Grandview race report 2001-05-12

BECHTELSVILLE, PA May 12, 2001 . . . Former Grandview Speedway NASCAR Modified stock car champion "Lightning" Terry Meitzler of Kutztown, PA manhandled the Meitzler Excavating entry to victory Saturday night. The win came in the 30-lap Craftsman...

BECHTELSVILLE, PA May 12, 2001 . . . Former Grandview Speedway NASCAR Modified stock car champion "Lightning" Terry Meitzler of Kutztown, PA manhandled the Meitzler Excavating entry to victory Saturday night. The win came in the 30-lap Craftsman Tools NASCAR Modified feature race, his first of the season, earning him $2200.

The 20-lap feature for NASCAR Late Models was won by Rick Todorow of Quakertown, PA, his first of the season, in the Juniper Auto Body/Juniper Auto Car sponsored entry.

In victory lane, celebrating the fact that he was the fifth different winner in as many NASCAR Modified events this season at Grandview, Terry Meitzler said, "I'll take a top 5 down here anytime. We've been struggling real bad. Tonight we had as much moisture in the track as we had all year. That really helps my car. We have been tightening and tightening. The car really felt good tonight. The most trouble we had was in three and four. There was a cushion that acted like a curb and I couldn't keep the nose down. Other than that it was a good night."

Brian Kressley pulled away from the 30-car starting field at the start of the 30-lap feature and looked like he was the man to beat. Keith Brightbill and Shawn Reimert gave Kressley a battle. Rick Schaffer put himself out as he lost it in turn four and got hit by others. Kressley continued to be the man to beat.

At 12 laps, on a restart, Terry Meitzler flexed his muscles and jumped into the lead just about the time Tom Mayberry was heading to the pits.

Meitzler controlled the balance of the race with Jeff Strunk, a winner on Friday night at Big Diamond Raceway, coming up to try for a second weekend victory with Kenworth/Cummins sponsored entry. At the finish Meitzler, earning this win for his wife Karen on Mother's Day, had a comfortable lead in front of Strunk. Third place went to Meme DeSantis followed by Brian Kressley and Jon Kellner.

Unofficially Meme DeSantis earned another $200 from Timber Wolf Tobacco as the Hard Charger. He came from 20th to finish third on a night when there were few cautions and the track was in excellent condition.

For the second week in a row Bill Henning had his Dodge in front of the pack at the start. And it was Henning, out of Lansdale, PA who set the pace for three quarters of the race. Rick Todorow jumped in front of the pack on the 15th lap after he and Henning battled for several laps. Once in front the Quakertown Auto Body Shop operator was able to hold off a strong challenge from your Sam Schlosberg to get his first win. Todorow was the fifth different feature winner of the season in late models. Third spot went to Doug Walton followed by four time champion Dean Stoudt and Bill Henning.

Qualifying heat races for the close to 60 modifieds on hand went to Ray Swinehart, Jeff Strunk, Shawn Reimert, Rick Schaffer and Keith Brightbill. The consolation races went to Donny Erb, Doug Manmiller and Kenny Gilmore. And the Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash, with $100 from Craftsman Tools, was worth $475 with the win going to Rick Schaffer.

In the NASCAR Late Models qualifiers wins went to Bill Henning, Chuck Sennott and Ron Chrisman.

Dames Chevrolet of Pottstown, offering the area's largest GM Parts inventory, will sponsor the Saturday night show of NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds and Late Models. At least 12 big events of stock car racing each Saturday. Action gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Admission for adults is just $12.00, youngsters 6 -11 are admitted for $3.00 and children under 6 are free. And there is always free parking.

On Saturday, May 26, 7:30 p.m. the NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models will be featured in a doubleheader show that will be sponsored by Arnold's Go-Kart Center of Oaks, PA and Gatorade.

Sunday, May 27, 7:30 p.m. the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Super Summer Series 410 sprints and URC Bars Leaks sprints will be featured in a doubleheader.

Each Saturday night at Grandview Speedway, two fans have the opportunity to win a ride in a two seat modified stock car.

Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com.

CRAFTSMAN TOOLS 30-LAP NASCAR WEEKLY RACING SERIES MODIFIED FEATURE (full finish)

Terry Meitzler, Jeff Strunk, Meme DeSantis, Brian Kressley, Jon Kellner, Doug Manmiller, Shawn Reimert, Chip Slocum, Bob Trapper, Ray Swinehart, Keith Brightbill, Tom Umbenhauer, Craig VonDohren, Kerry Kratz, Donny Erb, Kenny Gilmore, Barry Readinger, Jim Bagley, Ken Lindaberry, Randy Bailey, Danny Erb, Todd Heydt, Kevin Hartnett, Ryan Watt, Kenny Gruber, John Willman, Jack Hartnett, Tom Mayberry, Rick Schaffer, Randy Stoudt.

CRAFTSMAN TOOLS 20-LAP NASCAR LATE MODEL SERIES FEATURE (full finish)

Rick Todorow, Sam Schlosberg, Doug Walton, Dean Stoudt, Bill Henning, Lou Egrie, Mark Malcolm, Ron Chrisman, Chuck Schutz, Ed Trimbur, Chuck Sennott, Buddy Wharon, Terry Snyder, Chris Wojnar, John Giesler, Steve Todorow, Mike Bedell, Dave Conover, Mike Steinmetz, Mike Bernhard, Kyle Pensinger, Jason Miller, Greg Hoffmaster, Donald Hale, and John Durling.

-GS-

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