Grandview Speedway race summary 2002-07-27

Ray Swinehart and Randy Stoudt win features at Grandview. BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 27, 2002 . . . Former track champion Ray Swinehart drove his own Dames Chevrolet/J&L Speed Equipment sponsored modified stock car to his third feature win of the ...

Ray Swinehart and Randy Stoudt win features at Grandview.

BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 27, 2002 . . . Former track champion Ray Swinehart drove his own Dames Chevrolet/J&L Speed Equipment sponsored modified stock car to his third feature win of the season on Saturday night winning the 30-lap 3M Night NASCAR Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway. In the 20-lap main event for the NASCAR Late Models Randy Stoudt drove the Rogers Auto Parts #22 to his sixth official feature win of the season.

The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Modified feature had Ron Seltmann Jr put his Capital Bonding Group R19 in front of the 29 car starting field at the drop of the green. Current point leader Jeff Strunk was involved in an early accident that had him making a quick trip to the pits and restarting at the rear of the field.

Seltmann, never a feature winner on the one-third-mile, clay banked oval, looked like he might finally earn his first feature victory as he lead right up through the 19th lap. On a restart after a caution on the 20th lap when Todd Marburger, running in the top five, got into the wall, Ray Swinehart was able to get the jump on the field and take command.

With Swinehart in front Jeff Strunk and Jamie Mills tangled in the first turn of the 21st lap bringing out a red as Strunk got his Cummins Diesel #W9 upside-down. Strunk was not injured but was out of action for the night.

Two laps later, with Swinehart still in front, two challengers in Craig VonDohren and Meme DeSantis tangled in turn two with VonDohren spinning. Officials tried to put DeSantis to the rear of the field for the altercation but the veteran driver decided to go to the pits instead after having a discussion with starter Ray Kemp on the main straightaway.

On the restart, with VonDohren, the defending track champion, at the tail end of the field, Ray Swinehart was able to hold off strong challenges from former champion Terry Meitzler and Kerry Kratz in the closing laps. Swinehart (Bechtelsville) picked up $2200 for his winning efforts. Terry Meitzler (Kutztown) earned a second for his strongest effort of the season. Third spot went to early season point leader Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville) followed by Ron Seltmann Jr. (Pottstown) in his best outing of the season and Doug Manmiller (Sinking Spring) who came from 25th starting spot.

Despite an early end to his feature efforts Jeff Strunk continues to lead in the point chase for the lucrative track and NASCAR Modified championships by less than 100 points over Craig VonDohren.

The NASCAR Modifieds used the Saturday night events as a final tune-up for the Stauffer Construction Forrest Rogers Memorial, a 50-lap championship race paying $10,000 to win, scheduled for this Saturday, August 3, 7:30 p.m. A full series of qualifying events will be presented for the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Modifieds plus a full show of NASCAR Late Models. And the Blue Brothers Act, a first time attraction at Grandview Speedway, will entertain fans on the main straightaway.

In the 20-lap feature for NASCAR Late Models, two wild accidents bent up some sheet metal before the first lap could be completed. Once the race really got started, Mike Steinmetz had his Reading Phillies/TV51 entry in front of the pack for 11 laps with Lou Egrie giving him a strong challenge. At the 12 lap mark Egrie, a former late model champion, took over the top spot with Randy Stoudt, coming from 18th starting spot, putting the pressure on. At the 19 lap mark Stoudt (Pottstown) was able to get by Egrie and go on to win his sixth "official" feature victory of the season. A close second went to Lou Egrie (Huntington Valley) followed by Chuck Schutz (Pottstown), Ron Chrisman (Schwenksville) and Jason Miller (Germansville).

Randy Stoudt continues to lead the standings in the chase for the Late Model title.

Qualifying heat races for the more than 50 modifieds on hand went to Todd Marburger, Ray Swinehart, Junior Mikosz, Terry Meitzler and Kerry Kratz. The consolation races were won by Smokey Warren, Rick Schaffer and Tracy Readinger. The Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash was won by Terry Meitzler.

In qualifying events for the Late Models wins went to Randy Stoudt, Buddy Wharton and Lou Egrie and the consolation race went to Dean Stoudt.

Coming up on Saturday, August 10, 7:30 p.m. is Berks Mont Newspapers Night featuring the NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models, at least 12 events of stock car racing. There will be FREE giveaways and door prizes. And on Sunday, August 11th, 7:30 p.m., the California based SCRA wingless sprint cars will be the featured attraction. Making up the second part of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill doubleheader will be the United Racing Club winged sprinters.

Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just a short distance off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, in Bechtelsville, PA. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com. And for fans unable to attend the weekly event, the website offers live coverage of the race events. Just go to the website and hit "audio link."

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