March 22 open practice & “Springduro 150? Enduro postponed to April 5

By Mike Leone

March 19, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway is forced to postpone this Saturday’s (March 22) scheduled open practice and “Springduro 150” Enduro to Saturday, April 5 with a rain date of Sunday, April 6 due to the conditions of the track and parking areas. The new times for April 5 will be open practice from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. with the Enduro to follow.

“Today’s (Wednesday) rains took away any hope at getting in Saturday’s event,” explained GM Dave Willoughby. “Things were beginning to dry up and if it would have stayed dry through Saturday we may have had a shot, but with frost still in the ground and inclement weather the next couple days there’s just no way to be able to prepare the track. Cold weather is predicted through much of next week so we decided to just postpone the event until April 5.”

A total of 42 cars have pre-entered for the Enduro, which pays $ 1,000 to the winner, $ 500 for second, $ 400 for third, $ 300 for fourth, and $ 200 for fifth. New entries are still being accepted and will be on race day at the cost of $ 100. Registration forms are available on the website by going to SharonSpeedway.com, clicking on the Drivers tab followed by the Registration link. The starting line-up is also posted on the website.

Following the Enduro, the 2014 regular racing season will get underway on Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m. featuring the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Barris Supply RUSH Late Models, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks.

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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After losing out on 2013 DIRTcar Big-Block Mod Championship to Jim Weller, Rex King, Jr. defeats Weller to win $1010 “Drive to be a Champion” title

By Mike Leone

January 13, 2014

(Hartford, OH)…With the western Pa./eastern Ohio region down to just two weekly speedways running Big-Block Modifieds, Sharon Speedway has worked hard in recent years to preserve the longstanding division that has been part of the weekly program since going back to dirt in 1981. Sharon joined with Lernerville Speedway under the DIRTcar sanction in 2012 and for the second straight year offered the separate “Drive to be a Champion” program in memory of Lou Blaney. The result has been increased car counts over the past two seasons.

In the inaugural 2012 season, Rex King topped Dave Murdick and Kevin Bolland to win the $ 1,010 “Drive to be a Champion” prize as those three racers shared $ 1,830. In 2013, thanks to additional sponsors (see list below), the pot grew to $ 2,300! The top 10 drivers will now share in the point fund that will be distributed during the 2013 Awards Banquet & Dinner at Yankee Lake (OH) Ballroom on Saturday, February 1. The program again used drivers’ best 10 finishes during 2013 with the addition of 10 bonus points for competing in the August 20 “Lou Blaney Memorial”.

For the second straight year a King earned the “Drive to be a Champion” title. Behind a career high five victories, Rex King, Jr. of Bristolville, Ohio took the $ 1,010 top honors in the KMB, Inc.-owned, Jim Brown Seed Sales/Bristol Disposal/Cedar Steel/Professional Heating & Cooling/Reese Services/King Sanitary Service-sponsored #165.

Jim Weller, Jr., who had a phenomenal season winning three features and recording five runner-up finishes that propelled him to the Governor Insurance Agency track championship, finished second in the program and will receive $ 310. The elder Rex King, who won 2012 the “Drive to be a Champion” program, dropped to third place this past season for $ 210.

The following drivers finished fourth through tenth in the program and will receive an extra $ 110: Dave Murdick, Ricky Richner, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Eric Gabany, Rob Kristyak, Jimmy Weller III, and Bob Warren.

The 2013 “Drive to be a Champion” sponsors included Colonial Metals (Bill Thomas), New Breed (Jerry Morell), Wedge Motorsports (Dave Willoughby), DB Racing (Dave Blaney), Carpenter’s Towing (Rudy Carpenter), Tom Keir Family, Bob Morell, Dale Blaney, and Ryan Blaney Motorsports.

FINAL 2013 “Drive to be a Champion” DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Top 10 Points: 1. REX KING, JR. (165) 296 2. Jim Weller, Jr. (31) 282 3. Rex King (65) 276 4 Dave Murdick (61) 266 5. Ricky Richner (26) 250 6. Jeremiah Shingledecker (37MD) 236 7. Eric Gabany (3E) 218 8. Rob Kristyak (00) 186 9. Jimmy Weller III (23) 183 10. Bob Warren (96B) 181.

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 set for Saturday featuring Snowmobiles, ATVs & Side-by-Sides

By Mike Leone

January 24, 2014

(Hartford, OH)…The 2014 season at Sharon Speedway will kick-off Saturday (January 25) with the third annual “Circle Track Showdown” featuring Snowmobile, ATV, and Side-by-Side competition. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and again be presented by JohnnyK’s Powersports of Niles, Ohio. All access admission is just $ 5!

“The status for the event was questionable earlier in the week, but we got a lot of response for the ATV portion in the last couple days and now we’re expected to get several inches of snow overnight and throughout the day on Saturday for our snowmobiles,” explained GM Dave Willoughby. “We invite everyone out for this affordable and fun day of action!”

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.

The following snowmobile classes will be in action 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. For the first time ever, this year’s event has been expanded to include ATVs and Side-by-Sides! The classes of competition for the latter will be broke down by utility and sport and cc.

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.

Registration is now $ 30. Registration forms are available at www.sharonspeedway.com/drivers/registration. Gates will open at 9 with racing at 11 a.m.

JohnnyK’s Powersports is located at 420 Youngstown-Warren Road in Niles, Ohio. JohnnyK’s specializes in ATV’s, snowmobiles, utility vehicles, watecraft, scooters, cargo trailers, and sport utility trailers in brands like Arctic Cat, Can-Am, Sea-Doo, Ski-Doo, E-Ton, Triton, and Kawaski. For more information, check out their website at www.johnnykspowersports.com or call 330-544-9696.

Sharon will host the annual awards banquet and dinner on Saturday, February 1. The first auto racing event of 2014 will hit the track on Saturday, March 22 with open practice for all divisions followed by the “Springduro 150” Enduro. Ticket order forms and registration forms for these events are on our website at www.sharonspeedway.com.

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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