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 Modifieds & RUSH Non-Wing Sprints set for 1st appearance of the season part of Menards “Super Series” along a full show Saturday

By Mike Leone

May 22, 2019       

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway will look to make it three in a row this Saturday night (May 25) as the 90th anniversary season rolls on.  The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds and the non-wing RUSH Sprint Cars will make their visits of the season as part of the Menards “Super Series” program.  Also on the card will be the Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods, and the Junior Sprints for kids.  It’s Twin-State Auto Racing Club Night with free general admission or half off pit admission for card-carrying members.  Race time is 7 p.m.

Rex King, Jr. leads the contingent of ground-pounders back to Sharon for their first of four visits of 2019. King, Jr. captured three of the last four track championships for the Big-Block Modifieds at Sharon and owns 25 career wins at Sharon.  “Cooter” is off to a fast start this season winning three races on the circuit.  His father Rex is the top active winner in the division with 54 victories.  Other expected challengers include Dave Murdick, Will Thomas III, Garrett Krummert, Jim Rasey, Jeremiah Shingledecker, and others.  Saturday’s 25-lap feature winner will also receive a guaranteed starting spot for the July 30 $ 7,500 to-win Super DIRTcar Series event.

The RUSH Sprint Cars will try once again to get their first show of the year in at Sharon on Saturday night. Eighteen of the non-wing cars were on hand before the rain came on May 4.  In their only completed race of 2019, defending $ 5,000 Series Champion, Chad Ruhlman, scored the win at Pittsburgh on May 11.  Ruhlman won last year’s only completed appearance at Sharon, while the “Apple Fest” event was rained out while the feature was on the track and the racers split the purse.  The Ruhlmans are big supporters of the division as Chad’s son Kevin is now driving his car from last year and Chad’s brother Brian, a big Late Model and Modified winner, entered the class late last year. 

Veteran racer, Bobby Whitling, ended a seven-year winless drought at Sharon taking the Stock Car win last Saturday night. Whitling had a big battle with fellow Venango County, Pennsylvania racer, Jackson Humanic, then held off defending track champion, Chris McGuire, for the $ 700 payday thanks to more than a full field of cars on hand.  Whitling, the 2000 Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Car Champion on the old half-mile track, now has the early points lead.  Full field plus car counts not only mean the highest pay structure, but drivers that do not qualify for the feature also receive a pit pass in addition to their tow money for the three weekly divisions.

There was a new face in Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane in the RUSH Sportsman Modified division last Saturday night. After racing to a runner-up finish the week before in the 2018 “Apple Festival Nationals” Touring Series make-up feature, Rob Kristyak ended Chas Wolbert’s five-race win streak that dated back to last season.  The former Big-Block Modified racer hadn’t won at Sharon since 2011 and has now settled in well in his second year behind the wheel of the cost-contained RUSH-sanctioned division.  A few new racers made their way to Sharon last week as the HTMA/Precise Racing Products-sponsored division continues to produce strong car counts.  David Kalb, Jr. will go down in history as the first winner of the “Wheelman” event for non-winners as he picked up the $ 75 and the early points lead for that RUSH program. 

Ty Rhoades has quickly become the driver to beat in the Econo Mods. After struggling for years to break into victory lane at Sharon, Rhoades has now won three of the last six feature events dating back to last season for the Summit Racing Equipment-sponsored division.  The Econo Mod class has featured seven different track champions in its nine-year existence.  Only last year’s champion, Jacob Eucker, is planning on competing for the championship as Rhoades and others look to become the eighth different champion in year number 10. 

Pits are open throughout the afternoon on Saturday with pit passes going on sale at 4 p.m., while the main grandstands open at 5. Heat races are scheduled for 7 p.m.  Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 13, while senior citizens are $ 10.  Patio seating upgrades are just $ 5 and fan suite seating upgrades are just $ 20 over the cost of general admission.  In order to reserve either of these ahead of time, call the office Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 330-772-5481.  As always, children under 14 and parking are always FREE!  Pit passes are $ 30.  As a reminder, coolers nor outside food or beverages are not permitted.

Coming up on Saturday, June 1 will see the “410” Sprint Cars return for another $ 3,000 to-win show part of the Menards “Super Series”. Also on the program will be the RUSH Sprint Cars, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Elite Econo Mod Series, and power wheels racing for the kids.  Race time is 7 p.m.

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

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

By Mike Leone

May 14, 2019       

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Mike Leone

May 8, 2019  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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