GONNA PARTY LIKE IT’S HIS BIRTHDAY: KEVIN THOMAS JR. SET FOR ASSAULT ON GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, THURSDAY
GONNA PARTY LIKE IT’S HIS BIRTHDAY: KEVIN THOMAS JR. SET FOR ASSAULT ON GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, THURSDAY, JUNE 14 FOR USAC EASTERN STORM OPENER
Story By: Bob Miller/TOTH
Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com
BECHTELSVILLE, PA (June 12, 2018) –There will be plenty of reasons for Kevin Thomas, Jr. to celebrate heading into Thursday, June 14 and the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series Eastern Storm opener at Grandview Speedway.
Thomas currently sits atop the USAC series, holds three wins this season, and will spend his 27th birthday on ‘The Hill in Bechtelsville.’
“I can’t wait to get to the east coast,” Thomas said of the series’ only campaign in this region. “The tracks are a lot of fun, and the fans make us feel wanted. Grandview is on my birthday – and there’s no place I’d rather be.”
NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series brings the USAC stars to Grandview Speedway for the 12th consecutive event – the only track to be a part of the Eastern Storm since USAC’s return to Pennsylvania in 2007 – on Thursday, June 14 with a 7:30 PM race time.
With three wins on the season, Thomas and the famed Hoffman Family No. 69 hold a 24-point advantage over Tyler ‘Sunshine’ Courtney – who picked up his fourth season win this past weekend at Knoxville Raceway.
“We’ve been running really strong so far,” Thomas said. “We had a little hiccup this past weekend at Knoxville, but we’re looking to getting back on track this week.”
Grandview Speedway’s $6,000-to-win, 40-Lap Jesse Hockett Classic – named after the 2009 race winner, who lost his life in a garage accident just before defending his win — marks the first of a consecutive six race week for Thomas and his USAC brethren.
“An Eastern Storm Championship would be a great birthday present, and a nice addition to our resume,” Thomas admitted.
While Thomas holds 21 career USAC wins, only seven drivers have found Grandview Speedway Victory Lane. Previous event winners include Levi Jones (2007, 2010), Jesse Hockett (2009), Bobby East (2011), Bryan Clauson (2012, 2015), Daron Clayton (2013) Chase Stockon (2014), and Brady Bacon (2016).
Also on the agenda, the NASCAR 358 Modifieds compete in a 30-lap event with a $3,000 top prize. The event is open to all 358 Modified competitors that meet Grandview rule specifications. Competitors will draw for heat starting positions, where the top-12 qualified cars will re-draw for feature starting positions. The 30-lap event pays $1,000 for a fifth-place finish and $300 to start.
Top Modified combatants like Billy Pauch Sr., Ryan Watt, Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren, and current Grandview point leader, Brett Kressley aim to excite the greatest race fans in the area.
General Admission ticket pricing for Thursday, June 14 is $30 for Adults, Children 6-11 are $10, and Kids 5 & under are FREE! Pit Admission pricing is $35.
Advance tickets are available now and may be ordered by calling 443-513-4456. Please provide your name and the number of tickets requested. Tickets may be picked up and paid for on race night after 3:30 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM, one-half hour before the sale of General Admission tickets. Advance tickets will be available until 9 AM on race day, Thursday, June 14. General admission tickets will go on sale at 5 PM.
The Pioneer Pole Buildings Mobile Sales Unit will be on display in the mid-way, along with the Low Down & Dirty Radio Show pre-race Meet and Greet, pit area tours, the Inside/Out Experience – where fans can watch hot laps from the infield, Joe ‘The Pizza Dude’ offering up free pizzas to the rowdiest fans, give-a-ways, and appearances by Miss Thunder on the Hill.
Grandstand Gates open at 5:00 PM and Racing starts at 7:30 PM
NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series as the title sponsor joined by Pioneer Pole Buildings, Levan Machine and Truck Equipment and GALCO Business Communications.
For more information on Grandview Speedway visit www.GrandviewSpeedway.com and for more information on NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series visit www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com
GPS USERS: 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505
Located less than a mile off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA
Speedway Phone: 610-754-7688
Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Phone: 443-513-4456
Thunder Series Website: Track Website: http://www.grandviewspeedway.com
About Grandview Speedway
Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 56th Anniversary season in 2018. The facility offers free parking, quality food at reasonable prices (be sure to try the french fries), a program book, Grandview Speedway and Thunder on the Hill racewear and great viewing from every seat in the house. Race fans may take part in the Inside/Out promotion, where you can sign up (no charge) to watch warm-ups from inside turn four. Race fans are also invited to victory lane following the racing program and, race fans may enter the pits after the races to meet the drivers. Be ready to enjoy the spine-tingling fireworks salute on the feature event parade lap. For more information visit: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com
The 12th Annual Eastern Storm Line-up
Thursday, June 14 Grandview Speedway Bechtelsville, PA
The Jesse Hockett Classis USAC Non-Wing Sprints & 358 Modifieds
Gates Open 5:00 PM Race Time 7:30 PM
www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com 443 513 4456
Friday, June 15 Williams Grove Speedway
USAC Non-Wing Sprints & 410 Sprints
Gates Open 5:30 PM Race Time 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 16 Port Royal Speedway
USAC Non-Wing Sprints & 410 Sprints
Gates Open 4 PM Race Time 7 PM
Sunday, June 17 BAPS Speedway
USAC Non-Wing Sprints- URC Sprints – USAC Eastern Midgets
Gates Open 5 PM Race Time 7 PM
Monday, June 18 Bridgeport Speedway 3/8th mile track
USAC Non-Wing Sprints – 600cc Micro Sprints
Gates Open 5 PM Race Time 7:30 PM
Tuesday, June 19 Weedsport Speedway
USAC Non-Wing Sprints- Sportsman -NY6A Micro Sprint Tour
Gates Open 5 PM Race Time 7:00 PM