BECHTELSVILLE, PA AUGUST 15, 1998 . . . Close finishes....in fact very close finishes, are getting to be the norm at Grandview Speedway and Saturday night was no different. Chip Slocum had to use all his skills to first get by Jim Bagley to take...
BECHTELSVILLE, PA AUGUST 15, 1998 . . . Close finishes....in fact very close finishes, are getting to be the norm at Grandview Speedway and Saturday night was no different. Chip Slocum had to use all his skills to first get by Jim Bagley to take the lead and then spent the rest of the 30-lap NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modified feature race holding off challenges from Bagley and Jon Kellner to claim his third win of the season.
And in the 20 lap feature for NASCAR Winston Short Track Racing Series Late Models there was a stout battle for the win between eventual winner Randy Stoudt and former champion Dean Stoudt. They are not related.
Teneyt nine modifieds took the green flag in the 30-lap modified feature race with Jim Bagley, an independent type of guy who chooses to race without sponsorship, getting the lead. And it was Bagley setting the pace for 18 laps, holding off challenges from Sam Martz, Slocum and Kellner. Slocum put the Giels Automotive sponsored entry in front on the 19th lap only to have Bagley take the lead back on the next lap. At the 21-lap marker Slocum was back in front with Bagley and Kellner right on his rear bumper. And that was they finished as Slocum, a bowling alley and tavern operator from Ewing Township, NJ, was able pick up $2200 for his winning efforts while Bagley and Kellner battled for second and put heavy pressure on the winner for the top spot.
Jim Bagley, from Lansdale, finished second for his best effort of the season. In third was Jon Kellner ( Lansdale) followed by current point leader Ray Swinehart ( Bechtelsville) and Cliff Quinn (Coopersburg).
The 20-lap feature for late model stock cars had 26 cars taking the green and Mike Bedell in front at the start. Roger Decker and his "Prisoners of War/Missing in Action #8" took the top when Bedell went to the infield on the second lap. Randy Stoudt moved to the front on the fourth lap after a two lap battle with Decker. And it was the Stoudt and Stoudt show for the final 15 laps with Randy Stoudt in front and Dean Stoudt right on his rear bumper. Rick Todorow made a run for the top spot in the closing laps but when the green flag fell it was Randy Stoudt (Pottstown), in the Hutt's Glass/Stoudt Signs entry, claiming his third $600 winner's check of the season. Dean Stoudt, East Greenville, got a strong second place finish. Rick Todorow, Quakertown, earned third followed by Terry Snyder (Green Lane) and Jeff Teets (Coplay). Current late model point leader Chuck Schutz finished sixth to hold on to his narrow point leader over Randy Stoudt.
Qualifying heat wins for the NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modifieds went to Ron Haring, Donny Erb, Sam Martz, Ray Swinehart and Randy Bailey. Consolation races were won by Rick Schaffer, Junior Mikosz and Dennis Bailey. And it was Donny Erb getting $340 for his win in the Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash.
In the late models Randy Stoudt, Bill Henning and Mark Kropp were tops in the qualifying heat races while Sam Schlosberg won the consolation race. The Quigley Dodge Cash Dash went to Randy Stoudt.
With just three weeks remaining in the chase for the lucrative point titles at Grandview Speedway, Ray Swinehart of Bechtelsville, sits on top of the NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modified standings with 4483 points. Second spot is held by Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, 4141 counters. Kerry Kratz of Bechtelsville is third with 4110. Glenn Strunk, Boyertown, holds on to fourth with 3927 and in fifth is Rick Schaffer of Woxall, PA with 3734.
In the NASCAR Winston Short Track Racing Series Late Models Chuck Schutz, Pottstown, holds a slim lead over Randy Stoudt, Pottstown, 4443 to 4385. Former champion Dean Stoudt, East Greenville, has 4348. John Giesler, Aston, holds fourth with 3895 and in fifth is John Durling, Reading, 3807. The final point race runs on Saturday, September 5, Harry's U Pull It Auto Parts Night. However the season at Grandview Speedway will continue until the final Saturday of September.
This Saturday, August 22, 7:30 p.m. the KLASCAR Legend stock cars will join the NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modifieds for a doubleheader racing show. In addition there will be a special Pure Stock 4-Cylinder feature for members of the Media so they can get a feel of what actual on track competition is all about. At least 13 events of stock car racing being presented. Rain date is Sunday, August 23, 7 p.m.
And on Wednesday, August 26, 7:30 p.m. the Philadelphia Daily News/NAPA Auto Parts King of the Hill sprint show will be presented. Featured will be a 40-lap main event for the 410 All Star Circuit of Champions sanctioned sprint cars and an invitational KARS 358 Challenge race. Rain date is Thursday, August 27, 7:30 p.m.
Though all qualifying heat races for the Schaeffer's Family Restaurant Freedom 76 race, September 12, have been sold, there are other opportunities available including lap sponsorships at just $20.00 each. Salvage Transport Services has announced a $200 Hard Charger Award for the Freedom 76. Lew Slocum has posted $100 for the leader of the 61st lap. Kochel Equipment of Elverson, PA is giving a Karcher Pressure Washer ( valued at more than $300 ) to the first alternate. Stoudt Auto Sales of Reading have taken 5 laps. Bill Wharton and his late model team ( #7 and #7b) posted $50 for the seventh lap. For information on lap sponsorships, awards, etc. telephone Ernie Saxton at (215)752.7797.
Grandview Speedway continues to present stock car racing each Saturday night through until the end of September. The one third mile clay banked oval is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA.