LIMA – When weather conditions have been slightly cooler and overcast, it usually serves to create a gripping fast racing surface on a high-banked quarter-mile dirt track like Limaland Motorsports Park.
Often, with a faster track the racing action itself can produce very close competition and on this night it allowed Matt Westfall to edge Todd Sherman at the finish line.
It was a race that saw Westfall trail Sherman by a car length or more with just half a lap remaining in the 20-lap Reineke Modified feature.
Pole starter Brandon Vaughan, of Spencerville, led the opening couple of laps including a restart on lap number three following an early race caution period.
Wapakoneta driver Jerry Bowersock took the lead from Vaughan by lap No. 4 and he held the front running position until a hard charging Todd Sherman stormed past Bowersock for the lead at the event midpoint.
Sherman, the point’s leader and defending track champion, was on a tear and decided to take a high line around the track through most of the race.
Although unusual for Sherman, he appeared comfortable riding the cushion at the top and was cruising to an apparent third win of the season until a yellow flag came out on lap number sixteen.
Matt Westfall, second in the Modififed point’s chase behind Sherman, was in the runner-up position when the green flag came out for the final four circuits. Sherman quickly expanded his margin over Westfall and seemed a certain winner.
As the white flag was unfurled for the final lap, Sherman moved to bottom of the track in what seemed like a cautionary move to protect the lead and cruise to the checkers.
Westfall stayed heavy on the gas while storming around the top of the track and coming from the outside off of turn No. 4, dove to the inside with momentum and somehow edged Sherman at the finish line for the dramatic conquest.
“Early in the race I was stuck on the bottom and I was too tight,” Westfall said. “I went up top, got a little bit of an opening, thought I could maybe slide across and get him (Sherman) and I guess I did. It was darn close.”
It was Matt Westfall’s second win of the 2014 season.
The K & L Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invaders 25-lap feature was dominated by Benton Ridge veteran Greg Wilson. He has won four NRA main events this summer and on this night put on a masterful performance.
Wilson was adept at maneuvering around slower cars as he sliced and diced using all off the race track to complete a flag-to-flag caution free journey.
“We got a little lucky with the inversion (outside front row starting position),” Wilson said in the winner’s circle. “We weren’t all that stout, but were good enough to win. I felt Kody (Swanson) in the No. 12 getting after me a little bit.”
The Budweiser Thunderstock 15-lap feature turned quickly into a battle between Tim Cole and Tony Anderson. Cole, of Findlay, and the veteran Anderson were engaged in a thrilling side-by-side encounter.
Cole held the lead until lap number nine and although Anderson moved to the front, at that point Lima’s Jeff Koz had joined the fray to make it a spectacular three-car tussle at the front of the field.
Anderson, the point’s leader and defending track champion, did not surrender the lead through the final five laps and held off the two challengers to capture the win. It was his second of the season and 32nd of his career at Limaland Motorsports Park.
“This track tonight is hammer down fast,” Anderson said. “I’m a little old to be on a track like this. I like it better when it’s dry and slick and you slow down a bit. Tonight was my 201st feature win in six different classes through my racing career. I’ve been blessed to be able to do this for 21 years.”
Limaland Motorsports Park returns to action on Friday, July 25, for the Fricke Memorial Thunderstock Select with the Budweiser Thunderstocks.
The Elwer Fence Sprints and Reineke Modifieds will also battle on the famed ¼ mile oval. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. with hot laps beginning at 6:30 p.m. Racing begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.
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Limaland Motorsports Park
McDonalds Dash for Cash
Modifieds (5 Laps)
1. 71-Joel Ortberg 2. L5-Casey Luedeke
3. 40-Terry Hull 4. 54-Matt Westfall
Heat 1 - (4 Laps - Top 8 Transfer)
1. OOP-Dean Pitts; 2. 82-Chris Douglas; 3. 71R-Keith Ralston;
4. 1V-Shawn Valenti; 5. 89-Keith Shockency; 6. 26-Justin Long
7. OO-Kaylynn Simmons; 8. 9-Dave Keysor
Heat 2 - (4 Laps - Top 8 Transfer)
1. 16-Jeff Koz; 2. 2-Charlie Sanborn; 3. 53-Jan Launders
4. 32-Scott Boyd; 5. 1-Amanda Conroy; 6. 1X-Todd Sanders
7. 99-Andy King; 8. 1J-Jj Butler
Heat 3 - (4 Laps - Top 8 Transfer)
1. 71C-Barney Craig; 2. 22T-Tony Anderson; 3. 48-Tim Cole
4. 27-Frank Paladino; 5. 19-Bill Reimund; 6. 7C-Jordan Conover
7. O1-Shane Aeschlimall
A-Main - (15 Laps) [#]-Starting Position
1. 22T-Tony Anderson; 2. 16-Jeff Koz; 3. 48-Tim Cole
4. 1V-Shawn Valenti; 5. 53-Jan Launders; 6. 26-Justin Long
7. 89-Keith Shockency; 8. 82-Chris Douglas; 9. 27-Frank Paladino
10. 19-Bill Reimund; 11. 7C-Jordan Conover; 12. 71C-Barney Craig
13. 99-Andy King; 14. O1-Shane Aeschlimall; 15. 2-Charlie Sanborn
16. 32-Scott Boyd; 17. 9-Dave Keysor; 18. OOP-Dean Pitts
19. 1J-Jj Butler
Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 7 Transfer)
1. 6M-Max Stambaugh; 2. 10X-Dustin Stroup; 3. B20-Butch Schroeder
4. 35-Ron Blair; 5. 11-Tim Allison; 6. 15-Brandon Fergueson
7. 17-Jared Horstman
Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 7 Transfer)
1. 23-Devon Dobie; 2. 12-Kody Swanson; 3. 6S-Jr Stewart
4. W20-Greg Wilson; 5. 28H-Hud Horton; 6. 8J-Jess Stiger
Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 7 Transfer)
1. 49-Shawn Dancer; 2. 23M-Jack Miller
3. 69-Scott Curren; 4. 27K-Ryan Kirkendall
5. 19-Jimmy Snead; 6. 12B-Don Ryder
A-Main - (25 Laps) [#]-Starting Position
1. W20-Greg Wilson; 2. 12-Kody Swanson; 3. 6S-Jr Stewart
4. B20-Butch Schroeder; 5. 49-Shawn Dancer; 6. 10X-Dustin Stroup
7. 6M-Max Stambaugh; 8. 23-Devon Dobie; 9. 35-Ron Blair
10. 8J-Jess Stiger; 11. 28H-Hud Horton; 12. 11-Tim Allison
13. 23M-Jack Miller; 14. 15-Brandon Fergueson; 15. 19-Jimmy Snead
16. 27K-Ryan Kirkendall; 17. 69-Scott Curren; 18. 12B-Don Ryder
19. 17-Jared Horstman
Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 8 Transfer)
1. 40-Terry Hull; 2. 18-Randy Lines; 3. L5-Casey Luedeke
4. 34X-Brandon Vaughan; 5. 4-Taylor Wiles; 6. OO-Robert Rose
7. O7-Damen Bock; 8. 83K-Josh Kehle
Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 8 Transfer)
1. 54-Matt Weswtfall; 2. 71-Joel Ortberg; 3. 5X-Jerry Bowersock
4. 22T-Tony Anderson; 5. 23J-Jeff Koz; 6. 18N-Derrick Noffsinger
7. 11H-Mike Hohlbein; 8. 69-Jim Farris Sr.
Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 8 Transfer)
1. 65-Todd Sherman; 2. 3W-Dylan Woodling; 3. 19-Ryan Ordway
4. 42-Bob Baldwin; 5. 91T-Adam Thrush; 6. 39-Heath Gagnon
7. O1-Anthony Flannery; 8. 22M-Jason Mccoy
A-Main - (20 Laps) [#]-Starting Position
1. 54-Matt Weswtfall; 2. 65-Todd Sherman; 3. 34X-Brandon Vaughan
4. 5X-Jerry Bowersock; 5. L5-Casey Luedeke; 6. 18-Randy Lines
7. 22T-Tony Anderson; 8. 3W-Dylan Woodling; 9. 23J-Jeff Koz
10. 40-Terry Hull; 11. 91T-Adam Thrush; 12. 42-Bob Baldwin
13. 71-Joel Ortberg; 14. O1-Anthony Flannery; 15. 11H-Mike Hohlbein
16. 69-Jim Farris Sr.; 17. OO-Robert Rose; 18. 39-Heath Gagnon
19. 22M-Jason Mccoy; 20. 19-Ryan Ordway; 21. 4-Taylor Wiles
22. 18N-Derrick Noffsinger; 23. O7-Damen Bock