“410” Sprint Cars are back Saturday for their 2nd of 3 straight August appearances part of the Menards “Super Series”

By Mike Leone

August 7, 2018

(Hartford, OH)…Another Menards “Super Series” event will take center stage this Saturday night (August 11) as the 89th anniversary season begins to wind down in the final month of weekly racing. An identical lineup returns after last Saturday night’s successful Menards “Super Series” event featuring the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply “410” Sprint Cars, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods on Kams Electric Service Night. Race time is 7 p.m.

After a month hiatus, the “410” Sprint Cars had a successful return last Saturday night. Twenty-nine Sprints were in the pit area as George Hobaugh charged from the ninth starting spot to capture his first career “410” win. Saturday marks the second of three straight Saturday night appearances with once again $ 3,000 to-win, $ 250 to-start for their 30-lap feature.

There has yet to be repeat winner in the six events contested thus far this season as Aaron Reutzel, Christopher Bell, and Dave Blaney were victorious in the All Star-sanctioned events, while Chad Kemenah, Sye Lynch, and Hobaugh captured the $ 3,000 non-sanctioned victories. Will there be a seventh different winner on Saturday night!? A strong field of local and regional talent is again expected.

“The Sprint Cars again put on another night of great racing last Saturday night,” said General Manager Dave Willoughby. “We have continued to have not only tremendous racing, but excellent car counts and great crowds. We’ve had at least 28 Sprints at our three non-sanctioned shows and over 40 at all of the All Star races. We can’t thank the racers and fans enough for responding this year.”

Saturday will again utilize the hot lap/group qualifying format that was used on the prior three Menards “Super Series” Sprint Car events. Two to three cars will qualify 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. The B main will be lined up heads up on heat race finishes. Heat and B main finish(es) will complete the 24-car starting lineup. Mufflers are not required and there’s no registration or entry fee.

While rain plagued much of the early season not allowing a Stock Car event to be completed until the June 16 “Penn-Ohio Steel Valley Nationals”, dry weather of late has allowed the Gibson Insurance Agency-sponsored division to complete four events since the division’s opener. Two of the five events completed were Penn-Ohio shows with Brent Johnson taking $ 10,000 on June 16 and Andrew Gordon $ 1,000 on July 28.

The three regular events saw outsiders Jason Fosnaught, Gordon, and most recently Rusty Martz capture wins. That makes four different winners in five events. The top four drivers in points are still looking for their first win of the season. Chris McGuire has an 11-point lead over four-time track champion, Steve D’Apolito, in the track standings. Curt J. Bish, Mike Clark, and Fosnaught are third through fifth in points.

Chas Wolbert became just the second repeat winner of the season last Saturday night joining Garrett Krummert in the competitive RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. The HTMA/Precise Racing Products-sponsored division has produced five different winners in seven races. The GM 602 crate engine class continues to draw solid car counts. There were 27 cars on hand last Saturday night, and only on two occasions over the past three years (once in 2016 and once in 2017) has the car count dipped under 20. Krummert maintains a 19-point lead over Josh Deems, who is having his best career season. Wolbert has moved up to third in points over defending champion, Kole Holden, who has been consistent despite being shutout of victory. Kyle Martell is fifth.

Seventeen-year-old Jacob Eucker became the first driver at the track this season to win more than two events with his third win of the season last Saturday night in the Econo Mods. After trying his hand in open E-Mod competition, Eucker has returned to the Econo Mods full-time this season and leads the Summit Racing Equipment points as he looks for his first track championship. The nearby Fowler, Ohio racer has just a two-point lead on Ty Rhoades, who won his first career Sharon race on July 28. Defending two-time champion, Steve Haefke, is third just seven points back of the top spot. Brian Toto and Mark Titus are fourth and fifth in points still looking for their first career wins at the track.

As a reminder on Saturday for the Stock Cars, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Econo Mods, if 24 or more cars are present then the highest purse structure will be offered, and if there are 32 or more cars a non-qualifier will be run.

Pits are open throughout the afternoon on Saturday with pit passes going on sale at 4 p.m., while the main grandstands open at 5. Drivers meeting will be at 6:10 p.m. Pill cutoff and Sprint engine motor heat is at 6:25 p.m. with Sprint qualifying at 6:40 followed by heat races.

Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 13. 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 and parking are always FREE! Pit passes are $ 30. Pit passes for children 12 and under are $ 20. As a reminder, coolers nor outside food or beverages are not permitted.

After being rained out on May 5, the northern Ohio-based FAST Series for “410” Sprint Cars will make their first ever appearance next Saturday night (August 18) in another Menards “Super Series” event. The E-Mods will make their first appearance of the season and will be joined by the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and Econo Mods. It will be another Kams Electric Services Night.

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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“410” Sprints return Saturday for the 1st of 3 straight appearances at Sharon in a Menards “Super Series” event for the “Bill Kirila Memorial”

By Mike Leone

July 31, 2018

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway will kick-off the final full month of racing for the 89th anniversary season this Saturday night (August 4) with another Menards “Super Series” event. The annual “Bill Kirila Memorial” will feature the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply “410” Sprint Cars, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods on Ritenour Equipment and Sawtelle Tree Night. Race time is 7 p.m.

Bill Kirila was one of the owners of Sharon with his brother Ron along with the Blaney and Weller Families when the track changed ownership in 2002. Kirila of Brookfield, Ohio passed away after an extended illness on June 23, 2006 at the age of 68. He was a graduate of Brookfield Ohio School and went on to become the Vice President of Kirila Contractors. Each year, the “Bill Kirila Memorial” is held in remembrance.

After a month hiatus, the “410” Sprint Cars return for their first of three straight Saturday night appearances paying $ 3,000 to-win, $ 250 to-start for their 30-lap feature. There has yet to be repeat winner in the five events contested thus far this season as Aaron Reutzel, Christopher Bell, and Dave Blaney were victorious in the All Star-sanctioned events, while Chad Kemenah and Sye Lynch captured the $ 3,000 non-sanctioned victories. Will there be a sixth different winner on Saturday night!? A strong field of local and regional talent is expected.

“We’ve had some tremendous Sprint Car races this year,” said General Manager Dave Willoughby. “The support from both the fans and racers have been great and we hope that continues throughout the remainder of the season. We’ve had great feedback from the fans about how good the racing has been with many returning after several years of absence. With the support being so good, we’ve decided to run a complete $ 3,000 to-win program for the Sprints on Saturday night of the Apple Festival Nationals this year.”

Saturday will again utilize the hot lap/group qualifying format that was used on the prior two Menards “Super Series” Sprint Car events. Two to three cars will qualify 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. Mufflers are not required and there’s no registration or entry fee.

After not completing a race for the Stock Cars until the June 16 “Penn-Ohio Steel Valley Nationals”, the weather has cooperated of late allowing the Gibson Insurance Agency-sponsored division to complete three events since the division’s opener. Two of the four events completed were Penn-Ohio shows with Brent Johnson taking $ 10,000 on June 16 and Andrew Gordon $ 1,000 last Saturday night. Those two events were show-up points only. The two regular events saw winners Jason Fosnaught and Gordon both earn $ 700 checks with the high car count. Chris McGuire has a five-point lead over four-time track champion, Steve D’Apolito, in the track standings. Curt J. Bish, Fosnaught, and Mike Clark are third through fifth in points.

It’s been a very competitive season for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. The HTMA/Precise Racing Products-sponsored division has produced five different winners in six races as only Garrett Krummert has been able to repeat. Four of the five winners captured their first ever Sharon RUSH Sportsman Mod wins. Blaze Myers, Chas Wolbert, Jeremy Weaver, and most recently Josh Deems have also been victorious in addition to Krummert. The GM 602 crate engine division continues to draw solid car counts and has only dipped under 20 cars on two occasions over the past three years. For the second straight week, Krummert maintains a 20-point lead over Josh Deems. Defending champion, Kole Holden, has been consistent despite being shutout of victory lane as he currently sits third over Wolbert. Weaver and Kyle Martell are tied for fifth.

The Econo Mods have produced some great racing in recent weeks with Dwayne Clay and Ty Rhoades earning victories. For Rhoades it was career first. And like the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, only one driver has been able to repeat this season- that being Jacob Eucker. With his victory, Rhoades has shot into the Summit Racing Equipment point lead as he has just a five-point advantage over Steve Haefke, who is after his third straight title. Haefke though has yet to win a feature after putting up big numbers in recent years. Eucker dropped from first to third in points, but is only eight points out of the lead. Brian Toto and Mark Titus are fourth in fifth in search of their first career Sharon wins.

As a reminder on Saturday for the Stock Cars, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Econo Mods, if 24 or more cars are present then the highest purse structure will be offered, and if there are 32 or more cars a non-qualifier will be run.

Pits are open throughout the afternoon on Saturday with pit passes going on sale at 4 p.m., while the main grandstands open at 5. Drivers meeting will be at 6:10 p.m. Pill cutoff and Sprint engine motor heat is at 6:20 p.m. with Sprint qualifying at 6:40 and heat races are at 7.

Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 13. 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 and parking are always FREE! Pit passes are $ 30. Pit passes for children 12 and under are $ 20.

An identical show to Saturday’s will be held next Saturday (August 11) for another Menards “Super Series” event on Kam’s Electric Night.

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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Big-Block Mods & 2nd appearance by Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Series highlight Saturday’s “Steel Valley Thunder” program at Sharon

By Mike Leone

July 24, 2018

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway will wrap-up the month of July this Saturday night (July 28) with a “Steel Valley Thunder” program on Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Night. The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds, Penn-Ohio Championship Series for the Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods, and Junior Sprints for kids will be part of the program. A mechanics race for Stock Cars will also be run at the end of the night. It’s Twin-State Auto Racing Club Night with FREE grandstand admission for club members. Race time is 7 p.m.

After being unable to complete a full night for the first three months of the season, the Big-Block Modifieds will try Saturday night to get in their third event during the month of July. The prior two July events were under The Mod Tour sanction with Mike Maresca taking the $ 2,000 “Lou Blaney Memorial” win for his first career Sharon victory on July 7, while last Saturday night saw three-time track champion, Rex King, Jr. victorious. It was quite the weekend for the Bristolville, Ohio racer, who also won Friday’s Mod Tour event at Lernerville. Top racers like Jim Weller, Rex King, Dave Murdick, Jim Rasey, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Garrett Krummert, Will Thomas, and others will be hungry for a victory.

The Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series will make their second appearance of the season in an $ 1,000 to-win, $ 150 to-start feature event. Back on June 16, Brent Johnson’s first career Sharon win was worth a monster $ 10,000 payday as he thwarted off Chris Schneider. The Penn-Ohio Series has only been able to complete three other events with Schneider, Bobby Whitling, and Andrew Gordon victorious.

The Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars haven’t had much better luck than the Big-Block Modifieds getting shows in. Besides the $ 10,000 Penn-Ohio event, only two regular events were run, and with the high car counts, winners Jason Fosnaught and Gordon both earned $ 700 checks. Chris McGuire has a five-point lead over four-time track champion, Steve D’Apolito, in the track standings. Curt J. Bish, Fosnaught, and Mike Clark are third through fifth in points.

Garrett Krummert became the first repeat winner in the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds this season taking the victory last Saturday night despite starting seventh. The GM 602 crate engine division continues to draw solid car counts and has only dipped under 20 cars on two occasions over the past three years. Blaze Myers, Chas Wolbert, and Jeremy Weaver have also been victorious. Myers’ win was the first of his career, while Weaver’s was his second but first ever at Sharon. Krummert has opened up a 20-point lead in the HTMA/Precise Racing Products standings over Josh Deems. Rocky Kugel, Kole Holden, and Kyle Martell are third through fifth.

Veteran racer Dwayne Clay earned his milestone 40th career Sharon win last Saturday in the Econo Mod division for his first victory of the season. Jacob Eucker currently leads the Summit Racing Equipment standings as he’s the division’s only repeat winner as he was forced to start 12th last Saturday after two straight wins. Brian Toto and Ty Rhoades are tied for second just five points back with Mark Titus in fourth as all three are in search of their first career Sharon wins. Defending and two-time champion, Steve Haefke, sits fifth without a win in 2018.

As a reminder on Saturday for the Big-Block Modifieds, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Econo Mods, if 24 or more cars are present then the highest purse structure will be offered, and if there are 32 or more cars a non-qualifier will be run. The highest finishing “358” Small-Block Modified will receive a $ 100 bonus.

Pits are open throughout the afternoon on Saturday with pit passes going on sale at 4 p.m., while the main grandstands open at 5. Pill cutoff is 6:20 p.m. and heat races are at 7. Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 13. 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 and parking are always FREE! Pit passes are $ 30. Pit passes for children 12 and under are $ 20.

After a month hiatus, the “410” Sprints will open the month of August on the 4th for their first of three straight Saturday night appearances racing for $ 3,000. It’ll be another Menards “Super Series” event on Sawtelle Tree Night. The Stock Cars, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Econo Mods will also be part of the 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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