Ohio Sprint Speedweek gets started tonight

One of the best and most demanding weeks in the country for Sprint car racing returns to Ohio for the 35th annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek. Eight nights of racing in nine days kicks off tonight at Attica Speedway. Sharon Speedway will host night five on Tuesday.

A large car count, headed by some of the nation’s best drivers, will be criss-crossing the state in the world’s most powerful short-track race cars. Action truly will be fast and furious on Hartford’s 3/8-mile clay oval.

Sanctioned by Tony Stewart’s All-Star Circuit of Champions, one of the nation’s oldest traveling Sprint car organizations, the circuit is a staple of grassroots open-wheel racing originally formed by Bud Miller in 1970.

Chad Kemenah of Findlay is the current point leader and a four-time champion. Only Dale Blaney has more with five All Star championships. Blaney also leads the all time win list with 134 feature victories.

Some fans take their vacation in order to follow Speedweek. Many drivers make a rare appearance in Ohio to follow the series. At Sharon, gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7. The track is idle this weekend.

¯ Did you know that Stewart, one of the all-time racing greats and the only driver in history to win a championship in both IndyCar and NASCAR, captured his first win in a winged Sprint car at Sharon Speedway.

Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, Pa., is under new ownership and running a special-event-only program, hosting six shows a year. On Sunday, the track will present a Father’s Day spectacular, the RUSH Late Models “Bill Emig Memorial” tour series race, along with the RUSH Modifieds and 305 Sprints.

Gates open at 4 with racing at 6 on the big half-mile oval. The track is located on Route 417 in Franklin.

¯ Twin State Auto Racing Club is a co-sponsor of the fourth annual Dirt Track Hero’s Race car show benefiting Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. The event is June 28 at Quaker Steak and Lube on Elm Road. The show will be from 4 to 10 p.m. Ten percent of in-house food sales will be donated. Live acoustic entertainment and 30 race cars are expected.

The Twin State Auto Racing Club is also having a bus trip to Eldora Speedway for the NASCAR Truck Series. Big block modifieds are also on the show that night. Check out their web site, Twinstateracing.org for details

It’s a great time to be a race fan in one of the country’s best areas for race tracks.