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2014 Plymouth Speedway Press Releases
 
By: Anita Soltis - Posted October 13, 2014
(Plymouth, IN) The two biggest nights of racing at the Plymouth Speedway produced some of the best racing of the season. The Lane Automotive 50 Race of Champions, presented by All Star Performance, Cometic Gasket, Inc., and JE Pistons with K1 Technologies started Friday night with the final Thunder Stock race of the year. John Rhoads started on the pole and dominated the race up until the final laps. Rhoads was using the high side of the racetrack and Bryce Shidler was racing for position. They raced side-by-side and Rhoads started to get off the pace. The No. 41 of Chad Bales then got into Rhoads as the race was coming to a close. Bales was running fourth at the time while Rhoads slipped to seventh. Shilder went on to win the race after starting fourth. Paul Minter was able to finish second with Bales in the third and last podium spot. “Tonight was one of the best nights of the year,” said the 2014 Thunder Stock Champion, Bryce Shidler. “It was good, hard and clean racing. I could feel cars coming up on me and it was an eerie feeling, but it was great racing.
A 15-lap shootout sponsored by Bud Light for the UMP Modifieds was featured with eight drivers going for $500. Rusty Griffaw started on the pole and he and Travis Stemler went side by side for the first two laps. Stemler got the lead and stayed there for the remainder of the shootout. Brian Shaw and Griffaw traded positions for the second spot for several laps and went side-by-side on lap eight for second place. Shaw was able to get the spot on the next lap. While Stemler got a big lead on the field, the rest of the drivers were battling for the podium. Stemler took home the trophy while Shaw claimed second and Griffaw settled for third. “I’ve had a great time here at the track. This is going to be a really great track to race for 50 laps,” said Stemler. It was.
Before the Lane Automotive 50 Race of Champions, a 30-lap race for the Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints found a former champion on the pole. Garrett Saunders and Shane Cottle were on the front row and from the start Saunders dominated the race. Cottle got caught up in an accident with the No. 20 of Patrick Boocher who was a slower car on the track to bring out the first caution in the race. Cottle’s car was done for the night on lap 12. Brad Nichols moved up to the second spot after Cottle’s exit while the 2014 600 Sprint Champion Billy Cribbs moved up to the third position. That’s where they stayed for the remainder of the race that only had three cautions. Directly after the race, Saunders jumped into the newly built fountain and pond in the infield. “Thank you to everyone who has helped me. The race was fun and that pond is REALLY cold!” said Saunders.
That set up the 50-lap feature for 26 UMP Modified drivers. A redraw found Steve McClees on the pole with Kyle Strickler to his outside. Strickler was quick to get the lead while Brian Shaw slipped into second and McClees dropped to third. 2014 Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modified Champion Jamie Lomax and Michael Thayer got together on lap four which caused damage to both cars. Lomax continued for a few more laps but had to bow out of the race. The race then went green for eight laps with Strickler safe in the lead. NASCAR driver David Stremme caused the second caution when he spun. Later in the race Stremme and Zeke McKenzie had some contact on the track which caused Stremme to spin. While under caution, Stremme ran into the back of McKenzie’s car in retaliation and both drivers exited the racetrack. Lapped traffic became an issue for the drivers in the third and fourth place spots as the laps started to wind down. McClees and Griffaw were battling for the last spot on the podium when the gap closed when attempting to pass a lapped car. McClees was able to keep the track position and edged Griffaw out of a podium position. Kyle Strickler won the feature and $5,000 while Shaw finished second and McClees came in third. “This year has been amazing,” he said as he reminisced about his winning season. “This was my first race with this new car. We were quick and qualified well and drew a redraw that put us in the second spot for the start. The car just felt right. This is awesome and I’m happy that I won. I’ve had a lot of support and couldn’t be happier with this new car!”
This closes out the second full dirt season at the Playground of Power. A banquet to honor the 2014 champions is planned in January and work is already being done to ensure an even better 2015 season. Thank you to all of the supporters and sponsors at the track. Most importantly, thank you to the fans. To keep up to date on the track in the off season, visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.
 
Thunder Stock feature: Bryce Shidler (center), Paul Minter (left) and Chad Bales (right). Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
Bud Light Dash: Travis Stemler (center), Brian Shaw (left) and Rusty Griffaw (right). Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
   
Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprint feature: Garrett Saunders (center), Brad Nichols (left) and Billy Cribbs (right). Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
Lane Automotive 50 UMP Modifieds feature: Kyle Strickler (center), Brian Shaw (left) and Steve McClees. Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
 

 
JE Pistons Helps Present Race of Champions
(Plymouth, IN) The Lane Automotive 50 Race of Champions begins Friday night at Plymouth Speedway with UMP Modified qualifying heats at 7:15 p.m. ET along with a 15-lap Bud Light Shootout with the Thunder Stock drivers. Last chance qualifying will be featured on Saturday prior to the main event. The 600 Sprint drivers will also race. Saturday’s action starts at 7 p.m. ET.

This event presented in part by JE Pistons, the leader in high performance forged pistons. For 60 years, JE Pistons has been manufacturing the highest quality pistons and components on which race teams and engine builders rely. It’s sponsors like this that help teams be successful in every level of racing. “Grassroots racing is the heart of JE Pistons customer base and that’s why the Lane Automotive 50 Race of Champions at Plymouth Speedway is the perfect venue for us to showcase our high-performance forged racing pistons,” said Sean Crawford, Director of Marketing and Business Development, JE Pistons. “UMP Modified Racing is a fixture in the Midwest and practically the very definition of grassroots racing. That’s why it makes sense for JE. This is exactly the type of event we’re proud to support.” For product information and more, call (714) 898-9764 or visit their website at www.jepistons.com.

 

 
Do not mail Registrations after October 8th
Do not mail registrations after October 8th. This is in order to guarantee receiving your payment at Plymouth Speedway for the Race Of Champions. Only cash or check accepted at registration. In order to use credit card please pay online at http://ps.pfestore.com.
Please fill out registration and W9 completely for registering on Friday. Any questions please contact Jacki @ (260) 578-2705.
 

 
Drivers Prepare for Two Big Nights of Racing at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) The two biggest nights of racing arrive this week at the Playground of Power. UMP Modified drivers from all over the nation are vying to be crowned the winner of the Lane Automotive 50 Race of Champions, presented by All Star Performance, Cometic Gasket, Inc., and JE Pistons with K1 Technologies. The UMP Modified qualifying heats will run Friday night at 7:15 p.m. ET along with a 15-lap Bud Light Shootout with the Thunder Stock drivers. Last chance qualifying will be featured on Saturday prior to the main event. The 600 Sprint drivers will also race. Saturday’s action starts at 7 p.m. ET.
NASCAR driver David Stremme has had Saturday night marked on his calendar since the Race of Champions was proposed in January. “The Race of Champions is going to feature some of the best UMP Modified drivers in the country. It’s considered as a home track for me and the competition is going to be tough. I wouldn’t miss it,” said Stremme. Stremme and his brother Bobby, along with Tri City Speedway UMP Champion Ray Walsh, will compete along with many others in this giant weekend of racing.

Bring the family and stay the weekend! Camping is free and kids meals are only $3. A winning ticket will be drawn for a trailer proudly provided by Techworks Trailer Sales. Last chance tickets will be sold during the weekend’s races prior to the drawing. Tickets are $5 or 6 for $20.

 

 
Ed Kennedy Announcement regarding the "Race of Champions"
Ed says due to the overwhelming support for this event, UMP Modified registration will be $100 from now until the day of the event. Drivers, registration will be $100 the day of the event. Registration will include a 2-day pit pass for driver...."We need to keep the registration price for all competitors the same, no matter when they register," Ed Kennedy said.
Friday October 10 & Saturday October 11...UMP Modified Lane Automotive 50 Race of Champions will see the best UMP Modified Drivers in the Country race for $5000 to win. Both champions and non-champions from across the Country have equal opportunities to race for the big paycheck plus the first ever Race of Champions trophy.
 

 
Race of Champions to feature Top UMP Modified Drivers
(Plymouth, IN) The fastest dirt track in Northern Indiana will heat up this fall when the top UMP Modified drivers in the country arrive for the Lane Automotive Race of Champions, presented by All Star Performance. Registration is open and the first entrants in the event are NASCAR driver David Stremme and Bobby Stremme. The Stremme family has been supportive of their local track for years and David and Bobby plan to put their competition to the test on Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 11. “I have had this date marked since the speedway announced it in January,” said David Stremme. “The Race of Champions is going to have some of the best Modified drivers in the country. It’s going to be a great weekend!”
In addition to Lane Automotive’s sponsorship, Cometic Gasket, Inc., will be a big part of the Race of Champions. “Plymouth Speedway has built a marquee event to showcase some of the most talented dirt modified competitors in the country and Cometic is proud to support the Lane Automotive Race of Champions,” stated Bob Gorman, Founder and CEO, Cometic Gasket, Inc. “The UMP Modified Series is a great place to market Cometic’s high-performance line of automotive gaskets. We already have an existing relationship with DIRTcar through our relationship with the World Racing Group and the DIRTcar HP program so this is a natural extension of that partnership.”
The 50-lap Race of Champions is set for two big days: Oct. 11 and Oct. 12. The gates will open at 3 p.m., hot laps will begin at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. ET both days.
 

 
Lane Automotive 50 Race of Champions comes to Plymouth
By: Anita Soltis - January 23, 2014
(Plymouth, IN) It will be the the most exciting Modifieds races this year and it’s happening at Plymouth Speedway. Plymouth Speedway Owner Ed Kennedy recently announced that a UMP Modified National Race of Champions is set to be run at the facility on October 11th. Kennedy and UMP official Sam Driggers will work together to bring this event to the fans of short track racing and it will be nothing short of spectacular.
All track champions in the UMP Modified Series along with the 2014 UMP Modified Touring Series champions will be invited to participate in this event. The overall winner will receive $5,000 and a minimum of $500 will be paid to start. An A feature event is also planned which will pay $1,000 to win. It's open to all modified competitors. Up to four drivers out of this event will be transferred to the Race of Champions for a chance at the $5,000 payout. “This event needed to happen for these drivers,” stated Kennedy. “They put on a great show every week and deserve an event like this. I want Plymouth Speedway to host this exclusive race every year!”
As the 2014 dirt season draws near at Plymouth Speedway, more information about this exclusive event will be available on www.plymouthspeedway.net, the speedway’s Facebook page and on Twitter. This will be the highlighted event of the Modified season!
 

 
Lane Automotive Named Title Sponsor of Race of Champions
(Plymouth, IN) It’s one of the biggest races at the Playground of Power in an exclusive October two-day show. The best of the best in the national UMP Modifieds division will race at Plymouth Speedway on Oct.10 and Oct. 11. The Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints will also be part of the show. The gates will open at 3 p.m., hot laps will begin at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. ET both days. The 50-lap Race of Champions is proudly sponsored by Lane Automotive, presented by Allstar Performance. It’s Lane Automotive’s 50th year in business and it continues as one of the leading speed equipment warehouse distributors in the world. “We will be offering $5,000 to win in the Race of Champions, which played off our company’s 50th Anniversary,” stated John Berglund, Advertising/Race Track Programs Manager of the Watervliet, Michigan facility. “Our company has been involved with Plymouth Speedway for many years on both asphalt and dirt surfaces. The entire group at Plymouth, including owner Ed Kennedy, do a fantastic job of marketing their facility. I am confident that this race will become an annual event.” For all of your racing needs, visit www.laneautomotive.com.
 

 
About Cometic Gasket, Inc:
Cometic Gasket, Inc., is a leading worldwide supplier of shelf-stock, custom and short-run gaskets for the automotive performance, powersports, original equipment and remanufactured industries. What originally began in 1989, in an 800 square-foot office with limited production facilities and capabilities, has evolved into a 70,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing center. Cometic Gasket is located 30 miles east of Cleveland in Concord, Ohio. Today Cometic produces and ships more than 5,000 types of gaskets to customers worldwide. Cometic is dedicated to customer satisfaction and provides quality products, delivered on time at a competitive price, designed for each customer’s specific application. Cometic is an industry leader in manufacturing processes and is committed to the highest possible quality materials paired with knowledgeable personnel. Cometic is also dedicated to continually improving all areas of its operations through employee development and involvement, as well as continual reviews of customer feedback.
To ensure superior performance across a wide variety of engine types and sizes, Cometic manufactures gaskets from a comprehensive range of materials. Whether the situation calls for the latest in advanced technology like the MLS (Multi-Layer Steel) Gasket, or a synthetic blend such as Aramid Fiber, Cometic finds a solution. Cometic’s in-house tooling centers and rubber division ensure that we are in total control and on the leading edge of the manufacturing process. Cometic stays on the forefront of gasket design technology by utilizing in-house dynamometers and engine assembly rooms to bring our distributors, retailers and ultimately the end-user, the most reliable gaskets available in the marketplace today.

Cometic combines advanced materials with the most current manufacturing processes to provide custom-tailored solutions to meet the needs of each individual customer. Our design engineers analyze the environment in which the gasket will perform, select the proper material, and apply the appropriate technology to offer the highest-performing gaskets available in today’s ever-changing marketplace. Cometic Gaskets are the industry standard for championship-winning teams across multiple disciplines of both professional and amateur motorsports. Since its inception, Cometic has been committed to producing superior quality gaskets for the high-performance market. We believe close relationships and attention to detail are the catalysts of customer satisfaction. These values remain Cometic’s guiding principles to this day. Cometic Gaskets are always made in the USA with materials manufactured on American soil.

 

 
SODS Champion Crowned, Seven Features Heat up Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) The Sprints on Dirt Series (SODS) has a 2014 champion and seven classes of cars took to the track on a chilly Northern Indiana evening for a wild night of racing. The Super Modifieds hadn’t been at the Playground of Power in about forty years, but they proved that they still can make some noise. The caution-free feature found an early battle for the lead for the front row starters, Brent Eberle and Bill Layton. They had a rough time staying in those spots, especially with the car that Dave Gross had. Gross started next to last and made up a lot of ground to take over the top spot by lap six. It was smooth sailing for Gross after that with Tommy Hathaway picking up the second spot and Jim Hubbard in third. Hubbard also came from the back to place in the top three.
The SODS had a tough points battle for the lead with Ryan Ruhl and Dustin Daggett and this was the final race to determine the champion. Ruhl had come into this race 12 points ahead of Daggett and Ruhl would fight early to keep it that way. Ruhl started on the outside pole while Daggett started eighth. Ruhl took the early lead in the race and Daggett slowly made this way to fifth by the fifth lap. It appeared that Ruhl had the handle on this race until two lapped cars got into trouble in front of him and collected him in a three car pileup in turn one about halfway through the 25-lap contest. Ruhl would quickly get to the pits to make repairs, but he would restart the race at the tail. By this time, Rico Abreu had moved up the field from starting tenth and was poised to make a move. Scotty Thiel would go to the point after the caution but he and Jim Lingar would get jumbled up in between turns three and four which handed over the lead to Abreu. By that time, only four laps were left in the race and Abreu was able to keep the lead and took home the trophy. Shawn Dancer finished second and Dustin Daggett was third. Ruhl finished eighth.
Dustin Daggett was crowned the 2014 SODS champion - his fifth championship in the series.
The Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints feature found a new winner. Eric Saunders started on the pole and kept that lead through the entire event to collect his first feature win in his sprint car career. Sam Kimmel, Chad Hartzell and Nick Yoder were vying for positions behind him. Yoder moved into the second spot early while Kimmel moved to third. That’s how the running order stayed throughout most of the feature, even through two caution situations.
Travis Wolford won his heat race and he was looking for a win in the Super Street feature. He and Jerrad Krick started on the front row and battled for the top spot. Wolford quickly went to the front and didn’t look back. David Short moved his way through traffic to get to the second spot by lap 10. A caution came out which bunched up the field and gave Short a chance to go for the lead. He would give it a good try with two laps to go but couldn’t make the pass. Wolford won the race with Short in second and Jerrad Krick in third.
The Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds put on a great show with a new face in Victory Lane. Darren Wireman was the early leader but found himself in the outside wall after coming into contact with Todd Sherman after a couple of laps. Josh Scott then battled side by side with Derek Losh for clean air after the caution and would get the lead after a couple of intense laps. Losh would tuck in behind Scott while Todd Sherman would round out the top three. That’s how they raced and placed for the rest of the quick 20-lap feature.
The Thunder Stock division saw a little more action with a green-white-checkered finish. Jim Henson jumped to the lead early but couldn’t hold off Bryce Shidler. By lap three, the pair battled side by side for two laps before Shidler took over the lead. Two quick cautions happened after Shidler took the lead on lap five but it wouldn’t slow him down. Shidler, Henson and Eric Brown, who started sixth, bunched up on the restart on lap eight and were all looking for the lead. Shidler had a solid lead by lap 10. Brown continued to battle Henson for the second spot but couldn’t get enough speed to make a pass. On the last lap of the feature, a caution came out for a blown motor which set up a three lap dash. Shidler was able to keep his lead and Eric Brown tried again to get second from Henson but ran out of race. Shidler picked up the win with Henson in second and Brown in third.
The final feature of the night showcased the Cyber Stock division. Four drivers took a wild ride on the first lap coming out of turn three which caused a red flag. One driver was evaluated for minor injuries. When the race went green, a tire came off the No. 85 driven by Richard Loraft which caused another quick caution. While all of this was happening, Ryan Lagestee enjoyed the race lead. That would only last until Guy Sutton caught up to him by lap seven. Eryn Hartz tried to take second from Lagestee but couldn’t make the pass once the checkered flag flew. Guy Sutton won the race with Lagestee in second and Eryn Hartz rounding out the top three.

It’s a big night of racing on Saturday, Oct. 11 with the Lane Automotive 50 Race of Champions, presented by All Star Performance, Cometic Gasket, Inc., and JE Pistons with K1 Technologies. Come on Friday with track action beginning at 7:15 p.m. Racing on Saturday starts at 7 p.m. ET. Don’t miss the final race of the year at the Playground of Power!

 
Super Modified feature winner Dave Gross. Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
SODS feature winner Rico Abreu. Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprint feature winner Eric Saunders. Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
Super Streets feature winner Travis Wolford. Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modified winner Josh Scott. Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
Thunder Stock feature winner Bryce Shidler. Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
 
Cyber Stocks feature winner Guy Sutton. Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
 

 
Two Big Weekends of Racing Quickly Approaching at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) The World Series of Dirt and the Race of Champions will pack the pits and the grandstands for four days of pure horsepower in October.It all starts on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4 when the Sprints on Dirt Series comes to the Playground of Power. This race will determine the season champion in the SODS. The group has been at the track twice this season and the drivers are looking for another wild round of wheel-to-wheel racing with over 800 hp.
Oh, that’s not all.
The Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks and Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprint divisions are scheduled that weekend, along with Super Modifieds and Cyber Stocks. Over 150 cars in seven classes of racing are expected to be a part of this event. Testing is set for Friday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. which is free for the fans. Racing begins at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 4. Free camping is available all weekend. The next weekend will feature a battle of the top UMP Modified drivers in the country in the Lane Automotive 50 Race of Champions, presented by All Star Performance and Cometic Gasket, Inc. NASCAR driver David Stremme and his brother Bobby, along with Tri City Speedway UMP Champion Ray Walsh, will compete along with many others in this giant weekend of racing. The 600 Sprints are also set to slide around the track to make it a full night of action.
The 50-lap Race of Champions is set for two big days: Oct. 11 and Oct. 12. The gates will open at 3 p.m., hot laps will begin at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. ET both days.
 

 
World Series of Dirt Coming to Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) Drivers in seven classes of racing will compete in the World Series of Dirt on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4 at Plymouth Speedway. The fastest dirt track in Northern Indiana will host the championship for the Sprints on Dirt Series. The last time these drivers raced at the Playground of Power current points leader Ryan Ruhl took the lead after a late-race caution, upsetting Greg Dalman who dominated the feature. It will come down to this final race to determine the champion. Dustin Daggett trails Ruhl by only 27 points in the standings. In addition to this championship feature, several divisions will return to Plymouth Speedway for this exciting weekend of racing. Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks and Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprint divisions are scheduled, along with Super Modifieds and Cyber Stocks.

Over 150 cars in seven classes of racing are expected to be a part of this event. Testing is set for Friday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. which is free for the fans. Racing begins at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 4. Free camping is available all weekend. This will also be a chance to tune up racecars for the Swan Lake Resort Ump Modifieds and Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints for the Race of Champions the following week. Join us for a full weekend of racing!

 

 
Race of Champions to Feature Top UMP Modified Drivers
(Plymouth, IN) The fastest dirt track in Northern Indiana will heat up this fall when the top UMP Modified drivers in the country arrive for the Lane Automotive Race of Champions, presented by All Star Performance. Registration is open and the first entrants in the event are NASCAR driver David Stremme and Bobby Stremme. The Stremme family has been supportive of their local track for years and David and Bobby plan to put their competition to the test on Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 11. “I have had this date marked since the speedway announced it in January,” said David Stremme. “The Race of Champions is going to have some of the best Modified drivers in the country. It’s going to be a great weekend!”
In addition to Lane Automotive’s sponsorship, Cometic Gasket, Inc., will be a big part of the Race of Champions. “Plymouth Speedway has built a marquee event to showcase some of the most talented dirt modified competitors in the country and Cometic is proud to support the Lane Automotive Race of Champions,” stated Bob Gorman, Founder and CEO, Cometic Gasket, Inc. “The UMP Modified Series is a great place to market Cometic’s high-performance line of automotive gaskets. We already have an existing relationship with DIRTcar through our relationship with the World Racing Group and the DIRTcar HP program so this is a natural extension of that partnership.”
The 50-lap Race of Champions is set for two big days: Oct. 11 and Oct. 12. The gates will open at 3 p.m., hot laps will begin at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. ET both days.
 

 
About Cometic Gasket, Inc:
Cometic Gasket, Inc., is a leading worldwide supplier of shelf-stock, custom and short-run gaskets for the automotive performance, powersports, original equipment and remanufactured industries. What originally began in 1989, in an 800 square-foot office with limited production facilities and capabilities, has evolved into a 70,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing center. Cometic Gasket is located 30 miles east of Cleveland in Concord, Ohio. Today Cometic produces and ships more than 5,000 types of gaskets to customers worldwide. Cometic is dedicated to customer satisfaction and provides quality products, delivered on time at a competitive price, designed for each customer’s specific application. Cometic is an industry leader in manufacturing processes and is committed to the highest possible quality materials paired with knowledgeable personnel. Cometic is also dedicated to continually improving all areas of its operations through employee development and involvement, as well as continual reviews of customer feedback.
To ensure superior performance across a wide variety of engine types and sizes, Cometic manufactures gaskets from a comprehensive range of materials. Whether the situation calls for the latest in advanced technology like the MLS (Multi-Layer Steel) Gasket, or a synthetic blend such as Aramid Fiber, Cometic finds a solution. Cometic’s in-house tooling centers and rubber division ensure that we are in total control and on the leading edge of the manufacturing process. Cometic stays on the forefront of gasket design technology by utilizing in-house dynamometers and engine assembly rooms to bring our distributors, retailers and ultimately the end-user, the most reliable gaskets available in the marketplace today.

Cometic combines advanced materials with the most current manufacturing processes to provide custom-tailored solutions to meet the needs of each individual customer. Our design engineers analyze the environment in which the gasket will perform, select the proper material, and apply the appropriate technology to offer the highest-performing gaskets available in today’s ever-changing marketplace. Cometic Gaskets are the industry standard for championship-winning teams across multiple disciplines of both professional and amateur motorsports. Since its inception, Cometic has been committed to producing superior quality gaskets for the high-performance market. We believe close relationships and attention to detail are the catalysts of customer satisfaction. These values remain Cometic’s guiding principles to this day. Cometic Gaskets are always made in the USA with materials manufactured on American soil.

 

 
Lane Automotive Named Title Sponsor of Race of Champions

(Plymouth, IN) It’s one of the biggest races at the Playground of Power in an exclusive October two-day show. The best of the best in the national UMP Modifieds division will race at Plymouth Speedway on Oct.10 and Oct. 11. The Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints will also be part of the show. The gates will open at 3 p.m., hot laps will begin at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. ET both days. The 50-lap Race of Champions is proudly sponsored by Lane Automotive, presented by Allstar Performance. It’s Lane Automotive’s 50th year in business and it continues as one of the leading speed equipment warehouse distributors in the world. “We will be offering $5,000 to win in the Race of Champions, which played off our company’s 50th Anniversary,” stated John Berglund, Advertising/Race Track Programs Manager of the Watervliet, Michigan facility. “Our company has been involved with Plymouth Speedway for many years on both asphalt and dirt surfaces. The entire group at Plymouth, including owner Ed Kennedy, do a fantastic job of marketing their facility. I am confident that this race will become an annual event.” For all of your racing needs, visit www.laneautomotive.com.

 

 
Lane Automotive 50 Race of Champions Comes to Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis - January 23, 2014
(Plymouth, IN) It will be the the most exciting Modifieds races this year and it’s happening at Plymouth Speedway. Plymouth Speedway Owner Ed Kennedy recently announced that a UMP Modified National Race of Champions is set to be run at the facility on October 11th. Kennedy and UMP official Sam Driggers will work together to bring this event to the fans of short track racing and it will be nothing short of spectacular.
All track champions in the UMP Modified Series along with the 2014 UMP Modified Touring Series champions will be invited to participate in this event. The overall winner will receive $5,000 and a minimum of $500 will be paid to start. An A feature event is also planned which will pay $1,000 to win. It's open to all modified competitors. Up to four drivers out of this event will be transferred to the Race of Champions for a chance at the $5,000 payout. “This event needed to happen for these drivers,” stated Kennedy. “They put on a great show every week and deserve an event like this. I want Plymouth Speedway to host this exclusive race every year!”
As the 2014 dirt season draws near at Plymouth Speedway, more information about this exclusive event will be available on www.plymouthspeedway.net, the speedway’s Facebook page and on Twitter. This will be the highlighted event of the Modified season!
 

 
Championships Close out Regular Season at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis
It was a hot and humid Sunday afternoon but four classes of drivers made it around the Playground of Power after a weather postponement Saturday night. Bryce Shidler was the class of the field as he powered to the front after three cautions at the start of the race. After a slow start, Shidler was able to gain a healthy lead and took the win in the feature. Robert Howard rode in the second position for the feature and finished in that position. Douglas Payton and Jim Henson began a battle for the third spot on lap 12 of the 20-lap event. It ended on lap 15 when Payton got high out of turn four and Henson took advantage of the mistake. Payton couldn’t catch him after that. It was Shidler with the win, Howard with second place and Hansen with third. “I’ve lost a lot of sleep this week thinking about this championship,” laughed Shidler. “I don’t know how many times I checked my car. I just knew if I had a bad heat race or a bad feature I could lose the championship. I think I got about three hours of sleep last night. This car has been wrecked a lot this season, but she still turns left.”
It was a rather slow start to the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds race due to a dry racetrack, but the racing heated up once the green flag was in the air. Derek Losh was in front of the field for the entire feature while the battle was on for the remaining spots on the podium. Nick Allen was giving Losh a run for his money early but had an issue with his car and couldn’t continue with the race. Jamie Lomax was looking at third place but had tire issues shortly after Allen exited the race. A green-white-checkered set up the ending of his long-awaited feature. Todd Sherman drove from the back of the pack and battled several drivers for several laps to get into the top five. All of a sudden, he’s in the second spot and poised to win additional money with his win in the B Feature if he could get a good restart. Losh got a good restart and held Sherman off for the win. Jesse Bitterling, who watched the two battle for position, got the last spot on the podium for third place. Losh and Lomax were running for national UMP Modified points as was Devin Gilpin. Gilpin sits atop the national standings and came to Plymouth Speedway to race the pair to increase his lead. He got a flat right front tire halfway through the feature and took it to the pits. Lomax joined him a few laps later. “Starting up front got me a good chance to get the win,” stated Losh. “It was a great race.”
Michael Clark started on the pole position and didn’t look back as the Super Streets feature took the green flag. Calvin Peek, Jr. attempted to get around Clark on lap 9 but Clark wouldn’t give up the position. Peek started to slip in the running order but Tony Anderson and David Short were on their way. Short was running in the fourth position for quite a while until he was able to get the second position on the restart after a caution on lap 13. Short looked like he was going to finish second but Tony Anderson, who started 13th, was passing cars in the closing laps and just passed Short coming out of turn four right before the checkered flag. Clark won the feature with Anderson on the second spot on the podium and Short in third. “It feels awesome winning the championship,” smiled Clark. “It’s been fun racing all year long and I’m glad we came out on top tonight. A feature win in October would be nice too.”
The Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints found two rookies on top of the podium. Justin Bell took an early lead and kept it even with several restarts in the contest. Randy Shilling put pressure on Bell but he spun in a latter part of the race which took him out of contention for a podium spot. Chad Hartzell started moving up the field from seventh and kept driving his way through the crowd to snag the second spot in the lineup. Eric Saunders followed Hartzell through the field and took the final place on the podium. Both Bell and Hartzell were vying for Rookie of the Year in the 600 Sprints field and may need to share that trophy when the points are tallied. This was Bell’s best finish to date. “What a great feeling,” said an out-of-breath Bell. “It’s unbelievable. We’ve worked hard and had a great car. It doesn’t matter one way or another if it comes to down to a tie for Rookie of the Year with Chad (Hartzell). He’s a class act.”
Congratulations to our division champions! Billy Cribbs is the Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints champion, Bryce Shidler is the Thunder Stock champion, Michael Clark is the Super Streets champion, and Jamie Lomax is the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified champion.
The next big events are the World Series of Dirt on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4 and the Race of Champions on Oct. 10 and Oct. 11. Watch our website at www.plymouthspeedway.net for more information.

Thank you to all of the staff, drivers and FANS for such a wonderful season and we’ll see you in October!

 
Thunder Stocks feature winner Bryce Shidler (center), Robert Howard (second, left), Jim Henson (right). Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modified winner Derek Losh (center), Todd Sherman (second, left) and Jesse Bitterling (right). Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
   
Super Street feature winner Michael Clark (center), Tony Anderson (second, left) and David Short (right). Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints feature winner Justin Bell (center), Chad Hartzell (second, left) and Eric Saunders. Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
 

 
Season Championships to Heat up Plymouth Speedway on Saturday
By: Anita Soltis

(Plymouth, IN) What do you get when you have side-by-side racing and one more night to claim a spot in the top ten in the points standings? You get a heart-pumping season championship night at the Playground of Power. Drivers in the Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints, Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, and Thunder Stocks will be working hard on Saturday to settle their spots in the standings. Three of the four divisions champions have been decided, but the Thunder Stock division will have drivers fighting for position to get the championship trophy.

Not only will the season championship have eyes on the track to see who claims the top spots, the Warsaw Hall of Fame presentations, sponsored by Sparkman Auto Sales of Warsaw, are planned during intermission on Saturday. Stock car drivers Jerry Baker, Tom Beezley, Jim Bucher, Bruce Hogue, Art Leiter, Alan Marsh, Ron McKenzie, Don Prater and John White will honored. Art Smith, Dick Leiter and Lore Lee Sherman will be posthumously honored.
The season championships will not halt action at Plymouth Speedway for the rest of the year. On Oct. 3 and Oct. 4, the World Series of Dirt will fire up excitement at the track with the Sprints on Dirt Series (SODS) season championships, plus the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks, and Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints. Practice will be on October 3rd from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and admission is free. Racing will be on October 4th with hot laps at 2:00pm and racing at 5:00pm ET.
 

 
Season Championships This Saturday
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) It’s time to crown champions in the four divisions of racing at Plymouth Speedway. Drivers in the Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints, Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, and Thunder Stocks have worked hard all season for this night. While three of the four division’s top spots have been decided, that won’t mean that the battle for the positions in the rest of the standings won’t be any less heated. The Thunder Stock division will be decided in this Saturday’s feature at the Playground of Power.
The Warsaw Hall of Fame presentations, sponsored by Sparkman Auto Sales of Warsaw, are planned during the intermission of this weekend’s action. This Saturday, stock car drivers Jerry Baker, Tom Beezley, Jim Bucher, Bruce Hogue, Art Leiter, Alan Marsh, Ron McKenzie, Don Prater and John White will honored. Art Smith, Dick Leiter and Lore Lee Sherman will be posthumously honored.
Just because the season is coming to a close that doesn’t mean all racing activity will stop on the track for the year. In October, the World Series of Dirt is planned with the Sprints on Dirt Series (SODS) season championships, plus the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks, and Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints. Practice will be on Oct. 3 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and admission is free. Racing will be on Oct. 4 with hot laps at 2 p.m. and racing at 5 p.m. ET.
We’ll see you this Saturday for the season championships!
 

 
Bob Newton Classic One to Remember at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) It was a night to honor a pioneer in racing and the four features that ran at the Playground of Power Saturday night made the Bob Newton Classic a night to remember. The Newton family came to the track to watch the excitement. Joyce Newton, who worked with her husband Bob to start Hoosier Tire, was there with members of her family and cheered on the drivers with the many fans in attendance for the Bob Newton Classic at Plymouth Speedway.
The Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints found Billy Cribbs the early leader. Garrett Saunders had slipped back slightly in the pack at the start of the race but began working his way to the front. By lap 11, Saunders worked from sixth to the third position. He was attempting to pass Brad Nichols for the second position but ran out of laps. Pole-sitter and points leader Billy Cribbs won the feature with Brad Nichols in the second spot and Garrett Saunders rounding out the top three. “It’s been a good season,” said Cribbs. “We were kind of behind in the beginning of the season and then got into a groove where we were consistent.”
The Sprints on Dirt Series packed power in their feature Saturday night. Eyes were on Randy Hannagan who last won when the series visited Plymouth Speedway in May. However, heavy-hitters Dustin Daggett and Gregg Dalman started on the front row and showed great speed in the beginning of the race. It was Daggett and Dalman in the first and second position until lap 15 when a caution came out for an off-track medical emergency. Just as the caution came out Daggett spun and the leader got a flat right rear tire. He went into the pits and was scored in the tenth position which was the last car on the lead lap,when the field went back to green. The race was red-flagged for a period of time as the ambulance had to leave the track to take that person to the hospital. By rule, an ambulance has to be at the track before an event can be resume. After the ambulance arrived, the flattening tires on the Winged Sprints were filled and the track went green. Dalman continued to lead but a caution on lap 18 bunched up the field and allowed Ryan Ruhl to get a run on the leading Dalman and went on to win the race. Dalman came in second while May’s winner Randy Hannagan was third. “I’ve been racing Daggett pretty hard this season and his bad luck was my gain,” said Ruhl. “I had a great run on Dalman there at the end and I got the win. I had a great time racing here tonight.”
The Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds had a new driver on top of the podium. Michael Thayer started on the pole and was able to hold off the field for his first win of the season. Dylan Woodling stayed right behind him and made a move to get the first spot on lap 10 but Thayer had the stronger car. Meanwhile, Frank Marshall was moving through the field despite a damaged race car. He moved his way to the third spot after starting 7th and didn’t have enough to catch Woodling in the closing laps. Former Kalamazoo champion Andy Bozell started fourth but had car issues and finished in the 19th position. Points leader Jamie Lomax also exited the race early and finished in the last position. The podium found Michael Thayer on the top spot with Dylan Woodling second and Frank Marshall third. “I feel awesome!” smiled Thayer. “It’s great to be back at Plymouth Speedway and thank you to all of the fans for being here on this special night.”

The Super Streets were on the schedule as the last feature of the night where Michael Clark dominated the field. Calvin Peek, Jr. had the early lead and was pulling away from the field when he made a mistake coming out of turn three and traveled through the inner track. He re-entered the field in the fifth position. Clark then assumed the lead with Peek Jr. quickly setting his sights back to the front. Peek Jr. got to the third position by lap 12 and had the second spot by the 14th lap. Kory Conner was running in the second position and traveled up the racetrack coming out of turn four on lap 16 and slapped the front stretch wall. That allowed Peek Jr. to move to the second position. Peek didn’t have what it would need to hunt down Clark for the lead. Michael Clark continued in his winning ways with Calvin Peek, Jr. in second and Kory Conner in third. “This trophy feels just like the championship trophy to me,” said Clark after solidifying his championship in the Super Streets Division. “This is awesome. I’ll bring back my Super Street in 2015 here to Plymouth Speedway - my home track.”

The Plymouth Speedway season comes to a close on Aug. 23 when all of the regular divisions will be back to put on the best show yet at the fastest dirt track in Northern Indiana. The gates will open at 4:00pm and racing begins at 7:00pm ET.
 
Photos by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints feature winner Billy Cribbs (center), Brad Nichols (second, left), Garrett Saunders (right). Also picture is the Newton family. Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
Sprint on Dirt Series winner Ryan Ruhl (center), Gregg Dalman (second, left) and Randy Hannagan. Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modified feature winner Michael Thayer (center), Dylan Woodling (second, left) and Frank Marshall. Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
Super Streets feature winner Michael Clark (center), Calvin Peek, Jr. (second, left) and Kory Conner. Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography

 
Bob Newton Classic to Spotlight Exciting Feature Lineup
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) It’s one of the fastest series in the sprint car circuit and they’ll return to Plymouth Speedway this weekend. The Sprints on Dirt Series drivers will be at the Playground of Power to participate in the Bob Newton Classic this Saturday, August 16th. Also on Saturday, the Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modified division will welcome former Kalamazoo champion Andy Bozell and his son Phil Bozell. Drivers in the Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints and the Super Streets will also participate in this big night of racing.
The night shines the spotlight on one of racing’s most innovative minds. Bob Newton saw a need for better racing tires while he had a career as a race car driver. It was then when he and his wife, Joyce, started Hoosier Racing Tire in 1957. The business actually started in an old abandoned horse barn in South Bend when Bob and Joyce began producing their own race tires by re-treading street tires with softer compounds. Newton introduced the area’s first slick recapped (or retreaded) tire for racing. The tire has been featured in racing’s top series and continues to propel race cars to victories in many levels of racing today.
The Warsaw Hall of Fame presentations are planned during the intermission of this weekend’s action and on Aug. 23. This Saturday, sprint car drivers and owners from the Warsaw Speedway will be recognized. They include John Davis, Sam Davis and Paul Hazen. Jim Elliott will be posthumously honored. On Aug. 23, stock car drivers Jerry Baker, Tom Beezley, Jim Bucher, Bruce Hogue, Art Leiter, Alan Marsh, Ron McKenzie, Dan Prater and John White will honored. Art Smith, Dick Leiter and Loralee Shermin will be posthumously honored. The familiar speedway for many area fans closed in 1990.
Just in case, a rain date for all presentations has been set for August 23rd.

The gates will open at 4:00pm. and racing begins at 7:00pm ET. Enjoy affordable concessions while you’re here and don’t forget to get your tickets for the Techworks Trailer Sales trailer raffle.

 

 
Four Features Headline Bob Newton Classic
By: Anita Soltis

(Plymouth, IN) The Sprints on Dirt Series drivers are coming to Plymouth Speedway for a second time this season for the Bob Newton Classic. Which of the Winged Sprint drivers will attempt to put a stop to Randy Hannagan’s sweep at the Playground of Power? Shawn Dancer and Gregg Dalman showed a lot of speed at their last attempt at a podium finish in May so they may be the ones to watch this Saturday, Aug. 16. These cars pack a lot of horsepower so it will be a race to watch. Also on Saturday, the Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modified division will welcome Andy Bozell to the field during this special night of racing to honor Bob Newton. Drivers in the Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints and the Super Streets will also participate in this big night of racing.

Bob Newton was a racer before he was a businessman and he saw a need for better racing tires. Newton and his wife, Joyce, started Hoosier Tire in 1957. His legacy lives on at the company he built which has become the world's largest racing tire manufacturer and one of the largest employers in Marshall County.
If you think that’s all that’s happening this weekend, you’re mistaken. The Warsaw Hall of Fame presentations are planned during the intermission of this weekend’s action and on Aug. 23. This Saturday, sprint car drivers and owners from the Warsaw Speedway will be recognized. They include John Davis, Sam Davis and Paul Hazen. Jim Elliott will be posthumously honored. On Aug. 23, stock car drivers Jerry Baker, Tom Beezley, Jim Bucher, Bruce Hogue, Art Leiter, Alan Marsh, Ron McKenzie, Dan Prater and John White will honored. Art Smith, Dick Leiter and Loralee Shermin will be posthumously honored. The familiar speedway for many area fans closed in 1990.
All of the fun starts this Saturday. The gates open at 4 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. ET.
 

 
UMP Super Late Models Shine at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis

(Plymouth, IN) It was the only time they could visit the Playground of Power this season and what a race the drivers had Saturday night. The UMP Super Late Models were fast and there was excitement in every lap. The Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds also had a great night followed by the Thunder Stocks. Mike Spatola was attempting to get his second win of the weekend after winning at Kankakee Friday night. He started fourth but would have to battle JR Hotovy for the top spot. Hotovy quickly took the lead from pole-sitter Gordy Gundaker and Spatola moved to the second spot at the drop of the green flag. Hotovy ran the high side of the racetrack and both he and Spatola ran one and two until lap 22 when lapped traffic became a pick for Spatola. The front of the field went three wide with the lapped car and Spatola came out with the lead. Hotovy fell back to second. Meanwhile, the No. 9R of Curtis Roberts watched the lead change hands from the third spot. Roberts challenged Hotovy for the second spot on lap 27 but ran out of laps. Spatola was able to get the win in the 30-lap feature for his second win of the weekend with Hotovy in second and Roberts a close third. “This car has been great all year,” said Spatola. “Hotovy and I had a great, smooth race. Running second is where you want to be when the lapped traffic comes into play. I was able to use that to my advantage tonight to get a win. This is a nice track.”

This was the first time the UMP Super Late Models have visited Plymouth Speedway and they are expected to come back next season.
The Swan Lake UMP Modified race saw a familiar face at the top of the podium. Jamie Lomax has been a powerhouse at the track all season long and he made it happen again Saturday night. He took the early lead, but Zeke McKenzie would make him think about the line he was racing later in the feature. Lomax started fourth and went three wide with Dillon Nusbaum and Steve Hogue to take the lead. McKenzie started from the sixth and was challenging Nusbaum for the second spot by the fifth lap. A caution would come out which would allow McKenzie get a good restart. McKenzie would clear Nusbaum for the second spot on lap nine - just a few laps before Nusbaum would spin and after Frank Marshall would pass him for third place. With five laps to go and the field set to go green after a late-race caution, McKenzie set his sights on Lomax. Lomax got a good start, but McKenzie closed in on him in turn three. He tried to pass on the inside, but couldn’t make it happen. Lomax would go on to win with McKenzie settling for second and Frank Marshall rounding out the podium. “The car was great. I noticed that the track was getting slicker and Zeke started coming so I had to start running on the bottom to get the win,” smiled Lomax.
The Thunder Stocks were the last feature of the night with John Rhoads dominating the field. Randy Lambert had started on the pole but quickly started moving in the wrong direction with what appeared to be mechanical issues. Points leader Bryce Shidler moved up the field from his sixth starting spot to second but didn’t have enough to catch Rhoads. Kyle Anderson picked up his first podium finish of the season as he was able to keep his No. 25 at the top of the running order. He was able to run second for most of the race until Shidler took over the spot on lap 12.
John Rhoads picked up another feature win with Shidler in second and Anderson in third.
“We had a parts failure earlier in the season which may have put us out of the championship, but Bryce is really good,” commented Rhoads as he sits second in the points standings. “I was wondering if I was going to to hold him off tonight or not. I was waiting for a bump, but I didn’t get it. We’re trying our best.”
The Bob Newton Hoosier Tire Classic is set for Aug. 16 with Winged Sprints, Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds, Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints and Super Streets. The Warsaw Hall of Fame Night will also be featured. The evening is sponsored by Sparkman Auto Sales of Warsaw. Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. ET. For tickets or for more information, visit our website at www.plymouthspeedway.net.
 
Photo by Stephanie Reichelt Photography
UMP Super Late Models feature winner Mike Spatola (center), JR Hotovy (second, left) and Curtis Roberts.
Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds feature winner Jamie Lomax (center), Zeke McKenzie (second, left) and Frank Marshall.
 
Thunder Stocks feature winner John Rhoads (right), Bryce Shidler (second, left) and Kyle Anderson.
 
 

Points Leaders Show the Way at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis
It was a hot night of racing at Plymouth Speedway Saturday night with the points leaders showing what they do best - win. Pole-sitter Michael Clark dominated the Super Streets feature at the Playground of Power, but not before several cautions started the feature. Clark was able to keep out front with every restart. Bob McLean kept up with him for most of the race, but got into the wall on lap 11 and couldn’t turn his car. He would end up in fourth place. Kory Conner started in the eighth position and moved all the way up to the second position even after getting tangled up with Bobby Keller with just five laps to go. Nathen Jordan would pick up the third and final podium spot. His engine gave up on the last lap. “The championship is looking really good,” said Clark. “I would have rather battled McLean (second in the points) on the track for points than a DNF, but it was a good race.”

The UMP Modified National points battle was on in the Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modified race with Jacob Poel entering the race second in the standings and Jamie Lomax in third. When the green flag flew, the second half of the field bunched up on start with Poel collected in the accordion-effect. Donald Vance’s car ended up on top of Poel’s car and Poel’s night was over. Thankfully, no one was injured. Bobby Stremme took the early lead but Jamie Lomax, who started eighth, started passing cars early in the feature. By lap six, Lomax was on the rear bumper of leader Stremme, who started on the outside pole. Stremme and Lomax were side by side for two laps before Lomax took over the lead on lap eight. Zeke McKenzie had a strong car and was picking off spots until he was battling Stremme for the second position on lap 13. In the end Swan Lake UMP Modified points leader Lomax would take the win, McKenzie would finish second and Stremme came in third for a hard-fought battle. “I wish Poel had been able to continue in the race so we could have run together,” said Lomax. “The car was great!”

The Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints race was no problem for points leader Billy Cribbs. He started on the pole and ended with the checkered flag at the end of the 20-lap feature. Eric Saunders kept the second position until the last lap when Brent Busz was able to sneak past him coming out of turn two. Busz had attempted to get by Saunders for a few laps prior to the white flag but couldn’t make it work. Busz would get second and Saunders would end up third. “It was a great race,” smiled Cribbs. “I hoped all season that we could keep the points lead and it looks like we’re going to keep it.”
John Rhoads had a bobble at the start of the Thunder Stock feature but came roaring back to get the win. Rhoads slipped from first to third on the first lap but powered back to the front by the fourth lap. Jerome Vair had been leading and started slipping back after a caution for a spinning Kevin Kerlin. Vair would later hit the wall and finished in the last spot. Points leader Bryce Shidler started sixth and moved his way through the field. Points leader Shidler worked on Rhoads, who is second in the points, in the closing laps but didn’t have enough time. Shidler would have to settle for second place. Keith Crissinger found another podium finish after crossing the finish line in the third spot. “I got the pole and thought that was a good start, but then I saw Shidler coming after a few laps. I felt him give me a bump and had to run as hard as I could for the win. I got it,” said Rhoads.
The next race at Plymouth Speedway will feature the UMP Outlaw Super Late Models and it’s the only time they’ll be at the Playground of Power this season. The Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds will also run on Aug. 9 plus the Thunder Stock Division. Don’t miss the Bob Newton Hoosier Tire Classic on Saturday August. 16
 

 
August Racing to Heat up Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis

(Plymouth, IN) The season may be drawing to a close in August, but the next few weeks will be the height of the schedule at the Playground of Power. Jamie Lomax and Jacob Poel are sitting atop the National UMP Modified standings and they will be battling for the right to be at the top in action this Saturday at Plymouth Speedway. The pair are only separated by a few points in the standings. Jamie Lomax has won the last four races at Plymouth Speedway in the Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds Division. Can Jacob Poel upset Lomax’s winning streak at Lomax’s home track and move up the national standings?

The race begins at 7:00pm ET on Saturday with the Thunder Stocks, Super Streets and Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints also running on the fastest dirt track in Northern Indiana.
Drivers in the UMP Dirt Super Late Models are coming to Plymouth Speedway for the only time this year on Saturday, August. 9, will be racing in the Bob Newton Hoosier Tire Classic on August 16th. Tickets for the Bob Newton Hoosier Tire Classic are now available online at www.plymouthspeedway.net.
The Season Championships are set for August 23rd. Come along for the ride!
 

 
Top National UMP Modified Drivers to Clash at Plymouth Speedway
(Plymouth, IN) Two drivers in a tight race in the National UMP Modified Division will go side-by-side in a battle for the points Saturday night at Plymouth Speedway. Jacob Poel currently sits just above Jamie Lomax on the national leaderboard and Poel will go up against Jamie Lomax at Lomax’s home track. Lomax is the leader in points in the Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modified Division at Plymouth Speedway and is looking to inch higher in the national standings with a win over Poel on Saturday night.
Will Poel build up his points lead in dominating fashion or will Lomax show Poel how it’s done at the Playground of Power? The answer will come at the end of the feature as they battle it out on the fastest dirt track in Northern Indiana on Saturday, Aug. 2. The drivers in the Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints, Thunder Stocks and the Super Streets Divisions have had close finishes in the past few weeks. The drivers will be in the hunt for track position and the most points possible as the season is drawing to a close.
Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. ET.
 

 
Plymouth Speedway Welcomes New Partner
By: Anita Soltis
Toyota of Warsaw
(Plymouth, IN) Toyota has become a mainstay in the world of racing, especially with its success in the higher levels of stock car racing.
Toyota of Warsaw recognizes the importance of helping drivers, teams and fans locally find a car that’s just right for every day needs. Owner Dave Illingsworth has announced a new partnership with Plymouth Speedway to help bridge a gap in purchasing a car and to bring racing to the fans at the Playground of Power.
Toyota of Warsaw is interested in helping all involved in the racing environment from the drivers to the fans,” said Illingworth. “We want to help the local market and be a presence in the community. We’re happy to be a partner with Plymouth Speedway to bring dirt racing to the fans and we’ll be looking to expand our partnership in the 2015 season.”

For more information on how the sales experts at Toyota of Warsaw can help you find your next vehicle, call 1-866-583-3812. A sign with more information about the business will also be visible at the track on Saturday, Aug. 2 and throughout the rest of the season.

 

 
Plymouth Speedway Caps Off July with Hot Racing Action
By: Andrew Hayn
This past Saturday night the Plymouth Speedway played host to another great exciting night of close racing and even closer finishes that ended the month of July on a hot note. The excitement from the heat races grew into spectacular feature racing for all four divisions at the Playground of Power.
The first feature of the evening was for the Dickie’s Restaurant 600 sprint division. The competitors took the green flag with only one thing in mind, winning. However, Billy Cribbs quickly spoiled everyone’s thoughts as he pulled out to an early advantage that would grow by race end and capture his second feature win in as many weeks. Justin Bell finished with his best of the season runner-up and the taste of success for Bell felt great to finally get the ‘monkey off of his back with all the bad luck he has had.” Brent Busz rounded out the Techworks Trailer Sales podium with his first of the season in third. Fourth went to a hard charging Garret Saunders moving up from a thirteenth starting position and Nick Yoder rounded out the top five for the second week in a row.

The UMP Modifieds sponsored by Swan Lake Resorts ran a twenty lap feature that was filled with green flag action all over the 3/8 mile, sometimes three and even four wide through the turns. Dylan Woodling led the first fifteen laps capitalizing on a great pill draw following a great heat race; however, the caution flag he was fearing fell on lap fifteen with points leader Jamie Lomax now restarting on his rear spoiler. Lomax took full advantage of the restart that allowed him to overcome Woodling and grab his fourth straight feature win at the Plymouth Speedway. Dylan Woodling finished a season best second and he said “he was glad to finish second to a top national point contender in Lomax.” Third went to another unseen face on the podium this year with Dylan Nusbaum. Fourth was taken by Kyle Yocum and Frank Marshall moved up four spots to round out the top five.

The Super Streets was another hard fought race for every position behind the leader with the drivers competing for every point. When the checkered flag fell David Short was out front just ahead of Bob McLean for his third feature win in a row. McLean held on for second while Brandon Roundtree finished a very close third. In fourth was points leader Michael Clark for another top five performance and Nathan Jordan finished in the fifth position.
The final race of the evening was for the Thunder Stocks division. Their twenty lap affair saw a close battle between the top two in points. However, John Rhodes grabbed the checkered flag just ahead of Bryce Shidler. Shidler went up in flames after crossing the stripe for second to keep the points tight. Third went to Kevin Kerlin for his second podium finish in a row. Fourth went to Randy Lambert after getting by Kyle Anderson late in the race. Anderson held on to round out the top five.
This weekend the Playground of Power will host all four divisions. The UMP Modifieds sponsored by Swan Lake Resorts. The modifieds will feature two of the top five in national points this week. Jamie Lomax the current point leader at Plymouth and third in the country’s point standings along with another top five national contender with Jacob Poel, currently second coming to the track to take on their best weekly opponents. The track will also feature the Super Streets, Factory Stocks, and the Dickie’s Restaurants 600 sprints. For more information visit the track online at www.plymouthspeedway.net.
 

 
Lomax, Short Repeat as Feature Winners at the Plymouth Speedway
By: Andrew Hayn
Saturday night at the Plymouth Speedway was filled with great racing throughout the fields while the winners were able to show dominance over their competitors in four of the five main events. Jamie Lomax went back to top of the podium for another back-to-back performance along with David Short for his first repeat of the year.
The action for the main events were kicked off by the Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprint division in their first ever B main. A stout field of cars including some of the top contenders in the points had to work their way through this event to make the A main. Racing to his first checkered flag of the season as the victor was Chad Hartzell. Hartzell the top contender for Rookie of the Year honors was determined to make the main event by finishing on top. He was followed across the line by three other rookies including Justin Bell, Caleb Woods, and Austin Marlow. Ryan Ball was the last to transfer while top five point contender Brad Nichols was sidelined early with brake issues.
The Dickies Restaurant 600 sprint A main was a hard fought battle with three different flips by lap nine. The final flip of the night was on lap nine when Garrett Saunders made contact with Eric Saunders’s right rear tire, in a battle for second, sending him into a violent roll over out of turn two landing him halfway down the back straightaway. Saunders walked away from the incident; however unable to return. Billy Cribbs dominated the event by taking the lead on lap one and was able to hold off Eric Saunders for another feature win. Eric crossed the line in second with Dawson Stealy rounding out the podium in third. Randy Shilling finished fourth and Nick Yoder got his best finish of the season in fifth.
In the Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modified feature, Jamie Lomax drove through the top five with ease taking the lead in the first five laps and never had an issue to grab his second checkered flag of the weekend. In second was Tommy Beezley and Frank Marshall in third right beside him. Fourth went to Zeke McKenzie while Donald Rance rounded out the top five.
The Vores Compact Touring series made their only appearance of the season on Saturday with a twenty-five lap feature. Mike Richardson ran out front the entire race for the first ever front wheel drive winner on the dirt at the Plymouth Speedway. In second was Chris Jennings and third was Nick Jenema.
The Super Streets had to watch David Short dominate the twenty lap affair with a straightaway lead for over half the event to get back-to-back feature wins. Bob McLean worked hard to move up the field for a second place finish while Michael Clark got another podium finish in third. Fourth went to Randy Akers and Nathen Jordan rounded out the top five.
The closest feature of the night came down to a final lap pass in turn two by Bryce Shidler as he cleared Kevin Kerlin for another Thunder Stock feature win on the season. Kerlin held on for a season-best finish in second just ahead of John Rhodes in third. In fourth was Tony Bowman and Randy Lambert rounded out the top five.
This Saturday night, July 26, the Playground of Power will feature another great night of racing at seven o'clock. It will feature the Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks, and the Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints.
 

 
Top off a Saturday Night of Racing with Driver Autographs at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) Carload of family and friends? Check. Plymouth Speedway gear? Check. Sharpies for driver autographs? Wait...what?
It’s a night that everyone waits for each season at Plymouth Speedway - autograph night! Your favorite drivers have hero cards ready to sign in the pit area and they will personally hand them to you Saturday night. You’ll get to meet the drivers that everybody’s talking about in the Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks, and Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints up close at intermission.
In addition to those exciting features, the Vores Compact Touring Series will take to the dirt in an exciting race in their first trip to the Playground of Power this season.
Pack the car and enjoy dirt track racing on the fastest dirt oval in Northern Indiana. The concessions are affordable and the staff is preparing the track for your arrival.
Don’t forget to buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 24’ trailer. Walt Barnes from Techworks Trailer Sales says it’s designed to haul a race car but it can be used for just about anything. Tickets are $5.00 each or five for $20 and can be purchased at the track at the souvenir stand, the beer stand or the registration window in the pit area.
We can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday night. Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. ET.
 

 
Fireworks and Features Fascinate Fans at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis - July 13, 2014
(Plymouth, IN) It was a night packed with five features and a great fireworks show - all of which had fans on the edge of their seats. The first feature up for the night was a Thunder Stocks make-up feature from June 21. It was an action-packed feature that took the leaders three-wide to the finish. Nate Payton set the pace early and it looked like he had it wrapped up until Bryce Shidler put the heat on him in the closing laps of the feature. Shidler, who started ninth, picked his way through the field and was working on John Rhoads for several laps for the second spot in the running order. The battle began on lap six and it wasn’t until lap 15 when Shidler got by Rhoads for the position. Shidler then set his sights on the strong car piloted by Payton. Shidler was working on Payton on lap 16 but couldn’t quite make his line stick. Payton was coming up on the No. 72 of Eric Brown who was about to go a lap down and held up the leader on lap 18 and closed the gap. As they worked around the last lap, Payton still had the lead with Shidler hot on his tail and a lapped car playing into the scenario. As they rounded turn number four, they were three-wide coming to the checkered flag and Shidler was able to inch out Payton for the win. The margin of victory? Two-tenths of a second. “That was a lot of fun,” smiled Shidler in his post-race interview. “I didn’t know if I was going to pass Payton there for a while. He had a strong car but I got the win. That was fun!”
The Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints feature found a lot of cautions to start the race but once it went green, there was a lot of action. Roger Stealy was the first driver with the lead to start the race but he spun out of turn four which stacked up the field. Two cars rolled onto their side and the red flag came out. All of the drivers were okay, but damage was sustained to a few of the race cars. One of those cars involved points leader Billy Cribbs. With that, Nick Yoder assumed the lead but he spun on the restart lap and had to restart at the rear of the field for causing the caution. After the race went back to green, Garrett Saunders assumed the lead and didn’t look back. Dawson Stealy was able to move through the field from the ninth starting position and battled drivers like Randy Shilling to get second while Aaron Davis was able to stay out of trouble for the third place spot. Billy Cribbs was able to come back from the rear of the field after being involved in that early accident to finish fourth. Saunders had a dominant car in the feature. “I had a great car and I also won the heat so it was a good night,” said Saunders. “ I had fun and it was a great race. It feels good to win again.”
The Super Streets found David Short’s No. 15 back to the point as he had a two-second lead on the second place finisher in the feature. He had to fight for clean air as he battled the front row of Nathen Jordan and Eric Peek. Peek jumped to the lead to start the feature with Bob McLean hot on his bumper and Jordan slipping back to fourth place. By lap four, Short was side-by-side with McLean for the second running spot. Short soon set his sights on Peek and got the lead on lap five. Short had a giant lead on Peek but a lapped car caused a problem for Short which shortened the gap a little. Short overcame it and continued to dominate. Peek lost the second position after he spun out of turn three. After the caution, Short went back to his leading ways and Michael Clark started toward the front. Clark started seventh and passed Randy Akers for the third spot just before the white flag was shown. It was Short with the win, McLean in second and Clark in third. “I was looking for a good finish tonight and I’m glad I got the win,” commented Short. Zeke McKenzie gave Jamie Lomax a run for his money in the Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds feature, but he couldn’t hold him off for long. Lomax had a powerhouse of a car again this week as he started fifth and was battling McKenzie for the lead on lap eight. By lap 10, Lomax was the leader. McKenzie had a chance to get by Lomax on a green-white-checkered finish, but couldn’t get by him. Meanwhile, Tony Elliott had the best night of his career. He used the outside racing groove to get to a third place finish. He worked on Matt Mitchell for the third place spot on lap 18 and Elliott got past him out of turn three. Last year’s champion, Frank Marshall, found trouble early and ran in the back of the field but he was able to salvage a sixth place finish. Lomas extends his substantial points lead in the Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds division.
“The track was black slick and that’s the way I like it. We worked hard on this car until 4 a.m. today to get it good for racing tonight and I’m happy that I was able to get the win,” laughed Lomax.
They started the night of racing and they ended the night of racing - only a different driver found the checkered flag in the Thunder Stocks division. The race went from green to checkers with no cautions and John Rhoads dominated the race. He won from the pole with Shidler picking up the second place finish and Mark Barrett rounding out the top three. The margin of victory was 9.5 seconds. “I’ve been working hard and finally I got a good starting position. I’m telling ya Shidler is a good competitor and he was tough tonight. It was a good race,” said Rhoads.
A special thank you goes out to DMark Fence and Huffman Electric for sponsoring Saturday night’s action at the Playground of Power. They helped repair a section of catch fence and lighting on the front stretch after an incident last week. The track crew also worked hard to get everything in working order for the night’s races.
It’s autograph night at Plymouth Speedway on Saturday, July 19. Enjoy the Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks, Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints, plus the Vores Compact Touring Series. It all starts at 7 p.m. ET.
 

 
Fireworks, Saturday Night Special to Light up Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis - July 10, 2014
(Plymouth, IN) Crews have been working hard at the track and a gigantic fireworks show is planned to welcome back racing at Plymouth Speedway for another week. Playground of Power workers have been tirelessly repairing a section of the track after damage was sustained to the catch fence on the front stretch in a heat race last week. A section of lights tumbled to the ground and a portion of the fence caught on a car after the impact and tore it away from the track. The track workers have worked every day to get that repaired so racing can continue this Saturday. Safety of the drivers, employees and the fans are the first concerns of everyone at Plymouth Speedway and measures are being taken to ensure that.
If you were at the track last Saturday, bring your admission receipt and your wristbands with you this week and those will be honored as your admission to this race. If you don’t have any of that, you will need to pay a general admission fee or pit gate fee - whichever applies. No photocopied receipts, please.
This Saturday the Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds, Street Stocks, Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints, and two Thunder Stocks features will taking to the dirt track. A special thank you goes out to Dennis Mark from DMark Fence in Plymouth and Scott Huffman of Huffman Electric in Plymouth who are sponsoring Saturday night’s races! A giant fireworks show is planned during the night to add some flair to the oval.

The gates will open at 4 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. ET.

 

 
Two Make-up Contests Run, Track Damage Postpones Features
By: Anita Soltis - July 5, 2014
(Plymouth, IN) It was a night was created to intrigue fans with seven features, but it was cut short Saturday night due to an on-track incident.
First, the Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints took center stage as the first of two features that had to be made up from June 28. That previous race night was cut short due to rain. Brad Nichols and Billy Cribbs started on the front row and they battled each other for the opening seven laps when Cribbs took over the top spot. Lapped traffic played to Cribbs’ advantage as Nichols had to ease up to avoid a collision. Meanwhile, Garrett Saunders was making his way through traffic from eighth place and was working on Dawson Stealy for the third position. On lap 18 of the 20-lap feature, Stealy was bumped out of the racing groove and Saunders capitalized and got the third spot. Cribbs took home the trophy with pole-sitter Brad Nichols in the runner-up spot and Garrett Saunders with the last position on the podium. “It was a good race,” smiled Cribbs. “It didn’t start out the way I wanted and it took a while to get by Nichols but I did it.”
The Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds race had a rough start with three complete restarts but it got busy in a hurry. Frank Marshall got a good start on the field and built up a good distance on the second place runner Kyle Yocum. Yocum was able to get past Steve Hogue on the restart for position. Marshall led the race for 13 laps and a hard charging Jamie Lomax went from eighth to get by Marshall to first in that amount of time. He used the high side of the racing surface to get past his competitors. Lapped traffic couldn’t stop Lomax from dominating the field as he picked up the win with last year’s champion, Frank Marshall, in second and Kyle Yocum rounding out the top three. “The race was awesome,” stated Lomax. “There was a lot of bite in the track. It was a great race.”
With those two make-up features complete, the rest of the field prepared for a regular night of racing with the Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints, Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks, and I-Mods. The Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds division was the last group of heat races to run. In the first heat of this division, an accident involving Chad White and Damen Bock caused damage to the track. Bock got into White which sent his race car into the front stretch wall. That action caused him to hit the catch fence. With that impact, the lights fell to the ground. As the car came to rest, part of the catch fence caught on the car and was torn from the outer wall of the track. Luckily, the catch fence did its job and no fans were injured. Neither driver was injured in the accident. Officials quickly assessed the situation. Upon further analysis and taking fan safety and driver safety into account first, the decision was made to cancel the rest of the night’s racing. Fans who were in attendance may return to the racetrack on July 12 with wristbands and receipts and they will be honored. The features promised on Saturday night will be run again on July 12.
Plymouth Speedway officials apologize for any inconvenience. There are fireworks planned for the July 12 race night. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. ET.
 

 
Seven Features to Heat up Plymouth Speedway This Saturday
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) Spend your Fourth of July holiday watching seven action-packed features Saturday night at Plymouth Speedway.
With the wet conditions at the Playground of Power the past two nights of scheduled racing, be prepared to witness two Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprint features and two Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified features on Saturday. The Super Street and Thunder Stock drivers will race in one feature apiece. I-Mods will digging wheels in the dirt this week. The I-Mod drivers are antsy to get on the track after not being able to show what their cars are capable of on the fastest dirt track in Northern Indiana.
Plymouth Speedway officials do their best to make race night a great experience for the family. That effort includes family-friendly food prices. Kids meals are offered in the kitchen for only $3. Other racetrack favorites are available at affordable prices.
Don’t forget to get tickets for a 24’ Techworks Trailer that will be raffled off throughout the season. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. The winner will be selected on Oct. 11. Tickets are available at Plymouth Speedway at the souvenir stand, at the beer stand or at the registration window in the pit area.

Join the staff for the best night of racing yet at Plymouth Speedway this Saturday, July 5. Gates open at 4:00pm and racing starts at 7:00pm ET.

 

 
Open Wheel Wednesday Draws Big Crowd, Exciting Features
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) For a mid-week race, the stands were packed and the track was full of Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints and 410 Sprints for Open Wheel Wednesday at the Playground of Power, sponsored by Athens Archery and OmniSource.
The Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints opened the A features of the evening with Rodney Stealy quickly out front in the opening laps. It wasn’t until lap 15 when Shane Cottle would put the move on Stealy after a caution tightened up the distance on the cars. Stealy and Cottle were door-to-door and had contact coming out of turn three. The momentum slowed both drivers but Cottle had enough to fight to the lead. Cottle had been working on Stealy for that position for most of the race. Stealy would give Cottle a run for his money on the restart after a late race caution but couldn’t pull off the pass. Meanwhile Bryan Clauson clawed his way to the top three after attempting to get by tough competitors for the spot. He battled to get track position after several cautions but finally made it to the third spot from starting sixth. Cottle would get the win in the feature with Rodney Stealy second and Bryan Clauson third. “It was tough there for a while, but we came through with the win,” said Cottle.
Cottle was running double duty on the night. Shortly after he did his post-race interviews he got into his 410 Sprint and made it out in time for the feature as he was the pole-sitter. It was a scary start to the race as Brett Manns and Mike Moore tangled coming out of turn four on the opening lap. They both flipped on the front stretch tearing and bending parts on the cars. The race was red flagged and the safety crew was called. Luckily, Moore was able to get out of the car on his own power and he walked to the ambulance for more attention. The race was able to resume for 19 green flag laps with the best battles in the top five. Robert Ballou was quick to get to the front on the first lap with Cottle in second, Chad Boespflug in third, Jerry Coons, Jr. in fourth and Cooper Clouse in fifth. Boespflug was waiting to make his move to get to the front and he was able to get by Cottle by lap 15. Clouse brought out the second caution of the race on lap 19 when he hit the outside wall when running in the top ten. He had started on the outside pole.
Boespflug was quick on the throttle when the race went back to green but would have to wait for the leader, Ballou, to make a mistake. That mistake happened on lap 24 of the 30-lap feature when Ballou lost the handling of his car out of turn two and Boespflug capitalized, passing him on the inside. Boespflug overtook the lead by the time he came out of the third turn. Bryan Clauson, who also ran double duty on the night, had made his way to the third position after starting seventh in a tight field. Suddenly, a caution came out on lap 28 for Joe Bares who got too high in turns three and four and crashed into the wall. This set up a green-white-checkered finish and the top three drivers were eyeing the checkered flag. It was Boespflug to the point with Ballou right behind him and Clauson hot on both of their bumpers. Boespflug was just too quick and was able to hold off everyone else for the feature win with Ballou crossing the line in second and Clauson rounding out the top three.
“The car came to us and it got better as the race went on,” said Boespflug. “I beat these guys at a track I’d never raced on. It’s great that I got the win here.”
This exciting night of racing will be followed up with a seven-in-one feature night with fireworks on Saturday, June 28 with the Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks, I-Mods and Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. ET.
 

 
NASCAR Drivers Thrill, Four Features Heat up Plymouth Speedway
By:: Anita Soltis
June 14, 2014
(Plymouth, IN) It was an exciting night of racing Saturday when NASCAR drivers Justin Allgaier and David Stremme went up against the regulars at Plymouth Speedway in the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds feature.  Who would prevail?
It would take a while to figure that out as the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints were the first to take the track.  Aaron Davis was quick to take the lead and had a good lead on the field until a scary incident happened on the backstretch on lap 8.  Nick Yoder flipped tail over nose after losing a wheel that went sailing into the outer part of the track along turn four.  The race was red-flagged while crews attended to the driver.  He was able to climb out of the car under his own power with no injuries.  When the race went back to green, Davis took off back into the lead.  Randy Shilling’s bad luck continued this week as he was running in third and made a mistake on lap 14 and Billy Cribbs was able to get by him.  Shilling kept falling in the order and went around with Chad Hartzell with four laps to go in the feature.  Shilling would spin again on the restart lap and his night was done.  Meanwhile, Brad Nichols held his second position strong.  Now running third, Cribbs spun on the last lap which moved up the field and Eric Saunders, who had been moving forward in the field throughout the race, captured third on the last lap.  The dominant Davis picked up the feature win with Nichols in second and Eric Saunders in third. “I can’t thank everybody enough.  That’s what makes it happen.  This feels great,” said Davis.
The Super Streets feature was a pretty straight forward race which isn’t always the case.  Michael Clark took the early lead from the pole and had gotten a pretty good distance on the field with Brandon Roundtree and David Short running second and third.  Roundtree spun on the fourth lap and had to go to the rear of the field.  As more and more cars went into the infield for various issues, Clark enjoyed a first place finish while David Short had another podium finish in the second spot and Butch Fisher with his first podium finish of the season in third. “I hadn’t had a lot of luck lately, but I’ve been racing a lot and the past couple of weeks have been really good.  It’s great to be up on top again,” said Clark.
The Thunder Stock feature found a lot of activity and some battles for the leaders.  Eric Brown started on the pole and dominated most of the race until lapped traffic came into play by lap 11.  Brian Merritt got loose coming out of turn four on lap 13 and got into Brown.  That contact caused a right rear flat for Brown and while he attempted to go on in the race he slipped back in the pack quickly and eventually had to call it a night.  This allowed Bryce Shidler to take over the lead with Trenton Vogts in hot pursuit in second and John Rhoads right on his bumper.  The pair and been working on each other for position until Vogts make a mistake on the second-to-the-last-lap and Rhoads capitalized which moved him to the second spot.  Chris Joseph then went to work on Vogts on the last lap and Joseph crossed the finish line ahead of Vogts.  Shidler came away with the hard-fought win with Rhoads claiming second and Joseph on the last spot on the podium. “We didn’t really change anything from the beginning of the season.  The car just sort of changed by itself and became competitive,” laughed Shidler.
The feature that everyone was waiting for was the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds race which NASCAR drivers Justin Allgaier and David Stremme were the featured drivers.  Stremme was on the pole and showed dominance on the high groove of the track for the majority of the 30-lap feature.  His right rear tire showed a little bit of use as the race went on and caused him to lose some time.  Meanwhile, track regulars Jamie Lomax and Frank Marshall made their way through traffic and put some pressure on the special guests.  Lomax battled Allgaier for position when they were running in the fifth position.  As Allgaier was attempting to get by Tommy Beezley II on lap 16, Beezley II got a little sideways and Allgaier’s front bumper tapped Beezley II’s rear bumper which sent Beezley II spinning.  Since Allgaier caused the caution, he was told to go to the rear of the field.  While the race was still under caution, Beezley II made contact with Allgaier which caused damage to the right front tire of Allgaier’s No. 51 and it would end his night.  Lomax had moved through the field to the second position and challenged Stremme for the lead.  Stremme got a little too high coming out of turn four on lap 19 and Lomax was able to grab the lead.  Even after two restarts, Lomax would prove his car was the one to beat in clean air and he was the first to cross the finish line with Stremme in second and Zeke McKenzie with a hard fought third place finish.  McKenzie, Dillon Nusbaum and Frank Marshall had gone three wide out of turn four for the last podium spot and McKenzie edged them out for the placement. “It was a really good racetrack tonight and the racing was great on the high groove.  It was a lot of fun,” smiled Lomax.
A thank you goes out to the owners of Plymouth Sky Sports and The Horse Saddle Shop in Bremen for their helping in bringing you this exciting racing action Saturday night.
 

 
Drivers Put on a Show at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis
Saturday June 7, 2014
(Plymouth, IN) What a night of door-to-door, action-packed racing during Saturday night’s special at Plymouth Speedway! A high school graduate even missed his graduation ceremony to race in his feature in an attempt for a podium finish.
It all started with the Super Street feature where strategy played a part in Dean Baker’s win. Baker had to work on Bob McLean who took the lead right away and kept it for a majority of the race. However, on lap 12 McLean made a mistake, went high and Baker was able to quickly slide his car in the dirt on the inside to take over the lead. McLean kept moving backwards and Brandon Roundtree, who left his UMP Modified at home this week, was able to get around him in the next lap for the second spot. Roundtree and Short were racing each other in between turns three and four for the third spot prior to the halfway mark and were starting to spin when a caution came out for tire debris in that turn. They were able to keep their positions on the track as the field went back to green. As racing continued, David Short was able to sneak into the third spot as McLean continued to slip back. Michael Clark attempted a good effort to pass Short to get the last spot on the podium but he ran out of laps. Dean Baker won the feature in his first appearance at Plymouth Speedway this season with Brandon Roundtree in second and Short in third. “It’s the same car we ran here last year, but we made some major changes and made it work tonight!” Baker said after his feature win.
In a packed field of UMP Modified drivers, pole-sitter Tommy Beezley II and Zeke McKenzie had a good battle for the lead once the green flag waved in the air but Beezley II had a strong car. McKenzie did everything he could do to get by Beezley II for the entire race. He tried up high and on the inside but McKenzie couldn’t get past Beezley II. Meanwhile, points leader, Jamie Lomax, was on his way through the field after starting sixth. He had passed McKenzie for the second spot but a caution came out on lap 14 after Christopher Anstead spun and the lineup reverted to the last completed lap. That put Lomax back behind McKenzie. Lomax put the pressure on McKenzie on the restart of the race but McKenzie slammed the door on his momentum. A caution came out on lap 19 of the 20-lap feature which set up the last chance to shake up the podium finish for the leaders, but it ended with Beezley II with the win, McKenzie second and Lomax with the third place spot. “We started out pretty rough this season but we’re slowly gaining on it a little bit. We’re getting closer,” commented Beezley II.
The 600 Open Sprint feature had eyes on Billy Cribbs as he missed his high school graduation in Muncie to participate in this feature. Prior to the race he said that he practiced with his classmates for the graduation ceremony and when he stood on that stage he didn’t feel that’s the stage he wanted to be on. “The podium is where I wanted to be,” said Cribbs. Would he have what it would take to get there?
Dawson Stealy had the strongest car in the field and he proved that after powering to the lead on several restarts in the feature. In the middle of the race, Garrett Saunders and Stealy swapped the lead for two laps before a debris caution step up a crucial restart. Saunders was able to capture the lead after the restart but a costly mistake coming out of turn two a few laps later would put Stealy back into the lead. Saunders got loose coming out of turn two, went into the infield and rejoined the field only to run into the third place driver, Brad Nichols. That action caused the caution to come out which put Saunders at the tail of the field. That moved up the field one spot with Stealy back into the lead with Nichols second and Billy Cribbs in the third spot. In the closing laps, Cribbs was able to get by Nichols and Eric Saunders put on the moves to get by Nichols for third. Stealy won the hard fought race with the graduate, Billy Cribbs, with the second place finish and Eric Saunders with his first podium finish of the season. “No risk, no reward,” said Stealy. Billy Cribbs said his podium finish made his decision to skip his graduation ceremony the right one. “There’s no place I’d rather be,” smiled Cribbs.
The Thunder Stocks feature had a bizarre beginning. On the opening lap, Kevin Kerlin got out of sorts coming out of turn two and got his car stuck on the tire barrier. His two right tires were on the top of the tires and his car was leaning off to the side. The race was red-flagged until track officials could help him break free. Once the field went back to green, Kerlin was able to continue in the race and led the first few laps! It wasn’t long when Bryce Shidler and Eric Brown went three-wide for the lead. Brown would win that battle and Kerlin moved to the second position and Shidler moved to third. Brown would lose the lead when he spun out of turn two on lap 8 and with Bryce Shidler’s previous pass on Kevin Kerlin, Shidler took over the lead. John Rhoads worked on Kerlin for the second place position after working on him for a few laps and aimed to take the lead from Shidler. Rhoads was able to close the gap and was side-by-side with Shidler on the last lap. Shidler was able to keep the lead for the win while Rhoads finished second and Brown claimed the last spot on the podium. “We had seconds, thirds and fourths for most of the season but we’re on the top of the podium tonight,” said Shidler. We’re trying to stay consistent.”
The momentum of the action continues next Saturday when NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Justin Allgaier and David Stremme bring their Modifieds to go up against Plymouth Speedway’s best in the UMP Modified division. The “Mod Squad” night will begin at 7 p.m. ET. Come early and get a good seat. The gates open at 4 p.m. ET.
 

 
Late Models Thrill, Five Classes Heat up Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) It was the way that drivers and fans wanted to start off the Memorial Day weekend: a perfect night of racing in five different classes on the dirt oval. David Short was able to find his way around Michael Clark and Bob McLean early in the Super Street Feature and took command of the race when he found clean air. McLean was on the pole for the feature but fell back in the field after a complete restart as a result of a caution. Two quick cautions bunched up the field again on laps five and nine. That allowed the current points leader Clark to try and get the lead from Short but just couldn’t get his charge to stick. Randy Akers, who started in the fifth row, powered his way to a third place spot. “Big Daddy Chassis got it done for me again,” stated Short. “It’s great to be on top of the podium again.”
The 600 Open Sprints found a rookie taking the top spot. Garrett Saunders had been working on getting past several division top runners and battled Billy Cribbs, Dawson Stealy and Nicholas Schaefer for position early. By lap five, he caught leader Aaron Davis. The two had contact out of turn four and Saunders took the lead. Davis dropped to fourth position. Cribbs and Stealy moved into the top three and battled each other for position for quite a few laps until the checkered flag flew. Cribbs was able to hold off Stealy for second and Saunders won with a one second lead. “We’ve got good competition out there and I’ve got a good car this year. It was a great battle with last year’s champion (Cribbs),” said Saunders.
The UMP Modifieds feature found a familiar face on top of the podium. Jamie Lomax didn’t have an easy go at the win. He would need to get by Bobby Stremme and Stremme wouldn’t give up without a fight. Lomax came up the field from starting seventh and by lap eight he took the lead from Stremme. Stremme would stay in second and Steve Hogue was doing his best to stop a charging Frank Marshall who was charging hard through the field. Marshall spun in the middle of turns three and four on lap 14 and a flat tire ended his night. Lomax had a three second lead by the time the checkered flag was in the air with Stremme coming home in second and Hogue in the third spot. “There was good competition tonight and the track was great. It’s a good night,” said Lomax in his post-race interview.

There was no catching Dennis Freeland in the Thunder Stock division as he rocketed to the lead from the pole and didn’t give it up. Eric Brown would have to fight for his second place finish as he got into Chris Joseph on the fourth lap. He was sent to the tail of the field but roared back, passing car after car until he found Joseph again for track position. Joseph couldn’t hold him off and Brown entered the top three and went on to pass Keith Crissinger for the second spot. Crissinger was holding his position and had to ward off the challenging Joseph in the closing laps. Freeland would pick up the win with Brown in second and Crissinger in third. “It was a long winter and we’ve been working hard. We’re getting there,” stated Freeland after the race.

The fans were not disappointed with the Crate Late Model race which found a battle between Jeremy McLaughlin and a two-time winner in the Late Model series this season, Steve Lance. Lance started tenth and made his way through the field by the fourth lap. He battled McLaughlin for the lead on lap 15 but couldn’t get by the pole-sitter. A late race caution could bunch up the field and give Lance another chance at the lead but McLaughlin came away with the win. Chad Osterhoff would give Lance a run for his money for second place but with Lance focused on the win, Osterhoff kept his third place spot for the last driver placement on the podium. “I’m just glad that Lance started as far back as he did when we started the race or I may have been in bigger trouble,” laughed McLaughlin on his win. “I’ll come back and race whenever you all want me to!”
Brian Ross, a former track champion at Plymouth Speedway, finished in the sixth spot and was happy to return to the track after two years.

The next race night at Plymouth will feature vintage race cars in the “Old Timer’s Night” feature. They will join the UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks and 600 Open Sprints. The gates will open at 4 p.m. and racing will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 31.

 

 
East and West Meet for Late Model Challenge This Saturday at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) The Playground of Power will be packed with horsepower this Saturday, May 24 when the series you’ve been waiting for hits the dirt oval Saturday, May 24. The best Late Model drivers in the country will meet for the East/West Late Model challenge. The challenge will be filled with exciting racing with some of your favorite drivers, including a return of 2012 Plymouth Speedway Late Model Champion, Brian Ross.
“It’s been a couple of years, but I’m sure I can work my way around the dirt oval,” said Ross. “I’ll be doing a lot of racing in the next month. I’m looking forward to the competition on Saturday.”
He won’t be the only driver racing at Plymouth Speedway on Saturday that made the switch from asphalt to dirt. It should be a sight to see how they will tame their cars around the corners. The UMP Modifieds were added to the lineup for this weekend’s show. They will join the QuickCar Late Models, NILMS Fastrack Late Models, Pro/Crate Late Models, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks and 600 Open Sprints. Hot laps will begin at 6 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. ET. For more information on ticket prices or pit pass information. Plan on getting to the track early to get the best seat in the house as they’ll be going quickly.
 
UMP Modifieds added to the special East vs. West Late Model Showdown. Ed Kennedy announced that the UMP Modifieds are to race Memorial Weekend for a FULL 5-in-1 show!! Join us for our regular Saturday Night Showdown with UMP Mods, Super Street, 600 Sprints, and Thunder Stocks along with the Pro Crate Late Models East vs. West as they battle for $1000 win!
 
Brian Ross, 2012 Plymouth Speedway Late Model Champion, and Shawn Amor, 2012 Plymouth Speedway Sportsman Champion, to race dirt Late Models at May 24 East vs. West Pro Late Model showdown. Two local heroes racing against some of the best Pro Late Model drivers from the tri-state area for a cool $1000 to win!
 

 
SODs Amaze, Exciting Features Round out Earl Gaerte Classic at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) The Sprints on Dirt always impress when they come to Plymouth Speedway and the drivers put on a show for the fans Saturday night for the annual Earl Gaerte Classic.
Randy Hannagan fought his way to the front by the halfway point but it wasn’t easy for him to get past Dennis Yoakam who started out the feature out front. He had to pass front runners Shawn Dancer and Gregg Dalman at the beginning of the race. Dalman had issues with his sprint car which moved Hannagan up and then he set his sights on Yoakam. Once he got out in clean air he stayed there.
Danny Lasoski, 2001 World of Outlaws Champion, came to Plymouth Speedway just for this race and proved why he was a champion. He ran in the fifth spot for a good portion of the race but a late caution helped him get closer to the front runners and close the gap on the restarts. He ran out of laps to get around Hannagan so he would finish second. It was Hannagan with the win, Lasoski with second place and Yoakam with the third spot on the podium.
“That was a great race,” said Hannagan. “Happy we could make it here to race. We’ll be back!” Eric Brown keeps finding wins in the Thunder Stock Division. He made it look easy Saturday night as he led the entire race from the pole position. Bob Bourff was giving him a little bit of a challenge early on but Bourff had engine trouble and finished last in the feature. Bryce Shidler, who was waiting for parts to fix “a bunch of problems” before the race, brought home the second place trophy after he fought for position with Dennis Freeland and Chris Joseph. Paul Minter came out of nowhere near the end of the race and snagged the third place spot on the podium.
“This win right here – I can’t tell you how good this feels,” said Brown. “At 9 a.m. today, I didn’t have an engine to put in this car! My cousin, Paul Minter, (who finished third) gave me an engine to race tonight. Thanks to him I got the win tonight.”
Michael Clark claimed another victory in the Super Street Division Saturday night. He started on the outside pole and didn’t hesitate to take the lead from Bob McLean who started first. McLean got shuffled back in the start of the race and fought back for a fourth place finish. Travis Wolford moved up a spot when second place runner David Short had an issue with his car and had to pull into the infield when he realized his night was over. Last week’s winner Tommy Beezley II managed to get into the top three when he got around Randy Akers with whom he had battled for position for several laps before making the pass. Travis Wolford cruised around the track to get a second place finish on the night. It was Michael Clark who was dominant – leading by five seconds at one point.
“I hope we have a lot more of these this year!” said Clark. “Thank you to everyone who has helped me in this sport. This is awesome.”
The UMP Modifieds took the track for the last feature of the night and one of the most talked about drivers of the season took the checkered flag. Jamie Lomax led from the drop of the green flag and didn’t look back. In fact, the top five racers didn’t move around much from their starting positions. Derek Losh got by Frank Marshall immediately and was able to finish in the second spot with Frank Marshall in third.
“There was a great field of cars tonight,” commented Lomax. “I thought about taking the Gaerte challenge but I didn’t want to give up the pole – especially with the talent of these drivers. It’s always tough here but it’s beginning to feel like home.”
The Gaerte challenge offered the winner of the B Feature to start the A Main from a starting spot – 11th to 20th - and if that driver won the A Main then $500 extra would be given to that driver.
The next weekend of racing won’t be a slouch of an event as Plymouth Speedway will host the QuickCar Late Models and NILMS Fastrack Late Models on May 24. Pro/Crate Late Models, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks, UMP Modifieds, and 600 Open Sprints will be featured. Brian Ross will be at the track. You won’t want to miss it!
 

 
Huge Earl Gaerte Classic Announcement
Gaerte Race Engines (Rochester, IN) is sponsoring the Earl Gaerte Challenge this weekend at Plymouth Speedway. $500 extra is on the line for both the SOD Winged Sprints and UMP Modifieds. Joe Gaerte from Gaerte Race Engines will give the opportunity for the drivers for both sprints and modifieds that are starting on the front row for each feature. If the ... Pole Sitter wants to race for an additional $500, he/she can choose to start in a different starting spot (11-20), drawn by a fan, and if the driver wins the feature, the extra cash is all theirs.
That's right, a lucky fan will get to draw a number (11 thru 20) from a hat AFTER the driver chooses to take the challenge.
If the driver takes the Earl Gaerte Challenge and wins the feature, he/she gets an extra $500.
The first option for this opportunity goes to the pole sitter of the feature, if he/she declines to take the challenge, then the outside pole sitter gets to choose....once either driver accepts the challenge, we will have one lucky fan pull a number (again, 11-20) to determine that driver's starting position in the feature. The feature lineup then will be adjusted accordingly. We will conduct this exciting event on the FRONT STRETCH during the SOD sprint redraws!
Will any of the drivers take the Earl Gaerte Challenge?
 

 
Exciting Night of Racing with Ken Schrader at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN)  It was a beautiful night for racing in Northern Indiana and the racing was hot at Plymouth Speedway. He’s racing in two classes at Plymouth Speedway and he was a winner in the Super Street Division Saturday night.  Tommy Beezley II started third in the feature and quickly took the lead after the pole sitter Bobby Keller and Michael Clark had a head-on collision in between turns one and two on the second lap.  David Short was able to grab a spot in the top three after the caution but then last season’s champion Bob McLean made a mistake and Short was able to move up into the second spot.  Randy Akers, who started eighth, was able to move up through the field after battling several cars for position.  He made it to the third position by the fourth lap.  Beezley II was the winner with David Short and Randy Akers on the podium.
“This win feels good,” said Beezley II.  “We’ve been tuning the car and trying to rack up top finishes – especially since I started the season with two DNFs.”
The 600 Open Sprints saw Dawson Stealy out front for the entire race after getting a good start from the outside pole.  Billy Cribbs showed the crowd how to race to the front as he moved from the ninth starting position and was up to the fourth position by the sixth lap.  Lapped traffic running three and four wide at times played a big part in the race by the eighth lap.  Randy Shilling was running in top three and Eric Saunders was working on him for position when Saunders got out of sorts and Shilling was able to make his moves to the front.  By lap 18 in the 20-lap feature, Shilling had moved to the second position but didn’t have enough for the dominant Stealy.  Stealy came out with the win with Shilling and Cribbs rounding out the top three.  Only two cautions were called during the race with both toward the end of the race.
“I had to make adjustments under caution and hoped they worked.  Looks like they did,” stated Stealy.
The UMP Modified race was a big race as NASCAR driver Ken Schrader came to the track to race his machine.  He would have to chase down Jamie Lomax who took the lead after the first caution on Lap 2.  The race was red-flagged after an accident in between turns one and two which required some time to clean up.  Pole-sitter Brandon Roundtree and Adam Williams had problems with their cars and called it a night after they were running in the top five.  When the race went back to green, Schrader battled with last year’s UMP Modified Champion Frank Marshall who both moved through the field from starting in the fourth row.  Tommy Beezley II had a rough time trying to fend off the charging duo of Marshall and Schrader and Zeke McKenzie also had a few laps battling the pair.  In the end, Jamie Lomax commanded the race with Frank Marshall ending up in second and Schrader, third.
“I jumped out to an early lead and kept running my line and it worked,” stated Lomax.  “Thank you to the fans for coming out.  The track was great tonight.”
The Thunder Stock feature was the last race of the night which found Dennis Freeland on top of the podium.  He quickly took the lead on lap 2 and didn’t look back. Bryce Shidler put on a good show as he worked his way through the pack.  John Rhoades also put the moves on the field as he battled his way from the eleventh starting spot.  Rhoades was in the third spot by lap 13.  Two laps later it was Freeland with the win, Shidler in the runner-up spot and Rhoades in third.
“It was really loose before and I swapped tires and made some changes and we had a really great car,” Freeland told the crowd. “This feels great. I lost my wife in June of last year and all I wanted to do was win a feature.  This win is for her and a five-year-old boy who both had battled cancer.”
Plymouth Speedway will be back in action on May 17 with the Earl Gaerte Classic.  The Sprints on Dirt series, the UMP Modifieds, Super Streets and Thunder Stocks will race beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
 

 
Second Race of the Season in the Books at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) The second race into the season was an exciting one at Plymouth Speedway on Saturday night.
The 600 Open Sprints opened the feature portion of the night and it was a wild sixth lap of the event.  Jacob Moore flipped over B-Ray Kinzer’s car.  Luckily, nobody was injured but Moore did take quite a tumble.  Despite that, he fired up the car and continued in the race.  Aaron Davis had the pole and he stayed out front for the entire 15-lap event and captured the win.  Dawson Stealy made his way through the field after starting in the middle of the pack.  He would finish second.  Brad Nichols had a strong third place finish. “I never thought this day would come,” said Davis on his first-ever feature win.
The Thunder Stocks event found Eric Brown busy behind the wheel as his win didn’t come easy.  He had John Rhoads to battle and Keith Crissinger to beat doors with to get there but when he got clean air he stayed there.  Third place finisher Bryce Shidler worked on second place finisher John Rhoads on the closing laps but couldn’t make the pass.  Three caution flags flew during the feature and Brown said working the top of the track helped him with the win. “I got the car working on the top of the track and let me tell you this feels a lot better than last week!” stated Brown.
The UMP Modified event always brings excitement and Saturday night wasn’t any different.  Jamie Lomax was trying to win both the B-Main feature and the A-Main feature to sweep prize money, but he ran out of laps.  It was Todd Sherman who found the front of the field quickly and he never looked back.  Lomax started in the back of the field and by lap six he was in the sixth position.  He came up one spot short by the time the checkered flag flew.  Last year’s champion, Frank Marshall, was attempting a podium shot but missed it by a spot.  The top three included Todd Sherman, Jamie Lomax and Darek Snyder. "I'm just glad Jamie (Lomax) started in the back so I could have a chance," laughed Sherman.
The Super Street event was the final feature of the evening.  From the drop of the green flag, Michael Clark was on his game.  He was so fast he was lapping cars by the ninth lap.  Tommy Beezley II, who was running in both the UMP Modifieds and Super Street races, worked his way into the top three quickly and ended up in the second position. Clark had a two second lead on Beezley II at one time.  Beezley II tried to close the gap when lapped traffic became an issue, but Clark’s car was too strong to provide a challenge. Nathan Jordan started third and that’s where he finished.  On the podium, he said he was pretty happy with the result.  It was a rather quiet race with one caution.  This was Clark’s second win on the season in as many races. “Confidence,” said Clark when asked how winning two in a row felt.  “We’re going to win next week too!”
It’ll be a special night of racing on Saturday, May 10 when Ken Schrader comes to the Plymouth Speedway to run his UMP Modified.  Gates will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET.
 

 
Students and School Officials to Take Part in Race into Summer Program
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) Over 10,000 students and school staff members are able to attend one race at Plymouth Speedway free of charge thanks to The Complete Printer in Plymouth and officials at Plymouth Speedway. Students and staff at local schools will be given the chance to fall in love with the sport of racing by attending a race of their choice in the month of May free of charge. Entrance into the pits will remain at $25.
“I was at the race track a lot when I was a kid and I loved it. There’s nothing like being at the track on a weekend. I wanted kids in the area to have that same, great experience and they can get that at Plymouth Speedway,” said The Complete Printer owner, PJ Martin.
Plymouth Speedway is prepared to give everyone a great experience at the track with a great family atmosphere and new concessions. The excitement is just starting to build at Plymouth Speedway in just the second season on the dirt track. The roar of the engines always gets the blood pumping in each of the four classes of racing offered this season: UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks and 600 Open Sprints.
Martin said he’s happy to partner with Plymouth Speedway in the “Race into Summer Program” to give kids in the area a chance to witness the best racing in Northern Indiana. The Complete Printer is a full service four color printer offering quality offset and letterpress printing. For more information, call PJ Martin at (574) 936-9505.
 
Race into Summer Program
Race into Summer Program with May racing well underway, we want to remind parents of Plymouth area schools that their kid(s) should have received complimentary passes to Plymouth Speedway for general admission in the month of May. This program, sponsored by PJ Martin..The Complete Printer, is for the kids to use the free passes, not the parents or other adult. We want kids from the area schools... to experience the thrill and excitement of local short track racing to become fans now and into the future to support this great sport! Please parents, remind your kids that these passes are for them to use and we hope to see them along with you at the Playground of Power in May and hopefully the rest of the summer!
 

 
Ken Schrader to Race at Plymouth Speedway on May 10
By: Anita Soltis - April 6,2014
(Plymouth, IN) One regular season night of racing at Plymouth Speedway just got a little more interesting. NASCAR driver Ken Schrader will be firing up his UMP Modified machine and racing it on the dirt oval at Plymouth Speedway on May 10.
Schrader has had an extensive racing career in the highest level of NASCAR racing and continues to race his UMP Modified all over the country. Schrader said he’s looking forward to going back to the track and getting to race. “We went there last year and broke the rear end in practice and I wasn’t able to race that night,” explained Schrader. “I wanted to come back and I talked with everyone there and found that May 10 would be the best night for me to race. We’ll be there with our UMP Modified and I’ll see you there!” Schrader joined Justin Allgaier, Kenny Wallace, David Reutimann and David Stremme in a Mod Squad event last year at Plymouth Speedway. Last season's Modified division champion Frank Marshall ended up with the win.
Can Schrader beat the regular drivers at Plymouth Speedway? Many of the regular season drivers in the UMP Modified Division are returning this year and they're hungry for that championship and the chance to go door-to-door with a NASCAR legend on May 10. The Super Street, Thunder Stocks and 600 Non-Wing Sprint car races will also be featured that evening.
 

 
Wilwood Partners with Plymouth Speedway for 2014 Season
By: Anita Soltis - April 3, 2014
(Plymouth, IN) The management and staff at Plymouth Speedway are proud to announce a partnership with Wilwood.

The Plymouth Speedway season opens with the Cabin Fever event on Saturday, Apr. 19 at 7 p.m. ET. UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks and 600 Non-wing Open Sprint cars will be featured on the dirt track. Great racing entertainment is scheduled through August with additional races to be announced.

Wilwood designs and manufactures high-performance disc brake systems. Brake systems are made for all types of competitive motor sports, agriculture equipment, industrial applications, utility vehicles, snowmobiles, quads, motorcycles and military vehicles.
The engineering department uses sophisticated computer aided design to manufacture the best solution for your needs. They have ample stock of hundreds of varieties of brake calipers, rotor designs, master cylinder designs and a wide assortment of brackets, fittings, valves and brake lines.
Dave Brzozowski is excited for the 2014 Plymouth Speedway season to start.
“This partnership is a great opportunity to get information about our product to the race teams and the fans at Plymouth Speedway,” said Brzozowski. “Racing on the dirt track is always exciting and we’re glad the racing season is right around the corner.”
Wilwood will be offering a contingency program for the drivers at Plymouth Speedway on a weekly basis as well as providing products to track champions for 2014. Wilwood wants to give drivers the opportunity to utilize and win with their products.
For more information about Wilwood, visit www.wilwood.com or call (805) 388-1188.
 

 
Plymouth Speedway Springing into New Season with Landrum Performance Spring Partnership
By: Anita Soltis - April 1, 2014

(Plymouth, IN) The start of the 2014 season at the Plymouth Speedway is nearing and Mentone, Indiana-based Landrum Performance Spring is one of the many great partners you’ll see at the track this season.

Every Landrum coil spring is made from the highest quality material and dyno-tested to deliver the most precise spring rate for predictable handling, extended durability and consistent track set-ups. Drivers from local short tracks to super speedways demand the best. Each Landrum superior coil spring and leaf spring promote quality, craftsmanship, and performance. The crew offers the technical assistance to help give you a winning combination.
“Landrum Performance Spring is pleased about being part of the excitement of the “Playground of Power” for the 2014 season,” said General Manager Jeff Fuller. “Landrum Spring has something to offer all classes from the UMP Mods to the thundering winged and non-winged sprints. This track is in our backyard, and we are excited to see it bring Saturday night racing to all generations.”
...“The performance is wound in before the name goes on”.
The Plymouth Speedway season opens with the Cabin Fever event on Saturday, Apr. 19 at 7 p.m. ET. UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks and 600 Non-wing Open Sprint cars will be featured on the dirt track. Great racing entertainment is scheduled through August with additional races to be announced.
 

 
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Plymouth Speedway Welcomes New Partner
 
(Plymouth, IN) They’ve been in business in Plymouth for 33 years and the owner decided it was time to partner with Plymouth Speedway to help bring the best racing entertainment to fans.
The owner of Lincolnway Auto, Cecil Wilson, said the partnership just made sense.
“Racing has become a popular sport in the area and great entertainment for those who attend the races,” said Wilson. “We wanted to become part of what everybody’s talking about.”
Pre-owned cars can be found on the lot at Lincolnway Auto and the crew can help you with auto parts and auto repair.
Plymouth Speedway welcomes Lincolnway Auto as part of the family for the 2014 season. For all of your vehicle needs, visit Lincolnway Auto, 1230 Lincolnway East, Plymouth, Indiana. Call (574) 936-8094. For a look at what they have for you to drive home, visit www.lincolnwayauto.com.

Racing at Plymouth Speedway begins Saturday, Apr. 19 at 7 p.m. ET with the Cabin Fever event. UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks and 600 Non-wing Open Sprint cars will be featured on the dirt track.

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Competition Suspension, Inc. Partners with Plymouth Speedway for 2014 Season
By: Anita Soltis

(Plymouth, IN) Plymouth Speedway is pleased to announce a partnership with Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) out of Brownsburg, Indiana for the 2014 racing season.

The crew at CSI builds reasonably-priced quality shocks and utilizes technology in the upper levels of motorsports to help manufacture the best product for their customers. Since 2009, CSI has become the shock of choice for many of today’s top professionals in racing. The crews build each shock specifically to each customer’s specific needs. CSI’s systems have been a part of many track, regional and national championships around the world.
Some of these shocks will be used in race cars at Plymouth Speedway this season.
“We are very excited to partner with Plymouth Speedway for the 2014 Season,” said owner Garrett Andrews. “Giving back to the racer has always been a high priority with our company.”
“Our niche in the market has always been an outstanding product with un-beatable customer support, we travel to over 100 races a year to help our customers. We look forward to attending a few races at Plymouth this year to support customers using CSI products.”
 

 
Oliver Ford Continues Long-Standing Partnership
By: Anita Soltis - February 14, 2014
(Plymouth, IN) A decades-long partnership between Plymouth Speedway and Oliver Ford continues into the 2014 season.
Oliver Ford, with a dealership in Plymouth, offers great customer service and an assortment of new and pre-owned cars on the lot. Oliver Ford has been family owned and operated since 1955 and a great supporter of the Plymouth community. John Oliver and the staff are ready to help you in your car purchasing needs. The company is also a proud partner of Plymouth Speedway.
“Racing is in the blood of Team Oliver Ford Lincoln in Plymouth,” said owner John Oliver. “We are proud to continue in the relationship we've had with our local racetrack. We’ve been in business for nearly 60 years and have had a great partnership with the folks at Plymouth Speedway for many years. Just remember FORD - First On Race Day.”
Racing at Plymouth Speedway begins Saturday, Apr. 19 at 7 p.m. ET with the Cabin Fever event. UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks and 600 Non-wing Open Sprint cars will be featured on the dirt track.
 

 
UMP Modified National Race of Champions Comes to Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) It will be the the most exciting Modifieds races this year and it’s happening at Plymouth Speedway. Plymouth Speedway Owner Ed Kennedy recently announced that a UMP Modified National Race of Champions is set to be run at the facility on October 11th. Kennedy and UMP official Sam Driggers will work together to bring this event to the fans of short track racing and it will be nothing short of spectacular.
All track champions in the UMP Modified Series along with the 2014 UMP Modified Touring Series champions will be invited to participate in this event. The overall winner will receive $5,000 and a minimum of $500 will be paid to start. An A feature event is also planned which will pay $1,000 to win. It's open to all modified competitors. Up to four drivers out of this event will be transferred to the Race of Champions for a chance at the $5,000 payout. “This event needed to happen for these drivers,” stated Kennedy. “They put on a great show every week and deserve an event like this. I want Plymouth Speedway to host this exclusive race every year!”
As the 2014 dirt season draws near at Plymouth Speedway, more information about this exclusive event will be available on www.plymouthspeedway.net, the speedway’s Facebook page and on Twitter. This will be the highlighted event of the Modified season!
 

 
Short Track Roundtable Discussion Involves Fans
By: Anita Soltis
(South Bend, IN) NASCAR driver David Stremme hosted a Short Track Roundtable at the Double Tree Inn in downtown South Bend, Indiana where several race track owners and employees gathered to discuss ideas on how to improve racing shows and fan attendance.
Plymouth Speedway was represented as well as Kalamazoo, Anderson, Fort Wayne and South Bend Speedway, plus representatives of other racing entities. The length of a regular night’s show, the product (racing), the networking of drivers and track personnel and fan involvement were discussed.
Driver interaction and ways to cater to the fans were also highlighted. All of the participating track attendees agreed that these suggestions will be taken back to the track employees and volunteers and incorporated in some fashion.
Track workers, drivers and team regularly work hard to entertain and to spark interest in fans of all ages. On the other side of the flag, why should someone attend a short track race? David Stremme said there’s no other experience like it. “Go for excitement,” Stremme explained. “If you want to see a great show, there’s no other place you can get as close to the action. See it and take it in! TV doesn’t do justice for what kind of energy is at a local short track. It’s amazing what you see people do with equipment.”
Don’t miss what a local short track has in store for fans this upcoming season! A passion for racing may develop.
 
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