Grandview Speedway race report 2002-04-06

Jeff Strunk and Randy Stoudt kick off new season with victories at Grandview Speedway. BECHTELSVILLE, PA APRIL 6, 2002 ..... In hockey it would have been called a "hat trick", in auto racing it is usually called a clean sweep and that is what...

Jeff Strunk and Randy Stoudt kick off new season with victories at Grandview Speedway.

BECHTELSVILLE, PA APRIL 6, 2002 ..... In hockey it would have been called a "hat trick", in auto racing it is usually called a clean sweep and that is what Jeff Strunk enjoyed on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway.

The former track champion won the 40-lap Trevdan Building Supply NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Modified stock car feature race plus his qualifying heat and the Cash Dash.

In the 20-lap feature for NASCAR Late Models Randy Stoudt was able to run away from the field to earn the opening night victory.

Twenty nine Modifieds took Donnie Miller's green flag in below freezing temperatures. The cold weather did not seem to bother Kenny Gilmore as he put the Airport Hotel #7 in front of the pack and set the pace for three laps. Terry Meitzler in a new ride, the Lou Cozze owned Giels Automotive #61, took command on the fourth circuit of the one-third- mile clay banked oval. At the midway mark Jeff Strunk, who had powersteering problems early in the event, came up to challenge the leader and take the lead on a caution restart. Once Strunk and the Cummins/Valvoline #9 were in front, the popular Bethel,PA racer was able to hold off all challengers to grab the season opener.

Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville) came on strong in the final laps to gain a strong second place finish with the Hatfield Meats/Steve's Corner Deli #87. Terry Meitzler (Kutztown), who lead many laps of the feature, had to settle for third followed by defending champion Craig VonDohren (Oley) and Rick Schaffer (Woxall).

Randy Stoudt, in a new ride (a deal put together just a short time before opening night), was able to get out front of the 28 car starting field on the third lap and that is where he stayed for the entire 20-lap feature for NASCAR Modifieds. Early leader Dean Stoudt (East Greenville) gave chase for much of the race but neither he nor young Sam Schlosberg (Green Lane) were able to catch Pottstown based Stoudt in the chase for the season opening win.

Stoudt and Schlosberg did battle for second spot with multi time champion Dean Stoudt, not related to the winner, able to hold on for a runnerup finish. Schlosberg grabbed third followed by Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) and defending champion John Durling (Reading).

Qualifying heats for the NASCAR Modifieds went to Kenny Gilmore, Sam Schoenly, Jeff Strunk, Terry Meitzler and Ryan Watt. The consolation event victories were earned by Rick Schaffer, Tom Mayberry and Donny Erb. Jeff Strunk picked up $425 for the Cash Dash win.

Ron Kline won the first qualifying heat for the Late Models while Dean Stoudt and former champion Lou Egrie took the top spots in the other heat races.

Close to 90 cars were on hand for the two division show which was run in sub-freezing temperatures. Track conditions were excellent for the 14 event show.

"The fans who came out for this racing show, temperatures were sub-freezing, should get an award. At least they get a big thank you from all of us at Grandview. It was a wonderful night of racing despite snow flurries coming down just before the first heat got started. And the track crew did a fantastic job of keeping the track in excellent condition," said Ernie Saxton, track announcer and public relations person.

The Timber Wolf Hard Charger Award was shared by both Rick Schaffer and Jon Kellner in the NASCAR Modified feature. Each driver gained 16 positions in the feature race and will share the $200 Timber Wolf award.

NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Modifieds and Late Models return to action on Saturday, April 13, 6 p.m. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. At least 12 events of exciting stock car racing with a 30-lap feature for Modifieds and 20- lap feature for Late Models.

Checkered Flag Fan Club Night happens on Saturday, April 27. CFFC is one of the largest and oldest auto racing fan clubs in the nation. Their benevolent fund helps racers in need in all types of auto racing. CFFC will be honoring featuring winners and offering memberships to fans and racers throughout the evening.

Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For informationt telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com.

FEATURE FINISHES:

TREVDAN BUILDING SUPPLY 40-LAP FEATURE FOR NASCAR WEEKLY RACING SERIES PRESENTED BY DODGE MODIFIEDS:

Jeff Strunk, Kerry Kratz, Terry Meitzler, Craig VonDohren, Rick Schaffer, Meme DeSantis, Doug Manmiller, Ryan Watt, Jon Kellner, Kenny Gilmore, Tom Mayberry, Todd Heydt, Junior Mikosz, Cliff Quinn, Jon Kellner Jr., Steve Swinehart, Sam Schoenly, Ken Lindaberry, Donny Erb, Keith Brighbill, Jeff Sechrist, John Willman, Randy Bailey, Ron Seltman Jr., Danny Erb, Shawn Reimert, Jason Andrews, Ray Swinehart, Kevin Hartnett.

TREVDAN BUILDING SUPPLY 20-LAP FEATURE FOR LATE MODELS:

Randy Stoudt, Dean Stoudt (they are not related), Sam Schlosberg, Chuck Schutz, John Durling, Mike Steinmetz, Jason Miller, Terry Snyder, Ed Trimburg, Rick Todorow, Bill Henning, Lou Egrie, Mike Erb, Donald Hale, Dave Conover, Ray Mancinelli, Jeff Stong, Buddy Wharton, Jim Bahz, Steve Sennott, Ron Chrisman, Ron Kline, John Giesler, Dallas Breidenbach, Kelly Snyder, Dan Pusch, Mark Fields, Doug Walton.

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