The 60e The anniversary season of motor racing action at Grandview Speedway has been building all the way through to the biggest racing event of the season, Freedom 76, and the weekend just got a whole lot more lucrative. for weekly competitors at Grandview Speedway.
Grandview Speedway is a member of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series, and as a result, drivers who compete in the TP Trailer Modified Freedom 76 and TP Truck Equipment Sportsman Freedom 38 this weekend will be racing for bonus cash through NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series.
On Friday, September 16, the winner of the Freedom 38 for TP Truck Equipment Sportsman will receive a $500 bonus, increasing the winner’s share to $2,500, and if the driver has participated in all NASCAR points races at the track this season , an additional $500 bonus will be awarded, or $3,000 to win the Freedom 38!
On Saturday, September 17, the winner of the Freedom 76 for TP Trailer Modifieds will receive a $1,000 bonus, increasing the winner’s take to $31,060, and if the driver has participated in all NASCAR points races at the track this season, an additional bonus a bonus of $1,000 will be awarded, earning a driver $32,060 in this year’s Freedom 76!
These are just a few of the great benefits Grandview Speedway drivers have enjoyed since Grandview joined the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts weekly racing series to begin the 1992 racing season. With this being Grandview’s 60e operating season, thirty of those years, half, have been associated with NASCAR!
The Freedom 38 for the TP Truck Equipment Sportsman was first raced in 2014 and was won by that season’s track champion, Jared Umbenhauer. The following season in 2015, the win was scored by season runner-up Craig Whitmoyer.
The 2016 contest was the only event to date won by an underdog, as New Jersey’s Brandon Grosso took the win, followed by longtime Grandview regular Ryan Beltz, who took a checkered flag at the 2017 event.
The 2018 race saw the first real invasion of Modified Division riders into the roster, as modified regular Kevin Hirthler took his first 38-inch win in a race that would go the full distance without warning. Hirthler would follow that up with another victory two years later at the 2020 event, making him the only two-time winner in the season-ending championship race.
The 2019 race would see that season’s track champion Brad Brightbill cap off his great season, taking the 38-inch win, which would be his fifth win of the year. Last year’s 2021 version would see Grandview’s 2016 Sportsman track champion and current modified rider Jordan Henn take the win.
The Freedom 76 weekend begins this Friday, September 16 with the 9e annual Freedom 38 Sportsman Championship race, plus qualifying events and practice time for modified pilots wishing to compete in the Freedom 76.
Friday’s program will be known as Fans For Five Friday as management canceled the grandstand admission only $5while children 11 and under will be free.
On Friday, pit doors open at 3 p.m. and grandstand doors at 5:30 p.m. drivers’ meeting at 5:30 p.m. with the draw following the drivers’ meeting. Warm-ups are at 6:15 p.m. and race at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the pit on Fridays is $35 and no license is required. There is no rain date for the Friday event.
On Friday night, representatives from the Boyertown Museum of Historical Vehicles will be on hand to meet everyone, provide information about their museum, what they do, and what the museum is about. They will be in the grandstand area from the pre-race Meet and Greet.
Before Friday’s racing action there will be the weekly Low Down and Dirty Meet and Greet. This week’s drivers include Sportsman drivers Mike Schneck Jr., Mark Mohr and Talan Carter. The Meet and Greet takes place in the main gate area starting at 5 p.m. and it’s the perfect time for fans to meet the riders up close, collect autographs, take photos and talk one-on-one racing.
On Saturday September 17, the 52n/a Annual Freedom 76 will be run for the Modified 358. The program will include qualifying rounds, consolation races, a cash dash, as well as the Schaeffer Racing Minuteman 20 leading to the 76-lap championship feature. Pit doors open at 9:00 a.m. for inspections, grandstand ticket offices open at 3:00 p.m. the pill draw for the position is at 4:30 p.m. with the pilots meeting at 5 p.m. warm-ups are at 6 p.m. with races starting at 7 p.m. Fans will be able to enter the grandstand areas between 9:00 a.m. and 12 noon to reserve seats with blankets.
Adult grandstand tickets on Saturday will cost $40, while children ages 6-11 will cost $10, with children 5 and under admitted free. Booth admission will be $45 and no license is required. There will be no pre-sold tickets for this event, and the rain date is Saturday, September 24.
For the Freedom 38 and 76, the tire rules for the event are, ANY American Racer tire and compound, but must be Grandview Speedway tread. Additional rules are available on the speedway website or if you have any questions, please call Cliff Quinn at 484-357-2587 or Ed Scott at 610-298-2408. Entry forms for modified competitors are available on the Speedway website at www.grandviewspeedway.com under the Freedom 76 tab.
All race teams are reminded that, as has been the case all season, there are no tankers on site, so plan accordingly. American Racer tires will be available on the circuit this weekend.
Six-time Freedom 76 winner Billy Pauch will be on hand Saturday, September 17. The book about the life and times of Billy and his racing career – The Last Cowboy – will be on sale at the Speedway from 3.30pm. in the area of the first turn. Pauch himself will be signing the books from 4-5:30 p.m. The book includes many stories about Pauch’s racing career, including an entire chapter on racing down the hill at Grandview Speedway, winning the Freedom 76, and winning Al Hamilton’s Sprint Car program at a Thunder on the Hill program.
Lap Money will be available to pilots leading Freedom 76 laps along with several special bonuses and rewards that have been posted, and are as follows:
HARD CHARGER – $1060 From Bobby Gunther-Walsh and his sponsors – The following sponsors contributed to the Hard Charger Award – Res Q Natural Supplements, Just Born Quality Confections (Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales), Yocco’s the Hot Dog King and Ironton Telephone.
LYNN HIMES GREAT EFFORT AWARD – $250 Sponsored by TP Trailers & Truck Equipment and the Perkins Family (presented to the top NON driver in the Grandview Points top 10) in memory of Carole Lynn Himes, a long time familiar face at Grandview Speedway
THE SCENIC ROAD FORWARD – $500 to the highest ranked driver who had to go through the 20 Minuteman to enter the race – Jim & Missy Bowman
Since the 1960s, Grandview Speedway has featured exciting wheel-to-wheel NASCAR stock car racing every Saturday night from April through September, as well as special events. Grandview Speedway is located at 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania 19505, just off Route 100, ten miles north of Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
Information is always available at www.grandviewspeedway.com or on Facebook, or by phone at 610.754.7688.
EVENTS TO COME –
Friday 16 – 9 Septembere FREEDOM 38 Annual CHAMPIONSHIP for TP Truck Equipment Sportsman $2500 to be won, plus modified workout – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday September 17 – 52n/a Annual FREEDOM 76 MODIFIED CHAMPIONSHIP for TP Trailer Modifieds $31,060 to be Won — 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 24 – Outlaw Racing Series Enduro and Outlaw Racing Series Vintage plus Xcel Modifieds and Roadrunners – 5 p.m. (rainy date for Freedom 76)
Saturday, October 15 – Outlaw Racing Series Enduro and Outlaw Racing Series Vintage – 5 p.m.
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