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July 18, 2019
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 43 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES CONTINUES WITH USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS & NASCAR MODIFIEDS TUESDAY NIGHT, JULY 30

CHRISTOPHER BELL, JERRY COONS JR., CHAD BOAT & TYLER COURTNEY PART OF USAC MIDGET ROSTER HEADING TO GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 18, 2019 . . . . . . . . . . .A big night of racing, filled with national stars and local favorites is planned for the Grandview Speedway on Tuesday night, July 30 when the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presents the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series and the NASCAR 358 Modifieds in a spectacular double-header. USAC stars already pre-entered include Christopher Bell, Jerry Coons Jr., Chad Boat and Tyler “Sunshine” Courtney as they chase a $3,500 winners’ share in the 30 lap Ken Brenn Midget Masters.

The one-third mile high banked Grandview Speedway has a rich history in presenting some of the best midget racing in the country and Tuesday night, July 30 will mark a historic return of the midgets to the track on the hill. Modified favorites expected to be in the house include Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard, Craig VonDohren, Ryan Watt and Brett Kressley as they chase $3,000 to win the 30 lap Modified feature event. Gates open at 5 PM with race time set for 7:30 PM.

Christopher Bell of Norman, OK is in the field and he’s no stranger to Grandview after winning the July 2 410 Sprint Speedweek show collecting $10,000. Bell is the 2017 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series titlist and a two time winner of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at California’s Ventura Raceway. The twenty-five year old sensation owns twenty-three USAC National Midget victories.

All the way from Phoenix, Arizona, Chad Boat is also heading east for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Pennsylvania Midget Week. Boat has three midget wins in Pennsylvania over the past two years winning at Path Valley, Linda’s Speedway and BAPS Motor Speedway.

Popular USAC driver Jerry Coons, Jr. from Tucson, AZ is a two-time USAC National Midget Champion (2006-2007) and owns nineteen USAC National Midget wins. Coons is one of six drivers that are USAC Triple Crown winners , having won Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget titles in his career.

Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, IN is the current NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader and won six time in the first sixteen races this season. Nicknamed “Sunshine”, he is still looking for his first USAC Midget victory in Pennsylvania. Courtney did win a USAC sprint car feature this season at the Port Royal Speedway.

The 358 Modifieds will play an equally important part of this event with qualifying and a 30 lap feature that will $3,000 to the winner. Jeff Strunk is hot off a Thunder on the Hill victory and he’ll be challenged by Ryan Watt, the winner of the opening Thunder on the Hill modified event in June. Other expected entries include Rick Laubach, Doug Manmiller, Billy Pauch Jr., Kevin Hirthler, Jared Umbenhauer and many more.

The Tuesday night, July 30 Ken Brenn Midget Masters and 358 NASCAR Modified double-header will get underway at 7:30 PM with gates opening at 5 PM. Low, Down & Dirty is already hard at work planning the pre-race Meet and Greet.

Be sure to plan and attend the first return of the USAC National Midgets to Grandview in thirty years.

Advance tickets may be ordered by calling 443-513-4456. Please speak your name clearly and leave the number of tickets you needed. Tickets may be paid for and picked up on race night at the WILL CALL window after 3:30 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM, one-half hour prior to General Admission tickets going on sale at 5 PM. General admission tickets are $28 for adults, $10 for children 6 to 11 and kids 5 and under will be admitted for free. The pit fee is $35 and a license is not required.

Grandview Speedway Contact Information
GPS USERS: 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505
Located less than a mile off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA
Speedway Phone: 610-754-7688
Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Phone: 443-513-4456
Series Website: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com

Track Website: www.grandviewspeedway.com
Twitter/Instagram: @TOTHRACING
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thunderonthehill

About Thunder on the Hill Racing Series
The brainchild of Grandview Speedway owner Bruce Rogers, special events promoter Bob Miller and local driving star Dave Kelly, the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series celebrates 30 years of the most anticipated events of the racing calendar year after year. In 134 events, over $4.6 million dollars has been divvied up among the area's fastest racers. What started as a single 410 Sprint Car event in 1990 has blossomed to feature a variety of racing action including 358 Modifieds, USAC Wingless Sprints, All-Star Circuit of Champions, 360 & 410 Sprint Cars, Sportsman, Late Models, Midgets, Legend Cars, DIRTcar and ROC Modified events. The 2019 30th Anniversary Series of Thunder on the Hill is dedicated to Bruce Rogers.

About Grandview Speedway
Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 57th Anniversary season in 2019. The facility offers free parking, quality food at reasonable prices (be sure to try the french fries), a program book, Grandview Speedway and Thunder on the Hill race wear and great viewing from every seat in the house. Race fans may take part in the Inside/Out promotion, where you can sign up (no charge) to watch warm-ups from inside turn four. Race fans are also invited to victory lane following the racing program and, race fans may enter the pits after the races to meet the drivers. Be ready to enjoy the spine-tingling fireworks salute on the feature event parade lap.

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Contact: Richie Murray - USAC Media / richie@usacracing.com

Wednesday's #LetsRaceTwo Eldora Speedway winner Tyler Courtney.
(Rich Forman Photo)



SUNSHINE SCOOPS $10 GRAND IN ELDORA'S 200TH USAC SPRINT RACE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (July 17, 2019).........Throughout the past 199 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races held at Eldora Speedway, there are just a few who've displayed the kind of sustained dominance on the western Ohio half-mile that Tyler Courtney has shown over the past 10 months.

In the 200th series race Wednesday at the "Big E," Courtney put one in the record books as just the fourth driver to win three-straight USAC National Sprint Car features at Eldora. Jud Larson was the first to do it in 1964-65, followed by Bubby Jones in 1978-79 and Jack Hewitt, who put together two sets of back-to-back-to-back victories in 1988 and 1990-91, already putting Courtney in exclusive company in his young career.

Not to mention, the victory was worth $10,000, as the Indianapolis, Ind. native became the 29th driver to join the 20-win club with the series and now stands just one win behind equaling 1967 champ Greg Weld for the next rung on the ladder.

"It seems like we win every race that doesn't pay any money," #LetsRaceTwo winner Courtney said with a laugh. "It's really cool to win $10,000. Thank you to Roger Slack, Tony Stewart and everybody here at Eldora for putting up the money. It's really cool to win the 200thUSAC (Sprint Car) race here. For people who appreciate history, like myself, that's pretty neat to put my name in the record book."

Courtney started third and, for all intents and purposes, on this particular night, it was over by the end of the first lap. Kevin Thomas, Jr. began the race from the pole and took a run for the lead, sliding side-by-side alongside outside front row starter Chase Stockon through turns one and two.

Courtney rode it high around the outside of Thomas exiting turn two, cut across and dove to the bottom to slide past Stockon entering turn three. Courtney glided up to the exit of turn four as Stockon mounted a charge underneath. Courtney, though, got the upper hand, and the momentum, to lead by a car length at the line.

That was as close as it ever got.

As C.J. Leary, Brady Bacon and Chase Stockon battled for second, going three-wide at times, Courtney was in another zip code, building up his lead to a half-straight by lap six and a full-straightaway by the 10th lap.

Just before midway, Courtney began to navigate lapped traffic. There, his lead wasn't exactly shrinking by any means, but it had stagnated at about a 4.8 second interval. When the caution fell with 14 laps remaining, on paper, it would initially appear to be a light at the end of the tunnel for the likes of Leary and Bacon who were trying to chase Courtney down in traffic.

In reality, with four lapped cars separating first and second, all it did was provide an open track for Courtney to run a qualifying simulation for much of the second half of the 30-lapper. All four lapped cars hopped on the bottom heading to turn one on the lap 17 restart, allowing Leary and Bacon to roam free unhindered up top. Courtney checked out once again, putting up a 2.5 second lead on the board within just three laps of the restart, never missing a beat.

With five to go, it was back to a full-straight lead for Courtney again. Back behind him, recent Knoxville $20K winner Bacon dug deep to find something to get around Leary for second. Instead, he found the concrete between turns three and four, subsequently bending the front axle. He drove it into one with quite different handling characteristics this time around, smacking the outside wall on the opposite end of the track where he rode wall for a ways before landing on all fours and soldiering on.

Leary snapped away from Bacon to close the door on that battle for position, putting the top-three from first to third a half-lap apart from each other with four to go.

Tyler Courtney, of Indianapolis, Ind., became the 29th driver to join the 20-win club with the series and now stands just one win behind equaling 1967 champ Greg Weld for the next rung on the ladder at 21.
(Rich Forman Photo)

All Courtney had to wonder on the final lap was whether lapped traffic would become any type of hindrance to his blistering five-plus second margin. Courtney split the lapped cars of Jason McDougal and Matt Goodnight into turn one and put the right rear up on the rim to ride home to his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the year, and third on a half-mile track, 5.336 seconds ahead of Leary, Bacon, Stockon and Chris Windom.

Right now, Courtney, his team and his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy are in unison. It's quite important heading into the portion of the season which comprises one-fourth of the entire year's schedule in a span of 11 days.

"When you put all the right things together, usually good things happen," Courtney said. "We've got a really good team right now. Rizzy (Crew Chief Tyler Ransbottom)'s on his game right now. We kind of messed up a little bit in Knoxville, but he was determined to make right on that, and I think we did tonight. It's nice to get a momentum boost going into Indiana Sprint Week here the next few nights. Hopefully we can keep going."

If you're wondering, yes, your eyes aren't deceiving you. The top-three of Courtney, Leary and Bacon is the same exact top-three from the series' first visit to the track in May.

Meanwhile, in qualifying, Justin Grant set Fatheadz Eyewear fast time for the 22nd time in his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, tying him with Steve Butler with 18th all-time. He collected a total of $300 for his qualifying efforts courtesy of ProSource and Fatheadz Eyewear.

Contingency award winners Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway were Justin Grant (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Brady Bacon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Scotty Weir (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Matt Westfall (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Carson Short (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Tom Harris (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Isaac Chapple (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier) and Gage Etgen (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 17, 2019 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - #LetsRaceTwo

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.957; 2. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.988; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-16.040; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.210; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.241; 6. Carson Short, 21, RCM-16.265; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-16.391; 8. Zane Hendricks, 27, Goodnight-16.459; 9. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-16.471; 10. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.526; 11. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-16.585; 12. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.593; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.670; 14. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-16.726; 15. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-16.729; 16. Kody Swanson, 20N, Nolen-16.843; 17. Scotty Weir, 23s, Simon-16.849; 18. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-16.900; 19. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-16.926; 20. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-16.931; 21. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-17.042; 22. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-17.081; 23. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-17.159; 24. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.190; 25. Matt Cooley, 19c, Cooley-17.358; 26. Michael Fischesser, 44, Fischesser-17.484; 27. Gage Etgen, 99, Etgen-17.775; 28. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Isaac Chapple, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Kody Swanson, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Matt Westfall, 7. Dallas Hewitt, 8. Brian VanMeveren, 9. Matt Cooley. 02:17.50

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Scotty Weir, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Dustin Christie, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Zane Hendricks, 6. Jason McDougal, 7. Dustin Ingle, 8. Michael Fischesser, 9. Paul Dues. 02:18.90

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Tom Harris, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Carson Short, 7. Corey Smith, 8. Matt Goodnight, 9. Gage Etgen. 02:17.80

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. Matt Westfall, 2. Carson Short, 3. Dallas Hewitt, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Matt Goodnight, 6. Corey Smith, 7. Michael Fischesser, 8. Gage Etgen, 9. Matt Cooley, 10. Dustin Ingle, 11. Brian VanMeveren. 3:38.17

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (4), 2. C.J. Leary (5), 3. Brady Bacon (3), 4. Chase Stockon (2), 5. Chris Windom (9), 6. Matt Westfall (10), 7. Tom Harris (18), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 9. Zane Hendricks (8), 10. Isaac Chapple (13), 11. Dallas Hewitt (19), 12. Scotty Weir (17), 13. Carson Short (7), 14. Jason McDougal (11), 15. Dustin Christie (14), 16. Dave Darland (15), 17. Brody Roa (12), 18. Matt Goodnight (21), 19. Michael Fischesser (22), 20. Corey Smith (20), 21. Justin Grant (6), 22. Brian VanMeveren (23), 23. Kody Swanson (16). NT

**Nick Bilbee flipped during practice.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Tyler Courtney

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tom Harris (18th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Carson Short

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Gage Etgen

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Isaac Chapple

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-955, 2-Tyler Courtney-898, 3-Chase Stockon-879, 4-Chris Windom-874, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-853, 6-Brady Bacon-845, 7-Justin Grant-777, 8-Carson Short-736, 9-Jason McDougal-717, 10-Isaac Chapple-610.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 18, 2019 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - 32ndNOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

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Winner Donny Schatz (DB3 Photo)



LET’S MAKE IT TWO: Schatz goes two-for-two at Eldora
Donny Schatz sweeps the #LetsRaceTwo events at Eldora Speedway for second straight year

ROSSBURG, OH – July 17, 2019 – There’s magic to Donny Schatz’s dominate performances at Eldora Speedway.

He used that “magic” to cruise to his second World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Eldora Speedway win of the year Wednesday night, during the make-up #LetsRaceTwo event – sweeping the #LetRaceTwo races for the second year in-a-row.

To Schatz, though, there is no “magic.” It’s a matter of knowing what to do, he said, and having the experience to do it.

“The misconception in this sport is there’s always something magic, there’s one thing you can do to make yourself better,” said Schatz, 10-time Series champion from Fargo, N.D. “It’s not. It’s ten thousand little things and this team has learned that over the years.

“It’s the same today. Probably even more so today. A quarter turn here or there makes a big difference.”

That’s what it took for Schatz to charge from fourth to win in the 30-lap Feature. He started the night winning his Drydene Heat race, and then went on to finish fourth in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash – almost four seconds behind leader Carson Macedo.

Then “a quarter turn here and there” before the Feature. When field erupted into a thunderous echo across the half-mile speedway and charged to the green flag, it was already clear the adjustments worked.

When the field exited turn four at the start, the race took on a different appearance. Brad Sweet had darted by polesitter Carson Macedo for the lead and Schatz stole third from David Gravel. The reigning champion then tried to steal second away from Macedo in turn one, but the rookie had the stronger run off turn two. His Chevrolet Accessories No. 2 launched underneath Schatz’s Toco Warranty No. 15 down the backstretch, and he cleared him into turn three.

The veteran and the rookie battled side-by-side for the next four laps with experience winning the fight. While Macedo played his luck, running as close as he could to the outside wall, Schatz cruised around the bottom line of the track – the same line he used to win at Eldora in May.

A lap after passing Macedo, Schatz, again, used the low line to his advantage, sneaking underneath leader Sweet in turn one and throttling past him off turn two.

From there, Schatz made being fast around Eldora look easy. Lap after lap, he added another car length distance between he and second-place. Even when the field was brought back together for a caution on Lap 15 – due to Kerry Madsen coming to a stop on the track – Schatz pulled away on the restart and left the field to fight for second.

Behind him, though, the hard charger of the year was coming. Logan Schuchart – who has earned the most Hard Charger awards this year, so far, with five – was making another impressive run to the front.

Schuchart started the race seventh and found himself in sixth when the caution for Madsen came out. On the restart, though, he wasn’t going to let the leaders run away. With the throttle down, the Drydene No. 1s darted to fourth by the time the field reached turn one and carried that momentum off turn two to claim third from Gravel.

From there the hunt was one. With a head of steam, while rim riding around the track, Schuchart charged his way past Sweet for second with 12 laps to go. Next on his list, Schatz. Schuchart had finished second to Schatz for the last three #LetsRaceTwo events. It was time for a change.

However, even with finding speed along the high side of the track, it still wasn’t enough to outpace Schatz.

“I was a little loose, and I think that’s why I was good on the restarts,” Schuchart said. “I’d be good for about three or four laps and then I’d start slowing down again, especially when I got the tires hot.”

With eight laps to go, a new contender emerged. Gravel found traction and got in a rhythm, passing Sweet for third. Five laps later, he found himself in second after dueling with Schuchart for a couple of laps. He, too, marked Schatz next on his list, but, again, the reigning champion was still too strong. Even with trying different lines around lap cars.

“I closed a little, but lap cars slowed him down a little bit and he started moving around,” Gravel said. “I have a good feeling we’re really close, just going to keep tuning on this thing and hoping we can beat the 15 car.”

Schatz held almost a straightaway lead over Gravel when he saw the checkered flags for the fifth time this year – becoming the second most winning driver, so far, behind nine-time winner Brad Sweet – and for his 288th career World of Outlaws win. It was also his second win in-a-row after winning the last Series race at Wilmot Raceway.

His win took a small bite out of Sweet’s points lead, again, too. Schatz is now 30-points behind the Kasey Kahne Racing driver.

Even though he claimed his last two wins in dominating fashion, Schatz admitted a wrong “quarter turn here or there” can be the difference between winning and struggling.

With three more races at Eldora Speedway to go – leading up to the $175,000-to-win Kings Royal on Saturday – Schatz isn’t looking to magic to keep his winning streak going. It’s the determination of his team to never give up and never settle. Even after a win.

“Even though we won a race tonight, they’re (the race team) going to go to bed tonight thinking about things to be better,” Schatz said. “That’s what it takes.”

UP NEXT:

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will return to Eldora Speedway Thursday, July 18, for the Jokers Wild. Get tickets and information.

As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on www.DIRTVision.com.

Race Results: 7/17/19 – Eldora Speedway

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$10,000]; 2. 41-David Gravel [3][$5,000]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7][$3,000]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$2,700]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [9][$2,500]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [14][$2,200]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$2,000]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [11][$1,800]; 9. 21-Brian Brown [6][$1,600]; 10. 2-Carson Macedo [1][$1,450]; 11. 70-Brock Zearfoss [19][$1,300]; 12. 83-Daryn Pittman [18][$1,200]; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$1,100]; 14. 12N-Joey Saldana [20][$1,000]; 15. 5-Shane Stewart [5][$950]; 16. 91-Cale Thomas [24][$900]; 17. 13-Paul McMahan [17][$850]; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen [16][$750]; 19. 57-Kyle Larson [12][$725]; 20. 7S-Tim Kaeding [8][$700]; 21. 18-Ian Madsen [22][$700]; 22. 26-Cory Eliason [21][$700]; 23. 2M-Kerry Madsen [15][$700]; 24. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi [23][$700];
Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-7, Donny Schatz 8-30;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 24-Rico Abreu[+8]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 21-Brian Brown, 13.253; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.282; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.287; 4. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.388; 5. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.407; 6. 19-Brent Marks, 13.426; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.445; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.445; 9. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi, 13.446; 10. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 13.45; 11. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.462; 12. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.501; 13. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 13.533; 14. 91-Cale Thomas, 13.537; 15. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.554; 16. G1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.643; 17. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.712; 18. 14M-Marcus Dumesny, 13.94; 19. 2AU-Andrew Scheuerle, 14.077; 20. 4X-Bradley Ashford, 14.117; 21. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 14.371

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.194; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.325; 3. 41-David Gravel, 13.401; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.429; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.474; 6. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 13.479; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.48; 8. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.516; 9. 92-Sye Lynch, 13.566; 10. 12N-Joey Saldana, 13.577; 11. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.613; 12. 57-Kyle Larson, 13.65; 13. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 13.651; 14. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.657; 15. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.662; 16. 9-James McFadden, 13.694; 17. 81-Lee Jacobs, 13.792; 18. 7-Jason Sides, 13.843; 19. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.968; 20. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 14.056; 21. 84-Tom Harris, 14.177

DRYDENE Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 3. W20-Greg Wilson [3]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4]; 5. 13-Paul McMahan [6]; 6. 3-Jac Haudenschild [7]; 7. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi [5]; 8. K4-Chad Kemenah [9]; 9. 99-Skylar Gee [8]; 10. 2AU-Andrew Scheuerle [10]; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel [11]

DRYDENE Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 2-Carson Macedo [2]; 3. 19-Brent Marks [3]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4]; 5. 70-Brock Zearfoss [5]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [6]; 7. 91-Cale Thomas [7]; 8. G1-Hunter Schuerenberg [8]; 9. 14M-Marcus Dumesny [9]; 10. 4X-Bradley Ashford [10]

DRYDENE Heat #3 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 5-Shane Stewart [1]; 2. 41-David Gravel [2]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu [6]; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman [4]; 6. 98H-Dave Blaney [8]; 7. 92-Sye Lynch [5]; 8. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [7]; 9. 3C-Cale Conley [10]; 10. 84-Tom Harris [11]; 11. 81-Lee Jacobs [9]

DRYDENE Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 7S-Tim Kaeding [3]; 3. 57-Kyle Larson [6]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen [2]; 5. 12N-Joey Saldana [5]; 6. 49X-Tim Shaffer [7]; 7. 9-James McFadden [8]; 8. 26-Cory Eliason [4]; 9. 49D-Shawn Dancer [10]; 10. 7-Jason Sides [9]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 2-Carson Macedo [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 41-David Gravel [3]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [7]; 5. 5-Shane Stewart [4]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [6]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5]; 8. 7S-Tim Kaeding [8]

C-Main (10 Laps) – 1. 81-Lee Jacobs [2][-]; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel [9][-]; 3. 14M-Marcus Dumesny [3][$150]; 4. 3C-Cale Conley [6][$150]; 5. 2AU-Andrew Scheuerle [5][$150]; 6. 49D-Shawn Dancer [8][$125]; 7. 84-Tom Harris [10][$125]; 8. 4X-Bradley Ashford [7][$125]; 9. K4-Chad Kemenah [1][$125]; 10. 7-Jason Sides [4][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – 1. 26-Cory Eliason [2][-]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [3][-]; 3. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi [1][-]; 4. 91-Cale Thomas [7][-]; 5. 3-Jac Haudenschild [5][$300]; 6. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [6][$250]; 7. 9-James McFadden [12][$225]; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel [14][$200]; 9. 98H-Dave Blaney [10][$200]; 10. 92-Sye Lynch [4][$200]; 11. 99-Skylar Gee [9][$200]; 12. 81-Lee Jacobs [13][$200]; 13. G1-Hunter Schuerenberg [11][$200]; 14. 49X-Tim Shaffer [8][$200]

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READING (PA) FAIRGROUNDS SEPTEMBER 14, 1963 USAC SPRINTS
Johnny White # 1 Fike Plumbing Special leads Jim Hurtubise in the # 56 Sterling Plumbing Special off of turn 4.
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It was around this time ... 56 years ago that I was a young kid working as a draftsman for a major heavy machinery manufacturer in Trenton, NJ. Like most guys of that age I was interested in cars. One day while eating lunch at my desk and reading Hot Rod Magazine, a summer intern engineering student came up to me and said that I should go see real racing on dirt. Well I was a stick and ball fan and watched just about every Yankees game on WPIX Channel 11 TV from NY. I didn’t know anything about racing except watching a few Jalopy (stock car) races from Culver City, California on TV. A few weeks later I was reading the sports section of the Trentonian newspaper and see an ad for USAC Sprint Cars at the Hatfield Speedway. I got out my gas station roadmap (no GPS back then) and found out where this Hatfield PA was and how to get there.

The day of the race came Friday July 26, 1963, after work I went home to change and with map and instructions in hand it was off to see what this was all about. When I found the track , an ambulance was coming out as I was parking my car. I later found out that Jim McElreath crashed into the first turn wall in practice. I got my ticket and saw all of the people in the stands and didn’t know where I should go. The track crew were trying to fix the wall and I saw other people going in the infield so that’s were I went. While walking around in the infield before racing resumed I ran into a guy who worked at the same place that I did He had been a new employee and I didn’t know his name. His name was Bruce Jones who would become a life long friend. He was with another guy named Jack Rule who just happened to be the brother of the engineer student intern at work who told me to go see real racing on dirt. The race drivers were named A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Bobby Marshman, Don Branson, Roger McCluskey, Bob Harkey, Jim Hurtubise, Earl Halaquist, Cotton Farmer, Jim Maguire, Arnie Knepper, Ron Lux, Chuck Hulse, Bud Tinglested, Chuck Yost, Ralph Liguori and others. When the green flag waved to resume practice all I could say to myself was WOW! What the hell have I been missing all of my life. I was hooked for the rest of my life. I became friends with Bruce & Jack. Bruce ran stock cars and I would hang out at the garage. We would go to watch a lot of races, sometimes 5 a week. We would see the best Modified stocks (dirt and asphalt), Midgets and Indy Cars, but nothing could compare with the Sprint Cars. There was just some magic watching them.

What was this force that had a grip on me, let me try to explain. When I first started to go to the races, open cockpit race cars didn’t have cages. When they would crash or go over it was like 50/50 if the driver would be badly hurt or be killed. It was an adrenaline rush watching them do something dangerously crazy. It’s the feeling you have if you were watching a man walking on a high wire 100 ft off the ground with no net and he is having a hard time keeping his balance. The adrenaline rush is because you see before you what can happen if he falls. That adrenaline rush would not be there if the walker was 20 feet off the ground and had a net under him.

It was all of this that branded my soul to love Sprint Cars, no stockcar could duplicate those feelings. Sprint Cars have become 1000% safer over the years, much so that some drivers don’t respect the car, only to be brought back to reality when we lose one of our drivers.

Today’s cars are basically the same cars that ran in the 1960’s. They have fuel injected engines, no transmission (must be pushed to start), quick change rear, 4-bar torsion, quick steering and no flywheel (the engine barks when you punch the gas).They have the newest gadgets but they still look the same on the track. If it’s a winged sprint you couldn’t tell if it was Kenny Weld or Donny Schatz; or wingless if it was A.J. Foyt or Brady Bacon. The cars still look the same way on the track as they did decades ago.

Fast forward to the other night at the Grandview Speedway, part of the 2019 PA Speedweek Series. Standing between the first and second turns taking pictures and watching the 900 plus Horsepower Sprints taking time. They run wide open all the way around, no change in the sound of the motor. If you closed your eyes you couldn’t tell the turns from the straights. After 56 years there is still magic watching the fastest race cars on dirt.

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Jul
16

Thunder on the Hill

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Thunder on the Hill



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JULY 16, 2019
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 43 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

USAC MIDGETS HEAD TO GRANDVIEW, JOIN 358 MODIFIEDS IN NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL EVENT TUESDAY NIGHT, JULY 30

BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 16, 2019 . . . . . The stars of USAC will return to the East, this time taking part in the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series that will open at the Grandview Speedway on Tuesday night, July 30. The USAC Midgets will share the program with the 358 NASCAR Modifieds in the third event of the 2019 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series. The USAC National Midget event at Grandview will be the Ken Brenn Midget Masters going 30 laps and paying $3,500 to the winner. Gates open at 5 PM with race time set for 7:30 PM.

The Ken Brenn Midget Masters is dedicated to Ken Brenn Sr., a winning Open-Wheel and Dirt-Track Modified Stock-Car Racing car owner for some 30 years (1954-1983) whose accomplishments on the track were accompanied by an unblemished record of integrity and professionalism. And win or lose the resident of Warren, New Jersey, always presented a first-class effort and treated everyone with gentlemanly courtesy and respect.

Brenn’s stellar Midget history shows a long association (1954-1972) with the old American Racing Driver’s Club and that relationship includes holding every office in the organization, including being a two-time (1969-1970) ARDC president. Plus, he was also a five-time ARDC Champion Car Owner (1963-1964, 1968-1969 and 1971) and listed on the ARDC's Honor Roll as a Lifetime Member.

But Brenn – who also did some Midget and Modified Stock-Car promoting – didn’t just race with ARDC as he provided rides for over 150 top drivers who competed in: the Indianapolis 500; USAC Championship Dirt Car, Sprint Car and Midget Racing; NASCAR’s old Midget Division; and, the highly-competitive Pennsylvania-New Jersey and DIRT Motorsports Modified Stock-Car Series.

Brenn was also a leader in making auto racing as safer sport as his efforts in this area saw him: design a universally-accepted roll bar for Midgets in 1958; have the first USAC Sprint Car to ever use a roll cage in 1966; and, be instrumental in making roll cages – and shoulder harnesses – mandatory for ARDC in 1970.

“I consider Ken a close friend, someone I have known for years but further secured our relationship through the Dirt Track Heroes Car Show at the Phillipsburg Mall over the past ten years”, commented Bob Miller who with the Rogers Family, promotes the Thunder on the Hill Racing events. “I remember when Mr. Brenn promoted midget races here at Grandview, he was always very professional, a great asset to the sport”, added Theresa Rogers.

And he continues to be regarded by the racing community as one of its finest representatives.

Christopher Bell, hot off a $10,000 win at Grandview on Tuesday, July 2 in a 410 sprint car is planning to compete in the Ken Brenn Midget Masters 30 along with Tyler “Sunshine” Courtney, Chris Windom, Kevin Thomas, Jr, Zeb Wise, Chad Boat, Tanner Carrick, Jerry Coons Jr. and C.J. Leary just to name a few. Time trials and qualifying events will lead up to the Ken Brenn Midget Masters 30 lap feature event paying $3,500 to the winner.

The 358 Modifieds will play an equally important part of this event with qualifying and a 30 lap feature that will $3,000 to the winner. Jeff Strunk is hot off a Thunder on the Hill victory and he’ll be challenged by Ryan Watt, the winner of the opening Thunder on the Hill modified event in June. Other expected entries include Brett Kressley, Duane Howard, Craig VonDohren, Rick Laubach, Doug Manmiller, Billy Pauch Jr., Kevin Hirthler, Jared Umbenhauer and many more.

The Tuesday night, July 30 Ken Brenn Midget Masters and 358 NASCAR Modified double-header will get underway at 7:30 PM with gates opening at 5 PM. Low, Down & Dirty is already hard at work planning the pre-race Meet and Greet.

Be sure to plan and attend the first return of the USAC National Midgets to Grandview in thirty years.

Advance tickets may be ordered by calling 443-513-4456. Please speak your name clearly and leave the number of tickets you needed. Tickets may be paid for and picked up on race night at the WILL CALL window after 3:30 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM, one-half hour prior to General Admission tickets going on sale at 5 PM.

Grandview Speedway Contact Information
GPS USERS: 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505
Located less than a mile off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA
Speedway Phone: 610-754-7688
Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Phone: 443-513-4456
Series Website: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com

Track Website: www.grandviewspeedway.com
Twitter/Instagram: @TOTHRACING
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thunderonthehill

About Thunder on the Hill Racing Series
The brainchild of Grandview Speedway owner Bruce Rogers, special events promoter Bob Miller and local driving star Dave Kelly, the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series celebrates 30 years of the most anticipated events of the racing calendar year after year. In 134 events, over $4.6 million dollars has been divvied up among the area's fastest racers. What started as a single 410 Sprint Car event in 1990 has blossomed to feature a variety of racing action including 358 Modifieds, USAC Wingless Sprints, All-Star Circuit of Champions, 360 & 410 Sprint Cars, Sportsman, Late Models, Midgets, Legend Cars, DIRTcar and ROC Modified events. The 2019 30th Anniversary Series of Thunder on the Hill is dedicated to Bruce Rogers.

About Grandview Speedway
Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 57th Anniversary season in 2019. The facility offers free parking, quality food at reasonable prices (be sure to try the french fries), a program book, Grandview Speedway and Thunder on the Hill race wear and great viewing from every seat in the house. Race fans may take part in the Inside/Out promotion, where you can sign up (no charge) to watch warm-ups from inside turn four. Race fans are also invited to victory lane following the racing program and, race fans may enter the pits after the races to meet the drivers. Be ready to enjoy the spine-tingling fireworks salute on the feature event parade lap.

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NEWS FROM ROGERS FAMILY GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, BECHTELSVILLE, PA—THE 57TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON OF RACING

Presenting Saturday night NASCAR stock car racing plus a variety of special events. Track office: 610.754.7688

PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MARKETING: Ernie Saxton @ 215.752.7797: Email: Esaxton144@aol.com – Cell phone: 267.934.7286

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TRIPLEHEADER ACTION ON SATURDAY AT GRANDVIEW FEATURES URC SPRINTS, NASCAR 358 MODIFIEDS AND SPORTSMAN, ALL PART OF T.P.TRAILERS AND TRUCK EQUIPMENT NIGHT

URC WILL BE HOSTING A REUNION NIGHT FEATURING TOP LEGENDS SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS

NASCAR STANDINGS STILL HAVE VON DOHREN LEADING MODS, BRIGHTBILL NOW FIRST IN SPORTSMAN

BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 16, 2019 . . . Coming up this Saturday, July 20th is another tripleheader show at Grandview Speedway, this time featuring the Capital Renegade United Racing Club Sprints in their first appearance of the season as part of T.P.Trailers and Truck Equipment Night. The Sprint events will be sponsored by Victory Auto Glass with the feature paying $2,000 to win. Heading up the Sprint action will be Josh Weller, Chad Layton, Curt Michael, Austin Bishop, former Grandview Late Model champion Ed Aikin who has a URC feature win this season and a host of other Sprint standouts. As an added attraction URC will be hosting a Legends Reunion in the first turn pavilion area. Legends will be signing autographs and chatting with fans starting at 6 p.m. Included amongst the legends will be Sean Michael, Becca Anderson, Mares Stellfox, Charlie Massey, Greg Coverdale, Fran Hogue, Ed Wylie and host of others.

Just added to the list of Legends is Glenn Fitzcharles who got his racing start at Grandview in the stock cars and went on to win 81 URC features and five titles. The Pottstown, PA resident is enshrined in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

The NASCAR 358 Modifieds and Sportsman stock cars will make up the balance of the tripleheader show.

A full series of qualifying events in each division will lead to the main events that will feature the top performers of the night.

At 5 p.m. the Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet will feature Modified standout Jared Umbenhauer and URC racer Josh Weller at the front admission gate area.

Adult admission for this not to be missed show is $25, youngsters 6 through 11 pay $5 and kids under 6 are admitted free.

With 11 feature races completed in both the Modifieds and Sportsman ten-time track champion Craig Von Dohren sits on top of the Modified standings with 2769 counters. Second spot is held by Duane Howard, a five time champion, with 2590 points. Both Oley, PA residents have earned feature victories with Von Dohren having three and Howard having earned two. Third spot in the standings is held by Hellertown, PA’s Rick Laubach with 2429 tallies and having done it without benefit of a feature win.

Topping the Sportsman is veteran racing talent Brad Brightbill of Sinking Spring, PA. He has three wins, including the Firecracker 40 this past Saturday, and 2196 points. Brad Grim has 2169 points and has done it without a win. Third spot is held by former champion Brian Hirthler with 2124 making for a tight battle for the title. Hirthler has been to victory lane twice this season.

During the 11 events presented this season there have been 56 Modifieds and 41 Sportsman seen in action on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval.

Information on coming events at the Bechtelsville track can be had at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.

UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR

MODIFIEDS AS OF JULY 13, 2019

1. Craig Von Dohren, Oley, PA #1C 2769***
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66/357H 2590**
3. Rick Laubach, Hellertown, PA #7L 2429
4. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 2420**
5. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19/1H 2337
6. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #44M 2270
7. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA #21K 2183
8. Jeff Strunk, Boyertown, PA #126 2143***
9. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA #117 2024
10. Alex Yankowski, Covington Twp., PA #84Y 1802
11. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #4 1766
12. Louden Reimert, Oley, PA #16 1756
13. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 1754
14. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17 1731
15. Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA #23X 1708
16. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 1567
17. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44 1494
18. Clay Butler, Bloomsbury, NJ #4B 1235
19. Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA#33 1200
20. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #OG7/14 1196
21. Dan Waisempacher, Springtown, PA #01 1166
22. Briggs Danner, Allentown, PA #6/78D 1102
23. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA #77H 920
24. Justin Grim, Orefield, PA #611/61 919
25. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA #49 911
26. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 892
27. Dylan Swinehart, Fleetwood, PA #81 867*
28. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA #14RR 855
29. Ron Kline, Salford, PA #355 850
30. Kory Fleming, Milford, NJ #704 780

UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR

SPORTSMAN AS OF JULY 13, 2019

1. Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA #19 2196***
2. Brad Grim, Coplay, PA #13 2169
3. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4*/117 2124**
4. Kyle Lilick, Collegeville, PA #104 1946
5. Brad Arnold, Bethel, PA #830 1873
6. Jack Butler, Phillipsburg, NJ #5 1873*
7. Mark Kemmerer, Green Lane, PA #F10 1822
8. Kyle Smith, Fleetwood, PA #77 1776
9. Dean Bachman, Emmaus, PA #65 1720
10. Brandon Edgar, Lehighton, PA #57 1676*
11. Andrew Kreis, Boyertown, PA #6K 1456
12. Ryan Beltz, Barto, PA #221 1310
13. Nate Brinker, Allentown, PA #14 1216
14. Mike Mammana, Nazareth, PA #31 1179
15. Nathan Mohr, East Greenville, PA #17M 1040*
16. Derrick Smith, Telford, PA#20 1005*
17. Jesse Landis, Gilbertsville, PA #976 952
18. Lex Shive, Pennsburg, PA #5K 943
19. Andy Clemmer, Bechtelsville PA #127 888
20. Kenny Bock, Birdsboro, PA #6 839
21. Parker Guldin, Fleetwood, PA #11 809*
22. Josh Adams, Douglassville, PA #44A 780
23. Tom Miller, Gilbertsville, PA #77T 769*
24. Scott Kohler, Boyertown, PA #12S 754
25. Aaron Bowes, Nazareth, PA #4 714

* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only for those that are
NASCAR point events.)

Jul
15

Jersey Rush Canceled

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JULY 15, 2019
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
JERSEY RUSH VIII

JERESEY RUSH VIII CANCELED AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY TUESDAY, JULY 16, LOW CAR COUNT CITED

NEW EGYPT, NJ July 15, 2019 - After careful consideration and acknowledgement of likely low competitor participation, JERSEY RUSH event promoters Bob Miller, Len Sammons, Danny Sammons and Davey Sammons have been forced to cancel the event at New Egypt Speedway which had been planned for tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 16th. We always want to present the highest quality show and a great amount of effort went into the planning with over sixty sprint car team contacted. This is very disappoint for all involved, including competitors from all divisions who committed to race.

The promoters cited a shortage of anticipated entries of the 410 Sprint Cars as the reason for the postponement. Two prominent JERSEY RUSH Sprint racers who annually compete at the event, former winner Ryan Smith and recent PA Speedweek champion Lucas Wolfe are both sidelined with injuries suffered recently.

Smith, who has not raced since suffering a concussion at Selinsgrove Speedway on June 30th, has yet to be cleared by doctors to return to competition. Wolfe suffered back injuries this past Sunday, July 14 in the All Star Sprint Series race at Lebanon Valley Speedway.

Despite engine problems and crashes that had set back numerous other 410 Sprint teams in recent weeks, the promoters felt they had organized a strong enough field of entries for fans to enjoy the show until this past weekend problems forced other teams to cancel. Similar problems on the Modified side were also reported after a tough weekend for both divisions.

“None of us, me, Len Sammons or his sons Danny and Davey would be comfortable putting on a show with such a short field of cars,” said Bob Miller.

“We recognize the inconvenience a late cancelation may cause for those race teams that were planning to be at JERSEY RUSH and for fans who look forward to the event. But we would rather be up front about what was likely to occur and cancel than trying to put on a show that would not be up to the standard we believe race fans deserve.”

Due to the busy schedule, we will not look for an alternate date in 2019.

We thank the drivers of all divisions who did commit to the show as well as the outpour of interest in the event from race fans.

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