Genett, Volm and Sankey double up, Malouf Finds the Feature He Lost
by Mike Barrett
Kyle Genett wins his second Element Mobile Late Model feature race Friday night at Golden Sands Speedway in Plover, WI by leading fast qualifier Colin Reffner through traffic almost the entire 50 lap race. Genett never really pulled away, but Reffner never really pulled alongside, and the pair spent all but the last few laps nose to tail. Mark Mackesy slid past Reffner in the late going to post second. Ted Reichenberger started on pole, with Ryan Hinner outside, Hinner had a lot of trouble keeping inside traffic behind him, and lost seven spots by race end. Reichenberger also had trouble and backed up to tenth. Many racers made gains, including Tim Hintz rushing to eighth from 12th, and Reffner's passing of four cars to third made them both the top gainers.
Phil Malouf showed the same speed he had two weeks ago when he simply motored away from everyone in tonight's Super Stock show. The journeyman racer from Manitowish Waters led points leader Natalie Decker across the stripe and Matt Raykowski fought his way to third. Matt Ciesielski and top qualifier Dan Gilster managed to find their way to fourth and fifth. Matt Komatz and Dakota Blakeslee picked up six spots each, more than anyone else in their feature.
Travis Volm put on a show and a half tonight, blazing his way from twelfth to first, out-performing every other ride in the Pure Stock race. Jake Capek looked up to the challenge, but a late race incident that took him nearly off track on the front straight backed him up, and he recovered nicely to post second. Jeffrey Mcintee, third place was exciting to watch, and Mark Kalata and Ben Capek were mid-pack thrillers as well.Fastest qualifier Cale Marzofka never got a chance to challenge, traffic playing a big part again in his finish. Marzofka finished sixth, picking up more spots than anybody else except Volm and Jake Capek, who picked up the same five spots as Cale.
Kelley Sankey put a smoking 4 cylinder racer in victory lane, telling the crowd the car is "all done" as he drove it in high gear to save the engine that obviously let go halfway through the race in a hazy cloud. Kelly took his car past seven others, Scott Ciesielski passed eight for second, Mariah Gajewski stuck to third, and Keven Burris passed a dozen cars to finish fourth. Fifth for Nikki Coulthurst looked good for her. Burris was the fast qualifier.
The familiar orange 01 of Kampert and Kampert sped to first in the cruiser event, Wheelock and Kalata second, and Kealiher and Kealiher third.
All of tonight's races went very well, with limited cautions, and great racing. Fireworks finishing the night made the summer temps even more fun to be out and about.