BECHTELSVILLE, PA DECEMBER 14, 2001 . . . Already under the tree for this Christmas season is two new Modified stock cars. One car is for Jon Kellner Jr. and one is for Jon Kellner Sr. And both will be put to use at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview ...
BECHTELSVILLE, PA DECEMBER 14, 2001 . . . Already under the tree for this Christmas season is two new Modified stock cars. One car is for Jon Kellner Jr. and one is for Jon Kellner Sr. And both will be put to use at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway on Saturday nights throughout the 2002 season. Of course the father and son combination would love to see Santa drop off a little mixture of luck, patience, good fortune and determination to get them through the new season.
The new season gets the green flag with a free-to-the- public practice session on Saturday, March 30, 12 noon. And Jon Kellner will be using his new Modified, owned by Cary Duncan (Gilbertsville, PA) to chase after the lucrative NASCAR and track championships at the one-third-mile, banked clay oval.
And Jon Jr. will use his new Modified to chase after Rookie of the Year honors. This will be the first season for the 16-year-old racer who is graduating from a successful couple of seasons in micro sprint competition.
Jon Kellner is the winningest stock car driver in the history of the Grandview Speedway. The Lansdale, PA racer won 57 late model stock car features before "graduating" to modified stock cars.
For the last two seasons Kellner has run with a team owned by Ed Aikin. With Aikin now going off to race URC sprint cars, Kellner accepted an offer from veteran car owner Cary Duncan, who had been away from the sport for a couple of seasons.
"Aikin was great to work with and run for. We had a couple of good seasons though we had some problems getting adjusted to the new tires last season. When Ed told me he was going sprint car racing, I figured I would buy one his race cars and get my son started and I would retire," said the 40 year old racer.
"When my wife (Donna) and the family talked about it, they did not want me to quit. Cary Duncan had made me an offer so I took it. I am looking forward to running with him again. We were together a few years back and had some success. I can still win. I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't think we could be successful."
Jon pointed out that the competition is tough at Grandview. "On any given night there can be at least 15 racers who can take the feature win. Some nights some of the very best do not make the show. That is tough competition. We are looking forward to really having the opportunity to be a challenger for a few wins," said the multi-time late model champion.
Actually the team of Jon Kellner and Cary Duncan got together for a couple of events at the end of last season. "That was a big plus. It gave us the opportunity to get used to working together again. My crew guys and Cary's crew guys mesh well. I think we are all in tune for the new season," said Kellner.
"And it is going to be great to have my son racing with me. This will give me a chance to work with him. Cary has been great with him."
Both cars will carry Hutt's Glass sponsorship ( a business owned by Cary Duncan ) and there will be a mixture of sponsorships on the two cars that will include Watash Speed Equipment, KMN Hauling, B&C Contractors, Kenco Hydraulics, West Point Supply, and Hoffman Brothers Speed Equipment.
Kellner is hoping that even though he has a new modified for his son and himself ready to go, Santa will bring some luck and good fortune to help them through the 2002 season.
NASCAR stock car racing, modifieds and late models, will get the green flag in the chase for the championships on Saturday, April 6.
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