BECHTELSVILLE, PA JUNE 3, 2001 . . . For the third time this season, former track champion Tom Mayberry drove the Mike Kelly owned A&T Chevrolet entry to victory in the 30-lap Black Horse Auto Body NASCAR Modified feature race. The win, almost a...
BECHTELSVILLE, PA JUNE 3, 2001 . . . For the third time this season, former track champion Tom Mayberry drove the Mike Kelly owned A&T Chevrolet entry to victory in the 30-lap Black Horse Auto Body NASCAR Modified feature race. The win, almost a "photo finish" over Brian Kressley, earned the 25 year veteran of stock and sprint car racing $2,200 for his efforts.
In the 20-lapper for NASCAR Late Models Bill Henning of Lansdale, PA was able to win his first feature since switching to Dodge power. Henning had just a narrow margin of victory over Ed Trimbur who had chased Henning for the second half of the feature race.
At the drop of the green Todd Heydt grabbed the top spot and set the pace for nine laps with Brian Kressley coming from seventh starting spot to take the lead. Once in front Kressley, who had been away from the sport for a couple of seasons, held off challenges from Mike Gular, Ray Swinehart and Tom Mayberry for many laps.
With just five laps remaining in the 30-lap feature, Mayberry coming from 15th starting spot, turned the race into a two car battle between himself and Kressley. On the final turn of the final lap, the two bumped (nothing serious), and Mayberry got the edge, just enough, to win the event by a vary narrow margin in what some thought was close to a photo finish.
Second spot went to Brian Kressley (New Tripoli), his best effort of the season, followed by Chip Slocum (Ewing Township, NJ) coming from 22nd starting spot. Meme DeSantis (Reading), who had went to the rear of the field at the 10 lap mark, came back to finish fourth and Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville) was fifth.
Craig VonDohren finished 11th in the feature and gave up his number one spot in the point chase to Meme DeSantis in the battle for the NASCAR Modified championship.
Though it looked easy, it was not, as Bill Henning lead all 20 laps of the NASCAR Late Model feature. Ed Trimbur, coming from 8th starting spot, moved in to challenge Henning on the eighth lap. Henning, in the Harry Henning owned Henning's Supermarket DODGE, held off strong challenges from Trimbur throughout the balance of the feature race to grab his first win of the season. Trimbur, a former drag racer from Eagleville, PA, finished second followed by rookie Jason Miller (New Tripoli), Doug Walton (Royersford) and Lou Egrie (Philadelphia). Point leader going into the night's events, Dean Stoudt was involved in an early race accident putting him out and giving the point lead to former champion Lou Egrie.
With 62 NASCAR Modifieds in the competition area five qualifying heats were run with wins going to Jeff Strunk, Ray Swinehart, Jon Kellner, Craig VonDohren and Randy Stoudt. Consolation wins went to Rick Schaffer, Chip Slocum and Randy Bailey.
In the late models the qualifying heats went to Bill Henning, Lou Egrie and John Durling.
Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash, worth $340, went to Craig VonDohren in the Mrs. T's Pierogies sponsored modified.
One of the most popular shows of the season comes to Grandview Speedway on Saturday, June 9, 7:30 p.m. when Jesse Baro Trucking Inc. presents the United Racing Club Bar's Leaks sprint cars along with the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds, at least 12 big events of auto racing excitement. Heading up the action for the sprints will be Mike Haggenbottom, in the thick of the battle for the lucrative point title, along with Greg Coverdale, Fran Hogue, Dave McGough, Don Kreitz, Midge Miller, defending champion Brian Seidel and a host of others.
The NASCAR Modifieds will have such standouts participating at Tom Mayberry, Craig VonDohren, Jeff Strunk, Glenn Strunk, Kerry Kratz, Chip Slocum and a host of others.
This will be just one of two Saturday night appearances for the United Racing Club sprint cars at Grandview Speedway this season. And it is no uncommon to see 40 or more sprinters on hand for the URC sanctioned events.
Adult admission for the big doubleheader show will be $18.00.
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA. For race information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com.