CAN DUANE HOWARD HAVE A BIG PAY DAY FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW WITH A WIN IN SATURDAY NIGHT’S 50TH ANNUAL FORREST ROGERS MEMORIAL MODIFIED CLASSIC AT GRANDVIEW?
Defending NASCAR T.P.Trailers Modified champion Duane Howard is looking to win the Forrest Rogers Memorial for the second year in a row. The 50th annual Rogers Classic rewards the winner of the 50-lap Modified race with $10,000 so Howard will have plenty of competition. It all happens on Saturday night, August 1st, at 7:30 p.m. If Howard, the current Modified division point leader, does win it again he will become a four time winner.
Craig Von Dohren, a ten time track champion, will be looking to win his ninth Rogers Classic. Another ten time track champion, Jeff Strunk, will be looking to win his third Rogers Classic. Ray Swinehart is a five time winner. Veteran racer Meme DeSantis is a two time winner as is Billy Pauch, Sr. Green Lane, PA’s Kevin Hirthler has won once and has two feature wins to his credit so far in this shortened season.
And if you go way back in the record books you will find that Freddie Rahmer, who finished his career as one of the nation’s top Sprint car racers, won four Forrest Rogers Memorials before moving on to the Sprints.
There are a number of Saturday night Modified regulars that have what it takes to win the Classic including Doug Manmiller, Brett Kressley, Rick Laubach, Jared Umbenhauer and others. And who knows there just might be a visitor come in and steal it all away from the regulars.
So Saturday night at Grandview Speedway the action will be super exciting as a large field of Modified racers are expected to be on hand to try to take home the $10,000 first place money.
Fans and crew members do not need to have a NASCAR license. Drivers, new to Grandview, can purchase a temporary license for the one night and good for 15 days.
Longtime fan Jim Gilmore has posted $200 for the leader of the 7th lap in the name of the late Charley Gilmore, a popular competitor at area tracks including Grandview over the years.
And the always exciting T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman will be in action with the racing producing a new feature winner just about every Saturday night. Brian Hirthler is the point leader.
An added attraction will be the Acoustic Band featuring 1973 Freedom 76 winner Roger Knappenberger and his son Pete an auto racing radio personality. The band titled Maddie-Pearl will perform in the first turn pavilion from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The weekly meet and greet, now titled as Pastor Don’s Grandview Meet & Greet, will feature Ray, Dylan and Decker Swinehart starting at 5 p.m. near the main entrance. This is an opportunity to meet the racers, take photos and collect autographs. Next Saturday Pastor Don will have Jesse and Jimmy Leiby along with T J Lilly on hand.
Fans attending events at Grandview are reminded to practice social distancing. Masks are recommended but not mandatory and if you are not feeling well please consider staying home.
Hopefully it will not be needed but there is a Saturday, August 8th rain date.
Adult admission is $25 with youngsters 6 thru 11 paying $5. Kids under 6 are admitted free.
More info on racing at the Bechtelsville, PA clay oval is available at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.
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