Limaland driver eyes title; Sprint Invaders also to race Friday

By Nick Truesdale -

LIMA — Every driver wants to win and every year there is tough competition to overcome at Limaland Motorsports Park. For Chris Douglas, he is not only hungry for feature wins, he is also hungry for a track championship.

Douglas and company will be competing Friday for Double Deuce/Family Fun Night - Presented by: Menke Brothers. The pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m.

Friday night will feature the Modifieds and the Thunderstocks along with the addition of the NRA Sprint Invaders.

Douglas, who was the Limaland Rookie of the Year in 2003, competes in the Thunderstocks division.

“I started racing go-karts as a kid and it was an easy transition as I got older,” Douglas said. “I’m not a Sprint guy. Stocks are one I can afford, and the car actually looks like a car.”

Hailing from Lima, Douglas has been attending and racing at Limaland for many years.

“You get to know everybody,” Douglas said. “I’ve been going since I was a baby, so I’ve been messing around the track for a while.”

Despite the terrible weather, Douglas has been off to a great start for 2019. He attributes that to new things that he is trying out.

“We have a brand new car this year,” Douglas said. “Coming out of the gate performing as well as we have is a good thing. Limaland has strong competition. We feel pretty good about it. We are tuned in and getting to where we want to be.”

Douglas has had multiple second- and third-place finishes in the end of the season standings. Now he has his sights set on a 2019 title.

“This could be our year for a championship,” Douglas said. “We need to have feature wins and compete in big races. That’s what we’re hoping for. Consistency is key. Stay up in front every week.”

As part of the the family theme, there will be two bouncy houses along with giveaways. The race cars will be brought up close for all to see and enjoy. There will also be special grandstand ticket prices of $10 for adults, $5 for those ages 11-15 with anyone 10 and younger getting in for free.

By Nick Truesdale

Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0451.

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