05/03/12 Wednesday, May 2, 2012 ‚ÄĒ Dirt track racing is back in northern Indiana as Plymouth Speedway will host UMP Modifieds, 410 non-wing sprints and Plymouth Speedway Hornets Saturday night at the Bullring!
The 1/5-mile dirt track inside the 3/8-mile asphalt track boasts 65‚Äô corners with 5‚Äô banking. The straightaway is 50‚Äô wide with 2‚Äô of banking.
Track promoter Eric Saunders says this one-of-a-kind track is a driver‚Äôs track, and those practicing for the first time Sun-day agree.
Travis Ray of Argos said, ‚ÄúYou‚Äôve got to have finesse, this is going to be a drivers track. The clay has a tremendous about of grip in it. I liked it a lot, it‚Äôs fast and it‚Äôs going to be a blast.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe track‚Äôs tight, but it‚Äôll be fun,‚ÄĚ said Kevin Atkins of Warsaw, who is excited to have dirt track racing so close to home.
‚ÄúThe track will be just fine when they get more cars on it,‚ÄĚ said Joe Gearte. ‚ÄúI have race all over the country, and every track is different. I‚Äôm just glad open wheel racing on dirt is back here at home.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs going to be interesting,‚ÄĚ said Jim Lingar, of Michigan, ‚ÄúI‚Äôm looking forward to coming back here.‚ÄĚ
Lingar had raced at the Plymouth Speedway in the late ‚Äė60s, he said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôll be a little hard to distinguish the pavement from the dirt at the first straightaway, but it will be fun.
Lingar added about his return to Plymouth: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs amazing how much has changed, but how so many things are the same.‚ÄĚ
For the first time out in the dirt, this was great,‚ÄĚ said Eric‚Äôs dad, Irish. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs great to see the those sprint cars wheeling down the straight. I haven‚Äôt seen that in northern Indiana for years and years.‚ÄĚ
Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday, free pit party from 5:30 to 6:30, drivers meeting at 7, hot laps at 7:15, racing at 8. Along with the UMP Modified, non-wing 410 Sprint and Hornets, there will be one-on-one spectator drag races.
Regular asphalt stock car racing for Outlaw Late Models, Late Models, Street Stocks and Hornets is Friday night. Gates open at 5 p.m., practice – 5:30, qualifying – 6:30, drivers meeting – 7:30 and opening ceremonies at 8 p.m.
Dirt shows ‚ÄĒ always Saturdays ‚ÄĒ include non-wing sprints, UMP Modifieds, USAC Midgets and SOD Sprints with NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart competing June 16. The USAC Midgets will also run an asphalt/dirt double-header, dubbed ‚ÄúPlymouth Palooza‚ÄĚ July 6-7.
The Speedway is once again offering a discount, and by logging on the track‚Äôs website, spectators can print a $1 off coupon good for any Friday night race. Check it out here: www.plymouthspeedway.net/friday_night_coupon_offer.htm