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SEPTEMBER 20, 2020

CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456




BECHTELSVILLE, PA . . . . . A possible $8,500 payday awaits any modified driver who can pull off a sweep of the Trick or Treat Triple 20’s in the Thunder on the Hill season finale at the Grandview Speedway Saturday night, October 17. Each Modified feature will pay $2,000 to the winner and with thanks to Pioneer Pole Buildings, a $2,500 bonus is posted to any driver who can sweep the three features. If one driver wins two features, PPB will add an additional $500 in bonus money. Each feature offers an attractive payoff with $200 being paid to start. As in past years, this October event will allow both Big Block and 358 Modifieds to compete together in a unique rules package. Also on the program will be the sportsman competing in a series of qualifying events leading up to a $1,300 win 20 lap feature.

On race night, Saturday, October 17, the front gate will open at 4 PM with qualifying getting underway at 6:00 PM. The pit gate will open at 2:30 PM.

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Qualifying for the Modifieds will determine the starting field with the top 12 finishers from the heat race events, drawing the top 12 starting positions in the opening feature. The winner of the first and second feature will then draw an invert number of 8, 10 or 12. This makes a sweep of the Pioneer Pole Buildings $2,500 bonus extremely possible.

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

For the Saturday, October 17 event, adult admission tickets are $25, Children 6 to 11 are $10, Children 5 and under will be admitted free. The pit fee is $40, and a license is not required.

Advance tickets are available by calling 443 513 4456. Please speak clearly and provide your first and last name and the number of tickets you need. Tickets may be paid for a at 3:30 PM. Advance tickets orders can be processed up to the day before the race. We apologize, but advance tickets will NOT be available on race day. You may pick-up and pay for your tickets on race night at 3:30 PM and enter the grandstands immediately.

The conditions and requirements under the COVID-19 situation are ever-changing, and we will provide updates as we approach race night. To offer the safest possible conditions for our fans, competitors, officials, safety crew, and track employees, we are making the following requests.

Please bring exact change when purchasing general admission tickets or pit passes.

We also advise that you wear a face mask, although not mandatory.

When possible, especially when standing in line, practice social distancing, and be considerate of the individuals around you.

Also, as much as we want you to join us if you are not feeling well, please do not attend.

2020 Thunder on the Hill Race Dates:


MODS AT THE MADHOUSE Trick or Treat Triple 20's & Sportsman

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:

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Twitter/Instagram: @TOTHRACING


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Grandview Speedway







Presenting Saturday night NASCAR stock car racing plus a variety of special events. Our 58th consecutive season.

Track office: General Manager: Tina Rogers@ 610.754.7688 - Public relations: Ernie Saxton: Email: – Cell phone: 267.934.7286




BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 14, 2020 . . . Consistency had great rewards for Craig Von Dohren and Brian Hirthler. Even though they each only won one feature this season in each of their divisions of competition they were each able to walk off with Grandview Speedway championships.

For Craig Von Dohren the 2020 T.P.Trailers NASCAR Track Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series marked the 11th time in his storied career that he was able to walk off with the title wheeling the Harring Transportation entry. The last time the Oley, PA racer walked off with the title was 2017. With a total of 3153 points Von Dohren topped his Oley neighbor Duane Howard who was the defending champion. Howard also won a feature and was able to tally 2906 points with one feature win. Doug Manmiller grabbed third with 2694 followed by Jared Umbenhauer with 2691 and rounding out the top five was 10 time champion Jeff Strunk with 2669 points. A total of 50 racers earned points.

In the T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman division Brian Hirthler survived a difficult night of racing that almost cost him the championship after having led most of the season. Hirthler, a champion in 2017, earned 2258 points with one feature win to his credit with the Alpine Truck Repair entry. The Green Lane, PA racer edged out Brad Arnold by just five points. Others who finished close to the champion were Ryan Beltz with 2230 counters, Kyle Lilick earned 2227 points while Jack Butler tallied 2114. Close to 60 racers competed in the Sportsman division with only Kyle Lilick winning more than once.

The excitement is continuing to build for two big nights of auto racing action, September 18 and 19, at the popular banked clay oval topped by the 50th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic that rewards the winner with $35,550 plus lap money on Saturday night. This race is expected to attract many of the top names in dirt track Modified racing.

The weekend kicks off with the action packed Freedom 38 for Sportsman stock cars paying the winner of the 38-lapper $3,550. This race is also expected to attract many visitors to test their skills.

Also on Friday night, action starting at 7:30 p.m., the Modified racers planning to participate in the Freedom 76 will be given practice time during the evening’s events.

Pits open at 3 p.m. and main grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Adult admission is $15 with youngsters 6 through 11 paying $5 and kids under 6 admitted free. Pit admission for Friday is $35 and there is no license required.

Tickets for the Freedom 76 will sell for $40. Youngsters, 6 through 11, on Saturday will pay $10 while kids under 6 are admitted free. Pit admission will be $45 with no license required. There are no advance tickets being offered.

Saturday will see pit gates open at 9 a.m. Ticket windows open at 3:00 p.m. Fans will be able to enter the speedway at the first turn and fourth turn spectator gates to reserve seats with blankets between 9am and 12noon.

On track action will get started at 7 p.m. as top Modified racing talents participate in qualifying events, the $1,000 to win Kirsten Snyder Web Design & Photography Cash Dash, the Schaffer Racing Minuteman 20 and top it all off with the 50th edition of the Freedom 76, “The Granddaddy of Modified Stock Car Classics”.

A large amount of lap money will be divided amongst lap leaders during the big race and the racer gaining the most positions during the 76 laps will receive $500 from Bobby Gunther Walsh and his sponsors as the Hard Charger.

Competition Carburetion Fast Lap of $50 will be awarded Friday, Sept. 18 for the Freedom 38 and for the Saturday September 19th Freedom 76.

All winners are entered into a random drawing at the end of the season for a Grand prize of $500.00

Freedom Fest will take place from 10 AM to 12 NOON in the first turn pavilion area and will feature music by Maddie Pearl a group that includes front man Colby Knappenberger, Roger Knappenberger (1973 Freedom 76 winner), Pete Knappenberger and young Rian Stevens. Race cars driven by Ryan Grim, Colt Harris and Dylan Swinehart will be on display.

Bob Hilbert Sportswear will present a jacket to the winner of the Freedom 76.

🚨ATTENTION RACE TEAMS: Due to the right rear tire shortage. The tire stamp will be open for Friday, Sept 18th Sportsman 38er, and Saturday Sept 19th, Freedom 76. It must be an American Racer, Grandview tread pattern and compounds. Right rears 48 and 50. Any questions please reach out to Ed Scott at: 484-239-7583. We have been told from the distributor we will have tires available at the track this weekend.

Full information on the weekend of racing is available at, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688. Racers will find entry information the website.


1. Craig Von Dohren, Oley, PA #1C 3153*
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66/357H 2906*
3. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #44M 2694
4. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19 2691
5. Jeff Strunk, Boyertown, PA #126 2669*
6. Mike Gular, Fredrick, PA #2A 2583*
7. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17 2541
8. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 2362***
9. Louden Reimert, Oley, PA #16 2343
10. Rick Laubach, Hellertown, PA #7L/18/14 2059
11. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 2046
12. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA #117 2012***
13. Justin Grim, Orefield, PA #61 1960
14. Ron Kline, Salford, PA #3 1486
15 Briggs Danner, Allentown, PA #78 1437
16. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA #49 1432
17. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA #21K 1374
18. Dylan Swinehart, Fleetwood, PA #81 1277*
19. Dillon Steuer, Stoudsburg, PA #17Z 1270
20. Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA #33 1223*
21. Dan Waisempacher, Springtown, PA #01 1132
21. Brad Grim, Coplay, PA #23 1132
23. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 1066
24. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7K 1040
25. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7B 1001
26. Eric Biehn, Barto, PA #87 1000
27. Richie Hitzler, Lebanon, PA #3/22 878
28. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA #74W 859
29. Carroll Hine III, Reading, PA #114 844
30. Ryan Watt, Boyertown, PA 14W 837


1. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4* 2258*
2. Brad Arnold, Bethel, PA #27 2253*
3. Ryan Beltz, Barto, PA #221 2030*
4. Kyle Lilick, Collegeville, PA #104 2227**
5. Jack Butler, Phillipsburg, NJ #5 2114*
6. Mark Kemmerer, Green Lane, PA, PA #F10 1993
7. Kyle Smith, Fleetwood, PA #77 1907
8. Chris Esposito, Hatfield, PA #31A 1855
9. Nate Brinker, Allentown, PA #14 1832
10. Jesse Leiby, Milford, NJ #9 (332) 1653
11. Jimmy Leiby, Milford, NJ #9L 1415
12. Dakota Kohler, Kutztown, PA #59K 1304*
13. Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA #19 1250*
14. Cole Stangle, Neshanic Station, NJ #20C 1229
15. Kenny Bock, Birdsboro, PA #6 1126*
16. Nathan Mohr, Exeter, PA #17M 1118
17. Jesse Landis, Gilbertsville, PA #973 1069
18. Tom Miller, Gilbertsville, PA #77T 974*
19. John McGovern, Bechtelsville, PA #327 967
20. Scott Kohler, Kutztown, PA #12S 869
21. Brandon Edgar, Lehighton, PA #57 866
22. Parker Guldin, Fleetwood, PA #11 851
23. Lex Shive, Pennsburg, PA #5K 849
24. Mike Mammana, Nazareth, PA #31 824
25. Derrick Smith, Telford, PA #20 818

Ken Eckert Jr. #29,* - * Also a feature winners.

* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only for those that are

NASCAR point events.)

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Wall Stadium

DATE OF EVENT: Sept. 19, 2020

DATE OF RELEASE: Sept. 13, 2020

CONTACT: Jeff Gravatt


WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ The season's highest paying Modified stock car race offering $7,127 to the winner will be in the spotlight this Saturday night (Sept. 19) at Wall Stadium Speedway as the third mile paved oval track presents the 127-lap “Cliff Krause Memorial.” Krause, the promoter of the speedway who is credited by many for returning the history rich oval to prominence, passed away in January, 2018 from natural causes. The Krause family continues to operate the speedway.

Saturday night's emotional auto racing card will see grandstand seating opening at 4:30 p.m. and support division qualifying is set for 5:30 p.m. Modified single car time trials are set for 6:10 p.m. and main event action will follow around 7:00 p.m.

The Modifieds will battle in a 127-lap main event with drivers not only searching for the rich payday, but also for the honor of winning this third annual “Cliff Krause Memorial” race. Last season, Eric Mauriello of Brick won the prestigious event. Cliff Krause's son Andrew Krause was the emotional winner of the first annual event in 2018.

Current point leader Blake Barney of Jackson, who won the Garden State Classic earlier this season, plans to be in the field as well as top point earners Ron Frees of Lanoka Harbor, Krause, Kevin Davison of Howell and Eddie McCarthy of Brick. Jimmy Blewett of Howell, Anthony Sesely of Matawan and Roger Coss of Lafayette have made at least one appearance each this season and could be among the invaders competing Saturday night.

The Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks and Legend Cars will also be on the card, all racing in 25-lap main events.

Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 4:30 p.m. Support division qualifying is set for 5:30 p.m. and single car Modified time trials are set for 6:10 p.m. with main events to follow.

The Saturday night schedule, which continues through October 10, is available at

Wall Stadium Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is

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New Egypt Speedway





New Egypt Speedway
Route 539, New Egypt, NJ
Track Phone: 609-758-1900
Pete MacDonald email:

Buffalino Wheels Small Block To Third NES Victory; Bouc 2020 Modified Champ

NEW EGYPT, NJ - Dominick Buffalino took the lead from Dakota Kessler on a lap 20 restart and went on to pick up his third New Egypt Speedway Vahlco Wheels Modified win of 2020 on Saturday night.

“This is getting to be a thing, I like it,” exclaimed Buffalino post race. “I want to thank my crew, my girlfriend, everyone that helped me. Thanks to the fans, everyone that’s here.

Frank Venezia led the field to the green and jumped out to the early race lead before relinquishing the lead on lap seven to Dakota Kessler who was fast a week ago until he tangled with a lapped car while running second.

The man on the move early on in the 30 lap affair was Ryan Krachun who started seventh and cracked the podium on the 10th lap.

The first yellow flag of the event flew when Cale Ross spun at the exit of turn two after contact with the No. 76 of Jimmy Blewett on the 15th lap.

On the restart Kessler continued to lead the way and appeared to be on his way to his first career Vahlco Wheels Modified victory.

A new challenger entered the fray on lap 17 when two-time winner Dominick Buffalino made his way past Krachun and into the runner-up position.

The second yellow flag of the event occurred when Danny Carlough crept to a stop in between turns three and four putting Buffalino alongside Kessler on the ensuing restart.

Kessler jumped back out to the lead following the restart despite being hounded by Buffalino, Buffalino utilizing a spec-small block power plant versus the big block in which he had used throughout the season would draw even with Kessler but would not be able to clear him for position over the course of the next two laps.

The final yellow of the event flew when championship contender Mike Butler was found facing the wrong way on a one way street in turns one and two.

When green replaced yellow, Buffalino wound his small block up on the outside and as the field came down to complete lap number 20, Buffalino would be scored as the new race leader.

Over the course of the next 10 laps, Buffalino would check out and run off into the Central Jersey night winning his third Modified event of the year by 2.923 seconds over runner-up Dakota Kessler.

17th place starter Billy Pauch Jr. charged hard late in the game to finish third, while Ryan Krachun and Wade Hendrickson completed the top five.

“I didn’t get to sleep much this past week because we had to change motors, this motor wasn’t done until Wednesday. I gotta thank Frank Boardwick for rushing to get this done. I’m glad it’s in, it’s a hell of a lot easier to drive with a small block in it,” said Buffalino.

By virtue of his 10th place finish Danny Bouc is officially the 2020 New Egypt Speedway Vahlco Wheels Modified champion.

“This has been in the works for a long time,” said Bouc. “I think this is the year I showed the least amount of speed and consistency out of all of them. We’ve lost them just about every way you could have over the years but we’ll take it.

“It doesn’t matter if it's a short season or whatever the circumstances were, we worked really hard for this, this one is for my guys, my mom, my dad, my girlfriend, they all sacrifice so much so that I can do this, we’re non stop working on this car. I’m very relieved.”

Rich Mellor took the race lead from Heidi Hedin on lap four and went on to score his fourth Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars Presented By: The Meat Shoppe win over Brian Spencer, Mick D’Agastino, Heidi Hedin and Mark Bitner.

Howie Finch passed Walt McIntyre coming to the two to go signal to pick up his first Ice Less LLC Crate Modified main event of the 2020 season. McIntyre ran a career best to finish second, Dan Fleming, Sammy Martz Jr. and Justin Grosso rounded out the top five.

Justin Dunn scored the 4-Cylinder victory over his father Scott Dunn, Mike Fox, Joe Garey Sr., and Tim Jones.

Nick Stephan was the victor in the Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie Sportsman.


During the first heat race of the night NEWS Sprint Car driver Jeremy Quick was involved in an incident which saw his No. 3 flip several times in turns one and two. Quick was extricated from his car and flown via helicopter to a local hospital. Quick posted on social media early Sunday morning that he was ok, just extremely sore.

New Egypt Speedway is back in action next Saturday night, September 19th with Championship Night. That’s right, 2020 Track Championships in the Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars Presented By: The Meat Shoppe, Sportsman, Ice Less LLC Crate Modifieds, Street Stocks, 4-Cylinders and the Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie Sportsman will all be decided.

Pit Gates will open at 3pm, Grandstands at 4pm, with hot laps hitting the speedway at 5pm and the first green flag flying at 6pm. Adult (16+) admission will be $20, Seniors (65+) will be $18, Teens (12-15) & Military w/ID are $10 with Kids 11 & Under being FREE!

Then on Saturday night October 3rd will be the All Star Cup 100 for the Vahlco Wheels Modifieds paying $10,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $500 just to make the 100 lap feature. The Ice Less LLC Crate Modifieds will do battle in a 30 lap main event paying $1,000 to win event with the 4-Cylinders completing the racing card. Gates will open at 3pm on the 3rd with hot laps hitting the Speedway at 5pm and racing beginning at 6pm.

New Egypt Speedway, which is New Jersey’s premier dirt racing facility, is located on Route 539 just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure and the New Jersey Turnpike. A racy 7/16-mile D-shaped dirt oval, New Egypt Speedway serves Garden State race fans with some of the best competition in the country. New Egypt’s state-of-the-art facilities feature daylight-quality lighting and excellent sightlines from any seat in the house. The grandstands are fully wheelchair accessible with wide, clear, and well-groomed walkways.
Concession facilities serve up everything from Jersey Burgers to ice cream treats at family-friendly prices.

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Vahlco Wheels Modifieds Feature Results (30 Laps): 1.) DOMINICK BUFFALINO 2.) Dakota Kessler 3.) Billy Pauch Jr 4.) Ryan Krachun 5.) Wade Hendrickson 6.) Brandon Grosso 7.) Bryan Kuhl 8.) Davey Sammons 9.) John McClelland 10.) Danny Bouc 11.) Steve Davis 12.) Frank Cozze 13.) Mike Butler 14.) David Van Horn 15.) JR Fulper 16.) Blaine Bracelin 17.) Kory Fleming 18.) Danny Carlough 19.) 20.) DJ Hunt 21.) Marty Resnick 22.) Bruce Gsell 23.) Cale Ross 24.) Jimmy Blewett 2020 Vahlco Wheels Modified Champion: Danny Bouc

Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars Presented By The Meat Shoppe Feature Results (20 Laps): 1.) RICH MELLOR 2.) Brian Spencer 3.) Mick D’Agastino 4.) Heidi Hedin 5.) Mark Bitner 6.) Larry Drake 7.) Steve Kyser 8.) Ken Nealis 9.) Duane Nixon 10.) John Brammell 11.) Ricky Rutt 12.) Gary Huston 13.) Charlie Weslowski 14.) Lee Nardelli DNS: Brad Schaale, Jeremy Quick

Ice Less LLC Crate Modified Results (20 Laps): 1.) Howie Finch 2.) Glenn McIntyre 3.) Dan Fleming 4.) Sammy Martz Jr 5.) Justin Grosso 6.) Jim Housworth 7.) Ryan Heim 8.) Matt Miller 9.) Nick Van Wickle 10.) DJ Hunt 11.) Joe Nappi 12.) Jake Bedell 13.) Anthony Tramontana 14.) Vinny Troia 15.) Johnny Bangs 16.) Zach Merola 17.) Tom Princiotta 18.) Robby Dunn 19.) Kevin Borden 20.) Nick Stephan 21.) Bobby Holzwarth 22.) Mason Magee 23.) Aaron Weaver 24.) Ryan Krushinski 25.) Ryan Simmons

4-Cylinder Feature Results (15 Laps): 1.) JUSTIN DUNN 2.) Scott Dunn 3.) Mike Fox 4.) Joe Garey Sr 5.) Tim Jones 6.) Shea Wills 7.) Eric Degler 8.) 9.) Brian Barker 10.) Dom Antonelli 11.) John Ciallella 12.) Joseph Wolfe

Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie Sportsman Feature Results (8 Laps): 1.) NICK STEPHAN 2.) Mason Magee 3.) Paul Mancini 4.) Amanda Buchel 5.) Sarah Napora

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Grandview Speedway







Presenting Saturday night NASCAR stock car racing plus a variety of special events. Our 58th consecutive season.

Track office: General Manager: Tina Rogers@ 610.754.7688 - Public relations: Ernie Saxton: Email: – Cell phone: 267.934.7286




BECHTELSVILLE, PA. September 13, 2020 . . . The 2020 Grandview Speedway racing season shortened by the virus has been a series of ups and downs for two time former Modified point champion Ray Swinehart.

Numerous occasions Swinehart had his No. 33 hooked up and appeared to be on the way to a possible victory only to be hampered with some form of problem that eliminated his chances.

Saturday night in the activities sponsored by Hope Mortgage Team that sponsors Sportsman drivers B.J. Joly and Lex Shive, Swinehart took the early lead in the 30-lap T.P. Trailers Modified NASCAR Advance Auto Parts feature and stayed there until the drop of the checkered to go home $3,850 richer for his first win of the year. He received $2,500 to win, plus $300 from T.P., $1,000 from Hope Mortgage and an extra $50 for third in the Cash Dash also from Hope Mortgage.

Kyle Lilick took advantage of the lane leader Jesse Landis opened up with one lap remaining in the 25-lap T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman feature and went on to claim his second triumph. The win, his second of the season, was worth $1,800 – $600 to win, $200 from TP and $1,000 from Hope Mortgage.

The highlight of the evening activities was the crowning of the point champions in each class.

Craig Von Dohren finished fifth in the Modified feature, but it was enough to rack up his 11th title with a total of 3133 points which was 227 points ahead of runner-up and defending champion Duane Howard.

The Sportsman chase had a closer point difference between first and second. Brian Hirthler had to fix two broken axles while in the pits under caution in the feature and was one lap down, but with an 18th place finish he was able to finish with 2258 points, just five points ahead of second place finisher Brad Arnold.

At the onset of the Modified feature Swinehart was off and running with John Willman, recently released by the doctors to race following a gall bladder surgery; Justin Grim, Rick Laubach and Ron Kline in tow.

Within seven laps Swinehart had a comfortable lead built up leaving a three-way battle for second between Willman, J. Grim and Laubach. Attempting to get in the mix were Craig Whitmoyer and Ryan Grim.

By the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie mark the order behind Swinehart was now Laubach, Willman, Mike Gular and J. Grim.

The first caution was brought out on the 17th lap when Louden Reimert slowed in the fourth turn with a right rear flat tire. The restart was void after Meme DeSantis and Joe Funk III tangled in turn four. Swinehart continued his rapid pace when action continued, but by this time Laubach, Brett Kressley, Gular and J. Grim held down second through fifth. Von Dohren was trying aimlessly to move into fifth, but to no avail.

Even though lapped traffic was among the front runners Swinehart could run the top and bottom lanes to get by them.

All the suspension changes tried throughout the year which was a learning curve paid off for Swinehart as he pulled into victory lane for the first time since September 1, 2018 when he won the Forrest Rogers Memorial race. Placing second was Laubach, for his best finish, trailed by Kressley, Gular and Von Dohren. Sixth through tenth were J. Grim, last week’s feature winner Kevin Hirthler, Whitmoyer, Dillon Steuer and Jeff Strunk. Jared Umbenhauer who started 27th and finished 16th received $250 as the Hard Charger from Hope Mortgage.

Qualifying heat winners were J. Grim, Louden Reimert, Swinehart and Ryan Grim. Dylan Swinehart and Doug Manmiller won the consies. R. Grim won the Hope Mortgage 3-lap Cash Dash for $300.

Polesitter Bryan Rhoads led the Sportsman feature for seven laps until Steve Young, who previously won the Hope Mortgage Cash Dash for $300, passed him on the outside on the restart needed when Brandon Edgar stopped in turn one.

Hirthler pulled into the homestretch infield close to the edge of the track on the ninth lap, but it wasn’t until the 10th lap the yellow was thrown putting him a lap down. Hirthler went pit side and in that time the red was thrown for a fire in Chris Esposito’s car ending his night. This mishap allowed Hirthler more time to work on his car and return. Young remained first with Landis trying to overtake him.

Landis became the new leader on the 12th lap restart needed when Tommy Scheetz Sr. and Scott Kohler tangled in the second turn. Behind him Cole Stangle, Lilick, Young and Ryan Beltz diced for the remaining top five positions.

The yellow was waving again on the 14th lap after Brett Gilmore stopped in the fourth turn. Hirthler went pit side once again and while he was in the staging lane along the back pits waiting to return modified drivers Jeff Strunk and Mike Lisowski noticed a broken axle and along with brother Kevin Hirthler quickly changed it and he came back out. On the Dan’s Deli ½-way restart Landis was now being chased by Lilick, Beltz, Young and Stangle.

Lilick made several bids to take control, but Landis, in search of victory, kept him behind.

With one lap to go Landis opened up the proper line which was the break Lilick needed and got past him.

Lilick never looked back and went on to his second win of the season followed by Landis, for his best finish, Beltz, Stangle, the highest crate engine finisher earning an extra $100 from the track and Jack Butler. Rounding out the top ten were Kyle Smith, Lex Shive, John McGovern, Mark Kemmerer, who started 23rd and received $250 from Hope Mortgage as the Hard Charger, and Brad Arnold. Lilick was the only repeat feature winner of the season in the Sportsman division.

Esposito, Young and Shive won the heats. Consi winners were Dylan Hoch and Kenny Bock.

Coming up on Friday, September 18 is the Freedom 38 for Sportsman with the winner earning $3,550. In addition to the regulars several visitors are expected to test their talents with action set to get under way at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 19 the 50th Annual Freedom 76 Modified race that rewards the winner with $35,550 plus lap money. The action set to start at 7 p.m. Fans are invited to enter the speedway grounds between 9 a.m. to 12 noon to reserve seats. Saturday action will include qualifying events, the $1,000 to win Kirsten Snyder Web Design & Photography Cash Dash, the Schaeffer Racing Minuteman 20 topped off with the 50th Annual Freedom 76.

Bobby Gunther Walsh and his sponsors will sponsor the Hard Charger Award worth $500. Bob Hilbert Sportswear will present a jacket to the winner.


Hope Mortgage Team Night T. P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Ray Swinehart, 2. Rick Laubach, 3. Brett Kressley, 4. Mike Gular, 5. Craig Von Dohren, 6. Justin Grim, 7. Kevin Hirthler, 8. Craig Whitmoyer, 9. Dillon Steuer, 10. Jeff Strunk, 11. Ryan Grim, 12. Duane Howard, 13. John Willman, 14. Ron Kline, 15. Brad Brightbill, 16. Jared Umbenhauer, 17. Louden Reimert (provisional), 18. Doug Manmiller, 19. Bobby Trapper Jr., 20. Brad Grim, 21. Richie Hitzler, 22. Carroll Hine III, 23. Joe Funk III, 24. Mike Lisowski, 25. Kenny Gilmore, 26. Meme DeSantis, 27. Mark Kratz, 28. Dylan Swinehart, 29. Ryan Lilick. DNQ: Mark Levy, Mark Kratz, Eric Biehn, Ron Haring Jr., Bobby Gunther Walsh, Dan Waisempacher, Colt Harris and Darrin Schuler.

Hope Mortgage Team Night T.P. Trailers Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Kyle Lilick, 2. Jesse Landis, 3. Ryan Beltz, 4. Cole Stangle, 5. Jack Butler, 6 Kyle Smith, 7. Lex Shive, 8. John McGovern, 9. Mark Kemmerer, 10. Brad Arnold, 11. Nathan Mohr, 12. Brett Gilmore, 13. Brandon Edgar, 14. Dylan Hoch, 15. Dakota Kohler, 16. Scott Kohler, 17. Ryan Rhoads, 18. Brian Hirthler, 19. Steve Young, 20. Jesse Leiby, 21. Nate Brinker, 22. Tommy Scheetz Sr., 23. Chris Esposito, 24. Kenny Bock. DNQ: Parker Guldin, Derrick Smith, Mike Schneck, Tom Miller, Tyler James, Troy Conrad and Cody Manmiller.