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Night 2 of rescheduled 2015 “Apple Festival Nat’s” to open season Saturday featuring “Russ King Memorial” for Big-Block Mod Tour along w/ RUSH LM & Mod Tour, Stocks, Mods, Econos & Minis; Open practice Friday night

By Mike Leone

April 12, 2016                 

(Hartford, OH)…With great weather predicted, Sharon Speedway will kick-off the 2016 season this weekend with an open practice on Friday evening (April 15) followed by the rescheduled night two of the 2015 “Apple Festival Nationals” on Saturday evening. Night one was completed back on September 11, but late afternoon rain washed out the scheduled night two on September 12 and then inclement weather on October 3 forced the postponement to this spring.  Practice is from 5-9 p.m. Friday with racing on Saturday starting at 6 p.m.

The Mod Tour for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds will run a complete show on Saturday, while the Sweeney RUSH Late Model Tour, Bicknell RUSH Sportsman Modified Tour, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars for the Penn-Ohio Series, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks will finish their program that has already included heat races that were completed on September 11.

Cars that didn’t compete on September 11 are permitted to race in all of the divisions. New cars will draw pills to determine their starting order behind the qualified cars.  Qualified cars that will have a driver change on Saturday will force that car to start behind all of the qualified cars, but ahead of any new cars.  Two B mains are scheduled for the Stock Cars.  If the amount of new cars exceeds a full field for any of the other divisions, a last chance B main will be run.

The Mod Tour will run in their first of three races scheduled in 2016 at Sharon. Saturday will be the “Russ King Memorial” in a complete show paying $ 2,000 to-win.  Rex King, Jr. won the Tour’s only appearance in 2015 in the “Lou Blaney Memorial”.  King, Jr. came up short to his father on repeating his Hovis Auto & Truck Supply championship, but has already started 2016 victorious winning the Mod Tour opener at Mercer Raceway Park.

To date, there have been 29 “Russ King Memorial” events run with 15 different winners. The late Lou Blaney leads the win list at five.  The top active racers include King, Jim Rasey, and 2014 winner Jim Weller, Jr. with three wins each, which is tied for second with the retired hall of fame racer Bob Kraus.  Steve Feder and Ricky Richner scored upset wins in 2012 and 2013 for their first career wins at the speedway.  One of the biggest upsets took place in 2008 when the “358” small-block of Lonny Riggs won his first career Sharon feature!

Back on September 11, Max Blair set fast in $ 100 Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock” Qualifying for the Sweeney RUSH Late Models in their Tour event with a lap of 16.419. Blair, Will Thomas III, and Steve Lowery earned $ 25 for their Bobby Lake Motorsports heat race wins.  Charlie Duncan won the K&N Dash and earned the pole for the 30-lap, $ 2,000 to-win feature. Twenty-two cars were in the pits.

The Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars had the biggest field of cars with 47 in the pit area for the Penn-Ohio Series event. Heat wins went to Shaun Hooks, Andy Buckley, Rusty Moore, Tim Bish, and Steve D’Apolito.  Moore also won the $ 500 to-win “Jim Hooks Memorial” Dash event.  The 25-lap feature will pay $ 2,000 to-win Saturday.

Mike Kinney and Joel Watson won the two heat races for the Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds. Just 12 cars were on hand for the $ 2,000 to-win event. Track champion Greg Martin and 2015 RUSH Sportsman Modified Tour champion Larry Kugel were Lyden/Red Line Oil RUSH Sportsman Modified heat race winners over the 13-car field.  $ 800 will be on the line to-win.

Track champion, Ryan Fraley, and two-time winner, Steve Haefke, copped the two heat races for the 17 Econo Mods. Their HTMA/Precise Racing Products feature on Saturday will pay $ 700 to-win.  2014 track champion, Travis Creech, and two-time 2015 winner, Pete Blazczak, captured the Mini Stock heat race wins over the 14-car field.  Their 15-lap Deforest Used Parts feature on Saturday will pay $ 500 to-win.

King Motor Sports joined forces with Jones Performance, Moore’s Auto Body, Bicknell Chassis, and McCool Graphics to manufacturer the race simulator. The goal is to have one in every children’s hospital in the country as they are getting their IV therapy.  In 2015, the Jacob Lewis Memorial Fund developed a new program.  If an organization or business does a charity event with the proceeds being donated to the Hope Racer project in excess of $ 3,000 that organization will receive a  car with their logo as the design and get to choose what children’s hospital  receives the simulator.  There will be a Chinese Auction plus the Mod Tour drivers will be doing a helmet collection during the redraw and 100% of the money collected goes to fund the Hope Racer Project.

On Friday, pits open at 4 p.m. with practice from 5-9 p.m. Pit passes are $ 20, while grandstand admission is free.  On Saturday, pits open at 3 p.m. with grandstands at 4.  Warm-ups will get underway at approximately 5:30 p.m. followed by racing at 6.

For those without rain checks or two-day passes, Saturday grandstand admission is $ 15 for those 14 and other and pit passes are $ 35. As always, children under 13, parking, and camping is always 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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Sharon’s inaugural Lucas Oil Late Model show w/ star-studded field drawing near on 4/22; RUSH Tour opener also part of LM doubleheader

By Mike Leone

March 29, 2016

The 87th anniversary season at Sharon Speedway is sure to be one of the biggest in history, and one of the most anticipated events ever scheduled is quickly drawing near on Friday, April 22 with the inaugural appearance by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.  The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series will also be part of the program, which is being presented by Barris Truck Service of West Middlesex, Pa.  Barris Truck Service features medium and heavy duty truck repair and heavy duty towing.  Performance Bodies with their MD3 brand is an associate sponsor of the event.

The LOLMDS boasts 12 full-time competitors that will be battling in the $ 10,000 to-win “Steel Valley 50” led by defending champion and current point leader Jonathan Davenport of Mount Airy, North Carolina. Davenport’s unreal 2015 season saw him win five crown-jewel events and over $ 600,000! Jimmy Owens (three) and Scott Bloomquist (two) own five Series championships amongst themselves as neither the “Newport Nightmare” nor “Black Sunshine” needs any introduction to Late Model fans.

“The Real Deal” Don O’Neal, Jr. and Darrell Lanigan are teammates in 2016 driving for Clint Bowyer. O’Neal was the Series’ 2014 champion, while Lanigan moves over from the World of Outlaws, where he was a three-time champion.  Lanigan won the last national Super Late Model event at Sharon held in 2010- a WoO event.

Earl Pearson, Jr. has been a regular with the LOLMDS since its inception in 2005. In fact, Pearson won the first four Series titles after capturing the 2004 Xtreme Dirt Car Championship.  The Jacksonville, FL driver owns victories in prestigious Dirt Late Model events such as the “Dirt Track World Championship”, “World 100”, and “Hillbilly 100”.

Another driver making his first run at a Lucas Oil Championship is fan favorite Tim McCreadie. T-MAC is a versatile racer from Watertown, New York.  The son of the legendary racer, Bob McCreadie, cut his teeth in the tough Modified ranks in the Northeast.  In 2006, McCreadie won the WoO Late Model crown in addition to the “Chili Bowl Nationals” for Midget Cars.

Steve Francis is back for his sixth straight year chasing Lucas Oil Series points. Brandon Sheppard is coming off his first season of racing full-time with LOLMDS where he finished sixth in points and captured the Series’ rookie-of-the-year honors, but this year has stepped into the Ohio-based Best Performance Motorsports ride.

Other full-time regulars include Jared Landers, Dennis Erb, Jr., and Eddie Carrier, Jr. The LOLMDS has a little local flavor this year as Allison Park, Pennsylvania’s Colton Flinner is planning on competing in many of the Series events going after the rookie-of the-year title.  Colton, who has a lot of Crate Late Model success, is the nephew of 16-time Sharon Limited Late Model winner, John Flinner, who went on to a successful Super Late Model career in western Pennsylvania.  Many of the top regional Late Model stars and other heavy hitters are also expected.  Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. has dropped their Super Late Models for this night.

“We’ve tried for five or six years to get a Lucas Oil event at Sharon,” acknowledged seventh year General Manager Dave Willoughby. “Lucas Oil is committed to a 50-event slate each year and the success of their events has tracks renewing year in and year out.  This date came open and even though it’s not on our typical Saturday night program we couldn’t pass up the opportunity as Lucas Oil will be heading to Hagerstown Speedway the following night.  Other than some events two hours or more away in Ohio, this will be the only local appearance the Series makes until October at Pittsburgh.  Interest has been very high so hopefully we get good weather and the fans support this event so it becomes an annual tradition.”

The tire rule for the event is Hoosier Rib 1300 (no white dots) or Hoosier 1325 for left rear and fronts, and Hoosier 01 (1300 rubber) or Hoosier 04 (1425 rubber) for right rear. For more information on Lucas Oil, check out their website at www.lucasdirt.com.

The SRUSH_LATEMODEL_PACE_ONLIGHTweeney RUSH Late Model Touring Series will also be part of the program highlighted by a 30-lap feature paying $ 2,000 to-win. It’ll be the Series’ opening event of the 2016 season.  Defending Series Champion Max Blair along with past crate champions like Alan Dellinger, Mike Pegher, Jr., and Ryan Montgomery are expected along with former Sharon Champions Will Thomas III and Dennis Lunger, Jr.  The event is expected to draw competitors from all over Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Ontario, Canada.  RUSH will return in a Touring Series event on September 16-17 as part of the “Apple Festival Nationals”.

Reserved and advanced tickets are on sale for $ 28 by going to www.sharonspeedway.com and clicking on ‘buy tickets’ at the top left of the page.  Day of event general admission adult tickets are $ 25, while pit passes are $ 40.  Children 13 and under are free for general admission.  Advanced ticket holders will be able to get into the grandstands at 4 p.m. for preferred seating before the grandstand gates open at 5 p.m.  Warm-ups begin at 6:15 followed by group qualifying for both series with racing to follow.

The 87th anniversary season at Sharon will begin one week prior with an open practice on April 15 followed by the twice rained out night two of the “Apple Festival Nationals” from 2015 on Saturday, April 16.  Weekly racing will get underway with “Steel Valley Thunder” on Saturday, April 30.

The Barris Family has been heavily involved in racing over the years. Barris Supply was the presenting sponsor of the RUSH Late Models for several years through their last season of weekly racing in 2014.  See Barris Supply for all your Cub Cadet needs.  Barris Supply is located at 3500 Sharon Rd., West Middlesex, PA 16159.  Contact them at 724-528-2560 or www.barrissupply.com.

Performance Bodies has been in business for over 35 years can provide your race team with the same quality products, great service and FAST delivery, that they provide thousands of other race teams throughout the country. Performance Bodies is also sells the MD3 noses for all types of race cars. With a warehouse stocked full of high quality, race-proven parts and a great team to provide you with their world famous same day shipping, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed! All orders received will ship the same business day. For more information, check out www.performancebodies.com or www.md3dirt.com.

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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“E5C4P3” – A “Journey” Tribute Band headlines opening “Summer Jam & BBQ Series” on May 20

By Mike Leone

March 24, 2016

(Hartford, OH)…While racing action for the 87th anniversary season at Sharon Speedway will get underway April 16, year two for the “Summer Jam & BBQ Series” begins on Friday, May 20 featuring “E5C4P3”, a “Journey” Tribute Band.  Gates open at 6 p.m. with entertainment from 7-11 p.m.  A complete schedule of the 2016 “Summer Jam & BBQ Series” events will be posted soon.  A barbeque menu will be available throughout the night.  Free camping is available for the entire weekend.  Admission prices will be announced for each event.

“E5C4P3” is based out of Cleveland, and formed by Jason Kelty in June 1993. From that year through 1999 Escape traveled nationwide and paid tribute to one of rock history’s most beloved bands performing for tens of thousands of fans. “E5C4P3” is still known today as the original and best “Journey” tribute bands to ever exist. The band covers the music with a note-for-note accuracy that is second to none and performs each show with the high-energy excitement of a real “Journey” concert as well as visually recreating the essence of early 80s Journey. Focusing on the ‘Steve Perry era’, “E5C4P3” covers all the hits from ‘Lights’ and ‘Wheel In The Sky’ to ‘Separate Ways’ and ‘Be Good To Yourself’ including occasional surprises for all the die-hard Journey fans.

“We continue to use the facility in different ways,” explained seventh year General Manager Dave Willoughby. “The concerts take place behind the main grandstands at the new pavilion that built last year.  We started these events last year and they grew in attendance throughout the year.  We invite everyone out for a night of affordable entertainment; and for race fans, you can’t beat then coming back the next night for racing!”

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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