Grandview Freedom 76 preview

BECHTELSVILLE, PA SEPTEMBER 1, 2002 . . . With $20,000 being offered to the winner, interest is running high in the 32nd Annual T.H.Properties Freedom 76 Modified Classic at Grandview Speedway. The prestigious event, attracting some of the best ...

BECHTELSVILLE, PA SEPTEMBER 1, 2002 . . . With $20,000 being offered to the winner, interest is running high in the 32nd Annual T.H.Properties Freedom 76 Modified Classic at Grandview Speedway. The prestigious event, attracting some of the best names in the dirt track modified competition, will take place on Saturday, September 14th, 7 p.m.

Fans are reminded that pre-race activities including a chance to see their favorite racers interviewed and have the opportunity to collect some autographs, starts at 3 p.m. There will be music and for the kids there will be face painting and finger printing (courtesy of the Telford/Franconia police).

The racing action will get the green flag at 7 p.m. with a full series of qualifying heats. Depending on the number of entries, there could be as many as nine qualifying heat races. And there is the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20 (last chance to make the main event) and the Cheers Tavern Cash Dash featuring the qualifying event winners in a run for $1,000 to win.

As in the past an exciting fireworks display will kick off the T.H.Properties Freedom 76 as the 40 starters are lined up and ready to race for the $20,000 first place money plus spectacular trophies, a championship ring valued at $1,000 and more.

Past winners have included Billy Pauch, Kenny Brightbill, Duane Howard, Donnie Erb, Smokey Warren, Tom Mayberry and a host of others. There will be a stellar field of entries to challenge defending track champion and 2001 Freedom 76 winner Craig VonDohren. Former champion Jeff Strunk, currently on top of the Modified standings, will be in action looking for his first Freedom 76 win.

Meme DeSantis, a big winner this season at the Berks County oval, will be looking for his first victory in the classic as will multi feature winner Doug Manmiller.

T.H.Properties, a very successful developer of homes throughout Montgomery County and surrounding areas, will have many of their employees and business associates on hand to enjoy the excitement of local dirt track stock car racing.

With the point chase out of the way, with the running of the September 7th True Value Hardware Night program, all attention will turn to who is going to win the T.H.Properties Freedom 76 Modified Classic on September 14th.

Closing out the season of regular Saturday night racing action will be open competition events for the modifieds and late models at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 21 and 28th.

The final events of the season will be the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Five Feature program on October 19th/ Included in that event will be 410 sprints, URC sprints, ARDC midgets, NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models. On Saturday, October 26th, 6 a.m. a Racer's Flea Market will be presented on the speedway grounds.

A 60-page Freedom 76 Program and Yearbook is being created with color covers inside-and-out plus a full color center spread featuring many of the top racers in both divisions of competition at Grandview Speedway. In addition there will be final point standings, full season race results, a wrap-up of the season action, a track history and a Freedom 76 history plus stories on the track champions and much more.

"This could very well be the best book we have ever created for this event and I am sure it will sell out just as those in the past have. We print a limited number and when they are gone, they are gone. We have seen some past editions selling at flea markets for much, much more than the cover price. I wish we had some back issues to sell," said Ernie Saxton, track marketing and PR person, who creates the book.

Again this year the book, 60-pages including the covers, will sell for just $5.00 at the event. Those who want to guarantee they will have one can order in advance with a credit card at 215.752.7797 (a two book minimum) or order through the mail. Make checks payable to ESC, Inc. and mail to 1448 Hollywood Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047-7417. The price for the book to have it mailed is $8.00 which includes postage and handling. Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information on racing telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com.

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Drivers Billy Pauch