LIMA – When weather conditions have been slightly cooler and overcast, it usually serves to create a gripping-fast racing surface on a high-banked quarter-mile dirt track like Limaland Motorsports Park.
Often with a faster track, the racing action itself can produce very close competition and on this Friday night it allowed Matt Westfall to edge Todd Sherman at the finish line by a nose.
It was a race that saw Westfall trail Sherman by a car length or more with just half a lap remaining in the 20-lap Reineke Modified feature.
Pole starter Brandon Vaughan of Spencerville led the opening couple of laps, including a restart on lap number three following an early race caution period. Wapakoneta driver Jerry Bowersock took the lead from Vaughan by lap number four and held the front running position until a hard-charging Sherman stormed past Bowersock for the lead at the event mid-point.
Sherman, the point’s leader and defending track champion, was on a tear and decided to take a high line around the track through most of the race. Although unusual for Sherman, he appeared comfortable riding the cushion at the top and was cruising to an apparent third win of the season until a yellow flag came out on lap number 16.
Westfall, second in the Modified points chase behind Sherman, was in the runner-up position when the green flag came out for the final four circuits. Sherman quickly expanded his margin over Westfall and seemed a certain winner. As the white flag was unfurled for the final lap, Sherman moved to the bottom of the track in what seemed like a cautionary move to protect the lead and cruise to the checkers.