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Sharon Speedway Beats Rain To Checkers

By Mike Leone, Press Release Provided by Sharon Speedway

While just about every race track in the region cancelled due to the inclement weather on Saturday, Sharon forged on with the “Steel Valley Thunder” program on Speed Energy Drink Night. Heavy rains Friday night and overcast, cool conditions led to a fast track and the show was completed just before the rains came again.

Celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Brian Swartzlander-Governor Insurance DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Josh Double-Barris Supply RUSH Late Models, Joel Watson-Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Paul Davis-Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Ryan Fraley-HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Scott Gilliland-Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. Hunter Zilhauer and Emily Clemens were the two winners of the bike giveaways courtesy of King Bros. and Sharon Speedway. Continue reading Sharon Speedway Beats Rain To Checkers

Racing Around NEO: May 10th – 11th Edition

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Maybe this weekend is the weekend to take Mom out to the race track?  Several tracks across the area have benefits for mom thrown into a trip to the racetrack. Continue reading Racing Around NEO: May 10th – 11th Edition

Weller Wins First Sharon Big-Block Mods Race Since 2010

By Mike Leone, Press Release Provided by Sharon Speedway

For the second straight week, Sharon Speedway was blessed with a beautiful sunny, 70-degree spring day. Celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane on Saturday night were Jim Weller, Jr.-Governor Insurance DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Dennis Lunger, Jr.-Barris Supply RUSH Late Models, Joel Watson-Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Bryan Wagner-Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Jeremy Double-HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Ken Koby II-Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. Sam Kavala of Titusville, Pa. and Paige Skelton of Niles, Ohio were the two winners of the bike giveaways courtesy of King Bros. and Sharon Speedway. Continue reading Weller Wins First Sharon Big-Block Mods Race Since 2010

“Steel Valley Thunder” Continues at Sharon

By Mike Leone, Press Release Provided by Sharon Speedway

Hartford, OH May 1, 2013 After a miserable start with weather to the 2013 racing season at Sharon Speedway, things finally broke last Saturday with a beautiful sunny 70-degree day. The sunny, warming trend is to continue right into the weekend as another clear, mild day is predicted for this Saturday, May 4. It’ll be another installment of “Steel Valley Thunder” featuring a six-division program of 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.

Who will be the first to stop the Kings in the DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds!? Opening night saw Rex, Jr. lead all 20 laps of the Governor Insurance Agency feature and last Saturday it was Rex, Sr. doing the same. In recent years, the Big-Block Modified counts have been low at the beginning of the season and then increased by mid-year, but so far a respectable 18 cars were at each of the first two shows with 23 different drivers competing to date. The elder King currently leads “Cooter” by three markers.

Mike Pegher, Jr. made quick work of the RUSH Late Model competition last Saturday. After getting by Billy Henry, Jr. on lap three for runner-up, Pegher chased race-long leader Bobby Whitling for nearly 10 laps before making a breathtaking move in lapped traffic splitting Whitling and the lapped car for the winning move. It was a busy day for Pegher, who won earlier in the day at Pittsburgh, then beat feet to Sharon just in time for action to accumulate important points toward the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Weekly Series Championship. Opening night winner, Dennis Lunger, Jr., has an eight-point advantage on “Futures Cup” contender Eric Wilson in the Barris Supply point battle.

The competition in the Modified division is always stout. This year is no different with three winners in as many races. Jeff Johnson got his season off to a fast start winning opening night, while Randy Hall won the UEMS special on week two, then Alan Dellinger came out on top of a wild three-wide battle in the closing laps to win last week’s feature. Dellinger, the division’s all-time winner, currently has a five-point lead on Shingledecker. Already 40 different racers have participated this season in the Summit Racing Equipment-presented class!

While the Stock Cars no longer draw the big car count numbers of years past, the competition level is top notch and generally features the tightest point races. Mike Clark and Paul Davis, who have been adding wins at a much more frequent pace the last couple seasons, have won the first two shows. Defending champion, Tim Burns, has the point lead by one over Clark and Brian Carothers. Just four points separates the top six cars in the battle for the Gibson Insurance Agency title!

After just 13 cars each of the first two weeks, the count rose to 20 last Saturday in the HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods. That trend is expected to continue as the season progresses. The competition is pretty equal as youngsters Jeremy Double, Ryan Fraley, and Steve Burns, Jr. have picked up victories to date. Twelve-year-old Jacob Eucker has led laps all three features and it won’t be long until he finds victory lane. Burns has a one-point lead on Fraley with Double and Eucker not far behind.

In 2011 it was Bill Fuchs dominating the Mini Stocks for his first career championship. Last year, Jim Haefke, Jr. emerged as the driver to beat to capture his first ever championship. This year, Scott Gilliland has had the upper hand so far winning two features and leads the early Deforest Used Parts championship chase. The Warren, Ohio racer has the biggest point lead of all of the six divisions as he has an 22-point margin over Fuchs.

Once again Saturday night, one lucky boy and girl under the age of 14 will win a bicycle or scooter thanks to King Bros. This promotion will continue throughout the 2013 season.

Pits open at 4 p.m. Saturday with grandstands at 5 and heat races slated for 7. Grandstand admission for those 14 and are over is $13, while children under 14 are always free. Pit passes are $25. Parking and camping is always free.

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.

DIRT RESULTS: April 26th – 27th Round-up

Six dirt tracks were in action this weekend.  For all the weekend’s results, click here.

Attica Raceway Park – Friday 4/26/13

  • Sunoco American Late Model Series A Main – 1. #15 Jon Henry / 2. #55V Jeep VanWormer / 3. #3 Matt Miller / 4. #91 Rusty Schlenk / 5. #49 Brian Ruhlman
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprints A Main – 1. #2+ Brian Smith / 2. #O9 Craig Mintz / 3. 5R Byron Reed / 4. W20 Greg Wilson / 5. #14H Todd Heller
  • Foster Auto Body 305 Sprints A Main – 1. #1 Nate Dussel / 2. #6 Dustin Dinan / 3. #25 Jason Keckler / 4. #5R Jordan Ryan / 5. #22M Dan McCarron
  • For full results, please visit Attica Raceway Park’s website.

Wayne County Speedway – Friday 4/26/13

  • Fisher Performance Sprints Feature – 1. Kory Crabtree / 2. Danny Smith / 3. Danny Mumaw / 4. Chris Myers / 5. Beau Stewart
  • Lias Tire Late Model Feature – 1. Russ King / 2. Charlie Duncan / 3. Cory Conley / 4. Shane McLoughlin / 5. Rick Bond
  • Thrifty Muffler Super Stocks Feature – 1. Kyle Moore / 2. Bob Daugherty / 3. Jeremy Lynch / 4. Brandon Craver / 5. Frank Oriti
  • NAPA Auto Parts Modifieds Feature – 1. Nathan Loney / 2. Chris Basich / 3. Eric Singhaus / 4. Bruce Miller / 5. Jim Nicely
  • WQKT Mini Stocks Feature – 1. Brad Hensel / 2. Mike Rose / 3. Mitch Reichard / 4. Lester Berry / 5. Adam Kern
  • Mini Wedges Feature – 1. Tanner McLoughlin / 2. Logan Duncan / 3. Dan Selway
  • For full results, please visit Wayne County Speedway’s website. Continue reading DIRT RESULTS: April 26th – 27th Round-up

Season Opens Saturday at Attica

After snow, rain, and cold conditions washed out last week’s action, cars will take to the track today at Attica and Hilltop.

Attica Raceway Park had cancelled their Friday night visit from the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions, but their scheduled race tonight will be one of two dirt tracks opening up the 2013 calendar.  The Sprints will be joined by the track’s UMP DIRTcar Late Models and 305 Sprints for a full night of racing.  Main gates at the track open at 4 PM, with racing starting at 7 PM.  Adults are $22 through the door, with discounts for seniors and children.

Hilltop Speedway is the other track opening tonight with their weekly divisions of racing.  The Millersburg, OH track will feature Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Trucks, and Mini Wedges.  Stands open at 4 PM, with hotlaps at 5 PM and racing at 6:30 PM.  General admission costs $10, and kids 12 and under are free.

“Springduro” Cancelled by Weather

Sharon Speedway has cancelled its “Springduro 150” scheduled for March 30th due to weather.

For a second week, the track has had to scrap plans for the event because of Mother Nature intervening with cold temperatures, rain, and snow melt.  Officials were concerned with both the 3/8-mile dirt track surface and surrounding parking areas.

“Nothing has changed since last Wednesday when we had to postpone the event, in fact with the additional rounds of wet snow and cold conditions things are worse,” explained General Manager Dave Willoughby in a statement from the track. Continue reading “Springduro” Cancelled by Weather

Attica Opener Cancelled, Focus Shifts to All Star Weekend

Mother Nature is delaying Attica Raceway Park‘s silver season by a week, as the track cancelled Friday’s (March 22nd) opener due to poor conditions.

“The grounds, especially the parking areas, are just too wet and soft,” stated Director of Operations Rex LeJeune in a track release.  He continued, saying, “With rain and ice and snow the first couple of days of the week and very little drying opportunity and coupled with the forecast which calls for highs only in the mid 30s and lows in the 20s….that’s not a good combination for the fans and race teams.”

The delay means that Attica’s 25th season will instead kick off with a full weekend of UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints.  A full slate of racing will run on Friday, March 29th and Saturday, March 30th.  Series on the schedule include the All Star Sprints, UMP DIRTcar Late Models, and 305 Sprints.  Gates open at 5 PM and 4 PM, respectively.  Adult tickets for Friday are $18 and $22 on Saturday.  Kids under ten are free.  For full pricing and race times, visit Attica Raceway Park’s website.

Sharon Speedway is still scheduled to kick off its season on Saturday, March 23rd.  Their “Springduro” Enduro is scheduled for a 2:30 PM start time.  Adult tickets are $7, kids 13 and under are free.

Attica Raceway Park has Big Plans for Silver Anniversary

Attica Raceway Park is planning to celebrate its “Silver Anniversary” in style this year, with plans to bring six touring series in 2013.

The 25 year old track will feature three late model tours, two sprint tours, and one modified tour.  UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions will be the first major touring series to stop by, featuring two days of racing on March 29th and 30th.  The All Star Sprints will end up visiting Attica a total of five times this year.  Continue reading Attica Raceway Park has Big Plans for Silver Anniversary