Golden Sands Speedway Race Report

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Chris Weinkauf Captures Third Super Late Victory! 
Plowman's Last Lap Pass Nets Super Stock Checkered!

By Jeffrey Sachse

August 3, 2006; Plover, WI -  With one month of weekly Friday Night racing left on the 2006 season schedule it's the time of year where drivers make their late season push for the championship.  In the Super Late Model division, it was Chris Weinkauf of Merrill, who managed to fend off race long challenges from Mark Van to earn his third feature win of the 2006 season.  While Weinkauf lead most of the contest, Van stayed within striking distance to the checkered flag. 

Photo Highlights
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Chris Weinkauf (#75) nailed down his third Super Late Model feature win of the season at Golden Sands Speedway.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
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Mark Van (#66) had one of the best runs of his racing career at Golden Sands Speedway as he was able to fend off Tim Hintz (#1) and Kenny Richards (#9) for runner-up honors in the Super Late Model feature.
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Jeff Weinfurter (#3) collected the checkreed flag in the Super Late Model smei-feature contest.
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Mack Mackesy (#12), Gregg Ruffalo (#81) and Steve Gress (#4) had an unfortunate meeting during the Super Late Model semi-feature event.
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Current Super Late Model point leader Kenny Richards (#9) set fast qualifying honors again this evening.
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Tim Plowman (#80) earned his first Super Stock feature victory of the 2006 season.
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On the move!  Tim Plowman (#80) works the high line (#80) pas Wes Coon (#51) and Brian Schmutzer (#55) during the final laps of the Super Stock feature.
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Brian Back (#71) was the evening's fast qualifier in the Super Stock division.
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Current Pure Stock division point leader Dean Zakrezwski (#19) topped the main event this evening.

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Eric Kawlewski (#17) has his hands full as Dean Zakrezwski (#19) and Michael Gwidt (#25) charge toward the front of the pack during the Pure Stock feature race.
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Michael Gwidt (#25) turned in fast qualifying honors in the Pure Stock division.
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A popular night for the kids!  Race car rides were available to children this evening.  Here one youngest gets a ride from Super Late Model competitor Pat Williams.

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The 2-Man Cruisers were back in action with three feature contests.  The races were won by the teams of Bohm/Gladowski (#2); Gagas/Perzinski (#22) and Wierzba/Wierzba (#44).

The Super Stock feature contest would see defending champion Tim Plowman opt for the outside line with five laps to go in their featured race.  The move would prove to be the correct one as he rocketed into the lead on the final lap, making a last turn pass of race leader Brian Schmutzer to steal the victory.   In the Pure Stock division, another late race charge would be witnessed as current division point leader Dean Zakrezwski made his way to the winner's circle after taking over the top spot in the final laps.

The 40 lap Super Late Model contest would see Chris Weinkauf and Mark Van square off with the drop of the green flag.  Weinkauf would get the upper had as the field came up to speed.  Van stayed tight to Weinkauf's rear bumper with Jason Weinkauf, Tim Hintz and fast qualifier Kenny Richards holding down the top five spots with ten laps in the books.

Hintz, opting for the high line began to have some success in moving forward, diving under Jason Weinkauf and taking the third spot on lap 14.  Hintz then choose to go to the outside line as he reeled in Van.  Hintz was proving successful, slowing moving up alongside Van and nearly had taken the second spot when the caution appeared when Eugene Gregorich Jr., spun off the track in turn two.

The yellow flag has wiped out Chris Weinkauf's advantage and when the green flag flew he had to rebuild his lead.  Hintz would aging attempt to use the high groove to take second from Van, however this time, Richards would instead use the low ling to steal the third spot from Hintz on lap 25.

The final slowdown of the contest would appear on lap 31 when Joe Krzykowski and Pat Williams locked horns coming off turn two.  With the green flag returning for the sprint to the finish, Chris Weinkauf would have his hands full with Van, who managed to work to his inside.  However Chris Weinkauf was able to build his momentum and over the final laps pulled away to a three car length lead to take the victory.  Van would settle for second in his strongest performance of the year.  Richards, with his third place run would take back over the point lead by 12 markers over Mark Eswein.  Hintz and Jason Weinkauf would complete the top five finishers.

The Super Stocks came to the high banked third-mile oval 16 strong for their featured event.  Adam Krzykowski would start on the pole of the contest with veteran Randy Storlie to his outside.  Krzykowski would get the upper hand at the drop of the green flag while Storlie would have his hands full with Roger Stanczyk who came up to challenge for the runner-up spot.

As the drivers hustled their machines around the raceway Krzykowski began to slowly build and advantage on the field.  Stanczyk would successfully make the pass for second bringing Brian Schmutzer with him to third by lap five.

On lap seven Stanczyk lost control heading into turn three and slid through the infield.  He managed to get his car headed the right direction after a wild slide, but by the time he gathered up his machine he had fallen deep into the field.  This gave second to Schmutzer as the race continued without a caution.

Schmutzer would make a break to the inside of Krzykowski of the top spot with an inside move on lap ten to take over the lead. Krzykowski's night would get worse as the battle between he and Storlie for second would result in Krzykowski going for a spin on lap 17.  Both drivers would go to the tail of the field for the restart.

This left Schmutzer in the lead followed by Wes Coon, Josh Oleson, Dave Neitzke and Tim Plowman in the top five spots as the race resumed.  Underway again, Schmutzer had the speed to keep Coon in his tire tracks, while Olseon followed patiently in third.  The top five ran single file as the laps wound down until Plowman opted to try the high line with six laps to go.  The decision would be fruitful.  Plowman quickly surpassed Neitzke and Olseon to place himself in third with four laps to go in the contest.  His momentum allowed him to move alongside Coon one laps later and the paid ran wheel to wheel for the next lap before Plowman again got the advantage.

With Schmutzer hugging the low line and Plowman racing the high groove the showdown for the win began at the white flag as Plowman rolled in alongside Schmutzer as the pair headed down the backstretch on the final lap.  The two were dead event in the final turns, but the momentum of the high line allowed Plowman to sprint to the checkered with a margin of less than a foot to steal the win.  Schmutzer would finish second after a solid performance.  Coon, Oleson and Brian Back made up the top five finishers.

In the Pure Stock feature race Mike Kasperek would take the lead from his pole position starting spot, fending off the challenges of numerous drivers until late in the race when current point leader Dean Zakrezwski and fast qualifier Michael Gwidt closed in on his rear bumper.  With five laps to go it appeared Kasperek would have the momentum to reach the finish line first, protecting the low lane.  Heading for the white flag however Zakrezwski muscled to his inside taking the lead as the entered turn one on the final lap.  Zakrezwski would pace the final circuit to steal the win with Kasperek taking second.  Gwidt would lay claim to third with Erik Kawlewski and Dean Aschbacher completing the top five runners.

Next week will be a special program featuring the Mid-American Stock car series which will be making it's first showing at the track in several seasons.  In addition Super Late Models, Super Stocks, and Spectator drags are on the card.

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Super Late Models
40 Lap Feature:
1.) Chris Weinkauf; 2.) Mark Van; 3.) Kenny Richards; 4.) Tim Hintz; 5.) Jason Weinkauf; 6.) Blake Horstman; 7.) Jim Duchow; 8.) Mark Eswein; 9.) Allen Check; 10.) Frank Nitzke
25 Lap Semi-Feature: 
1.) Jeff Weinfurter; 2.) Check; 3.) Jeremy Switlick; 4.) Burton Brown; 5.) Ted Reichenberger; 6.) Monte Gress

First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Brown; 2.) Reichenberger; 3.) John Totzke Jr.
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Mark Mackesy; 2.) Check; 3.) Doug Hauser
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Eswein; 2.) Nitzke; 3.) C. Weinkauf
Fourth 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Joe Krzykowski; 2.) Hintz; 3.) Horstman

Fast Qualifier: Richards, 12.098 Seconds

Super Stocks
25 Lap Feature:
1.) Tim Plowman; 2.) Brian Schmutzer; 3.) Wes Coon; 4.) Josh Oleson; 5.) Brian Back; 6.) Brian Weinfurter; 7.) Scott Hamel; 8.) Dave Neitzke; 9.) Matt Raykowski; 10.) Roger Stanczyk
15 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) David Pagels; 2.) Dennis Crass; 3.) Donald Zuehlke; 4.) James Bates; 5.) Jonathan Ashcraft
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Mike Brooks; 2.) Bates; 3.) Ashcraft
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Weinfurter; 2.) Randy Storlie; 3.) Dan Braun
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Oleson; 2.) Plowman; 3.) Raykowski
Fast Qualifier: Back, 13.336 Seconds

Pure Stocks
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Dean Zakrezwski; 2.) Mike Kasperek; 3.) Michael Gwidt; 4.) Eric Kawlewski; 5.) Dean Aschbacher; 6.) Andrew Hintz; 7.) Gary Haarklau; 8.) Becky Grabarski; 9.) Ronald Grabarski; 10.) Matt Ciesielski
12 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Kyle Gennet; 2.) Chuck Stebbens; 3.) Joey Kuhn; 4.) Troy Porter; 5.) Dennis Stilson
First 10 Lap Heat:
1.) Coletta Gomes; 2.) Porter; 3.) Douglas Wheelock

Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Stilson; 2.) Haarklau; 3.) Kasperek
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Aschbacher; 2.) R. Grabarski; 3.) Troy Engman

Fast Qualifier: Zakrezwski, 14.924 Seconds

2-Man Cruisers
First 10 Lap Feature:
1.) Bohm/Gladowski; 2.) Dominick/Gaetz; 3.) Kolbus/Lepak; 4.) West/Spritka; 5.) Wadel/Kalata
Second 10 Lap Feature:
1.) Gagas/Perzinski; 2.) Werge/Hall; 3.) Zellner/Kuhn; 4.) Helbach/Helbach; 5.) McDonald/McDonald

Thirs 10 Lap Feature: 1.) Wierzba/Wierzba; 2.) Wellens/Bauer; 3.) Kelley/Resheske; 4.) Green/Wheelock; 5.) Mangen/Mancheski