The point chase is in final weeks at Grandview. BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 25, 2002 . . . The battle for the lucrative point championship in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Modifieds is in its final weeks. Just two weeks remain.
The point chase is in final weeks at Grandview.
BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 25, 2002 . . . The battle for the lucrative point championship in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Modifieds is in its final weeks. Just two weeks remain. Just three drivers have a chance to take the title. Former champion Jeff Strunk is in front of the chase, Doug Manmiller is second and Craig VonDohren, the defending champion, is third.
The championship at Grandview Speedway is unique for the Modified stock car racers. There is so much money available. The champion receives $10,000 from the management of Grandview Speedway. There is point money from NASCAR. And then there is regional money for a strong finish in the New England NASCAR Regional point chase. On top of all the money is a one week Champion's Trip that will take the winner to Mexico with a guest (the trip is worth more than $3,000).
Strunk, Manmiller and VonDohren get to battle for that championship this Saturday, August 31, 7:30 p.m. at Bechtelsville's Grandview Speedway. That show will feature action of the NASCAR Modifieds and the Late Model stock cars. Kreiser Racing Fuels will sponsor that night.
The final point races take place on Saturday, September 7, 7:30 p.m. with the Modifieds and Late Models again in action for at least 13 events. That night's action is sponsored by True Value Hardware.
Randy Stoudt, winner of seven official "point" features with the late models, leads the chase for the Late Model title. Just 36 points behind is two feature winner Lou Egrie. Chuck Schutz, no wins to his credit this season, is third with 4236 counters. And still in the chase is Dean Stoudt, four time champion, with 4017 counters. Just two more races will decide the champion.
And with the point race over attention will turn to the T.H. Properties Freedom 76 Modified Classic set for Saturday, September 14th. This event pays $20,000 plus to win and attracts a stellar field of competitors. It is expected that at least 90 racers will be on hand to try to qualify for the "grand-daddy of all major short track dirt modified events."
Of course last year's winner Craig VonDohren will be back to defend his title.
Racing will start at 7 p.m. but there will be pre-race activities starting at 3 p.m. in the afternoon and will include music, interviews and autograph sessions. The rain date is set for Sunday, September 15. Lap sponsorships are being sold for the T.H. Properties Freedom 76. Laps are just $10.00 each and that money goes to the leader of the lap that is chosen. For information on sponsoring a lap telephone Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797.
Two open competition events for modifieds and late models will close out the regular season at Grandview Speedway on Saturdays September 21 and 28th. Racing for those events will start at 6 p.m
October 19th will find the final NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill event being presented at Grandview Speedway for this season. This event will feature the 410 sprints, NASCAR Modifieds, NASCAR Late Models, ARDC Midgets and URC Sprint cars.
And on Saturday, October 26th, the annual Racers Flea Market will be presented starting at 6 a.m.
Champions and other outstanding performers will be honored at the annual awards dinner/dance on Saturday, November 16th.
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown.