Grandview report 2001-07-14

BECHTELSVILLE, PA July 14, 2001. . . Performing in front of one of the largest crowds of the season Glenn Strunk was able to wheel Norm Hansell's Norm's Save Station entry to victory in the 30-lap Deka Batteries NASCAR Modified feature race ...

BECHTELSVILLE, PA July 14, 2001. . . Performing in front of one of the largest crowds of the season Glenn Strunk was able to wheel Norm Hansell's Norm's Save Station entry to victory in the 30-lap Deka Batteries NASCAR Modified feature race on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. And in the two 20-lap features for NASCAR Late Models Terry Snyder drove the Larry's Mobile Home Vinyl Skirting sponsored entry to victory in the rained out feature from June 30 while Sam Schlosberg at the wheel of his Green Lane William Penn mount was the winner in the Deka Batteries sponsored 20-lap Late Model feature. For each driver it was their first win of the season.

Glenn Strunk, younger brother of track champion Jeff Strunk, started in sixth spot while Barry Readinger, the polesitter, broke before finishing the first lap. That gave Jack Hartnett the lead but Strunk was quick to make his move and was in front of the pack, with a comfortable lead by the 5th lap. At the midway point Strunk had his hands full trying to hold off current modified point leader Craig VonDohren in the Mrs. T's Pierogies entry. Two laps later Jeff Strunk, running fifth, was in the pits but back out quickly at the back of the pack.

VonDohren bounced into the lead on the third turn getting in front of Glenn Strunk on the 18th lap after a caution restart. Once in front it looked as if VonDohren was going to be able to hold off all challenges but Strunk never gave up and stayed close.

With less than one half of a lap to go, VonDohren and Strunk got caught in traffic in turn three. VonDohren seemed to make the wrong decision and went high, slowed by another competitor, while Strunk dove for the low groove, made some "outrageous good moves" and grabbed the lead. At the finish Strunk was just one half car length in front of VonDohren to grab the $2200 first place money. It was the first win since September, 1999 for the Bechtelsville racer and it was the first win for the Strunk/Hansell team.

Second spot went to VonDohren (Barto) followed by three feature winner Tom Mayberry (Sellersville), Jack Hartnett (Perkasie) and Keith Brightbill (Mohnton).

The Deka Batteries NASCAR Late Model feature, 20 laps, saw Dave Conover grab the early lead and set the pace for 16 laps. Sam Schlosberg, the Green Lane teenager, ran second but on a late race restart after a caution Sam was quick to get by Conover. However Schlosberg's work was not done as he spent the final three laps holding off a very strong challenge by current NASCAR Late Model point leader Dean Stoudt (East Greenville) who settled for second. Third spot went to Dave Conover (Royersford) followed by Bill Henning (Lansdale) and Kyle Pensinger (Lyons).

The rained out 20-lap Late Model feature from June 30th had Greg Hoffmaster in front at the start. He was in charge for just two laps with Terry Snyder coming from fourth to take the lead on the third lap. Snyder was able to lead the rest of the way but spend the final few laps holding off the hard charging efforts of John Durling. At the finish Snyder (Green Lane) was just a narrow margin in front Durling (Reading) followed by Kyle Pensinger (Lyons), Chuck Sennott (Gilbertsville) and Dean Stoudt (East Greenville).

Qualifying events for the NASCAR Modifieds had wins going to Jon Kellner, Smokey Warren, Jeff Strunk, Barry Readinger, and Craig VonDohren. The consolation races were won by Randy Bailey, Shawn Reimert and Kenny Gilmore. And the $315 Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash went to Craig VonDohren.

In qualifying events for the NASCAR Late Models wins were earned by Terry Snyder, Bill Henning and Ron Chrisman while Mike Bedell topped the consolation field. And in the Rothrock Motor Sales Cash Dash for Late Models Ron Chrisman picked up an extra $120 for his win.

PIT NOTES: During the course of the evening fans shared in a variety of prices as Deka Batteries gave away battery cables and batteries. A number of race teams and sponsors made it possible for more than 75 t-shirts and hats to be tossed into the audience. And fans Jeff Wydner and Dolores Becker won the Grandview Experience two seat modified rides for next Saturday night by luck of the draw.

Deka Battery employees were able to serve as honorary starters, enjoy a pit tour, have their pictures take in victory lane and enjoy a great night of racing. Information on how your company can enjoy a great night of racing may be had by telephoning Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797.

Raceway Chicken continues to give a $20.00 goft certificate to each feature winner. Raceway Chicken is located in Easton, PA.

And the Checkered Flag Fan Club, the oldest auto racing fan club in the nation, was on hand to present awards to feature winners and to create interest among race fans in belonging to the organization.

This Saturday night, July 21, 7:30 p.m. Hatfield Quality Meats will be on hand to sponsor the night of NASCAR Modified and NASCAR Late Model racing action, at least 12 events of stock car racing. And Smiley, the Hatfield Mascot, will be on hand to greet fans and offer other surprises. This is always a fun night of racing.

And on Saturday, July 28, 7:30 p.m. as part of ARCTIC CAT Night at Grandview Speedway, Doug Rose will be on hand with his Green Mamba Jet Car. See how fast he can get it around the one third mile banked clay oval. Doug will also use the Green Mamba Jet Car to burn someone's passenger car. VOLUNTEERS? In addition there will be a full show, at least 12 events, of NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models. The modifieds will use this to get ready for the Forrest Rogers Memorial Championship on August 4 which offers $10,000 plus lap money to the winner.

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

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