(Plymouth, IN)  – A beautiful day turned into a hot night of racing at Plymouth Speedway as four classes of cars raced and vintage race cars graced the dirt track Saturday night.

The Thunder Stocks were the first out on the track with a wild finish.  Jason Atkinson started in the sixth spot but quickly set his sights on the lead with a caution-littered race which saw great battles for position.  Keith Crissinger started on the pole and Bryce Shidler attempted to take the lead at the start, but couldn’t make the pass.  Atkinson attempted to get the lead after a restart of the field after a caution but couldn’t clear Crissinger.  Crissinger would have the lead all the through lap 8 when Shidler took over the lead.  Atkinson was in the second position when he got spun around.  He got his place back and focused on getting the lead.  Shidler got a good jump on the restart and Atkinson just couldn’t get around Shidler.  On the last lap, Atkinson and Shidler got together in turns three and four and Shidler hit the tire barrier which allowed Atkinson to slip into the lead when the checkered flag flew.  Shidler was able to continue on in his damaged car and finished fourth.   Eric Brown had been sent to the back of the field after an incident on the track and battled back for a second place finish.  Dennis Freeland had another podium spot in the third spot.

“I’m pretty happy about this win this week,” said Atkinson.  “I couldn’t finish the heat and couldn’t finish in the feature last week, but I won it tonight!”

The Super Streets didn’t disappoint as it was a fight to the finish.  Randy Akers proved he had the car to beat as he powered past Nathen Jordan on the restart for the lead after the first caution of the night.  There he would stay as the others battled for position behind him.  Michael Clark closed the gap on a couple of restarts, but couldn’t make the pass around the determined Akers.  Evan Fredline worked on Jordan for a couple of laps before he would make the pass for third place on lap 12 in the 20-lap feature.  Akers would power to the win, with Clark right behind him still battling for the top spot. Fredline made the podium for his third place run.      

“Clark made me drive for that win!” laughed Akers in his post-race interview. 

The UMP Modifieds saw a new face on top of the podium.  He started on the pole and never gave up that spot as the drivers were scrambling for places.  Kyle Yocum had a fast race car and held off last year’s champion, Frank Marshall, to the runner-up spot all race long.  Yocum was quick to shut the door on Marshall on several restarts to protect his lead.  Jamie Lomax settled into the third position late in the race as he had to get by contenders like Bobby Stremme and Darek Snyder.  Lomax fought Marshall for the second spot after a late-caution but the top three were solid in their races.  Yocum came away with the win with Frank Marshall getting another podium finish along with Jamie Lomax in third. 

“I was going to run a limited schedule this season so I could spend more time with my family.  So, I’m really happy with this win tonight!” said Yocum.  He mentioned that he would
not be back in the 2014 season. 

The 600 Open Sprint winner showed that a driver can start seventh and move through the field to win a feature.  Billy Cribbs came out of the chute on the restart from the fourth spot out of the last caution of the night and throttled right past the third and second runners – and leader Bud McCune.  Cribbs grabbed the win out of nowhere leaving Bud McCune in second and Randy Shilling in third.  Bud McCune had led the entire race when he made a mistake and lost the lead to a charging Cribbs.  Shilling had attempted to pass Aaron Davis for several laps and finally cleared him when Cribbs made his charge to the front. 

“It just sort of fell into my lap,” said Cribbs.  “Randy (Shilling) slipped up just enough and I got by him.  That was just a fun race.  Just fun.”

In the midst of all of the feature fun, several vintage Sprint Cars and open wheel classics were presented on the track for a look into the history of racing at Plymouth Speedway.  The cars were able to appear at Plymouth Speedway thanks to www.stockcarextreme.com

The next night of racing will be Saturday, June 7 for another Saturday night special featuring UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Stocks and 600 Open Sprints.  Gates will open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. ET.  For a full schedule, visit www.plymouthspeedway.net

Yocum & Cribbs Win on Plymouth, IN Dirt