By Jeff Pederson – Pedal Down Promotions
(PEDAL DOWN PROMOTIONS) October 4, 2017 – Paul Pokorski and his Pokorski Motorsports team completed their 25th season of competition with a strong fourth-place A-main showing in the 2017 Plymouth Dirt Track Racing and Midwest Sprint Car Association 360 Sprint Car finale Saturday, Sept. 30, at The Plymouth Dirt Track on the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds.
With a stellar field of 33 PDTR/MSA 360 Sprint Cars signed in, Pokorski lined up on the outside of the front row of the second PDTR/MSA heat race. The 2014 MSA Masters Series champion outpowered polesitter Chris Clayton to seize the lead in turn two of the opening circuit.
Pokorski then proceeded to open up a half-straightaway cushion over Clayton, which he maintained throughout the 10-lap event en route to his second heat race victory of the 2017 season.
The impressive heat race run gave Pokorski the third starting spot in the PDTR-MSA A-main with former PDTR-MSA champions Kurt Davis and Danny Schlafer lined up ahead of him on the front row and newly crowned 2017 PDTR 360 Sprint Car champion Brandon McMullen to his right in the fourth starting position.
Pokorski was running fourth behind Davis, Schlafer and McMullen when the first caution flag of the race flew on lap 4,. On the ensuing restart, Davis and Schlafer collided in turn two to bring out another caution, which relegated both drivers to the rear of the field.
After restarting second, Pokorski dropped to fourth when Ben Schmidt and Kevin Karnitz both slipped by before Dick Kaiser mounted a charge to work past Pokorski two laps later. The West Bend driver spent the majority of the race locked in a duel with Justin Miller for fifth place.
As the laps wound down, Pokorski found his groove on the dry, slick track to hold off Miller for the position. With two laps to go, Pokorski reeled in Dick Kaiser to take over fourth place in the running order.
Pokorski then held on secure his sixth top-five A-main finish of the season as Brandon McMullen claimed the victory to wrap up the 2017 PDTR 360 Sprint Car title and his third straight MSA championship.
“The car was just about perfect in the heat race,” Pokorski said. “We tweaked a few things for the main, but didn’t tighten it up enough. We were afraid the track would take rubber earlier and we didn’t want to go too far.”
After being hampered by bad luck and mechanical gremlins during first few months of the year, which forced him to race the team’s backup car in several events, Pokorski rallied over the second half of the season to place ninth in the PDTR 360 Sprint Car point standings and seventh in the MSA points rundown.
In 21 PDTR/MSA events, Pokorski posted one A-main victory (May 27), two heat race wins, six top-five A-main finishes and 12 top-10 A-main showings.
“I’m happy with the way the second half of the season went,” Pokorski said. “We’ve been running well lately, and I’m really sorry that the end of the season is here. I can’t wait for next year. We don’t have any major changes planned. Our goal is to work hard and be as prepared as possible.”
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.
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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 By The Numbers
Total Events – 22
MSA events – 21
IRA events – 1
A-Main Victories – 1
Top Five A-Main Finishes – 6
Top 10 A-Main Finishes – 12
Heat Race Victories – 2