Whitten Back to 1st, Nowack Bests Locals, Mcintee and Burris Both Win
by Mike Barrett
Tanner Whitten again rolled out to the front of the Super Late Model feature race Friday night at Golden Sands Speedway in Plover WI, and again he flat outran competitors. Frank Nitzke sat on the front stretch during a red flag caution at the start of the race and said "I have something good here" after he qualified 3rd. The double file start had Nitzke sliding by fellow Berlin driver Ted Reichenberger early, and running as far forward as 2nd, but he had to give in to advancing racers Colin Reffner and Ryan Hinner by the end of the 50 lap show. Hinner led early and easily kept distance between himself and other cars all race long. Reffner picked up 8 spots after losing fast time to Tim Hintz to post 2nd, Hinner, Nitzke and Reichenberger making the top 5 complete. An extreme crash between Kyle Genett and Chris Brooks in the rear of the pack put a dent in Genett's points lead, he still leads Nitzke by 17.
Brian Weinfurter did all he could to keep Jeff Nowack behind him in the Super Stock feature, but Nowack put his ride in the outside lane on the final lap to edge Weinfurter by inches. Lap after lap Nowack dogged the Weinfurter car, never really getting alongside until it counted. Fast qualifier Matt Raykowski gave wife Kathy a good reason to celebrate; for the 3rd year in a row he posted fast time on her birthday. Unfortunately the Raykowski car could not pick up anything in the race, posting 11th. Behind the Nowack/Weinfurter contest Phil Malouf again was slicing his way through traffic, but he only got as far forward as 3rd. Scott Hamel fended of a lot of action to wind up 4th and Matt Ciesielski managed 5th. The big gainer was Roger Peterson, 8 places better than where he started by race's end.
Pure Stocks only have 20 laps to get it done, and Jeff Mcintee got out quickly and held onto a lead to post a happy win. Cale Marzofka again bested all others for fast time, making it to 2nd before the last flag flew. Brent Weiland tried to hold off Marzofka, finishing 3rd and Mark Kalata and Ben Capek again made in into the top 5. Marzofka's advancement of 9 spots made him the best passer of the night.
4 cylinder cars went 4 wide several times during their event, and it was a 4 wide group of lapped cars that probably kept Mariah Gajewski from her first feature win at Golden Sands. Kevin Burris kept his speed up to gain on Gajewski and took the lead on the final lap after Mariah had to slow to sort her car through the traffic. Gajewski took the lead early and put distance between herself and the field, but Burris careened through the pack and did take the lead for another win. Scott Ciesielski had his usual romp to the front to get to 3rd, Kelly Sankey and Josh Klopotek also made it to the top 5. Burris passed an astounding 15 cars getting to the front.
Garlow & Lockhart pushed a heavily smoking car to the front of the 2 man cruiser show, Weber and Mancl 2nd and the Kealihers 3rd.