Sharon Hosts “Ray’s Race” for Pro Stocks

By Mike Leone

HARTFORD, OH-Sharon Speedway is excited to announce that “Ray’s Race” will be coming to the Hartford, Ohio oval for the first time. “Ray’s Race” honors the late Ray Virgile of Oil City, Pa., who was a longtime supporter of auto racing in the region. The sixth annual “Ray’s Race” will take place on Saturday, August 12 paying $2,000 to-win, $150 to-start for the Gibson Insurance Agency Pro Stock division. The event is presented by R&R Enterprises and Virgile Iron & Scrap.

There has yet to be a repeat winner in the five previous events. Past “Ray’s Race” winners include Andrew Gordon (2018 at Tri-City), Tim Bish (2019 at Mercer), Noah Brunell (2020 at Tri-City), Curt J. Bish (2021 at Tri-City), and Chris Schneider (2022 at Tri-City). Will there be a sixth different winner on August 12 at Sharon!?

The August 12 program will also include the Super Late Models in a non-sanctioned event paying $3,000 to-win, $300 to-start presented by Stackhouse Construction. Also on the card will be the Terry Bowser Excavating RUSH Sprint Cars and the HTMA/Precise Racing RUSH Sportsman Modifieds.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. with general admission at 5. Race time is 7 p.m. General admission is just $15 for those 14 and over. Pit passes are $35.

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, Ohio near the intersection of Routes 7 & 305. For more information, check out the website at or call 330-772-5481. Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @sharonspdwy.