LIMA — When you have a passion for something and strive to be the best, most of the time good things happen to you. Lima native Shane O’Connor proved that to be true as he picked up his first Limaland victory of the 2018 season last week.
Championships will be determined tonight at the 21st Annual Limaland Season Point Championships at Limaland Motorsports Park.
Ryan Sutter currently leads the K&N Filter Modified division with 954 points and Jerry Bowersock is in second with 944 points. Tony Anderson took the lead last week in the Bud Thunderstocks division. Anderson currently has 1,004 points while Daniel Sanchez is right behind him with 1,002 points.
O’Connor, who was the track champion in the Modified division at Limaland in 1994 and 1998 started getting out of racing in 2000. In the early 2000s he won 5 races but then got out of racing for good in 2008.
“Scott Miller asked me to drive for him and at first we were just going to run a handful of races,” O’Connor said. “We got back in and won a couple of heat races last year. We only wanted to race one night a week and focus on Limaland because it takes a lot of time. When this season started, we had a few small part failures early on but we’ve been in the top 10 every night. We won last Friday night, which was pretty exciting.”
O’Connor is currently in ninth place in the Modified division with 786 points. He is happy to be able to compete with some of the best drivers.
“Limaland has the toughest competition around,” O’Connor said. “There are eight to ten guys who can go to other tracks around Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania and they’ll be up front. Last Friday all the fast guys were up front and it was an awesome race. We were fast and led the whole first half of the race. We battled the whole night.”
O’Connor wasn’t just taking it easy in his nearly 10 year break from racing. O’Connor and his wife have two daughters and he has been busy keeping up with both of their activities. His wife and daughters have paid him back big time lately when it comes to racing.
“Being out this long, I just wanted to come back just to know that I can still do it,” O’Connor said. “My wife and daughters push me to do it. They’re behind me 100%. My girls work on the car with me. It’s awesome and good for me to teach them that stuff. My brother also sets the car up for me and calls the shots. My dad has also been instrumental in my racing career and a valuable crew member. It’s just a great crew.”
Now that he is back and racing as well as he has been racing this year, O’Connor hopes to continue down this path for the future.
“Scott (Miller) gave me a good car and I couldn’t ask for more,” O’Connor said. “He has great equipment. That’s why we’re a good fit. I make sure that the equipment is maintained the way it should be. We’ve had a good, solid year. It was unbelievable to win last week. I can’t put it into words. We’ve been competitive each week and we finally got back in victory lane.”
For results from the 21st annual Limaland Season Point Championships, pick up the Sunday edition of The Lima News.