Grandview race report 2002-05-05

DeSantis, Mancinelli and Egrie win features at Grandview. BECHTELSVILLE, PA MAY 5, 2002 . . . It could have been called a stroll in the park. Meme DeSantis made it look rather easy as he won the 30-lap NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by ...

DeSantis, Mancinelli and Egrie win features at Grandview.

BECHTELSVILLE, PA MAY 5, 2002 . . . It could have been called a stroll in the park. Meme DeSantis made it look rather easy as he won the 30-lap NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. And there was a "rookie", a newcomer to the one-third-mile, clay banked oval this season, named Ray Mancinelli winning the first of two 20-lap Late Model stock car features. The second 20-lapper went to former champion Lou Egrie.

The Auto Locator Night Modified feature race saw DeSantis put the Norm Hansell owned, Norm's Save Station sponsored #357 entry in front of the pack at the drop of the green. And for 30 laps, many caution filled laps, DeSantis, who calls Temple, PA home, dodged minor and major incidents to take his first win of the season. A first win for the new team of DeSantis and Hansell. DeSantis is the third different winner of the season.

DeSantis said, in victory lane, "The first ten laps were fun..! This is a great team. We have great people working together on this team."

Randy Bailey (Kutztown), who started second to pole sitter Rich Wisdo, challenged DeSantis at various times throughout the feature but had to settle for second, watching DeSantis pull away from him on each caution flag restart. Third went to Keith

Brightbill (Mohnton) continuing a strong early season effort. Kenny Gilmore (Fleetwood) finished in a challenging fourth place followed by Jeff Strunk (Bethel) who made no less than four trips to the pits during the 30 lap main event.

Current Modified point leader Kerry Kratz earned a sixth and stayed 7 points in front of Jeff Strunk in the early season battle for the track championship.

In the first 20-lap feature for the Late Models, rained out on April 13, saw former champion John Giesler (Aston) put his #ZT1 in front of the pack at the start and set the pace for seven laps. A couple of multi-car accidents changed things with "rookie" Ray Mancinelli (Chalfont) getting the lead. And once in front the 43 year old racer, new to the area having moved from Norman, Oklahoma where he was a three time track champion in Pro Stocks, never gave up the lead holding off a challenge from former Late Model champion and current point leader Dean Stoudt (East Greenville). Third place was earned by Sam Schlosberg (Green Lane) who made a strong effort at getting a win in the closing laps. Early leader John Giesler was able to hold on for fourth while Dave Conover (Royersford) earned a fifth.

The second 20-lap feature for Late Models saw John Giesler charged out in front of the pack at the drop of the green and lead the field for six laps. Lou Egrie (Philadelphia) went to the front on the seventh lap and once in front it was Egrie's show. Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) tried to get the lead away from Egrie in the closing laps but fell short and settled for second. Ray Mancinelli earned third followed by Dean Stoudt and John Giesler.

Auto Locator Night qualifying events for the Late Models were won by Lou Egrie, Dean Stoudt and Randy Stoudt. The consolation race went to Ed Trimbur.

And qualifying events for the NASCAR Modifieds were won by Rick Schaffer (who later was scratched from the balance of the night's events with engine problems), Meme DeSantis, Terry Meitzler, Keith Brightbill and Craig VonDohren. The three consolation events (55 modifieds on hand) were won by Barry Readinger, Warren Kohler and Mike Gular. The $380 to win Cash Dash was won by Terry Meitzler.

The NASCAR Modifieds will be featured in two 30-lap features on Saturday night, May 11th as part of Cargo Trailer Sales Night and the Late Models will run in a 20-lap feature. A full series of qualifying events will include the Henning Scale Models Cash Dash for Late Models. And on Saturday, May 18th the Late Models will be featured in two 20-lap main events while the Modifieds run in a 30-lap feature. Racing will start at 7 p.m. for the next two Saturdays.

- www.grandviewspeedway.com.

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