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BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 7, 2019 . . . When the 49th annual Forrest Rogers Memorial NASCAR 358 Modified race is presented at Grandview Speedway this Saturday, August 10, ten time NASCAR track champion Craig Von Dohren will be a big favorite to win. The Oley, PA racer, a winner of more than 100 feature races at Grandview, is looking to win his ninth Rogers Memorial. His first win goes back to 1986.

With $10,000 up for grabs for the winner, the competition for the coveted classic win will be keen to say the least.

Last year Ray Swinehart, one of the oldest competitors, took the win. Saturday night he will be looking for his fifth win.

Another ten time track champion, Jeff Strunk, will be looking to win his third Rogers Classic. Duane Howard, locked in a battle for the T.P.Trailers NASCAR track title, is looking for a third win. Veteran racer Meme DeSantis is a two time winner as is Billy Pauch. Green Lane, PA’s Kevin Hirthler has won once.

And if you go way back in the record books you will find that Freddie Rahmer, who finished his career as one of the nation’s top Sprint car racers, won four Forrest Rogers Memorials before moving on to the Sprints.

There are a number of Saturday night Modified racers that have what it takes to win the Classic including Doug Manmiller, Brett Kressley, Hall of Famer Frank Cozze, Rick Laubach, Tim Buckwalter, Jared Umbenhauer and others. And who knows there just might be a visitor come in and steal it all away from the regulars. It has happened before with Danny Johnson and Ryan Godown claiming the big check.

So Saturday night at Grandview Speedway the action will be super exciting as more than 40 Modified racers are expected to be on hand to try to take home the $10,000 first place money.

And the always exciting T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman will be in action with the racing producing a new feature winner just about every Saturday night.

Current point standings show Duane Howard 3463 points has a slight edge over Craig Von Dohren with 3416 counters in the Modifieds and Brad Brightbill continues to be the pacesetter in the Sportsman with 2922 points as they head toward the Forrest Rogers Memorial Night of racing.

Sitting third in the NASCAR 358 Modified standings is Brett Kressley with 3142 points followed, in the top five, by Doug Manmiller at 3080 and Rick Laubach with 3001 points. In the NASCAR Sportsman Brad Grim has 2724 points to hold down second spot. Third is former champion Brian Hirthler with 2694 tallies. Kyle Lilick has earned 2658 points while Saturday night feature winner Jack Butler is fifth with 2377 points.

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.

Freedom 76 Lap Sponsorships, just $20, are available from Tina Rogers or Tommy Kramer at the track. Lap sponsorships and heat race sponsorships ($200) are available through Ernie Saxton at 267.934.7286 or mail a check to cover the cost of laps and/or sponsorship of a heat race to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505.

Racing gets the green at 7:30 p.m. with the first of the qualifying events leading up to the feature races. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is $25 while youngsters 6 thru 11 pay just $5 and those under 6 are admitted free. Pit admission is $30. The weekly Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet giving fans a chance to see race cars up close and meet some of the drivers takes place near the main gate starting at 5 p.m. This Saturday fans will meet Modified standout Kevin Hirthler along with his Sportsman driver brother Brian Hirthler and B.J. Joly.

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1.            Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66/357H          3463***

2.            Craig Von Dohren, Oley, PA #1C                3416****

3.            Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K             3142**

4.            Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #44M      3080*

5.            Rick Laubach, Hellertown, PA #7L             3001

6.            Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19/1H              2891

7.            Jeff Strunk, Boyertown, PA #126               2734***

8.            Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA #117        2662

9.            Alex Yankowski, Covington Twp., PA #84Y           2359

10.          Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #4    2341

11.          Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17           2329

12.          Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA #21K  2280

13.          Louden Reimert, Oley, PA #16   2251

14.          Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15          1973

15.          Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA   #99      1971

16.          Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA #23X                1967

17.          Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44  1644

18.          Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #OG7/14              1582

19.          Briggs Danner, Allentown, PA #6/78D    1550

20.          Clay Butler, Bloomsbury, NJ #4B               1542

21.          Dylan Swinehart, Fleetwood, PA #81      1434*

22.          Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA#33  1388

23.          Ron Kline, Salford, PA #355         1327

24.          Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA #14RR            1319

25.          Dan Waisempacher, Springtown, PA #01              1302

26.          Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7              1281

27.          Justin Grim, Orefield, PA   #611/61          1227

28.          Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA #77H             1100

29.          Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA #49                1096

30.          Steve Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA #313          910



1.            Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA #19 2922***

2.            Brad Grim, Coplay, PA #13           2724

3.            Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4*/117  2694**

4.            Kyle Lilick, Collegeville, PA #104              2658*

5.            Jack Butler, Phillipsburg, NJ #5  2377**

6.            Mark Kemmerer, Green Lane, PA, #F10 2358

7.            Kyle Smith, Fleetwood, PA #77 2289

8.            Brad Arnold, Bethel, PA #830     2285

9.            Dean Bachman, Emmaus, PA #65              2022

10.          Andrew Kreis, Boyertown, PA #6K           1827

11.          Brandon Edgar, Lehighton, PA #57           1676*

12.          Jesse Landis Gilbertsville, PA #976          1601

13.          Ryan Beltz, Barton, PA #221        1535

14.          Lex Shive, Pennsburg, PA #5K    1474

15.          Mike Mammana, Nazareth, PA #31          1456

16.          Nathan Mohr, East Greenville, PA #17M                1286*

17.          Nate Brinker, Allentown, PA #14              1266

18.          Kenny Bock, Birdsboro, PA   #6  1214

19.          Derrick Smith, Telford, PA#20    1197*

20.          Parker Guldin, Fleetwood, PA   #11         1064*

21.          Sean Weiss, Gilbertsville, PA #24             1004*

22.          Josh Adams, Douglassville, PA #44A       985

23.          Tom Miller, Gilbertsville, PA #77T            949*

24.          Chris Esposito, Hatfield, PA #31A             927

25.          Andy Clemmer, Bechtelsville PA #127   888

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

                NASCAR point events.)


BECHTELSVILLE, PA. JUNE 9, 2019 . . . Jeff Strunk, the ten-time Grandview Speedway NASCAR Modified point champion, behind the wheel of the Glenn and Bonita Hyneman-owned/Tabloid Graphics/Teo No. 126 became the new leader on the 14th circuit and went on to capture back-to-back victories in the 30-lap TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified feature on Saturday night at Grandview. Strunk also won the Modified feature the last time they had run back on May 25th. The veteran racer commented that the track was to his liking because it was smooth and slippery taking on rubber as the race progressed. The racing activities were sponsored by long time NASCAR supporter Whelen Engineering.

Brian Hirthler, running third, took advantage of the situation when leader Brad Brightbill developed mechanical problems and swung around Ryan Beltz and Brightbill to take over first on the 22nd lap to score the triumph in the TP Truck Equipment 25-lap Sportsman NASCAR feature for his second win of the season in the event rained out June 1

In the regularly scheduled Sportsman feature, Derrick Smith, who hasn’t been in victory lane since August 26, 2017, led from the drop of the green until the wave of the checkered to record his first win of the current campaign.

Providing all feature winners met the necessary requirements, the Modified and Sportsman feature winner got monetary awards from TP Trailers and a certificate from VP Fuels for product awards. The Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie award recipients were Strunk, Tom Miller and Smith. Both Sportsman feature winners received an extra $100 from the track for running crate engines.

John Willman, out of Modified action for a few weeks due to engine problems, returned and wasted no time resuming the lead from the pole being chased by Mike Lisowski, Ron Seltmann Jr., Kenny Gilmore and Kevin Hirthler.

Within eight laps, Willman had a sizeable lead built up, but by the 10th lap Lisowski was gaining ground.

A second turn tangle involving Clay Butler and Ryan Grim erased Willman’s margin as the yellow was thrown on the 11th lap. Willman’s hopes of a possible victory vanished when he slowed his pace stopping in the second turn. Willman’s loss was Lisowski’s gain since he was the new leader with Strunk in hot pursuit.

The caution was out again when Doug Manmiller found himself shoved into the first turn infield on the 13th lap. On the restart Strunk charged ahead to become the new pacesetter while Lisowski, Gilmore, Timmy Buckwalter and Craig Von Dohren composed the top five.

Von Dohren took over second on the 20th lap restart needed when Butler spun in the fourth turn to attempt to overtake Strunk who had already began distancing himself again.

Despite lapped traffic which sometimes a driver isn’t sure what they’ll do and use heads up driving, it didn’t slow Strunk down enough to allow anyone the opportunity to reel him in to challenge and he pulled into the winner’s circle for Saturday night career Grandview win No. 71. Second was Von Dohren followed by Buckwalter, Lisowski and Gilmore, for his season best finish.

Lisowski, Brett Kressley, Duane Howard and Steve Swinehart were the heat winners. The consi winners were Butler and Dan Waisempacher.

In the June 1st rained out Sportsman feature Tom Miller was the early leader with pressure coming from rookie Parker Guldin, Kenny Bock, Andrew Kreis and Beltz.

The comfortable margin Miller built up was erased when Kreis stopped in the second turn with suspension problems which brought out the yellow on lap 15. Miller resumed the lead with Guldin still trying to grab the lead, but now Brightbill, who started 27th; Beltz and Jack Butler were second through fifth.

Miller held on to first until the 18th lap when Brad Grim came to a half in turn two with heavy smoke billowing from the car. This restart saw Brightbill and Beltz charge past Miller as he fell to third and Guldin lost several positions.

Quick reactions on Hirthler’s part when Brightbill began experiencing problems saw him take advantage of the incident and shoot past Beltz and Brightbill into the lead.

Hirthler continued the pace to pull the 4-Star Lettering No. 117 into the winner’s circle followed by Beltz, Kyle Smith, Brandon Edgar and Grim, who after pit stops under caution got the smoking problem corrected.

These same drivers were ready to try and get into the regularly scheduled feature.

Qualifying heats were won by Smith, Guldin and Joey Vaccaro while Mike Mammana won the consi.

At the onset of the second Sportsman feature a multi-car tangle eliminated Mark Kemmerer, Brad Arnold and Beltz. When action went green again Smith was at the head of the pack being chased by rookies Vaccaro, Aaron Bowes, Nate Brinker with Andy Clemmer rounding out the top five.

The healthy lead Smith opened up vanished after the caution came out on the 13th lap when Kreis spun in the fourth turn. Smith resumed first on the restart but now Bowes, Brinker, Edgar, another rookie and Vaccaro were in pursuit.

Smith, who continued to run the bottom lane “because it felt good down there”, never looked back and went on to claim his second career win. This was certainly a better finish than the first feature since he placed last in that one. They must have found some speed since he commented he never had a fast race car before. Second through fifth were Bowes, Brinker, Edgar and Vaccaro.

The nationally famous Amsoil United States Auto Club (USAC) Wingless Sprint racers will be in action Tuesday night, June 11, in the annual Jesse Hockett Memorial Classic while the NASCAR 358 Modifieds will also be part of the doubleheader action. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing getting the green flag at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 15 the NASCAR Modifieds will compete in two 30-lap features, the first one being held over from June 1. A full show of qualifying for the Modified and Sportsman division followed by a 25-lap Sportsman will also be part of the show.


Whelen Engineering/T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Jeff Strunk, 2. Craig Von Dohren, 3. Tim Buckwalter, 4. Mike Lisowski, 5. Kenny Gilmore, 6. Louden Reimert, 7. Kyle Weiss, 8. Duane Howard, 9. Rick Laubach, 10. Jared Umbenhauer, 11. Kevin Hirthler, 12. Craig Whitmoyer, 13. Danny Erb, 14. Frank Cozze, 15. Alex Yankowski, 16. Ryan Lilick, 17. Joe Funk III, 18. Doug Manmiller, 19. Dan Waisempacher, 20. Brett Kressley, 21. Ron Seltmann Jr., 22. Brett Gilmore, 23. Clay Butler, 24. Steve Swinehart, 25. John Willman, 26. Ryan Grim, 27. Ray Swinehart, 28. Eric Biehn. DNQ: Kory Fleming, Mike Laise, Mark Kratz, Dylan Swinehart, Brian Houseknecht, Steve Wilson, Justin Grim, Bobby Gunther-Walsh, Glenn Owens, Dillon Steuer, Jordan Henn, Briggs Danner, Richie Hitzler, Ron Kline.

T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps) June 1: 1. Brian Hirthler, 2. Ryan Beltz, 3. Kyle Smith, 4. Brandon Edgar, 5. Brad Grim, 6. Brad Arnold, 7. Tom Miller, 8. Brad Brightbill, 9. Kyle Lilick, 10. Parker Guldin, 11. Mike Mammana, 12. Steve Desmelyk, 13. Jack Butler, 14. Mark Kemmerer, 1. Kenny Bock, 16. Aaron Bowes, 17. B.J. Joly, 18. Nathan Mohr, 19. Chris Esposito, 20. Andrew Kreis, 21. Scott Kohler, 22. Lex Shive, 23. Andy Clemmer, 24. Derrick Smith.

Whelen Engineering/T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Derrick Smith, 2. Aaron Bowes, 3. Nate Brinker, 4. Brandon Edgar, 5. Joey Vaccaro, 6. Kyle Lilick, 7. Kyle Smith, 8. Brad Grim, 9. Brian Hirthler, 10. Dean Bachman, 11. Nathan Mohr, 12. Andy Clemmer, 13. Jack Butler, 14. Lex Shive, 15. Josh Adams (alternate), 16. Chris Esposito (alternate), 17. Mike Mammana, 18. Andrew Kreis, 19. Scott Kohler, 20. Jesse Landis, 21. Tom Miller, 22. Ryan Beltz, 23. Brad Arnold, 24. Mark Kemmerer. DNQ: B.J. Joly, Brad Brightbill.




BECHTELSVILLE, PA May 22, 2019 . . . The battle for the NASCAR championships in T.P.Trailers Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman will continue this Saturday night, May 25, at Grandview Speedway as a doubleheader show kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

                Craig Von Dohren sits on top of the standings in the Modified division while Brad Grim has the top position in the Sportsman. However competition is close in both divisions as the racers battle for the lucrative titles.

                Two wins this season has allowed Von Dohren, a ten time champion, to hold on to the top spot in the Modified division with 1300 counters while Rick Laubach is just nineteen points behind without benefit of a win. Veteran campaigner Frank Cozze is third with 1153 followed by Duane Howard’s 1130 and Kyle Weiss’ 1049 rounding out the top five.

                The last few Modified races have attracted more than 40 entries per night.

                Brad Grim has just a 25 point lead over last Saturday’s Sportsman feature winner. Grim has 1061 tallies while Hirthler has 1036. Jack Butler sits in third with 1023 followed by Brad Brightbill at 1016 and Mark Kemmerer with 1011.

                On Saturday, June 1, there will be a first time appearance of Central PA Legends racers as they join the NASCAR Modifieds and Sportsman for a tripleheader that will be the first of the season to have RCN-TV coverage.

                Featured in the Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet this Saturday, starting at 5 p.m., will be Modified talent Skylar Sheriff and Sportsman racer Mike Mammana. The two racers will have their race cars on display just outside of the main entrance.

                Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is just $15 while youngsters under the age of 12 are admitted free.

                And coming up on June 8th is Whelen Engineering Night featuring the T.P.Trailers Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman.

                The first Thunder on the Hill Racing Series event, now in its 30th year, is set for Tuesday, June 11th at 7:30 p.m. The night of racing excitement will include the United States Auto Club Non-Wing Sprint Tour along with the 358 Modifieds in the Jesse Hockett Classic. The Sprints will be racing for $10,000 to win.

                Complete information on racing at Grandview Speedway can be found at, Facebook or by telephoning 610.754.7688.



1.            Craig Von Dohren, Oley, PA #1C                1300**

2.            Rick Laubach, Hellertown, PA #7L             1281

3.            Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #4   1153

4.            Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66/357H          1130*

5.            Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA #21K  1049

6.            Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K             994**

7.            Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA   #99      954

8.            Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #44M      942

9.            Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17          931

10.          Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19/1H             881

11.          Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA #117        876

12.          Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA #23X                855

13.          Louden Reimert, Oley, PA #16   731

14.          Jeff Strunk, Boyertown, PA #126               660

15.          Alex Yankowski, Covington Twp., PA #84Y           658

16.          Briggs Danner, Allentown, PA #6/78D    644

17.          Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44  606

18.          Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #OG7/14             605

19.          Clay Butler, Bloomsbury, NJ #4B               566

20.          Eric Biehn, Barto, PA #87              490

21.          Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA #49                460

22.          Jordan Henn, Blandon, PA #77H                457

23.          Dylan Swinehart, Fleetwood, PA #81      457

24.          Mike Laise, Pottstown, PA #6     443

25.          Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA#33  432

26.          Bobby Gunther Walsh, Allentown, PA #65           370

27.          Skyler Sheriff, Auburn, PA #33S 370

28.          Justin Grim, Orefield, PA #611/61            364

29.          Ron Kline, Salford, PA #355         355

30.          Frank Yankowski, Troop, PA   #127           353



1.            Brad Grim, Coplay, PA #13           1061

2.            Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4*          1036*

3.            Jack Butler, Phillipsburg, NJ #5  1023*

4.            Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA #19 1016**

5.            Mark Kemmerer, Green Lane, PA, PA #F10          1011

6.            Brad Arnold, Sinking Spring, PA #830      905

7.            Kyle Lilick, Collegeville, PA #104              898

8.            Kyle Smith, Fleetwood, PA #77 818

9.            Dean Bachman, Emmaus, PA #65              810

10.          Andrew Kreis, Boyertown, PA #6K           755

11.          Ryan Beltz, Barton, PA #221        753

12.          Nate Brinker, Allentown, PA #14              571

13.          Brandon Edgar, Lehighton, PA #57           558*

14.          Lex Shive, Pennsburg, PA #5K    529

15.          Jesse Landis Gilbertsville, PA #976          511

16.          Mike Mammana, Nazareth, PA #31         497

17.          Andy Clemmer, Bechtelsville PA #127   439

18.          Josh Adams Douglassville, PA #44A         420

19.          Derrick Smith, Telford, PA#20    413

20.          Aaron Bowes, Nazareth, PA #4  355

21.          Nathan Mohr, East Greenville, PA #17M               336

22.          Kenny Bock, Birdsboro, PA#6     327

23.          Nate Klinger, Lake Wynonah, PA #4K     326

24.          Scott Kohler, Boyertown, PA #12S            275

25.          Parker Guldin, Fleetwood, PA #11           241

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

                NASCAR point events.)