BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 22, 2001 . . . In early season action Tom Mayberry was able to win four NASCAR Modified stock car features at Grandview Speedway and then he went through a long dry spell. On Saturday night Mayberry was able to get back...
BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 22, 2001 . . . In early season action Tom Mayberry was able to win four NASCAR Modified stock car features at Grandview Speedway and then he went through a long dry spell. On Saturday night Mayberry was able to get back to victory lane, winning the final regular season 30-lap GOD BLESS AMERICA modified feature race.
In the 20-lap AMERICAN THE BEAUTIFUL Late Model feature Jason Miller won his third in a row. And the 20-lap STAR SPANGLED Sportsman feature was won by Dave Dissinger.
NASCAR track champion Craig VonDohren grabbed the lead at the drop of the green with Jeff Strunk, who was on the pole at the start, settling into second. The VonDohren/Strunk battle continued until the 10th lap, when on a restart due to a caution Strunk was able to put the Cummins/THP Properties entry in front of the pack.
Tom Mayberry came into the picture, coming from ninth, to challenge Strunk at the midway mark while VonDohren was busy holding off challenges for his third place position.
On a 22nd lap restart Mayberry (Sellersville) was able to gain the top spot and hold on for the final eight laps to gain his fifth win of the season. Mayberry gave much of the credit for his win to VonDohren's crew chief who had given him some ideas on chassis changes on the A&T Chevy sponsored #712 along with his own crew and car owner, Mike Kelly.
Second spot went to Jeff Strunk (Bethel) followed by Kevin Hirthler (Green Lane), Kevin Hartnett (Perkasie) and Glenn Strunk (Bechtelsville). Craig VonDohren finished sixth is his effort to become the all time leading modified feature winner at Grandview Speedway. Hirthler earned the hard charger honors coming from 21st to finish third.
Though there was some confusion as to who was driving the car, Jason Miller (New Tripoli) drove the Rothrock Motor Sales/Lee Miller Auto Sales entry to his third straight win in the GOD BLESS AMERICA 20. His father, Lee, drove the car earlier in the evening, during warm-up sessions and was scheduled to drive the car. However Lee decided to give up the driving so that his son Jason could run for a third win.
When the race was over Lee Miller was being given credit for the win until victory lane ceremonies showed that Jason Miller was the driver.
John Durling lead the first two laps with Luke Hoffner getting the top spot on the third circuit. Hoffner and Miller put on quite a show for the fans for several laps. Miller got the edge on the 11th lap. Once in front the youngster had his hands full holding off challenges from Randy Stoudt and Hoffner to grab the victory.
Second spot went to Randy Stoudt (Pottstown) followed by Luke Hoffner (Clinton, PA), Sam Schlosberg (Green Lane) and Dean Stoudt (East Greenville).
The 20-lap main event for the Sportsman, the Star Spangled 20, looked like a win for Richie Pratt Jr. (Hurffville, NJ). However after leading half the race Pratt had a right rear tire go flat putting him out of the race. That put Dave Dissinger in front of the pack. Dissinger, the Big Diamond Raceway Sportsman champion, was able to lead the final ten laps. Second spot was earned by Tom Brennan followed by Leroy Long, John Dixon (coming from 16th) and Keith Fleming.
Qualifying heats for the modifieds were won by Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren, Donny Erb and Jack Hartnett. The consolation races went to Kevin Hirthler and Dan Hineline. The Cash Dash was won by Jack Hartnett.
Qualifying events for the Late Models were won by John Durling and Luke Hoffner.
The Sportsman qualifiers went to Richie Pratt Jr., Tom Brennan and Dave Dissinger.
Early in the evening fans and racers again remembered the tragedies in New York, Western Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. A check for $2500, including donations from fans, racers and management of Grandview Speedway was presented to a representative of the Salvation Army.
The Saturday night show closed out the regular season
action at Grandview Speedway with, as many known, Craig VonDohren winning the NASCAR Modified Championship and John Durling winning the NASCAR Late Model Championship.
"Despite at least seven rainouts this season, we still managed a good strong season with a lot of great stock car racing action. We thank the racers and their crews for their continued support of racing at Grandview Speedway. And we want to thank our first aid people, the security crew, the firemen, a very capable track crew, all of our employees, the officials and scorers for a job well done. And our thanks go the fans who come out to support our events, the sponsors who are so important to the success of our racing events and to the media who keep people informed as to what is going on here at Grandview. We look forward to having everyone back at Grandview in late March, 2002," said track owner Bruce Rogers.
On Saturday, October 20, 6 p.m. a special NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill show, promoted by Bruce Rogers and Bob Miller, will offer a features ONLY show of modifieds, 410 sprints, KARS sprints, late models and ARDC midgets. There will be a Halloween Party included in the activities.
And on Saturday, October 27, there will be an Auto Racing Flea Market on the speedway grounds starting at 7 a.m.
And the champions and other top performers will be honed at an awards banquet on Saturday, November 17, 6 p.m. at the Gilbertsville, PA Fire Hall. Doors open at 4 p.m.
And just one week later NASCAR Modified champion Craig VonDohren will lead a group of fans, officials and others as they head off to the Dominican Republic for a one week stay. Getting away from the gold weather. Enjoying great meals, beach activities, gourmet meals, golf and other sports plus much more. VonDohren and a guest get to go on the trip as a perk, from the Rogers Family, for winning the championship.
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