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ByOfficial NASCAR Release 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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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 March 6, 2020 . . . Close but no cigar just may describe Bobby Gunther Walsh’s stock car racing career. Though he has won a number of qualifying events he has not grabbed a win in a main event.

The popular, very popular, racer will be giving it another try in 2020 when he goes racing with the NASCAR T.P.Trailers Modifieds at Grandview Speedway. This will be his 26th year of racing and he is looking forward to it.

The WAEB-790 AM radio personality continues to be the number one on air personality at the Allentown in the Lehigh Valley area. He has been behind the microphone for close to 40 years and his show can also be seen on Service Electric Cable TV and Blue Ridge Cable.

And he continues to be one of the most popular racing talents seen in action on the one-third-mile, banked clay track each Saturday night throughout the season. When the events are over it is not difficult to find Walsh in the pit area as there is always a long line of fans visiting with him and collecting some of the free stuff provided by his many sponsors that he gives away.

The veteran racer would love to earn that first feature win this season at the NASCAR sanctioned racing facility. “I get a great deal of personal satisfaction out of racing, driving the race car, the challenges there are and just being out there racing against so many great talents, “said the Allentown resident.

When asked his age, Gunther responded with, “I graduated with Fred Flintstone so that should give you an idea of how old I am.” In other words he did not want to share that secret information with us.

His charity work continues to be very important to Bobby. He is actively involved with Allentown Rescue Mission (Helping homeless Men and their families) $155,000 raised in 2019 serving Gunther’s homemade meatballs. I have known Bobby for years and I am still waiting for him to ship me a few meatballs.

Animals In Distress (No Kill Shelter) $160,000 raised in 2019 with the Radiothon

Children’s Home of Easton (Helping abused/abandoned children) $170,000 raised plus Christmas presents with the WAEB Children’s Home Christmas Party

The Center For Animal Health and Welfare (No Kill Shelter) $115,000 raised with the annual Bowl-A-Thon held at one of his sponsors (Jordan Lanes) locations.

The Blue Star Mothers was Bobby’s veterans charity in 2019 (It is switched every couple of years). They average around $50,000 each year.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Student of the Year MC/PR and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year MC/PR

And there are a host of other smaller events.

ResQ Natural Supplements, Dr. Eric Lebby & Dr. Thomas Dibenedetto, Orthopedic Specialists, Agentis Kitchen and Bath, Eden East, Paul Wright Roofing, Zongora Comfort Solutions, Just Born/Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales top the list of almost three dozen sponsors.

This season Bobby will be driving a 2019 Bicknell powered by Outlaw Engines. The always sharp looking racer will be prepared and housed by Rick Fenstermaker and his crew.

At the track, the crew is headed by Greg “Speedy” Saeger supported by Paul Rupert, Randy Miller, Joe Walsh and newcomer Travis Boyer. As Bobby is quick to point out none of the racing is possible without great efforts by the crews and great support from sponsors.

Bobby Gunther will be kicking off his 26th season of racing with the Third Annual VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Money Marker Memorial at Grandview which rewards the winner with $7,500 and the prestige of winning a race named after the late popular track owner.

Adult admission for the Rogers Memorial is $28 while pit admission is $40.

Grandview Speedway will kick off their regular season schedule of NASCAR racing on Saturday, April 11th featuring T.P.Trailer Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman. Racing will start at 7 p.m.

Enduro and Vintage racing is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.

And there is the annual free-to-the public practice session, open to all divisions, set for 12 noon on March 28th. Pit admission is $30.

The complete schedule of Grandview events for 2020 can be found at The track telephone number, for information, is 610.754.7688.

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 and marketing: Ernie Saxton @ 215.752.7797: Email: – Cell phone: 267.934.7286




BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 1, 2020 . . . One of the most talked about and most anticipated race events to be presented at Grandview Speedway each season marking the start of the 58th consecutive season of racing is set to happen when the Third Annual VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker Classic is presented on Saturday, April 4.

The race, a 50-lapper on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval, will feature the Small Block Modifieds going up against Big Block Modifieds (Combined Modifieds) with the winner walking off with at least $7,500.

Pits will open at 2 p.m. while grandstand gates will be ready for business at 5 p.m. The green flag falls at 7 p.m.

New Yorker Matt Sheppard was the big winner over a field of more than 50 entries in 2019.

Both Duane Howard, Grandview’s NASCAR track champion in 2019, and Craig Von Dohren, winner of many events and championships at the Bechtelsville clay track, like the fact that the race pays $7,500 to win. And they like that every racer that makes the main event will go home with at least $1,000.

The Rogers Memorial, as in the past, is expected to attract quite a few outsiders as they seek the big bucks for the win and the prestige of winning the Classic named in memory of the late track owner. But of course the weekly regulars joining Howard and VonDohren is expected to include Doug Manmiller, Brett Kressley, Jared Umbenhauer, Kevin Hirthler, Ray Swinehart, and Kenny Gilmore along with many others.

Also attracting a lot of attention will be a strong field of the popular TP Truck Equipment Sportsman stock cars making up the second part of this special doubleheader event.

Those wishing to enter the race, there is no license required and no entry fee, can do so at

The rain date is set for Saturday, April 11th.

As in the past campers will be allowed on the speedway grounds on race days. However the campers must be removed by the day following the event. No longer will campers be allowed to stay on the speedway grounds all season. If campers are not removed they will be towed off the property.

If the rain date is not needed the first of the weekly series of NASCAR sanctioned championship events will be presented with the TP Trailers Modifieds and TP Truck Equipment Sportsman taking part. This will be the regular Saturday night attraction throughout the season plus added attractions from time to time. Adult admission for the regular Saturday night events will be $15 while youngster under 12 being admitted for FREE.

The annual free-to-the-public practice session, open to all divisions of racing, is set for Saturday, March 28th at noon.

Enduro and Vintage cars will be featured in action on Sunday, March 21 at 1 p.m. Rain date is March 22.

Fans are reminded that season passes remain available for $350 and cover all the Saturday night events during the 2020 season. Checks may be mailed to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope to speed delivery.

Grandview Speedway, a one-third-mile banked clay oval, is located on Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA, just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information check in a or on Facebook. Telephone 610.754.7688.


MEDIA NOTE: Those who have requested 2020 media credentials and have not heard from us your credential will be on the way in mid-March. The credential is reserved for media planning to be regular visitors to Grandview. Requests, including contact info, affiliation and mailing address should be sent to Ernie Saxton at Thank you.

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Mike Stefanik Atlantic City TQ Midgets January 2010 (Mike Calla/Wheels of Speed Photo)

Article By Ryan Gaydos | Fox News

NASCAR champ Mike Stefanik, 61, dies in plane crash near Rhode Island.

NASCAR champion Michael Stefanik died Sunday in a single-engine plane crash near the Rhode Island state line, police said. He was 61.

Stefanik took off in a single-engine, single-seat Aerolite 103 from the Riconn Airport in Coventry, R.I., and was turning back to the airfield when it crashed in a wooded area near the airport, Connecticut state police said.

NASCAR confirmed Stefanik was killed in the crash.

“Mike Stefanik was one of the most successful drivers in NASCAR history, but even more so, he was a true representative of our sport,” NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France said in a statement. “His tough, competitive nature and excellence on the race track won him the admiration of fans and competitors alike.”

Stefanik was popular in the NASCAR circles, being named the Busch North Series Most Popular Driver in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2004. He won the Busch North Series in 1997 and 1998.

He made a name for himself in Whelen Modified Tour circuit winning the championship in 1989, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2006. He was also named as a top 10 all-time driver in the series in 2003.

His nine total championships tie him with Richie Evans for most in NASCAR history.

He holds the Whelen Modified Tour record with 74 victories from 1985 to 2014.

Stefanik never made it to the NASCAR Cup series, but competed in 26 races each in the Busch (now Xfinity) and Craftsman Truck (now Gander Outdoors) series during his career.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @Gaydos_.

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PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MARKETING: Ernie Saxton @ 215.752.7797: Email: – Cell phone: 267.934.7286

Race results provided by Vicki Gehris


Howard and Brightbill Crowned 2019 Grandview Speedway Point Champions


BECHTELSVILLE, PA SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 . . . Brett “The Threat” Kressley avoided being involved in two red flagged incidents that blocked the track during the running of the T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified 30-lap feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway in the action sponsored by WNPV 1440 AM Radio, Lansdale. The Orefield leadfoot went on to chalk up his third win of the season.

Ryan Beltz overtook Tom Miller to become the new leader on the sixth lap of the TP Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman 25-lap feature to claim his first win of the season and become the 15th different winner in the series. The last time Beltz stood in victory lane was June 30, 2018.

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 Jesse Leiby and Beltz. Wyatt Harrar, who finished 10th in the Sportsman feature received an extra $100 for being the highest finishing crate engine driver.

Kressley and Beltz may have won the battle by winning their respective features, but it was Duane Howard and Brad Brightbill that won the war claiming the 2019 point championship title in their divisions.

Howard, involved in some early mishaps finished seventh, but had enough points to actually clinch the crown last week; earned his sixth Modified point title at the 1/3-mile oval behind the wheel of the Norm’s Save Station/Norm Hansell-owned No. 357. Howard, who praised Norm and the crew for providing him with a great car powered by a Carroll Hine engine every week, said it takes a team effort to win a championship.

Sportsman point champion Brightbill, who missed a feature earlier in the year on the night they ran a make-up feature in which he had engine problems and didn’t participate in the regular show feature, still had enough points to earn his first title ever in his self-owned No. 19. He became the fifth different driver to earn the title since 2015.

The big one, the 49th annual Freedom 76, is set for Saturday, September 21 at 7 p.m. The winner walks off with at least $25,000.

Kicking off the weekend will be the Freedom 38 Sportsman action on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The event pays $2,000 to win and is sure to attract a stellar field of Sportsman racing talent.

The Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprints will also be part of the doubleheader show. Featured with the Sprints will be standout racers such as Eddie Wagner, Tom Carberry, Tim Tanner, Jr., and others.

Jesse Leiby, a rookie that started competing midway through the season, took the early lead in the Modified feature trailed by the son and father duo of Steve and Ray Swinehart; Brett Gilmore and Craig Whitmoyer.

With five laps completed, Ray Swinehart took over second and set his sights on Leiby.

The first yellow was thrown on the 17th lap when Louden Reimert slowed between the third and fourth turn, but then pulled away. R. Swinehart, winless since the Forrest Rogers Memorial on September 1, 2018, became the new leader when action resumed.

The red had to be thrown on the 19th lap for a multi-car accident that blocked the track that eliminated defending point champion Mike Gular and Frank Cozze. Eight cars were out of contention on the restart red in turn one. It was Swinehart in front when racing went green again followed by Doug Manmiller, Leiby, Kressley and Whitmoyer.

Kressley was slicing through the pack advancing a position almost every lap and by the 22nd lap he was challenging Swinehart for the lead.

A new leader emerged on the 24th lap when Kressley stormed past Swinehart for the number one position to become the third different front runner.

Once Kressley took command he never looked back and pulled the family-owned No. 19K into the winner’s circle to post his 12th career Modified feature victory. Claiming his season best finish in second was Swinehart followed by Manmiller, who despite a damaged race car in third; early leader Leiby in fourth and Whitmoyer fifth who had his best run since May 4, 2019.

The four qualifying heats were won by Danny Erb, Brett Gilmore, Whitmoyer and R. Swinehart. Rick Laubach and Gular won the consies.

Sportsman action saw Tom Miller take the early lead to set the pace for three laps before the red was thrown when one of the back runners was pinched into the third turn guard rail which triggered a chain reaction that eliminated ten cars. Jack Butler, who was also involved, was shaken up a bit. Miller resumed the lead on the restart with Scott Kohler, Beltz, Dean Bachman and Wyatt Harrar in pursuit.

Beltz moved into second on the fifth lap and one lap later he put the Just Cruisin’ No. 221 at the head of the pack.

Within no time Beltz had a straightaway lead built up leaving Kohler, Bachman, Brandon Edgar, a feature winner earlier in the year and Brian Hirthler dicing for the remaining positions.

Positions behind Beltz were constantly changing, but he never faltered and went on to garner his third career win. Having his best finish of the year was runner-up Bachman, followed by Hirthler, newly crowned point champion Brightbill, who managed to come home in fourth after being involved in the third lap incident and having to go pit side before rejoining the race in time and Brad Arnold, who was also a feature winner this year.

Kohler, Steve Young, Parker Guldin and Mike Mammana won the heats. Consies went to Nate Brinker and Kenny Bock

Fans attending Friday’s doubleheader featuring the Freedom 38 for Sportsman and Mid-Atlantic Sprints will also have this as the final opportunity to purchase their Freedom 76 tickets for just $35 rather than the race day price of $40.

Admission for the Friday night show is $12 for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 through 11 and admission is free for kids under 6. Starting time is 7:30 p.m. There is no rain date for this event.

Then on Saturday the $25,000 to win dirt track racing classic, the 49th Annual Freedom 76, is expected to attract many of the top names. Gates for advance ticket holders open at 3 p.m. while admission gates will open at 3:30 p.m.

The first qualifying event will get the green at 7 p.m.

Adult tickets are priced at $40, youngsters 6 through 11 pay 10 and kids under 6 are admitted free.


T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Brett Kressley, 2. Ray Swinehart, 3. Doug Manmiller, 4. Jesse Leiby, 5. Craig Whitmoyer, 6. Glenn Strunk, 7. Duane Howard, 8. Eric Biehn, 9. Jeff Strunk, 10. Alex Yankowski, 11. Craig Von Dohren, 12. Timmy Buckwalter, 13. Ryan Anderson, 14. Ryan Grim, 15. Louden Reimert, provisional; 16. Rick Laubach, 17. Justin Grim, 18. Briggs Danner, 19. Steve Swinehart, 20. Brett Gilmore, 21. Jared Umbenhauer, 22. Mike Lisowski, 23. Kenny Gilmore, 24. Dylan Swinehart, 25. Mike Gular, 26. Frank Cozze, 27. John Willman, 28. Danny Erb, 29. Kevin Hirthler. DNQ: Ron Kline, Bobby Gunther Walsh, Ron Myers, Kevin Beach, Kory Fleming, Clay Butler, Richie Hitzler, Meme DeSantis, Glenn Owens and Colt Harris.

T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Ryan Beltz, 2. Dean Bachman, 3. Brian Hirthler, 4. Brad Brightbill, 5. Brad Arnold, 6. Brandon Edgar, 7. Scott Kohler, 8. Kyle Smith, 9. Jesse Landis, 10. Wyatt Harrar, 11. Tom Miller, 12. Jimmy Leiby, 13. Brad Grim, 14. Steve Young, 15. Mark Kemmerer, 16. Joey Vaccaro, 17. Mike Koffel, 18. Parker Guldin, 19. Mike Mammana, 20. Kyle Lilick, 21. Chris Esposito. 22. Jack Butler, 23. Nate Brinker, 24. Kenny Bock, 25. Andrew Kreis, 26. Doug Snyder. DNQ: Josh Adams, Mike Schneck, Kris Ney, Ray Cost III, Shon Elk, Andy Clemmer, Matt Clay, Lex Shive, Shawna Schibilia and Tyler Peet.

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Presenting Saturday night NASCAR stock car racing plus a variety of special events. Track office: 610.754.7688

PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MARKETING: Ernie Saxton @ 215.752.7797: Email: – Cell phone: 267.934.7286





BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 10, 2019 . . . The final NASCAR point races of the season are set for this Saturday, September 14th, at Grandview Speedway with the running of WNPV-AM Radio Champion’s Night. Duane Howard is the pacesetter in the T.P.Trailers 358 Modified division while Brad Brightbill is leading the standings in the T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman division.

During the season, there have been 19 feature races presented in each division with 59 racers competing in the Modifieds and 50 in the Sportsman. Twelve different racers have won Sportsman features while the Modifieds have had 9 different winners making for a very competitive season.

With all the different winners during the season it is anyone’s guess to who will be feature winners in the season finale point races.

Attendees coming out on Saturday will have a chance to say hello to ten time champion Jeff Strunk as part of the Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet which gets started at 5 p.m. Sportsman rookie, a two feature winner, Parker Guldin will also be part of the event as will Jimmy Leiby, winner of the Sportsman feature last Saturday.

Fans will have the opportunity to win pairs of tickets for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup race, October 6, at Dover International Speedway along with a four pack of “ride all day with coaster” tickets to the popular Knoebel’s Amusement Park, America’s largest free admission park which features the #1 Wooden Roller Coaster in the world, the Phoenix, all courtesy of WNPV.

Adult admission is just $15 while youngsters under 12 are admitted free. Racing gets the green flag at 7:30 p.m.

Howard, a five time track champion, leads the Modified standings with 4905 points. Craig Von Dohren is second having earned 4469 counters. Brett Kressley is just 3 points behind Von Dohren with 4466 tallies. Doug Manmiller is fourth with 4098 points and Rick Laubach holds fifth with 4024.

In the Sportsman Brightbill has 3943 counters going into the final point night. Second is Brian Hirthler, a past champion, is second with 3558 points. In third is Brad Grim holding 3533 tallies. In fourth is Kyle Lilick having earned 3473 points and fifth spot belongs to Brad Arnold with 3334 counters.

And when this night of action packed racing is over all attention will turn to the 49th edition of the Freedom 76. Many of the top names in dirt track Modified stock car racing have won the Freedom 76 Classic at Grandview Speedway. And there are many top names in the sport that are still without a win in the prestigious race. Many past winners and non-winners will be entered in the September 21st 49th Annual Freedom 76, the richest event of its type in the area, looking to grab the $25,000 first place money and the prestige that goes with the victory. With that kind of money being offered you just never know who will show up.

Veteran racer and WAEB-AM Radio personality Bobby Gunther Walsh has again signed on to sponsor the Freedom 76 Hard Charger Award in the amount of $500. It is supported by three of his sponsors including Mrs T’s Pierogies, Just Born and Res-Q.

And the night before, the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series will be in action along with the $2,000 to win Freedom 38 for Sportsman.

Both nights of racing will start at 7 p.m.

Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown in Bechtelsville, PA. For information check in at, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.


1. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66/357H 4905*****

2. Craig Von Dohren, Oley, PA #1C 4469****

3. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 4466**

4. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #44M 4098*

5. Rick Laubach, Hellertown, PA #7L 4024*

6. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19/1H 3883

7. Jeff Strunk, Boyertown, PA #126 3772****

8. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA #117 3666

9. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #4 3308

10. Louden Reimert, Oley, PA #16 3062

11. Alex Yankowski, Covington Twp., PA #84Y 3023

12. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17 2876

13. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 2575

14. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA #21K 2538

15. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #OG7/14 2462

16. Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA #23X 2403

17. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 2333

18. Briggs Danner, Allentown, PA #6/78D 2314

19. Ron Kline, Salford, PA #355 2121

20. Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA#33 2059

21. Dylan Swinehart, Fleetwood, PA #81 2008*

22. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA #49 1924

23. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44 1890

24. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 1805

25 Clay Butler, Bloomsbury, NJ #4B 1712

26. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA #14RR 1704

27. John Willman, Reading, PA #74W 1576*

28. Justin Grim, Orefield, PA #611/61 1517

29. Richie Hitzler, Lebanon, PA #22 1499

30. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA #77H 1420


1. Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA #19 3943****

2. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4*/117 3558**

3. Brad Grim, Coplay, PA #13 3533

4. Kyle Lilick, Collegeville, PA #104 3473*

5. Brad Arnold, Bethel, PA #830 3334*

6. Mark Kemmerer, Green Lane, PA, PA #F10 3187

7. Jack Butler, Phillipsburg, NJ #5 3077**

8. Kyle Smith, Fleetwood, PA #77 3015

9. Dean Bachman, Emmaus, PA #65 2484

10. Jesse Landis, Gilbertsville, PA #976 2388

11. Ryan Beltz, Barto, PA #221 2306

12. Mike Mammana, Nazareth, PA #31 2259

13. Andrew Kreis, Boyertown, PA #6K 2250

14. Lex Shive, Pennsburg, PA #5K 2099

15. Kenny Bock, Birdsboro, PA #6 1916

16. Parker Guldin, Fleetwood, PA #11 1912**

17. Brandon Edgar, Lehighton, PA #57 1786*

18. Nate Brinker, Allentown, PA #14 1647

19. Nathan Mohr, East Greenville, PA #17M 1532*

20. Chris Esposito, Hatfield, PA #31A 1324

21. Scott Kohler, Boyertown, PA #12S 1264

22. Derrick Smith, Telford, PA#20 1232*

23. Sean Weiss, Gilbertsville, PA #24 1171*

24. Tom Miller, Gilbertsville, PA #77T 1128*

25. Josh Adams, Douglassville, PA #44A 1124

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

NASCAR point events.)

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BECHTELSVILLE, PA. September 8, 2019 . . . John Willman led the past three T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified 30-lap features, but always fell laps short of being in victory lane at the drop of the checkered.

The veteran racer missed several Saturday nights at the 1/3-mile Grandview Speedway oval due to engine problems or lack of crew help.

The “Ultimate Underdog” hasn’t won a feature since April 3, 2010, but Willman changed the status of that to be the ninth different winner this season in the Modified division. He ran every groove possible once he put the Hampton Bros./Carroll Hine powered No. 74W in front on the seventh lap. No matter which lane runner-up and current point leader Duane Howard ran he couldn’t get around or underneath him for the pass. Not only did Willman have to deal with Howard, Jeff Strunk joined the mix near the end for a three-way battle.

Willman dedicated the win to his father-in-law who is in ill-health and his wife Beth who was not in attendance since she was home with him.

In the TP Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman 25-lap feature, 16-year-old rookie Jimmy Leiby, who became a regular competitor with a crate motor in late July, took over the lead on the eighth lap and went on to win his first-ever career victory by holding off a fast closing second place Mike Mammana who gained ground as they approached lap traffic. Leiby is the 14th different winner in the division

Andy Cassel won the 10-lap Modified feature in the Blast From The Past while Rich Decker collected the win in the Vintage 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 Willman and Leiby. An extra $100 went to Leiby for being the highest finishing crate engine driver.

The final NASCAR point races of the season are set for Saturday, September 14 as WNPV-AM Radio Champion’s Night is presented. The T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds and T.P.Trucks Equipment Sportsman racing talents will battle it out for the lucrative championships and top point finishing positions.

Fans will have the opportunity to win pairs of tickets for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup race, October 6, at Dover International Speedway along with a four pack of “ride all day with coaster” tickets to the popular Knoebel’s Amusement Park, America’s largest free admission park which features the #1 Wooden Roller Coaster in the world, the Phoenix, all courtesy of WNPV.

Jesse Leiby led six laps of the Modified feature enduring pressure from Eric Biehn and Willman.

Biehn while running a solid second, found himself facing the wrong direction in the second turn with Steve Swinehart, left with nowhere to go becoming involved in the sixth lap caution. On the restart Willman charged into first while Whitmoyer followed through for second to challenge. Leiby, Frank Cozze and Howard made it a five-way battle for the lead.

Cozze, who was right in the thick of things in third, stopped in the fourth turn out of contention on the lap 12 restart. It was still Willman showing the way with the top five composed of Whitmoyer, Howard, Strunk and Craig Von Dohren. Trying to get into a top five position was Brett Kressley.

Willman ran the middle, top and bottom portion of the track in anticipation of keeping Howard behind him. Howard had taken over second on the 15th lap and was running the highest path possible to try to become the new leader.

Right behind Willman and Howard, Von Dohren and Whitmoyer were waiting in anticipation for either one to falter and advance a position.

The top five remained the same bumper-to-bumper until Kressley overtook fifth on the 22nd lap.

Despite the struggle to gain a position the order never changed.

Howard made one last ditch effort to dive underneath Willman coming in for the checkered, but it was useless and Willman earned a crowd-pleasing fourth career Saturday night triumph. Howard was a close second trailed by Howard, Von Dohren and Kressley.

Ron Kline, Steve Swinehart, Jesse Leiby and Justin Grim were the heat winners while the consies went to Clay Butler, returning after his barrel-roll along the homestretch a few weeks ago and Timmy Buckwalter.

Steve Young led seven laps in the Sportsman feature before Tom Miller, while running second, spun in the fourth turn. The lead changed hands on the restart when Leiby shot past Young. Mammana followed through for second at the same time.

Within a few laps Leiby opened up some daylight over the rest of the top five that consisted of Mammana, Brad Brightbill the current point leader; Young and Jesse Landis.

Mammana reeled in Leiby, who was caught behind lap traffic, with two laps to go, but he didn’t have enough time and Leiby went on to victory with Mammana, Brightbill, Young and Landis in tow.

Young, Leiby and Miller won the heats. The consi was won by Brad Grim.

Time is running out to sign up for lap sponsorships and heat race sponsorships for the September 21st Freedom 76 are available $20 for laps and $200 for a heat race. Great opportunities to wish your favorite driver well or gain some great exposure for your business. Check in with Tina Rogers or Tommy Kramer at the track. Telephone Ernie Saxton at 267.934.7286 for complete information. Doug Manmiller Electric and Stoudt Auto Sales have signed up to sponsor qualifying heat races along with BFP Specialties and Bashore Trucking while T.P.Trailers and Truck Equipment are sponsoring ten laps.

And don’t forget that advance tickets are on sale for the 49th Annual Freedom 76 set for September 21. Buy in advance and pay $35 while on race day an adult ticket will run $40.


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

T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Jimmy Leiby, 2. Mike Mammana, 3. Brad Brightbill, 4. Steve Young, 5. Jesse Landis, 6. Brian Hirthler, 7. Lex Shive, 8. Kyle Lilick, 9. Brad Grim, 10. Mark Kemmerer, 11. Nate Brinker, 12. Brad Arnold, 13. Kyle Smith, 14. Jack Butler, 15. Brandon Edgar, 16. Joey Vaccaro, 17. Andrew Kreis, 18. Parker Guldin, 19. Andy Clemmer, 20. Wyatt Harrar, 21. Tom Miller, 22. Scott Kohler, 23. Ryan Beltz, 24. Dean Bachman.

Blast From The Past Modified Feature (10-laps): 1. Andy Cassel, 2. Brett Peters, 3. Jeff Paulson, 4. John Lines, 5. Mike Stufflet, 6. Todd Lapp, 7. Scott Schaeffer, 8. Bobby Hall.

Blast From The Past Vintage Feature (10-laps): 1. Rick Decker, 2. Dominique Deglas, 3. Wes Cassel, 4. Mike Garris, 5. Curt Neiman, 6. Bill Gerhart, 7. Tom Orth, 8. Brock Jacobus, 9. Wyatt Jacobus, 10. Matt Smith, 11. Kevin Sponagle.