45TH SEASON OF STOCK CAR RACING KICKS OFF AT GRANDVIEW ON APRIL 7THGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA MARCH 31, 2007 . . . Spring is here and with spring comes auto racing. The 45th consecutive season of stock car racing will officially get the green flag on Saturday, April 7th at 7 p.m. Featured in the opening night program of stock racing excitement will be the NASCAR Whelen All American Modifieds and Late Model stock cars with at least 13 events of racing planned.
An impressive array of stock car racing talents are expected to be part of the season opener which will be topped off by a 40-lap feature race starting 29 cars in the Modified division. In the Late Models there will be 24 cars in the 20-lap feature that tops the program.
RCN4 cable television will be on hand to tape the Saturday night action for later showing.
Six-time NASCAR Modified champion Craig VonDohren will kick off defense of his 2006 title in the Modified division. VonDohren will have his hands full as he goes after the rich opening night win. Five time track champion Jeff Strunk will be starting his season with an appearance at Grandview as will Duane Howard, who won the opener last season, will unveil his new Maverick?s Motorcycle Club owned Modified.
Other competition for these three standout performers will come from past champions Terry Meitzler and Ray Swinehart along with such talented racers as Mike Gular, Sean Merkel, Jon Kellner Jr., Danny and Donny Erb, Doug Manmiller, Shawn Reimert, Kevin Hirthler, Ryan Watt, Kerry Kratz and a long list of others.
In the Late Model division Chuck Schutz will be looking to add another big win to his resume which already includes three track titles. The Late Models continue to put on some impressive shows and the Saturday night opener looks to be no different as past champion Ron Kline and last season?s multi feature winner Randy Stoudt challenge Schutz for the opening night win. Dean Schaeffer, Mike Kellner, Kyle Merkel, Mark Malcolm, Buddy Wharton and a host of others will also be looking for an opening night win.
?We had a very impressive field of cars turn out for the Saturday practice session and there was a large fan turnout on a somewhat chilly day,? said promoter Bruce Rogers. ?I think that is an indication that this will be a strong season for Saturday night stock car racing here at Grandview Speedway.?
NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models will be the featured attraction in all Saturday night events during the month of April with all shows starting at 7 p.m.
Cornerstone Auto Sales of Fleetwood, PA will sponsor the ?Hard Charger? award in each division with the driver advancing the most positions in the feature, from official starting position to official finishing position, getting a $50 bonus. Again in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Modifieds heat winners will earn $50.
The season opener will also be the unveiling of a new handicapping and provisional system that is sure to add excitement to the night of motorsports entertainment.
Fans are invited to visit with the racers in the competition area after the races are completed to get an upclose look at the racecars, collect autographs, take photos and collect souvenirs that are given away by several of the race teams.
The season opener will also be an opportunity for fans to get information on those money saving season passes that are available. Each season pass includes a reserved seat for every Saturday night event during the 2007 season.
Many of the drivers will be going through the grandstands during intermission to take up a collection of veteran Modified stock car racer Smokey Warren who is battling brain cancer and is without health insurance.
Grandview Speedway will present NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models as the regular Saturday night show for most of the 2007 season with the Late Models being replaced for just a couple of shows.