LIMA — Due to storms and rain during the week, along with flooded and saturated property, plus the lack of drying time, Limaland Motorsports Park Management has been forced to cancel the racing event scheduled for Friday night.
The Run for the Rabbit, presented by Tim Hogan’s Carpet, has been rescheduled for June 14.
Inclement weather has now kept Limaland from holding races the first five weeks of the schedule.
“Limaland was the home track for sprint cars for years,” said Ron Hammons, who is the owner of the National Racing Alliance Sprints, the modifieds and stocks that will all be on hand for the Run for the Rabbit, as well as Tim Hogan’s, which sponsors the race that honors the late Travis Miller, who competed in the 360 sprint car circuit at Limaland. “Lima is a sprint car-based area. People here love sprint cars. We have been trying to get some other tracks involved. The toughest part is scheduling. Once again, we got a lot of rain this week. The rainouts have been a pain. The more it keeps raining, the worse it gets.”
Thanks to Tim Hogan’s Carpet adding another $1,000, a total prize of $3,000 will be awarded to the feature winner that night. This will be the 20th year of this race.
“We have several guys who compete for the NRA who were close to Travis,” Hammons said. “JR Stewart ran go-karts and sprints against him. Jeff Williams and Tim Allison are two others who come to mind. Tim always pays a great tribute to Travis and the Miller family by making his car look like Travis’.”
Scheduling isn’t the only responsibility that Hammons has being the owner of the NRA. “Another major thing is getting sponsors. We have raised the purse … We needed sponsors for that. We also have to get a points fund sponsor since we pay out to the top 15 at the end of the season. It definitely takes a lot of time.”
After all of the rainouts this season, fans aren’t the only people looking forward to a great night of racing. The drivers also want to get after it.
“These guys are all hungry to compete,” Hammons said. “They really want to race. Limaland really wants to race. The more support we get out there …, the more likely Limaland will keep having us come back.”
The next scheduled night of racing is Friday, June 7, which will also be opening night with the Keysor Memorial, including special guest Kenny Wallace, presented by Homeland Technology Group featuring the Bud Thunderstocks, going for $1,000 to win, Northwest Physical Therapy UMP Modifieds and the Tough Trucks. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m., Hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. with racing starting at 7:30 p.m.
set for June 15
The Fostoria Athletic Boosters - Sunny Farms East-West All-Star Game will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Fostoria Municipal Stadium. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased from participating players or at the gate. For more information contact Bob Frias at email@example.com.
Among those listed on the rosters and playing for the West are Bluffton’s Deandre Nassar, Logan Rhodes and Mason Ault, Ottawa-Glandorf’s Ben Duling, Logan Clark and Nick Buckland, Columbus Grove’s Brady Havenstein and Cody Johnson, Hardin Northern’s Cody Wilmoth, Ada’s Ethan Hall and Cory-Rawson’s Kole Elchert, Kyle Schultz, Logan Korpics and Matt Roth.
Nick Truesdale contributed to the report. Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0451.