Thursday, May 23, 2013

Youth Movement, Bride and Groom, and More....

Raceway 7

Headed up to Raceway 7 for the first time last Friday for their five division show of Crate FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, EconoMods, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks.  Raceway usually runs a pretty quick program, but last Friday was just a tad longer, as track prep between races was used more often.  It was still a great evening of racing, and I saw lots of fine folks in the pits, stands and tower.  Thanks go out to the McDonalds and Jim Balentine Jr.

The headlining Late Model division showed just how fast the track was Friday evening, as one of the youth bridgade - Chad Wright - broke the Crate LM track record twice during the course of the evening on the 7/16 clay oval.  In his heat, Wright stopped the clock at 18.765, and later in the 22-car feature when Wright zoomed to his first feature of the year, he broke his hours long record with an 18.702 lap.  A caution on lap 16 of the 20 lapper gave  runner-up Kyle Zimmerman  hope, but Wright was just to strong.

The Modifieds - just like at Sharon Speedway - are putting on some of the most exciting racing.  Multi winner at Raceway and Sharon this season, Joel Watson, took the lead from early pacesetter Mike Potosley on loap 10 of the 20 lapper after quite a battle.  The action right behind Watson was torrid with Potosley and Russ Dunn, which culminated with a last lap, front-straight tangle, giving the runner-up spot to Mike Kinney

Be sure to check out Raceway 7 sometime this season....


Pre-feature prep for the Chad Wright #6 at Raceway 7 Friday evening

Chad Wright in victory lane following his first feature win of the season at Raceway 7


Joel Watson took another Modified win, with his victory at Raceway 7 Friday, in what was another thrilling Modified feature in the area.  Above celebrating in victory lane, below being interviewed by track announcer, Jim Balentine, Jr

Ryan Fraley picked up the EconoMod feature at Raceway 7 Friday evening, continuing his success on the Raceway/Sharon EconoMod circuit

Dave Airgood celebrates his marriage Friday morning with an evening of racing Friday at Raceway 7

Dave and Sandy Airgood were interviewed during intermission at Raceway 7, following their marriage that morning on live TV, after winning the yearly wedding contest at WFMJ-TV 21 in Youngstown, OH.  The long day started in the wee hours of the morning for the all-expense paid wedding, reception, then an evening of racing (and a third place feature finish in the Late Models), and then early Saturday morning being whisked off to their honeymoon.  Congratulations!



Sharon Speedway

Another successful night of racing in the record books at Sharon.  The highlight of the evening had to be the EconoMod feature, as 12 year old Jacob Eucker made track history by becoming the youngest feature winner ever at the track.  Eucker is the great-grandson of Sharon legend and Hall of Famer Dale Johnson.  Eucker has been running strong all season, and has come close to a feature win several times.  Saturday's thriller saw a laps long, sometimes side-by-side duel with 17 year old Jeremy Double.  It almost looked like two veterans out there.  The exurbuant winner seemed polished and professional in victory lane.


Twelve year old Jacob Eucker made history Saturday evening at Sharon Speedway, becoming the youngest driver ever to win a feature event.  Eucker won the EconoMod headliner

Pulled into victory lane at Sharon for the EconoMod feature win, Jacob Euker's nickname "Kid Smooth" is apt, and belies his youth

Jacob's Great-grandfather, Dale Johnson, shown here picking up one of many wins

Dale Johnson, first driver for George Blaney and a Hall of famer, leads the pack.  Johnson's Great-grandson, Jacob Eucker looks to be following in his footsteps

Dave Murdick, Sharon's 2012 DIRT Big Block Modified Point Champion, won his first feature of '13 at the track Saturday

Will Thomas, 2012 Sharon Late Model Point Champion also found his way to his first feature of the year Saturday at Sharon in the RUSH Late Models

Bob Diver pulled off what some might consider an upset win in the highly competitive Modified division at Sharon on Saturday.  Diver held off Alan Dellinger, as the Modifieds continue to impress this year

This Saturday and Sunday at Sharon is the Bill Emig Memorial, featuring the RUSH Late Model Touring Series, with $1500 going to the winner each night, along with several contingecy awards.  Saturday along with the RUSH LMs will be Modifieds, EconoMods and Mini-Stocks, while DIRT Big Block Modifieds, Open Stocks and Mini-Stocks join the card on Sunday

Main Event

Jack Varney won the opening race in the Main Event Series for Outlaw Super Late Models at Sandusky Speedway Saturday. 


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