1st win for Richner of 2016 in Big-Block Mods; $1000 Penn-Ohio Stocks to Schneider; Career 1st Sharon Mod win for Eucker; Kugel & Ferry repeat in RUSH Mods & Econos; #5 for Campbell in Minis

By Mike Leone

August 20, 2016

(Hartford, OH)…After losing two of the past three events to Mother Nature, Sharon Speedway was able to complete the entire program on Saturday night before the rain moved in. Celebrating with wins in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane on Mark Thomas Ford Night were Rick Richner-Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Chris Schneider-Penn-Ohio Mini Series for the Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Jacob Eucker-Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Rocky Kugel-Lyden/Red Line Oil RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Josh Ferry-HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Joe Campbell-Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. A total of 105 cars were in the pit area.

Rick Richner spends his Friday nights competing close to home at Ransomville Speedway with the “358” Small-Block Modifieds and then makes three hour plus tow on Saturday nights to race at Sharon with the Big-Block Modifieds. Though Richner has been close at times this season, he hadn’t gotten over the hump and broke into victory lane this season. That changed on Saturday night as Richner battled his way by three-time winner, Jimmy Weller III, in the second half of the 20-lap non-stop feature and went on for his first win since July 18, 2015 in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply-sponsored division. The event was completed in just 6:34.825.

“Last night we were really close- had the lead and got passed on the last lap,” stated the 56-year-old Niagara Falls, New York veteran. “I’m sure glad to get my first win of the season. We’ve been struggling here this year, but I love the track. You had it perfect tonight. It’s a great facility and I love running here. I have to thank all of my sponsors for making it possible.”

After taking the lead at the start, Weller was considered to be the favorite to pick up his fourth win, but Richner stayed with the leader throughout the first half of the caution-free event. Richner wasn’t able to seriously challenge Weller until he began to close in on lap 12. Richner then pulled even with Weller in the battle for the lead on laps 13 and 14. Richner’s winning move came on the 14th circuit as he made the bottom work and had the lead racing off turn four.

After starting fourth and getting by Skip Moore on the start, Brad Rapp was able to stay within striking distance of front two and began to close in during the battle for the lead. On lap 16, Rapp closed in on Weller and made the bottom work like Richner taking second racing off turn four on lap 18. Rapp was a half-straightaway behind Richner at this point and would never be able to challenge for the lead as Richner took the checkered flag first by 0.801 of a second. Richner’s third career Sharon win came in his Jet Port Lounge/Lazy Lakes Camping Resort/Frontier Auto Wrecking/National Vacuum-sponsored #26.

Rapp’s runner-up was a career best at Sharon in just his sixth start of the season, and was his 11th straight top 10 finish dating back to last season. Weller dropped to third. Point leader Rex King, Jr. beat out his father for fourth. The elder King received an extra $ 50 from an anonymous donor. Jim Rasey, Rob Kristyak, Moore, Rick Regalski, Jr., and Kevin Bolland completed the top 10. In his first race back in five weeks after motor problems, Tom Mattocks was awarded the hard luck and received two pit passes for next Saturday compliments of Hovis. Heat wins went to Regalski and Rapp.

The Penn-Ohio Mini Series competed in their fourth of five events during the 2016 season and it was Chris Schneider joining Paul Davis with his second Stock Car win. Schneider led all 20 laps and survived six cautions for the $ 1,000 win in the Gibson Insurance Agency event.

“We had some distributor cap issues last time but everything was firing on eight cylinders tonight,” expressed the 37-year-old Lower Burrell, Pa. standout. “You have to watch the professionals like Jonathan Davenport on how to run the outside. That was the first time I was ever able to do that here. Normally there’s not a cushion like that and only a little grip, but this really had a nice outside. I have to thank my dad, all of my sponsors, and Bob Walters for piecing this engine together.”

Schneider rode the cushion past pole-sitter Rob Bates on the start with Andy Buckley following in second. Buckley maintained second throughout the caution periods, while the third position changed hands numerous times with Bates, Brian Carothers, Rod Laskey, and Shaun Fawcett all having their fair share of the position until lap 11 when Paul Davis made the pass for good. The event’s final caution was displayed for Jamie Duncan’s spin with 14 laps scored.

The caution gave Buckley and Davis a shot with the field bunched up, but Schneider was too strong as he pulled away over the final six non-stop laps to win by 2.158 seconds. Schneider’s fifth career win came in his SS Chassis & Supply/Nick Chevrolet/It’s All Clean-sponsored #55. Buckley’s second was his third runner-up of the season as he continues to look for his first win. Point leader Davis came all the way from the 19th starting spot and earned the $ 25 Summit Racing Equipment gift certificate.

Fawcett was fourth over Rod Laskey, who earned an extra $ 50 from an anonymous donor. Steve D’Apolito was sixth in his GM 604 crate engine as Jackson Humanic, Bates, Jacob Billyk, and Carothers completed the top 10. Heat winners over the 24-car field were Bates, Schneider, and Buckley. Michael Hudzik won the dash.

Fifteen-year-old Jacob Eucker had won six times in the Econo Mod division at Sharon, but has struggled over the past two seasons since moving up to the Modifieds. On Saturday night though, Eucker led all 15 laps of the Summit Racing Equipment feature and was never challenged for the popular win. Eucker also won last month at McKean County Raceway.

“We’ve been struggling a bit over the season,” said the hometown Hartford, Ohio driver. “It’s been coming around though now as we’ve been changing the setup. The top was working tonight. I’d like to thank my dad and all of my sponsors.”

Eucker used the outside to power ahead of point leader Joe Gabrielson on the start. Two cautions in the first five laps kept the field bunched up. The final 10 non-stop laps saw Eucker pull away to the dominating win as he took the checkered flag first by a comfortable 4.233 second margin over Gabrielson. Eucker became the 51st different driver to win in the history of the Modified division at Sharon. His seventh career win at the track came in the Ohio Commerce Center/Dr. Jon Eucker/Damon Race Engines/Danski Dyno & Performance/Lees Excavating/Close Racing Supply/Harrison Tool Co./Afco Shocks/Bob Harris/Wenrs Machine-sponsored #64.

Gabrielson beat out Johnson for the runner-up position and leads him in the championship chase now by 16 points with two events remaining. Johnson came from seventh and received a $ 25 Summit Racing Equipment gift certificate for being the hard charger, and was also selected in the random draw for a pair of pit passes for next Saturday compliments of Hovis. Brandon Blackshear beat out newcomer David Pangrazio for fourth. Heats went to Gabrielson and Eucker.

Making just his second start since a crash that destroyed his car at Tri-City Raceway Park on June 19, Rocky Kugel picked up the victory in a former Tom Glenn Big-Block Modified car. Kugel led all but the opening lap for his second Lyden/Red Line Oil RUSH Sportsman Modified of the season.

“I got turned at Tri-City and got clobbered,” acknowledged the 40-year-old East Liverpool, Ohio driver. “Tom Glenn gave me an awesome deal on this and I couldn’t refuse it. I have to thank my dad. I was done for the year and as you probably know he sold his race car. He spent day, night, and more time on this to put it together by himself- I don’t know where he got it. This is the second night out for it and it’s pretty good. Everything is new on this- it’s a good car.”

Kyle Martell and Steve Slater led the 20-car field to green. The two made contact with Slater grabbing the lead over Kugel as Martell dropped to third. Following a caution for Jessica Kriegisch and Preston Cope, Kugel would make what would turn out to be the winning pass on lap two as he brought fourth starting Brandon Ritchey with him past Slater. Brandon’s cousin Nick started in seventh and made his way to third getting by Slater for fourth on lap four then took third from Martell on lap six.

A caution for two-time winner Chas Wolbert, who smacked the backstretch wall and slowed, brought out the event’s final caution with eight laps scored. The two Ritcheys battled for runner-up over the final seven laps, but were unable to make a serious bid at Kugel, who took the win by a margin of 2.289 seconds in his Paper Services/Brooks Graphicx/Myers Service Center/Sunset Whitetails-sponsored #83.

Brandon beat out Nick Ritchey for second and has a 16-point lead with just one night of points remaining for the division. Martell dropped to fourth over 12th starting Jeremy Weaver, who earned a $ 50 bonus from an anonymous donor. Wolbert and Martell won the heat races.

Back on April 16, Josh Ferry finally got the monkey off his back winning the $ 700 2015 “Apple Festival Nationals” Econo Mod make-up feature for his first career Sharon win. Ferry then moved up to the Modified division where he started fast with four straight top six finishes; however, Ferry’s luck went south as he could only muster an eighth place finish over the next five events along with a blown engine on August 6 that would derail his Modified efforts. On Saturday night, Ferry showed up in the Econo Mods and made it two-for-two in the division with the 15-lap HTMA/Precise Racing Products victory.

“It might have been self-inflicted with a fuel issue that we may or may not have caused,” explained the 17-year-old Cochranton, Pa. driver on his motor problems. “We hurt that motor and this is the only spare we have so we figured we’d have some fun. You learn a lot in the class. It’s definitely car control with the smaller motor that you don’t have 800 horse under your foot that you spin yourself out. Throttle control is huge. I have to thank my parents for all the hard work and dedication they put in this car every week to get me here, and all of my sponsors.”

Ferry started on the pole, but it was Brad Blackshear with his GM 602 crate engine-powered car leading the opening lap before Ferry took charge on lap two. Blackshear had a good run going in second until spinning on lap six. This gave runner-up to fifth starting Butch Lambert, but on the ensuing restart Josh Mueller made the pass for runner-up. Lambert then yielded the third spot on lap seven when he exited the event. Meanwhile, back in the pack, Steve Haefke was fighting his way forward from the 12th starting spot. Haefke got around the #1 cars of Zach Myers and Buzz Seitz on laps eight and nine respectively to move into third.

The event’s sixth and final caution slowed action when Dan McEwen, Jeff Mundell, and George Vestal IV tangling with 11 laps scored. Ferry wasn’t challenged over the final laps for the win in the Dave Ferry-owned, French Creek Kayaks/Patterson Auto Wrecking/Zimmer’s Service Center/Cochran Auto Body/Close Racing Supply/AK Salon/955 Automotive/Hoosier Tires-sponsored #33.

Haefke edged ahead of Mueller on lap 14 to take the runner-up spot and upped his streak to 16 straight events finishing in the top two spots dating back to last season! Mueller has made just six starts this season, but has finished in the top four every night. Brad Blackshear came back from his early spin to finish fourth over his brother Brandon. Mueller and Chris Clay won the heat races over the 19-car field.

Joe Campbell didn’t have the fastest car on Saturday night, but he was the one standing in victory lane after the 12-lap Deforest Used Parts Mini Stock feature. Campbell inherited the lead on lap eight after problems for Pat Hanlon II and went on for his division-leading fifth win of the season. Campbell also closed to within nine points of Steve Walker II, who had problems all night long.

“There was some tough competition here tonight,” acknowledged the 32-year-old Austintown, Ohio driver. “I didn’t know if I had it or not until the end. I was pushing it as hard as I could into the turns. I didn’t want to push it too hard and end up into the wall. I don’t know if I could have gotten him (Hanlon) or not. I’m fortunate to be here. This is a great track. I have to thank my dad for helping me, Gene, Pete Blazczak for all his input, the fans, and all my sponsors.”

After a caution for Walker on the opening lap, the 12-lap feature went non-stop. Hanlon, who was making his first ever start, took the lead from pole-sitter Pat Drennan on the start. Hanlon set a fast pace out in front, while fourth starting Campbell made his way past Drennan on lap five for second. Hanlon’s night ended when he exited the event on lap eight handing the lead to Campbell. Campbell had a straightaway lead at this point and cruised to his seventh career win in his Custom Metal Works of Austintown/DCS Truck & Trailer Repair/Statton-Borowski Funeral Home/Henry’s Dynatorium/McGuire’s Coney Island/Tub’s Automotive/Utsinger’s Towing/Superior Auto Body/West Side Tire-sponsored #40c.

Jim Haefke, Jr. started back in 12th and raced his way forward to finish a season best second after getting past Drennan on lap 11. Drennan held on to third for his season’s best effort as well. Bill Fuchs was fourth over Pete Blazczak. Campbell and Logan Keney copped the heat race wins.

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds (20 laps): 1. RICH RICHNER (26) 2. Brad Rapp (11R) 3. Jimmy Weller III (23) 4. Rex King, Jr. (165) 5. Rex King (65) 6. Jim Rasey (32) 7. Rob Kristyak (00) 8. Skip Moore (17M) 9. Rick Regalski, Jr. (7z) 10. Kevin Bolland (777) 11. Dave Murdick (61) 12. Tom Mattocks (69) 13. Justin Rasey (21) 14. Bob Warren (96B).

Penn-Ohio Mini Series for the Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars
(20 laps, $ 1,000 to-win): 1. CHRIS SCHNEIDER (55) 2.Andy Buckley (965) 3. Paul Davis (3) 4. Shaun Fawcett (224) 5. Rod Laskey (1R) 6. Steve D’Apolito (84) 7. Jackson Humanic (Kellogg 17K) 8. Rob Bates (99B) 9. Jacob Billyk (4) 10. Brian Carothers (02c) 11. Mike Clark (7) 12. Mike Miller (T6) 13. Gary Robinson (44R) 14. Jamie Duncan (67J) 15. Troy Norman (19N) 16. Jamie Maxwell (6) 17. Mike Kerr (25K) 18. Brent Coleman (01) 19. Michael Hudzik (31H) 20. Curt J. Bish (Tarr 29) 21. Jamie Scharba (11s) 22. Jason Longwell (Petsko 00)-DSQ (unsportsmanlike conduct) 23. Jesse Brock (22B)-DNS 24. Troy DeZarn (21)-DNS.

Summit Racing Equipment (E) Modifieds (15 laps): 1. JACOB EUCKER (64) 2. Joe Gabrielson (58) 3. Jeff Johnson (27) 4. Brandon Blackshear (10) 5. David Pangrazio (136) 6. Scott Stiffler (14) 7. Mike Kinney (Porter 20P) 8. Bob Diver (23) 9. Amanda Stiffler (14A) 10. Paul Phillips (44) 11. Carl McKinney (Hendrickson 6M)-DNS 12. Travis Creech (White 53)-DNS.

Lyden/ Red Line Oil RUSH Sportsman Modifieds (15 laps): 1. ROCKY KUGEL (83) 2. Brandon Ritchey (17) 3. Nick Ritchey (77N) 4. Kyle Martell (8) 5. Jeremy Weaver (35W) 6. Justin Shea (14s) 7. Brian Schaffer (41) 8. Kole Holden (2) 9. Calvin Clay (21) 10. Tiffany Williams (58) 11. Mike Sparks (Smith 3G) 12. Will Schaffer (4) 13. Chelsie Kriegisch (10) 14. Amelia Clay (12) 15. Steve Slater (35) 16. Chas Wolbert (c3) 17. Jessica Shea (24s) 18. Josh Deems (9D) 19. Jessica Kriegisch (63) 20. Preston Cope (24P).

HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods (15 laps): 1. JOSH FERRY (33) 2. Steve Haefke (41) 3. Josh Mueller (01) 4. Brad Blackshear (19) 5. Brandon Blackshear (Burns 70B) 6. Kyle Miller (15) 7. George Vestal IV (4) 8. Jeff Mundell (11) 9. Bret McCarthy (33) 10. Buzz Seitz (1) 11. Zach Myers (1M) 12. Dan McEwen (44) 13. Wayne Daniels (4) 14. Butch Lambert (Hendrickson 19) 15. Chris Clay (99) 16. Brian Toto (8B) 17. Bob Burk (18) 18. Gary Davis (32) 19. James Myers (77M).

Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks (12 laps): 1. JOE CAMPBELL (40C) 2. Jim Haefke (421) 3. Pat Drennan (24) 4. Bill Fuchs (10) 5. Pete Blazczak (77) 6. Jason Pavlick (00) 7. Will Aley (Root 17J) 8. Mike Aley (Maxwell 6) 9. Ed Roberts (11) 10. Jim Jones (Keney 16) 11. Joe Keney (15K) 12. Steve Walker II (4M) 13. Pat Hanlon II (26K) 14. Logan Keney (Coleman 75) 15. Jeff Little (42) 16. Matt Rubright (X)-DNS.

Coming up this Saturday night (August 27), will be another “Steel Valley Thunder” program featuring the six weekly divisions plus kids bike races. It’ll be the final night of points for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and Stock Cars. Pits open at 4 p.m. with grandstands at 5 and racing at 7. Admission for those 14 and over is just $ 10, while those 13 and under are free. Pit passes are $ 30.

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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Sharon forced to cancel Saturday’s 410 Sprint show again due to impending storms; “Apple Festival Nat’s” next Fri & Sat; King Jr, Gabrielson, Ritchey, Davis, Haefke & Walker crowned 2016 champs

By Mike Leone

September 10, 2016

(Hartford, OH)…After having great weather for both the Ohio Speedweek and Lou Blaney Memorial events in June and July for the “410” Sprint Cars, Sharon Speedway was forced to cancel the non-sanctioned Sprint Car event for the second straight time on Saturday. The “410” Sprints were scheduled back on August 13 and just like on Saturday, impending storms throughout the evening have forced the cancellation of events. Saturday was also to include the final night of points for the Big-Block Modifieds, Modifieds, Econo Mods, and Mini Stocks, to be cancelled. It marked the seventh rain out of the 2016 season.

With the rain out, Sharon Speedway will crown Rex King, Jr.-Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Joe Gabrielson-Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Brandon Ritchey-Lyden/Red Line Oil RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Paul Davis-Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Steve Haefke-HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Steve Walker II-Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks 2016 champions.

Sharon will wrap up the 87th anniversary season next Friday and Saturday, September 16-17 with the annual “Apple Festival Nationals”. Friday will feature a complete show for Big-Block Modified drivers that have never won a big-block feature in their career paying $ 1,700 to-win in the “Johnny Zdelar Memorial”. The Mod Lites, Sportsman Dwarf Cars, and Junior Sprints will also run a complete show. Preliminary action will take place for the RUSH Late Model and Sportsman Modified Touring Series, Renegades of Dirt Modifieds, Penn-Ohio Stock Cars, Econo Mods, and Mini Stocks. Then on Saturday, the Big-Block Modifieds are back for the “Russ King Memorial” for the Mod Tour along with the completion of the show for those divisions that ran heat races on Friday. Racing begins early at 6 p.m. both days.

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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Kyle Fink’s “358” Small-Block defeats Big-Block Mods in $1700 “Johnny Zdelar Memorial” Friday; Mark Marcucci wins Mod Lites; 1st ever Sharon win for Vivian Jones in Dwarfs; Lutz Jr wins debut of Jr Sprints

By Mike Leone

September 16, 2016

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway kicked off the first of two nights of the annual “Apple Festival Nationals” on Friday night with 219 race cars filling the pit area in addition to the Vintage Auto Racing Club. Capturing their first wins and celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Kyle Fink-Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds in the “Johnny Zdelar Memorial”, Mark Marcucci-Leader Chassis Mod Lites, Vivian Jones-Joe’s Radiator Service-Sportsman Dwarf Cars, and Mike Lutz, Jr.-Junior Sprints. Heat races were completed for the RUSH Late Model Touring Series, Renegades of Dirt Modifieds, Penn-Ohio Stock Car Series, RUSH Sportsman Modified Touring Series, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks.

Kyle Fink has won numerous “358” Small-Block Modified features over his career in western Pennsylvania at Mercer Raceway Park and Sportsman’s Speedway, but has only run sparingly against the higher-powered Big-Block Modifieds. Fink though jumped at the chance to run his “358” small-block against the big blocks when the “Johnny Zdelar Memorial” event for non-winners was announced. And on Friday night, the 22-year-old Strattanville, Pa. driver led all 25 laps of the feature holding off good friend and big-block runner, J.R. McGinley, for the $ 1,700 win.

Fink took off in the lead from the pole, while McGinley passed Jeff Miller for second on the opening lap with sixth starting Rick Regalski, Jr. following in third. By lap three, the top three began to pull away from the pack. The “358” of Eric Gabany started in ninth and was on the move cracking the top five on lap seven when he passed Jimmy Holden, who was driving Kevin Hoffman’s big-block. Gabany then took fourth from Miller’s big-block on lap nine.

As the laps ticked off caution-free, lapped traffic came into play for Fink on laps 16 and 17, which allowed McGinley to close right in. The event’s only caution was displayed when Tom Mattocks went up in smoke with 19 laps completed. When racing resumed, Gabany continued to move to the front getting by Regalski’s big-block for third on lap 21.

McGinley and Gabany were all over Fink in the closing laps, but Fink’s Sieg Homes/Commodore Homes/Unique Fabrication-sponsored #66F was able to hold on for the victory by 0.514 of a second over McGinley. Gabany, Regalski, and eighth starting Mike Turner were third through fifth. Bob Warren and Justin Rasey were sixth and seventh. Eric Beggs advanced from 16th to eighth and earned an extra $ 50 for the hard charger compliments of Double Motorsports. Tom Glenn and Kevin Green completed the top 10. Heat winners were Regalski and Holden over the 18-car field.

Veteran Mod Lite racers Mark Marcucci and Doug Stanley put on a great battle in the 15-lap Leader Chassis feature with Marcucci coming out on top after a late race restart. The win was worth $ 500 for the 27-year-old West Middlesex, Pa. driver, who is the division’s all-time winner at Mercer Raceway Park.

Rod Jones led the opening three laps until a caution. When racing resumed, fourth starting Marcucci and sixth starting Stanley took over the top two spots. Marcucci and Stanley then battled side-by-side for the lead on lap seven with Stanley taking the lead. The event’s final caution was displayed when Doug Jones spun with 11 laps completed. Marcucci then made quite a move on the restart in turns one and two to take the lead from Stanley on lap 12.

Marcucci’s D&M Excavating/M&D Paving-sponsored #8M held off Stanley in the closing laps for the victory. Dave Innes raced from seventh to third. Keith Smith was fourth over Jones, who faded to fifth. Heat race winners over the 24-car field were Kurt Eckstrom, Shane Pfeuffer, and Innes.

The Sportsman Dwarf Cars that compete at Deerfield Speedway made their annual appearance during the “Apple Festival Nationals” and it was female racer Vivian Jones coming out on top for her first career Sharon win. The West Middlesex, Pa. teenager and daughter of veteran racer Rod Jones earned $ 250 for the 15-lap feature win presented by Joe’s Radiator Service.

Several of the top runners had issues in the first part of the race including the brother-sister tandem of Angie Grzelak and Joe Grzelak, Jr., who both spun, along with Tiffany Williams, who broke in second. Jones meanwhile started from fifth and inherited the lead on lap nine. She then held off Angie and Joe Grzelak, Jr., who came from the back, to score the win in the Jones Performance #20. Cody Stillion and Art Williams were fourth and fifth. Grzelak, Jr. and Steve Mix won the heat races over the 19-car field.

The Junior Sprints for children that compete at Deerfield and Mercer made their first ever appearance at Sharon and it was third generation driver, Mike Lutz, Jr., capturing the six-lap feature win. Lutz of Mercer, Pa. took the lead on the opening lap and led green-to-checkered for the win in the #86. Nathaniel Bale, Charlie Biskup, Sammy Darby, and Ty Lance were second through fifth. Alstau Randall won the heat race.

The balance of Friday night’s program will be completed on Saturday night (September 17) at 6 p.m. along with a complete show for The Mod Tour in the $ 3,000 to-win “Russ King Memorial”.

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds (Non-Winners) “Johnny Zdelar Memorial” (25 laps, $ 1,700 to-win): 1. KYLE FINK (66F) 2. J.R. McGinley (66M) 3. Eric Gabany (3E) 4. Rick Regalski, Jr. (13) 5. Mike Turner (96) 6. Bob Warren (96B) 7. Justin Rasey (21) 8. Eric Beggs (29*) 9. Tom Glenn (83T) 10. Kevin Green (74) 11. Tom Holden (68H) 12. Shawn Kozar (3K) 13. Rusty Johns (17) 14. Jason Sines (38DD) 15. Jimmy Holden (Hoffman 00) 16. Tom Mattocks (69) 17. Jeff Miller (75) 18. Larry Johns (03).

Leader Chassis Mod Lites (15 laps, $ 500 to-win): 1. MARK MARCUCCI (8M) 2. Doug Stanley (Coen 1c) 3. 3. Dave Innes (18) 4. Keith Smith (16s) 5. Rod Jones (Lewis 21) 6. Chris Logan (2) 7. Tracy Fritter (59) 8. Jay Dye (13T) 9. Aaron Meister (46) 10. Brian Stuhldreher (17) 11. Chris Robinson 12. Glenn Teeter (41) 13. Reece Shelton (86) 14. Doug Jones (71X) 15. Dusty Frantz (825) 16. Jacob Bova (28J) 17. Cole Petrelle (1) 18. Shane Webb (267) 19. Kurt Eckstrom (625) 20. Shane Pfeuffer (Lawson 10)-DNS 21. Alan Dellinger (Smith 16)-DNS 22. Teddy Williams II (48)-DNS 23. Charlie Armstrong, Jr. (45)-DNS 24. Kelly Teeters (23)-DNS.

Joe’s Radiator Service Sportsman Dwarf Cars (15 laps, $ 250 to-win) 1. VIVIAN JONES (20) 2. Angie Grzelak (57) 3. Joe Grzelak, Jr. (888) 4. Cody Stillion (25) 5. Art Williams (1) 6. Terry Ohl (9) 7. Mark Biskup (33) 8. Jerry Langley (31) 9. Jim McKelvey (32) 10. Jereme Bean (49) 11. Mark Suchan (66) 12. Jeff Davis (830) 13. Tiffany Williams (Smith 58) 14. Jacob Teeters (23) 15. Steve Mix (85) 16. Kelly Teeters (1T) 17. Todd Canter (Grzelak 4) 18. Tyler Purnell (51) 19. Taylor Suchan (44).

Junior Sprints (6 laps): 1. MIKE LUTZ, JR. (86) 2. Nathaniel Bale (01) 3. Charlie Biskup (09) 4. Sammy Darby (8) 5. Ty Lance (44L) 6. Alstau Randall (36) 7. Blake Robbins (18S) 8. Stone Lapcevich (22) 9. Mason Canter (88).

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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