The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series is excited to announce the 2017 tour dates for the “Last True Outlaws” of auto racing. The upcoming season will mark the sixth full seasonal tour for the Ohio based traditional wingless sprint tour that was established and opened in 2011.
Rick’s Trucks and Equipment of Kenton, Ohio has proudly returned as the title sponsor. DRC Chassis Company of Indiana has joined the tour as the new sponsor of the first heat race at each event. Cooley Cabinets of Greenville, Ohio is also new to the BOSS marketing family, now presenting the increasingly popular historical posts that have moved from Thursday’s to the all new “Turnback Tuesday”. Every Tuesday, great racing history from the BOSS territory is brought back into the spotlight on the website and on the series facebook page.
Known throughout the Midwest as the fastest growing touring sprint car series, the BOSS schedule will grow from only one big money event in 2016 to an all time high of four higher paying shows in 2017. The annual Mike Hensel Memorial returns paying $5,000 to win at Fremont Speedway on September 30th. Joining Fremont on that level will be the soon-to-be converted Mansfield Motorsports Park which will host the tour for a 2 day event on Friday and Saturday, August 11-12. The event will be the all new “Great Lakes Dirt Nationals”. The Friday show will be a complete standard BOSS program with Saturday paying $5,000 to win.
Perhaps the biggest off season news was the announcement of the pairing of BOSS with Waynesfield Raceway Park to sanction the prestigious “Jack Hewitt Classic” on Saturday, August 5th paying $3,000 to win. An added payoff also awaits the traveling tour teams on Friday and Saturday, August 25-26 when they invade the Atomic Speedway for the “Open Wheel Championship” also paying $3,000 to win on Saturday night.
Almost all of the fan favorite facilities return to the schedule including a return to Portsmouth Raceway Park, Limaland Motorsports Park, Lawrenceburg Speedway, Montpelier Motor Speedway, Mercer Raceway Park, Lernerville Speedway, and Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Returning to the schedule after a 2 year absence is the Route 44 Speedway (formerly Whitewater) in Liberty, Indiana. With the overwhelming success of the first event there, this race on Friday, July 28th should be another “can’t miss” event.
Other exciting events dotting the 2017 tour include the “Jason Soudrette Memorial” on Saturday, July 29th at Lawrenceburg Speedway. Also, the annual “Dick Spencer Memorial” will be staged on Saturday, July 8th at Waynesfield Raceway Park.
While the four added money events will see special formats, the standard show format of pill draw heat races will remain the same. All of the key programs the fans and teams have come to love will also remain in place including the “open” tire rule, traveling bonus money for the top 15 in tour points, heat race payouts and bonus award payouts. A big “thank you” is extended to Hoosier Racing Tire and American Racer Tires for their continued support of the open tire concept.
In addition, the BOSS rules will once again allow teams to choose their own safety initiatives. As in the past, BOSS has chosen NOT to REQUIRE full containment seats, head and neck restraints, or roll cage halos. Although this decision cost us one event in 2017, we feel it is our job to provide a safe racing environment along with excellent insurance and more than adequate rescue and emergency personnel. It is NOT our position to REQUIRE items that many in our industry still see as a potential threat to driver safety. At this level of professional competition, we assert that driver safety is up to each individual team and driver.
BOSS plans to take a serious approach to safety. Minimum driver age will remain 16 years of age. In 2015, the series was the first in the country to implement random drug testing at every event on the schedule. Random testing will continue this season. In addition, a new “safety advisor” will be working alongside teams at our events to inspect cars and discuss safety and address concerns. This will be especially beneficial to the lesser experienced race teams.
The entire confirmed schedule is listed below. There is one more track that could be added to the BOSS schedule but it would be a Saturday, stand alone, show and will be announced very soon. Watch for many more exciting announcements coming soon! Make plans to attend the tour opener on Saturday, April 22nd at Atomic Speedway near Chillicothe, Ohio. Best wishes to all for a safe and successful 2017 racing season.
2017 BOSS Tour Schedule
Sat. April 22 : Atomic Speedway ; Chillicothe, OH
Sat. May 13 : Fremont Speedway ; Fremont, OH
Sat. May 20 : Lawrenceburg Speedway ; Lawrenceburg, IN
Sat. May 27 : Mercer Raceway Park ; Mercer, PA
Sun. May 28 : Mansfield Motorsports Park ; Mansfield, OH
Fri. Jun 9 : Limaland Motorsports Park ; Lima, OH
Sat. Jun 10 : Portsmouth Raceway Park ; Portsmouth, OH
Fri. Jun 30 : Lernerville Speedway ; Lernerville, PA
Sat. July 1 : Pittsburgh PA Motor Speedway; Imperial, PA
Sat. July 8 : Waynesfield Raceway Park ; Waynesfield, OH (Spencer Memorial)
Fri. July 28 : Route 44 Speedway ; Liberty, IN
Sat. July 29 : Lawrenceburg Speedway ; Lawrenceburg, IN (Soudrette Memorial)
Sat. Aug 5 : Waynesfield Raceway Park ; Waynesfield, OH (Hewitt Classic)
Fri. Aug 11 : Mansfield Motorsports Park ; Mansfield, OH
Sat. Aug 12 : Mansfield Motorsports Park ; Mansfield, OH (Great Lakes Nationals)
Fri. Aug 25 : Atomic Speedway ; Chillicothe, OH
Sat. Aug 26 : Atomic Speedway ; Chillicothe, OH (Open Wheel Championship)
Sat. Sep 9 : Montpelier Motor Speedway ; Montpelier, IN
Sat. Sep 30 : Fremont Speedway ; Fremont, OH (Hensel Memorial)
Sat. Oct 7 : Atomic Speedway ; Chillicothe, OH