Story By: BOB MILLER / THUNDER ON THE HILL – BECHTELSVILLE, PA – For the thirty-third season, the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series will return to the Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, PA.
This popular racing series will showcase four events to include the Roaring Triple 20’s for Big Block/358 Modifieds, the USAC Non-Wing Sprint National Series, the Red Robin Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Speed Week Series and the first time presentation of the Balls to the Wall 50 for 358 Modifieds, a unique and unconventional event format.
This always exciting special events racing series is possible thanks to the many sponsors that include the NAPA Auto Parts the series lead sponsor, and associate series sponsors Pioneer Pole Buildings and Levan Machine & Truck Equipment. Other supporting sponsors include GT Radiators and GALCO Business Communications.
GALCO, located in Quakertown, PA is celebrating their fiftieth year in business and their thirty-third season as a sponsor of Thunder on the Hill. GALCO has catered their sponsorship activities at the Thunder Series towards the spectators. A long list of giveaways and fan fun activities have been the staple of GALCO Business Communications. GALCO will help you because, your communications needs is their business. GALCO services Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Northern Delaware. Contact GALCO by calling 800-479-0955 or checkout their website at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The staff of Thunder on the Hill welcomes the partnership of GALCO Business Communications.
And now the details. The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Series opener is set for Sunday, May 29 featuring the Triple Roaring 20’s for Big Block/358 Modifieds sharing the program in a first time visit by the SpeedSTRs as part of the Thunder Series. Pioneer Pole Buildings will post a $5,000 bonus to any driver that sweeps the triple 20’s and a $1,000 bonus to a driver who wins two of the triple 20’s.
The Thunder Series continues on Tuesday, June 14 with the Jesse Hockett Classic USAC Non-Wing Sprint National Tour plus the 358 Modifieds Tri-Track Series event.
Tuesday, June 28 will showcase the Red Robin PA 410 Sprint Speed Week Greg Hodnett Cup paying $10,000 to win joined by the 358 Modifieds. This event pays tribute to remembering Greg Hodnett, one of the respected sprint car drivers of all times and a former Thunder on the Hill Sprint Champion.
The Thunder Series returns to “the hill” on Tuesday, August 2 with the Balls to the Wall 50 lap (invert race) for 358 modifieds Tri-Track Series joined by the popular sportsman. This event offers a unique format for the modifieds. After a series of qualifying, the top twelve drivers will take part in a revenge redraw to determine the starting line-up. This invert race will offer a bonus to the top ten drivers on lap 30 and lap 40 earning an additional payoff of $1,500 to the leader, $400 for second, $200 for third, $100 for fourth with $50 going to fifth through tenth. The twist is, the yellow flag will slow the field on lap 30 and lap 40 and the top four cars will invert. All other drivers hold their positions. The event will go with double-file restarts up to lap 48.
With the base purse being $5,000 to win, leading laps 30 and 40 would earn an extra $3,000 making it an eye catching $8,000 to win. But wait, it gets better. If a driver does the sweep of leading lap 30, 40 and 50, with thanks to Pioneer Pole Buildings, an additional $5,000 will go to the winner making it a $13,000 payday. This will be a “Balls to the Wall” event that will guarantee $1,000 for tenth and $500 just to start the feature event.
What is the theory around the invert race? This format will add another level of excitement for race fans, especially in the closing laps of the 50 lap feature. The added payoff that can be earned by running in the top ten is a bonus. Another interesting aspect is, a driver leads lap 30 or lap 40 and late in the race he drops out with mechanical issue, he still earns $1,500 plus the money posted for the position he finished.
The idea of this event is really to spice up a special modified event. History has been, special events are usually driven by extended distances and increased payoff. This offers the same, plus the twist of an invert. This is not an event you would do weekly, just something different that will bring drivers up on their wheel and fans to edge of their seat.
Grandview Speedway and Thunder on the Hill is excited to be part of the return of the Tri-Track Series, working with both BAPS Motor Speedway and Big Diamond Racway for six events in 2022. We look to expand this 358 Spec Motor Series going forward. In additional, all modified events that are part of the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series in 2022 will also be NASCAR point races.
2022 NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES
- THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES – NAPA AUTO PARTS 7:30 PM
SUNDAY, MAY 29 TRIPLE ROARING 20’S FOR BIG BLOCK vs 358 MODIFIEDS* PLUS SPEEDSTRS
- THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES -NAPA AUTO PARTS 7:30 PM
- TUESDAY, JUNE 14 JESSE HOCKETT CLASSIS USAC NON-WING SPRINT NATIONAL TOUR PLUS 358 MODIFIEDS* TRI-TRACK SERIES
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES-NAPA AUTO PARTS 7:30 PM
- TUESDAY, JUNE 28 PA 410 SPRINT SPEED SPEEDWEEK $10,000 TO WIN HODNETT CUP & 358 MODIFIEDS*
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES- NAPA AUTO PARTS 7:30 PM
- TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 BALLS TO THE WALL 50 FOR 358 MODIFIEDS* (Invert Race) TRI-TRACK SERIES POSSIBLE $13,000 TO WIN. . . PLUS SPORTSMAN
* Indicates NASCAR Point Race