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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.

Great weather forecasted for Saturday’s “Steel Valley Thunder” racing program; Final night of points for RUSH Mods & Stocks

By Mike Leone

August 23, 2016

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway will close out the month of August this Saturday night (August 27) with the final program until after the Labor Day weekend.  The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Lyden/Red Line Oil RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks will be part of the program.  Race time is 7 p.m.  Kids bike races will be held during intermission.

This will be the next-to-last night of points for four of the divisions, while the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and Stock Cars end their championship battles this Saturday night as they will not be on the September 10 racing program.

Rick Richner has been a Sharon Speedway regular in the Big-Block Modified division for four years now. Last Saturday night, the Niagara Falls, New York veteran won his first feature of the year giving him a victory in three of the four years he’s competed at the Hartford, Ohio oval.  Meanwhile, it hasn’t been the year Rex King, Jr. has been accustomed to at least winning wise throughout the region; however, “Cooter” is atop the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply standings by 18 in his bid for his second title in three years.  It would give the King family three straight titles in the division and five of the last seven years at the head table.  Three-time winner, Jimmy Weller III, is second.  Rex King, Richner, and Dave Murdick, who won titles in 2008 and 2012, are third through fifth in points.

Outside of Joel Watson’s five feature wins, it’s been a competitive season in the Modifieds. Despite just one victory, Joe Gabrielson leads the way in the Summit Racing Equipment-sponsored division.  The Bristolville, Ohio driver has a 16-point advantage on 2010 champion, Jeff Johnson, as he looks to capture his first career track championship.  Johnson owns 18 career wins at Sharon, but has yet to break into victory lane this season.  Scott Stiffler, Carl McKinney, and Watson are third through fifth in points, but their chances at a championship are slim to none.

For the first nine events of the season, only point leader Brandon Ritchey was able to repeat in the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, but in the last two events Chas Wolbert and Rocky Kugel have joined Ritchey as repeat winners. Ritchey of Seneca, Pa. holds a 15-point lead entering the final night of points Saturday over RUSH’s 2015 “Futures Cup” champion Kole Holden.  RUSH’s current “Futures Cup” champion is Kyle Martell, who has one victory this year and is just 16 points out with still a shot at the Lynden/Red Line Oil title.  Wolbert and Brian Schaffer are fourth and fifth in points and would only have a shot at the title if Ritchey failed to show.

Veteran Paul Davis has had a successful career, but has never won a track championship. That’s about to change on Saturday as the Fowler, Ohio driver will earn the Stock Car title when he signs in for competition.  In 2014, Davis tied Mike Clark for the title but lost on the tiebreaker.  Davis, who has had a stellar season, is now set to stop Clark from an unprecedented fourth straight Gibson Insurance Agency crown.  Andy Buckley is second in points over Mike Miller, Clark, and Jacob Billyk.  Buckley is the only driver that would even be able to overtake Davis if he failed to show.

It’s been an unbelievable season for Steve Haefke. The Austintown, Ohio veteran has the ability to clinch his first career Sharon championship on Saturday and become the sixth different Econo Mod champion in the seven-year history of the division.  Haefke has amazing streak going of 16 straight features where he’s finished first or second!  If Haefke can extend that to 17 he’ll easily clinch the HTMA/Precise Racing Products title.  The Blackshear Brothers of Brandon and Brad, who each have a championship to their credit, are second and third in points as Wayne Daniels and rookie Kyle Miller complete the top five.  The Econo Mod car counts have really been up each of the last three weeks.

The Mini Stocks have come down to a three-man race with two nights of points remaining. Steve Walker II has the led the Deforest Used Parts standings for much of the year, but his lead is down to just 10 points over five-time winner, Joe Campbell, after a rough night last Saturday.  The division’s all-time winningest driver, Bill Fuchs, has had an off year with just one victory, but he’s only 17 points out of the lead.  Fuchs is looking for his third straight title and fourth in six years.  Matt Rubright and Logan Keney are fourth and fifth in points, but have realistically no shot at the title.

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply will again award a pair of complimentary pit passes to a lucky driver in the division that competes first and a pair to a lucky fan, and the hard luck Big-Block Modified driver. Summit Racing Equipment will award $ 25 gift cards to the hard charger in the Modified, Stock Car, and Econo Mod divisions.  Thanks to an anonymous donor, a $ 50 bonus will be posted to the driver that finishes fifth in the Big-Block Modified, RUSH Sportsman Modified, and Stock Car features.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. with grandstands at 5. Heat races begin at 7 p.m.  Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 10.  Pit passes are $ 30.  Children $ 13 and under along with parking and camping are free.  Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

Remember, there will be no racing over Labor Day weekend, and the “410” Sprint Cars have been added to the September 10 “Steel Valley Thunder” program that will also include the Big-Block Modifieds, (E) Modifieds, Econo Mods, and Mini Stocks in their final night of points. Grandstand admission for this event will be $ 13 for those 14 and over.  The annual “Apple Festival Nationals” will close out the 87th anniversary season with a two-day blow-out on Friday and Saturday, September 16-17.

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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Doubleheader weekend on tap; “Summer Jam & BBQ Series” Friday featuring “Thunderstruck” followed by “Steel Valley Thunder” racing Saturday including $1000 to-win Penn-Ohio Stocks

By Mike Leone

August 16, 2016                  

(Hartford, OH)…After two rainouts in the past three weeks, Sharon Speedway hopes to get back on track this weekend.  Another doubleheader of events is on tap featuring “Summer Jam & BBQ Series” IV on Friday night (August 20) followed by “Steel Valley Thunder” racing on Saturday night.  The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, the Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars in a Penn-Ohio Mini Series event, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Lyden/Red Line Oil RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks are part of the program on Mark Thomas Ford Night.  Race time is 7 p.m.

thunderstruckThe weekend action kicks off Friday with the fourth and final installment of “Summer Jam & BBQ Series”. Friday’s entertainment will include “Thunderstruck”- an “AC/DC” tribute band, which will perform from 8-11 p.m.  Enjoy a great menu of barbeque items.  Admission is $ 5.  Gates open at 7 p.m.

Saturday marks the first of only three remaining “Steel Valley Thunder” point events for the 87th anniversary season; and in fact, only two nights of points remain for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and Stock Cars, who are both off on September 10.

The Penn-Ohio Mini Series returns on Saturday night for another $ 1,000 to-win special. Chris Schneider won the opening event over a 45-car field.  Sharon point leader, Paul Davis, has won the last two shows pocketing $ 2,500!  A third straight win Penn-Ohio win Saturday would all but clinch the Fowler, Ohio driver’s first career track championship and keep him ahead of the Penn-Ohio Mini Series points.

Jacob Billyk has been fast over the last two season running weekly at Sharon and at the last event on August 6 when he finally put 15 solid, fast laps together to earn his first career win in the Stock Cars holding off a strong field of challengers. Billyk finds himself fifth in points.  Davis has a 32-point lead as Mike Miller, Andy Buckley, and Mike Clark are second through fourth in points, but time is running out for  those three racers.  In fact, Clark trails by 61 points in his bid for an unprecedented four straight Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Car titles.  And with last Saturday rain out, Clark will be unable to keep his championship streak alive as long as Davis shows up to compete at the next two point events.

After having to wait until July 2 to score his first DIRTcar Big-Block Modified win of the season, Rex King, Jr. is fresh off his second win the last time the big blocks raced on August 6. That victory was milestone win number 20 of his career and that’s the same number of points the Bristolville, Ohio racer leads fellow second generation racer, Jimmy Weller III, by.  Rex King, Dave Murdick, and Rick Richner are third through fifth in points.  Murdick is the only one of that trio that has a feature win this season.

Carl McKinney returned to victory lane for the first time in over two years on August 6 and remained in the Summit Racing Equipment Modified championship hunt. Though McKinney is 44 points behind leader Job Gabrielson in fifth, he’s only four points from the third position.  Gabrielson currently has an 11-point lead over Jeff Johnson, who is still searching for his season’s first win.  Despite missing two events this season, Joel Watson is still third in points by one over Scott Stiffler.

Chas Wolbert became just the second driver joining Brandon Ritchey to repeat this season in the Lyden/Red Line Oil RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. Ritchey has just a five-point lead on RUSH’s 2015 “Futures Cup” champion, Kole Holden, who has a victory this season.  One-time winner, Kyle Martell, is only 14 points out of the lead in third.  Wolbert is still alive 20 points back in fourth ahead of one-time winner, Brian Schaffer.

The last two events have featured season high car counts for the Econo Mods; in fact, the 20 cars on August 6 was the highest in nearly two years dating back to the 2014 “Apple Festival Nationals” special. Even with the additional cars, Steve Haefke has still proven to be the guy to beat.  Haefke won his second straight 15-lap feature last Saturday night and fifth in the last seven events!   Even more impressive is Haefke’s run of 15 straight top two finishes dating back to last season, which will get tougher to continue as he can start no better than 12th this Saturday night.  If Haefke wins a third straight, he’ll be relegated to the tail the following week.  Haefke has opened up a commanding 52-point lead over Brandon Blackshear with four nights of points remaining in the division.  Brad Blackshear is third in points utilizing a GM 602 crate engine.  Wayne Daniels and Kyle Miller are fourth and fifth in points.

In 2010, Steve Walker II won the only Mini Stock feature of his career in route to the inaugural championship on the Friday night program. Fast forward six seasons and the Greenville, Pa. driver is having quite a year as he’s been victorious three times and has a 29-point lead over standouts Joe Campbell and Bill Fuchs.  Second year racer, Matt Rubright, is fourth in the Deforest Used Parts points over Logan Keney.

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply will again award a pair of complimentary pit passes to a lucky driver in the division that competes first and a pair to a lucky fan. Summit Racing Equipment will award $ 25 gift cards to the hard charger in the Modified, Stock Car, and Econo Mod divisions.  Thanks to an anonymous donor, a $ 50 bonus will be posted to the driver that finishes fifth in the Big-Block Modified, RUSH Sportsman Modified, and Stock Car features.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. on Saturday with grandstands at 5. Heat races begin at 7 p.m.  Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 10.  Pit passes are $ 30.  Children $ 13 and under along with parking and camping are free.  Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

Remember, the “410” Sprint Cars have been added to the September 10 “Steel Valley Thunder” program that will also include the Big-Block Modifieds, (E) Modifieds, Econo Mods, and Mini Stocks in their final night of points. Grandstand admission for this event will be $ 13 for those 14 and over.

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 featured Saturday at Sharon; General admission just $10

“410” SPRINT CARS FEATURED SATURDAY AT SHARON; GENERAL ADMISSION JUST $ 10

By Mike Leone

August 9, 2016            

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway will welcome back the “410” Sprint Cars this Saturday night (August 13) as the 87th anniversary season rolls on. The Winged Sprint Cars will be joined on Lincoln Electric/Quail Hollow Night by the Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks all for just $ 10 grandstand admission.  Race time is 7 p.m.  The Big-Block Modifieds and RUSH Sportsman Modifieds have the night off.

Coming off two successful Arctic Car All Star Circuit of Champions events in June and July for Ohio Speedweek and the “Lou Blaney Memorial” won by the late Bryan Clauson and Danny Holtgraver, the “410” Sprint Cars will appear Saturday in a non-sanctioned, regular event paying $ 1,500 to-win, $ 200 to-start for the 25-lap feature. If 24 or more cars are present, the payoff will increase to $ 2,000 to-win, $ 225 to-start.  The complete payoff is posted below.  The national “410” Hoosier Tire rule will be in effect.  Mufflers are not required.  Drivers will draw pills for the heat race line-ups with an invert up to eight for the feature lineup.  There are no registration, membership or entry fees.

Last year, Jimmy Seger won this event for his first career Sharon victory and his first since returning to racing following a terrifying accident in 2014 at Williams Grove Speedway. Seger was a teammate on this night to Jack Sodeman, Jr.  Sodeman has been red hot on the circuit this year scoring seven victories including four at Mercer Raceway Park and three at Lernerville Speedway.  He also leads the points at both tracks over A.J. Flick.  Sodeman, of North Jackson, Ohio, won the last two track championships at Sharon when the Sprints competed regularly in 2009 and 2010 and owns 12 career wins at the track.

Dan Shetler, who won the 2008 title, is coming off a strong weekend in which he finished second at Lernerville and fifth at Mercer. Gary Edwards, who competed at both of the earlier Sprint shows  this year, is the only other active racer who owns a championship at Sharon.  Edwards won the 2000 title on the old half-mile track.  The now retired Ed Lynch, Jr. leads the all-time win list with 50 victories.  Ed’s son Sye is a weekly competitor at Lernerville.

Carl McKinney returned to victory lane for the first time in over two years on Saturday and remained in the Summit Racing Equipment Modified championship hunt. Though McKinney is 44 points behind leader Job Gabrielson in fifth, he’s only four points from the third position.  Joe Gabrielson currently has an 11-point lead over Jeff Johnson, who is still searching for his season’s first win.

Jacob Billyk has been fast over the last two season running weekly at Sharon and last Saturday night finally put 15 solid, fast laps together to earn his first career win in the Stock Cars holding off a strong field of challengers. Billyk finds himself fifth in points.  Atop the standings is last week’s runner-up finisher, Paul Davis, who is inching closer to his first Sharon championship.  Davis has a 32-point lead with just three nights of points remaining.  Mike Miller, Andy Buckley, and Mike Clark are second through fourth in points, but time is running out for  those three racers.  In fact, Clark trails by 61 points in his bid for an unprecedented four straight Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Car titles.

The last two events have featured season high car counts for the Econo Mods; in fact, last Saturday night’s 20 cars was the highest in nearly two years dating back to the 2014 “Apple Festival Nationals” special.  Even with the additional cars, Steve Haefke has still proven to be the guy to beat.  Haefke won his second straight 15-lap feature last Saturday night and fifth in the last seven events!   Even more impressive is Haefke’s run of 15 straight top two finishes dating back to last season, which will get tougher to continue as he can start no better than 12th this Saturday night.  If Haefke wins a third straight, he’ll be relegated to the tail the following week.  Haefke has opened up a commanding 52-point lead over Brandon Blackshear with four nights of points remaining in the division.  Brad Blackshear is third in points utilizing a GM 602 crate engine.  Wayne Daniels and Kyle Miller are fourth and fifth in points.

In 2010, Steve Walker II won the only Mini Stock feature of his career in route to the inaugural championship on the Friday night program. Fast forward six seasons and the Greenville, Pa. driver is having quite a year as he’s been victorious three times and has a 29-point lead over standouts Joe Campbell and Bill Fuchs.  Second year racer, Matt Rubright, is fourth in the Deforest Used Parts points over Logan Keney.

“410” Sprint Car Payoff for less than 24 cars: 1. $ 1,500 2. $ 900  3. $ 725  4. $ 600  5. $ 550  6. $ 475  7. $ 425  8. $ 350  9. $ 325  10. $ 275  11. $ 250  12. $ 225  13-24. $ 200.  $ 100 Tow.

“410” Sprint Car Payoff for 24 or more cars: 1. $ 2,000 2. $ 1,000  3. $ 725  4. $ 600  5. $ 550  6. $ 475  7. $ 425  8. $ 350  9. $ 325  10. $ 275  11. $ 250  12. $ 230  13-24. $ 225.  $ 100 NQ/Tow.

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply will again award a pair of complimentary pit passes to a lucky driver in the division that competes first and a pair to a lucky fan. Summit Racing Equipment will award $ 25 gift cards to the hard charger in the Modified, Stock Car, and Econo Mod divisions.  Thanks to an anonymous donor, a $ 50 bonus will be posted to the driver that finishes fifth in the Stock Car feature.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. on Saturday with grandstands at 5. Sprint engine starts will be at 6:30 p.m. following by warm-ups for the Sprints only.  Heat races begin at 7 p.m.  Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 10.  Pit passes are $ 30.  Children $ 13 and under along with parking and camping are free.  Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

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

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