Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing to Sponsor Steel Valley Thunder Fan Appreciation Night at Sharon Speedway Dirt Track June 10


DEARBORN, MI – A celebration of dirt-track racing action in the heartland of America and fun for the whole family will be the focus when Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing sponsors the annual Steel Valley Thunder Fan Appreciation Night at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio (3241 Custer-Orangeville Rd.) on Saturday, June 10.

Race enthusiasts and families are invited to enjoy free admission to the speedway that night for four hours of dirt-track action featuring Big-Block Modifieds, Stock Cars, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and Econo Mods.

“Fan Appreciation Night is always a great event at our track and having Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing as the presenting sponsor will make it even more so,” said Sharon Speedway co-owner Dave Blaney. “In addition to the free admission, there will be a travel sweepstakes, a line-up of Ford’s latest vehicles, family friendly activities and give-a-ways for fans of all ages.”

NASCAR Championship Weekend Contest – Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing is offering fans a chance to win a trip for two to the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Series Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November, 2017. One winner, selected randomly from those in attendance who enter, will receive:

* Round-trip airfare for the winner and guest * Three nights’ hotel accommodations * Ford Eco-Boost 400 grandstand tickets to the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Series Championship race and race-day hospitality package * A VISA gift card for meals and incidentals ($500) * Motorcraft apparel package and No. 21 race team autographed memorabilia

“We take great pride in sponsoring Fan Appreciation Night at Sharon Speedway,” said Brett Wheatley, executive director of North America, Ford Customer Service Division. “Dirt-track racing is the very essence of racing in America and we’re happy to share in this day of appreciation for fans of racing and as a ‘thank you’ for the continued support of our Motorcraft parts and our nationwide network of Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers.”

“Being able to collaborate with track owners Dave and Lisa Blaney, proud parents of our No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion driver Ryan Blaney, will make this day even more extraordinary,” Wheatley continued. “Adding to the festivities, fans in attendance can win ‘The Works’ vehicle service package if Ryan wins the June 11 NASCAR race at Pocono in our ‘Win With Ryan Blaney’ Challenge.”

Win With Ryan Blaney Challenge – Should the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion, driven by Ryan Blaney, win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono on June 11, everyone in attendance at Fan Appreciation Day can take their June 10 Sharon Speedway admission ticket and the “Win With Ryan Blaney” certificate to a participating Youngstown Metro Ford dealership or Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center to redeem the “The Works” vehicle service package (or any equivalent $40 service). Sharon Speedway attendees will receive the “Win With Ryan Blaney” Challenge certificate as part of a welcome package upon entry.

The green flag drops, starting the racing action at 7 p.m., but gates will open at 3:00 p.m. to allow fans to enjoy the many Ford vehicle displays and activities that are being planned, including:

* The Ford F-Series Tech Tour display demonstrating the all-new F-Series Super Duty capabilities and class-exclusive features * The No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion NASCAR show car * Family Fun in the Fan Zone including a Motorcraft® Tested Tough® Battery bounce house * Enter for the chance to win the NASCAR Championship Weekend (winner announced race night on June 10, 2017 at Sharon Speedway) * Enter for a chance to win a 2018 Mustang GT (national contest, winner announced January 2018)

Complimentary admission tickets are available before the event at the following participating Youngstown Metro Ford dealerships and Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center:

Free tickets also will be available at the Sharon Speedway gate on June 10. Sharon features weekly Saturday night “Steel Valley Thunder” racing competition. Following the “Fan Appreciation Night”, Sharon will return to action on Tuesday, June 20 with Ohio Speedweek featuring Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars in a $5,000 to-win event along with the Mini Stocks. The “Lou Blaney Memorial” will take place on Saturday, July 8 with a return appearance by the All Star Sprint Cars along with the Big-Block Modifieds. On Thursday, July 20, the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series returns in a $6,000 to-win event plus the Mini Stocks. Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

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About Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers Ford’s Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center offers routine vehicle maintenance such as oil and filter changes, light repair services including brake repair, and tire replacements on all vehicle makes and models. With more than 800 locations and growing, customers can visit to find a center that is closest to them, print savings coupons and review maintenance tips to keep their vehicles running at peak efficiency. This site includes information on how to spot tire wear, how to jump-start a battery and even a series of tips to improve a vehicle’s fuel economy.

About Sharon Speedway Opened in 1929, Sharon Speedway is one of the oldest, continuously running weekly racetracks in the United States. It features Modified, DIRTcar Big-Block Modified, Econo Mod, RUSH Late Model and Stock Cars racing most Saturday nights from mid-April to mid-September. The 3/8-mile, high-banked, dirt-and-clay oval track features NASCAR-level facilities and amenities. Rusty Wallace, Tom Sneva, Tony Stewart, Lee Petty and Dave Blaney are among a long list of drivers who have competed at the track. In 1954, Sharon Speedway hosted a major 200-lap NASCAR race in which Lee Petty beat Buck Baker and Herb Thomas to the checkered flag. In 2002, sprint car legend and NASCAR Cup driver Dave Blaney – along with area businessmen Jim Weller, Sr. of Liberty Steel Products and Bill and Ron Kirila of Kirila Contractors – purchased the facility. Extensive renovations were made and the track was shortened to its current 3/8-mile configuration.

Sharon Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt track located at 3241 Custer-Orangeville Road, Hartford, OH 44424 near the intersection of Routes 7 & 305. For more information, check out the website at or call 330-772-5481. Become a fan of Sharon Speedway on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at

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