HARTFORD, Ohio – For the third straight Saturday, Sharon Speedway was blessed with warm and sunny weather after battling Mother Nature with cold and damp conditions for much of April and May.
Celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane Rex King-Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Will Thomas III-Barris Supply RUSH Late Models, Joel Watson-Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Mike Clark-Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Steve Burns, Jr.-HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Bill Fuchs-Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks.
After winning on opening night, Rex King had to watch his son and defending champion Jim Weller, Jr. share wins in each of the past four events. On Saturday night, the elder King and four-time champion of Bristolville, Ohio returned to victory lane holding off his son Rex King, Jr. in a near photo finish in the 20-lap Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modified feature.
King started from the pole, while King, Jr. started third and passed Brian Swartzlander on the opening lap. After battling early on, King pulled away from “Cooter”. The youngest King of the family put the pressure on his father in the final laps. “Cooter” got under his father on the final lap, but came up just 0.082 of a second behind. King’s 48th career win came in his Midway Garage Door/University Hospital/RD Banks Chevrolet/Campbell Gardening Supply/Hunyady Auction/Cintas Uniforms-sponsored #65. After six races there yet to be anyone other than the Kings or Weller win a feature this season.
A good battle for third took place with Weller nailing down the spot over Friday night’s Lernerville Speedway winner Jeremiah Shingledecker and Brian Swartzlander, who made just his second start of the year. Completing the top 10 were Ricky Richner, Kevin Hoffman, Jimmy Weller III, Bob Warren, and Tom Glenn. Weller, Jr. and King won the heats.