posted August 25, 2001 12:00 PM
LARSON, BLANEY, DUNN, CLAY GO TO THE HEAD TABLE AS POINTS END AT SHARON!
By JIM POLLOCK & MARK POSEY
August 24, 2001 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hartford(OH)…As the 2001 points chase ends at America's oldest speedway,
Jarod Larson captured the Sunburst Environmental 410 sprint championship, Lou
Blaney garnered another championship ring in the Gibson-Governor Modifieds.
The Coy Bros. Trucking E-Mods found Russ Dunn leading the pack and Dwayne
Clay topped the Burghill Auto Salvage stock cars.
The Coy-Bros. Classic/York Triathlon E-Mods was the top bill of the
evening with 2001 points champ Russ Dunn and Jeff Taylor pacing the 26 car
field to the starting green flag. Dunn wasted no time in showing the multi
talented field why he is the 2001 track champion as he moved to the lead and
to the eventual win. The only time he failed to lead a lap on lap 3 when
second position starter Taylor passed for the lead only to have it annulled
as a pile up brought out the only red of the 20 lap feature. Taylor while
setting under red was sent to the pits to correct a missing fuel cap forcing
him to restart the race from the tail. As the laps counted down Dunn retained
his lead advantage over current Triathlon points leader Todd Roncaglione
followed by Jeff Johnson with Taylor in hot pursit. By lap 18 Taylor had
moved into the third finish position with Johnson crossing fourth and Rich
Stiffler rounding out the top five. Heats winners; Dunn, Jones, T.
Roncaglione, Talor. Consi finish; Mckinney, S. Stiffler, Samuelson. Dash
The 16 car Sunburst Environmental Sprints was led to the line by Daryl
Stimeling and Deanna Barbara. At the completion of lap one the caution flew
for Stimeling who suffered a flat tire forcing him to the pits and to the
tail for the restart. As the green came down once again Mike Lutz motored to
the lead around Barbara. Lutz fended off several challenges from the eventual
second position finisher Larry (Goob) Schuller. Scott Bonnell finished in the
3rd place spot, as last weeks feature winner Gary Edwards crossed the line in
4th and Stimeling coming from the tail to the 5th place spot. Heat winners:
Leading the 21 car Gibson-Governor V-8 Modifieds was first time visitor
Rodney Beltz and Skip Moore. When the green fell it was John Braymer coming
from his third place starting spot to the point by the completion of lap one.
Braymer held on to the lead for the next 7 circuits with Jim Rasey in tow. By
lap nine high groove Harry, Rex King rocketed past Braymer to lead the way
for the next 5 laps only to have his advantage erased as a caution on lap 14
forcing a double file restart with Lou on the out side. As the restart flag
dropped King once again took command until going way to wide in turn 4
allowing Blaney to duck underneath to the eventual win. Rasey also sneaked by
King to the second place finish forcing King to third. 21st position starter
Jim Weller came across 4th and Joe Crawford fifth. Heats winners; Blaney,
Kristyak. BRP racing dash winner; Blaney.
Edcornell and Dave Willoughby paced the 24 car Burghill Auto Salvage stock
cars to the start of their 15 lap feature. By the completion of lap one
Willoughby was at the top spot and managed to hold on for the next 4 laps
despite two cautions. As the field restarted double file, outside starter
Russ Kapalin raced by Willoughby to go on to win his first ever feature of
this season at Sharon. Kapalin had to work for this feature as current point
champion Dwayne Clay kept Kapalin honest for the last five laps of the
feature event. Third place went to Tom Miller, with fourth and fifth going to
Dave Ferringer and Rich Allen respectively. Heat winners: Robinson, Kapalin,
Clay. Consi; Wadele, Felicty, Keener. Jim Pace Performance Dash winner;
Sprints: 1)Lutz, 2)Schuller, 3)Bonnell, 4) Edwards, 5)Stimeling, 6)Sodeman,
7)Kekich, 8)Larson, 9)McCollum, 10)Schrum, 11)Hartzell, 12)Etzel, 13)Barbara,
DNF McKisson, O'Malley DNS Harshman.
Modifieds: 1)Blaney, 2)Rasey, 3)King, 4)Weller, 5)Crawford, 6)Moore,
7)Rougeux, 8)Lutz, 9)Mattocks, 10)Weller III, 11)Kuchta, 12)Turk,
13)Schrader, 14)Bryamer, 15)Beltz, 16)Boyer, 17)Kristyak, 18)Kress,
19)Michaels, 20)Snider DNS; Gurdak DQ; Barr.
E-Mods: 1)Dunn, 2)T Roncaglione, 3)Taylor, 4)Johnson, 5)R. Stiffler, 6)S.
Stiffler, 7)Sharp, 8)McKinney, 9)Shingledecker, 10)Rudrick, 11)Potosky,
12)Bratchie, 13)Jasinski, 14)List, 15)Petrosky, 16)Jones, 17)Robinson,
18)Samuelson, 19)Diver, DNF; Willison, McCann, Coy, Haefke, R. Roncalione,
Ron Jeager, Rich Jeager.
Stocks: 1)Kapalin, 2)Clay, 3)T.Miller, 4)Ferringer, 5)Allen, 6)Cornell,
7)Hudzik, 8)Felicetty, 9)Babos,10)Flavell, 11)Riffe, 12)Seaman,
13)Willoughby, 14)Kowalski, 15)Love, DNF D'Apolito, Keener, Davis, G. Miller,
Kennedy, Williams, Moody, Porter, Wadele.
Bringing the 2001 racing season to it's conclusion at this grand ol' lady
of speed is the running of the 21st annual SHARON NATIONALS for a two day
engagement on Saturday September 1st and Sunday Sept 2nd. Headlining the
event will be the ALL STAR SPRINT series for both dates with a 30 lap $5000
to win feature on Saturday and a 40 lap $10,000 to win feature on Sunday.
Appearing with the sprinters on Saturday is the Russ King/BRP tour for the
V-8 Modifieds paying $2000 for the 20 event. Along with the sprints and
modifieds will be a special appearance by the Vintage Auto Racing Club.
Coming back on Sunday finds the ALL STAR SPRINTS and the crowd pleasing
Stock Cars putting on a 20 lap show for $500 to win. The Vintage cars also
return for an encore performance.
During the 20 year history of the SHARON NATIONALS the win list reads like
the who's who of sprint car racing with Steve Kinser, Lee Osborne, Kelly
Kinser, Doug Wolfgang, Dave Blaney, Kenny Jacobs, Mark Kinser, Todd Shaffer,
Joey Kuhn, Fred Rahmer, Dale Blaney, Tyler Walker, Greg Hodnett, Joey Saldana
and Phil Cressman walking away with the top prize.
For those of you that are interested in purchasing lap sponsorships, they
are available for the Sprints and Modifieds on Saturday and Sprints and Stock
Cars on Sunday at $25 per lap, and may be purchased by contacting the track
office or Fran Harshman at 330-772-5481.
Campers are always welcome at this historical event with a limited behind
the grandstand sites going for $25 per site with free camping available in
the north field and across the street from the track.
Ticket prices the Saturday event are $20 for adults, children ages 13-16,
$5.00, 6-12, $3.00, 6 and under free, with pit passes going for $25. Sunday
Admissions being $25 for adults, and children prices staying the same as
Saturday, pit passes being $30. Gates will be opening at 4:00 on both days.
For information call the track office at 330-772-5481 or 724-287-4938 or
visit our web site at www. Sharonspeedway. com. Sharon Speedway is located
1mile east of route 7 on route 305 then south on Custer-Orangeville Rd.