Charlie Daniels Band set to Perform Wednesday; Huckin Fillbillys opening act
By Mike Leone
August 11, 2013
(Hartford, OH)…After a successful free Fan Appreciation Night that packed the grandstands on Saturday night, Sharon Speedway is set to host a totally different event this Wednesday night, August 14 when the Charlie Daniels Band will perform live at the Speedway. The Huckin Fillbillys will be the opening act. The event is presented by Hovis Auto & Truck Supply. Gates open at 6 p.m. with the show set to begin at 8.
It will be the first concert in many, many years at the Hartford, Ohio facility and will be the first time that the legendary 76-year-old fiddler will perform at the Speedway. Daniels is a Grammy Award winner with gold and platinum albums in addition to awards from the Country Music Association (CMA), Academy of Country Music (ACM), TNN/Music City News Awards, and the Gospel Music Association (GMA).
Daniels has spent 55 years in the music business and 40 years touring with the Charlie Daniels Band. He first found success on rock radio and the pop charts with ’70s songs like “Uneasy Rider,” “The South’s Gonna Do It”, and “Long-Haired Country Boy.”
In 1979, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” made him a household name, as the tale of a fiddle duel with Satan topped the country charts, peaked at No. 3 on the pop charts and won Daniels a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group.
“We’re always looking at ways to make the facility be useful in addition to auto racing,” explained General Manager Dave Willoughby. “We’ve worked hard to be able to host a concert and look forward to Charlie Daniels performing on Wednesday night. The weather is looking great and hopefully people support this show.”
Fans are reminded that coolers will not be permitted for this event. Alcohol will be sold at the event. Advance tickets are $33 or $37 at the gate. Parking will be $5. For advance tickets go to www.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006. Advance tickets can also be purchased at Yankee Lake (OH) Carryout.
Coming up Saturday (August 17), the BOSS non-wing Sprint Cars Series will be on hand joined by the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series in the $2,000 to-win “Gary Knollinger Memorial”. Also on the card will be the Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. Race time is 7 p.m.
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; however, unfortunately, Kasey Kahne will be unable to participate due to the fact that Sprint Car racing has been eliminated from his racing plans nor will Tony Stewart be able to compete due his recent injury. Sharon Speedway thanks Kasey and Tony for their great support of this event over the years.
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.