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Just three events remain in point chase at Grandview Speedway Bechtelsville, PA - Just three weeks remain in the season of NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge stock car racing at Grandview Speedway when it comes to racing for the ...

Just three events remain in point chase at Grandview Speedway

Bechtelsville, PA - Just three weeks remain in the season of NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge stock car racing at Grandview Speedway when it comes to racing for the lucrative point championships.

Jeff Stunk, a former Modified champion at the Berks County oval, is in front of the pack in the chase for the track championship which is worth a considerable amount of cash. The Bethel, PA racer has two feature wins but has been consistent all season with the Keith Harring Motorsports #W9. At present Stunk has tallied 4415 points and has a 256 point edge over challenger Doug Manmiller who calls Sinking Spring, PA home. Manmiller has been a surprise this season being able to win four features and in the chase for several other victories.

Defending champion Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA, has been struggling this season and is still without a win with the Mrs. T's Pierogies sponsored #114 Modified. Despite no wins VonDohren is still in third spot in the chase for the championship with 4024 counters.

Meme DeSantis leads in the feature win department with five but has just 3791 points which puts the Norm's Save Station/Berks Packaging #357 team more than 600 points out first place. It would take a lot of luck for DeSantis and a lot of bad luck for others to have DeSantis have any chance at his first track title.

Kerry Kratz, on top of the points chase for much of the first half of the season, is in fifth spot and comes off an impressive feature win this past Saturday in the Arctic Cat/Craftsman Tools Night sponsored event. Kratz has tallied three feature wins but a streak of tough luck has left him very close to be eliminated from the chase for the championship. Kratz has 3737 points.

The Modified championship at Grandview Speedway is quite lucrative with $10,000 going to the championship team from the track operators. NASCAR kicks in some point fund money for the champion. The champion gets to take a guest on the Champion's Trip which this year is a week in the plush confines of a resort in Mexico. And the champion also has a shot at some NASCAR New England Regional Series money that runs from $43,000 for the regional champion right on down to $5,000 for the 11th place finisher.

Fans are welcome to be part of the Champion's Trip that departs Philadelphia on December 1 and returns on December 8th. A great vacation opportunity right in the middle of winter. The 2001 champion Craig VonDohren will be on the trip as will this year's champion and a number of other fans and others involved in the sport. For information, just three rooms remain, telephone Marilyn Saxton at 215.752.2392.

Ray Swinehart, a former track champion, is the only other driver who has won a feature this season. The J&L Speed Equipment (Bechtelsville) owner has four feature wins but some mechanical woes has kept him from being a contender in the chase for the crown.

In the NASCAR Late Model championship chase Randy Stoudt of Pottstown has the Rogers Auto Parts #22 in front. Stoudt has had a incredible season with seven "official" feature wins. But, even with the all the wins, Stoudt is just 36 points in front of former Late Model titleholder Lou Egrie of Huntington Valley, PA. Egrie, winner of the prestigious Chuck Sennott Memorial earlier in the season, has two wins and 4314 points. Third is another former champion Chuck Schutz of Pottstown. He has 4236 points and is just 114 points behind the point leader despite having no visits to victory lane.

Four time Late Model champion Dean Stoudt of East Greenville is also without a win but has amassed 4017 points to stay in the chase for the title. Jason Miller of Germansville, PA holds down fifth with 3834 counters and one feature win.

Other feature winners during the season include Ron Kline with two and one win each for Ed Trimbur, Rick Todorow, Ron Chrisman and Ray Mancinelli.

If a driver can win all three features left to run in the point chase this season there is 900 points available. It will be interesting to keep an eye on who is able to do what in the final weeks of the point chase. There is some serious money at stake plus bragging rights for the champions.

The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Modifieds will be in action as part of doubleheader shows with the NASCAR Late Models at Grandview Speedway for the next three Saturdays, August 24 and 31st and the final point race on Saturday, September 7th. Racing action gets the green flag at 7:30 p.m.

And when the point championships have been decided attention will turn to the annual T.H.Properties Freedom 76 Modified Classic that rewards the winner with at least $20,000 on September 14th.

A couple of open competition Modified and Late Model events will close out the regular season at Grandview Speedway on Saturday September 21 and 28th. A NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Five Feature show (410 sprints, ARDC midgets, URC sprints, NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models) will be run on Saturday, October 19th .

The champions and other outstanding performers will be honored at the annual championship awards banquet on Saturday, November 16th at the Gilbertsville, PA Fire Hall.

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