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Jan
08

THUNDER ON THE HILL NEWS

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

28TH NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES RETURNS TO GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY IN 2017

Bechtelsville, PA (January 8, 2017) -- Five events highlight a series of specials that would make even the most loyal race fans salivate for the 28th year of action for the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series events at the Grandview Speedway. One hundred and twenty-four events have been presented in this co-promotion between Bruce Rogers, owner of Grandview Speedway, and Bob Miller, special events promoter -- with nearly 4.3 million dollars distributed to competitors. The Thunder Series started as a 410 stand-alone event in August of 1990 and expanded to presenting multiple divisions from WoO Late Models and Sprints to USAC and SCRA non-wing sprints to include DIRTcar Modifieds and All Star Sprints plus a long list of support divisions.

NAPA Auto Parts, the sponsor of the Thunder Series has been part of these wildly popular event since that first race in 1990. NAPA and their local stores will again be the lead sponsor of the Thunder Series.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Sunday night of Memorial Day weekend (May 28) will kick off the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series with a 358-Small-Block/Big-Block Modified spectacular that includes the Sportsman and the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series. The modifieds will compete for $5,000 to win the 40 lap feature with an attractive $500 to take the green flag. With the Grandview Speedway racing on both Saturday and Sunday night, this Holiday weekend is filled with exciting action on the Grandview 1/3-mile dirt track.

The first mid-week event takes place on Tuesday, June 13 for the annual invasion of the USAC National Sprint Car Series, EASTERN STORM. These wingless warriors will take part in the Jesse Hockett Classic and will be joined by Grandview’s headline division – the 358 Modifieds. This marks the eleventh annual swing of the USAC Eastern Storm and as tradition stands, Grandview Speedway will host the opening night.

Nothing says ‘This is America’ quite like 410 Sprint Cars and we celebrate our Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4 with the Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Car Speed Week – a gathering of the region’s top Sprint Car competitors in a lucrative event that includes the very best of the 358 Modifieds.

Thursday, August 17 the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presents a Sprint Car showdown like no other when the nationally touring Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series returns to the Grandview Speedway competing for the 3rd Annual Thunder Cup. Joining the All-Stars is the ultra-competitive Sportsman division. In the 2016 event, Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell were surprise 410 sprint entries and a surprise or two are planned for 2017. Prior Thunder Cup winners were Danny Dietrich 2015 and Stevie Smith in 2016.

The Thunder series rounds out 2017 on Saturday, October 14 with the MODS at the MADHOUSE Triple Thunder Thriller Halloween Party featuring a 40 Lap Big-Block/Small-Block Modified challenge that includes the Sportsman and the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series. This event will continue the tradition of the popular Halloween Party getting underway at 6 PM

The 2017 racing season will include the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series mainstay activities and promotions, providing fun for the fans with elements such as: Pre-Race Pit Tours, the Inside/Out Experience – where fans can sign-up to watch hot laps from the infield, the Low Down & Dirty Radio Show pre-race Meet & Greet, JOE “THE PIZZA DUDE”, giveaways, fireworks, and appearances by the Thunder Girls.

NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with Thunder on the Hill as the Series title sponsor, joined by Pioneer Pole Buildings, Quaker Steak and Lube, and GALCO Business Communications.

2017 Racing Schedule:

Memorial Day Sunday Triple Thunder Thriller --Sunday, May 28 7:30 PM – Grandview Speedway -- Big Block/358 Modifieds* 40 laps, Sportsman & MASS Sprints

11th Annual Jesse Hockett Classic – Tuesday, June 13 7:30 PM -- USAC National Wingless Sprint Car Series Eastern Storm and 358 Modifieds*

Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week – Tuesday, July 4 7:30 PM – 410 Sprint Cars & 358 Modifieds*

3rd Annual Thunder Cup Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions – Thursday, August 17 7:30 PM – 410 Sprint Cars & Sportsman*

Mods at the Madhouse Halloween Party – Saturday, October 14 6 PM – Big-Block/358 Modifieds* 40 Laps, Sportsman & MASS Sprints

*NASCAR Points event

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 27 years of the most anticipated events on the racing calendar year after year. In 124 events over $4.3 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.

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Oct
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THUNDER NEWS

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OCTOBER 15, 2016
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

BILLY PAUCH JR. WINS THRILLING THUNDER ON THE HILL MODS AT THE MADHOUSE SEASON FINALE AT GRANDVIEW SATURDAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (October 15, 2016) – With a full moon looming over the Grandview Speedway, it was Frenchtown, NJ’s Billy Pauch Jr. battling back from a mechanical issue early in the evening to claim a hard fought win in a wild and exciting Mods at the Madhouse main event. Pauch topped a field of forty-two modifieds, taking home the $5,000 prize during Saturday night’s NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series event presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings. This festive Halloween event delivered a spooky scenario with Pauch Jr, Ryan Watt and Craig VonDohren finishing first, second and third, all carrying the car number 14.

“We got off to a rough start this evening breaking the driveshaft in warm ups,” an elated Pauch Jr. explained. “Winning here is really special and I’m glad we could grab one for the Breitenstein team.”

Orefield, PA’s Brett Kressley – aboard the Norm’s Save Station No. 357 machine – set the pace early on and held the lead through some early race cautions, battling with second place starter, John Willman.

Pauch Jr., aboard the Rod Breitenstein-owned No. 14 machine, charged around the outside of Kressley at the conclusion of the third circuit, as Boyertown, PA’s Ryan Watt moved into the third position and claimed second just a few laps later.

The caution flew for the fourth time on the ninth lap, as a mechanical issue ended the night for Kressley – who was holding on to the third position.

Watt slid inside Pauch Jr. on the restart, as Willman battled ten-time Grandview Speedway Champion, Jeff Strunk for the third position.

The pair of No. 14 machines of Watt and Pauch Jr. diced around lapped traffic as competitors got the halfway signal, with ‘The Kid’s Kid’ taking the lead for the second time on lap 23.

A lap 30 yellow retired the machines of Hellertown, PA’s Rick Laubach and Frenchtown, NJ’s Billy Pauch – both with left-side flat tires while running in fifth and sixth respectively.

Watt shot like a rocket on the restart taking the lead from Pauch Jr., only for Pauch Jr. to battle back to the top spot one lap later. Pauch Jr. set his sights on the $5,000 top prize holding off Watt and claiming his second NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series victory.

Ryan Watt settled for the second position, electrifying the crowd with some daring moves. Craig VonDohren of Oley, PA finished in the third position, Mike Gular came home in fourth, Jeff Strunk in fifth.

Ryan Godown, of Ringoes, NJ, charged from the 22nd starting position to finish sixth, Kyle Weiss in seventh, John Willman in eighth, Doug Manmiller in ninth and John McClleland battling back from an early race caution to finish tenth.

Brad Arnold of Sinking Spring, PA picked up the $1,300 top prize in the 25-lap Sportsman main event, dominating the event from the first-place starting position. Arnold’s second Grandview Speedway win of the season was no easy task as he held off previous Thunder winner Paul Kline and Freedom 76 prelude winner Brandon Grosso – who finished in second and third position. 2016 Grandview Track Champion Jordan Henn finished in the fourth position and Jim Houseworth rounded out the top five finishers.

Ringoes, NJ’s Tommy Carberry claimed his first TSRS Sprint Car career victory dominating A-Main. The 29-year-old racer led the field to the green flag and led all of the 20 laps, holding off five-time TSRS Champion Mike Haggenbottom after a lap 19 caution flag. Haggenbottom finished in the second position, Dave Brown finished in third, Tim Tanner Jr. finished in fourth and Chris Allen came home in the third position.

The second running of the Mods at the Madhouse event marked event number 124 of the 27 year history of NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series.

Modified

Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Ray Swinehart 2. Mike Gular 3. Brett Kressley 4. Steve Young 5. John McClelland

Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Rick Laubach 2. Billy Pauch 3. Brian Houseknecht 4. Kyle Weiss 5. Dan Bouc

Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1. Craig VonDohren 2. Jeff Strunk 3. Jim Britt 4. Kevin Hirthler 5. Steve Davis

Heat 4 (10 Laps) – 1. Billy Pauch Jr. 2. John Willman 3. Ryan Watt 4. Doug Manmiller 5. Jared Umbenhauer

Consolation 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Chris Esposito 2. Colt Harris

Consolation 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Ryan Godown 2. Brian Hirthler

Feature (40 Laps) – 1. Billy Pauch Jr. 2. Ryan Watt 3. Craig VonDohren 4. Mike Gular 5. Jeff Strunk 6. Ryan Godown 7. Kyle Weiss 8. John Willman 9. Doug Manmiller 10. John McClleland 11. Rick Laubach 12. Ray Swinehart 13. Kevin Hirthler 14. Brian Houseknecht 15. Jim Britt 16. Steve Young 17. Billy Pauch 18. Brian Hirthler 19. Chris Esposito 20. Danny Bouc 21. Steve Davis 22. Colt Harris 23. Brett Kressley 24. Jared Umbenhauer

DNQ: Ryan Krachun, Duane Howard, Kory Fleming, Danny Erb, Dan Waisenpacher, Ryan Kunkle, Ryan Lilick, David Hunt, Nate Christman, Doug Pannepacker, Don Hoffman, Dan Hineline, Kevin Beech, Eric Engstrom, Justin Grim, Anthony Moran, Willie Osmun,

Sportsman

Heat 1 (8 Laps) – 1. Brandon Grosso 2. Dylan Swinehart 3. Ryan Shupp 4. Joe Funk 5. Chad Kohler 6. John McGovern

Heat 2 (8 Laps) – 1. Brad Arnold 2. Jim Houseworth 3. Mike Lisowski 4. Paul Kline 5. Roger Manning

Heat 3 (8 Laps) – 1. Jordan Henn 2. Brett Gilmore 3. Craig Whitmoyer 4. Brian Hirthler 5. Paul Houseknecht

Consolation (8 Laps) – 1. Mike Lisowski 2. Ryan Lilick 3. Brandon Whitmoyer 4. Derrick Smith 5. Ray Woodall, Sr. 6. Jeremy Guiswite

Feature (25 Laps) – 1. Brad Arnold 2. Paul Kline 3. Brandon Grosso 4. Jordan Henn 5. Jim Houseworth 6. Brian Hirthler 7. Craig Whitmoyer 8. Paul Houseknecht 9. Chad Kohler 10. Brandon Whitmoyer 11. Ryan Schupp 12. John McGovern 13 Jordon Cox 14. Jeremy Guiswite 15. Kenny Bock 16. Brett Gilmore 17. Mike Lisowski 18. Ryan Lilick 19. Joe Funk 20. Brian Papiez 21. Ray Woodall, Sr. 22. Roger Manning 23. Dylan Swinehart 24. Derrick Smith

DNQ: Mike Koffel, Jason Kosch, Scott Kohler, BJ Joly, Todd Hoffman, Cale Ross, Nathan Mohr

TSRS Sprint Cars

Heat 1 (6 Laps) – 1. Bryant Davis 2. Dave Bonner 3. Ryan Stillwaggon 4. Mike Haggenbottom 5. Tim Tanner Jr. 6. Keith Anderson

Heat 2 (6 Laps) – 1. Tommy Carberry 2. Samantha Lieberman 3. Chris Allen 4. Dave Brown 5. Scott Frack

Feature (25 Laps) – 1. Tommy Carberry 2. Mike Haggenbottom 3. Dave Brown 4. Tim Tanner, Jr. 5. Christopher Allen 6. Bryant Davis 7. Samantha Leiberman 8. Keith Anderson 9. Dave Bonner 10. Scott Frack 11. Ryan Stillwaggon

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CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Racing Series presents…

BIG-BLOCK/358 MODIFIED $5,000 TO WIN MODS AT THE MADHOUSE AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15

BECHTELSVILLE, PA – A frightening chill falls over the Grandview Speedway as the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presents MODS AT THE MADHOUSE on Saturday, October 15 -- a thrilling three-division show headlined by a Big-Block/358 Modified Monster challenge – plus action from the Sportsman and the TSRS Sprint Car Series. Race time is set for 6 PM.

A staple of the Thunder Series calendar for over 15 years, the Halloween-themed event presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings will feature a 40-lap Big-Block/358 Modified feature event with a possible $5,000 top-prize going to the winner. The treats don’t stop there, with tenth place offering a $1,000 payday and a possible $500 to start. All area competitors are encouraged to attend, and there is NO ENTRY FEE.

Regular Grandview ghouls are expected to defend the Bechtelsville home turf including 2016 Track Champion, Craig VonDohren and recent Freedom 76 victor Jeff Strunk. Outsiders expected to haunt the hill include Billy Pauch Jr., Ryan Watt, Rick Laubach and Ryan Godown.

There is no entry fee, but competitors are encouraged to pre-enter by October 10th by calling 443-513-4456. Pre-entered competitors will compete for a $5,000 top prize and $500 to start. While non-pre-entered competitors will compete for a $4,000 top prize and $400 to start.

A widened rules package allows participation from all area Modified competitors, including Big and Small Block engine packages and both American Racer and Hoosier tires. For further rules information visit www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com

Joining the Modifieds on Saturday, October 15 will be the Sportsman, competing in a 25-lap feature event paying $1,300 to the winner plus qualifying events. 2016 Track Champion Jordan Henn and the 38-lap Freedom Sportsman winner Brandon Grosso are expected to compete. The TSRS Sprint Car Series joins the action with a 25-lap event, and the Blast from the Past Vintage Cars are included in the night’s activities.

All Sportsman and 305 Sprint Car competitors are welcome to attend with full qualifying heat races and a consolation event on the schedule.

Race fans young and old are encouraged to dress in costume to be eligible for special Halloween treats, a tradition of this event for many, many years. The Halloween Party remains a big part of this event.

General Admission ticket pricing for Saturday, October 15 is $25 for Adults, Children 6-11 are $10 and Kids 5 & under are FREE! The pit fee is $35, and a license is not required.

Pit Gates open at 2:00 PM, Advanced ticket holders can enter at 3:30 PM; General Admission gates open at 4:00 PM, the first green flag flies at 6:00 PM.

Advance tickets are available by calling 443-513-4456. Please provide your name, the number of tickets you will need and a phone number. Tickets may be paid for and picked-up at the WILL CALL Window on race night after 3:00 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 3:30 PM a full half-hour before General Admission tickets go on sale.

Modified & Sportsman Tire Rules -- American Racer or Hoosier Tires are allowed. No mixing of tire brands, competitors must run four of one brand. Any Track Stamp is welcome. American Racer Compounds: Fronts - 33 or harder, Left Rear - 44 or harder, Right Rear - 48 or 50. No Harder than a 50 compound will be allowed. Hoosier Tire Compound must be D300.

Modified Rules - Weights: 358 on Gas: 2,275 lbs., 358 on Alcohol: 2,375 lbs., Big Block: 2,500 lbs. ** No oxygenated gasoline. Standard body, NO Sail Panels, NO Open Small Blocks.

Sportsman Rules - Weights: Open Sportsman w/ Steel Wheels: 2,450 lbs., Open Sportsman w/ Aluminum Wheels: 2,500 lbs., Crate 604: 2,375 lbs., Crate 602 w/ Aluminum Wheels: 2,375 lbs. SAIL PANELS ARE PERMITTED.

Celebrating the 27th season of racing action, the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series always includes fun for the fans with activities such as: Pre-Race Pit Tours, the Inside/Out Experience – where fans can sign-up to watch hot laps from the infield, the Low Down & Dirty Radio Show pre-race Meet & Greet, JOE “THE PIZZA DUDE”, giveaways, fireworks, and appearances by the Thunder Girls. Jim Gallagher and GALCO Communications always take part in offering some special fun for the race fans.

NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with Thunder on the Hill as the Series title sponsor joined by Pioneer Pole Buildings, Quaker Steak & Lube, 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 27 years of the most anticipated events of the racing calendar year after year. In 123 events over $4.2 million dollars has been divided 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, 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 54th Anniversary season in 2016. 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.

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CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

HALLOWEEN PARTY RETURNS TO THUNDER ON THE HILL

MODS AT THE MADHOUSE HIGHLIGHTS TRIPLE THUNDER THRILLER SATURDAY NIGHT OCTOBER 15 AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series will close out the 2016 season at the Grandview Speedway on Saturday night, October 15 with the MODS at the MADHOUSE Halloween Party getting underway at 6 PM.

This three division Triple Thunder Thriller program presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings will include the 358 Modifieds and Big Block Modifieds in a 40 lap trick or treat event paying $5,000 to win, $1,000 for tenth and $500 to take the green for all pre-entered drivers. Also on the racing program will be the Sportsman and TSRS Sprints with all three divisions taking part in a series of qualifying events leading up to the 40 lap Modified feature, 25 lap Sportsman feature and a 25 lap TSRS Sprint feature. Also on the program will be the Blast from the Past Vintage Cars.

On Saturday, October 15, pit gates will open at 2PM and the grandstand will open at 4 PM. The first green flag will fall at 6 PM to start the heat race qualifying. Adult admission is $25, children 6 to 11 $10 and children under the age of 5 will be admitted for free. The pit fee is $35 and a license is not required.

As tradition with the annual Halloween Party events, there will be a Halloween Parade for the children with prizes and even adults who dress for the occasion will be up for prizes. As usual, the Inside/Out activity and pre-race pit tours will take place free of charge. Spectators may sign in at the front gate to be part of the pre-race fun. As always, after the races fans are invited to take part in the victory lane celebration and visit the drivers in the pits after the races.

In the 2015 running of the MODS at the MADHOUSE, Duane Howard was the Modified feature winner as Brad Brightbill was the sportsman feature winner with Mike Haggenbottom of Levittown, PA scoring his first ever Grandview win in the TSRS Sprint feature.

A complete set of rules and the payoff for this event are posted on the website at www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com

Thunder on the Hill, celebrating its twenty-seventh season has paid out over $4,239,535 in one-hundred and twenty-three Thunder on the Hill events.

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 27 years of the most anticipated events on the racing calendar year after year. In 118 events over $4 million dollars has been divided 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, 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 54th Anniversary season in 2016. 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.

Aug
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Thunder on the Hill Results

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CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

DALE BLANEY FINDS $5,000 PAYOFF AND FIRST CAREER THUNDER ON THE HILL VICTORY THURSDAY NIGHT AT GRANDVIEW

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (August 18, 2016) – Hartford, OH’s Dale Blaney claimed his first Grandview Speedway win when Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint Car Series returned to the Grandview Speedway for the first time in sixteen years this past Thursday night for the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series. This event was presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings and represented the 123rd Thunder Series event since it started in 1990.

Blaney netted himself a cool $5,000 for his efforts in a thrilling 35 lap A-Main that included plenty of side-by-side racing action.

Dale Blaney (WoS photo)

Lucas Wolfe, aboard the Zemco No. 1z car, bolted from the front row starting position with the pair of black-and-orange No. 1 machines of Dale Blaney and Sammy Swindell following close behind. Wolfe set a rapid pace from the get go – so rapid that the leaders hit lapped traffic at their fifth circuit around the one-third-mile track.

Blaney powered outside Wolfe as the two split lapped cars and swapped the lead just inching passed each other as the laps seven and eight clicked away. Blaney overtook the top spot on the 10th lap.

The first caution of the evening flew on the 11th circuit when Stevie Smith – running in the third position – clipped the lapped car of Kenny Jacobs sending both machines spinning. Smith was able to recover unscathed and unstopped, continuing after doing a complete 360-degree spin with the rest of the field dodging him.

Blaney charged away on the restart followed by Wolfe, Smith, and Swindell.

The action slowed for the second time on the 15th lap for Freddie Rahmer, with a right-rear flat tire while running within the top 10.

On the restart, Blaney raced away as Stevie Smith shot outside Wolfe claiming the second spot.

The red flag flew on lap 17 after the cars of Greg Hodnett, Danny Dietrich, and Kraig Kinser – all running just outside the top five – made contact on the front stretch sending all three machines upside-down. The drivers walked away unscathed.

Blaney dominated the restart with Smith right on his tail. Smith, the 2016 Thunder Cup Champion, took the lead on the 23rd lap, with Blaney claiming the top spot on the next go-around.

The two leaders hit lapped traffic with three laps remaining closing the battle for the top position and allowing a four-car battle for the victory with Stevie Smith, Sammy Swindell, and Ryan Smith all challenging for the $5,000 winner’s share.

Blaney would go on to claim the victory, Swindell moved inside Smith for the second position, The Leffler Energy No. 51s machine of Stevie Smith finished in third, followed by Ryan Smith in the Warko Group No.94 and Sheldon Haudenschild in the fifth position.

This marks Blaney’s seventh All Star Circuit of Champions win of the season, and his first Thunder on the Hill victory.

Blaney also claimed the $100 Quick Time Award. Heat Races were won by Lucas Wolfe, Ryan Smith and Sheldon Haudenschild. Wolfe grabbed the top spot in the Dash, and Tim Shaffer won the B-Main.

John Barnett (WoS photo)

John Barnett claimed his first TSRS victory after starting on the front row of the 25-lap feature event. A multi-car incident brought out the red on the initial start retiring four cars – including that of current TSRS point leader, Mike Haggenbottom. Barnett took over on the restart holding off a hard charging Dave Brown and leading all of the 25-laps. Brown – who has won the past three TSRS feature events at Grandview – settled for second place, but certainly didn’t make it easy for Barnett. Tim Tanner Jr. came home in the third position, Tommy Carberry in fourth and Jon Haegele in the fifth spot.

The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Racing Series returns to Grandview Speedway on Saturday, October 15 for the 2nd Annual Mods at the Madhouse event featuring the Big-Block and Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman and TSRS Sprint Cars.

For more information visit www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com.

Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions

Time Trials – 1. Dale Blaney – 11.899 2. Stevie Smith – 11.958 3. Lucas Wolfe – 11.987 4. Greg Hodnett – 12.052 5. Steve Kinser – 12.083 6. Sammy Swindell -- 12.102 7. Danny Dietrich – 12.172 8. Tim Shaffer – 12.195 9. Freddie Rahmer – 12.140 10. Brent Marks – 12.199 11. Ryan Smith – 12.204 12. Ryan Taylor – 12.424 13. Danny Holtgraver – 12.388 14. Kraig Kinser – 12.298 15. Cap Henry – 12.562 16. Sheldon Haudenschild – 12.287 17. Chad Kemenah – 12.326 18. Andrew Palker – 12. 330 19. TJ Michael – 12.355 20. JJ Grasso – 12.356 21. Davey Sammons – 12.374 22. Cory Krabtree – 12.434 23. Brandon Rahmer – 12.436 24. Kenny Jacobs – 12.503 25. Caleb Helms – 12.461 26. Bradley Howard – 12.771 27. Alan Krimes – 20.236

Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Lucas Wolfe 2. Dale Blaney 3. Steve Kinser 4. Stevie Smith 5. Danny Dietrich 6. Danny Holtgraver

Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Ryan Smith 2. Greg Hodnett 3. Freddie Rahmer 4. Sammy Swindell 5. Cap Henry 6. TJ Michael

Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1. Sheldon Haudenschild 2. Kraig Kinser 3. Brent Marks 4. Ryan Taylor 5. Chad Kemenah 6. Andrew Palker

B-Main Results (12 Laps) – 1. Tim Shaffer 2. JJ Grasso 3. Davey Sammons 4. Brandon Rahmer 5. Caleb Helms 6. Kenny Jacobs

A-Main Line-Up Dash – 1. Lucas Wolfe 2. Dale Blaney 3. Stevie Smith 4. Sammy Swindell 5. Ryan Smith 6. Greg Hodnett 7. Danny Dietrich 8. Steve Kinser

A-Main (35 Laps) – 1. Dale Blaney 2. Sammy Swindell 3. Stevie Smith 4. Ryan Smith 5. Sheldon Haudenschild 6. Lucas Wolfe 7. Chad Kemenah 8. JJ Grasso 9. Brent Marks 10. Ryan Taylor 11. Davey Sammons 12. TJ Michael 13. Tim Shaffer 14. Danny Holtgraver 15. Andrew Palker 16. Caleb Helms 17. Cap Henry 18. Kraig Kinser 19. Greg Hodnett 20. Danny Dietrich 21. Freddie Rahmer 2. Kenny Jacobs 23. Brandon Rahmer 24. Steve Kinser

TSRS Sprint Car Series

Heat 1 (8 Laps) – 1. Rick Stief 2. Tommy Carberry 3. Dave Bonner 4. Scott Frack 5. Ryan Stillwaggon 6. Zack Burd 7. Keith Anderson

Heat 2 (8 Laps) – 1. Jon Haegele 2. Dave Brown 3. Brandon Poff 4. Logan Diehl 5. Austin Burke 6. Mike Haggenbottom 7. Jeff Taylor

Heat 3 (8 Laps) – 1. Tim Tanner Jr. 2. John Barnett 3. Samantha Leiberman 4. Joe Kay 5. Stefani Palmai 6. Tim Smolemyak 7. Pat U’Selis

Feature (25 Laps) – 1. John Barnett 2. Dave Brown 3. Tim Tanner 4. Tommy Carberry 5. Jon Haegele 6. Samantha Leiberman 7. Ryan Stillwaggon 8. Stefani Palmai 9. Zack Burd 10. Scott Frack 11. Logan Diehl 12. Rick Stief 13. Dave Bonner 14. Brandon Poff 15. Jeff Taylor 16. Joe Kay 17. Austin Burke 18. Mike Haggenbottom 19. Keith Anderson 20. Tim Smoleyak 21. Pat U’Selis

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CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

NAPA AUTO PARTS & PIONEER POLE BUILDINGS PRESENT ALL STAR INVASION THURSDAY NIGHT AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY. . . . .

KEMENAH, BLANEY, HAUDENSCHILD LEAD ALL STAR ASSAULT; HODNETT, DIETRICH, AND SMITH DEFEND HOME TURF

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (AUGUST 17, 2016) – Excitement builds as Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions prepare to descend upon the third-mile bullring of Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, PA. NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series brings the All Stars to the Berks County dirt track this Thursday, August 18, as the nationally touring 410 Sprint Car racing series battles the Pennsylvania Posse, with a $5,000 payday on the line. This popular event is being presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings.

A full program of 410 racing action including Time Trials, Qualifying Heat Races, a Dash to determine the A-Main starting order, and a 35-lap main event paying $5,000 to the winner, $1,000 to the 10th place finisher, and $500 to start rounds out the thrilling evening.

A quick time bonus of $100 will be awarded to the fastest competitor in Time Trials. 358/360 Sprint Car drivers are eligible to participate with $200 going to the highest finisher and $100 going to the second highest finisher.

Findlay, OH’s Chad Kemenah – the current series point leader and 4-time Series Champion -- will lead the All Stars into Grandview Speedway. Piloting the beautiful No. 10H machine, Kemenah proves to be consistent scoring 19 top-5 finishes in 30 races with just a single win throughout the 2016 season. Kemenah is a previous Thunder on the Hill Racing Series winner, claiming a victory in 1999.

Defending All Star series champion Dale Blaney sits second in the chase for the championship with six wins this season – more than any driver on the tour. Blaney is trailed by 22-year-old third generation driver Sheldon Haudenschild, aboard the No. 93 machine. Haudenschild has claimed five victories in 2016 in 26 feature events.

While the All Stars bring an elite group of drivers from the mid-west, a battalion of Central Pennsylvania’s top stars are prepared to defend their home turf – and when the greatest Sprint Car drivers in the world do battle it is sure to be unpredictable.

Thomasville, PA’s Greg Hodnett is a 9-time winner at Grandview Speedway – including a 410 Sprint Car victory earlier this season. Hodnett is an easy favorite heading into this Thursday’s event, having claimed five the past seven races on ‘the Hill.’

PA Posse fans can rest assured a strong contingent of drivers are defending the Commonwealth including previous All Star Winner Danny Dietrich, Ryan Smith and Brent Marks.

In their only Pennsylvania appearances, surprise entrants to this Thursday’s All Star event at Grandview include 20-time Outlaw Champion Steve Kinser aboard the No. 11, 3-time Outlaw Champion Sammy Swindell steering the CJB Motorsports No. 1 machine, and 4-time All Star Champion Kenny Jacobs piloting his son Lee Jacobs’ No. 81 machine.

The winged action doesn’t stop there as competitors from New Jersey and Pennsylvania’s 305 Sprint Car division – namely the Tri-State Racesaver Series – also take to Grandview Speedway. A fan-favorite among area race fans the TSRS Sprint Cars always put on a thrilling event on the third-mile. While many would pick 4-time Series Champion Mike Haggenbottom as a favorite heading into the 25-lap main event, it’s Aston, PA’s Dave Brown who has claimed the past three Grandview TSRS victories

Previous All Star winners at Grandview 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).

The 410 Sprint Car competitors chase a $5,000 winner’s share for 35 laps of action on the famed 1/3 mile Grandview Speedway. The tenth position pays $1,000 with $500 to start the A-Main. A $100 Quick Time bonus is up for grabs, along with a $200 bonus to the first 360/358 Sprint Car and a $100 bonus to the second 360/358 Sprint Car.

Also on the card is the TSRS Sprint Car Series, competing in a 25 lap feature event.

General Admission Tickets for Thursday, August 18 are $30 for adults, $10 for children (6-11), and children under 6 are FREE!

Pit Gates open at 2:30 PM, Advanced Ticket entry at 4:30 PM, Grandstand Gates open at 5:00, and Racing at 7:30 PM

Advance tickets are on sale now and are available by calling 443-513-4456. Please provide your name and the number of tickets requested. Tickets may be picked up and paid for on race night after 4:00 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM, one half hour before the sale of General Admission tickets.

Celebrating the 27th season of racing action NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series always includes fun for the fans with activities such as Pre-Race Pit Tours, the Inside/Out Experience - where fans can sign-up to watch hot laps from the infield, JOE "THE PIZZA DUDE", giveaways, fireworks and appearances by the Thunder Girls.

NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with Thunder on the Hill as the Series title sponsor joined by Pioneer Pole Buildings, Quaker Steak & Lube, and GALCO Business Communications.

For full rules, format, purse and information visit: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com or www.allstarsprints.com

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: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com
Track Website: www.grandviewspeedway.com
Twitter/Instagram: @TOTHRACING, #TOTHRACING
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thunderonthehill

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CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presents event 123. . . . .

SAMMY SWINDELL EYES PPB ALL STAR 410 SPRINT WIN THURSDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 18 AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (AUGUST 10, 2016) – It’s been 20 years since Sammy Swindell – one of the most recognized names in American motorsports history – claimed a checkered flag at Grandview Speedway. That could all change on Thursday, August 18 when the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series brings Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint Car touring series to the Berks County dirt track. This big night of racing is brought to you by Pioneer Pole Buildings.

The year is 1996, the car sitting in Victory Lane is a familiar light blue machine emblazoned with a number one, and the man holding the checkered flag is the heart-and-soul of Germantown, TN -- Sammy Swindell. Swindell, a three-time Outlaw Champion and a five-time winner of the prominent Chili Bowl Midget event, has claimed two 410 Sprint Car victories this season at the famed Knoxville Raceway.

Victory will be no easy task for the 60-year-old racer. Along with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champion mainstays like Chad Kemenah, Dale Blaney, Sheldon Haudenschild, Cap Henry and Danny Holtgraver; the stars of the Pennsylvania Posse: Greg Hodnett, Stevie Smith, Danny Dietrich, Brent Marks, Lucas Wolfe and Ryan Smith will all be in attendance.

Also among the entrants is 20-time Outlaw Series Champion, four-time Thunder on the Hill Racer Series winner and National Sprint Car Hall of Fame driver ‘The King’ Steve Kinser – making his only Pennsylvania racing appearance in two full years!

The 410 Sprint Car competitors chase a $5,000 winner’s share for 35 laps of action on the famed 1/3 mile Grandview Speedway. Tenth position pays $1,000 with $500 to start the A-Main. A $100 Quick Time bonus is up for grabs, along with a $200 bonus to the first 360/358 Sprint Car and a $100 bonus to the second 360/358 Sprint Car. Also on the card is the TSRS Sprint Car Series, competing in a 25 lap feature event.

The event on Thursday, August 18 marks the first appearance of Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions since 2000. Previous All Star winners at Grandview 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).

General Admission tickets for Thursday, August 18 are $30 for adults, $10 for children (6-11), and children under 6 are FREE!

Pit Gates open at 2:30 PM, Advanced Ticket entry at 4:30 PM, Grandstand Gates open at 5:00, and Racing at 7:30 PM

Advance tickets are on sale now and may be ordered by calling 443-513-4456. Please provide your name and the number of tickets requested. Tickets may be picked up and paid for on race night after 4:00 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM, one half hour prior to the sale of General Admission tickets.

Celebrating the 27th season of racing action NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series always includes fun for the fans with activities such as Pre-Race Pit Tours, the Inside/Out Experience - where fans can sign-up to watch hot laps from the infield, JOE "THE PIZZA DUDE", giveaways, fireworks and appearances by the Thunder Girls.

NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with Thunder on the Hill as the Series title sponsor joined by Pioneer Pole Buildings, Quaker Steak & Lube, and GALCO Business Communications.

For full rules, format, purse and information visit: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com or www.allstarsprints.com

Grandview Speedway
GPS USERS: 43 Passamore 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, #TOTHRACING
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thunderonthehill

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.

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 27 years of the most anticipated events of the racing calendar year after year. In 122 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, 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 54th Anniversary season in 2016. 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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