Bechtelsville, PA July 7, 2001. . . Current NASCAR Late Model point leader Rick Todorow wheeled his Juniper Auto Body sponsored entry to victory in the Firecracker 40 Late Model championship race at Grandview Speedway. And in the 30-lapper for ...
Bechtelsville, PA July 7, 2001. . . Current NASCAR Late Model point leader Rick Todorow wheeled his Juniper Auto Body sponsored entry to victory in the Firecracker 40 Late Model championship race at Grandview Speedway. And in the 30-lapper for NASCAR Modifieds it was Meme DeSantis, coming back from a wild flip the previous Saturday, driving the Take Out Inc. sponsored mount to a close win over former track champion Terry Meitzler.
The 40-lapper for late models, the biggest event of the season for that division of competition, saw rookie Steve Todorow (son of the feature winner) take the lead at the start. The youngster was able to lead for the first four laps before spinning and catching Bill Henning sending both to the rear. John Durling got the top spot with the Golden Chevy #7 and was in front of the pack until the 27th lap.
In a feature dotted by a number of cautions Rick Todorow, the Quakertown, PA auto body and auto repair shop operator, was able to work his way up to first, coming from back in the pack to earn the Sherwin Williams Hard Charger award, on the 27th lap and hold on to the top spot until the checkered flag fell. For Todorow it was his first Firecracker 40 win and increased his advantage in the chase for his first NASCAR Late Model title at the Berks County oval.
Second spot went to the 2000 winner Kyle Pensinger (Lyons) followed by John Durling (Reading), Chuck Sennott (Gilbertsville) and Chuck Schutz (Pottstown).
In the 30-lap main event for the NASCAR Modifieds Danny Erb was quick to the front of the pack and lead for the first three laps. Randy Stoudt was in front on the fourth circuit of the one-third-mile, banked clay oval and lead until he tangled with several cars as part of a multi car accident. Brian Kressley charged to the front on the restart after the caution with Danny Erb and Terry Meitzler giving chase. At the seventeen lap marker Meme DeSantis was second and giving Kressley a battle for the lead. With 21 laps in the record book DeSantis, who had started 13th, took the top spot and held on to grab the $2200 first place money. The Temple, PA racer was able to hold off strong challenges from Terry Meitzler (Kutztown) to get the win. Third spot went to Brian Kressley (New Tripoli) followed by Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville) and Randy Bailey (Kutztown).
Qualifying event wins went to Craig VonDohren, the current NASCAR Modified point leader, Randy Stoudt, Tom Mayberry, Chip Slocum and Terry Meitzler. Consolation races were won by Kenny Gilmore, Randy Bailey and Donny Erb. The Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash went to Tom Mayberry. Glenn Strunk, driving the Norm's Save Station entry, charged from 30th to finish 8th to unofficially earn the Timber Wolf Hard Charger Award worth $200.
In the late models it was Chuck Schutz, Buddy Wharton and Kyle Pensinger getting the wins in qualifying events while Mike Bedell won the consolation and Kyle Pensinger won the Sherwin Williams Paints Cash Dash.
PIT NOTES: Chuck Lamb and his www.phillyracing.com website has purchased lap sponsorships for all 40-laps of the Forrest Rogers Memorial Modified Classic being presented on Saturday, August 4. The event will pay $10,000 to win. And there will be a full show of NASCAR Late Model stock car racing. Lap sponsorships will now be accepted for "double- ups" on laps making some laps worth $20.00 or more. Contact Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797.
When racing was completed on Saturday night the fans were treated to a wonderful fireworks display in honor of the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
This Saturday, July 14, 7:30 p.m. fans get a bargain with two 20-lap late model stock car features and a 30-lap NASCAR Modified stock car feature and a full series of qualifying events. The night is sponsored by Deka Batteries with checkered flags going to the first 500 fans and there will be other prizes. Also included is a special Rothrock Motors Cash Dash for Late Models.
And on Tuesday, July 17, 7:30 p.m. five feature races, no qualifying events, will be the attraction as part of NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Series action. Included will be features for the ARDC midgets, KARS Wingless sprints, 410 sprints, NASCAR Modifieds and NASCAR Late Models.
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.