Repeat Winners At Limaland

Randy Hannagan (22) leads Bob Gehr around turn two during sprint-car hot laps at Limaland Motorsports Park. (Mike Campbell Photo)
Randy Hannagan (22) leads Bob Gehr around turn two during sprint-car hot laps at Limaland Motorsports Park. (Mike Campbell Photo)

LIMA, Ohio – The 2013 racing season at Limaland Motorsports Park is developing a theme of drivers winning features on consecutive weekends. Randy Hannagan accomplished the difficult feat to open the campaign in the Sprint car division, and now both Jared Horstman in the Sprints and Jeff Koz with the Thunderstocks (Keysor Memorial) have done it.

Horstman may be particularly noteworthy as until the previous week, the veteran racer from nearby Putnam County hadn’t yet won a feature at the quarter-mile oval. On this night he battled another stellar field of competitors, including Hannagan, to win the 25-lap Elwer Fence showdown.

Front row starters Greg Wilson and Randy Hannagan controlled the early part of the race. Wilson was dueling with Darren Long on the cushion near the outside wall in a daring side-by-side fashion. While those two drivers were battling, Hannagan took advantage with a diving pass underneath the pair to take over race leadership on lap number six.

Greg Wilson spun out on lap 10, sending him to the back of the field and effectively ending his hopes for a win. By the race midpoint, Horstman had moved past Long and was challenging the point’s leader Hannagan.

Often the frantic action with Sprint car racing can result in the event leader having to slow his preferred pace in order to carefully navigate through lapped or slower traffic. Randy Hannagan faced that challenge while at the same time Jared Horstman was watching the action from his perch on Hannagan’s tail. Eventually the high-side riding Horstman pounced with a pass for the lead on lap number 20 and then roared through the final five circuits to record a second consecutive win at the track.

“It’s great to make it two in a row,” said the excited Horstman afterwards. “Definitely the lapped traffic played into my hands tonight. Hats off to Randy (Hannagan) and Darren (Long), they both run it hard and I’m just glad to be a part of this. When you get down, it’s tough to run here. I love being up top and my car really came in for me and it all worked out.”

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