Briggs tops Blair for All Star victory at Sharon
HARTFORD, Ohio (June 8) — Polesitter Boom Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa., cut into reigning series champion Robbie Blair’s points lead Tuesday at Sharon Speedway with a $5,000 victory at the 3/8-mile oval in northeast Ohio. The victory was the series-leading fourth of Briggs’s career. | Slideshow
Blair, of Titusville, Pa., finished second followed by fast qualifier Doug Horton of Bruceton Mills, W.Va., Dave Hess Jr. of Waterford, Pa., and Gregg Satterlee of Rochester Mills, Pa.
Briggs and Horton started on the front row with Briggs out front early. After a pair of cautions on laps 11 and 12, Blair put some pressure on Horton, who in turned pressured Briggs after a lap-16 caution. On the 21st lap, Horton went around Briggs to take the lead.
Briggs and Blair stayed right with Horton, and after cautions on lap 25 and 26, Briggs changed his line in turns three and four and recaptured the lead on the 33rd lap. Horton and Blair stayed right with Briggs in a battle slowed by a lap-38 caution for a slowing John Garvin Jr.
Briggs won the two-lap shootout to the finish, finishing nearly a second ahead of Blair while Horton settled for third.
The most serious of six cautions appeared following the lap-10 restart when Jared Hawkins, Jim Rasey, Chris Hackett, Matt Lux and Corey Ruffo were part of a turn-two scramble.
Notes: Briggs drives a Custom-powered Rocket Chassis with sponsorship from Meridien Hardwoods, Sorbera Family Chiropractic, Horton Equipment and Chub Frank Racing. ... Fourth-place finisher Dave Hess Jr. won the companion modified feature. ... The O’Reilly All Star feature lasted just over a half-hour. ... The series announced the July 2-3 event at Central Pennsylvania Speedway in Clearfield, Pa., has been split into two complete events, $3,000-to-win on Friday and $7,000-to-win on Saturday.
All Star 40: (1) Boom Briggs, (2) Robbie Blair, (3) Doug Horton, (4) Dave Hess Jr., (5) Gregg Satterlee, (6) Zack Dohm, (7) Mike Knight, (8) Keith Barbara, (9) Greg Oakes, (10) John Mollick, (11) Jared Miley, (12) Brent Rhebergen, (13) Jared Hawkins, (14) Dennis Lunger, (15) Darren Peters, (16) Jim Rasey, (17) Corey Ruffo, (18) John Garvin Jr., (19) Charles Supplee, (20) Bill Henry, (21) Mike Knight, (22) Chris Hackett, (23) Matt Lux, (24) Dereck Frank. Fast qualifier (among 27 cars): Horton, 15.791 seconds. Heat race winners: Blair, Knight, Briggs, Garvin. Consolation winner: Lux.
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