Swartzlander Hits The Sharon Mark
HARTFORD, Ohio – While just about every race track in the region cancelled due to the inclement weather on Saturday, Sharon Speedway forged on with the “Steel Valley Thunder” program on Speed Energy Drink Night.
Heavy rains Friday night and overcast, cool conditions led to a fast track and the show was completed just before the rains came again.
Celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Brian Swartzlander (Governor Insurance DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds), Josh Double (Barris Supply RUSH Late Models), Joel Watson (Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds), Paul Davis (Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars), Ryan Fraley (HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods), and Scott Gilliland (Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks).
Hunter Zilhauer and Emily Clemens were the two winners of the bike giveaways courtesy of King Bros. and Sharon Speedway.
Making just his second appearance of the season, Brian Swartzlander led all 25 laps of the Governor Insurance Agency DIRTcar Big-Block Modified feature to become the fourth different winner in as many events this season. Swartzlander drove a great race through lapped traffic in the closing stages of the event to hold off Rex King, Jr. for the headlining win.
“I’m a little tired,” acknowledged the 53-year-old Leechburg, Pa., ace. “We were planning on running here tonight. I saw all of the other tracks cancelling this morning and I’m glad we made the trip. He’s (King Jr.) doing a really good job and getting better and better. We were fortunate to start up front. I don’t know if we could have come from the back. It was sure nice seeing open track, but lapped cars made it a little tough at the end.”
King Jr. and Swartzlander led the field to green with Swartzlander riding the cushion into the lead. Fourth and sixth starting Ricky Richner and Dave Murdick, used the cushion as well to move into third and fourth respectively after one lap. The event’s only caution occurred when Dave Reges did a 360-spin in turn four on the first lap. While Reges kept going, Kevin Green, Erik Martin, and Steve Feder got tangled up and all received heavy damage.