BECHTESLVILLE, Pa. – The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series will return to the Grandview Speedway in 2014 with five exciting race dates to celebrate the 25th season of the Thunder Series.
Opening the season will be the LUCKY 7, a feature only format to include seven twenty-five lap features in one night of racing set for Sunday night, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. On the program will be the 358 Modifieds in two feature events, the URC Sprints in a pair of features joined by the ARDC Midgets, Sportsman and Legend Cars each competing in their own 25 lap main event.
The 358 Modifieds and the URC Sprint features are make-up events from the October 2013 rain out. All this great racing for an adult general admission of $20, discounted from the regular $25 ticket price. With a minimum of 20 cars starting each feature, more than 100 race cars will take part in the Lucky 7 features only program.
Race two of the Thunder Series will showcase the AMOSIL USAC National Sprint Car Series during the Eastern Storm Series. The Thunder Series and Grandview Speedway were the leaders in bringing USAC back east and the Eastern Storm Series continues to grow with the action-packed show. Tuesday night, June 3 is the night the Eastern Storm returns to the hill and the Modern Day Cowboy, Daron Clayton will be returning in 2014 after his fan pleasing ride in 2013. $6,000 will go to the winner of the 40 lap Jesse Hockett Classic event and sharing this card will be the non-wing ARDC Midgets. Race time is set for 7:30 p.m.
A fan favorite event will return to Grandview on Tuesday night, July 1 when the Pennsylvania Posse 410 Sprints challenge the “hill” in the annual Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week Series joined by the RoC Modifieds. Race time is set for 7:30 p.m. and four time defending Thunder Series Sprint Champion Greg Hodnett is anxious to chase down another Thunder Victory.
On Tuesday night, July 30 the 410 Sprints will be on the program, this time joining the 17th Annual Traffic JAM for Modifieds sanctioned by RoC. The Traffic Jam is rich in history with some of the all-time greats in modified racing winning this event. In 2013, Duane Howard won his first Traffic Jam with Danny Johnson taking the victory in 2012. Other winners include Jeff Strunk 2011, Craig VonDohren 2010, Brett Hearn 1998, 2002, 2007, 2009 , Billy Decker 2003, 2008, Alan Johnson 2006, Tim Fuller 2005, Tim McCreadie 2001, 2004, Frank Cozze 2000 and Jimmy Horton taking the win in 1999.
The Thunder season finale will take place on Saturday night, Oct. 18 with the House of Thunder Halloween Party and Grandview Thunder 5-25’s joined by the Blast from the Past Vintage cars and the Monster Smash Demolition Derby all getting underway at 6 p.m. In the event of rain, Sunday, Oct. 19 will be the rain date and carry a 4 p.m. starting time.