Plymouth’s Lammers earns feature win

by Amy Juech
Special to The Review

JUSTIN BAUER (75) and Justin Green of Sheboygan Falls battle it out in the B Modified feature race Saturday night at the Plymouth Dirt Track. – Photo by Frank Motorsports JUSTIN BAUER (75) and Justin Green of Sheboygan Falls battle it out in the B Modified feature race Saturday night at the Plymouth Dirt Track. – Photo by Frank Motorsports PLYMOUTH – Plymouth Dirt Track Racing’s Grand National feature Saturday night was under the control of Matt Jackson (Sheboygan) and James Pagel (St. Cloud) setting the pace.

Richard Hed (Plymouth) made his moves early to lead until a caution waved for Jamie Theobald (Sheboygan) breaking and coming to rest early.

Hed regained the lead until another caution came out for Brian Cesar (Sheboygan), Matt Jackson (Sheboygan) and Josh Pierce (Fredonia) colliding. Another strong restart for Hed but Steven Weber (Plymouth) was looking outside for the lead.

Matt Yancey (Sheboygan) went outside Tim Simon (Fond du Lac) for sixth. Many drivers were looking to advance and were running two- and three-wide lap after lap. Hed and Weber battled for the lead. Meanwhile Jeff Lammers (Plymouth) looked inside for second. Pagel and Yancey competed for third.

Yancey went outside Weber for the lead. Lammers was shoved down and bounced off the tires and lost a few positions. Lammers battled his way back and took over second place from Weber.

Yancey caught lapped traffic, only to have a caution wave for Michael Gilson (Elkhart Lake) who spun in front of the leaders. Lammers went inside Yancey on the restart for the lead on lap 18.

Yancey battled back to regain the lead. Hed took over fifth from Weber. Cesar was back up to sixth after restarting in the back of the pack during an earlier caution. Justin Erickson (Plymouth) was pushed through the infield.

Lammer was out front to take the white. The final caution waved for Gilson who retired to the pits for a second unassisted spin.

A green, white, checker restart came with Lammers out front. Double checkers waved for Lammers, followed in order by Yancey, Matt Loehr (Mount Calvary), Simon and Weber.

The B-Modifieds rolled trackside Mark Hoeppner and Cody Eickberg (Plymouth) setting the pace.

Hoeppner jumped out to an early lead with Eickberg and Justin Green (Sheboygan Falls) close behind. Two quick cautions waved – each for a car which spun. Eickberg had a strong restart, with Green and Gary Glander (Sheboygan Falls) close behind.

Glen Blanke (Sheboygan Falls) looked outside Justin Bauer (Sheboygan Falls) for eighth, as Kenny Richards, driving for Brandon Berth, looked inside Larry Zirbel (Iron Ridge) for fourth. Danny Espen, filling in for Brandon Knepprath, spun in turn two, bringing out another caution.

Eickberg moved quickly on the restart with Glander close behind. Green, Zirbel and Richards all battled for third place on lap 12. Joel Seagert, driving for Todd Jensema, looked to join in the battle for third.

Spencer Long (Sheboygan Falls) spun again unassisted, bringing out another caution which sent him to the pits for the evening.

Seagert went inside Zirbel and Richards for fourth. Patrick Hanson (Sheboygan Falls) spun again, sending him to the pits for the night as well. Blanke slid into the turn-one wall under caution and was able to rejoin the field.

Eickberg had a strong restart over Green. Richards looked inside Glander for third. Richards raced his way inside Eickberg for the lead on lap 19. Seagert slipped under Zirbel for sixth.

Richards continued to pull away from Eickberg by over a 10- car-length lead as the checkers flew. Eickberg finished second, followed in order by Green, Zirbel and Seagert.

For the Late Model main event Chris Carlson (Union Grove) and Tim Buhler (Glenbeulah) made up the front row. Buhler advanced quickly to the top spot.

Jim Schmidt (Cleveland), Ron Stroika (Mukwonago) and Jim Letizia (Milwaukee) went threewide for eighth. Justin Schmidt (Cleveland) went outside Turk Letizia (Milwaukee) for fourth.

Carlson spun himself around which brought out a caution. Stroika spun around and managed to keep going on the restart. Brad Mueller (Random Lake) worked his way into second over Justin Schmidt.

Buhler continued to lead. Jim Schmidt was outside Turk Letezia for fifth. Buhler caught lapped traffic by lap 12. Justin Schmidt looked inside Mueller for second and it worked.

Jim Schmidt broke a drive shaft and retired to the pits. Billy Rezutek (Big Bend) pulled into the infield with mechanical issues.

Carlson maneuvered his way past Tony Peterson (Big Bend) for seventh. Buhler’s lead dwindled as Justin Schmidt caught up.

The checkers flew for Buhler, followed in order by Justin Schmidt, Mueller, Turk Letezia and Charlie Schmidt (Oostburg).

Chris Clayton (Waldo) and Brandon McMullen (Plymouth) set the pace for the Sprint feature. Clayton and McMullen battled side by side for the lead. McMullen managed to take over the lead.

Lance Fassbender (Burnett) slowed on the backstretch, bringing out our first caution. McMullen regained control of the field and slowly started to pull away.

Drivers settled in single file. McMullen caught lapped traffic on lap seven. Clayton was back on McMullen’s bumper maneuvering their way through traffic. Tim Haddy (Waupun) managed to join in and compete for second place.

Donny Goeden (Kewaskum) and Jim Melis (Glenbeulah) were running eighth and ninth, respectively. Ben Schmidt (Howards Grove), running Samantha Portschy’s car, stopped for mechanical issues.

On the restart lapped cars were left in. McMullen pulled away with the lead again and Clayton passed Haddy back for second. Tony Wondra (Campbellsport) worked his way around Jim Melis for seventh. Jason Johnson (Campbellsport) looked at the bumper of Kurt Davis (West Allis) for ninth.

McMullen was back into lapped traffic on lap 20. McMullen was flying and slowly picking off a car at a time. Jim Melis passed Wondra back for seventh. Haddy passed Clayton back for second.

McMullen tangled in lapped traffic and spun coming out of turn four. McMullen lost the lead and had to restart in the back. Any driver that spins must restart in the rear of the field. All lapped cars were pulled out and had to restart in the rear with less than five laps to go.

Tim Haddy was the new leader with a green, green, white, checker finish. Clayton finished second, followed by Goeden, Jim Melis and Andrew Westphal (Fond du Lac), respectively.

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