Arenz powers to sixth MSA victory of 2021 campaign
(PEDAL DOWN PROMOTIONS) June 25, 2021 – Midwest Sprint Car Association point leader Travis Arenz of Sheboygan Falls took advantage of an inside second row starting spot in cruising to his sixth MSA A-main victory of the 2021 campaign in the 25-lap Plymouth Dirt Track Racing 360 Sprint Car A-main at The Plymouth Dirt Track at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds in Plymouth, Wis. on Friday, June 25.
Outside front row starter Blake Wondra of Fond du Lac grabbed the lead of the 25-lap 360 Sprint Car A main on the opening lap and paced the field for the first four circuits.
On lap five, third starter Travis Arenz powered in to seize the top spot from Wondra in turn four. Arenz wasted no time in throttling the field as he built up a half-lap cushion before he entered lapped traffic on lap 11.
On lap 14, Adam Miller of Plymouth, who was running second after starting fourth, flipped his machine in turn two to bring out the red flag, which turned out to be the only stoppage of the race. Miller was able to emerge from his car without serious injury.
Arenz lined up for the restart with five lapped cars placed between his machine and the second-place car of polesitter Justin Erickson of Plymouth. With an ample cushion to work with, Arenz bolted away from the field to again run away and hide from the pack.
On lap 16, two-time PDTR 360 Sprint Car champion Brandon McMullen of Oshkosh, who started 10th, moved into second and began to trim away at Arenz’s lead. However, Arenz continued to set a frantic pace at the front of the field over the final 10 laps en route to his third PDTR 360 Sprint Car main event win of the 2021 season, seventh career PDTR 360 Sprint Car A-main victory and 17th career Midwest Sprint Car Association main-event triumph.
McMullen finished second, 2011 PDTR 360 Sprint Car champion Ben Schmidt of Plymouth finished third after starting sixth, two-time PDTR 360 Sprint Car champion Kurt Davis of South Milwaukee finished fourth after starting ninth and Erickson rounded out the top five.
2008 PDTR 360 Sprint Car champion Lance Fassbender of Burnett won the 15-lap 360 Sprint Car B main.
The ninth PDTR program of the 2021 season, which was sponsored Cellcom, drew 29 360 Sprint Cars.
PDTR action is scheduled to resume on Thursday, July 1 with a special all-Sprint Car program featuring a $5,000-to-win Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association 410 Sprint Cars, along with the PDTR 360 Sprint Car division.
NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Briscoe will compete with the IRA Sprint Car Series in the NASCAR Kickoff event that will be held in conjunction with the NASCAR Cup Series weekend at nearby Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. July 2-4.
The new book “70 Years of Plymouth Dirt Track Racing” by Dennis Darovich of Sheboygan and George Baumann of Waupun, covering every season of racing at The Plymouth Dirt Track at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds in Plymouth, Wis. from 1950 to 2020 will be available for purchase at every race during the 2021 PDTR season, as well as at the Sheboygan County Fair office during regular business hours and online at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com.
KRISTINE HARTMANN PLEASANTVIEW REALTY 360 SPRINT CARS
1, Travis Arenz 2, Ben Schmidt 3, Tyler Brabant 4, Bill Taylor 5, Tyler Davis 6, Scott Conger 7, Paul Pokorski 8, Tom Kreutz.
1, Kevin Karnitz 2, Kurt Davis 3, Brandon McMullen 4, Will Gerrits 5, Tony Wondra 6, Preston Ruh 7, Tyler Tischendorf.
1, Adam Miller 2, Doug Wondra 3, Tim Haddy 4, Brandon Berth 5, Lance Fassbender 6, Justin Miller 7, Chris Clayton.
1, Blake Wondra 2, Justin Erickson 3, Jack Vanderboom 4, Austin Hartmann 5, Dylan Winkel 6, Katelyn Krebsbach 7, Jordan Paulsen.
1, Lance Fassbender 2, Brandon Berth 3, Preston Ruh 4, Justin Miller 5, Chris Clayton 6, Paul Pokorski 7, Katelyn Krebsbach 8, Scott Conger 9, Tyler Tischendorf 10, Tom Kreutz 11, Jordan Paulsen 12, Dylan Winkel 13, Doug Wondra (DNS).
1, Travis Arenz 2, Brandon McMullen 3, Ben Schmidt 4, Kurt Davis 5, Justin Erickson 6, Kevin Karnitz 7, Jack Vanderboom 8, Justin Miller 9, Tim Haddy 10, Lance Fassbender 11, Tyler Brabant 12, Chris Clayton 13, Will Gerrits 14, Preston Ruh 15, Blake Wondra 16, Tyler Davis 17, Paul Pokorski 18, Austin Hartmann 19, Bill Taylor 20, Tony Wondra 21, Adam Miller 22, Brandon Berth.