BECHTELSVILLE, PA AUGUST 10, 2002 . . . Former track champion Ray Swinehart drove his Dames Chevrolet/J&L Speed Equipment sponsored NASCAR Modified stock car to victory in the Berks Mont Newspapers 30-lap NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by...
BECHTELSVILLE, PA AUGUST 10, 2002 . . . Former track champion Ray Swinehart drove his Dames Chevrolet/J&L Speed Equipment sponsored NASCAR Modified stock car to victory in the Berks Mont Newspapers 30-lap NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Modified feature at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. The $2,200 victory was his fourth of the season. In the 20-lap main event for NASCAR Late Models Jason Miller of Germansville, PA wheeled the Unclaimed Freight/Rothrock Motor Sales sponsored entry to his first win of the season.
Sophomore racing talent Mike Gular took the lead at the drop of the green and set sail in hopes of picking up his first career modified win. At eight laps Barry Readinger, a veteran campaigner at Grandview Speedway looking for his first career victory, took command of the 29 car starting field. Last week's feature winner Meme DeSantis went to the back of the pack after bringing out the caution for a spin in turn four. At 18 laps, after several laps of side-by-side action, Ray Swinehart was able to take the lead from Readinger.
Once in front Swinehart had his hands full with a new challenger in Rick Schaffer. At 21 laps of the 30-lap feature a multi car accident eliminated defending champion Craig VonDohren. It was about this time that Schaffer took his C&C Ford entry to the pits with a flat tire and Swinehart now had to contend with Glenn Strunk, giving the #99K Don Keifer entry the ride of its life at least for this season, and Kerry Kratz.
At the finish Swinehart (Bechtelsville) had just a slim lead over second place Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville) to earn the victory. Third spot went to Glenn Strunk (Bechtelsville) for his best effort of the season followed by Kenny Gilmore (Kutztown) and Barry Readinger (Reading).
Jeff Strunk, with an eighth place finish held on to his point lead in the chase for the NASCAR Modified track championship.
Ron Kline, one of the few racers in late model competition at Grandview Speedway, running a six cylinder engine, jumped into the early lead setting the pace for the 27 car starting field. Jason Miller, coming from 5th, grabbed the lead on the 4th circuit. At the seven lap mark a caution restart saw Kline grabbed the top spot briefly with Miller quickly get the lead back.
With 10 laps in the record book Chuck Schutz, a former champion, came to second to battle Miller for the victory. However, despite several strong efforts, Miller was able to hold on for his first win of the season. Schutz (Pottstown) finished second followed by seven NASCAR Late Model feature winner Randy Stoudt (Pottstown), Lou Egrie (Huntington Valley) and Ron Kline (Salfordville).
Randy Stoudt continues to be the point leader in the chase for the Late Model championship.
Qualifying heat wins for the modifieds were earned by Barry Readinger, Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren, Ray Swinehart and Rick Schaffer. The consolation races were won by Tracy Readinger, Jon Kellner and Glenn Strunk. The Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash went to Jeff Strunk and was worth $360.
In Late Model qualifying the heats were won by Rick Todorow, Chuck Schutz and Lou Egrie.
Thursday, August 15th, 7 p.m. the DIRT Big Block Modifieds are featured in the Dynamax Traffic Jam 100 along with a full series of qualifying events and time trials. Several of the Grandview Speedway NASCAR Modified regulars will be testing their talents against the DIRT Big Block racers.
Saturday night the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Modifieds will be in action along with the Late Model stock cars. At least 12 events of stock car racing will make up the August 17th show sponsored by ARCTIC CAT and CRAFTSMAN TOOLS. Racing action will start at 7:30 p.m.
Lap sponsorships, $10.00 per lap (the money goes to the driver leading the lap that is sponsored), are presently available for the T.H. Properties Freedom 76 Modified Classic set for Saturday, September 14. Lap sponsorships may be purchased from Mark Garman, at the track, or from Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797. In addition Saxton can provide information on sponsoring events at the Freedom 76 and sponsoring holes for the T.H. Properties Freedom 76 Golf Classic on September 12. Advertising in the special Freedom 76 program and yearbook is also available on a limited basis.
Grandview Speedway, a NASCAR sanctioned racing facility, is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, in Bechtelsville, PA. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com.