LIMA — Limaland Motorsports Park swung open the gates Friday night for the 24th annual Season Championship Night / Family Fun Night / Tim Allison Tribute presented by Alexander and Bebout.
Kicking off the night’s action were the K&L Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invaders in a 33 lap feature, honoring the memory of fellow racer, “Mr. Excitement” Tim Allison. A field of 22 cars hit the track for the A Main, presenting the crowd with a 4 abreast parade lap with Allison’s grandson Caleb Harmon pacing the field behind the wheel of the Texas Roadhouse, Eagle 104.9, Conrad Construction No. 11 Sprint Car.
After the parade lap, No. 11 Harli White was on the pole and No. 17 Jared Horstman lined up to the outside of row 1. White surged to the front and tried to run away from the field. White saw lapped traffic by lap 5, and maneuvered through the traffic. No. 22H Randy Hannagan made his way to second and weaved his way through the traffic and began to close the gap. The yellow flag would came out on lap 15 for No. 16B Zane Devault coming to a stop with a flat right front. On the restart, White took the lead, stretching her advantage to more than 2 seconds against Hannagan at the end. Horstman finished third, No. 66 Chase Dunham was fourth and No. 49 Shawn Dancer completed the top 5.
Next up were the Bud Thunderstock in a 15 lap A Main. No. 22T Tony Anderson, and No. 87 Andy Welch led the field to green with Anderson grabbing the early lead, but Welch got by on lap 2. Caution flew on laps 2 and 6 involving No 89 Keith Shockency and No. 00 Jamie Sullivan. Anderson battled back past Welch for the lead on lap 7. No. 7C Jordan Conover, who came into the night with a 2 point lead over No. 74D Crag Dippman and 6 point advantage over Anderson, was in a battle for third with UNOH Racer Randy Giroux in the UNOH No. 11. Dippman’s car slowed to a stop near the halfway point, ending his chance at the championship. Anderson needed to beat Conover by at least 4 spots in the A Main to surpass the 7C. It looked like Conover was set to pick up the championship until a broken right front suspension ended his night and dashed his championship hopes. Welch grabbed the feature win with Anderson finishing second and wrapping the points title. Giroux finish third, No. 1M Jeff Matheny was fourth and No. 23 Casey Barr completed the top 5.
The Non Wing Sprint Cars were next on the track with No. 1H Korbyn Hayslett and No. 0 Steve Irwin leading the field to green with Irwin getting out front early. No. 33M Matt Westfall worked his way past Hayslett on lap 4. No. 24 Landon Simon was working his way through the field until motor problems brought his night to an end on lap 8. His cousin Kyle Simon in the No. 23s battled for several laps with No. 21B Ryan Barr before getting by for the fourth spot for good on lap 9. Irwin held off runner-up Westfall to pick up the win. No. 2DI Dustin Ingle was third and Hayslett finished fifth.
Completing the night’s racing were the Northwest Physical Therapy UMP Modifieds in a 20 lap A Main. Todd Sherman, from Churubusco, Indiana, needed to start the A Main to seal the track championship. He did that and more. No. 34X Shane O’Connor and No. 22T Tony Anderson led the field to green with Anderson grabbing the early lead after multiple attempts at the initial start. Mansfield’s Kyle Moore, in the Arnold Motorsports Kryptonite Chassis 1*, grabbed the lead on lap 4. Moore maintained the lead despite several cautions in the first half of the race. Sherman charged to second on lap 16. Anderson took home third with No 65x Terry Hull finishing fourth. Hull made his first start in several years since battling cancer, battling from deep in the field. No 5A Brent Hole completed the top 5
Limaland Motorsports Park will be back in action one final time in 2021 on Friday for the 2021 Awards Celebration Night, King of the Quarter Mile, Pit Party – Presented by Lock Sixteen, K&L Ready Mix, and the Ohio State Beauty Academy. Invitational events will be run for the K&L Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invaders, Northwest Physical Therapy UMP Modifieds and Bud Thunderstocks. Then, drivers and teams will come to the grandstand side, where the 2021 Season Awards will be handed out. The drivers will head back to the track to compete in the King of the Quarter Mile events. Afterwards everyone will be invited to head over to the pits for the annual pit party with food and beverages provided as part of admission. General admission is $15 for those ages 16 and older and $7 for those 11-15. Children 10 and younger will get in for free. Pit passes are $30 for all ages. Pit passes are not needed to be a part of the pit party after the races. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. grandstand gates open at 5 p.m. with a racing start time of 7 p.m. A rain date of Saturday August 7, is scheduled for this event.