Phil Malouf looked like he was driving through a parking lot Friday night when the green flag flew at Golden Sand Speedway Friday night. He timed the start of the 4 Cylinder Mod group Feature race with veteran dexterity and posted his first win of 2011 after notching fast time and a heat win, sweeping his class. Adam Eckes was nearly as fast, but did not make it through the pack in time to challenge. Scott Scholze, Dale Robinson and Austin McKeever had an exciting series of laps to finish off the top 5.
The Stock 4 Cylinder class brought enough cars to warrant a B main, where Dan Broton and Mike Wisniewski moved up into the feature. 18 small frame cars buzzed to the start of the 15 lap race, and 3 and 4 wide racing immediately followed. Frank Calabrese snaked through traffic and led at lap 10, finishing 1st despite a couple of hard charges by Steve Rozek, Joachim Mangen and Luccas Betro. Mangen and Betro knocked each other to the back of the pack in the last lap, Rozek posting 2nd. Josh Klopotek, John Engebretsen And Joseph Kempf completed the top 5.
Pure Stocks also brought a couple dozen rides and 18 vied for a feature win with fast qualifier Cale Marzofka lined up in the 5th slot after a lucky dice roll put him up toward the front. Ben Capek got a very good start and looked like he would cruise to an uncontested win until a puff of smoke signaled the end of his night on lap 13 and he angled into the pits. Brent Weiland inherited the lead, and the easy win ahead of Marzofka. Jake Capek, Mark Kalata and Kurt Guralski also filled out the top 5.
The Super Stock event drew nearly a dozen cars, with Ryan Hinner as fast qualifier. The Stevens Point local racer worked traffic from a 5th starting spot to challenge Brian Weinfurter by lap 10, but it was nearly 7 laps later when Hinner actually found the chance to pass, sliding by Weinfurter on the inside and driving off to a decisive win. John Zuch, Dwayne Davis, and Scott Hamel completed the top 5. The new ride for Hinner fits him, and he thanked the Reffner family for the help and the fast car.
Memorial day racing began with the partnership with the South Wood County Humane Society and will end with the Element Mobile Series on Monday with a 100 lap Late Model event, Pure Stocks, And Wisconsin Sport Trucks. 2 Man Cruisers will cap off the holiday race. Gates open at 11, qualifying at 1:15, racing at 3.