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NEWS FROM ROGERS FAMILY GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, Bechtelsville, PA

Presenting Saturday night NASCAR stock car racing plus a variety of special events. 2019 marks their 57th consecutive season of stock car racing.

Track office: 610.754.7688 - Public relations and marketing: Ernie Saxton @ 215.752.7797: Email: Esaxton144@aol.com – Cell phone: 267.934.7286

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DUANE HOWARD, FIRST TIME WINNER BRANDON EDGAR AND TIM TANNER, JR ARE FEATURE WINNERS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SATURDAY NIGHT

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. APRIL 28, 2019 – The air was brisk and cool on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway, but racing action was hot and heavy for the NASCAR Modifieds and Sportsman along with the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series racers on the 1/3-mile banked-clay oval.

Five-time track Modified point champion Duane Howard put the Norm Hansell-owned No. 357 at the head of the pack on the 23rd lap of the 30-lap TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified feature and went on to capture his 73rd Saturday night career win and first of the season.

In the TP Truck Equipment 25-lap Sportsman NASCAR feature, Brandon Edgar claimed his first ever victory in the division.

The MASS feature originally scheduled to go the distance of 25-laps was cut down to 15-laps by the Sprint officials due to the excessive amount of red flag periods. In the end it was Tim Tanner Jr. taking home the win.

Close to 100 racers took part in the Saturday night events.

Rookie racer Richie Hitzler put the Joe “Geezer” Fanelli-owned No. 22 into the early lead before the red was thrown for a multi-car accident along the homestretch extending to the first turn. Cars in the front of the pack got crossed up sending the cars behind then every direction to avoid contact but was unavoidable. Frank Cozze and Brett Kressley rolled their cars as a result. Cozze made a quick pit stop and returned, but Kressley’s car sustained severe damage and he was through for the night. Also eliminated were Mike Lisowski, Frank Yankowski, Jeff Strunk and Doug Manmiller. All drivers were uninjured. When racing went back to green flag action Jordan Henn grabbed first trailed by rookie racers Louden Reimert, Alex Yankowski and Hitzler along with Tim Buckwalter.

By the 14th lap a blanket could have been thrown over the top four that now consisted of Henn, Yankowski, Reimert and Howard while Buckwalter tried to reel them in.

After a side-by-side battle brewed between Henn and Yankowski, on the 18th circuit Yankowski emerged as the new pacesetter with Howard overtaking second at the same time.

Yankowski ran the high line while Howard stuck to the inside groove trying to duck under him for the top spot.

This back and forth duel continued for five laps before Howard gained control of the lead.

Once Howard took over first he never looked back until he motored into victory lane for the win. Following Howard across the line were Yankowski, Reimert, Henn and Rick Laubach. Buckwalter, Craig Whitmoyer, Craig Von Dohren, Kyle Weiss and Hitzler completed the top ten.

The four 12-lap heat winners were Jared Umbenhauer, Henn, Kressley and Howard. Laubach and Ryan Lilick won the consies. 44 Modifieds took part in the division action.

Derrick Smith set the pace for one lap in the Sportsman feature before rookie Parker Guldin, who was a spectator for the feature last week after mechanical issues sidelined prior to the start of the feature, overtook first on the second circuit.

Guldin showed the way until Edgar charged into first on the fifth lap.

The yellow came out on the sixth lap when Smith and Jack Butler made contact on the backstretch. Edgar held his own when racing resumed, but now Beltz held down second putting his bids in for the lead.

Despite minor incidents that brought out the yellow, once Edgar had the lead he never relinquished the top spot and continued until he pulled into victory lane being chased by Beltz, Brad Grim, Brad Arnold and Brad Brightbill, last week’s feature winner. Rounding out the top ten were Mark Kemmerer, Brian Hirthler, Kenny Bock, Kyle Lilick and Guldin who received an extra $100 for being the first crate engine to cross the line.

Heats were won by Edgar, Beltz and Brightbill. All cars qualified in the consi so the win was credited to Darren Cox.

Providing they met the necessary requirements, the Modified and Sportsman feature winner got monetary awards from TP Trailers and a certificate from VP Fuels for product awards. Henn and Edgar got the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie awards.

Before the first lap could be recorded in the Sprint feature the red was out for a major accident along the homestretch. All drivers were okay. Joe Kay was the leader after things were cleared.

Just after Tanner Jr. took the lead on the third lap the red was thrown again for another multi-car incident. It was still Tanner Jr. ahead on the restart followed by Kay, Keith Prutzman, Larry McVay and Logan Diehl.

The next red was when McVay, running third at the time, ended up in the catch fence between the third and fourth turn. After that incident, the race was shortened to 15 laps. Tanner Jr. remained the leader with Diehl second.

Tanner Jr. never relinquished first to cop the win in the event trailed by John Haegele, Dave Brown and Kay.

Kay, Tanner Jr. and Mark Bitner won the heats.

Another tripleheader show of stock car racing will be the attraction on Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. (Please note new starting time). Featured will be the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman along with the Blast from the Past Vintage Racers. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. with racing at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission is just $15 while youngsters under 12 are admitted FREE. Pit admission is $30.

RACE RESULTS

T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Duane Howard, 2. Alex Yankowski, 3. Louden Reimert, 4. Jordan Henn, 5. Rick Laubach, 6. Tim Buckwalter, 7. Craig Whitmoyer, 8. Craig Von Dohren, 9. Kyle Weiss, 10. Rich Hitzler, 11. Jared Umbenhauer, 12. Ron Kline, 13. Kevin Hirthler, 4. Ryan Grim, 15. Danny Erb, 16. Frank Cozze. DNF 17. Ryan Lilick, 18 Kenny Gilmore, 19. Kory Fleming, 20. Justin Grim, 21. Ray Swinehart, 22. Clay Butler, 23. Brett Gilmore, 24. Mike Lisowski, 25. Frank Yankowski, 26. Jeff Strunk, 27. Brett Kressley, 28. Doug Manmiller. DNQ: Ron Myers, Steve Wilson, Bobby Gunther-Walsh, Steve Swinehart, Joe Funk III, Bobby Trapper Jr., Mark Kratz, Dylan Swinehart, Mike Laise, Dan Waisempacher, John Willman, Glenn Owens, Colt Harris, Ron Seltmann Jr., Briggs Danner and Eric Biehn.

T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Brandon Edgar, 2. Ryan Beltz, 3. Brad Grim, 4. Brad Arnold, 5. Brad Brightbill, 6. Mark Kemmerer, 7. Brian Hirthler, 8. Kenny Bock, 9. Kyle Lilick, 10. Parker Guldin, 11. Lex Shive, 12. Jack Butler, 13. Andrew Kries, 14. Mike Mammana, 15. Aaron Bowes, 16. Kyle Smith, 17. Nathan Mohr, 18. Jesse Landis, 19. Ray Cost. DNF: 20. Sean Weiss, 21. Darren Cox, 22. Dean Bachman, 23. Derrick Smith, 24. BJ Joly, 25. Scott Kohler. DNQ: Josh Adams, Andy Clemmer, Tom Miller.

MASS Sprint Feature (15-laps): 1. Tim Tanner Jr., 2. Logan Diehl, 3. John Haegele, 4. Dave Brown, 5. Joe Kay, 6. Keith Prutzman, 7. Rick Dieva, 8. Eddie Wagner, 9. Chris Moll. DNF: 10. Marie McVay, 11. Dave Grube, 12. Glenn Hisko, 13. Austin Gravy, 14. Larry McVay, 15. Mark Bitner, 16. Jake Gamola, 17. Kevin Darling, 18. Tom Carberry, 19. Scott Frack, 20. Alex Bright, 21. Rick Stief, 22. Dominic Melair, 23. Chuckles Stone

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NEWS FROM ROGERS FAMILY GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, Bechtelsville, PA

Presenting Saturday night NASCAR stock car racing plus a variety of special events. 2019 marks their 57th consecutive season of stock car racing.

Track office: 610.754.7688 - Public relations and marketing: Ernie Saxton @ 215.752.7797: Email: Esaxton144@aol.com – Cell phone: 267.934.7286

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SPRINTS, MODIFIEDS AND SPORTSMAN MAKE UP TRIPLEHEADER SHOW AT GRANDVIEW APRIL 27

STARTING TIME FOR SATURDAY NIGHT RACING CHANGES ON MAY 4

BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 21, 2019 . . . Sprint cars will be in action for the first time this season when the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, featuring 305 Sprint racers, is part of a big tripleheader show of auto racing at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, April 27th, that will also include T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman. Racing gets the green flag at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Expected to see action in the Sprint car action are such popular racers as recent feature winner Bryant Davis, Rick Stief, Tim Tanner, Tom Carberry, Jeff Geiges and a host of others.

Each division of racing will include a full series of qualifying events leading up to the feature races.

Adult admission is $18 while youngsters under the age of 12 are admitted free.

Fans arriving early will have the opportunity to see a number of race cars up close and talk with a few of the racing talents as part of Low Down And Dirty Meet & Greet near the main grandstand entrance starting at 4:30 p.m. This Saturday Richie Hitzler will represent the Modifieds and Kyle Smith will be there for the Sportsman. The MASS Sprints are also expected to be represented.

The Blast from the Past Vintage Racers return to Saturday night racing on May 4th as part of a tripleheader that will also feature the NASCAR 358 Modifieds and Sportsman stock cars. Starting time will move to 7:30 p.m.

NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway is a one-third-mile, banked clay track, located at 43 Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone the track office at 610.754.7688.

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NEWS FROM ROGERS FAMILY GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, Bechtelsville, PA

Presenting Saturday night NASCAR stock car racing plus a variety of special events. 2019 marks their 57th consecutive season of stock car racing.

Track office: 610.754.7688 - Public relations and marketing: Ernie Saxton @ 215.752.7797: Email: Esaxton144@aol.com – Cell phone: 267.934.7286

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PAST CHAMPION CRAIG VON DOHREN AND VETERAN BRAD BRIGHTBILL WIN NASCAR FEATURES AT GRANDVIEW SATURDAY

BRETT PETERS WINS MODIFIED DIVISION WHILE CURT NEIMAN TOPS IN SMALL CAR VINTAGE RACING

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. April 21, 2019 . . . Even though the 57th season just started at Grandview Speedway, Craig Von Dohren and Brad Brightbill struggled in their respective divisions at the onset of the new campaign.

Saturday night at the 1/3-mile Berks Co. clay oval, crew chief Josh Bashore had Von Dohren’s car dialed in on the slippery surface as a result of heavy rains. The track crew is to be complimented on getting the track race ready after the downpours throughout Friday night and Saturday morning and late afternoon.

Von Dohren took advantage of the situation when race leader Tim Buckwalter went too high coming off turn three on the 15th lap to put the K.L. Harring Transportation/Nick Gatto powered No. 1C in the lead. He outdistanced himself from the others and went on to chalk up his first win of the year in the TP Trailers 358 NASCAR Modified feature.

The TP Trailers Truck Equipment 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature saw Brightbill overtake Ryan Beltz on the eighth lap to go on to score his first win of the year ending his four-year winless drought. His last win came on August 22, 2015.

Von Dohren and Brightbill both earned extra monetary awards from T.P. Trailers, product awards from VP Fuels providing they met the requirements and the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie awards.

Brett Peters and Curt Neiman were the winners in the 20-lap Blast From The Past feature. Peters won the modified class while Neiman took the small car feature win.

Modified action saw polesitter Buckwalter spring into the early lead and within no time he was gaining ground over the competition being chased by Clay Butler, John Willman and rookie racers Joe Funk III and Dylan Swinehart.

Lap 13 was an unlucky one for rookie racer Louden Reimert when he was sidelined with a right rear flat tire bringing out the caution. It was still Buckwalter in control, but now Butler, Von Dohren, Kevin Hirthler and Funk III composed the top five.

Buckwalter got into the loose marbles and before he could get the Saxton Motorsports mount composed Von Dohren and Willman got past him for first and second.

Once Von Dohren was in the lead it didn’t take him long to pull away trailed by Willman, Buckwalter, Hirthler and Butler.

The field never closed in on Von Dohren since no more cautions were needed and he pulled into victory lane for his 106th Saturday night career win. The biggest disappointment had to be for Willman. After taking the white flag he pulled into the infield on the backstretch out of competition. Hirthler went on to finish second followed by Buckwalter, Rick Laubach and last week’s feature winner Brett Kressley. Sixth through tenth were Butler, Frank Cozze, D. Swinehart, Briggs Danner and Jeff Strunk.

Heats were won by Buckwalter, Butler, Ray Swinehart and D. Swinehart. Bobby Trapper Jr. and Kyle Weiss were the consi winners.

Beltz took the early lead from the pole in the Sportsman feature followed by Nathan Mohr, Brightbill, Kenny Bock and Andy Clemmer.

Brightbill motored into second on the second circuit to pressure Beltz for first.

Blake Reber spun in the fourth turn to bring out the caution with seven laps completed. On the restart Brightbill charged into first to become the new pacesetter.

With Brightbill now in control the battle behind him for the remaining positions was between Beltz, Bock, Mohr and rookie Kyle Smith.

Bock’s strong third place run ended when he came to a half along the homestretch on the 19th lap. Brightbill held his first place spot when action resumed, but now Beltz was sidelined with a flat tire, but he pulled off the track to avoid another caution.

Brightbill never faltered and went on to claim his sixth career victory followed by R. Smith, Brad Arnold, Kyle Lilick and Dean Backman. Rounding out the top ten were Brad Brim, Mark Kemmerer, last week’s feature winner Jack Butler, Nate Klinger and Brian Hirthler.

Beltz, Mohr and Bock won the heats. The consi was won by Josh Adams.

The excitement of Sprint car racing combined with the T.P.Trailers Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman will be the attraction next Saturday, April 27th. The Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series 305 Sprinters will make their first appearance of the new season with Tom Carberry, Tim Tanner, Jeff Geiges, recent winner Bryant Davis and others expected to participate. Adult admission is $18 with youngsters under 12 admitted free. And there is free parking on the speedway grounds. The tripleheader racing action will have a 7 p.m. starting time.

The Blast from the Past Vintage racers join the Modifieds and Late Models on Saturday, May 4. It is important for fans to note that the starting time is moving to 7:30 p.m. for Saturday night events with this show.

Information on what is going on at Grandview Speedway can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.

RACE RESULTS

T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30 laps): 1. Craig Von Dohren, 2. Kevin Hirthler, 3. Tim Buckwalter, 4. Rick Laubach, 5. Brett Kressley, 6. Clay Butler. 7. Frank Cozze, 8. Dylan Swinehart. 9. Briggs Danner, 10. Jeff Strunk, 11. Kenny Gilmore, 12. Kyle Weiss, 13. Joe Funk III, 14. Danny Erb, 15. Craig Whitmoyer, 16. Alex Yankowski, 17. Doug Manmiller, 18. Ryan Grim, 19. Duane Howard, 20. Steve Swinehart, 21. Bobby Trapper Jr., 22. John Willman, 23. Meme DeSantis, 24. Ray Swinehart, 25. Mike Laise, 26. Louden Reimert, 27. Mike Lisowski and 28. Chris Gambler. DNQ: Ron Seltmann Jr., Richie Hitzler, Ryan Lilick, Jordan Henn, Bobby Gunther Walsh, Ron Myers, Jared Umbenhauer, Colt Harris, Frank Yankowski, Mark Kratz, Steve Wilson, Skylar Sheriff, Justin Grim and Eric Biehn.

T.P. Trailers Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25 laps): 1. Brad Brightbill, 2. Kyle Smith, 3. Brad Arnold, 4. Kyle Lilick, 5. Dean Bachman, 6. Brad Grim, 7. Mark Kemmerer, 8. Jack Butler, 9. Nathan Klinger, 10. Brian Hirthler, 11. Nate Brinker, 12. Andy Clemmer, 13. Jesse Landis, 14. Andrew Kreis, 15. Aaron Bowes, 16. Josh Adams, 17. Blake Reber (alternate), 18. Nathan Mohr, 19. Ryan Beltz, 20. Kenny Bock, 21. B.J. Joly, 22. Derrick Smith, 23. Joey Vaccaro, 24. Tom Miller. DNS: Parker Guldin. DNQ: Matt Koffel, Scott Kohler, Warren Floyd Jr., Sean Weiss.

Blast From The Past Vintage Feature (20 laps): 1. Brett Peters, 2. Todd Lap, 3. Mike Kelly, 4. Curt Neiman, 5. Bobby Hall, 6. Wyatt Jacobus Sr., 7. Brock Jacobus, 8. Rich Decker, 9. Dominique Deglas, 10. Tom Orth, 11. Kevin Sponagle, 12. Wes Cassel, 13. Jamie Undercoffler, 14. Bill Gerhart.

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THUNDER SERIES NEWS

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APRIL 18, 2019
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

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

ORDER ADVANCE TICKETS NOW FOR 30TH THUNDER SERIES OPENER, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, $10,000 TO WIN USAC NON-WING SPRINTS PLUS MODIFIEDS

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (April 18, 2019) – The NAPA Auto Parts 30th Anniversary Thunder on the Hill season opener is set for Tuesday night, June 11 at the Grandview Speedway. The series that just doesn’t quit will return to the hill on Tuesday night, June 11 with the Jesse Hockett $10,000 to win USAC Non-Wing National Sprint Series event, joined by the 358 Grandview modifieds. Fans with Advance tickets may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM with General admission tickets going on sale at 5 PM. Race time is set for 7:30 PM. This spectacular double header brings together two premier divisions that is sure to rock the house.

Advance tickets may be ordered for the Tuesday, June 11 USAC Sprints & Modified show by calling 443 513 4456. Please speak slowly and clearly when leaving a message and be sure to leave your name and number of tickets you will need. Feel free to leave your phone number as well. Tickets may be paid for and picked up at the WILL CALL Window on race night after 3:30 PM. These tickets will entitle you to enter the grandstands at 4:30. Adult admission tickets are $30, children 6 to 11 $10 and children five and under will be admitted for free.

“It’s exciting to think that we are going into our 30th year of Thunder on the Hill and the Jesse Hockett Classic is a great way to open the series” Promoter Bob Miller said. Some 13 years ago, it was Miller and track owner Bruce Rogers who worked out the deal to bring the nationally known USAC stars back to Pennsylvania.

On June 11, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series takes to the track for thJesse Hockett Classic, featuring a $10,000 payday that will help highlight the King of the non-wing jungle. ‘The Macho Man’ Brady Bacon proved he has mega powers at Grandview Speedway claiming the past two USAC victories – but anything can happen on the third-mile when there are $10,000 bucks up for grabs.

The PA Posse 410 sprint cars invade the Grandview Speedway on Tuesday, July 2 and they’ll be competing for $10,000 to win the twenty-fifth Grandview Speedway Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week event. NASCAR Cup Series star Kyle Larson has put the PA Posse in their place for two consecutive seasons, but a strong field of local competitors plans to keep that cash on home turf. Look for local favorite Ryan Smith to hunt down and capture that first career Thunder victory wheeling the Mike Heffner sprint car in the new season.

The debut of the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets takes place on Tuesday, July 30. For years fans have begged, bargained, and pleaded for the Midgets on the Bechtelsville high banks and there’s no better time than the 30th Anniversary season of Thunder on the Hill. Many of the same USAC Sprint Car stars will strap into midgets for this event like Brady Bacon and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

The 5th Annual Levan Machine Truck Equipment Thunder Cup event brings the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions to the one-third mile Grandview Speedway on Thursday, August 22. A highlight of the Thunder season, the All Star event will pay homage to the late Greg Hodnett, with a special memorial trophy.

The 358 Modifieds will co-headline all of the previously mentioned events, competing in 30 lap events for $3,000 to win and lucrative NASCAR points. Grandview’s premier weekly division always thrills the crowd with side-by-side action.

The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series concludes on Saturday, October 22 with the House of Thunder Halloween Party featuring the 22nd running of the Modified Traffic Jam – where Big-Blocks battle Small-Blocks in the Mods at the Madhouse. Alongside the Modifieds, the Sportsman, and MASS Sprint Cars will also be in action.

The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series is sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts, Levan Machine and Truck Equipment, and Galco Business Communications.

2019 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Schedule

Tuesday, June 11 USAC Non-Wing Sprints 40 laps & 358 Modifieds Jesse Hockett Classic $10,000 to Win!

Tuesday, July 2 PA Sprint Speed Week 410 Sprints $10,000 to win & 358 Modifieds

Tuesday, July 30 USAC Midgets 30 laps & 358 Modifieds

Thursday, August 22 All Star Sprints Smoke on the Hill Thunder Cup & 358 Modifieds

Saturday, October 19 House of Thunder Halloween Party, 22nd Annual Traffic Jam 40 laps Modifieds, Sportsman and MASS Sprints

Grandview Speedway Contact Information

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: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com

Track Website: www.grandviewspeedway.com

Twitter/Instagram: @TOTHRACING

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thunderonthehill

About Thunder on the Hill Racing Series

The brainchild of Grandview Speedway owner Bruce Rogers, special events promoter Bob Miller, and local driving star Dave Kelly, the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series celebrates 30 years of the most anticipated events of the racing calendar year after year. In 132 events, over $4.6 million dollars has been divvied up among the area's fastest racers. What started as a single 410 Sprint Car event in 1990 has blossomed to feature a variety of racing action including 358 Modifieds, USAC Wingless Sprints, All-Star Circuit of Champions, 360 & 410 Sprint Cars, Sportsman, Late Models, Midgets, Legend Cars, DIRTcar and ROC Modified events. The 2019 30th Anniversary Series of Thunder on the Hill is dedicated to Bruce Rogers.

About Grandview Speedway

Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 57th Anniversary season in 2019. 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.

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NEWS FROM ROGERS FAMILY GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, Bechtelsville, PA

Presenting Saturday night NASCAR stock car racing plus a variety of special events. 2019 marks their 57th consecutive season of stock car racing.

Track office: 610.754.7688 - Public relations and marketing: Ernie Saxton @ 215.752.7797: Email: Esaxton144@aol.com – Cell phone: 267.934.7286

Result story created by Randy Kane

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BRETT KRESSLEY AND JACK BUTLER WIN NASCAR AND TRACK POINT CHASE OPENERS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 14, 2019 . . . Established 358 Modified chauffeur Brett Kressley showed his strength early on Saturday evening at Grandview Speedway, winning his heat race in an exciting fashion aboard the Northern Valley Erectors Morgantini Racing Engines powered No. 19K family-owned mount, which placed him outside the front row to start the T.P. Trailers 358 Modified 30-lap main event, the result of a heads-up start for the 28-car field on opening night.

With the green it was the 26-year-old Orefield, PA resident immediately jumping out in front over Eric Biehn, who started from the pole. Frank Cozze, who started third, and Duane Howard, who started fourth, followed running third and fourth prior to a caution on lap 3 when Brett Gilmore developed a flat right rear tire.

Kressley retook the lead with the new green with Biehn, Jeff Strunk, who started fifth, and Cozze in tow for lap 4, however a caution again quickly bunched up the field.

Again the green waved and it was the former Sportsman track champion Kressley, Biehn, Strunk and Doug Manmiller, who started from twelfth, in that order completing lap 5. Howard slipped by Manmiller to claim fourth on lap 6 and by lap 8, Kressley had built up a safe advantage over Biehn, who was doing a fantastic job holding on to the runner-up role while holding off challenges from 10-time track champion Strunk and 5-time track champion Howard lap-after-lap.

With 15 in the books and 15 still to go, it was Kressley out in front now by a full straightaway, but a caution on lap 20 as Briggs Danner developed a left rear flat tire tightened things up again with ten to go.

“The way they did the starting line-up tonight you really had to give it all you had in the heat race to earn a good starting spot in the feature,” announced Kressley. “With a lot of the real good cars starting up in the front it made things a little easier because we started in front of them. I wanted to run this car a week earlier (in the Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker 50) and I knew it was a good car. We had some problems in that race a week ago, however, tonight it showed.”

When racing got back underway it was Kressley still showing the way over Biehn, with Strunk, Howard and Manmiller trailing after 21-laps.

On lap 22, racing through turn 2, Biehn had a slight push and Strunk ducked underneath to steal second away just prior to Frank Yankowski spinning in turn 1 and bringing out the yellow.

The restart saw Kressley remain on top over Strunk, with Howard slipping by Biehn for third, as Biehn fell back into fourth-place just ahead of Rick Laubach, who started the event from sixth. That’s how the top five remained with Kressley claiming his seventh career 358 Modified feature win at the high-banked third-mile dirt oval in Bechtelsville, PA.

“You can’t make a mistake on the restart with racers like Duane and Jeff right there behind you,” offered Kressley. “It definitely made it a little nerve-wracking, but I knew the top was the way to go. It’s a little shorter around the bottom and I saw Jeff sticking his nose in there, but everything worked out in our favor tonight.”

Kressley claimed the $2,500 first-place check, plus a $300 bonus award from T.P Trailers in nearby Limerick, PA and a $100 product award from VP Racing Fuels. Kressley in addition was awarded the “Halfway Hoagie” from Dan’s Deli in Boyertown, PA as the race leader at the halfway point.

The 12-lap heat race winners, with 45 cars in the pit area, were Biehn, Kressley, Cozze and Howard. The 10-lap consolation event wins were captured by Ryan Lilick and Skylar Sheriff.

Third generation Sportsman pilot Jack Butler started from the pole position wheeling the family-owned Applegate’s Bakery Leindecker Racing Engines powered No. 5 entry in the T.P. Truck Equipment backed 25-lap Sportsman main event and immediately was the early rabbit everyone was chasing, with Kyle Lilick, Dean Bachman and Brad Brightbill in hot pursuit, as the 24-car starting field got the initial green.

The Phillipsburg, N.J. teenager remained out in front with the laps clicking off, as Brightbill ducked underneath Bachman to move into third by lap 6. Former Sportsman track champion Brian Hirthler got by Bachman to move into fourth-place on lap 11 and by halfway it was still Butler in the top spot, with Lilick, Brightbill, Hirthler and Bachman in tow.

On lap 14, exiting turn 4, Brightbill drove by Lilick to advance to the runner-up position, but on lap 16 Sportsman rookie Brandon Edger saw his ride go up in smoke bringing out the first caution of the race.

Butler assumed the top spot on the restart over Brightbill, Hirthler and Lilick for lap 17. Brightbill got up high near the outside boiler plate wall in the loose stuff racing through turns 3 and 4 on lap 19, but continued on, dropping to the tail of the field, allowing Hirthler to take second spot, with Lilick third.

Butler easily built up a safe advantage and won his first career Sportsman feature event at the track, claiming the $800 top prize. Rounding out the top five were Hirthler, Lilick, Mark Kemmerer and Brad Arnold.

“I got a little nervous on that late race restart with Brightbill outside of me,” explained Butler. “I got lucky and got my lane going into turn one. Believe me, it feels pretty sweet to finally win one of these races here for a change.

“My dad (former racer Gary Butler) told me to keep looking ahead to see where the lapped cars were and I tried, but they were double-wide. I kind of waited and followed other cars through the heavy traffic. I was kind of glad we got that late race caution. Those lapped cars would’ve been a real mess to get through.

“I have to give all the credit to my dad. He gave me the best car out here tonight. We kind of hit on something that worked last Saturday night and it worked for us tonight. Everything’s working right, right now,” said Butler.

Wins in the 8-lap heat races, with 27 cars in the pit area, went to Butler, Lilick and Bachman. Winning the 8-lap consolation race was Josh Adams.

The entire 12-event card of racing was completed by 9:30 p.m.

Next Saturday, April 20th, the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds, T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman and Blast from the Past Vintage racers are featured in a tripleheader starting at 7 p.m. There is no increase in the admission prices with adults paying $15 while youngsters under 12 admitted free.

Then on April 27th the Mid Atlantic Sprint Series 305 Sprinters will join the Modifieds and Sportsman in another tripleheader show.

For information check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.

358 Modified (30-laps) – 1) Brett Kressley, 2) Jeff Strunk, 3) Duane Howard, 4) Eric Biehn, 5) Rick Laubach, 6) Doug Manmiller, 7) Frank Cozze, 8) Jared Umbenhauer, 9) Kyle Weiss, 10) Craig Von Dohren, 11) Meme DeSantis, 12) Ryan Grim, 13) Mike Lisowski, 14) Loudon Reimert, 15) Ryan Lilick, 16) Frank Yankowski, 17) Danny Erb, 18) Craig Whitmoyer, 19) Kevin Hirthler, 20) Colt Harris, 21) Briggs Danner, 22) Jordan Henn, 23) Keith Hoffman, 24) Bobby Trapper Jr., 25) Skylar Sheriff, 26) Justin Grim, 27) Brett Gilmore, 28) Steve Swinehart

Sportsman (25-laps) – 1) Jack Butler, 2) Brian Hirthler, 3) Kyle Lilick, 4) Mark Kemmerer, 5) Brad Arnold, 6) Dean Bachman, 7) Brad Grim, 8) Lex Shive, 9) Andrew Kreis, 10) Jesse Landis, 11) Scott Kohler, 12) Josh Adams, 13) BJ Joly, 14) Kyle Smith, 15) Nate Brinker, 16) Brad Brightbill, 17) Mike Koffel, 18) Brandon Edger, 19) Andy Clemmer, 20) Kenny Bock, 21) Mike Mammana, 22) Parker Guldin, 23) Derrick Smith, 24) Warren Floyd Jr.

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NEWS FROM ROGERS FAMILY GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, Bechtelsville, PA

Presenting Saturday night NASCAR stock car racing plus a variety of special events. 2019 marks their 57th consecutive season of stock car racing.

Track office: 610.754.7688 - Public relations and marketing: Ernie Saxton @ 215.752.7797: Email: Esaxton144@aol.com – Cell phone: 267.934.7286

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THE NASCAR AND TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS KICK OFF SATURDAY APRIL 13 GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY; T.P.TRAILERS MODIFIEDS AND T.P.TRUCK EQUIPMENT SPORTSMAN RACERS READY TO GO

BECHTELSVILLE, PA APRIL 10, 2019 . . . The battle of the NASCAR and track titles kicks off this Saturday at Grandview Speedway. Coming off a hugely successful VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial the Rogers family is looking forward to the doubleheader card of T.P.Trailers Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman that will be the Saturday night show throughout the season with special attractions being added from time-to-time.

Former track champions Craig Von Dohren, Jeff Strunk and Duane Howard will be looking to regain their championship position and there will be a large number of racing talents looking to keep them out of the top spot and earn it for themselves. A new Sportsman champion will be crowned as the 2018 champion, Louden Reimert, has moved on to the Modified division of competition.

A stellar field of Modifieds and Sportsman are expected for the first night of racing action with the green flag falling for the first event at 7 p.m.

Fans are invited to show up early to meet Brad Brightbill and Brad Grim at the Low Down & Dirty Radio Show hosted Meet and Greet located right near the main entrance to the grandstands. This is a great chance for fans to meet the drivers, collect autographs, take photos and see the race cars up close.

Again this season adult admission will be priced at just $15 while youngsters under 12 are being admitted free.

Sunday, April 14th, 1 p.m. the Outlaw Enduros along with the Vintage racers will be in action.

On Saturday, April 20th the Blast from the Past Vintage racers will be in action giving fans a chance to see what race cars were like some years back. In addition the T.P.Trailers Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman will be in action.

The month of April will close out with a spine tingling tripleheader that will feature the visiting Mid Atlantic Sprint Series along with the Modifieds and Sportsman racers on Saturday, April 27th. Adult tickets for the tripleheader show will be priced at $18 while youngsters under 12 will be admitted free.

When the racing ends each night fans are invited to head back to the pit area to see the race cars up close, take pictures and collect autographs.

Grandview Speedway is known for their excellent well-stocked concession areas and there is a great novelty stand that offers souvenirs, t-shirts, hats and more along with copies of the latest edition of the track magazine, The Inside Groove. And there is free parking on the speedway grounds. Fans are permitted to bring their own concession items but no glass bottles.

The one-third-mile, banked clay track, offering clear views of all the action from each seat, is located at 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA, just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For up-to-date information check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com or Facebook. The track office telephone number is 610.754.7688.

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