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Ciesielskis Race Through Trouble and Rozek Steals One at Motorcycle Mania

by Mike Barrett
Like the name says, Motorcycle Mania began Friday night at Golden Sands Speedway in Plover. The bikers raced thrillingly as Craig Lewis executed a last lap pass in the heat and a wire to wire win in the feature to protect Wisconsin honor versus a North Dakota ace named Dan Jacobsen, who posted the fasted time in qualifying. Local favorite Steve Kasten stopped us all in our tracks when he plunged into the barrels on the front straight, but pulled himself upright, checked out the bike and finished 2nd in the main in a comeback worthy of the night's name. 
The 4 Cylinder stock class enjoyed the premier spot next to the bikes, and raced a longer 20 lap show full of green flag competitive laps. Steve Rozek visited for the 2nd time, and pulled away from the group, leaving Joachim Mangen and the rest of the field racing for 2nd. Kevin Burris posted quickest time and got up to 3rd. Corey Stephens and John Engebretsen completed the top 5.
The usual group of retro vintage racers also stopped by, a varied clutch of cool cars with some real speed shown by some. Darrel Bassuener shadowed Gary Mitidiero all night and the rest showed some fine machinery in racing trim at various speeds.
The Ciesielski brothers Scott and Matt race their cruiser now since Tyler Rodriguez was recently injured in a traffic accident, and still show up toward the front. They angled past the Kuhns on their way to a win while points leaders Wheelock and Kalata suffered from contact that put them out of tonight's race. The McKeevers made it a full family affair in the top 3.
The motorcycle theme continues this weekend with more action all day starting at 11 AM Saturday, including a return of the expert trail riding Smage Brothers, and a bunch of 2 wheeled vendors and hobbyists coming for the Show and Shine. Full race results are at www.gssraces.com.

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