This past Saturday night at the Plymouth Speedway the weather was hot and the racing action was fast as lightning. The cars arrived in the pit area in masses for the event.
In qualifying the Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series were very fast and one driver was able to set a new track record that is the fastest lap ever recorded at the speedway. Aaron Pierce drove around the 3/8 mile speedway with an average lap speed of 119.480 miles per hour for a lap of 11.299 seconds. In the mini stocks Darrin Harrell set the pace with a lap of 15.165. In the sportsman division the drivers watched as Zach Tanner set the pace with a lap of 14180. In the front wheel drives Plymouth’s Tom Hellinga set the fast time with a lap of 16.459.
The racing action kicked off after the opening ceremonies with the heat races. The first heats out were the mini stocks. Picking up the first green flag of the night was Eric Frazier.
In the sprint heat races Ron Kohler of South Bend took the first checkered flag. Steve Ball Junior of Huntington also tasted victory in his heat race. The final heat race for the division was won by Jimmy McCune.
The sportsman division ran two heat events with eight laps each. The first victor was Dave Mania. The second heat was won by North Judson’s Matt Norem.
Bryant Ragsdale of South Bend took the first checkered flag in the heat racing action for the front wheel drive division. The final heat winner of the night was Tom Hellinga in the fast heat of the front wheel drives.
After intermission it was time to go racing in the feature events. The first feature out of the pit area was the mini stock division. The racing was a scorcher for twenty-five laps as Darrin Harrell became the second feature winner of the young season. He was followed in second by Michael Mast and Kevin Davis rounded out the top three.
In the HOSS forty lap feature Jeff bloom took the checkered for the first time at the Plymouth Speedway in later years. The racing was close for the second place position but when the checkered fell it was Geoff Kaiser finishing second ahead of Eddie Kelley in third.
The sportsman feature went thirty laps as Kevin Gunkel moved up through the field for his first checkered flag of the season. He was followed in second by Ron Maynard and Tim Craig rounded out the podium in third.
The final race of the night was the twenty lap front wheel drive feature. Tom Hellinga kept his streak alive by winning the event. He was followed in second by Tom Taylor and Keving Whitmer finished in the third position.
This Saturday night the ASA late model north series invades the Plymouth Speedway for its only appearance of 2010. Along with the Outlaw Late Models, mini stocks, and the mini cups. The racing action begins at seven o’clock. For more information visit the track online at www.plymouthspeedway.net.
Andrew Hayn Correspondent