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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Todd Sherman is a driving force at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio and he’s ready for a new season.
Sherman, 49, of Churubusco, Ind., won his fourth consecutive NASCAR Whelen All-American Series K&N Modified division track championship at the quarter-mile banked clay oval in 2013. The title was his fifth overall, having won his first there in 2004.
“It takes consistency, maintenance and a good crew. We don’t leave any bolt unturned,” Sherman said. “When we get the green flag I just concentrate on not getting into trouble during the first few laps and that alone improves our odds.”
Sherman became Limaland’s all-time leading Modified division feature winner last season with 36, surpassing Terry Hull’s record of 35.
Hull’s crew chief Rick Zoch became Sherman’s crew chief for most of 2013. Hull was sidelined after kidney surgery last spring. They’re all off-track friends.
“My son Braden (16) has been my crew chief for the last two years,” Sherman said. “Rick is a good teacher, so having him on board was a learning opportunity for all of us. He’s very thorough, smart and has great organizational skills. I’ve been racing 31 years but I’m not the best organizer. Braden was happy to step back and learn. That’ll make him a better crew chief this year.”
Sherman operates Sherman Enterprises under the teamSE.com banner. The company manufactures, repairs and maintains Modified chassis and is a high performance parts dealer.
“We’re working on orders for three dirt chassis and four pavement cars. Between re-clips, repairs and body work we’ve had 15-20 cars in and out of our shop since the end of last season,” Sherman said.
Steve Adams has been Sherman’s car owner and one of his sponsors for about four years.
“I’ve always gone racing with friends. Isn’t that what going to races is all about? Steve’s one of the good ones. He bought out my previous owner Mel Warrick,” Sherman said.
Sherman’s late parents were both involved in racing. His father Les was car owner for his mother Lora Lee. Her career went from Mini Stocks on pavement to Hobby Stocks on dirt to pavement Late Models at tracks around Indiana. She is to be enshrined in the former Warsaw (Ind.) Speedway’s hall of fame. Sherman's uncle, Tom Beasley, placed fourth in 2013 Limaland Modified points.
In addition to his five Limaland titles, he’s won nine championships in 10 years at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway. Overall he has 18 track championships.
In addition to son Braden, Sherman and his wife Joyce have another son Brennan who is a freshman at Indiana Wesleyan University. Other team members include Scott Peters and Chris Maybe. Sponsors include Adams’ businesses Fricker’s Restaurant and The Orchard Tree Restaurant, Stephens and Hall Racing Engines, All-Pro Towing, Pro Shocks, Hyper Coils, Pro Strip and teamSE.com Chassis.