IN A NUTSHELL: Saturday, June 12, 7:30 p.m. NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modifieds and Bars Leaks United Racing Club sprint cars. Sponsored by Red Hill, PA Ford. Adult admission is $15.00. Always free parking on the grounds of the speedway....
IN A NUTSHELL: Saturday, June 12, 7:30 p.m. NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modifieds and Bars Leaks United Racing Club sprint cars. Sponsored by Red Hill, PA Ford. Adult admission is $15.00. Always free parking on the grounds of the speedway. Should the Saturday night show be rained out NASCAR Modifieds and NASCAR Late Models will be presented as a doubleheader show on Sunday (June 13) at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 7:30 p.m. Twin 20s for NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modifieds plus NASCAR Shortrack Late Model stock cars. At least 13 events of stock car racing.
SWINEHART WINS FIRST AND TEETS WINS FOURTH AT GRANDVIEW
BECHTELSVILLE, PA JUNE 5, 1999 . . . If it was not for bad luck, Ray Swinehart would not have had any luck at all at Grandview Speedway this season. However the defending NASCAR Modified stock car champion changed all that around on Saturday night as he won the True Value Hardware 30-lap NASCAR Modified feature race at the Berks County clay oval. "We changed the (Kountry Kitchen) car completely around on Thursday night," said Swinehart in victory lane. Whatever it was they did seemed to work as the Bechtelsville speed equipment business owner was able to pick up his first win of the season and the $2,200 first place money. Swinehart is the eighth different feature winner out of 10 modified features run this season. "It won't be easy but we will still have a shot at winning the title." Swinehart was ninth in the standings going into the Saturday night show. The veteran racer is also in the thick of the chase for the lucrative Motor Truck Equipment Co. Kenworth Cummins NASCAR Modified Championship Series title (includes modified events at Big Diamond and Grandview Speedways) worth $15,000 in end of the season point money for the champion. In the NASCAR Late Model 20-lap feature it was Jeff Teets of Coplay, PA wheeling the Salvage Transport Services entry to his fourth win of the season. The 30-lap feature NASCAR Modifieds saw Mike Bailey grab the early lead and hold off challenges from Jim Bagley and Ray Swinehart for the first ten laps. With one third of the race in the record books Swinehart was able to move in front of the pack and put a little distance between himself and Bailey. Jeff Strunk moved into the "win picture" at the halfway mark and the two put on quite a battle for the top spot. With just two laps remaining John Willman spun the O'Connor Freightliner entry in turn four bringing out the ONLY caution of the 30-lap feature. This set up a "chase to the checkered flag" on the restart with Swinehart using his years of experience and knowledge of the track to hold on for his first win of the season. Jeff Strunk (Bechtelsville) had a solid second place finish while Dennis Bailey (Kutztown) had his hands full holding on to third with Rick Schaffer (Woxall) grabbing a strong fourth. Chip Slocum (Ewing Township, NJ) earned a solid fifth. The NASCAR Shortrack Late Models put on another impressive display of competition with Roger Decker setting the early pace. On the second lap former champion Lou Egrie was in front of the pack and working very hard to stay there as Jeff Teets was "nipping at his rear." On the sixth circuit of the one-third-mile, clay banked oval Teets took the lead and went on to a somewhat easy win, his fourth of the season. Lou Egrie (Philadelphia) held on to finish second while current late model point leader Dean Stoudt (East Greenville) was third. Randy Stoudt (Pottstown), no relation to Dean, was fourth followed by Junior Grebe (Boyertown). The entire 13 events of racing were complete and in the record book by 10:15 p.m. Qualifying events for the modifieds were won by Ray Swinehart, Shawn Reimert, Steve Folk and Jeff Strunk. Consolation race victories went to Cliff Quinn and Kenny Gruber. And it was Jeff Strunk winning the Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash worth $420. In the NASCAR Late Model preliminaries the wins went to Lou Egrie, Randy Stoudt and Bill Henning while the consolation (just five laps) was won by Mike Bedell. The Bars Leaks United Racing Club sprint cars return to the Grandview Speedway on Saturday, June 12, 7:30 p.m. for the first time since, some years back, when Ed Darrell presented Sunday night sprint and midget racing at the Berks County oval. Red Hill Ford will sponsor the night of auto racing. The NASCAR Winston Racing Series modifieds will be the second part of the doubleheader show. Many of the top names in area sprint and modified stock car racing are expected to be part of the Saturday night show. A Sunday night rain date will be place. If the Saturday night show should be rained out NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modifieds and Late Models will be presented at 7 p.m. on Sunday night. One of the most popular shows of the season will be presented on Saturday June 19, 7:30 p.m. when the Twin 20 NASCAR Modified features are presented along with NASCAR Late Model stock car racing. 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. PIT NOTES: The Timber Wolf Smokeless Tobacco Hard Charger award had both Jeff Strunk and Terry Meitzler gaining the same amount of spots in the modified feature. The award gives the driver able to gain the most positions in the feature modified event a $200 bonus. Todd Heydt, the feature winner the week previous, did not qualify for the feature and earned the Kochel Equipment Co. First Alternate Award worth $25.00. Jeff Teets leads in the Salvage Transport Services Hard Charger Award Chase. Teets took the top award on May 29 advancing 14 positions and leads the season chase with 64 positions advanced. Ed Hoffman is second with 59 positions gained and Dean Stoudt has gained 48 positions through the May 29th show. Visiting the track for the first time was Monte Dutton, the veteran NASCAR Winston Cup writer, who has his articles appear in newspapers throughout the nation including Area Auto Racing News. Dutton had many nice things to say about the short track auto racing action at Grandview Speedway. Also on hand for the Saturday night show was former writer Len Thacher who now is the statistical genius for all the NASCAR Winston Cup facts and figures. He works for Sports Marketing Enterprises. Pocono Raceway had their pace car on hand and fans bringing their rain checks from the June 5 show to Pocono on June 19 will be able to purchase two concourse tickets for the price of one. That day of action at Pocono includes practice, time trial action and the ARCA race. Stanley Swinehart was $150 richer after Saturday night as he was the only fan to pick Ray Swinehart and Jeff Teets to win their features as part of the A&T Chevrolet Pick The Winner Contest. TRUE VALUE HARDWARE 30 LAP NASCAR MODIFIED FEATURE (TOP 20)Ray Swinehart, Jeff Strunk, Dennis Bailey, Rick Schaffer, Chip Slocum, Mike Bailey, Kerry Kratz, Jon Kellner, Shawn Reimert, Kevin Hartnett, Danny Erb, Sam Martz, Terry Meitzler, Doug Pannepacker, Glenn Strunk, Smokey Warren, Donny Erb, Cliff Quinn, Ed Aikin, Tracy Readinger. TRUE VALUE HARDWARE 20 LAP NASCAR LATE MODEL FEATURE (TOP 20)Jeff Teets. Lou Egrie, Dean Stoudt, Randy Stoudt, Junior Grebe, Casey Ebright, Rick Todorow, Terry Sndyer, Ed Hoffman, John Durling, Ed Trimbur, Jay Schlosberg, John Giesler, Chuck Sennott, Buddy Wharton, Ron Chrisman, Bill Henning, Mike Erb, Mike Bedell, Scott Miley. NASCAR MODIFIED POINT STANDINGS AS OF JUNE 6, 1999...Terry Meitzler (Kutztown) 2274, Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville) 2182, Jeff Strunk (Bechtelsville) 2116, Kevin Hartnett (Perkasie) 2106, Jon Kellner (Lansdale) 2083, Rick Schaffer (Woxall) 2061, Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville) 2032, Glenn Strunk (Boyertown) 1991, Tom Mayberry (Sellersville) 1935, Chip Slocum (Ewing Township, NJ) 1737. NASCAR LATE MODEL POINT STANDINGS AS OF JUNE 6, 1999 ... Dean Stoudt (East Greenville) 2616, Jeff Teets (Coplay) 2546, Rick Todorow (Quakertown) 2545, John Durling (Reading) 2276, Ed Hoffman (Allentown) 2172, Lou Egrie (Philadelphia) 2148, John Giesler (Aston) 2104, Chuck Sennott (Gilbertsville) 2097, Randy Stoudt (2000), Sam Schlosberg (Green Lane) 1939. Feature Winners in Modifieds: Tom Mayberry (3), all others have one win each: Kenny Gilmore, Jeff Strunk, Ray Swinehart, Chip Slocum, John Willman, Toddy Heydt, Donny Erb Feature Winners in Late Models: Jeff Teets (4), Bill Henning (2), all others have one win: John Durling, Chuck Sennott, Terry Snyder, Dean Stoudt.