Brett ‘The Threat’ Kressley Dominates Haunted Halloween On ‘The Hill”

BECHTELSVILLE, PA – It was a spooky Halloween night, but there weren’t any tricks for Brett Kressley, as the 25-year-old scored his first NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series victory at the ‘Mods at the Madhouse Traffic Jam’ on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway.


“This felt like the longest race of my life,” an elated – and champagne-soaked – Kressley said in Victory Lane.  “I had a really strong car tonight, and I can’t thank my crew enough for all their hard work.”


The Orefield, PA driver couldn’t have had a better night, scoring the win in his qualifying heat race and picking the first position in the Modified redraw of top qualifiers.  Known as ‘The Threat,’ Kressley took the lead at the outset of the 40-Lap feature, and held off the best-of-the-best in Modified competition to score the $5,000 victory.


At the drop of the green flag, Kressley shot away from the 24-car field pulling a full-straightaway lead by the just the third circuit around the one-third-mile dirt oval. 


The first yellow flag flew on the seventh lap when Oley, PA’s Duane Howard spun in turn four — while running in the top-five — after contact with Boyertown, PA’s Ryan Watt.  Both cars were sent to the rear of the field.


On the restart, Kressley rolled back into the lead with Danny Erb following closely behind, while Kenny Gilmore and Craig VonDohren challenged for the third position.


Kressley held control at the half-way mark with Erb and Gilmore holding in the top-three positions.  The battle for fourth was heating up between 2017 Track Champion, Craig VonDohren and Freedom 76 winner, Jeff Strunk.


The action came to a stop on lap 26, when Dan Bouc, of Pipersville, PA, flipped his No. 32 Modified in turn 2.  


It was all Kressley in the final stretch – but it wasn’t easy for the young racer as a group of veterans were hot on his heels.  Danny Erb would finish in the second position, Kenny Gilmore in third aboard the Bailey No. 81, Jeff Strunk finishing in the fourth position and Billy Pauch Jr. finishing in the fifth spot.


Ringoes, NJ’s Ryan Godown brought the Searock Fabrications No. 26 home in sixth, Ryan Watt rallied back to finish in seventh, Mike Gular in eighth, Billy Pauch in ninth and Jared Umbenhauer rounding out the top-ten finishers.


Initial fourth-place finisher Craig Von Dohren was found light at the scales and was penalized to the 24th position.


2017 Grandview Speedway Sportsman Champion, Brian Hirthler picked up the $1,300 win in the Madhouse Sportsman event, starting on the pole and holding off a hard-charging Matt Stangle at the conclusion of the 25-lap main event.  Hirthler bookended his 2017 racing season with a win on opening night and a win to conclude the season.


Neshanic, NJ’s Matt Stangle finished in second, Mark Kemmerer in third, Jim Houseworth finished in fourth, and Brad Brightbill finished in fifth.


Despite a busted radiator, Ryan Stillwaggon of Burlington, NJ scored his first career Grandview Speedway win in the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Car Series.   Stillwaggon dominated the 25-lap feature event and scored the victory despite slowing drastically in the closing circuits.  Tim Tanner Jr. came home in the second position, 2017 MASS Series Champion Eddie Wagner finished in third, Austin Bishop in fourth, and Dave Brown in fifth.



41 Modifieds signed-in for action during the 18th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Halloween Party event.  Heat races were won by Jared Umbenhauer, Ryan Watt, Brett Kressley, and Duane Howard.  Last chance consolation events were won by Ryan Godown and Scott Albert.


Brett Kressley became the 26th different NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Modified winner in 68 races.  Jeff Strunk holds the most wins with 12.


The Mods at the Madhouse 40 marked the 18th House of Thunder Halloween events and the conclusion of the 28th season of NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series action.

Plans for the 2018 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series are already taking place with a potential Easter SundayModified spectacular and the possible addition of the USAC Midgets.


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Heat 1 (10 Laps) –  1. Jared Umbenhauer  2. Billy Pauch  3. Meme DeSantis  4. Rick Laubach  5. Ryan Grim

Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Ryan Watt  2. Craig VonDohren  3. Danny Erb  4. Kevin Beach  5. Kevin Hirthler

Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1.  Brett Kressley  2. Billy Pauch Jr.  3. Kenny Gilmore  4. Jeff Strunk  5. John Willman

Heat 4 (10 Laps) – 1.  Duane Howard  2. Dan Pannepacker  3. Danny Bouc  4. Addison Meitzler  5. Mike Gular

Consi 1(10 Laps) – 1.  Ryan Godown  2. Ray Swinehart

Consi 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Scott Albert  2. Doug Manmiller

Mods at the Madhouse Traffic Jam (40 Laps) – 1.  Brett Kressley  2. Danny Erb  3. Kenny Gilmore  4. Jeff Strunk  5. Billy Pauch, Jr.  6. Ryan Godown  7. Ryan Watt  8. Mike Gular  9. Billy Pauch  10. Jared Umbenhauer  111. Ray Swinehart  12. Ryan Grim  13. John Willman  14. Addison Meitzler  15. Kevin Beech  16. Scott Albert  17. Danny Bouc  18. Rick Laubach  19. Doug Manmiller  20. Kevin Hirthler  21. Meme DeSantis  22. Duane Howard  23. Dan Pannepacker  DQ: Craig VonDohren (light at the scale)



Heat 1 (8 Laps) – 1. Mark Kemmerer  2. Brian Hirthler  3. Steve Young  4. Jim Housworth  5. Roger Manning  6. Lex Shive

Heat 2 (8 Laps) —  1. Jim McGovern  2. Kenny Bock  3. Brad Grim  4. Matt Stangle  5. Jordan Henn  6. Louden Reimert

Heat 3 (8 Laps) —  1. Joe Funk  2. Craig Whitmoyer  3. Derrick Smith  4. Billy Osmun  5. Brad Brightbill  6. Nathan Mohr

Consi (8 Laps) – 1.  Kyle Lilick  2. Mike Lisowski  3. Brad Arnold  4. Caleb Ross  5. Ryan Lilick  6. Andy Clemmer

Feature (25 Laps) – 1. Brian Hirthler  2. Matt Stangle  3. Mark Kemmerer  4. Jim Housworth  5. Brad Brightbill  6. Miek Lisowski  7. John McGovern  8. Louden Reimert  9. Brad Arnold  10. Cale Ross  11. Derrick Smith  12. Steve Young  13. Lex Shive  14. Tom Princiotta  15. Kyle Lilick  16. Brad Grim  17. Andy Clemmer  18. Nathan Mohr  19. Jordan Henn  20. Kenny Bock  21. Roger Manning  22. Billy Osmun  DQ: Joe Funk (light at the scale), Ryan Lilick (light at the scale)


MASS Sprint Cars

Heat 1 (8 Laps) —  1. Austin Bishop  2. Ryan Stillwaggon  3. Jeff Geiges  4. Tommy Carberry, Jr.  5. Zack Burd

Heat 2 (8 Laps) —  1. Eddie Wagner  2. Stefanie Carberry  3. Tim Smolenyak  4. Dave Brown

Heat 3 (8 Laps) —  1. Dave Bonner  2. Tim Tanner  3. Tom Carberry, Sr.  4. Scott Frack  5. Brandon Poff

Feature (25 Laps) – 1.  Ryan Stillwaggon  2. Tim Tanner  3. Eddie Wagner  4. Austin Bishop  5. Dave Brown  6. Stefanie Carberry  7. Tom Carberry, Sr.  8. Tommy Carberry, Jr.  9. Scott Frack  10. Jon Haegele  11. Jeff Geiges  12. Zack Burd  13. Dave Bonner  14. Tim Smolenyak  15. Dan Leper  16. Bryant Davis  17. Brandon Poff  18. Chad Connor


Watch for coming announcements about the 2018 Thunder on the Hill Racing Season