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Oct
20

THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING RESULTS

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OCTOBER 19, 2019
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

KEVIN NAGY WINS MASS SPRINT FEATURE, BRIAN HIRTHLER TAKES SPORTSMAN VICTORY. . . .

JEFF STRUNK POCKETS $5,000, SCORES IMPRESSIVE TRAFFIC JAM WIN IN NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL HALLOWEEN PARTY AT GRANDVIEW

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (October 19, 2019) – The 30th Anniversary season of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series finished in fine fashion on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway, with a Triple Thunder Thriller of racing action. Jeff Strunk won the 22nd Annual Modified TRAFFIC JAM in commanding style as Brian Hirthler claimed the Sportsman victory, and Kevin Nagy won the MASS Sprint Car Series 25 lap feature. A super fast racing surface saw track records being established throughout the night. Three of the four ten lap modified heat races inked new track records.

Strunk’s victory in the 22nd Annual Traffic Jam Big-Block vs. Small-Block Modified challenge was his third NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series win of the season.

“We had some great racing tonight,” Strunk said in Grandview Speedway victory lane. “The starting spot helps, and we had a close scare almost getting in an accident – you have to be quick on your toes.”

Strunk started 6th on the twenty-four car field and moved passed Brian Hirthler in lapped traffic on the sixth circuit.

Hirthler chased Strunk for the lead for the first half of the event before Duane Howard moved in the second position. Howard, Grandview’s Modified track champion’s chase for the lead didn’t last long breaking just past the halfway point.

Twentieth-place starter, Mike Gular, charged into the second spot in the closing stages of the event, battling back-and-forth swapping the runner-up spot with Brian Hirthler.

Strunk walked away with the 40-lap win – his 16th Thunder on the Hill win, Gular finished in the second spot, Brian Hirthler finished in third, Richie Pratt Jr. finished in fourth, and Rick Laubach finished in fifth.

Brian Hirthler hopped out of his third-place Modified finishing No. 4* machine and jumped right into his Sportsman car, where he started on the pole of the 25-lap feature event.

Hirthler held off a hard charge from second-place starter Jared Umbenhauer, with duo battling in and out of lapped traffic.

Hirthler dominated to pick up the win, Umbenhauer settled for second-place, Ryan Lilick finished in third, Mike Mammana finished in fourth and Brad Brightbill completed the top five.

Kevin Nagy led flag to flag in the MASS Sprint Car Series feature event, despite a mid-race challenge from second-place starter Eddie Wagner. A single red flag flew just passed the mid-way point, and Nagy checked out on the restart.

Nagy picked up the Mid Atlantic Sprint Car Series win, Tim Tanner rallied from an 11th place starting position to finish second, Eddie Wagner finished in third, Larry McVay finished in fourth, and Jon Haegele finished in the fifth position.

The Halloween Party offered fun for all including a Halloween Parade for the children. Plenty of treats were offered to all and some special prizes.

Plans for the 2020 season of NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill racing season schedule are currently underway. Fans are encouraged to watch online for season plans.

Modified Results 22nd Annual Traffic JAM
Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Richie Pratt, Jr. 2. Bobby Gunther Walsh 3. Rick Laubach 4. Frank Cozze 5. Ryan Watt
Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Brandon Grosso 2. Ryan Lilick 3. Brett Kressley 4. Richie Hitzler 5. Dylan Swinehart
Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1. Scott Vangorder 2. Craig VonDohren 3. Duane Howard 4. Ron Kline 5. Jesse Leiby
Heat 4 (10 Laps) – 1. Brian Hirthler 2. Doug Manmiller 3. Jeff Strunk 4. Craig Whitmoyer 5. Mike Gular
Consi (10 Laps) – 1. Jared Umbenhauer 2. Kenny Gilmore
Consi 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Eric Beihn 2. Kevin Hirthler
Feature (40 laps) – 1. Jeff Strunk 2. Mike Gular 3. Brian Hirthler 4. Richie Pratt, Jr. 5. Rick Laubach 6. Kevin Hirthler 7. Ryan Watt 8. Craig VonDohren 9. Doug Manmiller 10. Frank Cozze 11. Brandon Grosso 12. Bobby Gunther Walsh 13. Ryan Lilick 14. Duane Howard 15. Scott Vangorder 16. Jesse Leiby 17. Craig Whitmoyer 18. Richie Hitzler 19. Brett Kressley 20. Dylan Swinehart 21. Eric Biehn 22. Kenny Gilmore 23. Jared Umbenhauer 24. Ron Kline

Sportsman
Heat 1 (8 Laps) – 1. Kevin Hirthler 2. Steve Young 3. Wyatt Harra 4. Scott Kohler 5. Tom Miller 6. Shon Elk
Heat 2 (8 Laps) – 1. Jared Umbenhauer 2 Joey Vaccaro 3. Kenny Bock 4. Brian Hirthler 5. Jimmy Leiby 6. Craig Whitmoyer
Heat 3 (8 Laps) – 1. Ryan Lilick 2. Dakota Kohler 3. Brad Brightbill 4. Mike Mammana 5. Lex Shive 6. Nate Brinker
Consi (8 Laps) – 1. Nico Flammer 2. Corey Edelman 3. Doug Snyder 4. Joel Smith 5. BJ Joly 6. Bruce Thomas
Feature (25 Laps) – 1. Brian Hirthler 2. Jared Umbenhauer 3. Ryan Lilick 4. Mike Mammana 5. Brad Brightbill 6. Lex Shive 7. Craig Whitmoyer 8. Joey Vaccaro 9. Dakota Kohler 10. Jimmy Leiby 11. Scott Kohler 12. Steve Young 13. Wyatt Harrar 14. Tom Miller 15. Corey Edelman 16. BJ Joly 17. Shon Elk 18. Doug Snyder 19. Kevin Hirthler 20. Bryce Thomas 21. Nico Flammer 22. Kenny Bock 23. Joel Smith 24. Nate Brinker

MASS Sprint Car Series
Feature (25 Laps) – 1. Kevin Nagy 2. Tim Tanner Jr. 3. Eddie Wagner 4. Larry McVay 5. Jon Haegele 6. Jeff Geiges 7. Dave Brown 8. CJ Faison 9. Tom Carberry 10. Ricky Dieva 11. Scott Frack 12. Floyd Billington 13. Jon Scarborough 14. Keith Anderson 15. Joe Kay 16. Dan Leaper 17. Johnny Yanek 18. Josh Bricker 19. Marie McVay 20. Dave Bonner

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OCTOBER 15, 2019
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

HOUSE OF THUNDER HALLOWEEN PARTY RETURNS TO GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY. . . . . . .

$5,000 TO WIN, $1,000 FOR TENTH, $500 TO TAKE THE GREEN. . . . .

A MODIFIED TRADITION CONTINUES WITH THE 22ND ANNUAL 40 LAP MODIFIED TRAFFIC JAM SATURDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 19 AT 6 PM

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (October 15, 2019) – Thirty years of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series will close out 2019 at the Grandview Speedway with the twenty-second running of the Modified Traffic Jam, a 40 lap, $5,000 to win feature offering $1,000 to finish tenth and $500 just to start the main event. This Triple Thunder Thriller event will include the Sportsman and the MASS Sprint cars with race time set for 6 PM.

General Admission tickets are $25 for Adults, $10 for children age 6 through 11, and kids under 6 are FREE! Pit Admission is $40, and a license is not required. A special rules package is offered to competitors, with both American Racer and Hoosier tires allowed for competition, along with either Big-Block or Spec Small-Block engine combinations. An event sheet with the complete pay structure, rules, and details is available at www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com

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

The star-studded list of modified pre-entries include defending Traffic Jam winner Ryan Watt, 2018 event winner Brett Kressley, 2018 Grandview Champion Mike Gular, Richie Pratt Jr, Billy Pauch Jr, 2019 Champion Duane Howard, Rick Laubach, Craig VonDohren, Doug Manmiller, Jeff Strunk, Frank Cozze, Craig Whitmoyer, Mike Tyson, Brian and Kevin Hirthler, Jared Umbenhauer, Don Norris Jr., Eric Beihn, Bobby Gunther Walsh, Dylan Swinehart, Jack Swain, and Josh Adams.

The popular Sportsman division is also on the card, competing for a $1,300 top prize for 25-laps of competition on ‘the hill.’ The same tire rule is in effect for the Sportsman – competitors are allowed to compete on Hoosier or American Racer rubber. Standard Grandview Sportsman rules are in effect and competitors are permitted 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. Rookie Sprint Car Driver Ricky Dieva currently leads the MASS Sprint Car Series point standing with Tim Tanner, Jr. in second and Eddie Wagner in third. Other sprint entries include Jeff Geiges, Jon Haegele, Larry Mcvay, Joe Kay, Dom Melar, Scott Frack and Tom Carberry to name a few.

Advance tickets are available by calling 443-513-4456. Please speak clearly and leave your name and the number of tickets you would like. 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, one-half hour before general admission tickets going on sale at 4 PM. Advance tickets orders will be available until 9 AM on race day, Saturday, October 19 with general admission tickets go on sale at 4 PM.

Fans are invited to come dressed for the occasion, Halloween costumes will be popular attire for 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 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Halloween Party has been a staple of the Grandview Speedway schedule for over 16 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!.

NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series as the title sponsor joined by 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 30 years of the most anticipated events of the racing calendar year after year. In 136 events, over $4.5 million dollars has been divvied up among the area’s fastest racers. What started as a single 410 Sprint Car event in 1990 has blossomed to feature a variety of racing action including 358 Modifieds, USAC Wingless Sprints, All-Star Circuit of Champions, USAC Midgets, 360 & 410 Sprint Cars, Sportsman, Late Models, Midgets, Legend Cars, DIRTcar and ROC Modified events.

About Grandview Speedway
Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 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.

Sep
26

THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2019
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

BIG BLOCK/358 MODIFIED TRAFFIC JAM TO CLOSE OUT 2019 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES AT GRANDVIEW SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 6 PM

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (September 26, 2019) – The frightening roar of race cars fill the Grandview Speedway for the final time this year on Saturday, October 19 at 6:00 PM for the 30th Anniversary Season finale of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series.

Highlighted by the 22nd Annual Modified Traffic Jam, the 358 Modifieds will challenge the Big Block Modifieds in a 40 lap main event with $5,000 on the line for the winner, $1,000 for tenth place and $500 to start the event. To be eligible for the posted payoff, drivers are required to pre-enter by calling 443 513 4456 on or before October 16. Please provide the drivers name, car number and phone number. There is no entry fee. For all the rules and complete payout, please visit our website at : www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com

Joining the Modifieds on the card will be the Sportsman division, and the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Car Series.

Fans interested in advance tickets may order them by calling 443-513-4456. Please speak clearly and leave your name and the number of tickets you would like. 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, one-half hour before general admission tickets going on sale at 4 PM.

Long in lineage, the Traffic Jam boasts wins by some of the top competitors dirt track racing has seen, and has been an integral part of the Thunder on the Hill schedule since 1998 when Brett Hearn took the inaugural win.

In the twenty-one year history of the Traffic Jam, Hearn is a four-time winner. Tim McCreadie, Billy Decker, and Matt Sheppard are two-time winners of this event. Drivers who have one Traffic Jam victory include Jimmy Horton, Frank Cozze, Tim Fuller, Alan Johnson, Danny Johnson, Craig VonDohren, Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard, Rick Laubach, Brett Kressley, and 2018 race winner, Ryan Watt

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.

General Admission ticket pricing for Saturday, October 19 is $25 for adults, Children 6-11 are $10 and Kids 5 & Under are FREE! Pit Area admission is $40, 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.

The popular Sportsman division is also on the card, competing for a $1,300 top prize for 25-laps of competition on 'the hill.' The same tire rule is in effect for the Sportsman - competitors are allowed to compete on Hoosier 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.

Fans are invited to come dressed for the occasion, Halloween costumes will be popular attire for 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 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Halloween 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!

NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series as the title sponsor joined by 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

Sep
11

THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

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SEPTEMBER 9, 2019
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

22ND ANNUAL MODIFIED TRAFFIC JAM TO CLOSE OUT 2019 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES SATURDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 19 6 PM AT GRANDVIEW

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (September 9, 2019) . . . . The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill finale will take place at the Grandview Speedway on Saturday night, October 19. A Spooktacular event returns to the “haunted hill” with the 22nd running of the Modified Traffic Jam, a 40 lap feature event paying $5,000 to win, $1,000 for tenth-place and $500 to start the twenty-four car starting field for all who pre-enter. The Sportsman and MASS Sprint Cars will also be a part of this Triple Thunder Thriller event with pit gates opening at 2:30 PM, general admission tickets go on sale at 4 PM with the green flag falling on heat race qualifying at 6 PM.

Fans interested in advance tickets may order them by calling 443-513-4456. Please speak clearly and leave your name and the number of tickets you would like. 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, one-half hour before general admission tickets going on sale at 4 PM. Advance tickets orders will be available until 9 AM on race day, Saturday, October 19 with general admission tickets go on sale at 4 PM.

This haunting Halloween trick-or-treat celebration will spotlight the Modified Traffic JAM — a race rich in history, starting back in 1998. Duane Howard is an expected entry along with Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren, Billy Pauch Jr, Rick Laubach and defending Traffic Jam winner Ryan Watt.

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. An event sheet with the complete payoff, rules, and details is available at www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com

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. Modified drivers are required to pre-enter to be eligible for the posted payoff and bonus money. The event rules and payoff is posted on the website at: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com and go to event info.

The popular Sportsman division is also on the card, competing for a $1,300 top prize for 25-laps of competition on ‘the hill.’ The same tire rule is in effect for the Sportsman – competitors are allowed to compete on Hoosier 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.

Fans are invited to come dressed for the occasion, Halloween costumes will be popular attire for 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 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Halloween Party has been a staple of the Grandview Speedway schedule for over 16 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!.

NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series as the title sponsor joined by 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 30 years of the most anticipated events of the racing calendar year after year. In 136 events, over $4.5 million dollars has been divvied up among the area’s fastest racers. What started as a single 410 Sprint Car event in 1990 has blossomed to feature a variety of racing action including 358 Modifieds, USAC Wingless Sprints, All-Star Circuit of Champions, USAC Midgets, 360 & 410 Sprint Cars, Sportsman, Late Models, Midgets, Legend Cars, DIRTcar and ROC Modified events.

About Grandview Speedway
Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 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.

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
06

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AUGUST 5, 2019

CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456

THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES CONTINUES AT GRANDVIEW. . . . .

ALL STAR SPRINTS & MODIFIEDS RETURN TO THE HILL THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, ANNUAL THUNDER CUP EVENT RE-NAMED TO HONOR GREG HODNETT

Bechtelsville, PA (August 5, 2019) – The Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions return to Grandview Speedway on Thursday, August 22 as part of the 30th Anniversary of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series.

At this event a commemorative ‘Hodnett Cup’ trophy will unveiled honoring 410 Sprint Car racing legend Greg Hodnett.

“Sherry Hodnett has generously offered us a trophy that Greg won in 2018,” Co-Promoter Bob Miller explained. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to salute Greg – he was a cornerstone of our 410 Sprint Car events, and we miss him in our pit area.”

The Hodnett Cup was 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.

Levan Machine and Truck Equipment present Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions for the nationally touring series’ fourth consecutive appearance at the Bechtelsville, PA oval. 410 Sprint Car drivers will compete in a 35 lap A-Main offering $5,000 to the winner, with $1,000 reserved for the tenth-place finisher and $500 to start the main event.

Defending race winner, Aaron Reutzel currently leads the All Star Sprint Car point standings having collected six wins this season.

Alongside the 410 Sprint Cars, will be the NASCAR 358 Modifieds – Grandview Speedway’s premier Saturday Night racing division. Modified competitors are racing 30 laps with a $3,000 jackpot awaiting the winner. This event is part of the season-long NASCAR point standings.

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 can reserve tickets and pay for them the night of the event. 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. Hodnett tragically lost his life in a racing accident at the BAPS Motor Speedway in September of 2018.

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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Thunder on the Hill Results

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JULY 30, 2019

CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456

THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

CHRIS WINDOM SHINES AT KEN BRENN USAC MIDGET MASTERS; JEFF STRUNK GRABS GRANDVIEW CAREER WIN NUMBER 200, 14TH THUNDER VICTORY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (July 30, 2019) – It was a thrilling night of racing Tuesday night at Grandview Speedway for the return of the USAC Midgets – teamed up with the NASCAR 358 Modifeds -- as part of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series. The Ken Brenn USAC Midget Masters event was won by Chris Windom, while Jeff Strunk picked up his second consecutive Thunder Modified win and fourteenth career Thunder victory.

The 30 lap victory marked Windom’s second career midget win, battling it out with teammate Tyler Courtney in the late stages of the event.

“I hated to see all those late race restarts,” Windom said in victory lane. “For us (he and Courtney) to finish first and second the first night into Pennsylvania Midget Week is pretty cool.”

Windom inherited the top starting position from Zeb Wise, who moved to a back-up car and was forced to the rear of the field.

At the drop of the green flag, Windom muscled to the front holding off Kevin Thomas Jr. for the initial five circuits around the one-third mile Bechtelsville raceway. With a battle building behind the top competitors, Courtney moved into the third position followed by Jason McDougal, and Kyle Larson.

The top five charged around nose-to-tail swapping race grooves and weaving in and out of lapped traffic, while Windom maintained the top spot.

The red flag flew on lap 23 for Steve Buckwalter, who rolled over after contact with a spinning Zeb Wise.

Courtney moved to second with five laps remaining as Tanner Carrick and Kyle Larson both battled past Kevin Thomas, Jr. With four competitors dicing it out for second position, Windom was able to pull away to a ten-car advantage.

A lap 28 caution slowed the field for the final time, and set up a two-lap dash to the checkered flag.

Windom held the point as the green flag waved, with teammate Tyler Courtney right on his rear bumper.

As the two approached for the white flag, Courtney shot to the bottom of the race track charging inside Windom securing the lead heading into turn 1. But Windom battled back down the backstretch, regained the top spot and scored the Ken Brenn Midget Masters win.

“I knew the slider was coming,” Windom said of Courtney in Victory Lane. “I’m just glad I was able to sneak back by him, I did everything I could to hold him off.”

After a valiant effort, Tyler Courtney would settle for second, Tanner Carrick finished in third, Tanner Thorson came from a 15th starting position to finish fourth, and Chad Boat finished in the fifth position.

Kyle Larson set the Quick Time with a lap of 14.310 setting an initial track record for the USAC Midgets. USAC Midget qualifying events were won by Tanner Thorson, Tyler Courtney, and Jason McDougal.

In the NASCAR 358 Modified event, Doug Manmiller and Tim Buckwalter led the field to the drop of the green flag with Manmiller holding the lead for the initial two laps. Buckwalter would takeover the top spot on lap three with Meme Desantis and Manmiller right on his tail.

All eyes were on Jeff Strunk as he moved into second on the eighth lap of the event – from his fifth-place starting spot. And powered past Buckwalter for the lead, two laps later.

In a race without any caution flags, Strunk was able to steer the Glenn Hyneman-owned number 126 machine around heavy lapped traffic maintaining the lead and claiming his 200th career victory.

Craig VonDohren closed in the late stages – but would settle for second place, Tim Buckwalter finished in third, Kevin Hirthler finished in fourth and Brett Kressley finished in fifth after starting in the 14th position.

NASCAR 358 Modified Heat Races were won by Kevin Hirthler, Tim Buckwalter, and Alex Yankowski

Ken Brenn Sr. was on hand for the event in his honor posing for photographs alongside Kyle Larson – who piloted a Keith Kunz-owned midget painted up like Brenn’s famed number 24 machine.

The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series returns on Thursday, August 22 with the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint Cars, alongside the NASCAR 38 Modifieds.

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Championship

Time Trials - 1 . Kyle Larson - 14.310 , 2 . Tyler Courtney - 14.323 , 3 . Jason McDougal - 14.344 , 4 . Chris Windom - 14.422 , 5 . Kevin Thomas, Jr. - 14.441 , 6 . Tanner Carrick - 14.469 , 7 . Zeb Wise - 14.469 , 8 . Ethan Mitchell - 14.520 , 9 . Chad Boat - 14.534 , 10 . Jerry Coons, Jr. - 14.554 , 11 . Tucker Klaasmeyer - 14.623 , 12 . Steve Drevicki - 14.633 , 13 . Karsyn Elledge - 14.640 , 14 . Andrew Layser - 14.653 , 15 . Logan Seavey - 14.671 , 16 . Tanner Thorson - 14.708 , 17 . Steve Buckwalter - 14.877 , 18 . Shawn Jackson - 15.227 , 19 . Bruce Buckwalter - 15.327 , 20 . Ryan Greth - 15.365 , 21 . Bobby Butler - 15.408 , 22 . Kevin Woody - 15.660 , 23 . Steve Craig - 15.981 , 24 . Brett Conkling - 16.109 , 25 . Zach Curtis - 16.456

Heat 1 (8 Laps) – 1. Tanner Thorson 2. Karsyn Elledge 3. Jerry Coons, Jr. 4. Chris Windom 5. Kyle Larson

Heat 2 (8 Laps) – 1. Tyler Courtney 2. Steve Buckwalter 3. Tucker Klaasmeyer 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. 5. Andrew Layser

Heat 3 (8Laps) – 1. Jason McDougal 2. Zeb Wise 3. Logan Seavey 4. Steven Drevicki 5. Shawn Jackson

Ken Brenn Midget Masters (30 Laps) – 1. Chris Windom 2. Tyler Courtney 3. Tanner Carrick 4. Tanner Thorson 5. Chad Boat 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer 8. Kyle Larson 9. Jerry Coons Jr. 10. Logan Seavey 11. Zeb Wise 12. Andrew Laser 13. Jason McDougal 14. Karsyn Elledge 15. Shawn Jackson 17. Zach Curtis 17. Steven Drevicki 18. Steve Buckwalter 19. Kevin Woody 20. Bruce Buckwalter 21. Steve Craig 22. Brett Conkling 23. Bobby Butler 24. Ryan Greth

NASCAR 358 Modifieds

Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Kevin Hirthler 2. Ryan Lilick 3. Craig VonDohren 4. Doug Manmiller 5. Billy Pauch Jr. 6. Louden Reimert

Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Tim Buckwalter 2. Ray Swinehart 3. Jeff Strunk 4. Brian Hirthler 5. Brett Kressley 6. Rick Laubach

Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1. Alex Yankowski 2. Duane Howard 3. Mike Lisowski 4. Meme Desantis 5. Briggs Danner 6. Dylan Swinehart

Modified Feature (30 Laps) – 1. Jeff Strunk 2. Craig VonDohren 3. Tim Buckwalter 4. Kevin Hirthler 5. Brett Kressley 6. Duane Howard 7. Mike Gular 8. Meme Desantis 9. Alex Yankowski 10. Brian Hirthler 11. Ryan Lilick 12. Rick Laubach 13. Mike Lisowski 14. Louden Reimert 15. Briggs Danner 16. Frank Cozze 17. Ryan Beltz 18. Justin Grim 19. Don Norris Jr. 20. Billy Pauch Jr. 21. Glenn Strunk 22. Mark Kratz 23. Ray Swinehart 24. Dylan Swinehart 25. Doug Manmiller 26. TJ Lilly

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