Several Top Sprint Car Drivers Eying $10K-To-Win Hodnett Cup At Grandview’s Thunder On The Hill Event

Story By: BOB MILLER / THUNDER ON THE HILL – BECHTELSVILLE, PA – A star-filled night is planned for Tuesday, June 30 at the Grandview Speedway when the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presents the RED ROBIN 410 SPRINT SPEED WEEK $10,000 to win Hodnett Cup.

Joining the 410 Sprints will be the 358 NASCAR Modifieds.

Gates open at 5 PM with race time set for 7:30 PM Along with the rich payoff, this race is dedicated to one of the all-time great Sprint Car drivers, Greg Hodnett who lost his life in a racing accident in 2018. Hodnett is a six time Thunder Series champion and a nine time feature winner at Grandview.

Some of the top 410 Sprint Car drivers in country will be on the Hill at Grandview Tuesday night, including Lance Dewease, a ten time Thunder on the Hill feature winner, just one win behind Billy Pauch, the winningest sprint car driver at Grandview with eleven victories. Sammy Swindell is expected to be in the field and his one and only Thunder on the Hill victory came on May 29, 1996 in a World of Outlaws event. Always exciting, Rico Abreu of Rutherford, CA is coming to the Hill to chase his first Thunder win. Freddie Rahmer Jr, a one time winner at Grandview is always fast on the high-banked one-third mile oval. Danny Dietrich, Lucas Wolfe, Brent Marks, Ryan Smith, Anthony Macri and TJ Stutts are all contenders for the $10,000 Hodnett Cup prize.

Joining the high powered 410 Sprints will be the always exciting 358 NASCAR Modifieds taking part in a series of qualifying events leading up to the $3,000 to win 30 lap feature. Possible modified entries include Craig VonDohren, Duane Howard, Mike Gular, Jeff Strunk, Doug Manmiller and Ryan Watt.

Event sheets and payoff details for both the 410 Sprints and 358 Modifieds are posted on the website at Grandstand admission for this event is $30 for adults, $10 for children 6 to 11 and kids five and under will be admitted for free. The Pit fee is $40 and a license is not required.

Advance tickets for this event are available by calling 443-513-4456. Please speak clearly, provide you first and last name and the number of tickets you need. There is no need to leave your phone number. Tickets may be paid for and picked up on race night at the Will Call Window after 4:30 PM. With advance tickets, you may enter the grandstands immediately after receiving your tickets. We do ask that you please bring exact change. General admission tickets will go on sale at 5 PM.

The Thunder Series will continue on Tuesday night, August 4 when the USAC National Midgets invade the Hill for the 2nd Annual Ken Brenn Midget Masters also joined by the 358 NASCAR Modifieds with action getting underway at 7:30 PM. On Thursday night, August 27, Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions 410 sprints will bring the party to the Hill with the 358 NASCAR Modifieds being part of this double header on Levan Machine & Truck Night at Grandview.

The Thunder Series will close out 2020 with the Annual October Halloween event on Saturday night, October 17 with the Trick or Treat Triple 20’s for 358 Modifieds joined by the Sportsman with a 6 PM starting time.

The conditions and requirements under the COVID-19 situation are ever changing and we will provide updates as we approach race night. To offer the safest possible conditions for our fans, competitors, officials, safety crew and track employees, we are making the following requests.

Please bring exact change when purchasing general admission tickets or pit passes.

We also advise that you wear a face mask, although not mandatory.

When possible, especially when standing in line, practice social distancing and be consideration of the individuals around you.

Also, as much as we want you to join us, if you are not feeling well, please do not attend.