This is not your typical pre-race story; but then again, this is not your typical event. This is the Oma’s 200 at Kentucky; a race dedicated to all the Grandmother’s, Grandma’s and Oma’s out there, and to one Oma in particular. Sharon (Shari) Boggs, this race is for you.

Oma’s are special people in the lives of so many, particularly their family. Whether it is relieving the burden off parents to babysit their grandchildren or teaching those children how to laugh and have fun, nearly every one of us can relate to having that special bond with an Oma. We have all benefitted from her kind words, her loving gaze, and her passion for her family. Often these families are not just related by blood, but by bonds forged over a life time within the community these Oma’s shape throughout their lives.

Shari was no different. She was an educator for most of her adult life, always seeking ways to improve upon her students learning experiences and her ability to teach them. Shari shared her love of teaching and helping others throughout her life and was honored in 2017 with induction to the Hackettstown Medical Center Foundation “Senior Hall of Fame” for her significant volunteer work and accomplishments throughout Warren County, NJ. Shari was volunteer head of the Hackettstown, NJ, Pajama Program, a national organization that provides pajamas and books to children in need. Since 2010, Shari was a driving force in collecting more than 1600 pajamas and 1300 books for local children.

Shari’s Son in Law, Marc Aumick, is a member of the Lionheart family, a passionate racer, and a caring and generous friend of everyone in the league. This race is Marc’s tribute to his Mother in Law Shari, and the Lionheart organization couldn’t be more privileged and honoured to host it. We hope to do Oma proud with the show we put on.

Last time out, it was Brian Yaczik who buried the demons of the opening round and came home with his first ever Lionheart winners trophy. That gives Yaczik a 1st and a 2nd so far this season, as well as the early point lead. Will Yaczik be able to cement his place atop the standings with another strong showing at Kentucky? Jason Galvin came home 2nd at Phoenix and also sits 2nd in points. Tony Showen rebounded from trouble in Homestead to hold off teammate Chris Stofer for the the final podium spot in Phoenix. Round 1 winner Andrew Kinsella fell victim, along with a majority of the field, to an ill timed yellow and could only manage to bounce back to 9th place. Kinsella now sits 3rd in points, 5 back Galvin for 2nd.

The story of Kentucky, however, may not rest with any of these drivers. Early season favourites Dan Geren, Adam Blocker, and Michael Goodman have each fallen victim to some horrifically bad luck. A strong run in Kentucky would do wonders to turning their seasons around. Look for these 3 to be particularly hungry as we go to the first 1.5 mile oval of the year.

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