PA It may be early in the stock car racing season at
Grandview Speedway but the battle for the lucrative NASCAR point titles are
about as tight as they could be. And the points could tighten up even more as
NASCAR stock car racing will be the attraction at the Bechtelsville clay oval on
Saturday (May 3) with the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman
stockers featured in a tripleheader show of racing
Mike Gular, without a feature win to
his credit, sits on top of the NASCAR 358 Modified standings. Gular, who has not
been a champion at Grandview, is in front of nine time track champion Jeff
Strunk by just four points. Third is DIRT Hall of Famer Frank Cozze just 69
points behind followed by past champion Duane Howard. Less than 130 points
separate the top four.
Jared Umbenhauer, a two time defending
Sportsman champion, leads the standings in the Sportsman division by 111 points
over Brett Kressley. Umbenhauer has three straight feature wins headed into the
Saturday night action.
Randy Stoudt, winner of one feature
this season and 58 during his career at Grandview, heads up the Late Model
standings. He has an 11 point edge over six time champion Chuck Schutz. If
Stoudt can win this Saturday night he will become the all-time leading Late
Model career feature winner.
At least 12 events of stock car racing
will make up the Saturday night show featuring the 358 Modifieds, BRC Late
Models and Sportsman stock cars. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m., the new starting
time in place for the balance of the season, with spectator gates open at 5:30
p.m. As usual the a Low Down & Dirty Meet and Greet will feature a driver
and car from each division at the main gate at 5:30 pm and this week it will be
Jordan Umbenhauer, Jason Miller and Craig Whitmoyer.
Those fans of exciting short track
auto racing, those who have been around for a while, will probably remember back
years ago when American Racing Drivers Club midgets and United Racing Club (now
called company) raced in doubleheader Sunday night shows are nearby Grandview
Speedway and the Sunday night attraction is returning…..at least for four events
The one-third-mile, banked clay oval
was pretty much designed for midgets and sprints. It is a great track for that
type of racing action. And the Saturday night NASCAR stock car racing action
continues to offer some fan pleasing action.
Track owner Bruce Rogers has always
been a fan of the midgets. It was he and long time midget owner Ed Darrell, now
deceased, that formed a partnership to present the Sunday night doubleheaders
dozens of years back and it developed into quite a successful weekly
Fans formed fan clubs for the racers.
I can still remember a string band coming out one night to be part of the fun.
The racers supported the events. Young midget racer Steve Howard did backflips
on the main straightaway and that delighted fans. “The villain” Wayne Woodward
dumped a bucket of water on the announcer one night. That announcer just
happened to be this writer. There were handouts for the kids, coloring contests,
banner contests and more.
Bruce Rogers hopes to recreate that
kind of excitement as he brings the sprints and midgets back to Grandview
Speedway for what he is calling “Open Wheel Spectaculars”. This Sunday will be
the first of four such promotions.
The TSRS sprints, organized by
Feasterville, PA’s Joe Grandinetti, long a fixture in area motorsports, ran one
event at Grandview last season and presented quite an exciting night of racing.
More than 30 cars were on hand for last year’s race and there is no reason that
there will not be that many sprints returning for this night of open wheel
The ARDC midgets, celebrating their
75th year of competition, will race wingless. TSRS sprints will be the second
part of the show. A full series of qualifying events will be presented with a 25
lap feature topping the show for each division.
With it being a Sunday night show,
starting at 7:30 p.m., Rogers wants to present a fast paced show that is over
and done with at a reasonable hour and leaves the fans looking forward to the
next event. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. with a Meet & Greet featuring
two midget and two sprint car drivers.
Tickets are reasonably priced at $15
for adults while youngsters 6 through 11 pay just $3 and kids under 6 are
admitted FREE. Military personnel with proper ID are admitted free and there is
free parking available on the speedway grounds.
Grandview Speedway is a
one-third-mile, banked clay oval located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100,
in Bechtelsville, PA 10 miles north of
Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at