From Bob Miller
Bechtelsville, PA — (May 13, 2015) — In honor of Memorial Day, the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series is proud to announce an initiative where we will honor and salute a local Wounded Warrior while representatives from the Keystone Wounded Warriors will be on hand raising public awareness and seeking support for their program and services.
Keystone Wounded Warriors is an Eastern Pennsylvania based non-profit corporation that seeks to honor the daily sacrifices made by the brave men and women in all branches of the United State Military. Funds donated to the Keystone Wounded Warriors are used to support local post-9/11 veterans and their families located in or with ties to Pennsylvania. Keystone Wounded Warriors strives to ease the burden on these local heroes providing financial, physical and mental resources.
The 2015 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series kicks off Sunday, May 24th, Memorial Day Weekend, with a jam packed 5-25s spectacular featuring the best and brightest of the region’s top racing divisions. Making up this unique features only event will be the mighty NASCAR 358 Modifieds, ARDC Non-Wing Midgets, TSRS Sprint Cars, Sportsman and Legends cars with each division participating in 25 lap events. To kick-off the Keystone Wounded Warrior salute the USAC Non-wing sprint car driven by Joey Biasi will be on display Sunday night, May 24 as a promotion for the fast approaching USAC Eastern Storm opener set for Grandview Speedway on Tuesday night, June 2.
The Biasi Family Race Team will recognize Sergeant First Class Joe Weser (Retired) as the “Honorable Crew Chief For the Night” for the Biasi B! USAC sprint car. Thunder on the Hill will also recognize Mr. Weser as the guest of honor.
In 2010, while deployed to Afghanistan, Sergeant First Class Joe Wesner was injured by a Rocket Propelled Grenade during an attack on his outpost. As a result of this attack, he had both shoulders rebuilt, his right hip rebuilt, and seven fractures repaired in his back. Additionally, he sustained a severe Traumatic Brain Injury and suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. On July 27th, 2014, exactly four years from the day of the injury, Sergeant First Class Wesner was medically retired from the United States Army. He is a member of the Keystone Wounded Warriors.
Sergeant First Class Wesner’s once in a lifetime experience will include a ride around Grandview Speedway’s 1/3 mile high-banked oval clay racetrack in the pace truck, and dropping the green flag for one of the races that night. Additionally, his Honorary Crew Chief duties will take him into the pit area with the B1 USAC sprint car.
Keystone Wounded Warriors is a Eastern Pennsylvania based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation that seeks to honor the daily sacrifices made by the brave men and women in all branches of the United States Military, but specifically those wounded on or after September 11, 2001.
The Keystone Wounded Warriors logo of a soldier helping a fallen soldier will be prominently painted on the center of the hood of B1 car as will Sergeant First Class Wesner’s name and duties as Honorary Crew Chief. These displays will remain on the car for the entire 2015 racing season.
Staff and members of the Keystone Wounded Warriors will be located in a kiosk located near the entrance of the track. Paul Spurgin, President, and Boyd Kohler, Board of Director’s will be available to provide information and answer questions. For more information see www.keystonewarriors.com or contact Tom Frendak, 410-688-0318.
All this excitement coupled with Thunder on the Hill mainstays: FREE Pit Tours and the Inside/Out Experience – available for you to sign-up directly inside the main gate. The Low Down and Dirty Radio Show will be hosting their pre-race Meet and Greet. Plus! JOE THE PIZZA DUDE and the Thunder Girls will be available with give-a-ways, games and prizes. Special thanks as always to GALCO Business Communications for always adding “fun” to Thunder on the Hill.
Our Social Media Scavenger Hunt will take place during the evening’s event. We’ll hide a pair of tickets to the June 2nd USAC National Sprint Car Series event – so make sure you follow TOTHRACING on Instagram and Twitter, keep an eye for the photographic evidence of the location of the tickets and make sure you claim them first!
General Admission ticket pricing for May 24th is $20, Children 6-11 are $10 and Kids 5 & under are always FREE! Gates open at 5 PM with the first Green flag flying at 7:30.
NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with Thunder on the Hill as the Series title sponsor joined by: Quaker Steak & Lube, Window World, GALCO Business Communications & Pioneer Pole Buildings.
GPS USERS: 43 Passmore Road, Bechetlsville, PA 19505 Located less than a mile off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA Speedway Phone: 610-754-7688 Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Phone: 443-513-4456 Series Website: http://www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com
Track Website: http://www.grandviewspeedway.com
2015 Thunder on the Hill Event Dates:
Sunday, May 24
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES 7:30 PM 5-25’s Features Only 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, ARDC Midgets, TSRS 305 Sprints, Legends
Tuesday, June 2
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES Jesse Hockett Classic 7:30 PM USAC NATIONAL WINGLESS SPRINT TOUR & ARDC
Tuesday, June 16
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES 7:30 PM SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES MODIFIEDS 18th Annual TRAFFIC JAM
Modifieds DOUBLE DOWN $1,000 PPB bonus to win both features
Big Block Modifieds 60 laps, 358 Modifieds 30 laps *NASCAR Point Race
Tuesday, June 30
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES 7:30 PM Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week Series 410 Sprints & Modifieds
Tuesday, July 28
INAUGURAL THUNDER CUP for 410 Sprints & 358 Modifieds*NASCAR Point Race
Saturday, October 17
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES Halloween Party 6 PM
5-25’s Features Only Modifieds, ARDC Midgets, Sportsman, TSRS 305 Sprints, Legends PLUS! Blast from the Past Vintage Cars and the Monster Smash Demolition Derby Thunder on the Hill Racing Series
The brainchild of Grandview Speedway owner Bruce Rogers, special events promoter Bob Miller and local driving star Dave Kelly, the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series celebrates 25 years of the most anticipated events on the racing calendar year after year. In 114 events over $3.8 million dollars has been divvied up among the area’s fastest racers. What started as a single 410 Sprint Car event in 1990 has blossomed to feature a varied of racing action including: 358 Modifieds, USAC Wingless Sprints, 360 & 410 Sprint Cars, Sportsman, Late Models, Midgets, Legends cars, DIRTcar and ROC Modified events.
Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 53rd Anniversary season in 2015. 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.