Howards Grove’s Schmidt wins PDT Sprint race

by Amy Juech Special to The Review

ERIN WINSCHER (right) of Sheboygan and Plymouth’s Chris Clayton compete in the 360 Sprint feature at the Plymouth Dirt Track Saturday night. — Photo by RC Custom Design ERIN WINSCHER (right) of Sheboygan and Plymouth’s Chris Clayton compete in the 360 Sprint feature at the Plymouth Dirt Track Saturday night. — Photo by RC Custom Design PLYMOUTH — Quick racing on a heavy track warmed the Plymouth Dirt Track Racing fans on this chilly Saturday night.

Fans were thrilled to see the 360 Sprint driver introductions and a four-wide salute. Excitement prevailed throughout the 30- lap feature going green to checker in less than eight minutes. The front row started with Randy Sippel (Elkhart Lake) and Kevin Karnitz (West Bend).

Sippel began to pull away from the field until jumping a berm where fast-paced cars caught up. A few slide jobs between Karnitz, Ben Schmidt (Howards Grove) and Danny Schlafer (Sussex) gave fans there money’s worth.

Schmidt took over the lead on lap 11, only to have Schlafer tight on his bumper. They ran into lapped traffic on lap 12 that placed a few drivers between them for a short time.

Mechanical issues brought a close to Karnitz’s night after running third. Tim Haddy (Waupun) fought Kyle Marten (Sheboygan Falls) for third. Sippel tried to gain another position back from Marten to no avail.

Schlafer grabbed the lead from Schmidt on lap 26, only for Schmidt to take back and clench the win. Second went to Danny Schlafer, followed in order by Tim Haddy, Kyle Marten and Randy Sippel.

Pole-sitter Nick Strobbe Jr. brought the field to the green for the Grand National feature event. Strobbe jumped out to an early lead over Brian Goetsch (Sheboygan).

Goetsch pursued Strobbe for 16 laps until Tim Thompson (Campbellsport) slid past Goetsch. Meanwhile, Dan Sorce (Franklin) was steadily picking off cars in search of the leader. With a few drivers in the chase for the leader, many drivers swapped positions throughout the pack.

Lap 20 drew our first caution flag for James Pagel (St. Cloud) spinning in turn one. Lap 22 was our last caution for several cars tangling on the backstretch trying to avoid a car spinning. The drop of the checkers left Sorce a few car lengths behind winner Strobbe Jr. Third went to Tim Thompson, followed by Kevin Luback (Elkhart Lake) and Brian Goetsch, respectively.

Brad Mueller (Random Lake) and Todd Jensema (Sheboygan Falls) started the front row of the Late Model feature event. After the drop of the green flag, our pole-sitter Mueller got crossed up in turn two facing the field and lost several positions.

All drivers seemed to be equal contenders, creating tight racing. Russ Scheffler and Rick Scheffler worked as a team in their quest to pass cars in search of the leader.

Mueller successfully worked his way back to second, only to be raced hard and passed by hardcharging Tim Buhler (Glenbeulah).

At the finish stripe it was Mueller in first, followed in order by Jensema,

Buhler, Tom Naeyaert (Shawano) and Justin Hirt (Tigerton).

Last up was the Outlaw Com- pact feature event. Jonathon Otte (Cedar Grove) set the pace for the field coming to the green.

Mike Schultz (Sheboygan Falls) jumped out to an early lead, followed by Otte and Patrick Ciske (Sheboygan Falls). Our first caution was for third-place Curt Teunissen being turned by Bill Edler (Sheboygan), resulting in a black flag for Edler. On the same lap another caution after the restart was for Otte snapping his front tire off on the backstretch.

Chris Maas (Oakfield) passed Schultz for the lead. Ciske passed Schultz, only to be passed back a few laps later.

When the checkers flew, Chris Maas won, followed by Schultz, Ciske, Justin Erickson (Plymouth) and Brandon Frank (Sheboygan), respectively.

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