COMING EVENTS: Saturday, September 2, Twin 30-lap features for NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds and full show of Exide ShorTrack Late Models. Final point races of the season. First 30-lap modified feature counts toward track championship.
Saturday, September 2, Twin 30-lap features for NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds and full show of Exide ShorTrack Late Models. Final point races of the season. First 30-lap modified feature counts toward track championship. Both modified features count toward NASCAR Regional points and Kenworth Cummins Dual Track Point Championship. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Rain date is Monday, Labor Day, 7 p.m. same show.
Thursday, September 7, 8 a.m. Grandview Speedway TH PROPERTIES Freedom 76 Golf Classic at Gilbertsville, PA Golf Course. Many of the top racers, car owners, officials and media will be playing in this tournament.
Saturday, September 9, 3 p.m. Pre race festivities for the TH Properties Freedom 76 featuring for the kids (fingerprinting by the Telford, PA Police Department, facepainting and Moon Bounce), autograph and interview sessions with various Freedom 76 racers. THE STACY MILLER CHARITY AUCTION, to raise funds for a young lady left blind and seriously injured as a result of a fireworks accident. Driver uniforms, sheet metal from NASCAR and ARCA cars, racing collectibles and more will be auctioned off by Ernie Saxton for this worthwhile charity. Lots of great stuff that collectors can add to their collections. TH Properties Freedom 76, $20,000 plus for the winner, takes place at 7:30 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, September 10, 7 p.m.
SCHAFFER AND SENNOTT WIN WILD NIGHT OF RACING FEATURES AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY NIGHT
BECHTELSVILLE, PA AUGUST 26, 2000 . . . Rick Schaffer is the all-time leading NASCAR Modified feature winner at Grandview Speedway but it took him until Saturday night to win his first 30-lap modified feature of the season at the Berks County clay oval. And Chuck Sennott, who used to call New York State home, was the winner for the second time in the Exide ShorTrack Late Model 20-lap feature race. In victory lane Schaffer said, "We are not that good. We are happy to have this win. A lot of the good cars crashed out tonight. Our car was better than it has been. I would like to dedicate this win to Stoney, a crew member who has been with us a long time and is celebrating his 70th birthday." A solemn Schaffer also expressed his sympathies to second place finisher Ray Swinehart. "I know Ray was on a mission tonight. He was running well in the low groove. We had to go down there to block him." Earlier in the day Ray Swinehart, a two time NASCAR Modified champion at Grandview Speedway, suffered the loss of his grandson, Austin, in a freak work related accident. Austin, 2-years old, was the son of Ray Swinehart Jr. When the wild night of racing was over, a large number of accidents and incidents marred both feature races, Jeff Strunk has a 84 point edge over Terry Meitzler in the chase for the track modified championship. And in the Exide Short Track Late Models Dean Stoudt, a three time track champion, is in front of Kyle Pensinger by just 30 points. Saturday, September 2, 7:30 p.m. the NASCAR Modifieds will featured in twin 30-lap features while the late models will run in a 20-lap main event. These will be the final point events of the season. Rain date is Monday, September 4, 7 p.m. (Labor Day). In the 30 Kreiser Racing Fuels Night NASCAR Modified feature race Dave Faust had the early lead with Sam Martz claiming the top spot on the fourth lap. At the sixth lap Terry Readinger was able to grab the front spot and it was Rick Schaffer coming from seventh to claim first with 11 laps in the record book. Once in front Schaffer had his hands full holding off the hard charging efforts of Ray Swinehart, Tom Mayberry and Kenny Gruber. Point leaders Jeff Strunk and Terry Meitzler were never factors in the feature win chase as both were involved in an early race accident that had them both making pit stops. In fact Meitzler made three pit stops during the 30-lap feature. Kerry Kratz and Tom Mayberry, both involved in early incidents, were factors in the chase for the victory until five laps to go with both tangled in the first turn putting both out of the race and eliminating any possibility of a chase at the championship on the final point night, September 2. Rick Schaffer (Woxall) was able to bring his Inquirer sponsored entry home first in a very close run to the checkered flag. Second place went to Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville) just a few feet behind the winner. Third place was taken by Kenny Gruber (Reading) followed by Doug Pannepacker (Green Lane) and Tracy Readinger (Oley). Kenny Gilmore came from 30th to ninth in the feature in a modified normally driven by Chuck Esposito to earn (unofficially) the $200 Timber Wolf Hard Charger Award. In the 20-lapper for NASCAR Exide ShorTrack Late Models Mike Erb was the early leader with Bill Henning grabbing the top spot on the fifth lap with his Dodge powered WNPV-AM Radio sponsored entry. Henning was in front until the 14th lap when Chuck Sennott, coming from eighth starting spot, grabbed the lead and went on to just nudge out current late model point leader Dean Stoudt in the chase for the victory. Sennott (Gilbertsville) and his Kochel Equipment sponsored late model earned their second feature win of the season. Stoudt finished second followed by Bill Henning (Lansdale), Rick Todorow (Quakertown) and Lou Egrie (Philadelphia). More than 60 NASCAR Modifieds were in the competition area on Saturday night with wins going to Kenny Gruber, Ray Swinehart, Chip Slocum, Doug Manmiller and Jon Kellner. The consolation victories went to Kerry Kratz, Glenn Strunk and Paul Koch. The Cash Dash worth $325 was won by Chip Slocum. In the late models it was Rick Todorow, Ed Trimbur and Lou Egrie winning the qualifying heat races while Junior Grebe got the consolation win. Brian Kressley, returning to the sport after a couple years away, earned the Kochel Equipment First Alternate Award. Twin 30-features for the NASCAR Modifieds will be presented on Saturday, September 2 along with a full show of late model stock car racing. These will be the final point events of the season. Racing will start at 7:30 p.m. Rain date is Monday, September 4, 7 p.m. And the Grand-Daddy of major dirt modified events will be presented on Saturday, September 9. The TH Properties Freedom 76 will start at 7 p.m. With more than $20,000 going to the winner plus some special perks, it is anticipated that many of the top talents in dirt track modified racing will be there. And at 3 p.m. on race day there will be autograph and interview sessions plus, for the kids, there will be fingerprinting, facepainting, clowns and a Moon Bounce. And there will be the Stacy Miller Charity Auction to raise money for a young lady left blind and seriously injured as a result of a firecracker accident. Items to be auctioned off by track announcer Ernie Saxton include NASCAR and ARCA driver uniforms, crew shirts, collectibles, parts of NASCAR and ARCA race cars and so much more. If you are a collector of auto racing items, there will be some great items going up to bid to raise money for a worthwhile cause. 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.
KREISER RACING FUELS 30-LAP NASCAR MODIFIED FEATURE (Top Twenty)..Rick Schaffer, Swinehart, Gruber, Pannepacker, Tracy Readinger, Glenn Strunk, Jeff Strunk, Kevin Hartnett, Kenny Gilmore, Randy Bailey, Dave Faust, Chip Slocum, Sam Martz, Ed Aikin, Terry Meitzler, Danny Erb, Doug Manmiller, Todd Heydt, Ken Lindaberry, Donny Erb.
KREISER RACING FUELS 20-LAP NASCAR EXIDE SHORTRACK LATE MODEL FEATURE (TOP TWENTY) Sennott, Dean Stoudt, Bill Henning, Rick Todorow, Lou Egrie, Randy Stoudt, Kyle Pensinger, Sam Schlosberg, Casey Ebright, Mike Erb, Doug Walton, Ed Trimbur, John Durling, Terry Snyder, Dave Brown, Buddy Wharton, Greg Hoffmaster, Bobby Wyatt, Dave Conover, Junior Grebe.
PIT NOTES: All involved with racing at Grandview Speedway would like to offer their sympathies to Ray Swinehart on the loss of his 2-year-old grandson Austin in a freak accident on Saturday. Our sympathies go out to family and friends.
Thanks go to Jeff Stover, Ray Masser and the Pottstown Mercury for the front sports page story on track announcer/public relations person Ernie Saxton finishing 30 years at the track.
The 60-page TH Properties Freedom 76 Program and Yearbook will come off the press on Friday, September 8. Only a limited number will be printed. The book has sold out the last 10 years in a row. The book, with many color photos, statistics, Freedom 76 history, track history, stories on the champions, and so much more will sell at the event. However to be certain you have a copy you may wish to order your copy in advance. For just $8.00 the book will be mailed to you hot off the press. Write to Ernie Saxton Communications Inc. 1448 Hollywood Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047. For those ordering two or more books credit cards will be accepted at 215.752.7797. This is the 30th annual edition of the Freedom 76 Program/Yearbook.