Plymouth’s Kulow wins Grand National feature

Jeff Pederson
Special to The Review

PLYMOUTH – A pair of former track champions currently testing their skills in regional traveling series competition returned to victory lane for the first time this year as Plymouth Dirt Track Racing held its annual Autograph Night racing program Saturday at the Plymouth Dirt Track at the Sheboygan County Fair Park.

Reigning PDTR 360 Sprint Car champion Brandon McMullen of Oshkosh (formerly of Plymouth), who is competing as a regular on the Interstate Racing Association 410 Sprint Car Circuit this year, scored his first Aby main victory of the season in the 360 Sprint Car headliner.

Jim Schmidt of Cleveland notched his first Late Model A-main victory of 2018, while Plymouth’s Tyler Kulow posted his first Grand National A-main triumph of the 2018 campaign.

Elijah Koenig of Beaver Dam claimed his first career victory in the time-shortened Cellcom B Modified A-main. Former PDTR Micro Sprint champ Zach Boden of Madison, who is now a regular in the Badger Midget Racing Series, returned to post his first Micro Sprint A-main triumph of the season.

In the 25-lap 360 Sprint Car Amain, Mayer Automotive Racing teammates Nich Melis of Plymouth and Shane Wenninger of Kewaskum shared the front row with Wenninger getting the jump on the outside to lead the opening circuit.

After Wenninger bolted out to a 10-car length advantage over Melis in the early going, the lone caution of the event appeared on lap three when rookie Chris Larson of Greenfield spun in turn two.

By lap five, 2010 PDTR Sprint Car champion Kurt Davis of South Milwaukee, who started fourth, began to make his presence felt as he used the outside groove to power his way into second. Meanwhile, the third-starting McMullen, who was making a rare start in the PDTR 360 Sprint Car division this season, worked the low line of the tricky third-mile track surface to pressure Davis for the runner up spot.

After stalking Wenninger through lapped traffic over the ensuing seven laps, Davis pounced on lap 12 – executing a high move into the lead exiting turn four with McMullen in tow to seize second.

Davis continued to work the high groove while McMullen made the low line work to his benefit as two of the most successful drivers in the history of the PDTR 360 Sprint Car division waged a spirited duel over the next six laps.

On lap 18, McMullen dove underneath Davis to seize the top spot in turn four.

Davis attempted to regain the top spot with an aggressive move in turn three on lap 19 but the three-time reigning Midwest Sprint Car Association champion held off the 33-year racing veteran. McMullen extended his lead to a full straightaway over the final five laps to post his 13th career PDTR Sprint Car A-main victory and 18th overall career MSA Sprint Car A-main triumph.

Davis wound up second, rookie Travis Arenz of Sheboygan, who started fifth, placed third, Wenninger was fourth and sixthstarting Adam Miller of Plymouth was fifth.

With all racing events completed by 9:20 p.m., fans made the most of an extended opportunity to visit with drivers in the pit area after the races on Autograph Night with many teams distributing treats, prizes and promotional items to young and old fans alike.

The next PDTR program will take place on Saturday, featuring a special appearance by the Interstate Racing Association 410 Sprint Series for the annual Frank Filskov Memorial event.

Also on the card will be the PDTR 360 Sprint Cars and PDTR B Mods for full points events. Hot laps begin at 5:30 p.m. with IRA qualifying and racing to follow.

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