Grandview Speedway Changes Regions, Set Opener for April 3


GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SET FOR START OF 37TH ANNUAL SEASON GRANDVIEW MOVES FROM NORTHEAST REGION TO NEW ENGLAND BECHTELSVILLE, PA MARCH 28, 1999 (GSPR#5) . . . A stellar field of NASCAR Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsmen stock cars is expected to be at Grandview Speedway for the start of the 1999 NASCAR stock car racing season on Saturday, April 3. In fact it would not surprised event organizer Bruce Rogers if more than 100 cars were in the pit area on opening night, it has happened before. In a surprise announcement Rogers confirmed that Grandview Speedway has moved from the Northeast Region of the NASCAR Winston Racing Series to the New England Region. "We have many modified racers who race at Big Diamond Raceway on Friday night and here at Grandview Speedway on Saturday. We even have a working agreement and a special point fund for those racers. However with Big Diamond staying in the Northeast Region, that will give those NASCAR Modified racers two opportunities to win the lucrative regional titles and the national championship worth in excess of $135,000 at the end of the season. "And when we talk about the kind of money we do anticipate a large turnout of racers for the start of our 37th season of professional stock car racing. It seems just like yesterday that my dad was building the track. Over the years we have presented some very exciting stock car racing here at Grandview. It is what makes the fans keep coming back," said Rogers. "In fact I think our new advertising slogan sums up racing here at Grandview pretty well. 'Come see-wheel to wheel, paint swapping, in your face, no wimps allowed, old time stock car racing.' It is the kind of racing that has kept fans and racers coming back for many years. And it does not hurt that we pay a very lucrative purse and treat the racers very fairly." The Saturday night, April 3, 5 p.m. show of stock car racing will be topped by a 37-lap feature for the NASCAR Modifieds that will offer the winner at least $3,000. And there will be features for the late models and sportsmen along with a full series of qualifying events in each division. Defending champion Ray Swinehart will be looking to start off the season with a victory as he goes for his second title in a row. Last year's championship winning efforts were worth more than $32,000 to car owner Mike Kelly and Swinehart. And the champion driver and his guest enjoyed nine days in Maui as guests of Grandview Speedway. In the late model division there will be a new champion this season as Chuck Schutz has announced he will not defend his title. Schutz will run a full time effort in NASCAR Modifieds. Dean Stoudt, second in the standings the last two years, looks like a strong favorite to win the title. All of the stock car racing events presented at Grandview Speedway in April will be run on Saturday afternoon with a 5 p.m. starting time. All regular stock car racing events will carry the same low admission prices as in the past, $10.00 for adults, $3.00 for young people 6-11, and youngsters under 6 are admitted free with a paying adult. There is always free parking on the speedway grounds. Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, in Bechtelsville, PA. For information telephone (610)754.7688 or visit their website

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