WITH THE POINTS RACE OVER, ATTENTION TURNS TO RICH T.H.PROPERTIES FREEDOM 76 PAYING $20,000 TO WIN AT GRANDVIEW BRING OUT THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE FOR SEPT. 11Grandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA SEPTEMBER 5, 2004 . . . The championship chases are over and all attention now centers on the rich T.H.Properties Freedom 76 Modified Classic, the 34th annual, which will reward the winner with $20,000 or more. The race takes place on Saturday, September 11th at 7 p.m. Pre-race festivities get started at 3 p.m. and include race car displays, autograph opportunities and driver interviews. Fans are asked to bring out their red, white and blue (dress in those colors or bring an American flag) as the race is being presented on a day that brings back memories of horrible attacks by terrorists (perhaps better name cowards) on New York, the Pentagon and West Pennsylvania.
Jeff Strunk won his fourth NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified Championship, his second in a row for car owner Chad Sinon, a successful Blue Bell, PA businessman. And Strunk, coming off a strong season that included five feature wins, has to be rated as a strong favorite to win his second straight T.H.Properties Freedom 76.
More than 80 modified racers are expected to try for a starting spot in the classic and many former winners will be there including Donny Erb, Craig VonDohren, Tom Mayberry, Smokey Warren, Meme DeSantis, and Jeff Strunk. Dirt track stock car ace Billy Pauch has won the most with six previous wins. Duane Howard, another standout on the local dirt track ovals, is a two time winner. Other popular modified racing talents that have been to victory lane in the T.H.Properties Freedom 76 include Kenny Brightbill and Doug Hoffman.
In an informal survey many racers have picked Strunk as a favorite to win. And there are a large number who have selected five time track champion Craig VonDohren as a favorite to win the lucrative event. Others who have been picked as possible winners are Jon Kellner, Sr., winner of the rich Stauffer Construction Forrest Rogers Memorial earlier in the season, and Meme DeSantis, always a popular racer at Grandview Speedway. Of course the opportunity for victory is open to any of the competitors that show up on Saturday, September 11th and have a lot of luck on the their side.
It is expected that several “outsiders”, racers who do not regularly compete at the one-third-mile, clay banked oval, will be on hand to try for the $20,000 first place money.
Adult admission for the race is $25.00 with youngsters 6 through 11 admitted for just $7.00. Kids under 6 are admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying adult. Advance tickets are on sale at the track each race night leading up to the date of the event.
A full slate of qualifying events will lead up to the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20 (last chance to make the big race) and finally the T.H.Properties Freedom 76. In addition there will be a rich Cash Dash sponsored by Cheers Tavern.
Kochel Motorsports has posted $200 (Cash) for the First Alternate (the racer who comes closest to making the big race but falls short by one spot) and there is the Joey Adams Helmet Graphics Award (valued at more than $200) along with a custom created Freedom 76 championship ring valued at more than $1000. Area Auto Racing News is giving gift subscriptions to those non qualifiers who take part in the Minuteman 20. More than $500 in lap sponsorship money has also been posted for the 76-lap classic.
There are opportunities for additional lap sponsorships at $10.00 per lap with that money going to the leader of the lap being sponsored. For details telephone Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797 or 215.752.2392.
A special Freedom 76 Souvenir Track Magazine, more than 50 pages with loads of color photos, will be available. The book, always a sellout, will include stories on the track champions, season statistics, a history of the Freedom 76 plus much more. The book will be available for just $5.00 at the track. Those who want to get a copy through