07/20/11 This past weekend the Plymouth Speedway hosted four great divisions including the traveling USA Modifieds. Also in competition were the Teacher’s Credit Union Late Models, street stocks, and front wheel drives.
In qualifying Tim Burkett set the pace around the 3/8 mile for the modifieds with a time of 13.801 seconds. In the late models John Marshall was the fastest qualifier with a time of 14.171 seconds. In the street stocks Shawn Amor prevailed with a time of 15.055 second while Tom Hellinga set fast time for the front wheel drives.
With qualifying complete it was time for the Oliver Ford Opening Ceremonies giving the fastest drivers a lap in the spot light. After the opening ceremonies were complete the USA Modifieds kicked off the night with their dash event for their six fastest. Brian Nester grabbed the checkered flag crossing the line first. In the heat event Damon Breedlove went to victory lane.
In the late model heat events the competitors went for eight laps in two very close races. Picking up the wins were Mike Cannon and Ronnie Maynard Junior grabbing top honors in the fast heat.
In the street stock eight lap heats the racing was even hotter as many of the drivers remained side-by-side and nose to tail for a majority of the events. Crossing the line first in heat number one was Kevin Gunkel while Peewee Warren held on for the heat win in the fast heat.
In the front wheel drive heat Tom Hellinga continued his winning ways with a victory on the final lap.
In the features the USA Modifieds kicked things off with a fifty lap affair. Brian Nester broke out to a healthy lead at the midway part of the feature and never looked back although second place finishing Jason Timmerman did go down fighting. In the third position was Tom Jewell, GGreg Fullerton finished fourth and David Martin rounded out the top five.
The late models went thirty laps with a wild finish that resulted in Mike Cannon picking up his first feature win of the year at the Plymouth Speedway. John Marshall held onto his point lead with a second place finish just ahead of Roger Northrop rounding out the podium. In fourth was Cory Lindsey and Floyd Wood rounded out the top five.
In the street stock feature the racing was exciting for seven laps the leaders Dave Long and D.J. Frost battled side-by-side. Frost was able to clear Long for his second feature win of the year. Long held on for second while Jeff Stetler finished third. Chris Woodall and Pee Wee Warren rounded out the top five.
In the front wheel drive feature Tom Hellinga had a hard fought battle with Bill Miller but continued by for another feature win. Miller held on for second and Tom Taylor rounded out the podium in third.
This weekend the Plymouth Speedway will host the Kenyon Midgets, Outlaw Late Models, Late Models, street stocks, and front wheel drives on Friday night. Then on Sunday it’s the return of CRA Super Series, CRA Street Stocks, and front wheel drives. The action on Sunday will start at six o’clock. For more information go online at www.plymouthspeedway.net.
Andrew Hayn Correspondent