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HOUSE OF THUNDER 5-25’S & HALLOWEEN PARTY TO CLOSE OUT THUNDER SERIES 2014 ON SATURDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 18
 
The 25th Anniversary season of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series offers one more date on the schedule with the popular Grandview Thunder 5-25’s and House of Thunder Halloween Party making up the Saturday night,  October 18 racing program at the Grandview Speedway.  Race time is set for 6 PM with gates opening at 4 PM.  This unique and fan friendly racing program offers “feature events” only.  You’ll enjoy a five division racing program without the endless hours of qualifying.  The five division program will include the 358 NASCAR Modifieds, the URC Sprints, the ARDC Midgets, the Sportsman and Legend cars, each competing in a 25 lap feature event.  Also on the program will be the Blast from the Past Vintage Stock Cars and a MONSTER  SMASH Demolition Derby to close out the show.
 
In the 25 lap NASCAR Modified feature, the winner will earn $3,000 with third paying $1,000, fifth $700 and $260 being paid just to start the feature event.   The modifieds, URC Sprints, ARDC Midgets and sportsman will use timed warm-ups to determine the starting line for each feature.  The Legend cars will use their current point standings with an invert to make-up their feature line-up.
 
An over of events will be released shortly along with a complete list of pre-entries.  A minimum of 100 cars are expected to take part in the Grandview Thunder 5-25’s.
 
The Annual Halloween Party will also take place with several tricks and treats for those who attend.   Race fans are encouraged to dress up for the Halloween Party to be eligible for some of those special treats.   Social Media Director Jay Dugan is planning some fun for all.
 
2014 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series
Presented by:  Pioneer Pole Buildings, MACH 1 Chassis, Window World  &  GALCO Business Communications
 
Grandview Speedway
Route 100
Ten mile north of Pottstown, PA
GPS Users:  43 Passmore Road  Bechtelsville, PA  19505
Speedway Phone:   610-754-7688
Thunder on the Hill Information:   443 513 4456
Websites:  www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com or www.grandviewspeedway.com  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TOTHRacing
Thunder on the Hill fans are encouraged to engage on social media platforms using the hashtag #TOTHRacing before, after and during racing events.  #TOTHRacing content will be promoted across the Thunder on the Hill official social media platforms on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thunderonthehill, Twitter: @TOTHRacing and Instagram: @TOTHRacing.
Window World is America’s largest home improvement company.  Window World of Lehigh Valley is your local specialist to help you with your window, vinyl siding, entry door or patio door needs.  They can be reached at 610-432-6878, online at www.WindowWorldAllentown.com or at their show room 5925 Tilghman St, Allentown, PA 18104.
 
2014 Thunder Series Race Dates:
Saturday, Oct 18       6 PM     House of Thunder Halloween Party- - Features Only  Modifieds, Sprints, ARDC Midgets, Sportsman, Legends, Monster Smash Demo Derby, Blast from the Past Vintage Cars.   Rain Date:  Sunday, October 19   4 PM
Admission:  Grandstands  $25 Adults,  $10 Children 6-11,  Children 5 and under are FREE
Pit Fee:  $30 with a license, $35 without a license.
 
Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 52nd  Anniversary season in 2014.   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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Good Luck for Guidace in Little Guy Nationals
 
Mercer, PA (September 27, 2014): Frankie Guidace was in the right place at the right time in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified race presented by Holden Racing on night two of the 15th Annual Little Guy Nationals at Mercer Raceway Park. He was almost in the wrong place at the wrong time, though, as he avoided a first lap incident in turn one. Many laps after surviving that near disaster, Guidace acquired the lead when Randy Chrysler retired from the race just as the field was rolling away from a lap 22 stoppage. Michael Bauer was also the beneficiary of an on track incident that led to a controversial ruling that had track champion Jimmy Morris penalized for turning the leader, C.J. Jones, with just a pair of laps left in the race for the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors.
 
"We dodged a bullet, with that one," said the happy winner, Guidace. "They got together in front of me down there, and I got turned around and it was a miracle that the thing stayed going." He was not collected by any other cars because "I stayed on the floor and it turned itself around and it never stopped," he explained.
 
Frankie Guidace was the final leader of the 358 Modified portion of the Little Guy Nationals. He inherited the lead when Randy Chrylser suddenly darted to the pits as the field was coming back to life after a stoppage on lap 22. Prior to that, Guidace and Chrysler were dicing for the lead, with Chrylser, the defending race champion, on the low side, and Guidace up top. Guidace held off veteran Tommy Kristyak for the remainder of the event.
 
It was Erik Martin who surprised all in attendance by snatching the lead and holding control for the first 16 rounds. That was when his car owner, Chrysler, drove by on the inside of the third turn. While Martin was running out front, there was a good tussle between Guidace, Chrysler, Andy Priest, and J.R. McGinley for the next several spots.
 
Chrysler's time in the lead was marred by several cautions. The most significant of them was the lap 22 incident in turn four that had six cars come to a halt. Brian Schaffer and Steve Barr, two of the late arrivals to that party, were unable to continue. Max Smoker, Clyde Gumpp, Makayla Guidace, and Kyle Holden were able to return to the fray. As noted above, when the field rolled off again, Chrysler pitted, ending all hopes of a repeat of his popular win a year ago.
 
Guidace and Tommy Krisytak, two of the more storied modified pilots in the history of the Park, led the field to the final restart of the event. Guidace got away cleanly, and Kristyak followed him all the way home.
 
Kevin Hoffman came on in the latter stages of the race to get the third spot. Andy Priest climbed to fourth, with Jimmy Holden getting fifth. Early leader Martin was sixth, and Kyle Fink in seventh. J.R. McGinley, Shawn Fleeger, and Jeff Schaffer, Jr. completed the top ten.
 
The three heat winners were Fink, Kristyak, and Chrysler.
 
In the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, C.J. Jones was looking to double up on his heat race win. He jumped out front form the pole position, but Jimmy Morris was always within striking distance. As Jones was approaching slower traffic with just a few laps left in the contest, Morris made contact with Jones as they entered turn three. Jones went around and came to a rest by a utility pole between the third and fourth turns.
 
The officials made the call to penalize Morris for the contact, and a protest ensued. Morris was slow to accept his fate, and stopped on the frontstretch to debate the point. After being pushed off again, he struck the cone used for the Sprint Car restarts. He then took a few more rounds at the front of the pack, before eventually heading to the pits.
 
Bauer completed the final laps without incident, getting his first win since occupying the seat in the Lockhart Motorsports 58. Greg Dobrosky was second, after running well inside the top five all night. Joe McEwen crossed ahead of Mike Marano, II, and Cody Bova. Devin Litwiler, Tyler Denochik, Clay Riney, Dan Bennett, and Walt Tutak rounded out the top ten.
 
The preliminaries belonged to Jones, Mike Miller, and Ralph Engel, Jr.
 
358 Modifieds: Frankie Guidace, Tommy Krisytak, Kevin Hoffman, Andy Priest, Jimmy Holden, Erik Martin, Kyle Fink, J.R. McGinley, Shawn Fleeger, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Matt Reeher, Shayne Izzo, Eric Beggs, Kyle Holden, Makayla Guidace, Clyde Gumpp, Max Smoker, Kyle Holden, Randy Chrysler, Brian Schaeffer, Steve Barr, Richard Whitney, Lonny Riggs.
 
Outlaw Sprint Warriors:  Michael Bauer, Greg Dobrosky, Joe McEwen, Mike Marano, II, Cody Bova, Devin Litwiler, Tyler Denochik, Clay Riney, Dan Bennett, Walt Tutak, George Frederick, Matt Gardina, Harold Braden, Jr., Randy Sterling, C.J. Jones, Jimmy Morris, Jake Gomola, Darren Pifer, George Hobaugh, Ralph Engel, Jr., Mike Miller, Kotie Kirkbride, Glen Noland.
 
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Hoffman Scores Big in Little Guy Nationals Night One
 
Mercer, PA (September 26, 2014): Kevin Hoffman scored the win in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds after a thirilling battle with Lonny Riggs on night number one of the 15th Little Guy Nationals at Mercer Raceway Park. George Hobaugh, Jr. grabbed his career first in the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors.
 
In other action, Curtis J. Bish topped the Precise Racing Products Open Stock Cars, Ryan Fraley took the Econo Modified go, Sean McAndrew outpaced the rest of the Micro Sprints, Mark Marcucci cam back to win the Baker Corp. Modified Lite race after being involved in a wreck that took out many of the top five machines, and John Campisano wore the nightcap for the Mini Stocks presented by Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles.
 
An unexpected problem with the afternoon fuel delivery forced the staff at Mercer Raceway Park to adjust the order of events on the fly to permit a delivery of fresh and untainted fuel. Despite some grumbling amongst the inconvenienced racers, the program was run off in an orderly fashion.
 
Kevin Hoffman fought off a persistent Lonny Riggs to take the opening night win in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified portion of the event. Hoffman took the lead for the first time on lap 15. Lonny Riggs hung tough despite a badly smoking engine, and he regained command just two laps later. Now, it was Hoffman's turn to give chase. Four rounds later, Hoffman returned the favor.
 
Riggs continued to pound the cushion trying to keep the momentum up in his failing machine. He was able to draw close in the waning laps, but he could not get by the fleet Hoffman.
 
While Hoffman and Riggs were fighting for the win, Jimmy Holden climbed up to third, with Randy Chrysler right behind. Andy Priest came on strong in the late  stages of the race to get the fifth spot.
 
Early leader Kyle Fink slipped back to sixth at the finish. Tommy Kristyak, J.R. McGinley, Brian Schaffer, and Matt Reeher completed the top ten. Frankie Guidace was in contention early in the race, but he retired while running second during a lap six caution period.
 
The three heat winners were Erik Martin, Frank Guidace, and Riggs. There was no B Main, as all cars were allowed to start the feature.
 
George Hobaugh, Jr. set the early pace in the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warrior feature event. Sye Lynch was impressive in his return to action aboard one of the McMillin Sprinters. He chased Hobaugh for several laps at the start of the event.The race was halted on lap six when Andy Feil took a violent spill between turns three and four. The young pilot was transported to a local hospital for observation.
 
After waiting out a lengthy delay for another ambulance to arrive, Hobaugh resumed the lead, with Lynch in tow. Lynch stayed close for several circuits, but once they reached the slower cars, Hobaugh was able to stretch his lead. Lynch remained second at the checkers. C.J. Jones raced home third, with Joe McEwen and Mike Miller completing the top five.
 
Jimmy Morris, the 2014 track champion, was sixth. Greg Dobrosky, Michael Bauer, Mike Marano, II, and Brandon Matus were next across the line. Ralph Engel raced back to eleventh after suffering a penalty for an unapproved adjustment to his car while the race was stopped.
 
The heat winners were Feil, Morris, and Dobrosky. There was no B Main.
 
358 Modifieds: Kevin Hoffman, Lonny Riggs, Jimmy Holden, Randy Chrysler, Andy Priest, Kyle Fink, Tommy Kristyak, J.R. McGinley, Brian Schaffer, Matt Reeher, Shawn Fleeger, Kyle Holden, Steve Barr, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Makayla Guidace, Max Smoker, Kole Holden, Shayne Izzo, Richard Whitney, Chris Haines, Clyde Gumpp, Carl Weatherby, Erik Martin, Frank Guidce, Don Brown.
 
Outlaw Sprint Warriors: George Hobaugh, Jr., Sye Lynch, C.J. Jones, Joe McEwen, Mike Miller, Jimmy Morris, Greg Dobrosky, Michael Bauer, Mike Marano, II, Brandon Matus, Ralph Engel, Tyler Denochik, Darren Pifer, Kotie Kirkbride, Mark Rossey, Walt Tutak, Devin Litwiler, Alex Paden, George Frederick, Randy Sterling, Clay Riney, Andy Feil, Matt Gardina, Jake Gomola (DNS).

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Countdown is on to the DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals at Brockville Speedway

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications

Coming from the north, south, east and west – fans, drivers and teams will soon converge in one central location – making Brockville Ontario Speedway their racin’ destination. The 2014 edition of the DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals – presented by 1000 Islands RV Centre – takes centre stage Friday and Saturday, October 17th and 18th at The BOS.

This will be the 6th annual running of the marquee event at the 3/8th mile speedplant, off highway 29 just north of Brockville. The 2013 edition saw Chris Herbison, Erick Rudolph and Billy Decker score the Mr. DIRTcar Championship Trail wins in the Sportsman, 358 and Big Block Modified divisions. The checkered flag for Rudolph helped paved the way to his first career Mr. DIRTcar 358 Modified Championship, while Decker’s victory was his first Big Block triumph, after taking the small block ‘A’ main in 2010 and 2011. Herbison also claimed the sportsman title in 2011. Corey Earl, Mike Gaucher and Cole Dingwall also found victory lane at last year’s Fall Nationals, in the Late Model, Rookie and Vintage Modified fields.

For 2014, the show has been reformatted to be run over 2 nights. Friday, October 17th will see the 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Championship race, along with Late Models and Street Stocks, with a 7:00 green flag. Saturday,

October 18th has the Big Block and Sportsman Modified Championship Trail dates, as well as the popular Vintage Mods. Racing starts at 4:00. Sunday, October 19th will be used as a rain date, as needed. Brockville Speedway owner/promoter Paul Kirkland says the revised schedule was designed to create a better show for the fans.

“In past years, most of the racing – except for the Friday night events – was done during the day, which didn’t create very favourable track conditions,” said Kirkland. “Moving the Saturday show to a 4:00 start will give our crew more time to get things back into shape and provide a more race friendly surface. Having Sunday available for a rain date will mean we’ll have a decent shot at getting everything on the schedule completed.”

Kirkland says he understands that the decision to add Street Stocks to the Friday night line-up, while dropping the Sprint Cars and Rookies might not sit well with everyone, but he still expects car counts through the weekend to be in the range of 200 or better over the 6 divisions of racing. Those are numbers that would surely please any short track promoter.

Fans should make their calendars for Friday and Saturday, October 17th and 18th to make sure they don’t miss the 6th running of the DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals – presented by 1000 Islands RV Centre – at Brockville Ontario Speedway. Check out live music by Texas Tuxedos in the Turn 4 camping area after the Friday night action, a free concert with Ambush starting at 1:00 Saturday afternoon and the Bon Fire Bash with Rudy & the Saddle Ups following Saturday night’s final checkered flag. DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals events are also brought to you in part by BOB-FM/JR-FM, The Brockville Recorder & Times and CKWS-TV.

Check www.brockvillespeedway.com for all the details. Be sure to ‘like’ the track on Facebook and follow Brockville Speedway on Twitter. Sign-up for free app and get the latest track news and weather updates sent directly to your Smart Phone.

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15th Little Guy Nationals to Conclude Season at Mercer Raceway Park
 
Mercer, PA (September 22, 2014):
Mercer Raceway Park will present its final racing events of the 2014 season this Friday and Saturday, September 26 and 27. On deck will be the fifteenth annual Little Guy Nationals. "What makes this so special is that we shine the spotlight on the racers who have supported the speedway throughout the season, but who may not have gotten the attention that they deserve," said track owner and promoter Bill Altman. "It is our way of saying thanks to them and to give them their opportunities to be the stars of the show," he added.
 
The weekend weather forecast calls for warm temperatures and clear skies, so it should be perfect weather for this speed extravaganza. In the unlikely event of inclement weather, there will be a Sunday rain date in effect.
 
All of your favorite drivers in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, Bonnell's Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Rock Concrete Modified Lites, and Eperthener's Auto Wrecking/Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks will be on hand, and maybe a few invaders, as well. Come out to see whether Jimmy Holden, Jimmy Morris, George Englert, and Mike McConnell can top off their championship seasons with wins in their final races of the season.
 

The Precise Racing Products Stock Cars will operate under the Open Stock rules, so many of the region's best in the Stock Car ranks will be in to challenge the Mercer faithful. Can Trusty Rusty Moore back up his fourth straight track championship with a win against the biggest and baddest field of Stockers assembled at Mercer Raceway Park? So many racers are expected in this class alone that the Saturday night program will be expanded to include extra races to give as many different drivers a shot the gold and glory that goes along with a win at the Park in this traditional season-ending event.
 
Added to the racing card will be the Micro Sprints and the Econo Modifieds that normally compete at other area tracks. This will be the only appearances for those drivers to test their mettle at the Park, so full fields are expected.
 
There will be plenty of room for free camping if you want to take advantage of the unseasonably warm conditions expected for this block-buster weekend.
 
The normal timetable will apply for the Friday program. Gates will open at 4 p.m., with practice at 6:30 and racing at 7.
 
However, a different schedule will prevail for Saturday's action-packed event. Gates will open at noon, with racing starting at 3 p.m.
 
Special event ticket pricing will apply each night, and no two-day combination tickets will be offered. On Friday, adults will be admitted for $15, seniors (60+) for $13, and students (9-15) for $7. Family Passes that night will be $32 for two adults and up to four minors of any age. Pit Passes will be $30. The big finale on Saturday will have adult admission at $15, seniors at $15, and students at $7. Family Passes will be set at $35, and Pit Passes also at $35. Children (8 and under) will be admitted free of charge for both programs.
 
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Billy Pauch, Jr. Wins $10K and NES All Star Cup Championship

New Egypt, NJ (Sept. 20, 2014) – Billy Pauch Jr. of Frenchtown, NJ continued his breakout season Saturday night at New Egypt Speedway as he bested his dad to take top honors in the $10,000 to win 40-lap All-Star Cup Shootout and be crowned the 2nd All Star Cup champion. Pauch Jr. used the only restart of the event on lap 19 to grab the lead from Richie Pratt Jr. He then held off his father, 6-time champion Billy Pauch, with flawless driving thru heavy lapped traffic to post his 3rd win of the season at NES.

“Wow, what a great race, I am out of breath” stated the popular winner in victory lane, “I have to thank Rick Holsten and the whole crew, they have given me great equipment to drive.”  

Richie Pratt and David Van Horn brought the field to the start with Pratt surging into the lead. Pauch Jr. started fourth by the luck of the draw and quickly worked into second chasing Pratt as the duo set a torrid pace. By lap 8 they approached lap traffic with Pauch Jr. on Pratt’s back bumper.

Lapped traffic became very heavy by lap 12 with Pratt expertly handling it as he threaded the needle thru the back markers that were two and sometimes three wide in front of them. Pauch Jr. was equally impressive matching Pratt move for move and staying with the leader. When the only caution of the race waved on lap 19 Pratt chose the outside lane for the restart as is the leaders choice.

As the green flag flew, Pauch Jr. won the drag race into turn #1 and assumed command as Danny Bouc and Pauch Sr. made their presence known charging into second and third. Bouc kept pace with Pauch Jr., keeping him in sight as lapped traffic loomed ahead. With 8 laps remaining, the top three entered heavy lapped traffic again with Pauch Sr. taking advantage of Bouc getting stuck on the outside of a lapped car and took over second.

The final five laps saw the elder Pauch trying to school his son in the art of lapping cars, but Billy Jr. has already learned enough as masterfully sliced through the slower cars to capture the biggest race of his young career. Pauch Sr. settled for second, with Bouc a close third. Early race leader Pratt drove home fourth as Tad Cox rounded out the top five. Ryan Godown came home sixth followed by Jimmy Blewett, Neal Williams, Dominick Buffalino and David Van Horn.   

In the first ever Crate Modified All Star Cup Shootout, Brian Papiez took an early lead and then held off all comers as he led most of the 30 lap event to collect the $5500 top prize. Delaware invader Scott Hitchens ran up front the whole race and came home with a strong second place finish. Jim Housworth returned to NES and finished third, followed by Bryan Kuhl and Eric Palmer. Mike Butler won his first ever championship as his 8th place finish was good enough to make him the 2014 All-Star Cup champion.

The NERS 305 Sprint cars also had their first ever All Star Cup Shootout and Kyle Reinhardt of Neptune City, NJ rocketed from his 8th place starting position to take the victory in the 25 lap feature. David Brown Jr. led the early laps and held on to finish second, while Mike Haggenbottom took the All Star Cup Championship with his third place finish after starting 12th. Kyle Purks finished fourth and Mark Bitner was fifth.

NES RESULTS 09/20/14
358 MODIFIED Feature (30 Laps): 1. Billy Pauch Jr. 2. Billy Pauch 3. Danny Bouc 4. Richie Pratt 5. Tad Cox 6. Ryan Godown 7. Jimmy Blewett 8. Neal Williams 9. Dominick Buffalino 10. David Van Horn 11. Jimmy Horton 12. Tommy Farrell 13. Gary Butler 14. Willie Osmun 15. John McClelland 16. Sammy Piazza 17. Rich Rutski 18. Andrew Bohn 19. Dave Witte 20. Kevin Vaclavicek 21. Johnny Cornell III 22. Chuck Potts 23. Chris Grbac 24. PJ Oliver 25. John Stangle 26. Sean Mandel 27. Doug Ostwald 28. Bill Lester

CRATE MODIFIED Feature (20 Laps): 1. Brian Papiez 2. Scott Hitchens 3. Jim Housworth 4. Bryan Kuhl 5. Eric Palmer 6. John Micek 7. Ian Humphreys 8. Mike Butler 9. Ryan Simmons 10. Steve Hicks 11. Jarrett Rozycki 12. Mike Carman 13. Jason Bitner 14. Chuckles Stone 15. Clyde Cox 16. John Aumick 17. Brandon Watkins 18. Jeremy Martino 19. Jimmy Martin 20. Chuck Steuer 21. Kevin Dale 22. John Scarpati 23. Kevin Vaclavicek 24. Jim Britt 25. Jordan Cox 26. Patrick Gold 27. Matt Carman 28. Frank Dorry

NERS 305 SPRINT CAR Feature (20 Laps): 1. Kyle Reinhardt 2. David Brown Jr. 3. Mike Haggenbottom 4. Kyle Purks 5. Mark Bitner 6. Jeff Geiges 7. Stefanie Palmai 8. Bob DeVault 9. Adam Carberry 10. Phil Meisner Jr. 11. Jeff Schall 12. Ryan Stillwaggon 13. Tommy Carberry Jr. 14. Rory Janney 15. Jamie Kostic 16. Scott Frack 17. Steven Glover 18. Chuck Palmucci 19. Karl Freyer 20. Brad Franks 21. Darryl Ruggles 22. Zach Burd 23. Erika Palmai 24. Neal Williams 25. Harris Kohen 26. Keith Anderson 27. Ed Newhouser 28. Brendon Poff

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FREEDOM 76 MODIFIED CLASSIC WON BY STEWART FRIESEN AT GRANDVIEW

Bechtelsville, PA September 21, 2014 . . . Stewart Friesen started the regular Saturday night season at Grandview Speedway in victory lane behind the wheel of the Norm Hansell No. 357 and he closed it out by winning the 44th annual Freedom 76 Modified feature driving the Jeff Bailey & Sons sponsored/Teo No. 44F for a $25,000 plus payday. In addition to the top prize money Friesen, the second Canadian to win the prestigious event – Doug Carlyle doing it in 1977, collected the lion’s share of lap money leading laps 32 through 76. Next to winning Syracuse, this was Friesen’s biggest triumph. He commented that Grandview was a “cool track and to be out front was a real privilege.”

Close to 70 racers took part in the 44th annual running of the Classic.

The top 26 cars in the 32-car field drew for starting positions with the other six getting into the main event via the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20.

At the wave of the green by starter Ray Kemp, Duane Howard, starting on the outside of the front row outgunned polesitter Ryan Watt to grab the front spot.

Howard held the lead for six laps before Watt charged ahead on the seventh lap restart needed when John Willman slowed with a flat tire.

Watt ran the highest line coming close to the boilerplate on occasion, while Howard stayed low trying to wrestle the lead away.

While these two diced for the lead and approached the obstacle of lap traffic, it allowed Friesen and Danny Johnson, the guaranteed starter for winning the Forrest Rogers Memorial, sixth- and tenth-place starters to close in and make it a four way dual for the lead.

New York invader Andy Bachetti slowed along the backstretch for the 31st lap caution. It took two attempts to complete the next lap, but when it finally counted Friesen was at the front of the pack trailed by Watt, Howard, Johnson and Anthony Perrego.

Howard regained second on the 35th lap and set sail after Friesen who was distancing himself from the competition.

Nate Christman regrouped the pack when he spun between turns three and four on the 44th lap. At this time a mandatory fuel stop brought out the red. When service was completed and racing resumed, it was still Friesen, running the inside groove, first while Howard, Watt, Johnson and Craig Von Dohren completed second through fifth.

The final caution was on the 50th lap when something on Rick Laubach’s car broke and he headed into the first turn wall collecting Keith Hoffman, who was left with no place to go, in the process. Friesen held his own on the restart, but Watt emerged with a full burst of speed running the outside lane and gave him a run for the money.

Once Friesen saw Watt’s front end, he picked up his pace and moved his path to the outside lane as opposed to staying low.

Howard was back in second on the 62nd circuit and set his sights on Friesen. The battle for fifth was a heated one between Doug Manmiller, Von Dohren and 2014 Modified point champion Jeff Strunk, who started 15th, 17th and 26th respectively.

No one was able to close in on Friesen as he wheeled through the lapped traffic and no more yellows were needed after the 50th lap restart and at the drop of the checkered Friesen was in victory lane for a well-deserved win to be the 25th different winner of the event. Following Friesen across were Howard, Johnson, Manmiller and VonDohren. Sixth through tenth were Watt, Strunk, recipient of the Bobby Gunther-Walsh and sponsored Hard Charger worth $300 since Strunk started 26th and advanced 19 positions; Tim Buckwalter, Perrego, Cargo Trailer product certificate recipient, and Jared Umbenhauer.

Buckwalter, Ray Swinehart, Willman, Jared Umbenhauer, Christman and Kyle Weiss were the heat winners. The consolation races went to Mike Mahaney, Justin Grim and Don Norris Jr. allowing them to advance to the Minuteman 20 and the final shot at making the main event. Weiss won the 10-lap Cash Dash worth $1,000.

Jon Kellner Sr. won the Minuteman 20 with Brett Kressley, Kevin Hartnett, Mike Mahaney, Jordan Umbenhauer and Ron Seltmann Jr. second to sixth to qualify for the Freedom 76.

44th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Feature Finish: 1. Stewart Friesen, 2. Duane Howard, 3. Danny Johnson, 4. Doug Manmiller, 5. Craig Von Dohren, 6. Ryan Watt, 7. Jeff Strunk, 8. Tim Buckwalter, 9. Anthony Perrego, 10. Jared Umbenhauer, 11. Craig Whitmoyer, 12. Terry Meitzler, 13. Mike Mahaney, 14. Jordan Umbenhauer, 15. Kyle Weiss, 16. Nate Christman, 17. Brian Kressley, 18. Jarrad Miller, 19. John Willman, 20. Andy Ressler, 21. Brad Brightbill, 22. Rick Laubach, 23. Keith Hoffman, 24. Kevin Hartnett, 25. Eric Biehn, 26. Ray Swinehart, 27. Frank Cozze, 28. Jon Kellner, 29. Colt Harris, 30. Andy Bachetti, 31. Ron Seltmann Jr., 32. Brett Kressley.

DNQ: Jerry Higbie Jr., Kevin Hirthler, Meme DeSantis, Mike Gular, Ron Haring Jr., Mike Kellner, Matt Sheppard, Justin Grim, Don Norris Jr., Brian Hirthler, Danny Erb, Tommy Scheetz III, Scott Albert, Danny Creeden, Kyle Borror, Ryan Anderson, Chris Esposito, Dale Hartz, Paul Moyer, Ryan Grim, Mike Laise, Jamie Speers, Bobby Gunther-Walsh, Mario Dinatale, Glenn Owens, Steve Swinehart, Todd Smith, Rusty Smith, Kenny Gilmore, Brian Houseknecht, Jeremy Banos.

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THE FREEDOM 76 FIELD OF ENTRIES JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER; MIKE MAHANEY, JERRY HIGBIE, ANTHONY PERREGO AND RICK LAUBACH SIGN ON FOR $25,000 TO WIN AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 17, 2014 . . . With just three days to go the field of entries is just getting better and better for the 44th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Stock Car Classic set for Grandview Speedway this Saturday, September 20th, 7 p.m.

Three more New York racing talents Anthony Perrego, Jerry Higbie and Mike Mahaney have added their names to other New York racers planning to compete in the $25,000 to win race. Earlier Andy Bachetti, Matt Sheppard and Stewart Friesen, New York stock car racing standouts, had announced they would be trying for a starting spot in the 76-lap Classic that offers close to $60,000 in prize money along with other perks and lap money.

In addition Hellertown, PA dirt track standout Rick Laubach has let his intentions be known that he will be seeking his first win in the big event.

These drivers will join an already star studded lineup of racing talents that includes 10 time Grandview champion Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren, Duane Howard, Doug Manmiller, Meme DeSantis, and a long list of others. More than 70 entries took part in the 2013 Freedom 76.

Again on September 20 the tech inspection will get underway at 9 a.m. as the pit gates are opened.  Spectator gates will open at 3 p.m. for advance ticket holders while the ticket windows will be open at 3:30 p.m. Racing will get the green flag at 7 p.m.

Racing action will include qualifying heat races, the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20, a $1,000 to win Cash Dash and the $25,000 to win Freedom 76 Modified Classic.

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NEW YORK STANDOUTS HEADED TO GRANDVIEW TO TRY FOR THE $25,000 FIRST PLACE MONEY IN THE 44TH ANNUAL FREEDOM 76 MODIFIED STOCK CAR CLASSIC ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

 BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 16, 2014 . . . Outstanding New York racers Matt Sheppard, Andy Bachetti and Stewart Friesen will be part of the 44th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, September 20th. All three drivers have been consistent performers this season on New York dirt tracks and will offer tough competition for the track regulars. The $25,000 to win Classic will get the green flag at 7 P.M. Close to $60,000 in prize money has been posted along with a number of perks and lap prize money.

Ten time track champion Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren, Duane Howard, Doug Manmiller and other Grandview Speedway talents will be ready to hold off the New York invaders. Invader Matt Sheppard will be in the same Norm Hansell owned No. 357 Norm’s Save Station entry with which he recently earned $10,000 by winning the Coalcracker 72.

Of course there are some racers that could be considered dark horses in the quest for the rich victory including Mike Gular, Jon Kellner Sr., Tim Buckwalter, recent entry Kenny Gilmore, Ray Swinehart, Terry Meitzler, Meme DeSantis and a host of others. The 2013 edition of the big race attracted more than 70 entries.

Again on September 20 the tech inspection will get underway at 9 a.m. as the pit gates are opened.  Spectator gates will open at 3 p.m. for advance ticket holders while the ticket windows will be open at 3:30 p.m. Racing will get the green flag at 7 p.m.

Racing action will include qualifying heat races, the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20, a $1,000 to win Cash Dash and the $25,000 to win Freedom 76 Modified Classic.

Adult admission is $35, while youngsters 6 through 12 pay $10 and kids under 6 are admitted free. Pit admission, no track or organization license required, is priced at $45. There is a Saturday, September 27th rain date in place, just in case.

Many of the top names in dirt track Modified stock car racing were on hand for the rained out show but most are scheduled to return and with some schedule changes brought about by the rain there could very well be some additional well-known names showing up to participate as has already happened with the entries that have been announced.

Fans are reminded that using markers of any type to hold spots in the ticket lines will not be permitted. It will be first come first served basis on ticket sales though those who have purchased advance tickets will be allowed to enter the speedway at 3 p.m. again on the first come, first served basis.

Sunday, October 5 – 1 p.m. – Outlaw Enduro Racing, Blast from the Past Vintage Racers and Slingshots

Saturday, October 18, 6 p.m. – Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Halloween Party featuring 358 Modifieds, ARDC Midgets, URC Sprints, Sportsman, Legends, Monster Smash Demo Derby and Blast from the Past Vintage Racers – Rain date is Sunday, October 19, 4 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, November 1 & 2: Fall Jamboree featuring SpeedSTRs, Slingshots, Junior Slingshots and Wingless 600s, 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 9, Annual Fall Racer’s Flea Market starts at 7 a.m.

Saturday, November 15, 52nd Anniversary Awards Banquet, Doors open 4 p.m., Dinner 6 p.m. at Gilbertsville Fire Co.

2015 TENTATIVE Opening Date: Annual Practice Day, Saturday, March 28, Noon

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44th ANNUAL FREEDOM 76 AT GRANDVIEW POSTPONED UNTIL SEPT. 20 DUE TO RAIN AND MORE RAIN

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR NOVEMBER 15TH CHAMPIONS BANQUET

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 13, 2014 . . . Rain and more rain and no relief in sight forced track owner Bruce Rogers to postpone his biggest event of the season, the 44th annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic at Grandview Speedway, until Saturday, September 20. The race pays $25,000 to the winner and offers almost $60,000 in total prize money plus lap money and other perks.

“We had been pretty fortunate and only lost a few shows this season to weather,” said Rogers. “However it is disappointing that rain has forced us to postpone our biggest event of the season. We are fortunate that we have used the same rain date for many years and our fans and racers are well aware of how it works and we look forward to strong support on the 20th.”

Again on September 20 the tech inspection will get underway at 9 a.m. as the pit gates are opened.  Spectator gates will open at 3 p.m. for advance ticket holders while the ticket windows will be open at 3:30 p.m. Racing will get the green flag at 7 p.m.

Racing action will include qualifying heat races, the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20, a $1,000 to win Cash Dash and the $25,000 to win Freedom 76 Modified Classic.

Adult admission is $35, while youngsters 6 through 12 pay $10 and kids under 6 are admitted free. Pit admission, no track or organization license required, is priced at $45.

Many of the top names in dirt track Modified stock car racing were on hand for the rained out show but most are scheduled to return and with some schedule changes brought about by the rain there could very well be some additional well-known names showing up to participate.

In other Grandview news tickets for the 52nd annual Grandview Speedway Awards Dinner-Dance are now available for $40 each. The banquet takes place at the Gibertsville, PA Fire Co. Social Hall on November 15 with doors opening at 4 p.m. and a family style dinner being served at 6 p.m.

Champions Jeff Strunk, Randy Stoudt and Jared Umbenhauer will be honored along with other top finishers in the final point standings in the 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman divisions. There will also be awards for the Most Improved Drivers, Rookie of the Year Awards and much more.

To order tickets please telephone Vicki Gehris at 610.367.2776 Monday through Thursday between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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Dunn Dominates DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Feature at Mohawk International Raceway

Mohawk Modified Track Champion Defends Reigns Supreme

AKWESASNE, N.Y. - Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Billy Dunn didn't just pick up the win Friday night at Mohawk International Raceway; he left his competition in the dust. Dunn, a three-time Modified track champion at Mohawk, raced his way from sixth place to first place in the 75-lap DIRTcar 358-Modified Series feature Friday, Sept. 12, lapping all but the top eight cars.

"We've just been really good here all year. We've really hit on a package that, when the track gets slick here, our car really comes to life," said the Watertown, N.Y. chauffeur of the Mr. Radiator Auto Service No. 23. "I was a little worried when we started the race, I thought the track wasn't going to come to us, but right around lap 20 it did. I knew if I could at least get to the front, I would have a good shot at winning."

After making the fastest lap in time trials and winning his heat, Dunn redrew the sixth starting spot. Luke Whetteker, of Iroquois, Ontario, and Pete Britten, of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, started on the front row. Britten was faster at the green flag and claimed the lead within the first lap. Matt Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., also snuck by Whitteker in lap 1, claiming second.

Dunn was advancing quickly, in fourth place by the completion lap 2, and successfully passing Whitteker in third in lap 3. The leaders quickly reached traffic on Mohawk's 4/10-mile oval, and Dunn made his move around Sheppard, who was slowed by a lapped car, in lap 11. By lap 18, Dunn was racing wheel-to-wheel with Britten for the lead. He made the pass just as the yellow flag waved and restarted on the pole.

Keeping the top spot off the first and only restart of the race, Dunn charged ahead and never looked back. Sheppard battled Britten for second, taking the spot off the restart, but losing it to Britten in lap 31. Ahead of them, Dunn raced through lapped traffic and continually built on his lead. By the completion of lap 75, Dunn had a 6-second lead over runner-up Britten. Thanks to more than 50 green laps and Dunn's unmatched speed on the track, only the top eight cars remained on the lead lap at the conclusion of the race.

"It was an awesome race," Dunn said. "We didn't really start where we wanted to, but we just picked our way on through and had a really good car that could go wherever we needed it to. Luckily, there weren't a lot of cautions, and we just cruised to the win."

Britten stayed ahead of Sheppard to claim second place in the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series feature race.

"It was fun," Britten said of his mid-race battle with Sheppard for second. "It was good to actually come out ahead of Matt (Sheppard) for once. He passed me, and I was just trying to hang with him and Billy. I started to find my rhythm and I was able to get by him."

Rounding out the top five are Mario Clair, of St. Edmond, Quebec, in third, Sheppard in fourth, and defending DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Champion Erick Rudolph in fifth.

Mohawk Nationals Weekend concludes Saturday, Sept. 13, at Mohawk International Raceway, featuring the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series.

Dunn, whose Big Block Modified success includes last year's Syracuse 200 victory during NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week, said he expects the weekend's Super DIRTcar Series race to be drastically different from Friday's small block race.

"That's a whole different ball game," said Dunn, who expects significant changes to track conditions as well as car handling. "We'll enjoy this one tonight, and we'll think about the Big Block race tomorrow."

Britten, who is also hoping to race in Mohawk's scheduled Super DIRTcar Series race, said he grateful to put some laps on the track, even if conditions change for the next race.

"Laps on the track gets you in a rhythm," said Britten, who hopes a strong finish Friday bodes well for Saturday. "It's definitely a confidence boost. Whenever you have a good run it helps."

For more information about the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, visit www.dirtcar.com.

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Statistical Report
Mohawk International Raceway
Friday, September 12, 2014
A-Main (75 laps):
(Finish Position/Car Number/Driver/Hometown/Start Position)
1. 23 Billy Dunn - Watertown, N.Y. [6] ($4,000)
2. 21a Pete Britten - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia [2]
3. 22c Mario Clair - St. Edmond, Quebec [5]
4. 9h Matt Sheppard - Waterloo, N.Y. [3]
5. 25 Erick Rudolph - Ransomville, N.Y. [7]
6. m96 Danny O'Brien - Kingston, Ontario [9]
7. 37 David Hebert - St. Damase, Quebec [18]
8. 99j Jimmy Phelps - Baldwinsville, N.Y. [17]
9. 66x Carey Terrance - Hogansburg, N.Y. [21]
10. 42p Pat Ward - Genoa, N.Y. [13]
11. 6m Mat Williamson - St. Catharines, Ontario [14]
12. 9J Jordan McCreadie - Watertown, N.Y. [26]
13. 29 Tom Conklin - Gouverneur, N.Y. [12]
14. 22d Danny Johnson - Rochester, N.Y. [15]
15. 115 Stephane LaFrance - St. Albert, Quebec [10]
16. 12 John Mulder - Brockville, Ontario [8]
17. 66 Kyle Dingwall - Morrisburg, Ontario [20]
18. 777 Tyler McPherson - St. Catharines, Ontario [23]
19. 08 Mark D'Ilario - Smithville, Ontario [31]
20. 124 Mathieu Desjardins - Sorel, Quebec [32]
21. 66w Dexter Stacey - Kahnawake, Quebec [29]
22. 44 Casey Swamp - Akwesasne, N.Y. [33]
23. 188 David Papineau - Akwesasne, N.Y. [34]
24. 26 Maxime Viens - St. Cesaire, Quebec [30]
25. 99 Bruno Lepage - Maple Grove, Quebec [28]
26. 151 Brian McDonald - Cornwall, Ontario [22]
27. 16m Gage Morin - St. Andrews West, Ontario [25]
28. 73 Alain Boisvert - Pointe-Claire, Quebec [11]
29. 16w Lance Willix - Theresa, N.Y. [24]
30. 21 Yan Bussiere - Drummondville, Quebec [4]
31. 55j Alan Johnson - Middlesex, N.Y. [27]
32. 3m Bill Mullin - Iroquois, Ontario [16]
33. 38 Luke Whitteker - Iroquois, Ontario [1]
34. 55 Matt Woodruff - Bloomingdale, N.Y. [19]

DNS: 99L Larry Wight - Altmar, N.Y.
Dash: 1. LaFrance [1], 2. Bussiere [2], 3. Britten [4], 4. Dunn 3, 5. Conklin [7], 6. Whittaker [5], 7. Clair [6], 8. Boisvert [8]
B-Main 1 (10 laps): 1. Terrance [1], 2. McPherson [2], 3. Morin [4], 4. A. Johnson [3], 5. Stacey [7], 6. D'Ilario [6], 7. Swamp [5], 8. Papineau [8]
B-Main 2 (10 laps): 1. McDonald [1], 2. Willix [5], 3. McCreadie [4], 4. LePage [2], 5. Viens [6], 6. Desjardins [7]. DNS: Wight [3]

Qualifying Heats (8 laps, top 5 qualify, top 3 redraw)
Finish-Driver-[Starting Position]
Heat 1: 1. LaFrance [1], 2. Whittaker [2], 3. Mulder [3], 4. Ward [6], 5. Phelps [5], 6. Terrance [4], 7. A. Johnson [8], 8. Swamp [7], 9. Stacey [9]
Heat 2: 1. Bussiere [1], 2. Clair [2], 3. O'Brien [3], 4. Williamson [4], 5. Hebert [6], 6. McPherson [5], 7. Morin [9], 8. D'Ilario [7], 9. Papineau [8]
Heat 3: 1. Dunn [1], 2. Conklin [2], 3. Sheppard [5], 4. D. Johnson [3], 5. Woodruff [6], 6. McDonald [7], 7. Wight [4], 8. Willix [8]
Heat 4: 1. Britten [1], 2. Boisvert [3], 3. Rudolph [4], 4. Mullin [2], 5. Dingwall [5], 6. Lepage [6], 7. McCreadie [8], 8. Viens [7], 9. Desjardins [9]

Time Trials: 1. Dunn 16.042, 2. Bussiere 16.076, 3. LaFrance 16.092, 4. Conklin 16.112, 5. Whitteker 16.116, 6. Mulder 16.122, 7. D. Johnson 16.172, 8. Clair 16.174, 9. Terrance 16.175, 10. Britten 16.235, 11. Mullin 16.247, 12. Boisvert 16.248, 13. Wight 16.253, 14. Phelps 16.253, 15. Ward 16.327, 16. Sheppard 16.338, 17. O'Brien 16.339, 18. Rudolph 16.379, 19. Woodruff 16.586, 20. McDonald 16.406, 21. Williamson 16.420, 22. Dingwall 16.451, 23. McPherson 16.473, 24. Lepage 16.477, 25. Swamp 16.493, 26. A. Johnson 16.508, 27. Stacey 16.660, 28. Viens 16.730, 29. Hebert 16.779, 30. McCreadie 16.800, 31. D'Ilario 16.811, 32. Papineau 16.821, 33. Desjardins 16.824, 34. Morin 17.131, 35. Willix 17.511

2014 DIRTcar 358 - Modified Series Schedule
Sun., May 18 Cornwall Speedway Cornwall, Ontario Mario Clair
Mon., May 19 Merrittville Speedway Thorold, Ontario Danny Johnson
Tues., July 1 Humberstone Speedway Port Colborne, Ontario Erick Rudolph
Wed., July 2 Ransomville Speedway Ransomville, NY Danny Johnson
Sun., Aug. 31 Cornwall Speedway Cornwall, Ontario Carey Terrance
Fri., Sept. 5 Autodrome Granby Granby, Quebec David Hebert
Fri., Sept. 12 Mohawk International Raceway Akwesasne, New York Billy Dunn
Fri., Sept. 19 Le RPM Speedway St-Marcel De Richelieu, QC
Sat., Sept. 20 Brighton Speedway Brighton, Ontario
Wed., Oct. 8 Cayuga County Fairgrounds Speedway Weedsport, NY
Thurs., Oct. 9 Brewerton Speedway Brewerton, NY
Sat., Oct. 11 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, NY
Fri., Oct. 17 Brockville Speedway Brockville Speedway

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New Egypt Speedway Regulars Ready To Do Battle With Invaders For All Star Cup Shootout Win Saturday, September 20th

New Egypt, NJ--   A little over one week from now New Egypt Speedway will host its second annual All Star Cup Shootout featuring the 358 Modifieds, Crate Modifieds, and Racesaver® Sprints. As the event looms near with a big payday on the line invader entries are stacking up to take on New Egypt Speedway regulars. Duane Howard, Doug Manmiller, Keith Hoffman, Tim Buckwalter, Craig VonDohren, Mike Mahaney, Richie Pratt Jr., Jimmy Horton, and Rick Laubach are all expected to compete in the 40-lap, $10,000 to win 358 Modified All Star Cup Shootout. They will look to out dual New Egypt regulars Ryan Godown, Billy Pauch, David VanHorn, Jimmy Blewett, Neal Williams, Willie Osmun, Tad Cox, Gary Butler, Danny Bouc, Billy Pauch Jr., Kevin Vaclavicek, Johnny Cornell, and John Stangle who will fight hard to defend their home turf on their way to a big pay day.

Not only will drivers Duane Howard, Doug Manmiller, Jimmy Horton, Billy Pauch Jr., Ryan Godown, and Billy Pauch look to be collecting on a $10,000 payday, but they will also be competing to be crowned the second annual 358 Modified All Star Cup champion. That payday carries a $5,000 price tag, so one driver could walk away with $15,000 by winning both the race and the championship.

Racing in their own All Star Cup Shootouts that night will be the Crate Modifieds in a 30-lap, $5,000 to win $250 to start event and the Racesaver® Sprints in a 25-laps $3,005 to win $300 to start event. Pit gates will open at 10:30 am for all outsiders needing to go through New Egypt safety and technical tech. Grandstand gates will open at 12:30 pm with a pre-race party taking place in the turn four picnic area with autograph sessions, cars on display, vendors, and a silent auction. Hot laps will begin at 3 pm and the first green flag will wave at 4 pm. Adults are $30, seniors 65 and older are $28, teens 12-15 and active military and their spouses are $15, and children 11 and under are free.  Pit admission is $35 with any track license and $40 without any track license.

For more information on the All Star Cup, visit our website  www.newegyptspeedway.net, “Like” us on Facebook /newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on Twitter @nesspeedway. New Egypt Speedway is family-friendly, 7/16 thmile dirt track located on Route 539 in New Egypt, NJ, just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure.

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Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Raises the Stakes for Saturday’s ‘Pete Mitchell Memorial’ 75 Lap DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race as they Double the Winner’s Share Making it $5000 to win

AKWESASNE, NY –
When the ‘Pete Mitchell Memorial’ Race was first announced a couple weeks ago it was going to be a 50 lap DIRTcar Sportsman Series race paying $1000 to win.  Over the past week leading up to the event, it has grown astronomically as the local businesses and others involved in the racing community pushed to make this event a very special one.  

We last updated that the race will be 75 laps, paying $2500 to win with a pit stop on the track at lap 54, where teams can make adjustments to their cars before completing the final 21 laps.  That plan is still in place.  However, thanks to Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, the winner will now take home $5000.  In addition, all laps have been sold $20, and due to demand, we are continuing to collect additional lap sponsorship and will now be $40 per lap paid out.

The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort is proud to contribute $2,500 towards the 1st Annual Pete Mitchell Memorial DIRTcar Sportsman Series race, making the top prize $5,000. Pete was a member of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort’s Facilities team for 15 years and his presence is missed every day.  

“It’s with a heavy heart that we remember Pete, but a joyful honor to take part in his first memorial race,” added Patrick Bassney, AMCR General Manager.

The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort would like to wish everyone a safe, happy, and fun-filled weekend at MIR.

The Mohawk Nationals Weekend will get underway on Friday night as the 358 Modified DIRTcar Series invades MIR with a 75 lap, $4000 to win event lined up as well as the Go Nuclear Late Model Series with a 30 lap feature paying $1000 to win and a 20 lap TUSA Mod Lite Canada East Series race.  Number One Speed has come on board to sponsor a 358 Modified Dash for Cash paying $500 to the winner.

MIR will return to action the following day with another exciting schedule featuring the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series with a 100 lap, $6000 to win main event, plus the 75 lap Pete Mitchell Memorial DIRTcar Sportsman Series race with $5000 up for grabs plus lap money and contingency awards, plus a $1000 dash for cash.  The Go Nuclear Late Model Series is also on the card once again with the 40 lap, $1500 to win Richard Tenace Memorial. The Late Models will also have a $500 to win dash for cash, as will the Big Block Modifieds as OlsonFab has come on board as a sponsor for that event.  OlsonFab has also kicked in a $300 bonus to the 2nd 358 Modified to cross the finish line in Saturday’s Big Block event, and a $200 bonus to the 3rd 358 Modified across the line.  This follows the $500 top prize from Action Race Parts for the 1st 358 Modified in the running order on Saturday.

Dr. and Mrs. Maresca of St. Lawrence Radiology and Wear on Earth in Potsdam, New York have also graciously donated 4 kids specialty bikes (2 girls and 2 boys bikes) that will be given out on Saturday night as well.

General Admission for Friday night is just $30.00 for adults.  Seniors discounted admission is $25.00.  Children 12 and under are only $15.00. Pit admission will be $35.00 for DIRTcar members and $40.00 for non members. Please allow 10% exchange on Canadian currency. Gates will open at 4:00PM on Friday night, with racing getting underway at 7:30PM.

Saturday’s General Admission is $35.00 for adults.  Seniors discounted admission is $30.00.  Children 12 and under are only $15.00. Pit admission will be $40.00 for DIRTcar members and $45.00 for non members. Please allow 10% exchange on Canadian currency. Gates will open at 1:00PM on Saturday night, with racing getting underway at 6:00PM.

Weekend admission packages are available, with General Admission tickets priced at $60.00 for adults, $50.00 for Seniors, $20.00 for kids 12 and under.  Weekend Pit admission is $80.00.

Breakfast and lunch will be available throughout the day on Saturday at Mohawk, and a bull ride will be available for children to occupy their time.  Fat Jack’s DJ Service will be playing throughout the weekend as well.  Free RV Parking is available at MIR and we invite everyone to come on out for a great weekend of racing.  Hotel Accommodations are also available by contacting the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino at 1-877-99-CASINO, 518-358-2222.  Use code 649 when booking your room for the Mohawk Nationals Weekend.

The family and team of Brandon Hagan will also be with us through the weekend.  The familiar Hagan #12 race car will help pace the field for each feature event during the weekend.  Hagan is a former MIR regular (2011) and a fine young man that will be missed by many.  We look forward to hosting the Hagan family next weekend.

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TWO BIG EVENTS OF RACING TOPPED BY $25,000 TO WIN FREEDOM 76 MODIFIED CLASSIC SET FOR SEPT. 12-13 AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

Advance tickets for Freedom 76 available on Friday night at track

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 8, 2014 . . . Many of the best known names in dirt track Modified stock car racing are planning to compete for a starting spot in the $25,000 to win 44th Annual Freedom 76 Classic at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, September 13th at 7 p.m.

And fans will be able to get warmed up for the Saturday action with a first time Friday night doubleheader featuring the exciting American Racing Drivers Club wingless midgets and the Race of Champions Sportsman stock cars with the green flag falling at 7:30 p.m. The ROC Sportsman event, “The 38er”, will pay $1,500 to win. As an added attraction on Friday night the Modified racers planning to take part in the Freedom 76 activities are invited to participate in practice sessions.

The winner of “The 38er” will earn a guaranteed starting spot in the big ROC Sportsman event at Five Mile Point Speedway on October 10th and the Freedom 76 winner will get a guaranteed starting spot in the big American Racer Cup Modified event at Five Mile Point Speedway on October 11.

The 44th annual Freedom 76 has attracted entries from Billy Pauch Sr. (a six time 76’er winner), Billy Pauch Jr. (a rising young star in area racing), Ryan Godown (a standout at many area speedways), along with a long list of Grandview standouts including newly crowned American Racer Cup champion Duane Howard, 10-time Grandview Modified titleholder Jeff Strunk, veterans Meme DeSantis, Doug Manmiller, Ray Swinehart, seven time track champion Craig VonDohren, Mike Gular, rising star Tim Buckwalter and a host of many others. Last year’s race attracted more than 70 entries.

 Dirt track legend Doctor Danny Johnson is a guaranteed starter based on his win in the $10,000 to win Forrest Rogers Memorial.

The Freedom 76, including qualifying heat races, $1,000 to win Cash Dash, Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20 and the 76-lap Classic, will start at 7 p.m. with warm-up sessions at approximately 6 p.m.

Spectator gates open on Friday at 5:30 p.m. while the pits will be open at 3 p.m. Adult admission is $12 while youngsters 6 through 12 pay $5 and kids under 6 are admitted free. Pit passes are $30. Advance tickets for the Freedom 76 will be on sale until intermission. Spectators are asked to remove pillows and blankets from seats when they are leaving after the Friday night events.

On Saturday the pits open at 9 a.m. and pit admission is priced at $45. Entry fee on race day is $115 and that includes one pit pass. Spectator gates open at 3 p.m. for advance ticket holders. The ticket offices will open at 3:30 p.m. with adult prices set at $35, youngsters 6 thru 12 pay $10 and kids under 6 are admitted free.

There is a Saturday, September 20th rain date in place and will follow the same schedule. Should the Friday events being rained out they will not be rescheduled.

Saturday race attendees are advised that season pass holders are entitled to their reserved seats which are numbered.

Camping and parking is available on the speedway grounds free while space remains available. There are other areas surround the track that will offer paid parking at reasonable rates. For campers there are no open fires allowed, no pallet burning, no block parking for campers, and no roping off of areas.

Grandview Speedway offers outstanding concession facilities and 12x12 containers of beverages are permitted but no glass bottles allowed.

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Mohawk International Raceway’s ‘Mohawk Nationals Weekend’ Gets Bigger and Bigger With Additions to 1st Annual Pete Mitchell Memorial DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race on Saturday

AKWESASNE, NY – This weekend’s Mohawk Nationals just got a little sweeter for the Sportsman division, as the 1st annual Pete Mitchell Memorial DIRTcar Sportsman Series will now be the highest paid Sportsman event in the history of Mohawk International Raceway with the winner taking home $2500 in the now 75 lap main event plus lap money and other contingency awards. A 5 lap dash for cash will also take place, featuring the top 2 cars from each qualifying heat race and will pay $1000 to win.

Saturday’s Sportsman race will also feature a pit stop on the track.  They will break at lap 54 and the race teams will have 15 minutes to make adjustments to their cars before restarting the race with 21 laps remaining.  Lap money will be awarded, with $20 a lap being collected for this event.  There will also be other contingency awards, such as a $200 gift certificate from Finish Line Web Design to the highest finishing MIR regular from Saturday’s race.  The race leader at lap 54 will receive a $500 bonus from Mohawk International Raceway.  The 18th place car at lap 54 will receive $100 courtesy of Pete Mitchell’s brothers (Ray, Brian, Merv, Dion, Keon & Al), the 18th place finisher and the leader at lap 18 will also receive a $100 bonus from our friends at HAVFD. Fast time will receive $100 courtesy of Shane Mitchell, and awards will also be given out to furthest traveler to MIR, and the hard charger of the race. More contingency awards may be added before Saturday’s event.

The Mohawk Nationals Weekend will get underway on Friday night as the 358 Modified DIRTcar Series invades MIR with a 75 lap, $4000 to win event lined up as well as the Go Nuclear Late Model Series with a 30 lap feature paying $1000 to win and a 20 lap TUSA Mod Lite Canada East Series race.

MIR will return to action the following day with another exciting schedule featuring the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series with a 100 lap, $6000 to win main event, plus the first annual 75 lap Pete Mitchell Memorial DIRTcar Sportsman Series race with $2500 up for grabs plus lap money and contingency awards.  The Go Nuclear Late Model Series is also on the card once again with the 40 lap, $1500 to win Richard Tenace Memorial.

General Admission for Friday night is just $30.00 for adults.  Seniors discounted admission is $25.00.  Children 12 and under are only $15.00. Pit admission will be $35.00 for DIRTcar members and $40.00 for non members. Please allow 10% exchange on Canadian currency. Gates will open at 4:00PM on Friday night, with racing getting underway at 7:30PM.

Saturday’s General Admission is $35.00 for adults.  Seniors discounted admission is $30.00.  Children 12 and under are only $15.00. Pit admission will be $40.00 for DIRTcar members and $45.00 for non members. Please allow 10% exchange on Canadian currency. Gates will open at 1:00PM on Saturday night, with racing getting underway at 6:00PM.

Weekend admission packages are available, with General Admission tickets priced at $60.00 for adults, $50.00 for Seniors, $20.00 for kids 12 and under.  Weekend Pit admission is $80.00.

Breakfast and lunch will be available throughout the day on Saturday at Mohawk, and a bull ride will be available for children to occupy their time.  Fat Jack’s DJ Service will be playing throughout the weekend as well.  Free RV Parking is available at MIR and we invite everyone to come on out for a great weekend of racing.  Hotel Accommodations are also available by contacting the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino at 1-877-99-CASINO, 518-358-2222.  Use code 649 when booking your room for the Mohawk Nationals Weekend.

The family and team of Brandon Hagan will also be with us through the weekend.  The familiar Hagan #12 race car will help pace the field for each feature event during the weekend.  Hagan is a former MIR regular (2011) and a fine young man that will be missed by many.  We look forward to hosting the Hagan family next weekend.

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VAN PELT SCORES 9TH ANNUAL LYLE SHERWOOD MEMORIAL

Van Pelt’s Nephew, Groover also back in victory lane

(Woodhull, NY) It was a very tough call for Woodhull Raceway Track Promoter Ted White, but at the end of the night, as rain ended around 5:30, and racing began right around 7 p.m., it was the right call as 68 total cars were registered in, 32 of them, being Big Block/ Small Block Modified’s.

In the 9th annual Lyle Sherwood Memorial, Donnie Lawson, who has yet to win a feature in 2014, after being last year’s track champion, led the full field to the green before the first caution came out on lap  one. The next 11 laps involved three more cautions where Lawson remained as the race leader. Billy Van Pelt, who started in the Sixth position stayed put for the first opening laps before finding something on the top side of the speedway, after the fourth restart on lap 11.

Van Pelt then made his way into the top five by lap 13 and in the runner up spot by lap 15. Then ironically on lap 17, the car number Lyle Sherwood chauffeured for so many years at the Woodhull Raceway, passed Lawson on turn two.

 Despite many cautions that also occurred throughout the second half of the race, Van Pelt was able to have great restarts and hold off Donnie Lawson, who finished in second, followed by Steve Hartman Jr, Mike Bowman, and Lee Bills.

“You know, I was talking to my car owner, Grant Hilfiger, at the beginning of the year, and I was hoping to win a lot of features this year, but if there was one feature I wanted to win, it would be this one, and I was happy to pass Lawson, “The Lyle way,” on the top side of the speedway. Donnie Lawson is such a great competitor, along \with a lot of drivers here and I am happy to be here again for the sixth time” said Van Pelt in Instant Heat Wood Pellets Victory Lane.

In the Crate Sportsman, finally picking up his second feature win of the year was Dillon Groover of Beaver Dams, NY. Groover, who is only 15 years old started third took the lead on the very first lap. Not a single caution was thrown until lap 19, where Josh sawyer was sitting in second. Sawyer was unable to pass Groover, and Groover picked up the win after being so close so many times. Sawyer came home in second, followed by Jake Dgien, Cory Costa and Kenny Peoples Jr who was piloting the Zack Carey 2z in the 25 lap sportsman event.

It was a family Sweep as Van Pelt picked up the win in the Modified event, and Dillon Groover, who is the nephew of Billy Van Pelt, was the Crate Sportsman winner.

Big Block/ Small Block Modified’s (9th Annual Lyle Sherwood Memorial- 35 Laps)
Cars: 32
Heats: Brian Doolittle, Bryan Batzel, Donnie Lawson, Mike Bowman
Feature: BILLY VAN PELT (6), Donnie Lawson, Steve Hartman Jr, Mike Bowman, Lee Bills, Eric Fisher, Brady Fultz, Nick Petrilock, Joe Dgien, Dylan Dewart, Bryan Doolittle, Ryan Susice, Dave Dubois, Randy Chrysler, Frank Dunning, Ron Cartwright, Bryan Batzel, Kenny Peoples, Rod Mullen, Mike Jackson, Stacey Jackson, Mike Bills, Ryan Gordon, Ray Bliss, Grant Hilfiger

Crate Sportsman Feature: DILLON GROOVER (2), Josh Sawyer, Jake Dgien, Cory Costa, Kenny Peoples Jr, Brett Buono, Brandon Butler, Kyle Rohner, Bill Williams, Steve Andrulonis, Collin Brown, Dayton Brewer, Randy Chrysler, Mikey Wilbur, Josh Butler, Ray Bliss Jr
 
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RAIN WIPES OUT FINAL POINT RACE OF THE SEASON AT GRANDVIEW

BIG DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND OF RACING SET FOR SEPT. 12-13 TOPPED BY $25,000 TO WIN FREEDOM 76 CLASSIC

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 6, 2014 . . . Rain brought an end to the NASCAR point battles at Grandview Speedway as the Saturday night tripleheader sponsored by Green Lane Wm Penn/Four Star Lettering was canceled and will not be rescheduled.

“With the lateness of the season and so many special events being planned for other area tracks we just cannot come up with a suitable date,” said track owner Bruce Rogers. “It is disappointing but we are now turning our attentions to our big Freedom 76 Classic scheduled for Saturday, September 13.”

With the final point race canceled because of wet weather Jeff Strunk will be declared the NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modified champion for the 10th time while Randy Stoudt picks up the Late Model championship and Jared Umbenhauer earns the Sportsman title for the third year in a row. Unofficially Duane Howard has picked up the NASCAR Penna. State Championship.

The champions and other top award winners will be honored at the annual Grandview Speedway banquet set for November 15th. Ticket prices and additional information will be released shortly.

All attention will now be centered on the 44th Annual Freedom 76 Classic weekend set for September 12-13. The Freedom 76 will reward the winner of the 76-lap Modified race with at least $25,000 and will attract many of the top names in dirt track modified stock car racing. Racing will get the green flag at 7 p.m. In addition to the 76 lap Classic there will be qualifying races for all competitors along with a Cash Dash paying $1000 to win and the Schaffer Motorsports Minuteman 20. Adult admission is $35 while youngsters 6 through 12 pay $10. Kids under 6 are admitted free. Rain date is September 20.

New this year is a Friday night doubleheader of ARDC wingless midget racing along with ROC Sportsman stock cars. Those events will start at 7:30 p.m. with a $12 admission price for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 through 12 and under 6 being admitted for free.

Just announced is the fact that the winner of the Friday night Sportsman race and the Saturday Freedom 76 will earn guaranteed starting spots in the American Cup Race Weekend modified and sportsman events at Five Mile Point Speedway October 10-11th.

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Big Dimaond Speedway
Friday
358 Modified Coal Cracker 72
1) Matt Sheppard 2) Duane Howard 3) Ryan Godown 4) Rick Laubach 5) Doug Manmiller 6) Craig Von Dohren 7) Jeff Strunk 8) Jared Umbenhauer 9) Ryan Watt 10) Craig Whitmoyer 11) Dale Hartz 12) Tim Fitzpatrick 13) Kevin Smith 14) Kevin Albert Jr. 15) Kyle Borror 16) Billy Pauch Jr. 17) Keith Hoffman 18) Tim Buckwalter 19) Billy Pauch Sr. 20) Scott Albert 21) Ryan Anderson 22) Shawn Fitzpatrick 23) John Willman 24) Meme Desantis 25) Danny Johnson 26) John Stangle 27) Ray Swinehart

DNQ) Frank Cozze, Jimmy Horton, Dominic Buffalino, Bobby Gunther Walsh, Mike Gular, Ryan Kunkle, Dan Hineline, Mike Mamanna, Kyle Follweiler, Steve Searock IV, Colt Harris, Ron Haring Jr., Danny Bouc, Tommy Sheetz, Paul Moyer, Jason Rivers, Danny Nicholas

Roadrunners (25 Laps) 1) Jeremy Becker 2) Tom Hablett 3) Andrew Fayash III 4) Jim Kost 5) Joey Brennan 6) Elvin Brennan III 7) Shon Elk 8) Kris Ney 9) Jesse Krasnitsky 10) John Whyne 11) Terry Kramer Jr. 12) Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. 13) TJ Fitzpatrick 14) Shawn Mulhall 15) Joe Kavanaugh 16)Chuck Eckert 17) Bruce Ditzler 18) Greg Zelinsky 19) Chris Holland

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David Hebert tops DIRTcar 358-Modified 150-lapper at Autodrome Granby

Hebert battles Hearn, Robidoux for the win

GRANBY, QUEBEC -- September 5, 2014 -- David Hebert, of St-Damase, Quebec, fended off late-race challenges from Brett Hearn, of Sussex, N.J., to pick up the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series win Friday night at Autodrome Granby.

"It was a good race, a good car," Hebert said. "I got to the front and the car stayed good to the end of the race."

Thirty-eight cars started the 150-lap special on Granby's half-mile, with Carey Terrance, of Hogansburg, N.Y., taking the initial lead over Erick Rudolph, of Ransomville, N.Y. Hebert started eighth on the grid and worked his way to the top five by lap 47.

Steve Bernier, who started seventh, quickly dashed to the front of the pack and overtook Terrance for the lead off a lap-25 restart. The race leaders approached slower traffic in lap 34, but Bernier skillfully maneuvered past lapped cars, putting distance between the his No. 25* and the second place car, Mario Clair's No. 22c.

Meanwhile, Brett Hearn, out of Sussex, N.J., made it to twelfth in the running order by lap 54 after having started 32nd, and was setting his sights on the win.

Hebert was also making moves through the lapped traffic, making it to second place in lap 59 and challenging Bernier for the top spot. In lap 62, Hebert crossed the start-finish line ahead of Bernier by a nose, and before the leaders hit the backstretch Hebert had pulled ahead of the No. 25*.

However, with almost 100 laps left to the feature race, Hebert was hardly in the clear. After the completion of lap 75, the field took a mandatory five-minute pit stop to fuel up and make adjustments.

Hebert kept his lead when cars returned to the track. Behind him, Hearn was steadily working his way forward, powering past Clair and Yan Bussiere off a lap-94 restart for second. A caution in lap 96 for early race leader Bernier brought the field together again for a restart, and Hearn sped ahead at the green flag to claim the lead.

Hebert was not ready to let a win slip from him without a fight, and kept at Hearn's tail. Kayle Robidoux, then in third, found some speed to pass Hebert in lap 105 and Hearn the next lap, but lap 106 was not complete when the yellow flag waved again.

Robidoux was able to again charge to the front, and Hebert was also fast enough on the next restart to pass Hearn as well.

In lap 110, Hebert pulled up beside Robidoux and battled him for four laps before he was able to reclaim the lead. The next 30 laps, Robidoux and Hearn fought for second, Hearn taking it in lap 128, Robidoux reclaiming the position in lap 132 and Hearn taking it back in lap 134.

With some momentum from the series of green laps, Hearn was able to make up some distance, challenging Hebert for the lead the last five laps, to no avail.

"I saw him at the bottom there, and I just pushed hard the last five laps and I stayed good," Hebert said of his battle with Hearn.

Hearn finished second after Hebert and Robidoux third. Rounding out the top five are Clair in fourth and Dominic Dufault in fifth.

The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series continues Friday, Sept. 12, at Mohawk International Raceway in Akwesasne, N.Y. For more information about the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, visit www.dirtcar.com.

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Statistical Report
Autodrome Granby
Friday, September 5, 2014
A-Main (150 laps)
1. 1 David Hebert - St-Damase, Quebec
2. 20 Brett Hearn - Sussex, N.J.
3. 46 Kayle Robidoux - St-Constant, Quebec
4. 22c Mario Clair - Drummondville, Quebec
5. 63 Dominic Dufault - St-Victoire-de-Sorel, Quebec
6. 22J Gino Clair - Drummondville, Quebec
7. 73 Alain Boisvert - Dorval, Quebec
8. 16W Lance Willix - Theresa, N.Y.
9. R70 Ryan Arbuthnot - Renfrew, Ontario
10. 23b Dany Bilodeau - Victoriaville, Quebec
11. 3 Claude Broulliard - Tracy, Quebec
12. 97 Michel Chicoine - Ste-Cecile-de-Milton, Quebec
13. 25 Erick Rudolph - Ransomville, N. Y.
14. 99 Bruno Lepage - Maplegrove, Quebec
15. 25P Michel Parent
16. 21 Yan Bussiere - Drummondville, Quebec
17. 44 Sebastien Gougeon - Drummondville, Quebec
18. 64 Daniel Nadeau - Montreal, Quebec
19. 47 Simone Perreault - Longeuil, Quebec
20. 66x Carey Terrance - Hogansburg, N. Y.
21. 49 Francois Bernier - St-Hyacinthe, Quebec
22. 37 Paul St. Sauveur
23. 25* Steve Bernier - St-Hyacinthe, Quebec
24. 10 Gabriel Richer - Les Coteaux, Quebec
25. 43 Sebastien Fournier - St-Leonard, Quebec
26. 124 Pierre Dagenais - L'Ange Guardien, Quebec
27. 54 Steve Bernard - Granby, Quebec
28. 94 J.F. Corriveau - Granby Quebec
29. 26 Maxime Viens - St-Cesaire, Quebec
30. 39 Alex Therrien - Victoriaville, Quebec
31. 44R Yvan Rivard
32. 39A Alain Therrien - Victoriaville, Quebec
33. 21J Jacques Poulen - Bolton-Est, Quebec
34. 7 Patrice Demers - Drummondville, Quebec
35. 8 Peter Britten - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
36. 13 Kevin Hamel - Yamaska, Quebec
37. 13R Roger Labreche - Saint-Remie, Quebec
38. 13p Paul Hamel - Yamaska, Quebec

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BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY PRESENTS THE ANNUAL COAL CRACKER 72 ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th

MINERSVILLE, PA - September 3rd, 2014

There's an old saying that "the third time's the charm".  The owners and promoters of Big Diamond Speedway hope that old adage holds true, as this Friday, September 5th they will try for the third time in less than a week to present the annual running of the Jack Rich Memorial Coal Cracker 72 race.

The Coal Cracker 72 is by far the biggest race of the season at Big Diamond, paying $10,000 to win and $700 just to take the green flag.  A great field of cars is expected for this race.  American Racer or Hoosier tires will be permitted.  Drivers will draw for their heat starting spot and redraw for the feature if they finish in a redraw position in their heat race.  Twenty-six cars are slated to start the feature event.  Also on the card will be the Savage 61 Roadrunner in their Coal Cracker 25 event paying $300 to win, along with a huge fireworks display.  Gates will open at 5 PM on Friday, with warm-ups at 7:45 PM, and the first heat hitting the track at 8:15 PM.  Grandstand general admission will be $25.00, with active military (with ID) and kids 12 and under admitted free of charge.  Pit participation fees will be $40.00 with no license required.  Car entry fee for the Coal Cracker 72 event is $40.00 for early entry and $60.00 the day of the race.  All 72 laps will be run under green flag conditions!

For those fans who still have a wristband from the August 22nd event, those wristbands can be used for Friday's show and pay the difference.  If you cannot attend the respective show listed, please send the wristband to P.O. Box 671, Minersville, PA 17954 for a full refund.  Be sure to include a return address.

We look forward to seeing everyone this coming Friday when the "Crown Jewel Of Speed" presents its' crown jewel event of the season and brings the 2014 race season to a close.

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THE NASCAR CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE DECIDED AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SATURDAY

FREEDOM 76, $25,000 TO WIN, SET FOR SEPT. 13, MIDGETS AND SPORTSMAN SEPT. 12

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 4, 2014 . . . Nine time NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modified racer Jeff Strunk has nine championships at Grandview Speedway and Duane Howard has five. Each of these great Modified racing talents wants to add another title at the end of racing on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway.

The Green Lane Wm. Penn/Four Star Lettering tripleheader show set for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. will feature the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars and the championship will be decided in each division.

Much of the fan interest will be centered on the Strunk and Howard battle as the two stars battle for the well over $10,000 in point fund money that goes to the champion driver and his car owner. Grandview continues to be one of the few tracks in the nation, in fact it may be the only one that offers two point funds with one coming from NASCAR and the other coming from the track operators, Bruce Rogers and his family.

Strunk holds a 167 point edge over Howard as they battle it out in the final point night of the season and in addition to battling for the championship both will use the night of Modified racing to get ready for the huge Freedom 76 Classic that pays $25,000 to win and is set for Saturday, September 13.

Modified talents such as Doug Manmiller, Craig VonDohren, Mike Gular, Frank Cozze and a host of others will be looking to do well in the Saturday night action and improve their position in the final point standings which will increase the amount of money they share in from the point funds.

Randy Stoudt, a past champion, leads the BRC Late Model standings as they enter the final point events. Stoudt, winner of six features this season, holds a 216 point edge over six time champion Chuck Schutz. In third is Sean Merkel who is 234 points behind. All three racers have the opportunity to win the BRC Late Model title.

And in the Sportsman division Jared Umbenhauer is shooting for his third straight title and has to just start the feature race to wrap up the that title. Umbenhauer also leads the NASCAR National Division II standings. Brett Kressley, winner of four features, is second in the standings 295 points behind Umbenhauer.

Spectator gates for the Green Lane Wm. Penn/Four Star Lettering Night will open at 5:30 p.m. and at the same time the weekly Low Down and Dirty Meet&Greet will be taking place with featured drivers being Kevin and Brian Hirthler representing their sponsor Green Lane Wm. Penn/Four Star Lettering. Admission for this exciting night of racing is just $15 for adults while youngsters 12 and under are admitted FREE.

With the point battle finished all attention will turn to the 44th Annual Freedom 76 Classic set for Saturday, September 13th at 7 p.m. The event paying $25,000 to win, the richest race of its type, will attract many of the top dirt track modified racers in the sport with Billy Pauch Sr. and Jr. already signed to compete along with Ryan Godown, Stewart Friesen (a winner at Grandview earlier in the season) and a host of others plus the stars of Grandview. Adult admission is $35 while youngsters 6 thru 12 are admitted for $10 and under 6 pay nothing.

New this year is a night before the Freedom 76 doubleheader that will feature the American Racing Drivers Club Wingless Midgets and the Race of Champions Sportsman. Being a first time event the Friday racing is bound to attract a lot of attention. And Modified racers planning to compete in the Freedom 76 are invited to participate in practice sessions during the evening of racing. Adult admission is $12 while youngsters 6 thru 12 pay just $5. Kids under 6 are admitted free.

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Osmun Wins Back to School Night at New Egypt Speedway

New Egypt, NJ (August 30, 2014) –
Willie Osmun of Bloomsbury, NJ ended the Summer on a high note Saturday night as he captured his first win of the season in the 30 lap Modified feature at New Egypt Speedway on Back to School night. Osmun took the lead from Gary Butler just before the halfway mark of the event and cruised to his 6th career win at the Central Jersey facility.   

DJ Ruppert led the field at the drop of the green with outside pole-starter Gary Butler giving chase. Ruppert led the first couple of laps before Butler roared around the leader to assume command. Butler set a fast pace as seventh starting Osmun quickly charged into the top 3 by the third lap.

Osmun wasted no time getting by Ruppert, but Butler proved to be more of a challenge as all he could do was keep up with him over the next 10 laps.

Butler looked good, but Osmun kept applying the pressure until he found the bite he was looking for as he drove under the leader off of turn four before halfway.

Once in front Osmun opened a comfortable lead as Butler had his hands full behind him as point leader and 2012 champ Ryan Godown moved in to challenge Butler.

This duo battled side by side right down to the final turn with Butler holding on for second by just half of a car length.

Osmun cruised in front, masterfully negotiating lapped traffic for the popular win, Butler and Godown followed him across the line for second and third while David Van Horn finished fourth and Danny Bouc fifth.

Chuck Steuer of Bohemia, NY also won his first feature of the season, his third career, in the 20 lap Crate Modified feature event. 

Steuer, a former Riverhead NY Asphalt Modified champion, announced in victory lane his plans to move up into the Modified division in 2015.

Steuer started ninth and held off Mike Butler over the second half of the race to post the victory. Butler came home second trailed by Bryan Kuhl, 24th starter Jarrett Rozycki and John Micek.

MODIFIED Feature (30 Laps):
1. Willie Osmun 2. Gary Butler 3. Ryan Godown 4. David Van Horn 5. Danny Bouc 6. John McClelland 7. Tad Cox 8. Jimmy Blewett 9. DJ Ruppert 10. John Stangle 11. Sammy Piazza 12. Kevin Vaclavicek 13. Billy Pauch 14. Tommy Farrell 15. Johnny Cornell III 16. John Pakenham 17. PJ Oliver 18. Chris Grbac 19. Steve Davis 20. Andrew Bohn 21. Billy Pauch, Jr. 22. Tim Apgar 23. Neal Williams 24. Doug Ostwald

CRATE MODIFIED Feature (20 Laps):
1. Chuck Steuer 2. Mike Butler 3. Bryan Kuhl 4. Jarrett Rozycki 5. John Micek 6. Frank Dorry 7. Eric Palmer 8. Jason Bittner 9. Chuckles Stone 10. Ebby Ridge 11. Ryan Simmons 12. Jeremy Martino 13. Jimmy Martin 14. Adam Cox 15. Paul Hartwig 16. Jordan Cox 17. Mike Carman 18. Derek Krum 19. Steve Hicks 20. John Aumick 21. Matt Carman 22. Mike Everett 23. Brian Papiez 24. Aaron Weaver

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HERRINGTON, O'BRIEN, EVOY, SCORE BIG WINS ON FINAL POINTS NIGHT AT BROCKVILLE

The 358 Modifieds were set to go with twin 20s and with a 62 point difference in the championship Stephane Lafrance had a lot of work ahead of him to catch Danny O'Brien. At the start of the first 20 lap event Roger Levesque took the top spot away with Steve Bilow, Bobby Herrington, Chris Herbison and Joe Banks completing the top 5. Levesque was fast early on but the newly inducted BOS hall of famer was hot on his heels and looking for the lead. On lap 4 Bilow's great run came to an early end as he lost the handle on his machine spinning in turn 4. On the restart Levesque continued to lead but Bobby Herrington was on the charge. He took over the top spot from Levesque and would quickly pull away with Chris Herbison, Kyle Dingwall, Stephane Lafrance and Ryan Poole rounding out the top 5. With Herrington in front the only thing that could stop him was lapped cars which played right into the hands of Stephane Lafrance. On lap 14 Lafrance pulled within striking distance of the leader and was on Herrington's back bumper as the top 2 headed for the white flag. Down the back stretch Herrington found a little extra bite and was able to pull away to score his 2nd win of 2014. Lafrance settled for 2nd with Kyle Dingwall, Jordan McCreadie and Ryan Arbuthnot completing the top 5 while points leader Danny O'Brien came home in the 9th position.

In the 2nd twin 20 Andy Lloyd took the lead at the drop of the green flag and was looking to put a season of struggles behind him. Lloyd had a fast race car and built up a straightaway lead with last week's winner Bryan Rogers, Danny O'Brien, Joe Banks and Jason Riddell making up the top 5. On lap 10 the first yellow came out for a spin in turn 1 involving Lance Willix. When the green flew Lloyd continued to hold the lead but Danny O'Brien was looking to close his season out with a big win. O'Brien took over the lead on lap 15 and began to pull away with Rogers, Arbuthnot and Stephane Lafrance rounding out the top 5. 1 lap later Andy Lloyd's great run came to an end as he hit the wall on the front stretch bringing out the final yellow. On the final restart nobody was catching O'Brien as he stormed to his 8th win of the year and his 11th BOS track title. Bryan Rogers, Stephane Lafrance, Ryan Arbuthnot and Bobby Herrington completed the top 5.

In the Sportsman event Johnathon Ferguson was the early pace setter as he took his machine to the head of the field leading the opening 5 laps over Connor Dawdy, Dylan Evoy, Bruce Makinson and Jason Shipclark. On lap 8 Jeremy LaSalle brought out the first yellow after spinning off in turn 4. When the green flew Ferguson held onto the lead but Dylan Evoy was on a mission in his #83. After moving into 2nd Evoy Ran down the race leader and would take over the top spot by lap 11 with Makinson, points leader Shane Pecore and Jason Shipclark stil completing the top 5. On lap 12 Tristan Draper experienced problems in turn 4 bringing out the yellow for the 2nd time. When the green flew Evoy still was in control over Ferguson and Pecore. On lap 16  Connor Dawdy also spun his machine in turn 4. When the green flew for the final time Evoy was running hard and was doing everything he could do to not only win the feature but also claim the point title. Shane Pecore remained within striking distance through the final laps as he battled with Johnathon Ferguson for the 2nd spot. On this night it was all Dylan Evoy as he scored his 7th win of the 2014 season in dominant fashion with Ferguson finishing 2nd. Pecore claimed 3rd which was enough to secure his 2nd straight Sportsman crown while, Jason Shipclark and Bruce Makinson rounded out the top 5.

358 Modified #1
BOBBY HERRINGTON, Stephane Lafrance, Kyle DIngwall, Jordan McCreadie, Ryan Arbuthnot, Chris Herbison, Ryan Poole, Lance Willix, Danny O'Brien, Jason Riddell, Joe Banks, Luke Stewart, Bryan Rogers, Dave Austin, Roger Levesque, Andy Lloyd, Steve Bilow, Dylan Breen

358 Modified #2
DANNY O'BRIEN, Bryan Rogers, Stephane Lafrance, Ryan Arbuthnot, Bobby Herrington, Kyle Dingwall, Jason Riddell, Jordan McCreadie, Lance Willix, Luke Stewart, Roger Levesque, Steve Bilow, Andy Lloyd, Joe Banks, Dylan Breen, Dave Austin, Chris Herbison, Ryan Poole   

Sportsman
DYLAN EVOY, Johnathon Ferguson, Shane Pecore, Jason Shipclark, Bruce Makinson, Aaron Pugh, Jon Mills, Jessica Power, Jeremy LaSalle, Kenny Polite, Tabatha Murphy, Scott McGill, Connor Dawdy, Jason Cummings, Tristan Draper, Mike Mainse, Mike Maresca

Rookie Sportsman
TYLER REYNOLDS, Shane Sterns, David Andre, Greg Ezard, Moise Page, Derek Morsley

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DIRTcar 358-Modified Series feature race at Cornwall Motor Speedway postponed to Monday, September 1

CORNWALL, ONTARIO -
Sunday August 31, 2014 - Martin Bélanger, DIRTcar Correspondent - Inclement weather at Cornwall Motor Speedway has forced the postponement of tonight's events.

The Jiffy Auto Service Triple Crown has been postponed to tomorrow, Monday, September 1, at 2 p.m. with the 125-lap DIRTcar 358-Modified Series feature along with the 40-lap Seaway-Lussier Sportsman Series, the 40-lap Mohawk Race Parts Pro-Stock Series and the final event for Semi-Pro and Mini-Stock.

The pit gates will open at 10 a.m. General admission opens at noon and racing is scheduled to being at 6 p.m. For more information about the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, visit www.dirtcar.com.

DIRTCAR 358 - Modified Series Schedule of Events
Date  Track  Winner
May 18  Cornwall Speedway  M. Clair
May 19  Merrittville Speedway D. Johnson
July 1 Humberstone Speedway E. Rudolph
July 2  Ransomville Speedway D. Johnson
Aug. 31 Cornwall Speedway 125
Fri., Sept. 5 Autodrome Granby 75
Fri., Sept. 12 Mohawk International Raceway 100
Fri., Sept. 19 Le RPM Speedway 100
Sat., Sept. 20 Brighton Speedway 100
Wed., Oct. 8 Cayuga County Fairgrounds Speedway 75
Thurs., Oct. 9 Brewerton Speedway 100
Sat., Oct. 11 New York State Fairgrounds 150
Fri., Oct. 17 Brockville Speedway 100


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Peoples wins second feature in 2014, Van Pelt Crowned once again as Modified Track Champion


(Woodhull, NY) It has been a stellar month of August for Kenny Peoples Jr, as he picked up his second feature in 2014 in the 370 Modified’s. Peoples started in the 5th position and immediately found himself in the runner up spot where he raced the same line as Steve Harman Jr, who was leading from the start. Laps ticked away and Peoples did everything he could to take over the top spot. Then on lap 15, Hartman Jr spun heading into turn one and Peoples was able to take over the lead on lap 15. Eric Fisher would then contest in attempt to pick up his second feature in 2014, but it would not be enough and he ended up going home second. Donnie Lawson took home the third place position, while B
rady Fultz and Ron Cartwright completed the top five.

Billy Van Pelts night ended early as he was involved in a caution on lap two, but Van Pelt was able to come home with  his 16th career track championship.
In the 360 Late models, It was Carl Hughes who was able to come away with the win. This is Hughes second career feature win, where he will finish the season second in points, behind Glenn Writenour, who will pick up now his seventh career track championship. Buck Payne finished in the runner up spot, followed by Writenour, Brett Marlatt, and Jay McConnell.

The 10th annual Lyle Sherwood Memorial will be the headline event for September 6th. Gates will be opening up at a special time, 3:30, and racing will begin at 5:30. For more information, find us on facebook, or log onto woodhullraceway.com.

370 Modified’s
Feature: KENNY PEOPLES JR (2), Eric Fisher, Donnie Lawson, Brady Fultz, Ron Cartwright, Grant Hilfiger, Stacey Jackson, Joe Dgien, Ray Bliss, Ryan Gordon, Steve Hartman Jr, Steve Hartman Sr, Lee Bills, Chris Fisher, Chris Clark, Ryan Tracey, Dave Dubois, Kevin Chilson, Mike Bills, Ray Bliss Jr, Tim Guild, Billy Vanpelt
2014 Track Champion: Billy Van Pelt (16)

Crate Sportsman
Feature: AJ COSTLEY (3), Corey Costa, Russ Morseman, Chris Daugherty, Josh Sawyer, John Hargrave, Brett Buono, Dillon Groover, Jake Dgien, Zack Carey, Marc Benson, Steve Andrulonis, Dayton Brewer, Mike Buchanan, Bill Williams, Brandon Butler
2014 Track Champion: Russ Morseman (1)

360 Late Models
Feature: CARL HUGHES (2), Buck Payne, Glenn Writenour, Brett Marlatt, Jay McConell, Mick Seely, Cecil Lebarron, Rick Loucks, Steve Lebarron, Josh Smith
2014 Track Champion: Glenn Writenour (7)

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MANMILLER WINS FIFTH OF THE SEASON IN MODS AT GRANDVIEW, STOUDT AND KRESSLEY ARE ALSO MULTI TIME FEATURE WINNERS

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. August 31, 2014 . . . For the fifth time this season Doug Manmiller was able to wheel to victory in the 30-lap Bernheisel Race Components Night NASCAR Whelen 358 Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Brett Kressley, currently second in the Sportsman standings, was able to drive to victory in the 25-lap Sportsman feature race giving the young racer his fourth victory of the season. Current point leader Randy Stoudt charged to his sixth win of the season taking the victory in the special 30-lap Bernheisel Racing Components Late Model feature race.

Coming up on Saturday, September 6th, 7:30 p.m. Green Lane Wm. Penn and Four Star Lettering present a tripleheader show of NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. It will be the final NASCAR Whelen All American Series point races of the season. Many of the Modified talents will be using this final point race as tune-up for the September 13th $25,000 to win Freedom 76 Classic.

Doug Manmiller was on a winning streak in the beginning of the 2014 Grandview Speedway season and suddenly the Josh Biever owned No. 46 team hit a dry spell as the others got better. Saturday night, “The Handler” started in the lucky 13 starting spot, was running second by the 17th lap and in first on the 22nd lap when he passed race leader Tim Buckwalter. Shut out of the win column since June 21, Manmiller continued his pace until he won his fifth 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified feature for a $2,900 payoff.

Tommy Scheetz overtook Bobby Gunther-Walsh for the lead at the second lap marker and held that spot until the 12th lap restart needed when Todd Smith jolted the fourth turn wall and stopped along the homestretch for the yellow. He was uninjured, however, the car was badly damaged. When action resumed Buckwalter shot into first in quest of his second win of the year with John Willman, Manmiller, Scheetz III and Ryan Grim in tow.

Manmiller battled Willman a few laps before he cleared him for the runner-up spot on the 17th lap and took chase after Buckwalter.

Buckwalter held the high groove while Manmiller was on the move on the bottom lane since his car worked “best” there as the track was good down low and he reeled him in by the 20th lap.

The race saw the fourth different leader when Manmiller motored to the front on the 22nd lap.

The battle for positions was a highly contested one in the later stages of the race between Buckwalter, R. Grim, Duane Howard and Jeff Strunk as they all wanted the same spot.

Manmiller never looked back and went on to the winner’s circle trailed by Grim, Howard, Buckwalter, who also received the Dan’s Deli ½-way leader award and Strunk. Willman, Terry Meitzler, Craig VonDohren, Mike Gular and Scheetz III, Cargo Trailer product certificate recipient, completed the top ten.

Heats were won by Scheetz III, Gunther-Walsh, Howard and Buckwalter. Jordan Umbenhauer and Craig Whitmoyer were the consolation race winners.

The Bernheisel Race Components Superior Products 30-lap Late Model feature which had a rash of yellow fever, was won by current point leader Randy Stoudt for his sixth win of the season.

Wayne Pfeil was eliminated from competition before the first lap when he made contact with the second turn infield tire. On the complete restart, John Giesler led for one lap before he spun in the second turn and now Cory Merkel, already a feature winner this year in his rookie season, was the new leader.

Stoudt diced with teammate Joe Fanelli for several laps before he got by him on the ninth lap to do battle with C. Merkel.

The lead changed hands on the 10th lap when Stoudt did a slide job on C. Merkel going into the second turn and it held since he was now in command.

C. Merkel wasn’t about to give up without a fight and tried to regain the lead. In doing so, however, he spun in the fourth turn for the yellow. It was a tough break for C. Merkel since he had a strong run going, but now had to go to the back of the pack. Stoudt remained the leader on the restart being chased down by Fanelli, Dan Green, Chuck Schutz, who was on the move on the outside from his 23rd starting berth and Sean Merkel.

With ten laps to go the order behind Stoudt consisted of Green, Schutz, Fanelli and S. Merkel with neither one giving an inch.

Once Stoudt was in front of the pack he never faltered and went on to victory and also received the Dan’s Deli ½-way leader award, chased across by Schutz, who ran out of time; Green, Fanelli and S. Merkel. Rounding out the top ten were Rick Todorow, Steve Wilson, Jason Miller, Lou Egrie and Devin Fry, who also received the Cargo Trailer product certificate.

Lou Egrie Jr. and John Giesler won the heats. The 3-lap Cash Dash sponsored by Scott Lee’s Diamond Billiard and Game Service of Reading was won by C. Merkel.

Brett Kressley chalked up his fourth NASCAR 30-lap Sportsman feature over runner-up Brandon Whitmoyer, who scored his season best finish.

Jason Neidlinger took the early lead and held the position for eight laps until Whitmoyer charged ahead.

With Whitmoyer now in front, Neidlinger, Guy Germano, Kressley and Sean Weiss diced for second through fifth. Kressley advanced to second on the 11th lap and began to challenge Whitmoyer for first.

On the 16th lap the lead changed when Kressley overtook Whitmoyer for the number one spot.

Despite the numerous caution periods, Kressley never gave up until he was in the winner’s circle with Whitmoyer, Weiss, who scored his best run; Neidlinger and Mike Lisowski behind. Sixth through tenth were Ryan Beltz, Brian Hirthler, Brett Gilmore, Jim Housworth and Germano who earned the Cargo Trailer product certificate.

Jamie Undercoffler, Germano and Lisowski won the heats. The consi went to Brad Grim.

Close to 90 cars took part in the Saturday night racing action.

RESULTS


Modified Feature (30 Laps):
1. Doug Manmiller, 2. Ryan Grim, 3. Duane Howard, 4. Tim Buckwalter, 5. Jeff Strunk, 6. John Willman, 7. Terry Meitzler, 8. Craig VonDohren, 9. Mike Gular, 10. Tommy Scheetz III, 11. Brian Houseknecht, 12. Kevin Hirthler, 13. Andy Ressler, 14. Ron Seltmann Jr., 15. Kevin Hartnett, 16. Jordan Umbenhauer, 17. Mike Mahaney, 18. Ryan Kunkle, 19. Nate Christman, 20. Craig Whitmoyer, 21. Chris Esposito, 22. Bobby Gunther-Walsh, 23. Justin Grim, 24. Kyle Borror, 25. Mike Laise, 26. Frank Cozze, 27. Todd Smith, 28. Jon Kellner. DNQ: Jamie Speers, Chris Gambler, Don Norris Jr., Ray Swinehart, Glenn Owens, Eric Biehn, Mike Kellner.

Late Model Feature (30 Laps): 1. Randy Stoudt, 2. Chuck Schutz, 3. Dan Green, 4. Joe Fanelli, 5. Sean Merkel, 6. Rick Todorow, 7. Steve Wilson, 8. Jason Miller, 9. Lou Egrie, 10. Devin Fry, 11. Dirk Rimrott, 12. Tony Giglio, 13. Kory Fleming, 14. Buddy Mertz, 15. George Irwin, 16. John Giesler, 17. Dave Ogin, 18. Cory Merkel, 19. Drew Weisser, 20. George Marrero Jr., 21. Steve Butler, 22. Lou Egrie Jr., 23. Bill Henning, 24. Wayne Pfeil.

Sportsman Feature (25 Laps): 1. Brett Kressley, 2. Brandon Whitmoyer, 3. Sean Weiss, 4. Jason Neidlinger, 5. Mike Lisowski, 6. Ryan Beltz, 7. Brian Hirthler, 8. Brett Gilmore, 9. Jim Housworth, 10. Guy Germano, 11. Tom Miller, 12. Paul Kline, 13. Chris Jenkins, 14. Kevin Dries, 15. Jared Umbenhauer, 16. Joe Funk III, 17. Dave Bartram, 18. Jamie Undercoffler, 19. Erik Renninger, 20. Jordan Henn, 21. Brad Grim, 22. Kenny Gilmore, 23. Ken Eckert Jr., 24. Ryan Lilick. DNQ: Lex Shive, Mark Behm, Blaine Bracelin, Nathan Mohr, Kyle Lilick.

UNOFFICIAL  POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR
MODIFIEDS AS OF AUGUST 30, 2014
1. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA  #4* 5332**
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 5165*****
3. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA  #1C 4967***
4. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46 4740*****
5. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53 4108
6. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA  #357 3942
7. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA  #17 3503
8. Nate Christman, Fleetwood, PA  #37 3314
9. Kevin Hirthler, Bechtelsville, PA  #117 3301*
10. Jordan Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #19 3192

Sportsman
1. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #5 5144***********
2. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 4849****
3. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA  #7 4364
4. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA  #4* 3888*
5. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA  #72 3545
6. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA  #77H 3506
7. Ryan Beltz, Harleysville, PA  #221 3498
8. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA  #14J 3402
9. Erik Renninger, Bridgewater, NJ  #51 3316
10. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA  #99 3215*

* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are NASCAR point events.)

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BUTLER WINS SPORTSMAN COAL CRACKER, BECKER WINS ROADRUNNER FEATURE & TITLE, FITZPATRICK & WEAVER ALSO VICTORIOUS

MINERSVILLE, PA - August 29th, 2014

Coal Cracker weekend at Big Diamond Speedway began on Friday evening, August 29th with an array of divisions in action.

First on the agenda was the Coal Cracker 40 for the USS Achey Sportsman division.  Shawn Light led lap #1 from his pole starting position before Clay Butler took over the lead from position #4.  Butler led the first nine caution plagued laps before Brett Kressley took over the lead on a restart on lap ten.  Kressley set a blistering pace over the next 20 laps, lapping all but the top ten cars and looked to be well on his way to victory.  On lap 30 disaster struck the young talent, as a small puff of smoke appeared as Kressley entered turn one, and his car quickly slowed on the backstretch.  Kressley pulled to the infield, and Butler now all of a sudden found himself back in the lead.  Now second place running Tim Fitzpatrick tried in vane to track down the leader, but it was to no avail, and Butler pulled into victory lane for his biggest win ever at the Schuylkill County oval.  Fitzpatrick held on for second, with Steve Searock IV, Kevin Beach Jr., and Mike Lisowski rounding out the top five.  2014 Sportsman Point Champion Wayne Witmer was sixth, with Shawn Light, Harry Landis, Billy Moyer Jr., and Charles Webber completing the top 10.  An awards presentation was held at intermission for Sportsman Champion Witmer, his first ever at the track.

After a huge pile up on the original start, Roadrunner title contenders Chris Holland and Jeremy Becker suddenly found themselves on the front row, up from their original fourth and seventh place starting positions.  Holland quickly jumped into the lead on the restart, with Becker in tow.  Holland led the first six laps before Becker was able to wrestle away the lead.  From there Becker led the rest of the way, with Holland close, but never quite able to find his way back by Becker for the lead.  Becker would pull into victory lane as the race winner and 2014 Savage 61 Roadrunner Point Champion.  Holland would come home second, with Tom Hablett, TJ Fitzpatrick, and Shon Elk rounding out the top five.  Sixth thru tenth were Andrew Fayash III, Tim Fitzpatrick Jr., Jesse Krasnitsky, Terry Kramer Jr., and Joe Kavanaugh.

Next on tap was a 20 lap non-winners race for the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic DIRTcar 358 Modifieds.  To be eligible you had to have run or attempted to qualify for 5 feature events during the 2014 season.  Seven cars lined up for the event, with a guaranteed starting spot in Sunday's Coal Cracker 72 race worth $700 awaiting the winner.  Shawn Fitzpatrick bolted into the lead from his pole starting spot and quickly pulled away to a huge lead.  Around the mid-point of the race though, Kyle Follweiler and Kyle Borror began tracking down the leader, and with two laps to go there was all of a sudden an exciting three car battle for the lead.  With two to go Follweiler took the lead entering turn one, but exiting turn two he jumped the cushion ever so slightly, resulting in contact between all three cars.  When the dust settled, Fitzpatrick was now once again in the lead, and was able to hold on to win the race, punching his ticket into Sunday's big event.  Borror came home second, with Lou Cicconi, Scott Albert, and Paul Moyer rounding out the top five.

All focus now turns to Sunday, August 31st for the biggest race of the season at Big Diamond, the Jack Rich Memorial Coal Cracker 72 event paying $10,000 to win and $700 just to take the green flag.  Once again, a great field of cars is expected for this race.  American Racer or Hoosier tires will be permitted.  Drivers will draw for their heat starting spot and redraw for the feature if they finish in a redraw position in their heat race.  Twenty-six cars are slated to start the feature event.  Also on the card will be the Savage 61 Roadrunner in their Coal Cracker 25 event paying $300 to win, and a huge fireworks display.  Gates will open at 4 PM on Sunday, with warm-ups at 7:45 PM, and the first heat hitting the track at 8:15 PM.  Grandstand general admission on Sunday will be $25.00, with active military (with ID) and kids 12 and under admitted free of charge.  Pit participation fees will be $40.00 with no license required.  Car entry fee for the Coal Cracker 72 event is $60.00 the day of the race.  All 72 laps will be run under green flag conditions!

Wristband policy for those that attended last weeks racing event will be as follows.  Modified wrist bands can be used for Sunday's event.  For the fans, grandstand wristbands can be used for Sunday's show and pay the $10.00 difference.  If you cannot attend, please send the wristband to P.O. Box 671, Minersville, PA 17954 for a full refund.  Be sure to include a return address.

Big Diamond Speedway Full Results 8/29/2014

Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic DIRTcar 358 Modifieds Non-Winners Race (20 Laps) 1) Shawn Fitzpatrick 2) Kyle Borror 3) Lou Cicconi 4) Scott Albert 5) Paul Moyer 6) Kyle Follweiler 7) Bobby Gunther Walsh

Sportsman (40 Laps) 1) Clay Butler 2) Tim Fitzpatrick 3) Steve Searock IV 4) Kevin Beach Jr. 5) Mike Lisowski 6) Wayne Witmer 7) Shawn Light 8) Harry Landis 9) Billy Moyer Jr. 10) Charles Webber 11) Brett Kressley 12) Chad Putalavage 13) Todd Huffman 14) Brad Brightbill 15) Doug Hendricks 16) Ray Woodall Sr. 17) Mike Glass 18) Josh Hertzog 19) Charles Fayash 20) AJ Gerhart 21) Ray Woodall Jr. 22) Marc Berzowski 23) JR Fulper DNS) Mark Behm

DNQ) Craig Whitmoyer, Rob Reigel

Heat Winners - Doug Hendricks, Clay Butler, Steve Searock IV

Roadrunners (20 Laps) 1) Jeremy Becker 2) Chris Holland 3) Tom Hablett 4) TJ Fitzpatrick 5) Shon Elk 6) Andrew Fayash III 7) Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. 8) Jesse Krasnitsky 9) Terry Kramer Jr. 10) Joe Kavanaugh 11) Jason Brown 12) Elvin Brennan III 13) Jim Kost 14) Kyle Wingle 15) Jon Schlauch 16) Greg Zelinsky 17) John Whyne 18) Jared Seigfried 19) Kris Ney 20) Devin Trexler 21) Bill Wingle Jr. 22) Bruce Ditzler


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DUNN, WHEELER, 2014 TRACK CHAMPIONS AT MOHAWK

AKWESASNE, NY –
Everything was on the line this past Friday night at the Mohawk International Raceway as drivers were searching for that little something extra to try and take away a coveted track championship, and join some great drivers from years past.

The 358 Modifieds were set to not only conclude their regular season but also the Frenchie's Chevy Runs Deep 358 Modified Series was on the line as Danny O'Brien, Chris Raabe and Brian McDonald were all in line for the title while Billy Dunn was also back in line for his 3rd straight track championship as well. At the start of the 50 lap Labor Day Shoot Out Chris Raabe grabbed the top spot away and would lead the opening 6 laps with Tommy Conklin, Brian McDonald, Ryan Arbuthnot and Billy Dunn holding down the top 5 spots early on. Raabe had one of the fastest cars on the race track as he built up nearly a full straight away lead by lap 10. The first yellow of the night came out as Lance Willix spun on the backstretch. On the restart Raabe continued to be strong as always as he pulled away with the lead over McDonald, Conklin, Arbuthnot and Dunn. Despite a stellar 2014 season Raabe had gone winless this year at Mohawk and was poised to change that as he showed no signs of letting up with McDonald, Dunn, Arbuthnot and now Carey Terrance moving into the top 5 by lap 18. Raabe would enter into lapped traffic and this played out perfect for Dunn as he quickly got by McDonald for 2nd and slowly chipped away at Chris Raabe's big lead. On lap 37 Dunn would catch Raabe and take the top spot away in turn 1 with Raabe now 2nd. Brian McDonald, Carey Terrance and Ryan Arbuthnot completing the top 5. With Dunn now in the lead and in firm control on his 3rd straight track title, the focus shifted to the tight battled between O'Brien, Raabe and McDonald for the Frenchie's Series Crown. These 3 drivers would battle hard over the next 5 laps of the event with O'Brien moving to 3rd getting by McDonald which proved huge in the chase for the Frenchie's Series title. On lap 43 Carey Terrance came into contact with the 4th turn wall bringing out the final yellow. When the green flew Dunn drove away but Danny O'Brien was all over Raabe, trying to get by for 2nd with McDonald 4th and Ryan Arbuthnot rounding out the top 5. With all the battling behind him Billy Dunn would cruise on to record his 4th win of the season and in the process join Mike Perrotte and Ovide Doiron as the only drivers to win the 358 Modified title 3 straight years. Raabe came home 2nd with O'Brien taking 3rd and in the process wrap up his first ever Frenchie's Chevy Runs Deep 358 Modified championship. Ryan Arbuthnot and Brian McDonald rounded out the top 5 finishers.

The Sportsman division was looking to crown a track champion and also a champion in the Frenchie's Ford Go Further Sportsman Series. "The Enforcer" Mike Stacey took the lead at the start of the 35 lap event with Zach Arquiett, Wyatt Mullin, Joel Hargrave and Dylan Evoy making up the top 5 in the early going. Stacey had a strong car early and would lead the opening 5 laps as behind him Joel Hargrave would spin to the infield in turn 4 bringing out the first yellow of the race. On the next restart Brad Winters made contact with the wall on the front stretch bringing the yellow back out again. 1 lap later Eli Gilbert also had problems as he slowed in turn 3. Once yellow fever was out of the way the racing began to heat up and Dylan Evoy was on a mission on this night. Having a big deficit to make up in an effort for his 3rd track title, Evoy knew he had a shot at the Frenchie's Series and used that as motivation as he took the lead from Mike Stacey with Mike Maresca now in 3rd. Once in front Evoy was untouchable as he drove out to a big lead but Maresca had gotten by Stacey on lap 11 and was closing the gap as the race approached halfway. On lap 12 Brent Kelsey broke his front end on the front stretch bringing out another yellow flag. On the restart Evoy took the top spot but Maresca was fighting hard on the top side of the speedway in 2nd with Louie Jackson Jr., Mike and Zach Arquiett completed the top 5. Both Evoy and Maresca had the fastest cars on the track and quickly put major distance on the rest of the field as the laps wound down but that all changed as Greg Snyder lost a motor in turn 1 on lap 24 bringing out the caution. 4 laps later on lap 28 Thomas Cook lost a right rear tire and spun in turn 4 bringing out the final caution. On the final restart Dylan Evoy and Mike Maresca continued to lead the way with Jackson, Arquiett and Corey Wheeler who came from the consi to get into the top 5 with a few laps to go. Despite numerous challenges Dylan Evoy proved to be too strong as he claimed his 3rd win of the year and in the process claim his 4th straight Frenchie's Ford Go Further Sportsman series title. Maresca came home a hard fought 2nd with Jackson, Mike Arquiett and Corey Wheeler's 5th place finish secured him his 2nd straight Sportsman track championship.
 
In 2 weeks time Mohawk International Raceway will be back racing with a 2 day show kicking off Friday with the 358 Modified Super DirtCar Series plus the DirtCar Sportsman Series and the Go Nuclear Late Model Series.Saturday the Big Block Modified Super DirtCar Series takes center stage for a 100 lap event plus the TUSA Mod Lite Series and Go Nuclear Late Models Series. For information on start times for both days check us out online atmohawkinternationalraceway.com.
 
Frenchie's Chevy Runs Deep 358 Modified Series
BILLY DUNN, Chris Raabe, Danny O'Brien, Ryan Arbuthnot, Brian McDonald, Jordan McCreadie, Tom Conklin, John Mulder, Gage Morin, Charlie Rice, Pierre Dagenais, Matt Woodruff, Casey Swamp, Ryan Poole, David Papineau, Tommy Jock Jr., Carey Terrance, Chris Herbison, Lance Willix, Patrick Dupree, Dexter Stacey

Frenchie's Ford Go Further Sportsman Series
DYLAN EVOY, Mike Maresca, Louie Jackson Jr., Mike Arquiett, Corey Wheeler, Ryan Stabler, Brianna Ladouceur, Zach Arquiett, Wyatt Mullin, Bryan Green, Bruce Makinson, Joel Hargrave, Mike Stacey, Billy Cook, Adam Rozon, Shane Sterns, Ryan Helm, Scott McGill, Jasmine David, Eli Gilbert, Thomas Cook, Ricky Thompson, Darryl Nutting, Darryl Mitchell, Greg Snyder, Brent Kelsey, Brad Winters

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Johnson wins, captures first track title since 2003

Ransomville, NY – Friday, August 29th, 2014 –
Danny Johnson of Rochester, NY came into the night five points ahead of Erick Rudolph and nine points ahead of Ryan Susice for the 2014 title.  Performing open throttle surgery on a lap seventeen restart, the Doctor went from fourth to first using the extreme outside lane. Rudolph would advance to second on lap 32 only to find Johnson with a full five second lead. Rudolph was able to close the gap slightly but to no avail as Johnson collected the win and the title aboard his Traction Grabber sponsored #27j.  It was Johnson’s eighth track championship at the Big R – his last coming in 2003.  “Thanks to my family, crew, sponsors, and to everyone for coming out tonight, “ commented Johnson trackside.

Erick Rudolph finished in the runner up position aboard his Snyder Industries sponsored #25 and would also finish second in points.  Defending champion Pete Bicknell came home in the third position followed by Ryan Susice, and Ricky Richner. Richner led several laps early on.


James Michael Friesen won his fifth of the season in the Investor’s Services Sportsman division.  Friesen of St. Catharines, Ontario took the lead away from Greg Martin on lap twenty of the twenty-five lap main event aboard his Manchester Cable sponsored #52 and held it the remaining five circuits. “I have to thank my crew and sponsors for their help this season” commented Friesen. “Also congrats to the Martin team on winning the track title.”   Martin held on for second followed by Scott George, Nate Reynolds, and Boyd MacTavish.

Greg Martin of Wilson, NY won his first track title in the Investor’s Services Sportsman class.  Martin came into the event eleven points behind defending champion Jesse Cotriss with Friesen nineteen back of the lead.  While Friesen and Martin brought the field to the checkered with a one two finish, Cotriss suffered a flat tire just past half way sending him pitside.  Piloting his Atwal Eye Care / NYDKS sponsored #4, Martin did a donut in celebration before joining family, crew, and sponsors in a trackside celebration.

MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH  -- DANNY JOHNSON, Erick Rudolph, Pete Bicknell, Ryan Susice, Rick Richner, Chad Brachmann, Scott Kerwin, Tom Flannigan, Sam Crogan, Brett Clarke, Rick Hoctor, Russ Zimmerman, Randy Chrysler, Steve Schumacher, Jeff McGinnis, Dave Flannigan Jr., and Robbie Krull. Heat Winners –Jeff McGinnis and Ricky Richner.
 
SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – JAMES MICHAEL FRIESEN, Greg Martin, Scott George, Nate Reynolds, Boyd MacTavish, Justin Sharp, Kevin Wills, Derrick Borkenhagen, Allan Wills, Kenny Wills, Jeramie Josephite, Brett Martin, Jesse Cotriss, Jim Harbison, Mike Williams, Andy Smith, Sean Letts, James Henry, and Matt Farnhan.  Heat Winners – Brett Martin and Nate Reynolds.

NOVICE SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – DAN HESCHKE, Zack Sam, Mike Martin, Randy Chrysler Jr., Steve Lewis, Jim Stone, Roy Ace, James Sweeting, and Ken Washburn.  

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BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY PRESENTS THE ANNUAL COAL CRACKER 72 WEEKEND

MINERSVILLE, PA - August 29th, 2014

Bobby Emerich won the first ever Coal Cracker event back in 1979.  Back then it was a 50 lap event.  The most recent event run last season found Jeff Strunk in victory lane after 72 laps of exciting action.  In between a who's who of small block modified drivers have won the event, led by Duane Howard with 6 victories in the crown jewel event for the speedway.  With last years victory Strunk now has 4 wins in this event, followed by "Chargin" Charlie Eckert and Doug Hoffman with 3 wins each.  Kenny Brightbill, "Fast" Freddie Rahmer, Toby Tobias, Billy Pauch Sr., Paul Koch, and Billy Schinkel are just a few of the other legendary names that have tasted victory in this great event.  Who will win the 2014 version is anyone's guess.
 

Looking at drivers who have multiple wins at Big Diamond for their career but have yet to win the "big one", you would have to list "The Temple Tornado" Meme Desantis, Ray Swinehart, Billy Pauch Jr., and 2014 track champion Rich Laubach as potential victors this weekend.

Each year this event takes several exciting twists and turns during the evening, and this year is sure to be no different.  After attracting 41 cars for the "Prelude to the Coal Cracker" race two weeks back, event organizers Jake and Jasmine Smulley are expecting a very nice sized field for this event.  Past winners Howard, Strunk, Ryan Godown, Billy Pauch Sr., Keith Hoffman, and Doug Manmiller are expected to be in attendance, and there are rumors going around that a "Doctor" may visit Big Diamond on Sunday, and you can never count him out of any race he is in.

So plan to be there on Sunday, August 31st for the Jack Rich Memorial 72 paying $10,000 to win $500 just to take the green.

The weekend begins on Friday, August 29th, the USS Achey Sportsman take center stage with the running of their Coal Cracker 40 event.  This race will pay $1,600 to win and $150 to take the green flag as long as 26 cars show up to compete.  Both American Racer and Hoosier Tires will be allowed for this event, and a stellar field of Sportsman competitors is expected.  Drivers will draw for their heat starting position, and there will be a redraw for the feature event for those who qualify in a redraw position in their heat event.  Also on the racing card on this evening will be the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic DIRTcar 358 Modifieds competing in a non-winners race, along with Savage
61 Roadrunner in their final point event of the season, and the Enduro Dash cars.  For the Modifieds, the winner of the non-winners race will earn a guaranteed starting spot in Sunday's Jack Rich Memorial Coal Cracker 72 event.  To be eligible, you must have run or attempted to qualify for at least 5 feature events during the 2014 season without a victory.  American Racer and Hoosier Tires will be allowed for this event.  For the Savage 61 Roadrunners, it will be a feature only to decide the 2014 Big Diamond Speedway Roadrunner Champion.  With the field already set from Friday's heat race action, that feature line-up will be used and the Roadrunners will go 20 laps to decide who will take home the Championship.  The Enduro Dash cars will end the night with a 20 lap feature event.  The Late Model portion of Coal Cracker weekend has been cancelled.  Gates open at 5 PM, warm-ups are at 7:45 PM, and first heat hits the tracks at 8:15 PM.  Grandstand general admission will be $10.00, with active military (with ID) and kids 12 and under admitted free of charge.  Pit participation fees will be $30.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members.

Then on Sunday, August 31st it's the biggest race of the season at Big Diamond, the Jack Rich Memorial Coal Cracker 72 event paying $10,000 to win and $700 just to take the green flag.  Once again, a great field of cars is expected for this race.  American Racer or Hoosier tires will be permitted.  Drivers will draw for their heat starting spot and redraw for the feature if they finish in a redraw position in their heat race.  Twenty-six cars are slated to start the feature event.  Also on the card will be the Savage 61 Roadrunner in their Coal Cracker 25 event paying $300 to win, and a huge fireworks display.  Gates will open at 4 PM on Sunday, with warm-ups at 7:45 PM, and the first heat hitting the track at 8:15 PM.  Grandstand general admission on Sunday will be $25.00, with active military (with ID) and kids 12 and under admitted free of charge.  Pit participation fees will be $40.00 with no license required.  Car entry fee for the Coal Cracker 72 event is $40.00 for early entry and $60.00 the day of the race.  All 72 laps will be run under green flag conditions!

Wristband policy for those that attended last weeks racing event will be as follows.  Sportsman, Roadrunner, and Enduro pit wristbands can only be used for Friday evenings event.  Modified wrist bands can be used Friday or Sunday.  For the fans, grandstand wristbands can only be used for Sunday's show and pay the difference.  If you cannot attend the respective shows listed, please send the wristband to P.O. Box 671, Minersville, PA 17954 for a full refund.  Be sure to include a return address.

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$25,000 WAITS FOR WINNER OF THE 44TH ANNUAL FREEDOM 76 MODIFIED STOCK CAR RACING CLASSIC AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY ON SEPTEMBER 13

Friday, September 12, ARDC Midget and ROC Sportsman races added

BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 26, 2014 . . .
The Granddaddy of dirt track Modified stock car racing classics, the Freedom 76, is set for Saturday, September 13th at Grandview Speedway. $25,000 plus other perks wait for the winner of the 44th annual classic.

Added to the weekend of racing action for the first time is a Friday, September 12th, doubleheader show of ARDC Midgets and Race of Champions Sportsman stock cars. In addition Modified racers planning to race on Saturday will be invited to participate in practice sessions as part of the Friday night show.

Already indicating they will be trying for starting spots in the Freedom 76 are six time race winner Billy Pauch, modified standout Ryan Godown and rising star Billy Pauch Jr. Modified racing legend Danny Johnson, winner of the recent Forrest Rogers Memorial, has a guaranteed starting spot for the race.

Many area Modified racing standouts are expected to enter along with Grandview stars such as Craig VonDohren, Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard, Doug Manmiller, Meme DeSantis, Kevin Hirthler, Mike Gular, Kevin Hartnett, Jon Kellner and many others.

More than 70 racers were on hand to try for starting spots in the 2013 Freedom 76.

Entry forms can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com.

The Friday night show of Midgets, Sportsman stock cars and Modified practice will start at 7:30 p.m. and will have a $12 admission for adults, youngsters 6 through 12 pay $5 and under 6 are admitted free.

Action on Saturday will have warm-ups at about 6 p.m. with qualifying events for the Freedom 76 getting the green at 7 p.m. Also included in the night of racing will be the Schaffer Motorsports Minuteman 20, a Cash Dash featuring top performers and the Freedom 76 Classic. Adult admission is $35 while youngsters 6 thru 12 pay $10 and kids under 6 are admitted free.

Lap sponsorships are available at $20 a lap and can be purchased at the pit office, track office or by contacting Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797. Qualifying event sponsorships are priced at $250 and are available from Saxton also. More than half the laps are taken and just two event sponsorships remain.


Bobby Guther Walsh and his sponsors have posted a $300 award for the Hard Charger and T.P. Trailers has offered a $200 Hard Charger Award while qualifying events are sponsored, so far, by Stoudt Auto Sales of Reading, T.P.Trailers of Limerick, Dave’s Auto Service of Boyertown and Bill’s Printing of Trenton, NJ.

The final NASCAR point event of the season is set for Saturday, September 6th, 7:30 p.m., when the Green Lane Wm. Penn/Four Star Lettering Night is presented featuring the NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars.

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