2005 SCHEDULE IN THE WORKS, GUARD RAIL BEING CONSIDERED AND MORE AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAYGrandview PR
The new season will kick off with a free-to-the-public practice session on Saturday, March 26th. The annual practice session, which allows race teams to test and tune their racing equipment before the season gets started, will start at 12 noon.
The chase for the lucrative NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series point fund will get started on Saturday, April 2nd, 6 p.m. with a doubleheader show of Modifieds and Late Models. Again in 2005 Grandview Speedway will be part of the NASCAR New England Region of speedways chasing the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series point money which totals more than $1.5 million. The season opener will be sponsored by Susquehanna Patriot Bank for the third year in a row.
Weekly Saturday night racing at the one-third-mile, banked clay (new clay is in place) track will again feature primarily the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modifieds and Late Models.
There are no major rule changes being planned for the 2005 season. However there will be some procedural changes that will address race cars stopping on the track and bringing out intentional cautions. “We want to speed up the shows. There is no reason why we can not have a show completed within three hours. That means fans can be out the gate at about 10:30 p.m. on a Saturday night and headed off to doing other things. That will be our goal. Our new procedures will address any intentional delays,” said Rogers.
There is also consideration being given to installing a “test section” of guard rail in the fourth turn. “We think that is where most of the problems are. A lot of racers choose to race up on the edge of the infield in the fourth turn and this will put a stop to that. And if the “test section” works well we will consider installing guard rail in other parts of the track,” commented the long time track operator. “Again this will help speed up the shows. There will be less delays because of accidents.”
Rogers is also looking at “possibly” making a change in regards to the Late Model racers. Consideration is being given to the use of a four barrel carburetor for the secondary division of competition. However there will be no aluminum wheels allowed.
“We are considering the carburetor change. However we want to be sure this is the right decision. We don?t want to be making changes that create financial hardships for the teams. The decision has to be based on what is good for all the teams. And keeping finances in mind we will stick with our policy of not allowing aluminum wheels,” said Rogers.
When completed the full schedule will be posted at www.grandviewspeedway.com and released to all the media outlets.
Admission prices for adults attending regular Saturday night stock car events will be $12.00 (same as last season) and $5 for youngsters 6 thru 11. Under 6 are admitted FREE with accompanied by a paying adult. Group rates are available.
Season tickets are currently available, $275 for the entire season of Saturday night stock car racing events, by telephoning 610.754.7688.
Race team sponsors are also being offered the opportunity to take advantage of discount advertising in the track magazine (Grandview Groove), sponsorship of events and billboard advertising. Information on all marketing opportunities is available from Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. at 215.752.7797 or email