By: Mike Barrett
Eugene Gregorich obviously likes to race, almost as much as he obviously likes to pass other cars. In his last 3 points races he has passed 26 cars to get to finishing positions of 2 firsts, and a 9th after starting 16th. The driver of the #14 car started 12th tonight in a field of returning veterans and young guns and wasted no time getting to the front. Mark Eswein and Gregorich looked like the pair to beat during the first 20 laps, finding quick ways to slip past other racers. Jason Weinkauf again posted the fastest qualifying lap, but looked mired in traffic early on. By lap 15 Eugene appeared in the top 5 while Jason Kirsling and Burton Brown battled for the lead.
Laps 20 to 25 proved to be key, when on lap 24 Burton Brown and Jason Kirsling brought out the yellow flag. The restart saw a top 5 of Frank Nitzke, Gregorich, Jeff Weinfurter, Weinkauf, and Blake Horstman take the green, with Eswein falling far back due to a flat tire, eventually leaving on lap 26. Nitzke gave way to Gregorich and Weinfurter, who staged an incredible pitched contest for the feature win, several times exchanging the lead. Gregorich led by a few feet at the checkered flag, followed by Weinfurter, Nitzke, Weinkauf, and Brandon Selle. Race fans also voted the Gregorich Ford Race Hauler as the “Ugly Truck”, taking that dubious honor home as well!
Super Stocks started on a competitive note with Brian Back beating his brother Greg in qualifying by less than .05 seconds. It was Brian’s 13th Fast Time of the year. As the pair worked to get through traffic, one of those inevitable “racing incidents” happened. Brian tagged his brother’s car and spun the #15, sending both cars to the back. To his credit, Brian took a moment to alert track officials that he took responsibility for the incident, but a simple contact rule precludes any adjustment, and the brothers lined up in the last 2 places with 17 laps to go. It took 3 more restarts to actually get more than a single lap of racing in, and after the dust cleared the ample crowd saw Adam Krzykowski lead the next 13 laps until the white flag, when Galen Manternach squeezed past. 2nd place went to Adam Krzykowski, 3rd for Brian Weinfurter, 4th for Scott Hamel, and Brian Back rebounding to place 5th. Greg Back’s night got worse when his car stopped running with a mere 4 laps remaining, leaving him more then 20 points back in the final month of racing.
4 Cylinder racers fielded 18 cars of returning racers with added rookies sprinkled in. Fast qualifier Colin Reffner tried to anticipate a start, and nearly pulled off a 13-car passing frenzy on the first lap! Re-aligned and re-started, the 4 Cylinder drivers quickly fanned out to 4 wide (maybe 5), with the distinct advantage going early to Adam Eckes. By lap 3, Eckes had found a way to lead by nearly a half lap, leaving others like Reffner, Sterling Miller, and Jenny Nitsche to vie for 2nd on back. By the time it was over, it was Eckes by 2/3 of a lap, Reffner in 2nd, (thinking for a moment he had won!), Miller in 3rd followed by Nitsche and Dale Robinson.
2 Man Cruisers roared onto Golden Sands Speedway, and capped the excitement with Mangen and Kuklinski taking the 1st heat, followed by helbach and Helbach, Bohm and Glodowski bringing in 3rd place. Heat 2 finished with Dean and Schultz on top, Spritka and Berg 2nd, and Kelley and Resheske 3rd.
Friday August 10th will be WI Valley Concrete/Werner Electric Night – Kid’s Stock Car rides from 7:15 pm – 7:40 pm. (Lates, Supers, Pures and Cruisers)