McLaughlin Leads Plymouth Winners
PLYMOUTH, Ind. – It was the way that drivers and fans wanted to start off the Memorial Day weekend – a perfect night of racing in five different classes on the dirt oval.
David Short was able to find his way around Michael Clark and Bob McLean early in the Super Street Feature and took command of the race when he found clean air. McLean was on the pole for the feature but fell back in the field after a complete restart as a result of a caution.
Two quick cautions bunched up the field again on laps five and nine. That allowed the current points leader Clark to try and get the lead from Short but just couldn’t get his charge to stick. Randy Akers, who started in the fifth row, powered his way to a third place spot.
“Big Daddy Chassis got it done for me again,” stated Short. “It’s great to be on top of the podium again.”
The 600 Open Sprints found a rookie taking the top spot. Garrett Saunders had been working on getting past several division top runners and battled Billy Cribbs, Dawson Stealy and Nicholas Schaefer for position early. By lap five, he caught leader Aaron Davis. The two had contact out of turn four and Saunders took the lead. Davis dropped to fourth position.
Cribbs and Stealy moved into the top three and battled each other for position for quite a few laps until the checkered flag flew. Cribbs was able to hold off Stealy for second and Saunders won with a one second lead.
“We’ve got good competition out there and I’ve got a good car this year. It was a great battle with last year’s champion (Cribbs),” said Saunders.
The UMP Modifieds feature found a familiar face on top of the podium. Jamie Lomax didn’t have an easy go at the win. He would need to get by Bobby Stremme and Stremme wouldn’t give up without a fight. Lomax came up the field from starting seventh and by lap eight he took the lead from Stremme.