BECHTELSVILLE, PA (July 4, 2017) – NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series brings the twenty-third running of Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed week to Grandview Speedway on Tuesday, July 4.
To put some heat in your motors, here are the top stories heading into the Grandview Speedweek event.
THE ACTION —  The 35-lap, $5,000-to-win 410 Sprint Car event is the fifth of a ten-race stretch for competitors, while the 358 NASCAR Modified’s $3,000-to-win race allows Grandview’s premier weekly division to show off their action-enticing style.
Both divisions will participate in a full qualifying program.  The 410s will time trial, to set up heat race line-ups, and then compete in a B-Main to line up the A-Main.  Inversions will mix the line-ups throughout the night.
For the Modifieds, a blind draw will set the heat race line-ups, and a top-12 redraw will set the feature event, with the consolations filling in the remaining qualifying spots.

Kyle Larson (57) in action at Sharon Speedway — (Paul Arch Photo)

NEUTRAL GROUND – This Season, Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek makes up the first of two 410 Sprint Car events at Grandview Speedway.  Without weekly 410 competition, Grandview becomes a level playing field for all competitors – which means anything can happen on the one-third mile.

FROM DAYTONA TO DIRT – Race fans are buzzing with excitement for NASCAR Cup Series competitors Kyle Larson and Kasey Kahne.  Both drivers competed Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway before heading out to start their Pennsylvania Speedweek.
Larson claimed Sunday’s win at Path Valley Speedway – his first in Central Pennsylvania — and followed that up with a win Monday Night at Lincoln Speedway.   With two Cup Series victories, Larson currently leads the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Standings.  Larson’s previous Grandview Speedway start resulted in a third-place finish in 2012.
In 2003, Kahne finished in 13th position at Grandview Speedway.
PERFECT 10 – Greg Hodnett has dominated at Grandview Speedway the past few years, claiming five of the past nine 410 Sprint Car main events.  A win in Tuesday’s Speedweek event will mark Hodnett’s tenth Thunder on the Hill victory, leaving him tied for second place on the All-Time Sprint Car win list.  Billy Pauch is the winningest Sprint Car driver with 11 victories.
ALL EYES ON DOUBLE D – Danny Dietrich’s 2015 win in the Inaugural Thunder Cup ended Greg Hodnett’s 5-Race win streak, Dietrich became the first driver since 2011 to beat Hodnett.  Dietrich will be one to watch on Tuesday.
WALKER SPRINT CAR RANGER – Before Dietrich ended Hodnett’s win streak, it was California-native Tyler Walker who picked up two consecutive PA Speedweek wins in 2010 and 2011.  Walker returns to the Bechtelsville oval for the first time in five years.
LONE WOLFE — Lucas Wolfe has been on a tear throughout the 2017 Racing Season, claiming eight 410 Sprint Car wins.  Wolfe currently sits atop the PA Speedweek Championship Standings heading into the Grandview Event.  Wolfe, still looking for his first Thunder on the Hill Racing Series win, came close in 2014 just missing Greg Hodnett at the line.

Freddie Rahmer turns wrenches on the Leffler Energy No. 51 Machine (Paul Arch Photo)

FAST FREDDIE REDUX – His last name is Rahmer, his first name is Freddie, but he doesn’t have 30 Speedweek wins — He’s the 21-year-old son of the Sprint Car legend, and he picked up the opening night Speedweek win at Williams Grove Speedway.  Dubbed ‘Faster Freddie’ by race fans, Rahmer lead the PA Speedweek Championship standings heading into Monday’s Lincoln Speedway event and currently sits second.

THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER – When you think Pennsylvania Speedweek at Grandview your first thought isn’t James McFadden – but in his only Grandview Speedway start (2012) McFadden brought home an impressive second-place finish.  Such a strong run on ‘The Hill’ makes you a threat for the $5,000 Speedweek win.
FAN INFORMATION – General Admission gates open at 5 PM on Tuesday, July 4.  The Low Down and Dirty Radio Show Driver Meet and Greet will take place from 5-6 PM and feature the popular driver of The Warko Group No. 94, Ryan Smith.  Warm-Ups will start at 6:45 PM, with 410 Sprint Car Time Trials at 7:30 PM.
General Admission tickets are $25 for Adults, $10 for Children (6-11), and Kids under 6 are always FREE!  Pit Admission is $35, and no license is required.
Fans may camp out at the Speedway for the ultimate Speedweek experience.  Campers are asked to park in the turn 4 parking area, there are no hook-ups available, and no box camping allowed.  Track officials ask that all fires be contained.  There is no fee for camping.
THUNDER ON THE HILL FAN FUN – Fans are encouraged to sign-up for the Inside-Out Program, a free fan experience that allows you to watch 410 Sprint Car and Modified Warm-Ups from the infield of Grandview Speedway.
Along with Inside-Out fans are encouraged to sign-up for free tours of the jam-packed pit area.  Sign Ups are available inside the main gate with the Thunder Girls.
JOE THE PIZZA DUDE – Joe ‘The Pizza Dude’ will offer up delicious (and Free!) pizzas to the rowdiest of race fans.  Keep an eye out after the National Anthem, when Kressley Auto and Truck Center, along with Harry’s U-Pull-It and Northern Valley Erectors present Joe ‘The Pizza Dude’.
FAN PHOTO CONTEST – Stay engaged with the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill team at the track by following @TOTHRACING on Instagram and Twitter.  Take a photo and use #TOTHRACING to enter our Fan Photo Contest – whether it be the crowd, the pits, the parking lot, or your favorite driver.  The winner will receive a FREE General Admission to our Thursday, August 17 All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car event.
NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series as the title sponsor joined by Pioneer Pole Buildings, Levan Machine and Truck Equipment and GALCO Business Communications.
2017 Thunder Racing Series  Schedule:
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*  Levan Machine and Truck Equipment present Smoke on the Hill  Tony Stewart and Rico Abreu racing 410 sprint cars.
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 125 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.