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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”.
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."
Raceciever - Nitro Bee Mandatory
A one-way Raceciever or Nitro Bee is mandatory for every driver in competition at Plymouth Speedway as each driver is required to provide their own Receiver.
Tire rule for all Plymouth Speedway non wing shows is Hoosier right rear medium only and the fronts and left rear are open.
Transponder and Pouch
Plymouth Speedway will once again be utilizing the Westhold Transponders for our scoring system in 2016. Transponders are required and a nightly rental fee of $5 is required unless rented for the season for $75. The track will supply a transponder each night with a valid ID. A transponder pouch is required that is specifically designed to hold the track’s transponder. A transponder pouch can be purchased at the track on any race night for $20. Note we will NOT rent transponder pouches to drivers.
ATTENTION 6OO MICRO DRIVERS
Swan Lake Resort and Dickies Restaurant will help support the Humpday Summer Series. The Wednesday Night Shows will pay $500.00 to win for the 600 Micros.
Randy Hannagan testimonial about the Pro Sprint cars.
Plymouth Speedway features a three-eighths (0.375) mile banked dirt oval owned by Ed Kennedy. Five different classes of racing are featured: UMP Modifieds, Non-wing 600 Sprints, Thunder Stocks, Cyber Stocks and Super Streets. Regular season races are scheduled in the months of April through August on Saturday nights with several special events. For information, follow Plymouth Speedway’s official Facebook page, @PlymouthSpeed on Twitter or email email@example.com