STEVE BUCKWALTER, JOSH WELLER & MIKE GULAR SWEEP TRIPLE CROWN THUNDER THRILLER WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

Date: 7/16/2009 10:09:57 AM

 
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NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES PRESENTED BY LEE MYLES CONTINUES. . . . . .
STEVE BUCKWALTER,  JOSH WELLER & MIKE GULAR SWEEP TRIPLE CROWN THUNDER THRILLER WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY


BECHTELSVILLE, PA   . . . . . . . .  A field of eighty race cars filled  the Grandview Speedway pits for the first time presentation of the Triple  Crown Thunder Thriller on Wednesday night.   This event marked the fourth race of the 2009 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presented by Lee Myles Transmission and Auto Care.  On the program were ARDC Wingless Midgets, URC Sprints and the 358 Modifieds.   Steve Buckwalter  of Royersford, PA was the star of the ARDC feature, starting eighteenth and going on to win the 25 lap feature.  In the Rislone URC Sprint feature,  Josh Weller of Mertztown, PA charged from eleventh to win that feature as Mike Gular held off a determined Jimmy Horton to take top honors in the 358 Modified feature event.   More then thirty-five Living Legend Drivers & Owners, representing ARDC, URC and the Grandview Modifieds were on hand for a special meet and greet with the race fans.

The URC Sprint heat race events were won by Jimmy Reppert, Dave Gable and Kramer Williamson as Justin Collett took the win in the "B" Main.   For the 358 Modifieds,  Doug Manmiller, Jeff Strunk and Craig VonDohren won the heat race events as Brad Missimer won the consolation.

The opening main event of the triple 25's saw the ARDC Wingless Midgets take to the one-third mile speedway.  Cory Becker  was the early race leader with Dusty Herstand in the chase along with Scott Zipp.   By lap seven, Tracy Readinger was in the hunt, now racing third and closing in on Herstand.   Deep in the pack, Steve Buckwalter was on a charge from his eighteenth place starting position.   By lap eleven, Buckwalter was fourth and  closing on the top three.

With the halfway sign showing, Becker remained the pacesetter over Readinger, Herstand, Buckwalter and Zipp.   On lap fifteen, Buckwalter  was racing in third and closing on the leaders.  Lap sixteen was the turning point of the race as Buckwalter made an inside pass to advance from third into the lead.   Buckwalter maintained a comfortable lead until lap twenty-three when the yellow was displayed for a multi-car crash in turn three, involving several of the top five cars.   The field was now set for a two lap shootout.

When green flag racing resumed, Buckwalter remained the paces-setter Brett Arndt in the runner-up spot along with Ryan Watt.   Buckwalter scored the victory with Brett Arndt second, Ryan Watt third, Dusty Herstand fourth and Scott Zipp fifth.

The Rislone URC Sprints were then called to the speedway.  As the field took the green flag Kramer Williamson was the race leader but as the field entered turn one, Tim Hogue spun, collecting several cars including Fred Rahmer, Bryn Gohn, JJ Grasso and  Danny Massey.   URC point leader JJ Grasso was done for the night along with 410 sprint standout Fred Rahmer.

On the restart, Williamson set the pace for the first two laps with Chris Coyle taking the lead on lap three.  Coyle and Williamson were in a heated battle for the lead and by lap seven, Coyle firmly had the lead.   On lap eight, the caution flag was thrown,  this time for six time URC Champion Curt Michael who spun in turn on, involving Kyle Purks and Randy West.  When racing resumed, Coyle remained the leader until lap thirteen when Kramer Williamson returned to the lead spot.   Williamson, Coyle, Josh Weller, Trevor Lewis and Nick Schlauch Jr were the top five as the field passed for the halfway sign.

The action started to heat up as Trevor Lewis tried to move into the top three.  Out of nowhere, Josh Weller found some power and charged into second, now chasing down race leader Kramer Williamson.  On lap eighteen, Weller took the lead followed by Williamson, Trevor Lewis, Coyle and Schlauch.   With just two laps to go, Trevor Lewis charged into second and began to reel in Weller as the race leader was coming up on slower traffic.     With the white flag waiving, Lewis was now of the rear bumper of Weller.  Charging into turn three, Weller took the outside lane closing the door on Lewis.

With the checker flag waiving, Weller took the win, his second career URC victory and his second URC win at Grandview Speedway.  Trevor Lewis driving the Scott McClaren owned sprinter finished second over Kramer Williamson, Nick Schlauch Jr. and Chris Coyle.

The final twenty-five lap feature of the night was for the modifieds.  At the drop of the green, pole sitter Jimmy Horton was the early leader but as the field went into turn one, Ray Swinehart spun with Craig VonDohren making contact.     On the restart, Mike Gular had the jump this time taking the lead over Jimmy Horton.     On lap three, Horton returned as the race leader with Terry Meitzler, Jeff Strunk and Duane Howard in the hunt.   As the field passed on lap eight, Gular was offering another strong challenge to Horton for the lead.

Billy Pauch, driving the Glenn Hyneman #126 brought out the yellow on lap ten with a flat tire.    Pauch was running sixth at the time.   The green flag fell to restart the race  this time Mike Gular had the jump with Horton now chasing the leader with Jeff Strunk third.

As the field passed for the halfway sign, Gular, Horton, Strunk, Meitzler and Duane Howard were the top five.   On lap seventeen, Horton again edged closer to Gular looking for an opportunity to make the pass.  

A yellow flag on lap twenty-one brought the field together once again.  On the restart, Gular had a strong run into turn one as Horton dove to the bottom and Jeff Strunk took a look to the far outside.  Off of turn two, Gular had the fast line as Horton had to give up the chase for the lead and protect his hold on second.   For the final two laps, Gular maintained his lead to score the win as Jimmy Horton finished second followed by Jeff Strunk, Terry Meitzler and Duane Howard.

ARDC MIDGET FEATURE FINISH- - -  #0 STEVE BUCKWALTER, #46 BRETT ARNDT, #75 RYAN WATT, #6 DUSTY HEISTAND, #99 SCOTT ZIPP, #00 GREG ROBINSON, #54 CURT MICHAEL, #05 TREVOR KOBYLARZ,  #11 ERIC HEYDENREICH, #55 STEVE CRAIG, #26 STEPHANIE STEVENS, #25 CHRIS ZRINSKI, #49 COREY BECKER, #2 TRACY READINGER, #12 DREW HEISTAND, #78 NICK WEAN, #51 PJ GARGIULO, #44 FRANK POLIMEDA, #39 JUSTIN GROSZ, #17 DONNIE HOFFMAN, #9 STEVE LENIG, #16 DAVE SHIRK, #34 SHANE PENNY, #83 BRUCE BUCKWALTER, JR., #84 JIMMY CAMMOCK.

URC SPRINT FEATURE- - - -  #63 JOSH WELLER, #21 TREVOR LEWIS, #73 KRAMER WILLIAMSON, #38N NICK SLAUCH, #22 CHRIS COYLE, #2 ART LIEDL, #17 BECCA ANDERSON, #79 DAVEY SAMMONS, #92 JUSTIN COLLETT, #89 ROBBIE STILLWAGON, #3 DAVE GABLE, #4B BRYN GOHN, #70 ED WAGNER, #39 TIM HOGUE, #36 SCOTT PURSELL, #36W JIM WALTER, #138 JAY SHYPINKA, #17J JONATHAN SWANSON, #5G CURT MICHAEL, #64K KYLE PURKS, #56 RANDY WEST, #97 JIMMY REPPERT, #99 JJ GRASSO, #00 FRED RAHMER.

358 MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH- - -#53 MIKE GULAR, #R2 JIMMY HORTON SR. , #41 JEFF STRUNK, #81 TERRY MEITZLER, #4 DUANE HOWARD, #8 JON KELLNER, #44 DANNY ERB, #R1 RYAN GODOWN, #357 RICK LAUBACH, #1C CRAIG VONDOHREN, #74W JOHN WILLMAN, #117 KEVIN HIRTHLER, #21 ADDISON MEITZLER, #33 RAY SWINEHART, #42 KYLE FOLLWEILER, #87 ANDY BURKHART, #221 RYAN BELTZ, #70 KURT SPOTTS, #14 DOUG MANMILLER, #126 BILLY PAUCH, #11D JIMMY HORTON JR., #327 BRAD MISSIMER


THUNDER FACTS FOR 2009
NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series
When: Thursday night,  August 13
7:30 PM   Gates open at 5:30 PM
What:   Thunder on the Hill Racing Series 20th Anniversary Season Continues!
TRAFFIC JAM  World of Outlaws Late Models &  Big Block Modifieds - -Twin 40 Lap Features
Where: Grandview Speedway   Passmore Road, Route 100 Bechtelsville, PA  19505, ten mile north of Pottstown, PA
Track Facts: Free Parking,  Great Food at Reasonable Prices, Family Seating Section, All seats un-reserved, Directions, lodging and camp sites listed on our websites.
Admission: $30 Adults, $10 Children 6-11, Children under 6 Free
Pit Fee:   $35 license is not required
Track #:  610-754-7688
Website: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com  or www.grandviewspeedway.com

Special Happenings: 
Meet Ms. Thunder on the Hill  Skye  Michael,  See JOE the Pizza Dude sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts, The Round Table Girls.   Try the Inside/Out Promotion, Fan Giveaways, Fans  Rhyme Time Competition, Grandview Thunder Program Book,  Beach Ball Bounce,  20th Anniversary Thunder on the Hill Racing Series t-shirts, Fireworks on feature parade lap, Fans invited to take part in the joyous victory lane ceremonies and meet the drivers in the pit area following the races.

Thursday,  August 13   Order of Events:
5:30     Gates Open
6:45      Big Block Modified Warm-ups
              WoO Late Model Warm-ups
7:15      WoO Late Model Time Trials

7:30 PM National Anthem

Big Block Modified Heats 10 laps
WoO Late Model Heats 10 laps
Big Block Modified Consi 10 laps
WoO Late Model Consi 10 laps

Intermission

                The TRAFFIC JAM
40 Lap  Big Block Modified Feature
40 Lap World of Outlaws Late Model Feature

2009 Thunder on the Hill Series  Remaining Race Dates:
Thursday, August 13 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES
- - - TRAFFIC JAM - -  WoO Late Models & Open Competition Big Block Modifieds
Saturday, October 17 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES Halloween Party 6 PM Grandview Thunder 5-25's URC Sprints, 358 Modifieds,  ARDC Wingless Midgets, Rolling Thunder Legends,  Sportsman Modifieds  & Garden State Vintage Stock Cars + Monster SMASH DEMO Derby!

Thunder Sponsors:
* NAPA Auto Parts- - - Long time Thunder on the Hill Racing Series sponsor  will again have their banners and flag waving high above the Grandview Speedway podium.  
* Lee Myles Transmissions  & Auto Care at three locations in Berks County.   Fern Street Reading, Perkiomen Ave 422 Birdsboro and North 5th Street Highway Reading.  Other locations in Allentown, Easton, Mt. Pocono and York, PA
* COMDIAL Telephone Communications will return once again to add some fan fun for all the Thunder fans.
* BPG Racing/Chad Sinon Motorsports- - Making Thunder bigger for all
* Fairgrounds Square Mall- - Reading, PA- - Fan Giveaway fun!
* Ronie's Exeter Café- - Reading, PA


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