By Jeff Pederson – Pedal Down Promotions
(PEDAL DOWN PROMOTIONS) March 15, 2018 – After reeling off a string of strong finishes to close out the 2017 season, Paul Pokorski and his Pokorski Motorsports 360 Sprint Car racing team will look to build off that momentum as they embark on the full Midwest Sprint Car Association (MSA) schedule during the upcoming 2018 season.
The 2014 MSA Masters Series champion will fire up his 26th season of racing at the Plymouth Dirt Track on the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds in Plymouth, Wis. on Saturday, April 28.
Pokorski, who will contest the entire 28-race MSA schedule in 2018, including 21 Plymouth Dirt Track Racing (PDTR) events at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds, is wrapping up a busy winter of preparation, which he hopes will give the team an edge when the green flag flies in late April.
“We started a little earlier with some of our offseason preparations in an effort to make things a little less stressful for everyone on the team,” Pokorski said. “Over the years, I have been able to find some great people to work with, like Goeden’s Auto Body, Todd at Goodwin Competition Engines, Kurt Gunderson at Competition Driveline and others.
“Those folks do their part well and on-time which makes things go smoothly,” he said. “We have also been working on a few sponsor commitments, and we’re always looking for more help in that regard.”
The highlight of the 2017 for Pokorski and his team came at The Plymouth Dirt Track on May 27 when he claimed his 10th career 360 Sprint Car A-main victory in flag-to-flag fashion on a night sponsored by one of his biggest supporters-Pedal Down Promotions.
It was Pokorski’s first A-main victory since Aug. 14, 2015 at the now defunct Manitowoc Expo Speedway, as well as the 45th overall A-main victory of his 25-year open-wheel racing career (35 Winged Super Modified, 10 360 Sprint Car).
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, during the 2017 season.
Pokorski also placed seventh overall in the Midwest Sprint Car Association (MSA) standings and wound up ninth in the Plymouth Dirt Track Racing (PDTR) 360 Sprint Car points race.
While he describes the 2017 season as “very average,” Pokorski enters the 2018 campaign highly motivated to put his familiar blue No. 4 machine at the front of the field on a consistent basis.
“I’m excited for this season,” Pokorski said. “It took a while to find a comfort level with the Maxim chassis, but I think we found a pretty good baseline about mid-year last year. We are always continuing to try and find the next level of improvement, and the last few nights of last year we tried some different shocks that showed some promise. I’m looking forward to starting where we left off and building on that quickly.”
Pokorski, who is a three-time Eastern Wisconsin Stock Car Winged Super Modified champion, is eager to visit some different tracks that have been added to the MSA touring schedule in 2018, including Outagamie Speedway in Seymour and TNT Speedway in Three Lakes.
“We will definitely focus on the Midwest Sprint Car Association (MSA) schedule,” Pokorski said. “That schedule has added four new tracks in the last three years to offer a little variety along with a steady diet of Saturday nights at Plymouth. The travel and the budget fit what we have to work with really well, plus it’s really a nice group of people we race with.
“I have raced at Outagamie Speedway, but it was prior to it being ‘powered by EWSC,’” he said. “I know that EWSC has done a great deal of improvements and their track prep is usually good and consistent. I have never raced at TNT, but I know some of the other MSA guys have, so we may be at a little disadvantage there. But it’s fun to go new places and see new fans that don’t get to see Sprint Cars very often, if at all. I’m looking forward to both and hoping we put on a good show.”
With his dedicated Pokorski Motorsports crew, featuring crew chief Dave Schultz, Randy Leamer, Dan Hoerig, Ian Schultz, Aaron Pederson, Alex Pokorski, Lynn Pokorski, Heather Pokorski, Sheila Leamer, Chuck Tuschl, Karin Tuschl and Melissa Schultz, and some trusted technical advisors and equipment suppliers on his side this year, Pokorski is aiming to make some noise in 2018.
“Todd Goodwin has made some changes to the engine that should help to improve our performance in that area this year,” Pokorski said. “We have some new shocks coming to build off what we learned last year.”
Pokorski is pleased to welcome Quest Engineering of Richfield, Wis. to the team as a new sponsor for the 2018 season.
“We spent time working on new sponsorship for this year and we are very happy to announce that Quest Engineering, a manufacturer of quality cabinets, will be coming on board for 2018,” Pokorski said. “We will be sharing much more information about Quest Engineering and what they do in the near future.”
Goeden’s Auto Body and Christel Sign for making it look great, Goodwin Competition for the horsepower!The Pokorski Motorsports sponsors for the 2018 season include: Quest Engineering, 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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2018 Pokorski Motorsports Schedule
Saturday, April 28 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis.
Saturday, May 5 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis.
Saturday, May 12 – Plymouth, Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis.
Saturday, May 19 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis
Saturday, May 26 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis.
Saturday, June 2 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis.
Sunday, June 3 – Angell Park Speedway, Sun Prairie, Wis.
Saturday, June 9 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis.
Friday, June 15 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis.
Friday, June 22 – Spring Lake Speedway, Unity, Wis.
Saturday, June 23 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis.
Saturday, June 30 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis.
Sunday, July 1 – TNT Speedway, Three Lakes, Wis.
Friday, July 6 – Dodge County Fairgrounds, Beaver Dam, Wis.
Saturday, July 7 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis.
Saturday, July 14 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis.
Saturday, July 21 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis.
Saturday, July 28 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis.
Saturday, August 4 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis.
Saturday, August 11 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis.
Sunday, August 12 – Angell Park Speedway, Sun Prairie, Wis.
Saturday, August 18 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis.
Friday, August 24 – Dodge County Fairgrounds, Beaver Dam, Wis.
Saturday, August 25 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis.
Friday, August 31 – Outagamie Speedway, Seymour, Wis.
Saturday, September 1 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis.
Saturday, September 8 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis.
Saturday, September 15 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis.
(Rain Date Only for Sept. 8)
Saturday, September 29 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis.
2018 Pokorski Motorsports By The Numbers
Total Events – 0
A Main Victories – 0
Top Five A Main Finishes – 0
Top 10 A Main Finishes – 0
Heat Race Victories – 0