It's an Iverson
Invasion of Golden Sands
as Champions Clash in 2006 Season Opener!
By Jeffrey Sachse
Plover, WI - The 2006 season opener at Golden Sands Speedway
proved to be an evening filled with thrills and spills. The
thrills were provided by the some hard racing on a cool damp evening in
Central Wisconsin, as fans and drivers flicked to the third-mile high
banked oval to witness the first racing event of the 2006 season.
night started with a wild flip during qualifying in the Pure Stock
division as Gary Harklauu wound find himself upside down outside the
racetrack on the backstretch. He was not injured in the
Iverson (#97) made the long trip from Michigan payoff with a victory
in the Super Late Model main event.
Kendall (#00) works past Joe Krzykowski for second in the Super Late
Model main event.
Defending track champion Mark Eswein (#71) fends off
a challenge by Kenny Richards (#9) for the third spot on the final
lap of the Super Late Model feature.
A two-car tangle during the Super Late Model
semi-feature left Kurt Guralski (#1) upside down after hitting the
wall hard. He was not injured.
BHrooks placed himself in victory lane after topping the Super Stock
Randy Storlie led much of the Super Stock feature before Mike Brooks
(#25) worked into the top spot in the closing stages of the race.
Defending Super Stock champion Tim Plowman (#80) set
a new qualifying record for the division and became the first driver
in the class to turn in a qualifying lap under 13 seconds.
Mike Gwidt (#25) collected the checkered flag in the
Pure Stock feature contest.
Hintz (#7) set fast time in the Pure Stock class.
Dallas Kralovetz (#21) dominated 4 cylinder action
this evening, winning the feature race and earlier in the evening
setting a new track record in qualifying for the division.
Before feature race time fans had already seen two spectacular
accidents. The first of which occurred in the Hobby Stock class
during qualifying when visiting racer Gary Harklauu had his throttle
stick during his qualifying lap. He would lose control of his car
coming off turn two, hit the backstretch hill and launch through the
air. Harklauu would when hit several of the speedway billboards
before flipping upside down. Fortunately Harklauu was uninjured in
the accident, but the same could not be said of his racing machine.
Needless to say he was done for the evening.
Another spectacular crash occurred during the second Super Late
Model heat as the cars of Kurt Guralski and Pat Williams touched coming
off turn three. Normally a minor contact, the pair had unfortunately
touched tires which resulted in Guralski's car going airborne. He
would sail into the wall at full speed before flipping onto his roof.
The car momentarily caught fire, but quick work by the safety workers
controlled the situation while the young driver scrambled form his ride,
While the evening's accident's were spectacular in themselves, the
racing action was not to be outdone. In the Super Late Model
contest, three area track champions did battle for supremacy.
Jamie Iverson of Escanaba, Michigan made a long trek to Golden Sands
Speedway and made that effort payoff with a victory in the headline
event. Iverson, the 2005 track champion at Norway Speedway managed
to fend off multi-time Dells Motor Speedway titlist Jeff Kendell and
multi-time Golden Sands Speedway champion Mark Eswein. The three
champions did battle throughout the non-stop contest, never separated by
more than a couple car lengths.
In Super Stock action Mike Brooks would use the outside groove to
sail into the lead in the closing stages of their main event. Last
seasons point runner-up in the Pure Stock division, Michael Gwidt, would
race to the checkered flag in the divisions feature contest. Rounding
out the evening was a sweep in the 4 cylinder class by young 14 year old
Dallas Kralovetz. The youngster would set fast time setting a new
track qualifying record for the class and then sweep through the field
in the feature contest to record the victory.
The Super Late Model headliner saw veteran Smokin' Joe Krzykowski on
the pole of the event with Iverson to his outside. Kendall and
Eswein would make up the second row of the race as the green flag fell.
Iverson got the opening jump taking over the top position as the field
reached the stripe on the opening round. Krzykowski would slip
into the second spot ahead of Kendell and Eswein as the first four began
to move away slightly from the field.
Kendall would work in Krzykowski in turn two on lap four, with Eswein
making a similar move on the next lap to secure third. Krzykowski
would slowly fade back into the field as the event quickly clicked off
the first 10 circuits.
Iverson's lead was a precarious one as Kendall continued to pressure
for the top spot, on several occasions nosing under Iverson coming off
turn two. In the meantime Eswein began looking to the high side
looking for an opportunity to advance. Brandon Selle found himself
in fourth behind the lead trio fending off the pressure of Kenny
Richards who held down the fifth spot.
By the halfway point Iverson still clung tenaciously to the lead with
Kendall and Eswein giving chase, all running within inches of one
another. Richards has moved up to secure the fourth position and
began to reel in the lead trio.
As the final 10 laps began Iverson got a brief break from the
challenges as Eswein began to work over Kendall. This allowed
Iverson to move out to a one car length advantage, his biggest lead of
the evening. Further back Jason Weinkauf was making progress
through the pack.
With four laps to go the action began to intensify again as Kendall
reeled in Iverson. Meanwhile Richards worked the high line to nose
ahead of Eswein for the third spot as the pair raced side by side.
Eswein would fight back reclaiming third by a matter of inches at the
white flag. Out front Kendall moved up to Iverson's rear
bumper waiting for a slip which would give him a shot at victory.
The slip never came however with Iverson claming his first career
victory on the high-banked third mile oval. Kendall would settle
for second. Eswein nipped Richards for third at the line with
Richards taking fourth after a strong run. In a side by side duel
to the finish Weinkauf would edge out Krzykowski for the final top five
position. Krzykowski, Frank Nitzke, fast qualifier Chris Weinkauf, Allen
Check and Selle would complete the top ten finishers.
David Pagels and Randy Storlie brought the field to the green flag
for the 25 lap Super Stock main event. Storlie shot to the initial
lead as Pagels fought to hold second. A wiggle by Pagels dropped
him quickly back in the field as Brian Weinfurter and Mike Brooks would
A multi-car tangle involving Pagels, Collin Wilcott, Denny Crass and
fast qualifier and new track record holder Tim Plowman would slow the
pace on lap six. Storlie would charge back to the lead as Brooks
began to work past Weinfurter. Brooks working the high line to
perfection motored past Weinfurter for second and moments later rolled
alongside Storlie to joust for the top spot. A spin by fourth running
Wilcott with ten laps to go bunched the field and placed Storlie back at
Storlie set the pace back to the green flag with Brooks, Weinfurter
and Wes Coon and Brian Back in the top five positions. Brooks and
Back would prove to be the big movers over the final laps. Brooks
jumped to the high side of Storlie with six laps to go and worked into
the top spot. Deeper in the field, Back was darting through
traffic in effort to reach the front. Back reached the runner-up
spot with three laps to go, but Brook's pace would allow him to take the
checkered with a two car length advantage. Back would lay claim to
second followed by Coon, Storlie and Weinfurter.
Pure Stock feature racing saw Todd Kuehl pace for the first four laps
of the event before Gwidt would take over the lead position. Gwidt
would then motor around the raceway building an advantage on his rivals
throughout the remainder of the event. Dean Zakrezwski would work into
the second spot late in the contest and close slightly on Gwidt but
Gwidt would take to the checkered with a comfortable margin.
Zakrezwski would settle for second ahead of Kuehl, Troy Engman and Dean
The night concluded with the 4 cylinder contest and Kralovetz, at age
14, showed the patience of a veteran as he methodically advanced
positions throughout the contest. Matt Hansen would hold down the
top spot until challenged by both Kevin Teske and Kralovetz on lap six.
A wiggle by Hansen allowed Teske to spring to the lead with Kralovetz
hanging on Teske's every move.
On the next lap Kralovetz worked his way past Teske taking command of
the contest and pacing the final half of the event. Teske, Kevin
Eckes, Jousha Opper and Mike Oehmichen completed the top five runners.
Next week, Friday Night, April 28th, will be
another full night of racing action featuring four divisions of racing
action. Fans will have a chance to view the cars up close
trackside during a meet and greet session giving them a chance to view
all the Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks
and 4 Cylinders in attendance up close and meet the drivers who wheel
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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