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Sibling’s sorrow sends Stormy Scott to Lakeside Speedway winners circle

April 25th, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Chasing his twin brother around the bottom of the race track Friday night, Stormy Scott inherited the lead after lapped traffic doomed Johnny Scott with four laps to go, netting Stormy his first USMTS win of the season and first at the Lakeside Speedway.

The first two-thirds of the 30-lap main event at the historic half-mile in Kansas City was a barn-burner between Johnny Scott and Thursday night’s winner, Ricky Thornton Jr.

Thornton started on the pole but it was Johnny Scott that took command from the start, leading the first nine laps before Thornton zoomed around the outside in lapped traffic to lead the tenth lap.

One of the last drivers to still have faith in the treacherous top side of the racing surface, Thornton saw his lead go away six laps later when Johnny Scott scooted past.

As the bottom became the dominant line, Stormy Scott snuck underneath Thornton on lap 20 and then settled in behind Johnny Scott for the final ten-lap run to the checkered flag.

A flurry of back-markers using the same groove caused Johnny Scott to back off momentarily which resulted in contact that sent him spinning into the infield and bringing out the race’s first and only caution with just four laps remaining.

Stormy Scott was untouchable for the final two-mile sprint to the finish and he walked away with a $3,000 paycheck and his 38th career USMTS triumph.

Thornton held on for the runner-up finish. R.C. Whitwell, Zack VanderBeek and Rodney Sanders rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth went to Tim Karrick, Dereck Ramirez, Terry Phillips, Chase Junghans and former USRA B-Mod national champ Chad Clancy in his career-first USMTS start.

Cade Dillard came into the event as the points leader in the MSD Central Region presented Summit Racing Equipment and was running fourth on the final lap when his right rear tire went flat. He limped across the finish line in 12th.

Thornton will be the points leader when the curtain closes on this three-race weekend Saturday during the 17th trip in 15 years for the USMTS to the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo.

Eleven different drivers have won main events held here including Kelly Shryock, John Allen, John Van Den Berg, Ryan Gustin, Scott Drake, Mark Noble, Johnny Scott, Ron Ver Beek, Stormy Scott, Rodney Sanders and Jason Hughes.

The Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will share the spotlight, and the four-division card will be rounded out by E-Mods.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5 and the first heat race starts at 7:30. Tickets are $20, youth ages 12-16 are $10 and kids ages 11 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Fans can pick up $2-off discount coupon at Casey’s General Stores locations in Albany, Bethany, Braymer, Cameron, Chillicothe, Gallatin, Hamilton, King City, Lathrop, Lawson, Maysville, Polo and Trenton. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The I-35 Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval located 10 miles north of Cameron on SR 6 (Exit 64). For more information, call 660-749-5317 or check out their website at www.i-35speedway.net.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Richards Best in Steel Valley 50 at Sharon Speedway

April 25th, 2017

HARTFORD, OH – Josh Richards was victorious in the first ever appearance by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on Friday night at Sharon Speedway. Richards took the lead from Scott Bloomquist on lap four and withstood the challenges of both Brandon Sheppard and Gregg Satterlee to take the win in the Steel Valley 50.

“I can’t thank the track staff enough for trying to get the track raceable for the feature. It was tough on the drivers and especially the cars; I know they had put new dirt on the track, but with the rain they had the last couple of days, that didn’t help. We raced as hard as we could to put on a show for these fans. It feels good to come out on top,” said Richards in Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the third time this season.

Bloomquist led the first three laps of the race before yielding the lead to Richards. Sheppard then moved into second and started to challenge Richards for the lead. Satterlee picked up steam and sprinted around Sheppard for second on lap 17. Satterlee tracked down Richards and the two ran side-by-side for a while until Richards pulled away from him.

Sheppard managed to regain the second spot on lap 38 from Satterlee. Sheppard then spent the final 12 laps pursuing Richards. Sheppard was turning faster laps than Richards on several occasions, but Richards held his line and held a steady lead until the finish.

“I was trying to move around a lot in the final laps. As a driver, it’s mentally challenging. We are going to have to go through these cars from front to back for tomorrow at Hagerstown. The crews work very hard during the week to get these cars ready. Thanks to the crowd for coming out tonight, it looked like a big crowd,” said the driver for the Best Performance Motorsports, Dargie Race Engines, Rocket Chassis.

Sheppard tried chasing down the car and team he had driven for the last two years but came up short. “The track finally blew off there a little bit and the racing was good. We dropped back to sixth or seventh early on, but as the race went on, we got stronger and stronger. I would like to thank Mark Richards and Steve Baker from Rocket Chassis, Valvoline, and Seubert Calf Ranches for all of their help.”

The remainder of the top ten were: Alex Ferree, Boom Briggs, Colton Flinner, Dylan Yoder, and Chub Frank.

The entire staff at Sharon Speedway worked diligently to prepare the race track, however the track surface got away from them tonight. Before the feature, after a unanimous vote by the top-fourteen in championship standings, it was decided to award 100 show-up points to the entire field.

DoubleHeader at Sharon Friday/Saturday with Tri-City To Host Rush Mod Tour Race Sunday

September 16th, 2016

(Pulaski, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance is primed for a huge weekend of racing. On Friday and Saturday (September 16-17), Sharon Speedway will hold a RUSH doubleheader with the “Gary Knollinger Memorial” for the Sweeney Late Model Tour along with the Sportsman Mods in a Bicknell Tour event. Tri-City Raceway Park will then conclude the weekend on Sunday afternoon (September 18) with a Bicknell RUSH Mod Tour event. Racing begins early all weekend at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Sharon will host the prestigious sixth annual “Gary Knollinger Memorial” with $2,000 on the line in a “Marquee” Tour event as part of the “Apple Festival Nationals”. The winner will also get the coveted “Gary Knollinger Memorial” statue trophy. Friday will include $100 Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock Qualifying” along with $25 to-win Bobby Lake Motorsports heat races. Saturday will be the last chance B mains, K&N dash, the 30-lap feature, and non-qualifier event, if necessary. “It’s an honor to again be able to hold a memorial for Gary,” expressed RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. “Gary was a standout Crate Late Model racer from Triadelphia, West Virginia. We, and many of the racers, became very close to Gary and his family when he was a fierce competitor before his tragic passing on Christmas 2010. Sharon was Gary’s favorite track as he had a lot of success there, and has been the site of the memorial all but last year due to the rain out, which was then held at Lernerville and won by fellow West Virginia racer Jacob Hawkins. Max Blair, Joe Martin, Ryan
Montgomery, and Russell King have also captured the meaningful event win.” New York racers Bryce Davis, John Waters, and Jason Knowles lead the way in the Sweeney Late Model Touring Series standings. None of the three have ever won at Sharon or a Series title for that matter. Davis and Waters have been nip and tuck all season long. The duo both have three Series wins as Davis currently has an eight-point lead. Dave Lyon has worked his way up to fourth in points in his first season on the Tour. Completing the top 12 points paying positions are Brian Knowles, former Sharon Late Model and E-Mod champion Will Thomas III, Bruce Hordusky, Jr., Eric Wilson, Mike Pegher, Jr., Alan Dellinger, Tony White, and Brian Swank.

The Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds completed their second season as being a weekly division at Sharon and the average rose from 15 cars per night in 2015 to over 22 this season with eight different winners. This weekend, the RUSH Mods will race in their third Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series event of the season at Sharon. Greg Martin won the non-points make-up from last year’s “Apple Festival Nationals” on April 16, while Chas Wolbert won his first career Tour race on June 25 as part of “Manufacturers Night”. Wolbert is coming off a Bicknell Weekly Series win last Saturday at Lernerville Speedway, and leads the Bicknell Tour points thanks to all top seven finishes.

On Sunday afternoon, the RUSH Sportsman Mods head northeast to Tri-City Raceway Park for their second race of the season. This will also be a Bicknell Tour event as $600 will go to the feature winner of the 20-lap event. Sunday will be Tri-City’s “Apple Fest”. Adam Hilton won the June 19 event.

For the Modifieds both nights, the K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash will be run for the first four drivers that finish outside of the feature redraw spots both nights and will pay $100 K&N certificate to win, $50 K&N certificate for second with $25 cash going to the third and fourth place finishers. Meanwhile for the Late Models, the K&N Dash will set the beginning rows of the feature lineup depending on how many heat races are run.

For both divisions, Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the “Pedal Down” Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature. The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate for a discount off any TBM Brakes purchase in all events this weekend.

RUSH Officials will choose the “Maxima Performance” Award for a driver that exhibits a performance worthy of such for both divisions. The winner will receive a free case of either Maxima Semi-Syn High Performance Racing Oil or Maxima Performance Racing Oil of your choice. In addition, the winner will receive one can of SC-1 clear coat, one 16-oz bottle of Maxima Cool-Aide concentrate, one 32-oz quart of Maxima PSF power steering fluid, and a Maxima t-shirt. The value of this prize package is $170!

The driver that finishes last on the lead lap in both divisions will receive a $25 gift certificate from CrateInsider.com. For the Sportsman Modified Series, RUSH Officials will determine the Sherwood Racing Wheels “Man of Steel” award winner as one that bounced back from an earlier mishap to finish the event strongly. The selected driver will receive a certificate for a free Sherwood Racing Wheel.

You do not have to a member of RUSH to compete. The red AMB transponders will be used at Sharon and Tri-City. RACEceivers will be mandatory. The entry fee for the Late Models at Sharon is $100. The entry fee for the Sportsman Modifieds is $35 at Sharon and $25 at Tri-City.

On Friday at Sharon, pits open at 2 p.m. with registration opening at 3. The drivers meeting and pill cutoff will take place at 5:30 with group qualifying getting underway at 6. The same times will be utilized on Saturday. Sharon Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt track with a GPS address of 3241 Custer-Orangeville Rd. NE, Burghill, OH 44404.

For more information, check out their website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481. As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SharonSpeedway or follow them on Twitter @SharonSpdwy. On Sunday at Tri-City, gates open at 1 p.m. with a drivers meeting at 3, drivers meeting at 3:30 and racing at 4. Tri-City Raceway Park is a ½-mile dirt track located at 3430 Route 417, Franklin, PA 16323. For more information, check out their website at www.tricityracewaypark.com or call 814-676-2894 on race day. Like their Facebook by searching Tri-City Raceway Park and follow them on Twitter @TriCityRaceway.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Records Shattered as Over $17k in Products Distributed for MFG Night at Sharon

June 29th, 2016

(Pulaski, PA)…Sharon Speedway played host to the third annual “Manufacturers Night” presented by MSD Performance for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modified Series on Saturday night (June 25). A record 26 cars turned out for the Bicknell Racing Products Tour event as a record of more than $17,000 in products were distributed in addition to the cash payoff. Every racer received at least one product valued at a minimum $300 with several winning multiple prizes.

“To say the event was a success would be an understatement,” stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig. “The support of these manufacturers and what they offer back to our Series and racers is tremendous. When we started the Series in 2014 our inaugural Manufacturers Night saw $4,600 in product distributed; last year it more than doubled to over $11,000 in product and were proud to see it greatly increase again to over $17,000. The car count has also grown tremendously from seven at the inaugural event to 16 last year and of course a record car count for the Series of 26 on Saturday night! We also have to thank Sharon Speedway for hosting this event and MSD for presenting it for the second consecutive year. Hopefully we can make it bigger and better in 2017!”

The night will be remember by Chas Wolbert capturing his first career win in the division as he passed Brian Schaffer on the final lap for the $600 win and take over the Bicknell Tour point lead. The Mod Lite graduate came from the 10th starting spot after winning the K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash, which earned him a $100 K&N certificate. For his performance, Wolbert was awarded the Maxima Racing Oil “Maximum Performance” honor with product from Maxima totaling $170. And then part of the “Manufacturers Night” drawing, Wolbert won a complete set of 4130 black FK Rod Ends valued at $500 and a dyno break-in service from Race 1 valued at $350. All told, Wolbert left with $1,720 in cash and contingencies! Rookie racer and Bicknell “Futures Cup” participant, Amelia Clay, was the lucky winner of the top prize posted by TBM Brakes, which was two F1 Tornado Calipers and two F3 Tornado Calipers along with three bottles of brake fluid for $1,420.

Clay was also was one of the lucky drivers to win multiple prizes due to more prizes posted than competing drivers. In the second round she won a pair of Oakley driving gloves and racing shoes, five-point shoulder harness, window net compliments of Precise Racing Products, and a box of 200 Ultra-Shield tear-offs valued at $430. Clay left with $1,850 in products plus her cash payoff. Jessica Shea was another rookie female racer that cashed in big. Shea won the second top prize, which was a full custom drivers suit compliments of Velocita-USA valued at $1,000 plus. And like Clay was one of the drivers that won a second prize as she cashed in with two spec Bilstein Shocks and two VB Series coil over springs from Landrum Performance Springs valued at another $360 bringing her total product prizes won to $1,360 before her cash payoff.

The complete listing of product giveaways and winners are posted below. The following companies in alphabetical order participated in the event: AllStar Performance, Beyea Headers, Big Daddy’s Speed Center, Bilstein Shock Absorbers, CJ Rombold Engine Builders, Classic Ink, Crate Innovations, CrateInsider.com, Diversified Machine (DMI), FK Rod Ends, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, Ingram Engines, Joe Willcox Performance Automation, K&N Filters, Jones Racing Products, Landrum Performance Springs, Lincoln Electric, Maxima Racing Oil, MSD Performance, 955 Automotive, Oakley, Pace Performance, Precise Racing Products, Race 1, (Les Myers) Rocket Racing, Russell King Racing, Schoenfeld Headers, Sherwood Wheels, Sunoco Race Fuels, Superior Steering Wheels,TBM Brakes, QuickCar, Ultra-Shield, Velocita-USA, Wedge Motorsports.

The Bicknell Tour returns to action this Friday night for the first of two appearances at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. It’ll be a RUSH doubleheader with the Sweeney RUSH Late Model Tour also in action. The Modifieds will be racing for $600 to-win. MSD Performance will present the RUSH Late Model “Manufacturers Night” at Tri-City Raceway Park with a $2,000 to-win Sweeney Tour event on Sunday, August 14. The new Sweeney RUSH Pro Mod division’s “Manufacturers Night” will be held on Saturday, July 30 at Stateline Speedway, and the Sweeney Pro Stock “Manufacturers Night” will take place once again at Lernerville Speedway on Saturday, September 10.

RUSH Sportsman Modified marketing partners: Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Bicknell Racing Products, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, MSD Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, FK Rod Ends, Sherwood Racing Wheels, Velocita-USA, Precise Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, K&N Filters, TBM Brakes, Lincoln Electric, Classic Ink USA., CrateInsider.com, and B.R.A.K.E.S. E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

RUSH Sportsman Mod Bicknell Tour Saturday at Sharon

June 26th, 2016

(Hartford, OH)…After kicking off the Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series last Sunday at Tri-City Raceway Park for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modified Series powered by Pace Performance, the Series heads to Sharon Speedway this Saturday (June 25) for “Manufacturers Night” presented by MSD Performance. This will be the third annual “Manufacturers Night” as over $17,000 in product will be distributed Saturday night to Sportsman Modified racers! There will be at least 32 prizes with each valued at a minimum of $250 up to the grand prize of $1,420!

This night has grown in conjunction with the Series’ growing car counts as $4,600 was distributed at the inaugural 2014 event at Lernerville Speedway and more than doubled last year to over $11,000 at Sportsman’s Speedway. Drivers need to attempt to participate in the event in order to be eligible for a prize. Certificates for prizes are non-transferable and prizes must be redeemed by December 31, 2016. MSD Performance, the “Official Ignition” of RUSH, will present all of four of theSeries’ Manufacturers Nights as well as providing product for giveaways The MSD 8727CT RPM (rev) limiting box is mandated in the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and two of these will be given away as well as a set of 8.5mm super conductor plug wires. MSD was recently purchased by Holley Performance. For more information, check out their website at www.msdperformance.com.

Five companies have stepped up to offer prizes that exceed $600 led by TBM Brakes’ grand prize of two F1 Tornado Calipers and two F3 Tornado Calipers along with three bottles of brake fluid. This is the second straight year they’ve provided this top prize! Velocita-USA is awarding a full custom drivers suit valued at $1,000. Russell King Racing is providing a front axle assembly. Lincoln Electric is again offering a Power Mig 140C welder and utility cart. Classic Ink, the Official Apparel of RUSH, has stepped up to a giveaway a Quick Crew 48-piece apparel package valued at $600! The complete prize list is posted below. New companies joining the night include Landrum Springs, QuickCar, Classic Ink, AllStar Performance, Sunoco Race Fuels, Diversified Machine, Oakley, Wilcox Transmission, CJ Rombold Engine Builders, Big Daddy’s Speed Center, Ingram Engines, and Race 1.

“This year’s listing of items that have been contributed by our corporate marketing partners in amazing,” expressed Series Director Vicki Emig. “Just as the class has grown, so has the quality and number of items for this year’s edition of Manufactures Night! These companies have believed in this concept from the beginning and have given us their 100% support. Combined, they will contribute over $100,000 of actual useful product to RUSH teams throughout our Late Model, Sportsman Mod, Pro Mod, and Pro Stock divisions I urge our racers to please support these companies by purchasing their products when the need arises. They need to keep in mind that over the years I have asked many others to support RUSH, but in the end these are the ones that have continued to step up to support our Series.”

On the racing side, it’ll be the first of two Bicknell Tour events this season at the Hartford, Ohio oval. The Bicknell Tour features seven events this season throughout the western Pa. and eastern Ohio with a separate point fund in addition to the Bicknell Weekly Series point fund. Adam Hilton won the Series’ opening event at Tri-City Raceway Park on Sunday. Saturday’s 20-lap feature will pay $600 to-win.

This is the second year of being part of Sharon’s weekly program and car counts have been impressive all season long ranging from 21-25 cars with 31 different cars participating! Brandon Ritchey is the only repeat winner at Sharon, while Greg Martin, Kole Holden, Rocky Kugel, and Kyle Martell have picked up single victories. “I cannot tell you how pleased we are with the development of our Sportsman Modified division,” stated Emig. “The division is now consistently drawing 20-25 cars and the racing has been ultra-competitive with six different winners in nine races to date this season. Most importantly it has provided regional racers with an extremely affordable Modified class to participate in. It has brought young, new racers into our sport that perhaps could not afford the other regional Modified sister classes. I’m confident that this class is going to continue to grow into the future, as will our Pro Stock and new Pro Mod classes that will also be surrounded with these exciting RUSH programs.”

Additional Drawings:Race 1Pro Series Race Package with purchase of engine & dyno break in ($350), Race 1Dyno Break In with purchase of engine & pro series race prep ($350). The K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash will be run paying a $100 K&N certificate to win, $50 K&N certificate for second with $25 cash for thirdand fourth place.

The dash will set the line-up for the first four positions outside of the redraw cars. All of the standard tour event contingency will also be posted such as the Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger, the TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night”, Maxima Racing Oil “Maxima Performance” Award, Sherwood Racing Wheels “Man of Steel”, and CrateInsider.com’s last car on the lead lap at the finish award. ($715).

You do not have to be a member of RUSH to compete. There is a $25 entry fee. RACEceivers are required as are the AMB transponders. Pits open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7. Pit passes are $30.

Sharon Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt track with a GPS address of 3241 Custer-Orangeville Rd. NE, Burghill, OH 44404. For more information, check out their website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481. As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SharonSpeedway or follow them on Twitter @SharonSpdwy RUSH Sportsman Modified marketing partners: Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Bicknell Racing Products, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, MSD Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, FK Rod Ends, Sherwood Racing Wheels, Velocita-USA, Precise Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, K&N Filters, TBM Brakes, Lincoln Electric, CrateInsider.com, Rocket Racing, and B.R.A.K.E.S.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Matt Latta Wins Sharon $2000 “Apple Festival Nat’s” Make Up for 1st Ever Late Model Win

April 19th, 2016

(Hartford, OH)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance officially completed the 2015 season on Saturday night at Sharon Speedway with the twice postponed “Apple Festival Nationals”. Capturing victories were Matt Latta in the Sweeney RUSH Late Model Tour event, while Greg Martin topped a record field of 24 Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds for the Bicknell Touring Series victory. Matt Latta has had several top five finishes over the years in Sweeney Touring Series events including three last year with a career best runner-up at Tri-City Raceway Park; however, the 23-year-old racer was just never able to break into victory lane. That changed on Saturday night as Latta led all 30 laps of the feature holding
off staunch challenges by crate racing great Max Blair and 2015 Wayne County Speedway Champion Charlie Duncan for the big $2,000 victory.

“I can’t even put into words what this means for our team,” expressed the emotional Conneaut Lake, Pa. native. “My brother (Tim) won this race. He puts in the most hours of anyone- you can’t even imagine. Russ King has been a huge help this year and has helped us find a little more speed. The sponsors on this car make this happen. I couldn’t ask for anything better than to start the season this way.” Latta used the outside to power into the lead on the start over Duncan, Blair, and former Sharon Speedway Champions Will Thomas III and Josh Double. Thomas and Double were battling for fourth with Double making the pass on lap five as Thomas ran out of room on the backstretch slapping the fence and ending his night. Thomas was given the TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night”.

When racing resumed on lap six, Blair took over runner-up and two laps later was right on Latta. On lap 12, Blair made a move in lapped traffic, but caught a rut allowing Latta to open up some breathing room. By the halfway point, the top three of Latta, Blair, and Duncan pulled away from the field. Blair began to close back
in on lap 17 in lapped traffic before a caution for rookie Jared Kane. Back under green, Latta controlled the restart and by lap 20 him and Blair pulled away from the pack. Latta caught traffic again on lap 24. Coming off turn four, Latta went high to lap Kane, while Blair shot to the bottom. It was three-wide racing down the frontstretch with Latta barely leading the lap and getting to the bottom in turn one first. That was the move that sealed the deal for Latta.

A pair of cautions slowed action on laps 27 and 28. Duncan was able to take back second on lap 28 only to see Blair regain the spot on the 29th circuit racing off turn four and coming down for the white flag. Blair went after Latta on the final lap, but would come up 0.791 of a second shy of Latta, who earned his fourth career Sharon win but biggest ever of his career anywhere. Latta also picked up the Maxima Oil “Maximum Performance” award. Blair earned $1,000 for runner-up beating out Duncan, who will chase the Sweeney Tour for the first time this season. After ending 2015 on solid note, Eric Wilson picked right back up where he left off with a solid fourth over Double. Alan Dellinger raced from 15th to sixth on the $135 Bilstein sealed, spec shocks. Dave Lyon, who will also tour in 2016 for the first time, earned the $100 Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger gift card for going from 21st to seventh. Wyatt Scott gained 10 positions to finish eighth as Jason and Brian Knowles completed the top 10. Clay Ruffo was the final car on the lead lap in 15th and received a $25 gift certificate from CrateInsider.com. Back on September 11, Max Blair set $100 Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock” qualifying fast time, while Blair, Thomas, and Steve Lowery won the $25 heat races, and Duncan earned the K&N “Cold Air Induction Dash victory.

On July 15, 2015 at Expo Speedway, Greg Martin made history winning the inaugural Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series event for the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. On that night, Martin beat a 13-car field for the $600 top prize. Saturday’s second career Bicknell Touring Series victory for Martin came over a record 24-car field for a class that is beginning its third year of competition and second for Bicknell Touring Series action! Martin held off an impressive run by 16-year-old Kyle Martell for the $800 win- his richest in RUSH competition. “That lapped traffic was really racing hard for themselves,” explained the 34-year-old Wilson, NY racer. “I had to pick a lane and unfortunately I got into him a bit.

I knew the guys wouldn’t be too far behind me so I forced my way a bit. I hated to do that and ding up a new body, but I really wanted to get the checkered flag. These guys down here are working so hard to get their cars top notch. These guys are great and are going to have a heck of a field this year. I hope you guys all enjoy watching them.” While the box score will show Martin leading all 20 laps, the victory was by no means a cake walk for the veteran Sportsman Modified racer and defending Sharon Speedway and two-time Bicknell Weekly Series Champion. Only two cautions slowed the event; one on lap five for a slowing Larry Kugel and another on lap nine for a slowing Calvin Clay. Kugel, the defending Bicknell Tour champion, was running in the top three early on and was awarded the TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night”. When racing resumed on lap 10, seventh starting Rocky Kugel entered the picture taking third from Nick Ritchey. As the laps ticked off, Martell stayed within striking distance of Martin. On lap 18, Martell closed in on Martin as the leader tried to lap rookie Blaze Myers. Martin was able to keep Martell at bay in the final laps through heavy lapped traffic for his all-time leading 11th career Sharon win in his #4.

Ironically, Martell began his rookie RUSH season in 2015 with a pair of runner-ups at Sharon in Bicknell Weekly Series action and ended 2015 with a career best Bicknell Tour finish of third at Lernerville before starting 2016 season off with a great second place effort to earn the Maxima Oil “Maxima Performance” award. Rocky Kugel was a solid third. 2015 Bicknell “Futures Cup” Champion, Kole Holden, advanced from his eighth starting spot to a fourth place finish over 13th starting Anthony Gillespie in his second ever RUSH start. Making his RUSH debut, Brian Schaffer charged from 17th to sixth and was awarded the Sherwood Wheels “Man of Steel”. Josh Deems was seventh. Chas Wolbert had strong RUSH debut going from 22nd to eighth and picked up the $100 Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger gift card. Jerry Schaffer and Brandon Ritchey completed the top 10. Clay was the final car on the lead lap in 15th and received a $25 gift card from CrateInsider.com. Back on September 11, 2015, Martin and Larry Kugel won the heat races, while Rocky Kugel captured the K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash.

The Sweeney RUSH Late Model Tour will kick-off the 2016 season this Friday night (April 22) at Sharon Speedway in a $2,000 to-win “Marquee Event” racing with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Warm-ups begin at 6:15 p.m. followed by Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock” qualifying. The Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will have a Bicknell Weekly Series event this Friday night at Lernerville Speedway. Race time is 7:30 p.m.

RUSH Sportsman Modified marketing partners: Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Bicknell Racing Products, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, MSD Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, FK Rod Ends, Sherwood Racing Wheels, Velocita-USA, Precise Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, K&N Filters, TBM Brakes, Lincoln Electric, Classic Ink USA., CrateInsider.com, and B.R.A.K.E.S. E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Rain Washes Out Sharon Speedway

September 14th, 2015

(Pulaski, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series had a doubleheader planned at Sharon Speedway this past weekend; however, after preliminary events were completed on Friday night for night one of the “Apple Festival Nationals”, showers on Saturday afternoon postponed night two to Saturday, October 3 at 6 p.m. for the Bazell/Sunoco Southern Late Model Tour and Bicknell Racing Products Sportsman Modified Tour New cars will be permitted to tag those feature events. Also, Tri-City Raceway Park’s Bicknell RUSH Sportsman Modified Tour event scheduled for Sunday afternoon was postponed to next Sunday, September 20 at 4 p.m. due to inclement weather.

On Sunday, September 20 at Tri-City for the $600 to-win “Apple Fest”, gates open at 2 p.m. with a drivers meeting at 3, warm-ups at 3:15 and racing at 4. Tri-City Raceway Park is a ½-mile dirt track located at 3430 Route 417, Franklin, PA 16323.

For more information, check out their website at www.tricityracewaypark.com or call 814-676-2894 on race day. Like their Facebook by searching Tri-City Raceway Park and follow them on Twitter @TriCityRaceway.

On Saturday, October 3 for night two of the “Apple Festival Nationals” at Sharon for the $2,000 to-win RUSH Late Model feature and $800 to-win RUSH Sportsman Modified feature, pits open at 3 p.m. with grandstands at 4 and racing at 6. Sharon Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt track with a GPS address of 3241 Custer-Orangeville Rd. NE, Burghill, OH 44404. For more information, check out their website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481. As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SharonSpeedway or follow them on Twitter @SharonSpdwy.

RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Velocita-USA, High Gear Speed Shop, CrateInsider.com, B.R.A.K.E.S., RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

RUSH Sportsman Modified marketing partners: Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Bicknell Racing Products, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, MSD Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, VP Racing Fuels, FK Rod Ends, Sherwood Racing Wheels, Velocita-USA, Precise Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, K&N Filters, TBM Brakes, Lincoln Electric, CrateInsider.com, Rocket Racing, and B.R.A.K.E.S.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Modifieds to Have a Weekly Home in 2015 at Sharon Speedway

October 5th, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)…One year ago, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone announced the formation of the RUSH Sportsman Modified division to join the RUSH Late Models. With one race to go in the inaugural 2014 season, RUSH is thrilled to announce that the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will have a weekly home in 2015 as Sharon Speedway has picked up the GM 602 crate engine division on Bilstein “sealed” shocks, and spec Hoosier Tires!

“This is a huge announcement that will really spur the growth of this division,” stated Emig. “The Sharon events were the most successful this year with 10-12 cars at every event and we’re really excited Sharon has stepped up to give the division a home in 2015. Last year at this time we announced the formation of the division, now this early announcement by Sharon should give new potential racers plenty of time to prepare to compete in 2015. Even before this announcement we’ve known of at least four new drivers that are in the preparation stages of getting their cars race ready.”

To date, 26 different drivers have competed in 18 different cars in the 18 completed events. New York drivers Greg Martin and Adam Hilton each have six wins; however, it’s Martin leading the $3,000 to-win Sweeney Weekly Series points by three that looks at driver’s best 10 finishes throughout the season. Dave Conant, Jr. and Jeremy Zufall each have a pair of victories, while Jordan Eck and Rocky Kugel have single victories. Eck, who sold his car earlier in the year, is looking at returning to the division in 2015.

The 2015 season will mark the 86th anniversary since racing began back in 1929 at the Hartford, Ohio oval. Racing has come a long way since then as has the Speedway itself, which is a state-of-the-art facility, and will be an honor for the division to be part of their weekly “Steel Valley Thunder” card that also features the DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds.

The Crate Sportsman Modified division has gained popularity throughout the East Coast and Northeast in recent years and with the western Pa./eastern Ohio region down to just two Big-Block and two “358″ Modified tracks, the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will hopefully complement these divisions into the future offering an affordable option to go Modified racing.

“We really have to thank this inaugural class of drivers, speedways, and sponsors for supporting our efforts and believing in the concept to get the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds off the ground,” stated Leone. “Our goal was to get the product showcased at various speedway and show the region that the division was here to stay and be a viable option to go Modified racing. Though we had hoped a few more drivers would have made it out this season, many are these racers are still hopeful to be at the track in the future and the interest just continues to build with additional racers.”

The following tracks scheduled events during the inaugural 2014 season: America’s Motorsports Park, Eriez Speedway, Lernerville Speedway, Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway, Raceway 7, and Sharon Speedway.

“With the establishment of Sharon as the home track and an larger bed of racers in year two, we look forward to now being able to also put together a touring series of approximately eight events in 2015 with the other speedways throughout the region that were helpful in introducing this division this season,” continued Leone. “Any tracks wishing to participate in 2015 either running the division on a weekly basis or hosting weekly and/or touring events should contact us during the fall and winter months as we work toward establishing the schedule of events.”

All Modified racers throughout the region are urged to e-mail any equipment, chassis, parts, etc. they may have for sale so that it may be listed on the RUSH Sportsman Modified Classified link on the website.

Thanks to the following 2014 marketing partners: Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, VP Racing Fuels, FK Rod Ends, AERO Race Wheels, Velocita-USA, Driven Racing Oil, Precise Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Rocket Racing, and B.R.A.K.E.S.

Sharon Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt track with a GPS address of 3241 Custer-Orangeville Rd. NE, Burghill, OH 44404. For more information, check out their website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481. As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SharonSpeedway or follow them on Twitter @SharonSpdwy.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Sportsman Modified website is www.rushsportsmanmods.com. Those on social media can like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rushsportsmanmods and follow us on Twitter @RUSHSportMods.

Sweeney Rush Sportsman Modifieds to Make Season’s 5th Appearance at Sharon Saturday

August 23rd, 2014

(Hartford, OH)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will return to Sharon Speedway this Saturday night (August 23) in an event that will feature a GM 602 engine giveaway from Sweeney/Pace Performance. The event is part of the inaugural season for the GM 602 engine division on $135 Bilstein “sealed” spec shocks along with steel wheels on spec Hoosier Tires.

Saturday’s race will be the fifth of the season at Sharon. On August 9, Greg Martin became the first repeat winner joining wins by Jordan Eck and Rocky Kugel. Series point leader, Adam Hilton of Buffalo, New York, has four victories in the region, but has yet to win at Sharon. The last two Sharon events have attracted 11 cars each, which has been the record for the season.

A total of 23 different drivers in 17 different cars have participated in the 12 events to date. Last Friday at Raceway 7, Dave Conant, Jr. made his second start of the season and backed up his win on July 4 at Lernerville Speedway. All competing RUSH Sportsman Modified racers on Saturday will have a chance at winning the GM 602 engine valued at over $3,200. RUSH member racers will receive a second chance at the drawing.

On the RUSH Late Model side, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC/Pace Performance has given away engines in the past four seasons to the following lucky racers: Paul Jablonski, Ben Black, Bobby Whitling, and Robby Marhefka.

“We can never thank Sweeney and Pace enough for their continued support of both of our programs,” stated RUSH Co-Director Mike Leone. “The Sportsman Modifieds inaugural season will feature a $10,000 plus point fund, Saturday’s engine giveaway, a Manufacturers Night coming up on September 6 at Lernerville Speedway, and much more”.

“Although we had hoped for a few more cars competing in the class by this time we feel we have been successful in introducing the competitive Sportsman Modified concept to our region this season,” explained RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. “We continue to have strong support from the promoters of the speedways that have hosted events this year and they continue to express their strong feelings about the importance of this class in our region. It has been both encouraging and exciting to continue to receive phone calls from interested and former Modified racers who are seriously considering returning to action in 2015 due to the development of this class.”

The Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will make their second appearance at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 30. Adam Hilton won the first event. Following “Manufacturers Night” at Lernerville on September 6, the Mods will run a complete show on both Friday and Saturday, September 12-13 at Sharon during the “Apple Festival Nationals”.

Pits open at 4 p.m. at Sharon with racing at 7. Sharon Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt track with a GPS address of 3241 Custer-Orangeville Rd. NE, Burghill, OH 44404.

For more information, check out their website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481. As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SharonSpeedway or follow them on Twitter @SharonSpdwy.

2014 RUSH Sportsman Modified marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, VP Racing Fuels, FK Rod Ends, AERO Race Wheels, Velocita-USA, Driven Racing Oil, Precise Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Rocket Racing, and B.R.A.K.E.S.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Sportsman Modified website is www.rushsportsmanmods.com.

Those on social media can like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rushsportsmanmods and follow us on Twitter @RUSHSportMods.

Sweeney Rush Sportsman Modifieds Return to Sharon Saturday

August 2nd, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)…After a weekend off, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modifieds return to the track this Saturday (August 2) for their fourth appearance at Sharon Speedway. The event is part of the inaugural season for the GM 602 engine division on $135 Bilstein “sealed” spec shocks along with steel wheels on spec Hoosier Tires.

Sharon has yet to have a repeat winner. Jordan Eck won the inaugural event in April then Greg Martin won his first in May as did Rocky Kugel in June. In fact, at the last event at Sharon, a record 11 cars battled for the victory. A total of 21 different drivers have competed this year in at least one of the 10 events in 17 different cars.

Sharon has added two more events to the original schedule with August 23 and September 12 as the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will now be part of both days of the “Apple Festival Nationals”. The August 23 event will feature the drawing for the $3,500 GM 602 engine that will be awarded to one lucky competing driver. Member drivers will receive two chances with all other receiving one chance.

With the addition of the August 23 date at Sharon, the Raceway 7 date has been moved from August 22 to August 15 so there will be an event that weekend as not to double up the following weekend. The Mods will be back at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 30, and the inaugural “Manufacturers Night” presented by Bilstein Shock Absorbers will be on Saturday, September 6 at Lernerville Speedway. Be sure to check out the schedule link at www.rushsportsmanmods.com.

During this year’s inaugural season, a $10,000 plus point fund has been posted to member racers in the top 15 of the Sweeney Weekly Series points for drivers’ best 10 finishes. Currently Adam Hilton of Buffalo, New York leads the way in the $3,000 to-win title. Hilton also leads the Series with four victories including two at Lernerville Speedway and one each at Pittsburgh and Raceway 7. Ironically, Hilton has yet to win at Sharon.

Hilton has a 20-point lead on Kugel, who moved over from Sweeney RUSH Late Model division. Kugel is in his first year of racing a Northeast-style, center-sitting dirt Modified. Rocky’s father Larry, a veteran Late Model and E-Mod standout, is planning on joining the class in 2015. Larry had been racing his E-Mod at Sharon this season before putting everything up for sale.

Jamie Duncan, who has moved up from the Stock Car division, is third in points and is looking for his first win. Jeremy Zufall, who won at America’s Motorsports Park, is fourth over former Big-Block and “358″ Modified racer Adam Siegel.

“We’re excited to add the two additional dates at Sharon and looking forward to the engine giveaway and Manufacturers Night,” stated RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. “We’ve been really encouraged by the continued inquiries from several racers throughout the region that are planning to participate in this class next season. The inaugural year of anything new is always it’s most challenging, but we feel we have accomplished our goal of successfully introducing affordable Modified racing to our area and know that the division will continue to grow.”

“The racing has been extremely competitive with six different winners in ten races,” continued Emig. “Most importantly those competing have been very satisfied with the complete RUSH package, which includes the GM 602 engine, sold by Series sponsor for $3250, or complete dress out kit from carburetor to pan at the an unbelievable $4900, the $135 Bilstein “sealed” shocks, and Hoosier spec tire that has proven it’s long lasting durability allowing racers to very efficiently manage their tire cost.”

“We’re thankful America’s Motorsports Park and Eriez Speedway gave us a chance to compete, but until the class grows we feel it’s better to focus in our immediate area,” said RUSH Co-Director Mike Leone. “Both promoters will welcome the class in the future. We’re also encouraged by several racers planning on participating in the future and know that by next season the class will grow even more.”

Pits open at 4 p.m. at Sharon with racing at 7. Sharon Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt track with a GPS address of 3241 Custer-Orangeville Rd. NE, Burghill, OH 44404. For more information, check out their website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481. As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SharonSpeedway or follow them on Twitter @SharonSpdwy.

2014 RUSH Sportsman Modified marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, VP Racing Fuels, FK Rod Ends, AERO Race Wheels, Velocita-USA, Driven Racing Oil, Precise Racing Products, Rocket Racing, and B.R.A.K.E.S.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Sportsman Modified website is www.rushsportsmanmods.com. Those on social media can like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rushsportsmanmods and follow us on Twitter @RUSHSportMods.

Jeff Johnson Inherits $2,000 NDRL’s UEMS “AppleFest National’ Win at Sharon

September 18th, 2013

Hartford, OH- Jeff Johnson was the benefactor of a terrible misfortunate by Vic Vena to capture the biggest victory of his career in the $2,000 A&M Electric UEMS Modified feature. Vena totally dominated the first 28 laps of the event before crashing trying to get past the lapped car of Paul Drotar. The 30-lap win was Johnson’s third victory of the season.

“We needed this to recoup some of the money we’ve lost here- we’ve had a rough last month and a half,” stated the 37-year-old Mineral Ridge, Ohio resident. “I need to thank my dad and my wife, who puts up with this racing stuff. I definitely couldn’t do it without my sponsors. I also have to thank Jack Young; he lent me a carburetor for tonight and I think it definitely made a difference.”

Vena wasted little time taking the lead from pole-sitter Carl McKinney at the start, while Johnson settled into third. The first yellow came out for Rick Robinson spin in turn 3. The restart saw Vena again power away from McKinney. By lap five, Vena had a straightaway lead on McKinney, with Johnson and UEMS point leader, Steve Dixon fourth. A pair of cautions on lap 9 and 10 kept the field tight with Vena. Johnson was now second and Dixon in third as Dixon slid high in turn 2. Kinney put Dixon back to fourth on lap 17.

Vena clearly had the race in control and looked primed for his first career Sharon win, as he had a full straightaway lead over Johnson, Kinney, Dixon and Alan Dellinger who had started near the rear of the field. With two laps to go, Vena would get tangled up with Drotar in turns one and two, ending Vena’s night and suddenly changing the complexion of the race with less than two laps to go. Johnson was handed the lead and he held off Dixon in the final two-lap run to the finish by 0.887 of a second in his Klaben Ford Lincoln/Warren Harley Davidson/Body Shop of Niles/Tom’s Sewer & Drain/ Close Racing Supply-sponsored #27. It was Johnson’s 18th career Sharon win moving him into sole possession of second place on the track’s all-time win list! It was also Johnson’s first career UEMS win as well.

Dixon, who has two wins this season, was second for third time in just seven starts. Alan Dellinger came from 20th to finish third getting by McKinney on the final lap. McKinney dropped to fourth over Joe Gabrielson. Sixth through 10th were point leader Mike Kinney, Joel Watson from 19th, Clint Keenan in his first ever appearance, Rick Robinson from 23rd, and Clayton Kennedy. Vena, Dixon, and Johnson won the heat races over the 24-car field. Watson set fast time on Friday night with a 17.287.

For more information on this event or the NDRL’s ULMS please visit www.sharonspeedway.com or www.unitedlatemodelseries.com.

Like the National Dirt Racing League and the NDRL’s McKean County Raceway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalDirtRacingLeague or www.facebook.com/NDRLMckeanCountyRaceway and follow the NDRL on Twitter at @The_NDRL.

The NDRL’s ULMS Racing Series would also like to thank their supporters for the 2013 season: Aero Racing Wheels, American Racer Tires, Big Shot Performance, LLC, Bill’s Dirt Late Models, Close Racing Supply, Genesis Racing Shocks, Hoosier Racing Tire, Integra Racing Shocks, Jay’s Auto Wrecking, JNJ Motorsports Media, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Lias Tire, Oyler Photos, Performance Bodies, Slavic Custom Racing Apparel and Decals, and R2C Filters.

Max Blair Steals $2k from Pegher at Sharon

September 16th, 2013

(Hartford, OH)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series took part in the annual “Apple Festival Nationals” on Friday and Saturday at Sharon Speedway. Race #17 of 24 on the 2013 slate featured Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock” qualifying, Bobby Lake Motorsports heat races and the second “Futures Cup” Trifecta race on Friday night followed by the conclusion of the program on Saturday night. It was the fifth and final Sweeney Tour race on the season at the Hartford, Ohio oval.

After running around the fourth and fifth positions for much of the race, Max Blair stole the $2,000 win away from nemesis Mike Pegher, Jr. on a late race restart for his third Sweeney Tour win of the season. Blair was the final leader in a race that featured five lead changes amongst four drivers. Not only was it a valuable point night for Blair in the Tour standings, but became closer to clinching the $5,000 Sweeney Weekly Series Championship, which concludes at the end of the month.

“I don’t know what to say,” exclaimed the almost surprised 23-year Centerville, Pa. winner in victory lane. “This is awesome…I’m still shaking. Mike (Pegher) by far, hands down had the best race car. The last Tour race here I felt like we had the best car and Ryan Montgomery got by me on a late race restart in turn one so I guess this evens it up for me. I didn’t think I could get him. Josh (Double) turned down just early enough on the next-to-last restart that I could get by him then was just hoping the yellow would come out. It’s fun racing with Mike…that was a lot of fun!”

The race got off to a bad start when Russell King broke when the green flag was displayed and caught up six other competitors ending the night for Andrew Wylie, Russ Byler, and Jamie Wrightsman. Via his K&N Dash win, defending Sharon Speedway Champion Will Thomas III took the early lead when racing got underway. Thomas, who owns nine career wins at the speedway in a little over two years of racing, had never won a Sweeney Tour race at his home track.

Ryan Montgomery moved past Josh Double for second on the opening lap, but Double pulled back even on lap two to grab the spot; however, one lap later, Montgomery regained the runner-up position. The race was slowed when Jeremy Adamik spun with
seven laps completed. Back under green, Montgomery used the outside on the restart to lead lap eight. The race was slowed again due to a four-car accident with nine laps scored. Even though Montgomery had the advantage on the restart as the leader, Thomas recaptured the lead on the bottom to lead lap 10. The following lap it was three-wide for the lead with Thomas holding on over Montgomery, and seventh starting Pegher. In was a short-lived lead for Thomas as Montgomery powered to the outside once again to lead the 12th circuit. Pegher snuck past Thomas on lap 13 for second and in consecutive laps Thomas lost third to Double and fourth to Blair. The complexity of the event really changed in the second 15 laps. Pegher seemed to come out of nowhere as he found his way battling the lead as he closed up Montgomery
on lap 16 and made the pass off the bottom of turn four. The top three of Pegher, Montgomery, and Double began to pull away from the field. But as the laps ticked off, the leaders caught traffic on lap 23 and all of a sudden Blair closed on the front trio making it a four-car race for the lead with seven laps to go! Jeremy Adamik brought out the caution with 24 laps scored. When green replaced yellow, Double passed Montgomery for second. A pair of cautions slowed action with 25 laps scored and was just what Blair needed. He used the outside to pass both Montgomery and Double for second and then got a much needed caution with 27 laps completed when Butch Lambert ran out of room and spun in turn two ruining what may have been his best run of the season.

Pegher chose the bottom and had the advantage off turn four down the frontstretch, but Blair found the perfect line through turn one as he powered off the top into the lead. Once in front, Blair pulled away to win by 1.094 seconds in his Specialty Products/Moody & Son Welding/Wescoat Excavating/Bobby Lake Motorsports/Genesis Shocks/VP Racing Fuels-sponsored #111 Rocket Chassis. It was Blair’s second $2,000 Sweeney Tour win of the season at Sharon and the seventh of his career at the Hartford, Ohio oval.

After dropping back to fifth with four laps to go, the much needed cautions allowed Thomas to rebound as he passed Montgomery for fourth on lap 27, then both Double and Pegher for second on lap 28. The runner-up was worth $1,000 for Thomas, who has two weeks remaining to try and catch Dennis Lunger, Jr. for the Sharon championship.

“I hate starting on the front row,” acknowledged the Sharpsville, Pa. driver. “I had a nice pace going and then I picked the bottom and (Ryan) Montgomery got by me. Then we had another restart and I ran him as hard as I could. I don’t know if my right rear got hot or sealed over. I started floundering there in the middle for three or four laps. I calmed down, got to the bottom, started running my own race, and picked them off one at a time. I guess I was driving like a moron early on; wheel spinning like it was my first race. I should have known better.”

Pegher came home third to extend his Sweeney Tour point lead to 22 over Montgomery with seven events remaining. It was Pegher’s third straight runner-up finish and ninth straight top four finish! Montgomery, who looked poised early on to win his third Sweeney Tour race in five events this season at Sharon, dropped to fourth. Double crossed the line in fifth, but was disqualified for coming up light at the scales moving Chad Ruhlman into the top five.

Jeff Ferguson subbed for John Over, who is out with a broken wrist, and finished sixth after starting 10th in his first ever Sharon and Sweeney Tour start. Matt Latta came from 13th to finish seventh. It was a great RUSH debut for E-Mod standout Joel Watson, who received the $100 Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger certificate after racing from 22nd to eighth. Lunger and Matt Glanden completed the top 10.

Randy Wyant was another driving making his RUSH debut, but his weekend ended early on Friday night when the steering broke in his heat race and he slammed the fence. Wyant was awarded The Brake Man’s “Tough Brake of the Night”.

Double set fast time Friday night in Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock” qualifying with a lap of 16.665 to earn $100. Double then earned another $25 for winning the first of three Bobby Lake Motorsports heat races, while Thomas and Montgomery also picked up $25 heat race wins. Thomas became the 16th different K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash winner of the season in 17 races! Thomas earned a $100 K&N certificate, while Double earned a $50 certificate for second. Montgomery and Ruhlman picked up an extra $25 cash for third and fourth respectively.

After not competing for nearly a month and a half, Clay Ruffo returned to Sharon on Friday night to capture the second of three “Futures Cup” Trifecta races. Ruffo passed Matt Glanden on the start of the 12-lap event and held on to-win a four-car race down to the finish to earn the $200. Canadian Jorden Peters, who won the first race at Pittsburgh, was not on hand.

“I’ve been stuck playing football the last couple weekends and haven’t raced in awhile,” explained the Mercer, Pa. racer, who turned 17 on Saturday. “I received some driving lessons in the time off by the crew and Russ King. They’ve been helping me a lot. I have to thank all of my sponsors and my crew and my mom.”

Fresh off his $2,000 Sweeney Tour win on Labor Day at Roaring Knob, Michael Lake threw it in hard in turn one on the opening lap trying to go for the lead and spun out. It was the event’s only caution as the next 12 laps went green-to-checkered. Ruffo used the outside and his Sharon experience to power into the lead past pole-sitter Matt Glanden. Lake was able to move into fourth on lap two past Dawson. Eric Wilson, who has three career Sharon wins in his first three years of racing, started fourth and began pressuring Glanden for second on lap two. Wilson pulled alongside Glanden and the two raced side-by-side on laps three and four.

Ruffo had opened up a comfortable advantage, but Glanden began to close in at the halfway point. Ruffo then bobbled on the cushion in turn four on lap seven as Glanden was right on the leader. In the ensuing laps, Wilson and Lake also closed in as it was a four-car race right down to the finish.

Ruffo though had enough to hold on by 0.649 of a second in Corey Ruffo-owned, Ben Bissett Chevrolet/Barris Supply/Wedge Motorsports-sponsored #14R. Glanden, who recorded his best career Sweeney Tour finish on May 26 at Sharon, was second over “Futures Cup” point leader Wilson, Lake, and Dawson.

The next events on the Sweeney Tour will be race #18 & 19 of 24 at McKean County Raceway. Two rounds of group qualifying ($150 for fast time each night) will take place on Thursday (September 19) followed by $1,200 to-win on Friday night and $2,000 to-win, $250 to-start on Saturday night. The rain date is Sunday.

2013 RUSH marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, RainEater Wiper Blades, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The -Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, K1 RaceGear, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Wrisco Industries, High Gear Speed Shop, Utsinger’s Towing, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions. E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Montgomery & Max Blair Duel to Finish at Sharon

August 19th, 2013

(Hartford, OH)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series competed Saturday night at Sharon Speedway for the fourth of five visits during the 2013 racing season. Event #14 of 25 was the third annual “Gary Knollinger Memorial” held at the beautiful, state-of-the-art Hartford, Ohio oval. Gary’s parents Gary Sr. and Bev along with former crew chief John Seyler were on hand. Seyler paced the field with Knollinger’s former #38K.

What a night it was for Ryan Montgomery! The 16-year-old Fairmont, West Virginia Series star made it a clean sweep of the “Gary Knollinger Memorial” setting fast time, winning his heat race, picking up his first K&N dash win then earning his third Tour win of the season in the 30-lap feature! The win was far from easy as he had to pass standout Max Blair and hold him off in the thrilling finish. All told, Montgomery’s night was worth $2,125 plus the $100 K&N certificate and the beautiful Knollinger Memorial trophy.

“This is my first sweep,” expressed the happy winner. “I was close at Roaring Knob last month getting all but the dash. I didn’t actually get to meet Gary (Knollinger), but I heard a lot about. He was someone if you broke a hub he’d give a guy a part off his car to race, which is amazing. I’m glad they have the race for him. The lapped car was a bit of a problem. My right rear tire was going away. He (Blair) had a hard tire on so he could run through the black. The caution really helped me. It cooled our tires off and let my tire fire faster than his. I was getting me sideways in the last couple laps so I was trying to run down in the corner as hard as I could to get it to coast around so it all worked around.”

Via his dash win, Montgomery took off in the lead, while Blair passed Matt Latta for second on the opening lap as Will Thomas III and Josh Double filled out the first five after one lap. On lap three, Blair closed on Montgomery, while Thomas
did the same on Latta. Blair really put the heat on Montgomery putting a nose under the leader on several occasions especially racing off turn four. They were side-by-side on lap eight as Montgomery held the lead, but on the following lap Blair made the pass for the lead in traffic to lead lap nine.

Blair began pulling away on lap 12 and by the halfway point opened up a 1.5 second lead as the laps ticked off caution-free. Thomas continued to put the heat on Latta, but just couldn’t find a way by. Blair dealt with heavy lapped traffic on laps 16-18, but continued his advantage. The complexion of the event changed when Andrew Wylie went up in smoke with 21 laps scored erasing Blair’s big lead.

When racing resumed, Thomas made the pass on the outside to grab third before a six-car accident in turns three and four with 22 laps scored. Back under green, Montgomery stayed with Blair the entire lap and had the momentum off the outside of turn four to lead lap 23. Seventh starting Mike Pegher, Jr. entered the mix taking fifth from Josh Double on lap 25 then one lap later passed Latta for fourth.

The final laps saw Montgomery and Blair race side-by-side to the thrilling finish with Montgomery holding on by just 0.181 of a second in the Jeff Montgomery-owned, T.J. Contracting/High Gear Speed Shop/Mountain State Plumbing/Central Supply/Bobby Lake Motorsports/Frankland Rearends/Genesis Racing Shocks-sponsored #12. Two events ago at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, Pegher edged out another standout in Pegher by just 0.132 of a second! It was also Montgomery’s third career Sharonwin. Blair was second for the second straight event, and after a late start on the Sweeney Tour, has moved into the top 10 in points. “That was a lot of fun,” acknowledged the Centerville, Pa. runner-up. “We just can’t catch a break the last couple weeks; seems like nothing is going our way. I had a great race car. I think I was a touch
better than him, but he timed that restart just right. That’s all part of racing. It took me a few laps to get going. I couldn’t go on the restarts like he could. I was just hoping for no cautions after I cleared that last lapped car as I had
a lot of clear space, but sure enough it came out. That’s just how it’s been going, but we’re still getting good finishes so we’ll get back on track and keep going.”

Thomas matched his third place finish at the Sweeney Tour event last month at Sharon with another show position and received an extra $25 from the Knollinger Family. “I thought earlier in the day we might have something for these guys, but third place is just how it seems to go for us in Tour races,” explained the Sharpsville, Pa. 2012 Sharon champion. “We’re going to get one one of these days here. We had a really good car. I might have made the wrong chassis decision right before the race, but Max and Ryan really did a good job. It was great racing for the fans. I feel honored to compete in this race. I didn’t know Gary, but I heard a lot of great things about him.”

Pegher was fourth and leads the Sweeney Tour points by 24 over Montgomery. Latta’s fifth was his best Tour finish of the season and advances two spots in points to 13th. Josh Double was sixth. Expo Speedway Tour winner, Russell King, was seventh driving for Bob Diver again. Dennis Lunger, Jr. was eighth and also received an extra $25 from the Knollinger Family. Jason Rider and Rocky Kugel completed the top 10.

After starting 21st and getting caught up in an accident, Butch Lambert came back to finish 11th to earn his first $100 Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger gift card of the season.

Montgomery’s fast lap in Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock” qualifying was a 17.019 to earn $100 then went out and won Bobby Lake Motorsports heat race one or another $25. Other Bobby Lake Motorsports $25 heat race winners were Latta and
Thomas. Montgomery became the amazing 14th different K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash winner of the season! Latta earned a $50 KN certificate for second, while Blair and Thomas picked up $25 cash for third and fourth.

Bobby Whitling was selected as The Brake Man’s “Tough Brake of the Night” after a heat race scrape, transmission problems, and more allowed him to only make one lap in the feature. Last time at Sharon, Whitling won the $5,500+ GM 604 engine from Sweeneys and Pace Performance.

The next events on the Sweeney Tour will be the huge $50,000 “End of Summer Blowout” as Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway hosts the $30,000 “Manufacturers Night” with a $1,500 to-win feature on Saturday, August 31 then two days later a $2,000 to-win event at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex with the $20,000 NDRL “King of Dirt”.

Barbara Blazes to Second Place ULMS Finish at Sharon Speedway

July 24th, 2013

(South Park, PA) The Forbes Field Motorsports team made the trek to Sharon Speedway over the weekend to compete with The National Dirt Racing League’s United Late Model Series (ULMS) in a 30 Lap, $3,000-To-Win show. This would mark Keith’s second visit this season to the ½ mile oval in Hartford, OH where he picked up a seventh place finish back on April 20 (also a ULMS event). The veteran driver is no stranger to the speedway or the ULMS. In 2012, he claimed the $3,000 ULMS prize on October 6. Entering the event, Keith’s confidence was high, knowing he has fared well here in the past. Prior to the race, he stated “Sharon is a track that has treated me well recently and we’re hoping it continues. We’ve had some decent finishes here and are confident that will continue.”

The ULMS utilizes group time trials and Keith certainly chose the right tires for the 6 man group qualifying session, as he would complete the fastest circuit of the bunch. Starting first in his heat would also prove advantageous, as the #17 MasterSbilt by Huey car came to the checkered flag in first place, leading each lap of the heat race and positioning himself for a 6th place start in the A-Main.

The South Park, PA native would find himself riding comfortably in the 6th slot until lap 22, when he started making his move to the front of the pack. As the laps ticked by, he had passed his way up to third place by lap 25, when the caution flags flew. On the restart, Keith made his way around the second place car, but there just were not enough laps left to catch the race leader. Barbara would finish second on the night. He said “The car was good, Lady Luck was on our side there and we avoided getting tangled up in some cautions. We’re definitely happy with the outcome tonight.”

For more information on Forbes Field Motorsports, visit KeithBarbara.net.

Keith would like to thank his 2013 sponsors and supporters: Forbes Field Garage, RAN Group Racing Tours, Triangle Benefit Services, MBH – MasterSbilt by Huey, JNJ Motorsports Media , Domhoff Racing Engines, Potoka Trucking, Speed Bear Fasteners, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, Swift Springs, Precise Racing Products, Integra Shocks by Huey, Snap-On Tools, Ryan Painting, Wal-Fab Race Car Bodies, and Frankland Rear Ends.

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Boom Briggs Returns to NDRL’s ULMS Victory Lane, Steve Dixon Continues UEMS Domination at Sharon

July 23rd, 2013

Hartford, OH – Not even a quick rain shower as time trials ended could stop Boom Briggs from picking up his first NDRL ULMS Late Model Series win since October 2011. Steve Dixon of Smethport kept his dominating performance in the NDRL United Emod Series action with his third UEMS win in four events at Sharon Speedway.

Defending series champion, Boom Briggs and Russ King paced the NDRL’s ULMS Late Models to Todd Beichner’s green flag with Briggs getting the quick shot to the lead with Brent Rhebergen, Dave Hess , King and point leader Mike Knight in fifth after the opening lap. Jason Dupont would bring the first yellow as he sat sideways in turn three on the second la p. The restart saw Briggs and Rhebergen pull away from Hess and company. Lap ten quickly came by as the event was clicking off at a torrid pace as the top five were still the same. The top two had pulled away and a intense battle for third between Hess, King, Knight, Keith Barbara and JareD Miley was engaging. Rhebergen began to close in on Briggs and each lap was 2/10 faster than the 99B of Briggs. By lap 17, Rhebergen had pulled within a few car lengths as the fans were on their feet anticipating a possible upset win. The Briggs-Rhebergen duo entered lap traffic as they battled for the lead the battle for third was still intense. Knight moved into third with Barbara now fourth as heavy lap traffic became a factor. As quickly as Knight grabbed third he found the backstretch wall and fell to seventh. Lap 23 saw the action slowed by Wally Fox who was running in front of the very intense dog fight for third got some help and turned sideways as the third thru seventh place cars were all stacked up behind the lap cars. The restart saw Briggs and Rhebergen again pull away with Hess, Barbara and King your top five. With two to go, Barbara would get under Rhebergen for second and he would try to chase down Boom for the win but Briggs was able to hold off Barbara for his first NDRL ULMS late model series win since the season closer in 2011. Barbara came home second with Brent Rhebergen with his season best third place finish, King and Hess rounded out the top five. Miley was sixth followed by Jim Rasey, Jason Dupont, Greg Oakes and Matt Urban. Russ King and Keith Barbara were the heat winners.

28 A&MP Electric UEMS Emods were on hand with 24 of them starting the main event.

The front row witnessed the previous night winner at Lernerville, Dave Hess Jr on the pole with the area’s hottest driver and current UEMS point leader Steve Dixon beside him. Hess took the lead at the start with Dixon and Jeff Johnson in tow. By lap three Hess and Dixon had pulled away from Johnson and Randy Hall with Brent Rhebergen now in fifth. Lap five saw Hess bobble in turn one allowing Dixon to pull beside Hess and make the pass on the backstretch. The car on the move by lap eight was Joel Watson who started fifteenth and was now in 8th and was coming fast! Lap ten clicked off the board with the top five still the same and Watson up to seventh behind Mike Kinney. The first yellow came out on lap 13 for Gary Sullivan.

On the restart Dixon again motored away from Hess. Rhebergen now took fourth from Hall as he began to work Johnson for third while Hall was keeping Watson at bay for the battle for fifth. With five to go it was evident that Dixon was pulling away from Hess and looking for his sixth win in his last eight starts and that is what happened as Dixon won convincingly over Hess, Johnson was able to hold off Rhebergen with Joel Watson coming from fifteenth to fifth. Hall was sixth followed by Johnathan Taylor, Shane Crotty, Scott Stiffler and Mike Kinney tenth. Heat winners were: Dixon, Hess, Kinney and Dwayne Clay won the consolation event.

The NDRL’s ULMS Racing Series would also like to thank their supporters for the 2013 season: Aero Racing Wheels, American Racer Tires, Big Shot Performance, LLC, Bill’s Dirt Late Models, Close Racing Supply, Genesis Racing Shocks, Hoosier Racing Tire, Integra Racing Shocks, Jay’s Auto Wrecking, JNJ Motorsports Media, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Lias Tire, Oyler Photos, Performance Bodies, Slavic Custom Racing Apparel and Decals, and R2C Filters.

Sharon to Host Rescheduled Sweeney NIght Saturday with $2000 to Win

July 19th, 2013

(Pulaski, PA)…After a busy stretch for the “Cross the Borders” Speedweek, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series will try again this Saturday night (July 20) at Sharon Speedway to complete “Sweeney Night” that was rained out on July 6 featuring the GM 604 engine giveaway and the conclusion of the five-night Speedweek.

Race #11 of the 26-event inaugural slate will pay $2,000 to-win using the qualifying format. The competitive Sweeney Touring Series has featured eight different winners in 10 events with Mike Pegher, Jr. being the only multiple winner! The Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock & Beat the Heat” Quick Cash Programs will be in effect on Saturday night at Sharon. The fast qualifier will receive $100, while the heat race winners will receive an extra $25 cash.

With it being “Sweeney Night”, one lucky RUSH racer will leave with a brand new GM 604 engine valued at over $5,500! Drivers will get one chance for participating, a second chance for being either a Weekly or Touring Series member, and a third chance if they are members of both Series. Those that were in attendance on July 6 will also receive an additional chance as show-up points were awarded. Past winners include Ben Black (2011) and Paul Jablonski (2012).

Saturday’s event was originally scheduled for leg two of the five-night Speedweek, but will now be the finale and determine the top 10 points paying $3,000 championship with $1,000 and a beautiful trophy going to the champion and paying back to $100 for 10th. Currently Ryan Montgomery leads Max Blair by 11 as Rick Singleton, Pegher, Joe Martin, Chad Ruhlman, Matt Glanden, Justin Tatlow, Butch Lambert, and Matt Latta complete the top 10. A total of 75 different cars have competed in at least one of the first four nights of Speedweek!

In the overall $5,000 to-win Sweeney Tour Championship, Pegher holds on to a mere five-point lead over Singleton; ironically Pegher also leads Singleton in the $5,000 to-win Sweeney Weekly Series Championship! The Tour will pay the top 15 in points and currently filling positions 3-15 are Montgomery, Martin, Ruhlman, Jorden Peters, Glanden, Lambert, Cody Dawson, Glenn Elliott, “Futures Cup” point leader Michael Lake, John Over, Latta, Blair, and Josh Double.

In addition to the engine giveaway and the normal Touring Series contingencies, TurboStart will again be giving away a 16-volt racing battery valued at over $250! TurboStart is giving 10 of these batteries away this season. So far, Michael Lake and Mike Pegher, Jr. have been the recipients. Also, the second ARbodies “Nosed Out” nose kit giveaway will be held for the first driver not making the feature. This is nearly a $250 value as well! Russell Baird, Jr. won the prize earlier this year.

“Saturday is a huge night,” stated RUSH Series Director Vicki Emig. “Not only is it a higher paying race, but the fact that one driver will be leaving with a brand new engine is quite amazing. We all need to thank Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC and Pace Performance for their support of the Series. Plus with the TurboStart Battery, the ARbodies nose kit, all of the other contingencies and of course we’ll crown the Speedweek Champion makes this a pretty special night! It’s also going to be a great show for the fans with the ULMS Super Late Models and UEMS Modifieds. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.”

The K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash will be run awarding $100 K&N certificate for the win, $50 certificate for second with $25 cash to all other starters. Saturday’s K&N Dash will determine the beginning of the feature lineup. There has yet to be a repeat winner in the 10 K&N Dashes run this season! Glenn Elliott is the K&N point leader.

Other programs taking place this weekend will be the Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down Hard Charger” as the driver that passes the most cars in the feature will receive $100 Precise certificate. RUSH Officials will choose The Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night” each night as this driver will receive three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate good for either $50 off of a purchase of $100 or more or 20% off any The Brake Man purchase.

The “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series will be held for drivers failing to qualify for the feature. And like the K&N Dash, there also hasn’t been a repeat non-qualifier winner this season! Jamie Wrightsman is the current point leader.

Sharon feature payoff: 1. $2,000 2. $1,000 3. $650 4. $550 5. $470 6. $435 7. $410 8. $370 9. $340 10. $310 11. $280 12. $270 13. $260 14. $250 15. $240 16. $230 17. $220 18-24. $210.

Sharon Non-Qualifier: 1. $175 2. $150 3. $140 4. $135 5. $130 6. $125 7. $120 8. $115 9. $110 10-24. $105. Tow $100.

You do not have to be a RUSH member to compete in any RUSH-sanctioned event. There will be a $100 entry fee. RACEceivers and transponders will be mandatory. Note: though originally scheduled as a “topless” event with the non-wing BOSS Sprints, Saturday’s event will not be topless.

Pits open at 4 p.m. with group qualifying at approximately 6:30 and racing at 7. Pit passes are $35. Sharon Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt track with a GPS address of 3241 Custer-Orangeville Rd. NE, Burghill, OH 44404. For more information, check out their website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481. As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SharonSpeedway or follow them on Twitter @SharonSpdwy.

2013 RUSH marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, RainEater Wiper Blades, Hoosier Tire, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, K1 RaceGear, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Wrisco Industries, High Gear Speed Shop, Utsinger’s Towing, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Off The Tops Coming this Weekend at Sharon

July 5th, 2013

(Pulaski, PA)…After a weekend off, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series is gearing up for a big stretch of competition with five nights of racing over a nine-day period all part of the “Cross the Borders” Speedweek. This weekend will be the first two nights of action titled “Off with the Tops” presented by RainEater Wiper Blades at Lernerville Speedway on Friday night (July 5) and at Sharon Speedway on Saturday night (July 6).

Both events this weekend will be topless in a unique pairing with the non-wing BOSS Sprint Series. Events #7 and 8 of the 2013 26-event Sweeny Touring slate will pay $1,200 to-win on Friday night at Lernerville then $2,000 to-win on Saturday night at Sharon!

Sharon’s event will also be “Sweeney Night” as one lucky RUSH racer will leave with a brand new GM 604 engine valued at over $5,500 thanks to Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC/Pace Performance! Drivers will get one chance for participating, a second chance for being either a Weekly or Touring Series member, and a third chance if they are members of both Series. Past winners include Ben Black (2011) and Paul Jablonski (2012).

“If Mother Natures cooperates, this should be a great weekend,” expressed RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. “We’ve received a lot of interest and excitement about both days. It’s no secret guys love racing at Lernerville and we were disappointed to lose our Sweeney Weekly Series event back in May. With $2,000 on the line Saturday and the engine giveaway, it’ll add a lot of prestige and excitement to Sharon’s event. Then to top it off, it’ll be an exciting weekend for the fans with us racing topless with the non-wing BOSS Sprints.”

In addition to the engine giveaway and the normal Touring Series contingencies, TurboStart will again giveaway a 16-volt racing battery valued at over $250! TurboStart is giving 10 of these batteries away this season. So far, MichaelLake and Mike Peher, Jr. have been the recipients.

Also effective immediately, RUSH, in conjunction with Sunoco Race Fuels, will award the first racer that wins a Sweeney Touring Series feature event utilizing Sunoco 260 GT Plus a $500 bonus!

This weekend’s events will also make up the five-night “Cross the Borders” Speedweek as it will join up with Expo Speedway on Wednesday, July 10, McKean County Raceway on Thursday, July 11, and finish up with Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 12!

Providing a minimum of four of the events are completed, a $3,000 additional Speedweek point fund will be paid out with $1,000 going to the champion paying down to $100 for 10th. If three events are completed, a $2,000 point fund will be paid. With the Speedweek point fund, engine giveaway, and the various other contingencies over $10,000 in cash and contingencies will be distributed during Speedweek!

Mike Pegher, Jr. enters the weekend on a hot streak and as the Sweeney Touring Series point leader. The Wexford, Pa. driver swept the events on June 21 and 22 at Hagerstown and Roaring Knob for over $4,000! Pegher leads opening event Hagerstown winner, Rick Singleton, by 12 in the championship chase. Glenn Elliott, Sharon May 26 winner Ryan Montgomery, and Joe Martin are separated by just eight points in the battle for third!

The top 15 drivers will share in the season ending Sweeney Touring Series point fund. Currently occupying sixth through 15th in points are John Over, Jorden Peters, Chad Ruhlman, Butch Lambert, Matt Glanden, Michael Lake, Cody Dawson, Josh Double, D.J. Troutman, and Scott Tessman.

The Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock & Beat the Heat” Quick Cash Programs will be in effect on Saturday night at Sharon. The fast qualifier will receive $100, while each of the heat race winners will receive an extra $25 cash.

The K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash will be run each night awarding $100 K&N certificate for the win, $50 certificate for second and $25 cash to all other starters. Saturday’s K&N Dash will determine the beginning of the feature lineup. Chad McClellan, Chad Ruhlman, Glenn Elliott, Doug Ricotta, D.J. Troutman, and Mike Pegher, Jr. have picked
up the victories so far. Elliott is the K&N point leader.

Other programs taking place this weekend will be the Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down Hard Charger” as the driver that passes the most cars in the feature will receive $100 Precise certificate. RUSH Officials will choose The Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night” each night as these drivers will receive three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate good for either $50 off of a purchase of $100 or more or 20% off any The Brake Man purchase.

The “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series will be held for drivers failing to qualify for the feature each night. Randy Wible won the opening event at Hagerstown, Russell Baird, Jr. and Mike Anderson won the Sharon races, and Matt Harvey won at McKean. Jamie Brown is the current point leader.

Lernerville Feature Payoff: 1. $1,200 2. $700 3. $500 4. $370 5. $350 6. $315 7. $300 8. $270 9. $260 10. $255 11. $230 12. $215 13. $205 14. $200 15. $175 16. $170 17. $165 18-24. $160.Lernerville Non-Qualifier: 1. $125 2. $100 3. $90 4. $85 5. $80 6. $75 7. $70 8. $65 9. $60 10-24. $55. Tow $50.

Sharon Feature Payoff: 1. $2,000 2. $1,000 3. $650 4. $550 5. $470 6. $435 7. $410 8. $370 9. $340 10. $310 11. $280 12. $270 13. $260 14. $250 15.$240 16. $230 17. $220 18-24. $210.

Sharon Non-Qualifier: 1. $175 2. $150 3. $140 4. $135 5. $130 6. $125 7. $120 8. $115 9. $110 10-24. $105. Tow $100.

You do not have to be a RUSH member to compete in any RUSH-sanctioned event. There will be a $50 entry fee at Lernerville and $100 at Sharon. RACEceivers and transponders will be mandatory at both events. Rentals will be available.

For Lernerville, gates open at 5 p.m. with warm-ups at 7 and racing at 7:30. Lernerville has been gracious enough to allow RUSH members the same pit discount ($10) as DIRTcar members. Pit passes will be $20 for DIRTcar/RUSH members and $30 for all others. For Sharon, pits open at 4 p.m. with group qualifying at approximately 6:30 and racing at 7. Pit passes are $30.

Lernerville is a 4/10-mile high-banked clay oval located 11 miles southeast of Butler, Pa. on Route 356 at 313 North Pike Road, Sarver, PA 16055. Lernerville is just 30 miles northeast of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. For more information, check out their website at www.lernerville.com or call 724-353-1511 (office) or 724-353-1350 (track).

Sharon Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt track with a GPS address of 3241 Custer-Orangeville Rd. NE, Burghill, OH 44404. For more information, check out their website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481. As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SharonSpeedway or follow them on Twitter @SharonSpdwy.

Sweeney GM 604 Engine giveaway coming to Sharon

June 30th, 2013

(Pulaski, PA)…After a weekend off, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series will return with a pair of events on July 5-6 at Lernerville and Sharon Speedways for “Off with the Tops” presented by RainEater Wiper Blades. The “topless” events will coincide with the non-wing BOSS Sprint Series offering a unique weekend pairing.

A major highlight of the weekend will be at Sharon on Saturday, July 6 when Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC/Pace Performance will award one lucky competing RUSH racer a brand new GM 604 engine valued at over $5,500! Competing racers at Sharon will have one to three chances at the engine, which will be done as a random draw later in the program. Each RUSH driver will receive one chance for competing, a second chance if they are a Sweeney Weekly or Sweeney Touring Series member, and a third chance if they are members of both.

This will be the third annual “Sweeney Night” at Sharon where a brand new GM 604 engine has been awarded to a Crate Late Model driver. In 2011, Sharon regular Ben Black was the lucky recipient with only one chance amongst the 42 competing racers. Last year, Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway regular, Paul Jablonski, was selected and ironically had only chance as well amongst the 48 competing drivers.

Who will win this year’s GM 604 engine!? The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Touring Series has completed six events to date with four different winners with an average car count of 32 per event. The events have brought in racers from Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Ontario, Canada!

“We can’t thank Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC and Pace Performance enough for their support of our Series,” acknowledged RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. “Giving away an engine is an awesome gesture and pretty much unheard of in the racing industry! For them to do this three years in a row now speaks volumes of their support and belief in the Crate Late Model concept. Sharon is in Sweeney’s backyard and is great place to once again hold this promotion.”

While the Lernerville event on Friday night (July 5) will pay $1,200 to-win, Saturday’s “Sweeney Night” program will offer $2,000 to-win! The Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock & Beat the Heat” Quick Cash Programs will be in effect at Sharon with $100 going to the fast qualifier and $25 to each heat race winner. More on this weekend will be posted in the near future.

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Although Sweeney Chevy Buick GMC doesn’t stay open 24 hours a day, the Sweeney Chevy Buick GMC website does at www.sweeneycars.com. On our website you can research the new Chevy – Buick – GMC car, Chevy – Buick – GMC truck, Chevy – Buick – GMC SUV, or Chevy – Buick – GMC van that you would like to purchase, search inventory of all the used vehicles that we offer at the lowest prices, request a vehicle price quote, find the value for your trade, view pictures and data, learn about our latest specials on cars that we sell.

Also, last summer Sweeney acquired Pace Performance and moved the location to 48 Kargo Ave., Boardman, Ohio 44512. Pace Performance is your complete source for all your GM performance needs. From GM Performance Parts (GMPP) to Genuine GM accessories, we carry GM’s complete line of Genuine GM automotive and truck parts!

Sweeney also stock thousands of performance related components from over 40 aftermarket manufacturers such as Proform Parts, Edelbrock, Hughes Performance, Heatshield, Holley and many more! Plus we sell performance parts that cater to the Ford, Mopar and Foreign Car & Truck Enthusiast.

In addition, Sweeney’s technical department has gone to work and developed several new Pace Performance packages based on a computation of several years of customer request for complete, one box, one part number & one price packages. We now have crate engine, transmission, rear-end, ignition, water pump, exhaust, carb-intake & engine top end packages available. Pace Performance has a selection of over 100,000 parts, chances are we will have what you need. For more info, call 888-748-3791 or check out their website at www.paceperformance.com.

2013 RUSH marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, RainEater Wiper Blades, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, K1 RaceGear, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Wrisco Industries, High Gear Speed Shop, Utsinger’s Towing, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Sharon Beats the Rain as Mike Knight Wins $3,000 with ULMS Late Models; Dave Hess Jr. Captures $2,000 with UEMS EMods

June 15th, 2013

Hartford, OH– Despite thunderstorms in the forecast all day on Wednesday, only a few sprinkles fell in the late afternoon and early evening at Sharon Speedway and the entire Pay It Forward Foundation “Summer Bash” was run off in less than two hours. It was the 10th straight program to be completed this year at Sharon! Celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Mike Knight-NDRL’s ULMS Super Late Models, Dave Hess, Jr.-NDRL’S UEMS Modifieds, and Jeremy Double-Econo Mods. NASCAR racers Ken Schrader and third generation driver Ryan Blaney were scheduled to compete. Schrader finished eighth in the Modified feature, while Blaney’s ride was a no show and unfortunately a ride couldn’t be secured at the last minute.

Mike Knight finally nailed down his first career Sharon Speedway win. Knight led all 25 laps of the NDRL’s ULMS Super Late Model feature without a challenge for the $3,000 prize. It was also his first ULMS victory of 2013. “We didn’t think this was going to happen,” acknowledged the Ripley, New York driver. “You’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t in your perspective. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t, but I’m glad you decided to run! We have some of the best drivers and competition and fans in the country right here in this area. We’re on a good streak right now and doing well. I’ve been good here before, but I’m glad to get a win. I have one of the best crews out there. I’ve had some really good guys that have been with me for 10+ years.” After a false start and a flat tire for Russell King, Knight surged into the lead over Adam Gordon and Dave Hess, Jr. The race was slowed again when Matt Urban spun with one lap scored. When racing resumed, Knight quickly distanced himself from the field and had a comfortable lead by lap four, while the battle was on for second as Gordon was trying to hold off Hess and King.

Knight continued to stretch his lead as the margin grew to a straightaway by lap seven. King and Hess battled side-by-side on laps 9 and 10. King nosed ahead of Hess for third racing off the bottom of turn two on lap 10. Two laps later, Hess slowed and exited the event, which moved Urban to fourth. Knight was gaining about four tenths of second every lap on Gordon as he opened up a near half-lap lead at the halfway point of the event. King closed in on Gordon on lap 14 and the battle picked for second. After a good battle for several laps, King made the pass for second on lap 18. Gordon’s fine run ended when he blew a tire and slapped the backstretch fence with 21 laps scored. The last four-lap dash to the finish went green-to-checkered as Knight faced no challenges taking the checkered flag first by a margin of 2.023 seconds in his Jay’s Auto Wrecking/Craiger Race Engines/Malone Tool & Mold/Keystone Alliance Insurance/Jim’s Automotive Parts-sponsored #9K. Knight became the 106th different driver to win a Super Late Model race at Sharon in the 406 races run all-time. King was second over Urban, Jim Rasey, and Gordon, who returned to the track for the finish. Hess was credited with sixth. Engines issues forced John Garvin, Jr. to scratch from the feature. King set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 15.659 to earn the $50 from Zimmer’s Service Center. Knight also won the lone heat race. A disappointing seven cars showed for the second of four scheduled ULMS events in2013.

As has been the case seemingly night in and night out, the Modifieds continue to put on the best racing of the night. Wednesday night was no different as Dave Hess, Jr. captured the 25-lap UEMS feature for his first win of the season at Sharon. Hess became the eighth different winner in 10 races this season!

“We’re still trying to figure this car out and Mike (Knight) gave us a whopping in that Late Model race so I had to come back and get some dignity back,” joked the Waterford, Pa. standout. “That was a great battle with (Jeff) Johnson up front and all of those guys. The track was fast with Mother Nature, but at least it held up long enough to get it in. We kept working in the shop and looking at the radar thinking it was going to be a washout. Then we figured at the last minute we better get going because it was looking alright and I made it work out. I have to thank my crew, the fans for coming out, and the track prep guys for getting it ready”

Two-time 2013 Sharon winner, Jeff Johnson, took charge of the event as the green flag was displayed. Steve Dixon, Mike Kinney, Vic Vena, and Ken Schrader filled out the top five after the completion of lap one. Dixon slipped high in turn four on lap two allowing Kinney to sneak by for second. Hess, who started fifth and slipped back to sixth after one lap, passed Schrader and Vena on lap two for fourth then got under and past Dixon in turn two on lap three for third.

A spin by Bruce Powell slowed action with three laps recorded. On the ensuing restart, Hess got a got bite off the bottom to pass Kinney in turn two for second. Hess quickly caught Johnson and went to work on the leader. The duo ran side-by-side on lap five, but Johnson slipped high in turn four allowing Hess to nose ahead to lead the lap. Johnson didn’t give up as his momentum around the topside of the speedway carried him back into the lead on lap six.

Dixon and Kinney battled for the win on Saturday night with Kinney scoring his first of 2013. They resumed their battle on Wednesday night, but this time for the third spot. Dixon passed Kinney for the position on lap five. Meanwhile back up front, Hess regained the lead for good on lap nine as his pass stuck on the bottom of turn three. Kinney retook third from Dixon on lap 13. Kirk Bradley, who made his first start, spun with 18 laps completed.

Back under green flag conditions, Dixon got under Kinney to take third on lap 19. Johnson’s solid run ended in a puff of smoke bringing out the third and final caution with 21 laps recorded. This moved Dixon to second followed by Kinney, and Watson. In the last four laps, Hess was able to hold on in his Hess’ Garage/Beacon Lubricants-sponsored #44 to win by just 1.063 of a second for his third career Sharon win. Dixon was second for the second time in five days! Ninth starting Watson passed good friend Kinney on the final lap to claim third. Kinney dropped to fourth. Jonathan Taylor, who arrived late and missed time trials, charged from 17th to a fine fifth place effort. Completing the top 10 were 16th starting Mike Potosky, Vena, Schrader, Andy Buckley, and Randy Hall. Johnson set fast time in qualifying by just 0.002 of a second over Hess to earn the $50 from Zimmer’s Service Center! Johnson, Dixon, and Vena won the heats over the 24-car field.

For more information on the NDRL’s ULMS & UEMS please visit www.unitedlatemodels.com

The NDRL’s ULMS Racing Series would also like to thank their supporters for the 2013 season: Aero Racing Wheels, American Racer Tires, Big Shot Performance, LLC, Bill’s Dirt Late Models, Close Racing Supply, Genesis Racing Shocks, Hoosier Racing Tire, Integra Racing Shocks, Jay’s Auto Wrecking, JNJ Motorsports Media, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Lias Tire, Oyler Photos, Performance Bodies, Slavic Custom Racing Apparel and Decals, and R2C Filters.

Mike Pegher Chanrges from 9th to Win Bill EMIG Memorial Night 1 at Sharon

May 27th, 2013

Hartford, OH…After summer-like conditions and thunderstorms on Thursday’s rainout at McKean County Raceway, it felt more like March on Saturday as the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series headed to Sharon Speedway for night 1 of 2 of the Bill Emig Memorial “Wild Card Weekend”. Thirty-one cars from Pennsylvania,
Ohio, New York, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Ontario, Canada were on hand for Tour race #2 of 27.

Mike Pegher, Jr. charged from the ninth starting spot, while coming out unscathed in a big accident that took out several of the frontrunners. Pegher then would pass Chad Ruhlman on the ensuing restart and go on for the 25-lap feature win, which was worth $1,500 and was his first in the new Sweeney RUSH Tour.

“I saw it at the last second,” explained the 27-year-old Wexford, Pa. standout when asked about the accident. “I was hoping there wasn’t going to be anyone below me because I cut the wheel hard to the left. The first couple laps I looked up and we were fifth or sixth. I knew we had a good car. I didn’t know what was going to happen on that restart with Chad (Ruhlman). I figured he was going to take the outside and my only chance to get him was going to be to drive as hard as I could in turn one. I have to thank all of my sponsors and I just have one crew guy now, and if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be here.”

By virtue of his John Buzzard Memorial K&N Dash victory, Chad Ruhlman earned the pole for the feature and was able to out-drag Josh Holtgraver into turn one for the early lead with Holtgraver, Ryan Montgomery, Chad Wright, and seventh starting Rick Singleton in tow. Holtgraver pulled even with Ruhlman on lap two, but Ruhlman was able to maintain the lead.
Pegher was on the move as he cracked the top five on lap three getting by Singleton then drove by Wright for fourth on lap five. Twelfth starting Will Thomas III was another racer making his way forward. Thomas went toe-to-toe with Wright for the fourth position on laps eight and nine and made the pass stick on the ninth circuit.

As the laps ticked off without a caution, the top five of Ruhlman, Holtgraver, Montgomery, Pegher, and Thomas pulled away. Action began to heat up as lapped traffic loomed ahead. Holtgraver ducked under Ruhlman in turn four on lap 16 using traffic to his advantage to lead the lap. The duo continued to race side-by-side as did Pegher and Montgomeryright behind them for third. Ruhlman was able to keep the momentum going on the top side to grab the lead back on lap 17. Holtgraver didn’t go away as they kept their side-by-side battle going on lap 18. Holtgraver appeared to have the advantage to retake the lead off the bottom of turn four on lap 18, but Ruhlman and MichaelLake made contact, which sent Lake’s car hard into Holtgraver’s right rear.

From then on cars scattered everywhere. Montgomery was sideways and Wright and Thomas made hard contact. Wright, Montgomery, and Thomas all received heavy damage and were shaken, but okay. Holtgraver, who nearly missed the accident, suffered a flat tire from the contact with Lake. Holtgraver was awarded The Brake Man’s “Tough Brake of the Night”.

When racing resumed, Pegher got a great restart to take charge of the event and lead lap 18. Glenn Elliott, who started 13th, lined up fourth for the restart and passed Singleton. Only two more laps would be completed when the final caution would be displayed for Shane Weaver and Rocky Kugel.

The last six laps went caution-free. Pegher chose the bottom for the restart and never looked back as he drove off for a convincing win by 4.238 seconds in the Lynn Geisler-owned, #1 Cochran/Alternative Power Sources/Pegher Painting/Triple-S
Auto Outlet/Zero Wraps-sponsored #1c. The victory for Pegher was his second of the season at Sharon and division leading eighth of his career.

Ruhlman rode home second for his best finish of the season. “Congratulations to Mike,” stated the runner-up. “I always like to see him win- he’s a good clean driver. I got aero tight after that accident. We lost six inches of our nose piece and at that point Mike just left us. I was trying to bend the car too much just to keep it down on the bottom. The race track was awesome tonight.”

Elliott, who finished runner-up to Singleton in the opening event at Hagerstown, was able to beat him across the line Saturday night for third to tie him for the point lead. “I have to thank the track for having us here and RUSH- what a good thing they’ve got going,” expressed the Finksburg, MD driver. “We got to running pretty hard there and all I wanted to do was get past Rick (Singleton) and it didn’t seem like it was going to happen then the caution came out and things just went our way to get ahead of him. I don’t know how I pulled that deal off on the frontstretch, but it was fun.”

Dan Angelicchio, who made his first Tour start, had a solid fifth place effort after starting 14th. Completing the top 10 were Shaun Hooks, Dennis Lunger, Jr., Bobby Whitling, Joe Martin, and John Over. Over was awarded the $100 Precise Racing Products gift card for being the “Pedal Down Hard Charger” after improving 12 positions from his 22nd starting spot.

Just two cars reported for the Non-Qualifier as Russell Baird, Jr. led all four laps over rookie Jamie Wrightsman to score the $150 victory and tie for the “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series point lead in his Blout Paving/Civit Collision/Ford Business Machines/A&I Fire Extinguisher/Special T Metals-sponsored #17. The 20-year-old Uniontown, Pa. racer also was the first non-qualifier through the last chance B main and was awarded the ARbodies “Nosed Out” nose kit.

Heat winners were Singleton, Whitling, Longbrake, and Wright. Ruhlman’s victory in the K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash was worth an extra $100 as part of the John Buzzard Memorial Dash. Holtgraver’s runner-up was worth a $100 K&N certificate with Montgomery receiving a $50 K&N certificate and Wright earning $25 cash. Jorden Peters captured the last chance B main.

Davey Johnson Cools Competition with NDRL’s ULMS Win at Sharon Speedway

April 23rd, 2013

Hartford, OH – Greensburg, PA’s Davey Johnson took the lead on lap four and never looked back as he held off a late rally from 2011 NDRL’s ULMS Champion Mike Knight to capture his sixth series win in his storied career.

Jim Rasey and Max Blair, who was piloting a Boom Briggs backup car, led the field to the green flag with Rasey taking the early lead. Rasey pulled Blair, Johnson, and Knight around the 3/8 mile oval until Johnson blasted by Blair to move into second on lap three. Johnson wasted no time as just one lap later he made his move to the bottom of the leader and made the pass for the lead.

Johnson, who was clearly the class of the field all evening after breaking the seven year old track record of 15.343 set by Robbie Scott in August of 2006 during time trials, stretched his lead until a lap eight caution slowed the pace. When racing resumed, Johnson again pulled away from the field as Blair made his way past Rasey to take over the second spot. Rasey then continued to slip as Knight worked his way into the third position moving the pole-sitter back to fourth.

As the leader caught lapped traffic around the 18 lap mark, Knight and Blair battled for the second spot with Knight using the high side to complete the pass. Knight then set his sights on the ultra-fast Johnson and began to reel him in. With most of the field using the bottom groove of the track and Knight being one of the very few to venture to the high side, the gap to the leader closed quickly and as Knight was about to make his bid for the lead when on lap 25, Rasey spun in turn four to bring out the caution.

The ensuing Delaware double-file restart put Johnson by himself at the front when the green flag fell. Knight stayed with Johnson for the final five laps but was unable to mount a serious charge as Johnson took his sixth career NDRL’s ULMS checkered flag and a cool $3,000.

Knight followed in second with Russ King finishing a quiet third. Blair was fourth while Dave Hess Jr., rounded out the top-five. Multi-time NDRL’s ULMS Champion Boom Briggs finished sixth followed by Keith Barbara, Garrett Krummert, Michael Davis, and Jared Miley in tenth.

Randy Hall led all 25 laps in claiming the NDRL’s UEMS portion of ‘Steel City Thunder’ at Sharon Speedway. Joe Gabrielson finished second followed by Jack Young, Jeff Johnson and Alan Dellinger who completed the top five. Sixth place was John Woodward Jr. followed by Mike McGee, John Boardman, Andy Buckley and Jordan Eck in tenth.

For more information on the National Dirt Racing League, the NDRL’s ULMS and the NDRL’s UEMS please visit www.thendrl.com or www.unitedlatemodelseries.com.

Rush Late Models Set for Weekly Action at Sharon Speedway

March 29th, 2013

(Pulaski, PA) Sharon Speedway is set to begin the inaugural campaign of the RUSH Late Models as a weekly attraction beginning Saturday, April 6. Sharon is one of the seven Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model weekly-sanctioned speedways in addition to several others hosting sanctioned events. Sharon has made a three-year commitment to RUSH and will feature the division 23 times in 2013 including five Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Touring Series events along with 18 times as part of the track’s “Steel Valley Thunder” program.

Known as one of the nation’s longest continual operated, family-owned speedways in the nation with auto racing dating back to 1929, Sharon has transformed into a state-of-the-art multi-million dollar facility since acquired by the Blaney, Kirila, and Weller families in 2002. The 3/8-mile oval is located 10 miles north of Interstate 80 just across the Pennsylvania border in Hartford, Ohio.

“It was a major step for our Series when Sharon agreed to come aboard RUSH,” explained Vicki Emig. “Sharon was one of the first four speedways to come out of the box in our announcement press release and really helped spur our forward momentum. We’ve had a good working relationship with General Manager Dave Willoughby. Dave has been very instrumental in the growth of the Crate Late Models in recent years, and Sharon is a huge part of our Sweeney Touring schedule.”

Sharon’s large presence with the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Touring Series includes hosting five big events. The Tour’s first stop will be over Memorial Day Weekend on May 25-26 with two complete shows as part of the Bill Emig Memorial “Wild Card Weekend”. Not only will $1,500 be on the line both Saturday and Sunday night, but an additional $1,500 in point money will be up for grabs with the infamous card draws!

Sharon teams up with Lernerville Speedway on July 5-6 to host “Off with the Tops”. The Sweeney RUSH Tour joins with the BOSS non-wing Sprints both nights. The Sharon “topless” event will not only pay $2,000 to-win, but it’s Sweeney Chevrolet Night as one lucky driver will win the GM 604 engine valued at over $5,000!

The Sweeney RUSH Tour is back with BOSS again on August 17 for $2,000 to-win this time in the third annual “Gary Knollinger Memorial”. And yet again, $2,000 will be awarded as part of the annual “Apple Festival Nationals” on September 13-14.

Though not a Tour event, on Saturday, June 8 as part of Lincoln Electric Night at the Speedway, one lucky RUSH Late Model racer will win a Lincoln Electric Power MIG 140C + and Utility Cart in a random drawing!

One of the region’s top Crate Late Model racers is Will Thomas III, who calls Sharon home. Thomas is coming off his first full season racing on dirt. The Sharpsville, Pa. racer was a standout competitor on asphalt and made a quick and smooth transition to dirt where he won six features and the Sharon track championship in 2012. After missing some early events, 2011 Sharon champion Josh Double of nearby Bristolville, Ohio is expected to contend again for the championship.

Two other top racers in Matt Latta and Bobby Whitling are also expected to battle for Sharon’s championship in addition to running several of the Sweeney RUSH Touring events. Latta, who had a big 2012 season, is one of the top up and coming stars of the division and is ready for his third season of racing. Whitling, a former Stock Car great, captured his first career Late Model win last season at Sharon.

Dennis Lunger, Jr. and Rocky Kugel turned some heads last season at Sharon with fine runs and are expected to be back up front in 2013 going after the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Weekly Series money.

Sharon has two “Futures Cup” racers that compete weekly at Sharon including Eric Wilson of Cortland, Ohio and Clay Ruffo of Mercer, Pa.Wilson already owns a pair of feature wins at Sharon with one in each his first two seasons of action. Ruffo meanwhile has an Econo Mod win to his credit in 2011 and would love to capture his first Late Model win.

Sharon’s weekly RUSH member racers will be able to take part in all of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model programs. It’s quite possible that one Sharon regular racer could win $8,000 in point man excluding any Touring or “Futures Cup” point funds!

Drivers will be able to accumulate their best 15 finishes (two per week) throughout the season as part of the $25,000+ Sweeney “Weekly Series Championship” that will pay $5,000 to-win down 30 positions.

Come July, the top 10 Sweeney RUSH Weekly members in Sharon points under the RUSH system will move on to the $10,000+ Pace Performance “Summer Chase”. Drivers can race as many times as they want from July through Labor Day at not only Sharon, but any RUSH-sanctioned event. Drivers’ average points (minimum eight events) will determine the $3,000 champion that will pay down 10 positions.

Any RUSH member under the age of 18 will also be eligible for the $3,000 “Futures Cup” program. Those 18 and 19 cannot have more than one full season of competition in Crate Late Models or any other higher division. These racers can compete at Sharon and at any other RUSH-sanctioned event to accumulate points. Drivers’ Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC “Weekly Series” points will be added to three stand-alone “Futures Cup” events that will be announced.

“I know how hard Vicki (Emig) and Mike (Leone) work for the Series so I felt it was in the best interest for Sharon to join with RUSH,” stated Willoughby. “They have worked on a daily basis over the past six years for Crate Late Model racers and tracks. RUSH has a great program put together for the inaugural season that which I’m sure will only grow into the future. This is just another reason why we decided to make the three-year commitment like other speedways have.”

Sharon’s Barris Supply RUSH Late Models are on a tiered purse structure for their regular events with $600 to-win if there are less than 14 cars, $700 to-win if there are 14-23 cars, and $750 to-win if there are 24 or more cars. Sharon also offers a free pit pass in addition to the $50 tow money for any non-qualifier when a B main is.

In addition to the RUSH Late Models, Sharon also features the Governor Insurance Agency DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds (formerly known as E-Mod), Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks as part of their weekly “Steel Valley Thunder” Program.

Sharon Speedway’s GPS address is 3241 Custer-Orangeville Rd. NE, Burghill, OH 44404. For more information, check out their website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481. As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SharonSpeedway or follow them on Twitter @SharonSpdwy.

2013 RUSH weekly-sanctioned speedways include Allegheny Mountain Raceway (Kane, PA), Bradford (PA) Speedway, McKean County Raceway (East Smethport, PA), Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA), Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex (Markleysburg, PA), Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH), and The Rock – Allegany County Speedway (Cumberland, MD).

2013 RUSH marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Precise Racing Products, The Brake Man, K1 RaceGear, K&N Filters, Wrisco Aluminum, and Valley Fashions.

Keith Barbara Bags $3,000 with ULMS Victory at Sharon

October 9th, 2012

(South Park, PA) Keith Barbara and Forbes Field Motorsports captured their fifth win of the 2012 season this past Saturday, October 6 at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, OH in a $3,000 to-win United Late Model Series sanctioned event.

Keith drew the pole position for the 30-lap main event and jumped out to a half-straightaway lead after two early cautions. By lap 13, Barbara was being pressured by Dave Hess Jr., before another caution fell. Keith was able to hold onto the lead as racing resumed but started to see his temperature gauge increase as the race wore on. During a lap 23 caution, smoke could be seen coming from Barbara’s Forbes Field Garage, JNJ Motorsports Media, RanGroup Racing Tours sponsored Mastersbilt by Huey #17. Keith almost pulled off the speedway but decided to continue with only seven laps remaining. Barbara then led those final seven laps to pick up the win by just over a second over World of Outlaws Late Model Series regular Chub Frank and Jared Hawkins.

‘I was overheating so much and just peddling it the last few laps,’ Keith said in Victory Lane. ‘I was going to pull off but I’m glad I didn’t, the track worked the track all night and it turned out pretty good there at the end. I have to thank everyone that helps me out, Forbes Field Garage, my crew, my family, Ran Group Racing Tours, JNJ Motorsports Media, Mastersbilt by Huey; everyone who makes this possible.’

Plans for Keith and the Forbes Field Motorsports team are still undecided for the rest of the year but Barbara could be in action this upcoming weekend, October 12 and 13 at Hesston (PA) Speedway for ‘The Ultimate’ that will pay $4,000 on October 12 and $10,000 on October 13. The team is also tossing around the idea of heading to Lernerville Speedway for their 2012 finale on Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27 for the $3,000 to-win ‘Steel City Stampede’. Check Keith’s website, www.keithbarbara.net to know for sure if Keith will be attending these events.

For more information on these events please visit www.hesstonspeedway.com or www.lernerville.com. For more information on Keith Barbara visit his website at www.keithbarbara.net. Keith Barbara and Forbes Field Motorsports would like to thank their sponsors for the 2012 season: Forbes Field Garage, JNJ Motorsports Media, RanGroup Racing Tours, Triangle Benefit Services, Forbes Field Motorsports, MBH – MasterSbilt by Huey, Domhoff Racing Engines, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, Speed Bear Fasteners, Integra Shocks by Huey, The Dutch Club, Snap-on Tools, Potoka Trucking, Precise Racing Products, Ryan’s Painting, Wal-Fab Race Car Bodies, and Frankland Rear Ends.

McKean’s “Fall Classic” to Feature 2 Complete Friday and Saturday for the First Time

September 21st, 2012

(East Smethport, PA)…After the season’s longest downtime, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series resumed action last Saturday at Sharon Speedway and is now set for the busy, big fall season of racing to wind down season down six. McKean County Raceway will host a doubleheader program this weekend as part of their seventh annual “Fall Classic”. Friday and Saturday’s races will mark events #21 and #22 as part of the record 25-event 2012 slate.

This will be the first time ever back-to-back Northeast Touring Series events have been contested at McKean! In years past at the “Fall Classic”, Friday night was reserved for the Tour and a Weekly Series event was held on Saturday. Sharon
Speedway held a similar doubleheader program back on Memorial Day Weekend, which was swept by Max Blair.

“We’re really excited to be part of both days at the Fall Classic,” expressed the sixth year Northeast Co-Director Vicki Emig. “McKean has been part of FASTRAK Northeast since day and has hosted more Tour events than any other facility. For
our racers to be able to compete at one of the region’s biggest events both days is awesome! We have to thank MCR’s promotional team of Rich Yeager, Ken Leet, Tom Gleason, and Rod Biehler for making this possible.”

McKean has been the site of a record 15 Northeast Touring Series events with an amazing 11 different winners! Max Blair leads the way with three victories, while Mike Pegher, Jr. and John Lacki are the only other racers to repeat to date, Todd Andrews, Kyle Drum, Butch Lambert, Robbie Blair, Steve Dixon, Josh Holtgraver, Wayne Robertson, and Ryan Montgomery have recorded single victories.

Blair is closing in on his fourth championship in five years. The 22-year-old Centerville, Pa. racer has a record nine wins this year and enters the weekend with a 100-point lead on Pegher. Pegher has two victories this season and has finished second in points to Blair each of the past two seasons. Chad Ruhlman, a winner this season at Pittsburgh, is six points behind Pegher in third. June 16 MCR winner, Ryan Montgomery, is fourth ahead of Dan Angelicchio, who has finished runner-up at the past two Tour events at McKean this season.

After his best career Tour finish of second last Saturday at Sharon, John Over is just 12 points out of the top five in his first full season on the Tour. Will Thomas III, Butch Lambert, and Pace Performance “Futures Cup” competitor, Shane
Weaver, complete the top 10.

The battle for spots 11-15 is hot and heavy. With his first career Tour win last Saturday at Sharon, Chad Wright advanced three spots from 14th to 11th. Wright though is only up two points on Brad Kling, five on Lauren Longbrake, and 14 on Joe Martin. In his first season Touring, Bobby Rohrer is ahead of Jamie Brown by just two points for the 15th points paying spot.

The “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series for non-qualifiers will be held in addition. Jason Genco (two), Craig Dean (two), Louie Krushansky, Bob Dorman, Junior Peters, Kyle Wiser, Joel Prosser, Jamie Brown, Bobby Pifer, and Nico Dabecco have picked up the non-qualifier wins to date, while W.L. Stile leads the points. An amazing 25 different drivers have scored victories in the 32 races run all-time.

Of course all of the great contingency programs will be in full force. Besides the K&N “Cold Air Induction Dash”, the Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night”, Genesis Shocks “Top Dog of the Night”, Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger, and the Utsinger’s Towing Hoosier Tire Giveaway will also take place.

There have been 93 Northeast Touring Series races contested with 35 different winners all-time. Max Blair leads nemesis Mike Pegher, Jr. 21 to 15 followed by Dick Barton, Bobby Powell, John Lacki, and David Scott with four, Steve Dixon, Josh
Holtgraver and Joe Martin at three, Alan Delinger, Dan Angelicchio, Robbie Blair, Ryan Montgomery, Will Thomas III, and Wayne Robertson with two, and Todd Andrews, Kyle Drum, Frank Guidace, Butch Lambert, Carl McKinney, Dennis Lunger, Jr., Tom Snyder, Jr., Chris Meadows, Jim Frank, Mike Blose, Jonathan Davenport, Gary Knollinger, Dusty Hamrick, Bud Watson, Russell King, George Kowatic, Chad Ruhlman, Matt Latta, & Sammy Stile, and Chad Wright with one victory.

Be sure to stop by the FASTRAK Northeast Apparel Trailer and Travel Boutique for all of the latest apparel, merchandise, and novelties. The 2012 Fan Guide & Driver Handbook will also be on sale.

There is a $50 entry fee on Friday and $75 on Saturday. RACEceivers are required. Transponders (red or yellow) are required. They will be available to rent for $10 per day.

Teams will be permitted to practice on Thursday during the opening night of the Fall Classic, which begins at 7 p.m. On Friday, pits open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7 then on Saturday pits open at 3 p.m. with racing at 6. Pit passes are $25 on
Thursday, $30 on Friday, and $35 on Saturday.

McKean County Raceway is a 1/3-mile dirt track located at the McKean County Fairgrounds in East Smethport, Pa. at the intersections of Route 6 and 46. For more information on McKean County Raceway, check out their website at www.mckeancountyraceway.com or call 814-362-6909. The track number on race day is 814-887-2600.

2012 FASTRAK Northeast marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tires, Original Pizza Logs, K&N Filters, The Brake Man, Utsinger’s Towing, Precise Racing Products, Genesis Shocks, VP Fuels, Beyea Custom Headers, H&H Racing Equipment, High Gear Speed Shop, Hyperco, Jake’s Golf Carts, Lincoln Electric, Wrisco Aluminum, and Wylie Race Cars.

You can reach co-directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone at the FASTRAK Northeast office at 724-964-9300. E-mail to info@fastraknortheast.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. The office is open daily late mornings and after 1:30 p.m. For more information, check out the FASTRAK Northeast website at www.fastraknortheast.com. Become our fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fastraknortheast.

Chad Wright Becomes Season’s 10th Different Winner with 1st Career Win at Sharon

September 17th, 2012

(Hartford, OH)…After a one-month layoff, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series returned to Sharon Speedway on Saturday night for the sixth and final time of the season at the beautiful
Hartford, Ohio oval. Race #20 of the record 25-event slate was the fourth time FASTRAK has been part of the “Apple Festival Nationals”.

After a rough night at the Weekly Series event on Friday night at Sharon, Chad Wright was unsure if he was going to return for Saturday’s Tour event; however, the last minute decision provided fruitful as Wright put on the best performance of his career with a dominating effort for his first career Northeast Touring Series victory. Wright passed John Over early in the race and was never challenged for the $1,200 victory in the non-stop 25-lap event timed in 7:17.958. Wright also received the $100 Genesis “Top Dog of the Night” certificate.

“It feels pretty good- I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” expressed the 18-year-old Springboro, Pa. third year FASTRAK driver. “I knew they were behind me. I just tried keeping a line and passed lapped traffic. It’s awesome- I got it done! I have to thank Rob and Max Blair. They help me with setup and everything I do. The body they put on this is awesome. I also have to thank my mom, dad, and all my sponsors. I couldn’t have done it without all of them!”

John Over drew the pole position and raced into the lead ahead of Bud Watson and Wright. Max Blair started fourth, but slipped high and faded to sixth. On lap two, Wright passed Watson for second, while Blair regained fourth past Andrew Wylie and Bryce Davis.

Wright quickly caught Over and the two raced side-by-side for the lead on lap three with Wright making the pass in turn four, while Blair passed Watson for third. Davis and Wylie were able to get by Watson in the next few laps for fourth and fifth respectively. By lap six, Wright began to pull away, while the battle was on for second.

Wright caught lapped traffic on lap 12 and was able to maintain his lead by a straightaway at the halfway mark. The battle continued to rage for second as Over was trying to hold off Blair, Davis, and Wylie. On lap 19, Blair was really hounding Over looking for a way by, and in the meantime the foursome was closing on Wright. Wright was mired in heavy lapped traffic, which allowed second through fifth to cut Wright’s lead in half.

In the next laps, Wright was able to clear traffic and quickly opened his lead back up. Wright had no scares over the final five laps as he crossed the finish line first by a margin of 4.593 in his Zimmer’s Service Center/Bonnell’s Collision, ECS Towing/Wright’s Garage/Everhart Asphalt/TBR/Hendren’s Racing-sponsored #6. Wright became the 10th different winner of the season and 35th driver to win a Tour race in the 93 races contested all time. The victory also propelled Wright from 14th to 11th in the standings.

Over, who is in his first full year on the Tour, recorded his career best Tour finish of second beating a previous best of two fourth place finishes. “It was a good run tonight,” stated the Uniontown, Pa. driver. “We went back to some stuff we were doing earlier in the year. We’ve been struggling for the last several months. The last two times here have not been good so tonight is a great finish for us!”

Point leader Blair’s third place was his 16th top five finish in 20 races this season! After running only two of the first 16 events, Davis has joined the Tour for three of the last four events and has been impressive with a second, third, and now a fourth place finish! Wylie’s fifth place bested his prior season’s best effort of 10th at Mercer Raceway Park on July 14. Completing the top 10 were Matt Latta, Josh Double, Shane Weaver, Watson, and Mike Pegher, Jr., who moved into second place in the standings.

Justin Tatlow finished 17th and earned the $100 Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger certificate for passing the most cars. Paul Grigsby was one spot behind in 18th and was the final car on the lead lap and received the Utsinger’s
Towing free Hoosier Tire. Brad Kling was chosen as the “The Brake Man” Tough Brake of the Night. Kling was leading his heat race and broke the driveshaft and had other issues that ended his night.

Heat victors were Pegher, Weaver, and Latta. Ryan Montgomery qualified for just his second K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash and led all four laps for his first win to receive the $100 certificate and 13th place starting spot. Bobby Rohrer was second to earn the $50 K&N certificate, while Randy Wyant and Wendell Pinckney received $25 cash for finishing third and fourth respectively.

The next races for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series will be at McKean County Raceway this weekend for two complete shows for the first time ever. Friday’s event will pay $1,200
to-win with Saturday’s winner receiving $1,500.

2012 FASTRAK Northeast marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tires, Original Pizza Logs, K&N Filters, The Brake Man, Utsinger’s Towing, Precise Racing Products, Genesis Shocks, VP Fuels, Beyea Custom
Headers, H&H Racing Equipment, High Gear Speed Shop, Hyperco, Jake’s Golf Carts, Lincoln Electric, Wrisco Aluminum, and Wylie Race Cars.

You can reach co-directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone at the FASTRAK Northeast office at 724-964-9300. E-mail to info@fastraknortheast.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. The office is open daily late mornings and after 1:30 p.m. For more information, check out the FASTRAK Northeast website at www.fastraknortheast.com. Become our fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fastraknortheast.

Final Visit at Sharon on Saturday for FASTRAK NE Touring Series

September 14th, 2012

(Hartford, OH)…After the season’s longest downtime, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series is set to resume action at Sharon Speedway this weekend. Sharon hosted the Series’ last event on August 18 for the wildly successful “Manufacturers Night”. Saturday’s stop will be the fifth and final of the season at the Hartford, Ohio oval and marks race #20 of 25.

The annual “Apple Festival Nationals” will also feature the FASTRAK Late Models in a complete Weekly Series show on Friday night paying $1,000 to-win. Then on Saturday, a complete new program will be run for the Northeast Touring Series with $1,200 on the line.

In addition, Friday night will also include the second of three “Trifecta” races for the Pace Performance “Futures Cup”. Nico Dabecco of Pittsburgh won the first race at Pittsburgh on July 6 and also leads the $1,000 to-win “Futures Cup” standings by 14 over Canadian Jorden Peters. The “Trifecta” race, open to all eligible “Futures Cup” racers, will pay $200 to-win and offer additional points on top of racers’ “best 15″ finishes.

“The Apple Festival Nationals Weekend is always a great event for FASTRAK,” stated sixth year Northeast Co-Director Vicki Emig. “Sharon has become a big supporter of FASTRAK and allowed the Touring Series to be showcased five times this year. This will be the fourth year FASTRAK has been part of the Apple Festival tradition. It gives our racers the ability to run two complete shows at the same facility, while not requiring them to come both nights. We’re looking forward next weekend and our first ever back-to-back Touring shows at the same facility at McKean County Raceway.”

Max Blair is six events away for claiming his fourth championship in five years. The 22-year-old Centerville, Pa. driver is having another record-breaking season with an all-time high nine wins on the Tour amongst his career best 30 victories.

Blair currently leads Chad Ruhlman by 73 points. Ruhlman won his career first FASTRAK race at Pittsburgh on July 6. He’s having a strong first year on the Tour with 7 top 5s and 15 top 10s. At Sharon, Ruhlman has done quite well with a pair of thirds, a fifth, a sixth, and a tenth.

Mike Pegher, Jr., who ended a victory drought at the last Sharon event that dated back to April 20, is third in points, 20 behind Ruhlman. Dan Angelicchio has an eight-point advantage on last year’s “Futures Cup” champion, Ryan Montgomery for the fourth spot. Completing the top 10 are John Over, Butch Lambert, Sharon point leader Will Thomas III, Sharon runner-up point man Matt Latta, and “Futures Cup” racer Shane Weaver.

The Northeast Touring Series has been featured 15 times at Sharon over the past four seasons with eight different winners. Blair, who swept the Bill Emig Memorial Wild Card Weekend, is a four-time winner, while Josh Holtgraver, Joe Martin, and Pegher are the only other repeat winners. Other Touring winners at Sharon include David Scott, the late Gary Knollinger, George Kowatic, Montgomery, and Sammy Stile.

The “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series for non-qualifiers will be held in addition, if necessary. Jason Genco (two), Craig Dean (two), Louie Krushansky, Bob Dorman, Junior Peters, Kyle Wiser, Joel Prosser, Jamie Brown, Bobby Pifer, and Nico Dabecco have picked up the non-qualifier wins to date, while W.L. Stile leads the points. An amazing 25 different drivers have scored victories in the 32 races run all-time.

Of course all of the great contingency programs will be in full force. Besides the K&N “Cold Air Induction Dash” and fan giveaway, the Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night”, Genesis Shocks “Top Dog of the Night”, Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger, and the Utsinger’s Towing Hoosier Tire Giveaway will also take place.

There have been 92 Northeast Touring Series races contested with 34 different winners all-time. Max Blair leads nemesis Mike Pegher, Jr. 21 to 15 followed by Dick Barton, Bobby Powell, John Lacki, and David Scott with four, Steve Dixon, Josh
Holtgraver and Joe Martin at three, Alan Dellinger, Dan Angelicchio, Robbie Blair, Ryan Montgomery, Will Thomas III, and Wayne Robertson with two, and Todd Andrews, Kyle Drum, Frank Guidace, Butch Lambert, Carl McKinney, Dennis Lunger, Jr., Tom Snyder, Jr., Chris Meadows, Jim Frank, Mike Blose, Jonathan Davenport, Gary Knollinger, Dusty Hamrick, Bud Watson, Russell King, George Kowatic, Chad Ruhlman, Matt Latta & Sammy Stile with one victory.

Sharon A Feature Payoff: 1. $1,200 2. $650 3. $450 4. $350 5. $325 6. $300 7. $275 8. $260 9. $255 10. $250 11. $225 12. $210 13. $200 14. $175 15. $165 16. $160 17. $155 18-24. $150.

Non-Qualifier B Feature Payoff: 1. $125 2. $100 3. $90 4. $85 5. $80 6. $75 7. $70 8. $65 9. $60 10-24. $55. $50 to any driver failing to start either feature.

Be sure to stop by the FASTRAK Northeast Apparel Trailer and Travel Boutique for all of the latest apparel, merchandise, and novelties. The 2012 Fan Guide & Driver Handbook will also be on sale.

Sharon is not charging a track registration fee and has waived the FT400 right rear tire rule for the Weekly Series event on Friday. There is a $50 entry fee on Saturday. RACEceivers and transponders are required.

Pits open at 4 p.m. each night. Racing will begin at 6:30 on Friday night with a May 27 Stock Car make-up feature and at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Sharon is offering a reduced $55 two-day pit pass and $20 grandstand pass. Otherwise pit passes are $30 on Friday and $35 on Saturday, while grandstand admission is $13 each night. Free camping is available all weekend and teams are permitted to stay in the pit area. There will be live entertainment each night after the races.

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.

2012 FASTRAK Northeast marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tires, Original Pizza Logs, K&N Filters, The Brake Man, Utsinger’s Towing, Precise Racing Products, Genesis Shocks, VP Fuels, Beyea Custom
Headers, H&H Racing Equipment, High Gear Speed Shop, Hyperco, Jake’s Golf Carts, Lincoln Electric, Wrisco Aluminum, and Wylie Race Cars.

You can reach co-directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone at the FASTRAK Northeast office at 724-964-9300. E-mail to info@fastraknortheast.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. The office is open daily late mornings and after 1:30 p.m. For more information, check out the FASTRAK Northeast website at www.fastraknortheast.com. Become our fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fastraknortheast.

$30K in Products Awarded to 47 racers at Sharon

August 24th, 2012

(Pulaski, PA)…The inaugural “Manufacturers Night” held on August 18, 2012 at Sharon Speedway was a rousing success. The event was another unique promotion part of the record 25-event 2012 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series schedule. A total of 47 drivers competed setting an all-time record car count for Sharon, which is in its second season under the FASTRAK weekly banner, but fourth season hosting Northeast Touring events. Those drivers shared in approximately $30,000 of product and contingencies distributed in addition to prize money. (Note: A complete list of the prizes and winners is posted below.)

“I never would have imagined last winter that Manufacturers Night would blossom into this unbelievable that took place,” expressed sixth year Northeast Co-Director Vicki Emig. “When we initially announced the night, our goal was $15,000 and we were able to double that! Words cannot express the sincere appreciation we feel for all of our own great sponsors along with many new companies that have joined the effort to make this event a huge success! It was awesome to see the excellent turnout of cars for this event as well. Hopefully we can make the 2012 event even bigger and better!”

Drivers drew for the prizes in a reverse order of the pill draw, meaning the driver that drew the worst pill for his heat race assignment drew first. The three remaining prizes that were left were awarded to the corresponding finish at the end
of the night. The prizes were valued anywhere from $150 up to $2,600!

Each driver also received two cases of Quaker State Racing Oil and a t-shirt from Wylie Race Cars. Every competing driver earned over $250 in prizes in addition to their race earnings! Keizer Aluminum Wheels awarded each of the top 20 feature finishers a $50 certificate toward the purchase of a wheel. So those 20 drivers left with a minimum of $300 in prizes!

Josh Holtgraver won the grand prize by drawing the number one pill, which was a complete set of four Tornado F4 Brake Calipers valued at $2,600! Holtgraver went on to finish fifth in the feature, which matched his best of the season, and also collected one of the $50 Keizer certificates.

The second grand prize of a complete set of Genesis G1 Series Aluminum Shocks with coil over kits valued at $2,300 was won by Sharon point leader Will Thomas III. Jason Knowles, who made the long tow down from Corning, NY to compete, drew the Lincoln Electric Power Mig 140C Welder & Utility Cart valued at $700. Lincoln Electric will give a second welder and utility cart to one lucky FASTRAK racer this Saturday at Sharon Speedway in conjunction with the Lincoln Electric Corporate Night!

There were four other separate drawings with the number pulled corresponding to the driver’s final placement at the end of the night. The top prize was a $1,000 off the purchase of a Rocket Chassis, which was awarded to Ben Black. Last year, Black was the winner of the Sweeney Chevrolet GM 604 engine valued at over $5,000! It was certainly a good night for Black, whose ninth place finish was his best Tour finish since an eighth on May 29, 2010 at Sharon! Black also finished second in the K&N Dash and received a $50 certificate. He was awarded six sheets of aluminum valued at $360 compliments of Wrisco and also earned a $50 Keizer certificate!

The two other special drawings were a $500 apparel package compliments of Speedwrapz won by Jason Stanke and half-off a complete set of Late Model bird cages valued at $450 compliments of BSB Manufacturing.

Some drivers captured four prizes like Matt Latta. The second-place Sharon point man and ninth place Tour competitor, picked the package of six sheets of Wrisco Aluminum ($360), earned a complete custom wrap by Speedwrapz ($700) by finishing seventh (undrawn prize), a $50 Keizer certificate, and the two cases of Quaker State Racing Oil ($100)!

The racing itself was nothing short of spectacular. The night kicked off with Max Blair holding off Mike Pegher, Jr. to win the May 27 $1,500 to-win make-up event. In the night’s regularly scheduled feature, it was a role reversal as Pegher
out-dueled Blair in a thriller that kept the fans on the edge of their feature, which could easily be considered one of the best races of the season.

The make-up event was part of the two-day Bill Emig Memorial “Wild Card Weekend,” which was contested over Memorial Day Weekend. Blair was also the winner of the May 26 event. Those two feature scores added to his card draws of seven and ten each night earned him the “Wild Card Weekend Championship,” worth $500. Last year, his father Rob was crowned champion. Blair outgained Joe Martin and Will Thomas by seven points, who tied for second. John Over and Josh Double tied for fourth with 72 points. Martin and Thomas earned $350 each, while $150 went to both Over and Double. Complete final points are posted under Points at www.fastraknortheast.com.

The next race for the Sweeney Chevrolet FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series will be at Sharon Speedway on Saturday, September 15. Race #20 will pay $1,200 to-win. There will also be a Weekly Series event on Friday night the 14th as part of the “Apple Festival Nationals”

2012 FASTRAK Northeast marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tires, Original Pizza Logs, K&N Filters, The Brake Man, Utsinger’s Towing, Precise Racing Products, Genesis Shocks, VP Fuels, Beyea Custom Headers, H&H Racing Equipment, High Gear Speed Shop, Hyperco, Jake’s Golf Carts, Lincoln Electric, Wrisco Aluminum, and Wylie Race Cars.

You can reach co-directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone at the FASTRAK Northeast office at 724-964-9300. E-mail to info@fastraknortheast.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. The office is open daily late mornings and after 1:30 p.m. For more information, check out the FASTRAK Northeast website at www.fastraknortheast.com. Become our fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fastraknortheast.

$30K In Prizes Attracts 47 Cars to Sharon

August 20th, 2012

(Hartford, OH)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series returned to Sharon Speedway on Saturday night for races #4 and 5 of the season at the beautiful Hartford, Ohio oval. The inaugural “Manufacturers Night” attracted a Sharon record 47 cars as approximately $30,000 was awarded to race teams. Each team went away with a minimum of a $250 prize in addition to their race earnings (a separate press release will be forthcoming). The night was races #18 and 19 on the record 25-event 2012 slate.

“I never would have imagined last winter that Manufacturers Night would blossom into this unbelievable that took place,” expressed sixth year Northeast Co-Director Vicki Emig. “When we initially announced the night, our goal was $15,000 and we were able to double that! Words cannot express the sincere appreciation we feel for all of our own great sponsors along with many new companies that have joined the effort to make this event a huge success! It was awesome to see the excellent turnout of cars for this event as well.”

The night kicked off with the May 27 make-up feature. In that 25-lap affair, Max Blair took advantage of a front row starting spot to lead all 25 laps for the Bill Emig Memorial victory. Blair’s record-breaking Series ninth win of the season was worth $1,500 plus an additional $500 for being the overall “Wild Card Weekend” Champion. Blair also received the $100 Genesis Shocks “Top Dog of the Night” certificate.

“The track is really fast,” expressed the 22-year-old Centerville, Pa. point leader. “The engine got really, really hot that’s why I had to get in there to cool it down. Anytime Mike Pegher is up front, you’re always worried he’s going to get by you. He’s one of the best there is. It’s fun racing with him. I didn’t know if I should take the top or bottom, but it’s Sharon so you always take the top. That’s what I did and it worked out.”

Blair rode the outside past pole-sitter Joe Martin for the lead with Pegher, Jamie Brown, and Will Thomas III in tow. Martin stuck on the bottom and raced side-by-side with Blair on laps two and three, but Blair had the momentum to continue to lead. Thomas, who started sixth, passed Brown for fourth on lap three as Ruhlman followed in fifth.

Lapped traffic came into play on lap eight as Thomas caught up to Pegher, Martin and Blair to make it a four-car race for the lead. Pegher snuck by Martin for second in turn four on lap 10. Ruhlman then caught the first four as five cars were set for a shootout, but Jason Stanke slowed to bring out the event’s only caution with 12 laps scored.

Thomas and eighth starting Josh Holtgraver got a great restart to move into third and fourth past Martin. Holtgraver though would exit the event on lap 16 yielding fourth back to Martin. Holtgraver was chosen as The Brake Man’s “Tough Brake of the Night. Blair would deal with lapped traffic over the final three laps, but Pegher wasn’t able to get by as Blair celebrated his all-time leading 21st career Northeast Touring Series victory in his Specialty Products/Rohrer Trucking/Moody & Son Welding/Genesis Shocks-sponsored #111.

Pegher was second for the fourth time this season. Thomas’ third was his 10th straight top nine finish on the Touring Series. Martin’s fifth was his best finish since a fourth on July 4 at Expo. Ruhlman was fifth over Matt Latta. Jamie Brown’s seventh matched a career best Tour finish dating back to July 1, 2011 at Raceway 7. Lauren Longbrake earned the $100 Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger certificate for passing 11 cars to finish eighth. Josh Double and Butch Lambert completed the top 10. Brad Kling was 13th and the final car on the lead lap to earn the Utsinger’s Towing free Hoosier Tire.

For awhile it looked like Max Blair was going to make it a clean sweep of the $3,500 night and his third straight Tour win, but nemesis Mike Pegher, Jr. had something to say about it this time. After finishing second in the night’s make-up feature, Pegher passed Blair on lap 20 and pulled away for just his second win of the season and first since April 20 at Roaring Knob, worth $1,500. The thrilling 25 lapper was one of the best of the season as Blair and Pegher put on a quite a show for the fans trading slide jobs plus the racing through the pack was tremendous and very clean.

“We’ve been struggling all year long,” acknowledged the 26-year-old Wexford, Pa. driver. “We’ve been breaking stuff and having mechanical failures. I have to thank my crew. If it wasn’t for them coming and working on the car every night at the shop and coming to the races with me, I wouldn’t be able to do this.”

“I knew if I couldn’t get him down in (turns) one and two on that restart, I wasn’t going to get him,” continued Pegher. “He was just a little bit better than me on the outside. There was a little bit more traction on the bottom so I was hoping he’d take the outside on that restart. We’ve had our ups and downs with Max, but it’s always fun to race with him.”

For the second time of the night, Blair started second and raced into the lead; this time past Holtgraver with Pegher and sixth starting Ruhlman in third and fourth. Pegher and Holtgraver raced side-by-side on lap two with Pegher using the outside to get by for second. Thomas started eighth and was already into the top five after two laps.

Blair and Pegher began to distance themselves from the field on lap four. Pegher was right on Blair on lap five. Pegher stuck right with Blair as they caught lapped traffic on lap 11 as Pegher pulled alongside. Blair though had enough to temporarily hold on, while Ruhlman caught Holtgraver on lap 12.

Shane Bambarger, Bobby Whitling, and Ryan Montgomery tangled on lap 13 right in front of the leaders in turn three. Thankfully everyone else avoided the three spinning race cars. Montgomery was selected as The Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night.” When racing resumed, Ruhlman and ninth starting Dan Angelicchio passed Holtgraver for third and fourth respectively.

Pegher put a slider on Blair on lap 15, but Blair came back by to continue to lead. Pegher and Blair raced hard, side-by-side on laps 15-18 never touching and using the entire race track. While the front two were going at it, Ruhlman and Angelicchio had a race their own going trading third and fourth back and forth.

Thomas, the Sharon point leader, saw his streak of 10 straight top nine finishes end when he suffered a flat tire to bring out just the second and final caution of the race with 19 laps recorded. Blair chose the outside for the restart. Pegher stuck with Blair down the frontstretch and made a great move in turn one that this time stuck coming out of turn two for the lead.

Once in front, Pegher pulled and his margin of victory was 1.863 seconds to end a 16-race winless drought on the Tour. The win was Pegher’s 15th of his career, second all-time behind Blair and came in the Lynn Geisler-owned, #1 Cochran/Triple-S Auto Outlet/Alternative Power Sources/Zero Wraps-sponsored Rocket Chassis #1c.

Blair received the $100 Genesis Shocks “Top Dog of the Night” certificate for the second time of the night. It was a good night for Ruhlman who improved on his fifth place finish in the first feature with a third place effort. It was Ruhlman’s
seventh top five of the season as he continues to maintain runner-up in points. Angelicchio’s fourth place made for his eighth top five of the season in 16 starts. Holtgraver dropped to fifth, but matched his best finish of the season.

Rocky Kugel had an impressive sixth for his best career Tour finish in his fifth year of racing FASTRAK. Completing the top 10 were Latta, Martin, Ben Black, and Dave Airgood. After taking a Track provisional, Josh Double charged from the 25th starting spot to finish 11th and received the $100 Precise “Pedal Down” Hard Charger certificate. Dereck Frank was 20th and the final car on the lead lap to earn the Utsinger’s Towing free Hoosier Tire.

Nico Dabecco ended the big night leading all eight non-stop laps of the Non-Qualifier for the $150 victory. Dabecco, who won the $200 Pace Performance “Futures Cup” Trifecta race on July 7 at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway, had to hold off a hard charge by Dennis Lunger, Jr. Dabecco became the 25th different Non-Qualifier winner in the 32 races run all-time in the Dan Karalagas-owned Treasure Hunt Jewelers/D&T Towing/Frankland Rearend-sponsored #1Freek.

“I just tried to hug the bottom the best I could,” stated the 15-year-old Pittsburgh, Pa. driver. “I’m sure if I drifted up he would have gotten me. I have to thank my sponsors, my family, and everyone that helps on the car.”

Lunger started the race from fifth and passed Colton Gearhart and Kyle Wiser on lap one for third. Lunger then got under and past Jason Stetson in turn four on lap three for second. Lunger caught Dabecco on lap five, but just couldn’t get by him on the final lap and had to settle for second. Stetson was third over Gearhart, who made his first ever Tour start, and Wiser.

Heat winners were Blair, Angelicchio, Ruhlman, Holtgraver, and Pegher. Brian Booher won the K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash for the second time this season and received the $100 certificate. Black was second for the $50 K&N certificate. Latta, Tommy Schirnhofer, and Kling finished third through fifth and received $25 cash.

Genesis Shocks “Top Dog of the Night”: Max Blair Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger: Josh Double (+14) Utsinger’s Towing Hoosier Tire Giveaway: Dereck Frank Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night”: Ryan Montgomery

The next race for the Sweeney Chevrolet FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series will be at Sharon Speedway on Saturday, September 15. There will also be a Weekly Series event on Friday night the 14th as part of the “Apple Festival Nationals”

2012 FASTRAK Northeast marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tires, Original Pizza Logs, K&N Filters, The Brake Man, Utsinger’s Towing, Precise Racing Products, Genesis Shocks, VP Fuels, Beyea Custom Headers, H&H Racing Equipment, High Gear Speed Shop, Hyperco, Jake’s Golf Carts, Lincoln Electric, Wrisco Aluminum, and Wylie Race Cars.

You can reach co-directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone at the FASTRAK Northeast office at 724-964-9300. E-mail to info@fastraknortheast.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. The office is open daily late mornings and after 1:30 p.m. For more information, check out the FASTRAK Northeast website at www.fastraknortheast.com. Become our fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fastraknortheast.

$1,500 To-Win Features August 18 At Sharon

August 11th, 2012

(Pulaski, PA)…One of the many new concepts announced over the busy offseason by FASTRAK Northeast was the addition of the “Manufacturers Night” in conjunction with a Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance Northeast Late Model Touring Series event. That event is now fast approaching on Saturday, August 18 at Sharon Speedway.

Originally scheduled as a $1,500 to-win Northeast Tour event, the night got even bigger when the May 27 Bill Emig Memorial “Wild Card Weekend” Night 2 got rained out, and has been added to this program. The make-up feature will determine the $1,500 “Bill Emig Memorial” point fund with $500 going to the champion.

In addition to the two great touring feature events and point fund monies, over $20,000 in product and contingencies will be awarded to the racers! Each award is valued at a minimum of $150 and 50 registered drivers will be guaranteed to receive a valuable product, two cases of Quaker State “Synthetic” Racing Oil, and a chance to win $1,000 off the retail purchase of a Rocket Chassis, all in addition to their night’s winnings.

It is important to note, that drivers will actually receive products and certificates valid for the actual products they win and not certificates valid only towards a percentage of the value of the product. Drivers simply only need to
participate to be eligible for the drawings, which will be done randomly in front of the entire grandstand so that the fans may also enjoy the excitement!

“This has been a major undertaking and we’re quite pleased with the first year’s results,” stated sixth year co-director Vicki Emig. “We set out for a goal of $15,000 and that has been surpassed as we’re already at approximately $20,000 thanks
to the great support of some many different manufacturers.”

“We have found that by creating exciting concepts and promotions around our touring events, such as the Sweeney Chevrolet motor giveaway, Bill Emig Memorial Weekend, The Original Pizza Logs Speedweek and now Manufacturers Night participation and interest greatly increases,” continued Emig. “We try to make our events into more than just the standard race event, and this night certainly is that!”

All of the 2012 major contingency sponsors have awarded prizes at a minimum value of $250 each, with many others far exceeding that value. Some of the major prizes that will be given away are four F-4 Tornado Brake Calipers and Rotors valued at $2,600, a complete set of Genesis G1 Series Shocks valued at $2,314, two sets of Beyea “Custom” Crate “headers valued at $800 each, and a Lincoln Electric “Power Mig 140C” Welder and Cart valued at $750. Over 75% of the prizes will carry a minimum value of $250, with the rest at least $150.

Many new companies have joined the effort to make this night a huge success such as K1 RaceGear, Wiles Racing Driveshafts, Frankland Racing Supply, Turbo Start, Five Star Race Car Bodies, Octane Race Products and All Star Supply just to name a few. Through their participation, racers will have the opportunity to win a custom driver’s suite valued at $750, a carbon fiber driveshaft, a 16-volt battery & charger and more!

As an additional bonus giveaway, Rocket Chasses will award a $1,000 certificate valid toward the retail purchase price of a Rocket chassis frame. This certificate will be a bonus drawing over and above the other 50 items and all participants will once again have the opportunity to win this great value.

Lastly all 50 competitors will also receive two cases of Quaker State “Synthetic” Racing Oil valued at a minimum of $100. The current list of prizes (as of August 9) is posted below. We are still waiting on confirmation from additional companies.

The 50 drivers pulling the best 50 pills in the night’s original pill draw will be eligible for the prize drawings. The order of the drawing will be from the highest pill draw number to the lowest pill draw (a reverse of the heat race lineups). In the event there are less than 50 drivers participating, the prizes that remain will be awarded to the driver’s finish (feature, non-qualifier, etc.) that corresponds to the prize number listed (ex. If prize #3 has not been claimed, driver finishing third in the feature will receive this prize).

If any additional companies would like to get involved in this event, please call out office at 724-964-9300. Know that participation in this night is not limited to 50 products/contingencies that will be given away. If more than 50 prizes are secured and there are more than 50 drivers participating, prizes will be extended to those competitors. It is our goal that every participating driver receives at least one high quality prize!

Joe Martin Races to Emotional Season’s 1st Win in the Gary Knollinger Memorial

June 25th, 2012

(Hartford, OH)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series returned to Sharon Speedway on Saturday night for the second of five stops of the year. Race #8 of 25 on the 2012 slate was the second annual “Gary Knollinger Memorial”. Thirty-five cars from all over Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New York were on hand for the big event that paid tribute to the former FASTRAK standout, who tragically lost his life from injuries suffered after being struck by an automobile during Christmas 2010.

On a night that remembered Gary Knollinger, the Series’ 2010 Mid-Ohio Valley Touring Champion and Northeast third place finisher, it appeared Knollinger may have just had a hand in the night’s outcome with Joe Martin winning the feature and Joel Prosser capturing the non-qualifier. Knollinger considered Sharon to be one of, if not, his favorite speedways and in fact was the site of Knollinger’s only career Touring Series victory on July 29, 2010. For those reasons, the Knollingers decided Sharon would be the site of their son’s memorials. Gary’s parents Gary, Sr. and Bev were on hand as well as longtime crew friend and crew chief John Seyler.

At last year’s awards banquet, Joe Martin was the recipient of the Series’ inaugural Gary Knollinger Memorial “Golden Award” for his sponsorship and professionalism that he emulated at all times on and off the speedway. Martin stated the award meant more to him than any other honor that he had ever received.

Martin entered Saturday night down on luck and needing a boast. Martin was coming off of a hard crash last Saturday night at McKean County Raceway and had only recorded one top five finish in seven events this season with five finishes of 13th or worse. So it was only fitting that Martin performed nearly a perfect night winning his heat, a runner-up in the K&N Dash, and an impressive wire-to-wire performance in the 30-lap feature.

The $2,000 win was the biggest of the fourth year racer’s career and he also earned the $100 Genesis Shocks “Top Dog of the Night” and the K&N $100 certificate for his runner-up dash finish along with the beautiful memorial racer statue trophy. Martin became the Series’ fourth different winner of the season with his third career Tour win, but first ever away from Dog Hollow Speedway.

“It’s an honor to win this race,” stated the 27-year-old Mayport, Pa. resident. “I think Gary (Knollinger) and I have something going on here and he’s looking down on me. We won the award this winter and this is a special night to be in victory lane. I’m glad the Knollinger Family is here for Gary. Our right front strap broke that supports the nose piece. It got under my tire in that dash. I was nervous; I thought we were going to have a junk race car instead of a winning one.”

“We are learning every time we get in this car,” explained Martin about his new Wylie Race Car. “We take our hats off to Gary and Andrew Wylie. I have to thank the good Lord above for watching over us. We’re strapped for cash. This is going to go a long way. We actually blew two trailer tires on the way here. I wasn’t sure in we were going to get home. I have to thank all of my sponsors, Mike Ingram, all of he many people that come to the track and support me. We put so many hours into this thing. I also have to thank Mike (Leone) and Vicki (Emig). They pay attention and take care of us along with Brad Hibbard.” Martin took off from the outside pole into the lead past Andrew Satterlee with John
Over, Shane Weaver, and sixth starting Chad Ruhlman moving into the top five after one lap. The top five remained unchanged as the laps ticked off caution-free. Martin had a half-straightaway lead when he caught lapped traffic on lap seven; meanwhile Ruhlman put the pressure on Weaver on lap eight before making the pass for fourth one lap later.

Satterlee quickly caught up to Martin on lap 10 and actually got alongside the leader coming off turn four. Martin carried the momentum off the top side of the speedway as he held the lead, while 11th starting Mike Pegher, Jr. was on the move driving around both Dennis Lunger, Jr. and Weaver for fifth. Satterlee continued to pressure Martin on laps 11 and 12 looking to somehow get by until the first caution of the event was displayed when two cars slowed with 12 laps completed.

On the ensuing restart, a seven-car melee took place when racers got bunched up. It was unfortunate end for runner-up point man Butch Lambert, who would suffer his first DNF of the season. For that Lambert, received for The Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night”. When racing resumed, Pegher advanced past Ruhlman for fourth on lap 13. A pair of cautions on laps 13 and 14 for Bobby Rohrer and Ricky Meglaye were the final cautions of the night as the last 16 went green-to-checkered.

Defending track champion Josh Double, who had worked his way from 10th to fifth, slowed when racing resumed moving Ruhlman back into the top five. With each progressive lap, Martin stretched his lead on Satterlee as Satterlee had his hands full with John Over and Pegher. On lap 17, Pegher ducked under and past Over in turn four to take third. Lunger used the outside to get by Ruhlman for fifth on lap 18.

With 10 laps to go, Martin increased his lead to a straightaway margin. Martin caught lapped traffic on lap 24, but he was able to negotiate them without any trouble over the final six laps. Martin took the checkered flag first by 1.947 seconds for his fifth career Sharon win matching Pegher as the track’s all-time leader. Martin’s popular victory came in the Allegheny Crane Rental/Neese Trucking/Martin Farms/Spartan Thru Tubing/Zero Wraps/JNJ Motorsports Media-sponsored, Wylie Race Car & Ingram Engines #55.

Two weeks after recording his career best Tour finish at his home track Dog Hollow, Satterlee held on for a career best runner-up worth $1,000. It was another solid night for Pegher in third, who has really moved up the standings of late coming off two straight runner-up finishes. Pegher now moves past Ryan Montgomery and Butch Lambert and is just one-point behind Ruhlman for runner-up in points.

Over, who is in his first full year on the Tour, recorded his first career top five in fourth in his third year of participating in Tour events. Lunger was fifth in his first Touring start of the season. Completing the top 10 were Ruhlman, Sharon point leader Will Thomas III, Dan Angelicchio, Touring point leader Max Blair, and Bill Cunningham.

Dave Poske’s Performance Parts put up $75 gift certificates for the third and eighth place finishers in memory of Knollinger and those were awarded to Pegher and Angelicchio. Cunningham was the final driver to qualify for the feature through the B main and he had a great run up to 10th to earn the Precise Racing Products “Pedal
Down” $100 Hard Charger certificate. Lauren Longbrake was the final car on the lead
lap in 17th and received the Utsinger’s Towing free Hoosier Tire.

One week ago, Joel Prosser came to Sharon to get ready for Saturday’s “Gary Knollinger Memorial”. The longtime friend of Knollinger suffered a hard crash that to many figured would end his chances of being able to compete Saturday night. But with the help of former Knollinger crew chief, John Seyler, and others, the #77 was back at the track Saturday night with an amazing tribute body panel to Knollinger’s #38K.

Prosser unfortunately missed his heat race then came within one spot of transferring to the feature through his B main. Prosser paced the four-wide salute and tribute to Knollinger before the 30-lap feature. With his third place B main finish, Prosser earned the pole for the night’s non-qualifier event. And though it wasn’t the race he wanted to be in, Prosser fittingly led all six laps of the race for the $175 victory.

“I have to really give it up for John, Bub, Bill, and dad,” expressed the 38-year-old New Martinsville, West Virginia racer. “We worked our tails off this week. We destroyed this car last week, and Tuesday night this car was on the jig so that tells you how hard we worked. We put the body on for Gary…gotta love it for him! This is the first time in victory lane in three years and we needed it. This was all John’s idea. Last year John came up to me and asked if I minded if he helped and I said I would be proud and tickled to death.”

Prosser became the amazing 20th different non-qualifier winner in 23 races run all-time. The victory came in his Dutch Pantry Restaurant/Amsoil Specialty Lubes-sponsored #77. New York teammate racers Tim Sears, Jr. and A.J. Kingsley finished a close second and third. Sears now moves into runner-up in the “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series points behind Jamie Brown. Garrett Mott, Paul Phillips, and Tom Bateman completed the starting field.

Heat race winners were Rohrer, Satterlee, Weaver, and Martin. Rohrer drew the number five pill meaning an invert five for the feature. That put John Over on the pole of the K&N “Cold Air Induction Dash” along with the second, third, and fourth place heat winners. Edward W. Stifel III, a longtime friend and sponsor of Knollinger, put up $100 cash to the dash winner, which went to Satterlee. As stated previously, Martin then picked up the $100 K&N certificate for runner-up with the $50 K&N certificate going to Over, while Weaver received $25 cash for fourth. Over and Martin are now tied for the K&N Dash Championship point lead. The B mains were won by Ryan Montgomery and Andrew Wylie.

Bill Emig Memorial Night 2 Feature to be Made up on August 18th at Sharon With a Complete new FASTRAK NE Tour Event as part of the MFG Night

May 30th, 2012

(Hartford, OH.)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series returned to Sharon Speedway on Sunday evening for what was to be the conclusion of the two-day Bill Emig Memorial “Wild Card Weekend”. After a successful kickoff on Saturday to the two-day affair, Mother Nature had other ideas on Sunday forcing the feature event to be postponed to Saturday, August 18 along with a complete new Touring event for “Manufacturers Night”.

Despite just a 20-30% chance of thunderstorms, storms fired up in the heating of the day during the afternoon. The storms went all around Sharon Speedway with the track getting only a brief five minute shower; however, lightning took out part of the speedway’s power including the phone lines. With clear skies to the north and west and with the power company expected to restore power by early evening, the decision was made to press on with the program.

The races got underway and power was restored; however, storms that formed in Michigan dropped south and nailed the speedway with a heavy downpour just as the first feature was set to come on to the speedway. After trying to get the track run in for a couple hours with the help of the racers but to no avail with the heavy humidity in the air, the unfortunate decision was made to postpone the remainder of the program.

Winning heat events over the 31-car field were Mike Pegher, Jr., John Garvin, Jr., and Max Blair. Joe Martin won the $100 to-win John Buzzard Memorial K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash to earn the pole position for the 25-lap $1,500 to-win make-up feature. Jason Genco was credited with the B main victory.

Blair currently leads the Bill Emig Memorial “Wild Card Weekend” points with a total of 62 points. John Over and Martin are currently tied for second with 58 points. Will Thomas III and Bobby Whitling are tied for fourth with 57 points. The top five positions will pay $500, $400, $300, $200, $100 after the conclusion of the make-up feature.

Clean Sweep for Max Blair on Opener at Sharon

May 29th, 2012

(Hartford, OH.)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series opened the Bill Emig Memorial “Wild Card Weekend” at Sharon Speedway on Saturday night. It was the first of five Tour events at the
Hartford, Ohio oval in 2012 as 34 cars from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia were on hand for race #5 of the 25-event slate.

It’s hard to imagine, but the 2012 season for three-time National Weekly and three-time Northeast Touring Champion Max Blair has gotten off to a better start than any of his prior four. On Saturday night, Blair performed a clean sweep of is
heat race, the $100 John Buzzard Memorial K&N Dash, and the 25-lap $1,500 to-win feature for his unprecedented third straight Tour win and fourth in five races this season. Blair also received the $100 Genesis Shocks “Top Dog of the Night” certificate.

“I really struggle here- this feels great to be able to get a big win at Sharon,” acknowledged the 22-year-old Centerville, Pa. winner. “We won the Gary Knollinger Memorial race last year, but the planets or something were aligned perfect that night. You could race on the track tonight. It was a little rough on the bottom, but sometimes you have to give and take a little bit. I was right in the middle all night long, but you start on the front row and you don’t know any different so you run where you’ve run all night then he (Pegher) goes blowing on by you on the bottom so I knew I had to move down.”

Blair raced to the early lead with Pegher, Billy Henry, Jr., Clay Ruffo, and Andrew Satterlee filling the top five after one lap. Pegher got under Blair in turns one and two on lap two and the standouts raced side-by-side with Pegher getting by coming off of turn four for the lead. Satterlee passed Ruffo for fourth on lap two as 11th starting Dan Angelicchio followed in fifth one lap later.

The first caution occurred when John Garvin, Jr., Lauren Longbrake, and Michael Mitchell tangled in turn four with four laps scored. On the ensuing restart, Angelicchio made a great move to pass both Satterlee and Henry for third. Another driver on the move was two-time Sharon winner Will Thomas III. Thomas started 10th and made his way to the top five by lap eight getting around Henry.

Back up front, Pegher continued to set the pace, while Angelicchio caught Blair on lap nine. Angelicchio drove under and past Blair in turn four for runner-up on lap nine, but two laps later Blair returned the favor with an identical move. Thomas was able to gain the fourth position on lap 12 dropping Satterlee back another position. By now Thomas was a half-straightaway back of the front three, but slowly cut into the lead until the caution was displayed for a spin by Shane Bambarger.

When green replaced yellow, Blair made his winning pass driving around Pegher off the topside of turn two to lead lap 20. Pegher wasn’t about to go away as he stuck right with Blair, and the duo made contact on lap 21, but Blair continued to lead. Pegher’s night would come to an unfortunate end with a flat tire with 22 laps scored. Pegher was chosen as the Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night” award.

Joe Martin had raced just outside of the lead pack for most of the night, but was able to work his way into the top five then inherited fourth following the flat by Pegher. On the restart, Martin then overtook Thomas for third. Up front,
Angelicchio tried everything, but wasn’t able to get by as Blair would go on for his all-time leading 16th career Tour win. It was Blair’s first Sharon win of the season and fourth of his career in his Specialty Products/Rohrer Trucking/Moody & Son Welding/Genesis Shocks-sponsored #111.

Angelicchio, Martin, and Thomas turned in their season best performances in second through fourth. Not only was it all three racers’ first top fives of the season, but Martin hadn’t placed better than 13th to date. Steve Dixon, who has really struggled at Sharon over the years turned in a solid fifth after starting 17th in just his second Tour start of the season.

John Over, who has joined the Tour full-time for the first time in his career, also had a season best effort in sixth for his third top 10 of the season. Super Late Model racer John Garvin, Jr. made his first career Tour start and came home seventh after starting 21st. That earned him the Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger. Bobby Whitling won his first career FASTRAK race at Sharon one week ago and on Saturday made his first Tour start of the season and finished a solid eighth. Josh Double was ninth after starting 16th and Chad Ruhlman made his way from 22nd to finish 10th. Jamie Brown was the final car on the lead lap at the finish and received the free FASTRAK Hoosier Tire presented by Utsinger’s Towing.

Junior Peters ended the night winning his first ever six-lap non-qualifier event. Peters led every lap for the $150 victory to become the amazing 18th different winner in 21 races run all-time as part of the “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series. The Olean, New York driver’s win came in his Blue Collar Work Wear/JDS Smokey’s Bar & Grille/State Farm Insurance/Don’s Music Shop/Jr. Peters Roadside Auto-sponsored #00. Brad Kling, Jason Stanke, and Bud Watson completed the field of eight possible entrants.

Heat winners were Henry, Satterlee, Blair, and Pegher, while Dalton and Garvin captured the B mains. With an invert three, those four racers made up the John Buzzard Memorial K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash. Blair was able to lead all four laps for the $100 victory. Pegher came from fourth to finish second and received the $100 K&N Filters certificate. Henry received a $50 K&N certificate and Satterlee won $25 cash. Buzzard was a former Bill Emig racer, who lost his life in an accident at Expo Speedway in 1975. John’s wife Diane, daughters Denise and Cheryl, brothers Larry and Rich, along with his grandchildren were in attendance.

14 YO Ryan Montgomery Comes From 13th to Pass Fellow Futures Cup Racer Damian Bidwell in Turn 4 of Final Lap

September 20th, 2011

(Hartford, OH)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series returned to Sharon Speedway for the fourth and final time of the season on Saturday night. Race #17 on the 2011 slate was part of the two-day “Apple Festival Nationals” as FASTRAK ran a Weekly Series event on Friday night won by Mike Pegher, Jr. Both nights attracted 36 cars as a total of 43 different cars participated over the weekend! Sharon’s four Touring Series events averaged 40 cars per night!

The season long drawing for the Golf Cars 4 All golf car was held last night. Troy Holtgraver of Pittsburgh, Pa. was the winner. All proceeds from the drawing went to the American Cancer Society as over $2,000 was raised.

Mike Pegher, Jr. really found a setup to his liking to Sharon Speedway. After his Friday night win, Pegher looked like he was primed for his fourth consecutive Sharon victory, but on lap 14 he had nowhere to go to avoid an accident. The complexity of the race really took a turn as “Futures Cup” racers Damian Bidwell, Matt Latta, and Ryan Montgomery really went at it for their first career win.

Bidwell took command, but on the last two laps his car started to get away from him as Montgomery ran him and down and made the winning pass in turn four on the final lap to score a thrilling first career Northeast Touring Series victory in the
25-lap, $1,200 to-win feature! The 14-year-old racer became the youngest FASTRAK Touring Series winner in the history of the Series, and what was even just as impressive was the fact that Montgomery started in 13th!

“I knew he (Bidwell) was going to get nervous the last couple laps,” explained the Fairmont, West Virginia driver. “I was hoping he’d push up the race track. If he wouldn’t have pushed up it was his. I thought it was his going into turn three.
I’ve tore up some cars this year, but this is just awesome!”

Pegher powered into the lead off the bottom, which is normally a disadvantage at Sharon, over Latta, Bidwell, Andrew Wylie, and Wayne Robertson. Following a caution for Kevin Decker, who got into the fence with five laps completed, Sharon champion Josh Double was on the move from the 11th starting spot cracking the top five as he passed Robertson.

By lap eight, Pegher began to pull away as he broke the track record with a lap of 16.218. Double was all over Wylie and finally made the pass driving under him in turn four on lap nine for fourth. At the halfway point as Pegher approached lapped traffic, he had opened up a straightaway lead, while the battle began to heat up for second. Just as Pegher was beginning to lap cars, Eric Wilson spun in turn three and collected Ben Black. Pegher was just entering turn three and had nowhere to go. Pegher’s shot at his sixth win and opportunity of really gaining points ended.

When racing resumed, Latta inherited the lead with Bidwell alongside. Latta led lap 14, while Robertson passed Double for third. Just one more lap was completed before another caution waved for an accident involving newcomer Nolan Dalton, Brian
Lessley, and Black. This time when racing restaRted, Bidwell powered into the lead on the outside; meanwhile, Montgomery got a great restart as he moved from sixth past Touring point leader Max Blair, Double and Robertson for third!

Montgomery caught Latta and made the pass for second in turn four on lap 17. Blair brought out the caution with 19 laps completed, which resulted in his first DNF of the season. On the ensuing restart, Robertson took third from Latta as one more lap was completed before the event’s final caution when West Virginia racer Derek Rogers hit the fence with 20 laps scored.

Bidwell again took off in the lead, while Latta and 21st starting George Kowatic both moved by Robertson for third and four respectively. Kowatic, who won the last Touring Series race at Sharon last month, continued his progression forward taking
third from Latta on lap 22.

Bidwell continued to tick off the laps, but on lap 24 got a little high coming off turn two allowing Montgomery to close. Montgomery stayed within striking distance of Bidwell as it appeared Bidwell was primed for his first career Touring Series win
and first ever victory at the track; however on the final lap entering turn three, Bidwell caught a bump, which unsettled his car. Then as Bidwell approached turn four, his car got away from him as he got up into the marbles and Montgomery sped by
to win by 0.398 seconds in the Jeff Montgomery-owned, TJ Contracting/Custom Homes-sponsored #12.

Ironically, Montgomery had just taken over the “Futures Cup” point lead last weekend from Bidwell, who settled for a disappointing second- his best ever in a Touring Series race. Montgomery, who does have two FASTRAK Weekly Series wins This season at Roaring Knob, becomes the ninth different Northeast Touring Series winner of the season and 29th different all-time in 71 races. Montgomery’s prior best Touring Series finish came at Dog Hollow Speedway on July 26 when he finished seventh, and prior to that was only a 16th!

Kowatic’s impressive third came over a great run by Latta, who made just his fourth career Touring Series start and easily bettered his prior best finish of 21st. Robertson, who made the four and half hour tow from Corning, New York, had a solid fifth as he’s now finished in the top 10 of all five of his Touring Series starts this season.

Joe Martin came from 14th to finish a respectable sixth. Double dropped back to seventh. Butch Lambert was eighth after starting 15th. Josh Holtgraver and Doug Horton completed the top 10. Pegher worked his way back up to 11th at the finish
ahead of Blair for the seventh straight Touring Series race and eighth of the last nine. Pegher still trails Blair by 18 points.

Chad Wright, who is third in the “Futures Cup” points, finished 15th and was the recipient of the free Hoosier Tire for being the last car on the lead lap. The program is presented by Utsinger’s Towing and the tire was given away on Saturday by Big Daddy’s Speed Center. Latta and John Volpe received the $1,000 Contingency Connection packages presented by Original Pizza Logs for their finishes of fourth and 21st.

Making his first ever Touring Series start, Wendell Pinckney ended the night by winning the eight-lap Non-Qualifier event. Pinckney started on the pole and led all of the way of the non-stop event for the $125 victory in his self-owned, unsponsored #11. “I like FASTRAK,” stated the Albion, Pa. racer. “We’re going to try it again next year. It’s different without all of the motor.”

Pinckney became the 13th different winner in the 15 races held all-time. Shane Weaver finished second for the third time this season and continues to lead the “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series. Brian Booher, Jamie Brown, and Tony Tatgenhorst completed the top five.

Picking up heat race wins were Pegher, Wright, Latta, and Dalton, while the B mains were won by Kowatic and Lessley. A first ever Australian Pursuit was run for the “Futures Cup” racers. Cody Rogers drove his brother Derek’s #23 to victory leading all eight laps for the $125 victory. Eric Wilson passed Joe Petyak to finish second and earned $75. Montgomery was third after starting sixth and added $50. Bidwell was fourth for an extra $25. Petyak and Weaver were fifth and sixth. Clay Ruffo, Latta, and Wright did not start the race.

The next event for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC FASTRAK Northeast Touring Series will be this Friday, September 23 at McKean County Raceway. Friday night will be a $1,200 to-win event followed up by a Weekly Series event for $1,250 to-win on Saturday. Saturday and Sunday will be rain dates for the Touring Series event.

FASTRAK Northeast’s 2011 marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Original Pizza Logs, Bully Dog, Contingency Connection, Utsinger’s Towing, and Hoosier Tire.

You can reach co-directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone at the FASTRAK Northeast office at 724-964-9300. E-mail to info@fastraknortheast.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. The office is open daily late mornings and after 1:30 p.m. For more information, check out the FASTRAK Northeast website at www.fastraknortheast.com. Become our fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fastraknortheast.

Blair comes on strong late to take All Star Late Model win at Sharon

August 18th, 2011

HARTFORD, Ohio– Robbie Blair bided his time and was there when it counted Saturday at Sharon Speedway. The defending All Star Late Model champion wasn’t a factor for the first half of the race, but found himself third after a mid-race accident that took out the second, third, and fourth place cars. Blair then went on to pass Matt Lux and race-long leader Dave Hess, Jr. with two laps to go to win the 40-lap feature worth $4,000.

“Hess” car was wheelie’ing up there pretty good,” described the Centerville, Pa. standout. “It made him have traction, but his corner speed was kind of screwed up. I was just hanging on at the beginning hoping the track and my car would come to me. My car got better there at the end. We had harder tires on than probably anyone else and it took awhile for them to go. There was quite a bit of rubber there at the end and my car was pretty good. If Hess” car was going straight in the
corners, I probably wouldn”t have been able to pass him. Half of racing is luck. Everything has to come together to win nowadays.”

A pair of cautions for Bryan Casey and Derek Frank slowed action before a lap was completed, but once green flag racing got underway, the first 21 laps went non-stop. Hess took off in the lead with Jared Miley, Donnie Moran, Matt Lux, and Russell King filling the top five. King drove under Lux to take fourth on lap two.

Hess caught traffic on lap nine as the top four broke away from the field.

On lap 10, the lapped car of Russ Frohnapfel allowed Miley to really put the pressure on Hess, while King tried everything to get past Moran.

Miley pulled alongside Hess for the first time on lap 14 as he dove low, while Hess fought the lapped car of Brent Rhebergen.

Hess continued to lead, but Miley once again pulled even with the leader on lap 15, but was unable to lead the lap. Hess got a little breathing room, but on lap 18 caught a swarm of lapped cars that included Garrett Krummert, George Lee, and Mike Blose. Miley tried to make the pass on lap 21 as he again raced side-by-side with Hess, but just couldn’t make it stick.

On lap 22, King made a dive bomb move through the bottom of turns three and four to get past Moran for third, but drove into Miley forcing all three cars to spin. It was a heartbreaker for Miley, who was fresh off his first Lernerville Speedway win in dominating fashion the night prior. Miley and Moran would restart at the tail, while King was done for the night.

The accident moved Lux to second, Blair to third with Ryan Markham and Dennis Lunger, Jr. now into the top five. Lunger?s strong run ended on lap 26 when he brought out the race’s fourth caution. At this point, everyone noticed Hess’ car appeared to have an issue. At first, Hess thought he had a right rear tire going down, but would later realize he broke the right rear shock.

Six more laps were run before the race’s final caution was displayed for Miley. Back under green flag racing, Blair passed Lux for second with an inside move in turn three. Blair then caught Hess on lap 35. Blair ducked under Hess in turn four on lap 37, but Hess had the momentum to lead the lap; however, one lap later Blair made the pass stick with the slider in turn four.

Blair immediately pulled away and stretched his lead and margin of victory to a straightaway in his Specialty Products/Bossard’s Used Auto-sponsored #W11. Hess was second after leading the first 37 laps. Lux was a solid third with Markham fourth and John Garvin, Jr. coming from 11th to finish fifth. Krummert came from 15th to finish sixth over Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs, Moran, John Mollick, and George Lee II. Heat winners Blair, Moran, and King, who set fast time over the 21-car field with a lap of 15.587.

George Kowatic Holds Off Holtgraver & 23rd Starting Doug Horton for 1st Career Win

August 16th, 2011

(Hartford, OH)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series returned to Sharon Speedway on Saturday night to complete the July 23 rained out program that was partially completed after the heat races. Despite at least a 60% chance of storms in the forecast all week, Saturday was a sunny day with the storms holding off until after midnight.

A Sharon record and season-high 48 drivers from Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, and Canada competed in Race #14 for the third of four appearances at the Hartford, Ohio oval. Series sponsor Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC gave away a brand new GM 604 engine valued at $5,090, which was won by Ben Black of North Lima, Ohio! Sweeney Parts Manager Matt Fullerton pulled the lucky ticket in victory lane.

Former Super Late Model racer George Kowatic made the move to the FASTRAK Late Models in 2011. Kowatic won a Weekly Series event earlier this season at Tri-City Speedway for his first ever FASTRAK win, but outside of a fourth on the Touring Series opener on April 30 at Roaring Knob, Kowatic hadn’t finished better than 12th in Touring Series competition.

That all changed on Saturday night, as he took full advantage of his pole position starting spot and went out and led all 30 laps of the feature for the $2,000 victory! The win was from easy as he had to hold off fifth starting Josh Holtgraver (a two-time Sharon Touring Series winner) and 23rd starting Doug Horton for the victory. Kowatic became the eighth different Northeast Touring Series winner of the season and amazing 11th different Sharon winner this season!

“I was ready to run this race weeks ago,” exclaimed the 28-year-old Aliquippa, Pa. driver. “We were having a little bit of motor issues that night, but I think we would have been alright. We came back tonight and we were still having some motor
issues, but it’s a big thing to start up front here and on the Touring shows. I didn’t know (Doug) Horton got to third. He could have got behind me and held everyone back! That would have worked out better! I’m glad my family is here- that
doesn’t always happen and they make everything possible.”

Kowatic took off in the lead with Kyle Lukon, Damian Bidwell, Sharon point leader Josh Volpe, and Holtgraver trailing. Rookie Matt Latta got into the fence bringing out the first caution with one lap scored. On the ensuing restart, Holtgraver powered by Volpe for the fourth spot. As the laps ticked off caution-free, Holtgraver pressured Bidwell before making the pass for third in turn four on lap nine.

By lap 10, Kowatic and Lukon distanced themselves from the field, while Bidwell worked his way back past Holtgraver for third. Lukon was really turning the heat up on Kowatic on lap 14 before the second and final caution of the event was displayed for Billy Cunningham with 14 laps scored. Holtgraver got a great restart taking back third from Bidwell then dove under Lukon to take second in turn four.

Horton, who came from the back of the B main to transfer to the feature, had been picking off cars left and right running the extreme bottom of the speedway. After starting 23rd, Horton had made it up to seventh for the restart. When green replaced yellow, Horton advanced three more spots and was running fourth on lap 15. On lap 19, Lukon slipped high in turn four allowing Horton to take third allowing Bidwell to gain fourth back and 14th starting Mike Pegher, Jr. into the top five.

Kowatic continued to lead, but in turn four on lap 23 got high allowing Holtgraver and Horton to close. Holtgraver and Horton were all over Kowatic looking for a way by, but without the help of traffic or cautions just couldn’t find a way by as all
19 finishing cars were on the lead lap with only two cautions! Kowatic’s margin of victory was 0.591 seconds in the MCB Motorsports, High Gear Speed-sponsored #5 Warrior Chassis.

After two top three finishes to start the season off, Holtgraver had been unable to return to the top five since in Touring Series action. On Saturday night though, Holtgraver turned in a fine second at the track where he owns his only two career
Touring Series wins one day shy of his 23rd birthday. Horton was another half-second back in third in his first Touring Series start since in the National Event at Mercer Raceway Park on July 3, 2010. Bidwell matched his career best Touring Series effort in fourth. It was actually his third fourth place finish in the past six races! Pegher, who won the night’s regularly scheduled Weekly Series event, was fifth over Volpe.

Touring Series point leader Max Blair came from 22nd to finish seventh, which was actually his worst finish of the season. Despite being outgained by Pegher now for the last four races, Blair still holds down a 27-point lead. Lukon was eighth for his third top 10 finish in four Touring starts. Dan Angelicchio, who came from the back of the B main to transfer to the feature, was another big gainer in ninth after starting 24th. Joe Martin was 10th after starting 18th.

After leading the first 13 laps of the night’s regularly scheduled Weekly Series event only to finish third, Rocky Kugel ended the night in victory lane picking up the 10-lap non-qualifier as part of the “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series. Kugel’s first win was worth $175 as he led all 10 laps with only one caution to slow him in his Paper Service Co.-sponsored #21KRT.

“I’m tired right now,” stated the 35-year-old East Liverpool, Ohio driver. “I can hardly hold my arms up. We ate the right front tire completely off in the feature- it was bald. I could tell the last couple laps in that last race it was wanting to come around on me. We changed the tire for this race. We work on this car all the time to keep getting it faster and faster. We’re sure trying to get that first win. I think we’re getting real close.”

Ben Black, who won the engine giveaway earlier in the night, was second. “This absolutely will come in need,” said the 24-year-old driver. “I’ve already thanked Sweeneys a couple times and will have to do it again. That’s awesome! We’ve been struggling all year and finally are getting closer now. I hope to be in victory lane soon!”

Tom Copeland, who won the non-qualifier event last month at Raceway 7, finished third over Jason Stanke and Brian Lessley, a two-time non-qualifier winner. Shane Weaver finished sixth and has taken over the “Wheelman” point lead for the first time.

Heat winners back on July 23 were Russ Dunn, Tom Snyder, Jr., Steve Dixon, Volpe, and Lukon. Saturday’s twin B main winners were Martin and Josh Double.

As was stated earlier, all 19 finishing cars of the feature were on the lead lap. Lauren Longbrake, who debuted a new Rocket Chassis after destroying her car at that last event at Dog Hollow Speedway, finished 19th and won the free Hoosier Tire thanks to Utsinger’s Towing for the second time this season.

Matt Latta received the $100 Sweeney Chevrolet Gift Card for being the Hard Luck recipient. Latta, who has had several top five finishes this year on the Weekly Series circuit ended his night early when he slammed the fence on lap one. Pizza Logs awarded the two Contingency Connection $1,000 packages to Butch Lambert and Billy Henry, Jr. for the first time this season.

$2k To Win July 23rd Make Up at Sharon Saturday

August 11th, 2011

(Hartford, OH)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series will pick up where they left off with their rained out event from July 23 this Saturday, August 13. Saturday will be the third of four events scheduled at
the beautiful, state-of-the-art Hartford, Ohio oval and race #14 of 24 on the 2011 slate. Not only will $2,000 await the feature winner, but a brand new GM 604 engine valued at $5,090 will be given away to one lucky driver thanks to Series sponsor Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC!

Saturday will be a Late Model fans dream as not only will FASTRAK be completing the July 23 event and be featured in a new Weekly Series event, but the All Star Late Models will also be on hand for this doubleheader/three feature program!

A Sharon record 45 cars competed in the heat races back on July 23, which were won by Russ Dunn, Tom Snyder, Jr., Steve Dixon, John Volpe, and Kyle Lukon. Saturday will begin with the twin B mains followed by the 30-lap feature and non-qualifiers event. New cars will be eligible to tag the B mains and compete in the Weekly Series event; however, will not be eligible for the engine giveaway.

Pittsburgh-area racers George Kowatic and Kyle Lukon will bring the 30-lap feature to green. Lukon has made the first two starts of his career at Sharon this season and has recorded a pair of top fives and would love to better that. Kyle’s brother Laura made her first ever Sharon appearance on July 23 and qualified for the feature. History was made when she and Lauren Longbrake became the first two females to qualify for a FASTRAK feature in the Northeast on the same night!

Max Blair leads the charge into Sharon as he currently holds a 29-point advantage over Mike Pegher, Jr. in search of his third Northeast Touring Series championship in four years. Blair’s worst Touring finish this season was a sixth at Sharon back on May 28! Pegher has been pretty consistent as well finishing in the top eight in all feature except a 22nd place finish at Raceway 7 on July 1. Pegher has actually closed the gap the last three consecutive events and hopes to continue that trend on Saturday. Ironically, both Blair and Pegher are tied atop the all-time win list
with 12 wins apiece.

Earlier this season, Josh Holtgraver topped 41 cars to win the $1,500 Bill Emig Memorial as both of his Touring wins have now come at Sharon over Memorial Day Weekend, and last month Blair captured the prestigious Gary Knollinger Memorial and earned $2,825!

Seven Northeast Touring Series events have been held all-time at Sharon with five different winners. Besides Holtgraver’s two wins, Blair also has a pair, while Mike Pegher, Jr., Joe Martin, and the late Gary Knollinger have been victorious.

Sharon is in its first season of running FASTRAK weekly and has drawn some of the highest car counts in the nation (averaging well over a full field) along with some stellar competition. In 13 races run this season, there have been 10 different winners! Only Joe Martin, track point leader Volpe, and Pegher have been able to repeat! Other 2011 Sharon winners include Robbie Blair, Holtgraver, Chad Wright, Tom Snyder, Jr., Max Blair, Josh Double, and Bill Cunningham.

The Utsinger’s Towing “Hoosier Tire Giveaway” program will resume Saturday night awarding a new FASTRAK Hoosier tire to the driver running last on the lead lap at the finish. The Original Pizza Logs Contingency Connection will again award two $1,000 contingency packages to lucky drivers on Saturday. In addition, there will be a $100 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC gift card that will be given away to the “hard luck” recipient.

The “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series will take place. Kyle Zimmerman took the top honors at Roaring Knob, while Brian Lessley swept both events over Memorial Day Weekend at Sharon and Lernerville Speedways. Lauren Longbrake won the last event held at Sharon and leads the points.

There have been 67 Northeast Touring Series races contested with 27 different winners all-time in the Northeast Touring Series. Max Blair and Mike Pegher, Jr. are tied with 12 victories apiece followed by Dick Barton, Bobby Powell, John Lacki, and David Scott with four, Steve Dixon at three, Alan Dellinger, Josh Holtgraver, Dan Angelicchio, and Joe Martin with two, and Todd Andrews, Kyle Drum, Frank Guidace, Butch Lambert, Carl McKinney, Dennis Lunger, Jr., Tom Snyder, Jr., Chris Meadows, Jim Frank, Mike Blose, Robbie Blair, Jonathan Davenport, Gary Knollinger, Dusty Hamrick, Bud Watson, and Russell King with one victory.

Sharon July 23 make-up payoff: 1. $2,000 2. $1,000 3. $625 4. $525 5. $450 6. $425 7. $400 8. $350 9. $325 10. $300 11. $275 12. $265 13. $250 14. $225 15. $215 16. $210 17. $205 18-24. $200. Bonus Event for non-qualifiers to be held if 30 or more cars paying $175 to-win, $105 to-start. Tow/Non-qualifiers $100.

RACEceivers and transponders are mandatory. There is a $100 entry fee for any new cars. Any tech questions or information on the RACEceivers, call Brad Hibbard at 330-540-RACE.

On Saturday, pits open at 4 p.m. with the grandstands at 5. Hot laps will be at 6:15 followed by All Star qualifying and racing at 7.

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.

FASTRAK Northeast’s 2011 marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, The Original Pizza Logs, Bully Dog, Contingency Connection, Utsinger’s Towing, and Hoosier Tire.

You can reach co-directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone at the FASTRAK Northeast office at 724-964-9300. E-mail to info@fastraknortheast.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. The office is open daily late mornings and after 1:30 p.m. For more information, check out the FASTRAK Northeast website at www.fastraknortheast.com. Become our fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fastraknortheast.

Rain Washes Out Sharon’s FASTRAK NE Late Model Touring Searies

July 27th, 2011

(Hartford, OH)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series headed to Sharon Speedway on a sunny and sultry 90+ degree Saturday. The event got underway under cloud-free conditions, but storms quickly developed in Cleveland and tracked east hitting the Hartford, Ohio oval just before the B mains were to start. With another three hours of rain apparent, the program had to be called off. A Sharon record 45 cars from all over Pennsylvania, Ohio, West
Virginia, New York, and Canada were on hand.

The event will picked up with the pair of B mains on Saturday, August 13. New cars will be permitted to tail the B mains; however, only the drivers present on Saturday night will be eligible for the Sweeney GM 604 engine giveaway. There will also be a FASTRAK Weekly Series event that night. Rain checks will not be able to be used.

The five heat race winners were Russ Dunn, Tom Snyder, Jr., Steve Dixon, John Volpe, and Kyle Lukon. History was made on Saturday night as two females qualified for a Touring Series event on the same night for the first time ever! Fourteen-year-old
Lauren Longbrake finished second in her heat race as she has now qualified for seven of the last eight Touring Series events, while Laura Lukon made her second Touring Series start of the season and qualified for her first feature since her first try back on July 25, 2009 at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway.

The next Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series event will be this Tuesday, July 26 at Dog Hollow Speedway as FASTRAK joins the World of Outlaw Late Models in a $1,500 to-win event.

FASTRAK Northeast’s 2011 marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Original Pizza Logs, Bully Dog, contingency Connection, Utsinger’s Towing, and Hoosier Tire.

You can reach co-directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone at the FASTRAK Northeast office at 724-964-9300. E-mail to info@fastraknortheast.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. The office is open daily late mornings and after 1:30 p.m. For more information, check out the FASTRAK Northeast website at www.fastraknortheast.com. Become our fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fastraknortheast.

Hafertepe dominates Midwest All Stars to win Lou Blaney Memorial at Sharon

July 16th, 2011

HARTFORD, OH– When Sam Hafertepe Jr. visited Sharon Speedway during the Ohio Sprint Speedweek, he immediately fell in
love with the place. Though he was edged out for the feature win that night in June by hometown racer Dale Blaney, Hafertepe was eager to come back to the Eastern Ohio speedplant. So when the Midwest All Star Sprint Series came back Tuesday for the Third Annual Lou Blaney Memorial, the 25-year-old Sunnyvale, Texas racer proved his first appearance was no fluke. Hafertepe dominated the 30-lap feature, $3,000-to-win event, leading the entire distance aboard his Plumbfast Racing, Lonestar Speedway backed #15h.

?We approached the track like we do every race?kind of give the car what it needs and we just happened to guess right that night (June 27). Our stuff that night kind of correlated to tonight, and we had an awesome car. I could do whatever I wanted, go wherever I wanted. I ran the top for awhile then moved to the bottom. Lapped traffic was good for us. I know we were
good on the bottom and I don?t know if anyone else was as good as we were. We could scoot right along down there and get through the lapped cars without any problems,? said Hafertepe, who became the third different winner in the event.

Another huge crowd honored the late hall-of-famer Lou Blaney, who amassed over 600 wins in his racing career before passing away in 2009. The event also raises funds for the Alzheimer?s Association, and while a final total has yet to be calculated, the 50/50 share of over $2,600 went to the cause as well as $1,000 from the event sponsor Tom?s Sewer & Septic Service.

Hafertepe, who won the dash to earn the pole position for the feature, grabbed the early lead, while NASCAR driver Dave Blaney ? back behind the wheel of a sprint car for the first time in 2011 ? put a slider on his brother, three-time All Star champion Dale in turn four to take the second spot on the first circuit. Dale would come back on lap two to nip the former World of Outlaw champion for runner-up, but the brothers ran side-by-side for the next two laps. The event?s first and only caution would fly on lap three for a Brian Steinman spin.

On the ensuing restart, fifth starter NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Brad Sweet would duck under Dale Blaney for third. Meanwhile, Dave Blaney would blast away on the top side of the speedway as he slowly chewed into Hafertepe?s lead. Seventh starting Danny Smith was also on the move as he became factor on lap six when he dropped Dale Blaney back to fifth.

Hafertepe caught lapped traffic on lap 12, allowing Dave Blaney to close back in for a second time. Hafertepe executed a very nice move four laps later to clear the lapped cars of Steinman and Brandon Spithaler, allowing him to pull away. Meanwhile, Sweet and Smith closed in on Dave Blaney as the battle heated up for second.

With the laps ticking away, Hafertepe had stretched his lead to a straightaway advantage. With nine laps remaining, Smith drove under Sweet for third and quickly ran down Dave Blaney. Smith and Blaney would battle over the remaining laps as Hafertepe went unchallenged, taking the checkered flag by a margin of 5.48 seconds.

?It?s a pleasure to be on the list of winners in a race like that,? expressed Hafertepe of his first ever Sharon victory. ?It means a lot to have all of these fans come out and support us.. This is a pretty cool deal!?

Smith would sneak by Dave Blaney on the final lap to steal the second spot and increase his point lead in the Midwest All Star Sprint Series standings.

?The bottom kind of came to us. We set up for it. I kind of putted around the bottom and kept my left side tires in the moisture. I think if we had a yellow in the middle of the race to catch back up I might have had something for the winner. But, we?ll take second and go down the road,? said Smith beside his J&D Performance/Dean Knittle & Sons Auto and Radiator Repair/Coors Light Gang backed #4.

Dave Blaney, who owns 29 career wins at Sharon, was third.

?I think the driver went away more than anything,? joked Blaney, who led the NASCAR contingent that included Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne. ?It was a fun race. I haven?t been that competitive in this race over the years, and for this to be my first sprint race, I was pretty happy with how it turned out. I was really hoping Dale (Blaney) or I could get one of these. Sam (Hafertepe) did a great job. He runs really good and to be running with him, Dale, Kahne, Sweet, Danny Smith and all of those guys, it?s a good night for us. I want to thank everyone for coming out, Rick Glass and his family at Tom?s for sponsoring this event. It went well!?

Sweet was the top finishing Kasey Kahne Racing entry in fourth, while Dale Blaney came home fifth. Last year?s Lou Blaney Memorial winner Mike Lutz was sixth after starting 10th, while Australian Marty Perovich was seventh in his first ever Sharon visit. Danny Holtgraver, who scored recent wins at Pittsburgh?s PA Motor Speedway and Mercer Raceway Park, was eighth after starting 12th, while inaugural Lou Blaney Memorial winner Tony Stewart came from 14th to finish ninth. Local Dan Kuriger would round out the top 10.

Blair Wins $2,825 in Inaugural Gary Knolling Memorial for FASTRAK NE Late Model Tour at Sharon

June 28th, 2011

(Hartford, OH)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series returned to Sharon Speedway on a drizzly, fall-like Saturday night for the second of four appearances during the 2011 season. Race #7 on the 24-event Touring slate was the inaugural Gary Knollinger Memorial event, which drew 35 cars from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and West Virginia. Over $3,500 was added to the night thanks to contributors from family, friends, and sponsors of the late Gary Knollinger, Jr.

Max Blair was bound and determined to win the Gary Knollinger Memorial for his late friend. With a brand new body unveiled as a tribute Knollinger’s #38K, Blair went out and put on a dominating performance in the 30-lap feature. Blair started sixth and passed Andrew Wylie on lap nine then was never headed for his leading third Touring Series win of the season.

The victory was worth $2,000; however, Blair won an extra $500 for being the highest Touring Series finisher, an extra $250 random draw, and $75 for his heat race win bringing his nightly winnings to $2,825! Blair also received the Gary Knollinger Memorial trophy, which featured a bronze racer standing on an engraved platform base plate.

“Winning the Gary Knollinger Memorial was all that mattered,” stated the emotional 21-year-old Centerville, Pa. in victory lane surrounded by family and friends of the late Knollinger. “I wanted this race more than anyone else since Christmas day, and I did it. Gary (Knollinger, Sr.), Bev (Knollinger), Heather (Stollar), and John (Seyler)- you guys are one the best groups of people I’ve ever met and are friends for a lifetime. We were lucky enough to become very good friends with Gary. I’ll never win another race that means anything more than this one right here.”

Butch Lambert and Wylie led the 24-car field to green with Wylie using the outside to march into the lead. Blair passed Brian Lessley and Kyle Lukon on the first lap for fourth then drove under Dan Angelicchio for third in turn one on lap two. Blair ran down Lambert and raced side-by-side with the veteran on laps three and four before making the pass for runner-up on the outside in turn four of lap four.

Wylie continued leading the first laps of his Touring career and had a half-straightaway lead when Blair got to second. Behind the duo, Angelicchio began pressuring Lambert for third. The two ran side-by-side on lap five with Angelicchio getting by in turns three and four. A caution for a spin by Ben Black with eight laps completed changed the complexion of the race. On the ensuing restart, Steve Dixon, Damian Bidwell, Matt Latta, and Black tangled in turn one bringing out the second and final caution.

When green replaced yellow for the final time, Blair used the inside to power by Wylie as the two made contact in turns one and two. Lambert seized the opportunity passing Angelicchio and getting by Wylie as well for second. By the time Wylie gathered up his momentum, he was in fourth trailing Angelicchio.

Blair began to pull away as the green flag laps ticked off. By lap 10, Angelicchio was right on Lambert. The battle raged for runner-up for remainder of the race. The two ran side-by-side lap after lap. Meanwhile right behind the Angelicchio-Lambert side-by-side battle, Wylie and Lukon were doing the same.

Back up front, Blair caught lapped traffic on lap 22 and had a slight scare when he made contact with Tony Tatgenhorst and had to get his car straightened back up. That was the only thing that would slow Blair’s run in his Specialty Products/ Westcoat Excavating/Moody & Sons/Thompson Run Tire/Race 1/Genesis Shocks-sponsored #38K/111 as he went on to win by 4.09 seconds. The victory was Blair’s all-time leading 12th of his career in Northeast Touring competition. It was Blair’s first Sharon win of the season and third of his career.

“Number one I have to thank my dad,” added Blair, who extended his point lead to 14 in search of his third Touring Series championship. “In my mind, he’s the best there is. I have to thank all of my sponsors, Sharon Speedway for putting this on,
Mike (Leone) and Vicki (Emig)- you guys do a great thing with this FASTRAK deal, 24 races this year with new tracks. Look at this crowd- this is against the Firecracker at Lernerville and with bad weather and we still got a good crowd. That’s awesome!”

Angelicchio tried everything possible to get by Lambert as they raced side-by-side for the final time on lap 28, but Angelicchio lost some of his momentum as Lambert got away to record his first runner-up since August 7 of last season at Hesston Speedway. Angelicchio turned in his third straight top five and fourth overall in six Touring starts this season. After recording his career best Touring Series finish one week ago in sixth at McKean County Raceway, Wylie improved that with his first career Touring top five in fourth! Lukon was a close fifth in his first ever appearance at Sharon.

Russ Dunn made just his third career FASTRAK start and first ever in a Touring Series event and was an impressive sixth. Second place point man Mike Pegher, Jr. advanced three spots from his 10th place starting position to finish seventh. Mike Blose was eighth after starting 12th. Three-time 2011 Sharon winner Joe Martin was ninth. Sharon point leader Josh Double rounded out the top 10 after starting 14th.

Fourteen-year-old Lauren Longbrake led every lap of the eight-lap non-qualifier event for her first victory. The “Futures Cup” rookie contender entered the night leading the “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series point for the non-qualifier events, and added to that point lead with the flawless performance in the Longbrake Demolition/W&W Plumbing/Wyers Body Shop/Jegs Streetwerkz/Race 1-sponsored Rocket Chassis #27.

The Columbus, Ohio driver overtook Shane Weaver at the start and never looked back in the non-stop event timed in 2:20.615. Longbrake earned $175 plus $100 of the $500 that was added to each starter’s winnings in the event thanks to the family and friends of Gary Knollinger. Weaver, another 14-year-old “Futures Cup” racer, held second over Rusty Cade, Chad Wright, and Bobby Pifer.

Besides Blair winning the extra $750 for being the highest finishing Touring driver and one of the random draws, the other $250 random draws to Touring members in the feature went to Wylie, George Kowatic, John Volpe, Josh Holtgraver, and Dixon.

In addition to Blair, Dunn, Wylie, and Lambert also earned $75 for their heat race wins and Holtgraver and Prosser won $75 for their B main victories.

A first ever dash race was run for to set the four positions after the pill draw cards with a $500 purse. Damian Bidwell of Eldred, Pa. led all four laps to earn the 13th starting position and the $150. Double finished second to earn $130 with Dixon third for $120 and Kowatic fourth for $100.

After nearly winning last Saturday’s feature at Sharon, it was a pretty good night for Joel Prosser, who besides winning the $75 B main, earned the free Hoosier tire presented by Utsinger’s Towing for being the last car on the lead lap in 15th and
the $100 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Gift card for being the highest finishing West Virginia driver. This was the card that Knollinger would have received at the awards banquet it went to his good friend deservedly so.

The Original Pizza Logs presented the nightly $1,000 Contingency Connection program and the two new winners from Saturday night were Dunn and Bidwell. Contributors to the Knollinger Memorial including H.P. Excavating, Gumby’s, Darla’s Café, Good Times Café, Gary & Ben Knollinger, Woodrow & Kay Knollinger, Bernard & Constance Knollinger, Douglas & Willa Knollinger, Edward Stifel III, Sheleigh Parziale, Robin & Saun Capehart, and Vicki Thalman.

Holtgraver Dominates $1500 Bill Emig Memorial FASTRAK NE LM Tour Rae at Sharon

May 31st, 2011

(Hartford, OH)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series opened the two-event Bill Emig Memorial “Wild Card Weekend” at Sharon Speedway on Saturday night. It was race #3 on the 23-race 2011 Touring Series slate. The first of four events in 2011 at the Hartford, Ohio oval drew a season-high and Sharon record 41 cars from Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, and Ontario, Canada. Punxsutawney (PA) High School Junior, Tori Martin, presented the inaugural “Racing for the Cure” American Cancer Society Benefit Event as part of her senior project and over $9,000 was raised!

One year ago at Sharon, Josh Holtgraver won his first career FASTRAK Northeast Touring Series event albeit not the way he wanted to as he was credited with the victory after David Scott failed post-race tech inspection. Fast forward to Memorial Day Weekend 2011, and Holtgraver left everyone an impression they won’t soon forget with a dominating performance over a star-studded field in the 25-lap Bill Emig Memorial feature for his second career Touring Series win. Holtgraver’s biggest career win was worth $1,500.

“This time around feels a lot better,” expressed the 22-year-old Pittsburgh, Pa. driver. “We really had a good race car tonight, but it helped us to start up front. I tried to change it up on those restarts starting at different points. I knew they were right on me and waiting on them to go by me. It’s great to race with Robbie Blair; we raced side-by-side last week at Tri-City, but I never got to race with Russ King before.”

Holtgraver used the outside to blast into the lead past 14-year-old pole-sitter Shane Weaver with Mike Blose, Billy Cunningham, and Robbie Blair in tow. Holtgraver quickly began to show his muscle pulling away from the field on lap two. Blair, who started sixth, passed Cunningham for fourth on lap two. A caution for a spin by Tommy Kronenwetter, Jr., who was making his first FASTRAK start in a couple seasons, slowed action with six laps scored. When racing resumed, Robbie Blair passed Blose for third on the restart. One lap later, the Super Late Model great put a slider on Weaver in turn two for runner-up. Blair now had a straightaway deficit to Holtgraver. All eyes shifted to Russell King, who was making his FASTRAK debut. King started 11th and moved forward becoming a contender when he passed Blose for fourth on lap 10. Three laps later King caught Weaver, but it took him three laps to pass the youngster for third.

Meanwhile back up front, Holtgraver continued his straightaway advantage, but he was in heavy lapped traffic on lap 16. Weaver’s great run ended when he looped his car in turn four running in fourth to bring out the caution with 18 laps completed. When green replaced yellow, Blose fought back by King for third until the final caution of the event was displayed with 19 laps in when Weaver and Michael Mitchell tangled.

Back under green flag conditions, King used the outside to his advantage passing both Blose and Blair in turn one for second, while eighth starting Newt Tackett got a great restart to pass Blose for fourth. Holtgraver began to pull away again,
while the battle raged for second. Blair was all over King as the two ran side-by-side on lap 22, but King was able to maintain the spot.

Back up front, Holtgraver was never challenged as he took the checkered flag with his fist in the air by a margin of 3.563 seconds in the D&T Auto Body/Weaver Auto Sales/Knobeloch Heating & Cooling/Weidner Heating & Air/Zarin Trucking Automotive/Flinner Signs & Decals/Racers for Tots/Simpson-sponsored #00 Rocket Chassis.

“We’ve had a lot of people helping us out this year- Russ King, John Flinner has helped me for years,” explained Holtgraver. “We have a new sponsor this year with Bob from Knobeloch Heating & Cooling. I couldn’t do this without my dad, and my
sister is with me all of the time. I can’t thank those guys and all my sponsors enough and everything they do for me.”

It was a great debut for King, who passed nine cars to finish second over Blair. Tackett was the highest finishing “Futures Cup” driver placing a career Touring best fourth over Blose. Max Blair, who won last Sunday’s Northeast Touring event at
Canada’s Humberstone Speedway, came from 15th to finish sixth to maintain his point lead. Opening 2011 Roaring Knob Touring Series winner, Mike Pegher, Jr., was seventh. Joe Martin, who had won three of his four starts this season at Sharon,
came all of the way from 22nd to finish eighth. Rocky Kugel turned in his career best Touring finish in ninth over Josh Double.

Making just his second start in the John and Janet Powell #100 and first ever Touring start, Brian Lessley led all eight laps of the non-qualifier race as part of the “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series. The Orbisonia, Pa. racer took over from pole-sitter John Volpe on the opening lap and never looked back for the $150 victory. Volpe held on to second. Matt Latta passed Butch Lambert on lap seven to finish third. Lambert dropped to fourth. Former Mod Lite racer, Tony Tatgenhorst,
made his FASTRAK debut and finished fifth.

The first ever FASTRAK King of the Hill took place pitting the top eight drivers from the 2010 points vs. the top eight finishers in the feature. Mike Pegher, Jr. came through the brackets as the 2011 champion defeating Russell King in the five-lap finale. The Wexford, Pa. driver of the Lynn Geisler-owned, Cochran Automotive #1C donated all $500 of his winnings back to the American Cancer Society! The event was put on by Tori Martin, sister of FASTRAK star Joe Martin.

With over 40 cars on hand, five heat races were run, which went to Holtgraver, Blose, Tackett, Double, and Pegher. The two B mains were won by Andrew Wylie and Bobby Whitling.

Shane Weaver, who had such a great night finishing second in his heat and running up front for 18 laps before spinning, was the last car on the lead lap in the feature and earned the free Hoosier Tire presented by Utsinger’s Towing and the regional
Hoosier Tire distributors. The two Original Pizza Logs $1,000 Contingency Packages were won by Robbie Blair and Rick Strickler, who finished third and 22nd respectively. The Bill Emig Memorial “Wild Card Weekend” will resume on Monday at Lernerville Speedway as the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series makes its maiden voyage at the Sarver, Pa. oval. FASTRAK will join the USAC National Sprint Car Series in this long-awaited event.

Once again, $1,500 to-win will be up for grabs on Monday. Also, the Bill Emig Memorial “Wild Card Weekend” Champion will be determined. FASTRAK member racers drew cards on Saturday night to add to their point scores. After Sharon, Robbie Blair currently leads Russell King and Mike Blose by one-point. Pegher sits fourth three points back with Holtgraver fifth five points back. The top 15 racers in points after Monday’s event will receive cash and contingencies with the champion earning $500 and an engraved championship plaque clock.

You can reach co-directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone at the FASTRAK Northeast office at 724-964-9300. E-mail to info@fastraknortheast.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. The office is open daily late mornings and after 1:30 p.m. For more information, check out the FASTRAK Northeast website at www.fastraknortheast.com. Become our fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fastraknortheast.

Joe Martin, All ‘Business’ at Sharon Speedway

April 25th, 2011

(Ringgold, PA) JM2 Motorsports and third year driver Joe Martin of Ringgold, PA captured his second win of the season in his second start of the season at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, OH this past Saturday, April 23. Martin has now become the all-time winner in the Fastrak Late Model division at the speedway with three wins.

Joe, or ‘Business’ as the JM2 Motorsports team likes to call him, shot out of his sixth place starting position to fourth on the initial start of the race and methodically maneuvered his way to the lead after a restart on lap two and never looked back as he took the checkers over Max Blair by .737 seconds for his second win of the season. In Victory Lane Martin mentioned that the weather almost kept him home, ‘Actually, we weren’t going to come tonight but with all of the rain we’ve had already this year, if Sharon was going to do everything they could to get it in, we were going to support them.’ Joe continued, ‘As we were loading up I couldn’t find my driving equipment, my helmet, suit, gloves; everything was missing. I ended up scrambling around in the pits trying to find stuff to wear. I had Max’s helmet on, Russ King’s driving suit and had to buy a new Raceceiver. It was a strange way to get things started but it all worked out pretty good. I need to thank those guys a ton for letting me use their stuff, I wouldn’t have been able to race without it and it was much appreciated.’

Martin went outside of his comfort zone to make his way to the front but his Faster Chassis likes the outside, ‘I’m not 100% comfortable on the outside like that but the car sure likes it,’ joked Joe. ‘You really have to be up on the wheel when racing out there, have to make sure you hit your marks, if you don’t, you could be in for a wild ride. I’m just thankful for everyone’s help and all of my great sponsors, STS Rental, Juart Brothers, Martin Farms, Neese Trucking, Allegheny Crane Rental, Zero Wraps, JNJ Motorsports Media, LazFab, Ingram Racing Engines, Mike Blose Racing, Faster Chassis, Jeff Martin Lumber, Brocious Lumber, Ringgold Tire, AM/PM Personal Care Home, Cornerstone Chiropractic and B+C Meter. They all make it possible for us and I can’t thank them enough.’

Up next for Joe and the JM2 Motorsports team is either a visit to Lernerville Speedway for a UMP Pro Dirt Car event with the O’Reilly All Star Late Model Series or Dog Hollow Speedway’s Opening Night on Friday, April 29. Then the team will head to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, PA for a $1,200 to-win Fastrak Northeast sanctioned event to be run with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

For more information on these events please visit www.fastraknortheast.comwww.lernerville.com , www.dog-hollow.net , and www.roaringknob.com.

JM2 Motorsports would like to thank all of their sponsors and supporters: Specialty Rental Tools & Supply, Martin Farms, Juart Exploration Inc., Allegheny Crane Rental, Juart Bros. Excavating, Neese Trucking, JNJ Motorsports Media, Primitive Peddler, Ringgold Tire, S&S Communications, Zero Wraps, Cornerstone Chiropractic Center, B&C Meter Inc., Freedline Auto Repair, LazFab, Ingram Racing Engines, Faster Chassis, Jeff Martin Lumber, Brocious Lumber, AM/PM Personal Care Home, and Mike Blose Racing.

For more information on Joe Martin and the JM2 Motorsports team please visit www.joemartin55.com
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TIM GILLETTE TOPS “SPRINGDURO 150” ENDURO AT SHARON SATURDAY; APPROXIMATELY 40 CARS TURN OUT FOR PRACTICE IN FRIGID CONDITIONS

March 27th, 2011

By Mike Leone

March 26, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Hartford, OH)…After a successful “Circle Track Showdown” snowmobile races two months ago, Sharon Speedway resumed the 82nd anniversary season on a frigid Saturday afternoon. While numerous speedways cancelled their racing programs all throughout the Midwest and Northeast this weekend, Sharon went on with its “Springduro 150” Enduro and open practice session.

A frigid morning saw a sunrise temperature of just 14 degrees and even with the late March sun, the temperature barely hit the freezing mark late in the afternoon. Despite the sub-freezing temperatures that kept many anticipated cars in the garage rather than on the speedway, there was still an excellent turnout of 38 race cars that participated in the open practice session held prior to the “Springduro 150”.

Veteran Enduro competitor, Tim Gillette, added another victory to his impressive resume as he captured the second annual “Springduro 150”. Gillette, who has numerous Enduro wins at regional speedways including three at Mercer Raceway Park, captured his first Enduro victory at Sharon. Gillette inherited the lead on lap 127 after leader Joe Petyak’s day ended and cruised the $1,000 victory.

“This car has 18 Enduros on it,” revealed the Linesville, Pa. driver, who will turn 49 years on April 12. “I knew I was about to go a lap down as I felt the car losing power, but it all worked out in the end. I want to thank Sharon Speedway for hosting this event. I had a blast!”

Gillette started from the pole, but it was it was third starting Doug McMillen taking the early lead. McMillen opened up some ground on Gillette before getting sideways in the lead on lap 11; however, the Natrona Heights, Pa. resident was still able to maintain his lead. In the ensuing laps, McMillen would actually stretch out his advantage again until lapped traffic came into play on lap 17.

Behind McMillen, brothers Brad and Bryan Shaffer were battling hard for third. Older brother Bryan overtook Brad for the position on lap 20. Four laps later, Aaron Hill joined the brothers in a heated race for third. Hill passed Brad Shaffer for fourth on lap 25.

McMillen’s shot at a victory ended on lap 27 when he exited the event handing the lead officially for the first time to Gillette; meanwhile, ninth starting Hill had passed Bryan Shaffer for third then inherited second after McMillen’s misfortune. A scary incident took place on lap 31 when Brent Johnson ran over an infield tire in turn one after contact with another competitor and barrel-rolled numerous times bringing out the red flag. He was okay.

When racing resumed, Petyak made himself known flying by both Bryan Shaffer and Hill for second. It didn’t take long for Petyak to run down Gillette as he was on the leader’s tail on lap 34. The duo ran side-by-side for the lead on laps 35 and 36, but Gillette was able to hold on for the time behind.

Hill wasn’t about to go away regaining second from Petyak on lap 39. Hill was right with Gillette and got alongside the leader on laps 41 and 42, but wasn’t able to make the move. It was a three-car race for the lead as Hill took his first lead of the day on lap 52 making the move in lapped traffic.

Petyak wasn’t about to quit either as he passed Gillette for second on lap 53 then two laps later became the fourth different leader of the day taking the top spot from Hill. Gillette then lost second to Hill five laps later. The event’s second stoppage took place for a fire on Ben Kuntz’s car with 59 laps scored.

When green replaced red, the next 31 laps were uneventful until Hill’s chance at victory ended on lap 90 when he lost a wheel, which moved Gillette back to runner-up. Gillette now faced a ¾-lap deficit. Petyak was on cruise control until lap 121 when he began to slow. One lap later, Gillette was within a half-straightaway. Gillette then was right on the leader’s rear bumper looking to make the pass, but Petyak suddenly regained power and continued to lead.

Petyak, a 19-year-old Mini Stock racer, who made a three-hour tow from central Pa., saw his day end heartbreakingly when he ran over a tire in turn four on lap 127 after leading 72 laps. The lead fell right into Gillette’s hands as he went on to lead the final 24 laps in his 1990 Toyota Celica, Gillette Import Autowerks-sponsored #1. Gillette led 39 of the 150 laps.

Corry, Pennsylvania’s Eric McCray, who started 25th, crossed the finish line in second one and a half laps behind Gillette to earn $500. Eighteenth starting Greg Sachs of Reynoldsville, Pa. was third despite being five laps down, which was worth $400. William Hurrellbrink of Emlenton, Pa. came from 24th to finish fourth six laps down and picked up $300. After losing 19 laps in the pits, Stock Car driver Bryan Shaffer of New Castle, Pa. returned to the track to finish fifth and earned $200.

Notes…Just seven of the 27 starting cars finished the event, which was run in one hour and 13 minutes despite the two red flag stoppages. The top eight positions were swept by Pennsylvania drivers and in fact 11 of the top 12 finishers were from the Keystone State. Fourteen-year-old Logan Keney of Niles, Ohio was the highest finishing Ohio driver in ninth. Former Modified racer, John Confer, was unable to start the event after his car was leaking fuel prior to the green flag. Defending race winner, Andy Sweetland, was a disappointing 21st after his day ended on lap 23. The track was in excellent condition all day long considering the sub-freezing temperatures, wall-to-wall sunshine, and wind that was present.

All of the “Friday Night Thunder” and Saturday night “Steel Valley Thunder” divisions were represented in practice including the Governor Insurance Agency Big-Block Modifieds, Barris Supply FASTRAK Late Models, Ainsley 500 Heating & Cooling E-Mods, Gibson Agency Stock Cars, Presidential Lawn Care Mini Stocks, Ti22 Performance Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods, Unitech Frame Straightening/Joe’s Radiator Mod Lites, Micro Sprints, and the Joe’s Radiator/Unitech Frame Straightening Sportsman Dwarf Cars. Drivers using transponders can view their lap times at http://www.mylaps.com/results/showevent.jsp?id=635008.

“Springduro 150” Enduro (150 laps, $1,000 to-win): 1. TIM GILLETTE (1) 2. Eric McCray (32) 3. Greg Sachs (18) 4. William Hurrellbrink (24) 5. Bryan Shaffer (7) 6. Phil Kapcewich (22) 7. Bryan Rydbom (2) 8. Joe Petyak (21) 9. Logan Keney (14) 10. Gary Miller, Jr. (25) 11. Aaron Hill (9) 12. Randy Shaffer (8) 13. Harry Wolfe (13) 14. Don Vernier (11) 15. Ben Kuntz (20) 16. Dan McEwen (23) 17. Brad Shaffer (6) 18. Brent Johnson (10) 19. Doug McMillen (3) 20. Robert Carney (5) 21. Andy Sweetland (44X) 22. Brian Sprague (20) 23. Lloyd Riehl (16) 24. Wally Naletko (15) 25. Cliff Deemer (17) 26. Tyler Burns (19) 27. Jamie Wrightsman (21J) 28. John Confer (4)-DNS.

Sharon will return to action next Friday and Saturday with a doubleheader weekend. On Friday night, April 1, the opener for the “Friday Night Thunder” will kickoff for the Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Econo Mods, Mod Lites, Micro Sprints, and Sportsman Dwarf Cars at 7:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, the $1,500 to-win Open Stock Car special will be held along with the Star’s Mod Lites Series for $400 to-win and the Mini Stocks for $300. Race time is 7 p.m. Friday’s program carries an April 8 rain date, while Saturday’s show will be held on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in the event of inclement weather.

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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