LIMA — Mother Nature hasn’t been kind to racing fans around our area. The first two races of the 2019 season were canceled at Limaland Motorsports Park due to inclement weather. The 2019 Limaland season will officially kick off tonight with the Spring Fling — Presented By: S&S Volvo. The pit gates open at 4:30 and racing begins at 7:30.
The Spring Fling will include Non Wing Sprints, Modifieds and Stocks. Chance Holley, a member of the UNOH Motorsports Team is familiar with the Non Wing Sprints.
“My dad, Rick, is a Non Wing Sprint driver,” Holley said. “My grandfather, CJ Holley, was a six-time track champion at Atomic Speedway. Racing is a family tradition.”
Chance’s dad, Rick, will be competing for the third time of his career at Limaland tonight, which makes his son excited.
“It’s a big deal because he gets to compete at one of the best race venues in the country,” Holley said. “My dad gets to race in front of my friends and a great Limaland crowd. It’s pretty cool to see him out there with some of the other cars that I get to work on.”
Holley, who came to UNOH in October of 2017, has enjoyed his time on the UNOH Motorsports team.
“One of the best parts is the hands on experience that you get in a professional setting,” Holley said. “Knowing this going forward, we will have a leg up on the competition someday, and we will be well prepared. We got to travel down to Florida for Speedweek. We also got to go to Monster Jam at Ford Field and compete in front of 15,000 people.”
Holley is what you would consider to be a non-traditional student. He was 26 years old when he came to UNOH after a number of years working construction.
“I’ve always been interested in racing,” Holley said. “Coming back to college, I think I’m more prepared. I have a focus on what my career is going to be. That’s my advice to all of the students who come in. Have a plan and focus on what your career is going to be after you’re done here. Think about where you’re going. I think I’ve found a way to make a career out of racing. It’s a dream come true.”
Even though Non Wing Sprints don’t compete at Limaland on a weekly basis, racing fans can enjoy their high performance skills.
“I’d like to see a lot of people come out (to Limaland) and watch the Non Wings compete,” Holley said. “There is less downforce and more driver skill involved. They always put on a great show.”