Dave Blaney is first to claim Blaney Memorial sprints twice

Dave Blaney, oldest son of Lou Blaney, became the only two-time winner of the race named in honor of his late father.

Besting a field of 41 cars in the Lou Blaney Memorial Sprint Car race on Saturday, Dave took the lead on the first lap from his outside front row starting spot.

Setting a torrid pace he lost the lead on lap 22 as Western Pennsylvania racer George Hobaugh slipped by on the bottom in lapped traffic. Blaney got up on the wheel and took the spot back on the next lap for his 49th career All-Star win.

Blaney also won the dash. Hobaugh hung on for second, Spencer Bayston finished third.

Brother Dale returned to racing after long layoff due to surgery. He won the B main and finished 16th in the main event.

In the Big Block Modified race Hannawa, N.Y., driver Mike Maresca led the no-stop 35-lap caution-free race. The New York invader has been turning heads lately, running very well in his Modified and Late Model.

Kevin Hoffman finished second, Jim Weller Jr. was third, Rex King finished fourth and Rex King Jr. rounded out the top five.

Next weekend Sharon will sit idle as always for the Trumbull County Fair.

Racing continues for a big month of July in the area starting with the Trumbull County Fair on Wednesday night. The RUSH Late Models series stops at the fairgrounds, also with the Sportsman Modifieds.

On Thursday night there is more racing as the Big Block Modifieds and RUSH Sportsman Modifieds come to the big dirt oval. Both nights racing starts at 6.

On July 15, Tri -City Raceway in Franklin, Pa., welcomes the 410 Sprint cars, RUSH Sprints, RUSH Modifieds and Open Stocks. Action starts at 6 p.m. on the half-mile dirt oval.

On July 17, the World of Outlaws come to Lernerville Speedway for the $20,000-to-win Don Martin Memorial Cup. The Sarver, Pa., action track starts racing at 7:30.

Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pa., has sat idle for the 2018 racing season as the facility is for sale. However they have scheduled one show. It will take place this week on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday night the Open Stocks, 270 Micro Sprints and Mini Stocks will take on the tricks 3\8-mile oval. On Saturday night, Sprint cars will race for $3,500-to-win, Open Stocks for $1,200-to-win and Mod Lights for the Mark Marcussi Tribute with $888-to-win. Racing is at 7 both nights.

Pick your favorite night of racing and get out and support your local race track.

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