FREE “Fan Appreciation Night” presented by Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing Saturday at Sharon; Full “Steel Valley Thunder” racing program plus giveaways, promotions & on-track autograph session

By Mike Leone

June 6, 2017         

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway is set for one of its biggest nights of the season this Saturday night (June 10).  FREE “Appreciation Night” presented by Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing will allow all spectators into the grandstands for free general admission.  The “Steel Valley Thunder” racing program part of the 88th anniversary season will include the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and the Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods.  Grandstand gates will open early at 3 p.m. for the pre-race festivities with warm-ups at 6:40 and racing at 7.

Following preliminary heat race action during intermission, race fans will be able to come onto the speedway to see the cars and stars of all four competing divisions.  It’s an excellent meet and greet opportunity for pictures and autographs.  Many of the racers will be handing out autograph cards.

Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing is offering fans a chance to win a trip for two to the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Series Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November, 2017. One winner, selected randomly from those in attendance who enter, will receive:

  • Round-trip airfare for the winner and guest
  • Three nights’ hotel accommodations
  • Ford Eco-Boost 400 grandstand tickets to the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Series Championship race and race-day hospitality package
  • A VISA gift card for meals and incidentals ($ 500)
  • Motorcraft apparel package and No. 21 race team autographed memorabilia

“We take great pride in sponsoring Fan Appreciation Night at Sharon Speedway,” said Brett Wheatley, executive director of North America, Ford Customer Service Division. “Dirt-track racing is the very essence of racing in America and we’re happy to share in this day of appreciation for fans of racing and as a ‘thank you’ for the continued support of our Motorcraft parts and our nationwide network of Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers.”

“Being able to collaborate with track owners Dave and Lisa Blaney, proud parents of our No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion driver Ryan Blaney, will make this day even more extraordinary,” Wheatley continued. “Adding to the festivities, fans in attendance can win ‘The Works’ vehicle service package if Ryan wins the June 11 NASCAR race at Pocono in our ‘Win With Ryan Blaney’ Challenge.”

“Win With Ryan Blaney Challenge” – Should the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion, driven by Ryan Blaney, win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono on June 11, everyone in attendance at Fan Appreciation Day can take their June 10 Sharon Speedway admission ticket and the “Win With Ryan Blaney” certificate to a participating Youngstown Metro Ford dealership or Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center to redeem the “The Works” vehicle service package (or any equivalent $ 40 service). Sharon Speedway attendees will receive the “Win With Ryan Blaney” Challenge certificate as part of a welcome package upon entry.

“Fan Appreciation Night is always a great event at our track and having Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing as the presenting sponsor will make it even more so,” said Sharon Speedway co-owner Dave Blaney. “In addition to the free admission, there will be a travel sweepstakes, a line-up of Ford’s latest vehicles, family friendly activities and giveaways for fans of all ages.”

Will there be a fourth different Big-Block Modified winner in four races Saturday?  Time will tell.  Veteran Rex King opened the season victorious followed up by his son Rex, Jr.  Last Saturday night, the Weller cars took one-two with Jim Weller, Jr. picking up the win over Aussie Peter Britten, who was subbing for Jimmy Weller III.  King, Jr. is in search of his third title in four years, but has just a one-point lead in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply standings over Dave Murdick, who would love to win his first of the season and take over the point lead. 

After having the night off last week, the Stock Cars return on Saturday night.  The Stocks have brought strong car counts this season and that’s expected again on Saturday night.  Defending champion, Paul Davis, is looking for his season’s first win, but has a four-point lead in the Gibson Insurance Agency standings over Andy Thompson, who is racing weekly at Sharon this season.  Three-time champion, Mike Clark, trails Davis by only seven markers.

The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds have completed just two events this season at Sharon with an average car count of 25, which was also the count back on May 13 when they were rained out during heat race action.  Eighteen-year-old Kole Holden won his first race at Sharon in over a year last Saturday night.  Atop the standings is Shayne Izzo, who recorded his career best finish in racing on May 27 when he finished runner-up to Rocky Kugel.  Izzo has a one-point lead over Holden in the HTMA/Precise Racing Products standings.  Chelsie Kriegisch is third in points and is one of three female racers in the top 12 in points.  There are actually four females that compete weekly in the division!

The Econo Mods have completed more events than any other division with five feature events in the record books including last Saturday’s 2016 “Apple Festival Nationals” make-up feature.  Steve Haefke entered the season with 17 straight top two finishes, but was unable to continue that magic in the first two events.  Haefke though is back to his winning ways as the defending champion has won three straight features.  Zach Myers meanwhile has finished runner-up to Haefke in those three feature events and also won the May 20 event to lead the points by two over Haefke.  Opening night winner, Brandon Blackshear, sits third. 

Pits will still open at 4 p.m. with the drivers meeting and pill cutoff at 6:20, warm-ups are at 6:40, and racing at 7.  Pit passes are $ 30.  Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

There will be no racing next Saturday, June 17.  On Tuesday, June 20 Ohio Speedweek comes to Sharon featuring Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars in a $ 5,000 to-win event along with the Mini Stocks for $ 300 to-win.  The “Lou Blaney Memorial” will take place on Saturday, July 8 with a return appearance by the All Star Sprint Cars along with the Big-Block Modifieds.  On Thursday, July 20, the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series will be back for the second straight year in a $ 6,000 to-win event plus the Mini Stocks again for $ 300 to-win. 

Sharon Speedway is owned by the Blaney, Weller, and Kirila Families and is a 3/8-mile dirt track located at 3241 Custer-Orangeville Road, Hartford, OH 44424 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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Big-Block Mods, E-Mods, RUSH Sportsman Mods, Econo Mods & Mini Stocks part of Saturday’s “Steel Valley Thunder” program plus 2016 “Apple Festival Nat’s” make-up features for Econos & Minis

By Mike Leone

May 31, 2017 

(Hartford, OH)…After three straight rain outs, Sharon Speedway will look to complete the third straight “Steel Valley Thunder” program this Saturday night (June 3).  The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds, E-Mods, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods, and Mini Stocks will be part of the program beginning at 7 p.m.  The 2016 “Apple Festival Nationals” make-up features for both the Econo Mods and Mini Stocks will be held.  The Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars will have the night off.  Grandstand admission is just $ 10.

Defending track champion, Rex King, Jr. has surged into the early point lead in the Hovis Auto & Truck Big-Block Modifieds thanks to his first win of the season last Saturday night.  The youngest of the King Family joined his father, Rex, who won opening night, and is in search of his third title in four years.  After subbing for Jimmy Weller III on opening night, Peter Britten brought his own #21A to Sharon last Saturday night and ran a hard fought race with King, Jr.  Standout drivers like Dave Murdick, Jim Weller, Jr., Jim Rasey, Garrett Krummert, and several others will look to end the Kings’ run and break into victory lane. 

While not part of the regular “Steel Valley Thunder” program in 2017, the E-Mods will make their second appearance of the season.  Back on May 20, Jacob Hawkins won the $ 3,000 make-up Renegades of Dirt feature, while Joel Watson captured the night’s regularly scheduled program for his 27th career win.  The E-Mods will use 2017 Raceway 7 rules, which includes any 8″ tire.

The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds were finally able to get in their first event of the 2017 season last Saturday night.  A record field of 30 cars turned out for the fourth year division as Rocky Kugel took the top honors.  Kugel has been fast out of the box this season also winning at Lernerville and Pittsburgh.  With the high car count, all of the racers enjoyed an increase in payoff including $ 500 to-win plus all of the non-qualifiers also received a pit pass in addition to their tow money.   

The Econo Mods brought a full field of 24 racers last Saturday night.  That was the highest car count in over three years and also allowed the Summit Racing Equipment-sponsored division to run for their highest purse structure, which saw Steve Haefke earn the $ 400 top prize.  After going 17 straight nights with top two feature finishes, Haefke struggled in the opening two events before returning to glory last week.  May 20 winner, Zach Myers, has just a three-point lead on Haefke, the defending champion.  The Econo Mods have had three winners in three events thus far this season.  In addition to Saturday night’s regularly scheduled program, the Econo Mods will also run their $ 500 to-win “Apple Festival Nationals” make-up feature.  The make-up feature field is set as no new cars will be permitted to run this feature.

The Mini Stocks will make their third attempt at racing this season.  They were rained out on April 29 and May 6.  The Mini Stocks will compete in a full show in addition to their 2016 “Apple Festival Nationals” feature paying $ 300 to-win that has been rained out three times.  The make-up feature field is set as no new cars will be permitted to run this feature.  Three-time track champion, Bill Fuchs, leads the all-time division’s win list at 28.  In 2016, Steve Walker II won four feature events in route to his second track championship.   

Pits open at 4 p.m. with grandstands at 5, drivers meeting at 6:30, and racing at 7.  Grandstand admission is $ 10 for those 14 and over.  Patio seating upgrades are just $ 5 and fan suite seating upgrades are just $ 20 over the cost of general admission.  In order to reserve either of these ahead of time, call the office Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 330-772-5481.  As always, children under 13, parking, and camping is always FREE!  Pit passes are $ 30.  Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

FREE “Fan Appreciation Night” along with driver autographs is coming up next Saturday, June 10 presented by Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing.  On Tuesday, June 20 Ohio Speedweek comes to Sharon featuring Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars in a $ 5,000 to-win event along with the Mini Stocks.  The “Lou Blaney Memorial” will take place on Saturday, July 8 with a return appearance by the All Star Sprint Cars along with the Big-Block Modifieds.  On Thursday, July 20, the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series will be back for the second straight year in a $ 6,000 to-win event plus the Mini Stocks. 

Sharon Speedway is owned by the Blaney, Weller, and Kirila Families and is a 3/8-mile dirt track located at 3241 Custer-Orangeville Road, Hartford, OH 44424 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 looks to complete 2nd straight “Steel Valley Thunder” program Saturday; RUSH Sportsman Mods return to try & complete their 1st show

By Mike Leone

May 24, 2017         

(Hartford, OH)…Despite rain throughout many areas last Saturday night in Ohio, Sharon Speedway was finally able to complete the first “Steel Valley Thunder” program of the season after  three straight rain outs that followed the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event back on April 21.  Sharon will look to make it two in a row this Saturday night (May 27) on Warren Diesel Performance Night as part of the 88th anniversary season.  The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, and Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods will be part of the program beginning at 7 p.m.  Power wheels races will be held for kids during intermission.  Admission remains at the very low $ 10. 

The 2016 season was definitely a struggle for Rex King being shutout of victory lane, but the all-time active leading feature winner (52) at the Speedway showed he still has what it takes to get back to victory lane as he copped the opening night win last Saturday night.  The veteran Bristolville, Ohio driver now has the early Hovis Auto & Truck Supply point lead as he sets his sights on his sixth track championship.  After taking much of last season off, Garrett Krummert is back and was fast with a runner-up finish.  Longtime Stock Car racer, Rod Laskey, debuted in the class as a teammate to Chris Haines, who won his first career Modified feature last year.  Former E-Mod and RUSH Late Model Champion, Will Thomas III finished 11th in his Big-Block Modified debut.  Clyde Gumpp also made his first ever Sharon Big-Block Modified start as he’s expected to be a regular this season.

The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds had the night off last Saturday after getting rained out for their first three shows.  Rocky Kugel picked up a heat race win on May 13 before rain washed out the remainder of the program with 25 cars on hand.  Kugel has been the driver to beat in the class throughout the region as he’s won in both of his starts at Pittsburgh and Lernerville Speedways.  Josh Seippel won on Mother’s Day at Tri-City Raceway Park.  Kole Holden, who finished third in last year’s HTMA/Precise Racing Products track points with one win, is the RUSH Weekly Series point leader, which pays $ 3,000 to-win.  A strong field of cars is expected on Saturday night. 

The Stock Cars had a solid field of 24 cars on hand last Saturday night, which allowed them to race for $ 700 to-win, $ 75 to-start.  Chris McGuire picked up his first career win and took over the early Gibson Insurance Agency point lead.  Before the rains came on May 13, there were 50 Stocks on hand for the Penn-Ohio Series event.  Penn-Ohio will return on July 22 for a complete new show plus the 2016 “Apple Festival Nationals” make-up feature.

Despite heading into the final weekend of May, the Econo Mods is the only division that has been able to complete two events this season.  Brandon Blackshear, the division’s all-time winner, won back on April 21 and then this past Saturday night, Zach Myers finally was able to put together a complete feature to win his first ever at the track.  After going 17 straight feature events finishing in the top two dating back to 2015, defending track champion, Steve Haefke, has yet to finish in the top two this season.  Haefke was a season best fourth last Saturday night. 

With less divisions on the weekly program in 2017, each division will be given five additional feature laps; 25 for the Big-Block Modifieds and 20 for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Stock Cars, and Econo Mods.  As always, Sharon offers a higher tiered purse structure if 24 or more cars are in action on any weekly event.  New in 2017 is a non-qualifier event for any division that has 32 or more cars on a weekly show. 

Pits open at 4 p.m. with grandstands at 5, drivers meeting at 6:20, and racing at 7.  Grandstand admission is $ 10 for those 14 and over.  Patio seating upgrades are just $ 5 and fan suite seating upgrades are just $ 20 over the cost of general admission.  In order to reserve either of these ahead of time, call the office Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 330-772-5481.  As always, children under 13, parking, and camping is always FREE!  Pit passes are $ 30.  Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

FREE “Fan Appreciation Night” along with driver autographs is coming up on Saturday, June 10 presented by Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing.  On Tuesday, June 20 Ohio Speedweek comes to Sharon featuring Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars in a $ 5,000 to-win event along with the Mini Stocks.  The “Lou Blaney Memorial” will take place on Saturday, July 8 with a return appearance by the All Star Sprint Cars along with the Big-Block Modifieds.  On Thursday, July 20, the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series will be back for the second straight year in a $ 6,000 to-win event plus the Mini Stocks.  Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

Sharon Speedway is owned by the Blaney, Weller, and Kirila Families and is a 3/8-mile dirt track located at 3241 Custer-Orangeville Road, Hartford, OH 44424 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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