Hinner, Genett, Mangen, McKeever Run Away With Wins
by Mike Barrett
Racing looked easy for the guys who ended up winning at Golden Sands Friday night. Starting at or near the front, every driver in four classes ran off and won by straightaways while furious racing action took place way behind them.
Ryan Hinner took a terrible qualifying run and made everyone else look slow as he cruised out front for an easy one in the Super Stock class. His team struggled with handling early, but was adjusted to some good speed in the feature. Most recent feature winner Brian Weinfurter started 8th, and managed to work ahead of everyone but Hinner. Dean Zakrzewski and Matt Raykowski raced side by side many laps, watching Hinner fade off in the distance. They finished 3rd and 4th, while John Zuch posted 5th. Zakrzewski had fast time.
Pure stocks threw 20 cars on track for their main show, and the first few laps had the normal intense jockeying for position until the field was slowed for debris on lap 8. Lap 15 was eventful, as Mark Kalata and Brent Weiland both suffered flat tires, possibly from contact with each other. While those two exited, Kyle Genett bolted to a lead, and drove off to a multi-car length victory. The rest of the pack was nearly 3 wide more than once, and Mike Kasperek barely held off Jake and Ben Capek for 2nd. Cale Marzofka came from his starting spot of 8th after getting fast time to finish 5th.
4 Cylinder Stock racers also put 20 cars on track, and Joachim Mangen made the most of a front row start, streaking away from John Engebretsen early, leaving Engebretsen to lose spot after spot to fast-timer Kevin Burris, Kelley Sankey, Jim Moser and Josh Klopotek, who all made it through a tough pack to the top 5.
The Mod class of 4 Cylinder cars had a green flag feature, 13 of them starting, and 12 of them way behind Austin McKeever by the end. Adam Eckes and Phil Malouf raced side by side several laps, Malouf inching ahead for 2nd, and then Eckes suffering engine failure on the final lap in a flurry of smoke. Dale Louze backed up his recent win with 3rd, and Dale Robinson and Scott Scholze ran their usual top 5s; 4th and 5th, respectively. Eckes and his fast time were a bright spot for him before the night ended in smoke.
Cruisers raced a single 10 lap 9 car event, and Kuhn and Kuhn stayed ahead of a charging Ciesielski and Ciesielski to win a close one. A little farther back was the Wheelock and Kalata car, coming in 3rd after an early race spin.