LIMA — Racing fans are gearing up for another season of high-speed racing. The Season Opening Shootout — Presented by Smith Boughan kicks off the season Friday, May 3, at Limaland Motorsports Park. The pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m.
Ryan Sutter, Limaland’s 2018 Modified Track Champion, is looking to defend his title.
“Overall it was quite significant (being the Modified Track Champion),” Sutter said. “It was my first track title. Things really clicked. We were able to finish every race in the top 10, which is surprising with all of the competition at Limaland.”
Sutter received several perks after claiming his title.
“My team earned nearly $300 each in rewards, and my crew chief earned $500 worth of Snap On tools,” Sutter said. “Plus we won the track championship which allowed us to travel to the NASCAR Banquet in Charlotte (N.C.) which is an experience I’ll never forget. I really like to brag about Limaland’s partnership with NASCAR. They really go above and beyond.”
After securing one victory in 2018, Sutter hopes to add to his collection this year.
“Finishing all of the races is not something that happens every year,” Sutter said. “I would like to get at least one win this year. We’re going to go the whole year there (at Limaland) and we want to go for points. We’re going to approach it by having fun and seeing how things work out. We don’t want to put too much pressure on it.”
Limaland has been gaining popularity over the last several years in the Modified ranks. Due to the neat style and fast cars, there are more drivers gaining interest in the division.
“It’s really common in our region,” Sutter said. “They run just about anywhere. The rules are the same. I like to run close to home. I have a young family and they want to watch. We do it together. Plus, I just really like the cars.”
Competing every week at Limaland is something that Sutter looks forward to this season.
“The track facilities are very nice, and the workers there are polite,” Sutter said. “The pits are clean and the driveways are paved. It’s very orderly. It’s a premium facility and something that I like to associate myself with. My main goal is to keep a positive reputation for the track and get people to it.”
Some other key events for the 2019 Limaland season include: Modified Mayhem (May 10), The 21st annual Memorial Cup (May 21), the 20th annual Run for the Rabbit (May 31), The 37th annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek (June 21), and Championship Night (Aug. 2). The final race of the 2019 season is scheduled for Aug. 9 with the 2019 Awards Celebration Night.
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