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’s FAST Series to make 1st ever visit to Sharon Saturday as the “410” Sprints Cars are back for their 3rd straight appearance in another Menards “Super Series”

By Mike Leone

August 14, 2018

(Hartford, OH)…After two successful events to open the month of August, the “410” Sprint Cars will return this Saturday night (August 18) for the third consecutive week; however this time in a FAST-sanctioned show. The Menards “Super Series” event will also include the first appearance of the season by the E-Mods along with the HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods on Kams Electric Service Night. Race time is 7 p.m.

After being rained out on May 12, the FAST Series for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply “410” Sprint Cars will now make their first ever appearance on Saturday highlighted by a 30-lap $ 3,000 to-win, $ 300 to-start feature (see complete payoff below). FAST has completed events this season at Attica Raceway Park, Fremont Speedway, Waynesfield Raceway Park, and most recently at Mansfield Motorsports Park last Saturday night where Cap Henry pocketed $ 20,000.

FAST has 15 member racers in 2018 with Mintz leading the points over Henry, Stuart Brubaker, Chris Andrews, Tyler Gunn, DJ Foos, Jess Stiger, Kelsey Ivy, Byron Reed, T.J. Michael, Duane Zablocki, Broc Martin, Adam Kekich, Brian Lay, and Max Stambaugh.

Saturday will mark the third straight appearance by the “410” Sprint Cars and final one under the Menards “Super Series” banner until the season finale on Saturday, September 8 as part of the “Apple Festival Nationals”.

For the second straight week, 29 Sprint Cars were on hand last Saturday night as Dale Blaney powered Jimmy Morris’ #4N to its first ever “410” win, while Blaney was able to extend his streak to 29 straight years of winning as least one feature since his rookie season in 1990!

There has still yet to be repeat winner in the seven “410” Sprint Car events contested thus far this season as Aaron Reutzel, Christopher Bell, and Dave Blaney were victorious in the All Star-sanctioned events, while Chad Kemenah, Sye Lynch, George Hobaugh, and Dale Blaney captured the $ 3,000 non-sanctioned victories. Will there be an eighth different winner on Saturday night!? It’s a good possibility as a strong field of local and regional talent is expected as they take on the FAST regulars.

Saturday will again utilize the hot lap/group qualifying format that has been used on all of the Menards “Super Series” Sprint Car events, which is basically identical to Attica Raceway Park’s weekly format. 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 fees.

After being rained out earlier in the season, the E-Mods will make their first appearance of 2018 on Saturday night. Saturday’s 20-lap feature will pay $ 700 to-win, $ 100 to-start or $ 1,000 to-win with an increased payoff if there are 24 or more cars. The E-Mods were on the weekly card at Sharon from 1996-2016 and appeared in selected events last season. Alan Dellinger, who now does double duty in the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and Stock Cars, is the track’s all-time winner at 87. Top active winners with victories in parentheses are 2011 champion Joel Watson (27), 2010 champion Jeff Johnson (18), four-time champion Carl McKinney (10), 2016 champion Joe Gabrielson (8), and 2013 champion Mike Kinney (7). Raceway 7 rules will be used with any 8″ tire allowed. There are no registration fees.

Chas Wolbert joined Jacob Eucker in the Econo Mods as the track’s only three-time 2018 winners with his victory last Saturday night in the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. The RUSH Mods have produced strong car counts between 21-31 all season long with 27 each of the past two weeks and an average car count of 25 per night. Wolbert has made out with the higher payoffs earning $ 1,600 for his three victories this season. Two-time winner, Garrett Krummert, has pretty much controlled the HTMA/Precise Racing Products standings all season long. Krummert has a 31-point lead over one-time winner, Josh Deems, who is having a strong season. Wolbert is third in the standings over defending champion Kole Holden and Jeremy Weaver. Krummert also leads RUSH’s region-wide $ 3,000 to-win Weekly Series points.

Eric Wilson made a winning debut last Saturday night to become the fifth different winner in seven Econo Mod events this season. Eucker, who has three wins, is the only multiple winner in the Summit Racing Equipment-sanctioned division. Eucker though trails Ty Rhoades, who won his first career Sharon feature this season, by two points in the title run with two events remaining. Steve Haefke is still searching for his season’s first win and currently sits third in points 17 back as he tries for his third straight championship. Consistent Brian Toto and Mark Titus are fourth and fifth in points.

As a reminder on Saturday for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, E-Mods, and Econo Mods, if 24 or more cars are present then the highest purse structure will be offered, and if there are 32 or more cars a non-qualifier will be run.

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.

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. Drivers meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by Sprint engine starts at 6:15 and qualifying at 6:30. Heat races are scheduled for 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 and parking are always FREE! Pit passes are $ 30. Pit passes for children 12 and under are $ 20. As a reminder, coolers nor outside food or beverages are not permitted.

Coming up on Saturday, August 25 will be another Menards “Super Series” event this time featuring the final appearance by The Mod Tour for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds in a $ 2,000 to-win event. The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will be running a Touring Series event for $ 600 to-win part of their rescheduled “Manufacturers Night”. The Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars and Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods return for their final night of points. Racing begins at 7.

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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“410” Sprint Cars are back Saturday for their 2nd of 3 straight August appearances part of the Menards “Super Series”

By Mike Leone

August 7, 2018

(Hartford, OH)…Another Menards “Super Series” event will take center stage this Saturday night (August 11) as the 89th anniversary season begins to wind down in the final month of weekly racing. An identical lineup returns after last Saturday night’s successful Menards “Super Series” event featuring the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply “410” Sprint Cars, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods on Kams Electric Service Night. Race time is 7 p.m.

After a month hiatus, the “410” Sprint Cars had a successful return last Saturday night. Twenty-nine Sprints were in the pit area as George Hobaugh charged from the ninth starting spot to capture his first career “410” win. Saturday marks the second of three straight Saturday night appearances with once again $ 3,000 to-win, $ 250 to-start for their 30-lap feature.

There has yet to be repeat winner in the six events contested thus far this season as Aaron Reutzel, Christopher Bell, and Dave Blaney were victorious in the All Star-sanctioned events, while Chad Kemenah, Sye Lynch, and Hobaugh captured the $ 3,000 non-sanctioned victories. Will there be a seventh different winner on Saturday night!? A strong field of local and regional talent is again expected.

“The Sprint Cars again put on another night of great racing last Saturday night,” said General Manager Dave Willoughby. “We have continued to have not only tremendous racing, but excellent car counts and great crowds. We’ve had at least 28 Sprints at our three non-sanctioned shows and over 40 at all of the All Star races. We can’t thank the racers and fans enough for responding this year.”

Saturday will again utilize the hot lap/group qualifying format that was used on the prior three Menards “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.

While rain plagued much of the early season not allowing a Stock Car event to be completed until the June 16 “Penn-Ohio Steel Valley Nationals”, dry weather of late has allowed the Gibson Insurance Agency-sponsored division to complete four events since the division’s opener. Two of the five events completed were Penn-Ohio shows with Brent Johnson taking $ 10,000 on June 16 and Andrew Gordon $ 1,000 on July 28.

The three regular events saw outsiders Jason Fosnaught, Gordon, and most recently Rusty Martz capture wins. That makes four different winners in five events. The top four drivers in points are still looking for their first win of the season. Chris McGuire has an 11-point lead over four-time track champion, Steve D’Apolito, in the track standings. Curt J. Bish, Mike Clark, and Fosnaught are third through fifth in points.

Chas Wolbert became just the second repeat winner of the season last Saturday night joining Garrett Krummert in the competitive RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. The HTMA/Precise Racing Products-sponsored division has produced five different winners in seven races. The GM 602 crate engine class continues to draw solid car counts. There were 27 cars on hand last Saturday night, and only on two occasions over the past three years (once in 2016 and once in 2017) has the car count dipped under 20. Krummert maintains a 19-point lead over Josh Deems, who is having his best career season. Wolbert has moved up to third in points over defending champion, Kole Holden, who has been consistent despite being shutout of victory. Kyle Martell is fifth.

Seventeen-year-old Jacob Eucker became the first driver at the track this season to win more than two events with his third win of the season last Saturday night in the Econo Mods. After trying his hand in open E-Mod competition, Eucker has returned to the Econo Mods full-time this season and leads the Summit Racing Equipment points as he looks for his first track championship. The nearby Fowler, Ohio racer has just a two-point lead on Ty Rhoades, who won his first career Sharon race on July 28. Defending two-time champion, Steve Haefke, is third just seven points back of the top spot. Brian Toto and Mark Titus are fourth and fifth in points still looking for their first career wins at the track.

As a reminder on Saturday for the Stock Cars, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Econo Mods, if 24 or more cars are present then the highest purse structure will be offered, and if there are 32 or more cars a non-qualifier will be run.

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. Drivers meeting will be at 6:10 p.m. Pill cutoff and Sprint engine motor heat is at 6:25 p.m. with Sprint qualifying at 6:40 followed by heat races.

Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 13. 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. Pit passes for children 12 and under are $ 20. As a reminder, coolers nor outside food or beverages are not permitted.

After being rained out on May 5, the northern Ohio-based FAST Series for “410” Sprint Cars will make their first ever appearance next Saturday night (August 18) in another Menards “Super Series” event. The E-Mods will make their first appearance of the season and will be joined by the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and Econo Mods. It will be another Kams Electric Services 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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“410” Sprints return Saturday for the 1st of 3 straight appearances at Sharon in a Menards “Super Series” event for the “Bill Kirila Memorial”

By Mike Leone

July 31, 2018

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway will kick-off the final full month of racing for the 89th anniversary season this Saturday night (August 4) with another Menards “Super Series” event. The annual “Bill Kirila Memorial” will feature the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply “410” Sprint Cars, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods on Ritenour Equipment and Sawtelle Tree Night. Race time is 7 p.m.

Bill Kirila was one of the owners of Sharon with his brother Ron along with the Blaney and Weller Families when the track changed ownership in 2002. Kirila of Brookfield, Ohio passed away after an extended illness on June 23, 2006 at the age of 68. He was a graduate of Brookfield Ohio School and went on to become the Vice President of Kirila Contractors. Each year, the “Bill Kirila Memorial” is held in remembrance.

After a month hiatus, the “410” Sprint Cars return for their first of three straight Saturday night appearances paying $ 3,000 to-win, $ 250 to-start for their 30-lap feature. There has yet to be repeat winner in the five events contested thus far this season as Aaron Reutzel, Christopher Bell, and Dave Blaney were victorious in the All Star-sanctioned events, while Chad Kemenah and Sye Lynch captured the $ 3,000 non-sanctioned victories. Will there be a sixth different winner on Saturday night!? A strong field of local and regional talent is expected.

“We’ve had some tremendous Sprint Car races this year,” said General Manager Dave Willoughby. “The support from both the fans and racers have been great and we hope that continues throughout the remainder of the season. We’ve had great feedback from the fans about how good the racing has been with many returning after several years of absence. With the support being so good, we’ve decided to run a complete $ 3,000 to-win program for the Sprints on Saturday night of the Apple Festival Nationals this year.”

Saturday will again utilize the hot lap/group qualifying format that was used on the prior two Menards “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. 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.

After not completing a race for the Stock Cars until the June 16 “Penn-Ohio Steel Valley Nationals”, the weather has cooperated of late allowing the Gibson Insurance Agency-sponsored division to complete three events since the division’s opener. Two of the four events completed were Penn-Ohio shows with Brent Johnson taking $ 10,000 on June 16 and Andrew Gordon $ 1,000 last Saturday night. Those two events were show-up points only. The two regular events saw winners Jason Fosnaught and Gordon both earn $ 700 checks with the high car count. Chris McGuire has a five-point lead over four-time track champion, Steve D’Apolito, in the track standings. Curt J. Bish, Fosnaught, and Mike Clark are third through fifth in points.

It’s been a very competitive season for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. The HTMA/Precise Racing Products-sponsored division has produced five different winners in six races as only Garrett Krummert has been able to repeat. Four of the five winners captured their first ever Sharon RUSH Sportsman Mod wins. Blaze Myers, Chas Wolbert, Jeremy Weaver, and most recently Josh Deems have also been victorious in addition to Krummert. The GM 602 crate engine division continues to draw solid car counts and has only dipped under 20 cars on two occasions over the past three years. For the second straight week, Krummert maintains a 20-point lead over Josh Deems. Defending champion, Kole Holden, has been consistent despite being shutout of victory lane as he currently sits third over Wolbert. Weaver and Kyle Martell are tied for fifth.

The Econo Mods have produced some great racing in recent weeks with Dwayne Clay and Ty Rhoades earning victories. For Rhoades it was career first. And like the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, only one driver has been able to repeat this season- that being Jacob Eucker. With his victory, Rhoades has shot into the Summit Racing Equipment point lead as he has just a five-point advantage over Steve Haefke, who is after his third straight title. Haefke though has yet to win a feature after putting up big numbers in recent years. Eucker dropped from first to third in points, but is only eight points out of the lead. Brian Toto and Mark Titus are fourth in fifth in search of their first career Sharon wins.

As a reminder on Saturday for the Stock Cars, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Econo Mods, if 24 or more cars are present then the highest purse structure will be offered, and if there are 32 or more cars a non-qualifier will be run.

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. Drivers meeting will be at 6:10 p.m. Pill cutoff and Sprint engine motor heat is at 6:20 p.m. with Sprint qualifying at 6:40 and heat races are at 7.

Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 13. 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. Pit passes for children 12 and under are $ 20.

An identical show to Saturday’s will be held next Saturday (August 11) for another Menards “Super Series” event on Kam’s Electric 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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