LIMA — Limaland Motorsports Park held the 21st annual Season Points Championships presented by Alexander and Bebout on Friday night.
The JLH General Contractors FAST 305 Championship Series Sprint Cars hit Limaland for the final time in 2018 with No. 26 Jamie Miller grabbing the feature win.
In the K&N Filters UMP Modifieds, No. 95J Jerry Bowersock picked up the feature victory, but came up just short in his bid to repeat as track champion, as No. 18 Ryan “The Milkman” Sutter wrapped up his first ever Limaland and NASCAR Whelen All American Series Championship.
In the Budweiser Thunderstocks, No. M1 Jeff Matheny picked up his first career Limaland feature win, while No. 463 Daniel Sanchez capped off the night by winning the track championship in the Budweiser Thunderstocks NASCAR All American Series Championship by virtue of a tiebreaker.
Kicking off the night’s racing were the sprint cars. No. 11G Luke Griffith and No. 8 Bobby Clark brought the field to green with Griffith taking the early race advantage. Miller moved into second spot on lap 3 and then closed in to the rear bumper of Griffith’s No. 11G machine on lap 9. On a restart follow a caution, Miller’s engine stumbled, allowing No. 97 Kyle Peters to move into second. Peters grabbed the lead on lap 12 and seemed to be on his way to the victory, but Miller closed back in on the leaders on lap 20, grabbing second spot from Griffith, then making his run on the final lap on Peters exiting turn 2. Peters hung on the outside wall down the back stretch allowing Miller to get away and grab his second Limaland win of 2018. Heat races were won by Griffith and Miller.
Next up were the UMP Modifieds in a 20-lap feature. No. 18 Ryan Sutter began the night with a 10 point lead on No. 95J Jerry Bowersock. Bowersock started on the front row alongside No. 65 Todd Sherman and took the lead. Sherman hung with Bowersock throughout the feature, but to no avail, as Bowersock survived multiple cautions to pick up the feature win, but come up just short in his bid to win a second consecutive championship, as Sutter finished third and garnered enough points to win his first career K&N Filters UMP Modified Track Championship and NASCAR Whelen All American Series Championship. Heat Races were won by Sutter, No. 71 UNOH Racer Will Norris, and No. 3W Dylan Woodling.
Completing the night were the Budweiser Thunderstocks in their 15 lap main event. No. M1 Jeff Matheny and No. 27 Frank Paladino brought the field to green with Matheny grabbing the early lead. No 22T Tony Anderson charged to second and looked to grab his fourth Bud Thunderstock Track Championship, as he came into the night leading by two points over No. 463 Daniel Sanchez. Anderson hounded Matheny throughout the feature. Multiple cautions would keep the field close, and Sanchez would make his way to 3rd at the halfway point. As the leaders came down to take the white flag, a puff of smoke came out from under Anderson’s No. 22T machine. It looked like he would hold on as he held the second spot until turns 3 and 4 as he began to lose power coming to the checkered flag. Sanchez, Paladino, and No 15 Jordan Conover were all able to get by and Anderson, who finished fifth. While Matheny celebrated the feature win, final points were tallied up, with Anderson and Sanchez finishing in a tie for the championship. By virtue of having more wins in the 2018 season, Sanchez won the tiebreaker and was crowned the 2018 Limaland Bud Thunderstock and NASCAR Whelen All American Series Champion. Heat races were won by No. 82 Chris Douglas, and Anderson.
Limaland Motorsports Park wraps up the 2018 season Friday night as Lock Sixteen and K&L Ready Mix present the 2018 Awards Celebration Night. In action will be the K&L Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invaders, K&N Filters UMP Modifieds, and Budweiser Thunderstocks in invitational feature races. Also K&L Ready Mix presents the NRA Sprint Invaders King of the Quarter Mile event, and Lock Sixteen presents the Budweiser Thunderstocks King of the Quarter Mile event, and K&N Filters King of the Quarter Mile event. 2018 Season Awards will be handed out. For more information go to limaland.com.