BECHTELSVILLE, PA, MARCH 1, 2002. . . The 40th consecutive season of professional stock car racing is ready for the green flag at Grandview Speedway. "We are expecting a great season. From all that we hear the car counts should be strong and fan...
BECHTELSVILLE, PA, MARCH 1, 2002. . . The 40th consecutive season of professional stock car racing is ready for the green flag at Grandview Speedway.
"We are expecting a great season. From all that we hear the car counts should be strong and fan interest is running high. We think the economy is going to have people looking for some good, exciting, family entertainment at a reasonable cost. We will be offering that here at Grandview Speedway," said event organizer Bruce Rogers.
The season gets underway on Saturday, March 30, 12 noon with the annual Free-to-the-Public Practice Session. The five hour practice session gives fans, or those who just want to get an idea of what the sport is all about, a chance to see what is new for 2002.
"The session gives the racers a chance to show off the new equipment, perhaps work out any bugs in the new equipment, and get some idea of what the "hot setup" should be for opening night with the modifieds and late models. And there will be a variety of other types of racing equipment being tested on our one-third-mile, banked clay oval," said Rogers.
The official opener, when points are awarded and cash is on the line, is set for Saturday, April 6, 6 p.m. NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Modifieds will be in action along with the exciting Late Model stock cars. A 40- lap feature, paying increased prize money, will top the show for the modifieds. The 40-lap feature signifies the start of the 40th year of professional stock car racing at the popular Berks County racing oval.
NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models will be the featured attraction throughout the 2002 season each Saturday night.
Major events for the stock cars during the season, which runs to the end of September, include the Firecracker 40 for NASCAR Late Models on July 6; the Stauffer Construction Forrest Rogers Memorial for Modifieds (paying $10,000 to win) on August 3 and the T.H. Properties Freedom 76 for Modifieds on September 14. That event will offer more than $20,000 to win.
The T.H.Properties Freedom 76 recently earned Grandview Speedway management an award at the annual Racing Promoters Workshops in Daytona Beach, Florida. Bruce and Theresa Rogers, operators of the Grandview Speedway, received the National Speed Sport News for Outstanding Annual Short Track Event. During the 15 years the award has been presented it has gone to some of the top event organizers in the short track racing industry.
"We were honored to receive the award. It is nice to be recognized by your peers. Over the years we have had some wonderful sponsors involved with the Freedom 76 including Chilton Book Co., Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Schaeffer's Family Restaurant and our current sponsor, T.H. Properties. They have all been a very important part of our success. And the racers that put on the show, the staff that helps make it happen, the award really goes to all of them," commented Rogers.
Fans can obtain the complete schedule of events for the 2002 season at Grandview Speedway by visiting their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com or telephoning 610.754.7688.
And there are still a few opportunities for local and regional businesses to benefit from marketing through motorsports at Grandview Speedway. Event sponsorships, track magazine advertising, billboards and other signage, along with special award sponsorships are available. For details on these inexpensive opportunities telephone Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797.
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA, in Bechtelsville, PA.