Sparks Fly At Plymouth

Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprint feature winner Garrett Saunders. (Stephanie Reichelt photo)

PLYMOUTH, Ind. – Plymouth Speedway had five eventful features on Saturday night.

The first feature up for the night was a Thunder Stocks make-up feature from June 21. It was an action-packed feature that took the leaders three-wide to the finish.

Nate Payton set the pace early and it looked like he had it wrapped up until Bryce Shidler put the heat on him in the closing laps of the feature. Shidler, who started ninth, picked his way through the field and was working on John Rhoads for several laps for the second spot in the running order. The battle began on lap six and it wasn’t until lap 15 when Shidler got by Rhoads for the position.

As they worked around the last lap, Payton still had the lead with Shidler hot on his tail and a lapped car playing into the scenario. As they rounded turn four, they were three-wide coming to the checkered flag and Shidler was able to inch out Payton for the win.

The margin of victory was two-tenths of a second.

“That was a lot of fun,” said Shidler in his post-race interview. “I didn’t know if I was going to pass Payton there for a while. He had a strong car but I got the win.”

The Dickies Restaurant 600 Sprints feature found Garrett Saunders in Victory Lane.

“I had a great car and I also won the heat so it was a good night,” said Saunders. “ I had fun and it was a great race. It feels good to win again.”

The Super Streets saw David Short’s No. 15 take the win.

Zeke McKenzie gave Jamie Lomax a run for his money in the Swan Lake Resorts UMP Modifieds feature, but he couldn’t hold him off for long. Lomax had a powerhouse of a car again this week as he started fifth and was battling McKenzie for the lead on lap eight. By lap 10, Lomax was the leader. McKenzie had a chance to get by Lomax on a green-white-checkered finish, but couldn’t get by him.

“The track was black slick and that’s the way I like it. We worked hard on this car until 4 a.m. today to get it good for racing tonight and I’m happy that I was able to get the win,” said Lomax.

They started the night of racing and they ended the night of racing – only a different driver found the checkered flag in the Thunder Stocks division. The race went from green to checkers with no cautions and John Rhoads dominated the race. He won from the pole with Shidler picking up the second place finish and Mark Barrett rounding out the top three.

The margin of victory was 9.5 seconds.


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