check stood in victory lane after winning his second feature contest of the young season in a caution free contest.  In Super Stock action, the talented field of drivers would present their race with just a single caution. When the checkered which fell it was Chris Brooks, scoring his first victory of the 2005 season.  In Pure Stock action it was Frank Calabrese who would capture the victory fending off fast qualifier Brad Guralski during the final laps of the contest.  After his win he did the popular "smoke show", for the appreciative fans. 

Photo Highlights
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Allen Check (#20) scored his second Super Late Model feature win of the 2005 season at Golden Sands Speedway.
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Allen Check (#20) was able to fend off the challenges of Chris Weinkauf (#75) for the win in the Super Late Model feature race.
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Burton Brown (#07) and Allen Check (#20) due battle for the lead in the opening stages of the Super Late Model feature race. 42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
A late race charge would earn defending champion Mark Eswein a third place finish in the Super Late Model main event.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Jason Weinkauf (#76) scored the victory in the Super Late Model semi-feature contest.
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Mark Eswein (#71) came out on top of the Super Late Model qualifying this evening at Golden Sands Speedway.
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Chris Brooks (#75) celebrates his first Super Stock feature win of the 2005 season.
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Using the high line Chris Brooks (#75) sweeps past Randy Storlie (#53) for the lead in the Super Stock feature.

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Roger Stanczyk and Randy Storlie did battle for the runner-up spot in the Super Stock feature all the way to the finish line.
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Bradley Scholze (#87) won a pair of races this evening taking victories in both his heat race and the Super Stock semi-feature.
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Galen Manternatch (#5) scored fast qualifying honors in the Pure Stocks.
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Frank Calabrese visited victory lane after winning the Pure Stock feature race.
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The evenings winners in the 2-Man Cruisers included.  (#71) Dean and Dean; (#17) Kalewski and Clark; and (#01) Kampert and Kampert.

A thunderstorms loomed in the distance the program was drawing to it's conclusion with the 2-Man Cruiser contests.  The three events were captured by the teams of Dean and Dean, Kawlewski and Clark, while the final checkered of the evening fell to Kampert and Kampert who took the lead in the final corner as lightning flashed in the background.  The entire show was completed including the Kid's "Box Car" races held during intermission by 10:00 p.m., a mere 15 minutes before heavy storms swept through the area soaking those still at the raceway after the event.

While rain was a actor early in the day and after the program, it never hindered any of the events this evening. The show started with qualifying efforts, as current point leader Mark Eswein topped Super Late Model qualifying.  Galen Manternatch notched his first fast time effort of the 2005 season and Guralski topped the Pure Stocks.

Feature racing was underway in the 40 Lap Super Late Model main event with 2001 champion Burton Brown and Check bringing the field to the green flag.   Brown, running the low line would edge ahead slightly during the opening lap, buck Check, who would run the high line for the majority of the race proved it was the fast way around the track early, nosing ahead of Brown by lap two.  Check would clear Brown by the fourth orbit around the high-banked third mile oval, beginning to pull away and leaving second to be contested between Brown and Keith Bohmsach.

Brown would regain his momentum and moved forward to again challenge Check for the lead by lap 10.  Bohmsach however was unable to progress in the outer groove and began to fall back in the field, leaving Blake Horstman, Chris Weinkauf and Eswein in the top five slots.

Horstman allowed a opening in the low line on lap 14 and was quickly passed by both Weinkauf and Eswein, who advanced to third and fourth respectively.   Out front Check was already beginning to demonstrate his preference for the high groove, allowing Brown to again challenge for the top spot using the low line.  Check momentum in the higher lane would allow him to repel all of Brown's challenges as the race progressed.

As the race continued Brown soon found himself having to defend his second position, but he was unable to hold back Weinkauf and Eswein, both of whom scurried past for second and third respectively by the halfway point of the contest.

With a dozen laps to go Troy Nelson and Jeff Weinfurter worked their way into the fourth and fifth positions well behind the lead trio of Check, Weinkauf and Eswein.  As the race started to near it's conclusion, Weinkauf began to look to the inside of Check, who maintained the lead using the higher groove.  With five laps to go in the contest Weinkauf managed to pull alongside Check, but again Check was able to turn back the challenge moving back ahead on the following circuit.  Check would hold the upper hand to the finish taking the win by less than a car length.  Weinkauf would settle for the second spot after a hard fought battle.  Eswein, who reeled in the lead pair over the final laps would settle for third.  Fourth would go to Weinfurter who would get by Nelson who got sideways in the closing laps.  Nelson, regained control of his ride and reached the stripe in the fifth spot. 

Brown, last week's feature winner Frank Nitzke, Brandon Selle, Bohmsach and Joe Krzykowski completed the top ten.

The Super Stocks went racing with Wes Coon taking the opening lead in the event.  However on the next lap Coon slid up the track giving the top spot to Matt Raykowski.  Raykowski's time at the front was equally short however as Randy Storlie who was making his first start of the 2005 season would sail by for the lead by lap three followed by Brian Weinfurter and Chris Brooks.

A spin by Brad Scholze on lap six brought out the first and only caution of the contest. The restart would prove advantageous to Brooks who made an excellent charge on the outside at the drop of the green flag.  He quickly dispatched Weinfurter for the runner-up spot and before the next lap was complete he was alongside Storlie challenging for the lead. Brooks would make the high line work motoring ahead of Storlie as they reached the strip on lap eight.

The race began to settle in with Brooks slowly pulling away from the field.  Storlie, Roger Stanczyk, Weinfurter and Tyler Sauter holding the top five slots.

With no further yellows to assist his competitors Brooks would maintain a dozen car length lead on Storlie to the checkered flag.  At the line it was Storlie, Stanczyk, Weinfurter and fast qualifier Manternatch in the top five spots.

The Pure Stocks tossed the lead around to several drivers during the first couple laps which included a caution by Kasey Wolfe who was making his first appearance this evening after starting on the pole.  Shane Bates and Chuck Stebbens both lead briefly before.  Calabrese took command on lap four sweeping past those ahead of him on the outside. 

Andrew Hintz, Mike Gwidt, Guralski and Stebbens held down the top five spots as the second and final caution flew for a spin by Christopher Rindefleisch in turn two.  When the green returned Calabrese was back to the lead, but Guralski shot to the outside and quickly moved into second.  Calabrese was up to the task however taking the win.  Guralski would settle for the second position.  Gwidt the current point leader would take third followed by Troy Engman and Todd Kuehl.

Next week, Friday Night, June 17th, Golden Sands Speedway will be presenting a double-header weekend with racing on both Friday Night and Sunday afternoon. On Friday Night the regular weekly racing program will take place with Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks and 4 Cylinders all taking to the raceway.  In addition there will be a Fast Pastors race as area chaplains take to the track in equally prepared Saturn race cars to begin the program.  The Friday Night activities will begin with time trails at 6:30 p.m. and the first race taking place at 7:45 p.m.

Then next Sunday afternoon June 19th, it will be the first appearance of the Limited Late Models on the high-banked third mile oval as those machines lead the way in a program. Also on hand will Super Stocks and Pure Stocks as they present a full points awarded program for those two weekly classes.  4 Cylidners will also be on hand for a show which will allow both front and rear wheel driver cars. Time trials will take place at 12:30 p.m. and racing will get underway at 2:00 p.m. for the special event.

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 www.goldensandsspeedway.com

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Super Late Models
40 Lap Feature:
1.) Allen Check; 2.) Chris Weinkauf; 3.) Mark Eswein; 4.) Jeff Weinfurter; 5.) Troy Nelson; 6.) Burton Brown;
7.) Frank Nitzke; 8.) Brandon Selle; 9.) Keith Bohmsach; 10.) Joe Krzykowski
20 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Jason Weinkauf; 2.) Elliott Weiler; 3.) Dillion Kralovetz; 4.) Baldry; 5.) Casey Chase; 6.) Beyer Mackesy
First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Joel Schulz; 2.) Brady Baldry; 3.) Scott Beyer
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Brown; 2.) Check; 3.) Blake Horstman
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Pat Williams; 2.) Nitzke; 3.) Bohmsach
Fast Qualifier: Eswein, 12.084 Seconds

Super Stocks
30 Lap Feature:
1.) Chris Brooks; 2.) Randy Storlie; 3.) Roger Stanczyk; 4.) Brian Weinfurter; 5.) Galen Manternatch; 6.) Tim Plowman; 7.) Tyler Sauter; 8.) Mike Brooks; 9.) Wes Coon; 10.) Dave Neitzke
15 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Brad Scholze; 2.) Scott Hamel; 3.) Ken Soyka; 4.) Dan Braun; 5.) David Pagels; 6.) Duane Robinson
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Scholze; 2.) Robinson; 3.) Matt Osowski
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Soyka; 2.) C. Brooks; 3.) Braun
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Weinfurter; 2.) Collin Wilcott; 3.) Sauter
Fast Qualifier: Manternatch; 13.425 Seconds

Pure Stocks
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Frank Calabrese; 2.) Brad Guralski; 3.) Michael Gwidt; 4.) Troy Engman; 5.) Todd Kuehl; 6.) Dean Zakrezwski
First 8 Lap Heat: 1.) Chuck Stebbens; 2.) Kuehl; 3.) Willy Higgins
Second 8 Lap Heat: 1.) Andrew Hintz; 2.) Gwidt; 3.) Calabrese
Fast Qualifier: Guralski; 15.216 Seconds

2-Man Cruisers
First 10 Lap Feature:
1.) Dean/Dean; 2.) Fischer/Floistad; 3.) Wellens/Bauer; 4.) Zellner/Bates; 5.) Kelley/Resheske
Second 10 Lap Feature: 1.) Kalewski/Clark; 2.) Netzel/Jisko; 3.) Kampert/Kluck; 4.) Boyer/Poinek; 5.) Kealiher/Johnson
Third 10 Lap Feature: 1.) Kampert/Kampert; 2.) Clark/Disher; 3.) Wierzba/Wierzba; 4.) Kuhn/Van Stedum; 5.) Floistad/Floistad