SELINSGROVE, Pa. – A pair of Selinsgrove Speedway sprint car champions, car owner Maynard Boop and driver Tommy Spriggle, have died.
Boop, 99, was the owner of the famed Boop’s Aluminum Special No. 1 sprint car that broke records and stunned the sprint car ranks at Selinsgrove and across the nation from 1976 through 1982.
Overall his mounts scored 111 sprint car feature wins along with numerous track and series titles.
The Boop’s car was the Central Pennsylvania KARS owner champion mount in 1977, ’79 and ’80 while it also scored the KARS driver titles in ’79 and ’80.
At Selinsgrove Speedway, the Boop’s No. 1 took the 1982 track title with Lynn Paxton at the wheel while taking 10 wins on the season.
Paxton and Boop also won the Selinsgrove Jack Gunn Memorial in 1981, scored a Labor Day win in 1982 and also beat the World of Outlaws regulars at the oval in 1982.
The last of Boops 111 overall career owner wins also came at Selinsgrove Speedway, with Randy Wolfe at the wheel in October of 1982.
Spriggle, 75, was the 1977 Selinsgrove Speedway sprint car track champion.
Spriggle and his No. 42 super sprint campaigned for decades at Selinsgrove Speedway and around the region before competing regularly later in his career in the 358 sprint car ranks.
His son, Alan, previously raced in the 358 sprint car class at the Snyder County oval.