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OCTOBER 13, 2018
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
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

Oct
12

Thunder on the Hill Racing Series

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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

Oct
04

Thunder on the Hill Racing Series

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OCTOBER 4, 2018

CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456

THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY PRESENTS THUNDER ON THE HILL HALLOWEEN PARTY, PLANS TRICK OR TREATS AND,

21ST ANNUAL MODIFIED TRAFFIC JAM TO OFFER $5,000 TO WIN, $1,000 FOR TENTH AND $500 TO TAKE THE GREEN SATURDAY, OCT 13

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (October 4, 2018) . . . . Trick or Treat, a Halloween Parade, Ghostly Ghouls and the MODS at the MADHOUSE make up 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.

It is no surprise who the early pre-entries are and the list includes Freedom 76 winner Duane Howard, Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren, Billy Pauch, Ryan Godown, Billy Pauch Jr, Ryan Watt, 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: http://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 29 years of the most anticipated events of the racing calendar year after year. In 131 events, over $4.5 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.

About Grandview Speedway

Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 56th Anniversary season in 2018. 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.

Sep
28

THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2018
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

THUNDER ON THE HILL SEASON FINALE FAST APPROACHING AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 6 PM

HOUSE OF THUNDER HALLOWEEN PARTY & MODIFIED TRAFFIC JAM, PLUS SPORTSMAN & MASS SPRINTS ON TRIPLE HEADER PROGRAM

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (September 27, 2018) – The scene is set for a haunting Halloween on the Hill at Grandview Speedway with Modifieds as the main event on Saturday, October 13 at 6 PM.

NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presents Mods at the Madhouse Traffic Jam – the conclusion of the 29th season of Thunder action – featuring three divisions of racing action including a Big-Block vs. Small-Block Modified challenge, the Sportsman division, and the MASS Sprint Cars.

“The Thunder on the Hill Halloween Party is one of my favorite events of the year,” said event co-organizer, Bob Miller. “Fans are not just encouraged but expected to come dressed for the occasion, with awards for the best children and adult costumes.”

The Halloween Party has been an integral part of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series calendar for over 15 years. The main event features a 40 lap Modified ‘Spooktacular,' includes a sizable $5,000 top prize, and pays handsomely through the full-field of competitors with a $1,000 payday for a tenth-place finish, and $500 to start the feature.

There is no entry fee and no track/series license required to compete in this event. To be eligible for the enhanced payoff, teams are required to pre-enter by calling 443 513 4456.

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.

The popular Sportsman division is also on the card, competing for a $1,300 top prize for 25-laps of competition on ‘the hill.’ A loosened tire rule is in effect for the Sportsman – competitors are permitted to compete on Hoosier or American Racer rubber. Grandview Sportsman rules are in effect and competitors are permitted 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.

‘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!

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.

General Admission ticket pricing for Saturday, October 13 is $25 for adults, Children 6-11 are $10 and Kids 5 & Under are FREE! Pit Area admission is $35, and a license is not required.

The Pit gates open at 2:00 PM, Advanced ticket holders can enter at 3:30 PM, General Admission gates open at 4:00 PM and the first Green flag flies at 6:00 PM.

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: http://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 29 years of the most anticipated events of the racing calendar year after year. In 131 events, over $4.5 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.

About Grandview Speedway
Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 56th Anniversary season in 2018. 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.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2018
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

21ST ANNUAL MODIFIED TRAFFIC JAM OFFERS $5,000 TO WIN, $1,000 FOR TENTH AND $500 TO TAKE THE GREEN

HOUSE OF THUNDER HALLOWEEN PARTY TO CLOSE OUT THUNDER SERIES AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SATURDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 13

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (September 16, 2018) . . . . Trick or Treat, Halloween Ghostly Ghouls, and a witches cauldron will hover under a full moon on Saturday night, October 13 when the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presents the House of Thunder Halloween Party at the Grandview Speedway. A Spooktacular event returns to the "haunted hill" with the 21st running of the Modified Traffic Jam, a 40 lap feature event paying $5,000 to win, $1,000 for tenth-place and $500 to start the twenty-four car starting field for all who pre-enter. The 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.

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. Duane Howard, recent winner of the 2018 Freedom 76, is the first pre-entry driving the Norm Hansell #357.

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

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 29 years of the most anticipated events of the racing calendar year after year. In 131 events, over $4.5 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.

About Grandview Speedway

Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 56th Anniversary season in 2018. 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.

Aug
29

Thunder on the Hill News

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AUGUST 29, 2018
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

HOUSE OF THUNDER HALLOWEEN PARTY RETURNS TO GRANDVIEW, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

MODS AT THE MADHOUSE TO SHOWCASE $5,000 TO WIN 21ST ANNUAL TRAFFIC JAM PLUS SPORTSMAN AND SPRINTS

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (August 29, 2018) . . . . Two traditions come together at the Grandview Speedway on Saturday night, October 13 to close out the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series for 2018.

The popular fun for all House of Thunder Halloween Party will treat the fans with the 21st running of the 40 lap Traffic Jam for Big Block Modifieds & 358 Modifieds. Also on the program will be the Sportsman and MASS Sprints. Pit gates will open at 2:30 PM, the front gate will open at 4 PM and race time is set for 6 PM.

Advance tickets may be ordered 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 prior to 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.

This haunting Halloween trick-or-treat celebration will spotlight the Modified Traffic JAM which is rich in history that started in 1998 when Brett Hearn took the initial win. In the twenty year history of the Traffic Jam, Hearn is a four time winner. Tim McCreadie, Billy Decker and Matt Sheppard are two time winners of this event. Drivers who have one Traffic Jam victory include Jimmy Horton, Frank Cozze, Tim Fuller, Alan Johnson, Danny Johnson, Craig VonDohren, Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard and Rick Laubach. The defending Traffic Jam winner is Brett Kressely, making it his first Traffic Jam victory and first Thunder on the Hill win.

$5,000 will go to the winner of the 40 lap Traffic Jam with a hefty $1,000 for tenth and $500 just to start the main event. 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 posted on the website 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.’ A loosened 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.

The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presents Mods at the Madhouse 40 Lap Traffic Jam – the conclusion of the 29th season of Thunder action – featuring the popular Halloween Party, is a full-show with three divisions of racing action including a Big-Block vs. Small-Block Modified challenge Traffic Jam, the Sportsman division, and the MASS Sprint Cars.

Fans are invited to come dressed for the occasion, Halloween costumes will be the popular attire of 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

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 29 years of the most anticipated events of the racing calendar year after year. In 131 events over $4.5 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.

About Grandview Speedway

Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 56th Anniversary season in 2018. 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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THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

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AUGUST 23, 2018
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

LEVAN MACHINE & TRUCK EQUIPMENT ENJOY BIG NIGHT ON THE HILL. . . . . .

AARON REUTZEL DOMINATES ALL STAR SPRINT FEATURE AS BILLY PAUCH SCORES FIRST MODIFIED THUNDER VICTORY IN SMOKE ON THE HILL 2 AT GRANDVIEW THURSDAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (August 23, 2018) – A pair of first-time NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series winners landed in victory lane Thursday night at Grandview Speedway when Levan Machine and Truck Equipment presented Smoke on the Hill 2. Clute, TX’s Aaron Reutzel picked up his eighth Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions win of the season and Billy Pauch – who holds eleven Thunder Sprint Car wins – picked up his first ever Modified Thunder win. Thirty sprint cars and forty-three 358 modifieds took part in the event that enjoyed sponsorship from NAPA Auto Parts, Levan Machine & Truck Equipment and Pioneer Pole Buildings.

“I’ve never had such good equipment in my life,” Reutzel said after his 8th All Star win of the season propelled him into the points lead. “All of my wins this season are thanks to my team.”

Reutzel led the field to the green, by drag racing side-by-side with Tim Shaffer down into the first corner of the one-third mile Berks County oval. Reutzel’s No. 87 pulled away in dramatic fashion before a lap five yellow slowed the field.

Positions maintained on the restart and four laps clicked off before the red flag flew on the ninth circuit when the No. 44 of Trey Starks ended upside down after an altercation involving Tony Stewart and Lucas Wolfe.

Reutzel held control on the restart with a thrilling battle for second between Tim Shaffer and Paul McMahan while Greg Hodnett challenged Chad Kemenah for the fourth place position.

#87 Winner Aaron Reutzel (Wheels of Speed photo)

While Paul McMahan closed in on Reutzel’s lead -- all eyes were on Freddie Rahmer. The defending Thunder Cup Champion charged into the fifth spot just prior to the halfway point and into the third position just a few laps later.

Lapped traffic hindered Reutzel’s momentum on the 20th trip around the Grandview Speedway closing the distance between the top five competitors. Reutzel held control through lapped traffic with a pair of driver duels behind him Paul McMahan and Freddie Rahmer battled side-by-side for second with Tim Shaffer and Kyle Larson in tandem competing for fourth.

The yellow flew on lap 27 when Shaffer spun while running in the fifth position.

Reutzel continued control on the restart with Rahmer on his rear bumper, while McMahan and Kyle Larson battled for the third position. Larson pulled around McMahan on the high-side – but the yellow flew relegating the Speedweek winner back to fourth position.

With Rahmer and Larson in a heated battle for the runner-up spot – making contact on the backstretch, Reutzel charged away with a sizable advantage and claimed his first NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series victory. Freddie Rahmer came home in second, Kyle Larson finished in third, Paul McMahan in fourth, and Chad Kemenah in fifth.

Kyle Larson #57 ran up against the wall most of the closing laps pounding the cushion in an attempt to get by #51 Freddie Rahmer, but Freddie held on for second. Larson finished third.(Wheels of Speed photo)

The event started off on a high note with Aaron Reutzel smashing a 10-year track record set by Jeff Shepard on May 21, 2008. Reutzel’s time of 11.243 was almost two-tenths of a second faster. Paul McMahan and Freddie Rahmer also set times under the original record with a 11.399 and a 11.402 respectively.

30 Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint Cars took time. Heat races were won by Spencer Bayston, Danny Dietrich, and Cale Conley. Tim Shaffer scored the victory in the Dash and Mark Smith won the B-Main

#1 Billy ‘The Kid’ Pauch (Wheels of Speed photo)

Frenchtown, New Jersey’s Billy ‘The Kid’ Pauch scored his first NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Modified victory dominating the 30-lap feature event. Pauch started on the pole and lead brothers, Kevin and Brian Hirthler to the drop of the green.

On the fifth lap, Jeff Strunk powered to third from the seventh starting position and moved around Kevin Hirthler six laps later. Pauch approached lapped traffic on lap 12 before the yellow flag flew for the first time when Brett Kressley spun.

On the restart Pauch took control and held off Jeff Strunk. Strunk closed but couldn’t muster enough to make the pass. Laps ticked off and Pauch claimed the checkered flag. Strunk settled for second, Kevin Hirthler in third, Duane Howard in fourth, and Ryan Godown in fifth.

NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series returns on Saturday, October 13 for the House of Thunder Halloween Party featuring the 21st Annual Big-Block/Small-Block Modified Traffic Jam, Sportsman, and MASS 305 Sprint Cars.

For more information visit www.ThunderontheHillRacingSeries.com

Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint Cars

Time Trials: 1. Aaron Reutzel – 11.243 2. Paul McMahan – 11.399 3. Freddie Rahmer – 11.402 4. Greg Hodnett – 11.477 5. Spencer Bayston – 11. 485 6. Tony Stewart – 11.487 7. Kyle Larson – 11.488 8. Chad Kemenah – 11.502 9. Cale Conley – 11.512 10. Mark Smith – 11.518 11. Brock Zearfoss – 11.555 12. Tim Shaffer – 11.556 13. Trey Starks – 11.597 14. Danny Dietrich – 11.628 15. Anthony Macri – 11.650 16. Kyle Moody – 11.650 17. Ryan Smith – 11.664 18. Dave Blaney – 11.664 19. Ryan Taylor – 11.693 20. Alan Krimes – 11.694 21. Brandon Spithaler –11.725 22. Tyler Esh – 11.736 23. JJ Grasso – 11.745 24. Lucas Wolfe – 11.755 25. Jac Haudenschild – 11.804 26. Brandon Rahmer – 11.823 27. Carson Marcedo – 11.853 28. Tyler Ross – 11.890 29. Landon Myers –11.949 30. Brett Michalski –12.132

Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Spencer Bayston 2. Chad Kemenah 3. Aaron Reutzel 4. Freddie Rahmer 5. Brock Zearfoss 6. Kyle Moody

Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Danny Dietrich 2. Alan Krimes 3. Kyle Larson 4. Tony Stewart 5. Lucas Wolfe 6. Tyler Esh

Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1. Cale Conley 2. Tim Shaffer 3. Greg Hodnett 4. Paul McMahan 5. Ryan Smith 6. Carson Macedo

Dash (6 Laps) – 1. Tim Shaffer 2. Aaron Reutzel 3. Paul McMahan 4. Cad Kemenah 5. Alan Krimes 6. Cale Conley 7. Danny Dietrich 8. Spencer Bayston

B-Main (12 Laps) – 1. Mark Smith 2. Ryan Taylor 3. JJ Grasso 4. Trey Starks 5. Anthony Macri 6. Dave Blaney 7. Brandon Rahmer

A-Main (35 Laps) – 1. Aaron Reutzel 2. Freddie Rahmer 3. Kyle Larson 4. Paul McMahan 5. Chad Kemenah 6. Danny Dietrich 7. Alan Krimes 8. Greg Hodnett 9. Ryan Smith 10. JJ Grasso 11. Cale Conley 12. Lucas Wolfe 13. Dave Blaney 14. Ryan Taylor 15. Carson Macedo 16. Kyle Moody 17. Anthony Macri 18. Tim Shaffer 19. Brandon Rahmer 20. Tyler Esh 21. Brock Zearfoss 22. Tony Stewart 23. Trey Starks 24. Mark Smith

NASCAR 358 Modfiieds

Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Rick Laubach 2. Billy Pauch 3. Danny Erb 4. Craig VonDohren 5. TJ Lilly

Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Duane Howard 2. Justin Grim 3. Brett Kressley 4. Colt Harris 5. Alex Yankowski

Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1. Danny Bouc 2. Ryan Godown 3. Jeff Strunk 4. Kenny Gilmore 5. Frank Cozze

Heat 4 (10 Laps) – 1. Kevin Hirthler 2. Brian Hirthler 3. Ryan Watt 4. Mike Lisowski 5. Jared Umbenhauer

Consi 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Ryan Beltz 2. Louden Reimert

Consi 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Wade Hendrickson 2. Brandon Grosso

NASCAR 358 Modifieds (30 Laps) – 1. Billy Pauch 2. Jeff Strunk 3. Kevin Hirthler 4. Duane Howard 5. Ryan Godown 6. Craig VonDohren 7. Rick Laubach 8. Brian Hirthler 9. Danny Erb 10. Kenny Gilmore 11. Jared Umbenhauer 12. Danny Bouc 13. Ryan Watt 14. Mike Lisowski 15. Justin Grim 16. Louden Reimert 17. Alex Yankowski 18. Frank Cozze 19. Colt Harris 20. Brandon Grosso 21. Ryan Beltz 22. TJ Lilly 23. Brett Kressley 24. Wade Hendrickson

NEXT THUNDER EVENT:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 6 PM HOUSE OF THUNDER HALLOWEEN PARTY WITH MODS IN THE MADHOUSE

40 LAP TRAFFIC JAM FOR BIG BLOCK/358 MODIFIEDS, PLUS SPORTSMAN & MASS SPRINT CARS

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