Posted: July 16, 2019

(Hartford, OH)…Despite storms initially in the forecast throughout the afternoon and evening, skies cleared mid-afternoon on Saturday and allowed Sharon Speedway to complete the second straight night of racing after back-to-back rainouts.  The Menards “Super Series” event on Armed Forces Night presented by Kams Electric saw Dave Blaney-Hovis Auto & Truck Supply “410” Sprint Cars, Curt J. Bish-Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Eric Wilson-Elite Series for the Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods, and Chas Wolbert-HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds celebrate in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane.  Also, Tony Tatgenhorst won RUSH’s “Wheelman” Non-Winners race presented by Ohio Intra Express and C&R Tire.

After competing with the All Star Circuit of Champions full-time in 2018, Dave Blaney has run a reduced schedule in 2019 picking and choosing events across the Eastern United States.  On Saturday night, it was some good old fashioned home cooking for Blaney, who prepped for next Saturday’s “Lou Blaney Memorial” by leading the final 23 laps of the “410” Sprint Car feature for his first win of 2019.  The $3,000 victory was milestone win number 30 at Sharon in the “410” division moving him into a tie with George Bischoff for second on the all-time win list.  Blaney also became the first repeat “410” Sprint Car winner after 10 straight different winners dating back to last season.

“We haven’t been here this year and had a free night so it was great to come out here and run and hopefully it works out next week too,” explained the 56-year-old Concord, NC resident.  “I thought the track was nice.  You could run clear at the top or clear at the bottom and kind of anywhere.  Cole Duncan is really, really good on this type of a race track so that was a good test against him and good win beating him.  I’d like to thank all of the racers and fans for coming out- it was a fun night.” 

After an end over end flip by Jake Hesson, who was making his first career Sharon start, Carl Bowser used the outside to power to the early lead over Blaney, while Cole Duncan passed T.J. Michael for third, and 10th starting A.J. Flick flew into fourth after one lap.  By lap three, the top four of Bowser, Blaney, Duncan, and Flick began to pull away from the field.  Bowser caught lapped traffic on lap six as Blaney closed in; however, on lap eight, Bowser got too high racing off turn two and clipped the fence.  Bowser then rode the fence partially down the backstretch before suffering a flat tire and bringing out the caution.

When racing resumed on lap eight with Blaney as the new leader, eighth starting Dan Shetler found the bottom to his liking as he moved from sixth to fourth on the restart.  Shetler continued to run the bottom as he drove under Flick for third on lap 10.  As Shetler tried to close in on the front duo, Blaney caught lapped traffic on lap 14 with a half-straightaway lead.  Chad Kemenah, who started 14th, was on the move as he put a big slider on T.J Michael to crack the top five on lap 17.

The event’s final stoppage occurred with 18 laps scored when Brandon Matus caught the fence racing off turn two and got upside down.  Thankfully everyone missed him and he was okay.  On lap 20, Kemenah continued to move forward as he passed Flick for fourth, while Jordan Ryan followed in fifth.  Blaney would go unchallenged the rest of the way as he took the checkered flag first by a margin of 2.792.  Blaney’s 33rd overall win at Sharon came in his J&B Medical Supply/Stanton/Mohawk Northeast/Bill Davis Trucking/Wicked Cushion/Ryan Blaney Family Foundation-sponsored #98H.