Grandview Speedway Preview – August 17, 2019

Grandview is looking forward to another intense weekly battle for prize money and NASCAR Championship points while many area tracks are on summer vacation or running monster trucks.

Last week’s 50 lap Forrest Rogers Memorial modified feature was won by points leader Duane Howard followed by Frank Cozze and Craig Von Doren.  Von Doren ran from 25th to 3rd to keep Howards points lead at only 74 points.

With 15 races in the books the points leader, Duane Howard, and second place, Craig Von Doren, have 4 wins each.  Jeff Strunk (7thin points) follows with 3 wins and Brett Kressley (3rdin points) with 2 wins while Doug Manmiller and Dylan Swinehart each have single event wins.

This week’s event looks to have the top 5 in points continue to battle for points with Howard, Von Doren, Kressely, Manmiller & Laubach battling for every position possible while the likes of Keven Hirthler, Alex Yankowski, Loudon Reimert and Craig Whitmoyer will be in hot pursuit of their first checker of the season.

With the support of a strong sportsmen field; headed by Brad Brightbill and pursued by a field that has produced 11 different winners in 15 races this week’s program looks to be another hard fought night from heat races right to the final feature of the night.

Williams Grove Photo Essay – July 19, 2019

Brian Montieth and a crew member relax in the race hauler with the cool breeze of a huge fan, Friday night at William's Grove.

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All photos and captions by Dennis Bender/NRN Photo. No download, repurposing, sharing, or other use is permitted without the express written consent of NRN. Copyright 2019, all rights reserved.


BECHTELSVILLE, PA    JUNE 19, 2019 – $10,000 is on the line Tuesday night, July 2 at the Grandview Speedway  and Danny “Double D” Dietrich has every intention of winning the 35 lap 410 sprint car feature and that big $$$ prize.   Dietrich has one Thunder on the Hill sprint car victory, that win came in July of 2015.   Another driver reaching for the cash is “The Kunkletown Kid” Ryan Smith.   On several occasions Smith came so close to parking in the Thunder Victory Lane but each time,  a turn of events, changed the story.  This year, Smith will be wheeling the Mike Heffner #72 when the 410 sprints invade the “hill”.  


The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series will also showcase the 358 NASCAR Modifieds on  Tuesday night, July 2.  Ryan Watt was the winner of the last two  Modified Thunder events and he’ll be looking for three in a row.   Craig VonDohren, Duane Howard, Jeff Strunk and Ryan Godown are expected to chase the $3,000 payoff to win the30 lap modified feature.


On Tuesday night, July 2 gates will open at 5 PM with warm-ups at 6:45 PM.    The 410 sprint cars will open the show with time trials followed by the 358 modified  and 410 sprint qualifying.  This will all lead up to the $10,000 to win 35 lap Speed Week Sprint car feature event and the 30 lap Modified feature.


The Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Speed Week Series will offer nine nights of racing and a point fund in excess of $16,000 if all nine races are completed.   The Champion will earn $5,000 and sixth in points will earn $600.   In addition, the next four highest in points outside of the top ten will each earn $250 if they make every show.


Advance tickets may be ordered for the Tuesday, July 2 PA 410 Sprint Speed Week Series and 358 NASCAR Modifies by calling 443 513 4456.   Please speak slowly and clearly when leaving a message and be sure to provide your name and number of tickets you will need.  Tickets may be paid for and picked up at the WILL CALL Window on race night, Tuesday, July 2 after 3:30 PM.   Advance ticket holders may 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.    General admission tickets will go on sale at 5 PM at the Grandview Speedway.


In the 2018 Speed Week event, NASCAR driver Kyle Larson won the 410 sprint feature as Jeff Strunk stunned the crowd, starting last and winning the 30 lap modified feature.


Come out early on Tuesday night, July 2 and sign up for the pre-race Pit Tours or be part of the Inside/Out Promotion so you may enjoy watching warm-ups from the infield.   Be sure to take a look at the Thunder on the Hill 30th Anniversary T-shirt available at the front gate and be sure to pick-up a program book to guide you through the show.


2019 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series

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

Tuesday, July 30         USAC  Midgets “The Ken Brenn Midget Masters 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


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.



About Thunder on the Hill Racing Series

he 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. 

Dennis Bender Williams Grove Photo Essay

Local favorite, Steve Buckwalter from, Royersford P.a., listen's during a pre- race Champ Car driver's meeting at Williams Grove Friday night

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All photos by Dennis Bender/NRN Photo

No downloading, reproduction, printing, sales, or other use of these photos is permitted without the express written consent of the National Racing Network. Copyright 2019, All Rights Reserved.

Shepard stays red-hot, claims Anthracite Assault STSS event.

By Mark Hackett

Coal is known for having a long burn time, and producing exceptional results as a fuel. The same has to be said for Matt Shepard, as his sizzling 2019 season stayed red hot at last night’s Anthracite Assault at Big Diamond Speedway. Billed by the promoter as a “Civil War” event, with the Short Track Super Series North and South divisions running a combined event, the car counts and talent levels did not disappoint.

In the Modified division the South had the numbers with 21 cars compared to 16 from the North.  Ryan Godown started from the pole and held a 10 car length lead until lap 30, when Brandon Grasso started to put hard pressure on Godown for the lead.  Shepherd was watching all this from third place for about 5 laps and then he made his move on lap 36 and took over second.  Godown battled until lap 42 when Shepherd took his first lead of the night and keep it right to lap 50 for the win.

Perhaps most remarkable was that Shepard’s night didn’t start as planned. After failing to transfer out of the heats, Shepard had to run a B-Main and ended up starting twenty-first. His run from back to front wasn’t even the most impressive of the night. Matt Williamson received the hard charger award from starting 25thas a provisional and finishing 3rdplace behind Godown.  Rounding out the top 5 were Billy Pauch Jr and Mike Gular.

The crates saw North Division cars outpace the South by a total of 20 to 12. Southern hot shoe Nate Brinker redrew on the pole were he lead the race from green to checker for the win with Tommy Collins and  Jimmy Johnson rounding out the podium.

The Short Track Super Series returns to a split format for the remainder of the season, with Outlaw Speedway hosting the North Division on June 19th, while the South Division does not run again until July 14that BAPS Motor Speedway.


In-Race Sports Bar and Lounge Area with Variety of Food and Beverages, Music, Live Race Broadcast on Multiple TVs, Shade and Various Games

LONG POND, PA (May 8, 2019) – Pocono Raceway introduces “The Foxhole,” an in-race sports bar and lounge. It will include a variety of beverages, food, in-race broadcast on multiple televisions, music, arcade and lawn games, shade and lounge seating. “The Foxhole” will be located behind the Grandstand in Chalet Village and will be open from 1:30 p.m. ET until Lap 120 of the Pocono 400 on Sunday, June 2, 2019

“Pocono Raceway launched the Halftime Party in 2014 and we felt 2019 was the right time for a rebrand and to bring it back for the fans,” said Pocono RacewayPresident, Ben May. “‘The Foxhole’ will be a great spot for those looking to mix up their race day experience. We don’t want anyone to miss a minute of the race, so we’re combining the sports bar feel with our unique outdoor experience. It is something only Pocono Raceway can offer.”

Fans have three options to gain access to “The Foxhole” at Pocono Raceway for the Pocono 400 on Sunday, June 2. Each ticket option includes two adult beverages, for those ages 21 and up. The first is a $69 ticket package which includes a Sunday 100-level Sunday Grandstand ticket and access to “The Foxhole.” The second option is a $114 ticket package that includes a Sunday 200-Level Grandstand ticket and access to “The Foxhole.” The third option is a $19 ticket-add on, for fans who already have their Pocono 400 ticket and would like to visit “The Foxhole” during the race.

For tickets and additional information, or call 1-800-722-3929.

Grandview Speedway April 20, 2019 Photo Gallery

As the sun set Saturday night at Grandview Speedway, two young fans play with their cars in the dirt before the grown-ups play with their cars in the dirt.

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All photos and captions by Dennis Bender/NRN Photo