Howard and Brightbill Lead NASCAR Points with Five Events Remaining

BECHTELSVILLE, PA – With just five point races remaining in the 2019 season at Grandview Speedway five time champion Duane Howard has less than a 100 point edge over ten time titleholder Craig Von Dohren in the chase for the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified title. The two Oley, PA racers have each been to victory lane four times this season with Howard taking home $10,000 as the winner of the 49th annual Forrest Rogers Memorial last Saturday. At present he has 3770 points while Von Dohren has earned 3696 points.

Early season point leader Brett Kressley is third with 3409 counters followed by Doug Manmiller at 3300 and Rick Laubach holding fifth with 3171 tallies.

In the T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman division veteran racer Brad Brightbill of Sinking Spring, PA is setting the pace in the championship battle. He has tallied 3167 points and has won three features. He has been a contender in just about every race and now holds almost a 300 point lead over Brad Grim, who sits with 2894 points. Third in the standings is former champion Brian Hirthler with 2881 tallies. Sitting in fourth with 2814 points is Kyle Lilick followed in fifth by Mark Kemmerer with 2586 points.

So far 15 point races have been run in each division with just five to go. There have been 11 winners in the Sportsman division and 6 different winners in the Modifieds. In the Sportsman there have been 45 racers compete while the Modifieds have had 59 racers earning points.

The big event of the season is set for Saturday, September 21st, with the running of the 49th annual Freedom 76 paying at least $25,000 to win. However this race offers no points toward the championship. By that date the NASCAR track titles will have been decided.

Advance tickets for the Freedom 76 are now on sale. Mail a check or money order covering the number of tickets being ordered to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. Advance adult tickets are priced at $35 while tickets purchased on race day will be priced at $40. Youngsters 6 through 11 pay $10. Under six are admitted free. Please include a self-addressed envelope to speed delivery. Tickets will not be mailed after September 13.

Lap sponsorships, priced at $20, are presently available. Lap sponsors are included in the special track magazine, public address system announcements and more. In addition sponsorship of qualifying events and special awards are available. Heat races sell for $200. Those interested can contact Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797 or or check in with Tina Rogers or Tommy Kramer at the track.

Coming up next is a doubleheader show of NASCAR 358 Modifieds and Sportsman on Saturday, August 17th. Racing will get the green at 7:30 p.m. with the first of a series of qualifying events topped by a 30-lap feature for the Modifieds and 25-laps for the Sportsman. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters under the age of 12 are admitted free. The Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet will be a family affair with Dylan, Steve and Ray Swinehart in the spotlight starting at 5 p.m. in the main gate area.

On Thursday, August 22nd a Thunder on the Hill Series doubleheader will be presented featuring Tony Stewart’s Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprints and 358 Modifieds. Racing will kick off at 7:30 p.m.

For additional information check in at, Facebook or telephone the track at 610.754.7688.



1. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66/357H 3770****

2. Craig Von Dohren, Oley, PA #1C 3696****

3. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 3409**

4. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #44M 3300*

5. Rick Laubach, Hellertown, PA #7L 3171

6. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19/1H 3139

7. Jeff Strunk, Boyertown, PA #126 2930***

8. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA #117 2921

9. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #4 2639

10. Alex Yankowski, Covington Twp., PA #84Y 2519

11. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17 2459

12. Louden Reimert, Oley, PA #16 2350

13. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA #21K 2290

14. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 2159

15. Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA #23X 2036

16. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 1983

17. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #OG7/14 1862

18. Briggs Danner, Allentown, PA #6/78D 1700

19. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44 1680

20. Clay Butler, Bloomsbury, NJ #4B 1542

21. Dylan Swinehart, Fleetwood, PA #81 1490*

22. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA #14RR 1437

23. Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA#33 1434

24. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 1410

25. Ron Kline, Salford, PA #355 1337

26. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA #49 1336

27. Dan Waisempacher, Springtown, PA #01 1302

28. Justin Grim, Orefield, PA #611/61 1237

29. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA #77H 1190

30. Steve Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA #313 1127



1. Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA #19 3167***

2. Brad Grim, Coplay, PA #13 2894

3. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4*/117 2881**

4. Kyle Lilick, Collegeville, PA #104 2814*

5. Mark Kemmerer, Green Lane, PA , #F10 2586

6. Jack Butler, Phillipsburg, NJ #5 2576**

7. Brad Arnold, Bethel, PA #830 2525

8. Kyle Smith, Fleetwood, PA #77 2389

9. Dean Bachman, Emmaus, PA #65 2022

10. Andrew Kreis, Boyertown, PA #6K 1872

11. Jesse Landis Gilbertsville, PA #976 1767

12. Brandon Edgar, Lehighton, PA #57 1676*

13. Mike Mammana, Nazareth, PA #31 1663

14. Lex Shive, Pennsburg, PA #5K 1623

15. Ryan Beltz, Barton, PA #221 1613

16. Nate Brinker, Allentown, PA #14 1323

17. Nathan Mohr, East Greenville, PA #17M 1286*

18. Parker Guldin, Fleetwood, PA #11 1282*

19. Kenny Bock, Birdsboro, PA #6 1280

20. Derrick Smith, Telford, PA#20 1207*

21. Josh Adams, Douglassville, PA #44A 1124

22. Sean Weiss, Gilbertsville, PA #24 1024*

23. Tom Miller, Gilbertsville, PA #77T 979*

24. Chris Esposito, Hatfield, PA #31A 927

25. Andy Clemmer, Bechtelsville PA #127 888

* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only for those that are

NASCAR point events.)