Hauler pa­rade re­turn­ing to Dover

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS - By ERNIE SAX­TON

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.

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