Corn Belt Clash invades Plymouth Dirt Track

by Amy Juech Special to The Review


JUSTIN SCHMIDT (97) of Sheboygan and Chad Simpson of Mount Vernon, Iowa, battle for position during the Late Model feature at the Plymouth Dirt Track Saturday. Simpson finished first. — Photo by RC Custom Design JUSTIN SCHMIDT (97) of Sheboygan and Chad Simpson of Mount Vernon, Iowa, battle for position during the Late Model feature at the Plymouth Dirt Track Saturday. Simpson finished first. — Photo by RC Custom Design PLYMOUTH – Racing resumed at the Plymouth Dirt Track Saturday night after inclement weather canceled the previous week’s racing.

Fans packed the stands and drivers filled the pits for the Corn Belt Clash which is a Super Late Model Series based in the Upper Midwest.

Sheboygan County Fair Outlaw Compacts rolled trackside first this evening. Starting mid-pack was Travis Arenz (Sheboygan) after being affected by mechanical issues two weeks ago. Drivers were three and four wide in a few turns until they settled into position.

A caution would come out for Justin Erickson (Plymouth) after losing a wheel in turn two. After 15 laps, the checkers flew for Arenz, followed in order by Brandon Frank (Sheboygan), Curt Teunissen (Hingham), Patrick Ciske (Sheboygan Falls), Brian Chiminatti (Manitowoc).

Corn Belt Clash Late Models were in for a challenge, going 30 laps on a dry black track. Fans were saluted with a four-wide parade lap prior to the green. A drop of the green flag was short- lived with an immediate caution out for A.J. Dimel (Nichols) spinning and collecting a few other drivers in turn four All of the drivers able to continue.

On the restart, Chad Simpson (Mount Vernon, Iowa) had his hands full with Jason Feger (Blooming- ton, Ill.) as they battled on the low side until running into lapped traffic. Simpson put several lapped cars between himself and second-place Feger.

Unfortunate luck for Doug Herrick (West Concord, Minn.) and Dave Echrick (Oxford, Iowa) as they both pulled into the infield with mechanical problems. Eight cars remained on the lead lap as double checkers flew for winner Simpson, followed in order by Feger, Russ Scheffler (Waukesha), Jason Utter (Columbus Junction, Iowa), Brad Mueller (Random Lake).

The King of the Hill race in the Corn Belt Clash Saturday rounded out a three-day show at Plymouth. Sponsors threw in extra money to determine the best of best with a King of the Hill Race. Dave Eckrich (Oxford, Iowa) was the winner and took home $700. The race consisted of Thursday, Friday and Saturday feature winners and five other lucky-draw drivers for eight laps.

The Grand Nationals were last up. Setting the pace was Tim Thompson (Campbellsport) and Tyler Kulow (New Holstein). Don Sorce Jr. (West Allis) wasted no time and battled Kulow until passing him on lap five. Sorce Jr. now had his sights on leader Thompson.

Lap 12 brought out a caution for Justin Green (Sheboygan Falls) after spinning in turn four. Sorce would reel Thompson in a few times but never close enough to make a move. Cruise control must have been on in Thompson’s car as he never missed a beat in taking the checkers, followed by Sorce Jr., Brad Lubach (Kiel), Nick Strobbe Jr. (Germantown) and Dan Sorce (Franklin), respectively.


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