Golden Sands Speedway Race Report

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Weinkauf Steals Victory From Duchow In Super Late Model Action,
Storlie Best In Super Stock Contest!

By Jeffrey Sachse

August 18, 2006; Plover, WI - Super Late Model racing veteran Jim Duchow seemed destined to win his first career feature checkered at Golden Sands Speedway after wheeling past local hotshoe Chris Weinkauf early in the contest on Werner Electric Night at the races.  However a late race caution would bunch the field for a eight lap shoot-out.  On the restart Weinkauf was able to wedge under Duchow heading into turn one to take the lead and steal the victory.  His fourth of the 2006 season.  In the Super Stock division, it was Randy Storlie pacing the contest from green to checkered to take the feature victory.  In the Pure Stock class, Andrew Hintz was able to repel repeated challenges by Troy Engman in the closing laps to take the win.  The evening concluded with 3 contests for the 2-Man Cruisers which were captured by the teams of  West and Spiritka, Dean and Dean, while the finale was taken by Kampert and Kampert.

Photo Highlights
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A late race pass in the Super Late Model feature put Chris Weinkauf (#75) in victory lane for the fourth time this season.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Jim Duchow (#66) fends off Chris Weinkauf (#75) and Pat Williams (#27) during the opening laps of the Super Late Model feature contest. 42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
A caution flag appeared late iun the Super Late Model feature when Justin Switlick (#28) wnt off course on the front stretch.
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Eugene Gregorich Jr. (#1) scored his second straight Super Late Model semi-feature win.
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Current point leader Kenny Richards (#9) made a debut of a new car and promptly set fast time with the new machine.
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Track promoter Craig Basseuner provides last minute instructions to a field of Saturn Guest cars.  Various companies and groups comete in the Saturn races throughout the season.
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Randy Storlie made victory lane his home after winning the Super Stock feature contest.
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During the opening stages Randy Storlie (#53) kept rookie Adam Krzykowski (#16) at his side in Super Stock feature action.
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Defending Super Stock champion Tim Plowman (#80) added another fast time to his records.
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Andrew Hintz (#7) poses in victory lane after a hotly contested Pure Stock feature race.
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Andrew Hintz (#7) keeps Troy Engman (#99) and Michael Gwidt (#25) in his tire tracks during the closing laps of the Pure Stock feature race.
42101a.jpg (19971 bytes) Ronald Grabarski (#04) turned in the fastest lap in Pure Stock qualifying.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
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Two man Cruiser feature races were captured by the teams of Kampert and Kampert (#01); Dean and Dean (#71) and West/Spritka (#49).

The Super Late Model feature set for a distance of 40 laps on the high banked third-mile oval, would see Weinkauf and Duchow square off at the drop of the green flag.  Weinkauf hugging the low line would take the initial lead, while Duchow filtered into second ahead of Pat Williams who followed in third.

Duchow would find room under Weinkauf as the pair entered turn one on the fourth trip around the oval.  After a brief battle Duchow became the new leader of the contest, while Weinkauf was forced to contend with Williams who was seeking a way into the second spot. Though Williams looks low on several occasions Weinkauf was able to maintain the second position.

The halfway point was reached in rapid fashion with Duchow leading the way.  He would stretch out his lead to four car lengths over Weinkauf, who put a similar margin of Williams as the trio blazed around the raceway.

Further back in the field, title contenders Kenny Richards and Mark Eswein were slowly moving forward, as was Blake Horstman who ran in the fourth position.

With the leaders settled in it appeared Duchow would be on his way to victory.  However Justin Switlick would slide off the track on the front stretch and stop near the wall on lap 32 of the 40 lap event.  This forced a caution and bunched the field for a sprint to the checkered.  As the green returned Weinkauf found a way to work past Duchow and take the lead, which he would hold to the checkered.  Duchow would hold onto the second spot until the waning laps when Horstman would motor by on the outside to take the second position.  Duchow would settle for third ahead of Richards and Williams in the top five positions.

The Super Stocks were ready to present their show with Randy Storlie sitting on the pole next to division rookie Adam Krzykowski.  At the drop of the green flag it was Storlie who made his way to the lead, while Krzykowski found himself stuck in the high groove and slipping back in the field.

By the tile five laps were in the books Krzykowski faded from the top five as Storlie, Scott Hamel, Mike Brooks, Dave Neitzke and Wes Coon occupied the lead positions.  The race past quickly as Storlie's speed kept him comfortably ahead of Hamel and Brooks.

The only slowdown of the contest would appear at the halfway point when Brian Back looped his ride in turn three.

Underway again the lead trio of Storlie, Hamel and Brooks pulled away from those behind them.  With ten laps to go the fourth position battle became the focus of attention as Neitzke, fast qualifier Tim Plowman and title contender Coon, all jockeyed for position.  Plowman would opt for the high line and slowly, but surely inched forward, securing the fourth spot with a handful of laps to go in the contest.

The distance to the checkered quickly passed and Storlie would reach the line first, taking the win by two car lengths over Hamel.  Brooks, Plowman and Hamel would comprise the top five.   Coon would settle for sixth, but due to Back's misfortune and a finish deep in the field, Coon would become the new point leader with three point nights to go in the 2006 season.

In Pure Stock action Gary Haarklau would pace the first two circuits of the contest until he wiggled coming off turn four which would turn over the lead to Andrew Hintz.  Haarklau would shadow Hintz from the second position.  A spin by Justin Leginza on lap five would bring out the caution and regroup the field.  With the green flag returning Hintz would roll back to the lead, while second became a hotly contested position.  It would be Troy Engman who would wind up with the spot by the time five laps were left in the event.  Engman however faced a full straightaway gap which Hintz had built.

The massive lead was erased as a pair of cars spun on the backstretch with three laps to go in the event.  This left Hintz in the lead with Engman and Gwidt on his rear bumper.  The green flag would unfurl and Hintz found himself having to defend both the high and low grooves.  As the final lap setup Hintz got a reprieve as Gwidt came up to challenge Engman for the second spot.  This allowed Hintz some breathing room and he reached the checkered first by a car length.  Engman would edge out Gwidt for the second spot.  Gwidt, division point leader Dean Zakrezwski and fast qualifier Ronald Grabarski comprised the top five finishers.

The season continues to wind down with three point shows left on the 2006 schedule.  Next week is Fan Appreciation Night with Super Late Model, Super Stock and 4 Cylinders 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.) Chris Weinkauf; 2.) Blake Horstman; 3.) Jim Duchow; 4.) Kenny Richards; 5.) Pat Williams; 6.) Mark Eswein; 7.) Frank Nitzke; 8.) Brandon Selle; 9.) Tim Hintz; 10.) Keith Bohmsach
25 Lap Semi-Feature: 
1.) Eugene Gregorich Jr.; 2.) Justin Switlick; 3.) Jim Carlson; 4.) Ted Reichenberger; 5.) Jason Weinkauf; 6.) Steve Gress

First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Gregg Ruffalo; 2.) Jeff Weinfurter; 3.) Rene Scheinoha
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Carlson; 2.) J. Weinkauf; 3.) C. Weinkauf
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Horstman; 2.) Hintz; 3.) Selle
Fast Qualifier: Richards, 12.216 Seconds

Super Stocks
25 Lap Feature:
1.) Randy Storlie; 2.) Scott Hamel; 3.) Mike Brooks; 4.) Tim Plowman; 5.) Dave Neitzke; 6.) Wes Coon; 7.) Brian Weinfurter; 8.) Adam Krzykowski; 9.) Brian Back; 10.) Brian Werner
15 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Dennis Renner; 2.) Donald Zuehlke; 3.) Denny Crass; 4.) Josh Oleson; 5.) Thomas Dowe; 6.) Bert Soyka
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Randy Meyer; 2.) Matt Komatz; 3.) Tracy Seidler
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Dowe; 2.) David Pagels; 3.) Oleson
Third 10 Lap Heat:
1.) Werner; 2.) Stanczyk; 3.) Zuehlke
Fourth 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Weinfurter; 2.) Back; 3.) Plowman

Fast Qualifier: Plowman, 13.228 Seconds

Pure Stocks
25 Lap Feature:
1.) Andrew Hintz; 2.) Troy Engman; 3.) Michael Gwidt; 4.) Dean Zakrezwski; 5.) Ronald Grabarski; 6.) Gary Haarklau; 7.) Dean Aschbacher; 8.) Becky Grabarski
15 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Chuck Stebbins; 2.) Troy Porter; 3.) Mark Kealiher; 4.) Todd Kuehl; 5.) John Evers;
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Casey Wulf; 2.) Kealiher; 3.) Evers
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Stebbins; 2.) Justin Ligenza; 3.) Joey Kuhn
Third 10 Lap Heat:
1.) Gwidt; 2.) Engman; 3.) R. Grabarski

Fast Qualifier: Ronald Grabarski, 14.646 Seconds

2-Man Cruisers
First 10 Lap Feature:
1.) West/Spritka; 2.) Burns/Bates; 3.) Wadel/Kalata; 4.) Koran/Hoelting; 5.) Aldrich/Garret
Second 10 Lap Feature:
1.) Dean/Dean; 2.) Carter/Caves; 3.) Harvath/Willie; 4.) Gagas/Perzinski; 5.) McDonald/McDonald

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