A “New Breed of Speed” Makes Debut Friday Night at Gas City I-69 Speedwayadmin
GAS CITY, Ind., Aug. 30 – A “new breed of speed” will make its debut this Friday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway as the winged Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Car Series (BOSS) pays a visit to the quarter-mile, semi-banked clay oval in the “King of the Wings” racing event.
The last 410-winged sprint car race at Gas City was an All Star Circuit of Champions event September 17, 2004. Dale Blaney won the feature.
Popular for its non-wing series for several years in Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania, BOSS promoter Aaron Fry decided to create a 410-cubic-inch winged division with a limited number of events for its inaugural season in 2018. With 27 cars signing into the pits, the series debuted in May, with local driver Brandon Wimmer taking back the winning prize money to his Fairmont home.
Friday’s race will pay $3,000 to win the 25-lap feature, with $300 posted to start from the $12,000-plus purse.
Racing action also includes UMP Modifieds, Winged Outlaw Micro-Sprints and Thunder Cars.
“When I was putting the schedule together in February, I spoke to Aaron about hosting a BOSS non-wing sprint show, but that schedule was pretty much to capacity,” said Jerry Gappens, promoter of the speedway. “He told me about his new winged division and asked me to promote one of those with a promise of a non-wing show to be part of our 2019 schedule. I was looking for diversity in our schedule, so I decided to move forward with the race. It should be fast and exciting!”
Gappens also speculated the BOSS qualifying format could produce an overall track record.
Fry feels there will be a large field of 30 or more winged sprints on hand for the series second race of the season and is looking forward to running his group at Gas City for the first time.
“Gas City has a great racing tradition, especially with non-wing sprint cars,” Fry said. “I’m excited about going to a venue that normally doesn’t host winged sprints and showcasing our series there. We have several former All Star Circuit of Champions drivers and a couple of guys who have run with the World of Outlaws that are now part of our core group. It will be a dynamite event!”
Tickets to the races at Gas City I-69 Speedway are available at the gate. Admission prices are adults, $20; children 12 and under are free, and students 13 and older are admitted for $10 with a student ID card. Pit passes cost $30. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., and the races start at 7:30 p.m.
Only three racing events remain on the season schedule. Next Friday, the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car Series makes its only appearance of the year at Gas City as part of Brickyard 400 Week. On Friday, September 28, the “James Dean Classic,” featuring a $3,000-to-wing, non-wing sprint car race, will serve as the season finale. The event will be part of the popular James Dean Festival Weekend.
For details on each program, please see the track’s schedule at GasCityI69Speedway.com. Fans can also follow the speedway on Facebook (@GasCitySpeedwayOnTheGas), Twitter (@GasCitySpeedway) and Instagram (@GasCitySpeedway).