BECHTELSVILLE, PA It is called “The Granddaddy” of major short track dirt modified racing events. It is one of the oldest of the big money short track dirt racing events.
The 39th annual BPG Racing Freedom 76, offering $20,000 plus to the winner, attracts many of the best dirt track modified stock car racing talents in the tri-state area. More than 70 entries are expected to be at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, September 12th, to try for a starting spot in the dirt track racing classic.
Guaranteed starters for the 76-lap race included 2008 winner Craig VonDohren, 2009 NASCAR Modified champion Jeff Strunk, Forrest Rogers Memorial winner Ryan Godown and Thunder Series Big Block Modified winner Brett Hearn.
In addition those who have won the race during the past 25 years and are still active drivers are listed as provisional starters for the event. Included are Kenny Brightbill, Meme DeSantis, Doug Hoffman, Billy Pauch, Duane Howard, Tom Mayberry and Ray Swinehart.
New York modified racing star Danny Johnson will be trying for a spot in the 76 lap race as will many other top talents including Terry Meitzler, Mike Gular, Jason Hamilton, Kerry Kratz, Jon Kellner Sr., Brad Missimer and others. Of course there are lots of rumors about other racers that may be planning to test their skills and try to qualify for the classic.
A full series of qualifying events will give top performers starting spots in the BPG Racing Freedom 76. The Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20 will offer final opportunities to qualify plus the winner receives a set of Penske Shocks. The BFP Specialty/Pioneer Pole Buildings Cash Dash, featuring heat winners, will pay $1,000 to win.
More than $1,000 in lap money has been posted by a variety of supporters and several businesses are sponsoring qualifying events.
Excitement starts early in the day as pit gates open early in the morning for competitors to have their cars go through technical inspection. Fans will have things to do starting at 1 p.m. when the LineX Freedom Fest takes place featuring a dunk tank with several drivers taking part, race car displays, autograph and photo opportunities, tire changing contest, driver interviews and more. All proceeds will go to the Camelot House in Allentown, PA.
The new and colorful BPG Racing Freedom 76 t-shirts will be available along with the special edition Grandview Groove Freedom 76 track magazine.
Ms. Motorsports, Alyssa Sharman, will be making an appearance and will be giving fans $2 discount coupons for the Motorsports 2010 presented by StreetBlaze 100 show set for January 29-31 in Oaks, PA.
Fans with advance tickets will be admitted at 3 p.m. while the ticket windows will open at 3:30 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m. Adult admission is $25, youngsters 6 thru 11 pay $10 and under six are admitted FREE. Pit passes will cost $40.
The rain date is Saturday, September 19th. However if the rain date is not needed a Wings and Things Open Competition show will be presented for the Modifieds and Late Model stock cars and sponsored by 3 Starz Inc. Landscaping. The SpeedSTRS will also be featured. This will be the final regular Saturday night show of the season. Racing starts at 7 p.m. and adult admission tickets are priced at $15.
Grandview Speedway is located at 43 Passmore Road in Bechtelsville, PA, just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com