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Winner Christopher Bell (Dan McFarland Photo)

Christopher Bells Dominates Eldora Speedway for Fourth Career Outlaw Win

ROSSBURG, OH – October 14, 2018 – Christopher Bell pounded the cushion to perfection up against the Eldora Speedway wall to win his fourth career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature, but first of 2018, Sunday evening at the Ohio half-mile. Bell fell as far back as eighth but took the lead on Lap 14 and never looked back. Donny Schatz extended his Series points lead finishing second for a Tony Stewart Racing/Curb-Agajanian Racing one-two punch. Parker Price-Miller, who led the first 13 laps, completed the podium.

Tim Shaffer won the Sears Craftsman Dash and led the field down the backstretch, but a strong sweeping move across the racing surface from Parker Price-Miller saw the youngster lead the opening lap by a nose.

Carson Macedo, aboard the Jason Johnson Racing No.41, took second from Shaffer on Lap 9 and began closing in on Price-Miller for the lead.

Christopher Bell fell back from his fifth-starting spot on the initial start, but began his cushion-pounding charge forward immediately. As Macedo passed Shaffer for second on the ninth circuit, Bell re-entered the top five. Two laps later, Bell was third and visibly closing on the leaders. Bell passed Macedo for second on Lap 13 and took the lead the following lap from Price-Miller in turn one.

From there, Bell set sail, rim riding his way to a sizable advantage through lapped traffic.

Donny Schatz worked his way forward from his eighth starting spot to take third just past the halfway point.

The lone caution of the event flew on Lap 21 for a slowing Aaron Reutzel, setting up a double-file restart.

Price-Miller, who had fallen back to fourth, got an excellent restart and challenged Bell for the lead before settling into second. Bell once again powered away from the field, establishing a sizeable lead over the field.

Schatz went to work on Price-Miller for second, completing the pass with one to go. At this point, his TSR teammate was gone, as Bell cruised to win by over four seconds.

“I’m very grateful to run this thing, it’s a rocket every time I come to this place. It was so fast on the top, I could zoom right around,” Bell said in Victory Lane.

When asked about riding the wall at Eldora with a near-perfect race car, Bell didn’t hold back saying, “It’s the most fun thing you’ll ever do.”

“It’s a dream come true to be able to win World of Outlaws races at Eldora,” Bell, who was making his fifth Outlaw start of the season, added with a smile.

Donny Schatz settled for second for the second consecutive night and was pleased with his car, “My car was really good. These guys keep working on it and making some gains, it was great to have some grip out there.”

Parker Price-Miller, in one of three Indy Race Parts entries, held off Macedo to complete the podium, “We were really good, when you are out front, you don’t know how strong you really are, and Christopher blew my doors off. He was the class of the field. I can’t thank Bernie and Betsy enough for giving me this opportunity.”

Macedo, who will return to the JJR No.41 at Port Royal in two weeks, finished fourth with Ian Madsen completing the top five.

Brent Marks came forward from 12th to sixth with Joey Saldana, in another Indy Race Parts car, was strong finishing seventh.

Sheldon Haudenschild charged from 18th to eighth and Logan Schuchart earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 20th to ninth. Pennsylvanian Brock Zearfoss, who will finish out the season following the Outlaw tour, completed the top-ten.

A night after breaking a 19-year-old track record at Terre Haute, teenager Gio Scelzi was within striking distance of the 16-year-old Eldora track record in Qualifying, missing it by seven hundredths of a second.

It was an early start at Eldora, which was coming off a double-header World 100 program the night before, with the Outlaw Feature ending before 7:30 on a brisk October evening.

A rare off-weekend for the NASCAR Xfinity Series allowed Bell to compete back in his dirt track roots. Bell currently leads Xfinity points and recently set the single-season win record for a rookie with six. Bell finished 11th last night at Terre Haute.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action next weekend with a pair of dates in Kansas, starting Friday, October 19 at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City for the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout and concluding Saturday, October 20 at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, KS. If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 14B-Christopher Bell [5][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [8][$5,500]; 3. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [2][$3,200]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo [4][$2,800]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [3][$2,500]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [12][$2,300]; 7. 71X-Joey Saldana [6][$2,200]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [18][$2,100]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [20][$2,050]; 10. 4-Brock Zearfoss [10][$2,000]; 11. 2-Shane Stewart [15][$1,500]; 12. 21-Brian Brown [14][$1,200]; 13. 49-Brad Sweet [13][$1,100]; 14. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [9][$1,050]; 15. W20-Greg Wilson [7][$1,000]; 16. 39-Spencer Bayston [17][$900]; 17. 5-David Gravel [16][$800]; 18. 9-Daryn Pittman [22][$800]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [19][$800]; 20. 81-Chad Kemenah [24][$800]; 21. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1][$800]; 22. 87-Aaron Reutzel [11][$800]; 23. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [21][$800]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [23][$800]; Lap Leaders: Parker Price-Miller 1-13, Christopher Bell 14-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+11]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.778; 2. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.831; 3. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 12.872; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.877; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.926; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.934; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 12.98; 8. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.987; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.999; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.062; 11. 39-Spencer Bayston, 13.065; 12. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.163; 13. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.209; 14. G1-Max Stambaugh, 13.222; 15. 71H-Randy Hannagan, 13.238; 16. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.271; 17. 97-Caleb Helms, 13.454; 18. 11N-Cap Henry, 13.467; 19. 22M-Dan McCarron, 13.602; 20. 42-Ty Tilton, 13.863

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 41-Carson Macedo, 12.899; 2. 14B-Christopher Bell, 12.928; 3. 71X-Joey Saldana, 12.944; 4. 19-Brent Marks, 12.996; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.997; 6. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.012; 7. 4-Brock Zearfoss, 13.026; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.038; 9. 19P-Paige Polyak, 13.054; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.06; 11. 21-Brian Brown, 13.072; 12. 5-David Gravel, 13.077; 13. 81-Chad Kemenah, 13.151; 14. 12N-Cole Duncan, 13.19; 15. 83-Cory Eliason, 13.202; 16. 99-Brady Bacon, 13.206; 17. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.228; 18. O2-Brandon Long, 13.441; 19. 16-Ryan Ruhl, 13.602; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser, NT

Heat #1 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 3. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [1]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 5. 39-Spencer Bayston [6]; 6. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [4]; 7. 71H-Randy Hannagan [8]; 8. 97-Caleb Helms [9]; 9. 22M-Dan McCarron [10]; 10. 49D-Shawn Dancer [7]

Heat #2 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [2]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 6. 11N-Cap Henry [9]; 7. G1-Max Stambaugh [7]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [5]; 9. 5T-Travis Philo [8]; 10. 42-Ty Tilton [10]

Heat #3 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 41-Carson Macedo [1]; 2. 71X-Joey Saldana [2]; 3. 4-Brock Zearfoss [4]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [6]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 6. 81-Chad Kemenah [7]; 7. 83-Cory Eliason [8]; 8. 19P-Paige Polyak [5]; 9. 16-Ryan Ruhl [10]; 10. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [9]

Heat #4 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 14B-Christopher Bell [1]; 2. W20-Greg Wilson [3]; 3. 19-Brent Marks [2]; 4. 5-David Gravel [6]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 7. 99-Brady Bacon [8]; 8. 12N-Cole Duncan [7]; 9. O2-Brandon Long [9]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10]

Sears Craftsman Dash (6 Laps): 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer; 2. 71P-Parker Price-Miller; 3. 18-Ian Madsen; 4. 41-Carson Macedo; 5. 14B-Christopher Bell; 6. 71X-Joey Saldana; 7. W20-Greg Wilson; 8. 15-Donny Schatz

C-Main (10 Laps) - Top 2 Transfer: 1. 99-Brady Bacon [2][-]; 2. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [4][-]; 3. 5T-Travis Philo [1][$150]; 4. 11N-Cap Henry [5][$150]; 5. 97-Caleb Helms [3][$150]; 6. O2-Brandon Long [6][$125]; 7. 16-Ryan Ruhl [8][$125]; 8. 22M-Dan McCarron [7][$125]; 9. 42-Ty Tilton [9][$125]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [1][-]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2][-]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][-]; 4. 81-Chad Kemenah [6][-]; 5. 83-Cory Eliason [10][$300]; 6. 12N-Cole Duncan [8][$250]; 7. G1-Max Stambaugh [7][$225]; 8. 71H-Randy Hannagan [9][$200]; 9. 49D-Shawn Dancer [5][$200]; 10. 99-Brady Bacon [11][$200]; 11. 19P-Paige Polyak [4][$200]; 12. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [12][$200]

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Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series

THE 'NEW ENGLAND NIGHTMARE' KYLE SMITH BESTS THE MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES FIELD AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY THUNDER ON THE HILL THRILLER
BECHELSVILLE, PA

By ERIKA PALMAI WAGNER

PA Sprint Series regular Kyle Smith traveled four hours south to Bechtelsville, PA from his hometown of South Egremont, MA to win the twenty-five lap Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series feature event at Grandview Speedway Inc. Saturday night.

Smith, who won at Grandview Speedway once before last season when visiting the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, has now a total of seven victories to his name in 2018, making it a back to back weekend of winning after visiting victory lane last Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway for the first night of the Keystone RaceSaver Challenge weekend in Central Pennsylvania.

From his fourth starting position, Smith grabbed the top spot from early leader Jeff Geiges by lap 10, and after surviving multiple restarts with Geiges grabbing the lead back with two to go, Smith quickly regained his position and would go on to win the Thunder On The Hill Racing Series hosted event.

Three heat race wins, sponsored by Professional Design Services, Freiberger Excavating and Bruce's Auto Body, went to Jeff Geiges, Larry Mc Vay and Michael Haggenbottom. Heat winners were also awarded five gallons of fuel courtesy of Kelly Racing Fuels - the official fuel sponsor of the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series.

Twelve drivers were qualified in to the CRC Industries Brakleen redraw, with Dave Brown and Jeff Geiges pulling the pole positions, earning them the Engler Machine and Tool Front Row Award.

Scott R Frack made his come back to MASS after taking a few weeks off rebuilding an engine earned the Fred's Trailers hard charger award after advancing eleven positions from his 17th starting spot.

Ryan Stillwaggon took home the the Bitner Automotive Lightening Fast Time Award after having a 13.041 second lap time in heat number one.

Next up on the schedule is the finale at Georgetown Speedway on Saturday, October 27th - day two of the Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend.

MASS Grandview Speedway Results (25 Laps): Kyle Smith, Jeff Geiges, Ryan Stillwaggon, Jon Haegele, Tyler Reinhardt, Scott R Frack, Tim Tanner Jr., Joe Kay, Devin Adams, Larry Mc Vay, Dave Brown, Kassidy Kreitz Racing, Craig Pellegrini Jr., Dom Melair, Dan Leaper, Chad Connor, Tom Carberry, Bobby Scherff, Eddie Wagner, Zack Burd, Rick Stief, Austin Bishop, Michael Haggenbottom

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Winner Brad Sweet (Mark Funderburk Photo)

Brad Sweet Continues Career Year with Terre Haute Triumph

TERRE HAUTE, IN – October 13, 2018 – Brad Sweet’s added another page to his unforgettable 2018 season with a flag-to-flag victory at the historic Terre Haute Action Track, his ninth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the year. Donny Schatz charged from 12th to second, getting by Tim Shaffer, who completed the podium, on the Green-White-Checkered finish.

Brad Sweet and Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Daryn Pittman put on a show on the final lap of the Sears Craftsman Dash finishing side-by-side. Sweet edged Pittman by 0.054 to earn the pole for the 30-Lap Feature.

Sweet powered to the lead on the initial start to lead the opening circuit and reached lapped traffic on Lap 9 at the spacious Indiana half-mile. Pittman and 2001 Terre Haute Outlaw winner Tim Shaffer were in tow.

At the halfway point, Donny Schatz had worked forward from his 12th-starting spot to sixth aboard the Tony Stewart Racing/Curb-Agajanian No.15. By lap 19, the nine-time Series Champion and current points leader had maneuvered to fourth.

Sweet continued to work his way through traffic as Schatz closed the gap on Pittman and Shaffer for the runner-up position.

Lap 27 saw Shaffer and Schatz get by Pittman for position down the backstretch and through turn three, respectively.

As the White Flag flew for Brad Sweet, he would not be caught, as he had multiple lapped cars between himself and Shaffer and Schatz, who were in a torrid battle for second.

It wouldn’t be that easy for the driver known as ‘The Big Cat’, however, as the caution flew for a stopped Ian Madsen as Sweet was about to take the Checkered.

The caution set up a single-file, Green, White, Checkered finish with Shaffer, who was ahead of Schatz at the last completed lap, in second and Schatz in third.

On the restart, Schatz quickly disposed of Shaffer in turn one and set his eyes on Sweet for his 20th victory of the season. Schatz closed the gap in each corner, but it wasn’t enough, as Sweet went on to win by .686 seconds.

When asked about the late restart, Brad Sweet chuckled and said with a smile, “Well, I’ve been getting used to it. Knoxville, Black Hills, Chico and Lernerville have all had late race restarts and sometimes it’s not bad to get a clean track. I think we were just good enough to hold these guys off tonight.”

“Lapped traffic was tricky. I think I made a few mistakes, but I guess I had a big enough lead,” Sweet said of the long Green Flag period to open the race, before thanking his NAPA Auto Parts crew for their continued hard work.

“Terre Haute is a special place. I’ve won a non-wing USAC race here, so it’s cool to come back here and win with the World of Outlaws,” the Grass Valley, CA native added.

Donny Schatz, who had passed Tim Shaffer for second on the final lap but had to go back to third for the Green-White-Checkered finish, was obviously disappointed to come up just short.

“We did what we could, the car was obviously rolling to get up there on an open race track. My guys did an incredible job, we wanted to get a win,” Schatz, who earned KSE Hard Charger honors for his efforts, said.

Tim Shaffer’s excellent 2018 season continued with a podium finish and he was pleased, “We had a great car, it kept coming in little by little as the race went on.”

Pittman settled for fourth with Sheldon Haudenschild charging from 15th to complete the top-five.

A week of rain and frigid temperatures had Terre Haute Action Track in unchartered territory during Qualifying, as 19 of the 32 cars signed in broke the existing track record set back in 1999. Brian Brown, who went out late, ended up establishing the new Terre Haute track record at 16.028, nearly a half-second faster than the existing record.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season tomorrow evening at Eldora Speedway with an early start time. Drivers Meeting is scheduled for 3:30pm, tickets for the The Greatest Show on Dirt’s final appearance of the year at ‘The Big E’ can be found here. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (31 Laps due to green-white-checkered finish): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [12][$5,500]; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3][$3,200]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [2][$2,800]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [15][$2,500]; 6. 71X-Joey Saldana [6][$2,300]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [5][$2,200]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$2,100]; 9. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [7][$2,050]; 10. 5-David Gravel [4][$2,000]; 11. 14B-Christopher Bell [8][$1,500]; 12. 2-Shane Stewart [18][$1,200]; 13. 41-Carson Macedo [16][$1,100]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14][$1,050]; 15. 4-Brock Zearfoss [9][$1,000]; 16. 39-Spencer Bayston [21][$900]; 17. 19-Brent Marks [20][$800]; 18. 83-Cory Eliason [22][$800]; 19. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [23][$800]; 20. W20-Greg Wilson [19][$800]; 21. 7S-Jason Sides [13][$800]; 22. 18-Ian Madsen [11][$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [24][$800]; 24. 99-Brady Bacon [17][$800];
Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-31;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+10]

Qualifying: 1. 21-Brian Brown, 16.028; 2. 71X-Joey Saldana, 16.191; 3. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 16.208; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman, 16.228; 5. 14B-Christopher Bell, 16.234; 6. 5-David Gravel, 16.235; 7. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 16.265; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 16.282; 9. 4-Brock Zearfoss, 16.32; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 16.324; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.326; 12. 41-Carson Macedo, 16.333; 13. 39-Spencer Bayston, 16.343; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 16.363; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.376; 16. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.401; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.414; 18. 83-Cory Eliason, 16.467; 19. 18-Ian Madsen, 16.472; 20. 19P-Paige Polyak, 16.516; 21. 99-Brady Bacon, 16.608; 22. 2-Shane Stewart, 16.631; 23. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 16.639; 24. 19-Brent Marks, 16.662; 25. 71H-Randy Hannagan, 16.673; 26. 33M-Mason Daniel, 16.755; 27. W20-Greg Wilson, 16.872; 28. 85-Mike Terry, 17.098; 29. 28-Brian Paulus, 17.185; 30. 22M-Dan McCarron, 17.3; 31. 17K-Kendall Ruble, 17.99; 32. 71M-Paul May, NT

Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 14B-Christopher Bell [2]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 3. 4-Brock Zearfoss [3]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [5]; 5. 99-Brady Bacon [6]; 6. 71H-Randy Hannagan [7]; 7. 28-Brian Paulus [8]; 8. 39-Spencer Bayston [4]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 71X-Joey Saldana [1]; 2. 5-David Gravel [2]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [6]; 6. 83-Cory Eliason [5]; 7. 33M-Mason Daniel [7]; 8. 22M-Dan McCarron [8]

Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [1]; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer [2]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [5]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [7]; 6. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [6]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [4]; 8. 17K-Kendall Ruble [8]

Heat #4 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo [3]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [6]; 6. 19P-Paige Polyak [5]; 7. 85-Mike Terry [7]; 8. 71M-Paul May [8]

Sears Craftsman Dash (6 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3]; 4. 5-David Gravel [4]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [7]; 6. 71X-Joey Saldana [5]; 7. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [8]; 8. 14B-Christopher Bell [6]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 39-Spencer Bayston [1][-]; 2. 83-Cory Eliason [3][-]; 3. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [5][-]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen [2][-]; 5. 19P-Paige Polyak [4][$300]; 6. 28-Brian Paulus [9][$250]; 7. 71H-Randy Hannagan [6][$225]; 8. 33M-Mason Daniel [7][$200]; 9. 22M-Dan McCarron [10][$200]; 10. 85-Mike Terry [8][$200]; 11. 17K-Kendall Ruble [11][$200]; 12. 71M-Paul May [12][$200]

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OCTOBER 13, 2018
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THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

NAPA THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES CONCLUDES TWENTY-NINTH SEASON, SATURDAY NIGHT AT GRANDVIEW. . . .

RYAN WATT OVERCOMES A TRAFFIC JAM TO WIN THUNDER FIRST; WHITMOYER AND SMITH CLAIM SPORTSMAN AND SPRINT CAR WINS

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (October 13, 2018) – It was a chilling fall night of racing when Boyertown, PA’s Ryan Watt scored the victory in the twenty-first running of the Modified Traffic Jam, the season finale of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series events at Grandview Speedway Saturday night. Watt has been haunted from winning a Thunder show for years, so how appropriate that his first win came in the Halloween House of Thunder event. Craig Whitmoyer and Kyle Smith claimed victories in the Sportsman and MASS Sprint Car Series events, as part of the thrilling three-division show.

“I can’t believe we won, I’ve tried to win a Thunder on the Hill Race so many times -- I finished second at the August race, and I’m glad to get one of these Thunder wins finally," an ecstatic Watt said in victory lane while surrounded by family, friends and crew members. His first win earned him $5,000 in a very lucrative payoff that offered $1,000 to finish tenth and $500 just to start the feature event.

Forty-six modifieds attempted to qualify for the big event and it was Ryan Watt who rolled off second in the 24-car starting line-up, alongside 2018 Grandview Speedway Modified Champion, Mike Gular. Watt won the drag race down the front stretch taking the top spot despite strong attempts from Gular. Battling for the lead, the top two dueled side-by-side for the initial stage of the race, followed by Frank Cozze and Kenny Gilmore.

Meanwhile, Craig VonDohren charged forward from an eighth-place start into the fifth position on lap 4, leading a train that included Jared Umbenhauer and Doug Manmiller.

The lead pack closed in on lapped cars by the tenth circuit, and the aptly named ‘Traffic Jam’ bunched the field with multiple two and three-wide battles. Relief came after a close call for the leaders when two cars tangled directly in front of them.

“Lapped Cars made things tricky tonight,” Watt said in victory lane. “You never know which way anyone is going to go and when they are side-by-side, it gets tricky.”

Opting for the outside lane on the restart, Watt left the door open for Gular, who pulled alongside challenging for the top spot. Jared Umbenhauer charged into the third on the restart and swapped the second position with Gular just two laps later.

Ryan Watt pulled away in the later stages of the 40-lap event, weaving in and out of slow traffic and maintaining the top spot as laps clicked off.

It was all Watt as the checkered flag waved, Mike Gular finished in second – holding off a late race charge from Jared Umbenhauer, who settled for third. Craig VonDohren finished in fourth, and Doug Manmiller finished in the fifth position.

Craig Whitmoyer claimed the victory in the 25-lap Sportsman event – his 13th Grandview Speedway victory. Mike Lisowski started on the outside pole and led the early stages of the race– but Lisowski was forced pitside on lap 15 when officials discovered missing right front lugnuts on his No. 15 machine. Brad Grim inherited the lead on the restart and lost the lead to Whitmoyer after a three-car battle for the top spot that also included Kevin Hirthler. A lap 22 yellow slowed the field for the final time and Whitmoyer engaged in a three-car race to the finish with just three circuits remaining. Whitmoyer held on for the win with Grim and Hirthler settling for second and third, respectively. Dean Bachman finished in fourth, and Kyle Kania finished in the fifth position.

Kyle Smith of Great Barrington, Massachusetts picked up the victory in the 25-lap Mid-Atlantic Sprint Car Series event, holding off Jeff Geiges and a slew of late race caution flags. Geiges of Hamilton, NJ took the early lead and led the initial eleven circuits before a lap 11 yellow slowed the field. With a double-file restart, Geiges opted to restart on the top side opening the door for Smith, who powered down the front stretch overtaking the top spot. Geiges slid inside Smith but couldn’t stick the attempted slide job. Geiges would settle for second, Ryan Stillwaggon finished in third, Jon Haegele coming home in fourth and Tyler Reinhardt rounding out the top 5 finishers.

For more information about NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series visit www.thundeornthehillracingseries.com

Thunder Notes

- 46 Modifieds, 21 Sportsman, and 24 Sprint Cars competed in the 2018 Thunder Series finale.

- Fans of all ages dressed in costume as part of the House of Thunder Halloween parade – judges selected the best-dressed children and rewarded them with prizes.

- Plans are currently in the works for 2019 racing season and the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series 30th Anniversary of events.

October 13, 2018 Race Results

Modifieds

Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Ryan Grim 2. Kenny Gilmore 3. Mike Gular 4. Don Norris, Jr. 5. Richie Pratt, Jr.

Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Kyle Merkel 2. Doug Manmiller 3. Jared Umbenhauer 4. Meme DeSantis 5. Eric Biehn

Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1. Steve Swinehart 2. Ryan Lilick 3. Frank Cozze 4. Kevin Hirthler 5. Craig Whitmoyer

Heat 4 (10 Laps) – 1. Craig VonDohren 2. Ryan Watt 3. Rick Laubach 4. Jeff Strunk 5. Danny Bouc

Consi 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Ray Swinehart 2. Frank Yankowski

Consi 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Chris Esposito 2. Brett Gilmore

Feature (40 Laps) – 1. Ryan Watt 2. Mike Gular 3. Jared Umbenhauer 4. Craig VonDohren 5. Doug Manmiller 6. Frank Cozze 7. Kevin Hirthler 8. Rick Laubach 9. Jeff Strunk 10. Ryan Grim 11. Kenny Gilmore 12. Danny Bouc 13. Ryan Lilick 14. Ray Swinehart 15. Richie Pratt, Jr. 16. Don Norris, Jr. 17. Chris Esposito 18. Meme DeSantis 19. Kyle Merkel 20. Craig Whitmoyer 21. Frank Yankowski 22. Brett Gilmore 23. Steve Swinehart 24. Eric Biehn

DNQ: Matt Stangle, John Willman, Ryan Godown, Justin Grim, Ryan Beltz, Billy Osmun, Jason Miller, Aleah Geisler, Scott Albert, Gary Hager, Steve Young, Louden Reimert, Brian Hirthler, Mark Kratz, Brandon Grosso, Bobby Gunther Walsh, David Hunt, Ron Myers, Brian Houseknecht

Sportsman

Heat 1 (8 Laps) – 1. Kyle Kania 2. Brad Grim 3. Mike Lisowski 4. Nathan Mohr 5. Dean Bachman 6. Derrick Smith

Heat 2 (8 Laps) – 1. Kevin Hirthler 2. Craig Whitmoyer 3. Brian Hirthler 4. Joseph Brown 5. Kenny Bock 6. BJ Joly

Feature (25 Laps) – 1. Craig Whitmoyer 2. Brad Grim 3. Kevin Hirthler 4. Dean Bachman 5. Kyle Kania 6. Joseph Brown 7. Mike Mammana 8. Derrick Smith 9. Kenny Bock 10. Andy Clemmer 11. Ray Cost 12. Scott Kohler 13. Dylan Swinehart 14. Mike Lisowski 15. Nico Flammer 16. Nathan Mohr 17. Brad Arnold 18. Lex Shive 19. BJ Joly

MASS Sprint Car Series

Heat 1 (8 Laps) – 1. Jeff Geiges 2. Tom Carberry 3. Ryan Stillwagon 4. Rick Stief 5. Zack Burd 6. Dominic Melair 7. Devin Adams 8. Craig Pelligrini

Heat 2 (8 Laps) – 1. Larry McVay 2. Jon Haegele 3. Dave Brown 4. Tyler Reinhardt 5. Eddie Wagner 6. Scott Frack 7. Kassidy Kreitz 8. Ian Detweiler

Heat 3 (8 Laps) – 1. Mike Haggenbottom 2. Kyle Smith 3. Austin Bishop 4. Joe Kay 5. Tim Tanner Jr. 6. Bobby Scherff 7. Chad Connor 8. Daniel Leaper

Feature (25 Laps) – 1. Kyle Smith 2. Jeff Geiges 3. Ryan Stillwaggon 4. Jon Haegele 5. Tyler Reinhardt 6. Scott Frack 7. Tim Tanner Jr. 8. Joe Kay 9. Devin Adams 10. Larry McVay 11. Dave Brown 12. Kassidy Kreitz 13. Craig Pellegrini 14. Dominic Melair 15. Daniel Leaper 16. Chad Connor 17. Tom Carberry 18. Bobby Scherff 19. Eddie Wagner 20. Zack Burd 21. Rick Stief 22. Austin Bishop 23. Mike Haggenbottom

OCTOBER 12, 2018
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

HALLOWEEN PARTY & MODIFIED TRAFFIC JAM, SPORTSMAN & SPRINTS ON THE HILL SATURDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 13 6 PM

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (October 12, 2018) . . . . Be part of the Halloween Parade watch for Ghostly Ghouls and be part of the MODS at the MADHOUSE in a big night of Spooktacular racing on the “haunted hill” of Grandview Speedway Saturday night, October 13 for the finale of the 29th season of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series. The 358 Modifieds/Big Block modifieds will battle in the 21st running of the Traffic Jam, a 40 lap feature paying $5,000 to win, $1,000 for tenth and $500 to take the green for pre-entries of the 40 lap feature. The Sportsman and MASS Sprint cars will also be on the program that starts promptly at 6 PM.

A treat of pre-entries includes Freedom 76 winner Duane Howard, Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren, Billy Pauch, Ryan Godown, Billy Pauch Jr, Ryan Watt, MeMe DeSantis, Mike Gular, Brandon Grosso, Don Norris, Jared Umbenhauer and Gary Hager just to name a few.

Sportsman and MASS Sprint Cars will also be a part of this Triple Thunder Thriller event with pit gates opening at 2:30 PM, general admission tickets go on sale at 4 PM with cars taking the green flag at 6 PM.

Fans interested in advance tickets may order them by calling 443-513-4456. Please speak clearly and leave your name and the number of tickets you would like. Tickets may be paid for and picked up at the Will Call Window on race night after 3:00 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 3:30 PM, one-half hour before general admission tickets going on sale at 4 PM. Advance tickets orders will be available until 9 AM on race day, Saturday, October 13, then general admission tickets go on sale at 4 PM. The pit page will open at 2:30 PM and race time is set for 6 PM.

This haunting Halloween trick-or-treat celebration will spotlight the Modified Traffic JAM -- a race rich in history, having started in 1998 when Brett Hearn took the inaugural win. In the twenty year history of the Traffic Jam, Hearn is a four-time winner.

A special rules package is offered as a 'treat' to the region's competitors, with both American Racer and Hoosier tires allowed for competition, and either Big-Block or Spec Small-Block engines permitted. An event sheet with the complete payoff, rules, and details is available at www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com

There is no entry fee but drivers must pre-enter to be eligible for the posted payoff. Drivers may pre-enter by calling 443 513 4456.

The popular Sportsman division is also on the card, competing for a $1,300 top prize for 25-laps of competition on 'the hill.' The same tire rule is in effect for the Sportsman - competitors are allowed to compete on Hoosier or American Racer rubber. Grandview Sportsman rules are in effect and competitors are allowed to run sail panels. Full rules are available on the Grandview Speedway website.

The MASS Sprint Cars will compete in heat race qualifying action and a 25-lap A-Main. Standard MASS club rules apply to competitors.

Fans are invited to come dressed for the occasion, Halloween costumes will be popular attire for the night with awards going out to best dressed for children and adults. Please expect some Halloween candy and of course, this night always provides some tricks and treats along the way.

The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Halloween Party has been a staple of the Grandview Speedway schedule for over 15 years and will once again include the fan Costume parade. Race fans young and old are encouraged to dress in costume to be eligible for special Halloween prizes.

'Joe the Pizza Dude' will offer up hot, delicious, and FREE pizzas to the rowdiest of race fans before the action kicks off. Make some noise when 'The Pizza Dude' comes around, to earn yourself a free pizza!.

NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series as the title sponsor joined by Pioneer Pole Buildings, Levan Machine and Truck Equipment and GALCO Business Communications.

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

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

DePalma Motorsports set a record in 2018 with their fifth-straight USAC Silver Crown owner's title with Kody Swanson as the driver. (Gene Crucean Photo)


DEPALMA MOTORSPORTS LEAVES ON TOP AFTER 5 STRAIGHT SILVER CROWN TITLES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lima, Ohio (October 9, 2018)......... DePalma Motorsports, one of the most iconic and successful teams in the history of the USAC Silver Crown series, is riding into the sunset on top of their game, announcing that their 2018 championship season was the last for the Lima, Ohio-based team.

It concludes a magical five-year run with Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. DePalma Motorsports itself won the Silver Crown owner title each year they had Swanson as their full-time driver between 2014 and 2018. Swanson himself won Silver Crown driving titles in the DePalma No. 63 in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

The accomplishment of five consecutive series titles set by the team had never been seen before in the series, snapping the series record for streaking (four) set by Bob East/Tony Stewart Racing between 2002 and 2005 as well as Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, which grabbed four in a row from 2010 to 2013.

Along the way, Swanson and the DePalmas rewrote the record book, one of which Silver Crown participants will be chasing for years and years. Regardless of dirt or pavement, the combo was always up front.

This past year, Swanson and the DePalmas won five-straight races, breaking Jack Hewitt's long-standing, 32-year-old record of four-straight Silver Crown wins set in 1986. The last of Swanson's five wins, at Indiana's Salem Speedway, was the ultimate. Kody drove to his 24th career victory in the Silver Crown Champ Car Series, overtaking the top spot on the all-time win list.

With all that said, the accolades and the broken records have put the DePalmas at the pinnacle of the sport, but it's the people of racing that car owner Tony DePalma is going to miss the most.

"I've met a lot of good people in this sport and built a lot of great relationships," DePalma said. "It's been a pleasure to know a lot of people in this sport and it's really one of the most rewarding things besides, obviously, winning races. It's been really neat to get to know Kody's family and friends over the last several years. It's also fun to get to know our competitors. Yeah, they're the people we competed against, but most of them I view as friends. That's the most rewarding thing."

DePalma returned to Silver Crown racing in 2002, inheriting his uncle Ralph's stable of race cars after his passing. DePalma owned cars had notable runs with driver Mike Brecht in the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway, turning in a 3rd in 2004 and a 2nd in 2006.

Following his father Jim's passing, the cars were mothballed so to speak before the family team returned in 2010, then hit the circuit full steam when they put Swanson full-time in the seat for the 2014 season and quickly found the magic touch that Tony's father and uncle used to claim the 1984 Silver Crown owner title with driver Dave Blaney.

The familiar sight of the No. 63 up front has been commonplace, and it will certainly be a change to see for those in the stands and those on the track, but also to the DePalma team.

"No doubt about it, we're going to miss it," DePalma admitted. "'We're going to miss the camaraderie, the anticipation and the anxiety of competing. We were always pretty stoked and focused, and it was a standing joke of 'hey, pass the bottle of antacid.' We were really uptight about each and every race, but that's part of the reason we did well is because we put so much into it."

The team put all they had into it and then some as they raised their game to exemplary heights. However, DePalma felt now was the right time to make the exit for a myriad of reasons.

"I saw my kids starting to miss things with their kids; that was one piece of it," DePalma began. "There are other things I want to pursue and have started to put into motion a little bit. I'm missing some of the things I shouldn't be missing. Long story short, what took me over the edge was, what a better exit point than this? We were going to have to exit at some point in time anyway. Maybe it's premature, but I've always believed, when I've looked at athletes in various sports, I've always scratched my head thinking 'why didn't you get out when you were on top?'"

As crazy as it seems now, Kody was still seen as primarily a "pavement specialist" at the time and was tabbed as the driver for the blacktop while he searched for rides on the dirt to prove himself as a capable shoe. He recorded a 2nd, 5th and another 2nd in the first three pavement outings for DePalma during that initial season together in 2013. For 2014, Kody was handed the keys to both the pavement and dirt rides and he hasn't missed a beat since, reeling off 21 wins together with the DePalmas, more than any other driver/team combination in the history of the series.

"These last five years and the relationships that my family and I have had with the DePalma family and this team have been career and life changing," Swanson said. "When we met, I may have been more at a breaking point than a crossroads in my career, and along with a few other key people, this family and race team gave me a chance to continue and an incredible opportunity to be part of something special. Over the years we were blessed to gel as a team, but developed further than that, and into a family of our own. Everyone that has been involved has gotten along together so well. We have developed relationships personally that treat each other like family, maybe even better in some cases, and has become a team that almost any and every other would pale in comparison to."

"I am extremely grateful to have raced and become friends with each and every member of this team, and for the sacrifices that each of them, and their families, have made as part of this team," Swanson continued. "It has been such a unique situation, and something not easily found in an entire team across any sport. Everyone involved gave it their all, without hesitation, and wanted to compete together for all the right reasons. We all wanted to do our best, and everyone put in all the effort they could to try to win races together. You simply can't ask for anything more than that in a team, and what we've been able to accomplish together has been incredible and something I am so thankful for my family and I to have been a part of."

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