Grandview race report 2002-04-28

Swinehart wins rained out feature from April 13. Then rain washes out regular features at Grandview Speedway BECHTELSVILLE, PA APRIL 28, 2002 . . . Two time NASCAR Modified track champion Ray Swinehart looked as if he is looking for a third...

Swinehart wins rained out feature from April 13.
Then rain washes out regular features at Grandview Speedway

BECHTELSVILLE, PA APRIL 28, 2002 . . . Two time NASCAR Modified track champion Ray Swinehart looked as if he is looking for a third title as he took the lead at the drop of the green flag and lead all 30-laps to win the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Modified stock car feature at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night.

The feature was a rained out feature event left from Valvoline Cup Night on April 13. Before the two additional features scheduled as the finales of the night could be run rains came making it unsafe to continue the racing.

Track operator Bruce Rogers, because of a number of weather problems in the early season, has been forced to adjust his schedule for the next three weeks.

On Saturday, May 4, he will present two 20-lap Late Model features plus a 30 lap main event for NASCAR Modifieds and a full series of qualifying events. That racing show will start at 7 p.m., one half hour earlier than had been scheduled.

On Saturday, May 11, Grandview Speedway will play host to two 30-lap modified stock car features plus a 20-lap main event for Late Models. And a full series of qualifying events will be included.

And finally, getting all the weather delayed features completed, Rogers will present another Saturday night of stock car racing action on May 18th that will include two 20-lap features for Late Models and a 30-lap main event for NASCAR Modifieds.

Before the rains came on Saturday night forcing the postponement of additional racing. Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville, PA) was forced to hold off a strong challenge in the late laps from Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville) to win the $2,500 first place money. Kratz now has two second place outings in two features run this season. Third spot went to Jon Kellner (Lansdale) followed by Keith Brightbill (Mohnton) who had come from 24th starting spot. Fifth place was earned by Jeff Strunk (Bethel). Strunk went to the pits early in the feature but with the many cautions that dotted the lengthy, 45 minutes, feature, he was able to work his way back through the pack for a strong finish.

With the rained out feature from April 13th out of the way attention turned to qualifying events for the next features for modifieds and late models scheduled for later in the evening.

Qualifying events for the modifieds were won by Randy Bailey, Tom Mayberry, Kenny Gilmore, Jon Kellner and Jeff Strunk. Consolation events went to Ray Swinehart, Brian Schaffer and Smokey Warren. The Automotive Machining Service Cash Dash was won by Jon Kellner and was worth $445. In the Late Models qualifying event wins were earned by Lou Egrie, Dean Stoudt and Randy Stoudt. The consolation race was won by Doug Walton. With the modified feature on the track, ready for the green flag from starter Donnie Miller, rain started to fall and after several minutes of steady rain, the safety of the racers had to be considered, and the feature events were postponed

PIT NOTES: Next Saturday, May 4, 7 p.m. (note special time) Auto Locator, sponsor of the night of racing action, will be giving out t-shirts and hats to some fans, special shirts for feature winners, and will give $100 to each Modified heat winner and $75 to each Late Model heat winner and the Late Model consolation race winner. Auto Locator is available at area convenience stores and carries the latest information on new and used vehicle opportunities.

The Saturday show will include two 20-lap features for the Late Model stock cars and a 30 lap feature for the NASCAR Modifieds plus qualifying events.

On Saturday, May 11, CARGO TRAILERS NIGHT, Henning Scale Models will sponsor a Late Model Cash Dash. That night there will be two 30-lap features for Modifieds and a 20-lap feature for Late Models. Interest is running high in the Chuck Sennott Memorial Late Model race with at least $1000 going to the winner on June 15th. Corporate sponsors just recently added to the night include B-N-B Welding, Delaware International Speedway (where Sennott was fatally injured) and PA. Industrial Equipment. Another Major Sponsor added is "The Moose Crew." Product sponsors added recently include Reinhard Embroidery, giving an embroidered jacket; Chad Baker of Carb Connection is giving a Grandview legal fuel system (worth $800) to the hard charger and a Karcher Pressure Washer (courtesy of Kochel Equipment) will go to the 13th place finisher. Junior Grebe has posted $100 for the leader at the halfway mark of the Sennott Memorial. For more information on getting involved in this wonderful evening telephone Doug Kochel at 800.922.9680.

GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY offers NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models each Saturday night throughout the season. Race time is 7:30 p.m. The one-third-mile clay banked oval is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at

Ray Swinehart, Kerry Kratz, Jon Kellner, Keith Brightbill, Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren, Danny Erb, Kenny Gilmore, Tom Mayberry, Barry Readinger, Rich Wisdo, Ryan Watt, Steve Swinehart, Todd Heydt, Warren Kohler, Terry Meitzler, Randy Bailey, Ken Lindaberry, Shawn Reimert, Doug Manmiller, Jeff Sechrist, Jon Kellner Jr., Ron Solomon Sr., Brian Schaffer, Rick Schaffer, Donny Erb, Meme Desantis, Kevin Hartnett, Mike Guler (end)


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