By Brandon Aschenbrenner
Special to the City Times
Golden Sands Speedway held the Guns N’ Hoses and Salute to Troops event on Friday night. All military, past and present, were granted free admission and special races were held pitting Portage County Sherriff, Stevens Point Fire, Stevens Point Police and Plover Police Departments against each other in the Guns N’ Hoses races. Art Dahms and Duston Holton, both with Stevens Point fire, would win their heat races. Dustin Kitzman and Craig Loiselle of Portage County Sherriff Department won their heats. So the deciding factor came down to the Chief’s race and Portage County Sherriff Mike Lukas took the win and handed the overall win to the law enforcement team. Also on the night, bikes were given away to kids thanks to donations from the racing teams.
In Super Stock Action, Greg Back (6) took fast time once again and got to wish his son a happy birthday. In heat racing, Greg Matthews (8) passed Jeremy Schuelke (15) on the final turn to take the win as Schuelke in turn got too far off the race track and struck the water barrels in front of the front stretch wall. Rachael Kallas (70) was able to fend off Brian Weinfurter (24) to win heat two. In the feature, eight laps in would see the first caution. Schuelke got sideways out of turn two and collected Rob Grabarski (04). More green flag laps would count until with twelve laps left contact between Brad Scholze (87) and Back caused the Back car to spin in front of the field. The restart would see Travis Volm (76) get a great start and he would go on to pick up the feature victory. Kallas had a strong run finishing second. Matthews, Weinfurter and Back would round out the top 5. Volm took over the point lead now from Matthews as well.
In the Super Late Models, Mike Lichtfeld (44) got quick time. Frank Nitzke (18) and Jordan Thiel (2) got heat wins. In an action packed feature, Steve Lichtfeld (32) was able to capture the lead five laps into the race. After twenty green flag laps, a spin after contact between Darren Jackson (2) and Wyatt Brooks (33) would slow things down. Back to green for fifteen more laps, until Chad Devine (54) spun in turn four. On the restart the racing started to pick up some more. Ernie Schlough (7-11), Mark Eswein (71) and Steve Lichtfeld would all race hard for the top three spots, however, their racing would cause Schlough and Eswein to fall back in the closing laps. Steve Lichtfeld would carry on up front and he would pick up his first ever Super Late Model feature. Jerry Brickner (9) ended up with a very strong second place run. Mike Lichtfeld motored up to third. Eswein and Schlough would take top fives. Mike Lichtfeld was able to gain some more points in the standings as the leader at this time.
In the Pure Stocks, joined tonight with the Central Wisconsin Steel Frame Challenge Series, saw Mitch Stankowski (19) take fast time. Two hard fought heats would find Butchie Schramm (25) and Mark Kalata (75x) in victory lane. In the feature, the start would be halted when Alex Volm (13) and Becky Grabarski (13) made contact in turn one spinning Grabarski in front of the field. Everyone would avoid the spinning car and back to green would see Karl Genett (16K) take to the outside and work his way to the early lead. With only seven laps remaining, contact between Brandon Knoblock (71) and Schramm would cause Knoblock to spin. Attempting to restart would be hindered by water from Kurtis Wosick’s (61) car and he would be black-flagged. Back to racing and Karl Genett left no doubt as he had a large lead and picked up his second feature in the three CWSFCS races that have been raced so far. Dillon Mackesy (93), Louie Merriam (17), Stankowski and Travis Volm (76) took top five finishes. Stankowski maintains the point lead on the season.
In Four-Cylinder Stock racing, Shawn Kemnetz (24) got quick time for his first time this season. The feature would see some real close racing with the top four of Isiah Rowe (96), Brandon Polansky (287), Brett Breitenfeldt (7) and Kemnetz. In the end however, Rowe would go on to pick up his first ever feature win. Polansky, Breitenfeldt and Kemnetz would take top fours. Kemnetz had a partial issue on the car losing power with a few laps left in the race, but then got it fixed until the last turn of the last lap when he slowed down again. Kyle Check (33) would hold on to round out the top five.
The Four-Cylinder Outlaw class saw Ian Arneson (14) pick up fast time. George Seliger (06) lead most of the feature until with three laps to go, contact with Scott Ciesielski (21) and Seliger would spin Seliger around in turn four and collect Arneson and end his night. Back to racing would next find an issue on Keith Wosick’s (61) car as he lost his right front tire. The race would end on that note with Ciesielski, Seliger and Keith Kemnetz (37) the last cars under power. Ciesielski should move into the point lead.
The INEX Legend cars joined us as well for their first time at GSS. Brady Rhode (4) took fast time. Ryan Weyer (12) and Max McNamara (41) snagged heat wins. Riley Stenjen (77) was able to lead most of the race and pocket a rather easy victory over McNamara. Weyer, Frank Beutel (74) and Mark Ritger (1) finished out the top five.
In two man cruiser action Tyler Kalata and Mike Helbach (02) took the win in an exciting race. Walter Mancil and Joey Kuhn (126) took second and Mark and Scott Ciesielski (73) took third.
The next event at Golden Sands Speedway is Friday, July 14th it is the Wisconsin Challenge Series Super Late Models and all our normal divisions in action. Gates Open at 5, Time Trials at 6:30 and Racing at 7:45. Follow along on Facebook and/or www.gssraces.com.