2016 Plymouth Speedway Press Releases
 
Five Division Championships Decided at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Goodan - Posted August 28, 2016
(Plymouth) It was championship night at Plymouth Speedway on Saturday night and the racing did not disappointment the many fans who attended the last five races of the season.
Garrett Saunders, of Lakeville, led the entire 20-lap Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprint race from the pole position. It wasn’t long before Kevin Atkins, of Warsaw, found second place and attempted a pass on Saunders, but couldn’t get past the leading car. Eric Saunders, of Lakeville, made the pass on Atkins for second by lap five. Zane DeVault, of Plymouth, who started sixth, made his way through the field and found himself battling for second on lap 17. DeVault also tried to take over the top position on the track but ran out of race. Garrett Saunders won the Feature with DeVault in second and Eric Saunders in third. Kevin Atkins won the 2016 Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprint Championship.
The leaders got into each other at the start of the WTCA Super Streets Feature.  Preston Oberle, of Battleground, and Eric Hunter, of Kokomo, connected out of turn four and Hunter was sent to the tail of the field for causing the caution. Oberle resumed the race in the lead and didn’t look back. Roger Duszynski, Jr., of Black Oak, and Joshua Frye, of Ravenna, were side-by-side and swapping track real estate for the runner-up spot throughout the rest of the Feature. In the end, it was Oberle with the win, Frye in second and Duszynski, Jr. in third. Roger Duszynski, Jr. clinched the 2016 WTCA Super Street Championship.  
It was a smooth Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints race with Eric Saunders, of Lakeville, at the lead for the Feature. Dylan Woodling, of Warsaw, had to battle Kevin Hapner, of Nappanee, for the first nine laps of the race for second. He would dive low into the corner to get by Hapner’s No. 23, but Hapner would shut the door on the pass attempt. Woodling snuck past Hapner at the start/finish line on lap nine to complete the pass. The remainder of the Feature saw the first three places unchanged. Saunders picked up the win with Woodling in second and Hapner in third. Chad Hartzell, of Granger, was named the 2016 Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints Champion.
Frank Marshall, of Valparaiso, found himself in the early lead in the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified Feature. He had a straightaway lead on the second place driver at one point in the contest. Randy Lines, of Marion, Bobby Stremme, of South Bend, and Matt Mitchell, of Lafayette, each wanted the second place spot. Stremme was able to capture second while Mitchell ran in third. The pair were side-by-side by lap nine on the backstretch where Mitchell got ahead of Stremme, but Stremme got second place back out of turn four. After a caution on lap 13, Lines made his way back into third after Derek Losh, of Rensselaer, got out of his line in turn one. Lines would get by Stremme on lap 15 for second. As the laps dwindled and the checkered flag was shown, Marshall won the Feature with Lines in second and Stremme in third. Derek Losh was crowned the 2016 Champion in the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds Division.
Another Oberle was found at the top of the field in the Walmart Thunder Stocks Feature. Sheldon Oberle, of Battleground, fended off RJ Akers, of Portage, early in the race for the lead and then Akers saw a lot of Jason Fritz, of Winamac, in the rearview mirror. A red flag came out after Blayne Townsend’s No. 92 spun on the frontstretch and a fire started under the right front of the car. Townsend safely exited the race car and the safety crew was quick to respond. After the race restarted, Oberle continued in the lead while Akers raced in second and Fritz in third. Fritz passed Akers on the restart lap after a caution on lap nine. Clint Hall, of Fowler, attempted to get by Akers on lap 17 but couldn’t get by him for third. Oberle finished first with Fritz in second and Akers in third. Shane Sanders, of Mishawaka, finished the season as the 2016 Rookie of the Year and the Walmart Thunder Stock Champion.
Plymouth Speedway Owner Ed Kennedy would like to thank all of the drivers, fans and staff for another successful season at the Playground of Power. The time and date for the championship banquet will be announced at a later date.
 
Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints Feature winner Garrett Saunders (center), Zane DeVault (left), Eric Saunders (right). Photo by Gary Gasper
WTCA Super Streets Feature winner Preston Oberle (center), Joshua Frye (left), Roger Duszynski, Jr. (right). Photo by Gary Gasper
   
Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints Feature winner Eric Saunders (center), Kevin Hapner (left), Dylan Woodling (right). Photo by Gary Gasper
Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds Feature winner Frank Marshall (center), Randy Lines (left), Bobby Stremme (right). Photo by Gary Gasper
   
 
Walmart Thunder Stocks winner Sheldon Oberle (center), Jason Fritz (left), RJ Akers (right). Photo by Gary Gasper
 
 
 
Things are heating up with one week left in the 2016 Season
by Greg Hildebrand - Posted Sunday August 14, 2016
B main for Modified Started 10 cars. Dylan Woodling and Terry Hayes started on the front row. Couple of yellows early Dylan Woodling, Randy Shilling, Bradley Jameson, Scott Fitzpatrick all elected to go to the A main.
In the Thunder Stocks Chad McLean and Bryan Banta start on front row Bryan Banta leads first lap followed by Austin Hunter. Yellow at lap 10 with Austin Hunter leading Banta, Jason Fritz, Bryce Shidler and Tom Grall. Quick yellow at lap 11 Hunter still leads Fritz and Banta have switched, Shidler leads Chad McLean Lap 14 Fritz passes Hunter for the lead. Lap 16 Banta's motor goes and he retires. Finishing order is Fritz, Hunter, Shidler and Sheldon Oberle just misses the podium by half a car.

Pro Sprints Eric Saunders and Eli Lakin start on the front row. Eric Saunders leads the first six laps. Atkins who started fifth takes the lead on lap 7. Zane Devault (started 8th) is battling Garrett Saunders for 3rd when Garrett spins. A couple laps after the restart Devault passes Eric Saunders for 2nd. That is how they finish Atkins, Devault and Eric Saunders

Modifieds Jamie Lomax and Derek Losh start on the front row followed by Fran Marshall and Michael Thayer. Lomax leads Losh then Marshall at the end of the first lap. These three look to be running away from everyone early. Yellow on lap 4 top three are Lomax, Marshall and Losh. Marshall spins in 3 on the restart and goes to the tail. Restart with Lomax leading Losh and Thayer. Lap 6 caution for Josh Elliott has Lomax still leading Losh with Andy Galgoci in third from his 9th starting spot. Lap 7 caution and no change in the running order. Lap 12 the caution comes out for a spun car when Jamie Lomax hits a rut and his left front breaks. Restart running order Andy Galgoci has passed Losh for the lead. Thayer is in third. Lap 14 another yellow and the running order is Galgoci, Losh, Jeff Koz and Thayer. Marshall spins again bringing out the yellow and has to retire from the 10th spot. The running order on the restart is Galgoci, Losh and Koz That is how they finish.
In the 600's, starting on the pole is Trey Johnson with Caitlin Clark on the outside. Row two has Kevin Hapner and Chad Hartzell. Lot of green flag racing in this feature. Eric Saunders started fifth got on the outside and made that work to take the lead with a hand full of laps left to win. Saunders wins Johnson finishes second and Hapner brings it home in third.
Super Streets David Short won a caution filled feature that was shortened to 15 laps. Short was passed for the lead by Bob McLean twice only to have the caution come out and have to give the position back. Butch Toosley and Eric Hunter started on the front row with Hunter leading the first lap. But the lead was short lived as Hunter had to retire with car problems on lap 3. That gave the lead to Roger Duszynski Jr. who retired on lap 8 with a flat. Yellow flag on lap 9 has Short leading Shaun Wiltjer and Bob Mclean. Restart Wiltjer tries to get under Short in turn one forcing both to spin. Restart has Short leading McLean and Bryce Shidler in third. Lap 13 Shidler's engine lets go in spectacular fashion bringing out the red flag. Green white checker restart order is Short, Mclean and Calvin Peek Jr. and that is how they finished.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Autograph Night Highlights Events at Plymouth Speedway
By:  Anita Goodan
(Plymouth, IN)  It’s a night that’s a popular event with fans at the Playground of Power - autograph night. It’s a chance for spectators to enter the pit area and get signatures and pictures with their favorite drivers in the five classes at Plymouth Speedway. An impressive crowd was on hand Saturday night eager to see their favorite drivers. The drivers were just as excited as some of the young fans that strolled the pits to get a different perspective on race night.
After the intermission highlight, Feature racing began with the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints. Chad Hartzell, of Granger, took the early lead and stayed out front through the first 12 laps. After attempting several passes on Hartzell, Eric Saunders, of Lakeville, caught up with the leader to take over the top spot going into turn one on lap 12.  Bud McCune, of Pierceton, made his way to the top three two laps later after working through traffic and making contact with a competitor. McCune made a late race attempt to get by Saunders but couldn’t made the inside pass for position. It was a tight race for the leaders. Saunders won the Feature with Hartzell finishing second and McCune third.
The WTCA Super Streets Feature found tight racing with several cautions. David Short, of Winamac, held the lead throughout many of the cautions called and caught lapped traffic by lap seven. Two cautions allowed the field to bunch up and Roger Duszynski, Jr., of Black Oak, went after Short for the lead on lap 10. The pair were side-by-side down the backstretch and Duszynski, Jr. passed Short coming out of turn four. Bob McLean, of Hobart, held the fifth running spot but moved up the running order by lap 12. McLean challenged Shaun Wiltjer, of Gary, for third on lap 12 while Duszynski, Jr. and Short battled for the lead. McLean was able to secure third three laps later. The caution-littered race was shortened by two laps due to a time limit. Duszynski, Jr. claimed the win with Short in second and McLean in third.
Jamie Lomax and Derek Losh kept things interesting at the beginning of the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds Feature.  After a six-car pileup to begin the event with no injuries reported, Lomax, of Lake Village, and Losh, of Rensselaer, started working on each other for the lead when the green flag was in the air.  They were able to keep close in the first seven laps.  Dan Hamstra, of Wheatfield, moved up to the third position after overtaking pole-sitter Bradley Jameson on lap eight.  Lomax and Losh pulled away to a straightaway lead from the field as the race stayed green.  Lomax was able to keep Losh from gaining ground and won the Feature.  Hamstra finished in third.
It was an emotional win for the top finishers in the Walmart Thunder Stocks Division. Tom Grall, of Plymouth, started the race from the pole but Sheldon Oberle, of Battleground, quickly picked up the lead on the backstretch on lap three after starting fifth. Jason Fritz, of Winamac, picked up second place shortly after and Grall fell to second. Austin Hunter, of Kokomo, entered the top four by lap five. Fritz dropped out of second after suffering car trouble which allowed Grall to move up to second and Hunter in third. Hunter moved to the inside of Grall on lap 15 and got the position out of turn two. Hunter went after Oberle for the lead on lap 18 and made the successful pass on the outside coming out of turn four. Oberle then fell back in the running order after experiencing a flat right rear tire.  After holding his spot in the field and working his way around traffic, Douglas Payton, of Valparaiso, moved to the last spot on the podium after Oberle’s misfortune. Hunter scored his first podium finish while Grall claimed second. Payton also got his first podium finish in third.
The Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints also saw a first-time winner in Saturday night’s Feature. Eric Saunders, of Lakeville, and Michael Summers, of Warsaw, went side-by-side for the lead and Summers got the spot on the second lap in turn three. Kevin Atkins began looking for the leaders on lap three. He was able to get to third and went by Saunders for second on lap four. Summers was able to stay out front. Zane DeVault, of Plymouth, got up to the fourth position by lap seven after starting sixth and made a move on Saunders for third on lap 16. With two laps to go, DeVault got past Atkins for second.  Summers watched the action unfold from the winning position while DeVault picked up second place and Atkins crossed the finish line in third.
Only two nights of racing remain in Plymouth Speedway’s 2016 season. Fans can cash in on Saturday, Aug. 13 as $2,000 will rain on the track. The five regular divisions of racing will provide the main entertainment on the fastest dirt track that evening as well as the Season Championship on Aug. 20.
 
Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds Feature Winner Jamie Lomax of Lake Village IN
Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints Feature Winner Michael Summers
Photo by Greg Hildebrand
WTCA Super Streets Feature Winner Roger Duszynski Jr. of Black Oak IN
Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Walmart Thunder Stocks Feature Winner Austin Hunter of Kokomo, IN
Photo by Greg Hildebrand
 
Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints Feature winner Eric Saunders of Lakeville, IN
Photo by Greg Hildebrand
 
 
 
Fans Enjoy Eventful Night of Racing at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Goodan - Posted July 31, 2016
(Plymouth, IN) Scores of fans turned out Saturday night to enjoy a regular night of racing at Plymouth Speedway, presented by Jones Plumbing, Heating and Cooling.
It was a first Feature win for the top finisher in the Walmart Thunder Stock Division. Preston Oberle, of Battleground, was able to pass race leader, John Rhoads, on the second lap out of the second turn and was able to stay out front and even put a straightaway lead on the field by the time the caution flag flew on lap 15. Points leader, John Rhoads, was holding onto second when contact with a competitor caused him to lose a right rear tire during the fourth caution in the race. Tom Grall, of Plymouth, who was battling Rhoads for the position, assumed second and Shane Sanders, of Mishawaka, moved up to third. Sanders attempted to put the pressure on Grall for second in the closing laps, but couldn’t gain the ground needed to get it done. Oberle claimed his first Feature win with Grall in second and Sanders in third.
Zane DeVault made it to the top of the podium in the Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints Feature. Pole-sitter Eric Saunders, of Lakeville, held onto the lead for five laps before DeVault, of Plymouth, worked the outside groove to take the top spot. Kevin Atkins, of Warsaw, soon made his way past Saunders for second following a caution on lap eight. Garrett Saunders, of Lakeville, who started seventh, wheeled his Pro Sprint teetering on the cushion and caught up with Eric for third on lap 10. The race was red-flagged three laps later after Patrick Lee flipped his car coming out of turn four.  The safety crew was quick to the scene and reported Lee was not injured. The race resumed with no change in the top three runners. DeVault won the race with Atkins in second and Garrett Saunders in third.
It was a battle between Derek Losh and Frank Marshall for the top spot in the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified Feature, but only one of the two would go on to victory and the other to the back of the running order. Marshall, of Valparaiso, led the race from the pole only to find Losh, of Rensselaer, quickly challenging him for the position. The pair traded positions for the lead through 14 laps while Tony Anderson, of Lima, Ohio, raced in third.  By lap 17, lapped traffic collected Marshall and Losh. Losh was able to continue on while Marshall’s Modified suffered a flat right front tire.  Since he left the track to change the tire, Marshall had to rejoin the field at the tail of the lead lap cars. Losh continued to lead and captured the win with Anderson in second and Dylan Woodling, of Warsaw, in third.
After a couple of cautions to start the WTCA Super Streets Feature, Roger Duszynski, Jr., of Black Oak, was able to find his way to the front. He was able to lead 14 laps before David Short, of Winamac, powered his way from 12th to the lead. Just as Short took the lead, a caution was called and Duszynski, Jr. regained the lead as scoring goes back to the last completed lap at the time of a caution. When the track went green, Short went after Duszynski, Jr. and cleared him for the lead coming out of turn four with five laps remaining in the race.  CJ McLean, of Hobart, held the third position but slipped out of podium contention when Calvin Peek, Jr., of Hobart, charged into the third spot with four laps to go after starting 13th. The race continued under green and Short claimed the win with Duszynski, Jr. in second and Peek, Jr. in third.
Eric Saunders, of Lakeville, was able to dodge lapped traffic to get the race win in the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints Feature. Saunders started on the pole and led the entire 20-lap Feature. Chad Hartzell, of Granger, was in the runner-up spot for much of the race until Jessee Holt, of Columbus, was able to pass him on lap 14. The top three didn’t change through the rest of the race and Saunders was declared the winner. Holt finished the race in second, but his 600 Open Sprint did not pass post-race inspection and was disqualified. That allowed Hartzell to earn the second place honor with Dylan Woodling, of Warsaw, in third.
Three weeks remain on the racing schedule at Plymouth Speedway with the next evening of action on Saturday, Aug. 6. It’s autograph night for the fans, presented by Casey’s General Store. Drivers will have their pens ready to sign photos or race gear and a smile ready for pictures. The gates will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET.
 
Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds Feature winner Derek Losh (center), Tony Anderson (left) and Dylan Woodling (right). Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints Feature winner Zane DeVault (center), Kevin Atkins (left) and Garrett Saunders (right). Photo by Greg Hildebrand
WTCA Super Streets Feature winner David Short (center), Roger Duszynski, Jr. (left) and Calvin Peek, Jr. (right). Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Walmart Thunder Stocks Feature winner Preston Oberle (center), Tom Grall (left) and Shane Sanders (right). Photo by Greg Hildebrand
 
Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints Feature winner Eric Saunders (center), Jessee Holt (left) and Chad Hartzell (right). NOTE: Holt's car was disqualified in post-race inspection. Hartzell finished second while Dylan Woodling finished third. Photo by Greg Hildebrand
 
 
Fans, Drivers Brave Heat to Watch Feature Racing at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Goodan - Posted Sunday July 24, 2016
(Plymouth, IN)  The outstanding heat couldn’t drive away fans and drivers from Plymouth Speedway Saturday night. Four classes of racing were featured that made for more heat on the track.
Warsaw’s Dylan Woodling drove in three of the four divisions and won two features. He started the night with the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints win after a caution-free race. Chad Hartzell, of Granger, finished second while Trey Johnson, of Warsaw, cleaned up the podium spots in third.
Woodling then moved into the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified feature which had a little more drama. Woodling started the feature in the lead but lost the lead to Frank Marshall, of Valparaiso, on lap seven. Dan Hamstra then passed Woodling for second on lap 10. The outlook of the frontrunners changed quickly when the leader, Marshall, spun coming out of turn three on lap 11 which put Hamstra to the lead. While leading, Hamstra cut a tire and took his car to the pits while the race was under caution. He later returned, but had to go to the tail of the field for exiting the track. That call put Woodling back into the lead. Steven Hogue and Derek Losh were running second and third, but connected when the race went back to green on lap 12, creating the last caution in the feature. Due to a time limit, the race was reduced to 14 laps from 20. Woodling came away with the win with Tim Walter, of Valparaiso, in second and Kyle Yocum, of Merrillville, in third.
Kevin Atkins, of Warsaw, saw another victory in the Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints feature Saturday night. He took charge of the race on the opening lap after challenging pole-sitter Garrett Saunders for the position. Atkins set sail after taking the lead.  Zane DeVault and Eric Saunders were side-by-side and traded track space for third for 10 laps before Saunders hit a tire barrier in between turns three and four on lap 18 and had to go to the tail of the field.  Atkins went on to the top of the podium while Garrett Saunders, of Lakeville, finished second and DeVault, of Plymouth, in third.  Woodling finished fourth.
The final race of the evening featured the WTCA Super Streets where Calvin Peek, Jr., of Hobart, drove his way to a win. Roger Duszynski, Jr., of Black Oak, worked his way through traffic from the ninth starting position to second and it took 15 laps to get it done. He worked his way by pole-sitter Ron Wilkes, of Lowell, who had been running second throughout the contest. Peek, Jr. was able to survive several cautions to claim the first place trophy, with Duszynski, Jr. in second and Wilkes in third.
Racing continues on Saturday, July 30 with the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, WTCA Super Streets, Walmart Thunder Stocks, Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints and Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints. The gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing is at 7 p.m. ET. Autograph night with the drivers is set for Saturday, Aug. 6.
 
Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds Feature winner Dylan Woodling (center), Tim Walter (left) and Kyle Yocum (right). Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints Feature winner Kevin Atkins (center), Garrett Saunders (left) and Zane DeVault (right). Photo by Greg Hildebrand
WTCA Super Streets Feature winner Calvin Peek, Jr. (center), Roger Duszynksi, Jr. (left) and Ron Wilkes (right). Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints Feature winner Dylan Woodling (center), Chad Hartzell (left) and Trey Johnson (right). Photo by Greg Hildebrand
 
 
Racing Keeps Plymouth Speedway as the Saturday Hot Spot
By: Anita Goodan - Posted July 17, 2016
(Plymouth, IN)  The temperature may have dropped from the scorching heat this past week in Northern Indiana, but racing on the dirt surface at Plymouth Speedway kept spectators sizzling.
After a week of rough luck, Roger Duszynski, Jr., of Black Oak, was back on the podium in the WTCA Super Streets Feature. He began the race from the pole and didn’t give up the lead throughout the 20-lap contest. The race was on for the last two spots on the podium between RJ Akers, of Portage, and Eric Hunter, of Kokomo, who started in second and third, respectively. Hunter slipped out of podium contention at the halfway point when he got too high out of the top racing groove and fell to fourth. A caution was called on lap 11 after the engine let go on Rownie Goss’s No. 54R. Duszynski, Jr. held onto the lead with Akers in second. Hunter was able to regain third as the field tightened following the caution. The top three didn’t change until the last lap. Hunter worked on the outside of Akers’ car and the pair were side-by-side on the backstretch. Hunter was able to clear Akers for second as they approached the checkered flag. Duszynski, Jr. claimed another victory with Hunter in second and Akers in third.
It was a three-way battle for the lead at the beginning of the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified feature. When it ironed out Dylan Woodling, of Warsaw, set sail followed by Nick Allen, of Wheatfield, and Jamie Lomax, of Lake Village. Woodling caught lapped traffic by lap five and got ahead of Allen by a straightaway. That all changed when Woodling’s No. 3 Modified overheated and he had no choice but to make the hard left turn into the infield area. Allen assumed the lead with Lomax in second and Frank Marshall, of Valparaiso, in third. By the end of the Feature, Allen opened up a three second lead on Lomax. Allen went home with the winner’s trophy with Lomax in second and Marshall in third.
Kevin Atkins, of Warsaw, extended his points lead in the Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints Division with another win Saturday night. Atkins didn’t have it easy as Zane DeVault, of Plymouth, was out front for much of the race. DeVault took over the lead from pole-sitter Clay Sanders on the opening lap with Atkins in second and Garrett Saunders in third. Saunders lost the position after a near flip following hard contact in the turn two wall on lap five. Michael Summers, of Warsaw, captured third after another competitor pulled off the racing surface. DeVault caught lapped traffic just after midway which allowed Atkins to close the wide gap DeVault had on the field. Atkins reeled in DeVault after the leader had difficulty maneuvering his Pro Sprint in the slower traffic on lap 14. Atkins was able to drive away from the field and won the race with DeVault in second and Summers in third.
Last Saturday’s winner in the Walmart Thunder Stocks Division was a winner again this week. John Rhoads, of Mentone, found himself ahead of several cautions that plagued the beginning of the race. Due to the number of cautions, the time limit rule went into effect and the Feature was shortened to nine laps.  Rhoads remained out front while Tony Bowman, of Wabash, and David Fritz, of Winamac, rounded out the top three. When the race went green in a green-white-checkered call, Fritz and Bowman were side-by-side going into turn four for the second place position. The pair made contact and went up the racetrack. A caution was called and the race was declared a checkered finish. Rhoads won the race with Chad McLean, of Hobart, in second and Bryan Banta, of South Bend, in third.
Dylan Woodling may have experienced a heartbreaking defeat in the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified race, he got the sweet taste of victory in the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints feature. Woodling was able to pass pole-sitter B-Ray Kinzer, of Elkhart, on lap one and continued to lead throughout the race. Trey Johnson, of Warsaw, went by Kinzer for second on the next lap followed by Chad Hartzell, of Granger in third. Hartzell fell to fifth place when he was involved in a late-race caution which allowed Kinzer to move up to the third spot. Woodling stayed out front to claim the win with Johnson in second and Kinzer in third.
The Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified drivers will participate in a double feature when the track resumes action on Saturday, July 23. A $500 bonus will be given to the winner of the Australian Pursuit race which will involve the top 10 average finishers out of the double features. The WTCA Super Streets, Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints and the Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints will also take to the dirt surface while the Walmart Thunder Stock drivers will take a week off of competition. The gates will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET.
 
WTCA Super Street Feature winner Roger Duszynski, Jr. (center), Eric Hunter (left) and RJ Akers (right). Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds Feature winner Nick Allen (center), Jamie Lomax (left) and Frank Marshall (right). Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints Feature winner Kevin Atkins (center), Zane DeVault (left) and Michael Summers (right). Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Walmart Thunder Stocks Feature winner John Rhoads (center), Chad McLean (left) and Bryan Banta (right). Photo by Greg Hildebrand
 
Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints Feature winner Dylan Woodling (center), Trey Johnson (left) and B-Ray Kinzer (right). Photo by Greg Hildebrand
 
 
 
Plymouth Speedway Features Fuel Summer Schedule
By:  Anita Goodan
(Plymouth, IN)  Racing is highly unpredictable.  Fans never know what to expect when they sit down to watch the features at Plymouth Speedway.  Saturday night’s racing didn’t disappoint those in the stands.
It was a race to the end for podium spots in the Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints Feature.  Kevin Atkins, of Warsaw, continued where he left off last week in the feature with another win.  Zane DeVault, of Plymouth, held off Atkins from the pole position for two laps before relinquishing the lead to Atkins.  Garrett Saunders, of Lakeville, began the feature in fifth and ran along the high side of the track to get by competitors.  Saunders found himself side-by-side with DeVault for second going into turn three on the last lap.  DeVault slid up the track in turn four and Saunders was able to get the spot to finish second.  DeVault claimed third place.  
The Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified Feature was also a close one to call.  Jamie Lomax, of Lake Village, took over the lead on lap two while Dan Hamstra, of Wheatfield, and Frank Marshall, of Valparaiso, traded track space for second before Marshall earned the place.  Marshall then went after Lomax for the lead before a late-race caution was called and Lomax went to the front of the field.  Randy Lines, of Marion, started after Hamstra’s third place running position and the pair were side-by-side with two laps to go.  Marshall was also hunting down Lomax for the lead.  With the white flag in the air, Marshall was able to sneak by Lomax for the win before the last turn of the feature while Lines and Hamstra crossed the line in a dead heat for third.  Scoring and timing had Lines with third place by one one-hundredth of a second.
There was a first-time winner this season in the WTCA Super Streets Feature.  Starting sixth and moving his way through traffic, Bob Bourff, of Sharpsville, found himself at the front of the pack as a time-shortened race was called under a checkered/caution situation.  David Short, of Winamac, had been out front for a majority of the race, but the engine in his car let go with only a few laps remaining in the contest.  This moved Bourff, Bob McLean, and Preston Oberle to the top three.  McLean had been defending second place from a charging Bourff, but Bourff was able to get the position before the caution was called for Short’s engine issue.  The field was reset with Bourff as the leader, McLean, of Hobart, in second and Oberle, of Battleground, in third.  When the race resumed, a three-car pile-up in turn one occurred and the race finished under caution due to a time limit.  Bourff won the race with McLean in the runner-up position and Oberle with the last spot on the podium.
Lapped traffic played a factor in the finish of the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints Feature.  Chad Hartzell, of Granger, took the early lead with Dylan Woodling, of Warsaw, next in line followed by Eric Saunders, of Lakeville.  Woodling moved on the inside by Hartzell for the lead by lap six.  The top three were static until lapped traffic came into play in the closing laps of the race.  Woodling had to slow for the competitors which allowed Hartzell to close the gap on the leader with Saunders finding room to race Hartzell side-by-side.  Saunders was able to pass Hartzell and then Woodling for the lead on the next lap - the last lap.  Saunders got the win with Woodling in second and Hartzell in third.
Walmart Thunder Stocks Feature winner John Rhoads
Photo by Greg Hildebrand
The Walmart Thunder Stocks Feature began with a fire under the hood of the pole-sitter’s car.  Shane Sanders exited the car safely with the speedway’s safety crew quickly to the car.  Racing continued with John Rhoads, of Mentone, assuming the lead.  Sheldon Oberle took over the second place position with Austin Hunter in third.  Bryan Banta, of South Bend, moved up the field after Hunter experienced an issue with his race car.  Banta and Oberle went door-to-door on lap 16 and Oberle went up the race track as a result of contact.  Oberle fell back through the field after a caution.  Banta retained second with Tom Grall moving up a position to third after starting ninth.  Rhoads was able to claim another victory while Banta was in second and Grall in third.
The Summer Nationals Hell Tour, presented by Sweet Manufacturing, will invade Plymouth Speedway on Tuesday, July 12.  UMP Super Late Model and UMP Modified drivers will present a night of racing excitement.  Tickets are on sale online at www.plymouthspeedway.net.  On Saturday, July 16, it’s another Saturday night special with the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, WTCA Super Streets, Walmart Thunder Stocks, Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints, and Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints.  Racing begins at 7 p.m. ET both nights.
Walmart Thunder Stocks Feature winner John Rhoads (center), Bryan Banta (left) and Tom Grall (right). Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds Feature winner Frank Marshall (center), Jamie Lomax (left) and Randy Lines (right). Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprint Feature winner Kevin Atkins (center), Garrett Saunders (left) and Zane DeVault (right). Photo by Greg Hildebrand
WTCA Super Streets Feature winner Bob Bourff (center), Bob McLean (left) and Preston Oberle. Photo by Greg Hildebrand
 
Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints Feature winner Eric Saunders (center), Dylan Woodling (left) and Chad Hartzell (right). Photo by Greg Hildebrand
 
 
 
Fireworks, Features Light up Plymouth Speedway
By:  Anita Goodan - Posted Sunday July 3, 2016
(Plymouth, IN)  Side-by-side racing and fireworks on Saturday sparked a busy month of July at Plymouth Speedway.
Tom Grall, of Plymouth, began the Walmart Thunder Stock feature from the pole and watched all of the action unfold in his rearview mirror throughout the race. Bryan Banta, of South Bend, and Austin Hunter, of Kokomo, were trading position for second until Hunter spun and Joshua Small’s race car suffered a blown engine on lap 14. The race was red-flagged until safety crews could determine that a small fire under the hood was contained. The top of the running order changed as Sheldon Oberle, of Battleground, moved up to Hunter’s spot. Tony Bowman challenged Oberle for the final spot on the podium in the closing laps, but couldn’t complete a pass. Grall won his second consecutive feature in the division while Banta finished second and Oberle third.
Kevin Atkins has the car to beat in the Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprint Division at Plymouth Speedway. Atkins, of Warsaw, started the feature in sixth place and ran his car on the outer racing groove to pick off competitors. He challenged race leader Garrett Saunders, of Lakeville, for the lead by the fifth lap and took charge from there. Zane DeVault, of Plymouth, started one position ahead of Atkins and made it up to third by lap seven. Saunders attempted to get a run on Atkins after a mid-race caution, but Atkins took a commanding lead. Atkins won the feature by three seconds over Saunders while DeVault took the last step on the podium.
It was a three-wide battle for the lead to begin the the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds feature. Derek Losh, of Rensselaer, drove his car in between Todd Sherman, of Churubusco, and Jamie Lomax, of Lake Village, for the top position but Lomax didn’t back down. He secured the lead by the end of the lap with Sherman and Losh side-by-side to settle the top three. Losh was able to secure second with Sherman feeling pressure from Zeke McKenzie, of Claypool, by lap six. Lomax and Losh were able to get away from the rest of the field as they caught up to lapped traffic by the halfway point of the race. On lap 11, Frank Marshall and Todd Sherman, who were battling for the third position, tangled in turns one and two to slow down the race which changed the podium picture. When racing resumed, Losh was able to catch up to Lomax in the corners to race evenly in the remaining laps, but Lomax powered through the exit of the corners to keep the lead. As the leaders were battling for position, McKenzie was trying to hold on to third, but Mike Learman, of Woodstock, got by McKenzie by taking the low lane on the track. Lomax won the race with Losh in second and Learman in third.
David Short, of Winamac, kept ahead of the action in the WTCA Super Streets race. Short was by Duszynski, Jr., of Black Oak, for second by lap four and passed Kody Conner for the lead by lap five. Conner was able to keep ahead of Duszynski, Jr. for several laps until a caution bunched up the field and Conner fell to third. Duszynski, Jr. and Conner fought side-by-side for second for four laps. Conner was able to sneak by Duszynski, Jr. on lap 18, but a caution created the first of two green-white-checkered attempts. The final lap found Conner and Duszynski, Jr. side-by-side on the backstretch. As the leaders rounded the corner, Short crossed the start/finish line in first, Duszynski, Jr. in second and Conner in third.
There was a new driver atop Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints podium. Trey Johnson, of Warsaw, took the early lead with Bud McCune, of Pierceton, hot on the trail. Johnson got out of sorts in turn one and lost the lead to McCune on lap seven. Dylan Woodling, of Warsaw, started seventh in the feature and charged up to second by the mid-point of the race. Woodling took after McCune for the lead.  McCune closed the door on the race track as Woodling attempted several inside passes for several laps late in the race. McCune was able to block Woodling and picked up the feature win with Woodling in second. Johnson fell several positions after losing the lead, but he battled back for a third place finish.
Another Saturday night event is set for Saturday, July 9 when the Swan Lake UMP Modifieds, Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints, Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints, Walmart Thunder Stocks and WTCA Super Streets take to the track. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. ET. The first 50 kids through the front gate will receive a Hoosier Tire piggy bank. On Sunday, July 10, the owners of Michiana Balloon Rides, LLC will offer tethered balloon rides from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hell Tour tickets for the July 12 race are now available on our website.
 
 
Upcoming Events
Saturday July 9,
It's a Saturday night special night of racing with the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, WTCA Super Streets, Walmart Thunder Stocks, Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints, and Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints. The grandstands open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET.
 
Sunday July 10,
The staff of Michiana Balloon Rides, LLC will be offering tethered rides from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET. Adults may ride for $12 while children 12 years of age and younger can ride for $6. For more information, visit www.michianaballoonrides.com.
 
Tuesday July 12,
The Summer Nationals Hell Tour presented by Sweet Manufacturing will feature UMP Super Late Models, and UMP Modifieds. The staff at Plymouth Speedway is proud to offer new, comfortable stadium seating along with family affordable pricing. Enjoy a bite to eat at the concession stand where the food is the best around with affordable food prices, including $3 kids meals. Plymouth Speedway is where every race fan wants to be every Saturday night. Come and see what changes await you at the Playground of Power.
 
 
 
Saturday July 2,
A giant fireworks show will accompany a Saturday night racing event with the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, WTCA Super Streets, Walmart Thunder Stocks, Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints, and Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints. The grandstands open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET each evening. The staff at Plymouth Speedway is proud to offer new, comfortable stadium seating along with family affordable pricing. Enjoy a bite to eat at the concession stand where the food is the best around with affordable food prices, including $3 kids meals. Plymouth Speedway is where every race fan wants to be every Saturday night. Come and see what changes await you at the Playground of Power.
 
 
First Hump Day Summer Series Race at Plymouth Speedway Complete
By: Anita Goodan with a contribution from USAC’s Dick Jordan - Posted Thursday June 30, 2016
(Plymouth, IN)  Drivers participating in the USAC Midget Division and the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints met for the first of three Hump Day Summer Series races on Wednesday, June 29.
The evening opened with the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints Feature where Shane Cottle, of Kokomo, dominated the field of 15 drivers. Dylan Woodling, of Warsaw, followed behind Cottle with Bradley Jameson, of Logansport, in third. The running order stayed static until Eric Saunders, of Lakeville, began picking off competitors after starting tenth. He was using an outer groove in the bullring which allowed him to get up to fifth by lap 11, fourth by lap 13 and third by lap 17. On the last lap of the 20-1ap feature, Saunders was able to get by Woodling out of the second turn and claim the second place position on the podium.  Cottle came away with the win with Woodling in third.
USAC INDIANA MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Carson Macedo (#71k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Holly Shelton (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Dave Darland (#11AG Gray), 6. Brayton Lynch (#1k RKR), 7. Ken Drangmeister (#76 Drangmeister). 1:56.55
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 2. Justin Peck (#7k Irwin), 3. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Davey Ray (#33 RAYPRO), 5. Austin Nemire (#91 Nemire-Yager), 6. Gary Gipson (#5 Byers), 7. Rich Drangmeister (#3 Drangmeister). 1:57.02
FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Carson Macedo, 3. Spencer Bayston, 4. Ryan Robinson, 5. Holly Shelton, 6. Davey Ray, 7. Brayton Lynch, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Austin Nemire, 10. Gary Gipson, 11. Justin Peck, 12. Rich Drangmeister, 13. Ken Drangmeister, 14. Gage Walker. NT
The USAC Midget Division drivers will be at the Playground of Power again on July 20 and Aug. 31 as part of the 5IVE-6IX Hump Day Summer Series.
Join Plymouth Speedway on Saturday, July 2 for racing and fireworks. The Swan Lake UMP Modifieds, Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints, Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints, Walmart Thunder Stocks, and the WTCA Super Streets will be in action with the biggest fireworks show to celebrate America. Go to Walmart or The Complete Printer for a $2 General Admission coupon. Racing begins at 7 p.m. ET.
 
Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints Feature winner Shane Cottle (center), Eric Saunders (left), Dylan Woodling (right).  Photo by Greg Hildebrand
USAC Midget Feature winner Tanner Thorson (center), Carson Macedo (left), Spencer Bayston (right).  Photo by Greg Hildebrand
 
 
Saturday Night Special Heats up Plymouth Speedway
By:  Anita Goodan - June 25, 2016
(Plymouth, IN)  It was a rather hot Saturday afternoon and the racing was just that much hotter as four classes of drivers took to the dirt surface when the sun went down.
In an evening presented by OmniSource, Frank Marshall, of Valparaiso, shot out to an early lead while Dan Hamstra, of Wheatfield, and Steven Hogue made up the top three in the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds Feature. A quick caution bunched up the field which allowed Derek Losh, of Rensselaer, to run up top and grab third from Hogue when the track went green. After another caution on lap seven, Losh used the same line to get by Hamstra for second when they got back to the start/finish line.  Marshall saw Losh coming quickly and did what he could to retain the lead.  Marshall held off Losh and pulled ahead of the field.  Jamie Lomax got into the mix and went after Hamstra for third. Marshall and Losh, who were running first and second, saw lapped traffic by lap 15 which didn’t affect them. Hamstra and Lomax found the lapped car of DJ Streeter on the last lap. Hamstra went on the high side of Streeter while Lomax went low and the three went into the final turn of the race. The pair passed Streeter, but it was Hamstra who was able to claim the third spot by four-tenths of a second. Marshall won the feature followed by Losh and Hamstra.
From the pole to the finish, David Short, of Winamac, got the job done in the WTCA Super Streets Feature. Short jumped to the lead quickly while Roger Duszynski, Jr., of Black Oak, moved into the second position by Ron Wilkes, of Lowell, on the second lap. The top three stayed quiet through the first half of the race. After a mid-race caution, Wilkes attempted a pass to gather second place from Duszynski, Jr., but stayed in the third position. A caution on the last lap set up a green-white-checkered finish which didn’t affect the racing order. Short was the winner with Duszynski, Jr. in second and Wilkes in third.
The Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints had a rough start with a five-car pileup in between turns three and four on the first lap in a packed field of cars. That didn’t stop Dylan Woodling, of Warsaw, from dominating the race from the pole. Barbie Kimmel, of Mentone, who began the race in fifth, was able to get up to the second spot on lap seven while Justin Harper, of Denver, Indiana, rounded out the top three. On lap 16, Blake Lamb’s car suffered engine trouble. He pulled his No. 69 600 Open Sprint off the live track and pulled onto the outer racing surface. It was then that the engine caught fire with flames shooting out of the left front of the engine compartment, into the driver’s cockpit and over the top of the car. The race was red-flagged while safety crews were quick to extinguish the fire. Lamb was not injured in the incident, thanks to the expert safety staff on board at Plymouth Speedway. When the race resumed, Woodling kept the lead and won the race while Kimmel finished in second and Harper in third.
The landscape of the Walmart Thunder Stocks podium changed slightly this week. Points leader John Rhoads, of Mentone, led the race from the pole position while Sheldon Oberle occupied second and Tom Grall zeroed in on third. After a caution on lap four, Grall, of Plymouth, powered his way to second while Oberle slipped to third. It appeared that Chris Hunter was on his way to a podium spot and the lead just after the halfway point of the race, but his car suffered a mechanical failure after a caution. Tony Bowman, of Wabash, moved up to the third spot and began battling Grall for position when the race went green. They stayed side-by-side for two laps before Grall fought off Bowman for second. Grall then snuck up on Rhoads and the pair were side-by-side for the lead on the last lap. Grall was racing a higher line than Rhoads and got the lead out of turn four while looking at the checkered flag. Grall was the winner while Rhoads was in second and Bowman was third.
Join us for a packed week of racing as the first of a three-day Hump Day Summer Series occurs on Wednesday, June 29 with the USAC Midgets and the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints set to take the track. On Saturday, July 2, it’s a night of racing and fireworks as we dive into the Independence Day holiday. The Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, WTCA Super Streets, Walmart Thunder Stocks, Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints and Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints will take center stage. A 7 p.m. ET start time is set for both events. Visit Walmart or The Complete Printer in Plymouth to obtain a coupon for $2 off the admission price for either night.
 
Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified Feature winner Frank Marshall (center), Derek Losh (left), Dan Hamstra.  Photo by Greg Hildebrand
WTCA Super Streets Feature winner David Short (center), Roger Duszynski, Jr. (left), Ron Wilkes.  Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints Feature winner Dylan Woodling (center), Barbie Kimmel (left), Justin Harper.  Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Walmart Thunder Stocks Feature winner Tom Grall (center), John Rhoads (left), Tony Bowman.  Photo by Greg Hildebrand
 
 
Tony Elliott Tribute Night One to Watch at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Goodan - June 21, 2016
(Plymouth, IN) The drivers who signed up to be a part of the Tony Elliott Tribute night at Plymouth Speedway Tuesday night put on a show for the fans and a national audience will get in on the fun.
MAVTV was present to film the action which will be replayed at a later date.
Tony Elliott was a two-time USAC champion and won 26 national races. Elliott was killed in a plane crash on Oct. 3, 2015 with three other passengers on their way to watch the Notre Dame vs. Clemson football game in South Carolina. Tuesday night’s race at Plymouth Speedway was held in the honor of his memory and to raise funds for the Tony Elliott Foundation.
The show started with the 410 Open Sprints where the drivers did not disappoint. CJ Leary, of Greenfield, was able to take the lead by lap seven after getting by Shane Cottle and Dave Darland.  Darland, of Atlanta, Indiana, ran second for the majority of the feature but got out of his groove in the last 10 laps of the race. That allowed Shane Cottle to get into the second spot. The running order stayed that way until the last few laps. Tyler Courtney, of Indianapolis, who started on the outside pole, fell back in the top 10 after getting too high in the cushion early in the race.  By lap 24 in the 30-lap feature, Courtney was in third place. When the checkered flag waved, Leary was the winner with Cottle in second and Courtney in third.
The Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints feature found a repeat winner from Saturday night’s race. It wasn’t an easy road for Kevin Atkins as he had to get by pole-sitter Bill Hartman, of Marcellus, and Zane DeVault, of Plymouth. DeVault took the early lead.  A red flag was displayed as a small fire began under a car that pulled into the infield. After the scene was cleared and the green flag waving, Atkins went to work on DeVault and claimed the lead on lap seven. From there, Hartman and DeVault would trade positions for the second running spot for several laps before DeVault claimed it. All of this was happening under the eye of Eric Saunders, of Lakeville, who was charging passed competitors after starting at the tail of the field. He was soon on the bumper of Hartman who was running third. Saunders had a run on Hartman coming out of turn four on the last lap, but Hartman beat him to the checkered flag. The margin was one-tenth of a second. Atkins, of Warsaw, went home with the win while DeVault finished second and Hartman in third.
In the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds contest, Dan Hamstra and Derek Losh were first and second throughout most of the race. They tangled going into turn one when Losh tried to go on the inside of Hamstra for the lead on the last lap. The front of Losh’s car got locked onto the left rear of Hamstra’s Modified and the pair traveled down the backstretch while connected and slid into turn three. This set up a green-white-checkered finish with completely different front runners. Todd Sherman, of Churubusco, assumed the lead with Jamie Lomax, of Lake Village, in second and Nick Allen, of Wheatfield, in third. The race restarted with Sherman solidly in the lead. Dylan Woodling, of Warsaw, restarted the race in fourth and used the high groove to climb to the third spot. Using the same line, he was able to come out of turn four on the last lap and bump Lomax out of second.  Sherman was the winner with Woodling in second and Lomax third. NASCAR driver Justin Allgaier was also part of the lineup but his Modified suffered issues early in the race while running third.
Plymouth Speedway will be open again this Saturday, June 25 for a Saturday night event presented by OmniSource. The Swan Lake UMP Modifieds will be back in action along with the Walmart Thunder Stocks, WTCA Super Streets and the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints. Racing begins at 7 p.m. ET. The USAC Midgets will be at the track on Wednesday, June 29 and will be nationally televised as well.
 
Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprint Feature winner Kevin Atkins (center), Zane DeVault (left), Bill Hartman.  Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds Feature winner Todd Sherman (center), Dylan Woodling (left), Jamie Lomax.  Photo by Greg Hildebrand
 
410 Open Sprints Feature winner CJ Leary (center), Shane Cottle (left), Tyler Courtney.  Photo by Greg Hildebrand
 
 
 
Eventful Evening of Racing at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Goodan
(Plymouth, IN)  It was one of those nights where the podium scene changed on the last lap.
Shepherd Firearms presented the evening of racing that began with the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints. After starting on the pole and leading 17 laps with Chad Hartzell in a close second, Sam Kimmel abruptly pulled off the track with an issue. Hartzell was able to claim the lead with Aaron Davis making moves with only three laps to go in the race. On the last lap, Davis, of Windfall, was able to get by Hartzell and claimed the victory while Hartzell, of Granger, came in second and Nappanee’s Dylan Woodling in third.
The Walmart Thunder Stocks feature took a turn when points leader and race leader John Rhoads, of Mentone, found the turn two wall after leading the first four laps from the pole position. The race was red-flagged while crews surveyed the damage following a small fire from the left rear of the car. Rhoads was not injured in the accident. Tom Grall, who had been running second, also exited the track which put Sheldon Oberle, of Battleground, in the lead. The race restarted with Tony Bowman in second and Wally Kerst, of Williamsport, in third. Kerst got by Bowman for second by lap 9. Bowman soon saw company when Jim Henson, of Winamac, traded paint and bumped Bowman to claim the third spot for his own out of turn one on lap 13. The remainder of the feature saw green flag racing with Oberle the winner, Kerst in second and Henson in third. This was Oberle’s first visit to Plymouth Speedway.
Kevin Atkins found himself in Victory Lane once again in the Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints feature. Atkins found himself three-wide with lapped traffic by lap 14 and Zane DeVault, of Plymouth, kept up in the second position. Garrett Saunders, of Lakeville, maneuvered his Pro Sprint along the high side of the cushion to keep the third position at the end of the race. Atkins retains his points lead in the standings while DeVault only trailing by four points with Saunders 20 points behind Atkins.
There wasn’t enough space in turn one to keep two WTCA Super Streets drivers from getting into each other after battling for the lead early in the race.  David Short and Eric Hunter were side-by-side at the start/finish line entering the second lap. They entered turn one and collided and went up the race track and up against the turn two wall. That put Bob McLean, of Hobart, into the lead with points leader Roger Duszynski, Jr., of Black Oak, into second and Preston Obelle, of Battleground, in third. Duszynski, Jr. was able to get by McLean for the lead on lap seven. The top of the running order stayed static through many cautions in the race. With race time becoming an issue, the green-white-checkered command was given and Duszynski, Jr. led the field to green. Shaun Wiltjer, of Gary, began using the outside line and found himself in a position to pass Obelle. The pair were side-by-side in turn four on the last lap. As they crossed the start/finish line, Wiltjer was able to claim the final spot on the podium by two-tenths of a second. Duszynski, Jr. got the win with McLean in second.
The same excitement continued to the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds race. Zeke McKenzie, of Claypool, led the race early with Derek Losh in second and Jamie Lomax in third. Lomax soon found his way around Losh for second by lap eight. Lomax, of Lake Village, used slower cars to his advantage to get around McKenzie for the lead with four laps to go in the race. On the last lap of the race, Losh, of Rensselaer, went door-to-door with McKenzie for second. As they rounded turn four and saw the checkered flag, Losh was able to take the runner-up spot by one-tenth of a second over a third finishing McKenzie.
Join us for more exciting racing on Tuesday, June 21 when Plymouth Speedway takes on a national audience for the Tony Elliott Speed Sport Challenge.  The 410 Non-Wing Sprints, Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints and the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds will be televised nationally on MAVTV. The gates will open at 4 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. ET.
 
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: Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, Dickies Restaurant Non-Wing 600 Sprints, Shepherd Firearms Winged Pro Sprints, Walmart Thunder Stocks, and WTCA Super Streets. Regular season races are scheduled in the months of April through August on Saturday nights with several special events.
 
WTCA Super Streets Feature winner Roger Duszynski, Jr. (center), Bob McLean (left), Shaun Wiltjer.  Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints Feature winner Aaron Davis (center), Chad Hartzell (left), Dylan Woodling.  Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds Feature winner Jamie Lomax (center), Derek Losh (left), Zeke McKenzie.  Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints Feature winner Kevin Atkins (center), Zane DeVault (left), Garrett Saunders.  Photo by Greg Hildebrand
 
Walmart Thunder Stocks Feature winner Sheldon Oberle (center), Wally Kerst (left), Jim Henson.  Photo by Greg Hildebrand
 
 
 
Frank Marshall Gets Win over NASCAR’s Kenny Wallace
By:  Anita Goodan - Posted June 12, 2016
(Plymouth, IN)  Two of NASCAR’s legendary drivers stopped at Plymouth Speedway Saturday night to go up against the best Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified drivers. FoxSports1 commentator Kenny Wallace drove in the field while former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ron Hornaday brought a Modified with Billy Workman, Jr. behind the wheel.
Frank Marshall was up on the wheel and gathered the lead after going side-by-side with pole-sitter Dan Hamstra on the sixth lap. Kenny Wallace started in the fifth position and moved up to the third spot by the halfway point. Lapped traffic caused the lead to change between Marshall and Hamstra but a debris caution put the field back into a single file order. On the restart lap, Marshall was able to take over the lead while Wallace worked on Hamstra for the third place position. Wallace was able to take over second on lap 13. Billy Workman, Jr. started fourth and stayed in the top six for much of the race. He began using the outside groove in the closing laps of the race and was able to get into the last podium spot on the last lap, edging out points leader Jamie Lomax.  Marshall, of Valparaiso, claimed the win with Wallace in second and Workman, Jr. in third.
David Short, of Winamac, had quite a time getting his WTCA Super Street ready for the season, but he found the top of the podium Saturday night. It was Calvin Peek, Jr. who shot to the race lead at the drop of the green flag with Roger Duszynski, Jr., of Black Oak, hot on his bumper. After a caution, Short was able to race by Duszynski, Jr. for the second position and went after Peek, Jr. for the lead at the start/finish line. Three laps later Duszynski, Jr. was able to get around Peek for second. Peek, Jr. found himself slipping in the racing order late in the race when CJ McLean got side-by-side with him and got the third position. CJ McLean, of Hobart, started in seventh and worked his way up to the third spot. Short finished the race in first with a two-second lead over Duszynski, Jr. while McLean came in third.
Kevin Atkins, of Warsaw, dominated the Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprint race. Plymouth’s Zane DeVault slipped back to the third position after starting second but soon found himself back in his starting spot after a couple of laps. Michael Summers put pressure on DeVault for the runner up position after an early caution but DeVault was able to keep the spot. DeVault challeged Atkins for the lead on lap four but he got too high into the cushion of the track and lost ground. Summers had trouble getting around DeVault using all of the race track to get into second, but DeVault was able to hold off the charge through the rest of the race. Atkins won the race with DeVault securing second and Summers, of Warsaw, finished third.
Travis Wolford enjoyed the view from out front in the Walmart Thunder Stock feature Saturday night. Tom Grall worked his way to the second position but soon started to slip back in the field. John Rhoads, of Mentone, made this way to the bottom groove of the race track and took the second spot from Grall by lap six after starting sixth. Tony Bowman, who slipped out of the top three early in the race, starting battling his way back to the top of the field. Bowman went after Grall for third on lap 12 and got the position by the end of the lap. Rhoads tried going on the inside of Wolford for the lead on lap 14 but couldn’t complete the pass going into turn four. Bowman started to feel the heat from RJ Akers and the pair traded paint for a couple of laps before a caution straightened out the running order. Akers, of Portage, was able to get by Bowman for the third position just before the checkered flag waved. Wolford, of Winamac, dominated the race for the win while Rhoads went home in the runner-up position.
It was a packed field in the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints feature. Tyler Fitzpatrick led the field to green and he was able to stay out front for the entire feature with Aaron Davis in second and Garrett Saunders in third. The feature saw many cautions with a large number of race cars, but Fitzpatrick was able to stay ahead of the challengers. Sam Kimmel got by Trey Johnson for third when Saunders got out of the racing groove and exited the track. Fitzpatrick, of Goshen, picked up his first ever feature win at Plymouth Speedway while Aaron Davis, of Windfall,  finished in the runner up position and Sam Kimmel, of Cloverdale, in third.
Pro Sprints sponsor, Shepherd Firearms, will sponsor the entire night's action at Plymouth Speedway on Saturday, June 18 with the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, WTCA Super Streets, Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints, Walmart Thunder Stocks, and Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints. The grandstands open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET.
 
Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified Feature winner Frank Marshall (center), Kenny Wallace (left), Billy Workman, Jr.  Photo by Greg Hildebrand
WTCA Super Street Feature winner David Short (center), Roger Duszynski, Jr. (left), CJ McLean.  Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints Feature winner Kevin Atkins (center), Zane DeVault (left), Michael Summers.  Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Walmart Thunder Stocks Feature winner Travis Wolford (right), John Rhoads (left), RJ Akers.  Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints Feature winner Tyler Fitzpatrick (center), Aaron Davis (left), Sam Kimmel.  Photo by Greg Hildebrand
 
 
Tuesday June 21
It’s an evening to honor the racing accomplishments of the late Tony Elliott. The Tony Elliott Tribute Speed Sport Challenge will take on a national audience as it will be televised on MAVTV. The 410 Open Sprints will be in attendance as well as the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds and the Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints. Plymouth Speedway is where every race fan wants to be every Saturday night. Come and see what changes await you at the Playground of Power.
The grandstands open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET each evening. The staff at Plymouth Speedway is proud to offer new, comfortable stadium seating along with family affordable pricing. Enjoy a bite to eat at the concession stand where the food is the best around with affordable food prices, including $3 kids meals. Plymouth Speedway is where every race fan wants to be every Saturday night. Come and see what changes await you at the Playground of Power.  
 
 
Saturday June 11
Kenny Wallace, Ron Hornaday to Visit Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Goodan

(Plymouth, IN) NASCAR driver and commentator Kenny Wallace and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series legend Ron Hornaday will run against the best UMP Modified drivers in the Midwest at Plymouth Speedway this Saturday, June 11. The pair will go up against reigning Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified champion and current points leader Jamie Lomax, plus former track champion Frank Marshall who is one point behind Lomax in the points standings. Those drivers will challenge other front runners in Derek Losh, Dan Hamstra and Dylan Woodling, in addition to many others on Saturday. The Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints, WTCA Super Streets, Walmart Thunder Stocks and Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints will join the lineup of features on the night. The gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing is at 7 p.m. ET.
 
 
Saturday June 18
Wheeler Mechanical Services, LLC joins the company of Plymouth Speedway's many great sponsors for a Saturday night event with the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, WTCA Super Streets, Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints, Walmart Thunder Stocks, and Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints.
The grandstands open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET each evening.
The staff at Plymouth Speedway is proud to offer new, comfortable stadium seating along with family affordable pricing.  Enjoy a bite to eat at the concession stand where the food is the best around with affordable food prices, including $3 kids meals.  
Plymouth Speedway is where every race fan wants to be every Saturday night. Come and see what changes await you at the Playground of Power. The grandstands open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET each evening.
The staff at Plymouth Speedway is proud to offer new, comfortable stadium seating along with family affordable pricing. Enjoy a bite to eat at the concession stand where the food is the best around with affordable food prices, including $3 kids meals.
Plymouth Speedway is where every race fan wants to be every Saturday night. Come and see what changes await you at the Playground of Power.
 
 
Plymouth Speedway Welcomes Ken Schrader on Saturday
By: Anita Goodan
(Plymouth, IN) Can NASCAR driver Ken Schrader get a repeat win at Plymouth Speedway this Saturday?  Schrader returns to the Playground of Power to take on the best in the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds division. Schrader stood atop the podium last year with former Plymouth Speedway UMP Modified Champion Frank Marshall and defending champion Jamie Lomax. Spectators will see the challenge unfold this Saturday, May 28.
In addition to this contest will be the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints, WTCA Super Streets, Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints, and Walmart Thunder Stocks. The gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET. The R&B Company is proud to present the night’s action plus the biggest fireworks show yet at the track.
 
Upcoming Events:

May 27:

Tethered hot air balloon rides will be provided by the management of Michiana Balloon Rides at 7 p.m. ET.
June 1:
The ASCS Lucas Oil Winged Sprints will compete for the first time at Plymouth Speedway. The gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET.
The staff at Plymouth Speedway is proud to offer new, comfortable stadium seating along with family affordable pricing. Enjoy a bite to eat at the concession stand where the food is the best around with affordable food prices, including $3 kids meals.
Plymouth Speedway is where every race fan wants to be every Saturday night. Come and see what changes await you at the Playground of Power.
 
 
Lomax Sweeps Modified Races at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Goodan - Posted Monday May 23,
(Plymouth, IN)  It was a chance for the Swan Lake UMP Modified drivers to take in the night with two features and Jamie Lomax was able to come away with both wins Saturday night at Plymouth Speedway.
Before the races commenced, the staff at Plymouth Speedway honored the memory of John Stone who passed away suddenly on Monday, May 16.  The Swan Lake UMP Modifieds class fell in behind Stone’s four-wheeler with an American flag waving proudly as the crowd halted for a moment of silence. Stone worked tirelessly to help make the race track the success of what it is today. He was also a respected member of the Plymouth and Marshall County community. His wife, Judy Stone, continues to work at the pit gate for the track.
With the wave of the green flag, Jamie Lomax, of Lake Village, started on the pole for the first Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified feature - a make-up feature that was postponed due to inclement weather on Friday, May 13. He got out to a solid lead while Derek Losh worked his way to the front through the field. While Lomax was enjoying a comfortable lead, Losh, of Rensselaer, was side-by-side for third position by lap six with Dillon Nusbaum and Losh was able to grab the spot coming out of turn four on that lap. He then set his sights on Marion’s Randy Lines who was in the runner-up position.  Losh was able to secure second by lap eight by running on the top groove of the race track.  Nusbaum and Lines would battle it out for third place as the feature continued, often times door to door. Lines was able to keep the position when the checkered flag flew. Lomax was the winner with Losh in second and Lines in third.

In the second Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified feature, it would be Lomax and Losh once again finding each other in the first and second spots. Lomax jumped to the lead on the start of the race while Losh gathered second in five laps. It wasn’t until late in the 20-lap feature that Dylan Woodling used a lot of the outside racing groove to collect multiple spots and reign in the the leaders. Woodling, of Warsaw, started the race in the 17th position and quietly moved into the top five by lap 15 and in third place with barely two laps to go in the race. Woodling was in danger of losing the finishing spot and barely crossed the start/finish line with the position. Lomax would sweep the wins in the class with Losh taking second and Woodling in third.

Nick Yoder, of Nappanee, commanded the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints feature from the drop of the green flag. Yoder and pole-sitter Tyler Orr had contact in the opening lap but Orr was able to keep going and he joined the tail of the field under green. Yoder then shot to the lead with a fast race car. Chad Hartzell, of Granger, and Breiden Mooney, of Etna Green, would battle for the second place piece of real estate by lap nine, but he couldn’t make the pass. Hartzell would get the position by lap 13. Yoder raced to the win with Hartzell in second and Mooney with his first podium finish with third place.
The WTCA Super Streets feature found a new face atop the podium. Joshua Frye, of Ravenna, Michigan, wasn’t about to give up his immediate race lead even though Black Oak, Indiana’s Roger Duszynski, Jr. gave him reason to sweat behind the wheel. Frye saw a lot of Duszynski closely in his rear view mirror, especially after a restart following a late-race caution where Duszynski went side-by-side with Frye for the lead. Duszynski wasn’t able to capitalize on the threat. In the meantime, Hobart’s Calvin Peek, Jr. was fending off a charging Eric Hunter who raced up into the top four by the end of the race.  Hunter, of Kokomo, started ninth. Hunter closed in on Peek, Jr. on lap 14 and fought until he captured the spot. Peek, Jr. got out of his line and Hunter took advantage of his mistake. It was Frye dominating the race with the win, Duszynski with second and Hunter with the last spot on the podium.
The Walmart Thunder Stocks feature found five drivers going for the lead near the beginning of the contest. Jim Henson, John Rhoads, Austin Hunter, Tony Bowman and Shane Sanders were all focused on the number one position but Henson, of Winamac, came out front. He got loose coming out of turn four and ran Rhoads and Hunter up the race track which caused a tire failure on Hunter’s car. On the restart on lap eight, Shane Sanders took the lead from Henson while Henson and Rhoads kept the second and third positions, respectively. As the cautions continued and time was running out, Flagman Denny Long warned the drivers of a green-white-checkered finish. Sanders was able to keep the lead while Henson and Rhoads continued to race side-by-side for second place. Sanders crossed the finish line first with Henson following in second.  Rhoads, of Mentone, got sideways coming out of turn four on the last lap and crossed the finish line in fourth place. It was Tony Bowman, of Wabash, who claimed the third and final spot on the podium.
Zane DeVault, of Plymouth, dominated the Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints feature. He started on the pole position and whipped the winged sprint around the race track in captivating fashion. Kevin Atkins wheeled his way from fifth to second by lap three with Garrett Saunders in third. Bill Hartman challenged Saunders for the third spot by lap 17 and snuck into position. DeVault was able to get the win with Warsaw’s Kevin Atkins in second, and Hartman, of Marcellus, Michigan, in third.
Join us on May 28 when NASCAR’s Ken Schrader joins a field of Swan Lake Report UMP Modifieds in the most challenging event of the season. Plus, enjoy one of the biggest fireworks displays to be presented at the Playground of Power. The evening of action will also include the Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints, WTCA Super Streets, Walmart Thunder Stocks and Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints. The gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET.
On June 1, the ASCS Lucas Oil Winged Sprints will compete for the first time at Plymouth Speedway. The gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET.
The staff at Plymouth Speedway is proud to offer new, comfortable stadium seating along with family affordable pricing. Enjoy a bite to eat at the concession stand where the food is the best around with affordable food prices, including $3 kids meals.
Plymouth Speedway is where every race fan wants to be every Saturday night. Come and see what changes await you at the Playground of Power.
 
 
Plymouth Speedway to Feature Two Modified Races this Saturday
By: Anita Goodan
(Plymouth, IN) After setting a record with attendance last week with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and USAC Midget races, the staff at Plymouth Speedway is preparing for another night of great racing that will create another great crowd.
Rain caused the cancellation of the Swan Lake UMP Modifieds race last Friday.  As a result, the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds feature will be made up this Saturday, May 21 in addition to a regular feature as part of the racing lineup set for the night.  Those drivers will be joined by the Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints, WTCA Super Streets, Walmart Thunder Stocks and Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints.  
A wider racing surface and steeper banking has allowed drivers to go three-wide to make a pass during a feature.  This has captured the attention of fans and the drivers can show those fans how they can wheel a race car with a passion for winning.
The gates for Saturday’s races will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET.  Saturday night's racing action is dedicated to the memory of Plymouth Speedway family member John Stone.
A huge fireworks show will round out the month of May at the Playground of Power along with a visit from NASCAR driver Ken Schrader.  Schrader will compete in the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified event on Saturday, May 28.  The evening of action will also include the Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints, WTCA Super Streets, Walmart Thunder Stocks and Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints.
June will start off with another historic event.  The ASCS Lucas Oil Winged Sprints will compete for the first time at Plymouth Speedway on June 1.
 
 
UMP Modifieds Highlight Race Night at Plymouth Speedway
By: Anita Goodan
(Plymouth, IN)  It was racing nobody has ever seen at Plymouth Speedway when the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds hit the dirt surface for two exciting features Saturday night.
Jeffery Erickson, Jr., of Muskegan, Michigan, started the first Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds feature on the pole and quickly got a run ahead of the field in the 20-lap race. The remaining 19 contenders were battling for track position in an amazing sight of three and often times four-wide in the orders and straightaways. Five laps into the contest, Rensselaer, Indiana’s Derek Losh, who started sixth, used the outside groove to gain pressure on the leaders and raced up to the third position. At the halfway point, lapped traffic helped Losh gain second place and set his sights on Erickson, Jr., the leader. Steven Brooks started deep in the field and followed Losh into the top three. Erickson, Jr. was able to weave his way around the slower cars and keep Losh in his rear view mirror. The race went from a green flag to a checkered flag without a single caution. Erickson, Jr. dominated the contest to come away with the win while Losh was second and Brooks, of Moline, Illinois, went home third.
In the second caution-free Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds feature of the night, an inverted field found Michael Lowery on the pole, but Darek Snyder, of Akron, Indiana was able to jump to the lead on the first lap. Merrillville, Indiana’s Kyle Yocum fell into the second spot and battled a charging Matt Koval, of Mishawaka, Indiana, side-by side for several laps before Yocum was able to keep the position on lap six. Yocum then pressured Snyder for the lead on lap 10. Yocum took the lead on lap 13 after running side-by-side with Snyder for several laps. However, Jamie Lomax snuck through traffic and found himself in the top three on lap 13 and began hunting down the leaders. Lomax gained the second position on lap 14 and took the lead coming out of turn four on lap 17. Lomax, of Lake Village, Indiana, raced his way to another win while Yocum finished second and Snyder came in third.
Joe Swanson began the Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints feature as if he was shot out of a cannon as he claimed the lead in the first lap after starting sixth.  Swanson, of Etna Green, Indiana, used the outside groove to catapult to the first position. Garrett Saunders, of Lakeville, Indiana and Warsaw, Indiana’s Kevin Atkins fell into the second and third place spots in the running order quickly. After a couple of quick cautions, Atkins moved into the second position while Saunders began defending his third spot in the running order. Zane Devault began closing in on Saunders as the laps started winding down. Devault was able to move into the last podium position as he maneuvered his way around lapped traffic in the final laps. Swanson won the feature in dominating fashion while Kevin Atkins finished second and Devault, of Plymouth, Indiana, placed third.
It was a hard fought battle for the podium positions in the Walmart Thunder Stock feature. RJ Akers attempted to keep the lead from Warsaw, Indiana’s Mike Hoagland in the opening laps but Akers began falling positions after running side-by-side with Hoagland for the lead for several laps. John Rhoads, of Mentone, Indiana, stealthily made his way through the running order into the top three by the fifth lap. Rhoads went after Hoagland for the lead on lap seven and got the spot at the start/finish line. Shane Sanders, of Mishawaka, Indiana, fell into the third position by the halfway point of the 20-lap feature and found himself pressuring Hoagland for second. Sanders was able to gain the position.  Sanders attempted to pass Rhoads for the lead following a caution, but he couldn’t catch Rhoads. Rhoads found his first victory of the season with Sanders second and Hoagland third.
Nappanee, Indiana’s Nick Yoder was able to lead every lap of the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints feature. Dylan Woodling, of Warsaw, Indiana started the race in the seventh spot and quickly found himself side-by-side with Granger, Indiana’s Chad Hartzell for fourth. Woodling gathered the second spot a handful of laps later. Breiden Mooney, of Etna Green, Indiana, was feeling pressure from Hartzell for the third spot when a red flag stopped the field after Bud McCune’s 600 Sprint flipped after clipping a tire barrier going into turn three. After it was determined McCune was not injured, the race resumed with Yoder out front. Hartzell was able to get by Mooney a few laps later for the third spot. Yoder came away with the win while Woodling finished second and Hartzell in third.
It’s a big weekend of racing at the Playground of Power when the World of Outlaws come to Plymouth Speedway for the Bob Newton Classic on Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m. ET and a regular lineup of features on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. ET.
 
Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified Feature No. 1 winner Jeffery Erickson, Jr. (center), Derek Losh (left) and Steven Brooks.  Photo by RPM Graphix
Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified Feature No. 2 winner Jamie Lomax (center), Kyle Yocum (left), Darek Snyder.  Photo by RPM Graphix
Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprint feature winner Joe Swanson (center), Kevin Atkins (left), Zane Devault.  Photo by RPM Graphix
Walmart Thunder Stocks winner John Rhoads (center), Shane Sanders (left), Mike Hoagland.  Photo by RPM Graphix
 
 
Plymouth Speedway Opens for 2016 Season
By: Anita Goodan - Posted April 24, 2016
(Plymouth, IN)  Plymouth Speedway officials opened the gates to drivers and fans for the Cabin Fever event on Saturday night. New grandstands awaited fans and a wider racing surface on the two available tracks welcomed five classes of drivers.
The Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds took to the track to open the feature events with Valparaiso, Indiana’s Frank Marshall dominating the race.  Randy Lines, of Marion, Indiana, started on the pole and found himself in a battle with Rensselaer’s Derek Losh for the second position by the third lap.  Losh ended up with the spot. Last year’s track champion, Jamie Lomax, started using the outside groove and slid his way into the third position by lap 10. Marshall was about to run away from the race contenders when a late-race caution bunched up the field. Losh attempted to use the top groove to better Marshall, but Marshall had the faster Modified.  Marshall won the feature with Losh in second. Lomax, of Lake Village, Indiana, defended his third place position after a last lap effort by Lines for that spot.
Move Roger Duszynski, Jr. to the top of the points after his WTCA Super Street feature win Saturday night. He assumed the lead after the leader, Eric Hunter, turned around on the track in an early scuffle. Duszynski, Jr. was running second at the time of the caution. Bob Bourff, of Sharpsville, Indiana, worked his way behind Duszynski, Jr. after several cars were shuffled around after the caution. Coopersville, Michigan’s Joshua Frye moved into the third position by lap seven and had to ward off a charging Bob McLean with half of the laps ran in the race. The pair were side-by-side when lapped traffic slowed McLean and Frye in the closing laps of the 20-lap feature. Dyzynski, Jr., of Black Oak, Indiana, won the race with Bourff second and Frye third.
Kevin Atkins was the winner in the newest class of race cars at the Playground of Power. Ten Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints were slated to start the inaugural feature event. After a few spins to begin with, Atkins was able to take charge of the race where the Warsaw, Indiana driver stayed. While Atkins had clean air, Joe Swanson and Zane Devault traded spots for the next two positions on the track. Swanson, of Etna Green, Indiana, was able to get by Devault for second on lap seven and the top three remained the same throughout the rest of the 20-lap feature.  By the end of the contest, Atkins had an 8.9 second lead on the field. Swanson finished second while Devault, of Plymouth, Indiana, rounded out the top three.
A Portage, Indiana driver came to the checkered flag first in an eventful Walmart Thunder Stock feature, but he take to work for it. RJ Akers and Winamac, Indiana’s Jim Henson went side-by-side after a caution on lap six where Akers pulled ahead for the lead. Chris Joseph, of Kewanna, Indiana started putting pressure on Henson for the second spot by lap nine, but couldn’t make the pass.  On the last lap, Joseph dove into turn three and bumped the rear of Henson’s car in an attempt to move Henson out of the way, but was not successful. Akers watched it all from the rearview mirror as he crossed the finish line first while Henson finished second and Joseph third.
The Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints rounded out the Cabin Fever event Saturday night. Tyler Orr, of Buffalo, Indiana, started the race on the pole and never looked back. Granger, Indiana’s Chad Hartzell attempted to get by the race leader with an inside pass in the early laps, but couldn’t make it work. On lap seven, Warsaw’s Dylan Woodling used the outside groove and claimed the third position. Woodling passed Hartzell for second when lapped traffic bunched up the running order and Hartzell fell out of line. Woodling threatened Orr for the lead in the last few laps, but Orr claimed the victory with Woodling in second and Hartzell in third.
More work will be completed on the grandstands and other improvements will be ongoing before the cars take the track for the next Saturday night special set for April 30. The gates will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET.
 
 
The champions in each class will receive a ring to commemorate
their winning effort this season.
Cabin Fever Event Opens Plymouth Speedway Season on Saturday
By: Anita Goodan

(Plymouth, IN) It’s the beginning of many things at Plymouth Speedway with the Cabin Fever event this weekend. Not only is it the first race of the season Saturday, April 23, it is the debut of the new state-of-the-art facility that many drivers and fans call home.

During the off-season, crews have been constructing new seating to enhance the dirt track experience at the biggest entertainment attraction in Northern Indiana known as the Playground of Power. The construction will be ongoing as the season progresses. The Plymouth Speedway crew members also built up the banking on the two racing tracks that will create more a competitive surface for the five classes of race cars.
Drivers in the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds, Winged Pro Sprints, WTCA Super Streets, Thunder Stocks and Dickies Restaurant Non-Wing 600 Sprints will be racing for the coveted championship. Plymouth Speedway Owner Ed Kennedy notes that the champions will receive a championship ring and a chance to go on a relaxing cruise.
Get the season started off right by attending the opening race on Saturday. The grandstand and pit gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps beginning at 6 p.m. and features at 7 p.m. ET.  Tickets are $12, children ages 6-12 are $5 and children ages 5 and under are free.  Pit passes are $25
 
 
 
Denny Long
New Face on Flag Stand at Plymouth Speedway
By:  Anita Goodan
(Plymouth, IN) After 15 years of flagging on the road, Denny Long is staying home to be atop the flag stand at the Playground of Power.
“It’s great to come home,” said Long. Long, of Plymouth, started as a flag man at South Bend and has been involved in different series of racing in the state and in the Midwest.  He’s been east of the Mississippi and even to Daytona to flag a race.
It’s a family affair as his children are into the sport as well as many other family members who have influenced his decision to be a fixture in racing.  His daughter helps score in the Go Kart Series and his son tunes Go Karts and even helps spot for a driver in the Indy Car series.
Long said he’s been a part of the sport since the 1960’s. “I did leave the sport for a while and served on the City of Plymouth Police Department,” he mentioned.  “I retired in 1999 and have been on the road for 26 weekends a year.  I’m glad to finally be home and it’s fun to be at a dirt track.”
This will be Denny Long’s first season at Plymouth Speedway.  The season begins this Saturday, April 23.  Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET.
 
 
Pro Sprints Bring Wings and Wheels to 2016 Plymouth Speedway Weekly Schedule - posted Thursday, March 17, 2016
Plymouth Speedway, in conjunction with World Racing Group's(World of Outlaws) DIRTCAR sanctioning body, brings winged sprint cars to the weekly Saturday night racing program for 2016. The sprint cars join UMP Mods, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks at the fast 3/8 mile clay oval. The wild Non Wing 600cc micro sprints compete on the infield 1/8 mile oval as well.  
The DIRTCAR Pro Sprint car shares the same chassis and safety components as the World of Outlaws and most other sprint cars in competition around the world today. The major difference is in the engine bay, where the GM part number 19258602 (GM602 for short) is the only engine allowed.  DIRTCAR is transitioning some of its weekly stock car classes away from open built engines to the 602 and has seen success and growth as the engine becomes more and more popular.
The class was developed and tested throughout 2015 under the guidance of Larry Kemp of WRG and Joe Gaerte. "This class is structured to stay in control of costs associated with sprint car racing. The three big things-engine, shocks and tires, they are the focus of the cost saving with this class," said Kemp. "A turnkey engine from Pace Performance (www.paceperformance.com) is $7850. The engine is going to be good for a couple of seasons.  Don Blackshear at Pace has really gone to school on what these engines need to be both reliable and have good performance." DIRTCAR has also taken a stand to save the racers money in shock absorbers and tires. Kemp says, "The shock rules are very reasonable ." Regarding tires, Kemp stated, "The right rear is a 103/14-15 PRO SPRINT, and Hoosier has in stock now. The left rear is the late model tire of 90" and 92", so stagger cannot get out of control.  The front tires are any Hoosier, but we suggest using a UMP Mod tire that cost a lot less. The tire package has proven to provide good wear night after night, while not locking them down. Joe Gaerte has had a lot of input into this class along with testing this past summer. Gaerte said ” There is nothing wrong with 360 &410 wing sprint racing as long as you can afford them, and you will never be able to race a sprint car for less than this unless you drive for someone”.
Local racers can purchase the engines from Gaerte Engines 574-223-3016 For all the rules go to www.plymouthspeedway.net. Plymouth Speedway is under the ownership and guidance of former modified racer and businessman Ed Kennedy. While his competitive laps were plied on the asphalt tracks of the northeast, Kennedy has revitalized a community with the speedway's move to its clay surface following the 2012 racing season. With his belief that investment is the secret to success, Kennedy announced a both ambitious and impressive renovation and construction plan in January 2015. "The fans pay to see good racing," said Kennedy. "Making the experience a positive thing doesn't stop at the catch fence. Better seating, access, sound system and concessions are not only possible, but necessary to make an evening at Plymouth Speedway the best experience value fans can get and bringing the Pro Sprints is what people want to see. I am willing to make the investment into this class, because it is the future and the class is going to be at Plymouth for years to come as it has too many good people behind it." There have been a few tracks that are going to see how it goes at Plymouth and are looking at adopting this class for 2017.
While the track owner admits he's still learning the details of dirt track racing and prep, his business acumen has led him to put together a solid staff that attends to the facility. He also knows that open wheel racing is a big deal across the Hoosier State. "The expenses of sprint car racing, both wing and non wing, have climbed to the point a regular working man cannot afford to race successfully, even one night at the local track. The DIRTCAR Pro Sprint class is an opportunity for people to race without mortgaging everything they own. It has brought former racers back into competition. It has allowed current sprint car racers the option to move into Pro Sprints by basically moving to the GM 602 engine. It has also given racers in other classes the chance to move in sprint car racing."
 
 
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