Friday, February 27, 2015


BECHTELSVILLE, PA February 27, 2015 . . . In the last 15 years of NASCAR 358 Modified stock car racing at Grandview Speedway there have been three different champions. The title during those years has been shared by three of the very best dirt track stock car racing talents with Jeff Strunk grabbing the champion’s loot 10 times, Craig VonDohren (the all-time leading feature winner) has been champion three times and Duane Howard has topped the final point standings twice.
                Fan interest is running high as opening night is just four weeks away. Will there be someone new taking the NASCAR 358 Modified title, worth thousands of dollars, in 2015?
                Veteran Doug Manmiller has been a threat to the top three for a number of years. This year he is back with his own team and anxious to show that he has the talent to be the champion. Jared Umbenhauer is moving to the Modifieds and after being a powerhouse competitor, winning three straight Sportsman titles, it will be interesting to see if he carries that success to the primary division of competition. Young Tim Buckwalter has shown signs of brilliance and this could be his year to win features and a title. Nate Christman looked strong last season as did Frank Cozze, Don Norris and several others. The championship looks to be up for grabs in 2015.
                In the Late Models and Sportsman there are no defending champions as BRC Late Model champion Randy Stoudt has retired and Sportsman titleholder Jared Umbenhauer plans to challenge the Modified talents. Titles in both divisions are up for grabs by some very talented racers in both divisions.
                So there is plenty for fans to think about as the 53rd consecutive season of stock car racing gets underway officially on Saturday, April 4th at 7 p.m. with a three division show that features the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and BRC Late Models. This will open the battle for the lucrative championships.
                A free-to-the-public practice session featuring all divisions of competition is set for Saturday, March 28th at 12 noon.
                And on Saturday, March 7th, 1 p.m. those who have purchased 2015 season passes are invited to the track to pick their reserved seat for the season. That is the seat that they will have available each and every Saturday night from the season opener through the annual Freedom 76 in September. Fans who have not purchased their season pass, $350 for the season, can do so on March 7th or be sure to get one by sending a check payable to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope to speed up the return of the pass.
                For Enduro fans, the first of several action packed Sunday afternoon Enduro events is set for Sunday, March 29th at 1 p.m.
                Grandview Speedway, a one-third-mile, banked clay track, is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, in Bechtelsville, PA. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at Other information sources are and twitter@grandviewspeedway.
                Those seeking information on advertising in the weekly track magazine, billboard advertising or sponsoring a night of racing can obtain full information from Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. at 215.752.797 or at

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