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ROB KRISTYAK (Big Block) and Mike Kinney (E-Mods) Get wins at Sharon speedway

Rob Kristyak Wins 2011

ROB KRISTYAK (Big Block) and Mike Kinney (E-Mods) Get wins at Sharon speedway
Hartford, OH Jun 11, 2011 Sharon Speedway was able to beat Mother Nature for the second straight night on Saturday as all of the racing action was completed despite another two and a half hour rain delay.

After finishing runner-up on opening night back on April 9, Rob Kristyak hadn’t finished in the top five since; however, that changed on Saturday night when the Bristolville, Ohio celebrated with an early birthday presented as he scored the 20-lap Governor Insurance Big-Block Modified feature win. Kristyak turns 33 on Sunday.

Kristyak and Tom Mattocks led the Modified feature to the green flag with Kristyak taking the early lead. Kristyak led Mattocks, John Buchanan, Skip Moore, and Jim Weller, Jr. through the first half of the event, as the first caution appeared at lap 10 for Rex King, Jr. One more lap was scored before Dean Pearson caught the outside wall in turn three.

Back to green, one more round was scored with 12th starting Rex King advancing to fourth before the final caution appeared for Moore, who hit the outside wall in turn three. King advanced to second on the double file restart, and quickly closed on Kristyak. King made several strong bids to the inside, but Kristyak was able to hold on to the top spot.

Coming to the white flag, King got out of shape in turn four, leaving Kristyak to race on to his 10th career victory by a margin of 2.094 seconds in his Gallo’s Auto Sales/Mark Thomas Ford/Gold Connection/Gwinn Brothers Construction/Wedge Motorsports/Dave’s Towing/Bristol Disposing-sponsored #00.

Lucas Oil Late Models, All Star Sprints & Super DIRTcar Big-Block Mod Series highlight national events in 2017 at Sharon; 4 divisions to be featured in Saturday night weekly “Steel Valley Thunder” program

By Mike Leone

November 29, 2016              

(Hartford, OH)…While the 2017 racing season is still well over four months away, Sharon Speedway management has been busy making preparations for the 88th anniversary season.  All of the major events scheduled in 2016 will return with some additional events in the works.  The weekly Saturday night “Steel Valley Thunder” program has been reduced from six divisions down to four for the 2017 season.

After the 2016 season is officially closed out with the awards banquet and dinner on Saturday, February 25 at Yankee Lake (OH) Ballroom, all eyes will shift to 2017 with the season opener on Friday, April 21 as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will make their inaugural visit to Sharon in a $ 10,000 to-win event. After much anticipation, the 2016 event was rained out. 

Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions have already been booked for two events. The 35th annual Ohio Speedweek will make a stop on Tuesday, June 20 for $ 5,000 to-win, and then the All Stars will return for the third consecutive year to sanction the ninth annual “Lou Blaney Memorial” on Saturday, July 8.   

The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series will return once again on Thursday, July 20 for a $ 6,000 to-win event. A huge field of 51 ground-pounders invaded the Hartford, Ohio 3/8-mile oval this past season for the first time since 1983 on the old half-mile track.  Jimmy Phelps will look to defend his 2016 victory. 

Advanced tickets will go on sale soon for these events. Several other events with regional touring series and non-sanctioned Sprint Car events will also be held.  The exact date of September’s “Apple Festival Nationals” hasn’t been set, and look for a reformatted event.  Speaking of the “Apple Festival Nationals”, the five rained out 2016 feature events will be made up throughout the spring of 2017 with the exact dates announced with the release of the 2017 schedule.

The weekly Saturday night “Steel Valley Thunder” program will get underway on Saturday, April 29 and will feature the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds, Lyden/Red Line Oil RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, and the HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods. Due to declining car counts, the (E) Modifieds and Mini Stocks will not be part of the weekly program.  The Modifieds are slated to make monthly appearances.

Keep an eye on social media and our website for 2016 banquet ticket sales, 2017 rules, special event advance ticket sales, season reserved pit parking spots, car registration, and more.  

Sharon Speedway is owned by the Blaney, Weller, and Kirila Families and is a 3/8-mile dirt track located on Custer-Orangeville Road in Hartford, Ohio near the intersection of Routes 7 & 305. For more information, check out the website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481. Become a fan of Sharon Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sharonspeedway and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sharonspdwy.

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Sharon forced to cancel Saturday’s “410” Sprint show due to impending storms; “410” Sprints added to September 10 show

By Mike Leone

August 13, 2016

(Hartford, OH)…After completing 10 straight race events this summer, luck has run out on Sharon Speedway as the wet weather from the spring has returned forcing the second cancellation in the past three weeks on Saturday night and marked the sixth of the 2016 season.  With forecasts calling for 80-100% likelihood of heavy rain and thunderstorms later this afternoon and evening, the decision was made to cancel early to save everyone unnecessary travel expense.  Saturday’s event was to include the “410” Sprint Cars.  They have now been added to the September 10 show due to no “410” Sprint Car events scheduled the entire weekend in western Pa. and eastern Ohio.

 

Coming up next weekend will be a doubleheader of events starting with Friday (August 19) for “Summer Jam & BBQ Series” IV featuring “Thunderstruck”- an AC/DC tribute band.  Gates will open at 7 p.m. with entertainment from 8-11.  Admission is just $ 5.

 

Then on Saturday (August 20) “Steel Valley Thunder” racing resumes on Mark Thomas Ford Night for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars in another $ 1,000 to-win Penn-Ohio Mini Series event, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Lyden/Red Line Oil RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks.  Admission is just $ 10.  Racing gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

“Steel Valley Thunder” racing continues on August 27 in the final night of points for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and Stock Cars.  There will be no racing over Labor Day weekend.  The reformatted September 10 event will now include “410” Sprint Cars, Big-Block Modifieds, (E) Modifieds, Econo Mods, and Mini Stocks for $ 13 grandstand admission.  This will be the final night of points for the four competing weekly divisions.  The season will conclude on September 16-17 for the “Apple Festival Nationals”.  More on this event will be released soon.

 

Sharon Speedway is owned by the Blaney, Weller, and Kirila Families and is a 3/8-mile dirt track located on Custer-Orangeville Road in Hartford, Ohio near the intersection of Routes 7 & 305. For more information, check out the website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481. Become a fan of Sharon Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sharonspeedway and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sharonspdwy.

 

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Sharon raises $7500 for Alzheimer’s Association during 2016 “Lou Blaney Memorial”

By Mike Leone

August 16, 2016

(Hartford, OH)…The eighth annual “Lou Blaney Memorial” presented by Ollie’s Bargain Outlet held on July 9 at Sharon Speedway was another rousing success, both on and off the speedway. While Danny Holtgraver (All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars) and Jim Rasey (Big-Block Mod Tour) captured big wins, it was also a winning night for the Alzheimer’s Association as $ 7,500 was raised.

Blaney was a long-time competitor at Sharon Speedway winning a documented 121 Big-Block Modified features and another 11 in a Sprint Car. His racing career spanned five decades with over 600 feature wins!  In 2009, Blaney lost his battle with Alzheimer’s.  Since then, Sharon has remembered the great by hosting the “Lou Blaney Memorial” and featuring the two divisions he enjoyed so much success in, Sprint Cars and Big-Block Modifieds.

Each year, the event also serves as a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association through various means such as auctions, games, a dinner, the benefit raffle, and more. This year, $ 6,000 was sent to the Greater East Ohio Chapter for Alzheimer’s with an additional $ 1,500 going to the Longest Day Event by way of the $ 100 donation that included an event ticket, shirt, and dinner.

“We want to thank everyone for their support of this wonderful event that remembers Lou,” stated Kate Blaney, widow of Lou Blaney. “The support means so much to our family, and I know the Alzheimer’s Association is greatly appreciative as well.  Lou would be so proud.  I’ll be doing a walk to end Alzheimer’s in September, and remember you can always purchase a brick at the speedway to support the cause.  Contact the office for more details.”

Sharon Speedway hosts racing action on Saturday nights mid-April through mid-September, and is owned by the Blaney, Weller, and Kirila Families and is a 3/8-mile dirt track located on Custer-Orangeville Road in Hartford, Ohio near the intersection of Routes 7 & 305. For more information, check out the website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481. Become a fan of Sharon Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sharonspeedway and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sharonspdwy.

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