Both the Elwer Fence Sprints and K & N Modified features saw the current point’s leaders Randy Hannagan and Todd Sherman continue with their winning ways.
Hannagan chased Sheldon Haudenschild for the opening 18 laps as the son of sprint car legend Jac Haudenschild was screaming around the high side of the track in impressive fashion. When he approached lapped cars, the young gun used all of the track surface to work around the traffic and get back up to the faster top side with Hannagan in full pursuit.
On lap number 18, Haudenschild appeared to slightly jump the cushion and make contact with the wall in turn four. Moments later his car slowed with damage and Randy Hannagan blasted past him to take the lead. That was all it took for Hannagan to post his fifth win of the season and 14th all-time at Limaland Motorsports Park.
“Sheldon drove a heckuva race and it may have taken something like that (contact with the wall) to happen for me to win it,” said Hannagan afterward. “I probably also have to thank lapped traffic for some of that. Dennis (car owner Yoakam) is going to have to put a new rear end in this car because it blew up the last couple of laps.” Hannagan and Jared Horstman remain the only two drivers to post wins in the sprint car division at the track this season.
Indiana ace Todd Sherman is developing a rivalry with the UNOH Racers motorsports team Modified drivers in recent weeks. Last week he finished second to Racer Kody Weisner with a pair of other Racers finishing third and fourth in the Modified feature.
Racer Dwight Niehoff and Sherman shared the front row to start the 20-lap K & N Modified feature and those two drivers, along with Jerry Bowersock, gave the fans an excellent show at the bottom of the track. Niehoff led at the start and initially seemed to want to race a higher groove. Sherman was looking inside and was threatening to pass before Niehoff decided to move down and hold him off using the shortest distance around the quater-mile oval.
The veteran Sherman patiently rooted out Niehoff to the inside and made a pass for the lead on lap number 12. That was all it took for Sherman to move ahead and gain his fourth win of the season and extend his all-time record in the division to 36 checkered flags taken.
“I like the bottom,” said Sherman stating the obvious. “I was a little slower going in (to the corners), but I could get runs coming off. His (Niehoff) tires may have been becoming a little hot, but he and Kody (Weisner) are both doing a great job.”