“Apple Festival Nationals” Friday & Saturday; Most of the region’s divisions in action; “410” Sprints featured for $3000 to-win Saturday

By Mike Leone

September 5, 2018

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway will conclude the 89th anniversary season this weekend with the running of the annual “Apple Festival Nationals” on Friday and Saturday night (September 7-8). Nine different divisions will compete. The Big-Block Modifieds, RUSH Sprint Cars, Mod Lites, Sportsman Dwarf Cars, and Junior Sprints will run a complete show on Friday night. The “410” Sprint Cars will run their complete show on Saturday night, while the Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series, RUSH Sportsman Modified Touring Series, and Econo Mods will have their shows split over the two days with their features on Saturday night. Warm-ups for selected divisions will get underway at 6 p.m. followed immediately by racing both nights.

For the second straight year, the “410” Sprint Cars will be part of the “Apple Festival Nationals” in a $ 3,000 to-win, $ 250 to-start event; however, this year their complete program will headline Saturday night’s show. There has still yet to be repeat winner in the eight Hovis Auto & Truck Supply “410” Sprint Car events contested thus far this season as Aaron Reutzel, Christopher Bell, and Dave Blaney were victorious in the $ 5,000 All Star-sanctioned events, while Chad Kemenah, Sye Lynch, George Hobaugh, Dale Blaney, and Cap Henry captured $ 3,000 victories. Will there be a ninth different winner on Saturday night!? Saturday will again utilize the hot lap/group qualifying format that has been used on all of the Menards “Super Series” Sprint Car events. Mufflers are not required and there’s no registration or entry fees.

The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds will now headline Friday night’s program with a complete show. Unlike the past two years of being open only to non-winners, this year’s show will allow all racers to complete in a $ 1,500 to-win event. Jeremiah Shingledecker is coming off of an impressive Mod Tour victory from the ninth starting spot at the last show on August 25.

The Mod Lites and Sportsman Dwarf Cars will return once again for their season’s only appearance as part of the “Apple Festival Nationals” running their complete show on Friday night. This year’s Mod Lite portion is the inaugural “Mark Marcucci Memorial” for the former standout racer that lost his in an automobile accident in April. Marcucci won the 2016 “Apple Festival Nationals” and is the division’s all-time winner at Mercer Raceway Park. Currently the Mod Lite feature will pay $ 1,250 to-win, $ 150 to-start, while the Dwarfs will race for $ 500 to-win. There are numerous bonuses along with sponsors that have made this event what it is. The complete list is posted at SharonSpeedway.com. Both divisions will pit in the overflow parking off turns three and four with registration and pill draw handled by Bill Bauer.

Joining the “Apple Festival Nationals” line-up for the first time are the new RUSH Sprint Cars. Their Friday night only program will pay $ 500 to-win. The non-wing crate engine Sprints made their Sharon debut back on June 2 when Late Model standout Chad Ruhlman picked up the win. The new division features a schedule of 28 events at 11 different speedways as 20 different cars have hit the track this season.

The Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series returns with $ 2,000 on the line this time. Thus far this season, the Penn-Ohio Series has made two appearances with Brent Johnson taking $ 10,000 on June 16 and Andrew Gordon $ 1,000 on July 28. Schneider currently leads Gordon, Rob Shook, Bobby Whitling, and Sharon Champion Chris McGuire in the Penn-Ohio standings. The five regular Sharon Gibson Insurance Agency events saw outsiders Jason Fosnaught, Gordon, Rusty Martz, and Chris Schneider (two) capture wins.

The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds had a $ 600 to-win Bicknell Touring Series event at the last Sharon event on August 25 when Chas Wolbert topped a record 38-car field as part of the rescheduled “Manufacturers Night”. This weekend’s event will pay $ 800 to-win. Wolbert enters the weekend with four straight Sharon wins and five overall for the season and leads the Bicknell Tour points by just four over Garrett Krummert, who was the 2018 Sharon Champion and leads the RUSH Weekly Series points. Brandon Ritchey, 2017 Tour Champion Kyle Martell, and Steve Slater complete the top five in Tour points. The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds are in their fifth year and the car count averages have rose each year. This year the average car count per night at Sharon is 26.6.

The Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods will be round out the three divisions competing over both days. The Econo Mods will be racing in one of their richest events ever at the track with $ 750 on the line. Jacob Eucker is coming off his first track championship and led the way with four feature wins. Runner-up points man, Steve Haefke, fell short of a third straight track title as he’d love to pick up his first win of the season in the 2018 finale. Ty Rhoades had a breakout season winning the first two features of his career in route to a third place points standings, and missed runner-up by just one-point. Brian Toto and Brandon Blackshear were fourth and fifth in points. The Econo Mods had strong car counts all season in the 20s and a great field is expected this weekend.

This pits will be open throughout the day on Friday. Pit pass sales will begin at 3 p.m. with grandstands at 4 both days. A drivers meeting is slated for 5:20 p.m. Warm-ups for the RUSH Sprint Cars, Mod Lites & Dwarf Cars will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday night followed by racing. On Saturday, warm-up/group qualifying for the Sprints will take place at 6 p.m. followed by Sprint Car heat races and the remainder of the program for the Stocks, RUSH Mods, and Econo Mods. Cars that do not compete Friday in the three divisions running both days can tag the B main or feature, provided the 24-car feature fields aren’t set.

Breakfast will be served in the main concession on Saturday morning from 8:30-11 a.m. and lunch from 12-2 p.m. in the pit concession. There will be a bonfire after the races each night.

Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 13 on Friday and $ 18 on Saturday or $ 28 for a two-day pass. Pit passes are $ 35 each night or $ 65 for a two-day pass. There are no entry or registration fees for Sharon, only the typical Penn-Ohio and RUSH Mod Tour entry fees for those two divisions.

RACEceivers/driver one-way radios are mandatory for all divisions with the default channel of 454.000. AMB/MyLaps transponders are required for all divisions except Mod Lites, Dwarf Cars, and Jr. Sprints. Rentals will be available. Any driver that has not raced at Sharon Speedway in 2018 needs to complete a registration form, and try and bring it to the track completed to save time. The form is available by going to SharonSpeedway.com, clicking on Drivers, then Registration or directly here http://www.sharonspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/RegistrationFormSharon2018B.pdf. Complete payoffs for each division are available on the website.

Children under 13, parking, and camping is FREE! Those camping MUST register when they arrive and saving of spots will NOT be permitted. Sharon has a no carry-in of outside food and drinks or coolers. PLEASE NOTE: THE BACKSTRETCH GRANDSTANDS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR GENERAL ADMISSION ON FRIDAY NIGHT- ONLY FOR PIT PASS HOLDERS. This is due to using the outside of turns three and four overflow pit parking.

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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Shingledecker charges from 9th to win $2000 Mod Tour big blocks; 4th straight win for Wolbert in RUSH Mods topping a record 38-car field for their Tour/MFG Night; Win #2 for Schneider & Rhoades in Stocks & Econo Mods

By Mike Leone

August 25, 2018

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway wrapped up the month of August with the final Menards “Super Series” event of the season on Saturday night. Capturing wins on Hovis Auto & Truck Supply and Mark Thomas Ford Night and celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Jeremiah Shingledecker-The Mod Tour for Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds, Chas Wolbert-Bicknell RUSH Touring Series for the HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Chris Schneider-Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, and Ty Rhoades-Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods. A season high 113 cars (plus 12 Junior Sprints for kids) were in the pit area as it was the fifth straight week over 100 cars were present for the four-division program.

Jeremiah Shingledecker was on a rail. Shingledecker found the extreme outside around the fence to his liking as he charged from the ninth starting spot to drive around Canadian Tyler Willard on lap 16 and never looked back to win the 35-lap Mod Tour feature. It was Shingledecker’s first Sharon win since the $ 2,000 “Lou Blaney Memorial” back on July 8, 2017. Shingledecker’s first Mod Tour win of the season was also worth $ 2,000.

“We actually fell back there at the start,” explained the 41-year-old Polk, Pa. winner. “They watered the track so we tightened it up. The first couple laps I was being patient waiting for the moisture to get out. Once I turned it on we were up against that outside wall and it worked really wall at least until I got into it. The groove widen out and you could pretty much run anywhere. We haven’t been winning a lot in recent years and a lot of that is these little girls. We spend time with the family, but we’re getting back to working on the race car more and with some people helping us out things are going really well. I have to thank the crew; we’ve been through a lot this year after flipping the car over at Lernerville.”

Willard raced out to early lead, while Rick Regalski passed Rex King on the opening lap for second. A five-car accident slowed action with two laps scored as the next 31 would go caution-free. When racing resumed on lap three, Will Thomas III and King battled side-by-side for third until Thomas made the pass on the outside on the fifth circuit. The top four of Willard, Regalski, Thomas and King began to distance themselves from the field on lap six.

Shingledecker entered contention on lap nine when he flew around Jim Rasey for fifth. On lap 12, Shingledecker made quite the move as he drove around both King and Thomas for third. Shingledecker caught Regalski on lap 13 and continued to make the high line work driving past him off turn four for second on lap 14. Willard’s lead quickly shrunk as Shingledecker made the winning pass off the top side of turn four on lap 16.

Thomas would regain the third spot on lap 17 getting by Regalski. Shingledecker had a straightaway lead built up by the time he entered heavy traffic on lap 23. Shingledecker’s lead continued to grow, while Thomas caught Willard in the battle for second on lap 28. Jim Rasey had just passed Regalski for fourth on lap 31, but Rex King, Jr. flew around both Regalski and Rasey for the spot on the same lap. The event’s final caution slowed action when Rich Whitney spun and collected Jeremiah’s brother, Travis Shingledecker, with 33 laps scored.

Jeremiah Shingledecker’s big lead was erased setting up a double-file restart for the two-lap shootout to the checkered. Shingledecker chose the outside and quickly pulled away as he drove off to his fourth career Sharon win by 1.797 seconds in his The Garage Bar & Grill/RCR Automotive/Fox Shocks/Fast Shafts/Jones Racing Products/Simpson-sponsored #37MD.

Willard was a career best Sharon finish in second. King, Jr. passed Thomas for third on lap 34. Thomas dropped back to fourth over Rasey. Completing the top were Regalski, Garrett Krummert, King, Eric Gabany, and Dave Murdick. Heat wins over the 29-car field went to Murdick, King, and Rasey.

An all-time record field of 38 RUSH Sportsman Modifieds turned out, but in the end it was Chas Wolbert winning an unprecedented fourth straight feature. The 25-lap HTMA/Precise Racing Products victory was worth $ 600 and came in the Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series event part of RUSH’s annual “Manufacturers Night” that saw competing racers share in over $ 20,000 of product giveaways! Wolbert’s five wins this season have totaled $ 2,700.

“This is crazy,” stated the 24-year-old Warren, Ohio racer. “Four in a row for us and to win a tour race- I can’t believe it. Track was great, my car was great. I had a good starting spot and was patient. I knew I had 25 laps and worked my way up through there and hit every point I needed to hit. We have great competition here. Anyone can win week in and week out. I didn’t see Steve (Slater), but he’s not afraid to run out there (top). Steve is a good driver and if he had a little bit more he would have had me. I’m glad to be back in here in victory lane. Without God none of this or life is possible. I have to thank all of my sponsors and everyone that helps out on the car.”

Rocky Kugel used the outside to race into the early lead past Steve Slater, while Wolbert passed Garrett Krummert for third on the opening lap. Wolbert took second from Slater on lap two then went after Kugel as he caught the leader on lap five. Wolbert would make the winning pass driving around Kugel off turn four on lap seven. Kugel would try to get back under Wolbert in turns one and two, but clipped an infield tire and spun to bring out the first caution with seven laps scored.

Krummert had taken over third from Slater before the caution then inherited second after Kugel’s spin; however, when racing resumed on lap eight the team cars of Slater and Darin Gallagher both passed Krummert for second and third. Wolbert began to extend his lead and pulled away on lap 12 while the battled raged for second between Gallagher, Slater, Krummert, and 10th starting Rob Kristyak.

Kristyak was having his best performance of the season as he passed Krummert for fourth on lap 13. He then took over third from Gallagher on lap 20 before Gallagher got too high smacking the fence and ending his good run with 21 laps completed. Wolbert appeared headed for the win, but Jeremy Weaver lost a wheel in turn four coming down for the white flag, which set up a one-lap shootout to the finish.

Wolbert wouldn’t be denied as he still was able to win by 0.691 of a second in his Dunkin’ Donuts/C.T. Wolbert Trucking/Russ King Racing/Ohio Intra Express/MJ’s Auto Repair/Crooked Pine Woodworking/955 Automotive/Kings Sanitary/Total Trumbull Sports-sponsored #c3 Bicknell. The win was Wolbert’s ninth of his career at Sharon and fourth of his career in the RUSH Touring Series.

Slater and Kristyak turned in their season best finishes in second and third. Krummert, who leads RUSH’s Weekly Series points, was fourth, which was good enough to earn him his first track title. Kole Holden earned the $ 100 Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger gift card going 15th to fifth. Brandon Ritchey, Josh Deems, Brian Schaffer, Gary Haupt, and Brian Sadler completed the top 10. Tony Tatgenhorst set fast time in $ 100 Ohio Intra Express “Shock the Clock” Qualifying with a lap of 18.035. Heat wins went to Sadler, Wolbert, Krummert, and Gallagher. Alan Dellinger and Tatgenhorst won the last chance B mains. Slater won the dash to earn the pole for the feature.

Chris Schneider put on a dominating performance in the 20-lap Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Car feature. Schneider started sixth and made the winning move on lap seven to capture his second straight win as he joined Andrew Gordon as the division’s only repeat winners. The victory for Schneider was worth $ 700 as there was a full field of cars once again.

“Really,” asked the 39-year-old Lower Burrell winner when told he won by six seconds. “I kept thought I was hearing (Alan) Dellinger and his pipes behind me so I thought I better tighten this up and not slide the car. Last week I said I was missing something and found what I was missing. It was little things that were off. She’s good now. That’s what this is all about- practicing for the big races. I have to thank God first and foremost and the fans for coming out. I also want to thank the crew here that puts this show together and keeps this place going- it’s a great track to race at. I wish I could come here every week.”

Shook jumped to the early lead over Michael Hudzik, while Chris McGuire passed Dellinger for third. Schneider was up to fifth after one lap then took fourth from Dellinger on lap two as McGuire moved into second. McGuire’s run in second was short-lived as Schneider made the pass on lap five before a caution for Jamie Maxwell and Kevin Vanzandt.

Back under green, Shook and Schneider raced side-by-side on laps six and seven before Schneider made the winning pass off the outside of turn two. Dellinger had passed McGuire for third then would inherit second when Shook put down oil the entire way around the track necessitating the caution and a lengthy clean-up period with 11 laps completed.

Dellinger would now be alongside Schneider for the double-file restart, but it wouldn’t matter as Schneider pulled away over the final nine non-stop laps to win by a commanding 6.081 seconds in his Nick Chevrolet/It’s All Clean Pressure Washing/SS Chassis & Supply-sponsored #55. The victory was Schneider’s ninth of his career and served as the final tune-up before the $ 2,000 to-win Penn-Ohio Series event in two weeks.

Dellinger and Clark, a three-time track champion, had their season best runs in second and third respectively ahead of McGuire, who captured his first career track title. Steve D’Apolito was fifth as he was unable to garner a fifth track championship settling for second in the standings. Schneider, Curt J. Bish, McGuire won the heat races over the 24-car field.

Ty Rhoades has had success winning features at several other regional speedways; however, it took Rhoades six years before he captured a feature win at Sharon on July 28. They always say the first win is the toughest as Rhoades’ second win came less than a month later winning for the second time in five weeks on Saturday night in the 20-lap Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mod feature.

“This is amazing,” expressed the 27-year-old Pittsburgh, Pa. winner. “I really don’t know what to say. I’ve chased this for six years here and now I get two in one year. It’s a good feeling to win here. This is by far the toughest track to win at with the best competition. Hats off to Sharon Speedway- it’s the best facility and surface in the business. I knew I had Steve (Haefke) and Jake (Eucker) right there and had to protect the bottom for all I had. I gave it up two weeks in a row to Jake. This is by a far a season to remember here. I have to thank my family- I couldn’t do this without them. I got pretty tore up last Sunday and everyone busted their hump all week while I was in Pittsburgh to make sure this car was ready for me when I got home.”

Defending two-time champion, Steve Haefke, led the field to green and looked strong leading the first eight laps in search of his first win of the season. Rhoades started fifth and moved into third on lap two then passed Brandon Blackshear for second on lap six. A caution for Gary Robinson and George Vestal IV slowed action for the first time with eight laps completed.

When racing resumed, Rhoades would make the winning pass from Haefke, while eighth starting Jacob Eucker took over third. Eight more laps were run before the event’s second caution when Ed Roberts spun. Unfortunately four straight cautions occurred on lap 17 before the final three went green-to-checkered.

Eucker, a four-time winner this season, passed Haefke for second on lap 19, but would run out of time as Rhoades took the win by 1.038 seconds in his Bloom Machineworks/Trace Lawn & Landscaping/Wedge Motorsports/Always Racing/A&MP Electric/Talbor Inc/Dirt Rhoades Logging/Village Auto/Bodies by Reinwald/Weldbark Energy-sponsored #12R. Eucker’s second did secure his first track championship. Haefke dropped to third over Blackshear. Dwayne Clay came from 15th to fifth for his sixth top five of the season. Kyle Miller, Eucker, and Josh Mueller won the heat races over the 23-car field.

The Mod Tour Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds (35 laps, $ 2,000 to-win): 1. JEREMIAH SHINGLEDECKER (37MD) 2. Tyler Willard (777) 3. Rex King, Jr. (165) 4. Will Thomas III (9) 5. Jim Rasey (32) 6. Rick Regalski, Jr. (13) 7. Garrett Krummert (10s) 8. Rex King (65) 9. Eric Gabany (3E) 10. Dave Murdick (61) 11. Kevin Hoffman (00) 12. Chris Haines (35H) 13. Kyle Fink (66F) 14. Brad Rapp (11R) 15. Jim Weller, Jr. (31) 16. Lonny Riggs (Black 58) 17. Travis Shingledecker (73MD) 18. Steve Barr (25B) 19. Tom Holden (68H) 20. Tom Mattocks (69) 21. Rich Whitney (19W) 22. Tom Glenn (83T) 23. Max Smoker (516) 24. Shawn Fleeger (88) 25. Ziggy Kugel (83X) 26. Bob Warren (96B) 27. Colton Walters (18) 28. J.R. McGinley (66M) 29. Sid Unverzagt, Jr. (17JR)-DNS.

Bicknell RUSH Touring Series for the HTMA/Precise Racing Products Sportsman Modifieds (25 laps, $ 600 to-win): 1. CHAS WOLBERT (c3) 2. Steve Slater (29) 3. Rob Kristyak (00) 4. Garrett Krummert (10S) 5. Kole Holden (2) 6. Brandon Ritchey (17) 7. Josh Deems (9D) 8. Brian Schaffer (41) 9. Gary Haupt (16) 10. Brian Sadler (5) 11. Alan Dellinger (Williams 8) 12. Kyle Martell (8) 13. Chelsie Kriegisch (10) 14. Cameron Nastasi (615) 15. Blaze Myers (43JR) 16. Jessica Kriegisch (63) 17. Jordan Ehrenberg (JD57) 18. Pat Adams (39) 19. Brandon Michaud (132) 20. Jacob Jordan (28J) 21. Jeremy Weaver (35W) 22. Darin Gallagher (Slater 29S) 23. Rocky Kugel (83) 24. Tony Tatgenhorst (63T). DNQ: Josh Seippel (Myers 43X), Brian Foley, Jr. (Smith 3G), Michael Kristyak (404), Kevin Long (22), Jerry Schaffer (14), Amelia Clay (4S), Jason Hufnagel (048), Lexi Couch (51), Will Schaffer (4), Greg Porter (25), Todd Gabriel (33G), Preston Cope (24P), David Kalb, Jr. (11J), Ziggy Kugel (83X)-DSQ.

Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars (20 laps, $ 700 to-win): 1. CHRIS SCHNEIDER 2. Alan Dellinger (Bish 1B) 3. Mike Clark (7) 4. Chris McGuire (63) 5. Steve D’Apolito (84) 6. Paul Davis (3) 7. Tyler Thompson (T2) 8. Curt J. Bish (Tarr 29) 9. Jason Fosnaught (Tristani 73) 10. Noah Brunell (31) 11. Brian Carothers (02c) 12. Larry Kugel (Petsko 00) 13. Jason Jones (81) 14. Shaun Hooks (65) 15. Jim Fosnaught (20J) 16. Bobby Robinson (34R) 17. Jacob Billyk (4) 18. Rob Shook (Keihl 64) 19. Gil DeMello (22) 20. Jamie Scharba (11S) 21. Kevin Vanzandt (19V) 22. Michael Hudzik (31H) 23. Jamie Maxwell (6) 24. Kyle Couchenour (299)-DNS.

Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods (20 laps: 1. TY RHOADES (12R) 2. Jacob Eucker (64) 3. Steve Haefke (41) 4. Brandon Blackshear (10) 5. Dwayne Clay (007) 6. Mitchell Lam (12) 7. Kyle Miller (15) 8. Andy Buckley (Leamer 10) 9. Josh Mueller (01) 10. Brian Huchko (60) 11. Jim Clay (84) 12. Gary Robinson (44R) 13. Dustin Demattia (77D) 14. Rick Wilson, Jr. (35) 15. Brian Toto (8B) 16. Ed Roberts (6s) 17. Ray Gregory (82R) 18. Dan McEwen (44) 19. Mark Titus (25) 20. George Vestal IV (4) 21. Buzz Seitz (1) 22. Pat Drennan (Sirrine 22) 23. Brandon Fiedler (18)-DNS.

There will be NO racing over the upcoming Labor Day weekend. The 89th anniversary season will conclude on Friday and Saturday, September 7-8 for the annual “Apple Festival Nationals” featuring a wide array of divisions. More details are available at SharonSpeedway.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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The Mod Tour for big blocks to make final appearance of the year Saturday; RUSH Mod Tour & MFG Night along with Stocks & Econo Mods for their final night of points

By Mike Leone

August 22, 2018

(Hartford, OH)…After three successful “410” Sprint Car events in August, the month will wrap-up this Saturday night (August 25) with the final Menards “Super Series” event featuring The Mod Tour for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds. Also on the card will be the Bicknell Touring Series for the HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds in their “Manufacturers Night” along with the Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, and Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods in their final night of points. Saturday is Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Night and will also feature the Junior Sprints and power wheels races for kids. 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 were able to get in all three of their scheduled July appearances in. The first two 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 three-time track champion, Rex King, Jr. was victorious for $ 2,000 on July 21. King, Jr. then went back-to-back the following week capturing the non-sanctioned event.

King, Jr. also enters Saturday night at The Mod Tour points leader after sweeping the $ 4,000 July 20-21 weekend at Lernerville and Sharon. The youngest member of the racing King family has a 30-point lead on his father, Rex, who has a Tour victory this season at Stateline. Jim Rasey, Dave Murdick, Tyler Willard, Rick Regalski, Jr., Mike Maresca, Chris Haines, Kyle Fink, and J.R. McGinley complete the top 10 in points. Eric Rudolph is the only other driver other than King, Jr. to have two wins this season, while other winners include Mat Williamson, Jim Weller, Jr., and Maresca.

Saturday’s 35-lap feature will pay $ 2,000 to-win. For more information on The Mod Tour, check out their website at www.themodifiedtourinc.com. The Big-Block Modifieds will return for their final appearance of the season on Friday, September 7 in a non-sanctioned event paying $ 1,500 to-win.

After being rained out back on June 23, the Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series for the HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will take place on Saturday in their first of two appearances of the season. Saturday will feature Ohio Intra Express “Shock the Clock” Qualifying at 6:30 p.m. with the fastest in group qualifying receiving $ 100, which will set the heat race lineups ahead of the $ 600 to-win feature event. In addition, competing will be eligible for some $ 19,000 in prizes that will be given away randomly to racers as part of the Series’ “Manufacturers Night”.

Chas Wolbert enters Saturday night on fire winning three straight features and four overall on the season; however, it’s two-time winner, Garrett Krummert, leading the track points by just eight over one-time winner, Josh Deems. Wolbert is third in points with Kole Holden and Jeremy Weaver completing the top five. Last chance B mains have been run the last three weeks, and this year’s average car count has been over 25 per night. Meanwhile, Brandon Ritchey has a two-point lead on Krummert in the Bicknell Tour standings. Wolbert, Kyle Martell, and Justin Shea are third through fifth in those standings. For more on the RUSH Sportsman Modified Touring Series, check out their website at www.rushsportsmanmods.com.

After having last Saturday night off, the Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars return for their season championship event. 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 Stocks to complete five 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 four regular events saw outsiders Jason Fosnaught, Gordon, Rusty Martz, and Chris Schneider capture wins. That makes five different winners in six events. The top four drivers in points are still looking for their first win of the season. Chris McGuire has just a seven-point lead over Curt J. Bish, who took over runner-up in points following the last event. Four-time track champion, Steve D’Apolito, is third in the track standings, but is only one-point behind Bish. Three-time champion, Mike Clark, and Fosnaught are still mathematically alive for the title in fourth and fifth.

The Econo Mods round out the program in a final tune-up for the $ 750 to-win “Apple Festival Nationals” event in two weeks. After his fourth win of the season last Saturday night and problems for Ty Rhoades, Jacob Eucker has jumped up to a 17-point lead. Eucker has never won a Sharon title and he’ll have to fend off defending two-time Summit Racing Equipment champion Steve Haefke, who will be looking for his first win of the season. Rhoades is 23 points back in third. Brian Toto and Dustin Demattia, who is in his first season as Sharon regular, are fourth and fifth in the standings.

As a reminder on Saturday for the Stock Cars 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 held around 6 p.m. with group qualifying for the RUSH Sportsman Mods at 6:30 followed by heat races at 7 p.m.

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.

There will be no racing over Labor Day weekend. The 89th anniversary season will conclude on Friday and Saturday, September 7-8 with the “Apple Festival Nationals” featuring many of the region’s divisions. More details will be announced soon or check out SharonSpeedway.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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