Grandview Speedway report 2001-08-18

BECHTELSVILLE, PA AUGUST 18, 2001 . . . For the second time this season Jeff Strunk drove the Kenworth/Cummins sponsored Keith Harring owned entry to victory in the 30-lap Auto Locator/Arnold's Kart Center NASCAR Modified feature at Grandview ...

BECHTELSVILLE, PA AUGUST 18, 2001 . . . For the second time this season Jeff Strunk drove the Kenworth/Cummins sponsored Keith Harring owned entry to victory in the 30-lap Auto Locator/Arnold's Kart Center NASCAR Modified feature at Grandview Speedway. And it was Sam Schlosberg grabbing his second win of the season in the 20-lap NASCAR Late Model feature race on Saturday night.

Todd Heydt, trying to give his daughter Megan a feature victory as a birthday present, jumped into the lead at the drop of the green from starter Donnie Miller. Heydt set the pace for the 29 car starting field for 10 laps holding off the challenges of Chip Slocum for several laps. On the 11th circuit of the one-third-mile, clay banked oval Slocum was able to put the Giel's Automotive mount in front of the pack.

A number of cautions kept the action close and put defending champion Jeff Strunk on the rear bumper of Slocum. At the 20-lap marker Strunk was able to mount a charge on a caution restart and motored past Slocum to take the top spot in turn two.

Once in front of the pack Strunk, who calls Bethel, PA home these days, was able to hold of challenges from Slocum, Ray Swinehart and Tom Mayberry to grab the $2200 first place money.

Second spot went to Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville) while Duane Howard (Oley) came from last after a first lap incident with Glenn Strunk in turn two, to finish a strong third. Slocum (Ewing Township, NJ) grabbed fourth while Tom Mayberry (Sellersville) earned fifth.

Terry Meitzler, coming from 18th to grab 6th was the unofficial winner of the Timber Wolf Hard Charger Award worth $200.

Donald Hale lead the first lap of the 20-lap NASCAR Late Model feature but was out of action, mechanical problems, after just one official lap being finished. Buddy Wharton got the top spot on the second lap and set the pace until the 7th circuit when he was moved out of the way in turn four. Lou Egrie got the top spot for just one lap and Sam Schlosberg, coming from sixth and surviving several cautions, took the lead on the 8th lap.

Once in front Schlosberg (Green Lane, PA) was able to fend off the constant challenges of former champion Lou Egrie to grab the victory. For Schlosberg and his E.I.M./Green Lane Auto Sales entry, it was the second win of the season. Egrie (Philadelphia) came home a strong second followed by point leader John Durling (Reading), John Giesler (Aston) and Ron Chrisman (Schwenksville).

Interesting to note is that out of the top five in the late model standings at the start of the feature only Durling was able to finish the race.

With more than 60 modifieds on hand qualifying heat wins went to Ken Lindaberry, Duane Howard, Jeff Strunk, Jon Kellner and Tom Mayberry. Consolation races were won by Jeff Sechrist, Keith Brightbill and Bill Gensler. Duane Howard took home $320 as the winner in the Cash Dash.

Jason Miller, Buddy Wharton and Chuck Schulz won the qualifying heats for Late Models while Ed Trimbur got to the feature event by winning the consolation race.

Coming up at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, August 25, with a 7:30 p.m. starting time, will be Kreiser Racing Fuels/Tremont Quik Stop Night. Featured will be at least 12 events of NASCAR modified and late model stock car racing. On Tuesday, August 28, 7:30 p.m. King of the Hill Sprint Car Racing feature the 410 sprints and URC sprint cars. Saturday, September 1, 7:30 p.m. the TrueValue Hardware Stores NASCAR Modified and Late Model feature racing events plus qualifying events will be presented. A TrueValue race car and hauler display will be on site. This is the final point race of the season for the modifieds and late models. And the big T.H.Properties Freedom 76 Golf Tournament is set for Thursday, September 6. Many racers and officials participate in the event.

The T.H.Properties Freedom 76 Modified Classic, paying at least $20,000 to win, will be presented on Saturday, September 8, 7 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, September 9.

Grandview Speedway, a NASCAR sanctioned auto racing facility, 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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