Weller & 12 y.o. Eucker repeat in Big-Block & Econo Mods; Good to be #27 as Wilson, Redman & Gilliland take RUSH L.M., Stocks & Minis; 1st for Gabrielson in Mods

By Mike Leone

June 1, 2013

(Hartford, OH)…Despite thunderstorms being in the forecast all week for Saturday, sunshine was present for much of the day and the storms held off until well after the completion of the eighth straight racing event at Sharon Speedway.  It was a good night to be #27 as the first three feature winners of the night carried the number!  And all six winners resides in Trumbull County, Ohio!

Celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Jim Weller, Jr.-Governor Insurance DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Eric Wilson-Barris Supply RUSH Late Models, Joe Gabrielson-Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Bruce Redman-Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Jacob Eucker-HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Scott Gilliland-Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks.  Malory Harper of Hubbard, OH and Jeremy Weaver of Sandy Lake, PA were the bike giveaway winners courtesy of King Bros. and Sharon Speedway.

There’s little doubt Jim Weller, Jr. isn’t questioning his move to Troyer Chassis this year.  On May 4, Weller won his first feature at Sharon since 2010.  After letting one slip by last Sunday night, Weller still entered the night as the point leader and he’ll stay that way after leading all 20 laps of the Governor Insurance Agency DIRTcar Big-Block Modified feature for his second win of the season!

“Starting position means a lot that’s for sure,” stated the Hubbard, Ohio veteran.  “The track is excellent.  It’s not because (Dave) Willoughby is standing there, but there’s no track that’s as good as Sharon Speedway.  I was a little loose getting in the corner and that’s why the top worked better.  I have to thank John Corbin of course, my son John, the guys from Troyer, and Carlon Hine and his guys.”

A heads-up start put Weller on the pole and he quickly took the advantage over Eric Gabany’s “358” small-block.  Dave Murdick and Rex King were able to get by Gabany on the opening lap for second and third respectively.  Sunday’s winner, Rex King, Jr., started back in seventh and he was on the move as he cracked the top five on the opening lap then passed Gabany for fourth on lap two.

King slipped high in turn two on lap five allowing his son “Cooter” to slip past for third.  By lap seven, Weller opened up a straightaway lead on Murdick, while King, Jr. closed in.  Unlike last week when he saw the win slip away, Weller maintained his advantage throughout and took the checkered flag first by 3.799 seconds in the Zip Motorsports-owned, Liberty Steel Products #31.  The victory was his milestone 25th of his long career at Sharon.

The battle for second ensued as King, Jr. got alongside Murdick on several occasions, but couldn’t make the pass stick.  Murdick came home second by just two tenths of a second.  King, Jr. was third to maintain runner-up in points beating his father, who came home fourth.  Gabany held on to fifth.  New Yorker Ricky Richner continued his perfect streak of all finishes this season between fourth and sixth position with a sixth place effort after getting caught up in an opening lap accident.  Seventh through 10th were Bob Warren, rookie Rick Regalski, Jr. from 13th, Kevin Green, and Carl Murdick.  Heat winners were Weller and Gabany.

Two weeks ago Eric Wilson was overcome by defending champion Will Thomas III.  On Saturday night, Wilson was able to hold off Thomas for his first win of the season in the Barris Supply RUSH Late Models.  The 16-year-old Wilson has now won one a feature in each of his first three seasons of Late Model racing at Sharon!  Wilson became the sixth different winner of the season in eight races.  The non-stop event was timed in 5:47.445.

“We had the car for it,” stated the Cortland, Ohio teen when asked about the non-stop event.  “I looked up and saw Tyler Barris jumping up and down like a monkey and I assumed that Will (Thomas) was close so I went down to the bottom and threw a block.  I’ll do whatever it takes to win.  It was fast-paced.  I’m a young guy and can keep up with it.  Some of those old geezers are back there breathing hard.  I have to thank my dad, my grandpa, Mike Ingram with the motor.”

Clay Ruffo raced to the early lead, while Wilson took second from Shaun Hooks on the initial lap.  Dennis Lunger, Jr. started fifth and was able to pass Lauren Longbrake and Hooks for third on lap one.  Wilson would make what would turn out to be the winning move on lap two when he ducked under and past Ruffo in turn two on lap two.

Thomas, who started sixth and was racing with an injured wrist after a nasty accident last Saturday, entered the top five on lap two when he passed Longbrake.  Lap three saw Lunger and Ruffo race side-by-side for second and Thomas and Hooks right behind in a side-by-side battle for fourth.  Thomas made the pass on lap three and Lunger on lap four.

The battle then heated up for second as Thomas caught Lunger on lap six.  After a two-lap battle, Thomas drove under and by Lunger in turn four for runner-up.  Wilson had a half-straightaway lead, but by the halfway point of the 20-lap affair, Thomas closed in.  On lap 16 he was right on the “Futures Cup” contender and on lap 18 and pulled alongside.  Wilson though kept the door shut to impede Thomas’ strong runs on the bottom of the speedway as he held on to win by 0.429 of a second in his Brother’s Pizza of Cortland/Champion Vehicle Wraps/Speed Bear Fasteners/FK Rod Ends-sponsored #27W.

Point leader Lunger was third as he’s yet to finish outside the top four in a regular event this season.  Josh Double came from ninth to place fourth over Ruffo, who recorded his best finish of the season.  Sixth through 10th were Longbrake, Matt Latta, Jamie Wrightsman, Brian Booher, and Hooks.  Ruffo and Thomas were heat race winners.

Joe Gabrielson scored an emotional victory as he won his first Modified feature since his father and mentor Bill Gabrielson passed away over the offseason.  Gabrielson led all 15 laps holding off a stout field of competitors in the Summit Racing Equipment feature, and celebrated with a “Polish Victory Lap”.  Gabrielson became the sixth different winner of the season in the competitive division.

“The first thing I’ve always done is thank my mom and dad,” acknowledged the 25-year-old Bristolville, Ohio racer.  “They got me started in this and it was a dream come true to start with and I’m very happy we’re still able to do it.  I really didn’t know what we were going to do when he passed away, but I just knew he’d be so pissed if this race car was sitting on jack stands and there was racing going on!  That’s what everyone said and Smitty and Fred stuck with me.  That’s who was with him in all of his racing and that’s who is with me now.”

Gabrielson used the outside to power around Kinney on the cushion for the lead.  Evan Taylor and Alan Dellinger swapped third and fourth back and forth.  Sixth starting Jeff Johnson then entered the battle for third as he passed Dellinger for fourth on lap three.  Up front, Gabrielson pulled away on lap four from Kinney.  A caution for Steve Haefke and Wayne Tessean bunched up the field with eight laps scored.

On the ensuing restart, Johnson was able to overtake Taylor for third.  Three more laps were run before the final caution of the event slowed action and it was a big one that collected Clayton Kennedy, Shawn Shingledecker, Tessean, Jonathan Taylor, and Jeff Hassay.  After a lengthy clean-up, the last four laps went caution-free and Gabrielson went unchallenged until Kinney closed on the final lap, but came up 0.427 of second shy.

Gabrielson’s victory was the fifth of his career and came in his Awesome Signs & Shirts/Integra Racing Shocks/Reese Services/X-10 Pavement Sealing/Wedge Motorsports/Willy’s Carb & Dyno Shop-sponsored #58.  Johnson was third over Dellinger and Mike Potosky, who recorded his best finish of the season in just his third start.  Completing the top 10 were Haefke, Gary Sullivan, newcomer Ed Wilson, Larry Kugel, and Hassay.  Heat races were won by Kinney and Gabrielson.

While several regulars were off competing in a big race at Pittsburgh, Saturday’s Stock Car event was a non-point affair and left things wide open.  Bruce Redman made his season debut a successful one as he captured his first win since April 9, 2011.  And like Thomas and Gabrielson, became the season’s sixth different winner of the division.

“It’s been too long,” said the 44-year-old Cortland, Ohio driver.  “This one was ready to go and I didn’t have time to keep them both going (Econo Mod).  I had no idea it would run this good the first time out.  I have to thank my mom and dad, girlfriend Debbie, daughters Ashley and Allison, and everyone that helps out on this car.”

Lap one was an exciting one as it was three-wide for the lead between Shaun Hooks, Jason Stanke, and Bruce Redman.  Stanke came out on top to lead over Hooks and Redman.  Lap two saw Stanke get sideways and it was a side-by-side battle between Hooks and Redman with Redman getting the nod for the lead over Hooks.  Mike Clark started back in eighth and was halfway to the front after one lap then got by the sideways Stanke for third on lap two.

Clark then ran down Hooks on lap six in the battle for second, while Redman pulled away.  Redman’s big lead though shrank in a hurry as he caught lapped traffic on lap 12.  Hooks was right on Redman on lap 13, but spun in turn three ending his bid for the victory in the Greg Fornataro-owned #USA1 and necessitated the event’s only caution.

Redman held off Clark over the final three laps by a margin of 0.555 of a second for his 10th career win his Hovis Tire/GNC Well Service/Debbie’s Pet Salon & Pet Parlor-sponsored #27.  Charlie Jasinski, Rod Laskey, and ninth starting Brian Carothers were third through fifth.  Heat winners were Hooks and Stanke.

Two weeks ago, Jacob Eucker shocked the racing community as he became the youngest winner in the 84-year history of Sharon Speedway at age 12.  On Saturday night, Eucker proved it was no fluke as he passed last year’s Western PA Rookie-of-the-Year, Casey Bowers, and held off division standout Jeremy Double for his second win in the 15-lap HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mod feature.  Eucker’s win came on his great grandfather and former standout racer Dale Johnson’s 90th birthday!

“He’s pretty fast and he’s a good clean racer,” stated the Hartford, Ohio winner about runner-up Double.  “I’d like to wish my great grandfather a happy 90th birthday.  I have to thank my new sponsor Tom’s Sewer & Drain and all of my other sponsors.  I could have never imagined this.”

Bowers, who swept last year’s “Apple Festival Nationals”, jumped into the lead from the pole as Eucker passed Larry Root for runner-up.  Eucker was all over Bowers on lap two with Bowers holding on until the event’s first caution was displayed.  On the ensuing restart, Eucker used the outside to drive by Bowers in turns one and two on the outside for the lead with fifth starting Ryan Fraley following in second.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Double started back in 12th and was on the move.  Double passed Root for third on lap five before a pair of cautions on laps six and seven.  Back under green flag conditions, Double got by Fraley for second on lap nine.  Two laps later, Double was pressuring the pre-teen for the lead and that continued until the final caution of the race with 12 laps scored.

The last three laps featured a side-by-side battle for the lead between the two minors.  The duo put on clean battle for the win right down to the checkered flag that had the fans on the edge of their seats.  At the finish, Eucker held on by just 0.123 of a second!  Eucker’s popular win came in the Matt Eucker-owned, Tom’s Sewer & Drain/Ohio Commerce Center/Dr. John Eucker/Damon Race Engines/Altitude Adjustment/Danski Dyno & Performance/Close Racing Supply-sponsored #64.

Double leads the points by just one over Fraley, who finished third, and Eucker has closed to within six in third spot!  Ty Rhoades finished fourth with Root dropping to fifth.  Heat races were claimed by Rhoades and Fraley over the 19-car field.

Scott Gilliland became the third #27 to win on the night as his dominance of the Mini Stocks continued.  Gilliland won for a track leading fifth time of the season in the 12-lap Deforest Used Parts feature.  “The 75 and 82 were going at it,” said the 45-year-old Warren, Ohio.  “I just kind of picked my spot and went around it.  I heard Travis (Creech) behind me a couple times.  He’s running really strong so I didn’t know if I was going to hold him off or not.  That’s #5!  We’ve never raced for points before.  We started out so well and we’re leading the points so I’ll show up every week until we’re not.  We’re going to win the championship this year!”

Ray Gregory jumped to the early lead in search of his first career win.  Rookie Travis Creech, who had been hot winning two of the last three features, moved to second on lap four past Gilliland and Tim McAninch.  Creech ran side-by-side with Gregory on laps five and six.  Contact was made between the leaders on lap six, which allowed Gilliland to fly by into the lead.

With the last nine laps going caution-free, Gilliland went on for his second straight win and ninth of his career in his Lawn Wizard/NRC Management/VP&R/Inventive Sign & Design-sponsored #27.  Gilliland has now moved into sole possession of third place on the division’s all-time win list after more than doubling his career win total this season.  Creech held off fifth starting Bill Fuchs for runner-up as Haefke and McAninch completed the first five.  Fuchs won the lone heat race.

Governor Insurance Agency DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds (20 laps): 1. JIM WELLER, JR. (31)  2. Dave Murdick (61)  3. Rex King, Jr. (165)  4. Rex King (65)  5. Eric Gabany (3E)  6. Ricky Richner (26)  7. Bob Warren (96B)  8. Rick Regalski, Jr.  9. Kevin Green (74)  10. Carl Murdick (6)  11. Tom Glenn (83T)  12. Chris Haines (35H)  13. Rob Kristyak.

Barris Supply RUSH Late Models (20 laps): 1. ERIC WILSON (27W)  2. Will Thomas III (9)  3. Dennis Lunger, Jr. (Schwartz 71L)  4. Josh Double (38)  5. Clay Ruffo (14R)  6. Lauren Longbrake (27)  7. Matt Latta (21)  8. Jamie Wrightsman (21J)  9. Brian Booher (00H)  10. Shaun Hooks (65)  11. Lon Emerick (3)-DNS.

Summit Racing Equipment (E) Modifieds (15 laps): 1. JOE GABRIELSON (58)  2. Mike Kinney (3)  3. Jeff Johnson (27)  4. Alan Dellinger (White 53)  5. Mike Potosky (M20)  6. Steve Haefke (41)  7. Gary Sullivan (47s)  8. Ed Wilson (33)  9. Rocky Kugel (Petsko 00)  10. Jeff Hassay (10)  11. Chuck Recker, Jr. (17R)  12. Dustin Fraley (127)  13. Evan Taylor (7)  14. Shawn Shingledecker (54s)  15. Jonathan Taylor (5)  16. Wayne Tessean (10)  17. Brian Douglas (214)  18. Clayton Kennedy (9)-DSQ (unsportsmanlike conduct).

Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars (15 laps): 1. BRUCE REDMAN (27)  2. Mike Clark (7)  3. Charlie Jasinski (5J)  4. Rod Laskey (1R)  5. Brian Carothers (02c)  6. Dan McEwen (95)  7. Shaun Hooks (Fornataro USA1)  8. Jamie Scharba (00s)  9. Ron Yarab, Jr. (Burns 70B)  10. Jason Stanke (44)  11. Jesse Brock (22B)  12. Tony Bruno (97).

HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods (15 laps): 1. JACOB EUCKER (64)  2. Jeremy Double (83)  3. Ryan Fraley (12)  4. Ty Rhoades (12R)  5. Larry Root (22x)  6. Alan Atkinson (30Too)  7. Steve Burns, Jr. (Redman 27)  8. Casey Bowers (20)  9. Brian Hathaway (93)  10. Josh Ferry (33)  11. Mike Hillman (29)  12. George Vestal IV (4)  13. Keith Felicetty (98)  14. Brian Foley, Jr. (16JSR)  15. Junior Mechling (89)  16. Gina Thompson (Webber 25)  17. Kevin Robinson (24R)  18. Bob Williamson (8)  19. Jeff Mundell (11).

Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks (12 laps): 1. SCOTT GILLILAND (27)  2. Travis Creech (75T)  3. Bill Fuchs (10)  4. Jim Haefke, Jr. (421)  5. Tim McAninch (43)  6. Pat Drennan (24)  7. Geof Pinch (36)  8. Jeff Little (42)  9. Ray Gregory (82R)  10. Ken Koby II (11).

Sharon Speedway will be back in action next Saturday, June 9 with another “Steel Valley Thunder” program featuring the above six divisions.  Race time is 7 p.m.  Coming up on Wednesday, June 12 is the Pay It Forward Foundation “Summer Bash” featuring NDRL’s ULMS Super Late Models ($ 3,000 to-win), UEMS Mods ($ 2,000 to-win), and the HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods ($ 350 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 www.twitter.com/sharonspdwy.

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Pay it Forward “Summer Bash” nearing on Wed, June 12; ULMS Super Lates & UEMS Mods with Ken Schrader & Ryan Blaney competing

By Mike Leone

June 3, 2013

(Hartford, OH)…Summer is drawing near and one of the new events on the slate for 2013 at Sharon Speedway is quickly approaching.  The inaugural “Summer Bash” Pay it Forward Foundation event will be held on Wednesday, June 12 featuring the NDRL’s United Late Model Series (ULMS) and the United E-Mod Series (UEMS).  The Econo Mods will also be on the racing card.  Though not on the original published 2013 schedule, Hamilton-Young Motorsports has coordinated this special event part of the 84th anniversary season that will include NASCAR racers Ken Schrader and Ryan Blaney competing in Modifieds.

Sharon has stepped up in 2013 showcasing ULMS and UEMS on four occasions.  Back on April 20, “The Juice” Davey Johnson shattered the track record in route to the $ 3,000 payday.  Johnson’s victory was the 27th of his career, which is second all-time to the great Jim Bickerstaff.  Johnson is likely to be in the field on June 12 as he looks to add to that total.  Keith Barbara ended the 2012 season at Sharon winning the season’s only Super Late Model show and first ever ULMS event at the speedway.

Other ULMS winners to date this season include Rob Blair (April 6 at Mercer) and Ron Davies (April 27 at McKean).  Dave Hess, Jr. is the current Series point leader.  Once again $ 3,000 will be posted for the event.  ULMS will return on Saturday, July 20 and Saturday, October 5 for two more $ 3,000 to-win shows!

The Modifieds have provided the best racing night in and night out this season to date with four winners in as many races.  The action heats up even more when UEMS comes to town.  In 2012, Jack Young tied for the championship with Joel Watson.  Young and his car owner Ken Hamilton were instrumental in making the June 12 event happen, which also includes $ 2,000 to-win for the Modifieds!

Joining the already stout Modified field that is expected to draw racers from all over with no other events taking place are NASCAR racers Ken Schrader and up and coming star Ryan Blaney.  The youngest of the racing Blaneys is quickly making a name for himself in NASCAR; however, has yet to win a race at the speedway his father is part-owner of.  Ryan will replace his father Dave, who is unable to compete in the event.

Sharon will have two more Modified special events after June 12.  They are July 20 with ULMS and then $ 2,000 will be up for grabs again on September 14 all under the UEMS banner!

The speedway’s regular HTMA/Precise Racing Econo Mods will round out the program on June 12 racing for $ 350 to-win in a full point event.

The Pay It Forward Foundation was formed with the desire to carry out the mission defined by the principle of generosity witnessed in the movie Pay It Forward.  P.I.F.F. is a completely volunteer group in the spirit of love and faith that raises money to help hard-working people who have fallen on tough times regardless of their beliefs, color, sex, age or orientation. The only thing they ask is that the recipients, in the same spirit of love and faith, pay it forward with three random acts of kindness.  For more information, check out their website at www.piffcleveland.org.

“This will be a great event to be able to host at Sharon Speedway,” stated Sharon GM Dave Willoughby.  “It gives us another opportunity to feature the Super Late Models, which isn’t always easy to do with so many Saturday Super Late Model shows.  Racers and fans both are always asking us to do more events  and we’re glad to be able to host four shows this season.  I have to thank Hamilton-Young Motorsports for making this night happen.”

Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7.  Adult grandstand admission is just $ 15.  Students 13 and under are always free as is parking.

Sharon features the Governor Insurance Agency DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Barris Supply RUSH Late Models, Summit Equipment Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks on a weekly basis as part of the “Steel Valley Thunder” programs 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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“STEEL VALLEY THUNDER” & KIDS BIKE RACES SATURDAY FOR LINCOLN ELECTRIC NIGHT; WELDER TO BE AWARDED TO A LUCKY RUSH L.M. DRIVER

By Mike Leone

June 5, 2013

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway continues to battle Mother Nature seemingly week in and week out as it seems when it hasn’t been threatening, the races have been run under chilly and windy conditions; nonetheless, Sharon will look to complete the ninth straight racing event this Saturday night, June 8!

Saturday’s “Steel Valley Thunder” program will again feature 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 the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks.  Racing begins at 7 p.m.

Saturday is Lincoln Electric Night as they will give away a Power Mig 140C machine & utility cart (valued at $ 750) to one lucky RUSH Late Model driver!  All competing RUSH drivers will be eligible for the prize.  Decals are required.

Saturday is also the first Kids Bike Race Night.  Kids 3-12 will be eligible to compete on the frontstretch during intermission. Helmets are required. 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.  Saturday’s home-cooked meal special is mashed potatoes with hamburger gravy and vegetable.

After Rex King, Jr. became the first DIRTcar Big-Block Modified repeat winner of the season on May 26, Jim Weller, Jr. found the same success last Saturday night.  Weller had went nearly three years without a win now finds himself with two well before the midpoint of the season and also leads the Governor Insurance Agency points by 15 over King, Jr  Weller credits much of his turnaround to a new Troyer car.

It appears it will come down to a five-man race for the big-block title as the elder Rex King, Dave Murdick, and New York racer Ricky Richner are in pursuit.  Richner, who is in his first season of racing at Sharon, looks to continue his streak of all finishes in the top six spots.  In fact, all of Richner’s seven feature starts have resulted in finishes of either fourth, fifth or sixth!

RUSH Late Model drivers will not only be able battling for prize money and Sharon points, but of course Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Weekly Series points and the one lucky racer will take home the Lincoln Electric Welder thanks in part to being a Major Contingency Sponsor of the Series.

After a hot start, Dennis Lunger, Jr. has cooled off slightly in the Barris Supply-sponsored division, but has remained consistent as he’s yet to finish outside of fourth place in any of the weekly events at Sharon.  That’s good enough for a 56-point advantage.  It’s a tight battle for runner-up with 2011 champion and last year’s runner-up Matt Latta tied for the position.  Just one point behind that is 2012 champion Will Thomas III and trailing him by only seven is last week’s winner Eric Wilson.  Wilson is second in RUSH’s “Futures Cup” standings.

Joe Gabrielson’s emotional first win of the season following the passing of his father Bill has propelled him into second place in the Summit Racing Equipment Modified points.  Gabrielson trails the division’s all-time winner, Alan Dellinger, by 17 markers.  Third and fourth place point men, Mike Kinney and Shawn Shingledecker, have been fast, but haven’t been able to find victory lane to date.  Could there be a seventh different winner this Saturday night!?  This will be the final tune-up before Wednesday’s $ 2,000 to-win UEMS event.

After an open rules event on Sunday, May 26 and a non-point event last Saturday due to a special at Pittsburgh, the Stock Cars will be back to basics this Saturday night.  Though the car counts in the Gibson Insurance Agency-sponsored division aren’t what they used to be in years past, the competitiveness is still present.  Six different drivers have found victory lane!

Mike Clark, who is looking for his first ever track championship, leads the Stock points by 11 over defending champion Tim Burns, who remains winless in 2013.  Paul Davis, the division’s only repeat winner, is just 14 points out of the lead. One-time winner, Bryan Wagner, and Jamie Scharba, who is also in search of a win, round out the top five.

It’s looking more and more like the Econo Mods is coming down to a race between youngsters Jeremy Double, Ryan Fraley, and Jacob Eucker.  Just six points separate these three boys, who have won seven of the eight races to date!  Double leads the way in wins (three) and points (309).  Fraley and 12-year-old Eucker have both won a pair of features and trail Double by one and six points respectively.  One-time winner, Steve Burns, Jr., and impressive rookie Ty Rhoades complete the top five.

Quite a competition has ensued in the Mini Stocks between Scott Gilliland, Bill Fuchs, and Travis Creech.  Gilliland leads the way at the speedway with five wins and leads 2011 champion Bill Fuchs by 43 markers.  The man on the move is the rookie Creech, who has seemingly become the fastest car over the past several events.  Ray Gregory, who just can’t nail down his first career win, is fourth in points ahead of defending champion, Jim Haefke, Jr., who has had a disappointing season to date.

Pits open at 4 p.m. Saturday with grandstands at 5 and heat races slated for 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.

Lincoln Electric is a leading global manufacturer of welding products, arc welding equipment, welding consumables, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment and robotic welding systems.  Lincoln Electric’s tradition of innovative solutions, technological leadership and commitment to customers, employees, and shareholders stems from the vision of its founder, John C. Lincoln and his brother, James F. Lincoln.  In 1895 John C. Lincoln started the company with a capital investment of $ 200 and his own design of electric motors.

Today, Lincoln Electric has more than 40 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 20 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries, Lincoln Electric has a global work force of more than 10,000.

Lincoln Electric is a major supporter of auto racing including various series and racers in NASCAR, Indy Car, Sprint Cars, monster trucks, off road racing, NHRA drag racing, and much, much more.  Lincoln Electric is headquartered at 22801 St. Clair Ave. Cleveland, OH 44117.  For more information, check out their website at www.lincolnelectric.com or call 216-481-8100.

Don’t forget about a pair of special midweek events coming up this month.  On Wednesday the 12th, the Pay It Forward Foundation will present the “Summer Bash” featuring NDRL’s United Late Model Series (ULMS) and their United E-Mod Series (UEMS) paying $ 3,000 and $ 2,000 to-win respectively.  The Econo Mods will also be in action for $ 350 to-win.  NASCAR racers Ryan Blaney and Ken Schrader will be competing in Modifieds.

Sprint Car fans will want to mark Tuesday, June 25 down for the first of four Sprint Car shows in 2013 at Sharon.  The first event will be an All Star Circuit of Champions-sanctioned event as part of Ohio Speedweek with the winner pocketing $ 5,000.  The Econo Mods and Mini Stocks will be part of the program.  Gates open at 4 p.m. for both of these programs.

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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