August kicks off Saturday with “Steel Valley Thunder” weekly racing as part of the “Bill Kirila Memorial”

By Mike Leone

July 30, 2015

(Hartford, OH)…As the calendar flips to August, Sharon Speedway will kick-off the final full month of racing during the 2015 season on Saturday night with the running of the “Bill Kirila Memorial” presented by Thompson Fabricating of Wheatland, Pa. 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.

Mr. Kirila was one of the owners of Sharon along his brother Ron and 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.

Saturday’s 50/50 and beer proceeds will benefit St. Jude. Saturday’s kitchen special is a pierogi casserole.

With Rex King’s second victory of the season and mechanical problems for Rex, Jr., the elder King has opened up a 12-point lead in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modified standings. “Cooter” won three of the first four races, but has been shutout of victory lane in the last four and has seen his point lead go away. One-time winner, Ricky Richner, has worked his way into the third spot in the standings over Jim Rasey, who is trying to end his winless drought. Jim Weller, Jr. is fifth.

Two-time RUSH Late Model Champion, Will Thomas III, is one week closer to capturing the Summit Racing Equipment Modified crown in his first season in the open wheel cars. The two-time winner has a 12-point lead over the consistent Mike Kinney. Dwayne Clay is third as he searches for his season’s first win and first ever Mod title. Last Saturday, Joel Watson won for the second time this season. Watson is currently fourth in the standings over veteran Paul Davis, who is in his in his first season of concentrating solely on the Mod.

For the second time this season, Greg Martin has won back-to-back features in the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. That means Martin’s bid for three straight wins will be a little tougher as he can start no better than 12th in Saturday’s feature. The Wilson, New York ace, who makes the three and half hour tow down to Sharon every week, has opened up a 32-point lead in the Weller Hugh Developing & Contracting standings on one-time winner Nick Ritchey. Ritchey is the Bicknell Racing Products RUSH Weekly Series point leader, which pays $ 3,000 to-win down 15 spots. Kole Holden, the Series’ “Futures Cup” point leader, is third in Sharon’s points. Rocky Kugel, who missed last Saturday night, dropped to fourth over Chelsie Kriegisch.

Mike Clark continues to lead the Stock Car points. The Bristolville, Ohio driver has just one win this year but leads last week’s first career winner, Mike Miller, by 16 in the Gibson Insurance Agency standings. Brian Carothers, also a one-time winner, is third in points. Brian Mulichak is having his best career season as he’s fourth in points searching for his first ever win. Charlie Jasinski missed last Saturday and dropped to fifth. There has yet to be a repeat Stock Car winner this season!

The combination of his division-leading third victory and engine woes for Casey Bowers has allowed Ryan Fraley to extend to a 31-point lead in the HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods. The Fowler, Ohio driver is in search of his first ever track championship. The consistent Keith Felicetty is third in points as he along with Brian Foley, Jr. and Wayne Daniels are all having their best career year.

Ever since point leader Bill Fuchs won his second of the season back on May 31, there’s been five new winners in the Mini Stocks! Fuchs though looks primed to win his third Deforest Used Parts track championship as he leads Michael DelliQuadri, who is in his first full season of racing, by 34 points. Rookie Matt Rubright 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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FREE “Fan Appreciation Night”, autographs & a return to heat races Saturday; “Summer Jam & BBQ Series” on Friday

By Mike Leone

July 21, 2015

(Hartford, OH)…A big weekend is in store at Sharon Speedway beginning on Friday night (July 24) with the “Summer Jam & BBQ Series III” followed up by FREE “Fan Appreciation Night” presented by University Hospital on Saturday night featuring 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 Action gets underway at 7 p.m.

Friday’s entertainment will include the “The Next Doors”- a Doors Tribute Band at 7 p.m. followed up by the main act, “Ball & Chain” – a Janis Joplin Tribute Band at 9. Gates open at 6 p.m. 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.

Saturday’s third annual FREE “Fan Appreciation Night” will allow everyone to attend the races free of charge in the grandstands for general admission! In addition, there will be a Gold Rush for the kids behind the grandstands at 6:30 p.m. and an on-track autograph session with all the drivers and their cars during intermission. A meet and green with Princess Anna and Queen Tesla will be available for $ 5 that includes a photo and an autograph at 7:30. The 50/50 and beer proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Charity.

We will be utilizing the former heat race format for all divisions instead of group qualifying that we have been experimenting with throughout regular events in 2015. Feature laps will revert to last year’s totals for all divisions. There continues to be no annual registration fee. We continue to encourage fans and racers to offer feedback. Feel free to e-mail dave@sharonspeedway.com or call the office at 330-772-5481.

It’s looking like the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Championship is going to come down to Rex King and his son Rex, Jr. Rex, Jr., who has three feature wins, leads his father and one-time winner by just three points! The Kings opened up the season winning the first four events, but have been shutout of victory lane at the last three races as Brian Swartzlander, Jim Weller, Jr., and Ricky Richner have been victorious. Richner, Jim Rasey, and Weller are currently third through fifth in points.

Two-time RUSH Late Model Champion, Will Thomas III, currently sits atop the Summit Racing Equipment Modified standings. The Sharpsville, Pa. racer, who won Saturday’s RUSH Late Model feature, is in his first year of running open wheel cars and leads the way by 15 points over former champion Mike Kinney. Dwayne Clay and Joel Watson are third in fourth in points, while fifth is a tie between Bruce Powell and Paul Davis.

With the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds in their first year of running weekly, Greg Martin is on track to become the inaugural champion. On Saturday night, the Wilson, New York driver made a late race pass of one-time winner, Rocky Kugel, for his season’s fourth win. Nick Ritchey, another one-time winner, sits second in the Weller Hughes Contracting & Developing points 30 behind Martin. Kugel, Kole Holden, and Chelsie Kriegisch complete the top five.

The Stock Cars have raced five times in 2015 with five different winners! Rusty Moore became the newest last Saturday as the New Castle, Pa. racer captured his first ever win in the division at the track to go along with a Mod win back in 1998. Defending two-time champion, Mike Clark, is one of those winners as he leads the way by 18 over Mike Miller in his bid for three straight Gibson Insurance Agency championships! One-time winner, Brian Carothers, is third over Brian Mulichak and veteran Charlie Jasinski.

Casey Bowers and Ryan Fraley have separated themselves from the pack in the Econo Mods as the drivers to beat. Fraley won his second feature of the season last Saturday night to close within one-point of 16-year-old Bowers, who also has a pair of wins in the HTMA/Precise Racing Products-sponsored division. Keith Felicetty and Brian Foley, Jr. are third and fourth in points looking for their first career wins. Jamie Scharba is fifth.

For each of the last four Mini Stock events, new drivers have invaded and left victorious. It started with Doug Hensel followed by Andy Proper, Casey Butler, and most recently Brian Felmlee. Through it all, the division’s all-time winner and defending two-time champion, Bill Fuchs, continues to lead the Deforest Used Parts points. The Greenville, Pa. driver has opened up a 31-point lead over Michael DelliQuadri, who is in his first full season of racing. Matt Rubright, Jamie Maxwell, and Joe Keney are third through fifth in the standings looking for their first career wins.

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. 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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“Steel Valley Thunder” weekly racing returns Saturday plus RUSH Late Models on Twin-State Night

By Mike Leone

July 14, 2015

(Hartford, OH)…After successful events including Ohio Speedweek, truck and tractor pulls, and the “Lou Blaney Memorial” the last three shows, Sharon Speedway looks forward to returning to weekly “Steel Valley Thunder” racing this Saturday night (July 18). On the card are 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.

Due to rain and recent special events, the last completed “Steel Valley Thunder” weekly program was nearly a month ago on June 20. Saturday’s promotion is Twin-State Auto Racing Club Night with FREE grandstand admission or half-off pit admission for card-carrying club members. Also, power wheels races for kids will be held at intermission. Saturday’s kitchen special is meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and vegetable. The 50/50 and beer proceeds will benefit the Liberty Schools Backpack Program.

After getting rained out in their first three scheduled appearances, the RUSH Late Models are hoping the fourth 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.

After the Kings won the first four DIRTcar Big-Block Modified racers, Brian Swartzlander and Jim Weller, Jr. have been the two to end their run. King, Jr. got off to a fast start winning three of the first four features and was leading last Saturday’s “Lou Blaney Memorial” until Weller got by late in the race for the $ 2,000 win. King, Jr. leads his father and one-time winner by just four points. Ricky Richner, Jim Rasey, and Weller are currently third through fifth in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply points.

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.

On June 20, 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, who won his first career feature last Sunday at Sportsman’s Speedway, 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 the last time the Stock Cars ran on June 20. 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 on June 20. 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 the Tuesday, June 23 $ 300 to-win special with Ohio Sprint Speedweek.

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.

Don’t forget coming up on Saturday, July 25 is the rescheduled FREE “Fan Appreciation Night” with drivers autographs!

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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