Big events highlight weekend

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As the local racing season winds down, major events headline the schedule this weekend.

The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series returns Saturday to Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway near Imperial for their second appearance of the season.

Tony Beaber won the first B.O.S.S. wingless sprint series event at PPMS in June. Evans City native Brandon Spithaler wasn't a factor in June, but he is the current B.O.S.S. points leader and is looking for a win at the Monster Half Mile.

Jack Sodeman Jr., bested 28 other wingless sprint car drivers to win the fall 2012 B.O.S.S. event at PPMS. He is the only three-time winner in the series.

Beaber trails Spithaler by 43 in the points standings with three races to go.

Racing at PPMS starts at 7 p.m.

Nostalgia Nationals

The PID-Keystone Dragway Nostalgia Nationals is expanding to two days for the first time since the Pittsburgh International Dragway Reunion event moved to Pittsburgh Raceway Park in New Alexandria in 2007.

Greg Miller now operates the IHRA sanction drag strip in Westmoreland County and predicts the event Saturday and Sunday will be a big one.

"We have Jessi Combs, a Wyotech graduate and TV personality from shows such as 'Extreme 4x4,' 'Mythbusters,' 'All Girls Garage' and 'Overhaulin'," Miller said.

Combs, who will attempt to break the women's land speed record next month, will be available Saturday to sign autographs. Along with Combs there will be another autograph session with local race legends, plus a two-day car cruise, the Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Car Circuit, the Southern Slingshots, Nostalgia Stock/Super Stocks, Bill Truby's photo collection and more.

Arnie "The Farmer" Beswick, 83, with his 1964 Pontiac GTO nicknamed the "Tameless Tiger" will be on hand both days. He starting racing Pontiacs in 1958 and had visited the old Keystone Dragway many times in the 1960s and early 1970s before a fire destroyed all of his cars and equipment on the family farm in Morrison, Ill.

"We don't travel as much as we did back in the '60s mostly because of the price of gasoline, but we still match race and visit with the fans," said Beswick, who competed for more than 40 years.

One of the most unique cars this weekend will be the 1934 Ford Fuel Coupe built by Ted Brine from Monroeville.

In 1980, Brine began construction of the car after seeing the old fuel coupes that ran in California. The Chrysler Hemi-powered machine used Nitromethane as fuel and was an exhibition vehicle up until the car was sold in 1989.

Brine and several friends started looking for the car in 2010, and found it this spring in Tacoma, Wash. He said the owner, Walt Austin, a former drag race car owner, wasn't interested in selling at first.

"Walt called and said I've been offered more money for the car but I believe these cars should go back to the men that built them."

Brine explained that the Ford Coupe was really the first Nostalgia-type car built. "The car was built right before the Nostalgia movement gained momentum. To my knowledge, no one had ever built a 5-window Ford Coupe before we had the body built."

Brine had the car on display earlier this month at the NHRA New England Hot Rod Reunion in Epping, N.H.

"We were mobbed all the time," he said. "We have the same motor as all the old Top Fuel dragsters had and it was a state of the art 1960s Top Fuel motor. It was a big hit with the fans and the old racers."

Brine will have the Ford Coupe on display at PRP this weekend.

Go to for details on the PID-Keystone Nostalgia Nationals.


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