HARTFORD, OH – Rain was threatening all evening, but it held off for a great race honoring the late, great Lou Blaney. It was the largest car count of the season for the BRP Modified Tour as 34 cars were in attendance to vie for the win in the prestigious Lou Blaney Memorial at Sharon Speedway.
Coming into the night, point’s leader Rex King Jr held a 25-point lead over his father, Rex King. After the top 12 redraw, Rick Regalski and King Jr would start on the front row. King Jr would jump out to the lead on the start, but the caution flag would quickly come out when several cars wrecked in turned four, including Tyler Willard, Lonny Riggs and Ralph McBride. Willard’s night would end on the restart when his car stopped in turn one. Garrett Krummert would also head to the pits, but would return. A third caution flew on lap 3 when the 29 of Krummert came to a stop. The top 5 would be King Jr, King, Sr.,Rick Regalski, Brian Swartzlander and Dave Murdick.
A stretch of green flag racing would allow the field to really start battling. Swartzlander would advance to the third spot, Jeremiah Shingledecker, who started 11th, would move up to the 7th position. By lap 10, the leaders were getting into lapped traffic. Maneuvering around lap cars worked to King, Sr.’s advantage as he was able to erase some of the five-car lead his son, King Jr, had gained earlier.
Any lead that King Jr had was eliminated when the car of Chad Brachmann, making the trip from New York, stopped in turn one on lap 12. The top five was now King Jr, King Sr., Swartzlander, Regalski and Murdick. On the restart, it was a great battle for second as the 83 of Swartzlander worked to the inside of King Sr., with Regalski and Murdick also joining the battle.
By lap 20, there would be a four-car battle for 6th between Brad Rapp, Rick Regalski, Jim Rasey and Shingledecker. The leaders caught lap traffic again by lap 23. The battle for second heated up on lap 26 as Swartzlander got up on the back of King Sr. Caution number five came out when Kyle Fink slowed in turn four. The tops five at this time were King Jr, King Sr., Swartzlander, Murdick and Will Thomas.
After the restart, King Jr would pull out to a multi-car lead as King Sr., and Swartzlander continued to battle for second. Shingledecker was the car on the move. He jumped to the top of the track and was picking off positions, moving to fourth by lap 30. On lap 33, cars were four-wide at the line for second and continuing to battle going into turns one and two. The caution would end that battle as Swartzlander, who was battling with Shingledecker and King for second, spun in turn two.
It was a two-lap shoot-out when the green flew again, and the race would end with Rex King Jr. picking up his second Lou Blaney Memorial win. Rex King Sr. would finish second, Jeremiah Shingledecker third, followed by Will Thomas and Brad Rapp.
The next race for the BRP Modified Tour will be Thursday, July 11th at Expo Speedway (Trumbull County Fairgrounds).
Heat 1 results: 1.65 Rex King Jr 2. 37MD Jeremiah Shingledecker 3. 29 Garrett Krummert 4. 66F Kyle Fink 5. 11R Brad Rapp 6. 96B Bob Warren 7. 25B Steve Barr 8. 83T Tom Glenn 9. 03 Mark Frankhouser
Heat 2 results: 1. 28H Jimmy Holden 2. 35H Chris Haines 3. 18 Colton Walters 4. 00 Kevin Hoffman 5. 29* Steve Slater 6. C3 Chas Wolbert 7. 11B Don Blaney 8.15B Dillon Barr 9. 55 Scott Kay
Heat 3 results: 1. 65 Rex King 2. 61 Dave Murdick 3. 9 Will Thomas III 4. 45 Steve Feder 5. R13 Ralph McBride 6. 66M JR McGinley 7. 93x Max Smoker 8. 74 Rocky Kugel
Heat 4 results: 1. 83 Swartzlander 2.32 Jim Rasey 3. 13 Rick Regalski 4. 777 Tyler Willard 5. 3 Chad Brachmann 6. 7M Skip Moore 7. 58 Lonny Riggs 8. 25 Chris Rudolph
B-Main results: 1. 58 Lonny Riggs 2. 17M Skip Moore 3. C3 Chas Wolbert 4. 96B Bob Warren 5. 66M JR MGinley 6. 25 Chris Rudolph 7. 93X Max Smoker 8. 15B Dillon Barr 9. 74 Rocky Kugel 10. 25B Steve Barr 11. 03 Mark Frankhouser 12. 11B Don Blaney 13. 55 Scott Kay 14. 83T Tom Glenn (DNS)
Unofficial Feature Results: 1. Rex King Jr 2. Rex King 3. Jeremiah Shingledecker 4. Will Thomas III 5. Brad Rapp 6. Dave Murdick 7. Jim Rasey 8. Colton Walters 9. Rick Regalski 10. Chas Wolbert 11. Brian Swartzlander 12. Kevin Hoffman 13. Jimmy Holden 14. Chris Haines 15. Steve Slater 16. Bob Warren 17. JR McGinley 18. Steve Barr 19. Kyle Fink 20. Skip Moore 21. Ralph McBride 22. Chad Brachmann 23. Garrett Krummert 24. Tyler Willard 25. Lonny Riggs
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