2 big races in 3 nights at Sharon; “410” Sprints return for another Menards “Super Series” event Saturday; Lucas Oil Late Models invade Monday for $12,000 to-win

By Mike Leone

June 26, 2018

(Hartford, OH)…After another rainout last Saturday, Sharon Speedway is set for two upcoming big nights of racing. It all gets underway this Saturday night (June 30) with another Menards “Super Series” race featuring the “410” Sprint Cars then on Monday night (July 2) the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will compete in the “Steel Valley 50” presented by Barris Truck Service and Performance Bodies. Race time is 7 p.m. both nights.

On Saturday, the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply “410” Sprint Cars will race for $ 3,000 to-win, $ 250 to-start and will be joined by the Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and the Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods. It’s Armed Forces Night as all veterans and active serviceman will be admitted free into the grandstands for general admission.

The “410” Sprint Cars have competed in three highly-successful events to date this season. On May 5, Aaron Reutzel topped a 43-car field for his first career All Star Circuit of Champions-sanctioned victory. All Star regular, Chad Kemenah, invaded on June 2 to capture the $ 3,000 Menards “Super Series” event over a 31-car field on June 2. And lastly, Christopher Bell picked up his second All Star win in as many years at Sharon winning the June 19 Ohio Speedweek event over the 43-car field.

Saturday will again utilize Attica Raceway Park’s hot lap/group qualifying format that was used on June 2. Two to three cars will qualify at a time only amongst their heat race group. The fastest four in each heat will be inverted with the top three redrawing plus the fastest transferring non-top three finisher if there are three heats or the top two plus the two fastest transferring non-top two finishers if there are four heats. Heat and B main finish(es) will complete the 24-car starting lineup. A strong field of local and regional talent is expected. Mufflers are not required and there’s no registration or entry fee.

The Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars have only been able to complete one event this season- that being the June 16 “Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals”. Brent Johnson came away with the $ 10,000 win edging out Chris Schneider by 0.118 of a second. The only other night the Stock Cars hit the track was on May 26 when their four heat races were completed before rains came and washed out the program. On that night there were 31 cars. With no regular programs completed yet this season, Stock Cars drivers have only received show-up points on May 26 and June 16.

The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds have completed two events to date this season. Blaze Myers won the opener over a record 31-car field for his first career win, while Chas Wolbert dominated the June 19 event as an undercard to the All Stars. 2017 RUSH Weekly Series Champion, Rocky Kugel, has the HTMA/Precise Racing Products points lead by five over Garrett Krummert, who has wins this year at Tri-City and Pittsburgh. Josh Deems, Myers, and Wolbert round out the top five in points.

Completing Saturday’s program are the Econo Mods. The Summit Racing Equipment-sponsored division opened their season with the All Stars on May 5 as 2010 track champion, Brad Blackshear, took the $ 500 top honors and have only got one other event completed. The second event took place on June 2 when Jacob Eucker captured his eighth career victory in the division. Currently Brian Toto and Ty Rhoades are tied for the points lead.

Two days later on Monday, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will return to Sharon for the second straight year. This event was originally scheduled for April 20, but was postponed due to wet grounds. At last year’s inaugural LOLMDS event, Josh Richards captured the $ 10,000 prize over Brandon Sheppard, Gregg Satterlee, Devin Moran and Jimmy Owens.

This year, the ante has been upped to a $ 12,000 to-win, $ 1,000 to-start payoff. It’s going to be a mini four-day Ohio Speedweek for LOLMS with events at Portsmouth Saturday, Mansfield Sunday, Sharon Monday, and Muskingum Tuesday. Jonathan Davenport leads the Series’ points heading into the weekend. Davenport was not at Sharon for the 2017 event. Series regular, Hudson O’Neal, recently captured his first career LOLMS win, and is seventh in points ahead of his father, Don.

The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will also be on the card on Monday in a $ 600 to-win event that will offer both Sharon and RUSH Weekly Series points.

Pits are open throughout the afternoon on Saturday with pit passes going on sale at 4 p.m., while the main grandstands open at 5. Pill cutoff is 6:20 p.m. and heat races are at 7. Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 13. Patio seating upgrades are just $ 5 and fan suite seating upgrades are just $ 20 over the cost of general admission. In order to reserve either of these ahead of time, call the office Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 330-772-5481. As always, children under 14 and parking are always FREE! Pit passes are $ 30. Pit passes for children 12 and under are $ 20.

Pits are open throughout the afternoon on Monday with pit passes going on sale at 4 p.m., while the main grandstands open at 5. Warm-ups begin at 6:15 followed by group qualifying for the LOLMDS and then heat race action. Reserved tickets are on sale through Sunday night at midnight for $ 27 by going to www.sharonspeedway.com and clicking on ‘buy tickets’ at the top left of the page. Patio and fan suite tickets are available for $ 32 and $ 45 respectively. Day of event general admission adult tickets are $ 27, while pit passes are $ 40. As always, children under 13 and parking is always FREE! Pit passes for children 12 and under are $ 30. Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

Note that FREE camping is available from Sunday right through the “Lou Blaney Memorial” on Saturday, July 7. That event will feature the third and final appearance of the season by the All Star Circuit of Champions along with The Mod Tour big blocks in a $ 2,000 to-win event. Ollie’s Bargain Outlet will again be the presenting sponsor on a night benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association. Reserved tickets for the 10th annual “Lou Blaney Memorial” are also on sale through the website.

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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Ohio Speedweek set to make a stop at Sharon on Tuesday featuring Tony Stewart’s All Star Sprints along with RUSH Mods

By Mike Leone

June 14, 2018

(Hartford, OH)…The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply “410” Sprint Cars will be making their third appearance of the 2018 season at Sharon Speedway this Tuesday (June 19) when Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 come to town for the 36th annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket. The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will also be in action on Tom’s Sewer and Stackhouse Construction Night. Warm-ups for Sprints are scheduled for approximately 6:20 p.m. followed by qualifying and racing. Reserved and advanced tickets are on sale at SharonSpeedway.com.

The 2018 Ohio Sprint Speedweek will feature nine straight nights of racing at eight different speedways beginning at Attica Raceway Park on Friday night with the Sharon event being stop #5 of the popular summer tradition. This year’s Speedweek will see a $ 7,000 increase in the points fund with $ 3,000 going to the champion. Sharon’s race will pay $ 5,000 to-win. The All Stars continue to flourish under the fourth year of ownership by Tony Stewart.

After a five-year absence, Ohio Speedweek returned to Sharon in 2010 as Tim Shaffer topped a 42-car field for the victory. In 2011, it was hometown favorite Dale Blaney winning the Sharon leg of Speedweek over a 45-car field. In 2012, in a stunning turn of events, local racer Brandon Matus came out victorious for his first career win with both the All Stars and at Sharon. Another strong field of 43 cars was on hand. The 2013 event was rained out before a car ever hit the speedway, and the 2014 event fell victim to Mother Nature before the gates ever opened.

In 2015, Blaney won his second Speedweek race in three events at Sharon over another strong 42-car field. Bryan Clauson topped a huge 51-car field winning his first career All Star race before tragically losing his life in a racing accident later in the summer. Last year, saw Kyle Larson take a popular win over a big field of 48 cars.

“Sharon has always played an important part in Ohio Speedweek history,” explained ninth year GM Dave Willoughby. “Sharon was there at the beginning, and we’re happy once again to be part of this long-running tradition. Since returning to the Speedweek lineup in 2010, the average car counts of our events have been over 45! Hopefully we have good weather on Tuesday and fans and racers will come out and support this great event so we can continue to host this event for years to come.”

Ohio Speedweek always draws in top talent from the Midwest, along with the strong core of All Star regulars, several Australians, the best from western Pa., usually a couple from central Pa. like Danny Dietrich, and always some surprises. Last year’s Sharon Speedweek winner, Kyle Larson, along with last year’s “Lou Blaney Memorial” winner, Christopher Bell, will both be in action on Tuesday night. California racers Rico Abreu and Gio Scelzi, the 16-year-old youngest son of drag racing great Gary Scelzi, will be running Ohio Speedweek.

Tim Shaffer, who made headlines in April winning more than $ 100,000 at Mansfield, enters as the defending Speedweek Champion for the locally-based Demyan-Rudzik team. Shaffer also has two All Star wins this season despite not racing with the Series full-time.

Texan Aaron Reutzel currently leads the All Star points with two victories, which ironically came at Sharon and Lernerville. Reutzel has just a 22-point lead on another Series newcomer in Californian Carson Macedo. Macedo enters Speedweek hot winning the Series’ last two races last weekend in New York. Sitting third in points is six-time Series defending champion Chad Kemenah. The Alveda, Ohio driver owns five career All Star victories at Sharon in addition to winning the June 2 $ 3,000 non-sanctioned event at Sharon. Jac Haudenschild and Parker Price-Miller complete the top five in the All Stars standings.

Brothers Dave and Dale Blaney own 28 and 14 Sprint Car wins respectively at their home track. Dave is an All Star regular in 2018 as he’s currently sixth in points, while Dale is expected to return to action since sitting out since early spring due to a work-related injury. The top active local Sprint Car winner at Sharon is Jack Sodeman, Jr. The North Jackson, Ohio racer has 12 victories along with the 2010 track championship- the last year Sprints ran weekly.

Ed Lynch, Jr. is the all-time winningest Sprint Car driver at Sharon with 50 victories. Though Ed, Jr. is no longer active, his youngest son, Sye, won the final 2017 “410” Sprint Car event last September for his first career win.

The All Stars will return two and a half weeks later on Saturday, July 7 for the 10th annual “Lou Blaney Memorial” along with The Mod Tour for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds.

The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will be the only support division on the card on Tuesday night racing for $ 500 to-win. The growing class has only been able to complete one event this season due to the rainy weather. On June 2, Blaze Myers topped a record 31-car field for the 14-year-old’s first career win. Tuesday’s event will be a points event for both Sharon and the RUSH Weekly Series. The Bicknell Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modified Tour will make its first of two appearances on Saturday, June 23 for the Series’ “Manufacturers Night”.

Grandstand admission tickets are $ 25. Reserved and advanced tickets are available online at SharonSpeedway.com by clicking “Buy Tickets” at the top left of the page. Children 13 and under are FREE. Pit passes are $ 35, while children’s pit passes for those 12 and under are $ 25. Pits open at 3 p.m. with grandstands at 4. Parking and camping are 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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