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Justin Snyder’s Salute to the Troops Coming to Sharon Speedway in 2020.

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HARTFORD, OH (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Justin Snyder’s Salute to the Troops program is coming to Sharon Speedway for the first time in 2020.

The event honors one of open wheel racing’s most loyal and dedicated supporters – the late Justin Snyder – and is a benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity and veterans service organization that offers a variety of benefits to veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness or wound while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001.

The program will be part of a must-see weekend that now features the 12th Annual Lou Blaney Memorial and the Salute to the Troops on back-to-back days, each sanctioned by the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1.

The Lou Blaney Memorial, and it’s $6,000-to-win prize takes place Saturday, July 11 with the fifth annual Justin Snyder’s Salute to the Troops event, awarding a $6,000 top prize, taking place the next day Sunday, July 12.

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“It just seemed very fitting for me to keep this going by bringing the race to Sharon Speedway,” said Derek Snyder, older brother of the late Justin Snyder and the Executive Manager & Partner of Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC. “This is something I believe my brother would be incredibly proud of.  I’m so grateful for our family’s relationship with Lou and Kate Blaney over the years. I wanted to be certain that I had Kate’s blessing prior to even considering this move and date. Thankfully, she obliged.”

BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pennsylvania played host to the first four editions of the event.  Danny Dietrich picked up the inaugural, unsanctioned event win in 2016.  The All Star Circuit of Champions sanctioned editions two through four with the late Greg Hodnett winning in 2017.  Three-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart captured the checkered flag in 2018, with Gerard McIntrye, Jr. winning the most recent contest in 2019.

Fans are encouraged to monitor the track website, www.sharonspeedway.com, as well as social media outlets for gate times, ticket prices and more news and information pertaining to Justin Snyder’s Salute to the Troops program.

Fans unable to make the journey to Sharon Speedway for Lou Blaney Memorial and Justin Snyder’s Salute to the Troops weekend can still witness the events online, live exclusively at FloRacing. To access live coverage visit www.floracing.com and become an annual PRwO subscriber. The subscription unlocks access to premium content across the entire FloSports network.

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Racing Notebook – Ohio Racing Gets Red Flagged; New Series from Stewart and Evernham plus Weekend Winner Recap

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Monday’s Pittsburgh Racing Now Notebook has details on new restrictions placed on events in Ohio plus Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham are teaming up to start a new series and we look back at the winners on track this past weekend.

New Restrictions On Events In Ohio:

  • The Ohio Department of Health has mandated activities to be limited in the state of Ohio due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic. These restrictions are forcing Sharon Speedway to cancel this Saturday’s events, including the RUSH Late Model Series “Bill Forney Memorial”.  Sharon Speedway plans on resuming their 2020 schedule of events when the restrictions are lifted.

Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham Starting New Series:

  • NASCAR Hall of Famers Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham are teaming up to start a new racing series.  The Sports Business Journal first reported the deal, which includes former NASCAR executive George Pyne and sports agent Sandy Montag.  The Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) will feature six races on short tracks and will include top drivers from a variety of backgrounds.  The SRX will be similar in scope the defunct IROC Series and is set to debut in 2021 and will be televised by CBS Sports.

Cole Custer Gets 1st Career Cup Win At Kentucky:

  • Stewart Haas Racing’s Cole Custer picked up his first career NASCAR Cup Series victory Sunday at Kentucky Speedway winning a thrilling battle on the last lap with saw Custer four-wide with Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr and Ryan Blaney.  Truex held on for second and Matt DiBenedetto finished third.

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Chip Ganassi Racing Sweeps Road America:

Larson and Conley Take Sharon Speedway wins:

Saturday Winners At Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway:

  • Chas Wolbert picked up his second straight win taking the RUSH Sportsman Modified 15-lap main event. Keith Barbara picked up his first win of the season in the RUSH Late Model Dirt Series 20-lap feature.  Jason Fosnaught was victorious in the PPMS Pro Stock division.  Stephen Shelpman continued to dominate the Keystone Coach Works Hobby Stock division with another victory. Philip and Noah Bubeck were each victorious in the Four Cylinder and Young Guns divisions respectively.

Saturday Winners At Jennerstown Speedway:

  • Defending Track Champion, Teddy Gibala won for the first time this season in the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division of racing, becoming the fourth different winner in four events. Also celebrating in Stoney’s Beer Victory Lane were R.J. Dallape (Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds), Aaron Van Fleet (Ron’s Collision Center Street Stocks), Dale Kimberly (Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers), and Evan Nibert (Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders).

Matt Kenseth’s New Colors For All-Star Race:

  • Wednesday’s NASCAR Cup Series All-Star race at Bristol Motor Speedway is going to feature a different style paint scheme that fans are not used to seeing on race cars.  The number and some sponsor placement is moving.  Here is a look at the McDonald’s Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 of Matt Kenseth:

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Larson Caps Ohio Sprint Speedweek With A Win At Sharon Speedway

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HARTFORD, OH (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Kyle Larson capped off Ohio Sprint Speedweek by winning the Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions feature at Sharon Speedway on Sunday.

The victory was Larson’s third Ohio Speedweek victory and seventh All Star victory of 2020.

“This place is awesome,” said Larson. “Especially when it gets glass slick to the fence. I really enjoy coming to Ohio and running Ohio Speedweek. A big thanks to all of the fans for coming out and supporting your local dirt track racing.”

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Skylar Gee started on the pole and led the first nine laps before hitting the wall and ending his night, which gave Larson the lead for good.

Two time defending All Star Champion Aaron Reutzel was Larson’s biggest challenger. Reutzel chipped away at Larson’s near-two second lead as lap traffic and a tap of the wall by Larson helped Reutzel’s cause.  A last minute slider by Larson on lap 29 to put a lapped car between himself and Reutzel sealed the deal for the Paul Silva-owned No. 57.

“To watch him run that close to the wall and make contact and keep going is just crazy,” said Reutzel.  “I think I needed a caution-free run and additional traffic if I was going to get by Larson. I think I was a little better than he was in those long runs.”

Next up for the All Stars is a three race sweep through the Keystone State starting Friday night at Williams Grove.

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Cale Conley Wins Lou Blaney Memorial At Sharon Speedway

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HARTFORD, OH (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Cale Conley led wire-to-wire to win Saturday’s Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions “Lou Blaney Memorial” at Sharon Speedway.

The victory was a family affair as Conley is married to Blaney’s granddaughter Emma.  The win was also Conley’s first All Star victory.

“It took us a while, but I’m so happy to win here during the Lou Blaney Memorial,” said Conley.  “It’s such a special night for my wife’s family. Our little boy’s name is Louie, so this is really cool. To get my first All Star win in front of such an awesome crowd is cool.”

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Cory Eliason finished second followed by Rico Abreu and Aliquippa’s Tim Shaffer.  Danny Dietrich rounded out the Top 5.

Erick Rudolph picked up third straight BRP Modified Tour win.  Rudolph started 11th and held off challenges from Garrett Krummert and Brian Swartzlander.  Rex King Jr. finished fourth and Brad Rapp completed the Top 5.

Sharon will return to action tonight with Justin Snyder’s “Salute to the Troops” paying $6,000 to-win for the All Star Sprints in the finale of Ohio Speedweek. The non-wing RUSH Sprint Cars will also be on the card racing for $600 to-win.

Gates open at 3 p.m. with warm-ups at 6 followed by qualifying and racing at 7. General admission for those 14 and over is $25, which includes the infield fan zone. All veterans of war receive $10 off general admission. Kids 13 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

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