Story By: ERNIE SAXTON / GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY – BECHTELSVILLE, PA – When the 49th annual Forrest Rogers Memorial, paying $10,000 to win for T.P.Trailers NASCAR Modifieds, takes place on Saturday there will be a couple of charities benefiting from the night of racing. In addition there will be some free items for youngsters coming out to see their heroes in action.
The Boyertown Area Multi-Service will benefit from the Preston’s Pantry Project that is being run in memory of young Preston, his mom Pamela and his unborn baby sister, Evelynn. Their lives were lost when they were caught up in the July 11th floods that ravaged the area.
All items that are donated at the track must be new and unopened. They are looking for microwaveable meals, kids’ snacks, detergents, mac and cheese and the list goes on. Check at www.grandviewspeedway.com for a list.
The very popular Safety Net Sanctuary Raffle Fundraiser is again being held at Grandview. Fans taking part in the raffle, which raises funds for animals at the Safety Net Sanctuary in Fleetwod, PA, will have a chance to win racing items, gift baskets and more. In addition donations of dry or canned cat and dog food will be accepted at the track. More info can be had from Lisa Marie Poper at 610.944.8099.
Free backpacks, just in time for school openings, courtesy of Craig Whitmoyer and Snyder Web Design, will be given away at the Rogers Memorial. Kids must pick up their free tickets Saturday night at the main entrance, right on up until heat races are completed, with five boys and five girls having their lucky tickets drawn at intermission to win the backpacks.
In addition to the backpacks school kits and activity books, all part of the KIDS DRIVE NASCAR KIT, will be given away at the main gate while supplies last on Saturday night.
And as a little extra attraction for the racers on Saturday night each heat and feature winning driver will receive a free one year subscription to Ernie Saxton’s Motorsports Sponsorship Marketing News, a publication that has helped racers across the country with their sponsorship marketing efforts.
A full series of qualifying events will be presented in both divisions of racing, Modifieds and Sportsman, on Saturday night starting at 7:30 p.m. Gates open for spectators at 5:30 p.m. Topping the night of racing will be a 25-lap feature for the T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman. And the highlight of the night will be the Forrest Rogers Memorial for T.P.Trailers NASCAR Modifieds rewarding the winner with $10,000.
Fans coming out at 5 p.m. will be able to meet Modified racer Kevin Hirthler along with Sportsman racers Brian Hirthler and B.J.Joly.
Adult admission for the exciting night of stock car racing is $25 while youngsters 6 thru 11 pay $5. Under 6 are admitted free. And pit admission is $30.
Rain date is set for Saturday, August 17th.