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.

King wins 1st of 2018 in Big-Block Mod season finale; Hill captures “Mark Marcucci Memorial” for Mod Lites worth $1558; Dwarfs to Williams

By Mike Leone

September 7-8, 2018

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway completed the 2018 season one night earlier than scheduled after unexpected all day rain showers on Saturday washed out night two of the annual “Apple Festival Nationals”. On Friday night, Rex King-Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds, James Hill-“Mark Marcucci Memorial” for Mod Lites, and Teddy Williams-Dwarf Cars kicked off the “Apple Festival Nationals” victorious before rain washed out the RUSH Sprint Car feature. There were 201 cars in the pits plus the Jr. Sprints for kids. All day rain on Saturday forced the ending to the season the way it started making for the eighth rainout of the year, but first since June 23. Plans for that event will be announced soon.

It took until the season finale for five-time Big-Block Modified track champion, Rex King, to garner his first win of 2018. King made the winning move on lap seven and held off a furious challenge by Garrett Krummert for the 25-lap Hovis Auto & Truck Supply feature win. The $ 1,500 victory for the Bristolville, Ohio veteran upped his career win total to 54, which is tops for active Big-Block Modified racers.

Jim Weller, Jim Rasey, and fifth starting King all passed pole-sitter Dave Murdick on the opening lap for the top three spots. Rasey took over on lap two when he drove under Weller in turn four, and two laps later King made the same move on Rasey to take second. King ran down Rasey on lap five then pulled even on lap six as the two veterans raced side-by-side for the lead for two laps as King nosed ahead on lap seven before newcomer Erik Bowser spun and was collected by J.R. McGinley.

That would be the event’s only caution as when racing resumed on lap eight, Garrett Krummert, who had passed Weller for third before the caution, made the pass of Rasey for second. King caught lapped traffic on lap 14 allowing Krummert to close in.

Krummert pulled even on lap 19 as the two raced side-by-side for the lead, but King held on. Krummert continued to challenge King as he tried everything on the racey surface over the final five laps to make a move through lapped traffic but to no avail as King’s R.D. Banks Chevrolet/Arnold L. Barris Trucking/Midway Garage Door/G.S. Engine Power-sponsored #65 crossed the finish first by 0.385 of a second.

Twelfth starting Rex King, Jr. passed Rasey on lap 18 and started to close in late, but ran out of time and finished third. Rasey fell to fourth over Mike Maresca, Jr. Completing the top 10 were Jeremiah Shingledecker, Murdick, Weller, Brad Rapp, and Lonny Riggs. Heat wins went to Shingledecker, King, and Krummert over the 21-car field.

James Hill came out on top of a 39-car field of racers from six different states to win the inaugural “Mark Marcucci Memorial” in the richest Mod Lite race in the history of Sharon. The First State racer passed Rod Jones on lap 16 and went on to win the 20-lap feature, which was worth $ 1,588 after bonuses.

“I’m speechless,” expressed the 22-year-old Laurel, Delaware driver. ” This was an awesome race to win. I knew Mark (Marcucci) from racing other tracks. He was an awesome man. He was taken away way too soon. I hope you liked that race, and I hope we can put on a good race for you in the future. I want to thank each and every one of you sitting in the stands. I appreciate you coming out and supporting our class. You have a hell of a track and officials- I can’t wait to come back here. This is a Walt Breeding Memorial car and I figured we’d bring it out for Mark’s memorial.”

The fifth starting Hill used the numerous cautions to his benefit. Hill moved to third on lap 11 past Alan Knepper and two laps later grabbed second from Vivian Jones, both following restarts. The event’s seventh and final caution was displayed with 14 laps completed as the final six would go green-to-checkered. Hill and Rod Jones, the race-long leader, battled side-by-side the ensuing two laps before Hill made the winning move off turn two and led the final five laps in his Taylor & Messick/TL Hill Services/Carey’s Towing/Peterman Construction/Hillview Farms-sponsored #1H.

Vivian Jones passed her father on the final lap for second. Rod Jones was third after breaking the left rear hub around lap 10. Knepper and Iowa racer Charles Brown completed the top five. Heat race wins went to Knepper, Hill, Tracy Fritter, and Mitch Ward in their first and only appearance of the season. Doug Stanley captured the last chance B main.

Teddy Williams picked up the win in the 20-lap feature for the Sportsman Dwarf Cars. Williams and Steve Mix, Jr. traded the lead before Williams made the winning pass on lap 10. The 55-year-old Leavittsburg, Ohio driver’s first ever Sharon win was worth $ 500 in a race that featured six lead changes.

Mark Biskup led the opening lap before Joe Grzelak, Jr. took over on lap two. Grzelak’s lead was short-lived as he would spin on lap three handing the lead back to Biskup. Biskup though wouldn’t lead another lap as fifth starting Steve Mix, Jr. grabbed the lead on lap three. Williams started back in eighth and moved to second on lap four then took his first lead when Mix got sideways off turn four on lap five.

Mix came back to take the lead on lap nine, but his final lead lasted only one lap as Williams made the winning pass on lap 10. Angie Grzelak passed Mix on lap 13 and tracked down Williams in the final lap, but Williams was able to hold on in his #48. Mix dropped to third over Jacob Eakin and Art Williams. Angie and Joe Grzelak along with Mix won the heat races over the 25-car field in their first and only appearance of the season.

The RUSH Sprint Cars were on the track and set to go green on their 20-lap feature when the intensity of the rain picked up forcing the cars off the track. Unfortunately it was the start of rain that would continue through the weekend. The RUSH Sprint Car feature purse was split. Their heats for the 14-car field were won by Chad Ruhlman, who won the June 2 event, and Zach Morrow, who started seventh.

The Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Series, RUSH Sportsman Modified Touring Series, and Econo Mods completed their heats and were scheduled to run their last chance B mains and feature events on Saturday. 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.

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds (25 laps, $ 1,500 to-win): 1. REX KING (65) 2. Garrett Krummert (10s) 3. Rex King, Jr. (165) 4. Jim Rasey (32) 5. Mike Maresca, Jr. (7MM) 6. Jeremiah Shingledecker (37MD) 7. Dave Murdick (61) 8. Jim Weller, Jr. (31) 9. Brad Rapp (11R) 10. Lonny Riggs (Black 58) 11. Colton Walters (18) 12. Josh Deems (39J) 13. Chris Rudolph (25) 14. Steve Barr (25B) 15. Randy Chronister (71) 16. Tom Mattocks (69) 17. Max Smoker (93X) 18. Rick Regalski, Jr. (13) 19. Will Thomas III (9) 20. J.R. McGinley (66M) 21. Erik Bowser (89).

Mod Lites “Mark Marcucci Memorial” (20 laps, $ 1,538 to-win): 1. JAMES HILL (1H) 2. Vivian Jones (20M) 3. Rod Jones (21) 4. Alan Knepper (10) 5. Charles Brown (75) 6. Mitch Ward (862) 7. Tracy Fritter (59) 8. Calvin Clay (12C) 9. Alan Dellinger (Meadows 224) 10. Shane Webb (267) 11. Clint Snyder (B4U) 12. Doug Stanley (Coen 1C) 13. Bobby Springer (42) 14. Mark A. Marcucci (8M) 15. Dusty Frantz (825) 16. Ayden Cipriano (5C) 17. Thomas Perkins, Jr. (37) 18. Larry Bevivino (5) 19. Joseph Sisk (24) 20. Matt Ward (98) 21. Shane Pfeuffer (717) 22. Jimmy Smith (Carter R88) 23.Chris Robinson (15) 24. Cody Dye (4T). DNQ: Chris Logan (2), David Brown (33), Ed Mudrick (55M), Roman Jones (82M), Teddy Williams II (818), Tyler Purnell (51), Shawn Nairn (28), Keith Smith (16S), Doug Jones (71X), Dennis Smith (13), Logan Lewis (22), Jeff Davis (830), Kenneth Campbell, Jr. (1KC), Aaron Dadisman (48), Brian Foley, Jr. (Williams 1).

Sportsman Dwarf Cars (15 laps, $ 500 to-win): 1. Teddy Williams (48) 2. Angie Grzelak (57) 3. Steve Mix, Jr. (85) 4. Jacob Eakin (14) 5. Art Williams (1) 6. Brandon Smith (13) 7. Steve Mix, Sr. (3) 8. Eric Marsh (9) 9. Mark (33) 10. Amelia Clay (16C) 11. Terry Ohl (9T) 12. Jerry Langley (23L) 13. Jim Good (31) 14. Taylor Suchan (66) 15. Michael Keefe (99K) 16. Mark Suchan (66) 17. Jason Gracey (17) 18. Greg Davis (34) 19. Jereme Beam (49) 20. Chas Wolbert (69) 21. Tiffany Williams (58) 22. Joe Grzelak, Jr. (888) 23. Michael Heverly (99B) 24. Charlie Biskup (09) 25. Larry Rhodes (33)-DNS.

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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“Apple Festival Nationals” Friday & Saturday; Most of the region’s divisions in action; “410” Sprints featured for $3000 to-win Saturday

By Mike Leone

September 5, 2018

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway will conclude the 89th anniversary season this weekend with the running of the annual “Apple Festival Nationals” on Friday and Saturday night (September 7-8). Nine different divisions will compete. The Big-Block Modifieds, RUSH Sprint Cars, Mod Lites, Sportsman Dwarf Cars, and Junior Sprints will run a complete show on Friday night. The “410” Sprint Cars will run their complete show on Saturday night, while the Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series, RUSH Sportsman Modified Touring Series, and Econo Mods will have their shows split over the two days with their features on Saturday night. Warm-ups for selected divisions will get underway at 6 p.m. followed immediately by racing both nights.

For the second straight year, the “410” Sprint Cars will be part of the “Apple Festival Nationals” in a $ 3,000 to-win, $ 250 to-start event; however, this year their complete program will headline Saturday night’s show. There has still yet to be repeat winner in the eight Hovis Auto & Truck Supply “410” Sprint Car events contested thus far this season as Aaron Reutzel, Christopher Bell, and Dave Blaney were victorious in the $ 5,000 All Star-sanctioned events, while Chad Kemenah, Sye Lynch, George Hobaugh, Dale Blaney, and Cap Henry captured $ 3,000 victories. Will there be a ninth different winner on Saturday night!? Saturday will again utilize the hot lap/group qualifying format that has been used on all of the Menards “Super Series” Sprint Car events. Mufflers are not required and there’s no registration or entry fees.

The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds will now headline Friday night’s program with a complete show. Unlike the past two years of being open only to non-winners, this year’s show will allow all racers to complete in a $ 1,500 to-win event. Jeremiah Shingledecker is coming off of an impressive Mod Tour victory from the ninth starting spot at the last show on August 25.

The Mod Lites and Sportsman Dwarf Cars will return once again for their season’s only appearance as part of the “Apple Festival Nationals” running their complete show on Friday night. This year’s Mod Lite portion is the inaugural “Mark Marcucci Memorial” for the former standout racer that lost his in an automobile accident in April. Marcucci won the 2016 “Apple Festival Nationals” and is the division’s all-time winner at Mercer Raceway Park. Currently the Mod Lite feature will pay $ 1,250 to-win, $ 150 to-start, while the Dwarfs will race for $ 500 to-win. There are numerous bonuses along with sponsors that have made this event what it is. The complete list is posted at SharonSpeedway.com. Both divisions will pit in the overflow parking off turns three and four with registration and pill draw handled by Bill Bauer.

Joining the “Apple Festival Nationals” line-up for the first time are the new RUSH Sprint Cars. Their Friday night only program will pay $ 500 to-win. The non-wing crate engine Sprints made their Sharon debut back on June 2 when Late Model standout Chad Ruhlman picked up the win. The new division features a schedule of 28 events at 11 different speedways as 20 different cars have hit the track this season.

The Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series returns with $ 2,000 on the line this time. Thus far this season, the Penn-Ohio Series has made two appearances with Brent Johnson taking $ 10,000 on June 16 and Andrew Gordon $ 1,000 on July 28. Schneider currently leads Gordon, Rob Shook, Bobby Whitling, and Sharon Champion Chris McGuire in the Penn-Ohio standings. The five regular Sharon Gibson Insurance Agency events saw outsiders Jason Fosnaught, Gordon, Rusty Martz, and Chris Schneider (two) capture wins.

The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds had a $ 600 to-win Bicknell Touring Series event at the last Sharon event on August 25 when Chas Wolbert topped a record 38-car field as part of the rescheduled “Manufacturers Night”. This weekend’s event will pay $ 800 to-win. Wolbert enters the weekend with four straight Sharon wins and five overall for the season and leads the Bicknell Tour points by just four over Garrett Krummert, who was the 2018 Sharon Champion and leads the RUSH Weekly Series points. Brandon Ritchey, 2017 Tour Champion Kyle Martell, and Steve Slater complete the top five in Tour points. The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds are in their fifth year and the car count averages have rose each year. This year the average car count per night at Sharon is 26.6.

The Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods will be round out the three divisions competing over both days. The Econo Mods will be racing in one of their richest events ever at the track with $ 750 on the line. Jacob Eucker is coming off his first track championship and led the way with four feature wins. Runner-up points man, Steve Haefke, fell short of a third straight track title as he’d love to pick up his first win of the season in the 2018 finale. Ty Rhoades had a breakout season winning the first two features of his career in route to a third place points standings, and missed runner-up by just one-point. Brian Toto and Brandon Blackshear were fourth and fifth in points. The Econo Mods had strong car counts all season in the 20s and a great field is expected this weekend.

This pits will be open throughout the day on Friday. Pit pass sales will begin at 3 p.m. with grandstands at 4 both days. A drivers meeting is slated for 5:20 p.m. Warm-ups for the RUSH Sprint Cars, Mod Lites & Dwarf Cars will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday night followed by racing. On Saturday, warm-up/group qualifying for the Sprints will take place at 6 p.m. followed by Sprint Car heat races and the remainder of the program for the Stocks, RUSH Mods, and Econo Mods. Cars that do not compete Friday in the three divisions running both days can tag the B main or feature, provided the 24-car feature fields aren’t set.

Breakfast will be served in the main concession on Saturday morning from 8:30-11 a.m. and lunch from 12-2 p.m. in the pit concession. There will be a bonfire after the races each night.

Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 13 on Friday and $ 18 on Saturday or $ 28 for a two-day pass. Pit passes are $ 35 each night or $ 65 for a two-day pass. There are no entry or registration fees for Sharon, only the typical Penn-Ohio and RUSH Mod Tour entry fees for those two divisions.

RACEceivers/driver one-way radios are mandatory for all divisions with the default channel of 454.000. AMB/MyLaps transponders are required for all divisions except Mod Lites, Dwarf Cars, and Jr. Sprints. Rentals will be available. Any driver that has not raced at Sharon Speedway in 2018 needs to complete a registration form, and try and bring it to the track completed to save time. The form is available by going to SharonSpeedway.com, clicking on Drivers, then Registration or directly here http://www.sharonspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/RegistrationFormSharon2018B.pdf. Complete payoffs for each division are available on the website.

Children under 13, parking, and camping is FREE! Those camping MUST register when they arrive and saving of spots will NOT be permitted. Sharon has a no carry-in of outside food and drinks or coolers. PLEASE NOTE: THE BACKSTRETCH GRANDSTANDS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR GENERAL ADMISSION ON FRIDAY NIGHT- ONLY FOR PIT PASS HOLDERS. This is due to using the outside of turns three and four overflow pit parking.

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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Shingledecker charges from 9th to win $2000 Mod Tour big blocks; 4th straight win for Wolbert in RUSH Mods topping a record 38-car field for their Tour/MFG Night; Win #2 for Schneider & Rhoades in Stocks & Econo Mods

By Mike Leone

August 25, 2018

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway wrapped up the month of August with the final Menards “Super Series” event of the season on Saturday night. Capturing wins on Hovis Auto & Truck Supply and Mark Thomas Ford Night and celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Jeremiah Shingledecker-The Mod Tour for Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds, Chas Wolbert-Bicknell RUSH Touring Series for the HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Chris Schneider-Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, and Ty Rhoades-Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods. A season high 113 cars (plus 12 Junior Sprints for kids) were in the pit area as it was the fifth straight week over 100 cars were present for the four-division program.

Jeremiah Shingledecker was on a rail. Shingledecker found the extreme outside around the fence to his liking as he charged from the ninth starting spot to drive around Canadian Tyler Willard on lap 16 and never looked back to win the 35-lap Mod Tour feature. It was Shingledecker’s first Sharon win since the $ 2,000 “Lou Blaney Memorial” back on July 8, 2017. Shingledecker’s first Mod Tour win of the season was also worth $ 2,000.

“We actually fell back there at the start,” explained the 41-year-old Polk, Pa. winner. “They watered the track so we tightened it up. The first couple laps I was being patient waiting for the moisture to get out. Once I turned it on we were up against that outside wall and it worked really wall at least until I got into it. The groove widen out and you could pretty much run anywhere. We haven’t been winning a lot in recent years and a lot of that is these little girls. We spend time with the family, but we’re getting back to working on the race car more and with some people helping us out things are going really well. I have to thank the crew; we’ve been through a lot this year after flipping the car over at Lernerville.”

Willard raced out to early lead, while Rick Regalski passed Rex King on the opening lap for second. A five-car accident slowed action with two laps scored as the next 31 would go caution-free. When racing resumed on lap three, Will Thomas III and King battled side-by-side for third until Thomas made the pass on the outside on the fifth circuit. The top four of Willard, Regalski, Thomas and King began to distance themselves from the field on lap six.

Shingledecker entered contention on lap nine when he flew around Jim Rasey for fifth. On lap 12, Shingledecker made quite the move as he drove around both King and Thomas for third. Shingledecker caught Regalski on lap 13 and continued to make the high line work driving past him off turn four for second on lap 14. Willard’s lead quickly shrunk as Shingledecker made the winning pass off the top side of turn four on lap 16.

Thomas would regain the third spot on lap 17 getting by Regalski. Shingledecker had a straightaway lead built up by the time he entered heavy traffic on lap 23. Shingledecker’s lead continued to grow, while Thomas caught Willard in the battle for second on lap 28. Jim Rasey had just passed Regalski for fourth on lap 31, but Rex King, Jr. flew around both Regalski and Rasey for the spot on the same lap. The event’s final caution slowed action when Rich Whitney spun and collected Jeremiah’s brother, Travis Shingledecker, with 33 laps scored.

Jeremiah Shingledecker’s big lead was erased setting up a double-file restart for the two-lap shootout to the checkered. Shingledecker chose the outside and quickly pulled away as he drove off to his fourth career Sharon win by 1.797 seconds in his The Garage Bar & Grill/RCR Automotive/Fox Shocks/Fast Shafts/Jones Racing Products/Simpson-sponsored #37MD.

Willard was a career best Sharon finish in second. King, Jr. passed Thomas for third on lap 34. Thomas dropped back to fourth over Rasey. Completing the top were Regalski, Garrett Krummert, King, Eric Gabany, and Dave Murdick. Heat wins over the 29-car field went to Murdick, King, and Rasey.

An all-time record field of 38 RUSH Sportsman Modifieds turned out, but in the end it was Chas Wolbert winning an unprecedented fourth straight feature. The 25-lap HTMA/Precise Racing Products victory was worth $ 600 and came in the Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series event part of RUSH’s annual “Manufacturers Night” that saw competing racers share in over $ 20,000 of product giveaways! Wolbert’s five wins this season have totaled $ 2,700.

“This is crazy,” stated the 24-year-old Warren, Ohio racer. “Four in a row for us and to win a tour race- I can’t believe it. Track was great, my car was great. I had a good starting spot and was patient. I knew I had 25 laps and worked my way up through there and hit every point I needed to hit. We have great competition here. Anyone can win week in and week out. I didn’t see Steve (Slater), but he’s not afraid to run out there (top). Steve is a good driver and if he had a little bit more he would have had me. I’m glad to be back in here in victory lane. Without God none of this or life is possible. I have to thank all of my sponsors and everyone that helps out on the car.”

Rocky Kugel used the outside to race into the early lead past Steve Slater, while Wolbert passed Garrett Krummert for third on the opening lap. Wolbert took second from Slater on lap two then went after Kugel as he caught the leader on lap five. Wolbert would make the winning pass driving around Kugel off turn four on lap seven. Kugel would try to get back under Wolbert in turns one and two, but clipped an infield tire and spun to bring out the first caution with seven laps scored.

Krummert had taken over third from Slater before the caution then inherited second after Kugel’s spin; however, when racing resumed on lap eight the team cars of Slater and Darin Gallagher both passed Krummert for second and third. Wolbert began to extend his lead and pulled away on lap 12 while the battled raged for second between Gallagher, Slater, Krummert, and 10th starting Rob Kristyak.

Kristyak was having his best performance of the season as he passed Krummert for fourth on lap 13. He then took over third from Gallagher on lap 20 before Gallagher got too high smacking the fence and ending his good run with 21 laps completed. Wolbert appeared headed for the win, but Jeremy Weaver lost a wheel in turn four coming down for the white flag, which set up a one-lap shootout to the finish.

Wolbert wouldn’t be denied as he still was able to win by 0.691 of a second in his Dunkin’ Donuts/C.T. Wolbert Trucking/Russ King Racing/Ohio Intra Express/MJ’s Auto Repair/Crooked Pine Woodworking/955 Automotive/Kings Sanitary/Total Trumbull Sports-sponsored #c3 Bicknell. The win was Wolbert’s ninth of his career at Sharon and fourth of his career in the RUSH Touring Series.

Slater and Kristyak turned in their season best finishes in second and third. Krummert, who leads RUSH’s Weekly Series points, was fourth, which was good enough to earn him his first track title. Kole Holden earned the $ 100 Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger gift card going 15th to fifth. Brandon Ritchey, Josh Deems, Brian Schaffer, Gary Haupt, and Brian Sadler completed the top 10. Tony Tatgenhorst set fast time in $ 100 Ohio Intra Express “Shock the Clock” Qualifying with a lap of 18.035. Heat wins went to Sadler, Wolbert, Krummert, and Gallagher. Alan Dellinger and Tatgenhorst won the last chance B mains. Slater won the dash to earn the pole for the feature.

Chris Schneider put on a dominating performance in the 20-lap Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Car feature. Schneider started sixth and made the winning move on lap seven to capture his second straight win as he joined Andrew Gordon as the division’s only repeat winners. The victory for Schneider was worth $ 700 as there was a full field of cars once again.

“Really,” asked the 39-year-old Lower Burrell winner when told he won by six seconds. “I kept thought I was hearing (Alan) Dellinger and his pipes behind me so I thought I better tighten this up and not slide the car. Last week I said I was missing something and found what I was missing. It was little things that were off. She’s good now. That’s what this is all about- practicing for the big races. I have to thank God first and foremost and the fans for coming out. I also want to thank the crew here that puts this show together and keeps this place going- it’s a great track to race at. I wish I could come here every week.”

Shook jumped to the early lead over Michael Hudzik, while Chris McGuire passed Dellinger for third. Schneider was up to fifth after one lap then took fourth from Dellinger on lap two as McGuire moved into second. McGuire’s run in second was short-lived as Schneider made the pass on lap five before a caution for Jamie Maxwell and Kevin Vanzandt.

Back under green, Shook and Schneider raced side-by-side on laps six and seven before Schneider made the winning pass off the outside of turn two. Dellinger had passed McGuire for third then would inherit second when Shook put down oil the entire way around the track necessitating the caution and a lengthy clean-up period with 11 laps completed.

Dellinger would now be alongside Schneider for the double-file restart, but it wouldn’t matter as Schneider pulled away over the final nine non-stop laps to win by a commanding 6.081 seconds in his Nick Chevrolet/It’s All Clean Pressure Washing/SS Chassis & Supply-sponsored #55. The victory was Schneider’s ninth of his career and served as the final tune-up before the $ 2,000 to-win Penn-Ohio Series event in two weeks.

Dellinger and Clark, a three-time track champion, had their season best runs in second and third respectively ahead of McGuire, who captured his first career track title. Steve D’Apolito was fifth as he was unable to garner a fifth track championship settling for second in the standings. Schneider, Curt J. Bish, McGuire won the heat races over the 24-car field.

Ty Rhoades has had success winning features at several other regional speedways; however, it took Rhoades six years before he captured a feature win at Sharon on July 28. They always say the first win is the toughest as Rhoades’ second win came less than a month later winning for the second time in five weeks on Saturday night in the 20-lap Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mod feature.

“This is amazing,” expressed the 27-year-old Pittsburgh, Pa. winner. “I really don’t know what to say. I’ve chased this for six years here and now I get two in one year. It’s a good feeling to win here. This is by far the toughest track to win at with the best competition. Hats off to Sharon Speedway- it’s the best facility and surface in the business. I knew I had Steve (Haefke) and Jake (Eucker) right there and had to protect the bottom for all I had. I gave it up two weeks in a row to Jake. This is by a far a season to remember here. I have to thank my family- I couldn’t do this without them. I got pretty tore up last Sunday and everyone busted their hump all week while I was in Pittsburgh to make sure this car was ready for me when I got home.”

Defending two-time champion, Steve Haefke, led the field to green and looked strong leading the first eight laps in search of his first win of the season. Rhoades started fifth and moved into third on lap two then passed Brandon Blackshear for second on lap six. A caution for Gary Robinson and George Vestal IV slowed action for the first time with eight laps completed.

When racing resumed, Rhoades would make the winning pass from Haefke, while eighth starting Jacob Eucker took over third. Eight more laps were run before the event’s second caution when Ed Roberts spun. Unfortunately four straight cautions occurred on lap 17 before the final three went green-to-checkered.

Eucker, a four-time winner this season, passed Haefke for second on lap 19, but would run out of time as Rhoades took the win by 1.038 seconds in his Bloom Machineworks/Trace Lawn & Landscaping/Wedge Motorsports/Always Racing/A&MP Electric/Talbor Inc/Dirt Rhoades Logging/Village Auto/Bodies by Reinwald/Weldbark Energy-sponsored #12R. Eucker’s second did secure his first track championship. Haefke dropped to third over Blackshear. Dwayne Clay came from 15th to fifth for his sixth top five of the season. Kyle Miller, Eucker, and Josh Mueller won the heat races over the 23-car field.

The Mod Tour Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds (35 laps, $ 2,000 to-win): 1. JEREMIAH SHINGLEDECKER (37MD) 2. Tyler Willard (777) 3. Rex King, Jr. (165) 4. Will Thomas III (9) 5. Jim Rasey (32) 6. Rick Regalski, Jr. (13) 7. Garrett Krummert (10s) 8. Rex King (65) 9. Eric Gabany (3E) 10. Dave Murdick (61) 11. Kevin Hoffman (00) 12. Chris Haines (35H) 13. Kyle Fink (66F) 14. Brad Rapp (11R) 15. Jim Weller, Jr. (31) 16. Lonny Riggs (Black 58) 17. Travis Shingledecker (73MD) 18. Steve Barr (25B) 19. Tom Holden (68H) 20. Tom Mattocks (69) 21. Rich Whitney (19W) 22. Tom Glenn (83T) 23. Max Smoker (516) 24. Shawn Fleeger (88) 25. Ziggy Kugel (83X) 26. Bob Warren (96B) 27. Colton Walters (18) 28. J.R. McGinley (66M) 29. Sid Unverzagt, Jr. (17JR)-DNS.

Bicknell RUSH Touring Series for the HTMA/Precise Racing Products Sportsman Modifieds (25 laps, $ 600 to-win): 1. CHAS WOLBERT (c3) 2. Steve Slater (29) 3. Rob Kristyak (00) 4. Garrett Krummert (10S) 5. Kole Holden (2) 6. Brandon Ritchey (17) 7. Josh Deems (9D) 8. Brian Schaffer (41) 9. Gary Haupt (16) 10. Brian Sadler (5) 11. Alan Dellinger (Williams 8) 12. Kyle Martell (8) 13. Chelsie Kriegisch (10) 14. Cameron Nastasi (615) 15. Blaze Myers (43JR) 16. Jessica Kriegisch (63) 17. Jordan Ehrenberg (JD57) 18. Pat Adams (39) 19. Brandon Michaud (132) 20. Jacob Jordan (28J) 21. Jeremy Weaver (35W) 22. Darin Gallagher (Slater 29S) 23. Rocky Kugel (83) 24. Tony Tatgenhorst (63T). DNQ: Josh Seippel (Myers 43X), Brian Foley, Jr. (Smith 3G), Michael Kristyak (404), Kevin Long (22), Jerry Schaffer (14), Amelia Clay (4S), Jason Hufnagel (048), Lexi Couch (51), Will Schaffer (4), Greg Porter (25), Todd Gabriel (33G), Preston Cope (24P), David Kalb, Jr. (11J), Ziggy Kugel (83X)-DSQ.

Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars (20 laps, $ 700 to-win): 1. CHRIS SCHNEIDER 2. Alan Dellinger (Bish 1B) 3. Mike Clark (7) 4. Chris McGuire (63) 5. Steve D’Apolito (84) 6. Paul Davis (3) 7. Tyler Thompson (T2) 8. Curt J. Bish (Tarr 29) 9. Jason Fosnaught (Tristani 73) 10. Noah Brunell (31) 11. Brian Carothers (02c) 12. Larry Kugel (Petsko 00) 13. Jason Jones (81) 14. Shaun Hooks (65) 15. Jim Fosnaught (20J) 16. Bobby Robinson (34R) 17. Jacob Billyk (4) 18. Rob Shook (Keihl 64) 19. Gil DeMello (22) 20. Jamie Scharba (11S) 21. Kevin Vanzandt (19V) 22. Michael Hudzik (31H) 23. Jamie Maxwell (6) 24. Kyle Couchenour (299)-DNS.

Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods (20 laps: 1. TY RHOADES (12R) 2. Jacob Eucker (64) 3. Steve Haefke (41) 4. Brandon Blackshear (10) 5. Dwayne Clay (007) 6. Mitchell Lam (12) 7. Kyle Miller (15) 8. Andy Buckley (Leamer 10) 9. Josh Mueller (01) 10. Brian Huchko (60) 11. Jim Clay (84) 12. Gary Robinson (44R) 13. Dustin Demattia (77D) 14. Rick Wilson, Jr. (35) 15. Brian Toto (8B) 16. Ed Roberts (6s) 17. Ray Gregory (82R) 18. Dan McEwen (44) 19. Mark Titus (25) 20. George Vestal IV (4) 21. Buzz Seitz (1) 22. Pat Drennan (Sirrine 22) 23. Brandon Fiedler (18)-DNS.

There will be NO racing over the upcoming Labor Day weekend. The 89th anniversary season will conclude on Friday and Saturday, September 7-8 for the annual “Apple Festival Nationals” featuring a wide array of divisions. More details are available at SharonSpeedway.com.

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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