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

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

PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MARKETING: Ernie Saxton @ 215.752.7797: Email: Esaxton144@aol.com – Cell phone: 267.934.7286

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TIM BUCKWALTER DOING DOUBLE DUTY AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SATURDAY NIGHT

BECHTELSVILLE, PA May 16, 2019 . . . When the tripleheader auto racing action gets the green flag this Saturday night at Grandview Speedway local talent Tim Buckwalter will be doing double duty as he races in the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds and the Rapid Tire United States Auto Club East Coast Wingless Sprint Cars.

The Douglassville, PA racing talent has been a winner at Grandview in the NASCAR Modifieds and, in addition, has been a two time champion at Kutztown’s Action Track USA and a champion with the American Racing Drivers Club.

The veteran racer will be wheeling a sprinter owned by Norristown’s Bill Gallagher and wrenched by multi-time United Racing Club champion Curt Michael. “It’s a good car. One of the best 360 Sprint cars in the area. It is a big opportunity to work with Curt,” said Buckwalter. “I’m excited to see how we do.”

This will be a first time appearance for the USAC East Coast Sprints at Grandview and a stellar field of racers is expected.

Buckwalter will also be going up against some outstanding driving talents in the Modifieds, something he is familiar with as he is a Saturday night regular. Ten time NASCAR track champion Craig Von Dohren is the current point leader and already has two feature wins to his credit this season.

In addition to the Sprints and Modifieds fans will be treated to the exciting action of the T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman stock cars.

A full series of qualifying race events will lead up to the feature events in each of the three divisions. Racing has a 7:30 p.m. starting time.

The very popular Low Down & Dirty Meet and Greet, 5 P.M. at the main grandstand entrance, will feature cars and drivers that will be racing later in the evening. Modified racer Ryan Lilick and Sportsman talent Kyle Lilick will be meeting fans and will have their new t-shirts available for sale. In addition two of the top Sprint racing talents, Steven Drevicki and Eddie Strada, will be meeting fans.

Adult admission is $20, youngsters 6 through 11 pay just $5 and kids under 6 are admitted free. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m.

And on Sunday, May 19th at 1 p.m. Outlaw Enduro and Blast from the Past Vintage Racers. Big Car Enduro (75-laps), Small Car Enduro (75-laps), Junkyard Car Race (50-laps), Savage 61 Roadrunners (20-lap feature plus qualifying), Vintage Cars (2-20-lap features), Mechanics Race (20-laps), Outlaw 4X4 Truck Series (Heats and Features on Obstacle Course). Adult admission is $10.

Additional information is available at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.

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

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

PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MARKETING: Ernie Saxton @ 215.752.7797: Email: Esaxton144@aol.com – Cell phone: 267.934.7286

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UNITED STATES AUTO CLUB (USAC) EAST COAST WINGLESS SPRINTS HEAD UP SATURDAY TRIPLEHEADER AT GRANDVIEW WITH NASCAR MODIFIEDS AND SPORTSMAN STOCK CARS

BECHTELSVILLE, PA May 13, 2019 . . . This Saturday night at Grandview Speedway there will be exciting racing action for both the open cockpit and stock car racing fans. The tripleheader show will have a 7:30 p.m. start.

The Rapid Tire United States Auto Club (USAC) East Coast Wingless Sprints will be making their first ever appearance on the one-third-mile banked clay oval. Sprint cars are known for being able to provide fans with great excitement on the Bechtelsville oval. Heading up the action will be such 360 Sprint standouts as Steve Drevicki, Eddie Strada, Alex Bright, and a host of others.

And the NASCAR stock car action will give the fans some edge of their seat action with Rick Laubach, making his first full time Grandview title effort, looking to overtake Craig Von Dohren in the championship chase. The Hellertown based Laubach will be looking to gain his first win of the season in the T.P. Trailers NASCAR Modified action. Despite not having a win to his credit Laubach is just 56 points behind leader Craig Von Dohren, a two feature winner already this season. Oley, PA based Von Dohren is a ten time NASCAR champion and leads the feature win department with 107 victories. Von Dohren has 1070 tallies.

Holding down third in the Modified point battle is “over 60 Hall of Famer” Frank Cozze with 903 counters.

Each of the Saturday night Modified events has drawn more than 40 entries.

Joining the Sprints and Modifieds will be the T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman led by Coplay, PA’s Brad Grim who has 864 points followed by Mark Kemmerer who sits just three points behind. Both will lead a large field of Sportsman talents in the Saturday night action.

A full series of qualifying race events will lead up to the feature events in each of the three divisions.

The very popular Low Down & Dirty Meet and Greet, 5 P.M. at the main grandstand entrance, will feature cars and drivers that will be racing later in the evening. Modified racer Ryan Lilick and Sportsman talent Kyle Lilick will be meeting fans and will have their new t-shirts available for sale. In addition two of the top Sprint racing talents, Steven Drevicki and Eddie Strada, will be meeting fans.

Adult admission is $20, youngsters 6 through 11 pay just $5 and kids under 6 are admitted free. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m.

And on Sunday, May 19th at 1 p.m. Outlaw Enduro and Blast from the Past Vintage Racers. Big Car Enduro (75-laps), Small Car Enduro (75-laps), Junkyard Car Race (50-laps), Savage 61 Roadrunners (20-lap feature plus qualifying), Vintage Cars (2-20-lap features), Mechanics Race (20-laps), Outlaw 4X4 Truck Series (Heats and Features on Obstacle Course). Adult admission is $10.

Additional information is available at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.

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Contact: Richie Murray - USAC Media / richie@usacracing.com

Defending Tri-City winner and most recent USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner Tyler Courtney. (Cameron Neveu Photo)



TRI-CITY USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR RIVER TOWN SHOWDOWN PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Granite City, Illinois (May 13, 2019).........Tyler Courtney's 18 wins have come at numerous racetracks in his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, 13 to be precise.

After a few bumps in the road in the early going of the season, the defending series champ got off the relative schneid last Friday with his first series win of 2019, just in time to hit another venue he's already conquered in his still-young career, Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., this Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, for the "River Town Showdown," back-to-back nights of doubleheaders featuring USAC Sprints and the NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

Courtney broke through in his Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing No. 7BC last weekend at Eldora, leading the final 25 laps for a simply dominating performance on the half-mile dirt oval in Ohio. The Indianapolis, Ind. driver became the fifth different series winner in five races, something that's only been accomplished once in the past decade - 2014 when there were eight winners in the first eight races.

In the series' most recent visit to Tri-City last August, the feature proved pivotal for Courtney. It's where he won and recaptured the point lead en route to the season title. On the last restart, Courtney had to withstand an assault from Kevin Thomas, Jr. Concluding the season knotted up with the same amount of points, any change in position at the end that night at Tri-City could've flipped the roles for who was going to enjoy the thrill of victory and who was going to endure the agony of defeat.

Perhaps it's too soon for championship talk at this point five races in, but the points swung at the top once again over the weekend as C.J. Leary vaulted to the head of the class by 12 markers over Thomas with Courtney surging to third, 43 points behind the leader.

Leary was a rocket all weekend, setting Fatheadz Eyewear quick time both nights and finishing second in Friday's feature. On Saturday, he followed up quick time with a heat race win before the rains came and washed away the remainder of the evening. Last year at Tri-City, Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) led the first nine laps before encountering trouble and dropping back to a 20th place finish.

Thomas, of Cullman, Ala., was fast time at Tri-City a year ago and was charging hard at the end before coming up just short to Courtney. Thomas hasn't won just yet with the series in 2019, but he's been about as consistent as you can ask for, not yet finishing outside the top-six and scoring three runner-up finishes.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon had a third-place result in last year's Tri-City trip. He's fifth in points with a win at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway on his resume thus far in 2019. Chase Stockon of Fort Branch, Ind. is a spot ahead of Bacon in the standings. He started on the pole and finished ninth at Tri-City last season.

The first two series' winners of the year, Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. and Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. are locked up for sixth in the standings. Windom was sixth and Grant eighth at Tri-City in 2018. Windom captured a fourth over the weekend at Eldora while Grant took eighth.

Rocklin, California's Robert Ballou, the 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, was fourth in the most recent Tri-City tango after starting ninth. Ballou is tenth in the standings and seeking his first win of 2019.

Eighth in points Jason McDougal won his heat and finished 18th in his debut at Tri-City last year while Isaac Chapple, 12th in the standings, captured his heat and ran 11th a year ago. At Eldora last weekend, McDougal and Chapple raced across the line together, McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) in ninth and Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.) in tenth, a hard-charging performance from the 18th starting spot that earned him his best finish of the 2019 campaign.

Carson Short and Chad Boespflug are eager to make their USAC debuts at Tri-City this weekend. Short, of Marion, Ill., finished fifth last time out at Eldora and has recorded fast time twice already on the way to ninth in points. Boespflug, of Hanford, Calif., finished 21st at Eldora after suffering an engine problem just after taking the checkered flag in his heat, and continued to plague the team into the future.

He and whole host of others are ready to regroup and head to Tri-City for the 21st time in series history. Jay Drake, Jack Hewitt, Danny Smith, Greg Weld and Doug Wolfgang each have scored two victories at Tri-City while Steve Butler, Tyler Courtney, Rick Hood, Kelly Kinser, Ralph Liguori, Troy Rutherford (a Special Event win), Randy Standridge, Tony Stewart, Sammy Swindell and Josh Wise have one each.

The "River Town Showdown" features complete shows for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and B-Mods on consecutive nights, May 17-18, on the 3/8-mile Tri-City Speedway dirt oval in Granite City, Ill.

Registration and pit gates open at 3pm (Central). Grandstands and ticket office open at 5pm. Cars on track at 6:30pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $25 while children 12 and under are FREE. Pit passes are $30 apiece for members and $35 for non-members.

Tri-City Speedway is located at 5100 Nameoki Rd, Granite City, IL 62040. You can reach the promotion team of Track Enterprises at (217) 764-3200 and Tri-City Speedway at (618) 931-7836. For more information, visit the series website at www.usacracing.com and the track website at www.tricityspeedway.net/.

Both nights of action will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on www.FloRacing.com/. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation with live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-362, 2-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-351, 3-Tyler Courtney-323, 4-Chase Stockon-313, 5-Brady Bacon-306, 6-Justin Grant-299, 7-Chris Windom-298, 8-Carson Short-264, 9-Jason McDougal-260, 10-Robert Ballou-252.

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Tyler Courtney captured a convincing win Friday night at Eldora Speedway's #LetsRaceTwo. (Ryan Sellers Photo)



CONVINCING COURTNEY CRUSHES ELDORA FIELD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (May 11, 2019).........Over the past two seasons, Tyler Courtney has experienced the feeling of winning in all three of USAC's National divisions at Eldora Speedway.

Perhaps none of those performances were as impressive as the one the Indianapolis, Ind. driver turned in during Friday's night one of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship portion of #LetsRaceTwo.

Courtney didn't bat an eye having to start from the inside of row four, charging to the front of the field in rapid-fire succession to the point by lap six with a turn one slider on Kevin Thomas, Jr. From there, Courtney staged a disappearing act from everyone second on back, winning by a whopping 8.704 seconds and lapping up to seventh place.

"We kind of got behind the eight-ball starting seventh there," Courtney explained. "You've got to get your way to the front early and we were fortunate enough to have a really good car. With (crew chief Tyler Ransbottom) on the wrenches, I had one spot-on racecar and that made my job pretty easy."

Right from the get-go, Courtney was on a mission, which was briefly halted following a turn four flip on lap three by Dave Darland, who eventually walked away after the rough and tumble ride into the catch fence.

Following the restart, Courtney put his Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy up top, racing around Carson Short for second on the fourth circuit, then set forth to challenge Thomas for the race lead.

It didn't take long for Courtney to rope Thomas in, as he sized Thomas up coming to the stripe at the completion of lap five before diving low at the entrance to turn one, sliding up and securing the spot. Thomas took a run back at Courtney in turn three a half lap later to no avail as Courtney extended his rapidly-growing advantage to 2.5 seconds with a third of the race in arrears.

Courtney's interval was wiped clean and re-racked when five-time Eldora USAC winner Robert Ballou slowed coming off turn two while running eighth. His machine limped to the turn four pit entrance, stopping just shy, bringing out the second and final stoppage of the evening.

Courtney's 18th career series win moved him into sole possession of 28th on the all-time list, surpassing Jerry Coons, Jr., Parnelli Jones and Bud Kaeding. (Ryan Sellers Photo)



Courtney slid himself into turn one on the ensuing restart, closing the curtain on any thought of an attempted slider from Thomas. Courtney powered away and took command of a full-straightaway lead past the halfway mark of the 30-lapper.

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier C.J. Leary and Thomas exchanged the second position multiple times before Leary limbo'd by Thomas on the bottom of turn three on the 18th lap. Thomas contested the spot before Leary ultimately cleared Thomas for the runner-up position on the high side between turns one and two. Brady Bacon mimicked Leary's tactic one lap later to snare third.

Courtney continued to gain ground as the interval increased lap-by-lap while slicing between the lapped cars of Nick Bilbee and Matt Westfall in turn one on the 22nd lap. Courtney drove into the top-ten late in the going, albeit an entire lap ahead of them, with no indication of showing any mercy.

"This is Eldora. You can't relax here," Courtney reiterated. "You've got to get up on the wheel every lap because, if not, this place will bite you. It's done it to me before. This is a place you can't slack off for 30 laps."

With two to go, Courtney drove by eighth place Justin Grant and was closing in on Chase Stockon in seventh and Thomas and sixth when the checkered fell for the defending series champ. Behind Courtney at the line were new point leader Leary in second, followed by Bacon, Chris Windom and Short.

Courtney's 18th career series win was his first of the season and moved him into sole possession of 28th on the all-time list, surpassing Jerry Coons, Jr., Parnelli Jones and Bud Kaeding.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Eldora Speedway were C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Chad Boespflug (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Carson Short (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Matt Westfall (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Isaac Chapple (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Dallas Hewitt (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 10, 2019 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - #LetsRaceTwo

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.203; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.347; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.535; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-15.564; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-15.570; 6. Carson Short, 21, RCM-15.613; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.644; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.683; 9. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-15.692; 10. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-15.734; 11. Dave Darland, 17GP, Dutcher/Curb-Agajanian-15.747; 12. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-15.857; 13. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-15.860; 14. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-15.891; 15. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-16.008; 16. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.066; 17. Carmen Perigo, 21p, Perigo-16.067; 18. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.107; 19. Ty Tilton, 42, Tilton-16.120; 20. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-16.249; 21. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-16.254; 22. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-16.313; 23. Kory Crabtree, 60, Gagliardi-16.416; 24. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-16.426; 25. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-16.444; 26. Dustin Smith, 77s. Smith-16.538; 27. Matt Cooley, 19c, Cooley-16.606; 28. Michael Fischesser, 44, Fischesser-16.689; 29. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-16.885; 30. Gage Etgen, 99, Etgen-16.986; 31. Steve Little, 53, Little-17.066; 32. Mike Burkin, 79, Mahoney-17.069; 33. Mike Miller, 82, Miller-17.091; 34. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-17.096; 35. Justin Owen, 4J, Owen-17.240; 36. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-17.747; 37. Zane Hendricks, 27, Goodnight-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Boespflug, 2. Buckwalter, 3. Thomas, 4. Leary, 5. Bilbee, 6. Hewitt, 7. C. Smith, 8. Burkin, 9. Etgen, 10. Jackson. 2:09.64

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Stockon, 3. Darland, 4. Hodges, 5. Crabtree, 6. Tilton, 7. Little, 8. Underwood, 9. Miller. 2:10.42

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Bacon, 2. Windom, 3. Westfall, 4. Grant, 5. Chapple, 6. VanMeveren, 7. Cooley, 8. Goodnight, 9. Ruhlman. 2:11.70

INDY RACE FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Short, 2. Ballou, 3. McDougal, 4. Ingle, 5. D. Smith, 6. Perigo, 7. Owen, 8. Fischesser. 2:13.01

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Bilbee, 2. Tilton, 3. Perigo, 4. Chapple, 5. VanMeveren, 6. D. Smith, 7. Hewitt, 8. C. Smith, 9. Crabtree, 10. Underwood, 11. Fischesser, 12. Burkin, 13. Owen, 14. Goodnight, 15. Cooley, 16. Little, 17. Etgen, 18. Ruhlman, 19. Miller. 3:36.74

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (7), 2. C.J. Leary (6), 3. Brady Bacon (5), 4. Chris Windom (10), 5. Carson Short (3), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2), 7. Chase Stockon (4), 8. Justin Grant (1), 9. Jason McDougal (12), 10. Isaac Chapple (18), 11. Ty Tilton (17), 12. Nick Bilbee (20), 13. Matt Westfall (16), 14. Dustin Smith (21), 15. Carmen Perigo (15), 16. Brian VanMeveren (23), 17. Matt Goodnight (22), 18. Dustin Ingle (19), 19. Josh Hodges (14), 20. Timmy Buckwalter (9), 21. Chad Boespflug (13), 22. Robert Ballou (8). 23. Dave Darland (11). NT
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**Hendricks flipped during qualifying. Darland flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Thomas, Laps 6-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Isaac Chapple (18th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Matt Westfall

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Dallas Hewitt

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Leary-362, 2-Thomas-351, 3-Courtney-323, 4-Stockon-313, 5-Bacon-306, 6-Grant-299, 7-Windom-298, 8-Short-264, 9-McDougal-260, 10-Ballou-252.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 11, 2019 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - #LetsRaceTwo

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MAY 11, 2019

CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456

THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

AMSOIL USAC EASTERN STORM QUICKLY APPROACHES, THUNDER SERIES OPENS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY TUESDAY NIGHT, JUNE 11

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (MAY 11, 2019) – The stars of the Amsoil USAC Non-Wing Sprint National Tour only come east one time per year and it all kicks off on Tuesday night, June 11 at the Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, PA. The 13th Annual USAC Eastern Storm will invade “the hill” as the first event of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series with the hefty $10,000 to win Jesse Hockett Classic. This eye catching first place prize is part of the 30th Anniversary celebration for the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series. Joining the USAC Non-Wing sprints are the popular NASCAR 358 Modifieds. Gates open at 5 PM with qualifying getting underway at 7:30 PM.

Advance tickets may be ordered for the Tuesday, June 11 USAC Sprints & Modified show by calling 443 513 4456. Please speak slowly and clearly when leaving a message and be sure to leave your name and number of tickets you will need. Feel free to leave your phone number as well. Tickets may be paid for and picked up at the WILL CALL Window on race night after 3:30 PM. These tickets will entitle you to enter the grandstands at 4:30. Adult admission tickets are $30, children 6 to 11 $10 and children five and under will be admitted for free.

If you have never seen the AMSOIL USAC Non-Wing sprints at Grandview, it’s a must see event. The non-wing USAC National Tour are just perfect for the one-third mile high banked oval nestled on top of the hill in Bechtelsville, PA. Even time trials are a thrill as the non-wing sprints show wheelies and use so much of the race track that they are bouncing off the outside boiler-plate wall.

This event is dedicated a “classic event” to honor all-time sprint car great Jesse Hockett. Many us remember that special night on the hill, when Jesse won both twin 20 lap USAC features, thrilling the Grandview fans in 2009. In 2010, just prior to the Eastern Storm, Hockett succumbed to injuries suffered in a race shop accident. Levi Jones won the first Jesse Hockett Classic in 2010.

The boys of Summer celebrate our great nation on Tuesday, July 2 with 410 Sprint Cars competing for $10,000 to win the twenty-fifth Grandview Speedway Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week event. NASCAR Cup Series star Kyle Larson has put the PA Posse in their place for two consecutive seasons, but a strong field of local competitors plans to keep that cash on home turf. Look for local favorite Ryan Smith to hunt down and capture that first career Thunder victory wheeling the Mike Heffner sprint car in the new season.

The debut of the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets takes place on Tuesday, July 30. For years fans have begged, bargained, and pleaded for the Midgets on the Bechtelsville high banks and there’s no better time than the 30th Anniversary season of Thunder on the Hill. Many of the same USAC Sprint Car stars will strap into midgets for this event like Brady Bacon and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

The 5th Annual Levan Machine Truck Equipment Thunder Cup event brings the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions to the one-third mile Grandview Speedway on Thursday, August 22. A highlight of the Thunder season, the All Star event will pay homage to the late Greg Hodnett, with a special memorial trophy.

The 358 Modifieds will co-headline all of the previously mentioned events, competing in 30 lap events for $3,000 to win and lucrative NASCAR points. Grandview’s premier weekly division always thrills the crowd with side-by-side action.

The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series concludes on Saturday, October 19 with the House of Thunder Halloween Party featuring the 22nd running of the Modified Traffic Jam – where Big-Blocks battle Small-Blocks in the Mods at the Madhouse. Alongside the Modifieds, the Sportsman, and MASS Sprint Cars will also be in action.

The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series is sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts, Levan Machine and Truck Equipment, and Galco Business Communications.

2019 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Schedule

Tuesday, June 11 USAC Non-Wing Sprints 40 laps & 358 Modifieds Jesse Hockett Classic $10,000 to Win!

Tuesday, July 2 PA Sprint Speed Week 410 Sprints $10,000 to win & 358 Modifieds

Tuesday, July 30 USAC Midgets 30 laps & 358 Modifieds

Thursday, August 22 All Star Sprints Smoke on the Hill Thunder Cup & 358 Modifieds

Saturday, October 19 House of Thunder Halloween Party, 22nd Annual Traffic Jam 40 laps Modifieds, Sportsman and MASS Sprints

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 132 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 racewear 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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Steven Drevicki celebrates victory at Lincoln Speedway. (USAC Photo)



DREVICKI WIRES LINCOLN IN EAST COAST SPRINT OPENER

By: Jenna Shotz

ABBOTSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA (April 14th, 2019).........The 2018 USAC East Coast Points Champion, Steven Drevicki, started off his 2019 campaign in the best way possible. Drevicki, from Reading, Pennsylvania combined his knowledge of Lincoln Speedway and his expertise in a wingless sprint car and came up with a near flawless night of racing.

Heat #1 went to Carlisle, PA's Chandler Leiby. Late in the race, Leiby felt the heat from Eddie Strada, who came from the sixth starting spot. Leiby ran a consistent and clean line, holding off Strada for the heat win.

Heat #2 went to Eric Jennings, of Bloomingburg, NY. Jennings took the lead from young-gun, Trey Hivner early on. Jennings went on to capture the heat win, despite constant pressure from Steven Drevicki, who came all the way from eight place.

After a six-car redraw, Drevicki found himself on the pole position. Before the race, Drevicki said, "I don't usually like the pole because I never know where to go." After testing a few different lines, Drevicki found comfort in the bottom groove. Carmen Perigo was an early contender, but Strada and Jennings battled him hard, allowing Drevicki to pull away.

On lap 14, Drevicki caught up to lap traffic. He was able to finesse his way through the field with ease, not allowing anyone to gain much ground on him.

The USAC East Coast 360 Sprint Cars will make their next appearance THIS WEDNESDAY April 17th, 2019 at the Delaware International Speedway. More information will be released soon.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 13, 2019 - Lincoln Speedway - Abbottstown, Pennsylvania

FIRST HEAT: (8 Laps, All Qualify, Top 3 to Redraw) 1. Chandler Leiby (119), 2. Eddie Strada (5G), 3. Carmen Perigo (21), 4. Ryan Quackenbush (5Q), 5. Mark Bitner (15), 6. Bill Unglert (33B), 7. David Swanson (117), 8. Heidi Hedin (3H), 9. Craig Pelligrini (11A) (DNS)

SECOND HEAT: (8 Laps, All Qualify, Top 3 to Redraw) 1. Eric Jennings (32), 2. Steven Drevicki (19), 3. Trey Hivner (7), 4. Chris Allen Jr (71), 5. Matt Boland (22T), 6. Trevor Kobylarz (14), 7. Johnathon Swanson (17J), 8. Larry Drake (8), 9. Joey Biasi (B1) (DNS)

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Steven Drevicki (19), 2. Eddie Strada (5G), 3. Carmen Perigo (21), 4. Chris Allen Jr (71), 5. Chandler Leiby (119), 6. Eric Jennings (32), 7. Trey Hivner (7), 8. Trevor Kobylarz (14), 9. Bill Ungler (33B), 10. Johnathon Swanson (17J), 11. Matt Boland (22T), 12. Heidi Hedin (3H), 13. Larry Drake (8), 14. Ryan Quackenbush (5Q), 15. David Swanson (117), 16. Mark Bitner (15), 17. Craig Pelligrini (11A)

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: 1-25 Steven Drevicki

SCOTTY SIGNS HARD CHARGER: Chris Allen Jr. (+4)

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Brady Bacon celebrates Friday's 'Larry Rice Classic' victory at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway. (David Nearpass Photo)



BACON BANKS LARRY RICE CLASSIC AT BLOOMINGTON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bloomington, Indiana (April 12, 2019).........Following a sluggish start to the season in Ocala, Fla. in the first three races of the year, Brady Bacon made doubly sure he saw the checkered flag in Friday night's "Larry Rice Classic" USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at Bloomington Speedway.

After results of 7th, 15th and 11th back in February amidst his return to the famed Hoffman Auto Racing/Dynamics, Inc. No. 69, the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native was anxious to get off the schneid, so to speak, corralling the 24th win of his career with the series, surpassing A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey to move into sole position of 21st on the all-time list.

Bacon led all 30 laps from the pole and, in the process, broke an 18-year-old 30-lap track record on the quarter-mile of red clay, previously held by A.J. Anderson, showing that the two-time series champ remains at the top of his game.

"We put our heads together after Florida and tried not to get in panic mode yet because Ocala is just a different place," Bacon explained. "We just made sure we had our i's dotted and our t's crossed when we came here."

There was no stopping Bacon on this evening, even if the reflection of the lights were trying to trick his mind.

"I actually thought I saw the white flag with the way the lights were reflecting off the move over flag," Bacon said. "The flag man was waving it pretty vigorously and I thought it was the white. Luckily, I kept going another lap and I saw it again, so I knew I wasn't right. I just kept going until I knew I saw the double checkers."

From the get-go, Bacon was the class of the field, instantly building his advantage to a half-straightaway over outside front row starter Kevin Thomas, Jr. by lap four. Bacon continued to increase the interval until meeting the tail end of a highway jam on lap nine with a seven-car gaggle jostling for position at the back, pairing down Bacon's lead to a half-second on a closing Thomas.

The winningest driver for the Hoffman family in USAC National Sprint Car competition, Bacon ringed the top in turns three and four and the bottom of one and two as he navigated the narrow crevices between the lappers. With 11 laps to go, Bacon sought daylight between the cars of Stephen Schnapf and Isaac Chapple in turn three. Bacon grabbed the rays, splitting the two to find the welcome view of an unoccupied road out of his visor with two-thirds of the race in the books.

"I was fortunate enough to sneak through a couple times," Bacon recalled. "Your mental clock gets ticking and I kind of had to force the issue a couple times to get by a couple guys. It's part of racing here. It gets a little narrow, but usually there's two grooves here. The bottom was not as prevalent as it typically is here. Usually, you can sneak by lapped cars on the bottom. I was having a tough time doing that, so I had to slide up out of the way."

Bacon's 24th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory Friday night at Bloomington moved him by A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey for sole position of 21st on the all-time series win list. (David Nearpass Photo)

From that point forward, Bacon was by his lonesome as he lapped up to 13th place on his way to his first career feature victory of any kind at Bloomington aboard his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Fatheadz Eyewear - Tel-Star/Triple X/Hershey Chevy.

Second went to a distant Thomas 2.158 seconds behind Bacon at the finish. Rounding out the top-five were Jason McDougal, KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger Tyler Courtney (from 9th) and Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier and new one-lap track record holder C.J. Leary.

It's a sense of sweet redemption for Bacon at Bloomington, picking up his first win at the southern Indiana staple after being on the brink of victory earlier in his career.

"I've run second here a couple times," Bacon remembered. "In 2007 or 2008, I led almost the whole race in the spring like this and slid off the track. I've been coming here for so long, you kind of take it for granted. But it's cool to win at a historic place like this. The green grass in the spring here is always the sign that it's time to go racing. This is a tough racetrack to win at and I'm happy we could do it and to be back with the Hoffman team. I'm glad to shake off our rough start and get back to our usual results."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Bloomington Speedway were C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Chase Stockon (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner) and Dakota Jackson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 12, 2019 - Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana - "Larry Rice Classic"

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-10.685 (New Track Record); 2. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-10.713; 3. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-10.860; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-10.880; 5. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-10.908; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-10.920; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-10.943; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-10.961; 9. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, CMNR-10.977; 10. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-11.050; 11. Jordan Kinser, 70, Hurst-11.087; 12. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-11.119; 13. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-11.150; 14. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-11.175; 15. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-11.212; 16. Carson Short, 21, RCM-11.214; 17. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-11.291; 18. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-11.305; 19. T.J. Artz, 57, Artz-11.392; 20. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-11.410; 21. Joe Stornetta, 04, Burton-11.427; 22. Michael Koontz, 17K, Koontz-11.508; 23. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-11.614; 24. Dave Darland, 2E, Epperson-11.648; 25. Kyle Hathaway, 7H, Hathaway-11.854; 26. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-12.891.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Short, 3. K. Thomas, 4. Schnapf, 5. Leary, 6. Stockon, 7. Koontz, 8. Artz, 9. Hathaway. 1:57.27

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Bacon, 2. Kinser, 3. Chapple, 4. Boespflug, 5. Christie, 6. Daum, 7. Underwood, 8. Hodges, 9. Perrott. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. McDougal, 3. Grant, 4. Stornetta, 5. Jackson, 6. Darland, 7. Windom. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. Stockon, 2. Windom, 3. Underwood, 4. Darland, 5. Artz, 6. Daum, 7. Hodges, 8. Koontz, 9. Hathaway, 10. Perrott. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (1), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2), 3. Jason McDougal (4), 4. Tyler Courtney (9), 5. C.J. Leary (6), 6. Justin Grant (3), 7. Chad Boespflug (5), 8. Chase Stockon (7), 9. Chris Windom (12), 10. Robert Ballou (13), 11. Jordan Kinser (11), 12. Josh Hodges (8), 13. Dakota Jackson (15), 14. Carson Short (16), 15. Dave Darland (20), 16. Isaac Chapple (17), 17. Stephen Schnapf (10), 18. Joe Stornetta (19), 19. Lee Underwood (14), 20. T.J. Artz (21), 21. Dustin Christie (18), 22. Zach Daum (22). 6:47.18 (New Track Record)
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**VanMeveren flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (9th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dakota Jackson

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-287, 2-Leary-284, 3-Stockon-250, 4-Grant-245, 5-Courtney-243, 6-Windom-230, 7-Bacon-229, 8-Ballou-222, 9-Boespflug-215, 10-McDougal-208.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 13, 2019 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - "Spring Showdown" (Co-Sanctioned by MSCS)

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