Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Hope we get it in tonite! There are storms in the area! Keep your fingers crossed! See ya there!
(Brent Smith Photo) Click to enlarge!

Monday, June 29, 2009



Here is a photo of Randy Stoudt in victory lane saturday night after winning the late model memorial race for fallen family members of Grandview Speedway. Read through the list and I am sure you will recognize some names. The memorial is a nice way to commemorate some of the people that were a part of the speedway through the years! (Brent Smith Photo) (Click to Enlarge)

Sunday, June 28, 2009


It was a perfect night for racing last night as finally the weather cooperated. The legends were on the slate and ran flawless heat races. The feature was won by Scott Houdeshell followed by Lucas Montgomery and Todd McCollum rounded out the top 3. The late models were really hungry last night with the $1000 memorial race on the line! Nate Christman was nothing less than spectacular! The rookie ran the top groove to perfection for many laps only to slip up and Chuck Schutz moved into the lead position. At that point in the race it seemed that Schutz had it under control till Randy Stoudt started reeling in Schutz late in the race. With only 3 laps left, Stoudt got by Schutz and cruised to victory. Finishing 2nd was Schutz followed by Ron Kline, Mike Kellner and Kyle Merkel rounded out the top 5. Randy Stoudt also won the very popular Gauntlet race beating Mike Kellner in the final duel. Randy mentioned in victory lane that he did run Mikey up the track that forced him out of the throttle. He also praised Kellner, stating Mike is one hellava driver.
The modifieds were handed some penalties thru-out the evening for rough riding. Some I didnt agree with! JMO! Jason Hamilton was put back 2 positions in his heat race with an altercation with Craig Von Dohren. Kevin Hirthler was sent to the rear with a nasty mix-up with Jon Kellner Sr sending Jon hard into the outside wall. Jon was quick to exit the car and chase after Hirthler before he was restrained. Keith Brightbill had an altercation with Billy Pauch Jr which tore up Pauch's car and knocked him from competition for the night. It looked as though the BIG 3 (Howard, Strunk, CVD) were going to be dueling it out for the win. AJ Desantis drove an excellent race and led many early laps. Howard worked by Desantis by lap 15 and took control. It seemed as though Duane would be the 1st repeat winner of the season. Jeff Strunk was tearing up the track and reeled in Howard and thus took command on a restart. Soon after Howards mount broke ending his evening. Von Dohren ran 2nd, but never really challenged Strunk who cruised to his 1st victory aboard the Vince Gagliardo owned #41. CVD finished 2nd followed by Meme Desantis, AJ Desantis and Kerry Kratz rounded out the top 5. Jeff thanked motor builder, Squeek who he mentioned that he had been pretty tough on recently. Jeff is a class act in victory lane. Jeff also takes over the point lead from Howard. The Gagliardo's were not present in victory lane?????
A very good night of racing that went on a little too late which kept us from going pitside. Good chats with Jason Hamilton & Glenn Gold along with Jeff Imbody pre-race. Always good to meet up with Joe Adams of Joe Adams lettering. Joe always seems to have a good story for us and enjoys visiting the "CPN" site! Joe recently re-did the graphics on Billy Pauch Jr's car. It looks EXCELLENT! Also want to thank the Merkel brothers for placing "CPN" stickers on their hot-rods! Thanks Kyle & Sean! Another thanks goes out to Mike Laise who runs the #318 modified on a shoe-sting budget for placing "CPN" stickers on his mount! Mike needs some added support for his family owned team. I think Mike could really "get it done" with some support! Sorry to say that Captain Ron was without his sword and cooler full of growlers due to a bout with lyme disease! Hope your back in charge soon Captain! We picked up our tickets for Thunder on the Hill tuesday night which is always a good one! Thanks also to Ernie Saxton who gave a shout out to Billy who was sporting his "CPN" shirt. Ernie is in line to pick up his very own "CPN" shirt next saturday! Hopefully we will avoid the thunderstorms on tuesday night! We'll see you then! Keep on Cowpattying!


I would like to personally thank everyone who has visited Cowpatty Nation over the past 8 months! I never thought the site would become as popular as it has? It started as just a fun thing between a few friends that I put together to get us through the winter months without much racing action taking place. Since then, the site is getting between 50-100 visits per day! We have also remarkably had over 160 t-shirts/sweatshirts made! I really enjoy working on the site and always like to hear any feedback you might have. We have had an opportunity to meet so many people that we would have never met thanks to the website! The racing community is one very kind group of people. Thanks again, Brett


30-LAP NASCAR WHELEN ALL AMERICAN SERIES 358 MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH: 1. Jeff Strunk 2. Craig VonDohren 3. Meme DeSantis 4. A.J. DeSantis 5. Kerry Kratz 6. Mike Gular 7. Jason Hamilton 8. Ryan Godown 9. Shawn Reimert 10. Kevin Hirthler 11. Addison Meitzler 12. John Willman 13. Jeremy Banos 14. Doug Manmiller 15. Ryan Grim (The following were not running at the finish) 16. Tom Umbenhauer 17. Kyle Follweiler 18. Mark Kratz 19. Duane Howard 20. Brad Missimer 21. Don Norris 22. Danny Erb 23. Jon Kellner Jr. 24. Terry Meitzler 25. Keith Brightbill 26. Billy Pauch Jr. 27. Jason Smythe 28. Jon Kellner Sr.

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
(Brent Smith photos)

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Head out to Grandview Speedway tonite for some great racing action on a perfect evening! Tonite's show includes a 30 lap Modified feature, a 30 lap Memorial Late Model race paying $1000 to the winner, a 20 lap Legend feature and the ever exciting Late Model Gauntlet races! Who's it going to take home the Gauntlet this year? Tell me that gauntlet pic wouldnt be a cool trophy to the Gauntlet winner!!


How about this pic of CVD readying himself for battle in the Freedom 76! He piloted the Bill Devine 70D back in the day with success! There is Mike Harvey hanging out in the backround! I think I caught Craig off guard in this shot, but he had a smile to follow! (click to enlarge)

Friday, June 26, 2009


This will be the final visit for the 410 sprint cars to Grandview Speedway this season! PA (Cowpatty) Speedweek is always a good show! Jesse "the Rocket" Hockett and Daryn Pittman will be on hand once again to battle Fred Rahmer, Greg Hodnett, Doug Esh, Todd Shaffer amongst others for the $5000 top prize! Also on hand will be the 358 Modifieds! Doug Manmiller always rises to the occasion for the Thunder shows. He will have stiff competition with the likes of Duane Howard, Craig Von Dohren, Jeff Strunk, Rick Laubach, Billy Pauch Sr & Jr amongst others! Pick up your tickets saturday night to avoid that line on tuesday!


Look at the new $1.00 bill with none other than our very own, "Captain Ron"! Man, I never realized the Captain was such a powerfull man!

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Here is a GREAT picture of Kenny Schrader getting ready to rip it up at Big Diamond last night! Thanks to Glenn Gold who took this excellent shot of Kenny! (Click to Enlarge)
(Glenn Gold photo)


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.
(Jason Walls Photo)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Keep on Cowpattying!


Bridgeport Speedway Results – Tuesday, June 23, 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


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

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


(Brent Smith photo)


Pick up your copy today!

Monday, June 22, 2009


Sounds like "K-DOG" Keith Hoffman may be a permanent addition to the weekly Grandview wars? Lose a Hoffman, gain a Hoffman. Man, neither Hoffman ran on a weekly basis at "The Hill", now we have had both making the attempt! Keith is piloting the vacated 15J that John Pursell had driven earlier in the season. I am not sure if John will return, or it is now Keith's ride? We shall see?
(Brent Smith photo) (click to enlarge)


Here is a shot of Eric & I with my favorite USAC driver, "The Demon" Damion Gardner. This pic is from Grandview when USAC was in town on June 2nd. Damion won the running of the 2007 Chili-Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I have always enjoyed his aggresive driving style. Damion currently sits in 6th place in points while piloting the DG Racing #71.
(Click to enlarge)

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Here is Mr. Mod wheeling his favorite modified and driver of all time! Mr. Excitement! (click to enlarge)


Saturday, June 20, 2009


2007 Oval Nationals Danny Sheridan Qualify PIP from vrafan on Vimeo.



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


My Husband, Brett Thayer – Grandview’s Biggest Fan!

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!!

Karen Thayer


Thanks to Mike Folk for some pictures from the USAC show at Grandview Speedway! Mike is originally a true PA Cowpatty who now resides in California! Mike does alot of travelling to dirt tracks in California. Mike follows alot of the USAC guys and was nice enough to introduce us to some of them along with some post race pictures. Thanks again Mike! Here, from left to right are Brett, Mike, Jesse Hockett and Eric. (Click to enlarge)

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Can you name these 3 drivers? Obviously at Grandview. I know 2 of the 3 for sure! I have a guess at the middle (white car), but I am not positive? I truly wish the other two drivers were still active! Well, I can wish in one hand and you know what in the other!!


Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Here I am in a victory lane with Brian Shuey last year after my wife submitted my fan contest letter that happened to be the winner! (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

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.


T-MAC is working towards a return to the driver seat for the Great Northern tour. Starting at Oshweken Speedway! Stay tunes to see if the possibility becomes reality! Let's all hope so! (Click to enlarge)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


This woman was kind enough to model our brand new line of "CPN" jewelry. She just didnt want to show her face to protect her innocence! Can't blame her for that one! Haha!


Dirt Track Racing School from John Bollenbacher on Vimeo.

Monday, June 15, 2009




358 Small Block Modifieds Feature (25 laps): 1. Meme Desantis; 2. Kyle Weiss; 3. Craig Von Doren; 4. Doug Manmiller; 5. Jimmy Horton IV; 6. Billy Pauch Sr.; 7. Billy Pauch Jr.; 8. J.R. Crouse; 9. Ryan Beltz; 10. Jared Umbenhauer; 11. Bryan Brown; 12. Jordan Umbenhauer; 13. Jimmy Horton; 14. Rich Pratt Jr.; 15. Brad Brightbill; 16. Keith Brightbill; 17. Jeff Strunk; 18. Tom Umbenhauer; 19. Kevin Albert; 20. Dale Hertz; 21. Rich Laubach; 22. Craig Whitmoyer; 23. Billy Warren; 24. Keith Hoffman; DNQ: Gary Hager; Steve Weikel; Barry White.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Desantis (1-25).
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Laubach; Pauch Sr.; Von Doren.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Man, what a crazy day and night it was! The weather being so unpredictable. It was my daughter and I running a solo Cowpatty effort to "THE HILL" last nite! Fire Marshall Doug was on fire duty, manning the front stretch once again. The skies were very ominous looking when we arrived only to somewhat clear out and turn cooler than expected. We headed up pitside to the gate and met Brian who is a Jon Kellner Sr pit crewman. Nice meeting you Brian and thanks for picking up a "CPN" shirt! Good Luck to Jon the rest of the season and to you learning the ropes. Next was Ben Moyer who plays a big role with the "PPB" team of Billy Pauch Jr. Ben picked up shirts for himself, Billy Pauch Jr and Eric Kauffman of Kauffman's barbecue. Thanks Ben! Can't wait to see the "new" body on the #8. Todd Bashore also picked up his "CPN" shirt last night. Todd runs the parts truck in the pits! The Bashore family business. Gave a shout out to Jason Hamilton on the way back to the stands.
We had the pleasure of meeting Storm R-1 Trooper and his wife in the stands. Great to meet you guys! Storm R-1 picked up his "CPN" shirt also. Obviously they are big supporters of Johnny Rea and Ryan Godown. Earlier in the day we had the pleasure of hanging out with Pete Knappenberger at Doug Ritters graduation party. A good time that was! Pete scored a couple "CPN" shirts for himself and Whippy from his show Racers Roundtable. Thanks Pete! Sorry we didnt catch up with the infamous Diamond Dog! Sorry I missed you DD! I don't like missing the opportunity for some good "race chatter" with the Dog! Also a brief chat with Chris Noble with his excellent Greatest Show on Dirt website and Jeff Pfister. Yo, Sidney got it DONE! Congrats!
With URC in the house there is always plenty of action. They accounted for 3 flips thru-out the evening with some very close racing. Still cool to see "ageless" Kramer Williamson behind the wheel. Amazing! The modifieds were a little less aggressive. I spoke to Mike Kelly pre-race and he laid down the law at the drivers meeting and there were no questions asked by any of the drivers!! He figured we will just see how it plays out! The racing was clean for the most part. Poor Tom Umbenhauer had the 357 rockin'. Its a shame the motor seemed have terminal issues over the last few laps of the heat race. Billy Pauch Jr had a different body on the car and they will be putting a brand new body on for the upcoming weeks. CVD was back with the TEO car once again. Kerry Kratz also returned after a week off. Jeremy Banos and Addison Meitzler were equally impressive winning their respective heat races. Shawn Reimert was also hauling the mail to win his heat race. It was rookie heat win night also for A.J. Desantis who had the #14 honkin' to win his heat. Jon Kellner Sr and Mike Gular won the consi's.
7 laps into the URC feature after a red flag, the rains and lightning began. We made the quick trip to the car before the skies opened up and cancelled the show. Man, my daughter was pissed! She said, "Dad, you have got to be kidding. We saw everything but the features and now we have to go home?" "What about the pits...I love the pits!" You know, I never thought I would hear her say that but, DAMN...that is a GREAT feeling! I guess the acorn doesnt fall that far from the tree!! Till next week...keep on Cowpattying!


Sunday night, June 14, a night of open wheel racing returns to SSP in a big way with the All Star 358 Summer Championship featuring the best 358 Sprint Car drivers from Williams Grove, Lincoln, Selinsgrove and Trailways Speedways on neutral ground for the only time in 2009. The 358 Small Block Modifieds will also make their return to SSP after many years away from the track. The Legends Cars will also be on the card as racing begins at 6:00 p.m.
The 20-lap 358 Sprint Car feature event will be pay $1,200 to the winner. The tire rule will be the same used at the regular 358 Sprint Car tracks – (All right rear tires used must be a HOOSIER National Sprint Spec tire, size 105/18-15. Any SC compound tire is permitted). All other rules of the Central PA 358 Sprint Cars will prevail for this event. Mufflers are not required for the 358 Sprint Cars. Raceievers will be mandatory. Lineups will be determined by a blind draw for the heat races with an inversion for the feature to be determined by a draw from the 1st heat race winner.
The 25-lap 358 Small Block Modified feature will pay $2,200 to the winner. The rules will follow the generally accepted 358 Small Block Modified rules throughout local tracks in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey with the exception of 1) 2350 lb. min. weight with driver after the race; 2) max. 365 cubic inches; 3) racing gas or alcohol may be used; 4) open tire rule. Mufflers are not required for th 358 Small Block Modifieds, but Raceivers are highly recommended.
Lineups will be determined by a blind draw for the heat races with an inversion for the feature to be determined by a draw from the 1st heat race winner.On Sunday, the pit gates will open 3:00 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 4:00 p.m. Practice begins at 5:20 p.m. with qualifying races at 6:00 p.m. followed by consolation races and feature events. General Admission
Grandstand ticket prices Sunday, June 14, will be Adults (ages 18-59) $15.00; Young Adults (ages 11-17) & Senior Adults (60 & Older) $13.00; Children (10 & under) are free. Pit pass prices on both days are $25.00 with a reduced price of $22.00 for all pit competitor license holders. The minimum age requirement to purchase a pit pass is 12 years of age with a copy of a birth certificate is required for all ages 12 to 17.


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.


358 MODIFIED FEATURE (25-LAPS): 1) R1-Ryan Godown, 2) 357-Rick Laubach, 3) 4-Duane Howard, 4) 99-Craig Whitmoyer, 5) 21K-Kyle Weiss, 6) 88D-Meme DeSantis, 7) 1c-Craig Von Dohren, 8) 118-Sean Merkel, 9) T102-Shawn Fitzpatrick, 10) 14-Doug Manmiller, 11) 33-Ray Swinehart, 12) 6-Ryan Watt, 13) 71-David Van Horn Jr., 14) 5-Joey Grammes, 15) 3A-Kevin Albert Jr., 16) 74W-John Willman, 17) 44-Gary Hager, 18) 11W-Steve Weikel, 19) Y73-Ricky Yetter, 20) 14D-AJ DeSantis, 21) 47-Gary Wagner Jr., 22) 77-Keith Hoffman, 23) 41-Jeff Strunk, 24) 42-Kyle Follweiler. LAP LEADERS: S. Weikel (1), C. Whitmoyer (2-6), R. Godown (7-25).

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


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I dont think you guys will have any problem guessing these 2 drivers! They have been around for quite some time. Both very successful on the Tri-track circuit. Bonus: can you name the car behind the 80 in the top picture? (Click to enlarge)


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


Just wondering if anyone noticed on the Nascar pre-race show, someone standing behind Kenny Wallace and Jimmy Spencer holding up a sign that read: HI COWPATTIES? Can anyone solve this mystery man? If you know who this was or even saw this, please let us know via e-mail or on the message board! PRICELESS!


Just want to give a quick shout out to Kyle Merkel and a congrats on his win this past saturday night! Fire Marshall Doug informed me that Kyle has been Cowpattying for a little while now! Thanks for checking out the site Kyle! Glad to have you aboard! Maybe we could get you a couple stickers for that #117? Let me know!(Brent Smith photo) (click to enlarge)

Monday, June 8, 2009


Here we have one of our Cowpatty fans SpiderDan! SpiderDan put this race car together (if you can actually call it that) for his daughter's school project! He threw a "CPN" sticker on that race car (box) and a #15 (dripping paint) for Jason Hamilton (honestly Jason, we had nothing to do with this). I gave Dan his name because I think he resembles Tobey McGuire a little bit? But after this poor excuse for a school project he did for his daughter...well Dan...I think you have more of a train wreck going there! I was able to lamely put you in your spidey suit which kinda matches the lame race car! I really like how your legs and body go different directions! I am kinda glad you didnt put Beer City on that deal! Here's to you SpiderDan, hoping you and Kirsten Dunst are able to put together SpiderDan 4! PRICELESS!


Here is a good picture of one of the winners in the late model division saturday night Mike Kellner! Mike can sure get around Grandview's high banks in a hurry! Mike is one to watch when he is on the track. "FULL THROTTLE" should be Mike's nickname! I would love to see twisting the wheel of a modified. Congrats! Kyle Merkel was the winner of the regularly scheduled late model feature. (Bob Yurko photo)(click to enlarge)

Sunday, June 7, 2009


Billy Pauch Jr wins his 1st modified feature last night at Grandview Speedway! Congrats to Billy! Billy has reeled off some fine runs over the last few weeks and you knew the win was coming soon! Billy has been very smooth, and the car has a ton of smoke aboard! When Billy finally worked his way past Mike Gular for the lead, you knew it was over. Billy is one of the friendliest and good spirited drivers at Grandview week in and week out! Nice job Billy!
(Bob Yurk photo)(Click to enlarge)


30-LAP DON MARKS MEMORIAL 358 MODIFIED FEATURE PRESENTED BY MAIN RACING ENGINES AND MAVERICKS MOTORCYCLE CLUB: 1. Billy Pauch Jr. 2. Mike Gular 3. Jason Hamilton 4. Kyle Follweiler 5. Jeff Strunk 6. Chris Esposito 7. Danny Hieber 8. Terry Meitzler 9. Todd Marburger 10. Jon Kellner Jr. 11. Ryan Beltz 12. Todd Smith THE REST NO RUNNING AT FINISH 13. Duane Howard 14. Troy Wink 15. Meme DeSantis 16. Steve Young 17. John Willman 18. Jeremy Banos 19. Tom Umbenhauer 20. Ryan Grim 21. Doug Manmiller 22. Kevin Hirthler 23. Sean Merkel 24. John Tschudy 25. Mark Fehr 26. Craig VonDohren 27. Ryan Godown 28. Shawn Reimert (actually finished third but was disqualified for an illegal carburetor).
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


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Here he comes...here comes Speed Ronster...he's a demon on wheels!


I'm going with the "Ringoes Rocket" in a repeat performance to win tonite's feature! Ryan and Johnny have upped their game and are figuring out that Teo set-up! Keep an eye on Ryan tonite! Sadly, us Cowpatty members won't be present this evening! Prior commitments! have fun and see ya next week!

Friday, June 5, 2009


Tomorrow night is Don Marks Memorial night at Grandview Speedway! The night is being run in memory of Don Marks who was the long time track photographer who passed away in March, 2008. His contributions to Grandview Speedway, to the sport and to the racers were numerous. He was considered one of the very best photographers in the motorsports business.

There is a full night of racing on tap with an additional 20 lap make up late model feature as a result of the May 16th rainout. Adding a lot of interest to the racers on this night will be cash awards for the winners of each qualifying event plus lap money for the lap leaders in the modified feature and one 20-lap late model feature. In addition there are a couple of special cash awards plus beautiful statues for the feature winners courtesy of the Cheers Tavern. More than $2,000 in extra cash awards has been posted by a variety of different sponsors. (Bob Yurko photo)


FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Cole Whitt, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Darren Hagen, 6. Jesse Hockett, 7.; Bryan Clauson, 8. Chad Boat, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Brad Sweet, 11. Bud Kaeding, 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 13. Scotty Weir, 14. Kevin Swindell, 15. Henry Clarke, 16. Robert Ballou, 17. Mark Bitner, 18. Ryan Smith, 19. Billy Pauch, 20. Tracy Hines, 21. Chad Trout, 22. Steve Petry.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Whitt. (Brent Smith photo)

Thursday, June 4, 2009


Here is a cool picture by Brent Smith! It was a shot of the cars lining up for the make-up feature last saturday. Meme Desantis ended up winning. It was a perfect night for racing! Yo! There's Fire Marshall Doug sittin' on the wall! Click to enlarge. (Brent Smith photo)


Here is one cool Jason Hamilton banner! Buddies Josh Bitner & Drew put this together and had Jason sign it last saturday night! Drew did a really nice job with this! He is putting one together for Jason and my daughter Kelsey! Thanks Drew! Yo Josh...dont look so excited!