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1st ever Full Pull Productions USA-EAST Truck & Tractor Pull Saturday at Sharon

By Rick Feicht & Mike Leone

June 30, 2015

(Hartford, OH)…It is going to be a very different Fourth of July this Saturday at Sharon Speedway. The historic speedway will host it first-ever USA-EAST Sanctioned Regional tractor and truck and semi truck pull. Gates open at 5 p.m. with pulling getting underway at 7. The event is being presented by W.I. Miller & Sons, Witmer’s Feed & Grain, Coolspring Corn Maze, Hunter Truck Repair & Equipment, Western Reserve Co Op, and Cope Equipment.

The highlight of the evening will be the appearance of the world famous Big Rigs Pulling Series modified semi trucks. The recent Big Rigs Series event at the Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio drew a tremendous field of high-powered modified semi trucks and a huge crowd of excited fans with Saturday’s pull at Sharon expected to do the same. The Sanders’ Team from Ravenna, Ohio has been very competitive thus far in 2015 having won both of the pulls – one with “Silver Bullet 2” and the other with “A Rood Awakening” – both Mack modified semi trucks.

Three other USA-EAST sanctioned divisions Saturday include the Limited Pro Stock and Super Farm Tractors with a large array of local talent to wet the appetites of the Trumbull County Ohio fans. Gary Rice from Farmdale is a top performer with his IH 966 named “Milk Money”, while John Deere fans from the area can cheer for the Swartz’s Farm’s “Daddys Dream” a Super Farm Tractor that is co-driven by Tyler and Sam Swartz from Cortland. And also from central Trumbull County is John Kachurik with another good running International named “Strugglin”.

Two different divisions of four-wheel drive trucks are also schedule for this super event: Super Street GAS 4×4 and Super Street (2.6) Diesel 4×4. All of the classes competing will be running for valuable points in the 2015 USA-EAST regional series. USA-EAST Pulling is conducted exclusively by Full Pull Productions, Inc. For more information on Full Pull, check out their website at www.fullpullproductions.com.

Adult admission is $ 15. Pit passes are $ 25. As always, children under 13, parking, and camping is always FREE! Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy. Saturday’s beer and 50/50 raffle proceeds will benefit local fire and police.

Sharon will return to racing on Saturday, July 11 with the seventh annual “Lou Blaney Memorial” featuring Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars for $ 10,000 to-win plus the BRP Modified Tour for $ 2,000 to-win.

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 and 305. The track takes its name from the fact that it is just across the PA/OH line from Sharon, Pennsylvania. For more information check out the website at www.sharonspeedway.com or contact the track at 330-772-5481.

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3 event week continues with “Summer Jam & BBQ Series” Friday & full “Steel Valley Thunder” racing plus RUSH LM Saturday

By Mike Leone

June 25, 2015

(Hartford, OH)…After a successful Ohio Speedweek event on Tuesday, Sharon Speedway continues its busy week with the second “Summer Jam & BBQ Series” on Friday night (June 26) followed by a full night of racing on Saturday. The “Steel Valley Thunder” racing program will include the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Weller Hughes Contracting & Developing RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks along with an appearance by the RUSH Late Models. Action gets underway at 7 p.m.

Friday’s entertainment will include the band “Testify”- a Stevie Ray Vaughn Tribute Band. Gates open at 6 p.m. with entertainment getting underway at 9. The food menu will include BBQ chicken dinner, BBQ country ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, and hot sausage sandwiches. Admission is $ 5. Free camping is available, and bring your armband on Saturday to receive $ 2 off admission!

Saturday is “Armed Forces Night” will free admission for those in active and former serviceman. Power wheels races for kids will be held at intermission. Saturday’s beer and 50/50 proceeds will benefit the Liberty School Backpack Program.

After getting rained out in their first two scheduled appearances, the RUSH Late Models are hoping the third time is a charm as they’ll join the “Steel Valley Thunder” program on Saturday in a Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC “Weekly Series” event. If 24 or more cars are present, Sharon will pay $ 1,000 to-win. There is no longer a required Hoosier Crate Racin’ USA D55 on the right rear. Former track champions Will Thomas III, Dennis Lunger, and Josh Double are expected to be in the field. Thomas leads the all-time win list with 13 victories over Lunger’s 11.

It took an invasion by Brian Swartzlander to end the Kings perfect run in the DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds with his season’s first win last Saturday night. The two Kings are atop the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply standings with three-time winner Rex Jr. leading his father and one-time winner by just four points. Ricky Richner, Jim Rasey, and Jim Weller, Jr. are currently third through fifth in points and are hungry for their first wins.

Will Thomas will be doing double duty Saturday driving both his RUSH Late Model and Modifieds. In the Modifieds, he’s picked up two victories and has been consistent in the other events to lead the Summit Racing Equipment standings by 16 over former champion, Mike Kinney. Dwayne Clay, one-time winner Matt Lux, and Carl McKinney are through fifth in points.

Last Saturday, Nick Ritchey became the second driver this season to knock off New York star Greg Martin in the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds with his first ever Sharon win. The victory closed Ritchey to within 25 points of Martin’s point lead in the Weller Hughes Developing & Contracting-sponsored division. One-time winner, Rocky Kugel, is third in points over teenagers Kole Holden and Kyle Martell. Holden currently leads the overall $ 3,000 to-win Bicknell Racing Products “Weekly Series” standings in addition to the “Futures Cup” points.

Late race heroics by defending two-time champion Mike Clark allowed him to pass Mike Miller in route to his season’s first win in the Stock Cars. Clark not only denied Miller of his first career win, but was able to extend his Gibson Insurance Agency point lead to just four over Miller. One-time winner Brian Carothers is third in points over Charlie Jasinski and Brian Mulichak. Other winners this year include opening night winner Chris Haines and Shaun Hooks, who have neither returned since week two.

Casey Bowers denied Jason Longwell of becoming the season’s fifth different winner in the Econo Mods with a late race pass for his second win last Saturday night. Bowers has always been consistent and now posting wins could make him the odds on favorite to win the title. Bowers’ lead though is just four over one-time winner Ryan Fraley in the HTMA/Precise Racing Products-sponsored division. Brian Foley, Jr., Keith Felicetty, and Jamie Scharba are through fifth in points in search of their first wins.

Bill Fuchs is already a two-time champion and leads the Mini Stock’s all-time win list. Fuchs will look to add his third win on Saturday and extend an already 19-point lead over Jamie Maxwell in the Deforest Used Parts standings. Michael DelliQuadri, Matt Rubright, and Joe Keney are third through fifth looking for their first wins. The Mini Stock car counts have been solid this year and already 38 different drivers have competed. The last three events have saw drivers tow in 100 miles and pick up victories in their first appearances including Doug Hensel, Andy Proper, and most recently Casey Butler in Tuesday’s $ 300 to-win special.

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply will again award six complimentary pit passes for the following week; a pair going to the hard luck driver in DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, a pair to a lucky driver in the division that competes first, and a pair to a lucky fan. Summit Racing Equipment will award $ 25 gift cards to the hard charger in the Modified, Stock Car, Econo Mod, and Mini Stock divisions.

Pits open at 4 p.m. with grandstands at 5, and group qualifying slated for 7. Adult admission is just $ 10. Pit passes are $ 30. 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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Tony Stewart’s new All Star Sprints coming to Sharon Tuesday for Ohio Speedweek featuring hometown favorites Dale & Dave Blaney

By Mike Leone

June 18, 2015

(Hartford, OH)…The “410” Sprint Cars will be making their first of three appearances of the 2015 season at Sharon Speedway coming up Tuesday, June 24 when Tony Stewart’s new All Star Circuit of Champions come to town for the 33rd annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek.  The Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks will also be on hand.  Qualifying for Sprints will get underway at approximately 6:30 p.m. followed by racing.

The 2015 Ohio Sprint Speedweek will again feature nine straight nights of racing at eight different speedways beginning at Attica Raceway Park on Friday night with the Sharon event being stop #5 of the popular summer tradition.  Sharon’s race will pay $ 5,000 to-win.  This year’s Speedweek has renewed enthusiasm as not only the All Stars are flourishing under the new ownership of Tony Stewart, but Cometic Gaskets has stepped up as the Speedweek sponsor to offer a point fund as well as a $ 25,000 bonus for any driver winning five or more events!

After a five-year absence, Ohio Speedweek returned to Sharon in 2010 as Tim Shaffer topped a 42-car field for the victory.  In 2011 it was hometown favorite Dale Blaney winning the Sharon leg of Speedweek over a 45-car field for his 13th career win at the track.  In 2012, in a stunning turn of events, local Brandon Matus came out victorious for his first career win with both the All Stars and at Sharon.  Another strong field of 43 cars was on hand.  The 2013 event was rained out before a car ever hit the speedway with some 40 cars in the pit area, and last year’s event fell victim to Mother Nature before the gates ever opened.

“Sharon has always played in an important part in Ohio Speedweek history,” explained sixth year GM Dave Willoughby. “Sharon was there at the beginning, and we’re happy once again to be part of this long-running tradition.  We hope the weather cooperates this year and that the fans and racers come out and support this great event so we can continue to host this event for years to come.”

Ohio Speedweek always draws in top talent from the Midwest, along with the All Star regulars which is stronger than in many years, several Australians, the best from western Pa. and usually a couple from central Pa., and always some surprises.  Four of those confirmed surprises this year include former USAC Sprint Car and Midget Champion and 2015 Indy 500 starter, Bryan Clauson, last year’s USAC Sprint champion Brady Bacon, Missouri’s Brad Loyet, along with Oregon’s Roger Crockett.

Earlier last season Dale Blaney reached a monumental milestone with his 100th career All Star win eclipsing Kenny Jacobs’ prior all-time leading 99 victories.  Dale has been full-speed ahead throughout the rest of last season through the early part of 2015 as that win total has now risen to 118!  In addition, Dale won the Attica World of Outlaws race last month for the second straight year!  Dale, who leads Cody Darrah in the All Star points, has 13 career wins at Sharon including the first two wins of his career.

Dale will once again be racing with his brother Dave, who has confirmed his participation.  The elder Blaney, a former World of Outlaw champion, has 28 career wins at Sharon including last year’s “Lou Blaney Memorial” for the first time.  Dave has increased his Sprint Car racing schedule without having any NASCAR commitments.

The All Stars have had 13 drivers run all of their points-paying events in 2015 with another three racers running the majority. Darrah, who is in second in points, has come off the World of Outlaws tour and is having a strong season returning to his family operation.  Despite just one win, Darrah has been consistent with six top 5s and 11 top 10s.

Another former WoO racer, Chad Kemenah, is back with the All Stars, where he won four straight titles from 2002-2005.  Kemenah is third in points with one win over Ryan Smith.  Smith carved his teeth in the tough central Pennsylvania circuit and has hit the road for the first time in his career driving the colorful Rob Warko #94.

Ohio racers Sheldon Haudenschild and Greg Wilson have had strong seasons as they’re fifth and sixth in points.  Wilson most recently won an All Stars race at Pittsburgh earlier this month.

Four-time All Star Champion Tim Shaffer has climbed the All Star win ladder as he sits in fifth all-time with 55 career victories.  The Aliquippa, Pa. four-time Sharon winner won his season’s first victory over Memorial Day weekend taking $ 10,000 out of Fremont.  Shaffer has also been dabbling in Late Model racing as he scored a runner-up finish at Pittsburgh recently.  Shaffer is seventh in points as he’s once again behind the wheel of Bryan Grove’s #45.

Pittsburgh’s Danny Holtgraver has three career wins at Sharon and has really stepped up his game the last few seasons with several major wins.  Holtgraver now owns nine career All Star wins.  Holtgraver is in his first full season driving the Phoenix Motorsports #59 and is currently eighth in points.

Completing the top 16 in All Star points are 16-year-old Parker Price-Miller, who won an All Stars race earlier this season at Wayne County, Caleb Helms, Andrew Palker, Hall of Famer Danny Smith, Travis Philo, Paige Polyak, Cole Duncan, and Lee Jacobs.

Atop the all-time Sharon Speedway Sprint Car win list is Ed Lynch, Jr.  The Apollo, Pa. driver has scaled back his operations in recent seasons predominately running special events only; however, has resumed weekly racing at Lernerville this season where he’s the track’s all-time winner as well.  Lynch is expected to be in the field looking to add to his 50-win mark.

Another top local looking forward to returning to Sharon is Jack Sodeman, Jr.  The North Jackson, Ohio racer won back-to-back titles when the Sprints ran weekly at Sharon 2009 and 2010 and owns 12 career wins at the Hartford, Ohio oval.  Sodeman has alternated racing this year between his own #23Jr and the Jimmy Seger #25.

Several other top local talent like defending Lernerville Champion Carl Bower, defending Mercer Champion Eric Williams, recent Lernerville winner A.J. Flick, past Speedweek winner Brandon Matus, former Lernerville Champion and BOSS non-wing racer Brandon Spithaler, Mercer winner Adam Kekich, and others are expected.

The Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks will be the only support division at the event on Tuesday.  They’ll race for a season-high $ 300 to-win, $ 50 to-start in a show-up points-only event.  Two-time champion, Bill Fuchs, is the current point leader.

Tickets will go on sale at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.  A drivers meeting is tentatively scheduled for 5:45 p.m. with Sprint engine starts at 6, warm-ups at 6:15 with qualifying at approximately 6:30 and racing to follow.  Adult admission is $ 20.  Kids 13 and under are always free.  Pit passes are $ 35.  Advance ticket holders will be able to gain access at 3 p.m. for preferred seating.

The “410” Sprint Cars will return for the seventh annual “Lou Blaney Memorial” on Saturday, July 11 for a record $ 10,000 to-win feature payoff.  For the first time, the event will be sanctioned by the All Stars, and 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser will be in the field.  The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds will also be on the card for a $ 2,000 to-win BRP Tour event.

The final appearance by the “410” Sprint Cars will be on Saturday, August 15 as they join a weekly “Steel Valley Thunder” program.

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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