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Lou Blaney Memorial coming this Saturday

It’s time to honor a true racing champion, Lou Blaney. On Saturday, Sharon Speedway will hold the Lou Blaney Memorial.

Fans and drivers alike will honor a man who raced for five decades, winning over 600 feature events, including 121 Modified wins and 11 in a Sprint car at Sharon alone. The legend passed away in 2009 after battling Alzheimer’s.

Headlining the event will be Tony Stewart’s All-Star Circuit of Champions. Dale Blaney, six-time All-Star champion and a son of Lou, is second in points in the circuit going into this weekend’s event.

He is two points behind defending champion Aaron Reutzel of Clute, Texas. Cory Eliason of Visalia, California, currently sits third.

Dale’s brother, Dave, who is running a limited schedule, raced at Sharon for the first time this year last week and won the event in a tune-up for Saturday’s event. Tony Stewart’s event page shows Sharon as one of the nights on which Dave Blaney is scheduled to compete.

Stewart won the inaugural event in 2009, while Dave Blaney became the first repeat winner when he won last year’s event. The event pays $6,000 to win and $550 to start.

Along with the Sprint cars, the ground-pounding Big Block Modifieds will be on hand competing for $2,000 to win.

A live auction that will benefit Alzheimers will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the track with many racing items on hand. Warm up begin at 6 p.m.

Next week is Trumbull County fair time. That means no racing on July 13 as the Hartford oval will be silent that Saturday.

It also means racing returns to the fairgrounds, formally the Expo Speedway. The BRP Modified Tour will be on hand Thursday, July 11. A $10 fair admission includes the grandstands; $5 for senior citizens. The RUSH Sportsman Mods will also compete. Racing starts at 6.

Another racing event at the fair will be drag racing on Wednesday evening. That means drag racing for every thing — cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, motor homes, ATVs. Anything you want to race, bring it. This is a one of a kind don’t-miss event. Practice starts at 4 p.m. with racing at 6.

Last Saturday at Sharon Speedway, Cortland driver Eric Wilson won the Econo Mod event. That’s nothing new, he has won four out of five times this year and has one second. What made it a great win was that he and his crew donated the winnings to fellow racer Kyle Miller who is stricken with cancer and asked other teams to help out. Kudos to the Wilson team and Bam Bam Motorsports.

It’s the Fourth of July weekend and what’s more American than dirt track racing and hotdogs? See you at the races.

sports@tribtoday.com

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