Plymouth’s Erickson wins Outlaw Compacts feature

by Amy Juech Special to The Review


JEFF LAMMERS (left) of Cascade, Josh Pierce (middle) of Random Lake and Tyler Kulow, Elkhart Lake, run tight in a turn during the Grand National feature at the Plymouth Dirt Track Saturday night. — Photo by RC Custom Design JEFF LAMMERS (left) of Cascade, Josh Pierce (middle) of Random Lake and Tyler Kulow, Elkhart Lake, run tight in a turn during the Grand National feature at the Plymouth Dirt Track Saturday night. — Photo by RC Custom Design PLYMOUTH – The Outlaw Compacts began Saturday night’s racing at the Plymouth Dirt Track with driver introductions and an extended feature.

Jonathan Otte and Curt Teunissen (Sheboygan Falls) led the field to the green flag. Patrick Ciske wasted no time to pass both cars to lead lap one.

Justin Erickson (Plymouth) steadily passed cars each lap while holding off Travis Arenz (Sheboygan) who started last, being the previous week’s winner. Erickson was still unable to shake Arenz and both passed Otte on lap 17 to take over the second and third positions, respectively.

A last-lap tire issue for Arenz allowed other drivers to pass him, coming to the checkers. Coming out of turn four, Erickson pressured Ciske to take over the lead.

A playful tap from Ciske caused Erickson to cross the finish line in first sideways. Ciske (Sheboygan Falls) earned second, followed in order by Donnie Welch (Saukville), Brandon Frank (Sheboygan), Jonathon Otte (Cedar Grove).

Starting in the front row for the Grand National main event were Tyler Kulow and Nick Strobbe Jr. Kulow pulled out ahead of Strobbe and Sorce.

Brad Lubach worked on passing Strobbe for third over several laps, eventually slipping past Strobbe, Dan Sorce and Kulow. A soon-to-be lapped car slowed the leader Lubach, allowing this pass.

Lubach, Sorce and Strobbe broke away from the field, putting lapped cars between themselves and the remainder of the field for quite a few laps. With the door open, Sorce took his car to the bottom to make a last-corner pass to claim the win, followed in order by Lubach (Kiel), Strobbe Jr. (Germantown), Kulow (New Holstein) and Aaron Hauck (Plymouth).

The Late Models were up next with driver introductions and an extended feature. There were only 13 cars in the main event with our pole leader being Tim Buhler. Buhler, Rick Scheffler, Brad Mueller and Russ Scheffler seemed to be equal contenders.

All of the cars were extremely fast, swapping very few positions – all in chase of the leader. A green-to-checker race never allowed the field to realign.

Buhler (Glenbeulah) crossed the checkers first, followed by Rick Scheffler (Waukesha), Mueller (Random Lake), Russ Scheffler (Waukesha) and Kyle Odekirk (Plymouth), respectively. The 30-lap feature was completed in 7 minutes, 37 seconds – setting a new 30-lap record at the Plymouth Dirt Track.

Twenty-two 360 Sprint Cars rolled trackside for our main event. Pole-sitter Jason Johnson pulled out to an early lead over T.J. Luedke who was trailing close behind.

On lap 10, Luedke slid past Johnson for the top spot. Lap 15 brought out two cautions and all of the drivers except Tim Melis (Plymouth) were able to return. Shane Wenninger who transferred from the B-main and started 17th, was on a mission on the top side and was already in the top five.

The transfer car of Brandon McMullen, who had a severely torn-up car in his heat, started last and battled his way into the top 10. On lap 20, a second unassisted spin by Donny Goeden retired him to the pits.

Luedke (Plymouth) takes the win and hard charger Wenninger (Kewaskum) finished second, followed in order by Tim Haddy (Waupun), Ben Schmidt (Howards Grove) and Jason Johnson (Campbellsport).


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