COMING EVENTS: Saturday, April 8, 15, 22, 29; 5 P.M., Tripleheader Show of stock car racing featuring NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds, Exide Shortrack Late Models and PA. Sportsman. Adult admission is $12.00, youngsters 6 thru 11 are $3.00...
COMING EVENTS: Saturday, April 8, 15, 22, 29; 5 P.M., Tripleheader Show of stock car racing featuring NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds, Exide Shortrack Late Models and PA. Sportsman. Adult admission is $12.00, youngsters 6 thru 11 are $3.00 and under 6 admitted free with adult. FREE PARKING ON THE SPEEDWAY GROUNDS.
Saturday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. Start of regular Saturday night racing doubleheaders featuring NASCAR Modifieds and Exide Late Models. Adult admission $10.00 other prices remain the same.
JEFF STRUNK, TEETS AND UMBENHAUER OPENING NIGHT WINNERS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA APRIL 1, 2000 . . . Kicking off his campaign to win championships at Grandview Speedway, Big Diamond Raceway and the Motor Truck Equipment Co. Kenworth Cummins NASCAR PA Modified Challenge Series title, Jeff Strunk drove to victory in the 38-lap NASCAR Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Jeff Teets, defending Exide Shortrack Late Model champion, came home first in the 20 lapper for late models. And Tom Umbenhauer had a fairly easy time of it winning the 13-lap PA Sportsman feature race. Jeff Strunk had some bad news for NASCAR Modified racers in Victory Lane. After winning the 38-lap NASCAR Modified feature, good for $3000, Strunk said, "The Chevy engine we had in the car tonight was strong however the Dodge is even better." Strunk (Bethel, PA) and car owner Keith Harring have been testing a Dodge powerplant in the Kenworth Cummins sponsored NASCAR Modified but the Dodge was left at home on Saturday night. Doug Pannepacker jumped out in front of the 30-car starting field and set the pace for 14 laps before Jeff Strunk was able to track him down and grab the lead. Once in front Strunk was able to hold on to the top spot for the balance of the 38 laps but it was not easy. Jack Hartnett was a challenger for much of the race but on the 30th lap his car caught fire and quick work by the track fire crew kept damage to a minimum. Hartnett was disappointed but not injured. And for most of the second half of the feature Chip Slocum put heavy pressure on the leader but a flat tire forced him out with two laps to go. Glenn Strunk (Boyertown), wheeling the Norm Hansell owned #357, finished a strong second coming from ninth. Terry Meitzler (Kutztown), the defending track champion, started 21st and finished third while Tom Mayberry (Sellersville), a seven feature winner in 1999, came from 20th to finish fourth. Veteran Dennis Bailey (Kutztown) was fifth. When asked if younger brother Glenn had him worried in the final laps, Jeff Strunk responded with, "Nahhh." The Timberwolf Smokeless Tobacco Hard Charger Award went to Doug Manmiller who came from 29th starting spot to finish 6th. In the 20-lapper for Exide Shortrack Late Models it was the Jeff Teets show. The defending champion took the lead at the start and never looked back as he was able to set the pace for the entire 20 laps with the Harry's U-Pull It Auto Parts entry. The Coplay, PA racer had a comfortable lead over second place finisher Rick Todorow (Quakertown) at the finish. Former champion Dean Stoudt (Green Lane) was third followed by Kyle Pensinger (Lyons) and Chuck Sennott (Gilbertsville). Tom Umbenhauer, Richland, PA, made it all look somewhat easy as he lead all the laps in winning the 13-lap PA Sportsman feature race. A time limit cut two laps off the feature. At the finish Umbenhauer and his Clay Realty Corp. entry had a comfortable lead over Scott Flammer, who had his front end collapse after crossing the finish line. Third spot went to Ricky Rutt. With the competition area overflowing with 114 race cars heat wins for the modifieds were earned by Doug Pannepacker, Sam Schoenley, Kerry Kratz, Jack Hartnett and Dennis Bailey. The three consolation races went to Terry Meitzler, Smokey Warren and Danny Erb. And the Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash was won by Kerry Kratz earning him $405. The Kochel Equipment sponsored First Alternate Award was earned by Cliff Quinn. Late Model heats went to Jeff Teets, Rick Todorow and Sam Schlosberg. And in the sportsman division heat wins were earned by Tom Umbenhauer and Donn Edgar. NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds, Exide Shortrack Late Models and PA Sportsman stock cars return to Grandview Speedway on Saturday, April 8, 5 p.m. At least 13 events of stock car racing making up the Saturday evening show. Grandview Speedway, a NASCAR sanctioned one-third-mile, high banked clay oval, 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. New starter Donnie Miller got good reviews from racers and fans as he flagged his first full event at Grandview Speedway. The "Delaware Start" format used at Grandview Speedway for a number of years has been dropped. All events will have two abreast starts. And on restarts the leader will have the option of starting outside or inside the front row. Sixty one NASCAR modifieds were in the pits for the season opener with a total of 114 race cars on hand. And there was a very big opening night crowd as Grandview Speedway kicked off their 38th consecutive season of professional stock car racing.
NASCAR WEEKLY RACING SERIES MODIFIEDS, 38 LAP FEATURE... Jeff Strunk, Glenn Strunk, Terry Meitzler, Tom Mayberry, Dennis Bailey, Doug Manmiller, Shawn Reimert, Smokey Warren, Danny Erb, Kenny Gilmore, Tracy Readinger, Bob Trapper, Chip Slocum, Meme DeSantis, Rick Schaffer, Jon Kellner, Jack Hartnett, Doug Pannepacker, Kerry Kratz (TOP TWENTY).
NASCAR EXIDE SHORTRACK LATE MODELS, 20 LAP FEATURE..Jeff Teets, Rick Todorow, Dean Stoudt, Kyle Pensinger, Chuck Sennott, Lou Egrie, John Durling, Sam Schlosberg, Junior Grebe, Ed Trimbur, Terry Snyder, Doug Walton, Bill Henning, Mike Erb, Bill Neff, Buddy Wharton, Brian Follin, Dave Conver, Mike Bedell, Donald Hale (Top Twenty)
PA SPORTSMAN STOCK CARS. 15 LAP FEATURE (shortened to 13 laps because of time limit) Tom Umbenhauer, Scott Flammer, Ricky Rutt, Sean Fitzpatrick, Charley Gilmore, Jimmy Reppert, Steve Symons (from 21st starting spot), Brad Force, Tom Miller, Tal Umstead (Top Ten)