Big Bucks Wait For Winner Of T.H.Properties Freedom 76 At Grandview Speedway BECHTELSVILLE, PA AUGUST 31, 2001 . . . The 31st annual T.H. Properties Freedom 76, considered the granddaddy of dirt track modified racing classics, will reward the ...
Big Bucks Wait For Winner Of T.H.Properties Freedom 76 At Grandview Speedway
BECHTELSVILLE, PA AUGUST 31, 2001 . . . The 31st annual T.H. Properties Freedom 76, considered the granddaddy of dirt track modified racing classics, will reward the winner with $20,000 for his efforts. More than 90 entries, including many of the top talents in dirt track stock car racing, are expected to be at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, September 8 for the rich event. The green flag for racing action drops at 7 p.m.
Each mile in the 76 lap race will be worth almost $800 to the winner in posted prize money. In addition each lap is worth additional money posted by a variety of sponsors. The 38th lap, considered the halfway mark, is worth $360, which includes $250 from Weikel Sportswear.
Heading up the entry list is six time winner Billy Pauch who has earned a handsome sum of money as a result of his efforts in the Freedom 76. Pauch is a guaranteed starter by virtue of his win in the 2000 classic.
Recently crowned track champion Craig VonDohren, a former winner of the event, will also be a guaranteed starter.
Expected to challenge for the rich victory are such standouts as Meme DeSantis, former track champion Jeff Strunk, Tom Mayberry, Kerry Kratz, Duane Howard, Glenn Strunk, and a number of others.
A full series of qualifying events will be presented along with the Schaeffer's Racing Minuteman 20 and the Cheers Tavern Cash Dash (paying $1,000 to win) all leading up to the T.H.Properties Freedom 76.
Gates will open at 1:30 p.m. Adult admission is $20.00 while youngsters (6 through 11) are admitted for just $5.00.
Activities during the afternoon, starting at 3 p.m., include autograph and interview sessions with some of the top racers. There will be music. And children will have a chance to be finger printed, have their face painted and there will be clowns to greet them.
Rain date is Sunday, September 9 at 7 p.m.
VAN Industries, of Birdsboro, PA, has posted a powder coating for the winner's race car worth in excess of $600.
Jim's Race Songs has posted halfway money and cash for the last 10 finishers. Choice Designs has gift certificates for the heat winners.
And there will be opportunities for fans to win prizes during the course of the night with lucky program books and luck rain checks.
On sale will be the annual Freedom 76 Program and Yearbook featuring color photos, a number of back and white photos, stories by Randy Kane on the history of the track, Freedom 76, and a season recap. There are also stories on champions Craig VonDohren and John Durling plus loads of statistics. There is a list of all track champions and all feature winners since the track opened in 1963.
The 60-page book, always a sellout, will sell for $5.00. Those who are not fortunate enough to get to the track will be able to purchase copies through the mail at $7.50 (including shipping and handling). Orders are accepted at Ernie Saxton Communications Inc. at 1448 Hollywood Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047-7417.
The T.H.Properties Freedom 76 Golf Classic, featuring many of the racers, officials and crew members, will take place at 8:30 a.m. at the Gilbertsville, PA Golf Course.
Grandview Speedway, a NASCAR sanctioned racing facility, is located on Passmore Road just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown.
For information on race events telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com. Up to date weather conditions are available on the day of the event. And the top five finishers can be had by calling the track about 10 minutes after completion of all events.