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Sharon announces Integra sealed shock rule for growing Econo Mods for 2014-2016

29 October 2013 | Archived News | |    

By Mike Leone

October 29, 2013

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway officials have announced they have come to an agreement with Integra Shocks that will require the growing Econo Mod division to be on an Integra 42 Series sealed welded bearing shock for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 seasons. The shock retails for $69.95 at most suppliers. The top 10 drivers in the 2014-2016 points will receive one free Integra sealed shock each year at the awards banquet.

The Econo Mods will begin their fifth season of competition in 2014. This past season saw the HTMA/Precise Racing Products-sponsored division grow in leaps and bounds. In just its second full season of being on the weekly Saturday night “Steel Valley Thunder” program, the Econo Mods averaged 21 cars per night, but more impressively never dipped below 22 cars in the final eight events! In fact, an all-time record of 27 cars participated in the September 14-15 “Apple Festival Nationals”. All told 47 different drivers competed throughout the 2013 season.

“We’ve been very proud of the growth of the Econo Mod division,” stated GM Dave Willoughby. “The division has grown in participation and car counts each year; however, we want to be proactive and continue to implement cost-saving measures to sustain the growth into the future. Even though we had a shock claim rule, the cost of shocks was becoming a great concern. When we voted on implementing this rule for 2014, 85% of the racers were for it.”

The complete 2014 Econo Mod rules will be posted soon. The following are the required Integra 42 Series Shock part numbers:

PART #
7″ SHOCKS 310-42173
7″ SHOCKS 310-42173-5
7″ SHOCKS 310-42174
7″ SHOCKS 310-42174-6
7″ SHOCKS 310-42174-8
7″ SHOCKS 310-42175
7″ SHOCKS 310-42175-3
7″ SHOCKS 310-42176
7″ SHOCKS 310-42176-3
7″ SHOCKS 310-42179-1

PART #
9″ SHOCKS 310-42193
9″ SHOCKS 310-42193-5
9″ SHOCKS 310-42194
9″ SHOCKS 310-42194-6
9″ SHOCKS 310-42195
9″ SHOCKS 310-42196
9″ SHOCKS 310-42196-3
9″ SHOCKS 310-42198-2

The 2013 award banquet and dinner will be on Saturday, February 1 at the Yankee Lake (OH) Ballroom located on Route 7 just north of Brookfield. Also, stay tuned for more information on the upcoming snowmobile races to be held this winter.

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 @SharonSpdwy.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted by Bob Bland on 29 October 13 at 9:13pm

    Thank you Dave for helping keep this division affordable and growing.

  2. Posted by matters why on 30 October 13 at 12:55pm

    You guys act like its the shocks that are making the cars fast. Yes it helps but the biggest problem with the class is engines. You had three majority winners in the class and I know that one of them had $9,000 in their engine. 602 just sayin.

  3. Posted by Keith Felicetty on 30 October 13 at 11:00pm

    I totally agree with the stock rule. But the shocks are not what is making the class fast. The motors are out of control.I think it should be a $2,000 claim or a 602 crate motor.

  4. Posted by Mike Hendrickson on 04 November 13 at 2:09pm

    Great rule. I do wish other brands(Afco,Pro etc…) could be used also. But hats off to Integra shocks for supporting the econo-mods at Sharon!!!

  5. Posted by Jason on 05 November 13 at 5:58pm

    I like the class lots of fun. Every class has big spenders that’s racing. Tech carbs and cams and check fuels. Dura meter on tires and class will stay competetive.

  6. Posted by Dave Ferry on 27 November 13 at 11:29pm

    I agree with a welded bearing shock rule completely. I have put some thought into this before replying so here goes the rest in a nutshell. Welded bearing sealed shock absolutely necessary to control costs. Manufacturer specific eh debatable but its everywhere tires included and the shocks are cheaper than tires I get it. But here is my beef and its small as with tires rules state certain compounds so we the teams don’t buy seven different compounds etc… So why isn’t it specific to one front shock and one rear say a 75 valve and a 95 valve. Most chassis builders baseline is close to that and I would only need two fronts and two rears maybe a spare. that would save us money. Buying one of every ratio because we want to fine tune the car gives advantage to bigger budget teams and its totally not economical. my 2 cents

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