LIMA — Limaland Motorsports Park kicked off the Memorial Day weekend Friday night with the Anheuser Busch Sales of Lima presents the 19th annual Memorial Cup.
The K&L Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invaders started a scheduled three-day stretch of racing with No. 17 Jared Horstman picking up the A Main victory. No. 463X Jordan Conover won his first feature of 2018 in Bud Thunderstock action, and No. 22T Tony Anderson returned to victory lane for the 47th time in his career in the K&N Filters UMP Modified feature.
Kicking off feature action were the Bud Thunderstocks. Teammates No. 463X Jordan Conover, and No. 463 Daniel Sanchez led the field to the green flag with Conover grabbing the early lead. On a restart following a caution, Sanchez threw a slide job on Conover for the lead and Conover grazed the turn 1 wall allowing Sanchez to get away by about five car lengths. Sanchez looked to be set to grab his fourth consecutive win, but nearly spun in turn 1 the very next lap, allowing Conover to get by along with No. 22T Tony Anderson. Conover grabbed the win followed by Anderson, Sanchez, No. 82 Chris Douglas, and No. 27 Frank Paladino. Heat races were won by Douglas and Anderson.
Next up were the K&L Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invaders for a 25 lap A Main. Cloverdale’s Jared Horstman led the field to green alongside No 7J Joe Swanson. Horstman powered to the early lead over Swanson, No. B20 Butch Schroeder, No. 49 Shawn Dancer, and No 2. Kyle Sauder. On a restart following a caution, Schroeder made his way to second until a final caution on lap 5 for the No. 22H of Randy Hannagan spinning exiting turn 2 and collecting No. 02 Brandon Long. The race stayed green to the end with Horstman earning the win followed by Schroeder, Dancer, No. 23 Devon Dobie, and No. 5M Max Stambaugh. Heat races were won by Hannagan, No. 28H Hud Horton, and Dancer.
The K&N Filters UMP Modifieds wrapped up the night with a 20 lap A Main. No. 65 Todd Sherman and No. 3W Dylan Woodling brought the field to green with Sherman taking the early advantage. Sherman, Woodling, No. 95J Jerry Bowersock, and No. 18 Ryan Sutter exited turn 4 running 4 wide for the lead to complete lap 1. No 22T Tony Anderson started to creep his way into the battle along with No. 34X Shane O’Connor. On a restart following a caution, Bowersock took the lead, but the caution flag came out again for No. 7 Jordan Conover spinning in turn 2. Bowersock, Sutter and Anderson began battling wheel to wheel for the lead on the restart, with Anderson and Bowersock getting away by a few car lengths. Anderson grabbed the lead for good on lap 8 with Bowersock, Woodling, O’Connor and Sutter completing the top 5. Heat races were won by No. 1 Brendan Rassel, Sutter, O’Connor and Bowersock.
Limaland Motorsports Park is back in action Friday night when Lima Chevrolet Cadillac presents the Run for the Rabbit, featuring the K&L Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invaders competing for a top prize of $2,000 in an event honoring the memory of Travis “The Rabbit” Miller. The K&N Filters UMP Modifieds and Bud Thunderstocks will also be in action. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m, grandstand gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $12 for those 16 and older, those 11-15 get in for $6 and anyone 10 and under will be admitted for free. Pit passes for all ages are $25. For more information go to limaland.com.