Sports

Manual Labor: A week to forget at the shore |Sep 10, 2017

Over the 40 plus years I have been writing Salt Spray there always is at least one week when conditions conspire to make it truly difficult to find anything good to say about the fishing at the shore.

Shuey over Schutz in photo finish; Buckwalter wins modified race at Grandview |Aug 27, 2017

BECHTELSVILLE >> The outcome of the 30-lap BRC NASCAR Late Model feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway came down to a photo finish between Brian Shuey and current point leader and defending champion Chuck Schutz.

Saxton: NASCAR putting fans inside the rides for Cup playoffs |Aug 27, 2017

For the first time in the sport’s history, NASCAR will live-stream an in-car cameras on Twitter for all 10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs races in 2017, NASCAR announced today.

Pa Prep Live’s Search for the No. 1 Student Section |Aug 15, 2017

Do you think your school has what it takes to be crowned the No. 1 student section in Southeastern Pa.? Well, prove it! Pa Prep Live is hosting the first-ever Battle of the Student Sections to determine which school will boast bragging rights for the rest of the year.

Salt Spray Report: Bites abound but keepers harder to come by at the Jersey shore |Aug 3, 2017

Summer flounder is dominating the fishing news in a variety of ways here at the Jersey shore this week.

Von Dohren, Sipe, Grim win July 29 features at Grandview |Jul 30, 2017

BECHTELSVILLE >> Craig VonDohren, the nine-time and defending Grandview Speedway Modified point champion, hadn’t been to victory lane at the 1/3-mile banked clay oval since August 20, 2016.

Records fall at Tri-County Swim League Championships |Jul 29, 2017

Swimming The Tri-County Swim League ended the season recently with the Senior Championships hosted by North End Swim Club, the B Championships hosted by Upper Perkiomen YMCA Tuesday, July 25, and the A Championships hosted by Baker Park (Phoenixville YMCA outdoor pool) Wednesday, July 26.

Saxton: Pocono Raceway in good hands with Igdalsky as CEO |Jul 22, 2017

A change in leadership has taken place at a major auto racing facility. Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky has resigned his position to pursue other opportunities effective immediately.

Phoenixville resident’s journey lands her with Stars & Stripes jersey |Jul 13, 2017

Phoenixville resident Dana Walton has never been afraid of hard work.

Larson lights up Independence Day at Grandview |Jul 6, 2017

BECHTELSVILLE >> On a Fourth of July celebration of speed, Kyle Larson wowed a jam-packed NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series crowd and claimed his third straight Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Car Speedweek victory, while Duane Howard scored the win in the NASCAR Modified 30-lap event at the Grandview Speedway on Tuesday Night in an event presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings.

SAXTON: Boyertown native Thomson headed to USAC Hall of Fame at long last |Jul 2, 2017

More than 60 years ago I took an interest in auto racing. It all started when I went to my first race and saw Freddy Adam flip in turn one at the Reading Fairgrounds. I was hooked.

PHOTOS: Families celebrate Olympic Day at Pottstown’s BMX Trilogy Park |Jun 29, 2017

The wheels were spinning at Pottstown’s Trilogy Park when cyclists from youngsters to adults celebrated Olympic Day with BMX.

Sites secures Savage 61 Back Yard Brawl win |Jun 11, 2017

FORESTVILLE >> Kody Sites picked a good time to get back to victory lane in the roadrunner division.

Cozze, Schutz, Lilick continue run of new winners at Grandview |Jun 11, 2017

BECHTELSVILLE >> Three different feature winners entered the record books on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway in their respective divisions in the Whelen Engineering sponsored racing events.

Buckwalter wins Flyin’ Farmer; Strada wins sprint thriller |Jun 11, 2017

Kutztown >> Wednesday’s racing program at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds paid tribute to the late, great Tommy Hinnershitz. Hailing from nearby Oley, Hinnershitz was one of the very best Sprint Car racers of the 1930’s, ‘40’s, and ‘50’s.

Saxton: Free racing for recycling at Pocono on June 9 |Jun 4, 2017

Thanks to Monster Energy, fans can enjoy all of the racing action and fun activities at Pocono Raceway on Friday, June 9 for free just by recycling any size Monster Energy can.

SAXTON: World of Outlaws to invade Jersey |May 16, 2017

Claiming to be the Greatest Show on Dirt, the World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Car Series is set to invade New Egypt Speedway on Tuesday night May 23rd for the 5th Annual Jersey Outlaw Classic. This will be the only Garden State appearance by the World of Outlaws in 2017.

TATUM: For trophy rockfish, patience pays off |Apr 30, 2017

Setting out to build his own charter boat from scratch back in 1973, Tom Ireland realized the epic task would require plenty of patience. But working from just a stem pattern and rib pattern and relying on Juniper Cedar from North Carolina to serve as planking for the hull (later coated with fiberglass) Ireland ultimately launched his 42-foot craft, a Chesapeake Bay Deadrise design boasting a 15½ foot beam, in 1975.

SAXTON: NASCAR keeps searching for right All-Star race formula |Apr 21, 2017

As the engines fired, the lightbulbs buzzed – it was a first for the annual non-points extravaganza. Never before had an all-star race been run under the lights. Dubbed “One Hot Night,” the 1992 race signaled a new era, one that became tradition for the fan-favorite event.

Saxton: Phoenixville’s Aquilante sweeps GTS opener in St. Petersburg |Mar 27, 2017

Flying the Phoenixville colors, Andrew Aquilante took home two wins in the No. 32 Phoenix Performance Ford Mustang Boss 302 on the challenging streets of St. Petersburg recently to sweep the GTS opener for the Pirelli World Challenge.

Saxton: ‘Geezer’ getting in on Late Model action at Grandview |Mar 19, 2017

Weather conditions permitting, the 2017 NASCAR stock car racing season kicks off at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, March 25 and Joe “Geezer” Fanelli will be moving from the BRC Late Models to the primary class of competition, the NASCAR T.

Kutztown pitcher, National Guard member Hultz blends life as student-athlete-soldier |Mar 14, 2017

Command is an attribute most pitchers need to succeed at the college level.

Saxton: Reading Race Reunion and Car Show returns after making moves |Mar 13, 2017

When Brad Reinert took over the promotion of the Reading Fairgrounds Race Reunion & Car Show, he vowed to keep the popular off-season event going.

Saxton: Coventry Mall Race Car Show set for March 10-12 |Mar 5, 2017

The annual Coventry Mall Race Car Show, organized by Scott Hoffmaster, takes place this weekend from March 10-12 at the Pottstown shopping center. Featured in the show will be racers from nearby Grandview Speedway, Montgomery County Quarter Midget Club (located in Phoenixville), Wicked Effects Car Club and much more.

Saxton: 10th annual Dirt Track Heroes car show fast approaching |Feb 27, 2017

The event staff of the 10th annual Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show continues to add the finishing touches on what will be another great event coming together as the past, present and future of auto racing joins forces together under one roof in Phillipsburg, N.

Saxton: Bouchard’s iconic ride to add to Motorsports 2017 expo in Oaks |Jan 1, 2017

When Ron Bouchard won the Talladega 500 NASCAR Cup race in a photo finish with Darrell Waltrip and Terry Labonte in 1981, it was considered one of the biggest upsets in NASCAR history. The win helped Bouchard clinch the Rookie of the Year honors even though he raced in just 22 of the 31 scheduled races that year.

Saxton: Boyertown business sweetens pot for indoor racing series |Dec 5, 2016

With the start of the Indoor Auto Racing Season just a week away at Trenton’s Sun National Bank Center, the pressure just got turned up on all Three Quarter (TQ) Midget racers entered.

Eagles release Aaron Grymes, add Paul Turner |Nov 21, 2016

PHILADELPHIA >> Doug Pederson opened his day-after news conference with a statement that had everything to do with embattled wide receiver Nelson Agholor.

Saxton: NASCAR should do even more to rein in Cup kings competing in XFinity, Trucks |Nov 14, 2016

I have long felt that NASCAR should keep Cup drivers from racing in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. It is something that I have had strong feelings about for a long time. Many in the industry feel the same way and certainly I have heard from a large number of fans that shared my thinking.

SAXTON: Indoor racing coming to Trenton, Allentown |Nov 7, 2016

Tickets are now on sale for the Trenton (NJ) and Allentown (PA) Indoor auto racing events, promoted by Len Sammons Motorsports Productions (LSMP).

Saxton: Bridgeport holding event to honor late racer, URC official Midge Miler |Oct 30, 2016

Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway is ready for its first United Racing Club/360 Sprints Big Track Classic on Nov. 4 and 5 honoring the late, great competitor and URC official Midge Miller for the inaugural Midge Miller Memorial.

COLLEGE CORNER: Perk Valley grad Armstrong closing strong at UConn |Oct 23, 2016

Emily Armstrong has had a standout career as a goalkeeper with the University of Connecticut women’s soccer team but this season, she’s really stepped up her game.

SAXTON: Pair of Kings: Petty worth appreciating even more after Palmer’s passing |Oct 23, 2016

Richard Petty and Arnold Palmer have done more for their sports than anyone else I can think of. Petty is referred to as “The King” in NASCAR stock car racing and Arnold Palmer, who passed away just recently, was referred to as “The King” in professional golf.

Mooney saving the day for Ship |Oct 10, 2016

The Shippensburg field hockey team is rolling along and the key performer is sophomore goalkeeper Ally Mooney.

Quinn striking the right balance at East Stroudsburg |Oct 7, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> When Bailey Quinn was piling up huge numbers while playing field hockey at Phoenixville Area High School, Division I play at the collegiate level seemed so appetizing and desirable.

College Corner: Major contributor for UNC field hockey |Oct 2, 2016

The University of North Carolina pulled off back-to-back upset victories over No. 1 Syracuse and No. 2 Duke last week and junior Gab Major was right in the middle of the action.

Saxton: Mods at the Madhouse bound for Grandview on Oct. 15 |Oct 2, 2016

Grandview Speedway closes out their Saturday night racing schedule as the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series features Mods at the Madhouse on Saturday, October 15 – a thrilling three-division show headlined by a Big-Block/358 Modified Monster challenge – plus action from the Sportsman and the TSRS Sprint Car Series.

Strunk steals show for sixth Freedom 76 victory at Grandview |Sep 11, 2016

BECHTELSVILLE >> Jeff Strunk, “the Bechtelsville Bullet,” had been having a rather mediocre season, at least by his usually high standards, at Grandview Speedway behind the wheel of the Glenn Hyneman-owned No.

Saxton: Past champions, hopefuls vying for Freedom 76 Classic title |Sep 5, 2016

Many of the top names in dirt track Modified stock car racing have won the Freedom 76 Classic at Grandview Speedway. And there are many top names in the sport that are still without a win in the prestigious race.

Pa Prep Live 2016 High School Football Preview now live |Aug 22, 2016

At Pa Prep Live, we embarked on a mission to gather quality content on all 93 teams in District 1 and the Catholic League.

Saxton: Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods returning to Maple Grove on Aug. 27 |Aug 21, 2016

They’re back by popular demand. The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods (NEOPMA) return to Maple Grove Raceway on Saturday, August 27, for the annual Rumble at the Grove sponsored by Penske Truck Leasing and CJ Tire and Automotive Services.

Piazza caps monumental week with Mets retiring his No. 31 |Jul 31, 2016

QUEENS, N.Y. >> The theme for Mike Piazza’s Hall of Fame induction week was to thank all of the people who helped him make it all possible.

Saxton: 42nd Old Timers Convention ready to roll at Williams Grove |Jul 30, 2016

Here is an opportunity to see what the sport was all about in years gone by.

Cozze, Shuey, Lisowski repeat as winners at Grandview |Jul 24, 2016

BECHTELSVILLE >> Veteran racer Frank Cozze piloted the Tom Umbenhauer/Harry’s U-Pull-It No. 4 to his third 30-Lap T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified All-American Racing Series feature of the season in the Saturday night stock car racing action sponsored by Hatfield Quality Meats.

Piazza expresses appreciation for Phoenixville roots upon induction |Jul 24, 2016

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. >> As a young man growing up in baseball, Neil Herman always liked the Los Angeles Dodgers as his favorite Major League Baseball team.

Saxton: Vintage race adds to appeal of Grandview’s July 30 slate |Jul 24, 2016

Coming up this Saturday, July 30, at Bechtelsville’s Grandview Speedway is a big four division show of racing action sponsored by the area’s NASCAR radio station WNPV-1440 AM in Lansdale.

Sankey: Phoenixville folks always knew Piazza’s greatness even if scouts didn’t |Jul 23, 2016

Mike Piazza could always hit the baseball.

Saxton: N.J. Motorsports Park raising the bar with Exotic Car Garages |Jul 17, 2016

Now if only I had the money, I would be signing on the dotted line. Before construction has even begun, New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Phase II Exotic Car Garage units are almost sold out with a waiting list already started for Phase III from buyers beyond New Jersey to New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and even D.

Pfeil takes Firecracker 40; Weiss, Papiez other winners at Grandview |Jul 17, 2016

BECHTELSVILLE >> Wayne Pfeil, behind the wheel of his own/J&H Automotive & Custom Exhaust No. 72, scored the biggest win of his career when he took home the $2,000 first prize money in the Chapman Auto Group Firecracker 40 NASCAR BRC Late Model feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway.

Downingtown doubles up Spring City for Chester County League title |Jul 12, 2016

DOWNINGTOWN >> After five-plus hours covering two intense baseball games, host and top-seeded Downingtown beat Spring City twice and repeated as Chester County League champion in Senior American Legion baseball Tuesday at the Downingtown West Middle School diamond.