The 4th Annual Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals at Sharon Speedway had 52 Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stocks powered by Can-am battle for the $10,000 big check and earn points for the touring series as well as bonus points for the weekly series. The two-day event found drivers hitting the track for practice, group qualifying and a King of the Hill on Friday, July 15th. Saturday’s action included 6 heat races, 2 B Mains, a dash, a $500 to win non-qualifier and the 75-lap A Main.
The overall fast qualifier was Andrew Gordon #25 in group 5 with a time of 19.701. Andrew picked up an extra $100 sponsored by Can-Am for his qualifying efforts. Brett Hutira #4 had quick time in group 1 with a 20.112; Paul Davis #3 was at the top of group 2 with 19.793; Tyler Dietz #00 scored the fastest time in group 3 at 19.887; Scott Stiffler #14 came in with a 20.088 in group 4; Group 6 found Dylan Cecce #18* with fast time at 20.119.
Rounding out Friday’s racing action was the Homak Penn Ohio Series powered by Can-am King of the Hill event. A whopping 32 cars signed up to participate in head-to-head racing to battle for the $500 grand prize and bragging rights. Two cars per race for two laps with the winner advancing to the next round for a total of five rounds. Making it to the fourth round were Christian Schneider #74, Dylan Cecce #18*, Tyler Wyant #24, and Andrew Gordon. Christain Schneider commanded the inside line to eliminate Cecce. While youngster Wyant powered to a strong finish over dominating Gordon. The finale had Wyant and Schneider making slight contact in turn 2 sending Wyant spinning. Schneider earned the King of the Hill crown and a $500 check sponsored by Can-Am. Wyant took home $120 for 2nd and Dylan Cecce won $60 for 3rd.
Saturday kicked off with heat races for the Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stocks powered by Can-Am. Four advanced from the heats for a chance at the $10,000 grand prize. Heat race winners were Tim Bish #11B, Paul Davis, Will Thomas #9, Scott Stiffler, Jackson Humanic #17, and Dylan Cecce. A redraw had Stiffler starting on the pole and Bish starting outside pole of a 6-lap dash. Stiffler stayed out front to win the dash and earn the top spot to lead the 30-car field to the green in the A Main. Thomas was 2nd, Bish 3rd, Cecce 4th, Humanic 5th and Davis 6th.
Two B Mains gave drivers another chance to qualify for the main event with the top 2 advancing. Tyler Wyant won the first B Main and Curtis J. Bish #29 was 2nd, while Coleton Longwell #7 won the second B Main and Jim Fosnaught #25M finished 2nd. Two provisionals were granted with Josh Seippel #84s getting the Penn Ohio provisional and Brian Carothers getting the track provisional setting a 30-car field.
The Non-Qualifier feature had 15 cars start the race to battle for $500 to-win. After 15 laps, Jason Johns parked his #31 Roostit Chassis in victory lane and had the option to forfeit the $500 and advance to the A Main. Johns was grateful at the opportunity but chose to take the $500 paycheck. Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals King of the Hill, Christian Schneider finished the event in 2nd, followed by Dale Tuche #310, Larry Kugel #0 and Mike Bordt #26 rounding out the top 5.
Stiffler and Thomas led the 30-car field to green. Once racing action was underway after a slow start due to two major accidents, the battles for position from the front to back did not disappoint. At the end of the 75 laps, Curtis J. Bish charged from 26th to capture his 2nd $10,000 victory in the Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals event. Bish is the first repeat winner in the 4-time event. Bish struggled early in the night with a 6th place finish in his heat. Starting 6th in the B Main, he raced his way to capture 2nd just making it in the main event. Bish then had a radiator hose break after the B Main and was fortunate to have fellow-racer and non-qualifier feature winner, Jason Johns, lend him one. Using all of the track from the top side to the bottom racing his way to the front, Bish took over the lead from Paul Davis on lap 61 and kept last year’s event winner, Chris Schneider at bay to bring home the biggest payday of the 2022 season.
The following prizes were awarded:
Hoosier Tire presented by Precise Racing and Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic – Curtis J. Bish
American Racer Tire presented by Lias Tire and American Racer – Tim Bish
Set of 4 Integra Shocks presented by Keyser Manufacturing – Will Thomas
Close Racing Supply Certificate – Tim Bish
Joe Willcox Performance Automatics Certificates – Tyler Dietz and Dylan Cecce
Pair of driver gloves (2) – Jackson Humanic and Brian Daugherty
Wedge Motorsports Certificates (4) – Christian Schneider, Brett Hutira, Josh Blum, Nick Kocuba
Big Daddy’s Speed Center Certificates (2) – Dale Tuche, Doug Iorio II
Penn-Ohio Championship Series for the Gibson Insurance Agency Pro Stocks “Steel Valley Nationals” (75 laps, $10,000 to-win): 1. 29-CURT J. BISH; 2. 55-Chris Schneider; 3. 00-Tyler Dietz; 4. 18*-Dylan Cecce; 5. 14-Scott Stiffler; 6. 3-Paul Davis; 7. 25-Andrew Gordon; 8. 17-Jackson Humanic; 9. 1K-Cody Koteles; 10. 84S-Josh Seippel; 11. 55X-Rob Shook; 12. 45-Todd Weldon; 13. 73-Brian Daugherty; 14. 84-Steve D’Apolito; 15. 7W-Bobby Whitling; 16. 25M-Jim Fosnaught; 17. 11B-Tim Bish; 18. 7 11-Todd English; 19. 4H-Brett Hutira; 20. 7-Coleton Longwell; 21. 23-Shaun Hooks; 22. 9-Will Thomas; 23. 27-Jacob Dietz; 24. 8-Jonathan Davis; 25. 18-Noah Brunell; 26. 02C-Brian Carothers; 27. 22-Chase Lambert; 28. 24-Tyler Wyant; 29. 11X-Joe Martin; 30. 10-Nick Kocuba. DNS: 18S-Marty Spade.
Pro Stock Non-Qualifier (15 laps, $500 to-win): 1. 31-Jason Johns; 2. 74-Christian Schneider; 3. 310-Dale Tuche; 4. 0-Larry Kugel; 5. 26-Mike Bordt; 6. 05-Ed Bolyard; 7. 44B-Aden Boozell; 8. 72B-Jim Kurpakus; 9. 39B-Joshua Blum; 10. 7B-Matt Bernard; 11. J19-Jason Fosnaught; 12. 11S-Jamie Scharba; 13. 28-Doug Iorio II; 14. 12B-Blake Scharba. DNS: 1R-Alan Dellinger, 23H-Hunter Exley, 101-Bruce Hartzfeld, 69H-Mark Hopkins, 67J-Rocky Kugel, 12M-Scott Malone, T6-Michael Miller.
Thank you to the following sponsors that made the 2022 “Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals” possible: Can-Am, E&K Equipment, Witmer’s Feed & Grain and Becks Seed, Wedge Motorsports, Bish Heating & Cooling, BT Truck & Auto Service, Les Frickshun, 3C Graphix, R&R Enterprises, Virgile Iron & Steel, RCR Automotive, Hooks Auto, SS Chassis & Supply, Stoneboro Recycling, World of Wheels, Close Racing Supply, NorthStar Unlimited, Shaffer’s Auto & Exhaust, The Dirt Network, Shingledecker Welding, Roostit Chassis, and STAAR Trucking.
The next touring series event is a $1,000 to-win event at Lernerville Speedway on August 5, 2022. Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series powered by Can-am touring members will earn points toward the touring series and weekly members will earn 25 bonus points toward the weekly series.