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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.

Big-Block Mods return Saturday to headline “Steel Valley Thunder” on Twin-State Night

By Mike Leone

August 15, 2017                

(Hartford, OH)…Following a successful “410” Sprint Car event last Saturday night for the inaugural “Simon Yoder Memorial”, the weekly four divisions will return this Saturday night (August 19) for the next-to-last “Steel Valley Thunder” program.  The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods will be featured with racing at 7 p.m.  Saturday night is the rescheduled Twin-State Auto Racing Club Night with free general admission for card-carrying members or $ 10 off pit admission.

After back-to-back victories, Rex King, Jr. will start no better than 12th in Saturday’s 25-lap Big-Block Modified feature as he looks for the hat trick. “Cooter” is closing in on his second straight Hovis Auto & Truck Supply crown and third in three years.  Jim Weller, Jr. was the last driver other than a King to win a championship back in 2013.  The elder Weller though trails King, Jr. by 30 makers and has just a one-point lead on Dave Murdick, who is still looking for his season’s first win.  Jim Rasey is fourth in points.  Two-time winner and 2015 champion, Rex King, is fifth.

The Stock Car division has been producing some big car counts this year as 51 were present for the July 29 Penn-Ohio race and 30 turned out for last Saturday’s weekly program. Drivers were rewarded with the $ 700 to-win payoff and non-qualifiers received two pit passes in addition to tow money! 

Two drivers were fighting for their first wins in two years with Brian Carothers and Rusty Moore up front, but problems for Carothers on the restart allowed Moore to become the fifth different Stock Car winner in six races this year. It took Paul Davis 37 years to win a track championship, now the Fowler, Ohio veteran is closing in on his second straight Gibson Insurance Agency title as he has an 18-point lead over the consistent Andy Thompson.  Third through fifth in points are Hunter Exley, Mike Clark, and Jamie Scarba.  Sixth place point man, Chris McGuire, is the division’s only repeat winner. 

Like King Jr., Rocky Kugel will also be able to start no better than 12th on Saturday night in his quest for three straight RUSH Sportsman Modified wins. Kugel is a three-time winner this year, but sits just fifth in points due to missing a night of competition.  Kugel has closed to within two of Sharon point leader, Kole Holden, in the $ 3,000 to-win RUSH Weekly Series Championship.  Meanwhile in Sharon’s HTMA/Precise Racing Products points, Holden has an 11-point lead on Chas Wolbert.  Both drivers suffered issues leading last Saturday night in their bid for win #3.  Chelsie Kriegisch and Kyle Martell are third and fourth in points.

The Econo Mod car counts have been strong all season and building in recent weeks. After 23 cars were on hand two weeks ago for the season’s second highest car count, a great field of 26 turned out last Saturday night which was the highest count in nearly two years.  Nonetheless, it was Steve Haefke returning to victory lane one week after his streak of five straight wins ended.  Haefke’s six wins leads the way at the track, but he still only has a 10-point lead on Brandon Blackshear in the Summit Racing Equipment standings.  Zach Myers is third in points despite missing an event.  Mike Hillman and Kyle Miller are fourth and fifth.

Pits open at 4 p.m. with grandstands at 5, and racing at 7. Grandstand admission is $ 10 for those 14 and over.  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 13, parking, and camping is always FREE!  Pit passes are $ 30.  Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

Coming up next Saturday, August 26 will be the 2017 “Steel Valley Thunder” finale featuring the four weekly divisions including a $ 600 to-win Touring Series event for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds as part of their rescheduled “Manufacturers Night”. It’ll be the final night of points for all four divisions.  There will be no racing over Labor Day weekend.  The 88th anniversary season will conclude on September 8-9 with the “Apple Festival Nationals” this year featuring a $ 3,000 to-win event for the “410” Sprints along with most all of the regional divisions.

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.  Become a fan of Sharon Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sharonspeedway and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sharonspdwy.

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Return of “410” Sprint Cars for $3000 “Simon Yoder Memorial” headline Saturday’s “Steel Valley Thunder” program

By Mike Leone

August 9, 2017               

(Hartford, OH)…After two successful All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car events earlier this summer, the “410” Sprint Cars will make their third of four appearances during the 2017 88th anniversary season this Saturday night (August 12).   The weekly Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods, and Junior Sprints for kids will round out the “Steel Valley Thunder” program presented by Thompson Fab.  Racing is set for 7 p.m.  Adult admission is just $ 10.

The “Simon Yoder Memorial” will feature a 30-lap $ 3,000 to-win, $ 250 to-start feature event for the “410” Sprint Cars (complete payoff posted below).  Drivers will draw for heat race starting positions.  The top six drivers from the heat races (provided two or three heat races are run) will compete in a six-lap dash paying $ 150 to-win with a complete payoff that will determine the first three rows of the feature.  The remainder of the lineup will be heads up from the heat races or B main finish.  There will be no entry or registration fees.  Standard local Sprint Car rules will be utilized.  Mufflers and tethers are not required. 

The “410” Sprint Cars have made two visits this season under the All Star Circuit of Champions sanction with Kyle Larson winning the Ohio Speedweek event on June 20 and Christopher Bell the “Lou Blaney Memorial”.  The “410s” will return on September 8-9 for the “Apple Festival Nationals” in another $ 3,000 to-win non-sanctioned event. 

With several tracks not running Sprint Cars on Saturday, the event has drawn interest from throughout the region.  Dave Blaney will look to add to his 28 career “410” Sprint Car wins at the track.  Leading the local contingent is Jack Sodeman, Jr.  The North Jackson, Ohio driver won the last two championships when the Sprints last ran weekly in 2009 and 2010.  Sodeman has 12 “410” wins at Sharon.  Dan Shetler, the 2008 track champion, has been fast throughout the region this year and is expected to compete along with locals such as A.J. Flick, Carl Bowser, Sye Lynch, Dan Kuriger, Brandon and Brent Matus, Michael Bauer, and many more. Central Pa. driver, Bradley Howard, who has competed with the All Stars for much of the last two years has stated his intention to compete. 

“We’ve had great success with our Sprint Car shows,” stated general manager Dave Willoughby.  “Last year we were unable on a couple tries to get our non-sanctioned 410 Sprint show in, but had a great turnout in 2015.  Looks like the weather should cooperate on Saturday, and this year we’ve added a second non-sanctioned show as part of the Apple Festival Nationals.  We have to thank all of the contributors that allowed us to raise the purse in memory of Simon Yoder, while keeping the general admission price at just $ 10.  We really hope both the fans and racers support this event so we can do more Sprint Car events in the future.” 

Yoder was a longtime Sprint Car fan and supporter of several drivers over the years until succumbing to cancer.  The following contributors have helped increase this payoff of this event: Jim Miller, Good Tire Service, BLR Trucking, Deems Logging, Bill Altman, Palmer Pools, Intense Fabrication, Don Book Trucking, Mitcheltree Bros. Logging & Lumber, Jake Yoder, and Nathan Exley. 

Thanks to the following who have contributed to the “410” Sprint Dash payoff: Brian & Janice Jewell, Lynn & Pat Lipko, Doug & Joletta Mays, Bill & Carrie Rose, Ron & Roberta Slater, Rick Robinson Automotive, Gary Rose, and Shelly Smoker.

The Stock Cars had last Saturday night off, while on July 29 Chris McGuire and Chris Schneider picked up wins for the Penn-Ohio Series events.  Only three regular weekly events have been completed this season for the Stocks.  McGuire won the season opener followed by Andy Buckley and Paul Davis won the last regular event clear back on June 10.  Davis has an 11-point lead on Andy Thompson in the Gibson Insurance Agency standings.  Mike Miller, Mike Clark, and Jamie Scharba are third through fifth.

The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds are coming off a big night where they had 29 cars in competition and received the highest pay structure.  Ironically three drivers have won two events in a season marred by rain including point leader Kole Holden along with Chas Wolbert and Rocky Kugel.  Wolbert is coming off the $ 800 make-up feature win from last Saturday night, while Holden meanwhile picked up a win Sunday at Eriez Speedway as he also leads the $ 3,000 to-win RUSH Weekly Series points.  Holden has an eight-point lead on Wolbert, while Chelsie Kriegisch, Shayne Izzo, and Kyle Martell complete the top five in the HTMA/Precise Racing Products standings with just three nights of point events remaining.

Tyler Frankenberry was able to end Steve Haefke’s run of five straight wins in the Econo Mods.  Frankenberry led all 20 laps of the Summit Racing Equipment feature event for his first career win.  Haefke meanwhile had charged from 23rd to third as he appeared ready to content for a sixth straight win before spinning out.  The defending champion has just a seven-point lead over Brandon Blackshear, who has one win this season.  Zach Myers, Kyle Miller, and Mike Hillman are third through fifth in points.

After getting rained out on July 1, the Junior Sprints for kids will try and complete their second show of the season.  Jordan Simmons won the first event, while Mike Lutz, Jr. won their debut at the 2016 “Apple Festival Nationals”.  The Junior Sprints will also compete on Friday night, September 8 for the 2017 “Apple Festival Nationals”.

“410” Sprint Car Feature Payoff: 1. $ 3,000  2. $ 1,000  3. $ 800  4. $ 600  5. $ 550  6. $ 475  7. $ 425  8. $ 400  9. $ 350  10. $ 300  11. $ 280  12. $ 260  13-24. $ 250.  $ 100 non-qualifier/tow.

“410” Sprint Car Dash Payoff: 1. $ 150  2. $ 125  3. $ 100  4. $ 75  5. $ 50  6. $ 50.

Pits open at 4 p.m. with grandstands at 5, Sprint Car warm-ups at 6:40, and racing at 7.  Grandstand admission is $ 10 for those 14 and over.  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 13, parking, and camping is always FREE!  Pit passes are $ 30.  Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

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.  Become a fan of Sharon Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sharonspeedway and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sharonspdwy.

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4 divisions of Modifieds in 5 feature events highlight Saturday’s “Steel Valley Thunder” program

By Mike Leone

August 2, 2017       

(Hartford, OH)…After finally breaking through last Saturday night with the first “Steel Valley Thunder” program in seven weeks, Sharon Speedway looks to make it two in a row this Saturday night (August 5) for an all Modified program for the “Bill Kirila Memorial”.  The weekly Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods will be joined by a special appearance by the E-Mods in a $ 1,000 to-win event presented by A&MP Electric.  The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will also run their $ 800 to-win 2016 “Apple Festival Nationals” make-up feature.  Racing is set for 7 p.m.  Adult admission is just $ 10.

The headlining Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds have led the way at Sharon this year completing seven events. Last Saturday night, Rex King, Jr. evened the score with his father Rex, Sr. by virtue of his second win of the season.  King, Jr. has opened up a 19-point lead on Jim Weller, Jr. as he looks for his third title in four season.  Weller, who has one win, was the last driver other than a King to win a Sharon Championship, which occurred in 2013.  Other winners this season include Jeremiah Shingledecker on July 8 for the “Lou Blaney Memorial” and Peter Britten on July 20 for the Super DIRTcar Series event.  Veterans Dave Murdick, Jim Rasey, and King are through fifth in points. 

The E-Mods will be making one of their special appearances this Saturday night. Saturday’s program will pay $ 1,000 to-win win thanks to A&MP Electric.  Back on May 20, Joel Watson won his 27th career feature at Sharon.  Also that night, Jacob Hawkins won the 2016 “Apple Festival Nationals” make-up E-Mod feature for the Renegades of Dirt.  On June 3, Carl McKinney reached double figures with his 10th career Sharon win.  Unfortunately their July 22 scheduled event was rained out.  Drivers will be permitted to use any 8? tire.  There are no entry or registration fees.

It’ll be a big night for the HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds as they not only race in a complete program, but will also try and finally complete their 2016 “Apple Festival Nationals” $ 800 to-win make-up feature that has been rained out several times. The make-up feature field is already set with no new cars permitted to run.  The make-up feature will be a non-point Sharon and RUSH Tour event; however, will allow drivers to accumulate RUSH Weekly Series points towards their best 12 finishes.  Chas Wolbert won his season’s first at Sharon last Saturday night stopping Kole Holden’s two straight win streak.  Holden is the current point leader by 12 over Wolbert.  Chelsie Kriegisch, Shayne Izzo, and Kyle Martell are third through fifth in points.

The Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods wrap up the four division Modified program on Saturday night. Can anyone stop Steve Haefke is the question!?  Haefke won from the tail last Saturday night for his fifth straight win!  If he wants to keep that streak intact he’ll have to do it from the tail once again this Saturday night.  Haefke entered the season with 17 straight top two finishes before struggling in the opening two events won by Brandon Blackshear and Zach Myers before reeling off five straight wins giving him 22 top two finishes in the past 24 races dating back to 2015!  Blackshear trails Haefke by 17 points as Myers, Kyle Miller, and Mike Hillman complete the top five in points.  

Pits open at 4 p.m. with grandstands at 5, drivers meeting at 6:30, and racing at 7. Grandstand admission is $ 10 for those 14 and over.  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 13, parking, and camping is always FREE!  Pit passes are $ 30.  Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

Coming on Saturday, August 12 will be the “Simon Yoder Memorial” for “410” Sprint Cars paying $ 3,000 to-win, $ 250 to-start!  There will also be a dash for cash paying $ 150 to-win down six spots to set the first three rows of the feature.  The Stock Cars, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Econo Mods, and Junior Sprints for kids will also be on the program presented by Thompson Fab.

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.  Become a fan of Sharon Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sharonspeedway and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sharonspdwy.

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