Bechtelsville, PA September 23, 2001 . . . Chuck Sennott, a veteran campaigner in late model stock car racing at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway, was fatally injured in a multi-car late model stock car racing accident at...
Bechtelsville, PA September 23, 2001 . . . Chuck Sennott, a veteran campaigner in late model stock car racing at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway, was fatally injured in a multi-car late model stock car racing accident at Delaware International Speedway on Saturday night.
The 46 year old Gilbertsville, PA resident passed up the open competition show at Grandview Speedway to test his talents at the popular Delaware racing facility. Sennott enjoyed the opportunity, once the regular point race season was over, to get out and travel to other speedways.
Details about the accident are sketchy other than, "There was a multi car accident that Chuck got caught up in. He just had no place to go," said a witness to the accident who preferred to remain anonymous.
In a recent interview with Sennott, he was asked about why he enjoyed racing late models at Grandview Speedway? "I loved the interacting within the pits. And I enjoy helping other drivers tune their chassis," said the father of two who was considered one of the top talents in late model stock car racing at the Berks County clay oval.
"I do like to get out and be competitive at other tracks following the Grandview season with a 410 motor."
The sixth place finisher in this season's NASCAR Late Model point chase at Grandview owned and maintained his own racing equipment, the #61.
Sennott got his start in auto racing at Holland, NY Speedway running in Figure 8 competition. During his years spent in Upstate New York he was able to win at a number of different speedways including Stateline, Eriez, and Perry Speedway. The highlight of his career had been a win in a 100 lap race at Perry, NY Speedway back in 1993, the same year he won the track Limited Late Model championship.
Chuck also won the Street Stock title in 1984 running the Stateline/Eriez Speedway circuit.
It did not take long for the popular racer to catch on at Grandview Speedway. He won his eighth time out in his first season of competition, 1997. During his years at Grandview Sennott won eight late model features.
"Sennott was a very competitive racer at Grandview Speedway. He told me that Dale Earnhardt and Dale Jr. were his favorites. And in some ways you could see traits of Dale in Chuck. He had an aggressive, but respectful, driving style," said Ernie Saxton, long time announcer and public relations person at Grandview Speedway.
Chuck Sennott is survived by his wife Kathy, a son Steve (19) who served as his crew chief, and a daughter Jenny (17) a student at Boyertown, PA High School.
"It is quite a shock. Chuck was a very good racer. He seemed to like our track and was quick to be successful. All of us involved with Grandview Speedway will miss him and the excitement he added to the late model competition. Our sympathies go out to his family and friends," said Grandview Speedway owner Bruce Rogers.
SOME QUICK FACTS ABOUT CHUCK SENNOTT: * 46 years old (September 14, 1955) * 5'11" * 200 pounds * Brown hair * Brown eyes * Married to Kathy * Son, Steve (19) Daughter, Jenny (17) * Employed as Sr. Account Manager with Ecolab * Resident of Gilbertsville, PA
Motorsport.com sends its condolences to the family and friends of Chuck Sennott.