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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 www.grandviewspeedway.com 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.

For more information check in www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.





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.

For additional information check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.



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.)