Kody Swanson in victory lane at Fremont Speedway 5/3/14

2012 BOSS champ Dustin Smith and "Hard Charger" of the night Brian Smith at Fremont 5/3/14

Defending BOSS champ Tony Beaber gets upside down in his heat at Fremont 5/3/14

Michael Fischesser battles Thomas Meseraull in the first heat at Fremont 5/3/14

Photos courtesy of C J Gilbert Photography

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2014 Buckeye Machine BOSS Bonus Award Sponsors


The Bridge Restaurant "Hard Charger" Award
 

The Hochstetler Truck & Auto Repair "Steel Block" Award
 

The Lynn Cook "Hard Luck" Award
 


              

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Spithaler Dominates Wayne County in Impressive Style
 
The Buckeye Machine BOSS sprints, like many in the wingless sprint car world, take great pride in the competitiveness of this brand of motorsports competition.  In many cases, entire events are run with all cars finishing on the lead lap and most races see many lead changes.  These facts simply make what Brandon Spithaler did last night in the Tom Burkey owned Superior Tank and Trailer #57B all the more impressive.  From his pole starting position, the Evans City, Pennsylvania driver literally blasted the tacky and choppy Wayne County Speedway corners.  With the car rarely on 4 wheels, the "Evans City Earthmover" proceeded to lap all but the runner-up car by lap #21.  Working lap 22, Spithaler cleared the second place car to put the entire field one lap in arrears, but the race's only caution flew, allowing the runner-up car to stay on the lead lap.
 
With Wayne County Speedway running their weekly winged 410 sprints in conjunction with BOSS, the event saw the smallest field of the year signed in for competition with 21 non wing drivers ready to battle the extremely heavy 3/8 mile oval.  The evening began with 3 preliminary heat races which thrilled the fans as winning drivers came from the 5th, 6th, and 5th starting positions.  Derek Hastings led much of heat race #1 but Joe Liguori made his statement coming from 5th to steal the win late as Hastings and Chuck Wilson held on to earn their way into the Buckeye Machine redraw.  Heat #2 found Logan Hupp coming from 6th to defeat Dustin Smith while Chad Wilson rounded out the top 3 to go to the redraw.  The 3rd and final heat race was a glorious battle between title contenders Michael Fischesser, Mike Miller, and Brandon Spithaler which saw Fischesser lead early, then fading on the heavy conditions.  The crowd then looked on as Miller and Spithaler were left swapping the lead over the final laps.  Spithaler was able to prevail for the win with Miller and Fischesser headed for redraw.
 
Toledo, Ohio driver Chad Wilson would pace the field to the green with Spithaler alongside.  Fischesser and Hastings would start from row 2 with a stacked field behind them.  Spithaler wasted no time in asserting his command as he opened a substantial lead in the first 5 laps.  Despite the apparent runaway up front, the BOSS gladiators put on a driving clinic as the 4 way battle for the runner-up spot on the choppy conditions proved harrowing.  Michael Fischesser, Chuck Wilson, Joe Liguori and Dustin Smith ran inches apart making breathtaking moves through traffic.  
 
By the halfway mark, Spithaler was in heavy lapped traffic with a half lap lead over Fischesser and Liguori.  Back in the pack, Mike Miller and Aaron Middaugh had begun to move toward the front.  The race stayed green as Spithaler kept fans on the edge of their seats with bicycling and wheelies in nearly every corner.  The lap 22 caution that prevented Spithaler from officially lapping the field came out when Steve Little spun in turn 2 while simultaneously Fischesser and Smith made contact taking Fischesser out of the event.  The race was restarted with 4 laps remaining and on the white flag lap, series regular Adam Miller climbed the wheel of Jeremy Duposki and went for one of the highest and wildest flips in series history.  Despite major roll cage damage, Miller was able to walk away unhurt.
 
The green flag waved for the final time with a one lap shootout to finish the event and there was no denying the Burkey #57B from its first trip to victory lane at Wayne County.  Following Spithaler to the checkered was Joe Liguori, Dustin Smith, Chuck Wilson and Mike Miller.  Rounding out the top 10 were Derek Hastings, Aaron Middaugh, Chad Wilson, Kirk Jeffries and Jeremy Shambuagh.  
 
The win, the fourth of Spithaler's BOSS career, now puts him atop the all time win leaderboard with the series.  This was his second win of 2014 and he now joins Logan Hupp as multi time winners this season.  Both drivers have 3 more shots at making history by becoming the first driver to win 3 races in one season!  The series' final 3 events will be at Montpelier Speedway in Montpelier, Indiana on Saturday, September 6th followed up by a pair of Ohio track finales at Fremont Speedway October 4th and Eldora Speedway October 11th.


Wayne County Speedway Sprint Car Doubleheader
 
This Saturday, August 16th is a show sprint car fans will not want to miss at the Napa Auto Parts - Wayne County Speedway near Orrville, Ohio.  The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series  event that was rained out in July will be on the card this Saturday as a make-up event.  In addition, WCS promoter Jason Flory has decided to add his weekly winged 410 sprint cars to the card as well!  Fans will get to see complete programs for wing and non wing sprint cars in addition to late models, super stocks, mini stocks and mini wedges for just $15.  With the added excitement of such a large program, Wayne County Speedway has also added the Electromode band which will be playing some pre-race entertainment from 3 to 6 pm. 
 
The title chase for the BOSS non wing sprints is rapidly coming to a close with just 4 events remaining and no less than 4 drivers with a legitimate shot at the championship.  "The Magic Man" Mike Miller of Wapakoneta, Ohio will come in with a 24 point lead over the "Hustlin Hoosier" Dustin Smith of Russiaville, Indiana.  Smith has close company with the "Nati Nightmare" Michael Fischesser of Cincinnati, Ohio just 7 points behind.  You can never count out the "Evans City Earthmover" Brandon Spithaler from Evans City, Pennsylvania who is just 46 markers behind Fischesser and only 77 points from the championship lead.  Of the four, Smith is the only one to have scored previous wins at WCS recording two victories.  Miller, Spithaler, and Smith all have one win apiece on the trail in 2014.  
 
Other drivers expected to be in action are BOSS regulars Bob McMillin, Joe Butera, and Adam Miller representing the Keystone state of Pennsylvania.  "Joltin" Joe Liguori and "Lightning" Logan Hupp will help Smith represent the Hoosier state of Indiana.  However, the Buckeye series is well represented with Ohio drivers Derek Hastings, Chad Wilson, Aaron Middaugh, Scott Hardman, Andy Fike, Chuck Wilson, Steve Little and George Willard.  
 
The standard BOSS purse will be in effect paying $1500 to win and $250 to start with $100 guaranteed to any driver who fails to start the A-Main.  As always, BOSS pays many bonus incentives and the top  heat race positions pay $40, $30, $20, and $10 each.  Special thanks to our sponsors:  Buckeye Machine (Forest, OH), The Bridge Restaurant (Sidney, OH), Lynn Cook (Dayton, OH), Hochstetler Trucking (Ashland, OH), K-D Pizza (Wooster, Mansfield, Ashland, OH), Cowen Truck Lines (Perrysville, OH), Burdette Builders (Sunman, IN), Lias Tire American Racer (Indiana, PA), Hoosier Tire Midwest (Indianapolis, IN), Indy Race Parts (Indianapolis, IN), Southeast Harley Davidson (Cleveland, OH), The Blue Room Restaurant (Kirby, OH), Precise Racing (Sarver, PA), FAST Signs (Dayton, OH), McMillin Apiaries (Wampum, PA), and Rusty and Cappie McClure (Ashland, OH).
 
Pit gates will open at 3 pm with drivers meeting at 6 pm.  BOSS pill draw will open at 4:30 pm.  Transponders are required and Wayne County Speedway is setting the standard for the industry by having the technology where BOTH types of transponders will work.  For more information, please log on to www.waynecountyspeedway.com or check out the BOSS website at www.buckeyesprints.com or phone 740-703-3768.


,Hupp and Leary score Buckeye Machine BOSS wins in Hoosier Doubleheader
 
Fantastic racing, packed grandstands, and overflow pit areas made up the theme for the Buckeye Machine BOSS doubleheader this weekend.  "Lightning" Logan Hupp became the first driver to strike twice this season on the BOSS tour becoming the first repeat winner as he scored the win at the Whitewater Valley Speedway on Friday night.  C.J. Leary scored his second career BOSS win on Saturday as he scored the victory in the "Jason Soudrette Memorial" at Lawrenceburg Speedway.
 
When the touring stars of BOSS rolled into Whitewater Valley on Friday night, it was the first time a large sprint car show had been at the facility in many years.  A great field of 35 cars were on hand, much to the delight of the overflow crowd which was reportedly the largest in nearly 20 years at the track.  Preliminary heats were won by Brandon Spithaler, Chase Briscoe, Jarrett Andretti, Logan Hupp, and Kevin Thomas Jr.  The twin consolation races were taken by Dustin Smith and Joe Liguori. 
In heat race #4, Aaron Middaugh and Dallas Hewitt got together exiting turn 4, sending Middaugh into a wild series of flips down the frontstretch.  Middaugh climbed out only shaken, but not seriously injured.  
 
The 25 lap A-Main found BOSS regular Mike Miller on the pole with Kentucky driver Aric Gentry alongside.  Logan Hupp and Jarrett Andretti made up row 2.  At the drop of the green flag, it was the "Magic Man" Mike Miller who blasted to the early lead with Hupp in tow.  Fans were on the edge of their seats however as Kevin Thomas Jr had started from the 7th spot and was clearly the man on the move.  
 
Miller led through lap 6, but Hupp was able to wrestle the lead away to  lead laps 7-10.  Thomas made his way to the runner-up slot by lap 8 and had his sights set on the lead.  Working lap 11, Thomas made his first bid for the lead and officially led the lap.  However, a determined Logan Hupp battled back to regain the lead a lap later.  What ensued from that point will go down in Whitewater Valley history as one of the most epic battles in track history as the pair traded slide jobs on the tight bullring, even through heavy traffic.  In the end, "Lightning" Logan Hupp struck the hardest in picking up his second career BOSS win in the Marshall Motorsports #2m owned by Ray Marshall out of Forest, Ohio.  Thomas held on for second with Mike Miller, Jarrett Andretti and Garrett Abrams rounding out the top 5.
 
The next night the series moved on to Lawrenceburg Speedway for an emotional night in honoring an original BOSS racer, in the 1st annual "Jason Soudrette Memorial".  Another fine field was on hand, this time 36 cars strong, to honor the memory of the #44 driver who competed in the very first BOSS events in 2011.  
 
Preliminary heats were won by Shawn Westerfeld, Michael Fischesser, Joe Liguori and C.J. Leary. The twin consolation events were taken by Garrett Abrams and Mike Miller.  During heat race #3, a scary incident occurred when Landon Simon flipped in turn 1-2 completely destroying his car, but thankfully he escaped uninjured.
 
The main event was brought to green by C.J Leary and Brandon Spithaler.  Leary wasted no time in establishing a dominant early lead, but Joss Moffatt appeared to be the fastest car on the track as he advanced from 6th starting spot to run 2nd by lap 4.  The race's first caution flew on lap 6 when Adam Miller spun to a stop in turn 2.  
 
On the restart, Leary was able to put a small gap between himself and Moffatt leaving Brandon Spithaler and Shawn Westerfeld in a fierce battle for 3rd.  Behind that pair, a trio of other drivers were waging a titanic battle of their own as Jarrett Andretti, Joe Liguori and Logan Hupp ran inches apart on the high speed palace of Lawrenceburg Speedway.
 
The second caution flew on lap 10 when Garrett Abrams, Matt Goodnight and Tony Main all came to rest in a minor incident in turn 4.  The 3rd caution came on lap 14 when Adam Miller spun again, ending his night.
 
With 11 laps remaining, Leary and Moffatt had established themselves as the pair who would settle the score and both were looking for their second career BOSS win at Lawrenceburg.  Working lap #22, Moffatt appeared to have momentum and was setting up for a great lead battle when the race's final caution flew for T.J. Heil on the backstretch.  Later Moffatt would say the caution was what he did not need.
 
The final 3 laps were victory laps for C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Indiana as Moffat held on for second.  Jarrett Andretti prevailed in the war for the final podium spot and also was the Hard Charger of the night advancing 8 spots from his 11th starting position.  Brandon Spithaler and Shawn Westerfeld rounded out the top 5.  The rest of the top 10 were Logan Hupp, Michael Fischesser, Justin Owen, Dustin Smith and Drew Abel.
 
Next up for the BOSS series, they will travel to Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio Saturday, August 16th 
for a makeup race from the July 26th rain out.  Updated point standings will be released on Monday.  
 
 
Event #11 of 16
Whitewater Valley Speedway - 8/1/2014

Buckeye Machine B.O.S.S 410 Sprints (35 Cars)
[#]-Starting Position

Heat 1 - Burdette Builders (Sunman, IN):  (8 Laps - Top 3 transfer to the A-feature)
1. 57B-Brandon Spithaler[1] ; 2. 10-Aric Gentry[2] ; 3. 2G-Patrick Giddens[4] ; 4. 24M-Adam Miller[6] ; 5. 32M-Derek Hastings[5] ; 6. 5M-Bob McMillin[3] ; 7. Dillien Brannin[7]

Heat 2 - Lias Tire / American Racer (Indiana, PA):  (8 Laps - Top 3 transfer to the A-feature)
1. 5B-Chase Briscoe[2] ; 2. 82-Mike Miller[5] ; 3. 59-Scott Hampton[1] ; 4. 04-Drew Abel[6] ; 5. 77-Dustin Smith[3] ; 6. 53-Steve Little[4] ; 7. 6-Cody Gardner[7]

Heat 3 - Fast Signs (Dayton OH):  (8 Laps - Top 3 transfer to the A-feature)
1. 18-Jarrett Andretti[3] ; 2. 15-Brandon Whited[5] ; 3. 0-Steve Irwin[2] ; 4. 3T-Tony Beaber[6] ; 5. 31-Chuck Wilson[1] ; 6. 97-Scott Hardman[7] ; 7. 27-Matt Brannin[4]
 
Heat 4 - Kistler Engines (Fremont, OH):  (8 Laps - Top 3 transfer to the A-feature)
1. 2M-Logan Hupp[2] ; 2. 32-Garrett Abrams[6] ; 3. 69-Dallas Hewitt[3] ; 4. 6RR-Joe Liguori[5] ; 5. 3-Joe Butera[1] ; 6. 7x-Evan Gindling[7] ; 7. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[4]
 
Heat 5 - Indy Race Parts (Indianapolis, IN):  (8 Laps - Top 3 transfer to the A-feature)
1. 9K-Kevin Thomas Jr.[5] ; 2. 26-Justin Owen[1] ; 3. 4-Michael Fischesser[6] ; 4. 83-Adam Cruea[3] ; 5. 14-Chad Wilson[4] ; 6. 3J-Johnny Beaber[2] ; 7. 42-John Race[7]

B-Main #1 -  (10 Laps - Top 3 transfer to the A-feature)
1. 77-Dustin Smith[4] ; 2. 24M-Adam Miller[1] ; 3. 83-Adam Cruea[3] ; 4. 5M-Bob McMillin[6] ; 5. 3T-Tony Beaber[2] ; 6. 3-Joe Butera[5] ; 7. 97-Scott Hardman[7] ; 8. 3J-Johnny Beaber[DNS] ; 9. 6-Cody Gardner[DNS] ; 10. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[DNS] 
 
B-Main #2 - (10 Laps - Top 3 transfer to the A-feature)
1. 6RR-Joe Liguori[2] ; 2. 04-Drew Abel[1] ; 3. 14-Chad Wilson[5] ; 4. 31-Chuck Wilson[4] ; 5. 32M-Derek Hastings[3] ; 6. 7x-Evan Gindling[7] ; 7. 27-Matt Brannin[9] ; 8. 42-John Race[10] ; 9. 65-Dillien Brannin[8] ; 10. 53-Steve Little[DNS] 

A-Main - (25 Laps) 
1. 2M-Logan Hupp[3] ; 2. 9K-Kevin Thomas Jr.[7] ; 3. 82-Mike Miller[1] ; 4. 18-Jarrett Andretti[4] ; 5. 32-Garrett Abrams[5] ; 6. 15-Brandon Whited[9] ; 7. 10-Aric Gentry[2] ; 8. 59-Scott Hampton[12] ; 9. 69-Dallas Hewitt[14] ; 10. 0-Steve Irwin[13] ; 11. 2G-Patrick Giddens[11] ; 12. 4-Michael Fischesser[15] ; 13. 6RR-Joe Liguori[17] ; 14. 14-Chad Wilson[21] ; 15. 57B-Brandon Spithaler[10] ; 16. 24M-Adam Miller[18] ; 17. 83-Adam Cruea[20] ; 18. 26-Justin Owen[6] ; 19. 77-Dustin Smith[16] ; 20. 5B-Chase Briscoe[8] ; 21. 04-Drew Abel[19]

Bonus Award Winners:
 
The Bridge Restaurant of Sidney, OH - "Hard Charger" - Chad Wilson (+7)  - $50
      
 Lynn Cook "a racer's friend" of Dayton, OH - "Hard Luck Award" - Dustin Smith - $50

 
Hochstetler Truck and Auto Repair - "Steel Block Award" - not claimed - $50

Rusty & Cap McClure of Ashland, OH - "Lucky Pill Draw" - Jarrett Andretti  - Free Pit Pass/Hot Dogs for Crew
 
Lias Tire of Indiana, PA - "American Racer Bonus Award" -  Michael Fischesser - Free Tire
 
Hoosier Tire Midwest - "Hoosier Tire Bonus Award" - Logan Hupp - Free Tire
 
 
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Event #12 of 16
Whitewater Valley Speedway - 8/2/2014

Buckeye Machine B.O.S.S 410 Sprints (36 Cars)
[#]-Starting Position

Heat 1 - Burdette Builders (Sunman, IN):  (8 Laps - Top 4 transfer to the A-feature)
1. 89-Shawn Westerfeld[1] ; 2. 2M-Logan Hupp[4] ; 3. 10-Aric Gentry[6] ; 4. 26-Justin Owen[8] ; 5. 32-Garrett Abrams[5] ; 6. 13E-T.J. Heil[2] ; 7. 39-Matt Goodnight[9] ; 8. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[3] ; 9. 14-Shawn Miller[7]

Heat 2 - Lias Tire / American Racer (Indiana, PA):  (8 Laps - Top 4 transfer to the A-feature)
1. 4-Michael Fischesser[1] ; 2. 5J-Joss Moffatt[5] ; 3. 24M-Adam Miller[2] ; 4. 04-Drew Abel[9] ; 5. 82-Mike Miller[6] ; 6. 32M-Derek Hastings[3] ; 7. 11-David Applegate[7] ; 8. 3-Joe Butera[4] ; 9. 320-George Willard[8]
 
Heat 3 - Elliott Custom Trailer Sales (Warsaw, IN):  (8 Laps - Top 4 transfer to the A-feature)
1. 6RR-Joe Liguori[2] ; 2. 57B-Brandon Spithaler[1] ; 3. 18-Jarrett Andretti[3] ; 4. 77-Dustin Smith[4] ; 5. 14-Chad Wilson[5] ; 6. 31-Chuck Wilson[9] ; 7. 51-Ronnie Combs[7] ; 8. 97-Andy Fike[6] ; 9. 24-Landon Simon[8]

Heat 4 - Fast Signs (Dayton, OH):  (8 Laps - Top 4 transfer to the A-feature)
1. 30-C.J. Leary[6] ; 2. 83-Adam Cruea[5] ; 3. 71-Dwayne Spille[2] ; 4. 74-Tony Main[8] ; 5. 5-Bob McMillin[1] ; 6. 44-Jeff Harriss[3] ; 7. 7x-Evan Gindling[7] ; 8. 25-Eric Semple[4] ; 9. 42-John Race[9]
 
B-Main #1 -  Indy Race Parts (Indianapolis, IN):  (10 Laps - Top 3 transfer to the A-feature)
1. 32-Garrett Abrams[1] ; 2. 39-Matt Goodnight[5] ; 3. 13E-T.J. Heil[3] ; 4. 14-Chad Wilson[2] ; 5. 31-Chuck Wilson[4] ; 6. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[7] ; 7. 14M-Shawn Miller[9] ; 8. 97-Andy Fike[8] ; 9. 51-Ronnie Combs[6] ; 10. 24-Landon Simon[DNS]

B-Main #2 - (10 Laps - Top 3 transfer to the A-feature)
1. 82-Mike Miller[1] ; 2. 5-Bob McMillin[2] ; 3. 7x-Evan Gindling[6] ; 4. 44-Jeff Harriss[4] ; 5. 11-David Applegate[5] ; 6. 32M-Derek Hastings[3] ; 7. 3-Joe Butera[7] ; 8. 25-Eric Semple[8] ; 9. 320-George Willard[9] ; 10. 42-John Race[10]

A-Main - (25 Laps) 
1. 30-C.J. Leary[1] ; 2. 5J-Joss Moffatt[6] ; 3. 18-Jarrett Andretti[11] ; 4. 57B-Brandon Spithaler[2] ; 5. 89-Shawn Westerfeld[3] ; 6. 2M-Logan Hupp[5] ; 7. 4-Michael Fischesser[7] ; 8. 26-Justin Owen[13] ; 9. 77-Dustin Smith[15] ; 10. 04-Drew Abel[14] ; 11. 6RR-Joe Liguori[4] ; 12. 82-Mike Miller[18] ; 13. 32-Garrett Abrams[17] ; 14. 7x-Evan Gindling[22] ; 15. 74-Tony Main[16] ; 16. 39-Matt Goodnight[19] ; 17. 5-Bob McMillin[20] ; 18. 44-Jeff Harriss[23] ; 19. 13E-T.J. Heil[21] ; 20. 83-Adam Cruea[8] ; 21. 24M-Adam Miller[10] ; 22. 10-Aric Gentry[9] ; 23. 71-Dwayne Spille[12]


Bonus Award Winners:
 
The Bridge Restaurant of Sidney, OH - "Hard Charger" - 18 Jarrett Andretti (+8) - $50

Lynn Cook "a racer's friend" of Dayton, OH - "Hard Luck Award" - Chad Wilson  - $50

 
Hochstetler Truck and Auto Repair - "Steel Block Award" - not claimed - $50

Rusty & Cap McClure of Ashland, OH - "Lucky Pill Draw" - Aaron Middaugh  - Free Pit Pass/Hot Dogs for Crew
 
Lias Tire of Indiana, PA - "American Racer Bonus Award" -  Brandon Spithaler  - Free Tire
 
Hoosier Tire Midwest - "Hoosier Tire Bonus Award" - C.J. Leary - Free Tire
 

 

 


 

Buckeye Machine BOSS Prepares for Hoosier Invasion
 
With the season a little past the halfway point, the heated points battle in the Buckeye Machine BOSS series is reaching a boiling point.  One of the most anticipated doubleheaders of the season now sets on the horizon as the traveling stars and cars will invade the Whitewater Valley Speedway in Liberty, Indiana on Friday night, August 1st, followed by the 1st Annual "Jason Soudrette Memorial" at Lawrenceburg Speedway on Saturday, August 2nd.  
 
The Friday night event at Whitewater Valley Speedway will see traditional sprint cars making their first appearance there since new promoter Bill Wagner took over the facility.  Recently known as Union County Speedway, the banked 1/4 mile oval has returned now to its original name and Wagner is quickly restoring the facility to its former glory.  Fans and drivers can expect some of the most intense action of the season as the bullring facility is completely enclosed with a concrete retaining wall.  
 
The following night, the true outlaws of BOSS will honor one of their first  and finest drivers who ran in the founding days of the series.  When it all began in 2011, Jason Soudrette ran the only 2 events sanctioned that season at K-C Raceway in Chillicothe, Ohio and at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio.  With plans to follow the tour full time in 2012, Soudrette was stricken with an illness that would ultimately take him from us way too soon.  The series and the track that Jason called home will come together Saturday night, August 2nd to present the "Jason Soudrette Memorial" at the Legendary Lawrenceburg Speedway.  This event will feature an enhanced purse of $2,044 to win with the "44" added in honor of the orange #44 Soudrette piloted.  The event will also pay $300 to start the event.
 
Russiaville, Indiana driver Dustin Smith leads the points in his quest to become the first repeat series champion.  Smith took home the inaugural championship in 2012.  However, Mike Miller of Wapakoneta, Ohio is right on his heels along with Michael Fischesser of Cincinnati.  Evans City, Pennsylvania driver Brandon Spithaler will be in the famous Burkey #57B and sits fourth in points while Derek Hastings of Forest, Ohio rounds out the top 5.   Defending BOSS champion Tony Beaber has had a miserable season and will no doubt be on the prowl for a win to turn his season around.  Lightning Logan Hupp will be charged and ready to return to his home track aboard his BOSS entry of the #2M of Marshall Motorsports.  Hupp scored 2 Lawrenceburg wins before going on the road this season where he added a win at historic Lernerville Speedway to his resume.  
 
Friday night's event at Whitewater will feature the standard BOSS purse of $1,500 to win and $250 to start while the Lawrenceburg Soudrette Memorial purse has been enhanced to $2,044 to win and $300 to start.  Pit passes will be $30 both nights.  Gates will be open all day at both facilities for teams to enter early, but pit gates will open officially at 4 pm.  There will be no transponder fees at either event and of course there are never any fees to race with BOSS.   
 
BOSS would like to thank title sponsor Buckeye Machine of Forest, Ohio along with heat race sponsors Burdette Builders of Sunman, Indiana, Lias Tire/American Racer of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kistler Racing Engines of Fremont, Ohio, and FAST Signs of Dayton, OH.  Heat races pay the top 4 finishers $40, $30, $20, and $10 respectively.  
 
Bonus awards available for this event include the Hochstetler Truck and Auto Repair "Steel Block Award" of $50 to the highest finishing iron engine block.  The Lynn Cook "Hard Luck Award" will be $50 to the driver officials decide has had the worst racing luck of the night.  The Bridge Restaurant of Sidney, Ohio "Hard Charger Award" provides $50 to the driver advancing the most positions from his assigned starting spot in the A-Main.   A free tire is also up for grabs from both Hoosier Tire Midwest and Lias Tire/American Racer to the driver finishing the highest on all 4 of each brand of tires.
 
The official host hotel of the weekend is the Lawrenceburg, Indiana Holiday Inn Express located less than a mile from the track.  Rooms for Friday night are $88 and you must ask for the "Buckeye Outlaws" rate.  Rooms can be reserved by calling 812-537-2552.  There is ample parking for race haulers in the old casino parking lot next door and security will be patrolling the lot.  Fans are also welcome to, and encouraged to use the host hotel.
 
For more information on the weekend you can email the series director at sprinter14@hotmail.com or phone 740-703-3768.  You may also log onto the series website at www.buckeyesprints.com  

 


 

Westfall Scores First Career BOSS win at WRP
 
Despite overcast skies and rain all around, the Buckeye Machine BOSS sprints forged ahead with the cooperation of Waynesfield Raceway Park and completed a show the fans will not soon forget.  An astounding field of 53 traditional sprint cars signed in for the 4th annual "Dick Spencer Memorial" and the fans who braved the weather were treated to 6 heat races, 3 last chance races and a great 30 lap main event.
 
In customary BOSS action, Pleasant Hill, Ohio driver Matt Westfall had to earn his victory.  Driving the Best Performance Motorsports #54 out of St. Mary's Ohio, Westfall had to charge from an 8th starting position in the heat to finish 2nd in order to make the BOSS redraw.  A "7" draw would then force Westfall to go on the high side to put on yet another passing clinic en route to scoring the popular win at the track many have referred to as "Westfall" Raceway Park.
 
The 30 lap Spencer Memorial was paced to the starters green flag by front row starters Kyle Simon and Tom Rhodes.  It was Rhodes jumping out to the quick early lead and setting the pace for the first 4 circuits with Joss Moffatt and Joe Liguori battling for second.  Moffatt reeled in Rhodes and took command on lap 5, but the car on the move was Todd Keen in the #18 who had charged from 10th to 3rd by lap #6.
 
The race's first of 4 caution flags would fly on lap 11 when Thomas Meseraull rolled to a stop in the Stensland #41 with mechanical issues.  On the restart, the running order was Moffatt, Keen, Liguori, Kyle Simon and Westfall.  Back under green, Moffatt continued to show the way as Westfall continued to roll the high side right into the runner-up spot working lap #15. A lap later the second caution flew for a tangle involving Beau Stewart and Landon Simon.  
 
The ensuing restart, Westfall was able to wrestle the lead from Moffatt.  A lead he would never relinquish despite two more caution flags.  A lap 17 caution would take Todd Keen from the event after a spectacular run up to the lead battle.  The final caution came on lap 28 when Jamie Fredrickson stopped at the top of turn 1.
 
Westfall pulled away to a convincing win followed by Kyle Simon, Joss Moffatt, Joe Liguori, and Kody Swanson.  Rounding out the top 10 were Dustin Smith, Dustin Ingle, Tyler Hewitt, Cody Gardner, and Michael Fischesser.
 
Preliminary heats were won by Moffatt, Liguori, Meseraull, Smith, Ingle, Rhodes.  Three last chance events were taken by Cody Gardner, Conner Donelson, and Stratton Briggs.  
 
In other news, the Buckeye Machine BOSS series is proud to welcome aboard new heat race sponsor Fast Signs of Dayton, Ohio who will now be sponsoring a heat race for the balance of the season!  BOSS would also like to thank Burdette Builders of Sunman, Indiana, Lias Tire/American Racer of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kistler Engines of Fremont, Ohio, and S & H Nerfs of Piqua, Ohio all for sponsoring a heat race last night to provide extra money to the drivers in six exciting heat races.
 
Bonus award sponsors also are a huge contributor to the series including The Bridge Restaurant of Sidney, Ohio, Hochstetler Truck and Auto Repair of Ashland, Ohio, Lynn Cook of Dayton, Ohio, Hoosier Tire Midwest and Lias Tire American Racer.  The free drink cooler of Gatorade and bottled water is supplied courtesy of the Blue Room Restaurant of Kirby, Ohio.  Also a special thanks goes out to Indy Race Parts for being the official parts supplier of the series!
 
The next BOSS event is this Saturday, July 26th as the series returns home to Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio.  The series is already deep into scheduling for 2015 and teams are encouraged to get ready for an exciting new season in '15!  

 


 

BOSS Buckeye Showdown Set for WRP
 
One of the most anticipated events of the year in traditional sprint car racing will take center stage this Saturday, July 19th.  The 4th annual "Dick Spencer Memorial" at Waynesfield Raceway Park will find the traveling stars of the Buckeye Machine BOSS tour facing off against the WRP regulars who will be ready to defend their home turf.  A lot of bragging rights will be on the line as the buckeye state's only traveling tour meets the state's only weekly traditional sprint car track regulars.
 
A fierce points battle is heating up for the BOSS tour as Mike Miller of Wapakoneta, Ohio holds a slim lead over a hard charging Dustin Smith of Russiaville, Indiana.  Smith, the 2012 tour champ, is fresh off a pair of runner-up finishes in Pennsylvania that found the "Hustlin Hoosier" jumping from 4th to 2nd in points, now trailing Miller by a mere 21 points.
 
Michael Fischesser of Sayler Park, Ohio dropped to 3rd in points and is madly in search of his first career tour victory.  Brandon Spithaler of Evans City, Pennsylvania also closed the gap on the leaders, now sitting in 4th, after having scored the most recent BOSS victory leading wire to wire at America's Motorsports Park in Clearfield, Pennsylvania last weekend.  Rounding out the top 5 in points is defending series champion Tony Beaber of Gibsonburg, Ohio who has had a tumultuous 2014 and is in search of a win to turn around the season.
 
Buckeye Machine of Forest, Ohio is the title sponsor of the BOSS series and the title sponsor of the Waynesfield Raceway Park sprint car division.  This Saturday will be corporate night for the company that has done more for traditional sprint car racing in Ohio than any other in the modern era.  Ray Marshall, owner of Buckeye Machine also fields 2 race cars under the Marshall Motorsports banner.  The pilots of their cars have both found a lot of recent success with the tour.  Derek Hastings who drives the #32M jumped from 10th to 6th in points during the Pennsylvania doubleheader and Logan Hupp who pilots the #2M scored his first tour win at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania.  
 
Rounding out the top 10 in BOSS points are Chuck Wilson of Perrysburg, Ohio who sits 7th.  Aaron Middaugh of Polk, Ohio, is the only driver to attend every BOSS event from its inception in 2011,  currently sits in 8th.  Chad Wilson of Toledo, Ohio is fresh off his career best tour finish of 3rd and currently sits 9th in points.  Adam Miller of McDonald, Pennsylvania rounds out the 10th spot.  Like Beaber, Miller has had a tumultuous season with some great early race runs that did not end anywhere close to what he appeared to be headed for.  
 
Other drivers who have been following the BOSS tour that fans can expect to see are Pennsylvania runners Bob McMillin and Joe Butera of Wampum.  The legendary Johnny Beaber of Gibsonburg, Ohio will be piloting the familiar #3J.  Joe Liguori of Tampa, Florida is racing out of Indianapolis for the summer and has become a full time runner as well and is a new threat at every stop along the tour!
 
Waynesfield Raceway Park will supply a great field of drivers ready to do battle as well.  Kyle Simon leads the current track standings with Mike Dunlap, Cooper Clouse, Andy Conley and Dustin Ingle representing the top 5.  Rounding out their top 10 are Luke Hall, Tyler Hewitt, Stratton Briggs, Jimmy Snead and Lee Underwood.
 
This Saturday, gates will open at 4 pm with hot laps at 6 pm and racing at 7 pm.   Adult general admission (16 and up) is a bargain at $12 while kids age 11-15 are $6 and 10 and under are free.  Pit passes are only $25.  For more information on Waynesfield Raceway Park, please visit their site at www.waynesfieldmotorsportspark.com   or visit the BOSS site at www.buckeyesprints.com 


 

Hupp and Spithaler Pick Up BOSS Victories
 
The Buckeye Machine BOSS sprint tour crossed the halfway mark of the 2014 season with events #8 and 9 of the 16 race schedule being run over the holiday weekend.  The buckeye tour found Indiana and Pennsylvania natives getting the job done.  Friday night it was Columbus, Indiana driver Logan Hupp in the Ray Marshall Motorsports #2M scoring his career first BOSS victory at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania.  Saturday at America's Motorsports Park, Evans City, Pennsylvania shoe Brandon Spithaler parked the Tom Burkey owned #57B Superior Tank & Trailer entry in victory lane.  
 
A stout field of 26 traditional sprint cars signed in for competition Friday night.  Heat race victories were scored by Logan Hupp, Tony Beaber, and Mike Miller and the B-Main was picked up by Lernerville Hall of Famer Johnny Beaber.   The exciting preliminary action saw a finish among 3 cars in the first heat you could throw a blanket over as Hupp narrowly defeated Spithaler and Dustin Smith.  Then in heat two, Tony Beaber and Jack Sodeman jr banged wheels a few times chasing Joe Liguori for the lead, then on the final corner, Beaber threw the monster slide job to steal the win.  Heat #3 found Brandon Cornelius collected by a spinning Dick Mahoney, sending Cornelius on a wild end over end tumble off the top of the turn 2 banking.  
 
The 25 lap A-Main was paced to the green flag by Jack Sodeman Jr. and Joe Liguori.  Sodeman blasted to the early lead but it was 4th place starter Logan Hupp quickly racing up to the lead battle with 3rd starting Brandon Spithaler in tow.  Working lap #3 Hupp poked his nose past Sodeman for the lead on the backstretch to officially lead lap 3.  Over the next few laps, Sodeman would lead through both corners of the racetrack with Hupp using his momentum from the top groove to lead down both straights.  Working lap #5 Hupp began to open a narrow lead as Spithaler and Miller began to work Sodeman for the runner-up spot.  
 
The race stayed green as Spithaler finally took over 2nd place on lap 13 using the extreme outside, and even running off the backstretch looking for traction.  Two laps later, Miller also got past Sodeman placing him 3rd.  Just when Hupp appeared to be stretching his lead over the furious battle behind him, the race's only caution flew on lap 17 for a spun Gale Ruth Jr in turn number one.
 
Under the caution flag, disaster struck the #57B of Spithaler as he had a flat right rear tire.  He was able to restart at the rear, but left Mike Miller and Dustin Smith to battle it out with Hupp over the final 8 circuits.  
 
What transpired over those final 8 laps would need to have been seen to fully comprehend what went on.  An unofficial 22 lead changes took place in those final 8 laps.  Although Hupp would lead at the stripe on all but one occasion, Mike Miller led through turns 1 and 2 on laps 18 through 20.  On lap 22, the lead changed 3 times in one half a lap as Hupp led down the backstretch only to see the biggest slider of the night from Dustin Smith.  Mike Miller pulled the crossover move to lead exiting turn 4, but Hupp rolled the top of the track, then diamond down off 4 to pass them both to hold onto the official lead.
 
Dustin Smith of Russiaville, Indiana finally took the official lead and got credit for one official lap led on lap 24.  But Logan Hupp was not to be denied on this night.  Smith led down the backstretch on the final circuit, but Hupp stole one from the playbook of Smith and threw a slide for life into turn 3, beating Smith to the line by 0.138 seconds.  Mike Miller , Sodeman and Tony Beaber rounded out the top 5 while Michael Fischesser, Derek Hastings, Aaron Middaugh, Johnny Beaber and Andy Feil completed the top 10.
 
All 20 A-Main starters not only finished the event, but all 20 did so on the lead lap.  Officially there were 3 lead changes among 3 different leaders, but for fans on hand who witnessed the event, they saw the lead change an incredible 31 times with 5 different drivers in the lead battle in an event with one caution in the 25 laps.
 
On Saturday night, another strong field of 27 cars was signed in for the largest crowd in the history of America's Motorsports Park.  The field was divided into 4 heat races and they were claimed by Brandon Spithaler, Mike Miller, Chuck Wilson and Tony Beaber.  The intense B-Main event was garnered by Ontario Canada driver Dick Mahoney.  
 
The 25 lap / 20 car A-Main on the tight quarter mile oval would prove to be a true dogfight.  Pennsylvania BOSS regulars Adam Miller and Brandon Spithaler would bring the cars into battle.  Spithaler rocketed to the early lead using the high side while 4th starting Aaron Middaugh followed him to second spot.  Sixth starting Dustin Smith was to 4th in less than a lap.  It didn't take long for the first caution to fly though as working lap #3, Tony Beaber and Scott Hardman spun to a stop.  
 
On the restart, Aaron Middaugh tried to dive beneath Spithaler for the lead, but cooked it in a little too hot, spinning in front of the field and collecting BOSS stalwarts Mike Miller, Adam Miller and Johnny Beaber.  Only Beaber was able to continue.  
 
The new top 5 became Spithaler, Smith, Chuck Wilson, Arnie Kent and Michael Fischesser.  Working lap #6 the race's 3rd caution would fly when non wing first timer Bradley Howard who was running very well, spun in turn 2 collecting Tampa, Florida driver Joe Liguori and previous night's victor Logan Hupp who had been charging through the field from his 18th starting spot.  
 
On the restart, Michael Fischesser proved he was the man on the move as he slid past Arnie Kent for fourth, then quickly reeled in veteran driver Chuck Wilson for 3rd.  Also on the move were Chad Wilson  who quickly was up to 5th from his 12th starting spot and Joe Butera who had started 20th.  
 
As Spithaler set a blistering pace, the battle was for 3rd as Fischesser relentlessly hounded Chuck Wilson.  Finally working lap #17, Fischesser moved to the outside line and as he tried to make the pass, the 2 cars made contact sending Fischesser around in turn 4.  A brief fire was extinguished along with his chances at the win.  
 
Two more late race cautions forced the series to have its first ever fuel stop in its 4 seasons of existence.  Although the tires may have cooled slightly, the fire in Brandon Spithaler did not, as he was looking for redemption from the previous nights flat tire while battling for the lead.
 
When the racing resumed, Spithaler opened up another commanding lead proving this WAS his night.  Russiaville, Indiana driver Dustin Smith was the only driver with top 5 finishes both nights as he scored a runner-up finish once again.  Chuck Wilson, Chad Wilson and Derek Hastings rounded out the top 5, with all three drivers scoring their best career BOSS finishes.  Arnie Kent, Joe Butera, Joe Liguori, Logan Hupp and Dick Mahoney rounded out the top 10.
 
The series now moves on to Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield, Ohio on Saturday, July 19th for the 3rd annual "Dick Spencer Memorial".   Waynesfield is the Ohio weekly home of non wing sprint car racing and BOSS is Ohio's touring group.  Fans will not want to miss this battle of travelers versus the locals in the TRUE Buckeye Showdown.  


 

BOSS Teams Ready for Holiday Doubleheader in PA
 
As the Buckeye Machine BOSS championship battle nears the halfway point, the stars and cars of the tour head back into Pennsylvania for a doubleheader weekend.  Friday night will find the wingless warriors battling on the historic 4/10 mile Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania.  On Saturday, the tour will make history once again as they attack America's Motorsports Park in Clearfield, Pennsylvania.  This will mark the first time wingless sprint cars have ever run at the 1/4 mile semi banked facility.
 
"The Magic Man" Mike Miller of Wapakoneta, Ohio will enter the weekend with a 14 point lead over Michael Fischesser of Cincinnati, Ohio.  Other Ohio drivers chasing the tour points will include Chuck Wilson, Derek Hastings, Aaron Middaugh, Chad Wilson, Tony Beaber, Johnny Beaber, Scott Hardman and Andy Fike.  Keystone state BOSS regulars will include Bob McMillin, Adam Miller, Brandon Spithaler and Joe Butera.  The Hoosier state will be represented by Dustin Smith, Logan Hupp and Joe Ligouri.  Fans can also expect to see a strong field of Lernerville and AMP regulars as they defend their home turf.  
 
Lernerville Speedway first began operations in 1967 as a quarter mile oval built and operated by one of the most revered of all race promoters, Mr. Don Martin.  In 1971, the track was enlarged to 1/3 mile and in 1983 was increased to its current size which many refer to as a "small half mile".   The BOSS tour first visited the Sarver oval a year ago and 23 cars greeted a large crowd with local favorite Jack Sodeman Jr scoring the popular win.   Track and series officials expect an even stronger car count this year.  With the addition of Buckeye Machine of Forest, Ohio as the title sponsor, there are more tour regulars making every stop along the way in search of the increased 2014 points fund.
 
There are two side notes of interest for Lernerville on Friday night.   First is that Brandon Spithaler who pilots the Tom Burkey #57B Superior Tank & Trailer sprinter currently sits third in BOSS points.  Spithaler is the defending Lernerville Speedway track champion racing with wings.  No doubt Spithaler will have the support of the fans as he looks for his first non wing title.
 
The other interesting side note for Friday night is that Johnny Beaber of Gibsonburg, Ohio will return to action at Lernerville.   What makes this unique is that Beaber is already a member of the Lernerville Speedway Hall of Fame!   It is usually a rare occurrence to catch Hall of Fame members still competing in any sport, but Friday night, fans and fellow drivers will get the honor of seeing the 2012 inductee in action once more.  
 
On Saturday night, the drivers will get their first look at America's Motorsports Park.  This quarter mile first opened in 1992 and operated in the past under the names Hidden Valley Speedway and Gambler's Speedway.  Sprint car owner/driver Jeff Taylor is now in his second season at AMP and he is excited for the first ever appearance of non wing sprint cars at his facility.  The small bullring should prove to be a great equalizer especially considering it is neutral ground for tour regulars.  Many of the tracks 305 competitors are expected to try their luck running wingless and they will have the home track advantage.
 
For teams planning to make the weekend trip, gates at Lernerville open at 5 pm.   At AMP gates will be open all day for the traveling teams.  Both tracks require raceceivers and mufflers are not required at either track.  Methanol will be available at both tracks and Precise Racing will be supplying us with free transponders.   Pit passes both nights are $30.  The official BOSS hotels are both in Clearfield.  The Super 8 Hotel is $68 per night and their phone number is 814-768-7580.  Also, the Hampton Inn is offering rooms for $85 per night and their number is 814-765-8300.  The hotels are located close to each other and a Sheetz is within walking distance for the convenience of the race teams.  Please remember to ask for the "BOSS Auto Racers Rate for AMP".  Fans following the tour are also welcome to use these hotels and ask for the discounted rate!
 
Both nights will feature the standard BOSS payout for the main event which is as follows: 1500, 800, 700, 600, 500, 450, 400, 375, 350, 325, 300, 290, 280, 270, 260, 250, 250, 250, 250, 250.  Also, any car that attempts to compete and fails to start the main event will be guaranteed a minimum of $100.  In a nostalgic throwback that would make Don Martin proud, the tour does pay heat race money.  The top four finishers in each heat race will earn $40, $30, $20 and $10 respectively courtesy of our great heat race sponsors: Burdette Builders of Sunman, Indiana, Lias Tire/American Racer of Indiana, PA, Precise Racing Products of Sarver, PA and the Blue Room Restaurant of Kirby, Ohio.
 
BOSS bonus awards will be in effect including the Bridge Restaurant of Sidney, Ohio "Hard Charger Award" of $50 to the hard charger of the main event.  Steel block cars and 305 teams will be gunning for the Hochstetler truck and Auto Repair of Ashland, Ohio "Steel Block Bonus" of $50 to the highest finisher with a cast iron engine block.  Lynn Cook "A Racer's Friend" from Dayton, Ohio will provide the "Hard Luck Award" of the night worth $50 to the driver voted by track and series officials to have had the worst luck of the night.  Finally, McMillian Apiaries of Wampum, PA will award $25 and a jar of honey to the driver making the "Sweet Move of the Race".
 
As always, there are NO FEES to race with the true outlaw sprinters of the BOSS tour.  There is no tire rule.  However, more bonus awards are up for grabs as the highest finisher on all four American Racer tires will earn a free tire from Lias Tire / American Racer and the highest finisher on all four Hoosiers will earn a free tire from Hoosier Tire Midwest. 
 
For more information, the series website is www.buckeyesprints.com or e-mail sprinter14@hotmail.com.  Series director Aaron Fry can also be reached at 740-703-3768.   

 


 

Buckeye Machine BOSS Stars to Invade the Monster Half Mile
 
The stars and cars of the Buckeye Machine BOSS sprint tour will return to action this Saturday night, June 21st at Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.  The traditional sprinters have not seen a repeat winner in the six races contested so far in 2014 and another wide open field is expected for this event.  Known as the "Monster Half Mile", the track actually measures closer to five-eighths of a mile out near the guardrail, where the fast groove often winds up at feature time.
 
Pennsylvania race fans can expect to see another full field of wingless sprint cars.  The BOSS tour is proud to have 15 cars who have signed in for competition at every event this season and as always, a handful of local cars will be in the pits along with a few wild card entrants.  
 
Leading the field of BOSS entrants will be series points leader Mike Miller of Wapakoneta, Ohio who holds a slim 14 point margin over Michael Fischesser of Cincinnati, Ohio.  Miller is fresh off a win at Raceway 7 in late May and Fischesser is in search of his first tour victory.  Local superstar Brandon Spithaler of Evans City, Pennsylvania sits 3rd in the tour standings and will have the support of many of the PPMS faithful.  Past BOSS champions Tony Beaber of Gibsonburg, Ohio and Dustin Smith of Russiaville, Indiana are both on the prowl to become the first ever repeat champions and both have had great runs on the Monster Half Mile with the June show a year ago being the site of Beaber's lone victory in his championship season defeating a fine field of 22 main event starters.  
 
The potent father/son team of Chuck and Chad Wilson are 2 tour regulars representing the Buckeye state along with Aaron Middaugh, Derek Hastings, Andy Fike, and the ageless veteran Johnny Beaber.  Spithaler is not the only local driver campaigning on the tour this season as Pennsylvania fans will also see Adam Miller, Bob McMillin, and Joe Butera representing the Keystone state.
 
The wild card for this event would have to be Joe Ligouri of Tampa, Florida who has confirmed his entry.  Ligouri ran his first BOSS race of the season last week scoring an impressive 3rd place in a stout 39 car field in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.  The interesting side note is that Joe is the grandson of Ralph Ligouri who may be better known as "Ralphie the Racer" and who ran many NASCAR Grand National and USAC Championship events from the 1950's through the 90's.  Ralph will be in attendance this Saturday at PPMS which is now home to the bleachers and lights from the old Heidelberg Speedway.  Ironically, Ralph Ligouri was in the field for the 1951 NASCAR race at Heidelberg in front of the same fixtures his grandson will race before almost 63 years later.
 
Pit gates will be open early for drivers traveling long distances.  Pits will be officially opened at 4 pm.  For teams, mufflers are not required  but the red transponders are required along with raceceivers.   This event will pay the standard BOSS purse of $1500 to win but start money has been increased to $300 to start the main event.  
 
For more information on this or other events, check out the series website at www.buckeyesprints.com or phone 740-703-3768.   


 

Meseraull Claims Buckeye Machine BOSS at Lawrenceburg
 
Once again, the Buckeye Machine BOSS series treated fans to a stellar field of cars in both quality and quantity last night at Lawrenceburg Speedway.  An incredible field of 39 cars with drivers representing 6 states were signed in for competition.  The spacious Dearborn County facility saw perhaps its largest crowd of the season to witness a traditional sprint car event on the fast, high banked 3/8 mile oval. 
 
The 25 lap main event was run with only one caution flag on lap #10 and all 22 starters not only finished the event, but managed to do so on the lead lap on the dry-slick feature surface.  In the end, it was California native Thomas Meseraull driving the Dave Stensland #41picking up his second career BOSS feature win.  
 
The 22 car field was paced to the green flag by Tampa, Florida native Joe Ligouri.  However, it was outside front row starter Shawn Westerfeld who rocketed to the early lead.  Meseraull wasted little time in advancing from 4th to 2nd and set up the chase for the lead.  Through the early stages, the local hero Westerfeld appeared to be the man to beat.  Then a lap #10 caution for a flat tire on BOSS points leader Mike Miller brought out the race's only caution flag.
 
On the restart, Meseraull knew it was his chance to make the winning move and he threw a slide job on Westerfeld who crossed over to retake the lead.  The next 2 laps saw the pair swap the top spot multiple times with Meseraull officially taking the race lead at the stripe on lap #12.  Once in front, Meseraull began to open up a commading lead as the laps clicked away very quickly on the track that became very hard to pass on.  
 
At the finish, it was Meseraull over Westerfeld. Ligouri, Tyler Courtney, and Landon Simon completing the top 5 finishers.  Rounding out the top 10 were Joss Moffatt, Dickie Gaines, Michael Fischesser, Logan Hupp and Shane Cottle.   Hupp was up to 9th from the 20th starting spot and was the only driver able to do much passing, but enough to earn himself the Bridge Restaurant "Hard Charger" Award worth an extra $50.  
 
Preliminary heats were won by Ligouri, Gaines, Courtney and Simon.  The twin "B" Mains were taken by Chris Gurley and BOSS regular Chad Wilson.  Also in preliminary hot laps, J.T. Stapp of Brownsburg took one of the hardest and wildest rides of the year in BOSS competition, flipping numerous times in turn 1 and 2.  The car was heavily damaged but thankfully Stapp was able to walk away under his own power.
 
Up next for the Buckeye Machine BOSS Tour is the largest track on the schedule, the "Monster Half Mile" At Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 21st.  This event last year at PPMS saw 11 lead changes among 5 different drivers in a 21 lap main event with series champion Tony Beaber picking up the win.  Officials expect another strong field of cars on the ultra competitive Monster in 2 weeks!


 

Smith Edges Spithaler in Buckeye Machine BOSS Thriller at Mercer
 
In what is apparently becoming the new BOSS trend, a second photo finish just 2 weeks apart was required to determine the feature winner Saturday night at Mercer Raceway Park.  The tour's fifth event of the 2014 campaign found a strong 29 cars signed in to do battle on the scenic Mercer oval.  When the dust settled, it was inaugural Buckeye Machine BOSS champion, Dustin Smith of Russiaville, Indiana who picked up the accolades.  Dustin became the first winner of 2014 to be on all American Racer tires as he led an all-American Racer 1-2 sweep.
 
Preliminary heat race events were won by local favorite Arnie Kent, Brandon Spithaler, defending series champ Tony Beaber, and Aaron Middaugh.  The 10 lap B-Main saw non wing rookie driver Andy Feil score an impressive victory.  Feil then parlayed that run into the feature where he earned the Bridge Restaurant "Hard Charger Award" by moving from 17th to a 9th place finish.  Charlie Cornelius was the charger of the B-Main coming from 12th to 5th to barely miss the big dance, however he was awarded with the Lynn Cook "Hard Luck Award".
 
The main event found "Superman" Arnie Kent and the "Hustlin' Hoosier" Dustin Smith on the front row.  The initial start saw Kent shoot to the early lead, however, the log jam start found Bob McMillin getting turned around necessitating a complete restart.  On the second start, Smith apparently was more prepared as he beat Kent to the first corner to snare the lead, one that he would never relinquish.  However, this was not indicative of the quality of the race as the Evans City Earth Mover, Brandon Spithaler was all over the track and sometimes off the track showering spectators with clay as he battled up to the rear bumper of Smith.  Spithaler's multiple wheelies and dramatic flair would earn him the McMillin Apiaries "Sweet Move of the Night" Award.  
 
The race's only caution flew on lap 7 when the #16 car of Gary Rankin coasted to a stop.  Once back under green the laps clicked away quickly and the crowd rose to their feet as Spithaler found momentum at the very top edge of the track and made a run at the finish that saw Smith edge him by 0.014 seconds to take the victory.  Following Smith and Spithaler was Arnie Kent in third with the Magic Man Mike Miller again appearing from deep in the pack to another top finish coming home 4th and stretching his newfound points lead.  Tied for the most all time feature wins is Jack Sodeman Jr who came home 5th just in front of BOSS regulars Tony Beaber and Aaron Middaugh.  Rounding out the top 10 were Brandon Matus, Andy Feil and Chad Wilson.
 
Johnny Beaber won the Hochstetler Trucking "Steel Block Award" for being the highest finisher in the main with an iron engine as he finished 12th.  Scott Hardman won the Rusty and Cappi McClure "Lucky Pill Draw" for the night.  Race winner Dustin Smith won the American Racer Tire Award and Arnie Kent won the Hoosier Tire Bonus Award.  
 
Up next for the Buckeye Machine BOSS sprints is Saturday, June 7th when the series visits the historic Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.  Mike Miller will roll into town with the points lead over Michael Fischesser, however, the Dearborn County Fairgrounds oval is Fischesser's home track.  Dustin Smith, Brandon Spithaler, and Tony Beaber have all righted their ships and now appear to be serious title contenders as we enter the heart of the season.  Watch for exciting details concerning the June 7th event!
 
Event #5 of 16
 Mercer Raceway Park - 5/24/2014

Buckeye Machine B.O.S.S 410 Sprints (29 Cars)
[#]-Starting Position

Heat 1 - Burdette Builders (Sunman, IN):  (8 Laps - Top 4 transfer to the A-feature)
1. 18-Arnie Kent[3] ; 2. 82-Mike Miller[8] ; 3. 5x-Gale Ruth Jr.[5] ; 4. 5-Bob McMillin[2] ; 5. 16-Gary Rankin[5] ; 6. 6-Sheila Rankin[1] ; 7. 9-Brandon Cornelius[6] ; 8. 2s-Francis Sesco[4] 

Heat 2 - Lias Tire / American Racer (Indiana, PA):  (8 Laps - Top 4 transfer to the A-feature)
1.57B-Brandon Spithaler[1] ; 2. 23Jr-Jack Sodeman Jr.[3] ; 3. 3J-Johnny Beaber[2] ; 4. 24M-Adam Miller[5] ; 5. 08-Andy Feil[6] ; 6. 33-Brent Matus[4] ; 7. 53-Steve Little[7]

Heat 3 - Precise Racing/Hoosier Tire:  (8 Laps - Top 4 transfer to the A-feature)
1. 3T-Tony Beaber[3] ; 2. 13-Brandon Matus[1] ; 3. 14-Chad Wilson[4] ; 4. 4-Michael Fischesser[7] ; 5. 31-Chuck Wilson[4] ; 6. 76-Davey Jones[2] ; 7. 79-Johnny McCracken Jr.[5]
 
Heat 4 - Buckeye Machine & Fab (Forest, OH):  (8 Laps - Top 4 transfer to the A-feature)
1. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[2] ; 2. 77-Dustin Smith[6] ; 3. 32M-Derek Hastings[3] ; 4. 97-Scott Hardman[1] ; 5. 1R-Gale Ruth Sr.[4] ; 6. 3-Joe Butera[7] ; 7. X-Charlie Cornelius[5]
 
B-Main - Superior Tank & Trailer:  (10 Laps - Top 4 transfer to the A-feature)
1. 08-Andy Feil[2] ; 2. 16-Gary Rankin[1] ; 3. 31-Chuck Wilson[3] ; 4. 1R-Gale Ruth Sr.[4] ; 5. X-Charlie Cornelius[12] ; 6. 76-Davey Jones[7] ; 7. 3-Joe Butera[8] ; 8. 2s-Francis Sesco[13] ;  9. 53-Steve Little[10] ; 10. 9-Brandon Cornelius[9] ; 11. 79-John McCracken[11] ; 12. 6-Sheila Rankin[5] ; 13. 33-Brent Matus[6]

 
 A-Main - (25 Laps) 
1. 77-Dustin Smith[2]; 2. 57B-Brandon Spithaler[3]; 3. 18-Arnie Kent[1]; 4. 82-Mike Miller[7]; 5. 32Jr-Jack Sodeman Jr.[6]; 6. 3T-Tony Beaber[8]; 7. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[4]; 8. 13-Brandon Matus[5]; 9. 08-Andy Feil[17]; 10. 14-Chad Wilson[11]; 11. 5x-Gale Ruth Jr.[9]; 12. 3J-Johnny Beaber[10]; 13. 4-Michael Fischesser[15]; 14. 32M-Derek Hastings[12]; 15. 31-Chuck Wilson[19]; 16. 24M-Adam Miller[14]; 17. 5-Bob McMillin[13]; 18. 1R-Gale Ruth Sr.[20]; 19. 97-Scott Hardman[16]; 20. 16-Gary Rankin[18] 

Bonus Award Winners:
 
The Bridge Restaurant of Sidney, OH - "Hard Charger" - Andy Feil (+8)  - $50
      
 Hochstetler Truck & Repair of Ashland, OH - "Steel Block Award" - Johnny Beaber - $50
 
Lynn Cook "a racer's friend" of Dayton, OH - "Hard Luck Award" - Charlie Cornelius - $50

 
McMillin Apiaries of Wampum, PA - "Sweet Move of the Race" - Brandon Spithlaer - $25 and a Jar of Honey

 Rusty & Cap McClure of Ashland, OH - "Lucky Pill Draw" - Scott Hardman  - Free Pit Pass/Hot Dogs for Crew
 
Lias Tire of Indiana, PA - "American Racer Bonus Award" -  Dustin Smith - Free Tire
 
Hoosier Tire Midwest - "Hoosier Tire Bonus Award" - Arnie Kent - Free Tire

 


Miller Magic Mystifies Raceway 7 Fans
 
On a chilly historic night in Conneaut, Ohio, Wapakoneta, Ohio's Mike Miller scored a much deserved and long awaited first career Buckeye Machine BOSS feature win.  The "Magic Man" always seemed to just appear from nowhere into the top 5 a year ago, but despite many top fives, had never found victory lane on the tour.  A deep heat race draw set the stage for a great display of passing to win his heat race, then Miller parlayed his 3rd starting feature redraw into a convincing win in front of one of the largest crowds in recent Raceway 7 history.  
 
The win gave Miller the points lead by a mere 4 points, as the High Side Hustler, Michael Fischesser of Sayler Park, Ohio charged from 7th to 2nd in the A-Main to barely lose the points lead.  Defending champion Tony Beaber scored a 3rd place finish while Brandon Spithaler and Dustin Smith rounded out the top 5 finishers.
 
Raceway 7 fans, many of whom were witnessing their first ever traditional non wing sprint race, got quite a thrill in the main event.  The Grafton, West Virginia Crowd Pleaser, Andre Layfield bicycled getting into turn 1 and then went cartwheeling up and over the turn one catch fence to find a parking place in the general admission parking lot.  Thankfully, Andre was only shaken up and walked away from the incident.
 
The series now heads to Mercer Raceway Park in Pennsylvania for event #5 tonight.
 
Event #4 of 16
 Raceway 7 - 5/23/2014

 Buckeye Machine B.O.S.S 410 Sprints (22 Cars)
[#]-Starting Position

Heat 1 - Burdette Builders (Sunman, IN):  (8 Laps - All transfer to the A-feature)
1. 31-Chuck Wilson[1] ; 2. 16-Gary Rankine[3] ; 3. 5-Bob McMillin[4] ; 4. T10-Tom Miller[2] ; 5. 3J-Johnny Beaber[7] ; 6. 3-Joe Butera[6] ; 7. 1R-Gale Ruth Sr[8] ; 8. 97-Scott Hardman[5] 

Heat 2 - Lias Tire / American Racer (Indiana, PA):  (8 Laps - All transfer to the A-feature)
1. 4-Michael Fischesser[1] ; 2. 3T-Tony Beaber[2] ; 3. 77-Dustin Smith[6] ; 4. 24M-Adam Miller[4] ; 5. 21-Andre Layfield[3] ; 6. 14-Chad Wilson[5] ; 7. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[7]

Heat 3 - Southeast Harley Davidson (Cleveland, OH):  (8 Laps - All transfer to the A-feature)
1. 82-Mike Miller[6] ; 2. 57B-Brandon Spithaler[7] ; 3. 32M-Derek Hastings[2] ; 4. 18-Arnie Kent[3] ; 5. 53-Steve Little[4] ; 6. 08-Andy Feil[1] ; 7. 6-Sheila Rankine[DNS]

 A-Main - (25 Laps) 
 1. 82-Mike Miller[3]; 2. 4-Michael Fischesser[7]; 3. 3T-Tony Beaber[1]; 4. 57B-Brandon Spithaler[5]; 5. 77-Dustin Smith[8]; 6. 31-Chuck Wilson[9]; 7. 18-Arnie Kent[12]; 8. 32M-Derek Hastings[6]; 9. 24M-Adam Miller[11]; 10. 14-Chad Wilson[17]; 11. 16-Gary Rankin[2]; 12. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[20]; 13. 3J-Johnny Beaber[13]; 14. 5-Bob McMillin[4]; 15. 53-Steve Little[15]; 16. 1R-Gale Ruth Sr[19]; 17. 3-Joe Butera[16]; 18. 97-Scott Hardman[21]; 19. T10-Tom Miller[10]; 20. 21-Andre Layfield[14] ; 21. 08-Andy Feil[18] ; 22. 6-Sheila Rankin[DNS]

Bonus Award Winners:
 
The Bridge Restaurant of Sidney, OH - "Hard Charger" - Aaron Middaugh (+8)  - $50
      
 Hochstetler Truck & Repair of Ashland, OH - "Steel Block Award" - Johnny Beaber - $50
 
Lynn Cook "a racer's friend" of Dayton, OH - "Hard Luck Award" - Andre Layfield - $50

 
McMillin Apiaries of Wampum, PA - "Sweet Move of the Race" - Chuck Wilson - $25 and a Jar of Honey

 Rusty & Cap McClure of Ashland, OH - "Lucky Pill Draw" - Mike Miller  - Free Pit Pass/Hot Dogs for Crew
 
Lias Tire of Indiana, PA - "American Racer Bonus Award" - Michael Fischesser - Free Tire
 
Hoosier Tire Midwest - "Hoosier Tire Bonus Award" - Mike Miller - Free Tire
 



"Chase Stockon Celebrates in Eldora Victory Lane"
Photo Courtesy of Campbell Photos

Stockon Wins Buckeye Machine BOSS Family Fun Night at Eldora

ROSSBURG, OH (May 16) – A first-time visit to Eldora Speedway’s victory lane is becoming the norm rather than the exception, as Saturday night’s Mobil 1 Family Fun Night action produced another new Eldora winner, as Chase Stockon thrilled a huge throng of chilled race fans.

After knocking on the door several times without success, Stockon finally etched his name into the Eldora record books, by besting a strong 42-car field of Buckeye Machine BOSS (Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series) non winged Sprint Cars.

“I have to tell you,” shouted the jubilant Sullivan, IN driver, “my biggest win so far was at Terre Haute, but this has to rank right up there with it.”

Stockon shot into the lead at the dropping of the green flag, with Justin Grant behind him in pursuit as the pole-sitter, Brandon Spithaler, dropped to third. While Stockon began opening a margin over Grant, deep the in the field a pair of drivers making their moves noticed were Robert Ballou and Brady Bacon.

Ballou completed lap one of the 25-lap A-Feature in eighth spot and every other lap was picking off the cars until he moved into third spot behind Stockon and Grant. After four laps of riding third, Ballou made his bid on lap 13 to move into second and set up a whale of a battle with Stockon. The duo began executing successful slide jobs on each through the lapped traffic, with the crowd in awe at the finesse.

Three laps from the finish, Stockon was able to pin a lapped car between himself and Ballou to take the victory by .270 seconds. Grant hung on for third, while Brandon Whited came on strong in the second-half of the race to finish fourth, just ahead of Mike Miller in fifth.

While Bacon didn’t finish in the top five, he easily passed the most cars on the track. After starting 18th in the 24-car field, he was dialed in and had gotten as high as sixth before looping the car to bring out the caution flag and a restart from the tail of the field. Undaunted, he again picked up where he left off, but simply ran out of time as he had to settle for eighth at the finish.

 

Event #3 of 16
 Eldora Speedway - 5/17/2014

 Buckeye Machine B.O.S.S 410 Sprints (42 Cars)
[#]-Starting Position

Heat 1 - Burdette Builders (Sunman, IN):  (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 2x-Chase Stockon[9] ; 2. 18k-Todd Keen[1] ; 3. 82-Mike Miller[4] ; 4. 3J-Johnny Beaber[3] ; 5. 39-Matt Goodnight[6] ; 6. 10-Aric Gentry[8] ; 7. 14-Chad Wilson[5] ; 8. 15F-Brandon Ferguson[7] ; 9. 83-Adam Cruea[2]

Heat 2 - Lias Tire / American Racer (Indiana, PA):  (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 40-Justin Grant[3] ; 2. 17-Nick Bilbee[2] ; 3. 2H-Brian Hayden[1] ; 4. 2M-Logan Hupp[6] ; 5. 59J-Kirk Jeffries[5] ; 6. 23s-Kyle Simon[7] ; 7. 5M-Bob McMillin[8] ; 8. 53-Steve Little[9] ; 9. 8-Lewie Christian[4]

Heat 3 - Southeast Harley Davidson (Cleveland, OH):  (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 12-Robert Ballou[5] ; 2. 15W-Brandon Whited[3] ; 3. 32M-Derek Hastings[1] ; 4. 31-Chuck Wilson[2] ; 5. 2K-Kevin Klatte[8] ; 6. 5s-Mark Silva[6] ; 7. 97-Scott Hardman[7] ; 8. 63-Huston Hewitt[4]
 
Heat 4 - Indy Race Parts (Indianapolis, IN):  (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 18w-Scotty Weir[4] ; 2. 57B-Brandon Spithaler[1] ; 3. 41-Thomas Meseraull[8] ; 4. 99-Brady Bacon[7] ; 5. 4-Michael Fischesser[3] ; 6. 24M-Adam Miller[2] ; 7. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[6] ; 8. 21-Travis Hery[5]
 
Heat 5 - Fast Signs (Dayton, OH):  (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 22s-Dallas Hewitt[5] ; 2. 5G-Dalten Gabbard[6] ; 3. 77-Dustin Smith[4] ; 4. 11-David Applegate[1] ; 5. 74-Tony Main[8] ; 6. 3T-Tony Beaber[2] ; 7. 19-Jimmy Snead[7] ; 8. 3-Joe Butera[3]
 
B-Main #1 (10 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 39-Matt Goodnight[1] ; 2. 24M-Adam Miller[5] ; 3. 74-Tony Main[3] ; 4. 14-Chad Wilson[6] ; 5. 23s-Kyle Simon[4] ; 6. 2K-Kevin Klatte[2] ; 7. 21-Travis Hery[10] ; 8. 19-Jimmy Snead[8] ; 9. 53-Steve Little[9] ; 10. 97-Scott Hardman[7] ; 11. 83-Adam Cruea[11]

B-Main #2 (10 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[7] ; 2. 4-Michael Fischesser[2] ; 3. 59J-Kirk Jeffries[1] ; 4. 3T-Tony Beaber[5] ; 5. 10-Aric Gentry[3] ; 6. 15F-Brandon Ferguson[8] ; 7. 5s-Mark Silva[4] ; 8. 5M-Bob McMillin[6] ; 9. 8-Lewie Christian[11] ; 10. 63-Huston Hewitt[9] ; 11. 3-JoeButera[10]

 A-Main - (25 Laps) 
 1. 2x-Chase Stockon[2]; 2. 12-Robert Ballou[8]; 3. 40-Justin Grant[6]; 4. 15W-Brandon Whited[7]; 5. 82-Mike Miller[11]; 6. 4-Michael Fischesser[24]; 7. 17-Nick Bilbee[9]; 8. 99-Brady Bacon[19]; 9. 18k-Todd Keen[5]; 10. 24M-Adam Miller[23]; 11. 18w-Scotty Weir[4]; 12. 32M-Derek Hastings[13]; 13. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[22]; 14. 31-Chuck Wilson[18]; 15. 39-Matt Goodnight[21]; 16. 11-David Applegate[20]; 17. 77-Dustin Smith[15]; 18. 57B-Brandon Spithaler[1]; 19. 2H-Brian Hayden[12]; 20. 5G-Dalten Gabbard[10] ; 21. 22s-Dallas Hewitt[3] ; 22. 41-Thomas Meseraull[14] ; 23. 3J-Johnny Beaber[16] ; 24. 2M-Logan Hupp[17]

Bonus Award Winners:
 
The Bridge Restaurant of Sidney, OH - "Hard Charger" - Michael Fischesser (+18)  - $50
      
 Hochstetler Truck & Repair of Ashland, OH - "Steel Block Award" - Johnny Beaber - $50
 
Lynn Cook "a racer's friend" of Dayton, OH - "Hard Luck Award" - Tony Beaber - $50
 
Rusty & Cap McClure of Ashland, OH - "Lucky Pill Draw" - Brian Hayden  - Free Pit Pass/Hot Dogs for Crew
 
Lias Tire of Indiana, PA - "American Racer Bonus Award" - Michael Fischesser - Free Tire
 
Hoosier Tire Midwest - "Hoosier Tire Bonus Award" - Chase Stockon - Free Tire
 

 


 

Eldora Speedway "Family Fun Night" This Saturday May 17th

In just 2 short seasons, The Buckeye Machine BOSS traditional sprint car series has taken giant strides in returning sprint car racing back to its roots.  This Saturday May 17th will mark the third event on the 16 race 2014 tour and is the perfect setting to resurrect more sprint car nostalgia as the brave BOSS competitors get ready to tackle the "Big E".  Officially known as Eldora Speedway, the historic Darke County 1/2 mile oval is arguably the most significant dirt track in the nation and unquestionably one of the most intimidating for drivers.  To win a BOSS event means a driver's name will go down in history.  However, for a driver to win a BOSS war atop the hallowed ground of Eldora Speedway, then his name will echo through the ages.
 
This weekend's event will mark the first time the Buckeye Machine BOSS series will headline "Family Fun Night".  In 2 previous events at Eldora, the series had 33 and 54 cars signed in respectively.  The 54 car field back in October marked the highest car count of any sprint car event held in the Buckeye state in 2013.  With this Saturday's event being held in the heart of race season, a lot of other tracks will be in competition this same night.  Despite that fact, Eldora Speedway and BOSS officials still expect a stellar field of entrants.
 
Leading the gladiators of the BOSS series into battle will be the "The High Side Hustler" Michael Fischesser of Cincinnati, Ohio.  The 21 year old driver of the Amsoil #4 has found himself the early season points leader on the heels of 4th and 3rd place finishes respectively.  In close pursuit is "The Magic Man" Mike Miller in the #82 out of Wapakoneta, Ohio.   Miller was 3rd in last year's points and sits second already despite the fact he has yet to win a BOSS event.  He manages to magically appear in the top 5 at most events and will be in search of his first series win this Saturday night.  
 
Also on the prowl this Saturday night will be a trio of proven BOSS stars.  Past BOSS champions Tony Beaber and Dustin Smith along with last years points runner-up Brandon Spithaler will all be hard on the throttle in search of Eldora glory.  For Beaber of Gibsonburg, Ohio, the "Big E" was the sight of last year's Rocky-like performance.  Beaber had gone toe to toe through all the rounds of the BOSS title fight, only to be "knocked down" in the final round after a violent flip in hot laps at the points finale.  Yet Beaber went to a backup car and raced into the night's main event and ran well enough to secure the title.  Likewise, The Russiaville, Indiana leadfoot Dustin Smith overcame adversity on the famouse half mile to score the inaugural BOSS title in 2012.  Smith lost power in a heat race and had to battle through the B-Main.  Then mounted a furious charge from deep in the field to ironically snare the championship from none other than Beaber himself.  Spithaler, of Evans City, Pennsylvania, was very much in the title hunt a year ago and the Keystone Kid is coming to Eldora looking to place his name on the legendary list of Eldora victors.  
 
Some other drivers the fans will see include the ageless veterans of BOSS Chuck Wilson of Perrysburg, Ohio and one of the "Original Outlaws" Johnny Beaber of Gibsonburg.   Aaron Middaugh of Polk, Chad Wilson of Toledo, Kirk Jeffries of Westerville, and Lewie Christian of West Jefferson will all be representing the Buckeye state.  Representing the Keystone state of Pennsylvania will be Adam Miller of McDonald who led 16 laps of the last BOSS event, along with "The Beekeeper" Bob McMillin and Joe Butera both of Wampum, PA.   Several drivers from outside the BOSS ranks have also expressed an interest in the event.  Fans are likely to see several surprise entrants come race day.
 
Joining the BOSS sprints for "Family Fun Night" at Eldora will be the UMP Modifieds along with the Eldora Speedway Stock Cars.  Adult general admission is only $8 and pit passes are an incredibly low $20.  The night's activities will begin with an autograph session in the "Fan Zone" which will be from 4:30 to 5:30.  At 6 pm the pill draw will close and the driver's meeting will begin.  BOSS competitors will fire motors at 6:20 with hot laps at 6:30.  Opening ceremonies will begin at 7:15 pm with BOSS heat races up first at 7:30.   Many activities for the kids will take place along with a special guest appearance by "Bucky" the BOSS Beaver.   At 10 pm there will also be a fireworks display.
 
The Buckeye Machine BOSS series will once again provide bonus awards and heat race payouts courtesy of fine sponsors like Burdette Builders of Sunman, Indiana, Lias Tire/American Racer of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Hoosier Tire Midwest, Indy Race Parts, The Bridge Restaurant of Sidney, Ohio, Hochstetler Trucking of Perrysville, Ohio, Lynn Cook, a Racer's Friend, and Southeast Harley Davidson of Cleveland, Ohio.   Advertising opportunities with the series are available for one time events or for season long commitments.  As always, the BOSS series thanks Buckeye Machine and Marshall Motorsports owner Ray Marshall for their title sponsorship securing that well over $15,000 in cash and prizes will be paid out to the top 15 in BOSS points in 2014.  
 
For more information on the series, please visit the website at www.buckeyesprints.com or e-mail sprinter14@hotmail.com.  For more information on Eldora Speedway, go to their website at www.eldoraspeedway.com  


 

Layfield Masters Wayne County BOSS Field
 
Despite a less than ideal weather forecast, Wayne County Speedway promoter Jason Flory chose to forge ahead to bring the Buckeye Machine BOSS traditional sprints before his fans tonight.  For the fans who came out, they were rewarded by one of the most spectacular drives in the history of the series.   Grafton, West Virginia crowd pleaser, Andre Layfield, charged from his 16th starting spot and appeared to be destined for a second place finish.  However, off the final corner, Layfield was able to surge past Mike Miller to lead the final 50 feet.  
 
The evening began with 26 Buckeye Machine wingless sprint signed in for competition.   Heat races were won by Mike Miller of Wapakoneta, Ohio, Brandon Spithaler from Evans City, Pennsylvania, and Dustin Smith from Russiaville, Indiana.  For Andre Layfield, the night began ominously in heat #1 when he was scheduled to start on the pole but spun to a stop while lining up.  BOSS rules state that any car requiring a second push is sent to the tail.  Layfield struggled home 6th in heat #1, then proceeded to half track the field in the B-Main event.  
 
With 20 of the best traditional wingless sprint drivers in the Midwest set to do battle for 25 laps, Adam Miller and Tyler Gunn paced the field to the starter's green flag.  Miller, of McDonald, Pennsylvania, surged to a quick opening lap lead in search of his first career sprint car win.  His margin was erased for the race's only caution flag when Tyler Gunn slowed with a flat right rear tire at the completion of the first lap.
 
Back under green, Adam Miller quickly resumed command of the pace with Brandon Spithaler and Johnny Beaber battling for second place.  For many fans, the show was watching Layfield in the QuickTime Suspensions #21 who started 16th and was up to 7th in just 5 laps.  Layfield flirted dangerously close to the steel guardrail in turn 1 and 2 on many occasions, but managed to pick off one car after the other, then suddenly found himself in the top 5.  
 
As the laps quickly went by, it appeared Adam Miller was staring his first win in the eye, but contact with the wall did some minor rear end damage.  This allowed Spithaler and Mike Miller to close the gap forcing a three wide battle for the top spot.  Mike Miller was able to take the lead from Adam Miller (no relation) on lap 17 and suddenly it appeared he would score his first career BOSS main event win.  But Andre Layfield had the "win it or wear it" attitude and mounted a furious charge over the final 5 laps.
 
With the white flag in the air, Layfield knew he had one final shot and he made it count.  He led only the final 50 feet, but it was the final 50 feet that mattered .  The crowd erupted as the cars met the start/finish line with Layfield narrowly edging Mike Miller.  Michael Fischesser, the current BOSS point leader worked some heat into his American Racer tires during the long green flag run and was able to charge from 8th to finish 3rd.  Early race contender Brandon Spithaler scored 4th place cash while winged superstar Kory Crabtree grabbed the 5th spot.  
 
The top 10 finishers were rounded out with Aaron Middaugh, Mike Burkin, Tony Beaber, Logan Hupp, and Chuck Wilson.   Complete finishing results and updated points will be posted tomorrow.  
 
The Buckeye Machine BOSS tour now moves on to Eldora Speedway this Saturday, May 17th for family fun night.  The $8 general admission will be the best value in racing all year!!  Watch for more details soon!


 

Buckeye Machine BOSS Tour Heads Home to Wayne County
 
On the heels of a blockbuster season opener at Fremont Speedway, the Buckeye Machine BOSS sprint tour now sets its sights on the series' most storied venue, the Wayne County Speedway.  The Orrville, Ohio 3/8 mile oval was once known as "Buckeye Speedway" but it has since reverted back to its original name.  In 2011, then rookie promoter Jason Flory took a shot on a rookie series of wingless 410 sprints and that October night set the tone for what has been a tremendous partnership.  The traveling series has now recorded more events here, than at any other venue.  
 
This Saturday, May 10th will see the sixth event in Buckeye Machine BOSS history contested at Wayne County.  No other venue has run more than four so far.  In the previous 5 events, three different winners have found victory lane.  The inaugural series champion, Dustin Smith of Russiaville, Indiana picked up wins in 2011 and 2012.  Local young gun and crowd favorite Sheldon Haudenschild of nearby Wooster swept both BOSS appearances at Wayne County a year ago.  And Mike Burkin charged from 15th starting spot to win the spring 2012 event.
 
This weekend, the series welcomes aboard new heat race sponsors K-D Pizza with locations in Ashland, Mansfield, and Wooster and Cowen Truck Lines of Perrysville, Ohio.  They will join Burdette Builders of Sunman, Indiana and Lias Tire / American Racer of Indiana, Pennsylvania to present heat race payouts to the competitors.
 
As always, the BOSS bonus award system will be in effect with The Bridge Restaurant of Sidney, Ohio covering the $50 "hard charger" award.  Hochstetler Truck and Auto Repair of Ashland, Ohio will award the highest finishing steel block engine with a $50 bonus.  Lynn Cook of Dayton, Ohio will provide a $50 bonus to the night's "Hard Luck" driver of the night.  A new award added for 2014 is the new Rusty and Cappie McClure "Lucky Pill Draw" Award.  Each night, a number is pre-designated and the person drawing that number (or the closest to it) is rewarded with a free pit pass along with hot dogs and drinks for the crew.  
 
As always, the series runs under an open tire rule.  Last week, American Racer tires adorned the feature winning car along with the cars finishing in 4th and 9th respectively.  Hoosier tires ran 2nd, 3rd, and 5th a week ago.  This shows the competitiveness of the series and BOSS is pleased to have both Hoosier and American Racer providing tire bonuses to the highest finisher on all 4 of each brand.
 
For teams traveling to Wayne County, mufflers are required.  Pit gates open at 4 pm.  Pit Passes will be $30.  Teams will be paid by BOSS series check at the conclusion of the night.  Standard BOSS purse will be in effect and it is as follows:   $1500,  $800,  $700,  $600,  $500,  $450,  $400,  $375, $350,  $325,  $300,  $290,  $280,  $270,  $260,  $250,  $250,  $250,  $250,  $250.   We will start a 20 car A-Main event.  For more information, please contact the series director Aaron Fry at 740-703-3768 or e-mail sprinter14@hotmail.com


 

Swanson takes Buckeye Machine BOSS Hensel Memorial

By Brian Liskai

FREMONT, Ohio – Kody Swanson gave his grandfather a wonderful birthday present Saturday. The Kingsburg, California driver scored the $5,000 top prize at Fremont Speedway to open the Buckeye Machine BOSS Series 2014 season.

There were 40 cars signed in to compete in the non-wing event on Smith Family Foods Night. The 33-lap feature was run in honor of the late Mike Hensel whose race cars carried that familiar number.

Swanson battled with fellow Californians Thomas Meseraull and Robert Ballou from lap 10 on until taking the lead for good on lap 24. He had to not only battle Meseraull and Ballou, but heavy lapped traffic to score the Mike Hensel Memorial 33-lap win on Smith Family Foods Night.

“What a phenomenal handling race car. Everyone who works on this did an outstanding job. What an opportunity for me to drive. I feel so lucky and happy to be here. I have to thank the DePalma family. One of their boys is getting married today and that’s why they aren’t here. Also thanks to Radio Hospital and I have to give a shout out to my grandfather at home. It’s his birthday today,” said Swanton beside his Hampshire Engines/K&N Filters backed #63.

“Thanks to the Hensel family for putting this on. It was pretty hairy out there. There was times when Robert and Thomas and I were three wide for the lead with a lapped car and everyone was touching wheels. It was a great view for a minute but I sure as heck wanted to get out of there,” added Swanson.
 
Tyler Gunn, a regular with Fremont Speedway’s winged 305 sprints who was making his non-wing debut, and Mike Galajda paced the field of 24 cars to the green in the feature. Gunn would lead the first lap as third place starter Meseraull grabbed second with Galajda, Chad Boespflug, Ballou and seventh starter Swanson in tow. Meseraull would slide into the lead on the second circuit, bringing Boespflug into second with Gunn, Ballou and Swanson staying close.

Action would grind to a halt on lap four as Fremont 410 winged regular Chris Andrews would take a wild ride down the back stretch. He would exit the machine unhurt. On the green Meseraull would continue to lead as Ballou drove into second with Gunn and Swanson battling for third. Andre Layfield would spin on lap six to bunch up the field.

When the green reappeared Meseraull and Ballou battled side by side with Gunn joining the fray on lap eight. Gun would slide off the high side of turn one a circuit later, losing a couple of positions as Swanson moved into third with Todd Keen taking fourth.

By lap 14 Swanson’s tire choice began to kick in as he reeled in Meseraull and Ballou. That trio then had the crowd on their feet as they raced three wide at times, rubbing wheels. The leaders caught lapped traffic by the 18th circuit but that did not slow their tremendous battle. On lap 24 Swanson dove under both Ballou and Meseraull and took the lead. Meseraull and Ballou stayed close over the next handful of laps but after clearing lapped traffic Swanson began to pull away.

Swanson would take the checkered for his first career Fremont win while Meseraull, Ballou, Michael Fischesser and Scotty Weir rounded out the top five. Fremont 410 winged sprint regular Brian Smith would charge from his 19th starting spot to finish sixth and earn a $333 hard charger bonus from the Hughes Racing in memory of Mike Hensel. Mike Miller, Gunn, Dustin Smith and Bryan Sebetto (up from 20th starting spot) would round out the top 10.
 
The series now moves on the the fabled Wayne County Speedway this Saturday night May 10th.  The Orrville, Ohio facility has been like home to the Buckeye Machine BOSS tour.  Promoters Jason and Kristin Flory always have a great surface prepared and the action at times has been indescribable.  
 
Last nights complete results:
 
Fremont Speedway - 5/3/2014

 Buckeye Machine B.O.S.S 410 Sprints (40 Cars)
[#]-Starting Position

Heat 1 - Burdette Builders (Sunman, IN):  (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 63-Kody Swanson[2] ; 2. 2-Mike Galajda[8] ; 3. 16-Chris Andrews[1] ; 4. 21-Andre Layfield[6] ; 5. 32M-Derek Hastings[7] ; 6. 3-Joe Butera[4] ; 7. 91X-Aaron Middaugh[5]

Heat 2 - Lias Tire/American Racer (Indiana, PA):  (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 9N-Luke Hall[3] ; 2. 18K-Todd Keen[5] ; 3. 2M-Logan Hupp[2] ; 4. 24M-Adam Miller[6] ; 5. 33M-Bryan Sebetto[4] ; 6. 48-Mike Burkin[8] ; 7. 3T-Tony Beaber[1] ; 8. 8-Lewie Christian[7]

Heat 3 - Fast Signs (Dayton, OH):  (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 12-Robert Ballou[2] ; 2. 77-Dustin Smith[1] ; 3. 18W-Scotty Weir[6] ; 4. 31-Chuck Wilson[4] ; 5. 57B-Brandon Spithaler[3] ; 6. 14-Chad Wilson[8] ; 7. 7R-Nick Daugherty[7] ; 8. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh[5]

Heat 4 - The Bridge Restaurant (Sidney, OH):  (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 57-Chad Boespflug[2] ; 2. 68G-Tyler Gunn[3] ; 3. 82-Mike Miller[8] ; 4. 3J-Johnny Beaber[4] ; 5. 67-Chris Durand[7] ; 6. 1M-Mike Moore[1] ; 7. 5-Bob McMillian[5] ; 8. J1-Mark Schultz[6]

Heat 5 - Griff's Engines (Sandusky, OH):   (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 4-Michael Fischesser[1] ; 2. 41-Thomas Meseraull[2] ; 3. 15-Brandon Whited[3] ; 4. 10S-Roger Shammo[4] ; 5. 2+-Brian Smith[7] ; 6. 7M-Brandon Moore[5] ; 7. 97-Scott Hardman[6]

B-Main #1 - Computer Man Inc. (10 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 2+-Brian Smith[3] ; 2. 57B-Brandon Spithaler[2] ; 3. 7R-Nick Daugherty[7] ; 4. 32M-Derek Hastings[1] ; 5. 91X-Aaron Middaugh[6] ; 6. 48-Mike Burkin[4] ; 7. 1M-Mike Moore[5] ; 8. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh[9] ; 9. 97-Scott Hardman[8]

B-Main #2 - Computer Man Inc. (10 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 33M-Bryan Sebetto[1] ; 2. 14-Chad Wilson[4] ; 3. 67-Chris Durand[2] ; 4. 3T-Tony Beaber[6] ; 5. 7M-Brandon Moore[5] ; 6. 5-Bob McMillian[7] ; 7. 3-Joe Butera[3] ; 8. J1-Mark Schultz[9]

A-Main - (33 Laps) 2nd Annual Mike Hensel Memorial
1. 63-Kody Swanson[7]; 2. 41-Thomas Meseraull[3]; 3. 12-Robert Ballou[5]; 4. 4-Michael Fischesser[6]; 5. 18W-Scotty Weir[13]; 6. 2+-Brian Smith[19]; 7. 82-Mike Miller[12]; 8. 68G-Tyler Gunn[1]; 9. 77-Dustin Smith[9]; 10. 33M-Bryan Sebetto[20]; 11. 15-Brandon Whited[15]; 12. 9N-Luke Hall[8]; 13. 2-Mike Galajda[2]; 14. 10S-Roger Shammo[18]; 15. 14-Chad Wilson[22]; 16. 24M-Adam Miller[17]; 17. 3J-Tony Beaber[23]; 18. 31-Chuck Wilson[16]; 19. 57B-Brandon Spithaler[21]; 20. 18K-Todd Keen[10]; 21. 57-Chad Boespflug[4]; 22. 21-Andre Layfield[14]; 23. 16-Chris Andrews[11]; 24. 7R-Nick Daugherty[24]
Hard Charger: 2+-Brian Smith[+13]

Bonus Award Winners:
 
The Bridge Restaurant of Sidney, OH - "Hard Charger" - Brian Smith - $333
 
Hochstetler Truck & Repair of Ashland, OH - "Steel Block Award" - Tyler Gunn - $50
 
Lynn Cook "a racer's friend" of Dayton, OH - "Hard Luck Award" - Aaron Middaugh - $50
 
Rusty & Cap McClure of Ashland, OH - "Lucky Pill Draw" - Joe Butera - Free Pit Pass/Hot Dogs for Crew
 
Lias Tire of Indiana, PA - "American Racer Bonus Award" - Michael Fischesser - Free Tire
 
Hoosier Tire Midwest - "Hoosier Tire Bonus Award" - Thomas Meseraull - Free Tire


 

Buckeye Machine BOSS Sprints Head for Fremont
 
In the world of sprint car racing, very few organization's kick off their season with their most prestigious event.  However, the Buckeye Machine BOSS series for traditional wingless sprint cars never has conformed to contemporary trends.  The last true "outlaw" sprint car series proudly proclaims an open tire rule and no membership or entry fees.   
 
The series is set to embark upon its third full season this Saturday, May 3rd with the 2nd annual "Mike Hensel Memorial" at the historic Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio.   This year's event will pay a whopping $5,000 to win and $300 to start the 33 lap main event.  Last year, Rocklin, California driver Robert Ballou scored the popular win defeating a stellar 40 car field that saw entries from 9 states and Canada.  
 
Fans can expect to see all the stars of the Buckeye Machine BOSS series including both of the series' past champions, Tony Beaber of Gibsonburg, Ohio and Dustin Smith of Russiaville, Indiana.  Last year's BOSS points runner-up Brandon Spithaler of Evans City, Pennsylvania will be back in search of the title that was ripped from his grasp last season when he was the victim of someone else's crash late in the season while leading the point standings.  Wapakoneta, Ohio stalwart Mike Miller will be back chasing the title.  A year ago, Miller was one of the most consistent tour regulars and will be seeking his first tour victory at Fremont.  The entire top 10 of 2013 points is expected to return including Kirk Jeffries of Westerville, Ohio, Aaron Middaugh of Polk, Ohio, Chad Wilson of Toledo, Ohio, Michael Fischesser of Sayler Park, Ohio, Adam Miller of McDonald, Pennsylvania, Johnny Beaber of Gibsonburg, Ohio and Chuck Wilson of Perrysburg, Ohio.  
 
In addition to the BOSS tour regulars, many Fremont regulars and Indiana wingless specialists are expected in the field.  Chris Andrews made his wingless debut in this event a year ago and scored a popular top 5 finish and is expected to be on hand along with the 3 car Marshall Motorsports stable that will field cars for Lawrenceburg Speedway wingless sprint champion Logan Hupp who is making his Fremont debut, Derek Hastings of Forest, Ohio and Fremont crowd pleaser Brian Sebetto.  
 
In one of many ways the series is trying to bring back tradition, the Buckeye Machine BOSS series will once again pay heat race money.  For Fremont's Hensel Memorial, heat races are being sponsored by Burdette Builders of Sunman, Indiana, Lias Tire American Racer from Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ham Signs of Dayton, Ohio, The Bridge Restaurant of Sidney, Ohio and Griff's Engines of Sandusky, Ohio.  Heat races will pay the top 4 finishers in the amounts of $40, $30, $20, and $10 respectively.
 
Another staple of the Buckeye Machine BOSS series is the ever popular bonus award program.  This year's Mike Hensel Memorial will pay a whopping $333.33 "Hard Charger" bonus award to commemorate Hensel's #33 he campaigned at Fremont Speedway in its wingless era.  Drivers will also be in contention for the Lynn Cook "Hard Luck" Award of $50 and steel block sprint car teams will be running for the Hochstetler Truck and Auto Repair of Ashland, Ohio "Steel Block Bonus" of $50 cash.  Lias Tire and American Racer will be awarding the highest A-Main finisher with all four American Racers on their car with a free tire and Hoosier Tire Midwest will also be supplying a free tire to the highest finisher on all four Hoosier tires.  Since the series loves giving away bonus awards, they have also instituted a new "Lucky Number" bonus award at pill draw.  More details on it and some other potential bonus awards will be announced soon.  
 
For teams traveling to Fremont, gates will open at 4 pm.   Heat racing begins at 7 pm.  General admission is $18 and pit passes are $30.   Heat races will be lined up by pill draw.  The top 2 finishers in each heat race will redraw for main event starting positions.  Teams will be paid by BOSS series checks after the A-Main.  Mufflers are required at Fremont Speedway.  For questions or more information, please contact the series director at 740-703-3768 or e-mail sprinter14@hotmail.com or check the series website at www.buckeyesprints.com  
 
Complete A-Main purse breakdown:   $5000,  $1300,  $1000,  $775,  $650,  $550,  $500,  $450,  $425,  $410,  $390,  $375,  $350,  $335,  $325,  $320,  $315,  $310,  $300,  $300.   All cars who attempt to compete in the program and fail to start the main event will be paid $100.  

 


 

         

         

Buckeye Machine BOSS Signs Bucky the Beaver
 
In what was one of the most anticipated moves of the offseason, The Buckeye Machine BOSS Sprints is proud to announce the signing of "Bucky" the Beaver who will now be the new tour mascot.  After a tumultuous 2013 for Bucky, he entered free agency in the fall.  He quickly began receiving offers from multiple noteworthy organizations and fans across the nation waited patiently Sunday, as Bucky sat down before a large press conference and made his decision.
 
In the press conference, Bucky stated, "Being a native of Beavercreek, Ohio made me naturally want to be involved with the Buckeye Machine BOSS series.  What really closed the deal however, was when I got to see the pond in front of Ray Marshall's Buckeye Machine and Fabrication in Forest, Ohio.  I mean, come on, what Beaver wouldn't want to call that home?"
 
Series president and founder Aaron Fry was extremely pleased and said he felt Bucky made the right decision for everyone involved.  Fry stated, "Bucky and his antics will fit right in with the series to tap a market that is sorely overlooked in today's motorsports, the kids."   Fry went on to state that Bucky will not only be at BOSS events in 2014, but will also be seen at many other cars shows and many DARF (Dayton Auto Race Fans) events. 
 
In other Buckeye Machine BOSS news, 2014 bonus award sponsors have been secured.  We would like to welcome aboard The Bridge Restaurant in Sidney, Ohio who has stepped up to cover the "Hard Charger" $50 cash bonus award in the main event at each race.  The $50 "Steel Block Award" given to the highest finisher in each A-Main using a steel engine block will now be covered by Hochstetler Truck and Auto Repair of Ashland, Ohio.  Finally, the 2014 "Hard Luck Award" is $50 cash given at each event to the driver voted by series officials to have had the worst racing luck of the night.  Coming aboard to cover that bonus for 2014 is Lynn Cook, a racer's friend.  
 
These fine bonus sponsors now in place will go along with heat race sponsors Burdette Builders of Sunman, Indiana and Lias Tire / American Racer of Indiana, Pennsylvania.  Combining all this help with series title sponsor Buckeye Machine of Forest, Ohio, the traditional sprint drivers of the Midwest will have something really special to be a part of, including a guaranteed $10,000 points fund among the top 10 at season's end.
 
The action will kick off on Saturday, May 3rd at the historic Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio with the $5,000 to win "Mike Hensel Memorial".   Last season 40 cars representing 7 states and Canada were on hand and Robert Ballou of Rocklin, California took home the win.
 
For more information on the series, please visit the series website at www.buckeyesprints.com or email the series owner atsprinter14@hotmail.com or phone 740-703-3768.


 

BOSS Signs Another Heat Sponosr - Fremont Purse Posted
 
As race season fast approaches, the Buckeye Machine - Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series continues to work toward filling heat race and bonus award sponsorship positions for the 2014 season.   On the heels of signing Buckeye Machine of Forest, Ohio as the series' title sponsor, Burdette Builders of Sunman, Indiana signed on as the first marketing partner to commit to a full season of heat race sponsorship.  BOSS heat races will pay a total of $100 to the top 4 finishers at each event with the heat winners receiving $40 with second through 4th earning $30, $20, and $10 respectively.
 
The series is now proud to announce that Lias Tire American Racer has decided to increase their involvement with the nation's only true "outlaw" sprint car series by becoming a full season heat race sponsor.  Lias will also continue to award a free tire certificate to the highest finisher in the main event with all four American Racer tires on their car.  Lias representative Matt Brandle expressed a great interest in getting more teams on their tires and was excited to announce that they have developed a new and better left rear tire program.  Teams interested in working with Lias and American Racer can reach Matt at 724-463-0214.
 
In other news, the 2014 BOSS schedule is now official and closed with 16 scheduled events in 3 states.  The series will kick off with the 2nd Annual "Mike Hensel Memorial" at the historic Fremont Speedway on Saturday, May 3rd paying $5,000 to the winner of the 33 lap main event.  The entire purse has been increased for this year's Hensel Memorial with the following posted payout:  1) $5,000   2) $1,300   3) $1,000   4) $775   5) $650   6) $550   7) $500   8) $450   9) $425   10) $410   11) $390   12) $375   13) $350   14) $335   15) $325   16) $320   17) $315   18) $310   19) $300   20) $300  - We will start 24 cars if there are 40 or more cars signed in.  There is still $100 tow money guaranteed to any teams who attempt to compete and fail to make the main event.  In addition, American Racer and Hoosier provide a free tire certificate to the highest finisher in the main even on all four of their tires.  Also $50 bonus awards will be up for grabs for the "hard charger", highest finishing steel block engine, and for the "hard luck" driver of the night.
 
In real outlaw fashion, there are no fees or "memberships" to run the Buckeye Machine BOSS events.  Tire rules are open.  Cars must be traditional appearing "sprint cars" and series officials reserve the right to limit any bodywork or sail panels considered to be "excessive".
 
BOSS would like to thank our other sponsors who help make this series possible, In addition to Buckeye Machine, Burdette Builders, and Lias Tire American Racer, we also appreciate the help of:  Hoosier Tire Midwest, Kistler Engines of Fremont, Ohio, Indy Race Parts of Indianapolis, Indiana, Ham Signs of Dayton, Ohio, Precise Racing Products of Pittsburgh and Griff's Engines of Sandusky, Ohio.  
 
The series is still looking for marketing partners to help cover the 2014 bonus awards.  Sponsors signed by March 15th will be included on the back of the all new 2014 season T-shirts.  Please contact the series at 740-703-3768 for more information.  


 

BOSS Adds 2 Races - Inks Heat Race Sponsor
 
The Buckeye Machine BOSS sprint car series has filled two dates on the 2014 schedule.  In addition, the first confirmed 2014 primary heat race sponsor was signed just days ago.  The new schedule will be finalized in a matter of days.
 
On Friday, May 23rd the wingless warriors of BOSS will make history by attacking the 7/16 mile semi banks of Raceway 7 in Conneaut, Ohio.  This will be the first ever traditional sprint car event at the 5,000 seat facility which was built in 1970 and currently promoted by Dan McDonald.  The addition of this date forms a doubleheader weekend for competitors as the series will move south and across the border for a return visit to the beautiful Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania the next night.
 
Another new addition to the schedule is Saturday, July 5th when the series will visit America's Motorsports Park in Clearfield, Pennsylvania.   This 1/4 mile dirt oval was reopened in 2013 by sprint car racer Jeff Taylor from New Jersey.  This addition also forms a BOSS doubleheader as the tour will find itself at historic Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania the night before for a 4th of July Spectacular.  
 
In other BOSS news, the series is proud to announce Burdette Builders of Sunman, Indiana is the first primary sponsor to sign on for 2014.  Burdette Builders will be sponsoring a heat race event at every stop along the trail.  Heat race events pay cash money to the top 4 finishers in the amount of $40, $30, $20, and $10.  More sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks to cover the many BOSS heat race and bonus award payouts.
 
Don't forget, the 2014 tour will kick off at Fremont Speedway on Saturday, May 3rd with the 2nd Annual Mike Hensel Memorial paying a whopping $5,000 to win.  Drivers will be fighting for a new points fund that will pay over $15,000 in cash and prizes to the top 15 in points courtesy of the new title sponsor, Buckeye Machine of Forest, Ohio.  You can also see the series in action at Wayne County (OH) Speedway, Waynesfield (OH) Raceway Park, Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway, Montpelier (IN) Speedway, Pittsburgh (PA) Motor Speedway, and Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio where the series will crown its champion once again as part of the Eldora Sprintacular to close the season on wingless sprint car racing in the Buckeye state.  
 
For more information on the series, please visit our website at www.buckeyesprints.com or phone 740-703-3768.  Many marketing opportunities still exist with the fastest growing sprint car series in the Midwest .  Watch for more new sponsor announcements in the coming weeks.


 

Beaber Crowned BOSS of 2013 - Plans for 2014 Announced
 
Despite a cold, windy, snow covered weekend, the competitors from the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series gathered Saturday night at the Christopher Conference Center in Chillicothe, Ohio to celebrate a successful 2013 campaign.  Gibsonburg, Ohio driver Tony Beaber took home the lion's share of the awards and accepted the crown from defending series champion Dustin Smith of Russiaville, Indiana.  
 
The BOSS series completed 12 of the originally scheduled 14 events with 11 different feature winners.  In all, 142 different drivers competed in the 12 events that saw an average of nearly 32 cars per night.  The season ended with the highest car count of the year for any sprint car show in Ohio at Eldora Speedway's October event when 54 traditional wingless sprint cars signed in for competition.  
 
During the festivities, the plans for the 2014 season were announced.  The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series proudly announced a partnership in marketing with Buckeye Machine of Forest, Ohio who has come on board as the title sponsor.  The series will now be known as The Buckeye Machine "Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series".   With this agreement, the top 10 points payout will nearly double from previous years with a guaranteed $10,000 cash, plus additional prizes spread among the top 10 in points.  Drivers finishing 11th through 15th in points will now be honored at the season ending awards banquet with cash and trophies, bringing the total cash and prizes to more than $15,000.
 
Teams and drivers will not have to wait until next years banquet to notice the difference in the series as $550 has been added to the standard purse.  The standard show now pays $1,500 to win and $250 to start with increased pay from the 3rd through 15th finishing positions over last season.  All drivers who participate in a BOSS event but fail to make the main event are still guaranteed $100 minimum pay.  Heat race money will now change to pay the top 4 finishers in each heat race and the $50 bonus awards will all be returning including the "Hard Charger", "Steel Block", and "Hard Luck" Awards.
 
Yet another important announcement was the new program implemented to keep teams funded along the tour.  The Buckeye Machine BOSS sprints will now pay a guaranteed minimum tow bonus to all teams in the top 15 of the points standings.  The first 3 races of 2014 will use the top 10 teams of 2012 and 2013 as eligible drivers for the program.  Beginning with race #4, the current points standings will be the guideline going into the start of each event.  On this program, eligible teams and drivers are guaranteed $300 minimum to start any BOSS main event and $150 minimum tow money at any BOSS race.
 
In other news, the series will continue to use the pill draw system to line up heat races with a redraw system for the main events.  Once again, in the true "Outlaw" spirit, the series will remain with an open tire rule.  Hoosier Tire Midwest and Lias Tire American Racer have both renewed contracts to supply bonus awards to teams sporting all four of their tires in the main events.  And finally, fans will notice some changes in the program, most obvious of which will be when the Buckeye Machine BOSS mascot makes his first appearance.  "Bucky" The BOSS Beaver has been welcomed aboard the tour and is sure to delight fans of all ages.  
 
Additional sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks as many have come on board to sponsor heat races and bonus awards.  Marketing packages are available starting as low as $100 to work with the fastest growing sprint car series in the country.  We are always willing to work with sponsors and 100% of sponsor dollars go directly to the drivers!
 
For more information on the series, please log on to www.buckeyesprints.com or find us on facebook under Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series.  Information may also be obtained via e-mail atsprinter14@hotmail.com  or phone 740-703-3768.
 
Below is the preliminary 2014 Buckeye Machine BOSS schedule.  Some dates will be added in the next few weeks.
 
Sat. May 3rd - Fremont Speedway ; Fremont, OH - $5,000 to win Mike Hensel Memorial
Sat. May 10th - Wayne County Speedway ; Orrville, OH
Sat. May 17th - Eldora Speedway ; Rossburg, OH - Family Fun Night $8 Gen Admission
Fri. May 23rd -  TBA
Sat. May 24th - Mercer Raceway Park ; Mercer, PA
Sat. June 7th - Lawrenceburg Speedway ; Lawrenceburg, IN - ** Special Event TBA 
Sat. June 21st - Pittsburgh Motor Speedway ; Imperial, PA
Fri. July 4th - Lernerville Speedway ; Lernerville, PA
Sat. July 5th -  TBA, PA
Sat. July 19th - Waynesfield Raceway Park ; Waynesfield, OH - Dick Spencer Memorial
Sat. July 26th - Wayne County Speedway ; Orrville, OH
Fri. Aug 1st -  TBA
Sat. Aug 2nd - Lawrenceburg Speedway ; Lawrenceburg, IN
Sat. Aug TBA - Pittsburgh Motor Speedway ; Imperial, PA
Sat. Sept 6th - Montpelier Motor Speedway ; Montpelier, IN
Sat. Oct 4th - Fremont Speedway ; Fremont, OH
Sat. Oct 11th - Eldora Speedway ; Rossburg, OH
 
* * Schedule Tentative and subject to change - dates will be added

 


 

2013 BOSS Season Recap and Banquet Information

The 2013 season for the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series featured a points battle that will go down as one of the best and most competitive in the 117 year history of auto racing in the state. Twelve of the originally scheduled fourteen events were completed with eleven different drivers scoring main event wins. An incredible one-hundred and forty-two different drivers competed in the series which averaged 31 sprint cars per event.

Gibsonburg, Ohio's Tony Beaber was able to secure the second ever BOSS season championship over Evans City, PA driver Brandon Spithaler and Wapakoneta, Ohio's Mike Miller. The top 3 drivers ended the season just 23 points apart. No less than 5 different drivers entered the final event at Eldora Speedway in October with a realistic chance of winning the season championship.

Beaber scored one victory in the 12 events when he won the Pittsburgh PA Motor Speedway event in June and used consistency down the stretch to hold off Spithaler by 18 points. Spithaler also scored one victory on the tour, picking up the May event at Mercer Raceway Park for the second year in a row. Spithaler, piloting the Tom Burkey – Superior Tank and Trailer #57B actually led the standings for the majority of the season until being caught up in another driver's crash in the fall race at Pittsburgh PA Motor Speedway.

Mike Miller was perhaps the most consistent driver of 2013 managing to finish just 23 points from the lead despite not winning a main event on the tour. He used a strong pair of third place finishes at Pittsburgh and Lernerville to stay right in the championship hunt the entire season. Rounding out the top five were Kirk Jeffries from Westerville, Ohio and Aaron Middaugh from Polk, Ohio. Jeffries piloted the #59J Make-It-Fit Foundation – Autism Awareness sprinter to his first career tour victory in the September Pittsburgh event and Middaugh scored the first feature event win of his sprint car career in storybook fashion at the historic Sharon Speedway. Just two weeks prior, Middaugh had made newspaper headlines with a spectacular flip sequence at Lawrenceburg Speedway. With wrenching by his brother Andy, the team put together a back-up car with miscellaneous parts, then roared to his first checkered flag.

The sixth place finisher in 2013 points had a rough ending to the season. Chad Wilson of Toledo, Ohio competed in 11 of the 12 events, missing only the Eldora finale. Wilson was severely injured in a crash at Waynesfield Raceway Park the night before the race. Despite missing an event, Wilson used several top 10 finishes, with a best finish of 5th at Pittsburgh, to earn the 6th spot.

Seventh in the final standings went to Sayler Park, Ohio young gun, Michael Fischesser driving the Amsoil #4 wrenched by his father Mark. Their season began ominously by missing the main event at the season opener at Fremont and suffering mechanical failure in the feature at Wayne County in race #2. Then at the halfway point of the season, Fischesser picked up his first heat race win in convincing fashion at Lernerville Speedway and went on a tear picking up a tour best fifth at Wayne County along with a pair of 6th place finishes and also scoring his first ever sprint car main event win in an unsanctioned race at Eriez Speedway in August.

Rounding out the top 10 in the final standings were wingless sprint rookie Adam Miller of McDonald, Pennsylvania, legendary Johnny Beaber of Gibsonburg, Ohio and Perrysburg, Ohio veteran racer Chuck Wilson. Miller showed the most improvement of any driver on the tour and was able to put his family wrenched #24M in the main event in his first trip to Eldora despite a tough 54 car field. Johnny Beaber, father to series champ Tony, came out of retirement and proved to be a crowd favorite and quickly got back into the fast groove scoring a season best 5th place at Sharon. Chuck Wilson, like Miller, was able to put his car in the main event at the incredible field of 54 at Eldora, but missing a show along the tour relegated Wilson to the 10th spot in the final points.

Other winners on the tour in 2013 included Robert Ballou of Rocklin, California, Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Joss Moffatt of Columbus, Indiana, Jack Sodeman Jr of North Jackson, Ohio, Luke Hall of Ludlow Falls, Ohio, and the series' only 2 time winner was Sheldon Haudenschild of Wooster, Ohio.

The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series would like to thank the series sponsors who made the 2013 season a huge success. Buckeye Machine and Fabrication/Marshall Motorsports of Forest, Ohio owned by Ray Marshall provided the “Hard Luck” $50 cash award at every event. Rick Horne of Horne Performance Products of Dayton, Ohio supplied the $50 “Hard Charger” award at each event and Ernie's Radiator Repair of Ashland, Ohio sponsored the $50 “steel block” award to each race's highest finisher with a steel engine.

The BOSS series is proud to bring racing heritage back to the forefront. In a throwback to a bygone era, the series was able to bring back “heat race money” for the top finishers in each heat to help alleviate the costs of racing for the teams. A special thanks goes out to former driver and Ohio sprint car legend Rusty McClure for his help in securing heat race sponsorships that included: Underground Performance Incorporated of Ashland, Ohio, K-D's Allegro Pizzeria of Wooster, Ohio, Countryside Grocery and Drive-Thru of Ashland, Ohio, Indy Race Parts of Indianapolis, Indiana, Kistler Engines of Fremont, Ohio, Ron's Lawn Care of Sharpsville, Pennsylvania, S&H Nerfs of Piqua, Ohio, Ham Signs of Dayton, Ohio, Southeast Harley Davidson of Cleveland, Ohio, Griff's Engines of Sandusky, Ohio, and DieBroke Motorsports. Trophies and various other bonus awards were provided by Superior Tank and Trailer owner and series sponsor Tom Burkey. Finally, a big thank you to Precise Racing Products for providing free transponders at several BOSS events.

The 2013 awards banquet will be held at the Christopher Conference Center in Chillicothe, Ohio on Saturday, January 25th. Doors will open at 6 pm with the banquet beginning at 7 pm. A catered meal will be provided and tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under. The top 10 in 2013 points will be awarded cash payouts and trophies. To order tickets, phone 740-703-3768 or mail a check to: BOSS ; 2177 Lunbeck Rd ; Chillicothe, OH 45601. Hotel discounts will be announced in the next few days. Watch the series website at www.buckeyesprints.com for more details.




                                                                       
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