BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 17, 2009 . . . It has been more than 20 years since Tom Mayberry won a BPG Racing Freedom 76. On Saturday (September 19th) he will be trying for his second win in the 76-lap Modified stock car racing classic that rewards the winner with more than $20,000 at Grandview Speedway.
The veteran driver, winner of more than two dozen feature races on the one-third-mile, banked clay track, will team up with long time car owner Mike DiNatale in an effort to put the Lincoln Technical Institute sponsored entry in victory lane.
Mayberry, who has not run in the BPG Racing Freedom 76 for a few years, will come up against some tough competition as he tries for his first Freedom 76 win since 1986. Multi-time track champions Jeff Strunk and Craig VonDohren have been tabbed as favorites by many while past winners such as Duane Howard, Ray Swinehart, Meme DeSantis, and Kenny Brightbill will be looking to add another win. Ryan Godown, winner of the Forrest Rogers Memorial and Coalcracker 100, each paying $10,000 to win, will be looking to win his third big dollar event of the season.
Modified racing legend Jimmy Horton will be trying to make the race as will New York Modified racing star Stewart Friesen, Orange County Speedway standout David VanHorn along with a host of other top talents.
The Saturday show will include a full series of qualifying heat races, the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20 (earning the winner a spot in the Freedom 76 and a set of Penske Shocks), the BFP Specialty/Pioneer Pole Buildings Cash Dash paying $1,000 to win followed by the BPG Racing Freedom 76.
Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the fun filled LineX of Lehigh Valley Freedom Fest starting at 1 p.m. Included will be a dunk tank, photo and autograph sessions, driver interviews, race car display and the opportunity to decorate the Troy Wink race car.
The tire changing competition has been removed from the list of activities due to a scheduling conflict. Freedom Fest activities continue until 4 p.m. with all proceeds going to the Camelot House of Allentown, PA.
The new BPG Racing Freedom 76 t-shirts and special Freedom 76 program/yearbook will be available. Adult admission for the Freedom 76 is $25, youngsters 6 thru 11 will pay $10 and under 6 will be admitted FREE. Pit passes are priced at $40. Pit gates open at 10 a.m. Advance and season ticket holders will be admitted at 3 p.m. Ticket windows open at 3:30 p.m. The rain date is set for October 3.
The next event on the schedule at Grandview Speedway is a NEETS Enduro set for Sunday, September 27th at 2:30 p.m. Grandview Speedway is 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 www.grandviewspeedway.com.