It’s Balog Again In IRA Sprint Action
PLYMOUTH, Wis. – Two weeks removed from the last Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series contest which was held at the Seymour Speedway, the Sheboygan County Fair, and the Plymouth Dirt Track hosted the winged 410 sprint series at the banked third-mile clay oval as a highlight to the fair festivities.
A large crowd was on hand to witness the event. Nearly 60 sprint cars were in the pit area with both the IRA’s 410 sprints and the local 360 sprints on hand to present the show.
After 30 laps of action on the tight bullring, Bill Balog stood victorious after fending off the challenges of Scotty Thiel and Mike Reinke. The top three had met under similar circumstances two weeks ago, as the same trio had finished in that running order after the checker had fallen at Seymour.
Balog who had started tonight’s contest in the fourth position, snared the lead from Thiel coming off turn four on the 12th circuit of the 30 lap contest when Thiel had briefly jumped the cushion providing Balog the opportunity to steal the lead. Once out front Balog was able to fend off the challenges of Thiel as the leaders worked heavy lapped traffic in the closing laps, taking the win by six car lengths.
Balog noted he had seen Thiel when the lapped traffic began to thicken.
“I thought I had seen Thiel challenging for the lead at the end there. There were lapped cars all over the place and it was pretty awesome,” said Balog. “I think I had bent something on the car at the start of the race and the car was all over, but it was fine once I figured it out.”
“I have to thank all these fans for coming out. It’s pretty easy too get hooked on these things (sprint car racing) so just be careful!” as he acknowledged the fact that the fair races often bring new fans to the track.
Thiel was please with his second place effort but noted there is not as much of a hometrack advantage as some may think due to the changes in the track.
“The track is a little bit different than how we used to do it back in the day. It was a fun race track tonight,” said Thiel.
Thiel also noted the lapped cars had presented the opportunity to make an attempt on Balog.
“The lapped traffic makes things a bit dicey, I really wanted to put the car up in there but Bill drove a good race he got up there right away and we fought back,” Thiel said.
“The car was working good tonight. As long as you get a podium and qualify good it’s fun. If your having fun the results will come,” said Thiel.
Bill Balog, Scotty Thiel, Mike Reinke, Scott Neitzel, Brian Kristan, Jeremy Schultz, Steve Meyer, Bill Rose, Kyle Marten, Scott Uttech, Dave Uttech, Blake Nimee, Jason Johnson, Bill Wirth, Raymond Hensley, Brandon Thone, Kris Spitz, Jay Fielder, Wayne Modjeski, Ben Schmidt, Scott Biertzer, Dennis Spitz.