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Sauder Wins at Limaland

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The combination of slightly cooler temperatures than recently and very light wind conditions, aided track officials in preparation of the racing surface on this particular night and the fans were not disappointed. An extremely fast and gripping racing surface allowed drivers in all divisions to move freely in and out of different grooves and at times be daring with their maneuvers. The track was tailor-made for veteran racers and pole starters Terry Hull and Kyle Sauder, as both became three-time winners at Limaland Motorsports Park for the 2010 season.

In the Elwer Fence Sprints, Archbold, Ohio’s Kyle Sauder overcame a broken axle in hot laps to win his heat race and start on the pole for the 25-lap feature. Sauder had posted a pair of victories early in the season, but had struggled lately without a top-five finish since a July 2 checkered flag.

On this night, Kyle Sauder blasted to front of the field at the start, initially using the topside of the track surface. An early race caution period saw Ron Blair, Kent Wolters, Luke Hall and Tim Allison fall in line behind Sauder. On the restart at lap number three, Sauder again solidified his lead position and took off. He proved quite adept at moving through the middle, top and even at times the bottom of the race track to get around lapped cars. It was an impressive flag-to-flag showing that was only slowed on the white flag lap by a Tommy Kerce spin-out.

Kyle Sauder easily held off the hard charging Tim Hunter to post his third win of this 2010 Limaland season and 8th in his career at the Western Allen county layout. “My good crew, the Lord, and Dave Jessup Motors makes this possible,” said the low key Sauder. “I needed this win and the team needed this after a rough couple of weeks.”

The 2010 racing season rolls on at Limaland Motorsports Park on Friday, August 13, for the
NRA – 305 Challenge as the Engine Pro/NRA Sprint Invaders battle the 305 Sprints on the ¼-mile oval. The K&N UMP Modifieds, and the Budweiser Thunderstocks will also compete. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m., with hot laps at 6:30 p.m., and the full racing program at 7:30 p.m. The latest news and information about Limaland Motorsports Park can be found at www.limaland.com. You can also find 2010 Limaland Motorsports Park on Facebook.

Elwer Fence Sprints
Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 7 Transfer)
1. 35-Ron Blair; 2. 34-Luke Hall; 3. 21-Traviis Hery; 4. 38-Aaron Smith; 5. 4B-Andrew Bowsher; 6. 4J-Bob Gehr Jr.; 7. 48-Tommy Kerce; 8. 17-Jared Horstman

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 7 Transfer)
1. 1W-Kent Wolters; 2. 11-Tim Allison; 3. 7-Mike Dunlap; 4. 18-Todd Heuerman; 5. B20-Butch Schroeder; 6. 2H-Dallas Hewitt; 7. 2M-Ethan Hoy

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 7 Transfer)
1. 7K-Kyle Sauder; 2. 7C-Tim Hunter; 3. 28H-Hud Horton; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild; 5. 5W-Jeff Williams; 6. 10J-Jarrod Delong; 7. 2-Brent Gehr

A-Main – (25 Laps) [#]-Starting Position
1. 7K-Kyle Sauder[1]; 2. 7C-Tim Hunter[6]; 3. 35-Ron Blair[3]; 4. 11-Tim Allison[5]; 5. 34-Luke Hall[4]; 6. B20-Butch Schroeder[14]; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[12]; 8. 1W-Kent Wolters[2]; 9. 7-Mike Dunlap[8]; 10. 28H-Hud Horton[9]; 11. 18-Todd Heuerman[11]; 12. 5W-Jeff Williams[15]; 13. 2H-Dallas Hewitt[17]; 14. 21-Traviis Hery[7]; 15. 38-Aaron Smith[10]; 16. 48-Tommy Kerce[19]; 17. 4J-Bob Gehr Jr.[16]; 18. 10J-Jarrod Delong[18]; 19. 2M-Ethan Hoy[20]; 20. 2-Brent Gehr[21]; 21. 4B-Andrew Bowsher[13]