LIMA — The hot weather Friday night couldn’t stop racing at Limaland Motorsports Park as Stolly Insurance Group presented the 22nd UNOH Anniversary event.
No. 17 Jared Horstman picked up his fifth K&L Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invader feature win of 2019, while No. 95J Jerry Bowersock grabbed his first Limaland victory of the season in the Northwest Physical Therapy UMP Modifieds. No. 7C Jordan Conover picked up his third Bud Thunderstock A Main win of the season.
Kicking off the night were the K&L Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invaders with a 25 lap A Main. Adding some additional incentive to the feature, NRA promoter and Tim Hogan Carpet of Lima owner Ron Hammons offered a $1,000 bonus to the front row starters if they elected to start from the tail and could win the feature.
No. 11 Tim Allison and No. 28H Hud Horton passed on the chance, so Hammons offered $500 if the drivers in the second row would take the challenge. Cloverdale’s Jared Horstman, who was scheduled to start third told Hammons to make it $1,000 and he would do it. A handshake sealed the deal and the feature was set.
Allison and Horton led the field to green with Allison grabbing the early point. Allison, Horton and No. 22H Randy Hannagan battled for the lead for the first two laps before Horton grabbed the point followed by Hannagan. All eyes were on Horstman, however, as he picked his way through the field, moving to sixth by lap 6, then fifth on lap 8. On lap 15, Horstman found himself in the third position with nearly a full straightaway separating him from the two leaders. Horstman caught a break on lap 16 when teammate Max Stambaugh rolled to a stop on the backstretch, bringing out the yellow flag, and bunching the leaders up. On the restart, Hannagan got by Horton in turns 3 and 4 and seemed to be pulling away, but Horstman cleared Horton and as he closed on the leader, Hannagan spun in turn 2 and nearly collected Horstman, and ended in the infield, clear of the racing groove, so the green flag stayed out. Horstman powered to the checkered flag over Horton, Allison, No. 18 Todd Heuerman, and No. 18B Jimmy Stinson
Next up were the Northwest Physical Therapy UMP Modifieds with No. 9C Troy Cattarene, and No. 95J Jerry Bowersock making up the front row. Bowersock grabbed the point in the Best Performance Motorsports sponsored No. 95J. Caution waved on lap 3 for No. 5 Jess Hartman and No 19B Brandon Ordway tangling in turn 2. On the restart, Bowersock continued to lead while No 10L Nathan Loney, Cattarene and No. 3W Dylan Woodling raced 3 wide for second. Woodling grabbed the second spot until lap 7 as Loney made his way past and set his sights on the race leader. By lap 11, Loney started peeking to the inside of Bowersock and the pair raced side by side until lap 15, when Bowersock pulled away for good and won over Loney, No 65 Todd Sherman who started 12th, Woodling and No. 22T Tony Anderson.
In Bud Thunderstock feature action, No. 22T Tony Anderson and No 57 Jeff Jessup brought the field to the green flag. Anderson led laps 1 and 2 with No. 7C Jordan Conover and No. 463 Daniel Sanchez right on his rear bumper. Conover powered to the lead and was slowed only once on lap 4 for a caution involving No. 1W Mark Wooten. Conover dominated the rest of the feature, winning by a full straightaway over Anderson, Sanchez, Jessup and No 7W Dan Wooten.
Limaland Motorsports Park is back in action Friday night when K&L Ready Mix presents the K&L Ready Mix Clash, featuring the K&L Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invaders, Northwest Physical Therapy UMP Modifieds, and Bud Thunderstocks. General admission is $12 for ages 16 and older, $6 for ages 11-15 and kids 10 and under are admitted free. Pit passes for all ages are $30. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m., pit gates open from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., warm ups at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.