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Thayer wins Jim Blount Memorial


PLYMOUTH, Ind. – Friday, May 18, 2012 — Michael Thayer held off a

couple of late runs from Tyler Roahrig, Rich Boal and Steve Stacy to

win the Outlaw Late Model 116-lap feature Jim Blount Memorial race at

Plymouth Speedway Friday.


Roahrig gave Thayer a three-lap challenge before engine failure caused

him to eventually finish eighth. Boal and Stacy battled for the lead

early on, until Thayer passed them both and held on to take the

checkers. Stacy, no stranger to the Top 3’s winner’s podium this

season, finished second; Mike Shewchuk was third; Phil Bozell was

fourth and Bob Blount, son to the late Jim Blount who drove the No. 16

car at Plymouth Speedway, wound up fifth. “I grew up racing here,”

Thayer said. “I love it here.”


It was an exciting night for all – as the National Guard provided

bounce-house style obstacle courses for the kids and HumVee rides on

the track. The North Liberty American Legion provided a 21-gun salute

and the band Broken Lace rocked for an hour before the start of the

racing, during intermission and then afterward, in the 4th Turn

Clubhouse. For those 18 and older, money literally fell from the sky,

as $1,600 was dropped over those gathered in the infield daring the

chance to grab some cash. Opening ceremonies also included each of the

Outlaw Late Model drivers honoring those gathered from the Blount

family, shaking each family member’s hand. Long-time friend Randy

Sweet was able to throw the green flag to get racing underway.


It wasn’t just an exciting night off the track; there was plenty to

see on the track during the Street Stock and Hornet races, too. In the

Street Stocks division, Carl Muffley took the wheel of the No. 28 car

of Shawn Amor, and dominated to the checkers, after holding off D.J.

Frost and David Long, who were second and third. Darrell Click and

J.J. Haley were fourth and fifth. Sal Bustamante won the Hornet’s

race, after challenger Darin Miller crashed hard into the wall between

turns 3 and 4. With emergency crews quick to the scene, Miller got out

of the car unassisted. Nelson Frost was second, Jamie Henrikson was

third and newcomer Brandon Cretacci was fourth.


Friday night, June 1, is “Racing for Kids” night with two-seater rides

for kids, and a regular night of racing with Outlaws, Late Models,

Street Stocks and Hornets; tickets are $12 and pit passes are $25.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing begins at 8 p.m. Mark your calendar

for June 8, when the Speedway hosts “cast for cash” – inviting you to

cast out a fishing pole, hit a target to win up to $100; bring your

pole or use one provided by the Speedway. This is also $25 carload

night, with a nickel pitch and bus rides for kids. On June 15, there

will be a 75-lap Top Speed Modifies special along with the Outlaw Late

Models, Street Stocks and Hornets. General admission is $15. As

always, 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 and there is

expected to be more than 20 Mods for this event, their only appearance

this season at the Plymouth Speedway.

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