Dirt Racing Returns To Plymouth

A modified makes laps during practice April 29 at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway.
A modified makes laps during practice April 29 at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway.

PLYMOUTH, Ind. — Dirt track racing is back in northern Indiana as Plymouth Speedway will host UMP Modifieds, 410 non-wing sprints and Plymouth Speedway Hornets Saturday night at the Bullring.

Track promoter Eric Saunders says this one-of-a-kind fifth-mile track is a driver’s track, and those practicing for the first time Sunday agree.

Travis Ray said, “You’ve got to have finesse. This is going to be a driver’s track. The clay has a tremendous about of grip in it. I liked it a lot. It’s fast and it’s going to be a blast.”

“The track’s tight, but it’ll be fun,” said Kevin Atkins, who is excited to have dirt track racing so close to home.

“The track will be just fine when they get more cars on it,” said Joe Gaerte. “I have raced all over the country, and every track is different. I’m just glad open-wheel racing on dirt is back here at home.”

“It’s going to be interesting,” said Jim Lingar. “I’m looking forward to coming back here.”

Lingar had raced at the Plymouth Speedway in the late ’60s, he said.

“It’ll be a little hard to distinguish the pavement from the dirt at the first straightaway, but it will be fun.”

Lingar added about his return to Plymouth: “It’s amazing how much has changed, but how so many things are the same.”

Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday, free pit party from 5:30 to 6:30, drivers meeting at 7, hot laps at 7:15, racing at 8.

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