LIMA, Ohio – When weather conditions have been slightly cooler and overcast, it usually serves to create a gripping fast racing surface on a high-banked quarter mile dirt track like Limaland Motorsports Park.
Often with a faster track the racing action itself can produce very close competition and on Friday night it allowed Matt Westfall to edge Todd Sherman at the finish line by a nose during the 20-lap Reineke Modified feature.
Pole starter Brandon Vaughan led the opening couple of laps including a restart on lap number three following an early race caution period. Jerry Bowersock took the lead from Vaughan by lap number four and he held the front running position until a hard charging Todd Sherman stormed past Bowersock for the lead at the event midpoint.
Sherman, the point’s leader and defending track champion, was on a tear and decided to take a high line around the track through most of the race. Although unusual for Sherman, he appeared comfortable riding the cushion at the top and was cruising to an apparent third win of the season until a yellow flag came out on lap number sixteen.
Matt Westfall, second in the modified point’s chase behind Sherman, was in the runner-up position when the green flag came out for the final four circuits. Sherman quickly expanded his margin over Westfall and seemed a certain winner. As the white flag was unfurled for the final lap, Sherman moved to bottom of the track in what seemed like a cautionary move to protect the lead and cruise to the checkers.
Westfall stayed heavy on the gas while storming around the top of the track and coming from the outside off of turn number four, dove to the inside with momentum and somehow edged Sherman at the finish line for the dramatic conquest.