Grandview Speedway, the one-third mile high banked clay oval located in
Bechtelsville, PA will present their fifty-second season of auto racing in
2014, and part of this big season of racing will be the celebration of the NAPA
Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series twenty-fifth Anniversary.
Grandview Speedway will open their season with a free-to-the public
practice and shakedown set for Saturday, March 29th getting underway at 12 noon and admission for
spectators is free. The first race of the season at Grandview is set for
Saturday night, April 5 and will include the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models
and Sportsman in a three division race card. Just a reminder, all Saturday
night racing events in April will start at 7 PM with the track moving to a 7:30
PM starting time in May.
Thunder Series season will be the LUCKY 7, a feature only format to include
seven twenty-five lap features in one night of racing all set for Sunday
night, May 25 at 7:30 PM. On the program will be the 358 Modifieds in two
feature events, the URC Sprints in a pair of features joined by the ARDC
Midgets, Sportsman and Legend Cars each competing in their own 25 lap main
event. The 358 Modifieds and the URC Sprint features are make-up events from
the October 2013 rain out. All this great racing will be presented for an
adult general admission of $20, discounted from the regular $25 ticket price.
With a minimum of twenty- cars starting each feature, more than one-hundred race
cars will take part in the Lucky 7 features only program. In the event of
rain, Monday, May 26 will be the rain date and carry a 6 PM starting time. Some
additional fan fun activities are being planned and will be announced shortly.
The Thunder Series
will also present the 8th Annual Amsoil USAC
Non-Wing Sprint Cars in the Eastern Storm. The Thunder Series and Grandview
Speedway were the leaders in bringing USAC back east and the Eastern Storm
Series continues to grow with the action-packed show. Tuesday night, June 3 is
the night the Eastern Storm returns to the hill and the Modern Day Cowboy, Daron
Clayton will be returning in 2014 after his “on the edge wall banging” victory
ride in 2013. $6,000 will go to the winner of the 40 lap Jesse Hockett Classic
event and sharing this card will be the non-wing ARDC Midgets. Race time is
set for 7:30 PM.
Always a fan
favorite event at Grandview is the return of the 410 sprints, after all, it was
the 410 sprints that brought a start to Thunder on the Hill in August of 1990.
Tuesday night, July 1 the Pennsylvania Posse 410 Sprints challenge the “hill”
in the Annual Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week Series joined by the ROC
Modifieds. Race time is set for 7:30 PM and four time defending Thunder Series
Sprint Champion Greg Hodnett is anxious to chase down another Thunder
On Tuesday night,
July 30 the 410 Sprints will be on the program, this time joining the 17th Annual Traffic JAM for Modifieds sanctioned by
ROC. The Traffic Jam is rich in history with some of the all-time greats in
modified racing winning this event. In 2013, Duane Howard won his first
Traffic Jam with Danny Johnson taking the victory in 2012. Other winners
include Jeff Strunk 2011, Craig VonDohren 2010, Brett Hearn 1998, 2002, 2007,
2009 , Billy Decker 2003, 2008, Alan Johnson 2006, Tim Fuller 2005, Tim
McCreadie 2001, 2004, Frank Cozze 2000 and Jimmy Horton taking the win in
The Thunder season
finale will take place on Saturday night, October 18 with the House of Thunder
Halloween Party and Grandview Thunder 5-25’s joined by the Blast from the Past
Vintage cars and the Monster Smash Demolition Derby all getting underway at 6
PM. In the event of rain, Sunday, October 19 will be the rain date and carry a
4 PM starting time.
The one lap track
records are also on the line in 2014. In a 410 sprint, Jeff Shepard driving
the ZEMCO sprinter turned the one-third mile with a time of 11.443 established
on May 21, 2008. For the USAC Non-Wing sprint cars Kevin Thomas has quick time
of 13.360 set on June 5, 2012 and in the Modifieds, Billy Decker holds the one
lap quick time of 14.349 set on July 16, 2008.
In the twenty-four
previous seasons of Thunder on the Hill, one-hundred and nine events were
presented paying out in excess of $3,658,950 in prize money. NAPA Auto Parts
will be returning as the series sponsors joined by GALCO Business Communications
and Lee Myles Transmission all part of a big season long 25th Anniversary celebration. The Thunder on the Hill
Racing Series is a co-promotion between Grandview Speedway track owner Bruce
Rogers and special events promoter Bob Miller.
season passes, that include admission to all Saturday night racing events (April
through September) are now on sale for $350. You season pass may be purchased
at the March 29th Practice Day or, you may send a
check payable to Grandview Speedway for the amount of $350. Please be sure to
include a self-addressed and stamped envelope and provide your name, address and
telephone number, clearly written. Mail your payment to: Grandview Speedway
87 Wild Road Bechtelsville, PA 19505. Please check out the complete
Grandview Speedway 2014 Schedule of Events at: www.grandviewspeedway.com.
is located on Passmore Road just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, just ten
mile north of Pottstown, PA Additional information on Grandview Speedway is
available by calling 610-754-7688. The successful Berks County speedway is
operated by Bruce Rogers and family.