NEWS FROM GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
NASCAR DODGE WEEKLY SERIES STOCK CAR RACING
"Stock Car Racing at Grandview Speedway is a Contact Sport."
Event Organizer: Bruce Rogers @ 610.754.7688
Media Contact: Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc.
Ernie or Marilyn Saxton
215.752.7797 or 215.752.2392
FAX: 215.752.1518
Cell phone: 267.934.7286
Email: Esaxton144@aol.com 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PLEASE WITH OUR THANKS

SEASON OPENER: Saturday, April 3, 6 p.m. Patriot Bank Night featuring the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modifieds and Late Models. At least 13 events of stock car racing with a 40-lap feature for the Modifieds.

RACERS ARE REMINDED that they need to have their cars in the pits  and registered by 4 p.m. for each of the early season shows that have a first race starting time of 6 p.m.
SATURDAYS, April 10, 17, 24 and May lst, 6 p.m. NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models, at least 13 events of stock car racing. 30-lap feature for 29 cars in Modifieds. 20-lap feature for 26 cars in Late Models

JEFF STRUNK LOOKING FOR FOURTH TITLE AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY GLENN STRUNK TO TEAM WITH BROTHER FOR OPENER SIX EVENTS ON TV AT GRANDVIEW IN 2004

BECHTELSVILLE, PA MARCH 25, 2004 . . . Three time Grandview Speedway NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified champion Jeff Strunk wants to be a four time champion and this year he wants to add the NASCAR New England Regional Championship. Strunk will kick off his championship chase this Saturday, April 3, 6 p.m. with the running of the Patriot Bank sponsored doubleheader show of NASCAR Modifieds and Late Model stock cars. Topping the night will be a 40-lap feature for the Modifieds as part of the celebration of the start of the 42nd season of professional stock car racing on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval. The 35-year-old veteran racer, starting his 25th season of racing competition (having started in go karts at age 10); will be at the wheel of a new Bicknell chassis racer owned by Chad Sinon Motorsports. "We want to win more features this season.

More feature wins will help us in our efforts to win a fourth track title and certainly go a long way in winning a rich regional title (worth close to $50,000 at the end of the season). We also need to be consistent just as we have been in the past. That is what earned us a track title here last season and got us a second in the regionals," said the Bechtelsville native. "The Rogers Family treats the champion like a king. There is a track point fund, the NASCAR money, championship ring, the Champion's Trip (last year he and his guest cruised to Western Mexico  courtesy of Bruce and Theresa Rogers), and more. I like being treated like a king. It is great to race at Grandview because they treat all the racers so well.

" Strunk will have three brand new cars at his disposal. One new one will be the primary car at Grandview with an older car serving as a back-up. And the other two new Bicknell chassis racers will have big block engines in place and will be used in the D.I.R.T. Motorsports Southeastern Tour events (Strunk plans to run them all and Grandview Speedway will host a couple of them) and the other new car will be ready for some additional special events.

Strunk also plans to kick off the season running some of the early season events at Big Diamond Raceway and then, perhaps, trying some other tracks. "It all depends on how we do there the first few weeks," said Strunk. Joining Jeff for the opener on April 3rd at Grandview Speedway, as a  teammate, will be his younger brother Glenn. At present this is just a one race deal for Glenn. And as announced earlier in the year Bob Trapper will be a season long teammate with Strunk at the Bechtelsville oval.

Of course Jeff will have plenty of competition in the form of such standouts as Craig VonDohren, Meme DeSantis, Kerry Kratz, Kenny Gilmore, Kevin Hartnett, Ray Swinehart, Ryan Watt and a host of others. Racers are reminded that all cars must be signed in by 4 p.m. on each of the early season race nights that start at 6 p.m. Grandview Speedway management has also announced that at least six events will be carried tape-delayed on Lehigh Valley's RCN4 cable television network. The April 17, May 22, June 26, July 10, August 7 and August 18th events will all be shown in two hour shows on the popular network that reaches more than 100,000 homes in the Lehigh Valley (including Allentown, PA). Each of the events will be shown a few days after the events are presented and then shown in replay a few times after the original broadcast date. Area Auto Racing News writer Randy Kane, National Speed Sport News columnist Gary London and freelance photographer Mike Feltenberger will make up the RCN-TV broadcast crew.

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

MEDIA NOTE: Last call for season media credentials. Got to have one if you are going to be a regular at Grandview Speedway. Of course if you are just visiting with us from time to time credentials are available by giving us a call at 215.752.7797 or email us at Esaxton144@aol.com . Thanks for your consideration. Ernie Saxton

       

                

 

 

 

 

 

         

               

        HAGERSTOWN & BIG DIAMOND To Welcome. . . . . DIRT Southeast Series

                    Opener Saturday & Sunday


Langhorne, PA - March 23 , 2004.....   The COMDIAL Telephone Communications DIRT Southeast Series for Big Block Modifieds will officially open on Saturday, March 27 with the 100 lap Super DIRT Series Qualifier at the Hagerstown (MD) Speedway  followed by a 25 lap event the next afternoon at the Minersville, PA Big Diamond Raceway.   The DIRT Southeast Series consists of some fifteen events that are  aimed at bringing the PA, NJ, and DE big block modifieds together to compete with the New York modifieds on select dates.  The Series carries a $12,500 point fund to be  awarded after the last event of the season at the Bridgeport  NJ Speedway  in November. 

Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, MD, will serve as the opener for both the new COMDIAL DIRT Southeast Series and the 2004 edition of the Advance  Auto Parts Super DIRT Series with all touring regulars expected to be in attendance for competition on the ½ mile clay raceway. Time trials and qualifying heat races will set the field for the 100 lap main event, with the winner getting a guaranteed starting spot in the annual autumn classic, the Advance Auto Parts 200, held at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY in October. Racing action at Hagerstown begins at 5:30PM. 

On Sunday, March 28 the action will  turn to the Big Diamond  3/8th mile dirt oval in Minersville,  PA. Heats and consolation races will be run to set the feature field for the 25 lap main event to be contested that afternoon.   Many of the New York contingent are expected to be in competition that day with the PA, NJ and DE regulars, stopping on their way from Hagerstown the night before, looking to take home the $2500 first prize money that will be on the line for the winner. The first race is slated for 2PM, with pit gates opening at 10:30AM.   All drivers will draw for starting position in the heats, with the top 12 from the heats drawing for  position in the 25-lap feature. 

The inaugural season of the DIRT Southeast Series, will  boasts over $300,000 in total payoff, along with a $12,500point fund.   Home track  points will be awarded  to the DIRT Southeast drivers, giving them a chance to compete for the Mr. DIRT Championship point title. 

The complete COMDIAL DIRT Southeast Series will be run under DIRT rules, with Hoosier DIRT tires mandatory. All drivers contesting for the new Southeast DIRT Series Championship must have a DIRT licenses, purchased BEFORE July 31st, 2004 to be eligible for any point  money. The 25and 40 lap events will feature double file restarts until two laps to go, providing a dash to the cash in the final laps of the main event.   Frank Cozze is one of many top entries for the COMDIAL DIRT Southeast Series that will open this weekend.  Tim Fuller,  Brett Hearn, Jeff Strunk, Jimmy Horton, Billy Pauch, Jimmy Chester,  Doug Manmiller, Kenny and Keith Brightbill are just some of the top names planning to kickoff the Southeast Series.

For additional information, please visit www.dirtmotorsports.com  Under the DIRT Southeast Series page, you will find links to the participating speedways for up to date information including directions, weather and starting times. END

                 

 

 

 

 

 

    

                  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21 2004
Middleford Speedway
P.R. Frank Marsh

MIDDLEFORD SPEEDWAY
Cloverdale’s Crossroads
SEAFORD, DE. 19973
302-628-2654


Seaford, De. Despite rough track conditions 35 cars showed up for practice sat. Track crew and officials worked all day trying to get the track in shape. A big thanks goes out to the race teams for their participation. The first race of the year will be Saturday night April 3rd.Gates will open at 3pm. Warm-ups at 5pm. Friday night April 9th will be the first point show of the year. Gates will open at 5pm; warm-ups at 7pm. Class sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks. Go to www.middlefordspeedway.com or www.microracing.com   for all race day updates.

                  

 

 

 

 

 

          

NEWS FROM GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
NASCAR DODGE WEEKLY SERIES STOCK CAR RACING
"Stock Car Racing at Grandview Speedway is a Contact Sport."
Event Organizer: Bruce Rogers @ 610.754.7688
Media Contact: Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc.
Ernie or Marilyn Saxton
215.752.7797 or 215.752.2392
FAX: 215.752.1518
Cell phone: 267.934.7286
Email: Esaxton144@aol.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PLEASE WITH OUR THANKS COMING EVENTS:

Saturday, March 27th, 12 noon, FREE-TO-THE-PUBLIC practice session featuring NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models along with sprints, midgets and more.
SEASON OPENER: Saturday, April 3, 6 p.m. Patriot Bank Night featuring the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modifieds and Late Models. At least 13 events of stock car racing with a 40-lap feature for the Modifieds will be presented.
Saturday, April 10, 17 and 24th, 6 p.m. NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modifieds and Late Models. At least 13 events of stock car racing.

FREE-TO-THE-PUBLIC PRACTICE SESSION, SIGN UP TO WIN RACE TICKETS

BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 20, 2004 . . . . Auto racing fans will have the opportunity to see many of their favorite racers as they test and tune their 2004 racing equipment as part of the annual Free- o-the-Public practice session at Grandview Speedway. Activity will get the green flag at 12 noon on Saturday, March 27th and the free (racers will pay a pit fee) action will continue until 5 p.m. This will be the final chance for racers to get their racing equipment ready for the new season and fans will have the opportunity to see NASCAR Modifieds, Late Models, sprints, midgets and other types of racing equipment.

"Last year the practice session had close to 100 race cars on hand and a good turnout of fans as the weather was very cooperative. We are hoping Ma Nature works with us again this year. It is a great opportunity for fans and it gives those who may not be familiar with auto racing on the short tracks to come out and enjoy all the on track activities," said event organizer Bruce Rogers. The day also gives racers a chance to sign up for their NASCAR license to avoid any delays on opening night.

Patriot Bank will sponsor the opening night show on Saturday, April 3rd starting at 6 p.m. At least 13 events of stock car racing will be presented topped by a 40-lapper for the NASCAR Modifieds. Modified champion Jeff Strunk and Late Model champion Randy Stoudt will be kicking off defense of their championships with the opening night racing action. Stock car racing will be presented each Saturday during April starting at 6 p.m.

Fans are also invited to sign up to be included on the Grandview Speedway Fan Info List. "Just by checking in at www.grandviewspeedway.com fans can sign up to be included on the email list and they will receive news as the season progresses and from time to time will have the opportunity to win some prizes, including free race tickets." said track public relations person Ernie Saxton. " We have had hundreds sign up already and we are expecting a lot more. Fans who are part of the email program will be receiving the latest information once the program gets underway." Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com   -end-

MEDIA NOTE: All media credential requests have been handled. If you have not received a season media pass it is because we did not receive a request. Only Grandview Speedway media passes are honored to obtain event credentials. You can fax (215)752.1518 or mail your request (on media letterhead) to Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. 1448 Hollywood Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047-7417.

                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

                  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 14, 2004

Middleford Speedway

P.R. Frank Marsh

 SEAFORD, DE. Saturday March 20th Middleford Speedway will open for its third racing season. All regular divisions of 270cc, 600cc, 250 jr., Mod-lites, Slingshots will take to the track for practice.  Gates will open at 10 am with a tech session for all season competitors. Cars will take to the track at 12:30 and practice till 5pm. 2004 rulebooks will be available at the pit shack. Teams will also be able to purchase season parking spots. There will be a $15.00 fee for cars that take practice. Admission is free to the public. March 27 will be a rain date for the practice day. Saturday April 3rd will be the first race of the year with the gates opening at 3pm. Warm-ups will start at 5pm. Admission will be Spectators $5.00, Pits $15.00. Further updates at www.middlefordspeedway.com www.microracing.com  Bring It!!

                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

                

      Beckley Motor Speedway Has Big Money Purses For Race Features Coming Up

This is to inform you of a few large purse races at Beckley Motor Speedway (www.beckleymotorspeedway.com) in Beckley, WV.

  1. June 18 - 40 lap $5,000 to win (MACS Race)
  2. July 2, 3 - 100 lap $10,000 to win (Firecracker 100)
  3. August 20, 21 - 100 lap $10,000 to win (The New USA 100)
  4. September 24 - 40 lap $5,000 to win (Let Freedom Ring 40)

 

If you are interested in attending any of these please email me at drmeadows@dot.state.wv.us or if you would like more info visit the track site or call (304) 252-1921.  I am helping the track to inform drivers of these races.  Thanks for your time Donald Meadows

             

 

 

 

 

 

     

                     

        2004 HAGERSTOWN SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE CHANGES

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    Saturday April 24th–Stanley Schetrompf Classic is Sanctioned

         by THE WORLD OF OUTLAW LATE MODEL SERIES

              50 laps for $10 000 to win PLUS LS Special

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                  Friday June 4th–NEW DATE

           TACKER 2 XTREME LATE MODELS will HOST

        the 9th Annual MARYLAND SILVER CUP NATIONALS

             50 laps for $10 000 to win PLUS LS Special

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            PLEASE NOTE Friday July 23rd DATE ONLY  has been

           scratched from the schedule the race has been moved to

                   Saturday July 24th.

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              Saturday July 24th–23rd Annual Conococheague is

       Sanctioned by THE WORLD OF OUTLAW LATE MODEL SERIES

            50 Laps (not 100) for $10 000 to win PLUS PS Special
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

             

SPONSORSHIP MARKETING
By Ernie Saxton

Often times we are told by callers that they are afraid of rejection. They tell us that they don't telephone potential sponsors because they have a fear that they will not reach the right person, they will sound dumb and they will be turned down.  In a recent edition of Home Business Journal there was a quote that stood out and we keep it on the wall above our desk. You may want to do the same thing.
EVERY MORNING in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed.
EVERY MORNING in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve.
The quote comes from Murray McBride in his book titled Creating Your Own Destiny. He says, "I believe it emphasizes how important taking action is, especially when put in the context of fear."
A RACER telephoned to tell me that he wants to attract serious sponsorship. What can he do? After we were done talking with him for several minutes, we found that:
* He could not afford a suit and tie.
* He could not afford to spend money on marketing materials.
* He could not afford to create stationary and business cards.
* He could not afford to be traveling around for meetings with sponsors.
* He could not afford to entertain potential sponsors. Sponsors have a lot of money they should be entertaining.
The list went on and on. Actually it was not a case of not being able to afford but a case of what his priorities were. He found a way to buy anything he needed to go racing. He had a hauler. He had the race car. He had what he needed to go racing. He could afford to travel to the races. But when it came to seeking sponsorship, something that he claimed he really needed and really wanted there was no time or money to spend.
He was financing all his racing with money out of his own pocket and with help from friends. If that is the way it is with you, if you are not willing to put time, effort and money into serious sponsorship efforts, you should just get used to paying for it all yourself.
Of course you could hire someone to do all this for you. Don't expect to find good marketing people who are willing to do this kind of work on a commission basis. As we often tell people who ask us to work on commission, we suggest they ask their engine builder to work on a commission based on the winnings using his engine. If you can find an engine builder to do that, call me and we will talk.
Now it is doubtful that someone who claims not to be able to afford what is needed to go sponsorship hunting on his own would be willing to pay for the services of someone else but it is a suggestion.
Businesses want to deal with people who present a professional image and handle their business in a professional manner.
A RACER telephoned to tell me that he has been trying to get in touch with a marketing person at a company that he sent a proposal to. NO, he had not talked with the marketing person in advance to customize the proposal and he had not been able to tell them the proposal was coming.
Most likely the racer is going to find that the proposal never got to the marketing person. There are administrative assistants (no more secretaries) that make decisions on marketing proposals. What that means that often times the executive never gets to see the proposal because the assistant decides it is something he or she would not be interested in.
However if he was going to persist in trying to reach the executive and had not been successful after being turned away by the assistant and voice mails got no response I offered a few suggestions.
1. Fill out a telephone message form (they are available at office supply stores) with all the information, enlarge it by about 400 percent and fax it to the executive. In the message part include a message such as "I have a sports marketing opportunity to gives measurable results and will increase your business."
2. Leave a good voice mail message that says "I have been trying to reach you to talk about a great sports marketing opportunity. Unfortunately we have not been able to talk personally. I plan to be in your area at (specific time and date) and will just stop by." Now this should get their interest and a return call even if it is only to tell you not to stop by. At least you get a chance to talk.
3. Call before office hours in the morning or after office hours in the evening. Often times you catch executives answering their own telephones.
4. Include an offer for breakfast, lunch or cocktails with your message. You have to be willing to spend a few dollars on entertainment with this one.                                                                                              
And if you give me a call I will share with you an idea that worked very well for me. However it will cost you some money to do and it should be reserved for just those companies that you are very serious about, have talked with already and are seeking major dollars from.
ANOTHER RACER telephoned to ask how do I find potential sponsors? We often tell people that sponsors are everywhere and they are. Watch the local newspaper for businesses that advertise often. They are willing to spend money. Often times a local racer can offer a full season of sponsorship for less than what it is costing a business to run a good size ad in a metropolitan daily newspaper for ONE DAY.
Be in touch with the local Chamber of Commerce to buy their directory. Check out the weekly Business Journals that are available in many cities. Make sure you are reading the daily business pages in your daily newspaper.
And there are directories available that list companies (with all the pertinent contact information) that are currently involved in sports marketing. Call us and we can put you in touch with a company that offers a great directory…with more than 1000 contacts listed.
The perfect situation is to have friends refer you to be people that are in business that they know. It is a real door-opener when you can call a business and say you were referred by a mutual friend. And if you have a sponsor in place that you have a very good relationship with, ask for some referrals. REFERRALS PAY BIG REWARDS.

Keep the questions coming. We always enjoy chatting with racers.


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For just $150 (plus $6.00 postage and handling), you can receive a package of sponsorship help materials worth more than $500. Included in the special package will be a copy of Andrew Waite's great book WINNING SPONSORSHIP, an actual generic sponsorship marketing proposal including contract and cover letter that you can put to use right away, and a one year subscription to our monthly newsletter, MOTORSPORTS SPONSORSHIP MARKETING NEWS. And we throw in some extras plus being a subscriber to the newsletter allows you limited consulting support via the telephone.
Call (215) 752.7797 or (215)752.2392 and mention this publication. E-mail me with your sponsorship questions at Esaxton144@aol.com or check out our website at www.saxtonsponsormarket.com

                

 

 

 

 

 

        

For Immediate Release – Thank You
News From Bridgeport Speedway
Contact: Dave Adams – (856) 467-4408 or www.bridgeportspeedway.net


Coming Events:
Sat. April 3, 2004 Open Practice for All Divisions on the 5/8th Mile
Sat. April 10, 2004 Season Opener – Modifieds, Sportsman, & UNITED RACING CLUB Sprints


JAMES BREAKS GROUND FOR NEW BATHROOMS AT BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY

Bridgeport, NJ - March 13, 2004….With permits finally in hand, new track manager Jay James has broken ground this week for the brand new bathroom facilities he has had plans for, since he and his PPR Corporation took over the Bridgeport Speedway this past November. The South Jersey raceway, which features 5/8th and ¼ mile clay ovals, has gone through a huge renovation in just three short months since James has taken over the helm. The facility, which is just over thirty years old, has been thoroughly cleaned up, along with the construction of a brand new set of luxury skyboxes that stretch across the top of the huge main grandstand. The new set of bathrooms on the main grandstand side of the track will be the most appreciated improvement in the history of the speedway.

James, standing in freshly dug dirt with a series of pipes sticking out said, “Anybody who ever talked to me about this place always said the same thing- why don’t they build new bathrooms? When we took over the place in November, we knew that if we didn’t do anything else, we had to get the problem with the bathrooms solved. We finally got the permits this week for what we wanted to do, which is build a brand new building with all brand new fixtures. The design of the facility will help to keep the restrooms spotless. We know people that wouldn’t come to Bridgeport because of the problems with the bathrooms. I had drivers and owners tell me that they were afraid to invite their sponsors and their families to the track because the bathrooms were in such deplorable condition. Think about it- that’s the people we want to attract to racing and something like the condition of the bathrooms kept them away. That will change quick, I want people to want to come here, and when the season opens on April 10th, I think everyone will see that were serious about raising the level of entertainment value in dirt track racing. I’ve already talked to track sponsors, as well as some of the car sponsors, and they are all excited about what we’ve already accomplished. With a little cooperation from Mother Nature, we should have the new skyboxes and the new bathrooms in working order for the opener.”

With the season opener quickly approaching, new promoter Dave Adams has been busy at the track getting his new team ready for the upcoming season. Pit gates will open at 10AM on April 10th, with front gates opening at 2PM. Part of the Opening Day Festivities will include an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids, along with the presentation of flowers to all the ladies in attendance, as well as the display of a yet to be determined number of competitors’ racers from the track. The Big Block Modifieds and the Sportsman will be joined that day by the highly competitive United Racing Club winged sprint cars, for a tripleheader show of high-speed action. Qualifying heats will be run for all three divisions, leading up to their main events on the big 5/8th mile speedway which will see the Modifieds and Sprint Cars running 25 lap features, with the Sportsman running a distance of 20 laps for their feature. First race that day is set to take the track at 4PM.  

South Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway is located ½ mile west on Floodgate Road from Exit 14 of I- 95, just minutes from the Commodore Barry Bridge and I-95 in Pennsylvania. Pit licenses are now available by contacting Bob Brown Jr. at the track office at 856-467-4407. More information may be obtained at the official website of the speedway, www.bridgeportspeedway.net 

           

 

 

 

 

 

        

For Immediate Release - Thank You
News From : COMDIAL DIRT SOUTHEAST SERIES
Prepared By: Hugh Snyderman
Contact: Bob Miller (215) 860-5631 mailto:TOTHILL98@aol.com



DIRT Southeast Series Debut At Hagerstown & Big Diamond Just Two Weeks Away

Langhorne, PA - March 14 , 2004..... The dawn of a new era in modified racing will occur in just two short weeks, when the opening races of the new DIRT Motorsports Southeast Series takes place, with a 100 lap Super DIRT Series Qualifier at Hagerstown (MD) Speedway on Saturday night, March 27th, followed by a 25 lap event the next afternoon at Minersville, PA's Big Diamond Speedway. These races are the first of the new fifteen race series formed by DIRT Motorsports and series organizer Bob Miller and the series will carry COMDIAL Telephone Communications as the sponsor. This new series, aimed at bringing the PA, NJ, and DE big block modifieds together to compete with the New York modifieds, carries a $12,500 point fund to awarded after the last event of the season at the Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey in November.

Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, MD, will serve as the opener for both the new COMDIAL DIRT Southeast Series and the 2004 edition of the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRT Series, with all touring regulars expected to be in attendance for competition on the ½ mile clay raceway. Time trials and qualifying heat races will set the field for the 100 lap main event, with the winner getting a guaranteed starting spot in the annual autumn classic, the Advance Auto Parts 200, held at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY in October. Racing action at Hagerstown begins at 5:30PM.

Following Hagerstown's action, all attention will turn to the Big Diamond 3/8th mile dirt oval in Minersville, PA. Heats and consolation races will be run to set the feature field for the 25 lap main event to be contested that afternoon. Many of the New York contingent are expected to be in competition that day with the PA, NJ and DE regulars, stopping on their way from Hagerstown the night before, looking to take home the $2500 first prize money that will be on the line for the winner. The first race is slated for 2PM, with pit gates opening at 10:30AM. All drivers will draw for starting position in the heats, with the top 12 from the heats drawing for position in the 25-lap feature.    

The fifteen race DIRT Southeast Series will see action on six different Mid-Atlantic region speedways, with Grandview (PA) Speedway, Delaware International Speedway, New Egypt (NJ) Speedway, and Bridgeport (NJ) Speedway joining the aforementioned Big Diamond and Hagerstown Speedways for the inaugural season of the series, which boasts over $300,000 in total payoff, along with a $12,500 point fund. Home track points will be awarded to the DIRT Southeast drivers, giving them a chance to compete for the Mr. DIRT Championship point title. Six of the fifteen races on the schedule are 100 lap Advance Auto Parts Super DIRT Series events, while the rest of the Southeast Series will be contested in 25 or 40-lap main events.

The complete COMDIAL DIRT Southeast Series will be run under DIRT rules, with Hoosier DIRT tires mandatory. All drivers contesting for the new Southeast DIRT Series Championship must have DIRT licenses, which must be purchased BEFORE July 31st, 2004 to be eligible for any point money. The 25 and 40 lap events will feature double file restarts until two to go, giving the fans a chance to see their favorite drivers have a chance for the win right to the end of the race. 
 

Billy Pauch, Kenny & Keith Brightbill, Jimmy Horton, Doug Hoffman, Keith Hoffman, Duane Howard, Frank Cozze, Jeff Strunk, Craig Von Dohren, and Tim Fuller are just some of the drivers that have indicated interest in running this exciting new series for the big block modifieds.  Drivers may pre-enter for the series by contacting Bob Miller at (215)860-5631 or by e-mail at mailto: TOTHILL98@aol.com.  Information on the DIRT Southeast Series  may obtained by contacting Miller or through the DIRT Southeast Series link on DIRT Motorsports official website @  www.dirtmotorsports.com   

COMDIAL TELEPHONE COMMUNICATIONS PRESENTS:  DIRT SOUTHEAST SERIES FOR

BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS
Saturday, March 27 Hagerstown Advance Auto Parts 100
Sunday, March 28 Big Diamond Southeast Series 25 laps
Sunday, May 2 Grandview Southeast Series 40 laps
Tuesday, June 8 Bridgeport Southeast Series 40 laps
Tuesday, June 15 New Egypt Advance Auto Parts 100
Wednesday, June 16 Big Diamond Advance Auto Parts 100
Tuesday, June 29 Bridgeport Southeast Series 25 laps
Tuesday, July 20 Bridgeport Advance Auto Parts 100
Sunday, July 25 Grandview Southeast Series 40 laps
Tuesday, August 3 Bridgeport Southeast Series 40 laps
Tuesday, August 17 Delaware Intl Advance Auto Parts 100
Wednesday, August 18 Grandview Advance Auto Parts 100
Saturday, October 16 Grandview Southeast Series 25 laps
Saturday, November 13 Bridgeport Southeast Series 40 laps

        

 

 

 

 

 

           

Press Release: RACESONGS Productions : PDI Website

 

   RACESONGS Productions is pleased to announce the release of their newest website for PDI publications. PDI, the premier speedway publication at speedways throughout the northeast, now moves their product into the busy internet world with their very own website which will feature their various weekly track programs.

   Jim Young, spokesman for RACESONGS productions states,“ It’s great having PDI owner Steve Barrick and his successful business on board with us. Steve is the master of the weekly short track racing program. I’m sure He and Pam will take their business to a new level with their new website.”

   The site will feature all eleven of PDI’s current track magazines. Each will have the up to date weekly headlines and be linked to their respective tracks. Back Issues are now easy to obtain as a direct e-mail to PDI will get you the issues you need.

    Drivers, you can now fill out your Driver Profile Form online with PDI. No more mailing in forms. Steve will have your information at his finger tips for the next week’s edition.  Advertising rates are available as well as a great links page to various Drivers, Tracks and Racing Organizations.

     PDI is currently producing their programs at the following speedways. Bridgeport,  Big Diamond, Fonda, Mahoning, New Egypt, Old Dominion, Riverhead, Seekonk, Thompson, Tioga and Wall.

Steve and Pam Barrick would like to invite all friends, drivers, race fans and speedways everywhere, to stop by their new Website at www.programdynamics.com .

 

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NEWS FROM GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
NASCAR DODGE WEEKLY SERIES STOCK CAR RACING
"Stock Car Racing at Grandview Speedway is a Contact Sport."
Event Organizer: Bruce Rogers @ 610.754.7688
Media Contact: Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc.
Ernie or Marilyn Saxton
215.752.7797 or 215.752.2392
FAX: 215.752.1518
Cell phone: 267.934.7286
Email: Esaxton144@aol.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PLEASE WITH OUR THANKS COMING EVENTS:

Saturday, March 27th, 12 noon, FREE-TO-THE-PUBLIC practice session featuring NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models along with sprints, midgets and more.
SEASON OPENER: Saturday, April 3, 6 p.m. Patriot Bank Night featuring the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modifieds and Late Models. At least 13 events of stock car racing with a 40-lap feature for the Modifieds.

KRATZ EAGER TO SHOW HE CAN WIN AGAIN AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 10, 2004 . . . Kerry Kratz is excited, very excited, about racing in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified events at Grandview Speedway. He can hardly wait for the Patriot Bank sponsored opening night at the one-third-mile, banked clay oval on Saturday, April 3rd, 6 p.m.

The NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models, at least 13 events, will be presented topped off by a 40-lap feature for the Modifieds. The veteran racer has always been a consistent performer at the popular Bechtelsville track. The 35-year-old speedster has won more than a dozen feature events during his career at Grandview Speedway.

After a half season of learning to work with a new team Kratz is optimistic that his new DUP Motorsports team will be in victory lane before the season goes too far and he would be disappointed if the Donnie Derr owned Dirt Wheels No.1K Modified is not in the thick of the battle for the lucrative track and NASCAR titles. Last season Jeff Strunk won the NASCAR Modified title and that was worth more than $30,000 in end of the season cash awards.

Last year Kratz sat out the first half of the season after parting with his former car owner. And the second part of the year he spent "learning the ropes" with the new team. The team was close to be a feature winner in 2003. "Getting a win for Donnie (and his family Janie and Kelly) would make me happy. He has given me the best equipment to get the job done. I will be disappointed if we don't get a feature win or more and finish in the top five in the final point standings. Of course winning the Grandview championship would be great," said Kratz. "We have a great team effort here and we are even talking about running a few races at Big Diamond this season." And Kratz gives a lot of credit to his wife Trina for her support. "It takes a special woman to put up with all the time that I have to spend away from the family for racing," commented the talented racer. He and Trina have two children. There is Aaron, age 6, who is racing quarter midgets with the Phoenixville, PA organization and a daughter, Nicole, just 3 years old but already a big booster of dad's racing efforts.

"There is a lot of tough competition at Grandview Speedway. You have to have a good team and luck helps. I think we are up for it. I can't wait for opening night (April 3)," said Kratz. Major sponsorship comes from Spunktown Tavern (Boyertown), Zgura's Concrete Services, K.C.Stoves & Fireplaces, Hopko Excavating and T.J.R.Racing Engines. While associate supporters include Robert's Dry Cleaning, Macungie Pub, Steven L. Wetzel Quality Electrical Work, Oak Grove Trailer Park and Campground, Saylor Landscaping, Total Performance & Collision Center, Stan Smith's Garage, Frey's Country Store, Pat White Realty and Elite Fitness.

On Saturday, March 27th, 12 noon, there will be a free-to-the-public practice session open to all racers planning to compete at Grandview Speedway in 2004.  Information on racing at Grandview Speedway, kicking off their 42nd season of stock car racing, is available at 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com. Fans are invited to visit the website and sign up to be on the track mailing list and have the opportunity to win some free prizes during the season.
The track is located just off Route 100 on Passmore Road, 10 miles north of Pottstown in Bechtelsville, PA.
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MEDIA NOTE: Credentials to cover events at Grandview Speedway must be arranged in advance. Only track media passes will be honored. You can arrange for credentials by writing or faxing your request on media letterhead to Ernie Saxton at 1448 Hollywood Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047 or fax 215.752.1518.
For those who have requested credentials they will be placed in the mail within the next week. Thank you.
GVSPR#7-2004

              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE---THANK YOU
News From Bridgeport Speedway / DIRT Southeast Series
Contact: Bob Miller 215-860-5631 or TOTHILL98@aol.com

DATE CHANGED FOR BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY GEORGE WINGATE CLASSIC

Bridgeport, NJ - March 9, 2004....In a joint announcement made late this afternoon by Bridgeport Speedway manager Jay James, track promoter Dave Adams, and DIRT Southeast Series organizer Bob Miller, the date for the George Wingate Classic for big block modifieds has been shifted one day forward, to Tuesday night, June 8th. This race, with a 40 lap main event scheduled for some of the best drivers on the East Coast in the big block modified division, is named for the longtime promoter of the South Jersey 5/8th mile clay oval. Wingate, who passed away in May of 2003 after a long battle with cancer, was a supporter of all types of racing and sports in general, earning himself a spot in the Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame. 

Miller, speaking for the management team that will promote the show that night, said, "We want to make sure that George gets the kind of top notch talent and quality of racers at a show in his honor that he deserves. We had a date already set for this show, but in an effort to make it possible for any driver from the area to participate in a show honoring this great man, we felt it was better to change our date to avoid any conflicts." The George Wingate Classic, Bridgeport Speedway's first DIRT Southeast Series event, will feature a forty lap main event that will see time trials, a "B" main and possibly a "C" main, along with a "Go For the Pole" Dash to determine the starting field for what should be an all-star event. The new DIRT Southeast Series is the first traveling Modified series dedicated to the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware racing scene in over twenty years.

Tuesday, June 8th will be a date that all race fans in the tri-state area will want to mark down on their appointment calendars for this must see show.               

                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

DIRT Motorsports
Contact: Tom Skibinski
Press Release: March 7, 2004 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By Tom Skibinski


HAGERSTOWN, MD.....For the fourth consecutive year Hagerstown Speedway is scheduled to kick off the Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series the final weekend in March. The 2004 edition will run Saturday night, March 27th with the 100-lap big-block winner collecting $6,000.

"We've had great fields the past few years, now we just need a break with the weather," said Hagerstown promoter Frank Plessinger, who opened the track in February to begin it's 57th race season. Rain forced cancellation of the SDS events in 2000 and last season. "The shows we did get in gave the fans some of the best racing in the entire Series. We expect more of the same this time around."

Hagerstown's century grind leads off the 28-race Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series. The Northeast's premier big-block tour runs from March through October and features extra-distance races at 19 dirt tracks in six states and two Canadian Provinces.

The 2004 Advance Auto Parts SDS opener at Hagerstown is expected to attract all the top teams in big-block Modified racing today as they contend for the overall Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRT Championship and the biggest share of the total point fund in excess of $250,000. Two-time defending Hoosier-Sunoco Mr. DIRT titlist Alan Johnson of Phelps, New York, all-time Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series winner Brett Hearn from Sussex, New Jersey and past Hagerstown Advance Auto Parts SDS feature race winners Gary Tomkins (2002) from Clifton Springs, N.Y. and Steve Paine (2001) from Waterloo, New York are among more than 50 drivers expected to invade Maryland for the Saturday night showdown.

Paine forged the fourth and final lead change with 10 laps to go then held off Jack and Danny Johnson to score the inaugural win. Series regular Chuck Bower bested 61 other open-wheel entries in 2001, stopping the clocks at 19.466 sec. for an average speed of 92.469 mph.

Tomkins charged from 16th to first in 45 laps and overtook runner-up Bob McCreadie to register his first career victory in Advance Auto Parts tour competition. Three-time Syracuse Eckerd 200 champion Billy Decker (19.275 sec./93.385mph) was the fastest of 56 drivers running time trials.

The competition has been fierce in the initial two events as no driver has been able to repeat among the top-five. Alan Johnson finished third at Hagerstown on his way to the 2002 DIRT Championship while Hearn settled for seventh before capturing the '01 overall Mr. DIRT crown.

Joining the mighty DIRT Modifieds in the doubleheader program will be the Late Models. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. with warm-ups starting at 5:30 PM followed by big-block time trials.

Hagerstown Speedway is located on U.S. Route 40, four miles west of I-81 and adjacent to the Gateway Seafood Restaurant, the official track restaurant where drivers and fans meet after the races. For additional information, contact the speedway office at (301) 582-0640 or visit the website at www.hagerstownspeedway.com .
                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        

Bridgeport Speedway
Contact: Hugh Snyderman 
Press Release: For Immediate Release – Thank You
News >From Bridgeport Speedway
Contact: Dave Adams – (856) 467-4408 or www.bridgeportspeedway.net
Bridgeport Speedway Exit 14: I-295 just minutes from the Commodore Barry Bridge


Coming Events

Sat. April 3, 2004 Open Practice for All Divisions on the 5/8th Mile

Sat. April 10, 2004 Season Opener – Modifieds, Sportsman, & UNITED RACING CLUB Sprints + 2003 Champion’s Ceremony


2003 BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY CHAMPIONS TO BE CROWNED OPENING DAY; NEW HANDICAPPING SYSTEM TO BE UNVEILED FOR 2004 SEASON

Bridgeport, NJ - March 6, 2004….When the grand opening of the New Bridgeport Speedway takes place on Saturday, April 10th at 4PM, some old business will be taken care of before the new season can begin. The 2003 point champions of the divisions that raced on the big 5/8th mile oval will get their time to shine, as they will receive their Championship Trophies from new track manager Jay James and first year promoter Dave Adams. After the ceremonies are concluded, the 2004 season can begin with the great racing action produced by the Big Block Modifieds, Sportsman, and the traveling United Racing Club super sprints, who will all compete in a series of qualifying heats that will lead up to their main events on New Jersey’s fastest dirt track.

“Jay wants to make sure that the drivers who worked so hard last year to win their point championships get the recognition they deserve. Even though we had nothing to do with the track last season, Jay felt we had to honor these some guys somehow,” said Adams in between answering the phone at the track office on Saturday morning. Adams continued, “When people get here, they’ll see were serious about what’s going on down here. We need to get people to the track to see all the improvements being made. Jay spent $50,000 just on dumpsters cleaning the place up. The new skyboxes are almost complete, and we’ve made most of our sales are just from people seeing the way Jay has gone about designing and building them. We have some surprises to announce real soon that will have everyone happy, including Jay (James). Anyone who knows him knows that he only has one way of doing things- and that’s first class all the way. The work here at the track is no different, now our job is to make sure we get people in here to see the improvements.”

On the sponsorship front, Adams announced that he has signed three sponsors for all the heat races on Saturday night, with Bitner Performance, Neilds Steering, and Mason Racing Electronics all coming onboard for the 2004 season. The winner of each qualifying heat race will win a gift certificate from one of the three companies. The three companies will rotate from division to division each Saturday night.

Changes to the handicapping system have been made for the 2004 season, with the biggest difference being the fact that the top eighteen will be handicapped into the feature. Along with this, which gives the fans the chance to see the top drivers battle their way to the front of the pack week after week, the Big Block Modifieds will have all restarts go double file until two to go. The Sportsman class will also go to the top eighteen system of handicapping, with their restarts remaining unchanged, going single file after halfway. Handicapping for the Jasper-engined South Jersey Sprint Car Club winged sprints will remain unchanged from 2003.

Adams is hard at work assembling his staff for the racing events presented at the track, with Nazareth, PA’s Charlie Bray taking the pit steward position on Saturday nights. Bray comes to the team, bringing with him a wealth of experience from his many years of involvement in the sport. Experienced scorers and a handicapper are still needed, with interested parties urged to contact Adams as soon as possible at the track office. Adams is at the track six days a week, and can be contacted by calling 856-467-4407.


 

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

            

FRIESE AND HOFFMAN EARN OCTOBERFEST GUARANTEE STARTING SPOTS AT HAGERSTOWN

Devin Friese of Mercersburg, PA held off Jeremy Miller the final 13 laps to win the 30-lap late model Octoberfest Qualifier and Keith Hoffman of Whitehall, PA turned back Brett Hearn for the win in the 30-lap Octoberfest Qualifier for the big block modifieds at the Hagerstown Speedway Sunday afternoon.   In addition to the guaranteed starting spots for the fall spectacular, both drivers earned $2,000 for their flag-to-flag victories.

After three attempts to get the late model feature in the record books, a single file start was used successfully as Devin Friese outgunned Larry Baer into the first turn for the lead. John Mason took over the second spot on the third lap with Jeremy Miller, Baer and Rick Eckert in pursuit. Eckert moved into fourth on the seventh lap and a lap later passed Miller for third. On lap 11, Eckert made a move to the outside of Mason for second, but contact was made as both cars came to a stop in the second turn to bring out the caution turning second over to Miller. Friese set the pace on the restart as Miller began to looking for the best way around the leader. Miller was able to pull along Friese several times on the outside going into the turns at both ends of the track, but Friese was able to pull back in front down the straight aways and nipped Miller by one car length for his second career win at Hagerstown .

"We struggled a lot last year, so it feels good to get this win," said Friese. "We just held our line, we really weren't that good. Jeremy (Miller) is a good friend and he raced me clean and I thank him for that."

Andy Anderson, who started 16th, finished third and Kirk Ryan passed Gary Stuhler for fourth with one lap remaining after going to the rear of the field after being involved in one of the first lap cautions. Donnie Farling, who started 17th, was sixth with Dan Stone, Tim Wilson and David Pettyjohn next across the line. Mason returned from his 11th lap tangle with Eckert to round out the top ten. Heat winners for the 33 late models were Paul Crowl, Jason Covert, Eckert and Ryan. Dave Rice Jr. won the consolation.

The modified feature required two attempts to get the 30-lap feature underway with Keith Hoffman grabbing the lead going into the first turn from Mike Colston. Brett Hearn, who started eighth, moved into third by the second lap and bolted into the runner-up spot the next time around. For the next 25 laps, Hearn tried everything he could to get around Hoffman. Hearn pulled even with the leader several times, but Hoffman stayed in the fastest groove leaving Hearn little room to make a pass. Hearn pulled even coming off the fourth turn on the final lap, but came up one car length short as Hoffman scored his first career win at Hagerstown.

"I can't believe I finally won here at Hagerstown," said Hoffman. "It is nice to get a win under our belt so early in the season. I have been real close several times here before, so it is great to finally get the win. It is definitely nice to have that guarantee spot for the Octoberfest350."

Kenny Brightbill followed Hoffman and Hearn in third with Colsten and Matt Shepherd completing the top five. Eighteenth starting Ricky Elliott was sixth with Kyle Strickland coming from 22nd for seventh. Bucki Kell and A.J. Romano were next with Frank Cozze bouncing back from a first lap pile-up to finish out the top ten. Kevin Bolland, Colsten, Jamie Mills and Hoffman were the heat winners for the 38 modifieds and Vic Coffey and Stricklen won the consolations.

Next Sunday, the late models will be joined by the Hoosier Tires late model sportsman and Ernie's Salvage Yard pure stocks in the Grand Opening. Race time is 1:30 P.M. with gates opening at 11 AM. Admission is only $9.00.

30-LAP LATE MODEL FEATURE OCTOBERFEST QUALIFIER: 33 Cars (Lap Leaders: Friese, 1-30)  1. Devin Friese; 2. Jeremy Miller; 3. Andy Anderson; 4. Kirk Ryan; 5. Gary Stuhler; 6. Donnie Farling; 7. Dan Stone; 8. Tim Wilson; 9. David Pettyjohn; 10. John Mason; 11. Chad McClelland; 12. Scott Cross; 13. Larry Baer; 14. Brad Ritter; 15. Mike Lupfer; 16. Josh Richards; 17. Matt Parks; 18. Dave Rice Jr.; 19. Rick Eckert; 20. Paul Crowl; 21. Brent Smith; 22. Jason Covert; 23. Al Shawver, Jr. 24. Daryl Hills. DNQ: Randall Paxton; Rick Whaley; Mark Byram; Billy Wampler; Jerry Fifield; Drew Koteles. DNS: Bobby Stokes; Frankie Plessinger; Ray Davis Jr.

30-LAP BIG BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE OCTOBERFEST QUALIFIER: 38 Cars (Lap Leaders: Hoffman, 1-30) 1. Keith Hoffman; 2. Brett Hearn; 3. Kenny Brightbill; 4. Mike Colsten; 5. Matt Shepherd; 6. Rick Elliott; 7. Kyle Strickler; 8. Bucky Kell; 9. A.J. Romano; 10. Frank Cozze; 11. Alan Johnson; 12. Vic Coffey; 13. G. R. Smith; 14. J. R. Heffner; 15. Jimmy Chester; 16. Del Rougeux; 17. Larry Kratz; 18. Kevin Bolland; 19. Kevin Hirtler; 20. Butch Tittle; 21. Jamie Mills; 22. Jeff Strunk; 23. Richie Pratt Jr.; 24. Jared Shultz; 25. Colin Jackson; 26. Norman Short. DNQ: Dwayne Howard; Gary Risch Jr.; Rick Laubach; Richard Scaglotta; Beau Wilkins; Sparky White; Gary Gallerie Jr.; Don Hollowell; Jason Hamilton; Amanda Spotts; Ray Swinehart; Shawn Reimert.


         

 

 

 

 

 

 

                   

NEWS FROM GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
NASCAR DODGE WEEKLY SERIES STOCK CAR RACING
"Stock Car Racing at Grandview Speedway is a Contact Sport."
Event Organizer: Bruce Rogers @ 610.754.7688
Media Contact: Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc.
Ernie or Marilyn Saxton
215.752.7797 or 215.752.2392
FAX: 215.752.1518
Cell phone: 267.934.7286
Email: Esaxton144@aol.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PLEASE WITH OUR THANKS COMING EVENTS:

Saturday, March 27th, 12 noon, FREE-TO-THE-PUBLIC practice session featuring NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models along with sprints, midgets and more. SEASON OPENER: Saturday, April 3, 6 p.m. Patriot Bank Night featuring the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modifieds and Late Models. At least 13 events of stock car racing with a 40-lap feature for the Modifieds. MEDIA NOTE: Our recent release on the Bonus Bucks sponsored by Rossi Welding of Reading and D&S Archery of Barto should have specified that the $1000 bonus would be paid at the end of the season to the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified driver winning the most NASCAR sanctioned qualifying heat races during the 2004 season. Meme DeSantis earned the $1000 bonus in 2003.

DIRTY GIRLS RACING AND AMANDA SPOTTS GO RACING AT GRANDVIEW

 BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 5, 2004 . . . Sixteen year old Amanda Spotts, an eleventh grade high school student, and Dirty Girls Racing are ready for a season of NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series modified stock car racing at Grandview Speedway. A graduate of quarter midget auto racing and a championship winning performance in 300cc Missile racing (a smaller version of modified stock cars) Spotts will be driving a family owned Bicknell chassis race car in a full season of competition on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval.

"This is something I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember. I have been going to Grandview Speedway since I was two years old. I can remember telling Kerry Kratz (a standout  modified racer at the Bechtelsville oval) that I would be racing against him. He always told me that he would be retired by then. Well this season I will be racing against him along with other family friends like Mike Gular, Kevin Hirthler and some others," said the attractive young lady racer. "My first year goals are to get a lot of seat time, learn a lot and try not to wreck the race car." When asked about the unique sounding sponsor, Amanda pointed out that Dirty Girls Racing www.teamdirtygirls.com is well known in motocross racing. They manufacture race apparel and are looking to increase their distribution into other divisions of motorsports. They are hoping sponsorship of our race team will help.

Additional sponsorship comes from the family business of TAKFul Builders along with THProperties, Green Lane Wm. Penn, FourStar Lettering and Salford Web Design. "I can't say enough about the help that Kevin Hirthler and his family have given our team. My dad (Al Spotts) does most of the work on the car but he has had a lot of help from Kevin and his No. 117 modified team. The car has  been pretty much put together in the No. 117 race shop," said the Upper Perkiomen High School student. "At the races we have a couple of guys that help us and we get some help from Mike Gular's No. 53 team."

Spotts points out that the guys have not liked it in the past when she has beat them. She won a few features and a championship racing the 300cc Missiles and guys were "making excuses as to why I won."  She does not see that happening at Grandview Speedway. The Pennsburg, PA resident also is active in competitive dancing at school. "It is something I started when I was a lot younger and it keeps me in shape. The kids at school, my girlfriends, think it is pretty cool what I do. The dancing is not something I plan to keep doing but I hope that in the future I will be successful enough driving race cars to move up to Big Block Modified racing," said Spotts. "We will be racing at Grandview Speedway on Saturday nights and trying to make a few shows at Big Diamond Raceway and Hagerstown, MD Speedway this season."

Spotts and the Dirty Girls Racing team will kick off their season with the free-to-the-public practice session at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, March 27th starting at 12 noon. That session is open to all classes of competition.

And on Saturday, April 3, 6 p.m. the season gets the green officially with the Patriot Bank Night of NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series modifieds and late models. At least 13 events of stock car racing will be presented topped by a 40-lap feature for the modifieds. Grandview Speedway officials have announced that the Pit Office at the track will be open on March 13, 20th and on practice day March 27th so competitors can avoid the long lines on opening day to get licenses. It is mandatory that everyone entering the competition/restricted areas at Grandview Speedway have a NASCAR license. Information on stock car racing at Grandview Speedway is available by checking in at www.grandviewspeedway.com or telephone 610.754.7688. The track is located on Passmore Road just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. -End-

REMINDER TO MEDIA. Time is running out to be sure that you have your credentials for the 2004 season. Please forward a letter to Ernie Saxton at 1448 Hollywood Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047 or fax a letter, on media letterhead, to 215.752.1518. Thank you and we look forward to having you with us often in 2004. ERNIE SAXTON

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

STUHLER AND HEARN OPEN 2004 SEASON AT HAGERSTOWN WITH WINS FEBRUARY 29, 2004 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


HAGERSTOWN, MD - The Hagerstown Speedway opened the 2004 season on Sunday with two familiar names in Victory Lane. The 2003 late model champion Gary Stuhler of Greencastle, PA led all the way to win the 35-lap feature and Brett Hearn of Sussex, NJ held off Matt Sheppard to win the  35-lap modified feature for his 14th career win. For Stuhler, it was his 112th career win at Hagerstown and now only needs two wins to tie the leader, Rodney Franklin. 

After two attempts to get the late model feature underway, Gary Stuhler jumped out in front from the pole as Scott Rhodes and Jason Covert followed. By the 5th lap, Stuhler had opened a large lead as Frankie Plessinger worked his way into fifth after starting 11th. Plessinger moved past Covert for third on the 12th lap and five laps later Stuhler was putting the slower cars a lap down. While Stuhler was setting the pace, Plessinger and Covert were waging a torrid battle for the runner-up position. With three laps remaining, Plessinger finally took sole possession of second, but was unable to track down the leader as Stuhler opened the season the same way he ended last year, with a win.

Covert finished third with 13th starting Kirk Ryan fourth. Kenny Pettyjohn, who lost the handle in the first restart, came back through the 26 car field to round out the top five. Completing the top ten were Dan Stone, Dave Hess Jr., Doug Eck, George Lee and David Pettyjohn. Heat winners for the 39 cars were K. Pettyjohn, Stuhler, Rhodes and Stone. Larry Baer and Jason Flory won the consolation events.

"We started out front and that helped a lot" said Stuhler. "I was a little worried on restarts that someone was going to get me but when we got going the car was better. We haven't really put a game plan together as to what we are going to do but we hope to get the other two wins here this season," added Stuhler when asked about closing in on the career win record.

Brett Hearn started on the pole in the modified feature and quickly pulled away to a commanding lead as Raymond Bliss, Kyle Strickler, Alan Johnson and Matt Sheppard tried to keep pace. Ninth starting Sheppard moved into second on lap six as Hearn's heated pace had the back of the field going a lap down by the ninth lap. A caution on lap 10 wiped out Hearn's large lead, but the leader was able to open another large lead by lap 20. As Hearn entered heavy traffic with five laps remaining, Sheppard was able to close in on the leader's bumper, but Hearn was able to open up some breathing space at the end to win by six car lengths over Sheppard. Bliss and A.J. Romano were next with Ricky Elliott coming from 12th to round out the top five. Strickler, Billy Pauch, Mike Colsten, Jamie Mills and J.R. Heffner finished out the top ten. Romano, Del Rougeux and Keith Hoffman were the heat winners for the 31 modifieds and Butch Tittle won the consolation. "We had a good set-up and the car was good, but we had a little trouble there at the end in close traffic. I wished this was the Octoberfest Qualifier," said Hearn referring to next week's race.

Next Sunday, March 7th, the big block modifieds will share the double-header program with the late models. The winner in each 30-lap feature will receive a guarantee starting spot in the Octoberfest 350 the end of October. Race time is 1:30 with gates opening at 11 A.M. Warm-ups begin at 1 P.M.

RESULTS : 35-LAP LATE MODEL FEATURE: 39 Cars (Lap Leaders: Stuhler 1-35) 1. Gary Stuhler; 2. Frankie Plessinger; 3. Jason Covert; 4. Kirk Ryan; 5. Kenny Pettyjohn; 6. Dan Stone; 7. Dave Hess Jr.; 8. Doug Eck; 9. George Lee; 10. David Pettyjohn; 11. J.T. Spence; 12. Devin Friese; 13. Tim Wilson; 14. Larry Baer; 15. Josh Richards; 16. Jason Flory; 17. Al Shawver Sr.; 18. Paul Crowl; 19. Greg Robinson; 20. Jerry Fifield; 21. Dave Rice Jr.; 22. Mike Lupfer; 23. Alan Sagi; 24. Scott Rhodes; 25. Jason Montgomery; 26. Matt Parks. DNQ: Bobby Stokes; Randy Stoudt; Chris Hackett; Gary Gellner; Rick Todorow; Mitch Hack. DNS: Eddie Drury; Drew Koteles; Jeremy Stone; Jeff Kress; Ron Davies; Jerry Foster; Billy Wampler.

35-LAP MODIFIED FEATURE: 31 Cars (Lap Leaders: Hearn 1-35) 1. Brett Hearn; 2. Matt Sheppard; 3. Alan Johnson; 4. A. J. Romano; 5. Ricky Elliott; 6. Kyle Strickler; 7. Billy Pauch; 9. Mike Colsten; 9. Jamie Mills; 10. J.R. Heffner; 11. Keith Hoffman; 12. Kevin Hirthler; 13. Butch Tittle; 14. Kevin Bolland; 15. Richie Pratt Jr.; 16. Jared Schultz; 17. Scott Flammer; 18. Norman Short; 19. Bobby Watkins; 20. Kenny Brightbill; 21. Rick Laubach; 22. Shawm Reimert; 23. Del Rougeuz; 24. Raymond Bliss. DNQ: Billy Pauch Jr. Vince Gagliwivo; Randy Chronister; Jason Hamilton. DNS: Doug Rose; Ray Swinehart.
          

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

          

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE---THANK YOU
CONTACT:  BOB MILLER   TOTHILL98@aol.com 
RELEASE PREPARED BY:  HUGH SNYDERMAN

READING RACING REUNION SHOW ATTRACTS HUGE CROWD TO FAIRGROUNDS SQUARE

Reading, PA - February 28, 2004.....The 19th annual Reading Racing Reunion and Car Show, presented by the Reading Eagle Company, NAPA Auto Parts, COMDIAL Communications, and Ray's Yamaha, is now in the history books with the close of the seven-day show Saturday night .    The 2004 edition of the week long show, which saw 112 race cars as well as various speedways, racing organizations, and racing related vendors participate in the event, attracted over 85,000 people to the Fairgrounds Square Mall, according to preliminary estimates by mall officials.  The show is an annual tribute to the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway, which was located on the site where the mall sits, as well as a preview of the upcoming outdoor racing season, with race cars on display of all types and styles.

After having different events booked for each night at center court of the mall, the climax of the week is the Legends Reunion Ceremony, which takes place on Friday night.  This year over thirty former competitors of the speedway attended the reunion, getting interviewed and having a "2004 Class of the Fairgrounds" photo taken of everyone onstage.  With the mall packed with fans, this year's ceremony was a little more emotional than most years, as each driver took time to honor the late Lindy Vicari with a short memory or anecdote of the longtime Reading Fairgrounds Speedway promoter with ceremony host Keith Fritz.  Vicari's children, Vince, John and Regina, were also in attendance, taking time to go up on stage to honor their father, who passed away in September 2003.  Vicari, a lifelong Berks County resident, promoted racing and other events at what was considered to be one of the nation's finest dirt tracks, the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway, for over twenty-five years.  

At the conclusion of the ceremony at the mall, the celebration continued at the Goodwill Fire Company, which was the location for the BASH Racing Movie Party, which ended at 1AM with everyone in attendance enjoying the playing of the non-stop racing movies and dance music.  During the BASH, all the mall show awards were presented, with a video presentation produced by Bill Bush Videos that was choreographed to the presentations, hosted by MC Jeff Ahlum.  Seven categories of racecars were judged, with the winners going home with a beautiful trophy to honor their achievement.  Winners were as follows: 

Plans for the 2005 Reading Racing Reunion & Car Show are already in the works, with show organizers Bob and Donna Miller announcing that the show will again take place on the last week of February .      Bob Miller, a former employee at the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway, said when asked about the success of the show, "This show wouldn't be possible without the cooperation of the mall and its merchants, along with all the participants each year.  It's a lot of work by everyone involved, and we are trying to plan some really special events for next year, which will be the 20th edition of the show.  The old-timers are a big part of this event, and Mike Grim and the Fidler family are really a big part in pulling this part of the  show together.  All the mall merchants I spoke to were happy with the increased traffic this show brings to the mall each year, and they were already looking forward to next year.  All the help by the race teams, bringing their beautiful cars in and out without incident, makes this show as successful as it is."   

The 2004 Reading Racing Reunion & Car Show program book, produced by Joe Wylezik, is still  available in limited quantities.  Price for this book, with stories and photos about the show, is $4.50, which includes shipping and handling.  Contact Joe at 2402 Garden Lane, West Lawn, PA 19609.  Joe can also be reached by e-mail at jhwcuda@aol.com

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

NEWS FROM GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
NASCAR DODGE WEEKLY SERIES STOCK CAR RACING
"Stock Car Racing at Grandview Speedway is a Contact Sport."
Event Organizer: Bruce Rogers @ 610.754.7688
Media Contact: Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc.
Ernie or Marilyn Saxton
215.752.7797 or 215.752.2392
FAX: 215.752.1518
Cell phone: 267.934.7286
Email: Esaxton144@aol.com


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PLEASE WITH OUR THANKS COMING EVENTS:

Saturday, March 27th, 12 noon, FREE-TO-THE-PUBLIC practice session featuring NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models along with sprints, midgets and more.

SEASON OPENER: Saturday, April 3, 6 p.m. Patriot Bank Night featuring the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modifieds and Late Models. At least 13 events of stock car racing with a 40-lap feature for the Modifieds.

KELLNER NAME TO BE HEARD OFTEN AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY IN 2004

BECHTELSVILLE, PA February 29, 2004 . . . Fans coming out to watch NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series stock car racing at Grandview Speedway this season will hear the Kellner name often. Lansdale's Jon Kellner Sr. has been a "major player" at Grandview for many years. Jon Kellner Jr., a senior in high school, is a regular in the Modified stocks and this season Mike Kellner, a 16 year old 10th grader, will become the fourth Kellner to have raced on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval.  Some years back Jon Sr.'s dad Don Kellner was a top performer in the late model competition.  However no one has ever topped the career record for late model wins, 57 victories, owned by Jon Sr. "We are working on six cars, five modifieds and one late model. In fact all the cars are pretty much ready to go except for a 2004 Bicknell racer being prepared for Jon Jr.," said Kellner Sr. "We have three modifieds (one with a big block motor) ready to go in Cary Duncan's garage (Duncan is the car owner). And I have three cars in my own garage for the kids to race. A lot of people don't realize that I own the cars driven by Jon Jr. and Mike. I do get some help from sponsors and from my sons with the costs."

During the 2004 season Jon Sr. will be driving a 2003 Bicknell race car. It has only been raced once. The Dirt Wheels race car from last season will be a back-up car. And there is a second Bicknell car, with a big block motor, that will be used at special events at Grandview, Big Diamond, Bridgeport and New Egypt Speedways. "I was pretty happy with last season. There was feature win early in the season and a second race that I had won and my own miscue cost me the win with two laps to go. A third place finish in the points was good. It sets us up well for the new season," said the many time Late Model champion. "We are looking for a season that includes more wins and it would be great to get a title. But luck has a way of coming into play at Grandview and can turn a good season into a bad one…or a bad season into a good one."

A few years back Jon Sr. had talked about quitting. His family talked him out of it. "I will be driving as long as Cary Duncan is the car owner. When he quits I will quit driving. However I will always be involved in racing with my sons," said the 42 year old racer. "I am excited about Mike and Jon Jr. and their racing. They are great kids. Never been in trouble. They do well in school (Dad makes it a point that grades have to be good to keep racing.) and they work on the race cars every night. I don't push them." Both youngsters have been successful racers in quarter midgets and micro sprints. Their 300 plus trophies far out number Dad's.  Jon Sr. and Jr. will be racing against each other. The perfect scenario for dad would be to be leading and have his son take the lead and the win from him. "My car owner would not be happy but I would be very happy," said Kellner. "I don't like the thought of having to pass my son to win. But we can handle it if and when that happens."

Mike will racing a full sized race car for the first time when the late models take to the track on Saturday, April 3, 6 p.m. for the Patriot Bank sponsored opening night that will feature the NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models. "I have told Mike just as I told Jon that I want him to race to finish races. He is not expected to set the world on fire in his first season. In fact it could take three or four years to really be a contender," commented the senior Kellner. "I think he will do well. Jon Jr. is moving his career along. He had a strong season qualifying for a lot of the features in 2003. And that does not come easy at Grandview." 

Sponsorship support for the Jon Jr. and Mike Kellner racing efforts will come from Ladner Insurance, Kenco Hydraulics, Power Washers (Lansdale), Hutt's Glass, Brinckman Coins and West Point Supply. The Modifieds driven by Jon Sr. are supported by Hutt's Glass, Watash Speed Shop, Lombardo Engines, Boyertown Tree Service, TP Trailers, Pit Stop Restaurant and Quigley Chevrolet.

On Saturday nights at Grandview Speedway it will be difficult for fans and the other racers not to notice the Kellners. They will be "just about" everywhere. Fans are invited out to Grandview Speedway on Saturday, March 27th, 12 noon, for the annual Free-to-the-Public practice season that gives attendees the opportunity to see all the "fresh new" equipment being put on the track for the first time. It is a great afternoon for fans and for folks who just want to see what auto racing is all about.

Information on season tickets and other racing information is available at 610.754.7688 or check out the website at www.grandviewspeedway.com  where fans can sign up to be included on the track mailing list. For information on marketing through Motorsports at Grandview Speedway, a vast number of reasonably priced opportunities, telephone Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. at 215.752.7797 or go to www.saxtonsponsormarket.com  and hit on the Grandview Speedway link.
Grandview Speedway is a NASCAR sanctioned banked one-third-mile clay track located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown.
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NOTE TO MEDIA: To be sure that you have your credentials for opening day we would suggest that you submit your request for a season media pass in writing (fax or U.S.Mail) to Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. 1448 Hollywood Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047. Fax: 215.752.1518. Questions? Telephone us at 215.752.7797.
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READING RACING REUNION & CAR SHOW ATTRACTS MANY MALL WALKERS. . . . .

READING, PA  .  .  .   .   Merchants at the Fairgrounds Square Mall in Reading, PA are smiling as thousands of mall walkers are enjoying the 19th Annual Reading Racing Reunion & Car Show.   This show is presented FREE to all on behalf of NAPA Auto Parts, COMDIAL Telephone Communications, RAYS Yamaha and the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series & Grandview Speedway.  More then one-hundred and twelve race cars now fill the Mall that stretches across the property that once was home of the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway. Activities continue for each night at the mall, with many interviews and autograph sessions being held at center court starting at 7PM.    "Thunder on the Hill" Night headlines on Wednesday night, with guest star Lance Dewease on center stage for autographs and an interview.   "Modified Madness" takes over the mall on Thursday night, when the stars from  Grandview and Big Diamond Speedways, as well the new DIRT Southeast Big Block Modified series, will get their time to shine. The absolute highlight of the week comes on Friday night, when the Legends Reunion takes over the mall, packing the place with fans for the emotional ceremony that brings back some of the greatest drivers from the area that competed at the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway. Annually more than thirty drivers show up for their reunion, as well as owners, speedway officials, and members of the racing media, to take part in this tribute to what was generally believed to be one of the greatest racetracks in the United States.  After everyone is interviewed and group reunion photos are taken, the party moves over to the Goodwill Fire Hall, for the BASH Racing Movie Party. The party starts at 8:30PM, with racing movies and music for dancing only stopping for the Car Show Awards Ceremony. Admission price for this fun filled evening is just $10, and includes soda, chips, and pretzels, with a cash bar available. The BASH Party ends at 1AM, and advance tickets are encouraged due to limited seating at the Goodwill Fire Hall. Tickets will be available all week long at the Weikel Racewear Display, in center court of the mall, or at the Bill Bush Video Outlet, as well as at the door of the Goodwill Fire Hall the night of the party.   For more information on the Reading Racing Reunion and Car Show, as well as ticket availability for the upcoming appearance of the famed World of Outlaw Sprint cars at Grandview Speedway on May 30th, log on to the official Internet website, www.thunderonthehilracingseries.com  or call 215-860- 631. END

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

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CONTACT:  BOB MILLER    Mail to: TOTHILL98@aol.com



READING EAGLE COMPANY NAPA AUTO PARTS COMDIAL TELEPHONE COMMUNICATIONS& RAYS YAMAHA. . . . . . . . 19TH ANNUAL READING RACING REUNION & CAR SHOW ATTRACTS 112 RACE CARS AND LARGE OPENING DAY CROWD SUNDAY

Reading, PA - February 22, 2004....The 2004 edition of the Reading Racing Reunion and Car Show, sponsored by the Reading Eagle Company, NAPA Auto Parts, COMDIAL Communications, and Ray's Yamaha, opened today at 11AM at the Fairgrounds Square Mall, with over 110 race cars of all types on display throughout the mall walkways.  This show, in its 19th year produced by organizers Bob and Donna Miller, is a tribute to the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway, which closed in 1978 after 55 years of hosting some of the finest dirt track racing events and action in the United States on its1/2 mile clay oval.  The Fairgrounds Square Mall, located on the former site of the speedway on the Fifth Street Highway in Reading, PA, annually attracts over 80,000 visitors to the mall for the weeklong show, making it the highest attended event at the facility.  
            
This year's show is dedicated to the memory of the late Lindy Vicari, the Berks County resident who promoted the weekly racing action at the Fairgrounds for 25 years.  Also on the agenda for the week is a salute to the "Reading Rocket," Russ Smith.  Smith was the Flathead Champion in 1962, which was the final year of competition for that division, with the modifieds taking over the spotlight the following year.  Smith finished as the all time leading feature winner for the Flatheads, with 23 wins to his credit.  Smith competed with the modifieds for many years at the legendary Berks County Fairgrounds oval, but was never able to pick up that elusive modified victory.
           
One of the highlights of the Reading Racing Reunion and Car Show is the many restored racers that are brought out for the fans to see, bringing back memories of the great racing that took place at the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway week after week.  This year's show is no different, with 13 of the former racers on display, mostly in like new condition.  Out for the first time this year were the Piscopo #39, driven by the late Al Tasnady, and the red, white and blue #15 that was chauffeured by New Jersey's Billy "the Kid" Pauch in the early part of his career.  Both of these legendary modifieds are replicas built to the exact copy of their modified counterparts.  
            
Activities are planned for each night at the mall, with many interviews and autograph sessions being held at center court starting at 7PM.  On tap Monday night is Bridgeport Speedway Night, with many drivers, owners, and track officials on hand to be interviewed by Show Announcer Jeff Ahlum. Also on Monday night, the week long salute to Russ Smith will begin, as well as a seminar hosted by Mike Grim, Dave Jensen, and Jim Fidler on 'How to Restore a Race Car.'  Tuesday night will see two of the country's oldest traveling racing clubs take center stage, with the United Racing Club Sprints and the ARDC Midgets featured that night.  "Thunder on the Hill" Night headlines on Wednesday night, as drivers and owners from that popular series, held each season at the Grandview Speedway, will get their time in the mall spotlight.  "Modified Madness" takes over the mall on Thursday night, when the stars from Grandview and Big Diamond Speedways, as well the new DIRT Southeast Big Block Modified series, will get their time to shine.
            
The absolute highlight of the week comes on Friday night, when the Legends Reunion takes over the mall, packing the place with fans for the emotional ceremony that brings back some of the greatest drivers from the area that competed at the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway.  Annually more than thirty drivers show up for their reunion, as well as owners, speedway officials, and members of the racing media, to take part in this tribute to what was generally believed to be one of the greatest racetracks in the United States.   

After everyone is interviewed and group reunion photos are taken, the party moves over to the Goodwill Fire Hall, for the BASH Racing Movie Party.  The party starts at 8:30PM, with racing movies and music for dancing only stopping for the Car Show Awards Ceremony.  Admission price for  this fun filled evening is just $10, and includes soda, chips, and pretzels, with a cash bar available.  The BASH Party ends at 1AM, and advance tickets are encouraged due to limited seating at the Goodwill Fire Hall. Tickets will be available all week long at the Weikel Racewear Display, in center court of the mall, or at the Bill Bush Video Outlet, as well as at the door of the Goodwill Fire Hall the night of the party. 

For more information on the Reading Racing Reunion and Car Show, as well as ticket availability for the upcoming appearance of the famed World of Outlaw Sprint cars at Grandview Speedway on May 30th, log on to the official Internet website, www.thunderonthehilracingseries.com or call 215-860-5631.  


        

 

 

 

 

 

 

        

NEWS FROM GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
NASCAR DODGE WEEKLY SERIES
Event Organizer: Bruce Rogers @ 610.754.7688
MEDIA CONTACT: Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc.
Ernie or Marilyn Saxton
215.752.7797 - Fax: 215.752.1518
E-mail: Esaxton144@aol.com
Cell phone: 267.934.7268

 

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PLEASE WITH THANKS COMING EVENTS:

Saturday, March 27th, 12 noon, Open Practice session free-to-the-public. Features NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models along with other types of race cars that may be scheduled to run at Grandview Speedway during the 2004 season.
Saturday, April 3rd, 6 p.m. Patriot Bank Night (Season Opener) NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models. A 40-lap feature tops the program for the Modifieds. Kicks off 43rd annual season of stock car racing on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval. At least 13 events of stock car racing.

BONUS BUCKS FOR TOP MODIFIED HEAT WINNER AND A TRIP FOR TWO FOR THE MODIFIED CHAMPION AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY


BECHTELSVILLE, PA February 22, 2004 . . . For the second straight year the driver winning the most qualifying heat races for the NASCAR sanctioned Saturday night stock car racing events at Grandview Speedway will earn a $1,000 CASH bonus at the end of the season. The bonus bucks, Meme DeSantis earned the $1,000 cash bonus last season, will again be sponsored by Rossi Welding of Reading, PA and D&S Archery of Barto, PA.  If there should be a tie at the end of the season the cash will go to the driver involved in the tie that finishes the highest in the final NASCAR track point standings.

"We are happy to have the bonus bucks back again. I know it created a lot of interest last year. Rossi Welding has become quite a supporter here at Grandview sponsoring this award and a night of racing plus they sponsor a couple of modified teams," said event organizer Bruce Rogers. "And D&S Archery has been a long time booster of racing here. In addition to the bonus program Donnie Hoffman (D&S Archery owner) fields a modified stock car with driver Tracy Readinger." Rossi Welding will be sponsoring the NASCAR Modified and Late Model show on May 30th. And again in 2004 the Modified stock car champion will be part of the annual Champion's Trip that has been a part of the champion's rewards since the late eighties. The champion receives a free trip for himself and a guest valued at more than $3,000. Over the years the Champion's Trip has traveled to Maui, Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, many of the Caribbean Islands and last year cruised to the Mexican Riviera.  Close to 40 people were part of the 2003 trip.

"Bruce and Theresa Rogers give the trip as an added bonus for the Champion. This is in addition to the $10,000 point money from the track, the NASCAR point money, the custom created championship ring and other awards," said Ernie Saxton who handles the track public relations. "It is another incentive to win the title and it is also a 'thank you' from the Rogers family for the racer support. It is just another reason that Grandview Speedway continues to attract such strong racer support." Each year the trip takes place in December. Plans for the 2004 trip will be announced on March 6th when all of the Champion's Trip participants from 2003 are invited to a FREE "Photo Party" at Cheer's Tavern in Eshbach, PA.

Those wishing to receive information on the 2004 Grandview Speedway Champion's Trip can email Marilyn Saxton at Msaxton188@aol.com or telephone 215.752.2392. Grandview Speedway opens their 2004 season on Saturday, March 27th with a 12 noon Free-to-the-Public practice season that features the NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models along with many other racers that plan to compete in the wide variety of events being presented the track this season. The chase for the lucrative point title and the point money that goes with it kicks off on Saturday, April 3rd, 6 p.m. with the NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models. The Modifieds will run in a 40-lap feature offering extra bucks to the winner. At least  13 events will make up the program sponsored by Patriot Bank. For information on the 2004 season telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com to be included in the new Grandview Speedway mailing/email list.

To learn of opportunities available to market through motorsports at Grandview Speedway telephone Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. at 215.752.7797 or email Esaxton144@aol.com.  Opportunities include track magazine, race and award sponsorships, billboards, public address announcements, website advertising and more. -End- 

MEDIA NOTE: Just about one month to go for the season opening practice day. Please be in touch with your credential needs for 2004. We do need a fax (215)752.1518, or letter (1448 Hollywood Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047) on media letterhead to obtain media credentials. Thank you for your continued media support. ERNIE SAXTON

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            DIRT SOUTHEAST SERIES OPENER QUICKLY APPROACHING

LANGHORNE, PA  .  .   .    .    The DIRT Southeast Big Block Modified Series inaugural event will take place on Saturday, March 27 at the Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, MD.  The first race of the DIRT SE Series will be the 100 Lap Advance Auto Parts Super DIRT Series event.  The following day, Sunday, March 28, the DIRT SE Series will invade the Big Diamond Raceway in Minersville, PA.   A series of qualiyfing heat race events and a consolation will determine the twenty- our car starting field in the 25 lap feature event.  A total of six tracks will host the fifteen DIRT Southeast Series events boasting a total payoff in excess of $300,000.

The DIRT SE Series will include six Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series 100-lap events, five 40-lap features and four 25-lap features, visiting Hagerstown, Big Diamond, Bridgeport, Grandview, New Egypt and the Delaware International Speedways.

Some special bonus money is posted and includes a  $300 Small Block (358ci) bonus for the 40 lap events and $100 bonus to win the Go for the Pole Dash. Drivers who pre-enter the Series (by March 1st) will be eligible to win $100 cash in a drawing to take place at the Drivers Meeting at the Big Diamond Raceway on Sunday, March 28.  There is no entry fee, drivers may pre-enter by e-mailing their entry to TOTHILL98@aol.com  or call 215-860-5631.
Drivers competing in the DIRT SE Series will also collect home track points, offering drivers who follow the tour a chance at winning the overall Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRT Championship.   DIRT rules will be followed for the Series, including the use of the DIRT-approved 92" Hoosier Tires.  One different twist in the 25-lap and 40-lap DIRT SE main events is the inclusion of double-file restarts up until there  are two laps to go.

The DIRT SE Series is organized with DIRT Motorsports and Langhorne, PA resident and Thunder on the Hill Promoter Bob Miller.  For additional information, call 215-860-5631 or check out the link found on the official DIRT Motorsports website. Log into www.dirtmotorsports.com and select the 'DIRT Southeast Tour' option located in the Events category on the homepage.

2004 DIRT Southeast Series Schedule
Saturday, March 27 Hagerstown Speedway Advance Auto Parts 100- - Inaugural DIRT SE Series Opener
Sunday, March 28 Big Diamond Raceway Southeast Series 25 laps
Sunday, May 2 Grandview Speedway Southeast Series 40 laps
Sunday, May 30 Grandview Speedway Southeast Series 25 laps- -THUNDER Doubleheader- -DIRT SE Big Block Modified Series & World of Outlaws Sprints
Wednesday, June 9 Bridgeport Speedway Southeast Series 40 laps  George Wingate Classic
Tuesday, June 15 New Egypt Speedway Advance Auto Parts 100
Wednesday, June 16 Big Diamond Raceway Advance Auto Parts 100
Tuesday, June 29 Bridgeport Speedway Southeast Series 25 laps- - BIG Show IV 5-25's Features
Tuesday, July 20 Bridgeport Speedway Advance Auto Parts 100
Sunday, July 25 Grandview Speedway Southeast Series 40 laps  (Single Division Show- $10 adult general admission if ticket is purchased in advance)
Tuesday, August 3 Bridgeport Speedway Southeast Series 40 laps
Tuesday, August 17 Delaware Int'l Speedway Advance Auto Parts 100
Wednesday, August 18 Grandview Speedway Advance Auto Parts 100
Saturday, October 16 Grandview Speedway Southeast Series 25 laps- - House Of
Thunder Halloween Party  Grandview Thunder 5-25's
Saturday, November 13 Bridgeport Speedway Southeast Series 40 laps- -The Turkey Chase Race II
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FROM:  BOB MILLER   TOTHILL98@aol.com


DAVE ELY GUEST OF HONOR AT READING RACING REUNION & CAR SHOW TUESDAY NIGHT

LANGHORNE, PA. . . . .   2003 URC Champion Dave Ely of West Lawn, PA will be the featured guest of honor at the Fairgrounds Square Mall in Reading, PA on Tuesday night, February 24.   The 19th Annual Reading Racing Reunion & Car Show will open on Sunday, February 22 and continue through Saturday, February 28.  This show is sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts, COMDIAL Telephone Communications and RAYS Yamaha and features nightly activities.  URC will be well represented among the one-hundred race cars that are scheduled to fill the Mall.

Tuesday night will feature a salute to the United Racing Club defending URC Champion Dave Ely will headline the list of drivers planning to attend. Bill Brian Jr, Jason Clauss, URC Rookie Driver Josh Weller, Dave McGough and Matt Gerber are among the URC stars planning to visit the Fairgrounds Square Mall to meet fans and sign autographs on Tuesday night, 7 PM on the stage in the center court of the Mall.

URC is gearing up for their season opener at the "new " Bridgeport Speedway on Saturday night, April 10.  More then thirty-five race dates fill the 2004 schedule in URC's fifty-seventh season.  

        

 

 

 

 

 

       

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ADVANCE TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE  FOR THE SUNDAY, MAY 30. . . . WORLD OF OUTLAWS/DIRT SOUTHEAST MODIFIED  THUNDER DOUBLEHEADER

Tickets on sale at the Grandview Speedway Display, February 22 to 28 at the Reading Racing Reunion & Car Show--Fairgrounds Square Mall- -Reading, PA

For the first time in the tri-state area, the World of Outlaws Sprints and the DIRT Southeast Big Block Modifieds will share the same race card and it all takes place at the Grandview Speedway on Sunday night, May 30.   Race time is set for 7:30 PM.   This event is sponsored by BPG Racing/Chad Sinon Motorsports and is part of the popular 15th season of Thunder on the Hill. Thunder Series sponsors include NAPA Auto Parts and COMDIAL Telephone Communications.   

Qualifying will take place for both the DIRT SE Big Block Modifieds and the World of Outlaws leading up to the 25 lap Modified and 30 lap World of Outlaw feature events.    The sponsorship support from BPG Racing is so generous, that spectators purchasing advance tickets, will not see an increase in admission price as compared to the 2003 single division World of Outlaws show.   Advance tickets for the May 30 BIG SHOW Thunder Doubleheader will go on sale at the 19th Annual Reading Racing Reunion & Car Show, to take place at the Fairgrounds Square Mall, Sunday, February 22-28 at the Grandview Speedway display.   Tickets will also go on sale by mail, on February 22.  Adult Advance tickets are $30 and  $32 on race day.  Children 6-11 are $10 and under  6 will be admitted free.  To purchase tickets by mail, please make your check payable to Grandview Speedway and mail to:  Thunder Series 2004 129 Mill Pond Place  Langhorne, PA   19047.

Thunder on the Hill will officially open on Sunday, May 2 with DIRT Southeast Big Block Modifieds racing in a single division program of qualifying and a 40 lap feature event.  This show will carry a 6 PM starting time.   The Sunday, May 30 BIG SHOW Thunder Doubleheader is the second race of the Series followed by the Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Speed Week Series on Sunday, June 27.     The Big Block Modifieds return to the "hill" on Sunday night, July 25 with Fan Appreciation Night.  If you purchase your ticket in advance, adult admission will be just $10 for the single division show.  On race night, general admission adult tickets will be $15.   Be sure to purchase your tickets early for this affordable night out.

As the Thunder Series continues, the lights will shine bright on Wednesday night, August 18 when the Super DIRT Series 100 lap Traffic JAM takes to the Grandview Speedway.  See the top drivers of DIRT battle the DIRT SE and Grandview stars in this all thrilling 100 lap contest.   The Summer End 410 Sprint Championship will take top billing on Sunday night, August 29.

Building to a grand finale, Thunder on the Hill will close the 2004 season with their Annual Grandview THUNDER 5-25's & House of Thunder Halloween Party on Saturday night, October 16  at 6 PM.  The five feature event will showcase the Big Block Modifieds, URC Sprints, NASCAR Modifieds & Late Models and the Keystone Legends. 

Thunder on the Hill is the Racing Series designed for the "race fan", offering exciting premier divisions of dirt track racing in new and different formats.  Grandview Speedway is the host track of Thunder on the Hill. 

Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, off route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, just ten mile north of Pottstown.  For more information, please visit: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com or call the speedway at: 610-754-7688.  Grandview Speedway operates every Saturday night from April 3 late September, plus, the October 16 Halloween Party.  The weekly Saturday night program features the NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models.  Please visit the Grandview Speedway web site to view their schedule including special events planned on Saturday night racing programs.          END

          

 

 

 

 

 

 

              

                  Annual Motorsports Mania Show

  


The Fourteenth Annual Motorsports Mania this past weekend ended Sunday night with a successful weekend of Motorsports fans, shoppers, and many viewers of the curious side. As far as I know the show was a great victory once more. The totals, that were collected for "Ben's Red Swing" were not known at this time, but I am sure the amount raised was of a pretty nice addition to the other funds raised in the last year. The project will begin to be built in May and all of the playground will be built by volunteers. If you think you might be interested in lending a hand in this honorable project, contact the web site for more information. www.redswings.com or call 410-341-0880.

Several awards were handed out to for various categories on Friday. The Best In Show Award went to Steve Hearn, of the Bi-Rite Micro Sprint, and with the driver of Erica Hearn. Emma's Turn Four Driver Report (on redbud69racing web page) will have an article on this young female driver and the all the actions she has been up to so far and only fourteen years old. Erica's Micro Bi-Rite displayed orange lights decorated around the ground, showing off the bright white colored body and gleaming purple letters. The next three awards for Best Appearing Vehicle went to Tim White, Rick Whaley and Shawn Passwaters. Steve White had the number sixteen Modified Lite located near the J. C. Penny store and runs at the Middleford Speedway. His display was pretty good with the car appearing on a slant as if it was on a track, plus it had an imitation driver that looked very convincing. Rick Whaley drives the Late Model number four and was located near the Boscov's anchor store. Rick is a regular driver at the Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, DE. Rick finished ninth in the DIS final points for 2003 in just his first year, in the Late Model class. This coming 2004 season, Rick will have two Late Models out on the track. The second car will be driven by a well known driver that really gets the car going when he is behind the wheel. Driving the number four-B will be the hot driver of Mark Byram. Mark holds four Street Modified Championships at DIS. Mark will not be new to the seat of a Late Model either. Just last year Mark finished just outside of the top ten in points and still never raced every week. So look for that team to really be cutting through the field each week. Shawn Passwaters, is a regular a the U. S. 13 Dragway. Other awards went to, Alane Emerson from the Centre for the Appreciation Awards, Skywatch for their help in the Theater, Danny "Chocolate" Myers, Bruceia Zittinger for all of her help leading up to the show (who helps David Brown) and Froggy 99.9 for their help with the Paint-A-Car booth. David Brown stated it was a great job by all, and we are already making plans for the 15th anniversary show next year. Hope to see you there!

Honorable mention goes to the Delmar Vintage Racing Club, they always put on a great display. President, Jerry Carr has been collecting history of all the tracks in Delaware for many years along with other tracks from the past. Jerry always can tell you any story about almost any driver or how he got the picture or trophy. A lot of people can relate to these old photos and look for a relative or a driver that drove when their Grandfather or Father took them. Hopefully, you made your way to the Centre over the weekend, the season will soon be starting. I just love to see all those cars with their new paint schemes and all my adrenalin just gets pumping knowing that Saturday night racing is just around the corner. That is one thing for sure once the season is hear, I never have guess what I will do on Saturday nights, as I am committed to my track.

New this year, the AC Delco TSS Modified was on display by a couple of drivers, Morris Tucker, a former Modified driver and more recent as a Delmar Vintage Racing Club driver for one will be making the move over. The word so far claims to have around an 18 car count to be starting in this new class so far. Also, making a transition from go-Karts to the new Modified class will be Jeff Brown. Jeff of Chesapeake Paving and Sealing will try to make this upgrade with the help of Buddy Bozman as his Crew Chief. Buddy has been in and around racing since he was a boy and feels sure his team will do well. So good luck to both of those teams, it will be fun to watch all this transpire in the 2004 season.

On Friday the Fourteenth Motorsports Mania kicked off at the Centre of Salisbury, in Salisbury, MD. Special Appearance, and a special treat to have, was the "gas man" former Dale Earnhardt crew member and personal friend, Danny "Chocolate" Myers was on hand all evening. Myers signed autographs on various items that were sold for a fee with all proceeds being donated to the charity of "Ben's Red Swing," the benefit sponsor for this years show. Myers just made the night very interesting with his tales of racing. What a great guy! It was an honor to meet him.

The Motorsports show seem to have a good crowd spite the dreadful rain all afternoon and evening. Some nice looking cars, just gets my adrenalin going. I am just ready to hear that mighty rumble of a motor. Just seeing all the cars lined up outside waiting to set up made me want to just hear them crank it on over.

All in all it was a long but very worth while fund raising charity and exposure. Once again, thank you to my donations from the following stores, Ed's NASCAR Collectibles, Sam's Club, C. J. Racing NASCAR Collectibles, Food Lion-Delmar, Laurel, DE, Delmar Pizza, Bonanza, Hardee's of Laurel and Delmar, Racesongs.com, Dough Boys-Delmar, WaWa-Delmar, and Chick-A-Fila. Without all their help I could never have had such a successful Trivia Contest.
 

Bonnie Nibblett
www.redbud69racing.com
redbud69racing@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

The Reading Fairgrounds Racing Historical Society has just been formed under the banner of the Reading Speedway Competition Association. The purpose of this organization is to preserve and promote the memory of all type of racing at the famous Reading Fairgrounds in Reading, Pennsylvania. 

Please check out the organization’s new website at www.RSCA-History.org. This site will be growing as we receive more items about the ‘Fairgrounds’.

The Organization’s current officials are:

·          President: Mike Grim - {mikegrims@enter.net}

·          Vice President: Ken Johnson - {rsca_history@comcast.net}

·          Treasure: Barry Shultz - {Nook542@aol.com}

·          Secretary: Marie Yoder - {rscaspeedracer@aol.com}

Thank You!