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Press Release
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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. 
Opening the 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 Victory. 
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  1999.
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.
Grandview Speedway 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:
Grandview Speedway 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.