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
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. For more information, visitwww.plymouthspeedway.net.
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. For information, visit
www.plymouthspeedway.net, follow Plymouth Speedway's
official Facebook page, @PlymouthSpeed on Twitter, @plyspeedway
on Snapchat, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Restaurant 600 Open Sprints Feature winner Eric
Saunders. Photo by Greg Hildebrand
Streets Feature winner Roger Duszynski, Jr. Photo
by Greg Hildebrand
Swan Lake Resort
UMP Modifieds Feature winner Jamie Lomax. Photo by
Stocks Feature winner Austin Hunter. Photo by Greg
Pro Sprints Feature winner Michael Summers. Photo by