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.


Sharon Speedway

King & Thomas repeat in Big-Block Mods & RUSH L.M.; Kinney becomes 7th different Mod winner; #2 for Clark in Stocks; Fraley wins 3rd in Econos; Haefke finally wins in Minis

By Mike Leone

June 8, 2013

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway was able to complete the ninth straight race event on Saturday night.  Another cool and overcast day following rainy weather led to fast track conditions.  A season high 108 race cars filled the pit area on Lincoln Electric Night.

Celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Rex King.-Governor Insurance DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Will Thomas III-Barris Supply RUSH Late Models, Mike Kinney-Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Mike Clark-Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Ryan Fraley-HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Jim Haefke, Jr.-Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks.

Rex King matched his son “Cooter” and point leader Jim Weller, Jr. with his second victory for tops in the DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds.  The elder King led all 20 laps of the Governor Insurance Agency feature holding off a valiant charge by Jeremiah Shingledecker.

“Finally,” stated the veteran standout from Bristolville, Ohio.  “I haven’t liked my race car the last few weeks.  It looked like you had to enter high and drive down and diamond across the bottom.  That’s where it worked.  You have (Jeremiah) Shingledecker, (Jim) Weller, (Dave) Murdick, Cooter- there’s a lot of good guys here so it’s no walk in the park by any means.  I have a lot of great sponsors I have to thank them and the fans at Sharon Speedway.”

King out-motored the “358” small-block of Eric Gabany to blast into the lead.  Gabany, Shingledecker, Jimmy Weller III and Dave Murdick filled the remainder of the top five after the conclusion of lap one.  Sixth starting Weller, Jr. went around both Murdick and his son for fourth on lap three with Murdick following in fifth.  Shingledecker caught Gabany on lap three making it a three-car race for the lead.  Three laps later, Weller, Jr. caught the front-pack as it was now a four-car battle for the lead!

Shingledecker finally made the move for second on lap eight driving under and past Gabany in turns one and two.  Shingledecker then closed in on King at the halfway point as he was running faster laps than the leader.  In the end, a caution probably wasn’t what Shingledecker wanted as the pace was slowed with 11 laps completed due to a spin by Bob Warren.

Back and under green, the last nine laps would go green-to-checkered.  Shingledecker tried every move possible, but King ran the preferred line and would hold on by just 0.830 of a second in the KMB Inc.-owned, GS Engine Power/Midway Garage Door/University Hospital-sponsored #65.  It was King’s first win since the second night of racing back on April 27, but 44th of his career at the Speedway!

Shingledecker’s runner-up matched his season best effort.  Weller’s third allowed him to continue to maintain a fairly comfortable point lead of 18 over King.  Murdick was fourth over Gabany, who turned in his second straight fifth place finish.  Sixth through 10th were Weller III, Chris Haines, King, Jr., Ricky Richner, and Tom Glenn.  Weller, Jr. and Shingledecker won the heat races.  In Weller’s heat race, he broke the track record for the first four consecutive laps and established a new track record of 15.443!  Weller totally shattered the previous record of 15.859 set by Kevin Bolland last season!

After somewhat of a slow start, defending champion Will Thomas III has become the driver to beat in the RUSH Late Models in recent weeks.  Thomas now has two victories and a runner-up in the last three regular events, and despite missing opening night has soared to runner-up in points!  Thomas’ victory came in the 20-lap Barris Supply feature.

“It was a real neat race track,” said the 37-year-old Sharpsville, Pa. racer.  “A lot of times when you get to weather this time of the year it’s different like it was last year being hot.  I usually like it when it’s slick as it takes more of a driver, but it was cool tonight.  Dennis (Lunger) is a good racer.  He’s an old guy like me.  We’ve been around awhile.  We race well together and he’s a hard racer.  I like coming to Sharon.  There are a lot of fans here.  It’s good to see people support their local race tracks.”

Dennis Lunger, Jr., who shot out of the gates winning two of the season’s first three features in addition to the last race of 2012, raced to the early lead over Brian Booher.  Thomas started fifth and passed teenagers Jorden Peters and Clay Ruffo on the first lap for third.  Seventh starting Josh Double was able to advance three positions after the first lap for fourth.

Thomas caught Booher and the two ran side-by-side on laps two and three.  Thomas made the pass stick coming off the bottom of turn four on lap three for second.  Thomas quickly closed on Lunger on lap four and one lap later was right on the #71L.  In fact, coming down for lap five they were side-by-side off turn four.  Thomas was on the bottom and Lunger up one groove on the top.  The two put on a nice race running side-by-side for the next two laps.  Finally on lap seven, Thomas got enough grip off the bottom to make the pass stick.

While Thomas and Lunger distanced themselves from the field, Double caught Booher in the battle for third.  As the laps ticked off caution-free, Lunger began to close in on Thomas as he was running faster laps; however, that was short lived as his car went up in smoke and briefly caught fire necessitating the red with 15 laps scored.

When racing resumed, Double passed Booher for runner-up.  Double though wouldn’t have anything for Thomas, who raced on to win by 1.738 seconds in his Colonial Metal Products/Barris Supply/All Star Motorstate/Sweet Mfg. Quarter Master/King Sanitary-sponsored #9.  The victory was Thomas’ sixth of his career and moves him into second on the division’s all-time win list.

Booher’s third place was easily his best performance since a runner-up in last year’s season finale.  In fact, Booher’s best finish of the season was ninth last week.  Ruffo edged out 10th starting Eric Wilson and Butch Lambert in a good battle for the fourth position.  Until last week’s season best fifth, Ruffo’s prior season best was a ninth and now bettered that with a fourth place finish.  Ben Black, Rocky Kugel, Bobby Pifer III and Matt Latta completed the top 10.  Jamie Wrightsman won his first career Late Model heat, while Ruffo captured the other.

As part of Lincoln Electric Night and being a Major Contingency Sponsor of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series, a Lincoln Electric Power Mig 140C Machine and Utility Cart valued at $ 750 was given away.  By the luck of the draw, Canadian Jorden Peters was the lucky recipient.

In a great race, Mike Kinney withstood the heavy challenges by Steve Dixon to win his first of the season in the 15-lap Summit Racing Equipment Modified feature.  Kinney became the season’s seventh different winner in nine races!  It was also a big night for Kinney, who overtook Alan Dellinger for the point lead!

“I’m very tired,” revealed the soon to be 39-year-old Ashtabula, Ohio resident.  “There were a lot of cautions and a lot of pressure there.  My RACEceiver went out halfway and I couldn’t hear anyone talking so I was hoping I wasn’t messing up.  I seen Steve (Dixon) down there and I was just waiting for him to push up, but I knew he’d hold his line.  He’s a great driver.  I have a lot of respect for him- that was fun and an awesome race!  I have to thank all of my crew.  They help me so much and I just can’t thank them enough.”

Kinney took off in the lead, while good friend Joel Watson passed Dixon, Scott Stiffler, and Jeff Hassay all on the opening lap for second.  Stiffler regained third when he passed Hassay on lap two.  Watson’s run would come to an end on lap three when he uncharacteristically spun on his own in turn two and collected three other racers.

Dixon had a great restart when racing resumed as he passed both Hassay and Stiffler for runner-up.  Seventh starting Jeff Johnson was on the move as he raced by Stiffler for third on lap five.  Though several cautions slowed action, the battle for the lead was intense.  Dixon was alongside Kinney on just about every lap, but just couldn’t quite make the pass.

Dixon got a great run off turn four on the final lap, but came up just 0.156 of a second shy as Kinney’s Racecar Fabricating/TJ Racing Transmission/Close Racing Supply/Arp’s Automotive/Flinbiu Graphics/Hoosier Tire-sponsored #3 held on for his third career win.  Dixon was making just his second start of the season and first since the April 20 UEMS event.

Johnson and Stiffler traded the third spot several times with Johnson getting the nod.  Shawn Shingledecker was fifth after starting 10th.  Rounding out the top 10 were newcomer D.J. Cline, Andy Buckley, Howard Fraley, Brock Moskey, and Hassay.  Heat victories went to Watson, Dixon, and Stiffler.  The 25-car field matched a season high from the UEMS event.

It’s hard to believe that two years ago Mike Clark had never won a feature after 15 years of racing.  Clark got that first career win on June 11, 2011.  Since then Clark has added five victories in the Stock Car division and Saturday night’s latest victory kept him atop the Gibson Insurance Agency standings as he seeks his first career track championship.

“I loved the race track- that’s my kind of track,” acknowledged the 47-year-old Bristolville, Ohio racer.  “It was good to start up front and it was hammer down.  I wasn’t worried about the restart being able to start on the outside.  I’d like to thank the Lord, the class sponsor, my son, dad, Pat Adams for helping me, all the fans, and of course Sharon Speedway for having us.”

After two false starts by pole-sitter Brian Carothers, Bob McCann was moved to the pole position for try #3.  Clark used the outside to power into the lead.  McCann, Carothers, Brent Coleman, and Dan McEwen were second through fifth after the first lap.  McEwen lost the handle in turns one and two on lap and collected Jamie Scharba.

The next seven laps ran off caution-free as the only change up front was seventh starting Bryan Wagner passing Coleman for fourth on lap six.  Third place Carothers and Jamie Duncan slowed simultaneously bringing out the event’s final caution with eight laps scored.   Wagner and eighth starting Tim Burns found themselves up to third and fourth for the restart.  When green replaced yellow, Burns passed Wagner for the third spot.

Up front, McCann was no challenge for Clark, who won by two seconds flat in his Sons of Italy/King’s Sanitary Service/NAPA Auto Parts Champion Heights/Martuccio Eye Care-sponsored #7.  Burns edged out Wagner in a good battle for the third position.  Coleman was a season best fifth.  Heat winners were Carothers and Clark over the 16-car field, which was the highest for a regular show this season.

Ryan Fraley came out on top of a record 25-car field in the Econo Mods for his third win of the season tying Jeremy Double for tops in the HTMA/Precise Racing Products-sponsored division.  The victory coupled with troubles for Double and Jacob Eucker propelled him into the point lead.    “I thought I was running out of gas as it started sputtering there, but it held out,” expressed the 24-year-old Wheatland, Pa. racer.  “We only put in enough and I think we went a little low.  I have to thank all of my sponsors. We’re going to go after the title!”

Fraley started third and passed Butch Lambert on lap one for second.  After trailing the fellow #12 of rookie Ty Rhoades for less than a lap, Fraley made the winning move racing off of turn four on lap two.  Fifth starting Brian Hathaway took over third from Steve Burns, Jr. on lap four.  After several cautions kept the field close including the final one for a spin by Casey Bowers with 13 laps scored, Hathaway was able to get by Rhoades on the restart for second.

Hathaway would run out of time to mount any challenge as Fraley took the win by 1.565 seconds in his Sunset Lanes/Eagle Soft Tees/Tri-State Trailer Sales/Blackshear Racing Engines-sponsored #12.  Hathaway’s runner-up matched his season best finish since April 27.  Rhoades has been impressive all season and especially in recent weeks as he now has a pair of thirds and a fourth in his last three races.  Lambert debuted the Mike Hendrickson-owned #19 and was fourth over Jace Ferringer.  Topping the heat races were Burns, Hathaway, and Bowers.  The prior car count record was 23, which was set both nights at last year’s “Apple Festival Nationals” held in September.

After dominating Mini Stock action for much of 2012 winning the first eight features of his career in the season’s first 15 races, Jim Haefke, Jr. hit a major slump.  Haefke could only muster a fourth in the season’s final five races, but held on to win the championship.  Though he had three runner-up finishes early in the season, Haefke had struggled to find speed, but that all ended Saturday night as he led all 12 laps of the Deforest Used Parts feature holding off hard charging Travis Creech.

“After coming from track champion last year this has been a hell of a year so far,” acknowledged the 31-year-old Austintown, Ohio driver.  “We’ve got a lot of good drivers and cars out there.  It’s good to be here again.  I came today with a different offset and setup.  Starting up front just gave me the advantage.  It was a good track tonight.  I have to thank my wife, my dad, my crew, and all of my sponsors.  If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here.”

Haefke passed newcomer Greg Schmied on the start and took off opening up a big lead while the fast cars were starting mid-pack.  Creech and Bill Fuchs passed Jim Clay, Jr. for third and fourth respectively on lap two.  The battle was hot and heavy for second on lap four as Tim McAninch was trying to fend off Creech and Fuchs.  Creech made the pass for driving around McAninch off turn four on lap four.

Haefke had a half-straightaway lead by the time Creech got to second.  As the laps were ticking off caution-free, Creech began to close in on lap eight just before the race’s only caution was displayed when point leader and the Speedway’s top winner Scott Gilliland got into the fence.  Back under green, Fuchs made the pass of McAninch for third.  Creech pulled even with Haefke on lap 11 and they race side-by-side.  Creech threw everything at Haefke and even though it appeared he had the fastest car, Haefke was able to hold on for the victory.

Haefke’s ninth career win came in his Diver Steel City Auto Crushing/AAMCO Transmission/Killer Racing Decals-sponsored #421 and moved him into a tie with Gilliland for third spot on the division’s all-time win list.  Fuchs and McAninch were third and fourth respectively.  Pat Drennan came from 11th to finish fifth.  Gilliland and Ray Gregory won the heat races.

Governor Insurance Agency DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds (20 laps): 1. REX KING (65)  2. Jeremiah Shingledecker (37MD)  3. Jim Weller, Jr. (31)  4. Dave Murdick (61)  5. Eric Gabany (3E)  6. Jimmy Weller III (23)  7. Chris Haines (35H)  8. Rex King, Jr. (165)  9. Ricky Richner (26)  10. Tom Glenn (83T)  11. Rob Kristyak (00)  12. Kevin Green (74)  13. Bob Warren (96B)  14. Don Brown (71B).

Barris Supply RUSH Late Models (20 laps): 1. WILL THOMAS III (9)  2. Josh Double (38)  3. Brian Booher (Hoover 00H)  4. Clay Ruffo (14R)  5. Eric Wilson (27W)  6. Butch Lambert (27)  7. Ben Black (27B)  8. Rocky Kugel (21KRT)  9. Bobby Pifer III (6P)  10. Matt Latta (21)  11. Dennis Lunger, Jr. (Schwartz 71L)  12. Jorden Peters (11P)  13. Lon Emerick (3)  14. Jamie Wrightsman (21J).

Summit Racing Equipment (E) Modifieds (15 laps): 1. Mike Kinney (3)  2. Steve Dixon (Engles 68)  3. Jeff Johnson (27)  4. Scott Stiffler (14)  5. Shawn Shingledecker (54s)  6. D.J. Cline (4)  7. Andy Buckley (965)  8. Howard Fraley (217)  9. Brock Moskey (3M)  10. Jeff Hassay (10)  11. Joe Gabrielson (58)  12. Eric Singhaus (45)  13. Trevor Herr (32)  14. Amanda Stiffler (14)  15. Alan Dellinger (White 53)  16. Larry Kugel (Petsko 00)  17. Bob Williamson (93)  18. Wayne Brugmann (79)  19. Chuck Recker, Jr. (17R)  20. Hilton Eppley (51o)  21. Joel Watson (92)  22. Brian Douglas (214)  23. Mike Monreal (71M)  24. Gary Sullivan (47s)  25. Steve Haefke (41)-DNS.

Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars (15 laps): 1. MIKE CLARK (7)  2. Bob McCann (Fornataro USA1)  3. Tim Burns (66)  4. Bryan Wagner (56)  5. Brent Coleman (01)  6. Charlie Jasinski (5J)  7. Ron Yarab, Jr. (Burns 70B)  8. Jesse Brock (22B)  9. Bob Pollock (70X)  10. Paul Davis (3)  11. Jeff Buccella (Davis 915)  12. Brian Carothers (02c)  13. Jamie Duncan (67J)  14. Dan McEwen (95)  15. Jamie Scharba (00s)  16. Mike Lesky (5L).

HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods (15 laps): 1. RYAN FRALEY (12)  2. Brian Hathaway (93)  3. Ty Rhoades (12R)  4. Butch Lambert (Hendrickson 19)  5. Jace Ferringer (02)  6. Steve Burns, Jr. (70B)  7. Bob Williams (8)  8. Alan Atkinson (30Too)  9. Mike Hillman (29)  10. Junior Mechling (89)  11. Brian Foley, Jr. (16JSR)  12. Larry Root (22x)  13. Casey Bowers (20)  14. Keith Felicetty (98)  15. Jeremy Double (83)  16. Kevin Sergeff (17)  17. Jason Stanke (44)  18. George Vestal IV (4)  19. Josh Ferry (33)  20. Jacob Eucker (64)  21. Jodi Woodworth, Jr. (07)  22. Jodi Woodworth, Sr. (6)  23. Kevin Robinson (24R)  24. Brad Westover (13)  25. Gina Thompson (Webber 25).

Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks (12 laps): 1. JIM HAEFKE, JR. (421)  2. Travis Creech (75T)  3. Bill Fuchs (10)  4. Tim McAninch (43)  5. Pat Drennan (24)  6. Jim Clay, Jr. (84J)  7. Christi Brugmann (19)  8. Scott Gilliland (27)  9. Greg Schmied (97)  10. Steve Walker II (4M)  11. Ray Gregory (82R)  12. Brian Shay (3J)  13. Geof Pinch (36)  14. Jacob Monreal (32M)-DNS.

Coming up this 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).  Racing begins at 7 p.m.

Then next Saturday, June 15 is another “Steel Valley Thunder” program featuring the DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, RUSH Late Models, Modifieds, Stock Cars, Econo Mods, and Mini Stocks.  Race time is 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.



Sharon Speedway

P.I.F.F’s “Summer Bash” Wednesday with ULMS Super Lates & UEMS Mods; NASCAR’s Ken Schrader & Ryan Blaney to compete

By Mike Leone

June 11, 2013

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway is set to host another special race event and its first of three midweek shows of 2013 this Wednesday night (June 12).  The inaugural “Summer Bash” Pay it Forward Foundation will feature 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.

The appearance by both ULMS and UEMS will be their second of four occasions of the season.  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.  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), Ron Davies (April 27 at McKean), Robbie Blair (May 25 at Stateline), and Tim McCreadie (May 31 at McKean).  Local Russell King of Bristolville, Ohio is the current Series point leader.  King, who has six career Big-Block Modified wins at Sharon, has never won in the Super Late Models at the Speedway.  Once again, $ 3,000 will be posted to the event’s winner.  ULMS will return on Saturday, July 20 and Saturday, October 5 for two more $ 3,000 to-win shows!

The Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds have provided the best racing night in and night out this season to date with seven different winners in nine races.  A regular season high of 25 cars was on hand this past Saturday with Mike Kinney edging out Steve Dixon.  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.  In fact, Ryan has only one career start at Sharon coming in a Limited Sprint Car several years ago.  Ryan is a former PASS Super Late Model Champion and has had success in recent seasons in the NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East, Camping World Truck Series, and the Nationwide Series.

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!

Zimmer’s Service Center in West Springfield, PA has posted $ 50 to the fast qualifier of both ULMS & UEMS!

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.  Ryan Fraley, who won his third of the season on Saturday night over a record 25-car field, is the current point leader.

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.  Pit passes are $ 35.

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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