King Rolls As Sharon Kicks Off

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Rex King Jr.(165) leads the way past his dad, Rex Sr. (65), for a 1-2 finish in the big-block modified opener at Ohio's Sharon Speedway. (Joe Secka/JMS Pro photo)
Rex King Jr.(165) leads the way past his dad, Rex Sr. (65), for a 1-2 finish in the big-block modified opener at Ohio’s Sharon Speedway. (Joe Secka/JMS Pro photo)

HARTFORD, Ohio — After five cancellations for the early season snowmobile and enduro/open practice events, Sharon Speedway completed its regular season opener on a chilly, overcast Saturday evening.

Celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Rex King Jr. (big-block modifieds), Dennis Lunger Jr. (late models), Jeff Johnson (modifieds), Mark Clark (stock cars), Jeremy Double (econo mods) and Bill Fuchs (mini stocks).

An invert four in the Governor Insurance Agency DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds made it an all King front row, but it was the youngster Rex Jr. getting the advantage on the start and “Cooter” went on to hold off his father for the 20-lap duration.

“The track went away a little up top, but we were good enough to stay up there,” explained the 22-year-old Bristolville, Ohio, driver. “I’m real fortunate to have everyone behind me and all of the sponsors on the car. That was pretty cool! I like this a lot better when dad’s chasing me.”

Jim Weller Jr. finished third ahead of Ricky Richner and Brian Swartzlander.

Lunger beat Eric Wilson to the checkered flag in the 20-lap late model race on the three-eighths-mile dirt track. Johnson led John Boardman to the finish in the modified main event.

Clark outran Carothers in the 15-lap stock car race with Double and Fuchs also winning their respective features.