05/01/12  The roar of engines, the smell of race fuel with a hint of popcorn, and a chill in the air filled the Plymouth Speedway on opening night Friday.

It was an exciting night of racing that saw four drivers at the winner’s podium in the Outlaw Late Model, Late Model, Street Stock and Hornet classes.

The Outlaw Late Model race went a little more than halfway before a spin involving Brian Ross and Rich Boal brought out the night’s first caution. Racing for the lead, Ross got under Boal turning him sideways on the backstretch. “Radical Rich” Boal returned to the lead position at the green flag, and held on for the remainder of the race for the win.

Following Boal was Steve Stacy in second and Mike Shewchuck in third.

Boal thanked his car owners and team, adding: “We all worked our butts off this winter to get where we are today…I haven’t been to victory lane in awhile, so it feels good to be back.”

Shawn Amor dominated the Late Model division with Kevin Gunkel and Boal finishing behind in second and third. Amor drove in three divisions Friday, running from the R&B Car Company winner’s podium to his Street Stock car for the next feature.

“We got a bunch of good drivers out here. That’s why I like racing out here, with clean drivers and good cars,” said Plymouth’s Amor.

Amor made a trip to the winner’s podium again in the next race, where David Long took the checkers, followed by PeeWee Warren in second and Amor in third.

“I’d just like to thank everybody that helps out on the car every week,” said Long after thanking his sponsors. “I really appreciate it.”

It was a fast and furious Hornet race, with Daren Miller dominating the field of four. Sal Bustamante finished second with Garrett Saunders in third.

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