Goeden, Simon, Hafemann,
Maas & Mueller win during Memorial Day Weekend at
Plymouth, WI 5-23-2015
By: Amy Juech
Beautiful weather generated a large crowd to witness 93 cars compete. Military members acknowledged for their services and ultimate sacrifices.
Pushed off first this evening was the Aldag Honald Mechanical Sprints with Nick Melis and Robbie Pribnow leading the field to the green. Pribnow pulled out with the lead and Todd King tucked in behind, Melis and Doug Wondra followed. AJ Modjeski and Mitchell Yurmanovich swap for eighth place. Wondra snuck past King for second, only to be passed back one lap later; didn’t stop there, Wondra passed back and wasn’t looking back this time. Pribnow came up on lapped traffic, cautious not to repeat an accident like last week. Nick Melis worked his way back into third, short lived as Donny Goeden passed him. Pribnow manages to put a few more cars between himself and fellow drives, unaware that Wondra and Goeden clear lapped traffic just as well. Wondra pulled alongside the outside of Pribnow only to be passed back by an intense slide job by Pribnow. Goeden motors passed Wondra in his search for Pribnow. Red flag flies for Justin Millers collision with the back stretch wall and flipping over. Goeden got the restart he needed to pass Pribnow. Goeden (Kewaskum) crossed the checkers first pursed by Pribnow (Knowles), Wondra (Oakfield), Brandon McMullen (Plymouth) and Shane Wenninger (Kewaskum). Hard Charger passing 10 was Donny Goeden.
Heat Winners: Justin Miller (Plymouth), Shane Wenninger (Kewaskum), Brandon McMullen (Plymouth) and Doug Wondra (Oakfield).
Feldman Sales and Service Grand Nationals were next with Richard Hed and Mark Fieber setting the pace. Tyler Kulow snuck past to lead lap 1. Jeff Lammers and Roger Lee continue to work together in search of the leaders. Matt Loehr, Don Sorce Jr. and Steven Weber challenge each other for seventh position. Tim Simon works his way past Fieber and put the pressure on Kulow for first place; two laps later Simon takes control. Simon came up on lapped traffic of Chris Gilson by lap 12. Brad Lubach is happy to see lapped traffic as he reals in the leader. Hard charging Sorce Jr. is tightly trailing Lubach until taking over second place on lap 20. Simon is not missing a beat as he continues to lead the field in the closing laps. Simon is maneuvering around lap traffic like a pro; Sorce Jr. (West Allis) is unable to catch Simon (Fond du Lac) as the checkers waved. Lubach (Kiel), Fieber (Cascade) and Loehr (Mt. Calvary) round out the top five. Caution free race was finished by all but three drivers who left due to mechanical issues. Hard Charger Melissa Singer passing 9.
Heat Winners: Steven Weber (Cascade), Matt Loehr (Mt. Calvary) and Don Sorce Jr. (West Allis).
Johnny Fahl and Leroy Ostrowski set the pace for the Super Mods. Ostrowski led lap one with Fahl close behind. Dan Kruschke, Butchie Hafemann and Dennis Klumb contend for sixth place. Roger Borth pulled into the infield with mechanical issues. Ostrowski continued to motor around the track with Bob Brion second over Fahl. Borth pulled back on to the track. Hafemann went to the outside and was flying, lap after lap passing a car or two in his search for Ostrowski. Hafemann catches Ostrowski on lap 13 and coming to lap 14 Hafemann made a high side pass off turn 4 to take over the lead. Hafemann (Campbellsport) crossed the double checkers first with a new track record of 4:32, followed by Ostrowski, Fahl (Brown Deer), Brion (Plymouth) and Kruschke. Dennis Klumbs car died at the start finish line.
Hard Charger passing 6 was Butchie Hafemann
Heat Winner: Leroy Ostrowski
Cellcom Outlaw Compacts rolled trackside with Tim Tiedt and Donnie Welch setting the pace. Immediate caution for Brody Rivest dragging tires onto the racing surface and sending him to the rear. Cody Pankow sprang into the lead by lap one with Chris Maas in tow. Ryan Mueller spun between turns 3 and 4. Maas had control of the field on the restart; Pankow was second with Scott Schlafke knocking on his door. Caution for Tiedt after his steering wheel came loose in turn 4. Maas regained control of the field with Schlafke attempting to take the lead going three wide on the front stretch. Mueller spins again sending him to pits for the evening. Rivest leaves to the attention of his crew for mechanical issues. Officials call for a green, white and checkered finish do to number of cautions. When the checkers flew it was Maas (Oakfield) over Schlafke (Cleveland), followed closely by Pankow (Lomira), Welch (Saukville) and Jon Hitsmann. Hard charger Scott Schlafke passing 6
Heat Winner: Scott Schlafke (Cleveland)
Johnsonville Sausage Late Models race with a few new drivers for the evenings Lucky 7 Series part of Wisconsin Dirt Late Model Association. Rick Scheffler and Brad Mueller lead the field to the green for this 40 lap feature event. Mueller pulled out to lead over Rick Scheffler; Russ Scheffler pursed in third. Russ took control of the field from Mueller to lead a few laps until Rick Scheffler gained the lead back only to come up on slower traffic causing him to spin bringing out a caution. Russ was now leading on the restart contested by Tim Buhler. Justin Schmidt and Turk Letizia swap ninth place. Just after the halfway point Russ came up to lapped traffic and pulls away significantly from hard charging Brad Mueller. Tom Naeyaert and Justin Ritchie compete for seventh place. Rick Scheffler has worked his way through the pack after being sent to the rear, currently sitting eleventh. Final caution waved for Justin Schmidt spinning after starting tenth and working his way into third. Mueller received the restart he needed; this was his chance to pass Russ Scheffler. Russ knew Mueller was there and wasn’t going to give up the lead easily. Mueller went to the outside of Russ for two laps until capturing the top spot. Brad Mueller (Brad Mueller) crossed the finish line first; Russ Scheffler (Waukesha), Buhler (Glenbeulah), Naeyaert (Shawano) and Rick Scheffler (Waukesha) round of the top five. Hard Charger went to three drivers Justin Ritchie, Justin Hirt and Dave Thomas each passing 8.
Heat Winners: Eric Michaels, Russ Scheffler and Jim Schmidt
Thanks to Scotts Excavating for being evening trophy sponsor and Van Der Vaart Concrete for being night sponsor.
Fog Controls Sprint Feature at PDTR
By: Amy Juech
Spectators were in for an eventful evening at Plymouth Dirt Track. No clue they were about to witness extremely fast and tacky track, broken track records, unusual Sprint B-Main and a feature won by Fog.
Rumble of Johnsonville Sausage Late Models rolled trackside for the first feature event. Tony Peterson and Billy Rezutek led the field to the green flag; short lived as drivers were three wide at the cone causing a restart. Peterson wasted no time pulling ahead of the field with Rezutek in tow, followed by Ron Stroika. Drivers scattered around trying different lines until a caution unfortunately waved for Taylor Scheffler hooking and dragging turn 2 tires onto the racing surface. Russ Scheffler tried outside groove to attempt a pass on Peterson along the backstretch. After two laps of Russ Scheffler working Peterson he finally succeeded taking control of the field. Mitch McGrath and Jim Schmidt touched sending McGrath into the infield and coming to a stop with his driver’s door facing oncoming traffic resulting in a second caution. Another quick caution waved for Jim Letizia, Eric Michaels and Ted Dolhun Sr. spinning. Rezutek, Peterson and Tim Buhler battled for second until Brad Mueller invaded. Russ Scheffler’s pace was quickening as the laps wound down. Double checkers flew for Russ Scheffler (Waukesha) followed by Tony Peterson (Big Bend), Tim Buhler (Glenbeulah), and Brad Mueller (Random Lake). After running the high side Billy Rezutek (Big Bend) finishes fifth. Hard charger passing 7 cars was Brad Mueller.
Heat Winners: Turk Letizia (Milwaukee) and Rick Scheffler (Waukesha) with new Track Record 2:17
Up next the Feldman Sales and Service Grand Nationals with Tyler Kulow and Mark Fieber setting the pace. Fieber jumped out to lead with Tyler Kulow trailing. Jeff Lammers and Steve Weber Fieber contest third place for a few laps. Fieber came upon lapped traffic on lap 9. First and only caution waved for Jonathon Otte spinning coming out of turn 3 after hitting water on the track from a fellow racer. Roger Lee started sixth and ran the high side around traffic in his search for the leader. Lee and James Pagel touched coming out of turn 4 but stay straight. Richard Hed scuffed the back stretch wall causing a lightshow made of sparks. Dan Sorce and Don Sorce Jr. touched coming out of turn 4 and again on the front stretch in their quest towards the front. Double checkers waved for Roger Lee (Windlake) with a clean sweep for the evening. Second went to Mark Fieber (Cascade) followed by Tyler Kulow (New Holstein), Don Sorce Jr. (West Allis) and Steven Weber (Plymouth).
Heat Winners: Don Sorce Jr. (West Allis), Roger Lee (Wind Lake) and Steven Weber (Plymouth) with New Track Record of 2:38.
Aldog Honald Mechanical Sprints pushed off next; drivers made a few extra parade laps determining driver’s safety as the fog really rolled in. Robbie Pribnow jumped out to an early lead with John Krebsbach tucked in right behind. Pribnow maneuvered quickly around the track coming upon lapped traffic on lap 6. Lap traffic allows other drivers to gain on the leaders until a caution waved for the leaders. Pribnow had contact with a lapped car cutting his tire down and spinning out in front of the field collecting Krebsbach. Pribnow rejoined the field after changing his tire. Fog is becomes a little thicker on the restart; Donny Goeden gained the lead from the unfortunate events that just took place. Todd King has too much bit causing him to do two wheels on the backstretch on the restart. Flagman Dave Deicher waves the yellow as he is no longer able to see drivers safely. Race is called due to fog and with over half the race complete we have a winner and hard charger Donny Goeden; passed 8 cars to win his second feature of the year and a clean sweep for the evening. Second went to Jim Melis (Glenbeulah) followed by Brandon McMullen (Plymouth), Tim Haddy (Waupun) and Tim Melis (Milwaukee).
B-Main not completed after three attempts at lap 1 all result in red flags; first Randy Walter, next Craig Scheffner driving Spyder Akrights car and finally Josh Teunissen all flipping in separate events. B-Main Feature Results: Tony Wondra (Campbellsport), Shane Wenninger (Kewaskum), Mitchel Yurmanovich (Cascade), Chris Clayton (Waldo), Ken Jay Fiedler (Sheboygan Falls) and Anthony Knierim (Franksville).
Heat winners: Tim Melis (Milwaukee), Justin Miller (Plymouth), Todd King (Sheboygan Falls) and Donny Goeden (Kewaskum).
Cellcom Outlaw Compacts were unable to run their feature event with the dense fog. Drivers received equal pay and points for the evening.
Heat Winners: Brody Rivest (Sheboygan), Scott Schlafke (Cleveland)
Thank you to the evening Trophy Sponsor Pit Stop Pizza. Make sure to join us next week for Memorial Day Weekend festivities including free admission for Military members, and Lucky 7 Series joining us for a 40 lap Late Model Feature.
Breezy Night with Tight Racing
By: Amy Juech
Fans braved the chilly east breeze but were not disappointed in the talent the drivers portrayed in the evenings racing program.
Ben Konen didn’t make the call after transferring in from B-Main, allowing alternate Johnathon Singer in. James Pagel and Richard Hed led the field to the green for the start of the Feldmann Sales and Service Grand National Feature. Hed took control of the lead until Pagel passed back on lap 3 and was going strong until the only caution flew for Kevin Lubach spinning in turn 3. Matt Yancey and Mark Fieber took their cars to the attention of there crews. On the restart Brian Cesar led with Brad Lubach and Pagel in tow. Lap 10 & 11 Steven Weber and Brad Weiss both retired with mechanical issues. While Cesar relaxed with his lead growing, back in the pack Roger Lee joined the battle between Don Sorce Jr., Dan Sorce and Barry Maas. Don Sorce Jr. slid past Tyler Kulow on lap 17 in his hunt for the leader. While there were not many changing positions, drivers were running two and three wide attempting an even higher groove. A last lap pass by Don Sorce Jr. put him into second to the winner Brian Cesar as the checkers flew. Third went to Brad Lubach, followed by Tyler Kulow and Richard Hed. Hard Charger passing 10 cars was Don Sorce.
B-Main Results: Jeff Lammers (Plymouth), Ben Konen (Richfield), Brad Weiss (Cascade), Johnatton Otte (Cedar Grove) and Alternate Johnathon Singer (Random Lake).
Heat Winners: Dan Sorce (Franklin), Mark Fieber (Cascade) and Don Sorce Jr. (West Allis) with a new track record of 2:41 for 10 laps.
360 Sprints pushed off for the 25 lap feature event with Ken Jay Fiedler back after motor issues last week and John Krebsbach setting the pace. Krebsbach pulled out to an early lead over Tim Haddy tight behind while Fiedler slowly fell back. Many drivers were flying on the high side merely missing the turn 4 wall. Krebsbach continued to put the petal down catching lapped traffic on lap 8. Kurt Davis was attempting to pass Haddy when a yellow flew for leader Krebsbach catching the outside wall coming out of turn 4. Causing him to slow and was passed by many and eventually came to a stop between turns 1 and 2. Haddy regained control of the field with Davis in his shadow. Rusty Egan’s car didn’t turn coming out of turn 2 from a brake issue that resulted in a red for a fire that broke out below his fuel tank. Davis and Jim Melis passed Haddy on the restart, Donnie Goeden and Robbie Pribnow followed closely behind. Many battles go two and even three wide with the high racing grove. Tim Melis and Chris Clayton attempt to battle Brandon McMullen for sixth. When the double checkers flew it was Kurt Davis and his car “Barney” crossing first in the Aldag Honald Mechanical Sprint Feature. Fans really excited to see Davis back after last weeks crash. Second went to Jim Melis (Glenbeulah) followed by Donny Goeden (Kewaskum), Tim Haddy (Waupun) and Robbie Pribnow (Knowles). Hard Charger passing 11 cars was Scott Conger (Eagle).
B-Main Results: Doug Wondra (Oakfield), Randy Sippel (Elkhart Lake), Kirt Boers (Belleville), Justin Miller (Plymouth), Nich Melis (Plymouth), Scott Conger (Eagle) and Alternate Randy Sippel (Elkhart Lake).
Heat Winners: Robbie Pribnow (Knowles), Brandon McMullen (Plymouth) and Jim Melis (Glenbeulah)
Johnsonville Sausage Late Models roll trackside next with Tim Buhler and Turk Letizia setting the pace. Randy Markwardt didn’t make the call with mechanical issues. Buhler pulled out to lead lap one with Brad Mueller tucked in closely behind. Off turn 2 on lap 2 Mueller passed Buhler to control the field. Russ Scheffler was attempting to gain on Mueller until Mueller placed the lapped cars of Erik Michaels, Kyle Odekirk and both Turk and Jim Letizia behind him. Lap 18 Charlie Schmidt was Mueller’s last victim being lapped. Taylor Scheffler attempts to hold Rick Scheffler back, until being passed on lap 21. Very clean driving made for caution free feature. When the double checkers flew it was Brad Mueller (Random Lake) winning shadowed by Russ Scheffler (Waukesha), Jim Schimdt (Cleveland), Mitch McGrath (Waukesha) and Tim Buhler (Glenbeulah).
Hard Charger was Rick Scheffler passing 4 cars.
Heat Winners: Rick Scheffler (Waukesha) and Jim Schmidt (Cleveland)
Cellcom Outlaw Compacts were up next with Jasper Drengler and Chris Maas leading the field to the green. Maas pulled out to an early lead until Brody Rivest passed him one lap later. Rivest continued to lead with Maas, Cody Pankow and Scott Schlafke settled in behind until Rivest started to lose ground with mechanical problems. Maas had control of the field and started to lap cars of James Rautmann and Timothy Tiedt. As the checkers fly it was Schlafke (Cleveland) over Maas (Oakfield) followed by Pankow (Lomira), Drengler (Shawno) and Justin Erickson (Plymouth) rounding out the top five.
Hard Charger passing 4 cars was Jon Hitsman.
Heat Winner: Brody Rivest (Sheboygan)
Dan Kruschke and Billy Schmitz set the pace to take the green flag in the Super Mods for the final feature of the evening. Schmitz pulled out to lead over Kruschke with Johnny Fahl close behind. Fahl maneuvered past them to eventually take the lead. Bob Brion was not going to lay back in the weeds as he slowly picked off car by car. First of two cautions waved for Roy Stern and Randy Ostermann Jr. tangling. Fahl retook the lead, as Butchie Hafemann and Kruschke touch but able to keep their cars under control. Second caution waved for Stern spinning again. Kruschke took his car to the attention of his crew. Checkers waved for Fahl (Brown Deer) trailed by Brion (Plymouth), Schmitz (Mukwonago), Hafemann (Campbellsport) and Keith Anderson (Sheboygan).
Heat Winner: Dan Kruschke
Opening Night at Plymouth Dirt Track
By: Amy Juech
Best night of weather on opening night at Plymouth Dirt Track Racing in over 10 years. Rookie and veteran drivers were amongst the 80 cars that signed into the pits.
Aldag Honald Mechanical Sprints pushed off first, front row consisted of Jason Johnson and AJ Modjeski. Sprints went four wide as a salute to fans before taking the green from guest flagman Ben Schmidt. Johnson pulled out to an early lead over Danny Schlafer until a caution waved for Rusty Egan and Drew Ludwig spinning in turns 3 and 4. Schlafer passed Johnson after the restart, now the only car that separated him from the charging Donny Goeden. A slick black track proved challenging for drivers to pass until a second groove on the high side developed at the halfway point. Lap 14 Schlafer started to lap traffic, which allowed for Goeden to pass Johnson for second. Another caution waved for Todd King and Rusty Egan spinning. Goeden passed Schlafer on the restart to take control. Brandon McMullen slid into second but hard charging Robbie Pribnow crept through traffic after starting 19. Schlafer pulled his car into the infield with mechanical issues. White flag waved for Donny Goeden and a sudden red flew for Tim Melis, Kevin Karnitz and Kurt Davis as they tangled and came to rest on the turn one wall. Donny Goeden (Kewaskum) won followed by Brandon McMullen (Plymouth), Robbie Pribnow (Knowels), Jim Melis (Glenbeulah) and Paul Pokorski (West Bend).
B-Main Results: Tim Melis (Plymouth), Chris Clayton (Waldo), Kurt Davis (West Allis), Robbie Pribnow (Knowels) and Todd King (Sheboygan Falls).
Sprint Heat Winners: Jason Johnson (Campbellsport), Nich Melis (Plymouth), Kevin Karnitz (West Bend) and Justin Miller (Plymouth).
Feldmann Sales and Service Grand Nationals rolled trackside with Don Sorce Jr. setting the pace. As the green flag waved drivers quickly tried to settle in. Roger Lee was going to retire but decided that he wasn’t quite ready, built a brand new car and was with us Saturday. Brian Cesar, Barry Maas, Matt Loehr and Brad Lubach were not settling for seventh they continued to race three wide for 2 laps. Dick Hed, Tim Simon and Mark Fieber competed for sixth place for two complete laps going three wide. Lap 9 brought a whole new challenge; Don Sorce was over a half a lap ahead of second place Kevin Lubach. Barry Maas discovered the high groove on lap 10. Jonathon Singer and Tim Simon pulled off to the attention of their crew. Brandon Frank’s right rear brakes were glowing brighter and brighter until he bounced off of turn 4 wall on lap 17 sending him to the attention of his crew. Mark Fieber and Jeff Lammers were touching as they battled for ninth, until Fieber went around and Lammers was docked two spots for rough driving. Sorce ran into lapped traffic on his mission to win the first Grand National race of the year. When the checkers flew it was Don Sorce Jr. (West Allis) who crossed first followed by Brian Cesar (Sheboygan), Matt Loehr (Mt. Calvaqry), Roger Lee (Windlake) and Kevin Lubach (Elkhart Lake).
Grand National Heat Winners: Dick Hed (Plymouth), Tyler Kulow (New Holstein) and Don Sorce Jr. (West Allis)
Johnsonville Sausage Late Models rumbled out next with Ted Dolhun Sr. and Rick Scheffler setting the pace as the field took the green flag. Rick Scheffler pulled out to the lead right away as son Taylor Scheffler settled in behind. Mitch McGrath spun bringing out the first caution. Brad Mueller trailed behind the leaders as Tim Buhler quietly crept towards the front. Kyle Odekirk and Justin Schmidt stayed patient behind the leaders. Taylor Scheffler tried to pass dad Rick a few times putting on their own little battle for a few laps. Ron Stroika retired to the pits for mechanical reasons. Eric Michaels and Randy Markwardt were the first cars to be lapped. Rick Scheffler started to put cars between himself and son Taylor as the race continued. Billy Rezitek, Charles Schmidt and Turk Letezia were the next victims of Rick Scheffler. Father and son Schefflers (Waukesha) crossed the checkers followed by Tim Buhler (Glenbeulah) after passing seven cars, next were Brad Mueller (Random Lake) and Ted Dolhun Sr. (Franklin) rounding out the top five.
Late Model Heat Winners: Ted Dolhun Sr. (Franklin) and Rick Scheffler (Waukesha).
Cellcom Outlaw Compacts took to the track last with Tim Tiedt and James Rautmann who lead the field to the green. Brody Rivest led lap one after starting eighth. Cody Pankow crept into second on lap 2 followed closely by Rautmann. Chris Maas pulled off to the attention of his crew for mechanical issues. Pankow and Rivst battled intensely swapping the lead and till Rivest took control again. Rautmann also retired to the pits for the evening. Pankow didn’t settle for second and regained control and even put Tim Tiedt down a lap. Justin Erickson was now third and wasn’t settling, passing Rivst. Rivst didn’t agree spinning Erickson in turn 3, regaining second until being black flagged as a result of rough driving. Pankow continued to lead the field of only eight cars. Cody Pankow (Lomira) crossed the checkers first followed closely by Scott Schlafke (Cleveland), Justin Erickson (Plymouth), Tim Tiedt (Fond du Lac) and Chris Maas (Oakfield) rounding out the top five.
Outlaw Compact Heat Winner: Brody Rivest (Sheboygan)