Sax­ton: Bouchard’s iconic rides to add to ex­cite­ment at Mo­tor­sports 2017 expo in Oaks

The Boyertown Area Times - - SPORTS - By Ernie Sax­ton For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

When Ron Bouchard won the Tal­ladega 500 NASCAR Cup race in a photo fin­ish with Dar­rell Wal­trip and Terry Labonte in 1981, it was con­sid­ered one of the big­gest up­sets in NASCAR his­tory. The win helped Bouchard clinch the Rookie of the Year hon­ors even though he raced in just 22 of the 31 sched­uled races that year.

When the Pi­o­neer Pole Build­ings Mo­tor­sports 2017 Fu­eled by Sunoco Race Fu­els and Dis­trib­uted by Insinger Per­for­mance Race Car & Trade Show takes place at the Greater Phil­a­del­phia Expo Cen­ter in Oaks, Pa., Jan­uary 20-22, 2017, the Race Hill Farms No. 47 Cup car that Bouchard drove to that very im­pres­sive win will be on dis­play.

In fact, a sec­ond car driven by Bouchard, the Len Boehler No. 3 Mod­i­fied, will also be part of the three-day show. This car was driven to nu­mer­ous race wins by Bouchard at a va­ri­ety of North­east­ern speed­ways in­clud­ing Stafford Mo­tor Speed­way, Thomp­son, Seekonk, Water­ford Speed­bowl and West­boro Speed­way.

Bones Bourcier wrote in his book, ‘Ron Bouchard, Re­mem­ber­ing the Kid from Fitch­burg’: “Ri­vals, team­mates, friends and fam­ily mem­bers re­call one of the North­east’s most pop­u­lar driv­ers, whose spec­tac­u­lar Mod­i­fied ca­reer — he won from New Eng­land to Florida — was fol­lowed by a NASCAR Cup Se­ries vic­tory at Tal­ladega and Rookie of the Year hon­ors at stock car rac­ing’s high­est level.”

Af­ter his Cup ca­reer came to an end the pop­u­lar racer re­turned home to Fitch­burg, Mass., to open Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores rep­re­sent­ing Honda, Kia, Nis­san and FCA. He passed away in De­cem­ber 2015 af­ter bat­tling cancer.

The book will be on sale at the Coastal 181 dis­play area dur­ing the show.

His wife, Paula, will be on hand at the show to talk about Ron’s great ca­reer, the book and sign au­to­graphs.

Also ap­pear­ing in the Coastal 181 area will be 50year rac­ing vet­eran Kevin Ol­son. His new book ti­tled ‘Cages Are For Mon­keys’ is a fun read that he and au­thor Lew Boyd have been able to give read­ers de­tails on his Midget rac­ing ca­reer that car­ried all over the United States and Down Un­der. He has won nu­mer­ous cham­pi­onships and is a mem­ber of a few Hall of Fames.

Ol­son, con­sid­ered rac­ing’s za­ni­est Hall of Famer, will be shar­ing sto­ries of his ca­reer and talk­ing about his book. Of course copies will be avail­able and Kevin will be more than happy to sign copies.

A fea­tured guest at Mo­tor­sports 2017 will be seven time NASCAR Cup Se­ries cham­pion Richard Petty con­sid­ered the King of NASCAR. Petty is sched­uled to ap­pear on Satur­day, Jan­uary 21st with the ex­act time still to be de­ter­mined.

Many other well-known rac­ers and per­son­al­i­ties will be ap­pear­ing at the show with de­tails to be an­nounced.

The 3-day show will again fill 250,000 square feet of the Greater Phil­a­del­phia Expo Cen­ter with just about ev­ery­thing imag­in­able in mo­tor­sports avail­able for at­ten­dees to see.

Over 250 race cars, rep­re­sent­ing many dif­fer­ent seg­ments of the sport, will be on hand. In ad­di­tion hard­core ven­dors will be part of the show along with many rac­ing fa­cil­i­ties of­fer­ing in­for­ma­tion on their 2017 sea­son.

Again, as in the past, free in­dus­try sem­i­nars will be of­fered.

For com­plete show de­tails, ticket prices and more check in at www. aarn.com and go to the Mo­tor­sports link.

*** The once pop­u­lar Read­ing Fair­grounds Mall Mem­o­ries show will be no more. Man­age­ment of the mall could no longer see the ben­e­fit of the multi-day show that brought old time rac­ers, old rac­ing equip­ment Auc­tion­eer and Es­tate In­ven­tory Ser­vices (610) 845-2594 and mixed it with cur­rent rac­ers and their equip­ment. For many years the show at­tracted huge crowds. Un­for­tu­nately in­ter­est in the event has not been what it once was and the show will not be pre­sented this year.

*** Selins­grove Speed­way of­fi­cials are fi­nal­iz­ing the 2017 sched­ule of events and ex­pect to re­lease next sea­son’s full slate shortly af­ter Jan­uary 1. The 360 sprint cars, su­per late mod­els, pro stocks, and road­run­ners will re­turn for most of the weekly Satur­day night rac­ing pro­grams.

Tony Ste­wart’s Arc­tic Cat All Star Cir­cuit of Cham­pi­ons will sanc­tion the Jim Nace Me­mo­rial 35th An­nual Na­tional Open for 410 sprint cars Satur­day, Sept. 16. The All Star sanc­tion of the track’s Na­tional Open will be a first since 1991 when Johnny Mack­i­son Jr. scored the vic­tory over Kenny Ja­cobs in one of the clos­est fin­ishes in sprint car rac­ing his­tory at the speed­way.

In the 15 All Star-sanc­tioned sprint car races that have been held at Selins­grove Speed­way, there has never been a re­peat win­ner. Pre­vi­ous All Star win­ners at the track in­clude Bob­bie Adam­son (1970), Mike Lloyd (1973), Randy Wolfe (1982), Len Krautheim (1986), Doug Wolf­gang (1987), Kenny Ja­cobs (1990), Frankie Kerr (1991), Cris Eash (1991), Johnny Mack­i­son Jr. (1991), Dale Blaney (1996), Keith Kauff­man (1997), Greg Hod­nett (1998), Fred Rah­mer (1999), Todd Shaf­fer (2000), and Danny Di­et­rich (2016).

Other 410 sprint car dates con­firmed for 2017 in­clude the Ray Tilley Clas­sic Fri­day, June 16, and the Op­per­man/Bogar Me­mo­rial PA Speed­week Fi­nale Sun­day, July 9.

The su­per late mod­els will take cen­ter stage in sev­eral events next sea­son. Selins­grove and Port Royal Speed­way of­fi­cials are lin­ing up dates for Round 2 of the Moon Shine Camo Route 35 Su­per Late Model Chal­lenge Se­ries.

The Crafts­man World of Out­laws Late Model Se­ries will re­turn Sun­day, Sept. 3, for the 19th An­nual Late Model Na­tional Open. Billy Moyer Jr. scored his first ca­reer vic­tory at the Sny­der County oval in the 2016 edi­tion of the race. Next sea­son will mark the fifth con­sec­u­tive year for the World Out­laws sanc­tion of the track’s most pres­ti­gious late model event.

Selins­grove Speed­way will host the Ap­palachian Moun­tain Late Model Speed­week Se­ries Satur­day, June 10. The Satur­day night date for the pop­u­lar late model se­ries will be a first for Selins­grove Speed­way.

Over 250 race cars, rep­re­sent­ing many dif­fer­ent seg­ments of the sport, will be on hand. In ad­di­tion hard­core ven­dors will be part of the show along with many rac­ing fa­cil­i­ties of­fer­ing in­for­ma­tion on their 2017 sea­son.

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