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Napa Auto Parts Returns as Thunder Series Sponsor, Hvac Distributors Joins as Race Sponsor for Pa 410 Sprint Speed Week Series at Grandview Tuesday, June 27
For thirty-one of the past thirty-three years, NAPA Auto Parts was the lead sponsor of the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series, and their flags will proudly wave again when this highly unique and successful series returns to the Grandview Speedway in 2023. The continuation of this partnership comes down to taking care of your sponsors and ensuring they are getting the maximum exposure and customer contacts. We were thrilled to hear from NAPA Representative John Hanlon that NAPA was returning for still another season of Thunder on the Hill events at Grandview Speedway.
NAPA Auto Parts and NAPA Auto Care Centers have a strong representation in our area with locations in Amber, Collegeville Auto Parts, Downingtown, Gilbertsville Auto Supply, Glenside, Frazer, Horsham, Kutztown, Lansdale, Norristown, Pottstown Auto Parts, Pennsburg Auto Parts, Phoenixville Auto Parts, Quakertown, Reading, Southampton, Strafford and Telford Auto Parts. Throughout the season many if not all of these NAPA locations will be on hand at Thunder on the Hill.
Joining the team of Thunder on the Hill sponsors for 2023 is HVAC Distributors, Partners for Success. HVAC Distributors will be the event sponsor for the always popular PA 410 Sprint Speed Week event on Tuesday, June 27, comprised of the $10,000 to win 35 lap Hodnett Cup and the 358 Modifieds. HVAC Distributors is a full service wholesale distributor and manufacturer of residential and light commercial heating and air-conditioning equipment and accessories operating in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Northern Virginia and Western New York.
“HVAC Distributors is excited to see racing at Grandview Speedway back for 2023 and to be part of the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series as event sponsor of the Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Speed Week show”, Todd Basselgia of HVAC added, “We’re looking forward to meeting and making many new friends and getting the word out on HVAC Distributors and the Daikin product line”. Visit HVAC at www.hvacdist.com or give them a call at: 800.228.4822.
The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series has assembled four high profile events of 2023 and it all kicks off on Sunday night, May 28 with the “Balls to the Wall” 50 for Modifieds. This popular and different format was introduced last year and offered an attractive payoff for a 50 lap race that is unlike any other. This is a race of strategy designed with the top four cars inverting on lap 20 and again on lap 35. $1,500 will go to the leader on lap 20 and 35 with $5,000 on line to be leading on lap fifty. Cars running in the top ten on laps 20 and 35 will earn additional money as well. So, do you race hard to sweep the three segments or pace yourself to be there at the end of 50 laps?
In the 2022 “Balls to the Wall”, Duane Howard led the first segment with Kevin Hirther, who was in the hunt for the win the entire race, collecting the bonus for the second segment. At the end of the 50 laps, It was Oley’s Craig Von Dohren crossing the wire first. Von Dohren added, “I didn’t use much strategy, I just had to get in quick and keep moving”.
The “Balls to the Wall” 50 will be joined by the popular 602 sportsman with both classes competing in qualifying races leading up to their feature events. Gates open at 5 PM with race time set for 7:30 PM.
The next event is set for Tuesday night, June 13 with the always exciting AMSOIL USAC Non-Wing Sprints National Tour, titled the 40 lap Jesse Hockett Classic going a distance of 40 laps and paying $6,000 to win. The top USAC drivers in the country will take part in the opening night of the USAC Eastern Storm. Also on the program will be the 358 Modifieds taking part in a series of qualifying events leading up to a 30 lap main event that will pay $3,000 to win. Race time is 7:30 PM.
Race three will be the HVAC Distributors Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Speed Week Series set on for Tuesday night, June 27. This event, known as the Hodnett Cup will go 35 laps and pay $10,000 to the winner. The Hodnett Cup is presented in memory of sprint car great Greg Hodnett who lost his life in a racing mishap several years ago. The 358 Modifieds will share the spotlight in this event again going 30 laps for $3,000 to win. Gates open at 5 PM with race time set for 7:30 PM. Be sure to watch for the HVAC Distributors Partners for Success set-up on race night and stop by to say hello.
The Thunder Series finale is set for Tuesday night, July 25 when Levan Machine & Truck Equipment of Fleetwood, PA will present the High Limits Sprints. The 410 Sprints will showcase this stand alone program and after a series of qualifying, the green flag will fall to start the 40 lap main event that will pay a hefty $23,023 to the winner. This is the richest payoff in the thirty-four year history of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series. The High Limits Sprint Car Series is a mid-week racing series led by 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson and four-time World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet. The mission is to grow sprint car racing and inject more money into the sport. The High Limit Sprint Car Series of 2023 will have stops at just twelve select tracks and Grandview/Thunder on the Hill is proud to be part of this new venture.
Plenty more details on all the Thunder Shows of 2023 will be released shortly.
At this time, we are happy to announce the return of NAPA Auto Parts as the Series Sponsor, joined by event sponsors Levan Machine & Truck Equipment and HVAC Distributors. Associate sponsors include Pioneer Pole Buildings and GT Radiators.
2023 NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES
Associate Sponsors Pioneer Pole Buildings, Levan Machine & Truck Equipment, GT Radiators
Sunday, May 28 7:30 PM
Modified Balls to the Wall 50 Plus 602 Sportsman
“A Unique, Wild & Crazy Invert Race for the Modifieds”
Tuesday, June 13 7:30 PM
USAC Non-Wing National Tour
The Eastern Storm Jesse Hockett Classic 40 laps
Plus 358 Modifieds*
Tuesday, June 27 7:30 PM
HVAC Distributors Partners for Success Night
PA 410 Sprint Speed Week
The Hodnett Cup $10,000 to win 35 laps
Plus 358 Modifieds*
Tuesday, July 25 7:30 PM
Levan Machine & Truck Equipment present:
High Limits 410 Sprints 40 laps
$20,023 To Win
Grandview Speedway Contact Information Track Phone: 610-754-7688
GPS USERS: 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505
Located less than a mile off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA
Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Phone: 443-513-4456
Series Website: http://www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com
Track Website: http://www.grandviewspeedway.com
Thunder On The Hill PR
The structure of a minimum $100,000 point fund was announced today for the ASA STARS National Tour. The champion is slated to receive at least $25,000 with the Top 10 in the standings at season’s end to also receive a check for their performance.
“We welcome all drivers to compete in the ASA STARS National Tour, and we want to enhance things for those who commit to the tour full-time by the top 10 in points,” said Bob Sargent, President of Track Enterprises, which operates the national tour and the three regional tours (ASA / CRA Super Series, ASA Midwest Tour and ASA Southern Super Series). “Our hope is that we are able to increase this point fund in the future, but we feel confident this will help the full-time teams.
All drivers and car owners are required to be licensed to be eligible for the point fund as well as the Winner’s Circle and Contingency Award programs, which will be announced soon.
Applications for teams are now available to download at www.asastarsnationaltour.com. Those forms are available via a PDF document. Teams will be required to complete the form and return as instructed on the application.
The ASA STARS National Tour will open the 10-race, six-state tour at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL on Saturday, March 11, 2023. Tickets are available for purchase online at https://bit.ly/ASA5FlagsTixs.
For the full ASA STARS National Tour schedule, plus Super Late Model rules and other information, please visit the series website at www.asastarsnationaltour.com, and be sure to follow the series on social media (Facebook: STARS National Series | Twitter: @racewithstars | IG: @starsnational).
ASA STARS PR
Bristol Dirt Showcase to Open Dirt Racing Season With Intense Late Model Action at Bristol Motor Speedway
The 2023 dirt racing season at Bristol Motor Speedway will get underway on Saturday, April 1 with the Bristol Dirt Showcase, a powerful doubleheader of Late Model dirt racing action, track officials announced today.
The Steel Block Bandit Late Model Series and the American All-Star Series will share the spotlight during the event and take to the clay high-banks of dirt-transformed Bristol Motor Speedway for a full day of Late Model racing action. It will be the season-opening race for the American All-Stars and the second race of the season for the Steel Block Bandits.
The Steel Block Bandits are a premier 17-race dirt Touring Series for Steel Block Late Models that competes across seven states including the Carolinas, Virginia and Tennessee. North Carolina racer Dustin Mitchell is the defending series champ in the Steel Block Bandits and Virginia’s Tyler Bare was the season runner-up.
The 29-race American All-Stars Series holds feature races at 18 tracks, primarily in the Southeast and Midwest with cars that compete utilizing 604 Late Model crate engines that can be purchased directly from Chevrolet dealerships. Knoxville, Tennessee’s Hayden Cardwell is the defending series champion.
At the Bristol Dirt Showcase both series will be competing for a purse that offers a $5,000 winner’s share.
“We are looking forward to having these two new Late Model dirt racing circuits test their drivers on Bristol’s dirt-covered high banks,” said Jerry Caldwell, president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. “This will be the first time this year that fans can come out and check out the Bristol dirt layout for 2023 and we are expecting thrilling races in both series.”
Pit passes for the Bristol Dirt Showcase can be purchased at BMS ticket windows on April 1. Pit passes are $40 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and under. In addition to infield access, Pit pass holders also will be able to access a designated section of grandstand.
The weekend following the Bristol Dirt Showcase, BMS will welcome the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to town for the much-anticipated Food City Dirt Race weekend, April 7-9. The two NASCAR Series will go back to their roots with Saturday night’s Bristol Truck Race on Dirt (8 p.m. FS1 and PRN Radio) and Bush’s Beans Qualifying (FS1) and Sunday night’s primetime NASCAR Cup Series Food City Dirt Race (7 p.m., FOX and PRN Radio). On Friday, teams in both the Cup Series and Craftsman Truck Series will be able to fine-tune their machines during Bush’s Beans Practice Day.
On the heels of announcing a 12-race campaign in ARCA competition with Venturini Motorsports, 16-year-old Conner Jones of Fredericksburg, VA has confirmed a busy season of Late Model racing which includes 10 races in the CARS Tour, the New Smyrna Speedweeks, and marquee LMSC and SLM races. He will compete with Crew Chief Marcus Richmond and R&S Race Cars throughout the season.
The slate gives the young driver important seat time in two of the fastest-growing series in grassroots racing, joining the new ASA Stars National Tour for two races and joining the CARS Tour after its acquisition by several legendary names in NASCAR.
Jones made an impression on the racing world in 2022. He opened his season with a successful run during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway, grabbing a victory during the Pro Late Model competition. He added a CARS Tour Late Model Stock victory in September at Tri-County Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Jones closed a thrilling short track season by qualifying third in the prestigious 55th Snowball Derby for Super Late Models.
Along with ten races in the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and 12-race ARCA slate, Jones will be competing all three rounds of the Virginia Triple Crown for NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars. He will compete at South Boston Speedway, Langley Speedway, and Martinsville Speedway in the prestigious series, televised on FloRacing. Jones opens his year with an expanded participation in New Smyrna’s World Series by running for the Super Late Model championship along with making several Pro Late Model starts. Tool Shack, PepperJack Kennels, and Fire Suppression Solutions LLC will support the World Series effort.
His Super Late Model slate also encompasses the ASA Stars National Tour visits to North Wilkesboro for the NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Weekend and July’s Slinger Nationals in Wisconsin. His 2023 concludes in December at the Snowflake 100 and 56th Snowball Derby.
2023 Tentative Late Model Schedule
Feb 10-18 New Smyrna Speedway – World Series
March 25 Florence Motor Speedway CARS Tour
April 22 Hickory Motor Speedway CARS Tour
May 5 Ace Speedway CARS Tour
May 16 North Wilkesboro Speedway ASA STARS
May 17 North Wilkesboro Speedway CARS Tour
May 27 Tri County Speedway CARS Tour
June 17 Dominion Raceway CARS Tour
June 28 Caraway Speedway CARS Tour
July 1 South Boston Speedway Virginia Triple Crown
July 11 Slinger Speedway ASA STARS Slinger Nationals
July 22 Langley Speedway Virginia Triple Crown
Sept 9 New River All American Speedway CARS Tour
Sept 23 Martinsville Speedway Virginia Triple Crown
Oct 7 South Boston Speedway CARS Tour
Oct 21 Tri County Speedway CARS Tour
December 2 Five Flags Speedway Snowflake 100
December 3 Five Flags Speedway 56th Snowball Derby
Conner Jones PR
Reaume Brothers Racing is excited to announce that Douglasville, Georgia native Mason Massey will be joining Reaume Brothers Racing for the entirety of the 2023 season.
Massey’s racing career began at 5 years old, tackling both asphalt and dirt during his first year. Mason Massey accrued over 200 feature wins during his short track career, catching the attention of several NASCAR organizations, including Reaume Brothers Racing, giving Massey his first opportunity in NASCAR. After part time stints in 2020, 2021 and 2022 Massey began a venture with DGM Racing, finishing an impressive high of sixth in Atlanta.
From the dirt tracks to the high banks, Mason Massey is looking forward to his first full time season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and is looking forward to advancing not only his abilities, but the abilities of the team. “I couldn’t be more excited to partner up with Josh and everybody at Reaume Brothers Racing for the 2023 season. Josh gave me my first opportunity in NASCAR, and it’s really cool to be back with this team full time. I believe in what they’re building, and I have a lot of confidence that we’re going to turn some heads this year.”
This year is pivotal in many ways, with significant improvements made over the off-season, highlighted with a commitment to the Ford Performance Group. This gives Massey confidence heading into the season. “I’m excited about the commitment to Ford and Reaume Brothers Racing. Ford is respected in auto racing all around the world, and especially in NASCAR. I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel of an F-150 in Daytona!”
Josh Reaume, owner of Reaume Brothers Racing, values the necessity of a full-time driver, and is looking forward to growing with Massey throughout 2023. “Having Mason come back to us on a full-time basis brings things full circle between everyone involved. We are excited about the experience he has gathered since the last time he drove for us. We look forward to this year being a breakout organization.”
Watch Mason Massey throughout the 2023 season driving the #33 Brunt Ford F-150, starting at Daytona International Speedway for the NextEra Energy 250, Friday February 17th, at 7:30 PM EST on FS1.
Reaume Brothers Racing is excited to announce a partnership with Ford Performance Group as we roll into the 2023 season. This will mark the first of many seasons together as RBR has fully committed to Ford. This change stems from a well highlighted/successful debut of making the Daytona 500 with our #27 Team Hezeberg (Reaume Brothers Racing) Ford – which was powered by Roush Yates Ford Performance.
In order to catapult the team to the next level there needs to be a solid engineering foundation in addition to an internal marketing group that can support and leverage partnerships that will bring increased ROI. This offseason our team has invested in several specific areas and looks to have internal resources that can help cultivate a mutually beneficial relationship between Reaume Brothers Racing and Ford.
“My vision for my race team over the next few years is to not just benefit from the resources of Ford Performance, but to be able to build internally and to be able to provide the manufacturer with resources developed through our race team.” Expressed Team Owner, Josh Reaume. “I am confident that over the next six months to a year, we will be able to utilize our internal resources to elevate our on-track performance to the next level. This growth and success will take some time, but I am confident that we will have the right foundation to progress forward.”
Going into our sixth season, Reaume Brothers Racing has developed more depth organizationally, which has allowed Josh Reaume to work more on the business instead of for the business. The benefit of that is that Josh is now able to utilize his background as a race engineer. Over the course of this season, Reaume Brothers Racing will house innovative engineering tools and expertise to elevate on-track performance and take that performance to the next level.
Along with this announcement, we are eager to announce our driver lineup for the 2023 season, which will be unveiled over the next couple weeks. Be on the lookout for that announcement, as we are all very excited to take on this new season Ford and our teams’ first, full time driver.
Watch our #33 and #34 Ford F-150’s during the 2023 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, only on Fox Sports 1.
Reaume Brothers Racing PR
Sean Creech Motorsport (SCM) officially completed its Rolex 24 at Daytona driver lineup today with the addition of Nolan Siegel – an open wheel and sports car veteran despite his young age.
The 18-year-old Palo Alto, Calif. native joins João Barbosa, Lance Willsey and Nico Pino behind the wheel of the pole-winning No. 33 SCM Exelixis/Focal One Ligier JS P320, as the Jupiter, Fla.-based team contests the first of two home races.
Jumping into a kart at the age of 8, Siegel moved up to the USF Pro Championships (formerly the Road to Indy) open wheel ladder system beginning in 2019. In 2023, he will compete in INDY NXT (formerly Indy Lights) – just one step below the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. In 2019, he began racing sports cars as well, contesting Michelin Pilot Challenge, Prototype Challenge and WeatherTech SportsCar Championship events.
Siegel will drive three vastly different race cars over the course of the week. He tested on Monday his INDY NXT Dallara IL-15 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He then on Friday he returns behind the wheel of the No. 39 Porsche 718 GT4 RS CS for the four hour IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge event (Friday, 1:45 p.m., Peacock TV).
“Thanks to Sean and to Lance for this opportunity!” said Siegel. “The priority for me this week is getting to know the team, getting laps in the LMP3 car, and getting into the WeatherTech sessions now that all the classes are running at different speeds than last year. Of course, it will be a balance on Thursday and Friday, between that and the IMPC sessions and race on Friday. This is the first time I’ll race two different series on one weekend but I’m not the only driver doing it and I’ll have enough time to focus on both.
“Nolan brings a good deal of experience,” said team principal Sean Creech. “He also knows IMSA procedures – pass arounds, class splits, all the processes that are a big part of sports car racing. There’s night racing, with the lights coming into the car, with the speeds of the cars around you and how the faster cars can really dive bomb into Turn One and the Le Mans Chicane. The closing speed of the GTP cars is so much faster than the LMP3 car so it’s a lot to take in, to be aware of. He has experience at Daytona in these cars and that’s huge for us.”
19-year-old Danny Soufi tested with the team at last weekend’s Roar Before the Rolex 24. While the team was impressed with his pace and consistency, they felt that the track time was not sufficient to get him up to speed with the nuances of IMSA racing that would enable him to perform at the level the team believes he is capable of.
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s season opener gets underway on Thursday, with three sessions including night practice. The 61st Rolex 24 At Daytona takes the green flag Saturday at 1:40 p.m. Eastern. The race will be broadcast live in the U.S. on the NBC family of networks, beginning and ending with network NBC. The race will also be live streamed in its entirety on Peacock TV. International viewers can watch via IMSA.tv, with IMSA Radio also available at IMSA.com.
SCM thanks partners Exelixis, Focal One and Jerich International for their continued support.