BOSS names Ryan Kent Jr. as "Voice of the Tour"
The Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS sprint car tour is excited to announce the addition of a full time series announcer for 2017. For the first six seasons, tour owner Aaron Fry and his daughter, Elizabeth Fry have handled nearly every aspect of running the series. With the fast growth and the most full time race teams of any sprint series in the nation, it has become imperative that extra help was needed.
During the final three events of 2016, fans may have heard a new voice along with the regular race track announcers. The new voice was that of 17 year old Ryan Kent Jr. who is in his senior year at Greensburg Community High School in Greensburg, Indiana. Kent entered broadcasting at a very young age, already having three and a half years of experience in over 400 sporting events. Having grown up at the Indy 500 and being an Indiana native, it's only natural that wingless traditional sprint car racing would become a favorite for him.
Ryan is excited about the new opportunity to become the first ever "voice" of the BOSS tour, saying "The opportunity to be able to take my love for broadcasting and my love for racing and put them together, is something I've always wanted to do." He also added, "Thankfully I've had the opportunity the last few years on both TV and in the tower at Lawrenceburg Speedway, to learn from some of the best in the business."
This new position will relieve some pressure on tour owner Aaron Fry. He's hopeful for more opportunities to be available to sponsors, race teams and even race fans throughout the events. "It's all been a lot to handle for myself and my daughter. From the time the gates opened until the payoff at the end of the night, we were constantly handling the running of the night's events and making sure we were in the score tower to assist track personnel. With Ryan in the tower, we know we have a fantastic BOSS representative in there and we can begin to grow the series in other ways" said Fry.
Race teams will now see Aaron and Elizabeth a lot more through the running of the race events. The fans will now get a double dose of racing excitement with their home track announcer and Ryan Kent bringing the BOSS tour flavor to the microphone. Look for more fan interaction than ever before with BOSS, it's employees and racers.
Kent also expressed his gratitude to Lawrenceburg Speedway promoters, Dave and Kim Rudisell, who gave him his first opportunity in auto racing saying, "for that, I am forever grateful!" With the 2017 opener now just 13 weeks away, he added "I cannot wait to get to Atomic!".
Watch for more exciting BOSS news in the coming weeks as we announce another new staff position, new tour sponsors and soon we will begin announcing the stars who will be on tour full time in 2017!
The ALL NEW - Cooley Cabinet "Turnback Tuesday"
Today's story features the story and remains of the Greenville Motor Speedway in Greenville, Ohio. This legendary half mile oval first opened on July 4th, 1930. It was one of the most important tracks in Ohio's formative years of auto racing. The track closed at the end of the 1952 season. Everyone we have encountered has said that "nothing remains" of Greenville today. Today's Turnback Tuesday proves that a lot remains of Greenville. Some of the modern photos are from our visit in 2004 and we have a video shot just last week on January 12th, 2017. If you want to see a lot more of this track and story, please follow the BOSS series on facebook at the link below.
Photo 1: This aerial photo from google earth shows Greenville Speedway's ghostly remains just south of the old abandoned drive-in theater. The front stretch was the west side of the 1/2 mile oval.
Photo 2: An action photo from the 40's of Greenville Motor Speedway.
Photo 3: The front stretch concrete wall still stands and on the ground is the remains of the collapsed grandstand. We were literally walking on the metal roof which is now on the ground.
Photo 4: Even the ticket booths remain. This photo was taken in 2004. In our visit last week, we discovered that they have started to collapse. Join us on facebook to see more than a dozen additional photos and stories.
2017 BOSS Schedule Release
The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series is excited to announce the 2017 tour dates for the "Last True Outlaws" of auto racing. The upcoming season will mark the sixth full seasonal tour for the Ohio based traditional wingless sprint tour that was established and opened in 2011.
Rick's Trucks and Equipment of Kenton, Ohio has proudly returned as the title sponsor. DRC Chassis Company of Indiana has joined the tour as the new sponsor of the first heat race at each event. Cooley Cabinets of Greenville, Ohio is also new to the BOSS marketing family, now presenting the increasingly popular historical posts that have moved from Thursday's to the all new "Turnback Tuesday". Every Tuesday, great racing history from the BOSS territory is brought back into the spotlight on the website and on the series facebook page.
Known throughout the Midwest as the fastest growing touring sprint car series, the BOSS schedule will grow from only one big money event in 2016 to an all time high of four higher paying shows in 2017. The annual Mike Hensel Memorial returns paying $5,000 to win at Fremont Speedway on September 30th. Joining Fremont on that level will be the soon-to-be converted Mansfield Motorsports Park which will host the tour for a 2 day event on Friday and Saturday, August 11-12. The event will be the all new "Great Lakes Dirt Nationals". The Friday show will be a complete standard BOSS program with Saturday paying $5,000 to win.
Perhaps the biggest off season news was the announcement of the pairing of BOSS with Waynesfield Raceway Park to sanction the prestigious "Jack Hewitt Classic" on Saturday, August 5th paying $3,000 to win. An added payoff also awaits the traveling tour teams on Friday and Saturday, August 25-26 when they invade the Atomic Speedway for the "Open Wheel Championship" also paying $3,000 to win on Saturday night.
Almost all of the fan favorite facilities return to the schedule including a return to Portsmouth Raceway Park, Limaland Motorsports Park, Lawrenceburg Speedway, Montpelier Motor Speedway, Mercer Raceway Park, Lernerville Speedway, and Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Returning to the schedule after a 2 year absence is the Route 44 Speedway (formerly Whitewater) in Liberty, Indiana. With the overwhelming success of the first event there, this race on Friday, July 28th should be another "can't miss" event.
Other exciting events dotting the 2017 tour include the "Jason Soudrette Memorial" on Saturday, July 29th at Lawrenceburg Speedway. Also, the annual "Dick Spencer Memorial" will be staged on Saturday, July 8th at Waynesfield Raceway Park.
While the four added money events will see special formats, the standard show format of pill draw heat races will remain the same. All of the key programs the fans and teams have come to love will also remain in place including the "open" tire rule, traveling bonus money for the top 15 in tour points, heat race payouts and bonus award payouts. A big "thank you" is extended to Hoosier Racing Tire and American Racer Tires for their continued support of the open tire concept.
In addition, the BOSS rules will once again allow teams to choose their own safety initiatives. As in the past, BOSS has chosen NOT to REQUIRE full containment seats, head and neck restraints, or roll cage halos. Although this decision cost us one event in 2017, we feel it is our job to provide a safe racing environment along with excellent insurance and more than adequate rescue and emergency personnel. It is NOT our position to REQUIRE items that many in our industry still see as a potential threat to driver safety. At this level of professional competition, we assert that driver safety is up to each individual team and driver.
BOSS plans to take a serious approach to safety. In 2015, the series was the first in the country to implement random drug testing at every event on the schedule. Random testing will continue this season. In addition, a new "safety advisor" will be working alongside teams at our events to inspect cars and discuss safety and address concerns. This will be especially beneficial to the lesser experienced race teams.
The entire confirmed schedule is listed below. There is one more track that could be added to the BOSS schedule but it would be a Saturday, stand alone, show and will be announced very soon. Watch for many more exciting announcements coming soon! Make plans to attend the tour opener on Saturday, April 22nd at Atomic Speedway near Chillicothe, Ohio. Best wishes to all for a safe and successful 2017 racing season.
2017 BOSS Tour Schedule
Sat. April 22 : Atomic Speedway ; Chillicothe, OH
Sat. May 13 : Fremont Speedway ; Fremont, OH
Sat. May 20 : Lawrenceburg Speedway ; Lawrenceburg, IN
Sat. May 27 : Mercer Raceway Park ; Mercer, PA
Sun. May 28 : Mansfield Motorsports Park ; Mansfield, OH
Fri. Jun 9 : Limaland Motorsports Park ; Lima, OH
Sat. Jun 10 : Portsmouth Raceway Park ; Portsmouth, OH
Fri. Jun 30 : Lernerville Speedway ; Lernerville, PA
Sat. July 1 : Pittsburgh PA Motor Speedway; Imperial, PA
Sat. July 8 : Waynesfield Raceway Park ; Waynesfield, OH (Spencer Memorial)
Fri. July 28 : Route 44 Speedway ; Liberty, IN
Sat. July 29 : Lawrenceburg Speedway ; Lawrenceburg, IN (Soudrette Memorial)
Sat. Aug 5 : Waynesfield Raceway Park ; Waynesfield, OH (Hewitt Classic)
Fri. Aug 11 : Mansfield Motorsports Park ; Mansfield, OH
Sat. Aug 12 : Mansfield Motorsports Park ; Mansfield, OH (Great Lakes Nationals)
Fri. Aug 25 : Atomic Speedway ; Chillicothe, OH
Sat. Aug 26 : Atomic Speedway ; Chillicothe, OH (Open Wheel Championship)
Sat. Sep 9 : Montpelier Motor Speedway ; Montpelier, IN
Sat. Sep 30 : Fremont Speedway ; Fremont, OH (Hensel Memorial)
Sat. Oct 7 : Atomic Speedway ; Chillicothe, OH
2016 Banquet Information
The 2016 season awards banquet for the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS sprint series will be held on Saturday, November 12th. Doors will open at 5 pm with dinner served at 7. This year, the host site is The Bridge Restaurant of Sidney, Ohio who also happens to be the sponsor of the "Hard Charger" award on the tour. Following dinner, awards will be presented to the top 15 in the final point standings. Tickets for the banquet are $25 per adult and $10 for children under 12. Please mail checks for banquet tickets to: BOSS ; 2177 Lunbeck Rd ; Chillicothe, OH 45601. Also, the official host hotel is the Sidney Days Inn where rooms are just $59 per night. Be sure to ask for the BOSS racer's banquet rate. Phone 937-492-1131 to make a reservation. There will be a shuttle service to get to and from the hotel.
DRC Chassis of Indy Joins BOSS for 2017
The Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS sprint car series is proud to announce a new heat race sponsor for the 2017 season. DRC Chassis manufacturer from Indianapolis has joined the BOSS family. They have been building winning race cars since 2002. To learn more about DRC, visit their website at www.drcchassisindy.com or phone 317-481-1626. A big thank you to Joe and all of the staff at DRC for your support!