Jeff Strunk and Bill Brian Jr. win Jesse Baro Hauling features at Grandview. BECHTELSVILLE, PA JUNE 8, 2002 . . . Former track champion Jeff Strunk drove to his second of the season NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge 30-lap Jesse...
Jeff Strunk and Bill Brian Jr. win Jesse Baro Hauling features at Grandview.
BECHTELSVILLE, PA JUNE 8, 2002 . . . Former track champion Jeff Strunk drove to his second of the season NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge 30-lap Jesse Baro Hauling Night Modified feature race victory on Saturday. Bill Brian Jr. won the 25-lap feature for United Racing Club sprint cars at Grandview Speedway.
Strunk (Bethel, PA) put the Cummins sponsored entry in front of the pack on the 19th lap and held off the challenges of Shawn Reimert and Tom Mayberry to grab the win in the 30-lap main event that started 29 cars.
Mike Bailey grabbed the lead at the drop of the green. On the fourth circuit of the one-third-mile clay oval point leader Kerry Kratz had problems in the fourth turn, bringing out the caution. Kratz was out of the event and dropped to second in the point standings. Tom Mayberry put the A&T Chevy entry in front of the field on the 8th lap. On a caution restart on the 10th lap Mayberry bounced out of the groove in the fourth turn charging toward the green giving the lead to Shawn Reimert. And at the 19th lap Jeff Strunk was able to grab the lead.
Reimert (Oley) finished a strong second while Mayberry (Sellersville) was third. Defending track champion Craig VonDohren (Oley) settled for fourth while Terry Meitzler (Kutztown) finished fifth. The victory was worth $2250 to Strunk and gave him in the point lead in the chase for the NASCAR Modified crown at Grandview Speedway.
Scott Pursell grabbed the early lead in the 25-lap United Racing Club sprint car feature. Jeremy Trout took the top spot on the 7th lap with Pursell back in front just a few laps later. While the two battled Bill Brian Jr. brought his Big Johnson T-shirts #16 from seventh starting spot to challenge for the lead. On the 19th lap Brian (Ephrata, PA) went to the front and stayed there to win his third URC feature race of the season. Second spot went to veteran Gary Gollub in strong performance charging toward the front in a high groove racing exhibition.. Third spot was earned by Kevin Welsh while Scott Pursell and Chris Coyle rounded out the top five finishers.
Qualifying heat races for the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Modifieds were won by Jon Kellner, Meme DeSantis, Craig VonDohren, Shawn Reimert and Tracy Readinger. The consolation races, more than 50 modifieds entered in the night's events, went to Kerry Kratz, Rick Schaffer and Barry Readinger. Meme DeSantis picked up $300 for his win in the Cash Dash.
Greg Coverdale , Jimmy Stitzel. Jeremy Trout and Judi Bates won the qualifying heat races for the Advance Auto Parts United Racing Club sprint cars. The C Main was won by Danny Massey while Chris Coyle virtually flew to the win in the B Main.
Thirty nine sprint cars entered the URC sanctioned events.
The Chuck Sennott Memorial, a 30-lap main event for NASCAR Late Models paying at least $1,000 to win, is set for Saturday, June 15, 7 :30 P.M. Making up the second part of the doubleheader show sponsored by Craftsman Tools is the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Modifieds. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m.
This special event will put the Late Models in the spotlight as Chuck Sennott, an outstanding performer in late model competition for a number of years, is remembered. Sennott was fatally injured in a racing accident at Delaware International Speedway in October, 2001. His family and many friends, many coming from Upstate New York, will be on hand for this special event.
The 30-lap main event will pay at least $1,000 to win and there will be money paid for the qualifying events plus a number of special awards and bonuses will be offered by a variety of businesses and supporters of the sport.
Dean Stoudt, the current Late Model point leader, and Kerry Kratz, the current NASCAR Modified point leader, will top the big field of entries expected for each division of stock car racing competition. At least 12 events of racing will make up the special night.
And on Saturday, June 22, 7:30 p.m. it will be Deka Batteries Night featuring the Modifieds and Late Models.
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.
JESSE BARO HAULING 30-LAP NASCAR MODIFIED FEATURE: Jeff Strunk, Shawn Reimert, Tom Mayberry, Craig VonDohren, Terry Meitzler, Meme DeSantis, Mike Bailey, Ray Swinehart, Keith Brightbill, Jon Kellner, Tracy Readinger, Ryan Watt, Jamie Mills, Doug Manmiller, Kenny Gilmore, Rick Schaffer, Jon Kellner Jr., Steve Swinehart, Barry Readinger, Ron Seltman, Tom Pompei, Danny Erb, Todd Heydt, Chris Esposito, Donny Erb, Randy Bailey, Kevin Hartnett, Tom Umbenhauer, Kerry Kratz.
JESSE BARO HAULING 25-LAP UNITED RACING CLUB SPRINT CAR FEATURE: Bill Brian Jr., Gary Gollub, Kevin Welch, Scott Pursell, Chris Coyle, Mike Haggenbottom, Jeremy Trout, Jason Clauss, Matt Gerber, Doug Emery, Greg Coverdale, Judi Bates, Pete Green, Jimmy Stitzel, Danny Massey, George Suprick, Ed Aikin, Midge Miller, Ashley Parlett, Fran Hogue, Kramer Williamson, Mike Kostic, Donnie Ennis, Junior Martin, Dave Ely.