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UMP Modifieds Highlight Race Night at Plymouth Speedway

Postby martinfan » Sun May 08, 2016 2:39 pm

It was racing nobody has ever seen at Plymouth Speedway when the Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds hit the dirt surface for two exciting features Saturday night.

Jeffery Erickson, Jr., of Muskegan, Michigan, started the first Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds feature on the pole and quickly got a run ahead of the field in the 20-lap race. The remaining 19 contenders were battling for track position in an amazing sight of three and often times four-wide in the orders and straightaways. Five laps into the contest, Rensselaer, Indiana’s Derek Losh, who started sixth, used the outside groove to gain pressure on the leaders and raced up to the third position. At the halfway point, lapped traffic helped Losh gain second place and set his sights on Erickson, Jr., the leader. Steven Brooks started deep in the field and followed Losh into the top three. Erickson, Jr. was able to weave his way around the slower cars and keep Losh in his rear view mirror. The race went from a green flag to a checkered flag without a single caution. Erickson, Jr. dominated the contest to come away with the win while Losh was second and Brooks, of Moline, Illinois, went home third.

In the second caution-free Swan Lake Resort UMP Modifieds feature of the night, an inverted field found Michael Lowery on the pole, but Darek Snyder, of Akron, Indiana was able to jump to the lead on the first lap. Merrillville, Indiana’s Kyle Yocum fell into the second spot and battled a charging Matt Koval, of Mishawaka, Indiana, side-by side for several laps before Yocum was able to keep the position on lap six. Yocum then pressured Snyder for the lead on lap 10. Yocum took the lead on lap 13 after running side-by-side with Snyder for several laps. However, Jamie Lomax snuck through traffic and found himself in the top three on lap 13 and began hunting down the leaders. Lomax gained the second position on lap 14 and took the lead coming out of turn four on lap 17. Lomax, of Lake Village, Indiana, raced his way to another win while Yocum finished second and Snyder came in third.

Joe Swanson began the Shepherd Firearms Pro Sprints feature as if he was shot out of a cannon as he claimed the lead in the first lap after starting sixth. Swanson, of Etna Green, Indiana, used the outside groove to catapult to the first position. Garrett Saunders, of Lakeville, Indiana and Warsaw, Indiana’s Kevin Atkins fell into the second and third place spots in the running order quickly. After a couple of quick cautions, Atkins moved into the second position while Saunders began defending his third spot in the running order. Zane Devault began closing in on Saunders as the laps started winding down. Devault was able to move into the last podium position as he maneuvered his way around lapped traffic in the final laps. Swanson won the feature in dominating fashion while Kevin Atkins finished second and Devault, of Plymouth, Indiana, placed third.

It was a hard fought battle for the podium positions in the Walmart Thunder Stock feature. RJ Akers attempted to keep the lead from Warsaw, Indiana’s Mike Hoagland in the opening laps but Akers began falling positions after running side-by-side with Hoagland for the lead for several laps. John Rhoads, of Mentone, Indiana, stealthily made his way through the running order into the top three by the fifth lap. Rhoads went after Hoagland for the lead on lap seven and got the spot at the start/finish line. Shane Sanders, of Mishawaka, Indiana, fell into the third position by the halfway point of the 20-lap feature and found himself pressuring Hoagland for second. Sanders was able to gain the position. Sanders attempted to pass Rhoads for the lead following a caution, but he couldn’t catch Rhoads. Rhoads found his first victory of the season with Sanders second and Hoagland third.

Nappanee, Indiana’s Nick Yoder was able to lead every lap of the Dickies Restaurant 600 Open Sprints feature. Dylan Woodling, of Warsaw, Indiana started the race in the seventh spot and quickly found himself side-by-side with Granger, Indiana’s Chad Hartzell for fourth. Woodling gathered the second spot a handful of laps later. Breiden Mooney, of Etna Green, Indiana, was feeling pressure from Hartzell for the third spot when a red flag stopped the field after Bud McCune’s 600 Sprint flipped after clipping a tire barrier going into turn three. After it was determined McCune was not injured, the race resumed with Yoder out front. Hartzell was able to get by Mooney a few laps later for the third spot. Yoder came away with the win while Woodling finished second and Hartzell in third.

It’s a big weekend of racing at the Playground of Power when the World of Outlaws come to Plymouth Speedway for the Bob Newton Classic on Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m. ET and a regular lineup of features on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. ET. For more information and ticket prices, visit
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