BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 31, 2005 . . . Young Sean Merkel could be the next Jeff Gordon or Tony Stewart. Just as those two NASCAR Nextel Cup champions had done Merkel kicked off his career in quarter midget racing at the tender age of seven and except for a couple early teenager years he has been growing his auto racing career.
 At just 19 Merkel has already won NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified stock car feature races at the very competitive Grandview Speedway and at Big Diamond Raceway. He is hoping to visit victory lane at Grandview often this season.
 ?I don?t like to make predictions because often times things just don?t work out the way you plan them to,? said the Gilbertsville, PA youngster. ?I am not predicting that we are going to win a lot of races or win a championship. I do think we can win and we can make the championship race interesting.?
 Merkel feels that Grandview Speedway is a very difficult track. There is tough competition there. He has been going to the Berks County clay oval since he was five years old and his Mom took him to the races to watch. Since he turned seven and started racing quarter midgets he has wanted to race at Grandview Speedway.
 ?I was happy to be able to race here and race against such great modified racers as  Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren, Kerry Kratz, Jon Kellner and so many others. But it was a dream come true when I was able to win a Modified feature and beat many of them. To have it happen so early in my career was unbelievable,? said the young racer. ?And to win at Grandview and then follow it up with another win at Big Diamond that was just amazing.?
 This season Merkel plans to make Grandview Speedway his home track on Saturday nights. In fact he is even looking into purchasing a late model stock car and running in some of the Saturday night late model events. Merkel?s goal is to go as far as he can in dirt track racing whether it be in a modified or a late model stock car.
 Sponsorship support for the Merkel NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified team comes from Pheasantland Roller Rink, Jr & Janice Schell, Barry Whitman, Agliano Bros. Trucking and Gouldey?s Butcher Shop & Farm (Pipersville, PA).
 Saturday night(April 9) Merkel will go up against some of the top dirt track racing talents in the area as he chases a feature win at Grandview Speedway in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified division of stock car racing competition.
 At least 13 events of stock car racing make up the Saturday night show at the Bechtelsville clay oval. Topping the program is a 30 lap feature that starts 29 cars for the Modifieds and a 20-lap feature for the late models with 26 cars going to the starting line.
 The first of five events to be carried, tape delayed, on RCN4 cable television, is set for Saturday, April 16th.
 Stock car racing continues each Saturday night throughout the 2005 season continuing through September. Several special midweek Thunder on the Hill events are also planned. A complete schedule of events can be had by visiting and during the visit fans are invited to sign up for the FAN NEWS.
 Fans are also invited to send a self addressed stamped #10 business envelope to Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. at 1448 Hollywood Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047 to receive a post card size schedule of all events at Grandview Speedway.
 The one-third-mile, banked clay oval is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, ten miles north of Pottstown. For race information telephone 610.754.7688.