Speedway Action: Gregorich Jr., Genett, and Mackesy win again; Brooks wins first
Eugene Gregorich Jr. battling with Mike Egan. (Jeff Blaser and Blaser Photography)
By Brandon Aschenbrenner
Friday the 11th felt a little bit like Friday the 13th early on in the Super Stock division.
Matt Pyburn (71) qualified 1st, putting an end to the streak Matt Raykowski (6) had going. In heat number 1, there were 2 cautions before completing a single lap. Once the field was able to get calmed down Phil Malouf (32) picked up the first heat win and Matt Raykowski won the second heat. The feature saw some wild racing action again as Matt Komatz and Jeff McIntee (15) seemed to find each other everywhere on the track. Coming to the checkered flag, Raykowski spun out of turn 4, which was tough luck for the 6 car who was running 3rd.
At the checkered, it was Wyatt Brooks (33) picking up the win. It’s the first time he has been to GSS this year with the car and it looked good. Pyburn finished 2nd, Rachel Kallas (70) took 3rd, Brian Weinfurter (24) and Marv Flick (90) rounded out the top five. Weinfurter continues to hold a commanding 44 point lead over a tight race for 2nd. Malouf is currently 2nd, John Zuch (8) is 3rd; 9 points behind Phil. Raykowski is 14 back from Malouf and Flick is 15 back.
The Element Mobile Super Late Models saw a new fast timer, and it was Berlin’s Fast Frank Nitzke (18). Three heat races saw Ted Reichenberger (20), Mark Eswein (71) and Natalie Decker (04) pocket wins. In the B main last chance race, Eswein took the win and Darren Jackson (2) finished 2nd to advance to the main event. In the A main, the craziness returned when Dave Neitzke (06), who started 3rd, entered turn 3 on lap 1 a little too low and jumped the curb which launched him right up into the whole field. Corey Jankowski (31), Derrick VanDreel (12), Rene Scheinoha (5) and Neitzke all suffered considerable damage. After the restart though, it was the Russian Rocket show. Eugene Gregorich Jr. put on a clinic making pass after pass after starting 7th. He picked up his 2nd feature of 2014. Mike Egan (44) took 2nd, Fast timer Nitzke 3rd, Natalie Decker 4th and Travis Volm (7-11) 5th. Nitzke now has a 11 point lead over Decker. Gregorich sits 3rd in points 14
out of first and he has Egan on his tail, 24 out of the lead.
Rock 94.7 Pure Stock division domination continued with Kyle Genett (16X) completing a clean sweep on the night. Jake Capek (81) took home the other heat win. Kyle, again, won the feature and 2nd through 5th were Capek, Dean Ashbacher (38), Dan Weinfurter (4) and Karl Genett (16K). Kyle has a 29 point lead over Capek in the point standings.
4-Cylinder Stock driver Dillon Mackesy (93) set fast time once again. Kelly Sankey (88) and Nikki Coulthurst (17) both took the checkered flag in heats. The feature saw the normal 3 wide racing for quite a while all the way around the speedway. Isaiah Rowe suffered the hardest luck on the night as the right front stock wheel gave way and flew off of the car. He came to rest in the sand just off turn 4. Kelly Sankey and Dillon Mackesy were the fastest two all night and that continued in the feature.
Mackesy was able to get out front and never looked back though picking up the win. Sankey took 2nd, Mike Wegner (20) had a good run taking 3rd, Coulthurst grabbed 4th and Cheri Kurth (07) finished 5th. Dillon holds a solid 22 point advantage over Sankey in the standings.
In the 2-man Cruiser action, Wheelock and Kalata (73) battled side by side with Kuhn and Mancil (126) for half of the race before taking off and picking up the win. Kuhn and Mancil ended up 2nd and Poeschel and Fourness (69) took 3rd. Carlson and Carlson (5.0) and Poeschel and Fourness are tied on top of the standings with 92 points.
The next event at Golden Sands Speedway is two weeks away. Friday July 25th will be Duwayne Davis Memorial Night. The Paul Gross Jeweler’s Powder Puff qualifier #4 will take place as well. Super Stocks, Element Mobile Super Late Models, Rock 94.7 Pure Stocks and 4-Cylinder Stocks will bring you the racing action. Gates open at 4:30, time trials at 6:30 and racing at 7:45. See you at Golden Sands Speedway!