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$12,000 Up For Grabs In Balls To Wall 50 For 358 Modifieds, 602 Sportsman Chase $1,200 To Win At Grandview Sunday May 28 In Thunder On The Hill Series Opener

BECHTELSVILLE, PA    MAY 8, 2023    .   .   .   .   .  The first  NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series event of 2023 will take place on  Sunday night, May 28 with the return of the Pioneer Pole Buildings  2nd Annual Balls to the Wall 50 Invert Race for 358 Modifieds, joined by a complete program of 602 Sportsman at the Grandview Speedway.

The PPB  Balls to the Wall 50 is very different from your traditional fifty lap feature, with two inverts taking place, one on lap 20 and again on lap 35 when the top four in running order will invert.  The leaders on lap 20 and 35 will pocket $1,500 with $400 going to second, $200 for third, $100 for fourth and $50 going to fifth through tenth at each invert.  

Ryan Krachun is the latest pre-entry for this  unique and different event.  Krachun, looking for his first Thunder win, has come close on several occasions and would like nothing more then to pocket the $12,000.  “My goal is to get to the front as quick as possible and win each segment, after all, it’s call Balls to the Wall for a reason”, said Krachun.

The format is presented only by Thunder on the Hill and Grandview Speedway and proved to be successful last season.   Kevin Hirthler and Duane Howard were the segment leaders in the 2022 event and when the checker flag fell, Craig Von Dohren pocketed the $5,000 first place prize.   

This race of chance and strategy offers another twist.  If one driver should lead lap 20, 35 and go on to win the 50 lap event, Pioneer Pole Buildings will serve up a $4,000 bonus making the win worth $12,000.      

Defending Balls to Wall winner Craig Von Dohren liked the format last year and is optimistic when the event returns again to “the hill” on Sunday, May 28.    About this unique format and when asked is it possible for one driver to sweep the three segments, Von Dohren said, “It is possible and anything can happen, the format is cool but you kinda have to pick your poison on which end you want to win”.  

Kevin Hirthler, always a strong runner in the Thunder Series led one segment last year and was in the hunt the entire race, Hirthler’s strategy is simple, “You gotta run her balls to the wall”.   He’s going to win the segments right out of the gate.

Jeff Strunk, the winningest driver on the Thunder on the Hill roster with 16 victories had this say about the Balls to the Wall 50.    “It’s a unique one of a kind format that’s exciting for the fans and drivers and after the first year as a driver experiencing it, I’m looking forward to it in May”.   Strunk, driving the Glenn Hyneman #126 is looking to do the sweep in chase of the $12,000 win.   Strunk has been shut out of the Thunder on the Hill victory lane since October 2019.

Louden Reimert had this to say, “ I’m excited to get back to Grandview to run the Balls to the Wall 50, we had good speed last year in this race and we’re looking to improve on our results and maybe get a win”.  So how do you win the race of chance or strategy?  Reimert said, “Just stay consistent throughout the race, stay out of trouble and make sure you’re still in a position to win at the end”.

The 358 Modifieds will qualify through a series of heat race events with the top twelve qualifiers drawing for the top twelve starting spots.   A field of twenty-four cars will start the event that will pay $500 to take the green.

Also on the program will be the 602 Sportsman, take part in heat race qualifying leading up to a 25 lap feature that will pay $1,200 to win and $130 to start the twenty-four car field.

Race time is set for 7:30 PM with gates opening at 5 PM.   Order your advance tickets for Sunday, May 28 by calling 443 513 4456.  Please speak clearly, provide you first and last name and the number of tickets you want.   Tickets may be paid for and picked up at the Will Call Window after 4 PM.  Advance ticket holds may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM, one half hour prior to gates opening at 5 PM.


Associate Sponsors  Levan Machine & Truck Equipment, Rich Mar Florist,  HVAC Distributors, Pioneer Pole Buildings

Sunday, May 28    7:30 PM

Modified Balls to the Wall 50 Plus 602 Sportsman

“A Unique, Wild & Crazy Invert Race for the Modifieds”

Possible $12,000 to win 50 lap Invert Race

Tuesday, June 13   7:30 PM

Pioneer Pole Buildings Night

USAC Non-Wing National Tour

The Eastern Storm Jesse Hockett Classic  40 laps

Plus 358 Modifieds*  PPB $2,000 first time Modified Winners Bonus

Tuesday, June 27  7:30 PM

HVAC Distributors Partners for Success Night

PA 410 Sprint Speed Week

The Hodnett Cup  $10,000 to win  35 laps

Plus 358 Modifieds*  PPB $2,000 first time Modified Winners Bonus

Tuesday, July 25 7:30 PM  (rain date: Wednesday, July 26 7:30 PM)

Levan Machine & Truck Equipment present:

    The Rich Mar Florist

High Limits 410 Sprints 40 laps

    $23,023 To Win

*NASCAR points

Grandview Speedway Contact Information   Track Phone:   610-754-7688

GPS USERS: 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505

Located less than a mile off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA

Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Phone: 443-513-4456 

Series Website:

Track Website:

Twitter/Instagram: @TOTHRACING


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