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posted August 25, 2001 12:02 PM UIN: 16262997

BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 25, 2001 . . . Six times Billy Pauch
has been able to carry off the winner's share of cash when
the T.H.Properties Freedom 76 Modified Classic has been
presented at Grandview Speedway. And when the 31st annual
event, 76 laps on the one-third-mile clay banked oval, is
presented on Saturday, September 8, the Frenchtown, NJ racer
will be looking to make it win number seven. Gates open at
1:30 p.m. and racing will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
Several days back Pauch came to Grandview Speedway to
test his talents against the "regulars" and came away with a
second place finish in the Forrest Rogers Memorial 50-lapper.
He did it with a racecar that looked as if it had been in a
destruction derby after having started last in the 32 car
starting field. Craig VonDohren, current point leader at
Grandview, was able to hold off Pauch and others to claim the
$10,000 first place money.
Pauch, a veteran driver that some consider one of the
very best dirt track racing talents in the business, will
have his hands full with more than 90 racers expected to be
on hand for a race that is considered the "Grand-Daddy" high
dollar dirt track modified racing events. A win in the
Freedom 76 can make a career for a racer and Pauch has done
it six times.
Of course Craig VonDohren, a winner of this event back
in 1985 and current point leader, has to be considered a
strong favorite. Duane Howard, a three time winner, will be
there to try for a fourth victory. Donny Erb has earned the
prestigious win in the past as has Chip Slocum, Smokey Warren
and Tom Mayberry. And they will all be there on Saturday,
September 8, to try for the $20,000 first place money.
However there will be a number of standout talents
trying for their first win in the classic including Kerry
Kratz, defending track champion Jeff Strunk, Glenn Strunk,
Keith Brightbill, Doug Manmiller, Ray Swinehart, and a host
of others.
Advance tickets for the classic are on sale at the
speedway during regular Saturday night NASCAR stock car
Autograph sessions, interviews with top drivers and
other attractions will get activities started at 3 p.m.
It is expected that at least eight qualifying events
will be presented along with consolation races, the Schaeffer
Racing Minuteman 20 and the Cheers Tavern Cash Dash paying
$1,000 to win. The evening is topped off by the
T.H.Properties Freedom 76 starting at least 40 cars.
Additional information may be had by telephoning
610.754.7688 or check their website at
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off
Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown.
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