ROB KRISTYAK (Big Block) and Mike Kinney (E-Mods) Get wins at Sharon speedway

Rob Kristyak Wins 2011

ROB KRISTYAK (Big Block) and Mike Kinney (E-Mods) Get wins at Sharon speedway
Hartford, OH Jun 11, 2011 Sharon Speedway was able to beat Mother Nature for the second straight night on Saturday as all of the racing action was completed despite another two and a half hour rain delay.

After finishing runner-up on opening night back on April 9, Rob Kristyak hadn’t finished in the top five since; however, that changed on Saturday night when the Bristolville, Ohio celebrated with an early birthday presented as he scored the 20-lap Governor Insurance Big-Block Modified feature win. Kristyak turns 33 on Sunday.

Kristyak and Tom Mattocks led the Modified feature to the green flag with Kristyak taking the early lead. Kristyak led Mattocks, John Buchanan, Skip Moore, and Jim Weller, Jr. through the first half of the event, as the first caution appeared at lap 10 for Rex King, Jr. One more lap was scored before Dean Pearson caught the outside wall in turn three.

Back to green, one more round was scored with 12th starting Rex King advancing to fourth before the final caution appeared for Moore, who hit the outside wall in turn three. King advanced to second on the double file restart, and quickly closed on Kristyak. King made several strong bids to the inside, but Kristyak was able to hold on to the top spot.

Coming to the white flag, King got out of shape in turn four, leaving Kristyak to race on to his 10th career victory by a margin of 2.094 seconds in his Gallo’s Auto Sales/Mark Thomas Ford/Gold Connection/Gwinn Brothers Construction/Wedge Motorsports/Dave’s Towing/Bristol Disposing-sponsored #00.

“410” Sprints featured for $3000 to-win Saturday; Championship point races begin in Stocks, RUSH Mods & Econo Mods

By Mike Leone

May 14, 2019       

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway was finally able to kickoff the 90th anniversary season last Saturday night with the FAST “410” Sprint show and the conclusion of the 2018 “Apple Festival Nationals”.  While the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply “410” Sprint Cars return this Saturday night (May 18) in another Menards “Super Series” event, the championship title hunt begins for the Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and the Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods.  The Junior Sprints for kids will also be on the program on Nese’s Country Cafe Night.  It’s Scout and Youth Sports Night with those in uniform admitted free.  Race time is 7 p.m.

The “410” Sprint Cars put on a tremendous show last Saturday night with Cole Duncan withstanding the challenges of Tony Stewart for the $ 3,000 FAST-sanctioned victory that came over an excellent field of 43 cars. FAST will return again on August 17.  The “410” Sprints will be right back at it this Saturday night in another $ 3,000 to-win show.  Last year, the Sprint Car events had at least 29 cars present every night with eight different winners in eight events.  Duncan’s first career Sharon win last week accounted for the ninth different winners in the last nine races!  Will there be a 10th different winner this Saturday night!?

Saturday will utilize the hot lap/group qualifying format that was used last year in the “Super Series” Sprint Car events. Two to three cars will qualify at a time only amongst their heat race group.  The fastest four in each heat will be inverted with the top three redrawing plus the fastest transferring non-top three finisher if there are three heats or the top two plus the two fastest transferring non-top two finishers if there are four heats.  The B main will be lined up heads up on heat race finishes.  Heat and B main finish(es) will complete the 24-car starting lineup. Mufflers are not required and there’s no registration or entry fee.

Last season, Chris McGuire put an end to Mike Clark and Paul Davis’ run in Stock Car titles at Sharon Speedway. McGuire became the first driver since 2012 other than Clark or Davis to win a title.  McGuire will begin his title defense on Saturday night in the Gibson Insurance Agency division.  Alan Dellinger leads the all-time Stock Car win list with 65 victories.  Four-time champion, Steve D’Apolito, is the top active winner in the division with 32 victories.  Last Saturday, Chris Schneider’s $ 2,000 Penn-Ohio Series victory was the 10th of his career at the track. 

The $ 3,000 to-win RUSH Sportsman Modified Weekly Series Championship got underway last Saturday with Chas Wolbert victorious in the $ 800 to-win make-up feature. Wolbert enters Saturday night with a five-race win streak dating back to last season with two of the victories being Touring Series events.  The HTMA/Precise Racing Products Championship hunt will begin for Sharon track points on Saturday night.  Greg Martin, Brandon Ritchey, Kole Holden, and Garrett Krummert are past track champions.  Car counts have grown each year with an average count of 28 last year.  Only on two occasions in past three seasons has there been less than 20 cars. 

Saturday will also kick-off the yearlong “Wheelman” Bonus Event Series presented by C&R Tire and Ohio Intra Express for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. Each night, a separate race will be run for RUSH Modified racers that have never won a feature in a full-size car (excluding Mini Stocks).  The lineup will be an invert from eligible racers’ heat race finishes.  RUSH will also tally a separate points standings for these events that will pay five positions for member racers.  

The Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods will round out the program for full-size race cars. The Econo Mods’ 10th season as a weekly division got underway last Saturday when Kyle Miller captured his second career win at the track in the 2018 “Apple Festival Nationals” make-up, which featured a total of 38 cars competing at the event.  Jacob Eucker is the defending champion and he’s the only one of the past champions that is expected to contend for the 2019 title.  

Pits will be open throughout the afternoon on Saturday with pit passes going on sale at 4 p.m., while the main grandstands open at 5. Drivers meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by Sprint engine starts at 6:15 and group qualifying at 6:30.  Heat races are scheduled for 7.

Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 13, while senior citizens are $ 10. Patio seating upgrades are just $ 5 and fan suite seating upgrades are just $ 20 over the cost of general admission.  In order to reserve either of these ahead of time, call the office Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 330-772-5481.  As always, children under 14 and parking are always FREE!  Pit passes are $ 30.  As a reminder, coolers nor outside food or beverages are not permitted.

Coming up on Saturday, May 25 will be the first appearance of the season by the Big-Block Modifieds in a Menards “Super Series” event. The winner will receive a guaranteed starting spot for the July 30 Super DIRTcar Series event.  Also on the card will be the RUSH Sprint Cars, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Econo Mods, and Junior Sprints.  It’s Twin-State Auto Racing Club Night.  Race time is 7 p.m.

Sharon Speedway is owned by the Blaney, Weller, and Kirila Families and is a 3/8-mile dirt track located on Custer-Orangeville Road in Hartford, Ohio near the intersection of Routes 7 & 305. For more information, check out the website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481.  Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sharonspeedway and follow us on Twitter @sharonspdwy.

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FAST “410” Sprint Series & remainder of 2018 “Apple Festival Nationals” on tap Saturday to open 90th anniversary season

By Mike Leone

May 8, 2019  

(Hartford, OH)…After losing the first two events and an open practice to wet weather, Sharon Speedway will attempt once again to open the 90th anniversary season this Saturday night (May 11).  The FAST “410” Sprint Car Series will run a complete program in the first Menards “Super Series” show of the season and will be joined by the Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series, RUSH Sportsman Modified Touring Series, and the Econo Mods as they conclude night two of the rained out 2018 “Apple Festival Nationals”.  It’s Mark Thomas Ford Night.  Race time is 7 p.m.

The FAST “410” Sprints will make their first of two appearances of the 2019 season on Saturday night. Last season, rain won the May FAST program, while the August show boasted a field of 39 cars as Cap Henry captured the inaugural event.  There were eight different Sprint Car winners in eight events at Sharon in 2018.  The first of 12 scheduled “410” Sprint Car shows was rained out last Saturday night as 45 All Star Sprints were on hand before the cancellation.

This season, FAST has rebranded under Aaron Fry’s umbrella that also includes the non-wing BOSS Sprints. FAST has turned into a touring series in 2019 that offers a $ 32,500 point fund with $ 10,000 going to the champion.  Justin Peck swept the April 6-7 opening events at Ohio’s Atomic Speedway and Waynesfield Motorsports Park, while rain claimed the events at the Indiana tracks of Twin-Cities and Kokomo.  Peck leads the points over Cole Duncan, Lee Jacobs, Joey Saldana, Jake Hesson, Jordan Harble, Cody Bova, Brad Ashford, and Tyler Gunn.

Saturday’s feature will pay $ 3,000 to-win, $ 300 to-start. Heat races will pay $ 40, $ 30, $ 20, $ 10.  There will be $ 50 awards for hard charger, hard luck, and the sweet move of the race.  Group qualifying will set the heat race lineups.  Mufflers are not required.  There are no membership or entry fees.  Sharon uses the AMB/MyLaps transponders.  For additional information on FAST, check out their website at www.fastondirt.com, their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FASTonDIRT or follow them on Twitter @FASTSeries.

After a successful opening night of the 2018 “Apple Festival Nationals” back on September 7, rain washed out night two. The Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Series, RUSH Sportsman Modified Touring Series, and Econo Mods completed their heats.  The Gibson Insurance Agency Stocks had 46 cars with heat wins to Andrew Gordon, Randy Wyant, Rob Shook, Mike Miller, and Chris Schneider.  The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Mods had 29 cars with heat wins to Garrett Krummert, David Kalb, Jr., and Josh Deems.  The Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods had a season high 27 cars with heat wins to Jacob Eucker, Eric Wilson, and Kyle Miller.

Saturday’s program will include last chance B mains for all three divisions. Cars that did not compete on September 7 will be permitted to tag the B mains.  New cars will draw a pill to determine how they will line-up behind the cars already in the lineup.  If cars that were qualified for the feature do not return, additional cars will transfer from the B main(s).  Cars that do not return will receive tow money. 

The feature events will pay $ 2,000 to-win for the Stocks, $ 800 to-win for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and $ 750 to-win for the Econo Mods. In lieu of the “Wheelman” Non Winners race for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, a Non-Qualifier race will be run.  This race will be open for any drivers that do not qualify for the feature.

The pits will be open throughout the afternoon with pit passes going on sale at 4 p.m. with the main grandstands opening at 5. Warm-ups begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by qualifying for the Sprint Cars then racing action at 7.

Those that purchased a two-day pass back on September 7, can utilize their rain checks for admittance on Saturday; MUST have rain checks for admittance. General admission for those 14 and over on Saturday will be $ 15, while pit passes will be $ 35 for everyone.  Children 13 and under and parking are FREE!  Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

Coming up on Saturday, May 18 will be another Menards “Super Series” event featuring the “410” Sprint Cars racing for $ 3,000 to-win along with the first night of points for the Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and the Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods. The Junior Sprints will also be on the card.  Race time is 7 p.m.

Sharon Speedway is owned by the Blaney, Weller, and Kirila Families and is a 3/8-mile dirt track located on Custer-Orangeville Road in Hartford, Ohio near the intersection of Routes 7 & 305. For more information, check out the website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481.  Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sharonspeedway and follow us on Twitter @sharonspdwy.

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All Star Sprints set to open Sharon’s 90th anniversary season on Saturday & will be joined by the non-wing RUSH Sprints

By Mike Leone

May 1, 2019          

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway will attempt once again to open the 90th anniversary season this Saturday night (May 4) with Tony Stewart’s Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars along with the non-wing RUSH Sprint Cars.  It’s Lincoln Electric Night.  Race time is set for 7 p.m.

The All Stars will be making their first of three appearances of 2019 at the Hartford, Ohio 3/8-mile red clay oval as they’ll return for Ohio Speedweek on Tuesday, June 18 followed by the $ 6,000 to-win “Lou Blaney Memorial” on Saturday, July 6. The All Stars opened their 2019 season in Florida with Tim Shaffer winning the first two events at Bubba Raceway Park followed by Series owner, Tony Stewart, winning the finale.  World of Outlaws racers Shane Stewart and Brad Sweet won the events at Volusia.  Since then, only two point races have been completed with new All Star Cory Eliason winning at Virginia Motor Speedway followed by Lance Dewease at Port Royal. 

Heading into this weekend’s $ 5,000 to-win events at Lernerville and Sharon, the All Stars have suffered five straight rain outs and six of the last seven. Though not competing with the All Stars full-time, Danny Dietrich leads the point chase over the Series’ $ 50,000 defending champion, Aaron Reutzel.  Other drivers competing full-time with the All Stars in 2019 include Eliason, Paul McMahan, Dale Blaney, Spencer Bayston, Brock Zearfoss, Cale Conley, Gerard McIntyre, Jr., Skylar Gee, Greg Wilson, George Hobaugh, Tyler Esh, John Garvin, Jr., and Jim and Mallie Shuster.   

Saturday’s appearance by the All Stars will be the 104th all-time at Sharon. Ralph Quarterson won the first event back on July 22, 1970.  Kenny Jacobs and Doug Wolfgang lead the win list at 10 victories each.  Dave Blaney has won eight All Star races at his home track including the Series’ last appearance at his father’s memorial last year, while brother Dale has six wins.  Dale picked up his only feature win in 2018 at Sharon when he won a $ 3,000 to-win non-sanctioned event on August 11 to run his win streak to 29 straight years.  Dale, who has 15 career Sharon wins, would love to make it 30 straight years with a win on Saturday as he’s back competing for an All Star Championship after two years off. 

Saturday is also the first of 12 scheduled appearances by the “410” Sprint Cars in 2019. Sye Lynch has taken a liking to Sharon Speedway winning twice over the past two seasons at the track his father, Ed, Jr., still leads the all-time win list at with 50 victories.  Jack Sodeman, Jr., a 12-time Sharon winner, won the last two track championships for the Sprint Cars when they ran weekly in 2009 and 2010.  Sodeman, like Lynch, and others such as Carl Bowser, Gary Kriess, Jr., Brandon and Brent Matus, have been hitting the road racing throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania before the local season has been able to start up, but are eager to return to Sharon on Saturday night.  

Completing the all-Sprint Car program will be the RUSH Sprint Cars racing for $ 600 to-win. These traditional non-wing Sprints feature the Chevrolet Performance 602 crate engine, $ 140 sealed/spec Bilstein Shocks, spec Hoosier Tires, and the RUSH “Visual” Methanol. The second year division has 33 events scheduled throughout the region including 11 at Sharon. In 2018, Chad Ruhlman won the Series’ only completed event and went on to win the $ 5,000 Weekly Series Championship. Around a dozen new competitors are set to join the class in 2019.

Pit passes will go on sale at 3 p.m. with the main grandstands opening at 4. Warm-ups begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by qualifying for the All Stars then heat races for both classes.

Reserved tickets are on sale through Friday night at midnight for $ 25 by going to www.sharonspeedway.com and clicking on ‘buy tickets’ at the top left of the page.  A limited amount of patio seats ($ 35 each) and fan suite seats ($ 45 each) are still available for Saturday night.  General admission for those 14 and over on Saturday will be $ 25, while pit passes will be $ 35 for everyone.  Children 13 and under, parking, and camping are FREE!  Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

Coming up on Saturday, May 11 will be the first of two appearance by the FAST “410” Sprint Car Series racing for $ 3,000 to-win along with the conclusion of the 2018 “Apple Festival Nationals” that was rained out on September 8 with last chance B mains and features for the Penn-Ohio Pro Stocks ($ 2,000 to-win), RUSH Sportsman Modified Tour ($ 800 to-win), and Econo Mods ($ 750 to-win). New cars are permitted to tag the B mains.

Sharon Speedway is owned by the Blaney, Weller, and Kirila Families and is a 3/8-mile dirt track located on Custer-Orangeville Road in Hartford, Ohio near the intersection of Routes 7 & 305. For more information, check out the website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sharonspeedway and follow us on Twitter @sharonspdwy.

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