Hi race fans. Hope you are having a great month of July. It seems like the heat of August is upon us with the rains from April. Mother Nature seems all messed up this year. Must be the after effects from last year.
On Friday night, the sun was shining but the water was flowing in turn one as a drain became plugged and flooded the first turn of the track. The management was forced to cancel their races as cars were entering the pit area around 5 p.m. So, the Christmas in July program that was scheduled for last Friday night, has been carried over to this coming Friday night. There will be prizes given out throughout the night and fans will be able to watch the 410 Sprints, Late Models, Big Block Modifieds and Pro Stocks. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday, July 20, the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars will be on hand for the running of the 30th Annual Don Martin Silver Cup race. The raindate will be Wednesday, July 21.
Michaels Mercer Raceway held a Demolition Derby and an Enduro on Saturday night. I did not receive any information on this event, but I can tell you that this Saturday night is the second annual Ralph Quarterson Memorial Event which will feature the 410 Sprint Cars for $3,300 to win and the BRP Modified Tour will also be on hand for 33-laps, $3,300 to win event. The FASTRAK Modifieds will be running as well along with the Mini Stocks. There will also be a Fireworks display. Racing starts at 7 p.m.
Sharon Speedway hosted the 13th Annual "Lou Blaney Memorial" race on Saturday night and the All Star Sprint Cars and the BRP Modified Tour was on hand for the event. In All Star Sprint Car action Spencer Bayston passed George Hobaugh, Jr. for the lead on lap thirteen then fended off a major slide job attempt from Tyler Courtney on lap twenty-nine to become the 12th different winner of the Lou Blaney Memorial. Bayston picked up $8,000 for the win and Hobaugh, Jr. ended upside down after connecting with a tire in the infield. He was uninjured but it ended his run. Finishing second was Cory Eliason with Bill Balog third. Danny Dietrich finished fourth with Tyler Courtney rounding out the top five. The Blaney brothers did not have such good luck this year as Dale Blaney was the first car out of the race and Dave Blaney was running second and hit a tire in the infield ending his night as well.
In BRP Modified action at Sharon Speedway, Chad Brachmann started in eleventh position due to the luck of the draw, but methodically worked his way to the front and picked up the $2,000 feature win. Chas Wolbert led the first lap driving the Riffe Bros Racing entry before New York's Kyle Inman took over the top position. On lap twenty, Wolbert and Greg Martin made contact while running second and third. Wolbert spun and Martin suffered a right rear flat tire. On the restart, Inman led the group but Brachmann took his time and showed a lot of patience and was able to wrestle the lead away using the high side of the speedway and took the lead and went on to win. Inman finished second with Rex King, Jr. third. Fourth went to Jeremiah Shingledecker with Rex King, Sr. riding home fifth. Brad Rapp finished sixth with Kyle Fink in seventh after starting twenty-second in the field. There were 34 cars on hand for the event and winning the B-Main was Rick Regalski.
Sunday's Justin Snyder's "Salute to the Troops" event for the All Star Sprints and the RUSH Wingless Sprint Cars was rained out. Coming up this Saturday night will be the "Bill Forney Memorial" for the RUSH Late Models, RUSH Wingless Sprints, Pro Stocks and RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. Racing starts at 7 p.m.
Tri City Speedway was off this past weekend but coming up on Sunday, July 18 will be the Sprint Spectacular featuring the 410 Sprints for $2,500 to win. Also on hand will be the RUSH Wingless Sprint Cars, the Junior Sprints, Pro Stocks and Mini Stocks. Racing will start at 6pm.
Also this Thursday night the BRP Modified Tour will be in action at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds, Expo Speedway. This is an annual event that takes place during fair week and draws a large crowd. Hope everyone can make it out in the next week or so to a local speedway and support your favorite driver. Have a great week and be careful out there on the highways.