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Grandview Speedway Set for More Nascar Stock Car Racing Saturday Night, Hoping for a Break From the Weather
The management of Grandview Speedway is preparing to host a two-division program of professional auto racing action this Saturday night under the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series banner, however they are hoping for cooperation from the weatherman.
The T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds and T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman will be running a series of qualifying events leading to the 30-lap T.P. Trailer Modified feature and the 25-lap T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman main event. Race time on Saturday night is 7:30 pm. with pit gates opening at 4 pm. grandstand gates opening at 5:30 pm. and warm-ups starting at 6:30 pm. Adult grandstand admission is $18, while children ages 11 and under are admitted free of charge.
The weather has become the hot topic of the new 2022 season, and it has not been because it has been good. Four of the first seven scheduled events have fallen to rain so far to start the season, including the last two in a row. This is not good, as the racers, fans and Speedway management can not get into a rhythm and start building from the spring season heading into the main part of the season during the summer months.
“It has been very frustrating so far not knowing whether or not we can run from week to week” stated Speedway Assistant Manager Tina Rogers, referring to the string of wet weather.
As frustrating as it has been, it is not something new for Grandview Speedway, now celebrating the 60th season of competition in 2022. The first four programs were lost to start the 1972 season, and the first three consecutive to begin the 1973 and 1975 seasons.
Equaling this season’s being rained out in four of the first seven events were the 2002, 2011, 2017 and the 2018 seasons. Just about as bad was the 2000 season which saw five of the first eight race events fall to rain to start the year.
This is a big turnaround from last season, which saw the Speedway run eight straight race events to start the year before suffering the first rain out. That was then followed by being rained out in four of the next eight races, before running off the final nine straight races to end the 2021 season.
Everyone is hoping for some dry and sunny weather for this Saturday’s program of NASCAR Stock Car racing.
In T.P. Trailer Modified competition this year, just two-point races have been run so far. Brett Kressley is on top of the point standings after winning the most recent event on April 30 and defending Champion Craig Von Dohren is the only other feature winner. Von Dohren was also victorious in the season opening VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial for Big Block/Small Block Modifieds
In T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman action, Jordan Henn, Parker Guldin and point leader Brian Hirthler have all been to Victory Lane so far this season.
All race teams are being reminded by Speedway management that tire sales will resume this week at the racetrack ONLY. The tire truck will be at the track when the pit gate opens at 4 pm, and all teams will be allowed to purchase two tires. To be certain the tire sales are monitored fairly, we are requiring that all cars must be signed in first for the night’s event, before purchasing, and the driver of each car is required to make the tire purchase.
We appreciate your understanding and your support during the tire shortage issue.
Once again, as last season, there will not be a fuel truck at the track, so racers need to plan accordingly.
Officials are reminding race teams that run 602 engines in the Sportsman division that a new local rebuilding center will be available in the coming months under the supervision of the RUSH racing series, hopefully by June. The rebuild center will be KB Performance 6807 Mosserville Road, New Tripoli, Pa. 18066, phone number is 610.751.9650. KB was selected by RUSH as our first local rebuild and repair center, however, he must first go through the RUSH certification and training process.
Until KB Performance is ready, Mike Ingram from RUSH will be available to help in any way he can. He may be contacted at 724.954.4340.
Saturday night May 28 will be a triple-header, as the 602 Crate Sportsman mini-series will join the T.P. Trailer Modifieds and T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman starting at 7:30 pm.
The first NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Event will happen on Memorial Day Weekend on Sunday, May 29 with the first time running of the Balls to the Wall 50 for 358 Modifieds plus the return of the SpeedSTR’s starting at 7:30 pm. The 358 Modified portion of this program will be part of the newly re-formed Tri-Track series.
Looking ahead to next month, Saturday, June 4 will see the T.P. Trailer Modifieds and T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman in another double-header show starting at 7:30 pm.
Since the 1960’s, Grandview Speedway has been presenting exciting wheel to wheel NASCAR stock car racing every Saturday Night starting in April and running through September, plus special events. Grandview Speedway is located at 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, Pa. 19505, just off Route 100, ten miles north of Pottstown, Pa.
Information is always available at www.grandviewspeedway.com or on Facebook, or by telephone at 610.754.7688.
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Noah Gragson, No. 16 Chevy Accessories Camaro ZL1
Stage 1 Finish: 26th
Stage 2 Finish: 16th
“We had a good day with this No. 16 Chevy Accessories Camaro ZL1 and solid pit stops. It was fun to race in the top 10 and really use the day as a learning experience for not only myself, but for the team. Hopefully it will help us for the next few races we have together coming up.”
- Noah Gragson
Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Camaro ZL1
Stage 1 Finish: 35th
Stage 2 Finish: 35th
“It was a trying weekend for us here on this No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection team. We had some technical issues through inspection but the guys worked hard all weekend to get them fixed. We had a decent qualifying run with some good speed in the race but just ran into multiple issues with an eventual electrical problem that ended our day. I appreciate everyone at Kaulig Racing for the fight.”
- Justin Haley
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Brad Keselowski began his 400-mile journey at Kansas Speedway from outside the top-30 Sunday afternoon, but rebounded well with a 14th-place run in the King’s Hawaiian Ford.
When the green flag dropped, Keselowski worked his way up nine spots from the start in 40 laps. The No. 6 team fought a mostly free race car throughout stage one, relegating the King’s Hawaiian Ford to a 20th-place finish in the first stage.
After pit stops were completed, the No. 6 Ford began stage two from the 14th position. The beginning of stage two would run green for around 40 laps, with the caution flying at an optimal time in the cycle of pit stops for the whole team. With many other cars having to take the wave around, Brad restarted fourth, but would fade to 13th to finish stage two.
Keselowski would begin stage three from inside the top-10 where two cautions would fly. Keselowski fought ferociously to hold the top-15 for the last 70 or so laps of the race, ultimately finishing in 14th with the King’s Hawaiian Ford.
Keselowski and the No. 6 team now get set for the All-Star Race from Texas Motor Speedway, slated for next Sunday at 7 p.m. ET (FS1, PRN, SiriusXM).
Chris Buescher was on his way to a solid finish in the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang Sunday afternoon at Kansas Speedway, but overheating issues forced him to pit under green, ultimately losing laps to the leaders to finish 27th.
It was an eventful weekend for the No. 17 team as Buescher had a tire go down in practice on Saturday, sending him to a backup car for Sunday’s 400-mile race. After the team worked extensively on the Ford Mustang, Buescher would roll off near the tail end Sunday afternoon, one of a handful of cars to do so due to multiple tire issues Saturday.
The Prosper, Texas, native worked his way into the top-20 just 70 laps in though, finishing 13th in stage one at lap 80. During the stage break he was forced to pit road twice after the team discovered what appeared to be a loose wheel.
Green-flag pit stops commenced about 40 laps into the second stage before Buescher began reporting rising temperatures inside the car, which would eventually send him to pit road. Despite the team’s efforts to clean the grill, Buescher lost multiple laps to the leaders, and not enough cautions were displayed in the closing laps to make up for the lost time.
Buescher heads to his home state next week for All-Star festivities at Texas Motor Speedway. Sunday’s race coverage for The Open is set for 4:30 p.m. ET on FS1, with the All-Star Race set for 7 p.m. ET. Radio coverage can also be heard on MRN and SiriusXM Radio.
Montucky Cold Snacks, the unofficial official beer of Montana, has renewed their support of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver, Spencer Boyd. Included in the 2022 campaign will be the brand’s first ever primary paint scheme with their iconic Montana mountain vista gracing the sides of Boyd’s No. 12 Chevrolet Silverado at Texas Motor Speedway.
Montucky Cold Snacks joined the team in 2021 as an associate sponsor.
“You know you have reached a certain level as a professional race car driver when you get a contract that includes which drink you celebrate with in victory lane,” said a beaming 26-year-old Boyd. “I’m stoked about the things we have planned with Montucky this year. We kick it off with a tailgate party at Atlanta Motor Speedway, then move to a bunch of appearances and giveaways, and the highlight is definitely having that horse riding with me at Texas for All-Star Weekend!”
The No. 12 hauler of Young’s Motorsports transports the secret stash of Original Cold Snack Lager as well as Montucky’s Grapefruit Seltzer to each track conspicuously and simply labeled ‘Victory Lane’.
“I am very passionate about snacking, (drinking cold snacks that is), good times, and doing good,” said Jeremy Gregory, Co-Founder of Montucky Cold Snacks. “There aren’t many platforms larger than what NASCAR has to offer, so I’m beyond proud to showcase what a couple of guys here in Big Sky Country have started. I can’t wait to see more pictures of NASCAR fans snacking at the track!”
Montucky Cold Snacks can currently be found in 24 states including many with NASCAR tracks like Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas.
Boyd added, “I’m 100% all-in for a good time with Montucky. You’ve got to be 21 though and you have to snack responsibly. As it says on their boxes ‘don’t be a jerk’ and let’s all get to the next race together.”
Montucky Snackers visiting www.montuckycoldsnacks.com can use code SpencerSnacks15 for a 15% discount on swag and contributions to charities of Spencer’s choosing throughout the year. Plus, they can find the closest Montucky retailer in their area.
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Excitement Continues to Build for June 25 Srx Event at South Boston Speedway With Srx Testing Session
Excitement continues to build for South Boston Speedway’s June 25 SRX (Superstar Racing Experience) event, with the speedway hosting a closed testing session for the SRX series last Thursday.
Fans are excited about South Boston Speedway’s nationally televised June 25 SRX event that will feature 12 of the country’s best drivers in identically prepared cars. SRX officials are excited about the event as well.
“When I signed up for this deal and I took a look at the schedule and saw South Boston, I was like ‘been there, done that, I need a bologna sandwich, let’s go,'” SRX CEO Don Hawk said with a smile. “Working with the Mattioli Family, the ownership group of South Boston Speedway and Pocono Raceway, is rich history for me personally.
“It should be a great show,” Hawk continued. “We have some of the best drivers in the United States. We have different disciplines of drivers from IndyCar to NASCAR. It’s a great representation of talent, and we have this car. The car is not a Late Model and it’s not a Cup car. It’s somewhere caught in the middle. We’re excited about that and are looking forward to putting on a great show.”
The idea behind SRX, Hawk said, is to help grow grassroots racing.
“The notion behind SRX is we wanted to take the best drivers in the country, put them on short tracks in the United States and grow the place that feeds the system,” Hawk explained. “For us, a place like South Boston Speedway made so much sense. If you don’t feed the short track racing system, you don’t get the stars and cars of tomorrow.”
David Stremme, a former NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Truck Series driver, has the task of testing the SRX cars. He competed at South Boston Speedway in the past.
“I was here in 2002 competing in an ASA race,” Stremme noted during a break in the testing session.
“The track has always been an iconic short track. When you look at Saturday night racing or Friday night racing, South Boston Speedway is at the top.
“It’s really neat having the SRX series here,” he added. “The track’s in phenomenal shape. The people here do a very good job keeping the track up.
“I’m excited to be here,” Stremme added. “I’ll be excited to get a bologna sandwich when I get back.”
Stremme said the testing session went well.
“We’re just trying to get a pretty good balance for all of the drivers,” he explained. “This is a diverse group of drivers that we have. Ray Evernham built a universal car. We went to Sharon Speedway (in Hartford Township, Ohio) last week and tested, and it drove really well on the dirt. Here at South Boston, the car has been good since we unloaded it. I think it would be great on a road course too. When you look at the drivers it doesn’t favor one driver over another in the series. The car is very diverse, and that’s what makes it fun.”
The driver lineup for the June 25 SRX series event at South Boston Speedway includes defending SRX champion Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Michael Waltrip, Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Paul Tracy, all of whom are running the full slate of six SRX races. Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan and Ernie Francis Jr., who are running a partial SRX schedule, will join them for the South Boston Speedway event.
Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia, the defending NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series national champion and six-time South Boston Speedway track champion, will compete in the event as the local driver.
Advance reserved tickets for the June 25 SRX series event at South Boston Speedway are on sale. All grandstand seating is reserved seating for this event. Fans will need to choose their own seats when they purchase tickets.
“This will be one of the biggest events in South Boston Speedway’s history and we expect the event to sell out,” said South Boston Speedway General Manager Chase Brashears. “Fans should purchase their tickets as soon as possible to ensure they get the best selection and ensure they will be able to get a ticket.”
The reserved seats in the top two rows (rows 19 and 20) of the frontstretch grandstand are sold out for the event. Track officials encourage fans to purchase their tickets, whether they be reserved seats or general admission tickets, online on the South Boston Speedway website southbostonspeedway.com. Persons that prefer to purchase tickets via phone can do so at 877-440-1540 or 434-572-4947, although purchasing online is the fastest and easiest way to ensure they get tickets. Track officials note that the easiest way to have tickets delivered is via e-mail.
Tickets in the speedway’s main frontstretch grandstand are priced at $35 each for reserved seats in rows 1-10 and $45 each for reserved seats in rows 11-18.
Trackside tailgating and general admission lawn chair area tickets are $35 each.
There is no child ticket pricing for this special event. Everyone attending the event must purchase a ticket, with the exception of an infant-in-arms that will sit on an individual’s lap.
Persons with ADA needs should purchase a General Admission Lawn Chair ticket. ADA areas are accessible in Turns 3 and 4 or Turns 1 and 2.
Trackside tailgating spaces cannot be purchased for the SRX event. The trackside tailgating spaces are sold on a seasonal basis and are sold out for the 2022 season.
Additional information about South Boston Speedway’s June 25 SRX series event and the latest South Boston Speedway news and information can be found on the speedway’s website, southbostonspeedway.com, or by calling the speedway at 877-440-1540 or 434-572-4947 during normal business hours.
Six Race Pa 358 Spec Modified Tri-Track Series to Open at Grandview Speedway Sunday, May 29 With Balls to the Wall 50, Possible $13,000 to Win
The six race Pennsylvania 358 Spec Modified Tri-Track Series will now open at the Grandview Speedway on Sunday night, May 29 after the first two events we postponed due to rain. The series will kick off at Grandview with a series of qualifying events leading up to the Balls to the Wall 50, a unique event offering a possible $13,000 to win for drivers that are pre-entered.
After numerous off season discussions, a trio of tracks united to form the Pennsylvania 358 Spec Modified Tri-Track Series, which will start out with six races on the schedule. Big Diamond Speedway, Grandview Speedway and BAPS Motor Speedway will be tracks making up this new Series.
“We’ve hosted Modified races at BAPS the last few years and have heard fans talking about that series,” said Kolten Gouse, General Manager of BAPS Motor Speedway. “That was a popular deal, and it got us thinking about doing something similar.
Pennsylvania modified fans can’t help reminiscing about the former Tri-Track Sportsman Modified Tour that dominated the early 1990s. It featured Friday night stops at popular Big Diamond Speedway before shifting to weekend staples Grandview Speedway and Penn National Speedway for intense racing on Saturday and Sunday nights. The modified scene, as people knew it, was disappointed in 1996 when Penn National closed its gates forever. Since then, area modified drivers and fans have asked for a similar collaboration and the return of the Tri-Track Series.
This is a change to not only bring back what was a popular group of races in a smaller capacity to start, but also promote the spec modifieds in central Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania 358 Spec Modified Tri-Track Series kicks off Sunday May 29 at the Grandview Speedway, part of the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series. Big Diamond will host the second event on Friday night, June 3 with the next stop being a return to Grandview/Thunder on the Hill on Tuesday night, June 14. It’s back to Big Diamond on Friday night, July 1 with two stops still remaining at the BAPS Motor Speedway. One date to be announced and then the series will close out at BAPS Motor Speedway on Saturday, November 12.
Each event will pay a minimum of $3,000 to win and $300 to start the feature. There will be a minimum point fund for the top 10 drivers that run all six events that will feature $1500 to the series champion and $150 for the tenth driver that runs all events.
Races that are held at each track will follow their track rules for the Pennsylvania Tri-Track Modified Series races. The format will consist of a draw for heats and feature line-up.
“We look forward to working with some of the local tracks in Pennsylvania” Big Diamond Speedway promoter Jake Smulley said. “This should help build up the PA 358 Spec Modified deal in the region and eliminate the need to travel far for special spec races.” “Hopefully, it will lead to bigger things down the road for the fans, racers and the racetracks”.
To be Eligible, driver would need to run all six Pennsylvania 358 Spec Modified Tri-Track Series events. The Point Fund is Based on all 6 events being completed, with the point fund being paid at the last race at BAPS Motor Speedway.
Top 10 drivers in points that participated in all six events:
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