Awesome Support Shown For Albert Getzloff Memorial
Story By: Brandon Aschenbrenner
Golden Sands Speedway honored a great man on Friday night with the inaugural Albert Getzloff Memorial. Albert sold tires pretty much at every single track in Central Wisconsin and was always the source of humor and energy in the pit area. We lost our dear friend in early June of 2016. The CWRA Super Late Models made their first trip of the season to Golden Sands to honor Albert and their results will be available on their website/Facebook page.
In Super Stock Action, Greg Back (6) retained his title as the fastest qualifier. In the first heat race, some crazy racing action took place with Lucas Betro (1), Jeremy Schuelke (15) and Rick Beyer (18). Betro would retire from the heat early and Schuelke and Beyer would fight through the rest of the event, but Andy Casavant (117) picked up the heat win. In heat two, some really close racing action would end with Gregg Matthews (8) picking up where he left off last race, in victory lane. The feature was another great close race. Brian Weinfurter (24) was able to make it to the lead only five laps into the race. Weinfurter did what he could to set the sail and cruise to a win. However, with three laps left, lap traffic almost wrecked the leader of Weinfurter. That allowed Back to sneak to the inside and steal the lead away. Back would continue on and cross the line first, but would later fail post-race inspection. Weinfurter, who crossed second, would then be awarded the win. Brad Scholze (87), Casavant, Matt Komatz (33) and Schuelke finished top five. Travis Volm (76), Matthews and Betro would all be forced to retire with mechanical issues and did not finish the feature.
In the Pure Stocks, Mark Kalata (75X) took fast time for the second race in a row. One heat would find Louie Merriam (17) in victory lane after 3 and even 4 wide racing took place. In the feature, the pure stocks put on a show, once again, and great close racing took place. With three laps to go, contact between Hunter Cramer (66) and Brandon Knoblock (71) caused Knoblock to spin and then collected Cramer and the contact caused Cramer’s axle to break and would retire him from the event. A three lap shootout would find Merriam holding off Kalata in a very close battle. Mitch Stankowski (19) took a third place finish with Ron Grabarski (13) and Knoblock picking up top five finishes.
In Four-Cylinder Stock racing, Brett Breitenfeldt (7) got quick time for his second race in a row. The heat races would be conquered by first time racers at GSS, Paul Finch (3) and Tom Ensinger Jr (33). The fifteen car feature would start with more wild and crazy racing with three and four and at one point a few seconds of five wide racing. Another visitor for the first time this year, Dan Rozek (77) would take an early lead and set the pace for the entire time. Garret Strachota (77) battled with Finch most of the race and picked up second place. Finch, Breitenfeldt and Brandon Polansky (287) rounded out the top five.
The Four-Cylinder Outlaw class saw George Seliger (06) pick up fast time for his first time on the season. Scott Ciesielski (21) grabbed the heat win. The feature started with three wide racing at the green flag and contact between Keith Wosick (61) and Barry Tolliver (112) causing them to lose ground and also hurting Ciesielski’s momentum. That allowed Tim Hintz (1), Seliger and Ian Arneson (14) to check away from everyone else. Hintz would hold off all challengers and pick up the win with Seliger settling for second. Ciesielski made it back to third topping Arneson and Tolliver and Wosick finished out the field.
The next event at Golden Sands Speedway is Friday, July 7th. It’s Salute to Troops night featuring Guns N’ Hoses racing where local firefighters will race against local law enforcement to raise money for military veterans. Free admission for all active service members and veterans with military ID. All of our weekly divisions will be in action along with the Central Wisconsin Steel Frame Challenge Series Pure Stocks. Gates Open at 5, Time Trials at 6:30 and Racing at 7:45. Follow along on Facebook and/or www.gssrace.com.
First Time Winners Capture Headlines
Story by: Brandon Aschenbrenner
June 9th at Golden Sands Speedway could have been called First Time Winner night. Greg Matthews, Wyatt Brooks, Mitch Stankowski and Brett Breitenfeldt all won their first features at Golden Sands Speedway.
In Super Stock action, Greg Back (6) took fast time after getting a transponder to read correctly. In the heat race, Greg Matthews (8) took the win. In the feature, Lucas Betro (1) and Brad Scholze (87) both took turns leading some laps until Matthews was able to take it away. Back was closing in on the lead, but with five laps to go, the engine expired on his car. That would allow Matthews to hold on for his first feature win. Travis Volm (76) took second with John Zuch (8), Scholze and Matt Komatz (33) finishing top five.
The Back 40 Wraps Super Late Models had Mark Eswein (71) capture fast time. Steve Lichtfeld (32), Colin Reffner (87) and Ernie Schlough (7-11) all took heat wins. The third heat is where contact between Mike Olson (64) and Darren Jackson (2) at the start of the race caused a lot of damage and Olson would not be able to complete the night. In the feature, Reffner was able to lead early and ran away from the field. Caution came out when contact between Mike Lichtfeld (44), Darren Jackson and Rene Scheinoha (5) would all be involved. On that restart, more damage was done when Jerry Brickner (9) and Frank Nitzke (18) touched and Eugene Gregorich III (14), Haley Kapp (32) and Tyler Radovich (13) all got collected and would not be able to continue. After two green laps were run, another caution flew when Schlough spun after contact with Jake Capek (81). Wyatt Brooks (25) began to challenge Reffner when the green went back out and Brooks took the lead. Brooks’ teammate Jordan Theil (2) would then challenge for the top spot as well. On the white flag lap, Mike Lichtfeld was able to steal second when Theil slipped high out of turn two. It would however finish with Brooks who picked up his first Super Late Model feature win. Lichtfeld and Theil took second and third, with Eswein and Nitzke rounding out the top five.
The Pure Stocks would be paced by Mark Kalata (75x) who took quick time. Mitch Stankowski (19) took the win in the heat race. The feature would see the same as the heat with Stankowski picking up the feature win, his first at Golden Sands Speedway. Kalata took second, Louie Merriam (17) third, Brandon Knoblock (71) fourth and Hunter Cramer (66) fifth.
The Modified Four-Cylinder class saw Scott Ciesielski (21) take fast time. Ian Arneson (14) snagged the win in the heat. In the feature, Arneson used the outside to make a three-wide pass to get to the lead and he would hold off Ciesielski and grab the win. George Seliger (06), Charlie Nickel (12) and Josh Klopotek (181) rounded out the field.
The Stock Four-Cylinder class found Brett Breitenfeldt (14) fastest in qualifying. Brandon Polansky (287) made it to victory lane in the heat race. In the feature event. Breitenfeldt was able to get away from the pack early and looked to have it easy, but lap traffic allowed Shawn Kemnetz (24) to close up to his bumper. Breitenfeldt was able to hold him off by going three wide around the lap cars and picked up the feature win. Kemnetz held onto second, Polansky third, and two ladies, Nikki Coulthurst (17) and Amanda Rowe (14) finished fourth and fifth.
The Two-man Cruiser division was back in action as well and usual suspects Kuhn and Mancil (126) won the race with Ciesielski and Ciesielski (73) taking second.
The next event at Golden Sands Speedway is Friday, June 23rd. It’s CWRA Super Late Models night and fireworks!!!
Trickle Memorial Dodges Mother Nature
Story By: Brandon Aschenbrenner
A Memorial Day tradition continued in 2017 with the Dick Trickle Memorial race at Golden Sands Speedway. Twenty-five Super Late Model drivers were drafted into teams of five. The five teams were named for and captained by Central Wisconsin Racing Legends; Team Trickle, Team Back, Team Marzofka, Team Reffner and Team Sommers. Team captains were family members of those legends except for Team Trickle, which was captained by Father Dale Grubba and John Alft.
In Super Late Model Qualifying, Ty Majeski (91) turned the quickest lap at 12.043. Rain showers forced the heat races to be skipped. In the feature event, a sixteen car invert would set Wyatt Brooks (25) and Darren Jackson (2) on the front row. Brooks was able to get out to the early lead until the first caution flew for Jerry Ziemiecki (J3) who spun in turn one. Five laps after some green flag racing the second yellow would be caused by contact with Jake Capek (81) and Jordan Theil (2). Brooks would continue to lead until yet another caution would fly, twenty-one laps in, this one involving Derek Kraus (9) and Mark Mackesy (12). After the restart, Eugene Gregorich Jr. (14) now made his was to second. Gregorich challenged Brooks for the lead and was able to complete the pass with a little help from lapped traffic with sixty-nine laps left. Gregorich tried to pull away but Majeski worked his way to and past Brooks to take 2nd. Mackesy spun a few laps later in turn 2 and collected Kirby Kurth (85) ending both of their days. After the restart, Gregorich and Majeski went back and forth swapping the lead in some of the most exciting racing of the day. Majeski would reign supreme and take the lead for good at the half way mark. One more caution flew with nineteen laps left for Mike Olson (64) who had issues and stalled on the front stretch. Majeski held on for the win over Gregorich who ran out of gas just before the red/checkered flag finish because of rain with six laps unraced. Officially, Gregorich would be scored as the last car on the lead lap. Majeski won and Mike Lichtfeld (44) picked up a decent second place finish. Frank Nitzke (18) picked up a strong third place finish, with Dalton Zehr (7-11) and Steve Lichtfeld (32) picking up top fives. Brooks, Kraus, Collin Reffner (87) and Gregorich were the lead lap finishers.
The final team scores were calculated by drivers drafted in the same round being paired together. The highest finishing driver in the round got one point and the lowest finishing driver got five points. The lowest team overall in points would win. After qualifying, Team Sommers had a small lead. Without heat races, the feature would be of vital importance. With three drivers in the top five, Team Trickle ended up picking up the overall win with 18 points. Team Back ended with 19 points and Team Somers had 20 points. Teams Marzofka and Reffner ended with 33 and 35 points respectfully.
Making their annual visit to GSS was the Wisconsin Sport Trucks. Drew Habeck (21) qualified the quickest. The heat also got rained out, so the feature would decide this year’s bragging rights. The Habeck’s made a stong showing with three finishing in the top five. Drew took the win with Blaine (20) taking second. Jordan Fisher (9) came back from an overly exciting trip through the sand to finish in third. Keith Habeck (19) and Mark Sokolic (29) took fourth and fifth.
The Upper Midwest Vintage Racing Series also made their return to Golden Sands Speedway with Darrell Paasch (7) picking up the feature win over Bernie Fritz (33) who slipped out of turn 2 on the white flag lap allowing Paasch to make the move to the outside. Full results follow and the next race for the UMVRS is June 10 at Dells Raceway Park. 1) Darrell Paasch #7; 2)Bernie Fritz 33; 3)Roger Peterson 91; 4) John Gilbertson 88; 5)Dave Gawronski 10; 6)Chuck Adams Ono; 7)Ray Burrows 22; 8)Darrel Bassusner 91; 9)Ralph Cottone 4; 10) Charlie Schwock 29; 11)Ron Demers Jr. 19; 12)Jim Olson 53; 13)Bryan Webb 36; 14)Paul Dolphy 99.
Also in attendance were the Midwest Truck Series with near record attendance. Ty Majeski (1) hopped into an empty seat and drove to victory. Their race recap and results can be found on their website/Facebook page.
The next event at Golden Sands Speedway is Friday, June 9th. It’s School’s Out night and all of our weekly divisions will be in action. Follow along on Facebook and/or www.gssrace.com.
Inaugural Thaw Race Leaves Fans Smiling
By: Brandon Aschenbrenner
New ownership took over Golden Sands Speedway for the 2017 season, and the Smiley family wanted to kick winter, and a wild and crazy Yeti, to the curb with an early spring race. The inaugural Thaw race left fans smiling in the stands and drivers happy to get the cob webs shaken off of the race cars. Beautiful weather brought the droves of fans to the stands and some great racing took place on the speedway in all divisions.
Leading off the afternoon was the Super Stock/Sportsman class. Rule changes have made things easier for different classes that are normally run at other tracks to participate together. Dave Trute (2), a touring champion last season, returned to Golden Sands and took fast time honors. The first heat would find Tim Schultz (5), a Michigan native, make his way to victory lane. In the second heat race, Greg Back (6), a very strong weekly championship contender last season, stretched his muscle and made it to victory lane. Trute and Back went back and forth on social media leading up to this event, and it would come down to the feature to see who would take home the win in the Spring Fever 40.
The feature was a hard fought battle for the lead between Tim Schultz and local Brad Scholze (87) for the first few laps, and then Scott Luck (12), a normal Dells Raceway Park driver, made his way to the outside of Schultz and raced side by side until the very end. Schultz held the inside line with success until Luck made a strong push and got a nose ahead of Schultz at the line as the white flag flew. Schultz then spun in turn 1 bringing out a caution and creating a yellow/checkered situation, which would hand the win to Scott Luck. John Zuch (8) was given the 2nd position after spinning to avoid the Schultz car. Greg Back kept Dave Trute behind him and took 3rd and 4th respectfully with Jason Stark taking a top 5 finish home to Sparta.
The Late Models packed 31 cars from 5 different states into the pit area to attempt to make the 20 car starting field. The top 16 would make the field on time with 4 moving up from the Frost 30 lap event. Jim Sauter Jr. (20) driving for car owner Marion Cole, took fast time tripping the transponder at 12.186. The top 16 in time then ran odd/even races to determine the starting positions for the 100 lap Thaw main event. Jerry Brickner (9) was able to fend off the rest of the field in the odd race for the rookie’s first win in a super late model. Mike Lichtfeld (44) dominated the even race to claim the 2nd starting position for the main even after starting near the back. In the Frost 30, the top 4 drivers would advance to the feature. Eagle River’s Natalie Decker (04) was able to make her way to the front after 9 laps and a few minor cautions and took home the win and a 17th place start in the main event. Wyatt Brooks (25), Austin Nason (14) and Eugene Gregorich Jr. (14) rounded out the top 4 to advance.
The Thaw started with Jerry Brickner and Mike Lichtfeld on the front row and Lichtfeld wasted no time getting to the lead and began to pull away from the field. Lichtfeld caught the back of the pack to start lapping cars within 13 laps and Natalie Decker spun 2 laps later to bring out the first caution after going a lap down. A long green flag run followed with Lichtfeld continue to annihilate the field. With 33 laps remaining, the 20 car of Jim Sauter Jr spun off of turn 4. After the restart, contact between MG Gajewski (22) and Gregg Pawelski (42) sending the 42 car spinning. Lichtfeld continued to lead and get great restarts including after another yellow with Jerry Brickner spinning in turn 2 collecting Rich Schumann (54) and 2nd place qualifier Travis Dassow (35). A final restart felt like a rerun as Mike Lichtfeld never looked back or gave up the lead taking home the Thaw 100 Yeti trophy. Casey Johnson (5) had his car come to life late in the race and he managed to pull out a 2nd place finish while Stratford, WI’s Derek Kraus (9) took 3rd place. Veterans Mark Eswein (71) and Jeremy Lepak (40) finished out the top 5 spots. Eugene Gregorich Jr made his way up to 4th before slowing with 5 laps remaining after running out of fuel.
In the Pure Stocks, Karl Genett (16K) took quick time by almost beating the track record. Mark Kalata (75x) was back to the race track and he picked up the win in the heat race. During the Spring Thunder 25, Kalata had the early lead, but Karl Genett was able to work past his brother Kyle (OneSixX) and Kalata to capture a win in a dominating performance. Kalata would hold on for 2nd, Kyle Genett 3rd, Louie Merriam (17) 4th and Brandon Knoblock (71) 5th.
The 4-Cylindar Outlaw and Stock cars were run together, and it would Ian Arneson (14), last year’s track champion, picking up fast time. Charlie Nickel (12), the Chili, WI driver took care of business running away with a win in heat 1. Tim Hintz, the 2nd place qualifier, took home the win in heat 2. The feature, the Frostbite 25, saw Charlie Nickel start up front and he ran away from everyone until just after half way when the car appear to start losing speed. Tim Hintz, the past local Late Model and Super Stock champion, made his way past Nickel. A spin by Dave Auringer (3) would cause a caution with 5 laps left. Nickel was able to stay close to Hintz on the restart, but could not make a pass on him as Tim Hintz took the checkered flag. Nickel, Brandon DeLacy (119), Scott Ciesielski (21) and Ian Arneson took top 5 finishes.
The next event at Golden Sands Speedway is Friday, May 5th. It’s the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Golden Sands Speedway and the Grand Re-Opening of the stock car racing season. All of our weekly divisions will be in action.