06/26/12 A lot of action and exciting finishes filled the racing at Plymouth Speedway Friday night, and it was two of the most notable nicknamed drivers who repeated wins along with two new faces in victory lane.
Bobby Stremme, Steve Stacy and Shawn Amor battled hard for second spot in the Outlaw Late Model series, as Flyin’ Brian Ross pulled away in front. Lap by lap, Stremme and Stacy were door to door, but Stremme ended up pulling ahead earning the second spot. Stacy was third and Amor finished fourth. Ross took the checkers for the third time in three weeks.
“We’re going for a championship this year. We went at it hard,” Ross said. “We’re gonna take what we can get when we can get it.”
Radical Rich Boal won the Late Model race, his second of the season. Rich Segvich and Shawn Amor gave Boal a good run, but finished second and third, followed by Kevin Gunkel in fourth.
“We’ve really been working our butts off on this car,” Boal said. “The guys in the pits have worked hard; I couldn’t do this without them back there.”
Boal will be off for a few weeks, as he announced he would be having wrist surgery this week.
Twelve-year-old J.J. Haley wowed the crowd with his slicing and dicing in the Street Stock series. The youth was fastest in qualifying, and made his way to battle Wade Berger and Danny Brown Sr. for the lead late in the caution-filled race, until the three cars went three-wide in turn 2 and Haley, on the high side, got into the wall. He finished ninth; Brown was fifth and Berger went on to win, his first of the season.
“It’s fun to see some success after all the work you do and finally come out here with lots of cars,” Berger said. “That was tight, I got through there by taking some chances, and we got a little lucky, but we’ll take it.” Austin Woodcox was second and Darrell Click finished third.
Another first-time winner was Nelson Frost in the Hornet division. Frost and Travis Erhart battled until a last lap pass by Frost, leaving Erhart in second and Jamie Henriksen in third. “It feels really good to come back from a wreck and build a car in three days,” Frost said. “It’s a lot of fun to drive.”
This Friday night brings the TCU-sponsored Mid-Season Championships and a fireworks show. The National Guard will have its boot camp challenge, with gates opening at 5 p.m. and racing at 8.
Photos: First time winner Wade Berger gets a congratulatory hug from his father after his Street Stock victory at Plymouth Speedway Friday night.
Nelson Frost smiles before exiting his car after winning his first Hornet race of the season.