Local dirt track racing season starts Saturday

by Jeff Pederson
Sheboygan Falls News Editor

PLYMOUTH – When the 13th season of Plymouth Dirt Track Racing action at the Sheboygan County Fair Park fires up on Saturday there will be plenty of familiar sights for longtime fans, coupled with some intriguing additions designed to draw in newcomers.

The 57th overall season of racing at the third-mile dirt-track facility in Plymouth will feature a total of 23 events, including 21 Saturday night racing programs and two weeknight special events.

According to PDTR marketing and promotions director Bill Weinaug, the 2017 is shaping up to be one of the track’s busiest in many years.

“We have more events scheduled this year than we have in the past few years,” Weinaug said. “We think we have a pretty nice, diverse schedule featuring a lot of different classes of cars. There will be a lot of good opportunities to see the best local drivers, as well as racers who compete on a wider regional and even national level.”

The new additional races Weinaug is referring to are a United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) event scheduled on Friday, July 14, a Dirt Kings Late Model race on Monday, July 31 and the season finale event of the popular Interstate Racing Association 410 sprint car series on Saturday, Sept. 30, which will also mark the end of the PDTR season.

“These are some pretty highcaliber national-type events that we have coming in, so it should be exciting for everyone,” said Weinaug.

The USMTS Modified Tour will make its first-ever appearance at the Plymouth Dirt Track, along with the new Cow Bell Street Stock Series and the PDTR Grand National division on Friday, July 14.

Weinaug expects the event to attract a stellar field of A Modified competitors from throughout the United States, who will be chasing an $18,000 purse.

On Monday, July 31, the new Dirt Kings Late Model series will take to the Plymouth Dirt Track for a $4,000 win event, along with the PDTR B Mod division.

With a high-dollar purse and the presence of several other big races in the area during that week, Weinaug believes the event has the potential to attract the best field of Late Model drivers in the history of the track.

The regular Saturday night program looks to be equally strong with competition in five weekly divisions on tap in 2017, including 360 Sprint Cars, Late Models, Grand Nationals, B Mods and 600cc Micro Sprints.

After only running a handful of nights last year, the Micro Sprints will be on the card ever Saturday night this year.

“The interesting part of the Micro Sprint division is that it is for anyone age 12 and up,” Weinaug said. “It is a great division for kids to get a start in racing and it is kind of fun to see them compete against the adults.”

In addition, the ever-growing B Mod class will return for its second full season of PDTR action.

“The B Mods were a pretty big hit last year and we are hoping the class will continue to grow and evolve this season,” Weinaug said. “I’ve heard that some Grand National drivers will be moving to B Mods this year, which will be interesting.”

Weinaug says the Sprint Car, Late Model and Grand National divisions look to be just as strong and competitive as ever.

“We have some really good racers in those divisions and many have been racing with us for a lot of years,” Weinaug said.

In addition, to the regular Saturday night divisions, the Vintage Wingless Modifieds are set to appear on May 13 and June 6.

Weinaug says the key to keep racing vital in the years to come is to find ways to attract and involve younger fans each race night.

“We want to do things to encourage more kids to come to the track,” Weinaug said. “We had a Kids Club in past years, but this year we are making all of our kids activities open to everyone.

“We also have a number of kids activities each night, including a bike giveaway and rides on the track for the National Anthem,” he said. “We will also have a yearbook again this year, which was very popular last year.”

Activities open to all kids 11 and under will be held on several selected nights, including American flag-military night (May 27), glow stick night (June 24), balloon lady (July 16), autograph night with checkered flag giveaway (July 22) and driver backpack night (Aug. 19).

As far as goals for the 2017 season, Weinaug says he is hoping to make some new dirt-track racing fans for life.

For more information about Plymouth Dirt Track Racing, call Bill Weinaug at 627-1217 or send an email to bweinaug@shebcofair.com or visit www.plymouthdtr.com for the HG girls was the sprint medley team which captured fourth in 2:10.87. The relay included Cali Lensmire, Duening, Mattie Milz and Grinna.

Despite the Tiger teams placing low in the standings, their head coach Zach Wettengel was pleased with what he saw.

“The meet went well yesterday.

We had a windy but sunny day in the mid 50s, so very close to optimal running conditions. We had a few events that were very close to taking the top spot at the meet,” said Wettengel.

“Overall, it was a good meet with several personal records set for relay teams from Howards Grove.”


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