Golden Sands Speedway Race Report

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Richards Rockets to Mid-Season Super Late Victory!
Coon Collects First Feature of 2006!
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By Jeffrey Sachse

June 23, 2006; Plover, WI - With ten laps to go current Super Late Model point leader Kenny Richards was sitting patiently while three other drivers were contesting the lead in the main event.  As they lined up single file, Richards was first to choose the outside line in effort to improve his position.  That effort was rewarded with a quick trip to the lead, and his second weekly feature win of the season at Golden Sands Speedway.  In the Super Stock division it was Wes Coon, who placed himself out front of the main event and then held off the challenges of current point leader Brian Back to earn his first trip to victory lane after a feature this season. The 4 cylinder class saw Adam Eckes repel an amazing effort by Dallas Kralovetz to win that division's main event. The Pure Stock main event winner has not been determined as of press time as there was some questions involved with the race winning machine of Jimmy Robinson. Additional information will be provided on Monday.

Photo Highlights
 

Veteran racer Steve Holzhausen and Keith Bohmsach brought the field to the green flag for the start of the 50 lap Super Late Model Mid-Season Championship contest.  Second year competitor Tim Hintz found himself in the third spot by the end of the opening round.

Before things could settle in the first and only caution of the event occurred on lap two, as the machines of Bohmsach and Hintz got together with Hintz spinning in turn four.  The field narrowly missed his errant ride, by every one of the drivers following avoided contact.

Action resumed quickly and the final 48 laps were contested without a single slowdown.  On the restart Holzhausen had to contend with young hotshoe Brandon Selle, while Pat Williams held down the third spot. On the next lap Williams got shuffled to the outside line and quickly fell back in the field allowing Jason Weinkauf and Mark Eswein to rocket into third and fourth respectively.

Holzhausen worked hard to maintain the top spot as Selle appeared to have a faster machine. Selle would manage to find room in the bottom groove and worked alongside Holzhausen.  After several laps of side by side racing Selle secured the top spot on lap ten, as Holzhausen settled into the number two position.

Defending champion, Eswein would work past Weinkauf for the third spot just before the halfway point, brining current leader and the evening's fast qualifier Richards with him.

At the halfway point Selle, Holzhausen, Eswein, Richards and Weinkauf held down the top five positions.

The laps clicked by quickly with Holzhausen remaining on Selle's rear bumper hoping for a miscue.  Eswein meanwhile was also seeking a way to advance, with Richards still in tow.  The top four cars dashed around the high-banked third mile oval nose to tail until ten laps were left in the contest.

It was at this point Richard's ventured into the outside groove and the choice would payoff.  On lap ten he shot past Eswein for third and the following laps he managed to nose ahead of Holzhausen.  Still working the top side of the raceway Richards then reeled in Selle.

Selle would hold on to the top spot until seven laps were left in the contest, before Richards would nose ahead.  After a brief battle, Richards would clear Selle and slowly pull away.

At the finish Richards had a two car length advantage over Selle for the win.  Holzhausen claimed the third spot.  Joe Krzykowski who had been running outside the top five until late in the contest, has also opted for the higher line around the track and moved up several spots in the closing laps to reach the fourth position.  Eswein would complete the top five runners in the fast paced event.

Randy Storlie and Brian Weinfurter comprised the front row at the start of the 30 Lap Super Stock contest.  Storlie working the low groove quickly assumed command of the contest with Weinfurter settling into second.  Coon working the upper groove found himself in the third spot by the end of lap four.

Coon continued to work the upper groove and found himself in a side by side battle with Weinfurter for second. Coon would secure the spot on lap seven, and remained in the outer groove upon reaching Storlie.  The outside line proved to be the fast way around the track and Coon's momentum allowed him to take the lead on lap ten.

Once out front Coon would slowly pull away from the field leaving his fellow competitors to battle behind him.  Storlie continued in second, while current point leader Brian Back and the evening's fast qualifier Tim Plowman sliced through the pack.  Back would reach the fourth position by lap 17, and Plowman made his way to the top five on the following lap.

A single caution occurred with ten laps to go in the contest as Weinfurter encountered mechanical problems dropping him from the event.  This left Coon ahead of Storlie, Back, Plowman and Scott Hamel in the top five positions.

With action resuming Coon went back to building his lead over Storlie, who had his hands full trying to fend off both Back and Plowman to maintain second.  Storlie however was unable to hold the spot as both Back and Plowman worked by with five laps to go in the contest.

Out front Coon drove a smooth line around the raceway to maintain his slim two car length advantage on Back to the checkered.  It would be the first feature win of the 2006 season for Coon at Golden Sands Speedway.  Back would settle for second ahead of Plowman.  Storlie and Hamel completed the top five runners.

The final two events of the night would also have plenty of drama.  In the Pure Stock main event Matt Ciesielski and Andrew Hintz brought the field to the green flag with Hintz taking the top spot at the start of the contest.  Hintz would continue out front through a couple caution flags, while Jimmy Robinson worked his way through the pack in into second as the race moved past the halfway point.  Current point leader Dean Zakrezwski would reach third place as the event headed toward the closing stages of the contest. 

Hintz would hold the lead until five laps were left in the event when Robinson took the top position and quickly pulled away.  However officials determined Robinson had far exceeded his qualifying time after reaching the top spot, and the yellow flag waved with three laps to go.  Robinson was moved back two positions for the dash to the checkered placing Hintz back in command.  However when the green flag flew again Robinson burst back to the front and paced the final two laps to reach the finish line first.  Zakrezwski would take second on the final lap followed by Hintz, Michael Gwidt and fast qualifier Ron Grabarski.   In post race inspections there was some questions involving the Robinson machine and the official results will not be available until Monday.

The 4 cylinder main event saw a starting field of 20 cars present for the green flag.  The race would provide fans with two forms of entertainment, exciting battles for the lead, and the charge of Dallas Kralovetz from the tail of the field.  Randy Polansky would take the initial lead of the race with Matt Hansen following in second during the opening rounds. At the tail of the field Kralovetz was quickly passing cars easily picking off the slower machines.

A caution for debris on the track on lap four slowed the field with Polansky still in charge followed by Jousha Opper and Eckes.  Kralovetz has already passed half the field and found himself in ninth.

Polansky's time at the front came to an end when Eckes took over the lead position on lap seven.  Further back Casey Koback and Kralovetz were charging hard making their way to second and third with four laps to go.  Koback was next to fall to the charge of Kralovetz as the 14 year old speedster quickly surpassed him with two laps to go.  Kralovetz now pressed hard to close on Eckes but Eckes had enough speed to reach the line first for the win.  Kralovetz has managed to pass 18 cars during the event to reach second.  Koback would finish solidly in third followed by Polansky and Mike Oehmichen.

Next week, June 30th, fans are invited to Union Night at the races.  The program will feature a huge fireworks display following the evening program which will see a full show of Super Late Models, Super Stocks and 4 cylinders.

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

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Super Late Models
50 Lap Feature:
1.) Kenny Richards; 2.) Brandon Selle; 3.) Steve Holzhausen; 4.) Joe Krzykowski; 5.) Mark Eswein; 6.) Allen Check; 7.) Jason Weinkauf; 8.) Blake Horstman; 9.) Chris Weinkauf; 10.) Pat Williams
25 Lap Semi-Feature:  1.) Horstman; 2.) Eugene Gregorich Jr; 3.) Burton Brown; 4.) Jeff Weinfurter; 5.) Mark Mackesy; 6.) Tom Litchfield
First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Litchfield; 2.) Ted Reichenberger; 3.) Joel Schulz
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Gregorich Jr; 2.) Horstman; 3.) Jim Duchow
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Check; 2.) Holzhausen; 3.) C. Weinkauf
Fourth 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Krzykowski; 2.) J. Weinkauf; 3.) Richards

Fast Qualifier: Richards, 12.045 Seconds

Super Stocks
30 Lap Feature:
1.) Wes Coon; 2.) Brian Back; 3.) Tim Plowman; 4.) Randy Storlie; 5.) Scott Hamel; 6.) Dave Neitzke; 7.) Mike Brooks; 8.) Roger Stanczyk; 9.) Dan Braun; 10.) Josh Oleson
15 Lap Semi-Feature:
1.) Bert Soyka; 2.) Denny Crass; 3.) Don Zuelke; 4.) Matt Raykowski; 5.) Thomas Dowe
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Crass; 2.) Adam Krzykowski; 3.) Thomas Dowe
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Storlie; 2.) Raykowski; 3.) Oleson
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Plowman; 2.) Brooks; 3.) Coon
Fast Qualifier: Plowman, 13.260 Seconds

Pure Stocks
15 Lap Feature( Pending Review):
1.) Jimmy Robinson; 2.) Dean Zakrezwski; 3.) Andrew Hintz; 4.) Mike Gwidt; 5.) Ron Grabarski; 5.) Matt Ciesielski; 6.) Troy Engman; 7.) Dean Aschbacher; 8.) Gary Haarklau
10 Lap B-Feature: 1.) Shane Bates; 2.) John Evers; 3.) Joey Kuhn; 4.) Robert Hinz; 5.) Coletta Gomes
First 10 Lap Heat:
1.) Evers; 2.) Gomes; 3.) Hinz

Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Haarklau; 2.) Justin Ligenza; 3.) Dennis Stilson
Third 10 Lap Heat:
1.) Zakrezwski; 2.) Robinson; 3.) Gwidt

Fast Qualifier: Grabarski, 14.900 Seconds

Pure Stocks
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Adam Eckes; 2.) Dallas Kralovetz; 3.) Casey Koback; 4.) Randy Polansky; 5.) Mike Oehmichen; 6.) Matt Hansen; 7.) Jousha Opper; 8.) Torey Nitzsche
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) James Moser; 2.) William Powers; 3.) Clem Haring

Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) R. Polansky; 2.) Hansen; 3.) Brandon Polansky
Third 10 Lap Heat:
1.) Kralovetz; 2.) Koback; 3.) Nitzsche

Fast Qualifier: Kralovetz, 14.814 Seconds