By Jeff Pederson – Pedal Down Promotions
(PEDAL DOWN PROMOTIONS) August 9, 2017 – Paul Pokorski and his Pokorski Motorsports team kept a recent string of top-10 A-main finishes in 360 Sprint Car action alive at the 21st annual Frank Filskov Memorial event Saturday, Aug. 5, at The Plymouth Dirt Track at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds in Plymouth, Wis.
Racing action was delayed for over an hour after showers moved through the Plymouth area just prior to hot laps. After some quick work from the Plymouth track crew, the evening resumed with racey track conditions prevailing throughout the program.
With 28 PDTR 360 Sprint Cars on hand, Pokorski lined up fourth in the third heat race. The 2014 Midwest Sprint Car Association Masters Series champion found himself locked in a battle with Dick Kaiser in the early going of the 10-lap heat race.
After going back and forth with Kaiser over the first three laps, Pokorski seized the position for good on lap 4. The 25-year veteran went on to post a fourth-place showing to earn a spot among the 16 drivers transferring directly to the A main.
After the passing points were tallied from the heat races, Pokorski started the 27-lap A main from the 16th position. After a strong start in the opening laps, Pokorski settled into the 12th spot on lap 5.
As Pokorski worked the middle to the top of the track in an attempt to move up through the field, disaster struck ahead of him on lap 16 as a five-car incident brought out a red flag involving Lance Fassbender and Doug Wondra, who each flipped hard after tangling in turn one.
The incident happened just ahead of Pokorski, who luckily was able to move high to avoid the melee. The accident forced four cars out the race and vaulted Pokorski to the 10th spot when the race resumed.
On lap 18, Pokorski worked around Scott Conger to assume ninth. Pokorski held on to ninth at the finish to post the team’s third straight top-10 finish.
“I thought the track was really good considering the fact that they got rained on twice right before we got started,” Pokorski said. “I would have loved to have seen the track without the rain. I think it would have been even better.
“The car was decent all night, we just had some unfortunate circumstances,” he said. “I saw the wreck in turn one and got tapped just a little bit by one of the cars involved as I went past. That was too close for comfort.”
This weekend Pokorski Motorsports is set to compete in the final MSA Saturday-Sunday doubleheader of the 2017 racing season Saturday, Aug. 12 at Plymouth and Sunday, Aug. 13 at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie.
“I’m really looking forward to another two-day weekend,” Pokorski said. “The car counts for the MSA traveling events have been great this year and I hope that continues.
“I wish we had a few more doubleheaders left this year,” he said. “I’m disappointed that’s the last one of the season already. The summer goes by way too fast.”
This Saturday, Aug. 12 is Past Champions Night at The Plymouth Dirt Track. Pokorski, who won back-to-back Winged Super Modified championships at the Plymouth track in 2003 and 2004, will be one of the former track champions recognized during the event. Racing begins at 6 p.m.
On Sunday, Aug. 13, Pokorski will participate in the third and final MSA event of the season at the Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
The Pokorski Motorsports sponsors for the 2017 season include: Acme Armature Works Inc., Goeden’s Auto Body, Goodwin Racing Engines, Jens, Reinbold & Pfeffer Family Funeral Services & Crematory, Kettle Moraine Landscaping, Novak’s Service Center, Pedal Down Promotions, Christel Sign, Tisler Salvage Inc. and The Cawley Company.
For more information on Pokorski Motorsports, check out Pokorski Motorsports on Facebook or visit www.pedaldownpromotions.com.
Pokorski Motorsports Sponsor Showcase – Novak’s Service Center
Pokorski Motorsports will like to acknowledge the support of long-time sponsor Novak’s Service Center of Manitowoc, which is celebrating its 45th year in business in 2017.
Novak’s Service Center is a locally-owned, two-bay auto repair center, which has been serving customers in the Lakeshore area since 1972.
Located at 1320 Washington St. in Manitowoc, Novak’s Service Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
To schedule an appointment, call 920-684-5737 or visit www.novaks1320.com.
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2017 Pokorski Motorsports Upcoming Schedule
Saturday, August 12 – Plymouth Dirt Track (MSA)
Sunday, August 13 – Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie (MSA)
Saturday, August 19 – Plymouth Dirt Track (MSA)
Saturday, August 26 – Plymouth Dirt Track (MSA)
2017 Pokorski Motorsports By The Numbers
Total Events – 17
MSA events – 16
IRA events – 1
A-Main Victories – 1
Top Five A-Main Finishes – 5
Top 10 A-Main Finishes – 8
Heat Race Victories – 1