UMP Mods take center stage Saturday for $1000 to-win plus Stocks, RUSH Sportsman Mods & Econo Mods
By Mike Leone
June 16, 2021
(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway will wrap up a busy stretch of racing with its fourth event in nine days this Saturday night (June 19) as the 92nd anniversary season rolls on. The “Steel Valley Thunder” program will feature the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply UMP Modifieds along Gibson Insurance Agency Pro Stocks, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Whelen Econo Mods. Race time is 7 p.m.
The UMP Mods will make their second appearances of the 2021 season on Saturday night. Back on April 24 at the season opener, Dave Hess, Jr. captured his fourth career win. Ty Rhoades charged from 13th to second and will be hungry for the $1,000 payday on Saturday. Joel Watson, who has 28 career Sharon wins, was fourth. The second show was scheduled for May 26, but that night fell victim to Mother Nature. The next appearance by the UMP Mods will be on July 31. Sharon is part of the East Region that offers $2,000 to the champion with the top 10 receiving point fund monies, while the national UMP champion will take home $20,000.
Due to rain and some scheduled nights off, the Gibson Insurance Agency Pro Stocks had completed just two events prior to last Saturday night’s successful third annual “Steel Valley Nationals” that saw 64 cars compete. Chris Schneider’s victory in the $10,000 event denied Curt J. Bish of starting the season off with three straight victories and his bid for two straight $10,000 “Steel Valley Nationals” wins. Bish, the 2019 track champion, has a nine-point edge on 2018 champion Chris McGuire, who appeared headed to victory on Saturday before tagging the fence and suffering a flat tire 10 laps from the finish. Chase Lambert, Larry Kugel, and Coleton Walters are third through fifth in points. The Stocks will race for the $700 to-win payoff on Saturday night if 24 or more cars are present.
After a night off from Sharon, the HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds return on Saturday night for their fourth show of the 2021 season. Drivers will not only be battling for Sharon points, but also the $3,500 to-win Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Weekly Series and the $1,000 to-win Wedge Motorsports “Route 7 Rumble” Series Championship. Chas Wolbert has won two of three events to date with a runner-up the other night to lead the Sharon points by 10 over Justin Shea. Fourteen-year-old rookie Ben Easler is third in points and is fresh off his first career win last Friday night at Raceway 7. Shea, who has returned to racing this year after nearly three years off, leads both the Weekly Series and “Route 7 Rumble” standings. If 24 or more cars are on hand, the RUSH Mods will be competing for the $500 to-win increased payoff.
The Whelen Econo Mods will also be back after a week off and like the RUSH Mods will look to complete their fourth show as well on Saturday night. The Econo Mods were part of the opener on April 24 when Dennis Lunger, Jr. made his first ever start in the division a successful one winning over 17th starting Jeremy Double. Then on May 15 it was Will Thomas III capturing his first ever Econo Mod win in his first start with Double once again coming home in second. After a pair of runner-up finishes, Doubled cracked victory lane on June 5 for his 15th career win, which is tops amongst active drivers. Nate Young is second in points and despite Double’s three top two finishes, is just eight points back. Nate’s cousin Jarrett is tied for third in points with Thomas, while Travis Creech completes the top five.
UMP Modified Payoff: 1. $1000 2. $700 3. $400 4. $300 5. $200 6. $175 7. $140 8. $125 9. $120 10. $115 11. $110 12. $105 13-24. $100. Tow/NQ $50.
There is no Sharon registration fee. One-way driver radios are mandatory; channel 454.000. AMB/MyLaps transponders are required; rentals available for $25. If you have yet to register for the 2021 season, please bring the registration form with you completed http://www.sharonspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/RegistrationFormSharon2021.pdf
Fans can not only experience viewing from the frontstretch and backstretch grandstands, but also from the infield fan zone. The fan zone, which includes a concessions and restrooms, debuted in 2020 during the COVID-19 shortened season. Sharon is the only track in the area to have viewing from the unique infield perspective. There will be times throughout the night when fans can cross on the frontstretch back and forth.
The pits will be open throughout the afternoon with passes going on sale at 4 p.m., while the general admission opens at 5. Pill draw will close at 6:15. Heat races will be at 7. Grandstand/fan zone admission for those 14 and over is $15, while senior admission is $10. Patio seating upgrades are just $5 and fan suite seating upgrades are just $20 over the cost of general admission. These can be upgraded on race night at the track office. As always, children under 14 and parking are always FREE. Pit passes are $30. As a reminder, coolers nor outside food or beverages are not permitted.
Coming on Saturday, June 26, the “410” Sprint Cars return for $3,000 to-win and will be joined by the Terry Bowser Excavating RUSH Sprint Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Whelen Econo Mods. Race time is 7 p.m.
Sharon Speedway is owned by the Blaney, Weller, and Kirila Families and is a 3/8-mile dirt track located on Custer-Orangeville Road in Hartford, Ohio near the intersection of Routes 7 & 305. For more information, check out the website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sharonspeedway and follow us on Twitter @sharonspdwy.