BECHTELSVILLE, PA – Reading, PA driver Steven Drevicki has enjoyed much local success and now he moves into the national spotlight entering the 13th Annual USAC Eastern Storm, a marquis event of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship. Drevicki will be driving his own #19 Maxim chassis powered by a Rider Engine from Reading businessman Gene Franckowiak with technical assistance from Clauson Marshall Newman Racing. The 13th Annual USAC Eastern Storm will open on Tuesday night, June 11 with the $10,000 to win Jesse Hockett Classic at the Grandview Speedway, The 358 NASCAR Modifieds will be part of the opening event. The Eastern Storm will move to the Bridgeport Speedway on Wednesday night, June 12, BAP’s Motor Speedway on Thursday night, June 13, Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night, June 15 and the Series finale will close out at the Weedsport Speedway on Sunday night, June 16.
For Drevicki, teaming up with Franckowiak and Clauson Marshall Newman Racing is a big opportunity that could open doors in the future. Franckowiak has ties with USAC going way back to watching them race at the Reading Fairgrounds when he was a child. “I am a devout USAC supporter as a driver, car owner, sponsor and advocate watching some of the greatest Indy car drivers of our generation come through the USAC midgets, sprints and champ cars and it is an amazing honor to be part of the USAC family”, stated Gene.
So why USAC? Gene replied, “I support USAC because they run a professional organization with tremendous history in the sport. The races are well run, the staff and officials treat the racers with respect, the point fund and purses are good and their awards banquet is amazing. . . and most of all, the racing is great” !
At one time, Gene considered himself a low budget racer and there were a few folks who always helped him and today, Gene is in a different position. “I like to think I am paying it forward by helping others who are in the position I was once in”, said Gene.
What was your career highlight? “Winning my first USAC race was the single happiest moment in my sprint car career. And now, years later, being a partner with the Clauson Marshall USAC sprint car team and winning the 2018 Tony Hulman Classic as well as the 2018 National Championship was a kid’s dream come true”, stated Gene in a very sincere tone. The partnership did not end there, for the past two years, Gene has been deeply involved with Brady Bacon Racing which fields the Hoffman #69 “Mean Green” sprint car on the USAC Tour. Gene also enjoyed success winning the 2013 URC Championship (another historical organization) with Dave Ely as the driver. Franckowiak and Ely accomplishments include a win on the ASCS National tour, Central PA 410 wins, Patriot and ESS sprint victories throughout a thirteen year relationship which continues today.
Gene Franckowiak also played a big part in the start of the USAC Eastern Storm. It was Gene who brought together Bob Miller and USAC’s Greg Stabb that opened discussions and eventually the start of the USAC Eastern Storm back in 2007. The first Eastern Storm event, marked the return of USAC to Berks County since they last competed at the Reading Fairgrounds when Paul Pitzer took the victory in 1979. It was Levi Jones who won the first Eastern Storm at the Grandview Speedway on Tuesday night, June 6, 2007 and he came back to win again in 2010. Since that time, other USAC feature winners at Grandview/Thunder on the Hill includes Bryan Clauson (3), Brady Bacon (2),
Jesse Hockett (2), Bobby East (1) , Daron Clayton (1) , Chase Stockon (1),
So it all kicks off again on Tuesday night, June 11 at the Grandview Speedway and the opening event of the 2019 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series. Gates open at 5 PM with race time set for 7:30 PM. The USAC Sprints will open with time trials followed by a series of qualifying events leading up to the 40 lap $10,000 to win Jesse Hockett Classic. The Modifieds will compete in a qualifying events with a $3,000 to win 30 lap feature closing out the night of racing.
Advance tickets may be ordered for the Tuesday, June 11 USAC Sprints & Modified show by calling 443 513 4456. Please speak slowly and clearly when leaving a message and be sure to leave your name and number of tickets you will need. Feel free to leave your phone number as well. Tickets may be paid for and picked up at the WILL CALL Window on race night after 3:30 PM. These tickets will entitle you to enter the grandstands at 4:30. Adult admission tickets are $30, children 6 to 11 $10 and children five and under will be admitted for free.
2019 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Schedule
Tuesday, June 11 USAC Non-Wing Sprints 40 laps & 358 Modifieds Jesse Hockett Classic $10,000 to Win!
Tuesday, July 2 PA Sprint Speed Week 410 Sprints $10,000 to win & 358 Modifieds
Tuesday, July 30 USAC Midgets 30 laps & 358 Modifieds
Thursday, August 22 All Star Sprints Smoke on the Hill Thunder Cup & 358 Modifieds
Saturday, October 19 House of Thunder Halloween Party, 22nd Annual Traffic Jam 40 laps Modifieds, Sportsman and MASS Sprints
Grandview Speedway Contact Information
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
Series Website: http://www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com
Track Website: http://www.grandviewspeedway.com