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NASCAR and Track Title Battles Kick Off at Grandview Speedway on April 8

55th Season Opener for NASCAR Stock Car Racing Set at Grandview Speedway; Admission Prices Stay the Same, All April Saturday Events at 7 PM

BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 1, 2017 . . . With practice completed on Saturday, delayed once by weather, the stock car racing battles get started this Saturday, April 8th, at Grandview Speedway. A tripleheader show of NASCAR racing featuring the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars will kick off the 55th consecutive season of stock car racing at the Bechtelsville track as racers battle for the lucrative NASCAR and track titles.

Many of the top talents in area dirt track Modified racing are expected to be in action including 10-time track champion Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren, Duane Howard, Frank Cozze, Ray Swinehart, Doug Manmiller and many others.

The 358 Modifieds will top off their qualifying heat races with a 30-lap main event while the BRC Late Models and Sportsman stocks will all follow their qualifying action with 25-lap feature races featuring the best performers of the night in action.

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2017 Seekonk Pro Stock Season Preview

Coming into the 2017 Pro Stock season, Tom Scully Jr. is at the top of the list when it comes to championship favorites. Last year, Scully finally was able to capture his first title in a consistent season while he captured some victories along the way. The plans for the West Warwick, R.I. driver are fairly simple — he wants to collect back-to-back crowns in Seekonk’s toughest class. However, it’s not going to be an easy task for the veteran.
With a field of fellow veterans breathing down his neck, Scully will have to be on top of his game for the entire season if he wants to duplicate last year. The list of challengers for him begins with Angelo Belsito, the 2015 division champion that came onto the scene in April of 2014. Since then, Belsito has captured more than a handful of wins and has been the car to beat many Saturday nights at the track. From Auburn, Mass., Belsito, and Scully have been the drivers that have dueled it out for the title the last two years. In 2015, it was Belsito holding him off on the final night of the season. Last year, it was Scully clinching the crown while pulling away from Belsito in the final few weeks.

Hot on their tail, six-time Pro Stock champion Fred Astle is returning to action with Everett’s Auto Parts in his No. 30. Astle, who went to victory lane a few times in 2016, has been one of the top contenders in the division for a few decades. Despite not winning the Track Title in 2016, Astle won the NASCAR State Title narrowing outpacing Scully Jr. His partnership with Everett’s Auto Parts has helped him keep his career alive and he has not lost a step to the young guns the division has to offer. Winning is a must for Astle.

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Schuchart Charges from Deep for First Victory of 2017

Schatz comes from 21st to third for eighth top-five finish of the year

HANFORD, CA – April 1, 2017 -Shark Racing’s Logan Schuchart started the 35-lap Kings Outlaw Showdown from the 19th position at Keller Auto Speedway – the KSE Hard Charger award winner picked his way to the front of the 26-car field. Late in the race, Schuchart found the bottom groove of the 3/8th-mile oval to work his way past eventual runner-up, Ian Madsen on the final lap to score his first victory of the 2017 season.
 
After starting the season having overcome adversity when the teams tow-vehicle broke down on the way to the opening World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series event, the team relied on support from the racing industry to assist with getting them to each Outlaw event.
 
“This adds onto the excitement and the accomplishments. It doesn’t matter if you start from the pole or wherever, if you can win an Outlaws race, these things are really tough [to win] no matter where you go. I’m just happy for my team to be able to get a win and it just makes it that much more exciting to start from 19th. We just really need to thank [Ryan] Smith family for letting us use their toter-home to come all the way [to California] and everyone that donated to the GoFundMe, you never want to be in that position but we were in a tough spot and we wouldn’t be out here if it wasn’t for those people.”

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Schuchart Makes Last-Lap Pass for First Victory of 2017

Schatz comes from 21st to third for eighth top-five finish of the year

HANFORD, CA – April 1, 2017 -Shark Racing’s Logan Schuchart started the 35-lap Kings Outlaw Showdown from the 19th position at Keller Auto Speedway – the KSE Hard Charger award winner picked his way to the front of the 26-car field. Late in the race, Schuchart found the bottom groove of the 3/8th-mile oval to work his way past eventual runner-up, Ian Madsen on the final lap to score his first victory of the 2017 season.

After starting the season having overcome adversity when the teams tow-vehicle broke down on the way to the opening World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series event, the team relied on support from the racing industry to assist with getting them to each Outlaw event.

“This adds onto the excitement and the accomplishments. It doesn’t matter if you start from the pole or wherever, if you can win an Outlaws race, these things are really tough [to win] no matter where you go. I’m just happy for my team to be able to get a win and it just makes it that much more exciting to start from 19th. We just really need to thank [Ryan] Smith family for letting us use their toter-home to come all the way [to California] and everyone that donated to the GoFundMe, you never want to be in that position but we were in a tough spot and we wouldn’t be out here if it wasn’t for those people.”

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Johnny Herrera Unstoppable at the Southern New Mexico Speedway

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (March 31, 2017) Winning the opening night of the Consolidated Solar Technology ASCS Southwest Sprint Car Shootout, Johnny Herrera led the length of Friday’s A-Main event at the Southern New Mexico Speedway for a $2,500 payday and his 18th career Carlyle Tools ASCS Southwest Regional victory.

Fighting an ever tightening racecar, the Mesilla Valley Transportation No. 45x was challenged several times in slower traffic by Skylar Gee and Jake Bubak, but was able to hold off the all attempts. Leaving the pair to ultimately battle for the runner-up spot, it was Colorado’s Jake Bubak who held on to finish second with Skylar Gee making up the night’s podium.

Having to fight out of the night’s B-Main to start 17th on the grid, Oklahoma’s Harli White clawed her way to fourth, picking up a bonus Hoosier Right Rear as well. From eighth, Colton Hardy padded his lead with the Carlyle Tools ASCS Southwest Region with a top-five finish.

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