BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 19, 2001. . . Patience pays rewards at Grandview Speedway, just ask Craig VonDohren. The veteran driver used patience to win the rich Forrest Rogers Memorial 50-lap NASCAR Modified Classic on Sunday night picking...
BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 19, 2001. . . Patience pays rewards at Grandview Speedway, just ask Craig VonDohren. The veteran driver used patience to win the rich Forrest Rogers Memorial 50-lap NASCAR Modified Classic on Sunday night picking up $10,000 plus for his efforts. In the companion 20-lapper for NASCAR Late Model stock cars the win went to Chuck Schutz for his second of the season.
Junior Mikosz grabbed the lead at the start of the 50-lap event with 32 starters. Tom Umbenhauer came from fifth to first in two laps. And while cautions dotted the program VonDohren patiently brought his Mrs. T's Pierogies entry from 15th starting spot to challenge the leader on the 15th lap. Umbenhauer and VonDohren were in close competition when VonDohren was able to nose in front when Tom Umbenhauer had something break putting him in the first turn wall.
Jeff Strunk, who started 13th, brought the Cummins/Kenworth W9 up to challenge VonDohren for the top spot at the midway point. Duane Howard was in third and that is the way they ran until a fuel stop brought out the red flag on the 39th lap (93 laps had been run).
On the restart Strunk continued to put pressure on the leader. At the 46 lap marker, Strunk slowed out with mechanical problems just as he was putting the heaviest pressure on VonDohren. The leader continued his impressive drive, again using patience, to avoid the incidents that brought out a number of cautions.
While all this was going on, Billy Pauch, who got into the starting field as an alternate and started last, was now in second. His car looked as if it had survived a demolition derby. With just four laps to the finish Pauch (Frenchtown, NJ) was not able to put any real pressure on VonDohren and had to settle for second. Meme DeSantis (Temple) who had to go to the rear of the field because of an on track incident came back to finish a strong third followed by Keith Brightbill (Mohnton) and Duane Howard (Oley).
For VonDohren the win, his fourth of the season at Grandview and his second in the Forrest Rogers Memorial Classic (the last win being in 1986), was worth more than $10,000 include lap sponsorship money posted by WWW.PHILLYRACING.COM.
In the 20-lap NASCAR Late Model feature Steve Todorow was quick to get the lead. On the third lap Buddy Wharton put his Whar-Head Chassis mount in front of the pack. The Birdsboro racer looked as if he was going to grab his first career late model victory.
At 17 laps Chuck Schutz made a run for the lead, after battling several laps with Wharton. The two looked as if they were glued together when they got into turn one and Wharton was left facing the wrong way.
Schutz was able to keep control on the restart and grab the win. The Pottstown racer was just a slim margin in front of challenger Lou Egrie (Philadelphia). Third spot went to Rick Todorow (Quakertown) followed by Kyle Pensinger (Lyons Station) and current point leader John Durling (Reading).
Qualifying heats, which had actually been started back on August 4 before the event was rained out, went to Rick Schaffer, Tom Umbenhauer, Jeff Strunk, Kenny Gilmore and Randy Bailey. The consolation events were won by Duane Howard, Terry Meitzler and Mike Gular while the Cash Dash went to Rick Schaffer.
In the qualifying events for the late models wins were earned by Chuck Schutz, Jason Miller and Bill Henning.
Coming up at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, August 25, with a 7:30 p.m. starting time, will be Kreiser Racing Fuels/Tremont Quik Stop Night. Featured will be at least 12 events of NASCAR modified and late model stock car racing. On Tuesday, August 28, 7:30 p.m. King of the Hill Sprint Car Racing feature the 410 sprints and URC sprint cars. Saturday, September 1, 7:30 p.m. the TrueValue Hardware Stores NASCAR Modified and Late Model feature racing events plus qualifying events will be presented. A TrueValue race car and hauler display will be on site. This is the final point race of the season for the modifieds and late models. And the big T.H.Properties Freedom 76 Golf Tournament is set for Thursday, September 6. Many racers and officials participate in the event.
The T.H.Properties Freedom 76 Modified Classic, paying at least $20,000 to win, will be presented on Saturday, September 8, 7 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, September 9.
All qualifying events for the T.H. Properties Freedom 76 have been sold but there are still opportunities to sponsor a lap for just $10.00 (which gets you a public address announcement and program book mention) or sponsor a golf hole for the T.H.Properties Freedom 76 Golf Classic. Information is available by telephoning Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797.
Grandview Speedway, a NASCAR sanctioned auto racing facility, 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.