Mike Egan Wins Golden Sands Speedway Feature
Weis and Wosick Win First Ever Features
Story By: Brandon Aschenbrenner
Photo By: Jeff Blaser
The third event at Golden Sands Speedway started with a bit of scare from mother nature as rain hit the track around 5. Track officials and drivers helped dry the track and time trials started right on time to treat a packed grandstand to some great racing action. In the Paul Gross Jeweler’s Powder Puff Race #2, it was Kaitlyn Stoszak picking up the victory and moving on to the final on August 14.
In the Super Stock Class, it was Wyatt Brooks (33) taking quick time. In heat race number one, after a few cautions and restarts, Matt Ciesielski (21) found himself in victory lane. Heat two would be won by Brian Weinfurter (24). In the Super Stock Feature it would be Matt Komatz (33) and Matt Ciesielski battling side by side for the first half of the race. I caution came out with 10 to go as Brian Weinfurter spun in turn 4. After that restart, Komatz and Ciesielski were still out front and they started making contact with 6 to go, which caused Komatz to spin on the front stretch in front of the field. That cause heavy damage to Jeff Nowak (79) and Phil Malouf (32) whose car rode up and onto the driver’s side door of Nowak. After that restart, Wyatt Brooks found himself close to the front, and he would pass John Zuch (8) and Brad Scholze (87) who went to the pits with issues. Brooks would win his 2nd feature of the season and also took over the point
lead by 8 over Weinfurter. Finishing 2nd - 5th was John Zuch, Weinfurter, Marv Flick (9) and Jeff Nowak respectfully.
The Late Models started off once again with Brandon Selle (98) grabbing fast time honors, this time by only .001 seconds though over Darren Jackson (2). Three heats found MG Gajewski (22), Brian Back (71) and Braison Bennet (9) all ending up in victory lane. In the B-Feature, the top two drivers would advance to the A-main, and those would be Braison Bennet and Michelle Kreyer (79) in her 2nd race ever. In the Late Model A-main it was Jeremy Lepak (40) jumping out to the early lead. At the half way point though, Mike Egan (44) caught and passed Lepak to move to the top stop. Jim Sauter Jr. (45) would follow Egan through and Sauter would do all he could to make a move on the Egan car. Paige Decker (01) would also throw her hat into the mix, but it would be Mike Egan coming out with the victory. Sauter took 2nd, Decker 3rd, Lepak 4th, and Mark Eswein (71) 5th. In the point standings, the top 5 drivers are all within 6 points with Sauter the current leader
by 1 over Gajewski.
In the Rock 94.7 Pure Stock division, Karl Genett (16K) took fast time. Jeff Gruber (26X) and Chad Weis (0) both took heat wins. In the feature, Karl Genett and Dan Weinfurter (4) made contact while racing hard for position early sending both to the back of the pack early. Fast and furious action on the track soon found Chad Weis in the lead and he was able to start pulling away. With 11 laps remaining, contact between Brandon Knoblock (71) and Curtis Wosick (61) would slow the race. Once the green came back out it would be Genett chasing Weis, but just running out of laps. Weis picked up his first ever feature win, Genett took 2nd, Carter Kauth (97) 3rd, and Danny Weinfurter and Ethan Elgersma (12) rounding out the top 5. Genett holds a 28 point lead over Weinfurter.
In the 4-Cylinder open class, Adam Krzykowski (16) was by far the fastest man in town again. Dakota Aldrich (10), Jay Stone (69) and Adam Krzykowski all snagged heat wins. In the lower feature a lot of excitement took place with 3 and almost 4 wide racing around the track. A scary moment though came with 9 laps to go with Robin Aldrich (110) in her first race made heavy contact with the front stretch water barrels. She was unhurt, but the same cannot be said about her car. After the restart, Mike Dixon tried to work around Keith Wosick (61) but would not be able to make it happen. Wosick would win his first ever feature, Dixon took 2nd, Corey Stephens (3), Tim Finstad (33) and Tim Hintz (8) would conclude the top 5. In the Upper Feature, it would be Adam Krzykowski grabbing the lead from Justin Mondeik (44) early, and he never looked back. George Seliger (06) made some repairs to finish 2nd, Mondeik 3rd, Dale Louze (9) 4th and Jimmer Lietz (93) 5th. A
tight point battle has Krzykowski right now leafing Phil Malouf (32) by 4 points.
In the cruisers it was Gray and Carlson (5.0) leading the whole race until the white flag lap with Kuhn and Mancil (126), in the taxi scheme, caught the lead car in turns 3 and 4. It was to no avail though as Gray and Carlson picked up the checkered flag. Kuhn and Mancil took 2nd and have a 1 point advantage in the standings. After the racing concluded, the great fans were treated to an awesome fireworks display by Spielbauer Fireworks Co.
The next event at Golden Sands Speedway is Friday, July 17th and it is Kids Night! We will have Kids Stock Car Rides and Box Car Races and the Paul Gross Jeweler’s Powder Puff race number 3 and all of our racing divisions back in action. Gates open at 4:30, Qualifying at 6:30 and Racing at 7:45.
Trickle Memorial a Success
Originally scheduled for Memorial Day Monday, the Dick Trickle memorial was rained out and rescheduled for Sunday. A large crowd showed up, after the sun made its presence known, as well as many new drivers and different cars to race on the high banked 1/3 mile.
The Super Late Models were on hand with a special format this year. There was team racing with the teams being drafted in the off season. The teams were set up to feature 5 different legends of racing in the Central Wisconsin area. Team Trickle, Reffner, Back, Somers and Marzofka were the different teams drafted and the team with the lowest point total at the end of the day would get special bonus money. Taking fast time honors was Mike Litchfield (44) from team Somers. In heat racing action, there were 5 heats, set by how the drivers were drafted. In the feature event, Cody Smiley (13) jumped out to the early lead until Braisen Bennet (9) made his way past the 13 car. Corey Jankowski (31) also spent some time in the lead position. Two cautions slowed the race, one for Jeremy Lepak (40) who had a fire ball shoot out of his car after an apparent gas line came loose, but was able to avoid injury. The other caution involved Mark Eswein (71), Dave Neitzke
(06) and a visitor from Las Vegas, Nevada, nephew of Dick Trickle, Chris Trickle (70) who were all on the same team (Reffner). Eswein got under Neitzke in turn 3 and hit the inside curb, sending his car into Neitzke and then Neitzke into Trickle who ended up in the sand off turn 4. All drivers were ok, but done for the day. Dalton Zehr (119) had a very fast car, but had electrical issue all day and had to retire from the race early. That left Frank Kreyer (99, Team Marzofka), Mike Litchfield and Reagan May (33, Team Back) left to battle it out to the end and that is how they finished. Chris Brooks ended up off turn 1 in the sand on the final lap causing the race to finish under caution. Team Marzofka took home the overall team win.
In the Rock 94.7 Pure Stock division, Karl Genett (16K) took fast time. Dan Weinfurter (4) and Brandon Knoblock (71) both took home heat wins. The feature saw Dan Lepinski (83) jump out to the early lead, but Karl Genett quickly worked his way towards the front. Dan Weinfurter took over the top spot from Lepinski and cruised home with the victory. Genett was 2nd and Lepinski took 3rd.
In a new twist this year, the 4-Cylinder class is an open competition set-up. Any car, stock or mod, can come to the speedway and take qualifying laps. After qualifying, the field is set into a lower and upper feature and similar for heat races. Adam Krzykowski was by far the quickest 4-cylinder and took fast time honors. Jay Stone (69), Dale Robinson (2R) and George Seliger (06) all snagged heat wins. In the feature it was Jay Stone getting spun on the opening lap, but the field was reset and the second start saw Stone set sail with no one to catch him. Tyler Raab (16) and Dale Robinson rounded out the top 3 in the lower feature. The Upper Feature saw some great racing with George Seliger out front early. Adam Krzykowski made his way through the field, but he ran out of laps as Seliger grabbed the win, Krzykowski 2nd, and Phil Malouf (32) 3rd.
The next event at Golden Sands Speedway is Friday, June 12th. Gates open at 4:30, Qualifying at 6:30 and Racing at 7:45.
Gates Open 4:30 pm - Time Trials 6:30 pm - Racing at 7:45 pm
Pit Gates Open 10 am – Front Gates 11 am – Time Trials 1:15 pm – Racing 3:00 pm
This is a tentative schedule!!!
Starting May 4th -14th teams may call the office to set up practice times by appointment only. Practice days are Monday – Thursday from 8am – 3pm.
Saturday May 16th – Practice & All Paperwork Due (Driver Cards & Pit Registrations) 11am – 3pm
Monday Memorial Day May 25th – Dick Trickle Memorial Fundraiser (Late Models – Determined by Draft Picks) Pure Stocks and 4Cylinders
Friday June 12th – Golden Sands Speedway’s 20th Anniversary! –Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks, and 4Cylinders
Friday June 26th – FIREWORKS! Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks, and 4Cylinders
Friday July 17th – Kids Night! – Kids Stock Car Rides – Kids Box Car Races – Special Kids Drawings! Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks, and 4Cylinders
Friday July 31st - Fan Appreciation Night – All Fans $5! - Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks, and 4Cylinders
Friday August 14th –20th Anniversary Season Championship - Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks, and 4Cylinders
Monday Labor Day September 7th – TUNDRA Event
TBA – Eve of Devastation – Cruiser Championship