Bogar and Hamilton return to support Opperman Memorial. 3/31/03, 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 ...
Bogar and Hamilton return to support Opperman Memorial.
3/31/03, 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 2nd Annual Jan Opperman Memorial for sprint cars on May 4 will again be supported by a pair of unmistakable forces in the sport.
Meant to honor the 1973 track champion who is renown for helping establish Central Pennsylvania as the nation's hotbed for sprint car racing, the early May 30-lap event will again find famous Opperman car owner Luke "Dick" Bogar Jr. of Selinsgrove returning to the sport after a 30-year absence.
Just like last year, Bogar will partner with another Opperman owner, Al Hamilton in supporting the event. Both Bogar and Hamilton supported the inaugural race last season, which was won by Middleburg's Todd Hestor.
Bogar, 75 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 remembrance 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 who claimed the Middleswarth Series Title last season. 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 Hamilton No. 77 currently driven by defending Chip Series Champion Dewease will also be on display May 4 and Dewease will sign autographs prior to racing action.
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.
The May 4 Opperman Memorial, which includes the Super Sportsman and carries a raindate of June 1, will be part of a blockbuster weekend at Selinsgrove. The speedway will host its 3rd Annual Pack The Track Night on May 3, featuring free general admission to fans.