Midget racing standout Alex Bright will pilot a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car for Pennsylvania car owner Rick Kaylor in the 11th annual “Eastern Storm” series in 2017.

Bright, who has yet to make a USAC Sprint Car start in his career, has 40 career USAC National Midget feature starts, including a second-place finish at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway in 2012.

The Collegeville, Pennsylvania native is renowned for his success in a midget on a resume that is highlighted by a 2016 ARDC title as well as a preliminary night feature win at the “Chili Bowl Midget Nationals” earlier in the season in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Car owner Rick Kaylor has been involved in sprint car racing for over two decades. Beginning his driving career in 1989, he has spent the past decade in the role of car owner and sponsor. Rick has owned sprint cars for the likes of Lucas Wolfe, Kenny Jacobs, Ryan Bohlke and, more recently, Super Sportsman driver Troy Rhome and 358 sprint car driver Jordan Givler.

The team is currently assembling a CS9 chassis with a fresh Rider Racing Engine underneath the hood of the No. 13K as Kaylor anxiously awaits his first venture into the world of USAC Sprint Car racing.

“I was at the Knoxville Nationals in 2007 and decided to go to Oskaloosa to watch USAC,” Kaylor recalls. “I just thought they were incredible. Since then, I would go to Grandview, or wherever they ran locally, and decided when the time was right, I would like to field a car.”

“I started looking at drivers and was spending a lot of time at Susquehanna earlier this year,” Kaylor explains. “ARDC just happened to be there quite a bit and I took notice of Alex. I watched him all summer and was impressed with him on the track. Since I didn’t know him, I asked around and heard nothing but good things. We talked in September and made a deal for USAC “Eastern Storm”

The action kicks off on Tuesday, June 13 at Bechtelsville, PA’s Grandview Speedway as part of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series. The Annual Jesse Hockett Classic includes a 40-lap, $6,000-to-win USAC Wingless Sprint Car event along with Grandview’s competitive NASCAR 358 Modifieds – a Grandview Speedway mainstay.

The tour continues into Abbottstown, PA’s Lincoln Speedway on Wednesday, June 14 with a 30-Lap, $6,000-to-win main event, that includes Lincoln Speedway’s 358 Winged Sprint Cars in a full points event paying $1,000 to the winner.

General Admission ticket pricing for Tuesday, June 7 at Grandview Speedway are $30 for Adults, Children 6-11 are $10 and Kids 5 & under are FREE! Pit Admission pricing is $35.

Tickets for Wednesday, June 8 at Lincoln Speedway are $25 for Adults, Students 12-17 are $20, Children 6-11 are $10 and Kids 5 & Under are FREE! Pit Admission is $30.

Advance tickets for both events are on sale now and may be ordered by calling 443-513-4456. Please provide your name and the number of tickets requested.

For both events, Grandstand Gates open at 5:00 PM and Racing starts at 7:30 PM.

The 11th year of the ‘Eastern Storm’ kicks off on Tuesday, June 13 at Grandview Speedway; followed by Lincoln Speedway on Wednesday, June 14; Williams Grove Speedway on Thursday, June 15; Port Royal Speedway on Saturday, June 17; and rounding out the series on Sunday, June 18 at Susquehanna Speedway.

NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series as the title sponsor joined by: Pioneer Pole Buildings, Quaker Steak & Lube, and GALCO Business Communications.

2017 Thunder Racing Series Schedule:
Memorial Day Triple Thunder Thriller –Sunday, May 28 7:30 PM – Grandview Speedway — Big Block/358 Modifieds* 40 laps, Sportsman & MASS Sprint

11th Annual Jesse Hockett Classic – Tuesday, June 13 7:30 PM — USAC National Wingless Sprint Car Series Eastern Storm and 358 Modifieds*

Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek – Tuesday, July 4 7:30 PM – 410 Sprint Cars & 358 Modifieds*

3rd Annual Thunder Cup Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions – Thursday, August 17 7:30 PM – 410 Sprint Cars & Sportsman*

Mods at the Madhouse Halloween Party – Saturday, October 14 6 PM – Big-Block/358 Modifieds 40 Laps, Sportsman & MASS Sprints

*NASCAR Points event
Grandview Speedway
GPS USERS: 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505
Located less than a mile off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA
Speedway Phone: 610-754-7688
Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Phone: 443-513-4456
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About Thunder on the Hill Racing Series
The brainchild of Grandview Speedway owner Bruce Rogers, special events promoter Bob Miller and local driving star Dave Kelly, the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series celebrates 28 years of the most anticipated events of the racing calendar year after year. In 124 events over $4.2 million dollars has been divvied up among the area’s fastest racers. What started as a single 410 Sprint Car event in 1990 has blossomed to feature a variety of racing action including 358 Modifieds, USAC Wingless Sprints, All-Star Circuit of Champions, 360 & 410 Sprint Cars, Sportsman, Late Models, Midgets, Legends cars, DIRTcar and ROC Modified events.

About Grandview Speedway
Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 55th Anniversary season in 2017. The facility offers free parking, quality food at reasonable prices (be sure to try the french fries), a program book, Grandview Speedway and Thunder on the Hill race wear and great viewing from every seat in the house. Race fans may take part in the Inside/Out promotion, where you can sign up (no charge) to watch warm-ups from inside turn four. Race fans are also invited to victory lane following the racing program and, race fans may enter the pits after the races to meet the drivers. Be ready to enjoy the spine-tingling fireworks salute on the feature event parade lap.