4 months & counting until the inaugural $10,000 to-win “Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals” on June 16

February 16, 2018

(Sandy Lake, PA) Penn Ohio Series Director, Shaun Hooks exclaimed, “In the past, pro stock drivers have only imagined what it’d be like to win a $ 10,000 check, me included. In four months, the dream will become a reality and I am thrilled that pro stock drivers in our area will have the opportunity to compete for 10 grand. The event is going to be one that drivers, car owners, and fans will not want to miss!”

Blue Ox Timber presents the Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio. Dave Willoughby, Sharon Speedway Promoter, emphasized “The goal is to get drivers as much racing as possible so I’m excited about the “Alphabet Soup” format and drivers having ample opportunity to make the 75 lap A Main race. I am hopeful fans will pack the stands for this extraordinary event especially at the grandstand admission prices we are offering of $ 10 for fans 14 and over and 13 and under free.” The inaugural event will kick off on Friday, June 15th with
practice, pre-tech and a bonfire/entertainment and racing on Saturday, June 16th.

Drivers can still take advantage of a $ 100.00 savings by submitting an early registration form with a $ 100.00 payment by March 1st. The price will increase to $ 150.00 from March 1st to June 1st and then to $ 200.00 after June 1st. Early registration is encouraged as it will assist in planning the event, so don’t miss out on the chance to save! Entry forms are available at www.pennohioprostocks.com and www.sharonspeedway.com.

Sponsors for the event are still needed. Anyone interested in contributing to this phenomenal event can do so by contacting Shaun Hooks at 724-730-1623 or email at info@pennohioprostocks.com. Current sponsors include: Blue Ox Timber, E & K Equipment, Wedge Motorsports, ITC Crane, RCR Automotive, Oniboni Construction, SS Chassis & Supply, NorthStar Unlimited llc, Slider Race Cars, World of Wheels, Bish Heating & Cooling, Crawford Custom Consulting, Zimmer’s Service Center Inc., R&R Enterprises, RK Virgile Scrap Metals, Robinson Automotive, May’s Towing, C & R Tire, Colonial Metals, Mills Automotive & Off Road, Les Frickshun, Close Racing Products, M & T Allison Construction, Alternative Power Source, Schwartzmiller Ground Maintenance, and Shaffer’s Auto & Exhaust.

Continue to visit the websites www.pennohioprostocks.com or www.sharonspeedway.com, as well as Facebook and twitter for more event details.

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Sharon celebrates 2017 with annual awards banquet at Yankee Lake; King Jr, Davis & Haefke repeat titles while Holden wins 1st

By Mike Leone

February 24, 2018

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway officially wrapped up the 88th anniversary season on Saturday night as the Yankee Lake (OH) Ballroom played host to the annual awards banquet and dinner. Celebrating as 2017 champions were Rex King, Jr.-Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds, Paul Davis-Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Kole Holden-HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Steve Haefke-Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods. The top 10 drivers in each division received point fund monies and hardware.

For the third time in four years, Rex King, Jr. was the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modified Champion. King, Jr. also captured his amazing fifth straight “Drive to be a Champion” title honoring Lou Blaney and earned another $ 1,010. The recently turned 29-year-old Bristolville, Ohio driver picked up three wins in the #165 and recorded a perfect nine-for-nine in top five finishes to easily win the points by 46 over Dave Murdick. King, Jr. now owns 23 career wins, which is fifth all-time in the division and third amongst active drivers. The Kings have now won six of the last eight track championships at Sharon and own eight total.

After losing out on the 2014 championship by a tiebreaker to Mike Clark, veteran racer Paul Davis has now won back-to-back Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Car titles. In 2016, Davis captured his first ever track championship in 37 years of trying! The 57-year-old had just one win in 2017, but was able to finish in the top five in all eight starts in his Ocala Restaurant Supply/Hoover Racing/Tub’s Automotive-sponsored #3 to comfortably win the points by 36 over Andy Thompson! Davis is now tied for sixth on the all-time Stock car win list with 22 victories.

Kole Holden started the season off winning two of the first three features for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. The 19-year-old would add one more win as he recorded eight top 5s and nine top 10s in nine starts as he became the third different HTMA/Precise Racing Products Champion in three years. The Tiona, Pa. driver also recorded five heat race wins in the Dana Holden-owned, D&D Oil/Baker Motorsports/Dave Lyon Racing/Russ King Racing/DAH Oil-sponsored #2. Holden, who won RUSH’s 2015 “Futures Cup” crown, finished second in the RUSH Weekly and Touring Series points in 2017. It was tremendous season for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds with an average car count of 24 per night. An all-time division-record 30 cars turned out for the season opener, and for the second straight year only on one occasion did the car count dip below 20.

For the second straight season, Steve Haefke pretty much went unchallenged to capture the Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mod title. The 52-year-old Austintown, Ohio veteran led the way at the track with six feature wins along with 10 top fives, and picked up five heat race wins along the way to win the championship by a commanding 57 points. Haefke’s Tubs Automotive/Wedge Motorsports/Davenport Performance/O’Reilly Auto Parts-sponsored #41. Haefke has climbed the division’s all-time win list and now sits second with 15 victories trailing Blackshear by six.

Special award winners were Kyle Miller-Most Improved and Hunter Exley-Rookie of the Year. One year after winning the track’s Rookie-of-the-Year, Miller, 22 of East Hickory, Pa., improved three spots in the standings, picked up his first win, had three more top 5s (five) and three more top 10s (nine) than his 2017 statistics.

Exley meanwhile had to miss nearly the entire 2016 season due to an automobile accident, but the 18-year-old Franklin, Pa. driver bounced back with a great 2017 season against the tough Stock Car competition finishing fourth in points with two top 5s and six top 10s. Exley is also a leading contender for Walt Wimer’s prestigious Western PA “Rookie-of-the-Year” honors region-wide.

The 2018 season will begin on Friday, April 20 with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in a $ 12,000 to-win event presented by Barris Truck Service and Performance Bodies. The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will also be on the card for $ 600 to-win. The following Saturday (April 28) will kick-off the “Super Series” presented by Menard’s for the Big-Block Modifieds in a Mod Tour event for $ 2,000 to-win. The Stock Cars, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Econo Mods will also be part of the show.

FINAL 2017 Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modified Top 10 Points: 1. Rex King, Jr. (165) 372 2. Dave Murdick (61) 326 3. Jim Rasey (32) 316 4. Jim Weller, Jr. (31) 304 5. Rex King (65) 280 6. Will Thomas III (9) 255 7. Erik Martin (29E) 253 8. Garrett Krummert (29) 224 9. Bob Warren (96B) 222 10. Chris Haines (35H) 202.

FINAL 2017 Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars Top 10 Points: 1. Paul Davis (3) 254 2. Andy Thompson (5) 218 3. Chris McGuire (63) 216 4. Hunter Exley (23H) 202 5. Mike Clark (7) 197 6. Curt J. Bish (29) 185 7. Mike Miller (T6) 184 8. Brian Carothers (02c) 181 9. Jamie Scharba (11S) 179 10. Michael Hudzik (31H) 160.

FINAL 2017 HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modified Top 10 Points: 1. Kole Holden (2) 316 2. Kyle Martell (8) 280 3. Chelsie Kriegisch (10) 276 4. Rocky Kugel (83x/43Sr) 269 5. Steve Slater (35/29) 267 6. Shayne Izzo (86) 263 7. Chas Wolbert (c3) 259 8. A.J. Gillespie (3G) 236 9. Brandon Ritchey (17) 222 10. Gary Haupt (16) 213.

FINAL 2017 Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods Top 10 Points: 1. Steve Haefke (41) 376 2. Brandon Blackshear (70B) 319 3. Kyle Miller (15) 282 4. Mike Hillman (29) 270 5. Brian Toto (8B) 256 6. Wayne Daniels (4D) 254 7. Ty Rhoades 233 8. Zach Myers (1M) 227 9. Jeff Mundell (11) 214 10. Gary Robinson (44R) 204.

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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Applications to be accepted on March 10

We will be accepting applications on Saturday, March 10 from 10 AM until 4 PM at the track office. We are primarily looking for concession and gate workers.

Also, we are in need of a part-time janitor for 15-20 hours per week. If interested, contact Dave Willoughby at 330-770-1886

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