LIMA — Limaland Motorsports Park finally opened the 2019 season on Friday night after five straight May rainouts . No. 7 Jordan Conover picked up his second Keysor Memorial win in Bud Thunderstock action, with NASCAR legend Kenny Wallace making the trek from St. Louis to bag the Northwest Physical Therapy UMP Modified feature win. No. 71 Chris Hicks bagged his 49th career 4 cylinder Tough Truck victory.
Kicking off the nights action were the Budweiser Thunderstocks in an 18 lap A Main honoring the memory of 1990 Limaland Stock Car Track Champion Bobby Keysor and his father Bill who raced in five different decades at Limaland from the 1950s to the 1990s. No. 82 Chris Douglas and No. 463 Daniel Sanchez would lead the field to green with Forest Ohio’s Jordan Conover getting a great start from 3rd to battle with Douglas for the lead. Conover would grab the point by the end of lap one and lead wire to wire with cautions on lap 2 and 11 the only things able to slow him down. Sanchez powered to second on lap 12 and tried to close on Conover, with no luck No. J1 Jeff Matheny charged to third on lap 16, with Douglas finishing fourth and No. 00 of UNOH Racer Brandon Pralley completing the top five. Heat races were won by Sanchez, Douglas, and Conover.
Next up were the 4 Cylinder Tough Trucks in a15 lap feature. No. 17H Kelcey Helmig, and No 20K Matt Twining led the field to the green flag, but No. 71 Chris Hicks got a tremendous start to grab the lead from fifth before the field reached turn 2. Caution waved on lap 2 for the No. 316 of Devon Hower making contact with the turn 4 wall and coming to a stop. On the restart, Hicks pulled away and never was seriously challenged, grabbing his 49th career Tough Truck win. No. 17D Devon Helmig finished second, with Kelcey Helmig tjirdrd, Matt Twining fourth, and No. 82 Kevin Knittle rounding out the top five. Heat races were won by Knittle and Hicks
The Northwest Physical Therapy UMP Modifieds were in the final feature of the evening. No. 36V Brandon Vaughan and No 36 Kenny Wallace would led the field to green with Wallace getting a good initial start, but the caution waved for No. 10L Nathan Loney getting into the backstretch wall and coming to a stop. On the complete restart it was Vaughan getting a great start and narrowly sliding up in front of Wallace, but once again the caution would wave, this time for UNOH Racer No. 71 Scott Fritz spinning in turn 4. On the third try to get the feature underway, Wallace grabbed the point over Vaughan with No. 65 Todd Sherman of Churubusco, Indiana, grabbing the third spot. Sherman muscled his way past Vaughan on lap 5 and set his sights on Wallace. Caution flags on laps 6, 7, and 12 kept Sherman in striking distance, allowing him to close on Wallace by running at the very bottom of the track. Wallace got away for good after the lap 12 caution, winning over Sherman with No. 95J Jerry “Jedi” Bowersock, Vaughan and No. 11H Mike Hohlbeing completing the top five. Heat races were won by Wallace, Vaughan, Hohlbein and Loney. B Mains were won by No. 9C Troy Cattarene, and No. 9PG Percy Gendreau.
Limaland Motorsports Park returns to action Friday when Anheuser Busch Sales of Lima presents the Busch Clash. The K&L Ready Mix NRA 360 Sprint Invaders make their 2019 Limaland debut in the 18th annual “Run for the Rabbit.” A sum of $3,000 awaits the feature winner in this event honoring the memory of Limaland sprint car ace Travis “The Rabbit” Miller. Also in action will be the Northwest Physical Therapy UMP Modifieds and Budweiser Thunderstocks. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m., Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., warm ups at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.
Admission price for adults is $12, those 11 to 15 get in for $6 and admission is free to children 10 and younger. Pit passes are $30.