BECHTELSVILLE, PA June 29 2021. . . . . . . . The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series packed the Grandview Speedway, but the 410 Sprint Cars delivered a show on Tuesday Night for PA Sprint Car Speedweek presented by Red Robin, with NASCAR driver Kyle Larson picking up the Sprint Car win. Ryan Godown dominated the NASCAR 358 Modified feature event.
Larson kept the fans on the edge of their seat. Aboard the #57 Silva Motorsports Sprint Car, the Elk Grove, CA-native led the final stretch of the event collecting the $10,000 prize and getting his name etched on the Greg Hodnett Cup Perpetual Trophy. This marks Larson’s fourth Grandview win in the past five PA Speedweek appearances.
“It’s always cool coming to Grandview, and I love running Pennsylvania Speedweek,” Larson exclaimed in Victory Lane.
While Larson picked up the win, it was no easy task, with Brent Marks and Danny Dietrich right on his tail.
“Brent got into some water on the bottom of the track and slipped up,” Larson explained. “That gave me the chance to get by him. I could hear and feel them coming up on the top.”
Marks finished in second and started in second driving by Anthony Macri to secure the top spot on Lap 1 and never looked back. “The Myerstown Missile” sliced and diced his way through the back markers as laps quickly ticked away on the 1/3-mile oval.
A close call for the leaders halted the action on lap 7 when Jeff Halligan spun, barely clipping third-place-runner Christopher Bell and collecting the #13 of Justin Peck – the winner of the night prior.
Marks continued his reign on the restart with Anthony Macri close behind, while Christopher Bell and Larson – who usually race in NASCAR-style race cars – battled in their open-wheel machines.
The action halted on lap 10 for a multi-car incident that ended with Michael “Buddy” Kofoid upside down in turn three while running mid-pack. The accident also involved fan favorites Ryan Smith and Freddie Rahmer.
The top four runners stayed the same when the green flag flew, with Larson moving into the runner-up spot at the mid-way point, and Danny Dietrich moving into fourth and then taking third just two circuits later.
The field tightened as lapped traffic proved tricky before a lap 26 caution for Paul McMahan.
Larson made a move on Marks at the restart taking the top spot and racing on for the victory. Marks settled for second, Danny Dietrich came home in third, Anthony Macri in fourth and Kyle Moody completing the top-five finishers.
Brent Marks set quick time with a lap of 11.888, collecting a $100 bonus dedicated to the Memory of Steve Smith Sr., who passed away in early June. Smith was the winner of the inaugural Thunder on the Hill Racing Series event in 1990.
410 Sprint Car Heat races were won by Anthony Macri, Rico Abreu, and Kyle Larson – who picked up ZEMCO Header Gift Certificates. Sprint Car B-Main was won by Ryan Taylor.
Ringoes, NJ’s Ryan Godown – a two-time Thunder on the Hill winner – picked up his first Grandview victory since 2018. By luck of the draw, Godown started in the second position on the field and took the lead on the initial circuit around the Bechtelsville oval.
With Godown leading, all eyes were on the battle for second with Brett Kressley and Duane Howard battling back-and-forth, while Jeff Strunk moved into fourth from a ninth-place starting position and then moved into second two circuits later.
The only caution of the program flew on lap 28 for Blaine Bracelin, but that didn’t stop Godown from sailing onto victory and the $3,500 winner’s share. Jeff Strunk finished in second, Duane Howard in third, Brett Kressley in fourth, and Craig VonDohren in fifth.
NASCAR 358 Modified GT Radiator Heat Races were won by Justin Grim, Duane Howard, and Kevin Hirthler – each picked up a $100 bonus courtesy of Harry & George Turner of GT Radiator. Modified B-Main was won by Doug Manmiller.
The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series returns on Tuesday, August 3 with the Ken Brenn Midget Masters featuring the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Tour and the NASCAR 358 Modifieds.
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(410 Sprint 27 cars)
Time Trials – 1. Brent Marks - 11.888, 2. Christopher Bell - 11.951, 3. Paul McMahan - 11.973, 4. Anthony Macri - 12.018, 5. Rico Abreu - 12.038, 6. Kyle Larson - 12.040, 7. Freddie Rahmer - 12.049, 8. TJ Stutts - 12.078, 9. Buddy Kofoid - 12.091, 10. Ryan Smith - 12.116, 11. Justin Peck - 12.132, 12. Danny Dietrich - 12.157, 13. Same Hafterpe Jr. - 12.168, 14. Kyle Moody - 12.196, 15. Devon Borden - 12.197, 16. Tony Fiore - 12.226, 17. Tyler Reeser - 12.233 , 18. Lance Dewease - 12.239, 19. Lynton Jeffrey - 12.248, 20. Austin Bishop - 12.27, 21. Bradley Howard - 12.297, 22 Jeff Halligan - 12.385, 23. Lucas Wolfe - 12.489, 24. Justin Whitall - 12.491, 25. Ryan Taylor - 12.556, 26. Aaron Bollinger - 12.621, 27. Sam Schlosberg - 12.865
Heat 1 – 1. Anthony Macri 2. Freddie Rahmer 3. Brent Marks 4. Ryan Smith 5. Sam Hafterpe 6. Lynton Jeffrey
Heat 2 – 1. Rico Abreu 2. Justin Peck 3. Kyle Moody 4. Christopher Bell 5. TJ Stutts 6. Austin Bishop
Heat 3 – 1. Kyle Larson 2. Buddy Kofoid 3. Paul McMahan 4. Danny Dietrich 5. Devon Borden 6. Bradley Howard
B-Main – 1. Ryan Taylor 2. Tyler Reeser 3. Lucas Wolfe 4. Justin Whittall 5. Jeff Halligan 6. Sam Schlosberg
Feature – 1. Kyle Larson 2. Brent Marks 3. Danny Dietrich 4. Anthony Macri 5. Kyle Moody 6. Rico Abreu 7. Christopher Bell 8. Lynton Jeffrey 9. Ryan Taylor 10. Justin Peck 11. Lucas Wolfe 12. TJ Stutts 13. Bradley Howard 14. Justin Whitall 15. Paul McMahan 16. Tyler Reeser 17. Sam Schlosberg 18. Austin Bishop 19. Freddie Rahmer 20. Ryan Smith 21. Buddy Kofoid 22. Devon Borden 23. Jeff Halligan
NASCAR 358 Modifieds (29 Cars)
Heat 1 – 1. Justin Grim 2. Jack Butler 3. Brett Gilmore 4. Jordan Henn 5. Mike Gular 6. Kyle Weiss
Heat 2 – 1. Duane Howard 2. Brett Kressley 3. Jeff Strunk 4. Craig VonDohren 5. Mike Lisowski 6. Nate Brinker
Heat 3 – 1. Kevin Hirthler 2. Blain Bracelin 3. Ryan Godown 4. Criag Whitmoyer 5. Dylan Swinehart 6. Kenny Gilmore
B-Main – 1. Doug Manmiller 2. Brian Hrithler 3. Alex Yankowski 4. Jesse Landis 5. Ryan Beltz 6. Rick Laubach
Feature – 1. Ryan Godown 2. Jeff Strunk 3. Duane Howard 4. Brett Kressley 5. Craig VonDohren 6. Kevin Hirthler 7. Craig Whitmoyer 8. Mike Gular 9. Justin Grim 10. Jordan Henn 11. Kenny Gilmore 12. Doug Manmiller 13. Jack Butler 14. Brett Gilmore 15. Alex Yankowski 16. Dylan Swinehart 17. Rick Laubach 18. Kyle Weiss 19. Blaine Bracelin 20. Brian Hirthler 21. Ryan Beltz 22. Mike Lisowski 23. Nate Brinker 24. Jesse Landis
2021 Thunder on the Hill Race Dates
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 Roaring 20’s & Sportsman 6 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