Grandview April 5th preview

41st season at Grandview Speedway gets Green Flag on April 5. BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 28, 2003 . . . The green flag will fall on the 41st consecutive season of stock car racing at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, April 5th. The Patriot Bank ...

41st season at Grandview Speedway gets Green Flag on April 5.

BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 28, 2003 . . . The green flag will fall on the 41st consecutive season of stock car racing at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, April 5th. The Patriot Bank sponsored night of NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series Modified and Late Model stock car racing will get started at 6 p.m.

Stock car racing will be the main attraction at the one-third-mile, banked clay oval throughout the season with the final events being planned for late September.

Opening night attendees will be treated to a 40-lap feature with the NASCAR Modifieds. And Patriot Bank, a first time sponsor at Grandview, will welcome Spring with free packets of seeds for early arriving fans.

"Fans coming out on opening night will need a program book. There have been many driver changes made this season. Defending champion Jeff Strunk has a new ride. Multi time champion Craig VonDohren is also in a new ride. In fact there have been at least a dozen changes, perhaps more. It is going to be an exciting time to be watching stock car racing at Grandview," said event organizer Bruce Rogers.

The opening night show will include at least 13 events of stock car racing.

Saturday night racing will start at 6 p.m. throughout the month of April and featuring the NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models in each show. On Saturday, April 19th the Checkered Flag Fan Club will be on hand to honor the racers.

New this season will be the mandatory use of transponders by all the racers. "We think that this is really going to help keep the showing moving along. It will settle "debates" about who is supposed to be racing where and who finished in what position. Of course we will still have our live scorers but the combination of transponder and scorers will do much to make the events run more smoothly. And there will still be the one way radio communications that helps get the drivers in the right starting positions. And the radios help with safety as our officials are able to warn racers if there is a mechanical or tire problem that they are not aware of," commented Kenny Rogers who works with his dad in promoting the events.

Fans will be happy to know that there is no increase in admission prices for the regular events. Adults will pay $12.00 while young people 6 through 11 will pay $3.00. Children under 6 are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Again in 2003 RCN-4, the Lehigh Valley cable TV outlet, will be taping several events for later showing. The first event of the season to get TV exposure is the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series Modified and Late Model doubleheader on Saturday, May 10th.

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

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