Hauler parade returning to Dover
Dover International Speedway has announced a special kickoff to the Sept. 26-28, 2014 race weekend with the return of the popular NASCAR Hauler Showcase and Parade. The event is set for Thursday, Sept. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. and begins at the Blue Hen Corporate Center in Dover.
The Hauler Showcase and Parade is free and open to the public. Fans are invited to the Blue Hen Corporate Center, located at 655 S. Bay Road just four miles south of the Monster Mile on Route 113, to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers before they depart at 6 p.m. on a parade route through downtown Dover before heading to the track.
Approximately 40 brightly painted NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver haulers, measuring approximately 80 feet in length, will make their way through town en route to the speedway.
The inaugural event in 2013 saw close to 10,000 attendees spread out across the entire parade route. After such a great turnout, speedway and local officials agreed the event should return in 2014.
“Last year’s event was a huge success, so it was only natural to bring it back,” said Michael Tatoian, executive vice president and COO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. “We are always looking for ways to enhance the fan experience, and being able to work with NASCAR and these hauler drivers to put on a great show makes our race weekend that much more exciting.”
NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway Sept. 26-28, 2014 for the Sept. 28 AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the third event in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the Sept. 27 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Sept. 26 “Drive Sober 150” presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.
*** Nine time NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modified racer Jeff Strunk has nine championships at Grandview Speedway and Duane Howard has five. Each of these great Modified racing talents wants to add another title at the end of racing on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway.
The Green Lane Wm. Penn/ Four Star Lettering tripleheader show set for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. will feature the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars and the championship will be decided in each division.
Much of the fan interest will be centered on the Strunk and Howard battle as the two stars battle for the well over $10,000 in point fund money that goes to the champion driver and his car owner. Grandview continues to be one of the few tracks in the nation, in fact it may be the only one, that offers two point funds with one coming from NASCAR and the other coming from the track operators, Bruce Rogers and his family.
Strunk holds a 167 point edge over Howard as they battle it out in the final point night of the season and in addition to battling for the championship both will use the night of Modified racing to get ready for the huge Freedom 76 Classic that pays $25,000 to win and is set for Saturday, Sept. 13.
Modified talents such as Doug Manmiller, Craig VonDohren, Mike Gular, Frank Cozze and a host of others will be looking to do well in the Saturday night action and improve their position in the final point standings which will increase the amount of money they share in from the point funds.
Randy Stoudt, a past champion, leads the BRC Late Model standings as they enter the final point events. Stoudt, winner of six features this season, holds a 216 point edge over six time champion Chuck Schutz. In third is Sean Merkel who is 234 points behind. All three racers have the opportunity to win the BRC Late Model title.
And in the Sportsman division Jared Umbenhauer is shooting for his third straight title and has to just start the feature race to wrap up the that title. Umbenhauer also leads the NASCAR National Division II standings. Brett Kressley, winner of four features, is second in the standings 295 points behind Umbenhauer.
Spectator gates for the Green Lane Wm. Penn/Four Star Lettering Night will open at 5:30 p.m. and at the same time the weekly Low Down and Dirty Meet&Greet will be taking place. Admission for this exciting night of racing is just $15 for adults while youngsters 12 and under are admitted free.
With the point battle finished all attention will turn to the 44th Annual Freedom 76 Classic set for Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. The event paying $25,000 to win, the richest race of its type, will attract many of the top dirt track modified racers in the sport with Billy Pauch Sr. and Jr. already signed to compete along with Ryan Godown, Stewart Friesen (a winner at Grandview earlier in the season) and a host of oth- ers plus the stars of Grandview. Adult admission is $35 while youngsters 6 thru 12 are admitted for $10 and under 6 pay nothing.
New this year is a night before the Freedom 76 doubleheader that will feature the American Racing Drivers Club Wingless Midgets and the Race of Champions Sportsman. Being a first time event the Friday racing is bound to attract a lot of attention. And Modified racers planning to compete in the Freedom 76 are invited to participate in practice sessions during the evening of racing. Adult admission is $12 while youngsters 6 thru 12 pay just $5. Kids under 6 are admitted free.
For information on tickets and racing telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com. Information will also be updated regularly at www.facebook. com/grandviewspeedwayinc or twitter97@grandviewspeedway.
*** Maple Grove Raceway has a busy week ahead as the summer season winds down. The Frank Hawley Drag Racing School (www.FrankHawley. com) will conduct on-track classes at MGR Friday closing out a three day session.
Auto Locator Fast Friday will take place on Friday later in the day. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with heads-up racing and testing from 5-10 p.m. Spectator admission is $10. Entry fee is $20 for street-legal cars and $25 for cars arriving at the track on trailers.
Latin American Sport Compacts III drag racing will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Gates will open at 8 a.m. on both days for the highoctane lifestyle event. The drag racing portion of the weekend will feature Pro Mods and exotic import cars (some from as far away as Puerto Rico) in highspeed competition. Other classes include: Quick 16 (Import Sport Compact), Quick 32 (Import vs. Domestic, no box), Bracket 1 (11.99 sec. and faster), Bracket II (12.00 sec. and slower), Super Pro V8 11.99 and faster, Honda Battle (11.50 sec. and faster). Quick 16 will pay $2,500 to the final-round winner. The event also includes a car show.
Spectator admission: Adult Saturday: $20. Adult Sunday: $25. Adult two-day ticket (Saturday and Sunday): $40. Teens (ages 13-15): $10 daily. Children (ages 12 and under): Free with paid adult.
*** Saturday Investors Bank presents First Responders Night at New Egypt, N.J., Speedway. All First Responders with ID will receive free General Admission and will be treated to a full card of 358 Modifieds, Sportsman & NERS 305 Sprint Cars. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with the first race starting at 6.
*** There are only two more races on the 2014 schedule at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown, PA, beginning with this Saturday’s Triangle Communications Night that was rained out on Aug. 23. The point battles in all five weekly divisions of micro sprint racing - 600cc, 270cc, 125cc, Sportsman, and 250cc Four-Stroke - will be the main focus as the contenders race for a championship in their respective divisions.
Gates open at 3:30 on Saturday, with warm-ups getting underway at 5 p.m. The first heat race goes green at 6.