BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 24, 2003 . . . Veteran racers Shawn Reimert and Meme DeSantis shared victories in the Waste Management Twin-20 lap feature events for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modifieds on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. The ...
BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 24, 2003 . . . Veteran racers Shawn Reimert and Meme DeSantis shared victories in the Waste Management Twin-20 lap feature events for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modifieds on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. The 20-lapper for Late Models went to Chuck Schutz for his third win of the season.
The first 20-lap feature for modifieds saw Jon Kellner Jr. jump to the front and lead the 29 car starting field. At the 2nd lap, after a restart for a caution, Ryan Watt took control and looked like he might be on his way to his first career feature win. With 12 laps in the record book Watt spun, while leading, coming off the fourth turn putting him to the back of the pack and Shawn Reimert got the lead.
Reimert, who calls Oley home, held off Tracy Readinger who was seeking to win his first main event. At the finish Reimert, riding to his first victory since August 1998, had the Kochel Equipment sponsored entry just a car length or so in front of Readinger when the checkered flag fell. Readinger (Oley) finished second followed by Doug Manmiller (Wyomissing), Terry Meitzler (Kutztown) and Meme DeSantis (Temple).
While the modified teams were busy getting ready for the second 20-lap feature, the late models presented an action pack 20 lapper of their own. Mike Steinmetz came from the pole to lead the 26 car starting field early with Harry Neiman getting the front and looking like he was on the way to his first win. Sam Schlosberg put his mount in front with eight laps completed.
At 14 laps Chuck Schutz put his Total Rental sponsored entry in front of the field after a side-by-side battle with Schlosberg. Once in front Schutz (Pottstown) was able to take a comfortable win for his third feature victory of the season. Second spot went to Sam Schlosberg (Green Lane), Ron Kline (Salfordville), Randy Stoudt (Pottstown) and Harry Neiman, Jr. (Pottstown).
The second 20-lap main event for the modifieds Kerry Kratz getting the front spot and leading the 29 car field for most of the first half of the feature. Meme DeSantis got to the front, after starting eighth, at the midway point. At 15 laps DeSantis was getting some pressure from Kenny Gilmore.
At the finish DeSantis (Temple), in the Norm's Save Station #357, had a comfortable margin of victory earning his fourth feature win of the season. Second spot went to Kenny Gilmore (Fleetwood) followed by Donny Erb (Douglassville), Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville) and Craig VonDohren (Oley).
DeSantis moved in front of the NASCAR Modified point standings as a result his win and fifth place finish while Jeff Strunk, who led the track standings and the New England Regional Series standings, was involved in an early race accident in the first feature putting him out of action and in the second event was not a factor.
Qualifying heats for the modifieds were won by Barry Readinger, Meme DeSantis, Kenny Gilmore, Rick Schaffer and Jeff Strunk. The consolation events went to Keith Brightbill, Kevin Hartnett and Kevin Hirthler. The Cash Dash, worth more than $300, went to Strunk.
In the late model qualifying events wins went to Junior Grebe, Buddy Wharton and Chuck Schutz while Doug Walton earned the consolation victory.
NASCAR sanctioned stock car racing returns to Grandview Speedway on Saturday, August 30th, 7:30 p.m. with the Modifieds performing in twin 20-lap features and the Late Models running a 20-lap main event in the Kreiser Race Fuels sponsored night of racing. At least 13 events of stock car racing will be presented.
The Sunday, August 31st NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Series URC sprint and ARDC midget doubleheader has been cancelled.
Coming up on Saturday, September 13th is the biggest event of the season at the Berks County racing oval is the T.H.Properties Freedom 76 Modified Classic paying $20,000 to win. There will be afternoon pre-race activities with autograph sessions, interviews, music and more. Racing will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
The final point event of the season will be presented on Saturday, September 20th with the running of the Arctic Cat/Rossi Welding Night featuring the NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models. Racing will start at 6 p.m.
Information on racing at Grandview Speedway is available at 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com.
The one-third-mile banked clay oval is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA.
WASTE MANAGEMENT 20-LAP NASCAR MODIFIED FEATURE: Shawn Reimert, Tracy Readinger, Doug Manmiller, Terry Meitzler, Meme DeSantis, Craig VonDohren, Ray Swinehart, Jon Kellner, Kenny Gilmore, Donny Erb, Keith Brightbill, Glenn Strunk, Kerry Kratz, Rick Schaffer, Jon Kellner Jr., Kyle Weiss, Kevin Hirthler, Ryan Watt, Mike Gular, Brian Johnson, Barry Readinger, Steve Swinehart, Kevin Hartnett, Randy Laird, John Willman, Todd Marburger, Jeff Strunk, Brad Missimer, Danny Erb.
WASTE MANAGEMENT 20-LAP NASCAR LATE MODEL FEATURE:Chuck Schutz, Sam Schlosberg, Ron Kline, Randy Stoudt, Harry Neiman, Jr., Chris Shuey, Terry Snyder, Lou Egrie, John Giesler, Rick Todorow, Dean Schaeffer, Dean Stoudt, John Durling, Mike Wunderlich, Doug Moyer, Bill Henning, Buddy Wharton, Steve Todorow, Junior Grebe, Ron Chrisman, Larry Dise, Mike Steinmetz, Ron Myers, Steve Sennott, Brian Shuey.
WASTE MANAGEMENT 20-LAP SECOND MODIFIED FEATURE: Meme DeSantis, Kenny Gilmore, Donny Erb, Kerry Kratz, Craig VonDohren, Glenn Strunk, Jon Kellner, Terry Meitzler, Tracy Readinger, Jeff Strunk, Doug Manmiller, Shawn Reimert, Ryan Watt, Mike Gular, Keith Brightbill, Kevin Hirthler, Jon Kellner, Jr., Brian Johnson, Barry Readinger, Ray Swinehart, John Willman, Kyle Weiss, Danny Erb, Kevin Hartnett, Brad Missmer, Randy Laird, Todd Marburger, Rick Schaffer.