Grandview Speedway race report 2002-06-22

Lou Egrie gets biggest win of his career, Manmiller wins third of the season at Grandview Speedway. Bechtelsville, PA, June 22, 2002 . . . Dedicating the win to his father who had passed away just a couple of months back, Lou Egrie won...

Lou Egrie gets biggest win of his career, Manmiller wins third of the season at Grandview Speedway.

Bechtelsville, PA, June 22, 2002 . . . Dedicating the win to his father who had passed away just a couple of months back, Lou Egrie won the biggest victory of his auto racing career as he won the Chuck Sennott Memorial 30-lap Late Model feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. And it was Doug Manmiller claiming his third win of the season, the second that counted in the NASCAR Modified point chase, when he won the Deka Batteries Night 30-lap NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Modified feature race.

The entire evening of stock car racing was dedicated to the memory of Chuck Sennott, a Grandview Speedway late model racer who was fatally injured during the running of a late model race at Delaware International Speedway back in September, 2001. Many friends and Chuck Sennott family members were on hand for the special evening. More than $3,000 in extra cash awards were posted for the late models plus a variety of special awards courtesy of a long list of sponsors and event supporters.

Dean Stoudt lead most of the laps in the Sennott Memorial but with just four laps to go, being unable to keep the car from drifting out of the groove, former champion Lou Egrie was able to take advantage of a "slip" and got under him to grab the lead and the victory. Stoudt (East Greenville) managed to hold on for second with his Kutztown Auto Glass #77 while Randy Stoudt (Pottstown) who was sent to the rear of the field early, came back to finish a strong third. Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) grabbed fourth and John Durling (Reading), the defending Late Model champion, earned fifth.

Egrie, of Huntington Valley, PA, picked up more than $1000 in cash and awards for his win with the Philadelphia Automotive Racing Engines/Ken Parsons sponsored #X4.

Mike Steinmetz lead the first 11 laps of the late model feature with his Reading Phillies/TV51 sponsored entry but faded from the picture and had to settle for 20th after racking up considerable lap sponsorship money.

Ryan Beltz lead the first lap of the 30-lap Deka Batteries NASCAR Modified feature with Cliff Quinn taking control on the second go around. At 12 laps it was a three car chase between now leader Jon Kellner, Doug Manmiller and Quinn. Manmiller got the top spot at the midway mark, running the outside groove. Once in front Manmiller (Sinking Spring) was able to hold off the challenges of Craig VonDohren (Oley), who finished second and Jon Kellner (Lansdale) who had to settle for third. Jeff Strunk (Bethel) held on to the point lead with an impressive fourth place effort while Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville) earned fifth place.

The fourth place finish allowed Strunk to hold on to the point lead in the chase for the lucrative NASCAR and Grandview Speedway point titles. And Kratz was able to stay within 100 points of the leader.

Fifty five modifieds and 39 late models jammed the pits for the special evening that attracted one of the largest crowds of the season. Qualifying heat wins in the modified division went to Craig VonDohren, Danny Erb, Tracy Readinger, Jon Kellner and Kerry Kratz. The three consolation races were won by Tom Umbenhauer, Kenny Gilmore and Mike Bailey. The Cash Dash, worth $320, was won by Kerry Kratz in an effort that proved very popular with fans.

In Late Model qualifying action Lou Egrie, Ed Trimbur and Randy Stoudt were the winners while Chris Wojnar and Mike Erb won the consolation races. Each heat race paid $150 to win. The Cash Dash for Late Models, worth $161 and sponsored by Chrisman Motorsports, was won by Randy Stoudt.

The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Modifieds will be back in the limelight on Saturday, June 29th at 7:30 p.m. At least 12 big events of stock car racing will be features with a 30-lapper for the Modifieds and a 20-lap feature for the Late Model stocks that make up the second part of the show sponsored by Waste Management Co.

And on Sunday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. the second in a series of eight sprint car races making up the CARQUEST AUTO PARTS PA Sprint Speed Week Series will take place at Grandview Speedway. Featured will be 410 sprints and the KARS 358 sprint cars. There is a Monday, July 1, 7:30 p.m. rain date in place.

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.

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