Weather permitting, locals tracks revving up

On Saturday night, Sharon Speedway is having “Fan Appreciation night.” What that means is free admission for all. That’s right, take the entire family for a night of entertainment at no cost.

Race fans this is your lucky night. If you have never been to a race or to Sharon Speedway come on down, the price is right.

Thus far, Mother Nature has won three events at the historic oval with only one night of racing not being cancelled to weather. This Saturday’s program will be a four-division event. The ground-pounding Big Block Modifieds, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Econo Mods, and Stock cars.

At intermission all cars will be parked on the front straightaway so fans can get a close up look at the cars, meet the drivers and get autographs. Warm-ups start at 6:30.

To the north of us, Raceway 7 in Conneaut is hoping that the third time is a charm tonight as they attempt to get in their first night of racing. They have been struggling with the weather along with most race tracks in our region.

The popular 3/8-mile dirt oval has a weekly program of RUSH Late Models, E-Mods, Street Stocks, Econo Mods and Mini Stocks. Raceway 7 is located on Route 7, six miles south of Interstate 90. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tri-City Raceway Park in Franklin, Pa., will attempt once again to have its Modified Mania show on Sunday. The track canceled the Mother’s Day show this past week. Big block Mods, E-Mods, RUSH Sportsman Mods, Econo Mods and Dirt Vintage Mods will converge on the big half-mile oval. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 6.

A couple of local racers have ventured out with success. Rex King Jr. of Bristolville got a win this past Friday night at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., in his Big Block Modified. King is a former Lernerville and Sharon track champion.

Eric Wilson of Cortland went to McKean County Raceway May 5 and drove the Mike Wilson E-Mod for the first time to a heat race win and second in the feature event. Proving that to be no fluke, he backed that up with a heat race win and third in the feature, driving the new XR1 Rocket that the team prepared over the winter in the Crate Late Model division.

Speaking of grassroots racing it all starts for many racers in go-karts. Goodhope Speedway in New Springfield has run three race programs already. The 1/5 th-mile dirt oval has racers from 6 to 60 years old.

If you are interested in getting started in racing or just want to see some good kart racing check out Goodhope Speedway. They are located in New Springfield on Columbiana Road. They race Saturdays, with hot laps at 5 p.m., racing at 6. For more info, go to Goodhope Speedway.com. This Saturday the Predator class pays $250 to win and the first BSSS race of the year for the Clone class takes place.

For some of the best racing you can see anywhere get out and support your local race track.

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