LIMA, Ohio – Friday was an evening that featured the Budweiser Thunderstocks division at Limaland Motorsports Park and for spectators of the heat races earlier in the night, it came as little surprise that Tony Anderson and Lima’s Jeff Koz took top honors in the ‘money’ races to cap off the program.
The defending division champion Tony Anderson moved to the front through the early stages of the 10-lap Fricke Memorial and held off challenges from both Koz and fellow frontrunner Tim Cole. Anderson piloted his number 22T machine flawlessly around the high-banked quarter-mile oval, as he has done many times previously, and rolled to the coveted checkered flag.
“This was a good field of stock cars out here tonight,” noted Anderson afterward. “The top of the track isn’t my usual domain, but the car was working well up there so you do what you have to in order to compete and win. I’m really grateful for my crew, sponsors and family.”
Earlier in the race program, it was Jeff Koz that dominated in winning the Thunderstocks regular 15-lap feature. A pair of mid-race caution flags didn’t slow his progress as he led the field from flag to flag after starting from the front row.
“It a fast race track again tonight and this car loves fast tacky tracks,” said Koz. “This win goes to Dean Miracle. I drive his modified and his mom is in the hospital so we’re thinking of them.” The win marked the third of the 2014 season for Koz and the 16th of his career at Limaland Motorsports Park.
The Elwer Fence sprint car 25-lap feature field was stacked with speed at the front and the Hammons Motorsports entries ultimately scored a rare 1-2 finish. It wasn’t as easy as the result might appear as Hammons drivers Max Stambaugh and J.R. Stewart had to battle with a pair of veterans from nearby Putnam County, Jared Horstman and Butch Schroeder, to eventually triumph.
Horstman revealed earlier that his team was racing with heavy hearts as he dedicated a Dash for Cash win to open the night of racing to his neighbor and friend Andrew Altenburger, who lost his life tragically that morning in an ATV accident. Horstman carried that emotion through the opening laps of the feature and produced some thrilling early race action with both Stambaugh and Stewart.