Speedway’s Night for Kids a Success
By Brandon Aschenbrenner, Special to the City-Times
A beautiful night for racing and School’s Night Out with Stock Car rides for the kids brought a huge crowd to Golden Sands Speedway this week.
Qualifying results were very similar to last week as Matt Raykowski (6) in the Super Stocks, Eugene Gregorich Jr. (14) for the Element Mobile Super Late Models and Kyle Genett (16X) in his Rock 94.7 Pure Stock all took fast time for the 2nd week in a row. Dillon Mackesy (93) beat out Kelly Sankey (88) for fast time in the 4-Cylinder Stock class.
Super Stock heat racing found Phil Malouf (32) and Brian Weinfurter (24) in victory lane. The feature saw Malouf jump out to the lead early and he never looked back. On the white flag lap, Brad Scholze (87) and Weinfurter were fighting for 2nd when they made contact in turn 1 and the 87 went around. The race was completed as the white flag had flown, and the 87 and 24 were placed in the back of the field for the caution. Malouf took 1st, Raykowski 2nd, Matt Ciesielski (21) 3rd, John Zuch (8) and Marv Flick (90) rounded out the top 5. In the points, Malouf is currently the leader by 5 over Weinfurter.
The Element Mobile Super Late Models had 3 heats again tonight. Darren Jackson (2), Chad Devine (54) and Jeremy Lepak (40) picked up those wins. The last chance race saw Natalie Decker (04) pick up the win over Jeff Weinfurter (3) and she was able to transfer into the main race. In the feature, Corey Jankowski (31) ran away from the field while Natalie Decker, Frank Nitzke (18) and Claire Decker (01) worked their way through the field. Two cautions flew for spins involving Gregorich and Wyatt Blashe (78) in turn 3 and Mark Eswein (71) and Lepak in turn 1. This cut the lead down for Jankowski, but he was able to hold of Natalie on the last lap for the win. Nitzke, Claire Decker and Mike Egan (44) wrapped up the top 5. Nitzke is currently the point leader by 11 over Natalie. Egan is 3rd 17 points out of the lead.
The Rock 94.7 Pure Stock heat races went to Dan Weinfurter (4) and Jake Capek (81). The feature event was lead early by Weinfurter. Karl Genett (16K), Jake Capek (81) and fast timer Kyle Genett all were fast enough to get the front, but did not have enough to get past Weinfurter. Caution came out when Ethan Elgersma (12) spun in turn 4 directly in front of the leaders with 2 to go. It was a close call, but all avoided Ethan. Kyle Genett had 2 laps left, but just could not find a way around the Weinfurter car. Capek, Karl Genett and Dean Ashbacher (38) finished out the top 5. Kyle holds a slim 4 point lead in the points over Capek.
4-Cylinder Stock heat winners on the night were Nikki Coulthurst (17) and Kelly Sankey. Three and 4 wide racing was again normal in the feature. Nikki jumped out to a huge lead early, but Sankey continued his winning ways with back to back feature wins making a last lap pass on Coulthurst. Fast timer Dillon Mackesy took 3rd, George Seliger (06) 4th and Jarrod Dolph (2) 5th. Sankey has a 26 point advantage over Seliger.
In the Cruiser division, Carlson and Carlson (5.0) ran away with the win over Poeschel and Fourness (69) and Kuhn and Mancil (126). Carlson and Carlson and Poeschel and Fourness are tied on top of the standings.
The next event at Golden Sands Speedway is Friday June 20th for the Super Stocks, Element Mobile Super Late Models, Rock 94.7 Pure Stocks, 4-Cylinder Stocks and Cruisers. Gates open at 4:30, Time Trials at 6:30 and racing at 7:45.