LIMA — Engines have started and drivers have been springing into action. After a successful opening weekend, Limaland will hold their Spring Fling tonight.
Racing starts at 7:30 tonight at Limaland Motorsports Park.
The Spring Fling is a special race because former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ken Schrader will be competing in the K&N Filter Modifieds.
“I’m really looking forward to it (racing at Limaland),” Schrader said. “Last year we raced in 22 different states (in the Modified division). It’s a very competitive class wherever you go. It’s also a common class with common rules and regulations everywhere.”
Schrader, who resides in Concord, North Carolina, really enjoys coming to Limaland and also appreciates the University of Northwestern Ohio.
“I’m a big fan of UNOH,” Schrader said. “One of their former students works for us, and I’ve got a buddy who has two of their former students working for them. I really like what they’re doing there.”
Schrader, who is 60, still competes in upwards of 70 events each year.
“We’ve run 20 times this year so far,” Schrader said. “We haven’t gotten a win yet, which is kind of aggravating, but we’ve gotten a couple of seconds and thirds. I bet some of those second-place finishes have been less than five feet from winning combined. We’ve had a good and solid year so far.”
Even though racing is his number one job, Schrader also hosts the “Get Dirty with Kenny.” This allows fans to get an experience that they might not ever get otherwise.
“We have about 60 days with customers and let them drive on some of the dirt tracks around,” Schrader said. “We then take them for a ride with one of us and let them see what it is like.”
After racing for most of his life, Schrader would like to take a little more time out to visit some of the cities that he competes in.
“Usually we’re in, we race and we’re out,” Schrader said. “I’d like to start seeing some of these places.”
For complete results of Limaland’s Spring Fling, pick up the Sunday edition of The Lima News.