Pokorski team gears up for final ever race at hometown track
(PEDAL DOWN PROMOTIONS) August 30, 2016 – Throughout the 2016 season, Paul Pokorski and his Pokorski Motorsports team have been searching for some elusive consistency to run at the front of the pack week in and week out.
However, consistency or running at the front of the pack certainly haven’t been a problem at the team’s home track – Manitowoc Speedway, where Pokorski has not finished out of the top six in five Midwest Sprint Car Association (MSA) A main events this season, including a pair of top five showings (third on July 29 and fourth on June 3).
Thanks to those strong showings, Pokorski enters the final race ever at the Manitowoc Speedway this Saturday, Sept. 3, in second place in the Eastern Wisconsin Stock Car (EWSC) Sprint Car point standings, just three points behind leader Brandon McMullen. In five MSA events, Pokorski has accumulated 205 points, while McMullen has garnered 208 points.
The three-time EWSC Winged Super Modified champion and 2014 MSA Masters Series champ is no stranger to the pressure of a points race. Although Pokorski generally brushes aside the notion of worrying about points, he admits that being in the hunt for this particular championship is extra special.
“I normally don’t worry about points, but it would be cool to be the last Manitowoc track champion for sure,” Pokorski said while preparing for the Manitowoc finale.
Last Wednesday, Aug. 24, the Pokorski Motorsports team competed in the second to last Manitowoc Speedway race, which was held during the Manitowoc County Fair.
True to recent form, Pokorski enjoyed a strong night on the always racy Manitowoc track, which included a heat race victory and a solid sixth place showing in the A main event.
Pokorski opened the night by starting on the outside of the front row in the first Sprint Car heat race alongside multi-time MSA champion Kurt Davis.
On the drop of the green flag, Pokorski used the outside groove to power around Davis and into the lead exiting turn two. Pokorski then wasted no time in opening up a big lead over Davis en route to a half straightaway heat race victory.
After the draw for the A main invert, Pokorski found himself starting back in 11th place in the 22-car main event field.
In the opening laps of the race, Pokorski held his ground hovering around the top 10. After gaining some momentum along the cushion, Pokorski began his march to the front with a nifty pass of Josh Teunissen for 7th place on lap 10 before working around Chris Clayton for sixth one lap later.
A yellow flag flew on lap 17 when race later Danny Schlafer made contact with a turn four guardrail after his car suffered an apparent mechanical malfunction.
After the restart, Pokorski pulled off a slide job in turns one and two to work past Tim Haddy and assume fourth place on lap 19. However, two laps later, Pokorski jumped the cushion in turn two and fell back to sixth, which is where he ended up at the checkered flag.
Brandon McMullen posted the race victory to vault to the top of the EWSC Sprint Car point standings with one race remaining at the Manitowoc Speedway, which will be demolished following Saturday’s racing program to make way for a Meijer store.
“Overall, Wednesday really went great for us,” Pokorski said. “I was a little disappointed though that I got into the guardrail and gave away a few spots with two or three to go in the A, but nonetheless I had a blast and can’t wait for this Saturday.”
The team is potentially looking forward to a tripleheader Labor Day race weekend.
The next race for the Pokorski Motorsports teams is this Friday, Sept. 2 at The Plymouth Dirt Track along with the Interstate Racing Association (IRA) 410 Sprint Car Series during the Sheboygan County Fair. Racing is slated to begin at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 3 the team will vie for the EWSC Sprint Car title in the grand finale race program at the Manitowoc Speedway, which features an earlier 6 p.m. start time.
Pending how it fares at Plymouth and Manitowoc, the team has tentative plans to join the IRA 410 series at the 141 Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 4.
“141 is still tentative,” Pokorski said. “I work on Saturday and Sunday, so it’s dependent on getting through the first two races of the weekend cleanly.”
Pokorski Motorsports Sponsor Showcase – Tisler Salvage
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Paul and the Pokorski Motorsports team would like to thank Gary and the folks at Tisler Salvage for their support over the year
Pokorski Motorsports would like to direct special recognition to R&H Enterprises, Goeden’s Auto Body, Christel Sign and Goodwin Racing Engines for helping to get the team’s new 2016 Maxim on the track this season.
The Pokorski Motorsports sponsors for the 2016 season include: 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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2016 Pokorski Motorsports Remaining Schedule
Friday, September 2 – Plymouth Dirt Track (MSA)
Saturday, September 3 – Manitowoc Speedway (MSA)
Sunday, September 4 – 141 Speedway in Francis Creek (IRA)
Saturday, September 10 – Plymouth Dirt Track (MSA)
Saturday, October 1 – Dodge County Fairgrounds in Beaver Dam (MSA)
2016 Pokorski Motorsports By The Numbers
Total Events – 22
MSA events – 19
IRA events – 3
A Main Victories – 0
Top Five A Main Finishes – 4
Top 10 A Main Finishes – 10
Heat Race Victories – 5