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Carlson Wins Big at Jim Blount Memorial

June 2, 2010


This past weekend the Plymouth Speedway ran its biggest event at the Plymouth Speedway for its outlaw late models with the Great Lakes Outlaw Late Model Series. Twenty-five competitors made the trip to the Plymouth Speedway for one great one hundred lap feature.

            The night began with qualifying. Setting the pace for the field was Scott Hantz with a lap around the 3/8 mile in 12.657 seconds. The top fifteen cars were only separated by .283 seconds for the Thirteenth annual Jim Blount Memorial. Setting fast time for the sportsmen division was Zack Tanner with a time of 14.202 seconds. The front wheel drives watched as Tom Hellinga set the pace for their division with a time of 16.441.

            After opening ceremonies it was time for the $160 to win six lap dash six car fast dash. Derrick Griffin got out front early and grabbed the big win.

            The feature racing action was very exciting and close. The sportsman kicked off feature racing on Saturday night with a big thirty lap feature event. Zach Tanner picked up his first win of the season after reaching out for the top spot midway through the race. He held off Lou Stremme through lap traffic for the race win. Stremme finished second with Kevin Gunkel rounding out the top three positions.

            The thirteenth annual Jim Blount Memorial was a very exciting race that fans witnessed with five different race leaders. Terry Senneker led early until a tire went down in three and four which in turn sent him into the outside wall and out of the race. Scott Hantz also had a tire go down late in the race for Dakota Carlson to grab the top spot. Carlson never looked back and grabbed the win. He was followed in second by Wisconsin’s Rich Bickle and Derrick Griffin of South Bend rounded out the top three.

            The front wheel drives ran a twenty lap feature too wind down the weekend. Tom Hellinga broke out to lead the field and remained there until the checkered flag fell for the second feature win of the young season for him. He was followed in second by Scott Ross and Craig Frase rounded out the top three.

            This weekend the racing action returns to the Plymouth Speedway. The racing action begins at seven o’clock. For more information go online at

Andrew Hayn Correspondent

Photo courtsey of Randy Ellen at Super Charged Photos.

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