Richards Wobbles to
Super Late Victory, Brooks Gabs Super Stock Win!
By Jeffrey Sachse
Plover, WI -
With ten laps to go current Super Late Model point leader Kenny Richards
had his hands full with a hard charging Mark Eswein and an unknown
vibration in his steering which developed. Un hindered by the
vibration Richards kept up the pace and collected his first career
feature win at the Golden Sands Speedway. In his way to the
winner's circle his right front wheel was noticeably wobbling as he
parked in victory lane. His hub had failed, and lasted just long
enough to capture the checkered flag. In Super Stock action Mike
Brooks was able to repel several challenges by Roger Stanczyk to gab the
victory. His second of the 2006 season. In 4 cylinder action
visiting driver Adam Eckes would set the pace to the checkered flag for
Richards (#9) set fast time this evening then charged through the
field to collect his first career Super Late Model victory at Golden
the high line Kenny Richards (#9) works past defending track
champion Mark Eswein (#71) on his way to winning the Super Late
Model feature. Eswein would finish second in the contest.
Mark Van (#66) would capture this evening's Super Late Model
Kenny Richards was the evening's quick qualifier in
the Super Late Models. He would late capture the main event.
Mike Brooks (#25)
won the season opening feature in the Super Stocks a couple weeks
ago, and added another to his win list this week.
Mike Brooks (#25) fends off the challenges of Roger
Stanczyk (#23) and Wes Coon (#51) in the closing stages of the Super
Stock feature race.
Defending division champion Tim Plowman continues to
get the job done in the Super Stock division in qualifying... he set
quick time again this week.
Adam Eckes (#5) placed his sharp looking 4 cylinder machine in
victory lane, taking top honors in that divisions feature event.
Dallas Kralovetz (#21) at 14 years old, continues to impress.
The current 4 cylinder point leader earned another fast qualifying
effort this evening.
The 2-Man Cruisers share the spotlight in victory
lane. This evening's winners included the teams of
Knoback/Nichoson (#282), Wierzba/Wierzba (#44) and Green/Wheelock
It was more than just
racing for the ladies this evening, as Desperate Housewives Night at
Golden Sands also included many special attractions for women in
With ideal weather conditions and activities for the ladies with the
Desperate Housewife promotions, and children with big wheel races, the
fans were packed. The final checkered flag fell at 10:30 p.m.
after three very exciting 2-Man Cruiser races which had their share of
thrills and spills. Winners of the contests included.
Third year Super Late Model competitor Casey Chase, and veteran
racer Joe Krzykowski would bring the 18 car field to the green flag for
the 40 lap headlining contest. Krzykowski and Chase ran the first
several laps side by side before Krzykowski grabbed the upper hand. This
left Chase to do battle with sophomore Super Late Model competitor Tim
Hintz for the runner-up spot, as defending division champion Mark Eswein
motored past Pat Williams for fourth on the fifth trip around the high
banked third-mile oval.
The first slowdown of the contest occurred when Monte Gress spun in
turn two with ten laps in the record books. This left Krzykowski, Chase,
Eswein, Hintz and Williams in the top five. Richards, the
evening's fast qualifier had already moved into the sixth spot after
starting deep in the field.
With the green flag waiving again Krzykowski went back to the lead,
while Chase and Eswein engaged in a torrid battle for the top spot.
Eswein opting for the high line ran wheel to wheel with Chase who was
driving hard to maintain his position. The battle would come
to an end when Chase drove deep into turn three on lap 19 and lost
control spinning up the racetrack forcing a yellow flag and giving the
second position to Eswein for the restart. Richards meanwhile had
advanced into the third position.
When the green flag waved again Krzykowski had his hands full as
Eswein immediately went to work on him for the lead. Moving to the
inside Eswein would snare the top spot before the completion of lap 20.
As Krzykowski got stuck in the high groove. On the next lap
Richard's would perform a similar pass on Krzykowski to grab the second
spot, with Kendall also beginning to work on Krzykowski for the third
spot. Kendall would prove successful on lap 24, and the lead trio
of Eswein, Richards and Kendall began to pull away from the field.
Richards began to experiment with the high groove and found it to his
liking as he moved alongside Eswein. After a brief battle Richards
would pull ahead with 14 laps to in the contest. On the next lap
Frank Nitzke spun in turn two brining out the third and final caution of
The green flag returned for the final dozen laps with Richards out
front setting the pace. He would gain a two car length advantage
on Eswein who was left to battle with Kendall for second throughout the
balance of the race. At the wire Richards for the win.
Eswein would finish comfortable in second ad Kendall was left to fight
the final few circuits with Brandon Selle for the third spot.
Kendall would secure third by less than a car length on a fast closing
Selle. Jeff Weinfurter would finish in the fifth position completing the
top five runners.
The 25 lap Super Stock feature saw Mike Brooks and David Pagels run
side by side for the first ten laps of the Super Stock contest.
Brooks would stay in the low groove, and Pagels would charge hard into
the turns in the high line leaving the pair to toss the lead back and
forth on several occasions during the opening laps.
Pagels would slide up the track on lap six giving Brooks the
opportunity to secure the lead. Pagels slip also allowed Roger
Stanczyk to garner second just before the only caution of the race flew
for a multi-car tangle between Denny Crass, Collin Wilcott and Matt
Raykowski occurred in turn four.
When action resumed it was Brooks back to the lead with Stanczyk
giving Brooks all he could handle as the pair dueled for the lead
position. Pagels was left to battle with Brian Weinfurter for the
third spot with Pagels hanging tough in his 60's style vintage bodied
Stanczyk would look both high and low in effort to find a way to the
lead which Brooks continued to maintain in spite of the challenges.
Wes Coon meanwhile was making some headway using the outside line as he
continued to progress forward reaching the third spot with nine laps to
Coon would catch the lead duo of Brooks and Stanczyk with five laps
to go, making it a three way battle for the lead in the closing laps.
Coon would pull along Stanczyk as the laps wound down giving Brooks some
breathing room. He would complete the 25 laps with a two car
length lead. Stanczyk and Coon would race wheel to wheel to the
wire with Stanczyk taking the spot by a slim margin. Coon would
settle for third followed by Weinfurter and Dave Neitzke in the top
five. Neitzke's machine did not pass post race inspections giving
the fifth spot to last weeks feature winner Scott Hamel.
Tim Gorecki would pace the opening rounds of the 4 cylinder feature
with Eckes and defending division champion Dale Robinson providing the
pressure. Robinson would leave the contest on lap six leaving
Gorecki to face the challenges of Eckes who would manage to work his way
to the lead with eight laps to go in the contest.
With Eckes out front attention focused on Casey Koback and fast
qualifier Dallas Kralovetz who were working their way swiftly toward the
front. Koback would secure second with six laps to go with
Kralovetz following his every move working his way into the third spot.
Eckes, Koback and Kralovetz lined up nose to tail as the laps wound
down. Kralovetz, seeking a clean sweep on the evening sliced under
Koback with two laps to go for the second spot, but Eckes was determined
to hold onto the lead. For the final laps Eckes was able to repel
each challenge presented by Kralovetz to take the win. Kralovetz
would settle for second followed by Koback, Kevin Teske would close fast
in the later stages for fourth followed my Mike Oehmichen who completed
the top five finishers.
The track has one more show to present this Memorial Day weekend.
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 29th, the stars of the Wisconsin
Challenge Series will be on hand to do battle on the high banked third
mile oval. The toughest competition in the Midwest will do battle
to earn spots in a 100 lap feature contest. A large turnout of
Super Late Models will see local competitors Mark Eswein, Jason and
Chris Weinkauf, Burton Brown, Jeff Weinfurter, Frank Nitzke and Brandon
Selle, challenged by the top runners from area tracks including Steve
Carlson, Dave Feiler, Steve Rubeck, Jeff Kendall, Kenny Richards and
defending series champion Nathan Haseleu.
In addition to the 100 lap main event, a pair of exciting 30 lap
qualifying races will set the field for the big event. For those
missing the 100 lap contest. A 30 lap "B-Feature" will be held for
the Super Late Models.
In addition to the WCS Super Late Models, the snowmobile engine
powered mini-pickup truck bodied Wisconsin Sport Trucks will be on hand
to race three and four wide around the oval with a full program of heats
and feature. The day will also include the wild 2-Man Cruisers and
last.. but not least, the behemoths of the raceway... the Bus Races will
be back to entertain and amuse. The Monday afternoon show will
begin with time trials at 12:30 p.m. and racing starting promptly at
For additional information on the Wisconsin Challenge Series check
out the series website at
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
complete RACESTAT Race Results Click Here!
Super Late Models
40 Lap Feature:
Richards; 2.) Mark Eswein; 3.) Jeff Kendall; 4.) Bradon Selle; 5.) Jeff
Weinfurter; 6.) Tim Hintz; 7.) Joe Krzykowski; 8.) Gregg Ruffalo; 9.)
Chris Weinkauf; 10.) Pat Williams
25 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Mark Van; 2.) C.
Weinkauf; 3.) Allen Check; 4.) Jim Duchow; 5.) Jason Weinkauf; 6.) Steve
10 Lap Consolation: 1.) Rene Scheinoha; 2.)
Eugene Gregorich Jr.; 3.) Joel Schulz; 4.) Steve Gress
First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Ted Reichenberger; 2.) S. Gress;
3.) Derek Gress
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Duchow; 2.) Holzhausen;
3.) Mark Mackesy
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Weinfurter; 2.) Frank
Nitzke; 3.) Casey Chase
Fourth 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Eswein; 2.) Richards; 3.) Selle
Fast Qualifier: Richards, 12.073 Seconds
Brooks; 2.) Roger Stanczyk; 3.) Wes Coon; 4.) Brian Weinfurter; 5.)
Scott Hamel; 6.) Tim Plowman; 7.) Brian Back; 8.) David Pagels; 9.)
Randy Storlie; 10.) Matt Raykowski
15 Lap Semi-Feature: 1.) Raykowski; 2.) Adam
Krzykowski; 3.) Ed Szelagowski; 4.) Don Zuehlke
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Raykowski; 2 .) Szelagowski;
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Brooks; 2.) Storlie; 3.)
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Back; 2.) Plowman; 3.)
Fast Qualifier: Tim Plowman, 13.199 Seconds
15 Lap Feature:
Eckes; 2.) Dalle Kralovetz; 3.) Casey Koback; 4.) Kevin Teske; 5.) Mike
Oehmichen; 6.) Timothy Gorecki; 7.) Jeff Cormack; 8.) Colin Reffner
10 Lap B-Feature:
1.) Brandon Polansky; 2.) James Moser; 3.) Jenny Nitzsche; 4.)
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Polansky; 2.) Moser; 3.) J.
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Philip Malouf; 2.)
Oehmichen; 3.) Dale Robinson
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Kralovetz; 2.) Eckes; 3.) Koback
Fast Qualifier: Michael Gwidt, 15.108 Seconds
First 10 Lap Feature:
Koback/Nicholson; 2.) Helbach/Helbach; 3.) Fischer/Floistad
Second 10 Lap Feature: 1.)
Wierzba/Wierzba; 2.) Kampert/Kluck; 3.) Gagas/Perzinski
Third 10 Lap Feature: 1.) Green/Wheelock; 2.)
Clark/Disher; 3.) Kampert/Kampert