Summit Racing Equipment to present nightly hard charger Modified, Stock Car & Econo Mod divisions in 2014

By Mike Leone

March 26, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Hartford, OH)…Summit Racing Equipment will be returning in 2014 as a divisional sponsor for the fourth consecutive season at Sharon Speedway. Summit presented the Econo Mod division in 2011 and moved over to the Modified division in 2012 and will continue presenting the division for the upcoming season. Summit has stepped up in an even greater role in 2014 and will present a nightly hard charger award for the (E) Modified, Stock Car, and Econo Mod divisions.

At each weekly “Steel Valley Thunder” event during the 85th anniversary season, the driver that advances the most positions from his or her starting spot to his or her finishing position in each of the three divisions will receive a $ 25 gift card good for any purchase at the nearby nationally-based Tallmadge, Ohio company. In the event of more than one driver advancing the same number of positions, the tie will be broken by the highest finishing driver.

“We can’t thank Summit Racing Equipment and Chuck Strom enough for their support,” stated fifth year GM Dave Willoughby. “It’s great to have a national company like Summit involved and to continue to increase their participation at the speedway. This along with Hovis Auto & Truck Supply’s six nightly pit pass giveaways and our free driver pit pass night will be great new weekly programs for our upcoming 85th anniversary season.”

The program will get underway when the 2014 season officially kicks off on Saturday, April 19. In addition to the Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, and the HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Barris Supply RUSH Late Models, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks will also be on the card.

Summit Racing Equipment is the world’s largest mail order automotive performance equipment company, with thousands of performance parts, aftermarket accessories, tools and garage equipment, collectibles, and stock replacement parts to choose from. The company stocks parts for cars (race, street, daily driver) and trucks/SUVs (street, performance, off-road).

Summit Racing Equipment began in 1968, as a part-time, one-person business, and in 1969 opened its first store in Akron, Ohio. In 1992, the company moved its headquarters to a larger facility in Tallmadge, Ohio with a larger Retail Store and Distribution Center, the company expanded its product offering to include truck, SUV, and Jeep-specific parts. In 1998, Summit opened a second Retail Store and Distribution Center in Sparks, Nevada. That location enabled customers in the western United States to receive parts in one to two days via ground shipping. To keep up with the high demand for performance and styling parts, the company doubled the size of its facility in 1999. With the new space, Summit could stock millions of parts from hundreds of manufacturers.

In 2002, the doors of Summit Racing Equipment’s new 25,000-square-foot Retail Super Store opened in Tallmadge, Ohio. The store is a destination for enthusiasts, with thousands of parts on display, legendary vehicles like Don Garlits’ Swamp Rat 32, plus customer-built vehicles on display. A third location, in McDonough, Georgia, opened in 2006. That location solidified the company’s ability to ship throughout most of the United States within 1–2 days via ground shipping. For more information, check out their website at www.summitracing.com.

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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March 22 open practice & “Springduro 150? Enduro postponed to April 5

By Mike Leone

March 19, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway is forced to postpone this Saturday’s (March 22) scheduled open practice and “Springduro 150” Enduro to Saturday, April 5 with a rain date of Sunday, April 6 due to the conditions of the track and parking areas. The new times for April 5 will be open practice from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. with the Enduro to follow.

“Today’s (Wednesday) rains took away any hope at getting in Saturday’s event,” explained GM Dave Willoughby. “Things were beginning to dry up and if it would have stayed dry through Saturday we may have had a shot, but with frost still in the ground and inclement weather the next couple days there’s just no way to be able to prepare the track. Cold weather is predicted through much of next week so we decided to just postpone the event until April 5.”

A total of 42 cars have pre-entered for the Enduro, which pays $ 1,000 to the winner, $ 500 for second, $ 400 for third, $ 300 for fourth, and $ 200 for fifth. New entries are still being accepted and will be on race day at the cost of $ 100. Registration forms are available on the website by going to SharonSpeedway.com, clicking on the Drivers tab followed by the Registration link. The starting line-up is also posted on the website.

Following the Enduro, the 2014 regular racing season will get underway on Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m. 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 the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks.

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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After losing out on 2013 DIRTcar Big-Block Mod Championship to Jim Weller, Rex King, Jr. defeats Weller to win $1010 “Drive to be a Champion” title

By Mike Leone

January 13, 2014

(Hartford, OH)…With the western Pa./eastern Ohio region down to just two weekly speedways running Big-Block Modifieds, Sharon Speedway has worked hard in recent years to preserve the longstanding division that has been part of the weekly program since going back to dirt in 1981. Sharon joined with Lernerville Speedway under the DIRTcar sanction in 2012 and for the second straight year offered the separate “Drive to be a Champion” program in memory of Lou Blaney. The result has been increased car counts over the past two seasons.

In the inaugural 2012 season, Rex King topped Dave Murdick and Kevin Bolland to win the $ 1,010 “Drive to be a Champion” prize as those three racers shared $ 1,830. In 2013, thanks to additional sponsors (see list below), the pot grew to $ 2,300! The top 10 drivers will now share in the point fund that will be distributed during the 2013 Awards Banquet & Dinner at Yankee Lake (OH) Ballroom on Saturday, February 1. The program again used drivers’ best 10 finishes during 2013 with the addition of 10 bonus points for competing in the August 20 “Lou Blaney Memorial”.

For the second straight year a King earned the “Drive to be a Champion” title. Behind a career high five victories, Rex King, Jr. of Bristolville, Ohio took the $ 1,010 top honors in the KMB, Inc.-owned, Jim Brown Seed Sales/Bristol Disposal/Cedar Steel/Professional Heating & Cooling/Reese Services/King Sanitary Service-sponsored #165.

Jim Weller, Jr., who had a phenomenal season winning three features and recording five runner-up finishes that propelled him to the Governor Insurance Agency track championship, finished second in the program and will receive $ 310. The elder Rex King, who won 2012 the “Drive to be a Champion” program, dropped to third place this past season for $ 210.

The following drivers finished fourth through tenth in the program and will receive an extra $ 110: Dave Murdick, Ricky Richner, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Eric Gabany, Rob Kristyak, Jimmy Weller III, and Bob Warren.

The 2013 “Drive to be a Champion” sponsors included Colonial Metals (Bill Thomas), New Breed (Jerry Morell), Wedge Motorsports (Dave Willoughby), DB Racing (Dave Blaney), Carpenter’s Towing (Rudy Carpenter), Tom Keir Family, Bob Morell, Dale Blaney, and Ryan Blaney Motorsports.

FINAL 2013 “Drive to be a Champion” DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Top 10 Points: 1. REX KING, JR. (165) 296 2. Jim Weller, Jr. (31) 282 3. Rex King (65) 276 4 Dave Murdick (61) 266 5. Ricky Richner (26) 250 6. Jeremiah Shingledecker (37MD) 236 7. Eric Gabany (3E) 218 8. Rob Kristyak (00) 186 9. Jimmy Weller III (23) 183 10. Bob Warren (96B) 181.

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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