Grandview Speedway race report 2001-06-09

BECHTELSVILLE, PA JUNE 9, 2001 . . . For the second time this season current track NASCAR Modified point leader Craig VonDohren was able to wheel the Mrs. T's Pierogies entry to a win at Grandview Speedway. The victory came in the 30-lap Jesse...

BECHTELSVILLE, PA JUNE 9, 2001 . . . For the second time this season current track NASCAR Modified point leader Craig VonDohren was able to wheel the Mrs. T's Pierogies entry to a win at Grandview Speedway. The victory came in the 30-lap Jesse Baro Trucking NASCAR Modified feature race on Saturday night and earned the Barto, PA racer $2,200.

In the companion feature the Bar's Leaks United Racing Club sprint cars had Sean Michael taking his second win of the season and his twenty second career victory in the 25-lap feature. Michael was chased to the finish line by Mike Haggenbottom. The NASCAR Modified feature, 29 cars starting, saw Todd Heydt get the first lap lead. On the second circuit of the one-third-mile, clay banked Berks County oval, Glenn Strunk had the Norm's Save Station entry in front of the pack. In the first ten laps Strunk, without a win this season, held off challenges by Brian Kressley. On the 11th lap Craig VonDohren moved in to a challenging position. Strunk performed well and held off the multi time champion for several laps. However on the 16th circuit VonDohren chose the second turn to take control of the race.

Once in front, the popular racer had things much his own way as he was able to hold off challenges from Glenn Strunk and Chip Slocum to win the feature and pick up $2200 for his efforts. Second spot went to Glenn Strunk (Bechtelsville) followed by Chip Slocum (Ewing Township, NJ), Doug Manmiller (Sinking Spring) and Brian Kressley (New Tripoli).

Unofficially Bob Trapper earned the Timber Wolf Smokeless Hard Charger award coming from 29th to 11th in the NASCAR Modified feature race. That is worth an extra $200.

In the 25 lap main for the URC Bar's Leaks Sprint Series competitors, part of the C&C Landscaping PA Point Series, Jeff Busby was on top at the start and was the man to beat for 10 laps. On a caution restart, after Greg Coverdale spun, George Suprick got the top spot with Sean Michael (Allentown) now "knocking on the door." At the 19 lap mark Sean Michael put the B&K Leasing/Jim's Lettering/C&B Mushroom sprinter in front of the pack and that is where it stayed for the final 6 laps.

However Mike Haggenbottom made a strong run for the top spot and was closing on the leader in the final laps. The Levittown, PA racer had to settle for second followed by point leader Chris Coyle, George Suprick and Doug Emery.

Sixty one NASCAR Modifieds were in the competition area with Barry Readinger, Craig VonDohren, Rick Schaffer, Jon Kellner and Shawn Reimert taking the wins in qualifying heats. The consolation races were won by Jeff Strunk, Meme DeSantis and Terry Meitzler while the Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash worth $350 was won by Jon Kellner. $100 donated by Kochel Equipment of Elverson was divided amongst the 2nd through 5th place racers.

In the United Racing Club sprint qualifying heats, 40 sprinters in the pits, Danny Massey, George Suprick,Sean Michael and Donnie Ennis were the winners. The C, moving the top four finishers to the B Main, was won Trevor Lewis. And the B Main moving four top finishers to the main event was won by Donnie Kreitz Jr.

A total of 17 events of auto racing was presented during the four hour program.

The United Racing Club sprint cars will next return to Grandview Speedway, for a Saturday show, on September 15. However they are scheduled to be part of Thunder on the Hill shows scheduled during the months of July and August.

The NASCAR Late Models return to action on Saturday, June 16, as part of the True Value Hardware Night also featuring the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds. At least 12 events of stock car racing being presented. Racing gets the green flag at 7:30 p.m. Rothrock Motors of Allentown will sponsor a special Cash Dash for the NASCAR Late Models. Rothrock is a sponsor of the #44 Late Model being driven by Jason Miller. A large contingent of Rothrock Motors people will be on hand.

And on Saturday, June 23, Deka Batteries sponsors a full night of racing action with NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models being featured. First 500 fans through the main gate will receive a checkered flag courtesy of Deka and there will be other prizes.

Sunday, June 24, the CARQUEST Thunder on the Hill PA Sprint Speed Week Series will be the attraction with 410 sprints and KARS sprints making up the doubleheader show. Racing at 7:30 p.m. And there is a Monday, June 25, raindate.

Complete information on racing events at Grandview Speedway is available at 610.754.7688 or visit

The one-third-mile, clay banked oval is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, in Bechtelsville, PA.


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