LIMA, Ohio – The 14th Annual Run for the Rabbit brings the K&L Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invaders to Limaland Motorsports Park and with it comes a full field of talented sprint car competitors.
This event serves to remember the late Travis “Rabbit” Miller who drove a sprint car at the track, most recently in the summer of 1999, before a highway accident claimed his life.
Longtime sprint car ace Tim Allison drove Miller’s No. 17 car, complete with identical decals from that era, as a part of the evening’s festivities. The large crowd was receptive to the effort as they stood and waived during a four-car wide salute with a parade lap prior to the 25-lap feature.
Randy Hannagan and Jared Horstman have split winning the four feature sprint car races held at that track so far this season. This evening would prove to be more of the same as the two drivers, both with Hurricane as an occasional nickname, would dominate the race.
Horstman blew past pole starter Nick Roberts in turn one of lap number two and immediately rocketed to the top of the racing surface on the cushion. Hannagan was in hot pursuit. The event was halted on lap number five as veteran Butch Schroeder encountered trouble between turns three and four as a crash ended his evening.
A couple of laps after a restart on lap six, Hannagan was able to maneuver around Horstman as the two swapped the lead with a series of thrilling corner slide jobs. Shortly after surrendering the lead, Horstman drove his orange colored No. 17 machine to the infield pits with mechanical troubles.
There was a good battle for the second position between Beau Stewart and Max Stambaugh, although no one could effectively challenge the veteran Hannagan. His car owner Dennis Yoakam was holding steady with Stewart/Stambaugh and with a restart following caution on lap number twenty, it was setting up for a 1-2 finish for the Yoakam Motorsports team.
When the checkers flew, it was Randy Hannagan, Dennis Yoakam and Devon Dobie leading the field to the finish.