Nearly 100 Snowmobiles, ATVs & UTV Side-by-Sides kickoff Sharon’s 2015 season Jan 24 for the “Circle Track Showdown”

NEARLY 100 SNOWMOBILES, ATVS & UTV SIDE-BY-SIDES COMPETITORS KICKOFF SHARON’S 2015 SEASON SATURDAY FOR THE “CIRCLE TRACK SHOWDOWN”
By Mike Leone

January 24, 2015

(Hartford, OH)…Thanks to some mid-week snow and the efforts put in by the track crew, the rescheduled 2015 “Circle Track Showdown” was held on Saturday afternoon. The fourth annual event unofficially kicked off the 86th anniversary season on a cloudy day with temps in the upper 20s. Nearly 100 competitors raced around the 3/8-mile track in the Snowmobile, ATV, and UTV Side-by-Side classes.

The Snowmobiles started off the day running four-lap heat races followed by their eight-lap features for the 43 competitors. Picking up feature wins were Jeff Cann of Hubbard, OH (Vintage), Zac Kollar of Fowler, OH (401-500cc), Tyler Ochs of Lucinda, PA (501-600cc), Lee Luchette of Brookfield, OH (601-700cc), and multi-feature winner Joe Powell of Sharon, PA (701-800cc & 801-900cc).

The ATVs took to the track next running four-lap heats and eight-lap features for the 33 competitors. Feature winners were Brian Putnam of Niles, OH (<301cc), Ron Kirila III of Burghill, OH (Utility), Matt Carney of Vienna, OH (301-400cc), Jeff Drotar of Cortland, OH (401-500cc), and Chad Brown of Vienna, OH (601-700cc). It was the second consecutive year the ATVs have been part of the program.

The UTV Side-by-Sides rounded out the program for their four-lap heats and eight-lap features. A record 16 UTVs were on hand for their third ever appearance at the speedway as they were part of last year’s program as well as on September 21 during a Saturday night “Steel Valley Thunder” racing program. Capturing feature wins were Lee Luchette (<900cc) and Tyler Smith of East Brady, PA (900+cc).

Several dirt track racers were in competition including Jamie Wrightsman and Brad Blackshear in the Snowmobiles and Kevin Robinson, Teddy Williams, Kevin VanZandt, and Brett Brunkenhoefer in the ATVs.

Sharon’s next event will be Saturday, February 7 for the 2014 Awards Banquet and Dinner at the Yankee Lake (OH) Ballroom. Opening night for “Steel Valley Thunder” will be Saturday, April 25.

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 Speedway

“Circle Track Showdown” a GO for Saturday featuring Snowmbiles, ATVS & Side-by-Sides

By Mike Leone

January 22, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway’s fourth annual “Circle Track Showdown” featuring Snowmobiles, ATVs, and Side-by-Sides is a go for this Saturday, January 24! Mid-week snow coupled with the track crew working hard to move snow onto the surface gave the event an official green light late Thursday afternoon.

The Side-by-Sides and ATVs will be back in action for the second straight year in addition to the following snowmobile classes in both independent front suspension and leaf: 400cc and under, 401-500 cc, 501-600cc, 601-700cc, 701-800cc, 801cc+ & mods, along with the vintage sleds.

Competitors must be 14 years of age due to insurance requirements. Helmets are required, while suits, gloves, chest protectors & tethers are highly recommended. Sled and/or rider must be visibly numbered! Each class will run heats and a feature. Drivers will be permitted a few warm-up laps. There will be no cash prizes as winners will receive trophies only. Hay bales will be setup around the 3/8-mile track.

Admission is just $ 5 for an all-access facility pass, which includes both grandstands and pits! Gates will open at 9 a.m. with racing at 11 a.m. The registration fee will be $ 25 for all competitors per class.

The inaugural event held in 2011 saw a packed grandstands of eager fans brave bitter cold temperatures with the wind chill well below zero and watched over 100 snowmobile competitors put on a quite a show. In 2012, it took three tries before a last minute snowstorm allowed the event to take place that featured nine different winners in 11 classes. No snow forced the event to be cancelled three times in 2013. Last year, over 80 competitors participated as the ATVs and Side-by-Sides were added.

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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Circle Track Showdown postponed from January 10 to January 24

By Mike Leone

January 8, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway has postponed the “Circle Track Showdown” scheduled for this Saturday, January 10 due to the lack of snow and forecasted bitter temperatures and wind chills to Saturday, January 24.

“At this point we don’t have enough snow,” explained Sharon Speedway GM Dave Willoughby. “We haven’t gotten the snow that was predicted the last couple days. In addition, we don’t want to subject our employees, fans, and competitors to the extreme cold conditions. School has been cancelled for much of the week in the region and Saturday isn’t looking any warmer. We wanted to make an early decision for everyone’s sake.”

On January 24, the Side-by-Sides and ATVs will be back in addition to the following snowmobile classes in both independent front suspension and leaf: 400cc and under, 401-500 cc, 501-600cc, 601-700cc, 701-800cc, 801cc+ & mods, along with the vintage sleds.

Competitors must be 14 years of age due to insurance requirements. Helmets are required, while suits, gloves, chest protectors & tethers are highly recommended. Sled and/or rider must be visibly numbered! Each class will run heats and a feature. Drivers will be permitted a few warm-up laps. There will be no cash prizes as winners will receive trophies only. Hay bales will be setup around the 3/8-mile track.

There will be no pre-registration for this coming year’s event; instead the registration fee will be $ 25 for all competitors per class. Once again, admission is just $ 5 for an all-access facility pass, which includes both grandstands and pits! Gates will open at 9 with racing at 11 a.m.

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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