Golden Sands Speedway Race Report

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Chris Weinkauf Captures Fifth Super Late Victory, Brian Weinfurter Best in Super Stock Action at The Power Playground!
By Jeffrey Sachse

September 1, 2006; Plover, WI - The season may quickly be drawing to a close at Central Wisconsin's Power Playground, but the racing action on the high banked third mile oval shows no signs of slowing down.  This evening in Super Late Model action fans were treated to a three way battle for victory in Super Late Model action as Chris Weinkauf, Frank Nitzke and Brandon Selle all did battle throughout the 40 lap main event.  In the closing laps Weinkauf went wheel to wheel with Nitzke and found just enough speed to secure his fifth victory of the 2006 season.  In the Super Stock division Brian Weinfurter would fend off a fast closing Brian Back to take the victory.  In the Pure Stocks Andrew Hintz reached the finish line first in the feature contest.  The 4 cylinders saw action with Mike Oehmichen taking a sweep of the class, after setting fast time and winning the feature.  The night concluded with three 2-Man Cruiser contests which were taken by the teams of Dominick/Gaetz, Bohm/Gladowski and Wierzba/Wierzba.

Photo Highlights

The Super Late Model main event started a bit unsettled as outside front row starter Jim Carlson looped his ride coming off turn four as the field was attempting to complete the first lap of the event, the field scattered to avoid him and there was no major contact between any of the participants.  The race was completely restarted and racing quickly resumed.  Polesitter Greg Ruffalo would get the jump on the field taking the opening lead, with Frank Nitzke, Brandon Selle and Mark Eswein working into the first four slot during the opening laps.  Ruffalo continued to show the way out front while Nitzke and Selle contested the second spot running wheel to wheel.  After five laps Ruffalo's car began to push in the center of the turns as he struggled to keep his machine in the lower groove.  Nitzke attempted to pass on the outside on lap six, but as the pair slid up the raceway, in a bold move Selle dove to the bottom and darted past both drivers to take the top spot.

Moments later the caution flag was thrown and Ruffalo was moved back two spots in the field as he was unable to adhere to the pick a lane flag.  The race resumed with ten laps in the books.  Selle led the way followed by Nitzke, Eswein, Ruffalo in the top four, with Chris Weinkauf cracking the top five.

The race was back underway and Selle was back to leading the contest.  Weinkauf wasted little time in moving forward passing Ruffalo for fourth at the drop of the green.  Selle's effort to hold the lead was helped by a battle between Nitzke and Eswein for the number two slot.  Eswein continued to work the low groove, while Nitzke preferred to stay in the high line.  Nitzke proved to have the power and soon took command of the second spot and then set out for Selle.

Weinkauf continued his march forward working past Eswein for third at the halfway point of the event.

Selle's car began to slow in the center of the turns allowing Nitzke to close quickly and the battle for the lead began with 18 laps left in the event.  Nitzke shadowed Selle until there were 15 laps to go in the event.  Nitzke then chose the higher line to pull alongside Selle and the move proved to be the correct one as he nosed ahead for the lead coming off turn one on lap 29. Weinkauf would make a similar move to reach second on the next circuits Selle dropped to the third spot.

Nitzke still staying high allowed Weinkauf to work to his inside with on lap 32 and the pair would race wheel to wheel for the next several orbits around the oval each taking the top spot as they traded the lead back and forth.  The pair encountered some lapped traffic with three laps to go, giving a slight advantage to Weinkauf.  On the next lap Weinkauf was able to drift up in front of Nitzke to secure the top spot forcing Nitzke to fall in line behind him.

As the checkered flag flew Weinkauf had an advantage of lass than a car length over Nitzke.  A late race charge would net current division point leader Kenny Richards the third spot as he pass both Eswein and Selle for the position in the closing laps.  Eswein grabbed fourth at the wire followed by Selle in the top five.

The Super Stock feature contest would see Don Zuelke and Dan Braun square off as the green flag fell, with Zuelke getting the opening lead as Braun quickly faded on the outside, by the time first lap was in the books Braun had faded to fifth allowing Brian Weinfurter, Roger Stanczyk and Dave Neitzke to sneak by and fall in behind Zuelke. 

Adam Krzykowski would spin in turn two on lap four resulting in the first yellow flag of the contest.  The green returned with Zuelke and Weinfurter set to do battle for the lead at the drop of the green flag.  Weinfurter worked the high line to the lead taking the position on lap five.  Deeper in the field Brian Back was making moves to reach the top five. Moments later Stanczyk would drift up the track allowing Nietzke and Back to advance to third and fourth respectively.

Weinfurter was slowly pulling away from those behind him while several positions behind him Back was using the outside line to advance.  Back would dispatch Neitzke and Zuelke to thunder into second with nine laps to go.   Back however was facing a distance of a dozen car lengths the Weinfurter had built as a cushion for his lead.

With each passing lap Back sliced into Weinfurter's lead, closing to within a car length on the final circuit.  Weinfurter however would not make a mistake and would take the victory with a fast closing Back having to settle for second.  Neitzke would reach the third spot with four laps to go holding the position to the checkered. Zuelke and Randy Storlie would complete the top five at the finish.

In the Pure Stock feature, Dennis Stilson placed his newly built racing machine into the lead with a pass of Chuck Stebbins for the lead on lap three.  In a well run contest the Pure Stock drivers put on an excellent show for the fans.  Current division point leader Dean Zakrezwski and Michael Gwidt were swiftly working their way toward the front of the pack reaching second and third in the closing laps.  Stilson however had built up a solid margin and was bale to take his new race car to the winner's circle without a scratch.  Zakrezwski would come out ahead on his battle with Gwidt to take second.  Gwidt, Eric Kawlewski and Troy Engman made up the top five runners.

Mike Oehmichen patiently worked through the field in 4 cylinder action coming from the tail of the starting grid to the lead by the halfway point and led the way to the wire.  In a somewhat unsettled finish with cars spinning Timothy Gorecki would be credited with second followed by Adam Eckes, early race leader Adam Rhinehart and Jousha Opper in the top five.

A special Labor Day program, held on Monday, September 4th, will conclude the 2006 weekly racing season at Golden Sands Speedway and settle the point chase in all the divisions with the exception of the 2-Man Cruisers which will have their championship decided during the Eve of Devastation on Friday Night September 15th.

The Labor Day program will have racing in the Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks and 4 Cylinder classes.  There will be a special early starting time. Gates will open at 2:00 p.m., with qualifying taking place at 4:00 p.m.  The first green flag of the evening will fall at 5:30 p.m.

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.) Chris Weinkauf; 2.) Frank Nitzke; 3.) Kenny Richards; 4.) Mark Eswein; 5.) Brandon Selle; 6.) Tim Hintz; 7.) Pat Williams; 8.) Blake Horstman; 9.) Jim Carlson; 10.) Gregg Ruffalo
25 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Jason Weinkauf; 2.) Ted Reichenberger; 3.) Jim Duchow; 4.) Elliott Weiler; 5.) Keith Bohmsach; 6.) Steve Gress
First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Dustin Check; 2.) Eugene Gregorich Jr.; 3.) Justin Switlick
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Elliott Weiler; 2.) Steve Gress; 3.) Jim Duchow
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Jim Carlson; 2.) Kenny Richards; 3.) Chris Weinkauf
Fast Qualifier: Tim Hintz, Richards, 12.104 Seconds

Super Stocks
25 Lap Feature: 1.) Brian Weinfurter; 2.) Brian Back; 3.) Dave Neitzke; 4.) Don Zuelke; 5.) Randy Storlie; 6.) Josh Oleson; 7.) Scott Hamel; 8.) Roger Stanczyk; 9.) Wes Coon; 10.) Tim Plowman
15 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Brian Schmutzer; 2.) Dale Schultz; 3.) John Zuch; 4.) Bert Soyka; 5.) Dennis Renner; 6.) Scott Luck
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Dennis Crass; 2.) Johnathan Ashcraft; 3.) Thomas Dowe
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Bert Soyka; 2.) Brian Schmutzer; 3.) Dale Schultz
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Adam Krzykowski; 2.) Steve Severson; 3.) Don Zuelke
Fourth 10 Lap Heat:  1.) Josh Oleson; 2.) Scott Hamel; 3.) Wes Coon
Fast Qualifier: Tim Plowman, 13.119 Seconds

Pure Stocks
15 Lap Feature: 1.) Dennis Stilson; 2.) Dean Zakrezwski; 3.) Michael Gwidt; 4.) Eric Kawlewski; 5.) Troy Engman; 6.) Brad Luck; 7.) Ronald Grabarski; 8.) Becky Grabarski
12 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Glen Arendsee; 2.) Kirk Kuhn; 3.) Cliff Christianson; 4.) Todd Kuehl; 5.) Matt Hansen
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Robert Hinz; 2.) Mark Kaeliher; 3.) Shane Bates
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Glen Arendsee; 2.) Justin Ligenza; 3.) Gary Haarklau
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Andrew Hintz; 2.) Ronald Grabarski; 3.) Dean Zakrezwski
Fast Qualifier: Ronald Grabarski, 14.620 Seconds

4 Cylinders
15 Lap Feature: 1.) Mike Oehmichen; 2.) Timothy Gorecki; 3.) Adam Eckes; 4.) Chad Rhinehart; 5.) Joshua Opper; 6.) Philip Malouf; 7.) Dallas Kralovetz; 8.) Kevin Teske
10 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Jenny Nitzsche; 2.) Kevin Teske; 3.) Dave Sullivan; 4.) James Moser
Fast Qualifier: Mike Oehmichen, 15.339 Seconds

2-Man Cruisers
First 10 Lap Feature: 1.) Dominick/Gaetz; 2.) West/Spritka; 3.) Ruffalo/Ruffalo; 4.) Miller/Cowling; 5.) Firkus/Peterson
Second 10 Lap Feature: 1.) Bohm/Gladowski; 2.) Floistad/Floistad; 3.) Kampert/Kluck; 4.) Wadel/Kalata; 5.) Carter/Caves
Third 10 Lap Feature: 1.) Wierzba/Wierzba; 2.) Kelley/Resheske; 3.) Kampert/Kampert; 4.) Dean/Dean; 5.) Green/Wheelock