(Plymouth, IN) It was a record setting night Saturday at Plymouth Speedway with the largest car count since the track turned to dirt. The drivers didn’t disappoint as six features graced the new competitive surface.
The Sprints on Dirt Series (SODS) appeared for the first time this season with a dominant Jared Horstman taking charge early in the feature. He was able to pass Ryan Ruhl who had a bobble coming out of the fourth turn on lap 3. Meanwhile, Ruhl and Dustin Daggett battled for second place. Lapped traffic helped close the gap for a charging Daggett, but he couldn’t make the pass before the end of the feature. Ruhl was able to claim the second podium spot while Daggett was third.
Two winged sprints rolled during the course of the race, but both drivers, Chase Ridenour and Brad Lamberson, were fine.
Brad Nichols won his first Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints feature of the season after getting the lead from pole-sitter Ryan Ball. The two would stay in that order for the rest of the contest. Justin Bell was able to make some moves in the time-shortened feature. He moved up from sixth to third in just 10 laps to race into the final podium spot.
The WTCA Super Streets saw plenty of action in the third feature of the evening. Calvin Peek, Jr. wasted no time in finding the top of the running order and proved to be the one to beat. Mike Garver was door-to-door with Peek on lap five, but couldn’t make the pass before a caution came out on the track. On the restart, David Short closed in on Garver for second who started losing track position. Short got the spot and then Roger Duszynski went after Garver. Duszynski got the third place position, but Garver didn’t give up easily. Garver got right up to the bumper of Duszynski’s No. 44, but couldn’t get by him. Short made a late race attempt for the lead and almost beat Peek. The margin of victory was .05 seconds. Peek won the feature while Short came in second and Duszynski finished third.
Todd Sherman dominated the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds race. He made the quick pass on pole-sitter Zeke McKenzie and stayed out front in the 20-lap feature. McKenzie held the second position until a mechanical failure would take him out of the race on lap five. Frank Marshall and Dillon Nusbaum battled for the second position throughout most of the race and were side-by-side for much of the feature. The two swapped between second and third, but Nusbaum edged out Marshall at the finish line. Sherman won his second consecutive race at the Playground of Power while Nusbaum and Marshall completed the podium.
John Rhoads came into the Walmart Thunder Stock feature undefeated. He began on the outside pole, and became the first place car after pole-sitter Trenton Vogts spun out of turn four on the first lap. Rhoads, Bryan Banta, Danny Dykhuizen were spread out for the first half of the race until a caution on lap 11. In the meantime, Jim Henson worked his way up from 12th position to battle for the third spot. He began working on Dykhuizen for the position on lap 15. It wasn’t until Dykhuizen had an issue when Henson grabbed the third position on the last lap. Dykhuizen finished eighth. John Rhoads remains undefeated while Bryan Banta took home second place and Jim Henson claimed third.
Joshua Lank worked four laps to get the lead from Loren Swanson in the Bane-Welker Cyber Stocks feature and ran away from the field. Once Lank took the lead, Swanson, Trent Kirby and Richard Lorff went three-wide for the second position. Trent couldn’t control his car and bumped both cars, but gathered it up and continued in the third position. Swanson moved up to third on lap eight when Trent had trouble coming out of turn two on lap 8. As the field came to the checkered flag, Joshua Lank enjoyed the lead in solitude, but Trent bumped Swanson out of the way in the middle of turns three and four. Trent snuck into the second podium spot while Swanson came in third.
It’s a big Memorial Day weekend at Plymouth Speedway when 20-time World of Outlaw Champion Steve Kinser competes in the Earl Gaerte Classic on Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m. ET. Join us for the event that will feature the All Stars 410 Winged Sprints and the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints. The purse for the 600 Open Sprints has grown so there should be plenty of drivers taking advantage of the opportunity. On Saturday, May 23, Ken Schrader will join the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds class in a full night of racing. The Warsaw Hall of Fame will enter the next class of inductees on Saturday night as well. For more information, visit www.plymouthspeedway.net.
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