2011 Plymouth Speedway Press Releases
Thunder Motor Sports LLC - July 19, 2011
For Immediate Release:
X Marks the spot at Plymouth Speedway in July… Monster X Tour set to invade the Indiana venue - By Kevin Fox

You’ve seen monster trucks on television, now see them in person for the first time ever at Plymouth Speedway. Mark your calendars for Saturday evening, July 30th and Sunday afternoon, July 31st as Danny Torgerson presents his Monster X Tour. Torgerson has been in the motorsports business for 26 years and has taken his monsters on tour for about three years. The Tour includes such trucks as Ghost Ryder, the first monster truck to do a backflip; Bear Foot, a member of the monster truck mafia and more. These massive machines will all compete in vertical wheelie contests, freestyle competitions, and good ‘ol fashioned racing action!

These are some friendly monsters and they want to party with you, the fan! Purchase a VIP ticket package and you’ll be set to mingle with man and machine ninety minutes prior to show time at the Monster X Pit Party.
You also won’t want to miss a 10,000 HP jet dragster melt a car down to the ground! If that isn’t enough, there is plenty of fan involvement throughout the weekend. Fans driving trucks to the show can enter the Tuff Truck competition - it doesn’t cost a thing - and you’ll fight for bragging rights as you challenge yourself and others on the intense obstacle course of bumps and jumps. Local fans are also encouraged to bring their personal Quads to the show and let it all hang out in the competitive, fast paced four-wheel action. Who will reign supreme as Indiana Quad King 2011? Be there to find out and support your locals!
Advance ticket prices are as follows: VIP $25, Adult $18, Child $10. Day of show ticket prices are as follows: VIP $30, Adult $20, Child (4-10) $13. You can easily purchase your tickets online at www.plymouthspeedway.net or at area Karma Records and Midas stores listed below. Gates open Saturday at 6:00pm, with show time at 7:30pm Sunday afternoon gates open at 12:30pm and show time is at 2:00pm Please note that loud noise should be expected, and this show is not recommended for children under 2 years of age. No video cameras, or professional extended lens cameras are allowed.
Champion Racing Association - Salem, IN - July 19, 2011
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CRA Mid-Summer Championship Sunday at Plymouth Speedway
Salem, IN (July 20, 2011) – The CRA Super Series and EDCO Welding CRA Street Stocks will be back in action this Sunday at Plymouth Speedway in the Mid-Summer Championships. The event has become a traditional midsummer stop for CRA. The Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts will also be part of a special non-points event as part of the racing action at Plymouth Sunday. Plymouth Speedway has had a resurgence this season under new owner Ed Kennedy and new promoter Eric Saunders with some very creative promotions and events. Sunday’s event will be a Champion Racing Association promoted event.
The CRA Super Series comes into Sunday’s event at the halfway point of the 2011 season. Current point’s leader Scott Hantz looks to add a fourth CRA Championship to his record three, but this one is a little special.

‘We have dedicated this season to winning the CRA Super Series Championship in Dick Poe’s memory”, stated Hantz. “We lost Dick about midway through last season and I had missed some CRA races, so we didn’t get the Championship in 2010, Johnny VanDoorn has won the last two, so I made it a personal goal to win the Championship this season in Dick’s memory.”

Hantz comes into Sunday’s event with a 37 point lead over second place Terry Fisher Jr. Hantz is still seeking his first series victory of the season, but has been the most consistent driver through the first six series events including two second place finishes and five top ten finishes. Hantz is the series victory leader at Plymouth with three wins in the series eight events held there and looks to add to his record series win total Sunday.

Terry Fisher Jr. has been on fire lately with the CRA Super Series. He got his first ever series victory at Angola Motor Speedway on July 3rd and has two third place finishes including the series last event at M-40 Speedway were he challenged for the win throughout the race. Fisher is in the best point’s position he has ever been in before with the series heading into Sunday’s event at Plymouth Speedway.

Rookie Derrick Griffin is currently third in points, 24 points behind Fisher Jr. and is leading the Rookie of the Year Standings. The South Bend native is looking forward to returning to his home track this weekend with his potent Welch & Wilson Motorsports team. Griffin’s team car, the #14 Welch & Wilson Motorsports machine, is currently fourth in owner points heading into Sunday’s event. Rookie competitor Mason Mingus is in fifth place, only one point behind the #14 car and is second in Rookie of the Year points. Mingus looks forward to heading to Plymouth after good runs at the last two series short track events.

CRA veteran Kenny Tweedy has had a good 2011 season to date with four top ten finishes and was the EDCO Welding Fast Qualifier at the series last event at M-40 Speedway. Tweedy is in sixth place heading to Plymouth, only three points behind Mingus. Nick Gullatta is in seventh place after a second place finish at M-40, the best of his two year CRA career, plus he was the EDCO Welding Fast Qualifier Award winner at the Angola event. Jay Niewiek is currently eighth in series points. Veteran Jeff lane is in ninth while Damon Ecoff is in tenth place. All the top ten will be racing in Sunday’s event.

Three former CRA Super Series Plymouth Speedway winners are also entered including last year’s event winner Eddie Hoffman, who collected his second JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour victory last Saturday at Illiana Motor Speedway. Fellow Plymouth winners Boris Jurkovic and two time CRA Super Series Champion Brian Ross, a Plymouth native, is also entered.

Ross Kenseth, son of NASCAR Champion Matt Kenseth, is also entered for Sunday’s event. Kenseth comes into Sunday’s event as one of the hottest late model drivers in the country with wins in the ASA Midwest Tour and a win in the CRA Super Series event at Columbus Motor Speedway. Other drivers who are entered includes Brian Campbell, a two time winner in 2011 with the CRA Super Series, Florida’s Steve Dorer, who got his first series victory at M-40 Speedway and finished second in the Angola event, also Tyler Roahrig, Joe Beaver, Jason Dietsch, Matt Hall, Justin Alsip, Colin Toland, John Long, Brent Jack, Colin Nickolai, Jordan Sims, Jack Smith, Jeep Pflum, and Joe O’Connor. In all there are 29 cars pre-entered for Sunday’s 125 lap CRA Super Series event.

The EDCO Welding CRA Street Stocks are also at their mid-point of the 2011 season after seven of 14 events. CRA veteran racer Jeff Lane comes into Sunday’s event as the series points leader, despite some bad luck in the series Ivy Tech 200 last Saturday night at Anderson Speedway, because second place in points Josh Poore’s luck was even worse. Poore was the first car out of the event on lap three after a broken ball joint caused him to make hard contact with the outside retaining wall. Lane was leading the event at the hallway break at lap 100, but then lost 16 laps repairing a broken brake line at the start of the second half of the event. Lane did manage to get a 14th place finish.

Lane leads Poore by 49 points going into this Sunday’s event. Rookie Mark Mason is in third place, he is 69 points behind Poore. Rich Segvich is in fourth place, he is only five points behind Mason. Jason Drummond is currently in fifth place, he is 18 points behind Segvich.

There have been five different winners in the five EDCO Welding CRA Street Stock events held at Plymouth Speedway. Chad Poorman was the most recent winner in April’s Cabin Fever event. Other series winners at Plymouth include Josh Nelms, David Long, Robbie Henderson and Kevin Gunkel. All the wins have been those drivers first ever series win. Saturday’s event will pay $1000 to win and $100 to start.

The Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts will be included in a special 25 lap non-points event Sunday. The event will have cars from four different divisions competing in one race including CRA FWD Compact rules, open FWD Compacts with any D.O.T. Tire, open Mini Stocks with any D.O.T. Tire and Mini Stocks with Hoosier Spec Tires. There will be a first place trophy awarded to each division winner, plus bonuses for the top three finishers in each division.

There will be an open practice on Saturday, pits open at 3:00pm, practice will run from 4:00 to 8:00pm. Track owner Ed Kennedy and track promoter Eric Saunders will host a racer appreciation hog roast/party with a live band following the open practice. Everyone with a pit pass from that day will eat at the hog roast free with the general public being able to buy hog roast tickets as well. The party and band are free and open to the public. On site camping will be free as well Saturday night.

On Sunday, pits open at 12:00pm (noon), practice will begin at 2:30pm with qualifying starting at 4:15pm. There will be an on track autograph session following qualifying with all the drivers competing in Sunday night’s events. The race program will begin at 6:00pm with the 50 lap EDCO Welding CRA Street Stocks feature. The 25 lap FWD/Mini Stock four division special will follow. The 125 lap CRA Super Series feature will be the final event of the evening.
Thunder Motorsports - July 15, 2011
For Immediate Release:
NASCAR Superstar Donates Race Tickets For Fans By Kevin Fox

Four-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jeff Gordon has climbed aboard to support the ever popular Plymouth Speedway. The Indiana-raised wheelman has offered up four grandstand tickets to an upcoming NASCAR Cup Series event.

The thirty-nine year old former Sprint Car standout is longtime friends of Irish and Eric Saunders and graciously offered his support of the 3/8th mile speed plant and their die-hard race fans. “I’m eager to see the outcome of this giveaway and look forward to supporting Plymouth Speedway again in 2012,” says Gordon. Two lucky race fans in attendance at the Friday August 5th event will receive a pair of tickets to the Sunday August 21st Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Make plans now to visit Plymouth Speedway on August 5th as Echo Power Equipment presents USAC Midgets along with Teachers Credit Union Late Models, Street Stocks and your chance to win a pair of NASCAR race tickets courtesy of Jeff Gordon all for just a ten dollar bill! The grandstand gate opens at 5pm and Oliver Ford Lincoln Opening Ceremonies crank up at 8:00pm.
Thunder Motorsports - July 14, 2011
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Kenyon Midgets Ready to Roll Into Plymouth Speedway - By Kevin Fox

The Kenyon name is synonymous with auto racing and on July 22nd you will be able to witness the series the famous family has built from the ground up, Kenyon Midgets. The Kenyon Midgets feature your traditional midget car chassis template but, Don Kenyon, Series owner and Champion chief mechanic, made a few tweaks to the blueprints prior to the six month design, build and reveal process. The plan was to bolt in a highly-spec 120hp Yamaha motorcycle engine, a clutch, and a starter making the cars completely self sufficient and very affordable for drivers ranging in age from 12 to their mid 40’s

“I used to lease Plymouth Speedway, but have since stepped away from leasing and involved myself in other motorsports ventures,” says Don. “We go way back, sometimes too far back”, jokingly as he reflected on his relationship with Irish Saunders and his young promoter son, Eric.
Mr. Kenyon, expecting around twelve midgets, is excited to see his series take aim at the 3/8th mile asphalt oval and if everything goes well hopes to make a return trip before seasons end. So, mark July 22nd on your calendar as Mechanix Wear presents the Kenyon Midgets on Hoosier Old Wheels Night featuring Dragon Race Fuel Outlaw Late Models, Teachers Credit Union Late Models, Street Stocks and Front Wheel Drives capped off by a Burnout Contest. The ten dollar grandstand gate opens at 5pm, Oliver Ford Lincoln Opening Ceremonies will take place at 8:00pm and as always www.plymouthspeedway.net is open 24 hours a day - seven days a week!
Thunder Motorsports - July 14, 2011
For Immediate Release:
Indianapolis 500 Driver Davey Hamilton Special Guest at Plymouth Speedway

Hamilton has made 50 series starts and while never winning a race, finished second 3 times driving in the Indy Racing League (now known as the IZOD IndyCar Series). He placed second in series points in the 1996–1997 season and again in 1998.

“Irish and Eric Saunders are longtime friends and I am excited about supporting my friends” says Davey.
Davey cut his teeth on short tracks and he encourages local drivers to have fun,” you can’t take racing too seriously”. Stick together is what Davey encourages local drivers to do, it is like having a small family. It is very important to keep short tracks healthy because you never know when some local drivers could become future stars in the major leagues of racing.
Davey got his start competing in the entry level division of limited sprint cars in his home state of Idaho. Open wheel was his first love even though he did have an opportunity to go NASCAR racing, but he didn’t want to be a struggling NASCAR racer. Within two weeks of getting the opportunity to race in NASCAR he received numerous offers to stay in open wheel. The call of a lifetime came in 1995 from the legendary A. J. Foyt and he began racing for Foyt in 1996. They continue to be best friends to this day.
Davey Hamilton, former Indy Racing League driver and soon to be the newest IZOD IndyCar Series television commentator, was scheduled to make a special guest appearance at Plymouth Speedway, Plymouth, Indiana on Friday, July 22nd but had to reschedule for Friday, July 29th because of his television commitment for the remainder of the IZOD IndyCar season. And to make this night even more special it is $20.00 carload night!!
In 2001 at the Texas Motor Speedway, Jeret Schroeder lost an engine exiting turn 2. This caused him to lose control of his car and make contact with Davey Hamilton's machine. Hamilton's car slammed into the wall, nearly getting caught in the catch fence, and beginning to spin a number of times before coming to rest against the inside retaining wall. Hamilton suffered such severe injuries to his legs and feet, that doctors at one time believed that amputation would be the best option for him.
After the crash, Hamilton retired from the cockpit, and has undergone 21 operations to reconstruct his feet and legs. He began standing after five months of the crash, and spent a year in the wheelchair.
Come and meet Davey Hamilton, get an autograph or your picture taken with this very personable IZOD IndyCar racer turned television commentator.
Thunder Motorsports - July 7, 2011
For Immediate Release:
REVISION for Ceremony for Mid-Season Point Fund Pay-out
A new points fund pay-out system was announced prior to the beginning of Plymouth’s season. After the Mid-Season Championships are run on Friday, July 8th, a ceremony will be held on Friday, July 15th for the leaders at the midway point for the Late Models, Street Stocks and Front Wheel Drives at which time they will receive midway points money. The Outlaw Late Models will be honored the following week – Friday, July 22nd with a ceremony and at this time the midway points money will be distributed to them.
The points fund will be split with half of the over $14,000 being paid out at mid-season and the other half at the banquet. The Outlaw Late Model point leader at the midway point, which now is Friday, July 8th because Friday, July 1st program was rained out, will walk away with $1,000 with the remaining $1,000 being paid out at the banquet to the point leader at the end of the season. For an incentive to race all season at Plymouth, Mike Shewchuk of Advanced Property Maintenance of South Bend will give a $500 bonus at the banquet to the driver of the Outlaw Late Model division that leads the points at mid-season and also is leading at season end.
But wait, there is more….all drivers competing in the Outlaw Late Model and Sportsman divisions that accomplish Perfect Attendance at season end will be entered into drawings with one winner from each of the aforementioned divisions being the winner of a new chassis.
Thunder Motorsports - July 5, 2011
For Immediate Release:
Mini Stock Specials Cancelled for the Remainder of 2011 At Plymouth Speedway
It is with deep regret that the Plymouth Speedway has cancelled the remaining Mini Stock specials. Plymouth Speedway management felt the Mini Stocks were paid a very fair purse, but the interest was just not what track management had hoped for.
Plymouth Speedway management and officials love the Mini Stock division. Owner, Ed Kennedy and his team will revisit the possibility of adding the Mini Stock division full time for the 2012 season, “never say never”.
For more information, call the speedway at 1-(574) 936-0900
Thunder Motor Sports LLC - July 3, 2011
For Immediate Release:
Travis Pastrana making Special Guest Appearance

Eric Saunders, promoter of Plymouth Motor Speedway, just announced that Travis Pastrana will make a special guest appearance on Friday, August 12th.

Travis Pastrana’s accomplishments are already legendary: world freestyle champion at age 14, five-time U.S. amateur motocross champion, two-time Canadian amateur motocross champion, youngest rider ever to represent the United States at the Motocross des Nations in France, 125cc pro national outdoor champion, 125cc East Supercross Series champion, and most successful competitor in the history of X Games freestyle motocross. He won back-to-back championships in the Rally America Series – so he is just as amazing on four wheels. And if all of his accomplishments aren’t enough, he has taken on the world of NASCAR racing. Pastrana is personal friends with Eric and Irish Saunders. According to a recent interview on Sirius NASCAR channel 128, Travis said he got his first taste of being on four wheels when Irish Saunders let him take a spin in a Silver Crown car at Lakeland Speedway.
Travis wants to help his friend Eric Saunders the promoter of the 3/8th mile Marshall County asphalt oval after Eric was critically injured and paralyzed on August 29, 2010 (the day before Eric turned 18) while practicing at his Lakeville home track for an upcoming Motocross race in the Steel City Pro National in Pittsburgh, PA.
On this special evening Plymouth Motor Speedway will host a complete race program of Outlaw Late Models, Sportsman, Street Stocks, and Front Wheel Drives along with a burnout contest. Line up at the gate early, find a seat immediately because an anticipated standing room only crowd will be there to see and talk to the most amazing man on two wheels, Travis Pastrana.
Thunder Motorsports - July 1, 2011
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CRA Returns Sunday July 24th
Saturday, July 23rd will feature an open practice day for all racers from 4:00 to 8:00pm, with gates opening at 3:00pm. Track owner Ed Kennedy and promoter Eric Saunders have announced a racer appreciation hog roast, party and band following the open practice. Everyone with a pit pass from that day will eat at the hog roast FREE with the general public being able to buy hog roast tickets as well. The party and band are free and open to the public. Camping on-site will be free as well.
Sunday July 24th will see the CRA Super Series, CRA Street Stocks and combined “OPEN” Compact FWD and Mini Stocks take to the 3/8 mile asphalt oval for what has become a mid-summer annual tradition for CRA and the Speedway. Pit Gates will open at noon, with practice at 2:30, qualifying at 4:30 and racing at 6pm. This fast-paced, action-packed evening will showcase feature racing only, with the goal of getting fans and racers on their way home by 9:00pm.
The stars and cars of the CRA Super Series will run a 125-lap, all green flag feature, with CRA Street Stocks doing 50 laps and the Compacts and Mini Stocks combined in a special feature of 25 laps…with the possibility of multiple features for the combined division.
The combined Compact and Mini Stock feature will have 4 different category winners within the race: 1) Open FWD with any Street D.O.T. Tire, 2) CRA Rules FWD, 3) Open Mini Stock on Street D.O.T Tires, and 4) Open Mini Stocks on Hoosier Spec Tire. The combined special race will pay $150 to Win and $20 to Start, and the top 3 finishers in EACH of the above categories will receive bonus money of $150, $100, $50 respectively.
Sunday admission price for Adults is only $15…kids 6-14 are only $6…and kids 5 and under are free. Saturday’s open practice, party and band will also be free to spectators…young and old alike!
It’s a great way to spend the weekend: with camping, parties and fun…and a great night of racing on Sunday Evening for CRA’s Mid-Summer Championship.
Thunder Motorsports
For Immediate Release:
Plymouth Speedway Absolves Itself of BEAStockcardriver.com
NOTICE: Due to unforeseeable circumstances, all previously posted tentative dates and locations for Experiences have been postponed, and online Booking will not be available until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, and we are working diligently to get dates and locations rescheduled as soon as possible. If new dates and locations that are suitable to you cannot be set within a reasonable time, all fees you have paid through Third Party Retailers or directly to us will be refunded to you as soon as possible. If you require a refund please go to Driver's Lounge and send us a message with REFUND in the subject line. Our commitment is to provide you with the highest level of customer service, and will make every effort to earn your support and continued business. We appreciate your patience while we get this situation resolved.

Plymouth Speedway and Thunder Motor Sports LLC absolves itself of any connection to BEAStockcardriver.com and with Molly Buckley, Operating Manager of said website and company which reside in Greensboro, NC. There was no signed contract with said company and they were leasing the facility through a verbal agreement only for their driving school which was to be held at the Marshall County facility July 5th thru July 8th.

If you have purchased this driving school coupon, please contact Ms. Buckley at 1-800-405-9052. It is the management of Plymouth Speedway’s understanding, that Groupon (where the driving school coupons were purchased) will be contacting individuals involved.
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