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Pauch To Defend His Title In T.H.Properties Freedom 76 BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 25, 2001 . . . Six times Billy Pauch has been able to carry off the winner's share of cash when the T.H.Properties Freedom 76 Modified Classic has been presented at...

Pauch To Defend His Title In T.H.Properties Freedom 76

BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 25, 2001 . . . Six times Billy Pauch has been able to carry off the winner's share of cash when the T.H.Properties Freedom 76 Modified Classic has been presented at Grandview Speedway. And when the 31st annual event, 76 laps on the one-third-mile clay banked oval, is presented on Saturday, September 8, the Frenchtown, NJ racer will be looking to make it win number seven. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. and racing will get the green flag at 7 p.m.

Several days back Pauch came to Grandview Speedway to test his talents against the "regulars" and came away with a second place finish in the Forrest Rogers Memorial 50-lapper. He did it with a racecar that looked as if it had been in a destruction derby after having started last in the 32 car starting field. Craig VonDohren, current point leader at Grandview, was able to hold off Pauch and others to claim the $10,000 first place money.

Pauch, a veteran driver that some consider one of the very best dirt track racing talents in the business, will have his hands full with more than 90 racers expected to be on hand for a race that is considered the "Grand-Daddy" high dollar dirt track modified racing events. A win in the Freedom 76 can make a career for a racer and Pauch has done it six times.

Of course Craig VonDohren, a winner of this event back in 1985 and current point leader, has to be considered a strong favorite. Duane Howard, a three time winner, will be there to try for a fourth victory. Donny Erb has earned the prestigious win in the past as has Chip Slocum, Smokey Warren and Tom Mayberry. And they will all be there on Saturday, September 8, to try for the $20,000 first place money.

However there will be a number of standout talents trying for their first win in the classic including Kerry Kratz, defending track champion Jeff Strunk, Glenn Strunk, Keith Brightbill, Doug Manmiller, Ray Swinehart, and a host of others.

Advance tickets for the classic are on sale at the speedway during regular Saturday night NASCAR stock car events.

Autograph sessions, interviews with top drivers and other attractions will get activities started at 3 p.m.

It is expected that at least eight qualifying events will be presented along with consolation races, the Schaeffer Racing Minuteman 20 and the Cheers Tavern Cash Dash paying $1,000 to win. The evening is topped off by the T.H.Properties Freedom 76 starting at least 40 cars.

Additional information may be had by telephoning 610.754.7688 or check their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com.

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

-GS-

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