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Final points race at Plymouth Speedway
Photo by Greg Hildebrand
The Super Street winners are (from left) Joshua Frye (second place), Joe Spiewak (first) and track points winner Shaun Wiltjer (third place).

PLYMOUTH—Saturday night was the final points night of the regular season at the Plymouth Speedway.

An exciting last-lap incident capped off an action-packed 600 feature. Noah Miller of Akron started on the pole with Granger’s Chad Hartzell along side. An early yellow on lap three had Miller ahead of Hartzell, followed by Jacob Ruppe of South Bend. Hartzell was able to get around Miller only to have the yellow come out at lap six and he had to give the position back.

Once the race went back to green, it wasn’t too many laps and the leaders were catching the tail of the 22-car field. Working their way through lapped track, Joshua James of Logansport moved into second ahead of Hartzell and Bradley Jameson, also of Logansport, was fourth with these four cars separating themselves from the pack.

Nappanee’s Kevin Hapner, who started 18th, was making moves towards the front four when the yellow flew at lap 13. Jameson had passed Hartzell for third just before the restart and was able to keep the position. With seven laps remaining, the leaders were separated from the lapped cars again. Miller, James, Jameson and Hartzell  took the green flag and remained in that order until with only three laps remaining James and Hartzell started looking up high to get around the competition.

With the top four running two-wide, they caught the tail of the field with two laps remaining. Coming to the white flag, James tried to get under a lapped car with Miller along side. They tangled as Hartzell had to make an evasive move, and Jameson found a hole and made it through untouched, coming across the stripe in first. James grabbed second and Fowler’s Andy Hall snuck in to third, with Hapner fourth and Hartzell fifth.

Miller was credited with 19th after leading the lion share of the race. Hartzell was crowned track champion with Hapner in second and Warsaw’s Blake Lamb finishing third in points for the season.

The modified feature started with some early cautions, but once the field thinned, the 25-lap feature finished on a long green flag run. Fifteen cars took the opening green flag with the early lead going to Jameson — who did double duty in the modified and the 600. Behind Jameson in the 24 car was Claypool’s Zeke McKenzie and Valparaiso’s Frank Marshall. The next caution on lap six, Steven Hogue of Akron, Ohio spun Jameson, who was still leading with Marshall and McKenzie trading positions. After the restart, Marshall had the lead on lap eight with McKenzie passing Jameson a lap latter for second. Lap 10 saw another yellow, the second spin for Josh Elliott. The top three finished in the same position 15 laps later.

Marion’s Randy Lines had wrapped up the season points race last week, and was absent from the night’s racing. Marshall finished second ahead of Jamie Lomax, of Lake Village, with Lafayette’s Matt Mitchell and Hobart’s DJ Streeter rounding out the top five in season points.

Super Streets had a first-time feature winner with Merrillville’s Joe Spiewak taking the checkers. The green flag dropped on Winamac’s David Fritz on the pole with Spiewak’s father, Joe Sr., sharing the front row ahead of Gary’s Shaun Wiltjer and the younger Spiewak.

Fritz grabbed the lead over Wiltjer followed by Spiewak through a couple of yellows and for the fstarting position to work his way to the front. As the leaders would catch lapped cars, it would close the gap, but Saunders was unable to get close enough to pass. On lap 15, Saunders looped the 71 in turn 4 but was able to keep the engine firing and continued on in second  — giving up most of a straight away. On theirst half of the race. Wiltjer was pressuring Fritz for the lead early, until Spiewak made it a three-car race. While Wiltjer and Spiewak battled for second, Fritz was able to stretch a little bit of a lead, until a yellow at lap 17 for the 17 car driven by Preston Oberle of Battle Ground.

On the restart, Fritz’s engine had gone soft allowing Spiewak to get past for his win of the season. Second place went to Joshua Frye of Ravenna, Mich. Wiltjer, who finished third, was named the track champion, finishing the year with five wins — 14 top fives in 15 feature starts. Hobart’s Bob McLean finished the year second in points ahead of Fritz and Rochester’s Mike Fincher in fourth.

The Thunder Stocks race featured the closest finish of the night as Plymouth’s Tom Grall was able to get a front quarter ahead of South Bend’s Shane Sanders at the white flag, but it wasn’t decided until the final turn when Grall was able to complete the pass for the checkered flag. Sanders started sixth but had the lead by lap five when pole sitter Tommy Sutton, of Black Oak, was spun bringing out the yellow. Sanders’ lead over Hall (another pulling double duty in the Thunder Stocks as well as the 600s) with Grall in third and Hobart’s Wade Clemmons in fourth. The top four cars ran nose-to-tail most of the race. Lap 12 saw Grall get by Hall for second. With five laps remaining, the first four started to catch lapped traffic. Grall looked high to get past Sanders, only to drop back into line as a lapper was running up there. A lap later Grall looked low as they approached a couple of lapped cars racing for position. Sanders got around them and as Grall moved down to pass, Hall saw an opportunity to block Grall from getting the spot. Grall’s rear bumper got locked onto Hall’s nose tearing the nose from the car and getting Hall loose. Hall collected the lapped car of Don Dykhuizen of Gary in a crash on the front stretch that brought out an extended yellow flag. Once racing resumed, Grall went to work to get past Sanders with two laps remaining for the win.

Grall finished first in points followed by Hobart’s Kevin Kerlin in second and Hall in third.

The green flag dropped on a 10-car field of Pro Sprints with the season championship somewhat up in the air, but Lakeville’s Garrett Saunders won the season championship by 53 points over Plymouth’s Zane DeVault with his second place finish to DeVault in the feature. DeVault started the feature from the pole with Saunders starting sixth. Saunders made short work of the four cars between DeVault and himself. but that also gave DeVault time to get out to the lead. As they ran laps, Michael Summers of Warsaw was busy picking up positions from his ninth-place next lap, the 48 of Nicholas Hull of South Whitley looped it in about the same spot, which brought out a yellow with four laps to go. The restart bunched up the field and DeVault was able to get a clean start holding off Saunders. Goshen’s Tyler Fitzpatrick restarted in third but was passed by Summers a lap later. Summers finished third after suffering with an ill-running car in the heat which kept him busy working to remedy in the pits throughout the night. Summers also claimed the third place in the season points race.
The first feature of the evening was the Mini Wedge. Eau Claire, Michigan’s Ryan Zelmer started on the outside of the front row took the lead on the first lap and let things shuffle behind him. Zelmer got the win and the season points championship. Kokomo’s Clinton Hunter finished second in the feature and for the season while Preston Prater of Rochester came home third after starting on the pole  to also finish third in the season points. South Bend’s Samantha Banta finished the season in fourth with 15 feature starts and 15 top 10's.
The weekly points racing maybe over but next weekend’s racing will be the final racing of the year. The two-day World Series of Dirt show begins Friday with Pro Sprints, Non-wing 600s, Thunder Stocks, Mini Wedges and Front Wheel Drives making an appearance. Saturday will feature two 30-lap Mod races with a special incentive to win both races. Super Streets and Thunder Cars will also race. Ending the season will be two nights of Monster Truck Racing Sept. 23 and 24. Contact Plymouth Speedway for more information on those events: 574-936-0900.
 
 
John Stone Memorial won by friend, Marshall
John Stone & Judith Stone
PLYMOUTH (AUG. 26, 2017) – John Stone’s life was celebrated at Plymouth Speedway Saturday night. Stone, who was instrumental in helping with the new grandstands, spent much of his free time at the racetrack, helping make it the venue what it is today. Stone’s wife Judith, and other family members, were serenaded with a couple of laps by cars from several of the track’s series: Chad Hartzell and Eric Saunders in 600 Opens; Garrett Saunders in a Pro Sprint; PeeWee Warren in a Super Stock and Frank Marshall in a Modified. Leading the laps were Plymouth Speedway employees, who then joined the rest of the track employees and the Stone family for a group photo.
With about 20 laps down, two of the four leaders in Lafayette’s Matt Mitchell and Marion’s Randy Lines bowed out with mechanical issues in the Modified race. A hard-charging Frank Marshall of Valparaiso took the win. Marshall was a close friend of Stone’s.
“I really really wanted to be here tonight for the race, and for John,” Marshalls said of winning the John Stone Memorial.” If you didn’t know John, you should have.”
Claypool’s Zeke McKenzie finished second. Darek Snyder of Mentone was third; fourth was Muskegon, Mich.’s Jeffery Erickson; fifth was Mitch Bailey of Medaryville.
Even though Lines had car trouble, he secured the track championship. Marshall is in second in season standings, 146 points back. The rest of the top five currently are: (-168) Jamie Lomax of Lake Village; (-211) Mitchell; and (-369) D.J. Streeter of Hobart.
Also from Hobart, Calvin Peek, Jr. led Merrillville’s Michael Clark to the checkers in the Super Street series, while Lowell’s Ron Wilkes came in third. Fourth was Gary’s Shaun Wiltjer and fifth was Hobart’s Bob McLean. Winamac’s David Fritz was sixth and Michael Fincher of Rochester notched his best finish of the season in seventh.
With just one more week to rack in points (Sept. 9), Fincher is tied for fourth in points with 10 consistent top 10s in his first year in the series, with Charlie Poague, who has eight top fives and two top 10s. The two are 231 points back from first place point-sitter Wiltjer, who leads with a series-high five wins and eight more top fives. Second in points is McLean, just 55 points back and third is Fritz, 73 points back from the leader. Peek, Jr. has the second most wins on the season so far, with four.
Nappanee’s Kevin Hapner won the 600 Open with Warsaw’s Blake Lamb and Granger’s Chad Hartzell coming in second and third. Hapner jumped to second in points, just 95 back from the lead; Hartzell has recorded four wins this season, a series high. “I’m just thankful to race with this group of guys out here,” Hartzell said of his unofficial points lead championship, with just one race left.
Thunder Stocks were won by Plymouth’s Tom Grall. Kevin Kerlin of Hobart was second and Hamlet’s Rick Wontorski was third, his first-time top three in his rookie season. Both from Hobart, Wade Clemmons recorded a fourth place finish and Chad McLean was fifth. Grall leads Kerlin in season points by 144. Fowler’s Clint Hall is third (-161) and McLean is fourth (-172)
The Pro Sprint race top three mirrored the points standings, as Lakeville’s Garrett Saunders was first; Plymouth’s Zane DeVault was second (-58) and Warsaw’s Michael Summers was third (-109). Goshen’s Tyler Fitzpatrick was fourth Saturday and Lakeville’s Eric Saunders was fifth, but sits in fourth in standings (-124). Eli Laken is fifth in season points (-198).
Saunders said he appreciates all the people he races against: “I want to thank all these guys for putting their cars together and coming out here and racing.
The Mini Wedge race was won by Rochester’s Preston Prater, followed by Kokomo’s Clinton Hunter and Eau Claire, Mich.’s Ryin Zelmer, who leads the season standings just slightly over Hunter (-19). Prater is third in points, 115 back.
Saturday, Sept. 2 is a night off racing due to the Marshall County Blueberry Festival weekend and the season championship will be Sept. 9. Gates open at 4 p.m., racing is at 7 p.m. Admission is free for kids 0-5; $5 for kids 6-12; and $12 for adults. Pit passes are $30.
Also visit Plymouth Speedway on Facebook for the latest event information, updates and photos. Media contact: Maggie Nixon plymouthspeedwayPR@gmail.com.
 
 
Grall, Jameson take advantage of yellow at Plymouth Speedway
Photo: Tom Grall
Grall, Jameson take advantage of yellow at Plymouth Speedway
PLYMOUTH (AUGUST 19, 2017) –A caution on lap 13 gave Plymouth’s Tom Grall all the momentum he needed to take the lead from Gary’s Randy Lambert in the Thunder Stock series at Plymouth Speedway Saturday night. Lambert finished second, and Wade Clemmons of Hobart was third. Fourth was Clint Hall of Fowler and finishing fifth was Chad McLean of Hobart.
“Randy was hard to pass, but we’re glad to be up here,” Grall said of his first-place finish.
In the Modified race, Rensselaer’s Devin Wright and Lake Village’s Jamie Lomax drew a red flag when their cars got tangled during a caution on Lap 1. Racing resumed about 15 minutes later, only for another caution entering turn 2 involving several cars. It was green-flag racing for another five laps, until another caution came out. Bradley Jameson of Logansport maintained the lead through yet another caution in Turn 4 that took out Valparaiso’s Frank Marshall and Lake Village’s Jamie Lomax. Marshall, starting 14th, was hard-charging to the front and in fourth when a crash collected him.
A few more cautions caused a maximum time restraint to get the race in, and at 12 laps and 40 minutes, the green flag waved, albeit very quickly, as a caution came out on lap 14. That gave the checkers to Jameson; second going to Mitch Bailey; third Darek Snyder; fourth Roger Cavness and fifth Josh Knebel.
“I was just hoping to run the whole 25 laps, but it feels good to get a win,” Jameson said, thanking his family and friends for coming out to the track.
Other results include:
Street  Stocks – first Joshua Frye, Ravenna, Mich.; second Ron Wilkes, Lowell; third Bob McLean, Hobart; fourth Shane Pendleton; fifth Shaun Wiltjer, Gary.
600 Minis – first Blake Lamb, Warsaw; second B-Ray Kinzer; third Ed Cleveland, Plymouth; fourth Chad Hartzell, Granger; fifth Jeff Henson, North Manchester
Pro Spirints – first Garrett Saunders, Lakeville; second Zane DeVault, Plymouth; third Eric Saunders, Lakeville; fourth Michael Summers, Warsaw; fifth Eli Lakin, Buchanan, Mich.
Mini Wedge – first Ryin Zelmer, EauClaire, Mich.; second Jake Rush, Lakeville; third Clinton Hunter, Kokomo; fourth Cade Rush, Lakeville; fifth Braydan Erickson, Muskegon, Mich.
Next Saturday, Aug. 26 will be the “John Stone Memorial Night” event at Plymouth Speedway. Gates open at 4 p.m.; racing starts at 7p.m. Kids 5 and under are free; 6-12 are $5 and adults are $12. Pit passes are $30. The following week, racing will take a break for Blueberry Festival weekend, Sept. 2. Saturday, Sept. 9 is final points (championship) night. Rounding out the season Sept. 15 and 16 will be World Series of Dirt events and Sept. 23 and 24 are Monster Truck Throw Downs. The awards banquet at Swan Lake will be held Saturday, Jan. 18.

Visit Plymouth Speedway on Facebook for the latest event information, updates and photos.

Media contact: Maggie Nixon plymouthspeedwayPR@gmail.com.
 
 
It was a happy (birthday) celebration for Wallace in Plymouth win
Photo by Maggie Nixon
Fox Sports Broadcaster and NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace is given a bouquet of balloons and two cakes for his upcoming birthday. Plymouth Speedway announcer Scott Stine interviewed "Herm" while Irish Saunders presents the cake, before Wallace won the Modified race Saturday night.
PLYMOUTH (AUG. 12, 2017) – NASCAR driver and Fox Sports commentator Kenny Wallace was surprised by his friends and fans at Plymouth Speedway Saturday night, as he was presented with not just one, but two cakes and a huge bouquet of balloons for his upcoming birthday, Aug. 23. “Herm” Wallace was even more touched when the grandstands then broke out singing “Happy Birthday.”
Wallace, a St. Louis native, was on hand to race his UMP Modified at the Playground of Power, before traveling to Michigan International Speedway Sunday to broadcast in Berlin, Mich. for the NASCAR race.
Wallace had more than just his birthday to celebrate at the Playground of Power, and put the icing on the cake, so to speak, as he dominated the Modified race to take the win.
Marion’s Randy Lines made an astounding comeback Saturday night, after flipping his #18 Modified the previous weekend at Plymouth. Determined to heal quickly and keep his points lead, Lines wound up sixth. Second place in points, Lake Village’s Jamie Lomax, left the race early due to a broken spring, giving Lines a bit of a break for season standings. Lines was able to extend his lead at 942, over Lomax’s 783. Both have six wins at Plymouth this year. Finishing in second Saturday was Valparaiso’s Frank Marshall (sitting at third in season points) and third went to Logansport’s Bradley Jameson.
While Wallace was happy to take the checkers, he gave kudos to Plymouth’s regular racers.
“Frank Marshall is one of the best in the United States. Jamie Lomax is third in the United States,” Wallace said. “Randy Lines is one of the best in Indiana. You’ve got some of the best racers in the country right here every week.”
Rounding out the top five was Devin Wright of Rensselaer and Lafayette’s Matt Mitchell.
In other finishes:
*Lakeville’s Garrett Saunders took the lead early and won the Pro Spints race. Plymouth’s Zane DeVault maintained a solid second place and Goshen’s Brett Mann was third. Lakeville’s Eric Saunders was fourth and Michael Summers of Warsaw was fifth.
*Jake Rush of Lakeville was first in the Mini Wedge; Ryin Zelmer of Eau Claire, Mich. was second; Clinton Hunter of Kokomo was third. Rounding out the top five were Cade Rush of Lakeville and Bracen Lowe of Gary.
*Granger’s Chad Hartzell found his way back to the checkers for his fourth win this season. Kevin Hapner of Nappanee was second; Blake Lamb of Warsaw was third. Columbia City’s Kyle Burns finished fourth and Warsaw’s Trey Johnson was fifth.
*Super Streets driver Joe Spiewak of Merrillville led most of the caution-clad race, but wound up second to Hobart’s Calvin Peek, Jr.  Winamac’s David Fritz was third; Gary’s Shaun Wiltjer was fourth; and Hobart’s Bob McLean was fifth.
* The Thunder Stock race was won by Plymouth’s Tom Grall; second was Hobart’s Kevin Kerlin; third was Clint Hall of Fowler; Austen Hubbard of Valparaiso was fourth and South Bend’s Bryan Banta was fifth.
Visit Plymouth Speedway on Facebook for the latest event information, updates and photos. Media contact: Maggie Nixon plymouthspeedwayPR@gmail.com.
 
 
Kenny Wallace racing Saturday at Plymouth Speedway's Fan Appreciation Night
This Saturday night, Aug. 12, will be an exciting night at the Playground of Power!
NASCAR driver and Fox Sports commentator Kenny Wallace will join the night's Modified race. "We finished second there last year," Wallace, who will driving his Toyota UMP Modified said, "and had a really good side-by-side race for the win."
It's also Plymouth Speedway's Fan Appreciation Night, and every fan who comes through the gate will get a free bag of popcorn from S&S Concessions.
Also on the schedule, with Modifieds will be Thunder Stocks, 600s, Pro Sprints, Street Stocks and Mini-Wedges. Pits cost $30; adults are $12; children 6-12 are $5 and 5 and under are free. Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m.
Additionally this weekend, on Sunday, Aug. 13, Plymouth Speedway will host the Kenny Wallace Driving Experience from 8 a.m. til dark.
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Casebolt wins American Ethanol Late Model Tour 40 lapper at Plymouth
By Stan Kalwasinski
RaceStar Publications.com
Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Steve Casebolt wins the American Ethanol Late Model Tour race at Plymouth Speedway Saturday night.
Plymouth, Ind., August 5—Richmond, Indiana’s Steve Casebolt came home the winner of the 40-lap American Ethanol Late Model Tour feature race on the dirt at the Plymouth Speedway Saturday night.

The 39-year-old Casebolt guided his Sudz Car Wash/Gotta Race Competitive Racegear-sponsored No. c9 entry to the $4,000 victory ahead of Illinois’ Tim Manville, who pressured Casebolt most of the race for the top spot.  Finishing behind the leading duo were series points leader Dona Marcoullier, Travis Stemler, Tripp Gerrald and Brandon Thirlby.

A field of 20 started the 40 lapper on the three-eighths-mile oval with Casebolt taking control from his outside front row starting position. Casebolt and Manville raced the bottom groove while Marcoullier worked the top groove to move to third spot.  Casebolt felt a lot of pressure from Manville at about the half-way point of the race.

“I knew he (Tim Manville) was going to be good,” said Casebolt.  “He started up close (to the front) like we were.  He is always a good racer. This place slicked up on the bottom (groove). The toughest part was trying to hold him off.  I wanted more traffic.  They kept having yellows. I thought if we got into traffic I could shake Tim.”

Steven Brooks of New Lenox, Ill., captured the 25-lap main event for UMP DIRTcar modifieds, holding off a persistent Frank Marshall.  Jamie Lomax finished third followed by Dylan Woodling, Larry Witt Jr. and Phil Hamand.
“Early on in the race, I couldn’t get a rhythm going,” said Brooks. “At one point there we caught lapped traffic racing side-by-side.  They were racing hard for their spot and we were able to sneak by them.”

Plymouth’s modified division points leader Randy Lines, of Marion, Ind., was injured after his car took several violent flips during the first eight-lap heat race of the night. It was reported that he was being taken to Memorial Hospital of South Bend with undisclosed injuries. His wife later confirmed that he is going to be ok, just sore while he recovers.

Preston Oberle bested Chris Joseph and Tom Grall in the 25-lap feature race for Thunder Stocks division.

Top 5 in the Late Model finish included: Steve Casebolt, Tim Manville, Dona Marcoullier, Travis Stemler and Tripp Gerrald.
Saturday night, Aug. 12, Plymouth hosts fan appreciation night — every fan who comes through the gate gets a free bag of popcorn from S&S Concessions. It will be back to the normal race schedule, with Modifieds, Thunder Stocks, 600s, Pro Sprints, Street Stocks and Mini-Wedges. Pits cost $30; adults are $12; children 6-12 are $5 and 5 and under are free. Racing begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, the Playground of Power hosts the Kenny Wallace Driving Experience from 8 a.m. til dark.

Find results, photos and more on Plymouth Speedway on Facebook.

Media contact: Maggie Nixon, plymouthspeedwaypr@gmail.com
 
Photo by Casey Bradley
Marion, Ind.'s Randy Lines was involved in a spectacular and scary crash in the Modifieds heat race Saturday. According to family members, he is doing ok and is sore, but will recover.
 
 
Three is lucky number for Trey Johnson at Plymouth Speedway
Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Trey Johnson (center) won his third 600 Open in a row at Plymouth Speedway.  Andrew Cockman was second and Chad Hartzell was third.
PLYMOUTH (JULY 29, 2017) – In basketball, trey means three. In playing cards or dice, trey has three spots. Warsaw’s Trey Johnson held true to the meaning of trey, taking his third win at Plymouth Speedway.
Saturday night’s opening race of the 600 Open saw Johnson take the lead and the win from – of course – his third starting spot.
Granger’s Andrew Cockman moved from his ninth starting spot to take second place, and Granger’s Chad Hartzell, starting second, battled lapped traffic and finished third.
“Mostly, I enjoy racing with these guys,” Johnson said, “and putting on a good show for these fans.”
Portage’s Charlie Poague jumped out to an early lead over Eric Hunter of Kokomo in the Super Streets. A caution at lap 7 bunched the field and at restart, another quick caution came out. Hunter had fallen back and Poague ended up involved in a lap 11 caution, giving the lead to Battleground’s Preston Oberle. Hobart’s Bob McLean was hot on his tail, finishing second, and Gary’s Shaun Wiltjer was less than a car-length behind, finishing third.
Oberle, who drove his for-sale car to the checkers, said, “It’s tough to even make it on the podium,” he added, thanking all of his sponsors and those who have helped him, along with his baby son, Parker.
Plymouth’s Tom Grall distanced himself from the field by lap 2 of the Thunder Stock race. Sheldon Oberle worked on the leader, while a pair of South Bend drivers, Bryan Banta and Shane Sanders, fought for third – Sanders coming out the winner of that duel. With two laps to go and caution for debris in turn 3, Grall and Oberle were poised for a two-lap shootout to the checkers. On turn 3 of the last lap, Oberle spun and Sanders secured the second spot. Atlanta, Ga.’s Mark Swan finished third, in only his 10th start on dirt, he said.
“I’m glad we got the car straightened out,” Grall said if his win, “and hope all that bad luck is behind us.”
Jamie Lomax of Lake Village and Randy Lines of Marion made it another tight race for the second week in a row in the Modifieds race. Last week, Lines slid past Lomax on the last quarter lap to steal the win. This week, the two battled lap traffic with eight laps to go, with less than a car length between them. A caution with three laps to go helped Lomax extend his lead for the win. Lines finished second and Logansport’s Bradley Jameson was third.
“I knew if I hit my marks for those last couple laps I’d get it done. Randy always runs clean. It’s always fun racing here, great track, great facility,” Lomax said, adding he had a great turnout in his pits for autograph night. 
“I hope that was as fun for the fans as it was for me,” Lines said. “The last three or four laps I thought I had something for him. You can’t take a win for granted in this series. You get on a win streak and other drivers come nippin’ up on ya.”
The Pro Sprint series closed out the night. Plymouth’s Zane DeVault and Lakeville’s Garrett Saunders battled for the lead, with DeVault on the low line and Saunders up high. Getting into lapped traffic, Saunders turned to the low line. With two laps to go, Akron, Ohio’s Steven Hogue tumbled end over end out of turn 4. That set up a green/white/checker. DeVault took the high line of the track to the checkers, with Saunders finishing second and Warsaw’s Michael Summers third.
The Mini Wedge race was won by Ryin Zelmer of Eau Claire, Mich. Second was Justin White of Stevensville, Mich. and Clinton Hunter of Kokomo was third.
Saturday, Aug. 5 is the American Ethanol Late Models, Mods and $400 to win Thunder Stocks. Gates, open at 4 p.m.; heats at 6 and racing at 7. Cost is $20 for adults; children 6-12 are $7 and 5 and under free. Pit passes are $35.
Also visit Plymouth Speedway on Facebook for the latest event information, updates and photos. Media contact: Maggie Nixon plymouthspeedwayPR@gmail.com.
 
 
Oberle, Lines win sixth race each in Thunder Stocks, Modifieds
PLYMOUTH (JULY 22, 2017) – It was a night of giving Saturday at Plymouth Speedway for its Christmas in July special events, as the track teamed up with Plymouth FOP Lodge #195 to help raise money to assist less fortunate kids have a great Christmas – part of the annual “Shop with a Cop and Emergency Services” program. Four more children will be able to shop this year, thanks to the generous donations of the speedway and its fans. Hundreds are helped annually in the Marshall County community.
Pictured: Randy Lines
Following bike races for kids at intermission, racing got underway. Quite a few laps were run under yellow for the Super Streets at the Playground of Power. Gary’s Shaun Wiltjer battled Lowell’s Ron Wilkes for second for about three laps, until he finally moved past Wilkes on lap 9. Leading the pair was Calvin Peek, Jr. of Hobart. Continuous yellow flags led to a yellow/checkered finish. “Don’t want to win like that, we’d rather win under green,” Peek said, of his first-place win. Wiltjer was second with Wilkes third.
Next up was the Thunder Stocks. “Superman” Sheldon Oberle led all laps, taking the win. Second place went to Chris Joseph of Kewanna and third was South Bend’s Shane Sanders.
Complete with red cape and Superman shirt under his firesuit, Battleground’s Oberle won his second race in as many weeks, his sixth of the season total.  “I didn’t want any of those cautions,” Oberle said. “Felt the 57 right behind me and worked out for us I guess.”
Last year’s track champion Sanders was on the winner’s podium for the first time this year, and said, “We missed set up and just couldn’t get a run.”
Warsaw’s Dylan Woodling led the Modifieds until lap 8, when Lake Village’s Jamie Lomax stole the top spot. Lomax looked to be in good shape for the win, until the last lap – actually about the last quarter of a lap – when Marion’s Randy Lines stole the show on a last second pass in a photo finish for the win.
Lines, who came from ninth starting position on 25 green flag laps, had to ask who won the race when he exited his car. “I really didn’t know who won the race. I was paying attention to lapped traffic and didn’t even know what lap we were on.”
Lomax was second and Woodling finished third. This was Lines’ fifth win in a row and sixth of the season, as well. Only Garrett Saunders of Lakeville in the Pro Sprints has more wins, with seven.
The last race of the evening saw many familiar faces from the Pro Sprints series taking part in the 600 Open, since the Pro Sprints had the night off.
Pictured: Sheldon Oberle
Lakeville’s Eric Saunders and Plymouth’s Zane DeVault started in the first and fourth positions, with Nappanee’s Kevin Hapner in second and Warsaw’s Trey Johnson in third. During a caution, Saunders pitted and started at the tail end of the lead lap.
Johnson, who earned his first track win last week, found the lead again and took the checkers for the second time. Second place was Hapner and third was Granger’s Chad Hartzell. “This really means a lot, we needed a couple wins here,” Johnson said.
Earlier in the night, the Mini Wedge race was won by Justin White of Stevensville, Mich. with Ryin Zelmer of Eau Claire, Mich. in second and Ben Fultz of West Lafayette in third.
Next Saturday night is autograph night at Plymouth Speedway, with all classes: Modifieds, 600 Open, Thunder Stocks, Super Streets, Pro Sprints and Mini Wedge. Gates open at 4 p.m.; heats at 6 and racing at 7. Cost is $12 for adults; children 6-12 $5 and 5 and under free. Pit passes are $30.
Also visit Plymouth Speedway on Facebook for the latest event information, updates and photos. Media contact: Maggie Nixon plymouthspeedwayPR@gmail.com.
 
 
Santa will be the star at Plymouth Speedway Saturday
PLYMOUTH — We aren’t expecting snow, but it will be Christmas in July at the Plymouth Speedway Saturday night.
Teaming up with the Plymouth FOP Lodge #195, Plymouth Speedway is hoping to raise money to help less fortunate kids have a great Christmas as part of the annual “Shop with a Cop and Emergency Services” program that has helped so many in Marshall County over the years.
“(Plymouth Speedway Owner) Ed Kennedy loves to be involved with any program that helps kids,” said Sara Tarlton, the track’s race director. “The Plymouth Speedway is a family-oriented, family-friendly place and this program is part of that. We want to help the community and make a difference in Marshall County and this is a way to make that happen.”
“This is something we’ve actually been talking about for several years now and it really is a natural fit for what we do,” said Hurschel Hunter, president of FOP 195 and one of the founders of the Shop with a Cop and Emergency Services program. “Ed (Kennedy) is very involved with lots of youth programs, especially in his home state of Florida and Georgia and I know he’s always wanted to be involved here in Marshall County. We’ve been refining the idea and I think we’ve finally hit on something.” What they’ve hit on is Santa.
“We’ve been able to convince Santa to make the long trip here during the summer just to make a special appearance for the race Saturday,” said Hunter. “He (Santa) always seems to be willing to make a special appearance when we ask him to help us out.”
Santa will make his appearance at the Playground of Power meeting and greeting all his fans in attendance, taking a trip around the track and walking through the grandstands to meet the kids. He’s also been given the important job of waving the green flag to start racing for the night. “We are going to have another special event Saturday with bike races,” said Tarlton. “Any kid who wants to bring their bike out will be able to be part of the races and we will be having bike giveaways. Wal-Mart will provide us with a pair of bikes to give away to a pair of lucky kids this week.” In addition to the bikes, there will be a raffle for numerous prizes. Each raffle ticket will be $1 and gives each purchaser a shot at passes to Holiday World and Indiana Caverns, the Indianapolis Zoo, Deep River Water Park as well as Hoosier Racing items and free admissions to the Plymouth Speedway.
At intermission, drivers will make their way through the crowd passing their helmets hoping to raise money for the Shop with a Cop program. Any fan who wants will be able to have their picture taken with Santa during the evening. “Saturday night is really going to be all about the kids,” said Tarlton.
“We’re excited about this partnership with Plymouth Speedway,” added Hunter. “It is really one of the finest facilities in the midwest and we hope lots of families will come out and see for themselves Saturday and maybe help another family at the same time.”

In addition to the special events, a normal night of racing — except no Pro Sprints this week— starts at 7 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m. Adults are $12; children 6-12 are $5 and 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $30. Email: Maggie Nixon at PlymouthSpeedwayPR@gmail.com.

 
 
Johnson first time winner at Plymouth Speedway
Mods put on quite a show of their own
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Trey Johnson celebrates his first 600 Open win at Plymouth Speedway Saturday night.
PLYMOUTH (JULY 15, 2017) – Modified drivers took the first lap four-wide, giving Playground of Power Plymouth Speedway fans lots of excitement Saturday night.
Eighteen cars took the green after an early caution, as Randy Lines pulled away from Brian Post and Devin Wright. As many cautions as laps (three), racing was a go again for awhile, and Lafayette’s Matt Mitchell found himself in solid second. Valparaiso’s Frank Marshall was a man on the move, finishing third.
In the end, it was a dominant performance by Marion’s Lines that earned him the win. “There was pretty much moisture from top to bottom here,” Lines said, of being able to run any line on the track Saturday night. “Wish we could have stayed green, I may have had a shot at Randy,” Mitchell said.

“We had a good run going late,” Marshall explained. “It was just about to get real exciting with lapped traffic and stuff, but those early cautions stopped us.”

Plymouth’s Tom Grall found trouble on the first corner of the first lap, and rode a flat tire until a caution at lap 4 in the Thunder Stock series. Grall hit the pits, and just 16 cars remained of the 21-car field.

Grall got the tire changed while under caution and started from the back when the race went green, with South Bend’s Bryan Banta in the lead. Hobart’s Kevin Kerlin kept inching closer, and on lap 12, another caution came out as “Superman” Sheldon Oberle had worked his way from 10th starting spot to third. Within two laps, Oberle was second, and slid into first with three laps to go, ultimately taking the checkers.

 “He gave me a good run for my money,” Oberle said of Banta. “Hard to beat that car,” Banta responded. Oberle said he planned on giving away his first-place trophy, and also passed out Superman shirts to fans.

The Mini Wedge race was won by Jake Rush of Lakeville. Sonja Driesens of Grand Rapids was second and Clinton Hunter of Kokomo was third.

Lakeville’s Garrett Saunders showed early domination of his own in the Pro Sprints race.

Plymouth’s Zane DeVault was steady in second and Osceola’s John Gurley was solid in third in the no-caution green to checker race. Nine cars finished the 20-lap feature.
“It’s cool to go caution free,” Saunders said. “The car was really good. I knew Zane was right there on me. When we were all out there and we got into lapped traffic, we weren’t even turning any RPMs.”
DeVault said of his run, “It was a good car; the cushion devolved more than we thought.”
Gurley said, “It’s like homecoming for the Gurley family here. I wish we would have had a better showing. We lost a couple cylinders about halfway through. This is just a team effort. We’ll keep working on it, and I promise you boys, one of these days we’re going to be in the top spot.”
The night’s finale of the 600 Open went five laps before a caution came out, with Granger’s Chad Hartzell in the lead. At lap 7, Doug Nichols ended up upside down while running in the eighth position. Another caution at lap 10 was an unlucky one for Hartzell, as he was involved and went to the back, then lost power for good and had to leave the race. Warsaw’s Trey Johnson took the lead at green, and easily led the rest of the field. Fowler’s Andy Hall was second and Kevin Hapner of Nappanee was third.

First-time winner Johnson said “It feels awesome; we’ve been working on this for two years and finally got one.” Regarding Hartzell’s bad luck, Johnson said, “He’s hard to beat.”

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Mod driver Randy Lines celebrates with his little one fast asleep.
 
 
Lomax wins again; Hartzell back on podium
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Chad Hartzel stands on his ride after taking first in the 600 Open.
The Mini Wedge winners Clinton Hunter, Ryin Zelmer and Justin White. 
PLYMOUTH (JULY 8, 2017) – Frank Marshall closed in on Jamie Lomax with three laps to go in the Modified feature at Plymouth Speedway Saturday night, as the lead cars battled lapped traffic late in the race. Lomax held the lead and took the win, his fifth of the season.
After one caution on lap four, Lake Village, Ind.’s Lomax led the next 21 laps to the checkers. “We just tried to go where they (lapped traffic) wasn’t,” he said. “We just tried to find the escape route. I saw Frank (Marshall) back there and thought, ‘we gotta get going.’”
Marshall, of Valparaiso, netted his eighth top 10 finish this season. “That lapped traffic I thought was really gonna help me out. Jamie was really fast tonight; we didn’t’ have much for him,” Marshall said.
 “It feels good to be up here,” Schererville’s Rich Dawson said, “I’ve got to thank my kid, every time he’s here we run top five.”
Randy Lines (Marion) was fourth and Bradley Jameson (Logansport) was fifth. Eight cars ran 20 laps in the Pro Sprints race. Lakeville’s Eric Saunders started in the front, with Warsaw’s Michael Summers. Garrett Saunders (Lakeville) quickly took the lead from his third starting spot, while Plymouth’s Zane DeVault moved from eighth to third by the time a caution came out with two laps to go.
Setting up the green/white/checker, Garrett Saunders maintained the lead, with Eric Saunders and DeVault finishing second and third. Summers finished fourth and John Gurley of Osceola was fifth. “Tonight we struggled a little bit,” Garrett said of the track. “I was expecting the top to be a little wider than it was. But it was really cool to have everyone out here tonight.”
“He’s (Garrett’s) crazy, he goes way up top and gets momentum up there,” Eric said of taking the low line on the track.
“That car was awesome from what we had in the heat race,” DeVault said. “I was sweating, that car was fast.”
Six cars were involved in a Turn 1 crash bringing out a caution on lap one of the 600 Open. The race was red flagged momentarily and when it went green, a spectacular flip by Dalton Richards (Lowell, Ind.) brought out the red again.
Richards came around Turn 3 and went end over end, but wound up landing on his wheels.
Chad Hartzell (Granger) took the lead from Andy Hall (Fowler) when the race went green, and after a caution on the fifth lap, Hartzell never looked back. Nick Schaefer (Granger) slid into second and Morgan Castle pulled into third. Trey Johnson (Warsaw) made his way from his 15th starting spot to fourth, when Castle and Johnson tangled, flipping Johnson in Turn 3. Once the third red flag of the race was lifted, there were three laps to go.
Hartzell held off Schaefer for the win. “It’s about time. It’s been about a month of tough draws,” Hartzell said. “I gotta give a lot of thanks to Garrett Saunders. He spent some time with me over the last few weeks to really get this thing going.”
“I was more concerned with hitting my own marks,” Schaefer said. “Overall, it was a pretty good race.” Mike Landis was third; Hall was fourth and South Bend’s Jacob Ruppe was fifth.
“The car was pretty decent,” Hobart’s Bob McLean said of leading all laps of a caution-free Super Streets race. Calvin Peek, Jr (Kokomo) came from sixth to finish second, and Shaun Wiltjer (Gary) finished third. Charlie Poague (Portage) was fourth and Winamac’s David Fritz was fifth.
In the Mini Wedge division, Clinton Hunter (Kokomo) took first place, followed by Ryin Zelmer (Eau Claire, Mich.), Justin White (Stevensville, Mich.), Preston Prater (Rochester) and A.J. White (St. Joe, Mich.).
Photos by Greg Hildebrand
The Mini Wedge winners Clinton Hunter, Ryin Zelmer and Justin White
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Fireworks On and Off the Track at July 1st Plymouth Speedway Show
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Thunder Stock winners at Plymouth Speedway Saturday night were Sheldon Oberle (center) Tom Grall (left) and Randy Lambert, third.
PLYMOUTH (July 1, 2017) – Fans were treated to a grand fireworks display and equally exciting racing at Plymouth Speedway on Independence Day weekend Saturday night.
Twenty cars competed in the Modifieds race and for 11 caution-free laps, Derek Losh (Rensselaer) held off a hard-charging Jamie Lomax (Lake Village). Marion’s Randy Lines was steady in third. In turn 2, the Lomax/Losh battle heated up, with Lomax sliding past Losh. Lines shot past Losh on the next lap, and with five laps to go, challenged Lomax for the lead; while Matt Mitchell (Lafayette) and Frank Marshall (Valparaiso) battled for the third spot.
A caution with two laps to go for a spun car in turn 2 set up a green/white/checkered finish. Lomax held the lead and in turn 4 of the last lap, while Lines got loose up high and wound up fifth. Second went to Marshall and Mitchell was third. Lost was fourth.
“It’s been going good right now, you just ride this while you can because you know it doesn’t always last,” Lomax said, after taking his fifth win here, which includes one Thursday night during the DIRTcar Summer Nationals at the Playground of Power.
“We started 15th, bad draw, bad heat race,” Marshall said. “I’m just happy to be up here tonight.”
“When I saw him slide up, I said something I can’t say on the microphone. I decided to go for it,” Mitchell said about Lines. “That side-by-side racing, that’s what I like about racing these guys in Plymouth – everyone races here clean.”
In the Thunder Stocks division, Plymouth’s Tom Grall pulled away as Battleground, Ind.’s Sheldon Oberle and Randy Lambert, of Gary, fought for second. Oberle overcame Lambert and chased Grall down with just four laps to go. Closing in with two laps to go, another caution came out and bunched up the starting field again. Grall took the low side while Oberle took the high side, and in turn 2 on the last lap, Oberle stole the lead from Grall.
“It took me a little bit to get around Lambert; I just used my head the whole race and didn’t rush anything,” Oberle said. “He moved up a little there and I was able to get under him (Grall).” “I’m kind of disappointed, I overdrove it there just a little bit,” Grall said. Lambert was third; Hobart’s Kevin Kerlin was fourth; and fifth was Fowler’s Clint Hall.
Lakeville’s Garrett Saunders held off Plymouth’s Zane DeVault in the Pro Sprints. Saunders led most all of the 20-lap feature, with a solid distance between him and DeVault, until the last lap when DeVault closed in. It wasn’t quite enough and Saunders snagged the win. Third place was Tyler Fitzpatrick of Goshen. Lakeville’s Eric Saunders would up fourth from the last starting spot in the 10-car field. Warsaw’s Michael Summers was fifth.
Hobart’s Calvin Peek, Jr. led every lap of the Street Stocks feature, taking his first win at Plymouth Speedway this season. After a rough June, he said he’s happy to welcome this win starting off July.
Shane Pendleton was second; Shaun Wiltjer was third. “Shane stepped it up this year,” Wiltjer said. “It’s fun racing with these guys.” Lafayette’s Preston Oberle was fourth and Joey Spiewak of Merrillville finished fifth.
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Jamie Lomax celebrates at Plymouth Speedway Thursday June 29.
Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Brandon Sheppard netted a $5,000 DIRSTcarSummer Nationals feature winner check Thursday night at Plymouth Speedway.
Lomax, Sheppard win Summer Nationals at Plymouth Speedway
PLYMOUTH (June 29, 2017) – Brandon Sheppard staved off a last lap surge by Scot Bloomquist to win the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models feature at Plymouth Speedway Thursday night.
Sheppard never lost the lead as Tyler Erb and Bloomquist traded second and third place several times in the 40-lap race. Eventually, battling lapped traffic, it looked like Erb on the high side was putting some distance between he and Bloomquist, but Bloomquist wouldn’t give up and worked the bottom, sliding in and out of traffic to secure second. Giving fans a jolt of excitement, Bloomquist gave it one last effort on Turn 4 of the last lap to take the lead, falling short by less than half a second.
This was Sheppard’s first Summer Nationals win this season. Brian Shirley slid into third with Erb finishing fourth. Billy Moyer, Kyle Bronson, Bobby Pierce, Brent Larson, Billy Moyer, Jr., and Chase Junghans rounded out the Late Model top 10 in the 22-car field.
In a host of Summer Nationals Summit wheelmen, it was local Plymouth Speedway driver Jamie Lomax who dominated another 22-car field in the Modifieds. Lomax is no stranger to victory lane at the Playground of Power, as he’s won three races this season already. Lomax led all laps of the one-caution race.
“It was a great track tonight,” Lomax said. “A little bit of moisture if you could catch it on the bottom; it was slick, smooth everywhere else. We chose to go a little harder on tires than everyone else, and it paid off.”
Lomax said along with the Summer Nationals drivers, “We all know the weekly competition here is real tough, with Randy Lines and those guys. I knew (Nick) Hoffman was going to be tough. He races all over and he’s strong everywhere; Mike McKinney… he’s strong everywhere he goes and he’s been running real good. Me and Hoffman went about the first three laps side by side and never touched each other. It was a good race and I’m just glad we were able to get it done.”
 McKinney was second and Frank Marshall was third, with Lines fourth. Fifth place was Todd Sherman, followed by David Mielke, Hoffman, Tony Anderson, Bobby Stremme and Charles Patrick completing the top 10.
“We’re blessed to be able to call Plymouth Speedway home,” said owner Ed Kennedy. “What a great night it was with all of these high-caliber drivers – both on this tour and our home-track guys. We’re looking forward to more exciting racing this weekend here.”
Saturday night, there will be a huge fireworks display at Plymouth Speedway, courtesy of R&B Car Company, with a regular night of racing, minus the 600s and mini wedge divisions. Gates open at 4 p.m.; hot laps at 6 and racing starting at 7. Tickets are $15 for adults; $5 for kids 6-12 and free for 5 and younger.
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Countries Greatest at Special Speedway Show Thursday
PLYMOUTH (June 27, 2017) – Bobby Pierce, 2016  DIRTcar UMP Summer Nationals Late Model Champ and current leader in points this year, will be trying to maintain or extend his lead over Billy Moyer Thursday night at Plymouth Speedway, when the series hits the Playground of Power.
The series boasts the name “Hell Tour” because of the “Highway to Hell” schedule, says Sam Driggers, series director. “This year’s schedule is 29 races in 32 days. If you win every Summer Nationals event, you would collect $232,500.”
At the end of this tour, drivers who ran every lap of every race will have completed 4,374 miles in about 72 hours. Thursday’s Hell Tour race at Plymouth Speedway nets the winner $5,000.
Additionally, the DIRTcar Summit Mod Nationals will be paying out $1,500. Drigger said, “This year we have 30 races scheduled; a driver racing every race would travel 4,491 miles and 74 hours. Winning every race would pay $46,500 including $5,000 for the championship. A total of more than $182,500 in purse is posted with a Summit Point Fund $15,000.”
Some of the best drivers in the country are expected to ascend on the Playground of Power. Along with Pierce and Moyer and a host of others, the fearless, outspoken dirt race legend Scott Bloomquist will be there.
Driggers said that he definitely expects the top 10 in each series – and more – will be at Plymouth Thursday, which includes for the Late Models: Pierce, Moyer, Shannon Babb, Billy Moyer, Jr., Ryan Unzicker, Brent Larson, Gordy Gundaker, Bob Ggardner, Dustin Nobbe and Dennis Erb. Mods will include Ray Bollinger, Nick Hoffman, Tyler Nicely, Mike McKinney, Allen Weisser, Kenny Wallace, Mike Harrison, Levi Kissinger, Rick Weitekamp and Dave Wietholder.
Racing starts Thursday at 7 p.m., with hot laps at 6 p.m. and gates open at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25; children 6-12 $10 and children 5 and younger are free. Pit passes are $35.
Don't forget this Saturday at Plymouth Speedway, a regular racing program of Modifieds, Winged Sprints, Super Streets, Thunder Cars and a huge fireworks display begins at 7 p.m. There will be no Non-Wing 600s or Mini Wedge this night. Tickets for Saturday are $15; children 6-12 are $5; 5 and younger are free and pit passes are $30.
 
 
Wiltjer makes it five at Plymouth Speedway
PLYMOUTH (June 24, 2017) – A week after proposing on the podium, Shaun Wiltjer found himself in a three-way battle for the lead halfway through the Super Streets race at Plymouth Speedway Saturday night. He was able to pull away and win his fifth race of the season, in a complete green flag race. “Well she said no during the week, are there any takers up there,” Wiltjer joked after the race. David Fritz was second and Josh Frye was third. Fourth was Charlie Poague and fifth was Bob McLean.
The Modifieds division saw a few cautions for spins, but Jamie Lomax dominated the 25-lap race, with Randy Lines in solid second; Frank Marshall took third.
“Car was good; track was good,” Lomax said. “Gotta thank all those guys who help me out and keep this thing going.”
“We took two weeks off.  With so many races this week coming up, we thought we’d try this out tonight and maybe bring it back later this week,” Marshall said regarding driving a borrowed car. Marshall was referring to Thursday night’s Summer Nationals Hell Tour with Mods and Late Models coming to the Playground of Power.
The Pro Sprints race was won by Garrett Saunders, with Michael Summers in second and Eric Saunders in third.
“I gotta thank my dad, my cousins and aunts and uncles coming up from Florida to watch us race tonight,” Garrett said. “I could have ran at the bottom or the top tonight; the middle was kind of loose so I ran up top.”
“Getting to race just makes me emotional, I’m happy to be out here racing,” Summers said.
Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Modified winners Saturday night are, from left: Frank Marshall 3rd, Randy Lines 2nd, Jamie Lomax 1st.
Eric Saunders ran the bottom of the track, and said he was comfortable running there. “There’s so many people and companies behind me. It’s a blessing to be able to do this. I want to thank all the kids out here for coming out.”
Brian Banta led every lap until a caution in the Thunder Stocks series. A single-car spin in Turn 2 bunched up the field at restart, and Plymouth’s Tom Grall hoped to take over the lead from second. Banta pulled ahead until a second caution for Shane Saunders closed up the field again, but Sheldon Oberle was hot on Grall’s tail and was nearing a pass when yet another caution happened, this time for a spin out, again in Turn 2. Oberle finally got past Grall at lap 17, and shot past Banta on the back stretch. Grall and Banta were neck and neck at the finish line, where Grall took second by a whisker. “Thank everyone in the stands, we’re here doing what we do thanks to you. Bring someone new to the racetrack,” Banta said. “If they’ve never been, bring them here.”
Dylan Woodling won the 600 Open. Trey Johnson was second; Kevin Hapner was third; Jason Shields was fourth and Chad Hartzell was fifth.
In the Mini Wedge division, Ryin Zelmer was first; Clinton Hunter was second; Bracen Lowe was third; Grace Fultz was fourth and Preston Prater was fifth.
For complete results and season standings, go to plymouthspeedway.myracepass.com.
Thursday, June 29, the Plymouth Speedway hosts UMP DirtCar Racing’s Summer Nationals Hell Tour, featuring Late Models and Mods. Tickets are $25 for adults; $10 for kids 6-12 and 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. Gates open at 4; hot laps at 6 and racing starts at 7 p.m.
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Shaun Wiltjer stands with now fiancee Heidi Garner after winning the Street Stocks race at Plymouth Speedway Saturday night.
Marriage proposal from the podium at Plymouth Speedway
PLYMOUTH (June 17, 2017) – Merrillville’s Joe Spiewak didn’t get the finish he was hoping for, from the top starting spot, as he slid up to the wall in Turn 3 at Plymouth Speedway Saturday night. Spiewak’s loss was Shaun Wiltjer’s gain, as he led the final field of just six drivers (of the 13-car field) to the finish in the Super Streets race.
They say the third time is a charm, but this marked Wiltjer’s fourth feature win this season. And it wasn’t just the feature win Gary, Ind.’s Wiltjer celebrated on Father’s Day weekend – while on the podium accepting his trophy he confessed that if he won the feature, he would propose to his girlfriend Heidi Garner. And he did, both.
“We all run real clean, thanks to the guys,” Wiltjer said. “The track is great; it seems like there’s a bunch of grip out there. This thing drove unbelievably fast.”
Charlie Poague of Portage was second; David Fritz of Winamac was third; Bob McLean of Hobart was fourth; and Kyle Anderson of Crown Point was fifth. Wiltjer moved ahead in the points – and even further in his relationship – Heidi said yes!
It may not have been a proposal, but another special night was on the books for the 100th career win for Jamie Lomax, of Lake Village, Ind. in the Modifieds. “We started this eight years ago, and we were pretty bad when we started. To get 100 wins now, it’s just outstanding.”
He thanked his fans, sponsor, wife and kids on the winner’s podium. “It’s fun racing with great guys… we always try to keep it clean,” he said.
Matt Mitchell, of Lafayette, was second and Randy Lines was third. “I got a big chunk of mud about half way through and I couldn’t even use the gas pedal,” Lines said. When asked his opinion of the Playground of Power track, Lines said, “I consider this home now; I’m used to whatever comes my way. I want to congratulate Jamie on his 100 today.” Fourth was Devin Wright and fifth was Cameron Head.
The highlights continued as the night went on, as the Pro Sprints race saw a heated battle trading third and fourth place between Eric Saunders of Lakeville and Michael Summers of Warsaw, until Summers’s wing came loose and he had to be pushed to the pits under caution. The end of this race looked similar to last week’s - and many weeks prior - with Zane DeVault and Garrett Saunders finishing in the top two spots. Two weeks ago, it was DeVault; last week G. Saunders and back up front this week, DeVault. Eric Saunders was third. Fourth place was Steven Hogue and fifth was John Gurley.
“This is a good present for my dad I guess,” DeVault said. DeVault had gifting on his mind, as he wound up donating his first-place trophy to the Lakeville Area Boy Scouts, who were special guests of the Speedway Saturday night.
Not to be outdone in exciting events of the night, in the 600 Open, Chad Hartzell and Dylan Woodling were in a heated battle when Hartzell’s tire caught on the inside track, making him tip over in Turn 4. After being turned upright and checked by medical staff, Hartzell continued on in the race. Woodling, who started the night at Montpelier and ended up in Plymouth late, took the checkers, followed by Trey Johnson of Warsaw and Michael Landis of Logansport. “That was a lot of fun,” Landis said of his podium finish from 13th starting spot, “I haven’t had that much fun in a long time.”
Battleground, Ind.’s Sheldon Oberle won the Thunder Stocks, followed by Plymouth’s Tom Grall and South Bend’s Shane Saunders. Fourth and fifth were Clint Hall and Pete Beiswanger. In the Mini Wedge race, Clinton Hunter was first; Ryin Zelmer was second and Justin White was third. Fourth and fifth were Cade Rush and Chase Kosmatka.
For complete results and season standings, go to plymouthspeedway.myracepass.com.
Thursday, June 29, the Plymouth Speedway hosts UMP DirtCar Racing’s Summer Nationals Hell Tour, featuring Late Models and Mods. Tickets are $25 for adults; $10 for kids 6-12 and 5 and under are free. Gates open at 4; hot laps at 6 and racing starts at 7 p.m.
Next Saturday is a regular night of racing, with Modifieds, Pro Sprints, Super Street, Thunder Stocks, 600 Open Sprints and Mini Wedges. Cost is $12 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under. Pit passes are $30.
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Andrew Cockman pumps his fist, with the right front off the ground, as he takes the checkers in the 600 Open Saturday night at Plymouth Speedway.
Lines takes the checkers again; Grall, Saunders win
PLYMOUTH (June 10, 2017) – Randy Lines did it again. For the fourth time this season, Lines took the checkers in his 18L UMP Modified at Plymouth Speedway.
Lines, of Marion, Ind., extended his season standing point lead to 31 over Rensselar’s Derek Losh, who ran third to Lines Saturday night. Jamie Lomax was second; Bobby Stremme was fourth and Dylan Woodling was fifth. Frank Marshall, Lomax and Woodling also round out the top five in standings.
Granger, Ind.’s Andrew Cockman nabbed his first win in the 600 Open. Woodling, also a Modified driver, wheeled his way from starting 16th to finish second, while fellow Warsaw native Trey Johnson was third. Chad Hartzell, who leads the series with two wins atop the standings, was fourth and Kayeleb Bolton was fifth. Johnson sits in second, 42 points back in the season standings. Kevin Hapner is third; Blake Lamb is fourth and Woodling rounds out the top five in points.
Plymouth’s Tom Grall took his second win this year in the Thunder Stocks. The point standings mirror the race top 4 Saturday with Sheldon Oberle, Jason Frtiz and Chad McLean trailing Grall in point standings as well. Pete  Beiswanger was fifth in the race, but Hobart’s Kevin Kerlin has that spot in points.
The tightest race between point leaders was between Shaun Wiltjer and David Fritz. Just one point separates the two Super Street drivers (Fritz leads by one), with Charlie Poague just five points back from the lead and Bob McLean back 11. Wiltjer recorded his third win Saturday, while Fritz was second. Third place went to Shane Pendleton, with McLean and Poague in fourth and fifth.
The Pro Sprint battle between first and second on the track and in the standings is as close as ever. Lakeville’s Garrett Saunders maneuvered his was from a fourth-place starting spot to take the win, over last week’s winner Zane DeVault.
This is Saunders’ third race win out of five total, while DeVault has two. Eric Saunders made his way to third, with Steven Hogue and Clay Sanders in fourth and fifth. G. Saunders is just 14 point back from DeVault, and Michael Summers, Chad Clay and E. Saunders are third through fifth in season standings.
Justin White was the Mini Wedge winner, with Clinton Hunter, Austin Burnworth, Jacob Timmerman and Ryin Zelmer in second through fifth. Leading the standings is Zelmer, then Hunter, Preston Prater and Burnworth.
This week, racing starts at 7 p.m., with hot laps at 6 p.m.  Gates open at 4 p.m. Adults are $12; children 6-12 are $5 and 5 years old or younger are free. Pit passes are $30.
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Action-packed night at Plymouth Speedway
PLYMOUTH (JUNE 3, 2017) – A four-car, late-lap shootout in the UMP Modified race at Plymouth Speedway Saturday night gave fans a real show. With just a couple of laps to the finish line, Derek Losh (Rennsselaer) was chased by Frank Marshall (Valparaiso) and Randy Lines (Marion). Bobby Stremme (South Bend) took the low line fighting for position in fourth. Lines passed Marshall coming off turn 2 on lap 20, and the Lines/Losh battle that has spilled over from week to week at the Playground of Power looked poised to be a photo finish, until Losh's car broke in Turn 4. Marshall slid into second and Stremme finished third. This was Lines's third win of the season. Lines leads Losh in season standings by 24 points.
A caution-filled Super Street ended in a caution-checkered finish ended with David Fritz (Winamac) as the leader when the lengthy race halted, with Bob McLean (Hobart) finishing second with Charlie Poague (Portage) finishing third. Wrapping up the top five was Shaun Wiltjer (Gary) and Brent Wood (Clayopol). Eli Lakens (Buchanan, Mich.) slammed into turn 3 during lap 7 of the Pro Sprint race. After taking his car from the track and checking to make sure he was in good health, the remaining eight Sprints continued on. Last week’s winner Zane DeVault (Plymouth) led the next two laps until another caution slowed the pace. Garrett Saunders (Lakeville) chased DeVault the rest of the way, but couldn’t quite catch him. Another caution for a spin in turn 2 bunched up the field for one last attempt to catch the leader, but DeVault pulled away again while Michael Summers (Warsaw) worked on Saun ders for a couple of laps. Nothing changed at the checkers, as DeVault, Saunders and Marshall went 1-2-3.
Austin Creamer (Chesterfield) passed Chad Hartzell (Granger) for first in the 600 Open. Blake Lamb (Warsaw) finished third; Tyler Fitzpatrick (Goshen) was fourth; and Trey Johnson (Warsaw) was fifth. However, Creamer did not pass post-race inspection and forfeited the win. That made Hartzell the night’s winner, his second win this season. That also moved Lamb to second; Fitzpatrick to third; Johnson to fourth and Kevin Hapner (Nappanee) was then fifth.
In Thunder Stocks, last week’s winner Tom Grall (Plymouth) got a flat and race leader Justin Van Drunen (Crown Point) spun out and had to go to the back of the pack.
Then it was the battle of the 7s as Brian Banta (South Bend) in the 7B and Randy Lambert (Gary) in the 7L battled until another spin by VanDrunen sent him to the pits. Directly after, Lambert spun, giving the lead to Jason Frtiz. Tony Sutton (Black Oak) passed Chad McLean (Hobart) for second and the two battled until another caution by Banta then saw Fritz limp off the track. Another caution with Lambert stalled at the start/finish line led to a final chance to complete the race. McLean’s rear fell apart at a caution/checkered finish as he took the win. Kevin Kerlin (Hobart) was second and Sutton was third.
In the Min Wedge division, Justin White (Stevensville, Mich.) took the checkers, followed by Preston Prater (Rochester) and Jake Rush (Lakeville). Austin Burnworth (Warsaw) finished fourth, and Chase Kosmatka (Chesteron) was fifth.
For complete results and season standings, go to plymouthspeedway.myracepass.com. Next Saturday OmniSource is sponsoring next Saturday’s night of racing, with Modifieds, Pro Sprints, Super Street, Thunder Stocks, 600 Open Sprints and Mini Wedges.
Cost is $12 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under. Pit passes are $30. The Kenny Wallace Experience is also next week. Also visit Plymouth Speedway on Facebook for the latest event information, updates and photos.
Media contact: Maggie Nixon plymouthspeedwayPR@gmail.com.
 
 
Grall extends points lead with win at Plymouth Speedway
PLYMOUTH (May 27, 2017) – Saturday night was a late one at Plymouth Speedway, but race fans stuck out the night highlighted by tough competition and a huge fireworks display. While track personnel worked to get the dirt in shape due to three days of rain prior to Saturday, a close eye was kept on the clock to get a good show of fireworks in between heat races and features. Once the fireworks show was over, it was green flag time.
The Thunder Stocks were won by #1 qualifier Tom Grall (Plymouth), followed by: Sheldon Oberle (Battleground); Bryam Banta (South Bend); Clint Hall (Fowler); and Justin Van Druden (Crown Point). Grall’s win helped extend his lead in the season standings, over Oberle in second. In Super Streets, Joshua Frye (Ravenna, Mich.) led the field. The next four were: David Fritz (Winamac); Charlie Poague (Portage); Bob McLean (Hobart) and Calvin Peek, Jr. (Hobart).
Zane DeVault (Plymouth) took advantage of a mechanical malfunction on Garrett Saunders’ top qualifying spot, and dominated the Pro Sprint division. A last lap pass gave Eric Saunders (Lakeville) the runner-up spot over Steven Hogue (Akron, Ohio); Eli Lakin (Buchanan, Mich.) and Michael Summers (Warsaw).
Derek Losh (Rennsselaer) and Randy Lines (Marion) battled for the top two UMP Modified positions. Losh bested Lines, followed by Frank Marshall (Valparaiso); Dylan Woodling (Warsaw) and Dillon Nusbaum (Columbia City). Losh’s win keeps him atop the season standings. Top five in the 600 Open, shortened by a mid-race crash, were Dylan Woodling (Warsaw); Brad Nichols (South Bend); Chad Hartzell (Granger); Caitlin Clark (Gary) and Kyle Burns (Columbia City). This was Nichols’ first race at Plymouth this season.
In the Mini Wedge division, Bracen Lowe (Gary) took the top spot, followed by: Ryan Zelmer (Eau Claire, Mich.); Clinton Hunter (Kokomo); Austin Burnworth (Warsaw) and Justin White (Stevensville, Mich.). For complete results and season standings, go to plymouthspeedway.myracepass.com.
Next Saturday is a regular night of racing, with Modifieds, Pro Sprints, Super Street, Thunder Stocks, 600 Open Sprints and Mini Wedges. Cost is $12 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under. Pit passes are $30. Visit Plymouth Speedway on Facebook for the latest event information, updates and photos.
Photo by Maggie Nixon
Zane DeVault takes his first win in the Pro Sprint series.
Media contact: Maggie Nixon plymouthspeedwayPR@gmail.com.
 
 
 
Racing heats up at Plymouth Speedway - May 13, 2017
PLYMOUTH (May 13, 2017) – What a difference a week makes. While last week’s show at Plymouth Speedway saw fans bundled up and covered in blankets, a bigger crowd took advantage of much milder temps Saturday night at the Playground of Power. It wasn’t just the weather that heated up, as the track saw another first-time winner (last week, there were three). Kevin Hapner, of Nappanee, took the win the 600 Mini Sprints for the first time at Plymouth Speedway; followed by 22 Trey Johnson, of Warsaw. Third went to Blake Lamb, also of Warsaw. Also hot for a second week, the Saunders brothers of Lakeville finished in the first and third spots, sandwiching Plymouth’s Zane DeVault in the Pro Sprints. DeVault, second-place finisher, also repeated last week’s results. Garrett Saunders, starting on the inside of the front row, took the win, while Eric Saunders, starting from the eighth spot, finished third. The season standings mirror the race results, as Garrett is in first, while DeVault is 4 points back and Eric is third, 11 points back.
“Right rear started to go away,” DeVault said. “It’s hard to win from fifth.” He added that it’s always unknown whether the track will be slick or dry, but thanked the Speedway for all the work they do to the track. Twenty cars competing in the 25-lap Modified feature were slowed just once at lap 7, when four cars collected in turn 4. But continuing the hot streak theme of the week, Jamie Lomax, a Lake Village, Ill. native, took the checkers. He ran top five last week. “These guys have been tough all year. The track was moist so we could really use the engine tonight. These guys race clean all year; it feels great to get on the podium in the top division. Thank you to all the fans coming week in and week out.”
Second place Randy Lines, of Marion, Ind., who won last week’s feature, said “I think we missed the set up a little bit tonight. I think I decided this week I’m gonna make this my home track, the people are nice here and treat ya with respect.
They take care of the track here.” “I think we were a little snug tonight.

They take care of the track here.” “I think we were a little snug tonight. We’ll try to figure it out each and every night,” said Derek Losh, of Rennsselaer, who finished third, one spot back from last week’s finish. The top three finishers are also the top three in the season point standings (Lines; Losh -4, Lomax -14). While the night was heating up, it was only fitting for a caution to turn red in the Super Streets division. On lap 1, a spin by Joshua Holsinpiller, of Logansport, collected a couple of cars but most notably Rochester’s Mike Fincher. Fincher’s right front fender wrapped around the tire and crews worked to free the mangled mess, halting the race momentarily.

A quick caution at lap 18 gave way to a green-white-checker finish, as Gary, Ind.’s Shaun Wiltjer continued his own hot streak winning for the second week in a row. “This kid next to me, I knew he was coming. We made a game plan mid week to make it to the podium. There are a lot of fast cars out here,” Wiltjer said. Echoing last week, he added “Man, this runs like a Cadillac!” Hobart’s Bob McLean was second and Michael Clark, of Merrillville, finished third. In the Mini Wedge division, Ryin Zelmer, of Eau Claire, Mich., took the checkers. Zelmer was followed by Warsaw’s Austin Burnworth and Rochester’s Preston Prater. Finishing out the seven car field was Chase Kosmatka (Chesterton), Jacon Timmerman (Warsaw), Clinton Hunter (Kokomo) and Samantha Banta (South Bend). The Thunder Stocks finished out the night, with Sheldon Oberle, of Battleground, Ind. taking first; South Bend’s Bryan Banta was second and Plymouth’s Tom Grall finished third, for the second week in a row. Oberle said, “Getting on the podium feels so good.” For complete results and season standings, go to plymouthspeedway.myracepass.com. Next Saturday is a regular night of racing, with Modifieds, Wing Pro Sprints, Super Street, Thunder Stocks, Non-Wing Sprints and Mini Wedges. Cost is $12 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under. Pit passes are $30. May 27 will be a normal show plus a huge fireworks display. Visit Plymouth Speedway on Facebook for the latest event information, updates and photos.

Media contact: Maggie Nixon plymouthspeedwayPR@gmail.com.
 
 
3 win first dirt track race at Plymouth Speedway - May 6, 2017
PLYMOUTH (May 6, 2017) – It was a cold one at Plymouth Speedway for opening night Cabin Fever, but a full slate of racers entertained fans willing to stick out the weather, and three first-time dirt track drivers took the checkers Saturday night.
The 600 Mini Sprints were led all 20 laps by Granger, Ind.’s Chad Hartzell, his was first win in a micro. Hartzell, the 2016 track champion said “It’s kind of embarrassing to be track champion and never win a feature race. I’m so glad to be able to be here to do this. It’s been a long time coming and I’m glad we finally got that monkey off our back.” Bradley Jameson, of Logansport, finishing second, said he was disappointed. “I felt like I could have gotten him there in lapped traffic but I may have ended up with a broken car.” His teammate Kayeleb Bolton, of Kokomo, was third. A caution at 11 laps in during the Super Streets race tightened the field that Gary, Ind.’s Shaun Wiltjer was pulling away from. LaPorte’s Brandon Williams seemed poised to close the gap, but Charlie Poague battled through the next five laps, taking second place. Poague, of Portage, finished ahead of Winamac’s David Fritz. Williams wound up fourth.
Wiltjer, who has won on asphalt at Plymouth Speedway, took his first dirt win Saturday night. Wiltjer shared his thanks to his team, adding that they “made this car run like a Cadillac.” In the Thunder Stock series, a time limit caused a caution/checker. Lee Hall, of Oxford, Ind., finished first, his first dirt win at Plymouth Speedway; Winamac’s Jason Fitz was second and Tom Grall, of Plymouth, finished third.
In the Modifieds, 20 cars started the 25-lap feature, led by Tony Anderson, of Lima, Ohio and Derek Losh, of Rensselear, on the front row. It didn’t take long for Marion, Ind.’s Randy Lines to take the lead, which he never lost. This was Lines’ second win at the Playground of Power this year. Losh and Anderson were side by side on the white flag, but Losh edged Anderson for second by the checkered flag. “We ran pretty good. I was a little worried about keeping heat in my tires tonight,” Lines said.
The 10-car, 20-lap Wing Pro Sprints race featured Zane DeVault, of Plymouth, and Garrett Saunders, of Lakeville, starting on the front row. A couple of quick cautions slowed the pace in just the first lap, but Saunders took the lead and never looked back. Brother Eric Saunders worked on DeVault early in the race, but DeVault was able to stave off the attack and finished second; Eric Saunders was third.
Mini Wedge s, with drivers ranging from age 4 to 14, was won by Braydan Erickson, of Muskegon, Mich.; followed by Ryin Zelmer, of Eau Claire, Mich. and Clinton Hunter, of Kokomo, Ind.
On a night packed with action at the Playground of Power, intermission also featured some give-aways. Tickets were given to kids in attendance for a boy’s and a girl’s bicycle to be given away, courtesy of Plymouth Walmart. The lucky winners were from Fort Wayne and Columbia City. XYZ also gave gift certificates, Hartzell gave away T-shirts and a $100 bonus went to a random top 600s finisher, from Dickie’s Restaurant at Swan Lake.
The next two Saturdays are regular racing nights, with Modifieds, Wing Pro Sprints, Super Street, Thunder Stocks, Non-Wing Sprints and Mini Wedges. Cost is $12 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under. Pit passes are $30. May 27 will be a normal show plus a huge fireworks display.
Visit Plymouth Speedway on Facebook for the latest event information. Media contact: Maggie Nixon plymouthspeedwayPR@gmail.com
 
All three were first-time dirt track winners Saturday night at Plymouth Speedway.
Photos by Greg Hildebrand
Shaun Wiltjer wins the Super Streets
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Chad Hartzell wins the 600 Minis
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Thunder Stock winner is Lee Hall
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Old talent takes on a new challenge
Plymouth’s Brian Ross returns to weekly racing
Cabin Fever kicks off 2017 season at Plymouth Speedway - May 4, 2017
PLYMOUTH (5/4/17) —Local race fans will recognize a new name on the side of an UMP Modified this season. The 2012 Plymouth Speedway track champion Brian Ross is back racing weekly. Previously, his only dirt track experience was racing the 1-mile tracks at DuQuoin and Springfield Ill. in an ARCA car and a couple races in Arkansas and Oklahoma driving a street stock type car. Ross may be a relative newcomer to dirt, but he is far from a rookie. He raced seven years in the NASCAR Southeast Series, 25 ARCA starts, combined with a couple NASCAR Truck series races, the Hooters Pro Cup and ASA. Along with all the seat time, he did a several-year stint as the crew chief for the now closed Xfinity racing team ML Motorsports based in Warsaw. This will be his first full season back to the Plymouth track since that championship, but he did race a dirt late model here once since.
When asked about how many Plymouth track championships he has, “Just the one, the last year the track was pavement, I traveled too much,” Ross said. “Plymouth is still Plymouth,” said Ross when asked about the difference in the pavement and dirt. He was out practicing at the track’s test and tune making steady improvement on the dirt.
Ross is not the first pavement racer to make the transition from pavement to dirt. South Bend’s Bobby Stremme and David Stremme are also a regular in an UMP modified. Other familiar names like Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace, Ron Hornaday and Justin Allgaier have all driven Modifieds at the Plymouth Speedway. Ross said, “I am looking forward to seeing some new faces, but also looking forward to seeing some old fans.”

Ross will be racing in the UMP Modifieds for regular weekly shows beginning with this week's Cabin Fever Saturday night, beginning at 7:00pm. Grandstand and pit gates open at 4:00pm. Hot laps are at 6:00pm. On the schedule are UMP Mods, Wing Pro Sprints, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks, Non-Wing 600 Sprints and Mini-Wedges. As always for normal shows, admission is $12 for adults; $5 for kids 6-12 and free for 5 years and under. Pit passes are $30. 

Keep up to date with track information by visiting the Plymouth Speedway Facebook page.
Media Contact: Maggie Nixon atplymouthspeedwayPR@gmail.com.
 
 
Gravel slides past Sides in last lap thriller - April 28, 2017
PLYMOUTH (April 28, 2017) — David Gravel started seventh in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Friday night at Plymouth Speedway. Moving up to third by mid-way into the 35-lap feature, Gravel maneuvered an exciting last-lap pass on Jason Sides to take the checkers at the Playground of Power, and his fifth win of the season.
Gravel, taking a $10,000 Outlaw purse, is now second - just 36 points behind Donny Schatz in the series standings. Sides finished second and Aaron Reutzel was third. Schatz finished fourth. Besides the turn 3 pass for the win, another highlight of the evening happened during hot laps, when all but three of the Outlaw cars entered in the evening’s race beat track records. During qualifying, Parker Price-Miller not only had the fastest time, but also set new track record with a 11.079-second lap. “We just wanted to start further up than we did last year and we did that,” David Gravel told media. “We were really, really good until the red came out and the car was insane after that.
David Gravel won the World of Outlaws race at Plymouth Speedway (top photo) and David Stremme took the Modified win at the Speedway Playground of Power Friday April 28.   Photos/Gary Gasper
After we got heat back in the tires the car came back to life, grabbed a little bit more wing and the car was really good with three laps to go.I was good when I needed to be good and just being patient and Reutzel slipped up and I took advantage.”
Completing the night at Plymouth Speedway, David Stremme won the Modified race, coming off the top spot in Heat #2. The Mooresville, N.C. native is 12th in points, 61 off the lead of Marion, Ind.’s Randy Lines, who finished third Friday night. Derek Losh of Rensselaer is solid in the second spot after a second-place finish. Jamie Lomax and Frank Marshall rounded out the top five. Lines and Losh both have scored top fives in both weeks of Modified racing at the Playground of Power, and are separated by only 2 points in the standings. Lomax sits at third in the standings, just 12 points back.
This week, Cabin Fever kicks off the regular Saturday night season at 7 p.m. Grandstand and pit gates open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. On the schedule are UMP Mods, Wing Pro Sprints, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks, Non-Wing 600 Sprints and Mini-Wedges. As always for normal shows, admission is $12 for adults; $5 for kids 6-12 and free for 5 and under. Pit passes are $30. Keep up to date with track information by visiting the Plymouth Speedway Facebook page.
Media Contact: Maggie Nixon at plymouthspeedwayPR@gmail.com
 
 
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Grant wins 2nd of season as Plymouth Speedway hosts USAC - April 21, 2017
Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Justin Grant celebrates his win at the Playground of Power Plymouth Speedway, Friday night.
PLYMOUTH (April 21,2017) – Justin Grant is still atop the United States Auto Club standings after winning at Plymouth Speedway Friday night. Grant, who came in to Plymouth with just a two-point season lead, left with only one point separating him and Chad Boespflug. The duo wound up 1-2 at the Playground of Power Friday night.
While Boespflug and Chris Windom came into Plymouth in hot competition with each other, Grant sealed himself as someone to watch as well. Windom left Plymouth 58 points behind, in third place, finishing eighth Friday night. Grant told USAC Media's Richie Murray: “I tried to end our night pretty early on during qualifying,” Grant said with a grin. “I was coming to the green and about spun out. “ He said after turning around, taking a deep breath and giving it another shot, he all but turned over. “I was able to salvage a respectable time on the second lap,” Grant said. “Fortunately for me, a couple guys missed the transfer through the heat races and that put us on the front row.” Windom and Boespflug started third and fourth, but it was Boespflug who made significant strides to catch the leader by the halfway point. Lapped traffic caused Grant's lead to diminish, yet Boespflug fell third to Tyler Courtney in the last couple of laps.
All 22 starters finished the caution-free race. Grant took the checkers for the second time this season. Following the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint race, the UMP Mods and Mod Lites took to the track.
Randy Lines won the UMP Mods race, while Bobby Stremme came in second, just .22 seconds behind the leader. Dylan Woodling was third; Derek Losh was fourth and Chad Bauer was fifth. “Flyin' Brian” Ross returned to the Playground of Power to finish 13th. In the Mod Lites, Will Bennett finished almost three seconds faster than Andy Sherely in second and 9.5 seconds ahead of Jeff Swiford in third. Rounding out the top five were Ross Sanders and Gavin Taylor.
This weekend brings the World of Outlaws, sponsored by Wheeler Mechanical Services LLC, Friday night,April 28. Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps are at 6 p.m., with racing at 7. General admission is$37; children 6-12 are $15 and children 5 and under are free. Pits are $40. Additionally, UMP Mods will award season points.
Regular season racing kicks off Saturday, May 6 with Cabin Fever at 7 p.m. Adults cost $12; children 6-12, $5; 5years and under are free. Pits passes are $30.
For more information, visit Plymouth Speedway on Facebook.
Media contact: Maggie Nixon, plymouthspeedwayPR@gmail.com
 
 
USAC Sprints in Plymouth Friday
PLYMOUTH (April 20, 2017) – Friday night, the Playground of Power Plymouth Speedway will host the United States Auto Club sprints for the very first time, and some big names will be taking to the track. “We're excited,” said USAC director Levi Jones. “Friday's weather looks good and we're looking forward to bringing our premier sprint cars to a great track.” Justin Grant,of Ione, Calif., won the opening AMSOIL Sprint National race in Ocala, Fla. He will bring his talent to the Playground of Power, along with two-time winner Chris Windom, of Canton, Ill., who finished first at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. just last weekend.
A great duel is brewing between Windom and Hanford, Calif.'s Chad Boespflug, who battled each other in the final laps at both races last weekend at Bloomington Speedway and Tri-State, both taking a win over the other. The rivalry is a continuation of an October 2016 race at Terre Haute when the duo swapped the lead 26 times in 30 laps. The intensity of this rivalry is sure to continue this Friday in Plymouth, as Boespflug trails Grant by two points in the season standings, while Windom is close behind in third. Also coming to the Playground of Power are fourth and fifth place drivers in the standings, Chase Stockton and Jarett Andretti. Additionally, top 20 drivers Hunter Shuereberg (Sikeston, Mo.), Josh Hodges (Tijeras, N.M.),Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis), C.J.Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), KyleCummins (Princeton, Ind.), Max McGhee (Camby, Ind.), Landon Simon (Tipp City, Ohio), Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.), Carson Short (Marion, Ill.), ShaneCottle (Kokomo), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.), Jeff Bland, Jr. (Springville, Ind.), Aaron Farney (Brookston, Ind.) and Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) are on the schedule to race Friday.
“It's an honor to have one of the greatest sanctioning bodies in the country with USAC coming to Plymouth for the first time,” said Plymouth Speedway owner Ed Kennedy. “It should be a fantastic show. It's just like Christmas, it comes once a year!” On tap Friday, April 21, racing begins at 7 p.m.,with USAC sprints, UMP mods and mod lites. The UMP mod race will award season points. Price is: $25 for adults; $10 for children 6-12; free for children 5 and under, and $35 for a pit pass. Coming up Friday, April 28 are the World of Outlaws and mods – Craftsman sprint cars (UMP mod race will award season points) and Cabin Fever kicking off the Saturday night season is May 6.
Media Contact: Maggie Nixon at plymouthspeedwayPR@gmail.com
 
 
Attention Super Street and Modified drivers and teams. The new Hoosier tires will be legal for the UMP Mods and the Plymouth Super Streets classes. Last years UMP tires will also be legal for the 2017 season for the UMP Mods and Super Street classes.
Lakeville, IN – Hoosier Racing Tire is pleased to announce that the new M30s and M60 tires for DIRTcar UMP Modifieds will be released beginning March 1st.

“After reviewing our existing inventory after all the Florida Modified events, we have determined that a manageable stocking level has been reached and the time is right to release the new M30S and M60 tires on March 1st.” stated Hoosier Product Manager Shanon Rush. “It just made sense to release all the sizes and compounds at one time to ease the transition for our customers.”

Beginning March 1st, the 26.5/8.0-15 and 27.5/8.0-15 M30s and M60 compounds will be released to all Hoosier Racing Tire Distributors. These distributors will do their best to then quickly fill the pipeline of their local dealers and vendors.
“With major UMP Sanctioned Events like the Tuckasee Toilet Bowl Classic at Clarksville and Spring 50 at Florence occurring in the next two weeks, it only made sense to release the new tires in time for these events.” commented DIRTcar UMP Director Sam Driggers.
For more information on the new DIRTCar UMP M30s and M60, or to place an order, contact your nearest Hoosier Racing Tire Distributor.
 
 
 
 
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