Local drivers win Dirt Track features

by Amy Juech
Special to The Review

PLYMOUTH — First out Saturday evening in the Plymouth Dirt Track Racing program were the Outlaw Compacts with Chris Maas and Lonny Schlafke starting on the front row.

Brody Rivest made quick work to pass three cars to take over the lead by lap 1. Chris Maas and Lonny Schlafke settled in behind. Scott Schlafke maneuvered past both to take over second on lap 5.

Rivest set a quick pace as remaining drivers settled in place. As the checkers flew it was Brody Rivest (Sheboygan) with a new track record of 4:26, followed in order by Scott Schlafke (Cleveland), Chris Maas (Oakfield), Lonny Schlafke (Sheboygan) and Ryan Mueller (Sheboygan).

Johnny Fahl and Butchie Hafemann set the pace for the Super Mods. Leroy Ostrowski sneaked past both to lead lap 1 until Fahl slid past to lead the next few laps.

Ostrowski battles back to regain the lead on lap 5. Fahl and Hafemann settle into second and third, respectively. The checkers flew for Ostrowski (Milwaukee) with a new track record of 4:03. Johnny Fahl (Brown Deer) earned second, followed by Hafemann (Campbellsport), Roy Stern (Hustisford) and Bob Brion (Plymouth), respectively.

Tyler Kulow and Melissa Singer set the pace for this 25-lap Feldmann Sales and Service Grand National feature. Kulow pulls out to an early lead. Singer follows with Don Sorce Jr. right behind.

Brad Lubach is already 10th after starting 17th until a caution flies for Brad Yancey. Kulow regains the lead after the restart with Sorce Jr. tucked in behind, followed closely by Brian Gilles. Gilles passed Kulow.

The fifth position was being worked out amongst Kevin Lubach, Roger Lee, Singer and Barry Maas. Another caution waved for Steven Weber turned around and bouncing off the front-stretch wall and coming to rest under the flag stand. Matt Yancey retired to the pits with mechanical issues.

Gilles remains with the lead with Don Source Jr. tight behind after the final restart. As the checkers flew it was Gilles (Plymouth) crossing first, followed by Don Sorce Jr. (West Allis), Roger Lee (Wind Lake), Tyler Kulow (New Holstein) and Brad Lubach (Kiel).

The 360 Sprints are next with Mitchell Yurmanovich and Brandon McMullen setting the pace as the green flag waves. Yurmanovich went high on the start to jump out to an early lead but spun in turn 2, bringing out a quick caution.

McMullen gained the lead after the restart with Jim Melis tucked in behind. McMullen came up to lapped traffic of Nick Melis having mechanical issues. Another unfortunate event occurred for Yurmanovich having a second unassisted spin, retiring him to the pits for the evening.

McMullen quickly jumped out to the lead again over Melis with Randy Sippel in third. Shane Wenninger now 10th was weaving his way through traffic after transferring in from the B-Main.

Kirt Boers would be the second car to be lapped by McMullen. Each lapped car put a little more space between McMullen and Melis. Two more quick cautions waved for Randy Sippel and Dannon Tessmer each retiring to the pits for the remainder of the race.

When the double-checkers flew it was McMullen (Plymouth) winning followed by Jim Melis (Glenbeulah), Wenninger (Kewaskum), Tim Melis (Milwaukee) and Kevin Karnitz (West Bend).

Justin Schmidt sets the pace of the Late Model feature with dad, Jim Schmidt, on the outside. Jim Schmidt goes to the outside to gain the lead.

Rick Scheffler and Kyle Odekirk battled over fourth. Jim Schmidt encounters lapped traffic of Billy Rezutek on lap 11. The only caution waved for Dave Thomas spinning.

Jim Schmidt regained control of the field on the restart. Justin Schmidt slid to the inside of dad and battled for the lead three consecutive laps. Taylor Scheffler and Tim Buhler swapped ninth place.

Father knows best this Father’s Day weekend as Jim Schmidt (Cleveland) crosses the checkers with son, Justin, (Cleveland) second, followed in order by Russ Scheffler (Waukesha), Turk Letizia (Milwaukee), and Kyle Odekirk (Plymouth).

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