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NEWS FROM THE ROGERS FAMILY OPERATED GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, BECHTELSVILLE, PA
TRACK PHONE: 610.754.7688 or visit www.grandviewspeedway.com
MEDIA CONTACT: Ernie Saxton @ esaxton144@aol.com, 215.752.7797 or 267.934.7286
Race results story created by Vicki Gehris

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MANMILLER, WILSON AND LISOWSKI ADD NAMES TO GROWING FEATURE WINNERS LIST DURING WHELEN ENGINEERING NIGHT AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. July 15, 2018 . . . Every NASCAR feature winner that stood in victory lane on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway in the action sponsored by Whelen Engineering posted their first feature win of the season.

Doug Manmiller worked hard to take home the checkered in the T.P. Trailers 30-lap NASCAR Modified feature. First “The Handler” battled with veteran racer Ray Swinehart for 11 laps before he merged ahead on the 18th lap. Then runner-up Ryan Grim challenged Manmiller many times until the checkered unfurled. The Shoemakersville chauffeur, absent from the winner’s circle since July 15, 2017, couldn’t thank his car owner Lee Miller and the crew enough for sticking by him through the many obstacles they endured throughout the season.

Late Model action saw Steve Wilson prove that the race isn’t over until the final lap. It appeared Sean “Big Sexy” Merkel, who was running away with the race, was on his way to the winner’s circle before the 19th lap caution regrouped the pack. Merkel kept Wilson, shut out of a win since August 25, 2012, behind him on the restart. Three laps to go the tables turned when Wilson dove underneath Merkel for the lead and went on to claim the triumph in the 20-lap NASCAR event.

In the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature, Mike Lisowski chased leader Mark Kemmerer since the 10th lap before he closed the distance enough to pressure him. Lisowski changed to the high groove with five laps to go and was able to overtake him to collect the win, his first since June 17, 2017.

Impressive was the fact that Manmiller and Wilson were the sixth different winners in their respective divisions, while Lisowski was the ninth different winner in his class.

Providing feature winners met the necessary requirements, they received monetary awards from T.P. Trailers and also product certificates from VP Fuels.

Chris Esposito passed Swinehart for the lead on the second lap of the Modified race

A front stretch chain reaction incident that sent Jeff Strunk, Brett Kressley, Kevin Hirthler and Craig Von Dohren scrambling pit side caused a yellow with two laps in. Timmy Buckwalter and Ron Kline were eliminated, but the others rejoined the action in time. Esposito held his own when action continued, but Swinehart gave him no margin to err.

Swinehart was back in command by the fourth circuit followed by Esposito, Brett Gilmore, Manmiller and Clay Butler.

Manmiller took over second on the seventh lap and within no time he was putting his bids in for the lead. Swinehart stuck to the high trek while Manmiller attempted to dive underneath to make his move, but to no avail.

The two veteran campaigners ran side-by-side for several laps without incident while Brett Gilmore, Ryan Grim and Mike Gular were bumper-to-bumper making it a five-car battle for first.

Swinehart had a slight edge on Manmiller on the straight chute, but Manmiller stayed with him.

Manmiller finally succeeded to become the new leader on the 18th lap. The battle behind Manmiller was a fierce one between Swinehart, Grim, Gilmore and Gular with Duane Howard knocking on the door trying to get into a top five spot.

Positions were constantly changing behind Manmiller as the laps wound down, but one spot that remained the same was the one Manmiller was in – the lead. He kept the competition behind him to claim his 27th career win. Finishing second for his season best run was Grim followed by Howard, Brett Gilmore, who posted his best run since switching to the modified division last year and Strunk, who came on strong after coming from the back of the pack after the second lap melee.

Heats were won by Swinehart, Jared Umbenhauer, Von Dohren and B. Gilmore. Justin Grim and Frank Cozze won the consolation races.

At the drop of the green in the Late Model feature it didn’t take polesitter Sean Merkel long to open up daylight while Drew Weisser, Wilson, Cory Merkel and Jordan Knepp diced for positions.

While Merkel outdistanced himself, Wilson and Weisser had their own battle for second while the other Merkel brothers – Kyle and Cory diced for third with Chuck Schutz waiting for a slip-up in hopes to advance.

The field was rejoined when a flat tire brought Chuck Schutz, who at one time was third, to a stop in turn one for the 19th lap caution. After a quick pit stop he returned. S. Merkel held his own on the restart, but Wilson was right there trying to take the lead away.

Lap 22 saw a new leader at the head of the pack since Wilson was now first.

Wilson never surrendered the lead and pulled into victory for his second career win followed by Sean and Kyle Merkel, Weisser and Steve Todorow.

Lex Shive led seven laps of the Sportsman feature before Kemmerer took over the reins.

While Kemmerer showed the way, Lisowski, Shive, Kenny Bock and B.J. Joly diced for second through fifth.

Kemmerer was able to keep Lisowski behind him until five laps to go after several laps of side-by-side action. That’s when the move Lisowski made stuck and he was now first.

Lisowski never faltered and went on to claim his ninth career win. Chasing him across the line were Kemmerer, Grim, Shive and Reimert.

Grim, Brad Arnold and Lisowski were the heat winners.

Hatfield Meats will be sponsoring the Saturday night, July 21st, action at Grandview with the green flag falling at 7:30 p.m. Included in the action will be the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds, Late Models, Sportsman and the added excitement of the Blast from the Past Vintage Racers. Hatfield is a long time sponsor of stock car racing at Grandview and they do get the fans involved with shirt and hot dog tosses handled by their mascot Smiley the Pig.

The Saturday four division card of racing will be another exciting evening of NASCAR stock car racing on the high banks. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m.

At 5 p.m. the Low Down and Dirty Internet Radio Meet & Greet will feature T.[.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified racers Kenny and Brett Gilmore.

The edge of your seat action is priced at just $15 for adults, FREE for youngsters under 12 and there is FREE parking on the speedway grounds. Active military are admitted free with proper ID. Check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com for more info, visit Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.

And the night before, Friday, July 20th, 6 p.m. will see the first Friday night show of Outlaw Enduros (Big and Small cars) and Blast from the Past Vintage Modifieds. Also included will be a Mechanix race, Junkyard Car race, Super Mod 4x4 Trucks and Vintage Midgets. Pit admission is $30 while adults in the spectator area pay just $10.

RACE RESULTS

T.P. Trailers NASCAR Modified Feature (30 Laps): 1. Doug Manmiller, 2. Ryan Grim, 3. Duane Howard, 4. Brett Gilmore, 5. Jeff Strunk, 6. Mike Gular, 7. John Willman, 8. Craig Von Dohren, 9. Ray Swinehart, 10. Clay Butler, 11. Danny Erb, 12. Brett Kressley, 13. Kevin Hirthler, 14. Justin Grim, 15. Frank Cozze, 16. Joe Fanelli, 17. Chris Esposito, 18. Chris Gambler, 19. Eric Biehn, 20. Briggs Danner, 21. Bobby Trapper Jr., 22. Mark Kratz, 23. Jordan Henn, 24. Jared Umbenhauer, 25. Kenny Gilmore, 26. Timmy Buckwalter, 27. Brian Hirthler, 28. Ron Kline. DNQ: Dan Waisempacher, Carroll Hine III, Ron Myers, Ron Seltmann Jr., Skyler Sheriff, Ryan Lilick, Steve Swinehart, Bob Trapper and Bobby Gunther Walsh.

NASCAR Late Model Feature (20 Laps): 1. Steve Wilson, 2. Sean Merkel, 3. Kyle Merkel, 4. Drew Weisser, 5. Steve Todorow, 6. Chuck Schutz, 7. Cory Merkel, 8. Bryon Sipe, 9. Lou Egrie, 10. Jordan Knepp, 11. George Irwin, 12. Todd Ravel, 13. Terry Snyder, 14. Dallas Breidenbach, 15. Wayne Pfeil, 16. Danny Snyder, 17. Patrick Robinson.

NASCAR Sportsman Feature (25 Laps): 1. Mike Lisowski, 2. Mark Kemmerer, 3. Brad Grim, 4. Lex Shive, 5. Louden Reimert, 6. Joe Funk III, 7. Craig Whitmoyer, 8. Kenny Bock, 9. Dylan Swinehart, 10. Brad Brightbill, 11. Brad Arnold, 12. B.J. Joly, 13. Andrew Kreis, 14. Kurt Bettler, 15. Sean Weiss, 16. Jesse Landis, 17. Derrick smith, 18. Andy Clemmer, 19. Jack Butler, 20. Jim Housworth, 21. Kyle Lilick, 22. Mike Mammana, 23. Steve Young, 24. Nicho Flammer.

COMING EVENTS AS OF JULY 15

Friday, July 20 Outlaw Enduro and Blast from the Past Vintage Cars along with Super Mod 4x4 Trucks and Vintage Midgets– 6 p.m.

Saturday, July 21 Hatfield Quality Meats Night - Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Blast from the Past Vintage Cars – 7:30 PM

Saturday, July 28 AD Moyer Lumber Night - Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM

Saturday, August 4 Checkered Flag Fan Club Night - Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM

Saturday, August 11 Pioneer Pole Buildings Forrest Rogers Memorial 50 laps, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM

Saturday, August 18 T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman – (Rain date for Forrest Rogers Memorial)

Thursday, August 23 Thunder On The Hill Series – All Star Sprints and 358 Modifieds (NASCAR points)

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NEWS FROM THE ROGERS FAMILY OPERATED GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, BECHTELSVILLE, PA
TRACK PHONE: 610.754.7688 or visit www.grandviewspeedway.com
MEDIA CONTACT: Ernie Saxton @ esaxton144@aol.com, 215.752.7797 or 267.934.7286
Race results story created by Vicki Gehris

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DANNY SNYDER WINS THIRD FIRECRACKER 40 LATE MODEL RACE, VONDOHREN WINS SECOND MOD FEATURE OF 2018 AND ARNOLD IS TOPS IN SPORTSMAN AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. July 8, 2018 . . . Craig Von Dohren collected his second T.P. Trailers 30-lap NASCAR Modified feature victory of the season by holding off the hard-charging run of Mike Gular, the current Mod point leader, who was closing in during the final stages through the aid of the lapped cars. The Saturday night win didn’t come easy for Von Dohren, the ten-time and defending champion since twice he went through the middle of lapped traffic. He commented in victory lane that he knew they were racing for positions on the track that was getting slick for them as well as the others in the final event of the night. Von Dohren also thanked his crew and many sponsors who he realizes he wouldn’t be where he is without them.

Danny Snyder won his third Firecracker 40-lap Late Model NASCAR feature with defending point champion Chuck Schutz right behind. Snyder, the current point leader won the event back-to-back in 2012 and 2013.

In the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature Brad Arnold, who was a spectator last week when mechanical problems sidelined him from the feature, finally had Lady Luck on his side and claimed his second feature victory of the year.

Events were broadcast by RCN-TV, Allentown and providing feature winners met the necessary requirements, they received monetary awards from T.P. Trailers and also product certificates from VP Fuels. They also were the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie award winners.

Modified action saw Eric Biehn overtake Chris Gambler for the lead on the second lap to become the new pacesetter.

While Biehn showed the way around the 1/3-mile oval, Gambler and Ryan Grim put on quite a dual for second with Jared Umbenhauer, Ray Swinehart and Von Dohren in pursuit.

Once Grim moved into second and erased the margin Biehn built up, he ran the bottom lane in an attempt to pass Biehn, who chose the high lane to keep the lead.

Ron Kline stopped in the second turn to bring out the only race caution on the ninth lap. It was still Biehn first on the restart, but by this time, 12th-place starter Von Dohren was in the challenging position.

The 13th lap was a lucky one for Von Dohren when he motored his self-owned, Nick Gatto powered No. 1C into the number one spot.

Umbenhauer advanced to second on the 16th circuit and took chase after Von Dohren who had somewhat of a slight margin built up.

By the 20th lap, the front runners that consisted of Von Dohren, Umbenhauer, Gular, Biehn and Duane Howard encountered lapped traffic that were also racing for positions, but it hampered the progression of the frontrunners also.

Two times Von Dohren had some narrow misses with the slower traffic when he went through the middle, but managed to get through.

With five laps to go Gular cleared Umbenhauer and was off after Von Dohren hoping to grab the lead.

Von Dohren never gave up and went on to score his 104th career Saturday night career win trailed by Gular, Umbenhauer, Howard and Jeff Strunk, who both came on strong in the end.

Brett Gilmore, Ray Swinehart and Timmy Buckwalter were the heat winners.

Invader Sean Merkel, winner of the Late Model Firecracker 40 in 2015, wasted no time taking the early lead away from polesitter and opening night winner Snyder at the start of the event.

Merkel ran the high line and Snyder made several efforts to dive underneath him, but each attempt failed.

The lead changed the eighth time around when Snyder put the KAM Fuels No. 44 into first.

Behind Snyder the battle for positions was hot and heavy between Merkel, Schutz, Brian Shuey, making a rare appearance and Wayne Pfeil.

Merkel and Schutz diced for second many laps until Schutz got by and set sail after Snyder.

Mechanical problems continued to hinder Bryon Sipe who battled with Kyle Merkel for the sixth spot many laps until a broken axle and flat tire slowed his pace bringing out the yellow with 23 laps completed. Snyder was still first when action resumed with Schutz challenging, but Snyder kept him behind.

It seemed Schutz would gain ground on Snyder, but that quick he lost it.

Snyder kept all the competition behind him and went on to claim his 10th Grandview career win followed by Schutz, Pfeil, Merkel and Shuey.

Arnold, who chalked up his first 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman of the season May 5, 2018, finally had a change of luck when he pulled into the winner’s circle for the second time by a comfortable margin over runner-up Louden Reimert.

Kurt Bettler was the early leader after two tries to complete a lap, but the second time around Arnold put the No. 830 into tat the head of the pack.

Within no time Arnold had a sizeable lead while Kenny Bock, Bettler, Kyle Lilick and Reimert jockeyed for the remaining spots. Trying to break into the top five was Brad Brightbill.

Cale Ross spun in the fourth turn to regroup the pack on the 15th lap. Arnold maintained his pace on the restart, but four laps later Reimert put his bids in for first.

Nothing hampered Arnold for a change and he kept everyone behind him to chalk up his fourth career win. Chasing Arnold across the line were Reimert, Brightbill, Lilick and Mike Lisowski.

Heats were won by Andrew Kreis, Nathan Mohr and Arnold.

Coming up on Saturday, July 14th, 7:30 p.m. another exciting evening of NASCAR stock car racing on the high banks. Included in the Whelen Engineering sponsored tripleheader show will be the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Late Models. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m.

The edge of your seat action is priced at just $15 for adults, FREE for youngsters under 12 and there is FREE parking on the speedway grounds. Check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com for more info, visit Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.

Friday, July 20th, 6 p.m. is the first Friday night show of Outlaw Enduros and Blast from the Past Vintage Modifieds. Also included will be Super Mod 4x4 Trucks and Vintage Midgets. Pit admission is $30 while adults in the spectator area pay just $10.

RACE RESULTS

T.P. Trailers NASCAR Modified Feature (30 Laps): 1. Craig Von Dohren, 2. Mike Gular, 3. Jared Umbenhauer, 4. Duane Howard, 5. Jeff Strunk, 6. Frank Cozze, 7. Brett Kressley, 8. Eric Biehn, 9. Ryan Grim, 10. Kevin Hirthler, 11. Timmy Buckwalter, 12. Brett Gilmore, 13. Chris Gambler, 14. Kenny Gilmore, 15. Justin Grim, 16. Steve Swinehart, 17. Chris Esposito, 18. Dan Waisempacher, 19. Bobby Gunther Walsh, 20. Bobby Trapper Jr., 21. Mark Kratz, 22. Rick Laubach, 23. Ron Myers, 24. Clay Butler, 25. Ray Swinehart, 26. Ron Kline, 27. John Willman, 28. Danny Erb.
DNS: Doug Manmiller.
DNQ: Bobby Trapper, Ryan Lilick, Ron Seltmann Jr. and Joe Fanelli,

NASCAR Late Model Feature (20 Laps): 1. Danny Snyder, 2. Chuck Schutz, 3. Wayne .Pfeil, 4. Sean Merkel, 5. Brian Shuey, 6. Kyle Merkel, 7. Cory Merkel, 8. Steve Todorow, 9. Lou Egrie. 10. Drew Weisser, 11. Jordan Knepp, 12. Dallas Breidenbach, 13. Bryon Sipe, 14. Steve Wilson, 15. Dirk Rimrott, 16. Patrick Robinson, 17. Dawn Horning, 18. Todd Ravel, 19. George Irwin, 20. Dave Ogin, 21. Terry Snyder.

NASCAR Sportsman Feature (25 Laps): 1. Brad Arnold, 2. Louden Reimert, 3. Brad Brightbill, 4. Kyle Lilick, 5. Mike Lisowski, 6. Kurt Bettler, 7. Brian Hirthler, 8. Dylan Swinehart, 9. Brad Grim, 10. Jack Butler, 11. Kenny Bock, 12. Jesse Landis, 13. Derrick Smith, 14. BJ Joly, 15. Andrew Kreis, 16. Cale Ross, 17. Ryan Beltz, 18. Nicho Flammer, 19. Mike Mammana, 20. Craig Whitmoyer, 21. Jim Housworth, 22. Nathan Mohr, 23. Steve Young, 24. Mark Kemmerer.
DNS: Mike Koffel.

COMING EVENTS AS OF JULY 8

Saturday, July 14 Whelen Engineering Night - Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM

Friday, July 20 Outlaw Enduro and Blast from the Past Vintage Cars along with Super Mod 4x4 Trucks and Vintage Midgets– 6 p.m.

Saturday, July 21 Hatfield Quality Meats Night - Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Blast from the Past Vintage Cars – 7:30 PM

Saturday, July 28 AD Moyer Lumber Night - Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM

Saturday, August 4 Checkered Flag Fan Club Night - Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM

Saturday, August 11 Pioneer Pole Buildings Forrest Rogers Memorial 50 laps, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM

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THUNDER ON THE HILL NEWS

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JULY 7, 2018
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER SERIES CONTINUES ON LEVAN MACHINE & TRUCK EQUIPMENT NIGHT AS. . . . . .

ARCTIC CAT ALL STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS & NASCAR 358 MODIFIEDS INVADE “THE Hill” AT GRANDVIEW THURSDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 23

The fourth Annual Thunder Cup Championship for sprint cars will return to Grandview Speedway on Thursday night, August 23rd in an event sanctioned by the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions. This will mark the 131st race of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series and is presented by Levan Machine & Truck Equipment.

Previous Thunder Cup winners include Greg Hodnett (2015), Danny Dietrich (2016) and Dale Blaney (2017). All three drivers are expected to be in the field to chase the $5,000 to win 35 lap feature along with many others who complete on the All Star Circuit of Champions tour. The 358 NASCAR Modifieds will be on the race card as well. After a series of qualifying events, the modifieds will duke it out in a 30 lap $3,000 to win feature event.

On Thursday night, August 23, gates will open at 5 PM with race time set for 7:30 PM. Adult admission prices are $30, children 6-11 $10 and kids 5 and under will be admitted for free. The pit fee is $35 and a license is not required.

For advance tickets, please call 443-513-4456, clearly speak your first and last name and tell us the number of tickets you would like. You may pick-up an pay for your tickets on race night (Thursday, August 23) after 4 PM at the Will Call Window. All advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM, one half hour prior to general admission tickets going on sale. Advance tickets may be ordered daily until 9 AM on race day. On race day, tickets go on sale at 5 PM.

Thunder on the Hill welcomes the return of Levan Machine & Truck Equipment back to Grandview as they are the event sponsor for Thursday, August 23. Levan Machine & Truck Equipment is a full-service machine and truck shop as well as a custom fabrication shop. They are located just outside of Reading, PA. Check out their full line of truck and trailer equipment including snowplows and salt spreaders. Or, to learn about our capabilities including CNC machining, complete driveline service, MIG, TIG and stick welding check out their website at www.levanmachine.com

Fans may camp out at the Speedway for the ultimate Thunder on the Hill experience. 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.

For more information on Grandview Speedway visit www.GrandviewSpeedway.com and for more information on NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series visit www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com

2018 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Race Dates

Thursday, August 23 7:30 PM 4th Annual Thunder Cup All Star 410 Sprints & 358 Modifieds* (NASCAR point race)

Saturday, October 13 6 PM 21st Annual Traffic Jam for Modifieds 40 laps $5,000 to win Mods at the MADHOUSE Halloween Party

Big Block/358 Modifieds, Sportsman, MASS Sprints

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

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 racewear 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. For more information visit: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com

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NEWS FROM THE ROGERS FAMILY OPERATED GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, BECHTELSVILLE, PA
TRACK PHONE: 610.754.7688 or visit www.grandviewspeedway.com
MEDIA CONTACT: Ernie Saxton @ esaxton144@aol.com, 215.752.7797 or 267.934.7286

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FIRECRACKER 40 FOR NASCAR LATE MODELS HEADLINES TRIPLEHEADER RACING ACTION AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA July 6, 2018 . . . The biggest event of the season is here for the NASCAR Late Model stock cars at Grandview Speedway on Saturday when the annual Firecracker 40 takes place.

The format for the Late Model portion of the tripleheader night of racing excitement will have racers run practice hot laps, timed hot laps and the fastest eight will redraw for the 40-lap feature race. However if the car count is 24 or more then there will be qualifying through eight lap heat races with 24 cars starting the Firecracker 40.

Veteran Danny Snyder is leading the points going into this event. Multi-time champion Chuck Schutz has been having a tough season but is expected to challenge for the win. Kyle Merkel, Lou Egrie, Wayne Pfeil and others will be looking to take home the pot of gold.

Joining the Late Models as part of the Firecracker tripleheader will be the very popular T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds along with the exciting Sportsman racers. The battle for the Modified title is very close with Mike Gular in front of the standings despite no feature wins. Close behind is ten time track titleholder Jeff Strunk who sent fans home after the Tuesday night Thunder Modified race talking to themselves about his 23rd to 1st run in the 30-lap main event. He goes for his third Saturday night win of the season.

Racers taking part in the Low Down & Dirty Meet and Greet at the main entrance starting at 5 p.m. will be Danny Snyder, Kyle Merkel and Wayne Pfeil.

Adult admission for this special night of racing will be $20 while youngsters 6 through 11 pay just $5. Kids under 6 are admitted FREE. Active military, with proper ID, are admitted free. And there is free parking on the speedway grounds.

Information is available at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.

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THUNDER ON THE HILL RACE RESULTS

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JULY 3, 2018
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACE RESULTS

HOT SUMMER NIGHT LANDS KYLE LARSON IN GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY VICTORY LANE, POCKETS $7,000

JEFF STRUNK STUNS THE FIELD WINNING MODIFIED MAIN FROM 23RD PLACE STARTING SPOT

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (July 3, 2018) – It was an Independence Day celebration of speed as a capacity crowd witnessed the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series action at the Grandview Speedway will star filled field of local and national driving stars. NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson invaded to claim the Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Car Speedweek victory – round five of the 10-race stretch, while Jeff Strunk picked up the win in the NASCAR 358 Modified main event. The event was presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings as Larson collected $7,000 for his win and Strunk earned an attractive $3,000 first place prize in the modified feature.

“Such an awesome crowd tonight,” Larson said in Victory Lane celebrations. “It seemed like a pretty exciting race, at least from my seat, every time I went to the top I’d see Greg Hodnett pull to my inside.”

A blind re-draw put James McFadden and Greg Hodnett on the front row of the 35 lap main event. Hodnett – a 9-time Thunder on the Hill winner – quickly jumped to the lead. Larson, who started in the fourth position, moved into contention on the third circuit.

With a 24-car starting field on the one-third-mile, lapped traffic became a factor on the sixth lap, with Larson taking the low-groove and Hodnett taking the high-side to split a lapped car. Larson powered around the bottom claiming the top spot.

The race’s first caution flew on lap 9, while circling the track under yellow James McFadden – running in the third position – pulled pitside to change a right rear flat tire.

Larson took command on the restart with Hodnett giving chase, the two diced high-and-low ticking off laps one-by-one, with Larson riding right up against the outside wall.

“It was such a fine line running right up that high, there’s such a risk of getting into the wall. I was a little nervous,” Larson offered.

With Larson running an extreme outside groove, Hodnett peeked to the inside of Larson’s No. 57 machine – before the two swapped lanes with Larson moving to the bottom and Hodnett on the top.

Then came Christopher Bell.

The 23-year-old Sprint Car ace turned NASCAR driver, used momentum and lapped traffic to close on the leaders forming a three-car fight for the win – but ultimately Bell’s night would end drastically bunching up the field with a right rear flat and collecting Trey Starks.

Larson outgunned Hodnett on the Lap 32 restart leading the final three circuits and collecting a $7,000 payday and his second consecutive NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Series Speedweek victory.

Hodnett would finish in second position, followed by a pair of NASCAR Cup Series superstars Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart in third and fourth respectively. Danny Dietrich finished in fifth moving from a 12th place starting position.

From a 23rd starting position, Jeff Strunk led the Glenn Hyneman-owned No. 126 to a $3,000 NASCAR 358 Modified payday.

Ryan Watt jumped to the early lead from his front row starting position followed closely by Jared Umbenhaue.. A lap 3 yellow flag slowed the field for the first time.

On the restart, Watt continued on in the top spot with Umbenhauer in second and Craig VonDohren moving into the third position.

The top-three competitors battled side-by-side for the lead, with Umbenhauer slipping past Watt on multiple occasions but unable to hold the top spot.

Lap-by-lap Watt maintained a command on the field with Umbenhauer and VonDohren forming a three car chase for the checkered.

A lap 21 restart offered Strunk an opportunity to pounce, first on VonDohren and then on Umbenhauer one lap later.

Strunk raced outside Watt’s No. 14W on the 23rd lap and finally completed the pass after multiple attempts. Strunk would go on to claim his 13th NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series win and his first since 2015.

Watt settled for second place, Craig VonDohren finished in third, Jared Umbenahuer in fourth, and Doug Manmiller in the fifth position.

Thunder Notes

31 410 Sprint Cars and 27 Modifieds were signed in for competition.

Anthony Macri set the 410 Sprint Car Quick Time with a lap of 12.553. Macri set the time on his first circuit around the Speedway, before flipping during his second lap. Macri would go on to get the car repaired for the first heat race.

This marked Kyle Larson’s third Grandview Speedway appearance. Larson finished in 3rd at the 2012 Speedweek event that Greg Hodnett won and was the defending race winner after a 2017 victory. Larson was joined in victory lane by his son, Owen.

Former NASCAR Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart was the first 410 Sprint Car to take Time Trials. Stewart clocked in at 7th on the speed charts with a 12.751

Sprint Car Heat Races were won by Aaron Reutzel, Trey Starks, Tony Stewart, and Kasey Kahne

Modified Heat Races were won by Brian Papiez, Ron Kline, and Ryan Watt.

The Ben Moyer Memorial Hard Charger award was presented to Danny Dietrich collecting a $750 payday. NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Officials matched the $750 payoff and awarded it to Brandon Rahmer for gaining the most spots in the A-main event.

Jeff Strunk maintains his position as the winningest driver in NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Modified history scoring his 13th Modified feature event win.

410 Sprint Cars

Time Trials -- 1. Anthony Macri - 12.553 2. Greg Hodnett - 12.567 3. Kyle Larson - 12.674 4. James McFadden - 12.727 5. Aaron Reutzel - 12.741 6. Trey Starks - 12.746 7. Tony Stewart - 12.751 8. Kasey Kahne - 12.813 9. Parker Price Miller - 12.893 10. Christopher Bell - 13.002 11. Rico Abreu - 13.044 12. Tyler Reeser - 13.093 13. Ryan Smith - 13.115 14. Lucas Wolfe - 13.189 15. Freddie Rahmer - 13.283 16. Danny Dietrich - 13.313 17. Alan Krimes - 13.345 18. Steve Buckwalter - 13.352 19. Gerard McIntyre III - 13.354 20. Tyler Ross - 13.464 21. Jared Esh - 13.534 22. Brock Zearfoss - 13.573 23. JJ Grasso - 13.578 24. Kyle Moody - 13.582 25. Ryan Taylor - 13.623 26. Brandon Rahmer - 13.642 27. Jessie Attard - 13.722 28. Mitchell Wormell - 13.726 29. Joe Kata III - 13.789 30. Brett Michalski - 14.119 31. Troy Fraker - 15.07

Heat 1 – 1. Aaron Reutzel 2. Parker Price-Miller 3. Ryan Smith 4. Anthony Macri 5. Alan Krimes

Heat 2 – 1. Trey Starks 2. Christopher Bell 3. Lucas Wolfe 4. Greg Hodnett 5. Steve Buckwalter

Heat 3 – 1. Tony Stewart 2. Freddie Rahmer 3. Kyle Larson 4. Rico Abreu 5. JJ Grasso

Heat 4 – 1. Kasey Kahne 2. Danny Dietrich 3. James McFadden 4. Kyle Moody 5. Tyler Ross

B-Main – 1. Tyler Reeser 2. Ryan Taylor 3. Brandon Rahmer 4. Gerard McIntyre 5. Jesse Attard 6. Brock Zearfoss 7. Jared Esh 8. Mitchell Wormall 9. Joe Kata III 10. Brett Michalski 11. Troy Fraker

A-Main – 1. Kyle Larson 2. Greg Hodnett 3. Kasey Kahne 4. Tony Stewart 5. Danny Dietrich 6. Ryan Smith 7. Parker Price-Miller 8. Freddie Rahmer 9. Anthony Macri 10. Lucas Wolfe 11. Rico Abreu 12. Kyle Moody 13. Alan Krimes 14. Brandon Rahmer 15. Ryan Taylor 16. Tyler Ross 17. Christopher Bell 18. Trey Starks 19. Gerard McIntyre 20. James McFadden 21. JJ Grasso 22. Tyler Reeser 23. Aaron Reutzel 24. Steve Buckwalter

358 Modifieds

Heat 1 – 1. Brian Papiez 2. Brett Kressley 3. Timmy Buckwalter 4. Danny Erb 5. Ryan Grim 6. Jordan Henn

Heat 2 – 1. Ron Kline 2. Mike Lisowski 3. Brian Hirthler 4. Billy Pauch 5. Louden Reimert 6. Kyle Weiss

Heat 3 – 1. Ryan Watt 2. Jared Umbenhauer 3. Craig VonDohren 4. Doug Manmiller 5. Ryan Beltz 6. Ray Swinehart

Feature – 1. Jeff Strunk 2. Ryan Watt 3. Craig VonDohren 4. Jared Umbenhauer 5. Doug Manmiller 6. Timmy Buckwalter 7. Ron Kline 8. Brian Hirthler 9. Danny Erb 10. Mike Lisowski 11. Steve Swinehart 12. Billy Pauch, Jr. 13. Kyle Weiss 14. Ray Swinehart 15. Loudon Reimert 16. Kory Flemming 17. Ryan Grim 18. Jordan Henn 19. Ryan Beltz 20. Brian Papiez 21. Don Norris, Jr. 22. Justin Grim 23. Mark Kratz 24. Brett Kressley 25. Kenny Gilmore

DNS: Chris Esposito, Meme DeSantis

Jul
02

CAN KYLE LARSON DEFEND HIS RACE WIN?

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JULY 2, 2018
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES CONTINUES. . .

410 SPRINT CARS ROLL INTO GRANDVIEW ON TUESDAY, JULY 3; CAN KYLE LARSON DEFEND HIS RACE WIN?

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (July 2, 2018) – The stage is set, the biggest ten days in Pennsylvania Sprint Car racing is in full swing and a stop at the ‘The hill in Bechtelsville,’ is on the agenda for the 410 Sprint Car racers, known as the Pennsylvania Posse.

NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series brings Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings to Grandview Speedway on Tuesday, July 3 – a prelude to a huge holiday celebration. The 410 Sprints and 358 NASCAR Modifieds make up this huge Doubleheader that gets underway at 7:30 PM

After the first three races, 22-year-old, Trey Starks sits at the top of the Speedweek series standings -- after scoring the opening night victory at the Williams Grove Speedway – holding the lead over Brock Zearfoss, Freddie Rahmer, Greg Hodnett, and Lucas Wolfe.

Invaders like NASCAR Cup driver Kyle Larson – the winner of last year’s Grandview Speedway Speedweek event – and Christopher Bell are well known for their Sprint Car prowess and plan to knock down the Posse regulars. Christopher Bell will be driving the Kevin Swindell sprint car.

You can’t count out 410 favorites like Ryan Smith and Danny Dietrich, who are heading to Berks County in full force searching for a NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series checkered flag.

The Sprint Cars will compete in a 35-lap event with $7,000 winner’s share and will be joined by the NASCAR 358 Modifieds – Grandview’s mainstay weekly division for a 30-lap, $3,000-to-win double main event. Modified drivers Craig VonDohren, Jeff Strunk, Brett Kressley, Ryan Watt and Billy Pauch Jr., have indicated their intentions to compete on Tuesday evening.

As a bonus for the evening, the Low Down and Dirty Radio Show in partnership with the Beerhill Gang have created a 410 Sprint Car Hard Charger bonus, named after friend and fan of Grandview Speedway Ben Moyer. The Ben Moyer, Hard Charger award, will be presented to the 410 Sprint Car driver advancing the most positions in Tuesday Night’s A-Main. Race fan donations raised money for the prize.

If you would like to donate, representatives from the Low Down and Dirty Radio Show will be taking donations at the Meet and Greet before the event.

Advance tickets are on sale now and may be ordered by calling 443-513-4456. Please provide your name and the number of tickets requested. Tickets may be picked up and paid for on race night after 4:00 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM, one-half hour before the sale of General Admission tickets. Advance tickets will be available until 9 AM on race day. General Admission tickets go on sale at 5 PM.

Time Trials for the 410 Sprint Cars will open the show on Tuesday, July 3 at 7:30 PM. The pit gates will open at 2:30 PM and the Grandstands will open at 5:00 PM. Fans can up-close to the drivers and their mighty machines with the Low Down and Dirty Meet and Greet kicking off at 5:00 PM.

General Admission Adult tickets are $28, Children ages 6-11 are $10, and Under 6 is Free of charge! Pit admission is $35, and no license is required.

Fans may camp out at the Speedway for the ultimate Speed Week experience. 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.

For more information on Grandview Speedway visit www.GrandviewSpeedway.com and for more information on NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series visit www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com

2018 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Race Dates

Tuesday, July 3 Thunder on the Hill Racing Series 7:30 PM 24th Annual 410 Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week Series Plus 358 Modifieds*

Thursday, August 23 Thunder on the Hill Racing Series 7:30 PM All Star 410 Sprints & 358 Modifieds*

Saturday, October 13 Thunder on the Hill Racing Series 6 PM Mods at the MADHOUSE Halloween Party: Big Block/358 Modifieds, Sportsman, MASS Sprints

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

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 racewear 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. For more information visit: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com

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