BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 28, 2001 . . . Former track champion Craig VonDohren drove the Mrs T'S Pierogies sponsored entry to victory Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. The third win of the season for the veteran modified racer came in the Artic...
BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 28, 2001 . . . Former track champion Craig VonDohren drove the Mrs T'S Pierogies sponsored entry to victory Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. The third win of the season for the veteran modified racer came in the Artic Cat 30-lap NASCAR Modified stock car feature race. And in the 20-lap feature for NASCAR Late Model stock cars Chris Wojnar was able to wheel his Mullican's Auto Sales/Dames Chevrolet mount to victory, the first of his career.
Todd Heydt lead the 29 car starting field at the start of the 30-lap feature for modified stock cars. Just four laps into the main event Glenn Strunk, looking for his second win of the season, took the top spot after starting fifth. In fact Strunk made a move on the outside, the high groove, to get by the top two to take the first spot that may still have fans talking to themselves.
Strunk, driving Norm Hansell's Norm's Save Station entry, was in front of the field, holding off strong challenges by Craig VonDohren for many laps. In fact VonDohren was kept busy by Todd Heydt trying to get second spot for several laps.
On the 21st lap VonDohren was able to get by Strunk in turn four, when the two made contact coming off turn four. Strunk bumped the boiler plate guard rail. Strunk later pointed out that his power steering system had failed two laps earlier. He dropped out just one lap later.
Once in front the Barto, PA racer had a relatively easy time in winning his third feature of the season and collecting $2,200 for his efforts. VonDohren continues to lead the point standings in the chase for the NASCAR Modified title at the Berks County oval. Second spot went to two time champion Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville) in a late race charge toward the front. Third place was earned by defending track champion Jeff Strunk (Bethel) followed by Todd Heydt (Boyertown) and Meme DeSantis (Temple).
The 20-lap NASCAR Late Model feature saw Chris Wojnar take the lead on the first lap and lead all 20 laps as he earned his first career win. In the closing laps the Perkasie racer had to hold off the challenges of teenager Sam Schlosberg and Chuck Sennott. At the finish Wojnar had just a narrow lead over the second place finisher Sam Schlosberg (Green Lane). Third spot went to Chuck Sennott (Gilbertsville) followed by Kyle Pensinger (Lyons Station) and Ed Trimbur (Eagleville).
With a sixth place finish in the feature John Durling took over the top spot in the chase for the late model championship.
Winners in the NASCAR Modified qualifying events, 59 modifieds on hand, were Todd Heydt, Mike Bailey, Tom Mayberry, Bob Trapper and Duane Howard. Consolation event wins went to Randy Bailey, Terry Meitzler and Keith Brightbill. Howard earned $585 for his victory in the three lap Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash.
Jason Miller, Ron Chrisman and Terry Snyder won the Late Model qualifiers while Josh Huber topped the field in the consolation.
Doug Rose and his Green Mamba Jet Car got the attention of the fans when he lit up the jet engine and burned a Cadillac to the ground. The ultimate definition of "road rage."
One of the richest and most prestigious racing events of the season comes to Grandview Speedway on Saturday, August 4, when the $10,000 to win 31st annual Forrest Rogers Memorial 50-lap championship is presented. The NASCAR Modified Classic always attracts a stellar field of racers. And there is a full show of NASCAR Late Model stock car racing.
Last year's winner Jeff Strunk will be back to defending his title against Craig VonDohren, Duane Howard, Kerry Kratz, Glenn Strunk, Ray Swinehart, Chip Slocum, Meme DeSantis and others.
The rain date for the Forrest Rogers Memorial is Saturday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m.
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.
RACE NOTES: Chuck Lamb and his WWW.PHILLYRACING.COM has posted $500 in lap sponsorship money.
The site offers fans the opportunity to find out the latest news on the local racing circuits and information on what is happening on the national level. There are weekly columns by ARCA racer Andy Belmont, Ernie Saxton, Chuck Lamb and others. A load of photographs. Fans, who are connected to the internet, should be checking in on a regular basis.
Lamb pointed out that there were a couple of reasons for him putting up lap sponsorship for all 50 laps. Unlike most advertising, this actually gives something to the drivers. He also pointed out that he likes the way Grandview Speedway promotes their events. He just knew it would be money well- spent.
Fans who would like to see the Forrest Rogers Memorial again, can tune in Cable-TV RCN4 out of Allentown, PA on August 7, 7:30 p.m.; August 10, 9:30 p.m.; August 14, 7:30 p.m.; and August 17, 8:30 p.m. And those who are connected to NJ RCN8 can catch all the action at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7, 7:30 p.m. Area Auto Racing News' Randy Kane, National Speed Sport News' Gary London and former Flemington Speedway PR person Lou Brunell handle the broadcast.
LAP SPONSORSHIPS are now available for the T.H.Properties Freedom 76 coming up on Saturday, September 8. Each lap goes for $10.00 and the cash goes to the leader of the lap that is chosen. If interested contact Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797.
TAKING ORDERS. Fans who want to be sure they will get a copy of the very popular Grandview Speedway Freedom 76 Program/Season Yearbook can order early. The book includes color photos, loads of statistics, history of the track and the Freedom 76, plus much more. The 60 page book usually is a sellout on the night of the event. To order your copy send $7.50 to Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. at 1448 Hollywood Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047-7417.