LIMA — Getting to the top is a tough task. Staying on top might be even tougher. Daniel Sanchez, the Limaland 2018 Bud Thunderstock champion, , is hoping that he can defend his title.
Last season, Sanchez and Tony Anderson actually tied with 1,112 points, but Sanchez had more victories on the season, which was the championship tiebreaker.
“It was the coolest thing that has ever happened in my lifetime,” Sanchez said. “After I found out that I won, they put a microphone in my face and all I could say was that I was going to eat a big meal at Applebee’s and get a good night of sleep.”
Sanchez’s Limaland track championship didn’t come without drama.
“I wasn’t sleeping or eating heading into the last few weeks of the season because Tony was closing quick and actually passed me in the points heading into the last week of the season,” Sanchez said. “He was up six points on me heading into the feature race.
“I finished second that night and I couldn’t have dreamed it up any better. I went out to have fun and did what I could. Fortunately it was enough.”
Sanchez is a student at UNOH and has one year left before he finishes with his degree in business management with a concentration in marketing.
“My goal is to race for a living,” Sanchez said. “I will have the business side as well as the hands on side. I’m hoping to drive in the late model series someday. I hope to have the situation rise for me. I’m also the president of the American Marketing Association at UNOH.”
With that being said, Sanchez balances a heavy schedule to say the least.
“For 2019 we have 45 races on our schedule at eight different tracks,” Sanchez said. “We will be defending our title at Limaland and I actually got a UMP Modified. I’m hoping to run that soon. We’re doing that in hopes of making it a step closer to the late models.”
Even though Sanchez hails from New York, he now feels at home in Lima, especially at the Limaland track.
“The competition at Limaland is second to none,” Sanchez said. “It’s a real battle every week. There is nothing easy about winning at Limaland. Everybody who competes there has a legitimate chance at winning. It’s my favorite track. I love the atmosphere, it’s clean, organized and well run.”
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