Story By: JEFFREY AHLUM / GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY – BECHTELSVILLE, PA – Grandview Speedway is proud to announce that VP Racing Fuels will continue as the sponsor of the season opening Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker for the seventh consecutive year.
Since the very first Bruce Rogers Memorial race in 2018, VP Racing Fuels has been the presenting sponsor and has been supporting the season opening race event, dedicated to remember and honor the longtime owner and Promoter of Grandview Speedway, Bruce Rogers, who passed away in 2017 after running Grandview Speedway with his family for over 50 years.
The first race of a brand-new season is always one of the most anticipated race events of each year, so when the green flag drops on Saturday night April 6 at Grandview Speedway, it will begin the 62nd consecutive season of professional stock car racing at the one-third-of-a-mile high banked clay raceway, all under the direction of the founding Rogers family.
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The VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker is open to both Big and Small Block Modified competitors. The feature race will be run over the distance of 50-laps, paying a cool $7500 to win. Not only will the winner be rewarded handsomely, but the race will pay $1000 to take the green flag in the main event!
Since the very first race, the payoff has been outstanding for the drivers, front to back, including the unbelievable $1000 to qualify and take the green flag in the main event for just 50-laps of racing on the one-third-of-a-mile speedway. This was designed to give a good payoff to all drivers in the feature, but also make it a great night for some of the smaller race teams that don’t always get a chance to finish in the top five.
Grandview Speedway management is announcing that some of the changes that were started last year on the Opening Night program, will be in effect again for the 2024 event. The Bruce Rogers Memorial will be sanctioned by NASCAR, and will be the first point race of the new campaign for both the T.P. Trailer Modified and T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman divisions toward both the track and NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Championships.
As was the case last season, only the driver is required to hold a NASCAR license for competition during the season, with owners and crew members having the option to enter the pits as members or pay a non-member fee. Management does encourage purchasing the NASCAR license for the additional insurance coverage.
For the Bruce Rogers Memorial event, all drivers are welcome to compete as in years past, and if any driver is not a track regular, the Speedway will cover the cost of the $25 temporary NASCAR driver license for this one night of competition.
The Bruce Rogers Memorial feature event will qualify 24 cars to start. There will be no provisional or guaranteed starters added of any kind. Heat races will be lined up by a draw, consolation qualifiers will follow to set the field for the 50-lap championship feature.
There is no entry fee for this special event, however drivers are encouraged to pre-enter by calling or texting 484.256.4375, providing the driver’s name, contact information and phone number. Drivers are also reminded to visit the speedway website to print and fill out a W-9 form and bring it with them to the track on Opening Night. The W-9 form must be provided to the pit office to be eligible for drivers to draw for heat race starting spots and to receive any earnings for the night.
The T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman, which are now exclusively a 602 crate engine division, will also begin their point season on the Opening Night program in a full show which includes qualifying events and a 25-lap feature race.
Race time on Opening Night is 6 pm, which will be the starting time for all Saturday night programs for the month of April. Pit gates open at 1 pm, grandstand gates open at 4 pm, with a mandatory drivers meeting also at 4 pm. followed by the drivers draw, then warm-ups at 5 pm.
Saturday, April 13 is set aside as a rain date if needed for the opener. However, if not needed, then it will be a two-division program for the T.P. Trailer 358 Modifieds and T.P. Truck Equipment 602 Sportsman under the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series banner. The program will consist of qualifying races leading up to the 30-lap Modified and 25-lap Sportsman main events.
Track Officials are reminding all race teams that the 602 engines in the Sportsman division may be rebuilt if they have problems, at a local rebuilding center that is available under the supervision of the RUSH racing series. The rebuild center is KB Performance 6807 Mosserville Road, New Tripoli, Pa. 18066, phone number is 610.751.9650. KB was selected by RUSH as our local rebuild and repair center, and has gone through and completed the RUSH certification and training process. KB Performance is accepting engines, just contact them for further details.
Any questions call Grandview tech officials Cliff Quinn 484-357-2587 or Ed Scott 610-298-2408.
Speedway management is again offering the always popular season passes. The grandstand passes cover all Saturday night events, from the Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker through to the Freedom 38 Sportsman and Freedom 76 Modified championship races in September. The season pass does not include the Rogers Family/Bob Miller promoted Thunder on the Hill special events, or the Outlaw Racing Series Enduro/Vintage shows.
Season passes, priced at $400 per pass, can be ordered by sending a check or money order to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, Pa. 19505. When ordering please be sure to indicate the name of the pass holder. To speed up the delivery process, please send along a self-addressed stamped envelope.