04/12/11 This past weekend the Plymouth Speedway hosted three classes of cars from the Champion Racing Association. They included the late model sportsman, street stocks, and front wheel drive compacts. The pits were full of cars and haulers and many fans graced the sunny grandstands.
The action got underway with five hours of practice on Saturday with free grandstands for the spectators. Fresh faces wondered in and out of the main gate throughout the afternoon.
On Sunday the action heated up with qualifying. The CRA Street Stocks set a new track record as Jeff Lane sailed around the 3/8 mile race track in a time of 14.816.
In the front wheel drive compacts Tom Hellinga set the pace for the field with a lap time of 16.506 seconds. Plymouth’s own “Flying” Brian Ross set the track’s fastest lap of the afternoon for the sportsman division with a time of 14.013 seconds.
After qualifying and a short introduction it was time for the racing action to begin. The first event of the day was a fifteen lap last chance race for the late model sportsman. Ron Maynard lad the field across the stripe and to his first checkered flag of the season. Chris Parker followed behind Maynard in second while Kevin Claborn rounded out the top three.
The first feature event of the day was the seventy-five lap affair the street stocks division. The racing was tight and furious with a lot competitors trading paint and fighting for position on the track. The top five changed throughout the course of the event, but when the checkered flag fell over the competitors Chad Poorman was victorious to begin his 2011 racing season. He was trailed across the line by the second position secured by Josh Poore, finishing third was Eddie Wolf. The fast qualifier Jeff Lane finished fourth, and rounding out the top five was Troy Moyer.
The front wheel drive compacts came out for the thirty lap feature. Tom Hellinga pulled out to an early lead in front of Ryan Hoffman and never looked back continuing his winning ways from 2010. Hoffman held on for second, Scott Ross finished the event in third. Tom Taylor and Jeff Shelmadine rounded out the top five respectfully.
The final race of the weekend was for the late model sportsman. The fast qualifier Brian Ross broke out to an early lead and dominated the field until he got caught in an incident with a slower car that eventually forced him to the infield with overheating issues. This broke way for the remaining competitors to fight it out for the win. When the checkered flag fell it was over the roof of Jason Atkinson. Finishing second was Bret Miles, Junior in his first ever sportsman start. In third was Charlie Hanna, Nick Presslor finished fourth and Markk Lambert rounded out the top five.
The next event at the Plymouth Speedway is a Test-N-Tune set for Sunday April 17 from one until four. The 2011 season continues again in May with a Crash Bash on the 14th. For more information visit the track online at www.plymouthspeedway.net.
Andrew Hayne Correspondent