VON DOHREN GOING FOR NINTH FORREST ROGERS MEMORIAL WIN SATURDAY AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY BUT THERE IS PLENTY OF COMPETITION STANDING IN THE WAYGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 7, 2019 . . . When the 49th annual Forrest Rogers Memorial NASCAR 358 Modified race is presented at Grandview Speedway this Saturday, August 10, ten time NASCAR track champion Craig Von Dohren will be a big favorite to win. The Oley, PA racer, a winner of more than 100 feature races at Grandview, is looking to win his ninth Rogers Memorial. His first win goes back to 1986.
With $10,000 up for grabs for the winner, the competition for the coveted classic win will be keen to say the least.
Last year Ray Swinehart, one of the oldest competitors, took the win. Saturday night he will be looking for his fifth win.
Another ten time track champion, Jeff Strunk, will be looking to win his third Rogers Classic. Duane Howard, locked in a battle for the T.P.Trailers NASCAR track title, is looking for a third win. Veteran racer Meme DeSantis is a two-time winner as is Billy Pauch. Green Lane, PA’s Kevin Hirthler has won once.
And if you go way back in the record books you will find that Freddie Rahmer, who finished his career as one of the nation’s top Sprint car racers, won four Forrest Rogers Memorials before moving on to the Sprints.
There are a number of Saturday night Modified racers that have what it takes to win the Classic including Doug Manmiller, Brett Kressley, Hall of Famer Frank Cozze, Rick Laubach, Tim Buckwalter, Jared Umbenhauer and others. And who knows there just might be a visitor come in and steal it all away from the regulars. It has happened before with Danny Johnson and Ryan Godown claiming the big check.
So Saturday night at Grandview Speedway the action will be super exciting as more than 40 Modified racers are expected to be on hand to try to take home the $10,000 first place money.
And the always exciting T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman will be in action with the racing producing a new feature winner just about every Saturday night.
Free backpacks, just in time for school openings, courtesy of Craig Whitmoyer and Snyder Web Design, will be given away at the Rogers Memorial. Kids must pick up their free tickets Saturday night at the main entrance, right on up until heat races are completed, with five boys and five girls having their lucky tickets drawn at intermission to win the backpacks.
In addition to the backpacks school kits and activity books, all part of the KIDS DRIVE NASCAR KIT, will be given away at the main gate while supplies last.
Racing gets the green at 7:30 p.m. with the first of the qualifying events leading up to the feature races. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is $25 while youngsters 6 thru 11 pay just $5 and those under 6 are admitted free. Pit admission is $30. The weekly Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet giving fans a chance to see race cars up close and meet some of the drivers takes place near the main gate starting at 5 p.m. This Saturday fans will meet Modified standout Kevin Hirthler along with his Sportsman driver brother Brian Hirthler and B.J. Joly.