Eventful night of Dirt Track Racing action

by Amy Juech Special to The Review


JIM SCHMIDT (79, above) and son, Justin (97), of Plymouth contend for position with Waukesha’s Russ Scheffler in the Late Model feature at the Plymouth Dirt Track Saturday night. JIM SCHMIDT (79, above) and son, Justin (97), of Plymouth contend for position with Waukesha’s Russ Scheffler in the Late Model feature at the Plymouth Dirt Track Saturday night. PLYMOUTH — Remarkable weather generated a large crowd for an eventful Saturday night of Plymouth Dirt Track Racing.

The Dirt Track had a full program scheduled, including the Milwaukee Stock Car Club visiting and the PDTR’s first-ever spectator racing. The fans who participated in the racing were surprised with the payout.

The 360 Sprint Cars rolled trackside in the first 25-lap feature event. Danny Schlaefer (Sussex) picked up the tail of the field after having mechanical issues and needing a second push. Scotty Thiel (Sheboygan) moved the inside row up to take the pole position with Kurt Davis (West Allis) on the outside.

Thiel jumped out to an early lead over Davis on the start, with Josh Walter and Justin Miller (both of Plymouth) trailing closely. The red flag waved on lap eight for Ben Schmidt (Howards Grove) who had backed into the front-stretch fence after flipping.


BRANDON MCMULLEN (98, below) of Plymouth and Kevin Karnitz, West Bend, battle during a 360 Sprint Car heat Saturday night at the Plymouth Dirt Track. — Photos by RC Custom Design BRANDON MCMULLEN (98, below) of Plymouth and Kevin Karnitz, West Bend, battle during a 360 Sprint Car heat Saturday night at the Plymouth Dirt Track. — Photos by RC Custom Design Randy Sippel (Elkhart Lake) and Tony Wondra (Campbellsport) filled in the back of the field as they were going to be lapped traffic. Thiel continued to hold off Davis on the restart. Al Schlaefer crept to 13th after starting 22nd on the restart.

Justin Miller and Kevin Karnitz (West Bend) battled over the fifth position many laps until Miller pulled ahead. A few drivers became victims of Thiel as he began to lap traffic.

Anything Thiel tried, Davis was shadowing to not lose any ground. Davis and Thiel pulled a few slide jobs amongst themselves until Davis used lapped traffic to gain a three-car-length lead. Davis led the field to the checkers, followed closely in order by Thiel, Miller, Jim Melis (Glenbeulah) and Walter.

The Grand Nationals were out next with 20 cars making the call. The front row consisted of Dan Sorce (Franklin) inside of James Pagel (St. Cloud) leading the field to the green. Sorce jumped out with the lead over Pagel and it stayed that way until they came upon slowed traffic on lap 10.

During this time, Mark Fieber (Cascade), Sean Mueller (Plymouth) and last week’s winner Brad Lubach (Kiel) were mid- pack, swapping positions lap after lap. Sorce had hot pursuit from teammate Nick Strobbe Jr. (Germantown).

Two cautions plagued lap 12. The first caution was for Sean Mueller (Plymouth) and Josh Pierce (Fredonia) colliding in turn three and both unable to return. The second caution was for Travis Moehring (Mosel) who spun.

Sorce relinquished the lead for a lap, only to be shortlived with. The final caution was for Kevin Lubach (Elkhart Lake) who spun on the backstretch.

The field realigned. The checkers flew for Strobbe Jr., followed by Sorce, Tyler Kulow (New Holstein), Aaron Hauck (Plymouth) and Brad Lubach (Kiel).

The third feature to roll trackside was the Late Models, with the front row consisting of Billy Rezitek (Big Bend) and Brad Mueller (Random Lake). Unfortunately, an immediate caution came after Cody Eickberg (Plymouth) spun after taking the green.

The field was realigned and Mitch McGrath passed Kyle Odekirk (Plymouth) for third. Russ Scheffler (Waukesha) started 12th and was working his way through traffic.

The second and final caution was for Tim Carmen (Sheboygan Falls) who spun and moved tires in turn one. McGrath was all over Mueller’s back bumper on the restart and took the lead away on lap 12.

Rick and Russ Scheffler (Waukesha) work together in their mission towards the front. McGrath kept momentum as he began to lap traffic – putting five cars between him and second- place Mueller.

McGrath crossed the double checkers, followed in order by Mueller, Tim Buhler (Glenbeulah), Odekirk and Rezitek.

The Outlaw Compacts were up next with 16 cars taking the green. Patrick Ciske and Curt Teunissen (both from Sheboygan Falls) led the field to the green. Ciske spun, catching the berm, and the field passed him.

Travis Arenz (Sheboygan Falls) took advantage of the situation and passed a few cars. Ciske brought out the first caution, spinning again in turn one.

On the restart, Chris Maas (Oakfield) passed Teunissen for the lead. Justin Brown (Oakfield) spun and collected Jordan Miklas (Pewaukee) in turn four to bring out the final caution.

Maas kept the lead on the restart and gained on the field while Ben Meyerhofer (Menasha), Travis Arenz (Sheboygan) and Curt Teunissen battled second through fourth. Brian Chiminatti (Manitowoc) and Jonathon Otte (Cedar Grove) put a show on back in the pack.

When the checkers fell it was Maas over Arenz, followed by Ben Meyerhofer, Teunissen and Shaun Bangart (Chilton), respectively.

The Milwaukee Stock Car Club made its first appearance this year at the Dirt Track, with 11 cars participating. As the vintage modifieds approached the track, numerous memories were revisited. Fans react differently to the distinct sounds and styles of these cars.

Some of the cars are reproductions and others are original. Each heat was eight laps and the feature was 15 laps. The club holds a tradition of the winner giving the trophy away to some lucky fan.

The feature winner was Charlie Bergdorf (Kewaskum), followed by Dave Walen (Waupun)

Spectator racing caught the attention of fans. A variety of vehicles participated in the events, including: 89-92 Chevy Truck, Camaro, Trans-Am, El Camino and Nissan Sentra. The feature was two laps and won by Scott Schlafke in a Nissan Sentra.


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