NWAAS • August 16, 2013
Going For First Track Title In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division III B-Mods
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 15, 2013) - Jon Plowman was restless about his racing program and decided a change was in order last year. By mid-summer he settled into NASCAR Whelen All-American Series B-Modifieds at Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa. This summer, he's contending for his first career track championship.
"I was just ready for a change," Plowman said. "I went to Adams County once early in 2012 just to watch. I liked the way they ran the races and liked their rules package because it fit our budget. They use (scoring) transponders, and it's a real treat to pit on concrete pit stalls."
Plowman, 20, of Woodbine, Iowa, has five NASCAR B-Modified feature wins so far this year and leads the track point standings. B-Modifieds are classified as NASCAR Finalist Division III at Adams County and he stands fourth in the national Division III point race. This season he has five wins, 10 top fives and 11 top 10s in 11 starts. He finished second to Tony Rost in the Aug. 10 feature and won the evening's special King of the Hill event, a series of one-on-one, three-lap elimination sprints for the top eight cars.
The NASCAR Finalist Division program recognizes drivers who compete in support divisions at NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks. With "Division I" being each track's top division, the NASCAR Finalist Division line-up at each track highlights drivers competing in their second, third, fourth and fifth tier divisions. Through Sept. 15 a NASCAR-licensed driver's best 14 finishes are counted toward their final point total for the year. Points are kept separately for dirt and asphalt tracks.
The top three dirt track NASCAR Finalist Division leaders in each division this week include Division II Andy Wilkinson, I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., and Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Neb.; Mark Leiting, Junction and I-80; Mike Kellner, Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. Division III Jared Umbenhauer, Grandview; Jerod Weston, Adams County and I-80; Tony Rost, Junction, I-80 and Adams County. Division IV Cody Clark, I-80 and Adams County; Jason Vandekamp, Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.; Tony Hardisty, Adams County. Division V Art Reed, Salina (Okla.) Highbanks Speedway; Jeremy Purdy, Adams County; Jim Walker Jr., Salina.
The top three asphalt track NASCAR Finalist Division leaders in each division this week include Division II Ricky Martin, Raceway Park, Shakopee, Minn.; Zack Clifton, Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Mack Little III, Bowman Gray. Division III Blake Dorweiler, Raceway Park; John Ketron, Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway; Brent Kane, Elko (Minn.) Speedway. Division IV Terrance Robinson, Rockford (Ill.) Speedway; Arlyn Roush, Rockford; Jeremy Menninger, Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway. Division V M.J. Reed Jr., Lake County Speedway, Painesville, Ohio; Jack Cook, Kalamazoo (Mich.) Speedway; Mike Stoer, Raceway Park.
Plowman learned a lot by racing on Adams County's famed half-mile black clay fairgrounds oval for a half-season last year. He didn't win a feature but became familiar with the track's nuances and the competition. He home-built a new B-Modified for 2013 based on what he thought a car needed to be a contender there.
The new ride's second race of this year was opening night at Adams County Speedway. He scored his career first B-Modified feature win. He leads track points by 78 over second-place Jerod Weston entering this weekend.
"We raced our 2010 car at Adams County last year," Plowman said. "That helped us find out what we wanted to change for our new car."
Plowman started his career in Sport Compacts at age 14. He raced them for two years before moving to B-Modifieds at 16.
His father, Tim, is crew chief and co-car owner. Tim raced in a variety of dirt track divisions and won a track championship in the mid-1990s. The Plowmans build their own cars and engines. Other team members include Gene Thompson and Tim's brothers, Dave and Mark Plowman. Sponsors include K&P Excavation, E4 Sons, and Two Oaks Red Angus (TORA).
"Dad raced twice this year in someone else's car helping with their set-up," Plowman said. "There's a car just sitting there in our shop if ever has time and wants to race it.
"We never had enough money to buy a race car. Dad worked on all his cars and moved onto mine," Plowman said. "Working with him on the cars made me understand them quicker. That really taught me to do what I wanted to do to improve our car for this year. I didn't know what to think about it, if it'd be fast. I thought we might be good. I was confident, but not overly confident."
Now a multi-race winner, Plowman has his next goal in sight.
"We want to win the track championship," he said. "That's what we're after."
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