LIMA - Throughout the season, Ryan O'Dette has been plagued by a steep learning curve and some tough luck. Friday night, though, O'Dette showed what he's learned in his first full season behind the wheel of a modified for the University of Northwestern Ohio High Performance Motorsports team.
O'Dette won the McDonald's Dash for Cash to open the night at Limaland Motorsports Park, following that with a win in his heat and finally a fourth-place finish in the K&N UMP Modified 20-lap feature.
Most of the team members were fresh from Tennessee, where they helped as crew members during NASCAR Whelen Modified and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.
O'Dette started the Dash as the fourth car in the four-car field, but he showed patience and stuck with the line he found, making his way to the front midway through the 5-lap race and holding on. In the heat, he started on the outside of the front row and by the time a caution came out on the sixth lap, he was running in front.
A native of Quinnesec, Michigan, O'Dette started the feature on the outside of row two and held onto that fourth spot.
Kody Weisner, who entered the night fourth in points at Limaland, made a great pass on the final stretch of his heat race to finish fourth and earn a spot directly in the modified feature. He finished 15th.
Matthew Custer took his turn in the third modified, finishing sixth in his heat and 13th in the B-main, missing out on a spot in the feature.
Nick Wojcik had a great night in the Bud Thunderstocks division, finishing third in his heat and earning a second-place finish in the feature, the best finish by a UNOH driver this season.
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The Motorsports team has one more week at Limaland before heading off to Missouri on their annual western trip over the first weekend in September.