By Mike Leone

May 19, 2011                        

(Hartford, OH)…Sharon Speedway announced Thursday night that it will be utilizing its grandstand parking procedure that has been in effect for the last three “Steel Valley Thunder” events for both this Friday and Saturday’s (May 20 & 21) shows.  The weather is looking very conducive for the first doubleheader program to be completed this year.

Rain has wrecked havoc on the grandstand parking areas with seemingly rain nearly every day this spring, and without any consecutive dry days to dry up the grounds, this alternate parking procedure that was designed has worked to perfection. 

Fans will enter the facility from the East gate, which is located behind the backstretch grandstands; from there, cars will be directed to park on the asphalt of the old half-mile speedway on the outside of turns three and four. 

Friday’s program will begin with three make-up features from the rained out May 6 program including the Uni-Tech Frame Straightening & Joe’ Radiator Sportsman Dwarf Cars, Micro Sprints, and Ti22 Performance Outlaw Sprint Warriors.   Following the completion of those 15-lap features, Friday’s regularly scheduled program will begin including those three divisions along with the Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods, Joe’s Radiator & Uni-Tech Frame Straightening Mod Lites, and the Mini Late Models.  
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and race time is set for 7:30 this year to allow for more time for fans racers to travel to Sharon Speedway. Adults are $10, students 9-13 are $5, and children eight and under are free. Pit passes are $25.

Saturday’s racing card will be presented by Warehouse Sales in Sharon, Pa. and include the Governor Insurance Agency Big-Block Modifieds, Barris Supply FASTRAK Late Models, Ainsley 500 Heating & Cooling E-Mods, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, and the Presidential Lawn Care Mini Stocks.

Saturday’s promotion is Armed Forces Night.  All active servicemen and veterans of war will be admitted into the grandstands free of charge!  Pits open at 4 p.m. with the grandstands at 5 and racing at 7.  Adult admission is $13. Students 9-13 are $5. Kids eight and under are free. The family pass is $32 for mom, dad, and four kids 13 and under.  Pit passes are $25.  Remember, if you bring your rain stub from Friday night to Saturday’s race, you’ll receive a $3 discount on Saturday’s admission!

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 or call 330-772-5481.  Become a fan of Sharon Speedway on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at


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