Golden Sands Speedway Race Report

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Gregorich Jr. Dominates Non-Stop Super Late Headliner!
Manternach Collects Super Stock Victory!

By Jeffrey Sachse

July 7, 2006; Plover, WI - Switching to his own car this evening Eugene Gregorich Jr. stepped behind the wheel of his familiar #14 machine and then set off to turn in a dominating performance to win his first Super Late Model feature victory of the season at Golden Sands Speedway in dominating fashion.  In the Super Stock division, it was Galen Manternach getting the upper hand early in the feature event and fending off Matt Raykowski for his second win of the young season.  The Pure Stock class would see visiting driver Brad Lucky collect his first career feature win at the raceway. 

The evening concluded with the 2-Man Cruiser contests, the first of which included many metal mangling mishaps.  Though none of the driver's were injured in the accidents, those hoping for a little metal grinding mayhem got their money's worth.  Victories in the three contests went to the teams of Pezewski / Auclair, Kelley / Resheski and Green / Wheelock.

Photo Highlights
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Eugene Gregorich Jr. (#14) captured his first Super Late Model feature victory of the 2006 season at Golden Sands Speedway in convincing fashion.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Eugene Gregorich Jr. (#14) works the high line past Joe Krzykowski (#77) for the lead in the Super Late Model feature, while Blake Horstman (#75) gives chase.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Defending track champion Mark Eswein (#71) slips past Mark Mackesy who was carrying the number (#25) to honor the memory of Larry Detjens.  Eswein would finish third in the contest. Mackesy would settle for fifth.
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Jeff Weinfurter (#3) collected the checkered flag in the Super Late Model semi-feature race.
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Kenny Richards (#9) the current Super Late Model point leader turned in the fastest qualifying lap.
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Galen Manternach collected his second Super Stock victory of the 2006 racing season.42101a.jpg (19971 bytes)
Galen Manternach (#5) works past Dan Gilster (#23) for the lead in the Super Stock feature. Manternach would pace the rest of the contest for the win.
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Whoops!  An early heat race accident collected several machine in Super Stock action.  All would be able to return later in the evening.

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Brad Luck (#61) made his way to victory lane in his first visit to Golden Sands Speedway, by topping the Pure Stock main event.
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Dean Zakrezwski (#19) the current point leader in the Pure Stocks, turned in the evening's fast qualifying lap.

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The 2-Man Cruisers had nearly 30 participants resulting in three feature races.  They were won by the teams of Pezewski/Auclair (#23); Kelley/Resheske (#96); and the familiar faces of Green/Wheelock (#73).

The 40 lap Super Late Model main event began with veteran racer Joe Krzykowski and hard charging youngster Eugene Gregorich Jr. brining the field to the green flag/  The pair would run door to door for the opening rounds, with Gregorich using the high line to surge ahead by the end of lap two.  His fellow competitors would spend the balance of the race following in Gregorich's wake in the non-stop contest. Still the battles behind the leader raged throughout the contest.

Krzykowski would surrender the runner-up spot to Blake Horstman on lap three, as Horstman set out after Gregorich. By lap ten Krzykowski was still fighting hard to maintain his position, but lost another spot as Mark Mackesy, sporting the #25 this week to honor the memory of Larry Detjens, whose memorial race Mackesy won the evening before.

By the halfway point of the contest, Gregorich Jr. had opened up a dozen car length lead on Horstman, who had a cushion of his own on Mackesy who was caught up in a battle with defending track champion Mark Eswein for third spot. The side by side battle between Mackesy and Eswein thrilled the fans but allowed the lead pair of Gregorich Jr., and Horstman to pull even further away. Eswein would gain the upper hand on Mackesy for the third spot with 14 laps to go in the contest. 

While the lead trio held their positions Mackesy would find himself having to defend his position again as Jim Duchow, turning in his best performance of the season, had charged through the pack from deep in the field after setting the second quickest qualifying effort third evening.  Duchow would make the pass on Mackesy for fourth but fewer then ten laps remained to catch the lead trio.

Though Gregorich's pace would cause him to encounter lapped traffic during the final laps of the event he was able to take the victory by a comfortable 12 car length margin.  Horstman would settle for second after an impressive run.  Eswein held onto third. Duchow claimed fourth and Mackesy would reach the stripe in fifth.

The Super Stock feature event was a unique contest.  The first have of the race was unsettled with a couple accidents, while the second half of the race settled in as the fast pace allowed for very little advancement among the leaders.

Visiting driver Dan Gilster from the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway worked ahead of Galen Manternach at the start of the 25 lap feature contest, but Manternach would rally and muscle by Gilster for the lead on five as the pair raced off turn four. Gilster would bobble a bit the next circuit allowing Matt Raykowski to fly by for the runner-up spot on the following lap.

Lap ten would be the undoing of two of the front runners as Tim Plowman and Scott Hamel touched coming off turn one sending Plowman spinning off the raceway.  Both drivers would resume the contest from the tail of the field after having reached the top five.  Plowman's woes continued moments later as the defending division champion retired to the pits with mechanical ills.

When the race resumed Manternach went back to setting the pace with Raykowski, Wes Coon, Gilster and Josh Oleson giving chase.  Manternach would extend his lead to four car lengths over Raykowski who had Coon pressuring for the runner-up spot. 

The lead pack continued to run nose to tail throughout the balance of the race as everyone's pace was nearly equal.  Manternach would reach the stripe first to score the win, his second of the 2006 season.  Raykowski would settle for second ahead of Coon, while Gilster and Oleson completed the top five finishers.

Matt Ciesielski took the opening lead in the Pure Stock contest with Todd Kuehl and visiting racer Brad Luck following.  Luck adapted quickly to the high-banked oval as he continued his march forward. Ciesielski would lead the way until Luck worked to his inside on lap six taking over the top position.

Dean Zakrezwski the evenings fast qualifier and division point leader was making rapid progress to the front working into the second spot with eight laps to go.  Zakrezwski would close in on Luck's rear bumper with five laps to go in the contest, but Luck held tenaciously to the lead, hugging the lower groove.  Though Zakrezwski made several attempts to wrestle away the top spot it would be Luck reaching the finish line first for the win.  Zakrezwski would settle for a close second followed by Michael Gwidt, Troy Engman and Ron Grabarski.

Next week, July 14th, Charter Communications will present an action packed evening which will include the Faster Pastor races.  Ministry leaders from area congregations will take to the high banked oval in a special event.  The night will also feature racing in the Super Late Model, Super Stock and 4 cylinder divisions.  The night will conclude with your chance to take to the high-banked third mile oval, as Spectator Drags will take place.

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
50 Lap Feature:
1.) Eugene Gregorich Jr.; 2.) Blake Horstman; 3.) Mark Eswein; 4.) Jim Duchow; 5.) Mark Mackesy; 6.) Joe Krzykowski; 7.) Kenny Richards; 8.) Tim Hintz; 9.) Keith Bohmsach; 10.) Brandon Selle
25 Lap Semi-Feature:  1.) Jeff Weinfurter; 2.) Frank Nitzke; 3.) Chris Weinkauf; 4.) Elliott Weiler; 5.) Steve Gress; 6.) Ted Reichenberger
First 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Weiler; 2.) Rene Scheinoha; 3.) Steve Gress
Second 12 Lap Heat: 1.) C. Weinkauf; 2.) Check; 3.) Nitzke
Third 12 Lap Heat: 1.) Monte Gress; 2.) Selle; 3.) Eswein
Fast Qualifier: Richards, 12.112 Seconds

Super Stocks
30 Lap Feature:
1.) Galen Manternach; 2.) Matt Raykowski; 3.) Wes Coon; 4.) Dan Gilster; 5.) Josh Oleson; 6.) Brian Weinfurter; 7.) Dave Neitzke; 8.) Randy Storlie; 9.) Brian Back; 10.) Scott Hamel
15 Lap Semi-Feature:
1.) Brad Scholze; 2.) Roger Stanczyk; 3.) Adam Krzykowski; 4.) Dennis Crass; 5.) Duane Robinson
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Crass; 2.) Bert Soyka; 3.) Scholze
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Storlie; 2.) Gilster; 3.) Manternach
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Tim Plowman; 2.) Back; 3.) Coon
Fast Qualifier: Plowman, 13.307 Seconds

Pure Stocks
15 Lap Feature:
1.) Brad Luck; 2.) Dean Zakrezwski; 3.) Michael Gwidt; 4.) Troy Engman; 5.) Ron Grabarski; 6.) Dean Aschbacher; 7.) Andrew Hintz; 8.) Matt Ciesielski
10 Lap B-Feature: 1.) Troy Porter; 2.) Matt Hansen; 3.) Coletta Gomes; 4.) Mark Kaeliher; 5.) Shane Bates
First 10 Lap Heat:
1.) Kaeliher; 2.) Porter; 3.) Robert Hinz

Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Chuck Stebbens; 2.) Ciesielski; 3.) Jason Dunn
Third 10 Lap Heat:
1.) Engman; 2.) Aschbacher; 3.) Grabarski

Fast Qualifier: Zakrezwski, 14.912 Seconds

2 Man Cruisers
First 10 Lap Feature:
1.) Pezewski/Auclair; 2.) Dominick/Gaetz; 3.) Kolbus/Lepak; 4.) Oltesvig/McDonald; 5.) Firkus/Peterson
Second 10 Lap Feature: 1.) Kelley/Resheske; 2.) Mangen/Mancheski; 3.) Zellner/Kuhn; 4.) Koback/Nicholson; 5.) Carter/Caves

Third 10 Lap Feature: 1.) Green/Wheelock; 2.) Wellens/Bauer; 3.) Wierzba/Wierzba; 4.) Kampert/Kampert; 5.) Kampert/Kluck