BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 21, 2001 . . . For the fourth time this season Tom Mayberry was able to wheel the Mike Kelly owned, A&T Chevy sponsored entry to victory at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. The victory, by a comfortable margin, came in...
BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 21, 2001 . . . For the fourth time this season Tom Mayberry was able to wheel the Mike Kelly owned, A&T Chevy sponsored entry to victory at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. The victory, by a comfortable margin, came in the 30-lap Hatfield Quality Meats sponsored NASCAR Modified feature race.
And for the first time this season Chuck Schutz, back in late model competition after a couple seasons in the NASCAR Modifieds, drove his own Schutz Competition/Zeigler Enterprises mount to victory in the 20-lap NASCAR Late Model feature.
Twenty nine cars took starter Donnie Miller's green with Ray Swinehart, a two time champion, lasted less than one lap. An accident as the field came toward the green saw Swinehart, tangling with others, eliminated from the field. Jeff Sechrist set the pace for the first two laps. Rick Schaffer, the all time leading modified feature winner at the Berks County oval, took the lead on the third circuit of the one- third-mile, clay oval. At the 10-lap marker, after several laps of battling for the top position, Tom Mayberry was able to get by Schaffer on a restart after a caution.
Once in front Mayberry had a relative easy time of it leading by half-a-lap at one point. Numerous cautions dotted the program and Mayberry was able to maintain control of the top spot until the checkered flag fell. The win was the 33rd career victory for the Sellersville, PA resident at Grandview and that includes an unofficial, non-points feature event win earlier in the week. Mayberry earned $2,200 for his winning efforts.
Defending track champion Jeff Strunk (Bethel) was able to grab second with a strong final laps effort. Chip Slocum (Ewing Township, NJ) grabbed third followed by early leader Rick Schaffer (Woxall) and current point leader Craig VonDohren (Barto).
The 20-lap feature for the NASCAR Late Models saw rookie Steve Todorow put his Juniper Auto Body entry in front of the pack at the start and set the pace until the 15th lap. It looked like Todorow would be able to grab his first career win.
Chuck Schutz, coming from 10th starting spot, took the lead when Todorow got wide and that allowed the challenger to get under him for the top spot. Once in front the Pottstown racer was able to hold off challenges from Ed Trimbur (Eagleville) to get the win. Third spot went to Jason Miller, another rookie, from New Tripoli followed by Bill Henning (Lansdale) and Kyle Pensinger (Lyon Station).
Qualifying heats for the NASCAR Modifieds went to Jeff Strunk, Chip Slocum, Meme DeSantis, Brian Kressley and Craig VonDohren. The consolation events were won by Cliff Quinn, Duane Howard and Bob Trapper. The Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash, worth $395, went to Jeff Strunk.
In the late model qualifying events the wins went to Terry Snyder, Jason Miller and John Durling.
Doug Rose and the Green Mamba Jet Car, always a fan favorite, will run some "hot laps" on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval. And he will burn a passenger car to the ground. WATCH WHERE YOU PARK IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND. Fans in the stands will be able to feel the heat of the Green Mamba Jet Car. It will be ARCTIC CAT NIGHT with NASCAR Modifieds and NASCAR Late Models (along with Doug Rose) running in at least 12 events of stock car racing starting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28.
And the following Saturday, one of the biggest events of the season, the prestigious Forrest Rogers Memorial 50-LAP Modified Championship, paying $10,000 to win, will be presented. And there will be a full show of Late Model stock car racing. Chuck Lamb and his www.phillyracing.com website is sponsoring all 50 laps of the event with lap sponsorship money. This event always attracts a strong field of top talent dirt track modified racers. Fan favorites will be Craig VonDohren, Duane Howard, Jeff and Glenn Strunk, Tom Mayberry, Chip Slocum, Kerry Kratz and others. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 4.
Lap sponsorships are available for the Forrest Rogers Memorial at $10.00 each and that gets the sponsor a mention in the program book and mentions on the public address system. Contact Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797 or at the speedway.
And those who may have interest in lap sponsorships, sponsoring a heat race, advertising in the special T.H.Properties Freedom 76, can get a brochure describing all the opportunities, including the annual golf tournament, by contacting Saxton.
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com.