Recent Tour Photos
 
MIKE MILLER-82, ANDY FEIL-08 AND BRANDON SPITHALER-57 RACE IN BOSS SPRINT CAR ACTION AT MERCER SAT NIGHT-JIM BALENTINE PHOTO
 
3 WIDE BOSS SPRINT ACTION AT MERCER SAT NIGHT WITH BRANDON SPITHALER-57, CARMEN PERIGO-21, AND ANDY FEIL-08-JIM BALENTINE PHOTO
 
ARNIE KENT-18 BATTLES COOPER CLAUSE-14C IN BOSS SPRINT ACTION AT MERCER SAT NIGHT-JIM BALENTINE PHOTO
RILEY VANHISE-96 LEADS GALE RUTH -5X AND RICK HOLLEY-86 IN BOSS SPRINT ACTION AT MERCER SAT NIGHT-JIM BALENTINE PHOTO
 
THE BOSS SPRINTS GO 4 WIDE IN FEATURE ACTION AT MERCER SAT NIGHT-JIM BALENTINE PHOTO
 
GALE RUTH JR-5X LEADS MICHAEL FISHCESSER-4 AND BRANDON SPITHALER-57 IN THE BOSS SPRINT FEATURE AT MERCER SAT NIGHT-JIM BALENTINE PHOTO 
 
CARMEN PERIGO -21 BATTLES ARNIE KENT-18 IN THE BOSS SPRINT FEATURE AT MERCER SAT NIGHT-JIM BALENTINE PHOTO 

2016 BOSS Heat Race Sponsors
 


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2015 Buckeye Machine BOSS Bonus Award Sponsors


The Bridge Restaurant "Hard Charger" Award
 

The Hochstetler Truck & Auto Repair "Steel Block" Award
 
 


Lucky Pill Draw Award

 

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




                                                                       
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