BECHTELLSVILLE, PA – The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series kicked off their 32nd season of racing action at Grandview Speedway with Craig Von Dohren winning the 358 Modified portion of the program. It was a chilly night on the hill but a speedy and efficiently run show was completed by 9:45 PM.
Alex Yankowski started on the pole position and led the first two circuits with heavy pressure from two of Grandview’s winningest drivers, Von Dohren and Duane Howard .
Von Dohren powered passed Yankowski exiting turn two and charged to a sizable lead, with Howard moving into the second position.
The only challenge came when CVD battled through lapped traffic at the mid-way point of the event, but a caution with five laps to go offered up an open track and the ability to coast onto victory.
Duane Howard finished in the second position, Alex Yankowski in third, Jeff Strunk in fourth and Doug Manmiller in fifth.
ZEMCO Headers presented $50 Gift Certificates the USAC Heat Race and Semi Winners: Alex Bright, Joey Biasi, Chris Windom, and Briggs Danner and one to the worst 358 Modified starting line-up draw car won by Rick Laubach.
Modified Heat Race Winners Duane Howard, Jared Umbenhauer, and Doug Manmiller were presented with $100 courtesy of Harry & George Turner of GT Automotive & GT Radiator Repairs. $100 was also presented to both the USAC Sprint Car and 358 Modified winning Crew Chief courtesy of Robert Altman.
Robert Altman, who always has the Thunder on the Hill fans in mind, said ‘Thank You’ by presenting lucky fans with $10 WAWA gift cards.
The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series returns to Grandview Speedway on Sunday, May 30 with the ‘Roaring Triple 20s’ event featuring three 20-lap feature events for the Big-Block and 358 Modifieds, along with the Sportsman, and Outlaw Racing Series Vintage cars.
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Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Duane Howard 2. Dylan Swinehart 3. Craig Whitmoyer 4. Jeff Strunk 5. Dillon Steuer 6. Ron Kline
Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Jared Umbenhauer 2. Steve Young 3. Justin Grim 4. Kevin Hirthler 5. Danny Bouc 6. Ryan Lilick
Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1. Doug Manmiller 2. Brett Kressley 3. Craig Von Dohren 4. Alex Yankowski 5. John Willman 6. Brian Hirthler
Feature (30 Laps) – 1. Craig Von Dohren 2. Duane Howard 3. Alex Yankowski 4. Jeff Strunk 5. Doug Manmiller 6. Dillon Steuer 7. Brett Kressley 8. Kevin Hirthler 9. Dylan Swinehart 10. Justin Grim 11. John Willman 12. Craig Whitmoyer 13. Rick Laubach 14. Ryan Lilick 15. Ron Kline 16. Scott Frack 17. Nate Brinker 18. Jared Umbenhauer 19. Jack Butler 20. Danny Bouc 21. Brian Hirthler 22. Steve Young
2021 Thunder on the Hill Race Dates
Sunday, May 30 Triple Roaring 20’s Big Block/358 Modifieds Plus Sportsman & Vintage Outlaw Racing Series 7:30 PM
Tuesday, June 15 USAC Eastern Storm Jesse Hockett Classic National Sprint Tour & 358 Modifieds* 7:30 PM
Tuesday, June 29 PA 410 Sprint Speed Week $10,000-to-Win Hodnett Cup & 358 Modifieds* 7:30 PM
Tuesday, August 3 USAC National Midgets Ken Brenn Masters & 358* Modifieds 7:30 PM
Thursday, August 26 Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprints & 358 Modifieds* 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 16 MODS at the MADHOUSE Big Block/358 Modified Triple 20’s & Sportsman 6 PM