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.

“Bickerstaff Cup” to feature a 4-race series for Outlaw (E) Mods in 2019

By Ken Marquette

February 1, 2019

(Hartford, OH)…Outlaw Modified racing returns to Sharon Speedway in a big way for the 2019 season, a four race series with a paid point fund and contingency awards. The series will be called “The Bickerstaff Cup” named after one of the greatest drivers from our area to strap on a helmet Jimmy Bickerstaff.

     Dates for the series will be June 8, June 22, July 20th and August 24th.

The first three races will pay $ 1,200 to win and $ 200 to start the final race that will also honor the late great Jim Bickerstaff Sr. will pay $ 3,000 to win and $ 300 to start and be ran under two 24 lap segments. The four race series point fund will pay $ 1,000 for first and will pay back to fifth place possibly more positions as work will be done in the next few months to help secure monies. Nightly awards will include a hard charger award of $ 75 presented by Burgan Reality and $ 100 hard luck award by Dickson Racing Shocks. Other awards include $ 200 overall series hard charger award, as well as numerous other contingency’s and awards still in the works and planning stages. There will be no driver’s entry fee to any of these events.

    Contingency awards will be for drivers that completed all four nights put into a raffle and handed out on the August 24th final night after the races. These awards will later be posted on social media as they are collected. Only drivers that complete all four nights will be eligible.

     There will be no time trials for any of the events. The race format will be done by a passing point system. Details and explanation of race format, rules and point system will be announced in the near future as they are confirmed.

   This Modified racing series is being brought to you by a lot of hard work and brain storming of Farmdale, Ohio’s Cyndi and Scott Stiffler, longtime local racers and chassis builders working with Jim Bickerstaff Jr. for two purposes. First to finally honor a local racing legend Jim Bickerstaff and two to bring prestigious local money race to one of the most exciting divisions to grace “The Grand Ole Lady of Racing” Sharon Speedway. The Stiffler’s working hard  to build this race to make it an exciting do not miss event for fans and racers alike, continue to work hard to attract sponsors and manufactures.

    The late Jim Bickerstaff who hailed out of Mineral Ridge won on dirt and asphalt from N.Y. to Florida from the 60s into the 80s. Even people who were not race fans knew the name Jimmy Bickerstaff. Race paper writers called him The Big Stick, Bick, the Ridge Runner, A Mid-American Auto Racing news columnist called him Mr. Sharon Speedway. He is the Sharon Speedway all time Super Late Model winner with an unofficial total of 42 feature wins including wins on the dirt and asphalt surfaces.  During that time period the P.R.A. Pittsburg Racing Association was considered one of the toughest in the country.

Bickerstaff won the P.R.A. 250 National Open and the Tri-State 150 twice and a track champion all at the famed Heidelberg. He also won the Ohio State 500; Track championships at Canfield, Sharon, and Heidelberg; the Ohio State Invitational 3 times at Midvale; a road course win at Nelson Ledges; and so much more. As these events unfold, more will be shared on his life time accomplishments.

  Outlaw Modified racers and fans alike mark this one on your race calendar, it’s a do not miss series to honor a legend.

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C&R Tire & Ohio Intra Express to present new “Wheelman” Bonus Event nightly for RUSH Sportsman Modifieds in 2019

By Mike Leone

January 23, 2018               

(Hartford, OH)…As previously announced by the RUSH Sportsman Modified Series, in 2019 Sharon Speedway will host a separate race for drivers that have never won a feature event in a full-size race car (excluding Mini Stocks) nightly for the HTMA/Precise Racing Products-sponsored division.  This new program called the “Wheelman” Bonus Event will be presented by C&R Tire and Ohio Intra Express. RUSH will provide the separate points fund for RUSH members that will pay five positions with the “Wheelman” Champion receiving $ 300.

“This new program will afford drivers that have never won a feature event before the opportunity for additional track time and extra purse money, while at the same time compete for their own championship title,” explained Sharon GM Dave Willoughby. “It’s pretty neat that two of our current RUSH Sportsman Modified racers in Rob Kristyak (C&R Tire) and Chas Wolbert (Ohio Intra Express) that aren’t even eligible for the program have given back to racers in their own division.  The RUSH Sportsman Mod car counts have grown each year pushing over a full field average at 27 and we want to continue to make sure all racers have incentive to continue to come to Sharon Speedway and race.”

The event will pay $ 75 to win nightly (see complete payoff below) and will be a limited number of laps based on car count per night. The event lineup will be determined based on an invert four of eligible drivers from the night’s regular heat race results.  The winning driver can start no better than sixth the following event, 12th for two straight wins, and the tail for three or more consecutive wins.  If a driver wins a regular feature event, he or she will no longer be eligible to race in the events.  The new program will get underway when the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds open their season on Friday, April 12 with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.   

In the inaugural 2014 season for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds at Sharon, the average car count was 10.6 per night. That average grew to 14.3 in 2015 and really jumped in 2016 to 22.5 per night.  The 2017 season saw more growth with 23.9 per night and even more this past season at 26.8 per night.  An all-time division record 38 cars turned out for “Manufacturers Night” on August 25.  Only two times in the past three years has the car count dropped below 20 and not since August 12, 2017. 

“Wheelman” Bonus Event Payoff*: 1. $ 75 2. $ 60  3. $ 50  4. $ 40  5. $ 35  6. $ 30  7. $ 25  8. $ 20.  (*Note: payoff is in addition to feature money.  Drivers not qualifying for the feature will be guaranteed $ 50 tow money and free pit pass with the ability to win up to $ 75; however will not receive these amounts over and above tow money.)

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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RUSH announces changes to eligibility for Sportsman Mods in 2019; Nightly “Wheelman” Bonus Event for Non-Winners added to Sharon program with point fund

By Mike Leone

October 4, 2018           

(Pulaski, PA)…As the 2018 season draws to a conclusion for the fifth year Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modified Series powered by Pace Performance, the Series has already begun to look ahead to 2019.  The 2019 season will see a couple changes with no eligibility restrictions in place for local racers, and the addition of a nightly “Wheelman” Bonus Event at Sharon Speedway sponsored by Wedge Motorsports, C&R Tire, and others to be announced with a separate points fund for RUSH member racers that have never won a feature in their career. 

The 2018 season saw some of the RUSH Sportsman Modified eligibility requirements loosened for regional racers allowing full eligibility to “358” Small-Block Modified racers and allowing more of the Big-Block Modified racers the ability to compete. For the 2019 season, all western Pa. and eastern Ohio-based racers will have the ability to compete in the division.  The current eligibility requirements for racers outside of the region will remain. 

“This has been an evolving process with the changing dynamics in local racing,” explained RUSH Director Vicki Emig. “When we started the Sportsman Modified class in 2014, there were two tracks running 358 Modifieds weekly and two tracks running Big-Block Modifieds full-time plus several other tracks running events.  This past season there were only a few races for 358 Modifieds, Lernerville was the only track running the big blocks on a weekly basis, and the amount of other tracks hosting open Modified events decreased in number.  Some of these racers simply want the ability to race more.  Also, it’s no secret the RUSH Sportsman Modified division has come a long way since the early years with the quality and competitiveness of the class.”

With the above said, RUSH has worked with Sharon Speedway to create the “Wheelman” Bonus Event sponsored by Wedge Motorsports, C&R Tire, and others to be announced, which will be run on a nightly basis.  This will afford drivers that have never won a feature event before the opportunity for additional track time and extra purse money, while at the same time compete for their own championship title.  Eligibility is open to any driver that has never won a feature event in a full-size race car, excluding Mini Stocks. 

The event will pay $ 75 to win (see complete payoff below) and will be a limited number of laps based on car count per night. RUSH will provide the separate points fund for RUSH members that will pay five positions with the “Wheelman” Champion receiving $ 300.  The event lineup will be determined based on an invert four of eligible drivers from the night’s regular heat race results.  The winning driver can start no better than sixth the following event, 12th for two straight wins, and the tail for three or more consecutive wins.  If a driver wins a regular feature event, he or she will no longer be eligible to participate in the program.  

“The RUSH Sportsman Modified division has been instrumental in allowing drivers from various backgrounds the ability to compete in this very exciting division in an affordable way,” added Emig. “The car counts continue to grow each year at Sharon as well as at Pittsburgh, who runs the class every opportunity they can.  We felt by basing this program at the division’s home track, it’ll be a positive way to help sustain future growth for racers with less experience.  These racers now have the opportunity to qualify for the Sharon’s regular night’s feature event as well as race in the added Wheelman event.  Sharon will still offer a free pit pass for the following week for drivers that fail to qualify for the night’s regular feature in addition to tow money.”

In the inaugural 2014 season, Sharon averaged 10.6 RUSH Sportsman Modifieds per night. That average grew to 14.3 in 2015 and really jumped in 2016 to 22.5 per night.  The 2017 season saw more growth with 23.9 per night and even more this past season at 26.8 per night.  An all-time division record 38 cars turned out for “Manufacturers Night” presented by MSD Performance on August 25.  Only two times in the past three years has the car count dropped below 20 and not since August 12, 2017. 

“Wheelman” Bonus Event Payoff*: 1. $ 75 2. $ 60  3. $ 50  4. $ 40  5. $ 35  6. $ 30  7. $ 25  8. $ 20.  (*Note: payoff is in addition to feature money.  Drivers not qualifying for the feature will be guaranteed $ 50 tow money and free pit pass with the ability to win up to $ 75; however will not receive these amounts over and above tow money.)

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.

RUSH Sportsman Modified marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Earl’s Performance Plumbing, Quick Fuel Technology, FK Rod Ends, Sherwood Racing Wheels, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Dynamic Drivelines, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, Schwartzmiller Ground Maintenance,CrateInsider.com, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com.

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