Opperman Memorial To Include Front Row Challenge And Contingency Moneys Bogar and Hamilton join effort 3/2/02, Selinsgrove, PA -- As part of the Middleswarth Potato Chips Susquehanna Valley 410 Sprint Series at Selinsgrove Speedway, the effort...
Opperman Memorial To Include Front Row Challenge And Contingency Moneys
Bogar and Hamilton join effort
3/2/02, Selinsgrove, PA -- As part of the Middleswarth Potato Chips Susquehanna Valley 410 Sprint Series at Selinsgrove Speedway, the effort to commemorate the life and career of Jan Opperman with the running of the inaugural Jan Opperman Memorial for sprint cars on April 28 is growing.
Meant to honor the 1973 track champion who is renown for helping establish Central Pennsylvania as the nation's hotbed for sprint car racing, speedway officials have announced that the late April 30-lap event will be more than just a memorial. The event will feature a front row challenge and it will mark the return of famous Opperman car owner Luke "Dick" Bogar Jr. of Selinsgrove to the sport after a near 30-year absence, partnering him with another Opperman owner, Al Hamilton.
In conjunction with Middleswarth Potato Chips of Middleburg and Lash Service center of Beaver Springs, Selinsgrove Speedway will post a $10,000 front row challenge for the already coveted race, which will include time trials. In order to claim the cash, one of the scheduled front row starters must elect to start at the rear of the field and then proceed to win the event.
Bogar, 74 of Selinsgrove and owner of Opperman's famed No. 99, which he drove to a track title in 1973, will up the ante for the evening along with Hamilton. The night's fast timer along with the heat winners and the dash victor will each receive $99.00 in homage of the unforgettable 99. In addition, Bogar will pay $20.00 to the leader of each circuit in the 30-lap memorial.
At times between 1974 and '76, Opperman's talents were found behind the wheel of the Al Hamilton owned No. 77 which today is driven by Lance Dewease. Courtesy of Al Hamilton and Hamilton Management of Manheim, second place finishers in each of the heats as well as the dash will receive $77.00.
The half-mile Snyder County oval holds the distinction of being the only facility where Opperman ever garnered a track championship before moving on to efforts in USAC and in the Indianapolis 500 in 1974 and '76. As such, efforts to pay tribute to Opperman by building the event continue on a daily basis with details on many further promotions to be released.
The April 28 Opperman Memorial, which includes the Super Sportsman and carries a raindate of June 2, will be part of a blockbuster weekend at Selinsgrove. The speedway will host its Second Annual Pack The Track Night on April 27, featuring free general admission to fans.
The Middleswarth Potato Chips Susquehanna Valley 410 Sprint Series returns to the speedway on Sunday, July 7 when the historic oval hosts the final leg of Pennsylvania Speedweek for sprints. The event also includes the weekly 358 sprint cars and carries a July 8 raindate.
Labor Day finds another open wheel double header scheduled at the speedway. Along with the Super Sportsman, the Middleswarth Susquehanna series for 410's returns for an evening program.
The series climaxes on Saturday, September 14. On tap will be the 20th Anniversary Alexander Family Dealerships Sprint Car Open, featuring both the 410 and 358 sprint cars. The final show of the season at Selinsgrove, the Open is raindated for Sunday, September 15 and carries associate sponsorship from Middleswarth Potato Chips.