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ALLENTOWN, PA NOVEMBER 14, 2018 . . . Erick Rudolph, a three time Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP champion (2012, 2015, and 2016) is ready to contend for the 2019 Series crown. The Ransomville, N.Y. wheelman, who finished second in the points the last two seasons, will begin his title hunt when the TQ Midgets race on the concrete floor of the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa. The fourth annual Ironton Telephone race weekend will be held on Friday and Saturday January 4-5th with complete shows each night.

But first, Rudolph, will compete in the second annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 13-15, 2018 inside the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ. For this non-point event, Rudolph has secured a dirt 600cc Micro Sprints ride owned by Tom Fraschetta as a teammate to 410 Sprint car legend, Brian “The Edge” Montieth.

Rudolph spent his formative years in racing on pavement before switching to dirt tracks. The 26 year-old is coming off a career season finishing second in points on the tough Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series. He also won track titles in New York State at Ransomville and Canandaigua.

During the season Rudolph won ten Dirt Modified features at seven different race tracks over three states and one Canadian province.

A five time A-Main Indoor Series winner on concrete, Rudolph and master TQ Midget car builder Mark Laflter struggled a bit last season with a newly designed chassis. The two are back together this year with hopes of returning to victory lane and claiming a fourth title together.

Justin Bonsignore, who earned his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series title in October, grabbed his first Indoor Auto Racing Series championship in 2018. The Holtsville, Long Island, N.Y. driver started his championship season with a victory at the opener last January in Allentown.

Other experienced Indoor TQ drivers filing entries for Allentown include Anthony Payne of Fairlawn, N.J., a first time winner on last year’s series. Other entries include Ryan Tidman, Holland, PA; Tyler Thompson, Fulton, NY; Matt Roselli, Brodheadsville, PA; Jon Reid, Lockport, NY; and the Catalano brothers, Tommy and Timmy from Ontario, NY.

Rudolph won the inaugural event in January of 2016 in front of a sold out crowd. Ryan Flores of Cornelius, NC swept both nights of the December 2016 events. Bonsignore and Dirt 360 Sprint driver Scott Kreutter from Buffalo, NY had the hot hands indoors last January.

The Slingshots will join the TQ Midgets on Saturday’s docket and the Champ Karts will be part of Friday’s double-header. The two divisions will run qualifying races and feature events both nights.

After Allentown attention shifts to historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ for the running of the prestigious 17th Annual NAPA AUTO PARTS Racing Weekend on January 25-26, 2019. The series finale takes place at a new venue, the New York State Fairgrounds Exhibition Center in Syracuse, NY. on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 2019.

Information, including ticket and hotel links, is available at Other information and select tickets to all event are available by calling the series office during regular working hours at 609-888-3618.

Tickets for the Allentown races are also available by calling 610-347-TIXX, or stopping at the PPL Center box office at 7th & Hamilton Street in Allentown. Those wishing to avoid online fees may purchase directly at the Box Office, but are encouraged to do so in advance to avoid possible box office lines the day of the event.

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Eddie Strada from last years East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals (Wheels of Speed Photo)



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Williams Grove 410 Sprint Champ Lucas Wolfe; Indoor Series Atlantic City Winner Ryan Flores; 410, 360 Sprint Winner Michael Carber Are Latest To File East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals Entries

TRENTON, NJ October 17, 2018 . . . Perfect track conditions featuring a multi-groove, dustless, easy-to-pass on surface have enticed Williams Grove Speedway’s 2018 410 Sprint Car champion Lucas Wolfe to file an entry for the East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals being held at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ for the second year.

The now annual race has been expanded to a third night of racing to accommodate new racers interested in competing. The event featuring the 600cc wingless Micro Sprints will again with racing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night December 13th – 15th. Racing will start at 7 PM on Thursday and Friday, 5 PM on Saturday.

Wolfe, of Mechanicsburg, PA., won nine Sprint features in 2018, eight 410s and one 360 feature en route to his best season yet as a Sprint Car racer. Wolfe wll have top-of-the-line equipment, being fielded by veteran driver and owner Lou Cicconi, for the race.

Also entering is Indoor Auto Racing Series 2017 champion Ryan Flores of Cornelius, NC. Flores, who works on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the shop and at the track, confines his racing to Indoor TQ events. This year’s Indoor Dirt Nationals will be Flores’ first time racing on dirt, indoors or outdoors.

Michael Carber of Pipersville, Pa., like Flores a NASCAR crewman, was one of the entrants in the inaugural Indoor Dirt Nationals and has filed his entry for the second annual race. Carber’s resume includes wins in 410 and 360 Sprint cars.

With more than 100 entries filed, Wolfe, Flores and Carber, despite their impressive credentials will have their work cut for them.

“The great dark clay racing surface and awesome three wide groove action at the inaugural event caught the attention of racers from different forms of racing that want to be involved,” said event promoter Len Sammons.

Entries will be split into two preliminary night programs on Thursday and Friday evening. The first two nights of action will set the line-ups for Saturday’s main event program where all entered racers will compete.

“The split preliminary night schedule will allow us the pit space to expand the entry list to 120 cars with 60 competing each night,” Sammons elaborated.

The trio of recent entries join Erick Rudolph, of Ransomville, NY, a multi-time TQ indoor winner who currently among the leaders in points on the Super DIRTcar big-block Modified series. Another dirt Modified driver, Dom Buffalino has landed a ride to join the action.

The Thursday and Friday events will now feature heat races and four A-Qualifier main events. The top two finishers in each feature will go directly into Saturday, December 15ths main event.

Points earned throughout each night programs will be used to lineup alphabet mains for Saturday night’s main event program for all other racers. At the event last year, Wyoming, Delaware’s Luke Thomas rebounded from a problem on his qualifying night to advance from the D-Main to finishing seventh in the A-Main.

An invitational event will also be held on each of the two preliminary nights. The top 20 drivers in the 2017 Indoor Auto Racing Series Slingshot and Champ Kart point standings who accept an invitation to compete will run a heat races and a feature event. The Slingshots will be part of Thursday’s program, the Champ Karts on Friday.

Tickets for the event are on sale through a link at or by stopping by the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton.

All tickets for the additional Thursday event will be offered as general admission open seating for just $15. Those who have already purchased a Friday night grandstand ticket, or do so by September 21, will receive a general admission ticket for Thursday as an added bonus at a later date in the same method the other tickets arrived. After September 21, all three nights will be sold as a separate ticket.

A range of different price tickets are available for Friday and Saturday action including lower and upper level reserve seats. General admission upper-level seating where children are admitted for just $5 is available as a less costly alternative, but without the guarantee of specific seats.

Saturday’s front row or suite tickets will also include a special pit area tour prior to the start of racing action.

Information about entering the East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals, technical and competition rules, and host hotel information is as posted on the website.

New event sponsor Freiberger Excavating is the designated sponsor for the Friday night events.

Returning sponsor Oliver Communications Group is backing the Saturday night race program

Hoosier Racing Tires, VP Racing Fuels and JR Michalski Heating & Air Conditioning are each returning to back the race weekend

Anyone interested in being a part of this event should contact Danny Sammons at 609-888-3618 or via e-mail at

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OAKS, PA October 9, 2018 . . . NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham will be a big part of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2019 Trade and Race Car show, the 34th annual edition, taking place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA January 18-20, 2019.

Evernham is best known for his work with Hendrick Motorsports and as crew chief for Jeff Gordon which led the team to three NASCAR Cup Series championships and 47 wins during their time together. However Evernham has also been a NASCAR Cup car owner, a race car driver, author, car builder, father, husband, TV and radio personality and an automotive genius.

During his participation in the show Evernham will take center stage on Friday night to talk about his career in the sport and answer questions from the audience. And there will be a special video that will honor Ray for his induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame earlier this year.

A fact often overlooked is that the media named Ray the greatest crew chief of all time.

Since age 15 Evernham has worked on race cars. He has designed, built and driven some of the most advance cars known to man.

Filling up a large display area of the show will be race cars that have had Ray’s handiwork during his career.

Jeff Gordon’s Dupont No. 24 rookie season car on which Evernham was the crew chief

Bill Elliott’s No. 9 which won the Brickyard 400 with Ray as the crew chief and owner.

Jim Bauma’s No. 19 asphalt Modified which Ray raced at Wall Stadium, New Egypt Speedway and a few other tracks during his race driving days.

And the Tom Park No. 2p dirt Modified which he won his last pavement race at Flemington Speedway with.

At present Ray is able to share his passion for auto racing and reveal the untold stories of the sport through his TV show titled Glory Road on Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

The Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2019 Race Car & Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco and Distributed by Insinger Performance, which fills 250,000 square feet of show space with just about everything imaginable in motorsports, includes free seminars, autograph opportunities, a large number of speedway and sanctioning organization displays plus the famous Ms. Motorsports Pageant.

For more information check in at And for those looking to be a part of the displays quickly filling the show contact or call the show office at 609-888-3618.

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SYRACUSE, NY October 2, 2018 . . . The Indoor Auto Racing Series fueled by VP Racing Fuels will make its debut at The New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center in Syracuse, NY on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, 2019. The Syracuse program will include two complete programs with qualifying and feature events for the Three Quarter (TQ) Midgets, Slingshots and Champ Karts both on Friday and Saturday nights.

The first ever event in Central, N.Y. will be the third and final leg of the 2019 Indoor series. Following annual races inside Allentown Pa.’s PPL Center (January 4, 5) and Atlantic City, N.J.’s famous Boardwalk Hall (January 25, 26), the teams will head to Syracuse where the champions will be decided in all three divisions after two hard fought nights of racing on the building’s concrete floor.

The New York State Fairgrounds Expo Center opened during the recent Labor Day Fair. The huge state of the art $33 million project was built without obstructing poles. Grandstand seating will be available on both the front and backstretch. From their seats, fans will able to be able to see the entire speedway plus the pit area which will be located on the far side of the building.

“This is a great opportunity for fans in the area to again see exciting Indoor Auto Racing during the off-season,” series and event promoter Len Sammons said.

The headline TQ Midgets annually competed inside the Niagara Falls Convention Center from 1984 through 2002 when the building was made into a casino. The Indoor Auto Racing Series made its debut in New York last year with an event held inside Albany’s Times Union Center, but an acceptable date could not be arranged. The Syracuse venue will be the sixth different location for a Len Sammons promoted Indoor Auto Racing Series event.

“The Syracuse location is the perfect building in just the right spot for our series,” said Sammons. “Many of the teams that competed in Niagara Falls back in the day, now have an event closer to their home. The events were also very popular with the fans so a big crowd is expected.”

Two big TQ Midget winners on the Indoor Series, Erick Rudolph of Ransomville and Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, will surely be fan favorites at the Syracuse show.

Rudolph, currently second in the Super DIRTcar Series point standings, has already clinched the 2018 Modified champion of the nearby Canandaigua Speedway. The Ransomville driver, a multi-time Indoor race and Series champion, should be the fan choice among dirt fans.

Jankowiak won the Indoor series finale in Albany last February. The popular driver recently won an asphalt Modified Race of Champions event at the Lancaster Speedway held in late father’s honor.

Justin Bonsignore, the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, is the TQ Midget Indoor Series defending champion. The Long Island driver won his first Indoor TQ Midget victory last January inside Allentown Pa.’s PPL Center on route to the title.

Over 100 drivers from eight states and two Canadian providences are expected to compete. Other top TQ Midget drivers in the Series hailing from the Empire State include Ryan Bartlett of Watertown, Scott Kreutter of Buffalo, the Catalano brothers, Tommy and Timmy from Ontario, Oswego Speedway 2018 Supermodified Rookie of the Year Tyler Thompson from Fulton, DJ Forbes, Jr. from Syracuse, Jonathan Reid from Lockport, Mike Maresca of Hannawa Falls, and the Nye brothers, Shawn and Andrew, from Lancaster.

Competitor entry blanks and rules plus event sponsorship opportunities for all series events will be available by the end of the week at Other information is available by calling the series office at 609-888-3618 or dropping an email to Advance ticket, host hotel and other information will be available in the coming weeks.

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OAKS, PA January 28, 2018 . . . One of the best known names in motorsports, Darrell Waltrip, a three time NASCAR Cup Series champion and member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame plus a Fox TV personality will be a headliner at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2019 Race Car & Trade Show presented by Sunoco and distributed by Insinger Performance. The three day show, now in its 34th consecutive year, will take place January 18-20, 2019 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.

This will be Waltrip’s first appearance at the PPB Motorsports show.

During his NASCAR Cup Series career that started back in 1972 at Talladega Superspeedway Waltrip was able to tally 84 victories of which 37 happened on Superspeedways. He earned 59 Cup poles. He is the only driver to win $500,000 in a season 18 times. And in 1990 he became the first Cup driver to win $10 million.

The 71-year-old was not only a big winner in Cup Series racing but also won in the NASCAR Busch Series, ASA, IROC, ARCA, NASCAR All-American Challenge Series, All Pro, USAC and ARTGO Challenge Series. He was also a top competitor on short tracks in the Tennessee area when first starting his career.

The popular FOXSports TV personality, an analyst during the FOX coverage of NASCAR events, will be on center stage at the show on Saturday afternoon for two hours to talk about his racing career, TV work, books, movies, and so much more that has been part of his colorful career. Attendees will be free to ask the man named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers questions. And, of course, there will be autographs.

Fans might even want to ask him about a good deal on a new or used car at his Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group located in Franklin, TN, near Nashville. The huge dealership offers Honda, Volvo, Subaru, Buick, GMC and over 5000 certified pre-owned cars.

The Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2019 Race Car & Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco and Distributed by Insinger Performance, which fills 250,000 square feet of show space with just about everything imaginable in motorsports, includes free seminars, autograph opportunities, a large number of speedway and sanctioning organization displays plus the famous Ms. Motorsports Pageant.

Many organizations and speedways use the show to announce their schedules for the next racing season.

Many well-known racers and personalities will be a part of the three day show.

Additional news about show attractions will be announced in coming weeks.

The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center proves to be a popular location for the show because it is easy to get to and offers free parking.

For more information check in at And for those looking to be a part of the displays quickly filling the show contact

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Results story written by Vicki Gehris



BECHTELSVILLE, PA. September 16,2018 . . . Duane Howard, behind the wheel of the Norm Hansell owned Norm’s Save Station No. 357, has had his share of problems throughout the 2018 season on Saturday nights at Grandview Speedway, but the team never gave up. They continued to try different venues to put the Carroll Hine powered mount in Grandview’s Saturday night victory lane – a place he had not stood in during the regular season since August 20, 2016.

The table finally turned for the five-time point champion during the running of the 48th Annual Freedom 76-lap T.P. Trailers Modified feature – a race Howard previously won four times.

Starting fifth through the luck of the draw, in a field of 34 cars Howard battled with Ryan Godown, runner-up and leader for 16 laps prior to the 31st lap restart when Howard took the lead.

Dealing with heavy lap traffic numerous times, Howard changed lanes to weave through the cars and this allowed Godown to reel him in, but Godown couldn’t make the move to the front and ran second the rest of the way while having to deal with third-place finisher Craig Von Dohren in the later stages.

When things were all set and done Howard picked up his biggest win of the season for a payday of $25,000 plus lap money, $250 from TP Trailers, products from VP Fuel providing he met the necessary requirements plus the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie. A winner of the event in 1993, 1997, 1999 and 2011 plus now this year, Howard is now tied with Craig Von Dohren at five wins in the prestigious event.

Richie Pratt put the Kyle Borror-owned No. B4 into the early lead at the drop of the green from starter Ray Kemp with Kyle Weiss, Godown, Howard and Brian Hirthler in pursuit.

The red was thrown with eight laps in the books when Ryan Krachun’s car caught fire in turn four. He was uninjured, but out of the race. Pratt continued his pace with Godown making his presence known.

Godown put the Searock No. 26 at the head of the pack on the 15th circuit while Pratt, Howard, Weiss and Mike Gular jockeyed for positions.

On the 20th lap Stewart Friesen, who came straight from Las Vegas after competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck race the previous night, Ryan Grim and Brian Papiez tangled between turns one and two right in front of the leaders and the other front runners bringing out the yellow. Godown narrowly missed the cars, but Pratt wasn’t as fortunate and got caught up in the melee which forced him to restart in the rear of the field. Godown held his pace when action resumed with pressure now coming from Howard, Gular, Weiss and Jeff Strunk, the defending race winner of the race the past two years.

Godown’s comfortable lead was erased when the red was thrown for a 10-car pile-up in which Pratt rolled and Billy Pauch Jr. was also involved. Several cars were eliminated. It was still Godown as the race leader when action resumed.

On the 30th lap while battling for positions, newly crowned 2018 NASCAR Modified point champion Mike Gular and Strunk made contact in the third turn with Strunk making contact with the wall erasing his chances of making the event a three-peat. Also involved was Skylar Sheriff, who hit the front end of Strunk’s car and hit the fourth turn wall with heavy impact. Sheriff was shaken up a bit and complained of leg pain.

While this took place Godown and Ray Swinehart, who were running first and third using alcohol while the others used gas, were allowed a fuel stop without losing their positions. When the race went green this time Howard took command trailed by Godown, Anthony Perrego, Gular and Swinehart.

By the 57th lap the race for the lead was a three-way one between Howard, Godown and Von Dohren, who started deep in the pack in 29th having to get in through the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20.

With ten laps to go and Howard encountering heavy lap traffic the order behind him was now comprised of Godown, Von Dohren, Jared Umbenhauer and Friesen, who came from the back of the pack several times.

Howard overcame all obstacles and held off all the competitors’ challenges to chalk up a well-earned win. Chasing him across were Godown, Von Dohren, who earned the Bobby Gunther Walsh and sponsors Hard Charger award worth $1,000, Umbenhauer and Friesen.

Meme DeSantis and Ray Swinehart, who finished ninth and 16th received a $100 bonus from Donnie and Patti Miller in memory of their son Chad who lost his life on September 16.

Alan Johnson, Frank Yankowski, Kenny Gilmore, Pratt, Perrego and Scott Albert won the five 12-lap heats.

T.J. Lilly, Alex Yankowski, Doug Manmiller, Don Norris Jr., Rich Rutski and Mike Lisowski qualified through the consolation races to get into the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20 – the last chance to get into the Freedom 76.

Rick Laubach won the event and dedicated the win to car owner Lori Hermann who recently lost her battle with cancer. Finishing second was Friesen followed by Von Dohren, Papiez and Manmiller.

Strunk won the 10-lap Cash Dash worth $1,000.

Coming up at Grandview:
Saturday, September 29th, 1 p.m. Enduro along with Blast from the Past Vintage doubleheader.

Saturday, October 13th, 6 p.m. Thunder on the Hill Halloween Special featuring the Big Block/358 Modifieds, Sportsman and MASS 305 Sprints.


T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (76-Laps): 1. Duane Howard, 2. Ryan Godown, 3. Craig Von Dohren, 4. Jared Umbenhauer, 5. Stewart Friesen, 6. Anthony Perrego, 7. Doug Manmiller, 8. Mike Gular, 9. Meme DeSantis (provisional), 10. Mike Mahaney, 11. Kyle Weiss, 12. Brian Hirthler, 13. Richie Pratt, 14. Louden Reimert, 15. David Hunt, 16. Ray Swinehart, 17. Brian Papiez, 18. Wade Hendrickson, 19. Alan Johnson, 20. Ryan Lilick, 21. Kenny Gilmore, 22. Jeff Strunk, 23. Skylar Sheriff, 24. Ryan Watt, 25. Frank Yankowski, 26. Danny Erb, 27. Billy Pauch Jr., 28. Rich Laubach, 29. Frank Yankowski, 30. Jordan Henn, 32. Ryan Grim, 32. Kyle Merkel, 22. Billy Pauch (provisional), Ryan Krachun. DNQ: T.J. Lilly, Bob Trapper, Alex Yankowski, Chris Gambler, Brett Gilmore, Briggs Danner, Danny Bouc, Bobby Gunther Walsh, Ryan Kunkle, Clay Butler, Steve Swinehart, Mark Kratz, Justin Grim, Colt Harris, Ryan Beltz, Craig Whitmoyer, Dan Waisempacher. DNS: Scott Albert.PP

Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20: 1. Rick Laubach, 2. Anthony Perrego, 3. Craig Von Dohren, 4. Brian Papiez, 5. Doug Manmiller. DNQ: Brian Krummel, Tim Buckwalter, John Willman, Brian Hirthler, Alex Yankowski, Geezer Fanelli, Mike Lisowski, Rick Rutski, Don Norris Jr., T.J. Lilly, , Bobby Trapper Jr., Frank Cozze, Gary Hager.

Cash Dash (10 Laps): 1. Jeff Strunk, 2. Anthony Perrego, 3. Alan Johnson, 4. Kenny Gilmore, 5. Mike Gular, 6. Ray Swinehart, 7. Richie Pratt, 8. Frank Yankowski, 9. Scott Albert.

MEDIA NOTE: On behalf of all involved at Grandview Speedway I want to say thanks for thee great media support given the Freedom 76 helping make it a success. Ernie Saxton

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QUICK NEWS ON FREEDOM 76: Donnie and Patti Miller have posted $100 for the drivers that finish 9th and 16th in the 48th Annual Freedom 76 in the name of their late son Chad who would have celebrated his birthday on 9/16. Much appreciated!!!



BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 15, 2018 . . . NASCAR T.P.Trailers 358 Modified regular Kevin Hirthler, who started from fourth-place by luck of the draw for the 26-car starting field aboard his self-owned No. 117 Crate powered Sportsman entry, took the lead on Lap 7 from Ken Eckert Jr. and raced off with a dominating performance to capture the checkered flag in the fifth annual Freedom 38’er Friday night at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, PA.

The Boyertown, PA based driver lapped up to the eleventh-place finisher and won the non-stop 38-lapper by a full straightaway in a time of 10:11.28, taking home $1,500 for his efforts.

Hirthler became the fifth different winner in the 5-years, now, that the event has been raced.

For Hirthler, it was his second career Sportsman feature win at the track this season, his first since April 14, 2018, at the popular high-banked third-mile dirt track promoted by the Rogers family.

“With the rainout last Saturday night,” explained the 38-year-old second-generation car owner and driver, “the 358 Modified car is pretty much ready to go, so, that gave us some extra time to do a little extra work this past week on the Sportsman car and we got things done, scaled loaded up and just got things done in time to get he by maybe 4 o’clock.

“We just got the Crate engine in it back today. It is legit. It’s a GM Crate engine in it. It is my brothers back up engine and we had nothing but troubles with it the past two-years. After nothing but struggling with the engine it’s hitting on all eight cylinders tonight. We finally got things straightened out. It’s legit. Not a cheater. The engine has all the seals on it and when the track slicks up like it did tonight, it’s easy to drive and it has all kinds of power. Anybody is welcome to check the engine out after the races tonight if they have questions about it,” announced Hirthler.

The top 12 qualifiers out of the heat races redrew for starting positions, with Brian Mady from Milford, PA starting on the pole. Mady grabbed the lead for the first two tours, with Eckert Jr., who started outside the front row, whistling by to become the new race leader on Lap 3.

On Lap 7, Hirthler ducked in underneath Eckert Jr. exiting Turn 2 and motored out in front down the backstretch, as Eckert Jr., Mady, Dean Bachman and Craig Whitmoyer trailed.

With 14 complete, Whitmoyer advanced to fourth-place and the 43-year-old veteran took third-place a circuit later.

With 18 in the record books, Whitmoyer climbed into the runner-up role, however, Hirthler was pulling away as the laps quickly clicked off.

With 28-laps recorded, Hirthler was now a full straightaway out in front of Whitmoyer, who was running second in front of Eckert Jr. and Mady.

“I have no idea where second-place was because I never saw anybody,” offered Hirthler in victory lane. “You had to pick your way through the field and all the lapped cars because they were out there racing for position too. You had to maneuver up high or go low and if you could hit the inside slime just right going through the corners, your car would slide up a little, giving you room to get under some cars. I came up off the corners a few times and it wasn’t easy picking a way through the lapped traffic.”

Hirthler went basically unchallenged after he got out in front, easily winning the event over Whitmoyer of Hamburg, PA, Eckert Jr. of Orwigsburg, PA, Mady and Dylan Swinehart of Fleetwood, PA.

A total of four heat races for 45 Sportsman cars were won by Andrew Kries, John McGovern, Hirthler and Swinehart, with a pair of consolation races going out to Cale Ross and Brad Grim.

“We had real good draws in, both, the heat and the feature tonight and that certainly was a help in where we ended things,” revealed Hirthler.

With 23 MASS 305 Sprint Cars on hand, everyone qualified, with Austin Bishop, Tim Tanner Jr. and Rick Stief winning the heat races. There was no consolation needed.

In the 25-lap main event, it was Andy Best blasting from the pole position into the lead with the green waving, with Eddie Wagner and Bishop, who started from third, in tow.

Lap 6 and again on Lap 7, Chad Connor spun to bring out the caution flag.

When racing resumed it was still Best showing the way, with Bishop now second in front of Brendon Poff out of Richboro, PA for Lap 8.

A caution for Bryant Davis stopping in Turn 3 bunched up the field again after 9-laps. A circuit later, Davis went high through Turn 4, caught the outside boiler plate exiting Turn 4 and flipped wildly near the starters stand to bring out a red flag on Lap 10. Davis walked away uninjured.

Again it was Best on top, on the restart, for Lap 11, but a lap later it was Bishop rocketing underneath Best exiting Turn 2 to become the new race leader racing down the back part of the speedway.

Lap 16 saw the leaders get caught up with lapped traffic, knocking out the second and fourth-place cars as a result, as the caution reappeared.

With the new green it was Bishop over Poff, Wagner and Tom Carberry.

By Lap 19, Bishop was nearly a full straightaway out in front, as he easily went on to score his second win on the tour, this season, and his first career victory at Grandview Speedway. Bishop was celebrating his 20th birthday, a great birthday present.

“If I win, usually, it is on other driver’s birthdays and never on my own,” offered the race winner. “It is a nice little way to reward myself. Normally I don’t have the best of luck, but tonight the track was really racy all night long. It got a little rubbered down and I saw Andy started to wash up through the corner and I ducked in there underneath and got him to get the lead.”

Runner-up was Poff, with Carberry, Wagner and Jason Dunn following.

Tim Tanner Jr. was crowned as the MASS 305 Sprint Car 2018 champion, with CJ Faison winning Rookie of The Year honors for 2018.

Some 32 358 Modified racers showed up to run several practice sessions in order to prepare for the upcoming Freedom 76 event the following night, paying $25,000 to the winner.

Kevin Hirthler and many other top Modified talents will be back in racing action tonight at 7 p.m. with the running of the 48th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic paying $25,000 to win. There are qualifying heat races, Cash Dash paying $1,000 to win, Schaffer Racing Minuteman 20 and THEN the Freedom 76.

Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series MASS 305 Sprint Cars (25-laps) – 1) Austin Bishop, 2) Brendon Poff, 3) Tom Carberry, 4) Eddie Wagner, 5) Jason Dunn, 6) Tim Tanner Jr., 7) CJ Faison, 8) Ryan Stillwagon, 9) Dave Brown, 10) Tyler Reinhardt, 11) Rick Stief, 12) Zack Burd, 13) Jonathan Haegele, 14) Keith Anderson, 15) Christopher Moll, 16) Tom Tanner, 17) Andy Best, 18) Larry McVay, 19) Mike Haggenbottom, 20) Jeff Geiges, 21) Bryant Davis, 22) Chad Connor, 23) Daniel Leaper

Sportsman (38-laps) – 1) Kevin Hirthler, 2) Craig Whitmoyer, 3) Ken Eckert Jr., 4) Brian Mady, 5) Dylan Swinehart, 6) Ryan Beltz, 7) Dean Bachman, 8) John McGovern, 9) Andrew Kries, 10) Billy Osmun III, 11) Mark Kemmerer, 12) Brad Grim, 13) Mike Kellner, 14) Nate Klinger, 15) Jim Housworth, 16) Brian Hirthler, 17) Louden Reimert, 18) Mike Lisowski, 19) Cale Ross, 20) Brad Arnold, 21) Lex Shive, 22) Mike Mammana, 23) Ryan Higgs, 24) Ryan Lilick, 25) Jesse Landis, 26) Brad Brightbill

Racing action is set for tonight, Saturday, at 7 p.m. with the running of the 48th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic paying $25,000 to win. There are qualifying heat races, Cash Dash paying $1,000 to win, Schaffer Racing Minuteman 20 and THEN the Freedom 76.