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VON DOHREN, BUTLER AND SCHAEFFER BEAT THE RAIN AND WIN FEATURES AT GRANDVIEW SATURDAY NIGHT

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. June 27. . . Despite rain being all around the area of the 1/3-mile Grandview Speedway clay oval, action was never interrupted as the first championship point events were run off.

Craig Von Dohren, who started deep in the pack in last Saturday’s opening night activities, had a better starting spot for the first point race of the season and it worked to his advantage in the 30-lap T.P. Trailers NASCAR Advanced Auto Parts Modified feature on Saturday night. By winning the first qualifying heat and a heads up start Von Dohren was the polesitter. Numerous competitors tried to take the lead away from the ten-time point champion on various occasions, but were unsuccessful. At the drop of the checkered Von Dohren pulled the PPB sponsored No. 1C into victory lane to begin the quest towards a possible eleventh title.

The 25-lap T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman feature was a nip and tuck battle between winner Jack Butler and runner-up Brandon Edgar. Both drivers dueled side-by-side for several laps with neither one giving up as Butler went on to take the checkered.

Scott Schaeffer won the 15-lap Outlaw Vintage Racing Series feature after he inherited the top spot when leader Jon Lines relinquished the position dropping out with mechanical problems.

Providing the feature winners met the necessary requirements, they received monetary awards from T.P. Trailers and a certificate from VP Fuels for product awards. The Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie award recipients were Von Dohren and Butler.

At the wave of the green in the Modified feature by starter Ray Kemp, Von Dohren was on a mission trailed by Jared Umbenhauer, Ryan Higgs, Briggs Danner and Brett Kressley. Kressley was in second at the end of eight laps and in pursuit of Von Dohren. Mark Kratz stopped along the homestretch for the first caution on the ninth lap. On the restart with Von Dohren and Kressley door handle to door handle, contact was made as Von Dohren didn’t “realize” Kressley was so close to him heading out of the fourth turn heading into turn one. Kressley lost valuable positions as Von Dohren was still the leader. Battling for second through fifth were Umbenhauer, Doug Manmiller, Duane Howard and Jeff Strunk. Manmiller took over second on the 14th lap and took chase after Von Dohren, who was approaching lapped traffic by the 18th circuit. The final caution was on the 21st lap when Mike Lisowski’s car erupted with steam bellowing out of it in the four turn. Von Dohren held his spot with Manmiller in a challenging position trailed by defending point champion Howard, Strunk and Umbenhauer. With six laps to go Howard overtook second and set his sights on Von Dohren. No one was able to catch and pass Von Dohren as he pulled into the winner’s circle for his first triumph of the season. Finishing second was Howard followed by Manmiller, Strunk and Umbenhauer. Rounding out the top ten were Ryan Grim, Kressley, John Willman, Kyle Weiss and Louden Reimert.

Heats were won by Von Dohren, Umbenhauer and Danner. Clay Butler won the consi.

Brandon Edgar led four laps of the Sportsman feature before the yellow came out for a fourth turn tangle between Derrick Smith and Kyle Lilick. On the restart Butler charged into first coming off the fourth turn to become the new leader. Edgar didn’t give him any room to falter and he stuck right with Butler trying to regain control. While Butler stuck to the inside groove and Edgar on the outside jockeyed for first, Brian Hirthler and defending point champion Brad Brightbill had their own battle for third. Edgar made several runs at Butler in an attempt to regain control, but each one failed. Butler never lost the lead and went on the score his first victory of the year and his third career win. Finishing a close second was Edgar followed by Brightbill, Hirthler and Mark Kemmerer. Sixth through tenth were Brett Gilmore, Jesse Landis, Ryan Beltz, Kyle Lilick and Chris Esposito. Edgar, Butler, Nate Brinker and Hirthler were the heat winners. Consies went to Brad Arnold and Kenny Bock.

Saturday, July 4, the Sportsman will be the highlight of the night with the Firecracker 40-lap feature rewarding the winner with $2,000 along with a full show of Modifieds set to get underway at 7:30 p.m. 

RACE RESULTS T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Craig Von Dohren, 2. Duane Howard, 3. Doug Manmiller, 4. Jeff Strunk, 5. Jared Umbenhauer, 6. Ryan Grim, 7. Brett Kressley, 8. John Willman, 9. Kyle Weiss, 10. Louden Reimert, 11. Ron Kline, 12. Rick Laubach, 13. Eric Biehn, 14. Briggs Danner, 15. Craig Whitmoyer, 16. Ryan Lilick, 17. Justin Grim, 18. Clay Butler, 19. Bobby Gunther-Walsh, 20. Richie Hitzler, 21. Dan Waisempacher, 22. Mike Lisowski, 23. Ray Swinehart, 24. Brad Grim, 25. Mike Gular, 26. T.J. Lilly, 27. Dylan Swinehart, 28. Mark Kratz. DNQ: Carroll Hine III, Ron Myers, Kevin Hirthler, Mark Levy and Kenny Gilmore.

T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Jack Butler, 2. Brandon Edgar, 3. Brad Brightbill, 4. Brian Hirthler, 5. Mark Kemmerer, 6. Brett Gilmore, 7. Jesse Landis, 8. Ryan Beltz, 9. Kyle Lilick, 10. Chris Esposito, 11. Ryan Higgs, 12. Dean Bachman, 13. Brad Arnold, 14. Doug Snyder, 15. Kyle Smith, 16. Nathan Mohr, 17. Joseph Brown, 18. Nate Brinker, 19. Parker Gulden, 20. Jesse Leiby, 21. Kenny Bock, 22. B.J. Joly, 23. Derrick Smith, 24. Lex Shive, 25. Tom Miller, 26. Mike Mammana. DNQ: John McGovern, Bryan Rhoads, Decker Swinehart, Scott Kohler, Cory Edelman, Jimmy Leiby, Nick Faust, Matthew Brooke, Bryce Thomas, Beau Drobot, and Mark Gaugler.

Outlaw Vintage Feature (15-laps): 1. Scott Schaeffer, 2. Curt Neiman, 3. Wyatt Jacobus Sr., 4. Matt Smith, 5. Gene Wrightstone, 6. Ron Paulson, 7. Jon Lines, 8. Bill Gerhart, 9. Denise Hall, 10. Jeff Paulson.

TIM BUCKWALTER WINS VP FUELS ROGERS MEMORIAL AT GRANDVIEW, BRIAN HIRTHLER TOPS SPORTSMAN

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. JUNE 21, 2020 – Out of action due to the COVID19 virus, racing finally returned to the Grandview Speedway 1/3-mile banked clay oval on Saturday night presenting the third annual VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker 50-lap Big Block/Small Block Modified feature.

Rogers, the man who helped build the track, along with his father Forrest, was one of the most respected auto racing promoters in the business. During the 55 years of running the facility he was able to bring it to national notoriety. One of the most successful short track racing operations has continued under the operation of members of the Rogers family since he passed away.

Over 54 Modifieds and 35 Sportsman cars lined the pit area to partake in the action to start the 58th consecutive season set with six Modified heats and four Sportsman heats along with consies to see who would make the show.

When the jam packed night of stock car racing action was over Tim Buckwalter had won the Third Annual VP Race Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker 50-lapper that featured big and small block racers battling for the $7,500 top prize. And Brian Hirthler took home the win money in the 25-lap T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman main event. Each driver that qualified for the 50-lapper earned at least $1,000.

Modified qualifying heats winners were Brian Hirthler, Rick Laubach, Brett Kressley, Billy Pauch Jr., Tim Buckwalter and Kyle Weiss. Consi winners were Dom Buffalino, Jeff Strunk and Mike Lisowski.

Cole Stangle, Brandon Edgar, Ryan Beltz and Brad Brightbill were the heat winners in the Sportsman with Ryan Higgs and Dakota Kohler winning the consies.

Every driver that made the main event through the heats redrew for starting positions.

Through the luck of the draw in the 50-lap event, Billy Pauch Jr. pulled the number one starting grid for the Bruce Rogers Memorial and kept the Rod Breitenstein/BMS Racing No. 14 in the lead until Tim Buckwalter dove underneath him coming off the fourth turn to put the Norm Saxton-owned No. 23X at the front of the pack.

Buckwalter, who has won in just about every type of race car he has ever wheeled, had a full straightaway lead built up at one point and in the later stages, Craig Von Dohren was closing in, but he didn’t have enough laps to actually catch him. At the drop of the checkered Buckwalter picked up the prestigious victory.

Von Dohren received an extra cash award from We The Fans for being the hard charger coming from 22nd to second after he made the race via the consi.

In the 25-lap Sportsman feature it appeared that Brandon Edgar was possibly on his way to his second career victory at the track. Former point champion Brian Hirthler had other ideas and with two laps to go he managed to take the lead away and go on to claim the win which was his sixth career triumph. The last two openers were won by his brother Kevin, but this year Brian decided it was his turn.

The Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie award recipients were Buckwalter and Edgar. Doug Manmiller received the Cargo Trailers certificate. Four non-qualifying drivers received $250 from American Racers Tires in a drawing and they included Mark Kratz, Brad Grim, T.J. Lilly and Nate Brinker.

Before the green could be thrown in the Modified feature, a tangle occurred in the third turn during the four-abreast parade lap. Through it, Buckwalter got a flat tire, but he was allowed to go to the pits and change it and not lose a position.

Pauch Jr. maintained the lead when action resumed trailed by Kyle Weiss, Ryan Krachun, Dylan Swinehart and Buckwalter.

The running order remained the same for several laps with Buckwalter and Krachun swapping third and fourth coming upon lapped traffic.

Meme DeSantis brought out the yellow on the 14th lap when he slowed along the homestretch. Before the restart Weiss, who was running a solid second constantly gaining ground on Pauch Jr. had to pit with a left flat tire relinquishing second for Buckwalter. Pauch Jr. held his ground on this restart, but one lap later Buckwalter was the new leader.

While Buckwalter showed the way action behind him was hot and heavy between Pauch Jr., Jared Umbenhauer, Krachun and D. Swinehart.

By the 25th lap Buckwalter had a full straightaway lead built up in his mount powered by a Morrison Race Engine, but by now he was being chased by Umbenhauer, Von Dohren, Pauch and Ryan Watt, who loaned Buckwalter parts earlier in the evening.

Von Dohren finally cleared Umbenhauer after battling for second for many laps and set sail after the rapid running Buckwalter.

Despite the fact Von Dohren closed the distance, he ran out of laps to try to get the lead away from Buckwalter as Buckwalter pulled into the winner’s circle trailed by Von Dohren, Watt, Umbenhauer and Jeff Strunk, another driver that had to run the consi to make the show.

Interesting to note that multi-time track champions Von Dohren and Strunk had to qualify through the consolation events.

Sportsman action saw pole sitter Jesse Landis set the pace for six laps before Edgar moved into first on the seventh circuit.

Nathan Mohr found himself facing the wrong direction in the first turn bringing out the yellow eighth lap. Before action resumed Jim Housworth, while running a solid fifth, had to pit since the belly pan was dragging. On the restart Landis managed to regain control, but was short lived as tree laps later Edgar took back the lead coming out of the fourth turn.

Behind Edgar dicing for positions were Landis, Brian Hirthler, Kyle Lilick and Brad Arnold.

Once Hirthler overtook second he began to pressure Edgar.

With two laps remaining the fifth lead change occurred as Hirthler was now the new leader.

Hirthler never surrendered the lead and was back in victory lane again trailed by Edgar, Lilick, Arnold and Landis.

Next Saturday, June 27, a full show of T.P. Trailers Modified and T.P. Trailers Truck Equipment Sportsman which will begin the point season will be presented with the Blast From The Past Vintage Cars will be part of the tripleheader show set to get underway at 7:30 p.m.

RACE RESULTS

VP Race Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker 50 Big Block/Small Block Modified Feature (50-laps): 1. Rick Buckwalter, 2. Craig Von Dohren, 3. Ryan Watt, 4. Jared Umbenhauer, 5. Jeff Strunk, 6. Rick Laubach, 7. Duane Howard, 8. Billy Pauch Jr., 9. Mike Gular, 10. Doug Manmiller, 11. Ryan Krachun, 12. Kyle Weiss, 13. Dylan Swinehart, 14. Richie Pratt, 15. Dom Buffalino, 16. Ryan Grim, 17. Ryan Godown, 18. Matt Stangle, 19. Brian Hirthler, 20. Ryan Lilick, 21. Steve Davis, 22. 22. Meme DeSantis, 23. Mike Lisowski, 24. Brett Kressley. DNQ: Briggs Danner, Brandon Grasso, Ron Myers, Louden Reimert, Kenny Gilmore, Eric Biehn, Ron Kline, Kevin Hirthler, Joe Funk, Nate Brinker, Tommy Scheetz, Jack Swaim, Ray Swinehart, Craig Whitmoyer, Richie Hitzler, Colt Harris, Brad Grim, John Willman, Darren Schuler, Don Waisempacher, Ron Kline, Justin Grim, T.J. Lilly, Clay Butler, Cale Ross, Bobby Gunther Walsh, Jordan Henn, Mark Kratz, Mark Levy, Brett Gilmore..

Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Brian Hirthler, 2. Brandon Edgar, 3. Kyle Lilick, 4. Brad Arnold, 5. Jesse Landis, 6. Jack Butler, 7. Brad Brightbill, 8. Kyle Smith, 9. Ryan Beltz, 10. Cole Stangle, 11. Ryan Higgs, 12. Jesse Leiby, 13. Derrick Smith, 14. Dakota Kohler, 15. Dean Bachman, 16. Kenny Bock, 17. Parker Guldin, 18. Nate Brinker, 19. Nathan Mohr, 20. Dug Snyder, 21. Mark Kemmerer, 22. Jim Housworth, 23. Tom Miller, 24. John McGovern, 25. Scott Kohler, 26. Kevin Hirthler, DNQ: Jimmy Leiby, Chuck Eckert, Lex Shive, Bryan Rhoads, Beau Robot, Mark Gaugler, Decker Swinehart, Chris Esposito, Ryan Laise.

3RD ANNUAL VP RACE FUELS ROGERS MEMORIAL SET FOR GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY ON JUNE 20

BECHTELSVILLE, PA June 14, 2020. . . Practice is over and racing, actual racing, is ready to be run.

The Third Annual VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker is set for Saturday, June 20 at Grandview Speedway and it rewards the winner with at least $7,500 and that is quite an incentive for the dozens of racers expected to be on hand. The big money event will mark the official start of the 58th consecutive season of stock car racing at the Berks County clay oval. Every racer that makes the starting field earns $1,000 or more. And there just may be more money offered before race day. However the honor of winning the 50-lap Small Block/Big Block Modified race could very well mean more to the winner than the big bucks.

Rogers, the man who built the one-third-mile, banked clay track along with his father, was one of the most respected auto racing promoters in the business. And he was very well respected by the competitors. During his 55 years of running the popular auto racing facility he was able to bring it to national notoriety. It is one of the most successful short track racing operations in nation and has continued under the operation of members of the Rogers family since he passed away.

Many well-known racing talents have expressed interest in being a part of this event which will kick off the 58th consecutive season of stock car racing at the Bechtelsville oval. In addition to track regulars such as Duane Howard, Jeff Strunk, Craig Von Dohren, Doug Manmiller, Jared Umbenhauer, Colt Harris, Mike Lisowski, Skyler Sherrif, Dan Wasenpacher, and others. There are a number of visitors expected to be part of the action.

A full series of qualifying events will lead up to the 50-lap main event. Sportsman stock cars will be featured as the second part of the show. Rules can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com.

Racers planning to participate are requested to pre-enter (no entry fee) by telephoning or texting 484-256-4375. There is no license required and it is a non-point event. Please provide driver’s name, contact information and phone number to assist in the promotion of the event. Complete details, information sheet, can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com at Bruce Rogers Memorial.

Drivers and owners are asked to please go to www.grandviewspeedway.com and print off the W-2 form and return it to the pit office on opening day. A W-9 form must have been provided to officials in order to participate in the pill drawing.

Ticket prices for the June 20 special event are $28 for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 thru 11 and those under 6 will be admitted FREE. Pit admission is $40. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. with racing action getting the green flag at 7:30 p.m. Pits open at 4 p.m.

It is recommended that all attending wear a mask when they cannot practice social distancing but it is not mandatory. Also there is no COVID-19 waiver to be signed for the event.

 Fans that are not sitting with family members are asked to practice social distancing. There are ample seating areas to do that when possible.”

Attendees are being asked, if possible, to provide exact change for tickets, pit passes and items being purchased at concession stands.

In addition it is suggested that those who do not feel well or feel uncomfortable being around others please do not attend.

Non-smokers are reminded that their section is located within the non-alcohol section of the grandstands.

 Anyone wishing to camp may do so Saturday overnight. All campers must be off the property the next day.

Coming up on Saturday, June 27th, is a tripleheader show featuring the T.P.Trailers Modifieds, T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman and Blast from the Past Vintage racers starting at 7:30 p.m.

Information on Grandview Speedway can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or at 610.754.7688.

The one-third-mile, banked clay track is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown.