LIMA — There are some tracks that racers love and there are others where they struggle. For Ryan Sutter, Limaland used to be one of those tracks that he didn’t particularly enjoy. That all changed this year as he picked up his first career Limaland feature win. Sutter and company will be on hand Friday night for the 360 Sprint Speed Weekend at Limaland Motorsports Park. The K&L Ready Mix NRA Sprints and Bud Thunderstocks will also be competing. The pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m.
Sutter, who competes in the K&N Filter Modifieds, earned his first career Limaland feature win June 1.
“It was a fantastic because we have never won there before,” Sutter said. “I actually took an 8-10 year hiatus from Limaland because it was a track that I struggled at. So coming back after all of those years and getting a win at Limaland means quite a bit to me. We caught the invert and won our heat race that night. We started in the outside front row and I was able to get to the top side of the track. There was a lot of cushion on that top side. I led for 20 laps and our car was fairly strong.”
Sutter returned to Limaland in 2015 racing about two or three races a year. This is the first season in which he is competing more than that and he is currently in second place in the K&N Filter Modified division with 636 points. He trails Dylan Woodling by two points (638).
“We changed our approach to the setup of the car this season,” Sutter said. “We gained quite a bit of speed there and have gotten better and better as the season has gone on. There were a couple of races where we didn’t get our best results but we talked as a team and realized that when we were weaker on a certain night, we had a little luck go our way because other guys might have had a worse night.”
Since he is so close to the top of the standings, Sutter realizes that consistency and catching a few breaks will be key as the season goes on.
“There is some pressure to get good heat results because that factors into the points,” Sutter said. “We also don’t want to get absorbed into other people’s issues. Like catching a bad break when somebody else catches a bad break. Things have to go well.”
Sutter has been racing for 15 years now with 12 of those years being in the Modified division at various racetracks.
“The competition is really good,” Sutter said. “A lot of former NASCAR drivers have competed and still compete in the Modified division. It’s an enjoyable, competitive class. It also has versatility because you can run at a bunch of different tracks.”
Since there are so many racing fans in our area, Sutter welcomes anybody to watch himself and the other drivers compete at a high level every Friday night.
“You can follow my racing on Facebook and Twitter (@Suttet18),” Sutter said. “I’d also like to thank my sponsors: Sutter Brothers Farm Equipment, Wendel Poultry, Jutte Concrete, DM Services, Fort Electric, among others. With their support our success is possible.”
For more 360 Sprint Speed Weekend information go to limaland.com and for results pick up a Sunday edition of The Lima News.
WAYNESFIELD — Following two of the biggest events of the year at Waynesfield Raceway Park, officials are now preparing for the biggest week and a half of the 2018 season, with three events scheduled in eight days. First, the holiday weekend kicks off with DARF Night on Saturday, featuring the Quest Federal Credit Union Non Wing Sprints, the Satellite Connections UMP Modifieds, the Block Insurance Agency Tough Trucks, and the Indian Lake Outfitters Compact division.
Following DARF Night on Saturday, the action returns to the one-third mile Tuesday for one of the most anticipated events of the season, the Sprint Summer Sizzler. The all sprint car event will feature the return of the K&L Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invaders, the FAST 410 Sprint Cars, the FAST 305 Sprint Cars, and the Waynesfield regular AMSA Mini Sprints. Each division will be racing with extra money on the line Tuesday, with the NRA 360’s paying $4,000 to win, FAST 410s paying $3,000, FAST 305’s paying $1,000 to win, and the Mini Sprints paying $500. This event has seen upwards of close to 60-70 sprint cars competing in the past, and that number is expected to rise this year with the addition of the Mini Sprints.
Additionally, the NRA Sprint Invaders will be running a holiday points fund through the week. Their weekend kicks off Fruday night at Limaland Motorsports Park and then Saturday at Fremont Speedway. Both of those events will pay $2,000 to win. The points fund through the three events will end Tuesday at Waynesfield paying the winner $1,500. Second place will pay $1,000, third receives $750, fourth $500, and fifth place $250.
To end the Fourth of July week, WRP returns to action with the Dick Spencer Memorial on July 7. This event will feature the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS Non Wing), the Performance Powder Coating AMSA Mini Sprints, and the Indian Lake Outfitters Compact class. The Non Wing Sprints will pay $1,500 to win, and the Mini Sprints will also receive a pay increase with $700 to win. This event is an annual memorial race to Dick Spencer, a long time local non wing sprint car driver and supporter of the Waynesfield Raceway Park. Spencer’s family will be in house giving out multiple prizes to kids of all ages.
On Saturday, adult general admission will be $12. Youngsters ages 11-15 will be admitted for $6, with all those under the age of 10 admitted for free. Pit access is availablefor $25.
Pricing for the Sprint Summer Sizzler will be $20 for adult general admission, and $15 for ages 11-15. Those 10 and younger will get in for free and pit access will be available for $30.
Pricing for the Dick Spencer Memorial will be $15 for adults, $6 for youngsters ages 11-15, those 10 and under will get in free, and pit access will be $30. For more information go to waynesfieldmotorsportspark.com.