HARTFORD, Ohio – Dave Blaney prepped for next Saturday’s Lou Blaney Memorial by leading the final 23 laps of Saturday’s 410 sprint car feature at Sharon Speedway.
The $3,000 victory was milestone win number 30 at Sharon for Blaney in the 410 division, moving him into a tie with George Bischoff for second on the all-time win list.
Blaney also became the first repeat 410 sprint car winner after 10 straight different winners dating back to last season.
“We haven’t been here this year and had a free night so it was great to come out here and run and hopefully it works out next week too,” explained the 56-year-old Blaney. “I thought the track was nice. You could run clear at the top or clear at the bottom and kind of anywhere. Cole Duncan is really, really good on this type of a race track so that was a good test against him and good win beating him. I’d like to thank all of the racers and fans for coming out- it was a fun night.”
After an end over end flip by Jake Hesson, who was making his first career Sharon start, Carl Bowser used the outside to power to the early lead over Blaney, while Cole Duncan passed T.J. Michael for third, and 10th starting A.J. Flick flew into fourth after one lap. By lap three, the top four of Bowser, Blaney, Duncan, and Flick began to pull away from the field.
Bowser caught lapped traffic on lap six as Blaney closed in; however, on lap eight, Bowser got too high racing off turn two and clipped the fence. Bowser then rode the fence partially down the backstretch before suffering a flat tire and bringing out the caution.
When racing resumed on lap eight with Blaney as the new leader, eighth starting Dan Shetler found the bottom to his liking as he moved from sixth to fourth on the restart. Shetler continued to run the bottom as he drove under Flick for third on lap 10. As Shetler tried to close in on the front duo, Blaney caught lapped traffic on lap 14 with a half-straightaway lead. Chad Kemenah, who started 14th, was on the move as he put a big slider on T.J Michael to crack the top five on lap 17.
The event’s final stoppage occurred with 18 laps scored when Brandon Matus caught the fence racing off turn two and got upside down. Thankfully everyone missed him and he was okay. On lap 20, Kemenah continued to move forward as he passed Flick for fourth, while Jordan Ryan followed in fifth. Blaney would go unchallenged the rest of the way as he took the checkered flag first by a margin of 2.792 seconds.
Shetler was all over Duncan for most of the second half of the event until Duncan got away late to settle for runner-up. Shetler was third. Ryan passed Kemenah for fourth on lap 23 as Kemenah was fifth at the finish.
Dave Blaney, Cole Duncan, Dan Shetler, Jordan Ryan, Chad Kemenah, A.J. Flick, Darren Pifer, T.J. Michael, Max Stambaugh, Justin Barger, Sye Lynch, Frankie Nervo, Michael Bauer, Darin Gallagher, Jimmy Morris III, Cody Bova, Brandon Matus, Jack Sodeman Jr., Broc Martin, Dan Kuriger, Brent Matus, Carl Bowser, Gary Kriess Jr.