Cap Henry Earns Lou Blaney Memorial All Star Sprint Victory At Sharon Speedway

Story By: TYLER ALTMEYER / ALL STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS – HARTFORD, OH – Republic, Ohio’s Cap Henry has certainly developed a soft spot for Hartford, Ohio’s Sharon Speedway, and for the second time in 2022, the ace of the Lane Racing No. 4 parked it on the speedway’s front stretch victory lane, doing so by claiming the annual Lou Blaney Memorial title for a $12,000 Tezos All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 payday.

Ultimately leading every circuit of the 35-lap affair, a non-stop feature after a caution on the initial start forced a complete restart, Henry’s winning campaign commenced from the front row, battling through waves of heavy pressure by Rico Abreu, Justin Peck, and Brent Marks. Henry’s career All Star victory count now sits at eight, six of which accomplished in the Buckeye State.

“This is actually the car I won my very first All Star race with back in 2019…we pulled it out of the weeds this week,” Cap Henry said in Sharon Speedway victory lane. “I’m just super proud of my guys. We’ve really struggled in the slick this year, especially in the last two weeks. Definitely some trying weeks there..I just really appreciate everyone’s hard work.”

As mentioned, although Henry led all 35, pressure was a constant, mostly from St. Helena, California’s Rico Abreu. Abreu, who started alongside Henry on the front row, did everything he could to power around the Buckeye, actually sliding by the Blake’s Hard Cider entry through turns one and two on lap 17. Despite Abreu leading the pair down the backstretch, Henry was able to squeeze back by the Rowdy Energy No. 24, beating Abreu in a drag race back to the flagstand.

“I knew I had one shot there to get back by him,” Henry said of his lap battle with Abreu. “I kinda rode his left rear there getting into three. I was really hoping he was going to slide up across the track through three and four and leave the bottom open for me to park it. It just all worked out tonight and I’m super proud of everyone.”

After starting fifth, the “Myerstown Missile” Brent Marks would eventually move into second on lap 31, chased to the line by Abreu, Hunter Schuerenberg, and Justin Peck.

The Tezos All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will continue the month of September with the three-day Tuscarora blockbuster at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pennsylvania. Chasing a total weekend winner’s share equaling $73,000, the “Speed Palace” tripleheader will ignite with an $8,000 preliminary on Thursday, September 8, followed by the $10,000-to-win Night Before the Tuscarora 50 on Friday, September 9. Tuscarora weekend will conclude with the 55th running of the 50-lap Tuscarora 50, awarding $55,000, on Saturday, September 10.

 

Contingency Awards/Results: Sharon Speedway | September 3, 2022:
Sharon Nationals | Lou Blaney Memorial | $12,000-to-win
Kistler Racing Products Pill Draw | Entries: 40
Nunzi’s Advertising Hot Laps: Brent Marks | 15.238
Dixie Vodka Fast Qualifier: Justin Peck | 14.715
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #1 Winner: Rico Abreu
Competition Suspension Inc Heat #2 Winner: Brent Marks
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #3 Winner: Cap Henry
Mobil 1 Heat #4 Winner: Zeb Wise
Elliott’s Custom Trailers and Carts Dash Winner: Rico Abreu
Classic Ink USA Screenprinting and Embroidery B-Main Winner: Greg Wilson
Rayce Rudeen Foundation Contingency Award: Michael Bauer
Tezos A-Main Winner: Cap Henry (2)
Hercules Tires A-Main Hard Charger: Dale Blaney (+7)
Carquest Perseverance Award: David Kalb Jr.

Qualifying

Group (A)
13-Justin Peck, 14.715; 2. 24-Rico Abreu, 14.877; 3. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 14.896; 4. 18-Gio Scelzi, 14.921; 5. 29-Logan McCandless, 15.259; 6. 81-Lee Jacobs, 15.507; 7. 13M-Brandon Matus, 15.771; 8. 40-George Hobaugh, 15.865; 9. 32V-Vivian Jones, 16.421; 10. 86-Mike Lutz Jr., 16.657

Group (B)
11-Anthony Macri, 14.960; 2. 19M-Brent Marks, 15.314; 3. 2-AJ Flick, 15.356; 4. 28M-Conner Morrell, 15.549; 5. 5-Jeremy Weaver, 15.630; 6. 19-Chris Windom, 15.645; 7. 46-Michael Bauer, 15.756; 8. 22S-Brandon Spithaler, 15.920; 9. 23-Darren Pifer, 15.922; 10. 6-Bob Felmlee, 16.100

Group (C)
55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 15.225; 2. 4-Cap Henry, 15.349; 3. 9-Kasey Kahne, 15.452; 4. 17-Jordan Thomas, 15.641; 5. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 15.657; 6. 17B-Bill Balog, 15.679; 7. 97-Greg Wilson, 15.699; 8. O8-Dan Kuriger, 15.884; 9. 18K-Arnie Kent, 16.026; 10. 47-Brett Brunkenhoefer, 16.847

Group (D)
42-Sye Lynch, 15.265; 2. 26-Zeb Wise, 15.326; 3. 10B-Dale Blaney, 15.419; 4. 10-Dave Blaney, 15.557; 5. 22-Cole Duncan, 15.759; 6. 11J-David Kalb Jr., 16.024; 7. 11B-Carl Bowser, 16.067; 8. 33-Brent Matus, 16.267; 9. 5K-Adam Kekich, 16.311; 10. 20B-Cody Bova, 21.084

Heat 1 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
24-Rico Abreu [1]; 2. 13-Justin Peck [4]; 3. 18-Gio Scelzi [3]; 4. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [2]; 5. 81-Lee Jacobs [6]; 6. 40-George Hobaugh [8]; 7. 13M-Brandon Matus [7]; 8. 29-Logan McCandless [5]; 9. 32V-Vivian Jones [9]; 10. 86-Mike Lutz Jr. [10]

Heat 2 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
19M-Brent Marks [1]; 2. 2-AJ Flick [2]; 3. 11-Anthony Macri [4]; 4. 19-Chris Windom [6]; 5. 28M-Conner Morrell [3]; 6. 46-Michael Bauer [7]; 7. 22S-Brandon Spithaler [8]; 8. 5-Jeremy Weaver [5]; 9. 23-Darren Pifer [9]; 10. 6-Bob Felmlee [10]

Heat 3 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
4-Cap Henry [1]; 2. 9-Kasey Kahne [2]; 3. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [4]; 4. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [5]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog [6]; 6. 97-Greg Wilson [7]; 7. 17-Jordan Thomas [3]; 8. 47-Brett Brunkenhoefer [10]; 9. O8-Dan Kuriger [8]; 10. 18K-Arnie Kent [9]

Heat 4 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
26-Zeb Wise [1]; 2. 10-Dave Blaney [3]; 3. 10B-Dale Blaney [2]; 4. 11J-David Kalb Jr. [6]; 5. 42-Sye Lynch [4]; 6. 22-Cole Duncan [5]; 7. 11B-Carl Bowser [7]; 8. 33-Brent Matus [8]; 9. 5K-Adam Kekich [9]; 10. 20B-Cody Bova [10]

Dash (6 Laps)
24-Rico Abreu [2]; 2. 4-Cap Henry [1]; 3. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [3]; 4. 13-Justin Peck [8]; 5. 19M-Brent Marks [7]; 6. 26-Zeb Wise [6]; 7. 11-Anthony Macri [5]; 8. 42-Sye Lynch [4]

B-main (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
97-Greg Wilson [3]; 2. 40-George Hobaugh [6]; 3. 5-Jeremy Weaver [2]; 4. 22-Cole Duncan [5]; 5. 46-Michael Bauer [4]; 6. 29-Logan McCandless [1]; 7. 11B-Carl Bowser [10]; 8. 17-Jordan Thomas [7]; 9. 47-Brett Brunkenhoefer [12]; 10. O8-Dan Kuriger [13]; 11. 33-Brent Matus [11]; 12. 6-Bob Felmlee [18]; 13. 5K-Adam Kekich [15]; 14. 23-Darren Pifer [14]; 15. 18K-Arnie Kent [17]; 16. 32V-Vivian Jones [16]; 17. 86-Mike Lutz Jr. [19]; 18. 20B-Cody Bova [20]; 19. 13M-Brandon Matus [8]; 20. 22S-Brandon Spithaler [9]

A-main (35 Laps)
4-Cap Henry [2]; 2. 19M-Brent Marks [5]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [1]; 4. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [3]; 5. 13-Justin Peck [4]; 6. 10B-Dale Blaney [13]; 7. 26-Zeb Wise [6]; 8. 2-AJ Flick [9]; 9. 9-Kasey Kahne [10]; 10. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [14]; 11. 11-Anthony Macri [7]; 12. 10-Dave Blaney [11]; 13. 42-Sye Lynch [8]; 14. 97-Greg Wilson [21]; 15. 19-Chris Windom [15]; 16. 81-Lee Jacobs [18]; 17. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [16]; 18. 17B-Bill Balog [20]; 19. 11J-David Kalb Jr. [17]; 20. 40-George Hobaugh [22]; 21. 5-Jeremy Weaver [23]; 22. 22-Cole Duncan [24]; 23. 28M-Conner Morrell [19]; 24. 18-Gio Scelzi [12] Lap Leaders: Cap Henry (1-35)

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