Sports

Fan Fest Kicks Off Big Weekend At Mid-Ohio

17 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The upcoming ARCA Menards Series Dawn 150 race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will kick off a big weekend of racing at the winding 2.258-mile road course located in picturesque Lexington.

The weekend opener, slated for Friday, July 8, will be followed on Saturday by the closing act of the weekend, the O’Reilly Auto Parts 150, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ first-ever race at Mid-Ohio.

Fans are invited to the Menards Fan Fest to kick off the weekend at the Menards store located at 1999 Walker Lake Road in Ontario, Ohio on Thursday, July 7 to get up close and personal with the team transporters, race cars, and the drivers prior to the start of on-track activities. The Fan Fest will take place in the Menards parking lot from 3-6 p.m. ET on July 7, with drivers available for autographs and photos from 4-6 pm. At 7 pm ET, the team transporters will then parade from Menards to the track, with the parade started by Ontario mayor Randy Hutchinson and led by police chief Tommy Hill.

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Sports

Richland County Sportswriters Recognized

14 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield and Richland County were well represented when the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Contest Award winners were announced on Thursday.

In fact, Richland Source’s Curt Conrad was named the 2021 OPSWA Sportswriter of the Year for Division 1 publications (Division 1 includes publications with over 10,000 daily circulation as well as websites). The Division 2 award was made to another north central Ohioan, Rob McCurdy of the Marion Star.

Other awards won in Division 1 by Richland Countians included:

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Sports

Lexus Grand Prix Opens 61st Season Of Racing At Mid-Ohio

13 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The 61st season of racing begins at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend (May 13-15) with a premier sports car racing event under new title sponsor Lexus. The world-class IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns to the 2.258-mile, 13-turn permanent road course in Lexington as the Lexus Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio.

The luxury performance automotive company takes on title sponsorship duties for the first time at an IMSA event at a track that holds great significance to the brand. Competing in the GT Daytona (GTD) category, Lexus won three consecutive races from 2018 to 2020 at Mid-Ohio and placed second in class last year.

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Sports

All-New Honda Civic Type R Prototype to Make U.S. Debut At Mid-Ohio

4 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Honda’s all-new 2023 Civic Type R prototype will make its U.S. public debut during the July 1-3 Honda Indy 200 NTT INDYCAR SERIES weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington. 

The highly anticipated Civic Type R will be wearing a special camouflage designed exclusively for Type R. In addition, the Civic Type R will serve as the presenting sponsor of the Honda Indy 200 race. The car will make several demonstration hot laps during the weekend, and serve as the lead vehicle at the start of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on Sunday, July 3.

The all-new 2023 Honda Civic Type R is already showcasing its trackworthy credentials, having recently set a new track record for a front-wheel drive car at the legendary Suzuka Circuit, home to the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix. During final performance testing and evaluation, the new Civic Type R lapped the Suzuka’s 3.6-mile figure-8 configuration in 2 minutes 23.120 seconds.

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Sports

Lexus Joins as Title Sponsor of IMSA Sports Car Weekend at Mid-Ohio

13 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The luxury performance automotive brand Lexus has joined as title sponsor for the season-opening event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, May 13-15. The exciting weekend of world-class sports car racing, which the motorsports facility was built to showcase, will now be named the Lexus Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio.

Lexus has achieved dominating results on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course in Lexington, Ohio since IMSA returned to the North Central Ohio track in 2018. Competing in the GT Daytona (GTD) category of the IMSA WeatherTeach SportsCar Championship, Lexus has won three of its four previous races at Mid-Ohio along with a second-place finish in class last year.

“We’re thrilled to partner together with Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as the title sponsor of the Lexus Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio,” said Jeff Bal, motorsports manager, Lexus Division.

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History & Tourism, Sports

When Mansfield Welcomed: Baseball’s Greatest Shortstop

24 Mar , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It would be difficult to overestimate the storied reputation of Honus Wagner in the world of professional baseball. Over 100 years after winning his eighth and final batting title – a National League record which remains in place to this day – Wagner is also well-known for the record prices set by the sale of his baseball cards. He was also, for a short time, a Mansfielder.

Not only did Honus Wagner visit here, he lived here for a short time and played ball for part of one season with the Mansfield Kids of the Inter-State League. And, while he played with the Kids, something happened in Mansfield which would change the course of baseball history. More…

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Sports

New Ohio Stadium Turf Follows Traditional Lines

8 Feb , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse with information from The Ohio State Department of Athletics

With a regional campus of The Ohio State University within the county and as a part of the Buckeye community, we have a tradition here at 1812Blockhouse of highlighting developments on OSU’s Main Campus in Columbus. With the additional fact that thousands of fans of Ohio State football live here, we enjoy sharing major updates about that program.

This information was shared on Monday by The Ohio State Department of Athletics.

The design of the new playing surface that will be installed in Ohio Stadium late this spring won’t feature a wild scarlet and gray paisley pattern or anything close, and to be honest, how could it? Ohio State football holds a noble place in the sport as one of the most tradition-rich and historic programs in college football history.Final Ohio Stadium DesignOhio State football ranks second all-time in wins and will play its 133rd season in 2022 in 100-year-old Ohio Stadium, which is nestled nicely along the banks of the Olentangy River as well as on the National Register of Historic Places.

So, you don’t mess too much with change on something of such historical significance. You tweak.

And that’s what the Ohio State Department of Athletics has done with the look of the new field that will be installed in June and July in Ohio Stadium. The same field and design will also replace the outdated indoor surface at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center with work set for April, May and June.

Fan-Inspired Concepts

The department engaged Buckeye Nation in October 2021 to send in fan-inspired design concepts for the field. More than 1,300 designs were submitted, and elements most favored by fans included the Block O at midfield (59%), incorporating Buckeye leaves (48%) and scarlet end zones (46%, compared to 21% suggesting gray end zones).

All three of those elements, plus others favored by fans, are included in the new design that was ultimately determined by an internal panel. Details of the design include:  

  • The Block O at midfield has been emphasized with the outer strokes color adjusted to gray.
  • Buckeye leaf decals replace the two X’s at the respective 35-yard line kickoff locations.
  • Official OHIO STATE and BUCKEYES athletics word marks, consistent with those on other venue playing surfaces and on team uniforms and apparel, are in the two scarlet end zones.
  • The outer boundaries of play have been color adjusted to gray to complement the scarlet end zones.
  • Yard line numbering matches the block type font on the players’ uniforms. 
  • The iconic black/white/scarlet striping pattern, found most prominently on Buckeye helmets, will have a home in each end zone along the end lines, matching the width of the goal posts.

Fans will see the new turf first on Sept. 3, when Ohio State hosts the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

2022 Ticket Information

For those interested in becoming a new season ticket holder, or for more information on 2022 season football tickets, please visit https://go.osu.edu/fbtix.  

2022 Ohio State Schedule

  • Sept. 3 – Notre Dame
  • Sept. 10 – Arkansas State
  • Sept. 17 – Toledo
  • Sept. 24 – Wisconsin
  • Oct. 1 – Rutgers
  • Oct. 8 – at Michigan State
  • Oct. 15 – Off
  • Oct. 22 – Iowa
  • Oct. 29 – at Penn State
  • Nov. 5 – at Northwestern
  • Nov. 12 – Indiana
  • Nov. 19 – at Maryland
  • Nov. 26 – Michigan
  • Dec. 3 – Big Ten Championship Game

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Sports

Mid-Ohio 2022 Season Passes, Tickets Go On Sale Wednesday

7 Dec , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Ticket sales open tomorrow (Dec. 8) at 10 a.m. EST for all five major race weekends scheduled for 2022 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Individual events and Mid-Ohio Season Race Passes will be available at advance pricing online at midohio.com or by calling 419-884-4000.

See midohio.com for a summary of all the benefits of a 2022 Mid-Ohio Season Race Pass which includes Weekend General Admission, Grandstand Seat, Paddock Pass, Infield Parking and other exclusive offerings to enhance the Mid-Ohio experience. Plus, these fans get access to club weekends not open to the general public spread across April to October. 

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Sports

2022 Buckeye Season Tickets Now On Sale

19 Nov , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s typically one of the hottest commodities at this time of the year– a ticket to watch the Buckeyes play in The Shoe. Many Richland Countians make the trip, and others listen or watch a game via media.

For those who can afford it (and have access), season tickets are the way to go. This week, OSU officials announced sales for the 2022 football as well as new prices and guidelines.

Season tickets for an eight-game 2022 Ohio State home football campaign at Ohio Stadium will go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. The 2022 season will feature games against Notre Dame, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan with additional contests against Arkansas State, Toledo, Rutgers and Indiana.

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Sports

Mid-Ohio Announces 2022 Race Season

29 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will showcase five race weekends again for its 2022 schedule, but with an exciting, new feature confirmed for next year’s 61st season of racing at the legendary road course. For the very first time, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn track layout on Saturday, July 9th.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series has produced great road racing for its previous eight appearances at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Now the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will continue that tradition and visit for its inaugural round at the track on the weekend of July 8-9. This new addition realigns Mid-Ohio’s NASCAR Xfinity Series stop to Portland International Raceway for a new event in the Pacific Northwest also promoted by Green Savoree Racing Promotions, which owns and operates Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

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Sports

Changes At The Horseshoe

17 Aug , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse, The Ohio State University

With Mansfield a part of The Ohio State University family, from from time to time we have shared news from main campus. Speaking of main campus, we are also keenly aware that Richland County has more than its share of passionate followers of the OSU Buckeyes.

Today we are pleased to share the following update related to OSU football games this fall. 

The 2021 Ohio State University football season will feature a number of significant changes driven by new technologies, improved efficiencies, safety measures and construction projects.

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Sports

Mansfield Senior 2021 Football Schedule: A First Look

27 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Over the next several days, we will be sharing information about varsity football schedules for Richland County high schools. 

Head coach Chioke Bradley’s Mansfield Senior Tygers have a very interesting schedule this year. After two preview games on the road, the squad will host four opponents in the friendly confines of Arlin Field on four successive Friday nights.

The 2021 Tygers schedule is set as follows:

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Sports

Vintage Motorcycle Days Returns To Mid-Ohio

23 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

This weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course motorcyclists from across the country will unite for the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days presented by Royal Enfield, July 23-25. 

This is one of the largest annual gatherings worldwide of motorcyclists, enthusiasts, swap meet vendors and collectors. It is all for a great cause serving as a fundraiser for the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization located in nearby Pickerington that works to preserve the history and tradition of motorcycling in the United States.

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History & Tourism, Sports

A Mansfield Fourth, 150 Years Ago

3 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This story is a favorite of ours, and one which have previously published on Independence Day weekend.

A century and a half ago, local media writers were bemoaning the lack of activities scheduled in Mansfield to celebrate Independence Day, with one exception: a “Base Ball” game between the “fats” and the “lanks.”

This is from the weekly Mansfield Herald’s edition on July 3, 1867:

“The Fourth of July tomorrow will not be celebrated in any formal manner in Mansfield. We are sorry to say it, for many other places of less pretensions than our city, have made arrangement for a good old fashioned time. Ashland, Bucyrus, Bellfontaine and other towns have announcements out of what they intend to do, and many of our citizens will not doubt visit one of the other of these places… More…

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Sports

Fun, Patriotic Weekend Coming To Mid-Ohio

1 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

A fireworks display, a movie screening, camping activities and 10 races in total will make for a spectacular weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course beginning Friday  for The Honda Indy 200 Presented by the HPD Ridgeline, July 2-4. Ohio is fully open this Fourth of July weekend, so it’s time for a celebration in the Buckeye State. Tickets at advance pricing are available now at midohio.com.

The stars and cars of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES arrive to do battle again on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course. Pataskala, Ohio-based Meyer Shank Racing, coming off its dramatic win in the Indianapolis 500 in May, hopes to repeat that success at its home track with Jack Harvey piloting the No. 60 Honda. Another local favorite is Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with New Albany, Ohio’s Graham Rahal trying to match his victory from 2015 at Mid-Ohio. Other past winners in the starting field will be Colton Herta (2020), Will Power (2020), Scott Dixon (2019, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2007), Alexander Rossi (2018), Josef Newgarden (2017), and Simon Pagenaud (2016). More…

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