LIMA - Joel Ortberg continued to prove his value as a stock car driver for the University of Northwestern Ohio Motorsports team Friday at Limaland Motorsports Park, winning the McDonald's Dash for Cash, a heat race and finishing sixth in the Bud Thunderstocks 15-lap feature.
After winning the Dash, a five-lap sprint between hot laps and the beginning of heat races, Ortberg cruised to the win in the first stock car heat. The invert pushed him to a fifth-place starting spot in the feature, where he moved to between fourth, fifth and sixth throughout the race.
"It's been seven weeks, we've all been wanting a win. I was happy to see those flags come out," Ortberg said. "We've all earned this, not just me, but the guys back in the shop. Winning that Dash was the first real win we've had this season, other than a B-Main, and to roll on right after it and pick up a heat win, I'm really happy with that."
For the complete interview with Ortberg, follow this link.
In just his second night in a modified, Dwight Niehoff led the UNOH modified cars with a sixth place finish in the 20-lap K&N UMP Modifieds feature. He made his was up from a double-digit starting spot and steadily picked off cars in front of him.
"It was a good night for the double-zero modified team," Niehoff said. "I didn't have as good a finish in the heat race as I wanted - the car didn't drive very good, the driver didn't drive very good - but in the feature, the car really came around. I took some advice I got from coach (Mike) Streicher and put it to good use out there."
To hear Niehoff's complete interview, follow this link.
Ryan O'Dette finished third in his heat race, one spot ahead of teammate Kody Weisner, but neither could put it together in the feature. O'Dette fared well through most of the race, showing up in fifth place with 12 laps to go, but a spin with 17 laps in sent him from seventh to 15th; he finished 14th.
Weisner spun out earlier in the race, going from a top-10 running position to the tail. With about five laps to go, Weisner's car broke and he claimed the 17th finishing spot.
All results are unofficial. For complete results, please visit www.limaland.com.