Golden Sands Speedway Race Report

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Weinfurter Takes New Colors to Victory Lane in Super Lates,
Stanczyk Smokes 'Em in Super Stocks
By Jeffrey Sachse

June 2, 2006; Plover, WI - Jeff Weinfurter would be the first to tell you, his 2006 racing season has not gone as planned so far.  But perhaps a new look was a small part of the key to success and a turnaround of fortunes as the Wisconsin Rapids veteran has a change of luck as well as car color.  The result, on an ideal night for racing he put his freshly painted white machine out front of the Super Late Model feature and kept it there in the non-stop 40 lap Super Late Model feature.  The end result was his first feature win of the young season.  In the Super Stock class it was Roger Stanczyk whose car began to smoke with two laps to go, who would nurse his ride to the finish line first to capture the win.  In pure stock action, 60 year old Dennis Stilson, who began racing just last year, made a visit to Golden Sands Speedway and won his first career feature win.  Finally in 4 cylinder action 14 year old Dallas Kralovetz, showed remarkable patience working his way through traffic to take the lead in the closing laps and making a sweep of the evening's race program.

Photo Highlights

Mark Mackesy and Jeff Weinfurter would bring the field to the green flag for what would be a non-stop 40 lap Super Late Model feature contest.  Blake Horstman and Chris Weinkauf would comprise the second row as the field came up to speed. 

Weinfurter would get the jump to take the initial lead, while Mackesy filtered into the runner-up spot following closely behind.  Weinkauf immediately moved to the outside line in effort to wrestle second from Mackesy. 

The battle for second between Mackesy and Weinkauf allowed Weinfurter to slowly pull away from the field.  On lap 12 Weinkauf got a good run off turn two and managed to steal the runner-up spot from Mackesy.  The goal now was to attempt to close on Weinfurter who had built up a eight car length lead.

By the halfway point in the contest both Weinfurter and Weinkauf had build a small margin over the balance of the field.  Horstman was third, Kurt Guralski and Mackesy held down the top five spots at the halfway point with a hard charging Brandon Selle reaching sixth after starting deep in the field.  Two laps later Selle would break the top five at Mackesy's expense.

The race continued to click off at a rapid pace, with Weinfurter still maintaining a four car length cushion with 10 laps to go in the contest. Weinkauf would close slightly during the final rounds but was never able to get within striking distance as Weinfurter powered past the finish line for the win with a three car length advantage.  Weinkauf would settle for second.

Horstman would spend the final laps fending off the challenges of Guralski and reach the checkered in third.  However a post race inspection would negate the performance giving the third spot to Guralski.  Selle would be awarded fourth and Jason Weinkauf, the evening's fast qualifier completed the top five finishers.  Current point leader Kenny Richards who won the past two events at Golden Sands Speedway would finish in sixth.

The Super Stock contest would prove to be a wild one, with only a single lap in the books before the first of several slowdowns, this one being for a multi-car spin.  When action resumed David Pagels set the pace with Bert Soyka and Roger Stanczyk in tow. 

Stanczyk  would work the high line around the banked third-mile oval and the groove proved to be to his liking as he worked past Soyka and then Pagels to take the lead on lap 12.

Pagels  fortunes turned sour on the next lap as his car began to lose power falling back in the field.  At the same time Soyka and Scott Hamel collided forcing the second yellow of the contest.

Stanczyk, Dave Neitzke, Dan Braun, Brian Weinfurter and Randy Storlie found themselves in the top five with the revamped running order as the green flag flew again.  For Stanczyk it was simply a matter of charging back to the lead.  Storlie would prove to be the man on the move as racing continued as he worked by both Braun and Weinfurter to reach third with a dozen laps to go.

The final yellow flag of the contest played out on the front stretch as Bo Bennish and Brian Back made contact. Bennish would spin wildly and clip Back as he passed resulting in heavy damage to the front of his car.  Several other drivers narrowly missed Bennish's machine which sat sideways at in the racing groove on the front stretch.

After a brief cleanup the final three laps of the contest would play out with Stanczyk setting the pace. Neitzke would hold down the second spot with Storlie following in third.  Stanczyk would click off the final laps with his car smoking a bit more with each passing lap, but seemingly unhindered by the problem as his pace was enough to allow him to reach the finish line first for the win.  Neitzke had initially opted for the high line to get a run on Stanczyk but the maneuver didn't work allowing Storlie to slip by for second before the checkered.  Fast qualifier Tim Plowman would also sneak by Neitzke by a matter of inches at the wire for third.  Neitzke would hang on for fourth and Brian Weinfurter comprised the top five.

In Pure Stock action some three and four wide racing was the highlight of the opening laps as the field tried to sort itself out. Matt Ciesielski would pace the first few circuits before Todd Kuehl took over the lead on lap five. Dennis Stilson would reach second two laps later.

Kuhel would hold the top spot until seven laps remained in the contest, when Stilson worked ahead.  Over the final laps Stilson was able to maintain a smooth line around the raceway and collected the victory.  It was his first career visit to the winner's circle after a feature contest.  Fast qualifier Michael Gwidt would finish second. Erik Kawlewski, Kuehl and Andrew Hintz comprised the top five runners.

The four cylinder feature race would show the patience of 14 year old Kralovetz as he carefully worked his way through traffic.  Avoiding any dangerous passes Kralovetz would setup each fellow racer for a clean pass on the way to the front. 

Jim Cormack looked to be the man to beat throughout most of the event running a smooth line around the track.  His pace kept him ahead of several passing attempts and at one point he had built a quarter-lap lead.

Kralovetz however had worked into second with five laps to go and quickly sliced into Cormack's margin.  Kralovetz patiently closed the gap with each passing lap, and with two laps to the finish Kralovetz worked by Cormack for the lead.  Kralovetz's victory this evening completed a sweep of the program after earlier setting quick time.  Cormack's smooth run would set a second place finish.  Casey Koback, Jousha Opper and Mike Oehmichen comprised the top five finishers.

Racing action at Central Wisconsin's Power Playground, Golden Sands Speedway, continues next week with the running with Scaffidi Schools Out Night.  Children will receive FREE admission with the attendance of their parents to celebrate summer vacation.  Super Late Models, Super Stocks and 4 Cylinders.  To complete the program a full show of 2-Man Cruisers will take to the track.

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.) Jeff Weinfurter; 2.) Chris Weinkauf; 3.) Kurt Guralski; 4.) Brandon Selle; 5.) Jason Weinkauf; 6.) Kenny Richards; 7.) Allen Check; 8.) Mark Eswein; 9.) Mark Mackesy; 10.) Keith Bohmsach
25 Lap Semi-Feature:  1.) Eugene Gregorich Jr.; 2.) Burton Brown; 3.) Frank Nitzke; 4.) Jim Duchow; 5.) Derek Gress; 6.) Mike Merriam
First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Elliott Weiler; 2.) Scott Beyer; 3.) Joe Krzykowski
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) D. Gress; 2.) Duchow; 3.) Steve Gress
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Weinfurter; 2.) C. Weinkauf; 3.) Nitzke
Fourth 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Richards; 2.) Eswein; 3.) Stapleman

Fast Qualifier: J. Weinkauf, 12.084 Seconds

Super Stocks
25 Lap Feature:
1.) Roger Stanczyk; 2.) Randy Storlie; 3.) Tim Plowman; 4.) Dave Neitzke; 5.) Brian Weinfurter; 6.) Wes Coon; 7.) Josh Oleson; 8.) Matt Raykowski; 9.) Bert Soyka; 10.) Brian Back
15 Lap Semi-Feature:
1.) Mike Brooks; 2.) Bo Bennish; 3.) Denny Crass; 4.) Galen Manternach; 5.) Thomas Dowe
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Brooks; 2.) Crass; 3.) Dowe
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Manternach; 2.) Pagels; 3.) Soyka
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Weinfurter; 2.) Raykowski; 3.) Plowman
Fast Qualifier: Plowman, 13.122 Seconds

Pure Stocks
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Dennis Stilson; 2.) Michael Gwidt; 3.) Eric Kawlewski; 4.) Todd Kuehl; 5.) Andrew Hintz; 6.) Troy Engman; 7.) Matt Ciesielski; 8.) Dean Aschbacher
10 Lap B-Feature: 1.) Cliff Christianson; 2.) Mark Kaeliher; 3.) Chuck Stebbens; 4.) Joey Kuhn
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Shane Bates; 2.) Josh Evers; 3.) Christianson

Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Gary Harklauu; 2.) Kuhn; 3.) Ronald Grabarski
Third 10 Lap Heat:
1.) Stilson; 2.) Gwidt; 3.) Engman

Fast Qualifier: Michael Gwidt, 15.459 Seconds

4 Cylinders
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Dallas Kralovetz; 2.) Jeff Cormack; 3.) Casey Koback; 4.) Jousha Opper; 5.) Mike Oehmichen; 6.) Adam Eckes; 7.) Matt Hansen; 8.) Timothy Gorecki
Fast Qualifier: Kralovetz, 14.895 Seconds