By Brandon Aschenbrenner
Another beautiful night of racing at Golden Sands Speedway took place on Friday and fans filled the seats to watch some wonderful racing action and also a spectacular fireworks show by Spielbauer and Skypainter Fireworks.
Dakotah Meyer picked up the win in the Paul Gross Jewelers Powder Puff Challenge race and Robert Oium won the Burnout contest. The two-man cruisers were also back for a night and Ciesielski and Hill took the win in their 73 car.
For the Super Stock Division, it was Greg Back (6) taking fast time honors for the 2nd week in a row. In the feature, it would be Matt Komatz (33) leading early. John Zuch (8), the Baraboo native, would make his way around Komatz and start to pull away with 12 laps to go. Brian Weinfurter (24), last weeks feature winner and point leader, tried to run down Zuch in the final laps and got to the bumper, but could not execute a pass and Zuch would go on to pick up the feature victory. Weinfurter took 2nd, Back 3rd, Greg Matthews (8) 4th and Matt Ciesielski (21) 5th. In the Points, Weinfurter has a 4 point edge on Zuch with Back 5 points out of the lead.
In the Late Model division, Ryan Hinner (23) took fast time. In 3 heat races, Darren Jackson (2), Jake Capek (81) and Wyatt Blashe (78) would all find their way to victory lane. In the feature, Frank Nitzke (18) would make the move early to take the top spot, but a yellow would fly when Shane Smiley (15) had some issues that would make the car stop on the race track. Back to green found Nitzke and Eugene Gregorich Jr. (14) battling for 1st. Gregorich would prevail and set sail. With 23 laps to go, Dalton Zehr (7-11), last week’s feature winner, made his way past Mark Eswein (71) for the second spot and would start to run down Gregorich, but appeared like it would be a lost cause until a caution came out with 2 laps left when Reagan May (33) spun out in turn 2. On the single file restart, Gregorich held the bottom lane and was able to fend of Zehr to pick up the feature win. Zehr held onto 2nd, Steve Litchfield (32) ended up with a very solid 3rd place finish, Eswein 4th and Jordan Theil (2) 5th. In the standings, Zehr has a big 23 point lead on Gregorich.
The Pure Stocks graced the race track with some close hard racing once again and the fastest in qualifying for the 2nd week in a row was Brock Heinrich (52). In two heats, it would be Louie Merriam (17), who took the lead with 2 to go, and Chad Weis (0) the race fan sponsored car making their way to victory circle. In the feature, Mike Weinfurter (4) took the early lead and lead for 7 laps until Hunter Cramer (66) worked his way to the inside and took it away. Cramer and Merriam raced hard in the top two spots until the very fast Travis Volm (76) car made his way to the inside of Cramer and completed a 3 wide pass for the lead with 3 to go. Volm would hang on then for the win with Cramer, Weis, Merriam and Carter Kauth (97) rounding out the top 5. In the point standings, Volm has a very large 33 point lead over Merriam.
In the open 4-cylinder division, Ian Arneson (14) once again took quick time. In the heat races, Jarrod Dolph (13), Jerad DeBoer (2) and Arneson all picked up wins. In the Lower Feature, once the race got started, it would be Garret Strachota (77) working his way past Jarrod Dolph and cruising to his first ever feature win. Karley Kemnetz (18) and Dolph ended with car issues and were not able to finish the race. Taking 2nd to Strachota was Randy “Papa” Polansky (7) with Chris Boykins (12) 3rd, Matt VanPeterson (17) 4th and Josh Klopotek (181) 5th.
In the Upper Feature, Dale Robinson (2) started on pole and lead early. Greg Blount (22) worked his way up to the lead with 11 laps remaining. With 8 laps left, the sparks that were coming out of the Keith Wosick (61) car showed to be an issue with the right rear as his tire came off of the car in turns 1 and 2 and caused a caution. Back to green created the 3 fastest cars to appear in the front of the field once again. This week, George Seliger (06) was the one to be out front and he was able to hold on and pick up the win. Ian Arneson took home a 2nd place for the 2nd week in a row and Scott Ciesielski (21), last week’s winner, took 3rd. The rest of the top 5 in respective order was Dale Louze (9) and Greg Blount. In the point standings, there is a 3 way tie for the lead between Seliger, Arneson and Ciesielski.
Racing continues at Golden Sands Speedway on Friday July 8th and it is Fan Appreciation Night with ALL Fans getting in for $5! Also, it’s Fey Printing Paper Airplane Contest night. Gates open at 4:30, Time Trials at 6:30 and Racing at 7:45. Make sure to check us out on Facebook and our website at www.gssraces.com for the most up to date information.