By Robert Miller
Twenty-six years, one hundred and eighteen races and over $4,000,000 in cash competitor payouts and the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series is ready to do it again at the Grandview Speedway in 2016. An ambitious series is planned to offer a variety special events at the popular and always exciting one-third mile high banked Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, PA. NAPA Auto Parts will return as the lead series sponsor after joining Thunder on the Hill way back in 1991. Also on board for the coming season is Pioneer Pole Buildings, Quaker Steak & Lube and COMDIAL Telephone Communications.
In 2016, the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series kicks off with a Memorial Day Sunday Spectacular on May 29, highlighted by a 35-lap $4,000 to win Small-Block Modified spectacular with the Sportsman and the TSRS Sprint Car Series.
The stage is set for the USAC National Sprint Car Series returning to the Grandview Speedway for the 10th running of the Jesse Hockett Classic. These Wingless Sprint Cars will find the 358 Modifieds on this popular car on Tuesday, June 7. This is the first time the 358 modifieds will share the card with USAC on the hill.
The always popular 410 sprint and 358 Modified double-headers are always thrillers and this year there is a double-shot with a pair of these events. The 22nd running of Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week hits the Bechtelsville high-banks on Tuesday, June 28, and the 2nd Annual Thunder Cup takes place on Tuesday, July 26.
On Thursday, July 14, the 19th running of the Traffic Jam will showcase the stars and cars of the Super DIRTCar Series Big-Block Modifieds competing against our hometown heroes in an always exciting event. Joining this show will be the Sportsman competing in a series of qualifying events leading up to a twenty-five lap feature.
Thursday, August 18 Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presents a Sprint Car showdown like no other when the nationally touring All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series invades the Grandview Speedway in an all-winged double header that includes the ever competitive TSRS Sprint Car Series as an accompaniment.
The Thunder series rounds out 2016 on Saturday, October 15 with the MODS at the MADHOUSE Halloween Party featuring a $5,000-to-win, 40 Lap Small-Block Modified challenge that includes the Sportsman and the TSRS Sprint Cars.
The 2016 racing season will include the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series mainstay activities and promotions, providing fun for the fans with elements such as: Pre-Race Pit Tours, the Inside/Out Experience – where fans can sign-up to watch hot laps from the infield, the Low Down & Dirty Radio Show pre-race Meet & Greet, JOE “THE PIZZA DUDE”, giveaways, fireworks, and appearances by the Thunder Girls.
2016 Racing Schedule:
NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings
Sunday, May 29 7:30 PM Memorial Day Spectacular
358 Modifieds* 35 laps, Sportsman & TSRS Sprints
Tuesday, June 7 7:30 PM 10th Annual Jesse Hockett Classic
USAC National Wingless Sprint Car Series Eastern Storm, 358 Modifieds*
Tuesday, June 28 7:30 PM Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week
410 Sprint Cars & 358 Modifieds*
Thursday, July 14 7:30 PM 19th Annual Super DIRTCar Series Traffic Jam
Super DIRTCar Series Big-Block Modifieds and Sportsman
Tuesday, July 26 7:30 PM 410 Sprint 2nd Annual Thunder Cup
410 Sprint Cars & 358 Modifieds*
Thursday, August 18 7:30 PM All Star Circuit of Champions
All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint Cars and TSRS Sprint Cars
Saturday, October 15 6 PM Mods at the Madhouse Halloween Party
358 Modifieds* 40 Laps, Sportsman & TSRS Sprint Cars
*indicates NASCAR Point Race
GPS USERS: 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505
Located less than a mile off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA
Speedway Phone: 610-754-7688<tel:610-754-7688>
Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Phone: 443-513-4456<tel:443-513-4456>
About 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 27 years of the most anticipated events on the racing calendar year after year. In 118 events over $4 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 variety 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 54th Anniversary season in 2016. 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.