Two Sweeps and Sauter Finally Wins One at Plover

by Mike Barrett

Tim Sauter's Season Championship at Golden Sands Speedway last year came with no wins. He changed that immediately this season with an opening charge that put him in victory lane Friday night at Plover's premier track. Sauter started fifth and arced through traffic until his only seeming competition was Mark Eswein. More laps may have suited Mark, but Sauter held him off and picked up his first win at the third mile track in the last two seasons. Kyle Genett started on pole and held off some major talent to finish third. Another face in the crowd was newcomer Tanner Whiteen of Conserville, IL. He started third and looked solid early, finishing tenth to some of the fast traffic in the later laps. The Kreyer supported driver sought me out at a local one stop, and said he had a lot of fun in his first visit and looks forward to his next race here. Behind Genett in the order was fast qualifier Jeremy Lepak, then Colin Reffner, who qualified second. 
Super Stock drivers were well represented; 16 of them taking the green. Fast timer Dean Zakrzewski waited until, according to him "they all got done wrecking each other" and passed nine others to take the win at the end of a clean sweep of top time, heat and feature win. Patience served him well tonight, as it did for Claire Decker, who started 11th and ran 3rd at the end. Phil Malouf debuted a #32 blue Super Stock, succumbing to Zakrzewski at the end. Kyle Davis ran well, rounding out the top 5.
Pure Stocks came from near and far, Ben Capek looking very fast winning the heat and the feature, and qualifying fourth. Capek also learned the patience rule well tonight, as he needed a cautionary restart to keep from jumping alongside Dean Ashbacher  with about eighteen laps to go. Mark Kalata posted fast time, and seemed to be gaining on Capek when the checkered flag flew. Third was Ashbacher, Travis Volm and Cale Marzofka fourth and fifth.
Kevin Burris was the other "sweeper" tonight, simply pouncing on the field and running off with all the goodies. The four cylinder racer took about half the race to bolt to the front of the feature, and the fast time and heat wins seemed almost like formalities. The race for second was much tighter, Scott Ciesielski edging Lucas Betro. Johnathon Engebretson and Corey Stephens also made it to the top five.
The first race night this year at Golden Sands was full of the usual jittery starts, a nice lack of cautions, and even had some rain during the breezy night to keep us all on our toes. Racing was very close, and the next night on May 18th will be Bud Light Vintage Night! Wear Any GSS Apparel and Get $2 Off Your Admissions Ticket!  Prizes for the most vintage memorabilia! ~ Len Dudas Fast Cash Contest - Cruisers (SLM, SS, PS, 4CS).
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