By Jeff Pederson – Pedal Down Promotions
(PEDAL DOWN PROMOTIONS) May 31, 2017 – After completing the 2016 season without an A-main victory, Paul Pokorski and his Pokorski Motorsports team entered the 2017 campaign with a top goal of returning to victory lane.
It took just three weeks for the team to reach its goal as Pokorski scored a dominating flag-to-flag victory in the 25-lap Plymouth Dirt Track Racing Sprint Car A-main Saturday, May 27, at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds in Plymouth, Wisconsin.
After the team’s primary 2016 Maxim chassis was damaged in an opening night accident, Pokorski strapped into his backup J&J car for the second consecutive week. Much like the previous Saturday at PDTR when he posted a third-place finish in the Sprint Car A main, Pokorski was strong right out of the pit chute.
With a strong field of 32 Sprint Cars checked in for the evening, Pokorski rolled off fourth in the fourth Sprint Car heat race. The 2014 Midwest Sprint Car Association Masters Series champion passed Tyler Brabant in the early going to record a third-place showing in the 10-lap race behind second place Dannon Tessmer and race winner Danny Schlafer.
The solid run in the heat race put the 25-year veteran beside polesitter Kenjay Fiedler on the outside of the front row for the 25-lap A-main event.
Pokorski used a big run along the preferred outside groove to grab the lead in turn two of the opening lap. He showed his strength throughout the race building as much as a half-lap lead by the half-way point.
The race was not without a nervous moment as Pokorski nearly lost the handle of his machine spinning sideways while attempting to pass a lapped car in turn two in the latter stages of the event.
However, he held on to miraculously maintain the lead. He cruised the rest of the way to his 10th career Sprint Car A-main victory and third career PDTR A-main triumph. It was the team’s first A-main victory since Aug. 14, 2015 at the now defunct Manitowoc Expo Speedway.
Coupled with his 35 career Winged Super Modifed A-main victories, it was Pokorski’s 45th career A-main event triumph.
“The car was very good, and the race track was right up my alley,” Pokorski said. “However, I wasn’t confident that we had a comfortable lead. Not knowing what is behind you and having to keep pushing is part of what makes Sprint Car racing great!
“I definitely thought I threw it away when I nearly spun in trying to dive under a lapped car,” he said. “I’m thankful that I was able to catch it at the very last moment.”
Pokorski thoroughly enjoyed the victory, and the fact that one of his sponsors – Pedal Down Promotions – supplied the trophies for the race was a welcome bonus.
“I am savoring the win this week and hoping we can do it again soon,” Pokorski said.
The team had planned to join the Interstate Racing Association 410 Sprint Car Series for an event at the 141 Speedway in Francis Creek on Saturday, May 28, but the race program was rained out.
This weekend Pokorski plans to compete at Plymouth Dirt Track Racing at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds in Plymouth on Saturday, June 3. It will mark the team’s return to its primary car.
“We are going to switch back to the Maxim chassis for this week partially because the guys at R&H Enterprises have helped us so much with shocks and other setup things and I think there is some untapped potential yet in that car,” Pokorski said.
Spectator gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with racing scheduled to start at 6 p.m. this Saturday night at Plymouth. It is Police, Fire and EMS Night, as well as Graduates Night with free admission with an ID.
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 – Acme Armature Works Inc.
Pokorski Motorsports will like to welcome Acme Armature Works Inc. of Sheboygan as a new sponsor for the 2017 racing season
Acme Armature Works Inc. debuted last September when Chad Bahrs purchased Sheboygan Armature Works. Located at 2727 North 21st St. in Sheboygan, Acme Armature Works specializes in electrical and servo motor repair and sales for industrial and commercial customers.
Bahrs, who resides in Elkhart Lake with his wife Jamie and three children, describes Acme Armature Works as a one-stop electrical apparatus service shop.
“We specialize in all types of electric motors, spindles, servo motors, and electro-mechanical devices for industrial, commercial and agricultural customers,” Bahrs said. “We are a factory-authorized warranty service center for a wide range of manufactures. We also offer value-added services such as an in-house machine shop, computerized precision dynamic balancing, vibration analysis, predictive/preventative maintenance, welding and light fabricating.”
When it comes to diagnosing problems, providing proper repair analysis and delivering top-notch service for servo motors, Acme’s repair team boasts over 100 years of combined experience working with a wide selection of complex motor systems.
“We specialize in fast, accurate repair, rewind and re-manufacture of all brands of servo motors,” Bahrs said. “During our repair process, every encoder or all feedback devices are checked for proper signals and alignment.”
Acme Armature Works is PDTA (Power Transmission Distributors Association) and EASA (Electrical Apparatus Service Association) certified. In addition, Acme recently earned the Recommended Practice for the Repair of Rotating Electrical Apparatus (ANSI/EASA AR100-2015) accreditation.
Bahrs says Acme’s ability to provide unique in-shop services sets it apart among its competition.
“I think the fact that we do balancing, machine work and welding in our shop sets us apart,” Bahrs said. “We have the ability to do blower wheel balancing, provide a wide range of machine work and weld cast iron, which you don’t see in every other shop.”
Acme Armature Works also sells many makes and models of electric and servo motors.
Pokorski Motorsports invites you to contact Acme Armature Works Inc. via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling the 24-hour service line at 920-452-3389 or visiting www.acmearmature.com.
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2017 Pokorski Motorsports Upcoming Schedule
Saturday, June 3 – Plymouth Dirt Track Racing (MSA)
Saturday, June 10 – Plymouth Dirt Track Racing (MSA)
Sunday, June 11 – Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie (MSA)
Saturday, June 17 – Plymouth Dirt Track Racing (MSA)
2017 Pokorski Motorsports By The Numbers
Total Events – 3
MSA events – 3
IRA events – 0
A Main Victories – 1
Top Five A Main Finishes – 2
Top 10 A Main Finishes – 2
Heat Race Victories – 0