Grandview Speedway

From Bob Miller


The NAPA Auto Parts 2013 Thunder on the Hill Racing Series will come to a close with the season finale set for Saturday night, October 19 at the Grandview Speedway.   On the program will be the annual House of Thunder Halloween Party that will feature the Grandview Thunder 5-25’s, a features only program that will spotlight the 358 Modifieds, URC Sprints, ARDC Midgets, Sportsman and Legend cars along  with a Monster Smash Demolition Derby all getting underway at 6 PM.

Grandview Speedway

The Grandview Thunder  5-25’s features only program was introduced in the late 1990’s and quickly became a favorite format for the competitors and fans alike.  For the drivers, they arrive at the track knowing they are already qualified and in the main event and everyone earns a pay check at the end of the night.  For the race fans, they get to see five feature events all in one night to include the 358 Modifieds, URC Sprints, ARDC Midgets, Sportsman and Legends.   No endless run of heat races that a five division race card would include.   On Saturday night, October 19, when the first green flag falls at 6 PM, the 25 lap Legends feature will open the program.   It’s a night of just feature events!


In addition to the five features, the Blast from the Past and Garden State Vintage Cars will have an exhibition race along with an eight lap Vince’s Towing Owners Race.   The night cap will be the Monster Smash Demolition Derby.


The 358 Modifieds will race for $3,000 to win and URC will settle their point championship battle and crown their 2013 champion at this event.   For the ARDC Midgets, this event will also be a point race towards their 2013 championship run.


For the 358 Modifieds, they will do timed warm-ups to determine the starting line-up in the 25 lap feature.   The top ten fastest drivers from the timed warm-up will then come to the homestretch stage for  the Trick or Treat Revenge Redraw.  The driver with the fastest time gets to draw from pills one through ten.   Whatever number he draws, it must give that number to one of the other nine drivers.  Each driver follows the same process until all ten numbers are awarded.   There is a blend of strategy, a touch of humor and always some revenge in how the drivers hand out the draw numbers to determine the top ten starting spots.


Gates will open at 4 PM with the first of five 25 lap features taking the green flag at 6 PM.   The Legend’s will be the first feature of the night followed by ARDC Midgets, Sportsman, 358 Modifieds with the URC Sprints being the night-cap feature event.  The Monster Smash Demolition will close out the full night of racing.


This event is an invite only so expect to see the top drivers from each division with more the one-hundred and fifteen cars expected to fill the pit area.  For the URC Sprints, this event will be a point race with the season long championship title being decided at Grandview Speedway.


General admission for this event is $25 for adults,  children 6-11 $5 and children five and under will be admitted for free.  The pit fee will be $30 with any license and $35 without a license.


Entry forms for the Monster Smash Demolition Derby are available on the home page of the Thunder website at:


The October 19 House of Thunder Halloween Party will mark the 109th event of the twenty-four year old Thunder on the Hill Racing Series.   Plans are already in the making for a huge 2014 Thunder Celebration as Thunder on the Hill reaches its’ twenty-fifth year.


We’re collecting the “greatest moments”  of the past twenty-four years of Thunder and we’re asking you to submit your fondest memory.   What is that one race, event or moment in Thunder Series history that stands out for you?    E-mail us at  and be sure to include your name, address and phone number.  Some great prizes will be distributed as we plant a 25 year history video and plan a t-shirt design for this great celebration.


Saturday, October   19            THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES  Halloween Party   6 PM                            

358 Modifieds, URC Sprints, ARDC Midgets,  Sportsman, Legends.  Monster Smash Demo Derby Blast from the Past Vintage Car Club/Garden State Vintage Cars & Vince’s

Towing Owners Race



Saturday, October 19    6 PM   Gates Open 4 PM

Grandview Thunder 5-25’s House of Thunder Halloween Party

Grandview Speedway  Route 100 Bechtelsville, PA  10 mile north of Pottstown, Bechtelsville, PA                                                                                                                                                        

For GPS Users:  43 Passmore Road  Bechtelsville, PA  19505

Adult General Admission  $25,  Children 6-11  $5 ,  Children 5 and under  Free   Pit Fee  $30 with any license/$35 without a license
TRACK PHONE:   610 754 7688
ADDITIONAL Thunder on the Hill  INFORMATION:   443 513 4456   Bob Miller
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Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 51st  Anniversary season in 2013.   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.