Ohio’s FAST “410” Sprint Car Series to make 1st ever visit to Sharon on Saturday for Menards “Super Series” plus season debut for Stocks & RUSH Sportsman Mods; Econo Mod return

By Mike Leone

May 9, 2018

Hartford, OH)…After a successful opener last Saturday night for Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars, Sharon Speedway looks to resume action this Saturday night (May 12) with the first Menards “Super Series” event. The FAST “410” Sprint Car Series, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and the Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods will complete the program on Miller Industries Night. Race time is 7 p.m.

With Sunday being Mother’s Day, all mothers in attendance will receive a complimentary sundae at the ice cream stand. It’s also Scout and Youth Sports Night with free attendance for those in uniform.

The FAST Series for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply “410” Sprint Cars will make their first of two appearances during the 2018 season on Saturday night highlighted by a 30-lap $ 3,000 to-win, $ 300 to-start feature (see complete payoff below). FAST has completed three events to date this season with Craig Mintz winning both Fremont races, while Byron Reed won last Friday night at Attica Raceway Park. FAST has 15 member racers in 2018 with Mintz leading the points over Cap Henry, Stuart Brubaker, Chris Andrews, DJ Foos, Broc Martin, Tyler Gunn, T.J. Michael, Jess Stiger, Adam Kekich, Duane Zablocki, Kelsey Ivy, Byron Reed, Brian Lay, and Max Stambaugh.

Saturday’s event will use Attica Raceway Park’s hot lap/group qualifying format that was used at last August’s “410” event with two to three cars qualifying at a time only amongst their heat race group. The fastest four in each heat will be inverted with the top three redrawing plus the fastest transferring non-top three finisher if there are three heats or the top two plus the two fastest transferring non-top two finishers if there are four heats. Heat and B main finish(es) will complete the 24-car starting lineup.

Saturday will mark the second of 10 “410” Sprint Car events scheduled for the 2018 season. Last Saturday night, Aaron Reutzel topped a 43-car field for his first career All Star win and first ever at Sharon. The “410” Sprints next appearance will be on Saturday, June 2 for a $ 3,000 to-win Menards “Super Series” event that will also include the new non-wing RUSH Sprint Car Series. FAST will meanwhile return to Sharon on August 18 for another $ 3,000 to-win, $ 300 to-start event. For more information on FAST, check out their website at www.fastondirt.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FASTonDIRT, and follow them on Twitter @FASTseries.

After a rainout on April 28, the Stock Cars will attempt to get their season underway on Saturday night. After Mike Clark won three consecutive Gibson Insurance Agency titles (2013-2015), veteran Paul Davis not only put a stop to the streak in 2016 but repeated the feat in 2017. Davis is now up to 22 career Stock Car wins at the track, while Davis has 17; however, it’s still Steve D’Apolito leading the active win list. D’Apolito owns 32 career wins and four track championships at the Hartford, Ohio oval, and in recent years has been competing with a GM 604 crate engine. The Stock Cars should have strong fields of cars weekly getting tuned up for the $ 10,000 to-win Penn-Ohio “Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals” on June 16.

The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will attempt for the third time to kick-off their season as they begin their fifth year of competition at Sharon and fourth as a weekly division. Car counts have grown each year with an average count of 24 last year. Only on one night in each of the last two seasons has there been less than 20 cars. Greg Martin, Brandon Ritchey, and Kole Holden are past track champions. Top racers Alan Dellinger, Garrett Krummert, and Rob Kristyak will be new weekly competitors in 2018 along with several other newcomers like Tony Tatgenhorst, who raced at Sharon in Mod Lites, RUSH Late Models, and E-Mods.

The Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods opened their season last Saturday night as Brad Blackshear took the $ 500 top honors. Blackshear was the inaugural champion back in 2010 and then ended a near six-year winless drought at Sharon with his fifth career win on Saturday night. Defending two-time champion, Steve Haefke, was battling for the victory when he spun on the final lap.

FAST “410” Sprint Car Payoff: 1. $ 3,000 2. $ 1,300 3. $ 1,000 4. $ 775 5. $ 650 6. $ 550 7. $ 500 8. $ 450 9. $ 425 10. $ 410 11. $ 390 12. $ 375 13. $ 350 14. $ 325 15. $ 325 16. $ 320 17. $ 315 18. $ 310 19-24. $ 300. Non-Qualifiers/Tow $ 100.

Race teams can enter the pit area throughout the day. Pits will be cleared before 4 p.m. with pit passes going on sale at 4. Main grandstands open at 5 p.m. Drivers meeting will be at 6 p.m. Pill draw will close at 6:20 p.m. with warm-ups at 6:30 followed by racing at 7.

Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 15. Senior citizens 62 and over are $ 10. Discounted general admission tickets are available through the Warren and Massillon Menards stores. Patio seating upgrades are just $ 5 and fan suite seating upgrades are just $ 20 over the cost of general admission. These can be purchased by calling the track office at 330-772-5481. As always, children under 14, parking, and camping is always FREE! Pit passes are $ 30. Pit passes for children 12 and under are $ 20. Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 19 for the annual FREE “Fan Appreciation Night” presented by Quick Lane with free grandstand admission for everyone. This will now be the opener for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds. The Stock Cars, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Econo Mods will also be on the card.

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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All Star Sprints set to make their 1st of 3 2018 appearances Saturday; Econo Mods also part of the opener

By Mike Leone

May 2, 2018          

(Hartford, OH)…With the month of April now in the rearview mirror, Sharon Speedway is hoping better weather is now here to stay as the 2018 season is set to open on Saturday night (May 5) featuring Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars presented by Mobil 1 for the inaugural “Buckeye Cup”.  The Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods will battle for $ 500 to-win completing the event for Lincoln Electric Night.  Prior to racing, fans can meet and greet Sprint Car standout Rico Abreu at his apparel van from 4-4:45 p.m.  Warm-ups are scheduled for 6 p.m. followed by qualifying and racing.

Saturday’s $ 5,000 to-win “Buckeye Cup” will mark the first of three appearances by the All Stars and first of 10 races for the “410” Sprint Cars in 2018!  The All Stars will return for their traditional Tuesday stop during Ohio Speedweek on June 19 followed by the “Lou Blaney Memorial” on July 7.  Last year’s “Lou Blaney Memorial” was milestone All Star race #100 at the Hartford, Ohio oval!

Defending and six-time champion, Chad Kemenah, leads a stellar field of 2018 All Stars and several other invaders to town.  Kemenah, who owns five career Sharon wins, currently leads the points with one victory in 2018.  Aaron Reutzel is in his first season racing with the All Stars and is currently second in points.  The Texan already has a World of Outlaws win this season and nearly pulled off the $ 100,000 victory at Mansfield last Saturday night finishing a close runner-up for $ 20,000.  His co-owner, Josh Baughman, will make his season debut in the #17.

Veteran Jac Haudenschild has joined up with the All Stars in 2018 driving his own #3 entry.  “The Wild Child” currently is third in points and picked up the win on April 20 at Attica.  He has four career wins at Sharon.   Another veteran Sprint Car racer that’s joined with the All Stars in 2018 is Sharon Speedway’s own Dave Blaney.  The “Buckeye Bullet” sits fifth in points looking for his first Series win of 2018; however, did win a non-sanctioned race recently at Port Royal.  Blaney sits third on the all-time Sharon “410” Sprint Car win list with 28 career wins.      

Tim Shaffer made national news last weekend taking the $ 100,000 victory last Saturday night at Mansfield in addition to Friday’s preliminary $ 5,000 win.  Though not competing full-time with the All Stars in 2018, the Aliquippa, Pa. driver already has two Series wins.  Shaffer, who was once a Sharon regular early in his career, has four career wins at the track and is one of the favorites for Saturday’s “Buckeye Cup”.

Like Shaffer, Paul McMahan is another standout national Sprint Car racer that has split his time between the WoO and All Stars in 2018.  McMahan is planning on being at Sharon Saturday in the Pennsylvania-based, Tom Buch-owned #13.   

Young Parker Price-Miller and Carson Macedo are two of the future stars of Sprint Car racing.  PPM spent some time racing with the All Stars in years past before hitting the road with the WoO.  The Kokomo, Indiana is one of the new All Stars and is fourth in points in his first full season in the Destiny Motorsports #4.  Macedo is one of the many talented California Sprint Car drivers.  He’s currently seventh in All Star points and has been close to winning his first career Series race.  Like Shaffer, Macedo also picked up a $ 5,000 preliminary win last Friday at Mansfield.  Macedo drives the familiar #3G entry owned by former racers Joe Gaerte & Tim Norman.

Other All Star full-time racers expected to be on hand Saturday include Cale Conley, Caleb Helms, Carl Bowser, John Garvin, Jr., Jordan and Hunter Mackison, Brandon Spithaler, Tyler Esh, Ayrton Olsen, and Max McGhee. 

Leading the local contingent is Jack Sodeman, Jr.  The North Jackson, Ohio driver won the “410” Sprint Car title the last two years the Sprints ran weekly at Sharon in 2009-2010.  He has 12 career Sharon wins.  Danny Holtgraver is a former Sharon and All Star regular.  The Pittsburgh driver has only run a limited schedule the last two years, but is planning on being at Sharon Saturday.  Holtgraver has five career wins and knows his way around the 3/8-mile.  Sye Lynch won the last “410” Sprint Car show run at Sharon last September as the $ 3,000 victory was his first ever.  The third generation racer’s father Ed, Jr. won 50 times at Sharon, which is the most all-time.    

Of course Rico Abreu and numerous other regional and local talent will be on hand Saturday night.

The Econo Mods will open their season for a $ 500 to-win special with the points chase getting underway.  The division has belonged to Steve Haefke over the past two seasons.  The Austintown, Ohio veteran has finished in the top two for an amazing 26 times in the last 29 races.  While winning the last two Summit Racing Equipment titles, Haefke has vaulted into the number two spot on the all-time win list with 15 and trails Brandon Blackshear now by just six.  The Econo Mod division debuted in 2010 part of the former bi-weekly Friday night program before moving to the weekly Saturday night lineup full-time two years later.

Pits open at 3 p.m. with the main grandstands at 4 on Saturday.  Drivers meeting will be at 5:30.  Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 25.  Patio seating upgrades are just $ 5 and fan suite seating upgrades are just $ 20 over the cost of general admission.  These along with reserved seating can be purchased through the SharonSpeedway.com website and be clicking on “Buy Tickets” at the top through Thursday night at midnight.  As always, children under 14, parking, and camping is always FREE!  Pit passes are $ 35.  Pit passes for children 12 and under are $ 25.  Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

With last Saturday’s rain out, the first Menards “Super Series” event will now take place on Saturday, May 12 for the first ever appearance by the FAST “410” Sprint Car Series.  It will also be the season debut for the Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars and HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds.  The Econo Mods will also return.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 19 for the annual FREE “Fan Appreciation Night” with free grandstand admission for everyone. This will now be the opener for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds. The Stock Cars, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Econo Mods will also be on the card.

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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First Menards “Super Series” event Saturday featuring a $2000 to-win Modified Tour event for big blocks & more

By Mike Leone

April 25, 2018

(Hartford, OH)…After cold and wet weather forced last Friday’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event to be postponed to July 2, Sharon Speedway is hoping to kickoff the 89th anniversary season this Saturday (April 28) with the first of 12 Menards “Super Series” events. The Modified Tour for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply big blocks leads the way and will be joined by the Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods, and Junior Sprints for kids. Race time is 7 p.m.

The Modified Tour for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply big blocks makes their first of six appearances during the 2018 season on Saturday night with all events featuring a $ 2,000 to-win payday. The Tour opened their season on April 14 at West Virginia’s Tyler County Speedway where Erick Rudolph ran his win streak to an amazing nine straight! The New York versatile driver has two career wins at Sharon both coming in 2016 including the last time the Mod Tour visited Sharon on September 17, 2016.

Rex King, Jr. leads the way for the Sharon regulars. The Bristolville, Ohio driver has won three of the last four titles and has upped his career win total to 23. His father Rex Sr. is a five-time track champion and leads the active drivers with 53 career wins. Jim Weller, Jr. has posted 36 career wins and three track titles. Other active top racers with career wins in parentheses including Kevin Bolland (22), Jim Rasey (19), Brian Swartzlander (14), Dave Murdick (9). Jeremiah Shingledecker is fresh off a runner-up finish at Tyler County and owns three wins at Sharon including last year’s prestigious “Lou Blaney Memorial” victory. For more information on The Mod Tour, check out their website at www.themodifiedtourinc.com.

After Mike Clark won three consecutive Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Car titles (2013-2015), veteran Paul Davis not only put a stop to the streak in 2016 but repeated the feat in 2017. Davis is now up to 22 career Stock Car wins at the track, while Davis has 17; however, it’s still Steve D’Apolito leading the active win list. D’Apolito owns 32 career wins and four track championships at the Hartford, Ohio oval, and in recent years has been competing with a GM 604 crate engine. The Stock Cars should have strong fields of cars weekly getting tuned up for the $ 10,000 to-win Penn-Ohio “Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals” on June 16.

The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds championship points race will begin both for Sharon along with the $ 3,000 to-win RUSH Weekly Series Championship. The RUSH Mods will begin their fifth season of competition at Sharon and fourth as a weekly division. Car counts have grown each year with an average count of 24 last year. Only on one night in each of the last two seasons has there been less than 20 cars. Greg Martin, Brandon Ritchey, and Kole Holden are past track champions. Top racers Alan Dellinger, Garrett Krummert, and Rob Kristyak will be new weekly competitors in 2018 along with several other newcomers like Tony Tatgenhorst, who raced at Sharon in Mod Lites, RUSH Late Models, and E-Mods.

The Econo Mod division has belonged to Steve Haefke over the past two seasons. The Austintown, Ohio veteran has finished in the top two for an amazing 26 times in the last 29 races. While winning the last two Summit Racing Equipment titles, Haefke has vaulted into the number two spot on the all-time win list with 15 and trails Brandon Blackshear now by just six. The Econo Mod division debuted in 2010 part of the former bi-weekly Friday night program before moving to the weekly Saturday night lineup full-time two years later.

For all regular events, Sharon will continue to offer a higher purse structure if 24 or more cars are on hand for any of the weekly divisions and a non-qualifier if there are 32 or more cars.

Pits open at 4 p.m. with the main grandstands at 5. Pill cutoff is 6:20 p.m. with warm-ups around 6:30 and racing at 7. Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 13. Seniors 62 and over are $ 10. Patio seating upgrades are just $ 5 and fan suite seating upgrades are just $ 20 over the cost of general admission. In order to reserve either of these ahead of time, call the office Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 330-772-5481. As always, children under 14, parking, and camping is always FREE! Pit passes are $ 30. Pit passes for children 12 and under are $ 20. Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

Coming up on Saturday, May 5 is the first of three appearances by Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars paying $ 5,000 to-win. The Econo Mods are also on the card. Reserved tickets, patio seats, and fan suite seating is available on our website by clicking “Buy Tickets” at the top.

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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