BECHTELSVILLE, PA With $20,000 and more on the line for the winner of the 40th Annual BPG Racing Freedom76, the grand-daddy of all the big money modified stock car racing events, the cream of the crop of area dirt track modified racers are expected to be on hand at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, September 18th when the green flag drops at 7 p.m.
Duane Howard, the Grandview Speedway track champion who is having a racing career in one season, is looking to win this classic for the fourth time. He is on his way to what could be a $100,000 plus season having already won a couple of championships and a couple of big money races.
Stewart Friesen, the Canadian racer with more than 20 wins this season, will be a teammate to Howard in Chad Sinon owned BPG Racing entries making for double barrel favorites.
However six time winner Billy Pauch who is expected to be there, having announced his intentions on the Racers Roundtable radio show a few weeks back, will be looking for win number seven. Dirt track legend Jimmy Horton has his sights set on a first time win. Craig VonDohren, a six time track champion and four time winner of the Freedom 76, will be looking to add to his impressive list of victories for the season.
Kenny Brightbill, the 1990 winner of the Freedom 76, will be driving his own #19 Modified in the classic.
Former Orange County Speedway champion David VanHorn will see action as will modified racing standout Keith Hoffman, Mike Gular, past Freedom 76 winners Ray Swinehart, Tom Mayberry and Terry Meitzler, Jason Hamilton, Billy Pauch Jr., Jon Kellner Sr., 2009 race winner Meme DeSantis and a long list of others.
A number of visitors, racers from other area speedways, are expected as some have entries in the mail and others will wait until race day to enter the modified racing classic.
Race fan Steve Sabo will enjoy his bachelor party in the BPG Racing sponsor booth as a result of his fiance Sandy Quintas writing a letter outlining why her future husband should get to use the booth. It was a first prize in a contest sponsored by BPG Racing.
A full series of qualifying events, including the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20, will lead up to the 40th annual BPG Racing Freedom 76. Heat winners and other top performers will have the opportunity to take part in the BFP Specialty Cash Dash which will reward the winner with $1,000.
During the day, starting at 11 a.m., the Line-X of Lehigh Valley Freedom FanFest, will take place and will include trivia questions for the kids, a dunk tank, autograph sessions, race cars on display and driver interviews. Johnny Rock-It will entertain fans at 2 p.m. Pete and Amy Knappenberger have put together the Freedom FanFest to raise funds for the Camelot House for Children in Allentown, PA.
Advance ticket holders will be admitted for the racing action at 3 p.m. while the ticket windows will open at 3:30 p.m. Adult admission is $30, youngsters 6 thru 11 pay $10 and under 6 are admitted FREE. Pit admission is $40 and there is no NASCAR license required.
A Saturday, September 25th rain date is in place for the Freedom 76. However if it is not needed an open competition modified and late model doubleheader will be presented starting at 7 p.m.
Grandview Speedway is located at 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA, just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For race information telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com