BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 14, 2001 . . . Defending NASCAR Modified track champion Jeff Strunk seemed to play a waiting game and it earned big rewards Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. The Bethel, PA racer won the 39-lap NASCAR Modified feature,...
BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 14, 2001 . . . Defending NASCAR Modified track champion Jeff Strunk seemed to play a waiting game and it earned big rewards Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. The Bethel, PA racer won the 39-lap NASCAR Modified feature, picking up $3,000, as the 39th consecutive season of stock car racing kicked off.
And it was defending NASCAR Late Model champion Dean Stoudt (East Greenville) picking up the 20 lap Late Model feature victory as he goes after his fifth track title.
The 15-lap feature for PA. Sportsman stock cars was won by Ed Scott (Allentown).
Kevin Hartnett took control of the modified feature on the drop of the green and set the pace for seven laps. A three abreast battle on a restart after a caution saw Rick Schaffer, Grandview's leading modified feature winner, take the top spot with Craig VonDohren close behind. VonDohren did grab the lead briefly. With 14 laps in the record book Schaffer gave up the lead to VonDohren and his Mrs. T's Pierogies sponsored entry on a caution restart.
With 26 laps complete on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval it looked as if VonDohren was the man to beat. On the 27th lap things changed and Rick Schaffer had recaptured the lead followed by VonDohren and Terry Meitzler. A multi-car pileup, on a restart, saw Terry Meitzler challenging for the lead lose a right front wheel. VonDohren and Ray Swinehart had made contact creating the restart in turn one with VonDohren spinning. Rick Schaffer spun and VonDohren had a flat tire sending him to the pits. On the restart, of the restart, Jeff Strunk's patience paid rewards as he had the Kenworth/Cummins/T.H.Properties entry in front of the field.
In the final laps Strunk, who had gone to the rear of the field earlier in the feature as a result of a first turn incident, held off the challenges of DIRT modified ace, New Yorker Alan Johnson to grab the victory. Kevin Hartnett (Perkasie) finished third followed by Kenny Gilmore (Kutztown) and Rick Schaffer (Woxall).
In post race inspections Alan Johnson's mount, a Don Kiefer owned #99K, was found not to have a track engine seal and his prize money was held until tech inspectors could check the engine to make sure it met track requirements. The inspection was scheduled for Sunday. Johnson had come from 22nd starting spot to finish second.
The 20-lap feature for NASCAR Late Models had Kyle Pensinger quick to take the lead. Sam Schlosberg, the outstanding young rookie talent of last season, grabbed the lead on the third lap. Doug Walton was in front on the fourth circuit. At seven laps Schlosberg regained the number one spot. With 15 laps complete Schlosberg spun coming off turn four giving the lead to Dean Stoudt. Once in front Stoudt (East Greenville) was able to keep his Quigley Chevy/Kutztown Glass #77 in front and take the win. Doug Walton crossed the finish line second but was moved to last place when it was found that he was using an illegal carberutor. Rick Todorow (Quakertown) got credit for second followed by Kyle Pensinger (Lyons), John Durling (Reading) and John Giesler (Aston).
And in the PA Sportsman 15-lap feature Ed Scott had the early lead with Dave Dissinger getting the top spot on the sixth lap. Scott resumed the lead on the ninth lap and was able to hold off several challenges by Dissinger to grab the opening night victory. Dave Dissinger earned second while Joe Biasi was third.
With 67 NASCAR Modifieds in the competition area five qualifying heat races and three consolation events were needed to create the 30-car feature field. Heat races went to Kevin Hartnett, Rick Schaffer, Mike Bailey, Meme DeSantis and Tom Mayberry. The consolation races were won by Brian Kressley, Alan Johnson and Ron Mawson. The Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash went to Tom Mayberry earning him $405 for the three lap win.
The Late Model heat races were won by Kyle Pensinger, Sam Schlosberg and Doug Walton while Ed Trimbur grabbed the consolation win.
Ed Scott and Dave Dissinger won the PA Sportsman qualifying heats.
For the next two Saturday nights, April 21 and 28, there will be tripleheader shows of stock car racing, NASCAR sanctioned, starting at 5 p.m. Featured will be the NASCAR Modifieds (30 lap feature), NASCAR Late Models (20 lap feature) and PA Sportsman (15 lap feature) plus qualifying events. The April 28th show will be sponsored by Budd Olsen Race Cars and will feature a race car and hauler display.
And on Saturday, May 5, Grandview Speedway will kick off their regular schedule of events with a doubleheader show of NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models with a starting time of 7:30 p.m.
Grandview Speedway, a one-third-mile, banked clay oval, is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For race information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com.
<pre> NASCAR MODIFIEDS, 39 LAP FEATURE, $3,000 TO WIN.... Jeff Strunk, Alan Johnson (unofficial,subject to tech inspection), Kevin Harnett, Kenny Gilmore, Rick Schaffer, Jon Kellner, Ed Aikin, Meme DeSantis, Ray Swinehart, Craig VonDohren, Terry Meitzler, Tom Umbenhauer, Sam Schoenly, Shawn Reimert, Chip Slocum, Bob Trapper, Mike Bailey, Keith Brightbill, Junior Mikosz, Jim Bagley (TOP TWENTY)
NASCAR LATE MODELS, 20 LAP FEATURE.....Dean Stoudt, Rick Todorow, Kyle Pensinger, John Durling, John Giesler, Ron Chrisman, Lou Egrie, Jason Miller, Terry Snyder, Mark Malcolm, Steve Todorow, Chris Wojnar, Sam Schlosberg, Scott Miley, Josh Huber, Mike Steinmetz, Chuck Schutz, Buddy Wharton, Dave Conover (TOP TWENTY)
PA SPORTSMAN, 15 LAP FEATURE..... Ed Scott, Dave Dissinger, Joe Biasi, Tom Solderich, Tom Brennan, Jeff Graby, Shawn Fitzpatrick, Bill Moyer Jr., Brad Grim, Brad Force (Top Ten)