Jan Opperman Memorial Selinsgrove preview

East's biggest weekend to date April 27/28 at Selinsgrove Speedway, free admission and Opperman Memorial highlight program. 4/18/02, Selinsgrove, PA - After this weekend's event, the stage will be set for the East's biggest auto racing weekend...

East's biggest weekend to date April 27/28 at Selinsgrove Speedway, free admission and Opperman Memorial highlight program.

4/18/02, Selinsgrove, PA - After this weekend's event, the stage will be set for the East's biggest auto racing weekend of the season to date and the venue will be Selinsgrove Speedway.

Coming up at the speedway on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28 will be Pack The Track Night II and the Inaugural Jan Opperman Memorial for 410 sprint cars as part of the Middleswarth Potato Chips Susquehanna Valley 410 Sprint Series.

Saturday's Pack The Track will feature free general admission to the speedway for the evenings four division program of sprint cars, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners.

In its second year, the innovative promotion is designed to give fans a free opportunity to see what the speedway has to offer during the rest of the season, when weekly general admission stands at just $8.00.

Last year's event was a huge success that saw the speedway burst at the seams with spectators. In the event of an overflow crowd, Selinsgrove Raceway Park, located in the infield of Selinsgrove Speedway, will be available for general admission spectators.

Sponsored by Cindy Rowe Auto Glass and the Selinsgrove Hotel, gates for Pack The Track II open at 4 p.m. with racing slated for 7 p.m. Pack The Track II carries a raindate of Saturday May 4.

The speedway swings back into action the next night, April 28 when it presents the Inaugural Jan Opperman Memorial for 410 sprints along with the Super Sportsman of Silver Spring Speedway.

Meant to honor the speedway's 1973 track champion, the night will feature the $10,000 Chip Challenge for sprint cars at the only track where Opperman ever garnered a track crown.

In conjunction with Middleswarth Chips and Lash Service Center, the speedway will pay $10,000 to win if one of the front row starters opts to go to the rear and then proceeds to win the event. If not claimed, the 30-lapper will pay $3,000 to the winner along with $20 to the leader of each circuit compliments of Opperman championship car owner Luke Bogar.

Both Bogar and Al Hamilton, owner of Opperman's No. 77 from 1974 -- 76, will respectively post $99.00 to the winner and $77.00 to the second place finishers in each of the heats and dash. $99.00 will also be awarded to the night's fast timer.

His first racer upon arriving in the area in 1970, Opperman's restored Hank's Auto Parts No. 4 will be on display as provided by Eastern Museum of Motor Racing president Larry Stoner. Hamilton's No. 77 as currently driven by Lance Dewease will also appear with Dewease signing autographs from 4:45 to 5:15 p.m.

Also on the agenda will be the area's first offering of "Living Where The Thunder Hides, Jan Opperman's Life Story and Ministry." Authored by Jack Albinson, the 128-page account of what Opperman believed and spent his life sharing with others is the fourth major publication on his life. Limited quantities will be available at the speedway on April 27 and 28 along with Memorial shirts.

The night will also feature a reunion of Opperman's championship winning car owner and pit crew. Members of the famed early '70's team will travel from as far away as Illinois to participate in the event. Opperman's wife and children are also expected to attend.

Gates for the Sunday night special open at 4 p.m. with time trials scheduled for 6. The Opperman Memorial is raindated for Sunday, June 2.

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Series Sprint , Stock car