Dirt Track Racing action heats up

by Jeff Pederson
of The Review staff


JOSH WALTER (12w) of Plymouth and Tim Haddy of Theresa battle for position in the 360 Sprint Car A-Main race Saturday night at the Plymouth Dirt Track. Walters finished first. – Photo by RC Custom Design JOSH WALTER (12w) of Plymouth and Tim Haddy of Theresa battle for position in the 360 Sprint Car A-Main race Saturday night at the Plymouth Dirt Track. Walters finished first. – Photo by RC Custom Design PLYMOUTH – Under steamy Memorial Day weekend weather conditions, the action on the track was equally hot and heavy as Plymouth Dirt Track Racing staged its annual Military Night racing program Saturday at the Sheboygan County Fair Park.

A strong field of 100 cars took to the one-third mile Plymouth Dirt Track. Josh Walter of Plymouth (Richard’s of Dunbar 360 Sprint Cars), Jared Siefert of Luxemburg (Gasroots Project Late Models), Don Sorce Jr. of West Allis (Klips & Tips Grand Nationals), Jeff Steenbergen of Watertown (Cellcom B Modifieds) and Preston Ruh of Elkhart Lake (Micro Sprints) securing A-main victories in the second full PDTR racing program of the 2018 season.


BRANDON BERTH (22) of Cascade is in three-wide action during the B Modified feature race Saturday night at the Plymouth Dirt Track. Berth placed third. – Photo by RC Custom Design BRANDON BERTH (22) of Cascade is in three-wide action during the B Modified feature race Saturday night at the Plymouth Dirt Track. Berth placed third. – Photo by RC Custom Design In the 25-lap Sprint Car Amain, Paul Pokorski of West Bend lined up from the pole position, flanked by 2010 PDTR Sprint Car champion Kurt Davis of South Milwaukee.

After an aborted start for a flip involving Chris Clayton of Waldo, Davis jumped out into the lead with a high move in turn two on the opening lap. On lap two, third starter Kevin Karnitz of West Bend and 2008 PDTR Sprint Car champ Lance Fassbender of Burnett, who started fifth, ducked under Pokorski to assume the second and third spots, respectively.

Hugging the low line, Karnitz bolted under Davis to take the lead in turn one on lap four. However, one lap later Davis rode the cushion to power past Karntiz in turn two.

After Davis switched lines to run the low groove on lap nine, he quickly built up a half-straightaway cushion over Karnitz on lap 12. Meanwhile, Walter, who started sixth, flexed his muscle to move into third place on lap 13 before slipping past Karnitz to take the runner-up spot on lap 14 with a nifty low move.

Misfortune struck Davis on lap 16 when a flat left rear tire forced him to drop out of the race and relinquish the lead to Walter.

With Walter maintaining a half-straightaway lead, fourth starter Tim Haddy of Waupun gained second from Karnitz and began to set his sights on the top spot as the leaders worked through lapped traffic in the closing laps.

As Walter found himself bottled up by lapped traffic, Haddy closed the gap along the cushion, trailed closely by 2005 PDTR Sprint Car champion Danny Schlafer of Sussex, who started eighth, in third and Pokorski, who rallied to mount a late-charge along the cushion, in fourth.

With Haddy closing rapidly, Walter held on to collect his fourth career PDTR Sprint Car Amain victory by just over one car length over Haddy who was second. Schlafer finished third, followed by Pokorski in fourth and Eagle’s Scott Conger who placed fifth after starting seventh.

John Krebsbach of Cascade won the Sprint Car B-main. Spencer Long of Oshkosh captured the first B Modified B-Main and Rick Kretschmann of Sheboygan Falls collected the victory in the second B Modified B-main.

PDTR racing action will continue

Saturday, with grandstands opening at 4:30 p.m. and racing scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

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


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