PENNSYLVANIA SPEEDWEEK FINALE JAN OPPERMAN-DICK BOGAR MEMORIAL
Sunday night will feature the 410 sprint cars in the final race of the Jake’s Way Back Burgers/Trone Outdoor PA Speedweek Finale honoring the memory of the late driver-car owner duo of Jan Opperman and Dick Bogar. The 30-lap 410 sprint car feature will pay $5,000 to win and $400 to start.
The super sportsman and 305 sprint cars will each compete in 20-lap main events to round out the open wheel tripleheader this Sunday.
Since 2005, the Opperman Memorial has been run in conjunction with the PA Speedweek Series for 410 sprint cars at Selinsgrove. The inaugural Opperman Memorial was won by Todd Hestor of Middleburg in 2002. Last year’s race went to Brent Myers of Myerstown.
Selinsgrove Speedway is where Opperman won the most races—19 in a sprint car—and where he clinched his only track championship in 1973. In 1974 and 1976 he qualified for the Indianapolis 500 and then returned to Pennsylvania to race sprint cars. He suffered a career-ending injury in a URC-sanctioned sprint car race in 1981 at the Jennerstown Speedway. Opperman died in 1997 at the age of 58.
Bogar is credited with recruiting Opperman to turn the wheel on what would be become one of the most famous sprint cars in the history of the sport – the Bogar No. 99. The Bogar family name has a long heritage with the historic Snyder County half-mile oval. It was the Bogar Lumber Company that supplied the lumber to build the track’s current covered grandstand. Bogar passed away in 2014 at the age of 86.
Greg Hodnett of Spring Grove won the Ray Tilley Classic for 410 sprint cars at the track earlier this season on May 24.