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2013 season finale rained out Saturday (Oct 5)

By Mike Leone

October 5, 2013

(Hartford, OH)…After dodging the first band of rain early Saturday afternoon, steady rain hit Sharon Speedway shortly after the pit gates opened washing out the ULMS Super Late Models, Modified non-winners, Open Stock Cars, and Mini Stock event. With the cancellation, the 2013 season is now complete.

Congratulations to the 2013 track champions Jim Weller, Jr.-Governor Insurance Agency DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Dennis Lunger, Jr.-Barris Supply RUSH Late Models, Mike Kinney-Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Mike Clark-Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Jeremy Double-HTMA/Precise Racing Products, and Travis Creech-Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. Stay tuned for more information on the awards banquet and dinner this winter.

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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ULMS Super Late Models, (E) Mod non-winners, $1000 to-win Open Stocks & Mini Stock special to wrap-up 2013 season Saturday

By Mike Leone

October 2, 2013

(Hartford, OH)…Six months has passed since Sharon Speedway kicked off the 2013 season on April 6; now the 84th anniversary season will come to a close this Saturday night, October 5. The special event will feature the United Late Model Series (ULMS), Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds in a non-winners event, Open Stock Cars, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. Racing begins at 7 p.m.

The NDRL’s United Late Model Series (ULMS) will be making their fourth appearances of the year in another $ 3,000 to-win show. Back on April 20, “The Juice” Davey Johnson shattered the track record in route to the $ 3,000 ULMS payday. Johnson’s victory was the 27th of his career, which is second all-time to the great Jim Bickerstaff.

Somehow, Sharon was able to beats the odds on June 12 with rain literally everywhere but at the speedway as Mike Knight won the first race of his career Sharon. On July 20, it was Boom Briggs becoming the third different winner in as many races. Briggs held off challenges most of the event from Brent Rhebergen and a last lap surge by Keith Barbara for the $ 3,000 payday and his first ULMS win in two seasons. Briggs then went on to sweep the $ 8,000 two-day ULMS “Fall Classic” at McKean County Raceway two weeks ago!

In the 2012 season finale last October, Barbara went down in the record books as the winner of the first ever ULMS event at the speedway! Knight has a 56-point lead on Briggs as Robbie Blair, Matt Urban, Jason Dupont, Greg Oakes, Russell King, Dave Hess, Jr., Brent Rhebergen, and Davis Scott round out the top 10 in points.

The Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds have clearly been the most competitive of the speedway’s six weekly classes. A total of 76 different drivers have participated throughout the season with 12 different winners! There’s a guarantee that Saturday night will feature a 13th different winner as the program is only open to Modified drivers that have yet to win a feature anywhere on the circuit.

The speedway’s regular Modified purse of $ 500 to-win will be used and as is the case nightly, if there are 24 or more cars, the feature will pay $ 100 to-start. Note: all Econo Mod racers are permitted to run the event whether they won a feature in the two-barrel class or not. Jeff Hassay is the division’s top racer in points who has yet to win a feature. Hassay finished fifth in points with two top five finishes including a season best third on June 15. Hassay owns one career Sharon win.

It was a good season for the Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars. Those racers can now take part in the season’s ending event Saturday night with extra money on the line as $ 1,000 will go to the feature winner in the “open rules” event. Earlier this season Rod Laskey won the $ 750 race during Memorial Day Weekend; two week ago champion Mike Clark won his biggest career race taking the $ 1,500 “Apple Festival Nationals” over a season-high 36-car field. The Open Stock Car events always bring out some of the region’s best competitors.

Rounding out the card will be the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. Last Saturday, Travis Creech made a last lap pass to win his sixth feature of the season, but more importantly grabbed the championship title in the final night of points. Extra cash will be on the line this week with $ 200 going to the winner. The car counts have been up in recent events with 18 last Saturday night and 19 for the “Apple Festival Nationals” as that $ 300 to-win event was won by 2011 champion Bill Fuchs. Aluminum wheels will again be permitted.

Once again Saturday night, one lucky boy and girl under the age of 14 will win a bicycle or scooter thanks to King Bros. and Sharon Speedway. This promotion will continue throughout the 2013 season.

Pits open at 4 p.m. Saturday with grandstands at 5. Qualifying for the Late Models will take place at 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7. Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 15, while children under 14 are always free. Pit passes are $ 35. Parking and camping is always free.

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 @SharonSpdwy.

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Final “Steel Valley Thunder” 6-division program Saturday; Top 10 in points to be finalized

By Mike Leone

September 25, 2013

(Hartford, OH)…After rain washed out last Saturday’s “Steel Valley Thunder” card, Sharon Speedway is expecting better weather this Saturday night (September 28) for the final “Steel Valley Thunder” regular event of the season. Saturday’s program includes the Governor Insurance Agency 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. Race time is 7 p.m.

Fresh off the big $ 3,500 to-win “Russ King Memorial,” the DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds will wrap up their season on Saturday night in the region’s only event of the weekend for the class. It took New York invader Ricky Richner all season to win one, but he picked a great night to do it on capturing the BRP win on September 14. Richner is currently fourth in points.

Due to last week’s rainout, Jim Weller, Jr. clinched his third championship. The battle will be on for the runner-up spot as last year’s champion, Dave Murdick, trails Rex King, Jr. by 18 points. The elder King is fifth and can finish no worse, but could top Richner for fourth. Bob Warren and Rob Kristyak are sixth and seventh. Just 18 points separate positions 8-11, which are currently held on by Tom Glenn, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Carl Murdick, and Eric Gabany.

Ever since repeating his 2012 season ending first career Sharon win on opening night back on April 6, Dennis Lunger, Jr. has maintained the point leader in the Barris Supply RUSH Late Models. The Albion, Pa. driver has been after his goal of a championship all season long and currently leads defending champion, Will Thomas III, by 29. Lunger can clinch the crown by finishing 19th or better. Thomas missed opening night and also a show-up Sweeney Tour event due to an injury on Memorial Day Weekend.

The 2011 champion, Josh Double is third, while “Futures Cup” point leader Eric Wilson, and Late Model rookie Jamie Wrightsman round out the top five. Completing the top 10 of the points paying positions are Matt Latta, Rocky Kugel, Ben Black, Clay Ruffo, and Brian Booher.

Mike Kinney has captured his first ever track championship in the Modifieds after a tremendously successful and consistent season. Two-time winner, Joe Gabrielson, has a 14-point lead over Alan Dellinger in the battle for second. Jeff Johnson, who has won three features this season, is fourth. He opened the year victorious, won the $ 750 special over Memorial Day weekend, and then bagged the biggest win of his career at the last event on September 14 in the $ 2000 UEMS event to move up to second on the division’s all-time win list at 18.

Jeff Hassay can do no better than fifth, but he’s trying to hold off Shawn Shingledecker for the spot. Joel Watson, Clayton Kennedy, Gary Sullivan, and Trevor Herr currently hold down positions 7-10.

Mike Clark is one of the four of six point leaders who has already clinched the title. The Bristolville, Ohio driver has had a career best season and will celebrate his first ever track championship at the awards banquet this winner.

Brian Carothers has a pretty comfortable 21-point lead on Paul Davis for the second position. Tim Burns, Jamie Duncan, Bryan Wagner, Ron Yarab, Jr., Brent Coleman, Bob McCann, and Jamie Scharba currently fill positions 4-10.

Prior to September 14, Jeremy Double, Jacob Eucker, and Ryan Fraley had won all of the features this season except for one. On Saturday’s $ 500 to-win special, things were different up front with Double and Eucker not finishing and Fraley not in competition. That left division newcomers, but certainly not newcomers to racing, in Tim Deutsch, Jason Longwell, Butch Lambert, and Steve Haefke to garner the top four positions.

Double is sitting on a 21-point lead over Eucker as these two young racers are the only drivers that have a shot at the title. Double can claim his first crown by simply finishing 11th or better in the feature. Fraley, rookie Ty Rhoades, and one-time winner, Steve Burns, Jr., complete the top five. Larry Root, Alan Atkinson, Keith Felicetty, Junior Mechling, and Brian Hathaway are currently occupying the remainder of the points paying positions.

The Mini Stocks is the closest championship race heading into Saturday’s point finale. Scott Gilliland has said all season long he’s never chased points, but as long as he’s leading them he’ll keep going after his first championship. The 46-year-old racer has seven feature wins and is sitting on just a 13-point lead over rookie Travis Creech in the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks.

Defending champion Jim Haefke, Jr. and 2011 titilist Bill Fuchs are a distance third and fourth in points, while rookie Tim McAninch completes the top five. Ray Gregory, Geof Pinch, Steve Walker II, Jim Clay, Jr., and Pat Drennan round out the top 10.

Once again Saturday night, one lucky boy and girl under the age of 14 will win a bicycle or scooter thanks to King Bros. and Sharon Speedway. Saturday’s kitchen special is hamburger gravy over mashed with corn.

Pits open at 4 p.m. Saturday with grandstands at 5 and racing at 7. Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 13, while children under 14 are always free. Pit passes are $ 25. Parking and camping is always free.

The 2013 season finale will be on Saturday, October 5 featuring the ULMS Super Late Models for $ 3,000 to-win, Open Stock Cars for $ 1,000 to-win, a $ 500 to-win Modified non-winners program, and the Mini Stocks for $ 200 to-win.

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 @SharonSpdwy.

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