Close out Regular Season at Plymouth Speedway
|By: Anita Soltis
|It was a hot and humid Sunday afternoon
but four classes of drivers made it around the Playground of Power
after a weather postponement Saturday night. Bryce Shidler was the
class of the field as he powered to the front after three cautions
at the start of the race. After a slow start, Shidler was able to
gain a healthy lead and took the win in the feature. Robert Howard
rode in the second position for the feature and finished in that position.
Douglas Payton and Jim Henson began a battle for the third spot on
lap 12 of the 20-lap event. It ended on lap 15 when Payton got high
out of turn four and Henson took advantage of the mistake. Payton
couldnt catch him after that. It was Shidler with the win, Howard
with second place and Hansen with third. Ive lost a lot
of sleep this week thinking about this championship, laughed
Shidler. I dont know how many times I checked my car.
I just knew if I had a bad heat race or a bad feature I could lose
the championship. I think I got about three hours of sleep last night.
This car has been wrecked a lot this season, but she still turns left.
|It was a rather slow start to the Swan
Lake Resort UMP Modifieds race due to a dry racetrack, but the
racing heated up once the green flag was in the air. Derek Losh was
in front of the field for the entire feature while the battle was
on for the remaining spots on the podium. Nick Allen was giving Losh
a run for his money early but had an issue with his car and couldnt
continue with the race. Jamie Lomax was looking at third place but
had tire issues shortly after Allen exited the race. A green-white-checkered
set up the ending of his long-awaited feature. Todd Sherman drove
from the back of the pack and battled several drivers for several
laps to get into the top five. All of a sudden, hes in the second
spot and poised to win additional money with his win in the B Feature
if he could get a good restart. Losh got a good restart and held Sherman
off for the win. Jesse Bitterling, who watched the two battle for
position, got the last spot on the podium for third place. Losh and
Lomax were running for national UMP Modified points as was Devin Gilpin.
Gilpin sits atop the national standings and came to Plymouth Speedway
to race the pair to increase his lead. He got a flat right front tire
halfway through the feature and took it to the pits. Lomax joined
him a few laps later. Starting up front got me a good chance
to get the win, stated Losh. It was a great race.
|Michael Clark started on the pole position
and didnt look back as the Super Streets feature took the green
flag. Calvin Peek, Jr. attempted to get around Clark on lap 9 but
Clark wouldnt give up the position. Peek started to slip in
the running order but Tony Anderson and David Short were on their
way. Short was running in the fourth position for quite a while until
he was able to get the second position on the restart after a caution
on lap 13. Short looked like he was going to finish second but Tony
Anderson, who started 13th, was passing cars in the closing laps and
just passed Short coming out of turn four right before the checkered
flag. Clark won the feature with Anderson on the second spot on the
podium and Short in third. It feels awesome winning the championship,
smiled Clark. Its been fun racing all year long and Im
glad we came out on top tonight. A feature win in October would be
Restaurant 600 Sprints found two rookies on top of the podium.
Justin Bell took an early lead and kept it even with several restarts
in the contest. Randy Shilling put pressure on Bell but he spun in
a latter part of the race which took him out of contention for a podium
spot. Chad Hartzell started moving up the field from seventh and kept
driving his way through the crowd to snag the second spot in the lineup.
Eric Saunders followed Hartzell through the field and took the final
place on the podium. Both Bell and Hartzell were vying for Rookie
of the Year in the 600 Sprints field and may need to share that trophy
when the points are tallied. This was Bells best finish to date.
What a great feeling, said an out-of-breath Bell. Its
unbelievable. Weve worked hard and had a great car. It doesnt
matter one way or another if it comes to down to a tie for Rookie
of the Year with Chad (Hartzell). Hes a class act.
|Congratulations to our division champions!
Billy Cribbs is the Dickies
Restaurant 600 Sprints champion, Bryce Shidler is the Thunder
Stock champion, Michael Clark is the Super Streets champion, and Jamie
Lomax is the Swan
Lake Resort UMP Modified champion.
|The next big events are the World Series
of Dirt on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4 and the Race of Champions on Oct. 10
and Oct. 11. Watch our website at www.plymouthspeedway.net for more
Thank you to all of the staff, drivers and FANS for such a wonderful
season and well see you in October!
|Thunder Stocks feature winner
Bryce Shidler (center), Robert Howard (second, left),
Jim Henson (right). Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
Lake Resorts UMP Modified winner Derek Losh (center),
Todd Sherman (second, left) and Jesse Bitterling (right).
Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
Street feature winner Michael Clark (center), Tony Anderson
(second, left) and David Short (right). Photo by Stephanie
Restaurant 600 Sprints feature winner Justin Bell (center),
Chad Hartzell (second, left) and Eric Saunders. Photo
by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
to Heat up Plymouth Speedway on Saturday
|By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) What do you get when you have side-by-side racing
and one more night to claim a spot in the top ten in the points
standings? You get a heart-pumping season championship night at
the Playground of Power. Drivers in the Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints,
Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, and Thunder Stocks
will be working hard on Saturday to settle their spots in the standings.
Three of the four divisions champions have been decided, but the
Thunder Stock division will have drivers fighting for position to
get the championship trophy.
|Not only will the season championship
have eyes on the track to see who claims the top spots, the Warsaw
Hall of Fame presentations, sponsored by Sparkman Auto Sales of Warsaw,
are planned during intermission on Saturday. Stock car drivers Jerry
Baker, Tom Beezley, Jim Bucher, Bruce Hogue, Art Leiter, Alan Marsh,
Ron McKenzie, Don Prater and John White will honored. Art Smith, Dick
Leiter and Lore Lee Sherman will be posthumously honored.
|The season championships will not halt
action at Plymouth Speedway for the rest of the year. On Oct. 3 and
Oct. 4, the World Series of Dirt will fire up excitement at the track
with the Sprints on Dirt Series (SODS) season championships, plus
Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks, and
Restaurant 600 Sprints. Practice will be on October 3rd from 4:00pm
to 8:00pm and admission is free. Racing will be on October 4th with
hot laps at 2:00pm and racing at 5:00pm ET.
|By: Anita Soltis
| (Plymouth, IN) Its time to crown
champions in the four divisions of racing at Plymouth Speedway. Drivers
in the Dickies
Restaurant 600 Sprints, Swan
Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, and Thunder Stocks
have worked hard all season for this night. While three of the four
divisions top spots have been decided, that wont mean
that the battle for the positions in the rest of the standings wont
be any less heated. The Thunder Stock division will be decided in
this Saturdays feature at the Playground of Power.
|The Warsaw Hall of Fame presentations,
sponsored by Sparkman
Auto Sales of Warsaw, are planned during the intermission of this
weekends action. This Saturday, stock car drivers Jerry Baker,
Tom Beezley, Jim Bucher, Bruce Hogue, Art Leiter, Alan Marsh, Ron
McKenzie, Don Prater and John White will honored. Art Smith, Dick
Leiter and Lore Lee Sherman will be posthumously honored.
|Just because the season is coming to a
close that doesnt mean all racing activity will stop on the
track for the year. In October, the World Series of Dirt is planned
with the Sprints on Dirt Series (SODS) season championships, plus
the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks,
and Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints. Practice will be on Oct. 3 from
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and admission is free. Racing will be on Oct. 4 with
hot laps at 2 p.m. and racing at 5 p.m. ET.
|Well see you this Saturday for the
|Bob Newton Classic
One to Remember at Plymouth Speedway
|By: Anita Soltis
|(Plymouth, IN) It was a night to honor
a pioneer in racing and the four features that ran at the Playground
of Power Saturday night made the Bob Newton Classic a night to remember.
The Newton family came to the track to watch the excitement. Joyce
Newton, who worked with her husband Bob to start Hoosier
Tire, was there with members of her family and cheered on the
drivers with the many fans in attendance for the Bob Newton Classic
at Plymouth Speedway.
Restaurant 600 Sprints found Billy Cribbs the early leader. Garrett
Saunders had slipped back slightly in the pack at the start of the
race but began working his way to the front. By lap 11, Saunders worked
from sixth to the third position. He was attempting to pass Brad Nichols
for the second position but ran out of laps. Pole-sitter and points
leader Billy Cribbs won the feature with Brad Nichols in the second
spot and Garrett Saunders rounding out the top three. Its
been a good season, said Cribbs. We were kind of behind
in the beginning of the season and then got into a groove where we
|The Sprints on Dirt Series packed power
in their feature Saturday night. Eyes were on Randy Hannagan who last
won when the series visited Plymouth Speedway in May. However, heavy-hitters
Dustin Daggett and Gregg Dalman started on the front row and showed
great speed in the beginning of the race. It was Daggett and Dalman
in the first and second position until lap 15 when a caution came
out for an off-track medical emergency. Just as the caution came out
Daggett spun and the leader got a flat right rear tire. He went into
the pits and was scored in the tenth position which was the last car
on the lead lap,when the field went back to green. The race was red-flagged
for a period of time as the ambulance had to leave the track to take
that person to the hospital. By rule, an ambulance has to be at the
track before an event can be resume. After the ambulance arrived,
the flattening tires on the Winged Sprints were filled and the track
went green. Dalman continued to lead but a caution on lap 18 bunched
up the field and allowed Ryan Ruhl to get a run on the leading Dalman
and went on to win the race. Dalman came in second while Mays
winner Randy Hannagan was third. Ive been racing Daggett
pretty hard this season and his bad luck was my gain, said Ruhl.
I had a great run on Dalman there at the end and I got the win.
I had a great time racing here tonight.
Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds had a new driver on top of the podium.
Michael Thayer started on the pole and was able to hold off the field
for his first win of the season. Dylan Woodling stayed right behind
him and made a move to get the first spot on lap 10 but Thayer had
the stronger car. Meanwhile, Frank Marshall was moving through the
field despite a damaged race car. He moved his way to the third spot
after starting 7th and didnt have enough to catch Woodling in
the closing laps. Former Kalamazoo champion Andy Bozell started fourth
but had car issues and finished in the 19th position. Points leader
Jamie Lomax also exited the race early and finished in the last position.
The podium found Michael Thayer on the top spot with Dylan Woodling
second and Frank Marshall third. I feel awesome! smiled
Thayer. Its great to be back at Plymouth Speedway and
thank you to all of the fans for being here on this special night.
The Super Streets were on the schedule as the last feature of the
night where Michael Clark dominated the field. Calvin Peek, Jr.
had the early lead and was pulling away from the field when he made
a mistake coming out of turn three and traveled through the inner
track. He re-entered the field in the fifth position. Clark then
assumed the lead with Peek Jr. quickly setting his sights back to
the front. Peek Jr. got to the third position by lap 12 and had
the second spot by the 14th lap. Kory Conner was running in the
second position and traveled up the racetrack coming out of turn
four on lap 16 and slapped the front stretch wall. That allowed
Peek Jr. to move to the second position. Peek didnt have what
it would need to hunt down Clark for the lead. Michael Clark continued
in his winning ways with Calvin Peek, Jr. in second and Kory Conner
in third. This trophy feels just like the championship trophy
to me, said Clark after solidifying his championship in the
Super Streets Division. This is awesome. Ill bring back
my Super Street in 2015 here to Plymouth Speedway - my home track.
|The Plymouth Speedway season comes to
a close on Aug. 23 when all of the regular divisions will be back
to put on the best show yet at the fastest dirt track in Northern
Indiana. The gates will open at 4:00pm and racing begins at 7:00pm
|Bob Newton Classic
to Spotlight Exciting Feature Lineup
|By: Anita Soltis
| (Plymouth, IN) Its one of the fastest
series in the sprint car circuit and theyll return to Plymouth
Speedway this weekend. The Sprints on Dirt Series drivers will be
at the Playground of Power to participate in the Bob Newton Classic
this Saturday, August 16th. Also on Saturday, the Swan Lake Resorts
UMP Modified division will welcome former Kalamazoo champion Andy
Bozell and his son Phil Bozell. Drivers in the Dickies Restaurant
600 Sprints and the Super Streets will also participate in this big
night of racing.
|The night shines the spotlight on one
of racings most innovative minds. Bob Newton saw a need for
better racing tires while he had a career as a race car driver. It
was then when he and his wife, Joyce, started Hoosier Racing Tire
in 1957. The business actually started in an old abandoned horse barn
in South Bend when Bob and Joyce began producing their own race tires
by re-treading street tires with softer compounds. Newton introduced
the areas first slick recapped (or retreaded) tire for racing.
The tire has been featured in racings top series and continues
to propel race cars to victories in many levels of racing today.
|The Warsaw Hall of Fame presentations
are planned during the intermission of this weekends action
and on Aug. 23. This Saturday, sprint car drivers and owners from
the Warsaw Speedway will be recognized. They include John Davis, Sam
Davis and Paul Hazen. Jim Elliott will be posthumously honored. On
Aug. 23, stock car drivers Jerry Baker, Tom Beezley, Jim Bucher, Bruce
Hogue, Art Leiter, Alan Marsh, Ron McKenzie, Dan Prater and John White
will honored. Art Smith, Dick Leiter and Loralee Shermin will be posthumously
honored. The familiar speedway for many area fans closed in 1990.
|Just in case, a rain date for all presentations
has been set for August 23rd.
The gates will open at 4:00pm. and racing begins at 7:00pm ET.
Enjoy affordable concessions while youre here and dont
forget to get your tickets for the Techworks Trailer Sales trailer
Headline Bob Newton Classic
|By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) The Sprints on Dirt Series drivers are coming to
Plymouth Speedway for a second time this season for the Bob Newton
Classic. Which of the Winged Sprint drivers will attempt to put
a stop to Randy Hannagans sweep at the Playground of Power?
Shawn Dancer and Gregg Dalman showed a lot of speed at their last
attempt at a podium finish in May so they may be the ones to watch
this Saturday, Aug. 16. These cars pack a lot of horsepower so it
will be a race to watch. Also on Saturday, the Swan Lake Resorts
UMP Modified division will welcome Andy Bozell to the field during
this special night of racing to honor Bob Newton. Drivers in the
Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints and the Super Streets will also participate
in this big night of racing.
|Bob Newton was a racer before he was a
businessman and he saw a need for better racing tires. Newton and
his wife, Joyce, started Hoosier Tire in 1957. His legacy lives on
at the company he built which has become the world's largest racing
tire manufacturer and one of the largest employers in Marshall County.
|If you think thats all thats
happening this weekend, youre mistaken. The Warsaw Hall of Fame
presentations are planned during the intermission of this weekends
action and on Aug. 23. This Saturday, sprint car drivers and owners
from the Warsaw Speedway will be recognized. They include John Davis,
Sam Davis and Paul Hazen. Jim Elliott will be posthumously honored.
On Aug. 23, stock car drivers Jerry Baker, Tom Beezley, Jim Bucher,
Bruce Hogue, Art Leiter, Alan Marsh, Ron McKenzie, Dan Prater and
John White will honored. Art Smith, Dick Leiter and Loralee Shermin
will be posthumously honored. The familiar speedway for many area
fans closed in 1990.
|All of the fun starts this Saturday. The
gates open at 4 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. ET.
|UMP Super Late
Models Shine at Plymouth Speedway
|By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) It was the only time they could visit the Playground
of Power this season and what a race the drivers had Saturday night.
The UMP Super Late Models were fast and there was excitement in
every lap. The Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds also had a great
night followed by the Thunder Stocks. Mike Spatola was attempting
to get his second win of the weekend after winning at Kankakee Friday
night. He started fourth but would have to battle JR Hotovy for
the top spot. Hotovy quickly took the lead from pole-sitter Gordy
Gundaker and Spatola moved to the second spot at the drop of the
green flag. Hotovy ran the high side of the racetrack and both he
and Spatola ran one and two until lap 22 when lapped traffic became
a pick for Spatola. The front of the field went three wide with
the lapped car and Spatola came out with the lead. Hotovy fell back
to second. Meanwhile, the No. 9R of Curtis Roberts watched the lead
change hands from the third spot. Roberts challenged Hotovy for
the second spot on lap 27 but ran out of laps. Spatola was able
to get the win in the 30-lap feature for his second win of the weekend
with Hotovy in second and Roberts a close third. This car
has been great all year, said Spatola. Hotovy and I
had a great, smooth race. Running second is where you want to be
when the lapped traffic comes into play. I was able to use that
to my advantage tonight to get a win. This is a nice track.
|This was the first time the UMP Super
Late Models have visited Plymouth Speedway and they are expected to
come back next season.
|The Swan Lake UMP Modified race saw a
familiar face at the top of the podium. Jamie Lomax has been a powerhouse
at the track all season long and he made it happen again Saturday
night. He took the early lead, but Zeke McKenzie would make him think
about the line he was racing later in the feature. Lomax started fourth
and went three wide with Dillon Nusbaum and Steve Hogue to take the
lead. McKenzie started from the sixth and was challenging Nusbaum
for the second spot by the fifth lap. A caution would come out which
would allow McKenzie get a good restart. McKenzie would clear Nusbaum
for the second spot on lap nine - just a few laps before Nusbaum would
spin and after Frank Marshall would pass him for third place. With
five laps to go and the field set to go green after a late-race caution,
McKenzie set his sights on Lomax. Lomax got a good start, but McKenzie
closed in on him in turn three. He tried to pass on the inside, but
couldnt make it happen. Lomax would go on to win with McKenzie
settling for second and Frank Marshall rounding out the podium. The
car was great. I noticed that the track was getting slicker and Zeke
started coming so I had to start running on the bottom to get the
win, smiled Lomax.
|The Thunder Stocks were the last feature
of the night with John Rhoads dominating the field. Randy Lambert
had started on the pole but quickly started moving in the wrong direction
with what appeared to be mechanical issues. Points leader Bryce Shidler
moved up the field from his sixth starting spot to second but didnt
have enough to catch Rhoads. Kyle Anderson picked up his first podium
finish of the season as he was able to keep his No. 25 at the top
of the running order. He was able to run second for most of the race
until Shidler took over the spot on lap 12.
John Rhoads picked up another feature win with Shidler in second and
Anderson in third.
|We had a parts failure earlier in
the season which may have put us out of the championship, but Bryce
is really good, commented Rhoads as he sits second in the points
standings. I was wondering if I was going to to hold him off
tonight or not. I was waiting for a bump, but I didnt get it.
Were trying our best.
|The Bob Newton Hoosier Tire Classic is
set for Aug. 16 with Winged Sprints, Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds,
Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints and Super Streets. The Warsaw Hall
of Fame Night will also be featured. The evening is sponsored by Sparkman
Auto Sales of Warsaw. Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 7
p.m. ET. For tickets or for more information, visit our website at
|UMP Super Late Models feature
winner Mike Spatola (center), JR Hotovy (second, left)
and Curtis Roberts.
|Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds
feature winner Jamie Lomax (center), Zeke McKenzie (second,
left) and Frank Marshall.
|Thunder Stocks feature winner
John Rhoads (right), Bryce Shidler (second, left) and
Show the Way at Plymouth Speedway
|By: Anita Soltis
|It was a hot night of racing at Plymouth
Speedway Saturday night with the points leaders showing what they
do best - win. Pole-sitter Michael Clark dominated the Super Streets
feature at the Playground of Power, but not before several cautions
started the feature. Clark was able to keep out front with every restart.
Bob McLean kept up with him for most of the race, but got into the
wall on lap 11 and couldnt turn his car. He would end up in
fourth place. Kory Conner started in the eighth position and moved
all the way up to the second position even after getting tangled up
with Bobby Keller with just five laps to go. Nathen Jordan would pick
up the third and final podium spot. His engine gave up on the last
lap. The championship is looking really good, said Clark.
I would have rather battled McLean (second in the points) on
the track for points than a DNF, but it was a good race.
The UMP Modified National points battle was on in the Swan Lake
Resorts UMP Modified race with Jacob Poel entering the race second
in the standings and Jamie Lomax in third. When the green flag flew,
the second half of the field bunched up on start with Poel collected
in the accordion-effect. Donald Vances car ended up on top
of Poels car and Poels night was over. Thankfully, no
one was injured. Bobby Stremme took the early lead but Jamie Lomax,
who started eighth, started passing cars early in the feature. By
lap six, Lomax was on the rear bumper of leader Stremme, who started
on the outside pole. Stremme and Lomax were side by side for two
laps before Lomax took over the lead on lap eight. Zeke McKenzie
had a strong car and was picking off spots until he was battling
Stremme for the second position on lap 13. In the end Swan Lake
UMP Modified points leader Lomax would take the win, McKenzie would
finish second and Stremme came in third for a hard-fought battle.
I wish Poel had been able to continue in the race so we could
have run together, said Lomax. The car was great!
|The Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints
race was no problem for points leader Billy Cribbs. He started on
the pole and ended with the checkered flag at the end of the 20-lap
feature. Eric Saunders kept the second position until the last lap
when Brent Busz was able to sneak past him coming out of turn two.
Busz had attempted to get by Saunders for a few laps prior to the
white flag but couldnt make it work. Busz would get second and
Saunders would end up third. It was a great race, smiled
Cribbs. I hoped all season that we could keep the points lead
and it looks like were going to keep it.
|John Rhoads had a bobble at the start
of the Thunder Stock feature but came roaring back to get the win.
Rhoads slipped from first to third on the first lap but powered back
to the front by the fourth lap. Jerome Vair had been leading and started
slipping back after a caution for a spinning Kevin Kerlin. Vair would
later hit the wall and finished in the last spot. Points leader Bryce
Shidler started sixth and moved his way through the field. Points
leader Shidler worked on Rhoads, who is second in the points, in the
closing laps but didnt have enough time. Shidler would have
to settle for second place. Keith Crissinger found another podium
finish after crossing the finish line in the third spot. I got
the pole and thought that was a good start, but then I saw Shidler
coming after a few laps. I felt him give me a bump and had to run
as hard as I could for the win. I got it, said Rhoads.
|The next race at Plymouth Speedway will
feature the UMP Outlaw Super Late Models and its the only time
theyll be at the Playground of Power this season. The Swan Lake
Resorts UMP Modifieds will also run on Aug. 9 plus the Thunder Stock
Division. Dont miss the Bob Newton Hoosier Tire Classic on Saturday
to Heat up Plymouth Speedway
|By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) The season may be drawing to a close in August,
but the next few weeks will be the height of the schedule at the
Playground of Power. Jamie Lomax and Jacob Poel are sitting atop
the National UMP Modified standings and they will be battling for
the right to be at the top in action this Saturday at Plymouth Speedway.
The pair are only separated by a few points in the standings. Jamie
Lomax has won the last four races at Plymouth Speedway in the Swan
Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds Division. Can Jacob Poel upset Lomaxs
winning streak at Lomaxs home track and move up the national
|The race begins at 7:00pm ET on Saturday
with the Thunder Stocks, Super Streets and Dickies Restaurant 600
Sprints also running on the fastest dirt track in Northern Indiana.
|Drivers in the UMP Dirt Super Late Models
are coming to Plymouth Speedway for the only time this year on Saturday,
August. 9, will be racing in the Bob Newton Hoosier Tire Classic on
August 16th. Tickets for the Bob Newton Hoosier Tire Classic are now
available online at www.plymouthspeedway.net.
|The Season Championships are set for August
23rd. Come along for the ride!
UMP Modified Drivers to Clash at Plymouth Speedway
|(Plymouth, IN) Two drivers in a tight
race in the National UMP Modified Division will go side-by-side in
a battle for the points Saturday night at Plymouth Speedway. Jacob
Poel currently sits just above Jamie Lomax on the national leaderboard
and Poel will go up against Jamie Lomax at Lomaxs home track.
Lomax is the leader in points in the Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modified
Division at Plymouth Speedway and is looking to inch higher in the
national standings with a win over Poel on Saturday night.
| Will Poel build up his points lead in
dominating fashion or will Lomax show Poel how its done at the
Playground of Power? The answer will come at the end of the feature
as they battle it out on the fastest dirt track in Northern Indiana
on Saturday, Aug. 2. The drivers in the Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints,
Thunder Stocks and the Super Streets Divisions have had close finishes
in the past few weeks. The drivers will be in the hunt for track position
and the most points possible as the season is drawing to a close.
|Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing begins
at 7 p.m. ET.
|Plymouth Speedway Welcomes
|By: Anita Soltis
|(Plymouth, IN) Toyota has become a mainstay in the world of
racing, especially with its success in the higher levels of
stock car racing.
of Warsaw recognizes the importance of helping drivers,
teams and fans locally find a car thats just right for
every day needs. Owner Dave Illingsworth has announced a new
partnership with Plymouth Speedway to help bridge a gap in purchasing
a car and to bring racing to the fans at the Playground of Power.
of Warsaw is interested in helping all involved in the racing
environment from the drivers to the fans, said Illingworth.
We want to help the local market and be a presence in
the community. Were happy to be a partner with Plymouth
Speedway to bring dirt racing to the fans and well be
looking to expand our partnership in the 2015 season.
For more information on how the sales experts at Toyota
of Warsaw can help you find your next vehicle, call 1-866-583-3812.
A sign with more information about the business will also
be visible at the track on Saturday, Aug. 2 and throughout
the rest of the season.
Caps Off July with Hot Racing Action
|By: Andrew Hayn
|This past Saturday night the Plymouth
Speedway played host to another great exciting night of close racing
and even closer finishes that ended the month of July on a hot note.
The excitement from the heat races grew into spectacular feature racing
for all four divisions at the Playground of Power.
|The first feature of the evening was for
the Dickies Restaurant 600 sprint division. The competitors
took the green flag with only one thing in mind, winning. However,
Billy Cribbs quickly spoiled everyones thoughts as he pulled
out to an early advantage that would grow by race end and capture
his second feature win in as many weeks. Justin Bell finished with
his best of the season runner-up and the taste of success for Bell
felt great to finally get the monkey off of his back with all
the bad luck he has had. Brent Busz rounded out the Techworks
Trailer Sales podium with his first of the season in third. Fourth
went to a hard charging Garret Saunders moving up from a thirteenth
starting position and Nick Yoder rounded out the top five for the
second week in a row.
The UMP Modifieds sponsored by Swan Lake Resorts ran a twenty
lap feature that was filled with green flag action all over the
3/8 mile, sometimes three and even four wide through the turns.
Dylan Woodling led the first fifteen laps capitalizing on a great
pill draw following a great heat race; however, the caution flag
he was fearing fell on lap fifteen with points leader Jamie Lomax
now restarting on his rear spoiler. Lomax took full advantage of
the restart that allowed him to overcome Woodling and grab his fourth
straight feature win at the Plymouth Speedway. Dylan Woodling finished
a season best second and he said he was glad to finish second
to a top national point contender in Lomax. Third went to
another unseen face on the podium this year with Dylan Nusbaum.
Fourth was taken by Kyle Yocum and Frank Marshall moved up four
spots to round out the top five.
|The Super Streets was another hard fought
race for every position behind the leader with the drivers competing
for every point. When the checkered flag fell David Short was out
front just ahead of Bob McLean for his third feature win in a row.
McLean held on for second while Brandon Roundtree finished a very
close third. In fourth was points leader Michael Clark for another
top five performance and Nathan Jordan finished in the fifth position.
|The final race of the evening was for
the Thunder Stocks division. Their twenty lap affair saw a close battle
between the top two in points. However, John Rhodes grabbed the checkered
flag just ahead of Bryce Shidler. Shidler went up in flames after
crossing the stripe for second to keep the points tight. Third went
to Kevin Kerlin for his second podium finish in a row. Fourth went
to Randy Lambert after getting by Kyle Anderson late in the race.
Anderson held on to round out the top five.
|This weekend the Playground of Power will
host all four divisions. The UMP Modifieds sponsored by Swan Lake
Resorts. The modifieds will feature two of the top five in national
points this week. Jamie Lomax the current point leader at Plymouth
and third in the countrys point standings along with another
top five national contender with Jacob Poel, currently second coming
to the track to take on their best weekly opponents. The track will
also feature the Super Streets, Factory Stocks, and the Dickies
Restaurants 600 sprints. For more information visit the track online
Repeat as Feature Winners at the Plymouth Speedway
|By: Andrew Hayn
|Saturday night at the Plymouth Speedway
was filled with great racing throughout the fields while the winners
were able to show dominance over their competitors in four of the
five main events. Jamie Lomax went back to top of the podium for another
back-to-back performance along with David Short for his first repeat
of the year.
|The action for the main events were kicked
off by the Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprint division in their first ever
B main. A stout field of cars including some of the top contenders
in the points had to work their way through this event to make the
A main. Racing to his first checkered flag of the season as the victor
was Chad Hartzell. Hartzell the top contender for Rookie of the Year
honors was determined to make the main event by finishing on top.
He was followed across the line by three other rookies including Justin
Bell, Caleb Woods, and Austin Marlow. Ryan Ball was the last to transfer
while top five point contender Brad Nichols was sidelined early with
|The Dickies Restaurant 600 sprint A main
was a hard fought battle with three different flips by lap nine. The
final flip of the night was on lap nine when Garrett Saunders made
contact with Eric Saunderss right rear tire, in a battle for
second, sending him into a violent roll over out of turn two landing
him halfway down the back straightaway. Saunders walked away from
the incident; however unable to return. Billy Cribbs dominated the
event by taking the lead on lap one and was able to hold off Eric
Saunders for another feature win. Eric crossed the line in second
with Dawson Stealy rounding out the podium in third. Randy Shilling
finished fourth and Nick Yoder got his best finish of the season in
|In the Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modified
feature, Jamie Lomax drove through the top five with ease taking the
lead in the first five laps and never had an issue to grab his second
checkered flag of the weekend. In second was Tommy Beezley and Frank
Marshall in third right beside him. Fourth went to Zeke McKenzie while
Donald Rance rounded out the top five.
|The Vores Compact Touring series made
their only appearance of the season on Saturday with a twenty-five
lap feature. Mike Richardson ran out front the entire race for the
first ever front wheel drive winner on the dirt at the Plymouth Speedway.
In second was Chris Jennings and third was Nick Jenema.
|The Super Streets had to watch David Short
dominate the twenty lap affair with a straightaway lead for over half
the event to get back-to-back feature wins. Bob McLean worked hard
to move up the field for a second place finish while Michael Clark
got another podium finish in third. Fourth went to Randy Akers and
Nathen Jordan rounded out the top five.
|The closest feature of the night came
down to a final lap pass in turn two by Bryce Shidler as he cleared
Kevin Kerlin for another Thunder Stock feature win on the season.
Kerlin held on for a season-best finish in second just ahead of John
Rhodes in third. In fourth was Tony Bowman and Randy Lambert rounded
out the top five.
|This Saturday night, July 26, the Playground
of Power will feature another great night of racing at seven o'clock.
It will feature the Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds, Super Streets,
Thunder Stocks, and the Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints.
|Top off a Saturday
Night of Racing with Driver Autographs at Plymouth Speedway
|By: Anita Soltis
| (Plymouth, IN) Carload of family and
friends? Check. Plymouth Speedway gear? Check. Sharpies for driver
|Its a night that everyone waits
for each season at Plymouth Speedway - autograph night! Your favorite
drivers have hero cards ready to sign in the pit area and they will
personally hand them to you Saturday night. Youll get to meet
the drivers that everybodys talking about in the Swan Lake Resorts
UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks, and Dickies Restaurant
600 Open Sprints up close at intermission.
|In addition to those exciting features,
the Vores Compact Touring Series will take to the dirt in an exciting
race in their first trip to the Playground of Power this season.
|Pack the car and enjoy dirt track racing
on the fastest dirt oval in Northern Indiana. The concessions are
affordable and the staff is preparing the track for your arrival.
|Dont forget to buy a raffle ticket
for a chance to win a 24 trailer. Walt Barnes from Techworks
Trailer Sales says its designed to haul a race car but it can
be used for just about anything. Tickets are $5.00 each or five for
$20 and can be purchased at the track at the souvenir stand, the beer
stand or the registration window in the pit area.
|We cant think of a better way to
spend a Saturday night. Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at
7 p.m. ET.
Features Fascinate Fans at Plymouth Speedway
|By: Anita Soltis - July 13, 2014
|(Plymouth, IN) It was a night packed with
five features and a great fireworks show - all of which had fans on
the edge of their seats. The first feature up for the night was a
Thunder Stocks make-up feature from June 21. It was an action-packed
feature that took the leaders three-wide to the finish. Nate Payton
set the pace early and it looked like he had it wrapped up until Bryce
Shidler put the heat on him in the closing laps of the feature. Shidler,
who started ninth, picked his way through the field and was working
on John Rhoads for several laps for the second spot in the running
order. The battle began on lap six and it wasnt until lap 15
when Shidler got by Rhoads for the position. Shidler then set his
sights on the strong car piloted by Payton. Shidler was working on
Payton on lap 16 but couldnt quite make his line stick. Payton
was coming up on the No. 72 of Eric Brown who was about to go a lap
down and held up the leader on lap 18 and closed the gap. As they
worked around the last lap, Payton still had the lead with Shidler
hot on his tail and a lapped car playing into the scenario. As they
rounded turn number four, they were three-wide coming to the checkered
flag and Shidler was able to inch out Payton for the win. The margin
of victory? Two-tenths of a second. That was a lot of fun,
smiled Shidler in his post-race interview. I didnt know
if I was going to pass Payton there for a while. He had a strong car
but I got the win. That was fun!
|The Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints feature
found a lot of cautions to start the race but once it went green,
there was a lot of action. Roger Stealy was the first driver with
the lead to start the race but he spun out of turn four which stacked
up the field. Two cars rolled onto their side and the red flag came
out. All of the drivers were okay, but damage was sustained to a few
of the race cars. One of those cars involved points leader Billy Cribbs.
With that, Nick Yoder assumed the lead but he spun on the restart
lap and had to restart at the rear of the field for causing the caution.
After the race went back to green, Garrett Saunders assumed the lead
and didnt look back. Dawson Stealy was able to move through
the field from the ninth starting position and battled drivers like
Randy Shilling to get second while Aaron Davis was able to stay out
of trouble for the third place spot. Billy Cribbs was able to come
back from the rear of the field after being involved in that early
accident to finish fourth. Saunders had a dominant car in the feature.
I had a great car and I also won the heat so it was a good night,
said Saunders. I had fun and it was a great race. It feels
good to win again.
|The Super Streets found David Shorts
No. 15 back to the point as he had a two-second lead on the second
place finisher in the feature. He had to fight for clean air as he
battled the front row of Nathen Jordan and Eric Peek. Peek jumped
to the lead to start the feature with Bob McLean hot on his bumper
and Jordan slipping back to fourth place. By lap four, Short was side-by-side
with McLean for the second running spot. Short soon set his sights
on Peek and got the lead on lap five. Short had a giant lead on Peek
but a lapped car caused a problem for Short which shortened the gap
a little. Short overcame it and continued to dominate. Peek lost the
second position after he spun out of turn three. After the caution,
Short went back to his leading ways and Michael Clark started toward
the front. Clark started seventh and passed Randy Akers for the third
spot just before the white flag was shown. It was Short with the win,
McLean in second and Clark in third. I was looking for a good
finish tonight and Im glad I got the win, commented Short.
Zeke McKenzie gave Jamie Lomax a run for his money in the Swan Lake
Resorts UMP Modifieds feature, but he couldnt hold him off for
long. Lomax had a powerhouse of a car again this week as he started
fifth and was battling McKenzie for the lead on lap eight. By lap
10, Lomax was the leader. McKenzie had a chance to get by Lomax on
a green-white-checkered finish, but couldnt get by him. Meanwhile,
Tony Elliott had the best night of his career. He used the outside
racing groove to get to a third place finish. He worked on Matt Mitchell
for the third place spot on lap 18 and Elliott got past him out of
turn three. Last years champion, Frank Marshall, found trouble
early and ran in the back of the field but he was able to salvage
a sixth place finish. Lomas extends his substantial points lead in
the Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds division.
|The track was black slick and thats
the way I like it. We worked hard on this car until 4 a.m. today to
get it good for racing tonight and Im happy that I was able
to get the win, laughed Lomax.
|They started the night of racing and they
ended the night of racing - only a different driver found the checkered
flag in the Thunder Stocks division. The race went from green to checkers
with no cautions and John Rhoads dominated the race. He won from the
pole with Shidler picking up the second place finish and Mark Barrett
rounding out the top three. The margin of victory was 9.5 seconds.
Ive been working hard and finally I got a good starting
position. Im telling ya Shidler is a good competitor and he
was tough tonight. It was a good race, said Rhoads.
|A special thank you goes out to DMark
Fence and Huffman Electric for sponsoring Saturday nights action
at the Playground of Power. They helped repair a section of catch
fence and lighting on the front stretch after an incident last week.
The track crew also worked hard to get everything in working order
for the nights races.
|Its autograph night at Plymouth
Speedway on Saturday, July 19. Enjoy the Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds,
Super Streets, Thunder Stocks, Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints, plus
the Vores Compact Touring Series. It all starts at 7 p.m. ET.
Saturday Night Special to Light up Plymouth Speedway
|By: Anita Soltis - July 10, 2014
|(Plymouth, IN) Crews have been working
hard at the track and a gigantic fireworks show is planned to welcome
back racing at Plymouth Speedway for another week. Playground of Power
workers have been tirelessly repairing a section of the track after
damage was sustained to the catch fence on the front stretch in a
heat race last week. A section of lights tumbled to the ground and
a portion of the fence caught on a car after the impact and tore it
away from the track. The track workers have worked every day to get
that repaired so racing can continue this Saturday. Safety of the
drivers, employees and the fans are the first concerns of everyone
at Plymouth Speedway and measures are being taken to ensure that.
|If you were at the track last Saturday,
bring your admission receipt and your wristbands with you this week
and those will be honored as your admission to this race. If you dont
have any of that, you will need to pay a general admission fee or
pit gate fee - whichever applies. No photocopied receipts, please.
|This Saturday the Swan Lake Resorts UMP
Modifieds, Street Stocks, Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints, and
two Thunder Stocks features will taking to the dirt track. A special
thank you goes out to Dennis Mark from DMark
Fence in Plymouth and Scott Huffman of Huffman
Electric in Plymouth who are sponsoring Saturday nights
races! A giant fireworks show is planned during the night to add some
flair to the oval.
The gates will open at 4 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. ET.
Contests Run, Track Damage Postpones Features
|By: Anita Soltis - July 5, 2014
|(Plymouth, IN) It was a night was created
to intrigue fans with seven features, but it was cut short Saturday
night due to an on-track incident.
|First, the Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints
took center stage as the first of two features that had to be made
up from June 28. That previous race night was cut short due to rain.
Brad Nichols and Billy Cribbs started on the front row and they battled
each other for the opening seven laps when Cribbs took over the top
spot. Lapped traffic played to Cribbs advantage as Nichols had
to ease up to avoid a collision. Meanwhile, Garrett Saunders was making
his way through traffic from eighth place and was working on Dawson
Stealy for the third position. On lap 18 of the 20-lap feature, Stealy
was bumped out of the racing groove and Saunders capitalized and got
the third spot. Cribbs took home the trophy with pole-sitter Brad
Nichols in the runner-up spot and Garrett Saunders with the last position
on the podium. It was a good race, smiled Cribbs. It
didnt start out the way I wanted and it took a while to get
by Nichols but I did it.
|The Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds race
had a rough start with three complete restarts but it got busy in
a hurry. Frank Marshall got a good start on the field and built up
a good distance on the second place runner Kyle Yocum. Yocum was able
to get past Steve Hogue on the restart for position. Marshall led
the race for 13 laps and a hard charging Jamie Lomax went from eighth
to get by Marshall to first in that amount of time. He used the high
side of the racing surface to get past his competitors. Lapped traffic
couldnt stop Lomax from dominating the field as he picked up
the win with last years champion, Frank Marshall, in second
and Kyle Yocum rounding out the top three. The race was awesome,
stated Lomax. There was a lot of bite in the track. It was a
| With those two make-up features complete,
the rest of the field prepared for a regular night of racing with
the Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints, Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds,
Super Streets, Thunder Stocks, and I-Mods. The Swan Lake Resorts UMP
Modifieds division was the last group of heat races to run. In the
first heat of this division, an accident involving Chad White and
Damen Bock caused damage to the track. Bock got into White which sent
his race car into the front stretch wall. That action caused him to
hit the catch fence. With that impact, the lights fell to the ground.
As the car came to rest, part of the catch fence caught on the car
and was torn from the outer wall of the track. Luckily, the catch
fence did its job and no fans were injured. Neither driver was injured
in the accident. Officials quickly assessed the situation. Upon further
analysis and taking fan safety and driver safety into account first,
the decision was made to cancel the rest of the nights racing.
Fans who were in attendance may return to the racetrack on July 12
with wristbands and receipts and they will be honored. The features
promised on Saturday night will be run again on July 12.
|Plymouth Speedway officials apologize for any inconvenience. There
are fireworks planned for the July 12 race night. Gates will open
at 4 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. ET.
to Heat up Plymouth Speedway This Saturday
|By: Anita Soltis
|(Plymouth, IN) Spend your Fourth of July
holiday watching seven action-packed features Saturday night at Plymouth
|With the wet conditions at the Playground
of Power the past two nights of scheduled racing, be prepared to witness
two Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprint features and two Swan Lake
Resort UMP Modified features on Saturday. The Super Street and Thunder
Stock drivers will race in one feature apiece. I-Mods will digging
wheels in the dirt this week. The I-Mod drivers are antsy to get on
the track after not being able to show what their cars are capable
of on the fastest dirt track in Northern Indiana.
|Plymouth Speedway officials do their best
to make race night a great experience for the family. That effort
includes family-friendly food prices. Kids meals are offered in the
kitchen for only $3. Other racetrack favorites are available at affordable
|Dont forget to get tickets for a
24 Techworks Trailer that will be raffled off throughout the
season. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. The winner will be selected
on Oct. 11. Tickets are available at Plymouth Speedway at the souvenir
stand, at the beer stand or at the registration window in the pit
Join the staff for the best night of racing yet at Plymouth Speedway
this Saturday, July 5. Gates open at 4:00pm and racing starts at
Wednesday Draws Big Crowd, Exciting Features
|By: Anita Soltis
|(Plymouth, IN) For a mid-week race, the
stands were packed and the track was full of Dickies Restaurant 600
Sprints and 410 Sprints for Open Wheel Wednesday at the Playground
of Power, sponsored by Athens Archery and OmniSource.
|The Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints opened
the A features of the evening with Rodney Stealy quickly out front
in the opening laps. It wasnt until lap 15 when Shane Cottle
would put the move on Stealy after a caution tightened up the distance
on the cars. Stealy and Cottle were door-to-door and had contact coming
out of turn three. The momentum slowed both drivers but Cottle had
enough to fight to the lead. Cottle had been working on Stealy for
that position for most of the race. Stealy would give Cottle a run
for his money on the restart after a late race caution but couldnt
pull off the pass. Meanwhile Bryan Clauson clawed his way to the top
three after attempting to get by tough competitors for the spot. He
battled to get track position after several cautions but finally made
it to the third spot from starting sixth. Cottle would get the win
in the feature with Rodney Stealy second and Bryan Clauson third.
It was tough there for a while, but we came through with the
win, said Cottle.
|Cottle was running double duty on the
night. Shortly after he did his post-race interviews he got into his
410 Sprint and made it out in time for the feature as he was the pole-sitter.
It was a scary start to the race as Brett Manns and Mike Moore tangled
coming out of turn four on the opening lap. They both flipped on the
front stretch tearing and bending parts on the cars. The race was
red flagged and the safety crew was called. Luckily, Moore was able
to get out of the car on his own power and he walked to the ambulance
for more attention. The race was able to resume for 19 green flag
laps with the best battles in the top five. Robert Ballou was quick
to get to the front on the first lap with Cottle in second, Chad Boespflug
in third, Jerry Coons, Jr. in fourth and Cooper Clouse in fifth. Boespflug
was waiting to make his move to get to the front and he was able to
get by Cottle by lap 15. Clouse brought out the second caution of
the race on lap 19 when he hit the outside wall when running in the
top ten. He had started on the outside pole.
|Boespflug was quick on the throttle when
the race went back to green but would have to wait for the leader,
Ballou, to make a mistake. That mistake happened on lap 24 of the
30-lap feature when Ballou lost the handling of his car out of turn
two and Boespflug capitalized, passing him on the inside. Boespflug
overtook the lead by the time he came out of the third turn. Bryan
Clauson, who also ran double duty on the night, had made his way to
the third position after starting seventh in a tight field. Suddenly,
a caution came out on lap 28 for Joe Bares who got too high in turns
three and four and crashed into the wall. This set up a green-white-checkered
finish and the top three drivers were eyeing the checkered flag. It
was Boespflug to the point with Ballou right behind him and Clauson
hot on both of their bumpers. Boespflug was just too quick and was
able to hold off everyone else for the feature win with Ballou crossing
the line in second and Clauson rounding out the top three.
|The car came to us and it got better
as the race went on, said Boespflug. I beat these guys
at a track Id never raced on. Its great that I got the
|This exciting night of racing will be followed up with a seven-in-one
feature night with fireworks on Saturday, June 28 with the Dickies
Restaurant 600 Sprints, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks, I-Mods and
Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with racing
at 7 p.m. ET.
Drivers Thrill, Four Features Heat up Plymouth Speedway
|By:: Anita Soltis
|June 14, 2014
|(Plymouth, IN) It was an exciting night
of racing Saturday when NASCAR drivers Justin Allgaier and David Stremme
went up against the regulars at Plymouth Speedway in the Swan Lake
Resort UMP Modifieds feature. Who would prevail?
|It would take a while to figure that out
as the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints were the first to take
the track. Aaron Davis was quick to take the lead and had a
good lead on the field until a scary incident happened on the backstretch
on lap 8. Nick Yoder flipped tail over nose after losing a wheel
that went sailing into the outer part of the track along turn four.
The race was red-flagged while crews attended to the driver.
He was able to climb out of the car under his own power with no injuries.
When the race went back to green, Davis took off back into the lead.
Randy Shilling’s bad luck continued this week as he was running
in third and made a mistake on lap 14 and Billy Cribbs was able to
get by him. Shilling kept falling in the order and went around
with Chad Hartzell with four laps to go in the feature. Shilling
would spin again on the restart lap and his night was done.
Meanwhile, Brad Nichols held his second position strong. Now
running third, Cribbs spun on the last lap which moved up the field
and Eric Saunders, who had been moving forward in the field throughout
the race, captured third on the last lap. The dominant Davis
picked up the feature win with Nichols in second and Eric Saunders
in third. “I can’t thank everybody enough. That’s
what makes it happen. This feels great,” said Davis.
|The Super Streets feature was a pretty
straight forward race which isn’t always the case. Michael
Clark took the early lead from the pole and had gotten a pretty good
distance on the field with Brandon Roundtree and David Short running
second and third. Roundtree spun on the fourth lap and had to
go to the rear of the field. As more and more cars went into
the infield for various issues, Clark enjoyed a first place finish
while David Short had another podium finish in the second spot and
Butch Fisher with his first podium finish of the season in third.
“I hadn’t had a lot of luck lately, but I’ve been
racing a lot and the past couple of weeks have been really good.
It’s great to be up on top again,” said Clark.
|The Thunder Stock feature found a lot
of activity and some battles for the leaders. Eric Brown started
on the pole and dominated most of the race until lapped traffic came
into play by lap 11. Brian Merritt got loose coming out of turn
four on lap 13 and got into Brown. That contact caused a right
rear flat for Brown and while he attempted to go on in the race he
slipped back in the pack quickly and eventually had to call it a night.
This allowed Bryce Shidler to take over the lead with Trenton Vogts
in hot pursuit in second and John Rhoads right on his bumper.
The pair and been working on each other for position until Vogts make
a mistake on the second-to-the-last-lap and Rhoads capitalized which
moved him to the second spot. Chris Joseph then went to work
on Vogts on the last lap and Joseph crossed the finish line ahead
of Vogts. Shidler came away with the hard-fought win with Rhoads
claiming second and Joseph on the last spot on the podium. “We
didn’t really change anything from the beginning of the season.
The car just sort of changed by itself and became competitive,”
|The feature that everyone was waiting
for was the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds race which NASCAR drivers
Justin Allgaier and David Stremme were the featured drivers.
Stremme was on the pole and showed dominance on the high groove of
the track for the majority of the 30-lap feature. His right
rear tire showed a little bit of use as the race went on and caused
him to lose some time. Meanwhile, track regulars Jamie Lomax
and Frank Marshall made their way through traffic and put some pressure
on the special guests. Lomax battled Allgaier for position when
they were running in the fifth position. As Allgaier was attempting
to get by Tommy Beezley II on lap 16, Beezley II got a little sideways
and Allgaier’s front bumper tapped Beezley II’s rear bumper
which sent Beezley II spinning. Since Allgaier caused the caution,
he was told to go to the rear of the field. While the race was
still under caution, Beezley II made contact with Allgaier which caused
damage to the right front tire of Allgaier’s No. 51 and it would
end his night. Lomax had moved through the field to the second
position and challenged Stremme for the lead. Stremme got a
little too high coming out of turn four on lap 19 and Lomax was able
to grab the lead. Even after two restarts, Lomax would prove
his car was the one to beat in clean air and he was the first to cross
the finish line with Stremme in second and Zeke McKenzie with a hard
fought third place finish. McKenzie, Dillon Nusbaum and Frank
Marshall had gone three wide out of turn four for the last podium
spot and McKenzie edged them out for the placement. “It was
a really good racetrack tonight and the racing was great on the high
groove. It was a lot of fun,” smiled Lomax.
|A thank you goes out to the owners of
Sky Sports and The
Horse Saddle Shop in Bremen for their helping in bringing you
this exciting racing action Saturday night.
|Drivers Put on
a Show at Plymouth Speedway
|By: Anita Soltis
|Saturday June 7, 2014
|(Plymouth, IN) What a night of door-to-door,
action-packed racing during Saturday nights special at Plymouth
Speedway! A high school graduate even missed his graduation ceremony
to race in his feature in an attempt for a podium finish.
|It all started with the Super Street feature
where strategy played a part in Dean Bakers win. Baker had to
work on Bob McLean who took the lead right away and kept it for a
majority of the race. However, on lap 12 McLean made a mistake, went
high and Baker was able to quickly slide his car in the dirt on the
inside to take over the lead. McLean kept moving backwards and Brandon
Roundtree, who left his UMP Modified at home this week, was able to
get around him in the next lap for the second spot. Roundtree and
Short were racing each other in between turns three and four for the
third spot prior to the halfway mark and were starting to spin when
a caution came out for tire debris in that turn. They were able to
keep their positions on the track as the field went back to green.
As racing continued, David Short was able to sneak into the third
spot as McLean continued to slip back. Michael Clark attempted a good
effort to pass Short to get the last spot on the podium but he ran
out of laps. Dean Baker won the feature in his first appearance at
Plymouth Speedway this season with Brandon Roundtree in second and
Short in third. Its the same car we ran here last year,
but we made some major changes and made it work tonight! Baker
said after his feature win.
|In a packed field of UMP Modified drivers,
pole-sitter Tommy Beezley II and Zeke McKenzie had a good battle for
the lead once the green flag waved in the air but Beezley II had a
strong car. McKenzie did everything he could do to get by Beezley
II for the entire race. He tried up high and on the inside but McKenzie
couldnt get past Beezley II. Meanwhile, points leader, Jamie
Lomax, was on his way through the field after starting sixth. He had
passed McKenzie for the second spot but a caution came out on lap
14 after Christopher Anstead spun and the lineup reverted to the last
completed lap. That put Lomax back behind McKenzie. Lomax put the
pressure on McKenzie on the restart of the race but McKenzie slammed
the door on his momentum. A caution came out on lap 19 of the 20-lap
feature which set up the last chance to shake up the podium finish
for the leaders, but it ended with Beezley II with the win, McKenzie
second and Lomax with the third place spot. We started out pretty
rough this season but were slowly gaining on it a little bit.
Were getting closer, commented Beezley II.
|The 600 Open Sprint feature had eyes on
Billy Cribbs as he missed his high school graduation in Muncie to
participate in this feature. Prior to the race he said that he practiced
with his classmates for the graduation ceremony and when he stood
on that stage he didnt feel thats the stage he wanted
to be on. The podium is where I wanted to be, said Cribbs.
Would he have what it would take to get there?
|Dawson Stealy had the strongest car in
the field and he proved that after powering to the lead on several
restarts in the feature. In the middle of the race, Garrett Saunders
and Stealy swapped the lead for two laps before a debris caution step
up a crucial restart. Saunders was able to capture the lead after
the restart but a costly mistake coming out of turn two a few laps
later would put Stealy back into the lead. Saunders got loose coming
out of turn two, went into the infield and rejoined the field only
to run into the third place driver, Brad Nichols. That action caused
the caution to come out which put Saunders at the tail of the field.
That moved up the field one spot with Stealy back into the lead with
Nichols second and Billy Cribbs in the third spot. In the closing
laps, Cribbs was able to get by Nichols and Eric Saunders put on the
moves to get by Nichols for third. Stealy won the hard fought race
with the graduate, Billy Cribbs, with the second place finish and
Eric Saunders with his first podium finish of the season. No
risk, no reward, said Stealy. Billy Cribbs said his podium finish
made his decision to skip his graduation ceremony the right one. Theres
no place Id rather be, smiled Cribbs.
|The Thunder Stocks feature had a bizarre
beginning. On the opening lap, Kevin Kerlin got out of sorts coming
out of turn two and got his car stuck on the tire barrier. His two
right tires were on the top of the tires and his car was leaning off
to the side. The race was red-flagged until track officials could
help him break free. Once the field went back to green, Kerlin was
able to continue in the race and led the first few laps! It wasnt
long when Bryce Shidler and Eric Brown went three-wide for the lead.
Brown would win that battle and Kerlin moved to the second position
and Shidler moved to third. Brown would lose the lead when he spun
out of turn two on lap 8 and with Bryce Shidlers previous pass
on Kevin Kerlin, Shidler took over the lead. John Rhoads worked on
Kerlin for the second place position after working on him for a few
laps and aimed to take the lead from Shidler. Rhoads was able to close
the gap and was side-by-side with Shidler on the last lap. Shidler
was able to keep the lead for the win while Rhoads finished second
and Brown claimed the last spot on the podium. We had seconds,
thirds and fourths for most of the season but were on the top
of the podium tonight, said Shidler. Were trying to stay
|The momentum of the action continues next
Saturday when NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Justin Allgaier and David
Stremme bring their Modifieds to go up against Plymouth Speedways
best in the UMP Modified division. The Mod Squad night
will begin at 7 p.m. ET. Come early and get a good seat. The gates
open at 4 p.m. ET.
Thrill, Five Classes Heat up Plymouth Speedway
|By: Anita Soltis
|(Plymouth, IN) It was the way that drivers
and fans wanted to start off the Memorial Day weekend: a perfect night
of racing in five different classes on the dirt oval. David Short
was able to find his way around Michael Clark and Bob McLean early
in the Super Street Feature and took command of the race when he found
clean air. McLean was on the pole for the feature but fell back in
the field after a complete restart as a result of a caution. Two quick
cautions bunched up the field again on laps five and nine. That allowed
the current points leader Clark to try and get the lead from Short
but just couldnt get his charge to stick. Randy Akers, who started
in the fifth row, powered his way to a third place spot. Big
Daddy Chassis got it done for me again, stated Short. Its
great to be on top of the podium again.
|The 600 Open Sprints found a rookie taking
the top spot. Garrett Saunders had been working on getting past several
division top runners and battled Billy Cribbs, Dawson Stealy and Nicholas
Schaefer for position early. By lap five, he caught leader Aaron Davis.
The two had contact out of turn four and Saunders took the lead. Davis
dropped to fourth position. Cribbs and Stealy moved into the top three
and battled each other for position for quite a few laps until the
checkered flag flew. Cribbs was able to hold off Stealy for second
and Saunders won with a one second lead. Weve got good
competition out there and Ive got a good car this year. It was
a great battle with last years champion (Cribbs), said
|The UMP Modifieds feature found a familiar
face on top of the podium. Jamie Lomax didnt have an easy go
at the win. He would need to get by Bobby Stremme and Stremme wouldnt
give up without a fight. Lomax came up the field from starting seventh
and by lap eight he took the lead from Stremme. Stremme would stay
in second and Steve Hogue was doing his best to stop a charging Frank
Marshall who was charging hard through the field. Marshall spun in
the middle of turns three and four on lap 14 and a flat tire ended
his night. Lomax had a three second lead by the time the checkered
flag was in the air with Stremme coming home in second and Hogue in
the third spot. There was good competition tonight and the track
was great. Its a good night, said Lomax in his post-race
There was no catching Dennis Freeland in the Thunder Stock division
as he rocketed to the lead from the pole and didnt give it
up. Eric Brown would have to fight for his second place finish as
he got into Chris Joseph on the fourth lap. He was sent to the tail
of the field but roared back, passing car after car until he found
Joseph again for track position. Joseph couldnt hold him off
and Brown entered the top three and went on to pass Keith Crissinger
for the second spot. Crissinger was holding his position and had
to ward off the challenging Joseph in the closing laps. Freeland
would pick up the win with Brown in second and Crissinger in third.
It was a long winter and weve been working hard. Were
getting there, stated Freeland after the race.
|The fans were not disappointed with the
Crate Late Model race which found a battle between Jeremy McLaughlin
and a two-time winner in the Late Model series this season, Steve
Lance. Lance started tenth and made his way through the field by the
fourth lap. He battled McLaughlin for the lead on lap 15 but couldnt
get by the pole-sitter. A late race caution could bunch up the field
and give Lance another chance at the lead but McLaughlin came away
with the win. Chad Osterhoff would give Lance a run for his money
for second place but with Lance focused on the win, Osterhoff kept
his third place spot for the last driver placement on the podium.
Im just glad that Lance started as far back as he did
when we started the race or I may have been in bigger trouble,
laughed McLaughlin on his win. Ill come back and race
whenever you all want me to!
|Brian Ross, a former track champion at
Plymouth Speedway, finished in the sixth spot and was happy to return
to the track after two years.
The next race night at Plymouth will feature vintage race cars
in the Old Timers Night feature. They will join
the UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks and 600 Open Sprints.
The gates will open at 4 p.m. and racing will begin at 7 p.m. ET
on Saturday, May 31.
|East and West Meet for Late Model Challenge
This Saturday at Plymouth Speedway
|By: Anita Soltis
|(Plymouth, IN) The Playground of Power will
be packed with horsepower this Saturday, May 24 when the series you’ve
been waiting for hits the dirt oval Saturday, May 24. The best Late
Model drivers in the country will meet for the East/West Late Model
challenge. The challenge will be filled with exciting racing with
some of your favorite drivers, including a return of 2012 Plymouth
Speedway Late Model Champion, Brian Ross.
|“It’s been a couple of years, but
I’m sure I can work my way around the dirt oval,” said
Ross. “I’ll be doing a lot of racing in the next month.
I’m looking forward to the competition on Saturday.”
|He won’t be the only driver racing at
Plymouth Speedway on Saturday that made the switch from asphalt to
dirt. It should be a sight to see how they will tame their cars around
the corners. The UMP Modifieds were added to the lineup for this weekend’s
show. They will join the QuickCar Late Models, NILMS Fastrack Late
Models, Pro/Crate Late Models, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks and 600
Open Sprints. Hot laps will begin at 6 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.
ET. For more information on ticket prices or pit pass information.
Plan on getting to the track early to get the best seat in the house
as they’ll be going quickly.
added to the special East vs. West Late Model Showdown. Ed Kennedy
announced that the UMP Modifieds are to race Memorial Weekend for
a FULL 5-in-1 show!! Join us for our regular Saturday Night Showdown
with UMP Mods, Super Street, 600 Sprints, and Thunder Stocks along
with the Pro Crate Late Models East vs. West as they battle for $1000
2012 Plymouth Speedway Late Model Champion, and Shawn Amor, 2012 Plymouth
Speedway Sportsman Champion, to race dirt Late Models at May 24 East
vs. West Pro Late Model showdown. Two local heroes racing against
some of the best Pro Late Model drivers from the tri-state area for
a cool $1000 to win!
|SODs Amaze, Exciting
Features Round out Earl Gaerte Classic at Plymouth Speedway
|(Plymouth, IN) The
Sprints on Dirt always impress when they come to Plymouth Speedway
and the drivers put on a show for the fans Saturday night for the
annual Earl Gaerte Classic.
|Randy Hannagan fought
his way to the front by the halfway point but it wasn’t easy
for him to get past Dennis Yoakam who started out the feature out
front. He had to pass front runners Shawn Dancer and Gregg Dalman
at the beginning of the race. Dalman had issues with his sprint car
which moved Hannagan up and then he set his sights on Yoakam. Once
he got out in clean air he stayed there.
|Danny Lasoski, 2001
World of Outlaws Champion, came to Plymouth Speedway just for this
race and proved why he was a champion. He ran in the fifth spot for
a good portion of the race but a late caution helped him get closer
to the front runners and close the gap on the restarts. He ran out
of laps to get around Hannagan so he would finish second. It was Hannagan
with the win, Lasoski with second place and Yoakam with the third
spot on the podium.
|“That was a
great race,” said Hannagan. “Happy we could make it here
to race. We’ll be back!” Eric Brown keeps finding wins
in the Thunder Stock Division. He made it look easy Saturday night
as he led the entire race from the pole position. Bob Bourff was giving
him a little bit of a challenge early on but Bourff had engine trouble
and finished last in the feature. Bryce Shidler, who was waiting for
parts to fix “a bunch of problems” before the race, brought
home the second place trophy after he fought for position with Dennis
Freeland and Chris Joseph. Paul Minter came out of nowhere near the
end of the race and snagged the third place spot on the podium.
|“This win right
here – I can’t tell you how good this feels,” said
Brown. “At 9 a.m. today, I didn’t have an engine to put
in this car! My cousin, Paul Minter, (who finished third) gave me
an engine to race tonight. Thanks to him I got the win tonight.”
|Michael Clark claimed
another victory in the Super Street Division Saturday night. He started
on the outside pole and didn’t hesitate to take the lead from
Bob McLean who started first. McLean got shuffled back in the start
of the race and fought back for a fourth place finish. Travis Wolford
moved up a spot when second place runner David Short had an issue
with his car and had to pull into the infield when he realized his
night was over. Last week’s winner Tommy Beezley II managed
to get into the top three when he got around Randy Akers with whom
he had battled for position for several laps before making the pass.
Travis Wolford cruised around the track to get a second place finish
on the night. It was Michael Clark who was dominant – leading
by five seconds at one point.
|“I hope we
have a lot more of these this year!” said Clark. “Thank
you to everyone who has helped me in this sport. This is awesome.”
|The UMP Modifieds
took the track for the last feature of the night and one of the most
talked about drivers of the season took the checkered flag. Jamie
Lomax led from the drop of the green flag and didn’t look back.
In fact, the top five racers didn’t move around much from their
starting positions. Derek Losh got by Frank Marshall immediately and
was able to finish in the second spot with Frank Marshall in third.
a great field of cars tonight,” commented Lomax. “I thought
about taking the Gaerte challenge but I didn’t want to give
up the pole – especially with the talent of these drivers. It’s
always tough here but it’s beginning to feel like home.”
|The Gaerte challenge
offered the winner of the B Feature to start the A Main from a starting
spot – 11th to 20th - and if that driver won the A Main then
$500 extra would be given to that driver.
| The next weekend
of racing won’t be a slouch of an event as Plymouth Speedway
will host the QuickCar Late Models and NILMS Fastrack Late Models
on May 24. Pro/Crate Late Models, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks, UMP
Modifieds, and 600 Open Sprints will be featured. Brian Ross will
be at the track. You won’t want to miss it!
|HUGE EARL GAERTE CLASSIC ANNOUNCEMENT!
|Gaerte Race Engines (Rochester, IN) is sponsoring
the Earl Gaerte Challenge this weekend at Plymouth Speedway. $500
extra is on the line for both the SOD Winged Sprints and UMP Modifieds.
Joe Gaerte from Gaerte Race Engines will give the opportunity for
the drivers for both sprints and modifieds that are starting on the
front row for each feature. If the ... Pole Sitter wants to race for
an additional $500, he/she can choose to start in a different starting
spot (11-20), drawn by a fan, and if the driver wins the feature,
the extra cash is all theirs.
|That's right, a lucky fan will get to
draw a number (11 thru 20) from a hat AFTER the driver chooses to
take the challenge.
|If the driver takes the Earl Gaerte Challenge
and wins the feature, he/she gets an extra $500.
| The first option for this opportunity goes
to the pole sitter of the feature, if he/she declines to take the
challenge, then the outside pole sitter gets to choose....once either
driver accepts the challenge, we will have one lucky fan pull a number
(again, 11-20) to determine that driver's starting position in the
feature. The feature lineup then will be adjusted accordingly. We
will conduct this exciting event on the FRONT STRETCH during the SOD
|Will any of the drivers take the Earl
of Racing with Ken Schrader at Plymouth Speedway
|By: Anita Soltis
It was a beautiful night for racing in Northern Indiana and the racing
was hot at Plymouth Speedway. He’s racing in two classes at
Plymouth Speedway and he was a winner in the Super Street Division
Saturday night. Tommy Beezley II started third in the feature
and quickly took the lead after the pole sitter Bobby Keller and Michael
Clark had a head-on collision in between turns one and two on the
second lap. David Short was able to grab a spot in the top three
after the caution but then last season’s champion Bob McLean
made a mistake and Short was able to move up into the second spot.
Randy Akers, who started eighth, was able to move up through the field
after battling several cars for position. He made it to the
third position by the fourth lap. Beezley II was the winner
with David Short and Randy Akers on the podium.
|“This win feels
good,” said Beezley II. “We’ve been tuning
the car and trying to rack up top finishes – especially since
I started the season with two DNFs.”
|The 600 Open Sprints
saw Dawson Stealy out front for the entire race after getting a good
start from the outside pole. Billy Cribbs showed the crowd how
to race to the front as he moved from the ninth starting position
and was up to the fourth position by the sixth lap. Lapped traffic
running three and four wide at times played a big part in the race
by the eighth lap. Randy Shilling was running in top three and
Eric Saunders was working on him for position when Saunders got out
of sorts and Shilling was able to make his moves to the front.
By lap 18 in the 20-lap feature, Shilling had moved to the second
position but didn’t have enough for the dominant Stealy.
Stealy came out with the win with Shilling and Cribbs rounding out
the top three. Only two cautions were called during the race
with both toward the end of the race.
|“I had to make
adjustments under caution and hoped they worked. Looks like
they did,” stated Stealy.
|The UMP Modified
race was a big race as NASCAR driver Ken Schrader came to the track
to race his machine. He would have to chase down Jamie Lomax
who took the lead after the first caution on Lap 2. The race
was red-flagged after an accident in between turns one and two which
required some time to clean up. Pole-sitter Brandon Roundtree
and Adam Williams had problems with their cars and called it a night
after they were running in the top five. When the race went
back to green, Schrader battled with last year’s UMP Modified
Champion Frank Marshall who both moved through the field from starting
in the fourth row. Tommy Beezley II had a rough time trying
to fend off the charging duo of Marshall and Schrader and Zeke McKenzie
also had a few laps battling the pair. In the end, Jamie Lomax
commanded the race with Frank Marshall ending up in second and Schrader,
|“I jumped out to an early lead and kept
running my line and it worked,” stated Lomax. “Thank
you to the fans for coming out. The track was great tonight.”
|The Thunder Stock feature was the last race
of the night which found Dennis Freeland on top of the podium.
He quickly took the lead on lap 2 and didn’t look back. Bryce
Shidler put on a good show as he worked his way through the pack.
John Rhoades also put the moves on the field as he battled his way
from the eleventh starting spot. Rhoades was in the third spot
by lap 13. Two laps later it was Freeland with the win, Shidler
in the runner-up spot and Rhoades in third.
|“It was really loose before and I swapped
tires and made some changes and we had a really great car,”
Freeland told the crowd. “This feels great. I lost my wife in
June of last year and all I wanted to do was win a feature.
This win is for her and a five-year-old boy who both had battled cancer.”
|Plymouth Speedway will be back in action on
May 17 with the Earl Gaerte Classic. The Sprints on Dirt series,
the UMP Modifieds, Super Streets and Thunder Stocks will race beginning
at 7 p.m. ET.
of the Season in the Books at Plymouth Speedway
|By: Anita Soltis
|(Plymouth, IN) The
second race into the season was an exciting one at Plymouth Speedway
on Saturday night.
|The 600 Open Sprints
opened the feature portion of the night and it was a wild sixth lap
of the event. Jacob Moore flipped over B-Ray Kinzer’s
car. Luckily, nobody was injured but Moore did take quite a
tumble. Despite that, he fired up the car and continued in the
race. Aaron Davis had the pole and he stayed out front for the
entire 15-lap event and captured the win. Dawson Stealy made
his way through the field after starting in the middle of the pack.
He would finish second. Brad Nichols had a strong third place
finish. “I never thought this day would come,” said Davis
on his first-ever feature win.
|The Thunder Stocks
event found Eric Brown busy behind the wheel as his win didn’t
come easy. He had John Rhoads to battle and Keith Crissinger
to beat doors with to get there but when he got clean air he stayed
there. Third place finisher Bryce Shidler worked on second place
finisher John Rhoads on the closing laps but couldn’t make the
pass. Three caution flags flew during the feature and Brown
said working the top of the track helped him with the win. “I
got the car working on the top of the track and let me tell you this
feels a lot better than last week!” stated Brown.
|The UMP Modified
event always brings excitement and Saturday night wasn’t any
different. Jamie Lomax was trying to win both the B-Main feature
and the A-Main feature to sweep prize money, but he ran out of laps.
It was Todd Sherman who found the front of the field quickly and he
never looked back. Lomax started in the back of the field and
by lap six he was in the sixth position. He came up one spot
short by the time the checkered flag flew. Last year’s
champion, Frank Marshall, was attempting a podium shot but missed
it by a spot. The top three included Todd Sherman, Jamie Lomax
and Darek Snyder. "I'm just glad Jamie (Lomax) started in the back
so I could have a chance," laughed Sherman.
|The Super Street
event was the final feature of the evening. From the drop of
the green flag, Michael Clark was on his game. He was so fast
he was lapping cars by the ninth lap. Tommy Beezley II, who
was running in both the UMP Modifieds and Super Street races, worked
his way into the top three quickly and ended up in the second position.
Clark had a two second lead on Beezley II at one time. Beezley
II tried to close the gap when lapped traffic became an issue, but
Clark’s car was too strong to provide a challenge. Nathan Jordan
started third and that’s where he finished. On the podium,
he said he was pretty happy with the result. It was a rather
quiet race with one caution. This was Clark’s second win
on the season in as many races. “Confidence,” said Clark
when asked how winning two in a row felt. “We’re
going to win next week too!”
It’ll be a special night of racing on Saturday, May 10
when Ken Schrader comes to the Plymouth Speedway to run his UMP
Modified. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m.
and racing at 7 p.m. ET.
School Officials to Take Part in Race into Summer Program
|By: Anita Soltis
|(Plymouth, IN) Over 10,000 students and
school staff members are able to attend one race at Plymouth Speedway
free of charge thanks to The Complete Printer in Plymouth and officials
at Plymouth Speedway. Students and staff at local schools will be
given the chance to fall in love with the sport of racing by attending
a race of their choice in the month of May free of charge. Entrance
into the pits will remain at $25.
|I was at the race track a lot when
I was a kid and I loved it. Theres nothing like being at the
track on a weekend. I wanted kids in the area to have that same, great
experience and they can get that at Plymouth Speedway, said
The Complete Printer owner, PJ Martin.
|Plymouth Speedway is prepared to give
everyone a great experience at the track with a great family atmosphere
and new concessions. The excitement is just starting to build at Plymouth
Speedway in just the second season on the dirt track. The roar of
the engines always gets the blood pumping in each of the four classes
of racing offered this season: UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder
Stocks and 600 Open Sprints.
|Martin said hes happy to partner
with Plymouth Speedway in the Race into Summer Program
to give kids in the area a chance to witness the best racing in Northern
Indiana. The Complete Printer is a full service four color printer
offering quality offset and letterpress printing. For more information,
call PJ Martin at (574) 936-9505.
into Summer Program
|Race into Summer Program with May racing
well underway, we want to remind parents of Plymouth area schools
that their kid(s) should have received complimentary passes to Plymouth
Speedway for general admission in the month of May. This program,
sponsored by PJ Martin..The Complete Printer, is for the kids to use
the free passes, not the parents or other adult. We want kids from
the area schools... to experience the thrill and excitement of local
short track racing to become fans now and into the future to support
this great sport! Please parents, remind your kids that these passes
are for them to use and we hope to see them along with you at the
Playground of Power in May and hopefully the rest of the summer!
Schrader to Race at Plymouth Speedway on May 10
Anita Soltis - April 6,2014
|(Plymouth, IN) One regular
season night of racing at Plymouth Speedway just got a little
more interesting. NASCAR driver Ken Schrader will be firing
up his UMP Modified machine and racing it on the dirt oval at
Plymouth Speedway on May 10.
|Schrader has had an
extensive racing career in the highest level of NASCAR racing
and continues to race his UMP Modified all over the country.
Schrader said hes looking forward to going back to the
track and getting to race. We went there last year and
broke the rear end in practice and I wasnt able to race
that night, explained Schrader. I wanted to come
back and I talked with everyone there and found that May 10
would be the best night for me to race. Well be there
with our UMP Modified and Ill see you there! Schrader
joined Justin Allgaier, Kenny Wallace, David Reutimann and David
Stremme in a Mod Squad event last year at Plymouth Speedway.
Last season's Modified division champion Frank Marshall ended
up with the win.
|Can Schrader beat the
regular drivers at Plymouth Speedway? Many of the regular season
drivers in the UMP Modified Division are returning this year
and they're hungry for that championship and the chance to go
door-to-door with a NASCAR legend on May 10. The Super Street,
Thunder Stocks and 600 Non-Wing Sprint car races will also be
featured that evening.
|Wilwood Partners with Plymouth
Speedway for 2014 Season
|By: Anita Soltis - April 3, 2014
|(Plymouth, IN) The management and
staff at Plymouth Speedway are proud to announce a partnership
The Plymouth Speedway season opens with the Cabin Fever event
on Saturday, Apr. 19 at 7 p.m. ET. UMP Modifieds, Super Streets,
Thunder Stocks and 600 Non-wing Open Sprint cars will be featured
on the dirt track. Great racing entertainment is scheduled
through August with additional races to be announced.
|Wilwood designs and manufactures
high-performance disc brake systems. Brake systems are made
for all types of competitive motor sports, agriculture equipment,
industrial applications, utility vehicles, snowmobiles, quads,
motorcycles and military vehicles.
|The engineering department uses
sophisticated computer aided design to manufacture the best
solution for your needs. They have ample stock of hundreds of
varieties of brake calipers, rotor designs, master cylinder
designs and a wide assortment of brackets, fittings, valves
and brake lines.
Dave Brzozowski is excited for the 2014 Plymouth Speedway season
|This partnership is a great
opportunity to get information about our product to the race
teams and the fans at Plymouth Speedway, said Brzozowski.
Racing on the dirt track is always exciting and were
glad the racing season is right around the corner.
|Wilwood will be offering a contingency
program for the drivers at Plymouth Speedway on a weekly basis as
well as providing products to track champions for 2014. Wilwood wants
to give drivers the opportunity to utilize and win with their products.
|For more information about Wilwood, visit
or call (805) 388-1188.
|Plymouth Speedway Springing
into New Season with Landrum Performance Spring Partnership
|By: Anita Soltis - April 1, 2014
(Plymouth, IN) The start of the 2014 season at the Plymouth
Speedway is nearing and Mentone, Indiana-based Landrum
Performance Spring is one of the many great partners youll
see at the track this season.
|Every Landrum coil spring is made
from the highest quality material and dyno-tested to deliver
the most precise spring rate for predictable handling, extended
durability and consistent track set-ups. Drivers from local
short tracks to super speedways demand the best. Each Landrum
superior coil spring and leaf spring promote quality, craftsmanship,
and performance. The crew offers the technical assistance to
help give you a winning combination.
|Landrum Performance Spring
is pleased about being part of the excitement of the Playground
of Power for the 2014 season, said General Manager
Jeff Fuller. Landrum Spring has something to offer all
classes from the UMP Mods to the thundering winged and non-winged
sprints. This track is in our backyard, and we are excited to
see it bring Saturday night racing to all generations.
|...The performance is wound
in before the name goes on.
|The Plymouth Speedway
season opens with the Cabin Fever event on Saturday, Apr. 19 at 7
p.m. ET. UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks and 600 Non-wing
Open Sprint cars will be featured on the dirt track. Great racing
entertainment is scheduled through August with additional races to
|Plymouth Speedway Welcomes New
|(Plymouth, IN) Theyve been in business in Plymouth for
33 years and the owner decided it was time to partner with Plymouth
Speedway to help bring the best racing entertainment to fans.
|The owner of Lincolnway
Auto, Cecil Wilson, said the partnership just made sense.
|Racing has become a popular sport in the area and great
entertainment for those who attend the races, said Wilson.
We wanted to become part of what everybodys talking
|Pre-owned cars can be found on the lot at Lincolnway Auto
and the crew can help you with auto parts and auto repair.
|Plymouth Speedway welcomes Lincolnway Auto as part of the
family for the 2014 season. For all of your vehicle needs, visit
Lincolnway Auto, 1230 Lincolnway East, Plymouth, Indiana. Call
(574) 936-8094. For a look at what they have for you to drive
home, visit www.lincolnwayauto.com.
Racing at Plymouth Speedway begins Saturday, Apr. 19 at 7
p.m. ET with the Cabin Fever event. UMP Modifieds, Super Streets,
Thunder Stocks and 600 Non-wing Open Sprint cars will be featured
on the dirt track.
Suspension, Inc. Partners with Plymouth Speedway for 2014 Season
|By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) Plymouth Speedway is pleased to announce a
partnership with Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) out of
Brownsburg, Indiana for the 2014 racing season.
|The crew at CSI builds reasonably-priced
quality shocks and utilizes technology in the upper levels of
motorsports to help manufacture the best product for their customers.
Since 2009, CSI has become the shock of choice for many of todays
top professionals in racing. The crews build each shock specifically
to each customers specific needs. CSIs systems have
been a part of many track, regional and national championships
around the world.
|Some of these shocks will be used
in race cars at Plymouth Speedway this season.
|We are very excited to partner
with Plymouth Speedway for the 2014 Season, said owner
Garrett Andrews. Giving back to the racer has always been
a high priority with our company.
|Our niche in the market has
always been an outstanding product with un-beatable customer
support, we travel to over 100 races a year to help our customers.
We look forward to attending a few races at Plymouth this year
to support customers using CSI products.
Continues Long-Standing Partnership
Soltis - February 14, 2014
|(Plymouth, IN) A decades-long
partnership between Plymouth Speedway and Oliver Ford continues into
the 2014 season.
|Oliver Ford, with a dealership
in Plymouth, offers great customer service and an assortment of new
and pre-owned cars on the lot. Oliver Ford has been family owned and
operated since 1955 and a great supporter of the Plymouth community.
John Oliver and the staff are ready to help you in your car purchasing
needs. The company is also a proud partner of Plymouth Speedway.
|Racing is in the blood
of Team Oliver Ford Lincoln in Plymouth, said owner John Oliver.
We are proud to continue in the relationship we've had with
our local racetrack. Weve been in business for nearly 60 years
and have had a great partnership with the folks at Plymouth Speedway
for many years. Just remember FORD - First On Race Day.
|Racing at Plymouth Speedway
begins Saturday, Apr. 19 at 7 p.m. ET with the Cabin Fever event.
UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks and 600 Non-wing Open
Sprint cars will be featured on the dirt track.
|UMP Modified National Race of Champions
Comes to Plymouth Speedway
|By: Anita Soltis
|(Plymouth, IN) It will be the the most
exciting Modifieds races this year and its happening at Plymouth
Speedway. Plymouth Speedway Owner Ed Kennedy recently announced that
a UMP Modified National Race of Champions is set to be run at the
facility on October 11th. Kennedy and UMP official Sam Driggers will
work together to bring this event to the fans of short track racing
and it will be nothing short of spectacular.
|All track champions in the UMP Modified
Series along with the 2014 UMP Modified Touring Series champions will
be invited to participate in this event. The overall
winner will receive $5,000 and a minimum of $500 will be paid
to start. An A feature event is also
planned which will pay $1,000 to win. It's open to all modified
competitors. Up to four drivers out of this event will be transferred
to the Race of Champions for a chance at the $5,000 payout. This
event needed to happen for these drivers, stated Kennedy. They
put on a great show every week and deserve an event like this. I want
Plymouth Speedway to host this exclusive race every year!
| As the 2014 dirt season draws near at
Plymouth Speedway, more information about this exclusive event will
be available on www.plymouthspeedway.net, the speedways Facebook
page and on Twitter. This will be the highlighted event of the
Track Roundtable Discussion Involves Fans
|(South Bend, IN) NASCAR driver David
Stremme hosted a Short Track Roundtable at the Double Tree Inn
in downtown South Bend, Indiana where several race track owners
and employees gathered to discuss ideas on how to improve racing
shows and fan attendance.
|Plymouth Speedway was represented
as well as Kalamazoo, Anderson, Fort Wayne and South Bend Speedway,
plus representatives of other racing entities. The length of
a regular nights show, the product (racing), the networking
of drivers and track personnel and fan involvement were discussed.
| Driver interaction and ways to
cater to the fans were also highlighted. All of the participating
track attendees agreed that these suggestions will be taken
back to the track employees and volunteers and incorporated
in some fashion.
|Track workers, drivers and team
regularly work hard to entertain and to spark interest in fans
of all ages. On the other side of the flag, why should someone
attend a short track race? David Stremme said theres no
other experience like it. Go for excitement, Stremme
explained. If you want to see a great show, theres
no other place you can get as close to the action. See it and
take it in! TV doesnt do justice for what kind of energy
is at a local short track. Its amazing what you see people
do with equipment.
|Dont miss what a local short
track has in store for fans this upcoming season! A passion
for racing may develop.
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