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Super DIRTcar Big-Block Mods comes to Sharon Thursday & "Steel Valley Thunder" returns Saturday


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#1 Sharon Speedway PR

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 02:16 PM

2 NIGHTS OF ACTION THIS WEEK AT SHARON; RETURN OF SUPER DIRTCAR BIG-BLOCK MODS ON THURSDAY; "STEEL VALLEY THUNDER" WEEKLY RACING ON SATURDAY

By Mike Leone

 

July 17, 2017              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

(Hartford, OH)…After a weekend off, Sharon Speedway will get right back at it with two events planned for later this week (July 20 & 22).  The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series invades Sharon on Thursday night along with the Mini Stocks.  Then on Saturday, "Steel Valley Thunder" weekly racing returns for the first time since June 10 featuring the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds, Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series, E-Mods, and the Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods.  Racing begins at 7 p.m. both Thursday and Saturday night.

 

Thursday's visit by the Super DIRTcar Series, the premier traveling Big-Block Modified tour in the world, marks their second appearance in as many years.  Last year's stop saw Jimmy Phelps top a 52-car field in their first race in the western Pa./eastern Ohio region since 2006 when they appeared at Lernerville Speedway.  The "Buckeye Ground-Pounder 100" will again be the region’s only appearance and will pay $6,000 to-win for the 100 lapper!  Prior to last year's event, the last time Sharon hosted a major Big-Block Modified event that attracted the Northeast's best was back in 1983 when Alan Johnson won a CRC Super DIRT Syracuse Qualifying Series event. 

 

The Super DIRTcar Series will be coming off a two-day event at western Ohio's Eldora Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Sharon will again be an easy stop on the way home for the traveling stars that convened at Eldora.  Larry Wight will head to Eldora with the Series point lead and one victory.  Two-time winner, Billy Decker, is second in points followed by Brett Hearn, who is still looking for his first win of the season.  Stewart Friesen has two wins and is fourth over Tim Fuller.  Completing the top 10 in points are Max McLaughlin, Jimmy Phelps, Pat Ward, Matt Sheppard, and recent DIRT Hall of Fame inductee, Alan Johnson.  For more information on the Super DIRTcar Series, check out their website at www.superdirtcarseries.com.

 

The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds have been a weekly attraction at Sharon since 1981.  The late Lou Blaney leads the all-time win list with 121 victories over active racer Rex King, who has upped his total to 53 thanks to a pair of wins in 2017.  Jeremiah Shingledecker is coming off his first win in three years by capturing the $2,000 "Lou Blaney Memorial" victory.  Other winners this season include point leader Rex King, Jr. and Jim Weller, Jr. 

 

The Mini Stocks will also be on the card Thursday racing for $300 to-win.  No registration or entry fee will be charged.  Though they aren't part of the weekly program in 2017, the Mini Stocks have run in three events with 2016 champion, Steve Walker II, victorious twice along with Bill Fuchs, the division's all-time winner.

 

After a successful ninth annual "Lou Blaney Memorial" on July 8 and being off last Saturday for the Trumbull County Fair, weekly "Steel Valley Thunder" racing returns to Sharon on Saturday night for the first time in six weeks!  It'll be Twin-State Auto Racing Club Night with FREE general admission for card-carrying members or discounted $20 pit passes.  Kids power wheels races will be held at intermission. 

 

While the Big-Block Modifieds will be back for their second race in three days, Saturday's event will be highlighted by an appearance by the Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series.  They will not only compete in a entire program, but also their $2,000 to-win 2016 "Apple Festival Nationals" make-up feature that has been rained out several times.  A big field of 50 Stocks were on hand back on May 13 for the Penn-Ohio event before the rains came and washed out the program.    Defending champion, Paul Davis, kick started his season at the last event for the Stock Cars on June 10 taking the victory and point leader.  Chris McGuire and Andy Buckley have also been victorious this season in the only other events completed for the Stocks.

 

Like the Mini Stocks, the E-Mods aren't a weekly fixture as part of the "Steel Valley Thunder" programs in 2017.  They made their only appearance on May 20 when Joel Watson won his 27th career feature at Sharon.  Also that night, Jacob Hawkins won the 2016 "Apple Festival Nationals" make-up E-Mod feature for the Renegades of Dirt.  Drivers will be permitted to use any 8" tire.  The 2016 weekly payoff will be utilized.  There are no entry or registration fees.

 

After a slow start in the first two Econo Mod events which ended his run of 17 straight top two finishes, Steve Haefke has been on a roll.  The veteran Austintown, Ohio driver has won the last four events including the 2016 "Apple Festival Nationals" make-up non-point feature.  Despite his success, one-time winner, Zach Myers, trails Haefke by only one-point.  Myers will have an opportunity to take over the point lead as Haefke will have his work cut out starting last in the feature due to his three straight wins in weekly competition.  Brandon Blackshear, Mike Hillman, and Kyle Miller are third through fifth in the Summit Racing Equipment points.

 

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. on Thursday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.  Grandstands open at 4 p.m. on Thursday and 5 on Saturday.  Warm-ups begin at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday.  Admission for those 14 and over is $20 on Thursday and $10 on Saturday, while children 13 and under are free.  Reserved and advanced tickets are on sale for Thursday by going to SharonSpeedway.com and clicking on the "Buy Tickets" link at the top of the homepage.  Patio seating upgrades are just $5 and fan suite seating upgrades are just $20 over the cost of general admission each night.  Pit passes are $35 on Thursday and $30 on Saturday.  Parking and camping are free.  Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

 

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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#2 sicario

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 05:29 PM

38 big blocks this year. Down from 52 last year, not the direction I was hoping this would go.



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Posted 20 July 2017 - 07:57 PM

The Silver Cup at Lernerville was down to 39 from 48 last year.  This is a problem everywhere, not one class, race or track.  Many weekly Late Model races this year have only drawn 12-14 cars.   High costs are finally catching up with the sport and we have serious problems, like it or not!!

 

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 08:30 PM

The Silver Cup at Lernerville was down to 39 from 48 last year.  This is a problem everywhere, not one class, race or track.  Many weekly Late Model races this year have only drawn 12-14 cars.   High costs are finally catching up with the sport and we have serious problems, like it or not!!

 

GOOD RACING!!!

 

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I agree. special races in the area draw 25-35 cars and weekly races in LM's or BB's draw 12-14 cars like you said. A few cars tonight at sharon that didn't go last year in Swartzlander & shingeldecker, but no Krummert, Rickner, both of whom no longer race there weekly, Murdick, Haines, or McGinley.  lot of NY guys that were there last year didn't show up either. Johnson or Pauch jr specifically. 30 cars at stateline tonight for the $6,100 to win including Miley, Lux, Hackett, and Chub


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Posted 20 July 2017 - 08:38 PM

It's tough for some people to race during the week for many reasons. The super lates are dying because the cost is completely out of hand. You can thank the XR1 and RY engines for that.

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 08:49 PM

Not surprised to see Britten leading at all nor am I surprised that Rudolph is in third. With as well as Rudolph has run there and as much as Britten has run there this year,  they are right where they should be.



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Posted 20 July 2017 - 09:06 PM

Britten brought it home. Didn't realize he'd never won a SDS race before. Rudolph second. Sheppard blew a tire on lap 88



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Posted 20 July 2017 - 09:08 PM

weinerdog...Just what a top Late Model driver told me at Lernerville last week!!!   And why John Mollick now has a Modified!!  Tech & $$$ is way out of hand in the Late Model class!!

 

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 06:04 AM

You can look at each tracks field counts and ask ok why didn't this guy or that guy show up. I think guys are getting frustrated to the point of there not having fun anymore. The cost of a XR-1 chassis I am told is out of reach for your local racer unless you have the funding of a big supporter. Shock packages the same, and unless you are really racing a great deal these new chassis dam near need a engineer to make them go fast. Some of the local talent has the equipment to run with anyone, problem is they can't fine tune the car to go from mid pack to the front. If you don't have a crew chief on your team that can figure those fine tuning adjustments well you better be happy just racing. There are numerous guys in western pa that fill that bill. KISS, but if you do that the playing field would be much more level, and the guys spending the big dollars don't want that.  



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 06:15 AM

You can look at each tracks field counts and ask ok why didn't this guy or that guy show up. I think guys are getting frustrated to the point of there not having fun anymore. The cost of a XR-1 chassis I am told is out of reach for your local racer unless you have the funding of a big supporter. Shock packages the same, and unless you are really racing a great deal these new chassis dam near need a engineer to make them go fast. Some of the local talent has the equipment to run with anyone, problem is they can't fine tune the car to go from mid pack to the front. If you don't have a crew chief on your team that can figure those fine tuning adjustments well you better be happy just racing. There are numerous guys in western pa that fill that bill. KISS, but if you do that the playing field would be much more level, and the guys spending the big dollars don't want that.  

So exactly how much is an XR1 roller VS a Longhorn, non-XR1 Rocket, Mastersbilt, Bloomquist, Capitol, Pierce, BWRC, etc....



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 07:21 AM

Xr1's are in the $40,000 range & longhorns are around $28,000

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 11:10 AM

Car count might have been down a few but the race was 100 times better.



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 02:25 PM

I was told by a guy at Screven in February that a new XR-1, which they had 2 new longhorns, that Mark Richards was nuts and there was no way they were going to spend 42,000 less tires and wheels for a new XR-1. I have heard 38, I have heard 42. If that's what he is getting, good for him, idiots are born everyday and SLM as we no it will be strictly a touring show. Maybe that's what people are trying to do. It has also been said if you want a new XR-1 you can get in line. Again, if these numbers are true and you have guys buying these dam things to run for crate purses, huh, you are nuts.

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 03:04 PM

I thought it was a great race. Bit dusty but the DIRT boys used the whole track.

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 04:24 PM

They have to. Some grip on the bottom or ride the cushion on top with nothing in between. That's what dave wants. At least it wasn't a train around the bottom. I'm not a fan of the new surface the way it's been prepared but it does make for a better modified race if nothing else. I am glad peoppe started to work the top in because for the last few regular sjows it was train time. No one was able to build a cusion because that surface is very very hard

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 11:46 PM

The Super Dirt car count was down because a lot of less teams towed to Eldora this year. That kept the Sharon count down. There have been several Super Dirt raves in New York with a less car count than Sharon though, so it's not all that bad. Airborne and Weedsport and 5 mile point all had fewer.





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