LIMA, Ohio – A highlight of 2013 at Limaland Motorsports Park was a three-car Modified showdown between track champion Todd Sherman, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace.
It resulted in a thrilling race to the finish with Schrader taking the checkered flag. While Schrader had a prior commitment this season, Wallace made his annual stop at the western Ohio speed plant and it produced another stellar chase to the finish. This time Sherman successfully defended the local honor as he held off Wallace following a pair of late race restarts that served to create some genuine drama.
UNOH racer Anthony Flannery led the 20-car field around for the opening circuit in the 20-lap Reineke Modified feature. A three-car pileup in turn one brought out an early race yellow flag. Following a restart on lap number two, Todd Sherman executed a defining inside pass on the back straight to take the lead by the third lap of the event.
The veteran Sherman paced the field, but the previous week’s winner Matt Westfall and racing great Kenny Wallace grabbed the attention of the large crowd as they became engaged with a stirring side-by-side battle just behind Sherman. Eventually Wallace got the better of Westfall and he started to nip at Sherman’s tail as both drivers were forced to navigate through slower traffic.
A pair of late race restarts gave Kenny Wallace a couple of opportunities to move past Sherman. As Wallace tried aggressive inside dive moves, Sherman was able to hold off Wallace coming out of the turns and went on to take the 38th Limaland Motorsports Park career and second of 2014.
“The racing was unbelievable again tonight,” exclaimed Sherman from the front straight winner’s circle. “My son was signaling me that you better get on the gas. I knew Kenny (Wallace) was gonna be coming up underneath me trying a slider and he just didn’t quite have enough. It was good clean racing.”
Wallace lost some momentum earlier with a slight spin out when battling Westfall.