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Schmidt secures third 2023 MSA 360 Sprint Car A-main victory


Former Midwest Sprint Car Association champion Ben Schmidt of Plymouth rolled to his third Akright Auto MSA - Plymouth Dirt Track Racing 360 Sprint Car A-main victory of the 2023 season in the 25-lap main event at The Plymouth Dirt Track in Plymouth, Wis. on Saturday, June 17.


Outside front row starter Alex Pokorski of West Bend bolted into the lead along the high groove with 2021 and 2022 PDTR 360 Sprint Car champion Travis Arenz of Sheboygan Falls, who started on the pole, settling into second.


The first of four caution flags appeared on lap 2 when rookie Hayden Johnson of Campbellsport stopped in turn four.


On the ensuing restart, the second caution flag flew when Spyder Akright of Sheboygan Falls, Tommy Colburn of New Berlin and Bill Taylor of Boltonville spun in turn two.


Another caution flag was displayed to the field on the next restart when Arenz and Pokorski collided in turn two after Arenz attempted a slide job, which resulted in Arenz’s car spinning to a stop before Campbellsport’s Tony Wondra, who had been running third, was collected in the incident.


After the third restart of the race, Ben Schmidt, who started sixth, pulled off a slide job to slip past rookie Logan Julien of Oconomowoc, who started fifth, and assumed the runner-up spot as Pokorski held down the lead.


The fourth and final caution flag of the event appeared on lap 5 when Colburn stopped in turn four.


Following a single-file restart, Schmidt wrestled the top spot away from Pokorski with a low move in turn four on lap 6. Meanwhile, Pokorski began to feel pressure from two-time PDTR 360 Sprint Car champion Brandon McMullen, who started 10th beginning on lap 8.


The cushion-pounding Pokorski and the low-riding McMullen dueled side by side and back and forth over the next 10 laps as the leaders weaved their way through slower traffic.


On lap 18, McMullen finally surged into the runner-up spot along the low groove. Schmidt skillfully worked his way through lapped traffic over the final seven laps to secure his 35th career Midwest Sprint Car Association, 17th PDTR and second PDTR 360 Sprint Car A-main triumph of the 2023 season.


“It is awesome to get this win,” Schmidt said. “This car is a dream to drive and I can’t thank my crew enough for what they do.”


McMullen finished second, Pokorski wound up third, Julien took fourth and PDTR-MSA 360 Sprint Car rookie T.J. Smith of Greenville placed fifth after starting ninth.


Katelyn Krebsbach of Cascade was the top MSA-PDTR 360 Sprint Car qualifier with a fast lap of 12.943 seconds.

The sixth event of the 2023 PDTR campaign, which was sponsored by JosFo Electric, drew 25 MSA-PDTR 360 Sprint Cars.


The next MSA-PDTR racing program is Saturday, June 24 at The Plymouth Dirt Track in Plymouth, Wis.


Grandstand gates open at 4:30 p.m. with 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. 35-Ben Schmidt [6]; 2. 98-Brandon McMullen [10]; 3. 4-Alex Pokorski [2]; 4. 85J-Logan Julien [5]; 5. 69S-TJ Smith [9]; 6. 30-Doug Wondra [14]; 7. 22B-Brandon Berth [7]; 8. 54-Randy Post [11]; 9. 2-Chris Clayton [20]; 10. 51-Chris Larson [18]; 11. 63K-Kevin Karnitz [21]; 12. 7-Lance Fassbender [23]; 13. 66T-Tristan Koenings [13]; 14. 69-Bill Taylor [3]; 15. 54G-Scott Grissom [16]; 16. 12P-JJ Page l[22]; 17. 21H-TJ Haddy [19]; 18. 08-Katelyn Krebsbach [17]; 19. 53-Shane Wenninger [8]; 20. 1-Tommy Colburn [15]; 21. 25T-Travis Arenz [1]; 22. 11-Tony Wondra [4]; 23. 53A-Spyder Akright [12]; 24. 44-Hayden Johnson [24]; 25. (DNS) 3-Justin Erickson


Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 35-Ben Schmidt [3]; 2. 22B-Brandon Berth [2]; 3. 25T-Travis Arenz [5]; 4. 54-Randy Post [6]; 5. 44-Hayden Johnson [9]; 6. 63K-Kevin Karnitz [1]; 7. 54G-Scott Grissom [7]; 8. 21H-TJ Haddy [8]; 9. (DNF) 7-Lance Fassbender [4]


Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 11-Tony Wondra [2]; 2. 85J-Logan Julien [5]; 3. 69S-TJ Smith [4]; 4. 98-Brandon McMullen [6]; 5. 1-Tommy Colburn [3]; 6. 12P-JJ Pagel [1]; 7. 30-Doug Wondra [8]; 8. 2-Chris Clayton [7]


Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 69-Bill Taylor [2]; 2. 4-Alex Pokorski [3]; 3. 53A-Spyder Akright [1]; 4. 53-Shane Wenninger [7]; 5. 66T-Tristan Koenings [5]; 6. 08-Katelyn Krebsbach [4]; 7. 51-Chris Larson [6]; 8. (DNS) 3-Justin Erickson


Qualifying 1 (5 Laps): 1. 7-Lance Fassbender, 13.706 [8]; 2. 35-Ben Schmidt, 13.811 [1]; 3. 22B-Brandon Berth, 14.005 [4]; 4. 63K-Kevin Karnitz, 14.263 [3]; 5. 25T-Travis Arenz, 14.294 [2]; 6. 54-Randy Post, 14.342 [7]; 7. 44-Hayden Johnson, 14.442 [9]; 8. 54G-Scott Grissom, 14.645 [5]; 9. 21H-TJ Haddy, 14.833 [6]


Qualifying 2 (5 Laps): 1. 69S-TJ Smith, 13.389 [7]; 2. 1-Tommy Colburn, 13.430 [4]; 3. 11-Tony Wondra, 13.569 [2]; 4. 12P-JJ Pagel, 13.573 [6]; 5. 85J-Logan Julien, 13.612 [3]; 6. 98-Brandon McMullen, 13.616 [5]; 7. 2-Christopher Clayton, 13.834 [1]; 8. 30-Doug Wondra, 13.848 [8]


Qualifying 3 (5 Laps): 1. 08-Katelyn Krebsbach, 12.943 [4]; 2. 4-Alex Pokorski, 13.114 [3]; 3. 69-Bill Taylor, 13.225 [2]; 4. 53A-Spyder Akright, 13.231 [1]; 5. 53-Shane Wenninger, 13.250 [8]; 6. 66T-Tristan Koenings, 13.524 [5]; 7. 51-Chris Larson, 13.536 [6]; 8. (DNF) 3-Justin Erickson, 13.892 [7]


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