TRUE VALUE HARDWARE 30-LAP NASCAR MODIFIED FEATURE: Craig VonDohren, Tracy Readinger, Jeff Strunk, Bob Trapper, Tom Umbenhauer, Glenn Strunk, Doug Pannepacker, Donny Erb, Shawn Reimert, Terry Meitzler, Jon Kellner, Meme DeSantis, Keith Brightbill,...
TRUE VALUE HARDWARE 30-LAP NASCAR MODIFIED FEATURE: Craig VonDohren, Tracy Readinger, Jeff Strunk, Bob Trapper, Tom Umbenhauer, Glenn Strunk, Doug Pannepacker, Donny Erb, Shawn Reimert, Terry Meitzler, Jon Kellner, Meme DeSantis, Keith Brightbill, Chip Slocum, Randy Bailey, Kerry Kratz, Randy Stoudt, Doug Manmiller, Todd Heydt, Kenny Gilmore, Ryan Watt, Brian Kressley, Mike Bailey, Ron Solomon, Sam Schoenly, Steve Young, Kip Timmer, Tom Mayberry, Ray Swinehart, Rick Schaffer
TRUE VALUE HARDWARE 20-LAP NASCAR LATE MODEL FEATURE:Jason Miller, John Durling, Sam Schlosberg, Dean Stoudt, Lou Egrie, Ed Trimbur, Chuck Sennott, Ron Chrisman, John Giesler, Larry Dise, Steve Szymorski, Dave Conover, Buddy Wharton, Chris Wojnar, Mike Bernhard, Kyle Pensinger, Steve Todorow, Ted Szymoborski, Danny Pusch, Donald Hale, Mike Steinmetz, Bill Henning, Rick Todorow, Chris Hamill, Chuck Schutz, Mike Bedell
BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 1, 2001 . . . Craig VonDohren won the battle on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway, winning the 30-lap True Value Hardware NASCAR Modified feature. And VonDohren, won the war, winning his fifth NASCAR Modified championship at Grandview Speedway. Jason Miller earned his second 20-lap NASCAR Late Model feature win in as many weeks while John Durling took his first NASCAR Late Model championship.
Tracy Readinger, driving the D&S Archery sponsored entry, took the lead at the drop of the green for the 30 car starting field in the modified feature. Readinger looked like he was on the way to his first win as he was able to hold off a number of challenges as Craig VonDohren was working his to the front from his 14th starting position.
With five laps to go VonDohren, who had been trying to get by Readinger for several laps, was able to "slide" under the leader in the third turn. As the field came off the fourth turn VonDohren was in command as Readinger was making an attempt to regain his top spot. VonDohren and the #114 Mrs.T's Pierogies sponsored mount proved to be too powerful for the challenger and lead the rest of the way to earn $2,200 for his efforts.
The win also moved VonDohren (Barto) past Fred Rahmer on the all time win list at Grandview. VonDohren now has 46 career wins and is just one win behind Rick Schaffer who is the all time leading modified feature win with 47 victories.
Readinger (Oley, PA) was able to hold off a strong challenge from defending track champion Jeff Strunk (Bethel) to take the second spot. Bobby Trapper (Scranton) finished fourth in an impressive showing while Tom Umbenhauer (Richland) finished fifth.
VonDohren did not need the win, his fifth of the season, to earn his fifth career championship at Grandview Speedway. However his impressive final point race of the season showing gave him 4649 points for the season topping defending champion Jeff Strunk who had 4110 counters. Third spot went to Meme DeSantis with 4044 points.
Making it an even bigger night VonDohren, unofficially won the Timber Wolf Hard Charger Award worth $200 gaining 13 spots in the feature race.
In the NASCAR Late Models Jason Miller, who won his first career feature victory one week previous, was able to make it two in a row with the Saturday night feature win. Buddy Wharton got the top spot for the first lap after four cautions were needed to get the feature through the first circuit of the 20-lap main event.
Wharton was on top of the 28 car starting field for three laps with Sam Schlosberg, the teenager, getting the top spot on the 4th lap. Jason Miller, coming from 18th starting spot with his Rothrock Motor Sales sponsored entry, took the lead on the 13th circuit. Once in front Miller (New Tripoli) was able to hold off several challenges from John Durling and Sam Schlosberg to earn the victory. Second spot went to Durling followed by Schlosberg (Green Lane), Dean Stoudt (East Greenville) and Lou Egrie (Philadelphia).
Durling, who had married his longtime girlfriend Denice on his August 15th birthday, earned his first NASCAR Late Model championship at Grandview Speedway. The Reading, PA racer had just one win, though he made a strong effort at making it two feature wins on the final night of the point chase, and 4249 points to win the title. Second spot was earned by Lou Egrie (Philadelphia) with 4009 points. Four time Late Model champion Dean Stoudt had 3924 counters to finish third.
Five qualifying heats, featuring 63 NASCAR modifieds, were won by Craig VonDohren, Tom Umbenhauer, Brian Kressley, Tracy Readinger and Donny Erb. The consolation races went to Kerry Kratz, Ryan Watt and Kenny Gilmore. And it was Brian Kressley who had the fans standing and cheering as he topped Craig VonDohren in the Cash Dash worth $395.
Qualifying heats for the late models were won by Sam Schlosberg, Steve Todorow and Ed Trimbur.
The GRANDDADDY of high dollar modified stock car racing events comes to the Grandview Speedway on Saturday, September 8, 7 p.m. More than 90 entries, including many of the top dirt track modified racing talents, are expected to be on hand for the 31st annual T.H. Properties Freedom 76 Modified Classic. Six time winner Billy Pauch, the winner in 2000, will be back to try for win number seven. Track champion Craig VonDohren will be in the field along with many other top talents.
Included in the day, gates opening for fans at 1:30 p.m., will be autograph sessions and interviews starting at 3 p.m. There will be music. And at 5 p.m. there will be children's activities that include finger printing, face painting and clowns.
Racing will start at 7 p.m. with qualifying heats, Schaeffer's Racing Minuteman 20, Cheers Tavern Cash Dash paying $1,000 to win with the finale being the T.H.Properties Freedom 76 starting 40 cars and earning the winner in excess of $20,000.
Adult admission is $20.00 while youngsters 6 through 11 pay just $5.00. Rain date is Sunday, September 9, 7 p.m.
And on Saturday, September 15, 5 p.m. the United Racing Club sprint cars will be in action along with the modifieds. There will be no late model stock car racing.
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just 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.