Golden Sands Speedway Race Report

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Second Wind Nets Gress Super Late Win, Hamel Hot in Super Stocks!
By Jeffrey Sachse

June 17, 2005; Plover, WI -  In short track racing it's not often you give up the lead, and then get it back, but a second wind and a burst of speed brought Monte Gress back to the lead after surrendering the position during the Super Late Model main event on Friday evening at Golden Sands Speedway.  Interestingly enough his win in the main event was almost exactly one year to the day since his last feature checkered on the high-banked third mile raceway. In the Super Stock division, Scott Hamel would record his second feature win of the 2005 season after coming out on top of a side by side duel with Randy Storlie in a contest which went from green to checkered without interruption.  The Pure Stock main event saw fast qualifier Brad Guralski slice though the field for a convincing win.  The evening concluded with 14 year old Dallas Kralovetz, who was making his debut at the raceway edge out current division point leader Mike Oehmichen for the victory in their feature contest.

Photo Highlights
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Monte Gress (#107.5) scored his first Super Late Model feature win of the 2005 season at Golden Sands Speedway.
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Pat Williams (#27) and Monte Gress (#107.5) ran wheel to wheel for the for a good portion of the first half of the Super Late Model feature race.
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Wayne Mackesy (#93) did a balancing act between the backstretch hill and the hood of Jason Kirsling (#99) after a tangle during one of the Super Late Model events. 42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Dillon Kralovetz captured the Super Late Model semi-feature contest. 42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Brandon Selle (#98) posted the fastest time of the evening in Super Late Model action.
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Scott Hamel (#78) scored his second Super Stock feature victory of the 2005 season.
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Randy Storlie (#53) fought hard to hold the lead in the Super Stock feature, but Scott Hamel (#78) would make the pass and go on for the victory.
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Dan Gollen (#3) had a hard hit with the outside wall during a Super Stock heat race.  He was unhurt, but the same could not be said of his car.

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Brian Schmutzer (#55) scored his first career fast qualifying effort in the Super Stock division.
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Brad Guralski set fast time and came back to win the feature in Pure Stock action.
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Young Dallas Kralovetz (#21) right, became the youngest driver to win a feature at Golden Sands Speedway.  The 14 year old racer was joined in victory lane after topping the 4 cylinder main event.
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Dale Robinson opening the evening with fast time in the 4 Cylinder class.

The Super Late Models rolled out with Pat Williams and Monte Gress bringing the field to the green flag for their 40 lap feature.  Gress using the outside line would edge out Williams for the opening lead.  Williams however clung tenaciously to the inside line and would stay next to Gress during the opening circuits never surrendering the battle for the top spot.  Further back John Totzke Jr. was working the high line to progress forward filtering into the fourth spot behind Burton Brown who held the third position by lap five.

With Gress and Williams still engaged in a side by side duel out front ten laps into the contest, a similar battle began for third between Brown and Totzke.  However the battles were interrupted on lap 18 when the event was slowed to reposition Mark Van who was placed back two positions for using to much raceway after being notified to pick a line by the flagman.

It would be the only slowdown of the contest.  The race restarted with Gress, Williams, Totzke, Brown, Jason Weinkauf and Joe Krzykowski in the top six spots.  When the green flag flew again Totzke got a good jump on Williams and shot into the runner-up spot using the low line.  His momentum would carry him alongside Gress to battle for the lead position.  Gress sticking to the outside line which he prefers, allowed Totzke to nose ahead for the lead on lap 25, as Gress settled into second ahead of Williams.

Totzke appeared to be in position to head for his first career feature win until Gress began to reel him back in with ten laps to go.  Further back Krzykowski has been making steady progress toward the front, sneaking past Brown and Weinkauf for fourth and then closing on Williams to challenge for third. Perhaps the fastest car on the raceway, Krzykowski continued to press toward the front reaching second with six laps to go.

Meanwhile out front Gress would maneuver back past Totzke to regain the lead he had held throughout much of the contest.  Once out front this time, Gress was able to pull away.  Totzke however appeared to begin sliding in the turns allowing Krzykowski to close quickly and challenge for the second spot.  Using the high line Krzykowski sailed past Totzke for the second spot with four laps remaining.  Gress however has built a small cushion which would suffice in allowing him to complete the 40 lap distance in first place.  At the white Gress still has a car length on Krzykowski.  It would prove to be the final lap as a tangle between Travis Sauter and defending champion Mark Eswein forced the event to finish under caution.  This allowed Gress to cruise across the line for the win.  Krzykowski would settle for second after a solid charge.  Totzke's efforts netted a third place finish ahead of Williams strong showing rewarded with a fourth place run. When the dust settled it was Weinkauf rounding out the top five followed by last week's feature winner Allen Check and the evening's fast qualifier Brandon Selle.

The Super Stock 30 lap feature race proved equally as dramatic, but that event would go non stop from green to checkered. Randy Storlie would get the best of Roger Stanczyk after a side by side battle during the opening laps of the contest.  Hamel who started in the second row moved forward under Stanczyk on lap three, squirting past for the position. Stanczyk would bobble a bit the following lap allowing Galen Manternatch to rumble into the third slot.

Hamel would opt for the outside line using the outer grooves momentum to allow him to draw alongside Storlie for the lead. For the next dozen laps Hamel and Storlie thrilled the fans with clean, hard racing for the top spot.  Slowly but surely Hamel began to gain the advantage finally clearing Storlie for the lead with ten laps to go in the contest.  Once he was able to drop into the lower groove Hamel began to distance himself from Storlie who now had to content with Manternatch in effort to hold the second spot.

The race would go to it's conclusion without any slowdowns and Hamel would secure his second win of the season.  Manternatch would manage to work alongside Storlie on the high side with a pair of laps to go and in a drag race to the checkered Manternatch would reach the line by a foot ahead of Storlie for second.  Storlie's efforts this evening were rewarded with a third place finish.  Fourth would go to Brian Schmutzer who earlier in the evening recorded his first career fast qualifying effort. Current point leader Tim Plowman would complete the top five finishers.

Brian Blenker would pace the first two laps of the Pure Stock feature which had just one caution on the second lap of the fifteen lap contest.  On the restart Blenker would give up his lead to Wally Higgins who then paced the contest until, while Guralski came from deep in the field picking off cars in rapid order.  Guralski was into the second spot on by the halfway point of the contest and before lap eight began he burst into the lead. 

The only driver who seemed able to match Guralski's pace was Troy Engman who also worked his way forward quickly reaching the second position on lap ten.  By this time however Guralski had built up a quarter-lap lead and Engman could do little with that margin on the way to the checkered.  At the line it was Guralski ahead of Engman, Higgins, Dean Zakrezwski, and Andrew Hintz in the top five.

The final event of the evening was the 4 cylinder contest, which would see young Dallas Kralovetz become the youngest feature winning in Golden Sands Speedway history.  At the age of 14, Kralovetz has already had seven seasons of racing in karts at area tracks, but this night was his debut in the 4 cylinder class.  Kralovetz was in the third spot in the feature contest when the lead pair would tangle, leaving Kralovetz in the top spot.  On the restart Kralovetz was able to pull away from the majority of the field with the exception of current point leader Mike Oehmichen who closed within a couple car lengths over the final five laps waiting for a mistake by the young driver.  The mistake never came and Kralovetz was rewarded for that effort by winning the contest.  Oehmichen would finish second ahead of Timoth Gorecki, Randy Polansky and Jennifer Nitzsche.

This 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 Cylinders 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.

Next week, Friday Night, June 24th, the regular weekly racing program will take place with Super Late Models, Super Stocks, 4 Cylinders and Cruisers all taking to the raceway.  In addition fans will have an oppertunity to get invovled with the "Lete's Make a Deal" live event giveaway.  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.

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.) Monte Gress; 2.) Joe Krzykowski; 3.) John Totzke Jr.; 4.) Pat Williams; 5.) Jason Weinkauf; 6.) Allen Check; 7.) Brandon Selle; 8.) Chris Weinkauf; 9.) Troy Nelson; 10.) Burton Brown
20 Lap Semi-Feature:  1.) Dillon Kralovetz; 2.) Keith Bohmsach; 3.) Mark Mackesy; 4.) Blake Horstman; 5.) Brady Baldry; 6.) Dick Coleman
First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) D. Coleman 2.) Gene Coleman; 3.) Blake Horstman
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Baldry; 2.) Steve Gress; 3.) Keith Bohmsach
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Frank Nitzke; 2.) Williams; 3.) Mark Mackesy
Fourth 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Troy Nelson; 2.) Mark Eswein; 3.) Travis Sauter

Fast Qualifier: Selle, 12.023 Seconds

Super Stocks
30 Lap Feature:
1.) Scott Hamel; 2.) Galen Manternatch; 3.) Randy Storlie; 4.) Brian Schmutzer; 5.) Tim Plowman; 6.) Wes Coon; 7.) Mike Brooks; 8.) Roger Stanczyk; 9.) Sam Anderson; 10.) Collin Wilcott
15 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Ken Soyka; 2.) Tim Zuehlke; 3.) Dan Braun; 4.) Brad Scholze; 5.) Matt Osowski; 6.) David Pagels
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Matt Osowski; 2.) Ken Soyka; 3.) Duane Robinson
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Tim Zuehlke; 2.) Bradley Scholze; 3.) Randy Storlie
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Sam Anderson; 2.) Wes Coon; 3.) Scott Hamel
Fast Qualifier: Schmutzer, 13.293 Seconds

Pure Stocks
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Brad Guralski; 2.) Troy Engman; 3.) Wally Higgins; 4.) Dean Zakrezwski; 5.) Andrew Hintz; 6.) Todd Kuehl
Fast Qualifier: Guralski; 15.216 Seconds

4 Cylinder Feature
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Dallas Kralovetz; 2.) Mike Oehmichen; 3.) Timothy Gorecki; 4.) Randy Polansky; 5.) Jennifer Nitzsche 6.) Brandon Polansky
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Randy Nitzsche

Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Dale Robinson
Fast Qualifier: Robinson;