Local auto racing: BOSS series to make season debut at Mercer Raceway Park

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The BOSS Sprint Car Series makes its first visit of the season Saturday to Mercer Raceway Park as part of a doubleheader event over the Memorial Day weekend.

Aaron Fry, the owner of the fledging wingless sprint car series has 16 events planned in 2014 with five races in Western Pennsylvania.

Now in its third year of existence, the series has added title sponsorship from Buckeye Machine of Forest, Ohio, and three new tracks to its schedule.

"By having a title sponsor we have added money to our point fund and can also pay tow money to the teams racing with us," Fry said.

Fry said the series had an opportunity to add even more races, but the Chillicothe, Ohio, resident likes to leave room for growth.

"We started with 12 races in 2012, we went to 14 races last year and this year we are up to 16 races," Fry said. "Actually, we turned downed several races. We easily could have had 20 races, but for a working-man's series, it would have been tough on the travel and would not have allowed any room for growth in 2015."

Fry said that more and more local sprint car drivers are taking off their wings to run with the BOSS Series.

"We don't have as many rules as the [United States Auto Club] series and we don't have all the fees that USAC has which makes it more attractive to the local competitors," he said.

Defending Lernerville Speedway track champion Brandon Spithaler of Evans City, currently sits fourth in points in the series. Newcomers Bob McMillian and Joe Butera, both of Wampum, currently hold down 14th and 15th.

While the BOSS Series headlines Saturday's event, the infield area of the dirt oval will be used Sunday for the USA-EAST Championship Tractor and Tractor Pull at 6:30 p.m.

For the past 15 years, the start of the pulling season has kicked off at Mercer Raceway Park.

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Lernerville Speedway returns to action today with Armed Forces Night. The 171st Honor Guard and the It's About the Warrior Foundation will be on hand with $7 admission with Military ID, free admission in full military uniform. All four divisions will be on hand at the Sarver oval with racing at 7:30 p.m. Last week, New York sprint car driver Jared Zimbardi picked up his first Lernerville Speedway checkered flag while the King family from Bristolville, Ohio, picked up wins with Russ King victorious in the late models, and Rex King Jr. taking home the win in the Big Block Modified feature. An interesting note: Of the 12 features at Lernerville this season, the King family has won 4 of them. ... Motordrome Speedway will be back in action at 7:30 p.m. today with five divisions on fan appreciation night. Fans receive a general admission ticket for half-price at the NASCAR weekly racing series asphalt oval in Smithton, Westmoreland County. ... Today, Pittsburgh Raceway Park, the IHRA drag strip in New Alexandria, will host the Supercharged Thunder, a 12-member group of Supercharged pre-1960s nostalgia drag race vehicles along with a Night at the Races event. ... Saturday, PRP has a regular event for all classes beginning around 3 p.m. ... Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway near Imperial will be racing at 7 p.m. Saturday with five divisions plus the debut of the RUSH Modified Series. ... Sunday, Quaker City Motorsports Park has a huge nostalgia drag racing event along with hosting the Funny Car Nationals for the first time. The event formally held in LaRue, Ohio, has moved to the Salem, Ohio, track where more than 20 Nostalgia Funny Cars are expected including Bob Tyrseck's Crazy Bear Vega Funny Car from Moon Township.

DJ Johnson: DJ1360rpm@aol.com.


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