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Anxious racers provide plenty of action

May 24, 2020
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unnamed (2)With no fans in the stands, Plymouth Speedway was home to an exciting evening of close racing to those watching online

PLYMOUTH — The rain and lighting shortened the program Saturday night at Plymouth Speedway with only three of five features taking the checkers but the racing action was non-stop while it lasted.
Without fans in the stands and over 120 cars signed in for the five classes social distancing was still at a premium. The pits were expanded into the spectator parking to accommodate the additional space needed. The racing action was streamed online for free for fans to comply with the ongoing safety restrictions.
While the six foot recommendations were being strongly monitored in the pits, the action on the track was a lot closer. North Manchester’s Ryan Cripe, Ron Wilkes of Lowell and Valparaiso’s Austen Hubbard picked up the feature wins in UMP Modified, Super Street and Street Stock classes. The Non-wing 600s and Four Cylinders will both have double feature events Saturday May 30th.
Cripe started third in the A feature with Nick Clubb and Garrett Jameson starting on the front row. Derek Losh and Frank Marshall started 7th and 8th respectively would end up rounding out the podium.
Losh found the cushion on lap 2 and made steady progress towards the front. When the yellow came out at lap 4 he was in fourth just behind Cripe. “Unfortunately I showed Cripe the speed up top when that first yellow came out,” said Losh.
Cripe would move up to the top for the remainder of the race taking the lead not long after the green and never look back.
While Cripe stayed glued to the cushion, Losh would venture about a half a lane lower and could get close but the yellows kept him from being able to get past.
While these two were battling up top for the lead, Marshall was able to get several good laps put together down low. Marshall looked to get in the mix but the laps ran out. Nick Allen grabbed the final transfer in the B-main and would be the night’s hard charger moving up to a top ten finish in ninth from his 20th starting spot.
The biggest surprise of the evening was the 20 lap green flag caution free Super Sport A main. This hard charging, close racing class put together a 22 car feature that had the leaders in lapped traffic on lap five.
Wilkes started on the pole and got out to a quick lead putting together some flawless laps from the green flag. Shaun Wiltjer started fifth but was on Wilkes bumper not long after the green with some equally quick laps. Once the leaders got into lapped traffic is was a chess match of picking the right spots on the track to move forward. Wiltjer was able to keep within striking distance but without a yellow the opportunities were limited. Nick Sepiak of Coal City, Ill. finished third from seventh again just keeping in touch through lapped traffic.
Hubbard won the first feature of the season taking the lead near the half way point and holding off some hard racing to pick up the win. RJ Akers of Portage started on the pole with Lee Hall along side. Hall would take the early lead and maintain that lead for the first half of the race. A yellow on lap nine had Hall leading Akers with Hubbard still in third. But on lap 12 Hubbard was able to get past both taking the lead and never looking back. Hall would eventually fade to fourth with Wally Kerst finishing on the podium in third. Sawyer Prosser was the hard charger in this event finishing ninth from an 18th starting spot.
Unfortunately next Saturday’s event will be without spectators also and will begin an hour earlier at 5:30 EDT to accompany the additional features.
5/23/2020 at Plymouth Speedway
Asphalt Mini Stocks
A Feature 1:
B Feature 1: 1. 34T-Tyler Spencer[5]; 2. 67M-Maggie Witczak[7]; 3. 2-PeeWee Warren[2]; 4. 31-Billy Day[3]; 5. 3-Marc Gross[10]; 6. 27-Bryan Woodall[9]; 7. 96-Tyler Allman[1]
B Feature 2: 1. 22R-Shane Reed[3]; 2. P1-Ryan Piker[6]; 3. 9-Aaron Tatman[5]; 4. 3X-Phillip McCord[13]; 5. 22-Joshua Wright[7]; 6. 36-Travis Goff[2]; 7. 4-Cody Black[9]; 8. X111-Sam Wheeler[10]; 9. 13K-Steven Summers[8]; 10. WFO-Skylar Antonelli[1]
Heat 1: 1. 15C-Cordell Moore[4]; 2. 8BALL-David Gingerich[7]; 3. 96-Tyler Allman[8]; 4. 2-PeeWee Warren[9]; 5. 3SR-Nicholas Parker[10]; 6. 416JR-Kaleb Layhew[1]; 7. 5X-Brian Isley[3]; 8. 3-Marc Gross[5]; 9. 12-Billy Kerst[2]; 10. 3F-Mike Faylor[6]
Heat 2: 1. 46-Gage Clark[8]; 2. G1-Jerry Gibson Jr[3]; 3. WFO-Skylar Antonelli[4]; 4. 22R-Shane Reed[5]; 5. 9-Aaron Tatman[1]; 6. 22-Joshua Wright[9]; 7. 4-Cody Black[2]; 8. 17JR-Josh Lank Jr[6]
Heat 3: 1. 47-Jerry Gibson III[6]; 2. B12-Matthew Balthazor[7]; 3. 3X-Phillip McCord[1]; 4. 31-Billy Day[3]; 5. 34T-Tyler Spencer[8]; 6. 67M-Maggie Witczak[5]; 7. 27-Bryan Woodall[2]
Heat 4: 1. 17-Josh Lank[6]; 2. 92-Derek Juhl[2]; 3. 36-Travis Goff[8]; 4. 11B-Michael Bennett[3]; 5. P1-Ryan Piker[1]; 6. 13K-Steven Summers[5]; 7. X111-Sam Wheeler[7]
UMP Modifieds
A Feature 1: 1. 23-Ryan Cripe[3]; 2. 21-Derek Losh[7]; 3. 28M-Frank Marshall[8]; 4. 24-Zeke McKenzie[6]; 5. 17N-Dillon Nusbaum[4]; 6. 3W-Dylan Woodling[10]; 7. 0-Garrett Jameson[2]; 8. 5-Steven Brooks[14]; 9. 21A-Nick Allen[20]; 10. 65-Todd Sherman[12]; 11. 00-Cameron Head[9]; 12. 53-Bobby Stremme[11]; 13. 22T-Tony Anderson[18]; 14. 10-Bradley Jameson[19]; 15. 22C-Nick Clubb[1]; 16. 20-Justin White[13]; 17. E85-Jesse Strange[15]; 18. 4G-Bill Griffith[16]; 19. 114-Clayton Bryant[5]; 20. 82-Darren Wireman[17]
B Feature 1: 1. 82-Darren Wireman[4]; 2. 22T-Tony Anderson[2]; 3. 10-Bradley Jameson[6]; 4. 21A-Nick Allen[13]; 5. 2M-Matt Mitchell[10]; 6. 01-Don Kiger[16]; 7. 24M-Mike Miller[5]; 8. 25M-Brian Mcfeeters[12]; 9. 13-Nathan Krengle[14]; 10. 9-Todd Nelson[11]; 11. 1-Brian Przeporia[1]; 12. 46-john warner[7]; 13. 17-Jason Turner[3]; 14. 58-Eddie Martin[8]
Heat 1: 1. 0-Garrett Jameson[4]; 2. 114-Clayton Bryant[6]; 3. 00-Cameron Head[5]; 4. 20-Justin White; 5. 1-Brian Przeporia[1]; 6. 24M-Mike Miller[7]; 7. 4T-Tyler Teegardin[2]
Heat 2: 1. 28M-Frank Marshall[7]; 2. 23-Ryan Cripe[3]; 3. 3W-Dylan Woodling[6]; 4. 5-Steven Brooks[4]; 5. 22T-Tony Anderson[5]; 6. 10-Bradley Jameson[1]; 7. 2M-Matt Mitchell[2]; 8. 21A-Nick Allen[8]
Heat 3: 1. 21-Derek Losh[1]; 2. 17N-Dillon Nusbaum[4]; 3. 53-Bobby Stremme[2]; 4. E85-Jesse Strange[5]; 5. 17-Jason Turner[8]; 6. 46-john warner[6]; 7. 9-Todd Nelson[7]
Heat 4: 1. 24-Zeke McKenzie[5]; 2. 22C-Nick Clubb[2]; 3. 65-Todd Sherman[4]; 4. 4G-Bill Griffith[7]; 5. 82-Darren Wireman[1]; 6. 58-Eddie Martin[8]; 7. 25M-Brian Mcfeeters[3]; 8. 13-Nathan Krengle[6]; 9. 74-Donnie Boyer[9]
Super Sports
A Feature 1: 1. 19-Ron Wilkes[1]; 2. 1W-Shaun Wiltjer[5]; 3. 11S-Nick Seplak[7]; 4. 23-Cody Clubb[2]; 5. Y2J-Jim Ransom[4]; 6. 20X-John Rhoads[6]; 7. 99K-Jerrad Krick[3]; 8. 1A-Kyle Anderson[10]; 9. 37-Dylan Stremme[12]; 10. 25-Dustin Pruitt[16]; 11. 22K-Bobby Keller[13]; 12. 09-Robert Myers[8]; 13. 14C-Chris Combs[21]; 14. 79-Mike Fincher[15]; 15. 83-James Williams[22]; 16. 26-Mark Roop[20]; 17. 29-Raigen Rich[19]; 18. 14E-Megan Erwin[14]; 19. 31-Matthew Lambrecht[18]; 20. 77-Randy Akers[11]; 21. 29S-Tommy Sutton[9]; 22. 425-Conner East[17]
Heat 1: 1. Y2J-Jim Ransom[2]; 2. 23-Cody Clubb[6]; 3. 11S-Nick Seplak[8]; 4. 1A-Kyle Anderson[1]; 5. 22K-Bobby Keller[5]; 6. 25-Dustin Pruitt[7]; 7. 29-Raigen Rich[4]; 8. 83-James Williams[3]
Heat 2: 1. 20X-John Rhoads[1]; 2. 1W-Shaun Wiltjer[2]; 3. 09-Robert Myers[5]; 4. 77-Randy Akers[3]; 5. 14E-Megan Erwin[4]; 6. 425-Conner East[8]; 7. 26-Mark Roop[6]; 8. 94-Linc Townsend[7]
Heat 3: 1. 19-Ron Wilkes[5]; 2. 99K-Jerrad Krick[6]; 3. 29S-Tommy Sutton[7]; 4. 37-Dylan Stremme[8]; 5. 79-Mike Fincher[2]; 6. 31-Matthew Lambrecht[4]; 7. 14C-Chris Combs[3]; 8. 12-Kody Conner[1]
Street Stocks
A Feature 1: 1. 114-Austen Hubbard[3]; 2. 14-RJ Akers[1]; 3. 65-Wally Kerst[7]; 4. 90-Lee Hall[2]; 5. X225-Trevor Bitterling[10]; 6. 51-Jason Fritz[5]; 7. 55-Zane Reitz[9]; 8. 9-Ryan Arnett[6]; 9. 23P-Sawyer Prosser[18]; 10. 94-Blayne Townsend[15]; 11. 10-Michael Roe[16]; 12. 19-Austin Yusko[14]; 13. 22-Anthony Stone[8]; 14. 10C-Eric Cleveland[19]; 15. 35-Danny Dykhuizen[4]; 16. 62-Josh Warren[12]; 17. 24D-Donald Dykhuizen[13]; 18. 88M-Kyle Myers[11]
Heat 1: 1. 90-Lee Hall[1]; 2. 51-Jason Fritz[5]; 3. 65-Wally Kerst[6]; 4. X225-Trevor Bitterling[7]; 5. 24D-Donald Dykhuizen[2]; 6. 10-Michael Roe[4]; 7. 10C-Eric Cleveland[3]
Heat 2: 1. 35-Danny Dykhuizen[4]; 2. 9-Ryan Arnett[5]; 3. 22-Anthony Stone[2]; 4. 88M-Kyle Myers[1]; 5. 19-Austin Yusko[3]; 6. 43-Ryan Coley[7]
Heat 3: 1. 114-Austen Hubbard[7]; 2. 14-RJ Akers[6]; 3. 55-Zane Reitz[4]; 4. 62-Josh Warren[2]; 5. 94-Blayne Townsend[5]; 6. 23P-Sawyer Prosser[1]; 7. 87-Nathan Banister[3]
600cc Non Winged Micros
A Feature 1:
Heat 1: 1. 57H-Garrett Saunders[1]; 2. 7TX-Kole Kirkman[9]; 3. 12-Jacob Ruppe[2]; 4. 11B-Adam Walker[3]; 5. 1D-Dylan Cromer[7]; 6. 29H-Braxton Hanft[8]; 7. 29-Kayla Cleveland[5]; 8. 777-Ben Long[10]; 9. 7-Jett Mann[6]; 10. 867-Malachi Sweat[4]
Heat 2: 1. 26-Cody Williams[2]; 2. 3W-Dylan Woodling[4]; 3. 83-Garett Goodwin[3]; 4. 45-Ed Cleveland[8]; 5. 18S-Aidan Salisbury[5]; 6. 17B-Billy Briscoe[7]; 7. 6-Nick Schaefer[9]; 8. 35-Brandon Sweat[6]; 9. 54-Zachary Clark[1]