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Fans Enjoy Eventful Night of Racing at Plymouth Speedway

By: Anita Goodan

(Plymouth, IN) Scores of fans turned out Saturday night to enjoy a regular night of racing at Plymouth Speedway, presented by Jones Plumbing, Heating and Cooling.

It was a first Feature win for the top finisher in the Walmart Thunder Stock Division. Preston Oberle, of Battleground, was able to pass race leader, John Rhoads, on the second lap out of the second turn and was able to stay out front and even put a straightaway lead on the field by the time the caution flag flew on lap 15. Points leader, John Rhoads, was holding onto second when contact with a competitor caused him to lose a right rear tire during the fourth caution in the race. Tom Grall, of Plymouth, who was battling Rhoads for the position, assumed second and Shane Sanders, of Mishawaka, moved up to third. Sanders attempted to put the pressure on Grall for second in the closing laps, but couldn’t gain the ground needed to get it done. Oberle claimed his first Feature win with Grall in second and Sanders in third.

Zane DeVault made it to the top of the podium in the Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints Feature. Pole-sitter Eric Saunders, of Lakeville, held onto the lead for five laps before DeVault, of Plymouth, worked the outside groove to take the top spot. Kevin Atkins, of Warsaw, soon made his way past Saunders for second following a caution on lap eight. Garrett Saunders, of Lakeville, who started seventh, wheeled his Pro Sprint teetering on the cushion and caught up with Eric for third on lap 10. The race was red-flagged three laps later after Patrick Lee flipped his car coming out of turn four. The safety crew was quick to the scene and reported Lee was not injured. The race resumed with no change in the top three runners. DeVault won the race with Atkins in second and Garrett Saunders in third.

It was a battle between Derek Losh and Frank Marshall for the top spot in the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modified Feature, but only one of the two would go on to victory and the other to the back of the running order. Marshall, of Valparaiso, led the race from the pole only to find Losh, of Rensselaer, quickly challenging him for the position. The pair traded positions for the lead through 14 laps while Tony Anderson, of Lima, Ohio, raced in third. By lap 17, lapped traffic collected Marshall and Losh. Losh was able to continue on while Marshall’s Modified suffered a flat right front tire. Since he left the track to change the tire, Marshall had to rejoin the field at the tail of the lead lap cars. Losh continued to lead and captured the win with Anderson in second and Dylan Woodling, of Warsaw, in third.

After a couple of cautions to start the WTCA Super Streets Feature, Roger Duszynski, Jr., of Black Oak, was able to find his way to the front. He was able to lead 14 laps before David Short, of Winamac, powered his way from 12th to the lead. Just as Short took the lead, a caution was called and Duszynski, Jr. regained the lead as scoring goes back to the last completed lap at the time of a caution. When the track went green, Short went after Duszynski, Jr. and cleared him for the lead coming out of turn four with five laps remaining in the race. CJ McLean, of Hobart, held the third position but slipped out of podium contention when Calvin Peek, Jr., of Hobart, charged into the third spot with four laps to go after starting 13th. The race continued under green and Short claimed the win with Duszynski, Jr. in second and Peek, Jr. in third.

Eric Saunders, of Lakeville, was able to dodge lapped traffic to get the race win in the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints Feature. Saunders started on the pole and led the entire 20-lap Feature. Chad Hartzell, of Granger, was in the runner-up spot for much of the race until Jessee Holt, of Columbus, was able to pass him on lap 14. The top three didn’t change through the rest of the race and Saunders was declared the winner. Holt finished the race in second, but his 600 Open Sprint did not pass post-race inspection and was disqualified. That allowed Hartzell to earn the second place honor with Dylan Woodling, of Warsaw, in third.

Three weeks remain on the racing schedule at Plymouth Speedway with the next evening of action on Saturday, Aug. 6. It’s autograph night for the fans, presented by Casey’s General Store. Drivers will have their pens ready to sign photos or race gear and a smile ready for pictures. The gates will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ET.


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