Golden Sands Speedway Race Report

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Weinfurter Races to Super Late Checkered, Raykowski Takes Career First Golden Sands Super Stock Feature Flag!
By Jeffrey Sachse

August 11, 2006; Plover, WI -Fans and representatives of McCain Foods who were in attendance on Friday evening at Golden Sands Speedway were treated to an action packed racing program on the high-banked third mile oval.  Veteran Super Late Model competitor Jeff Weinfurter would make a late race pass of Mark Van to collect his second feature flag of the 2006 season.  In the Super Stock division Matt Raykowski would motor away from the field to earn his first career feature flag at Golden Sands.  The Mid-American Stock Car Series was also in attendance, presenting their first program at the raceway since the 1999 season.  James Swan would pass Jeff Tisler following a caution flag late in their main event to steal the victory.

Photo Highlights
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Jeff Weinfurter (#3) won his second Super Late Model feature of the 2006 season at Golden Sands Speedway.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Mark Van (#66) and Jeff Weinfurter (#3) battled hard for the lead during the opening laps of the Super Late Model feature contest. 42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Spinning to avoid a melee ahead of him Jim Duchow (#66) wound up on the sand berm on the backstretch during the Super Late Model main event.
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Eugene Gregorich Jr. (#1) topped the Super Late Model semi-feature this evening.
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Current point leader Kenny Richards (#9) turned in another fast qualifying effort in the Super Late Models.
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Matt Raykowski (#6) earned his first career Super Stock feature win at Golden Sands Speedway.
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The Super Stocks did a little three wide racing, here Scott Hamel (#78), Steve Severson (#5) and Brian Back (outside) battle for position.
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Former 4 cylinder competitor Adam Krzykowski (#16) was the evening's winner in the Super Stock semi-feature race.
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Tim Plowman (#80) added to his list of fast qualifying efforts this season in Super Stock action.
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James Swan (#97) the current Mid-American Stock Car Series point leader took top honors in the series first appearce at Golden Sands Speedway since the 1999 racing season.
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Kenny Joosten (#47) set the fast qualifying time in Mid-American Stock Car series action at the Golden Sands Speedway.

The Super Late Model feature event would see Mark Van and Jeff Weinfurter square off at the drop of the green flag.  Unfortunately not a single lap was in the books when the pack scattered down the backstretch.  Title contenders Kenny Richards and Mark Eswein both sustained sheet metal damage to their rides and headed for the pits, while Jim Duchow would end up atop the sands pile on the backstretch.  All were able to resume the event on the restart though several cars were lacking sheet metal.

With the green flag returning it would be Van who would gain the upper hand on Weinfurter as the pair fell into line to pull away from the duel between Tim Hintz and Keith Bohmsach for the third position.  Van's pace allowed him to move out to a three car length advantage on Weinfurter by lap ten, while Hintz and Bohmsach continued to run wheel to wheel around the track for the third position.  Bohmsach, hugging the low line would eventually secure the spot with Hintz still running the high side in the fourth spot.

The positions remained the same among the leaders to the halfway point when Van's car began to slow slightly, beginning to make a popping noise.  Weinfurter was able to close in and began to challenge for the lead position.  Moments later Weinfurter found room under Van heading into turn one on lap 24 to grab the lead position.

Van was able to keep pace with Weinfurter for the next several laps but as his mechanical condition worsened Weinfurter began to pull away leaving Van to fight with Bohmsach for the second spot.

Bohmsach would press past Van for second on lap 28 and set out after Weinfurter.  Bohmsach appeared to have the fastest car among the leaders as was able to reel in Weinfurter, but Weinfurter was not about to make a mistake which would give Bohmsach an easy passing attempt.  The rapid pace of the event would be slowed with two laps to go when Elliott Weiler spun in turn four. 

On the restart for the green white checkered finish, Weinfurter got a good jump on Bohmsach and would cruise to the finish line with a car length advantage.  Van's machine now misfiring loudly was able to hold together to reach the stripe in the third spot just ahead of Brandon Selle.  Selle and Hintz would complete the top five runners in the event.

Dan Braun and Mat  Raykowski would square off at the drop of the green flag in the Super Stock feature contest.  However before the opening lap was complete Brian Schmutzer and Roger Stanczyk became tangled on the backstretch.  Bothe drivers were forced to retire form the contest with heavy damage to their machines.

On the restart things went much smoother with Raykowski immediately jumping into the lead using the high line to his advantage.  Braun would hug the low groove but didn't have the momentum to keep pace, giving second to Steve Severson on lap two.  Scott Hamel would work into the third position moments later as Braun fell back in the field.

On lap ten a multi car tangle ensued collecting Galen Manternach, fast qualifier Tim Plowman and Brian Weinfurter.  With the green flag returning Raykowski went back to setting a switch pace, pulling away from those behind him giving chase.

Current division point leader Brian Back was the man on the move when racing resumed jumping to the high line and passing several cars to place himself into the fourth slow behind Raykowski, Severson and Hamel.

With eight laps to go both Back and Hamel made passing attempts on Severson for the runner-up spot.  Hamel opted for the low line, while Back continued in his high groove.  The trio were momentarily three wide  with eight laps to go doing battle for the runner-up spot.  Hamel would successfully pull of the pass, while Back had to slow to avoid running off the racing surface.  This place Hamel firmly in second.

The battle also allowed Raykowski even more breathing room ad he extended his lead to a dozen car lengths before Hamel secured the runner-up spot.  Over the final laps Raykowski drove a flawless race to maintain his margin on the field and took his first career feature win at the track in convincing fashion.  Hamel would settle for the second spot.   Josh Oleson quietly worked his way into third in the closing laps followed by Wes Coon.  Coon's fourth place finish would pace him atop the season standings for the first time this season.  Randy Storlie would complete the top five runners at the checkered.

The Mid-American Stock Car series presented a field of sharp looking racing equipment for their 40 lap main event, with Jeff Tisler, a regular at the 141 Speedway taking the opening lead in the contest.  Scott Ascher would give chase in the second spot, though Tisler's pace allowed him to slowly pull away from the field.  Deeper in the pack, veteran Central Wisconsin racer Lyle Nowak and series front runner James Swan were quickly moving through the pack.

Tisler had extended his lead to a dozen car lengths by the time Nowak made his way into the second position on lap 18.  With each passing lap Nowak closed in on Tisler and the pair were about to duel for the lead position when Ryan Finley spun in turn two with 11 laps to go in the contest and was clipped by Andrew Kulka.  Finley would continue in the contest with much of his rear sheet metal missing, while Kulka would retire from the contest.

The anticipated showdown between Tisler and Nowak would never transpire however as when the race resumed Nowak suffered a flat tire quickly falling into the field and then heading for the pit area as the yellow flag returned.

When racing began again Tisler was back out front with Ascher and Swan giving chase.  Swan worked the high line to grab second as the event wound down.  A final caution would fly with six laps to go in the event as Finley looped his ride in turn four.  With a sprint to the checkered setup due to the late caution, Swan was quick to challenge Tisler for the top spot.  Darting to Tisler's inside in turn one at the drop of the green contest Swan would steal the lead which he would hold to the finish.  Tisler would settle for second after pacing much of the contest. Ascher would manage to fend off the challenges of multi-time series title holder Bill Prietzel to finish third.  Prietzel would nail down the fourth spot followed by fast qualifier Kenny Joosten.

The season continues to wind down with four point shows left on the 2006 schedule.  Next week is Werner Electric Night at the races with Super Late Model, Super Stock and Pure Stock in action, joined by the ever popular 2-Man Cruiser class.

Gates open at 4:30 pm, time trials at 6:30 pm and racing starting at 7:45 pm sharp!

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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Super Late Models
40 Lap Feature:
1.) Jeff Weinfurter; 2.) Keith Bohmsach; 3.) Mark Van; 4.) Tim Hintz; 5.) Brandon Selle; 6.) Chris Weinkauf; 7.) Jason Weinkauf; 8.) Blake Horstman; 9.) Pat Williams; 10.) Kenny Richards
25 Lap Semi-Feature: 
1.) Eugene Gregorich Jr.; 2.) Elliott Weiler; 3.) Allen Check; 4.) Gregg Ruffalo; 5.) Steve Gress; 6.) Mark Mackesy

First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Mackesy; 2.) John Totzke Jr.; 3.) Steve Gress
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Weiler; 2.) Jason Blenker; 3.) Check
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Selle; 2.) C. Weinkauf; 3.) Jim Carlson
Fast Qualifier: Richards, 12.078 Seconds

Super Stocks
25 Lap Feature:
1.) Matt Raykowski; 2.) Scott Hamel; 3.) Josh Oleson; 4.) Wes Coon; 5.) Randy Storlie; 6.) Brian Back; 7.) Dave Neitzke; 8.) Tim Plowman; 9.) Steve Severson; 10.) Dan Braun
15 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Adam Krzykowski; 2.) Don Zuelke; 3.) Ed Szelagowski Jr.; 4.) Dan Gilster; 5.) Jim Bates; 6.) Dale Schultz
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Glenn Zant; 2.) Denny Crass; 3.) Tim Raupp
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Bates; 2.) David Pagels; 3.) Thomas Dowe
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Gilster; 2.) Manternach; 3.) Braun
Fourth 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Storlie; 2.) Brian Schmutzer; 3.) Back

Fast Qualifier: Plowman, 13.150 Seconds

Mid-American Stock Car Series
40 Lap Feature:
1.) James Swan; 2.) Jeff Tisler; 3.) Scott Ascher; 4.) Bill Prietzel; 5.) Kenny Joosten; 6.) Jake Finley; 7.) Bobby Gutknecht; 8.) Scott Null; 9.) Ron Weyer; 10.) Don Wood
First 10 Lap Heat:
1.) George Schultz; 2.) Wood; 3.) Null

Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Ascher; 2.) Gutknecht; 3.) Lyle Nowak
Fast Qualifier: Joosten, 13.092 Seconds