Thun­der se­ries to close out Grand­view sea­son on Oct. 14

The Community Connection - - SPORTS - By Ernie Sax­ton For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

The last chance to see the top tal­ents in ac­tion at Grand­view. The twen­tyeighth sea­son of the NAPA Auto Parts Thun­der on the Hill Rac­ing Se­ries will close out a suc­cess­ful sea­son when the an­nual House of Thun­der Hal­loween Party in­vades the Grand­view Speed­way Saturday night, Oc­to­ber 14. What a sea­son that started with Brady Bacon win­ning the USAC event as Kyle Lar­son took the vic­tory in the 410 Sprint Speed Week Se­ries as Freddy Rah­mer Jr. won the Tony Stewart, Smoke on the Hill event in Au­gust. Huge crowds turned out for all three events of the Thun­der Se­ries, well known for pre­sent­ing the top di­vi­sions and only the pre­mier trav­el­ing se­ries in the coun­try.

The Mods at the Mad­house was a thriller with Billy Pauch Jr. tak­ing the win after a hard fought bat­tler with Ryan Watt and Craig VonDohren who closed in on the lead­ers in the fi­nal laps of the 40 lap main event. How ironic, Pauch, Watt and VonDohren fin­ished one-two-three and all three cars were No. 14.

The real eye catcher for this Traf­fic Jam event is the pay­off. A re­spectable $5,000 will go to the win­ner, and for the rest of the field, $1,000 will go to the tenth place fin­isher and an un­heard of $500 just to start a forty lap fea­ture event. For the drivers and own­ers, no mem­ber­ship fees and no en­try fees.

Ex­pect a “thriller” with a three di­vi­sion pro­gram that will in­clude the Big Block Mod­i­fieds/358 Mod­i­fieds plus the Sports­man and MASS Sprint Cars. Be part of a spooky night on the hill with this “Triple Thun­der Thriller”. Gates open at 4 p.m. with rac­ing get­ting un­der­way at 6 p.m. In the event of rain, Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15 will be the rain date with gates opening at 3 p.m. and a 5 p.m. start­ing time

Fans are in­vited to come dressed for the oc­ca­sion, Hal­loween cos­tumes will be the pop­u­lar at­tire of the night with awards going out to best dressed for chil­dren and adults. Please ex­pect some Hal­loween candy and of course, this night al­ways pro­vides some tricks and treats along the way.

With a spe­cial rules pack­age of­fered, many of the re­gion’s top Mod­i­fied rac­ers are ex­pected to be in at­ten­dance. Home­town he­roes like Craig Von Dohren, Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard and Doug Man­miller de­fend the Berks County oval against New Jer­sey in­vaders Billy Pauch Jr. and Ryan Godown. Young and hun­gry drivers like Danny Bouc, Jared Um­ben­hauer, and Ryan Krachun search for their first Thun­der on the Hill Vic­tory.

The rules pack­age al­lows for com­pe­ti­tion from Big-Block and Spec 358 en­gines and both Amer­i­can Racer and Hoosier tires. No open small block mo­tors are per­mit­ted. For fur­ther rule in­for­ma­tion visit www.thun­deron­the­hill­rac­ Along with an ex­cit­ing Mod­i­fied main event, the Sports­man will com­pete in a se­ries of qual­i­fy­ing events lead­ing up to the $1,300-to-win, 25-lap fea­ture event. The MASS Sprint Car Se­ries will bat­tle with heat race qual­i­fy­ing end­ing the night with their 25 lap main event.

Help­ing to cel­e­brate the Spooky Night will be a stun­ning fire­work dis­play prior to the start of the mod­i­fied main event.

Rain date is Sun­day at 5 p.m.

Two other events re­main on the sched­ule at Grand­view with the En­duro rac­ers and Blast from the Past Vin­tage rac­ers in ac­tion at noon on Saturday, Oc­to­ber 21. And com­ing up on Sun­day, Novem­ber 5th at 7 a.m. is the an­nual Fall Rac­ers Flea Market.

*** IndyCar re­turns. Po­cono Race­way will host the 2018 ABC Sup­ply 500 race week­end from Au­gust 18-19. It will mark the 25th INDYCAR race held ‘The Tricky Tri­an­gle’ and the six­th­con­sec­u­tive year in which the Ver­i­zon IndyCar Se­ries has com­peted there since 2013.

The 2017 ABC Sup­ply 500 saw 42 lead changes and 590 on-track passes, 524 of which were for po­si­tion. The race was won by Team Penske’s Will Power, who be­came the first driver to win back-to-back INDYCAR races at Po­cono Race­way.

“The 2017 ABC Sup­ply 500 proved why Po­cono Race­way was built for INDYCAR rac­ing,” said Po­cono Race­way CEO Nick Ig­dal­sky. “This sum­mer’s race was one of the most com­pet­i­tive events in our track’s his­tory. It was also the high­est-at­tended INDYCAR race we hosted since bringing open-wheel rac­ing back here five years ago. From con­ver­sa­tions I have had about the 2018 body, we should see speeds push­ing, if not ex­ceed­ing, 240 miles per hour next year.”

Tick­ets for all 2018 events at Po­cono Race­way are sched­uled to go on sale to the pub­lic start­ing Wednesday, Oc­to­ber 4, 2017. Those who pur­chased tick­ets to Po­cono Race­way this year are el­i­gi­ble to re­new their 2018 tick­ets now by vis­it­ing www.pocono­race­­newals or by call­ing our Ticket Of­fice at 1-1-800-722-3929.

Po­cono Race­way will host seven mo­tor­sports events in 2018, in­clud­ing two Mon­ster En­ergy NASCAR Cup Se­ries races and the Ver­i­zon IndyCar Se­ries. One NASCAR XFIN­ITY Se­ries, one Camp­ing World Truck Se­ries and two ARC Rac­ing Se­ries pre­sented by Me­nards races are also on the sched­ule for 2018. Please visit www.pocono­race­ for ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on up­com­ing events and for fu­ture ticket in­for­ma­tion.

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