Sharon hopes to return to action Saturday night with a full racing program plus kids power wheel races

By Mike Leone

May 13, 2015

(Hartford, OH)…After a successful 2015 opener on May 2, Mother Nature decided to intervene last Saturday night at Sharon Speedway washing out the Mothers Day Celebration program. Well over 70 cars were in the pits with a line out to Route 305 when the event was forced to be cancelled. Rain checks from last week are good for Saturday night and all regular events throughout 2015.

Sharon will look to try again for week number two of the 86th anniversary season this Saturday night (May 16) with a full program of “Steel Valley Thunder” action featuring the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Weller Hughes Contracting & Developing RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. Group qualifying begins at 7 p.m.

Kids will be able to participate in the first Power Wheels races of the season during intermission. This week’s kitchen special is baked chicken with parsley potatoes and vegetable. Beer and 50/50 raffle proceeds will benefit the Northeast Ohio Adoption Services.

The DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds had the highest car count on opening night with 22 cars in the pits. Defending track and Lou Blaney Memorial “Drive to be a Champion” titlist, Rex King, Jr. wasted little time showing he’s going to be force to repeat with his opening night win. Brian Swartzlander and Dave Murdick looked to be contenders until dropping from the event late with overheating problems. The return of Kevin Bolland is expected in the coming weeks.

Not many times does a newcomer to a division win a feature out the box, but Will Thomas did it on the May 2 opener in the Modifieds and pocketed the $ 700 increased payout. Modifieds are reminded that, 24 cars or more will result in $ 1,000 to-win and an increased payoff! It was a rough night for defending track champion, Steve Dixon, who crashed in qualifying ending his night. Past champions Mike Kinney and Joel Watson were right there in second and third.

It was good to see a record 15 RUSH Sportsman Modifieds on hand for their first race as being a weekly division. The class attracted between 10 and 13 on a limited schedule in their inaugural 2014 season. Several other new racers are expected in the coming weeks like 14-year-old Jeremy Weaver, Justin Shea, Joe Plesniak, Jim Bryce, Jerry Schaffer, last year’s inaugural winner Jordan Eck, Josh Chaney, Michael Miller, and more. It was a familiar face in victory lane though as Greg Martin won his fifth career race at the track. Martin, who travels three and a half hours to race, has yet to finish worse than second in his nine starts at the speedway.

The Econo Mod division was very competitive in 2014 and with standouts Jeremy Double and Brandon Blackshear the latest to move up to the Modifieds, look for more new winners in 2015. Butch Lambert started the trend off winning the opener for his first career Sharon win. Lambert has been a veteran racer in the Stock Cars, Modifieds, and RUSH Late Models over the years, but had never been able to win at the Hartford, Ohio oval.

The Mini Stocks brought out a solid field of 17 cars on May 2 missing their car count bonus payoff by one car. It’s always good to see Pete Blazczak make the hour and a half tow up from Gibsonia, Pa., and it proved successful as he captured the victory. Blazczak stated in victory lane he expects to be a weekly competitor at Sharon in 2015. He was able to beat two-time champion and the division’s all-time winner, Bill Fuchs. Look for some new Mini Stock winners as well with 16-time 2013-2014 winner, Travis Creech, moving up to the Stock Cars.

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply will again award six complimentary pit passes for the following week; a pair going to the hard luck driver in DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, a pair to a lucky driver in the division that competes first, and a pair to a lucky fan. Summit Racing Equipment will award $ 25 gift cards to the hard charger in the Modified, Stock Car, Econo Mod, and Mini Stock divisions.

Pits open at 4 p.m. with grandstands at 5, and group qualifying slated for 7. Admission for those 14 and over is $ 10. Pit passes are $ 30. As always, children under 13, parking, and camping is always FREE! 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 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.

###

Sharon Speedway

Celebrate Mother’s Day on Saturday at Sharon with $5 admission for all moms; Full program plus RUSH Late Models

By Mike Leone

May 7, 2015

(Hartford, OH)…After a successful 2015 opener last Saturday night, Sharon Speedway looks to roll into week number two of the 86th anniversary season on Saturday night with a full program of “Steel Valley Thunder” action featuring the first appearance by the RUSH Late Models along with the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Weller Hughes Contracting & Developing RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. Group qualifying begins at 7 p.m.

With Mother’s Day on Sunday, Sharon will honor all mothers with just a $ 5 general admission ticket on Saturday night. That’s 50% off the 2015 reduced general admission price of $ 10! This week’s kitchen special is hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes. Beer and 50/50 raffle proceeds will benefit the Northeast Ohio Adoption Services.

Saturday’s event is being presented by Joedance Film Festival, which is a non-profit dedicated to raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancers, specifically sarcomas, blastomas, and brain tumors for research and clinical trials. All money raised will be donated directed to Joedance Film Festival. Saturday will include drivers’ foot race, Chinese auction, donation collection, and a gold ribbon and bracelet sale.

The RUSH Late Models will make their first of several appearances scheduled throughout the 2015 season. Saturday’s race is part of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Weekly Series. Sharon’s payoff from past seasons will be used; however, if 24 or more cars are present the feature will pay $ 1,000 to-win! With the new surface, Sharon has eliminated the mandatory Hoosier Crate Racin’ 55 right rear rule tire. Will Thomas III has been the champion two of the last three years and has scored 13 career wins; Josh Double was the inaugural champion in 2011, while Dennis Lunger, Jr. captured the championship in 2013. All three racers are expected to be on hand.

The DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds had the highest car count last Saturday night with 22 cars in the pits. Defending track and Lou Blaney Memorial “Drive to be a Champion” titlist, Rex King, Jr. wasted little time showing he’s going to be force to repeat with his opening night win. Brian Swartzlander and Dave Murdick looked to be contenders until dropping from the event late with overheating problems. The return of Kevin Bolland is expected in the coming weeks.

Not many times does a newcomer to a division win a feature out the box, but Will Thomas did it last Saturday night in the Modifieds and pocketed the $ 700 increased payout. Modifieds are reminded that, 24 cars or more will result in $ 1,000 to-win and an increased payoff! Thomas is expected to do double duty Saturday racing his RUSH Late Model that he finished second with last Friday night at Lernerville Speedway. It was a rough night for defending track champion, Steve Dixon, who crashed in qualifying ending his night. Past champions Mike Kinney and Joel Watson were right there in second and third.

It was good to see a record 15 RUSH Sportsman Modifieds on hand for their first race as being a weekly division. The class attracted between 10 and 13 on a limited schedule in their inaugural 2014 season. Several other new racers are expected in the coming weeks like 14-year-old Jeremy Weaver, Justin Shea, Joe Plesniak, Jim Bryce, Jerry Schaffer, last year’s inaugural winner Jordan Eck, Josh Chaney, and more. It was a familiar face in victory lane though as Greg Martin won his fifth career race at the track. Martin, who travels three and a half hours to race, has yet to finish worse than second in his nine starts at the speedway.

The Econo Mod division was very competitive in 2014 and with standouts Jeremy Double and Brandon Blackshear the latest to move up to the Modifieds, look for more new winners in 2015. Butch Lambert started the trend off winning last Saturday’s feature for his first career Sharon win. Lambert has been a veteran racer in the Stock Cars, Modifieds, and RUSH Late Models over the years, but had never been able to win at the Hartford, Ohio oval.

The Mini Stocks brought out a solid field of 17 cars for their opener missing their car count bonus payoff by one car. It’s always good to see Pete Blazczak make the hour and a half tow up from Gibsonia, Pa., and it proved successful as he captured the victory. Blazczak stated in victory lane he expects to be a weekly competitor at Sharon in 2015. He was able to beat two-time champion and the division’s all-time winner, Bill Fuchs. Look for some new Mini Stock winners as well with 16-time 2013-2014 winner, Travis Creech, moving up to the Stock Cars.

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply will again award six complimentary pit passes for the following week; a pair going to the hard luck driver in DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, a pair to a lucky driver in the division that competes first, and a pair to a lucky fan. Summit Racing Equipment will award $ 25 gift cards to the hard charger in the Modified, Stock Car, Econo Mod, and Mini Stock divisions.

Pits open at 4 p.m. with grandstands at 5, and group qualifying slated for 7. Admission for those 14 and over is $ 10. Pit passes are $ 30. As always, children under 13, parking, and camping is always FREE! 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 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.

###

Sharon Speedway

Sharon set to begin 86th anniversary season Saturday; New surface, format & $10 admission highlight 6-division program

By Mike Leone

April 29, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Hartford, OH)…After a long and cold winter, Sharon Speedway is ready to kickoff the 2015 racing season this Saturday night (May 2). The 86th anniversary season opener will include the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. Warm-ups begin at 6:30 p.m. with group qualifying at 7.

Drivers will be anxious to test the all-new racing surface that was laid down last fall that will feature 111 tri-axle loads of clay. The new format has been well received by the racers that will see group qualifying used for all divisions except the Mini Stocks, which will continue to run heat races. Extended features will be run with 30 laps for the DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds and the (E) Modifieds, while 20 laps will now be the distance for the Stock Cars, Econo Mods, and the new RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. Drivers will also not have to pay the annual registration fee to race in 2015.

Race fans will enjoy the lowered general admission price of $ 10. Saturday’s promotion is youth sports and scouts night with free general admission and a free slushie for those in uniform. Adults will now be able to purchase beer with all beer and 50/50 raffle proceeds will benefit a chosen charity or organization. Saturday will be the American Cancer Society. Sharon reminds fans that coolers are not permitted in the grandstands. Saturday’s kitchen special is chicken gravy over mashed potatoes.

For the fifth straight year, the Big-Block Modifieds will be the headlining division at the Speedway. With the exception of 1993-1995 when no weekly racing took place, the Big-Block Modifieds have been part of the weekly program since the track switched to back to dirt in 1981. That late Lou Blaney still sits atop the win list with 121 victories over Rex King, who is one win away from his milestone 50th career win at the track. Could it come Saturday?

One driver that will be sure to try to keep the elder King from reaching the milestone is his son and defending champion, Rex, Jr. Back on June 19, 2011, “Cooter” captured his first career win. Less than four years later, the youngest King now sits with 14 career wins, which is ninth best all-time. Both Kings already have a feature win at Lernerville Speedway this year.

Jim Weller, Jr. is a three-time champion and has raised his win total to 31 as he trails the retired and hall of famer, Bob Kraus, by eight victories. Drivers like Jim Rasey, Jimmy Weller III, Ricky Richner, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Brian Swartzlander, Dave Murdick, and others will be sure to challenge throughout the season. Sharon is the only track in the region this weekend running the Northeast-style Modifieds.

The Modified division (formerly known as E-Mods) has become the strongest division at the Speedway in recent years with full fields of quality cars and great competition. With that said, racers in the division will see a purse increase. The former 24 or more car count payoff of $ 700 to-win, $ 100 to-start will now be the 14-23 payoff, and if 24 or more cars are present the Mods will be racing for $ 1,000 to-win, $ 700 for second, and an increase in positions 3-12 as well!

In 2014, Steve Dixon became a Sharon regular for the first time in his career. That move paid off as he captured the track championship and is now tied for ninth in the division’s all-time win list at seven victories. No one is near Alan Dellinger’s leading total of 87; however, Joel Watson continues to add wins as he sits second with 19 over current racers Jeff Johnson (18), Scott Stiffler (17), and Russ Dunn (13).

The third Modified class in 2015 will be the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, which will be presented by Weller Hughes Contracting and Developing. In 2014, the GM 602 crate engine cars on $ 135 Bilstein Shocks, steel wheels, and Hoosier Tires made eight appearances with four different winners and car counts between 10-13 cars. Many new racers from all throughout western Pa. and eastern Ohio have joined the division for 2015. RUSH Members racers will be eligible for the $ 3,000 to-win Bicknell Racing Products Weekly Series Championship that pays down 15 positions in addition to the Touring Series and Futures Cup.

In recent years, Mike Clark and Paul Davis have been the drivers to beat in the Stock Cars. The duo tied for the Gibson Insurance Championship in 2014 with the tiebreaker going to Clark giving him back-to-back championships. Davis and Clark have quickly moved up the all-time win list as they have 17 and 13 wins now respectively. With the bigger tires now permitted and the new format, several new racers are expected to frequent Sharon more in 2015. One is Rusty Moore, a driver that has had huge success in western Pennsylvania racing and will be looking for his first career Sharon win.

The Econo Mods will be beginning their sixth season at the speedway, and fourth as a weekly Saturday night division. With Jacob Eucker moving up to the Modified class in 2014 and now Jeremy Double and Brandon Blackshear this year, the division should be wide open. Those three racers have accounted for wins in 35 of the 79 races run all-time and three of the five championships! Next in line with wins are Ryan Fraley and Steve Burns, Jr., who each have five, and are expected to be the division favorites.

Travis Creech made a splash in the Mini Stock division the last two years with 16 victories, a championship, and a runner-up. Creech is moving up to the Stock Car division this year, but Mini Stock racers will still have to contend with Bill Fuchs. The Greenville, Pa. driver owns two championships and leads all drivers with 23 victories. The Deforest Used Parts Mini Stock counts were on the rise from mid-season on last year and several new racers expected in 2015.

The RUSH Late Models will not be a weekly division at the Speedway in 2015; however, will make numerous appearances when Wayne County Speedway is not running them with the first being next Saturday, May 9.

Pits open at 4 p.m. with grandstands at 5, drivers meeting at 6:15, warm-ups at 6:30 and group qualifying slated for 7. Admission for those 14 and over is $ 10. Pit passes are $ 30. As always, children under 13, parking, and camping is always FREE! 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 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.

###

Sharon Speedway

Powered by WordPress | Designed by: MMO | Thanks to MMORPG List, Video Game Soundtracks and Website Hosting