2015 Plymouth Speedway Press Releases
 
Plymouth Speedway World Series of Dirt Showcases Dynamic Racing, Support
By: Anita Soltis
 
(Plymouth, IN)  The World Series of Dirt challenge Saturday night at Plymouth Speedway not only showed strength on the track, but strength as a racing community when the green flag dropped on the third annual event. The night proved the best of each class and the best of how to help others in need. Drivers and fans came to the aid of driver Kevin Swindell who was injured in a Sprint Car accident in August while qualifying for the Knoxville Nationals. Swindell continues to recover from multiple surgeries. On Saturday night, Sprint Car driver Randy Hannagan spoke of the passion drivers have to be active in the sport as that passion can be dangerous at times. Helmets were passed through the crowd where money was collected to aid the Swindell family for whatever need they see a priority. The #BulldogStrong 30, run by 410 and 360 Sprint car drivers, was featured as a tribute to Swindell.
Tyler Courtney, of Indianapolis, looked to have the race sewn up by the halfway point, but had trouble coming out of turn two on the 19th lap of the feature. That allowed Tracey Hines of Wilkinson, Indiana to go by him on the inside and take over the lead. It wasn’t long after that pass when Courtney was into the wall and brought out the first caution. Hines would hold onto the first position to claim the victory. Kody Kinser, of Bloomington, Indiana, started ninth and used the outside groove to finish second while Randy Hannagan started third and finished third. “I’m still learning how to drive a Winged Sprint and I’ve got a lot to learn,” said Hines. "I think this win is is good start.”
Kody Kinser won the Hard Charger award presented by Smiley Auto Parts ($100 gift certificate); Dakota Bushe won the 10th place award; Randy Hannagan was the recipient of the $300 top 360 Sprint finisher award presented by Michiana Balloon Rides; Matthew VanderVere won a right rear Hoosier tire thanks to Huffman Electric and Timberline Tree Service; and Tyler Courtney was the winner of the Dash worth $100 offered by Boggs Automotive.
A rookie took top honors in the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds race on Saturday. Logansport’s Bradley Jameson started on the pole and wheeled his Modified to a victory for the first time in 2015. He had a little trouble out of turn one on a mid-race restart and went high which allowed Dan Hamstra to briefly take the lead. Jameson was able to get the car back to the proper handling and resumed the front spot of the running order. Hamstra, of Wheatfield, moved his way from fourth to a second place podium finish within seven laps. Steven Brooks came through the field from ninth to finish third. The New Lenox, Illinois driver battled David Stremme for position for several laps before making his way to the final spot on the podium. “This is really great!  I’d like to thank Dan Hamstra for racing me clean for the battle for the lead.  It’s a great first win and I can’t believe this is happening!” smiled Jameson.
In the Modifieds division, the Dillon Nusbaum received the 10th place finisher prize while Zeke McKenzie got the Hard Luck award. Both drivers received a certificate from Racing Optics.  Lynn Johns won the seventh place award. Eric Saunders claimed another win the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints race. Saunders, of Lakeville, started third in the feature but shot to the lead like a rocket by the second lap. Even with two cautions in the 20-lap feature, Saunders had a three-second lead over second place finisher Brad Nichols, of South Bend, when the race concluded. Chad Hartzell, of Granger, took the last spot on the podium after falling a spot to pole-sitter Nichols. “I have a great family and so many people to help me.  It’s been a rough road, but life is what you make of it. I’m achieving goals,” stated Saunders. Kyle Burns won the 10th place finisher award, Bud McCune received the Hard Luck award and Blake Lamb claimed the seventh place award.
It was another dominating performance for David Short Saturday night in the WTCA Super Streets division. The Winamac, Indiana driver took hold of the lead and didn’t see another place in the running order throughout the feature. There were plenty of drivers racing for the second place spot. Michael Clark had damage to his No. 91 and fell to the bottom of the order after spinning out of turn one following a side-by-side contact battle with Calvin Peek, Jr. on the fifth lap. That allowed Randy Akers to slide into the second place position with Dave Fritz on his bumper. As much as he tried, Peek couldn’t get by Fritz for third. Short won the feature with Akers from Gary, Indiana in second and Winamac’s Fritz came in third. “This is our 13th win of this season! We had a lot of work to do as we were under the car for much of the week for this race,” smiled Short. Nate Payton was the winner of the 10th place finisher award with Michael Clark with the Hard Luck award. Bear Cooley claimed the 7th place finish award.
Warsaw’s Mike Hoagland was able to keep John Rhoads from victory Saturday night in the Walmart Thunder Stocks feature. Starting in the third spot, Hoagland claimed the lead on the second lap after Douglas Payton and Bryan Banta fell from the front row. John Rhoads, from Mentone, started dead last in the feature after not being able to show for the heat race. He fought through traffic to get into the second spot before the halfway point of the race. Rhoads didn’t have enough for Hoagland’s No. 27H as Hoagland powered to the finish for the win. Banta, of South Bend, was able to hold on to the third place position at the end of the feature. “It’s been a long night, but it was great.  What a great race!” stated Hoagland. Doug Payton received the 10th place finisher award and Jason Fritz was the winner the Hard Luck award. Mike Yacullo finished 7th for that specific award.
A special thank you goes out to our contingency award sponsors and to our division sponsors for the gracious support this season. More great things are planned for 2016. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, and Twitter for more information throughout the off-season. On behalf of Owner Ed Kennedy, thank you all for a great year.
 
410/360 Sprints winner Tracy Hines (center), Kody Kinser (left), Randy Hannagan. Photo by RPM Graphix
Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds winner Bradley Jameson (center), Dan Hamstra (left), Steven Brooks. Photo by RPM Graphix
   
Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprint winner Eric Saunders (center), Brad Nichols (2nd place, right), Chad Hartzell. Photo by RPM Graphix
WTCA Super Street winner David Short (center), Randy Akers (left), Dave Fritz. Photo by RPM Graphix
   
 
Thunder Stocks winner Mike Hoagland (center), John Rhoads (left), Bryan Banta. Photo by RPM Graphix
 
 
Plymouth Speedway to Host World Series of Dirt this Saturday
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN)  If you haven’t been to a race at the Playground of Power yet this season, this Saturday may be a good chance to get hooked on dirt track racing. It’s the World Series of Dirt on Saturday, Sept. 12 and it’s set to feature five classes of racing while benefiting a fellow driver’s recovery.
Kevin Swindell is a four-time Chili Bowl National winner and popular Sprint Car driver. He sustained injuries in a crash during a qualifying heat race for the Knoxville Nationals on Aug. 13.  Swindell, 26, has since undergone two back surgeries at an Iowa hospital. He has reportedly been discharged from hospital care.
Swindell also started in 30 NASCAR XFINITY Series races. He has two ARCA race wins as part of his career statistics.
Saturday night’s 30-lap, 410/360 Winged Sprint event at Plymouth Speedway will also be known as the #BulldogStrong30. Fans and drivers will be urged to donate funds to aid Swindell on the road to recovery.
Michiana Balloon Rides, LLC will sponsor a $300 bonus to the highest finishing 360 Sprint car during the event.
In addition to the 410/360 Sprints, the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, WTCA Super Streets, Walmart Thunder Stocks, and Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints will take to the track in fashion for the last time in 2015. The gates will open at 4 p.m., hot laps begin at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. ET.
 
World Series of Dirt Set for September 12th at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis - August 25, 2015
(Plymouth, IN) The World Series of Dirt will feature the fastest five classes of racing in the Midwest on Saturday, September 12th at Plymouth Speedway, and it will also benefit a fellow driver.
The 30-lap, 410/360 Winged Sprint event that evening will also be known as the #BulldogStrong30 as fans and drivers will be urged to gather donations for Sprint Car driver Kevin Swindell. The popular driver and four-time Chili Bowl National winner experienced injuries sustained in a crash during a qualifying heat race for the Knoxville Nationals. According to published reports, Swindell flipped his Winged Sprint at the start of the heat race on August 13. The 26-year-old driver has since undergone two back surgeries at an Iowa hospital. He has reportedly been discharged from hospital care.
Swindell also started in 30 NASCAR XFINITY Series races. He has two ARCA race wins as part of his career statistics.
Helmets will be passed around on September 12th at the Playground of Power to aid Swindell on his road to recovery.
In addition to the 410/360 Sprints, the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, WTCA Super Streets, Walmart Thunder Stocks, and Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints will take to the track in fashion for the last time in 2015. The gates will open at 4:00pm, hot laps will begin at 6:00pm and racing starts at 7:00pm ET.
Before that, the G.A.R.S. (Great American Racing Series) will get “Down-N-Dirty” at the Playground of Power on Saturday, August 29th for a 125-lap contest while the World of Outlaws will participate in the last event of the year on October 17th.
 
Season Champions Crowned, SODS Put on Show
By: Anita Soltis - August 16, 2015
(Plymouth, IN)  The last points race of the season was one to remember at Plymouth Speedway Saturday night. The division champions were crowned and the Sprints on Dirt Series (SODS) visited the track for the second time this season.
Nick Yoder knew he had to finish at least in the 8th position in order to pick up the season championship in the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprint division. He started on the pole, but quickly found himself in second place when Bradley Jameson got a good start on the field at the drop of the green flag.  Eric Saunders passed Yoder for the second spot by lap eight. Yoder was able to keep his third place running position throughout the remainder of the caution-free 20-lap feature. Dylan Woodling showed speed in the contest making his way into the second place spot after a mistake by Saunders out of turn four on lap 15. Jameson won the feature with Woodling in second and Yoder in third. “I was hoping for a top five finish in tonight’s race, but I’ll take my first feature win in this event. This is great!” said Jameson. Yoder thanked all who stood behind him this season in helping him pick up the championship. “This week was long, but it was worth it to see how it would play out,” commented Yoder.  “We worked so hard to get to where we are today.  We had a goal and we met it.  Thank you to everyone who helped us get it.”
Even a penalty for jumping a restart didn’t phase Phil Gressman as he picked up the win in the SODS race. His winged sprint was side-by-side pole sitter Jared Delong by lap 13 of the 25-lap feature. Lapped traffic helped Gressman get by Delong on lap 16. They finished in the first and second position while Devin Dobie was able to pass Shawn Dancer on lap nine to finish in the third place spot. “It took a lot to end up here. My boys here helped me get it done. We made some changes to the car and got the win,” said Gressman.
Jamie Lomax had enough points going into Saturday night’s Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds race to win the championship. He started on the pole and had the lead for the first 11 laps but Derek Losh caught up to Lomax to make it a side-by-side battle for the lead. Losh was able to get out ahead of Lomax where he scored the win. Lomax was able to finish second while Frank Marshall successfully defended his third place track position throughout the race. “The track was good as well as the racing. Everything worked out for us,” stated Losh. This is Lomax’s second consecutive championship in the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified Division. “It’s great going out and racing every week. The racing is great and the track is great,” smiled Lomax.
Not only did he win the Walmart Thunder Stocks Championship, he won Saturday’s feature at the Playground of Power. John Rhoads set sail while Jim Henson and Mike Hoagland literally bumped fenders for track position in the 20-lap race. They met for position by lap six and the pair swapped positions on laps 13 and 14. On the last lap, Henson bumped Hoagland out of the way to take the the second podium spot while Hoagland crossed the line in third. “I’ve been racing since 1998 and hadn’t won a championship.  I finally did it and I have my family and friends to thank for everything. This really means a lot,” stated an emotional John Rhoads.
Derek Davis won his first feature race of the season in the Bane-Welker Cyber Stocks on Saturday night in his first race at Plymouth Speedway. He started in the second spot in the running order and it didn’t take very long to get the lead. He had to fend off Guy Sutton who made it into the top of the running order from starting at the tail by lap nine. Sutton couldn’t make the pass, but Davis and Sutton were running side-by-side near the end of the race. Lapped traffic would play a part in the outcome as Davis took the win, Murphy got by Sutton thanks to slower cars and Sutton finished third. “This race was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to do it again!” said Davis. Loren Swanson finished sixth in the feature, but claimed the championship in the Bane-Welker Cyber Stock division. “It was a close battle with Kirby Trent throughout the season and we had to work to be able to get here.  The hard work paid off,” said Swanson.
David Short was able to work his way around the track to win another feature in the WTCA Super Streets and he also won the division championship. Short had Roger Duszynski in his rear view mirror the entire race but didn’t lose focus. Duszynski couldn’t get by and took home the second place trophy. Calvin Peek, Jr. found Bob McLean on lap 15 and worked side-by-side to get the last podium spot with five laps to go. As they rounded turn four, Peek, Jr. got the spot and bumped McLean out of a top three finish. “Duszynski ran me hard and made me earn that win tonight.  I’m a racer at heart and loved it. My wife set a goal this year to win the championship and we did it. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen,” commented Short.
That’s the end of the season at Plymouth Speedway, but there are three races yet this year for fans to enjoy. The Great American Racing Series will invade Plymouth Speedway for the Down-N-Dirty 125 on Saturday, Aug. 29, The World Series of Dirt is on Sept. 12 and the World of Outlaws show will be on Oct. 17.
 
Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints winner Bradley Jameson (center), Dylan Woodling (left), Nick Yoder. Photo by RPM Graphix
SODS winner Phil Gressman (center), Jared DeLong (left), Devin Dobie. Photo by RPM Graphix
Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified winner Derek Losh (center), Jamie Lomax (left), Frank Marshall. Photo by RPM Graphix
Walmart Thunder Stocks winner John Rhoads (center), Jim Henson (left), Mike Hoagland.  Photo by RPM Graphix
Bane-Welker Cyber Stocks winner Derek Davis (center), Joe Murphy (left), Guy Sutton.  Photo by RPM Graphix
WTCA Super Streets winner David Short (center), Roger Duszynski (left), Calvin Peek, Jr.  Photo by RPM Graphix
 
SODS Return, Champions to be Crowned Saturday
By: Anita Soltis - August 12, 2015
(Plymouth, IN) The Bob Newton Classic is shaping up to be the most exciting evening of racing yet as many Sprints on Dirt Series (SODS) favorites return to Plymouth Speedway this Saturday. In addition to their anticipated return, the champions in the speedway’s five regular classes will be determined. Gregg Dalman hopes to increase his current points lead in the SODS while Kyle Pitts and Brad Lamberson fight to claim second place in the standings. Only one point separate the pair as they take on the dirt oval at the Playground of Power this Saturday, Aug. 15.
Brett Mann, Craig Karazin and Linden Jones will also have a chance to give the top runners a reason to race to the best of their abilities when the green flag flies.
Jamie Lomax from Lake Village is setting his sights on a back-to-back championship in the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified division at Plymouth Speedway. He leads Dylan Woodling of Warsaw by 79 points heading into the season closer. Nappanee’s Nick Yoder has a 17 point advantage over Lakeville’s Eric Saunders in the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints division. In the WTCA Super Streets battle, David Short, of Winamac, as a 35 point advantage over Roger Duszynski from Black Oak. John Rhoads, of Mentone, looks to claim the title in the Walmart Thunder Stocks division. Rhoads leads the standings over Winamac’s Jim Henson by 42 points. In the speedway’s newest division this season, the Bane-Welker Cyber Stocks, Loren Swanson, of Markle, is 24 points ahead of North Judson’s Kirby Trent. All will be final this Saturday.
In addition to all of the excitement, fans, drivers and track staff will take the time to remember one of racing’s most innovative minds. Bob Newton had a drive to create a better racing tire while racing and in 1957, Hoosier Racing Tire was born. Bob and his wife, Joyce, founded the company that continues to propel race cars to victories in many levels of racing. His memory will be honored with many of his family members in attendance on Saturday.
The gates will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET.
 
Six Classes Clash at the Playground of Power
By: Anita Soltis - August 9. 2015
(Plymouth, IN)  In a season that has been plagued by rain, fans and drivers were treated to a beautiful night of racing Saturday at Plymouth Speedway.  The USAC HPD Midgets visited the track with 10 drivers in the field.  Andrew Bradley made it look easy as he took the lead after battling Gage Etgen on the eighth lap.  Bradley started sixth while Etgen started on the outside pole. The pair finished in that order a little over a second apart. The pole-sitter, Alex Watson, fell in the running order, but caught a break when a flat tire sidelined Scott Bradley who was in the second position throughout much of the race.  Watson would finish third.
The Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints points battle got a little closer when Eric Saunders crossed the finish line ahead of points leader Nick Yoder on Saturday. Yoder started on the pole and stayed in first until a lapped car played a factor in the running order. Yoder had to check up to avoid missing a slower paced car which allowed Saunders to go by him on lap 16. Saunders went on to claim his fifth win of the season while Yoder was second and Dylan Woodling finished in third. Saunders is 17 points out of first place in the points standings. “My car was really good even though it was hard to pass,” said Saunders.  “It was a great race!”
David Short extended his points lead in the WTCA Super Streets feature with another win.  He started on the pole and didn’t look back. Michael Clark settled in the second position which he held throughout the race after starting fourth. Roger Duszynski battled Travis Wolford during the 20-lap feature. Wolford was able to keep Duszynski out of a podium spot until lap 18 when Wolford had to slow for lapped traffic on the backstretch. However, Wolford quickly gained back the lost spot out of turn four into the last lap. “It’s starting to look good for us in the points standings,” stated Short. “My wife put me on track for that goal at the beginning of the season and here we are.”
Derek Losh claimed his first victory of the season in the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds division.  He had to battle Steve Clark and previous division champion Frank Marshall for track position as they were side by side for the first few laps. As that heated up, Losh was able to get by on lap four and go on to claim the victory. Frank Marshall kept the second position while Dillon Nusbaum used the outside groove to work his way from 12th to the third podium spot. “Plymouth Speedway is a great track and hats off to the crew for their hard work. We crashed the primary car earlier this year and have been working on a backup car. A lot of changes have happened and it’s great to see them pay off,” said Nusbaum.
Jim Henson added another win to his stats in the Walmart Thunder Stock race at the Playground of Power. He started on the pole and kept the lead throughout the race. Points leader John Rhoads started sixth and crept up to the third position by lap 11. A last lap caution involving Mike Hoagland, who was running second, allowed Rhoads to make the finish in the second spot. Shane Sanders started near the rear of the field and fought his way to the last spot on the podium. “I apologize for being a bad sport last week, but this win feels great tonight.  The car was really good,” commented Henson.
From worst to first was the story of the Bane-Welker Cyber Stock race. Guy Sutton began the 12-lap feature at the tail of the field and worked his way to the lead on lap eight. Scott Murphy had been leading the race, but suffered problems which put points leader Loren Swanson out front. Swanson’s hood flew up with three laps to go and fell back in the running order. He mentioned in his post-race interview that he had just enough space to see where he was on the track to be able to finish the race. Joe Murphy quietly finished second.  
“This was a great race. I’ve been trying to help out my daughter with her racing so it’s been an eventful season,” said Sutton.
The Sprints on Dirt Series returns to Plymouth Speedway for the Bob Newton Classic on Saturday, Aug. 15. This is also the last points race of the season for the 600 Open Sprints, UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks, and Cyber Stocks. The dates will open at 4 p.m., hot laps begin at 6 p.m. and racing is at 7 p.m. ET.
 
USAC HPD Midgets winner Andrew Bradley (center), Gage Etgen (left), Alex Watson. Photo by RPM Graphix
Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints winner Eric Saunders (center), Nick Yoder (left), Dylan Woodling. Photo by RPM Graphix
WTCA Super Streets winner David Short (center), Michael Clark (left), Travis Wolford. Photo by RPM Graphix

Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified winner Derek Losh (center), Frank Marshall (left), Dillon Nusbaum. Photo by RPM Graphix

Walmart Thunder Stocks winner Jim Henson (center), John Rhoads (left), Shane Sanders. Photo by RPM Graphix
Bane-Welker Cyber Stocks winner Guy Sutton (center), Joe Murphy (left), Loren Swanson. Photo by RPM Graphix
 
410 Non-Wing Sprints Take Center Stage at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis - Posted August 2, 2015
(Plymouth, IN) The weather finally cooperated to help produce a great night of racing Saturday night at Plymouth Speedway where six features took to the short dirt track.
Dylan Woodling found his way to the top of the running order on Saturday as he was able to get ahead of dominant cars in the Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints feature.  Woodling was able to slip by Garrett Saunders and Eric Saunders who had been running out front for most of the 20-lap feature.  The Saunders pair tangled in turn one with only a few laps to go along with Joshua James whose sprint toppled on its roof. No drivers were injured. Woodling was able to continue on to win the race with Nick Yoder in second and Bud McCune in third.
“It’s awesome to be up here,” smiled Woodling.  “Passing was good tonight and it turned out to be the best for me.”
The 410 Non-Wing Sprint feature, presented by The Car Company in Warsaw and Team VW Audi in Merrillville, Indiana, was a quick 30-lap feature. The No. 23 driven by Tyler Courtney was the class of the field. He led all of the laps in the race. Tyler Hewitt fought through traffic to get from ninth to second in the race. Shane Cottle could see the lead during the midway point of the race, but couldn’t get around Courtney for the lead. Cottle then dropped to third after Hewitt found his way by him.
“We’ve been pretty fast the last couple of nights. We got lucky tonight,” said Courtney.
Jamie Lomax had a handle on the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds race on Saturday. He quickly found the lead and stayed in that spot throughout the contest. He had a 3.9 second lead before the first caution flag on lap nine. Bobby Stremme was in the second spot until a charging Zeke McKenzie found himself in Stremme’s rear view mirror.  McKenzie and Stremme battled for position for several laps. Stremme was able to keep McKenzie behind him even after a late-race caution. Lomax was the winner with Stremme in second and McKenzie in third.
“The track was great tonight. It was smooth and just a great race,” stated Lomax in his post-race interview.
Bryce Shidler returned to competition in the Walmart Thunder Stock division at the Playground of Power Saturday night. The 2014 champion worked his way through traffic to grab the lead early, but a mid-race penalty would set Shilder back two positions out of the lead. He would regain the lead only a few laps later. Keith Crissinger worked his way from ninth into the second position by lap 13 which gave him another podium spot on the season. Jim Henson held his own in the third position and claimed another top three finish.
“We decided we were going to pull out the car out of the shed and go racing. We made that decision this afternoon. We hadn’t worked on it all year, but we were able to get the win,” laughed Shidler.
David Short claimed another win in the WTCA Super Streets after battling Roger Duszynski for several laps for the top podium spot. Short had been stalking Duszynski since the drop of the green flag and the pair were side-by-side by lap seven. Duszynski ran high out of turn four on lap nine and Short was able to sneak by for the lead.  Duszynski finished in the second spot while Dave Fritz watched all of the action from the third place position.
“Picking up the feature win is great, especially with only a couple of races left in the season,” commented Short.
Aaron Day started near the rear of the field in the Bane-Welker Cyber Stocks feature and ended up with the first place trophy after 20 laps in the final feature of the night at Plymouth Speedway. He made it up to third by lap three and was in the lead on the next lap. Loren Swanson was next to last in the starting order but battled his way through traffic to claim the second spot.  Carson Day grabbed the third podium spot after falling a position to Swanson in the last part of the race.
“It was a nice, smooth track. It was slick, but it was great.” said Aaron Day.
Racing continues on Saturday, Aug. 8 with the USAC Honda Performance Development Midget Show along with a regular lineup of features. Kids will also have another chance to win bicycles during a break in the racing action. Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps begin at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. ET.
 
Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints winner Dylan Woodling (center), Nick Yoder (left), Bud McCune. Photo by RPM Graphix
410 Non-Wing Sprints winner Tyler Courtney (center), Tyler Hewitt (left), Shane Cottle. Photo by RPM Graphix
Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified winner Jamie Lomax (center), Bobby Stremme (left), Zeke McKenzie. Photo by RPM Graphix
Walmart Thunder Stocks winner Bryce Shidler (center), Keith Crissinger (left), Jim Henson. Photo by RPM Graphix
WTCA Super Streets winner David Short (center), Roger Duszynski (left), Dave Fritz. Photo by RPM Graphix
Bane-Welker Cyber Stocks winner Aaron Day (center), Loren Swanson (left), Carson Day. Photo by RPM Graphix
 
Plymouth Speedway Appoints New Race Director
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN)  Drivers and fans will see a new race director at Plymouth Speedway beginning this Saturday, Aug. 1.
Sara Tarlton was recently appointed as the new Promoter/Race Director at the Playground of Power. The Albion, Indiana resident loves racing and has followed the sport her entire life.
“I’ve been a racing fan ever since I can remember,” smiled Tarlton as she reminisced about her days a child at the race track. “My brothers raced cars, my uncle raced cars  at Warsaw Speedway and I even owned a race car at one time.  I just have a passion for racing.”
Not only is Tarlton a fan, she’s also been involved behind the scenes for more than 20 years.  She has hand scored the running order in races in different traveling series and served as race director at Angola Speedway for two years. Her goals will be in line with the effort of excellence put forth by Plymouth Speedway employees.
“Everyone works well together and if we can keep that and make it even stronger Plymouth Speedway will have everything the fans want on race night,” said Tarlton. As race director, Tarlton is in charge of the employees, sponsorships and race procedures. She will welcome a conversation with the driver after the features conclude to discuss any concerns.
Tarlton previously served as the pit stewardess in the 2015 season. If there are any questions, email Sara Tarlton at sarano9@frontier.com.
 
Autograph Night Draws a Crowd at Plymouth Speedway
By: Andrew Hayn (Plymouth, IN) - July 13, 2015
Erickson Grabs First Modified Feature Win at Plymouth Speedway. This past the Plymouth Speedway hosted five classes of race cars for Autograph night. The racing action was tight as the Playground of Power raced against Mother Nature and another wet forecast. The racing action was kicked off with the heat events for the Wal Mart Thnderstocks. Brian Banta, riding off the momentum of last week's feature win, held off all challengers for the first win of the night. Finishing in second was Derek Danley followed by Beau DeYoung in third. The second heat for the division went to the "Wildman" Jim Henson with John Rhodes in a close second and Tom Grall crossing the line in third.
The WTCA Super Streets ran one heat of eight laps to set the feature line up. Grabbing the win was the points leader David Short. The "Big Daddy" Roger Duszynski held off Michael Clark for second.
 In the Swan Lake Resort Modifieds there were three eight lap heats with the top five transferring to the "A" Main. In heat one, Zeke McKenzie held on for the win followed by Bradley Jameson, Chris Kittle, Heath Gagnon and Larry Thompson. In the second heat Dylan Woodling ran the high line for the win. He was followed into the main event by Tommy Beezley, Tyler Fitzpatrick, Steve Clark, and Darren Wireman in fifth. The final heat for the modifieds was a tight one with Jeffrey Erickson grabbing the checkered flag. He was followed by the points leader Jamie Lomax in second, Derek Losh, Steve Hogue, and Dillion Nusbaum all punching their tickets for the "A" main via the heat.
The Dickies Restaurant 600 sprints had two heats started by group qualifying times established earlier in the night. Alexis Adgate pickedup the first of two heats while holding off Breiden Mooney and Dylan Woodling in third. The final heat was won by the points leader Eric Saunders. He was followed across the line by Nick Yoder and Chad Hartzell in the third. The final heat of the night was for the Bane Welker Cyberstocks. Carson Day grabbed top honors in the eight lap affair. Second went to Jake Strake and Kirby Trent finishe in third.
The autograph session was held for all of the fans on hand in the pit area where a number of fans were able to meet their favorite drivers of the Playground of Power and get up close to their favorite machine.
The "B" Main Challenge was twelve laps to determine the final five positions for the "A" and was won by Adam Williams in his first trip to the Playground in well over a year. He was followed by Darrel Lowe, Matt Koval, Scott Fitzpatrick and Dan Streeter. Lowe and Koval took the money and ran putting Mark Swan and Lee Rippe into the final for the mods. The features were kicked off by the Thunderstocks. In the twenty lap event John Rhodes got back on top of the podium with another well wheeled feature run. Derek Danley finished in his best feature of the year in second while Kieth Crissinger got back on the podium with a last lap pass.
In the Super Streets feature Calvin Peek picked up his second feature win of the season with a strong, dominating run out front. Roger Duszynski held off the points leader, David Short, in a hard fight for the second place.

The UMP Modified feature was a toughly contested event throughout the field; however, Jamie Lomax ran out of laps trying to chase down Jeffrey Erickson for the win from the inside. Erickson picked up his first feature win at the Playground this season. Lomax held off Derek Losh for second. Losh got back to the podium for the first time this season in third.

The 600 sprint feature got off to a rough start with an incident involving five cars at the start/finish line brought out an early red flag. All the drivers were able to walk away and the restart followed shortly thereafter. Nick Yoder received his first feature win of his career by holding off Eric Saunders in second. The podium was rounded out by Dylan Woodling.
The final event of the night was the twelve lap feature for the Cyberstocks where another first time winner got on top of the podium with Jake Straka taking the chercked flag just ahead of Carson Day in second and Kirby Trent finished in third.
This weekend the Playground of Power will host all five divisons again for another exciting night of racing action on Saturday beginning at seven o'clock. Hogue Engines will also be presenting two bicycles to be given away to a very lucky boy and girl.
 
Plymouth Speedway Fans Enjoy Eight Features on Independence Day
By: Anita Soltis - July 5, 2015
(Plymouth, IN) It was a night packed full of track fireworks as eight features were scheduled at the Playground of Power Saturday night - three of those were makeup features from a rain-out on June 20. It was John Rhoads showing the way in the first makeup feature of the night when he passed Keith Crissinger on the last lap for the win in the Walmart Thunder Stocks division. Bryan Banta took the third place finish in that race. Banta would later find himself on the top of the podium in the second feature of the night as he held off Rhoads in the closing laps. Eric Hunter put on a show with Banta and Rhoads but was later disqualified. Chad McLean was scored as the third place finisher. “I don’t know how I did it, but I kept them behind me,” said Banta on his first feature win of the season. “A year ago I broke my arm that cost me the championship. This makes up for it.”
Eric Saunders took home two first place trophies in the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints division in both the make up and regularly scheduled features. Saunders’ brother, Garrett, had the lead in the first contest of the night, but spun while leading which put the elder brother at the top of the field. Eric Saunders finished first with Bud McCune and Blake Lamb rounding out the top three in that order. Eric Saunders was the benefactor of a mistake by leader Nick Yoder in the second feature of the evening. Yoder got out of his racing groove on the last restart of the race and hit the cushion on the track. That action allowed Saunders to race on by for the lead. Saunders won the feature with Yoder second and Dylan Woodling in third. “The car was really great. It’s awesome to have so many people who support the track. There are so many people behind me supporting me too. It’s a great feeling,” said Saunders in his post-race interview. The Day family spent the evening leading both of the Bane-Welker Cyber Stock features Saturday night. Carson Day won the makeup feature with Aaron Day following in second and Jake Straka in third. Aaron Day then held off Carson Day and Jake Straka for much of the second feature. The trio started in the back of the pack, but issues with other competitors thinned the field to four drivers at the end of the feature. Straka was bumped by Carson Day in the closing laps and Straka spun. Straka dropped to fourth in the running order while Carson Day was attempting to get track position. Day won the feature with Aaron Day in second place and Alyssa Clark in third. “Carson and Straka have gotten faster as the season has gone on,” laughed Aaron Day. “We didn’t have a great car this evening, but I got lucky and got around them.”
Jamie Lomax quickly took the lead in the only Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified feature of the night and didn’t let anyone else by through the 20-lap feature. Lomax found himself on the bottom part of a three-wide race with lapped cars which allowed the second running car of Derek Losh to reel in Lomax. Lomax didn’t give up the position. Losh later fell to the fourth position when Dillon Nusbaum and Dylan Woodling moved up spots in the field. Nusbaum used the outside lane to get around Woodling for second place as the laps wound down in the contest. Lomax claimed the win while Nusbaum held the second position and Woodling occupied third in the running order. The single WTCA Super Street feature found a different driver on top of the field. Roger Duszynski started on the outside pole and jumped to the lead quickly with points leader David Short in his tracks. Short tried everything he could to get by Duszynski, but he stayed in Duszynski’s rearview mirror. Meanwhile, Calvin Peek, Jr. moved into the third place after pole-sitter Bob McLean fell to the fourth position. Duszynski got the elusive win while Short finished second and Peek, Jr. in third. “David wasn’t getting it - not tonight,” joked Duszynski. “I had a great time! It was good luck for me tonight.” Join us for autograph night on Saturday, July 11 where the drivers will have hero cards to sign for the fans. A regular night of racing is also included with the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, WTCA Super Streets, Walmart Thunder Stocks, Bane-Welker Cyber Stocks and Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints. The gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET.
 
Fireworks, Five Features Spark Action at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis - June 28, 2015
(Plymouth, IN)  The clouds gave way for a pleasant evening of racing at the Playground of Power Saturday night where the fans were treated to five divisions of racing and fireworks. The I-Mod drivers came to Plymouth Speedway for the first time this season. Chris Tippit from DeMotte, Indiana led the entire race, but spectators weren’t so sure he would keep that position on lap 13. Tippit was rounding turn one on that lap when Scott Russo spun right in front of him.  The pair made contact and it appeared that the leader sustained damage. However, he kept his spot on the track and kept going to claim the victory.  Don Stone from Buffalo, Indiana took home the second place trophy while Cody Fultz from West Lafayette, Indiana came in third. “I thought he (Russo) was going to cost me the race, but I got my spot back and kept rolling along,” said Tippit. “I’m happy to take home this trophy!”
Winamac, Indiana’s David Short had no trouble picking up another win in the WTCA Super Street feature Saturday night. Short, Roger Duszynski and Mike Garver along with the other drivers in the feature ran single file for most of the quick 15-lap feature and that’s the way they ended up on the podium. “We had a good car,” stated Short.  “We watched the track slick up and I started off really quickly. It’s another great win.”
The Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified drivers provided some drama on the track with the point leader sent to the tail of the field for getting into another driver late in the race.  Jamie Lomax and Bradley Jameson were running first and second respectively at the time. This allowed teammates Tony Anderson from Lima, Ohio and Bill Lewis from Warren, Indiana to grab the top two spots. At the end, it was Anderson with the win, Lewis in second, and a podium finish for Claypool, Indiana’s Zeke McKenzie. “We had a good car in the heat and made some adjustments for the feature. I made contact with another car which shifted my steering a quarter-inch to the left. I was fighting the car after that incident and had some work to do,” said Anderson on his road to victory.
John Rhoads from Mentone, Indiana has been dominant this season in the Walmart Thunder Stock division and kept going with his winning ways Saturday night. Rhoads took the lead early and did not give up that position. As he’s done in many races this year, Jim Henson stayed right in Rhoads’ tracks and claimed the second place spot. Keith Crissinger slipped into the third and final spot on the podium after contact between Tom Grall and Bryan Banta. “We’ve just had a fast car this year and racing Jim Henson has been great,” commented Rhoads.
A first-time winner took home the trophy in the Bane-Welker Cyber Stock Division and he did it in a last-lap pass. Carson Day got the lead quickly and was soon getting heat from Jake Straka for the lead. Straka grabbed the top running spot on lap eight.  Straka kept the lead until the race went green after a flip by Scott Neiswinger.  Straka and Day had contact on the backstretch and as they came to the checkered flag, Day was able to get the edge over Straka off of turn four to win the race. Straka finished second while Aaron Day raced from the back of the field to finish third. “That was a wild finish,” said Carson Day. “Thank you to all of my sponsors for helping make this happen.”
The Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprint drivers were not able to race due to excessive water in the second turn on the Bullring. The track was evaluated by the track staff and deemed unsafe for competition. We apologize for any inconvenience. Fans were treated to fireworks during intermission sponsored by the R&B Car Company.
Celebrate the Fourth of July at Plymouth Speedway where make-up features from June 20 (600 Open Sprints, Thunder Stocks and Cyber Stocks) will be included with a regular line-up of features that Saturday evening. The gates will open at 4 p.m., hot laps start at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. ET.
 
Chris Tippit (center), Don Stone (left) and Cody Fultz. Photo by RPM Graphix
Carson Day (center), Jake Straka (left) and Aaron Day. Photo by RPM Graphix
   
David Short, (center), Roger Duszynski (left) and Mike Garver. Photo by RPM Graphix
Tony Anderson (center), Bill Lewis (left) and Zeke McKenzie. Photo by RPM Graphix
 
 
John Rhoads (center), Jim Henson (left) and Keith Crissinger. Photo by RPM Graphix
 
 
Open Wheel Wednesday Treats Fans to Great Dirt Track Racing
By: Anita Soltis - June 25, 2015
(Plymouth, IN) Dirt track fans were treated to three and even four-wide racing on the track at Plymouth Speedway in this week’s annual Open Wheel Wednesday event.
It was Kokomo, Indiana’s Shane Cottle who came away with the win in the Dickies Restaurant 600 Non-Wing Sprints event to start the evening of feature racing. He was the class of the field having started from the pole and leading all laps. Bradley Jameson, a Logansport, Indiana native, started right beside Cottle at the start and fell in behind him and that’s where he stayed for the rest of the feature. Lakeville, Indiana’s Eric Saunders snuck into the third and final podium spot after Dawson Stealy fell back a spot. A late-race caution bunched up the field, but the leaders remained on point.
Cottle, who ran the No. 57 usually driven by Chad Hartzell, had fun out front in the feature. “These guys gave me a great car - a bad-fast car,” said Cottle. “It’s a lot of fun to come out here and run with these racers. I hope we put on a good show for the fans.”
Cottle attempted to make it two wins in one night, but he didn’t have the car to get by Cullman, Alabama’s Kevin Thomas, Jr. who dominated the field of 20+ OmniSource 410 Non-Wing Sprints. The real battle on the track was for the two other podium positions between Shane Cottle and Robert Ballou, who calls Westville, Indiana home. The two had been running all over the track trying to get track position. A red flag for CJ Leary, who flipped his sprint car out of turn one, set up a green-white-checkered finish to give the pair a chance to settle the battle. Ballou worked on Cottle for second, but didn’t have enough time to make the pass. Thomas, Jr. won the race with Cottle in second with Ballou trailing Cottle by less than 0.2 seconds for third.
“We had a Cadillac tonight,” smiled Kevin Thomas, Jr. “It was nice to stay out from and not have to pass any cars. It was a relief to run my own race. It was great!”
Athens Archery presented Thomas, Jr. with a bow in addition to his first place trophy. Team VW Audi in Merrillville was also a proud presenting sponsor of Wednesday night’s action.
The Playground of Power crew now prepares for six features plus fireworks Saturday night, sponsored by R&B Car Company. I-Mods will be included with the regular features of the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints, WTCA Super Streets, Walmart Thunder Stocks and Bane-Welker Cyber Stocks. Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps start at 6 p.m. and racing is at 7 p.m. ET.
Kevin Thomas, Jr, (center), Shane Cottle (Left) and Robert Ballou.  Photo by RPM Graphix
Shane Cottle poses with the team of Chad Hartzell after the win.  Photo by RPM Graphix
 
Lomax a Winner in Mod Squad Night at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis - June 14, 2015
(Plymouth, IN)  Lomax dominated the Playground of Power in 2014 and proved that he’s still a force to be reckoned with when he battled two strong drivers in Saturday night’s Mod Squad event. Those two drivers were Todd Sherman and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Justin Allgaier. Sherman led the majority of the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified race after taking the lead from Dylan Woodling on the first lap.  Lomax started fourth and used the entire race track to slowly gain positions throughout the 30-lap feature. Lomax was second by lap nine after getting by Woodling who continued to fall through the field.  Lapped traffic helped Lomax set his sights on Sherman, who was the leader.  A caution helped bunch up the field and Lomax went after Sherman.
The pair were side-by-side on lap 17 when a caution came out for a spinning car.  They went back to work on each other once the green flag waved and Sherman was able to claim the lead once again. Allgaier and Lomax were then fighting for the second position.  Allgaier was using the top groove of the track to get by competitors and slowly made his way up to the third spot.  Lomax fell to the third position by lap 20, but would get it back after another caution on the track. Sherman was still in the lead by lap 22 while Lomax was in second and Allgaier in third.  On lap 24, Lomax brought the heat to Sherman and assumed the lead on lap 25.
The top three stayed in order when a caution came out on the last lap which created a green-white-checkered finish.  Lomax was able to stay in the lead while Sherman ran second and Allgaier third when the checkered flag waved. “Sherman and I ran close so I worked the bottom.  The top went away for me and I stayed down while Sherman and Allgaier stayed up top.  It was a great, fun race for me,” said Lomax. With his win, Lomax became $1,000 richer.
The rain came right after the feature.  Track officials made the decision to cancel the rest of the features for the night.  The Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints, WTCA Super Streets, Walmart Thunder Stocks, and Bane-Welker Cyber Stocks will have DOUBLE features next week.  The gates will open on Saturday, June 20 at 4 p.m., hot laps will start at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. ET.
Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified winner Jamie Lomax (center), Todd Sherman (left), Justin Allgaier. Photo by RPM Graphix
 
Nascar Sprint Cup driver Justin Allgaier
Nascar Sprint Cup driver Justin Allgaier has heard about the new surface and will be running his Brandt Ump Modified at the Playground Of Power this Saturday June 13, 2015 for MOD SQUAD night.
 
Saturday Night Special Heats up Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis - June 6, 2015
(Plymouth, IN)  Five divisions took to the Playground of Power where the drivers fought for every inch of the track for a chance to stand on the Techworks Trailer Sales podium Saturday night. The Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints found a new winner on top of that podium.  Eric Saunders started on the pole and took the early lead.  He didn’t give up the position throughout the 20-lap feature.  It appeared that the second position would be owned by Garrett Saunders, but a bobble allowed Nick Yoder to sneak past Saunders for the second position on lap 14.  Saunders was not able to regain the spot after the pass.  Eric Saunders won the feature, his second career win in the division, while Yoder was second and Garrett Saunders was third. “It’s awesome to be up here again,” said Eric Saunders, who is paralyzed from the chest down.  “I thank everyone who is a part of this win - my sponsors, my family and my fans.  The track was great tonight.”
The Walmart Thunder Stock division also found a new driver on top of the podium Saturday night.  John Rhoads had an undefeated season going into the night, but that would change by the end of the 20-lap feature.  Rhoads did take the lead on lap two and stayed there until a caution bunched up the field with only three laps to go.  Jim Henson had been on the bumper of Rhoads throughout the feature and finally got the lead from Rhoads after the pair battled side-by-side on lap 19.  Rhoads attempted a come back but it wasn’t meant to be.  Henson won the race with Rhoads second and Tom Grall with the last podium spot.  Grall raced from the back of the field to the third place position.  Rhoads and Henson shook hands after getting out of their race cars and talked briefly about the race. “I’m very proud to beat him (Rhoads) as he’s the guy to beat every week,” smiled Henson.  “Thank you to everyone.  I had an issue with the car last week and glad I got it fixed to enjoy the win tonight.”
David Short took home the first place trophy in the 20-lap WTCA Super Streets feature, but it wasn’t easy.  Michael Clark gave him some competition out front as he lead the first six laps.  Short and Clark were side-by-side for the lead on lap seven when Short bumped Clark in turn three and captured the lead.  Clark didn’t give up easily as he attempted to get the spot back but was unsuccessful.  In the meantime, Roger Duszynski started picking through the running order from his seventh place start.  He claimed the third place spot by the 14th lap and tried to run down Clark for second.  Duszynski ran out of laps and ended up on the last spot on the podium.  Clark finished second and Short won the race. “The car handled really well and Clark certainly gave me a good run today.  The track was slick which is more to my liking.  I’m happy with the win,” commented Short.
The Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds race was eventful as Jamie Lomax steered his way into victory - his second win on the season.  Frank Marshall jumped to an early lead but a tie-up with Derek Losh on lap seven would send both drivers to the rear of the field.  Lomax and Marshall were fighting for the lead when they got into each other coming out of turn four.  The two were side-by-side going into turn one and found the field bunched up behind them.  Marshall fell behind Lomax while the race cars driven by Marshall and Losh got hooked together and caused a caution.  The pair were sent to the rear of the field on the restart.   They were in the running order together through much of the contest, but Marshall maneuvered himself into the top-three.  Lomax enjoyed the lead while all of the action unfolded behind him.  Dylan Woodling had started sixth and worked his way into the runner-up position after Marshall and Losh were involved in their dust up.  Woodling held his position for the second podium placement while Marshall rounded out the top three. “There are a lot of good cars in the pits and we got the car where we needed to be.  Frank (Marshall) and I got together in a racing deal.  He had to fight back from the back of the pack.  I give him credit for that.  The track was awesome and I hope we are headed in the right direction,” stated Lomax.
Aaron Day picked up his first feature win in the Bane-Welker Cyber Stock Division Saturday night.  He claimed the lead early and set sail.  Jason Ormsby held the second running position until the last lap when Richard Loraff went around him.  Loraff worked 11 laps to get into the second spot in the running order from the last spot in the field.  Day had the win with Loraff second and Ormsby third. “I felt like the top groove finally came in for me,” said Day.  “It was smooth sailing.  We’ll be back again next week!”
Next week will be Mod Squad night at Plymouth Speedway where the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds will be racing for bragging rights and a large payday.  The Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints, WTCA Super Streets, Walmart Thunder Stocks and the Bane-Welker Cyber Stocks will also race for more money in next week’s full night of racing.  Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing is at 7 p.m. ET.
 
Night One of Plymouth Speedway Double-Header Finds Plenty of Action
By: Anita Soltis and USAC National Midget Championship Series Media - May 30, 2015
(Plymouth, IN)  It was a two-feature event at Plymouth Speedway Friday night where the 410 Sprints, presented by Team VW Audi, and the Honda USAC National Midget Championship Series took to the track. Chris Gurley took the early lead around pole-sitter Stuart Hanft and Gurley got a good distance from the field.  John Flud started working on Hanft for the second position on the track which he made stick.  In the meantime, Dave Darland was using a high groove on the track to get around his competitors and was in the third position by lap three after starting sixth.  Soon Darland was in the second position by lap nine.  He captured the lead by lap 18.
Shane Cottle and the then-leader Chris Gurley tangled in the middle of turns one and two in the closing laps.  Gurley flipped, but was okay.  Cottle was running third at the time of the accident. When the race resumed, Garland kept the lead while Jerry Coons, Jr. made a move on the outside of the CJ Leary for the second position.  It was Darland with the win, Coons, Jr. with the second podium spot and CJ Leary with the third place finishing position. “I tried to keep it smooth,” said Darland in his post-race interview.  “We had a good race and it was fun.  This is my first race on a 30-race stretch so it’s good to start with a win.”
Kevin Thomas, Jr. only needed until the second race of the 2015 Honda National Midget Championship season in his teaming with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports to notch his first-career win with the series in Friday’s 30-lapper at Plymouth Speedway. The Cullman, Alabama driver held on through three restarts over the second half of the race to post a .448-second victory in the Toyota TRD #67K Bullet/Speedway Toyota. “This is a relief, for sure. I struggled when I got into this car at first, and now we’ve got some momentum building, both in this car and our USAC sprint car. It’s a great opportunity, and I can’t thank everyone enough who is helping me get in situations like this. I’m just glad to be here. It was tough to get the speed up around the top, especially after restarts, so it was a challenge to do it and not make mistakes.
 
I made one big one, and a yellow was my best friend tonight to save us those spots after I plowed the cushion and smoked the fence early. I’m excited and ready to go racing a bunch in the next couple weeks,” Thomas said.
Tyler Courtney got the jump from outside the front-row and held back Tanner Thorson to take the early lead. Thomas, Jr. went straight to the high side, nearly getting to fourth before banging the cushion in turn-two on lap-five, which looked to cost him about five spots.
Instead, a caution waved for a stopped car, and Thomas restarted fourth. After that, Thomas got his momentum on the high side while Courtney held off Thorson on the bottom.
Thomas finally had himself wound up and took the lead on lap twelve, and just a lap later the second caution appeared.
From there, Thomas ran the bottom through turns one and two and against the thick cushion through turns three and four while his teammate Thorson ran the bottom on both ends, with the night’s ProSource “Fast Qualifier” Tracy Hines roaming everywhere as he battled with Thorson.
410 Sprint Feature winner Dave Darland
Photo by RPM Graphix
USAC National Midget Championship Series
winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. (center),
Tanner Thorson (second, right) and Tracy Hines.

Photo by RPM Graphix
Steve Buckwalter, who had been racing nearly to the top-five, stopped with ten laps to go, and Thorson looked stout on the restart. He and Thomas crossed nearly dead-even on lap 21 before Hines flashed to the outside and took over the second spot, coming within a couple feet of Thomas’ lead at the stripe on lap 23. A final caution with two to go looked to give Hines a chance, but a slow restart bottled up the challengers and Thorson moved under Hines for the runner-up spot. The Minden, Nevada driver matched his best career finish aboard the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD #67 Bullet/Speedway Toyota. “We were really close tonight. We had an awesome car, and the yellows didn’t necessarily play in our favor a whole lot towards the end. They worked at it and gave us a really good race track tonight, and we were able to move around a lot. He brought us down really slow on that last restart, and that kinda killed our chance to win it,” Thorson said.
Hines came home in the third spot aboard the Parker Machinery – Turbines, Inc. #24 Spike/Stanton Toyota. “We just weren’t quite as good as I expected we’d be after the heat race. It just didn’t really respond, so I had to drive the wheels off of it just to try to keep with those guys. It would be good for stretches, and then not as good as we built air pressure. I’m obviously happy with third, but I thought we shoulda been in the mix a little more as good as we were earlier tonight,” Hines said. Dave Darland finished up fifth in the Curb Records – Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar, and Darren Hagen rallied from starting 15th to finish fifth in the Kenny Brown Racing – Boss Chassis #17 Boss/Esslinger.
The Honda USAC National Midget Championship Series will return for another night of action Saturday along with the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints, WTCA Super Streets, Walmart Thunder Stocks and the Bane-Welker Cyber Stocks.  Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. ET.
 
Ken Schrader Wins in Full Night of Racing at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis - May 24, 2015
(Plymouth, IN) A beautiful day turned into an even better night for racing at Plymouth Speedway Saturday night in the second of a two-day weekend of features.
ARCA driver and former NASCAR driver Ken Schrader took home the first place trophy after dominating the field in the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds race.  Schrader used the high groove of the racetrack to overtake leader Frank Marshall and didn’t give up the position.  Marshall attempted to challenge Schrader after several cautions were called, but couldn’t capitalize on a run.  Marshall would finish in the second position.  The 2014 division champion Jamie Lomax started seventh and stealthily moved through the field to claim the third position on the night. “This is really a wonderful surface,” said Schrader.  “The only time I had mistakes was when I got into some marbles on the top of the track, but the new surface is going to produce some more great racing as time goes on.”
Justin Bell was able to pick up his first feature win on the season in the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints.  He started on the pole and led all 20 laps in the feature.  Bradley Jameson, who ran in the previous UMP Modifieds feature, got in his 600 Open Sprint and quickly moved into the second spot.  Jameson got close to Bell on a few restarts to battle for the lead, but Bell’s race car was king in clean air.  Jameson would keep the second spot on the podium.  Bud McCune worked his way up to the third position in the first part of the race and stayed there for his first top-three finish of the season. “That was a workout!  Thank you to everyone at the track for putting together a great surface for us tonight,” smiled Bell.
John Rhoads remains flawless in the Walmart Thunder Stocks division.  Rhoads started on the outside pole, but didn’t waste any time getting to the front of the field.  Jim Henson, Tom Grall and pole-sitter Danny Dykhuizen battled for the last two spots on the podium on the last lap.  They got together in the middle of turns three and four.  Henson was able to come out second while Grall finished third.  Dykhuizen ended up fifth in the incident.  Rhoads had a 8.9 second lead on the second place runner at the end of the feature.  He is undefeated this season. “I’m pleased with how great my car is this season.  It helps that I get good track position, too.  We’re spending two to three hours a night a week on the car to get it right.  I’m just really happy with my car,” commented Rhoads.
David Short continued his winning ways in the WTCA Super Streets feature Saturday night.  He started in the sixth position and was soon battling Roger Duszynski for the second spot on the track.  Short got the lead coming out of turn four on the second lap.  Duszynski and Randy Akers then went door-to-door for the rest of the feature for the right to the second place trophy.  Akers put in a good effort, but Duszynski kept Akers in the rear view mirror for second and third. “The track was the slickest it’s been this season,” said Short.  “We had the car to beat tonight.”
The Bane-Welker Cyber Stock feature found Ryan Lagestee and Christian Wynbett at the top of the running order looking for the lead early in the feature.  They were side-by-side on lap three and swapped the lead for the next lap.  Lagestee came out ahead with Wynbett running in the second position.  Richard Loraff, who started last in the feature, got by three other competitors to pick up the third spot.  Loraff made a late race effort for second, but Wynbett kept the position.  Lagestee won the feature followed by Wynbett and Loraff. “The Cyber Stock division is inexpensive and one of the most fun to run in.  Anybody can contact me and I’ll help them get started,” noted Lagestee.
The 2015 Warsaw Speedway Stock Car driver inductees were honored Saturday night.  They include: Arnold Prater, Shane Denny, John Fitzpatrick, Randy Woodling, Harvey Hayes, Glenn Bradley, Larry Montel, the late Dan Backus, Robert Johnson, the late Bob Johnson, and LC Drabenstott.
Another back-to-back weekend of racing takes over the Playground of Power on May 29 and May 30 when the USAC National Midgets come to race.   The drivers will race Friday and Saturday.  The 410 Open Sprints will join the USAC cars on Friday night.  The USAC National Midgets will join all of the regular divisions on Saturday for a full night of racing.  Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. ET both nights.
 
Earl Gaerte Classic Features ASCoC, 600 Open Sprints
By: Anita Soltis - May 23, 2015
(Plymouth, IN) The Earl Gaerte Classic is always a racing event to mark on the calendar every year at Plymouth Speedway and this year’s event didn’t disappoint.
The UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) saw a repeat winner in Friday night’s 35-lap feature. Dale Blaney started the main event in the fifth position and soon got by competitors Cody Darrah, Rico Abreu, and James McFadden. Darrah started on the pole but Abreu took the quick lead. McFadden attempted to reel in Abreu, but couldn’t get the track position.
Meanwhile, Blaney was using the high line to move his way through the field. Lapped traffic helped Blaney move in on McFadden and took second place. Blaney then set his sights on the lead. On lap 19, Blaney took the low lane of the track and Abreu slid up the track which opened up the door for Blaney to assume the lead. Abreu started a run on Blaney in the closing laps but they skillfully weaved in and out of traffic on the dirt surface to stay in position for the remainder of the race. Blaney claimed his second consecutive win in the series and the 117th win of his career while Abreu finished second and McFadden third. Ryan Smith was the biggest mover of the race, finishing 13th after starting in the back row in 25th.
The Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints feature was led by Garrett Saunders who grabbed the early lead in the 20-lap feature. Billy Cribbs quickly snuck into the second position and Bradley Jameson moved his way from the sixth position to a podium spot. Cribbs had a chance to move in on Saunders, but ran out of laps. Saunders stood atop the podium for his second win of the season while Cribbs was second and Jameson posted his first top-three finish this season.
The racing continues Saturday night at the Playground of Power when Ken Schrader visits to wheel a Swan Lake Lake Resort UMP Modified. The Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints, WTCA Super Streets, Walmart Thunder Stocks and Bane-Welker Cyber Stocks will also race in the second night of a busy race weekend at Plymouth Speedway. The gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps begin at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. ET.
 
ASCoC and Ken Schrader to Headline Two Big Nights of Racing
By: Anita Soltis - May 20, 2015
(Plymouth, IN)  The Memorial Day weekend is set to be the biggest weekend of racing in the history of Plymouth Speedway.
A wealth of experienced dirt track drivers in the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) invade the Playground of Power for the first time in the Earl Gaerte Classic on Friday night. Twenty-time World of Outlaw Champion Steve Kinser will wheel his 410 Winged Sprint around the dirt oval along with Dale Blaney, James McFadden, Rico Abreu, Byron Reed, Danny Holtgraver, Cap Henry, Greg Wilson, Tim Shaffer, and more.  Dale Blaney currently leads the points in the series.
The ASCoC is the oldest traveling sprint car organization.  The drivers travel in the Midwest region to compete in events that span over an eight-month schedule.
In addition to this all-star lineup, the local talent in the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprint Division will take to the track in the Earl Gaerte Classic.  Jason Montel currently leads the drivers in points while Nick Yoder and Justin Bell are tied for the second position in the standings.  A larger purse is up for grabs in Friday’s race.  The first place finisher will receive $500 while the second place winner will receive $300, and third place will get $200.
Those attending the race Friday night can make some new friends as a bus full of fans from Fremont Speedway in Ohio will enjoy the big night of racing.
An autograph session is set for Friday from 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. ET at the track.
The gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET.
Come back to Plymouth Speedway on Saturday night to watch Ken Schrader in a Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified.  See if Schrader can get around last year’s Modifieds track champion Jamie Lomax and 2013 champion Frank Marshall.  A full lineup of racing is scheduled: Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints, WTCA Super Streets, Walmart Thunder Stocks, and Bane-Welker Cyber Stocks.  Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. ET.
 
SODS Dazzle at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Soltis - May 16, 2015
(Plymouth, IN)  It was a record setting night Saturday at Plymouth Speedway with the largest car count since the track turned to dirt.  The drivers didn’t disappoint as six features graced the new competitive surface.
The Sprints on Dirt Series (SODS) appeared for the first time this season with a dominant Jared Horstman taking charge early in the feature.  He was able to pass Ryan Ruhl who had a bobble coming out of the fourth turn on lap 3.  Meanwhile, Ruhl and Dustin Daggett battled for second place.  Lapped traffic helped close the gap for a charging Daggett, but he couldn’t make the pass before the end of the feature.  Ruhl was able to claim the second podium spot while Daggett was third.
Two winged sprints rolled during the course of the race, but both drivers, Chase Ridenour and Brad Lamberson, were fine.
Brad Nichols won his first Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints feature of the season after getting the lead from pole-sitter Ryan Ball.  The two would stay in that order for the rest of the contest.   Justin Bell was able to make some moves in the time-shortened feature.  He moved up from sixth to third in just 10 laps to race into the final podium spot.
The WTCA Super Streets saw plenty of action in the third feature of the evening.  Calvin Peek, Jr. wasted no time in finding the top of the running order and proved to be the one to beat.  Mike Garver was door-to-door with Peek on lap five, but couldn’t make the pass before a caution came out on the track.  On the restart, David Short closed in on Garver for second who started losing track position.  Short got the spot and then Roger Duszynski went after Garver.  Duszynski got the third place position, but Garver didn’t give up easily.  Garver got right up to the bumper of Duszynski’s No. 44, but couldn’t get by him.  Short made a late race attempt for the lead and almost beat Peek.  The margin of victory was .05 seconds. Peek won the feature while Short came in second and Duszynski finished third.
Todd Sherman dominated the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds race.  He made the quick pass on pole-sitter Zeke McKenzie and stayed out front in the 20-lap feature.  McKenzie held the second position until a mechanical failure would take him out of the race on lap five.  Frank Marshall and Dillon Nusbaum battled for the second position throughout most of the race and were side-by-side for much of the feature.  The two swapped between second and third, but Nusbaum edged out Marshall at the finish line.  Sherman won his second consecutive race at the Playground of Power while Nusbaum and Marshall completed the podium.
John Rhoads came into the Walmart Thunder Stock feature undefeated.  He began on the outside pole, and became the first place car after pole-sitter Trenton Vogts spun out of turn four on the first lap.  Rhoads, Bryan Banta, Danny Dykhuizen were spread out for the first half of the race until a caution on lap 11.  In the meantime, Jim Henson worked his way up from 12th position to battle for the third spot.  He began working on Dykhuizen for the position on lap 15.  It wasn’t until Dykhuizen had an issue when Henson grabbed the third position on the last lap.  Dykhuizen finished eighth.  John Rhoads remains undefeated while Bryan Banta took home second place and Jim Henson claimed third.
Joshua Lank worked four laps to get the lead from Loren Swanson in the Bane-Welker Cyber Stocks feature and ran away from the field.  Once Lank took the lead,  Swanson, Trent Kirby and Richard Lorff went three-wide for the second position.  Trent couldn’t control his car and bumped both cars, but gathered it up and continued in the third position.  Swanson moved up to third on lap eight when Trent had trouble coming out of turn two on lap 8.  As the field came to the checkered flag, Joshua Lank enjoyed the lead in solitude, but Trent bumped Swanson out of the way in the middle of turns three and four.  Trent snuck into the second podium spot while Swanson came in third.
It’s a big Memorial Day weekend at Plymouth Speedway when 20-time World of Outlaw Champion Steve Kinser competes in the Earl Gaerte Classic on Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m. ET.  Join us for the event that will feature the All Stars 410 Winged Sprints and the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints.  The purse for the 600 Open Sprints has grown so there should be plenty of drivers taking advantage of the opportunity.  On Saturday, May 23, Ken Schrader will join the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds class in a full night of racing.  The Warsaw Hall of Fame will enter the next class of inductees on Saturday night as well.
 
New Surface Produces More Competitive Racing
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN)  The second week of racing on new clay surface at Plymouth Speedway had heat and feature races going to the last lap to determine the winner. John Rhoads and Bob Bourff battled all throughout the Walmart Thunder Stock race - often times running side-by-side for the lead.  Rhoads was able to keep out front for most of the race until the last lap when Chad McLean spun in front of Rhoads coming out of turn two.  Rhoads had no choice but to check up which allowed Bourff to pass him on the back stretch.   Bourff was scored as the winner, but an engine infraction disallowed his podium finish.  Rhoads was credited with the win with Keith Crissinger in second and Danny Dykuizen in third. “I knew he was there and I tried to keep him in my rear view mirror.  It was a great race,” said Rhoads.
David Short was able to gather a second consecutive win in the WTCA Super Streets.  Short started fifth and quickly started to work on the leader, Calvin Peek, Jr.  The interval between the No. 88 of Peek and the No. 15 of Short continued to shrink as lapped traffic played a part after the halfway point.  By lap 11, Peek bobbled and Short was able to get the lead on lap 11 on the back stretch.  Peek attempted to work on Short to get the lead, but couldn’t get it done.  Short picked up the win with Peek in second and Roger Duszynski in third. “I’m thankful to the track for getting the show in tonight before the rain returned,” commented Short.  “The staff’s dedication is a big factor in my choice in racing at the Playground of Power.”
The Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds had five fast cars who all wanted the lead and were clustered together at one point during the race for that top spot.  Dylan Woodling was a powerhouse at the beginning of the 20-lap feature but Frank Marshall gave him a run for position throughout the contest.   What they didn’t count on was Todd Sherman coming up through the field.  Sherman used the outside groove to move from sixth place to the lead in 16 laps.  He had to get by usual front-runners Jamie Lomax, Derek Losh, Woodling and Marshall.  In the meantime, those drivers just mentioned were all bunched up for position. at the time the checkered flag flew.  Sherman was able to come away with the win, Marshall in second and Lomax in third. Due to impending weather, a podium interview was not conducted.
The Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints found a familiar face on top of the podium.  The 2013 champion Garrett Saunders got the early lead after starting fourth and did not look back.   Chad Hartzell was able to stay status quo during the feature in the second place, moving up two spots from last week.  Jason Montel grabbed the third place spot on the podium, slipping a spot from last week’s finish. “Thank you to John Godfrey from Spike Chassis for helping me get the win, plus Momo Engines for great power.  Tim Engler tuned the car to its winning form.  My family is always supporting me and I thank them for everything.  The new clay was great tonight,” said Saunders.
The Bane-Welker Cyber Stock feature was rain-shortened. Nick Jenema was able to get to the lead right after Chris Hunter gave up the lead and pulled into the infield just  prior to the caution for rain.  The race was called due to rain.  Jenema was credited with the win with Hunter in second and Jason Alderden in the third spot. The Sprints on Dirt will visit the Playground of Power next week to compliment the regular features.  You won’t want to miss how these drivers will maneuver their Winged Sprints around the new clay at Plymouth Speedway.  Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. and racing is at 7 p.m. ET.
 
Walmart Thunder Stock Feature Winner John Rhoads.  Photo by RPM Graphix
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WTCA Super Streets podium: David Short (center), Calvin Peek, Jr. (left), Roger Duszynski.  Photo by RPM Graphix
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Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds Winner Todd Sherman.  Photo by RPM Graphix
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Plymouth Speedway's 2015 Season Officially Opens
By: Anita Soltis - Saturday May 2, 2015
(Plymouth, IN) The new clay surface has proved to produce competitive racing as witnessed by the fans on the opening night of the 2015 season at the Playground of Power on Saturday night.
The first feature of the night was the WTCA Super Streets Division where a familiar car number started on the pole. Last season’s champion, Michael Clark, was on the point to start, but David Short was ready to pounce. Short quickly took the lead on the opening lap from the third position. Short kept his line in the middle groove of the racetrack. Clark tried to gain track position on lap 4 to try for the lead, but Short’s No. 15 was too strong. Short started lapping cars on lap 9 of the 20-lap feature. Clark stayed behind Short with Bob McLean in the third position. On the last lap of the race, something went amiss on Clark’s No. 91 and had to pull off the racetrack. That allowed Roger Duszynski to slip into the third position for a podium finish. The checkered flag found Short with the win. Bob McLean crossed the line six seconds later, and Duszynski came in third.
“We had a little trouble at the end of the heat race, but we worked on it until they were calling us up for the feature,” smiled Short. “We’re grateful for the win.”
The Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints were next where the 2014 champion started from the pole. Billy Cribbs got a good jump on the field, but a quick caution for a spinning car reset the field for the restart. That didn’t phase Cribbs as he got a good lead, but a caution was called again when B-Ray Kinzer and Nick Yoder got tangled up on the back stretch. Kinzer turned end-over-end in his No. 6K. The track crew ran to his aid, and a red flag was displayed. Both drivers were ok. Kinzer’s 600 Sprint was unable to continue. Yoder spun in the incident but was able to get back into line for another complete restart. Cribbs remained on point as the race resumed and started lapping cars by lap 7. Jason Montel held the second position while Yoder ran in the third spot. Montel was able to close the gap a bit on 13, but Cribbs kept the lead. Cribbs won the feature while Montel was second, and Yoder finished third.
“What a great start to the season. Things were slow to start by they are coming together,” said Cribbs.
The Walmart Thunder Stocks winner almost didn’t get the top spot on the podium. John Rhoads started on the outside pole and took the lead after a four-wide battle coming out of turn 2. Pole-sitter Keith Crissinger settled into the second position but had competition from Jim Henson. On lap 11, Henson was able to make the pass for second, but a caution was calledshortly after he took the position. Due to the procedure, the lineup goes back to the order of the last completed lap when a caution is called. That put Henson back behind Crissinger for the restart. On the restart, Henson worked the top side of the track and quickly took second place from Crissinger. Henson set his sights on Rhoads and took the lead on lap 13. A caution for a car into the wall in the middle of one and two would set up a crucial restart. Henson led the field to the green flag. Rhoads kept the bottom of the track. After three laps, Henson got too high coming out of turn three on lap 16 which opened the door for Rhoads to resume the lead. Rhoads would finish the race a winner while Henson was second and Crissinger in third.
“What a good race,” Rhoads told Henson as they shook hands after the contest. “He was able to get around me on the top, so I switched lines. Luckily, we were able to get the win.”
The No. 28 of Ben Leviner was pushed up the track by the No. 68 of Trenten Vogts, which brought out a caution on Lap 13. Leviner got out of his vehicle before the safety crew arrived, walked down on the track while the vehicles were still in operation under caution and threw his helmet at Vogts’ car. It is a rule at Plymouth Speedway that drivers are not to leave their cars while they are on the track unless it is on fire. The driver’s helmet is also required to remain secured on the driver’s head while on the racetrack. If that rule is broken, the driver is disqualified.
The Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds had a couple of rough starts, but once the race got into full swing, it was competitive. Jamie Lomax put on a dominating performance for the first half of the race. Zeke McKenzie looked to the inside of Lomax on lap seven but couldn’t clear Lomax for the spot. A caution for a car spinning in front of the leaders closed the gap between McKenzie and Lomax. McKenzie got a good restart and the No. 36 of Lomax and the No. 24 of McKenzie had been side-by-side for three laps before McKenzie got the lead on lap 13. Lomax fought back, and the pair were side-by-side again, but Lomax took back the spot on lap 17 after they fought on all of the racing surfacefor the position. McKenzie drove hard into turn three on the last lap for a last chance at the win, but Lomax was able to snag the first win of the season. McKenzie came in second and pole-sitter Frank Marshall was third.
“That was good, clean racing,” said Lomax. “A car dumped water on the back stretch, so we were slipping and sliding, but we didn’t come in contact with each other. That was fun.”
“Trent sure gave me a run for my money tonight. We got lucky,” laughed Warren. Join us next week for a regular night of five divisions of racing.
The final race of the night featured a new class this year: the Bane-Welker Cyber Stocks. Kirby Trent started on the pole and led most of the feature, but PeeWee Warren had other ideas. He took the high groove around the race track and found himself in the lead halfway through the feature. Trent’s No. 111 started going backward as Loren Swanson soon passed him for the runner-up position. Swanson swung out too high out of turn two near the end of the race, and Trent was able to reclaim the position, and close the gap on the leader. Warren, who was running double-duty in a Cyber Stock and a Super Street, won the feature with Trent in second and Swanson in third.
“Trent sure gave me a run for my money tonight. We got lucky,” laughed Warren.
The gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET.
 
Plymouth Speedway’s 2015 Season Opens Saturday
By:  Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) The official start to Plymouth Speedway’s third season on dirt is this Saturday, April 25.
A successful practice session was held last week where over 60 cars tested the new clay on the track.  Another practice session is scheduled for Friday, April 24 to get the cars tuned for the Cabin Fever event on Saturday.  The gates will open at 5 p.m. and practice will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET.   Fans are welcome to watch practice for free.  
The Cabin Fever event will showcase six features.  Plymouth Speedway is proud to announce that each racing division will have a title sponsor this season.   Team VW Audi 410 Non-Wing Sprints, Swan Lake UMP Modifieds, Dickies Restaurant 600 Non-Wing Sprints, Walmart Thunder Stocks, WTCA Super Streets, and the Bane-Welker Cyber Stocks will begin racing at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Many fan favorites will be returning this season including family-friendly concession prices.  Kid’s meals will feature an Eckrich hot dog, small fries, fruit snack, and fruit drink for only $3.00.  Other concession favorites include tenderloins, hamburgers, taco sticks, and popcorn.  A wide variety of soft drinks and adult beverages will also be available.
The gates will open Saturday at 4 p.m. with driver registration until 5:30 p.m.  Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. and racing is at 7 p.m. ET.
The staff at Plymouth Speedway has worked hard in the off-season to present fans and drivers with the fastest dirt track in Northern Indiana.  Many more improvements are forthcoming, but for now it’s finally time to get racing underway.
 
Comps@plymouthspeedway.net
VIP, Media and Complimentary Passes are requested by emailing by Thursday of the race to: comps@plymouthspeedway.net.
NOTE: The VIP, media, and complimentary passes window closes at 7:30pm each race night. Anyone arriving after that time will be charged admission.
 
Winged Sprint Shows (May 16 and July 25) Sponsors
 
Bane Welker Equipment Claxton Racing Engines Dickies Restaurant Swan Lake Resort
Bane-Welker Cyber Stocks Claxton Racing Engines Non-Wing Sprints Dickies Restaurant 600 Non Wing Sprints Swan Lake UMP Modifieds
Cyber Stock drivers you have a title sponsor for your class. Bane Welker equipment of Plymouth Indiana is proud to be part of Plymouth Speedway. Thanks for supporting the Speedway.
     
       
Team VW Audi Imports Walmart WTCA Radio
Team VW Audi 410 Non Wing Sprints Walmart Thunder Stocks WTCA Super Streets Sprints on Dirt (SOD) May 16 along with MTS Sprints July 25
Attention 410 non wing Fans, Owners and Drivers. Team VW Audi in Merrillville Indiana will be the presenting sponsor for all 5 non wing shows at the Playground Of Power. First one will be the season opener on April 25th. Please support those that support or great sport and hobby. THANKS Team VW AUDI!
Plymouth Speedway is proud to announce that the Plymouth Wal Mart will be the title sponsor of the Thunder Cars for the 2015 season. Please support those that support our Hobby.
Plymouth Speedway The Playground of Power is pleased to announce that WTCA radio in Plymouth will be the sponsor of the Super Streets for the 2015 season. Make sure to go to their page,"Like It" and please thank them.
 
 
Team VW Audi Presenting Sponsor for 410 Sprint Shows
By: Anita Soltis
Team VW Audi Imports (Plymouth, IN)  Merrillville-based Team VW Audi will be a presence at Plymouth Speedway this season as a headline sponsor of five nights of racing that feature 410 Non-Wing Sprints.   Co-owner Chris Gurley says he wants to bring the focus back to a local racing community. “I race 410 Non-Wing Sprints, and we here at Team VW Audi want to bring the excitement of racing back to Northern Indiana,” said Gurley.  “The Plymouth Speedway staff is working hard to provide that excitement and we fully support their efforts.  We hope the fans enjoy the races this season.” Gurley and his team come from a family of car sales professionals and offer over 35 years of experience.  Team VW Audi is located at 3990 E. Lincoln Highway (U.S. 30), near the Southlake Mall in Merrillville.  For deals on new and used cars, parts and service, or to schedule a test drive, visit www.teamvwaudi.com. Call (888) 805-3689.
The first 410 Non-Wing Sprint event at Plymouth Speedway is scheduled during the Cabin Fever event on Saturday, April 25.  The season-opening race begins at 7 p.m. ET.
 

The Car Company to Headline Two Races at Plymouth Speedway

By: Anita Soltis

The Car Company

(Plymouth, IN)  The Car Company has joined Plymouth Speedway for two big nights of racing.
The Sprints on Dirt will be back at the Playground of Power on Saturday, May 16 and The Car Company will be helping to sponsor their appearance.  The Winged Sprints will be joined by the regular lineup of drivers in the Swan Lake UMP Modifieds, Dickies Restaurant 600 Non-Wing Sprints, Walmart Thunder Stocks, WTCA Super Streets, and the Bane-Welker Cyber Stocks.
The MTS Sprints will put on a show on Saturday, July 25 and The Car Company will present the fans with racing that evening along with the Team VW Audi 410 Non-Wing Sprints and the regular lineup of features.
“We are proud to be partners with the Plymouth Speedway and the Plymouth community,” said Mike Dewitt owner of the Car Company Warsaw and Goshen.  “We know that staff has worked hard to make this track the place to be on Saturday nights and it’s where we want to be - right along with the fans.”
The Car Company has been serving customers in the Northern Indiana area for over 20 years.  Forvehicle, ATV, or motorcycle sales and service, visit www.thecarcompany.com or call (574) 534-9595 (Goshen) or (574) 594-3000 (Warsaw).
 
Kid's Bicycle Give Away Nights
The Plymouth Speedway is proud to announce the following dates need will be Kid's Bicycle Give Away Nights at the Playground of Power. Any child will have an opportunity to win a bicycle on the following dates. Be sure to mark your calendars!
May 2,
June 20,
July 18,
August 8,

Drivers if you would like to donate bikes for any of the above dates we need a girl and a boy bicycle for each night. If interested please contact Andrew or Justin and we thank you in advance from the Playground of Power.

 
Playground of Power – Walmart Kids Club

Attention all parents and kids! Plymouth Speedway will be having a Playground Of Power Walmart Kids Club for the 2015. The kids club will be over seen by Justin and Andrew Hayn. They have a lot of great things planned for all the kids this season. More Information will be coming soon. Thanks Walmart for being a great partner with Plymouth Speedway.

 
Practice for April 11th has been Cancelled
Practice for April 11th has been CANCELLED with the late winter and Mother Nature not cooperating we at Plymouth Speedway want to give everyone the best possible surface to run on. Next practice is April 18th so looking forward to seeing and hearing the Playground of Power alive for the 2015 season.
 
Plymouth Speedway is proud to announce that Michiana Balloon Rides will be providing hot air balloon tether rides on our grounds on three select Friday evenings (Weather permitting). The days are June 12th, August 14th, and October 16th. Rides will be $12 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under. Come out to the speedway and float 50-75ft above your favorite track in a Hot Air Balloon.

For more information check out Michiana Balloon Rides on facebook www.michianaballoonrides.com or contact Brian at (574) 780-4560.

Plymouth Speedway is proud to announce that Side Bite Graphics is the official graphic company of the Playground of Power. Call for a quote (219) 902-4997. Remember to be fast you need Side Bite!
Check out another awesome job done by Side Bite Graphics. A lot of new things this year including this entrance sign for the Playground Of Power designed and built by Side Bite Graphics. Great job guys!

 
2015 Registration Announcement
Deadline April 1st – Receive 1 FREE Pit Pass To Be Used For Practice April 11th or 18th
REGISTRATION INFORMATION: We are just a short time away till the first official “Checker” flag flies for the 2015 season at Plymouth Speedway. If you plan on racing at Plymouth Speedway for just one race during the 2015 season send your Registration Form along with your W9 and avoid filling out forms the first night. Every racer that competes at Plymouth Speedway in order to compete are required to have both a registration and W9 on file in order to receive your nightly payout.

Received by April 1st - Receive 1 FREE pit pass to be used for practice April 11th or April 18th.

Send to:

Plymouth Speedway
14330 N 300 W
Silver Lake, IN 46982

Registration Form: http://www.plymouthspeedway.net/forms/drivers_registration_form.htm

W9 Form: http://www.plymouthspeedway.net/forms/w9_driver_and_subcontractor.pdf

 
Plymouth Speedway Season to Kick off Next Month
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) On April 25, a symphony of engines will be roaring at the fastest dirt track in Northern Indiana. The "Cabin Fever" event will put the drivers to the test to see how tune-ups made during the off-season will hold up to the competition. If the weather cooperates, open practice will be available on Saturday, April 11 and Saturday, April 18.
The Cabin Fever event will feature a regular line-up of features including Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks, Cyber Stocks (new class) and Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints. In addition, 410 Non-Wing Sprints will race in the season opener. Track officials are working hard to install new clay on the racing surface. Efforts to do so have been ongoing since the 2014 season ended. Work is also progressing on new grandstands, lighting and more to enhance the experience for fans. This is a two-year plan and changes will be seen as the season goes along.
If you’re itching to get the cobwebs off and get back into racing conversations, two 600 Sprints will be parked at Dickies Restaurant at Swan Lake Resort on Tuesday, March 17 around 6 p.m. ET. Drivers will be there to talk about the upcoming season. It’s also a chance to take advantage of the special at Dickies Restaurant: get a burger and fries for $5! Administrators there invite you in for food and fun conversation. The "World of Outlaws" will be at Plymouth Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 17. Don’t miss this group of nationally-known talented drivers as they try to tame the Playground of Power. The Sprints on Dirt will return for two races this year. They will be here in May and for the "Bob Newton Classic" in September. Steve Kinser is also expected to make an appearance for the Earl Gaerte Classic on May 22.

For a complete schedule to fill up your calendar, visit www.plymouthspeedway.net. We’re ready to go racing!

 
About Plymouth Speedway:
Plymouth Speedway features a three-eighths (0.375) mile banked dirt oval owned by Ed Kennedy. Five different classes of racing are featured: UMP Modifieds, Non-wing 600 Sprints, Thunder Stocks, Cyber Stocks and Super Streets. Regular season races are scheduled in the months of April through August on Saturday nights with several special events. For information, visit www.plymouthspeedway.net, follow Plymouth Speedway’s official Facebook page, @PlymouthSpeed on Twitter or email info@plymouthspeedway.net.
 
 
 
"A special thanks to sponsor RockAuto.com for providing wristbands for the Plymouth Speedway 2015 racing season. Order auto parts online from RockAuto.com 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and have them conveniently delivered to your door. The www.RockAuto.com catalog includes a full line of mechanical parts, from small items like filters and wiper blades to complete remanufactured transmissions; all at reliably low prices. Visit www.RockAuto.com after the race and find all the parts your car or truck will ever need!"
 
Seating Rendering
For those of you who didn't see it at the banquet, here is a rendering of the new stands at Plymouth Speedway. This will be a two-year program.
Glad to see someone investing back into our hobby.
Thanks Ed Kennedy!
 
World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Invading Indiana’s Plymouth Speedway on October 17 for First Time in History
Series sets 2015 schedule by shifting Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway to June 3, canceling March 27 event at Merced (Calif.) Speedway
CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 26, 2015 - The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will make its inaugural appearance at historic Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway this season. The addition of Plymouth, and two other schedule adjustments, sets the tour for 2015.
The Outlaws will invade Plymouth on Saturday, Oct. 17, with an event that will have an earlier than normal 5 p.m. start time. It will be the fourth World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event in Indiana this season, joining races at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Lawrenceburg Speedway and Kokomo Speedway.
The track, 25 miles south of South Bend, Ind., is a 3/8-mile dirt oval that regularly features DIRTcar UMP Modifieds and sprint cars, among other events, throughout its season. In operation since 1952, the track is undergoing significant improvements for the upcoming year including a new racing surface and grandstands.
"The heartbeat of sprint car racing lies in Indiana and at places like Plymouth Speedway," said World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers. "We are thrilled to bring the The Greatest Show on Dirt to the historic track this season for the first time ever. It is sure to be an exciting event."
In other changes, the series will shift the Tuesday, June 2, event at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway to Wednesday, June 3, and the event initially scheduled for Friday, March 27 at Merced (Calif.) Speedway has been canceled.
For entire article read here:
http://www.woosprint.com/news/2984-outlaws-announce-plymouth-set-schedule
To see the full 2015 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule, read:
http://www.WoOSprint.com/schedule/2015-schedule.

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Doug Wolfgang Speaks at Plymouth Speedway Championship Banquet
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) Doug Wolfgang shared great memories of his family on the road and had a few laughs remembering some of his best times at race tracks during Saturday’s 2014 Night of Champions Banquet at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth. The South Dakota resident, who won over 500 features as a sprint car driver, captivated the crowd when he told of the fiery accident in 1992 at a Kansas Speedway that ended his racing career and how lucky he is to continue his involvement in the racing community. He even agreed to come back and visit after Owner Ed Kennedy announced that the World of Outlaws will be racing at the track on Oct. 17 this season.
Decades later, Wolfgang remains a highly respected man in the sport of racing.
Kennedy also spoke of the amount of changes that will be coming to the speedway in the next two years including new clay, bleachers and suites and more to create a state-of-the-art facility for the entire family to enjoy. He is committed to making this the best racing facility in the Northern Indiana area.
 
The top 10 drivers were honored during the banquet in each class.
Thunder Stocks top 10: Bryce Shilder (champion), John Rhoads, Kevin Kerlin, Keith Crissinger, Randy Lambert, Eric Brown, Brody Townsend, Mike Yaculllo, Mark Barrett, and Chris Joseph.
“The year started the way we wanted but then had some trouble, but won seven features. I’m pretty happy with the season,” said Shidler.
 
Super Streets top 10: Michael Clark (champion), Bob McLean, Nathen Jordan, David Short, Mark Stringer, Evan Fredline, Bobby Keller, Randy Akers, Jim Jarrett, and Tommy Beezley II.
“My goal was to be up here as the track champion and I completed my goal. I hope we’re back up here next year, but there will be plenty of competition,” commented Clark.
Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints top 10: Billy Cribbs (champion), Eric Saunders, Justin Bell and Chad Hartzell tied for third, Randy Shilling, Brad Nichols, Dawson Stealy, Garrett Saunders, Austin Davis, and Nick Yoder.
“It was a rough start to the season, but then it turned into the season of our dreams. The track feels like home to me and my family. It’s the best facility I’ve been a part of,” stated Cribbs.
Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds top 10: Jamie Lomax (champion), Zeke McKenzie, Dillon Nusbaum, Tommy Beezley II, Frank Marshall, Kyle Yocum, Matt Mitchell, Tony Elliott, Steve Hogue, and Josh Elliott.
“I can’t say enough about the people at Plymouth Speedway. There’s commitment to make it better track every week. We have great racing every week,” said Lomax.
The Rookie of the Year awards were given to Mike Yacullo in the Thunder Stock Division, Josh Elliott in the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds Division and Justin Bell and Chad Hartzell in the Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprint Division.
Thank you for another great season at Plymouth Speedway! Greater things are coming. You won’t want to be left out.
The next event at Plymouth Speedway will be the Cabin Fever event on Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m. ET with 410 Sprints, UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks, Cyber Stocks, and 600 Sprints. Come early for practice on Saturday, April 11 and Saturday, April 18th.
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(photo caption L to R) Billy Cribbs, Bryce Shilder, Michael Clark and Jamie Lomax.
Photography by: Stephanie Reichelt Photography
 
Doug Wolfgang to Speak at Plymouth Speedway Banquet
By: Anita Soltis
(Plymouth, IN) He’s one of the best sprint car drivers in the world, and he will be at the 2014 Night of Champions Plymouth Speedway Banquet at the Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth on Jan. 24.
Doug Wolfgang will talk to attendees about his career that included 107 World of Outlaw wins and over 600 wins altogether. At one time, Wolfgang, Sammy Swindell, and Steve Kinser dominated the sport of sprint car racing for many years. Wolfgang suffered a severe injury in an accident during a practice session at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas in 1992. His sprint car hit a wall, and the impact ruptured a fuel line. His sprint car was soon surrounded by a fire. Wolfgang sustained serious injury to his feet and legs. He recovered and attempted to race, but eventually decided to call it quits. Wolfgang, who calls Sioux Falls, South Dakota home, has since turned his focus to designing and building winning chassis.
Fans, drivers, and the general public are welcome to attend the banquet to help honor the 2014 champions at Plymouth Speedway. Tickets are $30 each which includes a prime rib dinner and stories from Doug Wolfgang. He will also sign autographs. The doors will open at 5 p.m.; dinner is at 6 p.m., and the awards portion of the evening begins at 7 p.m. ET. Swan Lake Resort will honor a room discount for those attending the banquet at a price $79 which includes the use of the indoor pool.

Tickets must be purchased by Friday, Jan. 16 by calling Jacki Patrick (260) 578-2705. Tickets are limited.

Plymouth Speedway 2014 Night of Champions Banquet will be held Saturday January 24, 2015 at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth Indiana. Cost is $30.00 per ticket! To purchase your tickets send a check or money order with a return address to:
Plymouth Speedway
14330 N 300 W
Silver Lake, IN 46982
 
Plymouth Speedway to Honor Champions

By: Anita Soltis - Posted January 8, 2015

(Plymouth, IN) It’s a time to celebrate the accomplishments of dirt track drivers at Plymouth Speedway and to recognize the efforts made to improve racing at the track.
The 2014 Night of Champions Banquet is set for Saturday, January 24 at 7:00pm at Swan Lake Resort, 5203 Plymouth LaPorte Trail in Plymouth. The doors will open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6:00pm ET. Awards will follow. If you’d like to stay the night with your family, Swan Lake Resort is offering a special room rate of $79 plus tax. After the awards banquet, enjoy music in the lounge with a live band. Tickets are still available for $30 per person. Call Jacki by January 16, at (260) 578-2705.
Entering the third season on dirt, officials at Plymouth Speedway are working on many improvements to not only enhance the quality of racing, but to make it a quality fan experience. Updates will be given on preparations for the 2015 season during this month’s banquet along with the recognition of the drivers.
Congratulations to Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified champion Jamie Lomax, Super Street champion Michael Clark, Thunder Stock champion Bryce Shidler, and Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprint champion Billy Cribbs.
Any 2014 pit slab renters who are interested in securing their spot for the 2015 season should contact Jim Bottorff at (574) 276-2141. Pit slabs must be paid for on or before Saturday, January 24th to secure a space. The rental fee will be $150 which can be paid at the banquet. After this time, all remaining slabs will be rented on a first come, first served basis.
 
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