Weller wins 5th of yr in King Mem for BRP Mods; Schneider & Blackshear sweep weekend in Stocks & Econos; Dixon & Martin win #4 in Mods & RUSH Sportsman; #8 for Creech in Minis

By Mike Leone

September 13, 2014

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway wrapped up the “Apple Festival Nationals” Saturday with night two of the annual affair on another October-like night. Celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Jim Weller, Jr.-BRP Big-Block Modified Tour, Chris Schneider-Homak Penn-Ohio Stock Car Series, Steve Dixon-Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Brandon Blackshear-HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, Greg Martin-Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Travis Creech-Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. The pits were packed with 126 cars as there have now been at least 111 cars for each of the past five weeks with an average of 135 cars per night!

It’s been quite a season for veteran racer Jim Weller, Jr., and on Saturday night it got even better. Weller out-dueled Jeremiah Shingledecker to win the 35-lap BRP Tour event for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds presented by King Bros. Redi Mix. The $ 2,000 victory was the Hubbard, Ohio driver’s third straight and came in the “Russ King Memorial”- his third victory in the event. His 31st career Sharon Big-Block Modified victory matched his car number. Weller’s last two wins have come in memorial events as he also won the $ 3,000 “Johnny Zdelar Memorial” on August 16!

Newcomer and New York invader Chris Hile led the opening lap before Shingledecker took charge on lap two. Weller moved into second on lap nine after a battle with Hile. Dave Murdick, who was contending for the BRP title, had a major setback when he collided with Brad Rapp on lap 17 racing for the fifth position. Murdick hit the infield tire and spun ending his night. Murdick was awarded the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply hard luck and will receive two complimentary pit passes for next Saturday.

When racing resumed, Weller and Shingledecker went at it swapping the lead. Weller would get by for good on lap 20 and then pulled away to win by 3.463 seconds in the Zip Motorsports-owned, Liberty Steel Products-sponsored #31. It was Weller’s 37th overall win at Sharon in his career. Shingledecker’s second matched his season’s best finish from April 26. New York invaders Chad Brachmann and Justin Wright were third and fourth. It was Brachmann’s first Sharon start of the season, while Wright seems to have taken a liking to Sharon as he finished second back on August 9.

Jim Rasey was fifth over Rex King, Jr., who unofficially claimed the BRP title. Hile, Ricky Richner, Rex King, and Rapp completed the top 10. Weller also set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 16.255 and earned $ 165 from King Sanitary Services over Tom Glenn, who earned $ 50 from C.T. Wolbert Trucking. Heat winners were King, Glenn, and King, Jr. over the 28-car field.

Chris Schneider capped off a career best weekend as he completed a $ 3,000 sweep of both nights of the Homak Penn-Ohio Stock Car Series Gibson Insurance Agency feature events. Schneider also unofficially captured the inaugural $ 3,000 championship making it a $ 6,000 weekend for the Springdale, Pa. veteran Stock Car racer! Series director Shaun Hooks raised an additional $ 2,450 for the weekend’s events from various sponsors, which was added to both nights’ feature purses that were originally to pay $ 700 to-win Friday night and $ 1,000 Saturday night.

Shaun Fawcett led the first nine laps before Bob McCann grabbed the lead on lap 10. The lead was short lived though as Schneider took over for the second straight night from McCann one lap later. Schneider then survived numerous cautions to beat McCann by just 0.981 at the finish in his #55. It was also a great weekend for the 64-year-old McCann, who turned in two runner-up finishes. Shane Applebee was a Sharon career best third over Ed Bolyard II and Chris Withers.

Completing the top 10 were Rusty Moore, Bob Schwartzmiller, Ryan Newman, Brett McDonald, and Bryan Wagner. Brian Carothers, Fawcett, and McCann won the heat races over the 27-car field. Jesse Brock was the lucky winner of the $ 1800 toolbox from Series sponsor Homak.

After losing a motor the night before, track point leader Steve Dixon returned to prominence in the Modifieds. The Smethport, Pa. driver held off Gary Eicher for the final 29 laps of the 30-lap Summit Racing Equipment feature for his season’s fourth win worth $ 1,000.

The 34-year-old driver’s sixth career win came in the Tim Engles-owned, Engles Trucking/Backyard Bodies/Close Racing Supply-sponsored #68 by just 0.724 of a second over Eicher. Like McCann in the Stock Cars, Eicher also completed a great weekend with a pair of runner-up finishes in his first starts of 2014 at the Speedway. Scott Stiffler was third. After breaking in warm-ups on Friday night, Dan Davies came back on Saturday night to finish fourth over Russ Dunn.

Rounding out the top 10 were Jacob Eucker, Bruce Powell, Jeff Johnson, Mike Kinney, and Clayton Kennedy. Friday night’s winner Joel Watson started the night off good setting fast time with a lap of 16.997 to earn a $ 50 gift certificate from Wedge Motorsports; however, his shot at the weekend sweep ended when he broke on lap four of the feature.

After a slow start and somewhat of a mid-season slump, Brandon Blackshear has turned up the heat in the Econo Mods. The Brookfield, Ohio racer completed the weekend sweep of the HTMA/Precise Racing Products-sponsored division for his third win in the past four events. Blackshear’s division-leading fifth win of the season was worth $ 500- the most of the season.

The two Joshs of Josh Mueller and Josh Ferry led the laps early before Blackshear took over from Ferry on lap 13 following a restart for a flat tire by point leader Jeremy Double. Blackshear though would have to hold off the Raceway 7 champion for the final 12 laps in his Tubs Automotive/Clay Bros. Trucking/Deforest Used Parts/Intense Fabricating/Blackshear Racing Engines-sponsored #10. Blackshear all-time division-leading 16th career win came by just 0.917 of a second over Ferry, who had a great weekend with two top three finishes. The icing on the cake for Ferry then was when he was selected for two complimentary pit passes for next Saturday compliments of Hovis Auto & Truck Supply!

Casey Bowers, who continues to search for his first win since sweeping the 2012 “Apple Festival Nationals” was third ahead of Ryan Fraley, who set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 17.881 to earn a $ 50 gift certificate from Wedge Motorsports. Alan Atkinson was fifth. Keith Felicetty was the highest eligible GM 602 crate engine and earned the $ 50 gift certificate from Sweeney/Pace Performance for the second straight night.

Greg Martin has sure taken a liking to Sharon Speedway. The Wilson, New York driver won for the third time in the past four races and fifth time of the year in just seven tries in the new RUSH Sportsman Modified division. Martin’s sixth win overall on the circuit propelled him into the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Weekly Series point lead for the first time since early in the season.

After coming up just shy on Friday night in second from the 10th starting spot, Martin dominated Saturday’s feature. Martin took control from Jeremy Zufall on lap three and drove off to win by 3.805 seconds over Zufall in his Jeffrey Machine/NYDKS Go-Kart Series/Atwell Eye Care/Foster Tire/Triple-D Towing/Regional Haulage-sponsored #4. It was the division’s third straight non-stop feature and was timed in a record 4:37.352. Martin also set a new one-lap track record in his heat race with a lap of 17.360!

Friday night’s winner Adam Hilton was third. Larry Kugel was fourth for the second straight night. Chad Reitz rounded out the top five subbing for Andy Paden. Mod Lite driver Josh Deems was the latest driver to join the growing division as he finished eighth in his first ever race in a full-size car.

In a reversal of Friday night’s top two Mini Stock feature finish, division kingpin Travis Creech beat Wayne County Speedway invader Doug Hensel. It was the Niles, Ohio driver’s track-leading eighth victory of the season and came in the $ 200 to-win 12-lap Deforest Used Parts feature.

Creech has now won two of the last three features after going over two months without a win. Creech has more than doubled last year’s six-win total in his rookie season as he’s quickly climbed the all-time win list chart with 14 career victories in his Elite Coleman/JLB Trucking-sponsored #75T. Pete Blazczak was third over Adam Reseigh, who was competing in his first ever Sharon races this weekend, and Tyler Fulton. Twenty cars were on hand as there has now been at least 19 cars in the last five events with an average of nearly 23 cars after counts in the low to mid-teens for much of the season.

BRP Tour “Russ King Memorial” Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds (35 laps, $ 2,000 to-win): 1. JIM WELLER, JR. (31) 2. Jeremiah Shingledecker (37MD) 3. Chad Brachmann (3) 4. Justin Wright (19W) 5. Jim Rasey (32) 6. Rex King, Jr. (165) 7. Chris Hile (5H) 8. Ricky Richner (26) 9. Rex King (65) 10. Brad Rapp (11R) 11. Jimmy Weller III (23) 12. Kevin Hoffman (00) 13. Katelyn Kane (5K) 14. Kyle Fink (66F) 15. Rodney Beltz (64) 16. Mark Frankhouser (03) 17. Carl Murdick (6) 18. Bob Warren (96B) 19. Shawn Fleeger (88) 20. Steve Barr (25B) 21. Shawn Kozar (3K) 22. Tom Mattocks (69) 23. Tom Glenn (83T) 24. Rick Regalski, Jr. (13) 25. Dave Murdick (61) 26. Dave Reges (27R) 27. Chris Haines (35H)-DNS 28. Justin Rasey (21)-DNS.

Homak Penn-Ohio Stock Car Series (25 laps, $ 1,500 to-win): 1. CHRIS SCHNEIDER (55) 2. Bob McCann (USA1) 3. Shane Applebee (419) 4. Ed Bolyard II (Patrick 05) 5. Chris Withers (21W) 6. Rusty Moore (17M) 7. Bob Schwartzmiller (28s) 8. Ryan Newman (12) 9. Brett McDonald (25) 10. Bryan Wagner (56) 11. Tim Burns (66) 12. Gary Robinson (44R) 13. Jeff Broniszewski (08) 14. Shaun Fawcett (224) 15. Rusty Martz (16M) 16. Shaun Hooks (68) 17. Steve Burns, Jr. (67J) 18. Dan Fedorchak (Bruno x7) 19. Jesse Brock (22B) 20. Brian Carothers (02c) 21. Bobby Heim (92) 22. Jamie Scharba (Kerr 25K) 23. Mike Clark (7) 24. Curt Bish (29) 25. Dan McEwen (44) 26. Dave Myers (Burns 70B)-DNS 27. Mark Hopkins (69H)-DNS.

Summit Racing Equipment (E) Modifieds (30 laps, $ 1,000 to-win): 1. STEVE DIXON (Engles 68) 2. Gary Eicher (14) 3. Scott Stiffler (14) 4. Dan Davies (71D) 5. Russ Dunn (White 53) 6. Jacob Eucker (64) 7. Bruce Powell (35) 8. Jeff Johnson (27) 9. Mike Kinney (3) 10. Clayton Kennedy (9) 11. Michael McGee (11M) 12. Steve Rex (27R) 13. Carl McKinney (Hendrickson 6M) 14. Paul Davis (3D) 15. Jamie Duncan (67J) 16. Shawn Shingledecker (54s) 17. Amanda Stiffler (14A) 18. Jeff Hassay (10) 19. John Boyd (1B) 20. Brian Douglas (214) 21. John Boardman (79.2) 22. Mike Potosky (M20) 23. Dwayne Clay (007) 24. Joe Gabrielson (58) 25. Joel Watson (92).

HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods (25 laps, $ 500 to-win): 1. BRANDON BLACKSHEAR (10) 2. JOSH FERRY (33) 3. Casey Bowers (20) 4. Ryan Fraley (12) 5. Alan Atkinson (32) 6. Ty Rhoades (12R) 7. Butch Lambert (Hendrickson 19) 8. Mike Hillman (29) 9. George Vestal IV (4) 10. Todd Canter (Mechling 89) 11. Keith Felicetty (98) 12. Bob Burk (12C) 13. Kevin Sergeff (17s) 14. Adam Babcock (67) 15. Jeremy Double (83) 16. Josh Mueller (01).

Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modifieds (15 laps): 1. GREG MARTIN (4) 2. Jeremy Zufall (20) 3. Adam Hilton (3A) 4. Larry Kugel (0) 5. Chad Reitz (Paden 24) 6. Ken Moy, Jr. (34) 7. Chelsie Kriegisch (Schaffer 4c) 8. Josh Deems (9D) 9. Michael Kristyak (404) 10. Will Schaffer (4W).

Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks (12 laps, $ 200 to-win): 1. TRAVIS CREECH (75T) 2. Doug Hensel (18) 3. Pete Blazczak (77) 4. Adam Reseigh (2) 5. Tyler Fulton (09) 6. Michael Delliquadri (8) 7. Shane Smith (299) 8. Jeff Hughes (22) 9. Adam Kerr (55K) 10. Scott Gill (11) 11. Jim Haefke, Jr. 12. Logan Keney (16) 13. Casey Harmon (09) 14. Brian McGarvie (60) 15. Ray Kennedy (18) 16. Rick Wilson, Jr. (55) 17. Steve Walker II (4M) 18. Geof Pinch (36)-DNS 19. Pat Drennan (Sirrine 24)-DNS 20. Leea Coryea (00C)-DNS.

Sharon Speedway will be back in action this Saturday, September 20 for “Steel Valley Thunder” featuring the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Barris Supply RUSH Late Models, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. Also, there will be races for Side-by-Sides. Helmets are required; no passengers. Pits open at 4 p.m. Grandstands open at 5 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m.

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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Rex King Jr holds off father for 6th Big-Block Mod win; #4 for Dellinger & Double in RUSH LM & Econos; Kinney charges to 3rd Mod win; Davis & Creech keep winning in Stocks & Minis

By Mike Leone

September 20, 2014

(Hartford, OH)…After a successful two-day “Apple Festival Nationals” on September 12-13, Sharon Speedway was back in action on a beautiful Saturday night for the first “Steel Valley Thunder” weekly program since August 23. For the sixth straight night, over 100 race cars filled the pit area in the next to last program of the 85th anniversary season.

Celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Rex King, Jr.-Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Alan Dellinger-Barris Supply RUSH Late Models, Mike Kinney-Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Paul Davis-Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Jeremy Double-HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, Travis Creech-Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks, and Brian Hardman-UTV Side-by-Sides.

It’s been a dream season for Rex King, Jr. The second generation racer already captured the Lernerville Speedway and BRP Modified Tour championships, and on Saturday night took one step closer to the sweep. King, Jr. led all 20 laps of the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modified feature holding off his father for his division-leading sixth victory of the season.

“I saw the scoreboard and I knew he (King, Sr.) wasn’t going to pass me on the bottom,” explained the 23-year-old Bristolville, Ohio driver. “I knew the top was going to be it so I kept drifting up out of the corners so he couldn’t get me. Hopefully we can end the season good next week. I have thank all of my sponsors, the fans for coming out, and and my crew along with Johnny (Zdelar), who is with us upstairs. I have to dedicate this one to Stan Hover, Sr. who passed away. He was man I looked up to growing up in the racing world.”

King, Jr. used to the outside to power around pole-sitter Ricky Richner on the start, while Jim Rasey followed in second past Richner on lap three. The first caution slowed action with six laps scored when Brad Rapp slowed on the frontstretch. When racing resumed, seventh starting Jim Weller, Jr. moved into contention passing Richner on the bottom of turn four for third.

Rasey’s solid run ended when he slowed with a shower of sparks and driveline issues as he brought out the second caution with nine laps scored. Rasey was awarded two complimentary pit passes for next Saturday night from Hovis Auto & Truck Supply for the hard luck distinction. This moved Weller to second, who was looking for his fourth straight victory.

The elder King started in eighth and was moving forward. King drove around Richner in turns one and two for third on lap 12 then got a much needed caution with 13 laps completed when Rodney Beltz lost a wheel. Back under green, King used the outside to power past Weller for second. The remaining seven laps was a father-son duel, but it was “Cooter” holding on by just 0.376 of a second in the KMB Inc.-owned, Jim Brown Seed Sales/Bristol Disposal/Reese Services/Professional Heating Systems/Jet Inc/Cedar Steel/Mahan Welding & Fab/Schaeffer Oil/Cintas Uniform/Cleer Excavation-sponsored #165.

Weller was third over Richner. Jeremiah Shingledecker came from 12th to finish fifth and earned the hard charger- worth a free tire from Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic. Completing the top 10 were Jimmy Weller III, Kevin Hoffman from 13th, Tom Glenn, Bob Warren, and Tom Mattocks. Heat winners over the 18-car field were King, Jr. and Richner.

Alan Dellinger won the season opening event for the Barris Supply RUSH Late Models, but then was shutout of victory lane for three and half months; however, since then Dellinger has gone on a roll winning for the third time in the past five events to go along with a pair of runner-up finishes! Dellinger’s fourth victory of the season tied him for tops in the division with the last two years’ champions, Will Thomas III and Dennis Lunger, Jr. Dellinger stole a career first win away from race-long leader Ben Black in the final laps of the event.

“All you can do is just drive in there and when they slide up in the corner you let them know you’re there and hopefully if something happens you can get them,” explained the 50-year-old Hermitage, Pa. driver, who is on the $ 135 Bilstein “sealed” spec shocks. “He (Black) spun his tires coming off turn four and I drove up alongside of him and that’s what it takes. I’d like to say I hated to pass him, but not really! I’d like to see this as the shocks you have to run- it just saves everyone a bunch of money. They work just fine and we’re doing a good job.”

After a caution on the opening lap for Bobby Pifer III and Lon Emerick, the race went green-to-checkered. Black took off in the early lead over Bob Diver, Bobby Whitling, Eric Andrus, and sixth starting Dellinger. On lap two, Dellinger passed Andrus four fourth then closed in on Whitling on lap four.

Meanwhile up front, Black had his hands full with Diver as Diver really applied pressure on lap seven. Dellinger continued to move forward as he slipped under Whitling for third on lap eight. Three laps later he was battling Diver for second. The two raced side-by-side on lap 11 with Dellinger making the pass in turns three and four.

Dellinger then ran down Black and was on the leader on lap 15. Dellinger pulled alongside on laps 16 and 17 and made the winning pass with an inside move in turn four to lead the 17th circuit. Dellinger quickly pulled away, while Diver and eighth starting Thomas took second and third in the closing laps from Black. Dellinger took the checkered flag first by a margin of 1.946 seconds in the unsponsored Bob-Williams-owned #8 for his fifth career Sharon Crate Late Model win and amazing 164th overall at the Hartford, Ohio oval.

Diver, whose car won last Friday’s Sweeney Tour event driven by Russell King, was a personal season best second. Thomas’ third place finish clinched his second division title in the past three seasons. Black dropped to fourth for his best finish of the season. Whitling was fifth as Andrus, Josh Double, Bryan Salisbury, Jamie Wrightsman, and W.L. Stile completed the top 10. Heat winners over the 17-car field were Thomas and Lunger.

With point leader Steve Dixon starting on the pole and top winner Joel Watson not in competition, most figured Dixon’s #68 would be tough to beat in the Modifieds, but defending champion Mike Kinney had other ideas. Despite starting ninth, Kinney worked his way to the front and passed Dixon to win his third 20-lap Summit Racing Equipment-sponsored feature.

“All my family is here tonight- I wanted to win this bad,” expressed the happy 40-year-old Ashtabula, Ohio winner. “I snuck underneath Dixon and I think he was a little surprised too. I love racing against him. He’s always good. I have to thank Dave (Willoughby) and his crew. I was a little worried about the track in the heat race, but man it came alive in the feature- job well done! I have to thank my family for coming out, all my sponsors, and my crew- they’re awesome!”

Dixon took off in the lead and after two early cautions, pulled away at the halfway point while the battle was on for second with Paul Davis trying to hold off seventh starting Carl McKinney and Kinney. A caution for a spin by Amanda Stiffler with 12 laps scored was just what Kinney needed. On the ensuing restart, Kinney passed McKinney for third before a caution for a spin by Jeff Johnson. Under caution, Davis exited handing second to Kinney.

When green replaced yellow, Dixon jumped the cushion in turns one and two allowing Kinney to make the winning pass. Kinney would survive one more restart as his seventh career win came by 0.979 of a second in his FliNbiU Graphics/Watson Fabrication/TJ Racing Transmission/Close Racing Supply/Handi4u Home Improvements/Inter Group-sponsored #3.

Scott Stiffler, who started 14th, was able to pass Dixon on lap 16 to finish second and earned the $ 25 gift certificate from Summit Racing Equipment. Dixon dropped to third over McKinney and Russ Dunn. Sixth through 10th were Jacob Eucker, 19th starting Dwayne Clay, Clayton Kennedy, Mike Potosky, and Joe Gabrielson. Heat victors over the 20-car field were Potosky and Dunn.

Paul Davis won a wild 15-lap Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Car feature for his division-leading fifth of the season. Davis passed race-long leader Steve Burns, Jr. coming down for the white flag and held him off in the final lap to take over the point lead from Mike Clark with one event remaining.

“He (Burns) was getting loose the last couple laps and I figured one lap to go you might as well hang it out and see what happens,” stated the 54-year-old Fowler, Ohio veteran. “I wanted to race Mike (Clark) for the championship. I felt really bad he got wrecked down there. That’s not the way I wanted it to go.”

Third starting Burns made quite a move to slip under Charlie Jasinski and Mike Clark in turn one to lead the opening lap. Four cautions slowed action on laps three and four, one involving Mike Clark, who entered the night as the point leader. Davis started sixth and passed Jeff Broniszewski for second on lap eight. Burns’ car continued to get looser as the laps wore on as Davis closed in on lap 11. Davis was on the leader on lap 12 and two laps later drove around Burns to lead lap 14 with the white flag waving.

Davis held off a final last lap charge by Burns to win his 17th career feature in the Stock Cars and 20th overall at the Speedway in his Hover Racing/GCM Enterprises/Don Williams Excavating/Advance Auto Parts/Tub’s Automotive-sponsored #3 by 0.409 of a second. Burns brought the Jamie Duncan #67J home a season best second. Broniszewski was third over Jasinski. Twelfth starting Mark Hopkins was a season best fifth and earned a $ 25 gift certificate from Summit Racing Equipment for being the hard charger. Jamie Scharba and Burns won the heat races.

In the best race of the night, defending champion Jeremy Double charged from the ninth starting spot to pass both Casey Bowers and Josh Mueller on the final lap for his fourth win of the season in the 15-lap HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods. Double stole a potential career first win away from Mueller to clinch his second straight championship.

“There was a big cushion up there and that’s where they weren’t- you can’t pass them following them,” explained the 18-year-old Bristolville, Ohio driver. “Casey (Bowers) kept showing him (Mueller) his nose on the bottom so I’m guessing that’s where he thought it was fast. Coming through the pack, you can run different lines and you know what will work and what won’t work. When you get out front you don’t always know where someone else is running.”

Butch Lambert led the first six laps before the event’s first and only caution when Haley Lapcevich went up in smoke on the frontstretch. Much like Dixon in the Mods, Lambert jumped the cushion on the restart allowing Mueller and Bowers by for the top two spots. Double moved into third past Lambert on lap 11.

Mueller and Bowers battled side-by-side for the lead on lap 13, while Double closed in. Bowers was trying to end a winless drought that dated back over two years to the 2012 “Apple Festival Nationals” when he swept both nights in his first two starts at the Speedway. On the final lap, Bowers tried to get under Mueller in turn one, while Double went to the outside and drove around both for the winning pass.

Double took the checkered flag first by 0.362 of a second over Bowers, who got by Mueller for second. Double also earned the $ 25 gift certificate from Summit Racing Equipment for being the race’s hard charger. His 13th career win came in his Cortland Auto Repair/Wedge Motorsports/Thomas Heating & Cooling/King Bros/Russ King Racing/Mahan Welding & Fab/Pioneer Sports & Supply-sponsored #83.

Early leaders Mueller and Lambert dropped to third and fourth respectively at the finish. Josh Ferry was fifth. Keith Felicetty finished 12th and earned a $ 50 gift certificate from Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC/Pace Performance for being the highest finishing eligible GM 602 crate engine. Ferry and Bowers won heat races over the 17-car field.

Division kingpin Travis Creech passed invaders Pete Blazczak and Bobby Siegel to win his track-leading ninth feature of the season in the 12-lap Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. “I don’t think I have anything left to prove in these cars,” stated the 26-year-old Niles, Ohio winner, who is hoping to move up in 2015. “I love it when we get all these cars. I message people on Facebook every week to tell them to come. The more cars, the more fun it is!”

Siegel and Blazczak started on the front as it was Blazczak leading the first five laps before Siegel took over. Creech started back in seventh and had taken third on lap three when he passed both Tim McAninch and Nick Groves. On lap seven, Creech moved past Blazczak for second. The top four of Siegel, Creech, Blazczak and point leader Bill Fuchs distanced themselves from the field before a caution for newcomer Shane Shook, who slowed with seven laps scored.

Back under green, Creech made the winning pass of Siegel and survived one more caution for the sophomore racer’s 15th career win in the Elite Coleman/JLB Trucking/CLR Electric-sponsored #75T. Siegel, who finished fourth last Friday in his first start, was second. Fuchs, who started ninth, passed Blazczak on lap nine to finish third. Blazczak dropped to fourth over 11th starting Jim Haefke, Jr. Topping the heats over the 22-car field were Siegel, Blazczak, and Jeff Hughes.

The UTV Side-by-Sides made their return appearance after competing in the “Circle Track Showdown” back on January 25. Sixth starting Brian Hardman took the lead on lap two from Chad Cowger and was never challenged in the eight-lap non-stop event. Stock Car racer Tim Burns started fifth and passed Ed Mueller on lap six to finish second. Mueller, who won the heat race and the inaugural event in January, was third. Seven vehicles were on hand.

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds (20 laps): 1. REX KING, JR. (165) 2. Rex King (65) 3. Jim Weller, Jr. (31) 4. Ricky Richner (26) 5. Jeremiah Shingledecker (37MD) 6. Jimmy Weller III (23) 7. Kevin Hoffman (00H) 8. Tom Glenn (83T) 9. Bob Warren (96B) 10. Tom Mattocks (69) 11. Rick Regalski, Jr. (13) 12. Carl Murdick (6) 13. Mark Frankhouser (03) 14. Shawn Kozar (3K) 15. Rodney Beltz (64) 16. Jim Rasey (32) 17. Brad Rapp (11R) 18. Dave Reges (27R).

Barris Supply RUSH Late Models (20 laps): 1. ALAN DELLINGER (Williams 8) 2. Bob Diver (23) 3. Will Thomas III (9) 4. Ben Black (27B) 5. Bobby Whitling (7W) 6. Eric Andrus (54) 7. Josh Double (38) 8. Bryan Salisbury (126) 9. Jamie Wrightsman (21J) 10. W.L. Stile (1W) 11. Garrett Mott (43x) 12. Bobby Pifer III (6P) 13. Mike Anderson (72) 14. Russ Byler (00H) 15. Dennis Lunger, Jr. (Schwartz 71L) 16. Lon Emerick (3) 17. Joe Long (71)-DNS.

Summit Racing Equipment (E) Modifieds (20 laps): 1. MIKE KINNEY (3) 2. Scott Stiffler (14) 3. Steve Dixon (Engles 68) 4. Carl McKinney (Hendrickson 6M) 5. Russ Dunn (White 53) 6. Jacob Eucker (64) 7. Dwayne Clay (007) 8. Clayton Kennedy (9) 9. Mike Potosky (m20) 11. Jesse Gould (2G) 12. Amanda Stiffler (14A) 13. Jeff Hassay (10) 14. Ed Wilson (33) 15. Joe DeFazio (1) 16. Paul Phillips (44) 17. Paul Davis (3D) 18. Jeff Johnson (27) 19. Brian Hutchko (57) 20. Jamie Duncan (67J).

Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars (15 laps): 1. PAUL DAVIS (3) 2. Steve Burns, Jr. (Duncan 67J) 3. Jeff Broniszewski (08) 4. Charlie Jasinski (5J) 5. Mark Hopkins (69H) 6. Brian Mulichak (36D) 7. Tony Bruno (97) 8. Dave Myers (Burns 70B) 9. Mike Clark (7) 10. Jamie Scharba (Kerr 25K) 11. Dan Fedorchak (Bruno x7) 12. Bryan Wagner (56) 13. Gary Robinson (44R) 14. Jeff Kravec (5K)-DNS.

HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods (15 laps): 1. JEREMY DOUBLE (83) 2. Casey Bowers (20) 3. Josh Mueller (01) 4. Butch Lambert (Hendrickson 19) 5. Josh Ferry (33) 6. Mike Hillman (29) 7. Steve Haefke (41) 8. George Vestal IV (4) 9. Ty Rhoades (12R) 10. Alan Atkinson (32) 11. Bob Diver (23) 12. Keith Felicetty (98) 13. Jeff Mundell (11) 14. Brian Foley, Jr. (16JSR) 15. Adam Babcock (67) 16. Junior Mechling (89) 17. Haley Lapcevich (77).

Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks (12 laps): 1. TRAVIS CREECH (75T) 2. Bobby Siegel (91) 3. Bill Fuchs (10) 4. Pete Blazczak (77) 5. Jim Haefke, Jr. (421) 6. Logan Keney (16) 7. Pat Drennan (Sirrine 24) 8. Jamie Maxwell (6) 9. Robert Wagner (35) 10. Matt Cwynar (21) 11. Greg Schmied (97) 12. Jeff Hughes (22) 13. Shane Shook (17s) 14. Robert Workman (76) 15. Jaret Sams (33s) 16. Rick Wilson, Jr. (55) 17. Joe Campbell (40c) 18. Scott Gill (11) 19. Geof Pinch (36) 20. Tim McAninch (43) 21. Nick Groves (65) 22. Michael DelliQuadri (8)-DNS.

UTV Side-by-Sides (8 laps): 1. BRIAN HARDMAN (26) 2. Tim Burns (66) 3. Ed Mueller (88) 4. Chad Cowger (48) 5. Doug Keyser (11) 6. Dan Huffman (33) 7. Aaron Srbinovich (474).

This Saturday, September 27 will be the final event of the season with a full “Steel Valley Thunder” program in addition to another appearance by the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. Pits open at 4 p.m. Grandstands open at 5 p.m. Racing at 7 p.m.

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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King returns to VL in Big-Block Mod season finale; 5th wins for Lunger, Dixon & Clark; Bowers ends 2 yr winless drought in Econos; Hilton in RUSH Mods; Creech gets #10 in Minis

By Mike Leone

September 27, 2014

(Hartford, OH)…Summer-like conditions prevailed on Saturday in the 2014 season finale as Sharon Speedway put a wrap to the 85th anniversary season. Celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Rex King-Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Dennis Lunger, Jr.-Barris Supply RUSH Late Models, Steve Dixon-Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Adam Hilton-Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Mike Clark-Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Casey Bowers-HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Travis Creech-Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks.

After winning two of the first six features of the season, Rex King went winless for nearly four months. King put an end to that winless skein as he captured his season’s third DIRTcar Big-Block Modified feature win in the 20-lap Hovis Auto & Truck Supply feature. The victory gave the King Family 10 wins during the 2014 season at Sharon as Rex, Jr. won six features and Russell was victorious in the RUSH Late Models in his one and only start.

The veteran Bristolville, Ohio driver chased pole-sitter Jim Rasey for the first seven laps before taking over on lap eight. King then would hold off Dave Murdick, who passed Rasey for second on lap 16, over the final five circuits. King’s 49th career Sharon win came by 1.002 over Murdick in the KMB Inc.-owned, Midway Garage Door/University Hospital/RD Banks Chevrolet/Campbell Gardening Supply/Hunyady Auction/Cintas Uniforms-sponsored #65.

Murdick was making just his third start of the season and matched his best finish from his runner-up at the “Lou Blaney Memorial” on July 30. Rasey dropped to third over Ricky Richner, and champion Rex King, Jr. Completing the top 10 were Rick Regalski, Jr., Tom Glenn, Mark Frankhouser, Dave Reges, and Carl Murdick. Heat winners were King, Jr. and Rasey.

Defending champion Dennis Lunger, Jr. started the 2014 season on fire winning four of the season’s first seven RUSH Late Model features, but like King suffered through a winless drought throughout the summer months. Lunger was also able to get back in victory lane on Saturday night in the 20-lap Barris Supply feature for his first win since June 21.

Lunger used the outside on the start to pass pole-sitter Russ Byler and held him off throughout the duration of the non-stop event timed in 6:07.790. The season’s fifth victory for the 46-year-old Albion, Pa. racer broke the tie with Will Thomas III and Alan Dellinger for the most in the division. Lunger’s 11th career win came in the Reuben Schwartz-owned, Schwartz Construction/English Tire/Carter Lumber/State Farm/Edward Jones Financial Advisor/Beacon Lubricants/Kabanatime.com/Ron and Don North-sponsored #71L.

Byler was 1.267 seconds back in second. It was a good first full Late Model season for Byler behind the wheel of the Terry Hoover-owned #00H as he finished third place in points with four runner-up finishes. Bryan Salisbury was third. Thomas, the two-time champion, passed Jamie Wrightsman on lap five to finish fourth. Wrightsman ended the season with his fifth top five finish. Heat winner Wendell Pinckney dropped from third to sixth at the finish over Dellinger, Bobby Pifer III, and Lon Emerick.

After a stellar first season driving for Tim Engles in 2013, Steve Dixon became a Sharon Speedway regular for the first time in his career in 2014. The decision paid off for venerable team as Dixon put the icing on the cake to his championship season on Saturday night winning his season’s fifth Summit Racing Equipment Modified feature. The 34-year-old hails from Smethport, Pa. some three hours away from Sharon Speedway.

A straight-up start from the heat races put Dixon on the pole for the feature and it was a lead he’d never relinquish holding off a late race charge by fifth starting Scott Stiffler for the victory. Dixon’s seventh career Sharon win came in the Engles Trucking/Backyard Bodies/Close Racing Supply-sponsored #68.

Stiffler, who passed Dwayne Clay on lap 18, was just 0.440 of a second behind in second. Stiffler ended the season strong with three straight top three finishes and five straight top seven finishes after starting the season with just two top 10s in the first seven races. Clay was third over Carl McKinney, and 12th starting Joe Gabrielson. Sixth through 10th were Jacob Eucker, Mike Potosky, newcomer Kevin Miller, Russ Dunn, and Clayton Kennedy. Heats were won by Dixon and Clay.

The new Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modifieds featuring GM 602 crate engines, Bilstein “sealed” spec shocks, and Hoosier spec tires made their eighth appearance of the season on Saturday night and it was Adam Hilton holding off Greg Martin for his second win in the past three events.

Hilton started in sixth, but moved into second after one lap. Jeremy Zufall, who was the lucky winner of the GM 602 engine from Sweeney Chevrolet/Pace Performance last month, led the first five circuits. Zufall, who has wins this season on the circuit at America’s Motorsports Park and Lernerville Speedway, was looking for his first career Sharon win, but Hilton had other ideas taking the lead on lap six.

Martin meanwhile started fifth and took over runner-up from Zufall on lap seven. Martin hounded Hilton down to the finish of the 15-lap main, but the Series point leader would come up just 0.122 of a second shy in runner-up. Hilton, 31 of Buffalo, New York, drives his own Roar Logistics/MVP Network Consulting-sponsored #3A. Zufall was third over Andy Paden and Josh Deems, who made just his second career start in a full-size car. Paden and Ken Moy, Jr. copped the heat race victories.

In one of the strangest circumstances in memory, Mike Clark was not only awarded the 15-lap Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Car feature win, but was declared the season champion by virtue of the second tiebreaker. The win was the 48-year-old Bristolville, Ohio driver’s fifth of the season.

An invert four put Clark on the pole of the feature and he led the first three laps before Gary Robinson took charge. Robinson, who was looking for his first win in several years, held down the top spot until bringing out the caution after getting into the fence with 11 laps scored. Clark regained the lead on lap 12 and had his hands full with Jeff Broniszewski over the final four laps.

Broniszewski went after Clark on the final lap and according to the transponders beat Clark at the finish by 0.013 of a second; however, track officials had Clark crossing the finish line first and in post-race tech it was determined Broniszewski’s transponder was mounted too far forward than the specified mounting location. Thus Clark was awarded his 13th career win in his King’s Sanitary Service/Champion Auto Supply/Martuccio Eye Care/Sons of Italy of Warren, Ohio-sponsored #7.

Paul Davis meanwhile entered the feature with a four-point lead on Clark in search of his first career track championship. Due to two straight victories in “Steel Valley Thunder” competition, Davis had to start the feature from the 12th starting spot. On lap 11, Davis passed Mike Miller for fourth then inherited third when Robinson retired from the event on lap 12.

Davis crossed the finish line in third meaning a tie for the championship with Clark. Sharon’s championship tiebreaker rules are most wins; both drivers won five features. The second tiebreaker is most second place finishes; Clark edged Davis three to two in that category giving Clark his second championship in as many seasons! Miller finished the event in fourth over Dan Fedorchak, who matched his season’s best finish in fifth. Davis and Robinson garnered the heat race wins.

In 2012, 14-year-old Casey Bowers swept the two-day “Apple Festival Nationals” for the Econo Mods in his first ever starts at the Speedway. The Cranesville, Pa. driver was a regular at Raceway 7 where he picked up a feature win, and in addition to the two Sharon wins was voted by a panel of over 70 media members and track officials as the 2012 Western Pennsylvania Rookie-of-the-Year. The now 16-year-old has since been a regular at Sharon over the past two seasons, but his winless drought had stretched to over two years.

Last Saturday night, Bowers tried to get by Josh Mueller on the final lap for the win only to be overtaken by champion Jeremy Double. On Saturday night, Bowers and Mueller resumed their battle in the 15-lap HTMA/Precise Racing Products feature. Mueller led the first seven laps before Bowers made what would be the winning move on lap eight.

Double passed Mueller on lap 11 for second, but Bowers held on to win by 0.835 of a second to become the season’s seventh different winner in the Jody-Bowers-owned, Kaydyn Directional Boring/Building Systems/Baycreek Ready Mix/Clingerbuilt/Reddog Industries-sponsored #20. Like Clark, Double of Bristolville, Ohio also captured his second straight championship. Bowers third career win was his first at Sharon since September 15, 2012.

Mueller was third for the second straight week. Steve Haefke was fourth. One week after matching a career best finish in sixth, Mike Hillman improved that by one position with a fifth. Double and Bowers won the heat races.

Defending Mini Stock champion Travis Creech started the 2014 season red hot winning six of the first eight features then was shutout of victory lane for over two months. Creech though finished his sophomore season on fire winning the season’s final features and four of the final five! And despite his track-leading 10th feature win on Saturday night in the 12-lap Deforest Used Parts feature, the 26-year-old Niles, Ohio racer came up seven points shy of his second straight title to Bill Fuchs.

Newcomer Jason Shaw led seven of the first eight laps before 12th starting Creech made his way to the point. Once in front, Creech went on to his 16th career victory in the Elite Coleman/JLB Trucking/CLR Electric-sponsored #75T. Shaw, of Canton, Ohio, was runner-up over Pete Blazczak, Jim Haefke, Jr., and Jamie Maxwell. Fuchs, of Greenville, Ohio, was a disappointing 14th and despite just one victory in 2014, the division’s all-time leading feature winner, captured his second career title, but first since 2011. Adam Reseigh and Blazczak were heat race winners.

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds (20 laps): 1. REX KING (65) 2. Dave Murdick (61) 3. Jim Rasey (32) 4. Ricky Richner (26) 5. Rex King, Jr. (165) 6. Rick Regalski, Jr. (13) 7. Tom Glenn (83T) 8. Mark Frankhouser (03) 9. Dave Reges (27R) 10. Carl Murdick (6) 11. Jim Weller, Jr. (31) 12. Bob Warren (96B).

Barris Supply RUSH Late Models (20 laps): 1. DENNIS LUNGER, JR. (Schwartz 71L) 2. Russ Byler (Hoover 00H) 3. Bryan Salisbury (126) 4. Will Thomas III (9) 5. Jamie Wrightsman (21J) 6. Wendell Pinckney (11) 7. Alan Dellinger (Williams 8) 8. Bobby Pifer III (6P) 9. Lon Emerick (3).

Summit Racing Equipment (E) Modifieds (20 laps): 1. STEVE DIXON (Engles 68) 2. Scott Stiffler (14) 3. Dwayne Clay (007) 4. Carl McKinney (Hendrickson 6M) 5. Joe Gabrielson (58) 6. Jacob Eucker (64) 7. Mike Potosky (M20) 8. Kevin Miller (4M) 9. Russ Dunn (White 53) 10. Clayton Kennedy (9) 11. Jeff Hassay (10) 12. Jesse Gould (2G) 13. Brian Hutchko (57) 14. Amanda Stiffler (14A) 15. Jamie Duncan (67J) 16. Howard Fraley (217) 17. Brian Douglass (214) 18. Mike Monreal (71)-DNS 19. Wayne Brugmann (79)-DNS.

Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modifieds (15 laps): 1. ADAM HILTON (3A) 2. Greg Martin (4M) 3. Jeremy Zufall (20Z) 4. Andy Paden (24) 5. Josh Deems (9D) 6. Larry Kugel (0) 7. Ken Moy, Jr. (34) 8. Michael Kristyak (404) 9. Rick Regalski, Jr. (13) 10. Will Schaffer (4) 11. Chelsie Kriegisch (Schaffer 4c)-DNS.

Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars (15 laps): 1. MIKE CLARK (7) 2. Jeff Broniszewski (08) 3. Paul Davis (3) 4. Mike Miller (666) 5. Dan Fedorchak (Bruno x7) 6. Charlie Jasinski (5J0 7. Jeff Kravec (5K) 8. Gary Robinson (44R) 9. Jamie Gibbs (98) 10. Dave Myers (Burns 70B) 11. Mark Hopkins (69H) 12. Steve Burns, Jr. (Duncan 67J) 13. Brian Mulichak (36D).

HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods (15 laps): 1. CASEY BOWERS (20) 2. Jeremy Double (83) 3. Josh Mueller (01) 4. Steve Haefke (41) 5. Mike Hillman (29) 6. Alan Atkinson (32) 7. Adam Babcock (67) 8. Brian Foley, Jr. (16JSR) 9. Ty Rhoades (12R) 10. Jason Longwell (7s)-DNS 11. George Vestal IV (4)-DNS.

Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks (12 laps): 1. TRAVIS CREECH (75T) 2. Jason Shaw (1) 3. Pete Blazczak (77) 4. Jim Haefke, Jr. (421) 5. Jamie Maxwell (6) 6. Rick Wilson, Jr. (55) 7. Adam Reseigh (2) 8. Tim McAninch (43) 9. Robert Wagner (35) 10. Anthony Jasinski (300) 11. Christi Brugmann (19) 12. Logan Keeney (16) 13. Pat Drennan (Sirrine 24) 14. Bill Fuchs (10) 15. Geof Pinch (36) 16. Michael DelliQuadri (8) 17. Cole Brugmann (12)-DNS.

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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