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“Fan Appreciation Night” to feature FREE general admission Saturday! Full “Steel Valley Thunder” program & autograph night on tap

By Mike Leone

August 7, 2013

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway was finally blessed with a beautiful day last Saturday as a season high 110 cars and great crowd turned out; that trend is expected to continue this Saturday night, August 10. The Governor Insurance 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 will be on the card. Race time is set for 7 p.m.

Saturday is the long-awaited “Fan Appreciation Night” featuring FREE general admission for the first time ever! Fans can come and watch the exiting racing action in the six weekly divisions plus it’s autograph night on the speedway during intermission. This will be a great opportunity for fans to meet their favorite racing stars, see the cars up close and personal, and obtain autographs and photos. Many of the racers will have giveaways and items free of charge for the fans.

Once again Saturday night, one lucky boy and girl under the age of 14 will win a bicycle or scooter thanks to King Bros. and Sharon Speedway. This promotion will continue throughout the 2013 season. Saturday’s kitchen special is stuffed shells.

The championship chase is around 2/3rds complete with two months to go. Five of the six division leaders are in search of their first crowns. One driver that isn’t is in the headlining DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds. Jim Weller, Jr. has had a tremendous season with three victories as he currently leads the points by 25 over Rex King, Jr. and 27 over the elder Rex King. The veteran Hubbard, Ohio racer has only one finish outside of the top five and that was back on May 11. Weller was the 2000 champion on the old half-mile and then won the third season on the 3/8-mile track in 2004. Dave Murdick and New Yorker Ricky Richner complete the top five in points. Last Saturday night, a solid field of 19 cars was on hand in the Governor Insurance Agency-sponsored divisions.

Dennis Lunger, Jr. started the 2013 season off hot winning two of the first three Barris Supply RUSH Late Model races and picking up from his first career win at the speedway in the 2012 season finale; however, Lunger’s lead has slowly shrunk down to 27 over defending champion Will Thomas III. Thomas got behind the eight-ball missing opening night, but has won three of the last six weekly events! Josh Double, Eric Wilson, and Matt Latta are third through fifth in points. Late Model rookie Jamie Wrightsman had his best career finish in the division last Saturday night in fourth and is currently sixth in the standings.

Mike Kinney had another great night last Saturday charging from the 12th starting spot to a solid runner-up finish in the Summit Racing Equipment Modified feature. The Ashtabula, Ohio driver has extended his point lead to a pretty comfortable 40-point margin. The most points one can garner in a night is 40. Gabrielson though only leads Alan Dellinger by five and Jeff Johnson by seven. Jeff Hassay completes the top five.

The Stock Car count has grown the second half of the season and the competition has been solid all year. Last Saturday, Brian Carothers became the seventh different winner. Gibson Insurance Agency point leader, Mike Clark, suffered his first finish outside the top 10 as his point lead shrunk to 22 over defending champion Tim Burns. Amazingly Burns has yet to win a feature this year despite eight top five finishes. Carothers is third in points over Paul Davis and Bryan Wagner.

Jeremy Double captured his track-leading sixth feature win of the season last Saturday night and propelled himself into the HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mod point lead. The 17-year-old has a 16-point advantage on Ryan Fraley, who started the season off hot with 10 straight top five finishes including three victories. Twelve-year-old Jacob Eucker is third. Rookie Ty Rhoades is prime for his first career win as he’s spun off seven straight top five finishes! Steve Burns, Jr. rounds out the top five.

Scott Gilliland jumped out to a big point lead in the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks via five wins in the first nine races, but since has cooled off. Since his last win on June 1, the Warren, Ohio racer has mustered only a pair of third place finishes in addition to finishes of seventh, eighth, and ninth, which has allowed his competitors to close the gap. Rookie Travis Creech is 35 points back in second with 2011 champion Bill Fuchs third and 2012 champion Jim Haefke, Jr. fourth.

Pits open at 4 p.m. Saturday with grandstands at 5. Racing begins at 7. Pit passes are $ 25. Parking and camping is always free.

Don’t forget, coming up next Wednesday (August 14) will be the “Charlie Daniels Band” performing at the speedway along with the Huckin Fillybillys. Advance tickets are $ 33 or $ 37 at the gate. Advance tickets can be purchased online, at the speedway office, or at Yankee Lake Carryout.

The Lou Blaney Memorial Alzheimer’s Association Benefit Event is nearing on Tuesday, August 20 featuring the “410” Sprint Cars for $ 5,000 to-win plus the BRP Big-Block Modifieds Tour for $ 2,000 to-win. It’s NASCAR Night with Kyle Larson and Dave Blaney competing in Sprint Cars. This will be a time trial event for the Sprint Cars.

For more information on these events and to buy advance tickets, go to 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 @SharonSpdwy.

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Hoping for good weather Saturday as “Steel Valley Thunder” returns for the 1st time since 6/22; Bill Kirila Memorial & Armed Forces Night

By Mike Leone

July 31, 2013

(Hartford, OH)…After yet another rainout last weekend, Sharon Speedway looks to get back in the swing of things this Saturday, August 3 with the return of “Steel Valley Thunder”. The last time the weekly six-division program was completed was back on June 22 due to several rainouts, an off night, and the July 20 special event. Saturday’s annual Bill Kirila Memorial will feature the Governor Insurance 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. Race time is set for 7 p.m.

Saturday’s promotion is the twice rescheduled Armed Forces Night with free admission for those active duty members in uniform. Once again Saturday night, one lucky boy and girl under the age of 14 will win a bicycle or scooter thanks to King Bros. and Sharon Speedway. This promotion will continue throughout the 2013 season. Saturday’s kitchen special is stuffed cabbage and mashed potatoes.

Come Saturday, it’ll be six weeks since the ground-pounding DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds last hit the dirt at Sharon. On that June 22 night, Jim Weller, Jr. captured the third victory of the season and extended his point lead to 21 over Rex King, who also has three wins. Rex King, Jr., who has a pair of victories, is only another nine points back.

Defending champion, Dave Murdick, sits fourth in the Governor Insurance Agency standings over newcomers to the speedway, Eric Gabany and New York racer Ricky Richner. Since Sharon last ran, Richner beat the big blocks with his “358” small-block in a BRP Tour event at Eriez Speedway on July 7.

The RUSH Late Models are coming off of a big night the last they ran on Saturday, July 20 when Max Blair picked up his season’s first win in the Sweeney Touring event, while track regular, Bobby Whitling, was the lucky recipient of the GM 604 engine giveaway presented by Sweeney and Pace Performance!

Dennis Lunger, Jr. continues his quest for his first track championship. The Albion, Pa. racer had never won a Sharon feature before the 2012 season finale and has added three victories this season, but his point lead has shrunk to 39 over defending champion, Will Thomas III. Matt Latta, Josh Double, and 2011 champion Josh Double are still in the hunt for the title. Barris Supply RUSH Late Model rookie, Jamie Wrightsman, is sixth in points.

It’s talked about every week, but the quality and competitiveness of the Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds is pretty unbelievable. On July 20, Steve Dixon won the first of his career at the speedway as he became the amazing 10th different winner in the division already this season!

Atop the standings is Mike Kinney as the Ashtabula, Ohio driver also looks for his first ever track championship. Kinney leads Joe Gabrielson by 18 as Jeff Johnson, Alan Dellinger, and Jeff Hassay complete the top five. A total of 63 different drivers have competed in the division to date!

Jamie Duncan was one of five racers on July 20 that picked up their first win of the season, but Duncan’s was more than that as he hadn’t ever won at Sharon in 10 years of trying! Mike Clark, who two years ago won his first feature after 15 years of trying, is having his career best season as he’s the driver to beat for his first championship as well. Clark has a pretty commanding 35-point lead on defending champion, Tim Burns, who is still winless this season. Paul Davis, Brian Carothers, and Jamie Scharba are a distant third through fifth in points. A regular season-high 19 cars turned out on July 20 despite several of the regulars missing in action.

Like the Big-Block Mods, the Econo Mods haven’t competed at Sharon in six weeks. The HTMA/Precise Racing Product division has had strong car counts night in and night out as the relatively new division continues to gain cars. Thirty-nine different drivers have participated this year, but it’s Ryan Fraley atop the standings by only three over Jeremy Double. Twelve-year-old Jacob Eucker is 31 points back of the top spot in third as rookie Ty Rhoades and Steve Burns, Jr. round out the top five.

Scott Gilliland, who opened the Mini Stock season on fire, has watched his Deforest Used Parts point lead slowly reduce as rookie Travis Creech has become the driver to beat of late. After winning five of the first nine features, Gilliland has been only able to muster a pair of thirds, a seventh, and an eighth as his lead is down to 33 over Creech, who was recently featured in “Open Throttle 360,” a Pittsburgh-based television show on PCNC. Like Lunger, Kinney, and Clark, Gilliland has never won a championship as well.

Pits open at 4 p.m. Saturday with grandstands at 5. Racing begins at 7. Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 13, while children under 14 are always free. Pit passes are $ 25. Parking and camping is always free.

Don’t forget, coming up on Wednesday, August 14 will be the “Charlie Daniels Band” performing at the speedway along with the Huckin Fillybillys. Advance tickets are $ 33 or $ 37 at the gate. Advance tickets can be purchased online, at the speedway office, or at Yankee Lake Carryout.

The Lou Blaney Memorial Alzheimer’s Association Benefit Event is nearing on Tuesday, August 20 featuring the “410” Sprint Cars for $ 5,000 to-win plus the BRP Big-Block Modifieds Tour for $ 2,000 to-win. It’s NASCAR Night with Tony Stewart, Kyle Larson and Dave Blaney competing in Sprint Cars; however, unfortunately, Kasey Kahne will be unable to participate due to the fact that Sprint Car racing has all been eliminated from his racing plans. Sharon Speedway thanks Kasey for his great support of this event over the years.

For more information on these events and to buy advance tickets, go to 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 @SharonSpdwy.

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“Steel Valley Thunder” returns Saturday for the 1st time since June 22; Gold Rush for the Kids; Armed Forces Night

By Mike Leone

July 23, 2013

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway looks to get back in the swing of things this Saturday, July 27 with the return of “Steel Valley Thunder”. The last time the weekly six-division program was completed was back on June 22 due to several rainouts, an off night, and last Saturday’s special event. Race time is set for 7 p.m. Saturday featuring the Governor Insurance 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.

Saturday’s promotion is a “Gold Rush” for the kids at intermission, and the rescheduled Armed Forces Night with free admission for those active duty members in uniform. Once again Saturday night, one lucky boy and girl under the age of 14 will win a bicycle or scooter thanks to King Bros. and Sharon Speedway. This promotion will continue throughout the 2013 season. Saturday’s kitchen special is stuffed cabbage and mashed potatoes.

Come Saturday, it’ll be five weeks since the ground-pounding DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds last hit the dirt at Sharon. On that June 22 night, Jim Weller, Jr. captured the third victory of the season and extended his point lead to 21 over Rex King, who also has three wins. Rex King, Jr., who has a pair of victories, is only another nine points back.

Defending champion, Dave Murdick, sits fourth in the Governor Insurance Agency standings over newcomers to the speedway, Eric Gabany and New York racer Ricky Richner. Since Sharon last ran, Richner beat the big blocks with his “358” small-block in a BRP Tour event at Eriez Speedway.

The RUSH Late Models are coming off of a big night last Saturday when Max Blair picked up his season’s first win in the Sweeney Touring event, while track regular, Bobby Whitling, was the lucky recipient of the GM 604 engine giveaway presented by Sweeney and Pace Performance.

Dennis Lunger, Jr. continues his quest for his first track championship. The Albion, Pa. racer had never won a feature before the 2012 season finale and has added three victories this season, but his point lead has shrunk to 39 over defending champion, Will Thomas III. Matt Latta, Josh Double, and 2011 champion Josh Double are still in the hunt for the title. Barris Supply RUSH Late Model rookie, Jamie Wrightsman, is sixth in points.

It’s talked about every week, but the quality and competitiveness of the Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds is pretty unbelievable. Last Saturday, Steve Dixon won the first of his career at the speedway as he became the amazing 10th different winner in the division already this season!

Atop the standings is Mike Kinney as the Ashtabula, Ohio driver also looks for his first ever track championship. Kinney leads Joe Gabrielson by 18 as Jeff Johnson, Alan Dellinger, and Jeff Hassay complete the top five. A total of 63 different drivers have competed in the division to date!

Jamie Duncan was one of five racers last weekend that picked up his first win of the season, but Duncan’s was more than that as he hadn’t ever won at Sharon in 10 years of trying! Mike Clark is having his career best season as he’s the driver to beat for his first championship as well. Clark has a pretty commanding 35-point lead on defending champion, Tim Burns, who is still winless this season. Paul Davis, Brian Carothers, and Jamie Scharba are a distant third through fifth in points. Last Saturday brought out a regular season-high 19 cars despite several of the regulars missing in action.

Like the Big-Block Mods, the Econo Mods haven’t competed at Sharon in over a month. The HTMA/Precise Racing Product division has had strong car counts night in and night out as the relatively new division continues to gain cars. Thirty-nine different drivers have participated this year, but it’s Ryan Fraley atop the standings by only three over Jeremy Double. Twelve-year-old Jacob Eucker is 31 points back of the top spot in third as rookie Ty Rhoades and Steve Burns, Jr. round out the top five.

Scott Gilliland, who opened the Mini Stock season on fire, has watched his Deforest Used Parts point lead slowly reduce as rookie Travis Creech has become the driver to beat of late. After winning five of the first nine features, Gilliland has been only able to muster a pair of thirds, a seventh, and an eighth as his lead is down to 33 over Creech. Like Lunger, Kinney, and Clark, Gilliland has never won a championship as well.

Pits open at 4 p.m. Saturday with grandstands at 5. Racing begins at 7. Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is $ 13, while children under 14 are always free. Pit passes are $ 25. Parking and camping is always free.

Don’t forget, coming up on Wednesday, August 14 will be the “Charlie Daniels Band” performing at the speedway along with the Huckin Fillybillys. Advance tickets are $ 33 or $ 37 at the gate.

The Lou Blaney Memorial Alzheimer’s Association Benefit Event is nearing on Tuesday, August 20 featuring the “410” Sprint Cars for $ 5,000 to-win plus the BRP Big-Block Modifieds Tour for $ 2,000 to-win. It’s NASCAR Night with Tony Stewart and Dave Blaney competing in Sprint Cars; however, unfortunately, Kasey Kahne will be unable to participate due to the fact that Sprint Car racing has all been eliminated from his racing plans. Sharon Speedway thanks Kasey for his great support of this event over the years.

For more information on these events and to buy advance tickets, go to 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 @SharonSpdwy.

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