Two Big Nights Of Racing Set For Selinsgrove

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Selinsgrove Speedway is scheduled to host two big nights of racing on June 27-28. (Dan Demarco Photo)

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Two big nights of racing action at Selinsgrove Speedway begin Saturday, June 27 with the URC 360 sprint cars visiting for the eighth running of the Kramer Kup in honor of the late Kramer Williamson.

The eighth annual Kramer Kup will offer the winner $3,073 to score the 30-lap main event for the URC 360 sprints, while also paying $273 just to start the affair.

The total sprint car event offers a purse of nearly $14,000.  There will be no time trials for the Kramer Kup.

Saturday’s Kramer Kup will honor Williamson, who succumbed to injuries sustained in an area racing accident on August 3, 2013.

Williamson was 63 at the time of his passing but he left behind a sterling record including the title of 1978 Selinsgrove Speedway sprint car track champion to go along with 26 career full size sprint car wins at the track.

He also owns one career URC 360 sprint win at the track, scored on July 8, 1995.

Williamson and his synonymous “Pink Panther” No. 73 sprint car were widely recognized around the region and nationally for decades although at times he did pilot other machines.

The memorable driver also recorded three URC Sprint series circuit titles during his career, in 1990, ’91 and ’95.  Williamson currently ranks third on the all-time URC series win list with a total of 67checkered flags.

Among other honors, Williamson scored a Williams Grove Speedway track title in 1976 and he was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2008.

Following Saturday’s Kramer Kup, the third race of the 30th annual Pennsylvania Speedweek Series will take place on Sunday, June 28. The event will be headlined by the 30-lap Jan Opperman/Dick Bogar Memorial, paying $5,099 to win, for the 410 sprint car class.

The only track that Opperman ever won an oval title at will pay homage to the sprint car racing legend and his No. 99 car owner Luke “Dick” Bogar Jr. when gates open at 5 p.m.

In honor of famed No. 99 Opperman car owner Dick Bogar, the Bogar family is paying an extra $99 to win and $90 to the Opperman/Bogar Memorial hard charger.

The Apache Tree Service 305 sprints are also on the racing program that will begin the Independence Day holiday week.

California hippie Opperman moved East in the early 1970’s and was hired by Selinsgrove businessman Bogar to drive his now famous orange and white No. 99 in the region and across the nation beginning with the 1972 season.

The team piled up wins across the nation during two and a half seasons together including a mind-numbing 44 checkers in 90 races entered in 1972 to go along with 26 more in 1973.

Opperman and Bogar scored the 1973 Selinsgrove Speedway track title as the only title either man ever etched their names on and that only occurred after the pair opted to strictly focus on Selinsgrove part way through the season while they were amazingly leading Saturday night points at both Selinsgrove and Port Royal Speedways, simultaneously.

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