Category Archives: Grandview Speedway


BECHTELSVILLE, PA November 27, 2019 . . . With Christmas just around the corner Grandview Speedway, the NASCAR sanctioned weekly auto racing facility located in Bechtelsville, PA, is offering a gift idea for that special someone.

                Again this year, with no increase in the price, the one-third-mile, banked clay track, headed into its 58th consecutive season of operation, is offering season passes that cover the admission to every Saturday event in 2020 starting with the season opening Bruce Rogers Memorial on April 4th and continuing through to the huge 50th Annual Freedom 76 Classic on September 19th.

                The season pass is priced at $350 which affords a significant savings for fans planning to attend all the Saturday events on the schedule kicking off with the 3rd Annual Bruce Rogers Memorial on April 6 4TH that will feature Small Block and Big Block Modifieds battling for the $7,500 to win.

                As in the past the season pass holders will be invited to select their reserved seat for the season early in 2020.

                New this year will be non-smoking and non-alcohol grandstand sections. Details are being finalized.

                The season pass does not include the Bob Miller/Rogers Family promoted Thunder on the Hill special events.

                Season passes are available by sending a check covering the passes being ordered, payable to Grandview Speedway, to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. To speed delivery please include a self-addressed postage paid envelope.

                A complete schedule of events taking place at the popular racing facility will be announced in the near future.

                Racers will be taking part in the annual free-to-the-public practice session on Saturday, March 28th at noon.

                Information on event sponsorships, billboard and track magazine advertising, is available from Ernie Saxton at 267.934.7286 or A brochure with complete details on marketing opportunities is available upon request.

                Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road in Bechtelsville, PA, just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown. Keep up to date at or on Facebook. Telephone 610.754.7688.


BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 11, 2018 . . . Duane Howard, the current TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified point leader, collected a hefty $10,000 payday when he took the checkered in his third Forrest Rogers Memorial 50-lap feature victory on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway in the activities broadcast by RCN TV, Allentown.

It was close for the five-time champion when Jeff Strunk regrouped the field when he slowed in turn four with a flat right rear tire bringing out the caution with five laps remaining in the 49th annual Rogers Memorial.. Despite a single file restart, runner-up Frank Cozze, who has been struggling this season, was all over Howard giving him a run for the big bucks. At one point Cozze nudged ahead coming off of the fourth turn, but when the lap counted it was Howard in front as the side-by-side action created some paint swapping.

Howard was determined to keep the Norm’s Save Station Bicknell No. 357 mount prepared by the hard working crew ahead in front and he went on to chalk up his fourth win of the season at the 1/3-mile banked clay oval.

Howard was honored to win the 49th running of the special event named in honor of founder Forrest Rogers as he has high praise for the entire Rogers family.

Steve Young won his first feature of the year which was his second career TP Truck Equipment NASCAR 25-lap Sportsman feature leading the event from start to finish.

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 Howard and Young. Parker Guldin, who finished fifth in the Sportsman feature received an extra $100 from the track for being the first crate engine running.

In the Modified feature polesitter and rookie driver Richie Hitzler took the early lead and set the pace for 11 laps until Ryan Lilick powered into first leaving Howard, coming from the 16th starting grid; Steve Swinehart, Hitzler, who fell back, and Kenny Gilmore jockey for the remaining top five positions.

The lead was swapped for the third time when Howard put the Carroll Hine powered mount into the lead on the 15th circuit.

It didn’t take Howard long to distance himself from his fellow competitors and with 23 laps in the books, he was upon the lap traffic and had to use heads up driving skills to pass them as he realized they were racing for positions also.

Meanwhile as Howard continued his torrid pace the action behind him was hot and heavy between Lilick, K. Gilmore, Cozze and Brett Kressley. Attempting to get into the mix were Kevin Hirthler and Craig Von Dohren, who had to qualify through one of the two consolation races and start 25th.

Gilmore overtook second on the 37th lap and set sail after Howard who had a huge lead built up with Cozze, Kressley and Von Dohren in tow.

Former Rogers Memorial winner Strunk brought out the caution late in the race with a flat tire and after a quick pit stop rejoined the action and was able to muster up a 12th place finish. The single file restart lined up – Howard, Cozze, Gilmore, Von Dohren and Kressley. When action went green again Cozze gave Howard no margin to err as he was right on his bumper. The pair raced door handle-to door handle and it appeared Cozze would put the Tom Umbenhauer-owned car in the lead as he edged ahead slightly, but Howard denied him that chance as he dove underneath out of four to keep the lead when the lap counted. Howard stayed in control and pulled into the winner’s circle to claim the win. Chasing him across the line were Cozze, for his season best finish; Von Dohren, coming on strong in the end; Gilmore, who also posted his best run and Kressley. Rounding out the top ten were Hirthler, Jared Umbenhauer, Lilick, Doug Manmiller, another one that had to get into the race through the consi, and Steve Swinehart.

The four qualifying heat winners were K. Gilmore, Lilick, Jorden Henn and Hitzler. Rick Laubach and Manmiller won the consies.

Sportsman competition saw Young charge into the early lead with pressure from Josh Adams, Parker Guldin, Nate Brinker and B.J. Joly.

Positions were constantly being exchanged behind Young, who had a straightaway lead built up by the ninth lap and was now being chased by Guldin, Brad Arnold, Adams and Mark Kemmerer.

Young encountered lapped traffic by the 12th lap allowing Arnold to reel him in.

An infield tire hit by another competitor and pushed onto the track brought out the yellow on the 18th lap erasing Young’s slight edge. The restart was void when Andrew Kreis hit the fourth turn wall with heavy impact and was uninjured. The next try was no better and Kenny Bock found himself assisted into the second turn wall. When another lap finally was recorded, Young was still first, but by now Arnold, Brad Brightbill, the current point leader; Kemmerer and Guldin completed the top five.

A one lap shoot-out was set up when Kyle Smith was sitting sideways along the homestretch infield. Young wasted no time moving out and Brightbill was now in second looking for another weekend win.

Young kept everyone at bay to go on to claim the win followed by Brightbill, for the third week in a row after he made the last lap pass; Arnold, Kemmerer and Guldin.

Arnold, Young and B.J. Joly were the heat winners.

Coming up next at Grandview Speedway is an August 17th doubleheader featuring the T.P.Trailers NASCAR Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. with spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters under 12 are admitted free.


Forrest Rogers Memorial T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (50-laps): 1. Duane Howard, 2. Frank Cozze, 3. Craig Von Dohren, 4. Kenny Gilmore, 5. Brett Kressley, 6. Kevin Hirthler, 7. Jared Umbenhauer, 8. Ryan Lilick, 9. Doug Manmiller, 10. Steve Swinehart, 11. Glenn Strunk, 12. Jeff Strunk, 13. Craig Whitmoyer, 14. Rick Laubach, 15. Alex Yankowski, 16. Briggs Danner, 17. Richie Hitzler, 18. Ryan Grim, 19. Brett Gilmore, 20. Joe Funk III, 21. Kory Fleming, 22. Louden Reimert, 23. Jordan Henn, 24. John Willman, 25. Tim Buckwalter, 26. Dylan Swinehart, 27. Ray Swinehart, 28. Danny Erb. DNQ: Mark Kratz, Jesse Leiby, Ron Kline, Ron Myers, Kyle Weiss, Mike Lisowski, Justin Grim, Colt Harris, Nick DeSantis and Mark Levy.

T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Steve Young, 2. Brad Brightbill, 3. Brad Arnold, 4. Mark Kemmerer, 5. Parker Guldin, 6. Mike Mammana, 7. Jack Butler, 8. Brian Hirthler, 9. Brad Grim, 10. Jesse Landis, 11. Kyle Lilick, 12. Lex Shive, 13. Josh Adams, 14. Mike Koffel, 15. Jimmy Leiby, 16. Kyle Smith, 17. B.J. Joly, 18. Wyatt Harrar, 19. Ryan Beltz, 20. Kenny Bock, 21. Nate Brinker, 22. Andrew Kreis, 23. Tom Miller, 24. Ray Cost III, 25. Sean Weiss. DNQ: Derrick Smith.



BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 7, 2019 . . . When the 49th annual Forrest Rogers Memorial, paying $10,000 to win for T.P.Trailers NASCAR Modifieds, takes place on Saturday there will be a couple of charities benefiting from the night of racing. In addition there will be some free items for youngsters coming out to see their heroes in action.

The Boyertown Area Multi-Service will benefit from the Preston’s Pantry Project that is being run in memory of young Preston, his mom Pamela and his unborn baby sister, Evelynn. Their lives were lost when they were caught up in the July 11th floods that ravaged the area.

All items that are donated at the track must be new and unopened. They are looking for microwaveable meals, kids’ snacks, detergents, mac and cheese and the list goes on. Check at for a list.

 The very popular Safety Net Sanctuary Raffle Fundraiser is again being held at Grandview. Fans taking part in the raffle, which raises funds for animals at the Safety Net Sanctuary in Fleetwod, PA, will have a chance to win racing items, gift baskets and more. In addition donations of dry or canned cat and dog food will be accepted at the track. More info can be had from Lisa Marie Poper at 610.944.8099.

Free backpacks, just in time for school openings, courtesy of Craig Whitmoyer and Snyder Web Design, will be given away at the Rogers Memorial. Kids must pick up their free tickets Saturday night at the main entrance, right on up until heat races are completed, with five boys and five girls having their lucky tickets drawn at intermission to win the backpacks.

In addition to the backpacks school kits and activity books, all part of the KIDS DRIVE NASCAR KIT, will be given away at the main gate while supplies last on Saturday night.

And as a little extra attraction for the racers on Saturday night each heat and feature winning driver will receive a free one year subscription to Ernie Saxton’s Motorsports Sponsorship Marketing News, a publication that has helped racers across the country with their sponsorship marketing efforts.

A full series of qualifying events will be presented in both divisions of racing, Modifieds and Sportsman, on Saturday night starting at 7:30 p.m. Gates open for spectators at 5:30 p.m. Topping the night of racing will be a 25-lap feature for the T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman. And the highlight of the night will be the Forrest Rogers Memorial for T.P.Trailers NASCAR Modifieds rewarding the winner with $10,000.

Fans coming out at 5 p.m. will be able to meet Modified racer Kevin Hirthler along with Sportsman racers Brian Hirthler and B.J.Joly.

Adult admission for the exciting night of stock car racing is $25 while youngsters 6 thru 11 pay $5. Under 6 are admitted free. And pit admission is $30.

Rain date is set for Saturday, August 17th.

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