BECHTELSVILLE, PA Practice day is over. A huge turnout of racers and fans made for a very successful practice day last Saturday with Ma Nature lending a hand with great weather conditions. The racers have had their final opportunity to test their new equipment. It is time for the new auto racing season to begin.
The lucrative point battles get started at Grandview Speedway on Saturday (April 6th) as the season opening events for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars gets the green flag at 7 p.m. The first 250 paying adults through the main gate will receive a free Grandview Speedway water bottle.
Modified defending champion Duane Howard will headline the action with the NASCAR Modifieds as he goes after his sixth track title. Nine time champion Jeff Strunk and six time champion Craig VonDohren will be giving Howard plenty of competition as they chase the NASCAR title and the track title, each offers separate point fund money for the competitors. Howard and VonDohren have both been to victory lane in early season events are other tracks.
Doug Manmiller made the point battle interesting in the Modifieds in 2012 and settled for second. He is looking to move up to first. Newcomer Frank Cozze, a legend in the sport, will be testing his talents at Grandview and midget racing standout Tim Buckwalter has decided to make his Saturday home at Grandview Speedway in a Modified stock car.
Jared Umbenhauer, fresh from an early season win at another area track, will be looking to kick off the season with a win in the Sportsman main event as he chases his second title.
And Chuck Schutz, Mr. Late Model at Grandview, will start defense of his championship and start his efforts to win a seventh title.
A full series of qualifying events will be presented in all divisions of competition with a 30-lap feature for the Modifieds topping their action. The Sportsman will present a 25 lap feature and new this year the Late Models will race in a 25 lap feature.
Adult admission for the opening night action will be $15 while youngsters 12 and under will be admitted FREE. Those entering the pits will be required to have a NASCAR license and pit admission will be $30. There is always free parking on the grounds of Grandview Speedway.
Coming up on Saturday, April 13th will be Twin-35 lap features for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds with the winners walking off with $3250 provided they have TP Trailers decals clearly visible on both sides of the race car. No decals means the first place money will be $3,000. Also included in the show will be the Late Models and Sportsman racers.
Beautiful trophies will be presented to each feature winner on this night courtesy of Bux-Mont Awards located both in Lansdale and Sellersville.
Grandview Speedway, one of the most successful weekly short track operations in the nation, is located at 43 Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown.
For race information check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com
or telephone 610.754.7688.