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Oct
15

Thunder on the Hill Racing Series

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OCTOBER 14, 2017
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

BRETT ‘THE THREAT’ KRESSLEY DOMINATES HAUNTED HALLOWEEN ON ‘THE HILL. . .

KRESSLEY, HIRTHLER, AND STILLWAGGON SCORE FIRST NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES WINS AT GRANDVIEW

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (October 14, 2017) – It was a spooky Halloween night, but there weren’t any tricks for Brett Kressley, as the 25-year-old scored his first NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series victory at the ‘Mods at the Madhouse Traffic Jam’ on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway.

“This felt like the longest race of my life,” an elated – and champagne-soaked – Kressley said in Victory Lane. “I had a really strong car tonight, and I can’t thank my crew enough for all their hard work.”

The Orefield, PA driver couldn’t have had a better night, scoring the win in his qualifying heat race and picking the first position in the Modified redraw of top qualifiers. Known as ‘The Threat,’ Kressley took the lead at the outset of the 40-Lap feature, and held off the best-of-the-best in Modified competition to score the $5,000 victory.

At the drop of the green flag, Kressley shot away from the 24-car field pulling a full-straightaway lead by the just the third circuit around the one-third-mile dirt oval.

The first yellow flag flew on the seventh lap when Oley, PA’s Duane Howard spun in turn four -- while running in the top-five -- after contact with Boyertown, PA’s Ryan Watt. Both cars were sent to the rear of the field.

On the restart, Kressley rolled back into the lead with Danny Erb following closely behind, while Kenny Gilmore and Craig VonDohren challenged for the third position.

Kressley held control at the half-way mark with Erb and Gilmore holding in the top-three positions. The battle for fourth was heating up between 2017 Track Champion, Craig VonDohren and Freedom 76 winner, Jeff Strunk.

The action came to a stop on lap 26, when Dan Bouc, of Pipersville, PA, flipped his No. 32 Modified in turn 2.

It was all Kressley in the final stretch – but it wasn’t easy for the young racer as a group of veterans were hot on his heels. Danny Erb would finish in the second position, Kenny Gilmore in third aboard the Bailey No. 81, Jeff Strunk finishing in the fourth position and Billy Pauch Jr. finishing in the fifth spot.

Ringoes, NJ’s Ryan Godown brought the Searock Fabrications No. 26 home in sixth, Ryan Watt rallied back to finish in seventh, Mike Gular in eighth, Billy Pauch in ninth and Jared Umbenhauer rounding out the top-ten finishers.

Initial fourth-place finisher Craig Von Dohren was found light at the scales and was penalized to the 24th position.

2017 Grandview Speedway Sportsman Champion, Brian Hirthler picked up the $1,300 win in the Madhouse Sportsman event, starting on the pole and holding off a hard-charging Matt Stangle at the conclusion of the 25-lap main event. Hirthler bookended his 2017 racing season with a win on opening night and a win to conclude the season.

Neshanic, NJ’s Matt Stangle finished in second, Mark Kemmerer in third, Jim Houseworth finished in fourth, and Brad Brightbill finished in fifth.

Despite a busted radiator, Ryan Stillwaggon of Burlington, NJ scored his first career Grandview Speedway win in the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Car Series. Stillwaggon dominated the 25-lap feature event and scored the victory despite slowing drastically in the closing circuits. Tim Tanner Jr. came home in the second position, 2017 MASS Series Champion Eddie Wagner finished in third, Austin Bishop in fourth, and Dave Brown in fifth.

THUNDER NOTES

41 Modifieds signed-in for action during the 18th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Halloween Party event. Heat races were won by Jared Umbenhauer, Ryan Watt, Brett Kressley, and Duane Howard. Last chance consolation events were won by Ryan Godown and Scott Albert.

Brett Kressley became the 26th different NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Modified winner in 68 races. Jeff Strunk holds the most wins with 12.

The Mods at the Madhouse 40 marked the 18th House of Thunder Halloween events and the conclusion of the 28th season of NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series action.

Plans for the 2018 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series are already taking place with a potential Easter Sunday Modified spectacular and the possible addition of the USAC Midgets.

For more information about NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series visit www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com or follow along on Facebook.com/ThunderontheHill

Modifieds

Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Jared Umbenhauer 2. Billy Pauch 3. Meme DeSantis 4. Rick Laubach 5. Ryan Grim

Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Ryan Watt 2. Craig VonDohren 3. Danny Erb 4. Kevin Beach 5. Kevin Hirthler

Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1. Brett Kressley 2. Billy Pauch Jr. 3. Kenny Gilmore 4. Jeff Strunk 5. John Willman

Heat 4 (10 Laps) – 1. Duane Howard 2. Dan Pannepacker 3. Danny Bouc 4. Addison Meitzler 5. Mike Gular

Consi 1(10 Laps) – 1. Ryan Godown 2. Ray Swinehart

Consi 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Scott Albert 2. Doug Manmiller

Mods at the Madhouse Traffic Jam (40 Laps) – 1. Brett Kressley 2. Danny Erb 3. Kenny Gilmore 4. Jeff Strunk 5. Billy Pauch, Jr. 6. Ryan Godown 7. Ryan Watt 8. Mike Gular 9. Billy Pauch 10. Jared Umbenhauer 111. Ray Swinehart 12. Ryan Grim 13. John Willman 14. Addison Meitzler 15. Kevin Beech 16. Scott Albert 17. Danny Bouc 18. Rick Laubach 19. Doug Manmiller 20. Kevin Hirthler 21. Meme DeSantis 22. Duane Howard 23. Dan Pannepacker DQ: Craig VonDohren (light at the scale)

Sportsman

Heat 1 (8 Laps) – 1. Mark Kemmerer 2. Brian Hirthler 3. Steve Young 4. Jim Housworth 5. Roger Manning 6. Lex Shive

Heat 2 (8 Laps) -- 1. Jim McGovern 2. Kenny Bock 3. Brad Grim 4. Matt Stangle 5. Jordan Henn 6. Louden Reimert

Heat 3 (8 Laps) -- 1. Joe Funk 2. Craig Whitmoyer 3. Derrick Smith 4. Billy Osmun 5. Brad Brightbill 6. Nathan Mohr

Consi (8 Laps) – 1. Kyle Lilick 2. Mike Lisowski 3. Brad Arnold 4. Caleb Ross 5. Ryan Lilick 6. Andy Clemmer

Feature (25 Laps) – 1. Brian Hirthler 2. Matt Stangle 3. Mark Kemmerer 4. Jim Housworth 5. Brad Brightbill 6. Miek Lisowski 7. John McGovern 8. Louden Reimert 9. Brad Arnold 10. Cale Ross 11. Derrick Smith 12. Steve Young 13. Lex Shive 14. Tom Princiotta 15. Kyle Lilick 16. Brad Grim 17. Andy Clemmer 18. Nathan Mohr 19. Jordan Henn 20. Kenny Bock 21. Roger Manning 22. Billy Osmun DQ: Joe Funk (light at the scale), Ryan Lilick (light at the scale)

MASS Sprint Cars

Heat 1 (8 Laps) -- 1. Austin Bishop 2. Ryan Stillwaggon 3. Jeff Geiges 4. Tommy Carberry, Jr. 5. Zack Burd

Heat 2 (8 Laps) -- 1. Eddie Wagner 2. Stefanie Carberry 3. Tim Smolenyak 4. Dave Brown

Heat 3 (8 Laps) -- 1. Dave Bonner 2. Tim Tanner 3. Tom Carberry, Sr. 4. Scott Frack 5. Brandon Poff

Feature (25 Laps) – 1. Ryan Stillwaggon 2. Tim Tanner 3. Eddie Wagner 4. Austin Bishop 5. Dave Brown 6. Stefanie Carberry 7. Tom Carberry, Sr. 8. Tommy Carberry, Jr. 9. Scott Frack 10. Jon Haegele 11. Jeff Geiges 12. Zack Burd 13. Dave Bonner 14. Tim Smolenyak 15. Dan Leper 16. Bryant Davis 17. Brandon Poff 18. Chad Connor

Watch for coming announcements about the 2018 Thunder on the Hill Racing Season

Oct
08

Thunder on the Hill Racing Series

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OCTOBER 8, 2017
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SET FOR HALLOWEEN PARTY SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14
BILLY PAUCH EYES FIRST EVER NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL MODIFIED WIN SATURDAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (October 8, 2017) – Legendary Billy Pauch has achieved many accomplishments in modified racing, winning features and championships at almost every race track in the Northeast. Pauch has won the prestigious Freedom 76 at Grandview and won eleven Thunder on the Hill sprint car feature events, but going into the Saturday night, October 14 Mods at the Madhouse 40 lap Traffic Jam, he is still looking for his first Thunder Series modified victory.

Pauch is one of many drivers pre-entered for the season finale that will pay $5,000 to win, $1,000 for tenth and $500 to start the main event. And just for the record, Billy Pauch Jr is the defending winner of this event.

This haunting Halloween trick-or-treat celebration is on tap for fans attending Grandview Speedway’s ‘Triple Thunder Thriller’ 2017 Modified Traffic Jam finale on Saturday, October 14 with the green flag falling at 6 PM. The rain date is Sunday, October 15 with a 5 PM starting time.

The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presents Mods at the Madhouse – the conclusion of the 28th season of Thunder action – featuring the popular Halloween Party, is a full-show with three divisions of racing action including a Big-Block vs. Small-Block Modified challenge Traffic Jam, the Sportsman division, and the MASS Sprint Cars.

Fans are invited to come dressed for the occasion, Halloween costumes will be the popular attire of the night with awards going out to best dressed for children and adults. Please expect some Halloween candy and of course, this night always provides some tricks and treats along the way.

The roster of pre-entries joining the Pauch family include Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren, Duane Howard, Ryan Godown, Rick Laubach, Ryan Watt, Mike Gular, Danny Bouc, Kenny Gilmore, Jared Umbenhauer, Justin Grim and Steve Young just to name a few.

There is no entry fee but drivers must pre-enter to be eligible for the posted payoff. Drivers may pre-enter by calling 443 513 4456.

A special rules package is offered as a ‘treat’ to the region’s competitors, with both American Racer and Hoosier tires allowed for competition, and either Big-Block or Spec Small-Block engines permitted.

The popular Sportsman division is also on the card, competing for a $1,300 top prize for 25-laps of competition on ‘the hill.’ A loosened tire rule is in effect for the Sportsman – competitors are allowed to compete on Hooser or American Racer rubber. Grandview Sportsman rules are in effect and competitors are allowed to run sail panels. Full rules are available on the Grandview Speedway website.

The MASS Sprint Cars will compete in heat race qualifying action and a 25-lap A-Main. Standard MASS club rules apply to competitors.

The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Haloween Party has been a staple of the Grandview Speedway schedule for over 15 years and will once again include the fan Costume parade. Race fans young and old are encouraged to dress in costume to be eligible for special Halloween prizes.

‘Joe the Pizza Dude’ will offer up hot, delicious, and FREE pizzas to the rowdiest of race fans before the action kicks off. Make some noise when ‘The Pizza Dude’ comes around, to earn yourself a free pizza!

Fans interested in early admission can take part in our Advance Ticket program. Advanced tickets are available by calling 443-513-4456, where you can leave a message with your name, contact number, and the number of tickets you would like. Tickets may be paid for, and picked-up at the Grandview Speedway Will Call window on race night after 3:00 PM. Advanced ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 3:30 PM a full half-hour before General Admission tickets go on sale.

General Admission ticket pricing for Saturday, October 14 is $25 for adults, Children 6-11 are $10 and Kids 5 & Under are FREE! Pit Area admission is $35, and a license is not required.

The Pit gates open at 2:00 PM, Advanced ticket holders can enter at 3:30 PM, General Admission gates open at 4:00 PM and the first Green flag flies at 6:00 PM. In the event of rain, Sunday, October 15 will be the rain date with 5 PM starting time.

NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series as the title sponsor joined by Pioneer Pole Buildings, Levan Machine and Truck Equipment and GALCO Business Communications.

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: http://www.grandviewspeedway.com
Twitter/Instagram: @TOTHRACING
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thunderonthehill

About Grandview Speedway
Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 55th Anniversary season in 2017. 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. For more information visit:

www.grandviewspeedway.com

Sep
23

THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING NEWS

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SEPTEMBRER 23, 2017
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

$5,000 To Win, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to Start Mods at the Madhouse Traffic Jam

THUNDER SERIES TO CLOSE OUT SUCCESSFUL SEASON AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (September 23, 2017) – The twenty-eighth season of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series will close out a successful season when the annual House of Thunder Halloween Party invades the Grandview Speedway Saturday night, October 14. What a season that started with Brady Bacon winning the USAC event as Kyle Larson took the victory in the 410 Sprint Speed Week Series as Freddy Rahmer Jr won the Tony Stewart, Smoke of the Hill event in August. Huge crowds turned out for all three events of the Thunder Series, well known for presenting the top divisions and only the premier traveling series in the country.

The Mods at the Madhouse event of 2016 was a thriller with Billy Pauch Jr taking the win after a hard fought battler with Ryan Watt and Craig VonDohren who closed in on the leaders in the final laps of the 40 lap main event. How ironic, Pauch, Watt and VonDohren finished one-two-three and all three cars were, number 14.

The real eye catcher for this Traffic Jam event is the payoff. A respectable $5,000 will go to the winner, and for the rest of the field, $1,000 will go to the tenth place finisher and an unheard of $500 just to start a forty lap feature event. For the drivers and owners, no membership fees and no entry fees.

Expect a “thriller” with a three division program that will include the Big Block Modifieds/358 Modifieds plus the Sportsman and MASS Sprint Cars. Be part of a spooky night on the hill with this “Triple Thunder Thriller”. Gates open at 4 PM with racing getting underway at 6 PM. In the event of rain, Sunday, October 15 will be the rain date with gates opening at 3 PM and a 5 PM starting time

Fans are invited to come dressed for the occasion, Halloween costumes will be the popular attire of the night with awards going out to best dressed for children and adults. Please expect some Halloween candy and of course, this night always provides some tricks and treats along the way.

With a special rules package offered, the region’s top Modified racers are expected to be in attendance. Hometown heroes like Craig Von Dohren, Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard and Doug Manmiller defend the Berks County oval against New Jersey invaders Billy Pauch Jr. and Ryan Godown. Young and hungry drivers like Danny Bouc, Jared Umbenhauer, and Ryan Krachun search for their first Thunder on the Hill Victory.

The rules package allows for competition from Big-Block and Spec 358 engines and both American Racer and Hoosier tires. No open small block motors are permitted. For further rule information visit www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com

Along with an exciting Modified main event, the Sportsman will compete in a series of qualifying events leading up to the $1,300-to-win, 25-lap feature event. The MASS Sprint Car Series will battle with heat race qualifying ending the night with their 25 lap main event. It’s a three division Triple Thunder Thriller close to a popular 2018 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series.

Helping to celebrate the Spooky Night will be a stunning firework display prior to the start of the modified main event.

The Pioneer Pole Buildings Mobile Sales Unit will be on display in the mid-way along with all of the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series mainstay promotions including the Low Down & Dirty Radio Show pre-race Meet and Greet, pit area tours, the Inside/Out Experience – where fans can watch hot laps from the infield, Joe ‘The Pizza Dude’ offering up free pizzas to the rowdiest fans, give-a-ways, and appearances by Miss Thunder on the Hill, Lauren Fischer.

Spectator gates will open at 4 PM, with racing action set for 6:00 PM. Adult General Admission is $25, Children 6-11 are $10, and Children 5 and Under are Free of Charge. Pit Area pricing is $35 and a license is not required.

Fans have the ability to camp out at the Speedway. Campers are asked to park in the turn 4 parking area, there are no hook-ups available, and no box camping allowed. Track officials ask that all fires be contained. There is no fee for camping.

NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series as the title sponsor joined by Pioneer Pole Buildings, Levan Machine and Truck Equipment and GALCO Business Communications.

2017 Thunder Racing Series Schedule:
Mods at the Madhouse Halloween Party – Saturday, October 14 6 PM – Big-Block/358 Modifieds 40 Laps, Sportsman & MASS Sprints

Rain Date: Sunday, October 15 Start time: 5 PM

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

About Grandview Speedway
Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 55th Anniversary season in 2017. 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.

Aug
27

MODS at the MADHOUSE

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AUGUST 27, 2017
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

NAPA AUTO PARTS present. . . .

HALLOWEEN PARTY & MODS AT THE MADHOUSE TO CLOSE OUT THUNDER SERIES SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (August 27, 2017) – Don’t walk under a ladder and be careful if a black cat crosses your path as you enter the through the gates of Grandview Speedway on Saturday night, October 14. Expect a “Thriller” with the annual NAPA Auto Parts House of Thunder Halloween Party and the Mods at the MADHOUSE. Be part of a spooky night on the hill as the Big Block Modifieds and 358 Modifieds battle for $5,000 to win the 40 lap Mods at the Madhouse feature that offer $1,000 to finish tenth and $500 just to start the main event. Also on the program will be the Sportsman stock cars along with the MASS Sprint Series in an all out “Triple Thunder Thriller”. Gates open at 4 PM with racing getting underway at 6 PM. In the event of rain, Sunday, October 15 will be the rain date with gates opening at 3 PM and a 5 PM starting time

Fans are invited to come dressed for the occasion, Halloween costumes will be the popular attire of the night with awards going out to best dressed for children and adults. Please expect some Halloween candy and of course, this night always provides some tricks and treats along the way.

With a special rules package offered, the region’s top Modified racers are expected to be in attendance. Hometown heroes like Craig Von Dohren, Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard and Doug Manmiller defend the Berks County oval against New Jersey invaders Billy Pauch Jr. and Ryan Godown. Young and hungry drivers like Danny Bouc, Jared Umbenhauer, and Ryan Krachun search for their first Thunder on the Hill Victory.

The rules package allows for competition from Big-Block and Spec 358 engines and both American Racer and Hoosier tires. No open small block motors are permitted. For further rule information visit www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com

Along with an exciting Modified main event, the Sportsman will compete in a series of qualifying events leading up to the $1,300-to-win, 25-lap feature event. The MASS Sprint Car Series will battle with heat race qualifying ending the night with their 25 lap main event. It’s a three division Triple Thunder Thriller close to a popular 2018 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series.

Helping to celebrate the Spooky Night will be a stunning firework display prior to the start of the modified main event.

The Pioneer Pole Buildings Mobile Sales Unit will be on display in the mid-way along with all of the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series mainstay promotions including the Low Down & Dirty Radio Show pre-race Meet and Greet, pit area tours, the Inside/Out Experience – where fans can watch hot laps from the infield, Joe ‘The Pizza Dude’ offering up free pizzas to the rowdiest fans, give-a-ways, and appearances by Miss Thunder on the Hill, Lauren Fischer.

Spectator gates will open at 4 PM, with racing action set for 6:00 PM. Adult General Admission is $25, Children 6-11 are $10, and Children 5 and Under are Free of Charge. Pit Area pricing is $35 and a license is not required.

Fans have the ability to camp out at the Speedway. Campers are asked to park in the turn 4 parking area, there are no hook-ups available, and no box camping allowed. Track officials ask that all fires be contained. There is no fee for camping.

NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series as the title sponsor joined by Pioneer Pole Buildings, Levan Machine and Truck Equipment and GALCO Business Communications.

2017 Thunder Racing Series Schedule:
Mods at the Madhouse Halloween Party – Saturday, October 14 6 PM – Big-Block/358 Modifieds 40 Laps, Sportsman & MASS Sprints

Rain Date: Sunday, October 15 Start time: 5 PM

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 28 years of the most anticipated events of the racing calendar year after year. In 125 events over $4.2 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, Legends Cars, DIRTcar and ROC Modified events.

About Grandview Speedway
Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 55th Anniversary season in 2017. 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.

Aug
18

Thunder Race Results

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Freddie Rahmer #51 on the last lap on his way to take the checker (Wheels of Speed Photo)



AUGUST 17, 2017
CONTACT: Bob Miller 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

Levan Machine & Truck Equipment Smoke on the Hill was a Huge Success. . . . .

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: FREDDIE RAHMER COLLECTS GRANDVIEW THUNDER CUP ALL STAR VICTORY

BECHTESLVILLE, PA (August 17, 2017) – In front of a jam-packed NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series crowd, Freddie Rahmer of Salfordville, PA became a third-generation winner at Grandview Speedway collecting the victory in the 3rd Annual Thunder Cup presented by Levan Machine and Truck Equipment.

“My Dad won here, My Grandfather won here, I can’t begin to tell you how much it means to win here,” an elated Freddie Rahmer said in victory lane.

Mark Smith of Sunbury, PA and Ryan Smith of Kunkletown, PA led the 26 car field to the green flag. Mark Smith pulled to the lead quickly with Ryan Smith close in tow, and Freddie Rahmer powering past Swindell into the third spot.

The leaders hit heavy lapped traffic on the sixth circuit around the one-third mile – with Mark Smith weaving in and out of cars, extending his lead over the pack. Smith’s sizable lead was short lived as traffic closed the gap between the top runners giving Ryan Smith the opportunity to pounce on Mark Smith.

A Lap 13 red flag flew for Hunter Mackison, who got upside down in turn 2, clearing the boiler plate and landing off the race track. The incident that retired Mackison and Brandon Rahmer.

Mark Smith charged back to the top spot when the race resumed, while Ryan Smith fought hard for the second spot with Freddie Rahmer. Rahmer dove to the inside of the race track crossing under Ryan Smith, but Smith battled back on the inside.

The yellow flag flew on lap 21 for Brandon Spithaler. During the yellow flag, the right rear tire of leader, Mark Smith’s machine went flat sending the No. M1 pit side. Fortunately for Smith, a caution on the restart allowed him to change the tire and rejoin the field.

Ryan Smith inherited the lead and charged to the top side of turn one on the restart, maintaining control on the top side of the one-third-mile speedway. Smith held the top spot for four circuits before Rahmer was able to shoot toward the inside of the race track completing the pass on lap 25.

It was all Rahmer for the balance of the 35-lap feature event, maintaining a lead of five-car-lengths when the checkered flag flew.

Ryan Smith would settle for the second position, Spring Grove, PA’s Greg Hodnett in the third spot, St. Helena, CA’s Rico Abreu in fourth, and Phoenixville, PA’s Brian Montieth rounding out the top five.

Alan Krimes of Denver, PA took home a $150 hard-charger bonus. Chad Kemenah set Quick time of the evening with a lap of 11.545. Heat races were won by Sammy Swindell, Dale Blaney, Ryan Smith, and Mark Smith.

Minersville, PA’s Mike Lisowski scored a hard fought victory in the 25-lap Sportsman feature, collecting a $1,300 winner’s share.

Nathan Mohr and Jack Butler led the 24-car field to the green flag with Butler jumping out to the early lead and dominating the first-half of the racing event. Lisowski – from a fifth place starting position – moved into third in the early stages of the event, and despite multi-car battles took the lead just passed the halfway point.

Lisowski’s main challenge came mid-way through the race when Jordan Henn powered from a 12th place starting position to battle for the top spot. No one could dethrone Lisowski, who claimed the victory.

Ryan Higgs came home in the second position, Louden Reimert in third, Joe Funk in fourth, and current Grandview weekly point leader, Brian Hirthler.

The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series returns on Saturday, October 14 for Mods at the Madhouse. A Big-Block vs. Small-Block challenge event that also includes Sportsman, and MASS 305 Sprint Cars.

For more information about the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series visit www.ThunderontheHillRacingSeries.com and follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TOTHRACING

Thunder Notes

33 410 Sprint Cars and 41 Sportsman cars were signed into attendance.

Levan Machine and Truck Equipment of Fleetwood, PA was the presenting Sponsor of the event and displayed snow plows, tool boxes, and other commercial vehicle equipment.

Chad Kemenah’s Quick Time of 11.545 was close to Jeff Shepard’s track record of 11.433

Many fans in attendance were on-hand to witness three-time NASCAR Cup Champion, Tony Stewart compete against Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions. Stewart timed ninth in Time Trials, and the team changed an engine after heat race action. Stewart finished 14th in the A-Main

Popular 410 Sprint Car ace, Rico Abreu competed for the second time of 2017 after participating in this year’s PA Speedweek event.

410 Sprint Car Time Trials -- 1. Chad Kemenah - 11.545 2. JJ Grasso - 11.547 3. Freddie Rahmer - 11.558 4. Sammy Swindell - 11.569 5. Rico Abreu - 11.583 6. Greg Hodnett - 11.591 7. Brock Zearfoss - 11.598 8. Lucas Wolfe - 11.610 9. Tony Stewart - 11.655 10. Brandon Spithaler - 11.676 11. Danny Dietrich - 11.704 12. Tim Schaffer - 11.722 13. Dale Blaney - 11.740 14. Mark Smith - 11.775 15. Brian Monteith - 11.808 16. Tyler Esh - 11.825 17. Tyler Ross - 11.838 18. Alan Krimes - 11.875 19. Caleb Helms - 11.890 20. Hunter Mackison - 11.944 21. Ryan Smith - 11.960 22. TJ Michael - 11.982 23. Jordan Mackison - 11.983 24. Brandon Rahmer - 11.992 25. Robbie Stillwagon - 12.155 26. Justin Barger - 12.168 27. John Garvin - 12.188 28. Brandon Matus - 12.189 29. Max Stambaugh - 12.243 30. Joe Kata - 12.246 31. Bradley Howard - 12.481 32. Brent Matus - 12.589 33. Caleb Armstrong - 15.650

Heat 1 – 1. Sammy Swindell 2. Tim Shaffer 3. Brock Zearfoss 4. Freddie Rahmer 5. Tyler Esh

Heat 2 – 1. Dale Blaney 2. Chad Kemenah 3. Brian Montieth 4. Greg Hodnett 5. Tyler Ross

Heat 3 – 1. Mark Smith 2. Lucas Wolfe 3. Danny Dietrich 4. Tony Stewart 5. Alan Krimes

Heat 4 – 1. Ryan Smith 2. Rico Abreu 3. Caleb Helms 4. Hunter Mackison 5. Caleb Armstrong

Dash 1 – 1. Mark Smith 2. Sammy Swindell 3. Greg Hodnett 4. Rico Abreu 5. Tim Shaffer

Dash 2 – 1. Ryan Smith 2. Freddie Rahmer 3. Dale Blaney 4. Lucas Wolfe 5. Chad Kemenah

A-Main (35 Laps) – 1. Freddie Rahmer 2. Ryan Smith 3. Greg Hodnett 4. Rico Abreu 5. Brian Montieth 6. Danny Dietrich 7. Chad Kemenah 8. Dale Blaney 9. Alan Krimes 10. Lucas Wolfe 11. Sammy Swindell 12. Tim Shaffer 13. Mark Smith 14. Tony Stewart 15. Brock Zearfoss 16. Tyler Ross 17. JJ Grasso 18. Caleb Helms 19. Tyler Esh 20. Caleb Armstrong 21. Max Stambaugh 22. Brandon Sptihaler 23. TJ Michael 24. Brent Matus 25. Hunter Mackison 26. Brandon Rahmer

Sportsman

Heat 1 - 1. Dylan Swinehart 2. Brad Arnold 3. Mike Lisowski 4. Jim Housworth 5. Brad Grim

Heat 2 – 1. Jordan Henn 2. Ryan Higgs 3. Kyle Lillick 4. Mike Mammana 5. Ryan Beltz

Heat 3 – 1. Brian Hirthler 2. Joe Funk 3. Nathan Mohr 4. Kenny Bock 5. Brian Papiez

Heat 4 – 1. Jack Butler 2. Louden Reimert 3. Chad Kohler 4. Doug Pannepacker 5. John Gilroy

Consi 1 – 1. Matt Stangle 2. Kenny Gilmore 3. Ryan Lillick

Consi 2 – 1. Ray Woodall Jr. 2. Lex Shive 3. BJ Joly

Feature (25 Laps) – 1. Mike Lisowski 2. Ryan Higgs 3. Louden Reimert 4. Joe Funk 5. Brian Hirthler 6. Brad Arnold 7. Kyle Lillick 8. Dylan Swinehart 9. Doug Pannepacker 10. Ryan Beltz 11. Matt Stangle 12. Kenny Gilmore 13. Brian Papiez 14. Ray Woodall, Jr. 15. Kenny Bock 16. Chad Kohler 17. John Gilroy 18. Jordan Henn 19. Jack Butler 20. Nathan Mohr 21. Brad Grim 22. Mike Mammana 23. Jim Housworth 24. Lex Shive.

Aug
16

THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

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AUGUST 16, 2017

CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456

SMOKE ON THE HILL

HOT LAPS: LEVAN MACHINE & TRUCK EQUIPMENT PRESENT. .

3RD ANNUAL THUNDER CUP: SMOKE ON THE HILL THURSDAY, AUGUST 17 AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (August 16, 2017) – The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series roars back into action at Grandview Speedway this Thursday, August 17. The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint Cars, compete in the 3rd Annual Thunder Cup presented by Levan Machine and Truck Equipment, alongside Grandview’s popular Sportsman division.

THE ACTION – The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint Cars will compete in a 35-lap, $5,000-to-win main event, while the Sportsman will compete in a 25-lap feature offering up a lucrative $1,300 winner’s share.

Both divisions will participate in a full qualifying program. The 410s will time trial, to set up heat race line-ups, and then compete in a B-Main to line up the A-Main. Inversions will mix the line-ups throughout the night.

For the Sportsman, a blind draw will set the heat race line-ups, and a top-12 redraw will set the feature event, with the consolations filling in the remaining qualifying spots.

SMOKE ON THE HILL – Three-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion, Tony Stewart, will join the field competing in a 410 Sprint Car against the best drivers in the region. ‘Smoke’ is no slouch in a Sprint Car – he scored the win at the All Star’s event at Pittsburgh, PA Motor Speedway at the end of July.

RICO ON HIS WAY – One of the most popular racers in the nation, Rico Abreu joins the All Star field at Thursday’s Thunder Cup event. Abreu – who competed at Grandview’s earlier PA Speedweek event – is confident heading into the race, after having a strong run back in July. Abreu will have his merchandise trailer on display for Pennsylvania race fans.

WINNER, WINNER... – Six NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series winners will be competing in Thursday’s Thunder Cup event – Greg Hodnett, Danny Dietrich, Chad Kemenah, Tim Shaffer, Sammy Swindell and Dale Blaney.

THE LOWRIDER – In 2016, ‘The Lowrider’ Dale Blaney, collected the win in the All Star Circuit of Champions return to Grandview Speedway. Blaney – who has spent most of the season racing the Pennsylvania dirt track scene – climbs aboard the Zemco No. 1 machine. The John and PeeWee Zemaitis-owned Sprint Car set the track record in 2008 with Jeff Shepard behind the wheel.

ALL STAR SCENE – The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint Cars makes their second appearance after a sixteen-year hiatus from Grandview Speedway. Along with Dale Blaney, 2016 winner, past winner’s include: Cris Eash (2000), Jeff Sheppard (1999), Fred Rahmer (1999), Billy Pauch (May 1998, August 1998), Donnie Kreitz (1997, 1986), Jimmy Horton (1982), and Steve Smith Sr. (1982).

SAMMY’S STILL GOT IT – Don’t count out 61-year-old, Sammy Swindell. The five-time World of Outlaw Sprint Car champion heads into this weekend’s All Star Circuit of Champions events aboard the Mark Coldren-owned No. 07 machine. Swindell races into Grandview with three consecutive top-three finishes including a win at Orange County Fair Speedway at the end of July. Swindell finished second in last year’s All Star event at Grandview.

FEEL THE THUNDER – This Thursday’s event is the third Thunder Cup event. Typically held in late July the Thunder Cup event joins the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions August event. Previous Thunder Cup winners include Danny Dietrich (2015) and Stevie Smith (2016).

FAN INFORMATION – General Admission gates open at 5 PM on Tuesday, July 4. The Low Down and Dirty Radio Show Driver Meet and Greet will take place from 5-6 PM. Warm-Ups will start at 6:45 PM, with 410 Sprint Car Time Trials at 7:30 PM.

General Admission tickets are $30 for Adults, $10 for Children (6-11), and Kids under 6 are always FREE! Pit Admission is $35, and no license is required.

Fans may camp out at the Speedway for the ultimate All Star experience. Campers are asked to park in the turn four parking area, there are no hook-ups available, and no box camping allowed. Track officials ask that all fires be contained. There is no fee for camping.

THUNDER ON THE HILL FAN FUN – Fans are encouraged to sign-up for the Inside-Out Program, a free fan experience that allows you to watch 410 Sprint Car and Sportsman Warm-Ups from the infield of Grandview Speedway.

Along with Inside-Out fans are encouraged to sign-up for free tours of the jam-packed pit area. Sign Ups are available inside the main gate with the Thunder Girls.

JOE THE PIZZA DUDE – Joe ‘The Pizza Dude’ will offer up delicious (and Free!) pizzas to the rowdiest of race fans. Keep an eye out after the National Anthem, when Ryan McNichol Lawn & Property Maintenance sponsor of Jim Houseworth’s No. 72 car present Joe ‘The Pizza Dude’.

FAN PHOTO CONTEST – Stay engaged with the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill team at the track by following @TOTHRACING on Instagram and Twitter. Take a photo and use #TOTHRACING to enter our Fan Photo Contest – whether it be the crowd, the pits, the parking lot, or your favorite driver. The winner will receive a FREE General Admission to our Saturday, October 14 Mods at the Madhouse Halloween Party event.

NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series as the title sponsor joined by Pioneer Pole Buildings, Levan Machine and Truck Equipment and GALCO Business Communications.

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 28 years of the most anticipated events of the racing calendar year after year. In 125 events over $4.2 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, Legends Cars, DIRTcar and ROC Modified events.

About Grandview Speedway

Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 55th Anniversary season in 2017. 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.

Aug
08

THUNDER NEWS

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AUGUST 8, 2017
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

LEVAN MACHINE & TRUCK EQUIPMENT PRESENT SMOKE ON THE HILL AT GRANDVIEW THURSDAY, AUGUST 17

RYAN SMITH STILL SEARCHING FOR FIRST THUNDER ON THE HILL WIN, JOINED BY TONY STEWART & RICO ABREU

BECTHELSVILLE, PA (August 8, 2017) – The old saying goes ‘there are plenty of fish in the sea’ – but for 29-year-old 410 Sprint Car ace, Ryan Smith, Grandview Speedway is the one that continues to get away.

Smith’s next shot comes on Thursday, August 17 when NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presents Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint Cars at Grandview Speedway. The nationally touring series will join Grandview’s popular Sportsman division for a full night of racing excitement at the 3rd Annual Thunder Cup presented by Levan Machine and Equipment.

“We got lucky, Ryan Smith had a better car than I did,” Speedweek event winner and NASCAR driver Kyle Larson explained in victory lane. Larson dominated the early part of Speedweek competition, but it was Smith who stole the lead – much to the delight of the jam-packed Grandview Speedway – before clipping the outside wall and violently flipping into turn 3.

The PA Speedweek event marked the third consecutive NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill event that saw Smith suffer misfortune while leading.

“The Kunkletown Kid” comes back into Grandview Speedway stronger than ever. He currently sits second in the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions series standings and is fresh off a victory at the All Stars event at New York’s Outlaw Speedway.

The best-of-the-best of competition will be on hand on Thursday, August 17 with drivers like Greg Hodnett, Danny Dietrich, Lucas Wolfe, Dale Blaney and Freddie Rahmer – all winners at area race tracks this season; along with All Star standouts Chad Kemenah, Tim Shaffer, Cole Duncan, and Carson Macedo all expected to be on hand; throw in one of the nation’s most popular drivers with Rutherford, CA’s Rico Abreu and action from three-time NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart – and you have one of the strongest fields of the All-Star season.

Grandview’s popular Sportsman division joins the card with a 25-Lap, $1,300-to-win event that will entice racers from all over the region. Some of the pre-entries include Brad Grim, Matt Stangle, Craig Whitmoyer, Mike Lisowski, Kenny Gilmore, Brian Hirthler, TJ Lilly, Brad Arnold and Ken Eckert Jr just to name a few.

Time Trials for the 410 Sprint Cars will open the show on Thursday, August 17 at 7:30 PM. The pit gates will open at 2:30 PM and the Grandstands will open at 5:00 PM. Fans can get up-close to the drivers and their mighty machines with the Low Down and Dirty Meet and Greet kicking off at 5:00 PM.

General Admission Adult tickets are $30, Children ages 6-11 are $10, and Kids under 6 are Free of charge! Pit admission is $35, and no license is required.

Advance tickets are available until Wednesday, August 16 by calling 443-513-4456. Please provide your name, phone number and the number of tickets you will need. Tickets may be paid for and picked up on race night at the Will-Call window after 4 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM, 30 minutes before the opening of the box office.

Fans following the All Star Circuit of Champions may camp at the Speedway. Campers are asked to park in the turn 4 parking area, there are no hook-ups available, and no box camping allowed. Track officials ask that all fires be contained. There is no fee for camping.

NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series as the title sponsor joined by Pioneer Pole Buildings, Levan Machine and Truck Equipment and GALCO Business Communications.

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 28 years of the most anticipated events of the racing calendar year after year. In 125 events over $4.2 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, Legends cars, DIRTcar and ROC Modified events. For more information visit: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com

About Grandview Speedway

Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 55th Anniversary season in 2017. 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. For more information visit: www.grandviewspeedway.com

About the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions

All Star Enterprises, LLC, wholly owned by Tony Stewart, d/b/a the All Star Circuit of Champions, is a winged sprint car series. The All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is one of the oldest traveling 410 sprint car organizations and is a staple of grassroots, open-wheel racing. Formed in 1970 by Bud Miller, the series has largely been considered the first 'outlaw' Sprint Car organization of the modern era. After a 10 year stint as owner of the All Stars, Miller passed control of the series to Bert Emick in 1980; a reign that would continue through 2002. Guy Webb then purchased the series from Emick in the summer of 2002 and served as the series President for the next 12 years. Motorsports entrepreneur Tony Stewart agreed to terms with Guy Webb to become the sole owner of the original winged sprint car tour in January of 2015. For more information visit: www.allstarsprints.com

About Levan Machine and Truck Equipment

Located in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, Levan Machine & Truck Equipment is a full-service machine shop and custom fabricator – which also offers a full line of truck and trailer equipment including snowplows, salt spreaders, truck body, and frame modifications. Levan also offers installation, repair, and maintenance and fleet management services. For more information visit: www.levanmachine.com

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