LIMA — There is a story behind every athlete’s number. Some professional athletes have paid in excess of $10,000 to get the number that they want. Limaland drivers are no different in regards to what they like to have on the side of their car.
Dennis Yoakam, one of the most popular figures at the Limaland track, got the number 22 D in a unique way.
“Back when I raced go-karts my number was 22,” Yoakam said. “When I started sprint cars, they put a ‘D’ on it. I wondered why they did that, and they told me that somebody else is probably going to have the number 22 so we might as well put the ‘D’ on it for Dennis.”
Yoakam has Randy Hannagan racing for him now, and he is carrying on the legacy of the number 22.
“We put the ‘H’ with it now for Hannagan,” Yoakam said. “It was pretty simple that way. It was just a fluke that I asked him to drive it a few years ago. I’ve stuck with him. He does a good job and doesn’t tear up the stuff. He’s a professional.”
Hannagan was happy to put the 22 H on his car.
“Dennis asked me to drive his car one weekend, and it led to more races after that,” Hannagan said. “We had to put a different number on the car that I was driving. The logical thing to do was put an ‘R’ or ‘H’ and we just went with the ‘H.’ I’ve been racing for Dennis for four years now. My number before was 1 X. I was a big Sammy Swindell fan. I tried to mold everything I did after him. It always stuck with me. I wore that when I was in go-karts too.”
Max Stambaugh has a different reason for having the number 6.
“My car owner wanted me to use 6, and it’s always been a good number for me,” Stambaugh said. “I wore it in baseball sometimes… . If I could be any number out here it would be 5. I was five when I started to race. Five and six, can’t get any closer than that.”
Jared Horstman drives the number 17 with pride.
“I was 17 years old when I started driving this big sprint car,” Horstman said. “Nobody else had the number, and I was happy to have it.”
Tim Allison has the number 11 for a more personal reason.
“I’ve just always had the number 11. I was born in November but other than that I don’t really know why I chose it,” Allison said with a laugh. “I started racing in 1972. I’d say that I have at least had 11 for about 20 years. It’s a number that I’ve always liked.”
WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield Raceway Park will add a new entry into the record books tonight.
For the first time ever, a King of the Hill format will determine the starting lineup for the non wing sprint A-main. The format entails the top four finishers in each non wing heat race automatically transferring to the A-main. First and second place finishers in each heat race will be entered into the King of the Hill tournament.
The tournament consists of a head-to-head two-lap showdown. The winner of each two-lap shootout will advance to the next round of the bracket. The last driver standing in the bracket will start on the pole for the 25 lap A-main. Drivers in the King of the Hill tournament will make up the first four rows of the A-main. The further a driver advances in the bracket, the closer to the front they will start in the A-main.
In addition, the UMP Modifieds, ASMA Mini Sprints, Tough Trucks and Compacts will also be in attendance. Adult general admission is $12. Children ages 11-15 years old are $6. Anyone under the age of 10 gets in free. All Dayton Auto Racing Fan Club members will be admitted into the grandstands for half price with their valid organization ID. DARF will also be hosting a picnic lunch behind the grandstands before the gates open. Admission to the cookout is free for all members and $5 for the general public. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m.. Cars hit the track for warmups at 6 p.m. with the first green flag of the night flying at 7 p.m.