BECHTELSVILLE, PA – The season finale of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series invades the Grandview Speedway on Saturday night, October 16 with the Pioneer Pole Buildings Triple Roaring 20’s for Big Block/358 Modifieds plus a full program of Sportsman all getting underway at 6 PM. Gates open at 4 PM. A series of qualifying events will determine the twenty-four car starting field for the Big Block/358 Modified feature events. Each feature will pay $2,000 to win.
If one driver should win all three features, they would earn $6,000 plus a $5,000 bonus from PPB making the payoff worth $11,000. There is also a $1,000 PPB Bonus for any driver that wins two feature events. That $5,000 PPB bonus for a three win sweep is possible as a 4-6-8 inversion will be used for the second and third features. A minimum of $600 will be paid just to start the three twenty lap feature events.
This season finale event started in October 2000 with the popular 4-25’s, a features only format showcasing four different divisions. The following October 2001, the event was expanded to the 5-25’s. This format continued until 2015 when the Halloween Party event transitioned to a Modified, Sportsman and Limited Sprint triple header. The Big Block/358 Modifieds were the headline division competing in a 40 lap feature that paid $5,000 to win. This format continued until 2019. In 2020, it was time for the introduction of the Triple Roaring 20’s. Sharing the victories were Kevin Hirthler, Ryan Beltz and Duane Howard.
The payoff is even more attractive with the addition of the GT Radiator Repair bonus, offering $200 to win each ten lap Modified heat. GT Radiator Repair, specializes in automotive radiators, including antique car radiators and commercial truck radiators. GT Radiators is also your source for farm radiator service, industrial radiator repair, oil coolers, and any other heat exchange units. For auto, truck or heavy equipment radiator needs, contact Harry or George Turner at GT Radiators on Main Street in Ambler, PA.
The Triple Roaring 20’s event will allow both Big Block and 358 Modifieds to compete together in a unique rules package. This special rules package is offered to the regions modified drivers, with both American Racer and Hoosier tires allowed for competition, and either Big-Block or Spec Small-Block engines permitted. An event sheet with the complete payoff, rules, and details is available at www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com
There is no entry fee but drivers must pre-enter to be eligible for the posted payoff and to draw. Drivers that are not pre-entered will start at the rear of their heat race. Teams shall pre-enter by calling 443 513 4456.
The format for the Modifieds will follow a draw for the heats. The top twelve from the heats will redraw for the first feature, the balance of the qualified cars will start straight up from the heats and consolation. A 4-6-8 invert draw will determine the starting line-up for the second and third feature. Feature restarts will be double file up to lap eighteen.
Many race fans take advantage of the Thunder on the Hill Advance Ticket program. Fans with advance tickets may enter the grandstands at 3:30 PM providing them with choice seating. There are no reserved seats. Advance tickets are available by calling 443 513 4456. Please speak clearly and provide your first and last name and the number of tickets you need. Tickets may be paid for and picked up at the WILL CALL window on race night at 3:30 PM. We ask that you please bring exact change. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 3:30 PM. Advance tickets orders can be processed up to the day before the race. We apologize, but advance tickets will NOT be available on race day.
Adult admission tickets are $25, Children 6 to 11 are $10, Children 5 and under will be admitted free. The pit fee is $40, and a license is not required.
History of the October Thunder on the Hill Season Finale Events:
October 21, 2000 (4/25’s) URC Lance Dewease, ARDC Tim Dietz, 358 Mods Rick Schaffer, Late Models John Durling
October 20, 2001 (5/25’s) 410 Sprints Keith Kauffman, 248 Modis Jeff Strunk, KARS Dale Hammaker, ARDC Ray Bull, Late Models Rick Todorow
October 19, 2002 (5/25’s) Rained out
October 18, 2003 (5/25’s) 410 Sprints Lance Dewease, URC Ed Aiken, 358 Mods Keith Brightbill, Late Models Chuck Schutz, Legend Ron Kistler
October 16, 2004 (5/25’s) Rained out
October 15, 2005 (5/25’s) Big Block Mods Doug Manmiller, 358 Mods Kenny Gilmore, URC Bill Brian Jr., Late Model JR Grebe, Legend Jason Rochelle
October 14, 2006 (5/25’s) URC Mark Bitner, 358 Mods Tom Umbenhauer, ARDC Ray Bull, Late Model Mark Malcolm, Legends Tom Mayberry
October 20, 2007 (5/25’s) URC Chris Coyle, 358 Mods Craig Von Dohren, Late Model Bryon Sipe, Legend Rod Kistler, 600 Mods Chris Stockham
October 18, 2008 (5/25’s) URC Kyle Purks, 358 Modis Doug Manmiller, ARDC Tracy Readinger & Steve Buckwalter, Legends Ron Kistler, 600 Mods Butch Getz
October 17, 2009 (5/25’s) Rain Out
October 16, 2010 (5/25’s) URC Kevin Nouse, 358 Mods MeMe DeSantis, ARDC Tim Buckwalter, Sportsman Kyle Weiss, Legends Harlocn Leppo
October 15, 2011 (5’25’s) URC Ed Aiken, 358 Mods Duane Howard, ARDC Nick Wean, Sportsman Craig Whitmoyer, Legends Chad Gladfelter
October 13, 2012 (5/25’s) URC Art Leidl, 358 Modis Jeff Strunk, ARDC Steve Buckwalter, Sportsman Kenny Gilmore, Legend Bob Stough
October 19, 2013 (5/25’s) ARDC Trevor Kobylarz, Sportsman Jared Umbenhauer, Legend Jason Rochelle, URC & 358 Mods Rained Out until May 2014)
October 18, 2014 (5/25’s) URC Curt Michael, 358 Mods Jeff Strunk, ARDC Steve Drevicki, Sportsman Jared Umbenhauer, Legends Chris Spidle
October 17, 2015 (Mods 40 laps) Big Block/358 Mods Duane Howard, Sportsman Brad Brightbill, TSRS Mike Haggenbottom
October 15, 2016 (Mods 40 laps) Big Block/358 Mods Billy Pauch Jr, Sportsman Brad Arnold, TSRS Tom Carberry Jr.
October 14, 2017 (Mods 40 laps) Big Block/358 Mods Brett Kressley, Sportsman Brian Hirthler, MASS Ryan Stillwaggon
October 13, 2018 (Mods 40 laps) Block/358 Mods Ryan Watt, Sportsman Craig Whitmoyer, MASS Sprints Kyle Smith
October 19, 2019 (Mods 40 laps) Big Bock/358 Mods Jeff Strunk, Sportsman Brian Hirthler, MASS Sprints Kevin Nagy
October 17, 2020 (Triple Mod 20’s) Big Blocks/358 Mods Kevin Hirthler, Ryan Beltz, Duane Howard, Sportsman Kevin Hirthler
2021 Thunder on the Hill Race Dates
Thunder Series Finale
Saturday, October 16 Big Block/358 Modified Triple Roaring 20’s & Sportsman 6 PM, Gates Open 4 PM.
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