LIMA, Ohio – A collection of veterans added to their career accomplishments with impressive performances in capturing Memorial Cup honors Friday night at Limaland Motorsports Park.
Randy Hannagan, Jerry Bowersock and Tony Anderson have all been in the winner’s circle previously at Limaland and by winning this early in the new season, each of these veterans must be considered genuine contenders for the duration of the 2014 campaign.
The 20-lap Reineke Modifieds feature had former winners in each of the first six starting positions. Pole starter Jerry Bowersock swapped the lead with fellow front row starter Tommy Beezley through the opening laps as they engaged in an entertaining side-by-side encounter. Mechanical problems forced out Beezley on lap number seven, while Bowersock was now facing the task of holding off track champion Todd Sherman for more than half of the event following a restart on lap number eight.
Bowersock had a couple of close brushes with losing the race lead, including just a few feet before the white flag come out. An accident elsewhere on the track brought out a yellow flag and saved the lead for another white flag, this time the actual final lap of the race. Todd Sherman had been noticeably working the inside of Bowersock and nearly made it stick, especially coming off of turn four and heading down the front straight. The seasoned veteran Bowersock maintained his composure and went on to record the sixth win of his Limaland Motorsports Park career and first of this season.
“I thought we were good enough last time out here,” said Bowersock. “Things just didn’t go our way late, but tonight I was fortunate to hold off a great racer like Todd (Sherman) and get our first one of the year.”
The much anticipated showdown between the NRA Sprint Invaders and the Sprints On Dirt competitors didn’t materialize as some observers might have expected. At the front of the field for the 25-lap feature, season opening winner J.R. Stewart and powerhouse Randy Hannagan were only slowed down by caution periods that they had little or nothing to do with.