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Whelen Engineering to present Econo Mods at Sharon 2021-2024; Whelen to upgrade track...

15 October 2020 - 09:37 AM

WHELEN ENGINEERING TO PRESENT ECONO MOD DIVISION AT SHARON IN 2021-2024; WHELEN TO UPGRADE TRACK'S SAFETY LIGHTING

By Mike Leone

 

October 15, 2020                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

(Hartford, OH)....Beginning with the 92nd anniversary season in 2021 and continuing through 2024, Whelen Engineering will be the presenting sponsor of the Econo Mod division at Sharon Speedway.  In addition, the track will be utilizing Whelen's safety lightning with their state-of-the-art traffic lights and light bars.

 

“We’re excited to welcome on Whelen as the divisional sponsor of the Econo Mods while at the same time upgrading our track safety lighting,” said Sharon general manager Dave Willoughby. “This will be another great improvement to the facility after the addition of the new red clay surface and infield fan zone in recent years.  We have to thank Peter Tiezzi III for his efforts in allowing this partnership to happen.”

 

The Econo Mod division was created in 2010 and has been a weekly division ever since with strong car counts.  A total of 135 races have been run with 32 different winners led by Brandon Blackshear with 21 victories. 

 

Dave Blaney, one of the Sharon Speedway owners, had a previous relationship with Whelen Engineering when he competed full-time in NASCAR driving for Whelen-sponsored teams for several years.

 

Headquartered in Chester, CT, Whelen Engineering is a global leader in the lighting industry since its beginnings in the early 1950s.  Whelen designs and manufactures reliable and powerful warning lights, white illuminating lighting, sirens, controllers, and high powered warning systems for automotive, aviation, and mass notification industries around the world.

 

Initially founded in a garage in Deep River, Connecticut, Whelen now boasts two world class facilities in the New England region and employs the largest design staff in the lighting industry at over 1,200 employees.  For additional information, check out their website at www.whelen.com

 

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.  Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sharonspeedway and follow us on Twitter @sharonspdwy.

 

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Sharon 9/12 Apple Fest Nats night 2 story & results; Duncan, Schneider, Double...

13 September 2020 - 12:07 PM

DUNCAN BECOMES 4TH DIFFERENT "410" SPRINT WINNER IN 4 SHARON RACES; SCHNEIDER POCKETS $2000 FOR PENN-OHIO STOCK WIN; DOUBLE ENDS 6-YEAR WINLESS DROUGHT WITH HUGE $2300+ "KYLE MILLER MEMORIAL" ELITE ECONO MOD VICTORY; WIN #2 FOR WOLBERT IN RUSH MODS

By Mike Leone

 

September 12, 2020               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

(Hartford, OH)…After returning to racing on Friday night following a two-month layoff due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions set forth by the Ohio Department of Health, Sharon Speedway wrapped up the annual "Apple Festival Nationals" on Saturday night.  Celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Cole Duncan-"410" Sprint Cars, Chris Schneider-Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series, Jeremy Double-"Kyle Miller Memorial" for the Elite Econo Mod Series, and Chas Wolbert-HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds.  The four-division program attracted 125 racers as a total of 190 overall participated amongst the seven divisions in two days.

 

Central Ohio invader Cole Duncan has taken a liking to the red clay surface at Sharon Speedway.  Duncan raced from the fourth starting spot to the lead on lap 19 passing Dan Kuriger and kept Lee Jacobs at bay over the final five laps to capture the $3,000 "410" Sprint Car feature win.  Duncan became the fourth different winner in four races this year with his third career win- all coming since opening night 2019 in a limited number of starts.

 

"This place is so cool- every time we come here it never disappoints," expressed the 28-year-old Circleville, Ohio driver.  "It's a really fun race track.  We were really, really good early.  Kuriger was really good too, but I felt like I could start rolling the middle and that's where I got him in lapped traffic.  I think he was actually better in open track.  Then when I got the lead, I didn't feel as good after those restarts not having as much grip in turns three and four so I was hoping those guys wouldn't be searching around.  I felt them there and knew I had to go as hard as I could and keep the tires under me.  You look up and see Lee there- he's been doing this quite awhile and there's a lot of tradition in the Jacobs Family.  It's good to race with those guys. I'm glad there was a good field of cars as it makes it more special."

 

Kuriger used the topside of the speedway to race to the early lead over former track champion Jack Sodeman, Jr. with Duncan advancing to third.  Duncan raced hard with Sodeman in a side-by-side battle for second on lap three.  Meanwhile, Kuriger caught lapped traffic on lap five and by lap seven it was a four-car race for the lead with Brandon Spithaler joining in.  Duncan finally was able to make the pass for second stick driving under Sodeman in turns one and two on lap 10.

 

Kuriger dealt with heavy lapped traffic on lap 14 as Duncan was on the prowl; meanwhile, it was a three-car race now for third as Sodeman had his hands full with Spithaler and Carl Bowser.  Bowser was on the move as he took fourth from Spithaler on lap 15 and one lap later grabbed third from Sodeman.  Back up front, Duncan caught Kuriger and the two raced side-by-side for the lead on lap 16.  Kuriger was doing a nice job in traffic, but on lap 19 Duncan performed the same move in turns one and two that he did on Sodeman for second, but this time for the lead. 

 

After 20 non-stop laps to start the feature, Logan McCandless spun to bring out the caution.  One more lap was scored before Frankie Nervo got upside down in turn three.  He was okay.  Before the stoppages, seventh starting Jacobs was on the charge moving into the top five.  Jacobs then took fourth on the restart.  On lap 23, Bowser and Jacobs moved past Kuriger for second and third.  After racing from 16th to fifth, George Hobaugh caught an infield tire and turned his car on its side to bring out the event's final stoppage with 24 laps scored.

 

When racing resumed on lap 25, Jacobs overtook Bowser for second.  Jacobs went after Duncan, and cut into the deficit but Duncan had enough to withstand Jacobs' charge taking the victory by just 0.698 of a second in his Ohio Heating/Helms Construction/Motor City/I.S.P.C./Wolf Composites-sponsored #22.  Bowser was third.  Dan Shetler came on late to finish fourth after starting 12th.  Spithaler was fifth.  After leading the first 18 laps, Kuriger dropped to sixth over Sodeman, Ricky Peterson, Brandon Matus from 17th, and Adam Kekich from 24th.  Henry Malcuit set fast time overall in qualifying with a lap of 13.868.  Heat winners over the 26-car field were Nervo, Malcuit, and Spithaler.

 

Chris Schneider has never been a full-time weekly competitor at Sharon Speedway, but when the #55 shows up he's generally the car beat taking numerous high dollar Stock Car wins over the years.  On Saturday night, Schneider started seventh, passed Curt J. Bish on lap 15, and went mostly unchallenged over the remaining laps to capture the $2,000 payday for the Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series.  Twenty-seven cars started the 25-lap feature, which went non-stop in 8:20.450.

 

"We have Sharon dialed in," stated the 41-year-old Lower Burrell, Pa. standout.  "This is my favorite place to race.  The surface is great, the facility is great, the management is great; we just love it here.  I felt I could run anywhere on the race track, but once I got the lead I kind of just stuck on the inside.  I didn't see anyone poking around on the outside, but I think I could have run middle to high; the car felt like it could go anywhere.  I want to thank Penn-Ohio for keeping this Series going, the track management for keeping the track going, and all of the fans for coming out to see us."

 

From the pole position, Leigh Wheeler set the pace for the first three laps before Bish took over.  Schneider was already up to third on lap five taking the spot from Randy Wyant, and two laps later grabbed second from Wheeler.  Schneider found himself a half-straightaway behind leader Bish, but was able to methodically track him down.  He caught him in lapped traffic on lap 15 and made the winning move that same very same lap.  Bish stayed within striking distance until hitting an infield tire late allowing Schneider to pull away by a winning margin of 1.237 seconds. 

 

Schneider's 13th career Sharon win came in the Nick Chevrolet/It's All Clean Pressure Washing/SS Chassis/Hot Dog Guys-sponsored #55.  Bish, who won last year's $10,000 "Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals", earned $1,000 for second.  Wyant was third over Chris McGuire.  After getting up to third on lap 14 and was on the charge, Alan Dellinger faded to fifth at the finish.  Completing the top 10 were Noah Brunell, Shaun Hooks, Curt Bish, Jr., Corey McPherson, and Jackson Humanic.  Winning Friday night's heat races over the 43-car field were McGuire, Bobby Whitling, Brunell, Dellinger, and Schneider.  The last chance B mains went to Andrew Gordon and Jamie Barber.

 

Alan Dellinger and Ty Rhoades led the 25-lap "Kyle Miller Memorial" for the Elite Econo Mod Series to green, but the front row starters suffered major terminal issues on lap three, which allowed fourth starting Jeremy Double to fly into the lead.  Double would then survive nine restarts to end nearly a six-year winless drought with his first win on the red clay surface at Sharon.  Double's last win came back on September 20, 2014.  Double biggest career victory was worth well over $2,300 after bonuses were paid!
 

"Ty (Rhoades) blew up and it would have been good to get team cars one-two so that sucks to see him not finish but it worked out for me so I'm definitely happy about that," explained the 24-year-old Bristolville, Ohio resident.  "The track is awesome.  I'm so happy to finally win here once they got the red clay.  If I didn't win tonight it was going to be six years without winning a race.  I have to thank Josh Christopher for everything he has done for this Series to get us races like this; it's really cool for this division.  My mom and dad are in Tennessee now so they don't get to come and watch the races anymore and that's disappointing.  I'm sure my dad watched Race Monitor so he's probably pretty pumped at home."

 

Other than the long green flag run between laps 10-22 when Double had stretched his lead out importantly leading lap 15 for a $515 bonus, he had Coleton Longwell, Nate Young, and 2019 track champion Dustin DeMattia all over him throughout the nine restarts over the course of the final 21 laps.  In fact, Longwell actually took the lead on one of the late race restarts only to have a caution negate the pass. 

 

Despite six years between victories, Double's $1,515 base win in his Honey Lab/Basich Racing Fuels/Wedge Motorsports/2 Brothers Motorsports/Russ King Racing/Mahan Welding & Fab/King Bros.-sponsored #83 was still the 14th of his career good enough for third on the all-time win list now just one behind Steve Haefke.   

 

Longwell's second was his best ever finish at Sharon.  Young started third and finished third.  DeMattia, who won on opening night back on June 27, was fourth.  Andy Buckley raced from 11th to fifth.  Completing the top 10 were Matt Alexander, Kyle Layton, Russ Dunn, Bob Vogt, Jr., and Chris Schneider, who did double duty.  Winning Friday's $100 heat races were Double, Young, Rhoades, and Dellinger over the 32-car field.  George Vestal IV won the last chance B main and earned $50.

 

Chas Wolbert brought down the curtain on the 2020 "Apple Festival Nationals" winning his biggest race of the year worth $800 in the 20-lap HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modified feature part of the "Route 7 Rumble" Series presented by Wedge Motorsports.  Wolbert's second Sharon victory of the year allowed him to maintain his lead in the Pace Performance RUSH Weekly Series Championship standings.     

 

"We're blessed to be here at Sharon Speedway," expressed the 26-year-old Warren, Ohio winner.  "You appreciate things a lot more when you don't have them.  I want to thank all of the fans because I know the drivers are excited to be here for two nights.  I have to thank God because without him none of us would be here.  I want to thank the RUSH Series for having us here along with Dave Willoughby of Sharon Speedway- all of the crew here is great.  I want to thank my dad, wife, all my crew guys, and all of my sponsors."

 

Rob Kristyak powered around Josh Deems to lead the opening lap.  It was three-wide for the lead on laps two and three with Kristyak, Deems, and Wolbert battling it out.  Wolbert made a great move going through the middle for the winning move on the third lap before a caution for Ayden Cipriano.  Two more cautions were all that slowed Wolbert from his all-time division leading 15th career Sharon win in his Alcon Mechanical/Dunkin Donuts of Warren, OH/C.T. Wolbert Trucking/Walters Building Co./Ohio Intra Express/Russ King Racing/Sawtelle Tree-sponsored #c3.

 

While Wolbert was not seriously challenged, the racing from second through sixth was tremendous as there were numerous position changes.  After a third place finish on Friday night, Deems did one better on Saturday night taking home the runner-up spot.  Two-time track champion, Kole Holden, had raced from sixth to third in six laps only to lose the spot for good on lap eight to Kristyak, who recorded his second podium finish in as many nights. 

 

Holden was fourth over 11th starting Jim Rasey.  Rounding out the top 10 were Eric Gabany, D.J. Schrader, Jacob Wolfe, Tony Tatgenhorst, and Brandon Ritchey.  Heat race winners over the 24-car field were Holden, Jordan, Cipriano.  A total of 29 different RUSH Sportsman Modifieds competed over the two days.  Special thanks to Alcon Mechanical, C&R Tire, Jerry Rents, Ohio Intra Express, and T&C Automotive for the sponsorship to allow the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds to have a complete show on Friday night as well.

 

"410" Sprint Cars (30 laps, $3,000 to-win): 1. COLE DUNAN (22)  2. Lee Jacobs (Lewis 81)  3. Carl Bowser (11)  4. Dan Shetler (7K)  5. Brandon Spithaler (22)  6. Dan Kuriger (08)  7. Jack Sodeman, Jr. (23Jr)  8. Ricky Peterson (2)  9. Brandon Matus (13)  10. Adam Kekich (5K)  11. Jeremy Kornbau (27K)  12. R.J. Jacobs (18J)  13. Henry Malcuit (70)  14. Darren Pifer (23)  15. Leyton Wagner (38)  16. Joe Kubiniec (19)  17. Russ Sansosti (23s)  18. Logan McCandless (29)  19. Davey Jones (76)  20. Ivan Johnson (1L)  21. George Hobaugh (40)  22. Brent Matus (33)  23. Frankie Nervo (21N)  24. Ryan Beatty (Peluso 3)  25. Michael Bauer (Pryde 29)-DNS  26. Dan McCarron (22M)-DNS.

 

Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series (25 laps, $2,000 to-win): 1. CHRIS SCHNEIDER (55)  2. Curt J. Bish (Tarr 29)  3. Randy Wyant (11T)  4. Chris McGuire (63)  5. Alan Dellinger (Longwell 7S)  6. Noah Brunell (Keihl 64)  7. Shaun Hooks (65)  8. Curt Bish, Jr. (00)  9. Corey McPherson (c33)  10. Jackson Humanic (17)  11. Jason Fosnaught (Tristani 73)  12. Bobby Whitling (7W)  13. Leigh Wheeler (717)  14. Chris Withers (21W)  15. Rob Shook (64)  16. Rusty Martz (16M)  17. Andy Buckley (965)  18. Paul Davis (3)  19. Jamie Duncan (67J)  20. Josh Seippel (84S)  21. Jonathan Davis (8D)  22. Jordan Perkins (13J)  23. Blaze Myers (43JR)  24. Jamie Scharba (11S)  25. Doug Iorio II (Zachman 28)  26. Jamie Barber (20-20)  27. Andrew Gordon (25).  DNQ: Brett McDonald (25), Mike T. Miller (T6), Pat Fielding (23), Jason Jones (81J), Jim Nicely (72X), Terry Wheeler (2W), Matt Bernard (7B), Tyler Wyant (24), Darr Diegelman (15*), Ray Gregory (82R), Mike Kerr (25K), Gary Fisher (99F), Cameron Nastasi (615), Eric Wise (24W), Tom Cantola (30-2), Jamie Maxwell (6).

 

Elite Econo Mod Series "Kyle Miller Memorial" (25 laps, $1,515 to-win): 1. JEREMY DOUBLE (83)  2. Coleton Longwell (Wilson 0)  3. Nate Young (42)  4. Dustin DeMattia (77D)  5. Andy Buckley (Leamer 965)  6. Matt Alexander (77)  7. Kyle Layton (99L)  8. Russ Dunn (Huselton 11H)  9. Bob Vogt, Jr. (Rogers 60)  10. Chris Schneider (64)  11. Mitchell Lam (12)  12. Jarrett Young (21)  13. Josh Mueller (01)  14. Dennis Dellinger (18)  15. Dale Reiser (262)  16. Gary Miller, Jr. (1M)  17. Dan McEwen (44)  18. Gary Olson (23)  19. Scott Burk, Jr. (2)  20. Todd Miller (15)  21. Michael Hudzik (31H)  22. Brian Toto (8B)  23.Ty Rhoades (28)  24. Alan Dellinger (Meadows 10T)  25. George Vestal IV (4).  DNQ: Gary Sullivan (47S), Robert Simmons (4RJ), Stone Lapcevich (22), Tim Volzer (74), Don May, Jr. (5M), Ed Roberts (6s), Vincent DePizzo (1).

 

HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds (20 laps, $800 to-win): 1. CHAS WOLBERT (C3)  2. Josh Deems (9D)  3. Rob Kristyak (00)  4. Kole Holden (2)  5. Jim Rasey (32)  6. Eric Gabany (Schaffer 4s)  7. D.J. Schrader (6PK)  8. Jacob Wolfe (7)  9. Tony Tatgenhorst (63T)  10. Brandon Ritchey (17)  11. David Kalb, Jr. (11J)  12. Jacob Jordan (28J)  13. Jim Bryce (Schaffer 14)  14. Vivian Jones (Schaffer 44)  15. Jordan Ehrenberg (JD57)  16. Greg Porter (25)  17. Kyle Martell (8)  18. Preston Cope (Schaffer 24)  19. Mike Smith (0)  20. Dave Price (111)  21. Joe Gibson (119)  22. Nathen McDowell (Sarcinella 11G)  23. Ayden Cipriano (5c)  24. Gage Priester (71).

 

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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Sharon 9/11 Apple Fest Nats night 1 story & results; Blair, Ruhlman, Krummert &...

12 September 2020 - 09:41 AM

MAX BLAIR WINS RETURN OF RUSH LATE MODELS TO SHARON AFTER 4 YEARS; 1ST EVER RUSH SPRINT WIN FOR BRIAN RUHLMAN; GARRETT KRUMMERT TAKES NIGHT 1 "APPLE FESTIVAL NATS" RUSH MOD WIN; 1ST DWARF CAR WIN FOR SHAYNE MEADOWS

By Mike Leone

 

September 11, 2020               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

(Hartford, OH)…After losing the last two months of the racing season due to restrictions set forth by the Ohio Department of Health from the COVID-19 pandemic, Sharon Speedway finally received the green light to return to racing on Friday night for night one of the annual "Apple Festival Nationals".  Scoring wins and celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Max Blair-RUSH Late Models, Brian Ruhlman-RUSH Sprint Cars, Garrett Krummert-HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Shayne Meadows-Joe's Radiator Sportsman Dwarf Cars.  Heat races were contested for the Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series and the Elite Econo Mod Series for the "Kyle Miller Memorial".

 

The RUSH Late Models raced on the new red clay surface for the first time ever and it was Max Blair winning the division's first race at Sharon since the 2016 "Apple Festival Nationals".  Blair, who has won five of the last seven National Weekly Series Championships for RUSH, went third to first on the first lap and held off late race charges by Matt Latta, Darrell Bossard, and Josh Ferry for the $800 Pace Performance Weekly Series victory.

 

"Man this track is beautiful- I wish we could race here a lot more," expressed the 30-year-old Centerville, Pa. racer.  "There were eight grooves out there and you could race on every inch of it.  This was one of the best race tracks I've ever raced at in my life- that's a true story.  We used to race here all the time when the race track wasn't real nice.  They need to let us come here and race now that it's one of the nicest places around- crates or supers.  I have to thank Sharon for having the RUSH race and maybe we can have a few more.  Once we got going before that late yellow, I felt pretty good.  I wasn't sure if I was getting away from those guys, but I was pretty confident.  Anything can happen on restarts; I just kept trying to change my entry up a little bit to keep those guys behind me guessing on what I was going to do."

 

Blair used his patented inside lane to sneak under Bossard and Billy Henry, Jr. on the opening lap for the lead, while Henry, Bossard, Ferry, and Jason Genco filled out the top five.  Fifth starting Ferry, a two-time Sharon Econo Mod winner is in his first year of RUSH Late Model racing, made a nice move following a restart on lap two to race into second.  Latta started sixth and was on the charge as he passed Bossard for third on lap five. 

 

A caution for Dave Airgood slowed action with seven laps scored.  Latta had a poor restart when racing resumed on lap eight as Bossard and Genco were able to regain third and fourth respectively.  While Blair set a torrid pace out front, excellent racing took place from second on back as positions were changing frequently.  Ferry and Bossard raced side-by-side lap after lap with Bossard getting back to second on lap 14.  Traffic came into play on lap 16, but Blair maintained a comfortable lead until the event's final caution was displayed for Gary Youngs with 19 laps scored.

 

Back under green for the final time, Latta was making the top work as he charged back to second taking the position from Bossard on lap 21.  It looked like Latta may have had something for Blair, but Blair changed lines as he moved up to slow Latta's charge.  Blair appeared to have more speed in the closing laps using a different lane around the racey 3/8-mile track. 

 

Blair would take the checkered flag first in his Murphy's Logging/C&J Dairy/Previty's Auto Wrecking/Specialty Products/Moody & Son Welding/Upstate Auto-sponsored #111 for his eighth career Sharon RUSH Late Model win.  Latta got too high in turn four on the final lap stuffing his car in the fence allowing Bossard to cross the line in second 1.974 seconds behind Blair.  Ferry was third over New York's Genco.  RUSH's "Futures Cup" points leader, Logan Zarin, went ninth to fifth as Breyton Santee, Justin Kann, Michigan's Colby Beighey, and Cole Petrelle rounded out the top 10.  Latta, Ferry, and Genco won the heats over the 22-car field.

 

Brian Ruhlman had finished second in three of the last four RUSH Sprint Car races at Sharon dating back to last season.  In fact, Ruhlman had been the bridesmaid numerous times over the past three seasons in RUSH competition throughout the circuit.  On Friday night, Ruhlman started sixth and used every inch of the surface making the winning pass around the outside of Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series points leader, Jeremy Weaver, on lap 16 to capture his first career RUSH Sprint win, worth $500.  Ruhlman also became the third different winner in as many 2020 races.

 

"The track was beautiful- we drive four hours to come here and run and we'd be here every week if you'd have us," expressed the 50-year-old Clarklake, MI driver.  "You have to be on the wheel on these cars.  I started to run a '410' non-wing car- they are way quicker than these so it makes it quicker to find the limit.  It's all driver control in these cars so it leaves it up to the driver.  I saw some Kyle Larson kid run the top here a couple months ago so I figured I'd try it and put it up there.  I have to thank Veronica- it's just her and I."

 

Jarod Larson raced to the early lead with Weaver passing Andy Feil on the opening lap.  After a caution for Brandon Blackshear, Weaver snuck under Larson in turn four for second when racing resumed on lap three with Ruhlman passing Shawn Smith for fourth.  While Weaver led, the battle was on for second with Larson trying to fend off Feil and Ruhlman. 

 

Following a restart for Nolan Groves' spin with eight laps completed, Ruhlman charged past Feil for third bringing ninth starting Steve Pedley with him.  Ruhlman continued to move forward nipping Larson at the line for second on lap 13.  Ruhlman then got the caution he needed when rookies Tyler Newhart and Brandon Shughart spun with 15 laps scored.  When racing resumed, Ruhlman went to the top and powered around Weaver to lead the 16th circuit. 

 

Ruhlman led the final five laps in his Ruhlman Race Cars/Ruhlman Engineering-sponsored #49 for his second career Sharon win as he won in an Outlaw Mod on June 8, 2019 in route to the "Bickerstaff Cup" championship.  Larson was able to get back by Weaver to cross the finish in second, but was disqualified in post-race tech for his RPMs exceeding the mandated 6,200 on his rev box.  Weaver was then credited for second. 

 

Pedley, who won his first career race on July 12, had another good run in third.  Feil dropped to fourth.  Big-Block Modified racer Rick Regalski, Jr. finished fifth in his first RUSH start driving Scott Clever's #14.  Brian Hartzell, Smith, Jeremy Kornbau, Groves, and A.J. MacQuarrie completed the top 10.  Ruhlman and Smith won the heat races over the 17-car field.

 

Defending and two-time RUSH Sportsman Modified Weekly Series Champion, Garrett Krummert, led from start-to-finish in an uncharacteristic caution-filled 20-lap HTMA/Precise Racing Products feature.  Krummert's first Sharon win of the season was far from easy as he had to fend off Wedge Motorsports "Route 7 Rumble" Series points leader Rob Kristyak taking the win by a mere 0.116 of a second for the $600 payday.  Special thanks to Alcon Mechanical, C&R Tire, Jerry Rents, Ohio Intra Express, and T&C Automotive for the sponsorship to allow the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds to have a complete show on Friday night as well.

 

"Not being able to race here every week really makes you appreciate this place," acknowledged the 32-year-old Ellwood City, Pa. resident.  "I'm glad we could come out and race tonight.  It's a shame that race was so long and too many cautions, but it is what it is.  The track was really good for cars not being on it for awhile.  Ever since they went to the red clay the track has been really good and I enjoy coming here."

 

A heads up start put Krummert on the pole of the feature as he took off in the lead over Josh Deems, Tony Tatgenhorst, and fifth starting Kristyak.  On the lap three restart, Kristyak passed both Tatgenhorst and Deems for second.  While Krummert continued to maintain the top spot through of bevy of restarts, Kristyak and Deems resumed their heat race battle running side-by-side for P2 on laps 16-18 before the event's final caution with 18 laps scored.

 

This set up a two-lap dash to the checkered flag and gave Kristyak one more shot.  The two raced side-by-side with Krummert on the bottom and Kristyak on the top.  It appeared like Kristyak may be able to pull off the win entering turn three on the final lap as he had the advantage, but Krummert got enough bite off the bottom of turn four to secure the victory.  Krummert's sixth career RUSH Mod victory and seventh overall at Sharon came in the Jerry Schaffer Racing/Turn 4 Toilets-sponsored #10s. 

 

Deems, who always runs well at Sharon, was third over Tatgenhorst.  Chas Wolbert charged back through the field to finish fifth after an early flat tire.  Kyle Martell was sixth.  Jordan Ehrenberg had a good run going 15th to seventh over two-time track champion Kole Holden.  David Kalb, Jr. and RUSH Mod "Futures Cup" points leader Ayden Cipriano completed the top 10.  Krummert, Deems, and Tatgenhorst won the heat races over the 27-car field. 

 

The Sportsman Dwarf Cars made their annual appearance at the track and it was Shayne Meadows garnering his first career Sharon victory.  Meadows made the winning pass on lap five from Doug Stanley to score the $600 victory in the 15-lap feature presented by Joe's Radiator with associate sponsorship from Waterstone Mortgage, R. Tumbleweed Transportation, and Cipriano Racing.

 

"I love driving these cars," stated the Deerfield, Ohio driver.  "I drive a Mod Lite at Deerfield (Good's Raceway) and this is my first time in this car and it's rocket.  We have a blast coming here and I love it.  I still like the Mod Lites, but if you keep bringing the Dwarfs back I'll be here every year.  I have to thank Terry Ohl; he owns this car and let me drive it tonight.  I want to thank all the fans for coming out and supporting this.  I hope everyone gets home safe."

 

It was four-wide for the lead on the opening lap with Joe Grzelak, Jr. going third to first over Jake Eakin, Steve Mix, and Stanley.  Mix and Grzelak would be involved in spins in successive laps as Stanley took over the top spot on lap two.  Meadows started back in ninth and raced side-by-side for the lead with Stanley on laps four and five before taking over for good on the fifth circuit. 

 

Three cautions on laps 12, 13, and 14 gave Stanley additional chances at Meadows, but was unable to unseat the leader and eventual winner.  Stanley, a former Sprint Car racer throughout eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, was second.  Angie Grzelak beat her brother Joe to the finish for third as another female in Tiffany Williams was fifth.  Eakin and Joe Grzelak were heat victors over the 22-car field.

 

Picking up Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship heat races were Chris McGuire, Bobby Whitling, Noah Brunnel, Alan Dellinger, and Chris Schneider over the 43-car field.

 

The four heat races for the Elite Econo Mod Series each paid $100 to-win and were won by Jeremy Double, Nate Young, Ty Rhoades, and Alan Dellinger.  There were 32 cars for night one of the inaugural "Kyle Miller Memorial".

 

Night two of the "Apple Festival Nationals" will take place Saturday (September 12) with a complete show for the "410" Sprint Cars racing for $3,000 to-win and the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds for $800 to-win.  In addition, the Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series ($2,000 to-win) and the Elite Econo Mod Series will run their last chance B mains and feature.  Pits open at 3 p.m. with grandstands at 5 p.m.  There will be a drivers meeting at 6 p.m. followed by Sprint Car motor heat.  Sprint warm-up/qualifying will take place at 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7.  Grandstand admission is $15 and pit passes are $35.

 

RUSH Late Models (25 laps, $800 to-win): 1. MAX BLAIR (111)  2. Darrell Bossard (Winans 22B)  3. Josh Ferry (33)  4. Jason Genco (Craig/Badgley 29J)  5. Logan Zarin (1z)  6. Breyton Santee (9)  7. Justin Kann (66)  8. Colby Beighey (36B).  9. Jim Rasey (Wrightsman 21J)  10. Cole Petrelle (184)  11. Matt Sipes (25)  12. Matt Latta (21)  13. Bill Kessler (09)  14. Lon Emerick (3L)  15. Kyle Zimmerman (z17)  16. Gary Youngs (Y26)  17. Collin Burke (41)  18. Billy Henry, Jr. (21*)  19. Dave Airgood, Jr. (42)  20. Chad Sines (15)  21. Eric Hamilton, Jr. (33x)  22. John Watson (14).

 

RUSH Sprint Cars (20 laps, $500 to-win): 1. BRIAN RUHLMAN (49)  2. Jeremy Weaver (Hull 41)  3. Steve Pedley (21)  4. Andy Feil (Mahoning/Eckart 9J)  5. Rick Regalski, Jr. (Clever 14)  6. Brian Hartzell (69)  7. Shawn Smith (36)  8. Jeremy Kornbau (Williams 8)  9. Nolan Groves (Beedle 25)  10. A.J. MacQuarrie (Hartzell 69x)  11. Matt Sherlock III (55)  12. Ryan Fraley (12)  13. Amelia Clay (16c)  14. Brandon Shughart (29)  15. Tyler Newhart (Wilson 13)  16. Brandon Blackshear (10)  17. Jarod Larson (47)-DSQ (rev box RPM).

 

HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds (20 laps, $600 to-win): 1. GARRETT KRUMMERT (Schaffer 10s)  2. Rob Kristyak (00)  3. Josh Deems (9D)  4. Tony Tatgenhorst (63T)  5. Chas Wolbert (c3)  6. Kyle Martell (8)  7. Jordan Ehrenberg (JD57)  8. Kole Holden (2)  9. David Kalb, Jr. (11J)  10. Ayden Cipriano (5c)  11. Preston Cope (Schaffer 24)  12. Jacob Jordan (28J)  13. Vivian Jones (Schaffer 44)  14. Dave Price (111)  15. D.J. Schrader (6PK)  16. Greg Porter (25)  17. Nathen McDowell (11G)  18. Gage Priester (71)  19. Brandon Ritchey (17)  20. Don Cornelius, Jr. (113)  21. Todd English (King RKR1)  22. Todd Gabriel (33G)  23. Mike Smith (0)  24. Jeff Schaffer, Jr. (14)  25. Chelsie Kriegisch (10)  26. Jim Rasey (32)  27. Jacob Wolfe (7).

 

Sportsman Dwarf Cars (15 laps, $600 to-win): 1. SHAYNE MEADOWS (Ohl 9)  2. Doug Stanley (18s)  3. Angie Grzelak (57)  4. Joe Grzelak, Jr. (888)  5. Tiffany Williams (Smith 58)  6. Steve Mix, Jr. (85)  7. Steve Mix, Sr. (3)  8. Ted L. Williams (48)  9. Jake Eakin (14)  10. Taylor Suchan (44)  11. Mark Suchan (66)  12. Jim Good (Keefe 14S)  13. Kelly Teeters (69)  14. Michael Heverly (99B)  15. Jeff Davis (34)  16. Jerry Langley, Jr. (23L)  17. Michael Keefe (99K)  18. Drew Hannah (14H)  19. Art Williams (1)  20. Amelia Clay (16c)-DNS  21. Brandon Smith (13).

 

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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Preview on Friday & Saturday's "Apple Festival Nationals" at Sharon

09 September 2020 - 01:43 PM

RACING SET TO RESUME AT SHARON THIS FRIDAY & SATURDAY WITH THE “APPLE FESTIVAL NATIONALS”; MANY OF THE REGION’S DIVISIONS IN ACTION; FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTED BY THE RETURN OF RUSH LATE MODELS; "410" SPRINTS ON SATURDAY FOR $3000

By Mike Leone

 

September 9, 2020                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    

     

(Hartford, OH)…After two months off due to COVID-19 mandates, Sharon Speedway will return to racing this Friday and Saturday night (September 11-12) with the running of the annual “Apple Festival Nationals”.  Seven different divisions will compete at some point during the weekend.  The RUSH Late Models, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, RUSH Sprint Cars, and Sportsman Dwarf Cars will each run a complete show on Friday night, while the "410" Sprint Cars and RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will each run complete show on Saturday night.  The Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series and Elite Econo Mod Series in the "Kyle Miller Memorial" will have their shows split over the two nights with their features on Saturday night.  Race time is 7 p.m. both nights. 

 

All general admission grandstand areas will be open including the front and backstretch grandstands as well as the new infield fan zone that debuted on June 27.  For no additional cost, fans have the opportunity to witness racing from the infield; concessions and restrooms are available.  There will be times throughout the night when fans can cross back and forth.  Anyone that is sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must stay home.  All CDC guidelines will be in effect.    Facial coverings are required to enter the facility and are to be worn in all common areas.

 

For the fourth straight year, the "410" Sprint Cars will be part of the "Apple Festival Nationals" racing for $3,000 to-win, $250 to-start.  The hot lap/group qualifying format will be utilized.  Mufflers are not required and there’s no registration or entry fees.  The Sprint Cars have competed all three nights thus far during the COVID-shortened 91st anniversary season.  Dave Blaney won the season opener on June 27 for his 35th career victory at the track he co-owns.  Dave's son-in-law, Cale Conley, became the 11th different winner in 12 "Lou Blaney Memorials" taking night one of the All Star Circuit of Champions on July 11, while Kyle Larson captured night two in Justin Snyder's "Salute to the Troops".

 

After a four-year absence, the RUSH Late Models will return to Sharon racing for $800 to-win, $125 to-start.  RUSH member drivers will be able to accumulate Pace Performance Weekly Series points.  The last time the RUSH Late Models competed at Sharon was the 2016 "Apple Festival Nationals" when Will Thomas III was victorious.  Thomas is the division's all-time winner at Sharon with 15 triumphs.  Twenty-three different drivers have been victorious in the 83 races run all-time for the division.  A good field is expected with no other area tracks running the class Friday night, and this will be their first race on the new red clay surface. 

 

The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will have their biggest weekend ever at Sharon with two complete shows!  The RUSH Mods will race for $600 to-win, $75 to-start on Friday night and $800 to-win, $125 to-start on Saturday night thanks to Alcon Mechanical, C&R Tire, Jerry Rents, Ohio Intra Express, and T&C Automotive!  RUSH Member drivers will not only be competing for Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series points but also the "Route 7 Rumble" Series points presented by Wedge Motorsports each night.  The RUSH Mods have only raced in one event this year at Sharon, which saw Chas Wolbert defeat a 25-car field on June 27.  Wolbert leads the Weekly Series standings, while Rob Kristyak sits atop the "Route 7 Rumble" points.   

 

The non-wing RUSH Sprint Cars were scheduled to compete a dozen times during the 2020 season before COVID-19 severely cut the season short.  In their first completed appearance back on June 27, Jeremy Weaver, a former RUSH Sportsman Modified winner at Sharon, was victorious, while Steve Pedley won the July 12 event for his first career win after 28 years. Weaver has five victories overall on the circuit thus far this season as he leads RUSH's Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series points.  The RUSH Sprints will race for $500 to-win, $125 to-start.      

 

The Sportsman Dwarf Cars have become an annual fixture on the Friday night "Apple Festival Nationals" program for their only appearance of the season bringing in a full field of cars.  They will again race for $500 to-win presented by Joe's Radiator.  The Dwarfs have competed 21 times over the years at Sharon with 11 different winners as Josh Walker is the all-time winner with seven.   

 

The Homak Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series leads the way of the three divisions seeing their programs split over the two nights with heats on Friday night and the balance of their show on Saturday night.  Saturday's Stock main will pay $2,000 to-win, $150 to-start.  Jackson Humanic is the Series' point leader over Jason Fosnaught and 2018 Sharon track champion, Chris McGuire.  The Stocks have yet to race at Sharon this year.

 

The Econo Mods will run in an Elite Series event as part of the inaugural "Kyle Miller Memorial" with approximately $10,000 in purse money on the line.  The feature will pay $1,515 to-win, $100 to-start with numerous additional bonuses, heat race money and lap money on the line thanks to a lot of sponsors.  Miller was a standout Econo Mod racer in the region and former winner of the Western PA Rookie-of-the-Year award.  Miller passed away in April after a long battle with cancer.  Dustin DeMattia, the 2019 track champion, won the only Econo Mod race contested this year back on June 27.

 

If you've yet to compete or register at Sharon this year, please complete the registration form ahead of time and bring it with you completed; there's no fee for the Sharon registration. http://www.sharonspe...mSharon2020.pdf   The complete payoffs for each division is available at the following link or by clicking on Purses under the Drivers tab on the website http://www.sharonspe...Purses-2020.pdf.  Note: the Econo Mod payoff has since increased due to additional sponsors.

 

One-way driver radios are mandatory for all divisions; channel 454.000.  AMB/MyLaps transponders are required for all divisions except the Dwarf Cars.  Rentals are available for $25 for the weekend. 

 

The pit area will NOT be open until Friday afternoon with a specific time to be announced.  Race teams will be directed where to park when they arrive.  Pit pass sales will begin at 3 p.m. with grandstands at 5 both days.  A drivers meeting will be held before cars hit the speedway at approximately 6 p.m. each night.  The RUSH Late Models will receive warm-ups on Friday night, while the Sprint Cars will warm-up/qualify at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday night. 

 

Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $15 each day.  Patio seating upgrades are just $5 and fan suite seating upgrades are just $20 over the cost of general admission.  These can be reserved on race night in the track office.  As always, children under 14 and parking are always FREE!  Pit passes are $35 each day.  As a reminder, coolers nor outside food or beverages are not permitted.  Camping is free of charge and opens Thursday at 5 p.m.  There will be no post-race entertainment and bonfires will not be permitted due to COVID-19. 

 

Lunch will be served from 12-2 p.m. in the pit concession on Saturday.

 

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.  Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sharonspeedway and follow us on Twitter @sharonspdwy.

 

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Preview on "Apple Festival Nationals" September 11-12 at Sharon

02 September 2020 - 08:30 PM

“APPLE FESTIVAL NATIONALS” SEPTEMBER 11-12 AT SHARON; MANY OF THE REGION’S DIVISIONS IN ACTION; RUSH LATE MODELS RETURN HIGHLIGHTS FRIDAY; "410" SPRINTS ON SATURDAY FOR $3000; COMPLETE SHOW EACH NIGHT FOR RUSH MODS

By Mike Leone

 

September 2, 2020                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

(Hartford, OH)…After two months off due to COVID-19 mandates, Sharon Speedway will return to racing on Friday and Saturday, September 11-12 with the running of the annual “Apple Festival Nationals”.  Seven different divisions will compete at some point during the weekend.  The RUSH Late Models, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, RUSH Sprint Cars, and Sportsman Dwarf Cars will each run a complete show on Friday night, while the "410" Sprint Cars and RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will run complete shows on Saturday night.  The Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series and Elite Econo Mod Series in the "Kyle Miller Memorial" will have their shows split over the two nights with their features on Saturday night.  Race time is 7 p.m. both nights. 

 

All general admission grandstand areas will be open including the front and backstretch grandstands as well as the new infield fan zone that debuted on June 27.  For no additional cost, fans have the opportunity to witness racing from the infield; concessions and restrooms are available.  There will be times throughout the night when fans can cross back and forth.  Anyone that is sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must stay home.  All CDC guidelines will be in effect.    

 

For the fourth straight year, the "410" Sprint Cars will be part of the "Apple Festival Nationals" racing for $3,000 to-win, $250 to-start.  The hot lap/group qualifying format will be utilized.  Mufflers are not required and there’s no registration or entry fees.  The Sprint Cars have competed all three nights thus far during the COVID-shortened 91st anniversary season.  Dave Blaney won the season opener on June 27 for his 35th career victory at the track he co-owns.  Dave's son-in-law, Cale Conley, became the 11th different winner in 12 "Lou Blaney Memorials" taking night one of the All Star Circuit of Champions on July 11, while Kyle Larson captured night two in Justin Snyder's "Salute to the Troops".

 

After a four-year absence, the RUSH Late Models will return to Sharon racing for $800 to-win, $125 to-start.  RUSH member drivers will be able to accumulate Pace Performance Weekly Series points.  The last time the RUSH Late Models competed at Sharon was the 2016 "Apple Festival Nationals" when Will Thomas III was victorious.  Thomas is the division's all-time winner at Sharon with 15 triumphs.  Twenty-three different drivers have been victorious in the 83 races run all-time for the division.  A good field is expected with no other area tracks running the class on this night, and this will be their first race on the new red clay surface. 

 

The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will have their biggest weekend ever at Sharon with two complete shows!  The RUSH Mods will race for $600 to-win, $75 to-start on Friday night and $800 to-win, $125 to-start on Saturday night thanks to several sponsors that will be released soon!  RUSH Member drivers will not only be competing for Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series points but also the "Route 7 Rumble" Series points presented by Wedge Motorsports each night.  The RUSH Mods have only raced in one event this year at Sharon, which saw Chas Wolbert defeat a 25-car field on June 27.  Wolbert leads the Weekly Series standings, while Rob Kristyak sits atop the "Route 7 Rumble" points.   

 

The non-wing RUSH Sprint Cars were scheduled to compete a dozen times during the 2020 season before COVID-19 severely cut the season short.  In their first completed appearance back on June 27, Jeremy Weaver, a former RUSH Sportsman Modified winner at Sharon, was victorious, while Steve Pedley won the July 12 event for his first career win after 28 years.  Weaver has five victories overall on the circuit thus far this season as he leads RUSH's Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series points.  The RUSH Sprints will race for $500 to-win, $125 to-start.      

 

The Sportsman Dwarf Cars have become an annual fixture on the Friday night "Apple Festival Nationals" program for their only appearance of the season bringing in a full field of cars.  They will again race for $500 to-win presented by Joe's Radiator.  The Dwarfs have competed 21 times over the years at Sharon with 11 different winners as Josh Walker is the all-time winner with seven.   

 

The Homak Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series leads the way of the three divisions seeing their programs split over the two nights with heats on Friday night and the balance of their show on Saturday night.  Saturday's Stock main will pay $2,000 to-win, $150 to-start.  Jackson Humanic is the Series' point leader over 2018 Sharon track champion, Chris McGuire.  The Stocks have yet to race at Sharon this year.

 

The Econo Mods will run in an Elite Series event as part of the inaugural "Kyle Miller Memorial", which will pay $1,115 to-win with a lot of additional bonuses and lap money on the line thanks to a lot of sponsors.  Miller was a standout Econo Mod racer in the region and former winner of the Western PA Rookie-of-the-Year award.  Miller passed away in April after a long battle with cancer.  Dustin DeMattia, the 2019 track champion, won the only Econo Mod race contested this year back on June 27.

 

One-way driver radios are mandatory for all divisions; channel 454.000.  AMB/MyLaps transponders are required for all divisions except the Dwarf Cars.  Rentals are available for $25 for the weekend.  If you've yet to compete or register at Sharon this year, please complete the registration form ahead of time and bring it with you completed; there's no fee for the Sharon registration. http://www.sharonspe...mSharon2020.pdf  The complete payoffs for each division is available at the following link or by clicking on Purses under the Drivers tab on the website http://www.sharonspe...Purses-2020.pdf

 

Race teams will be directed where to park when they arrive.  Pit pass sales will begin at 3 p.m. with grandstands at 5 both days.  A drivers meeting will be held before cars hit the speedway at approximately 6 p.m. each night.  The RUSH Late Models will receive warm-ups on Friday night, while the Sprint Cars will warm-up/qualify at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday night. 

 

Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $15 each day.  Patio seating upgrades are just $5 and fan suite seating upgrades are just $20 over the cost of general admission.  These can be reserved on race night in the track office.  As always, children under 14 and parking are always FREE!  Pit passes are $35 each day.  Camping is free of charge and opens Wednesday at 5 p.m.  As a reminder, coolers nor outside food or beverages are not permitted.

 

Lunch will be served from 12-2 p.m. in the pit concession on Saturday.

 

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.  Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sharonspeedway and follow us on Twitter @sharonspdwy.

 

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