RL’s Mueller wins Late Model feature

by Amy Juech Special to The Review

BRAD MUELLER (89) of Random Lake takes the lead going three-wide with Justin Schmidt (left) and Tony Peterson in the Late Model feature at the Plymouth Dirt Track Saturday night. — Photo by RC Custom Design BRAD MUELLER (89) of Random Lake takes the lead going three-wide with Justin Schmidt (left) and Tony Peterson in the Late Model feature at the Plymouth Dirt Track Saturday night. — Photo by RC Custom Design PLYMOUTH — It was an eventful Plymouth Dirt Track Racing night, including driver introductions, extended features and a larger Late Model purse.

Nick Melis and Travis Luedke led the Sprint car field to the green. Coming to lap one, Luedke clipped a tire, ending his night and Doug Wondra slid past Melis for the lead.

Randy Sippel and Brandon Mc- Mullen battled over fourth place. Wondra silently slipped farther and farther from second place. Sippel passed McMullen on the restart after a caution, then Justin Miller on the high side a lap later.

A caution for Jason Johnson and Ken Jay Fiedler waved. Wondra had company, with Sippel on the outside. Sippel fought high and low to pass Wondra. When the double checkers flew, it was Sippel (Elkhart Lake) second to an overly excited, first-time feature winner Doug Wondra (Oakfield).

Third went to Justin Miller (Plymouth), followed in order by Jim Melis (Glenbeulah) and Brandon McMullen (Plymouth).

The Late Model feature rolled trackside next. Justin Schmidt and Russ Scheffler made up the front row. Schmidt jumped out to the lead over Scheffler, and by lap two Brad Mueller was closing in.

Schmidt drove almost perfect laps, making it very difficult for Mueller to successfully pass. Dave Thomas, Billy Resutek and Tim Buhler scuffled amongst themselves for the eighth position.

On lap 12, Mueller slid past Schmidt and put the hammer down. On lap 13, Mueller was maneuvering around lapped traffic. Schmidt had some work to do to keep Scheffler and Mitch McGrath behind.

Mueller was continually gaining ground on the field, placing more and more lapped cars between himself and new secondplace driver Scheffler.

The checkers waved after a caution-free race for Mueller (Random Lake) with a straightaway lead over second-place Scheffler (Waukesha), followed by McGrath (Waukesha), Justin Schmidt (Cleveland) and Rick Scheffler (Waukesha).

Mueller set a new 30-lap track record of 7:48.

The Grand Nationals were up next with Scott Houpt and Don Sorce Jr. guiding the field to the green. Sorce controlled the field on lap one with Houpt close behind.

Sorce was lapping traffic on lap eight already and had a frontstretch lead. Halfway through, Aaron Stolp lost second to Barry Maas. Brian Vinney Jr. broke bringing out our first caution.

After the restart, a driver spun in turn 2, resulting in mayhem, with five drivers involved. Maas was hoping Sorce would make a slip-up which would allow him an opportunity to pass.

Fifth-place Jeff Lammers tried to hold off competition. Sorce Jr. (West Allis) had a few car lengths lead on Maas (Cascade) as he crossed the checkers. Third went to James Pagel (St. Cloud), followed by by Lammers (Plymouth) and Stolp (Milwaukee), respectively.

Tyler Fisher and James Johnson set the pace for the Outlaw Compacts feature. Cars were four- wide going into turn 3 for the first lap. Jon Hitsman gained control of the field with Patrick Ciske closing in.

The first caution was for Johnson and Scott Schlafke tangling in turn 2. Jonathon Otte took control until two more quick cautions resulted in James Rautmann going to the attention of his crew and Ciske retiring to the pits.

Otte regained control until Schlafke passed him, followed by Brody Rivst. Schlafke came upon lapped traffic on lap 13, almost allowing Rivst to get past.

When the checkers flew it was Schlafke (Cleveland) in first, followed in order by Rivst (Sheboygan), Otte (Cedar Grove), Brian Chiminatti (Manitowoc) and Justin Erickson (Plymouth).

The Super Modifieds were last for the evening with Johnny Fahl and Leroy Ostrowski pacing the field. Fahl jumped out to the lead over Ostrowski. Dennis Klumb slid past Ostrwoski to take over second.

Dan Kruschke passed Butchie Hafemann after he got high in turn 1. The double checkers waved for Fahl (Brown Deer), followed in order by Klumb (Adell), Ostrowski, Kruschke, Hafemann (Campbellsport) and Lemkuil (Adell).

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