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McMullen proves advantageous in securing third MSA Sprint Car victory of 2023 season


(PEDAL DOWN PROMOTIONS) June 3, 2023 – Four-time Midwest Sprint Car Association champion Brandon McMullen of Oshkosh benefitted from race leader Justin Erickson’s late-race misfortune to earn his third Akright Auto Midwest Sprint Car Association and second Plymouth Dirt Track Racing 360 Sprint Car victory of the 2023 season in the 25-lap PDTR - MSA main event Saturday, June 3 at The Plymouth Dirt Track in Plymouth, Wis. After starting on the pole, McMullen jumped into the lead on the drop of the green flag of the 25-lap A main with outside front row starter Justin Erickson of Plymouth in tow. On lap 3, Erickson moved in to pressure McMullen for the top spot as the leaders began to catch the rear of the field. Two laps later, Erickson bolted underneath McMullen in heavy lapped traffic to assume the top spot in turn three on lap 5. Erickson continued to set a torrid pace at the front of the field as he sliced his way through dense lapped traffic over the next 18 laps. On lap 17, fifth starter Kevin Karnitz of West Bend moved in to slip past McMullen to take over second along the preferred low groove. As Karnitz and McMullen engaged in a heated back-and-forth duel for the runner-up spot, Erickson built up a half lap lead on lap 20. One lap later, McMullen regained the runner-up spot with a low move in turn two. Two laps later, disaster struck for Erickson when contact with a lapped car sent him flipping on the frontstretch, which brought out a red flag on lap 23. Erickson’s misfortune saw McMullen regain the lead on the ensuing single-file restart. McMullen held tight to the inside line with Karnitz trailing as the field took the white flag. However, a caution flag flew when 360 Sprint Car rookies Tristan Koenig of Van Dyne and T.J. Smith of Greenville made contact in turn four. After a single-file green-white-checkered flag restart, McMullen maintained the top spot en route to his all-time division-leading 29th career PDTR 360 Sprint Car A-main triumph, 41st career Midwest Sprint Car Association 360 Sprint Car main event victory and second PDTR and third overall MSA 360 Sprint main event win of the 2023 season. “Justin [Erickson] had a great car tonight,” McMullen said. “He was better than us. I’m not sure what happened to him, but it ended up working to our benefit. It was a challenging night and the feature was a pretty crazy race for us, but we’ll take it.” Karnitz had to settle for second, Shane Wenninger of Kewaskum charged up from the ninth starting spot to finish third, 2008 PDTR 360 Sprint Car champion Lance Fassbender of Burnett placed fourth after starting third and Alex Pokorski of West Bend, who started seventh, rounded out the top five. Five-time MSA champion Kurt Davis of South Milwaukee was the fastest qualifier in the PDTR-MSA 360 Sprint Car division with a lap of 12.693 seconds. The fourth event of the 2023 PDTR campaign drew 25 PDTR-MSA 360 Sprint Cars. The next race program at The Plymouth Dirt Track on Saturday, June 10 will feature the third race in the 2023 PDTR Super Six Late Model Series, along with the PDTR-MSA 360 Sprint Cars, Grand Nationals and B Mods. Grandstand gates open at 4:30 p.m. with Late Model and 360 Sprint Car qualifying set at 5:30 p.m. and racing scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The Plymouth Dirt Track at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds is located at 229 Fairview Drive in Plymouth, Wis. For more information, visit www.plymouthdtr.com or check out Plymouth Dirt Track Racing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. AKRIGHT AUTO PLYMOUTH DIRT TRACK RACING 360 SPRINT CARS A Main (25 Laps): 1. 98-Brandon McMullen [1]; 2. 63K-Kevin Karnitz [5]; 3. 53-Shane Wenninger [9]; 4. 7-Lance Fassbender [3]; 5. 4-Alex Pokorski [7]; 6. 20-Robbie Pribnow [4]; 7. 11-Tony Wondra [11]; 8. 85J-Logan Julien [13]; 9. 53A-Paul Pokorski [14]; 10. 66-Nick Daywalt [6]; 11. 22B-Brandon Berth [12]; 12. 2-Christopher Clayton [10]; 13. 6K-Kurt Davis [16]; 14. 51-Chris Larson [25]; 15. 69S-TJ Smith [22]; 16. 54-Randy Post [24]; 17. 30-Doug Wondra [21]; 18. 08-Katelyn Krebsbach [17]; 19. 21H-TJ Haddy [19]; 20. 66T-Tristan Koenings [20]; 21. 3-Justin Erickson [2]; 22. 35-Ben Schmidt [8]; 23. 12P-JJ Pagel [15]; 24. 69-Bill Taylor [18]; 25. 92-Kevin Seidler [23] Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 20-Robbie Pribnow [1]; 2. 98-Brandon McMullen [2]; 3. 4-Alex Pokorski [4]; 4. 2-Christopher Clayton [5]; 5. 69-Bill Taylor [3]; 6. 12P-JJ Pagel [7]; 7. 30-Doug Wondra [6]; 8. 66T-Tristan Koenings [9]; 9. 51-Chris Larson [8] Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 63K-Kevin Karnitz [1]; 2. 7-Lance Fassbender [3]; 3. 11-Tony Wondra [2]; 4. 53-Shane Wenninger [5]; 5. 6K-Kurt Davis [4]; 6. 08-Katelyn Krebsbach [6]; 7. 21H-TJ Haddy [7]; 8. 54-Randy Post [8] Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 66-Nick Daywalt [1]; 2. 3-Justin Erickson [2]; 3. 35-Ben Schmidt [3]; 4. 22B-Brandon Berth [4]; 5. 85J-Logan Julien [5]; 6. 53A-Paul Pokorski [7]; 7. 69S-TJ Smith [6]; 8. 92-Kevin Seidler [8] Qualifying 1: 1. 4-Alex Pokorski, 12.907 [7]; 2. 69-Bill Taylor, 13.034 [4]; 3. 98-Brandon McMullen, 13.118 [6]; 4. 20-Robbie Pribnow, 13.149 [8]; 5. 2-Chris Clayton, 13.263 [9]; 6. 30-Doug Wondra, 13.564 [3]; 7. 12P-JJ Pagel, 13.659 [5]; 8. 51-Chris Larson, 13.892 [1]; 9. 66T-Tristan Koenings, 14.118 [2] Qualifying 2: 1. 6K-Kurt Davis, 12.693 [1]; 2. 7-Lance Fassbender, 12.976 [2]; 3. 11-Tony Wondra, 13.194 [3]; 4. 63K-Kevin Karnitz, 13.225 [7]; 5. 53-Shane Wenninger, 13.265 [4]; 6. 08-Katelyn Krebsbach, 13.441 [6]; 7. 21H-TJ Haddy, 13.686 [5]; 8. 54-Randy Post [8] Qualifying 3: 1. 22B-Brandon Berth, 12.735 [1]; 2. 35-Ben Schmidt, 12.842 [8]; 3. 3-Justin Erickson, 12.897 [2]; 4. 66-Nick Daywalt, 12.957 [3]; 5. 85J-Logan Julien, 13.317 [7]; 6. 69S-TJ Smith, 13.471 [6]; 7. 53A-Paul Pokorski, 13.689 [4]; 8. 92-Kevin Seidler, 14.112 [5]



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