The stars of the Northeast Modified racing scene will be out and shining bright at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night as the 2nd annual Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker. And when the checkered flag falls at the end of the 50 lap main event, a winning driver is going home with $7,500.
With no season points on the line and no series sanction, the true outlaw show mixes Big Block Beasts with those of the 358 variety with money and bragging rights on the line at the legendary, high banked speed plant. It basically stands as one of the first big money shows of the year for the Northeast Modifieds in a season that has a record setting amount of high purse shows.
In 2018, Stewart Friesen won a hard fought battle with Mike Gular in a show that was low on cautions, and high on lapped traffic maneuvering. To succeed at Grandview, a driver needs to be tough, smart, and have their head on a swivel while pegging restarts and not being afraid to leave their line to get around the lappers. It’s a tough track to tame, but a fans delight to watch when the green flag drops as the action is seemingly endless and frenzied. It’s a track that every fan should visit at some point, and a field that will contain some of the best of the best in the Northeast.
So who might wind up in victory lane on Saturday night? Let’s take a look!
Who Takes It?
Stewart Friesen- The inaugural race champion has come out of the gate strong in 2019 with two feature wins thus far with a win in STSS action at Georgetown and a victory at Volusia in February.
Matt Sheppard- The reigning and seven time Super DIRTcar Series champion has one win in six tries this season coming at Volusia, and has two wins at Grandview in special events coming in the 2015 and 2016 Traffic Jams. He came home 11th in the inaugural running last April.
Jeff Strunk- There are seemingly too many track championships and Freedom 76 titles to ignore. Look for ‘Strunky” to be in the mix at the end of 50 laps.
Ryan Watt- He’s been close at big shows here before, and could be very well due in this one.
Craig Von Dohren- See Jeff Strunk, he’s money here both weekly and when big money is on the line and scored a podium in the inaugural show.
Billy Pauch- Billy The Kid is coming off a big win at Bridgeport and has been fast to this point of the season. Having produced a podium finish at Volusia to boot.
Mike Gular- Nearly won the inaugural event and took his first Grandview title last season. He’s got more than a puncher’s chance in this one.
Rick Laubach- He’s normally a factor at Grandview specials and there’s no reason to expect this year’s opener to be any different.
Doug Manmiller- If there were ever a dark horse that can get it done, it’s this guy. The wiley veteran knows his way around the place as well as anybody and It should surprise nobody if he’s running in the top five as the laps wind down.
Brett Kressley- Hard not to consider him a contender here given his success at Grandview recently. Brett “The Threat” should be in the mix unless misfortune rears it’s ugly head for him.
What- The $7,500 to win, $1,000 to start Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker
Where- Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)
When: Saturday, April 6- Racing starts at 7PM- Gates Open at 5 PM
Cost: $25 General Admission; $5 Children ages 6-11; Children under age 6- FREE