Speedway Action: Jankowski dominates; Genett, Weinfurter and Mackesy Win
By Brandon Aschenbrenner
Fireworks highlighted the evening for a very large crowd this week at Golden Sands Speedway. The Paul Gross Jeweler’s Powder Puff Challenge #3 started off the racing action. Robin Back jumped out the early lead and ran away picking up the victory.
In the Super Stocks, Matt Raykowski (6) again scored the fast lap in qualifying. Brad Scholze (87) and Brian Weinfurter (24) grabbed heat wins. The feature saw Weinfurter take home the win after surviving a late charge from Matt Pyburn (71). Phil Malouf (32), John Zuch (8) and Marv Flick (90) rounded out the top 5. Weinfurter increased his points lead and now has a 33 point advantage over Malouf.
Element Mobile Super Late Model fast timer was Eagle River’s Claire Decker (01). Chad Devine (54), Ted Reichenberger (20) and Eugene Gregorich Jr. (14) all snagged heat wins. The last chance race advanced 3 drivers to the main. They were Devine, Derrick Van Dreel (12) and Wyatt Blashe (78). Corey Jankowski (31) started in the first position and dominated the race. The self-proclaimed Batman picked up the victory and the black cape made it’s appearance in victory lane. Natalie Decker (04), Travis Volm (7-11), Mike Egan (44) and Frank Nitzke (18), the biggest mover of the race, concluded the top 5. Natalie, with the 2nd place finish, closed in on Nitzke’s point lead. She is now only 5 points back. Gregorich is 3rd in points, 22 out of the lead.
The Rock 94.7 Pure Stock division was once again graced with the presence of a very fast Kyle Genett (16X) as he continued to dominate qualifying. The heat races were won by Dan Weinfurter (4) and Scott Ciesielski (72) in a very close 3-wide finish. In the feature, once Kyle Genett got to lead, there was no catching him. Genett grabbed his 2nd win in a row over Jake Capek (81). Third through fifth was Ciesielski, Dean Ashbacher (38) and Kyle Davis (43) who was running his first ever race in his new car. Kyle Genett increases his points lead to 17 over Jake Capek.
The 4-Cylinder Stock division had Dillon Mackesy picking up fast time again. Jay Stone (88) and Nikki Coulthurst (17) picked up heat wins. The feature event saw 3 and 4 wide racing, a normal situation in this class, and Dillon Mackesy was able to take advantage of that. After Mackesy passed Cheri Kurth (07) he was able to pick up the win. Kurth took 2nd, George Seliger (06) 3rd, Kelly Sankey (88) 4th and Coulthurst finish 5th. This division is the closest in the standings with 5 drivers within 18 points of the lead. Mackesy is currently 5 ahead of Seliger. Kurth, Coulthurst and Sankey are the other 3 within the 18 point margin. The evening wrapped up with one of the best fireworks show at any tracks.
Our next event at Golden Sands Speedway is Friday July 11th. It’s Kid’s Night, with the Fey Printing paper airplane contest and a candy dash! The Super Stocks, Element Mobile Super Late Models, Rock 94.7 Pure Stocks, 4-Cylinder Stocks and Cruisers will bring you the best racing action. Gates open at 4:30, time trials at 6:30 and racing at 7:45. See you at the track!