August 11, 2008
Planck family stays busy as dad grabs pair of 2nds
It was another busy weekend for the Planck Racing family, which included the debut of 16-year-old Brandon Planck in a DIRTcar Big-Block Modified race.
The weekend started slow Friday as Mother Nature again washed away the action at Brewerton Speedway, leaving both father, Dale, and older son, Steve, with a quiet night.
Saturday, Dale Planck traveled to Canandaigua Speedway for the Advanced Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series and Twin 50-lap features. He piloted the RezX Racing No. 77x Grow It Hydroseeding-Action Race Parts/TEO ride to a pair of second-place finishes behind Billy Decker, who won both 50-lappers.
Planck started 12th in the first 50-lapper and seventh in the second race. Planck now has 11 top-five finishes in 15 races, leaving him just seven points out of second place in the overall point series standings behind reigning overall Mr. DIRTcar points king Brett Hearn. He remains 146 markers behind perennial power Decker, who leads the series standings. By far, this is the best season yet for Planck on the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series.
“I’m happy, I feel I was just as good as Billy, but up through (traffic) was the difference,” said the three-time tour race winner said after his race. “I am happy to be here in second. I’ve never run this good before at Canandaigua.”
“Billy’s been at this for a long time,” Planck continued. “He’s the best in the business right now, you can’t take that away from him. That whole team, they’ve got everything clicking right now. He has all the good luck. I think I caught him off guard a little bit in the first race, he went back and made some changes and we made some as well for the second one. Just ran out of time there, wanted to change a shock. But to finish second here both times, I can’t ask for much more than that and can’t thank Carey Terrance (owner) enough for fielding the whole deal.”
The double runner-up finishes are the first-ever front-five finishes on the “Land of Legends” layout for Planck.
Sunday was time for Brandon Planck to debut his first big-block race in the family-owned Dale Planck Racing/SUNY Canton 77 car. He started 23rd in the 26-car field but was up to 16th before an altercation sent him to the rear of the field. In just a few laps, he came back to finish 22nd. For being the youngster in the company of the best of the best Northeast drivers, he did a phenomenal job his first time out. He is clearly following in his father’s and older brother’s footsteps!
This coming week, both Dale and Steve Planck will be at the next Advanced Auto Parts Series stop at Brewerton Friday before heading to Can-Am Speedway in LaFargeville Saturday. The busy weekend will wrap-up next Sunday at Cornwall Speedway in Canada.
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