After several seasons of careful monitoring and consideration, Grandview Speedway management has made the decision to exclusively go with 602 engines only for Sportsman Division competition beginning with the 2024 racing season.
Track officials made the announcement to their riders during a meeting ahead of the recent Firecracker 40 Sportsman Championship race, confirming what has been expected for several years.
Since the Sportsman division was introduced to Grandview in 2012, the division has used the open engines, but in recent years rising costs have pushed competitors towards the more popular and less expensive 602 crate engines.
Recent seasons have seen a huge increase in the use of 602 crate engines in competition, and track officials have allowed the use of both engine combinations. Management knew these engines were the future of the class and began making arrangements to bring them into the Sportsman division. To keep them as competitive as possible, officials used RPM chips, different weights, and steel or aluminum wheels to even out the competition.
Track officials have been monitoring the situation for several seasons now, and around the 2020 race season the ratio was around 75% using the open engines, in the 2021 season it was around 50/50, the ratio increasing to around 75% using 602 engines by the 2022 racing season.
The 2023 season started with a dozen teams using the open engines, but through attrition the number has dropped to around six teams using the open engines in recent weeks.
Management told their weekly competitors on opening day that they would have a decision from the Firecracker 40 on whether or not open engines would stay another year or not so they could make plans for next season . With the announcement at the drivers meeting, everyone was made aware of Grandview Speedway’s Sportsman Division engine rules starting with the 2024 campaign.
Track officials remind all race teams that Sportsman Division 602 engines will continue to follow the same rules as this season, including allowing engines to be rebuilt in the event of failure.
Rebuilds will be under the supervision of RUSH Racing Series and performed locally at KB Performance 6807 Mosserville Road, New Tripoli, Pa. 18066, phone number is 610.751.9650. KB has been selected by RUSH as our local rebuild and repair center and has gone through and completed the RUSH certification and training process. KB Performance is just one of nineteen facilities capable of performing the necessary rebuilds of 602 engines.
Any other questions can be directed to technical staff by calling Cliff Quinn at 484-357-2587 or Ed Scott at 610-298-2408. Further information on the rules of the car can be found on the speedway’s website at www.grandviewspeedway.com.
Saturday, July 22 will be a three-division program featuring the TP Trailer Modifieds and the TP Truck Equipment Sportsman joined by the Outlaw Racing Series Vintage Cars starting at 7:30 p.m.
The highlight of the night will be the return of grandstand admission at 1990s prices, as fans will pay just $10 for a full night of NASCAR Modified and Sportsman competition.
TP Truck Equipment Sportsman contestants are challenged on 90s night with a $500 bonus set up by Gilmore Motorsports and Hoffman Speed Supplies. Teams are challenged to use a 1990s right-side hard bar suspension setup on their race car, and the first car to cross the finish line in the July 22 Sportsman feature will receive the bonus. Drivers must register before the evening’s race program to be eligible for the bonus.
Grandstand admission is $10, while children 9 and under are admitted free. Pit admission is $35 for NASCAR members and $45 for non-members.
Pit doors will open at 4:00 p.m., grandstand doors will open at 5:30 p.m., warm-ups will start at 6:15 p.m. and the first race of the evening with the green flag at 7:30 p.m.
Since the 1960s, Grandview Speedway has featured exciting wheel-to-wheel NASCAR stock car racing every Saturday night from April through October, as well as special events. Grandview Speedway is located at 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania 19505, just off Route 100, ten miles north of Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
Information is always available at www.grandviewspeedway.com or on Facebook, or by phone at 610.754.7688.
EVENTS TO COME –
Saturday July 22 – BACK TO THE 90’S NIGHT – $10 GRANDSTAND ENTRY – TP Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, TP Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman, Outlaw Racing Series Vintage, TRIVIA NIGHT – 7:30 p.m. – CONSTRUCTION TRAILERS & TRUCK EQUIPMENT NIGHT
Tuesday July 25 – THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES – High Limit Sprint Car Series – $23,023 to Win 410 Sprints – 7:30 PM – RICH MAR FLORIST INTRODUCES HIGH LIMIT SPRINT CAR SERIES POWERED BY LEVAN MACHINE AND TRUCK EQUIPMENT
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