Sharon Speedway bumps up schedule for 2018

HARTFORD — Sharon Speedway has put together special schedules for both the always-popular “410” Sprint Cars, and the track-headlining Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds for the 2018 racing season.

“We’re really looking forward to bringing these events to Sharon in 2018,” track general manager Dave Willoughby said in a news release. “The Sprint Cars have always been an important part of our program. The drivers and fans have really supported our events well in recent years, so we’re excited to give them some additional higher-paying events.

“Big-Block Modified racers have been clamoring for more higher-paying races in the area, so this will give them the opportunity to race for more money as well.”

The 89th anniversary season at Sharon Speedway, which begins April 20, will feature a new 12-race program — titled the Super Series — which will include six events each for the “410” Sprint Cars ($3,000-to-win) and for the Big-Block Modifieds ($2,000-to-win), under the Mod Tour, Inc. banner.

Though the Sprint Cars haven’t run weekly at the track since 2010, Sharon traditionally has held Sprint shows as part of Ohio Speedweek and the Lou Blaney Memorial. In recent years, some non-sanctioned events were added, which proved successful.

In an effort to expand the presence of the “410” Sprint Cars at Sharon in 2018, the “Super Series” will feature an additional six $3,000-to-win increased purse events on May 12, June 2, June 30, Aug. 4, Aug. 11, and Aug. 18.

Meanwhile, the headlining Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds will also have their share of special events in 2018. The ground-pounders will battle for increased purses six times, as $2,000 will be on the line for their April 28 opener along with races May 26, June 23, July 7 (the Lou Blaney Memorial), July 21 and Aug. 25. After a year’s hiatus, the Mod Tour will return to Sharon and sanction these events.

Besides its regular weekly Saturday night racing, Sharon Speedway has a few other special events.

“We’re excited about the Lucas Oil Late Models returning, three All-Star Sprint events, the $10,000-to-win Penn-Ohio Stock event on June 16, and more for 2018,” Willoughby said.

The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, and Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods will continue to make up the balance of the weekly program in 2018. These divisions are coming off a strong 2017 season that saw an average of 32 Stocks, 24 RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and 21 Econo Mods per night.

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, near the intersection of Routes 7 & 305.

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