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By Mike Leone

January 12, 2012               

(Hartford, OH)…While Sharon Speedway has been busy preparing for the upcoming 2012 auto racing season, track officials are anxiously awaiting the return of the ultra-successful “Circle Track Showdown” Snowmobile Races to be held on Saturday, January 21 and Saturday, February 11.  Both events will be presented by new marketing partner JohnnyK’s Powersports of Niles, Ohio.

Last year’s inaugural event saw a packed grandstands brave bitter cold temperatures with the wind chill well below zero and watched over 100 competitors put on a quite a show.  Once again, admission is just $5 for an all-access facility pass, which includes both grandstands and pits!

The following 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.  Age groups per class will be 12-14, 15-17, 18+, and the senior vintage class of 55+. 

Helmets are required, while suits, gloves, chest protectors & tethers are highly recommended. Each class will run heats, last chance races (if necessary) 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.

Sled and/or rider must be visibly numbered!  Pre-registration is $20 per class through January 14 for January 21’s event and through February 4 for the February 11 event.  It’s $30 per class on race day.  Registration forms are available at

“We’re really looking forward to the return of snowmobiles at Sharon Speedway,” expressed third year GM Dave Willoughby.  “Last year’s event was tremendous!  This year we wanted to try two events, and the response has been great!  This is great exposure for the speedway at this time of the year and attracts a lot of new customers to Sharon Speedway.  In the event we don’t have snow and provided it’s not unseasonably warm well above freezing, we’re going to ice down the speedway so we can still have the events.  I have to thank Johnny K’s Powersports for coming on board to present these events.”

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 or call 330-544-9696.

Gates open at 9 a.m. with racing at 11 a.m. for both events.  In the event of no snow and unseasonably warm weather, make-up dates of the following Saturdays (January 14 & January 28) would be utilized.

Following the two snowmobile events, Sharon will host the annual awards banquet and dinner on Saturday, February 4.  The first auto racing event of 2012 will hit the track on Saturday, March 24 with open practice followed by the “Springduro 150” Enduro.  Ticket order forms and registration forms for these events are on our website at

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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  2. Posted by Jim Confer on 30 January 12 at 2:16am

    Hello. My name is Jim Confer , and I’m from Bradford , PA. I intend to drive over on the 11th and participate in your snowmobile event , and will be bringing my girlfriend as well. I have a suggestion , if I may. With the event being 2 weeks away yet , I think there would still be time enough to announce a ladies only ” powder puff ” snowmobile race as a feature. My girlfriend would like to bring and race her 583 ‘Doo , but isn’t willing to race against men. This is her first season , and although she’d like to participate , she isn’t comfortable doing so unless it’s against other women. I think an open CC class would have to suffice due to short notice of this addition to your event roster , but think it would attract a larger crowd for you , as well as make additional money at the event. I also think that most people would agree that having more women participate is always a big plus and fun for everyone. I’d also like to ask you about how you’d like for us to number our sleds for the event. If you could give me a call , I’d love to chat with you , and am curious to know if the possibility of having a woman’s event can get under way. A simple way to blow your event up would be to advertise at the local radio station here , 95.7 WPIG in Olean , NY , and ask for donations to cover the cost , which is very minimal anyway. There are tons of people here with sleds that are dying to ride due to lack of snow , and I guarantee a 30 second promo will buy you a ton of participation. Anyhow , thank you for sponsoring this event. We are looking forward to it , and I hope to hear from you soon. Jim Confer (814)366-6969

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