Golden Sands Speedway Race Report

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Late Race Charge Nets Chris Weinkauf Super Late Model Win,
Manternach Avoids Melee to Capture Super Stock Checkered
By Jeffrey Sachse

April 28, 2006; Plover, WI - Week two of the 2006 racing season at Central Wisconsin's Power Playground, Golden Sands Speedway. For Merrill, Wisconsin racer Chris Weinkauf, a late race caution provided the means to power past Burton Brown and capture the headline event in the Super Late Model division.  In the Super Stock class Galen Manternach avoided a tangle between the lead cars and found himself in control of the pace of the Super Stock feature until the checkered flag fell. In the Pure Stock division, Gary Haarklau rebounded from a bad flip one week ago, to reach the finish line first after a torrid battle in the Pure Stock main event.  In the 4 cylinder class, Dallas Kralovetz was the surprise winner of the main event after a post race inspection revamped the finishing order.

Photo Highlights
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Chris Weinkauf took advantage of a late race restart to grab the lead from Burton Brown and capture his first Super Late Model feature win of the 2006 season at Golden Sands Speedway.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Burton Brown (#07) had his hands full trying to fend off the challenges of both Mark Eswein (#71) and Blake Horstman (#75).
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Mark Mackesy (#12) ran extremely well contending for the lead until an engine failure left Burton Brown (#07) with the top spot in the closing stages of the Super Late Model feature race.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Frank Nitzke (#18) topped the Super Late Model semi-feature contest.
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Jeff Kendall (#00) topped the Super Late Models in qualifying this evening.
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Galen Manternach (5) was victorious in the Super Stock main event.
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Galen Manternach (#5) managed to fend off a late race charge by Randy Storlie (#53) for the victory in the Super Stock feature.
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Gary Haarklau (#99) returned to action just one week after flipping his race car out of the raceway and scored a feature win in the Pure Stock division.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
One the final lap of the Pure Stock feature, Gary Haarklau (#99) fends off Andrew Hintz (#7) to take the checkered flag.

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The evening's fast qualifiers in formation included Super Late Models Jeff Kendall (#00), Super Stocks (#80) Tim Plowman, and new track record holder Dallas Kralovetz (#21) in the 4 cylinder class.

The 18 car starting grid rolled to the line accept the green flag as the 40 lap Super Late Model main event roared to life.  Polesitter Joe Krzykowski and Mark Mackesy dueled for the lead position as Burton Brown and Tim Hintz contested the third spot during the opening rounds of the contest.  Krzykowski would slowly work ahead of Mackesy to secure the lead, with Brown filtering into the third slot.  The lead trio then began to open a small advantage on the field.

On lap 12 a chain reaction bumping incident eventually resulted in Monte Gress spinning in turn four and producing the first caution of the contest.  The yellow flag erased the five car length lead Krzykowski had built and placed Mackesy, Brown Blake Horstman and multi-time track champion Mark Eswein.  Chris Weinkauf meanwhile had begun to make progress in the field having moved up to the tenth spot after starting near the tail of the field.

Mackesy would find room under Krzykowski to challenge for the top spot, and the duo clicked off several laps of side by side racing for the lead.  Mackesy would secure the position on lap 17, leaving Krzykowski to battle with Brown for the runner-up position.  Brown hugging the low line would inch into second as the race reached the halfway point.

Brown the 2001 track champion would nose under Mackesy on lap 23 and proceed to work by into the lead.  Eswein meanwhile scrambled into the third position while trying to fend off the challenges of Horstman.

With 13 laps to go Mackey's fine run would come to a halt as his engine expired in turn two forcing him to spin of the top of the track and collecting Krzykowski in the process. The resulting caution regrouped the field with Brown, Eswein, Jason Weinkauf, Horstman and Chris Weinkauf holding down the top five.

Jason Weinkauf would slid up the track on the restart losing several spots while, Brown and Eswein began to contest the lead position.  Brown would surge ahead leaving Eswein and Horstman to duel for second. The battle for the runner-up spot became heated as the pair exchanged paint on several occasions before Eswein went spinning in turn four, forcing the third and final caution of the contest.  Both drivers were able to continue from the tail of the field.

The setup a seven lap sprint to the finish with  Brown, Chris Weinkauf, Kenny Richards, Jeff Kendall and Jason Weinkauf in the top five positions.  When the green flag flew Chris Weinkauf immediately jumped to the outside of Brown. After a brief battle he would surge ahead becoming the new leader of the contest.  A wiggle on the next lap by Chris Weinkauf allowed Brown a second shot at the lead as the race neared the conclusion, but Chris Weinkauf was able to regain his momentum and roar ahead for the final time taking the win by three car lengths.  Over the final laps Brown and Richards engaged in a wheel to wheel battle for the runner-up spot, with Richards using the high line to earn the position by a matter of inches.  Brown would settle for third followed closely by Kendall and Jason Weinkauf in the top five spots.  After the first two weeks, Richards, who is in his first full season of competing at Golden Sands, sits atop the point standings followed closely by Kendall.

Denny Crass would set the pace in the Super Stock feature contest trough a couple of quick cautions early on.  Galen Manternach and Collin Wilcott would provide Crass with several challenges for the top spot but he hung tenaciously to the lead position. The battle for the lead became a tussle as the cars of Wilcott and Crass became tangled on lap ten.  Manternach was able to spin to avoid the melee coming to a rest in turn three. 

Manternach retained his position in the lead followed by Randy Storlie, Rodger Stanczyk, Brian Back and Bo Bennish who was making his first appearance of the year. Storlie would make and attempt to take the lead using the high line with eight laps to go, but instead would wind up giving the second spot to Stanczyk.

Bennish would prove to be the man on the move over the final laps working into second with two laps to go in the contest.  Bennish then attempted to work the high groove in effort to pass Manternach as the white flag unfurled.  A final corner bid for the win would see Bennish spin and slide acrossed the finish line.  Manternach had already secured the victory while Bennis rolling backwards was edged out by Stanczyk for second.  Bennish slid to s top in third as the field scatted to avoid his car which sat sideways at the finish line.  Brian Back crossed the line fourth followed by Storlie and Brian Weinfurter.  Fortunately Bennish was not hit directly by any cars. 

A post race inspection would drop Bennish from the results leaving the top five officially as Manternatch, Stanczyk, Back, Storlie and Weinfurter.

The Pure Stock feature contest would boil down to an exciting battle between Gary Haarklau, Dean Zackrezwski, Andrew Hintz and Troy Engman as the quartet or racers battled pack style over the final five laps with Haarklau holding tenaciously to the lead.  The remarkable thing about the battle was not the close racing, but rather Haarklau's return from a violent wreck the week before in qualifying where he had a throttle stick and he flipped out of the raceway knocking down billboards in the process.  The leaders swapped positions several times with Zackrezwski, Hintz and Engman all having their shot at Haarklau for the lead.

When the checkered fell it was Haarklau reaching the stripe first for a popular win.  Hintz would nose out Zackrezwski for second, followed by Engman and Jeff Burrows.

The final event of the evening would prove to be an exciting contest as the 4 cylinders would battle three wide on occasion.  The last lap of the event saw multiple spins and tangles with J.J. Flick racing under the checkered first followed by Dallas Kralovetz who has avoided several accidents in front of him.  The final results in this contest were further resorted after the event as several cars did not meet the specifics of the rulebook including the winning machine of Flick.

The tip five were officially posted as Kralovetz, Jeff Cormack, Brandon Polansky, Mike Oehmichen and Kevin Teske.

Racing action resumes next week Friday Night, May 5th, with Desperate Housewives Night featuring our new women's 4-cylinder class.  In addition you can expect to see some fine racing action in the Super Late Models, Super Stocks, and Pure Stock divisions.  The to wrap up the evening, the first 2-Man Cruiser events of the 2006 season will take place.  Don't miss the unpredictable meyhem on the high banked third mile oval next week.

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.) Kenny Richards; 3.) Burton Brown; 4.) Jeff Kendall; 5.) Jason Weinkauf; 6.) Eugene Gregorich Jr; 7.) Frank Nitzke; 8.) Tim Hintz; 9.) Keith Bohmsach; 10.) Pat Williams
25 Lap Semi-Feature:  1.) Nitzke; 2.) Mark Van; 3.) Monte Gress; 4.) Mike Merriam; 5.) Derek Gress; 6.) Steve Gress
First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Dave Cabelka; 2.) Rene Scheinoha; 3.) Joel Schulz
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Nitzke; 2.) M. Gress; 3.) Elliott Weiler
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Brown; 2.) Blake Horstman; 3.) Mark Eswein
Fast Qualifier: Kendall, 12.106 Seconds

Super Stocks
30 Lap Feature:
1.) Galen Manternach; 2.) Roger Stanczyk; 3.) Brian Bach; 4.) Randy Storlie; 5.) Brian Weinfurter; 6.) Wes Coon; 7.) Dave Neitzke; 8.) Scott Hamel; 9.) Tim Plowman; 10.) Josh Oleon
15 Lap Semi-Feature:
1.) Matt Raykowski; 2.) Bert Soyka; 3.) Thomas Dowe; 4.) Dan Braun; 5.) Edward Szelagowski
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Soyka; 2.) Braun; 3.) Raykowski
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Dennis Crass; 2.) Manternach; 3.) Storlie
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Weinfuter; 2.) Bo Bennish; 3.) Back
Fast Qualifier: Tim Plowman, 12.986 Seconds

Pure Stocks
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Gary Haarklau; 2.) Andrew Hintz; 3.) Dean Zakrezski; 4.) Troy Engman; 5.) Jeff Burrows; 6.) Matt Ciesielski; 7.) Chuck Stebbens; 8.) Eric Kawlewski
10 Lap B-Feature: 1.) Robert Hintz; 2.) Joseph Stuchlak; 3.) Coletta Gomes; 4.) Raymond Kramer
Fast Qualifier: Michael Gwidt, 15.092 Seconds

4 Cylinders
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Dallas Kralovetz; 2.) Jeff Cormack; 3.) Brandon Polansky; 4.) Mike Oehmichen; 5.) Kevin Teske; 6.) Timothy Gorecki; 7.) Randy Polansky; 8.) Torey Nitzsche
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Oehmichen; 2.) Gorecki; 3.) T., Nitzsche
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Cormack; 2.) B. Polansky; 3.) R. Polansky
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) J.J. Flick; 2.) Adam Krzykowski; 3.) Kralovetz

Fast Qualifier: Kralovetz, 14.800 Seconds ( New Track Record )