Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be coming to Sharon for the 1st time ever on Friday, April 22 for $10,000 to-win!

By Mike Leone

November 12, 2015

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway is thrilled to announce that the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be making its first ever stop at the Hartford, Ohio oval on Friday, April 22, 2016. The inaugural “Steel Valley 50” paying $ 10,000 to-win will be presented by Barris Truck Service of West Middlesex, Pa. Barris Truck Service features medium and heavy duty truck repair and beginning January 1 will offer heavy duty towing.

barris logoLucasOilLateModelDirtSeriesThe event will mark the first national Super Late Model event at Sharon since 2010 when Darrell Lanigan was victorious. While Sharon will be a new challenge for many of the Lucas Oil stars, it won’t be for Lanigan, who has joined forces with Clint Boyer to tackle the Lucas Oil Series for the first time in 2016. Jonathan Davenport is coming off a tremendous season where he captured his first Lucas Oil title over Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Don O’Neal, and Earl Pearson, Jr.

“We’ve tried for five or six years to get a Lucas Oil event at Sharon,” acknowledged 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.”

Reserved tickets will be available for this event in the near future. Ticket prices, times, and the support division will be announced soon. Stay tuned to www.sharonspeedway.com and social media for the latest. The 2016 season for Lucas Oil begins on February 4 at Golden Isles Speedway in Georgia and will feature events in 17 different states. For more information on Lucas Oil, check out their website at www.lucasdirt.com.

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. A big season is in the works, stayed tuned throughout the winter months for updates.

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.

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 Speedway

Seger wins his 1st ever at Sharon in his return to 410 Sprint racing; Clay wins 1st in over a year in Mods; Carothers, Lambert & Proper repeat in Stocks, Econos & Minis

By Mike Leone

August 15, 2015

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway dodged some storms and was able to complete another program on Saturday night as the great stretch of weather throughout July and August continued. A strong crowd witnessed great racing in the final appearance of the season by the “410” Sprint Cars as all five features were determined by less than one-second of a margin! Celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane on Lincoln Electric Night were Jimmy Seger-410 Sprint Cars, Dwayne Clay-Summit Racing Equipment (E) Modifieds, Brian Carothers-Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Butch Lambert-HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Andy Proper-Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks.

There’s no question it’s been a tough week in the Sprint Car world, but on Saturday night at Sharon Speedway, Jimmy Seger completed what could be called a miraculous comeback to be standing in victory lane after winning his first ever feature at the track. Seger was critically injured in a terrifying crash last June at Williams Grove Speedway. He recently made his return to racing in a “305” Sprint, but “410” racing is where Seger wanted to be and he showed he’s ready to be back as he drove the race of his career to hold off hard charging Brandon Matus by just 0.304 of second in the 25-lap feature!

segerwin2“I need to thank Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior for letting me be here a year later and to be able to race at Sharon Speedway,” expressed the emotional Morrisdale, Pa. driver, who just celebrated his 28th birthday on Wednesday. “I saw Brandon’s nose poking in there. I didn’t have anything left. I tried pulling my wing back a little bit, but I had too much bite in the rear. I’ve never won here before- this is all new and cool!”

An invert six from the heat races put Seger alongside one-time Sharon winner, Dan Kuriger. Seger used the fast outside line around the 3/8-mile to take the lead. Matus, who won scored an upset Ohio Speedweek All Star win at the track in 2012, started fifth and raced by Gary Edwards for fourth on lap two. Seger quickly pulled away from the field opening up a near straightaway lead on Kuriger, while eighth starting Eric Williams followed Matus by Edwards for fifth on lap four.

Seger caught lapped traffic on lap 10 and got a break when the third place running Jimmy Morris III spun in turn one. Morris tried to keep moving, but Edwards and Shetler spun in the process bringing out the first caution with 10 laps scored. This moved Matus to third with Williams and Jack Sodeman, Jr. now fourth and fifth. Two more laps were completed before Eric L. Williams spun around on the backstretch.

Back under green, Kuriger looked like he found a fast line as he pulled his wing back and began to close in on Seger; however, another caution wasn’t what Kuriger wanted to see. On the ensuing restart, Matus snuck under Kuriger in turn two and down the backstretch for second on lap 15. As the laps ticked off, Matus moved up to the top in turns one and two and found a good line around the bottom of turns three and four as he really cut into Seger’s lead by lap 22.

Matus got a great run off the bottom of turn four with the white flag waving as Seger’s car continued to loosen up. With lapped traffic ahead, Matus stayed committed to the bottom heading into turn one. It was a near side-by-side race on the final lap and a drag race to the checkered flag with Seger barely holding on in his Seger Industrial Radiator/Denochick Logging and Clearing/Jim McBride Enterprises/BJD Motorsports-sponsored #25.

“Jack Sodeman (Jr.) has been one of the biggest blessings to our racing team that has ever come down the line,” revealed Seger, who became the 153rd driver to win a Sprint Car feature in the history of Sharon. “We’ve went all over the place to race and down East. We got help, but it wasn’t enough. Jack lays it out on the line and tells you the truth and it is what it is. I have to thank my father. I had to beg him to race. He was miserable all week so I had to give him a little coaching on being happy. We stuck the motor in this thing, he heard it thumping and it was like a light came on for him. Thanks to everyone and the fans for coming out and supporting this.”

Kuriger held off Williams and Sodeman for third. Sodeman, the last Sharon Sprint Champion in 2010, won Friday night at Lernerville for the first time in two years in his own car and was Seger’s teammate on his Saturday night. Carl Bowser came on strong at the end finishing sixth after starting 12th as Dennis Wagner, 14th starting A.J. Flick, , Michael Bauer, and Russ Sansosti completed the top 10. Heat races were won by Shetler, Matus, and Edwards over the 22-car field.

Dwayne Clay passed Jeff Johnson on lap six and went on to win his first Modified race since June 21, 2014 in the 20-lap Summit Racing Equipment feature. Clay became the season’s sixth different winner. “I didn’t want to see that last caution,” acknowledged the 50-year-old Mineral Ridge, Ohio veteran. “My guy on the backstretch is telling me what a little lead I had. I was trying to keep my rhythm and hit my marks and knew I would be ok, but these guys are tough and good. I have to thank God for all of the blessings in my life. My crew works their butts off on this car. I was getting nervous I wasn’t going to win one this year. I think this is one of the toughest divisions there is.”

Clay started alongside Johnson, but it was Johnson leading the first five laps in his search of his season’s first win before a caution slowed action for the first time for a spin by Jacob Eucker. Johnson chose the outside for the restart giving Clay the bottom and that would prove beneficial for Clay as he made it work taking the lead on the restart. A caution for Amanda Stiffler’s spin with 17 laps completed was all that would slow Clay from his eighth career win. Clay took the checkered flag by a margin of 0.810 of a second in his Deforest Used Parts/Clay Bros. Transportation-sponsored #007.

A lot of good racing and position swapping was taking behind Clay. Even though Johnson came home second, he lost the spot to Mike Kinney between laps 16-17. Kinney, who looked to make a charge at Clay, would end up losing two spots on the final restart to fade to fourth as Joe Gabrielson came on strong at the end to claim to third. Gabrielson earned the $ 25 Summit Racing Equipment Hard Charger certificate from his seventh place starting spot. Scott Stiffler came from ninth to fifth as point leader Will Thomas III, Paul Davis, Amanda Stiffler, Jason Longwell, and Russ Dunn completed the top 10. Heat winners were Johnson and Clay.

Brian Carothers led all but the opening three laps to capture his season’s second win holding off point leader Mike Clark in the 15-lap Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars. Carothers then drew the number one pill in victory lane to earn a pair of pit passes for next Saturday compliments of Hovis Auto & Truck Supply!

“Tonight was our owner Jerry Sanford’s picnic and he told all of the employees to come on out,” explained the 36-year-old Youngstown, Ohio driver. “I guess we couldn’t have picked a better night to get this done. That along with the flat tire that took us out last week kind of had me fired up today. I was trying to cool the right rear down a little under caution as it was giving up a little bit, but I wasn’t going to give up. This year has been really good for us. The sponsors are happy and showing up and it makes it fun. I have to thank everyone that came here to support us tonight along with the track management and staff- they do a great job.”

One-time winner, Mike Miller, earned the pole position after an invert zero from the heat races. Miller and Carothers ran side-by-side for the lead on laps three and four. Carothers made the pass for the lead in turn two as front end problems would sideline Miller under caution for a Brian Mulichak spin with three laps scored. Clark would restart second over Jacob Billyk, Tim Deutsch, and Brent Coleman.

The next 10 laps were completed caution-free as Carothers opened up a comfortable lead, while the battle raged for second with Clark trying to fend off the likes of Billyk, Deutsch, and Bob McCann. McCann, who started eighth, was on the move as he got by Deutsch then passed Billyk for third on lap 11. A caution for a spin by Gary Robinson tightened the field and turned out to be a big break for Deutsch.

The final two laps saw Carothers hold off Clark for his seventh career win by just 0.847 of a second in his Boardman Steel/Acura of Boardman/Lawless Industries/Don’s Hair Den/529 Design/Select Body Service/Southern Auto Parts-sponsored #02c.  Deutsch would pass both Billyk and McCann to take third at the finish as McCann was fourth with Billyk dropping to fifth for his third top five in just four starts.   Miller and Carothers won the heat races.

Butch Lambert won his first career Sharon feature on opening night back on May 2, but had only made three starts since; however, Lambert was back on Saturday night and captured a hard-fought victory in the 15-lap HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mod feature.

“That was a blast- I love racing with these guys,” expressed the 42-year-old Valencia, Pa. resident.  “All the guys that are running up front can win.  Mike (Hendrickson) the car owner said earlier in the night it’s pretty much a matter of whoever starts in front of who.  We’re all pretty tough and equal, which makes it even tougher, but a lot of fun to race.  I didn’t want to see that last restart.  Ryan (Fraley) is fast and I knew I couldn’t let him get to the outside.  I was pretty good on top.  I figured he gave me a slide job so I’d give him one back.  I have to thank Mike and his family- without him I wouldn’t be doing this.  I got rid of all of my stuff and he put the fun back into it for me.  The car has been awesome every night.”

Lambert started from the pole position, but it was fourth starting point leader Ryan Fraley on the move.  Fraley passed Jamie Scharba for second on lap three then went after Lambert and caught the leader on the seventh circuit.  The duo put on a great side-by-side battle with Fraley putting a slide job on Lambert to lead lap 10, but Lambert returned the favor one lap later to regain the lead on lap 11.

Two final cautions bunched up the field.  Last week’s winner, Steve Haefke, started eighth and came on strong in the closing laps.  He passed both Casey Bowers and Fraley on a lap 12 restart and made a run at Lambert.  The two were side-by-side in the final laps, but it was Lambert holding on by just 0.404 of a second in the Mike Hendrickson-owned, Townsend Gas & Oil/Whitehill’s Garage/Leisure Time Power Sports/Brad Penn Oil/Hoosier Tires/VP Fuels-sponsored #19.

Haefke received a $ 25 gift certificate from Summit Racing Equipment for being the hard charger advancing six positions.  Sixth starting Bowers was third as Fraley dropped to fourth over Scharba.  Heat victors were Fraley and Jason Longwell.

Andy Proper was running third when he took the white flag in the 12-lap Deforest Used Parts Mini Stock feature, but a couple minutes later he was standing in victory lane for the second time this season after getting by Bill Fuchs and then the slowing leader Pete Blazczak.  Proper also received a $ 25 Summit Racing Equipment gift certificate for being the hard charger advancing 10 positions.  Proper said it was his 13th overall win of 2015!

“The cautions really helped me,” acknowledged the 43-year-old Tidioute, Pa. racer. “I had a lot of good cars in front of me. I had a great battle with Todd Hanlon, Jim Haefke, and Bill Fuchs. I think the 77 (Pete Blazczak) would have won that, but had some problems on the last lap. I got lucky tonight- that’s for sure. My heat race was horrible. I tried a different setup so I had to come from back and put my old setup back in. It’s a fast car and you have to test sometimes, but it worked out. I can’t wait to come back here in September. I have to thank my friends, family, and sponsors.”

Like Lambert, Blazczak won on opening night, but had only made two appearances since. Blazczak was back on Saturday night with a new car and appeared headed for victory. Blazczak started on the pole and three cautions were pretty much all the slowed his run until he began to slow on the final lap. A mad scramble down the frontstretch saw 11th starting Proper sneak by for his second win in his Phillips Auto Care/Kunick Automotive/Cornfield 500-sponsored #17. Fuchs also got by the slowing Blazczak to finish second as he is close to clinching his third championship.  Blazczak barely held off Jim Haefke, Jr. for third.  Jamie Maxwell was fifth.  Haefke and Joe Campbell were heat race winners.

410 Sprint Cars (25 laps, $ 1,500 to-win): 1. JIMMY SEGER (25) 2. Brandon Matus (13) 3. Dan Kuriger (08) 4. Eric Williams (7) 5. Jack Sodeman, Jr. (Seger 25S) 6. Carl Bowser (10) 7. Dennis Wagner (38) 8. A.J. Flick (2) 9. Michael Bauer (46) 10. Russ Sansosti (23s) 11. Brent Matus (33) 12. Gary Edwards (57) 13. Jason Dolick (D12) 14. Dan Shetler (7K) 15. Gale Ruth, Jr. (1R) 16. Eric L. Williams (4w) 17. Jimmy Morris (16) 18. Mike Flynn (VanTassel 12X) 19. Bobby Siegel (91) 20. Zach Morrow (27)-DNS 21. Shawn Minor (3M)-DNS 22. Donny Minor (22M)-DNS.

Summit Racing Equipment (E) Modifieds (20 laps): 1. DWAYNE CLAY (007) 2. Jeff Johnson (Smith 1) 3. Joe Gabrielson (58) 4. Mike Kinney (3) 5. Scott Stiffler (14) 6. Will Thomas III (9) 7. Paul Davis (3D) 8. Amanda Stiffler (14A) 9. Jason Longwell (Petsko 00) 10. Russ Dunn (White 53) 11. Jeremy Double (83) 12. Levi Spinneweber (Peterman 11) 13. Jacob Eucker (64). 

Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars (15 laps): 1. BRIAN CAROTHERS (02c) 2. Mike Clark (7) 3. Tim Deutsch (11D) 4. Bob McCann (Fornataro USA1) 5. Jacob Billyk (4) 6. Dan Fedorchak (Bruno x7) 7. Lee Patrick (Bolyard 05) 8. Tony Bruno (97) 9. Troy DeZarn (21D) 10. Brian Mulichak (36D) 11. Mark Hopkins (69H) 12. Gary Robinson (44R) 13. Brent Coleman (01) 14. Mike Miller (T6) 15. Gary Miller, Jr. (1M)-DNS 16. Shane Smith (299)-DNS.

HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods (15 laps): 1. BUTCH LAMBERT (Hendrickson 19) 2. Steve Haefke (41) 3. Casey Bowers (20) 4. Ryan Fraley (12) 5. Jamie Scharba (11S) 6. Jason Longwell (7s) 7. Brian Foley, Jr. (16JSR) 8. Keith Felicetty (98) 9. Wayne Daniels (4) 10. Chris Clay (99) 11. Jeff Webber (25) 12. Dan McEwen (44) 13. Brad Blackshear (19) 14. Haley Lapcevich (77).

Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks (12 laps): 1. ANDY PROPER (17) 2. Bill Fuchs (10) 3. Pete Blazczak (77) 4. Jim Haefke, Jr. (421) 5. Jamie Maxwell (6) 6. Matt Rubright (X) 7. Robert Wagner (35) 8. Darren McAninch (43) 9. Pat Hanlon (7H) 10. Joe Keney (15K) 11. Joe Campbell (40c) 12. Ed Roberts (6R) 13. Pat Drennan (Sirrine 24) 14. Logan Keney (16) 15. Scott Hites (66)-DNS. 

Coming up next Saturday night (August 22) is the return of the RUSH Late Models. Joining the Late Models will be the Big-Block Modifieds, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Stock Cars, Econo Mods, and Mini Stocks. Kids bike races will be held at intermission. Regular pricing is in effect with $ 10 general admission for those 14 and over. 13 and under are free. Pits open at 4 p.m. with grandstands at 5 and heat races at 7. 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 Speedway

Susice invades for 1st time & wins Big-Block Mods; Lunger wins RUSH LM return; #2 for Kugel in RUSH Mods; Fawcett wins in 1st Stock visit; 1st for Blackshear in Econos; 4th for Fuchs in Minis

By Mike Leone

August 22, 2015

(Hartford, OH)…Chamber of commerce weather greeted racers and fans alike on Saturday as Sharon Speedway was able to complete the eighth straight event as the great stretch of weather throughout July and August continued. A strong field of 107 cars filled the pit area for the next-to-last “Steel Valley Thunder” program of the 86th anniversary season. Celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Ryan Susice-Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Dennis Lunger, Jr.-RUSH Late Models, Rocky Kugel-Weller Hughes Contracting & Developing RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Shawn Fawcett-Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Brandon Blackshear-HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Bill Fuchs-Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks.

Not many people in the western Pa. and eastern Ohio area had ever heard of Ryan Susice, but after Saturday night’s performance fans will certainly remember the name. Susice made his first ever visit to the region a successful one winning one of the season’s best DIRTcar Big-Block Modified features. Susice out-dueled fellow Empire State racer Ricky Richer then held off a big charge by Rex King, Jr. from 16th for the 20-lap Hovis Auto & Truck Supply feature win!

“This is our big-block car,” stated the 25-year-old Ransomville, NY driver, who leads the “358” small-block points at Ransomville Speedway. “We’ve been competing a little bit at Canandaigua so it’s a little different setup for us. We’ve struggled during the year with it, but we’ve got a new setup in the back. I really owe this all to my crew. I just have my buddy Ricky with me along with my fiancé and mom so we really didn’t have a lot of help. We blew a tire on the way down and drew a horrible pill coming in the pits so I guess this is a good way to cap off the night. I’ve raced at a lot of tracks all over the Northeast and man this is a beautiful facility. You guys have a gem here in Ohio. I don’t know what my schedule is the rest of the year, but I’d sure like to come down here a couple more times.”

Richner took charge early on over Garrett Krummert, Dave Murdick, and the fifth starting Susice. Richner quickly pulled away from the pack on lap three, while Murdick began to pressure Krummert for the runner-up spot. Murdick drove around Krummert off turn two for the second spot on lap five, but found himself a straightaway behind the leader. Susice had stayed within striking distance and darted under Krummert racing off the inside of turn four to nab third on lap eight.

Following the event’s first caution for a spin by Justin Rasey with 13 laps scored, Susice moved past Murdick on the restart for second and went after Richner. A pair of cautions slowed action with 15 laps scored including a multi-car accident on a restart that claimed several top racers. Back under green, Richner and Susice raced side-by-side with Susice leading lap 16; however, Richner reclaimed the lead on the 17th circuit before the event’s final caution.

Richner chose the bottom for the double file restart, but Susice again made the highline work carrying his momentum into the lead. After getting caught up in a heat race accident, King, Jr. was making his way forward. He cracked the top five on lap 16, moved into fourth on lap 17 past Murdick then passed his father on the final restart for third. King, Jr. was flying as he went after the New York racers passing Richner for second on lap 19. Susice though was able to hold off the four-time winner and defending track champion by just 0.306 of a second in his Susice Motorsports-owned, Asset Consulting Experts/Subway/Tim Phillips Garage/NMCC/OSB National Maintenance/DMS Powder Coating-sponsored #38. Susice became the season’s sixth different winner and 84th different winner all-time in the division.

Richner, who led 16 laps, was third over point leader Rex King. Murdick dropped to fifth. Jim Rasey came back from the lap 15 accident to finish sixth as Kevin Bolland, Rick Regalski, Jr., Skip Moore, and Tiffany Williams completed the top 10. Krummert was selected as the hard luck driver after dropping from the event running in the top five and received a pair of pit passes for next Saturday compliments of Hovis. Heat winners were King and Jimmy Weller III over the 17-car field.

The RUSH Late Models made the second appearance of the season despite three of the other scheduled events getting rained out. It was a familiar face back in victory lane as 2013 champion and last year’s five-time winner, Dennis Lunger, Jr., picked up the 20-lap Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Weekly Series victory. Lunger was dominating the July 18 race before getting tangled up with a lapped car.

“I had a point to prove from earlier this year when we had the field covered,” expressed the 47-year-old Albion, Pa. racer, who has now won 16 feature events this season throughout the region! “I got tangled up with a lapped car and wanted to make sure that didn’t happen tonight. They (lapped cars) held their line real good tonight. The track was outstanding- a little rough coming off four, but I’ve seen a lot worse. I wish we were here every week. I love racing at this place. I wish they’d bring the Late Models back.”

Lunger started fourth, but made quite the move to shoot into the lead off the bottom of turn four on the opening lap past Bobby Pifer III, Josh Double, and Bruce Hordusky, Jr. Wilson started fifth and followed Lunger forward as he dove past Hordusky for second on lap two. Hordusky and Double raced side-by-side for third on laps three and four before the event’s first caution.

Back under green, Hordusky and Double’s battled continued; however, seventh starting Will Thomas III joined the fray and it was three-wide off turn four on lap five with Thomas getting the nod for the third spot. Up front, Lunger kept a steady advantage over Wilson. Lunger caught lapped traffic on lap 14, but made the right moves until a caution with 16 laps completed for Bryan Hoffman, who was making his first ever visit. Under caution, Thomas pitted and relinquished third back to Double with eighth starting Alan Dellinger now up to fourth.

When green replaced yellow, it was three-wide again for third, but this time Hordusky had the advantage, while Dellinger also got by Double to maintain fourth. Hordusky and Dellinger put on a good race for third racing side-by-side again on lap 19 with Dellinger making the pass.

Lunger though was too much as he took the checkered flag in the Schwartz Construction-owned, English Tire/Carter Lumber/Edward Jones/Ken’s Automotive/Kabantime.com/State-Farm/Beacon Lubricants/Lukjan Metal Products/Stateline Lumber/Penn-Ohio/Race 1/Ron & Don North-sponsored #71L for his 12th career win by 0.868 of a second over Wilson, who made his first start of the season. Dellinger was third. Hordusky had a nice run in fourth in his first ever appearance. Double dropped to fifth. Completing the top 10 were Wyatt Scott, Jamie Wrightsman, Pifer, Joe Long, and Dave Shagla, Jr. Lunger and Pifer copped the heat race wins over the 16-car field.

For the first time in the two-year existence of the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, New York dominator Greg Martin was defeated two events in a row. At the last event, Nick Ritchey stopped Martin’s three-race win streak then on Saturday night Rocky Kugel defeated Martin for his season’s second win in the 15-lap Weller Hughes Developing & Contracting feature.

Kugel, 39 of East Liverpool, Ohio, quickly took off from the pole position over veteran Jerry Schaffer. Martin started sixth and was up to fourth after one lap. On lap two, Martin spilt Schaffer and Kole Holden racing down the backstretch to take over second. Kugel had a half-straightaway lead built up by the time Martin made his way to second. The lead was erased though when Holden spun in turn two with three laps scored.

The next seven laps went off uneventful until Ritchey got into the fence in turn three. The lights then went out causing a delay. Back under green, Kugel was able to hold off Martin over the final five laps to capture his third career win in his Paper Services/Jones Racing Products-sponsored #6R. Martin was 0.896 of a second back in runner-up; however, was able to clinch the track title and also leads the $ 3,000 to-win Bicknell Racing Products Weekly Series Championship!

Schaffer was third beating out Brandon Ritchey, who did one better than his prior best finish of fifth at the last event on August 8. Larry Kugel completed the top five. Martin and Larry Kugel were heat race winners over the 16-car field, which was a record count.

Shaun Fawcett made his first appearance of the season a winning one as he captured the victory in the 15-lap Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Car feature. Fawcett was prepping for the upcoming “Apple Festival Nationals” next month and beat a season-high 23-car field. He became the division’s eighth different winner in 10 races this year, but more impressively the fifth different Stock Car driver to win their first ever feature this season at Sharon!

“We wrapped up the championship at Raceway 7 and wanted to come down here and check this place out,” explained the 42-year-old Albion, Pa. resident. “It was pretty awesome. It’s been a long time coming- I’ve been coming here for years and it just worked out for us.”

Fawcett was in the right place at the right time to avoid two accidents that claimed several of the top runners. The first caution was for last week’s winner, Brian Carothers, who spun and collected Gary Miller, Jr., with four laps completed. The second one was a bigger one. Current point leader, Mike Clark, was looking to become the first three-time winner. Clark led the first nine laps, but got spun by runner-up Jacob Billyk in turn two and collected Paul Davis and Gary Robinson.

Fawcett started fourth and had passed Tim Deutsch for third back on lap five. That was important as the prior accident gave him the lead. Fawcett then was able to hold off Andy Buckley over the final five laps for the win in his Wright’s Garage/Campbell Mini Storage/Bushnell Store/Everhart Asphalt-sponsored #224. Deutsch was third over 10th starting Mike Miller. Steve D’Apolito came from 13th to fifth, but came up light at the scales moving Shawn Smith into the top five. Brandon Wearing made his first ever visit with his GM 604 crate engine and raced from 17th to seventh to earn the $ 25 Summit Racing Equipment hard charger certificate. Billyk, Clark, and Carothers were heat race winners.

Brandon Blackshear hopped in his brother Brad’s car and picked up the 15-lap victory in his season’s first start in the Econo Mods. Blackshear became the HTMA/Precise Racing Products sixth different winner with his first victory since August 16 of last year. In fact, it was only the 25-year-old Brookfield, Ohio driver’s second race of the season at Sharon as he ran his Modified back on June 20.

Blackshear started second and took the lead from pole-sitter Keith Felicetty. Seventh starting Steve Haefke passed Josh Ferry for third on lap six. After seven caution-free laps, the event was slowed due to dust from the infield that kicked up from a spinning car causing visibility problems. Three straight cautions then slowed action without another lap getting completed. When racing resumed for good on lap eight, Haefke passed Felicetty for second.

Blackshear though was able to hold off the Haefke, who won on August 8, by 1.887 seconds for his all-time division-leading 17th career win in the Brad Blackshear-owned, Blackshear Auto/Intense Fabricating/WDC Concrete/Blackshear Engines-sponsored #19. Ferry was third in his first appearance since his only start of the year on May 23 when he was leading the feature and his transmission blew with three laps to go. Butch Lambert raced from eighth to fourth as point leader Ryan Fraley completed the top five. After coming up light at the scales following his heat race victory, Casey Bowers advanced from 15th to sixth to earn the $ 25 Summit Racing Equipment Hard Charger certificate. Lambert and Haefke were heat winners over the 16-car field.

Bill Fuchs clinched his third track championship by winning his division-high fourth feature of the season in the Mini Stocks. The 12-lap Deforest Used Parts event was worth $ 150 to the 39-year-old Greenville, Pa. driver due to the 19-car field. Fuchs, like Fawcett in the Stocks, was the benefactor of other’s misfortunes. Newcomer Steven Morse exited the event in the lead under caution when last year’s 10-time winner lost a wheel. Pete Blazczak then inherited the lead and led until lap nine when he lost a wheel!

Fuchs, who actually started on the pole and led the first lap, regained the lead on lap nine and led to the finish for his all-time leading 27th career win in his Crash Auto Wrecking/RTW Industrial Contracting/Higbee Family-sponsored #10.  Jamie Maxwell, who just can’t get over the hump for his first career win, was second for the fifth time this season!  Maxwell started seventh and earned the $ 25 Summit Racing Equipment Hard Charger certificate.  Morse came back from pitting to finish third over Pat Drennan and newcomer Tyler Fulton.  Creech and Blazczak were heat race winners.

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds (20 laps): 1. RYAN SUSICE (38) 2. Rex King, Jr. (165) 3. Ricky Richner (26) 4. Rex King (65) 5. Dave Murdick (61) 6. Jim Rasey (32) 7. Kevin Bolland (777) 8. Rick Regalski, Jr. (13) 9. Skip Moore (17M) 10. Tiffany Williams (58) 11. Tom Glenn (83T) 12. Jimmy Weller III (23) 13. Jim Weller, Jr. (31) 14. Carl Murdick (6) 15. Garrett Krummert (29) 16. Justin Rasey (21) 17. Rob Kristyak (00)-DNS.

RUSH Late Models (20 laps): 1. DENNIS LUNGER, JR. (Schwartz 71L) 2. Eric Wilson (27W) 3. Alan Dellinger (Williams 8) 4. Bruce Hordusky, Jr. (3) 5. Josh Double (38) 6. Wyatt Scott (x3) 7. Jamie Wrightsman (21J) 8. Bobby Pifer III (6P) 9. Joe Long (71) 10. Dave Shagla, Jr. (6) 11. Lon Emerick (3) 12. Khole Wanzer (01w) 13. Bud Watson (Cole 28) 14. Will Thomas III (9) 15. Bryan Hoffman (15H) 16. Russ Byler (Hoover 00H).

Weller Hughes Developing & Contracting RUSH Sportsman Modifieds (15 laps): 1. ROCKY KUGEL (6R) 2. Greg Martin (4M) 3. Jerry Schaffer (14) 4. Brandon Ritchey (17) 5. Larry Kugel (0) 6. Kole Holden (2) 7. Jordan Eck (1m) 8. Michael Kristyak (404) 9. Nick Ritchey (77N) 10. Kyle Martell (8) 11. Josh Deems (9D) 12. Will Schaffer (4) 13. Justin Shea (14s)-DNS 14. Steve Burns, Jr. (70B)-DNS 15. Tiffany Williams (Smith 3G)-DNS 16. Chelsie Kriegisch (Schaffer 10)-DNS.

Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars (15 laps): 1. SHAUN FAWCETT (224) 2. Andy Buckley (965) 3. Tim Deutsch (11D) 4. Mike Miller (T6) 5. Shawn Smith (36) 6. Andy Thompson (5) 7. Brandon Wearing (Neely 27) 8. Tony Bruno (97) 9. Jesse Brock (22B) 10. Jacob Billyk (4) 11. Troy DeZarn (21D) 12. Shane Smith (299) 13. Michael Hudzik (31H) 14. Brian Mulichak (36D) 15. Brian Carothers (02c)  16. Mike Clark (7) 17. Paul Davis (3) 18. Gary Robinson (44R) 19. Dan Fedorchak (Bruno x7) 20. Mark Hopkins (69H) 21. Gary Miller, Jr. (1M) 22. Steve Burns, Jr. (70B) 23. Steve D’Apolito (84)-DSQ (light).

HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods (15 laps): 1. BRANDON BLACKSHEAR (19) 2. Steve Haefke (41) 3. Josh Ferry (33) 4. Butch Lambert (Hendrickson 19) 5. Ryan Fraley (12) 6. Casey Bowers (20) 7. Keith Felicetty (98) 8. Dan McEwen (44) 9. Brian Foley, Jr. (16JSR) 10. Brian Toto (8B) 11. Wayne Daniels (4) 12. Haley Lapcevich (77) 13. Chris Clay (99) 14. Jamie Scharba (11S) 15. George Vestal IV (4) 16. Jeff Webber (25)-DNS.

Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks (12 laps, $ 150 to-win): 1. BILL FUCHS (10) 2. Jamie Maxwell (6) 3. Steven Morse (14M) 4. Pat Drennan (Sirrine 11) 5. Tyler Fulton (09) 6. Matt Rubright (X) 7. Robert Wagner (35) 8. Jim Haefke, Jr. (421) 9. Ryan Moyer (13) 10. Joe Campbell (40C) 11. Jason Easler (02) 12. Darren McAninch (43) 13. Pete Blazczak (77) 14. Michael DelliQuadri (77D) 15. Logan Keney (16) 16. Steve Walker II (4M) 17. Travis Creech (75T) 18. Mitch Stokes (6M) 19. Ed Roberts (6s)-DNS.

Next weekend will feature a doubleheader of events.  Friday (August 28) will be another “Summer Jam & BBQ Series” featuring “Escape” a Journey Tribute Band along with “Ronnie V & Friends”.  Gates open at 6 p.m. with entertainment from 7-11.  Admission is just $ 5.  Saturday the 29th will be the final “Steel Valley Thunder” program of the season featuring the six weekly divisions plus ATV & Side-by-Side races.  Admission is $ 10 for the racing and just $ 8 if you bring your band from Friday night.  Pit gates open at 4 p.m. with grandstands at 5 and heat races 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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