Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
30- LAP NASCAR LATE MODEL MEMORIAL FEATURE FINISH: 1. Randy Stoudt 2. Chuck Schutz 3. Ron Kline 4. Mike Kellner 5. Kyle Merkel 6. John Giesler 7. Nate Christman 8. Danny Snyder 9. Wayne Pfeil 10. Rick Todorow 11. Doug Walton 12. Kurt Spotts 13. Buddy Wharton 14. Jamie Undercoffler (The following not running at the finish) 15. Bill Henning 16. Andy Ressler 17. Brian Shuey 18. Dennis Pieper 19. Kory Fleming 20. John Favinger 21. Rusty Hassell 22. Chris Wojnar 23. Dallas Breidenbach 24. Buddy Mertz
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
-WEDNESDAY JUNE 24, 2009-
World of Outlaws Late Model Series (40-Lap Feature):
1) 1-Josh Richards-Shinnston WV
2) 27M-Jeremy Miller-Gettysburg P
3) 29-Darrell Lanigan-Union KY
4) 19T-Tim Fuller-Watertown NY
5) 19-Steve Francis-Ashland KY
6) 11H-Austin Hubbard-Laurel DE
7) 70J-DJ Myers-Greencastle PA
8) 1*-Chub Frank-Bear Lake PA
9) 27-Jim Yoder-Selinsgrove PA
10) 2J-Jeff Rine-Danville PA
LAP LEADERS: J. Miller (1-33), J. Richards (34-40)
FEATURE QUICKEST LAP: T. Fuller (16.836)
QUALIFYING HEAT WINNERS: Jeff Rine, Tim Fuller, Josh Richards, Jeremy Miller.
QUALIFYING B-MAIN WINNERS: Chub Frank, Ken Schrader
TIME TRIALS QUICKEST LAP: J. Rine (16.448)
TOTAL ENTRANTS: 46
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Big Block Modifieds
Heat 1 – Chad James, Duane Howard, Wade Hendrickson, Billy Pauch, Sr., Stewart Friesen
Heat 2 – Chuck Hopkins, Scott Van Gorder, Rick Wegner, Jimmy Chester, Jeff Heotzler
Heat 3 – Rich Scagliotta, Craig Von Dohren, Ryan Watt, Brian Truppi
Heat 4 – Ryan Godown, Jimmy Horton, Mike Franz, Billy Pauch, Jr., Matt Harrell
Consolation – Rick Laubach, Richie Pratt, Jr., Ray Swinehart, Mike Iles, Doug Manmiller
BIG BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE #1– 20 LAPS – WINGATE CLASSIC
CHAD JAMES, Craig Von Dohren, Duane Howard, Scott Van Gorder, Jimmy Horton, Ryan Watt, Billy Pauch, Sr., Rick Laubach, Wade Hendrickson, Richie Pratt, Jr., Rich Scagliotta, Billy Pauch, Jr., Jimmy Chester, Rick Wegner, Jr., John Stangle, Jeff Heotzler, Doug Manmiller, Chuck Hopkins, Ryan Godown, Mike Iles, Ray Swinehart, Matt Harrell, Stewart Friesen, Mike Franz
DNS: Brian Truppi
BIG BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE #2– 20 LAPS – WINGATE CLASSIC
RICK LAUBACH, Jimmy Horton, Richie Pratt, Jr., Chad James, Duane Howard, Craig Von Dohren, Billy Pauch, Sr., Ryan Watt, Billy Pauch, Jr., Rich Scagliotta, Jimmy Chester, Chuck Hopkins, Doug Manmiller, Mike Franz, Scott Van Gorder, Jeff Heotzler, Ron Roberts, Steve Haggan, Ray Swinehart, John Stangle, Rick Wegner, Jr., Wade Hendrickson
DNQ: Kevin Hirthler, John Stangle, Steve Young, Ron Roberts, Tim Tanner, Jr., Steve Haggan, Bobby Firth, Rusty Smith, Mark Herman, Mike Barone, Chic Cossaboone, Scott Irwin, Sean Gunther, Rick Holsten, Dave Howard, Bob Sarkisian
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
RAIN MOVES LATE MODEL MEMORIAL RACE TO JUNE 27
BECHTELSVILLE, PA JUNE 20, 2009 . . . All day rain on Saturday forced the postponement of the annual Late Model Memorial, a race run in memory of racers, officials and others involved in racing at Grandview Speedway who have passed away. The race, a 30-lap event for NASCAR Late Models, has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 27th. Racing will start at 7:30 p.m. The Memorial, paying $1,000 to win, will now be part of a tripleheader card of racing that features the NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 modifieds along with the Legends stock cars. In addition to the Memorial race for the late models there will also be one-on-one gauntlet competition with the “survivor” taking home the largest chunk of money. Adult admission for the June 17th show will be $15. Then on Tuesday, June 30th, the Keystone State Speedweek Series will feature the 410 sprint cars and 358 modifieds with racing starting at 7:30 p.m. The late models will be in the limelight again on Saturday, July 4th when the Beer City of Quakertown Firecracker 40 is presented with late models running for an increased purse. The annual Holiday show will also feature the NASCAR 358 modifieds. In addition the Kory Fleming late model team will be giving away four bicycles to lucky youngsters as part of a special promotional drawing. Racing will start at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission for that special Holiday show will be $18. Fans are reminded that time is running out to enter the BPG Racing “Name The Race After a Fan” contest. Fans are asked to send a letter, 100 words or less, on why the night should be named after them. Entries can be sent to Esaxton144@aol.com or to ESC, Inc. 1448 Hollywood Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047. The winner of the contest will have their name used in all advertising and promotional efforts, have the opportunity to go to victory lane for both feature events and entertain their friends in the sponsorship suite for their night. Grandview Speedway is located at 43 Passmore Road, just a short distance off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA 10 miles north of Pottstown. For racing information telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com.
Today: Variably cloudy and humid with rain and a thunderstorm. High: 77Tonight: Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms, mainly early. Low: 63
Today: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 78. South wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. Tonight: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 62. West wind between 11 and 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Saturday, Jun 20
High: 77 °F RealFeel®: 78 °F
Showers and gusty thunderstorms; cloudy and humid, breezy this afternoon
Saturday Night, Jun 20
Low: 61 °F RealFeel®: 60 °F
Mostly cloudy and breezy with showers and thunderstorms, mainly early
Showers and scattered thunderstorms this morning...then showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall this afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Mostly cloudy. Showers and thunderstorms in the evening...then a chance of showers after midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall in the evening. Lows in the lower 60s. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent
Friday, June 19, 2009
HERE IS LAST YEARS BPG/CHAD SINON TRACK'S FAVORITE FAN CONTEST LETTER! Just in case some of you have never read it?
I’d like to try to describe to you in my own words what living with Grandview’s Biggest Fan is like. In our life, it’s not just about the races on Saturday night. My husband’s passion for Grandview is so much more than that. It all started for him in 1974, about 34 years ago, when his dad brought him to his first race at Grandview and it soon turned into a weekly ritual for them. That ritual lasted for almost ten years at which point real life took over for a while. He continued to attend races at the track, but not as often as he would have liked. At first, early in our relationship, Brett never mentioned Grandview at all. It all began for me on a Saturday evening in May 1999. We were moving into our house in Bechtelsville. It was late in the day and at the very first roar of the engines, Brett ran around opening every window to listen for the sound of Ernie’s voice crackling through the air from Grandview. I didn’t know who Ernie was or what Grandview was…I had no clue what I had gotten myself into! From that point on the word “Grandview” has popped up in conversations in our house on an almost daily basis, not just during racing season.
During the wintertime, Brett scours the internet and racing papers for any news related to the drivers, crews and owners. He worries over rumors that the track has been sold. He wonders if THIS season will be the LAST season. Thankfully, that rumor never does come true. He wonders out loud if he should purchase a season ticket this year or not (probably waiting for my approval.) If we’re driving in the general vicinity of the track, we’ll inevitably end up driving right past the track just to have a look. One year for Christmas I wrapped up some cash and made a phony ticket to pay his way in on Opening Day…it was one of his favorite Christmas presents ever! In late winter, he attends the racing shows in the area just to get a first glimpse at some of the new paintjobs and have an opportunity to talk racing again. His enthusiasm, even in the dead of winter, is contagious.
Brett looks so forward to a new season at the track that he will actually lose sleep over it a few days before Practice Day. He hasn’t missed a Practice Day in years not to mention Opening Day. The planning usually starts mid-week with the first peek at the next Saturday’s weather forecast. If there’s rain in the forecast, I will hear about it several times a day. If good weather is forecasted, I’ll hear about that, too! Brett plans out well in advance what races are the BIG ones and which ones he just can’t miss. I’ve rescheduled parties and plans numerous times based on Grandview’s schedule for the season.
Race day itself is another story! Brett begins to talk a little faster, move a little quicker and can’t quite sit still until it’s time to go to the track. The entire day revolves around the races…taking a nap, picking the right clothes for the weather, packing the cooler, washing the goggles, making phone calls and plans. It takes less than five minutes to get there from our house, but Brett routinely leaves at least fifteen minutes travel time for the ride, just in case. Of course, there are the Thunder on the Hill races, too, which also require the same diligence and planning.
One of the nicest surprises of Brett’s life was meeting Eric and Ron Shankweiler of Boyertown, who are also diehard Grandview fans. Brett met Eric through our daughter’s daycare. We were at a picnic at the daycare for our kids when Brett struck up a conversation with Eric about sports. It didn’t take long for them to realize they had something in common…Grandview. The conversation lasted ALL NIGHT with the two of them standing, drinking beer, and sharing their stories about Grandview. The picnic went on without them and they didn’t even notice. Ron is Eric’s dad. They kindly invited Brett to join them in their favorite seats at the top of the stands. He has joined them there for five years now and their friendship means the world to him. Finding two friends to share the track experience with has added enormous fun and camaraderie to his life…not to mention weekly phone calls and emails and the creation of a Grandview website that Brett maintains weekly along with the fantasy Grandview league that he runs for the guys. Thanks to Eric and Ron (and their early birthday present to Brett), I now have a side of sheet metal from Craig Von Dohren’s modified hanging in my family room!
As mentioned above, his love of the place led to the creation of a fantasy Grandview league and a website. It is one of his favorite hobbies and is an easy way for him to communicate the results of the fantasy league to the guys.
Over the years, I’ve done my part to support Brett because being Grandview’s Biggest Fan isn’t always easy. I have sat in the stands in the blistering sun, the pouring rain and even a passing snowstorm with him while he takes it all in with a beer and a smile. On nights that Brett couldn’t make it to a race, I have woken up early the next day to call the track for the prior night’s results, so I could quiz Brett on the winners over breakfast. I have agonized with Brett over the tragedies at the track. I have listened to stories of drivers, crew or their family members that have been taken from this world too young. I don’t know the people, but I will never forget their stories. I’ve stood back and watched him strike up conversations with folks from the track at the mall, the hardware store, school functions, and local restaurants. Even their initial puzzled looks at him won’t make him stop talking to them about Grandview. We’ve donated money to help for one cause or the other when the drivers have collected in the stands. And, I’ve spent countless Saturday nights without my favorite date because there’s nothing in the world he’d rather do than go to Grandview on a Saturday night.
Being the wife of Grandview’s Biggest Fan means that I get to be a part of a lot of fun stuff, too. I have watched Brett’s eyes light up the first time our daughter ever saw the cars line up on the track and I have seen the huge smile on his face when Kelsey started asking to go to the races with him last year. I have listened to my daughter delightedly retelling the story about how she and her daddy met Jason Hamilton and how Jason gave her a bunch of racing goodies through the fence. She’s his fan for life! I’ve walked through the pits with them after a race while Kelsey collected autographs and don’t know who had more fun…Kelsey, Brett or me! Another time I got to hear Kelsey tell me that she and daddy met ERNIE that night and it was all so very exciting, especially when told by a little girl with wide eyes! We have some unforgettable memories together like the night the modifieds ran without one single caution and another time when it snowed during the feature. I’ve sent Brett’s name in to be mentioned by Ernie on his birthday many times…usually a night at Grandview with us is all he wants for his birthday every year. We’ve got lots of birthday memories from Grandview over the years.
Grandview Speedway is a HUGE part of Brett’s life. He loves everything about it…the track itself, the dirt, the history, Craig and Jason, the stands, the food, the fans, Ernie, the Rogers family, the drivers, the crew chiefs, the smell of the fuel, the roar of the engines, the cars, the stories, the memories, the wrecks, the pits, the tailgating, the fireworks, and most recently the fun of Kelsey sitting in his lap in the stands talking “racing” with him. In his life, it just doesn’t get any better than that. Grandview is the good stuff for him. It’s what makes life worth living. It is so much more to him than just a Saturday night at the races.
Brett will be turning 50 on July 14, 2008. Grandview Speedway has been a very important and fun part of his life for most of those fifty years. He has shared his love of the track with his father and is now passing that enthusiasm and love of the track on to Kelsey. I truly cannot think of a more fitting way for him to celebrate his fifty years on this earth than with a night at Grandview like the one you’ve described in the ad for this contest. Please give him your consideration. He is most deserving and would be most appreciative. I doubt that you will find a bigger fan or a better spokesperson for the track than my husband. It would sincerely and honestly give Grandview’s Biggest Fan one of the greatest nights of his life!
And, if I still haven’t convinced you, I thought I would share a poem I wrote for him last year in a home-made birthday card covered with Grandview stickers and pictures of CVD. I know it’s corny, but it goes something like this…
“Ode To A Race Fan”
You’ll find him at Grandview on Saturday night,
He’s close to the top, standing in clear sight.
He sits at the track with his red cooler and backpack,
With a smile on his face because he really loves this place!
He loves the sounds, the sights and the smell,
When CVD is in the lead, you may even hear him yell!
Just a French fry or two, and a slice of pizza will do,
There’s nothing like track food to put him in a great mood!
If you hang around for a while, you’re bound to see him smile.
Through rain and sleet and snow, he’ll cheer them on and watch them go!
Yep, that’s my man…the World’s Greatest Dirt Track Fan!
Thanks so much for this opportunity. I enjoyed writing this letter and hope you all enjoyed reading it. I have an added benefit of being married to Grandview’s Biggest Fan. I always know where he is on a Saturday night!!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Fans will get a chance to take part in an exciting contest that will see one of those entering having an entire night of racing named after them thanks to sponsor BPG Racing/Chad Sinon Motorsports. Fans are invited to send an e-mail/letter to Esaxton144@aol.com, 100 words or less, explaining why they feel a race night should be named after them. The winner of the contest will be able to bring seven friends to the races on July 18th and watch from the sponsor suite. In addition they will all go to victory lane for both features. All advertising and promotion will refer to the race night as their night. All entries must be submitted by July 4th and entries will be accepted at the track.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Desantis (1-25).
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Laubach; Pauch Sr.; Von Doren.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Last night's winners were lightning and rain! After completing all the heat races and consolation events, the rain started falling during the URC sprint car feature. There were 7 laps in the books when the rain forced the cars pitside and the race was cancelled. The two features will be made up on July 25th with a regularly scheduled show of URC and modifieds.
Heat winners for the modifieds were Jeremy Banos, Addison Meitzler, Shawn Reimert and AJ Desantis. The consi's were won by Mike Gular and Jon Kellner Sr. The URC heats were won by Scott Pursell, Jonathan Swanson and Chuck Palmucci. The consi was won by Joe Zuczek.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Today: Times of clouds and sun with an afternoon shower and/or thunderstorm. High: 80Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a shower or thunderstorm around. Low: 59
Today: Scattered showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 79. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Saturday, Jun 13
High: 79 °F RealFeel®: 85 °F
Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a thunderstorm in the area, mainly later
Saturday Night, Jun 13
Low: 56 °F RealFeel®: 60 °F
Mostly cloudy with a shower or thunderstorm in the area
Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers this morning...then showers and thunderstorms likely this afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. Northeast winds around 5 mph...becoming east this afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Mostly cloudy. Showers and thunderstorms likely in the evening. Lows in the upper 50s. East winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Tell me Mark Teixeira, the New York Yankees first baseman doesnt look like Craig Von Dohren? Every time I see this guy it reminds me of CVD! Must be CVD's long lost brother! I bet he wishes that Mark was. What a race team they could put together with all that money!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
One of the most popular events presented at Grandview Speedway is the doubleheader show that features the United Racing Company sprint cars and NASCAR 358 Modifieds. That doubleheader show happens this Saturday, June 13th, with the green flag being waved at 7:30 p.m. Heading up the always exciting sprint cars will be point leader Chris Coyle of Wilmington, DE. The veteran racer will be looking for his first win of the season at Grandview but he has been a consistent performer in the four events presented so far and that is the reason he sits on top of the championship chase with the traveling sprint organization. Multi-time champion Curt Michael will be in the field, about 30 entries expected, along with Trevor Lewis, he won last Saturday at Selinsgrove Speedway. Other top talents scheduled to compete include Kramer Williamson, Michael Carber, JJ Grasso, Davey Sammons and a host of others.
The Saturday night doubleheader could very well be one of the most competitive events of the season as the sprints and modifieds produced some great wheel-to-wheel contact sport competition. A 25-lap feature will top the action for the URC sprints while a 30-lapper will complete the show for the modifieds
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
(Bob Yurk photo)(Click to enlarge)
20-LAP LATE MODEL FEATURE (RAINED OUT ON MAY 16): 1. Mike Kellner 2. Wayne Pfeil 3. Ron Kline 4. Danny Snyder 5. John Favinger 6. Brian Shuey 7. Kyle Merkel 8. Bill Henning 9. John Giesler 10. Rick Todorow 11. Buddy Wharton 12. Kurt Spotts 13. Randy Stoudt 14. Doug Walton REST DID NOT FINISH 15. Andy Ressler 16. Chris Wojnar 17. Dennis Peiper 18. Chuck Schutz 19. Dallas Briedenbach 20. Buddy Mertz 21. Jamie Undercoffler
20-LAP DON MARKS MEMORIAL LATE MODEL FEATURE: 1. Kyle Merkel 2. Chuck Schutz 3. Brian Shuey 4. Randy Stoudt 5. Ron Kline 6. Nate Christman 7. John Giesler 8. Rick Todorow 9. Bill Henning 10. Buddy Wharton 11. Doug Walton 12. Wayne Pfeil 13. Danny Snyder 14. John Favinger 15. Dallas Breidenbach 16. Kurt Spotts 17. Chris Wojnar REST DID NOT FINISH 18. Buddy Mertz 19. Dennis Peiper 20. Mike Kellner 21. Andy Ressler 22. Jamie Undercoffler.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Whitt. (Brent Smith photo)