Point Battles Shape Up for Season Championships
By Brandon Aschenbrenner
Special to the City Times
WISCONSIN RAPIDS — Friday kicked off three straight weeks of events at Golden Sands Speedway.
This race, Ladies’ Night, provided shirts to all ladies entering the gate thanks to Jolly Good. Brooks and Thiel Motorsports also helped out by handing out the shirts and some additional prize give aways for the ladies. It was also the second to last night for the season point championship.
In Super Stock action, Greg Back (6) took fast time once again. In the heat races, Mark Bubloni (24) and Greg Matthews (8) took wins. In the feature, Mark and Mike Bubloni (14) brought the field to green. Mark was able to lead and fend off Jeremy Schuelke (15) for the early laps. Schuelke fell behind after that and John Zuch (8) took over the lead. With nine laps to go, caution flew when Matt Komatz (33) spun out in turn four. On the start, Zuch and Brian Weinfurter (24) were set to fight for the win. But contact between those two caused a pile up in turn four and collected Matthews.
Matthews stopped to avoid the wreck, so he would end up not losing his position. Another restart then another caution one lap later when Schuelke and Rick Beyer (18) spun on the backstretch. On the final restart with five laps to go Back was able to muscle away the lead and he would pick up the victory. Matthews would hold onto second with Brad Scholze (87) picking up third and Travis Volm (76) fourth. In the standings, Volm came into the night with a 40 point lead and will take a 30 point edge into championship night next week over Matthews.
In the Back 40 Wraps Super Late Models, Darren Jackson (2) took fast time honors for his first time. In two heat races, Ted Reichenberger (20) and Jordan Thiel (2) made it to victory lane. In the feature, Steve Lichtfeld (32), fresh off repairs from a bad wreck in the Tundra race, led the first few laps. Justin Mondeik (44) stole the spot away. Mondeik lead until Thiel was able to catch and pass Mondeik. Thiel would set sail and run away from the pack. Dalton Zehr (7-11) was on the way towards the front and made it to second with thirteen laps remaining, but would run out of time as Thiel would go on and pick up his first ever super late model feature win. Zehr took second with Mike Olson (64), Wyatt Brooks (25) and Mark Eswein (71) rounding out the top five. Mike Lichtfeld (44) came in the point leader by 11 and now only leads by two points over Eswein. Thiel jumped to third in points now, 21 out of first
In the Pure Stocks Mitch Stankowski (19) took quick time again. Stankowski also got the heat win. In the feature, after a wild and crazy start, which is becoming commonplace, Kurtis Wosick (61) came away with the lead. With fifteen laps remaining, Stankowski made the move on Wosick and brought Louie Merriam (17) and Mark Kalata (75x) along with him. Stankowski held off Merriam, who had to make repairs after practice and Stankowski took the checkered flag. Merriam held onto second with Kalata taking third. Wosick and Hunter Cramer (66) took top fives. In the points, Stankowski leads Kalata by 15 and Merriam by 17. Stankowski also donated the night’s winnings to the Jeff Wohlrabe Memorial fund.
In Four-cylinder Stocks visitor Steve Rozek (3r) took quick time. More visitors, Paul Finch (3) and Abe Bires (1) picked up heat wins. In the feature, three and four wide racing took place again with Bires being the beneficiary as he was able to get to the lead and but a ton of room between himself and the field. Bires was able to go on and win with Dan Rozek (77), Chris Tolliver (112), Brandon Polansky (287) and Kaleb Hurless (13) finishing out the top five. Brett Breitenfeldt (7) holds a slim one point lead on Polansky. Outlaw four-cylinders saw Ian Arneson (14) get fast time. Ron Coppernoll (72) took the heat win and Arneson grabbed the feature win. Keith Kemnetz (37) finished second in the feature. Arneson took the point lead now that Scott Ciesielski (21) had issues and was not able to race.
The next race at Golden Sands Speedway is Friday September 22nd for Season Championship night in all divisions, including the Central Wisconsin Steel Frame Challenge series and cruisers. Gates Open at 5PM, Time Trials at 6:30 p.m. and Racing at 7:45 p.m. Follow along on Facebook and/or www.gssraces.com.