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Marten, Schlafer shine in IRA, PDTR Sprint Car competition

(PEDAL DOWN PROMOTIONS-Jeff Pederson) June 17, 2017 – The largest crowd of the 2017 season descended on The Plymouth Dirt Track for a double dose of high-horsepower, winged open-wheel action, as the Interstate Racing Association 410 Sprint Car Series joined forces with the Plymouth Dirt Track Racing 360 Sprint Cars for the IRA’s first of four planned visits to the venerable third-mail clay oval at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds in Plymouth Saturday, June 17.

In the 30-lap IRA A-Main headliner, Kyle Marten of Sheboygan Falls held off a late charge from defending IRA Series champion Jeremy Schultz of Beaver Dam, while veteran driver Danny Schlafer of Sussex scored a convincing victory in the rain-shortened 20-lap PDTR Sprint Car A main.

With light rain falling, polesitter Scotty Thiel of Sheboygan led the 24-car field to the green flag in the IRA A main. Utilizing the preferred outside groove, Kyle Marten bolted into the lead in turn two of the opening lap with Thiel in tow.

Meanwhile, seven-time IRA champion and all-time series A-main win leader Bill Balog of Hartland used an impressive start to launch his potent Rhine Auto backed machine into fifth place on lap 2 from his eighth starting spot.

On lap 5, Marten began to encounter heavy lapped traffic, which allowed Thiel to close the gap. Working through a sea of lapped cars, the action at the front of field heated up considerably, as Marten, Thiel and third starter Jeremy Schultz sliced and diced through slower cars while also battling hard for position.

On lap 6, Schultz dove under Thiel briefly to gain the runner-up spot, but Thiel charged back to rain the position with a high move in turn 1 on lap 8.

On lap later, Thiel got and big run along the low groove to briefly slip past Marten for the top spot. However, Marten stormed back into the lead on lap 10 bringing Schultz along into second.

On lap 12, Balog worked his way up to challenge Thiel for third as the two talented racers dueled side by side over the next lap. Disaster struck on lap 13 as Dennis Spitz of Lewisburg, Kentucky spun in turn four while collecting both Balog and Thiel to trigger the first and only caution flag of the race.

Balog suffered heavy front end damage and was forced to retire from the race. Spitz also exited, while Thiel was able to restart the race in the 17th position.

Marten flexed his muscle on the restart to build up a half straightaway cushion over Schultz with sixth starter Jake Blackhurst of Mapleton, Ill. running third.

Starting on lap 16, Marten sliced his way through lapped traffic with relative ease making all the right moves. Marten encountered several slower cars racing side by side for position in the closing laps, which again allowed Schultz to close

On lap 23, Schultz pulled up to Marten’s tail tank and continued to hound Marten over the final seven laps. Despite a late run from Schultz, Marten held on to post his third career IRA A-main victory and first of the 2017 season.

Schultz, who came into the event as the winner of the previous two IRA A-mains at The Plymouth Dirt Track, had to settle for third, Blackhurst wound up third, seventh starter Mike Kertscher of Plymouth placed fourth and Mike Reinke of Howards Grove moved up from his 10th starting spot to round out the top five.

In the PDTR 360 Sprint Car A main, polesitter Kevin Karnitz of West Bend and outside front row starter Tim Haddy of Waupun dueled for the top spot for the first lap and a half before Haddy surged ahead along the high groove on lap 2.

On lap 4, sixth starter Danny Schlafer made his presence known in a big way as he used a slide job to slip past Karnitz for second. One lap later, the hard-charging Schlafer used nearly the same slide job move to power past Haddy for the top spot.

Four laps later, the two-time PDTR Sprint Car champion caught the back of the field and began to work past lapped cars. Further back, Haddy and Karnitz waged an epic battle for second before Karnitz assumed the position for good in turn two on lap 12.

At the front of the field, it was all Schlafer, who continued to hold down a commanding lead. On lap 20, a caution flag appeared after a steering malfunction sent Ben Schmidt of Howards Grove head on into the turn four wall. Schmidt overcame the very hard impact to climb from his car unscathed.

As safety crews tended to Schmidt’s battered machine, the rain began to fall harder to render the track wet enough to make track conditions unsafe for racing. As a result, the race was deemed complete at the 20-lap mark and the remainder of the racing program was called off.

Schlafer posted his 17th career PDTR Sprint Car A-main victory to move into sole possession of second place on the all-time 360 Sprint Car A-main win list at Plymouth. It was also Schlafer’s 45th career Midwest Sprint Car Association A-main victory, which ranks him second on the all-time MSA win list.

Karnitz came home second, Haddy was third, third starter Dick Kaiser was fourth and Kenjay Fiedler of Sheboygan started and finished fifth.

The B Mod A main was cancelled due to rain.

B main victories went to Dave Uttech of Kenosha in the IRA ranks, while Robbie Pribnow of Lomira won the PDTR Sprint Car B main.

Next week’s PDTR program will be sponsored by Miller Pepsi and feature B Mod driver introductions. Racing will begin at 6 p.m.

McMullen, McGrath, Sorce, Green, Bogar Score in PDTR Action

(PEDAL DOWN PROMOTIONS-Jeff Pederson) June 10, 2017 – On a night which honored the memory of one of Plymouth Dirt Track Racing’s most beloved drivers, Brian Portschy, who lost his life in a non-racing accident in August 2013, repeat winners grabbed the spotlight in PDTR competition on a seasonably warm summer evening at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds Saturday, June 10.

 In an extended 30-lap A main, Brandon McMullen of Appleton collected his third straight Brian Portschy Memorial Race victory. Mitch McGrath of Waukesha notched his initial triumph of the 2017 campaign in the hotly contested Late Model A main, while Dan Sorce of West Allis (Grand National), Justin Green of Sheboygan Falls (B Mod) and Chad Bogar of Sun Prairie (Micro Sprint) each posted their second A-main victories of the season.

 Outside front row starter Al Schlafer of Sussex outpowered polesitter Robbie Pribnow of Lomira to take the lead on the opening lap of the Sprint Car A main, followed by outside second row starter Jim Melis of Glenbeulah.

 The first of six caution flags flew on lap 5, when Josh Teunissen of Waldo spun to a stop in turn four. On the restart, Pribnow flexed his muscle with a slide job in turn three, which vaulted him from third place into the lead.

 One lap later, Schlafer spun in front of the field to trigger an 8-car incident in turn two. All but one driver, Lance Fassbender of Burnett, returned to the race. Pribnow held down the top spot on the restart as Brandon McMullen, who started fifth, shot past Melis to claim the runner-up spot.

 McMullen quickly reeled in Pribnow before executing a perfect slide job in turn one on lap 12 to seize the lead on the highly racy track. However, McMullen’s move was negated when Howards Grove’s Ben Schmidt spun in turn two on lap 12.

 Pribnow remained in the lead on the restart as the scoring of the race went back to the previous lap before the caution. However, Pribnow’s car lost power on the restart to prompt the fourth caution flag of the race.

 With Pribnow now out of the race, McMullen inherited the lead on the restart with Melis in second. On lap 13, 2010 PDTR Sprint Car champion Kurt Davis of West Allis powered up from his ninth starting spot to pressure Melis for the runner-up spot.

 After the fifth caution period for the stalled car of two-time PDTR Sprint Car champ Danny Schlafer of Sussex on the backstretch on lap 15, McMullen continued to show his strength along the preferred outside groove.

 The sixth and final caution flag was displayed on lap 21 for an incident in turn one involving Dannon Tessmer of Slinger and Ben Schmidt.

 Despite a damaged front wing which affected the handling of his car, Davis mounted a late charge following the final restart to bolt past Melis into second and challenge McMullen for the lead with a low move on lap 23.

 However, McMullen fended off Davis’ advances and pulled away over the final five laps to notch his first victory of the 2017, ninth PDTR Sprint Car win and 13th overall Midwest Sprint Car Association triumph of his career.

 Davis had to settle for second, Melis was third, 12th starter Paul Pokorski of West Bend raced up to an impressive fourth-place finish after restarting 19th following the lap 6 melee and Kenjay Fiedler of Sheboygan Falls finished fifth after starting ninth.

 The 25-lap Late Model A main produced plenty of close, clean competition as just one caution flag slowed the hot-and-heavy action.

 Three-time PDTR Late Model champion and current points leader Brad Mueller of Random Lake took the lead on the drop of the green flag from his outside front row starting spot, while fourth starter Mitch McGrath powered around polesitter Tim Buhler of Greenbush and third starter Justin Schmidt of Cleveland to move into second place on lap 2.

 The lone caution flag appeared on lap 3 when Phil Rehberg spun in turn three. Mueller stayed in the lead on the restart while Justin Schmidt and McGrath battled side by side for the runner-up spot as the leaders stayed mainly locked to the faster high groove.

 By lap 5, Mueller had built up a half straightaway lead over McGrath. However, lapped traffic proved to be the difference in the race as Mueller had to deal with a dense pack of slower cars beginning on lap 9.

 As Mueller trying to find a way around a group of cars racing for position at the rear of the field, McGrath moved within striking distance when Mueller slid high and grazed the frontstretch wall on lap 20.

 On lap 22, McGrath dove low in turn one and slide up in front of Mueller in turn two to gain the top spot. With McGrath riding the high line, Mueller attempted to battle back along the low groove, but it wasn’t quite enough.

 McGrath went on to notch his eighth career PDTR Late Model A-main victory and first of 2017. Mueller took second, Justin Schmidt was third followed by his father, Jim Schmidt of Cleveland in fourth and fifth starter Chris Carlson of Union Grove, who placed fifth.

 In the 25-lap Grand National A main polesitter Josh Pierce of Random Lake led the first two laps with second starter J.J. Pagel of Campbellsport, third starter Will Sorce of West Allis and fourth starter Dan Sorce of West Allis battling for second.

 The first of five caution flags appeared on lap 2 after Will Sorce and Pagel made contact and collected three more cars in turn three.

 On the restart, 2006 PDTR Late Model champion Dan Sorce surged past Pierce into the lead on lap 5. After two more caution periods, Kurt Davis powered up from his sixth starting spot to take second on lap 11. Over the final 14 laps Davis, Will Sorce and fifth starter Matt Loehr of Dotyville battled back and forth for second.

 However, out in front it was all Dan Sorce as he cruised to his sixth career PDTR Grand National A-main victory and second A-main win of the 2017 season. Loehr finished second, Will Sorce was third, Davis place fourth and 2011 PDTR Grand National champion Mark Fieber of Cascade charged from the 11th starting spot to finish fifth.

 In the curfew-shortened 15-lap B Mod A main, Justin Green led nearly the entire way from the pole position.

 After dueling with outside front row starter Gary Glander of Sheboygan throughout most of the opening lap, Green took the lead. On lap 3, Glander battled back to briefly gain control of the top spot.

 However, Green regained the lead with the big move in turn four. Meanwhile, fourth starter Chad Vetting of Valders mounted a charge along the high groove into second place on lap four.

 After the lone caution flag appeared on lap 5 for the stalled car of Brad Carman of Sheboygan, Green maintained the top spot en route to his second career B Mod A main victory and second win of the 2017 campaign.

 Vetting wound up second, Glander was third, 2016 PDTR B Mod champion Brandon Berth of Plymouth was fourth after starting seventh and Rick Kretschmann of Sheboygan Falls moved up from his 10th starting spot to finish fifth.

 In the 15-lap Micro Sprint A main, polesitter Dave Collins of Madison built up a big half-lap lead over the field in the first 11 laps of the race.

 However, Collins’ car stopped in turn two on lap 11, which handed the lead over to sixth starter Chad Bogar, who raced to his second PDTR Micro Sprint A-main victory of the 2017 season.

 Jack Vanderboom of Dousman placed second after starting fifth, Tyler Davis of West Allis finished third, Tory Strauss of Waterloo took fourth after starting eighth and Preston Ruh of Elkhart Lake took fifth.

 Shane Wenninger of Kewaskum won the first Sprint Car B Main and Doug Wondra of Lomira claimed the second Sprint Car B Main. J.J. Walvoord won the B Mod B main.

 The trophy sponsor for the night was WES Innovations LLC of Wisconsin and Hagar Nelson offered bonus money to drivers in all divisions with his dice roll. The evening also honored all police, fire, EMS and graduates with free admission.

 For the fourth time in four events this season the total car count eclipsed the century mark with 102 cars checking into the pit area, including 34 Sprint Cars, 15 Late Models, 21 Grand Nationals, 24 B Mods and 8 Micro Sprints.

 Next week’s racing program will feature the first of four appearances at Plymouth by the Interstate Racing Association (IRA) Sprint Car Series. Joining the IRA regional touring drivers, will be the MSA/PDTR 360 Sprint Cars and PDTR B Mods.

 

Pokorski, Glenz, Fieber, Kretschmann, Strauss nab PDTR Triumphs

   (PEDAL DOWN PROMOTIONS- Jeff Pederson) May 27, 2017 – With some long overdue pleasant spring weather conditions greeting racers, crews, fans, sponsors and track workers, four cagey veterans and one newcomer grabbed A-main victories in the third Plymouth Dirt Track Racing program of the 2017 season Saturday, May 27, at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds.
   
For the third consecutive week, a large contingent of 109 cars packed the pit area to compete for the A-main trophies sponsored by Pedal Down Promotions. It was also Military Night with a special pre-race ceremony honoring those who have and continue to serve our country to ensure our daily freedom.
   
In the 25-lap Sprint Car A main, it was 25-year veteran Paul Pokorski of West Bend recording his first feature victory since August 2015. Newcomer Jesse Glenz of Fall Creek made his first visit to Plymouth count with a flag-to-flag victory in the 25-lap Late Model headliner. Mark Fieber of Cascade survived a wild Grand National A-main to claim the top prize. Rick Kretschmann of Sheboygan Falls captured the 25-lap B Mod A-main victory, while Tory Strauss of Waterloo rolled to victory in the Micro Sprint A-main.
   
The green flag fell in the Sprint Car A main with Kenjay Fiedler of Sheboygan Falls on the pole and Paul Pokorski on the outside of the front row. Pokorski utilized the preferred outside groove to power into the lead in turn two of the opening lap.
   
By lap 3, Pokorski had opened a half straightaway advantage over Fiedler. Pokorski, who was the 2014 Midwest Sprint Car Association Masters Series champion, encountered lapped traffic for the first time on lap 6.
   
Two laps later, the first caution of the event appeared on lap 8 for the stalled car of Mike Yurmanovich of Cascade in turn three. A red flag was then displayed when fire crews had to attend to situation in the pit area.
  
  When the race resumed, ninth starter Brandon McMullen of Appleton charged up to take third place on lap 9. At the front of the field, Pokorski again built up a solid cushion over Fielder. By lap 15, Pokorski had stretched out a half-lap advantage.
    Pokorski, who was involved in an opening night accident which has sidelined his primary 2016 Maxim car, overcame a near spin in turn two in the closing laps to steer his 2011 J&J backup machine to his first A-main victory since Aug. 14, 2015 at the now defunct Manitowoc Expo Speedway
  
  It was Pokorski’s third career PDTR Sprint Car A-main victory and 10th overall feature triumph of his Sprint Car career. Fiedler held on for second, 2008 PDTR Sprint Car Champion Lance Fassbender of Burnett was third, McMullen finished fourth and 10th starter Tim Haddy of Mayville claimed fifth, after starting 10th.
 
   “It was great to get a victory,” Pokorski said. “I had a pretty close call getting sideways there in turn two, but luckily I was able to recover. It was a fast, hammer down track right around the top, which I normally like. Everything worked out well for us tonight.”
   
Jesse Glenz, who is a regular competitor at Cedar Lake Speedway and Red Cedar Speedway in Western Wisconsin, started on the pole of the Late Model A main next to outside front row starter Justin Schmidt of Cleveland.
   
Glenz grabbed the lead on the opening lap, as defending PDTR Late Model Champion Tim Buhler of Greenbush moved into second. On lap 5, Schmidt jumped up to the high grove to challenge the low riding Buhler for the runner-up spot. The two hard-charging drivers mounted an epic door panel-to door panel battle for the remainder of the race.
   
Buhler moved in to briefly challenge Glenz as the leaders moved into slower traffic on lap 8. On lap 12, Schmidt surged past Buhler to take over second. However, two laps later, Buhler regained the spot along the low groove.
   
Glenz, who was making his PDTR debut, built a half-lap lead by 17 before Charlie Schmidt of Cedar Grove prompted the first yellow flag of the race with a spin in turn three on lap 17.
   
On the restart, Glenz powered away as Buhler and Schmidt continued their race-long duel. Glenz went on to earn his first career PDTR Late Model A-main victory, followed by Buhler in second. Schmidt settled for third, three-time PDTR Late Model Champion Brad Mueller of Random Lake started and finished fourth and seventh-starter Taylor Scheffler of Waukesha wound up fifth.
  
  “This is our first time here and I really enjoyed it,” Glenz said. “It is a great facility with a lot of cars in the pits and strong fan support. The car ran really well and I’m happy to be in victory lane.”
   
2010 PDTR Grand National Champion Brian Gilles started the Grand National A-main from the pole flanked by 2011 PDTR Grand National Champ Mark Fieber, who started second. Gilles and Fieber raced side-by-side on opening lap before Fieber gained the advantage in turn two on lap 2.
  
  The first of four caution flags appeared on lap 2 when 2008 PDTR Grand National Champion Matt Yancey of Sheboygan hit the wall in turn two. On the restart, defending PDTR Grand National Champion Brian Cesar of Sheboygan used the high groove to challenge Gilles for the runner-up spot. After two laps of heated action, Gilles and Cesar made contact in turn two, which caused Gilles to drop back to seventh in the running order.      
   
After the second caution appeared on lap 5 debris, Cesar challenged fourth-starter Tyler Kulow of Plymouth for second starting on lap 7. Following four laps racing in side-by-side formation, Kulow gained the upper hand on lap 11. The third caution flag came out on lap 13 for a spin involving Justin Erickson of Plymouth.
  
After the restart, the action continued to be hot and heavy behind Fieber as a host of drivers jostled for position in close proximity. The final caution appeared on lap 17 for Josh Pierce of Random Lake, who spun in turn two to set up an entertaining eight-lap trophy dash between Fieber, Kulow and Cesar.
 
  Kulow attempted to duck under Fieber for the lead in turn two on lap 20, but contact ensued, which caused Kulow to drop back slightly. Meanwhile Cesar charged hard along the high groove to pull even with the bottom-hugging Fieber on lap 22.
  
Cesar surged into the lead briefly in turn 2 on lap 23, but Fieber was not to be denied as he turned back under Cesar to regain the lap later in the lap in turn four. Fieber held on to secure his 11th career PDTR A-main victory to move firmly into second place on the all-time PDTR Grand National A-main win list behind Brad Lubach, who has 24.
  
Cesar was second, Kulow took third, two-time PDTR Grand National Champion Don Sorce Jr. of West Allis place fourth after starting 10th and seventh starter Dan Sorce of West Allis placed fifth.
  
Polesitter Ken Childre of Milwaukee led the field into turn one on the B Mod A main before third starter Rick Kretschmann of Sheboygan Falls moved into the top spot in turn three.
  
The first of four cautions appeared on lap 3 for a spin involving Craig Gessner of Kewaskum. On the restart seventh starter Cody Eickberg of Plymouth was the drive on the move as he worked the high groove to pass second starter J.J. Walvoord of Oostburg on lap 9 for the runner-up spot
  
Justin Green of Sheboygan Falls, who started 11th, also mounted a charge to the front as he assumed third on lap 13. On lap 16, Green used the outside line to pressure Eickberg for second. Green cleared Eickberg for second on lap 17 and quickly set his sights on Kretschmann.
  
After two more caution periods in the final seven laps, Green had to deal with a hood panel that had flipped up. However, he held on to maintain second at the finish line behind Kretschmann, who notched his second career PDTR B Mod A main victory, Eickberg was third, followed by ninth starter Glenn Blanke of Sheboygan Falls in fourth and Walvoord in fifth.
 
  In the 20-lap Micro Sprint A main, Tory Strauss started from the pole and was never seriously challenged throughout. Defending PDTR Micro Sprint Champion Zach Boden of Cambridge worked his way into second on lap 11, after starting fourth.
  
    Boden appeared poised to challenge Strauss for the top spot before Joe Snow spun and later flipped on lap 16 to bring out the second caution of the race. On the restart Boden fell back to fifth, while 11th starter Chad Bogar of Sun Prairie powered up to second place.
  
Strauss held on over the final four laps to notch his second career PDTR Micro Sprint A main victory by a half straightaway over Bogar. Matt Perterson, who started second, took third, Dave Collins placed fourth after starting 10th and Boden rounded out the top five.
 
  B main victories went to Tyler Brabant of Waupun (Sprint Car), Steven Weber of Plymouth (Grand National) and Brandon Knepprath of Kewaskum (B Mod).

 

Wenninger, Schmidt, Loehr, Green, Bogar top PDTR A mains


   (PEDAL DOWN PROMOTIONS) May 13, 2017 – With spring-like temperatures yielding pleasant spectating conditions and another impressive collection of 108 competitors in the pit area, the second Plymouth Dirt Track racing program of the 2017 season took to the third-mile  Sheboygan County Fairground  track  Saturday, May 13.

   The evening's A main events featured plenty of green-flag action, including some good battles at the front of field. On top of that, two of the five A main events were contested in impressive, caution-free fashion.

   In the 25-lap Sprint Car A main, Kewaskum's Shane Wenninger completed his comeback from a serious back injury last June by capturing his second career PDTR A-main triumph.

   Also claiming A-main hardware courtesy of trophy sponsor Cellcom were Jim Schmidt of Cleveland (Late Model), Matt Loehr of Dotyville (Grand National),  Justin Green of Sheboygan Falls (B Mod) and Chad Bogar of Sun Prairie (Micro Sprint).

   Lance Fassbender of Burnett led the Sprint Car A main to the green flag from the pole position flanked by outside front row starter Paul Pokorski of West Bend. Fassbender bolted  out to a solid cushion in the early stages of the race, building up a half straightaway lead over Wenninger by lap 5 on the predominately  one-groove racing surface.

   As the track began to take rubber, passing came at a very high premium. Fassbender caught up to the rear of the field on lap 8, which made  things quite interesting for several laps as the leaders attempted to find a way by the lapped cars.

   With Fassbender boxed in behind slower cars, Wenninger was able to close the gap considerably by lap 10. One lap later, Wenninger managed to dive past Fassbender entering turn one before powering into the lead exiting turn two.

   Wenninger, who was steering his own 53 machine after wheeling the 51M Mayer Automotive car normally driven my Jim Melis on opening night, maintained control  as he worked through heavy  lapped traffic. On lap 14,  the first caution of the race came out when Cascade's Mitchell Yurmanovich and Robbie Pribnow of Lomira made contact in turn three.

   After the restart,  Wenninger maintained control and was just about to enter lapped traffic again when the second caution flag appeared on lap 18 for  Fassbender, who slowed to a stop on the backstretch. After exiting to make repairs in the pits, Fassbender was able to rejoin the race at the rear of the field.

   Wenninger, who missed most of the 2016 racing season after breaking two vertebrae in his back in an accident on June 11, held on over the final seven laps to record his second career PDTR Sprint Car A main victory over Brandon McMullen of Appleton, who placed second after starting sixth.

   Pokorski wound up third, opening night A-main winner Tim Haddy of Waupun charged from the 11th starting spot to take fourth and 14th starter Kurt Davis of West Allis placed fifth.

   Outside front row starter Chris Carlson of  North Cape grabbed the lead on the opening lap of the 25-lap Late Model A main followed by polesitter Randy Markwardt of Sheboygan, who is marking his 40th year of racing in 2017.

   Carlson wasted no time building up a solid lead over Markwardt by lap 4. On lap 7, Jim Schmidt, who started third, moved in to take second place from Markwardt.

   Three laps later, Schmidt closed in on Carlson and began to apply heavy pressure for the top spot. Schmidt worked the high side of the track to pull off the winning move in turn  four on lap 13.

   Once ahead, Schmidt would not be denied as he sliced his way skillfully through lapped traffic en route to his 10th career PDTR Late Model A main victory in the caution-free race. 

   Defending PDTR Late Model champion Tim Buhler placed second after starting fifth, 2014 PDTR Late Model champ Mitch McGrath came up from his eighth starting position to take third, Carlson wound up fourth and after capturing the  opening night A-main victory and three-time PDTR Late  Model  champion Brad Mueller placed fifth after starting 11th.

   Outside front row starter Matt Loehr seized the lead on the opening lap of the 25-lap Grand National A main with third starter and 2011 PDTR Grand National champion Mark Fieber of Cascade falling in line in second.

   The first caution of the race appeared on lap 7 when  polesitter Steven Weber of Plymouth suffered a flat right rear tire. When the race returned  to green  flag action, Loehr held a solid lead over Fieber as 2010 PDTR Grand National champ Brian Gilles of Plymouth moved in from his sixth starting spot to pressure Fieber for the runner-up position.

   The second  and final caution of  the race  appeared on lap 13 when Justin Erickson of  Plymouth  spun in turn three. On lap 15, Fieber pulled in to pressure Loehr and remained within striking distance, but was unable to wrestle the lead away from Loehr in the closing laps.

   Loehr rolled on to his fourth career PDTR Grand National A-main triumph. Fieber had to settle for second, Gilles placed third, Tyler Kulow of Plymouth moved up from  the eighth starting spot to finish fourth and fourth starter Jeff Lammers of Plymouth finished fifth.

   Polesitter Rick Kretschmann of Sheboygan Falls grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag of the B Mod A main. On lap 2, third starter Cody Eickberg of  Plymouth slipped past Mark Hoeppnar to take second.

   Eickberg quickly reeled in Kretschmann and appeared ready to strike when the first of four caution flags appeared on lap 5 for a spin in turn two involving Jonathan Singer. On the restart,  Kretschmann spun in turn two while leading, which gave the top spot over to Eickberg on the ensuing restart.

   When the race returned to green flag action, Green, who started seventh, began to make his presence felt in a big way. Green started to pressure fifth starter Brandon Berth of Cascade for second place beginning on lap 7. Green and Berth battled side by side until the third caution appeared on lap 8 when Brad Carman spun in turn two.

   The duel between Green and Berth raged on until Green finally inched ahead in turn one on lap 12. Green then set his sights on Eickberg, ducking low in turn  one on lap 14 and emerging with the lead later in the lap in turn four. However, Eickberg would not back down and held tough on the high line as the two dueled side by side over the next two laps.

   Green finally surged ahead  for good on lap 16 before the final caution flag flew on lap 17 for a spin involving Glen Blahnke of Sheboygan Falls and opening night A-main winner Chad Vetting of Valders exiting turn four. Blahnke accepted responsibility for causing the accident, which placed him at the rear of the field and allowed Vetting to keep his spot in the top five.

   Green held on over the final eight laps to secure his first career B Mod A main victory. Eickberg held on for second, Berth took third, Vetting placed fourth after starting 11th and Elijah Koenig of Beaver Dam finished fifth after starting sixth.

Outside front row starter Chad Bogar of Sun Prairie cruised to a flag-to-flag victory in the non-stop 15-lap Micro Sprint A Main.

   Defending PDTR Micro Sprint Champion Zach Boden of Madison took second, followed by fourth starter Tory Strauss of Waterloo in third, polesitter Denver Larsen of Shiocton in fourth and seventh starter Dylan Larsen of Shiocton in fifth.

Butch Hafemann of Cambpellsport won the special Wingless Super Modified A  main. B main victories went to Justin Miller of Plymouth (Sprint Car), Will Sorce of Franklin (Grand National) and Craig Gessner of Beechwood (B Mod).

   PDTR racing action will continue next Saturday, May 20, with racing schedule to begin at 6 p.m. The evening will honor all police, fire and EMT personnel with free admission to all personnel showing a credential.