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.

Try #3 for 1st Menards “Super Series” event Saturday; The Mod Tour event for Big Blocks featured paying $2000 to-win along with Stocks, RUSH Mods & Econo Mods

By Mike Leone

May 23, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Hartford, OH)…It’s been quite the challenge with Mother Nature in 2018. Outside of a successful May 5 event for the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars, Mother Nature has been the big winner to date at Sharon Speedway claiming the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event, two Menards “Super Series” events, “Fan Appreciation Night” along with two practice nights. All told, four of the first five race events have been lost and six of the first seven scheduled nights overall.

Management though is hoping for better weather this Saturday night (May 26) for the third attempt at completing a Menards “Super Series” event. The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds will be the featured attraction in the first appearance by The Mod Tour. Also on the card will be Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods on Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Night. Kids Power Wheels races will be held during intermission. Race time is 7 p.m.

The Modified Tour for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply big blocks will be competing for their first $ 2,000 to-win payday of the season. The Tour opened their season back on April 14 at West Virginia’s Tyler County Speedway where Erick Rudolph ran his win streak to an amazing nine straight! The New York versatile driver has two career wins at Sharon both coming in 2016 including the last time the Mod Tour visited Sharon on September 17, 2016. Only four other big-block races have been held in the region with Mat Williamson, Rex King, Jr., and Brian Swartzlander victorious at Lernerville, while Mike Maresca won last Sunday night at Tri-City.

Rex King, Jr. leads the way for the Sharon regulars. The Bristolville, Ohio driver has won three of the last four titles and has upped his career win total to 23. 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), Swartzlander (14), Dave Murdick (9). Jeremiah Shingledecker is fresh off a runner-up finish at Tyler County and owns three wins at Sharon including last year’s prestigious “Lou Blaney Memorial” victory. For more information on The Mod Tour, check out their website at www.themodifiedtourinc.com.

After rainouts on April 28, May 12, and May 19, the Stock Cars will attempt to get their season underway on Saturday night. After Mike Clark won three consecutive Gibson Insurance Agency titles (2013-2015), veteran Paul Davis not only put a stop to the streak in 2016 but repeated the feat in 2017. Davis is now up to 22 career Stock Car wins at the track, while Davis has 17; however, it’s still Steve D’Apolito leading the active win list. D’Apolito owns 32 career wins and four track championships at the Hartford, Ohio oval, and in recent years has been competing with a GM 604 crate engine. The Stock Cars should have a strong field of cars as drivers are running out of time to get tuned up for the $ 10,000 to-win Penn-Ohio “Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals” on June 16.

The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will attempt for the fifth time to kick-off their season as they begin their fifth year of competition at Sharon and fourth as a weekly division. Car counts have grown each year with an average count of 24 last year. Only on one night in each of the last two seasons has there been less than 20 cars. 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 last Sunday at Tri-City.

The Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods opened their season on May 5 as Brad Blackshear took the $ 500 top honors. 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 1 will be a Sprint Car doubleheader in another Menards “Super Series” event. The “410” Sprint Cars return for a $ 3,000 to-win show and will be joined by the first of two appearances by the new non-wing RUSH Sprint Cars. Also racing will be the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and Econo Mods on Diamond Steel Night.

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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FREE “Fan Appreciation Night” Saturday with full “Steel Valley Thunder” racing program plus on-track autograph session

By Mike Leone

May 15, 2018 

(Hartford, OH)…Outside of a successful May 5 event for the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars, Mother Nature has been the big winner to date at Sharon Speedway claiming the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event, two Menards “Super Series” events along with two practice nights.  Management though is hoping for better weather this Saturday night (May 19) for the annual FREE “Fan Appreciation & Autograph Night” featuring a full program of 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 on Mark Thomas Ford Night.  Race time is 7 p.m.

Sharon Speedway invites everyone to come out and enjoy this complimentary night of racing with FREE general admission for the grandstands.  During intermission (prior to the feature events), all of the competing cars will be brought out onto the speedway for a meet and greet session with the fans for pictures and autographs. 

The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds will headline the program in their season opening event.  Rex King, Jr. leads the way.  The Bristolville, Ohio driver has won three of the last four titles and has upped his career win total to 23.  In addition, “Cooter” has won one of the only three Big-Block Modified events completed thus far in the region taking home last Friday night’s honors at Lernerville Speedway.  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), Dave Murdick (9). 

After rainouts on April 28 and May 12, the Stock Cars will attempt to get their season underway on Saturday night.  After Mike Clark won three consecutive Gibson Insurance Agency titles (2013-2015), veteran Paul Davis not only put a stop to the streak in 2016 but repeated the feat in 2017.  Davis is now up to 22 career Stock Car wins at the track, while Davis has 17; however, it’s still Steve D’Apolito leading the active win list.  D’Apolito owns 32 career wins and four track championships at the Hartford, Ohio oval, and in recent years has been competing with a GM 604 crate engine.  The Stock Cars should have strong fields of cars weekly getting tuned up for the $ 10,000 to-win Penn-Ohio “Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals” on June 16.

The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will attempt for the fourth time to kick-off their season as they begin their fifth year of competition at Sharon and fourth as a weekly division.  Car counts have grown each year with an average count of 24 last year.  Only on one night in each of the last two seasons has there been less than 20 cars.  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.

The Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods opened their season on May 5 as Brad Blackshear took the $ 500 top honors.  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. 

Race teams can enter the pit area throughout the day.  Pits will be cleared before 4 p.m. with pit passes going on sale at 4.  Main grandstands open at 5 p.m.  Pill draw will close at 6:20 p.m. with warm-ups at 6:30 followed by the drivers meeting and racing at 7.  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, May 26 will be a Menards “Super Series” event featuring the first appearance by The Mod Tour in a $ 2,000 to-win event for the big blocks.  They’ll be joined by the Stock Cars, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Econo Mods.  Power wheels races for kids will be held at intermission.  It’s Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Night.  Race time is at 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. 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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Ohio’s FAST “410” Sprint Car Series to make 1st ever visit to Sharon on Saturday for Menards “Super Series” plus season debut for Stocks & RUSH Sportsman Mods; Econo Mod return

By Mike Leone

May 9, 2018

Hartford, OH)…After a successful opener last Saturday night for Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars, Sharon Speedway looks to resume action this Saturday night (May 12) with the first Menards “Super Series” event. The FAST “410” Sprint Car Series, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and the Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods will complete the program on Miller Industries Night. Race time is 7 p.m.

With Sunday being Mother’s Day, all mothers in attendance will receive a complimentary sundae at the ice cream stand. It’s also Scout and Youth Sports Night with free attendance for those in uniform.

The FAST Series for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply “410” Sprint Cars will make their first of two appearances during the 2018 season on Saturday night highlighted by a 30-lap $ 3,000 to-win, $ 300 to-start feature (see complete payoff below). FAST has completed three events to date this season with Craig Mintz winning both Fremont races, while Byron Reed won last Friday night at Attica Raceway Park. FAST has 15 member racers in 2018 with Mintz leading the points over Cap Henry, Stuart Brubaker, Chris Andrews, DJ Foos, Broc Martin, Tyler Gunn, T.J. Michael, Jess Stiger, Adam Kekich, Duane Zablocki, Kelsey Ivy, Byron Reed, Brian Lay, and Max Stambaugh.

Saturday’s event will use Attica Raceway Park’s hot lap/group qualifying format that was used at last August’s “410” event with two to three cars qualifying 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.

Saturday will mark the second of 10 “410” Sprint Car events scheduled for the 2018 season. Last Saturday night, Aaron Reutzel topped a 43-car field for his first career All Star win and first ever at Sharon. The “410” Sprints next appearance will be on Saturday, June 2 for a $ 3,000 to-win Menards “Super Series” event that will also include the new non-wing RUSH Sprint Car Series. FAST will meanwhile return to Sharon on August 18 for another $ 3,000 to-win, $ 300 to-start event. For more information on FAST, check out their website at www.fastondirt.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FASTonDIRT, and follow them on Twitter @FASTseries.

After a rainout on April 28, the Stock Cars will attempt to get their season underway on Saturday night. After Mike Clark won three consecutive Gibson Insurance Agency titles (2013-2015), veteran Paul Davis not only put a stop to the streak in 2016 but repeated the feat in 2017. Davis is now up to 22 career Stock Car wins at the track, while Davis has 17; however, it’s still Steve D’Apolito leading the active win list. D’Apolito owns 32 career wins and four track championships at the Hartford, Ohio oval, and in recent years has been competing with a GM 604 crate engine. The Stock Cars should have strong fields of cars weekly getting tuned up for the $ 10,000 to-win Penn-Ohio “Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals” on June 16.

The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will attempt for the third time to kick-off their season as they begin their fifth year of competition at Sharon and fourth as a weekly division. Car counts have grown each year with an average count of 24 last year. Only on one night in each of the last two seasons has there been less than 20 cars. 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.

The Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods opened their season last Saturday night as Brad Blackshear took the $ 500 top honors. 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.

FAST “410” Sprint Car Payoff: 1. $ 3,000 2. $ 1,300 3. $ 1,000 4. $ 775 5. $ 650 6. $ 550 7. $ 500 8. $ 450 9. $ 425 10. $ 410 11. $ 390 12. $ 375 13. $ 350 14. $ 325 15. $ 325 16. $ 320 17. $ 315 18. $ 310 19-24. $ 300. Non-Qualifiers/Tow $ 100.

Race teams can enter the pit area throughout the day. Pits will be cleared before 4 p.m. with pit passes going on sale at 4. Main grandstands open at 5 p.m. Drivers meeting will be at 6 p.m. Pill draw will close at 6:20 p.m. with warm-ups at 6:30 followed by racing at 7.

Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 15. Senior citizens 62 and over are $ 10. Discounted general admission tickets are available through the Warren and Massillon Menards stores. Patio seating upgrades are just $ 5 and fan suite seating upgrades are just $ 20 over the cost of general admission. These can be purchased by calling the track office 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.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 19 for the annual FREE “Fan Appreciation Night” presented by Quick Lane with free grandstand admission for everyone. This will now be the opener for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds. The Stock Cars, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Econo Mods will also be on the card.

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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