LIMA — Every year around this time racing fans get a little more excited. The 36th annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek has been going on and will take place tonight at Limaland Motorsports Park. Friday night fans will be able to see the All-Star Sprints and the K&N Filter Modifieds competing. The pit gate opens at 4:30 and racing begins at 7:30.
Drivers in the All-Star Sprints will compete in nine races during a nine day period. Shawn Dancer is one of those drivers and enjoys competing in such a competitive field.
“Speedweek is the biggest time of the year for racing in Ohio,” Dancer said. “The best of the best drivers come around like Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne. It’s a really tough deal. They will travel to Lima on Friday and it makes Limaland one of the most competitive tracks. We all like it because it’s a nice quarter mile track. Small tracks make it exciting. It should be one heck of a race.”
The All-Star Sprints consist of the 410 Sprints instead of the traditional 360 Sprints that fans around here are used to seeing. Dancer has a lot of experience competing in both the 410 Sprints and the 360 Sprints.
“Sprint cars are unique,” Dancer said. “It’s all about the competition with the winged sprint cars. So many of the top NASCAR drivers came from sprint car racing like Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne. The competition is so tough now. The competition gets tougher each year. The main difference between the 410s and the 360s is that the 410s have 200 more horsepower than the 360s. The 410s have 900 horsepower while 360s have 700. With that, you have to step up your game while driving a 410. You have to make quick decisions because things come up quicker while racing.”
The fans and the facilities at Limaland make it exciting for Dancer and company to compete.
“Lima fans are the best around,” Dancer said. “They are the most energetic fans and they always fill up the stands. Limaland has good track conditions and they put on a great race. Limaland has done a good job of putting on family events. Dirt track racing is all about family events. It creates great racing. This will be one of the best races of the year.”
For results of the 36th annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek at Limaland, pick up a Sunday edition of The Lima News.
Waynesfield Raceway Park
WAYNESFIELD — Following the All Star break this past Sunday, the weekend warriors are set to return to the 1/3rd mile Saturday night at Waynesfield Raceway Park.
Three divisions of racing are scheduled as drivers pick up where they left off in their chase for the track championship. The Quest Federal Credit Union Non Wings sprints return with Dallas Hewitt leading the point standings by just 12 points over Lee Underwood. Both Hewitt and Underwood are still looking for their first A-main victory this season. The Performance Power Coating AMSA Mini Sprints also return Saturday with a points battle that could not be any tighter. Nick Daugherty comes into the weekend with a one-point lead over Chris Bounds. Ron Coleman sits third, just two points behind Daugherty. The top four drivers sit within striking distance of the points leader.
The night will come to a close with the UMP Modifieds presented by Satellite Connections. Jeff Koz currently leads the way by 13 points over Josh Morton. Weasel Phlipot and Scottie Williams are tied for third with 243 points each. Koz, Williams, and Phlipot all sit with A-main victories on the season.
Adult general admission is $12. Those ages 11-15 are admitted for $6 with everyone under the age of 10 admitted for free. Pit access is available for $25.
For more information go to waynesfieldracewaypark.net.
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