BECHTELSVILLE, PA APRIL 28, 2001 . . .Grandview Speedway officials were putting the $2200 first place money in the pay envelope marked Kerry Kratz. There were just three laps to go and Kratz had lead since the first lap. He had been holding off...
BECHTELSVILLE, PA APRIL 28, 2001 . . .Grandview Speedway officials were putting the $2200 first place money in the pay envelope marked Kerry Kratz. There were just three laps to go and Kratz had lead since the first lap. He had been holding off the strong challenges of Craig VonDohren. With two laps to go in the Saturday night 30-lap Budd Olsen Race Cars NASCAR Modified feature race, officials crossed out Kratz's name and replaced it with Craig VonDohren. The former track champion made a move with the Mrs T's Pierogies sponsored entry in the third turn, 28th lap, and grabbed the lead at the start finish line. VonDohren lead the final two laps to gain his first win of the season.
"Kerry was tough," said the Barto, PA racer in victory lane. " He bobbled a little in the turn. He was on top of me. It was just one lane. It was tough on tires but we were able to beat him. The Mrs T'S Pierogies crew is good. We are working on our program. Winning some of that NASCAR regional money would be nice.
In the 20-lap feature for NASCAR Late Models John Durling got his first win of the season in a down to the wire battle with defending track champion Dean Stoudt. And it was Ed Scott, New Tripoli, PA, getting his second win of the season with the PA Sportsman in their 15 lap feature.
Finishing second to VonDohren in the NASCAR Modified feature was Kerry Kratz with the Hatfield Quality Meats/Steve's Corner Deli entry. Third spot went to Keith Brightbill in an outstanding effort. Rick Schaffer was fourth while Tom Mayberry, winner the previous week, finished fifth.
In the lat model feature Dean Stoudt managed as strong second to winner John Durling (Reading) followed by young Sam Schlosberg, Ed Trimbur who lead the early laps and Buddy Wharton, a strong effort on his part.
Ed Scott lead all the laps in the 15 lap Sportsman feature with Dave Dissinger giving him quite a challenge. Third spot was earned by Chris Clemens who was tailed by Leroy Long and Jeff Geake.
Qualifying heat races for the more than 60 NASCAR Modifieds on hand went to Jeff Strunk, Ray Swinehart, Donny Erb, Keith Brightbill and Kerry Kratz. Consolation wins were earned by Doug Pannepacker, Brian Kressley and Todd Marburger. And in the Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash the win went to Donny Erb worth $510.
Qualifying heats for the Late Models were won by Kyle Pensinger, John Giesler and Buddy Wharton. The sportsman qualifying event went to Ed Scott
Featured on Saturday night, with the new starting time of 7:30 p.m. in place (that is the starting time for the balance of the season) will be the NASCAR Modifieds and Late Model stock cars. At least 12 big events of stock car racing.
Coming up on Saturday, May 12, is Craftsman Tools Night.
Keep in mind that two fans, in the grandstands, have a chance to win an exciting, breathtaking ride in a special two seat modified stock car. One of the track's top drivers will be the chauffer. Two winners are announced each Saturday.
TUNE IN: Tom Mayberry and track announcer Ernie Saxton will be featured on Jim Church's Sports Hour on WNPV-AM Radio on Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. The station is located in Lansdale, PA and can be found at 1440 on the radio dial. It is the only radio station in the Philadelphia market area that offers NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman truck coverage. And gives fans the latest information from Grandview Speedway each Monday morning.
In addition Saxton can be found on WEST-AM Radio at 5:30 p.m. each Monday, as part of the John Richetta Motorsports Hour. Saxton spends about a half hour talking about local and national auto racing information. It can get quite controversial. Tune in. WEST-AM is located in Easton, PA.
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, in Bechtelsville, PA. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com.
NASCAR MODIFIEDS - 30 LAP FEATURE - Craig VonDohren, Kerry Kratz, Keith Brightbill, Rick Schaffer, Tom Mayberry, Chip Slocum, Meme DeSantis, Doug Manmiller, Ray Swinehart, Ed Aikin, Tom Umbenhauer, Jeff Strunk, Doug Pannepacker, Terry Meitzler, Kevin Hartnett, Randy Stoudt, Kenny Gilmore, Donny Erb, Cliff Quinn, Jeff Sechrist. (TOP 20)
NASCAR LATE MODELS - 20 LAP FEATURE -John Durling, Dean Stoudt, Sam Schlosberg, Ed Trimbur, Buddy Wharton, Chuck Schutz, Kyle Pensinger, Bill Henning, Mark Malcolm, Loug Egrie, Chuck Sennott, Ron Chrisman, Dave Conover, Doug Walton, Terry Snyder, John Giesler, Rick Todorow, Scott Miley, Donald Hale, Chris Wojnar (TOP 20)
PA SPORTSMAN - 15 LAP FEATURE - Ed Scott, Dave Dissinger, Chris Clemens, Leroy Long, Jeff Geake, Paul Kline, Mike Hallowell, Brad Grim, Jeff Paulson, Tom Solderich.