Not only will they get to see the best in the wingless sprint car business tour the Port Royal half mile for the first time in the history of the club and the oval, but they’ll be able to see a special piece of local and USAC history as well
A special visit is expected by the restored Bogar No. 99 sprint car, raced as a No. 90 on the USAC circuit, that Jan Opperman throttled with the United States Auto Club for owner Luke “Dick” Bogar Jr. in 1974.
It was in this special machine that Opperman beat the heralded USAC throttle jockeys in March 1974 when the Bogar/Opperman team invaded Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
Complete with a bloodied nose that he endured after being hit by a rock during the race, Opperman upended the USAC’ers on what many considered their home turf at Eldora.
And two weeks later, Opperman had the same car on national television via ABC’s Wide World of Sports when he nearly won the Hulman Classic at Terre Haute, Indiana. Though he had gotten the lead, a yellow forced him back to second where he finished.
Opperman also won over USAC two other times while racing for Bogar although in a different car in 1973 when he beat the circuit twice at Williams Grove Speedway.
The appearance of the iconic orange and white Opperman/Bogar racer at Port Royal’s USAC show will coincide with the annual EMMR/22nd annual Penn Central Racing Reunion picnic and car show at the track.
Penn Central sanctioned and conducted racing at Port Royal Speedway from 1950 through 1963.
Numerous restored racecars will be on display before and throughout the night’s USAC action with track time afforded to the vintage racers during the show.
The track will present the 2012 Founders Awards to all time sprint/super modified Port Royal winning car owner John Regester and legendary oval driver Leroy Felty during the program.
Gates for the event open at 5 pm.