Thunder Rolls as
“Smoke” Rolls into Victory Lane at PDTR!
By: Amy Juech
Standing room only left for the Tony Stewart Spectacular on Saturday. Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw 410 Sprints and PDTR Exotic Tans & Spas 360 Sprints made for an event filled doubleheader. If you weren’t in attendance you missed the greatest dirt tracking racing in the area.
Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Car Series started off the evening with 32 cars to qualify with Tony Stewart “Smoke” (Columbus, IN) up first. Stewart’s flawless driving around the quarter mile gave him quick time of 12.194 seconds about 98 miles per hour to win qualifying. Rounding out the top 5 was: Phillip Mock (Pleasant Prairie), Bill Balog (Brookfield), Mike Reinke (Howards Grove) and Tommy Sexton (Antioch, IL).
Heat Winners: Tony Stewart, Dave Uttech (Kenosha), Bill Balog, and Michael Decker (Silver Lake)
Exotic Tans & Spas 360 Sprints followed without one caution in any of the four heat races.
Heat Winners: Tim Haddy (Waupun), Erin Winscher (Plymouth), Kyle Marten (Sheboygan Falls) and Scotty Neitzel (Beaver Dam).
Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw 410 Sprint B-Main top six to transfer was: Scott Uttech (New Berlin), Ryan Irwin (McHenry, IL), Kris Spitz (Salem), Todd Daun (Pleasant Prairie), Michael Decker, and Ben Schmidt (Howards Grove).
Fourteen Exotic Tans & Spas 360 Sprints rolled trackside for our B-main event. Justin Miller took the lead over pole sitter Al Schlafer on lap one. First and only caution flew on lap 9 when Mike Yurmanovich (Cascade), Kurt Davis (West Allis) and Lee Schroeder (Plymouth) tangle in turns three and four. Everyone returned except Yurmanovich. Randy Sippel passed Tony Wondra on the restart. Miller motored around the track not allowing others to pass and go on to win over Al Schlafer (Sussex), followed by remaining transfer cars of Randy Sippel (Elkhart Lake), Tony Wondra (Campbellsport), Josh Walter (Plymouth) and Jeff Wilke (Genoa).
Stewart started the feature 2 for 2 on the night could he pull off a “hat trick”. Stewart started outside the fourth row which was a quick groove all night. Anybody’s game with 30 laps until the checkers. Bill Balog “North Pole Nightmare” captured the lead on lap 3. First caution involved Lance Fassbender (Burnett), Robbie Pribnow (Lomira), and Mike Kertscher (Fillmore). Kertscher was able to return as others retired to the pits for the evening. Moments later second and final caution flew for Ryan Irwin and Kris Spitz both unable to return. Excitement abounds in lap 10 as Stewart expels Steve Meyer of second spot. In the meantime Balog held a healthy lead on the field running into lapped traffic. Third and fourth spots were being battled out between Meyer, Scotty Nitzel, Tommy Sexton and Jeremy Schultz. Lap 17 Stewart took advantage of a lapped car holding up the leader Balog. Stewart had no intention on looking back as he gained the lead. Just two laps to go Balog was back up driving wheel to wheel with Stewart swapping positions on opposite ends of the track with slide jobs. Drop of the checker left Balog about a car length behind Stewart. Tommy Sexton (Antioch, IL) finishes third followed by Jeremy Schultz (Beaver Dam) and Steve Meyer (Sheboygan Falls).
As Stewart pulls into victory lane the sky opens up and rain pours down, Stewart climbs from his car to enthusiastic crowd cheering him. Amidst the rain photos and interviews still proceed. Fans are notified that with the cancellation of the Exotic Tans & Spas 360 Sprints Stewart will go down below the grandstand for autographs.
Mother Nature washed out Exotic Tans & Spas 360 Sprints Feature again this season giving all qualified drivers equal pay and points.
SMOKE, NIGHTMARES AND THUNDER! STEWART WINS DUEL
WITH BALOG FOR BUMPER TO BUMPER IRA SPRINT VICTORY
Melis, Fieber, Hirt and
Arenz win at PDTR
Plymouth, WI 6-8-2013
By: Amy Juech
After rained shortened last week’s program, races resumed on the dirt oval at PDTR.
Exotic Tans & Spas 360 Sprints were first up with 23 cars rolling trackside after a cancellation of the B-Main. Danny Schlafer (Sussex) led lap one until being passed by Randy Sippel (Elkhart Lake) who led until the field was plagued with cautions. Randy Walter (Cascade) spun in turn 2 then broke one lap later and unable to return. Danny Schlafer took the lead back on the restart. Tim Haddy (Waupun), Kyle Marten (Sheboygan Falls), Lee Schroeder (Plymouth) and Brain Johnson (Kewaskum) all tangle on the front stretch on a restart. Jim Melis (Glenbeulah) captured the lead on the final restart which brought the field to a green, white, checkered finish on lap 16 after hitting time limit. Danny Schlafer finished second followed by Brandon McMullen (Plymouth), Ken Jay Fiedler (Sheboygan Falls) and Justin Miller (Plymouth).
Heat Winners: Ken Jay Fiedler (Sheboygan Falls), Brian Johnson (Kewaskum), Brandon McMullen (Plymouth)
Luedtke Auctioneering Grand Nationals were up next and the first few rows consist of some experienced contenders. Pole leader Mark Fieber (Cascade) led lap one over Don Sorce Jr. (West Allis) only to realign after Scott Houpt (Belgium) and James Pagel (St. Cloud) collide in turn 4. Kevin Lubach (Elkhart Lake) was black flagged. Dick Hed and Paul Perronne (both of Plymouth) retired to the pits with mechanical issues. Mark Fieber set a pretty hefty pace with good reason he had Don Sorce Jr. and Dan Sorce on his bumper itching to pass. Brad Lubach battled high and low in his journey to pass Dan Sorce. With all the position swapping up front where did Aaron Hauck (Plymouth) come from he started 19 and was in the top 10 already. Brad Lubach passed Don Sorce Jr. for second with 2 laps remaining. Mark Fieber took home the checkered after leading all 25 laps and his first clean sweep winning his heat earlier. Rounding out the top 5 was Brad Lubach, Don Sorce Jr., Matt Jackson (Sheboygan), and Dan Sorce.
B-Main Winner: Nick Strobbe Jr. (Germantown) also made a three way tie for a track record for 15 laps.
Heat Winners: Mark Fieber (Cascade), Brad Lubach (Kiel), Don Sorce Jr. (West Allis)
Sixteen cars started the Sadoff Iron & Metal Late Models feature. Pole position was held by Aaron Bennett (Appleton) who led 2 laps until being passed by Jim Letizia (Milwaukee). After debris brought out the first caution Justin Hirt (Tigerton) jumped into second by lap 6 after starting seventh. Eric Michaels (Cleveland) retires to the pits with Tim Bennet. Tim Buhler (Glenbeulah) swapped positions with Justin Hirt. Hirt succeeds in lap 15 taking over the lead from Jim Letizia. A few cars collide in turn 2 and a red comes out for Cody Eickberg (Plymouth) after getting his hand stuck in his steering wheel. On the last restart Russ Scheffler (Waukesha) challenges Buhler to take over second. Hirt tries to gain a larger lead by putting lapped cars between himself and Russ Scheffler. When the checkers flew Justin Hirt wins his first feature win at PDTR followed by Russ Scheffler, Rick Scheffler, Tim Buhler and Brad Mueller (Random Lake).
Heat Winners: Turk Letizia (Milwaukee), Brad Mueller (Random Lake)
Sheboygan County Fair Association Outlaw Compacts are the last main event of the evening. Travis Arenz who started second took an early lead. Brian Chiminatti (Manitowoc) and Patrick Ciske (Sheboygan Falls) both exited on lap 3 with mechanical issues. Donnie Welch (Saukville) was back after flipping 2 weeks ago and battled Brandon Frank (Sheboygan) for second. Jeff Brendel (Sheboygan) and Mike Schultz (Sheboygan Falls) also retired to the pits. Travis Arenz would put distance on the field as he started to lap traffic. Arenz went on to win his third feature of the year followed by Brandon Frank, Donnie Welch, Justin Erickson (Plymouth) and Jonathon Otte (Cedar Grove).
Heat Winners: Travis Arenz (Sheboygan), Brian Chiminatti (Manitowoc)
Thank you to Eisentraut Agricultural Services for being the evening trophy sponsor.
Please join us next week for Tony Stewart Night and IRA’s. For more information please check out our website at www.plymouthpdtr.com.
Rain Shortens Race
Program at PDTR
Plymouth, WI 6-1-2013
By: Amy Juech
Races progress quickly with uninvited clouds lingering in the distance. Unfortunately weather does prevail and we are rained out of the Luedtke Auctioneering Grand Nationals and Exotic Tans & Spas 360 Sprint Features. In these two divisions points and pay are distributed evenly among all feature participants. Thank you to all drivers and teams for your hard work and dedication to try and get the show in for the fans.
Sheboygan County Fair Association Outlaw Compacts are first feature out as the clouds roll in. All too familiar Patrick Ciske your pole leader a stunning three weeks in a row and last week’s winner Travis Arenz starts tenth. Jonathon Otte (Cedar Grove) unable to make the call after having car troubles in the heat. When the green flag flew many drivers swapped positions while battling to the front. Arenz battled Corey Martin (Sheboygan) and Justin Erickson (Plymouth) in his chase to the front. Brandon Frank (Sheboygan) challenges and passes Ciske on lap 12. Ciske makes a last lap pass to win his first feature of the year. Justin Erickson also snuck back past Arenz for third. Results of the green to checkered feature were Patrick Ciske, Brandon Frank, Justin Erickson, Travis Arenz and Brian Chiminatti (Manitowac). Ciske makes his first clean sweep of the year.
Heat Winner: Patrick Ciske(Sheboygan Falls)
Up next are the Sadoff Iron and Metal Late Models. Front row consisted of Tim Buhler (Glenbeulah) and Turk Letizia (Milwaukee). By lap one Buhler was being chased by Russ Scheffler (Waukesha) who started fifth. Lap 5 brought out a caution involving Brad Mueller (Random Lake), Justin Schmidt (Cleveland), Dave Thomas (Franklin), Todd Jensema (Sheboygan Falls) and Rick Scheffler (Waukesha). All drivers involved in caution were able to continue. Cody Eickberg (Plymouth) was experiencing an ill running car and retired to the pits on lap 9. Russ Scheffler challenged Buhler and took the top spot. Russ Scheffler won his first feature at PDTR this year, followed by Tim Buhler, Kyle Odekirk (Plymouth), Justin Hirt (Tigerton), Justin Schmidt (Cleveland).
Heat Winners: Justin Schmidt(Cleveland), Justin Hirt(Tigerton)
Luedtke Auctioneering Grand Nationals start their feature event only to be stopped by Mother Nature on lap 10.
B-Main Winner: Sean Mueller(Plymouth)
Heat Winners: Luke Scholten(Oostburg), Mark Fieber(Cascade), Nick Strobbe Jr.(Germantown)
Exotic Tans & Spas 360 Sprint were unable to start feature activity as the races were cancelled during the previous race.
B-Main starts off with Ben Schmidt (Howards Grove) starting eighth since leaving during the heat with mechanical problems. Schmidt managed to pull off a win and transfer to the A-Main.
Heat Winners: Travis Luedtke(Plymouth), Josh Walter(Plymouth), Danny Schlafer(Sussex)
Thank you to Hopf Farms from Sheboygan for being the evening trophy sponsor.
Schlafer and Arenz win at PDTR
Plymouth, WI 5-18-2013
By: Amy Juech
Memorial Day Weekend of racing at PDTR started with an observance playing all military anthems. Weather not as nice as last week and a few light work sessions made for amazing racing.
Meyer Motors pace car lead 18 Sadoff Iron & Metal Late Models to the green flag. Brad Mueller (Random Lake) pulled out to an early lead over Russ Scheffler (Waukesha) and Kyle Odekirk (Plymouth). Turk and Jim Letizia (Milwaukee) unfortunately both brought out cautions for spins on lap 12 and 17 in turns 3 & 4. On the restart Justin Hirt (Tigerton) became a fierce contender charging past a few cars to battle with and eventually wins over Brad Mueller for the lead for a short lap until another caution sent him to second position. This caution was for Billy Rezutek (Big Bend) after spinning in turn 1 & 2, who was informed a few laps prior that he was leaking oil. Brad Mueller started out front with Justin Hirt on the inside line and Russ Scheffler on the outside in row 2. With the last green flag of the event, Brad jumped ahead of Russ and Justin followed in third unable to pass. This is how the race ended followed by Tim Buhler (Glenbeulah) who pasted Kyle Odekirk on the last lap.
Heat Winners: Russ Scheffler (Waukesha), Tim Buhler (Glenbeulah)
Twenty cars rolled trackside for the Grand National main event, when the green flag flew Nick Strobbe Jr. (Germantown) put his foot down on the throttle and didn’t look back gaining a greater lead lap after lap. Halfway in Justin Green (Sheboygan Falls) and Paul Perronne (Plymouth) pulled off with mechanical issues. On lap 15 Nick lead the pack through lapped traffic. Mesmerized fans watched many seasoned veterans switch positions lap after lap. Nick had six cars lapped by the time the checkers flew. Remaining top five were Donny Kulow (Plymouth), Brad Lubach (Kiel), Dan Sorce (Franklin) and Aaron Hauck (Plymouth). Nick Strobbe Jr. set a new track record for 25 laps of 6 minutes 47 seconds; old record was set by Richard Hed at 6 minutes 52 seconds. Dan Sorce was hard charger.
B-Main Winner: Steven Weber (Plymouth)
Heat Winners: Donny Kulow (Plymouth), Aaron Hauck (Plymouth), Matt Jackson (Sheboygan)
Six cars transferred out of the B-main to participate in the Sprint Feature. Lap 2 Brandon McMulllen (Plymouth) drove right past Jason Johnson (Campbellsport) and continued to pull away. Debris caution on lap 10, realigning the field Danny Schlafer (Sussex) was second after starting 5th. Tim Haddy (Waupan) had his hands full when Ben Schmidt (Howards Grove) who started 17th was battling him for 3rd position. Lap 19 Brandon showed signs of slowing and pulled into the infield with motor issues two weeks in a row. Danny took full advantage of the lead letting others trade positions behind. When the checkers flew Danny Schlafer won (48 wins at PDTR giving fans a wave while standing on his wing). Second through fifth went to Ben Schmidt, Tim Haddy, Ken Jay Fiedler (Sheboygan Falls) followed by Jason Johnson.
B-Main Winner: Ben Schmidt (Howards Grove) who started out the evening having to unload his backup car.
Heat Winners: Shane Wenninger (Kewaskum), Tim Haddy (Waupun)
Patrick Ciske (Sheboygan Falls) started on the pole for a second week, last week winner Travis Arenz (Sheboygan) had to start eleventh or further back after invert. Red flag appeared after lap one for Donnie Welch (Saukville) flipping in turn 2. Donnie escaped uninjured but unable to continue. By lap 2 Travis had worked his way through traffic to be in 6th place. Mike Schultz (Sheboygan Falls) left on lap 4 with a flat tire. Jonathon Otte (Gedar Grove) brought out a caution on lap 6. Travis could not be more excited to see the caution as he would start behind the leader Ciske. Using every inch of the track Ciske tried holding Travis behind until a repeat of last week when Travis passed with 2 laps to go. Travis had a clean sweep of the evening. Ben Meyerhofer (Menasha), Curtiss Humphrey (Sheboygan Falls) and Justin Erickson (Plymouth) round out our top five.
Heat Winners: Mike Schultz (Sheboygan Falls), Travis Arenz (Sheboygan)
Thank you to Breast Cancer Foundation for being the evening Trophy Sponsor.
Patience Pays Off for Melius,
Scheffler, Sorce and Arenz with Wins at PDTR
Plymouth, WI 5-18-2013
By: Amy Juech
Opening night of Plymouth Dirt Track Racing may have started two weeks later than scheduled do to some uncooperative weather. Patiently waiting spectators and drivers were greeted with nice weather and great racing.
Sprint Cars would be the first feature to role trackside with an extended 30 lap feature. Our pole car Josh Walter (Plymouth) withdrew from the main event to be with his wife delivering a child. Our alternate Brian Johnson (Kewaskum) makes the field complete with 22 cars. Jim Melius (Glenbeulah) and Kyle Marten (Sheboygan Falls) lead the field to the green flag; Melius jumped out into the lead. Lap 2 brought out our first and only caution causing Shane Wenninger (Kewaskum) to be unable to return. Melius again jumped out into the lead not looking back and starts to battle lapped traffic on lap 9. In the continuing laps Ben Schmidt (Howards Grove) retired to the pits early with an overheating car, Randy Sippel (Elkart Lake) also retired the pits, and with 3 laps left Brandon McMullen pulled into the infield with motor issues as well. Jim Melius wins with a few car length advantage over Tim Haddy (Waupun), followed by Kurt Davis (West Allis), Danny Schlafer (Sussex), and Kyle Marten (Sheboygan Falls).
B Main Feature Winners: Randy Sippel (Elkart Lake) and Ken Jay Fiedler (Sheboygan Falls)
Heat Winners: Danny Schlafer (Sussex), Kurt Davis (West Allis), Tim Haddy (Waupun) and Erin Winscher (Plymouth)
Rick and Russ Scheffler (Waukesha) lead the Sadoff Late Model Feature to the green flag. Rick grabbed the lead and stayed there until lap 10 when a serious of cautions plaque this lap. Ted Dolhun (Franklin), Tirk and Jim Letizia (Milwaukee) and Eric Michaels (Cleveland) all had extensive damage not allowing them to return. Rick then checked out on the restart and Kyle Odekirk (Plymouth) and Brad Mueller (Random Lake) continually battled back and forth for second position reeling in the leader. Justin Schmidt (Cleveland) had worked his way from sixteenth to fifth until passing his father Jim Schmidt (Cleveland) on lap sixteen for fourth position. Rick won his first feature of the season, followed by Brad Mueller, Kyle Odekirk, Justin Schmidt and Jim Schmidt.
Heat Winners: Kyle Odekirk (Plymouth) and Tim Buhler (Glenbeulah)
A few scratches in the Grand National A-Main meant 6 cars transferred from the B-Main. Kevin Lubach (Elkart Lake) and James Pagel (St. Cloud) were the front row. Sean Mueller (Plymouth) brought out the caution on lap 5. Lubach then lead until lap 7 after being challenged and passed by Dan Sorce (Franklin) who started seventh. Lubach then retired to the pits on lap 12. Lap 16 Sorce started weaving through lapped traffic. When the checkers flew Dan Source won followed by Tyler Kulow (New Holstein), Brad Lubach (Kiel), Matt Jackson (Sheboygan), and Donny Kulow (Plymouth).
B Main Feature Winner: Luke Scholten (Oostburg)
Heat Winners: Matt Jackson (Sheboygan), Mark Fieber (Cascade) and Brad Lubach (Kiel)
Outlaw Compacts would be our final feature of the evening. Patrick Ciske (Sheboygan Falls) and Jason Fairbank (Van Dyne) lead the field to the green flag. Lap 8 caution Curt Teunissen (Hingham) lost a tire. Field realigned and Ciske wasn’t willing to give up the lead to Travis Arenz (Sheboygan). Arenz gained the lead going into the white flag lap. Thirteen cars brought fans to their feet with door to door and wheel to wheel racing with only one caution. Crossing the checkered flag first was Travis Arenz followed by Patrick Ciske, Jason Fairbank, Mike Shultz (Sheboygan Falls), and Ben Meyerhofer (Menasha).
Heat Winners: Travis Arenz (Sheboygan) and Mike Schultz (Sheboygan Falls)
Thanks to our Trophy Sponsor RC Custom Design.
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August 25, 2012
Great night for racing, weather finally cooperated with minimum track prep needed during the evening.
Beginning the night were the Late Models. Pete Parker and Charlie Schmidt would be your front row. Turk Letizia jumped out to an early lead on lap 1. Pete Parker and Brad Mueller swapped positions a few times in the battle for second. Michael Stangl (Marshfield) and Charlie Schmidt (Oostburg) unfortunately retired to the pits early. Jim Letizia (Milwaukee), Jim Schmidt (Cleveland) and Craig Schueffner (Sheboygan Falls) battled back and forth in the middle of the pack. Outstanding talent provided spectators another week of a caution free feature. 8 seconds faster than last week, only 3 seconds off the track record. Ecstatic Turk Letizia (Milwaukee) pulls off his first feature win of the season followed by Pete Parker (Kaukauna), Brad Mueller (Random Lake), Kyle Odekirk (Plymouth) and Tim Buhler (Glenbeulah). Hard chargers would be Kyle Odekirk and Craig Schueffner.
Heat Winners: Pete Parker (Kaukauna), Craig Schueffner (Sheboygan Falls).
Sprint Car B-Main for the evening starts three cars short; Paul Pokorski (West Bend), Tom Kreutz (Sheboygan) and Shane Wenninger (Kewaskum) unable to get their cars fixed and make the call. Kevin Karnitz (West Bend) pulled off on lap 1 with car trouble. A red flag waved on Lap 3 when Ken Jay Fiedler (Sheboygan Falls) and Mark Krueger (Green Bay) tangle in turn 4 causing both cars to flip. Both drivers were uninjured and neither driver was able to continue. The race would then go caution free until the checkered flew. Tony Wondra (Campbellsport) wins over pole sitter Brian Johnson (Kewaskum) followed by Justin Miller (Plymouth), Doug Wondra (Oakfield) and Jay Riemer (Sheboygan Falls). Hard charger was Doug Wondra.
22 cars rolled trackside for the start of the 360 Sprint Car Feature. Danny Schlafer started outside the front row and took off like a rocket at the sight of the green flag. The field realigns after the spin of the pole leader Scotty Neitzel (Beaver Dam) on lap 1. Danny Schlafer and Jeremy Schultz start to battle with lap traffic on lap 11. Erin Winscher (Plymouth) brought out a caution on lap 13 when a tire broke loose, and unable to return to the feature. Kyle Marten (Sheboygan Falls) took second from Jeremy Schultz only to give it back a few laps later. Lap 21 proved challenging for a few drivers; Ben Schmidt (Howard Grove) took a tumble and brings out the second red for the evening. Randy Walter (Cascade) and Tony Wondra (Campbellsport) also tangle on the back stretch. All drivers uninjured and retired to the pits for the evening. Pulling off the win and a clean sweep for the evening was Danny Schlafer (Sussex) followed by point leader Jeremy Schultz (Beaver Dam), Kurt Davis (West Allis), Brandon McMullen (Plymouth) and Jim Melis (Glenbeulah). Hard charger was Doug Wondra.
Heat Winners: Danny Schlafer (Sussex), Jim Melis (Glenbeulah), Jeremy Schultz and Scotty Neitzel (both from Beaver Dam).
Up next were the Grand Nationals, with a few scratches from the B-Main all cars transferred to the A. By lap 4 Luke Scholten took over the lead from pole sitter Steven Weber. One caution waved on lap 5 for debris. Philip Coppersmith and Kevin Lubach ran second and third till Tim Thompson divided them on lap 11. A few cars swapped positions in the middle and back of the pack to make for some interesting racing. Point leader Brad Lubach (Kiel) had some unfortunate luck retiring to the pits after his second flat tire. Luke Scholten tried many areas of the track to keep distance between him and second place Tim Thompson. They were close multiple times crossing the start finish line, but the last lap Tim Thompson (Campbellsport) beat out Luke Scholten (Oostburg) by half a car length followed by Loren Lubach (Plymouth), Kevin Lubach (Elkhart Lake) and Steven Weber (Plymouth).
Heat Winners: Mark Fieber (Cascade), Matt Yancey (Sheboygan) and Luke Scholten (Oostburg).
Outlaw Compacts round out the evening with some aggressive racing. Patrick Ciske (Sheboygan Falls) took the lead early, followed by Travis Arenz. Our only caution flew on lap 2. Corey Martin (Sheboygan) retired to the pits early. Top five contenders ran in a tight pack making it difficult for fellow drivers to pass them. Travis Arenz (Sheboygan) won the last lap shootout followed by Tim Simon (Fond du Lac), Brandon Frank, Mike Schultz (Sheboygan Falls) and point leader Josh Pierce (Fredonia).
Heat Winners: Justin Erickson (Plymouth), Travis Arenz (Sheboygan).
Special thanks to our Trophy Sponsor of the evening: Oskar Blues Brewery of Colorado.
Please join us in two weeks for our Championship Night. For more information please check out our website at www.plymouthdtr.com.
WOW - Track Record, Clean Sweep and a First Time Feature Winner
Excitement was evident among the spectators throughout the evening. Bill Michaels would only add with sharing flagman and announcing duties.
First feature of the evening was the Grand Nationals with 21 cars rolling trackside. With a cancellation in the B-Main the remaining cars would fill in the feature. Starting on the outside of the front row was Luke Scholten he would take the lead on lap one and relinquish the lead to Mark Fieber during the first of three restarts. Chris Baumann and Michael Gilson (both of Elkhart Lake), Brian Goetsch (Sheboygan), Paul Perronne (Plymouth) would have unfortunate luck pulling off early. Mark Fieber (Cascade) would continue leading and win the feature followed by Luke Scholten (Oostburg), Tyler Kulow (New Holstein), Matt Jackson (Sheboygan) and James Pagel (St. Cloud). Steven Weber (Plymouth) would be our hard charger of the event.
Heat Winners: Brad Lubach (Kiel), Matt Yancey and Matt Jackson (both of Sheboygan).
Sprint feature would include 6 transfer cars from the B-Main. Mesmerized fans would watch pole sitter Jim Melis not only keep his speed but accuracy hitting all the right spots and by lap 9 passing cars. Lapped traffic would prove a little challenging for fellow competitors. Danny Schlafer would start to pass 2 cars at a time to catch our leaders and would be our hard charger passing 12 cars. Jim Melis not only led all 25 caution free laps, but broke the track record with a time of 6 minutes and 1 second (old record was 6 minutes and 5 seconds). Mark Krueger (Green Bay) would retire early to the pits with car trouble. Our feature finish would be Jim Melis (Glenbeulah), Jeremy Schultz (Beaver Dam), Ben Schmidt (Howards Grove), Danny Schlafer (Sussex) and Brandon McMullen (Plymouth).
B-Main Feature won by Shane Wenninger (Kewaskum) followed by Mark Krueger (Green Bay), Tony Wondra (Campbellsport), Doug Wondra (Oakfield), Justin Mueller and Brian Portschy (both of Plymouth).
Heat Winners: Ben Schmidt (Howards Grove), Tim Melis (Plymouth), Kurt Davis (West Allis) and Brandon McMullen (Plymouth).
Retired Late Model driver Buck Carmen would return in his original car and lead a few pace laps with his son Tim Carmen (Sheboygan Falls) at his side. Craig Schueffner would start inside the second row and pull out to an early lead. Craig would start to lap cars on lap 11. Eric Michaels (Cleveland) and TJ Dolhun (Milwaukee) would both retire to the pits early. Enthusiastic Craig Schueffner would pull off the win and a clean sweep for the evening after another caution free race followed by Turk Letizia (Milwaukee), Kyle Odekirk (Plymouth), Pete Parker (Kaukauna) and Charlie Schmidt (Oostburg). Kyle Odekirk and Brad Mueller (Random Lake) would tie for hard charger both passing 8 cars. It was great to see Charlie Schmidt have a good feature run after some bad luck the last couple weeks. This feature was eleven seconds off the track record.
Heat Winners: Craig Schueffner (Sheboygan Falls) and Jim Schmidt (Cleveland).
Final feature of the evening would be the outlaw compacts. There would be two minor cautions early from single cars spin outs. Patrick Ciske and Travis Arenz would battle traffic to close in on Josh Pierce. Travis Arenz would be our hard charger passing 8 cars. Brandon Frank and Justin Erickson (Plymouth) would pull off early with car trouble. Josh Pierce would start on the pole and lead all 15 laps to his first feature win followed by Patrick Ciske (Sheboygan Falls), Travis Arenz (Sheboygan), Mike Schultz and Brian Chiminatti (both of Sheboygan Falls).
Heat Winners: Mike Schultz (Sheboygan Falls) and Travis Arenz (Sheboygan).
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Plymouth, WI Saturday August 11, 2012
By: Amy Juech
Vintage Stock Cars – Milwaukee Stock Car Club
Returned to PDTR along with Weekly Program
Jim Letizia, Josh Walter, Matt Yancey and Travis Arenz Win at PDTR
After some well needed rain this past week there was some additional track work throughout the night that made for some great racing on a wide and very fast track. Spectators also saw drivers during Driver Introductions in the Late Models and Sprint Car Divisions.
First Feature of the evening was Late Models with Jim Letizia pulling ahead of the pole leader Charlie Schmidt (Cleveland). One caution for debris would bring the filed back together on lap 8. Jim Schmidt (Cleveland) would take over second with Tirk Letizia moving through traffic. Charlie Schmidt would pull off the track on lap 14 giving third place to Tirk. Tirk then battled back and forth with Jim until Jim would pull off. In the last 4 laps it would be a father son battle for the lead. Jim Letizia (Milwaukee) would go on to win his First Late Model Feature ever. Second would be Tirk Letizia (Milwaukee), Brad Mueller (Random Lake), Justin Schmidt (Cleveland), and Kyle Odekirk (Plymouth). Late Model Heat Winners Kyle Odekirk (Plymouth), Craig Schueffner (Sheboygan Falls)
Sprint Feature event started with Josh Walter outside first row and would pull to an early lead only to have a red flag thrown immediately. Dan Schlafer (Sussex) and John Krebsbach (Cascade) would both be turned upside down in turns 1 and 2 and Tim Haddy (Waupun) with Wing Damage. Schlafer and Krebsbach both uninjured. This would cause the field to realign. On the restart Josh Walter jumped back in to the lead and steadily lap cars by lap 8, Josh was unchallenged as the race had no more cautions and would checker 24 laps later. Jeremy Schultz started 11th and would battle traffic on the high and low side to put pressure on Randy Sippel and Kurt Davis to finish second, then Randy Sippel (Elkhart Lake), Kurt Davis (West Allis), Ken Jay Fiedler (Sheboygan Falls) rounding out the top five.
B Main started with 14 cars rolling trackside with some seasoned veterans shuffled within the field. Unfortunately Ben Schmidt (Howards Grove) broke and pulled off on lap 5. Paul Pokorski (West Bend) and Doug Wondra (Oakfield) collided on lap 11 and they would both retire to the pits. Pole starter Al Schlaffer pulled out into in early lead and never looked back. Meanwhile Travis Luedtke and Kevin Karnitz put on a show battling for second. The Finish with the top six cars transferring into the Main Event were as follows: Al Schlafer (Sussex), Travis Luedtke (Plymouth), Kevin Karnitz (West Bend), Scotty Thiel (Sheboygan), Jay Riemer (Sheboygan Falls), Shane Wenninger (Kewaskum), and our alternate Brian Johnson (Kewaskum). Sprints Heat Winners Tim Haddy (Waupun), Jim Melis (Glenbeulah), Danny Schlafer (Sussex), Tim Melis (Plymouth).
Grand National Feature event would be action packed with Dan Source taking an early lead after starting outside the first row, with Steven Weber and Mark Fieber(Cascade) switching positions early on until caution on lap 9. Then a flat tire would take second place Mark Fieber to the pits on lap 15. Lap 16 Dan Source would pull into the infield unable to return, Matt Yancey would take over the lead and have Steven Weber and Brad Lubach battle out second and third and hold off the Kulow Boys behind them. During the last few laps quite a few cars left the track because of flat tires. Only 7 Cars finished on the lead lap. Results were Matt Yancy (Sheboygan), Brad Lubach (Kiel), Steven Weber (Plymouth), Tyler Kulow and Donny Kulow (both of New Holstein). Grand National Heat Winners Steven Weber (Plymouth), Brad Lubach (Kiel).
In the final feature of the evening Travis Arenz started outside first row would take the lead by lap 1. Travis set a fast pace where Josh Pierce and Jonathan Otte would battle off cars to stay caught up with Travis. Michael Strean (Sheboygan) would go from 14th to 6th where he would finish. Travis Arenz (Sheboygan) would not look back and win followed by Josh Pierce (Fredonia), Jonathan Otte (Cedar Grove), Trevor Wehrmann (Howards Grove), Brian Chiminatti (Manitowac). Outlaw Compact Heat Winners Josh Pierce (Fredonia), Jonathan Otte (Cedar Grove)
Thank you to our Trophy Sponsor Sheboygan County Softball Association. Thanks to the drivers and spectators for your patience this evening with the delays for track work.
Frank, Marten, & Mueller First Time Winners at PDTR
Plymouth, WI [July 21, 2012]
On a hot and humid Saturday evening, Brandon Frank, Kyle Marten, & Brad Mueller win their first A-mains of the season at PDTR.
With the cancellation due to rain last week, the Outlaw Compact A-main was up first. Using his outside pole starting position, Brandon Frank took the lead and would go unchallenged to win his first feature of the season. Travis Arenz, Sheboygan, would battle his way through the field to finish second after starting last in the twelve car field. Donnie Welch, Saukville, finished third followed by Josh Pierce, Fredonia; and Brian Chiminatti, Manitowoc. Heat race winners were Welch and Patrick Ciske, Sheboygan Falls.
The 21H of Tim Haddy, Waupun, and the 99 of Kyle Marten, Sheboygan Falls, led the twenty-three car field to the green flag of the Sprint car A-main. Marten took the lead only to be slowed by caution on lap two for a car stopped in turn two. With the field reset, Marten continued to lead followed by Haddy, Josh Krebsbach, Cascade, and Kurt Davis, West Allis. A red flag stopped the race on lap nine for the 22 car of Dale Peters, Plymouth, who rolled hard after coming in contact with the front stretch wall. Peters was not injured and, following the removal of his car, the race continued. Marten, once again, jumped into the lead. Davis challenged Haddy for second place and would take the position on lap seventeen. Davis closed in on Marten and, using lap traffic to his advantage, took the lead in turn two on lap twenty-three. Marten battled back for the first position but the two would make contact in turn four causing Davis’ car to roll. Damage would retire Davis to the pits. With only two laps remaining in the race, Marten restarted at the point with Haddy and Ken Jay Fiedler, Sheboygan Falls, lined up behind him. Marten would go on to finish first followed by Fiedler and Haddy. Ben Schmidt, Howards Grove finished fourth after starting fifteenth. Travis Luedke, Plymouth, rounded out the top five. Brandon McMullen, Plymouth won the Sprint car B-main. Mark Krueger, Green Bay; Davis; and Luedke were heat race winners.
Following the Sprint car feature was the Grand National A-main. Paul Perronne, Plymouth, took the early lead over the Plymouth drivers Donny Kulow and Kevin Lubach. Dick Hed, Plymouth, using the outside groove of the track, moved into the second position on lap eight. Continuing his run on the high side, Hed began challenging Perronne for the lead. Hed successfully took the lead on lap eleven. Hed and Perronne began pulling away from the rest of the field only to be slowed by caution on lap sixteen. Hed would line up with the rest of the field double file behind him for the restart. Using the low grove, Brad Lubach, Kiel, took the lead from Hed on lap seventeen. Another caution for a car facing the wrong way in turn four on lap twenty-two would, again, slow the field. On the restart, Brad Lubach would continue to lead as Hed and Perronne battled for second. At the checkers it was Brad Lubach followed by Perronne, Hed, Kulow, and Kevin Lubach. Winning the Grand National heats were: Matt Yancey, Sheboygan, and Tyler Kulow, New Holstein.
Rounding out the evening was the Late Model A-main. Brad Mueller, Random Lake, led all twenty-five laps of the late model feature event, surviving two cautions. Rick Scheffler, Waukesha, and Kyle Odekirk, Plymouth were locked in a heated battle for second place. In the end, it was Mueller who took the win followed by Odekirk, Rick Scheffler, Jim Schmidt, Cleveland; and Russ Scheffler, Waukesha. Late model heat race winners were: Turk Letizia, Milwaukee and Tim Buhler, Glenbeulah.
Scheffler, Yancey, and Melis Victorious at PDTR
Plymouth, WI [July 14, 2012]
With rain in the forecast, three of the four A-mains were completed with repeat winners at PDTR.
The Late Model A-main was up first. Ted Dolhun Sr., Franklin, and Jim Rychtik, Port Washington, led the fifteen car field to the line. Dolhun led the first three laps. On lap four, Craig Schueffner, Sheboygan Falls, would grab the lead from Dolhun. The caution flag would fly on lap four for the 57 car of Eric Michaels, Cleveland, who spun in turn four. It would take two more tries to get the race back under way. Schueffner would lead, with Tom Naeyaert, Shawano, and Russ Scheffler, Waukesha in hot pursuit. On lap thirteen, a red flag would stop the race for a fire under Dolhun’s car. When the race resumed, Scheffler, using the outside groove, would take the lead. The checkered flag would fly with Scheffler taking the win followed by Schueffner. Naeyaert, Turk Letizia, Milwaukee; and Tim Buhler, Glenbeulah, who started last in the field, would round out the top five. Heat winners were: Russ Scheffler and Naeyaert.
Starting on the outside of the front row, Matt Yancey, Sheboygan, took the lead at the drop of the green flag for the Grand National A-main. A lone caution would fly on lap six for two cars that spun in turn four. Yancey would maintain the lead on the restart followed by Aaron Hauck and Jeff Lammers, both of Plymouth. On Lap seven, Luke Scholten, Oostburg, would move into the second position. Dan Sorce of Franklin began his charge toward the front using the outside groove of the track. With Scholten on the bumper of Yancey, the top four cars pulled away from the rest of the field. Sorce passed Lammers for third on lap twenty-one. Yancey would cross the finish line in first followed by Scholten, Sorce, Lammers, and Hauck. Chris Baumann of Elkhart Lake was the Grand National B-main winner. Scholten, Sorce, and James Pagel, St. Cloud, were heat race winners.
The Sprint Car A-main followed the Grand National feature. With Randy Brunette, Chilton and Jim Melis, Glenbeulah on the front row, the Sprint Car feature got under way. Melis, using the high groove, took the early lead. The first caution flag of the race would fly on lap five for two cars that spun in turn two. With the field reset, Melis would keep his lead followed closely by Danny Schlafer, Sussex; Ken Jay Fiedler, Sheboygan; and Jeremy Schultz, Beaver Dam. A car spinning in turn four would bring out the second caution flag of the race. On the restart, Schultz spun in turn two collecting several cars. With Melis at the point and Schlafer and Fiedler in the second row, the race resumed. With the time limit nearing, Melis would survive two more cautions to win the shorten Sprint Car A-main. Fiedler finished second followed by Ben Schmidt, Howards Grove; Danny Schlafer, and Kyle Marten, Sheboygan Falls. The Sprint Car B-main winner was Brandon McMullen of Plymouth. Heat race winners were Doug Wondra, Oakfield; Brunette, Schultz, and Marten.
With the cars lined up and ready to go, rain started to fall causing the cancellation of the Outlaw Compact feature event. Brandon Frank and Travis Arenz were the Outlaw Compact heat race winners.
Extended Features Challenge Drivers at PDTR
Plymouth, WI [July 7, 2012]
With mid season championships on the line, drivers battle in extended features at PDTR.
The sprint car feature was up first.` Tim Melis of Plymouth and Al Schlafer of Sussex led the twenty-two car field to the green flag. The caution flag was displayed for Tim Haddy, Waupun, who stopped on the back stretch. Back to the top of the order on the restart, Melis would take the lead. On lap seven, Kurt Davis, West Allis, slid into the wall coming out of turn four and rolled on his side bringing out another caution. The field was reset only to be slowed again for the 44B of Brian Johnson of Kewaskum, who spun to the infield in turn one. Once back to the green, Danny Schlafer, Sussex, would shoot out into the lead and would survive two more cautions and lap traffic to take home the win and the sprint car mid season championship trophy. Brandon McMullen, Plymouth, would take second followed by Al Schlafer, Ben Schmidt, Howards Grove, and Jim Melis, Glenbeulah. The B-main winner was Randy Walter of Cascade. Heat race winners were: Tim Melis, Jay Riemer, Sheboygan Falls; and Danny Schlafer.
Following the sprint cars, the grand nationals rolled track side, ready to start their 30 lap A-main event. Off to an early lead was the 95K of Donny Kulow, Plymouth. After a caution on lap two involving several cars, Kulow felt the pressure of the 4 car of Glen Blanke, Sheboygan Falls. Another caution on lap five bunched the field. Upon the restart, Kulow was passed by the 54 of Matt Yancy, Sheboygan, who held the lead for a total of eight laps until the 37 of Brad Lubach, Kiel, who started twelfth, took the lead. Meanwhile, the B-main winner, Dick Hed of Plymouth, who started seventeenth , made his way through the field to join the top five. Brad Lubach would ultimately become successful in earning the win followed by Mark Fieber, Cascade; Aaron Hauck, Plymouth; Hed; and Luke Scholten, Oostburg. The heat race winners were Brad Lubach; Brain Goetsch, Sheboygan; and James Pagel, St. Cloud.
The late models followed the grand nationals. After starting on the front row, the 89 of Brad Mueller, Random Lake, jumped out to an early lead followed closely by the 74P of Pete Parker, Kaukauna. Parker took the lead on lap six from Mueller. On lap 22, while challenging for the lead, the D1 of Turk Letizia, Milwaukee, tangled with Parker coming out of turn four causing Parker to come to a stop by the wall on the front stretch. Both cars involved, were sent to restart at the back of the field. Mueller would inherit the lead on the restart but faded back as the 79 of Jim Schmidt, Cleveland, used the outside groove to his advantage. Schmidt battled for the lead with Russ Scheffler, Waukesha, but would run out of laps. Scheffler would take the win while Schmidt would have to settle for second. Craig Schueffner, Sheboygan Falls, finished in the third position followed by Rick Scheffler, Waukesha; and Mueller. Heat race winners were Charlie Schmidt, Oostburg, and Turk Letizia.
crowd went wild for the outlaw compacts as they made
their way onto the track for their A-main event. A
constant battle for the lead ensued between the 17
of Donnie Welch, Saukville, and the 13 of Josh
Pierce, Fredonia until lap twelve, when Pierce
suddenly fell off pace in turn three bringing out
the caution. After restarting the race, the 25 of
Travis Arenz, Sheboygan, would take the lead on lap
sixteen and was first to cross the finish line on
lap twenty, taking home his own mid season
championship trophy. Heat race winners were Arenz,
Sprint Cars Invade PDTR
Plymouth, WI [June 30, 2012]
Ben Schmidt was the winner in the PDTR 360 sprint car A-main.
Kurt Davis of West Allis and Josh Walter of Sheboygan Falls led the twenty-two car field to the green flag at the start of the 360 sprint car A-main. Davis would take an early lead over Ben Schmidt, Howards Grove, and Walter. Davis encountered lap traffic on lap seven with Schmidt closing in. The caution flag would fly on lap eight when the leader, Davis, tagged the wall in turn two, stopping on the track. Schmidt would inherit the lead on the restart, followed by Walter. Brandon McMullen of Plymouth, the B-main winner, would join the top ten after starting seventeenth. A second caution would come on lap eighteen for the 1M car of Tim Melis, Plymouth, who slowed to a stop in turn one. Schmidt would go on to take the win followed by Jeremy Schultz, Beaver Dam; Ken Jay Fieldler, Sheboygan Falls; McMullen; and Doug Wondra, Oakfield. The hard chargers of the race were Schultz and McMullen, who each passed thirteen cars. Heat race winners were Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan; Walter; Kyle Marten, Sheboygan Falls; and John Krebsbach, Cascade.
Autograph Night A Hit As Season High 84 Cars Compete At PDTR
Plymouth, WI [June 23, 2012]
After Mother Nature won out last week, canceling June 16th race program, racing resumed at PDTR. Rain over the last couple of days gave the drivers a fast racing surface. For autograph night, checkered flags were handed out to kids as they filed through the gate before the races.
The late models rolled track side for the first A-main of the evening. Turk Letizia of Milwaukee and Cleveland’s Eric Michaels led the field to the green flag. The 89 of Brad Mueller, Random Lake, spun in turn two, collecting the 7B of Tim Buhler, Glenbeulah, and the 8R of Billy Rezutek, Big Bend bringing out the yellow flag. On the restart, Turk Letizia would take the early lead. Rick Scheffler, Waukesha, running the high side, would grab the lead on lap five. A stalled car in turn two would bring out another caution on lap eleven. With the field bunched up, the cars restarted the race only to be stopped for the 21K of Kyle Odekirk, Plymouth, whose car rolled several times in turn three. Odekirk was not injured; however, his car sustained heavy damage and could not continue. Once the track was cleared, racing resumed with Rick Scheffler in the lead. Late in the race, Russ Scheffler, Waukesha would pass his brother Rick and lead the remaining three laps to take the checkered flag. Rick Scheffler was second, followed by Craig Schueffner, Sheboygan Falls; Turk Letizia, and Buhler. Heat winners were Russ Scheffler and Buhler.
Mark Fieber of Cascade used his front row starting spot to lead all twenty-five laps of the Grand National A-main. Fieber survived three cautions to pick up his first feature win of the season at PDTR. Crossing the finish line in second was Scott Houpt of Belgium. Brad Lubach, Kiel; Donny Kulow, Plymouth; and Chris Baumann, Elkhart Lake rounded out the top five. The B-main winner was Glen Blanke of Sheboygan Falls. Winning the Grand National heats were Kulow; Luke Scholten, Oostburg; and Brad Lubach.
In the sprint car A-main, the 95 Ken Jay Fiedler, Sheboygan Falls took an early lead followed closely by the 64 of Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, and the 39 of Randy Sippel, Elkhart Lake. Thiel would battle Fiedler for the lead until a lone caution on lap ten caused by the 21H of Tim Haddy, Waupun, and the 30 of Doug Wondra, Oakfield slowed the field. Upon restarting the race, Sippel, who had previously been running third, got the lead and gained distance from Fiedler and Thiel. Sippel would win his first PDTR A-main of the season followed by Fiedler; Jeremy Schultz, Beaver Dam; and Thiel. Ben Schmidt, Howards Grove, the b-main winner, finished fifth after starting deep in the field. Heat race winners were Doug Wondra; Fiedler; Josh Walter, Sheboygan Falls; and Schultz.
of Sheboygan Falls led all but two laps of the
Outlaw Compact A-main. The only caution came on lap
two when a car spun in turn four. Ciske took the
checkers followed by Josh Pierce, Fredonia; Michael
Strean, Sheboygan; Mike Schultz, Sheboygan Falls;
and Travis Arenz, Sheboygan.
Scheffler, Lubach, Schmidt, & Arenz All Repeat Winners at PDTR
Plymouth, WI [June 9, 2012}
On the warmest night of the season so far, 81 cars checked into the pit area to compete at PDTR.
The Late Model A-main was up first. At the drop of the green flag the D1 of Turk Letizia of Milwaukee grabbed the lead from his pole starting position. Pete Parker of Kaukauna would take the lead away from Letizia on lap three and would stay in front for the next eleven laps. On Lap fifteen, Russ Scheffler of Waukesha would grab the lead after starting deep in the field. Scheffler would go on to win the caution free Late Model A-main. Billy Rezutek of Big Bend would finish second, followed by Brad Mueller, Random Lake; Parker; and Tim Buhler of Glenbeulah. Heat winners were Buhler and Kyle Odekirk of Plymouth.
In the Grand National A-main, Chris Baumann of Elkhart Lake would take an early lead over Tyler Kulow of New Holstein. A caution on lap eight involving several cars slowed the field. On the restart, several of the front runners were involved an altercation bringing out the yellow flag again. Kulow would inherit the lead following the caution. Brad Lubach of Kiel began applying heavy pressure on Kulow on lap twelve and would take the lead on lap fourteen. Another caution for a tire on the track on lap 21 slowed the field once more. Lubach would maintain his lead while cars battled for position behind him. At the checkers, it was Brad Lubach taking the win followed by Aaron Hauck of Plymouth. Kulow, Mark Fieber of Cascade, and Kevin Lubach of Elkhart Lake rounded out the top five. Luke Scholten, Oostburg; Fieber; and Brad Lubach were Grand National heat race winners. The B-main winner was Justin Green of Sheboygan Falls.
Next up was the Sprint Car A-Main. Kurt Davis of West Allis and Jeremy Schultz of Beaver Dam led the field to the green flag. Taking the high line, Ben Schmidt of Howards Grove would overtake the leader, Schultz, on lap seven. On lap 18, Davis, while running third, spun in turn four bringing out the yellow flag. On the restart, the 3E of Erin Winscher of Plymouth got together with another car and rolled several times in turn one. After a long caution, racing resumed with Schmidt in the lead followed by Schultz. Schmidt and Schultz would pull away from the pack and cross the finish line first and second respectively. They were followed by Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan; Donnie Goeden in the 51M car; and Shane Wenninger, Kewaskum. Heat race winners were Brandon McMullen, Plymouth; Thiel; Schmidt; and Schultz. The B-main winner was Tony Wondra of Campbellsport.
The Outlaw Compacts rounded out the evening’s race program. After running three wide in turn three on the opening lap of the Outlaw Compact A-main, the yellow flag flew for the 75 of Mike Schultz of Sheboygan Falls, who lost a tire in turn one. The restart saw #55 Brian Chiminatti of Manitowoc in the lead. Chiminatti was followed closely by Patrick Ciske of Sheboygan Falls who took the lead on lap six. Ciske would continue to lead following two more cautions. Travis Arenz of Sheboygan moved into the second postion on lap eight after starting last in the field. On lap twelve, Ciske and Arenz were even coming to the line. Arenz would take the lead coming out of turn two and would go on to win his second Outlaw Compact A-main of the season. Josh Pierce of Fredonia ran the high side to pass Ciske for second. Ciske finished third followed by Trevor Wehrmann, Howards Grove; and Donnie Welch, Saukville.
Walter & Pierce First Time Winners This Season at PDTR
Plymouth, WI [June 2, 2012]
After rain cancelled Memorial weekend’s program, races resumed on the dirt oval at PDTR.
The sprint car A-main was up first. Josh Walter of Sheboygan and Brandon McMullen of Plymouth brought the 22 car field to the green flag. Walter would lead all 25 laps surviving a challenge for the lead late in the race by Danny Schlafer of Sussex. Walter was followed to the checkers by Kurt Davis, West Allis; Jeremy Schultz, Beaver Dam; McMullen; and Jim Melis, Glenbeulah. The B-main was won by Ben Schmidt, Howards Grove. Schultz, Jim Melis, Scotty Thiel of Sheboygan, and Davis were all heat races winners
Due to several cautions, the Grand National A-main was shortened to 18 laps. Matt Jackson of Sheboygan would take an early lead from his front row starting position. Brad Lubach of Kiel would challenge Jackson for the lead on lap 10, taking the lead on the following lap. Following the final caution on lap 16, Lubach would win the shortened race. Matt Yancy of Sheboygan would finish in the second position after starting 11th followed by Jackson, Luke Scholten, Oostburg; and Kevin Lubach of Elkhart Lake. Heat race wins were credited to Lubach and Mark Fieber of Cascade.
The Late Model A-main was up next. Eric Michaels of Cleveland lead the opening six laps of the late model feature. A caution on lap seven slowed the field. On the restart Tim Buhler of Glenbeulah would grab the lead from Michaels. Throughout several additional cautions, Buhler’s lead dwindled as the 74 of Russ Scheffler of Waukesha fought his way through the field. Scheffler battled with Buhler, eventually taking the lead on lap 18. Scheffler continued to win his second the A-main of season at PDTR, followed by Buhler, Kyle Odekirk of Plymouth, Rick Scheffler of Waukesha, and Craig Schueffner. Heat race winners were Schueffner and Buhler.
Finally, the Outlaw Compacts entered the track for their main event. Jeff Brendel of Sheboygan Falls led the first four laps. After several restarts, the lead was taken by Josh Pierce of Fredonia. Travis Arenz of Sheboygan passed Pierce on lap seven; however, Arenz was forced to return to the pit area on the following lap. Pierced recaptured the lead and would ultimately be successful in earning his first A-main win of the season at PDTR. Pierce was followed closely by Scott Brendel of Cleveland, Patrick Ciske of Sheboygan Falls, Michael Strean of Sheboygan, and Mike Schultz of Sheboygan Falls. Arenz and Ciske were the heat races winners.
Schmidt, Yancey, Dolhun, and Strean Prevail at PDTR
Plymouth, WI [May 19, 2012]
Ben Schmidt, Matt Yancey, Ted Dolhun, and Michael Strean collect their first PDTR A-main wins of the season.
Twenty-two cars rolled out onto the track for the sprint car A-main. On the opening lap, outside pole sitter, #1 Tim Melis of Plymouth, got loose coming out of turn four and rolled, while the rest of the field attempted to avoid him. Melis was then struck by the #39 of Randy Sippel, Elkhart Lake. The #08 John Krebsbach, Cascade, was also involved. All three drivers were okay. When the race resumed, #12 Josh Walter, Sheboygan Falls took the lead. On lap four, coming out of turn four, Walter, the leader, spins, bringing out a caution. On the next restart, the #35 Ben Schmidt, Howards Grove, took lead. Schmidt built a sizeable lead, until he encountered lap traffic. Running second, the #6 Kurt Davis, West Allis, used lap traffic to his advantage to take the lead from Schmidt on lap 13. Davis and Schmidt battled back and forth for three laps. Schmidt would ultimately prevail to win his first PDTR A-main of the season. Davis placed second followed by #95 Ken Jay Fiedler, Sheboygan Falls; #5J Jeremy Schultz, Beaver Dam; and #64 Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan. Heat races winners were #51 Jim Melis, Glenbeulah; Schultz; and Davis. The B-main winner was #63 Kevin Karnitz, West Bend.
The grand national A-main followed the sprint cars. #80 Luke Scholten, Oostburg and #28 Mark Fieber, Cascade, led the field to the green flag. Scholten took the lead only to be slowed by a caution on lap four. On the restart, Scholten continued to lead while #54 Matt Yancey, Sheboygan, made his way through the pack using the outside lane. Following a caution on lap nine, Yancey would steal the lead away from Scholten. Pulling away from the pack, Yancey built a straight away lead until a lap car re-entered the track in front of him on lap 21 causing him to lose the lead to Scholten. Yancey battled back on the outside, and he regained the lead to win the A-main. Scholten placed second followed by Fieber; #6 Dick Hed, Plymouth; and #7 Chris Baumann, Elkhart Lake. Heat winners were #21 Kevin Lubach, Elkhart Lake; #37 Brad Lubach, Kiel; and Yancey. The B-Main winner was #12p James Pagel of St. Cloud.
Ted Dolhun, #21SR of Franklin, used his outside front row starting position to lead the opening two laps of the Late Model A-main. After starting fourth, #79 Jim Schmidt of Cleveland took the lead. A lone caution for a spin on lap six bunched the field. On the restart, Schmidt continued to lead until his car broke on lap 17, slowing him to a stop off the track in turn one. Dolhun, who was running second, recaptured the lead, prevailing to win the Late Model A-main. #74P Pete Parker of Kaukauna placed second followed by last week’s feature winner, #74 Russ Scheffler of Waukesha. #70 Craig Schueffner, Sheboygan Falls and #8R Billy Rezutek, Big Bend rounded out the top five. Heat race winners were Rezutek and #89 Brad Mueller of Random Lake.
In the outlaw compact division, #54 Michael Strean, Sheboygan, pulled out to an early lead. Strean led all fifteen laps of the A-main, with only one caution on lap three, earning his first win of the season at PDTR. Strean was followed by #13 Josh Pierce, Fredonia; #29 Patrick Ciske, Sheboygan Falls; #32 Curtiss Humphrey, Sheboygan Falls; and #11Scott Brendel, Cleveland. The heat race winners were Ciske, and #25 Arenz, Sheboygan, last week’s A-main winner.
Scheffler, Lubach, Melis, & Arenz Win Plymouth Dirt Track Season Opener
Plymouth, WI (May 12, 2012)
On Mother’s Day weekend, 82 cars checked into the pit area for the season opener of Plymouth Dirt Track Racing (PDTR).
The #97 Justin Schmidt of Cleveland and the 8R Billy Rezutek of Big Bend brought the late model field to the line to take the green flag in the first feature event of the evening. Tim Buhler, #7B of Glenbeulah, would jump out to an early lead. With the help of lap traffic, #74 Russ Scheffler of Waukesha would take the lead on lap 13. A lone caution for a spin in turn two would slow the field. Scheffler maintained his lead on the re-start and would go on to win his first A-main of the season. Buhler finished in second place, followed by Brad Mueller of Random Lake, Rick Scheffler of Waukesha, and Billy Rezutek of Big Bend. Tim Carmen of Sheboygan Falls, Justin Schmidt, Craig Schueffner of Sheboygan Falls, and Kyle Odekirk of Plymouth rounded out the top ten. Heat race winners were: Rick Scheffler and Brad Mueller.
The Grand National feature took the green flag with #34 Steve Weber of Plymouth and #8J Matt Jackson of Sheboygan on the front row. Jackson would lead lap one only to be slowed by a caution on lap two. Jackson lead the race until another caution on lap 7. On the restart the #37 of Brad Lubach of Kiel took the lead and would finish first followed by Jackson, Luke Scholten of Oostburg, Brian Goetsch of Sheboygan, and Scott Houpt of Belgium. Rounding out the top ten were Aaron Hauck of Plymouth, Mark Fieber of Cascade, Donny Kulow of Plymouth, Dick Hed of Plymouth, and James Pagel of St. Cloud. James Pagel won the Grand National B-main. Heat race winners were: Kulow, Scholten, and Houpt.
The Sprint car A-main was next. The #51 Jim Melis of Glenbeulah would take the lead at the drop of the green flag followed by the #6K Kurt Davis of West Allis. A caution on lap 7 would slow the field. On the restart, a roll over accident would bring out the red flag. The field restarted with Melis alone in the front row followed by Davis and Ben Schmidt of Howards Grove. Schmidt got by Davis on lap 12 only to fall back after contact with Davis on lap 22. Melis went on the win his first A-main of the season followed by Davis, Tim Haddy of Waupun, Jeremy Schultz of Beaver Dam, Randy Sippel of Elkhart Lake, Paul Pokorski of West Bend, Ben Schmidt, Al Schlafer of Sussex, Danny Schlafer of Sussex, and Shane Wenninger of Kewaskum. Kyle Marten of Sheboygan Falls won the B-main. Heat race winners were: Josh Walter of Sheboygan Falls, Danny Schlafer, Jeremy Schultz, and Ben Schmidt.
The Outlaw Compacts rolled trackside for the final event of the evening. The #25 of Travis Arenz, Sheboygan would win the feature event, leading all but one of the 15 laps. Following Arenz to the finish line was Josh Pierce of Fredonia, Michael Strean of Sheboygan, Trevor Wehrmann of Howards Grove, Dickmann/Flunker of Cascade, Donnie Welch of Saukville, Corey Martin of Sheboygan, Curtiss Humphrey of Sheboygan Falls, Scott Brendel of Cleveland, and Patrick Ciske of Sheboygan Falls. Heat race winners were: Arenz and Strean.
2011 Year In Review Submitted by George Baumann
Forty-nine drivers raced at least
one night during the season.
The following drivers raced every night and missed the A' only once: #55 Melissa Singer (missed final night-broken axle)
Racing thirteen nights and making the A-main each night was #37 Brad Lubach.
Most Top-Five finishes: Fieber 9, B. Lubach 8, Singer 6, Jackson 6, Yancey 5.
Most Top-Ten finishes: Fieber 14, Singer 13, B. Lubach 12, Goetsch 9, Scholten 9, D. Kulow 9, Yancey 8, Jackson 8, K. Lubach 7.
* Also winning an A-main, #61C
Loren Lubach, #R44 Rick Hed and #21 Kevin Lubach
Grand National All-Time wins with PDTR (top 15)
Grand Nationals have run 103 A-mains.
#R44 Rick Hed set a new 25-lap A-main track record (6:52)
Fifty-seven drivers raced at least
one night. (same as 2010)
The following drivers participated in all fifteen shows and made the Feature each night: #25 Danny Schlafer and #35 Ben Schmidt.
The following raced all fifteen shows and missed the Feature only once: #4 Paul Pokorski, #26 Al Schlafer and #99K Kyle Marten
Racing fifteen nights and missing the Feature only twice was #53 Shane Wenninger
The following drivers also raced fifteen nights: #55P Brian Portschy and #97W Tony Wondra.
* Also winning an A-main was #10W Scotty Neitzel
Most Top-Five finishes: Schmidt 11; D. Schlafer 8; Schultz 7; J. Melis 7.
Most Top-Ten finishes: Schmidt 14, D. Schlafer 11; Schultz 10, J. Melis 9, Thiel 9, Davis 9, Fiedler 8.
Thirty-two drivers won at least one race
Sprint All-Time wins with PDTR (top-16)
PDTR Sprints have run 99 A-mains
Thirty-six drivers raced at least
The following drivers participated in all fifteen programs: #D1 Turk Letizia, #7B Tim Buhler, #21K Kyle Odekirk, #70 Craig Schueffner, #79 Jim Schmidt and # 89 Brad Mueller.
Missing just one night were #34E Cody Eickberg and #57 Eric Michaels
* Tom Naeyaert also won one A-main
Most Top-Five finishes: Russ Scheffler 12, Buhler 9, Mueller 9, Rick Scheffler 8, Rezutek 7, Schmidt 6
Most Top-Ten finishes: Mueller 14, Buhler 12, Russ Scheffler 12, Schmidt 11, Rick Scheffler 11, Rezutek 11, Schueffner 1
Thirteen drivers won at least one race.
Late Model all-time wins with PDTR (top15)
Late Models have run 99 A-mains
Thirty-five drivers raced at least
The following drivers participated in all fifteen programs: #11 Scott Brendel, #11B Jeff Brendel, #17B Ben Van Wyke, #19J Justin Green, and #34F Cole Fenske and #54 Chiminatti/Strean.
Missing one night were: #17 Donnie Welch, #25 Travis Arenz, #29 Patrick Ciske,
Thirteen drivers won at least one race.
Most Top-Fives: Green 14, Fenske 12, Van Wyk 10, Arenz 9, Ciske 6.
Most Top-Tens: Green 14, Fenske 14, Van Wyk 13, Ciske 13, S. Brendel 12, Arenz 12, Schmidt 11, Chiminatti/Strean 11.
Outlaw Compact top 15 in All-Times wins with PDTR
Six drivers with 6 wins
Outlaw Compacts have run 96 A-mains.
Season Finale at
Plymouth Dirt Track
Scotty Neitzel returned to Plymouth Dirt Track Racing, the Beaver Dam racer winning the final PDTR sprint race of the season. Both Neitzel and runner-up Ken Jay Fiedler of Sheboygan Falls also competed in the IRA Sprint Car field Saturday night. Oakfield’s Doug Wondra crossed the finish line third, followed by Beaver Dam’s Jeremy Schultz and Kurt Davis of West Allis. Sheboygan’s Scotty Thiel began in the last row of the 22-car field and finished seventh. Newly-crowned PDTR champion Ben Schmidt ended up twelfth after problems in the feature. The race was staged at 27 laps in memory of the late Frank Filskov, who lost his life in Michigan over a decade ago.
The Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Car tour staged their 15th Filskov Memorial race, also set at 27 circuits, with another double-duty racer winning the event. Brian Kristan, from Zion, Illinois, did not make the PDTR main, but made up for it by winning the IRA contest. Passed earlier by Tommy Sexton in lapped traffic, Kristan quickly took back the lead and the duo finished in that order. Fiedler began and ended in third place, followed by Dave Uttech and defending champion Billy Balog. Completing the top ten were Wayne Modjeski, Neitzel, Mike Kertscher, and Travis Luedtke.
The mini sprints joined the race car
with Nick Petzka taking the checkered flag over Jim
Scanlon, Bob Reichert, Todd Lehr, and John Garlock. The
race was completed under the caution when Rob Brannam’s
car rolled following the white flag, but there were no
Dirt Track Championships Decided
Plymouth Dirt Track had two of its four track championships decided on the last lap Saturday night. Random Lake’s Brad Mueller earned the late model crown by a scant margin over Glenbeulah’s Tim Buhler. The pair began in the sixth row and finished eighth and fifth, respectively, in a hard-fought feature that ended with Buhler’s car spun after the checkered flag. Jim Rychtik of Port Washington led the 25-lap event until his car overheated during the sole caution period before the halfway mark. Rychtik’s car slowed on the final circuit and Shawano’s Tom Naeyaert got past for the win. Cleveland’s Jim Schmidt finished third in the Rick Scheffler car, with Ron Stroika of Mukwonago finishing fourth.
With one week remaining until their championship, Ben Schmidt of Howards Grove leads the sprint car points by a healthy margin over Danny Schlafer of Sussex. Schmidt topped his night with a second-place feature finish, while Schlafer began in the last row after transferring from the B main and finished a lap down in seventeenth place. Kurt Davis of West Allis led every lap from the pole to notch his first win at Plymouth this year. Glenbeulah’s Jim Melis finished third and Burnett’s Lance Fassbender posted a fifth place at the end of 25 laps. Beaver Dam’s Jeremy Schultz made the biggest gain, from twelfth to fourth place.
Cascade’s Mark Fieber earned the Grand National crown by racing from the back of the pack to seventh place in twenty-five circuits. Plymouth’s Loren Lubach began and ended at the front of the 20-car feature, challenged by Sheboygan’s Brian Cesar in his first race of the year. Sheboygan racers Matt Jackson, Matt Yancey and Brian Goetsch followed across the finish line. Goetsch made up the most ground after starting in the ninth row.
The closest point chase of the night was in the Outlaw Compact field. Justin Green of Sheboygan Falls began the night leading the point standings over Cascade’s Cole Fenske by a narrow margin. Fenske used his front-row start to lead the 15-lap feature, but three laps later Green’s wheel came off. Waldo’s Ben Van Wyk got past Fenske to post another win, followed by Sheboygan’s Travis Arenz and Plymouth’s Zach Dickie. Fenske faded to fourth place at the end and Sheboygan’s Michael Zitzer improved to fifth place.Next Saturday will be the last race of the year in a night of sprint cars. The IRA Sprints return as Plymouth’s own sprint cars finish their championship season, with the mini-sprint class added as well.
The Sheboygan County Fair IRA Racing
Next Saturday is the season championship
night for the late models, Grand Nationals, and Outlaw
Compact divisions at PDTR, with the IRA sprint cars
returning the following Saturday for PDTR’s sprint car
Schlafer of Sussex In A Hurry To Notch
His Second Win at PDTR
Expectant father Danny Schlafer of Sussex was in a hurry to notch his second win at Plymouth Dirt Track Saturday night. Taking advantage of lapped traffic to get past leader Lance Fassbender of Burnett in the sprint car feature, the duo finished in reverse of their front row start at the end of twenty-five circuits. Waupun’s Tim Haddy was fine after his mount rolled over in the opening circuit, and Mayville’s Robbie Pribnow had a wheel come off with five laps remaining. The dash to the checkered flag resulted in Howards Grove’s Ben Schmidt close behind the front pair for third, Beaver Dam’s Jeremy Schultz in fourth, and Josh Walter of Sheboygan Falls earning a strong fifth place finish. Schmidt’s point lead over Schlafer has narrowed with two more races remaining.
Waukesha’s Rick Scheffler also used his second-place start to get past Sheboygan’s Randy Markwardt in the opening laps of the late model feature, posting his third win of the season. Glenbeulah’s Tim Buhler improved to second at the end of the caution-free race, and Oostburg’s Craig Schueffner finished third. Russ Scheffler of Waukesha came from eleventh to fourth at the end, and Markwardt hung on for fifth. Random Lake’s Brad Mueller posted a sixth place finish to keep his name atop the point standings, with Buhler narrowing the gap.
Plymouth’s Dick Hed scored a popular win in his son’s Grand National car. The seventy-two year old raced alongside Sheboygan’s Matt Yancey for several laps before getting past for the lead with five laps remaining in the feature. Yancey hung on for second ahead of a challenging Matt Jackson of Sheboygan. Elkhart Lake’s Kevin Lubach improved to fourth at the end, followed by Cascade’s Mark Fieber. Fieber’s point lead over Waldo’s Melissa Singer and Kiel’s Brad Lubach has also narrowed.
Amber Schmidt of Howards Grove began the Outlaw Compact main on the pole, but her run ended after contact before one lap was complete. The restart saw Sheboygan’s Travis Arenz come from the second row to the lead, surviving two more cautions for errant wheels. Cascade’s Cole Fenske raced alongside Arenz to the checkered flag in a photo finish, the pair separated by inches at the stripe. Point leader Justin Green of Sheboygan Falls got up to third place at the end. Waldo’s Ben Van Wyk and Sheboygan’s Patrick Ciske completed the top five finishers.
Next week the racers have a night off to enjoy the Sheboygan County Fair, but the IRA Sprint Car tour will be racing Saturday night. The following week is championship night for all but the sprints, who will finish their season in tandem with the IRA program September 17.
Threatening Weather Stayed Away
Waldo’s Ben Van Wyk posted another Outlaw Compact win with a late-race pass. Justin Green of Sheboygan Falls hung on for second and Cascade’s Cole Fenske was right behind. Sheboygan’s Patrick Ciske and Scott Brendel of Sheboygan Falls followed at the conclusion of the fifteen-lap contest. The point battle between Green and Fenske tightens up as the season winds down.
Jim Schmidt Ran His 100th
Race at Plymouth Dirt Track
Plymouth Dirt Track’s Fan Appreciation
Night offered half-price tickets to the fans and
collected items to stock the food pantry. The crowd
witnessed history as Cleveland’s Jim Schmidt ran his 100th
late model race at Plymouth Dirt Track Saturday night
and three drivers posted their third wins of the season.
Jim Melis Began Saturday Night With a
Glenbeulah’s Jim Melis began Saturday night with a memorial lap for a former crew member who had passed away and finished with his second sprint car win of the year at Plymouth Dirt Track. Melis moved up from the third spot eight laps before the end of the 25-lap feature. A fast-closing Ben Schmidt of Howards Grove ran out of time after starting the contest in eighth place, followed by Ken Jay Fiedler of Sheboygan Falls. Danny Schlafer of Sussex improved from sixteenth to fourth place, followed by Campbellsport’s Jason Johnson across the finish line.
Waukesha’s Russ Scheffler swept the late model field, posting a heat win before starting the 25-lap feature in the fifth row. It took seven circuits for Scheffler to gain the lead, finishing half a lap ahead of Glenbeulah’s Tim Buhler, who started in the front row. Random Lake’s Brad Mueller came from seventh to challenge for the runner-up spot in the closing laps. Big Bend’s Billy Rezutek and Craig Schueffner of Sheboygan Falls rounded out the top five after beginning in the third row.
Oostburg’s Luke Scholten posted his first win of the year in a caution-filled feature that ran out of its allotted time. Scholten had moved up from tenth to the lead after a dozen circuits, handily in charge when the sixth slowdown ended the feature four laps early. Bob Peter of Howards Grove made his debut Saturday, leading early from the pole and finishing second. Plymouth’s Steve Weber rallied from thirteenth to third, Kiel’s Brad Lubach came from twelfth for a fourth-place finish, and Plymouth’s Donny Kulow improved from ninth to fifth.
Sheboygan’s Travis Arenz posted another win in the Outlaw Compact feature, leading the field when the last-lap caution for a lost wheel ended the event. Following was Waldo’s Ben Van Wyk and Justin Green of Sheboygan Falls. Fond du Lac’s Tim Simon faded to fourth, followed by Cleveland’s Scott Brendel.Next Saturday is Fan Appreciation Night with half-price tickets to begin the month of August.
It was a good night for Cascade
racers Saturday at Plymouth Dirt Track
It was a good night for Cascade racers Saturday at Plymouth Dirt Track. Mark Fieber had a heat race incident result in his car crashing into the concrete wall, then rebounded at feature time to win the Grand National feature. Fieber was on a mission, beginning the 25-lap contest in fifth place and working past leader Melissa Singer of Waldo to take the point with four laps remaining. Last week’s winner, Brian Goetsch from Sheboygan, came from eleventh to third and Plymouth’s Donny Kulow improved from tenth to fourth. Steven Weber of Plymouth finished the top five in a race slowed by one caution.
Cole Fenske posted his first win of the season in the Outlaw Compact feature, followed by another racer from Cascade, Andy Singer. The 15-lap race started with Singer roaring up from mid-field to take the lead before Fenske moved up from his fifth-place start. Sheboygan’s Travis Arenz crossed the line third, Justin Green of Sheboygan Falls fourth, and point leader Justin Green of Sheboygan fifth.
Jeremy Schultz of Beaver Dam posted his third win in the sprint car feature and rewarded the audience with donuts on the dry, slick track. Beginning on the pole, Schultz had to fend off challenges from Kurt Davis of West Allis for the entire 25 circuits. An early incident brought out the red flag when Plymouth’s Brian Portschy and Al Schlafer of Sussex got together, flipping wildly and catching the fence in the backstretch. Both climbed out unhurt, but their cars were unrecognizable. Ben Schmidt of Howards Grove rallied from tenth to third, followed by Plymouth’s Travis Luedke, who began in fourteenth place. Burnett’s Lance Fassbender made a good return by posting a fifth-place finish.
Waukesha’s Scheffler brothers headed the late model field feature, Russ leading the way from the front row before Rick took the point with seven laps remaining. The 25-lap ended with Franklin’s Ted Dolhun Sr. in third, Sheboygan’s Randy Markwardt and Milwaukee’s Al Atkinson closing out the top five.
Billy “The Kid” Rezutek of Big Bend Takes
Billy “The Kid” Rezutek of Big Bend took home his first late model win of the season at Plymouth Dirt Track Saturday night. Beginning in sixth place, Rezutek took advantage of four cautions in the opening circuits to work his way to the front, taking over the point from Franklin’s Dan Sorce. After spinning donuts on the track, taking a reverse victory lap, and climbing atop his car, Rezutek exclaimed, “It was hard-fought,” adding, “I went up to the high side and it worked. I changed gears five minutes before we got out here.” Challenging at the end was Waukesha’s Russ Scheffler, Random Lake’s Brad Mueller, Sorce, and Cleveland’s Jim Schmidt. The 30-lap event was slowed six times in the first half for minor spins.
Danny Schlafer of Sussex vaulted from the pole to the win in the sprint feature, surviving six restarts in the time-shortened main. Slowed by half a dozen caution periods, the thirty circuits were reduced when the race clock ran out, forcing a dash to the finish line. Howard Grove’s Ben Schmidt came from thirteenth to challenge at the end, with Glenbeulah’s Jim Melis improving from twelfth to third. Schlafer’s father, Al, worked his way up from tenth to fourth place at the checkers as Plymouth’s Brian Portschy faded to fifth at the end. Schlafer climbed atop his wing in victory circle, exclaiming, “Thanks for everybody cheering. It makes it so nice when I hear it.” Referring to Schmidt right behind him, Schlafer said, “That’s why we come here to race. You never know.”
Sheboygan’s Brian Goetsch led every lap in the Grand National feature to claim his first victory of the season. “It was my birthday yesterday,so this was my birthday present,” declared Goetsch in victory lane. The extended race went the distance at thirty laps, slowed only when second-starting Aaron Hauck of Plymouth spun. Sheboygan’s Matt Jackson returned with his daughter, who had a blood vessel rupture in her brain and is on the road to recovery. Jackson’s top five finish was erased when his car went over the cushion with two laps remaining, recovering for tenth place. Kiel’s Brad Lubach got past Waldo’s Melissa Singer for second place at the end, with Cascade’s Mark Fieber and Belgium’s Scott Houpt in the top five.
Sheboygan’s Patrick Ciske took home the trophy in the Outlaw Compact class in a challenging twenty-lap contest that saw three different leaders. Waldo’s Ben Van Wyk led from the front row until retiring with problems six laps before the end. Sheboygan’s Travis Arenz took the point next, then suffered a flat with two circuits remaining. At the next green flag Ciske charged ahead of Sheboygan Falls’ Justin Green for the win. Cleveland’s Scott Brendel was followed by Amber Schmidt of Howards Grove and Sheboygan’s Alex Wiesenberg.
There were several custom and restored
race cars on display before the race program. A large
field of restored vintage modified cars raced their
vintage machines Saturday, ending the night with Dave
Waldron piloting his creation to the final win of the
Tim Melis On A
On a hot summer night Plymouth’s Tim Melis was on a hot streak at Plymouth Dirt Track Saturday night. “We had a big crash three or four weeks ago,” claimed Melis, adding, “Now we won three of four mains.” Melis made a special mention to his mother in the audience, who was recovering from heart problems. Leading every lap, Melis started the 25-lap contest in the second row along with his brother Jim of Glenbeulah, and the pair finished in that order. Sheboygan’s Scotty Thiel improved from tenth to third in the 22-car field, followed by point leader Ben Schmidt of Howards Grove. A pair of Susssex racers followed as Danny Schlafer came from the eighth row to pass his father, Al Schlafer, for fifth place as the laps wound down. The race was slowed by three cautions, Beaver Dam’s Jeremy Schultz and Kewaskum’s Brian Johnson the only non-finishers.
Waukesha’s Russ Scheffler returned to winner’s circle Saturday night, after a hard-fought battle using the high groove to get past Franklin’s Ted Dolhun in the late model feature. Dolhun led from the pole, surviving one restart, when Scheffler worked past with five laps remaining in the 25-lap contest. A second caution saw the field charge ahead for the final three laps, Random Lake’s Brad Mueller surging past Dolhun as the checkered flag waved. Following the trio was Glenbeulah’s Tim Buhler and Rick Scheffler of Waukesha, who started in the last row. Scheffler remarked, “I’m glad we started in the front. Ted Dolhun did an outstanding job. I was just glad we could hold on.”
Kevin Lubach led every lap of the Grand National feature, exclaiming, “We didn’t expect to win that.” With a smoking mount the entire race, Elkhart Lake’s Lubach led every lap, followed by Brad Lubach of Kiel. The pair of front-row started lapped several others in the 25-lap main, followed by Waldo’s Melissa Singer and Plymouth’s Loren Lubach.
The Outlaw Compact contest closed the night with Shebygan’s Travis Arenz again in victory circle. Beginning on the pole of the 15-lap contest, Arenz survived one restart and led every lap. Ben Van Wyk of Waldo improved from fifth to runner-up, followed by Cascade’s Cole Fenske and Justin Green of Sheboygan Falls. After his first win of the season, Arenz gave thanks to his family for their support.
The Prelude to July 4 Brings Out
by Fay Hendricks
The prelude to July 4 brings out more people for the holiday weekend, and Saturday they came to Plymouth Dirt Track. Some extra cars in the pits helped fill the spots of those who were missing, as race budgets for a few were used up in the first two months. One of those missing was Grand National double winner Matt Jackson, whose daughter Courtney suffered a serious brain affliction, and latest news informs us that she needs all our good thoughts and prayers. We would add another to our prayers after an ill-fated sprint heat race. The fourth heat began with eight entries and ended with only four after Justin Miller's mount rolled with another, another doing the same later.
We watched as Miller's crew thrashed to make repairs, while Miller's wife left to get his spare wing from their nearby home. The work paid off with the car's front suspension fixed, then a wing from Scotty Thiel was mounted on Miller's car in preparation for the B main. What none of us knew at the time was that Miller's wife had gotten the spare, and was evidently holding it down while someone else drove the pickup truck, and a gust of wind launched the wing, and her, out of the vehicle. Miller must have gotten the call shortly after the car was ready to roll, for soon the wing came off and his car was put in the trailer. Plans of him being in the local parade the next day were no longer a priority as Miller left early. Our hearts went with him.
The Grand National field was first in feature rotation, having scratched entries cancel their B main earlier. The front row of Luke Scholten and Brad Lubach seemed to thwart chances of anyone else reaching the front, but racers never give up hope. Scholten handily took charge, surviving two restarts for minor spins, and Lubach retired before ten laps were complete. Mark Fieber began in eleventh place, but had been working his way to the front by the second caution on lap eleven. After that it only took three more circuits for Fieber to get past Scholten, surviving another restart with six laps remaining. Donny Kulow improved to third place and Melissa Singer came from ninth to fourth at the end. Fieber notched his first win of this season, and his fourth victory since beginning here five years ago. Fieber shared the moment by thanking his crew and sponsors.
Thesprint car field needed two B mains to complete the 22-car feature, and we felt badly for Michigan's Earl Possi, who missed a transfer position by one spot. Possi was the first alternate, but no one was missing when the field rolled in a four-wide salute to the fans. The 25-lap contest started with Kyle Marten and Paul Pokorski in front, Ken Jay Fiedler and point leader Ben Schmidt next. Marten took the point at the start, Pokorski working hard on the outer groove to get past. Pokorski's work paid off by staying ahead as they started the seventh lap, but was met by the yellow flag instead when Doug Wondra slowly rolled over in the backstretch. Wondra's damage was minimal, returning to the field without missing a lap, but Pokorski did not fare as well the next time the green flag waved.
Schmidt led the next time around as others also passed Pokorski and Marten, then B-main winner Brandon McMullen rolled over and forced another red flag. The audience applauded the safe exit of all drivers this night, appreciating the safety equipment that worked. Schmidt kept ahead past another restart before a dozen laps were complete, but the rest of the way was full speed ahead. Right behind was Jeremy Schultz, keeping Schmidt on alert, but when the checkered flag waved over the field it was Thiel who garnered second place instead. Schultz was followed by eleventh-place starter Tim Melis, who also had great success on the slick, black track. Schmidt spun donuts while holding his victory flag, quite a feat in itself, then came to victory circle. Schmidt began, "That was hard-fought. I didn't know where that number five(Schultz) was," then added thoughts of another girl who was in their thoughts and prayers.
The late model feature followed with Dave Thomas and Cody Eickberg followed by Eric Michaels and Randy Markwardt at the start of the 25-lap feature. Thomas soon had a large gap behind as the pack stayed in a cluster for many circuits. The race went nonstop until six laps remained. As they were trying to get past the slower vehicle driven by Roy Dahmer, contact was made and second-place Markwardt was spun. The restart resulted in Eickberg spinning, and three laps later he repeated the feat. The next time around saw Rick Scheffler take the point as the final three times around the oval were at speed. Russ Scheffler briefly surged ahead of his little brother, but couldn't hold the spot. Thomas staved off Jim Schmidt, who began in the fifth row, as the younger Scheffler earned his first win of the season at Plymouth. "The crew guys did an awesome job," Scheffler was heard to say later.
The Outlaw Compact field closed the night with their 15-lap main. Patrick Ciske and Mike Zitzer were followed by point leaders Cole Fenske and Justin Green at the start. Before a lap was scored Alex Wesenberg had spun to the wall and was out before the race began. The next attempt worked, Zitzer ahead on lap one, Green the rest of the way. A spun mount slowed the pace before ten laps, at which time Zitzer pitted with a flat tire and made a quick change. Three laps later Andy Singer's car seemed to be trying to explode, the vehicle lurching and spewing flames underneath, forcing the final yellow flag of the night with three laps remaining. The finish was unfettered as Green was followed by Fenske and Travis Arenz, who began in last place.
The warm night was complete just after ten o'clock, and were warmed even more when my husband won the 50/50 drawing for the first time in his life. Despite our joy, we hold several in our hearts this night.
SCHEFFLER SUCCESSFUL AT SPECIAL SHOW AT PLYMOUTH DIRT
TRACK SATURDAY NIGHT
FAST FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND AT THE PLYMOUTH
[PLYMOUTH, WIS.]- JUNE 18, 2011-
Father’s Day weekend welcomed 85 cars for tonight’s dirt
track racing action. The 360 sprint cars took to the
track for 15 laps and the top six transfer to the A-main
event. Leading the way on the pole from Plymouth,
Wisconsin was the #15M of Justin Miller. Yellow flew on
lap one for two cars facing the wrong direction, Miller
would take the field to the green once again and as they
crossed the checkers it would be the #24 of Scott Conger
taking the win and the top six that transferred would be
the #53 of Shane Wenniger, #74V of Randy Brunette, #10W
of Scotty Neitzel, #51M of Jim Melis and the #25 of
DUCES WOULD BE THE LUCKY
NUMBER FOR SCHULTZ AND JACKSON CAPTURING A-MAIN WINS
By: Camisha Miller
[PLYMOUTH, WIS.]- JUNE 11, 2011- As the weather continued to cool down the races began to heat-up for the night as the 360 Sprint Car B-main made it trackside. The pole sitter #74V of Randy Brunette brought the field to the green flag as the midst was falling from the sky. Randy Sippel #39S (Elkhart Lake, WI) jumped to the early lead after lap three and would capture the victory in 12 laps and transfer to the night’s A-main event, finishing second would be the #44B of Brian Johnson (Kewaskum, WI) third #3E of Erin Winscher (Plymouth, WI)), fourth #74V of Randy Brunette (Chilton, WI), fifth #12W of Josh Walter (Sheboygan Falls, WI) and the sixth and final transfer spot going to the #92 of Pete Ostrowski (Milwaukee, WI).
After track prep due to the midst that was lingering on the race track- and a quick intermission, the 360 Sprint Car A-main rolled trackside. On the pole and currently 2nd in points hailing from Beaver Dam, WI was the #5J of Jeremy Schultz; he brought the 22 car field to the start line for the 25- lap main event. Out to an early led was Schultz followed by top point runner in the #35 of Ben Schmidt (Howards Grove, WI). Schultz and Schmidt got to lap traffic on lap four and heading into traffic Schultz was leading the way. The field was halted due to a red flag brought out by the #39S of Randy Sippel and the #51M of Jim Melis (Glenbeulah, WI) on lap 14 both flipping over coming out of turn two. Both drivers walked away unharmed but were unable to re-start. Making a visit to the work area under the red flag conditions would be the #35 of Ben Schmidt giving up his 2nd running spot and would now have to tag the rear of the field.
As they took the green there was 12 laps to go and Schultz would see contender Tim Haddy (Waupun, WI) in the #21H in the 2nd spot and the #53 of Shane Wenninger (Kewaskum, WI) in 3rd spot. Schultz jumped out to the early lead once again and had several car lengths put between 2nd and 3rd place quickly and now had his sights set on capturing his second checkered flag of the season. Schultz got to lap traffic again on lap 18 and that was soon slowed by a caution waving for the #08 of John Krebsbach was facing the wrong direction in turn two. As the field re-started Schultz taking his third and final re-start of the night found himself after the 25 laps in victory lane for the second time this season.
The fans yelled as he climbed from the cock-pit and he stated, "The track was really fast tonight and I need to thank my crew who didn’t know much about sprint cars when we started but wow they have come a long way! I need to thank all my fans and sponsors too. That was really a lot of fun!” Finishing second from Waupun would be #21H Tim Haddy, third the #25 of Danny Schlafer (Sussex, WI) fourth the #26 of Al Schlafer (Sussex, WI) and fifth would go to the #97W of Tony Wondra (Campbellsport, WI).
Grand National A-main rolled trackside and started on the pole would be the #34 of Steven Weber (Plymouth, WI). Wheel to wheel they took the green and the #8J of Matt Jackson on the outside took the lead coming out of turn four. A battle between the #95K of Donny Kulow (Plymouth, WI) and #28 of Mark Fieber (Cascade, WI) for the 3rd and forth spot was heating up as the #37 of Brad Lubach (Kiel, WI) was on the move around the top side of the race track working towards passing Jessen #55M, #28 Fieber and #95K Kulow. Lubach had his sights set on the top two and was chasing them down on lap eight. A yellow would wave on lap 10 for numerous cars getting together coming out of turn two.
Coming for the green once again the #8J of Jackson would lead them across the start and Lubach picked-up where he left off and was quickly challenging the #34 of Weber for second place. Coming up through the field once again was the #28 of Fieber who fell back a few spots but now was working on Lubach for the 3rd spot. As the battles heated up for the top four spots, Jackson moved into lap traffic 18 and soon a yellow waved. As they re-stared, Jackson was feeling pressure again from Lubach on lap 20.
Lubach was working the bottom of the race track and Jackson closed the door on him several times to capture his second victory of the season. Three wide coming out of turn three on the white flag lap would be Matt Jackson, Brad Lubach, Steven Weber, Kevin Lubach and rounding out the top five Mark Fieber. Jackson stated, "I can't believe that we are visiting victory lane once again this year. To get one win is awesome but to get two- I am shocked and so excited. I need to thank my crew, sponsors and the fans!"
Late Models rolled track side and on the pole would be the #8R of Billy Rezutek and Kyle Ordekirk in the #21K would take them across the start line for the 25 lap A-main event. Up on his side would be last weeks winner Craig Schueffner in the #70 bringing out the red flag- he walked away unharmed and would be able to tag the back of the field.
Closing in on lap 16 a caution would wave and button up the field with Brad Mueller #89 leading the way over Russ Scheffler #74 and Tim Buhler #7B. After another caution waved on lap 19 the field would be told that it would be a green, white, checkered finish due to time restraints on the race. Mueller would lead the field for the green flag re-start and quickly was challenged by the #74 of Scheffler. Side-by-side they would come down the back stretch and coming out of turn four coming for the checkers Scheffler would pick up the victory over Mueller at the line on the top side of the race track.
Scheffler (Waukesha, WI) was met in victory lane with cheers from the crowd on autograph night and stated, “This is our first win of the season here at the Plymouth Dirt Track and I need to thank Brad for racing me clean and for the respect that we have for each other it makes it fun when guys race you clean. I need to thank my crew and my sponsors especially Bill Behling he is a super guy!”
Outlaw Compacts were last out in the rotation for the evening and the field was under a caution quickly for the #17B of Matt Van Wyk as he hit the wall coming out of turn two head on-he walked away unharmed and would not be unable to re-start. Coming down the back stretch with a battle on lap 12 with the #22 of Kyle Singer going for the lad on the bottom out of turn there and he would pick-up the victory over the #7of Tim Simon and the #19J of Justin Green on lap 15 and finish the night with a clean sweep. Singer (Cascade, WI) stated, “I need thank my sponsors and the fans for all of the support!"
PLYMOUTH DIRT TRACK HEATS UP ON SATURDAY
By: Camisha Miller
[PLYMOUTH, WIS.]- JUNE 4, 2011- The sun was out and humidity was visiting the track along with 86 cars that pulled in to the Plymouth Dirt Track. The Late Model A-main had the #70 of Craig Schueffner (Sheboygan Falls, WI) name written all over it. He jumped out to an early lead and on lap seven he had his sights set on lap traffic until a yellow waved on lap eight. Schueffner
re-started with a clean track took full advantage and pulled away from the field. A battle for the 2nd spot went to the #8R of Billy Rezutek (Big Bend, WI) and he was looking towards the top spot.
Coming into lap 16 Schueffner was seeing laps cars once again ahead and began working through traffic on lap 18 and continued to extend his lead. Lap 21 was slowed by a caution and that would set-up a four lap dash for the lead between, Rezutek #8R, Tim Buhler #7B (Glenbeulah, WI) and #79 Jim Schmidt (Cleveland, WI). They took the green and Schueffner picked up where he left off and once again the yellow waved still at lap 21. Lap 22nd another caution waved and Schueffner would have to led the field to the green once again with the #8R of Rezutek in second and the #79 of Schmidt in third.
With the checkered waving after several cautions, Schueffner from Sheboygan Falls would capture the victory and clean sweep the night. He led respectively from the start of the race and through numerous cautions. After the crowd welcomed him with cheers to victory lane, he stated, "I would like to thank everyone for coming out tonight and I need to really thank all of my
Grand National racing was next on the agenda and Melissa Singer (Waldo, WI) in the #55 led them to the green. Singer was in the hot seat and in the hunt for the 2nd spot was the #12 of Brian Goetsch (Sheboygan, WI). Singer down low and the #12 of Goetsch was battling on the top side of the race track. Yellow waved the track on lap eight and that would tighten up the field. Four-wide down the back stretch through three and four, however a caution waved on lap nine and the field once again had to re-start. We were green once again up until lap 12 the
dust flew as the field halted.
Singer hailing from Waldo, Wis., led the way through numerous cautions and this was a hard one earned due to those cautions to capture the A-main victory. She has over 13 years of experience in the division and the crowd jumped to their feet to cheer her on from victory lane; she mentioned, "This was one of the longest races in my life, but I need to thank all of my sponsors and my husband who builds my car every year- this is just a great win for us."
Finishing second would be Matt Jackson, Mark Fieber, Brad Lubach and rounding out the top five Chris Baumann.
As the dust continued to fly the 360 sprinters took to the track for their 25-lap A-main event. Taking the field through corner four and setting the pace to the flag stand was the #55 of Brian Portschy (Plymouth, WI). Threw the dust, Portschy continued to lead on lap eight running the bottom of the race track. Jim Melis in the #51M was making his way from the 8th starting
spot to the front of the field on the top side of the race track running in fourth on lap 11. Scotty Thiel would retire to the pit area with mechanical problem on lap 15 and that would diminish any chances of capturing back-to-back A-main wins.
Top point contenders the #5J of Jeremy Schultz (Beaver Dam, WI) was in 8th moving up from 11th and on lap 21 the #35 of Ben Schmidt (Howards Grove, WI) who started 15th was up to 10th. A caution waved on lap 20 as the #2 of Joe Wipperfurth was facing the wrong direction out of turn four. The field would re-stack and with five more laps to go, Melis was up to the 3rd spot with the #26 of Al Schlafer (Sussex, WI) running second behind the "Tornado" Portschy. Melis on the top side of the race track would challenge Portschy on lap 22 and coming out of four, Melis and Portschy side-by-side down the back stretch and on lap 23, Melis would come across as the new A-main leader. Taking the checkers after 25-laps would be the native Jim Melis from Glenbeulah, Wis., who clean swept the night and he mentioned, "It was a pretty slick track and we went up to the top I had to make it work there. It sure did work out for us and I want to thank my car owner and all of my sponsors. It is fun to drive because they give me a good car."
Finishing 2nd was the #4 of Paul Pokorski, 3rd #55 Brian Portschy and fourth would be awarded to the #26 of Al Shlafer.
Outlaw Compacts took to the dry slick track Ben Van Wyk (Waldo, WI) led the way from the green to the checkers. He got into lap traffic on lap nine of 15 and moved through lap traffic and following in 2nd would be the followed by the Cole Fenske (Plymouth, WI). From victory lane,"I would like to thank my family, pit crew and sponsors and the fans" stated Van Wyk.
The B-main for the grand nationals went to from Fond du Lac, Wis., Ron Paulick Jr., driving the #20JR. Second would be awarded to the #80 of Luke Scholten from Oostburg, Wis.
The 360 sprint car B-main was 15 laps and the top six cars transfer to the A-main event. Scott Thiel #64 coming off last night’s A-main victory at Manitowoc took the early lead over Tim Melis in the #9. Yellow flag waved the race track with no laps in- the field re-started. The green flag waved and after 15 laps were in the books, the winner would be the #9 of Tim Melis
(Plymouth, WI) followed by the #99 of Kyle Marten (Sheboygan Falls, WI), #64 Scotty Thiel (Sheboygan, WI), #30P Doug Wondra (Oakfield, WI), #39 Randy Sippel (Elkhart Lake, WI) and the #7 of Lance Fassbender (Burnett, WI) in the sixth and final transfer spot.
The Late Models were first up in the rotation this week and taking heats wins were: #79 of Jim Schmidt (Cleveland, WI), Craig Schueffner (Sheboygan Falls, WI). Grand Nationals were next and heat winners were as follows: Tim Simon (Fond du Lac, WI), Scott Houpt (Belgium, WI), Mark Fieber (Cascade, WI). Sprint heats were awarded to Al Shlafer (Sussex, WI), Jim Melis(Glenbeulah, WI), Ken Jay Fielder (Sheboygan Falls, WI) and Scott Conger. Outlaw Compacts heats awarded
The 360 sprint cars pushed off for their four heats of the night. Ten laps the distance for the first heat with seven cars in the field, the green flagged waved and the #9 of Tim Melis set the pace. Melis lead all ten laps to capture heat race number one’s victory followed by #25 of Danny Schlafer, #39P of Earl Possi, #15m-Justin Miller and rounding out the top five #31R-Jay Riemer. Heat two took the track and eight cars lined up side-by-side. Tim Haddy jumped to the early lead in front of #69 of Eliot Kulow. On lap three, the field spread out and Haddy was leading the way over Eliot Kulow, Brian Johnson, Jim Melis, KenJay Fielder, Randy Sippel, Doug Wondra and rookie driver in the #37 Tim Argus. That is how they would come across the checkers in that same order with Haddy taking home the win. The line-up was set for heat race three as pole sitter Scott Conger took the green. Tony Wondra and Scott Conger were battling hard for that top spot as Al Schlafer rolled underneath the #24 of Conger and had his sights set on the #97W until he found himself facing the other direction after contact with the inside berm bringing out a yellow on lap four. Wondra re-started but was soon halted for another yellow for the #08 of John Krebsbach. The field re-started and Jeremy Shultz in the #5J took the lead on lap six and another caution waved the raceway as the #08 who left on the wrecker. There was a good race for 2nd and 3rd between Wondra and Wenninger, and as the checkered flew Schultz would win followed by Wondra, Wenninger, Schlafer, Conger, the #2 Joe Wipperfurth, John Krebsbach in the #08 and #3E of Erin Winscher-DNS. The field took form for the last and final heat race of the evening. Ben Schmidt started out where he finished as he clean swept at the Manitowoc Expo on Friday evening. A yellow on lap six slowed the field for the #98M of Brandon McMullen as he was pushed to the work area to change a right rear tire- he would re-start at the tail of the field. Schmidt took the green and checked-out on the rest of the field and would capture the win followed by #4-Paul Pokorski, #21T- TJ Luedke, #55P-Brian Portschy and rounding out the top five the #7 of Lance Fassbender.
The Grand Nationals were next in rotation and heat one paced the raceway. The #8J of Matt Jackson took an early lead and after a caution waved on lap two- the field re-started and he continued to lead the field and would capture the win over the #95K of Donny Kulow, the #37 Brad Lubach after a side-by-side finish with the #3H of Aaron Hauck at the line the 3rd spot was awarded to the #37 of Brad Lubach. Heat two would be called back due to a bad start-and after the 2nd attempt the field took off and Melissa Singer in the #55 would take the lead. The field spread out and the #68 rejoined the field after a brief visit to the infield. Singer would come home with the victory followed by the #34 of Steven Weber, #55X-of Racer X, the #4 of Glen Blanke and rounding out the top five would be Ron Paulick in the #20JR. The last and final heat was awarded to after an early battle to the #80 of Luke Scholten followed by the #7S of Tim Simon, #12 of Brian Goetsch would be scored 3rd after holding off the #28 of Mark Fieber who finished fourth.
Late Model heat one was trackside and the #8R of Billy Rezutek from the pole was racing the #7B of Tim Buhler for that top spot. Rezutek in the #8R battled the top side of the racetrack and lead the field on lap six. The field would finish with Rezutek taking the win over #7B Buhler, the #5 of Bret Sievert, #15S of Rick Scheffler and the fifth spot would go to Ted Dolhun SR #21. Making the trip from Iowa was the #12 Ron Klein of who would lead the field to the start line and wasting no time to get the lead would be the #89 of Brad Mueller. Klein put pressure on the #89 of Mueller and closing the gap on lap six would be the #74 of Russ Scheffler. There was a three way battle for the lead on lap eight and Mueller would lead the field coming to the white flag. He came down the back stretch quickly out of turn four; Mueller would capture the top spot over the #74 of Russ Scheffler and third would be awarded to Iowa driver visiting PDTR from Iowa the #12 of Ron Klein. Heat three would have the #79 of Jim Schmidt take to the lead and checked-out on the field. The #14 of Dan Sorce comfortably took over the second spot and the #21 of Kyle Ordekirk was third. The yellow flag waved on lap eight for the #45 of Brad Dahmer who found himself facing the wrong way out of turn number four. The field re-started and Schmidt would capture his 18th win on this track followed by Sorce #14 and Ordekirk #21K.
Outlaw Compacts had a battle for the top spot in heat race one but as the 11 cars finished the top spot would be awarded the #64 Michael Zitzer followed by the #11 of Scott Brendel and rounding out the top three would be Ben Van Wyk in the #17B. Heat two would see a caution on lap number one and the field would re-set.
The #25W of Alex Wesenberg had his hands full keeping the top spot from the #34 of Cole Fenske and on lap three Fenske would take the lead as the #25T capture the second spot. Crossing the checkers would be Fenske for the top spot, the #00 of Sean Mueller second, the #25W of Wesenberg third, #5 Amber Schmidt in fourth, and fifth place was awarded to the Brandon Goeser.
The night moved along quickly as the sprint car b-main of 16 cars for 15 laps rolled trackside. The battle began for the top six spots of which would transfer to the nights A-main event. Fassbender took the early lead on lap number two and the battle for second was heating up between the #26 of Al Schlafer on the top side and #95 of KenJay Fielder. Fielder would take the second spot and a caution waved the raceway on lap six for the #30P of Doug Wondra. The field double filed and Fassbender would lead them to the green. The #2 of Wipperfurth would work the bottom of the track in hot pursuit of the sixth and final transfer spot. As they crossed the checkers it would be Fassbender, Fielder, Schlafer, Marten, Thiel and Sippel would finish 6th and capture the final transfer spot.
On Military night the 25-lap A-main for the sprinters pushed track side. On the pole would be the #35 of Ben Schmidt to set the pace after a yellow waved for Brian Portschy who retired to the pit area before the field took the green and the alternate driving the #98M of Brandon McMullen would start. Tim Melis jumped out the early lead but chasing him down would be Schmidt followed by Haddy in the #21H. Danny Schlafer battled the top side of the track to capture the third spot from Haddy on lap seven. Melis would find himself in lap traffic on lap nine and was riding the rail to pass several cars. On lap 13 the #44B of Brian Johnson retired to the pit area and was done for the evening. Melis and Schmidt pulled away from the field on lap 16 and both were working the top side of the racetrack- Schmidt looked to the bottom on lap 17 and side-by-side down the back stretch he would take the lead on lap 19. A yellow flagged the track as the #69 of Kulow faced the wrong direction in corner four and the #7 of Fassbender would be carried off the track on the hook during the same caution with front end damage but his team was able to fix the damage and he re-started at the tail. The field formed side-by-side and Melis and Schlafer were looking to put pressure on the leader Schmidt as they took the green with six to go but a yellow came quickly as Randy Sippel in the #39S was facing the wrong direction in turn four. Schmidt set the pace and quickly Schlafer was battling for the lead on the bottom of the race track. Schmidt and Schlafer came down the back stretch on lap 22 with Schmidt out front. Schmidt would capture another clean sweep this weekend which makes two in a row. Schlafer finished second followed by Tim Melis, Tim Haddy and coming from 14th to finish fifth would be Jim Melis. Schmidt from Howards Grove, Wis., after celebrating with donuts stated in victory lane, “I can’t believe it! I need to thank all my sponsors and my team and my cousin is serving oversees and these clean sweep wins are for him.”
Grand Nationals were up next and with the pole sitter in the #55 Melissa Singer setting the pace. On lap 10 the field would slow for a yellow and be re-set while the #80 of Luke Scholten would retire to the pit area during the yellow. As the field re-started it was once again halted on lap 13 and 14 for yellow flag conditions. As the field came to the checkers after several cautions during the race, #8J of Matt Jackson would find himself for the first time visiting victory lane for a feature win. Excited for his first victory, he stated, “I want to thank my sponsors and we have been racing a long time and finally got this win!” Finishing in 2nd would be Steve Schneider, followed by Brad Lubach, Donny Kulow and Melissa Singer would round out your top five.
The 25-lap Late Model A-main event had fans off their seats. An early battle for the lead with the #79 of Jim Schmidt and the #74 of Russ Scheffler began and on lap 12 Scheffler would take the lead out of turn four and would be headed into lap traffic. Brad Mueller was working the high side of the track and had his sights set on the #74. Into lap traffic on lap 16 and coming out of turn four the crowd was on its feet as they were three wide coming to the flag stand. The top runners continued to work through lap traffic and Mueller on lap 20 would take over the lead and a yellow would wave on lap 22. The field re-set and there were no lap cars in sight. It was an open track for Mueller for the green, white, checkered re-start. The intensity rose throughout the grand stands as they re-started but Mueller was quick to the throttle and finished ahead of the field as the crowd stood on their feet cheering for the Random Lake, Wis., driver. He removed his helmet in victory lane and stated, “We needed this. I told Russ that I wish I could drive like him he makes us all better racers, and for me to pass him to take the lead was really awesome. Thank you to all the fans and to my family for coming out tonight!” Finishing in the runner-up spot was the #5 of Bret Sievert followed by #79 of Jim Schmidt, #74 of Russ Scheffler and fifth would go to the #8R of Billy Rezutek.
To close out the fast-track racing of the evening the Outlaw Compacts took to the track for the A-main event. There was pressure throughout the entire race for the top three spots. The #19J would capture the lead on lap 11 down the back stretch and capture his first win of his career. He stated in victory lane, “My family is a huge part of my racing and my grandma is not here she had knee surgery but she would have loved to see this!” Finishing second-Chris Maas, third-Ben Van Wyk, fourth-Sean Mueller and fifth would be awarded to Amber Schmidt.
[PLYMOUTH, WIS.]-May 8, 2011- Mother Nature has dictated the past few weeks of racing across the State, however being Mother’s Day weekend, she showed her kindness and allowed the 74 cars that checked-in to the Plymouth Dirt Track (PDTR) a chance to finally get on the track.
As hot-laps finished, the National Anthem sung and a moment of silence for late racer Bruce “The Homer” Holz, the Late Models made their way to staging for the first of two heat races of the evening. Anticipation of the first race on the newly configured race track had fans on the edge of their seats. The first heat rolled track-side and as the green flag dropped, the “Tool Man” Tim Buhler in the #7B took the early lead and for the next 10 laps would go unchallenged to capture the top spot. Dave Thomas in the #19 followed suit by finishing 2ndand capturing 3rdwould go to the #15S of Rick Scheffler. Heat race number two of the night pulled trackside and as they took the green flag Brad Mueller piloting the #89 jumped to an early lead and the field would fall into place on lap #2. Lap six should a battle for the 2ndspot between the #79 of Jim Schmidt and the #74 of Russ Scheffler. Coming out of turn two Scheffler would take the 2ndspot and take the checkers finishing 2nd and Schmidt would finish in the 3rdposition. Bradley “JJ” Mueller in the #89 led the entire race from green to checker in smooth fashion.
The field was set after an invert of #2 was drawn for the night’s 25-lap A-main event. The green flagged waved and the entire field would go green to checkers with no cautions. The “Tool Man” Buhler of Glenbeulah, Wis., would capture a clean sweep for the evening and start off his season in winning fashion. Rick Scheffler worked the high side of the race track for numerous laps to try to catch and pass the #7B through lap traffic but would come up short at the checkers and finish 2nd. Mueller and the #15 of Rick Scheffler battled for the 3rdand 4thspot and at the finish the 3rdspot would be awarded to the #89 of Mueller. Standing in victory lane receiving his trophy from RC Custom Design, Buhler stated, “This is an unbelievable start to the season. I am glad we were able to go flag to flag tonight and the race track was extremely smooth tonight, which was great!”
Following the racing order the Grand Nationals scampered onto the track and as the field set in to place the green flag dropped and the #37of Brad Lubach would find himself capturing win #1 of the season crossing the checkers even after the field closed up on lap #5 when a caution waved the race track for #R44 of Rick Hed who found himself facing the wrong direction. Second place in heat race #1 would go to the #7S of Tim Simon and 3rdwould go to #55 of Melissa Singer. The program moving right along, had heat race two in line, the green flagged dropped and side-by-side the field went racing into turn one. Battling for position side-by-side on lap 7 was the #28 of Mark Fieber and #34N of Brett Wenzel and Wenzel would take the lead on lap 8 and would capture the heat race #2 win. As both drivers battled for the top spot, the #3H of Aaron Hauck closed the gap running in the 3rdposition and would take the checkers finishing there.
As the 25-lap A-main was set for the 18 cars signed-in, the field took the green. As the top 3 of Scott Houpt #67H, #7S of Tim Simon and the 3H of Aaron Hauck got to lap traffic and the move over was waving, the top 3 pulled away from the field. Several battles between the #28 of Mark Fieber and the #R44 of Rick Hed continued until the final lap where Fieber would capture 3rd. The man from Belgium, WI, Scott Houpt would capture the A-main victory and stated as he received his RC Custom Design Trophy, “Tonight went pretty well for our team. I need to thank my crew including my son who helps me work on the car and all of my sponsors!”
It was now time for the 29- 360 sprint cars that checked-in to take to the track. Pushing off for heat race #1 the 8 car field was set to go the 10 lap distance. Spreading out as #35 Ben Schmidt took the lead, on lap #5 the red flag would wave for the #3E of Erin Winscher who had flipped coming out of turn #2. Winscher’s team worked diligently in the work area and checked over the #3E sprinter, she was able to re-start at the tail of the field. As the field went green, the next 5 laps proved to be victorious for the #35 team of Ben Schmidt. Finishing 2ndwould be the #26 of Al Schlafer and 3rdthe #09M of Scott Mohs. Heat race #2 moved along as the “Little Farmer” TJ Luedke captured the top finishing spot even after a yellow on lap #7 for the #99K of Kyle Marten waved and the field had to re-start side-by-side. Finishing 2ndwould go the #7 Lance Fassbender and third to the #5J of Jeremy Schultz. At the start of heat race #3 there was a few cars collected coming out of turn #2 and several cars had to be placed in the work area. The #12W of Josh Walter would re-start along with the #69 of Eliot Kulow and #9 of Tim Melis. As the green flagged dropped once again, Robbie Pribnow in the #20R took the lead and a caution would come out for Melis as he retired to the pit area. Re-starting heat race #3 again, Pribnow took over the top spot and would take the win, 2ndplace awarded to the #21H of Tim Haddy and 3rdto the #95 of Ken Jay Fiedler. At the end of the race the #12W of Josh Walter would have top-wing problems and hit the wall coming out of turn #4. He climbed un-harmed from the cock-pit but the #12W would be retired to the pit area for the rest of the evening. The last and final heat race for the 360 sprinters line-up and the #55P of Brian “The Tornado” Portschy would capture the top position and head to victory circle, 2ndwould go the #64 of Scotty Thiel and 3rdto the #4 of Paul Pokorski.
The 15-lap B-main was awarded to the #97 of Tony Wondra, 2nd-#15M Justin Miller captured 2nd- 3rdwas Kyle Marten #99K-4th- #25 Danny Schlafer, 5th- Brandon McMullen #98M and the 6thand final transfer spot was awarded to the #3E of Erin Winscher.
The 25-lap A-main event moved track-side and Shane Wenninger jumped to an early lead, however a caution waved on lap #2 and several cars were involved coming down the front stretch. The #51M driven tonight by Donnie Goeden would be retired to the pit area and the #26 and the #21T would re-start. As the field began to separate and the #7 of Lance Fassbender took the lead, the #5J of Jeremy Schultz was on a mission to capture his first win of the season and of his career. Schultz each lap was reeling in the #7 as they moved through lap traffic. As the scoreboard read lap #18, Fassbender would be passed by Schultz for the lead and he would go on to capture his first A-main victory of his career. After finishing his doughnuts for the fans on the front stretch, Schultz from Beaver Dam, WI, climbed from the car and stated, “I can’t even explain how awesome this is for our team right now. I want to dedicate this win to my grandfather who passed away last week and thank my entire team for all of their hard work. This is just great!” Rounding out the top five, #7 of Lance Fassbender, #35-Ben Schmidt, #95 Ken Jay Fielder and #53 of Shane Wenninger.
The Outlaw Compacts raced two heats of five laps each. First heat race winner would be the #19J of Justin Green followed by 2ndof Sean Mueller in the #00. Heat race two would be awarded to the #34F of Cole Fenske and 2ndto the #11 of Scott Brendel. The 15 lap A-main rolled track-side and the #5 of Amber Schmidt worked hard in trying to catch the leader #22 of Kyle Singer. Singer would capture the top spot and receive his first checkered flag win of the season. Following in 2ndwas the #11 of Scott Brendel, #34F- Cole Fenske in 3rd- #5 of Amber Schmidt and 5th- #19J of Justin Green.