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.

Ohio Speedweek set to make a stop at Sharon on Tuesday featuring Tony Stewart’s All Star Sprints along with RUSH Mods

By Mike Leone

June 14, 2018

(Hartford, OH)…The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply “410” Sprint Cars will be making their third appearance of the 2018 season at Sharon Speedway this Tuesday (June 19) when Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 come to town for the 36th annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket. The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will also be in action on Tom’s Sewer and Stackhouse Construction Night. Warm-ups for Sprints are scheduled for approximately 6:20 p.m. followed by qualifying and racing. Reserved and advanced tickets are on sale at SharonSpeedway.com.

The 2018 Ohio Sprint Speedweek will feature nine straight nights of racing at eight different speedways beginning at Attica Raceway Park on Friday night with the Sharon event being stop #5 of the popular summer tradition. This year’s Speedweek will see a $ 7,000 increase in the points fund with $ 3,000 going to the champion. Sharon’s race will pay $ 5,000 to-win. The All Stars continue to flourish under the fourth year of ownership by Tony Stewart.

After a five-year absence, Ohio Speedweek returned to Sharon in 2010 as Tim Shaffer topped a 42-car field for the victory. In 2011, it was hometown favorite Dale Blaney winning the Sharon leg of Speedweek over a 45-car field. In 2012, in a stunning turn of events, local racer Brandon Matus came out victorious for his first career win with both the All Stars and at Sharon. Another strong field of 43 cars was on hand. The 2013 event was rained out before a car ever hit the speedway, and the 2014 event fell victim to Mother Nature before the gates ever opened.

In 2015, Blaney won his second Speedweek race in three events at Sharon over another strong 42-car field. Bryan Clauson topped a huge 51-car field winning his first career All Star race before tragically losing his life in a racing accident later in the summer. Last year, saw Kyle Larson take a popular win over a big field of 48 cars.

“Sharon has always played an important part in Ohio Speedweek history,” explained ninth year GM Dave Willoughby. “Sharon was there at the beginning, and we’re happy once again to be part of this long-running tradition. Since returning to the Speedweek lineup in 2010, the average car counts of our events have been over 45! Hopefully we have good weather on Tuesday and fans and racers will come out and support this great event so we can continue to host this event for years to come.”

Ohio Speedweek always draws in top talent from the Midwest, along with the strong core of All Star regulars, several Australians, the best from western Pa., usually a couple from central Pa. like Danny Dietrich, and always some surprises. Last year’s Sharon Speedweek winner, Kyle Larson, along with last year’s “Lou Blaney Memorial” winner, Christopher Bell, will both be in action on Tuesday night. California racers Rico Abreu and Gio Scelzi, the 16-year-old youngest son of drag racing great Gary Scelzi, will be running Ohio Speedweek.

Tim Shaffer, who made headlines in April winning more than $ 100,000 at Mansfield, enters as the defending Speedweek Champion for the locally-based Demyan-Rudzik team. Shaffer also has two All Star wins this season despite not racing with the Series full-time.

Texan Aaron Reutzel currently leads the All Star points with two victories, which ironically came at Sharon and Lernerville. Reutzel has just a 22-point lead on another Series newcomer in Californian Carson Macedo. Macedo enters Speedweek hot winning the Series’ last two races last weekend in New York. Sitting third in points is six-time Series defending champion Chad Kemenah. The Alveda, Ohio driver owns five career All Star victories at Sharon in addition to winning the June 2 $ 3,000 non-sanctioned event at Sharon. Jac Haudenschild and Parker Price-Miller complete the top five in the All Stars standings.

Brothers Dave and Dale Blaney own 28 and 14 Sprint Car wins respectively at their home track. Dave is an All Star regular in 2018 as he’s currently sixth in points, while Dale is expected to return to action since sitting out since early spring due to a work-related injury. The top active local Sprint Car winner at Sharon is Jack Sodeman, Jr. The North Jackson, Ohio racer has 12 victories along with the 2010 track championship- the last year Sprints ran weekly.

Ed Lynch, Jr. is the all-time winningest Sprint Car driver at Sharon with 50 victories. Though Ed, Jr. is no longer active, his youngest son, Sye, won the final 2017 “410” Sprint Car event last September for his first career win.

The All Stars will return two and a half weeks later on Saturday, July 7 for the 10th annual “Lou Blaney Memorial” along with The Mod Tour for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds.

The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will be the only support division on the card on Tuesday night racing for $ 500 to-win. The growing class has only been able to complete one event this season due to the rainy weather. On June 2, Blaze Myers topped a record 31-car field for the 14-year-old’s first career win. Tuesday’s event will be a points event for both Sharon and the RUSH Weekly Series. The Bicknell Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modified Tour will make its first of two appearances on Saturday, June 23 for the Series’ “Manufacturers Night”.

Grandstand admission tickets are $ 25. Reserved and advanced tickets are available online at SharonSpeedway.com by clicking “Buy Tickets” at the top left of the page. Children 13 and under are FREE. Pit passes are $ 35, while children’s pit passes for those 12 and under are $ 25. Pits open at 3 p.m. with grandstands at 4. Parking and camping are free. 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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Super Late Models return Saturday for 1st appearance of 2018 in an ULMS event; Big-Block Mods & UEMS E-Mods also featured

By Mike Leone

June 5, 2018

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway finally got a reprieve from Mother Nature last Saturday night as just the second event of the 2018 season was completed. Sharon will now look to complete two consecutive events for the first time this season on Saturday night (June 9) when the ULMS Super Late Models headline the program and will be joined by the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds, UEMS E-Mods, and Junior Sprints for kids. Race time is 7 p.m.

For the first time since May 30, 2015, the ULMS Super Late Models return to Sharon highlighted by a 30-lap, $ 3,000 to-win feature event. The last time ULMS was at Sharon, Max Blair captured the victory for his first ever with the Series. Blair, who also has seven career RUSH (Crate) Late Model wins at Sharon, is expected to be one the drivers to beat on Saturday night. Mike Maresca, Doug Eck, Greg Oakes, Matt Lux, Mike Wonderling, Jason Dobson, Garrett Mott along with northern invaders from the Eriez-Stateline Circuit like Bobby Rohrer, Matt Urban, John Lobb, Bump Hedman, and Chad Wright are a few others expected to be on hand.

Blair, a two-time 2018 ULMS winner, currently leads Maresca, who won last month at Tri-City, by 11 points heading into Friday’s event at Thunder Mountain Speedway. The Super Late Models will return on Monday, July 2 for the rescheduled “Steel Valley 50” paying $ 12,000 to-win for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

The UEMS E-Mod Series will be kicking off its season on Saturday night with its first visit to Sharon since 2013 in an $ 1,000 to-win feature event. UEMS is led by three-time and defending series champion, Joel Watson, who has 27 career wins at Sharon. Randy Hall, another three-time Series champion, has two career Sharon wins as he now pilots the potent Tim Engles-owned #68. Mike McGee, Brent Rhebergen, Carl McKinney, Josh Ferry, Ken Zimmer, Jack Young, Mike Potosky, Dennis Lunger, Jr., Greg Johnson, Dan Sasso, Gary Eicher, Mike Kinney, Troy Johnson, and Al Brewer are some of the expected UEMS entrants.

Brewer is expected have both his ULMS Late Model and his UEMS E-mod on hand, while Maresca is expected to compete with both the ULMS Super Late Models and Big-Block Modifieds. For more information on ULMS and UEMS, check out their website at www.ulmsracing.com.

The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds have still yet to get a program in thus far as only the four heat races were completed at part of The Mod Tour event on May 26. The Big-Block Modifieds were also rained out for the scheduled Menards “Super Series” opener on April 28 along with “Fan Appreciation Night” on May 19. Rex King, Jr. of Bristolville, Ohio has won three of the last four titles and sits at 23 career wins. His father Rex Sr. is a five-time track champion and leads the active drivers with 53 career wins. Jim Weller, Jr. has posted 36 career wins and three track titles. Other active top racers with career wins in parentheses including Kevin Bolland (22), Jim Rasey (19), Brian Swartzlander (14), and Dave Murdick (9).

Pits are open throughout the day on Saturday with pit passes going on sale at 4 p.m., while the main grandstands open at 5. Pill cutoff is 6:20 p.m. and racing at 7. Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 15. 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, parking, and camping is always FREE! Pit passes are $ 35. Pit passes for children 12 and under are $ 25. Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

Coming up on Saturday, June 16 will be the “Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals” featuring the Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series in a $ 10,000 to-win event presented by Blue Ox Timber. Some 75 drivers are pre-entered. There will be an open practice on Friday night, June 15.

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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Sprint Car doubleheader featured Saturday for Menards “Super Series” event; “410” Sprints, non-wing RUSH Sprints, RUSH Mods & Econo Mods in action

By Mike Leone

May 30, 2018

(Hartford, OH)…Mother Nature has continued to wreck havoc on the 2018 racing season. Last Saturday night saw part of the heat races completed before rain washed out the remainder of the program. Outside of a successful May 5 event for the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars, Mother Nature has claimed the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event, three Menards “Super Series” events, “Fan Appreciation Night” along with two practice nights.

A more promising forecast appears to be taking shape for this Saturday night (June 2) for the fourth attempt at completing a Menards “Super Series” event. The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply “410” Sprint Cars will be the featured attraction along with the first ever appearance by the RUSH Sprint Cars. The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods will round out the program on Bucks Fabricating Night. Race time is 7 p.m.

The “410” Sprints are just one of two divisions that have completed a feature to date this season. The “410s” were in an All Star Circuit of Champions event on May 5 that saw Texan Aaron Reutzel capture his first career Series and track win over a stellar 43-car field. The “410s” were set to return on May 12 for the first ever FAST-sanctioned event at Sharon. Well over 30 Sprints were expected with many on the grounds or on their way when rain cancelled that program. FAST will return on August 18.

Saturday will be highlighted by a $ 3,000 to-win, $ 250 to-start feature event utilizing Attica Raceway Park’s hot lap/group qualifying format that was used at last August’s “410” event and was prepared to be used on May 12. 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. Heat and B main finish(es) will complete the 24-car starting lineup.

A strong field of local and regional talent is expected. Last year saw Danny Holtgraver and Sye Lynch pick up the non-sanctioned victories. Jack Sodeman, Jr. won the last two track titles when the “410” Sprint Cars last appeared weekly in 2009 and 2010. Ed Lynch, Jr. is still the track’s all-time winningest driver with 50 victories.

A total of 10 “410” Sprint Car events were scheduled for 2018. The next Sprint Car show will take place on Tuesday, June 19 when Ohio Speedweek makes a stop for the second of three appearances by the All Star Circuit of Champions with the final visit on Saturday, July 7 for the 10th annual “Lou Blaney Memorial”. Tickets for both of these events are on sale at SharonSpeedway.com and by clicking the ‘Buy Tickets’ link at the top left of the homepage.

Completing the Sprint Car doubleheader on Saturday will be the new RUSH Sprint Car Series in their first of two appearances of 2018. These traditional non-wing Sprints feature the Chevrolet Performance 602 crate engine, $ 135 sealed/spec Bilstein Shocks, spec Hoosier Tires, and the new RUSH “Visual” Methanol. The RUSH Sprint Cars have 27 events scheduled at 10 different tracks throughout the region in 2018; however, due to Mother Nature, only two events have been completed. Those two events featured excellent racing with Arnie Kent winning the opener at Lernerville on May 16 by just 0.139 of a second over Gale Ruth, Jr. At the second event at Old Bradford Speedway on May 20, Late Model standout made his Sprint Car debut a winning one holding off a furious challenge by Ruth. The RUSH Sprint Car drivers are competing towards a $ 5,000 to-win championship

The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will attempt for the sixth time to kick-off their season as they begin their fifth year of competition at Sharon and fourth as a weekly division. The RUSH Mods were on the track for their first of three heat races when rain hit. A solid field of 27 cars were on hand. Greg Martin, Brandon Ritchey, and Kole Holden are past track champions. Top racers Alan Dellinger, Garrett Krummert, and Rob Kristyak will be new weekly competitors in 2018 along with several other newcomers like Tony Tatgenhorst, who raced at Sharon in Mod Lites, RUSH Late Models, and E-Mods. Only two RUSH Sportsman Modified events have been completed region-wide to date this season with Ritchey winning at Pittsburgh and Krummert at Tri-City.

The Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods opened their season on May 5 as Brad Blackshear took the $ 500 top honors, but have been rained out ever since. Blackshear was the inaugural champion back in 2010 and then ended a near six-year winless drought at Sharon with his fifth career win on Saturday night. Defending two-time champion, Steve Haefke, was battling for the victory when he spun on the final lap.

For all regular events, Sharon will continue to offer a higher purse structure if 24 or more cars are on hand for any of the weekly divisions and a non-qualifier if there are 32 or more cars.

Pits are open throughout the day with pit passes going on sale at 4 p.m., while the main grandstands open at 5. Pill cutoff is 6:20 p.m. and racing at 7. Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 13. Seniors 62 and over 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, parking, and camping is always FREE! Pit passes are $ 30. Pit passes for children 12 and under are $ 20. Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

Coming up on Saturday, June 9 will be the ULMS Super Late Models for $ 3,000 to-win plus Big-Block Modifieds, E-Mods in a UEMS-sanctioned event plus Junior Sprints for kids.

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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