Grandview Speedway race report 2002-05-11

Kratz, Swinehart and Randy Stoudt win Grandview features. BECHTELSVILLE, PA MAY 12, 2002 . . . For the first time this season Kerry Kratz was able to wheel his Hatfield Quality Meats Modified to victory in the 30-lap CARGO TRAILERS NIGHT NASCAR...

Kratz, Swinehart and Randy Stoudt win Grandview features.

BECHTELSVILLE, PA MAY 12, 2002 . . . For the first time this season Kerry Kratz was able to wheel his Hatfield Quality Meats Modified to victory in the 30-lap CARGO TRAILERS NIGHT NASCAR Modified feature race on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. In a second 30-lapper for the NASCAR Modifieds two time track champion Ray Swinehart put his Dames Chevrolet Inc. entry in victory lane. And it was Randy Stoudt driving the Stoudt Signs Late Model to victory in the 20-lap main event for the NASCAR Late Models.

Randy Bailey looked as if he would have a green flag to checkered flag run for victory in the 30-lap Modified feature that had been rained out back on April 27. Bailey was in command, with Tom Mayberry, Kerry Kratz and Jeff Strunk nipping at his heels. In the final laps, in the second turn, with less than four to go, Kratz got under Bailey and took the lead. However Bailey quickly got it back, briefly, with Kratz able to ward him off and grab the win. It was a three car battle for the top spot for the final three laps with Kratz, who calls Bechtelsville home, grabbed the $2250 win. Kratz said in victory lane, "I was almost sorry that I took the high groove when Randy was able to get under me again." Kratz did not want to put a "whammy" on his luck by talking about the possibility of a first time championship. When asked about his title chances, Kratz covered his ears and said, "I can't hear you."

Bailey (Kutztown) grabbed second while former champion Jeff Strunk (Bethel) finished third. Fourth was earned by another former champion Terry Meitzler (Kutztown) and Tom Mayberry (Sellersville) salvaged fifth. The second 30-lapper for the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Modifieds, saw Ron Solomon putting his #432 Modified in front of the pack at the drop of the green. Tom Mayberry was quick to move toward the front and grabbed the top spot on the seventh lap. Ray Swinehart took advantage of Mayberry being caught outside to grab the lead on a 14th lap restart. Once in front the Bechtelsville based speed equipment business operator was able to hold off repeated challenges from Mayberry and Rick Schaffer to win his second of the season. Mayberry was right on his rear bumper for second. Jeff Strunk got his second third place finish of the night and it was Rick Schaffer (Woxall) grabbing fourth followed by Kerry Kratz who maintains the number one spot in the chase for the rich track modified title.

Bill Henning, in the Henning Supermarkets #80 Late Model, set the early pace with Randy Stoudt able to move in front of the 26 car starting field on the 10th circuit of the one third mile clay oval. Stoudt was chased to the checkered flag by Chuck Schutz. In fact Schutz was able to get the nose of his #1 up alongside of Stoudt a couple times but was not able to generate enough speed to get the lead. Stoudt (Pottstown) grabbed his second win of the season followed by Schutz (Pottstown). Third spot went to Rick Todorow (Quakertown), Bill Henning (Lansdale) and Ed Trimbur (Eagleville).

Qualifying in the NASCAR Modified heat races saw wins go to Rich Wisdo, Randy Bailey, Meme DeSantis, Ron Solomon and Rick Schaffer. The consolation races were won by Jeff Strunk, Terry Meitzler and Barry Readinger. And it was Meme DeSantis able to win the Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash worth $416.

The Late Model qualifying events were won by Rick Todorow, Jason Miller and Ed Trimbur while the consolation race was won by Chris Wojnar. The Henning Scale Models of Lansdale Cash Dash, worth $125 to the winner, was won by Rick Todorow.

Moms in the audience were treated to a number of different prizes sponsored by Franconia Café and Market, Bause's Super Drug Store, Tulip Bulb, and Brick's Sales.

Two 20-lap Late Model features and a 30-lapper for Modifieds will top the program on Saturday night, May 18th with a 7 p.m. starting time at Grandview Speedway. A full series of qualifying events will be included for each division.

And on Saturday May 25, racing will switch back to the normal starting time of 7:30 p.m. with spectator gates opening at 5:30 p.m. At least 12 events of racing is presented topped by a 20-lapper for Late Models and 30-lapper for Modifieds.

For information on racing at Grandview Speedway telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com.

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