McMullen wins Portschy Memorial Race

by Jeff Pederson
Special to The Review


BRANDON BERTH (22) of Cascade and Justin Green, Sheboygan Falls, battle it out in Plymouth Dirt Track Racing’s B Modified feature Saturday night. Green finished first and Berth, fourth. – Photo by RC Custom Design BRANDON BERTH (22) of Cascade and Justin Green, Sheboygan Falls, battle it out in Plymouth Dirt Track Racing’s B Modified feature Saturday night. Green finished first and Berth, fourth. – Photo by RC Custom Design PLYMOUTH – On a Saturday night which honored the memory of one of Plymouth Dirt Track Racing’s most beloved drivers, Brian Portschy, who lost his life in a nonracing accident in August 2013, repeat winners grabbed the spotlight in PDTR competition on a seasonably warm summer evening at the Sheboygan County Fair Park.

In an extended 30-lap Amain race Brandon McMullen of Appleton (formerly of Plymouth) collected his third straight Brian Portschy Memorial Race Sprint Car AMain victory.

Mitch McGrath of Waukesha notched his initial triumph of the 2017 campaign in the hotly contested Late Model Amain.

Dan Sorce of West Allis (Grand National), Justin Green of Sheboygan Falls (B Modified) and Chad Bogar of Sun Prairie (Micro Sprint) each posted their second Amain victories of the season.


BRAD MUELLER (89) of Random Lake and Randy Markwardt of Sheboygan compete in the Late Model feature Saturday night at the Plymouth Dirt Track. Mueller finished second and Markwardt was ninth. – Photo by RC Custom Design BRAD MUELLER (89) of Random Lake and Randy Markwardt of Sheboygan compete in the Late Model feature Saturday night at the Plymouth Dirt Track. Mueller finished second and Markwardt was ninth. – Photo by RC Custom Design Outside front-row starter Al Schlafer of Sussex outpowered pole-sitter Robbie Pribnow of Lomira to take the lead on the opening lap of the Sprint Car A main, followed by outside second-row starter Jim Melis of Glenbeulah.

The first of six caution flags flew on lap five when Josh Teunissen of Waldo spun to a stop in turn four. On the restart, Pribnow flexed his muscle with a slide job in turn three which vaulted him from third place into the lead.

One lap later, Schlafer spun in front of the field to trigger an eight-car incident in turn two. All but one driver, Lance Fassbender of Burnett, returned to the race. Pribnow held down the top spot on the restart as McMullen, who started fifth, shot past Melis to claim the runner-up spot.

McMullen quickly reeled in Pribnow before executing a perfect slide job in turn one on lap 12 to seize the lead on the highly racy track. However, McMullen’s move was negated when Howards Grove’s Ben Schmidt spun in turn two on lap 12.

Pribnow remained in the lead on the restart as the scoring of the race went back to the previous lap before the caution. However, Pribnow’s car lost power on the restart to prompt the fourth caution flag of the race.

With Pribnow now out of the race, McMullen inherited the lead on the restart with Melis in second. On lap 13, 2010 PDTR Sprint Car champion Kurt Davis of West Allis powered up from his ninth starting spot to pressure Melis for the runner-up spot.

After the fifth caution period for the stalled car of twotime PDTR Sprint Car champ Danny Schlafer of Sussex on the backstretch on lap 15, Mc- Mullen continued to show his strength along the preferred outside groove.

The sixth and final caution flag was displayed on lap 21 for an incident in turn one involving Dannon Tessmer of Slinger and Schmidt.

Despite a damaged front wing which affected the handling of his car, Davis mounted a late charge following the final restart to bolt past Melis into second and challenge Mc- Mullen for the lead with a low move on lap 23.

However, McMullen fended off Davis’s advances and pulled away over the final five laps to notch his first victory of the 2017 season, ninth PDTR Sprint Car win and 13th overall Midwest Sprint Car Association triumph of his career.

Davis had to settle for second, Melis was third, 12th starter Paul Pokorski of West Bend raced up to an impressive fourth-place finish after restarting 19th following the lap-six melee and Kenjay Fiedler of Sheboygan Falls finished fifth after starting ninth.

This Saturday’s racing program will feature the first of four appearances at Plymouth by the Interstate Racing Association (IRA) Sprint Car Series. Joining the IRA regional touring drivers, will be the MSA/PDTR 360 Sprint Cars and PDTR B Mods.

For more information, visit www.plymouthdtr.com or check out Plymouth Dirt Track Racing on Facebook.


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