Grandview Speedway annouces 2001 schedule

BECHTELSVILLE, PA January 2, 2001 . . . The 39th consecutive season of professional stock car racing gets the green flag at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, March 31. A free-to-the- public practice session will be offered to racers planning to be...

BECHTELSVILLE, PA January 2, 2001 . . . The 39th consecutive season of professional stock car racing gets the green flag at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, March 31. A free-to-the- public practice session will be offered to racers planning to be part of the action at the Berks County clay, one-third- mile, banked oval. Practice day will start at 12 noon.

The chase for the lucrative Modified and Late Model Series championships will start on Saturday, April 7, 5 p.m. The "official" season opener will feature the Modifieds, Late Models and PA Sportsman. The same tripleheader show will be the attraction each Saturday during the month of April.

On opening night, and each Saturday during the season, two lucky fans will have the opportunity to win a "ride" in a specially prepared two-seater modified stock car. One of the top drivers at the speedway will give two fans the ride of a lifetime as they get to find out what it is like to "toss" a dirt track modified into the corners at the popular Bechtelsville oval.

In fact the two-seat modified, prepared by Ray Swinehart and J&L Speed Equipment (Bechtelsville) will be on display at the huge Pennzoil Motorsports 2001 Auto Racing Trade Show at the Fort Washington, PA Expo, January 12-14. More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the motorsports extravaganza that features everything motorsports and covers 270,000 square feet of the huge hall. Three lucky fans will have the opportunity to win a ride in the "two seater" at Grandview Speedway (one of them will get the ride on opening night, April 7) if they have the lucky show admission tickets.

Several special events are included in the season of short track auto racing at the Bechtelsville oval. The Bars Leaks United Racing Club sprint cars will be part of the Saturday night action on June 9 and September 15 along with the Modifieds.

The richest event of the season for the Late Models, the Firecracker 40, is set for Saturday July 7. The $10,000 to win Forrest Rogers Memorial for Modifieds gets the green on Saturday, August 4. And on Saturday, September 8, the grand- daddy of all big money events for the modifieds, the Freedom 76, paying at least $20,000 to win, will be presented.

Bruce Rogers, owner of Grandview Speedway, and Bob Miller put their promotional talents together again this season to present a series of Thunder on the Hill special events. The first will be on Sunday, May 27, 7:30 p.m. when the Super Summer Series Opener includes the 410 Sprints and United Racing Club sprints in a doubleheader show that will include a special 410 Sprint Wild Card Dash.

On Sunday, June 24, the Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week Series features 410 Sprints and KARS Sprints. The very popular Grandview Thunder 5-25s, features only, is on the schedule for Tuesday, July 17. The 410 Sprints, Modifieds, ARDC Midgets, KARS Wingless Sprints and Exide ShorTrack Late Models make up the show. The very same show will be on the schedule for Saturday, October 20 at 6 p.m. Super DIRT Modifieds run in a 100-lap Traffic Jam on Thursday, August 16th. And on Tuesday, August 28, the Super Summer Series Finale will be featured with the 410 Sprint King of the Hill main event and the URC 360 Sprint King of the Hill feature.

As in past years the annual Grandview Speedway Flea Market, produced by Joanne Bailey, will take place on Saturday, October 27. Gates open at 6 a.m. (a.m. is correct).

Unless otherwise noted all events at Grandview Speedway have a 7:30 p.m. starting time.

Again this year Grandview Speedway will continue its working relationship with Big Diamond Raceway in Minersville, PA. Modified racers have the opportunity to race at two tracks, Big Diamond on Friday night and Grandview Speedway on Saturday night, that offer similar rules, regulations and specs in an effort to keep the costs of racing under control.

Businesses interested in the benefits of marketing through motorsports at the Grandview Speedway, very reasonable rates that include billboards, track magazine advertising and sponsorship of events, may contact Ernie Saxton at Ernie Saxton Communications at 215.752.7797. There is also information available on the new covered Corporate picnic area.

For information on racing at Grandview Speedway telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com.

Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, just 10 miles north of Pottstown.

-E. Saxon

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