Conover bags 2nd Keysor Memorial victory, Kenny Wallace takes Mod feature, Hicks trucks to victory

Lima, OH
by Gerry Keysor

Limaland Motorsports Park finally opened the 2019 season on Friday night after 5 straight rainouts in the month of May. No. 7 Jordan Conover picked up his 2nd Keysor Memorial win in Bud Thunderstock action, with NASCAR legend Kenny Wallace making the trek from St. Louis Missouri to bag the Northwest Physical Therapy UMP Modified feature win. No. 71 Chris Hicks bagged his 49th career 4 cylinder Tough Truck victory.

Kicking off the nights action were the Budweiser Thunderstocks in an 18 lap A Main honoring the memory of 1990 Limaland Stock Car Track Champion Bobby Keysor and his father Bill who raced in 5 different decades at Limaland from the 1950s to the 1990s. No 82 Chris Douglas and No. 463 Daniel Sanchez would lead the field to green with Forest Ohio’s Jordan Conover getting a great start from 3rd to battle with Douglas for the lead.  Conover would grab the point by the end of lap one and lead wire to wire with cautions on lap 2 and 11 the only things able to slow him down. Sanchez would power to 2nd on lap 12 and try to close on Conover, with no luck  No. J1 Jeff Matheny would charge to 3rd on lap 16, with Douglas finishing 4th and No 00 of UNOH Racer Brandon Pralley completing the top 5. Heat races were won by Sanchez, Douglas, and Conover.

Next up were the 4 Cylinder Tough Trucks in their 15 lap feature.  No 17H Kelcey Helmig, and No 20K Matt Twining led the field to the green flag, but No. 71 Chris Hicks got a tremendous start to grab the lead from 5th before the field reached turn 2. Caution would wave on lap 2 for the No 316 of Devon Hower making contact with the turn 4 wall and coming to a stop.  On the restart, Hicks would pull away and never be seriously challenged, grabbing his 49th career Tough Truck win. No. 17D Devon Helmig would finish a distant 2nd, with Kelcey Helmig 3rd, Matt Twining 4th, and No. 82 Kevin Knittle rounding out the top 5. Heat races were won by Knittle and Hicks

The Northwest Physical Therapy UMP Modifieds would be the final feature of the evening.  No. 36 Brandon Vaughan, and No 36 Kenny Wallace would lead the field to green with Wallace getting a good initial start, but the caution would wave for No 10L Nathan Loney getting into the backstretch wall and coming to a stop.  On the complete restart it was Vaughan getting a great start and narrowly sliding up in front of Wallace, but once again the caution would wave, this time for UNOH Racer No 71 Scott Fritz spinning in turn 4.  On the third try to get the feature underway, Wallace would grab the point over Vaughan with No 65 Todd Sherman of Churubusco Indiana grabbing the 3rd spot.  Sherman muscled his way past Vaughan on lap 5 and would set his sights on Wallace.  Caution flags on laps 6, 7, and 12 kept Sherman in striking distance, allowing him to close on Wallace by running at the very bottom of the track.  Wallace would get away for good after the lap 12 caution, winning over Sherman, No 95J Jerry “Jedi” Bowersock, Vaughan, and No 11H Mike Hohlbeing completing the top 5. Heat races were won by Wallace, Vaughan, Hohlbein and Loney.  B Mains were won by No 9C Troy Cattarene, and No. 9PG Percy Gendreau.

Limaland Motorsports Park returns to action next Friday June 14th when Anheuser Busch Sales of Lima presents the Busch Clash.  The K&L Ready Mix NRA 360 Sprint Invaders make their 2019 Limaland debut in the 18th Annual “Run for the Rabbit”.  $3000 awaits the feature winner in this event honoring the memory of Limaland sprint car ace Travis “The Rabbit” Miller.  Also in action will be the Northwest Physical Therapy UMP Modifieds and Budweiser Thunderstocks. Grandstand Gates Open at 5:00 p.m., Pit Gates Open 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.,Warm Ups @ 6:30 p.m., Racing @ 7:30 p.m.

Adults – $12
Young Adults (11-15) – $6
Children 10 & Under – Free

Pit Passes(All Ages) – $30



Limaland Motorsports Park – 6/7/2019
18th Annual Keysor Memorial presented by Homeland Technology Group

Bud Thunderstocks
Heat 1 –  (8 Laps – Top 7 Transfer)
1. 463-Daniel Sanchez; 2.    J1-Jeff Matheny; 3.     O1-Bryce Nichols; 4. 26-Justin Long; 5. 77-Corey Wooten; 6.   22T-Tony Anderson; 7. 2-Cody Anderson

Heat 2 –  (8 Laps – Top 7 Transfer)
1. 82-Chris Douglas; 2. 57-Jeffery Jessup; 3. 23-Casey Barr; 4.     OO-Brandon Pralley; 5. 89-Keith Shockency; 6. 27-Frank Paladino; 7. 88-Tod Sturgeon

Heat 3 –  (8 Laps – Top 7 Transfer)
1.    7C-Jordan Conover; 2.    J2-Rob Trent; 3. 87-Andy Welch; 4.    1W-Mark Wooten; 5. 1-Chad Coleman; 6.   17H-Devon Helmig; 7.    7W-Dan Wooten

A-Main –  (15 Laps) [#]-Starting Position
1.    7C-Jordan Conover[3]; 2. 463-Daniel Sanchez[2]; 3.    J1-Jeff Matheny[4]; 4. 82-Chris Douglas[1]; 5.     OO-Brandon Pralley[11]; 6.    J2-Rob Trent[6]; 7. 23-Casey Barr[8]; 8.     O1-Bryce Nichols[7]; 9.   22T-Tony Anderson[16]; 10. 89-Keith Shockency[14]; 11. 87-Andy Welch[9]; 12. 57-Jeffery Jessup[5]; 13.    7W-Dan Wooten[21]; 14. 27-Frank Paladino[17]; 15.    1W-Mark Wooten[12]; 16. 26-Justin Long[10]; 17. 88-Tod Sturgeon[20]; 18. 77-Corey Wooten[13]


4 Cylinder Tough Trucks
Heat 1 –  (8 Laps – Top 8 Transfer)
1. 82-Kevin Knittle; 2.    2X-Chris Bitters; 3.   20K-Matt Twining; 4.   99H-Phil Hicks; 5.     O-John Sanford; 6. 2-Dustin Ratliff; 7. 70-Terry Klopfenstein; 8. 13-Gaige Slaven

Heat 2 –  (8 Laps – Top 8 Transfer)
1. 71-Chris Hicks; 2.   17D-Devon Helmig; 3.   17H-Kelcey Helmig; 4. 316-Devon Hower; 5.     O1-Roy Miller; 6. 11-Darrin Reed; 7. 99-Andy King

A-Main –  (15 Laps) [#]-Starting Position
1. 71-Chris Hicks[5]; 2.   17D-Devon Helmig[3]; 3.   17H-Kelcey Helmig[1]; 4.   20K-Matt Twining[2]; 5. 82-Kevin Knittle[6]; 6.    2X-Chris Bitters[4]; 7.     O1-Roy Miller[10]; 8.     O-John Sanford[9]; 9.   99H-Phil Hicks[7]; 10. 11-Darrin Reed[12]; 11. 2-Dustin Ratliff[11]; 12. 13-Gaige Slaven[15]; 13. 70-Terry Klopfenstein[13]; 14. 316-Devon Hower[8]


Northwest Physical Therapy Modifieds
Heat 1 –  (8 Laps – Top 4 Transfer)
1. 36-Kenny Wallace; 2. 65-Todd Sherman; 3. 1-Brenden Rassel; 4.   22T-Tony Anderson; 5.    9C-Troy Cattarene; 6. 18-Ryan Sutter; 7.   20M-Josh Morton; 8.   71H-Chris Hicks; 9. 6-Ryan Dickey

Heat 2 –  (8 Laps – Top 4 Transfer)
1.   36V-Brandon Vaughan; 2.   95J-Jerry Bowersock; 3. 74-Lenny Guyton; 4.   34X-Shane O’Connor; 5. 10-Scott Bowersock; 6. OO6-Jarrett Rendel; 7. 27-Frank Paladino; 8. 8-Adam Lantz; 9. 17-Jarrod Klay

Heat 3 –  (8 Laps – Top 4 Transfer)
1.   11H-Mike Hohlbein; 2.    4G-Bill Griffith; 3. 463-Daniel Sanchez; 4.   20K-Bill Keeler; 5.    9PG-Percy Gendreau; 6. 7-Drew Smith; 7. 71-Scott Fritz; 8.    M1G-Matt Twining

Heat 4 –  (8 Laps – Top 4 Transfer)
1.   10L-Nathon Loney; 2.   19B-Brandon Ordway; 3.    3W-Dylan Woodling; 4. 92-Kyle Shaffer; 5.   52G-Stacey Gazarek; 6. 16-Jeff Koz; 7.   17N-Dillon Nusbaum; 8.    1X-Jerry Butler

B-Main #1 –  (8 Laps – Top 2 Transfer)
1.    9C-Troy Cattarene; 2. 18-Ryan Sutter; 3. OO6-Jarrett Rendel; 4. 27-Frank Paladino; 5. 17-Jarrod Klay; 6.   71H-Chris Hicks; 7. 10-Scott Bowersock; 8.   20M-Josh Morton; 9. 8-Adam Lantz; 10. 6-Ryan Dickey

B-Main #2 –  (8 Laps – Top 2 Transfer)
1.    9PG-Percy Gendreau; 2. 71-Scott Fritz; 3. 7-Drew Smith; 4.    M1G-Matt Twining; 5. 16-Jeff Koz; 6.   17N-Dillon Nusbaum; 7.    1X-Jerry Butler; 8.   52G-Stacey Gazarek

A-Main –  (20 Laps) [#]-Starting Position
1. 36-Kenny Wallace[2]; 2. 65-Todd Sherman[5]; 3.   95J-Jerry Bowersock[6]; 4.   36V-Brandon Vaughan[1]; 5.   11H-Mike Hohlbein[3]; 6.   34X-Shane O’Connor[14]; 7.    4G-Bill Griffith[7]; 8.   22T-Tony Anderson[13]; 9. 463-Daniel Sanchez[11]; 10. 74-Lenny Guyton[10]; 11.   20K-Bill Keeler[15]; 12.    3W-Dylan Woodling[12]; 13.   19B-Brandon Ordway[8]; 14.    9C-Troy Cattarene[17]; 15. 18-Ryan Sutter[19]; 16.    9PG-Percy Gendreau[18]; 17. 1-Brenden Rassel[9]; 18. 71-Scott Fritz[20]; 19. 92-Kyle Shaffer[16]; 20.   10L-Nathon Loney[4]