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MARCH 30, 2020
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 215 327 3115
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

HEALTH & SAFETY OF FANS AND COMPETITORS FIRST, NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES PREPS FOR 31ST SEASON AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA – When the 2020 racing season at Grandview Speedway begins, NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series officials are hoping to offer their entire scheduled season of events at the Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania dirt track. We are experiencing unprecedented times and we ask everyone to follow the recommendations to keep yourself, family and friends safe until we see our way out of this pandemic.

“We hope to be back racing in time for our May 24 Modified Traffic Jam event, but our priority right now is the health and safety of our fans, competitors, and staff,” Co-promoter Bob Miller said.

Due to the guidelines recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Grandview Speedway is on a temporary delay to the start of their racing season.

Major sports leagues, NASCAR, and IndyCar Series are on hold indefinitely and several major sporting events have been cancelled.

“We’re all very excited about the events prepared for the 31st season of NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series events, and currently all of our events are planned to continue,” Miller said.

“I recently took part in a call with USAC and all participating tracks on their schedule and the Eastern Storm is still planned, along with the return of the USAC Midgets later in the year,” said Miller. The plan is to evaluate the situation every two week.

The 2020 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series is scheduled to open on Sunday, May 24, with the 23rd Annual Modified Traffic Jam joined by the Sportsman.

The second event of the Thunder on the Hill schedule is Tuesday, June 9 when the USAC AMSOIL National Non-Wing Sprint Car Series returns for Eastern Storm. In a statement released on March 25 USAC said, “USAC and its partner race track are working on a revolving two-week outlook on the upcoming races on the schedule and not wanting to make a decision too soon or too late.”

The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series continues on Tuesday, June 30 with the Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek Hodnett Cup for the 410 Sprint Cars; the USAC Midgets return for the Ken Brenn Midget Masters on Tuesday, August 4; Levan Machine and Truck Equipment presented the All Star Circuit of Champions on Thursday, August 27 – all of these events include NASCAR 358 Modifieds as the co-headlining class. The series wraps up on Saturday, October 17 with the Mods at the Madhouse Triple 20s for the Modifieds.

“Right now, the best thing we can do is stay home, with our families and be safe. We will keep everyone updated as necessary and urge everyone to follow along at www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com and on our social media channels.”

2020 Thunder on the Hill Race Dates:

Sunday, May 24 - THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES 7:30 PM, 23rd Annual Modified TRAFFIC JAM 40 Laps Plus Sportsman

Tuesday, June 9 - THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES 7:30 PM, USAC Non-Wing Sprint Tour Jesse Hockett Classic & 358 Modifieds*

Tuesday, June 30 - THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES 7:30 PM, Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Car Speed Week Hodnett Cup & 358 Modifieds*

Tuesday, August 4 - THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES 7:30 PM, USAC National Midgets Ken Brenn Midget Masters & 358 Modifieds*

Thursday, August 27- THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES 7:30 PM, Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprints & 358 Modifieds”

Saturday, October 17 - THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES 6 PM, MODS AT THE MADHOUSE Trick or Treat Triple 20’s & Sportsman

Grandview Speedway
GPS USERS: 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505
Located less than a mile off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA
Speedway Phone: 610-754-7688
Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Phone: 443-513-4456
Series Website: Track Website: www.grandviewspeedway.com
Twitter/Instagram: @TOTHRACING
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thunderonthehill

About Thunder on the Hill Racing Series
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 31 years of the most anticipated events of the racing calendar year after year. In 137 events, over $4.8 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, USAC Midgets, 360 & 410 Sprint Cars, Sportsman, Late Models, Midgets, Legend Cars, DIRTcar and ROC Modified events.

About Grandview Speedway
Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 58th Anniversary season in 2020. The facility offers free parking, quality food at reasonable prices (be sure to try the french fries), a program book, Grandview Speedway and Thunder on the Hill race wear and great viewing from every seat in the house. Race fans may take part in the Inside/Out promotion, where you can sign up (no charge) to watch warm-ups from inside turn four. Race fans are also invited to victory lane following the racing program and, race fans may enter the pits after the races to meet the drivers. Be ready to enjoy the spine-tingling fireworks salute on the feature event parade lap.

Mar
26

NEW DATE FOR INDY 500

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The Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridgehas been rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials from INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) announced today. The 104th edition of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" will air live on NBC, with the official green flag time to be announced at a later date.

The GMR Grand Prix will transition to Saturday, July 4 on the IMS road course as part of a historic double-header featuring the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and NASCAR. This first-of-its-kind racing event also will be televised by NBC on Independence Day.

The Indianapolis 500 was originally scheduled for Sunday, May 24, in its traditional spot on the calendar during Memorial Day weekend. The GMR Grand Prix was scheduled to be run on Saturday, May 9.

"The Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my favorite time of year, and like our fans, I am disappointed that we have had to reschedule the Indianapolis 500," Roger Penskesaid. "However, the health and safety of our event participants and spectators is our top priority, and we believe that postponing the event is the responsible decision with the conditions and restrictions we are facing. We will continue to focus on ways we can enhance the customer experience in the months ahead, and I'm confident we will welcome fans with a transformed facility and a global spectacle when we run the world's greatest race."

"Memorial Day weekend has always provided Indianapolis 500 fans an opportunity to honor the men and women who have fought and sacrificed for our nation's freedom," Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark Miles said. "This August, we'll also have a unique and powerful opportunity to honor the contributions and heroism of the doctors, nurses, first responders and National Guard members serving on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. We're grateful for the patience of our fans as we've navigated this situation, and we extend our thanks to NBC for its terrific partnership and diligent work to maximize broadcast coverage with this new schedule."

On-track action in August will begin at IMS with practice sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 12-13, followed by Fast Friday on Aug. 14 and Indianapolis 500 Qualifications on Saturday and Sunday Aug. 15-16. Each day of qualifications will be televised on NBC, providing more network coverage of qualifications for fans than in 2019. A full broadcast schedule will be released soon.

The following week's schedule will begin with hot pit-stop practice sessions on Thursday, Aug. 20 and include Indy Lights practice and qualifying. The Indy Lights Freedom 100 race, a significantly expanded Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge and final Indianapolis 500 practice will take place on Friday, Aug. 21 as part of Miller Lite Carb Day, followed by the public drivers' meeting and full-field autograph session on Saturday, Aug. 22 as part of Legends Day presented by Firestone.

As a result of the schedule changes at IMS, the INDYCAR races scheduled for Aug. 16 and Aug. 22 have been rescheduled. The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is now scheduled for Aug. 9, and the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway is now scheduled for Aug. 30. An updated 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES calendar is available at this linkand can also be found at the bottom of this release.

GMR Grand Prix Makes Historic Move

The GMR Grand Prix will take the green flag Saturday, July 4, before the first NASCAR Xfinity Series race on the IMS road course - the Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard. The unique holiday racing lineup will mark the first time that the NTT INDYCAR SERIES will compete at the same track on the same weekend as both the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Immediately following the live telecast of the GMR Grand Prix on July 4, NBC will air the first NASCAR race on the IMS road course with the Xfinity Series cars in action at the Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard.

"For very good reason, this historic pairing will be circled on the calendar of every motorsports fan," Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said. "We appreciate our friends at NASCAR for their flexibility and support in this matter and will work with them on a memorable, exciting weekend of racing action."

Tickets already purchased for the Indianapolis 500, GMR Grand Prix and associated on-track days such as Miller Lite Carb Day and Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying Weekend will be valid on the rescheduled dates. Individuals already in possession of those tickets should use them for entry. To learn more about the adjusted on-track schedule, review customer FAQ's and submit questions, fans can visit www.ims.com/COVID19.

Important Indy 500 Race Weekend Concert Update

All concerts scheduled for the original Race Weekend in May have been canceled. This includes REO Speedwagon and Styx on Friday, May 22, Luke Bryan on Saturday, May 23 and Martin Garrix on Sunday, May 24.

This decision was made to provide the maximum flexibility possible to complete the Indianapolis 500 by Sunday, Aug. 23 and provide room for any contingency plans necessary. IMS appreciates the understanding of fans and regrets that the COVID-19 situation has caused the cancellation of these events.

Fans who made concert-specific purchases will be able to access a credit for any IMS event, including the Indy 500, or choose to receive a refund. IMS concert customers will receive further communication on how to exercise their ticketing options.

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World of Outlaws


Contact: Nick Graziano
World of Outlaws PR
ngraziano@dirtcar.com

SPRINT CAR SERIES POSTPONES EVENTS THROUGH APRIL 9

Due to escalating concerns and mixed guidance from various county, state and health organizations with regard to the impact and response to COVID-19, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is postponing all events through April 9, effective immediately, in the wake of growing health concerns.

This decision has not been made lightly, and while everyone in our sport wants to race, we believe this is the right decision given the traveling nature of our Series and the local makeup of our events.

The Series will continue to monitor the situation as it develops, and provide additional information at a later date. The health and safety of our community is our top priority.

Updates on the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, not scheduled to compete until March 27, will be provided at a later date.

This affects the following events:
03/13/20 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Cotton Bowl Speedway
03/14/20 East Texas Lone Star Shootout LoneStar Speedway
03/21/20 Wildcat Shootout USA Raceway
03/22/20 Arizona Desert Shootout Arizona Speedway
03/28/20 SoCal Showdown Perris Auto Speedway
03/29/20 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Santa Maria Raceway
04/03-04/20 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Thunderbowl Raceway

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By INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway | Published: Mar 16, 2020

“We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks. Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials. We are planning for all contingencies and will be prepared to run the GMR Grand Prix and Indy 500 as the COVID-19 situation permits.”

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ByOfficial NASCAR Release NASCAR.com March 16, 2020 at 6:37 PM
“The health and safety of our fans, industry and the communities in which we race is our most important priority, so in accordance with recent CDC guidance, NASCAR is currently postponing all race events through May 3rd, with plans to return racing in Martinsville. We appreciate the patience of our fans and we look forward to returning to the race track. We intend to hold all 36 races this season, with future rescheduling soon to be determined as we continue to monitor this situation closely with public health officials and medical experts. What is important now transcends the world of sports and our focus is on everyone’s safety and well-being as we navigate this challenging time together.”

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Contact: Richie Murray - USAC Media / richie@usacracing.com

USAC STATEMENT REGARDING POSTPONEMENT OF MARCH RACES

Speedway, Indiana (March 16, 2020) - Given the uncertainty and ever-rapidly changing situation of the coronavirus pandemic in our country, the USAC management team is working cohesively with race promoters and track operators for races scheduled over the next 30 days. Decisions on each race will be made according to local, state and federal mandates that ensure the safety of all our fans and teams.

As of now, races scheduled for the CRA and West Coast Sprint Cars, as well as the Western Midget Series and Eastern SpeeD2 Midgets have been postponed through the end of March. At this time only those events have been affected.

We highly recommend that all USAC-sanctioned events adhere to the restrictions placed by local, state, and federal authorities, along with making every effort to follow guidelines and recommendations to help our fans, teams and competitors stay safe and healthy.

These are unprecedented times that we all are facing. We want to race just as much as anyone, but it will take us all working together to get back on track.

As we move forward USAC will continue to provide timely updates on all of our social channels:

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09

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