LIMA — Limaland Motorsports Park swung open the gates Friday night as Mercy Health presented the 23rd annual “Run for the Rabbit,” honoring the memory of the late Travis “The Rabbit” Miller. Miller was a regular at Limaland behind the wheel of his brightly colored No. 17m sprint car until losing his life in a motorcycle accident in 2000.
Friday, another brightly colored No 17, driven by Cloverdale’s Jared Horstman led wire to wire to win the 25 lap NRA Sprint Invader feature.
Horstman wasted no time grabbing the early lead from his pole position and appeared to be off to an easy win until caution waved on lap 8 for No. 23 Devon Dobie doing a 360 and coming to a stop at the exit of turn 4. The caution closed the field back up and saw a hard charging No. 47x Dylan Westbrook making his way to second on the restart. The leaders found themselves in lapped traffic on lap 15, and Horstman was able to maneuver through the traffic to the checkered flag, winning against Westbrook, No. 22H Randy Hannagan, No. 2 Ricky Peterson and No. 27 Brad Lamberson.
Next up were the Lock Sixteen Thunderstocks in a 15 lap A Main. No. 74D Craig Dippman and No. 25 Nick Bowers led the field to green with Dippman grabbing the early advantage. No. 22T Tony Anderson charged to second early and battled with Dippman until lap 3 as Dippman began to stretch his lead. No. 4M Gabe Mueller grabbed the second spot on lap 6 and set his sights on leader Dippman. The pair stayed close through two caution flags, setting up for a final 5 lap run to the finish. Mueller battled to the inside of the track on lap 12 to grab the lead and go on to win against Dippman. Anderson finishd third with Bowers fourth and No. 72 Wayne Gibson completing the top 5.
Wrapping up racing action were the Northwest Physical Therapy DIRTcar UMP Modifieds in a 20 lap feature event. No. 65 Todd Sherman and No. 3W Dylan Woodling led the field to the green flag, and the two would battle side by side for the first 3 laps before Sherman secured the lead. Lima, Ohio’s Jeff Koz in the Omnisource sponsored No. 16 battled side by side with No. 9C Troy Cattarene for the first three laps as well before settling in the third position. No. 4L Mike Learman began moving up through the field on lap 7, taking fourth from Catterene, then getting past Koz for third on lap 12 and making his way past Woodling on lap 15. Sherman provedto be the class of the field, however, leading green to checkered, winning against Learman, Woodling, Koz and No. 22T Tony Anderson.
Limaland Motorsports Park is back in action Friday night as Tim Hogan Carpets presents the 24th annual Memorial Cup. In action will be the Ohio Logistics NRA 360 Sprint Invaders competing for $2,500 to win, the Northwest Physical Therapy DIRTcar UMP Modifieds and the Lock Sixteen Thunderstocks.
Pit gates open at 4 p.m., Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and Racing at 7:30 p.m.. Adult general admission is $15 for those ages 16 and older, ages 11 to 15 will be admitted for $7 and youngsters 10 and under will be admitted free with paying adults. Pit passes for all ages are $30. For more information go to limaland.com.