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Sunday, July 21, 2013 11:52 PM

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LIMA – The establishment of collegiate athletic motorsports at the University of Northwestern Ohio has brought a unique aspect to the racing at Limaland Motorsports Park.

While a handful of drivers have won features in the past few years with the Racer’s colors, no one has been as successful as Muskegon, Michigan undergraduate Kody Weisner. He took full advantage of the preferred pole starting position and controlled the 20-car field for all but the opening three laps of the 20-lap K & N Modified feature and captured his third career feature triumph Friday night.

This event marked the first time that Racer athletic team cars finished in three of the top four positions. Only track champion and points leader Todd Sherman was able to crack the Racer’s triangle with a runner-up result.

Weisner’s teammate Dwight Neihoff rolled to the early lead from his outside front row starting position. As the race developed, Weisner chose the high side of the track surface and by lap number three, he executed a pass on the outside to take over leadership. It proved to be the defining move as the field trailed Weisner through the duration of the event.

Veteran Sherman made an impressive push and chased Weisner from about mid-race to the checkers. He abandoned his usual middle groove position and moved to the top side but couldn’t secure a pass and followed Weisner across the finish line.

“I saw Todd coming off of turn two on the last lap,” said Weisner afterwards. “I knew he was coming. The bottom was too slimy to run at the beginning but I just stayed strong, kept it up front and it all paid off tonight. These guys (team) bust their tails and I can’t thank them enough.”

The return of the K & L Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invaders brought with it the question as to whether anyone other than Randy Hannagan or Jared Horstman could get to the winner’s circle in the Sprints this season at Limaland Motorsports Park. With Hannagan securing an inside row two starting position, it became apparent early that he would be denied another win only if 18-year old racer Max Stambaugh could hold him off for most of the 25-lap feature. The Elida resident Stambaugh led for the opening eight circuits, until Hannagan reeled him in and made a strong pass for the lead from the outside. The veteran Hannagan used two or three different racing grooves and dominated the rest of the event.

Former full-time Limaland campaigner Sheldon Haudenschild came on strong through the late portion of the race. Haudenschild ran the cushion of the track fearlessly and closed the gap with the leader but couldn’t make a pass and settled for a second place finish, his best-ever at the track.

It marked a fourth win on the season at Limaland Motorsports Park for Hannagan and the 10th of his career at the western Allen County facility.

“When you are leading you never know how hard you need to run,” reflected Hannagan from the front-straight winner’s circle. “I saw the yellow (#33M Haudenschild) car push his nose out there and I knew I had to start doing something else, so I moved up the track a little bit and it worked.”

The 15-lap Budweiser Thunderstocks feature was all about pole starter Jeff Koz and his ability to outlast a series of caution periods due to on-track action that occurred almost exclusively behind him. Koz has been one of the most dominant racers in the division over the past few seasons and 2013 has proven to be more of the same.

Koz, from Lima, was never threatened, despite a late charge from Shawn Valenti, and he posted his third win of the season and 12th career checkered flag.

“Too many cautions in this one but lucky for me I was up front and didn’t have to deal with much of that,” said Koz. “I’m thankful to be here in victory lane tonight and still in the hunt for the track championship.”

Limaland Motorsports Park returns to action Friday with the Fricke Memorial Thunderstock Select featuring the Budweiser Thunderstocks. The Elwer Fence Sprints and K & N Modifieds will also compete. Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.

All the latest news and information about America’s premier quarter-mile dirt track can be found at www.limaland.com. You can also find 2013 Limaland Motorsports Park on Facebook and Twitter.

McDonalds Dash for Cash

5 Laps - Sprints

1. 7-Darren Long; 2. 7C-Max Stambaugh; 3. 6S-J.R. Stewart; 4. 27-Beau Stewart.

K & N UMP Modifieds

Heats (8 Laps – Top 5 Transfer)

Heat 1: 1. 65-Todd Sherman 2. 00-Dwight Niehoff 3. 54-Matt Westfall 4. 22T-Tony Anderson; 5. 28-Chad Rosenbeck 6. 19B-Brandon Ordway 7. 6. 17T-Ryan Ordway.

Heat 2: 1. 40-Terry Hull 2. 20-Kody Weisner 3. 5X-Jerry Bowersock 4. 69F-Jim Farris; 5. L5-Casey Luedeke 6. 31-Ed Minnich 7. 6-David Sibberson.

Heat 3: 1. 01-Joel Ortberg 2. 52-Weasel Phlipot 3. 69-Tommy Beezley 4. 23J-Cory Seeling; 5. 18N-Derrick Noffsinger 6. 21S-Mike Hohlbein.

A-Main – (20 Laps) [#] – Starting Position: 1. 20-Kody Weisner [1] 2. 65-Todd Sherman [5] 3. 01-Joel Ortberg [3] 4. 00-Dwight Niehoff [2]; 5. 5X-Jerry Bowersock [8] 6. 54-Matt Westfall [7] 7. 69-Tommy Beezley [9] 8. L5-Casey Luedeke [14]; 9. 52-Weasel Phlipot [6] 10. 28-Chad Rosenbeck [13] 11. 18N-Derrick Noffsinger [15] 12. 69F-Jim Farriss [11]; 13. 22T-Tony Anderson [10] 14. 6-David Sibberson [20] 15. 21S-Mike Hohlbein [18] 16. 31-Ed Minnich [17]; 17. 23J-Cory Seeling [12] 18. 17T-Ryan Ordway [19] 19. 19B-Brandon Ordway {16] 20. 40-Terry Hull.

NRA Sprints

Heats (8 Laps – Top 5 Transfer)

Heat 1: 1. 2S-Kyle Sauder 2. 11-Tim Allison 3. 7C-Max Stambaugh 4. 12R-Nick Roberts; 5. 23-Devon Dobie 6. 10J-Jarrod Delong 7. 35-Ron Blair 8. 69-Scott Curren.

Heat 2: 1. 27-Beau Stewart 2. 22H-Randy Hannagan 3. 2M-Dallas Hewitt 4. 17-Jared Horstman; 5. 12W-Tim Hunter 6. 22R-Kevin Roberts 7. 2-Brent Gehr 8. 4J-Bob Gehr.

Heat 3: 1. 6S-J.R. Stewart 2. B20-Butch Schroeder 3. 33M-Sheldon Haudenschild 4. 10X-Dustin Stroup; 5. 49-Shawn Dancer 6. 22D-Dennis Yoakam 7. 7-Darren Long.

A-Main – (25 Laps) [#] – Starting Position: 1. 22H-Randy Hannagan [3] 2. 33M-Sheldon Haudenschild [9] 3. 6S-J.R. Stewart [5]; 4. B20-Burch Schroeder [2] 5. 49-Shawn Dancer [15] 6. 27-Beau Stewart [6]; 7. 2M-Dallas Hewitt [8] 8. 11-Tim Allison [4] 9. 2S-Kyle Sauder [7]; 10. 10J-Jarrod Delong [16] 11. 7C-Max Stambaugh [1] 12. 12R-Nick Roberts [10]; 13. 23-Devon Dobie [13] 14. 22R-Kevin Roberts [17] 15. 17-Jared Horstman [11]; 16. 35-Ron Blair [19] 17. 69-Scott Curren [22] 18. 10X-Dustin Stroup [12]; 19. 12W-Tim Hunter [14] 20. 22D-Dennis Yoakam [18] 21. 2-Brent Gehr[2-]; 22. 7-Darren Long [21].

Budweiser Thunderstocks

Heats (8 Laps – Top 5 Transfer)

Heat 1: 1. 7B-Shawn Valenti 2. 1-Anthony Flannery 3. 6-Emily Gade 4. 00P-Dean Pitts; 5. 00M-Bryan Martin 6. 23-Casey Barr 7. 00K-Tommy Klein 8. 01-Bobby Rose; 9. 27-Frank Paladino.

Heat 2: 1. 82-Chris Douglas 2. 21H-Dave Hollon 3. 2-Cody Hodge 4. 19-Bill Reimund; 5. 7C-Jordan Conover 6. 22T-Tony Anderson 7. 53-Jan Launder 8. 1W-Mark Wooten.

Heat 3: 1. 16-Jeff Koz 2. 48-Tim Cole 3. 93-Zach Gustafson 4. 8C-Brad Conover; 5. 25-Nick Bowers 6. 89-Keith Shockency 7. 21K-James Kepling 8. 32-Scott Boyde Jr.

B-Main – (8 Laps – Top 7 Transfer): 1. 23-Casey Barr 2. 89-Keith Shockency 3. 00K-Tommy Klein 4. 21K-James Kepling; 5. 01-Bobby Rose 6. 1W-Mark Wooten 7. 27-Frank Paladino.

A-Main – (15 Laps) [#] –Starting Position: 1. 16-Jeff Koz [1] 2. 7B-Shawn Valenti [3] 3. 1-Anthony Flannery [4]; 4. 00P-Dean Pitts[10} 5. 93-Zach Gustafson [9] 6. 7C-Jordan Conover [22]; 7. 48-Tim Cole [6] 8. 22T-Tony Anderson [21} 9. 00K-Tommy Klein [14]; 10. 01-Bobby Rose [16] 11. 6-Emily Gade [7] 12. 27-Frank Paladino [18]; 13. 82-Chris Douglas [2] 14. 19-Bill Reimund [11] 15. 00M-Bryan Martin [13]; 16. 25-Nick bowers [15] 17. 23-Casey Barr [12] 18. 1W-Mark Wooten [19); 19. 21K-James Kepling[17] 20. 2-Cody Hodges [8].

 

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