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SRX Preview: Sharon Speedway

Ryan Blaney stares out at the racetrack at Richmond Raceway. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Located in Hartford, Ohio, the gateway to America’s heartland, Sharon Speedway is a 0.375-mile semi-banked clay oval that has been in some form of operation since 1929. In 1954, the track held its lone NASCAR Cup Series event, a 200 lapper that ended on lap 160 due to rain. Lee Petty won over Buck Baker …

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Thinkin’ Dirty: 2021 Marks the Return of the Buckeye Bullet at Sharon Speedway

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The Headlines The Buckeye Bullet ended a quarter-century victory drought in World of Outlaws competition, the Friesens kept winning modified races even when Stewart was half a country away and the WoO late models saw a Southern dominate the north’s Palace of Speed. Our Feature Spotlights Friday, May 21 Late Model Spotlight: 2021 Truck Country …

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Dave Blaney Knew Son was Special at 14 Years Old

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

2017 has been the breakout season for Ryan Blaney, getting the Wood Brothers back on track. He has proved that the sophomore slump does not exist, at least for him. Entering his second full-time seasons in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Blaney has yet to cross the finish-line first at the end of a race. …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2011 Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega

After the chaos that is Talladega, a pair of shoutouts go out this week. One goes to Dave Blaney, who worked all day with Brad Keselowski, hanging back for much of the race only to close at the end and finish third. The finish was a career best for Blaney, who runs for a small-time team in Tommy Baldwin Racing. Speaking of the smaller teams, two others made some real noise at Talladega as Casey Mears and Landon Cassill raced at the front of the field all day until the late-race mess destroyed their hope for a great finish. These are three drivers fighting for the sponsorship just to race, and they showed this weekend that they can get it done when the playing field is truly level.

Bubble Breakdown: Rookie Andy Lally Fights Off His Rivals At Pocono

_It was a tough weekend for the bubble crowd at Pocono, where even strategy calls didn’t seem to keep the underdogs in contention for long. Without a top-25 result from anyone, the race became more a matter of survival than success, a day at the office with little if anything to hang their hat on. Pocono has a history of tearing up equipment, and more than one driver found himself babying it to the finish in the name of keeping their status intact in owner points._

_So after a weak weekend overall, which teams continue to stand out above the rest? And could rookie Andy Lally keep quietly impressing, just one week after Robby Gordon’s blown engine handed his team, TRG Motorsports a spot inside the top 35? Check out the Bubble Breakdown this week to see how the battle to keep a “locked in” spot is shaking out amongst NASCAR’s little teams that could…_

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