LIMA — Just about every driver who competes at Limaland will tell you that consistency is the key in having a successful season. Daniel Sanchez has been as consistent as one could be after winning all three races he has competed in so far this year at Limaland. Sanchez and company will be competing Friday night in the 19th annual Memorial Cup – Presented by: Anheuser Busch Sales of Lima at Limaland Motorsports Park. The pit gates open at 4:30 and racing starts at 7:30.

Sanchez, who competes in the Bud Thunderstocks division, is on top of the standings with 340 points. Tony Anderson is in second (334) and Frank Paladino is in third (326).

Sanchez is from Averill Park, New York, but now resides in Lima. He attended the University of Northwestern Ohio and raced for UNOH at Limaland two years ago. He then bought his own car last year and did a lot of traveling while competing at several different tracks.

This year he is off to a wonderful start while mostly competing at Limaland.

“I’m surrounded by a really smart group of people,” Sanchez said. “My dad and I have learned a lot. My dad comes out every week, which is a 10 hour drive for him. The crew guys we have went to UNOH with me and they help me during the week. It’s a lot of fun with the people that we have. We have a great group of people.”

It hasn’t been easy winning all three stock races so far this year, but Sanchez has enjoyed the ride.

“We have had a lot of luck,” Sanchez said with a laugh. “We’ve had some good starts and qualified well. We’ve also caught some lucky breaks.”

Hailing from out of state, Sanchez wasn’t sure what to expect when he started competing at Limaland a couple of years ago.

“When I first came out here I didn’t think it would be like it was back in New York,” Sanchez said. “Then I came out here and there was Tony Anderson, Justin Long, Jordan Conover, Chris Douglas and a lot of other names. These guys are just as good if not better. Plus there are more of them (tough drivers). The competition is tough.”

Sanchez also noted how special Limaland Motorsports Park is.

“It’s a really fun track because it’s banked like a bullring,” Sanchez said. “You don’t have that where I’m from. This is a high speed short track and you’re rubbing door to door. I love racing at Limaland. The people are outstanding. The track preparation has been awesome. Those guys have done a fantastic job on it. Everybody has a good time. It’s just good racing, good people and a good track.”

Even though Sanchez is off to a fast start, he isn’t about to let off the gas pedal.

“We’d like to continue to do well at Limaland and run as many racetracks as we possibly can,” Sanchez said. “Every week you try to run as best as you can. The Memorial Cup and other memorial races are special. There is a special meaning behind each race. I also like it because more competitors will be there. It keeps it interesting.”

Behind every successful racer is a team that works really hard as well. Sanchez mentioned how blessed he is to have a great team behind him.

“I really have to thank my family, friends, and fans,” Sanchez said. “I’d also like to thank all of my sponsors: Silly’s Competition Engines, The Gorman’s, Nightmare Chassis, Cedar Peaks Enterprises, Groff’s Plumbing and Heating, Snap-On Tools Scott Hamlin, Jamie Scott’s Auto and Tire Center, GSB Roofing, N&L Auto Body, DMS Designs, L&M Motors, Nassauto Sales and Service, Danny Sanchez Contracting, Buffomatic Transmissions, DMC Racing Products, Kneers’s Auto, Herb’s Auto, The 4 Wide, UNOH American Marketing Association, Lucky’s Taproom and Eatery and Mike Hogan.”

For Memorial Cup results pick up the Sunday edition of The Lima News.

Daniel Sanchez celebrates winning a Limaland feature earlier this year. Mike Campbell photo Sanchez celebrates winning a Limaland feature earlier this year. Mike Campbell photo

By Nick Truesdale

Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0451.

Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0451.


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