BECHTELSVILLE, PA AUGUST 7, 1999 . . . It was a race he wanted to win. It was a race he talked about wanting to win for several weeks. It was a race that he told fans from victory lane that he wanted to win the previous week. And now Tom...
BECHTELSVILLE, PA AUGUST 7, 1999 . . . It was a race he wanted to win. It was a race he talked about wanting to win for several weeks. It was a race that he told fans from victory lane that he wanted to win the previous week. And now Tom Mayberry can talk about how he won the Motor Truck Equipment Co. Kenworth Cummins Forrest Rogers Memorial 50-lap classic on Saturday night, his seventh win of the season, worth $10,000 to him and car owner Mike Kelly. Mayberry's win came in front of a near standing room only crowd. "I had won it before and I wanted to win it again. Forrest Rogers must have been quite a man to build this speedway. I wish I had had the opportunity to know him. I want to thank the Rogers Family for running the race and Kenworth Cummins for sponsoring the race. And I want to thank the crew and car owner Mike Kelly for a great car. I think this second win is even better than the first," said Mayberry in victory lane as his voice cracked with emotion. Rick Todorow, locked in a tight battle with Dean Stoudt for the late model track championship won his first 20-lap late model feature of the season topping Stoudt by a narrow margin. The Quakertown body shop operator is just one point behind Stoudt in the chase for the title with four point races remaining. In the Forrest Rogers Memorial, 50 laps, Jack Hartnett set the early. On the fourth lap Kenny Gilmore brought out the only caution in a race that was run off in just about 17 minutes. Hartnett was on top, dreaming of how to spend the $10,000 winners money, until the 26th lap. Tom Mayberry, who started 15th, came to the front and grabbed the lead. At 30 laps it was Mayberry, Jeff Strunk, Hartnett, Kerry Kratz and Sam Schoenly. At the 36 lap marker Glenn Strunk had moved up to challenge Mayberry while Kerry Kratz, Jeff Strunk and Terry Meitzler, who had come from 19th, formed the top five. Kratz was using the high groove to his advantage and got by Glenn Strunk while Mayberry was using the low groove preparing to hold off the hard charging Kratz as he knew he was coming in the closing laps. At the finish Mayberry was just a slim margin in front of Kratz (Bechtelsville). Third spot went to Glenn Strunk (Bechtelsville), Jeff Strunk (Bethel) finished fourth. The Strunk Brothers now run as a team with the Keith Harring Motorsports Kenworth Cummins support. In fifth was Terry Meitzler (Kutztown), the current modified point leader. Meitzler and Mayberry, unofficially tied for the Timber Wolf Smokeless Tobacco Hard Charger Award of $200 as they each gained 14 spots in the feature. In the 20-lap feature for NASCAR Late Models Kyle Pensinger lead early, as he has done a number of times this season, and was on top until the midway point. At ten laps Rick Todorow got control of the event and stayed in front, holding off challenges from Dean Stoudt throughout the final 10 laps. At the finish it was Todorow in front by a car length over Dean Stoudt (East Greenville) followed by Buddy Wharton (Birdsboro) for his best effort of the season, Mike Erb (Boyertown) and Jeff Teets (Coplay). Qualifying event wins for the late models went to John Durling, Kyle Pensinger and Jeff Teets. The consolation race was won by Ed Hoffman. In the modified heats wins went to Kevin Hartnett, Kerry Kratz, Ed Aikin, Shawn Reimert and Kenny Gruber. The consolation races were won by Tracy Readinger, Doug Pannepacker and Jon Kellner while Kenny Gruber's win in the Cash Dash earned him $560. More than 100 guests of Motor Truck Equipment Co. Kenworth Cummins along with T.H. Properties enjoyed a night at the races. They took advantage of a pig roast in the Grandview Speedway Turn One Club and more than 50 fans went home with some great prizes courtesy of Kenworth Cummins. In addition three fans went home with pairs of tickets to Hootie and the Blowfish, Kenny Rogers and Mark Chestnut concerts at the Bethlehem Musikfest courtesy of John Elliott and Bobby Gunther Walsh along with the Musikfest promotion. Coming up on Thursday, August 12, 7:30 p.m. is the CARQUEST DIRT Super Series Modified stock car racing events featuring a 99 lap feature offering $6,000 to the winner. And on Saturday, August 14, 7:30 p.m. the NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models will be in action with a doubleheader show, at least 13 events of stock car racing. An added attraction will be the Quigley Dodge Cash Dash for NASCAR Late Models. It was announced on Saturday night that Keystone Pretzels will pay $1500 to the winner of the Keystone Pretzels THP Freedom 76'er Cash Dash on Saturday, September 11. The winner of the THP Freedom 76'er will earn at least $20,000 plus other perks and lap prize money making for a very impressive payout for the annual classic. Information on how fans and businesses may participate as sponsors, lap sponsors, advertisers, etc. may be had by telephoning Ernie Saxton Communications at 215.752.7797. Because of current drought conditions there is no longer a Sunday rain date for Saturday night shows. Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com. KENWORTH CUMMINS FORREST ROGERS MEMORIAL 50-LAP CHAMPIONSHIP MODIFIED FEATURE:(TOP 20) Tom Mayberry, Kerry Kratz, Glenn Strunk, Jeff Strunk, Terry Meitzler, Kenny Gruber, Kevin Hartnett, Chip Slocum, Ed Aikin, Sam Martz, Donny Erb, Sam Schoenly, Doug Manmiller, Smokey Warren, Doug Pannepacker, Tracy Readinger, Jack Hartnett, Shawn Reimert, Junior Mikosz, John Willman KENWORTH CUMMINS NASCAR LATE MODEL FEATURE 20-LAPS:(Top 20) Rick Todorow, Dean Stoudt, Buddy Wharton, Mike Erb, Jeff Teets, Terry Snyder, Mike Bedell, Scott Miley, Dave Conover, John Durling, Sam Schlosberg, Kyle Pensinger, Chuck Sennott, Casey Ebright, Junior Grebe, Bill Henning, Bill Neff, Randy Stoudt, Ron Chrisman, Ed Trimbur
NASCAR MODIFIED TRACK POINT STANDINGS: Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, 4775; Kevin Hartnett, Perkasie, 4218; Jeff Strunk, Bethel, 4119; Chip Slocum, Ewing Twsp., NJ,3982; Kerry Kratz, Bechtelsville, 3963; Rick Schaffer, Woxall, 3874; Tom Mayberry, Sellersville, 3866; Jon Kellner, Lansdale, 3491; Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, 3468; and Smokey Warren, Jonestown, 3025.
NASCAR LATE MODEL TRACK POINT STANDINGS: Dean Stooudt, East Greenville, 4798; Rick Todorow, Quakertown, 4797; Jeff Teets, Coplay, 4697; Randy Stoudt, Pottstown, 4142; Lou Egreie, Philadelphia, 4050; Terry Snyder, Green Lane, 4009; Chuck Sennott, Gilbertsville, 3953; Ed Hoffman, Allentown, 3942; John Durling, Reading, 3528 and Ron Chrisman, Limerick, 3499. MOTOR TRUCK EQUIPMENT CO. KENWORTH CUMMINS PA NASCAR MODIFIED CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINT STANDINGS: AS OF AUGUST 8, 1999..Jeff Strunk, Bethel, 9775; Kevin Hartnett, Perkasie, 9360; Jon Kellner, Lansdale, 8925; Dennis Bailey, Kutztown, 8750; Shawn Reimert, Oley, 8285; Smokey Warren, Jonestown, 8045; John Willman, Zionsville, 7900; Jack Hartnett, Telford, 7665; Mike Bailey, Kutztown, 7225; Glenn Strunk, Bechtelsville, 7085. The series includes Nascar Modified events run at both Big Diamond Raceway and Grandview Speedway.