Track Info


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Golden Sands Speedway was started by Sam Bartus in the year of 1967. It was the first high banked, bowl shaped track that enticed a young group of drivers to glide, spin, and fly around the fastest third mile in the mid-west. The design of Golden Sands Speedway was so unique at it virtually had no other competition.

This unique track has seen many veteran drivers, some of which still race the highly banked track, some who have moved on to NASCAR and the NASCAR Super Trucks, and some that no longer race, but their children carry on the addicting tradition. Names like Dick Trickle, Mark Martin, Dave Marcis, Bryan Refiner, Tom Reffner, Jimmy Back, Marv Marzofka, Bobby Turzinski, Lyle Nabbelfeldt, Vic Getzloff, Kirby Kurth and others to numerous to mention.

he 1970’s brought out the bounties. Drivers like Tom Refiner seemed too fast to catch or even catch. To stir up the action and heat the competition, Sam Bartus offered bounties on anyone who could beat drivers like Reffner. He even started to offer bounties outside of the Central Wisconsin Racing Association’s Club. Also in 1970, the track was repaved right before the mid-season championship. Tom Reffner was the first to time in on the newly paved track. He ended up setting a new track record. Needless to say the record changed twenty times before time trials were over.

During the 1980’s the track was in a gray area, and went under some major management, and ownership changes. The track was only open for business for the first few years. The summer of 1981 it hosted only one late model show, with Mark Martin winning the first caution less 75-lap feature. From 1984 until 1988 the track sat idle. Phil Bickley now owner of State Park Speedway in Wausau, WI gained ownership from Sam Bartus in 1988. From 1989 to 1991 Terry and Alice Preuser leased the track from the Bickley’s.

the 1990’s brought many more changes. Phil and Helen Bickley ran the speedway from 1992 until 1994. In the winter of 1994 the speedway was sold to Darrel and Shela Bassuener. The Bassuener

Track Specs

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Speed Conversion (Lap Time) x 3 = X;  3600/X =MPH
Example: 12.596 x 3 = 37.79   3600/37.79 = 95.26 MPH
Surface
4″ of highway grade asphalt over a ground asphalt base
Width
All straights are 60′ wide. The corners are 70′ wide.
Banking
The track has approximately 12 degree banking in the straight-a-ways, with a 14-16 degree banking in the corners.
Retaining Wall
The speedway has a concrete outer wall 4′ high on the front straight and in corners one and two. In front of the wall are water barrels and soft wall to cushion any crashes into the walls. Sand berms go along turns three and four.
Acreage
The track sits on a total of 40 acres.
Safety Vehicles
The speedway utilizes a safety truck, ambulance, and a safety buggy, along with three wreckers.

 

Track Records

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Super Late Models
Jeremy Lepak 07/02/99 11.679 seconds
Super Stocks
Brian Back 05/04/06 12.814 seconds
Pure Stocks
Cale Marzofka 08/26/11 14.253 seconds
Legends
Pat Hinner 05/26/00 14.109 seconds
4-Cylinders Mods
Randall Wilhorn 2009 13.296 seconds

Track Champions

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Year

Car #

Driver Name

1967

99

Dick Trickle

1968

30

Marlin Walbeck

1969

No Race Championship race

1970

99

Dick Trickle

1971

61

Jim Back

1972

99

Dick Trickle

1973

61

Jim Back

1974

44

Neil Callahan

1975

88

Tom Reffner

1976

18

Mike Miller

1977

88

Tom Reffner

1978

91

Marv Marzofka

1979

92

Marv Marzofka

1980

18

Mike Miller

1981

91

Marv Marzofka

1982

91

Marv Marzofka

1983

61

Jim Back

1984

Track Closed

1985

Track Closed

1986

Track Closed

1987

Track Closed

1988

14

Wayne Breitenfeldt

1989

87

Brian Reffner

1990

87

Brian Reffner

1991

85

Kirby Kurth

1992

85

Kirby Kurth

1993

88

Tom Reffner

1994

73

Kevin Peterson

1995

73

Kevin Peterson

1996

31

Bobby Turzinski

1997

85

Kirby Kurth

1998

77

Joe Krzykowski

1999

71

Mark Eswein

2000

71

Mark Eswein

2001

07x

Burton Brown

2002

71

Mark Eswein

2003

71

Mark Eswein

2004

71

Mark Eswein

2005

71

Mark Eswein

2006

9

Kenny Richards

2007
76
Jason Weinkauf
2008
71
Mark Eswein
2009
71
Mark Eswein
2010
98
Brandon Selle
2011
99
Tim Sauter
2012
18
Frank Nitzke
2013
51
Jim Sauter Jr
2014
14
Eugene Gregorich
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020