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NEWS FROM ROGERS FAMILY GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, BECHTELSVILLE, PA—THE 57TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON OF RACING

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: Esaxton144@aol.com – Cell phone: 267.934.7286

Race results provided by Vicki Gehris

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LAUBACH FIRST TIME 2019 WINNER IN NASCAR 358 MODIFIED FEATURE AT GRANDVIEW, ROOKIE PARKER GULDIN EARNS SECOND SPORTSMAN FEATURE WHILE BRETT PETERS AND WES CASSEL WIN VINTAGE FEATURES SATURDAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. AUGUST 25, 2019 . . . Rick “Scooby” Laubach became a weekly competitor in the 2019 TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified season on a regular Saturday night basis at Grandview Speedway after only running the beginning of the season events other times. He was actually the point leader in the early stages of the year until hampered by motor and other mechanical issues as he struggled some weeks to even qualify and would actually run another competitors car just to be able to make the feature.

This Saturday “The Quaker Shaker” had a better engine ready for action and it paid off.

Following a torrid battle with John Willman, Laubach piloted the Gary Hermann-owned Blinderman sponsored 358 Modified into the lead on the 24th lap of the 30-lap Modified feature, coming from 12th starting spot, and went on to chalk up his first career Saturday night feature victory.

Rookie Parker Guldin made a clean sweep of the TP Truck Equipment Sportsman activities. First he won his qualifying event and topped the night off with his second 25-lap feature victory. Once again he picked up an extra $100 for being the highest finishing crate engine powered Sportsman.

In the 20-lap Blast From The Past feature, Brett Peters won the Modified portion while Wes Cassel was the winner in the Vintage class.

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 Guldin

Friday night, August 30th, 7 p.m. action features Enduro and Vintage racing. The Enduro racers will offer a Big Car and Small car race, Junkyard race plus Xcel 600 Modifieds.

Another tripleheader show of action packed stock car racing is set for next Saturday, August 31, with a 7:30 p.m. starting time. Included in the excitement will be the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman and a first time visit of the XCEL 600 Modifieds. Adults pay $15 while youngsters under 12 are admitted free.

John Willman led the Modified feature for one lap before Richie Hitzler, a rookie, merged into first.

Jockeying for positions behind Hitzler were Willman, Ray Swinehart, Dylan Swinehart and Frank Cozze.

A homestretch tangle on the 11th lap between Justin Grim and Glenn Strunk regrouped the field as the yellow came out. The restart was void following a chain reaction tangle in the fourth turn. Hitzler continued to show the way when action resumed, but now second through fifth was comprised of Willman, Swinehart, Laubach and Cozze.

Willman was back in the top spot by the 14th lap and three laps later Laubach was in pursuit.

A three-way battle for third between Swinehart, Duane Howard and Cozze ensued ahead of Willman and Laubach.

In no time Laubach, in the Teo chassis mount, reeled in Willman and passed him for the lead on the 24th circuit.

Ryan Grim and Briggs Danner set up a one-lap shoot out to the checkered when they tangled in the second turn. Laubach wasted no time pulling away when the race went green again as he was determined to be in the winner’s circle at the conclusion. That’s exactly where he was earning a well-deserved triumph trailed by Willman, for the second week in a row; Howard, current point leader and last week’s feature winner came from 14th starting spot to gain fourth followed by Craig Von Dohren.

Heats were won by Willman, Howard, R. Swinehart and Jordan Henn. Justin Grim and Danny Erb won the consies.

At the drop of the green in the Sportsman feature Guldin was the early pacesetter. Behind him were Kenny Bock, Jesse Landis, Mike Mammana and Brad Brightbill, who was on a mission and came through the pack on the outside from the 14th starting spot to round out the top five.

Mammana inherited second on the sixth lap when Landis dropped out of competition allowing him to challenge Guldin.

Steve Young brought out the first yellow when he slowed coming off the fourth turn. Guldin held his own on the restart, but it was Brightbill making his presence known pullup a bit. Miller continued to show the way on the restart with pressure now coming from Chris Esposito, Bock, and Brightbill putting the pressure on.

The yellow was thrown again after a fourth turn multi-car tangle with 19 laps completed. The restart was thwarted when several cars made contact in turn one. Before the restart, Brightbill, running a solid second, pitted with a left rear flat tire. He did rejoin the race, but could only get back up to ninth. On the restart Guldin kept Mammana, Brad Arnold, Brian Hirthler and Ryan Beltz in tow.

The front running order never changed in the final laps as Guldin was triumphant again chased across by Mammana, Arnold and Beltz.

Young, Guldin and Mammana won the heats. The consi went to Mark Kemmerer.

Jeff Paulson led the Blast From the Past feature for seven laps before Andy Cassel moved in front on the eighth lap restart brought out when runner-up at the time Todd Lapp spun in the third turn.

In a few laps the front runners encountered lapped traffic and Brett Peters was closing in on Cassel very quickly. Peters took advantage of the situation to take over the lead on the 19th lap.

Peters never looked back and went on to take the win chased across the line by A. Cassel, Paulson, W. Cassel and Mike Garris Sr.

Lap sponsorships and heat race sponsorships for the September 21st Freedom 76 are available $20 for laps and $200 for a heat race. Check in with Tina Rogers or Tommy Kramer at the track. Telephone Ernie Saxton at 267.934.7286 for complete information.

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.

RACE RESULTS

T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Rick Laubach, 2. John Willman, 3. Duane Howard, 4. Frank Cozze, 5. Craig Von Dohren, 6. Brett Kressley, 7. Jeff Strunk, 8. Ray Swinehart, 9. Brett Gilmore, 10. Richie Hitzler, 11. Kenny Gilmore, 12. Jared Umbenhauer, 13. Doug Manmiller, 14. Kevin Hirthler, 15. Louden Reimert, 16. Dylan Swinehart, 17. Briggs Danner, 18. Ryan Grim, 19. Ron Kline, 20. Eric Biehn, 21. Danny Erb, 22. Kory Fleming, 23. Alex Yankowski (provisional), 24. Ryan Lilick, 25. Jesse Leiby, 26. Justin Grim, 27. Jorden Henn, 28. Glenn Strunk, 29. Craig Whitmoyer. DNQ: Kyle Kania, Mike Lisowski, Joe Funk III, Ron Myers, Steve Swinehart, Ron Seltmann Jr., Mark Levy, Bobby Gunther-Walsh and Josh Adams.

T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Parker Guldin, 2. Mike Mammana, 3. Brad Arnold, 4./ Brian Hirthler, 5. Ryan Beltz, 6. Kenny Bock, 7. Mark Kemmerer, 8. Kyle Lilick, 9. Brad Brightbill, 10. Nate Brinker, 11. Chris Esposito, 12. Lex Shive, 13. Kyle Smith, 14. Andrew Kreis, 15. Nathan Mohr, 16. Steve Desmelyk, 17. Brad Grim, 18. Shawn Light, 19. Jimmy Leiby, 20. Scott Kohler, 21. Steve Young, 22. Dean Bachman, 23. Jesse Landis, 24. Jack Butler.

Blast From the Past Feature (20-laps): 1. Brett Peters, 2. Andy Cassel, 3. Jeff Paulson, 4. Wes Cassel, 5. Mike Garris Sr., 6. Jon Lines, 7. Todd Lapp, 8. Bobby Hall, 9. Dominique Deglas, 10. Bill Gerhart, 11. Brock Jacobus, 12. Curt Neiman, 13. Wyatt Jacobus Sr., 14. Rich Orth, 15. Rich Decker, 16. Matt Smith, 17. Jay Garris, 18. Kevin Sponagle, 19. Tom Orth, 20. Cale Mutter, 21. Mike Stofflet, 22. Mike Mervine.

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Aug
23

THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

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AUGUST 23, 2019
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

LEVAN MACHINE AND TRUCK EQUIPMENT NIGHT BEATS ALL ODDS. . . . . .

AARON REUTZEL ROMPS IN THE RAIN FOR HODNETT CUP TRIUMPH, MIKE GULAR POCKETS $3,000 FOR MODIFIED CHECKERED FLAG AT GRANDVIEW

BECHTELSVILLES, PA (August 22, 2019) – It was a wet and wild night of racing at Grandview Speedway on Thursday night, as Levan Machine and Truck Equipment presented the Inaugural Hodnett Cup as part of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series. Aaron Reutzel was the winner of the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions feature earning $5,000 as Mike Gular won the NASCAR 358 Modified main event.

An unexpected rainstorm popped up just after All Star Sprint Car time trials, delaying the action for nearly 2 hours. Track crews worked vigorously, and with the help of drivers and teams, heat race events rolled out just before 10 PM. With a good crowd on hand everyone was determined to make every effort to get the show in and they did.

“We just want to race,” Reutzel said graciously thanking everyone during victory lane ceremonies. “I can’t thank the fans and the track team enough. We were lucky – and some days I’d rather be lucky than good.”

Luck was definitely on Reutzel’s side, starting the 35-lap event from the front row alongside Nashville, TN’s Paul McMahan. McMahan attempted to slide in front of Reutzel on the initial green flag start – but couldn’t complete the pass.

“I’m just glad I was able to get out in front of Paul,” Reutzel explained. “If he was able to get me at the beginning this would’ve turned out differently.”

Reutzel powered away to full straight-a-way lead, while Danny Dietrich, Ryan Smith, and Ryan Taylor battled for the third position.

With drivers settling in on an ultra-fast race track, lapped cars proved to a real challenge for Reutzel, a Clute, TX-native – closing the gap between him and McMahan, as laps clicked away.

“The lapped cars weren’t really cooperating with me today,” Reutzel offered in victory lane. “The track was fast and that was challenging.”

While McMahan, aboard the No. 13 machine, was able to lessen the leader’s advantage, he would pressure Reutzel, but couldn’t get close enough to really challenge.

The yellow flag flew for the final time on lap 26 – a huge benefit to Reutzel – who charged on to claim his second consecutive NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill All Star Sprint Car victory. Reutzel earned $5,000 for his efforts and added his name to the Hodnett Cup.

McMahan settled for the second position, Danny Dietrich finished in third, Ryan Smith finished in fourth, and Ryan Taylor rounded out the top five.

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Sprint Car Heats were swept by Pennsylvania drivers Ryan Taylor, Brock Zearfoss and Danny Dietrich. Aaron Reutzel set the quick time with 23 cars signing in for action.

Mike Gular of Harleysville, PA picked up the $3,000 win in the NASCAR 358 portion of the evening’s event.

Dylan Swinhart and Alex Yankowski made up the front row of the 30 lap feature event – but it was Gular who took the lead heading down the backstretch of the one-third-mile dirt track, with Duane Howard moving into the second position just one circuit later.

Gular and Howard dueled for the top spot for the first half of the event, before a lap 16 yellow flag slowed the action and reset the field.

A three-car battle for the win between Gular, Howard, and Jeff Strunk brought the event down to the wire.

Door-to-Door drag racing to the checkered flag, Gular picked up the win with Howard in second, Jeff Strunk in third, Craig VonDohren in fourth and Jared Umbenhauer in the fifth position.

Modified Heat races were won by Doug Manmiller, Jeff Strunk, and Dylan Swinehart. 29 NASCAR 358 Modifieds were signed in to compete.

The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series returns on Saturday, October 19 with the Modifieds in a Big Block and Small Block Showdown, Sportsman, and MASS 305 Sprint Cars.

For more information visit www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com

All Star Circuit of Champions

Time Trials 1 Aaron Reutzel 11.851 2 Ryan Smith 12.075 3 Cory Eliason 12.1 4 Gerard McIntyre 12.230 5 Ryan Taylor 12.233 6 Skyler Gee 12.246 7 Anthony Macri 12.271 8 Tony Stewart 12.288 9 Dale Blaney 12.290 10 Paul McMahan 12.292 11 Danny Dietrich 12.302 12 Justin Peck 2.339 13 Alan Krimes 12.364 14 Dave Blaney 12.391 15 Brandon Rahmer 12.425 16 Brock Zearfoss 12.514 17 Anthony Fiore 12.565 18 Freddie Rahmer 12.571 19 Kyle Reinhardt 12.573 20 Jeff Halligan 12.626 21 Greg Wilson 12.640 22 George Hobaugh 12.77 23 Brett Michalski 12.851

Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Ryan Taylor 2. Gerard McIntyre 3. Ryan Smith 4. Aaron Reutzel 5. Tony Stewart 6. Anthony Fiore 7. Skylar Gee 8. Anthony Macri

Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Brock Zearfoss 2. Paul McMahan 3. Justin Peck 4. Alan Krimes 5. Freddie Rahmer 6. Jeff Halligan 7. Brett Michalski

Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1. Danny Deitrich 2. Dave Blaney 3. Cory Eliason 4. Dale Blaney 5. Kyle Reinhardt 6. Brandon Rahmer 7. Greg Wilson 8. George Hobaugh

Dash (6 Laps) – 1. Aaron Reutzel 2. Paul McMahan 3. Ryan Taylor 4. Danny Dietrich 5. Ryan Smith 6. Dave Blaney 7. Brock Zearfoss 8. Gerard McIntyre

Feature (35 Laps) – 1. Aaron Reutzel 2. Paul McMahan 3. Danny Dietrich 4. Ryan Smith 5. Ryan Taylor 6. Dale Blaney 7. Dave Blaney 8. Tony Stewart 9. Brock Zearfoss 10. Cory Eliason 11. Freddie Rahmer 12. Kyle Reinhardt 13. Brandon Rahmer 14. Anthony Macri 15. Jeff Halligan 16. Greg Wilson 17. Skylar Gee 18. Brett Michalski 19. Anthony Fiore 20. Gerard McIntyre 21. Alan Krimes 22. George Hobaugh 23. Justin Peck

NASCAR 358 Modifieds

Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Doug Manmiller 2. Billy Pauch Jr. 3. Craig VonDohren 4. Ryan Watt 5. Briggs Danner 6. Louden Reimert

Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Jeff Strunk 2. Jared Umbenhauer 3. Richie Pratt, Jr. 4. Alex Yankowski 5. Rick Laubach 6. Kevin Hirthler

Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1. Dylan Swinehart 2. Duane Howard 3. Danny Erb 4. Mike Gular 5. Ryan Grim 6. Jack Butler

Feature (30 Laps) – 1. Mike Gular 2. Duane Howard 3. Jeff Strunk 4. Craig VonDohren 5. Jared Umbenhauer 6. Alex Yankowski 7. Brett Kressley 8. Rick Laubach 9. Briggs Danner 10. Ryan Watt 11. Richie Pratt Jr. 12. Dylan Swinehart 13. Brian Hirthler 14. Ryan Beltz 15. Doug Manmiller 16. Kevin Hirthler 17. Ryan Grim 18. Louden Reimert 19. Justin Grim 20. Ron Kline 21. Jordan Henn 22. Danny Erb 23. Billy Pauch Jr. 24 Jack Butler 25. Don Norris Jr.

SPECIAL NOTE: The staff and management of the Grandview Speedway and Thunder on the Hill Racing Series would like to thank all the race fans, drivers and car owners who each played a special part in getting this event completed. It was a most challenging night but we did present the full show. A thank you also goes out to the hard working track crew that turned around a near impossible challenge. Thank you to all!

Aug
19

THUNDER NEWS

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AUGUST 18, 2019

CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456

THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

LEVAN MACHINE AND TRUCK EQUIPMENT PRESENT. . . .

TONY STEWART’S ALL STAR SPRINTS & NASCAR MODIFIED DOUBLE HEADER AT GRANDVIEW THURSDAY NIGHT, BLANEY HOLDS TEN POINT LEAD OVER REUTZEL

BECHTELSVILLE, PA – Tony Stewart’s Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car series will invade the Grandview Speedway Thursday night, August 22 joining the NASCAR Modifieds in this always popular Double Header. This event is part of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series celebrating its’ thirtieth season at the one-third mile high banked oval. Event sponsor, Levan Machine and Truck Equipment out of Fleetwood, PA will be a big part of the event festivities.

A heated point chase is underway for the All Star Circuit of Champions title with Dale Blaney of Hartford, OH holding a ten point advantage over Aaron Reutzel of Clute, TX. Reutzel is the defending winner of the 2018 Thunder on the Hill All Star sprint event. Cory Eliason of Visalia, CA is third in points followed by Paul McMahan and local Jonestown, PA driver Brock Zearfoss is fifth in the point battle. Locals expected to chase the All Star win include Danny Dietrich, Ryan Smith, Freddie and Brandon Rahmer, Mark Smith, Ryan Taylor, Kyle Moody and JJ Grasso to name a few.

Local favorite Ryan Smith owns eight career wins with the All Stars but is still looking for that first Thunder on the Hill win at Grandview. Smith and others will be looking for this win as they chase the prestigious Hodnett Cup, an actual trophy of Greg Hodnett that annually will honor one of the all-time greats in sprint car racing. Hodnett, a nine time winner and six time Thunder Series Champion at Grandview Speedway lost his life in a racing mishap in September of 2018 in Central Pennsylvania.

Joining the All Star Sprints will be the popular NASCAR 358 Modifieds in this always popular double-header. Jeff Strunk is the winningest driver in Thunder on the Hill history and he will be challenged by Craig VonDohren, Duane Howard, Mike Gular, Rick Laubach, Brett Kressley and Doug Manmiller just to name a few. The modifieds will complete in a series of qualifying events leading up to the 30 lap, $3,000 to win feature event.

Tickets for Thursday, August 22 are $30 for adults, $10 for children age 6 to 11, and free for kids under 6. Pit admission is $35 and no license is required. Advanced ticket holder can access the general admission seating at 4:30 PM, thirty minutes before tickets go on sale.

Advanced tickets are available by calling 443-513-4456. Guests may pick-up their tickets and pay for them the night of the event after 3:30 PM. Please leave a message with your name, and the number of tickets you are requesting.

Grandstand gates open at 5:00 PM, with racing starting at 7:30 PM.

Greg Hodnett collected nine Thunder on the Hill Racing Series wins at the Grandview Speedway – sitting third on the all-time win list. The winner of the event will be photographed with the Hodnett Cup -- fabricated from one of Greg’s many trophies, a base was added where names of future event winners will be engraved. As a perpetual trophy, it will be available on race day for Victory Lane celebration, the winner’s name will be added along with the event date, and the trophy will be on display year-round at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing at the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds.

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 135 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 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.

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NEWS FROM ROGERS FAMILY GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, BECHTELSVILLE, PA—THE 57TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON OF RACING

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: Esaxton144@aol.com – Cell phone: 267.934.7286

Race results provided by Vicki Gehris

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HOWARD TAKES FIFTH NASCAR MODIFIED WIN AND INCREASES CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE POINT LEAD, BRIGHTBILL GETS FOURTH WIN AND CONTINUES TO LEAD SPORTSMAN POINT CHASE AT GRANDVIEW

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. August 18, 2019 . . . Five time NASCAR track champion Duane Howard, coming off a win in the rich Forrest Rogers Memorial the previous Saturday night at Grandview Speedway claimed back-to-back victories when he picked up his fifth victory of the season in the 30-lap TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified feature victory on Saturday night at Grandview.

The current point leader worked for this one battling with John Willman from the 15th lap through to the finish. Normally Howard tends to pick the inside groove to make a pass, but the second week in a row he took the outside path and was able to overtake Willman with five laps to go to park the Norm Hansell-owned No. 357 in the winner’s circle.

Brad Brightbill decided that after three straight second place finishes in the TP Truck Equipment NASCAR 25-lap Sportsman features it was time to change that status and move it up a notch. That’s exactly what he did when he posted his fourth feature win with runner-up Kenny Bock closing in on him, but didn’t have enough laps to get the job done.

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 Brightbill. Parker Guldin, who finished 14th in the Sportsman feature received an extra $100 from the track for being the first crate engine running.

On Thursday, August 22nd a Thunder on the Hill Series doubleheader, a Bob Miller/Rogers Family promotion, will be presented featuring Tony Stewart’s Ollie’s Bargain Stores All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprints and 358 Modifieds. Racing will kick off at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday night action returns on August 24th with a tripleheader show of T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman and Blast from the Past Vintage Racers. Action gets the green flag at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission is $15 and youngsters under 12 are admitted free.

Modified action saw polesitter John Willman, who has had more than his share of engine issues, grab the early lead with Dylan Swinehart, Richie Hitzler, Ryan Lilick and Eric Biehn in pursuit.

The caution flew with two laps completed after Mike Lisowski, another one having more than his share of misfortunes, was plagued once again and slowed in the fourth turn out of competition. After two false starts, Willman was still first, but now D. Swinehart, Joe Funk III, Hitzler and Howard completed the top five.

A three-way battle for second soon developed between D. Swinehart, Funk III and Howard with neither one ready to give up a position.

The red was thrown on the 13th lap when Hitzler hit the first turn wall with heavy impact and Nick DeSantis, left with nowhere to go, clipped the backend of the car. Thankfully no one was injured. Willman was still the leader, but now Howard was in the runner-up spot putting his bids in for first followed by D. Swinehart, Brett Kressley, who started deep in the 28-car starting grid in 24th and Funk III.

Howard made several bids for the lead underneath Willman, but none of them were successful.

With five laps remaining Howard switched to the high line to see if that would work. This attempt was a wise choice and he was now in first.

Howard never looked back once he became the new pacesetter and went on to chalk up another one in the win column. Chasing him across the line for his best finish of the season was Willman followed by Kressley, D. Swinehart and Kevin Hirthler.

A rarity in the Modified ranks was that ten time champion Craig Von Dohren, locked in a close point battle with Duane Howard, wasn’t an entry in the feature. Problems with his primary car in the heat forced him to switch to the back-up car for the consi. He also had issues with that and was forced to be a spectator the rest of the night.

Heats were won by Craig Whitmoyer, Hitzler, Willman and Hirthler. Briggs Danner and Kory Fleming won the consies.

Tom Miller, already a feature winner this year, took the early lead in the Sportsman feature with Parker Guldin, Bock and Sean Weiss in pursuit.

Jimmy Leiby hit the homestretch wall with heavy force which caused the red to be thrown. He was slightly shaken up a bit. Miller continued to show the way on the restart with pressure now coming from Chris Esposito, Bock, Brightbill and Guldin.

Esposito became the new leader on the tenth lap restart needed four a four-car tangle in turn four.

The lead changed hands for the third and final time when Brightbill charged ahead in the Leindecker powered mount on the 12th lap.

Bock overtook second on the 18th lap and set sail after Brightbill who had a slight edge built up over the field.

In the closing stages Bock was reeling in Brightbill, but time fell short and Brightbill was in the winner’s circle. Following Brightbill and Bock across were Esposito, Brian Hirthler and Ryan Beltz.

Kyle Smith, Bock and Guldin were the heat winners.

With Guldin finishing 14th in the Sportsman feature he earned a Crate Sportsman bonus.

Advance tickets for the September 21 Freedom 76 are now on sale. Mail a check or money order covering the number of tickets being ordered to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. Advance adult tickets are priced at $35 while tickets purchased on race day will be priced at $40. Youngsters 6 through 11 pay $10. Under six are admitted free. Please include a self-addressed envelope to speed delivery. Tickets will not be mailed after September 13.

Lap sponsorships, priced at $20, are presently available. Lap sponsors are included in the special track magazine, public address system announcements and more. In addition sponsorship of qualifying events and special awards are available. Heat races sell for $200. Those interested can contact Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797 or esaxton144@aol.com or check in with Tina Rogers or Tommy Kramer at the track.

RACE RESULTS

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

T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Brad Brightbill, 2. Kenny Bock, 3. Chris Esposito, 4. Brian Hirthler, 5. Ryan Beltz, 6. Kyle Lilick, 7. Mark Kemmerer, 8. Brad Grim, 9. Dean Bachman, 10,. Brad Arnold, 11. Kyle Smith, 12. Jesse Landis, 13. Sean Weiss, 14. Parker Guldin, 15. Wyatt Harrar, 16. Jack Butler, 17. Andrew Kreis, 18. Tom Miller, 19. Mike Koffel, 20. Scott Kohler, 21 Jimmy Leiby, 22. Nathan Mohr, 23. Steve Desmelyk, 24. Derrick Smith.

Aug
14

THUNDER ON THE HILL

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AUGUST 14, 2019

CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456

THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

ALL STAR 410 SPRINTS & NASCAR MODIFIEDS STORM THE HILL THURSDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 22 AS THUNDER ON THE HILL CONTINUES AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA – On Thursday, August 22 the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car series returns to Grandview Speedway to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series.

Presented by Levan Machine and Truck Equipment, the Hodnett Cup combines the 410 Sprint Cars in their final 2019 Grandview Speedway appearance – and the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, in an exciting double-header. Gates open at 5:00 PM and racing starts at 7:30 PM.

While the Thursday night event marks the return of the 410 Sprint Cars, and the return of Tony Stewart’s All Star Series, it will also be the Grandview return of 410 racer Ryan Smith.

One of the most popular drivers among fans, ‘The Kunkletown Kid’ was sidelined after and early-July incident at the Selinsgrove Raceway – and consequently missed the Thunder on the Hill Speedweek event. Returning in fine form a few weeks later, Smith set second-fast time at his first event back and has racked up consistent top-10 finishes in subsequent weeks.

However, Smith is still searching for his first NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series win, after coming close multiple times. Most famously in 2017, when the driver challenged Kyle Larson for the top-spot before a late race attempted pass sent him flipping into turn three.

The August 22 event at Grandview is doubly important to the Kunkletown, PA racer. In late 2018, Smith was tapped to pilot the Mike Heffner-owned machine previously piloted by Greg Hodnett – the namesake of the event -- who died in a racing incident in Central Pennsylvania.

“Greg was one of my idols growing up,” Smith said in a team release announcing his hiring. “I have huge shoes to fill.”

Smith holds eight wins with the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Stars, and hopes to lead the Red Robin Gourmet Burgers/Heffner Racing No. 72 machine to Grandview Speedway victory lane.

Tickets for Thursday, August 22 are $30 for adults, $10 for children age 6 to 11, and free for kids under 6. Pit admission is $35 and no license is required. Advanced ticket holder can access the general admission seating at 4:30 PM, thirty minutes before tickets go on sale.

Advanced tickets are available by calling 443-513-4456. Guests may pick-up their tickets and pay for them the night of the event after 3:30 PM. Please leave a message with your name, and the number of tickets you are requesting.

Grandstand gates open at 5:00 PM, with racing starting at 7:30 PM.

Greg Hodnett collected nine Thunder on the Hill Racing Series wins at the Grandview Speedway – sitting third on the all-time win list. The winner of the event will receive the Hodnett Cup -- fabricated from one of Greg’s many trophies, a base was added where names of future event winners will be engraved. As a perpetual trophy, it will be available on race day for Victory Lane celebration, the winner’s name will be added along with the event date, and the trophy will be on display year-round at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing at the Latimore Valley Fairgounds.

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 135 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 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.

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NEWS FROM ROGERS FAMILY GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, BECHTELSVILLE, PA—THE 57TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON OF RACING

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: Esaxton144@aol.com – Cell phone: 267.934.7286

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DUANE HOWARD EARNS $10K AS HE WINS FORREST ROGERS MEMORIAL AT GRANDVIEW

STEVE YOUNG WINS FIRST SPORTSMAN FEATURE OF THE SEASON

BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 11, 2018 . . . Duane Howard, the current TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified point leader, collected a hefty $10,000 payday when he took the checkered in his third Forrest Rogers Memorial 50-lap feature victory on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway in the activities broadcast by RCN TV, Allentown.

It was close for the five-time champion when Jeff Strunk regrouped the field when he slowed in turn four with a flat right rear tire bringing out the caution with five laps remaining in the 49th annual Rogers Memorial.. Despite a single file restart, runner-up Frank Cozze, who has been struggling this season, was all over Howard giving him a run for the big bucks. At one point Cozze nudged ahead coming off of the fourth turn, but when the lap counted it was Howard in front as the side-by-side action created some paint swapping.

Howard was determined to keep the Norm’s Save Station Bicknell No. 357 mount prepared by the hard working crew ahead in front and he went on to chalk up his fourth win of the season at the 1/3-mile banked clay oval.

Howard was honored to win the 49th running of the special event named in honor of founder Forrest Rogers as he has high praise for the entire Rogers family.

Steve Young won his first feature of the year which was his second career TP Truck Equipment NASCAR 25-lap Sportsman feature leading the event from start to finish.

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 Howard and Young. Parker Guldin, who finished fifth in the Sportsman feature received an extra $100 from the track for being the first crate engine running.

In the Modified feature polesitter and rookie driver Richie Hitzler took the early lead and set the pace for 11 laps until Ryan Lilick powered into first leaving Howard, coming from the 16th starting grid; Steve Swinehart, Hitzler, who fell back, and Kenny Gilmore jockey for the remaining top five positions.

The lead was swapped for the third time when Howard put the Carroll Hine powered mount into the lead on the 15th circuit.

It didn’t take Howard long to distance himself from his fellow competitors and with 23 laps in the books, he was upon the lap traffic and had to use heads up driving skills to pass them as he realized they were racing for positions also.

Meanwhile as Howard continued his torrid pace the action behind him was hot and heavy between Lilick, K. Gilmore, Cozze and Brett Kressley. Attempting to get into the mix were Kevin Hirthler and Craig Von Dohren, who had to qualify through one of the two consolation races and start 25th.

Gilmore overtook second on the 37th lap and set sail after Howard who had a huge lead built up with Cozze, Kressley and Von Dohren in tow.

Former Rogers Memorial winner Strunk brought out the caution late in the race with a flat tire and after a quick pit stop rejoined the action and was able to muster up a 12th place finish. The single file restart lined up – Howard, Cozze, Gilmore, Von Dohren and Kressley. When action went green again Cozze gave Howard no margin to err as he was right on his bumper. The pair raced door handle-to door handle and it appeared Cozze would put the Tom Umbenhauer-owned car in the lead as he edged ahead slightly, but Howard denied him that chance as he dove underneath out of four to keep the lead when the lap counted. Howard stayed in control and pulled into the winner’s circle to claim the win. Chasing him across the line were Cozze, for his season best finish; Von Dohren, coming on strong in the end; Gilmore, who also posted his best run and Kressley. Rounding out the top ten were Hirthler, Jared Umbenhauer, Lilick, Doug Manmiller, another one that had to get into the race through the consi, and Steve Swinehart.

The four qualifying heat winners were K. Gilmore, Lilick, Jorden Henn and Hitzler. Rick Laubach and Manmiller won the consies.

Sportsman competition saw Young charge into the early lead with pressure from Josh Adams, Parker Guldin, Nate Brinker and B.J. Joly.

Positions were constantly being exchanged behind Young, who had a straightaway lead built up by the ninth lap and was now being chased by Guldin, Brad Arnold, Adams and Mark Kemmerer.

Young encountered lapped traffic by the 12th lap allowing Arnold to reel him in.

An infield tire hit by another competitor and pushed onto the track brought out the yellow on the 18th lap erasing Young’s slight edge. The restart was void when Andrew Kreis hit the fourth turn wall with heavy impact and was uninjured. The next try was no better and Kenny Bock found himself assisted into the second turn wall. When another lap finally was recorded, Young was still first, but by now Arnold, Brad Brightbill, the current point leader; Kemmerer and Guldin completed the top five.

A one lap shoot-out was set up when Kyle Smith was sitting sideways along the homestretch infield. Young wasted no time moving out and Brightbill was now in second looking for another weekend win.

Young kept everyone at bay to go on to claim the win followed by Brightbill, for the third week in a row after he made the last lap pass; Arnold, Kemmerer and Guldin.

Arnold, Young and B.J. Joly were the heat winners.

Coming up next at Grandview Speedway is an August 17th doubleheader featuring the T.P.Trailers NASCAR Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. with spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters under 12 are admitted free.

RACE RESULTS

Forrest Rogers Memorial T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (50-laps): 1. Duane Howard, 2. Frank Cozze, 3. Craig Von Dohren, 4. Kenny Gilmore, 5. Brett Kressley, 6. Kevin Hirthler, 7. Jared Umbenhauer, 8. Ryan Lilick, 9. Doug Manmiller, 10. Steve Swinehart, 11. Glenn Strunk, 12. Jeff Strunk, 13. Craig Whitmoyer, 14. Rick Laubach, 15. Alex Yankowski, 16. Briggs Danner, 17. Richie Hitzler, 18. Ryan Grim, 19. Brett Gilmore, 20. Joe Funk III, 21. Kory Fleming, 22. Louden Reimert, 23. Jordan Henn, 24. John Willman, 25. Tim Buckwalter, 26. Dylan Swinehart, 27. Ray Swinehart, 28. Danny Erb. DNQ: Mark Kratz, Jesse Leiby, Ron Kline, Ron Myers, Kyle Weiss, Mike Lisowski, Justin Grim, Colt Harris, Nick DeSantis and Mark Levy.

T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Steve Young, 2. Brad Brightbill, 3. Brad Arnold, 4. Mark Kemmerer, 5. Parker Guldin, 6. Mike Mammana, 7. Jack Butler, 8. Brian Hirthler, 9. Brad Grim, 10. Jesse Landis, 11. Kyle Lilick, 12. Lex Shive, 13. Josh Adams, 14. Mike Koffel, 15. Jimmy Leiby, 16. Kyle Smith, 17. B.J. Joly, 18. Wyatt Harrar, 19. Ryan Beltz, 20. Kenny Bock, 21. Nate Brinker, 22. Andrew Kreis, 23. Tom Miller, 24. Ray Cost III, 25. Sean Weiss. DNQ: Derrick Smith.

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NEWS FROM ROGERS FAMILY GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, BECHTELSVILLE, PA—THE 57TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON OF RACING

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: Esaxton144@aol.com – Cell phone: 267.934.7286

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MEMORIAL NIGHT AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SATURDAY AND THERE WILL BE SOME FREE ITEMS FOR YOUNGSTERS

BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 7, 2019 . . . When the 49th annual Forrest Rogers Memorial, paying $10,000 to win for T.P.Trailers NASCAR Modifieds, takes place on Saturday there will be a couple of charities benefiting from the night of racing. In addition there will be some free items for youngsters coming out to see their heroes in action.

The Boyertown Area Multi-Service will benefit from the Preston’s Pantry Project that is being run in memory of young Preston, his mom Pamela and his unborn baby sister, Evelynn. Their lives were lost when they were caught up in the July 11th floods that ravaged the area.

All items that are donated at the track must be new and unopened. They are looking for microwaveable meals, kids’ snacks, detergents, mac and cheese and the list goes on. Check at www.grandviewspeedway.com for a list.

The very popular Safety Net Sanctuary Raffle Fundraiser is again being held at Grandview. Fans taking part in the raffle, which raises funds for animals at the Safety Net Sanctuary in Fleetwod, PA, will have a chance to win racing items, gift baskets and more. In addition donations of dry or canned cat and dog food will be accepted at the track. More info can be had from Lisa Marie Poper at 610.944.8099.

Free backpacks, just in time for school openings, courtesy of Craig Whitmoyer and Snyder Web Design, will be given away at the Rogers Memorial. Kids must pick up their free tickets Saturday night at the main entrance, right on up until heat races are completed, with five boys and five girls having their lucky tickets drawn at intermission to win the backpacks.

In addition to the backpacks school kits and activity books, all part of the KIDS DRIVE NASCAR KIT, will be given away at the main gate while supplies last on Saturday night.

And as a little extra attraction for the racers on Saturday night each heat and feature winning driver will receive a free one year subscription to Ernie Saxton’s Motorsports Sponsorship Marketing News, a publication that has helped racers across the country with their sponsorship marketing efforts.

A full series of qualifying events will be presented in both divisions of racing, Modifieds and Sportsman, on Saturday night starting at 7:30 p.m. Gates open for spectators at 5:30 p.m. Topping the night of racing will be a 25-lap feature for the T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman. And the highlight of the night will be the Forrest Rogers Memorial for T.P.Trailers NASCAR Modifieds rewarding the winner with $10,000.

Fans coming out at 5 p.m. will be able to meet Modified racer Kevin Hirthler along with Sportsman racers Brian Hirthler and B.J.Joly.

Adult admission for the exciting night of stock car racing is $25 while youngsters 6 thru 11 pay $5. Under 6 are admitted free. And pit admission is $30.

Rain date is set for Saturday, August 17th.

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

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