Sharon Speedway Victory Junction fundraiser

NASCAR Winston Cup drivers Kyle Petty, Ken Schrader and Dave Blaney to sign autographs as fundraiser for Victory Junction Gang Camp. HARTFORD, Ohio (Aug. 13, 2003) -- It's not often that area race fans can meet three NASCAR Winston Cup drivers...

NASCAR Winston Cup drivers Kyle Petty, Ken Schrader and Dave Blaney to sign autographs as fundraiser for Victory Junction Gang Camp.

HARTFORD, Ohio (Aug. 13, 2003) -- It's not often that area race fans can meet three NASCAR Winston Cup drivers and help sick children at the same time, but they will have that opportunity at Sharon Speedway Saturday night as Ken Schrader, Kyle Petty and Dave Blaney sign autographs to raise money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp.

The Victory Junction Gang Camp, a retreat for seriously ill children and their families scheduled to open next summer in Randleman, N.C., was founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty and actor Paul Newman. By making a $5 donation to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, fans will be able to meet Petty, Schrader and Blaney and get their autographs while supporting a great cause prior to Sharon Speedway's on-track activities Saturday. The autograph session is expected to begin around 6 p.m. and all donations will go directly to the camp.

"The Victory Junction Gang Camp is a tremendous facility and we not only wanted to contribute financially to the project, but also generate awareness of the camp in this area," said Dave Blaney, NASCAR Winston Cup driver and Sharon Speedway co-owner. "There are many ways people can help Victory Junction -- from making quilts, to making teddy bears for the campers, to making a financial donation -- and we will have all that information available on Saturday night. Our fans have big hearts, so I'm sure at the end of the night we'll have a nice contribution for the camp."

Blaney also will contribute all the proceeds from his merchandise sales Saturday night to the Victory Junction Gang Camp.

Saturday night's events are sponsored by Jasper Engines and Transmissions and will include some great racing from drivers in Sharon Speedway's four divisions -- Gibson-Governor Insurance Modifieds, Sunburst Environmental Sprints, Coy Brothers Trucking E-mods and City Disposal Services Pure Stocks. With last week's races being washed out by rain, finishing positions are crucial as the racers prepare for their next-to-last point race of the season.

The season-long battle in the Sunburst Environmental Sprints division continues to rage between current point leader Ed Lynch Jr. from Apollo, Pa., and Rock Creek, Ohio's Jarod Larson. With a win in the Aug. 2 feature, Larson inched a few points closer to the top spot, but Lynch still holds a 71-point lead.

Leading the Coy Brothers Trucking E-mods division is Niles, Ohio's Richard Stiffler. He continues to battle Carl McKinney, from Cranberry Twp., Pa., who held the point lead for most of the season. A win in the Aug. 2 feature -- his second in a row -- gave Stiffler a little breathing room as he now leads McKinney by 26 points.

Points for his feature win on Aug. 2 propelled Russ Kapalin of Jefferson, Ohio, back into the point lead in the City Disposal Services Pure Stocks division. Trailing Kapalin by just 14 points, though, Jamestown, Pa.'s Bill Hanna is within striking distance.

Southington, Ohio's Jim Rasey overcame the distance to take the top spot in the Gibson-Governor Insurance Modifieds division with a victory in the Aug. 2 feature. Rasey is locked in a tight battle with last year's champion Ron Smoker, from Hamburg, N.Y. Just fifteen points separate the two racers.

As always, the racers in Sharon's four divisions will put on a great show when they take to the 3/8-mile dirt oval Saturday night. Gates open at 4 p.m., with hot laps beginning at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. Tickets, available at the gate, are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12-15 and free for children 11 and younger. The speedway will honor ticket stubs from the rained-out Aug. 9 show. Fans should present their ticket stubs at the gate. Coolers less than 14 inches are permitted. Fans can call (330) 772-5481 or visit www.sharonspeedway.com for more information and directions.

For more information about the Victory Junction Gang Camp, visit www.victoryjunction.org.

COMING NEXT SATURDAY

Next Saturday is the end of the season-long points chase. Sharon Speedway will crown new champions in all four divisions.

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Series Charity , Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Paul Newman , Dave Blaney
Teams HART