Dale Blaney, King Jr. win Blaney Memorial races

HARTFORD — A year ago, Dave Blaney became the first repeat winner of the Lou Blaney Memorial Sprint Car race which was in its 10th season at Sharon Speedway. On Saturday, brother Dale Blaney picked up his first win in the event which honors the father of Dave and Dale.

Bristol’s Rex King Jr. made it a two-for-two night for local racers by winning the Big-Block Modified portion of the Lou Blaney Memorial.

“Before I was done I knew I had to win this race,” Dale Blaney said. “To win it back-to-back with Dave is really special. It’s weird, I’ve started on the front row of this race before.

“I always wore my dad’s retro uniform for this race and never did very good so I just went with the old Penske (Shocks uniform) and sure enough it worked. The 11th year of this race, we’re number 11 this year — we got it done.”

The 55-year-old Hartford resident dominated the race, leading all 30 laps to earn $6,000 with the All-Star Circuit of Champions victory.

“Sam and Mike (McGhee) have given me a great car,” Blaney said. “Last year was a tough year and I didn’t get to race much, but I’ve felt like we’ve gained a lot on it lately and really looking forward to the rest of the year.”

King joined Jim Rasey as a repeat winner of the Big-Block Modified portion of the Blaney Memorial. King, who won the event for the first time in 2014, led all 35 laps, holding off his father and hard-charging Jeremiah Shingledecker for the BRP Tour-sanctioned $2,000 win.

“My oldest son, Carson, drew me a good pill so I was lucky,” King, 28, said. “We’ll start up front as much as we can. I knew it was going to be tough to pass so Dad would’ve had to bonsai me on the top on the last restart. I don’t know how big of a lead we had at the end.

“This is the biggest race Sharon puts on other than the Lucas, World of Outlaws, and Super DIRT. The Lou Blaney is such a big race. I think all of the cars here and in the parking lot show it.”

The Lou Blaney Memorial benefits the Alzheimer’s Association. Rain did not stop the racing on Saturday, but it did force the live auction to be switched to an online version. The date and time for that auction will be announced.

There will be no racing at Sharon Speedway this Saturday due to the Trumbull County Fair.

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