Thursday, March 26, 2015

SATURATED GROUNDS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY FORCE POSTPONEMENT OF MARCH 28TH PRACTICE TO THURSDAY, APRIL 2


LOT OF QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED ON NASCAR STOCK CAR RACING OPENING NIGHT APRIL 4
BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 26, 2015 . . . Ma Nature or is it Pa Nature continues to create problems for local speedways as they try to get the 2015 season underway. Grandview Speedway had planned a Free-to-the-Public practice session for Saturday, March 28th but because of saturated grounds created by heavy rains the practice is now set for Thursday, April 2nd starting at 6 p.m. and running until 10 p.m.
                “We felt it was important for racers to have some track time before the season starts,” said track operator Bruce Rogers. “The weather picture is looking brighter during the week and we are making every to get the practice in on Thursday.
                And then the season officially goes green. Fans have questions to be answered on opening night, the start of the 53rd consecutive season of stock car racing, at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway on Saturday, April 4th at 7 p.m.
                What drivers will be returning to action in the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars on opening night? What new drivers will be there to test their skills on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval? Who will be in what car?
                The big questions for fans are who will win the feature races on opening night and who has the best shot to win the championship in each division? Hot picks for an opening night victory in the NASCAR 358 Modifieds include champion Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard, Craig VonDohren, Doug Manmiller, Meme DeSantis, Mike Gular, Tim Buckwalter, Don Norris and others.
                A large turnout of fans is expected to be on hand to see the opening night racing action which will include qualifying events for the three divisions of competition topped off by action packed feature races. And there is expected to be a large turnout of race cars.
                Officials will be unveiling their new handicapping system which has met with approval from the majority of racers.
                Gates for fans will open at 5 p.m. with the Low Down & Dirty Internet Radio group hosting a Meet and Greet with drivers and cars from all three divisions. Racing action gets the green at 7 p.m.
                Admission for the 53rd season opener is $15 for adults while youngsters 11 and under are admitted FREE. Grandview has stuck with the same admission price as in the past few years.
                Coming up on Saturday, April 11th, 7 p.m. is the first special event of the season with the NASCAR 358 Modifieds featured in a 35-lap feature race. BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars will also see action.
                Fans are reminded that season passes still remain available. The passes are priced at $350 and give you a reserved seat for all Saturday night racing events from opening through the Freedom 76 Classic set for Saturday, September 12.
                For race information on event schedules, past champions, points and more check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com or telephone 610.754.7688.
                Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown.

Monday, March 23, 2015

R.I.P. EARL BALTES


CHANGES BE MADE IN GRANDVIEW HANDICAPPING SYSTEM, PRACTICE SET FOR MARCH 28


CHANGES MADE IN GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY HANDICAPPING SYSTEM
                NEW SYSTEM HELPS RACERS AND WELCOMES NEWCOMERS
BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 22, 2015 . . . In an effort to help current racers and welcome newcomers to Grandview Speedway NASCAR racing management has made some changes to their handicapping system for the 2015 season.
                “We are making changes that have been requested by racers and the changes should add to the excitement of stock car racing at Grandview,” said track owner Bruce Rogers. “The new system will be a big help to newcomers so they are not penalized all season.”
                The existing point system…
1. For the NASCAR 358 Modifieds will remain with one exception, there will be no consolation race points awarded, only heat race points and feature points.
2. NASCAR 358 Modified Feature Points: 1–300 points, 2-290, 3–280, 4-270, 5-260, 6-250, 7-240, 8-230, 9-220, 10-210, 11-200, 12-190, 13-180, 14-170, 15-160, 16-150, 17-140, 18-130, 19-120, 20-110, 21-100, 22-90, 23-80, 24-70, 25-60, 26-50, 27-40, 28-30, 29 (and all other feature starters)- 20.
Those racers not qualifying for the feature will be awarded 10 points.
Modified Heat Points will be awarded as follows:
When 5 racers qualify for feature: 1-10 points, 2-9, 3-8, 4-7, and 5-6
When 6 racers qualify for feature: 1-10 points, 2-9, 3-8, 4-7, 5-6, and 6-5
When 7 racers qualify: 1-10 points, 2-9, 3-8, 4-7, 5-6, 6-5, and 7-4
And when 8 racers qualify: 1-10 points, 2-9, 3-8, 4-7, 5-6, 6-5, 7-4, and 8-3
 FOR THE SPORTSMAN AND BRC LATE MODELS the points will change to eliminate the huge gap between the last feature finisher and the non-feature starters with the 24-car slated starting fields. Also no consolation points will be awarded.
1. Sportsman & BRC Late Model Feature Points: 1-250, 2- 240, 4-230, 4-220, 5-210, 6-200, 7-190, 8-180, 9-170, 10-160, 11-150, 12-140, 13-130, 14-120, 15-110, 16-100, 17-90, 18-80, 19-70, 20-60, 21-50, 22-40, 23-30, 24 (and all other feature starters)-20. Non-qualifiers- 10.
Sportsman and Late Model Heat Points: Same as Modifieds.
FOR ALL DIVISIONS!! The handicapping will be based on a full season point average… total points earned divided by the number of races entered. Concerns with drivers who may not be experienced enough to and/or may not have cars capable of starting in front of or in the field, will be addressed by track officials. Those drivers will be placed at the rear of the field by handicappers per their decision.
 A driver must have raced in at least 3 of the five most recent races to be handicapped. Drivers not meeting this requirement will be lined-up at the rear of the field.
 A newcomer must run at least three of the last five races as well. If a new driver starts during the year to be a regular, he will compete in at least three race events starting to the rear before he will be handicapped.
If a driver misses a week to race at another speedway, he will start at the rear for one week.
 One exception to the above is the Forrest Rogers Memorial presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings for Modifieds. In order to be handicapped for this event drivers must:
Run in at least 3 of the 5 most recent races AND at least half of the point races run during the season to date OR at least 4 of the last 5 races….. This means an outsider will either start at the rear or must run in at least four races in the last five to establish a useable point average for Forrest Rogers Memorial handicapping.
The number of events run in each division will be based on car counts as follows: 24 or fewer cars = 2 heats, no consolation; 25 to 36 = 3 heats and 1 consolation; 37 to 48 yields 4 heats and 2 consolations; 49 to 60 cars will yield 5 heats and 3 consolation races.
                Questions about the new point system can be addressed at the Saturday, March 28th practice session. Track activity will get starting at noon and the session is open to all types of race cars.
                The point battle, for the NASCAR and track titles, will get the green flag on Saturday, April 4th at 7 p.m. and will feature the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman as the 53rd consecutive season of stock car racing gets started.
                Adult admission is $15 for regular events such as the season opener and youngsters 11 and under are admitted FREE.
                Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com.

GRANDVIEW A LITTLE SNOWY YET (Eric Shankweiler photos)


Saturday, March 21, 2015

BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY PRACTICE POSTPONED

MINERVILLE, PA (3/20/15): Promoter Jake Smulley has pushed the practice session back to the 27th due to saturated grounds. The first on-track activity of the 2015 season is set for the Schuylkill County track next weekend, with an Open Practice session planned for Friday, March 27. Smulley opted for Friday night in lieu of Saturday so as to not conflict with events at Grandview (Pa.) and Bridgeport (N.J.).

On March 27, gates will open at 6 p.m. Open practice will begin at 7:45 p.m. Grandstand admission is free for the public. Pit admission is $25. All race vehicles, subject to safety inspection, are welcome to participate.

Pit licenses, season passes, etc. will be available during the practice session.

Following the completion of practice, a 60-lap Enduro is planned on Friday night. All cars, four-, six- and eight-cylinder varieties, will be invited to participate. Pit access is $25. There is a $30 car registration fee. Grandstand admission for the Enduro is $5 for Adults. Kids under 12 and active military with ID will be admitted free of charge.

Two days later, the 44th annual Season Opener takes place on Sunday, March 29. The event is headlined by Open Competition (big-block vs. small-block) Modifieds in a 30-lap event paying $3,500 to win and $300 to take the green flag. Sportsman will run 20 laps with $1,000 reserved for the winner. Street Stocks (20 laps, $500 to win) and Roadrunners (20 laps, $300 to win) complete the Opening Day card.

Gates will open at 1:30 p.m. Hot laps are planned for 3:30 p.m. and racing gets underway at 4 p.m.
Grandstand admission is $20 for Adults. Kids 12 and under and active military with ID will be admitted free of charge. Pit admission is $30 for Big Diamond Speedway members and $40 for non-members.