BECHTELSVILLE, PA SEPTEMBER 18, 1999 . . . There was a tear in his eye. There was a thank you for his Dad and engine builder Doug Meyers. Rick Schaffer was in victory lane on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. He had just won the 30- lap ...
BECHTELSVILLE, PA SEPTEMBER 18, 1999 . . . There was a tear in his eye. There was a thank you for his Dad and engine builder Doug Meyers. Rick Schaffer was in victory lane on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. He had just won the 30- lap season finale, the last modified stock car race of the century on the one-third-mile clay banked oval. He had just broken the modified career win mark at the NASCAR sanctioned oval. It was his 46th win. The old mark, 45 wins, had been held by his close friend Fred Rahmer who has gone off to become one of the best sprint car talents in the country. "I couldn't have done it without them (his Dad and Doug Meyers)," said Schaffer. "I would have liked to have been able to win it from the back of the pack instead of from the pole. However, here at Grandview, you take a win any way you can get it. I really hope that he, Fred Rahmer, returns to Grandview and makes a run to regain the record." The win for Schaffer and his Philadelphia Inquirer sponsored modified was worth $2,200. Dean Stoudt, a multi time late model champion, was able to win the 20-lap late model feature while Tom Umbenhauer drove to victory in the 15-lap PA Sportsman feature race. Schaffer started on the pole in the modified main event and lead every lap on his way to the record breaking victory. However in the closing laps Tom Mayberry and Doug Pannepacker were able to give the Woxall, PA racer a run for the money only to fall short at the finish. Mayberry (Sellersville) and Mopar powered Pannepacker (Green Lane) swapped second place back and forth a number of times with Mayberry, a seven feature winner during the season, coming home second. Pannepacker was third followed by Chip Slocum (Ewing Township, NJ) and Shawn Reimert (Oley). In the main event for late models Dean Stoudt (East Greenville) moved the Kutztown Glass & Mirror sponsored entry in front of the starting field on the first lap and stayed in front for the full 20 laps. Junior Grebe (Boyertown) ran second for most of the feature and did challenge Stoudt for the top spot a few times. Track late model champion Jeff Teets (Coplay) grabbed third followed by Rick Todorow (Quakertown) and Butch Campion. Teenage racer Kyle Strickler was in front of the pack for just one lap as Tom Umbenhauer, in the Clay Realty entry, came from third to take the lead on the second lap and ride to a fairly easy win in the 15-lap feature for PA Sportsman. Kenny Gilmore drove the Charley Gilmore owned mount to a strong second place finishing closing in on the leader as the checkered flag fell. Tom Brennan earned third followed by Ed Scott and Steve Symons. Qualifying heat races in the modifieds went to Rick Schaffer, Shawn Reimert, Ken Lindaberry and Doug Pannepacker. Consolation events were won by Randy Stoudt and Jim Bagley. And Rick Schaffer made a clean sweep of the night earning a victory in the $300 Automotive Machining Services cash dash. In preliminary events for the late models wins went to Kory Sites and Junior Grebe. In the sportsman division heats were won by Kyle Strickler, Steve Symons and Tom Umbenhauer. The consolation race went to Scott Singley. This tripleheader show closed out the 1999 season at Grandview Speedway. On Saturday, October 23, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. a Racer's Flea Market will be presented on the speedway grounds. Admission is free. A free-to-the-public practice session is tentatively set for Saturday, March 25, 12 noon featuring all race teams, all types of race vehicles, planning to run at Grandview Speedway. And on Saturday, April 1, 5 p.m. (No April Fools Joke), the 2000 season will kick off with tentative plans for NASCAR Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman. PIT NOTE: A very few copies of the 29th Annual T.H.Properties Freedom 76 Modified Classic Program and Yearbook remain available. The book, 60 pages, is priced at $8.00 including postage and handling. Included are color covers that include photos of many of the outstanding performers and top point chasers. In addition Randy Kane has penned articles on the track history, the Freedom 76 history and a season wrapup. There is an article on modified champion Terry Meitzler penned by Reading Eagle Times motorsports writer Keith Fritz and a story on late model champion Jeff Teets by Karen Teets. In addition there is a load of statistics from the season, including point standings for every modified and late model racer plus a complete list of feature winners since the track opened. At present less than 60 copies of the yearbook remain. To order send a check, $8.00 per book, to Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. 1448 Hollywood Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047-7417. Or you may order using a credit card by telephoning 215.752.7797. The Saturday night race card marked the end of Bruce Harmony's career as the official starter at Grandview Speedway after 25 years. Harmony is considering staying on as a track official after retiring from his starter's position. Grandview Speedway is a NASCAR sanctioned one-third- mile, clay banked oval 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. SEASON ENDER 30-LAP MODIFIED FEATURE: Schaffer, Mayberry, Pannpacker, Slocum, Reimert, Ray Swinehart, Tracy Readinger, Smokey Warren, Ken Lindaberry, Donny Erb, Kenny Gilmore, Randy Stoudt, Kevin Hartnett, Scott Albert, Larry Solomon, Tom Pompei, Bill Gensler, Ed Aikin, Jack Hartnett, Mike Bailey.
SEASON ENDER 20 LAP LATE MODEL FEATURE: Dean Stoudt, Grebe, Teets, Todorow, Campion, Sam Schlosberg, Ron Chrisman, Terry Snyder, John Durling, Ed Hoffman, Buddy Wharton, Chris Wojnar, and Kyle Frisch.
SEASON ENDER SPORTSMAN FEATURE: Umbenhauer, Gilmore, Brennan, Scott, Symons, Kyle Strickler, Scott Singley, Billy Thornton, Ryan Bauer, Ryan Beltz.