BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 5, 2003 . . . Veteran late model racer Bill Henning drove the Henning Supermarkets/WNPV-AM Radio sponsored Dodge powered ...
BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 5, 2003 . . . Veteran late model racer Bill Henning drove the Henning Supermarkets/WNPV-AM Radio sponsored Dodge powered #80 to victory in the Firecracker 40 Late Model Championship race run in memory of the late Jerry Glase on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway.
The feature for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series modified stock cars was curfewed and will be run as part of the Deka Batteries/3M Night on Saturday, July 12th, 7:30 p.m. The show will now include two 30-lap features for the modifieds, a 20 lap feature for the late models plus a full series of qualifying events including two consolations and a cash dash remaining to be run from the curfewed events.
Torrential rains late in the afternoon turned the one-third-mile clay oval into a lake. Event organizer Bruce Rogers and his crew spent several hours getting the track into racing condition once the rain stopped and the first event got the green flag at 10 p.m.
"It was a situation that no matter what you did we would be wrong. Our crew really did a great job, put in an excellent effort, to get the track in racing condition. And the show, once it was started, went along pretty well. We just ran out of time. And we had the fireworks in place so it was something that we had to do. I know some fans were not happy but it was quite an effort by all of the crew, the racers and the officials in getting as much of the event run as we did," said Rogers.
In the 40-lap main event for the late models, run in memory of long time track employee Jerry Glase who lost his battle with cancer in September, 2002, John Durling looked like he was on the way to victory leading the first 18 laps. Bill Henning came on to grab the lead from Durling and set the pace until the 26th lap when a variety of incidents on the track including a flip by Harry Neiman brought the action to a stop. Neiman was not injured. On the restart multi time champion Dean Stoudt, who had been chasing Henning for several laps, was able to grab the top spot.
At the 34 lap marker Henning, who calls Lansdale home, was back in front after a caution restart brought on by a Ron Chrisman accident and was able to hold off the challenges of Dean Stoudt, Chuck Schutz and Randy Stoudt for the balance of the 40-lapper. The victory was the biggest of his career. Henning is the only late model racer at Grandview Speedway currently running a Dodge powered race car.
Second spot went to Dean Stoudt (East Greenville) followed by Chuck Schutz (Pottstown), Randy Stoudt (Pottstown) and defending champion Lou Egrie (Willow Grove).
Point leader Ray Swinehart was eliminated from the feature event as the result of an early race accident that involved Junior Grebe and Swinehart. There were not injuries.
Qualifying heat races for the late models went to Terry Snyder, John Durling and Chuck Schutz while the consolation was won by Jason Miller. Chuck Schutz won the Cash Dash for the late models.
Preliminary events for the NASCAR Modifieds were won by Mike Gular, Meme DeSantis, Jon Kellner Sr. and Jeff Strunk.
The late model racers were able to share in a large amount of lap money from the Firecracker 40 that had been donated by area businesses, racers and fans.
The excitement of NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series stock car racing returns to the Grandview Speedway on Saturday, July 12, 7:30 p.m. Included in the DEKA BATTERIES/3M Night will be at least 16 action packed events of Modified and Late Model stock car racing. The modifieds will run in two 30-lap features while the late models will perform in a 20-lap main event.
And on Wednesday, July 16th, 7:30 p.m. many of the top performers in 410 sprint and modified stock car racing will see action at Grandview Speedway when BIG SHOW II is presented. There will no time trials as all qualifying will be done qualifying heat races.
SMILEY returns to Grandview Speedway. The popular Hatfield Quality Meats mascot will be on hand as part of Hatfield Night and will be shooting hot dogs (wrapped) and t-shirts into the grandstands. The racing action will include the Modifieds and Late Models on Saturday, July 19th.
Grandview Speedway is one of the most popular sports facilities in Berks and Montgomery Counties. Offering family entertainment at VERY reasonable prices, Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com.
FIRECRACKER 40 LATE MODEL CHAMPIONSHIP: Bill Henning, Dean Stoudt, Chuck Schutz, Randy Stoudt, Lou Egrie, Sam Schlosberg, Brian Schuey, Junior Grebe, Doug Hoffman, Greg Hoffmaster, John Durling, Terry Snyder, Ron Crhisman, Larry Dise, Steve Sennott, Mike Wunderlich, Kelly Snyder, Jason Miller, Dallas Breidenbach, Harry Neiman Jr. , Ron Kline, Buddy Wharton, John Geisler, Steve Todorow, Ray Swinehart, Rick Todorow.
NASCAR DODGE WEEKLY SERIES MODIFIEDS, 30 LAPS: Curfewed until July 12th.