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OCTOBER 14, 2017
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

BRETT ‘THE THREAT’ KRESSLEY DOMINATES HAUNTED HALLOWEEN ON ‘THE HILL. . .

KRESSLEY, HIRTHLER, AND STILLWAGGON SCORE FIRST NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES WINS AT GRANDVIEW

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (October 14, 2017) – It was a spooky Halloween night, but there weren’t any tricks for Brett Kressley, as the 25-year-old scored his first NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series victory at the ‘Mods at the Madhouse Traffic Jam’ on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway.

“This felt like the longest race of my life,” an elated – and champagne-soaked – Kressley said in Victory Lane. “I had a really strong car tonight, and I can’t thank my crew enough for all their hard work.”

The Orefield, PA driver couldn’t have had a better night, scoring the win in his qualifying heat race and picking the first position in the Modified redraw of top qualifiers. Known as ‘The Threat,’ Kressley took the lead at the outset of the 40-Lap feature, and held off the best-of-the-best in Modified competition to score the $5,000 victory.

At the drop of the green flag, Kressley shot away from the 24-car field pulling a full-straightaway lead by the just the third circuit around the one-third-mile dirt oval.

The first yellow flag flew on the seventh lap when Oley, PA’s Duane Howard spun in turn four -- while running in the top-five -- after contact with Boyertown, PA’s Ryan Watt. Both cars were sent to the rear of the field.

On the restart, Kressley rolled back into the lead with Danny Erb following closely behind, while Kenny Gilmore and Craig VonDohren challenged for the third position.

Kressley held control at the half-way mark with Erb and Gilmore holding in the top-three positions. The battle for fourth was heating up between 2017 Track Champion, Craig VonDohren and Freedom 76 winner, Jeff Strunk.

The action came to a stop on lap 26, when Dan Bouc, of Pipersville, PA, flipped his No. 32 Modified in turn 2.

It was all Kressley in the final stretch – but it wasn’t easy for the young racer as a group of veterans were hot on his heels. Danny Erb would finish in the second position, Kenny Gilmore in third aboard the Bailey No. 81, Jeff Strunk finishing in the fourth position and Billy Pauch Jr. finishing in the fifth spot.

Ringoes, NJ’s Ryan Godown brought the Searock Fabrications No. 26 home in sixth, Ryan Watt rallied back to finish in seventh, Mike Gular in eighth, Billy Pauch in ninth and Jared Umbenhauer rounding out the top-ten finishers.

Initial fourth-place finisher Craig Von Dohren was found light at the scales and was penalized to the 24th position.

2017 Grandview Speedway Sportsman Champion, Brian Hirthler picked up the $1,300 win in the Madhouse Sportsman event, starting on the pole and holding off a hard-charging Matt Stangle at the conclusion of the 25-lap main event. Hirthler bookended his 2017 racing season with a win on opening night and a win to conclude the season.

Neshanic, NJ’s Matt Stangle finished in second, Mark Kemmerer in third, Jim Houseworth finished in fourth, and Brad Brightbill finished in fifth.

Despite a busted radiator, Ryan Stillwaggon of Burlington, NJ scored his first career Grandview Speedway win in the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Car Series. Stillwaggon dominated the 25-lap feature event and scored the victory despite slowing drastically in the closing circuits. Tim Tanner Jr. came home in the second position, 2017 MASS Series Champion Eddie Wagner finished in third, Austin Bishop in fourth, and Dave Brown in fifth.

THUNDER NOTES

41 Modifieds signed-in for action during the 18th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Halloween Party event. Heat races were won by Jared Umbenhauer, Ryan Watt, Brett Kressley, and Duane Howard. Last chance consolation events were won by Ryan Godown and Scott Albert.

Brett Kressley became the 26th different NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Modified winner in 68 races. Jeff Strunk holds the most wins with 12.

The Mods at the Madhouse 40 marked the 18th House of Thunder Halloween events and the conclusion of the 28th season of NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series action.

Plans for the 2018 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series are already taking place with a potential Easter Sunday Modified spectacular and the possible addition of the USAC Midgets.

For more information about NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series visit www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com or follow along on Facebook.com/ThunderontheHill

Modifieds

Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Jared Umbenhauer 2. Billy Pauch 3. Meme DeSantis 4. Rick Laubach 5. Ryan Grim

Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Ryan Watt 2. Craig VonDohren 3. Danny Erb 4. Kevin Beach 5. Kevin Hirthler

Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1. Brett Kressley 2. Billy Pauch Jr. 3. Kenny Gilmore 4. Jeff Strunk 5. John Willman

Heat 4 (10 Laps) – 1. Duane Howard 2. Dan Pannepacker 3. Danny Bouc 4. Addison Meitzler 5. Mike Gular

Consi 1(10 Laps) – 1. Ryan Godown 2. Ray Swinehart

Consi 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Scott Albert 2. Doug Manmiller

Mods at the Madhouse Traffic Jam (40 Laps) – 1. Brett Kressley 2. Danny Erb 3. Kenny Gilmore 4. Jeff Strunk 5. Billy Pauch, Jr. 6. Ryan Godown 7. Ryan Watt 8. Mike Gular 9. Billy Pauch 10. Jared Umbenhauer 111. Ray Swinehart 12. Ryan Grim 13. John Willman 14. Addison Meitzler 15. Kevin Beech 16. Scott Albert 17. Danny Bouc 18. Rick Laubach 19. Doug Manmiller 20. Kevin Hirthler 21. Meme DeSantis 22. Duane Howard 23. Dan Pannepacker DQ: Craig VonDohren (light at the scale)

Sportsman

Heat 1 (8 Laps) – 1. Mark Kemmerer 2. Brian Hirthler 3. Steve Young 4. Jim Housworth 5. Roger Manning 6. Lex Shive

Heat 2 (8 Laps) -- 1. Jim McGovern 2. Kenny Bock 3. Brad Grim 4. Matt Stangle 5. Jordan Henn 6. Louden Reimert

Heat 3 (8 Laps) -- 1. Joe Funk 2. Craig Whitmoyer 3. Derrick Smith 4. Billy Osmun 5. Brad Brightbill 6. Nathan Mohr

Consi (8 Laps) – 1. Kyle Lilick 2. Mike Lisowski 3. Brad Arnold 4. Caleb Ross 5. Ryan Lilick 6. Andy Clemmer

Feature (25 Laps) – 1. Brian Hirthler 2. Matt Stangle 3. Mark Kemmerer 4. Jim Housworth 5. Brad Brightbill 6. Miek Lisowski 7. John McGovern 8. Louden Reimert 9. Brad Arnold 10. Cale Ross 11. Derrick Smith 12. Steve Young 13. Lex Shive 14. Tom Princiotta 15. Kyle Lilick 16. Brad Grim 17. Andy Clemmer 18. Nathan Mohr 19. Jordan Henn 20. Kenny Bock 21. Roger Manning 22. Billy Osmun DQ: Joe Funk (light at the scale), Ryan Lilick (light at the scale)

MASS Sprint Cars

Heat 1 (8 Laps) -- 1. Austin Bishop 2. Ryan Stillwaggon 3. Jeff Geiges 4. Tommy Carberry, Jr. 5. Zack Burd

Heat 2 (8 Laps) -- 1. Eddie Wagner 2. Stefanie Carberry 3. Tim Smolenyak 4. Dave Brown

Heat 3 (8 Laps) -- 1. Dave Bonner 2. Tim Tanner 3. Tom Carberry, Sr. 4. Scott Frack 5. Brandon Poff

Feature (25 Laps) – 1. Ryan Stillwaggon 2. Tim Tanner 3. Eddie Wagner 4. Austin Bishop 5. Dave Brown 6. Stefanie Carberry 7. Tom Carberry, Sr. 8. Tommy Carberry, Jr. 9. Scott Frack 10. Jon Haegele 11. Jeff Geiges 12. Zack Burd 13. Dave Bonner 14. Tim Smolenyak 15. Dan Leper 16. Bryant Davis 17. Brandon Poff 18. Chad Connor

Watch for coming announcements about the 2018 Thunder on the Hill Racing Season

Sep
23

THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING NEWS

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SEPTEMBRER 23, 2017
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

$5,000 To Win, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to Start Mods at the Madhouse Traffic Jam

THUNDER SERIES TO CLOSE OUT SUCCESSFUL SEASON AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (September 23, 2017) – The twenty-eighth season of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series will close out a successful season when the annual House of Thunder Halloween Party invades the Grandview Speedway Saturday night, October 14. What a season that started with Brady Bacon winning the USAC event as Kyle Larson took the victory in the 410 Sprint Speed Week Series as Freddy Rahmer Jr won the Tony Stewart, Smoke of the Hill event in August. Huge crowds turned out for all three events of the Thunder Series, well known for presenting the top divisions and only the premier traveling series in the country.

The Mods at the Madhouse event of 2016 was a thriller with Billy Pauch Jr taking the win after a hard fought battler with Ryan Watt and Craig VonDohren who closed in on the leaders in the final laps of the 40 lap main event. How ironic, Pauch, Watt and VonDohren finished one-two-three and all three cars were, number 14.

The real eye catcher for this Traffic Jam event is the payoff. A respectable $5,000 will go to the winner, and for the rest of the field, $1,000 will go to the tenth place finisher and an unheard of $500 just to start a forty lap feature event. For the drivers and owners, no membership fees and no entry fees.

Expect a “thriller” with a three division program that will include the Big Block Modifieds/358 Modifieds plus the Sportsman and MASS Sprint Cars. Be part of a spooky night on the hill with this “Triple Thunder Thriller”. Gates open at 4 PM with racing getting underway at 6 PM. In the event of rain, Sunday, October 15 will be the rain date with gates opening at 3 PM and a 5 PM starting time

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.

With a special rules package offered, the region’s top Modified racers are expected to be in attendance. Hometown heroes like Craig Von Dohren, Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard and Doug Manmiller defend the Berks County oval against New Jersey invaders Billy Pauch Jr. and Ryan Godown. Young and hungry drivers like Danny Bouc, Jared Umbenhauer, and Ryan Krachun search for their first Thunder on the Hill Victory.

The rules package allows for competition from Big-Block and Spec 358 engines and both American Racer and Hoosier tires. No open small block motors are permitted. For further rule information visit www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com

Along with an exciting Modified main event, the Sportsman will compete in a series of qualifying events leading up to the $1,300-to-win, 25-lap feature event. The MASS Sprint Car Series will battle with heat race qualifying ending the night with their 25 lap main event. It’s a three division Triple Thunder Thriller close to a popular 2018 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series.

Helping to celebrate the Spooky Night will be a stunning firework display prior to the start of the modified main event.

The Pioneer Pole Buildings Mobile Sales Unit will be on display in the mid-way along with all of the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series mainstay promotions including the Low Down & Dirty Radio Show pre-race Meet and Greet, pit area tours, the Inside/Out Experience – where fans can watch hot laps from the infield, Joe ‘The Pizza Dude’ offering up free pizzas to the rowdiest fans, give-a-ways, and appearances by Miss Thunder on the Hill, Lauren Fischer.

Spectator gates will open at 4 PM, with racing action set for 6:00 PM. Adult General Admission is $25, Children 6-11 are $10, and Children 5 and Under are Free of Charge. Pit Area pricing is $35 and a license is not required.

Fans have the ability to camp out at the Speedway. Campers are asked to park in the turn 4 parking area, there are no hook-ups available, and no box camping allowed. Track officials ask that all fires be contained. There is no fee for camping.

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.

2017 Thunder Racing Series Schedule:
Mods at the Madhouse Halloween Party – Saturday, October 14 6 PM – Big-Block/358 Modifieds 40 Laps, Sportsman & MASS Sprints

Rain Date: Sunday, October 15 Start time: 5 PM

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

About Grandview Speedway
Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 55th Anniversary season in 2017. 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.

THE FOLLOWING VIDEO IS PROVIDED BY GARY SILVERMAN AT GSP VIDEO.
Order the complete race night DVD at gspshop.com
- 358 modified 'Freedom 76' feature highlights from 9/16/2017 at Grandview Speedway


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NEWS FROM NASCAR SANCTIONED ROGERS FAMILY GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, Bechtelsville, PA
Event Organizer Kenny Rogers-Assistant Event Organizer Tina Rogers
Track phone: 610.754.7688 – www.grandviewspeedway.com
MEDIA CONTACT: Ernie Saxton @ 215.752.7797 or Esaxton144@aol.com or 267.934.7286 (cell)
Results written by Vicki Gehris

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STRUNK WINS SECOND STRAIGHT FREEDOM 76 MODIFIED CLASSIC IN HONOR OF BRUCE ROGERS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY EARNING IN EXCESS OF $30,000

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. September 17, 2017 . . . Jeff Strunk, the defending winner of Grandview Speedway’s Freedom 76, now has the distinction of being the leading winner of the event at seven having been in a tie at six with Billy Pauch. Strunk took home the checkered in the 47th Annual Freedom 76-lap T.P. Trailers NASCAR Modified feature in honor of promoter Bruce Rogers who passed away earlier in the year. The ten-time NASCAR Modified point champion picked up a hefty paycheck of $30,000 in addition to $100 from AARN for being the half-way leader, the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie award plus lap money and a V.P. Racing Fuel award providing he met the necessary requirements.

Strunk made up for a rather dismal season at the 1/3-mile oval in which prior to the night only won one race and that was on June 3, 2017. Strunk and Craig VonDohren, the 2017 Modified point champion, put on quite a battle throughout the race and Strunk commented that VonDohren, who is tough as nails ran him clean while the pair battled throughout the race. There were several times Strunk didn’t know which lane to choose since VonDohren tried the outside and inside which made Strunk change lanes.

Through the luck of the draw, Bob Trapper Jr. started on the pole, but it was second-place starter Billy Pauch that charged into the early lead trailed by Doug Manmiller, Strunk, Scott Albert and Brian Krummel, who started third, sixth,, fifth and seventh respectively.

By lap eighth the top three approaching lapped traffic and had to use heads up driving.

Duane Howard, the winner four times, slowed his pace on the 11th lap for the first yellow and was through for the night. The restart had Pauch and Strunk side-by-side, but when action resumed Pauch washed up coming out of turn four. Strunk took advantage of the situation and motored the Glenn Hyneman-owned/All Fab No. 126 into first.

Within no time Strunk opened up a commanding lead while Pauch, Manmiller, Brian Krummel and Albert chased him down.

Godown looped it in the first turn setting up a seven-car accident in which Nate Christman, running for the first time all year, took a slow roll for the 21st lap red. All drivers were thankfully uninjured, but the same couldn’t be said for the cars of Brett Kressley and Tim Buckwalter as they were out of contention. Christman later returned during another caution, but he couldn’t continue because he was three laps down. Strunk maintained first on the restart, but Pauch, Manmiller, Von Dohren and Krummel gave him no margin to error.

Strunk was able to increase the distance as the race progressed since Pauch and VonDohren battled for the runner-up spot because VonDohren cleared Pauch on the 28th lap and took chase after Strunk.

By the 32nd lap VonDohren gained a tremendous amount of ground on Strunk when the front runners encountered heavy lap traffic.

VonDohren had just moved ahead, but before the lap counted, a mandatory pit stop on the 45th lap made the move void. The first five on the restart consisted of Strunk, VonDohren, Manmiller and Kevin Hirthler, who started 22nd and 21st place starter Jared Umbenhauer. It wasn’t long before Kenny Gilmore joined the mix and got past Umbenhauer for fifth.

Ryan Watt regrouped the pack with 16 laps to go when he stopped in the fourth turn for a yellow. Strunk wasted no time punching the accelerator on the restart because he knew VonDohren was just waiting to pounce if he faltered.

Strunk never gave up until he was in Victory Lane for his biggest win of the year followed by VonDohren, Hirthler, Gilmore and Mike Gular, who came through from 27th. Rounding out the top ten were Manmiller, Umbenhauer, Krummel, Frank Cozze and Brandon Grosso.

Cozze, Hirthler, Justin Grim, Brett Kressley and Krummel won the five qualifying heats. Mike Lisowski and Danny Erb won the consolation races to advance to the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20-lap race which was the last chance to get into the Freedom.

Brett Kressley garnered an extra $1,000 by winning the 10-lap Pioneer Metal Roofing Cash Dash.

Ryan Beltz, Willman, Billy Pauch Jr., Rick Laubach and Matt Stangle were able to earn starting berths in the Freedom by being the top five finishers in the Minuteman race.

RACE RESULTS

T.P. Trailers NASCAR Modified Feature (76-Laps): 1. Jeff Strunk, 2. Craig VonDohren, 3. Kevin Hirthler, 4. Kenny Gilmore, 5. Mike Gular, 6. Doug Manmiller, 7. Jared Umbenhauer, 8. Ryan Grim, 9. Frank Cozze, 10. Brandon Grosso, 11. Billy Pauch Sr., 12. Brian Krummel, 13. Ray Swinehart (provisional), 14. Jimmy Horton, 15. Scott Albert, 16. John Willman, 17. Justin Grim. DNF: 18. Ryan Godown, 19. Ryan Watt, 20. Mike Laise, 21. Rick Laubach, 22. Mike Mahaney, 23. Brian Hirthler, 24. Ryan Beltz, 25. Ryan Krachen, 26. Billy Pauch Jr., 27. Stewart Friesen, 28. Matt Stangle, 29. Nate Christman, 30. Brett Kressley, 31. Tim Buckwalter, 32. Meme DeSantis (provisional), 33. Bob Trapper Jr., 34. Duane Howard, 25. Steve Swinehart.

Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20: 1. Ryan Beltz, 2. John Willman, 3. Billy Pauch Jr., 4. Rick Laubach, 5. Matt Stangle. DNQ: Craig Whitmoyer, Keith Hoffman, Danny Bouc, Mike Lisowski, Kory Fleming, Joe Fanelli, Anthony Perrego. Danny Erb, Brian Kressley, Clay Butler, Brett Gilmore, Dylan Swinehart, Mark Kratz, Danny Johnson, John McClellan and Ron Seltmann Jr.

COMING EVENTS:

Saturday, September 30, 12 noon – Blast from the Past Vintage Racers and Outlaw Enduro racing

Saturday, October 14, 6 p.m. – Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Halloween Party, 3rd Annual Mods at the Madhouse 358/Big Block Modifieds 40 laps, Sportsman and Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series (MASS)

Saturday, October 21, 12 noon – Outlaw Enduro Racing along with Blast from the Past Vintage Racers

Saturday, November 5, 7 a.m. to ??? – Fall Racers Flea Market

ERNIE SAXTON COMMUNICATIONS, INC
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Publisher: Motorsports Sponsorship Marketing News
Award winning motorsports journalist
www.saxtonsponsormarket.com
215.752.7797 & 267.934.7286-Esaxton144@aol.com

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NEWS FROM NASCAR SANCTIONED ROGERS FAMILY GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, Bechtelsville, PA
Event Organizer Kenny Rogers-Assistant Event Organizer Tina Rogers
Track phone: 610.754.7688 – www.grandviewspeedway.com
MEDIA CONTACT: Ernie Saxton @ 215.752.7797 or Esaxton144@aol.com or 267.934.7286 (cell)
Race Results by Randy Kane

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RYAN BELTZ WINS FREEDOM 38’ER SPORTSMAN FEATURE AND KYLE SMITH TAKES MASS SPRINT CAR WIN AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY NIGHT

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 16, 2017. . . Seasoned veteran Ryan Beltz fought it out with youngster Ryan Lilick right down to the wire to go on and claim a very popular win, Friday night at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, PA, pocketing $1,500 for his triumph in the fourth annual Sportsman Freedom 38’er. With his win, the 43-year-old Beltz became the 13th different driver to earn a Sportsman feature win this season, taking his first win this season, the second of his career and his first since May 28, 2016. The win makes Beltz the fourth different driver to win the event in its four-year race history.

In a companion 25-lap feature event for the Mid-Atlantic 305 Sprint Series at the high-banked third-mile dirt track, a dominating triumph was scored by Kyle Smith in his first visit ever to the track.

“I am certain I drove the only four coil car at the track tonight to victory,” announced Beltz, following a roof dance in victory lane. “I’ve got to give thanks to Ryan Watt for all the help he has given us this season, plus Bicknell Race Cars. We just went back to basics tonight. We had a different engine in and just haven’t had a lot of luck here the last few weeks. We had a good race car and everything just came together for us here tonight.”

Following the heat races the top 20 qualified cars, all, picked for spots in a blind draw, with Brian Hirthler, 35, out of Perkiomenville, PA picking the pole to start, with former 358 Modified racer Doug Pannepacker pulling outside the front row. Beltz picked third to start in the 26-car starting field.

With the green waved by starter Ray Kemp it was Hirthler setting the early pace aboard his self-owned No. 4* Four Star Letting Sportsman mount over Pannepacker and Beltz through the first five tours. On lap 6 it was Beltz moving into the runner-up role, dropping Pannepacker to third.

With seven in the record books, Hirthler had nearly a full straightaway lead over Beltz, steering his self-owned KAM Fueled Racing No. 221 entry.

Craig Whitmoyer, 42, of Hamburg, PA, who won the event back in 2015 and started from eighth Friday night, was on the move and by lap 13 he advanced into fourth-place behind Beltz and Pannepacker. A lap 19 caution slowed things and regrouped the field, erasing the big lead held by Hirthler.

When racing resumed it was Hirthler out in front again over Whitmoyer, who ducked underneath Beltz through turn 3 on the restart, and Beltz now running in third. Pannepacker fell back to fourth, with Lilick, who started fourteenth, moving to fifth.

By lap 25 Hirthler again started to pull away, holding a comfortable lead.

Lilick began to pick off positions and took fourth with seven circuits to go. A lap later, Whitmoyer saw his night come to an early end when his motor expired in a huge cloud of smoke to bring out the caution with six to go.

On the double-file restart Hirthler selected to start from the outside, putting Beltz on the bottom. With the green, it was Beltz outgunning Hirthler and becoming the new race leader for lap 33. Lilick advanced to third and took second a lap later, as Hirthler dropped back to third.

“He kept picking the top on the restarts and I just kept praying, eventually, I’d get the jump and we did,” Beltz said. “Everybody was going to the top and I figured, eventually, they’d rub everything away up on top and I still had good grip on the bottom. I got a good run on him the previous restart, but he held on.”

With a lap remaining, Lilick hit Beltz hard, but Beltz held on, as they battled for the win.

“When he hit me I wound up losing my brakes. That last lap I was driving it balls to the wall or else without brakes,” explained the driver out of Schwenksville, PA. “I figured at the end if he went high I’d go low and if he stayed low I’d go high. I wasn’t about to give it away and settle for second.”

Racing through turns 3 and 4 with the checkered waving, Lilick drifted up to the top to protect, as Beltz drove it in on the bottom. Beltz had the edge exiting turn 4 and crossed the line first, winning by a narrow margin over Lilick at the line.

Third went to Hirthler, trailed by Brad Grim, Brett Gilmore and Brian Papiez, who started the event from 21st with the original green.

Heat races for 50 Sportsman entries were won by Hirthler, Mike Lisowski, Ryan Higgs and Beltz. Twin consolations went out to Papiez and Matt Stangle.

In the 25-lap Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series (MASS) feature race it was Brian Krummel, who started outside the front row taking the early lead over pole sitter Steph Carberry and third-starter Austin Bishop. By lap 6, Krummel held a safe lead.

Lap 12 it was still Krummel setting a torrid pace, as Bishop slipped into second, as the leaders raced through heavy slower, lapped traffic. Carberry fell into third. A lap later, Samantha Lieberman spun out in turn 3, as Bishop tried to avoid the spinning car. Bishop darted to the outside and smacked the boiler plate wall hard to bring out the red at the crossed flags.

With the restart it was Carberry outracing Krummel off turn 4 to become the new race leader. Smith roared into second spot, with Krummel falling to third. Smith quickly went by Carberry to become the new race leader, with Carberry dropping to second on lap 15. A lap later Krummel spun it out in turn 2 to bring out a caution.

Smith retook the top spot in front of Carberry and by lap 21 Smith was nearly a full straightaway out in front of Carberry. Eddie Wagner was running third, with Dave Brown now fourth.

Smith easily secured the win, with Carberry, Wagner, Eddie Strada and Tim Tanner Jr. chasing him.

Heat races for 30 Sprint Cars were claimed by Wagner, Bishop and Krummel. The consolation win went to Stephanie Dodson.

Some 25 358 Modified cars were also on hand for several practice sessions throughout the evening of racing.

Sportsman – 38-laps 1) Ryan Beltz 2) Ryan Lilick 3) Brian Hirthler 4) Brad Grim 5) Brett Gilmore 6) Brian Papiez 7) Louden Reimert 8) Doug Pannepacker 9) Jordan Henn 10) Kyle Lilick 11) Cale Ross 12) Jesse Landis 13) Kenny Bock 14) Nick Mady 15) Craig Whitmoyer 16) Roger Manning 17) Matt Stangle 18) Chad Kohler 19) Jack Butler 20) Ken Eckert Jr. 21) Joe Funk 22) Ryan Schupp 23) Ryan Higgs 24) Mike Lisowski 25 Andrew Kreis 26) Billy Osmun III

MASS Sprint Cars – 25-laps 1) Kyle Smith 2) Steph Carberry 3) Eddie Wagner 4) Eddie Strada 5) Tim Tanner Jr. 6) Dave Brown 7) Jeff Geiges 8) Tyler Reinhardt 9) Joe Kay 10) Jon Haegele 11) Brian Krummel 12) Cassidy Kreitz 13) Brandon Poff 14) Stephanie Dodson 15) Dave Graber 16) Keith Anderson 17) Scott Frack 18) Tom Carberry 19) Bryant Davis 20) Austin Bishop 21) Bobby Sandt 22) Samantha Lieberman 23) Tommy Carberry 24) Dave Bonner 25) Zack Burd

ERNIE SAXTON COMMUNICATIONS, INC
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Publisher: Motorsports Sponsorship Marketing News
Award winning motorsports journalist
www.saxtonsponsormarket.com
215.752.7797 & 267.934.7286-Esaxton144@aol.com

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NEWS FROM NASCAR SANCTIONED ROGERS FAMILY GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, Bechtelsville, PA
Event Organizer Kenny Rogers-Assistant Event Organizer Tina Rogers
Track phone: 610.754.7688 – www.grandviewspeedway.com
MEDIA CONTACT: Ernie Saxton @ 215.752.7797 or Esaxton144@aol.com or 267.934.7286 (cell)

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GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY OFFERING TWO BIG NIGHTS OF RACING, SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, TOPPED BY $30,000 TO WIN FREEDOM 76 FEATURING A BEVY OF TOP RACING TALENTS

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 15, 2017 . . . The excitement, the action, of the 47th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic In Honor of Bruce Rogers is already started. There are campers in place as they set up their home for the weekend on the Grandview Speedway grounds.

Tonight fans will be entertained with a doubleheader show of Mid Atlantic Sprint Series 305 Sprints and Sportsman stock cars as they get warmed up for the big show, the Freedom 76, on Saturday. Point leader Bill Stief has Tommy Carberry chasing him for the MASS title. Just two points separate the top two with Eddie Wagner, Tim Tanner Jr and Jeff Geiges close behind.

The Sportsman racers will be racing in the Freedom 38’er that pays $1,500 to the winner. Actually only those who survive the qualifying events will get to chase for the $1,500. Most of the track regulars are expected to see action with a number of visitors.

Racing will get the green flag at 7 p.m. with adult admission priced at just $12. Youngsters 6 through 11 pay $5 and kids under 6 are admitted for free. Pit admission, no license required, is $30. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Fans are reminded that advance tickets for the Freedom 76 will be on sale Friday night. Adult tickets are $35 while on Saturday the price is $40. Youngsters 6 through 11 pay $10 and kids under 6 are admitted free. Pit passes are $45 with no license required.

Bright and early on Saturday dozens of Modifieds will be making their way into the pit area to be inspected. Activities start with pit gates open at 9 a.m. Competitors must be registered by 4 p.m. while competitors will draw for starting positions at 4:30 p.m. A drivers meeting is set for 5:15 p.m. with warm-ups at 6 p.m.

Additional drivers, in addition to those already announced, include feature winners Clay Butler, Brian Krummel, Kevin Hirthler and Brett Kressley. Fan favorites entered include Bobby Gunther Walsh, John Willman, Joe “Geezer” Fanelli, Ken Gilmore, Mike Laise, Ron Seltman, Ryan Beltz, Kory Fleming, Nate Christman, Justin Grim, veteran Doug Pannepacker, and other surprise last minute entries representing a variety of area speedways.

Advance ticketholders will be admitted on Saturday at 3 p.m. with ticket windows open at 3:30 p.m. Racing gets the green at 7 p.m. A full slate of qualifying events, the Pioneer Metal Roofing Cash Dash, Schaefer Motorsports Minuteman 20 leading up to the grand finale the $30,000 to win Freedom 76.

Parking and camping is available on the speedway grounds. Some areas, not on the speedway grounds, will have fees.

Check out www.grandviewspeedway.com and link on Freedom 76 for more information.

Grandview Speedway, a one-third-mile, banked clay track, is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. The track office telephone number is 610.754.7688.

ERNIE SAXTON COMMUNICATIONS, INC
Public Relations, Sponsorship Consultant
Publisher: Motorsports Sponsorship Marketing News
Award winning motorsports journalist
www.saxtonsponsormarket.com
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NEWS FROM NASCAR SANCTIONED ROGERS FAMILY GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, Bechtelsville, PA
Event Organizer Kenny Rogers-Assistant Event Organizer Tina Rogers
Track phone: 610.754.7688 – www.grandviewspeedway.com
MEDIA CONTACT: Ernie Saxton @ 215.752.7797 or Esaxton144@aol.com or 267.934.7286 (cell)

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SOMEONE WILL BE $30,000 RICHER WHEN THE 47TH ANNUAL FREEDOM 76 MODIFIED CLASSIC IS FINISHED ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH AT GRANDVIEW; HORTON AND FRIESEN ENTERED

And don’t forget the Sprints and Sportsman racing action on Friday night

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 13, 2017 . . . Most are talking about the $30,000 to win 47th Annual Freedom 76 Classic In Honor of Bruce Rogers featuring many of the top names in dirt track Modified stock car racing at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, September 16th at 7 p.m.

The latest top talents to enter the Classic are Jimmy Horton, recently declared Modified champion at Orange County Speedway, and Stewart Friesen who has been racing in the NASCAR Truck Series along with winning in dirt track Modifieds. Friesen is a past winner of the Freedom 76. 2017 Grandview NASCAR Sportsman champion Brian Hirthler will be moving up to the Modifieds to challenge for the big win.

However there is actually two nights of racing excitement going on as the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series 305 Sprints are featured in doubleheader action on Friday night along with the Freedom 38’er Sportsman race paying $1500 to win.

The hard-charging Sprinters known for their action racing on the one-third-mile, banked clay track and the exciting Sportsman stock cars will get fans warmed up for the great racing action they will see on Saturday night with the Modified stock cars. Rick Stief leads Tommy Carberry by just 2 points in the MASS point standings. And Modified racers planning to be part of the Saturday action are welcome to run some practice laps.

Adult admission for the Friday night show is just $12 with youngsters 6 thru 11 paying $5 and kids under six being admitted free. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with racing starting at 7 p.m.

Fans are reminded that advance tickets for the Saturday Freedom 76 will be on sale Friday for $35 while on race day the tickets will be $40 for adults, $10 for youngsters 6 thru 11 and under 6 are admitted free. Pit passes on Saturday will run $45 and no license is required.

The 47th Annual Freedom 76 will include a full series of qualifying heat races. Pioneer Metal Roofing is sponsoring the $1000 to win Cash Dash. The Schafer Racing Minuteman 20, offering the last opportunities to make the starting field for the Freedom 76, is the final event before the $30,000 to win Classic.

Ticket windows open at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday with advance ticket holders allowed to enter at 3 p.m.

Full details on parking, camping, tickets, etc. can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com click on Freedom 76.

Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown in Bechtelsville, PA. Telephone 610.754.7688 and stay informed on Facebook.

ERNIE SAXTON COMMUNICATIONS, INC
Public Relations, Sponsorship Consultant
Publisher: Motorsports Sponsorship Marketing News
Award winning motorsports journalist
www.saxtonsponsormarket.com
215.752.7797 & 267.934.7286-Esaxton144@aol.com

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