Kevin Atkins and crew celebrate with smiles and
trophy after his Pro Sprint feature win!
Plymouth Speedway Opens for 2016 Season
By: Anita Goodan
(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
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.