BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 25, 2001 . . . For the second time this season Glenn Strunk drove the Norm's Save Station entry to victory in the 30-lap Kreiser Race Fuels/Tremont Quick Stop NASCAR Modified stock car feature race at Grandview Speedway....
BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 25, 2001 . . . For the second time this season Glenn Strunk drove the Norm's Save Station entry to victory in the 30-lap Kreiser Race Fuels/Tremont Quick Stop NASCAR Modified stock car feature race at Grandview Speedway. And Jason Miller in the Rothrock Motor Sales/Lee Miller Used Cars mount was able to drive to his first career NASCAR Late Model feature victory on Saturday night.
Jeff Sechrist went to the front of the pack at the drop of the green for the 30 car starting field in the NASCAR Modified feature. And Sechrist was able to hold the top spot until an eighth lap caution. On the restart Ed Aikin put the Three S Electric entry in front of the pack with Sechrist right on his rear bumper. However Aikin's dreams of victory were short-lived as mechanical problems forced him out on the 9th lap and Glenn Strunk, coming from eighth starting spot, was in front.
Strunk, who had a long victory draught at Grandview before winning a feature a few weeks back, seemed to be able to hold off all challengers as he powered the #357 in the high groove of the banked one-third-mile clay oval.
Meme DeSantis put heavy pressure on Strunk for many laps and in the final laps it was Craig VonDohren, the current point leader, and the Mrs T's Pierogies entry giving Strunk a strong chase for the win money.
At the finish Glenn Strunk (Bechtelsville) was just a car length or two in front of VonDohren (Barto). VonDohren came from 15th starting spot. Third place went to Jeff Strunk, Glenn's older brother, who calls Bethel, PA home. Meme DeSantis (Temple) came home fourth and Kenny Gilmore (Fleetwood) came from 22nd starting spot to finish fifth.
In the 20-lap main event for NASCAR Late Models Steve Todorow set the pace for the first three laps in front of the 26 car starting field. Dave Conover got command of the race when Todorow was shuffled toward the back. Jason Miller came on strong, having started in seventh spot, to grab the lead on the 9th lap. Once in front the New Tripoli, PA racer had a seemingly easy time of it as he held off the efforts of several drivers who tried to take the victory, his first at Grandview, away from him.
Second spot, one car length behind, went to Ed Trimbur (Eagleville) followed by Chuck Sennott (Gilbertsville), Sam Schlosberg (Green Lane) and Lou Egrie (Philadelphia).
Qualifying heat races for the modifieds went to Ed Aikin, Meme DeSantis, Tom Mayberry, Craig VonDohren and Tom Umbenhauer. The consolation races were won by Randy Bailey, Kenny Gilmore and Ryan Watt. VonDohren won the Cash Dash worth $410.
In Late Model qualifying events the wins went to Bill Henning, Ed Trimbur and Lou Egrie while Larry Dise got the win in the consolation. The Cash Dash for Late Models went to Bill Henning in a Dodge powered entry.
Coming up this Saturday, September 1, 7:30 p.m. is True Value Hardware Night featuring the NASCAR Modifieds and Late Model stock cars, at least 12 events of racing, in their final point events of the season. The TrueValue Hardware IROC Racecar display will be on site. Advance tickets for the T.H.Properties Freedom 76 Classic are on sale at the speedway during regular Saturday night NASCAR stock car events. The race, paying $20,000 to win, is set for Saturday, September 8, 7 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, September 9.
Autograph sessions, interviews with top drivers and other attractions will get activities started at 3 p.m.
It is expected that at least eight qualifying events will be presented along with consolation races, the Schaeffer Racing Minuteman 20 and the Cheers Tavern Cash Dash paying $1,000 to win. The evening is topped off by the T.H.Properties Freedom 76 starting at least 40 cars.
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown.