History of Sharon Speedway is featured

Ron Novak will present a program on the rich history of Sharon Speedway Monday evening at 7 at the fire station located in Hartford Center. Novak’s father, Jim, took control of the speedway in 1950 and promoted the speedway until 1980.

It has always been my thought that if there was a hall of fame for Trumbull County auto racing, the Novak family, Jim, his wife Vera, and son Ron, would be among the first inducted. Or if Ohio had such a hall of fame they would also be among the first inducted.

As far as that goes, Sharon Speedway, in my opinion, should be a part of the National Historical Society. What other area business or sports facility has survived since 1931?

At any rate, if you are a racing fan or racing history buff you should find this meeting very entertaining and I hope to see you there.

Former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has owned championship Sprint car racing teams since 2001, including present World Of Outlaw champion Donny Schatz and USAC sprint car, midget and Silver Crown teams. It seems he has started a trend.

NASCAR star Kyle Larson is now the sole owner of a WOO team with driver Shane Stewart. Also, NASCAR driver and former USAC Silver Crown Series champion Ryan Newman has become partners with Clauson/Marshall Racing and will field a car with veteran driver Tyler Courtney to race full-time on the USAC AMSOL Nation Sprint car series for 2018.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., fellow NASCAR driver, has announced that he has teamed up with Richard Marshall and hired Wooster, Ohio, driver Sheldon Haudenschild to drive full-time in the WOO series.

Richard Childress, longtime NASCAR team owner who has won many championships with Dale Earnhardt, has announced a partnership with Dooling Hayward Motorsports to have driver Brady Bacon race with the USAC Sprint car series full-time along with Tanner Thorson to race in select midget events.

Kasey Kahne, another NASCAR driver, owns two racing teams in the WOO Sprint car series with drivers Brad Sweet and Daryl Pittman.

It’s great to see drivers put their money back into racing.

The area 2018 season looks great with many special events on the calendar. In my next column I will be covering the upcoming season.