THUNDER ON THE HILL REFLECTS ON HISTORY, LOOKS AHEAD TO EXCITING 20TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

Date: 11/26/2008 6:29:55 AM

THUNDER ON THE HILL REFLECTS ON HISTORY, LOOKS AHEAD TO EXCITING 20TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

It's hard to believe that the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series at the Grandview Speedway is now nineteen years old. With a total of eighty-five events presented under the Thunder banner, a total payout to competitors has exceeded the $2.8 million dollar mark. In all those events, some of the greatest names of dirt track racing took part in this wildly successful series at the very popular one-third mile oval in Bechtelsville, PA. It all started on a warm summer night in 1990 with a small gathering at the Bally Hotel that included sprint car driver Dave Kelly, Grandview Speedway track owners Bruce and Theresa Rogers and local racing publicist Bob Miller. It was Kelly who somewhat forced the meeting because of his desire to see the 410 sprints cars pound the clay on the "hill". Needless to say, Dave Kelly brought together the right cast and made it happen.

Thunder on the Hill started as a single division 410 sprint show with opening night delivering an unbelievable turnout of the top drivers from central Pennsylvania and an overflow capacity crowd. Stevie Smith and his familiar Black Bandit #19 won the inaugural event. One month later, Thunder on the Hill returned to Grandview for race number two that repeated in a successful turnout of competitors and fans alike. In 1991 the Thunder Series returned to the "hill" with three races on tap. Although successfull, the promotion team of Bruce Rogers and Bob Miller were still not comfortable in calling it a series. Thunder on the Hill proceeded on a race by race bases with some uncertainty of how long the fad would continue.

By the following year, Thunder on the Hill picked up a series title sponsor with NAPA Auto Parts, the current series sponsor, still with the Thunder Series today. The 410 car count started to dwindle and the Thunder Series promotional team quickly shifted gears to bring some new life into the Series. The CRA wingless sprints traveled from California to Pennsylvania to compete in the Rogers/Miller promoted event. The SCRA Sprints, World of Outlaw Sprints, USAC Sprints, All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints, the 358 Sprints and the URC Sprints all found their way onto one of the Thunder on the Hill race cards.

After a long time affiliation with Glenn Donnelly, the DIRT Big Block Modifieds were knocking on the pit gate and so started the very popular 100 Lap Traffic JAM. Variety continued as the Thunder Series managed to keep pulling rabbits out of the hat, delivering one crowd pleasing show after another. The Grandview NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models also found their way to join the Thunder Series menu of specials. Then came the idea of the features only format that would offer a racing program of five different divisions competing in five feature events in one evening, and without heat races, time trials or qualifying of any kind. Once again this event attracted a big crowd and the Grandview Thunder 5-25's remains one of the most popular shows to take place under the black and yellow Thunder banner that flies behind the Grandview podium for each and every Thunder Show. The Thunder Series continued to expand to include the ARDC Midgets, Rolling Thunder Legends, the 600cc Sprints and 600cc Modifieds.

Variety is the spice of life and may just be one of the key ingredients to the on-going success of the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series. While at times it may not make sense to mix and match divisions or to drift away from your conventional weekly shows that seem to work, the Thunder Series did, and continues to present much more then the conventional weekly racing event.

The Thunder on the Hill Series past champions list is an all star cast that includes Fred Rahmer, Greg Hodnett, Lucas Wolfe, Lance Dewease, Billy Pauch, Mark Kinser, Bill Brian Jr. and Bobby Weaver along with Modified Series Champions Doug Manmiller, Mike Gular and Jeff Strunk. The sprint car feature winners list showcases names like Steve Kinser, Keith Kauffman, Jac Haudenschild, Levi Jones, Don Kreitz Jr., Danny Lasoski, Sammy Swindell, Cris Eash and Kramer Williamson. On the modified winners list is Brett Hearn, Duane Howard, Jimmy Horton, Billy Decker, Frank Cozze, Tim McCreadie, Tim Fuller and Craig VonDohren.

The one lap track records at the one-third mile Grandview Speedway were also established at Thunder events. Jeff Shepard holds the one lap track record in a 410 sprint car with a time of 11.433 established on May 21, 2008. In the Big Block Modifieds, Billy Decker holds the quick lap time of 14.349 set on July 16, 2008. For the past ten years, COMDIAL Telephone Communications and President Jim Gallagher remain proud sponsors of the quick time bonus, paying out thousands of dollars to past fast time winners.

Looking to 2009 and the 20th Anniversary season of Thunder on the Hill, look for the return of the Keystone Cup 410 Sprint Series, the USAC Wingless Sprints National Tour featuring Twin 20's, and the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week Series. The URC Sprints, ARDC Wingless Midgets, Big Block Modifieds, NASCAR 358 Modifieds and the Rolling Thunder Legend Cars will be on the various race cards.

And we're not done yet! To follow the tradition of variety and fan fun events, a soon to be announced special attraction or two will be added to the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series 20th Anniversary season.

For more information, visit our website at: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com


19 YEAR STATISTICAL REVIEW OF THE THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES
85 Events - $2.8 Million dollars in payout

THUNDER ON THE HILL ANNUAL CASH PAYOUT
(Payoff does not include all support divisions, making the actual total payoff higher) 
YEAR TOTAL PAYOUT # OF EVENTS 
2008 $202,615 6 Events 
2007 $215,375 5 Events 
2006 $280,000 4 Events 
2005 $229,250 6 Events 
2004 $191,940 5 Events 
2003 $224,500 6 Events 
2002 $202,000 6 Events 
2001 $180,360 5 Events 
2000 $156,050 5 Events 
1999 $138,615 5 Events 
1998 $109,500 4 Events 
1997 $71,000 3 Events 
1996 $115,000 5 Events 
1995 $105,400 4 Events 
1994 $94,000 3 Events 
1993 $103,000 4 Events 
1992 $95,000 4 Events 
1991 $71,000 3 Events 
1990 $42,000 2 Events 
19 Years $2,826,605 85 Events 
 
THUNDER ON THE HILL ALL TIME CAREER WIN 
WINS DRIVER NAME SPRINTS LAST WIN 
11 Billy Pauch (410 Sprints) (1-CRA) (1-SCRA) 8/22/2006 
10 Lance Dewease (410 Sprints) 10/18/2003 
9 Fred Rahmer (410 Sprints) 7/1/2008 
4 Greg Hodnett (410 Sprints) 7/16/2003 
4 Keith Kauffman (410 Sprints) 10/20/2001 
4 Steve Kinser (WoO)5/24/2005 
2 Mark Bitner (URC Sprints) 8/12/2008 
2 Cris Eash (410 Sprints) 8/29/2000 
2 Jeff Shepard (410 Sprints) 5/21/2008 
2 Steve Smith Sr. (410 Sprints) 6/30/1991 
1 Ed Aikin (URC)10/18/2003 
1 Bill Brian Jr. (410 Sprints) & URC 10/15/2005 
1 Alan Cole (410 Sprints) 8/23/2005 
1 Chris Coyle (URC Sprints) 10/20/2007 
1 Jon Eldreth (URC Wingless) 8/20/1996 
1 Billy Ellis (URC Wingless) 9/3/1995 
1 Doug Emery (URC) 8/11/2002 
1 Jac Haudenschild (WoO 5/30/1995 
1 Levi Jones (USAC Wingless Sprints) 6/6/2007 
1 Dan Kaszubinski(URC) 5/4/2003 
1 Mark Kinser (WoO) 8/5/1996 
1 Mike Kirby (CRA) 5/5/1992 
1 Rick Koenig (URC Wingless) 9/1/1996 
1 Don Kreitz Jr. (410 Sprints) 8/27/1997 
1 Danny Lasoski (WoO) 5/23/2007 
1 Johnny Mackison (410 Sprints) 6/11/1992 
1 Tim Schaffer (410 Sprints) 8/23/1995 
1 Donny Schatz (WoO) 5/16/2006 
1 Todd Shaffer 410 Sprints 7/3/2007 
1 Sammy Swindell (WoO) 5/29/1996 
1 Bobby Weaver (410 Sprints) 8/27/1991 
1 Kevin Welsh (URC) 5/5/2002 
1 Kramer Williamson (URC) 8/28/2001
 
WINS DRIVER NAME MODIFIEDS LAST WIN 
6 Jeff Strunk (Modifieds) 6/14/2005 
4 Brett Hearn (Modifieds) 7/18/2007 
4 Doug Manmiller (Modifieds) 10/18/2008 
3 Craig VonDohren(Modifieds) 8/12/2008 
2 Frank Cozze (Modifieds) 8/23/2005 
2 Billy Decker (Modifieds) 7/16/2008 
2 Jimmy Horton (Modifieds) 7/16/2002 
2 Tim McCreadie (Modifieds) 8/18/2004 
1 Keith Brightbill (Modifieds) 10/18/2003 
1 Tim Fuller (Modifieds) 7/19/2005 
1 Kenny Gilmore (Modifieds) 10/15/2005 
1 Mike Gular Modifieds) 8/22/2006 
1 Kevin Hirthler (Modifieds) 6/18/2005 
1 Duane Howard (Modifieds) 7/3/2007 
1 Tom Mayberry (Modifieds) 7/18/2001 
1 Kyle Purks (URC) 10/18/2008 
1 Rick Schaffer (Modifieds) 10/21/2000 
1 Glenn Strunk (Modifieds) 7/20/1999 
1 Tom Umbenhauer (Modifieds) 10/14/2006 
 
THUNDER ON THE HILL SPRINT SERIES TITLE CHAMPIONS 
YEAR DRIVER OWNER 
2008 Fred Rahmer Jenn & Chad Clemens 
2007 Lucas Wolfe Laura Allenbach 
2006 Fred Rahmer Sandy Kline 
2005 Fred Rahmer Joe Harz 
2004 Fred Rahmer Joe Harz 
2003 Greg Hodnett Apple Motorsports 
2002 Lance Dewease Al Hamilton 
2001 Billy Pauch J & M Motorsports 
2000 Lance Dewease Joe Harz 
1999 Lance Dewease Joe Harz 
1998 Lance Dewease Walt Dyer 
1997 Fred Rahmer Al Hamilton 
1996 Mark Kinser Karl Kinser 
1995 Billy Pauch John Zemaitis 
1994 Bill Brian Jr. Bill Brian Sr. 
1993 Billy Pauch John Zemaitis 
1992 Billy Pauch John Zemaitis 
1991 Bobby Weaver John Zemaitis 
1990 Billy Pauch Glenn Hyneman 
 
COMDIAL BIG SHOW MODIFIED SERIES CHAMPIONS 
YEAR DRIVER OWNER 
2008 Doug Manmiller Doug Manmiller 
2007 Doug Manmiller Doug Manmiller 
2006 Mike Gular Rudy Gular 
2005 Jeff Strunk Chad Sinon 
2004 Jeff Strunk Chad Sinon 
 
ONE LAP TRACK RECORD
CLASS DRIVER DISTANCE TIME DATE 
410 Sprints Jeff Shepard One Lap 11.433 5/21/2008 
Big Block Modifieds Billy Decker One Lap 14.349 7/16/2008


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