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Stan Mertz Racing, Matt Galko Set For Battle in Open 81 at Stafford Motor Speedway

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

WHITINSVILLE, Mass. – Just over three weeks after showing speed and leading laps at the 50th running of the NAPA Spring Sizzler, Stan Mertz Racing and driver Matt Galko will get back to work this Friday night, May 20, at Stafford Motor Speedway. The team will compete in the second Open Modified race of the season at the half-mile, the Call Before You Dig 811 Modified Open 81-lap race.

In the Spring Sizzler, Galko led laps and was running inside the top-10 for the duration of the race – scoring a sixth-place finish to open the 10-race schedule for Stan Mertz Racing in 2022. The Stafford event will mark the first of two races in two weeks for the team – as the operation plans to head to Claremont Motorsports Park next on Friday, May 27 for a 100-lap, $15,000 to win race with Woody Pitkat at the controls. 

“I’m very excited to get back to the track, as much as we get put under the radar, we proved at the Spring Sizzler that we are contenders,” Galko said. “We learned a lot as a group and I think we can take what we learned and come back even stronger for the race this Friday night. I can’t thank Stan and the entire team enough for providing a race winning program and I think without a doubt we will be a threat for Victory Lane.”

Some of the sponsors of Stan Mertz Racing include Koopman Lumber, Pomfret Wine & Spirits, Cape Towing & Salvage, Mike Holmes and Son Excavating, J&S Motors, JW’s Home Improvement, Black & White Grille, Performance Engines by Billy the Kid and Reed Property Services. 

Stafford’s race day schedule on Friday includes practice at 3:45 p.m., followed by the start of heat racing at 6 p.m. The green flag for the Call Before You Dig Open Modified 81-lap race should be around 9 p.m. Tickets are available in advance at StaffordMotorSpeedway.com and also will be available at the track on race day. For those who can’t make it to the track, fans can watch the racing action live on FloRacing.TV.

For more information on Stan Mertz Racing, visit the team at StanMertzRacing.com and also on social media for the latest update

USAC EAST COAST SPRINTS MAKE ONLY GRANDVIEW APPEARANCE THIS SATURDAY MAY 14

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. – The 60th anniversary season of professional auto racing action will continue at Grandview Speedway this Saturday night with a triple-header program of racing under the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series banner.

The T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds and T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman will be joined by the USAC East Coast Wingless Sprint series in a three-division program on Saturday, May 14 starting at 7:30 pm. The program will include qualifying events leading to the 30-lap T.P. Trailer Modified feature, the 25-lap T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman main, and the 25 lap USAC East Coast Sprint feature. Pit gates will open at 4 pm. with grandstand gates opening at 5:30 pm. and warm-ups starting at 6:15 pm. Adult grandstand admission is $25, kids ages 6-11 are $5, while children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge.

This will be another program this season that will be produced by ATVN-TV. The races will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on the following Tuesday night, with further replays to follow. ATVN airs on channel 4/1004 HD (Lehigh Valley) and channel 8/608 (Delaware County). The air dates and times can be found at astound.com/ATVN.

The USAC East Coast Sprints, now into their fifth season of competition, will be making their only stop of the season at Grandview on May 14. In previous scheduled visits to the speedway, current NASCAR Modified driver Tim Buckwalter was a winner in 2019, the event was cancelled due to the COVID shut down in early 2020, and last season former NASCAR Modified driver now turned Sprint car driver Briggs Danner was in victory lane by the end of the evening.

Drivers who fans can expect to watch as the USAC East Coast series invades on Saturday, include current point leader and five-time winner Briggs Danner, second place point man and defending series Champion Alex Bright, former three time series Champion currently third place in points Steven Drevicki, and two bright young drivers Joey Amantea and Kenny Miller III. The remainder of the top ten in points include Ed Aiken, Christian Bruno, Jason Cherry, Bruce Buckwalter Jr., and Mike Thompson.

In the T.P. Trailer Modified division some of the drivers to watch will be the top ten in points including Brett Kressley already a feature winner, Duane Howard, Doug Manmiller, Tim Buckwalter, Mike Lisowski, Craig Von Dohren another winner this season, Jared Umbenhauer, Brad Brightbill, Jeff Strunk and Cory Merkel.

In the T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman division some of the top drivers to look for will be the top ten-point drivers like Brian Hirthler who has a feature win, Kyle Smith, Jimmy Leiby, Dylan Hoch, Cole Stangle, Parker Guldin with a win in the last event run, Mike Schneck Jr., Bryan Rhoads, Chris Esposito and Ryan Graver.

All race teams are being reminded by Speedway management that tire sales will resume this week at the racetrack ONLY. The tire truck will be at the track when the pit gate opens at 4 pm, and all teams will be allowed to purchase two tires. To be certain the tire sales are monitored fairly, we are requiring that all cars must be signed in first for the night’s event, before purchasing, and the driver of each car is required to make the tire purchase.

We appreciate your understanding and your support during the tire shortage issue.

Once again, as last season, there will not be a fuel truck at the track, so racers need to plan accordingly.

Officials are reminding race teams that run 602 engines in the Sportsman division that a new local rebuilding center will be available in the coming months under the supervision of the RUSH racing series, hopefully by June. The rebuild center will be KB Performance 6807 Mosserville Road, New Tripoli, Pa. 18066, phone number is 610.751.9650. KB was selected by RUSH as our first local rebuild and repair center, however, he must first go through the RUSH certification and training process.

Until KB Performance is ready, Mike Ingram from RUSH will be available to help in any way he can. He may be contacted at 724.954.4340.

Friday evening May 13 will see the next installment of the Outlaw Racing Series Enduro and Outlaw Racing Series Vintage Racers in action starting at 7 pm.

Saturday, May 21 will see a return to a two-division program with the T.P. Trailer Modifieds and T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman both in action at 7:30 pm.

Saturday night May 28 will be another triple-header, as the 602 Crate Sportsman mini-series will join the T.P. Trailer Modifieds and T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman starting at 7:30 pm.

The first NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Event will happen on Memorial Day Weekend on Sunday, May 29 with the first time running of the Balls to the Wall 50 for 358 Modifieds plus the return of the SpeedSTR’s starting at 7:30 pm. The 358 Modified portion of this program will be part of the newly re-formed Tri-Track series.

Since the 1960’s, Grandview Speedway has been presenting exciting wheel to wheel NASCAR stock car racing every Saturday Night starting in April and running through September, plus special events. Grandview Speedway is located at 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, Pa. 19505, just off Route 100, ten miles north of Pottstown, Pa.

Information is always available at www.grandviewspeedway.com or on Facebook, or by telephone at 610.754.7688.

13th AMERICAN RACER CUP SEASON BEGINS THIS WEEKEND 

MILLSBORO, DE – For the 13th consecutive season, American Racer Tires, Lias Tire Company, Sunoco Race Fuels, and Insinger Performance have teamed up to “win with weekly racers” in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

The American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels – launched in 2010 to reward drivers competing at American Racer home tracks – gets its 2022 championship battles for Modifieds and Crate 602 Sportsman underway this weekend. Points begin tabulating on Friday, April 15 and will run through Labor Day, Sept. 5.

Thirteen tracks again comprise the ’22 American Racer Cup with Modified and Sportsman competitors battling for $51,450 in point fund cash plus hundreds of tire certificates.

The Modified program got underway in 2010 with Keystone State driver Duane Howard taking the inaugural championship. Howard went on to win four American Racer Cup crowns (’10, ’12, ’13 and ’14).

Matt Sheppard is a three-time American Racer Cup champion, taking the titles in ’17, ’18 and ’19.

Stewart Friesen has topped the charts for the past two years. Friesen is the ’20 and ’21 champion.

Single-year American Racer Cup Modified champions include Billy Pauch Sr. (’11), Rick Laubach (’15) and Andy Bachetti (’16).

The American Racer Cup Sportsman program launched in ’13 with Delaware’s Jordan Watson etching his name in history as the first champion. There have been no repeat Sportsman champions since: Jared Umbenhauer (’14), Alan Barker (’15), Andrew Smith (’16), Matt Stangle (’17), Alex Yankowski (’18), Doug Hendricks (’19), Brian Hirthler (’20) and Matt Janczuk (’21).

Registration for the ’22 Cup ends on May 1.

To register, visit the following link: http://theamericanracercup.com/?page_id=26

Current registered Modified drivers (as of April 13): http://theamericanracercup.com/?page_id=440

Current registered Sportsman drivers (as of April 13): http://theamericanracercup.com/?page_id=442

2022 program information has been posted on the American Racer Cup website.

Modified program information: http://theamericanracercup.com/?page_id=426

Sportsman program information: http://theamericanracercup.com/?page_id=424

To learn more about the American Racer Cup, visit the official website at www.theamericanracercup.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, follow on Twitter @racer_cup or on like Facebook: American Racer Cup.