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June 15, 2010

 

Newest Planck thriving

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Racing around Skyline Raceway in Blodgett Mills is 20-year-old Steve Planck, who was a double winner this past weekend on local tracks. He is starting a third generation of Planck racing success.

By TOM VARTANIAN
Staff Writer

Maybe auto racing is in the genes.
There is a third-generation driver making some noise in the early part of the Sportsman Modified Division in 2010, as Cortland’s Steve Planck picked up wins at both I-88 Speedway and Skyline Raceway last weekend.
he 20-year-old son of Dale Planck and grandson of Denny Planck won the 20-lap main event at I-88 (the former Afton Speedway) Friday night and proceeded the win the 25-lap feature Saturday at the Blodgett Mills oval.
Planck took the lead on a lap two restart at I-88 Speedway and led all the remaining circuits around a Southern Tier track that his father had success on the few times he raced there.
On Saturday, Planck took the lead coming out turn four with three laps to go and held on for his second victory of the season at Skyline. His first victory came May 22.
“It’s nice to finally get the car dialed in,” Planck said of the successful weekend. “My Dad has helped out some and I can’t thank Ray Taylor enough for letting me drive this year. There is so much experience between the two of them. Everyone know the success my Dad had and is having. Ray certainly knows his way around the car as well and he has been a successful racer.
“It feels good to be surrounded by so much experience,” he continued. “I’ve always planned to follow in my father’s footsteps.”
The ride that Planck is driving is the big-block modified his father drove in 2009. Taylor bought the car and, together, Taylor and Steve’s crew have it legal for the Sportsman ranks now. The car still sports the sponsor decals for that 2009 season, but the team is looking for sponsorship to run the full 2010 season at I-88 and Skyline Speedway seasons, plus the ROC (Race of Champions) Series races. Pro-Flow Engineering has helped fine tune the engine to the car.
“We do need sponsors this season,” Planck said. “We did think it was better to leave the sponsors that Dad had last year on the car than to take them off and have a bare car. We do hope that we will start getting some more interest now they we are winning races.
“Our goal is to keep finishing in the top five at I-88 and Skyline,” he continued. “If we can do that, it will certainly help. It is nice to have my own crew this season. It’s a team that Ray and I can call the shots. It shows that I can be a bit independent because Dad has his racing to do. We are at different tracks each weekend, but we do care about each other and how we each do. I do enjoy the compliments that I’m getting and the comparisons to my Dad. I’m proud of his accomplishments and I hope I’ll be able to do the same. Again, I couldn’t do this without Ray Taylor. I really appreciate everything he is doing and I hope we can both be successful as a team.”

 

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