FREE TO PUBLIC PRACTICE RESET FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 1ST 43RD SEASON OF STOCK CAR RACING OPENS ON SATURDAY, APRIL 2ND


BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 25, 2005 . . . A free-to-the-public practice session is scheduled at Grandview Speedway on Friday, April 1st (that is no April Fool?s joke) starting at 6 p.m. And just about 24 hours later the 43rd season of stock car racing will get the green flag at the Berks County oval.
 Rain and cold conditions wiped out the scheduled practice on Saturday, March 26th forcing promoter to reschedule the important ?test and tune? session. ?We have some new racers, a lot of new race cars, new clay on the track and other changes that make it very important that we give the racers a chance to practice,? said promoter Bruce Rogers. ?We think the practice will be a big help in making sure opening night goes off smoothly.?
 Opening night, Susquehanna Patriot Bank Night, is set for Saturday, April 2nd at 7 p.m. At least 13 events of stock car racing will be presented as the 43rd season of stock car racing gets underway. A 40-lap feature for NASCAR Modifieds, part of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series, will be presented with 29 racers taking part. And a 20-lap feature, with 26 starters, will top the Late Model program.
 New this year will be the Jeff D?Ambrosio Dodge pace vehicle, a  Dodge Ram 2500 SLT Quad Cab 4×4 truck, that will be leading the field for all events.
 Four time track champion Jeff Strunk will be trying for his fifth title and his fourth in a row as driver of the Chad Sinon owned BPG Racing Teo Modified. Reports are that this will be the final year for Strunk and Sinon as a team and they have tabbed this as their FAREWELL TOUR.
 Trying to keep Strunk from winning the title will be such standouts as multi time track champion Craig VonDohren;  former champions Ray Swinehart, Tom Mayberry and Terry Meitzler, along with Jon Kellner Sr., Doug Manmiller, Sean Merkel, Shawn Reimert, Mike Gular and a host of others.
 Chuck Schutz, a two time Late Model champion and the defending titleholder, will not be back to defend his championship. He is expected to run a few events on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval but will spend most of his season traveling.
 With Schutz out of the picture there are several other top talents ready to step up to the championship including two time champion Lou Egrie, multi time champion Dean Stoudt, talented brothers Brian and Chris Shuey, Jon Kellner, Jr.,  Ron Kline, Junior Grebe and others.
 Again this season D&S Archery (Barto, PA) and Rossi Welding (Reading, PA) will post a $1000 cash bonus to the driver able to win the most NASCAR Modified qualifying events during the season.
 Grandview Speedway will continue to present Saturday night shows of NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models starting at 7 p.m. throughout the month of April. In May the starting time will switch to the standard 7:30 p.m. starting time.
 Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For race information check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com (sign up for the email FAN NEWS) or telephone 610.754.7688.