The 12th Annual Keysor Memorial for the Budweiser Thunderstocks honors the great contributions of the Keysor family to Limaland Motorsports Park over the years. The list of winners is a who’s who of the most successful stock car drivers at the track in recent seasons. Lima’s Jeff Koz has now added his name to that list with another dominating conquest in the 15-lap event.
The inside second row starting position was enough for Koz to speed his way past Billy Siferd into the lead by the second lap. Similar to a week ago, Koz piloted his No. 16 machine confidently through the middle groove to lead the rest of the race. Track champion Shawn Valenti made a charge on Koz for the final five circuits and went for unsuccessful pass attempts on both the inside and outside. Valenti finished runner-up with the evening’s earlier Dash for Cash winner Jordon Conover taking third.
“I saw him (Shawn Valenti) poke his nose in there so I got back down on the bottom so he would have to pass me on the high-side,” said Koz following his 11th career win. “The last two laps we went down and everything worked out for us. I thank the Keysor Family for putting this on, it’s always enjoyable.”
A first time winner highlighted action with the K&N Modifieds 20-lap feature as Troy, Ohio’s Matt Westfall broke through to post the historic success. He followed Indiana’s Tyler Stump for the opening five laps before executing a clean pass to the outside and taking control of the event. Previously, Westfall’s best finish had been a fifth place result in the May 3 season opener.
Track champion and point’s leader Todd Sherman made an impressive charge from his fourth row starting position to pressure Westfall, ultimately falling short for a runner-up result. Stump had a good showing, rolling third across the finish line.
“We have struggled a lot here (at Limaland) so this is pretty cool to get a win,” said Westfall from the front straight winner’s circle. “It was a momentum thing for us up on the high-side (of the track) and it was good to hold off Todd Sherman. He’s won the past few championships here.”