Dale Blaney wins at Sharon

Dale Blaney (Serena Dalhamer photo)
Dale Blaney (Serena Dalhamer photo)
Dale Blaney (Serena Dalhamer photo)

From Tyler Altmeyer

Hartford, OH — (June 23, 2015) — Dale Blaney of Hartford, Ohio picked up the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions victory in his own back yard on Tuesday evening, June 23rd; winning night five of the 33rd Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket at the Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio. For Blaney, it was his second Ohio Sprint Speedweek victory and his fifth UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions victory of the 2015 season. ‘The Lowrider’ now has 120 career UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions victories as the series moves ahead to the Atomic Speedway in Waverly, Ohio on Wednesday, June 24th.
“It feels really good to win here…its been awhile since we won at Sharon” said Dale Blaney, “Always enjoyed coming back here…my brother and my dad have both won a lot of races here…if I had to pick a race to win this week, it would have been this one.”
Defending Ohio Sprint Speedweek champion, Dale Blaney, led the UNOH All Star main event to green. Blaney, in his GoMuddy.com, Big Game Treestands, CH Motorsports, no. 1, would jump out front early; leading the first three completed circuits over Ryan Smith and James McFadden before red flag conditions took over the speedway. Waynesfield and Wayne County winner, Sheldon Haudenschild, took a wild ride through turns three and four while running outside of the top-20; he would not return.
Green flag action would resume with Dale Blaney on the point. Blaney would set the pace to beat with Ryan Smith and the ‘3G’ of James McFadden in tow. McFadden would make a move on Ryan Smith and take command of the runner-up spot with seven laps in the books. Meanwhile, it was still Blaney setting the pace; weaving through lapped traffic until caution lights reappeared on the speedway with 14 laps recorded. Ryan Smith, who was running well inside the top-five, would lose a tire. Smith would eventually return.
Dale Blaney would bring the field back to green flag conditions for just a few circuits before the red flag would be displayed once again; this time for Danny Holtgraver with 19 laps in the books. Holtgraver was racing in the third position, but made contact with the outside wall in turns one and two; ultimately ending his night.
‘The Lowrider’ Dale Blaney would bring the field back to green flag conditions for the final time and hold on for the $5,000 victory. James McFadden and Jamie Veal, a pair of Australian invaders, would round out the podium finishers. Dave Blaney would finish fourth during the 30-lap main event, followed by the new Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket point leader, Greg Wilson. For James McFadden, it was a third-consecutive podium finish; with two third place finishes and a second place finish to his credit.
“It was a good night for us” said James McFadden, “To come here and run second during our first visit is pretty special…we were second tonight so hopefully tomorrow we can get one more spot and finish up front.”
42 UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions ‘410’ sprint cars were signed in on Tuesday evening at the Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio. The 42 car roster was split into five qualifying groups, with all drivers qualifying against those in their respective heat race. Dave Blaney, Jamie Veal, Cole Duncan, Jack Sodeman, Jr., and Caleb Helms each earned fast time honors during their group qualifying sessions. ‘The Lowrider’ Dale Blaney earned the fastest time of the night overall with the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions; recording an official time of 13.135 seconds around the Sharon Speedway oval.

Preliminary action would continue with five, eight-lap heat races with the top-four finishers transferring to the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions main event. The top-two finishers from each heat race automatically qualified for the evening’s dash, as well as the two fastest qualifiers who finished in positions third and fourth. Stuart Brubaker, Tim Shaffer, Danny Smith, Ryan Smith, and Logan Forler each earned victories during their respective heat races. Opening night winner at Attica Raceway Park, Dale Blaney, secured the main event pole position by picking up the evening’s UNOH All Star dash victory. All preliminary competition would come to a close with two-time speedweek winner Sheldon Haudenschild earning the B-main victory. Jack Sodeman, Jr., Cap Henry and Roger Crockett also transferred to the main event via B-main competition.

The Atomic Speedway near Waverly, Ohio will host round six of the 33rd Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket on Wednesday evening, June 24th. The Atomic Speedway bullring hosted a massive field of 62 UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars during the 2014 edition of Ohio Sprint Speedweek. ‘The Wild Child’ Jac Haudenschild was the main event winner during last year’s program; holding off eventual 2014 Ohio Sprint Speedweek champion, Dale Blaney, for the $5,000 payday. ‘The Hurricane’ Randy Hannagan rounded out the evening’s podium.
Atomic Speedway pit gates are scheduled to open at 2PM on Wednesday evening, with general admission gates swinging open at 4PM, sharp. Sprint car hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6PM. For more information, please visit Atomic Speedway live on the web at www.atomicspeedway.com.
Full Results – Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket – Round 5- Sharon Speedway – Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015:
1.98H-Dave Blaney, 13.135; 2.25-Jack Sodeman Jr., 13.261; 3.35AU-Jamie Veal, 13.266; 4.1-Dale Blaney, 13.268; 5.59-Danny Holtgraver, 13.276; 6.49-Cole Duncan, 13.301; 7.81-Lee Jacobs, 13.301; 8.16-Stuart Brubaker, 13.307; 9.94-Ryan Smith, 13.309; 10.70-Roger Crockett, 13.310; 11.10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.360; 12.93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.399; 13.48-Danny Dietrich, 13.421; 14.40-Caleb Helms, 13.424; 15.17W-Bryan Clauson, 13.430; 16.9P-Parker Price-Miller, 13.446; 17.99-Brady Bacon, 13.451; 18.21-DJ Foos, 13.466; 19.22-Brandon Spithaler, 13.485; 20.3G-James McFadden, 13.490; 21.7-Eric Williams, 13.511; 22.W20-Greg Wilson, 13.527; 23.89-Cody Darrah, 13.529; 24.45-Tim Shaffer, 13.588; 25.4-Danny Smith, 13.609; 26.5T-Travis Philo, 13.612; 27.10-Carl Bowser, 13.622; 28.2L-Logan Forler, 13.625; 29.53-Cap Henry, 13.637; 30.17-Josh Baughman, 13.707; 31.15-Scott Priester, 13.731; 32.60-Jody Keegan, 13.747; 33.5AU-Danny Reidy, 13.770; 34.5K-Adam Kekich, 13.819; 35.13-Brandon Matus, 13.880; 36.16m-Jim Morris, 13.883; 37.8M-TJ Michael, 14.119; 38.71m-Paul May, 14.154; 39.2-AJ Flick, 14.327; 40.33-Brent Matus, 14.385; 41.73-Jac Haudenschild, 99.450; 42.27Z-Sean Zemunik, 99.670;
Heat 1, Group A – (8 Laps)
1. 16-Stuart Brubaker[2] ; 2. 98H-Dave Blaney[4] ; 3. 99-Brady Bacon[5] ; 4. 59-Danny Holtgraver[3] ; 5. 22-Brandon Spithaler[7] ; 6. 21-DJ Foos[6] ; 7. 16m-Jim Morris[8] ; 8. 70-Roger Crockett[1] ; 9. 33-Brent Matus[9]
Heat 2, Group B – (8 Laps)
1. 45-Tim Shaffer[1] ; 2. 35AU-Jamie Veal[4] ; 3. 9P-Parker Price-Miller[2] ; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah[3] ; 5. 5T-Travis Philo[5] ; 6. 5AU-Danny Reidy[8] ; 7. 15-Scott Priester[6] ; 8. 60-Jody Keegan[7] ; 9. 13-Brandon Matus[9]
Heat 3, Group C – (8 Laps)
1. 4-Danny Smith[1] ; 2. W20-Greg Wilson[2] ; 3. 7-Eric Williams[3] ; 4. 49-Cole Duncan[4] ; 5. 17-Josh Baughman[6] ; 6. 10-Carl Bowser[5] ; 7. 2-AJ Flick[7]
Heat 4, Group D – (8 Laps)
1. 94-Ryan Smith[1] ; 2. 81-Lee Jacobs[2] ; 3. 1-Dale Blaney[3] ; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich[6] ; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[5] ; 6. 89-Cody Darrah[7] ; 7. 25-Jack Sodeman Jr.[4] ; 8. 5K-Adam Kekich[8]
Heat 5, Group E – (8 Laps)
1. 2L-Logan Forler[1] ; 2. 3G-James McFadden[2] ; 3. 17W-Bryan Clauson[3] ; 4. 40-Caleb Helms[4] ; 5. 8M-TJ Michael[6] ; 6. 53-Cap Henry[5] ; 7. 71m-Paul May[7]
Dash 1 (6 Laps)
1. 1-Dale Blaney[2] ; 2. 94-Ryan Smith[1] ; 3. 3G-James McFadden[4] ; 4. 35AU-Jamie Veal[3] ; 5. 45-Tim Shaffer[6] ; 6. W20-Greg Wilson[9] ; 7. 59-Danny Holtgraver[12] ; 8. 2L-Logan Forler[7] ; 9. 98H-Dave Blaney[11] ; 10. 16-Stuart Brubaker[8] ; 11. 81-Lee Jacobs[10] ; 12. 4-Danny Smith[5]
B-Main 1 – (12 Laps)
1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[3] ; 2. 25-Jack Sodeman Jr.[1] ; 3. 53-Cap Henry[9] ; 4. 70-Roger Crockett[2] ; 5. 21-DJ Foos[4] ; 6. 10-Carl Bowser[8] ; 7. 5T-Travis Philo[7] ; 8. 8M-TJ Michael[17] ; 9. 17-Josh Baughman[10] ; 10. 5AU-Danny Reidy[13] ; 11. 60-Jody Keegan[12] ; 12. 13-Brandon Matus[15] ; 13. 15-Scott Priester[11] ; 14. 89-Cody Darrah[6] ; 15. 2-AJ Flick[19] ; 16. 5K-Adam Kekich[14] ; 17. 22-Brandon Spithaler[5] ; 18. 16m-Jim Morris[16] ; 19. 33-Brent Matus[20] ; 20. 71m-Paul May[18]
A-Main 1 – (30 Laps)
1. 1-Dale Blaney[1] ; 2. 3G-James McFadden[3] ; 3. 35AU-Jamie Veal[4] ; 4. 98H-Dave Blaney[9] ; 5. W20-Greg Wilson[6] ; 6. 45-Tim Shaffer[5] ; 7. 16-Stuart Brubaker[10] ; 8. 17W-Bryan Clauson[16] ; 9. 99-Brady Bacon[13] ; 10. 40-Caleb Helms[20] ; 11. 2L-Logan Forler[8] ; 12. 49-Cole Duncan[18] ; 13. 10H-Chad Kemenah[17] ; 14. 89-Cody Darrah[25] ; 15. 81-Lee Jacobs[11] ; 16. 94-Ryan Smith[2] ; 17. 7-Eric Williams[15] ; 18. 59-Danny Holtgraver[7] ; 19. 53-Cap Henry[23] ; 20. 4-Danny Smith[12] ; 21. 25-Jack Sodeman Jr.[22] ; 22. 70-Roger Crockett[24] ; 23. 48-Danny Dietrich[19] ; 24. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[21] ; 25. 9P-Parker Price-Miller[14]
Current Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket Point Standings (Top-10 as of June 23rd): 1. Greg Wilson 692 2. Sheldon Haudenschild 690 3. Dale Blaney 666 4. James McFadden 652 5. Chad Kemenah 648 6. Cody Darrah 638 7. Parker Price-Miller 616 8. Caleb Helms 610 9. Tim Shaffer 608 10. Jamie Veal 600