From Bob Miller
Bechtelsville, PA — (June 28, 2016) — Rain has not been a friend to Thunder on the Hill and Tuesday night was no different as the Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Speed Week Series invaded the Grandview Speedway for event one-hundred and twenty of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings. Feature race leader Ryan Smith made contact with another car sending him spinning into the first turn infield on lap fifteen. At the same time, the light mist of rain opened to a down pour. The sprint cars returned to the pits to wait out the shower. The amount of rain that fell over the twenty-five minute delay, was just too much for even the Grandview Speedway track crew to correct. As a result, the event was postponed with the completion of this show to take place on the Tuesday night, July 26.
The remainder of the event – a 410 Sprint car feature starting at lap 16 and a 30-lap Modified feature will be run, along with a complete show for both divisions. The complete show, includes the 410 Sprint Cars in the 2nd Annual Thunder Cup, a 35-Lap, $5,000 to win feature plus a 30-lap, $3,000 to win NASCAR 358 Modified main event.
At the start of the 35 lap Speed Week feature, Brent Marks, of Myerstown, PA, jumped to the early lead with Ryan Smith and Freddie Rahmer following quickly. Darting around the quick 1/3-mile high-banks, Marks set a rapid pace but Smith challenged back sliding into the lead on the fourth circuit.
The yellow flag flew for the first time on the sixth lap for Sean Zemunik and Jevon Ahner who tangled in turn four.
On the restart, Smith charged forward, while eight-time Thunder on the Hill winner Greg Hodnett raced into the runner-up spot from the sixth place starting position. Smith, “The Kunkletown Kid” to his fans, powered forward before tangling with a lapped car on the fifteenth lap.
TJ Stutts set fast time with a lap of 11.763. For Stutts, this was his first visit to Grandview in a 410 sprint car. Sprint heat races were won by Bryan Clauson, Brent Marks and Ryan Smith. In the Modifieds, heat race events were won by Duane Howard and Ryan Grim
The next NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series event takes place on Thursday, July 14 when the Super DIRTCar Series Big-Block Modifieds compete at the 19th Annual Traffic Jam presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings. The Modifieds will compete in a 60-lap event paying $7,000 to win that pays $1,000 for 10th and $500 to Start a 30-car field. Also on the card is the Sportsman division participating in a 25-lap event.
General Admission tickets for Thursday, July 14 are $25 for Adults, $10 for Children 6-11 and Free for Children Under 6. Pit Admission is $35, no license is required.
Pit Gates open at 2:30 PM, Driver’s Meeting is at 6:15 PM, Hot Laps at 6:45 PM and Racing Starts at 7:30 PM.
Advance tickets are on sale now and may be ordered by calling 443-513-4456. Please provide your name and the number of tickets requested. Tickets may be picked up and paid for on race night after 4:00 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM, one half hour prior to the sale of General Admission tickets.
NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with Thunder on the Hill as the Series title sponsor joined by Pioneer Pole Buildings, Quaker Steak & Lube, and GALCO Business Communications.
For full rules, format, purse and information visit: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com
410 SPRINT CAR TIME TRIALS: 1. TJ Stutts – 11.763 2. Doug Esh – 11.767 3. Greg Hodnett – 11.809 4. Lucas Wolfe – 11.843 5. Stevie Smith — 11.843 6. Ryan Taylor – 11.899 7. Bryan Clauson – 11.901 8. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. – 11.935 9. Ryan Smith – 11. 952 10. Alan Krimes – 11.956 11. Brent Marks – 11.994 12. Tim Shaffer – 12.042 13. Aaron Ott – 12.049 14. Danny Dietrich – 12.088 15. Tyler Ross – 12.099 16. Davey Sammons – 12.119 17. Billy Dietrich – 12.122 18. Brandon Rahmer – 12.131 19. Brock Zearfoss – 12.176 20. Robbie Stillwaggon – 12.225 21. Joe Kata III – 12.242 22. Jevon Ahner – 12.392 23. Sean Zemunik – 12.477 24. Dave Carlberg – 13.374
Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Bryan Clauson 2. Alan Krimes 3. TJ Stutts 4. Lucas Wolfe 5. Davey Sammons 6. Aaron Ott
Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Brent Marks 2. Freddie Rahmer 3. Stevie Smith 4. Danny Dietrich 5. Doug Esh 6. Billy Dietrich
Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1. Ryan Smith 2. Greg Hodnett 3. Ryan Taylor 4. Tyler Ross 5. Brandon Rahmer 6. Joe Kata III
Modified Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Duane Howard 2. Brian Hirthler 3. Rick Laubach 4. Brett Kressley 5. Colt Harris
Modified Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Ryan Grim 2. Craig VonDohren 3. Glenn Strunk 4. Steve Swinehart 5. Ray Swinehart