RUSH Late Models return Saturday along with Big-Block Mods, RUSH Mods, Stocks, Econos & Minis

By Mike Leone

August 20, 2015

(Hartford, OH)…With great weather predicted, Sharon Speedway will look to complete its eighth straight event this Saturday (August 22) as the RUSH Late Models return for their next to last visit of the 86th anniversary season. Joining the Late Models will be the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Weller Hughes Developing & Contracting RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. The (E) Modifieds will have the night off. Heat races get underway at 7 p.m.

Saturday is Preston Ford Corporate Night. Kids bike races will be held during intermission. Helmets are required and kids must sign up with their parents prior to competing. The kitchen special is lasagna. All 50/50 raffle and beer proceeds will benefit the local food banks.

After getting rained out in their first three scheduled appearances this season, the RUSH Late Models did get their July 18 event in as two-time champion Will Thomas III beat David Scott’s sons, Wyatt and Kyle, who were amongst the 18-car field. Saturday is another Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC “Weekly Series” event for the Late Models. If 24 or more cars are present, Sharon will pay $ 1,000 to-win otherwise the weekly payoff from the past will be used. There is no longer a required Hoosier Crate Racin’ USA D55 on the right rear. 2013 track champion Dennis Lunger, Jr. along with inaugural 2011 champion, Josh Double, are expected to be in the field along with several other top racers like Alan Dellinger, Matt Latta, Bobby Whitling, and others. Thomas leads the all-time win list with 14 victories over Lunger’s 11.

Just two more nights of points remain for the weekly divisions. After the DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds had last Saturday off, they return this Saturday night. Rex King will try and maintain his 18-point lead over his son and defending champion, Rex King, Jr. The Kings have accounted for six victories this season with King, Jr. leading the way at four. Jim Weller, Jr., Ricky Richner, and Jim Rasey, who is looking for his first win in over four years, complete the top five in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply point standings.

Like their big brother, the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will also be back in action this Saturday after having August 15 off. Nick Ritchey put a halt Greg Martin’s three race win streak as he won his second Weller Hughes Developing & Contracting feature on August 8. Martin, of Wilson, NY, has a commanding 47-point lead on Ritchey, and if he can finish 14th or better in the feature the next two events he’ll win the title no matter what Ritchey does. Martin could clinch the title Saturday night if he wins both the heat race and feature. Kole Holden has a comfortable cushion for the third position in points, while fourth through seventh is very tight as just 20 points separate Chelsie Kriegisch, Michael Kristyak, Brandon Ritchey, and Kyle Martell.

Brian Carothers joined Mike Cark last Saturday as the only repeat winners in the highly competitive Stock Car division in 2015. Carothers has overtaken one-time winner, Mike Miller, for the second spot in the Gibson Insurance Agency points, but trails Clark by 38. Clark, of Bristolville, Ohio, has a pretty commanding 38-point lead in search of his third consecutive track championship. Miller has dropped to third in points over Brian Mulichak and Tony “Spaghetti” Bruno. After blowing up two open motors, 32-time winner and four-time track champion, Steve D’Apolito, is expected to have his GM 604 crate motor ready for competition Saturday.

Opening night winner Butch Lambert became just the third driver to score multiple wins last Saturday in the Econo Mods joining the top two HTMA/Precise Racing Products point drivers of Casey Bowers and Ryan Fraley. Both drivers have three wins, but Fraley leads by 22 points with two events remaining. Consistent Keith Felicetty has a pretty solid lock on the third position over Jamie Scharba and Wayne Daniels.

Bill Fuchs just missed out on his third feature win of the year after coming up just shy to Andy Proper’s second victory last Saturday in the Mini Stocks. Fuchs though of Greenville, Pa. can clinch his second straight and fourth Deforest Used Parts championship by simply finishing seventh or better in Saturday’s feature. Rookie Matt Rubright is 62 points behind Fuchs, but has a 25-point lead on Jamie Maxwell, who is still searching for his first career win. Jim Haefke, Jr. is a distant fourth in points over Michael DelliQuadri, who was second in points earlier in the year.

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 heat races are slated for 7. Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is just $ 10. As always, children under 13, parking, and camping is always FREE! Pit passes are $ 30. Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

Sharon will have another “Summer Jam & BBQ Series” next Friday night (August 28) 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.

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 Sprint Cars return Saturday for their final 2015 appearance along with Mods, Stocks, Econo Mods & Mini Stocks

By Mike Leone

August 11, 2015

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway will look to complete its seventh straight event this Saturday night (August 15) as the “410” Sprint Cars return for their third and final visit of the 86th anniversary season.  Joining the Sprints will be the Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks.  The DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds and RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will have the night off.  Heat races get underway at 7 p.m.

Saturday is Lincoln Electric Night.  All 50/50 and beer proceeds will benefit the local fire and EMS.  Saturday’s kitchen special is cabbage and mashed potatoes.

Coming off two successful All Star Circuit of Champions events in June and July for Ohio Speedweek and the “Lou Blaney Memorial” won by Dale Blaney and Sheldon Haudenschild, the “410” Sprint Cars will appear Saturday in a regular event paying $ 1,500 to-win, $ 200 to-start for the 25-lap feature.  If 24 or more cars are present, the payoff will increase to $ 2,000 to-win, $ 225 to-start.  The complete payoff is posted below.  The national “410” Hoosier Tire rule will be in effect.  Mufflers are not required.  Drivers will draw pills for the heat race line-ups with an invert up to eight for the feature lineup.

One of the top local Sprint Car drivers 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 in 2009 and 2010 and owns 12 career wins at the Hartford, Ohio oval.

Several other top local talent like defending Mercer Champion Eric Williams, recent two-time 2015 Lernerville winners A.J. Flick and Dan Kuriger, past Speedweek winner Brandon Matus and his father Brent, former Lernerville Champions Brandon Spithaler and Carl Bowser, Mercer winner Adam Kekich, and others are expected.

The Modified feature race last Saturday between Dan Davies and Mike Kinney was one of the best races of the season with Davies capturing his first career win at the track.  Kinney, the 2013 champion, has his sights set on his second track championship as he’s closed the gap to eight behind leader Will Thomas III in the Summit Racing Equipment standings.  Kinney is still looking for his season’s first win, while Thomas already has three checkered flags.  Dwayne Clay is third in points over Paul Davis and Joel Watson, who has fell 124 points back in fifth after missing last week due to building a new car.

Curt J. Bish invaded Sharon last Saturday night for just his second appearance of the season and won for the company he works for, SMS Technical Services’ corporate night.   Bish became the seventh different Stock Car winner in the eight events run this season.  Atop the standings is Mike Clark, the division’s only repeat winner.  Clark leads Mike Miller by 34 points in the Gibson Insurance Agency standings in hopes of his third straight title.  Third through fifth in points are Brian Carothers, Brian Mulichak, and Tony “Spaghetti” Bruno.  Sixth place point man, Gary Robinson, nearly became another winner back on August 1 before Clark made a late race pass for the win.  The Stock Car count has been higher this season than in recent years.

While the Econo Mod car count has been lower than usual this season, the racing up front has been tremendous.  In fact, each of the past three weeks at least four drivers have been in a pack battling for the win, side-by-side to the finish.  Steve Haefke ended a four-year winless drought picking up the victory and stopping Casey Bowers and Ryan Fraley from winning their fourth feature events.  Fraley leads Bowers by 22 as it appears those two will battle for their first HTMA/Precise Racing Products Championship.  Keith Felicetty has a very consistent career best season and is third in points over Jamie Scharba and Wayne Daniels.

Joe Campbell won his season’s first last Saturday in the Mini Stocks, but Bill Fuchs is well on his way to his third straight championship.  Fuchs leads the division with three victories and has the biggest point lead at the Speedway at 51 over rookie racer Matt Rubright in the Deforest Used Parts standings.  Jamie Maxwell moved up to third in points over Michael DelliQuadri, who missed last Saturday night.  Tim McAninch is fifth.  Fuchs is the only driver in the top seven in points that has won a feature this season!  Forty-four different Mini Stock drivers have participated this season.

“410” Sprint Car Payoff for less than 24 cars: 1. $ 1,500  2. $ 900  3. $ 725  4. $ 600  5. $ 550  6. $ 475  7. $ 425  8. $ 350  9. $ 325  10. $ 275  11. $ 250  12. $ 225  13-24. $ 200.  $ 100 NQ/Tow

“410” Sprint Car Payoff for 24 or more cars: 1. $ 2,000  2. $ 1,000  3. $ 725  4. $ 600  5. $ 550  6. $ 475  7. $ 425  8. $ 350  9. $ 325  10. $ 275  11. $ 250  12. $ 230  13-24. $ 225.  $ 100 NQ/Tow

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply will again award a pair of complimentary pit passes 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 heat races are slated for 7.  Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is just $ 10.  As always, children under 13, parking, and camping is always FREE!  Pit passes are $ 30.  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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$3000 to-win “Johnny Zdelar” Memorial” for Big-Block Mods highlights Saturday’s “Steel Valley Thunder” show

By Mike Leone

August 5, 2015                        

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway will look to continue its string of completing events since the beginning of July as great weather is forecasted for Saturday’s (August 8) second annual “Johnny Zdelar Memorial”. The “Steel Valley Thunder” event part of the 86th anniversary season will feature 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, and Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. Heat races get underway at 7 p.m.

Saturday is a corporate event for SMS Technical Services of Oil City, Pa. There will be power wheels races for kids at intermission. Saturday’s kitchen special is chicken wings. The beer and 50/50 raffle proceeds will benefit the Steve King Foundation for injured drivers. For more information, check out www.stevekingfoundation.org.

The DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds will be in the spotlight as they’ll race for $ 3,000 to-win in the second annual “Johnny Zdelar Memorial”. The 30-lap feature will offer a $ 1,000 payoff for second place and $ 750 going to third place. As always, if 24 or more cars are present, the entire purse will see an increase. Rex King has a 21-point lead on three-time winner, Rex King, Jr. in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply standings. Jim Weller, Jr., who won last year’s race, is getting hot winning the $ 2,000 “Lou Blaney Memorial” on July 11 and then won last Saturday night’s feature to move into third in points over one-time winner Ricky Richner and Jim Rasey.

Johnny Zdelar was a loving husband, dad, brother and son. Zdelar lost his life in a tragic automobile accident in November 2013. He spent most of his time working on his family’s farm. When he wasn’t planting soy bean or bailing hay he was attending Brookfield sporting events. He loved watching not only his kids play, but the rest of the Brookfield team succeed. Zdelar spent almost 30 years of his life at the race track; 20 of those years he was crew chief for King Brothers. He loved every minute at the race track. He was a person that could hold a conversation with anyone for even two seconds and that person would just fall in love with his personality, and he would consider them a friend. Johnny has been given the name “Heaven’s Pit Crew Chief”!

Will Thomas III is four weeks away from an improbable championship in the Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds. The Sharpsville, Pa. driver extended his point lead to 17 over Mike Kinney by winning last Saturday’s feature for his third victory of the season. Thomas is in his first year of open wheel racing after moving from asphalt Late Models to the RUSH Late Models where he won two of the last three titles. Third through fifth in points are Dwayne Clay, two-time winner Joel Watson, and veteran Paul Davis in his first full year in the division.

Greg Martin had to start 12th last Saturday night after winning two straight RUSH Sportsman Modified feature. That didn’t stop Martin from his track leading sixth victory of 2015. Martin will now find himself starting last in this Saturday’s 15-lap Weller Hughes Developing & Contracting feature. The Wilson, New York driver has opened up a 50-point lead on Nick Ritchey, a one-time winner and the Bicknell Weekly Series point leader. Kole Holden, the current Bicknell “Futures Cup” point leader, one-time winner Rocky Kugel, and Chelsie Kriegisch are currently third through fifth in points.

Mike Clark became the Stock Car division’s first repeat winner last Saturday night, although it wasn’t an easy one as he stole a first win away from Gary Robinson and third place point man Brian Carothers with a late race pass. The Bristolville, Ohio driver sits atop the Gibson Insurance Agency standings now by 33 over Mike Miller in search of his third straight championship. Brian Mulichak is having his best career season in fourth, while Tony “Spaghetti” Bruno has moved into the fifth place in points.

Casey Bowers tied Ryan Fraley at three for the Econo Mod’s top winner; however, motor problems for Bowers the week prior has allowed Fraley to lead the HTMA/Precise Racing Products points by 24. It doesn’t appear Keith Felicetty will be able to challenge for the title, but he is in the midst of his career best season sitting in third comfortably ahead of Jamie Scharba and Wayne Daniels.

Bill Fuchs put an end to any outsiders coming in and winning a Mini Stock feature with his division-leading third victory last Saturday night. The Greenville, Pa. ace looks pretty much unstoppable for his third Deforest Used Parts title as he has a 40-point lead with four nights to go. Rookie Matt Rubright has moved up to second in points following his second third place finish of the season. Michael DelliQuadri, who is in his first full season, is third in points over Jamie Maxwell and Joe Keney.

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 heat races are slated for 7. Pit passes are $ 30. Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 10. 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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