The ASCS Lucas Oil Sprint Car Dirt Series, presented by MAVTV, will compete for the first time at Plymouth Speedway. The gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET. The staff at Plymouth Speedway is proud to offer new, comfortable stadium seating along with family affordable pricing. Enjoy a bite to eat at the concession stand where the food is the best around with affordable food prices, including $3 kids meals. Plymouth Speedway is where every race fan wants to be every Saturday night. Come and see what changes await you at the Playground of Power.
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Woodling Wins Modified Feature, Defeats NASCAR Great
By: Anita Goodan - Posted Sunday May 29
(Plymouth, IN) If a driver is going to get a first win in a racing division, it might as well be against a legend in NASCAR. Dylan Woodling, of Warsaw, has driven in the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds division for five years and finally came away with a win against Ken Schrader Saturday night at Plymouth Speedway.
Woodling started on the outside pole and went three-wide with Kyle Yocum and Bradley Jameson for the lead out of turn two on the opening lap. Frank Marshall, of Valparaiso, was able to sneak into the second position by the end of the first lap. NASCAR great Ken Schrader, of Concord, North Carolina, moved his way to third by the third lap. Schrader used the high line and the low line to try and get around Marshall but couldn’t make the pass. The top three stayed that way through much of the contest. A green-white-checkered finish was the call after a late-race caution which bunched up the field. Schrader had some heat from Zeke McKenzie and Dan Hamstra rounding of turn four for the final podium spot in the closing laps, but Schrader beat them both at the line. Woodling took the win in the feature with Marshall in second and Schrader in third.
The Walmart Thunder Stocks event found a familiar driver leading the race after a side-by-side battle for the lead that stretched over several laps. Tony Bowman, of Wabash, snagged the lead from pole-sitter Tom Grall and soon saw John Rhoads, of Mentone, in his rearview mirror. Rhoads caught Bowman by lap seven and the two swapped the lead for two laps. Rhoads was able to secure the lead by lap 10. A late-race challenge set up for third place between Mishawaka’s Shane Sanders and Mike Hoagland but Sanders set sail out of the second turn on lap 16 and claimed the final podium spot. Rhoads came away the winner with Bowman in second and Sanders in third.
A young driver out of Angola took the feature win in the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints race. Zeb Wise took advantage of pole-sitter Bud McCune’s misfortune when McCune had an issue with his race car and pulled it into the infield grass on the fifth lap. Wise took over the top spot while Kyle Burns, of Columbia City, quickly claimed second after the running order shuffled. The pair stayed in those positions for the remainder of the feature. Chad Hartzell, of Granger, put the heat on Keith Sheffer, Jr. for the third spot early on and couldn’t get around him. The two would fight for the same piece of the race track for several laps. Sheffer, Jr. received a penalty after jumping the restart following a mid-race caution. As a result, Sheffer, Jr. finished in the fifth position while Hartzell was able to finish on the third and last spot on the podium. Wise enjoyed his first win at Plymouth Speedway while Burns finished second and Hartzell third.
The Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprint race went Zane DeVault’s way Saturday night. Michael Summers held the lead for a handful of laps before DeVault began his hunt to the front. DeVault and Summers traded sports when Summers couldn’t negotiate his Pro Sprint around a lapped car. Summers would lose second when he spun attempting to make another pass around a slower car. That incident moved Garrett Saunders into the second position. Saunders, of Lakeville, had maneuvered his way back into podium contention after spinning on his own out of turn one early in the race. He restarted at the rear of the running order and was second near the end of the race. Eric Saunders, of Lakeville, held his own throughout the race and was able to follow his teammate onto the podium. DeVault claimed the win and remains undefeated on the season. Garrett Saunders finished second and Eric Saunders was third.
The WTCA Super Streets podium finishers couldn’t be determined until the final turn of the race. It was three-wide at the start/finish line to end lap one when Winamac’s David Short took the lead. Eric Hunter and CJ McLean took it side-by-side for the second spot which Hunter claimed. On lap six, Roger Duszynski, Jr., of Black Oak, joined the crowd and took away third from McLean. Hunter began hunting down Short halfway through the race and they were door-to-door at the line before a caution was called. Hunter was able to claim the lead but Short wasn’t too far behind. Even closer was Duszynski, Jr. who picked up second from Short in between turn one and turn two on lap 14. Duszynski, Jr. was able to claim the lead from Hunter after battling lapped traffic. Hunter, of Kokomo, didn’t give up and the pair traded spots for the lead. Hunter recaptured the lead coming out of turn three on lap 18 which set him up for the win. Short nearly upset Duszynski, Jr. coming out of the final turn, but Duszynski, Jr. beat Short to the line for second.
Join us on Wednesday, June 1 when the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series, presented by MAVTV, visits the Playground of Power. This is the first appearance of the national touring series locally where fans will get to see drivers Wayne Johnson, Aaron Reutel, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Johnny Herrera, Seth Bergman, and more. The gates will open at 4 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. ET.
Feature winner Dylan Woodling (center), Frank Marshall (left), Ken Schrader.
Walmart Thunder Stock Feature winner John Rhoads (center), Tony Bowman (left), Shane Sanders.
Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints Feature winner Zeb Wise (center), Kyle Burns (left), Chad Hartzell.
Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints Feature winner Zane DeVault (right), Garrett Saunders (left), Eric Saunders.
WTCA Super Streets Feature winner Eric Hunter (center), Roger Duszynski, Jr. (left), David Short.
Lomax Sweeps Modified Races at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Goodan - Posted Monday May 23,
(Plymouth, IN) It was a chance for the Swan Lake UMP Modified drivers to take in the night with two features and Jamie Lomax was able to come away with both wins Saturday night at Plymouth Speedway.
Before the races commenced, the staff at Plymouth Speedway honored the memory of John Stone who passed away suddenly on Monday, May 16. The Swan Lake UMP Modifieds class fell in behind Stone’s four-wheeler with an American flag waving proudly as the crowd halted for a moment of silence. Stone worked tirelessly to help make the race track the success of what it is today. He was also a respected member of the Plymouth and Marshall County community. His wife, Judy Stone, continues to work at the pit gate for the track.
With the wave of the green flag, Jamie Lomax, of Lake Village, started on the pole for the first Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified feature - a make-up feature that was postponed due to inclement weather on Friday, May 13. He got out to a solid lead while Derek Losh worked his way to the front through the field. While Lomax was enjoying a comfortable lead, Losh, of Rensselaer, was side-by-side for third position by lap six with Dillon Nusbaum and Losh was able to grab the spot coming out of turn four on that lap. He then set his sights on Marion’s Randy Lines who was in the runner-up position. Losh was able to secure second by lap eight by running on the top groove of the race track. Nusbaum and Lines would battle it out for third place as the feature continued, often times door to door. Lines was able to keep the position when the checkered flag flew. Lomax was the winner with Losh in second and Lines in third.
In the second Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified feature, it would be Lomax and Losh once again finding each other in the first and second spots. Lomax jumped to the lead on the start of the race while Losh gathered second in five laps. It wasn’t until late in the 20-lap feature that Dylan Woodling used a lot of the outside racing groove to collect multiple spots and reign in the the leaders. Woodling, of Warsaw, started the race in the 17th position and quietly moved into the top five by lap 15 and in third place with barely two laps to go in the race. Woodling was in danger of losing the finishing spot and barely crossed the start/finish line with the position. Lomax would sweep the wins in the class with Losh taking second and Woodling in third.
Nick Yoder, of Nappanee, commanded the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints feature from the drop of the green flag. Yoder and pole-sitter Tyler Orr had contact in the opening lap but Orr was able to keep going and he joined the tail of the field under green. Yoder then shot to the lead with a fast race car. Chad Hartzell, of Granger, and Breiden Mooney, of Etna Green, would battle for the second place piece of real estate by lap nine, but he couldn’t make the pass. Hartzell would get the position by lap 13. Yoder raced to the win with Hartzell in second and Mooney with his first podium finish with third place.
The WTCA Super Streets feature found a new face atop the podium. Joshua Frye, of Ravenna, Michigan, wasn’t about to give up his immediate race lead even though Black Oak, Indiana’s Roger Duszynski, Jr. gave him reason to sweat behind the wheel. Frye saw a lot of Duszynski closely in his rear view mirror, especially after a restart following a late-race caution where Duszynski went side-by-side with Frye for the lead. Duszynski wasn’t able to capitalize on the threat. In the meantime, Hobart’s Calvin Peek, Jr. was fending off a charging Eric Hunter who raced up into the top four by the end of the race. Hunter, of Kokomo, started ninth. Hunter closed in on Peek, Jr. on lap 14 and fought until he captured the spot. Peek, Jr. got out of his line and Hunter took advantage of his mistake. It was Frye dominating the race with the win, Duszynski with second and Hunter with the last spot on the podium.
The Walmart Thunder Stocks feature found five drivers going for the lead near the beginning of the contest. Jim Henson, John Rhoads, Austin Hunter, Tony Bowman and Shane Sanders were all focused on the number one position but Henson, of Winamac, came out front. He got loose coming out of turn four and ran Rhoads and Hunter up the race track which caused a tire failure on Hunter’s car. On the restart on lap eight, Shane Sanders took the lead from Henson while Henson and Rhoads kept the second and third positions, respectively. As the cautions continued and time was running out, Flagman Denny Long warned the drivers of a green-white-checkered finish. Sanders was able to keep the lead while Henson and Rhoads continued to race side-by-side for second place. Sanders crossed the finish line first with Henson following in second. Rhoads, of Mentone, got sideways coming out of turn four on the last lap and crossed the finish line in fourth place. It was Tony Bowman, of Wabash, who claimed the third and final spot on the podium.
Zane DeVault, of Plymouth, dominated the Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints feature. He started on the pole position and whipped the winged sprint around the race track in captivating fashion. Kevin Atkins wheeled his way from fifth to second by lap three with Garrett Saunders in third. Bill Hartman challenged Saunders for the third spot by lap 17 and snuck into position. DeVault was able to get the win with Warsaw’s Kevin Atkins in second, and Hartman, of Marcellus, Michigan, in third.
Join us on May 28 when NASCAR’s Ken Schrader joins a field of Swan Lake Report UMP Modifieds in the most challenging event of the season. Plus, enjoy one of the biggest fireworks displays to be presented at the Playground of Power. The evening of action will also include the Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints, WTCA Super Streets, Walmart Thunder Stocks and Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints. The gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET.
On June 1, the ASCS Lucas Oil Winged Sprints will compete for the first time at Plymouth Speedway. The gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET.
The staff at Plymouth Speedway is proud to offer new, comfortable stadium seating along with family affordable pricing. Enjoy a bite to eat at the concession stand where the food is the best around with affordable food prices, including $3 kids meals.
Plymouth Speedway is where every race fan wants to be every Saturday night. Come and see what changes await you at the Playground of Power.
New Face on Flag Stand at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Goodan
(Plymouth, IN) After 15 years of flagging on the road, Denny Long is staying home to be atop the flag stand at the Playground of Power.
“It’s great to come home,” said Long.
Long, of Plymouth, started as a flag man at South Bend and has been involved in different series of racing in the state and in the Midwest. He’s been east of the Mississippi and even to Daytona to flag a race.
It’s a family affair as his children are into the sport as well as many other family members who have influenced his decision to be a fixture in racing. His daughter helps score in the Go Kart Series and his son tunes Go Karts and even helps spot for a driver in the Indy Car series.
Long said he’s been a part of the sport since the 1960’s. “I did leave the sport for a while and served on the City of Plymouth Police Department,” he mentioned. “I retired in 1999 and have been on the road for 26 weekends a year. I’m glad to finally be home and it’s fun to be at a dirt track.”
This will be Denny Long’s first season at Plymouth Speedway. The season begins this Saturday, April 23. Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET.
Raceciever - Nitro Bee Mandatory
A one-way Raceciever or Nitro Bee is mandatory for every driver in competition at Plymouth Speedway as each driver is required to provide their own Receiver.
Tire rule for all Plymouth Speedway non wing shows is Hoosier right rear medium only and the fronts and left rear are open.
Transponder and Pouch
Plymouth Speedway will once again be utilizing the Westhold Transponders for our scoring system in 2016. Transponders are required and a nightly rental fee of $5 is required unless rented for the season for $75. The track will supply a transponder each night with a valid ID. A transponder pouch is required that is specifically designed to hold the track’s transponder. A transponder pouch can be purchased at the track on any race night for $20. Note we will NOT rent transponder pouches to drivers.
Randy Hannagan testimonial about the Pro Sprint cars.
Plymouth Speedway features a three-eighths (0.375) mile banked dirt oval owned by Ed Kennedy. Five different classes of racing are featured: UMP Modifieds, Non-wing 600 Sprints, Thunder Stocks, Cyber Stocks and Super Streets. Regular season races are scheduled in the months of April through August on Saturday nights with several special events. For information, follow Plymouth Speedway’s official Facebook page, @PlymouthSpeed on Twitter or email email@example.com