CONTINENTAL — Most families spend their Father’s Day barbequing and doing nice things for their dad. While the Ordway family enjoys those activities, they would rather be out on the race track.
The father-son duo of Ryan and Brandon Ordway, of Continental, both race in the K&N Modifieds at Limaland Motorsports Park. Ryan has been competing for the last 12 years, while son Brandon is in his second year of racing.
“It’s a little nerve-wracking sometimes,” Ryan Ordway admitted. “He’s (Brandon) learning quick but I still want him to be safe. He’s smooth, he gets that from when he started cart racing when he was 9 years old. It can be stressful, but we work a lot together which has made us pretty tight.”
Brandon Ordway mentioned the reason he began racing is because he’s been watching his dad over the years.
“My dad got into it and suckered me into it,” Brandon Ordway joked. “My grandpa used to drag race and so did my dad. It’s kind of escalated from there.”
Having your father out on the track looking out for you is always an advantage.
“He taught me all of the little things like what to watch for, how to see wrecks before they happen and when to be on the throttle,” Brandon Ordway said. “He’s been the best. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for him.”
When Ryan Ordway made the jump over from drag racing 12 years ago, he wanted to find somewhere he’d feel comfortable driving. He found that with Limaland.
“I wanted to get into a circle track,” Ryan Ordway said. “I like the people that run the place. My great uncle had a driver racing there. My great uncle was actually good friends with Mark Martin of NASCAR. He gave my great uncle his driving suit, and I actually took my first laps at Limaland in Mark Martin’s driving suit.”
Brandon Ordway enjoys all of the competition he gets to go against every week at Limaland.
“Lima is very competitive, just making the show is great,” Brandon Ordway said. “I just want to give them a run for their money. I get pretty lucky now and then. I’m still learning since it’s only my second year.”
During Ryan Ordway’s early years of racing, he considered himself to be reckless at times. He is very appreciative to a certain family that has helped him along the way.
“Phillip and Joann Fitzwater and their family are two people who have helped us a lot,” Ryan Ordway said. “His boys and family got us a car and they have been our biggest sponsor and biggest fans for about eight years now.”