Golden Sands Speedway Race Report

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Super Late Model Driver Pat Williams Wins 1st Career Feature,
Brooks Finds 4th Super Stock First Just Fine!

By Mike Barrett

August 25, 2006; Plover, WI - Pat Williams of New London qualifies most weeks into the fastest 14 at Golden Sands Speedway, and in his third year had never taken the checkered flag 1st until tonight. Williams' front row outside start looked like difficult work was ahead with 4 time 2006 feature winner Jason Weinkauf next to Williams on the pole. The last few years Pat not only showed a steady curve of improvement in qualifying and finishing, he showed patience past his years tonight, using the first six laps to ease his way in front of the always hard-charging Weinkauf to lead until the checkered flag flew.

Photo Highlights
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Pat Williams (#27) scored his first career Super Late Model feature victory at Golden Sands Speedway after taking the lead from Jason Weinkauf early in the contest.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Pat Williams (#27) motored past Jason Weinkauf (#76) for the lead in the Super Late Model feature event and then held onto the top spot to the checkered. 42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Jeremy Switlick (#40) made his first trip to victory lane this season taking top honors in the Super Late Model semi-feature.
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Kenny Richards (#9) displays his collection of fast qualifying stickers on his window, the have been earned throughout the season in Super Late Model compeition.
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Mike Brooks (#25) captured the Super Stock main event this evening.
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Mike Brooks (#25) fends off the challenges of Brian Weinfurter (#24) and Tim Plowman (#80) during the closing laps of the Super Stock main event.
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Dave Neitzke (#06) didn't have the evening he had planned getting collected in an accident in a Super Stock heat race.  He was able to make repairs and return for the feature.
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14 year old Colin Reffner (#87) earned his first career featurevictory in the 4 cylinder class.
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Dallas Kralovetz (#21) turned in another fast qualifying effort in the 4 Cylinder division. The 15 year old driver will be the 2006 division champion once the season concludes as no one can catch him in the season standings.
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Two man Cruiser main events were taken this evening by the teams of Turzinski/Turzinski (#14); Dean/Dean (#71) and Green/Feltz (#73).

It looked easier for Brian Back's Super Stock effort as he seemed to have a runaway win going until an apparent oil leak caused a consultation for the #71 driver; that handed the lead to Mike Brooks who picked up his fourth feature of 2006. The 4 Cylinder racers returned to the 1/3 mile, and Colin Reffner finished the night as perhaps the youngest ever feature race winner at this (or possibly any other Wisconsin) short track! The 2 man Cruisers capped the humid night with 3 events; Turzinski & Turzinski Erasing the 1st field, Dean and Dean in a late race pass for the win, and Green and Wheelock triumph in an exciting close battle for the final race.

The 40 Lap Super Late Model feature began on a green (clean) race track after afternoon drizzles made for a humid night and a slippery surface. Jason Weinkauf and Pat Williams lined up and immediately raised the excitement level, with both drivers trying to find the grip to edge past the other. Six hard fought laps in; Williams barely cleared the younger Weinkauf brother and used his front position to extend his lead. Behind him battled Blake Horstman and Jason Weinkauf, with Horstman looking to the inside lap after lap, never completely able to pull off the pass on Jason. Late race action was furious mid-pack, both Mark Eswein and Burton Brown showing considerable skill saving race cars that looked inches away from crashing, as Brandon Selle and Kenny Richards thrilled fans with steady passing until the pair finished 3rd and 5th. Jason Weinkauf settled into second while Blake Horstman reluctantly finished 4th.

The Super Stock Feature of 25 laps appeared to be a runaway for Brian Back, who bolted past Dale Schultz, Adam Krzykowski and Mike Brooks to a dozen car-length lead until smoke appeared, which increased enough to warrant black-flagging the always-fast Back, leaving the lead to Mike Brooks. A late-race caution lined up Brooks, Brian Weinfurter, Wes Coon, Josh Oleson, Krzykowski, and Tim Plowman in 6th for a restart. When it was over Plowman had motored his way to 3rd in a 3 lap rush in the outside lane! Brooks celebrated his 4th feature of the year, Weinfurter in 2nd, Plowman 3rd, Coon 4th, and Josh Oleson 5th.

It seemed a while since the 4 Cylinder class had raced, but not much has changed, Dallas Kralovetz again posted a top qualifying time and the field of 16 rolled to a green flag start well before the 10 O'clock hour for the final feature. Dave Sullllivan's pole position evaporated with handling difficulties, and Brandon Polansky led early, with James Moser, Clem Haring, Josh Opper, Scott Sholze all giving chase. It was soon obvious the Colin Reffner and Mike Oehmichen, both driving coincidentally # 87 cars, were on their way to the front. With only about 5 laps remaining, Reffner takes the lead, slower lapped traffic helping delay Polansky enough to allow Reffner to catch the leader. Colin kept the revs up and finished ahead of a pack of racers using every line around the track, Kralovetz 2nd, Brandon Polansky 3rd, Josh Opper a hard-fought 4th, and Clem Haring's bright orange machine 5th. Reffner started the season as a 12 year old, and looks to be around the winner's circle for a while!

Only two more points races remain with a big Labor Day weekend of racing in store. Racing Friday night AND Monday afternoon will give fans the Season Championship action Golden Sands Speedway is famous for.

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

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Super Late Models

40 Lap Feature: 1.) Pat Williams 2.) Jason Weinkauf; 3.) Brandon Selle; 4.) Blake Horstman; 5.) Kenny Richards; 6.) Tim Hintz; 7.) Frank Nitzke; 8.) James Duchow; 9.) Keith Bohmsach; 10.) Ted Reichenberger
25 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Jeremy Switlick.; 2.) Jeff Weinfurter; 3.) Eugene Gregorich; 4.)Michael Schneider; 5.) Steve Gress; 6.) Joel Schultz
First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) John Totzke Jr.; 2.) Justin Switlick; 3.) Michael Schneider
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Jeff Weinfurter; 2.) S Gress; 3.) Mark Mackesy
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Burton Brown; 2.) Brandon Selle; 3.) Keith Bohmsach
Fast Qualifier: Richards, 12.192 Seconds

Super Stocks
25 Lap Feature: 1.) Mike Brooks; 2.) Brian Weinfurter; 3.) Tim Plowman; 4.) Wes Coon; 5.) Josh Oleson; 6.) Adam Krzykowski; 7.) Scott Hamel; 8.) Roger Stanczyk9.)Randy Storlie; 10.) James Bates
15 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Randy Storlie; 2.) James Bates; 3.) John Zuch; 4.) Brian Hakala; 5.)David Pagels; 6.) Thomas Dowe
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Terry Knuppr; 2.) Tom Dowe; 3.) Bert Soyka
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) James Bates; 2.) Storlie; 3.) Stanczyk
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Oleson; 2.) Gary Wosick; 3.) Weinfurter
Fast Qualifier: Plowman, 13.265 Seconds

4 Cylinders
15 Lap Feature: 1.) Colin Reffner; 2.) Dallas Kralovetz; 3.) Brandon Polansky; 4.) Josh Opper; 5.) Mike Oehmichen; 6.) Casey Koback; 7.) Randy Polansky 8.) Jenny Nitsche
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Brandon Polansky; 2.) J Nitsche; 3.) Scott Scholze
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Colin Reffner; 2.) Tim Gorecki; 3.) Kralovetz
Fast Qualifier: Dallas Kralovetz15.318 Seconds

2-Man Cruisers
First 10 Lap Feature: 1.) Turzinski/Turzinski; 2.) Dominick/Gaetz; 3.) Wadel/Kalata; 4.) West/Spritka; 5.) Pezewski/Auclair
Second 10 Lap Feature: 1.) Dean/Dean; 2.) Carter/Caves; 3.) Gagas/Perzinski; 4.)Zellner/Kuhn; 5.) Burns/Bates
Third 10 Lap Feature: 1.) Green/Wheelock; 2.) Wierzba/Wierzba; 3.) Wellens/Bauer; 4.) Kampert/Kampert; 5.) Wrege/Hall