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Monday - Element Mobile Race #2 Sands Memorial

by Mike Barrett

1 car short of 30 Element Mobile Late Models vied for 18 starting spots on Monday's race at Golden Sands Speedway in Plover, WI. Travis Sauter of Prairie Du Sac edged Chris Weinkauf for fast time by .37 seconds, and started 11th on the field. Erin Schlough and Jason Wienkauf made the front row after the dice roll, and the last chance race filled the field to 24 after provisionals were added. Schlough and Corey Jankowski gamely battled cars with separate problems, while Jason Weinkauf and Matt Tifft of Hinckley OH moved out front. The first caution came went Frank Nitzke spun, and a double file restart was full of spins and fender-bending. Once the group got started Jason Weinkauf pulled up short in turn 4 on lap 15 with a fully flat tire, and the single file restart saw him at the rear after the flat was changed chasing a field led by Tifft and Jason's brother Chris. Corey Jankowski in third was suffering vapor locking problems causing all kinds of action behind him, but he worked hard to maintain position and never gave up. A lap 31 caution grouped them together again, and by lap 40 Schlough had faded to 7th, and Mark Mackesy, Tim Sauter, Jeremy Lepak, and Travis Sauter were coming to the front. Lap 47 was a yellow flag incident when the left front of Ted Reichenberger caught fire, but just as quickly extinguished. Halfway through the 100 laps Tifft led, and Mackesy spent some time racing toward the front, but Mark faded and dropped off to the pits on lap 52. Tifft and Chris Weinkauf traveled along nose to tail until lap 60, when Tifft lined up behind a lapped car and Weinkauf pounced, schooling the Ohio newcomer on traffic and leading going into the final 40 laps. By lap 72 Travis Sauter found his way to 2nd , but something in the right front seemed to fail and he also went to the pits. That left the last 25 laps to a hard charging Tim Sauter and Jeremy Lepak, both gaining on the leader, Chris Weinkauf. All 3 cars slid and jockeyed, and Sauter had a nose under Weinkauf at one time, but Chris fended off the attack, and wins the first big event of the year at Golden Sands Speedway. Sauter was quick to shake Weinkauf's hand after the finish, and Lepak's 3rd was according to plan, except for the 2 who finished ahead of him. Tifft posted 4th and Jankowski's 5th was a minor victory considering the problems he had. Jason Weinkauf passed more cars than anyone, coming from the flat tire, and a last place restart to finish 6th.

Kyle Genett resumed his winning ways by besting the Pure Stock field, careening around five cars ahead of him on the outside on his way to the feature win. Jake Capek's fast time hampered his effort by putting him a little farther back than Genett, and he finished 2nd. Mark Kalata, Jeff Gruber and Dean Ashbacher rounded out the top 5.

Wisconsin Sport Trucks visited, and John Roeser and Jake Boldig were the class of the field, running off to lead most of the day, Boldig with fast time, and Roeser setting a blistering pace that allowed him to win by a full straightaway.

The 2 man Cruisers brought 10 to the party, and Wheelock and Kalata again spanked the rest, as fast timers and feature winners ahead of Ciesielski and Rodriguez. Kuhn and Kuhn posted 3rd.

Next Friday the Element Mobile Late Models return to Golden Sands, with Super Stocks and 4 Cylinder racers as well.
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