By Jeff Pederson – Pedal Down Promotions
(PEDAL DOWN PROMOTIONS) June 24, 2017 – The sixth Plymouth Dirt Track Racing program of 2017 packed a plentiful dose of action as four drivers visited victory lane for the first time this season in A-main competition, while two winners did so via impressive last-lap passes Saturday, June 24, at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds in Plymouth.
In the 25-lap Sprint Car A-main, point leader Brandon McMullen of Oshkosh pulled off a final lap pass to become the first PDTR Sprint Car driver to claim a repeat victory in 2017.
The contingent of first-time A-main winners this season included Chris Carlson of Union Grove (Late Model), Brian Cesar of Sheboygan (Grand National), Tim Warner of Fond du Lac (B Mod) and Jack Vanderboom of Dousman (Micro Sprint).
Outside front row starter Jim Melis of Glenbeulah led from the drop of the green flag in the Sprint Car A-main event with polesitter Shane Wenninger of Kewaskum trailing in second and Brandon McMullen, who started fourth, in third.
The top three remained locked in position until lap 21, when McMullen snuck past Wenninger to assume the runner-up spot and quickly set his sights on Melis.
The two-time defending Midwest Sprint Car Association champion then charged in to pull off the winning move on the final lap to secure his 10th career PDTR Sprint Car A-main victory and the 14th overall A-main triumph of his 360 Sprint Car career.
Melis had to settle for second, Wenninger was third, third starter Anthony Knierum of Franksville was fourth and Tim Haddy of Waupun started and finished fifth.
The 25-lap Late Model A main saw three different drivers lead a lap during the first five circuits, including polesitter Chris Carlson, three-time PDTR Late Model champion Brad Mueller of Random Lake, who started second, and defending PDTR Late Model champion Tim Buhler of Glenbeulah, who started third.
On lap 9, Mueller wrestled the lead away from Buhler before Carlson passed both Buhler and Mueller to gain the top spot on lap 15. Carlson then held off Mueller and Buhler over the final 10 laps to notch his third career PDTR Late Model A-main victory.
Mueller finished second, Buhler came home third, seventh starter Jim Schmidt of Cleveland came from the seventh starting spot to finish fourth and 10th starter Jared Siefert of Luxemburg came up from his 10th starting position to place fifth in his first appearance at Plymouth this season.
The 25-lap Grand National A main belonged to Brian Cesar from start to finish. The defending PDTR Grand National champion grabbed the lead from the pole and never looked back.
Current PDTR Grand National point leader Mark Fieber of Cascade used a strong start to grab second place on the opening lap. Roger Lee of Wind Lake, who was making his initial appearance at Plymouth of the 2017 season, bolted up from his seventh starting spot to take second on lap six.
On lap 7, fourth starter Matt Loehr of Dotyville assumed second place. Current PDTR Grand National point leader and 2011 track champion Mark Fieber of Cascade came up from the ninth starting spot to move past Loehr to gain second on lap 13.
Cesar cruised over the final 12 laps to claim his fourth career PDTR Grand National A-main victory. Loehr nipped Fieber on the final lap to take second, Fieber was third, Dan Sorce of West Allis charged from his 11th starting spot to place fourth and eighth starter Kurt Davis of South Milwaukee placed fifth.
Current PDTR B Mod point leader Justin Green of Sheboygan Falls, who started in the pole, worked past second starter Chad Vetting of Valders to gain the lead on lap 7.
Green held the top spot until the final lap when seventh starter Tim Warner of Fond du Lac, who was making his first Plymouth start of 2017, darted past Green to notch his first career PDTR B Mod main event triumph.
Green was second, Beaver Dam’s Nick Schultz came up from the sixth starting spot to place third in his first start of the year at Plymouth, Gary Glander of Sheboygan Falls moved up from the 10th starting spot to finish fourth and 11th starter Brandon Berth of Plymouth claimed fifth.
Antigo’s Jerry Reif bolted into the lead from his third starting spot on the drop of the green flag of the 15-lap Micro Sprint A main.
Reif led the first four laps before Jack Vanderboom moved up from the eighth starting spot to assume the lead on lap 5. Vanderboom fended off Reif over the final 10 circuits to notch his first career PDTR Micro Sprint A main victory.
Reif wound up second, Chad Bogar of Sun Prairie finished third after starting 10th, Jake Reif of Antigo placed fourth and PDTR Micro Sprint point leader Tory Strauss of Waterloo rounded out the top five.
B-main victories went to Kenjay Fiedler of Sheboygan Falls (Sprint Car), Josh Pierce of Random Lake (Grand National) and Spencer Long of Oshkosh (B Mod).
The evening was sponsored by Collins State Bank and featured drink specials courtesy of Miller Pepsi.
Next week’s PDTR program will Late Model driver introductions. Racing will begin at 6 p.m.
The Plymouth Dirt Track at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds in Plymouth is located at 229 Fairview Drive in Plymouth. For more information, visit www.plymouthdtr.com or check out Plymouth Dirt Track Racing on Facebook.
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