BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 17, 1999 . . . Veteran modified racing talent Rick Schaffer wheeled the Philadelphia Inquirer/Al Hamilton GMC Trucks sponsored entry to victory in the 30-lap Jesse Baro Inc. NASCAR Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway...
BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 17, 1999 . . . Veteran modified racing talent Rick Schaffer wheeled the Philadelphia Inquirer/Al Hamilton GMC Trucks sponsored entry to victory in the 30-lap Jesse Baro Inc. NASCAR Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. The win, worth $2,200, was the 44th career win for Schaffer and moved him to within one of equaling the career modified win mark held by his close friend Fred Rahmer. In victory lane Schaffer said, " It is never easy here (winning). The track is tough, it beats up on you. Everybody is tough here. If you get a win here, you are lucky." And when asked about the possibility of equaling the Rahmer win mark, Schaffer, always the diplomat, said, "It is good to get close I guess. Fred only raced here a few years. I guess I am going to die here someday. If he had raced here as long as I have he would have that number way out of reach. It is good to be getting that close to his record." In the 20-lap NASCAR Late Model feature race Junior Grebe of Boyertown, PA drove his Romeo's Candies/Ralph's Novelties sponsored mount to his first win of the season and third of his career. Bill Gensler motored his SnapOn Tools sponsored modified to the front of the pack at the start and set the pace for 19 laps, an impressive effort. Rick Schaffer (Woxall) came from ninth starting position to move in front of the pack, after dueling with Gensler and Danny Erb for several laps, on the 20th lap. Once in front Schaffer was able to hold off challenges from Mike Bailey, Danny Erb and Chip Slocum. Late in the feature Danny Erb ended up in the third turn wall putting him out after a very impressive effort in a strange car. His first ride in the car owned by Todd Marburger. At the finish it was Mike Bailey, just a few car lengths behind Schaffer in second place. Third went to Chip Slocum (Ewing Township, NJ) started in 22nd spot gaining 18 positions and earning the Timber Wolf Smokeless Tobacco Hard Charger Award worth $200. In fourth spot was Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville) and fifth went to current modified point leader Terry Meitzler (Fleetwood). Though it sounds easy, it was not. Junior Grebe grabbed the lead on the start and set the pace for the entire 20 lap feature. However it was Bill Henning, Jeff Teets and John Giesler giving Grebe fits and quite a run for the first place money. Veteran Grebe was able to handle all challenges as the late models put on an impressive display of racing for 20 laps with Grebe in front at the finish. Second spot went to Jeff Teets (Coplay) followed by Bill Henning (Lansdale), Randy Stoudt (Pottstown) and John Giesler (Aston). Qualifying heats for the modifieds went to last week's feature winner Ron Haring, Mike Bailey, Kerry Kratz and Shawn Reimert. Consolation wins were earned by Jon Kellner and Chip Slocum. And Ron Haring won the Cash Dash earning $340. In the feature event Haring was out early with mechanical problems. John Giesler, Junior Grebe and Dean Stoudt won the preliminary events with the late models and Ed Trimbur won the consolation. Coming on Saturday, July 24, 7:30 p.m. Touch of Green Landscaping Make A Wish Foundation Night featuring at least 13 events of NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models. Rain date is Sunday, July 25, 7 p.m. And on Saturday, July 31, 7:30 p.m. Exide Batteries Night will take place featuring at least 13 events of NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models. FAMILY NIGHT with youngsters under 12 will be admitted free with an adult. Sunday is the rain date at 7 p.m. Grandview Speedway, a one-third-mile, banked clay track 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.
PIT NOTES: On hand for the Saturday night show was Vice President of NASCAR Dennis Huth who is in charge of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and other traveling divisions. The trucks were appearing at nearby Nazareth Raceway. Jesse Baro Inc., sponsor for the night, made use of the new Turn One Club which offers corporate hospitality in the covered picnic area in turn one. Catering services are available. Contact 610.754.7688. Great for employee nights, birthday parties and more. The track crew comes in for strong praise as they had the track in great shape considering the heat, sun and drought conditions. The temperature when racing started was close to 100 degrees. With the track pond low on water arrangements had to be made to truck water from other sources to get the track in shape. A tip of the hat to Bruce and Kenny Rogers plus the rest of the crew.
JESSE BARO BULK HAULING NASCAR MODIFIED 30-LAP FEATURE: Rick Schaffer, Mike Bailey, Chip Slocum, Kerry Kratz, Terry Meitzler, Shawn Reimert, Kenny Gilmore, Sam Martz, Kevin Hartnett, Jeff Strunk, Doug Manmiller, Tom Mayberry, Cliff Quinn, Dennis Bailey, Jon Kellner, Sam Schoenly, Dave Faust, Ken Lindaberry, Junior Mikosz, Chuck Schutz.
JESSE BARO BULK HAULING NASCAR LATE MODEL 20-LAP FEATURE: Junior Grebe, Jeff Teets, Mike Bailey, Randy Stoudt, John Giesler, Terry Snyder, Ed Hoffman, Dean Stoudt, Lou Egrie, Casey Ebright, Chuck Sennott, Roger Decker, Ron Chrisman, Rick Todorow, Kyle Pensinger, Buddy Wharton, Mike Bedell, Scott Miley, Ed Trimbur, Keith Kidd.
NASCAR MODIFIED POINT STANDINGS: Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, 3952; Kevin Hartnett, Perkasie, 3611; Jeff Strunk, Bethel, 3591; Kerry Kratz, Bechtelsville, 3354; Chip Slocum, Ewing Township, NJ, 3335; Rick Schaffer, Woxall, 3307; Jon Kellner, Lansdale, 3116; Kenny Gilmore, Kutztown, 3022; Tom Mayberry, Sellersville, 2951; and Smokey Warren, Jonestown, 2606.
NASCAR LATE MODEL POINT STANDINGS: Rick Todorow, Quakertown, 4063; Dean Stoudt, East Greenville, 3942; Jeff Teets, Coplay, 3831; Ed Hoffman, Allentown, 3643; Randy Stoudt, Pottstown, 3529; Chuck Sennott, Gilbertsville, 3421; Lou Egrie, Philadelphia, 3405; Terry Snyder, Green Lane, 3332; John Durling, Reading, 3185; and Casey Erbight, Pottstown, 2958.
MOTOR TRUCK EQUIPMENT INC. KENWORTH/CUMMINS PA NASCAR MODIFIED CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS AS OF JULY 18: Jeff Strunk, Bethel, 8345; Kevin Hartnett, Perkasie, 7925; Jon Kellner, Lansdale, 7630; Dennis Bailey, Kutztown, 7335; Shawn Reimert, Oley, 7020; Smokey Warren, Jonestown, 6685; John Willman, Zionsville, 6555; Jack Hartnett, Telford, 6355; Glenn Strunk, Bechtelsville, 6185; and Mike Bailey, Kutztown, 6085.