PLOVER (PRESS RELEASE)- M.G. Gajewski becomes the first driver in the Late Model class to win back to back features at Golden Sands Speedway in 2009. It will take some archive-digging to find out exactly when it last occurred, but it has been some time since any driver has accomplished that feat. Gajewski's 3rd row start was aided by an unfortunate incident during warmup laps which took out Keith Bohmsach and Jordan Thiel before the race even started. Accounts vary on what started the problem, but the end result was Bohmsach's car slamming into the nearly stopped racer of Thiel. The damage was too great for Bohmsach to race, and Thiel missed the first few laps attempting repairs. On the start, Jason Weinkauf and Chad Selk battled until Selk edged past, and Gajewski maneuvered into 2nd. Jason Weinkauf fell into the clutches of his older brother Chris as Selk tried to defend the lead from Gajewski by using a lot of race track. Selk used up so much track that the "pick a lane" flag was displayed to him, resulting in a competition caution that moved Selk rearward 2 spots. The next 19 laps were all green, with Gajewski extending a comfortable lead on Chris Weinkauf, and Selk maintaining 3rd. Chris Wimmer set fast time in a Selle race car, and came from the back to post 6th. Brandon Selle finished exactly where he started in 5th, and Jason Weinkauf picked up 4th. Mark Van was all smiles after the race, saying his 7th place finish after racing Chris Wimmer most of the feature for position "was a lot of fun". The Late Model points race is still tight, Bohmsach leading Chris Weinkauf by 2, and Eswein by 10. Brandon Selle is by no means out of the hunt, and even Gajewski and Nitzke are mathematically in it, with Mark Mackesy and Jeff Weinfurter at the edge of the mine field points-wise.
The Super Stock field of 14 cars had confusion, drama, and excitement during the 25 lap event. Brian Weinfurter started pole and built a healthy lead until about lap 16 or 17 when Colin Reffner edged Matt Raykowski around to send both cars to the back. The race restarted with Ryan Hinner close to Weinfurter, obviously eyeing a win. When Hinner charged into turn 1 with his car alongside Weinfurter's door, they both aimed at the inside lane and touched, bringing out the 2nd caution and handing the lead to Michael Gwidt, who had charged from nearly last to 3rd. Gwidt motored on ahead of Dean Burby, who finished ahead of Roger Peterson, Colin Reffner and Scott Hamel. Gwidt's 3rd win of the year pulled him to within 6 points of Reffner.
4 Cylinder Stock racers came in force, and 17 various compacts took the green for an uninterrupted 15 lap show. Bryce Mancheski led early, but it was obvious that fast qualifier Tim Anderson was going to be up front very quickly. Anderson was leading by lap 10, and made it clear he had the fastest car tonight. Travis Lepak, Kevin Burris, and Mancheski raced hard for the next 3 spots, and Joachim Mangen once again posted a top 5 in 5th.
The 4 Cylinder Mods went off 11 strong, with Corey Stephens and Brady Bennett on the front row. Phil Malouf came through the crowd quickest to lead early, followed by Dale Robinson, Scott Scholze, and Fast Timer Randalll Wilhorn. Malouf cruised to the win while Scott Scholze, Randall Wilhorn and Brad Conant vied for the next 3 spots. Dale Robinson's 5th place result nicely backed up his Feature win on Tuesday.
The Cruisers returned after many rain-hampered cancellations and the Stock class saw Nelson & Radtke lead every lap for a win. Kalata & McIntee were 2nd, followed by Berg & Plowman.
The Mod Class was the usual playground for Spritka and Berg, who again dominated the 6 car field. Beaulieu and Andrich settled for 2nd, while Meyer and Meyer picked up 3rd.
The crowd was treated to the rain-cancelled waterless boat races, and 10 competitors tore up a lot of fiberglass to end the night.
Next week, August 21 is Werner Electric kid's night, with a penny drop, Kid's Stock Car Rides- Bring your ride for the Power Wheel Ultimate Drags - Prize Packages.
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