Super Late Models return Saturday for 1st appearance of 2018 in an ULMS event; Big-Block Mods & UEMS E-Mods also featured

By Mike Leone

June 5, 2018

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway finally got a reprieve from Mother Nature last Saturday night as just the second event of the 2018 season was completed. Sharon will now look to complete two consecutive events for the first time this season on Saturday night (June 9) when the ULMS Super Late Models headline the program and will be joined by the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds, UEMS E-Mods, and Junior Sprints for kids. Race time is 7 p.m.

For the first time since May 30, 2015, the ULMS Super Late Models return to Sharon highlighted by a 30-lap, $ 3,000 to-win feature event. The last time ULMS was at Sharon, Max Blair captured the victory for his first ever with the Series. Blair, who also has seven career RUSH (Crate) Late Model wins at Sharon, is expected to be one the drivers to beat on Saturday night. Mike Maresca, Doug Eck, Greg Oakes, Matt Lux, Mike Wonderling, Jason Dobson, Garrett Mott along with northern invaders from the Eriez-Stateline Circuit like Bobby Rohrer, Matt Urban, John Lobb, Bump Hedman, and Chad Wright are a few others expected to be on hand.

Blair, a two-time 2018 ULMS winner, currently leads Maresca, who won last month at Tri-City, by 11 points heading into Friday’s event at Thunder Mountain Speedway. The Super Late Models will return on Monday, July 2 for the rescheduled “Steel Valley 50” paying $ 12,000 to-win for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

The UEMS E-Mod Series will be kicking off its season on Saturday night with its first visit to Sharon since 2013 in an $ 1,000 to-win feature event. UEMS is led by three-time and defending series champion, Joel Watson, who has 27 career wins at Sharon. Randy Hall, another three-time Series champion, has two career Sharon wins as he now pilots the potent Tim Engles-owned #68. Mike McGee, Brent Rhebergen, Carl McKinney, Josh Ferry, Ken Zimmer, Jack Young, Mike Potosky, Dennis Lunger, Jr., Greg Johnson, Dan Sasso, Gary Eicher, Mike Kinney, Troy Johnson, and Al Brewer are some of the expected UEMS entrants.

Brewer is expected have both his ULMS Late Model and his UEMS E-mod on hand, while Maresca is expected to compete with both the ULMS Super Late Models and Big-Block Modifieds. For more information on ULMS and UEMS, check out their website at www.ulmsracing.com.

The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds have still yet to get a program in thus far as only the four heat races were completed at part of The Mod Tour event on May 26. The Big-Block Modifieds were also rained out for the scheduled Menards “Super Series” opener on April 28 along with “Fan Appreciation Night” on May 19. Rex King, Jr. of Bristolville, Ohio has won three of the last four titles and sits at 23 career wins. His father Rex Sr. is a five-time track champion and leads the active drivers with 53 career wins. Jim Weller, Jr. has posted 36 career wins and three track titles. Other active top racers with career wins in parentheses including Kevin Bolland (22), Jim Rasey (19), Brian Swartzlander (14), and Dave Murdick (9).

Pits are open throughout the day 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 racing at 7. Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 15. 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, parking, and camping is always FREE! Pit passes are $ 35. Pit passes for children 12 and under are $ 25. Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

Coming up on Saturday, June 16 will be the “Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals” featuring the Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series in a $ 10,000 to-win event presented by Blue Ox Timber. Some 75 drivers are pre-entered. There will be an open practice on Friday night, June 15.

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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Sprint Car doubleheader featured Saturday for Menards “Super Series” event; “410” Sprints, non-wing RUSH Sprints, RUSH Mods & Econo Mods in action

By Mike Leone

May 30, 2018

(Hartford, OH)…Mother Nature has continued to wreck havoc on the 2018 racing season. Last Saturday night saw part of the heat races completed before rain washed out the remainder of the program. Outside of a successful May 5 event for the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars, Mother Nature has claimed the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event, three Menards “Super Series” events, “Fan Appreciation Night” along with two practice nights.

A more promising forecast appears to be taking shape for this Saturday night (June 2) for the fourth attempt at completing a Menards “Super Series” event. The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply “410” Sprint Cars will be the featured attraction along with the first ever appearance by the RUSH Sprint Cars. The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods will round out the program on Bucks Fabricating Night. Race time is 7 p.m.

The “410” Sprints are just one of two divisions that have completed a feature to date this season. The “410s” were in an All Star Circuit of Champions event on May 5 that saw Texan Aaron Reutzel capture his first career Series and track win over a stellar 43-car field. The “410s” were set to return on May 12 for the first ever FAST-sanctioned event at Sharon. Well over 30 Sprints were expected with many on the grounds or on their way when rain cancelled that program. FAST will return on August 18.

Saturday will be highlighted by a $ 3,000 to-win, $ 250 to-start feature event utilizing Attica Raceway Park’s hot lap/group qualifying format that was used at last August’s “410” event and was prepared to be used on May 12. 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. Last year saw Danny Holtgraver and Sye Lynch pick up the non-sanctioned victories. Jack Sodeman, Jr. won the last two track titles when the “410” Sprint Cars last appeared weekly in 2009 and 2010. Ed Lynch, Jr. is still the track’s all-time winningest driver with 50 victories.

A total of 10 “410” Sprint Car events were scheduled for 2018. The next Sprint Car show will take place on Tuesday, June 19 when Ohio Speedweek makes a stop for the second of three appearances by the All Star Circuit of Champions with the final visit on Saturday, July 7 for the 10th annual “Lou Blaney Memorial”. Tickets for both of these events are on sale at SharonSpeedway.com and by clicking the ‘Buy Tickets’ link at the top left of the homepage.

Completing the Sprint Car doubleheader on Saturday will be the new RUSH Sprint Car Series in their first of two appearances of 2018. These traditional non-wing Sprints feature the Chevrolet Performance 602 crate engine, $ 135 sealed/spec Bilstein Shocks, spec Hoosier Tires, and the new RUSH “Visual” Methanol. The RUSH Sprint Cars have 27 events scheduled at 10 different tracks throughout the region in 2018; however, due to Mother Nature, only two events have been completed. Those two events featured excellent racing with Arnie Kent winning the opener at Lernerville on May 16 by just 0.139 of a second over Gale Ruth, Jr. At the second event at Old Bradford Speedway on May 20, Late Model standout made his Sprint Car debut a winning one holding off a furious challenge by Ruth. The RUSH Sprint Car drivers are competing towards a $ 5,000 to-win championship

The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will attempt for the sixth time to kick-off their season as they begin their fifth year of competition at Sharon and fourth as a weekly division. The RUSH Mods were on the track for their first of three heat races when rain hit. A solid field of 27 cars were on hand. Greg Martin, Brandon Ritchey, and Kole Holden are past track champions. Top racers Alan Dellinger, Garrett Krummert, and Rob Kristyak will be new weekly competitors in 2018 along with several other newcomers like Tony Tatgenhorst, who raced at Sharon in Mod Lites, RUSH Late Models, and E-Mods. Only two RUSH Sportsman Modified events have been completed region-wide to date this season with Ritchey winning at Pittsburgh and Krummert at Tri-City.

The Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods opened their season on May 5 as Brad Blackshear took the $ 500 top honors, but have been rained out ever since. Blackshear was the inaugural champion back in 2010 and then ended a near six-year winless drought at Sharon with his fifth career win on Saturday night. Defending two-time champion, Steve Haefke, was battling for the victory when he spun on the final lap.

For all regular events, Sharon will continue to offer a higher purse structure if 24 or more cars are on hand for any of the weekly divisions and a non-qualifier if there are 32 or more cars.

Pits are open throughout the day 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 racing at 7. Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 13. Seniors 62 and over are $ 10. 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, parking, and camping is always FREE! Pit passes are $ 30. Pit passes for children 12 and under are $ 20. Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

Coming up on Saturday, June 9 will be the ULMS Super Late Models for $ 3,000 to-win plus Big-Block Modifieds, E-Mods in a UEMS-sanctioned event plus Junior Sprints for kids.

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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Try #3 for 1st Menards “Super Series” event Saturday; The Mod Tour event for Big Blocks featured paying $2000 to-win along with Stocks, RUSH Mods & Econo Mods

By Mike Leone

May 23, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Hartford, OH)…It’s been quite the challenge with Mother Nature in 2018. Outside of a successful May 5 event for the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars, Mother Nature has been the big winner to date at Sharon Speedway claiming the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event, two Menards “Super Series” events, “Fan Appreciation Night” along with two practice nights. All told, four of the first five race events have been lost and six of the first seven scheduled nights overall.

Management though is hoping for better weather this Saturday night (May 26) for the third attempt at completing a Menards “Super Series” event. The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds will be the featured attraction in the first appearance by The Mod Tour. Also on the card will be Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods on Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Night. Kids Power Wheels races will be held during intermission. Race time is 7 p.m.

The Modified Tour for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply big blocks will be competing for their first $ 2,000 to-win payday of the season. The Tour opened their season back on April 14 at West Virginia’s Tyler County Speedway where Erick Rudolph ran his win streak to an amazing nine straight! The New York versatile driver has two career wins at Sharon both coming in 2016 including the last time the Mod Tour visited Sharon on September 17, 2016. Only four other big-block races have been held in the region with Mat Williamson, Rex King, Jr., and Brian Swartzlander victorious at Lernerville, while Mike Maresca won last Sunday night at Tri-City.

Rex King, Jr. leads the way for the Sharon regulars. The Bristolville, Ohio driver has won three of the last four titles and has upped his career win total to 23. His father Rex Sr. is a five-time track champion and leads the active drivers with 53 career wins. Jim Weller, Jr. has posted 36 career wins and three track titles. Other active top racers with career wins in parentheses including Kevin Bolland (22), Jim Rasey (19), Swartzlander (14), Dave Murdick (9). Jeremiah Shingledecker is fresh off a runner-up finish at Tyler County and owns three wins at Sharon including last year’s prestigious “Lou Blaney Memorial” victory. For more information on The Mod Tour, check out their website at www.themodifiedtourinc.com.

After rainouts on April 28, May 12, and May 19, the Stock Cars will attempt to get their season underway on Saturday night. After Mike Clark won three consecutive Gibson Insurance Agency titles (2013-2015), veteran Paul Davis not only put a stop to the streak in 2016 but repeated the feat in 2017. Davis is now up to 22 career Stock Car wins at the track, while Davis has 17; however, it’s still Steve D’Apolito leading the active win list. D’Apolito owns 32 career wins and four track championships at the Hartford, Ohio oval, and in recent years has been competing with a GM 604 crate engine. The Stock Cars should have a strong field of cars as drivers are running out of time to get tuned up for the $ 10,000 to-win Penn-Ohio “Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals” on June 16.

The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will attempt for the fifth time to kick-off their season as they begin their fifth year of competition at Sharon and fourth as a weekly division. Car counts have grown each year with an average count of 24 last year. Only on one night in each of the last two seasons has there been less than 20 cars. Greg Martin, Brandon Ritchey, and Kole Holden are past track champions. Top racers Alan Dellinger, Garrett Krummert, and Rob Kristyak will be new weekly competitors in 2018 along with several other newcomers like Tony Tatgenhorst, who raced at Sharon in Mod Lites, RUSH Late Models, and E-Mods. Only two RUSH Sportsman Modified events have been completed region-wide to date this season with Ritchey winning at Pittsburgh and Krummert last Sunday at Tri-City.

The Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods opened their season on May 5 as Brad Blackshear took the $ 500 top honors. Blackshear was the inaugural champion back in 2010 and then ended a near six-year winless drought at Sharon with his fifth career win on Saturday night. Defending two-time champion, Steve Haefke, was battling for the victory when he spun on the final lap.

For all regular events, Sharon will continue to offer a higher purse structure if 24 or more cars are on hand for any of the weekly divisions and a non-qualifier if there are 32 or more cars.

Pits are open throughout the day 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 racing at 7. Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 13. Seniors 62 and over are $ 10. 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, parking, and camping is always FREE! Pit passes are $ 30. Pit passes for children 12 and under are $ 20. Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

Coming up on Saturday, June 1 will be a Sprint Car doubleheader in another Menards “Super Series” event. The “410” Sprint Cars return for a $ 3,000 to-win show and will be joined by the first of two appearances by the new non-wing RUSH Sprint Cars. Also racing will be the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and Econo Mods on Diamond Steel Night.

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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