LIMA — After losing the entire month of May to weather, Limaland Motorsports Park swung open the gates for the second consecutive week.
Cloverdale’s Jared Horstman picked up the win in the 18th annual Run for the Rabbit in the family owned No. 17 360 Sprint car, with No. 21 Taylor Cook grabbing the Northwest Physical Therapy UMP Modified feature win, and No. 7C Jordan Conover picking up his 2nd consecutive feature victory in Budweiser Thunderstocks action.
Kicking off the night were the K&L Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invaders in their 25 lap A Main honoring Travis “The Rabbit” Miller. The fans were treated to a four abreast parade lap before the feature with No. 17 Jared Horstman pulling out front to lead the field in memory of Miller who also ran the No. 17 during his time in Sprint car racing at Limaland. No. 5W Jeff Williams and Horstman brought the field to green with Williams leading through turns 1 and 2 but Horstman used a slide job in turns 3 and 4 to take the lead. The action stayed furious through the field with No. 22H Randy Hannagan making his move to second on lap 2 and trying to close on Horstman. No. 49 Shawn Dancer of Delphos made his way to third on lap 13, but could climb no higher. Horstman got held up by lapped traffic late in the race which allowed Hannagan to close in, but laps ran out as Horstman went wire to wire, winning over Hannagan, Dancer, Williams, and No. 12H Luke Hall. Quick time was set by Horstman. Heat races were won by Horstman, Williams and Dancer.
In Northwest Physical Therapy UMP Modified feature action, No. 21 Taylor Cook and No. 17T Michael Tarlton paced the field to the green flag. Tarlton grabbed the lead and held it through multiple cautions with a patient Cook hanging just a couple car lengths back and staying within striking distance throughout the 20 lap feature. The final caution waved on lap 18, and on the restart, Cook made a diving move to Tarlton’s inside in turns one and 2, Tarlton battled back down the straight away and battled alongside Cook for the white flag. When the leaders came around the final time to turns 3 and 4, Tarlton went for a slidejob with Cook crossing over and holding on to take the win. Tarlton finished second, with No. 34x Shane O’Connor third, No. 95j Jerry Bowersock fourth and No. 65 Todd Sherman completing the top 5. Heat races were won by Tarlton, Cook, O’Connor and No. 2B Darryl Banks. B Mains were won by No. 16 Jeff Koz and No. 463 Daniel Sanchez.
Completing the night’s action were the Bud Thunderstocks in a 15 lap feature. UNOH Racer No. 00 Brandon Pralley and No. 82 Chris Douglas brought the field to green with Douglas grabbing the early lead. The caution flag flew on laps 1, 3 and 4, keeping the field bunched up, and not allowing Douglas to get away. On lap 7, No. 7C Conover challenged Douglas for the lead and took it for good on lap 8, grabbing his second consecutive feature win. Douglas finished second, with No. 22T Tony Anderson third, No. 463 Daniel Sanchez fourth and Pralley rounding out the top 5. Heat races were won by No. J1 Jeff Matheny, Anderson and Douglas.
Limaland Motorosports Park is back in action Friday night when Ohio Logistics presents Leg No. 8 of the 37th annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek, featuring Tony Stewart’s Ollie Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars. Also in action will be the Northwest Physical Therapy UMP Modifieds. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m., Pit game open at 4:30 p.m. Warmups at 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7:30 p.m. Adult general admission is $22. those 11-15 can get in for $11 and anyone 10 and younger do not have to play for admission. Pit passes are $40.
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