Crownover and Stanley to atten Opperman Memorial event

4/16/04, Selinsgrove, PA -Former track announcer Dick Crownover of Williamsport will return to Selinsgrove Speedway on May 2 for the 3rd Annual Middleswarth Potato Chips Jan Opperman Memorial as part of the Susquehanna Valley 410 Sprint ...

4/16/04, Selinsgrove, PA -Former track announcer Dick Crownover of Williamsport will return to Selinsgrove Speedway on May 2 for the 3rd Annual Middleswarth Potato Chips Jan Opperman Memorial as part of the Susquehanna Valley 410 Sprint Series.

Crownover retired as the voice of Selinsgrove Speedway in 1983 after 13 years behind the microphone. He will share memories of his days on the public address system while Opperman was blistering the track with the crowd when he returns on May 2.

In addition, Opperman's final car owner Claude Stanley of Middleburg will join owners Luke Bogar Jr. of Selinsgrove and Al Hamilton of Manheim at the memorial.

It was in the Stanley owned 6S that Opperman had made great strides in trying to reclaim his career after near career and life ending head injuries at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in 1976.

Stanley and his wife Joanne joined forces with Opperman in 1981. Opperman began his attempted trek back to the top in the Mid-West in the late 1970's but with slow although mounting success.

Stanley's efforts brought Jan Opperman back to his throngs of admiring fans in the East. The pairing was close to more than one victory before misfortune would strike.

Racing a full schedule in 1981 while frequenting much of the URC schedule, Opperman and the Stanley's searched out a new residence for Opperman and his family in rural Beavertown. And by the time tragedy struck on June 20, 1981 at Jennerstown Speedway, "He was back, you could see it," recalls Stanley of his driver's reclaimed talents.

A debilitating crash in a URC event at Jennerstown was the end of the road for the Stanley 6S and Opperman. Opperman succumbed to his injuries on September 14, 1997.

Gates for the Opperman Memorial will open at 4 PM with time trials slated for 6. The Opperman Memorial will pay $3,000 to win and $300 to take the green flag.

Middleswarth Potato Chips will give free bags of potato chips to the first 1,000 fans entering the speedway.

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