------------------------------------------------------------ IN A NUTSHELL: Terry Meitzler, current modified division point leader at Grandview, won his first feature race of the season taking the top dollars in the O'Connor Truck Centers NASCAR...
------------------------------------------------------------ IN A NUTSHELL: Terry Meitzler, current modified division point leader at Grandview, won his first feature race of the season taking the top dollars in the O'Connor Truck Centers NASCAR Modified 30 lap feature on Saturday night. The Kutztown racer earned $2620 for the night that also included a win in the $420 Cash Dash. For the second time this season Chuck Sennott drove to victory in the 20-lap O'Connor Truck Centers NASCAR Late Model feature at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Saturday, July 3, 7:30 p.m. Firecracker 40 for NASCAR Late Models plus full show of NASCAR Modifieds. At least 13 events of racing. Kochel Equipment Cash Dash for late models and Quigley Motors Cash Dash for modifieds. In addition Kochel Equipment will give a $250 Karcher Pressure Washer to one of the Firecracker 40 feature starters. Winner decided by luck of the draw. Rain date Sunday, 7 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 7:30 p.m. Hatfield Quality Meats Night with at least 13 events of stock car racing including NASCAR Modifieds and NASCAR Late Models. Prizes for first 100 youngsters, a grand prize for lucky fan, Smiley will be there and you'll have a chance to catch a hot dog from the cannon in the grandstands. Rain date Sunday, 7 p.m. ----------------------------------------------------------- POINT LEADER TERRY MEITZLER WINS FIRST OF THE SEASON, SENNOTT TOPS THE LATE MODEL FIELD FOR THE SECOND TIME
Bechtelsville, PA June 26, 1999 . . . "Always in the chase for the crown but I have never claimed it. Hopefully this is the season we do it," said Terry Meitzler after wheeling the Meitzler Excavating modified to victory on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. The current NASCAR Modified track point leader who calls Kutztown home earned $2520 winning the 30- lap O'Connor Truck Centers NASCAR Modified feature race and the 3-lap Cash Dash. It was the first win of the season for Meitzler and increased his point lead in the chase for the NASCAR Modified point crown at Grandview Speedway. In the 20-lapper for NASCAR Shortrack Late Models Chuck Sennott, a transplanted New York State racer, now calling Gilbertsville, PA home, drove the Kochel Equipment sponsored entry to his second win of the season. And for fans of modified racer Jim Bagley, who suffered a heart attack at the track on June 19, there is very good news. Bagley is at home (1320 W. Welsh Road, North Wales, PA 19454) and recovering. He is planning to be back racing NASCAR Modifieds at Grandview in about one month. "It will give us a chance to regroup. We need to be doing more with the car to be competitive. There is some very tough competition at Grandview Speedway and we want to be back in the thick of it all. We need to make some changes and this will give us some time to do that. I do really appreciate all the mail, the calls and the concern shown by fans, racers and the media for me. THANK YOU," said the veteran modified racer who stands out from the pack because he chooses to race without sponsorship support. In the 30-lapper for NASCAR Modifieds Jack Hartnett had his Friendly Market sponsored machine in front for several laps even surviving a ten car accident on the 6th lap. At the 10 lap marker Junior Mikosz got by and set the pace until the 22nd lap when a flat tire sent him to the pits while leading. Just one lap earlier Jeff Strunk had gone to the pits while challenging Mikosz for the lead. He also had a flat tire. And while all this was happening Doug Pannepacker was sent to the pits by officials for a "rule infraction." Pannepacker had been running with the leaders. With Mikosz gone and Jeff Strunk at the back of the pack, Ed Aikin had the T&C Hobbies entry in front but not for long. Meitzler, who had been running third, scooted up to first in the second turn and was the leader. Meitzler was able to hold off some very strong challenges from Kevin Hartnett, in fact the challenger edged in front of the leader a couple of times in the final laps only to be rebuffed. At the finish Meitzler was just a scant margin in front of Hartnett and his Candyland Express mount. Hartnett (Perkasie) took home second place money followed by Chip Slocum (Ewing Township, NJ), Jeff Strunk (Bethel, PA) and Ed Aikin (Broomall). Kerry Kratz earned the Timber Wolf Smokeless Tobacco Hard Charger Award coming from 28th to finish 9th. That earns Kratz an extra $200. Todd Heydt got the Kochel Equipment First Alternate Cash just missing the feature lineup. Kyle Pensinger was the man to beat in the 20-lap late model feature, at least for 10 laps. On the start of the 11th lap, in turn two, Pensinger spun his Haldeman Ford sponsored entry giving the lead to second place Chuck Sennott. Once in front Sennott was able to take full control and lead former champion Lou Egrie to the checkered flag being displayed by veteran starter Bruce Harmony. Egrie (Philadelphia) got credit for second followed by John Durling (Reading), multi time champion Dean Stoudt (East Greenville) and Mike Bedell (Pottstown). Qualifying heat races for the NASCAR Modifieds were won by Smokey Warren, Terry Meitzler, Doug Pannepacker (Mopar powered) and Rich Wisdo. The consolation races were taken by Chip Slocum and Sam Schoenly while Terry Meitzler also earned $420 by winning the Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash. In the late model division the qualifying event wins were taken by John Durling, Ron Chrisman and Junior Grebe. The consolation race went to three time champion John Giesler. Coming on Saturday, July 3, 7:30 p.m. Firecracker 40 for NASCAR Late Models plus a full show of NASCAR Modifieds. At least 13 events of stock car racing offered. Kochel Equipment Cash Dash for Late Models and Quigley Motors Cash Dash for Modifieds. Kochel Equipment will also give a $250 Karcher Pressure Washer to a lucky racer in the late model starting field. Rain date is Sunday, 7 p.m. And on Saturday, July 10, 7:30 p.m. A chance to catch a hot dog from the Hatfield Quality Meats cannon. Smiley the mascot will be there. And there will be 100 prizes for first 100 youngsters through the gate and a grand prize for some lucky fan. NASCAR Modifieds and NASCAR Late Models, at least 13 events of stock car racing, will make up Hatfield Quality Meats Night. Rain date at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, just 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com. O'CONNOR FREIGHTLINER NASCAR MODIFIED 30-LAP FEATURE:Meitzler, Hartnett, Slocum, Jeff Strunk, Aikin, Kellner, Jack Hartnett, Donny Erb, Kerry Kratz, Sam Martz, Tracy Readinger, John Willman, Smokey Warren, Dave Faust, Paul Koch, Shawn Reimert, Junior Mikosz, Rich Wisdo, Danny Erb, Ken Lindaberry (top twenty finishers).
O'CONNOR FREIGHTLINER NASCAR LATE MODEL 20 LAP FEATURE: Sennott, Egrie, Durling, Dean Stoudt, Bedell, Ed Hoffman, Terry Snyder, Ron Chrisman, Jeff Teets, Sam Schlosberg, Rick Todorow, Keith Kidd, Scott Miley, Ray Brinckman, Kyle Pensinger, John Giesler, Bill Neff, Mike Erb, Buddy Wharton, Roger Decker (top twenty finishers)
TRACK POINT STANDINGS: Due to technical difficulties we are unable to provide you with the point standings for each division at Grandview Speedway as this news release is being sent. Terry Meitzler does sit on top of the standings in the NASCAR Modifieds while Dean Stoudt has reclaimed the point lead in the NASCAR Late Models. We apologize for not being able to give you the top ten in each division.
TOP TEN IN MOTOR TRUCK EQUIPMENT CO. CUMMINS/KENWORTH PA NASCAR MODIFIED CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINT STANDINGS ($40,000 in point fund money to be paid out at season end with $15,000 going to the champion) 1. Jeff Strunk (Bethel, PA) 6515; 2. Kevin Hartnett (Perkasie) 6035; 3. Jon Kellner (Lansdale) 5915; 4. Dennis Bailey (Kutztown) 5650; 5. Glenn Strunk (Bechtelsville) 5635; 6. Shawn Reimert (Oley) 5500; 7.Smokey Warren (Jonestown) 5155; 8. John Willman (Zionsville) 5115; 9. Mike Bailey (Kutztown) 5015: 10.Jack Hartnett (Telford) 4840 11.Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville) 4540 12.Bob Trapper (Scranton) and Dennis Fisher (Pottstown) 4005; 14. Terry Meitzler (Kutztown) 3670; 15. Keith Hoffman (Whitehall) 3480.