Planck wrestles lead from Dunn to take Super DIRTcar Series win at Autodrome Drummond
“The Natural” claims first series win with Mike Payne Racing
“The Natural” Dale Planck, of Cortland, N. Y., wrestled the lead from Billy Dunn, of Watertown, N. Y., with 15 laps to go in Monday’s Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series feature, taking the win in a six-leader, 100-lap race.
“The car wasn’t quite what I wanted it to be early in the race,” said Planck, who, after drawing the 12th spot, had his work cut out for him just breaking the top five. “I was just hoping that later in the race it would come around, and, sure enough, at about lap 60 or 70, it just started rolling around the middle good.”
In the Mike Payne owned 7z, Planck charged forward late in the race, claiming second after a lap-79 caution took leader Haers to the pits. Haers’s was the fourth car of the race, after Steve Bernard’s, Matt Sheppard’s and Danny Johnson’s, to break while in the lead.
With Haers out of the race, Dunn inherited the lead and held on to it on the restart. Planck challenged for the lead in lap 82, and nearly claimed it, but another yellow in lap 82 slowed his momentum and brought the field back together.
Ever persistent, Planck charged forward on the restart, breaking through Dunn’s defense in lap 84 to claim the lead.
“I felt like I was a little better than Billy Dunn there, but that one restart went back a lap, so it was back to second,” Planck said of the lap 82 restart. “He was pretty much in block mode at that point, so I had to try to find a different way around him.”
Planck outlasted the remaining caution-free 15 laps to claim his first Super DIRTcar Series win of the season, and his first series win with his new team, Mike Payne Racing.
“It feels awesome, definitely. First series win of the year, first series win with Mike Payne and the new team, and it feels great,” said Planck, also a small block Modified star, claiming last year`s DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Championship. “It`s been a couple years since I`ve raced a Big Block full-time, so it`s nice to get back in the swing of things with the Big Block. We just worked so hard – Mike and the team worked so hard – to try to get to this point in the race, and here we are. I`m very happy.”