BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 7, 2009 . . . Veteran racer Danny Hieber may be biting off more than he can handle with the season he has planned for 2009. The Newtown, PA racer will be a regular in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Modifieds at Grandview Speedway on Saturday nights driving a modified stock car owned by NHRA Pro Stock drag racer Kenny Koretsky.
After being away from the sport for five years Hieber and Koretsky teamed up to field a car in competition at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway last season and they were pleased with the results.
“Overall I would give us a C for performance but a B-plus for effort,” said the 42 year old who manages Bucks County International Trucking in Langhorne. “The 2008 season was a fact finding mission and I think we are ready to be a factor in the racing at Grandview Speedway.”
Hieber also plans to race every Friday night at Big Diamond Raceway in Minersville, PA.
“This is going to be a full blown effort,” said the popular racer with a laugh. “At least as long as I don’t have a heart attack trying to make all this happen.”
One of the big challenges for Hieber and Kortetsky is finding “volunteers” to be part of their pit crews. It will take two different crews for the two nights of racing each weekend.
One guy that Danny is able to count on is his son Andrew who is the “official car washer.” He does not get to go to many of the racing events because of his heavy schedule as a star ice hockey player on the travel circuit that goes up and down the East coast. However Andrew will be able to squeeze in some race car washing and that is important.
He will be kicking off the season with some early season events at Selinsgrove, PA Speedway and Hagerstown, MD Speedway. After that all the efforts will be directed at winning races and earning points toward the championships at Grandview Speedway and Big Diamond Raceway.
Sponsorship for the season long effort will come from Nitro Fish Ultimate Gear, KPK Land Development, Superior Materials, Plaza Car Wash, Bucks County Kawasaki, Bucks County International and Scrappy’s Auto Repair.
Team owner Koretsky, though busy with his own drag racing efforts, made it to a few events last year and liked the way Danny handled himself. He is looking to make more events this season.
This weekend (March 13-15) Koretsky has his NHRA Pro Stock cars and motorcycles in competition in Gainesville, Florida. Koretsky, who was seriously injured in a racing accident a couple seasons back, will not be driving but will be there to make sure his teams have what they need.
Hieber thinks Grandview Speedway, kicking off their season with a free-to-the-public practice session on Saturday, March 28th, will have a strong season.
“I really think local short track racing will continue to rebound in popularity,” said Hieber. “I think people are tired of the Sprint Cup racing with late starts and not much action. Fans are turning back to the excitement of local short track racing, cheap tickets, and that is going to be good for Grandview and other short tracks. It is going to be a great season.”
Grandview Speedway will present NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models each Saturday night along with a variety of special attractions throughout the 2009 season. A full schedule can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com including eight Sunday events of NEETS Enduro competition and six Thunder on the Hill specials.
The first official event of the season happens on Saturday, April 4, 7 p.m. featuring the NASCAR Modifieds in a 40-lap championship event along with a full show of late model stock car racing. The doubleheader show will kick off the 47th consecutive season at the track.
The one-third-mile, banked clay speedway is located on Passmore Road, just a short distance from Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688.