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Track office: General Manager: Tina Rogers@ 610.754.7688 - Public relations: Ernie Saxton: Email: – Cell phone: 267.934.7286

Results by Vicki Gehris


BECHTELSVILLE, PA. July 12, 2020 . . . The saying it’s not over until it’s over certainly held true for the outcome of the T.P. Trailers Modified NASCAR Advanced Auto Parts 30-lap feature and also the 25-lap T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway.

In the Modified feature Jeff Strunk, whose last win came August 31, 2019, appeared to be on his way to victory lane with Tim Buckwalter in hot pursuit. Earlier Brett Kressley was the one on the move running a solid second until contact with the lapped car of Louden Reimert caused him to hit the wall and the axle broke sending Kressley into the fourth turn wall as misfortune continued to plaque him. The single file restart with Strunk first and now Tim Buckwalter second had the pair ending up side-by-side rubbing door handles and neither one lifted since both were determined to win. Buckwalter put the Norm Saxton-owned mount in front on the one lap signal. Still swapping paint Strunk made contact with the back bumper of Buckwalter causing both drivers to spin ending a chance to win. The turn of events put early leader Dylan Swinehart in first and he held on to earn his second career win in the Bailey Fabrications No. 81. The ironic part was he won last year on the same weekend.

Sportsman feature action seemed like a new name – Mike Mammana would be added to the win column, but a lapped car and Brian Hirthler dashed those chances as the current point leader won his second feature to be the first repeat winner in the division.

Providing the feature winners met the necessary requirements, they received monetary awards from T.P. Trailers and a certificate from VP Fuels for product awards. The Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie award recipients were Strunk and Mammana. Jesse Leiby earned an extra bonus from the track for being the highest finishing crate engine with his third place finish.

Dylan Swinehart, who had two 27th place finishes in the past races, set the pace for nine laps from his second starting grid until Strunk, who started eighth, got underneath him coming out of the fourth turn. Swinehart didn’t give in easily as he stayed right with him trying to regain control.

Within a few laps Strunk began gaining distance over his fellow competitors.

Kressley, took over second on the 15th circuit and took chase after Strunk.

By the 24th lap slower moving traffic allowed Kressley to close the gap Strunk built up and would soon be pressuring him. Unfortunately Kressley made contact with a lapped car which ended his night on the end of a tow truck and the yellow to be thrown. Even though it was a single file restart it didn’t take Buckwalter long to get even with Strunk and the bumping began. After Buckwalter passed Strunk for first and headed into the first turn, Strunk hit the back bumper of Buckwalter and they both went around causing the caution the come out. Quick action on Swinehart’s part while in third, allowed him to inherit the lead.

Swinehart kept hard charging runner-up Jared Umbenhauer at bay on the restart and went on to score the win. Third went to rookie racer in the division Brad Grim followed by Duane Howard and Doug Manmiller. Rounding out the top ten were Ryan Grim, Kyle Weiss, Rick Laubach, Craig Von Dohren and Joe Funk III.

Heat winners were D. Swinehart, Justin Grim, Bobby Gunther Walsh and Mark Kratz. Von Dohren and Mike Gular won the consies.

After two unsuccessful attempts to complete the first lap of the Sportsman feature, polesitter Mammana grabbed the early lead trailed by Jesse Leiby, Jack Butler, Hirthler and Kyle Lilick.

While Mammana opened daylight, a three-way battle for second ensured between Leiby, Butler and Hirthler which allowed Mammana to pull away even more.

Hirthler took chase after Mammana once he took over second on the 11th lap to try to change the status.

Lapped traffic that the front runners came upon on the 17th lap slowed Mammana’s momentum and now Hirthler was reeling him in.

Mammana and Hirthler were constantly switching lanes as the slower cars made it difficult to get past despite being told via in car radio the leaders were right behind.

The lead changed for the second time with two to go when Hirthler slipped underneath Mammana into first.

Hirthler never faltered and went on to victory followed by Mammana, Leiby, Butler and Lilick. Last week’s feature winner Brad Arnold finished sixth with Chris Esposito, defending point leader Brad Brightbill, Parker Guldin and Jimmy Leiby trailing.

Mammana, Kenny Bock and Kenny Gilmore won the heats. The consi was won by Kyle Lilick.

The 3-lap Diamond Disposal Cash Dash sponsored by fellow driver and business owner John McGovern was won by Brad Brightbill for an extra $100. Bock and Mammana each received $50. Brightbill got into the event since K. Gilmore, who won a heat, chose not to participate which allowed runner-up Brightbill a chance to compete.

Next on the schedule at Grandview is an action packed July 18th tripleheader that will feature the United Racing Club Sprint cars, T.P.Trailers Modifieds and T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman. Expected to head up the action for the Sprinters will such standouts as Josh Weller, Adam Carberry, Curt Michael, Austin Bishop and a host of others.

All three divisions will take part in qualifying events leading up to a 25-lap feature for the Sprinters, 30-lap feature for the Modifieds and 25 laps for Sportsman. The stock cars are all part of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series.

Adult admission is $25 while youngsters 6 through 11 pay $5. Under 6 are admitted free. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. while racing gets the green at 7:30 p.m.

Fans attending events at Grandview are reminded to practice social distancing. Masks are recommended but not mandatory and if you are not feeling well please consider staying home.


T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Dylan Swinehart, 2. Jared Umbenhauer, 3. Brad Grim, 4. Duane Howard, 5. Doug Manmiller, 6. Ryan Grim, 7. Kyle Weiss, 9. Rick Laubach, 9. Craig Von Dohren, 10. Joe Funk, 11. Mike Gular, 12. Brett Gilmore, 13. Ryan Watt, 14. Ryan Lilick, 15. Craig Whitmoyer (provisional), 16. Dan Waisempacher, 17. T.J. Lilly, 18. Bobby Gunther Walsh, 19. Tim Buckwalter, 20. Jeff Strunk, 21. Ron Kline, 22. Brett Kressley, 23. Louden Reimert, 24. Ray Swinehart, 25. Clay Butler, 276. Richie Hitzler, 27. Mike Lisowski, 28. Justin Grim, 29. Mark Kratz. DNQ: Darrin Schuler, John Willman, Corey Merkel, Eric Biehn, Mark Levy Jr., Briggs Danner, Ron Myers, Ron Haring Jr., Colt Harris and Kevin Hirthler.

T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Brian Hirthler, 2. Mike Mammana, 3. Jesse Leiby, 4. Jack Butler, 5. Kyle Lilick, 6. Brad Arnold, 7. Chris Esposito, 8. Brad Brightbill, 9. Parker Guldin, 10. Jimmy Leiby, 11. Ken Eckert Jr., 12. Lex Shive, 13. Ryan Beltz, 14. Ryan Higgs, 15. Brandon Edgar, 16. Kenny Gilmore, 17. Decker Swinehart, 18. Kenny Bock, 19. John McGovern, 20. Nate Brinker, 21. Mark Kemmerer, 22. Derrick Smith, 23. Joey Vaccaro, 24. Jesse Landis. DNQ: Tom Miller, Nathan Mohr, Mark Gaugler, B.J. Joly, Nate Klinger, Dakota Kohler.

Grandview Speedway







Presenting Saturday night NASCAR stock car racing plus a variety of special events. Our 58th consecutive season.

Track office: General Manager: Tina Rogers@ 610.754.7688 - Public relations: Ernie Saxton: Email: – Cell phone: 267.934.7286




BECHTELSVILLE, PA July 7, 2020 . . . Veteran Modified stock car racing talent Doug Manmiller tops the standings in the T.P.Trailers NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Modified point standings at Grandview Speedway with 576 tallies. Manmiller is looking for his first championship at the Berks County clay oval where he has visited victory lane 28 times.

Brian Hirthler, Sportsman champion in 2017, is looking to add a second title as he leads the early season T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman standings with 477 counters.

Both Manmiller and Hirthler will be looking to improve on their record as they take part in the Saturday, July 11th doubleheader featuring the Modifieds and Sportsman.

Second in the Modified standings is 10-time champion Craig Von Dohren who has racked up 108 career wins at his home track. The last time Von Dohren won a title was in 2017. Von Dohren is just six points behind Manmiller. Jared Umbenhauer holds down third with 566 points. Defending Modified champion Duane Howard sits fourth in the early season point battle with 548 points and Brett Kressley is fifth with 489 counters.

Sitting second in the Sportsman standings is Jack Butler, the winner of the first point race of the season, with 446 points. Mark Kemmerer is third having earned 443 points. Fourth spot is held by veteran Ryan Beltz with 423 tallies followed by defending Sportsman titleholder Brad Brightbill who has earned 399 points in the first two point events of the season.

Saturday’s doubleheader of Modifieds and Sportsman will get the green flag at 7:30 p.m. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is just $15 while youngsters under 12 are admitted free.

The United Racing Club Sprinters will top the program on Saturday, July 18th, for their only appearance of the season. Making it a tripleheader show will be the Modifieds and Sportsman, part of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series. Adult admission will be $25 with youngsters 6 through 11 paying just $5. Kids under 6 are admitted free. As is the norm for Saturday night racing action will get underway at 7:30 p.m.

Fans attending events at Grandview are reminded to practice social distancing. Masks are recommended but not mandatory and if you are not feeling well please consider staying home.

Additional information on racing at Grandview Speedway can be found at, Facebook, or telephone 610.754.7688


1. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #44M 576
2. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 570*
3. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19 566
4. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66/357H 548
5. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 489
6. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17 479
7. Louden Reimert, Oley, PA #16 434
8. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA #74W 423
9. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 422
10. Rick Laubach, Hellertown, PA #7L 405
11. Briggs Danner, Allentown, PA #78 374
12. Jeff Strunk, Boyertown, PA #126 372
13. Ron Kline, Salford, PA #3 337
14. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA #117 319
15. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA #49 297
16. Dan Waisempacher, Springtown, PA #01 278
17. Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA #23X 276
18. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 249
19. Richie Hitzler, Lebanon, PA #22 230
20. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA #21K 226
21. Eric Biehn, Barto, PA #87 220
22. T J Lilly, Pen Argyl, PA #17L 217
23. Clay Butler, Bloomsbury, NJ #4B 200
24. Justin Grim, Orefield, PA #61 154
25. Ray Swinehart, Boyertown, PA #33 153
26. Bobby Gunther Walsh, Allentown, PA #65 130
27. Ron Meyers, Coatesville,PA #18 130
28. Brad Grim, Coplay, PA #23 128
29. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7B 100
30. Carroll Hine III, Reading, PA #114 99


1. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4* 477
2. Jack Butler, Phillipsburg, NJ #5 466*
3. Mark Kemmerer, Green Lane, PA, PA #F10 443
4. Ryan Beltz, Barto, PA #221 423
5. Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA #19 399
6. Kyle Lilick, Collegeville, PA #104 397
7. Brad Arnold, Bethel, PA #27 388
8. Ryan Higgs, Nazareth, PA #16 336
9. Chris Esposito, Hatfield, PA #31A 326
10. Kyle Smith, Fleetwood, PA #77 306
11. Brandon Edgar, Lehighton, PA #57 250
12. Nate Brinker, Allentown, PA #14 230
13. Jimmy Leiby, Milford, NJ #9L 220
14. Brett Gilmore, Kutztown, PA #7 207
15. Jesse Landis Gilbertsville, PA #973 199
16. Nathan Mohr, East Greenville, PA #17M 192
17. Dean Bachman, Emmaus, PA #65 178
18. B J Joly, Oley, PA #924 174
19. Lex Shive, Pennsburg, PA #5K 146
20. Cole Stangle, Readington, NJ #20C 135
21. Parker Guldin, Fleetwood, PA #11 129
22. Doug Snyder, Unknown #69S 128
23. Decker Swinehart, Fleetwood, PA #38 109
24. Derrick Smith, Telford, PA#20 105
25. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 100

* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only for those that are

NASCAR point events.)

New Egypt Speedway





New Egypt Speedway
720 Route 539
New Egypt, NJ 08533
Track Phone: 609-758-1900
Contact: Mike Wisniewski – Wiz Motorsports Communications, 856-982-5137


Saturday, July 11, 2020 – Vahlco Wheels Modifieds, Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, Sportsman, Street Stocks and Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie Sportsman

4:00 p.m. – Pit gates open
5:00 p.m. – Grandstand gates open
6:00 p.m. – Hot laps start
7:00 p.m. – Racing starts


New Egypt, NJ (July 5, 2020) – At New Egypt Speedway’s fourth annual Firecracker 40, Danny Bouc won the Vahlco Wheels Modified feature. Sammy Martz Jr. topped the field in the Ice Less Crate Modified feature. The main event for the Larry's Hot Rods & Harley's Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars presented by the Meat Shoppe was taken by Jeremy Quick. Joe Garey Sr. was victorious in the 4-Cylinder contest. The Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie Sportsman race was captured by Paul Mancini.

As the season opening 40-lap Vahlco Modified feature got underway, polesitter Wade Hendrickson hustled to the front with Mike Butler, Matt Stangle, Danny Bouc and Dominick Buffalino in tow. Following a caution period on the second tour, Hendrickson remained in control on the restart with Butler in second, Bouc shifting up to third, Billy Pauch Jr. advancing into fourth and Buffalino in fifth. On lap five, Pauch edged closer to the front as he passed Bouc for third. On the ninth revolution, action came to a halt as flames appeared on Chris Grbac’s ride. When action resumed, Hendrickson was still on top but Pauch slipped by Butler for second. Blaine Bracelin’s slowing car illuminated the yellow lights again on the tenth circuit. On the ensuing resumption, Pauch charged past Hendrickson to take the lead. Pauch was building up his margin over the pack when racing came to stop for a lap sixteen incident involving Cale Ross and Dominick Buffalino. After the green flag waved once more, Pauch was still on top with Bouc in second and Hendrickson in third. On lap nineteen, a slowing Ross on the speedway caused another brief stoppage in the action. As racing returned, a mechanical failure slowed Pauch and Bouc bolted to the lead as Pauch retired from the event. By lap twenty-five, Bouc was heading the field with Davey Sammons running in second and Frank Cozze in third. With ten laps remaining, Sammons had cut into Bouc’s advantage with Cozze, Butler and Buffalino next in line. On lap thirty-six, the final caution flag waved for a left front flat on Brandon Grosso’s car. Following the single file restart, Bouc held off Sammons for the remaining laps to rack up his twelfth career win at New Egypt Speedway. Sammons crossed the line in second and Cozze finished in third. With Butler slowing on the final lap, Buffalino came home in fourth and thirteenth place starting Dakota Kessler completed the top five. The Vahlco Wheels Modified heats were taken by Davey Sammons, JR Fulper and Mike Butler.

After taking the lead on the sixth circuit, Sammy Martz Jr. held off challenges from his rivals to earn his first career New Egypt Speedway win in the 20-lap Ice Less Crate Modified feature. Martz started the contest in ninth. Dan Fleming, who led the opening five tours claimed the runner-up spot. Anthony Tramontana was third. Johnny Bangs finished in fourth after starting the race in sixteenth. Fifth place went to Jon Meyer. Qualifying race winners in the Ice Less Crate Modified division were Jeremy Martino, Dan Fleming and Sammy Martz Jr. Ryan Heim was the victor in the consolation event.

In the 20-lap main event for the Larry's Hot Rods & Harley's Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars presented by the Meat Shoppe, Jeremy Quick was the victor in his first ever visit to New Egypt Speedway. Quick paced the field from start to finish. 2019 track champion Rich Mellor finished in second. Brian Spencer was third with Heidi Hedin in fourth and Mark Bitner grabbing fifth. Rich Mellor and Mark Bitner won the Larry's Hot Rods & Harley's Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars heat races.

Joe Garey Sr., the 2019 track champion, led every step of the way to win the 15-lap 4-Cylinder feature. Justin Dunn followed Garey across the finish line to take the runner-up spot. Tim Jones completed the race in third. Dominic Antonelli and John Ciallella rounded out the top five.

In the 8-lap feature for the Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie Sportsman, Paul Mancini wired the field to claim the checkered flag. Amanda Buchel came home in second. Jimmy Avery overtook Mason Magee on the final tour to capture third place.

“New Jersey’s Premier Dirt Track Facility”, New Egypt Speedway is located on Route 539 just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure and the New Jersey Turnpike. A racy 7/16-mile D-shaped dirt oval, New Egypt Speedway serves Garden State race fans with some of the best competition in the country. New Egypt’s state-of-the-art facilities feature daylight-quality lighting and excellent sightlines from any seat in the house. The grandstands are fully wheelchair accessible with wide, clear, and well-groomed walkways. Concession facilities serve up everything from Jersey Burgers to ice cream treats at family-friendly prices.

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Vahlco Wheels Modifieds

Heat 1 – 1. Davey Sammons 2. Wade Hendrickson 3. Steve Davis 4. Dominick Buffalino 5. Dakota Kessler 6. Chris Grbac

Heat 2 – 1. JR Fulper 2. Billy Pauch Jr. 3. Jimmy Blewett 4.PJ Oliver 5. Cale Ross 6. Frank Cozze

Heat 3 – 1. Mike Butler 2. Danny Bouc 3. Pat Wall 4. Matt Stangle 5. Kory Fleming 6. Joseph Brown


1. DANNY BOUC 2. Davey Sammons 3. Frank Cozze 4. Dominick Buffalino 5. Dakota Kessler 6. Wade Hendrickson 7. Jimmy Blewett 8. Ryan Krachun 9. Steve Young 10. Brandon Grosso 11. Billy Osmun 12. Kory Fleming 13. Mike Butler 14. Billy Pauch Jr. 15. Pat Wall 16. Cale Ross 17. Blaine Bracelin 18. Chris Grbac 19. Joseph Brown 20. Matt Stangle 21. JR Fulper 22. Steve Davis 23. PJ Oliver 24. Jimmy Amato

Ice Less Crate Modifieds

Heat 1 - 1. Jeremy Martino 2. Matt Miller 3. Jon Meyer 4. Anthony Tramontana 5. Howie Finch 6. Johnny Bangs

Heat 2 - 1. Dan Fleming 2. Jim Housworth 3. Justin Grosso 4. Steve Hicks 5. Joe Nappi 6. Nick Van Wickle

Heat 3 - 1. Sammy Martz Jr. 2. Aaron Weaver 3. Lee Taylor Jr. 4. Kevin Borden 5. Eric Palmer 6. Tom Princiotta

Consolation - 1. Ryan Heim 2. Joe Toth 3. Ryan Simmons 4. Vinny Troia 5. Mason Magee 6. Robby Dunn

DNQ: Jim Dallett, Zachary Merola, Darren Cox, Matt Knaub, Jim Avery, Jarrod Burdge, Amanda Buchel, Ryan Krushinski, Andy Walko, Glenn McIntyre, Nick Stephan, Will Protinick


1. SAMMY MARTZ JR. 2. Dan Fleming 3. Anthony Tramontana 4. Johnny Bangs 5. Jon Meyer 6. Justin Grosso 7. Eric Palmer 8. Steve Hicks 9. Howie Finch 10. Joe Toth 11. Joe Nappi 12. Tom Princiotta 13. Vinny Troia 14. Jim Dallett 15. Ryan Heim 16. Paul Mancini 17. Mason Magee 18. Nick Van Wickle 19. Jeremy Martino 20. Jim Housworth 21. Kevin Borden 22. Lee Taylor Jr. 23. Ryan Simmons 24. Robby Dunn 25. Aaron Weaver

DNS: Matt Miller

Larry's Hot Rods & Harley's Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars Presented by The Meat Shoppe

Heat 1 - 1. Rich Mellor 2. Heidi Hedin 3. Jeremy Quick 4. Larry Drake

Heat 2 - 1. Mark Bitner 2. Mick D’Agastino 3. Brad Schaale 4. Brian Spencer


1. JEREMY QUICK 2. Rich Mellor 3. Brian Spencer 4. Heidi Hedin 5. Mark Bitner 6. Mick D’Agastino 7. Larry Drake 8. Brad Schaale 9. Ken Nealis 10. Greg Shepsis

DNS: John Brammell, Chace Leahy, Gary Huston


1. JOE GAREY SR. 2. Justin Dunn 3. Tim Jones 4. Dominic Antonelli 5. John Ciallella 6. Ian Ashford 7. Mike Fox 8. Joseph Wolfe 9. Joe Garey Jr. 10. Jimmy Avery 11. Scott Dunn


1. PAUL MANCINI 2. Amanda Buchel 3. Jimmy Avery 4. Mason Magee 5. Nick Stephan 6. Will Protinick

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Grandview Speedway







Presenting Saturday night NASCAR stock car racing plus a variety of special events. Our 58th consecutive season.

Track office: General Manager: Tina Rogers@ 610.754.7688 - Public relations: Ernie Saxton: Email: – Cell phone: 267.934.7286

Results by Vicki Gehris


BECHTELSVILLE, PA. July 5, 2020 . . . Brad Arnold and Brian Hirthler were rubbing wheels and trading paint as they came in for the checkered on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway, but it was Arnold that came out victorious to win his first Firecracker 40-lap T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman feature for a $2,000 payday.

Courteous of Jim and Missy Bowman 3 Sportsman drivers received American Racer right rear SD-48 tires. Parker Guldin received one for being the first driver to get a right rear flat, Brad Brightbill was another recipient since his 10th place finish was the highest finisher that qualified through the consi and a random draw for second through fifth-place finisher went to fourth place finisher Mark Kemmerer. W*T*Fans (We The Fans) awarded Jimmy Leiby $150 for being the highest crate engine finisher and he also received the weekly award of $100 from the track giving him $250 in bonus bucks.

The TP Trailers Modified NASCAR Advance Auto Parts event saw Brian Hirthler end his winless streak by a comfortable margin over runner-up Jared Umbenhauer to collect his first win of the season. The last time Hirthler stood in the Modified victory lane was April 8, 2017.

Providing the feature winners met the necessary requirements, they received monetary awards from T.P. Trailers and a certificate from VP Fuels for product awards. The Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie award recipients were Jimmy Leiby and Brian Hirthler.

Rookie racer and polesitter Decker Swinehart grabbed the early lead in the Firecracker 40 trailed by Jimmy Leiby, Mike Mammana, Derrick Smith and Ryan Beltz.

Swinehart had a slight edge built up over his fellow competitors, but by the tenth lap Leiby erased the margin to challenge him.

The lead changed hands on the 11th lap when Leiby moved to the head of the pack.

While Leiby set the pace, Swinehart, Smith, Arnold and Parker Guldin jockeyed for the remaining positions.

Guldin brought out the first yellow when he stopped in the second turn. Leiby was still in the lead when action resumed, but now Arnold advanced to second to challenge him with Hirthler right on his bumper.

A second turn tangle between John McGovern and Nate Mohr on the 21st lap caused the next caution. On the restart Arnold shot to the outside and into the lead. At the same time Ryan Beltz took over the runner-up spot.

Within no time Arnold had a sizeable lead built up, but that was erased when the red flag had to be thrown after early leader Swinehart flipped in the first turn. He was uninjured, but the car sustained heavy damage. When the race resumed Beltz briefly got the edge on Arnold as the pair raced side-by-side, but when the lap counted it was Arnold still in first.

The race for second soon developed into a heated battle between Beltz, Brian Hirthler and Kenny Gilmore with neither one giving up while Mark Kemmerer held down fifth in hopes of advancing a position.

Gilmore’s solid fourth place run ended on the 36th lap when he pulled into the infield out of contention.

With two laps remaining, a tire came off of Lex Shive’s car bringing him to an abrupt halt in turn two for the final yellow. On the single file restart with Arnold first and now Hirthler second, Arnold wasted no time keeping the Esterly Concrete sponsored mount first, but Hirthler stayed right with him trying to gain control.

Coming in for the checkered Arnold and Hirthler were making contact since Hirthler wanted to make things interesting. Arnold was determined to win and never lifted until he pulled into the winner’s circle for his sixth career win with Hirthler right on his bumper for a close second. Following the pair across were Beltz, Kemmerer and Kyle Lilick. Sixth through tenth were Jimmy Leiby, Kyle Smith, last week’s feature winner Jack Butler, Ryan Higgs and Brad Brightbill.

Heat winners were Lilick, Mike Mammana and Jimmy Leiby. K. Gilmore won the consi.

Before the first lap of the Modified feature could be recorded leader Ron Myers spun right in front of the 28-car starting grid causing a nine car tangle. Dylan Swinehart and Eric Biehn were eliminated while the others could rejoin the action at the back of the pack after several made pit stops. Hirthler, who didn’t even qualify for last week’s show, luckily avoided being involved and inherited the lead and wasted no time keeping the Green Lane/Wm Penn, Whitetail Disposal No. 117 first followed by Ryan Grim, Ray Swinehart, Craig Whitmoyer and Jared Umbenhauer.

Swinehart, who had fallen back to seventh, spun in turn four on the seventh lap for another yellow. It was still Hirthler showing the way on the restart with Umbenhauer, Grim, Doug Manmiller and Whitmoyer in tow.

Positions were constantly changing behind Hirthler who increased the distance between himself and his fellow competitors and chasing him down by lap 20 were Umbenhauer, Manmiller, Tim Buckwalter and Whitmoyer. Trying to get into the top five was Craig Von Dohren, who was involved in the first lap incident and he succeeded in two laps to go.

Hirthler kept his rapid momentum, until the drop of the checkered to chalk up his 13th career win. Narrowly posting his season best finish at the line was Umbenhauer followed by Manmiller, for the second week in a row; Buckwalter and Von Dohren. Rounding out the top ten were Whitmoyer, Duane Howard, Brett Kressley, R. Grim and Louden Reimert.

Myers, Howard and Umbenhauer won the heats. The consi was won by Von Dohren.

Coming up at Grandview on Saturday, July 11th is another excitement filled doubleheader featuring the T.P.Trailers Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman, both part of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Series. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is just $15 and those under 12 are admitted free.

URC Sprints join the Modifieds and Sportsman for a giant tripleheader card of racing action on Saturday, July 18th.


T.P. Trailers Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (40-laps): 1. Brad Arnold, 2. Brian Hirthler, 3. Ryan Beltz, 4. Mark Kemmerer, 5. Kyle Lilick, 6. Jimmy Leiby, 7. Kyle Smith, 8. Jack Butler, 9. Ryan Higgs, 10. Brad Brightbill, 11. Chris Esposito, 12. Nate Brinker, 13. Col Stangle, 14. B.J. Joly, 15. Lex Shive, 16. Kenny Gilmore 17. Decker Swinehart, 18. Nathan Mohr, 19. John McGovern, 20. Derrick Smith, 21. Parker Guldin, 22. Tom Miller, 23. Dean Bachman, 24. Mike Mammana. DNQ: Ryan Laise, Kenny Bock, Mark Gaugler, Beau Drobot, Jesse Leiby, Bryan Rhoads, Matt Brooke, Nick Faust./L

T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Kevin Hirthler, 2. Jared Umbenhauer, 3. Doug Manmiller, 4. Tim Buckwalter, 5. Craig Von Dohren, 6. Craig Whitmoyer, 7. Duane Howard, 8. Brett Kressley, 9. Ryan Grim, 10. Louden Reimert, 11. Rick Laubach, 12. Briggs Danner, 13. John Willman, 14. Dan Waisempacher, 15. T. J. Lilly, 16. Mike Lisowski, 17. Ryan Lilick, 18. Ron Kline, 919. Richie Hitzler, 20. Ron Myers, 21. Brett Gilmore, 22. Jeff Strunk, 24 Carroll Hine III, 25. Clay Butler, 26. Ray Swinehart, 27. Brad Grim, 28. Eric Biehn. DNQ: Mark Levy, Joe Funk, Justin Grim, Bobby Gunther-Walsh, Mark Kratz and Darren Schuler.

Bridgeport Motorsports Park







Bridgeport Motorsports Park showcases top notch racing on brand new high banked, super wide oval!


Bridgeport, NJ – It finally happened. After months of construction and preparation The Bridgeport Motorsports Park – The Kingdom of Speed – opened its gates for the delayed 2020 season opener. All three divisions – The Foley Cat Modifieds, South Jersey Overhead Door 602 Sportsman and Sunbelt Rental Street Stocks – provided plenty of side by side action, three and four abreast racing with multiple groove racing from the first green flag to the final checkered.

Doug Rose’s plan for a reconfigured, banked speedway that would be smaller than the former 5/8th mile track, received mixed reactions from fans and competitors alike but the doubts were put aside with the great racing action provided by the brand new racing surface on Sunday.

Ryan Godown took the win in the Foley Cat Modifieds, holding off the challenges of Rick Laubach and then Richie Pratt Jr. who chased Godown across the finish line. Godown and Laubach had traded the lead briefly before Godown put his Searock No. 26 out in front for good.
Trailing Godown and Pratt to the checkered were Danny Bouc in the Short Load No. 32, Laubach in the Hermann No 7 and Briggs Danner in his family owned No. 78. Billy Pauch, Jr., Ryan Watt, Craig VonDohren, Ryan Krachun and Davey Sammons completed the top ten at the end of thirty laps.

Steve Kemery picked up the win in the South Jersey Overhead Door 602 Crate Sportsman feature event, starting off the season just as he did last year by winning the opening day race. Scott Hitchens pressured Kemery throughout the race and actually took the lead just before the halfway mark. Hitchens led lap nine and ten before Kemery regained the top spot. Hitchens went on to finish second behind Kemery with Ryan Anderson finishing third. Sean Metz chose the line around the bottom of the race track and made it work for a fourth place finish ahead of Joe Toth in fifth. Tom Moore, Jr., Ricky Wegner, Jr., Brad Roberts, 2019 Champion, Matt Peck and Johnny Bangs picked up top ten finishes in the season opener.

Rich Stinson, Jr. took advantage of a lap six restart to take the lead from 2019 Champion, Tom Wills, Jr. in the Sunbelt Rentals Street Stock feature event. The top three cars – Stinson, Wills, Jr., and Lee Allen – kept it interesting through the fifteen lap event with Wills and Allen staying within striking range of Stinson. There was an ongoing battle taking place behind the leaders as Vern McLaughlin, Jeff Dirkes and Mike Hughes, Jr. battled for the fourth spot. McLaughlin won the position, taking fourth over Hughes who finished fifth. Dirkes, Tom Wills, Sr., Mick Search, Justin Nowlen and Nick Sandone III finished sixth through tenth.

Action returns to the Kingdom of speed on Sunday, July 5th for the All American 40 – a forty lap feature event for the Foley Cat Modifieds. The United Racing Club 360 Sprint Cars will be the first sprint cars to compete on the new track and will join the four division show that will also feature the South Jersey Overhead Door 602 Sportsman and Sunbelt Rental Street Stocks. Grandstand seating will be limited to tickets sold prior to the event to maintain limits set by the governor. Pit gates will open at 3pm with the grandstand gates opening at 5pm, warm-ups at 6pm and the first green flag of the night at 7pm. TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE AND CAN BE PURCHASED AT


Foley Cat Modifieds (30 laps) -1, Ryan Godown, 2. Richie Pratt, Jr., 3. Danny Bouc, 4. Rick Laubach, 5. Briggs Danner, 6. Billy Pauch, Jr., 7. Ryan Watt, 8. Craig VonDohren, 9. Ryan Krachun, 10. Davey Sammons, 11. Cale Ross, 12. Dillon Steuer, 13. Brett Ballard, 14. Jack Swain, 15. Jeff Strunk, 16. Wade Hendrickson, 17. Jimmy Horton, 18. Matt Stangle, 19. Dominick Buffalino, 20. Steve Davis, 21. Stan Frankenfield, 22. Billy Pauch, Sr. 23. Willie Osmun, 24. Rich Rutski

South Jersey Overhead Door 602 Sportsman (20 laps) – 1. Steve Kemery, 2. Scott Hitchens, 3. Ryan Anderson, 4. Sean Metz, 5. Joe Toth, 6. Tom Moore, Jr., 7. Ricky Wegner, Jr., 8. Brad Roberts, 9. Matt Peck, 10. Johnny Bangs, 11. Dan Fleming, 12. Ryan Higgs, 13. Ryan Heim, 14. Ryan Godown, Jr., 15. Chris Jenkins, 16. Jim Gallagher, Jr., 17. David Jenkins, 18. Tom Errico, Jr., 19. Jonathan Swift, 20. Bobby Holzwarth, 21. Mason Magee, 22. Wayner Weaver, 23. Michael White, 24. Steve Lyle

Sunbelt Rentals Street Stocks (15 laps) – 1. Rich Stinson, Jr., 2. Tom Wills, Jr., 3. Lee Allen, 4. Vern McLaughlin, 5. Mike Hughes, Jr., 6. Jeff Dirkes, 7. Tom Wills, Sr., 8. Mick Search, 9. Justin Nowlen, 10. Nick Sandone, III, 11. Doug Debray, 12. Mike Creamer, 13. Drew Brocklebank, 14. Chris Felber, 15. Ken Moran, 16. John Parker, 17. Brian Ludwig, 18. Johnny Bush, 19. Paul Donahue (DNS)

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JUNE 30, 2020

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BECHTELSVILLE, PA (June 30, 2020) – A late race slider led Elks Grove, California’s Kyle Larson to a $10,000 win in the Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Car Speed Week event presented by Red Robin. Ryan Watt of Boyertown, PA picked up the NASCAR 358 Modified victory and $3,000 at Grandview Speedway on Tuesday Night, as part of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series. With scattered showers over Grandview Speedway from noon to 7 PM the track crew and staff of Thunder on the Hill was determined to get this event in the books, and they did. The win also earned Kyle Larson his place on the Greg Hodnett Cup and perpetual trophy. Hodnett, a six time Thunder Champion and nine time Thunder on the Hill feature winner was remembered Tuesday night after losing his life in a racing accident in 2018.

In the 410 Sprint Cars, Larson overtook Freddie Rahmer to win was his third Grandview win in four years after scoring the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Speed Week event.

“Freddie (Rahmer) set such a good pace on the restarts, I’m surprised I could stay with him,” Larson said while celebrating his big payday. “At times we were good, it’s great to get a win.”

NASCAR Cup Series competitor, Christopher Bell set Fast Time and by the luck of the draw started on the pole of the 35-lap A-Main event. At the drop of the green flag, Bell pulled away to about a straightaway lead over Freddie Rahmer setting the pace for the first five circuits around the the one-third mile, Grandview high banks.

Bell’s night would come to an end quickly, after Kyle Reinhardt slowed collecting the leader, and handing the lead to Freddie Rahmer.

Rahmer hit lapped traffic on the 11th trip around the track, but that didn’t faze him, he switched lanes sliding passed cars, while Larson had his hands full battling Sammy Swindell for second position.

Larson would move into second on the 20th lap, and closed on Rahmer in lapped traffic.

A late race restart opened the door and Larson pulled a slide job on Rahmer, pulling away for the victory and the Greg Hodnett Memorial Cup.

Rahmer finished in second and Sammy Swindell rounded out the podium. Ryan Smith finished in fourth and Danny Dietrich completed the top five finishers.

There was no cruise control on the way to victory for Ryan Watt in the NASCAR 358 Modified feature event. Kevin Hirthler led the field to the green flag running side-by-side with Watt for the first 6 laps before Watt’s No. 14W machine could complete the pass.

The top five ran nose-to-tail with Watt leading the way followed by Hirthler, Craig VonDohren, Jeff Strunk and Brett Kressley. Kressley tangled with a lapped car, bringing out the first yellow flag of the night.

On the restart, the top-5 used every inch of the Grandview Speedway battling it out, with Strunk claiming the second spot.

Watt picked up the $3,000 win, Strunk settled for second, while Craig VonDohren, Kevin Hirthler, and Doug Manmiller rounded out the top five.

The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series returns on Tuesday, August 4 with the Ken Brenn Midget Masters featuring the USAC National Midget Series and the return of the NASCAR 358 Modifieds. More information on this and all of the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series events is available at

Race Results

410 Sprint Cars
Time Trials – 1. Christopher Bell 11.552, 2. Kyle Larson 11.581, 3. Aaron Reutzel 11.631, 4. Freddie Rahmer 11.634, 5. Cory Eliason 11.675, 6. Sammy Swindell 11.696, 7. Brock Zearfoss 11.722, 8. Anthony Macri 11.772, 9. Ryan Smith 11.790, 10. TJ Stutts 11.834, 11. Logan Wagner 11.850, 12. Danny Dietrich 11.851, 13. Lucas Wolfe 11.884, 14. Brandon Rahmer 11.895, 15. Kyle Reinhardt 11.904, 16. Lance Dewease 11.913, 17. Dylan Cisney 11.938, 18. Jared Esh 11.986, 19. Mike Wagner 11.986, 20. Kyle Moody 12.055, 21. Alan Krimes 12.065, 22. Brent Marks 12.092, 23. Ryan Taylor 12.132, 24. Chase Dietz 12.151, 25. JJ Grasso 12.200, 26. Robert Ballou 12.294, 27. Tyler Walton 12.333, 28. Brett Michalski 12.441, 29. Dave Carlberg 12.793, Rico Abreu N/T, Brent Shearer N/T
Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Ryan Smith 2. Christopher Bell 3. Lucas Wolfe 4. JJ Grasso 5. Alan Krimes
Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Sammy Swindell 2. Kyle Larson 3. TJ Stutts 4. Brandon Rahmer 5. Brent Marks
Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1. Brock Zearfoss 2. Logan Wagner 3. Aaron Reutzel 4. Kyle Reinhardt 5. Ryan Taylor
Heat 4 (10 Laps) – 1. Danny Dietrich 2. Anthony Macri 3. Lance Dewease 4. Freddie Rahmer 5. Brett Michalski
B-Main (10 Laps) – 1. Rico Abreu 2. Dylan Cisney 3. Robert Ballou 4. Kyle Moody
A-Main (35 Laps) – 1. Kyle Larson 2. Freddie Rahmer 3. Sammy Swindell 4. Ryan Smith 5. Danny Dietrich 6. Lance Dewease 7. Brock Zearfoss 8. Aaron Reutzel 9. Anthony Macri 10. Logan Wagner 11. JJ Grasso 12. Alan Krimes 13. Brent Marks 14. Ryan Taylor 15. Dylan Cisney 16. Lucas Wolfe 17. TJ Stutts 18. Kyle Moody 19. Brandon Rahmer 20 Robert Ballou 21. Brett Michalski 22. Kyle Reinhardt 23. Rico Abreu 24. Christopher Bell

NASCAR 358 Modifieds
Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Kevin Hirthler 2. Craig VonDohren 3. Richie Hitzler 4. Dylan Swinehart 5. Jack Butler 6. Ron Kline
Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Doug Manmiller 2. Ryan Watt 3. Briggs Danner 4. Brett Kressley 5. Ryan Beltz 6. Matt Stangle
Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1. Kyle Weiss 2. Jeff Strunk 3. Rick Laubach 4. Duane Howard 5. Brett Gilmore 6. Brian Hirthler
Consi (10 Laps) – 1. Ryan Krachun 2. Justin Grim 3. Richie Pratt 4. Mike Gular 5. Ray Swinehart 6. Mark Kratz
Feature (30 Laps) –1. Ryan Watt 2. Jeff Strunk 3. Craig VonDohren 4. Kevin Hirthler 5. Doug Manmiller 6. Kyle Weiss 7. Duane Howard 8. Rick Laubach 9. Mike Gular 10. Briggs Danner 11. Matt Stangle 12. Dylan Swinehart 13. Jack Butler 14. Ray Swinehart 15. Ryan Beltz 16. Ryan Krachun 17. Richie Hitzler 18. Richie Pratt Jr. 19. Brian Hirthler 20. Brett Kressley 21. Brett Gilmore 22. Justin Grim 23. Mark Kratz 24. Ron Kline

The Thunder on the Hill Racing Series extends a sincere thank you to all who came out Tuesday night and sat through the periods of rain and overcast skies.