McGrath dominates Dirt Kings Late Model event

by Jeff Pederson Special to The Review

The final regular program of the season brimmed over with a wide variety of racing action, which included runaway statement style victories, heated side-by-side competition, inspired charges from the back of the pack and a new A-main track record, while three drivers wrapped up division titles before a large contingent of spectators on Saturday at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds.

Former PDTR Late Model champion Mitch McGrath of Waukesha scored an impressive victory in the 30-lap Dirt Kings Late Model Tour A-main.

McGrath skillfully negotiated lapped traffic in the closing laps to pull away to notch his 11th career PDTR A-main victory and second career Dirt Kings Late Model Tour main event (he also won in 2014) by a half lap margin.

Plymouth’s Justin Miller established a new track record of 5 minutes and 45 seconds en route to victory in the non-stop 30- lap Richard’s of Dunbar Sprint Car A main.

He claimed his third career PDTR Sprint Car A-main victory and fifth overall Midwest Sprint Car Association A-main triumph.

Tyler Kulow of Plymouth emerged with the victory in a hotly contested 30-lap Klips and Tips Grand National A main.

He notched his fourth career PDTR Grand National A-main victory.

Colten Van Hierden of Waupun made his first appearance of the season at PDTR count with a victory from the rear of the field in the time-shortened 26-lap Cellcom B Mod A main.

He claimed his third career PDTR B Mod A-main victory.

Zach Boden of Madison topped the 15- lap Kristine Hartmann Pleasantville Realty Micro Sprint A main.

The final regular PDTR racing program of the season, sponsored by Hidden Dreams Show Cattle, drew a large field 111 cars, including 28 Dirt Kings Late Model Tour cars, 27 Sprint Cars, 25 B Mods, 21 Grand Nationals and 10 Micro Sprints.

Prior to the racing program, the 2018 PDTR Dedication to Dirt Award was presented to longtime announcer Bill Rood, who stated that he would be retiring after 30 years of involvement with racing at Plymouth.

After two weeks off, the season will conclude with a doubleheader weekend of Sprint Car action on Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29. The Interstate Racing Association 410 Sprint Car Series will be in action, along with the Wisconsin Wingless Sprint Cars on that Friday.

On Saturday, the IRA Sprint Cars and Wisconsin Wingless Sprint Cars will be joined by the PDTR 360 Sprint Cars and Wisconsin-Illinois Sprint Car Series for the final points night of the season for all four divisions.

Three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart of Columbus, Ind. has indicated his intentions to return to race with the IRA 410 Sprint Car Series on Sept. 28-29, as has three-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champ Sammy Swindell of Germantown, Tenn., who will be making his debut appearance at Plymouth.

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