COMING EVENTS. Humane Society of Berks County Night, Saturday, June 10. Gates open at 5 p.m. Racing at 7:30 p.m. NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds and Bar's Leaks United Racing Club sprint cars. Only appearance of URC sprints at Grandview...
COMING EVENTS. Humane Society of Berks County Night, Saturday, June 10. Gates open at 5 p.m. Racing at 7:30 p.m. NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds and Bar's Leaks United Racing Club sprint cars. Only appearance of URC sprints at Grandview this season. Part of ticket proceeds donated to Injured Animal Fund. NO LATE MODELS. Adult admission $18.00. Youngsters 6 through 11 is $3.00 and under 6 if free. Always free parking on the speedway grounds.
Sunday night rain date, if needed, will feature the NASCAR Modifieds and NASCAR Exide Shortrack Late Models starting at 7 p.m. URC sprints would be rescheduled later in season. Rain date admission would be $10.00 for adults.
SATURDAY, JUNE 17, NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds and NASCAR Exide Shortrack Late Models. At least 13 events of stock car racing.
SATURDAY, JUNE 24, O'CONNOR TRUCK CENTERS/FREIGHTLINER NIGHT featuring NASCAR Modifieds and NASCAR Late Models.
KRATZ WINS FOR FIRST TIME IN TWO YEARS AND JOHN DURLING TAKES FIRST OF THE SEASON AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA JUNE 3, 2000 . . . For the first time in two years Kerry Kratz was able to wheel the Hatfield Quality Meats/Steve's Corner Deli sponsored modified to victory in the Craftsman Tools sponsored NASCAR Modified 30-lap feature at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. And in the 20-lap NASCAR Exide Shortrack Late Model feature John Durling drove the Golden Chevy/Hardee's mount to victory.
Jack Hartnett set the pace at the start of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modified feature from his pole starting position. Clip Slocum was quick to move up to challenge the leader. The two ran side-by-side a number of times. However on the 13th lap Slocum spun by himself in the fourth turn while trying to make a move on the leader.
On the restart Hartnett was still in command but Kerry Kratz (coming from 11th starting spot), who had not been to victory lane in two years at the Berks County clay oval, was right on his bumper. The balance of the 30-lap feature was a classic education for all in the best of dirt track modified stock car racing. Hartnett and Kratz swapped the lead back and forth with Kratz getting the lead, officially, on the 29th lap.
At the finish Kratz (Bechtelsville) was just a narrow margin in front of Hartnett (Telford) while Meme DeSantis (Reading), who had struggled the last couple of events, grabbed third. Jon Kellner (Lansdale), in the thick of the battle for the second half of the feature, finished fourth followed by Tracy Readinger (Oley). Keith Brightbill earned the $200 TimberWolf Hard Charger Award by coming from 29th to finish 14th. And Glenn Strunk received the $25.00 Kochel Equipment First Alternate Award.
In victory lane Kratz was quick to point out that it had been awhile since he had been there and thanked his crew, his sponsors and his wife for sticking with him during the "tough times." Kratz delivered a blow by blow description of his victory to track announcer Ernie Saxton much to the delight of the large turnout of fans.
Buddy Wharton lead the action in the 20-lap NASCAR Exide Late Model feature on the first lap. And it was John Giesler, former champion, grabbed the top spot on the second circuit. John Durling, running the outside groove, was in front of the pack on the fifth circuit of the one-third-mile, clay oval. Once in front it was Durling "working overtime" to hold off the challenges of defending champion Jeff Teets to win his first of the season. At the finish Durling (Reading) was just a car length in front of Teets (Coplay). Third spot went to John Gielser (Aston) followed by Kyle Pensinger (Lyons Station) and Casey Ebright (Pottstown).
Sixty three modifieds were on hand to try for the 29 feature starting positions. Wins in the five qualifying heats went to Chip Slocum, Bill Gensler, Jon Kellner, Doug Pannepacker and Tom Mayberry. The consolation races were won by Junior Mikosz, Donny Erb and Barry Readinger. Tom Mayberry won the Sears of Pottstown/Craftsman Tools Cash Dash worth $400.
The late model action attracted 32 entries with heat wins going to Casey Ebright, Jeff Teets and Dean Stoudt. Terry Snyder won the consolation race.
The Bar's Leaks United Racing Club sprint cars will join the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds in a doubleheader show on Saturday, June 10. Racing will start at 7:30 p.m. Part of the proceeds will go to the Humane Society of Berks County Injured Animals Fund. Last year's URC sprint car show at Grandview Speedway drew one of the largest crowds of the season. Sean Michael, the current URC point leader, will headline the sprint action while Terry Meitzler, the current NASCAR Modified point leader, will headline the stock car racing. Lady racer Becca Anderson, winner in Delaware on Saturday night, will also be part of the URC sprint car action.
Should the Saturday night show be hit by bad weather, the Sunday night rain date will feature the NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models. URC sprints would be rescheduled for later in the season.
CRAFTSMAN TOOLS 30-LAP NASCAR MODIFIED FEATURE (Top twenty): Kratz, Jack Hartnett, DeSantis, Kellner, Tracy Readinger, Mayberry, Gruber, Mike Bailey, Jeff Strunk, Meitzler, Swinehart, Gilmore, Reimert, Danny Erb, Donny Erb, Schaffer, Brightbill, Smokey Warren, Mikosz, Martz.
CRAFTSMAN TOOLS 20-LAP NASCAR SHORTRACK LATE MODEL FEATURE (Top Twenty) Durling, Teets, Giesler, Pensinger, Ebright, Egrie, Buddy Wharton, Snyder, Sennott, Walton, Dean Stoudt, Conover, Todorow, Wyatt, Follin, Mike Erb, Steve Szymborski, Brown, Huber, Chrisman.
MODIFIED POINT STANDINGS, TOP TEN....Terry Meitzler 1301, Jeff Strunk 1181, Kerry Kratz 1165, Tom Mayberry 1135, Kenny Gilmore 1100, Smokey Warren 1039, Shawn Reimert 1012, Jon Kellner 984, Rick Schaffer 952 and Glenn Strunk 880.
LATE MODEL POINT STANDINGS, TOP TEN...Jeff Teets 1401, Dean Stoudt 1367, Lou Egrie 1268, Kyle Pensinger 1203, John Durling 1198, Chuck Sennott 1179, Terry Snyder 1178, Rick Todorow 1168, Ed Trimbur 1106, and Sam Schlosberg 1097.