Howard battles Von Dohren

Duane Howard is the current Modified point’s leader at Grandview Speedway and battles with the all-time feature winner, Craig Von Dohren (1c) at Grandview recently. Both will be looking to add the $10,000-to-win, Forrest Rogers Memorial victory tomorrow night at the Berks County oval.

Grandview Speedway honors the man who had the vision to build one of the most nationally recognized short tracks in the United States, as the 49th Annual Forrest Rogers Memorial gets the green flag at the Bechtelsville oval, tomorrow night.

Many of the best in the NASCAR weekly Modifieds will look to grab the $10,000 paycheck when the checkered flag falls on the 50-lap feature. Veteran Ray Swinehart grabbed the win last year, the fourth of his career, while perennial top stars Jeff Strunk and current Modified points leader, Duane Howard are chasing their third Rogers victories.

Of course, ten-time track champion and leading career feature winner, Craig Von Dohren is looking for his ninth overall Rogers win. Plenty of competition will also be looking for the big paycheck including Doug Manmiller, Frank Cozze, Brent Kressley, Rick Laubach, Jared Umbenhauer and possibly some outsiders. The sportsman are also on the schedule at the Berks County oval, tomorrow night.

Williams Grove Speedway along with Port Royal and BAPS Motor Speedways are off this weekend, with the Grove and Port returning with big shows next weekend.

The Morton Buildings World of Outlaws Late Model Series will be in Central PA next weekend for shows at Williams Grove and Port Royal, sharing the card with the 410 sprint cars. Both late model shows will pay the winner $10,000 for 40-laps, and the sprint cars will battle for $4,000 paychecks.

Following last week’s rainout at Big Diamond Speedway, the night returns tonight with free ice cream and live music and kid’s backpacks along with a full program of Modifieds, sportsman, roadrunners and street stocks. Gates open at 5:30, with racing action at 7:45.

Clinton County Motor Speedway also fell to Mother Nature last Friday night, with a full slate of action including the limited late models, 305 sprint cars, 270 and 600cc micro sprints and four cylinder FWD cars.

Along with Grandview Speedway, plenty of action is offered tomorrow. Selinsgrove Speedway hosts the Northeast Ultimate Super Late Model Series along with the 305 sprint cars, pro stocks and roadrunners….410 sprint cars and 358 sprint cars will be in action at Lincoln Speedway along with the Mid-Atlantic stock cars….Mahoning Valley Speedway also lost last week’s show, and looks to offer the Bill Teel Memorial for the Modifieds. Four 16-lap features are offered for the Modifieds, with the street stocks, pro four cylinders and hobby stocks are also on the racing slate….Fans at Woodhull Raceway will be treated to Autograph Night tomorrow along with a full program of racing action; Modifieds, crate sportsman, crate late models, street stocks, four cylinders, hobby stocks and warriors are in action….Five Mile Point returns to action following last week’s bye, with the Modifieds, crate sportsman, factory stocks, four cylinders, 600cc modifieds and wingless sprint cars.

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series completed their three-race, Western Swing in Seattle last weekend, and although Greg Anderson didn’t complete the sweep in Pro Stock, but history was still made as Sixteen-time Champion John Force set another milestone, driving to his 150th career Funny Car victory in the 32nd Annual Northwest Nationals.

Force outran Ron Capps in the Funny Car finals in his Peak Coolant and Motor Oils Chevy Camaro to add another milestone to his Hall of Fame career. After going winless for his first ten seasons in NHRA competition (1977-1987), Force found victory in Montreal by defeating Ed McColluch to score his first NHRA Wally. Victories and Championships continued to accumulate over the years for one of Motorsports most iconic figures.

To put his milestone win into perspective, retired Pro Stock driver, Warren Johnson has 97 victories; Greg Anderson has 93 wins, Tony Schumacher has 84 Top Fuel wins, while Ron Capps is second to Force on the Funny Car ledger with 62 victories.

In other Northwest Nat’s action, Rookie Austin Prock drove his John Force Racing Top Fueler to victory over Steve Torrence, and Matt Hartford stopped Greg Anderson’s bid for a third straight P/S win of the Western Swing.

The Series is off this weekend, returning to action next weekend for the Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, next week.

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