Plymouth’s Miller wins Sprint Car feature

by Jeff Pederson
Special to The Review


GARY GLANDER (53) of Sheboygan Falls and Travis Schmidt of Plymouth battle for the lead in the B Modified feature race Saturday night at the Plymouth Dirt Track. Glander earned his first B Modified feature win. Schmidt finished third. – Photo by RC Custom Design GARY GLANDER (53) of Sheboygan Falls and Travis Schmidt of Plymouth battle for the lead in the B Modified feature race Saturday night at the Plymouth Dirt Track. Glander earned his first B Modified feature win. Schmidt finished third. – Photo by RC Custom Design PLYMOUTH – A thrilling last- lap pass and a pair of firsttime A-main winners highlighted the evening as Plymouth Dirt Track Racing staged its annual Mid-Season Championship Night of racing Saturday at the Sheboygan County Fair Park.

In the extended 30-lap 360 Sprint Car A-main, Plymouth’s Justin Miller stole the lead from Sprint Car rookie Travis Arenz of Sheboygan on the final lap to post an exciting victory.

Late Model rookie Kevin Baldry of Omro notched his first career PDTR Late Model A-main victory in the 30-lap feature.

Luke Scholten of Oostburg claimed the 30-lap Grand National A-main victory in the Bender Racing entry while Gary Glander of Sheboygan Falls collected his first career B Modified A-main triumph.


JUSTIN MILLER of Plymouth proudly displays his first-place trophy after winning the Sprint Car 360 feature race Saturday night at the Plymouth Dirt Track. – Photo by RC Custom Design JUSTIN MILLER of Plymouth proudly displays his first-place trophy after winning the Sprint Car 360 feature race Saturday night at the Plymouth Dirt Track. – Photo by RC Custom Design Defending Micro Sprint champion Preston Ruh of Elkhart Lake was victorious in the 15-lap Micro Sprint A main.

The Sprint Car A-main headliner began with Tyler Brabant of Waupun and Tony Wondra of Campbellsport lined up on the front row. Despite dry and slick track conditions, the race featured three different leaders and plenty of jockeying for position throughout the field.

Wondra got the jump on the drop of the green flag from his outside front-row starting spot as point leader Josh Walter of Plymouth used the outside groove to jump from fourth at the start into second on the opening lap.

The first of two caution flags appeared on lap five when Scott Conger of Eagle spun in turn three. On the restart, Wondra continued to lead while Travis Arenz, who started third, bolted past Brabant and Walter to secure second on lap eight.

The second caution flag slowed the pace on lap 10 when two-time PDTR Sprint Car champion Danny Schlafer of Sussex spun in turn three and was collected by Chris Clayton of Waldo.

On the restart, Arenz flexed his muscle – utilizing the extreme low groove to gain ground on Wondra, while Justin Miller, who started 10th, charged into third on lap 11.

After hounding Wondra for several laps, Arenz made his move on lap 16, taking the lead in turn one. Miller followed suit in getting past Wondra to set up an exciting duel to the finish.

On lap 18, Arenz encountered slower traffic which allowed Miller to close the gap considerably. The two dueled side-by-side briefly on lap 20 before Arenz pulled away after clearing the lapped car.

Miller worked the low line to perfection in the final five circuits to close within striking range. On the final lap, Miller shot underneath Arenz in turn one to seize the top spot. Miller then held on to claim his second career PDTR Sprint Car and fourth overall Midwest Sprint Car Association A-main triumph.

The next PDTR program will take place on Saturday, topped off by autograph night following the races. The racing program will start at 6 p.m.

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


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