Wednesday June 24, 2015
HARTFORD, Ohio — After losing the last two years’ Ohio Speedweek events to rain, Mother Nature threw her best at Sharon Speedway again dumping heavy rain and storms over the Hartford, Ohio oval throughout the morning hours leaving the facility water logged.
Track officials though went to work and went on with the show as Dale Blaney picked up the Ohio Speedweek win for Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars.
Blaney moved one step closer to the $25,000 Cometic Gaskets bonus for winning at least five of the nine Ohio Speedweek events by capturing his second win of the week, matching Sheldon Haudenschild as Speedweek repeat winners.
Blaney made a bold pass of Ryan Smith in the dash to earn the pole and then went on to lead all 30 laps of the feature holding off Australians James McFadden and Jamie Veal.
The $5,000 win was Blaney’s fifth All Star score of 2015 and all-time leading 120th of his storied career.
“It’s been awhile, but I always enjoy coming back here,” expressed the 51-year-old Hartford, Ohio, native. “There’s a lot of tradition. My dad, brother, and uncle have won a lot of races here. It’s a great place- four miles up the road. If I had to pick a race to win this week it’d be here. Hopefully we can come back in a couple weeks and see if we can get a second one at dad’s memorial. We’ve had bad dash draws the last two nights drawing a 10 and an 11. I wasn’t good enough to make up any ground, but tonight we had a great dash draw. Getting out in clean air was good- we’ll take it.”
It was a great Sharon debut for McFadden in runner-up as he recorded his third straight Ohio Speedweek podium finish.
“It was a good night for us to come here for our first time and run second to Dale is pretty cool,” expressed McFadden. “I thought we had something for him in lapped traffic there, but we kept getting the yellows. Full credit to the team — it was a real nice race car to drive tonight, but we were one spot shy so hopefully tomorrow night we can get up on the top step. Hopefully we can keep this momentum rolling.”
Veal’s third place was his best Ohio Speedweek effort.
“The team did a great job tonight,” stated Veal. “We weren’t that good last night, but to come here tonight and get a podium is great. We’re trying a few different things to keep things rolling, and to run third to Dale and James McFadden who are two of the best in the world is pretty cool.” Dave Blaney, who was the fast qualifier, finished fourth in his 2015 Ohio Speedweek debut over Wilson.
Casey Butler led all 15 laps of the mini stock feature.
The finish: Dale Blaney, James McFadden, Jamie Veal, Dave Blaney, Greg Wilson, Tim Shaffer, Stuart Brubaker, Bryan Clauson, Brady Bacon, Caleb Helms, Logan Forler, Cole Duncan, Chad Kemenah, Cody Darrah, Lee Jacobs, Ryan Smith, Eric Williams, Danny Holtgraver, Cap Henry, Danny Smith, Jack Sodeman Jr., Roger Crockett, Danny Dietrich, Sheldon Haudenschild, Parker Price-Miller.