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HOWARD EARNS MORE THAN $25K WINNING HIS FIRST GRANDVIEW SATURDAY NIGHT FEATURE RACE OF THE SEASON, THE 48TH ANNUAL FREEDOM 76

HOWARD EARNS MORE THAN $25K WINNING HIS FIRST GRANDVIEW SATURDAY NIGHT FEATURE RACE OF THE SEASON, THE 48TH ANNUAL FREEDOM 76

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. September 16,2018 . . . Duane Howard, behind the wheel of the Norm Hansell owned Norm’s Save Station No. 357, has had his share of problems throughout the 2018 season on Saturday nights at Grandview Speedway, but the team never gave up. They continued to try different venues to put the Carroll Hine powered mount in Grandview’s Saturday night victory lane – a place he had not stood in during the regular season since August 20, 2016.

The table finally turned for the five-time point champion during the running of the 48th Annual Freedom 76-lap T.P. Trailers Modified feature – a race Howard previously won four times.

Starting fifth through the luck of the draw, in a field of 34 cars Howard battled with Ryan Godown, runner-up and leader for 16 laps prior to the 31st lap restart when Howard took the lead.

Dealing with heavy lap traffic numerous times, Howard changed lanes to weave through the cars and this allowed Godown to reel him in, but Godown couldn’t make the move to the front and ran second the rest of the way while having to deal with third-place finisher Craig Von Dohren in the later stages.

When things were all set and done Howard picked up his biggest win of the season for a payday of $25,000 plus lap money, $250 from TP Trailers, products from VP Fuel providing he met the necessary requirements plus the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie. A winner of the event in 1993, 1997, 1999 and 2011 plus now this year, Howard is now tied with Craig Von Dohren at five wins in the prestigious event.

Richie Pratt put the Kyle Borror-owned No. B4 into the early lead at the drop of the green from starter Ray Kemp with Kyle Weiss, Godown, Howard and Brian Hirthler in pursuit.

The red was thrown with eight laps in the books when Ryan Krachun’s car caught fire in turn four. He was uninjured, but out of the race. Pratt continued his pace with Godown making his presence known.

Godown put the Searock No. 26 at the head of the pack on the 15th circuit while Pratt, Howard, Weiss and Mike Gular jockeyed for positions.

On the 20th lap Stewart Friesen, who came straight from Las Vegas after competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck race the previous night, Ryan Grim and Brian Papiez tangled between turns one and two right in front of the leaders and the other front runners bringing out the yellow. Godown narrowly missed the cars, but Pratt wasn’t as fortunate and got caught up in the melee which forced him to restart in the rear of the field. Godown held his pace when action resumed with pressure now coming from Howard, Gular, Weiss and Jeff Strunk, the defending race winner of the race the past two years.

Godown’s comfortable lead was erased when the red was thrown for a 10-car pile-up in which Pratt rolled and Billy Pauch Jr. was also involved. Several cars were eliminated. It was still Godown as the race leader when action resumed.

On the 30th lap while battling for positions, newly crowned 2018 NASCAR Modified point champion Mike Gular and Strunk made contact in the third turn with Strunk making contact with the wall erasing his chances of making the event a three-peat. Also involved was Skylar Sheriff, who hit the front end of Strunk’s car and hit the fourth turn wall with heavy impact. Sheriff was shaken up a bit and complained of leg pain.

While this took place Godown and Ray Swinehart, who were running first and third using alcohol while the others used gas, were allowed a fuel stop without losing their positions. When the race went green this time Howard took command trailed by Godown, Anthony Perrego, Gular and Swinehart.

By the 57th lap the race for the lead was a three-way one between Howard, Godown and Von Dohren, who started deep in the pack in 29th having to get in through the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20.

With ten laps to go and Howard encountering heavy lap traffic the order behind him was now comprised of Godown, Von Dohren, Jared Umbenhauer and Friesen, who came from the back of the pack several times.

Howard overcame all obstacles and held off all the competitors’ challenges to chalk up a well-earned win. Chasing him across were Godown, Von Dohren, who earned the Bobby Gunther Walsh and sponsors Hard Charger award worth $1,000, Umbenhauer and Friesen.

Meme DeSantis and Ray Swinehart, who finished ninth and 16th received a $100 bonus from Donnie and Patti Miller in memory of their son Chad who lost his life on September 16.

Alan Johnson, Frank Yankowski, Kenny Gilmore, Pratt, Perrego and Scott Albert won the five 12-lap heats.

T.J. Lilly, Alex Yankowski, Doug Manmiller, Don Norris Jr., Rich Rutski and Mike Lisowski qualified through the consolation races to get into the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20 – the last chance to get into the Freedom 76.

Rick Laubach won the event and dedicated the win to car owner Lori Hermann who recently lost her battle with cancer. Finishing second was Friesen followed by Von Dohren, Papiez and Manmiller.

Strunk won the 10-lap Cash Dash worth $1,000.

                Coming up at Grandview is a Saturday, September 29th, 1 p.m. Enduro along with Blast from the Past Vintage doubleheader.

                Saturday, October 13th, 6 p.m. Thunder on the Hill Halloween Special featuring the Big Block/358 Modifieds, Sportsman and MASS 305 Sprints.

 RACE RESULTS

T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (76-Laps): 1. Duane Howard, 2. Ryan Godown, 3. Craig Von Dohren, 4. Jared Umbenhauer, 5. Stewart Friesen, 6. Anthony Perrego, 7. Doug Manmiller, 8. Mike Gular, 9. Meme DeSantis (provisional), 10. Mike Mahaney, 11. Kyle Weiss, 12. Brian Hirthler, 13. Richie Pratt, 14. Louden Reimert, 15. David Hunt, 16. Ray Swinehart, 17. Brian Papiez, 18. Wade Hendrickson, 19. Alan Johnson, 20. Ryan Lilick, 21. Kenny Gilmore, 22. Jeff Strunk, 23. Skylar Sheriff, 24. Ryan Watt, 25. Frank Yankowski, 26. Danny Erb, 27. Billy Pauch Jr., 28. Rich Laubach, 29. Frank Yankowski, 30. Jordan Henn, 32. Ryan Grim, 32. Kyle Merkel, 22. Billy Pauch (provisional), Ryan Krachun. DNQ: T.J. Lilly, Bob Trapper, Alex Yankowski, Chris Gambler, Brett Gilmore, Briggs Danner, Danny Bouc, Bobby Gunther Walsh, Ryan Kunkle, Clay Butler, Steve Swinehart, Mark Kratz, Justin Grim, Colt Harris, Ryan Beltz, Craig Whitmoyer, Dan Waisempacher. DNS: Scott Albert.PP

 Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20: 1. Rick Laubach, 2. Anthony Perrego, 3. Craig Von Dohren, 4. Brian Papiez, 5. Doug Manmiller. DNQ: Brian Krummel, Tim Buckwalter, John Willman, Brian Hirthler, Alex Yankowski, Geezer Fanelli, Mike Lisowski, Rick Rutski, Don Norris Jr., T.J. Lilly, , Bobby Trapper Jr., Frank Cozze, Gary Hager.

Cash Dash (10 Laps): 1. Jeff Strunk, 2. Anthony Perrego, 3. Alan Johnson, 4. Kenny Gilmore, 5. Mike Gular, 6. Ray Swinehart, 7. Richie Pratt, 8. Frank Yankowski, 9. Scott Albert.

PAST WINNERS LOOKING TO WIN AGAIN IN 48TH ANNUAL $25,000 TO WIN FREEDOM 76 AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY ON SEPTEMBER 15TH

FREEDOM-38 THE NIGHT BEFORE FEATURES SPORTSMAN AND SPRINTS

   VISITING DRIVERS NEED TEMPORARY NASCAR LICENSES FOR PIT ADMISSION SEPTEMBER 1 AND 8

BECHTELSVILLE, PA AUGUST 28, 2018 . . . Many of the best talents in the sport of dirt track Modified stock car racing have been winners in Grandview Speedway’s Freedom 76. Several of the past winners will be back to try again when the $25,000 to win race takes place on Saturday, September 15th at 7 p.m.

                Billy Pauch Sr., one of the legends in the sport, has six wins in the classic. Ten time Grandview Modified champion Craig Von Dohren is a five time winner. Another ten time champion Jeff Strunk has been to victory lane seven times. Meme DeSantis has tallied three wins while Duane Howard has topped the field in four of the Classics. Ray Swinehart and Stewart Friesen are former winners. And it is expected that just about every one of them will be back to try for another win in the “Granddaddy of Modified Stock Car Classics”.

                Of course the 48th version of the Freedom 76 will also attract many of the top names in the sport as visiting talents along with a large field of Grandview regulars.

                Bobby Gunther Walsh and his sponsors have added some excitement by posting $1,000 to the Hard Charger in the 76 lap race that will this year have no mandatory fuel stop.

                The night before the Freedom-38 will feature the Sportsman racing talents in a 38-lap feature race while Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, the exciting 305 sprinters, will be the second part of the doubleheader show starting at 7 p.m.

                Adult admission for the Freedom 76 is $40 but advance tickets are being made available at race events leading up to the big night and they are priced at $35. Youngsters 6 thru 11 pay $10 and kids under 6 are admitted free.

                Drivers are reminded, those not regulars at Grandview, planning to use September 1st and 8th as opportunities to race in those events a NASCAR license is required. For the Modified license the cost is $50 while a Late Model and Sportsman license is $25. A license purchased for September 1st will also be good to use for September 8th. Crew members and fans do not need to purchase a license but must pay an extra $5 each on those nights and fill out a brief form to enter the pits. NO LICENSE IS REQUIRED FOR THE FREEDOM 76.

                Lap sponsorships are available for $20 and 35% of the Freedom 76 laps have already been taken. Laps can be purchased at the track by seeing Tina Rogers or Tommy Kramer. And you can reach out to Ernie Saxton at esaxton144@aol.com or 215.752.7797 to make lap sponsorship arrangements. T.P.Trailers, Stoudt Auto Sales and others have purchased more than one lap.

                Admission for the Friday, September 14th, Sprint and Sportsman doubleheader, is $12 for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 thru 11 and under 6 are admitted free.

                The Freedom 76 has a September 22 rain date while the Friday night event offers no rain date.

                Full details on camping, parking, seating and more is available at www.grandviewspeedway.com at the Freedom 76 link. Rules for the race and entry blanks are also available at the same location.

                Grandview Speedway, a banked one-third-mile clay track, is located on Passmore Road just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA. Telephone 610.754.7688 for information.

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GULAR, REIMERT AND SNYDER WIN NASCAR TITLES AT GRANDVIEW; $25K TO WIN FREEDOM 76 THIS WEEKEND

ALL ATTENTION TURNS TO 48TH ANNUAL FREEDOM 76 WEEKEND SEPTEMBER 14 & 15

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 9, 2018 . . . For the first time this century there is a NASCAR T.P.Trailers 358 Modified Champion at Grandview Speedway not named Howard, Strunk or Von Dohren. Going back to the previous century it was 1999 when Terry Meitzler won the title. Veteran racer Mike Gular is the 2018 Modified Champion, his first championship, having tallied 3536 points without benefit of a feature win but earned with consistent strong finishes all season.

                “My car owner provided us with great equipment,” said Gular. “Over the years my parents have been very supportive of my racing and sacrificed for my racing. My dad (former racer Rudy Gular) was there to see us race many nights and was so happy that we won the title.

                “A big thanks goes to car owner Rich Stankiewicz and his roofing business along with Conestoga Valley Custom Kitchens and of course the great team effort. Our consistency paid off for us with the championship. We are hoping we can top off the season with a win in the Freedom 76 on Saturday.”

                In the Sportsman division sophomore racing talent Louden Reimert earned the top spot with 2684 points and like Gular did it without benefit of a feature win. Danny Snyder led the Late Model standings all season after rattling off three feature wins early in the season. Snyder tallied 2211 points to win his first title.

                Ten time Modified champion Craig Von Dohren won three features and had 3386 points to finish 150 points behind the new champion. Jeff Strunk, another ten time champion, finished third with 3351 points. He had two wins. And the third of the big three, Duane Howard, finished fourth in the final point tallies with 3057 points and no wins.

                Defending champion Chuck Schutz finished second in the final Late Model standings with 2053 points and three wins. Wayne Pfeil was a close third with 2023 points and two wins while young Kyle Merkel finished fourth with one win and 2002 counters.

                Finishing second to Reimert in the Sportsman standings was Brad Grim with 2549 points and one win. Mike Lisowski took third with 2448 points and two wins.

                Unfortunately the final point event of the season, WNPV Radio Championship Night, was rained out as were eight other racing nights counting toward the championship standings.

                All attention will now be centered on two big nights of racing action coming up on Friday, September 14, and Saturday, September 15. On Friday, 7 p.m., the Sportsman will race in the Freedom 38 and the Mid Atlantic Sprints will be performing in a full slate of qualifying events topped by a 25 lap feature. Modifieds racing in the Saturday night Freedom 76 will be permitted practice laps. Adult admission is $12 while youngsters 6 through 11 pay $5 and kids under 6 are admitted free. It will also be the last opportunity for fans to purchase the money saving advance adult tickets for the Freedom 76. Advance tickets are priced at $35 with race day tickets costing $40.

                On Saturday, September 15th, 7 p.m. the “Granddaddy of Modified Stock Car Classics”, the 48th Annual Freedom 76 paying $25,000 to win, will be presented. A full series of qualifying events will lead up to the 76 lap finale. Adult admission is $40 while youngsters 6 thru 11 pay $10 and kids under 6 are admitted free.

                The Freedom 76 has a September 22nd rain date while the Friday events do not have a rain date.

                Check out all information on the Freedom 76 at www.grandviewspeedway.com and click on Freedom 76 where there is info for racers and fans.

UNOFFICIAL FINAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR

MODIFIEDS AS OF SEPTEMBER 9, 2018

  1. Mike Gular, Boyertown, PA #2  3536
  2. Craig Von Dohren, Oley, PA #1C               3386***
  3. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #126                3351**
  4. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66/357H         3057
  5. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19B             2829***
  6. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA #117       2790
  7. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17          2436
  8. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #44M     2403*
  9. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19/1H             2358*
  10. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #4   2254
  11. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA #74W        1785
  12. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #M7      1784
  13. Clay Butler, Bloomsbury, NJ   #48             1767
  14. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA #49               1656
  15. Eric Biehn, Barto, PA #87              1613
  16. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7             1608
  17.         Justin Grim, Orefield, PA #611  1438
  18. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA #21K 1420
  19. Steve Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA #942          1378
  20. Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA #33 1304**
  21. Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA #23X                1128
  22. Bobby Trapper, Jr., Scranton, PA #2T/69                1121
  23. Ron Kline, Salford, PA #3             1096
  24. Briggs Danner, Allentown, PA #6/78D    1052
  25. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44  1042
  26. Joe Fanelli, Exton, PA #22            1038
  27. Dan Waisempacher, Springtown, PA   #01            1010
  28. Chris Esposito, Hatfield, PA #31                1003
  29. Jordan Henn, Blandon, PA #77X                870
  30. Bobby Trapper, Allentown, PA #69/2     864

                Also Feature Winners: Stewart Friesen, Ryan Watt, #14W

UNOFFICIAL FINAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR

LATE MODELS AS OF SEPTEMBER 9, 2018

  1. Danny Snyder, Frederick, PA #44              2211***
  2. Chuck Schutz, Pottstown, PA #00/1         2053***
  3. Wayne Pfeil, Mohnton, PA #72 2023**
  4. Kyle Merkel, Green Lane, PA #26             2002*
  5. Steve Todorow, Trumbauersville, PA #93             1956*
  6. Drew Weisser, Reading, PA #19                1950
  7. Lou Egrie, Willow Grove, PA #X4              1917
  8. Steve Wilson, Green Lane, PA #15          1643*
  9. Jordan Knepp, Pottstown, PA #108          1235
  10. Cory Merkel, Gilbertsville, PA #118X     1021
  11. Brian Shuey, Shoemakersville, PA #177 997
  12. Patrick Robinson, Bechtelsville, PA #5   970
  13. Sean Merkel, Boyertown, PA #118          927*
  14. Bryan Sipe, Shoemakersville, PA #33S   851
  15. Todd Ravel, Shoemakersville, PA #88    730
  16. Dallas Breidenbach Spring City, PA #X/22             580
  17. Shawn Horning, Blandon, PA   #8M         480
  18. Dirk Rimrott, Phoenixville, PA #5H         480
  19. Dave Ogin, Fleetwood, PA #12  468
  20. George Irwin, Chester Springs, PA #22  190

 UNOFFICIAL FINAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR

SPORTSMAN AS OF SEPTEMBER 9, 2018

  1. Louden Reimert, Oley, PA #58   2684
  2. Brad Grim, Coplay, PA   #23         2549*
  3. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15         2448**
  4. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99       2381*
  5. Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA #19 2298
  6. Dylan Swinehart, Fleetwood, PA   #38   2202
  7. Brad Arnold, Sinking Spring, PA #830      1862**
  8. Mark Kemmerer, Green Lane, PA, PA #F10          1826*
  9. Kyle Lilick, Collegeville, PA #104              1761**
  10. Kurt Bettler, Hellertown, PA #54              1672
  11. Kenny Bock, Birdsboro, PA#6     1653
  12. Jack Butler, Phillipsburg, NJ #5  1635
  13. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA #14F               1574
  14. Jesse Landis, Gilbertsville, PA #976        1447
  15. Derrick Smith, Telford, PA #20   1383
  16. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4*         1334*
  17. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA #72      1321*
  18. Mike Mammana, Nazareth, PA #31         1244
  19. Ryan Beltz, Barto, PA #221           1242*
  20. Andrew Kreis, Boyertown, PA #6K           1152

                Other Feature Winners:  Nathan Mohr *

* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are 

                NASCAR point events.)