Grandview Speedway season opener preview

Trevdan Building Supply To Sponsor Season Opener Keith Brightbill Goes For A Title At Grandview BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 16, 2002 . . . When the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge kicks off its 2002 season at Grandview Speedway on...

Trevdan Building Supply To Sponsor Season Opener
Keith Brightbill Goes For A Title At Grandview

BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 16, 2002 . . . When the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge kicks off its 2002 season at Grandview Speedway on April 6th, Trevdan Building Supply will be the opening night sponsor.

And a young driver named Keith Brightbill, hoping to follow in the successful footsteps of his dad, modified racing legend Kenny Brightbill, is looking to kick off the new season with an impressive finish, perhaps a victory in the 40-lap NASCAR Modified feature race. The first feature of the season will offer an increased purse for the Modified racers.

Opening night, Trevdan Building Supply Night, will include a full series of qualifying races for the Modified and Late Model stock cars. A 20-lap feature will top the program for the exciting Late Models and a 40-lap feature, marking the start of the 40th consecutive season of stock car racing at Grandview, will highlight the program for the Modifieds. Racing will get the green flag at 6 p.m. and that will be the starting time for all April events.

"Our goal is to win a championship. However we would consider it a successful season to finish in the top five and win a few features. We don't have the money that some of the top runners have but we are confident we can be very competitive this season," said Brightbill. The 31-year-old racer, who works full-time for Budd Olsen Speed Equipment, finished in the top ten in the final standings last season at Grandview Speedway.

Brightbill feels he may be held to a different standard because of who is dad is but he puts enough pressure on himself to be successful without anyone else doing it.

"Grandview is a tough track. You have to be careful how you react to an incident, on the track, in front of you," commented Keith. "I have not noticed the improvement so much myself but a lot of people tell me that I showed a lot of improvement from my first year here (at Grandview) and last year. I hoping to improve even more this season."

Brightbill and the #14 Rod Breitenstein owned NASCAR Modified will be sponsored by Warko Group, a union electrical contractor; Scott Communications (NEXTEL dealer); Bona Pizza of Reading; Dick's Gulf Station, Fleetwood; PennData (Lew Brubaker); Weaknechts Sporting Goods in Hamburg; Vaccaro's Auto Buyers; Berks Own Limousine Service, and Knuckleheadz Bar & Grill in Sinking Spring, PA.

Brightbill considers Craig VonDohren (defending champion), Jeff Strunk (former champion) and Tom Mayberry, some others that just slipped his mind, as the toughest competition at the Berks County oval. "Just making a feature at Grandview is tough," said Brightbill.

Close to 100 racers are expected to be at the one-third- mile clay oval on Saturday, April 6, 6 p.m. for the season opener.

A free-to-the-public practice session is set for all racers (anyone planning to run at Grandview during the 2002 season) on Saturday, March 30th. Action starts at 12 noon.

Trevdan Building Supply, the opening night sponsor, supplies drywall, steel studs, insulation, drop ceilings,doors and other building supplies. They have five locations with two located close to Grandview Speedway. One location is just off Route 100 in Chester Springs, PA and the second is off Route 309 in Sellersville, PA.

Opening night action will be carried, tape delayed, on RCN4 Cable which reaches the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas.

Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com.

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