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05 January 2012 | Archived News | |    

By Mike Leone


(Hartford, OH)…Despite setting an annual rainfall record last month, which certainly caused havoc throughout the 2011 racing season, the wet stuff hasn’t translated into snow thus far for the winter season. After finally getting the first measurable snow of the season earlier this week, the amount wasn’t near what was predicted and with well above freezing temperatures predicted through the weekend, Saturday’s “Circle Track Showdown” Snowmobile Races have been postponed until Saturday, January 14.

This will setup back-to-back weeks of snowmobile action with round two scheduled for Saturday, January 21. Both events will be presented by new marketing partner JohnnyK’s Powersports of Niles, Ohio, while Northstar Powersports and The Primary Health Network will be associate sponsors.

“This weather has been something else,” stated third year GM Dave Willoughby. “Prior to this week, we only had two dustings of snow that quickly melted. We thought we might have a shot at getting Saturday in when they were predicting in upwards of a foot of snow, but we didn’t get anywhere near half of that amount. In fact, there was less than an inch of snow left on the track, and with temperatures near or above 40 degrees for the remainder of the week and weekend plus the grounds are still so muddy from all of the rain and above freezing temps this winter there was just no possible way of holding the event. We’ll just have to see what the weather brings for the next two weeks.”

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 7 for the January 14 event and through January 14 for the January 21 event. It’s $30 per class on race day. Registration forms are available at Gates open at 9 a.m. with racing at 11 a.m. for both events.

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

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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