JEFF STRUNK AND LOU EGRIE WIN SECOND TITLES AT GRANDVIEW BECHTELSVILLE, PA October 11, 2002 . . . The two champions at Grandview Speedway this season are not strangers to winning championships. Both Jeff Strunk and Lou Egrie have won...
JEFF STRUNK AND LOU EGRIE WIN SECOND TITLES AT GRANDVIEW
BECHTELSVILLE, PA October 11, 2002 . . . The two champions at Grandview Speedway this season are not strangers to winning championships. Both Jeff Strunk and Lou Egrie have won championships before at the NASCAR sanctioned Berks County clay oval.
Strunk, in fact, has won championships at a number of area tracks. However he considers his championships at Grandview Speedway the highlights of his career. He won the championship at Grandview in 2000. The veteran racer, now making his home in Bethel, PA, tallied 17 top ten feature finishes, two feature wins, on his way to the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Modified championship. The title will reward Strunk and car owner Keith Harring with more than $20,000 in point money and awards.
"Though we did not travel around as much, this may very well have been the most successful season we have had financially. There is some very tough competition at Grandview Speedway so winning a championship there is quite an achievement. And the Rogers Family takes such good care of the racers that it is a pleasure to race there," said Strunk. "I am looking forward to having the opportunity to go for a third title. Tina and I are looking forward to the week long trip to Mexico that I get as part of winning the title. We had such a great time on the last trip when I won the title in 2000."
Unofficial final point standings show Strunk with 4982 points with second place Doug Manmiller (Sinking Spring) earning 4606 points and four feature wins. Craig VonDohren (Oley), a five time champion, tallied 4372 points without a feature win. Meme DeSantis (Temple) had six wins and settled for fourth with 4335 counters. And in fifth was Kenny Gilmore (Kutztown) earning 4147 points without a win.
Lou Egrie, a champion in 1997, earned the 2002 NASCAR ShorTrack Late Model championship with a consistent effort. The Huntington Valley, PA racer tallied 4874 points with three feature wins including the prestigious Chuck Sennott Memorial. Egrie and his car owners Frank and Doris McCarthy will share in point fund money and other awards at the annual Grandview Speedway Awards Banquet set for Saturday, November 16th at the Gilbertsville, PA Fire Hall.
Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) finished second in a point chase that went down to the final night of point events. Schutz, without a victory, earned 4823 points. Third spot went to Randy Stoudt (Pottstown) who earned seven official NASCAR victories and earned 4554 points. Fourth was earned by young Jason Miller (Germansville) with one win and 4301 points. And four time Late Model champion Dean Stoudt (East Greenville) was shut out of victory lane but he managed to stay in the point battle and earned 4293 points to gain a fifth place finish.
The awards banquet, the 40th annual, will honor the champions, the top point performers, and a number of special award winners, including the announcement of the first annual Jerry Glase Memorial award winner.
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA., 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information on racing events telephone 610.754.7688. -end-