Spatola Takes UMP Checkers At Plymouth
PLYMOUTH, Ind. – The UMP Super Late Models highlighted a busy night Saturday at Plymouth Speedway.
Mike Spatola was attempting to get his second win of the weekend after winning at Kankakee Friday night. He started fourth but would have to battle J.R. Hotovy for the top spot.
Hotovy quickly took the lead from pole-sitter Gordy Gundaker and Spatola moved to the second spot at the drop of the green flag. Hotovy ran the high side of the racetrack and both he and Spatola ran one and two until lap 22 when lapped traffic became a pick for Spatola. The front of the field went three wide with the lapped car and Spatola came out with the lead. Hotovy fell back to second.
Spatola was able to get the win in the 30-lap feature for his second win of the weekend with Hotovy in second and Roberts a close third.
“This car has been great all year,” said Spatola. “Hotovy and I had a great, smooth race. Running second is where you want to be when the lapped traffic comes into play. I was able to use that to my advantage tonight to get a win. This is a nice track.”
This was the first time the UMP Super Late Models have visited Plymouth Speedway and they are expected to come back next season.
The Swan Lake UMP Modified race saw a familiar face at the top of the podium. Jamie Lomax has been a powerhouse at the track all season long and he made it happen again Saturday night. He took the early lead, but Zeke McKenzie would make him think about the line he was racing later in the feature. Lomax started fourth and went three wide with Dillon Nusbaum and Steve Hogue to take the lead. McKenzie started from the sixth and was challenging Nusbaum for the second spot by the fifth lap. A caution would come out which would allow McKenzie get a good restart.
McKenzie would clear Nusbaum for the second spot on lap nine – just a few laps before Nusbaum would spin and after Frank Marshall would pass him for third place. With five laps to go and the field set to go green after a late-race caution, McKenzie set his sights on Lomax. Lomax got a good start, but McKenzie closed in on him in turn three. He tried to pass on the inside, but couldn’t make it happen. Lomax would go on to win with McKenzie settling for second and Frank Marshall rounding out the podium.
“The car was great. I noticed that the track was getting slicker and Zeke started coming so I had to start running on the bottom to get the win,” said Lomax.
The Thunder Stocks were the last feature of the night with John Rhoads dominating the field.