LIMA — Drivers from all over the country descended on Limaland Motorsports Park on Friday for the culmination of the 31st annual Speedweek presented by Elwer Fence.
Friday’s scheduled races consisted of the K&N Modifieds and the All-Star 410 Sprints.
“Thirty-one years of Speedweek happening in the state of Ohio, we’re one of the oldest, if not the oldest, Speedweeks for sprint car racing,” Limaland general manager Bob Fricke said. “For Limaland to be part of that is great. It’s a chance for us to bring in the all-star sprint car drivers and showcase them here at Limaland. Plus it’s a tune up for the Doty (Brad Doty Classic on July 10). It’s just an awesome chance for us to bring these guys in and it’s a heck of a show for everybody.”
One of the Speedweek all-star racers was Greg Wilson.
“Just the fact of running every night and bringing guys in from all over the country that are the best is great,” Wilson said. “You have to up your level a little bit and bring your best. Normally we would’ve had plenty of races in but we’ve been rained out of a few so far this season. You never know what you’re going to get this time of year.”
Wilson, who is from Benton Ridge, was prepared to run in both the sprints and the modifieds Friday.
“This is going to be one of the first times that I’ve raced a modified,” Wilson said. “I ran one five or six years ago down at Waynesfield. They asked if I wanted to run it and of course I did. I’m pretty pumped for it.”
With almost 22 years of racing experience, Wilson has been in love with the sport from a very young age.
“My dad actually had stock cars when I was really little,” Wilson said. “I turned four and we started racing go-karts and it kind of took off from there.”
You could say racing runs in his family.
“My uncle was Bob Hampshire who had cars for Jack Hewitt, a real famous racer,” Wilson said. “Fortunately for me in 1998 he hired me and I drove for him up until the middle of 2005, and I’ve just been very fortunate to race for a living. This is all I’ve ever wanted to do and this is all I’ve ever known. I’m pretty blessed to be able to do that.”
There will no racing this coming Friday at Limaland. Racing continues July 10 with the 25th Annual Brad Doty Classic presented by Racing Optics. The World of Outlaws sprint series will be on hand for Limaland’s biggest race.