BECHTELSVILLE, Pa. – The biggest first place payoff for a local short track event in Pennsylvania is set to be paid when Grandview Speedway offers $50,000 to the winner of the 42nd annual BPG Racing Freedom 76 on Sept. 15.
Many of the top names in area dirt track modified stock car racing are scheduled to be part of the big event including Danny Johnson, Billy Decker, Duane Howard, Bobby Varin, Mike Mahaney, Billy Pauch, Ryan Godown, Jeff Strunk, Ryan Watt, Craig VonDohren, Rick Laubach, Ray Swinehart, Mike Gular, Stewart Friesen and so many others.
A full series of qualifying heats (starting spots assigned by draw) will be followed by the consolation events, the Schaffer Motorsports Minuteman 20 (final opportunity to make the Freedom 76), the Mertz Flying Mullet Cash Dash (featuring heat winners and other top performers) and it is all topped by the BPG Racing Freedom 76.
The big race will start somewhere between 33 and 40 cars depending on the number of racers that enter and the number of qualifying heat races needed.
First place will pay $50,000 with the second place finisher earning $11,000 followed by $4,500 for third and on down to the last spot that will pay $400. Almost $3,000 in lap money and other perks will be paid out to racers at the completion of the 42nd annual Classic.
Pits will be open on Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for tech inspection. Cars leaving the pits and returning on Saturday will be re-teched on Saturday. Pits will open at 10 a.m. on Sept. 15. All cars must be signed in no later than 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Advance entry fee is $120 while race day entry will be $150. Pit passes will be $50. No licenses are required.
Engine rules, standard stroke only, can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com. Only American Racer tires are allowed and must have BPG stamp. Compounds can be found on the website.
Methanol fuel with no additives and racing gasoline (non-oxygenated) will be allowed. All fuel will be tested.
The weight (after the race is completed) will be 2350 pounds for cars using methanol fuel and 2275 pounds for cars using gasoline.