Dick Bogar

Posted on: Oct 09, 2014 at 08:16
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Luke "Dick" Bogar Jr. of Selinsgrove passed away Monday, October 6, 2014 at the age of 86. Bogar owned and fielded the famous Bogar No. 99 sprint car in the east during the 1970's and brought Jan Opperman to prominence across the nation and especially in the east. In 1973 Bogar's Opperman 99 was leading points at both Port Royal and Selinsgrove Speedways midway through the season when the team opted to focus on Selinsgrove and as such they secured Opperman and the team's only title anywhere, at Selinsgrove Speedway. Other drivers like Gene Varner and Barry Camp graced Bogar's seat but Opperman teamed with mechanic Ralph Heintzelman Sr. made the mount fly to stardom, making it a hit on the track and in reputation around the world. The Bogar family business, Bogar Lumber Co., supplied the lumber that built the current historic covered grandstand at Selinsgrove Speedway and in fact for years the name of the company was scrawled across the front of the grandstand as an advertisement for the business. Bogar also owned and operated his own business, Bogar's Speed and Show equipment in Beavertown, for many years. A viewing will be held from noon to 2 pm Friday, October 10 at Christ United Methodist Church in Selinsgrove with a funeral at 2 pm. Arrangements are by the VL Seebold funeral home, Selinsgrove.
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