NOAH?S ARK TYPE RAIN WASHES OUT OPENING DAY AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SUSQUEHANNA PATRIOT BANK NIGHT RESCHEDULED FOR SAT. APRIL 9THGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 2, 2005 . . . Rain, the kind that forced Noah to build an Ark and load his animals two by two, forced Grandview Speedway promoter Bruce Rogers to ?throw in the towel? early on Saturday morning, postponing the season opener.
Susquehanna Patriot Bank Night will take place on Saturday, April 9th, 7 p.m. with a 40-lap championship event for NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series stock cars again scheduled to top the program. In addition there will be a full series of qualifying events for the NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models along with a 20-lap feature for the Late Models.
?It was disappointing to have to postpone the opener. We had a huge turnout of race cars for our practice on Friday night. The racers were excited about getting the season started,? said Rogers. ?We are anticipating an exciting season of racing and I think the practice night excitement will carry over for the new season opener on Saturday (April 9th.?
More than 75 race cars were at the Berks County clay oval on Friday night for a four practice session that gave the hundreds of spectators (admitted free for the night?s action) a chance to see the new racing equipment in action.
?Some of the veterans were getting around very quickly. Terry Meitzler, a former champion, in a new ride (Rychlik Trucking #712) looked very fast as did Doug Manmiller (American Dental Service #00) along with Jon Kellner Sr. (Hutt?s Glass #85am), Sean Merkel (Pheasantland Roller Rink #118),Cliff Quinn (Channel 69 News #69), Kerry Kratz (Spunktown Tavern #87), Mike Gular (THProperties #53) and defending track champion Jeff Strunk (BPG Racing/Chad Sinon Motorsports #88),?said track public realtions director, Ernie Saxton. ?Judging from what we saw on Friday night and what we anticipate from those who were not here, this is going to be a very competitive season. Saturday?s season opener is going to be a very exciting night of racing and will give fans just a hint of what to expect all season here at Grandview Speedway.?
Late models were well represented by Ron Kline, Mike Kellner, four time champion Dean Stoudt, two time champion Lou Egrie, Bill Henning and a host of others.
NASCAR sanctioned stock car racing will continue on Saturday nights at 7 p.m. throughout the month of April and then switch to the regular 7:30 p.m. starting time.
NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information on race events telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com. Fans are invited to sign up for the Grandview Speedway FAN NEWS at the website.