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BOSS Banquet Slated for November 11th

The 2017 Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS tour is now in the record books.  Dustin Smith of Russiaville, Indiana became the second driver to repeat as a series champion, backing up his inaugural 2012 title.  Smith piloted the Dom's Gulf #77 and gave team owner Lou Gagliardi his first ever BOSS title.  The formidable duo garnered 3 wins in the 16 completed events.

The championship team and the rest of the top 15 in season long points will be honored on Saturday, November 11th during the season end awards banquet.  Once again, series sponsor Kent Wolters will host the night at The Bridge Restaurant in Sidney, Ohio.  Doors will open at 6 pm with dinner served at 7 and awards beginning at 8 pm.  The Bridge is located at 127 West Poplar Street, Sidney, Ohio 45365.

As always, the banquet is open to the public as well and race fans are welcome to attend.  Tickets for adults are $25 with kids 12 and under just $10.  Please make checks payable to BOSS  and mail to 2177 Lunbeck Road ; Chillicothe, OH 45601.  Once pre-paid, your name will be on the pass list at the door.

The official host hotel will be the Hampton Inn just across I-75.  Be sure to ask for the BOSS racer's rate of $99 per night.  Phone 937-498-8888 to make a reservation.  The Hampton Inn is located at 1600 Hampton Ct, Sidney, OH 45365.

 

 

T-Mez Hensel Winner BOSS at Fremont

Todd Ridgeway
BOSS Media
September 30, 2017

FREMONT (OH) – The 18 race grind that made up the 2017 season for the Rick’s Trucks & Equipment BOSS Series came to a close last Saturday night at Fremont (OH) Speedway with the 5th Annual Mike Hensel Memorial 33 lap event for the non-winged warriors. It was the series second stop at Fremont of the season as Thomas Meseraull delivered from the Pole position. The California native dominated on his way to collecting the $5,000 winner check by leading all 33 laps.

“It was a pretty awesome night,” said T-Mez. “We drew the pole, which I knew that was going to be good because we had one of the fastest cars all night. Just real excited to pick up the win here for Stan Courtad tonight,” noted Meseraull.
  
Meseraull and Drew Radar brought the field to the start only to see Cooper Clouse sail into turn one upside down forcing a red flag followed by a complete restart. That restart would make it to lap five as Meseraull was on a mission as was both Tim Buckwalter and Matt Westfall moving into the top three when the second yellow flew. Very brief and back to green until lap eight when the yellow turned red as Tyler Gunn flipped down the front stretch. Cleaned up and back at it they went, as Meseraull went to work as Buckwalter at the top and Westfall at the bottom switched places lap after lap. By the half it was still the same except now Shane Cottle had moved into fourth in a battle of second, third, and fourth ensued. It would stay that way until a very late race yellow at lap 29 dropped for a stopped car on track. Just as Buckwalter, Westfall, and Cottle would gain track position now for the run to the end, Meseraull accepted clean air for the run to the finish and that is just the way the finished with Dallas Hewitt finishing fifth to round out the top five. 

I have led almost the whole race this year, and then have a restart and give it away. You just do not know when you are out front, you are just kind of running where you think you need to. We raced the wing car earlier in the year and didn’t get the finishes it probably should have, so it is good to get a win here for Stan. The non-wing car is my expertise. The wing experience has paid off, racing here with the wing and all the speed, then taking it off really makes a difference. I told myself on that late yellow, “You have not got this won yet, get your ass up on the wheel and get after it.” And it worked out for us,” finished Meseraull.

“Man, first time ever setting in a Sprint Car, hats off to this team,” said Buckwalter. “We tested this car a little last night at a little micro track back home in Pennsylvania. We just shook it down a little to make sure the motor was running alright before we came all the way over here, we will see how it goes next year on the USAC tour. I got the top rolling good out there, I just did not get up there soon enough. This is a bad ass bullring, a cool track, it gets real slick in the straightaways and great curves at the ends. I like this BOSS series when a guy and just put together what he has and come racing. It is good to see these days when things cost so much. The open tire rule really helps,” finished Buckwalter. 
   
“We needed this run tonight, we have been struggling all year,” said Westfall. “It just seems like with BOSS and these open tires we have the car figured out, but with USAC and the medium tires we been out to lunch. The track was tough tonight, it was hard to pass. I had second and then faded there at the end. I had second position cleared but then when we went into the next corner I missed my mark and he got back by me. I knew Buckwalter would be good, his first time in a Sprint Car, he races small block modifieds and he is pretty good,” finished Westfall.   
        
 

Todd Ridgeway
Speedway Illustrated
Speed Sport News
Area Auto Racing News
740-751-9141
ridgewayphotos1@roadrunner.com

 

Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS non wing (39 cars)

Qualifying

1.14C-Cooper Clouse, 14.831; 2.77-Dustin Smith, 14.843; 3.7T-Tim Buckwalter, 14.900; 4.24-Landon Simon, 14.917; 5.21K-Kody Swanson, 14.950; 6.44-Michael Fischesser, 15.027; 7.18-Dallas Hewitt, 15.075; 8.57-Shane Cottle, 15.096; 9.54-Matt Westfall, 15.123; 10.19-Matt Cooley, 15.166; 11.12-Ted Hines, 15.171; 12.91x-Aaron Middaugh, 15.188; 13.9X-Thomas Meseraull, 15.232; 14.69R-Mike Miller, 15.260; 15.14-Chad Wilson, 15.288; 16.14K-Trevor Kobylarz, 15.297; 17.2DI-Dustin Ingle, 15.299; 18.74-Drew Rader, 15.319; 19.4J-Justin Owen, 15.461; 20.53-Steve Little, 15.600; 21.12K-Kent Wolters, 15.604; 22.08-Andy Feil, 15.629; 23.6-Bill Rose, 15.692; 24.86-Rick Holley, 15.736; 25.32M-Derek Hastings, 15.744; 26.87-Paul Dues, 15.770; 27.31L-Buddy Lowther, 15.885; 28.7-Shawn Valenti, 15.929; 29.26-John Watson, 15.934; 30.2+-Brian Smith, 15.967; 31.96-Riley Vanhise, 16.078; 32.68G-Tyler Gunn, 16.079; 33.5-Bob McMillen, 16.165; 34.3-Joe Butera, 16.193; 35.13-Ian Hunter, 16.310; 36.51-Curtis Muhlenkamp, 16.329; 37.18D-Bobby Distel, 16.407; 38.5M-Mike Moore, 16.448; 39.1J-Jeremy Shambaugh, 16.954;

 

DRC Chassis - Heat 1, Group A (8 Laps)

1. 54-Matt Westfall[1] ; 2. 14C-Cooper Clouse[4] ; 3. 57-Shane Cottle[2] ; 4. 12K-Kent Wolters[8] ; 5. 14-Chad Wilson[6] ; 6. 2DI-Dustin Ingle[7] ; 7. 21K-Kody Swanson[3] ; 8. 5-Bob McMillen[9] ; 9. 3-Joe Butera[10] ; 10. 69R-Mike Miller[5]

 

Lias Tire / American Racer - Heat 2, Group B (8 Laps)

1. 24-Landon Simon[4] ; 2. 19-Matt Cooley[1] ; 3. 18-Dallas Hewitt[2] ; 4. 44-Michael Fischesser[3] ; 5. 12-Ted Hines[5] ; 6. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[6] ; 7. 26-John Watson[10] ; 8. 53-Steve Little[7] ; 9. 86-Rick Holley[8] ; 10. 32M-Derek Hastings[9]

 

Hoosier Race Tire - Heat 3, Group C (8 Laps)

1. 7T-Tim Buckwalter[3] ; 2. 74-Drew Rader[2] ; 3. 77-Dustin Smith[4] ; 4. 08-Andy Feil[1] ; 5. 68G-Tyler Gunn[7] ; 6. 87-Paul Dues[5] ; 7. 13-Ian Hunter[8] ; 8. 31L-Buddy Lowther[6] ; 9. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh[10] ; 10. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp[9]

 

TCB Speed - Heat 4, Group D (8 Laps)

1. 9X-Thomas Meseraull[4] ; 2. 6-Bill Rose[1] ; 3. 7-Shawn Valenti[5] ; 4. 14K-Trevor Kobylarz[3] ; 5. 4J-Justin Owen[2] ; 6. 2+-Brian Smith[6] ; 7. 96-Riley Vanhise[7] ; 8. 5M-Mike Moore[9] ; 9. 18D-Bobby Distel[8]

 

FAST Signs - B-Main 1 (10 Laps)

1. 68G-Tyler Gunn[2] ; 2. 21K-Kody Swanson[5] ; 3. 14-Chad Wilson[1] ; 4. 2DI-Dustin Ingle[3] ; 5. 87-Paul Dues[4] ; 6. 13-Ian Hunter[6] ; 7. 31L-Buddy Lowther[8] ; 8. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh[10] ; 9. 5-Bob McMillen[7] ; 10. 3-Joe Butera[9] ; 11. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp[12] ; 12. 69R-Mike Miller[11]

 

Griff's Engines - B-Main 2 (10 Laps)

1. 4J-Justin Owen[2] ; 2. 2+-Brian Smith[4] ; 3. 12-Ted Hines[1] ; 4. 26-John Watson[5] ; 5. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[3] ; 6. 53-Steve Little[7] ; 7. 86-Rick Holley[9] ; 8. 5M-Mike Moore[8] ; 9. 32M-Derek Hastings[11] ; 10. 96-Riley Vanhise[6] ; 11. 18D-Bobby Distel[10]

 

Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS - A-Main 1 (33 Laps)

1. 9X-Thomas Meseraull[1] ; 2. 7T-Tim Buckwalter[3] ; 3. 54-Matt Westfall[8] ; 4. 57-Shane Cottle[9] ; 5. 18-Dallas Hewitt[10] ; 6. 44-Michael Fischesser[14] ; 7. 6-Bill Rose[6] ; 8. 2+-Brian Smith[20] ; 9. 4J-Justin Owen[18] ; 10. 14C-Cooper Clouse[4] ; 11. 12K-Kent Wolters[13] ; 12. 08-Andy Feil[15] ; 13. 74-Drew Rader[2] ; 14. 14-Chad Wilson[21] ; 15. 77-Dustin Smith[11] ; 16. 21K-Kody Swanson[19] ; 17. 14K-Trevor Kobylarz[16] ; 18. 12-Ted Hines[22] ; 19. 24-Landon Simon[5] ; 20. 68G-Tyler Gunn[17] ; 21. 7-Shawn Valenti[12] ; 22. 19-Matt Cooley[7]

Bonus Award Winners:

 

Hoosier Racing Tire Bonus (free tire) - Thomas Meseraull

Lias Tire / American Racer Bonus (free tire) - Michael Fischesser

Hughes Family Hard Charger Award ($333) - Brian Smith

All Pro Cylinder Heads Perseverance Award ($50) - Tyler Gunn

Apple Metal polishing Lucky Pill Draw ($50) - Landon Simon

J F Construction Hard Luck Award ($50) - Matt Cooley

Cowen Truck Lines Steel Block Bonus ($50) - Kody Swanson

McMillen Apiaries Sweet Move of the Night ($25) - Kent Wolters

 

 

 

BOSS Set to Close 2017 with $5k Hensel Memorial at Fremont


The curtain will come down on the 2017 edition of the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS tour this Saturday night September 30th.  However, unlike in years past, the 2017 season will end with the most prestigious event on the calendar, the 5th running of the Mike Hensel Memorial at Fremont Speedway, located at the scenic Sandusky County Fairgrounds.  The best of Ohio's non wing sprint car drivers will battle for 33 laps for the $5,000 top prize.  The race will guarantee $330 to start the main event.  The significance of the "33" is in honor of the number that adorned Hensel's sprint cars in the 70's.


The championship battle has been one of the most competitive in history.  It is now down to two drivers heading into the final event.  Dustin Smith holds a 66 point lead over Michael Fischesser.  Smith needs a 15th place or better finish in the main event to lock up his second BOSS championship and first for car owner Lou Gagliardi.  However, Fischesser has been charging hard late in the season and is knocking on the door looking for his first tour win and a possible upset in the championship chase.


Early season points leader and 2 time winner on the season, Justin Owen, holds down the third spot.  A grinding crash at Lawrenceburg in late July were detrimental to his title run.  Chad Wilson of Toledo sits in the 4th spot, quietly having a very consistent season.  Steve Little of Waynesfield, Ohio is in the 5th position, having the best season of his young career.


Battles are closely being fought for several positions in the balance of the top 15.  Paul Dues and Aaron Middaugh are 6th and 7th with Matt Cooley making a late season climb up to the 8th spot.  Cody Gardner, a crash victim at Atomic back in August, holds the 9th spot with Joe Butera rounding out the top 10.


The rest of the top 16 includes Riley VanHise, Bob McMillin, Andy Feil, Carmen Perigo, Buddy Lowther and Curtis Muhlenkamp.  Perigo will not be in action this weekend after suffering serious injuries in a Pennsylvania crash 2 weeks ago.  However, a host of other Ohio and Michigan based drivers are expected to form another stellar Hensel Memorial field.


Pit gates will open at 4 pm Saturday with racing action getting underway at 7 pm.  Adult general admission is $18 with seniors $16 and kids 11-16 just $12.  Kids 10 and under are free of charge.  All pit passes will be $35.  For teams competing with BOSS on Saturday, fuel is available at the track.  There are no membership or entry fees.  Mufflers are NOT required for this event.  We will be group qualifying in hot laps as we have done with all higher purse events.  We will be using the Yellow transponders and rental fee will be $5 at pill draw.  


For any other information or inquiries, please e-mail sprinter14@hotmail.com or phone the BOSS series at 740-703-3768.  


As always, we wish to thank the following great sponsors who make the BOSS tour possible.


Title Sponsor:

Rick's Trucks & Equipment ; Kenton, Ohio


Heat race pay is provided by the following sponsors:

Heat #1:  DRC Chassis of Indianapolis, IN

Heat #2:  Lias Tire / American Racer

Heat #3:  Hoosier Race Tires

Heat #4:  TCB Speed Equipment


Bonus Awards Provided by the following sponsors:

Hard Charger Award $50 - The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, Ohio

Hard Luck Award $50 - J F Construction ; Bucyrus, Ohio

Steel Block Award $50 - Cowen Truck Lines ; Perrysville, Ohio

Perseverance Award $50 - All Pro Cylinder Heads ; Johnstown, Ohio

Lucky Pill Draw Award $50 - Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, Ohio

Sweet Move of the race $25 - McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, Pennsylvania


Special thanks to additional sponsors who help provide the top 15 points teams tow money which include:

The Blue Room Restaurant ; Kirby, Ohio

Cooley Cabinets ; Greenville, Ohio

Griff's Racing Engines ; Sandusky, Ohio

FAST Signs ; Dayton, Ohio

Southeast Harley Davidson ; Cleveland, Ohio

Superior Bearing & Supply ; Bradenton, Florida

 

 

Meseraull Masters Montpelier Monster BOSS Field


The Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS sprint car tour made a triumphant return to the Montpelier Motor Speedway in Montpelier, Indiana Saturday night.  Last season's annual event fell victim to mother nature.  The much anticipated return found forty-six sprint cars signing in for battle on the very well prepared quarter mile dirt oval.


The cars were divided into five heat races of 8 laps with the top 4 transferring to the 25 lap main event.  Thomas Meseraull, Isaac Chapple, Dustin Smith, Shane Cottle and J.J. Hughes claimed heat race wins.  Twin B-Main wins were picked up by Ty Tilton and Michael Fischesser.  The top 2 drivers from each heat race redrew for starting positions and rookie driver Gage Etgen drew the pole with Meseraull starting from the second position.  


At the drop of the green flag, Etgen rocketed to a quick early lead and showed the way for the first 3 circuits on the dust free, historic bullring.  However, action would slow for the first of 3 interruptions when Dustin Ingle looped his mount.


On the restart, second running Thomas Meseraull made his move on the race leader in turns 1 and 2 and became the race's official leader on lap 4.  Another early yellow would fly for a spin on the seventh circuit for Todd Keen.  Back under green, Meseraull continued to show the way but 7th starting Shane Cottle was on the prowl in the Hazen 57 getting to the runner-up spot and starting to apply pressure on the leader.  Ninth starting Justin Grant in the McGhee 17 was also on the move chasing down the lead pair.


The night's only red flag came on lap 18 when J.J. Hughes spun after contact with another car.  Hard running Steve Irwin from Fenton, Michigan had nowhere to go, clipped the disabled Hughes 76, launching the Irwin Flying Zero into a vicious series of barrell rolls in turn 4.  Thankfully he emerged unhurt.


The final 7 circuits featured some incredible racing back through the pack as Matt Westfall advanced 10 spots, Drew Rader advanced 11 positions and Cooper Clouse earned the "Hard Charger" award advancing 12 spots with a 20th to 8th place run.


However, up front, Meseraull would turn back all challengers in the former SST Motorsports number 41 wrenched by Dave Stensland.  Cottle, the 2015 event winner, had to settle for second with Grant third.  Isaac Chapple and Tyler Hewitt completed the top 5.  Rounding out the top 10 were Westfall, Lee Underwood, Clouse, Dustin Smith and Gage Etgen.


The BOSS series wishes to extend a big thank you to the forty-six teams who made the trip to Montpelier making it the largest car count of the season thus far for the tour.  Also, a sincere thank you to the many fans who braved the chilly night time temperatures.  Finally, to the staff at Montpelier Motor Speedway, a thank you for the best racing surface the tour has had all season.  


The final event of the 2017 BOSS championship chase will take place Saturday, September 30th at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio.  This will be the always exciting 33 lap - $5,000 to win "Mike Hensel Memorial".  This event annually draws nearly 50 entries and promoter Rich Farmer always gives BOSS a well prepared race track.  We hope to see you all there to bring the curtain down for the season. 


Complete Results


Event #17 of 18

Montpelier Motor Speedway

Montpelier, IN

Sat. Sept. 9, 2017


DRC Chassis - Heat Race #1 (8 Laps / Top 4 Advance / Top 2 Redraw):  1. 41-Thomas Meseraull[8] ;  2. 12-Ted Hines[2] ;  3. 32-Garrett Abrams[6] ;  4. 54-Matt Westfall[7] ;  5. 87-Paul Dues[1] ;  6. 44-Michael Fischesser[3] ;  7. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[9] ;  8. 3-Joe Butera[4] ;  9. 31L-Buddy Lowther[5] ;  10. 37-Dave Gross[DNS]


Lias Tire / American Racer - Heat Race #2 (8 Laps / Top 4 Advance / Top 2 Redraw):  1. 52-Isaac Chapple[2] ;  2. 99-Gage Stgen[1] ;  3. 18K-Todd Keen[3] ;  4. 0-Steve Irwin[8] ;  5. 18-Travis Welpott[7] ;  6. 41H-Brett Hankins[4] ;  7. 14-Chad Wilson[9] ;  8. 57R-Joe Liguori[5] ;  9. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp[6]


Hoosier Race Tire - Heat Race #3  (8 Laps / Top 4 Advance / Top 2 Redraw):  1. 77-Dustin Smith[1] ;  2. 2DI-Dustin Ingle[4] ;  3. 78-Adam Byrkett[2] ;  4. 18H-Dallas Hewitt[3] ;  5. 42-Ty Tilton[8] ;  6. 39-Matt Goodnight[7] ;  7. 74-Drew Rader[5] ;  8. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh[6] ;  9. 69R-Ryan Myers[9]


TCB Speed - Heat Race #4  (8 Laps / Top 4 Advance / Top 2 Redraw):  1. 57-Shane Cottle[2] ;  2. 17-Justin Grant[3] ;  3. 53-Steve Little[4] ;  4. 23s-Kyle Simon[5] ;  5. 44H-David Hair[1] ;  6. 66J-Josh Spencer[9] ;  7. 19-Matt Cooley[6] ;  8. 3H-Brian Gray[7] ;  9. 5A-Toby Alfrey[8]


The Blue Room Restaurant - Heat Race #5  (8 Laps / Top 4 Advance / Top 2 Redraw):  1. 76-J.J. Hughes[1] ;  2. 97x-Tyler Hewitt[4] ;  3. 24L-Lee Underwood[3] ;  4. 14c-Cooper Clouse[9] ;  5. 08-Andy Feil[8] ;  6. 4J-Justin Owen[7] ;  7. 51H-Steve Hair[6] ;  8. 5-Bob McMillin[2] ;  9. 96-Riley VanHise[5]


FAST Signs - B Main #1  (12 Laps / Top 2 Advance):  1. 42-Ty Tilton[2] ;  2. 74-Drew Rader[7] ;  3. 87-Paul Dues[1] ;  4. 66J-Josh Spencer[5] ;  5. 08-Andy Feil[3] ;  6. 41H-Brett Hankins[4] ;  7. 57R-Joe Liguori[9] ;  8. 3H-Brian Gray[10] ;  9. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[6] ;  10. 69R-Ryan Myers[12] ;  11. 96-Riley VanHise[13] ;  12. 31L-Buddy Lowther[11] ;  13. 51H-Steve Hair[8]


Griff's Engines - B Main #2  (12 Laps / Top 2 Advance):  1. 44-Michael Fischesser[3] ;  2. 39-Matt Goodnight[4] ;  3. 19-Matt Cooley[7] ;  4. 14-Chad Wilson[6] ;  5. 4J-Justin Owen[5] ;  6. 44H-David Hair[2] ;  7. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh[9] ;  8. 3-Joe Butera[8] ;  9. 18-Travis Welpott[1] ;  10. 5-Bob McMillin[10] ;  11. 5A-Toby Alfrey[12] ;  12. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp[11] ;  13. 37-Dave Gross[13]


Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS A Main (25 Laps):  1. 41-Thomas Meseraull[2] ;  2. 57-Shane Cottle[7] ;  3. 17-Justin Grant[9] ;  4. 52-Isaac Chapple[3] ;  5. 97x-Tyler Hewitt[10] ;  6. 54-Matt Westfall[16] ;  7. 24L-Lee Underwood[15] ;  8. 14c-Cooper Clouse[20] ;  9. 77-Dustin Smith[4] ;  10. 99-Gage Etgen[1] ;  11. 23s-Kyle Simon[19] ;  12. 74-Drew Rader[23] ;  13. 78-Adam Byrkett[13] ;  14. 44-Michael Fischesser[22] ;  15. 2DI-Dustin Ingle[6] ;  16. 39-Matt Goodnight[24] ; 17. 12-Ted Hines[5] ;  18. 76-J.J. Hughes[8] ;  19. 32-Garrett Abrams[11] ;  20. 53-Steve Little[14] ;  21. 0-Steve Irwin[17] ;  22. 42-Ty Tilton[21] ;  23. 18K-Todd Keen[12] ;  24. Dallas Hewitt[18]


Bonus Award Winners:


The Bridge Restaurant of Sidney, OH - "Hard Charger":  14c - Cooper Clouse (+12)


JF Construction of Bucyrus, OH - "Hard Luck Award":  0 - Steve Irwin


McMillin Apiaries of Wampum, PA - "Sweet Move of the Night":  57 - Shane Cottle


Apple Metal Polishing of Eldorodo, OH - "Lucky Pill Draw":  18K - Todd Keen


Cowen Truck Lines of Perrysville, OH - "Steel Block Award":  44H - David Hair


ALL Pro Cylinder Heads of Johnstown, OH - "Perseverance Award":  14c - Cooper Clouse


Hoosier Race Tire of Lakeville, IN - "Hoosier Tire Bonus":  41 - Thomas Meseraull


Lias Tire of Indiana, PA - "American Racer Tire Bonus":  77 - Dustin Smith

 

 

BOSS Set To Invade Montpelier Motor Speedway Sept 9

 

The 2016 Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series event at the Montpelier Motor Speedway fell victim to race day rain; however, the 2015 and 2014 races brought another standing room only crowds and an outstanding field of 40+ 410 Non-Wing Sprint Cars to the Montpelier Motor Speedway. The 2017 rendition being contested on Saturday, September 9th, should prove to be just as exciting with the Montpelier Motor Speedway, located in East Central Indiana, serving as one of the few select tour stops to an Indiana track for the Ohio based series. The series has brought 40+ cars to the Indiana/Ohio clash on each of their stops.

 

Kokomo, Indiana driver, Shane Cottle, picked up the feature victory for car owner Paul Hazen sweeping the non wing sprint competition at MMS. However, Cottle from the 6th starting spot had his work cut out from him. Indiana driver, JT Stapp, led the first 7 laps with Cottle briefly grabbing the lead from Stapp. Cottle was able to lead 5 laps before eventual 2015 BOSS Series Champion, Shawn Westerfield flexed his muscle overhauling Cottle on the top side in Turn 4. Westerfield maintained the lead before Cottle was able to repass Westerfield in the later stages for the top spot. 2015 USAC Silver Crown Champion Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, California) finished 2nd, while Ione, California’s Justin Grant finished 3rd (from 9th), Jon Stanbrough (from 7th), and Westerfield rounded out the top 5. Dallas Hewitt was the hard charger for the race.

 

The BOSS series is a non-wing 410 Sprint Car series that competes in true “Outlaw” style with the absence of tire rules allowing any brand or compound of tire to compete along with a no entry fee policy for competitors. The BOSS series, through sponsorship, pays “heat race money” to the top finishers in each heat race and also provides a number of contingency and cash awards to competitors at the conclusion of each event. The Montpelier Motor Speedway event will pay a healthy $1500 to Win and $250 to Start along with tow money and the aforementioned contingency awards.

 

The Montpelier Motor Speedway, which began racing in 1903 and hosted its first automobile race in 1915, is one of America’s oldest remaining racing facilities. While the east central Indiana ¼ mile clay oval has a historic past, the facility has seen many major modern upgrades the past four seasons including new restrooms and bleachers along with the addition of many safety features including a new catch fence and front stretch wall. The Montpelier Motor Speedway commonly competes weekly on Saturday Nights with its popular Modified and Stock Car divisions and is also the host to the popular Montpelier Motor Speedway Midget series.

 

Date

Saturday, September 9th

 

Classes

BOSS 410 Non-Wing Sprint Cars

UMP Modifieds

Super Streets

Thunder Cars

 

Times

Gates Open – 3:00PM

Hot Laps – 5:00PM

Racing – 6:30PM

Racing Curfew – 11:ooPM

 

Tickets

General Admission – $15

Kids (12 and Under) – Free (with paid adult)

Pit Pass – $30 (includes Transponder rental)

Entry Fee – None

 

Location

Montpelier Motor Speedway

East Central Indiana

700 South Jefferson

Montpelier, Indiana 47359

Conveniently located 15 miles from Interstate 69 Exit 264 (Indiana Highway 18)

 

Web and Media

Official Website – www.MontpelierMotorSpeedway.com

 

 

Perigo BOSS at Atomic Speedway

Todd Ridgeway
BOSS Series Media
August 26, 2017

CHILLICOTHE (OH) – Carmen Perigo would start on the pole and never look back to capture the $3000 payday at Atomic Speedway in Southern Ohio for the Rick's Trucks and Equipment - Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) victory. A strong effort leading every lap, but the Pennsylvania native was under assault and pressure by both Dallas Hewitt and Michael Fischesser.
 
A 25 lap contest Perigo would muscle to the lead in turn one with second row starter Hewitt right on his bumper, at times rubbing and pushing through turn one and two. The first yellow flew on lap five when a car slid off track in turn three coming to rest against the tire barrier. Back under racing conditions and Hewitt was there. Showing a wheel lap after lap Perigo kept Hewitt at bay as behind Matt Cooley and Fischesser were having a battle of their own. Fischesser would move into third as a yellow at lap 14 flew. Just what the doctor ordered for Fischesser as he could now close the gap and regain some much needed track position. Back to green, but short lived another yellow at lap 17 with no changes in the running order. This restarts, however, payed good for Fischesser as he was able to travel past Hewitt and put pressure on race long leader Perigo. The pressure went away when Perigo took the Rick’s Trucks & Equipment BOSS tour checkers. Hewitt would survive for third.
 
“It was kind of tuff starting up front on this track, because I was not sure where to go,” stated Perigo. “I really paid attention to the winged feature earlier and looked to see where those guys were running and if the track took rubber. And it did, I think I ran in the rubber for 25 straight laps. Dallas Hewitt showed me the rubber started a little higher going into turn three when he got beside me. So, I decided to move up there and it worked out. The cautions came out at the right time because I was getting into lapped traffic and it was going to be tuff, everyone was running the same groove. This series is great, they really help out with all the special awards and such. You do not have to buy specific parts or anything, just get your car together and come race. This is great, it is a long haul over here, we put a lot of miles on this tow truck, but it is worth it,” finished Perigo. 

“The car was really running good, hats off to the crew for giving me such a great car,” said Fischesser. “The track took rubber at the bottom late, up until then even at the top with rubber the track was racy. Hats off to this place, it does get dusty and slick but every time I have ever been here to race it is a really good race. It is just a fun place to run, the car was great all night long” finished Fischesser.
    
“The track was slick, rubber here and there,” said Hewitt. “It just got worse as the feature went on, we had a shot at it. But, he just did not make enough mistakes for us to get around. Atomic is always fun to race at, I was hoping we could be banging off the fence tonight, but it is the same track for everybody so we will settle for third. Those restarts, I just could not get the run I needed or into the corner like I wanted with him right there in front of me. I just needed to kind of shake him up, If I could have got around I think I would have been alright, just couldn’t get the urn I needed,” finished Hewitt.       


Todd Ridgeway
Speedway Illustrated
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Race Summary

 

Atomic Speedway - Open Wheel Championship

BOSS Sprint Cars (31 Cars)


DRC Chassis - Heat Race #1 (Fastest 4 Inverted / Top 4 Transfer / Top 2 to Redraw):  1. 19-Matt Cooley[2] ;  2. 54-Matt Westfall[4] ;  3. 89-Shawn Westerfeld[1] ;  4. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[6] ;  5. 69R-Ryan Myers[8] ;  6. 86-Rick Holley[5] ;  7. 320-Bill Rose[3] ;  8. 71-Dwyane Spille[7]


Lias Tire / American Racer - Heat #2  (Fastest 4 Inverted / Top 4 Transfer / Top 2 to Redraw):  1. 4J-Justin Owen[3] ;  2. 53-Steve Little[2] ;  3. 80-Lance Webb[1] ;  4. 24-Landon Simon[4] ;  5. 96-Riley VanHise[6] ;  6. 5-Bob McMillin[8] ;  7. 08-Andy Feil[5] ;  8. 3-Joe Butera[7]


Hoosier Race Tire - Heat #3  (Fastest 4 Inverted / Top 4 Transfer / Top 2 to Redraw):  1. 44-Michael Fischesser[4] ;  2. 14-Chad Wilson[7] ;  3. 59J-Kirk Jeffries[2] ;  4. 77-Dustin Smith[3] ;  5. 99-Todd Kane[8] ;  6. 9G-Cody Gardner[6] ;  7. 40x-Adam Strausser[1] ;  8. 31L-Buddy Lowther[5]


TCB Speed - Heat #4 (Fastest 4 Inverted / Top 4 Transfer / Top 2 to Redraw):  1. 18K-Dallas Hewitt[4] ;  2. 21-Carmen Perigo[3] ;  3. 60-Kory Crabtree[2] ;  4. 14c-Cooper Clouse[5] ;  5. 3J-Dakota Jackson[1] ;  6. 87-Paul Dues[6] ;  7. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp[7]


Griff's Engines - B-Main (Top 6 Transfer):  1. 99-Todd Kane[3] ;  2. 96-Riley VanHise[2] ;  3. 3J-Dakota Jackson[4] ;  4. 69R-Ryan Myers[1] ;  5. 9G-Cody Gardner[7] ;  6. 87-Paul Dues[8] ;  7. 08-Andy Feil[10] ;  8. 320-Bill Rose[9] ;  9. 86-Rick Holley[5] ;  10. 5-Bob McMillin[6] ;  11. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp[12] ;  12. 71-Dwayne Spille[13] ;  13. 31L-Buddy Lowther[15] ;  14. 40x-Adam Strausser[11] ;  15. 3-Joe Butera[14]


Rick's Trucks & Equipment / BOSS 25 Lap A-Main:   1. Carmen Perigo[1] ;  2. 44-Michael Fischesser[7] ;  3. 18K-Dallas Hewitt[4] ;  4. 19-Matt Cooley[2] ;  5. 89-Shawn Westerfeld[9] ;  6. 4J-Justin Owen[6] ;  7. 60-Kory Crabtree[12] ;  8. 24-Landon Simon[14] ;  9. 53-Steve Little[8] ;  10. 77-Dustin Smith[15] ;  11. 59J-Kirk Jeffries[11] ;  12. 69R-Ryan Myers[20] ;  13. 54-Matt Westfall[5] ;  14. 14c-Cooper Clouse[16] ;  15. 14-Chad Wilson[3] ;  16. 87-Paul Dues[22] ;  17. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[13] ;  18. 80-Lance Webb[10] ;  19. 99-Todd Kane[17] ;  20. 96-Riley VanHise[18] ;  21. 9G-Cody Gardner[21] ;  22. 3J-Dakota Jackson[19]


Bonus Award Winners:

 

Hoosier Race Tire Bonus (free tire) - Dallas Hewitt

American Racer Tire Bonus (free tire) - Carmen Perigo

The Bridge Restaurant - Hard Charger - Ryan Myers

Apple Metal Polishing - Lucky Pill Draw - Aaron Middaugh / Justin Owen

All Pro Cylinder Heads - Perseverance Award - Chad Wilson

J F Construction - Hard Luck Award - Cody Gardner

Cowen Truck Lines - Steel Block Award - Rick Holley

McMillin Apiaries - Sweet Move Award - Shawn Westerfeld

 

 

Open Wheel Championships at Atomic Speedway

 

This Saturday, August 26th, the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS tour will continue the "month of money" with the third consecutive higher purse event.  This will be the 3rd Annual Open Wheel Championships at Atomic Speedway which will pay $3,000 to win and $300 to start with an enhanced purse throughout the main event.  Also on the card Saturday night will be the All Star Circuit of Champions winged sprint cars along with modifieds and 305 sprints.

 

The inaugural Open Wheel Championships were held in 2014 as an unsanctioned event and Rocklin, California driver Robert Ballou picked up the win in the Ray Marshall owned #33M.  One year later, BOSS became the sanctioning body of the non wing portion and produced one of the most exciting finishes in auto racing history.  The 25 lap main event ran caution free.  On the final lap, 3 different drivers held the lead of the event, and all 3 came to the finish line in a 3 wide photo finish that saw Todd Kane edge out Landon Simon for the win, with the always exciting Dallas Hewitt tagging the wall and flipping down the front stretch finishing 3rd.

 

Now, after a one year hiatus, the Open Wheel Championship returns.  Racing action will begin on Thursday night and continue Friday with BOSS coming in for the Saturday finale.  Dustin Smith of Russiaville, Indiana will lead the touring wingless drivers into battle.  Smith is searching to become the tour's 2nd repeat champion, having won the title in 2012.  However, Michael Fischesser has been on the move, steadily closing the gap on the points lead.  Justin Owen, the spring winner at Atomic, has fallen to 3rd in points, but still within striking distance of the title.

 

For Thursday and Friday times and prices, please refer to the Atomic Speedway website at www.atomicspeedway.net   On Saturday, pit gates will open at 3 pm with geneal admission gates at 4.  Hot laps will get underway at 6 pm.  Adult general admission is $25 with seniors and veterans $22.  Kids ages 12 and under are free.  Pit passes are $40 with kids pit passes (age 6-12) $20.  Kids 5 and under are free in the pits.

 

For teams competing with BOSS on Saturday, fuel is available at the track.  There are no membership or entry fees.  Mufflers are NOT required for this event.  We will be group qualifying in hot laps as we have done with all higher purse events.  We will be using the Yellow transponders and rental fee will be $10 at pill draw. 

 

For any other information or inquiries, please e-mail sprinter14@hotmail.com or phone the BOSS series at 740-703-3768. 

 

As always, we wish to thank the following great sponsors who make the BOSS tour possible.

 

Title Sponsor:

 

Rick's Trucks & Equipment ; Kenton, Ohio

 

Heat race pay is provided by the following sponsors:

 

Heat #1:  DRC Chassis of Indianapolis, IN

 

Heat #2:  Lias Tire / American Racer

 

Heat #3:  Hoosier Race Tires

 

Heat #4:  TCB Speed Equipment

 

Bonus Awards Provided by the following sponsors:

 

Hard Charger Award $50 - The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, Ohio

 

Hard Luck Award $50 - J F Construction ; Bucyrus, Ohio

 

Steel Block Award $50 - Cowen Truck Lines ; Perrysville, Ohio

 

Perseverance Award $50 - All Pro Cylinder Heads ; Johnstown, Ohio

 

Lucky Pill Draw Award $50 - Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, Ohio

 

Sweet Move of the race $25 - McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, Pennsylvania

 

Special thanks to additional sponsors who help provide the top 15 points teams tow money which include:

 

The Blue Room Restaurant ; Kirby, Ohio

 

Cooley Cabinets ; Greenville, Ohio

 

Griff's Racing Engines ; Sandusky, Ohio

 

FAST Signs ; Dayton, Ohio

 

Southeast Harley Davidson ; Cleveland, Ohio

 

Superior Bearing & Supply ; Bradenton, Florida

 

Cottle Claims Great Lakes Nationals / Smith Takes Make-Up Win


The largest event in the history of the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS tour is now in the history books and Shane Cottle, aboard the legendary Paul Hazen #57, claimed the win.  The inaugural Great Lakes Dirt Nationals drew 140 entries among the 3 sprint car divisions.  Thirty-eight BOSS traditional wingless sprint cars signed in for their part of Ohio's 2nd richest sprint car event of the year.


To kick the night off, a make-up A-Main event from a May 28th rain out found 20 of the original 22 starters back at Ohio's new premiere dirt facility.  Andy Feil and Chad Wilson brought the field to the green flag with Wilson jumping to an early lead.  Dustin Smith, the current points leader, quickly shot from his 3rd starting spot to take the lead and officially lead lap one with Wilson in tow.  Pole sitter Feil was having his best run of the season hanging tough in the top 5 when a fuel nozzle line plugged damaging the engine in his DRC chassis.  


Smith had set sail and had a commanding lead when a pair of nasty incidents brought out two late red flags.  The first red flew when a multi-car tangle sent Steve Little up and over and Joe Butera into the inside retaining wall.  The race was not back under green for long when Rick Holley and Kirk Jeffries got together entering turn 3 and executed a wild series of flips.  All the drivers were uninjured.


The final 4 lap shootout was won handily by Smith aboard the Low Gagliardi owned Dom's Gulf / DRC Chassis / #77 on American Racer Tires.  Chad Wilson gave a valiant effort but finished runner-up with Paul Dues advancing 7 spots to finish 3rd and claim the Bridge Restaurant "Hard Charger" Award.  Michael Fischesser and Tyler Gunn completed the top 5.  Rounding out the top 10 were Justin Owen, Matt Cooley, Aaron Middaugh, Bob McMillin and Jeremy Shambaugh.


Following the make-up event, the evening's regular program consisted of 4 heats lined up by group qualifying.  Fast qualifiers among the groups were Shane Cottle, Landon Simon, Dave Darland and Jarett Andretti.  The top 4 cars in each heat were inverted with the top 2 advancing to the redraw and top 4 to the main event.  Heat winners were Cottle, Tyler Gunn, Dustin Smith and Dallas Hewitt.  The fourth and final heat race saw Scotty Weir in the Jamie Miller / Fast Signs #6 take a wild barrell roll down the back stretch.  Thankfully, he was okay! 


A pair of twin B-Main events were taken by former series regular Bob Distel and the all time BOSS Ironman, Aaron Middaugh.  With 24 cars locked into the main event, the redraw placed 3rd heat race runner-up Michael Fischesser on the pole with Cottle alongside.  Dustin Smith and Tyler Gunn rolled off from the 2nd row with Cody Gardner and Dallas Hewitt in row 3 and Jarett Andretti and Cooper Clouse in the 4th row.


At the drop of the green flag, Cottle immediately took command with Fischesser and Smith battling early for the runner-up spot.  The race's only stoppage occurred early on lap #4 when Cole Ketcham hooked the cushion and flipped in turn 3 and 4.  He emerged unhurt.  


The final 26 laps would run caution free with Cottle appearing to be in complete control of the field.  However, Michael Fischesser was chasing his first tour win and also a tour championship and the Cincinnati hot shoe pulled alongside Cottle on multiple occasions.  As the battle brewed at the point, a pair of USAC veterans, who started in the sixth row, were on the move with C.J. Leary up to 4th by lap 10 and Dave Darland also beginning to slice his way to the front.


As the laps wound down, Cottle caught the back of the field and had to work carefully while the determined Fischesser sailed the car deep into the corners reeling Cottle in on every corner.  The checkered flag fell with a 0.473 margin of victory as Cottle held Fischesser off.  Points leader Dustin Smith ran a steady 3rd place the entire event while Leary picked up the "Hard Charger" honors for his 12th to 4th run.  Tour regular Cody Gardner completed the top 5.  The balance of the top 10 were Cooper Clouse, Landon Simon, Dave Darland, Dallas Hewitt and Chad Wilson.


Next up for the BOSS tour is Atomic Speedway's "Open Wheel Championship" where the month of money continues for $3,000 to win on Saturday, August 26th.  Watch for exciting details about that event.  Racing will begin on Thursday night and continue on Friday and culminate Saturday when BOSS joins in on the fun.  


Complete Results


Rick's Trucks & Equipment A-Main (May 28 Make-up):  1. 77-Dustin Smith[3] ;  2. 14-Chad Wilson[2] ;  3. 87-Paul Dues[10] ;  4. 44-Michael Fischesser[4] ;  5. 68G-Tyler Gunn[7] ;  6. 4J-Justin Owen[8] ;  7. 19-Matt Cooley6[] ;  8. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[15] ;  9. 5-Bob McMillin[16] ;  10. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh[17] ;  11. 31L-Buddy Lowther[19] ;  12. 13-Jeremy Duposki[13] ;  13. 53-Steve Little[9] ;  14. 86-Rick Holley[14] ;  15. 16-Dallas Hewitt[5] ;  16. 59J-Kirk Jeffries[12] ;  17. 96-Riley VanHise[11] ;  18. 3-Joe Butera[20] ;  19. 08-Andy Feil[1] ;  20. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp[18] ;  21. 23s-Kyle Simon[DNS] ;  22. 82-Mike Miller[DNS]



Great Lakes Dirt Nationals

BOSS Sprint Cars (38 Cars)


DRC Chassis - Heat Race #1:  1. 57-Shane Cottle[4] ;  2. 9x-Cooper Clouse[6] ;  3. 21-Carmen Perigo[1] ;  4. 17R-Kyle Robbins[3] ;  5. 18D-Bobby Distel[7] ;  6. 08-Andy Feil[5] ;  7. 320-George Willard[10] ;  8. 97J-Andy Fike[9] ;  9. 19-Matt Cooley[2] ;  10. 86-Rick Holley[DNS]


Lias Tire / American Racer - Heat #2:  1. 68G-Tyler Gunn[1] ;  2. 9G-Cody Gardner[2] ;  3. 24-Landon Simon[4] ;  4. 54-Matt Westfall[3] ;  5. 3-Joe Butera[8] ;  6. 31L-Buddy Lowther[10] ;  7. 32M-Derek Hastings[5] ;  8. 41-Cole Ketcham[7] ;  9. 12-Ted Hines[6] ;  10. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp[10]


Hoosier Race Tire - Heat #3:  1. 77-Dustin Smith[3] ;  2. 44-Michael Fischesser[2] ;  3. 40-Dave Darland[4] ;  4. 14-Chad Wilson[6] ;  5. 53-Steve Little[5] ;  6. 5-Bob McMillin[9] ;  7. 1J-Jeremy Duposki[8] ;  8. 5K-Jeremy Kornbau[7] ;  9. 59J-Kirk Jeffries[DNS]


TCB Speed - Heat #4:  1. 16-Dallas Hewitt[2] ;  2. 18-Jarett Andretti[4] ;  3. 30-C.J. Leary[3] ;  4. 4J-Justin Owen[6] ;  5. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[7] ;  6. 87-Paul Dues[8] ;  7. 21H-Travis Hery[1] ;  8. 96-Riley VanHise[9] ;  9. 6-Scotty Weir[5]


Griff's Engines - B-Main #1:  1. 18D-Bob Distel[1] ;  2. 53-Steve Little[2] ;  3. 5-Bob McMillin[4] ;  4. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh[6] ;  5. 19-Matt Cooley[9] ;  6. 320-George Willard[5] ;  7. 5K-Jeremy Kornbau[8] ;  8. 97J-Andy Fike[7] ;  9. 08-Andy Feil[DNS]


Fast Signs - B-Main #2:  1. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[2] ;  2. 87-Paul Dues[4] ;  3. 41-Cole Ketcham[7] ;  4. 21H-Travis Hery[6] ;  5. 31L-Buddy Lowther[3] ;  6. 3-Joe Butera[1] ;  7. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp[9] ;  8. 12-Ted Hines[8] ;  9. 32M-Derek Hastings[DNS]


Rick's Trucks & Equipment / BOSS 30 Lap A-Main:   1. Shane Cottle[2] ;  2. 44-Michael Fischesser[1] ;  3. 77-Dustin Smith[3] ;  4. 30-C.J. Leary[12] ;  5. 9G-Cody Gardner[5] ;  6. 9x-Cooper Clouse[8] ;  7. 24-Landon Simon[10] ;  8. 40-Dave Darland[11] ;  9. 16-Dallas Hewitt[6] ;  10. 14-Chad Wilson[15] ;  11. 68G-Tyler Gunn[4] ;  12. 18-Jarett Andretti[7] ;  13. 4J-Justin Owen[16] ;  14. 54-Matt Westfall[14] ;  15. 17R-Kyle Robbins[13] ;  16. 18D-Bobby Distel[17] ;  17. 21-Carmen Perigo[9] ;  18. 53-Steve Little[19] ;  19. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[18] ;  20. 21H-Travis Hery[24] ;  21. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh[23] ;  22. 5-Bob McMillin[21] ;  23. 87-Paul Dues[20] ;  24. 41-Cole Ketcham[22]


Bonus Award Winners:


Hoosier Race Tire Bonus (free tire) - Shane Cottle


American Racer Tire Bonus (free tire) - Michael Fischesser


The Bridge Restaurant - Hard Charger - C.J. Leary


Apple Metal Polishing - Lucky Pill Draw - Jeremy Kornbau


All Pro Cylinder Heads - Perseverance Award - Bob McMillin


J F Construction - Hard Luck Award - Rick Holley


Cowen Truck Lines - Steel Block Award - Jeremy Shambaugh


McMillin Apiaries - Sweet Move Award - Dave Darland

 

 

Great Lakes Dirt Nationals Next for BOSS


The biggest event weekend in the 7 year history of the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS tour is set for this weekend.  The first ever "Great Lakes Dirt Nationals" at Mansfield Motor Speedway was already a busy weekend with $2,000 to win for BOSS on Friday and $5,000 to win on Saturday.  However, a May rained out event has left a make-up 25 lap feature that is now set to roll off first to kick off the Friday night action.  This brings a total of 3 main events over a little more than 24 hours!


With a titanic 3 way battle for the championship looming, Dustin Smith will lead the tour into this important weekend.  Justin Owen and Michael Fischesser are within striking distance of the lead in one main event.  So with 3 main events on the line, this weekend could play a pivotal role in the outcome of the 2017 championship.


Friday's make-up feature from the May event finds Andy Feil and Chad Wilson on the front row.  Smith and Fischesser will start from row 2 while Owen is set to roll off 8th in the 22 car main event.  Following the make-up race, a complete new show will then take place for $2,000 to win using the standard BOSS format.  Saturday's $5,000 to win finale will use a special qualifying format.


For teams competing at Mansfield, there is an optional practice day on Thursday evening.  Pit passes for that day are $20.  Friday pit passes are $35 and Saturday pit passes are $40.  However, a 2 day pass is $70 and a 3 day pass is available for $85.  Fuel and parts trailers will be at the track.  No mufflers are required for this weekend.  Transponder rental will be $5 per day.  Teams racing through Saturday will get one check from BOSS after Saturday's racing action.


For fans, please refer to the Mansfield Motor Speedway website at www.mansfieldmotorspeedway.com for ticket information and advanced ticket discounts.  Camping information is also available on the MMS site.  Competing race teams may stay and camp in the pit area as long as the race rig is used.  No additional campers will be allowed inside the pit area.  


Area hotels are nearly full and BOSS has struggled to come up with a host hotel that offred a discount and had enough availability.  Other area events have booked up most hotels.  There are still rooms available under the BOSS name at the Quality Inn - phone 567-772-0083 and the BOSS rate is $172 plus tax.  There are openings at other hotels in the $80 range including the Motel 6 on North Trimble Road at 419-529-2100 and the M-Star Hotel in downtown on 137 Park Avenue West phone: 419-522-5142.  Please check the reviews on these hotels.


For any other information, please e-mail sprinter14@hotmail.com or phone 740-703-3768.


 

 

Rader Captures Waynesfield Hewitt Classic Race

Todd Ridgeway
BOSS Series
August 5, 2017

 

WAYNESFIELD (OH) – 30-year-old Findlay, Ohio native driver Drew Rader saved the best for late when he pulled up beside Hall of Famer Dave Darland coming off turn four and at the checkers Rader would win the 9th Annual Jack Hewitt Classic 25 lap feature race at Waynesfield (OH) Speedway by just an inch. Darland and Rader both started in the front row of the 24 car Rick's Trucks & Equipment - Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) field, but as Darland showed the way setting a torrid pace, Rader would drop back to fourth before mounting his charge with but a handful of laps to go.  “I did not know if I could do it or not, Dave is so tough,” said Rader. “He is so good, he makes it look easy, we got it done, this is awesome. This is only my second career win, so it has to be my biggest win ever,” noted Rader.

Darland would fire like out of a canon from the beginning and go straight out on point to show the way. Matt Westfall would follow Darland right up and drop in second with Rader dropping back to third from his Pole starting position. Just a handful of laps in and the only yellow of the night would fly when three of the races heavy hitters got waded up in turn one. Dallas Hewitt, Kody Swanson, and Shane Cottle all spun and came to a start. All would restart but at the tail of the field and would never be a factor to the outcome. Back green and Darland took off, soon into lapped traffic. Dustin Smith, Rader, and Kyle Simon would all get knotted up in a struggle for the top five as Westfall and Darland made way. Simon would move into third with Rader fourth as laps clicked off. Westfall would begin to falter and fall into the hands of Simon first and then Rader. As Rader passed Westfall he used that momentum and sailed by Simon into second position with Darland half a straightaway in front. Now five to go and Rader cut the deficit in half as he continued to carry the momentum and Darland stayed busy with heavy lap traffic. Three to go and Rader was there and at the white flag he pulled up beside the race long leader. On the return trip to turns three and four Rader grabbed the inside preferred line and coming off turn four pushed up enough that Darland had to take evasive action and at the checkers it was 0.015 separation of second and first. Simon would hang on for third Westfall rebounded to fourth and Scotty Weir rounded out the top five.
 
“It kind of worked out to my advantage when he pulled out in front of us. I saw how he was getting through spots where I was making mistakes, so you might as well learn from the best. Once I stopped making those mistakes I got it going. Dave was getting through lapped traffic a little bit better than me so I just had to watch what he was doing and figure out how to be fast. I felt like I hit a really good groove coming off turn two every lap. As long as I could keep the car rotated with the nose down on the track I could really get on the throttle coming off the corner carrying it into three and then all the momentum through turn four. Dave was getting through lapped traffic a little better than me, so I just had to use that to my advantage,” finished the happy race winner.

“We were good early, the car was really good,” stated Darland. “The track started out with moisture but halfway through it slicked off. I was good in the middle of one and two and at the top of three and four, the race track just went away, and then the car went away at the end. Then we got into that heavy traffic there at the end, whatever that kids name is there at the end he did a hell of a job, I was sailing around there till I lost the track,” finished Darland.

“We were not very good the first couple laps, but when we got that yellow I could adjust the right rear shock a little and it got better,” said Simon. “I just went to the bottom and the car kept getting better every lap. Then with ten to go I realized I was catching them. Lapped traffic was an issue that late in the race. I can’t thank the team enough for this car tonight. Just lapped traffic became an issue when the track polished off,” finished Simon.
 
43 BOSS Sprinters were on hand to fight for the 24 A-Main starting positions. The five heat race winners included Shane Cottle, Dallas Hewitt, Kody Swanson, Drew Rader, and Darland. The two B-Mains were nailed down by Tyler Hewitt and Dane Lorenc. Scotty Weir set Fast Time with a blistering lap of, 12.320.     

Todd Ridgeway
Speedway Illustrated
Speed Sport News
Area Auto Racing News


 

Waynesfield Raceway Park
August 5, 2017
Jack Hewitt Classic
RACE RESULTS

 

Non Wings – Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series

Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS Qualifying
1.22S-Scotty Weir, 12.320; 2.69R-Dallas Hewitt, 12.371; 3.53-Steve Little, 12.438; 4.97X-Tyler Hewitt, 12.486; 5.40-Dave Darland, 12.505; 6.21P-Carmen Pergo21, 12.521; 7.57-Shane Cottle, 12.526; 8.44-Michael Fischesser, 12.537; 9.42-Ty Tilton, 12.562; 10.23S-Kyle Simon, 12.624; 11.24-Landon Simon, 12.658; 12.21K-Kody Swanson, 12.674; 13.77-Dustin Smith, 12.714; 14.2DI-Dustin Ingle, 12.799; 15.54-Matt Westfall, 12.803; 16.21H-Travis Hery, 12.815; 17.74-Drew Rader, 12.842; 18.19-Matt Cooley, 12.868; 19.9N-Luke Hall, 12.879; 20.9G-Cody Gardner, 12.939; 21.39-Matt Goodnight, 12.969; 22.9X-Cooper Clouse, 12.985; 23.24L-Lee Underwood, 12.999; 24.4J-Justin Owen, 13.014; 25.87-Paul Dues, 13.015; 26.59J-Kirk Jeffries, 13.053; 27.e99-Gage Etgen, 13.073; 28.91X-Aaron Middaugh, 13.075; 29.14-Chad Wilson, 13.166; 30.18K-Todd Keen, 13.191; 31.41-Brad Wyatt, 13.194; 32.08-Andy Feil, 13.244; 33.32M-Derek Hasting, 13.425; 34.5-Bob McMillin, 13.504; 35.18W-Travis Welpott, 13.610; 36.17-Kevin Myers, 13.634; 37.31L-Buddy Lowther, 13.648; 38.3-Joe Butero, 13.665; 39.1J-Jeremy Shambaugh, 13.682; 40.39G-Dane Lorenc, 13.777; 41.96-Riley VanHise, 13.854; 42.51-Curtis Muhlenkamp, 13.973; 43.82-Mike Miller, 99.991;


DRC Chassis - Heat 1, Group A – (8 Laps)
1. 57-Shane Cottle[3] ; 2. 22S-Scotty Weir[4] ; 3. 42-Ty Tilton[1] ; 4. 2DI-Dustin Ingle[5] ; 5. 44-Michael Fischesser[2] ; 6. 4J-Justin Owen[7] ; 7. 08-Andy Feil[8] ; 8. 19-Matt Cooley[6]


Lias Tire / American Racer - Heat 2, Group B – (8 Laps)
1. 69R-Dallas Hewitt[4] ; 2. 21P-Carmen Pergo21[2] ; 3. 59J-Kirk Jeffries[5] ; 4. 87-Paul Dues[1] ; 5. 39G-Dane Lorenc[9] ; 6. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh[8] ; 7. 53-Steve Little[3] ; 8. 91X-Aaron Middaugh[6] ; 9. 3-Joe Butero[7]


Hoosier Race Tire - Heat 3, Group C – (8 Laps)
1. 21K-Kody Swanson[1] ; 2. 24-Landon Simon[2] ; 3. 23S-Kyle Simon[3] ; 4. 24L-Lee Underwood[5] ; 5. 97X-Tyler Hewitt[4] ; 6. e99-Gage Etgen[6] ; 7. 96-Riley VanHise[8] ; 8. 5-Bob McMillin[7] ; 9. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp[9]


TCB Speed - Heat 4, Group D – (8 Laps)
1. 74-Drew Rader[2] ; 2. 77-Dustin Smith[4] ; 3. 9G-Cody Gardner[1] ; 4. 21H-Travis Hery[3] ; 5. 39-Matt Goodnight[5] ; 6. 31L-Buddy Lowther[8] ; 7. 18W-Travis Welpott[7] ; 8. 41-Brad Wyatt[6]


Superior Bearing & Supply - Heat 5, Group E – (8 Laps)
1. 40-Dave Darland[4] ; 2. 54-Matt Westfall[3] ; 3. 9N-Luke Hall[2] ; 4. 9X-Cooper Clouse[1] ; 5. 14-Chad Wilson[5] ; 6. 32M-Derek Hasting[7] ; 7. 17-Kevin Myers[8] ; 8. 18K-Todd Keen[6]


The Blue Room - B-Main 1 – (10 Laps)
1. 97X-Tyler Hewitt[2] ; 2. 44-Michael Fischesser[1] ; 3. 14-Chad Wilson[3] ; 4. 08-Andy Feil[6] ; 5. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh[4] ; 6. 17-Kevin Myers[8] ; 7. 31L-Buddy Lowther[5] ; 8. 3-Joe Butero[11] ; 9. 96-Riley VanHise[7] ; 10. 91X-Aaron Middaugh[9] ; 11. 41-Brad Wyatt[10] ; 12. 82-Mike Miller[12]


FAST Signs - B-Main 2 – (10 Laps)
1. 39G-Dane Lorenc[1] ; 2. e99-Gage Etgen[4] ; 3. 19-Matt Cooley[8] ; 4. 4J-Justin Owen[3] ; 5. 39-Matt Goodnight[2] ; 6. 18W-Travis Welpott[7] ; 7. 32M-Derek Hasting[5] ; 8. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp[11] ; 9. 5-Bob McMillin[9] ; 10. 53-Steve Little[6] ; 11. 18K-Todd Keen[10]


Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS - A-Main 1 – (25 Laps)
1. 74-Drew Rader[1] ; 2. 40-Dave Darland[2] ; 3. 23S-Kyle Simon[13] ; 4. 54-Matt Westfall[4] ; 5. 22S-Scotty Weir[5] ; 6. 2DI-Dustin Ingle[16] ; 7. 77-Dustin Smith[3] ; 8. 21P-Carmen Pergo21[7] ; 9. 9G-Cody Gardner[14] ; 10. 9N-Luke Hall[15] ; 11. 24-Landon Simon[6] ; 12. 9X-Cooper Clouse[20] ; 13. 57-Shane Cottle[10] ; 14. 59J-Kirk Jeffries[12] ; 15. 44-Michael Fischesser[23] ; 16. 24L-Lee Underwood[18] ; 17. 97X-Tyler Hewitt[21] ; 18. e99-Gage Etgen[24] ; 19. 42-Ty Tilton[11] ; 20. 87-Paul Dues[17] ; 21. 39G-Dane Lorenc[22] ; 22. 21H-Travis Hery[19] ; 23. 69R-Dallas Hewitt[8] ; 24. 21K-Kody Swanson[9]


Bonus Award Winners:


The Bridge Restaurant "Hard Charger" - Kyle Simon +10


Apple Metal Polishing "Lucky Pill Draw" - Buddy Lowther


J F Construction "Hard Luck Award" - Mike Miller


McMillin Apiaries "Sweet Move" - Travis Welpott


Cowen Truck Lines "Steel Block Award" - Carmen Perigo


All Pro Cylinder Heads "Perseverance Award" - Gage Etgen


Lias Tire / American Racer Tire Bonus - Dustin Smith


Hoosier Race Tire Bonus - Drew Rader


 

 

BOSS Gears Up For Jack Hewitt Classic at WRP


The best points battle in the history of the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS tour is growing ever more intense.  The battle is heating up just in time for the Jack Hewitt Classic at Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield, Ohio.  This is the first time ever that the Classic, named in honor of one of sprint car racing's greatest ever, will be a fully sanctioned, point paying BOSS event.


Points leader Justin Owen encountered some mechanical failure at Lawrenceburg in the last event that led to heavy contact with the wall.  Dustin Smith, the early season points leader, was able to close back up and sits tied with Owen for the lead right now.  However, Michael Fischesser is a rapidly closing 3rd place and who fared the best in both events over the past weekend.


You also can't count out the rest of the top BOSS runners who still have an outside shot at the championship.  Rounding out the top 5 are Chad Wilson and Steve Little.  The rest of the top 10 is a dogfight for position with Paul Dues, Aaron Middaugh, Cody Gardner, Mike Miller and Matt Cooley battling hard every race!


The Waynesfield regulars will be locked and loaded to defend the home turf again.  We expect names like Matt Westfall, Luke Hall, Dallas Hewitt, Dustin Ingle and many more.  With $3,000 to win on the line, could it be an outsider who comes in to steal the money?  Join us for a great night of action this Saturday night!


General admission gates will open at 5 with hot laps at 6 and racing at 7 pm.  Adult general admission is $18 with kids ages 11-15 just $9 and kids 10 and under are free.  For teams competing, pit gates will open at 4.  Pit passes are $30.  Transponder rental will be $10.  Fuel is available at the track and NO MUFFLERS are required for this race.  We will be qualifying against your heat race groups during hot laps.


For any more information, please e-mail sprinter14@hotmail.com or call 740-703-3768.  As always, we thank our many generous sponsors, without whom this would not be possible.


Title Sponsor:

Rick's Trucks & Equipment ; Kenton, Ohio


Heat race pay is provided by the following sponsors:

Heat #1:  DRC Chassis of Indianapolis, IN

Heat #2:  Lias Tire / American Racer

Heat #3:  Hoosier Race Tires

Heat #4:  TCB Speed Equipment


Bonus Awards Provided by the following sponsors:

Hard Charger Award $50 - The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, Ohio

Hard Luck Award $50 - J F Construction ; Bucyrus, Ohio

Steel Block Award $50 - Cowen Truck Lines ; Perrysville, Ohio

Perseverance Award $50 - All Pro Cylinder Heads ; Johnstown, Ohio

Lucky Pill Draw Award $50 - Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, Ohio

Sweet Move of the race $25 - McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, Pennsylvania


Special thanks to additional sponsors who help provide the top 15 points teams tow money which include:

The Blue Room Restaurant ; Kirby, Ohio

Cooley Cabinets ; Greenville, Ohio

Griff's Racing Engines ; Sandusky, Ohio

FAST Signs ; Dayton, Ohio

Southeast Harley Davidson ; Cleveland, Ohio

Superior Bearing & Supply ; Bradenton, Florida

 

 

Kinser Wins Soudrette Memorial at the Burg


Rarely do we see July race nights as pleasant as last night at Lawrenceburg Speedway for the Rick's Trucks and Equipment BOSS sprint cars.  Perhaps it was divine intervention as the traveling series of drivers joined the Lawrenceburg Kelsey Chevrolet Sprint cars to honor the memory of Jason Soudrette in his 4th annual memorial event.


Soudrette was an Ohio native who ran weekly at Lawrenceburg and was one of the first drivers to commit to touring with BOSS when the series was founded in 2011.  He was in both of the only 2 events held that season despite being diagnosed with leukemia.  Jason still ran various BOSS events the following season as his health would allow.  Sadly, we lost Jason to complications in his battle but his memory will live on with his favorite race track and favorite sanctioning body.


A stout field of 36 sprint cars signed in for the night's action.  Four very exciting heat races were won by Scotty Weir, Shawn Westerfeld, Carmen Perigo and Drew Abel.  The remaining cars were split into a pair of twin 10 lap B-Main events.  Cole Kethcam charged from 9th to win the first B Main while Joss Moffatt won a very exciting B-Main #2.


Twenty-two of the bravest drivers in short track racing aligned for the 25 lap main event.  The 4 wide salute to the fans was paced by the #44 car of John Soudrette Racing (Jason's father) and driven by Dickie Gaines.  With more than a few tears in the crowd, the fans gave the drivers a hearty send-off.


Two time and defending BOSS champion, Shawn Westerfeld, paced the field to green with Jordan Kinser alongside.  Starter Tim Montgomery turned the field loose with the green flag as Westerfeld and Kinser prepared for a titanic battle on the point.  Kinser got the jump on the start but Westerfeld flexed his muscle early by blitzing back past Kinser and opening a short lead.


Just as the field began to spread out, working lap #4, Westerfeld caught the berm on the inside of turn 4.  His car bicycled and came down awkwardly on the right front, pitching the car into a soft "tommy tipover".  The rest of the field did a great job of missing him and there was enough damage that he was unable to continue.


Back under green, it was Jordan Kinser who had inherited the lead and opened up a quick lead as BOSS star Carmen Perigo from Stoystown, Pennsylvania was the closest car in pursuit.  Fourth starting Logan Jarret closed up on Perigo and the pair ran side by side battling for most of the race.  Perigo working the bottom to perfection while Jarrett was braving the high side.  


A pair of 8th row car #44 starters were the men on the move.  Fifteenth starting Dickie Ganies and 16th starting Michael Fischesser both stormed through the field with Fischesser edging Gaines for the "Hard Charger" award.  


The race stayed clean and green over the last 21 laps with Kinser stretching his lead with a decisive victory.  Jarrett was able to dispatch Perigo to 3rd and claim the runner-up spot.  Drew Abel and Landon Simon completed the top 5.  Rounding out the top 10 were Scotty Weir, Fischesser, Gaines, Dustin Smith and Garrett Abrams.


The BOSS series wishes to thank the fans for coming out to support the event and to Lawrenceburg Speedway and their staff for a great night of racing.  Up next for BOSS is the "Jack Hewitt Classic" at Waynesfield Raceway Park this Saturday, August 5th paying $3,000 to win and $300 to start.


Box Score


Total Car Count:36


DRC Chassis - Heat #1 (8 Laps, top 4 transfer, top 2 redraw)
1. 6-Scotty Weir{8] ;  2. 29-Logan Jarrett[9] ;  3. 21x-Tony DiMattia[1] ;  4. 53-Steve Little[3] ;  5. 19-Matt Cooley[2] ;  6. 3-Joe Butera[5] ;  7. 14-Chad Wilson[7] ;  8. 21M-Chris Olding[6] ;  9. 41-Cole Ketcham[4]

Lias Tire / American Racer - Heat
#2 (8 Laps, top 4 transfer, top 2 redraw)
1. 89-Shawn Westerfeld[4] ;  2. 76-J.J. Hughes[1] ;  3. 77-Dustin Smith[3] ;  4. 9G-Cody Gardner[9] ;  5. 71B-Braxton Cummings[5] ;  6. 87-Paul Dues[2] ;  7. 96-Riley VanHise[6] ;  8. 71-Dwayne Spille[8] ;  9. 5-Bob McMillin[7]

Hoosier Race Tire - Heat
#3 (8 Laps, top 4 transfer, top 2 redraw)
1. 21-Carmen Perigo[2] ;  2. 70-Jordan Kinser[4] ;  3. 08-Andy Feil[1] ;  4. 44-Dickie Gaines[5] ;  5. 4J-Justin Owen[7] ;  6. 31L-Buddy Lowther[9] ;  7. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp[3] ;  8. 7M-Tony McVey[6] ;  9. 25-Eric Semple[DNS]

TCB Speed - Heat
#4 (8 Laps, top 4 transfer, top 2 redraw)
1. 04-Drew Abel[2] ;  2. 24-Landon Simon[7] ;  3. 32-Garrett Abrams[4] ;  4. 44s-Michael Fischesser[9] ;  5. 5J-Joss Moffatt[5] ;  6. 74-Tony Main[3] ;  7. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[8] ;  8. 82-Mike Miller[6] ;  9. Tyler Kendall[1]

B-Main 1 (10 Laps, top
3 transfer)
1. 41-Cole Ketcham[9] ;  2. 14-Chad Wilson[5] ;  3. 19-Matt Cooley[1] ;  4. 7M-Tony McVey[8] ;  5. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp[6] ;  6. 4J-Justin Owen[2] ;  7. 21M-Chris Olding[7] ;  8. 3-Joe Butera[3] ;  9. 31L-Buddy Lowther[4] ;  10. 20K-Tyler Kendall[DNS]

B-Main 2 (10 Laps, top
3 transfer)
1. 5J-Joss Moffatt[2] ;  2. 74-Tony Main[4] ;  3. 71B-Braxton Cummings[1] ;  4. 87-Paul Dues[3] ;  5. 82-Mike Miller[8] ;  6. 96-Riley VanHise[5] ;  7. 71-Dwayne Spille[7] ;  8. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[6] ;  9. 5-Bob McMillin[9] ; 10. 25-Eric Semple[10]

A-Main 1 (25 Laps)
1. 70-Jordan Kinser[2] ;  2. 29-Logan Jarrett[4] ;  3. 21-Carmen Perigo[3] ;  4. 04-Drew Abel[5] ;  5. 24-Landon Simon[6] ;  6. 6-Scotty Weir[7] ;  7. 44s-Michael Fischesser[16] ;  8. 44-Dickie Gaines[15] ;  9. 77-Dustin Smith[10] ;  10. 32-Garrett Abrams[12] ;  11. 76-J.J. Hughes[8] ;  12. 5J-Joss Moffatt[18] ;  13. 21x-Tony DiMattia[9] ;  14. 14-Chad Wilson[19] ;  15. 53-Steve Little[13] ;  16. 9G-Cody Gardner[14] ;  17. 08-Andy Feil[11] ;  18. 74-Tony Main[20] ;  19. 71B-Braxton Cummings[22] ;  20. 89-Shawn Westerfeld[1] ;  21. 41-Cole Ketcham[17] ;  22. 19-Matt Cooley[21]

 

Hard Charger Award - The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, OH - 44s-Fischesser

Hard Luck Award - J.F. Construction ; Bucyrus, OH – 4J - Owen

Lucky Pill Draw Award - Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, OH - 89-Westerfeld

Perseverance Award - All Pro Cylinder Heads ; Johnstown, OH - 44 -Fischesser

Steel Block Award - Cowen Truck Line ; Perrysville, OH - 51-Muhlenkamp

Sweet Move Award - McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, PA –  9G-Gardner

American Racer Tire Award - 21-Perigo

Hoosier Race Tire Award - 29-Jarrett

 

 

Cottle Claims Route 44 Speedway Win


It had been three years since Liberty, Indiana heard the roar of the ferocious horsepower of a field of sprint cars.  Last night, the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS tour brought the wicked machines to the newly renamed Route 44 Speedway for the first time ever under new promoter Shawn Crouch.


Like the 2014 event, the stands were filled to near capacity and an identical car count of 35 traditional sprints signed in for competition.  The new staff at Route 44 provided and exceptional racing surface and the fans were treated to 4 stacked heat race events, a pair of 10 lap B-Main events and a great 22 car / 25 lap main event.


Heat races were won by Michael Fischesser, Dave Darland, Kyle Simon and Matt Westfall.  The pair of B-Mains found 2014 tour champion Mike "The Magic Man" Miller and local favorite Brandon Whited picking up the wins.  Following heat race action, the top 2 from each heat race redrew for starting spots in the main event.  Aaron Middaugh of Polk, Ohio ran second in heat #1 and drew the pole position with Kyle Simon starting alongside.  Eventual winner Shane Cottle would start from the 5th spot.


At the drop of starter Tim Montgomery's green flag, 22 drivers rocketed into the Union County night with images of victory lane on their mind.  Middaugh, who is the only driver to enter every BOSS race in history, set out to lead lap number one.  The first of 2 caution flag's flew with only one lap complete for a spinning car.


On the restart, the "People's Champ" Dave Darland flirted with disaster on the high side to sweep past Middaugh and lead lap #2.  Fifth starting Shane Cottle was quickly into the runner-up spot and in pursuit.  Just when it appeared that Darland had clear sailing, mechanical gremlins caught up with him in the Hery #40 and he coasted into the infield on lap 6 just as the race's second and final caution flew for another spinning car.


With 19 laps remaining, "The Throttle" Shane Cottle would bring the field back to green.  The 20 cars remaining on the track ran the remainder of the race caution free with some wheel to wheels battles on the tight confines of Route 44 Speedway.  Fans were treated with a display of drivers dancing on the ragged edge, wheeling through ruts with half the field on the wall and half the field doing the high speed ballet on the bottom.


Michael Fischesser, who sits 3rd in BOSS points, was the man on the move late.  After starting 6th, it took him a few laps to get going, but he was the fastest car on the track in the closing laps.  But Cottle worked traffic masterfully and managed, more than once, to use the Route 44 turn 4 wall like a cushion to propel down the track.


At the stripe, Cottle held off Fischesser's charge with Cole Ketcham running a great race to come home 3rd.  Point leader Justin Owen finished 4th with Matt Westfall completing the top 5.  The balance of the top 10 were Carmen Perigo, Dustin Smith, Aaron Middaugh, Chad Wilson and Garret Abrams who got the "Hard Charger" Award.


The series moves on the Lawrenceburg Speedway tonight for the "Jason Soudrette Memorial".  We encourage fans to come out and support us in honoring one of the original BOSS drivers and one of the nicest drivers you could ever have hoped to know.




BOSS Prepares for Hoosier State Double

One of the most highly anticipated weekends of the year is upon us for the Rick's Trucks and Equipment BOSS sprint car tour.  Friday night, the last true outlaws of the dirt tracks will make a return to Route 44 Speedway in Liberty, Indiana.  The series last competed there in 2014 when Logan Hupp defeated Kevin Thomas Jr. in an epic slide job duel through traffic.  On Saturday, the series will move on to the much anticipated Jason Soudrette Memorial event at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Fresh off his 3rd career BOSS win and second of the season, Justin Owen of Harrison, Ohio has taken over the points lead.  Dustin Smith of Russiaville, Indiana had a rough night at the last event and fell to second in the standings after leading most of the year.  Michael Fischesser, Chad Wilson and Steve Little round out the top 5 in the current driver standings.  

Both events are expected to draw large fields of cars.  The BOSS event at Route 44 Speedway in 2014 drew 35 entries.  The track was then known as Whitewater Valley Speedway.  This May, BOSS had 41 cars in the pit area at Lawrenceburg Speedway when after the fifth heat race, mother nature decided to end the evening early.  Officials anticipate similar fields at this weekend's events.

Saturday night's race at Lawrenceburg will be in honor of one of the first ever BOSS drivers who was also a regular competitor at Lawrenceburg.  Jason Soudrette was in the very first BOSS event at Atomic Speedway in Ohio back in 2011.  He ran various other events with the tour as he battled leukemia.  Sadly, Jason passed away from complications but his father has kept the JSR #44 in competition and the car will once again be in the field this Saturday night.  

At Route 44 Speedway on Friday night, pit gates will be open all day for teams traveling to the event.  Hot laps will begin at 7 with racing promptly at 8 pm.  Adult general admission is $15 with seniors and students admitted for $13.  Kids ages 8-13 are just $8 while 7 and under is free of charge.  All pit passes are $30.  For team competing, there will be fuel available at the track and NO mufflers are required for this event.  Pill draw will close at 6:45.

On Saturday at Lawrenceburg, again, the pit area will be open all day for the convenience of the teams.  The pit area will be cleared at 3:45 and official pit gate opens at 4 pm.  General admission gates open at 5 with hot laps at 6 and racing at 7 pm.  Adult general admission is $17 with kids ages 7-12 just $7 while children 6 and under are free.  All Pit passes are $30.  For teams competing, there will be fuel at the track and mufflers ARE REQUIRED for this event.  Pill draw will close at 5:45.  

Both of this weekend's events are the standard BOSS purse of $1,500 to win with $250 to start the A-Main and $100 tow money to any team not starting the main event.  For any further questions, please contact BOSS at sprinter14@hotmail.com or phone 740-703-3768.


The official host hotel for the weekend is the Riverside Inn in Lawrenceburg conveniently located close to the track.  Rooms are available for the teams and fans for $65 per night by asking for the "BOSS Racers Discount".  Please call 812-537-4441 to make a reservation.

Title Sponsor:

Rick's Trucks & Equipment ; Kenton, Ohio


Heat race pay is provided by the following sponsors:

Heat #1:  DRC Chassis of Indianapolis, IN

Heat #2:  Lias Tire / American Racer

Heat #3:  Hoosier Race Tires

Heat #4:  TCB Speed Equipment


Bonus Awards Provided by the following sponsors:

Hard Charger Award $50 - The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, Ohio

Hard Luck Award $50 - J F Construction ; Bucyrus, Ohio

Steel Block Award $50 - Cowen Truck Lines ; Perrysville, Ohio

Perseverance Award $50 - All Pro Cylinder Heads ; Johnstown, Ohio

Lucky Pill Draw Award $50 - Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, Ohio

Sweet Move of the race $25 - McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, Pennsylvania


Special thanks to additional sponsors who help provide the top 15 points teams tow money which include:

The Blue Room Restaurant ; Kirby, Ohio

Cooley Cabinets ; Greenville, Ohio

Griff's Racing Engines ; Sandusky, Ohio

FAST Signs ; Dayton, Ohio

Southeast Harley Davidson ; Cleveland, Ohio

Superior Bearing & Supply ; Bradenton, Florida

 

 

 

Owen Tames Waynesfield, Grabs Second BOSS Win of Season

 
photo credit J&T Photos

Coming into the evening at Waynesfield Raceway Park, Harrison, Ohio’s Justin Owen had one goal in mind which was to Win. That he did. Owen mastered the top side of a slick, tricky WRP curb and found his way to his second triumph of the season and his third career series win as a part of the 7th Annual Dick Spencer Memorial at the Waynesfield, Ohio 1/3 mile facility.


The 21 year old also knew coming into the one off weekend for the Rick’s Truck and Equipment Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series that he had some work to do in hopes of claiming his first career Series Championship in this 2017 season. Starting 4th in American Racer/Lias Tire Heat 2 Owen powered to a 2nd place finish behind Paul Dues to begin his night. He would draw the 2 pill in the redraw and start outside Pole for the 25 Lap A-Main. Right away in the main event, Owen took the top side starting spot to his advantage and led all 25 laps and held off a yellow flag with 9 to go to claim his third series Victory. Owen came into the evening sitting 2nd in Series points 57 behind leader and 2012 Series Champion Dustin Smith.


Smith meanwhile started 11th and Finished 18th in the Feature event. Along with his 3rd place Heat finish, Smith scored 179 points in on track action tonight. Cincinnati, Ohio’s Michael Fischesser came into the evening 3rd in Series points and finished 1st in his heat race and made a late charge to finish 5th in the A-Main. With his finishes tonight, Fischesser grabbed 230 points towards his title fight. Steve Little, currently 5th in BOSS Points recorded his career best finish by putting his 53 machine into the 4th spot once the checkers flew.


Overall 33 Non Wing Sprints helped pack the pits and in the end it was a BOSS Regular Justin Owen stealing the thunder from the Waynesfield regulars.


The BOSS Sprints are back in action with a doubleheader in the Hoosier State July 28th at Route 44 Speedway in Liberty, Indiana on Friday night and then move on a night later to the legendary Lawrenceburg Speedway one evening later on July 29th for two great evenings of Sprint Car racing in Indiana.

 

DRC Chassis Heat 1 - (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer-Top 2 Redraw)
1. 18-Todd Keen[2] ; 2. 96-Riley VanHise[1] ; 3. 9G-Cody Gardner[5] ; 4. 24L-Lee Underwood[4] ; 5. 54-Matt Westfall[6] ; 6. 9N-Luke Hall[9] ; 7. 74-Drew Rader[7] ; 8. 3-Joe Butera[3] ; 9. 08-Andy Feil[8]

American Racer/Lias Tire Heat 2 - (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer-Top 2 Redraw)
1. 87-Paul Dues[2] ; 2. 4J-Justin Owen[4] ; 3. 24P-Nick Bilbee[5] ; 4. 19-Matt Cooley[8] ; 5. 32-Garrett Abrams[7] ; 6. 14-Chad Wilson[6] ; 7. 5-Bob McMillin[1] ; 8. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp[3]

Hoosier Racing Tire Heat 3 - (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer-Top 2 Redraw)
1. 44-Michael Fischesser[3] ; 2. 53-Steve Little[1] ; 3. 77-Dustin Smith[4] ; 4. 9x-Cooper Clouse[2] ; 5. 91X-Aaron Middaugh[7] ; 6. 69R-Dallas Hewitt[8] ; 7. e99-Gage Etgen[5] ; 8. 21-Travis Hery[6]

TCB Speed Heat 4 - (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer-Top 2 Redraw)
1. 23S-Kyle Simon[1] ; 2. 2DI-Dustin Ingle[8] ; 3. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh[2] ; 4. 42-Ty Tilton[3] ; 5. 82-Mike Miller[5] ; 6. 5A-Toby Alfrey[6] ; 7. 31L-Buddy Lowther[4] ; 8. 17-Kevin Myers[7]

B-Main 1 - (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer)
1. 69R-Dallas Hewitt[4] ; 2. 54-Matt Westfall[1] ; 3. 9N-Luke Hall[3] ; 4. 74-Drew Rader[5] ; 5. e99-Gage Etgen[6] ; 6. 21-Travis Hery[8] ; 7. 3-Joe Butero[7] ; 8. 91X-Aaron Middaugh[2] ; 9. 08-Andy Feil[9]

B-Main 2 - (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer)
1. 14-Chad Wilson[3] ; 2. 82-Mike Miller[2] ; 3. 32-Garrett Abrms[1] ; 4. 31L-Buddy Lowther[6] ; 5. 5A-Toby Alfrey[4] ; 6. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp[7] ; 7. 5-Bob McMillin[5] ; 8. 17-Kevin Myers[8]

A-Main 1 - (25 Laps)
1. 4J-Justin Owen[2] ; 2. 87-Paul Dues[1] ; 3. 9x-Cooper Clouse[15] ; 4. 53-Steve Little[4] ; 5. 44-Michael Fischesser[8] ; 6. 54-Matt Westfall[19] ; 7. 69R-Dallas Hewitt[17] ; 8. 18-Todd Keen[6] ; 9. 2DI-Dustin Ingle[7] ; 10. 23S-Kyle Simon[5] ; 11. 24P-Nick Bilbee[10] ; 12. 19-Matt Cooley[14] ; 13. 24L-Lee Underwood[13] ; 14. 9G-Cody Gardner[9] ; 15. 14-Chad Wilson[18] ; 16. 82-Mike Miller[20] ; 17. 9N-Luke Hall[21] ; 18. 77-Dustin Smith[11] ; 19. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh[12] ; 20. 32-Garrett Abrams[22] ; 21. 42-Ty Tilton[16] ; 22. 96-Riley VanHise[3]


Bonus Award Winners:

Hoosier Race Tire Bonus - Free tire:  Cooper Clouse

American Racer Bonus - Free Tire:  Justin Owen

The Bridge Restaurant - Hard Charger Award:  Matt Westfall

Apple Metal Polishing - Lucky Pill Draw:  Andy Feil

All Pro Cylinder Heard - Perseverance Award:  Luke Hall

McMillin Apiaries - Sweet Move of the Night:  Cody Gardner

J F Construction - Hard Luck Award:  Jeremy Shambaugh


 

 

BOSS Set to Challenge WRP Regulars

With the 2017 tour at the halfway mark, the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS tour points chase is heating up.  This weekend, the touring stars will face one of their toughest tasks.  The always stout Waynesfield Raceway Park weekly drivers are poised to defend their home turf from the invading outlaws in the 7th annual Dick Spencer Memorial.

As always when BOSS and WRP join together, a very large field of cars is expected.  Dustin Smith of Russiaville, Indiana currently sits atop the BOSS standings with Justin Owen, Michael Fischesser, Chad Wilson and Steve Little rounding out the top 5.  Luke Hall currently holds a slim lead over Dallas Hewitt in the Waynesfield standings and they will be tough to beat on their home track!

This is one event you do not want to miss.  In addition to the BOSS traditional sprint cars, mini sprints, modifieds, compacts and trucks will all be in action.  General admission is just $15 with kids ages 11-16 just $6 and kids 10 and under are free.  Pit passes are $30.  General admission gates will open at 4 pm with hot laps at 6 and racing at 7 pm.

For teams competing at WRP, pit gates will open at 3 pm.  There are NO MUFFLERS required for this event.  We will be using the yellow transponders and they are available to rent for $10.  Fuel and parts will be available at the track. 

The BOSS series wishes to thank all of our supporters who do so much to make this series possible.  Especially the sponsors who help cover the heat race money, bonus money and tow money!  We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend.

 

Title Sponsor:

Rick's Trucks & Equipment ; Kenton, Ohio

Heat race pay is provided by the following sponsors:

Heat #1:  DRC Chassis of Indianapolis, IN

Heat #2:  Lias Tire / American Racer

Heat #3:  Hoosier Race Tires

Heat #4:  TCB Speed Equipment


Bonus Awards Provided by the following sponsors:

Hard Charger Award $50 - The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, Ohio

Hard Luck Award $50 - J F Construction ; Bucyrus, Ohio

Steel Block Award $50 - Cowen Truck Lines ; Perrysville, Ohio

Perseverance Award $50 - All Pro Cylinder Heads ; Johnstown, Ohio

Lucky Pill Draw Award $50 - Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, Ohio

Sweet Move of the race $25 - McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, Pennsylvania


Special thanks to additional sponsors who help provide the top 15 points teams tow money which include:

The Blue Room Restaurant ; Kirby, Ohio

Cooley Cabinets ; Greenville, Ohio

Griff's Racing Engines ; Sandusky, Ohio

FAST Signs ; Dayton, Ohio

Southeast Harley Davidson ; Cleveland, Ohio

Superior Bearing & Supply ; Bradenton, Florida




Mike Miller Takes BOSS
Victory At PPMS

Imperial, PA (July 1)  Mike Miller earned the victory as the Rick’s Trucks and Equipment Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series visited Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday night.  It was the landmark event number 100 at the track for the open sprint division since the first event in 1979.

A field of 24 entries were divided into three qualifying heats, that were won by Mike Miller, Carmen Perigo, and Dustin Smith.  The top three finishers from each heat redrew for the top nine positions in the feature, with Joe Butera and Justin Owen receiving front row starting positions. 

Owen took the lead at the green flag, leading over Butera, Matt Cooley, Paul Dues, and Miller.  Working lap 1, Vince Daughery took a hard flip in turn two, as his car tumbled over the outside wall and out of the track. 

When racing resumed, Owen took off in the lead and distanced himself from the field.  Butera held second for a lap before Cooley passed him on lap 3.  Seventh starting Carmen Perigo passed Butera for third on lap 5, and passed Cooley for second on lap 7.  The large lead of Owen was wiped out by a Riley VanHise spin on lap 9. 

Back to green, Miller passed Perigo for second and closed on Owen.  He looked high on lap 11 and low on lap 12, but lost ground with his second attempt to pass.  Smith got faster as the race progressed, as he passed Perigo for third on lap 15.  Sixth running Cooley spun in turn four to bring out what would be the final caution period of the event.

On the single file restart, Miller moved to the high side entering turn one.  Getting a good run off of the high side, Miller blasted around the outside of Owen to take the lead on lap 18.  Owen and Smith swapped second on lap 20, but Smith made the pass the next time by to take second.  Smith then closed in on Miller in the closing laps using the outside groove.  But eighth starting Miller used the low groove to perfection over the closing laps to take the win over Smith.  Early leader Owen rounded out the podium in third.  Perigo was fourth, as Paul Dues ran a solid race for fifth.  Butera, 14th starting Michael Fischesser, Chad Wilson, Gale Ruth, Jr., and Cody Gardner rounded out the top ten.

Results for Saturday, July 1, 2017
 
Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series
Feature results with finish position, start position, car number, and driver.
1, 8, 82, Mike Miller
2, 6, 77, Dustin Smith
3, 2, 4J, Justin Owen
4, 7, 21, Carmen Perigo
5, 4, 87, Paul Dues
6, 1, 3, Joe Butera
7, 14, 44, Michael Fischesser
8, 10, 14, Chad Wilson
9, 11, 5X, Gale Ruth, Jr.
10, 5, 9G, Cody Gardner
11, 17, 53, Steve Little
12, 9, 91X, Aaron Middaugh
13, 16, 86, Rick Holley
14, 15, 5, Bob McMillin
15, 20, 8, Joe Sylvester
16, 18, 96, Riley VanHise
17, 19, 5K, Jeremy Kornbau
18, 23, 31L, Buddy Lowther
19, 3, 19, Matt Cooley
20, 13, 08, Andy Feil
21, 21, 331, Nevan O'Donnell
22, 12, 27, Vince Daugherty
23, 22, 97, Scott Hardman
Did not start, 51, Curtis Muhlenkamp
 
Heat 1
1, 1, 82, Mike Miller
2, 2, 4J, Justin Owen
3, 6, 9G, Cody Gardner
4, 3, 14, Chad Wilson
5, 4, 08, Andy Feil
6, 5, 86, Rick Holley
7, 8, 5K, Jeremy Kornbau
8, 7, 97, Scott Hardman
 
Heat 2
1, 2, 21, Carmen Perigo
2, 1, 91X, Aaron Middaugh
3, 4, 19, Matt Cooley
4, 6, 5X, Gale Ruth, Jr.
5, 5, 44, Michael Fischesser
6, 7, 53, Steve Little
7, 3, 8, Joe Sylvester
Did not start, 51, Curtis Muhlenkamp
 
Heat 3
1, 4, 77, Dustin Smith
2, 1, 3, Joe Butera
3, 2, 87, Paul Dues
4, 6, 27, Vince Daugherty
5, 5, 5, Bob McMillin
6, 7, 96, Riley VanHise
7, 8, 331, Nevan O'Donnell
8, 3, 31L, Buddy Lowther

 

6-30 LERNERVILLE

Having come so close in two previous chances at winning a Buckeye Ohio Sprint Series event at Lernerville in previous years, including two runner-up performances, AJ Flick seemed to be once again a favorite for a podium finish on Friday night.  And from the start of the 25 lap main event, Flick was not only a front runner, but quickly put the field behind him in dominant fashion. The young Winged Sprint Car pilot put all but seven cars at least a lap down, looking like a driver who had been driving a Non-Winged car for years on end en route to his first career win in BOSS Series action. 

Gale Ruth Jr. and Arnie Kent paced the 22 car field to the initial green flag, however not even a lap into the main event the red flag came out as Matt Cooley and Mike Miller found themselves both on their side in turns three and four. Both drivers were able to get out of their cars under their own power.
When action resumed, Ruth got out to the early lead running the bottom to middle grove with Flick putting pressure on him almost immediately, coming forward in relentless fashion from his sixth starting spot. Flick made his move for the lead just before the five lap mark, putting Ruth and the rest of the field behind him while the caution flag came out for a Riley VanHise spin in turn two. 
 
Flick looked as if he'd been shot out of a cannon on the restart while behind him, Michael Fischesser began to challenge Ruth for second and Carmen Perigo surged forward from his seventh starting spot to take up the fourth position. Perigo managed to slide around both Fischesser and Ruth to take his place behind Flick who was running at a blistering pace out front.  But behind all of the action at the front of the field, 2016 winner Justin Owen and BOSS Series points leader Dustin Smith were maneuvering through the field with relative ease and charging toward the front with precision and purpose.
Owen started 13 on the grid and Smith had to race his way into the program from the back of the bmain, starting from 19th position,  and both looked as if they might find a way to hunt down Flick for the win as the laps wound down. Owen was able to make the most serious challenge as he slid Perigo for the second spot on lap 16. 

Owen was in desperate need of a caution though as Flick did not lose one bit of momentum dealing with lapped traffic, putting the car where he needed to while making it look easy.  Owen's wish was granted with 21 laps in the book when Joe Butera spun at the bottom of turn four. 

"I had so much unfinished business here from last year and I wasn't going to be very happy with myself if I couldn't pull it off," Flick said in victory lane.  "You just pretend you hear noises and drive the wheels off it, it's all you can do. I kind of have a little bit of an edge I think, to a degree, maybe not over the BOSS guys but I came from the street stocks and I more or less had to run it the same way that I did here.  I went into turn one in hot laps and the thing just pushed like a truck, we changed the car a bunch. I made some real key moves in hot laps to get to the lead in the feature and I was just able to hold them off from there.

BOSS Wingless Sprint Heat 1:
1. (91X) Aaron Middaugh, Polk, OH
2. (18) Arnie Kent, New Castle, PA
3. (23JR) Jack Sodeman Jr., North Jackson, OH
4. (82) Mike Miller, Wapakoneta, OH
5. (76) Davey Jones, Baden, PA
6. (31L) Buddy Lowther, Cincinnati, OH
7. (91) Sadie Siegel, Saxonburg, PA
DNS (77) Dustin Smith, Russiaville, IN
DNS (51) Curtis Muhlenkamp, Minster, OH

BOSS Wingless Sprint Heat 2:
1. (40) George Hobaugh, Chircora, PA
2. (44) Michael Fichesser, Cincinnati, OH
3. (42) Ty Tilton, Lima, OH
4. (4J) Justin Owen, Harrison, OH
5. (8) Joe Sylvester, Camfield, OH
6. (5K) Jeremy Kornbau, Hermitage, PA
7. (66K) Ken Rossey, Strattanville, PA
8. (86) Rick Holley, Nelsonville, OH

BOSS Wingless Sprint Heat 3:
1. (5X) Gale Ruth Jr., Pleasantville
2. (2) AJ Flick, Apollo, PA
3. (9G) Cody Gardner, Monroe, OH
4. (14) Chad Wilson, Toledo, OH
5. (5) Bob McMillin, Wampum, pA
6. (1) Ryan Fredricks, Hillsville, PA
7. (4K) Bill Kiley, Cabot, PA
8. (27) Zach Morrow, Mars, PA

BOSS Wingless Sprint Heat 4:
1. (53) Steve Little, Waynesfield, OH
2. (21) Carmen Perigo, Sotystown
3. (96) Ryan VanHise, Covington, OH
4. (19) Matt Cooley, Greenville, OH
5. (12) Darin Gallagher, Butler, PA
6. (08) Andy Feil, New Castle, PA
7. (3) Joe Butera, Wampum, PA
DNS (87) Paul Dues, Minster, OH


BOSS Wingless Sprints B-Main:
1. (77) Dustin Smith, Russiaville, IN
2. (12) Darin Gallagher, Butler
3. (87) Paul Dues, Minster, OH
4. (08) Andy Feil, New Castle, PA
5. (3) Joe Butera, Wampum, PA
6. (8) Joe Sylvester, Camfield, OH
7. (86) Rick Holley, Nelsonville, OH
8. (5) Bob McMillin, Wampum, PA
9. (31L) Buddy Lowther, Cincinnati, OH
10. (5K) Jeremy Kornbau, Hermitage, PA
11. (4K) Bill Kiley, Cabot, PA
12. (1) Ryan Fredricks, Hillsville, PA
13. (91) Sadie Siegel, Saxonburg, PA
14. (51) Curtis Muhlenkamp, Minster, OH
15. (66K) Ken Rossey, Strattanville, PA
DNS (27) Zach Morrow, Mars, PA


BOSS Wingless Sprint Feature: (25 Laps)
1. (2) AJ Flick, Apollo, PA
2. (4J) Justin Owen, Harrison, OH
3. (21) Carmen Perigo, Sotystown
4. (44) Michael Fichesser, Cincinnati, OH
5. (23JR) Jack Sodeman Jr., North Jackson, OH
6. (91X) Aaron Middaugh, Polk, OH
7. (77) Dustin Smith, Russiaville, IN
8. (9G) Cody Gardner, Monroe, OH
9. (5X) Gale Ruth Jr., Pleasantville, PA
10. (12) Darin Gallagher, Butler, PA
11. (42) Ty Tilton, Lima, OH
12. (40) George Hobaugh, Chircora, PA
13. (18) Arnie Kent, New Castle, PA
14. (08) Andy Feil, New Castle, PA
15. (53) Steve Little, Waynesfield, OH
16. (14) Chad Wilson, Toledo, OH
17. (3) Joe Butera, Wampum, PA
18. (8) Joe Sylvester, Camfield, OH
19. (96) Ryan VanHise, Covington, OH
20. (87) Paul Dues, Minster, OH
21. (82) Mike Miller, Wapakoneta, OH
22. (19) Matt Cooley, Greenville, OH


BOSS Gears Up for Keystone Doubleheader

 

The Rick's Truck & Equipment BOSS tour prepares to head east this weekend for another doubleheader weekend.  Friday night, June 30th, will find the last true outlaws of the dirt tracks competing on the historic Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania.  One night later, the stars and cars of the series will move on to the "Monster" Half Mile, Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway near Imperial. 

It will be a Hoosier that will lead the Buckeye tour into the Keystone state.  Russiaville, Indiana's Dustin Smith sits atop the point standings.  However, the car owner and team are local to this weekend's events.  Smith pilots the #77 Dom's Gulf entry owned by Pittsburgh native Lou Gagliardi and they were the winners of the 2016 BOSS race at PPMS.  They will certainly be geared up for this big weekend in hopes of repeating that success and increasing their points lead.

Harrison, Ohio driver, Justin Owen, is currently second in points and already has a win on the tour this season.  Owen scored his first career victory with BOSS one year ago at Lernerville in dramatic fashion charging from 3rd to first in the final 2 laps.  Right behind Owen is Toledo, Ohio's Chad Wilson who sits 3rd and is quietly having the best year of his BOSS career.  Wilson and 4th place Michael Fischesser, from Cincinnati, Ohio, are both knocking on the door of their first tour wins and both will be contenders this weekend.  Rounding out the top 5 is another driver having his best BOSS season to date, Steve Little of Waynesfield, Ohio.

Rounding out the current top 10 are Aaron Middaugh from Polk, Ohio who sits sixth.  Cody Gardner from Monroe, Ohio is in 7th place with Paul Dues of Minster, Ohio in 8th.  Kirk Jeffries of Westerville, Ohio is a former winner at Pittsburgh and he sits 9th in the standings.  Tied for the 10th spot are Wapakoneta's Mike Miller and Greenville's Matt Cooley.  Other drivers expected to be on hand include Joe Butera, Riley VanHise, Bob McMillin, Buddy Lowther, Curtis Muhlenkamp, Carmen Perigo, Andy Feil, and Rick Holley.  In all, there are 18 full time teams on the BOSS tour and many local teams are always brave enough to pull off the wings when BOSS rolls into PA!

Friday at Lernerville, the gates will open at 5 pm with hot laps scheduled for 6:30 and racing at 7:30.  Pit passes will be $30 while adult general admission is $14.  Seniors are just $10 while Kids ages 11-17 are $7 and 10 and under free. 

Saturday at Pittsburgh, pit gates will be open all day for the BOSS travelers.  General admission gates will open at 5 pm.  Hot laps will be at 6 pm with racing at 7 pm.  Pit passes are $40 with adult general admission $20.  Seniors are $19 with kids ages 13-16 at $10, kids 6-12 are $5 and 5 and under are free.  To offset the higher cost of the show, the PPMS event will pay $300 to start the A-Main with the BOSS full time teams on the tow money deal getting $325 to start.

For teams competing this weekend, NO MUFFLERS are required at either track.  Transponders are being provided by Precise Racing of Sarver, PA.  Please thank Brett Neupert of Precise for always taking care of us with free transponder help!  Precise will have Hoosier tires and fuel for sale.  He will be staying open late Friday so you can purchase your fuel for Saturday.  Also, TCB Speed will be on hand with American Racer tires and to help with any other parts needs.

The official host hotel of the weekend is the Comfort Inn at 180 Gamma Drive in Pittsburgh.  It is conveniently located right on 28 between the tracks with ample parking for race rigs.  Please ask for the BOSS Racers Rate of $99 when you call in at 412-963-0600.  Fans are also welcome to use the hotel discount.

The BOSS series wishes to thank all of our supporters who do so much to make this series possible.  Especially the sponsors who help cover the heat race money, bonus money and tow money!  We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend.

 

Title Sponsor:

Rick's Trucks & Equipment ; Kenton, Ohio


Heat race pay is provided by the following sponsors:

Heat #1:  DRC Chassis of Indianapolis, IN

Heat #2:  Lias Tire / American Racer

Heat #3:  Hoosier Race Tires

Heat #4:  TCB Speed Equipment


Bonus Awards Provided by the following sponsors:

Hard Charger Award $50 - The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, Ohio

Hard Luck Award $50 - J F Construction ; Bucyrus, Ohio

Steel Block Award $50 - Cowen Truck Lines ; Perrysville, Ohio

Perseverance Award $50 - All Pro Cylinder Heads ; Johnstown, Ohio

Lucky Pill Draw Award $50 - Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, Ohio

Sweet Move of the race $25 - McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, Pennsylvania


Special thanks to additional sponsors who help provide the top 15 points teams tow money which include:

The Blue Room Restaurant ; Kirby, Ohio

Cooley Cabinets ; Greenville, Ohio

Griff's Racing Engines ; Sandusky, Ohio

FAST Signs ; Dayton, Ohio

Southeast Harley Davidson ; Cleveland, Ohio

Superior Bearing & Supply ; Bradenton, Florida

Smith Takes BOSS All Time Win Lead at PRP

A very warm, late spring night greeted the stars and cars of the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS sprint car series at Portsmouth Raceway Park Saturday night.  A fantastic crowd packed in to see an action packed show with 5 divisions of racing and to see BOSS history made as Dustin Smith claimed his 7th career tour victory to move into the #1 position.  He was driving the Lou Gagliardi, Dom's Gulf #77 and now holds a solid lead in the 2017 standings.

Twenty-one traditional sprint cars were represented among the more than 120 total race cars present.  Three preliminary heat races were won by Kody Swanson, Dustin Smith and Steve Little who scored his first career tour heat race win.  The top 3 finishers in each heat race were in a random redraw for the top 9 starting spots in the main event.  Kingsburg, California driver Kody Swanson drew the #1 starting spot with Wampum, Pennsylvania's Joe Butera drawing the #2.  Most likely the first time in the history of Portsmouth Raceway Park to have a California / Pennsylvania front row!

At the drop of starter Bob Smith's green flag, Swanson rocketed to a quick early lead.  Third starting Justin Owen and 5th starting Dustin Smith were in hot pursuit early with Cody Gardner and Steve Little completing the early top 5.  Smith quickly slipped past Owen working lap 3 and set sail for the lead and BOSS history.  By lap #9, Smith was working the bottom to perfection and was able to slip by Swanson who was committed to the top of the race track. 

The race appeared to be going to run caution free for the 2nd straight night as action stayed clean and green to the halfway point where it was Smith, Swanson, Owen, Little and now 9th starting Chad Wilson sneaking into the top 5.  Working lap #16, Wilson was able to get by Little with a charging Michael Fischesser from his 11th starting spot now charging hard and about to get into the top 5.

Then, working lap #20, Curtis Muhlenkamp had something break on his car as he rounded the 3rd and 4th turns.  In an attempt to get off the racing surface, Muhlenkamp pulled into the path of the charging Fischesser and the resulting tangle would eliminate both drivers and bring out the first of 2 cautions.  Three laps later, the race's second caution flew for a minor incident involving Andy Feil, Buddy Lowther and Jay Dunaway with only Lowther unable to continue.

A two lap shootout found Smith too strong and holding on to claim his seventh BOSS win with Justin Owen slipping past Swanson for the runner-up spot.  Chad Wilson and Steve Little completed the top 5.  Aaron Middaugh, Matt Cooley, Paul Dues, Cody Gardner and Riley VanHise rounded out the top 10.

The BOSS teams now have a few weeks off.  The tour returns to action with yet another doubleheader weekend on Friday, June 30th at Lernerville Speedway and Saturday, July 1st at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.  Details will be announced early next week for those events.

 

Cottle cashes in, claims 3rd career BOSS Win

Limaland Motorsports Park welcomed the fans, drivers, and teams through the gates Friday night as the Keysor family honored their own with the 16th Annual Keysor Memorial. The Rick's Truck and Equipment B.O.S.S. Non Wing Sprints made their annual trek to Limaland with Shane Cottle picking up the win in Paul Hazen's No. 57. The Win for Cottle gives him his third career B.O.S.S. victory. He is now tied for 7th on the all-time Wins list.

A solid 37 Sprint cars filled the Lima, Ohio tracks pit area as night one of a doubleheader weekend for the BOSS Sprint machines. Fans were excited to see non-wing sprint car action hit the track again and did so with 5 Heat races and 2 B-Main events before the main event.

The Ricks Truck and Equipment BOSS Non Wing Sprint Cars for their 25 lap feature event would have 23 cars start the A Main, with the event going green to checkered. Shane Cottle would lead from wire to wire but felt a last lap charge from Tipp City, Ohio's Landon Simon in the Mt Baker Vapor No. 24.  No. 23s Kyle Simon would be third, No 77 Dustin Smith finished 4th, and Toledo Ohio's Chad Wilson completed the top 5.  Heat Races were won by No. 42 Ty Tilton, Cottle, No. 9N Luke Hall, Landon Simon, and No. 74 Drew Rader.  B Mains were won by No. 69 Dallas Hewitt, and No. 21 Kody Swanson.


Ricks Truck and Equipment B.O.S.S. Non Wing Sprints
Heat 1 -  (8 Laps - Top 3 Transfer)
1. 42-Ty Tilton; 2.   23S-Kyle Simon; 3. 53-Steve Little; 4. 19-Matt Cooley; 5.    9G-Cody Gardner; 6. 69R-Dallas Hewitt ; 7. 44-Michael Fischesser; 8. 86-Rick Holley

Heat 2 -  (8 Laps - Top 3 Transfer)
1. 57-Shane Cottle; 2. 77-Dustin Smith; 3. 14-Chad Wilson; 4. 21K-Kody Swanson; 5. 4J-Justin Owen; 6. 96-Riley Vanhise; 7. 31L-Buddy Lowther; 8. 5-Bob McMillin

Heat 3 -  (8 Laps - Top 3 Transfer)
1. 9N-Luke Hall; 2. 89-Shawn Westerfeld; 3. 82-Mike Miller; 4.08-Andy Feil; 5.   18K-Todd Keen; 6. 21-Carmen Perigo; 7. 5A-Toby Alfrey

Heat 4 -  (8 Laps - Top 3 Transfer)
1. 24-Landon Simon; 2. 91X-Aaron Middaugh; 3.17-Kevin Myers; 4.87-Paul Dues; 5. 32M-Derek Hastings; 6. 39-Matt Goodnight; 7. 21H-Travis Hery

Heat 5 - Heat 5 (8 Laps - Top 3 Transfer)
1. 74-Drew Rader; 2. 54-Matt Westfall; 3.    2DI-Dustin Ingle; 4.   59J-Kirk Jeffries; 5. 2-Mike Galoajda; 6. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp; 7. 3-Joe Butera

B-Main #1 -  (10 Laps - Top 4 Transfer)
1.   69R-Dallas Hewitt ; 2. 19-Matt Cooley; 3. 21-Carmen Perigo; 4. O8-Andy Feil; 5.    4J-Justin Owen; 6. 86-Rick Holley; 7. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp; 8. 31L-Buddy Lowther; 9.   59J-Kirk Jeffries; 10.   32M-Derek Hastings; 11. 21H-Travis Hery

B-Main #2 -  (10 Laps - Top 4 Transfer)
1.   21K-Kody Swanson; 2. 44-Michael Fischesser; 3.   18K-Todd Keen; 4.    9G-Cody Gardner; 5. 2-Mike Galajda; 6. 39-Matt Goodnight; 7. 96-Riley Vanhise; 8. 87-Paul Dues; 9. 5A-Toby Alfrey; 10. 5-Bob Mcmillin; 11. 3-Joe Butera

A-Main -  (20 Laps) [#]-Starting Position
1. 57-Shane Cottle[1]; 2. 24-Landon Simon[2]; 3.   23S-Kyle Simon[4]; 4. 77-Dustin Smith[8]; 5. 14-Chad Wilson[12]; 6.   69R-Dallas Hewitt [16]; 7. 89-Shawn Westerfeld[3]; 8.   21K-Kody Swanson[17]; 9. 21-Carmen Perigo[20]; 10. 54-Matt Westfall[5]; 11. 44-Michael Fischesser[19]; 12. 18K-Todd Keen[21]; 13. 42-Ty Tilton[9]; 14. 74-Drew Rader[7]; 15. 9N-Luke Hall[10]; 16. 53-Steve Little[11]; 17.    91X-Aaron Middaugh[6]; 18. 9G-Cody Gardner[23]; 19. 2DI-Dustin Ingle[15]; 20. 82-Mike Miller[13]; 21. 19-Matt Cooley[18]; 22. O8-Andy Feil[22]; 23. 17-Kevin Myers[14]

Hard Charger Award - The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, OH - Carmen Perigo

Hard Luck Award - J.F. Construction ; Bucyrus, OH - Derek Hastings

Lucky Pill Draw Award - Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, OH - Matt Westfall

Perseverance Award - All Pro Cylinder Heads ; Johnstown, OH - Michael Fischesser

Steel Block Award - Cowen Truck Line ; Perrysville, OH - Carmen Perigo

Sweet Move Award - McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, PA - Dustin Smith

Free American Racer Tire - Dustin Smith

Free Hoosier Racing Tire - Shane Cottle


The BOSS Series next event is Saturday June 10th at Portsmouth Raceway Park.

 

 

 

Story: Lou Long
Photo: Carbone Motorsports Photography


(Mercer, PA May 27, 2017): Former ARDC Midget driver Trevor Kobylarz scored his career first Sprint Car victory with the Rick's Truck & Equipment Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series at Mercer Raceway Park. The Birdsboro, PA native made a classic slide job in turn one following a restart to take the lead away from Justin Owen, who fought back valiantly but was never able to make a pass back for the win. “It has been about five years since I’ve raced here, since driving a Midget. It’s a fun little place to get around. I had a lot of fun tonight.” Kobylarz thought that his prior Midget experience on the tricky oval did not help all that much. “The sprint cars are a lot different,” he said. Kobylarz was pleased that he was able to get this win in this, his first full season in a traditional Sprint Car. “We’ve done this on and off for the last couple of years, but this is the first time that we have the resources to do the whole B.O.S.S. deal.” Kobylarz and Owen paced the twenty car field to the green for the much anticipated B.O.S.S. tours race. Kirk Jeffires, Dustin Smith, Michael Fischesser, and Carmen Perigo, Jr. occupied the second and third rows. At the start, Kobylarz had the advantage, but Owens swooped by, bringing Jeffires and Smith along. While Owens and Kobylarz diced for the lead, Smith moved into third. Meanwhile, Brandon Spithaler charged into sixth from eighth on the grid. A caution slowed the pace for Smith's uncharacteristic mistake in turn three. He spun on his own while racing in third. On the ensuing restart, Kobylarz made the winning pass on the inside of turn one. Owens stayed close the rest of the way, though, and had several shots at the young Pennsylvania pilot in the final stages of the contest. Kobylars had a slim three car length lead wiped away by a caution on lap fifteen, for a synchronized spin by Dustin Stroup and Cody Gardner in turn four. Neither driver was hurt, but they could not continue in the race. Another caution quickly followed on lap 16, when Matt Cooley came to a halt on the frontstrectch due to a broken shock. Despite that, he did soldier on for a couple more laps before the ill effects took their toll. The racers clicked off five laps before the next stoppage, which may have come at an opportune moment for the leader. Kobylarz was under heavy attack from Owens and Fischesser, as the three leaders had separated themselves from the rest of the pack. Three laps later, Kirk Jeffries struck the second turn wall with great force, bringing out a red flag to check on his medical condition. Fortunately, he was not hurt, but the car did sustain major damage. At the time, Jeffires was racing in the top five. The racers were given an open red to ensure that they would have sufficient fuel to go the distance. The final three laps were run without any interruptions. Kobylarz held his line, while Owen searched high and low for a quicker way around. He couldn't find one, however. Fischesser followed in third. Fourth went to Steve Little, and fifth to Joey Biasi, who came on in the late stages of the race. Gale Ruth, Jr. was the highest finishing local driver, in sixth. He came from deep in the field to garner that spot. Perigo crossed in seventh, followed by Smith coming back from the tail, Spithaler, and Aaron Middaugh. Heat winners were Owens, Perigo, and Kobylarz. The B Main winner was Andy Feil.

Heat Winners:
DRC Chassis Heat 1 - Justin Owen
American Racer/Lias Tire Heat 2 - Trevor Kobylarz
TCB Speed/Hoosier Racing Tire Heat 3 - Carmen Perigo


A-Main (25 Laps)
1. Trevor Kobylarz [1], 2. Justin Owen [2], 3. Michael Fischesser [3], 4. Steve Little [8], 5. Joey Biasi [12], 6. Gale Ruth Jr., [15], 7. Carmen Perigo [5], 8. Dustin Smith [3], 9. Brandon Spithaler [9], 10. Aaron Middaugh [11], 11. Paul Dues [19], 12. Mike Miller [13], 13. Joe Butera [20], 14. Chad Wilson [7], 15. Andy Feil [16], 16. Kirk Jeffries [4], 17. Matt Cooley [10], 18. Dustin Stroup [14] 19. Cody Gardner [18], 20. Jeremy Kornbau [17]

Hard Charger Award - The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, OH – Gale Ruth Jr

Hard Luck Award - J.F. Construction ; Bucyrus, OH – Kirk Jeffries

Lucky Pill Draw Award - Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, OH – Dustin Smith

Perseverance Award - All Pro Cylinder Heads ; Johnstown, OH – Andy Feil

Steel Block Award - Cowen Truck Line ; Perrysville, OH – Carmen Perigo

Sweet Move Award - McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, PA – Curtis Muhlenkamp


Next Race: Sunday May 28th, Mansfield Motor Speedway, Mansfield, Ohio

 

Mercer - Mansfield Double Up Next

One of the busiest weekends in all of motorsports is upon us.  For BOSS, a new venture awaits on the busy weekend ahead.  The series will be in action Saturday night at one of its oldest hosting venues, Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania.  The tour has made an annual visit to Mercer dating back to the first full season in 2012.  One night later, the last true outlaws of auto racing will make the trek back west for the inaugural visit to the Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio which was just converted back to a dirt track after nearly two decades as a paved oval. 

 

Dustin Smith of Russiaville, Indiana is the current points leader after 2 completed events and one rain out.  Coming into the weekend, Smith is the only touring driver that already has a win at Mercer Raceway Park, which came during the 2014 visit.  Other winners at Mercer with BOSS include current All Star driver Brandon Spithaler (2012 & 2013), Brandon Matus (2015) and Cooper Clouse one year ago.  Smith will also lead a field of 18 full time touring stars as they battle to become the first BOSS winner at Mansfield Motor Speedway.

 

For Mercer Raceway Park on Saturday, pit gates will open at 4 pm with drivers meeting at 5:45 and hot laps immediately following.  Adult general admission is just $15, with seniors over 60 admitted for $13 and students ages 9-15 are $7 while 8 and under are free.  Also, a "family pass" is available for $32 which covers 2 adults and up to 4 kids of any age.  For race teams, pit passes are $30 for all ages.  Fuel WILL be available at the track and NO MUFFLERS are required for this event.  Also, there will be no transponder rental fees courtesy of EJF Professional Race Scoring.  

 

On Sunday, pit gates will open at 2 pm at Mansfield Motor Speedway.  General admission gates will open at 4 pm.  Pit passes will be $35 for this event.  Once again, NO MUFFLERS will be required and no transponder fees courtesy of EJF Scoring.  Fuel WILL be available to the track.

 

The official host hotel for the weekend is the Park Inn by Radisson located at 377 New Castle Road, West Middlesex, PA 16159.  Be sure to ask for the BOSS Racer's Rate of $95 per night plus tax.  There is ample parking for race rigs and security will be provided.  Check-In time is 3 pm and check-out is 12 noon.  To make a reservation, call 724-528-2501.  Race fans making the trip to both events are also welcome to use the host hotel and ask for the BOSS rate!

Both of this weekend's events are the standard BOSS purse of $1,500 to win with $250 to start the A-Main and $100 tow money to any team not starting the main event.  For any further questions, please contact BOSS at sprinter14@hotmail.com or phone 740-703-3768.

Title Sponsor:

Rick's Trucks & Equipment ; Kenton, Ohio


Heat race pay is provided by the following sponsors:

Heat #1:  DRC Chassis of Indianapolis, IN

Heat #2:  Lias Tire / American Racer

Heat #3:  Hoosier Race Tires

Heat #4:  TCB Speed Equipment


Bonus Awards Provided by the following sponsors:

Hard Charger Award $50 - The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, Ohio

Hard Luck Award $50 - J F Construction ; Bucyrus, Ohio

Steel Block Award $50 - Cowen Truck Lines ; Perrysville, Ohio

Perseverance Award $50 - All Pro Cylinder Heads ; Johnstown, Ohio

Lucky Pill Draw Award $50 - Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, Ohio

Sweet Move of the race $25 - McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, Pennsylvania


Special thanks to additional sponsors who help provide the top 15 points teams tow money which include:

The Blue Room Restaurant ; Kirby, Ohio

Cooley Cabinets ; Greenville, Ohio

Griff's Racing Engines ; Sandusky, Ohio

FAST Signs ; Dayton, Ohio

Southeast Harley Davidson ; Cleveland, Ohio

Superior Bearing & Supply ; Bradenton, Florida

 

 

Lawrenceburg Speedway Up Next for BOSS

This Saturday night, May 20th, the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS tour visits the high banks of the historic Lawrenceburg Speedway for the first of two visits in 2017.  Two events have already been completed with Justin Owen winning the opener at Atomic Speedway in April and Dustin Smith fresh off a win just days ago at Fremont Speedway.  Smith, from Russiaville, Indiana holds a slim points lead over Pennsylvania driver Carmen Perigo  and Cincinnati, Ohio driver Michael Fischesser.

Located at the Dearborn County Fairgrounds, the site first hosted auto racing in 1910 on the half mile track built for horse racing.  Weekly racing on a purpose built quarter mile began in 1950.  In 2008, the current 3/8 mile high banked configuration began hosting racing and the BOSS tour has made 2 stops every season dating back to 2012.  The stars and cars of the tour look forward to leaving their mark on the long legacy of Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Along with the BOSS traditional sprint cars, UMP modifieds and hornets will fill out the racing card.  Adult general admission is just $17 with kids ages 7-12 only $7 and children 6 and under are free.  General admission gates will open at 5 pm with hot laps scheduled for 6 and racing at 7 pm. 

For teams competing, pit gates are open all day.  However, the pit area is cleared at 3:45 and official pit pass sales begin at 4 pm.  Drivers meeting is at 5:20 with engine heat immediately following.  Hot laps will begin at 6 pm with racing at 7 pm.  Pit passes for all ages are $30.  There will be no transponder rental fee courtesy of Lawrenceburg Speedway!  As always, there are NO membership or entry fees of any kind and BOSS utilizes the open tire rule.  Mufflers ARE REQUIRED for this event!  Fuel will be available at the track.

For any further questions, please contact BOSS at sprinter14@hotmail.com or phone 740-703-3768.

Title Sponsor:

Rick's Trucks & Equipment ; Kenton, Ohi

Heat race pay is provided by the following sponsors:

Heat #1:  DRC Chassis of Indianapolis, IN

Heat #2:  Lias Tire / American Racer

Heat #3:  Hoosier Race Tires

Heat #4:  TCB Speed Equipment


Bonus Awards Provided by the following sponsors:

Hard Charger Award $50 - The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, Ohio

Hard Luck Award $50 - J F Construction ; Bucyrus, Ohio

Steel Block Award $50 - Cowen Truck Lines ; Perrysville, Ohio

Perseverance Award $50 - All Pro Cylinder Heads ; Johnstown, Ohio

Lucky Pill Draw Award $50 - Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, Ohio

Sweet Move of the race $25 - McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, Pennsylvania


Special thanks to additional sponsors who help provide the top 15 points teams tow money which include:

The Blue Room Restaurant ; Kirby, Ohio

Cooley Cabinets ; Greenville, Ohio

Griff's Racing Engines ; Sandusky, Ohio

FAST Signs ; Dayton, Ohio

Southeast Harley Davidson ; Cleveland, Ohio

Superior Bearing & Supply ; Bradenton, Florida

 

 

Dustin Smith Claims Sixth Career BOSS Win at Fremont

Story By Brian Liskai

Photo By Ryan Kent Jr

FREMONT, Ohio – Russiaville, Indiana’s Dustin Smith held off a hard-charging Kody Swanson Saturday, May 13 to claim the Rick’s Truck & Equipment Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) win at Fremont Speedway. After several second and third place finishes at “The Track That Action Built,” Smith led the final 22 laps for his first career victory at Fremont Speedway.

Smith, the 2012 BOSS champion, now has six career series wins to tie Thomas Meseraull atop the standings. Swanson challenged the last hand full of laps and had one last shot at Smith when the caution flew with just two laps remaining. Smith drove his Lou Gagliardi owned, Dom's Gulf, Awesome Signs and Shirts, Lynn Cook "a racer's friend", and Forman Sheet Metal backed #77 to the cushion and edged Swanson by a car length for the win on Fremont Federal Credit Union Night.

“They are all hard to earn…there’s no such thing as an easy win. I’ve run well here year after year but always keep coming in second or third. To finally get one…I’m so happy. I want to thank Lou…he’s not feeling well this weekend. We went to Eldora last night (Friday) and put it in the show but we wanted to come here and support BOSS. I like racing here…I’ve always done pretty well. It was a little treacherous getting into one there. I thought I really messed up on that last lap. I biked it pretty good. I had to cut down on Kody to block him but I had to do what I had to do,” Smith said.

“A lot of the BOSS drivers don’t get the recognition they deserve. We may not be the biggest funded teams but we put on a good show and we can compete with the big dogs here and there. Kody Swanton…what more can you ask for? A driver that wins the Silver Crown championship a couple of years ago and he was right there last year too. He’s a top notch driver,” added Smith.Carmen Perigo and Dustin Ingle brought the field to green for the 25-lap BOSS feature with Perigo jumping into the lead. After a lap was scored the caution flew for Brandon Spithaler with the running order Perigo, Ingle, Dustin Smith, Drew Rader and Luke Hall. On the restart Smith immediately began pressuring Ingle for second and when Perigo bobbled on lap four, Smith vaulted into the lead.

Smith began to pull away slightly as Ingle and Perigo battled for second while Hall and Shane Cottle closed. Hall drove into third on lap six as Smith continued to hold a comfortable lead. By lap nine Smith continued to lead but the battle for second was entertaining involving Perigo, Hall and Cottle. Cottle and Hall would tangle on the front stretch a lap later, ending the night for both.

Smith could not pull away on the restart and soon faced a challenge from Perigo, Rader and Kody Swanson. Swanton grabbed third on lap 12 and took second a lap later then quickly closed on Smith. Swanson got the break he needed with 10 laps to go when the caution flew. When the green reappeared Smith and Swanson raced side by side and nose to tail while Perigo, Rader, Chad Wilson, Ingle, Holley and Brian Smith (up from 18th) gave chase.

With four laps to go Swanson was knocking on the door to take the lead with Perigo, Wilson, Smith, Ingle and Michael Fischesser within striking distance. The caution flew with two laps to go with the running order Smith, Swanson, Rader, Perigo, Wilson and Brian Smith. Dustin Smith got a fantastic restart but Swanson hounded him to the white flag. Entering the final two turns, Swanson took a dive under Smith but the leader was too strong and took the victory. Perigo, Rader and Brian Smith rounded out the top five.

Fremont Speedway 

Fremont Federal Credit Union Night
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Starting position[*]

B.O.S.S Non-Wing Sprint Cars

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 4 to the A)
1. 22-Brandon Spithaler[2] ; 2. 2DI-Dustin Ingle[6] ; 3. 32M-Derek Hastings[4] ; 4. 44-Michael Fischesser[9] ; 5. 4J-Justin Owen[1] ; 6. 53-Steve Little[8] ; 7. 19-Matt Cooley[3] ; 8. 14K-Trevor Kobylarz[7] ; 9. 59J-Kirk Jeffries[5]

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 4 to the A)
1. 21K-Kody Swanson[4] ; 2. 86-Rick Holley[1] ; 3. 41-Brad Wyatt[2] ; 4. 3-Joe Butera[6] ; 5. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh[3] ; 6. 31L-Buddy Lowther[5] ; 7. 18D-Bobby Distel[7] ; 8. 97-Scott Hardman[8]

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 4 to the A)
1. 21-Carmen Perigo[2] ; 2. 57-Shane Cottle[6] ; 3. 9G-Cody Gardener[7] ; 4. 11-Brian Smith[8] ; 5. 2-Mike Galajda[3] ; 6. 5-Bob McMillen[1] ; 7. 1M-Dustin Stroup[4] ; 8. 5M-Mike Moore[5]

Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 4 to the A)
1. 14-Chad Wilson[2] ; 2. 74-Drew Rader[1] ; 3. 87-Paul Dues[4] ; 4. 35-Stuart Brubaker[6] ; 5. 96-Riley Vanhise[5] ; 6. 08-Andy Feil[7] ; 7. 7M-Brandon Moore[8] ; 8. 26-John Watson[3]

Heat 5 (8 Laps, top 4 to the A)
1. 9N-Luke Hall[2] ; 2. 77-Dustin Smith[4] ; 3. 20I-Matt Foos[7] ; 4. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[5] ; 5. 27-Zachary Morrow[8] ; 6. 82-Mike Miller[3] ; 7. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp[1] ; 8. 13-Ian Hunter[6]

B-Main 1 (10 Laps, top 2 to the A)
1. 4J-Justin Owen[1] ; 2. 27-Zachary Morrow[3] ; 3. 2-Mike Galajda[2] ; 4. 08-Andy Feil[5] ; 5. 1M-Dustin Stroup[7] ; 6. 97-Scott Hardman[9] ; 7. 31L-Buddy Lowther[4] ; 8. 19-Matt Cooley[6] ; 9. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp[8] ; 10. 59J-Kirk Jeffries[11] ; 11. 26-John Watson[10]

B-Main 2 (10 Laps, top 2 to the A)
1. 53-Steve Little[3] ; 2. 18D-Bobby Distel[6] ; 3. 14K-Trevor Kobylarz[8] ; 4. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh[1] ; 5. 82-Mike Miller[5] ; 6. 96-Riley Vanhise[2] ; 7. 7M-Brandon Moore[7] ; 8. 5-Bob McMillen[4] ; 9. 13-Ian Hunter[10] ; 10. 5M-Mike Moore[9]

A-Main 1 (25 Laps)
1. 77-Dustin Smith[5] ; 2. 21K-Kody Swanson[8] ; 3. 21-Carmen Perigo[1] ; 4. 74-Drew Rader[4] ; 5. 11-Brian Smith[18] ; 6. 14-Chad Wilson[7] ; 7. 44-Michael Fischesser[16] ; 8. 2DI-Dustin Ingle[2] ; 9. 86-Rick Holley[3] ; 10. 41-Brad Wyatt[12] ; 11. 4J-Justin Owen[21] ; 12. 53-Steve Little[22] ; 13. 87-Paul Dues[14] ; 14. 9G-Cody Gardener[13] ; 15. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[20] ; 16. 18D-Bobby Distel[24] ; 17. 3-Joe Butera[17] ; 18. 20I-Matt Foos[15] ; 19. 32M-Derek Hastings[11] ; 20. 22-Brandon Spithaler[10] ; 21. 27-Zachary Morrow[23] ; 22. 9N-Luke Hall[6] ; 23. 57-Shane Cottle[9] ; 24. 35-Stuart Brubaker[19]

 

Hard Charger Award - The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, OH - 11-Brian Smith

Hard Luck Award - J.F. Construction ; Bucyrus, OH – 14K - Trevor Kobylarz

Lucky Pill Draw Award - Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, OH - 57 – Shane Cottle

Perseverance Award - All Pro Cylinder Heads ; Johnstown, OH - 44 - Michael Fischesser

Steel Block Award - Cowen Truck Line ; Perrysville, OH - 9 - Rick Holley

Sweet Move Award - McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, PA – 19 – Matt Cooley

 

The Rick’s Truck and Equipment Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series will return to action next Saturday, May 20th at the Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

 

 

BOSS Heads To Fremont Saturday, May 13th

The Rick's Trucks & Equipment - Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series is slated to roll into "The Track That Action Built", Fremont Speedway, this Saturday night, May13th.  Located at the scenic Sandusky County Fairgrounds, the wooden, covered grandstand is one of the most unique race viewing pleasures in the industry.  As gracious hosts to the BOSS tour, a great car count is typical during the BOSS events there.  This Saturday will be no exception

A great roster of 18 full time drivers committed to the 2017 campaign and all 18 made the journey to the season opener at Atomic where Harrison, Ohio's "The Juice" Justin Owen squeezed out a victory over his teammate Michael Fischesser in an epic duel on the high banks.  Owen will carry an 11 point lead into round #2 of the 19 event season.

In addition to the touring stars, several Fremont Speedway local teams will be pulling their wings off to defend the home turf!  The local drivers usually seem to have a good handle on the tricky Fremont Speedway making them tough to beat!  Some other area sanctions and tracks are off for the weekend and several surprise entrants are also expected including a few cars from north of the U.S. border!

Joining the traveling BOSS outlaws for the evening will be the winged 305 sprint cars along with the dirt trucks and 602 crate late models.  Gates will open at 4 pm with racing scheduled to begin at 7.  Adult general admission is $14 with seniors admitted for $12.  Children ages 11-16 are $8 while kids 10 and under are free.

For race teams, pit passes will be $30.  Standard BOSS purse of $1,500 to win and $250 to start is in effect for this event.  As always, the BOSS tour has no weight rule and an open tire rule.  There are absolutely no membership or entry fees.   Mufflers are NOT required for this event.  Fuel is available at the track along with the TCB Speed parts trailer.  Transponder rental will be $5 through the track.  For any other questions, feel free to contact BOSS at sprinter14@hotmail.com or phone 740-703-3768.

The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series would not be possible without the help of the many fine sponsors listed below.  Please take a moment to thank them.  Their contributions are what helps keep all these wheels turning each and every Saturday night!


Title Sponsor:

Rick's Trucks & Eqipment ; Kenton, Ohio


Heat race pay is provided by the following sponsors:

Heat #1:  DRC Chassis of Indianapolis, IN

Heat #2:  Lias Tire / American Racer

Heat #3:  Hoosier Race Tires

Heat #4:  TCB Speed Equipment


Bonus Awards Provided by the following sponsors:

Hard Charger Award $50 - The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, Ohio

Hard Luck Award $50 - J F Construction ; Bucyrus, Ohio

Steel Block Award $50 - Cowen Truck Lines ; Perrysville, Ohio

Perseverance Award $50 - All Pro Cylinder Heads ; Johnstown, Ohio

Lucky Pill Draw Award $50 - Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, Ohio

Sweet Move of the race $25 - McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, Pennsylvania


Special thanks to additional sponsors who help provide the top 15 points teams tow money which include:

The Blue Room Restaurant ; Kirby, Ohio

Cooley Cabinets ; Greenville, Ohio

Griff's Racing Engines ; Sandusky, Ohio

FAST Signs ; Dayton, Ohio

Southeast Harley Davidson ; Cleveland, Ohio

Superior Bearing & Supply ; Bradenton, Florida

 

 

 

CHILLICOTHE, OH—The Rick’s Truck and Equipment Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series kicked off the season Saturday night April 22. Despite a damp and chilly night, 24 traditional sprint cars packed the pit area at Atomic Speedway. Justin Owen of Harrison, Ohio picked up his second career tour victory in a 25 lap feature event that was slowed by 3 cautions.

Kirk Jeffries and Justin Owen would pace the field to the initial green with Owen quickly asserting command. Despite facing challenge from several competitors including Cody Gardner, Dustin Smith and his front row starting mate Kirk Jeffries, Owen powered up and led all 25 laps. 

It was an overall good night for the Fischesser-Owen Racing crew. Michael Fischesser, carrying the 44 in honor of the late Greg Stabb, started 16th and gave Owen everything he had on a tricky track that sent many towards the front of the pack to the high side of the 3/8th’s mile oval.

As Fischesser approached nearing the halfway point of the 25 lap feature, a caution flew for Lewisburg, Ohio’s Ryan Myers as his right rear gave away ending his night. Myers mustered a charge in his first 13 laps, rocketing from his eleventh starting spot to battling for a podium spot in third before his issues arose. 

The second yellow of the evening flew on Lap 20 as Riley VanHise and Bryan Nuckles tangled in turn 3 bringing the field to a slow and bunching up the leaders. They would restart again with Owen holding his ground out front over teammate Michael Fischesser. The two couldn’t duke it out for long as another caution flag flew on Lap 22 for a spinning Aaron Middaugh in between turns one and two.

The final restart of the race on Lap 22 showcased non-wing traditional sprint car racing to its best. With just 3 laps to go, Cincinnati, Ohio driver Michael Fischesser gave it one last ditch effort in hopes of claiming his first BOSS win. Fischesser rode a lane below Owen on the top side of the speedway, trying to keep his momentum and slide his way to victory. Despite multiple challenges from the 44 machine of Fischesser, Owen motored around the top side en route to his second career BOSS win, his first coming at the Lernerville Speedway last July.

The great battles on the speedway weren’t just at the front. Great side by side, three and even four wide duels took place Saturday night. Toledo, Ohio’s Chad Wilson started 13th and battled the cars of Matt Westfall and Carmen Perigo, all three of which are 2017 BOSS Tour members, for the Top 5 all night long.

That now makes 5 different winners in 5 different appearances at the Atomic Speedway forthe Rick’s Truck and Equipment Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series. 

The tour makes its next stop at “The Track That Action Built” at the Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio on Saturday, May 13th.

Story: Ryan Kent Jr

Photo: Brandon Murray

 

 DRC CHASSIS HEAT 1 – 1. 54-Matt Westfall (4),  2. 4J-Justin Owen (3),  3. 21-Carmen Perigo (5),  4. 77-Dustin Smith (6),  5. 14-Chad Wilson (7),  6. 44-Michael Fischesser (8),  7. 5-Bob McMillin (1), 8. 76-JJ Hughes (2)

 

AMERICAN RACER/LIAS TIRE HEAT 2 – 1. 59J-Kirk Jeffries (2),  2. 9G-Cody Gardner (7),  3. 19-Matt Cooley (3),  4. 99-Ryan Myers (8),  5. 53-Steve Little (5), 6. 59-Bryan Nuckles (1), 7. 40x-Adam Strausser (6), 8. 31-Buddy Lowther (4)

HOOSIER RACING TIRE/TCB SPEED HEAT 3 – 1. 87-Paul Dues (3), 2. 91x-Aaron Middaugh, (4), 3. 08-Andy Feil (2), 4. 82-Mike Miller (7), 5. 96-Riley VanHise (5), 6. 9J-Jesse McCreary (1), 7. 3-Joe Butera (6), 8. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp (8)

 

FEATURE – 1. 4J-Justin Owen (2) , 2. 44-Michael Fischesser (16), 3. 77-Dustin Smith (10), 4. 59J-Kirk Jeffries (2), 5. 14-Chad Wilson (13), 6. 54-Matt Westfall (9), 7. 21-Carmen Perigo (5), 8. 9G-Cody Gardner (7), 9. 53-Steve Little (14), 10. 87-Paul Dues (6), 11. 19-Matt Cooley (4), 12. 82-Mike Miller (12), 13. 40x-Adam Strausser (20), 14. 08-Andy Feil (3), 15. 5-Bob McMillin (19),  16. 9J-Jesse McCreary (18), 17. 91x-Aaron Middaugh (8), 18. 31-Buddy Lowther  (22), 19. 3-Joe Butera (21), 20. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp (23), 21. 59-Bryan Nuckles (17), 22. 96-Riley VanHise (15), 23. 99-Ryan Myers (11), 24. 76-JJ Hughes (24)

 

Hard Charger Award - The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, OH – 44-Michael Fischesser

Hard Luck Award - J.F. Construction ; Bucyrus, OH – 76-JJ Hughes

Lucky Pill Draw Award - Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, OH – 3-Joe Butera, 40x-Adam Strausser

Perseverance Award - All Pro Cylinder Heads ; Johnstown, OH – 14-Chad Wilson

Steel Block Award - Cowen Truck Line ; Perrysville, OH – 9J-Jesse McCreary

Sweet Move Award - McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, PA – 9J-Jesse McCreary

 

 

 

 

BOSS Announces 2017 Touring Stars


Opening day for the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS sprint car tour is just 3 days away. The traditional wingless sprint cars will roll into Brad McCown's historic 3/8 mile - high banked Atomic Speedway Saturday night.  For the BOSS teams, this is a trip back to where it all began back in 2011, when the track still went by the "K-C Raceway" name.  Justin Grant of Ione, California scored the win that July evening kicking off what is now one of the premiere wingless sprint series in the nation.


From humble beginnings in 2011 and 2012, BOSS has grown steadily every year.  The last two seasons it has carried the most full time teams of any sprint car traveling series.  It appears 2017 will be no exception as eighteen teams and drivers have "thrown their hat in the ring" and will make a bid for the championship title. 


Past champions Dustin Smith of Russiaville, Indiana and Mike Miller of Wapakoneta, Ohio will return in search of joining Shawn Westerfeld as repeat titlists.   Smith, known as "The Hustlin Hoosier" will once again be in Lou Gagliardi's Dom's Gulf #77.  He was the 2012 champion and one year ago scored the win at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway.  Miller will be back in his own car #82 in which he scored the 2014 championship title.


Also returning to the title chase are two of the longest continually running teams on tour.  Aaron "Mid Air" Middaugh of Polk, Ohio will return in the Shakely Mechanical #91x.  Middaugh remains the only driver to attend every BOSS sanctioned event ever held.  Michael Fischesser of Cincinnati, Ohio is back, but some new looks with a new #44 in honor of the late Greg Staab.  Known as the "Nati Nightmare", Fischesser was one of the drivers in the inaugural BOSS race at Atomic in 2011.  Fischesser will also have alongside,  teammate "The Juice" Justin Owen from Harrison, Ohio who will be in his 3rd season of competition with the series.


Another returning star with a long BOSS resume and a new look in 2017 is the "Tall Cool One" Chad Wilson of Toledo, Ohio.  Chad will be back in his own car #14.  A trio of Pennsylvania drivers will represent the Keystone state.  Bob "The Honey Bear" McMillin will be in the McMillin Apiaries #5 out of Wampum.  Also from Wampum will be "Machine Gun" Joe Butera who will be back in car #3.  Both Wampum drivers will be starting their 4th BOSS tours and fellow PA driver Andy Feil, known as the "New Castle Night Crawler" from New Castle, PA will be in his sophomore season.


Also returning for his 4th season on the tour is Steve Little of Waynesfield, Ohio.  Better known as "The Quiet Riot", Little looks to make some noise in car #53.  Entering his 3rd full tour of BOSS is "The Monroe Madman" Cody Gardner from Monroe, Ohio.  Looking to avenge a terrible start one year ago, Gardner will be back in his own #9, a number in honor of his grandfather - former Lawrenceburg Speedway champion Gus Gardner.


Although they fell off the tour early one year ago, Kirk Jeffries and Riley VanHise will return to full time status.  Jeffries of Westerville, Ohio will be in the Make-It-Fit Foundation #59J.  The foundation works closely with autism and autism awareness.  VanHise, from Covington, Ohio, had his season cut short last year by engine woes.  He returns this year with a new Triple X chassis sporting some new colors.


Finally, new to the tour for this year are #21 Carmen Perigo from Stoystown, Pennsylvania, #19 Matt Cooley from Greenville, Ohio, #54 Matt Westfall from Ludlow Falls, Ohio, #87 Paul Dues from Minster, Ohio and #44L Buddy Lowther from Cincinnati, Ohio.  Based on years of experience and number of BOSS events run, only Dues and Cooley will be eligible for the 2017 Superior Bearing "Rookie of the Year" award.  Westfall already has a BOSS win on his resume at Waynesfield Raceway Park and Perigo came very close to winning at Lernerville Speedway just last summer. 


The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series would not be possible without the help of the many fine sponsors listed below.  Please take a moment to thank them.  Their contributions are what helps keep all these wheels turning each and every Saturday night!


Title Sponsor:

Rick's Trucks & Eqipment ; Kenton, Ohio


Heat race pay is provided by the following sponsors:

Heat #1:  DRC Chassis of Indianapolis, IN

Heat #2:  Lias Tire / American Racer

Heat #3:  Hoosier Race Tires

Heat #4:  TCB Speed Equipment


Bonus Awards Provided by the following sponsors:

Hard Charger Award $50 - The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, Ohio

Hard Luck Award $50 - J F Construction ; Bucyrus, Ohio

Steel Block Award $50 - Cowen Truck Lines ; Perrysville, Ohio

Perseverance Award $50 - All Pro Cylinder Heads ; Johnstown, Ohio

Lucky Pill Draw Award $50 - Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, Ohio

Sweet Move of the race $25 - McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, Pennsylvania


Special thanks to additional sponsors who help provide the top 15 points teams tow money which include:

The Blue Room Restaurant ; Kirby, Ohio

Cooley Cabinets ; Greenville, Ohio

Griff's Racing Engines ; Sandusky, Ohio

FAST Signs ; Dayton, Ohio

Southeast Harley Davidson ; Cleveland, Ohio

Superior Bearing & Supply ; Bradenton, Florida


The Rick's Trucks and Equipment - Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) is set to kick off its 2017 tour this Saturday, April 22nd at the Atomic Speedway just south of Chillicothe, Ohio.  This will mark the seventh season of competition for the traditional wingless sprint car series that lays claim to being the last true "outlaw" sprint car series.

Founded in 2011, the tour did not see its first repeat champion until last season when the "Guilford Gasser" Shawn Westerfeld of Guilford, Indiana scored his second consecutive title.  However, for 2017, the Hoosier hot shoe has elected to pick and choose his events and does not plan to defend the crown.

 

This opens the door for a whole host of potential new champions.  But two past titlists are already gearing up to attempt to join Westerfeld in the history books as a repeat champ.  The inaugural points champion, "The Hustlin Hoosier" Dustin Smith of Russiaville, Indiana and 2014 champ Mike "The Magic Man" Miller of Wapakoneta, Ohio both will return.

 

On Wednesday, watch for the full release of 18 drivers who have committed to the full 2017 title chase.  A points payout of $15,000 in cash and prizes awaits the top 15 in year in points, mostly provided by title sponsor Rick's Trucks and Equipment of Kenton, Ohio.

 

Opening night at Atomic Speedway promises to be a thrilling event.  In total, four races have been contested to date on the fast, high banked 3/8 mile dirt track with 2 of those 4 being some of the most exciting finishes in the track's 65 year history.  Past winners at Atomic includes  California natives Justin Grant and Kody Swanson, Atomic's own local favorite Todd Kane and defending champion Westerfeld who won the last event there back in September.  

 

This Saturday at Atomic, pit gates will be open for teams all day but the pit area will be cleared and officially opened at 2 pm. General admission gates will open at 4.  As always, there are no membership or entry fees at all with BOSS.  Mufflers are not required for this event.  Methanol is available for sale at the track.  Also, TCB Speed will have the official BOSS parts trailer on site.  Pill draw for registration will close at 6 pm with hot laps immediately following.  Pit passes are $35 for this event but there will be no transponder fee.  


For more information on this event, please check out Atomic Speedway's website at www.atomicspeedway.net   


Complete Payout Information:

25 Lap A-Main:  1) $1500,  2) $900,  3) $700,  4) $600,  5) $500,  6) $450,  7) $400,  8) $375,  9) $350,  10) $325,  11) $300,  12) $290,  13) $280,  14) $270,  15) $260,  16) $250,  17) $250,  18) $250,  19) $250,  20) $250.


All cars competing but not making the main event will earn $100


Heat race payouts:  1) $40,  2) $30,  3) $20,  4) $10


Heat race pay is provided by the following sponsors

Heat #1:  DRC Chassis of Indianapolis, IN

Heat #2:  Lias Tire / American Racer

Heat #3:  Hoosier Race Tires

Heat #4:  TCB Speed Equipment


Bonus Awards Provided by the following sponsors:


Hard Charger Award $50 - The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, Ohio

Hard Luck Award $50 - J F Construction ; Bucyrus, Ohio

Steel Block Award $50 - Cowen Truck Lines ; Perrysville, Ohio

Perseverance Award $50 - All Pro Cylinder Heads ; Johnstown, Ohio

Lucky Pill Draw Award $50 - Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, Ohio

Sweet Move of the race $25 - McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, Pennsylvania


Special thanks to additional sponsors who help provide the top 15 points teams tow money which include:


The Blue Room Restaurant ; Kirby, Ohio

Cooley Cabinets ; Greenville, Ohio

Griff's Racing Engines ; Sandusky, Ohio

FAST Signs ; Dayton, Ohio

Southeast Harley Davidson ; Cleveland, Ohio

Superior Bearing & Supply ; Bradenton, Florida


 

BOSS and ISC Sports Network partner to bring traditional sprint car racing to Indiana Television

  

CHILLICOTHE, OHIO – Indiana based ISC Sports Network and the Ohio based Rick’s Truck and Equipment Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series today announced a partnership that brings each of the 19 BOSS Sprint Car events to the ISC Sports Network.

The ISC Sports Network features select state wide programming from several different sources around the Hoosier state. All 19 BOSS races will be aired the following Monday morning after a race weekend. Races are also available to watch on demand online at ISCSportsNetwork.com or by downloading the ISC Sports Network app, which is now available on Apple and Android.

Founded in 2011 by Aaron Fry, the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series, now backed by Ohio based trucking company Rick’s Truck and Equipment, aimed to be the last true outlaws of racing. The series utilizes 410 non wing traditional sprint cars at each and every event. The 2017 season features 19 races in 3 different states, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Now, with the partnership between ISC Sports Network and the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series race fans from around the world can watch BOSS action on their phone, laptop or from the comfort of their home on TV for race fans in Indiana.

The ISC Sports Network partnership enables the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series to expand its media footprint and allow more exposure of the series to racing fans around the world.

BOSS Series Founder/Owner Aaron Fry is excited about the partnership “In the short history of the BOSS series, we have developed a competitive series with big car counts. I’m excited that we can now share this with a much bigger audience world wide”

All 19 BOSS events will feature a true television production from Southeastern Indiana based ETC Sports producing the content and BOSS Series Announcer Ryan Kent Jr. as the television voice of the series as well.

Racing programming will feature the entire Rick’s Truck and Equipment BOSS night of action. From Pre-Race interviews to Heat Race action through the A-Main the production by ETC Sports will draw fans closer to the nightly BOSS action, even if they were there in person just days prior.

Along with full program video being available to fans the Monday morning after the events, fans can now watch A-Main highlights on the BOSS YouTube page along with other driver based content about the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series.

“This exciting opportunity is a step in the right direction for everyone involved” said BOSS Series Owner/Founder Aaron Fry “The BOSS tour has been built with the help of many fine sponsors and race teams. This will give them much needed exposure and reward them as well as helping the tour to grow as well.”

                                    

 

 

BOSS Gears Up for 2017 With Strong Bonus Program

With just 4 weeks until the first green flag flies, the Rick's Trucks and Equipment BOSS tour is gearing up for its biggest and best season to date.  With the full time drivers list approaching the 20 team mark and the addition of  full time race announcer, Ryan Kent Jr., 2017 appears to have the necessary ingredients to be a banner season.  The success and growth of the series would not be happening without the help of our marketing partners who provide all of the bonus awards and incentives that keep these teams on the road week after week.

Rick's Trucks and Equipment of Kenton, Ohio remains the title sponsor helping to provide a points fund totaling nearly $15,000 in cash and awards to the top 15 finishers in  the season long standings.   Once again, a $3,000 check plus contingencies await the overall points champion. 

Standard BOSS events will continue to pay the following feature purse:  1) 1,500   2) 900   3) 700   4) 600   5) 500   6) 450   7) 400   8) 375   9) 350   10) 325   11) 300   12) 290   13) 280   14) 270   15) 260   16) 250 with $250 to start all main events.  BOSS will start 20 cars in all main events with car counts at 29 or less.  When the car count in attendance is between 30 and 39 cars, the starting field will be increased to 22.  If the number of cars entered is 40 or more, then 24 cars will run the main event.  There will still be $100  tow money to awarded to all competing cars who fail to make the main event.

For full time BOSS teams, the top 15 in points will be guaranteed $300 to start every main event and $150 tow money to non starters.  Bonus eligibility for the first 3 events ( April 22, May 13 and May 20) will be based off of the final 2016 standings.  Beginning with event #4, the top 15 teams in the 2017 current standings will be in the bonus money.  With more than 15 teams committing to the full schedule, BOSS is happy to announce that we will pay the bonus to ALL teams with perfect attendance starting at the 4th event.

As always, BOSS is proud to have the continued support of both Hoosier Race Tires and American Racer Tires.  The increasingly popular "open tire rule" is still the staple of the BOSS program.  With the open tire rule, lack of a weight rule, and NEVER any "membership" or "entry" fees, the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series IS THE last true OUTLAW sprint car series.  BOSS takes pride in not restricting teams from running when and where they please. 

The full time teams stay loyal to BOSS primarily because of all the great marketing partners who supply heat race money, bonus money and many other perks along the trail.  Heat races will once again pay cash to the top 4 finishers it $40, 30, 20 and 10 respectively.  There will also be five (5) bonus awards of $50 cash each and another at $25.  Also, the highest finishing driver on each brand of tire (all 4 corners) will be awarded a free tire from the respective manufacturer.  The following is a complete list of our 2017 contributors:

Title Sponsor - Rick's Trucks & Equipment ; Kenton, OH

Heat Race #1 - DRC Chassis ; Indianapolis, IN

Heat Race #2 - Lias Tire / American Racer ; Indiana, PA

Heat Race #3 - Hoosier Racing Tire ; Lakeville, IN

Heat Race #4 - TCB Speed ; Pendleton, IN

Hard Charger Award - The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, OH

Hard Luck Award - J.F. Construction ; Bucyrus, OH

Lucky Pill Draw Award - Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, OH

Perseverance Award - All Pro Cylinder Heads ; Johnstown, OH

Steel Block Award - Cowen Truck Line ; Perrysville, OH

Sweet Move Award - McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, PA

Other sponsors include The Blue Room restaurant in Kirby, Ohio who will provide the ever popular "free drink" cooler.  Cooley Cabinets of Greenville, Ohio is on board to provide fans a look back into the past every Tuesday on facebook with "Turnback Tuesday".  Superior Bearing & Supply of Bradenton, Florida is back to sponsor the 2017 BOSS Rookie of the Year award.  Other contributors include:  Southeast Harley Davidson of Cleveland, FAST Signs of Dayton, Griff's Engines of Sandusky, Diversified Machine Inc (DMI), and TRL Driving Suits. 

The 2017 season gets underway at Atomic Speedway on Saturday, April 22nd and concludes at Fremont Speedway with the Mike Hensel Memorial on Saturday, September 30th.  Along the way, BOSS teams will compete for a record amount in purses with two $5,000 to win races at Fremont Speedway's "Hensel Memorial"

and Mansfield Motorsports Park's "Great Lakes Nationals".  There is also two $3,000 to win events at Waynesfield Raceway Park's "Jack Hewitt Classic" and Atomic Speedway's "Open Wheel Championship".  Other tracks along the tour include Portsmouth Raceway Park, Limaland Motorsports Park, Lawrenceburg Speedway, Montpelier Motor Speedway, Route 44 Speedway, Mercer Raceway Park, Lernerville Speedway and Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. 

The complete 2017 BOSS drivers list will be announced in the next few weeks.  For more information, be sure to follow the BOSS series on facebook or log on to www.buckeyesprints.com.   Information can also be obtained by e-mailing sprinter14@hotmail.com or phone 740-703-3768.

 

With race season just around the corner, BOSS / Cooley Cabinet "Turnback Tuesday" will now be dedicated to the BOSS facebook page only - to see this week's forgotten Ohio track of the week, Torch Speedway, please follow our updates throughout the day here .....

 

 

This week's Cooley Cabinet - Turnback Tuesday "Track of the Week" is the Cincinnati - Hamilton Speedway which was located just east of Fairfield, Ohio along Dixie Highway.  To see more about this track and other posts about Ohio's racing past, be sure to "like" the BOSS facebook page!


Cincinnati - Hamilton Speedway was a high banked 1/2 mile dirt oval that opened on Sunday, May 26th, 1929 with a seven event program for "big cars" or sprint cars by today's standards.  It was advertised as the "highest banked track in Ohio" at the time.  An odd fact about this track is that it claimed it's first driver fatality the year BEFORE it opened.  The track was built late in 1928 and 20 year old local racer Sherman Bruck was killed in a September practice crash.  The only other known fatality was 30 year old Wilbert Chaney who died testing his roadster in July of 1929.  Ironically, Chaney was just the car owner and Henry Schlosser, his winning driver, had just gotten out of the car and Chaney was traveling at a far less speed than Schlosser had just been running but apparently a wheel broke causing the crash.


In 1939, a quarter mile midget track was built inside the half mile.  Frank Funk, who was most famous for owning and/or promoting Winchester, Dayton, Jungle Park and many others, also promoted Cincinnati - Hamilton for a while.  The track closed down for World War II at the end of the 1941 season.  Like many tracks, it would never reopen once racing resumed in 1945.  A drive-in theater was built on the site in the 50's and it remained until the late 1990's.  Today, one would be hard pressed to even prove to the locals that a high speed half mile once occupied the site.


photo 1:  A great photo showing cars racing through turn 1-2 at Cincinnati - Hamilton Speedway


photo 2:  A hard to find, head on view of the grandstands.


photo 3:  The track is drawn in on this 2016 aerial photo from Google Earth.


Remember to follow us on facebook to see lots more!

 

This week's "Turnback" track of the week is the Powell Speedway


Powell Speedway was located on what was once the Delaware County Fairgrounds through 1937.  The half mile horse track hosted auto races from 1939 until 1941 and the U.S. entry into WWII.  Chuck Murphy returned from the war and along with his father, they cleaned up the property and built the banked 1/2 mile Powell Speedway which actually ran the opposite direction of the old fairground half mile.  Opening day was June 30, 1946.  In the 50's, a 1/4 mile oval was added in the infield and both tracks spent time as paved and dirt ovals.  The 1965 season was the end of racing at Powell but amazingly, the track remained for the next 35 years with some of the remaining fairground buildings still being used.  In 2001, a housing development was built on the site. 

 

photo 1:  A 1947 CSRA sprint car event program from Powell Speedway


photo 2:  An aerial photo of Powell as of 1989


photo 3:  A modern aerial of Powell with the old half mile drawn in for reference 


photo 4:  Mike Salay at Powell in the late 40's - the grandstand visible in the background


Be sure to like the BOSS series on Facebook to see much more!

 

This week's forgotten track of the week is R & R Speedway in Zanesville, Ohio


R & R Speedway was built and promoted by Robert "Punk" Graves and opened for Sunday afternoon racing in 1988 officially called R & R Motor Speedway.  The track was listed as 3/8 mile but was closer to 1/4 mile.  The name was quickly shortened to just R & R Speedway and racing action switched to Friday nights after lights were installed.  Late models were the staple attraction through the years along with standard stock car support classes.  However, in 1995, Graves tried winged 410 sprint cars and the first race was won by Australian native and World of Outlaw sprint car driver Kerry Madsen on Sunday, May 28, 1995.  Our very own Rusty McClure of BOSS ran second to Madsen in that race!  Sprint cars ran there weekly for most of the '95 season but car counts were not steady enough to keep them on board.  By 1999, things were going downhill.  The track opened for its first 2 events of the season, then shut down.  The last known event was won by Scott Peltz on May 7, 1999.  Jay Cline (father of racer D.J. Cline) leased the track and planned to open in mid June as the "New R & R Speedway" but no race results were ever published.  The track lay waiting from '99 until 2014 waiting on a re-opening that would never come.  In 2014, the track was leveled and very little evidence remains there was ever a track there. 


The photos attached were from my visit there in 2004 while the aerial photo is from 2012.


To see this and more on R & R and other vintage racing posts, please check out Cooley Cabinets - Turnback Tuesday on the BOSS facebook page.

 

 

It's time for another edition of BOSS "Turnback Tuesday"

Brought to you by Cooley Cabinets of Greenville, Ohio

 

This week's track of the week is the McCutchenville Speedway which may hold the record for the most different names a track raced under in a very few years.  Built by Neil "Toby" Zeigler, the track was listed as a 3/8 mile oval and was originally called Mohawk Speedway.   Located on Rt 53 west of Tiffin, the track opened on July 18th, 1971 with a late model program won by Art Ball.  In 1973, Bruce Keisling leased the facility from Zeigler and renamed it Mid-America Raceway Park.  In 1974, Leroy Davidson took over the lease and called it Mid-America Speedway.  Late in 1974, Joe and Dot Kulcsar of Fremont Speedway fame came in and gave the track its best shot.  They operated the track as Mid America Speedway until 1982 when they changed the name to Riverside Speedway.  Sprint car driver Rick Ferkel and Paul Morgan operated the track in 1983 calling it Quad City Speedway.  After sitting dormant for a few years, Bob Raubenolt reopened the facility under the name O.K. Corral Speedway and ran in 1986 and 1987.  In 1988, a gentleman from New York named Ray Plakstis bought it and renamed it McCutchenville Speedway USA, but never ran a race. 

Today, the track remains complete.  The grandstands and flag stand are getting dangerous.  But the guardrail and some fencing still looks pretty good.  The water truck and some other equipment still lie in waiting for a race that will never come.  Several new houses have been built nearby and the pit area could not hold today's race rigs.  Mohawk (or whatever you choose to call it) was built for an era when the cars were towed on single axle open trailers or on the back of trucks.  What could hold 60 race cars in 1971 can't hold 25 cars in 2017. 

Don't forget, there is more to see on the BOSS facebook page all day long!

 

photo 1:  The first ever ad for Mohawk to appear in a 1971 issue of Mid American Auto Racing News


photo 2:  Opening day winner Art Ball of Tiffin, Ohio


photo 3:  An aerial view of the property in 2012


photo 4:  A view from today looking toward turn 1


photo 5:  A view from today looking toward turn 4

 

It's Time for Cooley Cabinets - Turnback Tuesday!  Special thanks to Mark and Matt Cooley for sponsoring this look back into history and remember, there is always more posted on the BOSS facebook page. 


This week's buckeye state - forgotten "track of the week' is the Glen Este Speedway near Cincinnati, Ohio.

Opened in 1950, Glen Este went by several similar names such as Glen Este Speedbowl and Glen Este Race Bowl.    In 1965 it was purchased by Francis Rapp of Amelia, Ohio and renamed Greater Cincinnati Race Bowl.  Some of the consistent winners over the years included Ralph Latham, Billy Teegarden, and Ross Smith.  The final auto races were run around 1972 but motorcycle racing continued for another few years at the site.  Today, little league baseball fields sit on the site. 


Photo 1:  This aerial view of the Glen Este 1/4 mile oval is from 1966.  Yes, that's a figure eight track crossing in the infield. 


Photo 2:  From that opening season of 1950, here's the flagman at Glen Este on the track which was typical in the day.  One scorer with the flagman and you can see some spectators back hiding in the trees!


Photo 3:  Car #9 tries to make 4 it wide at Glen Este.  Who is the bravest?  The driver of car #55 or the fans in the background!


Photo 4:  Glen Este in 1973 shows Ed Eschman in car #27 awaiting his turn to qualify.


 

BOSS / TBT Photo of the week

 

Turnback Tuesday "10 Years Ago" - A very young Stratton Briggs in victory lane at the 2007 Buckeye Bowl indoor event at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.  Stratton was the 2016 BOSS Rookie of the Year!  

 

It's time for another Cooley Cabinets - Turnback Tuesday!  This week, in addition to a "track of the week" we will also be posting some looks back at the Ohio racing scene 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago on the BOS Facebook page.   Be sure to thank Mark and Matt Cooley of Greenville, Ohio if you enjoy the historical articles! 


This week's "Track of the Week" is the nearly forgotten Highpoint Speedway near Cincinnati, Ohio.  Highpoint operated from 1949 to 1951 and perhaps longer.  The only photos uncovered so far are from 1951.  This is the first photos ever published online of Highpoint and they come from the Jim Richmond family.  Highpoint was located in the village by that name just north of Cincinnati near the 275 / 71 intersection. 


For more TBT - please follow the BOSS series on facebook!

 

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!

 

Windom Tops Eldora BOSS Sprintacular


The Eldora Speedway "Sprintacular" once again closed out the 2016 Rick's Trucks and Equipment BOSS sprint season.  Forty-nine teams signed in for action at the iconic Rossburg, Ohio 1/2 mile field of dreams.  Chris Windom, driving the Baldwin Brother Racing car #5 emerged victorious after another classic Eldora slide-job battle that featured a 4 car battle for the lead.


The large field of cars was divided into 6 heat races that ran with only one caution flag.  Heat winners were Bill Rose, C.J. Leary, Matt Westfall, Chris Windom, Thomas Meseraull and Dustin Smith.  Twin B-Main events found Brandon Whited and Drew Abel scoring victories.  The night's only red flag flew in B-Main #1 when Justin Owen and Carmen Perigo made contact in turn 3.  Owen spun up the track collecting South Dakota driver Brett Mellenberndt.  Behind Mellenberndt, Rick Holley arrived on the scene and winding up getting upside down in the process.  Everyone emerged unhurt and Holley was awarded the JF Construction "Hard Luck Award".


The 24 car main event was brought to the green flag by front row starters Dustin Smith and Dallas Hewitt.  Hewitt jumped out to the early lead with Smith in tow while newly crowned 2016 champion Shawn Westerfeld battled Chris Windom for 3rd.  The first 20 laps of the main event would run clean and green.  Thomas Meseraull in the Stan Cortad #9x was on the move early advancing 5 spots in the first 2 laps.  By lap #8, Hewitt had broken away to a clear lead from Smith as Windom closed in and took the runner-up spot away.  A lap later, Hewitt began to encounter heavy lapped traffic as Windom closed the gap quickly.


The lapped traffic allowed Hewitt to repel the challenges from Windom.  On lap 14, Smith was able to retake 2nd as Windom seemed the most effected by the cluster of lapped cars.  With the runner-up battle held up, fourth place Thomas Meseraull was able to reel them in to make it a 3 car battle.  Meanwhile, Hewitt was now on cruise control with more than a dozen length lead with 8 to go.  Then came the game changer.  The race's only caution flag flew working lap 20 when a chain reaction bumper tag situation sent Shane Cottle around for a spin. 


The restart would find the 3 car battle for runner-up was now a 4 car battle for the win.  Hewitt had used lapped cars to his advantage throughout the race and now with an open race track, he had a trio of challengers trying several grooves all over the race track.  Chris Windom was finally able to wrestle the race lead from Hewitt on lap 23 with a perfect slide job in turn 2.  Meseraull, who had started 10th, was also able to get past Hewitt in the final laps.  At the stripe, it was Windom, Meseraull, Hewitt followed by Smith and Matt Westfall making up the top 5.  Rounding out the top 10 were Westerfeld, Michael Fischesser, Bill Rose, Justin Grant and Nick Bilbee. 


This was the final event of the 2016 season.  Watch for details on the BOSS banquet which will be held on Saturday evening, November 12th.  Congratulations to Shawn Westerfeld and his family and race team on becoming the first ever BOSS repeat champion. 

 

 

BOSS Season Finale Set for Eldora Sprintacular

The Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS sprint car series' 2016 season comes to a close this Saturday night at the historic Eldora Speedway near Rossburg, Ohio.  The "Sprintacular" has become a season ending tradition at the "Big E" featuring the last true outlaws of BOSS along with the All Star winged sprint cars and the NRA winged 360's.  For fans of sprint car racing, it doesn't get any better than this.  Last year there were 124 cars among the 3 classes and nearly half of those were of the wingless BOSS variety.

The "Guilford Gasser" Shawn Westerfeld of Guilford, Indiana clinched the 2016 championship this past Saturday with a 3rd place run in the feature event.  It was a historic moment, as not only did he become the first repeat champion, but he has scored back-to-back titles.  He will look to make more history as no driver has ever won more than 3 events in one season and Westerfeld has already won 3.  An Eldora win would put an exclamation point on his dominant season.

A pair of youngsters had fine seasons and have secured second and third in the final standings.  Cooper Clouse of Ohio City, Ohio won the first two events of the year and appeared to be the driver to beat in 2016, but down the stretch was unable to match strides with the champ.  Justin Owen of Harrison, Ohio has locked down third with a very consistent season that saw him find victory lane for the first time in his career.  Michael Fischesser of Cincinnati and Chad Wilson of Toledo are still battling over the 4-5 spots.  Both have had fine seasons and appear poised to get their first BOSS wins at any time.

The 6th through 15 spots are ALL up for grabs with drivers able to advance or fall several positions at Eldora.  Making the main event will be imperative for all of the drivers battling for those final spots in the standings.  Cody Gardner, Aaron Middaugh, Steve Little, Stratton Briggs and Andy Feil hold the 6 through 10 spots and have traded positions many times during the season.  Rounding out the top 15 in the standings are Dustin Smith, Bob McMillin, Joe Butera, Bobby Distel and Carmen Perigo, all of which will be honored at the banquet in Dayton, Ohio on November 12th.

This Saturday at Eldora will see some special earlier start times.  Pit Passes and tickets will go on sale at 12:30 and the gates will open at 1 pm.  Registration will take place in the infield media center.  Fuel will be sold from 1:00 to 4:00 only, so be sure to get enough methanol prior to hot laps.  The BOSS drivers meeting will take place at the BOSS tent or "command center" at 4:05 pm.  Engine heat will take place immediately after the All Star winged qualifications.  Hot laps will be immediately following NRA 360 hot laps / group qualifying.  Racing begins promptly at 6:00 pm.  BOSS will run 3rd in the order.

General admission for this event is $20 for adults.  Reserved seats are $24.  Kids ages 12 and under are free.  Pit passé are $25.  The minimum age for pit passes is 14.  Kids between 14 and 17 years of age will need a parent to sign a minor release form.  For teams competing, you will need a yellow transponder.  They will be available for rent for $10.  Mufflers are NOT required for this event.  As always, there are NO FEES with the BOSS tour.  All events are run under an "open tire rule".  Payout will be at the BOSS tent after the A-Main.  All feature teams will be paid by BOSS check and all non transfers will be paid in cash.

The A-Main payout is the standard purse:  1500, 900, 700, 600, 500, 450, 400, 375, 350, 325, 300, 290, 280, 270, 260 and 250 to start.  We will start 24 cars in the main event.  Heat races also pay the top 4 finishers: 40, 30, 20, 10.  There are also 5 bonus awards of $50 each, one bonus award for $25 and free tires from both manufacturers to the highest finisher on all 4 of each brand of tire.

We could not do all the heat race and bonus awards if it were not for our generous sponsors.  We thank them for their help and hope you will patronize them when possible.  These great BOSS supporters are listed below:


2016 Sprintacular BOSS Heat Race / B-Main Sponsors

Buckeye Machine and Fabrication ; Forest, OH

Lias Tire / American Racer ; Indiana, PA

Hoosier Racing Tire ; Lakeville, IN

Southeast Harley Davidson ; Cleveland, OH

Superior Bearing & Supply ; Bradenton, FL

Cowen Truck Lines ; Perrysville, OH

FAST Signs ; Dayton, OH

Griff's Engines ; Sandusky, OH


Bonus Awards

The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, OH (Hard Charger $50)

Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, OH (Lucky Pill Draw $50)

Hochstetler Truck & Auto Repair ; Ashland, OH (Perseverance Award $50)

J F Construction ; Bucyrus, OH (Hard Luck Award $50)

A Plus Automatic Transmission ; Mansfield, OH (Steel Block Award $50)

McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, PA (Sweet Move Award $25)

Hoosier Race Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 Hoosiers

American Racer Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 American Racers


Also a big thank you to Cowen Truck Lines of Perrysville, Ohio for the free water and Gatorade cooler for BOSS drivers and teams!

 

 

As the race season winds down, so does our agreement with Buckeye Machine and Fabrication of Forest, Ohio for "Throwback Thursday".  If you'd like to see this feature continue OR if you've seen something that meant a lot to you on Throwback Thursday, please take a moment to contact Ray Marshall at Buckeye Machine and tell him thanks for sponsoring this look back in time each week.  Ray can be contacted by e-mail at r_marshall@buckeyemachine.com. 


25 Years Ago This Week (1991)


Photo 1:  The All Star sprint car tour ended their season at Eldora with the "Las Vegas Dash" that was won by Rick Hood who stole the win off the final corner from Frankie Kerr.  The 10 lap / 10 car / $10,000 event paid $3,000 to the winner.


Photo 2:  Fremont Speedway always ends the year with a swap meet, but 25 years ago they ran a race AFTER the swap meet.  The "econo sprints" were the 305's but they just aren't "econo" these days. 


Photo 3:  In 2011, the BOSS series was scheduled to open with a 2 day show at West Virginia Motor Speedway but the newly shortened track was not ready in time.  25 years ago the World of Outlaws ran on the big 5/8 mile configuration and Steve Kinser defeated Sammy Swindell to score the win.


40 Years Ago This Week (1976)


Photo 1:  Rodney Combs is crowned late model champion at the long gone Tri-County Speedway in West Chester, Ohio.  The afro dates the photo very well and check out the great list of names in the top 10!  Tri-County became Queen City Speedway and today nothing remains. 


Photo 2:  Lawrenceburg Speedway top 4 in the final sprint car standings are (L-R) Mike Johnson (2nd), Ron Dorsett (3rd), Nick Naber (4th), Karl Kinser (championship car owner), and Dick Gaines (1976 sprint car champion).


Photo 3:  Chick Hale of Lewisburg, Ohio was crowned the 1976 Eldora Speedway stock car class champion.

 

50 Years Ago This Week (1966)


Photo 1:  Norm Nelson at the wheel of his USAC stock car.  Nelson won on the Wentzville, Missouri road course 50 years ago this week.


Photo 2:  The cover of the "Charger" Newspaper from 50 years ago.  Norm Nelson is on the cover along with Jackie Stewart who won the USAC champ car (Indy Car) race at Mt. Fuji in Japan!


Photo 3:  Racers have always had big hearts.  In 1966 it was Ned Jarrett and David Pearson visiting a center for handicapped children in Winston Salem.  Yes, a wheelchair race took place! 


60 Years Ago This Week (1956)


Photo 1:  Chuck Engel continued dominating Columbus, Ohio area oval with another win at Columbus Motor Speedway.  He also won the weekends event at Powell Speedway.


Photo 2:  MARC sanctioned the 1956 "Salem 100" for stock cars and open wheel veteran Troy Ruttman gave his familiar wave to the fans as he crossed the finish line in first place!


Photo 3:  Although it's from a 1956 newspaper, this Throwback actually goes back closer to 100 years ago.  Drivers from yesteryears:  Ralph DePalma and his nephew Peter DePaolo.

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

Contact: Brian Liskai – liskai2x@roadrunner.com

 

By Brian Liskai

 

Cottle gets 1st Fremont win with BOSS


FREMONT, Ohio – Shane Cottle had a lot to live up to Saturday night at Fremont Speedway. The Paul Hazen owned sprint car has visited victory lane at “The Track That Action Built” on a couple occasions with other drivers.

 

“The Throttle” Cottle, from Kokomo, Ind., used lapped traffic to take the lead in the Rick’s Truck and Equipment Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) feature on lap 10 and held off Dustin Smith for his first career Fremont victory.

 

It was a lightening quick track on Kear’s Speed Shop/Fort Ball Pizza Palace Open Wheel Shoot Out Night. After 10 heats were completed in just over an hour, a shower hit the track causing a 50 minute delay and creating a very tacky surface.

 

“Every time we’ve been here we’ve been pretty darn fast. I let one get away here last year and one this year. She was pretty hooked up tonight. I had to keep hitting my marks. I about busted my butt in turn three one time so I kind of slowed down getting into there. The track crew did a heck of a job getting this track back in shape after the rain. I have to thank Kercher Engines, Paul Hazen, Dave Booth and everyone who helps on this car,” said Cottle in the Engine Pro Victory Lane.

 

In the 25 lap non-wing sprint feature, Cottle and Shane Westerfeld brought the field to green, but Cottle was penalized for jumping the start and moved back to the second row. On the second attempt Westerfeld grabbed the lead over Dustin Stroup, Cottle, Dustin Smith and Chad Wilson. Westerfeld pulled away while a tremendous battle ensued for second between Stroup, Cottle and Smith. Cottle finally took the runner-up spot on lap four with Smith moving into third a circuit later.

 

Westerfeld drove into heavy lapped traffic by the eighth circuit, allowing Cottle to slowly close while Smith, Stroup and Wilson gave chase. Cottle used the traffic to drive into the lead on lap 10 with Smith grabbing second two laps later. The only caution of the feature flew on lap 13 for Derek Hastings who stopped on the track. On the restart Cottle now had his hands full with Smith who was glued to the leader’s rear bumper.

 

Cottle, Smith and Westerfeld ran nose to tail the rest of the feature. Smith kept waiting for Cottle to make a mistake, but the veteran hit his marks perfectly and drove to the win. Smith, Westerfeld, Stroup and Wilson would round out the top five.

 

When he took the green, Westerfeld locked up the 2016 BOSS championship, his second consecutive series title.

 

Fremont Speedway

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

Fort Ball Pizza Palace/Kear’s Speed Shop Night

Starting Position [*]

 

BOSS

 

Buckeye Machine Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 4 to A)

1. 77-Dustin Smith[4] ; 2. 14-Chad Wilson[8] ; 3. 2DI-Dustin Ingle[10] ; 4. 18-Arnie Kent[7] ; 5. 74-Drew Rader[2] ; 6. 71-Straton Briggs[6] ; 7. 13-Jeremy Duposki[3] ; 8. 08-Andy Feil[1] ; 9. 18N-Frank Neill[9] ; 10. J1-Mark  Shultz[5]

 

Lias Tire / American Racer Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 4 to A)

1. 57-Shane Cottle[3] ; 2. 69R-Dallas Hewitt[2] ; 3. 21-Carmen Perigo[6] ; 4. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[5] ; 5. 4J-Justin Owen[7] ; 6. 53-Steve Little[1] ; 7. 18D-Bobby Distel[9] ; 8. 97J-Andy Fike[4] ; 9. 3-Joe Butera[8]

 

Hoosier Racing Tire Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 4 to A)

1. 4-Michael Fischesser[6] ; 2. 57B-Brandon Spithaler[7] ; 3. 2+-Brian Smith[4] ; 4. 2-Mike Galajda[9] ; 5. 9-Cody Gardener[1] ; 6. 87-Brian Gibbs[3] ; 7. 97-Scott Hardman[5] ; 8. 19-Matt Cooley[2] ; 9. 0-Steve Irwin[8]

 

Southeast Harley Davidson Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 4 to A)

1. 89-Shawn Westerfeld[2] ; 2. 1M-Dustin Stroup[5] ; 3. 33M-Matt Westfall[7] ; 4. 32M-Derek Hastings[1] ; 5. 9N-Luke Hall[8] ; 6. 9X-Cooper Clouse[9] ; 7. 0C-Chris Vandewiele[4] ; 8. 5-Bob McMillen[6] ; 9. 23L-Corbin Loggins[3]

 

Kear's Speed Shop B-Main 1 (10 Laps, top 3 to A)

1. 74-Drew Rader[1] ; 2. 71-Straton Briggs[3] ; 3. 9-Cody Gardener[2] ; 4. 08-Andy Feil[7] ; 5. 87-Brian Gibbs[4] ; 6. 18N-Frank Neill[8] ; 7. 97-Scott Hardman[6] ; 8. J1-Mark  Shultz[9] ; 9. 13-Jeremy Duposki[5] ; 10. 19-Matt Cooley[10]

 

FAST Signs B-Main 2 (10 Laps, top 3 to A)

1. 9N-Luke Hall[2] ; 2. 9X-Cooper Clouse[4] ; 3. 4J-Justin Owen[1] ; 4. 53-Steve Little[3] ; 5. 0C-Chris Vandewiele[6] ; 6. 18D-Bobby Distel[5] ; 7. 5-Bob McMillen[8] ; 8. 97J-Andy Fike[7] ; 9. 23L-Corbin Loggins[10] ; 10. 3-Joe Butera[9]

 

Rick[s Trucks & Equipment / BOSS  A-Main 1 (25 Laps)

1. 57-Shane Cottle[1] ; 2. 77-Dustin Smith[5] ; 3. 89-Shawn Westerfeld[2] ; 4. 1M-Dustin Stroup[3] ; 5. 14-Chad Wilson[4] ; 6. 33M-Matt Westfall[12] ; 7. 4-Michael Fischesser[8] ; 8. 21-Carmen Perigo[10] ; 9. 9X-Cooper Clouse[20] ; 10. 2DI-Dustin Ingle[9] ; 11. 9N-Luke Hall[18] ; 12. 4J-Justin Owen[22] ; 13. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[14] ; 14. 2-Mike Galajda[15] ; 15. 71-Straton Briggs[19] ; 16. 18-Arnie Kent[13] ; 17. 2+-Brian Smith[11] ; 18. 9-Cody Gardener[21] ; 19. 32M-Derek Hastings[16] ; 20. 69R-Dallas Hewitt[7] ; 21. 74-Drew Rader[17] ; 22. 57B-Brandon Spithaler[6]



Kear's Speed Shop B-Main Bonus Bucks - $100 first non transfer - Steve Little / Andy Feil 

The Bridge Restaurant of Sidney, OH  - $50 Hard Charger - Cooper Clouse +11

The JF Construction of Bucyrus, OH -  $50 Hard Luck Award - Brandon Spithaler

The Hochstetler Trucking of Ashland, OH - $50 Perseverance Award - Dustin Ingle

The A Plus Automatic Transmission of Mansfield, OH - $50 Steel Block Bonus - not claimed

The Apple Metal Polishing of Eldorodo, OH - $50 Lucky Pill Draw - Perigo & Fischesser

The McMillin Apiaries of Wampum, PA - $25 Sweet Move of the Night - Aaron Middaugh

Lias Tire / American Racer of Indiana, PA - Free American Racer Tire - Dustin Smith

Hoosier Racing Tire of Lakeville, IN - Free Hoosier Tire - Shane Cottle

 

 

It's that day of the week once again where we take the Buckeye Machine & Fabrication / BOSS Time Machine and travel back 25, 40, 50 and 60 years ago this week!  Special thanks to Ray Marshall for his help and heat race sponsorship in 2016.


25 Years Ago This Week (1991)


Photo 1:  Kevin Huntley and crew chief Marshall Campbell share victory lane at K-C Raceway after picking up the All Star feature win.


Photo 2:  Chuck Ward of Morgantown, West Virginia won the Sunday All Star sprint race at the West Virginia Motor Speedway.  Ward's career was cut short due to a terrible accident and WVMS has had its gates closed the last 2 seasons.


Photo 3: Terry Shepard was victorious at Lawrenceburg Speedway in what THEN was a rare non wing race.  The Burg was a weekly winged facility in the 80's and 90's.



40 Years Ago This Week


Photo 1:  It was 40 years ago this weekend that we lost Ronald "Doc" Dawson.  The Lima, Ohio sprint car veteran was killed on the Springfield Mile in Illinois.


Photo 2:  Independence, Kentucky driver Billy Teegarden won the "Southern 100" for late models at Southern Ohio Raceway. 


Photo 3:  Some rare reported results in to Mid American from Grabit's Speedway in Hopedale, Ohio.  Although closed for decades, the track still exists, just overgrown with weeds.

 

 

BOSS Sprints Eye Fremont Return

 

This Saturday, October 1st will be a sprint car fan's delight at Fremont Speedway.  The Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS series will headline a 3 division program, known as the Fort Ball Palace - Open Wheel Shootout, that includes winged 410 sprints and the winged 305 sprints.

 

On the heels of last week's win at Atomic Speedway, the "Guilford Gasser" Shawn Westerfeld of Guilford, Indiana, hopes to clinch the 2016 championship.  After having four different champions in the first 4 seasons, Westerfeld appears poised to make history and become the first ever repeat titlist. 

 

The diversity and competitiveness of the BOSS series has been displayed every season since the series' inception in 2011.  The first four champions were each only able to garner one win in their title runs.  Westerfeld has already scored 3 tour wins this season.  With 2 races remaining, he has a chance to become the first driver ever to win 4 races in one year.

 

Youngster Cooper Clouse of Ohio City, Ohio is not ready to give up the fight just yet.  The 2014 National Non-Wing sprint car "Rookie of the Year" started the season strong with back to back wins and led the points for most of the first half of the season.  A vicious crash at Lernerville that sent Clouse to a nearby hospital temporarily derailed his title hopes.  But he never missed a race and still has a realistic shot at becoming the fifth different champion in as many years.

 

Harrison, Ohio driver Justin Owen has been the surprise of 2016 hanging onto a steady 3rd spot most of the season after picking up his first career sprint feature victory at Lernerville.  Michael Fischesser and Chad Wilson have been locked in a great battle for the 4-5 spots in a battle that will go down to the wire.

 

Despite missing 2 events, Cody Gardner holds the 6th spot in the standings.  Behind Gardner, an absolute dogfight has been going on most of the season between Aaron Middaugh, Steve Little, Stratton Briggs and Andy Feil for the 7-10 spots.  Only 53 points separate the four drivers with 2 races to go.  Dustin Smith, Bob McMillin, Joe Butera, Bobby Distel and Carmen Perigo round out the top 15 who will be honored at season's end.

 

This Saturday at Fremont Speedway, gates will open at 4 pm with racing at 7.  General admission is just $16 for adults while seniors are admitted for $12 and students just $10.  Kids ages 10 and under are free.  Pit passes will be $30.  For teams competing, mufflers ARE required for this event and transponder rental will be $5.  Fuel will be available at the track.  As always, there are no fees to race with BOSS. 

 

Kear's Speed Shop of Tiffin, Ohio has come on board as a heat race sponsor for this event.  In addition, the first B-Main non transfer will also be awarded a $100 gift certificate to Kear's.  Other heat race sponsors for this event include Buckeye Machine and Fab, Lias Tire/American Racer, Hoosier Race Tires and Superior Bearing and Supply. 

 

BOSS also wishes to thank all of our sponsors who supply the many bonus awards and perks that have made the tour so special.


Bonus Awards

The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, OH (Hard Charger $50)

Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, OH (Lucky Pill Draw $50)

Hochstetler Truck & Auto Repair ; Ashland, OH (Perseverance Award $50)

J F Construction ; Bucyrus, OH (Hard Luck Award $50)

A Plus Automatic Transmission ; Mansfield, OH (Steel Block Award $50)

McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, PA (Sweet Move Award $25)

Hoosier Race Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 Hoosiers

American Racer Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 American Racers

 

Also a big thank you to Cowen Truck Lines of Perrysville, Ohio for the free water and Gatorade cooler for BOSS drivers and teams!

 

Westerfeld Steals Atomic Cash With Late Pass

 

A beautiful fall Saturday evening that felt more like summer, greeted the fans and competitors at Atomic Speedway Saturday night for the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS sprint car event.  Atomic promoter, Brad McCown, had the ultra fast - high banked 3/8 mile prepared to perfection and the last true outlaws of auto racing put on another fantastic feature event.  Defending BOSS champion, Shawn Westerfeld of Guilford, Indiana, emerged victorious after a great race long battle with Todd Kane.


A nice field of 25 cars signed in for competition in 3 heat races.  BOSS rookie driver Stratton Briggs known as the "Anna Earthquake" from Anna, Ohio scored his first ever sprint car heat race win in Buckeye Machine & Fab heat race #1.  The Lias Tire / American Racer heat #2 was won by Carmen Perigo from Stoystown, Pennsylvania holding off a hard charging Todd Kane.  Hoosier Tire heat #3 was the race of the night at Shawn Westerfeld showed why he is known as "The Guilford Gasser" from Guilford, Indiana.  Starting 7th in the field, Westerfeld raced up to 3rd place very quickly behind Chad Wilson and Cooper Clouse.  The red flag flew for Andy Feil who, for the second straight Atomic event, had an encounter with the turn 3 wall.  This time Feil flipped up on top of the wall, into the catch fencing, then was tossed back onto the track.  Feil was unhurt but the restart was all Westerfeld needed to gas his way to the win, serving notice he was the man to beat on this night. 


The Superior Bearing and Supply B-Main event found local winged driver Jesse McCreary scoring his first ever wingless preliminary event win.  In only his second career wingless start, McCreary blasted from his outside pole starting position and never looked back cruising to the 10 lap win with Cody Gardner, Rick Holley, Lance Webb and Rick Fraley also transferring.


The Rick's Trucks & Equipment redraw put Todd Kane on the pole for the 25 lap main event, much to the delight of the Atomic crowd.  Westerfeld would start alongside Kane for a titanic battle on the point.  Stratton Briggs and Matt Cooley made up row #2 with Adam Strausser and Dustin Smith in row 3.  Cooper Clouse, Carmen Perigo and Chad Wilson completed the top 9 redraw starting spots.


The 20 car main event field roared to the green flag with Kane getting the jump on Westerfeld and rode the rim of the race track in the iconic yellow Charlie Brown #99.  Westerfeld was content to track Kane early as the dogfight was on in the pack with slide jobs for everyone!  The race's first caution flag flew working lap #8 for Bobby Distel whose right front was damaged after contact with another car.  Just 2 laps later, the race's only other caution flew when rookie wingless driver Rick Fraley spun to a stop.  Fraley parked the #3F car and under the caution, Steve Little also pulled to the infield with a flat left front. 


Back under green, it was Kane still leading over Westerfeld.  However, it was the FOR racing team cars that were on the move as 10th starting Michael Fischesser and 11th starting Justin Owen charged through the pack to get to the lead battle.  As the laps wound down, the gaps tightened to the point the top 3 were nose to tail, Kane, Westerfeld and the charging Fischesser.  Just when it looked like another magical finish was in store for the Atomic / BOSS fans, the lead trio entered heavy lapped traffic.  Westerfeld was able to make the winning move on Kane on lap #19 and the heavy traffic somewhat separated the podium finishers as Kane held on for second.


Shawn Westerfeld, aboard the Orrville Wright Motorsports #89, led the final 6 laps to score his 3rd BOSS win of the year and propel him well on his way to a historic back-to-back BOSS championship.  Kane held off the charging Michael Fischesser for 2nd place with Fischesser's teammate Justin Owen and Dustin Smith rounding out the top 5.  Cooper Clouse, Matt Cooley, Stratton Briggs, Carmen Perigo and Chad Wilson completed the top 10.  The main event for sprint cars was completed before 10 pm thanks to the well run program of 5 classes and well over 100 cars in the pit area.


BOSS now moves on to Fremont Speedway this Saturday, October 1st.  The season will conclude on October 8th at Eldora Speedway.   We hope to see you out at one of these 2 great events!  Watch for more information on the BOSS website and be sure to tune in for Buckeye Machine "Throwback Thursday" each and every Thursday.  It can also be found on the BOSS Facebook page.

 

It's Thursday and once again time to climb aboard the Buckeye Machine and Fabrication "Time Machine" for a trip back in time with the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS sprint car tour.  Special thanks to Ray Marshall for bringing this weekly feature that you can see here and on the BOSS Facebook page.


25 Years Ago This Week (1991)


Photo 1:  One week ago he returned to Atomic Speedway to be inducted into their Hall of Fame, but in 1991, Jeff Gordon was winning the midget feature at the 4 Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway.  Here he's passing Jimmy Sills.


Photo 2:  A lot of people don't realize that USAC once had a late model division that competed a the 4 Crown every year.  In 1991, Billy Moyer won the late model feature.  He's shown here passing John "Weasel" Rhoads. 


Photo 3:  25 Years ago, Lawrenceburg Speedway hosted a combo show of winged and non winged sprint cars.  Perhaps it's time Lawrenceburg gave this a shot again!



40 Years Ago This Week (1976)


Photo 1:  In 1976, the World 100 was held later in September than it is today.  The fastest qualifier that year was Wheelersburg, Ohio late model legend Delmas Conley who made the cover of Mid American. 


Photo 2:  Ed Sanger and Billy Childers would start from the front row after qualifying 5th and 6th respectively for the inverted start of the "World Hundred" at Eldora.  145 late models time trialed for the event.


Photo 3:  Known for her groundbreaking run at Indianapolis, it was rare to ever see Janet Guthrie on the dirt.  But 40 years ago, she drove Tony Izzo's late model at Santa Fe Speedway in Illinois. 

 

50 Years Ago This Week (1966)


Photo 1:  Marietta, Ohio driver Larry Dickson won the Reading (PA) Fairground Speedway sprint car event.


Photo 2:  Frank Canale, Earl Baltes and John Marcum watch the rain come down at Dayton Speedway where ARCA Dayton 100 lap race was postponed.


Photo 3:  Anyone remember the Pit Stop Lounge in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway hotel?  This 50 year old ad touts the "Bill Dunn Trio" as the evening entertainment.


60 Years Ago This Week (1956)


Photo 1:  Jimmy Florian and Don Carr appeared well on their way to celebrating championships in the midget and sprint cars in the CSRA traveling series.


Photo 2:  An interesting racing classified page from 1956 shows a time when car dealerships actually entered car races with new showroom stock race cars.  The ad below it probably got someone into the racing promotion business. 


Photo 3:  With the end of the season approaching, the Ohio State University Coliseum was set to host indoor TQ midget racing. 


 

BOSS Looking for Three-Peat at Atomic


Fans who have witnessed the last two events for the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS sprint cars at Atomic Speedway would likely agree they have been 2 of the best finishes in the track's storied history.  Last July, Todd Kane emerged victorious in a last lap that saw 3 different cars lead and a 3 car photo finish with one car flipping across the finish line.  The return visit one month ago, found the BOSS outlaw drivers going 4 wide off turn 2 for the lead with just 2 laps remaining.  Kingsburg, California driver Kody Swanson picked up the exciting win that once again brought the fans to their feet.


This Saturday, September 24th, the last true outlaw sprint cars will go for a "three-peat" of fantastic Atomic finishes.  The championship hunt is on with just 3 events remaining and Shawn Westerfeld appeared to be on his way to making history by becoming the first repeat tour champion.  However, last Sunday, The "Guilford Gasser" made contact with a rival at Millstream Speedway and got upside down in a big way!  Runner-up, Cooper Clouse of Ohio City, Ohio scored a 2nd place finish to close ground.  Meanwhile, Westerfeld already returned to action in his backup car and scored the win in an unsanctioned event this past Saturday night.  So he appears to be back to full strength already. 


Justin Owen of Harrison, Ohio and his teammate Michael Fischesser of Cincinnati are still in the championship chase holding down the 3-4 spots while Chad Wilson of Toledo is having a great season and still has an outside shot at the championship.  Cody Gardner, Steve Little, Andy Feil, Aaron Middaugh and Stratton Briggs round out the top 10.  In addition to these drivers, fans can expect to see other tour regulars like Bob McMillin, Joe Butera, Bobby Distel, Rick Holley, Carmen Perigo and Dustin Smith who led most of the race in August before contact with the wall caused his right rear tire to deflate in the final laps.  Several other part time BOSS drivers including Matt Cooley and Adam Strausser have indicated their intentions to compete and several Atomic Speedway regulars look to give the wingless version a shot led by Josh Davis, Todd Kane and R.J. Perkins. 


For the race fans, if the excitement of the BOSS non wing finishes aren't enough, this event provides the opportunity to see the weekly winged 410 sprint cars in action too.  For die-hard sprint car fans, you get the best of both worlds plus AMRA modifieds, sport mods and after the racing, an enduro event will round out the card.  General admission is just $15 with kids age 12 and under admitted free.  Gates open at 4.


For teams competing Saturday, pit gates will open at 2 pm with pit passes $30 while kids pit passes age 12 and under are $15.  NO MUFFLERS are required for this event.  Methanol will be available at the track.  There will be no transponder fee for this event.  Registration will close at 5:45 with hot laps at 6 pm.


BOSS would like to acknowledge the generous sponsors that make the BOSS series what it is!!! 


Rick's Truck & Equipment ; Kenton, Ohio (Title Sponsor)


Heat Race Sponsors

Buckeye Machine and Fab ; Forest, Ohio

Lias Tire / American Racer ; Indiana, PA

Hoosier Racing Tire ; Lakeville, IN

Superior Bearing and Supply ; Bradenton, FL

FAST Signs ; Dayton, OH

Southeast Harley Davidson ; Cleveland, OH


Bonus Awards

The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, OH (Hard Charger $50)

Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, OH (Lucky Pill Draw $50)

Hochstetler Truck & Auto Repair ; Ashland, OH (Perseverance Award $50)

J F Construction ; Bucyrus, OH (Hard Luck Award $50)

A Plus Automatic Transmission ; Mansfield, OH (Steel Block Award $50)

McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, PA (Sweet Move Award $25)

Hoosier Race Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 Hoosiers

American Racer Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 American Racers


Also a big thank you to Cowen Truck Lines of Perrysville, Ohio for the free water and Gatorade cooler for BOSS drivers and teams!

 

 

It's time once again for another episode of Buckeye Machine "Throwback Thursday" where we climb aboard Ray Marshall's time machine for a trip back 25, 40, 50 and even 60 years ago this weekend .........


25 Years Ago This Week (1991)


Photo 1:  Rick Hood makes the front cover of Mid American Auto Racing News after winning the All Star Hoosier Fall Classic at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Indiana.


Photo 2:  Rusty McClure picks up his 7th feature win of the season winning the 40 lap main event at Buckeye Speedway (Wayne County Speedway).


Photo 3:  Ron Myers wins the ARA winged sprint car feature at Portsmouth Raceway Park holding off 2nd place finisher Rick Holley who has returned to racing and is now on tour with the BOSS sprint cars 25 years later.



40 Years Ago This Week (1976)


Photo 1:  Junior Smalley, Bobby Oney and Dick French pick up wins at Atomic Speedway.  French also won the hobby stock title but George Harbour and Paul Coyan captured the sprint and late model championships respectively.


Photo 2:  Jim Linder, Ron Leaser, and Tim Sabo picked up wins in the 1st annual "Great Spectacle of Auto Racing" at Fremont Speedway.


Photo 3:  Duke Cook took a wild ride at Eldora Speedway in the USAC sprint cars 40 years ago this weekend. 

 

50 Years Ago This Week (1966)


Photo 1:  Ohio's Sandusky Speedway gets the front page / top headline in National Speed Sport News as Gordon Dukes wins $10,000 in the International Supermodified Classic.


Photo 2:  After many years closed, it was great to see this track reopened in the late 90's.  Today it goes by Ona Speedway, but in its prime, it was the West Virginia International Speedway which held 4 NASCAR grand national events as well as USAC and IMCA sprint car races................. let's just hope those parachute jumpers all made it down safe and no racing was interrupted!


Photo 3:  In doing Throwback Thursday, we occasionally run across tracks that have nearly been forgotten. 50 years ago this week in "The Charger" Newspaper, we found this article for racing at the Greenmont Raceway in or near Dayton, Ohio.  The paper lists the track as a 1/8 mile banked asphalt oval.  If anyone has any photos or information about this track, please contact Aaron Fry at sprinter14@hotmail.com



60 Years Ago This Week (1956)


Photo 1:  Jack Farris of New Paris, Ohio wins the 1956 "Dayton 500" at the Dayton Speedway and in victory lane says. "I won it, but I took the beating of my life." 


Photo 2:  Dick Good wins on a controversial night at Columbus Motor Speedway.  Chuck Engel had a big lead and wound up in the infield passing a lapped car?  Was he pushed into the infield?  He was disqualified and Good awarded the win.


Photo 3:  At Powell Speedway, Chuck Engel DID indeed get the victory and the end of the article advertises that next weekend would be the "World Championship Wreckum" race.  Anyone out there remember how that was run?  They even advertised a Japanese driver was entered to give it international flavor and the man had "no American drivers license" only a Japanese one. 

 

Courtney Masters Millstream BOSS Show

 

The Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS sprint car tour rolled into the beautiful Millstream Speedway Sunday evening with a fine field of 40 traditional sprint cars on hand.  Promoters Randy and Lisa Hammer have done a wonderful job bringing the historic speed plant back to life and the well manicured facility was the perfect stage for the late summer program with near perfect weather.  In the end, it was Tyler Courtney driving the Baldwin #5 who would earn his 1st ever BOSS win and he did it in style by starting 8th (last) in his heat race, then starting 9th in the feature! 

 

In typical BOSS fashion, there was more passing in the heat races alone than most other racing events have in their entire night!  The racing began with 5 action packed heat races and  Courtney served notice early on that he was the guy to beat winning heat race #1 from the tail.  Jarrett Andretti charged from 4th to win heat race #2.  Matt Westfall in the Marshall Motorsports #33M won the third heat after starting from 5th.  Shane Cottle also started from 5th to garner heat #4 while Cooper Clouse won heat #5 from the second spot to make him the only heat winner from the front row.

 

During the intermission for A-Main redraw, BOSS title sponsor Rick Whitaker of Rick's Trucks & Equipment surprised the competitors, throwing an extra $500 on top to the feature winner making it $2,000 to win.  He also added another $100 to the first B-Main non transfers and $50 to the second B-Main non transfer from each of the two 10 lappers.

 

Luke Hall won B-Main #1 over Joe Liguori.  Cody Gardner threw a slider for the lead on lap 7 that didn't stick, tagging the wall, Gardner barrel rolled 3 times in turn 4 but emerged unhurt.  Steve Little and Derek Hastings claimed the Rick Whitaker bonus money as the first 2 non transfers.  B-Main #2 was another passing clinic, this time put on by Kyle Simon who charged from 10th to win over Chris Gurley.  Steve Irwin and Travis Hery just missed the transfer spots but collected the added money from Rick's Trucks & Equipment.

 

The 25 lap main event found Jarrett Andretti and Shane Cottle on the front row with Bobby Distel and Shawn Westerfeld in row 2.  Courtney had no luck with the draw on this evening and would start from the #9 slot.  Known as "Sunshine", Courtney picked his time to "shine" in the BOSS series by passing the most cars to win a feature event all season.  Counting his heat race, he passed 15 cars for position in 33 laps of action and dealt with lapped traffic in the main event.

 

Shane Cottle led the first 12 laps of the feature until the red flag appeared for BOSS point leader and defending champion Shawn Westerfeld who flipped hard in turn 2 but emerged unhurt.  Back under green, Cottle continued to lead with Courtney already to second place and Jarrett Andretti in tow.  The race's first yellow flew on lap #17 when Brandon Spithaler rolled to a stop.

 

On the restart, Courtney threw the monster slider on Cottle for the lead, but lost the momentum off turn 2 not only allowing Cottle back by for the lead, but Andretti shot past relegating Courtney to 3rd.  A few laps later the race's second caution flag flew when Dallas Hewitt and Bill Rose tangled in turn 1.

 

Only seven laps from the end, the action really heated up as the 3 car battle for the win saw Courtney finally get past Cottle for the lead.  The trio then took turns testing the Millstream concrete in an epic slide job battle.  Cottle hit the turn 4 wall hard enough to shake the body loose on the Hazen #57 and with 3 laps to go, Andretti tested that concrete a little too much becoming the final red flag of the evening when he somersaulted the #18 car in turn 4 but was not injured. 

 

The 3 lap dash to the finish saw Tyler Courtney put an exclamation point on his victorious night as last year's race winner Cooper Clouse put together a fine late race charge in the Cortad #9x to come home second over Kody Swanson in the Wolters #21K who rounded out the podium finishers.  Cottle held on the finish 4th  while Dustin Smith in the Dom's Gulf #77 rounded out the top 5.  Kyle Simon, Matt Westfall, Chris Gurley, Justin Owen and Chad Wilson completed the top 10.  Simon and Gurley both passed 16 cars each but Simon took the hard charger honors by finishing the highest. 

 

BOSS now takes a weekend off.  The last true outlaws return to action on Saturday, September 24th back on the high banks of Atomic Speedway.  Both of the previous Atomic races (July 2015 and August 2016) were historic and epic feature events.  Can the BOSS gladiators make it 3 in a row? 

It's once again time to climb aboard the Ray Marshall time machine brought to you by Buckeye Machine and Fabrication of Forest, Ohio.  Each Thursday, we post articles and photos from the past that cover open wheel racing and any motorsports from the BOSS territory.   These and sometimes more are posted on the BOSS facebook page as well!  If you follow along with throwback Thursday and want to see it continue in 2017, please e-mail Rat Marshall a thank you to the following:  r_marshall@buckeyemachine.com


25 Years Ago This Week (1991):


Photo 1:  Billy Moyer wins the 1991 World 100 at Eldora Speedway.


Photo 2:  Today, he's a race promoter and sometimes takes on BOSS events, but in 1991 he was winning late model races.  I'm talking about Terry Eaglin, here winning at Union County (Whitewater).


Photo 3:  The ARA sprint cars were a new series started by Earl Baltes and this weekend in 1991 they were at Portsmouth Raceway Park - here's the time trials from that night.


40 Years Ago This Week (1976):


Photo 1:  Charlie Swartz, Fred Dillow and Dave Williams posted wins at Atomic Speedway.


Photo 2:  Delmas Conley and Chick Hale picked up stock car wins at Eldora Speedway.


Photo 3:  This weekend, BOSS heads to Millstream Speedway.  40 years ago it was Al Liskai winning the sprint feature there.


50 Years Ago This Week (1966)


Photo 1:  The announcer interviews A.J. Foyt (right) and Mario Andretti (left) after the 1966 Hoosier 100.  Foyt led the race for 97 laps when his brake pedal broke allowing Andretti to slip past for the win.


Photo 2:  Dave Lundy from Pittsburgh took this nasty ride at the Terre Haute (IN) Action Track!


Photo 3:  Al Franks and Roy Sheets are victorious at Fremont Speedway.


60 Years Ago This Week (1956)


Photo 1:  An advertisement for the 1956 Dayton 500 at the 1/2 mile Dayton Speedway.


Photo 2:  Toledo Raceway Park and the MARC series, both are long gone now.  This is a 60 year old ad for a 300 lap "new" stock car race (before the term "late model" was used).


Photo 3:  Bill Clemans scored the win at Powell Speedway just north of Columbus, Ohio.  Powell featured 2 oval tracks that were still visible well into the 1990's before subdivisions took over.


Montpelier - Millstream BOSS Doubleheader Next

 

The final doubleheader weekend of the 2016 season lies ahead for the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS sprint cars.  Saturday, the last true outlaws of the dirt tracks will invade the historic Montpelier Motor Speedway in east central Indiana.  The border war will continue on Sunday as the traveling series moves on to Millstream Speedway in Findlay, Ohio for a twilight event. 

Shawn Westerfeld has picked up 2 wins this season and with some great consistency, holds a comfortable points lead.  Youngster Cooper Clouse sits in second and gained some ground at the last event.  Clouse, the 2014 National non wing rookie of the year, started the season hot winning the first 2 events and is the defending Millstream event winner.  Justin Owen and Michael Fischesser have the team FOR cars sitting in the 3rd and 4th spots while Chad Wilson rounds out a heavy hitting top 5 of BOSS contenders.

 

Cody Gardner sits 6th in the standings despite missing 2 events after some vicious early season accidents.  Steve Little jumped from 9th to 7th in the last race at Atomic Speedway and quietly continues to improve at every event.  Veteran driver Aaron Middaugh holds down the 8th spot and is looking for redemption at Montpelier.  Last year, he was involved in a nasty flip on the front stretch that tore a hole in the fence.  Tour rookies Andy Feil and Stratton Briggs hold the 9th and 10th spots in a duel for the 2017 Rookie of the Year Award. 

 

Russiaville, Indiana driver Dustin Smith could be considered the hometown favorite at Montpelier.  He scored the win at Pittsburgh this season and appeared on his way to victory in the last event at Atomic Speedway when a deflating tire sank him to a 7th place finish.  Smith is tied with Wampum, Pennsylvania driver Bob McMillin for 11th with Joe Butera, Bobby Distel and Mike Miller rounding out the top 15.  Although outside the top 15 due to multiple mechanical failures, Brandon Spithaler will be in the Burkey #57B.  Fans at Montpelier still recall Spithaler charging to the lead and appearing on his way to a win when he bicycled in turn 2 and flipped into the pit area.  He returns Saturday in search of the win the track owes him!

 

In true "outlaw" style, you never know who will show up to a BOSS race.  Robert Ballou and Shane Cottle have won the last 2 events at Montpelier and the 2015 Millstream event found drivers from 5 states and Canada in attendance. 

 

Saturday at Montpelier, gates will open at 3 pm with hot laps at 5 and racing at 6:30.  General admission is $15 with kids 12 and under free.  Pit passes are $30.  Transponders are free of charge and fuel will be for sale at the track.  Mufflers are NOT required at Montpelier. 

On Sunday at Millstream, gates again will open at 3 pm with hot laps at 5:30 and racing at 6.  General admission will be $16 while seniors age 65+ will be admitted for $12.  Kids age 11-16 are just $10 while kids 10 and under are free.  DARF members will get $5.00 off general admission.  Pit passes will be just $25 while kids ages 10 and under can get a pit pass for $10.  For teams competing, methanol will be available at the track and transponder rental will be $5.  Mufflers ARE MANDATORY at Millstream on Sunday!

 

For race teams AND fans who plan to hit this weekends doubleheader, a special hotel deal has been set up with the Lima, Ohio Howard Johnson.  Be sure to ask for the BOSS sprint car racers rate of just $66.  To make a reservation for Saturday night, please call (419) 222-0004. 

 

We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend for what promises to be a great doubleheader weekend!!  As always, we thank our sponsors who make the BOSS series what it is.

 

Rick's Truck & Equipment ; Kenton, Ohio (Title Sponsor)

 

Heat Race Sponsors

Buckeye Machine and Fab ; Forest, Ohio

Lias Tire / American Racer ; Indiana, PA

Hoosier Racing Tire ; Lakeville, IN

Superior Bearing and Supply ; Bradenton, FL

FAST Signs ; Dayton, OH

Southeast Harley Davidson ; Cleveland, OH

 

Bonus Awards

The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, OH (Hard Charger $50)

Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, OH (Lucky Pill Draw $50)

Hochstetler Truck & Auto Repair ; Ashland, OH (Perseverance Award $50)

J F Construction ; Bucyrus, OH (Hard Luck Award $50)

A Plus Automatic Transmission ; Mansfield, OH (Steel Block Award $50)

McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, PA (Sweet Move Award $25)

Hoosier Race Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 Hoosiers

American Racer Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 American Racers


Also a big thank you to Cowen Truck Lines of Perrysville, Ohio for the free water and Gatorade cooler for BOSS drivers and teams!

 

 

 

It's the first Thursday of September and we get to do this FIVE times this month!!  It's time for another round of Buckeye Machine Throwback Thursday, brought to you by Ray Marshall's Buckeye Machine & Fabrication of Forest, Ohio.  If you haven't gotten a chance to yet, you can help keep this possible by e-mailing Ray at the following address to say thanks for supporting BOSS and TBT - r_marshall@buckeyemachine.com

 

25 Years Ago This Week (1991)


Photo 1:  Sammy Swindell dropped in on the All Stars at Attica and took home the cash!


Photo 2:  Skip Watterman picked up the late model win at Midway Speedway.


Photo 3:  David Harrison came down to K-C Raceway (Atomic) and took the win.  Check out the polesitter - Rick Holley, who returned to Atomic after many years, now with the BOSS series.


Photo 4:  In honor of this weekend's Hillbilly 100, here's the winner 25 years ago - Rodney Combs.



40 Years Ago This Week (1976)


Photo 1:  Here's the 1976 Hillbilly 100 Winner - Bob Wearing on the cover of Mid American.


Photo 2:  Art Ball of Tiffin, Ohio wins at Oakshade!  He also won at Atomic and Lakeville this same weekend 40 years ago.


Photo 3:  Jim Dunn wins at Coshocton!  Sadly, both have been gone for a long time now.  The jim Dunn Memorial is a "race" to many youngsters, but to those over 40, he was the real deal!


Photo 4:  Jim Linder wins the Fremont Speedway fair race holding off Dick Liskai and Gug Keegan.


50 Years Ago This Week (1966)


Photo 1:  Mario Andretti wins the Eldora 50 for USAC sprint cars.


Photo 2:  The "Buckeye 100" at the Ohio State Fairgrounds was a Labor Day Tradition for USAC "compact sprints" (midgets).  Bill Mehner picks up the win amid EIGHT protests after the feature!


Photo 3:  Thankfully, things like this rarely ever happen anymore.  It was 50 years ago this weekend when a wheel flew into the crowd killing a spectator at Columbus Motor Speedway.


Photo 4:   As we've covered here before, 1966 was a terrible year for open wheel racing fatalities.  50 years ago this week, Kenny Taylor was crowned Missouri supermod champion and then killed 2 days later at Sportsman Speedway.



60 Years Ago This Week (1956)


Photo 1:  Bobby Baughan of Findlay, Ohio wins the Ohio State Fair modified stock car championship.


Photo 2:  Cecil Wray wins the Dayton Speedway stock car race on the quarter mile oval, a race in which the drivers "literally beat each other to pieces" and "tore down almost half of the outside guardrail" of the track.


Photo 3:  Elzie Whetnall's winning streak at Powell Speedway is snapped by Dick Good.


Photo 4:  Toledo Raceway Park stock car event went to Bob Nelson.  There was also a Joie Chitwood Thrill Show there that day!

 

Swanson Wins In Another Thriller at Atomic

 

Many fans at the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS sprint car show at Atomic Speedway saw an epic and exciting finish at last year's event.  One year later, that July of 2015 show was still the talk amongst the crowd.  Traditional wingless sprint cars are known for excellent racing and close competition, but even the competitors themselves are now wondering if there isn't a little magic in the clay at Atomic Speedway.  For the second consecutive BOSS event, an epic finish, this time among no less than 5 cars over the final 5 laps had fans on their feet for an open wheel, slide job, free-for-all.  In the end, it was Kingsburg, California driver Kody Swanson picking up his 3rd BOSS win of the season leading the final 3 laps to secure the win. 

The evening began with 34 teams signed in to tackle the unforgiving Atomic high banks.  The four heat races were won by Tony Main, Dallas Hewitt, Bill Rose and Todd Kane.  All four of whom would play major roles in the main event.  The twin B-Main events found Atomic Speedway regular and local winged driver, Josh Davis from Chillicothe exciting the hometown crowd charging from 4th to 1st to pick up a win in a B-Main full of non wing veterans.  The second B-Main was won by Ann, Ohio driver Stratton Briggs who is one of the youngest drivers on the tour.

The 22 car main event found Chad Wilson and Bill Rose on the front row with Swanson and Dustin Smith in row 2.  The third row was comprised of Todd Kane and Cooper Clouse and Dallas Hewitt and Tony Main made up the fourth row of the 8 car redraw.  At the drop of the green flag, it was Wilson getting the jump on the field in search of his first career BOSS win and leading the first 3 circuits.  Swanson wasted no time in jumping to 2nd and on lap 4 overhauled Wilson for the lead. 

The race's first caution flag flew for the spun car of Eric Semple off turn #2.  On the restart it was still Swanson and Wilson showing the way, but in the mad scramble for position behind the lead pair, someone got into the back of Wilson sending him around and collecting Bill Rose and sending Shawn Westerfeld on a soft tumble.  Wilson and Rose were done for the night but amazingly, Westerfeld was able to continue.

The second restart at lap 5 set the stage for 15 consecutive green flag laps and 4th starting Dustin Smith of Russiaville, Indiana had found something to his liking as he drove the Lou Gagliardi owned #77 car to the point to lead lap 6 and began to open a slim margin on the field.  Behind Smith, a dog fight was underway with Swanson, Kane and Hewitt throwing slide job bombs at one another while Cooper Clouse and Michael Fischesser waited to pounce on the runner-up trio. 

With less than 10 laps remaining, Smith's right rear kissed the Atomic concrete wall a little too hard and began to go down.  Meanwhile, Todd Kane found something through the middle of the race track and passed Swanson for the runner-up spot, then tracked down Smith to pass for the lead on lap 20, only to have it negated when the race's third and final caution flew for an incident involving Steve Little, Cody Gardner and Eric Semple. 

The caution put Smith back at the point, but the yellow did nothing to help the deflating right rear tire on the car.  Back under green, Kane pulled alongside Smith, who hung on valiantly in the closing laps and held on to lead through lap 22.  Working lap 23 Smith's car pushed up the track exiting turn 2 as Swanson threw the slide job on Kane for second place and Tony Main launched off the bottom of turn 2.  From inside to outside it was Main, Kane, Swanson and Smith literally 4 wide for the lead with 2 to go and Dallas Hewitt looking for a way to make it 5 wide.

Swanson was credited with leading lap 23 as he was side by side with Kane at the line.  The car on the charge in the last 3 laps was Hewitt who rode the wall from 5th to 2nd with a lap to go, but Swanson held strong at the point to score the exciting win and Tony Main squeaked past Hewitt off turn 4 to steal the runner-up spot.  Todd Kane finished 4th and Michael Fischesser methodically worked his way up to round out the top 5.  Cooper Clouse gained on points leader Shawn Westerfeld with a 6th place run and a heartbreaking finish for Dustin Smith who wound up 7th.  Justin Owen, Drew Rader and Kent Wolters rounded out the top 10 with hard charger of the race being Rader who cruised from 20th to 9th. 

BOSS returns to action in 2 weeks with a new doubleheader weekend.  Saturday, September 10th the wingless outlaw sprints return to Montpelier Speedway in Indiana with a much anticipated return to Millstream Speedway in Findlay, Ohio on Sunday, September 11th.   BOSS also returns to Atomic on Saturday, September 24th to see if it can become THREE epic finishes in a row.

Now it's time for a trip back in the Buckeye Machine and Fabricators / BOSS Time Machine for "Throwback Thursday"!   Don't forget, there's more to see and many discussions on the BOSS Facebook page.  


25 Years Ago This Week (1991)


Photo 1:  Mark Keegan with Limaland promoter Dean Miracle and ARA founder Earl Baltes after Keegan won the first ever event for the new organization.


Photo 2:  Mark Keegan passing Todd Heller in route to the win at Limaland in the ARA debut.  A nice field of 27 cars on hand and current ARCA point leader, Chase Briscoe's father, Kevin Briscoe set fast time!


Photo 3:  In honor of Kokomo's "Smackdown" Weekend, 25 years ago this weekend it was a winged All Star show there and Jack Hewitt scoring his 56th ASCoC win.


Photo 4:  Here's a little contrast for you.  USAC experimented with winged races for a few years.  Here are results from a wing show and a non wing show ran on back to back nights at KC Raceway (now Atomic) and Kokomo Speedway.  Notice very few drivers ran both.


Photo 5:  Stan Fox earns another IRP USAC Midget win which was live on ESPN.  Some great names mixed in those results including a young Jeff Gordon who won the Last Chance race.


40 Years Ago This Week (1976)


Photo 1:  Charlie Swartz makes the cover of Mid American after winning both the sprints and late models in the same night at Atomic Speedway!


Photo 2:  Waverly, Ohio sprint car star Junior Smalley picked up the sprint car win at Eldora Speedway.


Photo 3:  George Harbour from Huntington, West Virginia took top honors at Southern Ohio Raceway.


Photo 4:  Chuck Wilson won the Attica, Ohio fair race on the half mile long before the current "Attica Raceway Park" was built.  Chuck ran his final days of an illustrious career with the BOSS tour from 2011 to 2015. 



50 Years Ago This Week (1966)


Photo 1:  Les Snow from Bloomington, Illinois wins the ARCA "Eldora 500".


Photo 2:  Some Lawrenceburg and Eldora action shots from 1966 "The Charger" Newspaper.


Photo 3:  With Skyline Speedway set to reopen, here's a little tribute to them - 50 years ago it was Mac Clingan who won the supermods (sprints) and Ron Dolen won stock cars.


Photo 4:  A little lesson in history.  This photo shows a mixture of supermodifieds and sprint cars racing together, which was common in 1966.  On the inside front row is a sprint car with a bolted on roll cage because roll cages were not yet allowed on sprint cars.  The other cars in the photo are "supermodifieds" which already had roll cages and "wings" in most places.  The truth of the evolution of winged sprint cars is that they trace their roots back to the supermodifieds. 


60 Years Ago This Week (1956)


Photo 1:  Kenny Nemire wins the "Toledo 100" at Toledo Raceway Park.  Sadly, Raceway Park was just recently demolished after many years as a race track for both autos and our equine friends.


Photo 2:  Ralph Liguori, who can still be found at BOSS sprint car events today, was the winner in 1956 at Islip Speedway in New York in a midget event.  Liguori did what many could not do, he beat the "Offy" motors with a Ford Flathead V-8!  Liguori's grandson, Joe, competes in select BOSS events every season.


Photo 3:  Here's a little 2 for 1 action as Jack Bowsher wins at Kil-Kare  and below it is an ad for Columbus Motor Speedway. 


Photo 4:  Bill Pedigo wins the "Ross County Championship" for modified stock cars run at the Ross County Fairgrounds in Chillicothe on the 1/2 mile horse track. 



100 Years Ago This Week (1916)


Photo 1:  Although it will get no recognition from the city of Cincinnati, or from the press, or from the rest of the racing world......... Cincinnati is about to see the 100 year anniversary of the opening of one of the greatest sports venues ever constructed in the Buckeye State.  The board race track known as the Cincinnati Motor Speedway in Sharonville.  Yes, a 2 mile high banked race track made of wood!  Here's the program cover for the opener that was one week away 9/4/1916.


Photo 2:  Here's an artists concept drawing of what the finished speedway was supposed to look like.  The track surface was made of 2 x 4 lumber laid on its edge.  


Photo 3:  Blueprints show the 17 degree banking that Cincinnati had.  Today the site is the current location of the U.S. Postal Service terminal and an industrial park.

 

 

Atomic Anticipates BOSS Return

 

With the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS tour now in its 6th season of racing, there has been many memorable moments along the way.  Andre Layfield's run from 17th to steal the win off turn 4 at the checkers at Wayne County back in 2013.  There was the epic Whitewater slide job battle of 2014 when Logan Hupp defeated Kevin Thomas Jr.  Just this season, at Lernerville, and classic 6 car battle in the closing stages found Justin Owen upsetting the field and scoring his first career win on the last lap. 

 

Combine the excitement in all those close finishes, maybe throw in all the excitement from the Rio Olympics, and you still wouldn't have the level of excitement that was present during the finish of the last BOSS race at Atomic Speedway.  It was last July that the warriors of the BOSS tour came into Atomic Speedway to reel off 25 green flag laps that came down to a 3 car photo finish between eventual winner Todd Kane along with Landon Simon and Dallas Hewitt.  The final half of the last lap found all 3 drivers taking a turn at the front of the pack and the 3 car photo finish saw Hewitt sent flipping down the track destroying the Chip Pearson owned #69.

 

This year it will be defending tour champion and current point leader, Shawn Westerfeld, who leads the drivers onto the Atomic high banks.  Known as the "Guilford Gasser" from Guilford, Indiana, Westerfeld is in search of history attempting to go back to back and become the first ever repeat champion.  A pair of youngsters, Cooper Clouse and Justin Owen, both from Ohio, still have six events in which to claim their first ever championship title.  Michael Fischesser and Chad Wilson round out the current top 5 in points and still have realistic title hopes as well.

 

This Saturday at Atomic Speedway, pit gates open at 2 pm with general admission gates open at 4 pm.  Hot laps will begin at 6:30.  Pit Passes will be $30 with kids pit prices at $15.  General admission for adults is just $15 with seniors and veterans admitted for $13.  Kids aged 12 and under are free.  In addition to the BOSS traditional wingless sprints, fans will also see AMRA late models along with modifieds and sport mods while an enduro will close out the show. 

BOSS wishes to extend a sincere thank you to our sponsors who provide the following:

 

Rick's Truck & Equipment ; Kenton, Ohio (Title Sponsor)

Heat Race Sponsors

Buckeye Machine and Fab ; Forest, Ohio

Lias Tire / American Racer ; Indiana, PA

Hoosier Racing Tire ; Lakeville, IN

Superior Bearing and Supply ; Bradenton, FL

FAST Signs ; Dayton, OH

Southeast Harley Davidson ; Cleveland, OH


Bonus Awards

The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, OH (Hard Charger $50)

Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, OH (Lucky Pill Draw $50)

Hochstetler Truck & Auto Repair ; Ashland, OH (Perseverance Award $50)

J F Construction ; Bucyrus, OH (Hard Luck Award $50)

A Plus Automatic Transmission ; Mansfield, OH (Steel Block Award $50)

McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, PA (Sweet Move Award $25)

Hoosier Race Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 Hoosiers

American Racer Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 American Racers


Also a big thank you to Cowen Truck Lines of Perrysville, Ohio for the free water and Gatorade cooler for BOSS drivers and teams!

 

 

Another week passes and we are back once again to Buckeye Machine - Throwback Thursday from the BOSS sprint car series!  Please take a moment to drop Ray Marshall an e-mail at r_marshall@buckeyemachine.com and let him know you enjoy the vintage articles and photos!  For these and more articles, follow along on the BOSS facebook page as well!


25 Years Ago this Week (1991)


Photo 1:  Tom Basinger became the 13th different Attica winner in 1991 out of 18 races completed to that point.  Lots of names associate with BOSS in those results:  McClure, Wilson, Beaber, Hammer, Daugherty, maybe more.


Photo 2:  Anyone remember the ARA started by Earl Baltes?  The idea was to pay a little bit better than most local shows paid at the time.  The very first race was at Lima, 25 years ago this weekend!


Photo 3:  Eric Gordon holds off Robbie Stanley in the 1991 Hulman Classic held at IRP.  At least 3 names in those results have had direct ties to BOSS in the last few seasons.


Photo 4:  Steve Kinser wins, at that point, a record 7th Knoxville Nationals!


Photo 5:  Dave Darland wins Paragon ......... but WITH WINGS!  Now that's a THROWBACK!

 

50 Years Ago This Week (1966)


Photo 1:  In honor of this weeks Dick Gaines Memorial at Lawrenceburg, here's Dick winning 50 years ago this weekend at Bloomington Speedway.


Photo 2:  Dean Knittle wins the 3rd annual "Buckeye 100" at Atomic Speedway, his second win in the classic event.


Photo 3:  Drivers should still look like this after the races!  Don White flashes a dirty faced smile after winning at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

 

60 Years Ago this Week (1956)


Photo 1:  One of the greatest of all time, Jimmy Bryan, wins at Springield in the 100 mile Champ Car event.  Pat Flaherty was critically injured in the event.


Photo 2:  Ed Molketin, known mostly for success in supermodifieds, debuts a new Corvette and dominates Sportsman Park.


Photo 3:  Here's results you won't see every day.  CSRA midgets at the Wood County Fairgrounds in Bowling Green, Ohio won by Larry "Hot-Sock" McCloskey of Saginaw, Michigan.

 

 

Don't forget - BOSS this Saturday night, August 13th at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio

Gates Open at 3 - Hot Laps at 6 - Racing at 7 !!

Now Enjoy this weeks look into the past..................

 

It's Buckeye Machine "Throwback Thursday" brought to you by Ray Marshall Motorsports and Buckeye Machine & Fab of Forest, Ohio .  If you like this weekly feature, please let Ray know about it by e-mail at r_marshall@buckeyemachine.com

There is always more of this stuff to see on the BOSS Facebook page as well!!

 

25 Years Ago This Week (1991)


Photo 1:  Frankie Kerr had flipped the night before at Attica and was taken to a nearby hospital. He then returned on Saturday against doctor's advice and went on to win his first ever World of Outlaws feature at Fremont Speedway.


Photo 2:  It seems that everyone knows the story of Lakeville Speedway that we lost just a few years back.  Here's a 1991 ad for the track when it went by the name Tri-C Motor Speedway.


Photo 3:  He capped off a great career running with BOSS from 2011 to 2013.  Here he is 25 years ago winning Sharon - it's the "West Virginia Wild Thing" Mark Cassella.


Photo 4:  A lot of younger race fans have no idea that USAC once made the attempt to convert to winged sprint car racing.  Here's a 1991 ad for KC Raceway (now Atomic Speedway).

 

Wayne County Speedway BOSS 8/13


This Saturday, August 13th, the Rick's Trucks & Equipment / Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series will roll into Wayne County Speedway near Orrville, Ohio.  The 3/8 mile dirt oval was the site of the second ever BOSS event in 2011 and it has played host to the tour events more than any other race track. 


Shawn Westerfeld of Guilford, Indiana holds a comfortable points lead but a pair of young guns are well within striking distance.  Cooper Clouse of Ohio City, Ohio and Justin Owen of Harrison, Ohio have traded the runner-up spot a few times this season.  Not far back from that duo is the pair of Chad Wilson from Toledo and Cincinnati's Michael Fischesser who have been trading the 4th spot repeatedly. 


The balance of the top 10 includes Cody Gardner, Aaron Middaugh, Andy Feil, Steve Little, and Stratton Briggs.  Rounding out the top 15 are Mike Miller, Bob McMillin, Joe Butera, Dustin Smith and Bobby Distel. 


Saturday's event at Wayne County offers fans a unique opportunity to catch the BOSS series in action along with 2 other premiere divisions.  The regular 410 wing sprints will also be in competition along with the RUSH late models and Super Stocks.  Adult general admission is just $15 while ages 12 and under are free.  Pit passes will be $30 with kids pit passes just $15 for ages 6-14.  Children 5 and under a free in the pits.


Gates will open at 3 pm with hot laps at 6 and racing at 7 pm.  Fuel is available at the track and mufflers are mandatory for this event.  All competing cars will be checked prior to heat races.  Wayne County Speedway's scoring system picks up several different types of transponders.  There will be transponders available to rent for $10 from the track. 


For more information, check out the BOSS website at www.buckeyesprints.com or the track website at www.waynecountyspeedway.com 


BOSS wishes to extend a sincere thank you to our sponsors who provide the following:


Rick's Truck & Equipment ; Kenton, Ohio (Title Sponsor)


Heat Race Sponsors

Buckeye Machine and Fab ; Forest, Ohio

Lias Tire / American Racer ; Indiana, PA

Hoosier Racing Tire ; Lakeville, IN

Superior Bearing and Supply ; Bradenton, FL

FAST Signs ; Dayton, OH

Southeast Harley Davidson ; Cleveland, OH


Bonus Awards

The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, OH (Hard Charger $50)

Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, OH (Lucky Pill Draw $50)

Hochstetler Truck & Auto Repair ; Ashland, OH (Perseverance Award $50)

J F Construction ; Bucyrus, OH (Hard Luck Award $50)

A Plus Automatic Transmission ; Mansfield, OH (Steel Block Award $50)

McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, PA (Sweet Move Award $25)

Hoosier Race Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 Hoosiers

American Racer Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 American Racers


Also a big thank you to Cowen Truck Lines of Perrysville, Ohio for the free water and Gatorade cooler for BOSS drivers and teams!

 

It's Throwback Thursday once again brought to you by Ray Marshall Motorsports and Buckeye machine and fab of Forest, Ohio!

 

25 Years Ago This Week (1991)


Photo 1:  R & R Speedway in Zanesville, Ohio did its best to try to bring midget racing back to the forefront but it just never panned out and R & R is gone too.


Photo 2:  Union County Speedway in Liberty, Indiana (also known as Whitewater) held an All Star event won by Frankie Kerr.  Look at all those big names and check out that anorexic nose wing!


Photo 3:  Mark Goodfleisch won the sprint feature at KC Raceway (now Atomic Speedway).


Photo 4:  A nice full page ad for the Flag City Open at Millstream Speedway.


Photo 5:  Central Park Raceway did their best to bring sprint car racing into Kentucky.  Sadly, Central Park is gone and there has been no sprint car racing at all in Kentucky in 2016.


Photo 6:  Todd Shields wins the sprint feature at Lawrenceburg.  BOSS was just there this past Saturday!  Lots of names in there that we still see at the track!

 

50 Years Ago This Week (1966) 


Photo 1:  Larry Cannon wins the Eldora 500 .... yes, a 500 lap sprint car / supermod race!


Photo 2:  A.J. Foyt and Joe Leonard would fit in with the BOSS shenanigans on our 2 day trips.  Here, they put all of the hotel pool patio furniture IN or ON someone's car.


Photo 3:  Here's a little change of pace.  Newark, Ohio motorcycle hill climb!  Many pre WWII race drivers got their start on bikes.  Tim Byers is shown here 50 years ago this week!


Photo 4:  CSRA Midgets at the Shelby County Fair in Sidney, Ohio.  Racing first began there in the late 1920's.  Jimmy Florian defeated a field of 27 cars on this day.



60 Years Ago This Week (1956)


Photo 1:  Jack Turner of Seattle wins the 100 lap Ohio State Championship Midget race at Sportsman Park near Cleveland.  The article tells of an injured driver who was on his way to the hospital with what they thought was a broken arm, but when the ambulance hit a bump, his dislocated shoulder popped back into place ....... and Ohio roads are no better today.


Photo 2:  Ray Knepper wins the 50 lap race for "big cars" (sprint cars) at Toledo Raceway Park.  The 5/8 mile oval remained as a harness horse racing facility until just a few years back.


Photo 3:  The ORA, which was NASCAR sanctioned for a while, was headed to Debo Park Speedway.  They guaranteed $15 tow money to anyone traveling more than 50 miles.


Photo 4:  Ohio results from 1956 sandwiched around one of 2 articles reporting a driver fatality.  Typical of the era.  Bill Pedigo won Columbus Motor Speedway and Chuck Engel won Powell Speedway.  Jim Schumaker was killed at the Towanda (PA) Fair in a "big car" (sprint car).

 

New Mexico Invader Josh Hodges Scores BOSS Soudrette Memorial

 

Following a Friday night rainout at Twin Cities Raceway Park in North Vernon, Indiana, the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS sprint car series rolled into Lawrenceburg Speedway in southeast Indiana for the second time this season.  A fine field of 40 traditional sprint cars were on hand to pay tribute to one of the very first BOSS drivers and a Lawrenceburg Speedway regular, Jason Soudrette, who we lost from complications over a battle with leukemia. 

The field of 40 cars was split into 5 tough heat races that found Landon Simon, Josh Hodges, Jarrett Andretti, C.J. Leary and Shawn Westerfeld picking up the wins.  A scary moment occurred in heat race number one when Toby Alfrey got upside down and collected Lee Underwood.  Both drivers were okay.   Twin B-main events were won by Todd Keen and Dickie Gaines driving the John Soudrette owned #44 car raced in memory of Jason Soudrette. 

The 25 lap main event was paced to starter Tim Montgomery's green flag by C.J. Leary and Joss Moffat with Garrett Abrams and Josh Hodges in row 2.  The initial start saw Leary, in the Amati 66, get crossed up and spin to a stop in turn 2.  A fuel leak in the cockpit was spraying fuel and eliminated the pole sitter before a lap was scored.

The second start attempt saw Joss Moffatt rocket to the lead from the outside pole to lead the first 8 circuits.  New Mexico invader Josh Hodges was immediately into the runner-up spot dogging Moffatt for the top spot.  The race stayed clean and green throughout the early stages with Hodges able to make the race winning pass on lap 9.  Meanwhile, in the pack, 7th starting Jarrett Andretti was on the move along with 22nd and 23rd starters Dickie Gaines and Cooper Clouse.

The race's first official caution flew on lap 16 when BOSS regular Steve Little rolled to a stop on the backstretch.  Hodges again pulled out to a handy lead, but another caution would slow the field when Landon Simon rolled to a stop in turn 4 ending a fine run with a broken rear end. 

One final race stoppage would occur when Jarrett Andretti brought out the race's only red flag.  With the laps winding down, Andretti was the fastest car on the track on lap 21, but working lap 22, Andretti slid across the track in turn 4, caught the cushion and the car pushed, putting Andretti into the turn 4 wall and executing a vicious end of end style flip down the front stretch.  Thankfully, Andretti walked away uninjured.

Over the final 4 circuits, nobody had anything for Hodges who cruised to victory winning in his first ever appearance with the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series.  Joss Moffat, Logan Jarrett, Shawn Westerfeld and Cooper Clouse rounded out the top 5.  Clouse earned "hard charger" honors for his 23rd to 5th run.   Rounding out the top 10 were Kody Swanson, Dickie Gaines, Garrett Abrams, Travis Hery, and Dustin Smith. 

The Rick's Truck & Equipment BOSS sprints now get a much needed weekend off before heading to Wayne County Speedway on Saturday, August 13th.  The spring event at WCS fell victim to Mother Nature. 


It's time again for Buckeye Machine Throwback Thursday brought to you by Ray Marshall Motorsports and Buckeye Machine and Fab of Forest, Ohio.  This has become a staple of the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS sprints and will continue all year long!


25 Year Ago This Week (1991):


Photo 1:  Eric Rankine wins at Attica Raceway Park


Photo 2:  25 years ago it was mini sprints headlining the Portsmouth results - this week it was BOSS and Shawn Westerfeld making the headlines!


Photo 3:  An ad for the Canton Motor Speedway that had just one year left at the time.


Photo 4:  Rick Hood wins the All Star race at Limaland.


Photo 5:  Jack Hewitt won Twin Cities winged sprints 25 years ago.  BOSS heads there tomorrow night for their first ever appearance at the North Vernon speed plant.


Photo 6:  Hewitt also wins Lawrenceburg too - back when wings were the weekly gig.

 

 

50 Years Ago This Week (1966)


Photo 1:  Ross Smith wins Cincinnati Race Bowl in 1966.


Photo 2:  Earl Smith wins the Dearborn 100 at Lawrenceburg Speedway!


Photo 3:  Duke Cook in the Stahl Brothers Special enters the IMCA race at Winchester.


60 Years Ago This Week (1956)


Photo 1:  Even though it's not Ohio, Fred Meeker and Ralph Liguori win Old Bridge, New Jersey NASCAR action.  Liguori can be found in the BOSS pit areas occasionally and his grandson, Joe Liguori just ran with us at Portsmouth this past weekend.


Photo 2:  Bobby Boughan wins stock cars at the Columbus Ohio State Fairgrounds while Pete Burnett wins the TQ midgets at Columbus Motor Speedway.


Photo 3:  Dick Pratt scores the win at New Bremen Speedway!

 

BOSS Twin Cities / Lawrenceburg Doubleheader


The Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS Sprint Cars are set for another big doubleheader weekend.  This will bring to a close a strenuous month of July that will have seen the tour run 7 events.  So far, there has been 5 different winners in the first 5 events.  Friday night, July 29th will mark the tour's first ever visit to Twin Cities Raceway Park in North Vernon, Indiana.   This special Friday night event is being co-promoted by TE Promotions.  The following night, a very emotional Jason Soudrette Memorial will be held at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. 


Shawn Westerfeld of Guilford, Indiana just became the 3rd repeat winner of 2016 and he dominated Portsmouth Raceway Park this past Saturday night.  He now sits comfortably in the drivers seat steering toward becoming the first ever repeat titlist.  Justin Owen of Harrison, Ohio and Cooper Clouse of Ohio City, Ohio are on the hunt and looking to chase down that title as well.  Clouse also is a repeat winner on the tour and appeared to be back to 100% Saturday night after a devastating crash early in the month.


Michael Fischesser of Cincinnati, Ohio and Chad Wilson of Toledo, Ohio are both quietly having great seasons and both are knocking on the door looking for their first ever tour wins!  Aaron Middaugh of Polk, Ohio and Andy Feil of New Castle, Pennsylvania are also in a torrid battle for the 6th spot in the standings.  Rounding out the top 10 are Steve Little of Waynesfield, Ohio, Stratton Briggs of Anna, Ohio and Cody Gardner of Monroe, Ohio. 


For Friday night's event, gates will open at 4 pm but start times will be delayed to allow teams plenty of travel time.  There are only 3 classes competing and no divisions will be time trialing.  Drivers meeting will be at 7 pm with hot laps at 7:30 and racing at 8 pm.  General admission will be $15 for ages 13 and up.  Kids 12 and under are free.  Pit passes will be $30.  There will be NO transponder fees for this event.  Fuel will be available at the track.  No mufflers are required at TCRP.


On Saturday, Lawrenceburg pit gates are always open early.  The pit area will be cleared at 3:45 and pit gates officially open at 4 pm.  General admission gates open at 5 pm.  Admission will be $15 for adults and ages 7-12 are just $7.  Kids 6 and under are free.  Pit passes will be $30.  As always, Lawrenceburg promoter Dave Rudisell will be providing transponders free of charge!  Fuel is available at the track and MUFFLERS ARE MANDATORY at the Burg!  We will be checking all race cars prior to heat race action. 


The official host hotel of the weekend is the Riverside Inn right next door to Lawrenceburg Speedway.  Teams are invited to park race haulers inside the fairgrounds property which is patrolled by security.  For teams camping, the restrooms with shower facilities will be unlocked on Friday night.  To reserve a room, please phone 812-537-4441 and ask for the Lawrenceburg Speedway Racer's Rate. 

 

Westerfeld Decimates BOSS Field at Portsmouth


Last night marked the historic first ever visit to Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio for the Rick's Trucks & Equipment / Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series.  Having hosted 2 USAC shows in the mid 90's, this was the first wingless sprint visit to the riverside speed plant in 21 years.  Despite 95 degree brutal heat, an excellent crowd was on hand and track owner Tim Coleman had the race track prepped perfectly!  The fans got to see defending tour champion "The Guilford Gasser" Shawn Westerfeld, of Guilford, Indiana put on a clinic of wingless driving as he destroyed the field in a non stop, green to checker 25 lap main event that took just shy of 8 minutes to complete.


A total of 25 outlaw wingless sprints signed in for competition at the home of the $100,000 to win Dirt Track World Championship.  Three heat race events found Michael Fischesser winning the first heat race.  A loaded second heat was won by Westerfeld with Cooper Clouse making a great run from the tail to steal the 3rd and final redraw spot.  Heat three was won by Brandon Spithaler who literally ran from 5th to first in one lap!  The 10 lap B-Main was taken by Kody Swanson who had trouble and dropped from his heat race. 


The 25 lap A-Main found Shawn Westerfeld and Dustin Smith occupying the front row with Todd Kane and Michael Fischesser in row 2.  Cody Gardner and Brandon Spithaler made up the third row.  An initial start was waved off when Dustin Smith and Todd Kane made contact on the backstretch with Kane looping around in turn 3.   At the second drop of longtime starter Bob Smith's green flag, Shawn Westerfeld wasted no time in laying down the law that he would rule the first visit ever to PRP.  He opened up a sizable margin immediately leaving Dustin Smith in a 3 way battle with Michael Fischesser and Cooper Clouse for runner-up honors.


Deep in the pack, all eyes were on 16th and 17th starting Kody Swanson and Justin Owen who had run 1-2 in the B-Main.  Both drivers were on a mad drive to the front.  Swanson got to 5th place but in the process packed the right rear wheel full of the heavy PRP clay cushion and developed a vibration that slowed his run.  It was still good enough to pick up the "Bridge Restaurant Hard Charger Award" advancing 11 positions.  Owen advanced 9 spots coming from 17th to finish 8th.


Meanwhile, up front, Westerfeld was on cruise control slicing through lapped traffic like a fighter pilot in a dog fight.  He lapped up to 8th place and won by the second largest margin in BOSS history with an 11.400 second victory over Dustin Smith who held on in a torrid battle over Michael Fischesser who was third.  Cooper Clouse had the fans on their feet blasting the PRP concrete with a shower of clay in every corner but had to settle for 4th place.  Swanson with the packed right rear slipped past an ailing Cody Gardner to take 5th.  Gardner had a tire going away relegating him to 6th barely holding off a late charge from Carmen Perigo.  Rounding out the rest of the top 10 were Owen, Drew Rader, and Stratton Briggs who was celebrating his 19th birthday!


Nineteen of the 20 starters finished the race.  Westerfeld parked on the front stretch to a thunderous round of applause.  He then climbed atop the cage of his Orville Wright Motorsports #89 to salute the crowd who braved the high temperatures to enjoy the show!


The BOSS tour now finishes the brutal month of July with a doubleheader next weekend.  Night one on Friday night will see the series visiting another facility for the first time ever, Twin Cities Raceway Park in North Vernon, Indiana.  One night later, the 3rd annual Jason Soudrette Memorial will take place at Lawrenceburg Speedway.  Watch for details to be announced tomorrow on both of these great races!

 

Another week gone by - it is once again time for:

 

BUCKEYE MACHINE THROWBACK THURSDAY!!!!

 

Brought to you by Ray Marshall Motorsports / Buckeye Machine and Fabrication of Forest, Ohio

25 Years Ago This Week (1991)


Photo 1:  Bobby Allen won the "Brad Doty Special" at Attica, long before it became a "Classic".


Photo 2:  As BOSS prepares for Portsmouth Raceway Park this Saturday, here's their ad 25 years ago!  The place was only in it's second season.  It sure has come a long way!


Photo 3:  Before they owned Sharon Speedway literally, the Blaney's OWNED Sharon Speedway figuratively!  How about father / son wins on the same night!


Photo 4:  In Remembrance of Nancy and her Mid American Auto Racing News - everyone always loved the random photos on the last page!  Most of the 25 years ago section comes from them.


50 Years Ago This Week (1966)


Photo 1:  Al Beale won Fremont Speedway's Mid Season Championship


Photo 2:  Larry "Boom Boom" Cannon wins the Tri-State 100 at Lawrenceburg


Photo 3:  Gotta love this 1966 ad for the Knoxville Nationals referring to the cars as "Super-Modified Stock Cars"


Photo 4:  As stated in earlier TBT's, the 1966 season was terrible for USAC and racing in general.  50 years ago this week, New York native Ron Lux was killed at Tulsa in a sprint car crash.

60 Years Ago This Week (1956)


Photo 1:  Gene Force win the midget feature at Cincinnati Race Bowl - Check out all those big names!


Photo 2:  With Columbus Motor Speedway winding down its historic run of over 70 years, here's a little TBT from 60 years ago this week.  Chuck Engel won the main event.


Photo 3:  Not much changed in 60 years.  Cincinnati Race Bowl has a "thrill show" with their races to attract the largest crowd of the year.  Ross Smith won the feature event.  Fast forward 60 years and Lawrenceburg Speedway just had their largest crowd in history for a "thrill show", but no racing! 


Photo 4:  Powell Speedway, just north of Columbus also attempted to have an "added attraction" but the X-Ray vision wielding "Lady Roda" was injured in an accident.  Jack Bowsher won the race!

 

This Saturday, July 23rd the Rick's trucks & Equipment / Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series will make history as they will invade Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio for the first time ever.  The fast PRP 3/8 mile oval is located right alongside the Ohio River and has not hosted a sprint car event since a winged race in 2005.  In recent years, the track has been the home of the prestigious Dirt Track World Championship for late models paying $100,000 to the winner.  First opened in September of 1990, the track did host a pair of USAC wingless sprint events in its early years.  Cary Faas won the 1994 event and Mark Cassella won the race in 1995.  Saturday will mark the 3rd wingless event in history at PRP.


The 2016 season has reached the halfway point for the BOSS drivers.  The first eleven scheduled races saw two rainouts, with the other 9 events being won by 7 different drivers.  The only repeat winners thus far have been Cooper Clouse of Ohio City, Ohio and Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, California.  Defending tour champion, Shawn Westerfeld of Guilford, Indiana,  has scored one victory but his consistency week in and week out has found him with the largest ever points lead in tour history at the halfway mark.


After picking up his first career sprint car win with BOSS, Justin Owen of Harrison, Ohio is now in the runner-up spot in the current standings.  Two time winner Cooper Clouse is in the #3 spot with Chad Wilson and Michael Fischesser in a torrid battle for the 4th spot.  Rounding out the current top 10 are Aaron Middaugh, Andy Feil, Steve Little, Stratton Briggs and Cody Gardner.   The rest of the top 15 includes Mike Miller, Joe Butera, Bob McMillin, Brandon Spithaler and Bobby Distel. 


In addition to the current top 15, several other teams have indicated their intention to compete in this historic event.  Rick Holley formerly of Nelsonville, Ohio now resides in Pennsylvania.  Holley won the first heat race at the grand opening event in 1990 at Portsmouth and he has announced he will return to compete with BOSS.  In addition, former USAC racer Greg Staab who competed in the 1994 and 1995 events will field a car driven by Tampa, Florida native Joe Liguori.  Liguori is the grandson of Indy and NASCAR veteran Ralph Liguori. 


Also indicating his intention to compete is the tour's only other two time winner this season, Kody Swanson from Kingsburg, California.  Swanson has missed several events due to his commitment to the USAC Championship Car division of which he is the two time and defending titlist.  Swanson will be piloting the Kent Wolters #21K.  Ironically, Wolters was a driver in the 1995 USAC event won by Cassella at PRP. 


Inaugural BOSS champion Dustin Smith from Russiaville, Indiana also plans to be in attendance.  Despite not running all of the events, Smith already picked up a win at Pennsylvania Motor Speedway earlier this month.  Chip Pearson has entered his #69 car and named southern Ohio legend Todd Kane as his driver.  Some other drivers who began the season chasing points but encountered major car issues are Kirk Jeffries and Riley VanHise and both are hoping to be back on tour this Saturday.


Gates will open at 4 pm on Saturday with the drivers meeting at 6 pm.  Hot Laps will begin at 6:30 with racing at 7:30.  Pit passes are only $25 and general admission for fans is one of the best bargains of the year!  Adult general admission is just $12 while ages 7-12 is $5 and kids 6 and under are free.  In addition to the BOSS non wing sprint cars, late models, modifieds and bombers are also on the card!


For teams competing with BOSS, there will be NO METHANOL for sale by the track.  Teams are encouraged to bring their own fuel and a few select teams will also have some for sale.  Portsmouth uses the yellow Westhold transponders so if you own one, please bring it with you.  There are NO MUFFLERS required at this event. 


Although this is a one day event, with the extended travel for our teams, a host hotel is in place.  The Quality Inn and Suites gives racers a special rate.  They can be reached at 740-353-3232.


We thank Portsmouth Raceway Park for choosing BOSS to bring sprint cars back to their facility and we thank the following sponsors for making the tour what it is!


Rick's Truck & Equipment ; Kenton, Ohio (Title Sponsor)


Heat Race Sponsors

Buckeye Machine and Fab ; Forest, Ohio

Lias Tire / American Racer ; Indiana, PA

Hoosier Racing Tire ; Lakeville, IN

Superior Bearing and Supply ; Bradenton, FL

FAST Signs ; Dayton, OH

Southeast Harley Davidson ; Cleveland, OH


Bonus Awards

The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, OH (Hard Charger $50)

Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, OH (Lucky Pill Draw $50)

Hochstetler Truck & Auto Repair ; Ashland, OH (Perseverance Award $50)

J F Construction ; Bucyrus, OH (Hard Luck Award $50)

A Plus Automatic Transmission ; Mansfield, OH (Steel Block Award $50)

McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, PA (Sweet Move Award $25)

Hoosier Race Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 Hoosiers

American Racer Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 American Racers


Also a big thank you to Cowen Truck Lines of Perrysville, Ohio for the free water and Gatorade cooler for BOSS drivers and teams!

It's Thursday again - and time for another round of BOSS Throwback Thursday brought to you by Ray Marshall's Buckeye Machine and Fabrication of Forest, Ohio.  He's also the car owner of the #32M non wing car driven by Derek Hastings and the #33M winged sprint car driven by Caleb Griffith.

If you enjoy Throwback Thursday - PLEASE let Ray know about it!  He can be e-mailed at r_marshall@buckeyemachine.com    

 

25 Years Ago This Week (1991)


Photo 1:  Mark Keegan won Attica Raceway Park.  Read through the names racing that night and you will find former and current BOSS racers along with BOSS sponsors and track promoters who host us now!


Photo 2:  Johnny Beaber won Fremont from the 9th starting spot and Chad Kemenah won street stocks!


Photo 3:  Larry Helms wins at Millstream as controversy unfolded behind the scenes. 


Photo 4:  Todd Kane won K-C Raceway (now Atomic Speedway).  Todd just ran with BOSS last Friday night at Attica Raceway Park.


Photo 5:  An ad for the 4th annual "Indiana Sprint Week".  I bet very few people realize that in the beginning it was basically just a long weekend and half of the races were WINGED!


Photo 6:  Steve Butler wins Saturday Night Thunder on live ESPN television!

 

50 Years Ago This Week (1966)


Photo 1:  Larry "Boom Boom" Cannon pre-entered in the "Tri State 100" at Lawrenceburg!


Photo 2:  An entry blank for a 100 lap "supermodified hard top sprints" event at Millstream.


60 Years Ago This Week (1956)


Photo 1:  The front page of the Illustrated Speedway News shows Troy Ruttman and Eddie Sachs making the open wheel racing headlines.


Photo 2:  1956 Dayton Speedway advertisement


Photo 3:  Sportsman Park won by Jack Mackey!  Sportsman, near Cleveland,  was built as a dog track and converted into midget racing and finally stock car racing.


Photo 4:  Jack Bowsher won at Columbus.  Sadly the 2016 season will be the final chapter in the long and illustrious history of Columbus Motor Speedway.

 

 

Hall Handles Attica, Swanson Sweeps Waynesfield

The Rick's Truck & Equipment BOSS traditional sprint car tour wrote a whole new chapter into the history books by running their inaugural event at Attica Raceway Park on Friday night.  One night later, the traveling band of true outlaw racers rolled into Waynesfield Raceway Park for the 6th annual "Dick Spencer Memorial" event.  Very nice crowds were on hand at both venues and excellent car counts treated the fans to some fantastic racing.

Friday night at Attica Raceway Park was the first time traditional wingless sprints had run Attica Fairgrounds oval since 2003.  A tremendous field of 42 race cars signed in for battle.  The five heat race events alone were worth the price of admission.  Promoter Rex LeJune had the track fast from top to bottom.  Heat races were won by Cody Gardner, Todd Keen, Kody Swanson, Luke Hall and Matt Westfall.  Twin B-Main events were scored by Mike Miller and Steve Little.

The 24 car A-Main roared to green with "Chocolate" Chad Wilson blasting out to an early lead from his pole starting position.  However, 4th starting Luke Hall was on the hunt early, quickly reeling in Wilson.  Working lap #6, Hall wrestled the lead away and began to assert command.   The first of 4 caution flew on lap 9 when "Superman" Arnie Kent spun. 

Back under green, Hall set the pace with a determined Wilson trying to fend off the challenges of 5th starting Kody Swanson.  The race's only red flag would come out on lap 13 when Dustin Ingle couldn't avoid a melee in turn 1 and went flipping off the end of the track.  He emerged unhurt. 

On the restart, Hall again could rocket out to a sizable margin, but California native Swanson finally stole 2nd place from Wilsom.   He would get to Hall on long green flag runs but could get no help from the rest of the field as 3 more cautions would fly for Andy Feil, Mike Burkin and Aaron Middaugh.

At the stripe, it was Hall holding on for the win in the Jon Nelson #9N over a fast closing Kody Swanson in the Kent Wolters #12.  Rounding out the top 5 were Shawn Westerfeld, Matt Westfall, Dustin Stroup.  The rest of the top were Chad Wilson, Justin Owen, Cooper Clouse, Stuart Brubaker, Drew Rader.  Owen was the Bridge Restaurant "Hard Charger" of the event.  He was one of 3 drivers advancing 9 positions, but was the highest of the 3 finishers. 

On Saturday, the tour traveled southwest to Greg and Tami Shobe's Waynesfield Raceway Park for the 6th annual Dick Spencer Memorial.  This was the fourth time the event has been sanctioned by BOSS.  34 wingless sprint cars registered to battle on the quarter mile bullring.  The four heat races were won by Matt Westfall, Kody Swanson, Luke Hall and tour points leader and defending champ Shawn Westerfeld.  The twin B-Main events were taken by Jim Dues and Mike Miller.

The 22 car / 25 lap Dick Spencer Memorial feature saw Luke Hall and Chad Wilson on the front row and it appeared the two may be in store for a replay of the previous nights battle.  This time it was Hall jumping out to the early lead and once again, the first leader would lead laps 1-5.  However, it was Kody Swanson's turn to get the lap 6 lead that he would never relinquish.

Two caution flags on laps 9 and 11 for Toby Alfrey and Jim Dues spins were the only things to slow Swanson down.  The lap 11 restart found Swanson open up a brief lead before Hall closed in for his only real challenge.  For 3 laps from laps 16 through 18, Hall applied heavy pressure and actually slid Swanson for the lead, but Swanson was able to cross over and regain the lead to officially lead every lap from 6-25. 

In the closing laps, Swanson encountered HEAVY lapped traffic allowing Hall to close in one more time.  On the final lap, the fans rose to their feet as Hall threw the "hail mary" at Swanson in turns 1 and 2 but slid up and off the edge of the track allowing Dallas Hewitt to sneak through and steal second as Swanson raced on to victory.  Behind Swanson, Hewitt and Hall were Westfall and Michael Fischesser completing the top 5.  The rest of the top 10 were Justin Owen, Cooper Clouse, Chad Wilson, Shawn Westerfeld and Lee Underwood.  For the second night in a row, Justin Owen was the race's "hard charger" this time advancing 8 positions. 

The tour now takes its only weekend off in the month of July before a return to action at another new tour venue.  The much anticipated inaugural event at Portsmouth Raceway Park will take place on Saturday, July 23rd.  The scenic 3/8 mile oval is located right along the Ohio River and has not hosted a sprint car event in nearly ten years.  Wingless sprint cars have not been there since 1995 when Mark Cassella won a USAC race driving the Savoy #96. 

The BOSS tour would not be what it is without the help of the following contributors:

Rick's Truck & Equipment ; Kenton, Ohio (Title Sponsor)


Heat Race Sponsors

Buckeye Machine and Fab ; Forest, Ohio

Lias Tire / American Racer ; Indiana, PA

Hoosier Racing Tire ; Lakeville, IN

Superior Bearing and Supply ; Bradenton, FL

FAST Signs ; Dayton, OH

Southeast Harley Davidson ; Cleveland, OH


Bonus Awards

The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, OH (Hard Charger $50)

Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, OH (Lucky Pill Draw $50)

Hochstetler Truck & Auto Repair ; Ashland, OH (Perseverance Award $50)

J F Construction ; Bucyrus, OH (Hard Luck Award $50)

A Plus Automatic Transmission ; Mansfield, OH (Steel Block Award $50)

McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, PA (Sweet Move Award $25)

Hoosier Race Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 Hoosiers

American Racer Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 American Racers


Also a big thank you to Cowen Truck Lines of Perrysville, Ohio for the free water and Gatorade cooler for BOSS drivers and teams!

 

 

It's BOSS Throwback Thursday - brought to you by Ray Marshall Motorsports and Buckeye Machine and Fab of Forest, OH


25 Years Ago This Week (1991)


Photo 1:  Millstream Speedway trying something different.  Instead of one 25 lap feature, they ran twin 12 lap "shootouts".


Photo 2:  As BOSS prepares for its Attica debut tomorrow, here's what was happening 25 years ago there!


Photo 3:  Jack Hewitt picked up the win at K-C's (now Atomic) Freedom 40.


Photo 4:  BOSS will make its first ever appearance at Twin Cities later this month.  Ironically, the promoter of the event is Terry Eaglin.  And 25 years ago this week, Terry was winning on that same track!


Photo 5:  Jack Boggs had just won the Jim Dunn Memorial.  A week later he scores the Terry Houser Memorial at Southern.


Photo 6:  The 1991 Speedweek champion was Sammy Swindell!

 

50 Years Ago This Week (1966)


Photo 1:  As we have posted before in BOSS TBT - sadly these were often the racing news front pages.


Photo 2:  Turn the page in the same issue to find a 3rd driver had perished that weekend.  Thankfully we learned from these brave men and racing is safer today so that many many more people are able to race.


Photo 3:  1966 Lawrenceburg Speedway ad


Photo 4:  Turn 4 at Eldora Speedway in 1966 - my, has that place changed!


Photo 5:  Wheels Speedway near St. Clairsville hosted twin "supermod" features.  Note they mention "rookie" Billy Cassella!


Photo 6:  50 years ago - Smith and Gilstrap in a "dead heat" at Lawrenceburg!


 

Highly Anticipated Attica / Waynesfield Double Up Next

 

The Rick's Truck & Equipment BOSS sprint car tour is now well into its busiest month of racing in history.  Seven races in the month of July on 7 different race tracks in 3 states, with 3 of the 7 hosting their first ever BOSS race.  Last weekend, tour regulars Justin Owen and Dustin Smith picked up wins at Lernerville and Pittsburgh to kick things off.  However, Mr. Consistent, Shawn Westerfeld, stretched out his points lead with 5th and 2nd place finishes. 

Next on the horizon for the wingless warriors is one of the most highly anticipated doubleheaders on the 2016 schedule.  Attica Raceway Park last held a wingless sprint car event around 10 years ago when the "Jack Hewitt Challenge" featured non-sanctioned winged and non wing 410 sprint cars.  Rob Chaney won both main events that night to collect some major bonus money.  Fast forward several years later, the stage is set and Attica Raceway Park is ready to host the warriors from BOSS for the first time ever this Friday night, July 8th. 

One day later, the traveling band of real outlaw racers will head southwest to Waynesfield Raceway Park for a staple event on the tour schedule, the annual "Dick Spencer Memorial".  This event produces a great car count every year as WRP has a great following of strong wingless competitors.  When combined with the BOSS regulars some 17 strong, fans can expect several heat races! 

At Attica Raceway Park, gates will open at 5 pm on Friday with racing at 7:45.  Adult general admission is $15 with seniors 62 and over only $13.  kids ages 11-15 are $10 while kids 10 and under are free.  Pit passes will be $30.  Also on the card are the UMP late models along with the 305 winged sprint cars.  For teams competing, the transponder rental will be $5 and fuel is available at the track.  ARP DOES REQUIRE MUFFLERS on all competing cars.  BOSS officials will be checking to make sure all cars have mufflers or muffler inserts. 

On Saturday at Waynesfield, pit gates will open at 4 pm with general admission gates opening at 5, hot laps at 6 and racing at 7.  Greg Shobe has kept pit passes at a low $25 for this event!  General admission is $15 for adults while kids 11-15 is just $6.  Children 10 and under are free.  For race teams, transponder rental will be $10 and fuel is available at the track.  No mufflers are required for this event. 

For teams and fans, a special hotel deal is in place with the Howard Johnson in Lima.  Longtime sprint car supporter Ron Gorby owns the hotel and makes us the best deal of the year on the nicest hotel we see all season long.  When you ask for the BOSS Racer's Rate, you will get a room for just $66 plus tax.  There is a car wash right across from the hotel with several convenient restaurants around.  To reserve a room, please call 419-222-0004

Also, don't forget,  American Racer Tires will be available from APPCO at the Gardner Motorsports trailer.  Hoosier teams, you can pre-order tires from Jeff Clouse at Cooper Clouse Racing. 

We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend.  For more information on BOSS please visit our website at www.buckeyesprints.com.  The track websites are found at www.atticaracewaypark.com and www.waynesfieldmotorsportspark.com 

 

The BOSS tour would not be what it is without the help of the following contributors

Rick's Truck & Equipment ; Kenton, Ohio (Title Sponsor)

 

Heat Race Sponsors

Buckeye Machine and Fab ; Forest, Ohio

Lias Tire / American Racer ; Indiana, PA

Hoosier Racing Tire ; Lakeville, IN

Superior Bearing and Supply ; Bradenton, FL

FAST Signs ; Dayton, OH

Southeast Harley Davidson ; Cleveland, OH


Bonus Awards

The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, OH (Hard Charger $50)

Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, OH (Lucky Pill Draw $50)

Hochstetler Truck & Auto Repair ; Ashland, OH (Perseverance Award $50)

J F Construction ; Bucyrus, OH (Hard Luck Award $50)

A Plus Automatic Transmission ; Mansfield, OH (Steel Block Award $50)

McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, PA (Sweet Move Award $25)

Hoosier Race Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 Hoosiers

American Racer Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 American Racers

 

Also a big thank you to Cowen Truck Lines of Perrysville, Ohio for the free water and Gatorade cooler for BOSS drivers and teams!

 

Owen and Smith Garner Big Keystone State BOSS Wins

 

The busiest month of racing in tour history kicked off over the weekend for the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS sprints.  Friday night found 32 cars signed in for action at the Legendary Lernerville Speedway near Sarver, Pennsylvania and Harrison, Ohio's Justin Owen scored his first career sprint car win in dramatic fashion aboard the Fischesser / FOR Racing car #4J.  Last night, Russiaville, Indiana driver Dustin Smith reminded everyone of why he is a past BOSS champion as he put the Gagliardi #77 on the ragged edge at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway and sped away to win over a 26 car field.

Four heat races kicked off the action at Lernerville on Friday.  Tour regulars Cooper Clouse and Cody Gardner won the first two heat races.  Lernerville regular Jack Sodeman Jr. snared the win in heat 3.  Defending BOSS champion Shawn Westerfeld picked up the fourth and final heat race.  A 16 car B-Main was a family affair as Brandon Matus held off the charge from his dad, Brent Matus, to score the win.

The 25 lap A-Main found Westerfeld and Arnie Kent on the front row with Cody Gardner and Dustin Smith in row 2.  Carmen Perigo and Sodeman made up the third row.  At the drop of the green flag, Westerfeld immediately took command and opened up a big lead as the race ran clean and green for the first 14 laps.  Behind Westerfeld, a great 4 way battle between Perigo, Kent, Smith and Sodeman had the fans on the edge of their seats.  The early man on the move though was Owen who was up from 11th to 6th.  Just as Westerfeld began to lap the back of the field, Andy Feil rolled to a stop in turn 1.

With 11 laps to go and a lapped car in between, Westerfeld was able to once again pull away from Perigo as Owen made his way into the top 5.  A few laps later, Owen slid past Smith to take over the 4th spot on lap 17.  Another caution flew for a stopped Gale Ruth Jr in turn 4. 

On the restart, Jack Sodeman Jr was able to slingshot from 3rd to battle side by side with Westerfeld for the lead, but before a lap could be completed, contact sent Steve Little into the inside wall bringing out the 3rd caution of the race.  Back under green, Westerfeld again flexed his muscle and pulled away leaving Sodeman and Perigo to battle for 2nd.  Owen and Smith were in a war for 4th and meanwhile, local driver A.J. Flick began to fins his wingless groove and entered the fray.  In the final circuits, Owen began to find his edge getting away from Smith and past Sodeman for 3rd.

Working lap #22 the race's only red flag appeared when 3 time BOSS winner Cooper Clouse jumped the berm in turn 3 and took a vicious ride in a nasty series of flips that saw him land hard on top of the concrete wall before going over it.  Clouse was transported to a nearby hospital with a concussion and other minor injuries but was released at 10 am Saturday morning. 

With 3 laps remaining, the final restart found Westerefeld in the lead over Perigo, Owen, Smith and Sodeman with Flick sitting in 6th.  Perigo got a great inside run to steal the lead from Westerfeld on the backstretch.  Westerfeld tried to cross over and the pair made contact off of turn 4 coming to complete lap 23.  Workin lap 24, Sodeman literally went from 4th to 2nd in turn 1 and 2 but slid high into the slick allowing Westerfeld to pull back up on Perigo's rear bumper.  That's when Justin Owen who decided he'd had enough of watching the lead battle threw the monster slide job from 3rd to 1st entering turn 3.  Coming to the white flag, Owen, Westerfeld and Perigo were literally 3 wide for the lead with Sodeman, Flick and Smith almost 3 wide behind them.  Using momentum off the top of 4, Owen powered to the lead completing lap 24, but Perigo got under him to lead down the backstretch into 3.  But the determined Owen found the juice to throw one last slider past Perigo to steal the win with Flick showing patience  in the final laps to find the holes to snake through for second place over Perigo, Sodeman, Westerfeld, and Smith.  Cody Gardner, Dan Shetler, Michael Fischesser and Brandon Matus rounded out the top 10.

On Saturday, the tour moved on to Matt Miley's Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway where 26 cars signed in for battle including Cooper Clouse who strapped into Joe Biasi's backup car to bravely tackle the "Monster Half Mile" despite sporting some obvious injuries from a night prior. 

The three heat races were won by Beau Stewart, Dustin Smith and Mike Miller.  Promoter Matt Miley and the BOSS series teamed up to start all 26 entries in the main event which found a pair of #27 cars on the front row of Beau Stewart and Zach Morrow.  When the green flag flew, it was Morrow racing out to set the early pace with Westerfeld in tow but unlike Lernerville, all the trouble came early in the 20 lap main event.  Working lap #2, Rick Holley who was having a great run, got into the wall in turn 1.  Thankfully the car ground to a slow speed against the wall before Holley executed a single flip.

On the restart, Morrow again jumped out to a lead running on the ragged edge just inches from the wall as Westerfeld and Smith waged a torrid battle for second.  Just a few laps later, Morrow got a little too close to the unforgiving PPMS wall and took one of the hardest and most vicious flips in tour history completely destroying his car, but Morrow escaped unhurt.

On the restart, Westerfeld now held command over Smith, Stewart, Perigo and Owen.  One final caution for a Davey Jones Spin would set up a long green flag run to the finish.  Dustin Smith on 4 American Racer tires and Shawn Westerfeld on 4 Hoosier Race tires put on a high speed duel sliding across the wide and slick PPMS that had the fans on the edge of their seats.  Working lap #9, Smith was finally able to slide across Westerefeld in turn 3-4 and get to the top groove and take the lead for good.  Over the final 11 circuits, Smith rode the high line to perfection in the Lou Gagliardi, Dom's Gulf #77 stretching his lead and picking up the win over Westerfeld and a hard charging Cody Gardner who blazed a trail from 13th to 3rd.  Justin Owen completed a great weekend running fourth while Ohio winged invader Beau Stewart ran 5th.  Rounding out the top 10 were Chad Wilson, Mike Miller, Gale Ruth Jr, Michael Fischesser and Carmen Perigo.

The Rick's Trucks and Equipment BOSS tour now moves on to another exciting doubleheader next weekend.  The traveling band of real outlaw racers will make their first ever appearance at Attica Raceway Park on Friday, July 8th.  The next night, they will roll into Waynesfield Raceway Park to tackle the tough regular racers there on the bullring quarter mile oval.  Watch for details on those shows announced on Monday. 

BOSS Always Thanks our Sponsors for their great help - and the following bonus awards are provided at each event.

 

Rick's Truck & Equipment ; Kenton, Ohio (Title Sponsor)

Heat Race Sponsors

Buckeye Machine and Fab ; Forest, Ohio

Lias Tire / American Racer ; Indiana, PA

Hoosier Racing Tire ; Lakeville, IN

Superior Bearing and Supply ; Bradenton, FL

FAST Signs ; Dayton, OH


Bonus Awards

The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, OH (Hard Charger $50)

Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, OH (Lucky Pill Draw $50)

Hochstetler Truck & Auto Repair ; Ashland, OH (Perseverance Award $50)

J F Construction ; Bucyrus, OH (Hard Luck Award $50)

A Plus Automatic Transmission ; Mansfield, OH (Steel Block Award $50)

McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, PA (Sweet Move Award $25)

Hoosier Race Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 Hoosiers

American Racer Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 American Racers


Also a big thank you to Cowen Truck Lines of Perrysville, Ohio for the free water and Gatorade cooler for BOSS drivers and teams!

 

It's time once again for Throwback Thursday brought to you by Buckeye Machine of Forest, Ohio.  Remember to see more, like the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series page on facebook!


25 Years Ago This Week (1991):


Photo #1:  "Black Jack" Boggs won the 1991 Jim Dunn Memorial - sadly, he too was lost way too soon.


Photo #2:  Jack Hewitt doubled up at Lawrenceburg winning both the sprints and late models in the same night!


Photo #3:  Dave Fisher won K-C (now Atomic) winged sprints.  Is that a little Sarah Fisher in victory lane?


Photo #4:  As BOSS heads to PPMS this Saturday, here's a little look at what happened there 25 years ago.


Photo #5:  An ad for the now defunct Bryan Speedway.


Photo #6:  It currently sits idle, but West Virginia Motor Speedway was built with some neat features.  Sprinklers in the wall to automatically water the track??!! 


50 Years Ago This Week (1966)


Photo #1:  Mac Clingan wins at Wheels Speedway near St. Clairsville.


Photo #2:  Clingan was on a roll!  Add Skyline Speedway to the win list.


Photo #3:  Sam Erwin won the Atomic 100.  Maybe BOSS can bring this event back!  Where's the big tail tanks?


Photo #4:  Al Franks picked up the win at Fremont Speedway.


Photo #5:  In 1966, the midgets were still sometimes referred to as "compact sprints".


Photo #6:  Wheels Speedway promoter Norm Wheeler winds up hospitalized after a demonstration gone wrong advertising the upcoming demo derby.  Ron Dolen won the feature that night. 

 

BOSS Prepares for Pennsylvania Doubleheader

 

After a light month of June with only 2 events, the action heats up in July as the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS tour will be in action 7 nights including 3 new facilities for the 5 year old wingless sprint tour.  This coming Friday and Saturday, July 1-2, the traveling band of outlaw sprint drivers will roll into the Keystone State for the final time in 2016.  One of the most anticipated doubleheaders of the year, the house that Don Martin built, the legendary Lernerville Speedway will play host to BOSS on Friday night.  One night later, the wingless gladiators will enter the arena of the "Monster Half Mile" at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.

Defending tour champion Shawn Westerfeld took over the points lead on the heels of a victory in the last event at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Indiana.  Cooper Clouse of Ohio City, Ohio has already scored 2 victories on the season and sits a close 2nd in the championship standings.  Justin Owen, Chad Wilson and Michael Fischesser round out the top 5 in current points and all 3 are hungry for their first career tour victories.  Aaron Middaugh, Andy Feil, Steve Little, Stratton Briggs and Brandon Spithaler round out the top 10.  In addition to the drivers already named, several other drivers who have had some bad luck early in the year, will also be on hand including 2 past champions Dustin Smith and Mike Miller.  Add in Cody Gardner and Bobby Distel who both destroyed race cars in May.  Along with local heroes Bob McMillin and Joe Butera who are set to defend the home turf!  Also entered are Kirk Jeffries, Riley VanHise, Dallas Hewitt, and many more local teams.

Pit and general admission gates will open at 5 pm at Lernerville with the drivers meeting scheduled for 6:30.  Pit passes are $30.  General admission is $14 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students (11-17) and kids 10 and under are free!  For teams, fuel is available at the track and all cars must run mufflers or muffler inserts.  A race official will be checking these before hot laps. 

On Saturday at Pittsburgh, pit gate will open at 4 pm with general admission gates opening at 5.  Drivers meeting will be at 5:45 with hot laps at 6 and racing at 7.  Pit passes will be $35 with general admission $20 for adults, $19 for seniors, kids age 13-16 are $10, kids age 7-12 are $5 and kids 6 and under are free.  Fuel will be available at PPMS and no mufflers are required. 

As always, there are no entry fees, membership fees , pill draw fees or any other goofy fees with the BOSS sprints.  It is an open tire rule, so any commercially available racing tire is legal.  This weekends events are also being sponsored by Precise Racing Products who will be allowing BOSS to use their transponders FREE of charge.  They stock Hoosier Tires and tons of sprint car parts, so be sure to stop there and thank Brett Neupert for helping us out!

For more information on these 2 great tracks, please visit their websites at www.lernerville.com and www.ppms.com  or check out the BOSS website at www.buckeyesprints.com 

 

BOSS Always Thanks our Sponsors for their great help - and the following bonus awards are provided at each event.


Rick's Truck & Equipment ; Kenton, Ohio (Title Sponsor)


Heat Race Sponsors (Payout 40, 30, 20, 10)

Buckeye Machine and Fab ; Forest, Ohio

Lias Tire / American Racer ; Indiana, PA

Hoosier Racing Tire ; Lakeville, IN

Superior Bearing and Supply ; Bradenton, FL

FAST Signs ; Dayton, OH


Bonus Awards

The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, OH (Hard Charger $50)

Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, OH (Lucky Pill Draw $50)

Hochstetler Truck & Auto Repair ; Ashland, OH (Perseverance Award $50)

J F Construction ; Bucyrus, OH (Hard Luck Award $50)

A Plus Automatic Transmission ; Mansfield, OH (Steel Block Award $50)

McMillin Apiaries ; Wampum, PA (Sweet Move Award $25)

Hoosier Race Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 Hoosiers

American Racer Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 American Racers


Also a big thank you to Cowen Truck Lines of Perrysville, Ohio for the free water and Gatorade cooler for BOSS drivers and teams!

 

 

It's Buckeye Machine / BOSS Throwback Thursday once again - Even more is posted on the BOSS Facebook Page!!


If you are enjoying the Throwback Thursdays please take a moment to thank Ray Marshall, the owner of Marshall Motorsports and Buckeye Machine and Fabrication in Forest, Ohio! 


25 Years Ago This Week (1991)


Photo #1:  Mike Bowling picked up the in at Lawrenceburg - yes, winged sprints were the weekly class then!


Photo #2:  Byron Reed won the sprint feature at Attica.  Lots of BOSS names can be found in those results!


Photo #3:  Portsmouth Raceway Park had a sprint car race on the horizon!


Photo #4:  With this weekend being the Jim Dunn Memorial at Ohio Valley, here's the TBT 25 years ago to Midway!


Photo #5:  Donnie Moran claimed the Southern Ohio Raceway win in the new DTRC series that was an excellent effort by then promoter Mike Jewell attempting the revive the place.


Photo #6:  Bob Pierce came all the way from Illinois for the DTRC race at Southern.


Photo #7:  Eddie Carrier Sr. at Southern Ohio Raceway in 1991.


Photo #8:  Unsure of who the 22 car is, but Jackie Boggs in the #4B is behind him.  Nice crowd on hand at SOR!


50 Years Ago This Week (1966)


Photo #1:  Sadly, this was all too common in the 60's - the grim headline of National Speed Sport News.


Photo #2:  Jud Larson and Red Riegel died together in a vicious USAC sprint car crash at Reading.  Dave Whitehorse lost his life in a midget crash at Hales Corners and 3 time midget champion Jimmy Davies was killed at Santa Fe. 


Photo #3:  Thankfully we don't see too much of this these days.  Safety has improved for the drivers and the fans!


Photo #4:  Had it survived, the BOSS series may have run this track, Wheels Speedway in St. Clairsville running a 100 lapper.  The property was later closed to strip mine and St Clairsville Speedway (Cannonball) was built to replace it.


Photo #5:  Rollie Beale flips at Fremont as Al Franks wins the feature in June of 1966.


Photo #6:  Calvin Gilstrap becomes the first Lawrenceburg repeat winner of 1966.

 

 

Westerfeld Dominates BOSS Run at the Burg

 

From time to time, in the stick and ball sports world, you will hear the term "blowout".  Perhaps its a 42-0 football route.  Maybe it's a baseball final of 10-0.  In horse racing it's a win of 15 lengths or more.  Last night at Lawrenceburg Speedway, The "Guilford Gasser" Shawn Westerfeld of Guilford, Indiana, showed the fans on hand the dirt track racing version of a "blowout".  He led every lap of the second heat race, winning by a very large margin.  Through a little luck of the draw ( and a kid from the stands), he drew the coveted "one" pill for the feature redraw.  From there, he would lead all 25 laps of the non stop A-Main, lapping up to 8th place and winning by over a straightaway. 

Thirty-one sprint cars signed in to do battle in the Rick's Truck & Equipment BOSS race at Lawrenceburg Speedway.  For the second consecutive night, a tour regular got upside down in hot laps.  This time it was Riley VanHise who got into the turn 4 wall and flipped.  Thankfully VanHise was okay and repairs were made in time to start the B-Main.  The heat races were won by Jarrett Andretti, Westerfeld, Brandon Spithaler, and Garret Abrams.  A stacked B-Main event saw former track champion Joss Moffatt starting in the back row and 3rd in BOSS points Justin Owen also starting deep in the field.  In an event that went green to checker for 10 laps, Moffatt was able to charge from 13th to win the B with Owen stealing the final transfer spot off turn 4 to also make the main event.

The 25 lap A-Main was paced to green by Westerfeld and Spithaler with Garret Abrams and Dallas Hewitt in row 2.  At the drop of the green flag, Westerfeld waited no time taking command.  Abrams and Andretti stayed within reach for a few laps early, but before halfway, Westerfeld was already "running up the score".  For the second consecutive night, the professionals of the BOSS tour reeled off 25 non stop laps in a little over 6 minutes!  With Westerfeld checked out, all eyes were on B-Main winner Moffatt who was on the charge from 17th starting position up to finish 6th!  With some cautions, he may have been the only car to have anything for the #89 of Westerfeld.  At the finish it was Abrams nailing down the runner-up spot over Andretti, Hewitt and Cooper Clouse with a great run from 11th to complete the top 5.  Completing the top 10 were Moffatt, Logan Hupp, Michael Fischesser, Tony Main and Cody Gardner.

Several neat storylines from last night as "Lightning" Logan Hupp returned to the cockpit of the family #9H last night.  Cody Gardner debuted a new race car while bringing back a little family tradition.  Cody is now sporting the number his father and grandfather both ran at Lawrenceburg, the #9.   The night also saw the best in the BOSS behind the scenes action with several teams and drivers pitching in to help race teams in trouble with mechanical issues or damage! 

The BOSS tour now takes a few weekends off before a busy 7 races in the month of July.  Next up is the doubleheader of Lernerville Speedway and Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on July 1-2.  Watch for hotel specials to be announced Monday.  Race fans are also encouraged to share in the special hotel rate and you may see many of the teams in the hotel parking lot preparing for another epic dirt track battle!

 

 

Steve Irwin Picks Up Limaland Win - Tour Rolls on to Lawrenceburg Tonight


Another stout field of wingless BOSS sprint car drivers packed the pit area at Limaland Speedway last night.  Forty sprint cars signed in and Fenton, Michigan driver Steve Irwin picked up a win that was a long time coming.  The "Flying Zero Racing" team had led many laps in several different sanctioned events over the years, but that elusive first BOSS win waited for the action packed Lima quarter mile.  Matt Westfall closed in on Irwin as the pair sliced through lapped traffic late in the non stop, 25 lap A-Main.  In the end, Irwin proved that it was finally HIS night as he held on at the line over Westfall, Dallas Hewitt, Shawn Westerfeld, and Luke Hall who picked up "hard charger" honors with a 21st to 5th place run!

Heat race wins were claimed by Brandon Spithaler, Westerfeld, Irwin, Toby Alfry, and Todd Keen.  The twin B-Main events were taken by Hall and Chad Wilson.  2014 series champion, Mike Miller, was the night's only casualty with a vicious end-over-end flip in hot laps.  Thankfully Mike walked away from the crash.  

Tonight, the traveling outlaw tour rolls into the Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.  With last night's fourth place finish, Shawn Westerfeld took over the points lead by a mere 5 points over Cooper Clouse.  Westerfeld will be looking to expand that lead at his home track where he has already picked up 2 wins this season. 

Another great field of cars are expected at Lawrenceburg to tackle the high banked 3/8 mile oval.  BOSS encourages everyone to come on out for "family fun night" where kids 12 and under will be admitted free!  Watch for the BOSS souvenir trailer where fans can pick up scorecards for only $1 to be eligible for prize drawings and play the BOSS Pick 'Em contest for a shot at $25 cash. 

 

 

It's Buckeye Machine and Fab - THROWBACK THURSDAY!!  by Rick's Truck & Equipment / BOSS

 

To see more, be sure to like the BOSS facebook page where extra stuff is posted!

 

25 Years Ago This Week (1991)


Photo 1:  Larry Bland won the Jeff Thickstun Memorial back when Lawrenceburg was a weekly WINGED track! 


Photo 2:  Controversy at Millstream.  Shepard DQ'd for not carrying the extra weight for running an aluminum motor!  Rankine Wins!


Photo 3:  With Millstream opening their season this weekend, here's their throwback ad 25 years ago!


Photo 4:  Ron Myers and Delmas Conley won K-C (Atomic) features - Delmas was a veteran THEN and is STILL winning in 2016!


Photo 5:  Martin County Raceway prepared for their FIRST EVER winged sprint show!


Photo 6:  Anyone remember sprints running at Central Park in Kentucky?  I'm sure Kelly Kinser remembers.  It's long gone now though.

50 Years Ago This Week (1966)


Photo 7:  Sad news from Atomic Speedway as Larry Williams was killed in a sportsman flip.


Photo 8:  Mac Clingan won Millstream and Darl Harrison won Fremont.


Photo 9:  Bob Smith won the sprint feature at Sandusky but some other cars tore down the fences!


 

Legendary Limaland - Lawrenceburg Doubleheader is Here


Sprint car racing has long been considered to be the elite division of the short tracks.  Traditional wingless sprinters are now considered the "pure" and "raw" throwback form of the sport.  This weekend, the Rick's Truck & Equipment BOSS wingless outlaw warriors will take this pure form of racing to two of the most storied and historical sites on the 2016 tour.  Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio will play host on Friday night.  One night later, they will tackle the unforgiving high banks of Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.


Both facilities have seen different track configurations and layouts over the years.  Lawrenceburg first hosted auto racing in 1910 (a year before the first Indianapolis 500 was held) on the fairgrounds half mile that wrapped around the current circuit.  Weekly racing began on a quarter mile in 1950 and the track was finally reconfigured to its current size in 2008.  The first race track on the Limaland property was built in 1939.  Earlier racing had taken place at the county fairgrounds.  Known originally as Allentown Speedway, it went from a 1/3 mile oval to a 1/4 mile flat oval and in 1967 it was banked and made into the Limaland known today. 


The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series is proud to continue the traditions.  The last true outlaws of short track racing will storm into both facilities this weekend emulating the ghostly legends that once toured these hallowed sites.  The youngest driver on the tour, seventeen year old Cooper Clouse, has won 2 of the first 3 events in 2016 and leads the early point standings.  Defending champion, Shawn Westerfeld, has already picked up 2 regular show feature wins at his home track, Lawrenceburg and is a close 2nd in the early points.  The FOR Racing cars have proven to be a FORce early in the season as both Justin Owen and Michael Fischesser have found themselves in the top 5.


BOSS veterans Chad Wilson and Aaron Middaugh sit just outside the top 5 while rookie of the year contenders Drew Rader and Andy Feil sit 8th and 9th.  2014 champion Mike Miller rounds out the early top 10 after a rough start to his season.  Like Miller, Dustin Smith is another past champion having a very rough start to 2016 currently sitting 11th in points.  Steve Little, Stratton Briggs, Joe Butera, Bob McMillin, Kirk Jeffries, Brandon Spithaler and Riley VanHise are all in the heated points battle as well.  Also planning a return to action are 2 of the walking wounded from early season accidents.  Cody Gardner and Bobby Distel both plan to unveil new race cars after some early season misfortunes.  


Friday night's action at Limaland Motorsports Park gets underway with gates opening at 4:30.  Pill draw will close and drivers meeting is scheduled at 6:15.  Racing action will get underway at 7:30.  Adult general admission is a bargain at just $12 and pit passes are only $25.  For teams competing, there will be NO FUEL for sale at the track.  Transponder rental will be $10 and mufflers are NOT required.  Teams will be paid in check after the A-Main by BOSS officials.


On Saturday night at Lawrenceburg, gates open at 4:00 for "Family Night".  Adult general admission is $15 and kids 12 and under are FREE.  There will also be a Kroger canned food drive.  Each item donated earns you a chance at a $100 Kroger gift card.  Pit Passes will be $30 but there is NO FEE for transponder rentals.  Fuel is available at the track.  Mufflers ARE REQUIRED AT LAWRENCEBURG.  A-Main payout will be done by Lawrenceburg Speedway in check.  BOSS heat race, bonus money, and tow bonus money will be paid in cash at the BOSS tent after the main event. 


For teams and fans, this legendary doubleheader gets even better as the Lima, Ohio Howard Johnson Hotel is offering a special $65 rate.  Owner Ron Gorby is a former sprint car team owner and sponsor.  You will not find a nicer hotel stay for the money!  There will be security in the parking lot for the haulers.  To make a reservation, please phone 419-222-0004 and ask for the BOSS Racer's Rate. 


For more information on these 2 great tracks, please visit their websites at www.limaland.com and www.lawrenceburgspeedway.com or check out the BOSS website at www.buckeyesprints.com 


BOSS Always Thanks our Sponsors for their great help - and the following bonus awards are provided at each event.


Rick's Truck & Equipment ; Kenton, Ohio (Title Sponsor)


Heat Race Sponsors (Payout 40, 30, 20, 10)

Buckeye Machine and Fab ; Forest, Ohio

Lias Tire / American Racer ; Indiana, PA

Hoosier Racing Tire ; Lakeville, IN

Southeast Harley Davidson ; Cleveland, OH

FAST Signs ; Dayton, OH


Bonus Awards

The Bridge Restaurant ; Sidney, OH (Hard Charger $50)

Apple Metal Polishing ; Eldorodo, OH (Lucky Pill Draw $50)

Hochstetler Truck & Auto Repair ; Ashland, OH (Perseverance Award $50)

J F Construction ; Bucyrus, OH (Hard Luck Award $50)

A Plus Automatic Transmission ; Mansfield, OH (Steel Block Award $50)

Superior Bearing ; Bradenton, FL (Sweet Move Award $25)

Hoosier Race Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 Hoosiers

American Racer Tire - Free Tire to highest finisher on all 4 American Racers


Also a big thank you to Cowen Truck Lines of Perrysville, Ohio for the free water and Gatorade cooler for BOSS drivers and teams!

 

 

Buckeye Machine & BOSS Present another Throwback Thursday

For more pictures and stories please visit and like the BOSS Facebook page!

 

25 Year Ago This Week (1991) in BOSS territory:


Photo 1:  Byron Reed scored his first career win in a sprint car at Millstream Speedway and made the front cover of MAARN.


Photo 2:  Kevin Huntley won Attica Raceway Park. 


Photo 3:  1991 Speedweek ads began to appear.  Back when it was still 7 races and over the July 4th holiday.


Photo 4:  Portsmouth Raceway Park hosted 305 sprint cars and Scott Miller took the win.


Photo 5:  Eric Rankine and Mike Albright won sprint car events at Fremont


50 Years Ago This Week (1966) in BOSS territory:


Photo 6:  Veterans Sam Erwin and Junior Spencer won races at Atomic.


Photo 7:  Jerry Matus won GPS.  His son and grandson both competed with BOSS this past weekend!


Photo 8:  The iconic ad of the sixties .......... got a tiger in your tank??


Photo 9:  Skyline Speedway was a popular spot when it opened in the 60's.  This ad was 50 years ago this week in NSSN.

 

 

Clouse and Swanson Score BOSS Wins in PA/OH Double

The old saying of "when you're hot, you're hot" rang true over the holiday weekend, as not only the temperatures soared into late spring, but also, the racing has heated up.  In addition, two of the hottest drivers in the nation scored wins in the Rick's Trucks & Equipment BOSS series.  On Saturday night, youngster Cooper Clouse of Ohio City, Ohio roared to his second win in as many starts on the tour and third career win by dominating a 26 car field at Mercer Raceway Park.  Last night, it was California driver Kody Swanson capping off a near perfect weekend by winning the marquee event on the schedule, the $5,000 to win / 33 lap Hensel Memorial at Fremont Speedway defeating a stout 52 car field.

At Mercer Raceway Park on Saturday, the 26 entries ran three heat races with Brandon Spithaler charging from 9th to win heat race number one and earn the McMillin Apiaries "Sweet Move of the Night" award.  Defending tour champion Shawn Westerfeld won heat race #2 from the fourth starting spot while Jack Sodeman Jr. claimed the third heat race from the outside pole.  The B-Main event was won by sportsman sprint car champion, Carmen Perigo in only his second night of wingless sprint car racing. 

The redraw found BOSS veteran Chad Wilson on the pole with rookie of the year candidate Andy Feil on the outside front row.  At the drop of the green flag, it was Wilson grabbing the early lead with 4th starting Cooper Clouse in pursuit.  Wilson led the first 2 circuits before Clouse was able to slip past for the top spot.  The next mover in the field was Shawn Westerfeld who was able to get past Feil for 3rd on lap 4.  Trouble befell tour stars Brandon Spithaler and Dustin Smith who were both strong contenders and both exited the race with rear end trouble.  Despite four caution flags, Clouse was able to lead the final 23 circuits for the win.  Westerfeld was able to track down Chad Wilson late to steal runner-up honors with Wilson nailing down a great 3rd place run.  Local hero and veteran wing driver Jack Sodeman Jr put in a fine wingless effort coming from 8th to 4th with rookie of the year candidate Drew Rader rounding out the top five.  Six through ten were Gale Ruth Jr, Mike Miller, Michael Fischesser, Arnie Kent, and Justin Owen who also picked up the Bridge Restaurant "Hard Charger" award.  

Sunday night found the BOSS outlaw sprint car teams back at Fremont Speedway for the second time in the young season for the 4th annual "Mike Hensel Memorial".  The first 3 Hensel Memorials were won by 3 different California natives.  The big question was if the Cali boys could make it 4 in a row as all three returned this year.  Robert Ballou, Kody Swanson, and Thomas Meseraull were all former winners and major players in this years event.  But when you are hot ........ well, you know the story.  After winning the Thursday night Hoosier 100 in a Silver Crown car on the dirt mile, Kody Swanson scored a pavement sprint car win in the prestigious Little 500 on Saturday.  Driving a 4th different car on the weekend, Swanson became the first ever repeat winner of the Hensel Memorial driving the Kent Wolters owned #21K to make it 3 wins in 4 nights.  His only defeat of the weekend came on Friday night at Lucas Oil Raceway Park when he ran second to his own brother, Tanner Swanson, a pavement specialist. 

A great field of 52 cars signed in for action with a unique format.  The cars were divided into 5 heat race groups for single car time trials.  The fastest 6 cars in each heat race were inverted with the top 4 transferring to the A-Main.  Also, the heat race winners and the fastest qualifier in each group who transferred to the main, were sent to the Superior Bearing Dash for Cash that had its own $500 purse.

Shane Cottle was quick time in heat race #1 then put on a show from 6th to win the first heat.  Aaron Middaugh who was third quick in the group also made the dash by running 3rd and being the fastest other qualifier to transfer to the main out of his heat.  Cooper Clouse won heat race two from the outside pole with Thomas Meseraull also making the dash.  Heat race #3 found Brady Bacon and Dave Darland running 1-2 from row #3 to put both cars into the dash for cash.  Heat 4 saw another fast timer go from 6th to 1st as Robert Ballou picked up the prelim win as 2nd quick in the group, Landon Simon ran 3rd to go to the 10 lap / 10 car dash.  Finally, heat #5 found local driver D.J. Foos winning from the pole on his home track while fast timer Kody Swanson had an off track excursion, fell to last, then charged back to third to score a spot in the redraw

Twin B-Main events found defending BOSS champ Shawn Westerfeld and Dustin Ingle both picking up wins to transfer to the 33 lap main event.  Next up was the dash redraw which was done in the "grudge" or "revenge" format.  Shane Cottle in the Hazen 57 wound up with the pole position, courtesy of Dave Darland!  Kody Swanson would start from the outside pole with Foos and Bacon making up row 2.  Ninth starting Robert Ballou was sent to the rear of the field for an early spin, setting the stage for a fantastic drive through the field. 

From the drop of the green flag though, it was Cottle grabbing the early lead.  Meanwhile, chaos ensued back through the pack.  The caution plagued event took 45 minutes to complete and necessitated the first ever red flag fuel stop in the history of the tour.  Despite the chaos, great racing was taking place throughout the pack and Swanson roared past Cottle to lead on lap #16 and never looked back.  Thomas Meseraull got by Cottle late to claim the runner-up spot with Cottle holding off a charging Robert Ballou to break up the California boys trifecta attempt.  Landon Simon rounded out the top 5 with Brady Bacon, Kyle Simon, Carmen Perigo, Mike Burkin and Dave Darland rounding out the top 10.  Perigo claimed the $333 hard charger bonus award advancing from 23rd to finish 8th.

A gracious Swanson gained a lot of new fans in victory lane.  “What an unbelievable week. It’s hard to put into words. The Hensel family…I won this race two years ago and met them, what an awesome group of people. You see them throughout race tracks wherever we’re at…crown races, saw them at the Hoosier 100 and the Little 500…what great people to have in the sport,” said Swanson. “I’m so thankful to be a part of this event to honor Mike"

“I’m not that good at all. I’m so lucky to be driving this week for three fantastic race teams, the DePalma 63, the Hoffman 69 and tonight Kent Wolters 21…what an unbelievable group of guys. My career was in shambles and probably over and Kent picked me up and gave me another chance and I’m happy to put this in victory lane for him,” added Swanson.

Next up for the Rick's Trucks and Equipment BOSS tour is another doubleheader weekend at Limaland Motorsports Park on Friday June 10th and Lawrenceburg Speedway on Saturday, June 11th. 

 

 

BOSS Prepares for Historic Doubleheader with $5k Hensel Memorial


Now into it's fifth full season, the Rick's Truck & Equipment BOSS tour has seen many exciting events through the years.  However, this upcoming weekend doubleheader will undoubtedly be the largest events in series history.  Saturday night, May 28th the tour will make its annual pilgrimage to Mercer Raceway Park in Western Pennsylvania for a regular show.  Then, on Sunday, May 29th, the 4th annual Mike Hensel Memorial event at Fremont Speedway will pay $5,000 to the winner with $333 guaranteed to start and an unheard of $200 guaranteed to all B-Main participants who fail to make the main event!

In the 4 previous Mercer events, Brandon Spithaler has won twice.  Spithaler will lead the charge into Mercer along with 17 year old Cooper Clouse who picked up the opening round win at Fremont on May 7th.  Defending champion Shawn Westerfeld heads up a trio of past tour champions that also includes Mike Miller and Dustin Smith, who will be searching to make history by becoming the first repeat tour champs. 

Past winners of Sunday's Hensel Memorial have ALL been California natives.  In 2013 it was Rocklin, California driver Robert Ballou who picked up the original $3,300 to win payday.  In 2014 it grew to the present $5,000 to win and Kingsburg, California driver Kody Swanson roared to the win.  One year ago, it was San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull's turn after flipping at the end of his heat race, T-Mez stormed back to win the big money in the 33 lap main event. 

The 2016 version of the Hensel Memorial remains $5,000 to win with $2,000 for second and $1,200 for third.  The 24 car / 33 lap A-Main will guarantee $333 to start the main event and an unprecedented $200 to all B-Main starters who do not make the main.  As always, a $100 minimum is guaranteed to every car that attempts to compete in the event, even if you fail to start a heat race!

Also new for this year's Hensel Memorial will be the Superior Bearing - Dash for Cash!  A $500 purse paying $200 to the winner will set the A-Main lineup.  After the pill draw, cars will be grouped into heat races and then will time trial in their individual groups.  Depending on car count, 5 or 6 cars will be inverted in each heat with 3 or 4 cars transferring to the main event.  The top 2 finishers in each heat race will earn their way into the dash.  The balance of the A-Main and B-Main lineups will be determined by heat race finishes.

The dash line-up will be determined by the fan favorite "revenge" draw format.  Each heat race winner will go first and the number they draw, they MUST give it to another driver.  Once a number is given, it cannot be passed on.   Once the lineup is set, the dash will be the number of laps that there are cars in the event.  This will give teams a chance to improve their positions for the run at $5,000 in the 33 lap A-Main

Make plans to join us for this exciting weekend of racing.  Gates will open at 4 pm both days.  Pit passes are $30 at Mercer and $35 at Fremont.  Fuel will be available at both tracks.  Mufflers are NOT required at Mercer, however, on Sunday at Fremont, ALL competing cars must have mufflers OR muffler inserts.  All cars WILL BE CHECKED!  Transponder rental fee will be $5 or you can use your own (must be the yellow). 

General admission for each night is as follows:  Mercer - Adults $15 with seniors (60+) just $13.  Students (9-15) are just $7.  Children 8 and under are free.  There are also family passes available that gets 2 adults and up to 4 kids in for just $32.   For more information on Mercer, please visit their website at www.mercerracewaypark.com    At Fremont Speedway on Sunday, Adult general admission is $20 with seniors admitted for $18.  Students ages 11-16 are $12.  For more information on Fremont Speedway, please visit their site at www.fremontohspeedway.com 

 

 

It's time for another Buckeye Machine / BOSS Throwback Thursday


25 Years ago this week (1991):


It was the California Racing Association (CRA) bringing wingless sprint racing into what would become the BOSS territory!!


Photo #1:  Todd Kane wins Lima!  Last season he won the BOSS show at Atomic.


Photo #2: Frankie Kerr defeated Byron Reed at Attica!  BOSS makes its first EVER Attica appearance on July 8th!


Photo #3: Kerr also won at Union County (Whitewater) where BOSS ran in 2014 with "Lightning" Logan Hupp scoring the win.


Photo #4:  Jack Hewitt and Leland McSpadden tangled at Eldora in a violent way.


Photo #5:  Hewitt scored the CRA win at Millstream Speedway.


Photo #6:  The 1991 Indy 500 first 6 rows - one name in there can be found these days in the BOSS pit area quite often.  John Andretti is now mentoring his son Jarrett Andretti who competes at Lawrenceburg Speedway and occasionally with BOSS.

50 years ago this week (1966)


Photo #1:  Sadly, headings like this appeared almost every week in National Speed Sport News in the sixties.  Race cars were increasing in speed much more quickly than the safety technology.


Photo #2:  Although he had passed a few weeks prior, the announcement was made of Rich Witte's death, thus bringing an end to the CSRA.  From the 30's through the 60's, the CSRA was very much like the BOSS series today.


Photo #3:  Lawrenceburg results from 1966.


Photo #4:  The 1966 Indy 500 lineup.

75 Years ago this week (1941)


Photo #1:  Floyd Davis and Mauri Rose teamed up to win the Indy 500!


Photo #2:  1941 Indy 500 Results

100 Years ago this week (1916)

With World War I already raging in Europe, Indy was short on cars in 1916 as all the European teams were unable to attend.  The Speedway itself built and owned a few cars to help make a field large enough.  The event was still cut to just 300 miles.


Photo #1:  Dario Resta and his winning Peugeot along with the rest of the team at Indianapolis.


Photo #2:  The start of the 6th Indy 500.


Photo #3:  Howdy Wilcox qualifies one of the 5 cars owned and entered by the Speedway itself - a Premiere, which was just a copy of the Peugeot.


Photo #4:  The 1916 results - only 21 cars ran the race.

 

 

Buckeye Machine and Ray Marshall presents - BOSS Throwback Thursday

25 Years ago this week in BOSS land  (1991)


Photo 1:  Jack Hewitt on the cover of Mid American after doubling up on the weekend and nearly going 3 for 3.


Photo 2:  At Attica, Hewitt won the 410's and Scott Miller won in 305's.


Photo 3:  Hewitt in victory lane at Millstream.


Photo 4:  Doug Wolfgang was the only one to stop Hewitt on this weekend as he won the K-C (Atomic) All Star show.  Hewitt charged from 15th to 2nd!


Photo 5:  One of BOSS' own - Rusty McClure won at Buckeye (Wayne County).


Photo 6:  One of the first BOSS stars from 2012 and 2013 - Mark Cassella winning at Lernerville!


Photo 7:  Bobby Allen scored a sprint car win at Twin Cities Raceway Park in North Vernon, Indiana.


Photo 8:  Eric Rankine and Gus Wasson scored sprint car wins at Fremont.

 

50 Years Ago This Week in BOSS land (1966)

Photo 1:  Orval Yeadon defeats Dick Gaines in the Lawrenceburg Governor's Cup - Bruce Gould won the stock cars.


Photo 2:  Dick DeBolt won modifieds at Eldora.


Photo 3:  Dean Knittle and Al Nunnery scored wins at Atomic!


Photo 4:  Not many remember the MARC sprint cars who had events scheduled at Toledo and Springfield.  If Springfield still had its race track, you can bet BOSS would be there in 2016!


Photo 5:  For our Hilltop area friends, here's a little clip from the Parkersburg area - Ohio Valley Speedway!


 

 

BOSS Set to Invade Wayne County Speedway

This Saturday, May 21st, the Rick's Truck & Equipment BOSS sprint cars will roar into Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio.   The historic Wayne County oval has hosted more BOSS events than any other.  Inaugural series champion Dustin Smith of Russiaville, Indiana has 2 wins there along with local driver Sheldon Haudenschild.  The fast 3/8 mile dirt track has been the setting for several great events in tour history with winners coming from the 16th and 19th starting positions in the past. 

The opening event of 2016 was won by the youngest driver in the BOSS championship chase as 17 year old Cooper Clouse of Ohio City, Ohio scored the win at Fremont Speedway.  Defending series champion Shawn Westerfeld of Guilford, Indiana ran 3rd in the opener and is on a quest to become the first repeat series champion.  Past champions Dustin Smith and Mike Miller of Wapakoneta, Ohio join Westerfeld in that quest this season. 

Fans can expect another stout field of wingless warriors as Michael Fischesser, Justin Owen, Aaron Middaugh, Bob McMillin, Cody Gardner, Chad Wilson, Joe Butera, Kirk Jeffries, Scott Hardman, Steve Little, and Brandon Spithaler have all returned for 2016.  In addition, new rookies on the tour include Drew Rader, Andy Feil, Bobby Distel and Stratton Briggs.  Wayne County winged regular Mitch Harble will be making his wingless debut Saturday as well.  With no membership fees and an open tire rule, you just never know who will show up at the true outlaw BOSS events.

Saturday's event is one of the best deals in racing for the fans.  Three headlining classes and a support class for only $15 general admission as in addition to the BOSS non wing sprints, the weekly winged 410 sprints and RUSH late models are on the card along with super stocks for "school spirit night".   All students will be admitted free for this event.  Pit passes will be $30 for adults with kids pit passes (ages 6-14) just $15.  All gates will open at 3 pm with drivers meeting at 5:30.  Hot laps will get under way at 6 with racing at 7 pm. 

For teams racing at WCS, this IS a track where mufflers or insert baffles are required.  Fuel and parts trucks will be at the track and transponder rental is $10.  Wayne County is a track to be commended for having a system that can accept either brand of transponder, so if you have your own, you WILL be able to use it.  The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series looks forward to seeing everyone Saturday!

For more information, please log onto the BOSS website at www.buckeyesprints.com or like us on facebook or twitter.  For more information on Wayne County Speedway, log onto www.waynecountyspeedway.com  

 

As always - BOSS thanks our sponsors

Rick's Truck & Equipment - Kenton, Ohio (Title Sponsor)

Heat Race Sponsors:

Buckeye Machine - Forest, OH

Lias Tire /American Racer - Indiana, PA

Hoosier Racing Tire - Lakeville, IN

Southeast Harley Davidson - Cleveland, OH

Kistler Engines - Fremont, OH

 

Bonus Award Sponsors

The Bridge Restaurant - Sidney, OH (Hard Charger)

Hochstetler Trucking - Ashland, OH (Perseverance)

Apple Metal Polishing - Eldorodo, OH (Lucky Pill Draw)

JF Construction - Bucyrus, OH (Hard Luck)

McMillin Apiaries - Wampum, PA (Sweet Move)

A Plus Automatic Transmission - Mansfield, OH (Steel Block)

Hoosier Tire Midwest (Free tire)

American Racer Tires (Free Tire)

Cowen Truck Line - Perrysville, OH (Free Drink Cooler)

 

It's time once again for a little Buckeye Machine - Throwback Thursday!

 

25 Years Ago (1991)


Photo 1:  The CRA was ready to head east to take on the Ohio drivers at Millstream


Photo 2:  Atomic Speedway (then K-C Raceway) had a race almost as big as the one they have scheduled this weekend!


Photo 3:  Young fans may not know, but there was once another "Atomic Speedway" in Tennessee but it is closed now.  In the 70's and early 80's it created quite a bit of confusion and was part of the reason for the 1985 name change to K-C Raceway.


Photo 4:  Tom Basinger wins at Fremont!


Photo 5:  Tim Allsion scores the win at Limaland.


Photo 6:  Another newsworthy item to younger fans - Lawrenceburg Speedway ran weekly WINGED sprint cars in the 90's.


Photo 7:  Sadly, we lost rising star Chris Gehrke in an ARCA crash at Talladega.  A week earlier he had run the ARCA Permatex SuperCar series event at Kil-Kare.

 

50 Years Ago (1966)


Photo 1:  Although this one was not in Ohio, this crash was worth a look!  Nice landing.


Photo 2:  Dean Knittle scored yet another win at Atomic!


Photo 3:  Racing politics ...... this guy seemed to be fighting hard for the little guys!


Photo 4:  Rick's dad, Steve Unger picked up the win at Clinton, near Pittsburgh.

 

75 Years Ago

All 4 of the following photos are from a rarely heard of race track called the "Ramble Inn" near Alger, Ohio.  The Ramble was a "roadhouse" or bar that held jalopy and roadster racing events in the late 30's and up through 1941.  As you can see, the cars were very crude and the track was very rough.  Nobody seems to remember if admission was charged or if the payoff was in cash or beer. (Info courtesy of Don Radburch's Roaring Roadsters)

 

By Brian Liskai

FREMONT, Ohio – Cooper Clouse and Tyler Gunn tangled battling for the lead of the Rick’s Truck & Equipment Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) season opener at Fremont Speedway Saturday. Gunn would end up on the hook while Clouse would drive to the victory on Smith Family Foods Night

For the 17-year-old Clouse of Ohio City, Ohio, it was his second career BOSS win and his first at “The Track That Action Built.”

“I hate to win like this. I’m sorry guys. I want to offer my truest apologies to Tyler Gunn. My throttle was sticking at the beginning and I know that’s why I ended up running the top. I did not mean to do that,” said a contrite Clouse in the Engine Pro Victory Lane+

“This is my second win in Ohio. I hate to win this way but I wouldn’t want to win any place else but here. I want to thank Hawk Chassis, Burtch Seed, Mark Basab, Craig Critten, SJA Transport and K Buildings,” added Clouse

Clouse and Gunn brought the field to green for the 25 lap BOSS feature but before a lap could be scored a multi-car pile-up involving four cars would necessitate a complete restart. On the next green Brandon Moore would stop bringing about a third try.

When the green flew Clouse would grave the lead with Gunn challenging while Dustin Smith, Michael Fischesser, Cody Gardner and Brian Smith gave chase. The car on the move early was Brandon Spithaler who moved from his 11th starting position to fourth by the second lap

Clouse and Gunn would battle side by side with Gunn making hard contact with the front stretch wall at one point. That wouldn’t slow Gunn who took the lead on lap five with Cooper, Dustin Smith, Spithaler, Fischesser, Brian Smith and Gardner in pursuit.

A caution on lap eight would put Clouse on the rear bumper of Gunn, whose battered sprint car began to exhibit sounds of engine woes. On the restart Clouse would get into the side of Gunn as the pair battled for the lead in turn three, sending Gunn into the outside softwall, ending his night. On the ensuing restart Spithaler and Gardner would get together

When the green flew again Clouse lead Dustin Smith, Fischesser, Brian Smith, Carmen Perigo and Chris Andrews. Steve Little would bring out another caution a lap later. This time when the green flew Clouse lead Dustin Smith, Fischesser, Perigo, and Brian Smith. Perigo would drive into third on lap 11 with Andrews moving into the top five

Clouse began to pull away from the field while Perigo took second on lap 15. The leaders would find lapped traffic with eight laps to go with Clouse leading Perigo, Dustin Smith, Shawn Westerfeld (who was involved in the opening lap tangle that sent him to the tail) and Fischesser

Dustin Smith would stop on the track with six laps to go for the final caution. On the green Clouse would pull away again from Perigo, Westerfeld, Fischesser and Brian Smith. Clouse would drive to the win over Perigo, Westerfeld, Brian Smith and Fischesser////

For more information go to www.buckeyesprints.com or like BOSS on Facebook or Twitter @BOSSSprints

 

Fremont Speedway

Smith Family Foods Night

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Starting Position [*]

 

BOSS non-wing sprints

 

Buckeye Machine of Forest, OH   Heat 1 -  (8 Laps, top 4 to A)

1. 4-Michael Fischesser[1] ; 2. 53-Steve Little[2] ; 3. 46-Cody Gardener[4] ; 4. 08-Andy Feil[5] ; 5. 18-Arnie Kent[9] ; 6. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[7] ; 7. 3-Joe Butera[6] ; 8. 2DI-Dustin Ingle[8] ; 9. 12X-Mike Flynn[3]

 

Lias Tire / American Racer   Heat 2 -  (8 Laps, top 4 to A)

1. 2+-Brian Smith[2] ; 2. 14C-Cooper Clouse[7] ; 3. 82-Mike Miller[6] ; 4. 4J-Justin Owen[4] ; 5. 2-Mike Galajda[1] ; 6. 48M-Mike Moore[3] ; 7. 71-Straton Briggs[5] ; 8. 14-Chad Wilson[8]

 

Hoosier Race Tire   Heat 3 -  (8 Laps, top 4 to A)

1. 89-Shawn Westerfeld[4] ; 2. 77-Dustin Smith[2] ; 3. 57B-Brandon Spithaler[7] ; 4. 21-Carmen Perigo[3] ; 5. 59J-Kirk Jeffries[5] ; 6. 9X-Chris Andrews[8] ; 7. 48-Mike Burkin[6] ; 8. 5-Bob McMillen[1]

 

Southeast Harley Davidson of Cleveland, OH   Heat 4 -  (8 Laps, top 4 to A)

1. 74-Drew Rader[1] ; 2. 16-Tyler Gunn[3] ; 3. 69R-Todd Kane[6] ; 4. 7M-Brandon Moore[4] ; 5. 32M-Derek Hastings[5] ; 6. 97-Scott Hardman[2] ; 7. J1-Mark  Shultz[7] ; 8. 18D-Bobby Distel[8]

 

B-Main 1 -  (10 Laps, top 4 to A)

1. 18-Arnie Kent[1] ; 2. 9X-Chris Andrews[7] ; 3. 2-Mike Galajda[2] ; 4. 59J-Kirk Jeffries[3] ; 5. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[5] ; 6. 14-Chad Wilson[14] ; 7. 32M-Derek Hastings[4] ; 8. 97-Scott Hardman[8] ; 9. 48-Mike Burkin[11] ; 10. 2DI-Dustin Ingle[13] ; 11. 71-Straton Briggs[10] ; 12. 48M-Mike Moore[6] ; 13. 3-Joe Butera[9] ; 14. J1-Mark  Shultz[12] ; 15. 12X-Mike Flynn[17]

 

Rick's Trucks and Equipment of Kenton, OH   A-Main 1 -  (25 Laps)

1. 14C-Cooper Clouse[1] ; 2. 21-Carmen Perigo[15] ; 3. 89-Shawn Westerfeld[5] ; 4. 2+-Brian Smith[6] ; 5. 4-Michael Fischesser[3] ; 6. 18-Arnie Kent[17] ; 7. 2-Mike Galajda[19] ; 8. 46-Cody Gardener[9] ; 9. 9X-Chris Andrews[18] ; 10. 4J-Justin Owen[14] ; 11. 14-Chad Wilson[22] ; 12. 74-Drew Rader[7] ; 13. 77-Dustin Smith[4] ; 14. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[21] ; 15. 59J-Kirk Jeffries[20] ; 16. 53-Steve Little[8] ; 17. 16-Tyler Gunn[2] ; 18. 57B-Brandon Spithaler[11] ; 19. 08-Andy Feil[13] ; 20. 7M-Brandon Moore[16]

The Bridge Restaurant of Sidney, OH  - $50 Hard Charger - Carman Perigo +1

The JF Construction of Bucyrus, OH -  $50 Hard Luck Award - Bob McMillin / Bobby Distel

The Hochstetler Trucking of Ashland, OH - $50 Perseverance Award - Arnie Kent

The A Plus Automatic Transmission of Mansfield, OH - $50 Steel Block Bonus - Brandon Moore

The Apple Metal Polishing of Eldorodo, OH - $50 Lucky Pill Draw - Scott Hardman

The McMillin Apiaries of Wampum, PA - $25 Sweet Move of the Night - Shawn Westerfel

Lias Tire / American Racer of Indiana, PA - Free American Racer Tire - Carmen Perigo

Hoosier Racing Tire of Lakeville, IN - Free Hoosier Tire - Cooper Clouse

 

 

Buckeye Machine and Fabrication of Forest, Ohio along with the BOSS series proudly presents:

THROWBACK THURSDAY!

25 Years Ago This Week:

Rusty McClure scored the win at Wayne County Speedway!

Fremont Speedway was ready to present 4 classes of action!

K-C Raceway (now Atomic Speedway) was about to run its first ever "E-Mod" race.  Today, modifieds are literally everywhere!

Does anyone remember the "Noid"?  He was in victory lane at Sandusky Speedway!

This week - 50 Years Ago - (1966)

Photo 1:  Jud Larson (4), Bobby Black (47), and Mario Andretti (9) battle at Eldora in USAC action

Photo 2:  Steve Ungar prepared to defend his title at the Greater Pittsburgh Speedway

Photo 3:  Sandusky Speedway prepares for the IMCA sprint car

Photo 4:  Atomic Speedway prepared to open the '66 season

 

This Week - 100 Years Ago - (1916)

Photo 1:  A group of 1916 drivers that included Eddie Rickenbacker.  The Ohio native would become a champion race driver, then a famous World War 1 flying ace, and one day own the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


Photo 2:  In 1916, if you did not qualify for the main event, your car was just shoved to the outside of the track!


Photo 3:  Ohio native Barney Oldfield is in for a pit stop - 1916 style!

BOSS Set to Open the New Season at Fremont Speedway

With mother nature spoiling the originally scheduled season opener, the Rick's Truck and Equipment - Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series will now kickoff the 2016 season at the historic Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio.  Located at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds, the "Track That Action Built" is an iconic venue for sprint car racing and has been the site of the tour opener since 2012.  This Saturday, May 7th, will mark the first of 3 scheduled visits for ALL of the Stars of the "last true outlaws" of the BOSS sprint cars.  Smith Family Foods night at the races will also include the winged 305 sprints, dirt trucks and the 602 late models.  It will also be "future driver night" where many up and coming kart racers will have their machines on display along the midway!

The new season has brought some changes for Ohio's only traditional sprint car circuit.  Most notably is the new title sponsor, Rick's Trucks and Equipment of Kenton, Ohio.  Rick Whitaker and his family are proud to be involved along with their other business, Rick's Auto Sales.  Two new facilities added to the schedule include Attica Raceway Park and Portsmouth Raceway Park, making BOSS the true tour of ALL of Ohio's ten best dirt tracks.  In addition, events at top notch facilities in Indiana and Pennsylvania bring the total to 22 events at 16 different venues.

Equally important to the changes for 2016, it's what will remain the same that has kept the series growing these last 5 seasons.  The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series has brought significance to the term "outlaw" in the modern age.  The overused word has been prostituted for monetary wealth by many organizations, without truly applying its meaning.  With the smallest rulebook of any racing series, there is NO tire rule, NO minimum weight rule, and NO memberships or entry fees.  All drivers from all regions and associations are invited to take on the real outlaws with no  restrictions as to who can race when or where. 

The popularity of the approach to the sport is evident in that nineteen (19) drivers have indicated their intention to campaign for the title in 2016.   A year ago, 133 different drivers competed in the fourteen races that were able to be completed.  With 7 different bonus awards, 2 free tires awarded per night, and heat race bonus money, it all adds up to keep drivers coming back time and again. 

"The Guilford Gasser" Shawn Westerfeld of Guilford, Indiana returns to defend his championship.  He, Dustin Smith of Russiaville, Indiana and Mike Miller of Wapakoneta, Ohio, all will be in search of history to become the first repeat series champion.  However, a host of other drivers with BOSS tours under their belt will be searching for that first title including Cooper Clouse, Michael Fischesser, Aaron Middaugh, Cody Gardner, Chad Wilson, Justin Owen, Bob McMillin, Steve Little, Kirk Jeffries, Brandon Spithaler, Joe Butera, and Kent Wolters.  In addition to all these stars, a promising group of rookies have also thrown their hat in the ring including Drew Rader, Andy Feil, Bob Distel and Zach Morrow. 

Saturday's event will be a challenge for the tour regulars though.  Fremont Speedway regulars have proven in the past to be up to the task of defending home turf.  Stuart Brubaker and Tyler Gunn are two locals with great BOSS runs in the past and both drivers know the home turf well.  It is often said that a "dog fights tougher in his own back yard" and the Fremont fans will have some drivers to pull for against the traveling outlaws. 

Saturday's gates will open at 4 pm with the drivers meeting scheduled for 5:30 and engine heat immediately following.  Racing action will get under way at 7 pm.  Pit passes will be $30.  The yellow transponders are required for this event and will be available for rent for $5.  Heat races will line up by staggered pill draw and teams will be paid by BOSS checks at the completion of the program. 

For fans, general admission is $14 with seniors $12 and students (11-16) admitted for $8.  As always, children 10 and under are free at Fremont Speedway!  We encourage fans to visit the newly stocked souvenir trailer on the midway where series and drivers shirts will be available along with a wide assortment of die cast cars and more!  Brian Paulus' "Tear off Apparel" has supplied the tour with new shirts and hoodies available in both gray and blue.   The new 2016 program / scorecards will be available for just $1 with the "pick 'em" contest back again.  Pick the top 3 finishers in order in the BOSS sprint feature and win $25.  There will also be several drawings for prizes throughout the night. 

For more information, keep up with BOSS on Facebook and Twitter or go to the website at www.buckeyesprints.com   For more information on Fremont Speedway, log on to www.fremontohspeedway.com 

BOSS Wishes to extend a sincere thanks to the following sponsors for their awards up for grabs:

Heat Race #1 - Buckeye Machine and Fabrication - Forest, OH

Heat Race #2 - Lias Tire / American Racer - Indiana, PA

Heat Race #3 - Hoosier Race Tire  - Lakeville, IN

Heat Race #4 - A Plus Automatic Transmission - Mansfield, OH

 

Hard Charger Award - The Bridge Restaurant - Sidney, OH

Lucky Pill Draw Award - Apple Metal Polishing - Eldorodo, OH

Perseverance Award - Hochstetler Truck & Auto Repair - Ashland, OH

Hard Luck Award - JF Construction - Bucyrus, OH

Sweet Move of the Night - Superior Bearing & Supply - Bradenton, FL

Free Hoosier Tire - Hoosier Tire Midwest - Springfield, IL

Free American Racer Tire - Lias Tire - Indiana, PA

 

BOSS teams FREE drink cooler supplied by Cowen Truck Line of Perrysville, OH

 

Also special thanks to the following: Griff's Engines, NAPA, DMI, Kistler Engines, Superior Tank & Trailer, Tear Off Apparel, and Fast Signs!

 

 

New Title Sponsor for 2016

The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series is excited to announce that Rick's Truck and Equipment of Kenton, Ohio has joined the tour as the new title sponsor for 2016.  An agreement was reached late last week that brings owner, Rick Whitaker, one of the nation's largest Jerr-Dan dealers, in to the BOSS arsenal of marketing partners.  The Whitaker family is excited to become a part of the nation's fastest growing sprint car series and plans to be in attendance when the season kicks off on Saturday, April 30th at Atomic Speedway just south of Chillicothe, Ohio. 

Rick's Truck and Equipment joins a fine list of contributors who are helping the tour grow each year with contingencies and cash awards.  Formed in 2011 with only 2 events, the series has seen phenomenal growth with number of events, purse,  and points fund increases each year.  This season will see the 5th consecutive year of growth with the most ambitious schedule yet of 22 events at 16 different race tracks, making it truly a tour of the best race facilities in and around the Buckeye state!  The purse increase for 2016 will be in the B-Main payout.  From the day the series was formed 5 years ago, all B-Main non transfer cars have been awarded $100.  New for this season, the first non transfer in the B-Main will earn $150 with an increased payout also being awarded to the 2nd and 3rd non transfers from each B-Main.  This will be in effect for BOTH B-Mains on the nights where the high car counts require twin B's. 

The Rick's Truck & Equipment BOSS series will continue to race under the open tire rule on which the series was founded.  Although doubted by many in the beginning, the rule (or lack thereof) has been the primary reason for success of the series and the reason why the need has arisen to supplement the B-Main purse.  Many races have been won by both manufacturers and last season, three of the 15 completed events saw last lap passes and/or photo finishes between cars with different tire brands on all 4 corners.

Some of the other keys to the success of the series will continue on, including the policy of absolutely no entry or membership fees at BOSS events.  There is no weight rule and the tour will continue the old school tradition of paying heat race money to the top 4 finishers in heat race action each night.  Bonus awards for 2016 will include the Lucky Pill Draw, Hard Charger of the Main Event, Hard Luck Award, the Perseverance Award and others on select nights!

The BOSS season opener is one month away, scheduled for Saturday, April 30th at Atomic Speedway!  Be sure to mark your calendars to be a part of the action.  Watch for many new releases as 2016 drivers  and new paint schemes are announced in the coming days!

BOSS wishes to thank the sponsors who have already signed on for 2016 including:

 

 

BOSS Announces a Pair of Schedule Changes

The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series is gearing up for its biggest season to date with a record 22 events on the 2016 schedule.  The action begins on Saturday, April 30th when the series returns to the site of its birth in 2011 at Atomic Speedway (formerly K-C Raceway).  Sixteen different tracks in three states will play host to the tour.  Defending series champion, Shawn Westerfeld of Guilford, Indiana has announced that he will return and attempt to become the first repeat series champion in history.

 

Two changes have been made to the originally released BOSS schedule.  The Friday, July 29th race date has been moved to Twin Cities Raceway Park in North Vernon, Indiana.  This will mark the first ever appearance for the series at TCRP and will keep intact the originally scheduled Hoosier state doubleheader.  The next night, the series will travel to Lawrenceburg Speedway for the 3rd annual "Jason Soudrette Memorial".

The race originally scheduled for Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio on Saturday, August 6th has been moved back one week to Saturday, August 13th.  The "Jack Hewitt Classic" at Waynesfield Raceway Park was also scheduled for August 6th.  For the benefit of everyone involved, the tour has elected to take the night off so teams can participate in that event to pay tribute to one of Ohio's biggest racing legends.  The BOSS series would like to thank WCS promoters Jason and Kristin Flory for allowing us to move this event.

Watch for exciting announcements in the coming days as drivers confirm with BOSS officials and that plan to run for the 2016 championship!  The tour will continue down the path that has made it successful.  The series is open to any commercially available racing tires, will have no weight rule and there will be absolutely no memberships or entry fees.  Be sure to follow up with more information on the website at  buckeyesprints.com and follow the series on facebook and twitter for the latest updates

 

MVT / BOSS 2016 Schedule Release
 
The much anticipated 2016 Mo Vaughn Transport / Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series schedule is now official.  The last five seasons have seen steady growth and this season is no exception.  Two new venues have been added and one track is back after a year's absence.  All of the traditional stops are back and the most prestigious race on the tour has found a new Sunday home on Memorial Day weekend.
 
A record twenty-two events will make up the tour as the last TRUE outlaws of sprint car racing will attack 16 different tracks in 3 states.  Ten of the best facilities the Buckeye state has to offer will host events with the season opener on Saturday, April 30th at Atomic Speedway near Chillicothe, Ohio.  In July, BOSS made a triumphant return to the 3/8 mile oval with what many people called the best race in the track's history.  The 25 lap green to checker non stop feature saw 3 different leaders on the final circuit with the trio closing for a photo finish.  Todd Kane narrowly edged Landon Simon and Dallas Hewitt, with Hewitt flipping down the front straight at the checkers!
 
Fremont Speedway and Atomic Speedway will play host to the series three times.  Wayne County Speedway and Lawrenceburg Speedway will be visited twice each with return visits to Millstream, Limaland, Legendary Hilltop and Waynesfield all in Ohio.  The tour will once again enter Pennsylvania for 3 nights of racing with return engagements at Mercer Raceway Park, Lernerville Speedway and Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.  Four events will take place in the Hoosier state.  In addition to the two races at Lawrenceburg, a return visit to Montpelier Motor Speedway is on tap and Whitewater Valley Speedway will make a return to the tour after a year off. 
 
The exciting news is the addition of two new premiere facilities in Ohio.  Attica Raceway Park will host its long awaited first ever BOSS event on Friday, July 8th in a doubleheader with Waynesfield's Dick Spencer Memorial the following night.  The other major new addition is the tour's first ever visit to Portsmouth Raceway Park located on the Ohio river.  PRP is home of the $100,000 to win late model Dirt Track World Championship and has not hosted an open wheel event in several years.  One of the nicest tracks in the state, it has remained a mystery for the die-hard open wheel fans.  That all changes as July 23rd will give them a reason to experience PRP first hand.
 
Twenty-two events on 16 different tracks ranging from the tight quarter mile at Legendary Hilltop to the monster 5/8 mile Pittsburgh Motor Speedway.  The 2016 race trail promises to be as diverse as the drivers who proudly make up the series.  A true traveling TOUR hitting all the best tracks in and around the state.  Mark your calendar's now!
 
Watch for many more exciting announcements in the next few weeks.  Fans and teams can rest assured that there will be no changes to the BOSS program and no needless requirements or rule changes will be made.  The Outlaws of BOSS will continue to race under the open tire rule with no minimum weight rule and no memberships or entry fees of any kind.  Once again, a cash points fund of over $15,000  plus prizes and awards will be up for grabs for the top 15 in final points standings.   
 
For more information, be sure to follow the series on Facebook and Twitter or keep an eye on the website at www.buckeyesprints.com

 

BOSS Banquet Set for Saturday, November 14th 
 
The 2015 racing season is in the books and Guilford, Indiana driver Shawn Westerfeld is the 4th different champion in the first 4 full seasons of the tour's history.  Westerfeld, along with his family run team, will be honored on Saturday, November 14th in Cleveland, Ohio.  Doors will open at 5 pm for a social hour and the evening's activities will begin at 6 pm at South East Harley Davidson where the top 15 drivers in the final point standings will be recognized along with some special awards.  Famed Ohio announcer Brian Liskai will host the awards ceremony that will last a little over an hour.
 
Following the awards presentation, everyone will move next door to the bar area of Gears and Cheers Restaurant for a buffet dinner.  The bar area will remain for BOSS guests for the remainder of the evening and a live band will be performing up front beginning at 8 pm.  Door prize drawings for both drivers and general attendees will be from 8 - 9 pm. 
 
The official host hotel of the weekend is the Hampton Inn of Solon, Ohio.  When reserving a room, be sure to ask for the BOSS Racer's Rate of $89 per night.  There will be a shuttle service arranged to and from the banquet and the shuttle schedule will be posted in the hotel lobby.  To reserve, please call (440) 542-0400.
 
Tickets for the banquet are $25 per person with children ages 6-12 just $10.  To reserve your spot, send a check or money order to BOSS ; 2177 Lunbeck Road ; Chillicothe, OH 45601.  For more information, please phone 740-703-3768.  Watch for details on the upcoming season schedule to be announced in December!

 

Ballou Conquers BOSS Record Field at Eldora
 
The drivers came prepared for it.  The fans have come to expect it.  For the Mo Vaughn Transport / Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series, a very high car count at the Eldora finale is typical.  However, this years event set a new record for the tour and the highest traditional sprint car count in the buckeye state since the Mopar Million at Eldora in 2003.  This year, fifty-six race teams signed in to battle on the 1/2 mile high banked Rossburg clay oval.  It was Rocklin, California driver Robert Ballou who emerged victorious over the large field.  Ballou started in the #3 position in the 25 lap main event and took the lead from outside front row starter Dustin Smith on lap 5 and led the final 21 circuits. 
 
The evening began with six heat races which were won by 2015 BOSS champ Shawn Westerfeld, Ballou, J.T. Stapp, Tyler Courtney, Scotty Weir, and Cody Gardner.  Twin B-Main events were taken by Schuerenberg and Landon Simon.  The top 2 finishers in each heat race were then entered into a redraw for the top 12 A-Main starting spots.  The newly crowned series champ Westerfeld would be on the pole alongside the inaugural tour champion Dustin Smith.
 
At the drop of the green flag, it was Smith grabbing the early lead with 3rd starting Ballou quickly into the #2 spot with a mad scramble for position behind the lead duo.  Smith held strong for the first 4 laps on the "Big E" but Ballou's many laps at Eldora proved too much as he took command working lap #5 and would never look back. 
 
As the race ran caution free well past the halfway point, Ballou entered heavy lapped traffic with a straight stretch lead.  The race's only caution flew for debris and that was also the only threat to the leader.  But on the restart, he reasserted his command of the field and drove on to victory.  Bryan Clauson had a very nice run from 13th starting position up to finish 2nd in the McGhee owned #7.  Despite passing 11 cars, Clauson was NOT the hard charger of the event as this feature saw more passing than any event on the 2015 tour. 
 
Third place finisher Chad Boespflug in the Hazen #57 started from 10th, while 4th place finisher Hunter Schuerenberg in the Walker #11 charged from 19th to earn the hard charger award!  Rounding out the top 5 was Scotty Weir who came from 12th with the rest of the top 10 being Tyler Courtney, Dallas Hewitt, Cody Gardner, Todd Kane and Logan Jarrett.
 
Mo Vaughn Transport and BOSS are proud to announce Shawn Westerfeld as the 2015 tour champion.  On behalf of all the tour sponsors, officials, tracks, teams and fans, we congratulate the Westerfeld team on the most consistent season in series history.  
 
The 2015 BOSS banquet will be held on Saturday, November 14th in Cleveland, Ohio at "Gears and Cheers" Restaurant located next door to Southeast Harley Davidson.  Banquet tickets are $25 per person.  Watch for additional details in the coming days.

 

BOSS Heads to Eldora Speedway for the Sprintacular
 
The 2015 season has been a record setting one with eight of the scheduled twenty BOSS races falling victim to weather.  Two of those eight rain outs were able to be made up.  Now, the Mo Vaughn Transport / Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series  looks to finish the season strong with the season points finale at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio as part of the "Sprintacular" which will also feature 2 divisions of winged sprint cars.  Despite running at the end of the card, the tour has upstaged the headliners the last 2 years in a row with a huge car count and some fantastic racing!
 
For the first time in BOSS history, the season points championship has been decided before the cars ever take to the 1/2 mile Eldora banks.  The "Guilford Gasser" Shawn Westerfeld of Guilford, Indiana has secured the 2015 title with one feature win and the most consistent performance the tour has ever seen.  Westerfeld would like nothing more than to cap off his championship season with an Eldora Speedway victory.
 
All of the BOSS stars and cars will be on hand.  Past tour champions Mike Miller and Dustin Smith hold down the #2 and #3 spot in the standings with 2014 national non-wing rookie of the year Cooper Clouse in the fourth spot.  Aaron Middaugh and Michael Fischesser are currently tied for the fifth spot while Chad Wilson, Cody Gardner, Justin Owen and Bob McMillin round out the top 10. 
 
This Saturday at Eldora, the event times have been moved up for the fall temperatures.  Pit gates will open at 12:30 pm and general admission ticket sales will also begin.  General admission gates open at 1 pm.  BOSS pill draw will close at 4 pm.  Drivers meeting will be at the BOSS tent at 4:05, with engine heat promptly at 5:15 and hot laps beginning at 5:37.   Racing action will begin at 6 pm with BOSS running after the All Star and NRA preliminary shows.
 
General admission is $20 for ages 13 and up, ages 7-12 are $4 while ages 6 and under is free.  Pit passes will be $25 and nobody under age 14 will be admitted into the pit area.  Kids ages 14-17 will need a minor release signed by both parents and notarized (or both parents available to sign at the gate.  The minor release is available on the website at www.eldoraspeedway.com
 
As always with the BOSS tour, there are no membership fees or registration fees.  The standard BOSS purse of $1,500 to win and $250 to start is up for grabs along with heat race and bonus money.  Teams will be paid by check immediately after the completion of the A-Main.  Transponder rental will be $10.  Fuel is available at the track but must be purchased before racing action begins.  There are no mufflers required for this event.
 
The BOSS tour wishes to thank all the great sponsors who make this tour possible and contributes to the heat race money and bonus awards. 
 
Mo Vaughn Transport ; Cleveland, OH (Title Sponsor)
 
Heat race sponsors:  Moose Racing (Anaheim, CA), Lias Tire/American Racer, Hoosier Racing Tire, Buckeye Machine (Forest, OH), FAST Signs (Dayton, OH), Southeast Harley Davidson (Cleveland, OH)
 
Bonus Awards are as follows:
The Bridge Restaurant (Sidney, OH) - Hard Charger Award - $50
The Hochstetler Truck Repair (Mansfield, OH) - Steel Block Award - $50
The Lynn Cook (a racer's friend) - Hard Luck Award - $50
The A Plus Automatic Transmission (Mansfield, OH) - Perseverance Award - $50
The Apple Metal Polishing (Eldorodo, OH) - Lucky Pill Draw Award - $40
Hoosier Tire Bonus (highest finisher on all 4 Hoosiers) - Free Tire
American Racer Tire Bonus (highest finisher on all 4 AR's) - Free Tire
 
Also a special thanks to Cowen Truck Lines of Perrysville, Ohio for providing the cooler full of free drinks available at every event for all BOSS teams!

Fremont Speedway for 10/3 Cancelled Due to Weather
 
Persistent rain showers combined with cold temperatures have forced Fremont Speedway promoter Rich Farmer to cancel tonight's Mo Vaughn Transport / Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series event.  Rain has fallen off and on at the Speedway for several days and the forecast at race time appeared to be just as bad.  This event will not be made up.  The final event of the season will now be one week from now at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on Saturday, October 10th.
 
With the cancellation of the Fremont event, Shawn Westerfeld of Guilford, Indiana becomes the 2015 tour champion.  This marks the first time in series history that the champion is already decided before the final event, which is a testament to the dominating season Westerfeld has had.  Like past champions, consistency was the key as his lone win came at his home track at Lawrenceburg Speedway.  However, he was one of only 2 drivers to have made every main event along the trail and failed to finish in only one event.
 
BOSS sends out its congratulations to the entire 89 team on a job well done.  A big thanks you also goes out to all of the teams who have competed on the tour in 2015 and we look forward to seeing everyone next Saturday at Eldora.    Watch for more details on that event to be posted in the next few days. 

 

BOSS Returns to Fremont Speedway
 
This Saturday, October 3rd, the Mo Vaughn Transport / BOSS sprints will return to the "track that action built", Fremont Speedway.  This fall event has been lost to mother nature the last 2 seasons, but hopefully the old saying, "the third time's the charm" holds true.  Fremont has been the scene of some of the biggest and best events of the tour and this Saturday should offer much the same as it is Flag City Recycling "Family Fun Night" at the track.   In addition to the MVT / BOSS traditional sprints, the 305 sprints, dirt trucks and 602 crate late models will also be on the card.
 
With only 2 events remaining in the 2015 season, Shawn Westerfeld holds a commanding lead in the standings.  If he can make Saturday night's main event and finish in the top 10, he will secure the championship with an event still to run.  Past tour champions Mike "The Magic Man" Miller and the "Hustlin Hoosier" Dustin Smith are both determined to take one last shot at Westerfeld.   Cooper Clouse sits in the number four spot with Aaron Middaugh and Michael Fischesser locked in a battle over the 5th position.
 
Gates will open at 4 pm with drivers meeting scheduled for 5:30.  Racing action will begin promptly at 7 pm.  Adult general admission will be $14 with seniors admitted for $12.  Students will be $8 with kids 10 and under admitted free.  For race teams, there are no fees to run with BOSS.  Mufflers are required for this event and transponder rental will be $5. 
 
For more information, Fremont Speedway website is www.fremontohspeedway.com or follow BOSS at www.buckeyesprints.com   We also encourage you to follow BOSS on facebook and twitter for race day updates.
  

 

BOSS Drivers Prepare for Waynesfield Raceway Park Invasion
 
This Saturday, September 19th will see a new event in the BOSS world.  For the first time since the series began, a second race was added to the schedule for the 1/4 mile bullring.  Also special is the fact that this event will include a rare appearance of late models at WRP for a "Dirt Track World Championship" qualifier, where the winner is guaranteed a starting spot in the annual high paying DTWC.
 
The BOSS tour will bring plenty of excitement for the fans though, as the "Guilford Gasser" Shawn Westerfeld leads the points chase over past tour champions Mike "The Magic Man" Miller and the "Hustlin Hoosier" Dustin Smith.  Miller and Smith need near perfect runs over the final 3 nights to catch Westerfeld, but they are not out of the running yet.  Youngster Cooper Clouse holds down the 4th spot in points while the "Nati Nightmare" Michael Fischesser has pulled up to tie Aaron "Mid Air" Middaugh for the final spot in the top 5.
 
Rounding out the current top 10 in points are Chad Wilson, Cody Gardner, Justin Owen and Bob McMillin.  All the BOSS stars are expected to be in action along with a fine field of WRP regulars and maybe even a few surprise entrants.  This new fall event promises to be one that you don't want to miss!
 
For teams, pit gates will open at 3:30 pm with drivers meeting at 5:15.  Hot laps will immediately follow the drivers meeting.  Pit passes will be $30 with general admission for ages 16 and up at $18.  Kids age 11-15 are $10 and kids 10 and under are free.  There will be a $10 transponder rental fee at this event.  No mufflers are required for this race and NO Fuel will be for sale at the race track.
 
The standard BOSS payout of $1500 to win and $250 to start will be up for grabs along with heat race and bonus money.  BOSS extends a big thank you to the many teams, tracks and fans who make this series special and also a big thanks to the list of sponsors below listed with their contribution!
 
Mo Vaughn Transport - Cleveland, OH - Title Sponsor (Point Fund)
Moose Racing - Anaheim, CA - Heat Race #1
Lias Tire - American Racer - Heat Race #2
Hoosier Racing Tires - Heat Race #3
Buckeye Machine & Fab - Forest, OH - Heat Race #4
FAST Signs - Dayton, OH - Heat Race #5
Southeast Harley Davidson - Cleveland, OH - Heat Race #6
Kistler Engines - Fremont, OH - B-Main #1
S & H Nerfs - Piqua, OH - B-Main #2
 
Bonus Awards:
Lynn Cook "A Racer's Friend" - Dayton, OH - Hard Luck Award - $50
Hochstetler Truck and Auto Repair - Ashland, OH - Steel Block Award - $50
The Bridge Restaurant - Sidney, OH - Hard Charger Award - $50
The A Plus Automatic Transmission - Ashland, OH - Perseverance Award - $50
Apple Metal Polishing - Eldorodo, OH - Lucky Pill Draw - $40
Design 500 - Seattle, WA - Rusty McClure Tribute Award - $100 gift certificate
Lias Tire American Racer - Tire Bonus Award - Free Tire
Hoosier Racing Tire - Tire Bonus Award - Free Tire

 

Cottle Masters Montpelier BOSS Sprints
 
For back to back seasons now, the Mo Vaughn Transport / BOSS sprints have rolled into the newly remodeled Montpelier Motor Speedway for a September show that has thrilled Indiana race fans!  Last night, a great field of 40 wingless sprints packed the pit area and the previous days rain made for a tricky race track that saw many cars bicycling and bouncing through the corners, providing plenty of thrills for the drivers and fans alike!  In the end, it was Shane Cottle parking the legendary Paul Hazen owned #57 in victory lane before a large appreciative audience.
 
The night began with 5 heat races which were won by Landon Simon, J.T. Stapp, Joe Liguori, Justin Grant and Cottle.  The BOSS series takes pride in that our drivers are interactive with the fans, but BOSS regular Aaron Middaugh took that to a new level as he got up close and personal with a lot of fans in the third heat race.  After charging up to battle for the transfer spot, Middaugh rode the cushion through turn 3 and 4 but had to check up to avoid a car that was pushing up off the bottom.  The Shakely Mechanical #91x car made contact with the wall and began executing a vicious series of tumbles tearing out a section of the Montpelier catch fence and narrowly missing the flagstand.  Middaugh was taken to a local hospital where he was checked over and released.  He is the only driver to have entered every race in the history of the BOSS tour and the Ironman from Polk, Ohio plans to be back in action next week at Waynesfield Raceway Park.  NHRA Pro Stock Bike drag racing star Chaz Kennedy from Georgia made his sprint car debut, but his night ended abruptly when he found out that making turns was a part of sprint car racing and he flipped down the frontstretch in heat #5 but emerged unhurt.
 
Following the heat races, twin 12 car B-Mains were run.  BOSS tour stars and teammates Michael Fischesser and Justin Owen looked impressive claiming the B wins.  Fischesser won by a large margin while Owen had his work cut out in the second B barely holding off Cooper Clouse and Kent Wolters who also transferred to the main event.
 
The 25 lap A-Main was paced to the green flag by J.T Stapp and Cody Gardner on the front row with Stapp jumping out to a quick early lead.  Cottle was quick moving from his 6th starting spot up into the runner-up spot with BOSS points leader Shawn Westerfeld a determined 3rd.  Then, a plethora of early cautions would hamper the event.  On a lap 8 restart, Cottle was able to slip past Stapp for the lead with Westerfeld, Kody Swanson, Gardner and Jon Stanbrough all on the move early.
 
From lap 8 through 12 it appeared Cottle was on his way to an easy victory, but the "Guilford Gasser" Shawn Westerfeld was on a march to the front in a mad search for the win and the 2015 BOSS championship.  Working lap #13, he was able to work past Cottle to take the lead for the next 3 circuits, but Cottle would not go quietly into the Indiana night.  With Westerfeld's setup beginning to go away, the Hazen 57 came on strong and on lap 16, Cottle retook the lead and drove into the BOSS history books leading the final 10 circuits and scoring his first tour victory. 
 
Kody Swanson in the Kent Wolters #21K battled up to the runner-up spot at the finish with Justin Grant coming on strong late in the Baldwin #5 to score third.  Stanbrough and a late fading Westerfeld completed the top 5.  Rounding out the top 10 were Cody Gardner, Luke Hall, hard charger of the night Dallas Hewitt, Landon Simon and J.T. Stapp. 
 
The BOSS staff would like to say a special thank you to Bobby Gompf and his Lawrenceburg Speedway Safety Crew for working the event and also a thank you to the staff and fans at Montpelier Motor Speedway for a great night of racing.  The tour now moves on to the final 3 rounds of competition where Shawn Westerfeld holds a commanding lead with the championship his to win or lose.  Catch BOSS in action at Waynesfield Raceway Park next Saturday, September 19th, then at Fremont Speedway Saturday, October 3rd and the big finale where BOSS will once again be "THE SHOW" at Eldora Speedway on Saturday, October 10th.

 

 

MVT / BOSS Ready to Return to Montpelier
 
One year ago, the Mo Vaughn Transport BOSS tour rolled into the Montpelier Motor Speedway with teams and fans not sure what to expect.  What transpired that night was one of the most exciting nights of racing of the entire season, featuring an incredible field of 41 sprint cars.  BOSS star Brandon Spithaler of Evans City, Pennsylvania drove around some of the best Indiana had to offer to get to the lead of the main event.  However, the always exciting "Evans City Earthmover" blasted the cushion a little too hard in turn 1 and 2 and went flipping out over turn #2.  In the end, it was California's Robert Ballou scoring the inaugural BOSS - Montpelier victory.
 
As fans have come to expect, the ultra competitive BOSS series has seen a multitude of different winners in 2015 with well over 100 different drivers having competed in the thirteen events completed so far.  Thomas Meseraull and Landon Simon are the only repeat winners on the tour.  Shawn Westerfeld of Guilford, Indiana leads the current points standings with one tour victory as past BOSS champions Mike Miller and Dustin Smith are very much within striking distance and both are hoping to become the tour's first repeat champion.  Cooper Clouse, Aaron Middaugh, Michael Fischesser. Chad Wilson, Justin Owen, Cody Gardner and Bob McMillin round out the top 10 in points, but with only 4 events remaining, time is running out in the championship chase.
 
Gates will open at 3 pm on Saturday with the drivers meeting at 5:15 pm and hot laps at 6:00 pm.  Racing will begin at 6:30.  Pit passes will be $30 while general admission is $15 with kids 12 and under free with paid adult.  For teams, there will be no charge for transponder rentals and no mufflers are required for this event. 
 
For more information be sure to watch the series website at www.buckeyesprints.com and the track website at www.montpeliermotorspeedway.com .  You can also find BOSS on twitter and facebook for raceday updates!!
 
  

 

MVT / BOSS Sprints Ready to Rumble at Moler
 
Each year, the Mo Vaughn Transport / Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series has one event on the schedule that surprises EVERYONE with great racing, a large field, and an overall fantastic night of racing.  One year ago, the scene was the Montpelier Motor Speedway in Indiana when 41 of the best non wing sprints in the nation played before a record crowd at the newly remodeled facility.  The traveling series returns to Montpelier on September 12th for an encore performance.
 
The surprise event of 2015 may very well be this coming Friday night when the tour invades Moler Raceway Park near Williamsburg, Ohio for the first time ever!  Located in southwestern Ohio along scenic route 32, this quarter mile high banked bullring played host to a handful of non sanctioned, non wing sprint car events when it first opened under the promotion of former Lawrenceburg promoter Tom Weick.  With many other Friday tracks shutting down or switching nights to accommodate high school football season, the Moler event will be packed with race cars. 
 
Shawn Westerfeld of nearby Guilford, Indiana will come into the event with the points lead over past BOSS champions Mike Miller and Dustin Smith who both still have a very realistic shot at a repeat title.  Cooper Clouse, Aaron Middaugh, Chad Wilson and Michael Fischesser also all have title chances, but with only 5 events remaining, it's time to put it all on the line!
 
Friday night, gates will open at 5 pm with the drivers meeting at 7 pm.  Hot laps will begin at 7:15 with racing promptly at 7:45.  Only 3 divisions will be running so the program will be moving along quickly!  Mufflers or muffler inserts are mandatory for this event.  Watch for details on prices to be announced on the Moler website at www.molerracewaypark.com or follow the tour on facebook and twitter. 
 
The A-Main purse is as follows:  1500, 900, 700, 600, 500, 450, 400, 375, 350, 325, 300, 290, 280, 270, 260, and 250 to start
 
Heat Races Pay:  40, 30, 20, 10
Heat race sponsors:  Moose Racing (Anaheim, CA), Lias Tire/American Racer, Hoosier Racing Tire, Buckeye Machine (Forest, OH), FAST Signs (Dayton, OH), Kistler Engines (Fremont, OH)
 
Bonus Awards are as follows:
The Bridge Restaurant (Sidney, OH) - Hard Charger Award - $50
The Hochstetler Truck Repair (Mansfield, OH) - Steel Block Award - $50
The Lynn Cook (a racer's friend) - Hard Luck Award - $50
The A Plus Automatic Transmission (Mansfield, OH) - Perseverance Award - $50
The Apple Metal Polishing (Eldorodo, OH) - Lucky Pill Draw Award - $40
Hoosier Tire Bonus (highest finisher on all 4 Hoosiers) - Free Tire
American Racer Tire Bonus (highest finisher on all 4 AR's) - Free Tire

 

 

Meseraull Claims $5,000 in BOSS / Hensel Memorial Win  
 
San Jose, California native Thomas Meseraull made the Cali natives 3 for 3 in the Mo Vaughn Transport - BOSS / Hensel Memorial by claiming the $5,000 first prize on Saturday night.  The two previous events were won by Robert Ballou (Rocklin, CA) in 2013 and Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, CA) in 2014.  The win however, did not come easy for "T-Mez" as a miscue after his heat win found him upside down in the Stan Courtad #9x in Fremont Speedway's first turn. 
 
The evening began with 43 Mo Vaughn Transport BOSS sprint cars signing in for qualifications.  The one lap - against the clock proved tricky for some and advantageous for others.  Tracy Hines in the Hines #4T set fast time with a 14.494 to edge Meseraull and Kody Swanson out of the fast time award.  After qualifying, Hines was honored on the front stretch where he rolled the die to bring up the "8" inversion.  Therefore, the fastest 8 cars who transferred out of their heat would make the 8 car inversion.
 
Heat race events saw the top 6 inverted in each heat with the top 4 advancing to the main event and getting their qualifying time back.  Hines, Meseraull, Derek Hastings, Shane Cottle and Landon Simon all won heat race events.  Meseraull made his win a little extra exciting for the fans as he hooked the cushion and flipped in turn 1 after taking the checkered flag.  The team was able to make quick repairs and be ready for the main event.   The twin B-Main events were claimed by Kody Swanson and Todd Keen. 
 
The 33 lap Hensel Memorial found tour regulars Kent Wolters  and Cody Gardner pacing the field to the starters green flag.  Scotty Weir and Ted Hines made up row 2 with Mike Miller and Landon Simon in the 3rd row.  Meseraull and Hines would start together in row 4 with Cottle starting back in the #13 position.
 
The initial start saw 3 cars coming together in turn 1 and 2 ultimately eliminating Bill Rose and Michael Fischesser.  At the drop of the second green it was Tipp City, Ohio driver Kent Wolters who rocketed to a comfortable early lead over Gardner.  Several cars were on the mover early including Meseraull, Swanson, and Cottle who had started 13th.  Landon Simon was also on the move early,  however, working lap #3, an over eager Simon spun in turn 1 to bring out the race's first caution. 
 
Back under green, Wolters continued to show the way but Meseraull was clearly the man on the move taking over the runner-up spot on lap 6.  Just as the lead battle was taking shape, the race's second and final caution flew when Andy Feil spun to a stop working lap #9.  The restart order saw Wolters leading with Meseraull, Cottle, Gardner, Tracy Hines, Weir, Swanson, Brandon Spithaler, Brian Smith and Ted Hines rounding out the top 10.
 
On the restart, Meseraull needed less than a lap to take over the top spot to officially lead lap #9.  Cottle quickly moved to the runner-up spot and over the next 23 laps the 2 heavyweight contenders would throw down in a battle royale for a $5,000 payday.  Meseraull, on all four Hoosier tires, held steady at the point as the charging Cottle flirted with disaster reeling in the leader in the Hazen #57 clad with all four American Racers.  The duo entered lapped traffic on lap 18  as the war waged on with Meseraull able to keep the Courtad 9 just a few car lengths in front.
 
The deciding factor of the race may have come on lap #25 when Meseraull dove inside a lapped car exiting turn 4 and Cottle throttled the car to the high side making it 3 wide down the narrow Fremont front stretch.  Contact was made but everyone stayed straight and Meseraull was able to pull away by a few car lengths.  The final 8 circuits saw Cottle try valiantly to reel in Meseraull, and a last lap herculean effort saw Cottle throw the car in deep to pull even with the leader off turn 4, but Meseraull had the momentum to hang on by a car length in yet another exciting BOSS feature finish!  Defending race winner Kody Swanson charged from his 11th starting spot to round out the podium.
 
The rest of the top 5 were Tracy Hines and Brian Smith who was driving the Mike Hensel tribute #33 car.  The rest of the top 10 were Kent Wolters, Cody Gardner, Dallas Hewitt, Brandon Spithaler, and Shawn Westerfeld.  Hewitt was the Bridge Restaurant "Hard Charger" of the night and took home an extra $333 courtesy of Hughes Racing.  Westerfeld quietly extended his points lead over defending champ Mike Miller and inaugural champion Dustin Smith. 
 
The tour is now silent for 2 weeks before returning to action on Friday, September 4th at Moler Raceway Park in Williamburg, Ohio.  This will be the very first visit to the 1/4 mile bullring located deep in southwestern Ohio.  Watch for details on this event in the coming days!

 

$5,000 to Win Hensel Memorial Up Next 

The 2015 BOSS championship chase is now entering the home stretch as only 7 events remain. Up next is the 3rd annual "Mike Hensel Memorial" at Fremont Speedway this Saturday, August 15th. This year's event will see a record BOSS total purse that is highlighted by a $5,000 to win 33 lap A-Main on the historic Sandusky County Fair 1/3 mile oval. The purse has been increased throughout the field including $2,000 for the runner-up and $1,000 for 3rd place. The 10th place finisher will earn $500 and the race will pay $333 to start in memory of Hensel who raced with the number 33.

This will be a historic event in other ways as well, as for the first time since its inception in 2011, the Mo Vaughn Transport BOSS sprints will time trial. Although adamant about the draw / redraw system for regular events, promoter Aaron Fry realizes the importance of time trialing with big money on the line. The format will see single car qualifying with the top 6 inverted in each heat race. The fast qualifier will come out after time trials to roll the dice to see if the A-Main will invert four, six or eight positions. The top 4 finishers in each heat will advance to the main event and earn their time back. The top qualifiers who make it through their heat will make up the inversion. The B-Main will be lined up from heat race finishes. Drivers advancing through the B-Main will also get their time back, but can not start in front of any of the inversion cars.

In addition to a great A-Main payout of over $15,000, there will be heat race and bonus awards up for grabs. Heat races pay the top four finishers $40, $30, $20 and $10 respectively. There will also be five cash bonus awards, gift certificates and free tires from American Racer and Hoosier up for grabs. The complete list of awards is posted below.

The two previous winners of the Hensel Memorial have both been California drivers. Robert Ballou of Rocklin, California won $3,300 in the 2013 event and a year ago, Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson took home a $5,000 payday. This year, the BOSS tour regulars are determined to defend the home turf and they will be led into battle by the current point leader, the "Guilford Gasser" Shawn Westerfeld and defending tour champion, the "Magic Man", Mike Miller. Dustin Smith and Cooper Clouse have recent wins fueling their momentum headed into the big weekend. Aaron Middaugh is quietly having his best season sitting 5th in points, and after a good run a week ago, Michael Fischesser has climbed back into title contention.

Other BOSS stars expected to be in the field include Chad Wilson, Cody Gardner, Justin Owen, Bob McMillin, Scott Hardman, Joe Butera, Brandon Spithaler, Kirk Jeffries, Chuck Wilson, Bobby Distel, George Willard and Kent Wolters. As always, some Fremont local runners are expected to take a shot at the big prize and in typical BOSS fashion, you just never know who may show up!

Gates will open at 4 pm Saturday with racing action getting underway at 7 pm. Pit passes will be $35 with general admission $20 and senior citizens at $18. Students will be $12 with kids age 10 and under admitted free. Also on the card will be 305 winged sprints, dirt trucks and the 602 crate late models. For drivers, mufflers or muffler inserts are required! Fuel will be available at the track. There are absolutely no fees to race with BOSS and it is an open tire series. Any tire that is commercially available is legal.

For more information you can visit the BOSS website at www.buckeyesprints.com or the track's website at www.fremontohspeedway.com

Special thanks to the many sponsors who make this series possible - their awards are listed below

Heat Race Sponsors: $100 each (paid out 40, 30, 20, 10 to top 4)
Heat # 1 - Moose Racing / Huntington Beach Glass - Anaheim, CA
Heat #2 - Lias Tire / American Racer
Heat #3 - Hoosier Tire Midwest
Heat #4 - Buckeye Machine & Fab - Forest, OH
Heat #5 - FAST Signs - Dayton, OH
Heat #6 - Southeast Harley Davidson - Cleveland, OH

Bonus Awards:
The Bridge Restaurant - Sidney, OH - "Hard Charger" - $50
Lynn Cook "A Racer's Friend" - "Hard Luck Award" - $50
A Plus Automatic Transmission - Mansfield, OH - "Perseverance Award" - $50
Hochstetler Truck & Auto Repair - Ashland, OH - "Steel Block Award" - $50
Apple Metal Polishing - Eldorodo, OH - "Lucky Pill Draw" - $40
Design 500 Racewear - Seattle, WA - "Rusty McClure Tribute Award" - $100 gift certificate
Diversified Machine - Lancaster, PA - "First B-Main non transfer Award" - $25 gift certificate
Lias Tire / American Racer - Tire Bonus - Free tire to highest finisher on all four American Racer tires
Hoosier Tire Midwest - Tire Bonus - Free tire to the highest finisher on all four Hoosier tires

 

 

Simon Scores Again in MVT / BOSS Sprints at Wayne County
 
In the four year history of the Mo Vaughn Transport BOSS tour, there has been very few drivers record multiple wins in the same season.  Diversity and large car counts have seen seasons with 11 different winners in 12 events in 2012 and 13 different winners in 14 events in 2013.  Now, Landon Simon joins a very short list of drivers to score more than a single BOSS win in the same season.  Last night he scored his 3rd career BOSS win by picking up the main event victory at the Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio driving the Mount Baker Vapor #24.
 
The evening began with 22 drivers signed in for competition setting up 3 exciting heat races.  Before the action really got underway, Cincinnati driver Buddy Lowther broke a rear axle in hot laps and narrowly averted a serious situation as he rolled the car to a stop.  The 3 preliminary heat races were won by three recent tour winners, Simon, Cooper Clouse, and Shawn Westerfeld.
 
The top 3 drivers from each heat race went into a redraw that found defending champion Mike Miller and youngster Cooper Clouse on the front row.  Michael Fischesser and Andy Feil made up row #2 with a stacked row 3 consisting of Simon and Westerfeld.  From the very drop of the green flag, it was Mike Miller who rocketed to an early lead.  The race's only red flag would fly quickly though when Chuck Wilson and Randy Fink tangled on lap 2.  Wilson somehow saved what appeared to be a disaster happening, but Fink was not as fortunate as he rolled the #41 car but emerged unhurt.
 
Back under green, Miller continued to show the way with Clouse in tow, but Simon and Westerfeld were like a cavalry charge on their way to the front.  Miller was hampered by a shock that broke shortly after the red flag, and he was forced to give way to Simon who took the lead on lap #5.  Westerfeld was to the runner-up spot by lap #6 and the duo would throw down over the remaining circuits to decide the outcome on the Orrville, Ohio 3/8 mile clay oval.
 
Two more cautions on laps 13 and 18 for Steve Little and Jeremy Shambaugh would give Westerfeld the opportunity to clos