Grandview Freedon 76 Preview

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (September 3, 1999) - "Yes, I feel confident in the team and car. We have a situation where we are the dominant team. I feel confident that I can win every time I take the car out on the track," was the response from Tom Mayberry...

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (September 3, 1999) - "Yes, I feel confident in the team and car. We have a situation where we are the dominant team. I feel confident that I can win every time I take the car out on the track," was the response from Tom Mayberry when asked if he could win the 29th annual THP Freedom 76 at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, September 11. Mayberry, a former winner of the modified racing classic (1986), has seven feature wins to his credit this season. Only some tough racing luck and being involved in some other "racer's problems" have kept the A&T Chevy/Golden Corral sponsored team from being in victory lane more often this season. The veteran driver, who calls Sellersville, PA home, will have some tough competition as he tries to win his second Freedom 76, topping a field of 40 modified racers, and take home $20,000 plus for his efforts. When asked to name the toughest challengers he will have Mayberry was quick to name Jeff and Glenn Strunk, the brother combination that drive for Keith Harring Motorsports and the Cummins/Kenworth sponsored team. Jeff Strunk, who has been a big winner on the local circuits in recent years, has not been able to list a Freedom 76 win on his resume. He would like to change that this Saturday. Other challengers to Mayberry's efforts to be a two time winner include 1999 track champion Terry Meitzler, Rick Schaffer (who recently tied the mark with Fred Rahmer as the all time leading modified feature winner with 45 victories), Kerry Kratz, Kevin Hartnett and a host of others. There could be as many as 100 modified racing talents on hand to try for the 40 starting spots with more than $50,000 in prize money up for grabs. Winning the THP Freedom 76 would be the perfect topper for what Mayberry considers a great season. "I am only disappointed that we could not get a better point finish for Mike Kelly (car owner)," said Mayberry. The Kelly and Mayberry combination will back together again in 2000 no matter how things go with the Freedom 76 according to the popular racer. At last eight qualifying heats should be needed to qualify the larger number of entries that are expected. And those who win qualifying heats will have a chance to fatten their wallets in the $1,000 to win Keystone Pretzel Bakery Cash Dash. And the final opportunity to make the field for the Freedom 76 comes in the Cheers Tavern Minuteman 20 which is often as competitive as the main race. Spectator gates will open at 1:30 p.m. Advance ticket holders are able to enter 30 minutes earlier. Adult admission is $20.00 while youngsters 6 thru 11 are admitted for $5.00. Children under 6 are admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying adult. Rain date for the Freedom 76 is Sunday, September 12. The finale for the season, at present, is planned for Saturday, September 18, 7:30 p.m. Modifieds, late models and sportsman stock cars will make up the tripleheader show. Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Mike Kelly