HARTFORD, OH (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series is returning to Sharon Speedway this weekend for the first time in 9-years.
The “Battle at the Border” will feature two-nights of racing and two-full races for the WoO Late Models. The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will be Friday night’s support division, while the Elite Econo Mod Series will be Saturday night’s support division. Warm-ups are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. each night followed by qualifying and racing.
This is the first time the World of Outlaws Late Models are at Sharon in nine years. The series made seven prior appearances at Sharon from 2004 to 2010.
Davey Johnson, the 1987 Sharon track champion and a 27-time Super Late Model winner, won the inaugural event in 2004. Tim McCreadie (2005), Rick Eckert (2006), Chub Frank (2007), Donnie Moran (2008), Tim Fuller (2009) and Darrell Lanigan (2010) took home checkered flags in subsequent years.
“We’re looking forward to this weekend and bringing back the World of Outlaws Late Models,” said Sharon Speedway General Manager Dave Willoughby. “Super Late Models have played an important part in the history of Sharon on both the asphalt and dirt. We hope the fans come out and support these shows so it can become a traditional Labor Day weekend event for years to come.”
Brandon Sheppard comes to Sharon as the points-leader. The 2017 Champion has amassed 16 wins, 29 top 5’s, and 30 top 10’s in only 31 starts.
Ricky Weiss is second in points with a second best 10 podium finishes, but is still after that elusive first career WoO win. Weiss also leads the rookie standings.
Shane Clanton is third in points, just 28 behind Weiss, behind the strength of three wins. Chase Junghans is fourth in points and Lanigan sits fifth in points.
The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds points championship wrapped up last Saturday, RUSH Member drivers are still competing for Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series points along with the “Wheelman” points on Friday night. Friday’s program will pay $600 to-win.
Chas Wolbert leads the way with four wins at Sharon followed by Garrett Krummert with three, Rob Kristyak two, and Holden one.
Kristyak has just a four-point lead on Wolbert in RUSH’s overall Weekly Series points, which pays $3,000 to the champion at the conclusion of the season. Holden, Tony Tatgenhorst, and Josh Deems complete the top five.
The Summit Racing Econo Mods Elite Series are on Saturday night’s schedule with $500 to-win, $100 to-start purse. The Elite Series has had six different winners in seven races this season. Ty Rhoades and Dustin DeMattia are tied for the Elite Series points lead heading into Sharon with four events remaining. Alan Dellinger, Jeremy Double, and Butch Lambert are third through fifth in points.
Pits will be open throughout the day both days with pit passes going on sale at 3 p.m., while the main grandstands open at 4 p.m. Warm-ups are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. followed by Late Model qualifying and heat race action. A live DJ and bonfire will take place after Friday’s racing program has concluded in the Fan Zone located behind the main grandstands.
Grandstand admission is $25 for those 14-and-over Friday night and $30 on Saturday night. Kids 13 and under are free. Pit passes are $40 each night. Patio seating upgrades are just $5 and fan suite seating upgrades are just $20 over the cost of general admission.