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Buckwalter Wins Feature as Racing Returns to Grandview

            Racing returned to the Grandview Speedway last weekend after four months of delay due to concerns over COVID-19. Tim Buckwalter captured the featured event on Saturday, June 20.


Tim Buckwalter got the win Saturday night in the third annual VP Racing Fuels

Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker 50-lap Big Block/Small Block Modified 



            Buckwalter won the third annual VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker 50-lap Big Block/Small Block Modified feature. He earned the $7,500 top prize. Overall, more than 54 Modifies and 35 Sportsman cars competed.

            Brian Hirthler, of Green Lane, finished first in the 25-lap T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman main event during opening night of the track's 58th consecutive season.

            Late in the race honoring the man who helped build the 1/3-mile banked clay oval track with his father, Forrest, who was one of the most respected auto racing promoters in the business, Buckwalter built up a full straightaway lead. Craig Von Dohren, who started 22nd, rallied to finish in second.

            Hirthler, Rick Laubach, Brett Kressley, Billy Pauch Jr., Tim Buckwalter and Kyle Weiss each won their respective heats.

            In the Sportsman feature, Hirthler caught Brandon Edgar with two laps remaining and posted his sixth career victory. Hirthler's brother Kevin won the two previous season-opening events.

            Buckwalter and Edgar were awarded the Dan's Deli ½-way hoagie award. Doug Manmiller received the Cargo Trailers certificate. Mark Kratz, Brad Grim, T.J. Lilly and Nate Brinker – drivers who did not qualify for the feature event – received $250 from American Racers Tires in a drawing.

            The track will host a tripleheader of events on Saturday. A Blast From The Past Vintage Car event will open the festivities at 7:30 p.m. Scheduled races include the T.P. Trailers Modified and T.P. Trailers Truck Equipment Sportsman.

            The NASCAR sanction, with Advance Auto Parts as their new national sponsor, will be in place this Saturday. Drivers will be required to have a NASCAR license. This provides them with the highest insurance coverage of 1 million dollars along with a full point fund for fewer races run this season.

            NASCAR sanctioned races have been decreased from 18 to 14. The state championship payout will remain the same with a payout of $2,000.00 for 1st, $1,000 for 2nd along with a custom driver's suit valued at $1,200.00. The National Championship will be 4 less races. Through NASCAR the Modifieds have an $8,500 point fund, and Sportsman $3,000 for track points.

            Grandview Speedway will continue to offer their own point fund making the track one of very few that reward racers with two-point fund payoffs at the end of the season.

            The Blast from the Past Vintage events will now be allowing the Outlaw class which allows anyone who is not a Blast from the Past member to race in all scheduled races this year.

            Two premier divisions will come together, on the same night, at the same track and it all takes place at the Grandview Speedway as the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presents the Pennsylvania 410 Sprints and NASCAR 358 Modifieds at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday June 30. Gates open at 5 PM. This event is part of the Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Speed Week Series and will showcase the 35 lap $10,000 to win Hodnett Cup.

            Along with the rich payoff, this race is dedicated to one of the all-time great Sprint Car drivers, Greg Hodnett who lost his life in a racing accident in 2018.  Hodnett is a six time Thunder Series champion and a nine time feature winner at Grandview.

            Coming up on Saturday, July 4, the Sportsman racers will be in the limelight as they take part in the Firecracker 40. And the Modifieds will make up the second part of the Holiday weekend show. Sportsman will be racing for a hefty $2,000 to win. Adult admission is $22 while youngsters 6 thru 11 pay $5. Children under 6 are admitted free.





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