BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 8, 2000 . . . Three weeks before the 2000 season was to start at Grandview Speedway it looked as if Kevin Hartnett would not have a ride. A deal he had with a car owner fell through and he was frantically trying to put ...
BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 8, 2000 . . . Three weeks before the 2000 season was to start at Grandview Speedway it looked as if Kevin Hartnett would not have a ride. A deal he had with a car owner fell through and he was frantically trying to put together his own "last minute" independent team effort. And Hartnett missed two nights of racing when twice he was hit by health problems (kidney stones). However all the problems seemed to be forgotten when Hartnett was able to drive his own Hartnett Lettering #88 Modified to victory in the True Value Hardware 30-lap NASCAR Modified feature race on Saturday night. In the second feature, the 20-lapper for Exide ShorTrack Late Models, sophomore racer Ed Trimbur of Eagleville, was able to make it look easy riding to his first win of the season. Junior Mikosz looked as if he might be on his way to his first win at Grandview Speedway in a number of years. The veteran racer had his Price Chiropractic entry in front of the field for 22 laps of the 30 lap feature. For several laps Mikosz was able to hold off challenges from John Willman, Jon Kellner, Rick Schaffer and Kevin Hartnett. However on the restart, after a caution on the 22nd lap, Perkasie, PA based Hartnett was able to grab the top spot with Chip Slocum giving chase. Jeff Strunk had the Kenworth-Cummins sponsored mount charging forward to give Hartnett another challenge. At the finish Hartnett was just a narrow margin in front of Jeff Strunk (Bethel). Chip Slocum (Ewing Township, NJ) held on for third followed by Jon Kellner (Lansdale) and Terry Meitzler (Kutztown) coming from 21st starting spot. Meitzler earned the Timber Wolf Smokeless Tobacco Hard Charger Award worth $200 for improving the most positions (unofficially). In the 20-lap True Value Hardware Exide ShorTrack Late Model feature race Bill Henning put his Dodge powered WNPV-AM Radio sponsored entry in front of the pack at the start. Henning was in front for two laps before spinning in front of the pack. On the restart Ed Trimbur, a former drag racer, took command and kept command for the remaining 18 laps to gain his first win of the season. On the 7th lap Jeff Teets, trying a move in the low groove got a wheel into the infield, rode over an infield tire marker, and flipped his Harry's U Pull-It Auto Parts #100 several times down the backstretch. Teets, conscious, was able to "lend a hand" in having the medical staff and track crew remove him from the crumpled mass. The veteran driver was airlifted to the Lehigh Valley Medical Center. He was found to have a broken shoulder and complaining of back pain. However no injuries were considered life threatening. "Considering the force of the accident Teets was fortunate that Grandview Speedway and NASCAR work to make the cars as safe as possible. The roll cage and area around the driver's seat held together under the tremendous beating the car took. That is a credit to the safety measures in place here at Grandview and at NASCAR tracks," said track announcer and public relations person Ernie Saxton. Finish behind Trimbur and his Raus Transport sponsored late model was former champion Lou Egrie (Philadelphia) followed by Terry Snyder (Green Lane), John Durling (Reading) and Kyle Pensinger (Lyons). Qualifying heat wins for the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds (56 on hand) went to Rick Schaffer, Chip Slocum, Jeff Strunk, Jon Kellner and Dennis Bailey. The consolation races were won by Terry Meitzler, Tracy Readinger and Doug Pannepacker. The Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash went to Jeff Strunk and was worth $441. The Kochel Equipment First Alternate Award went to Rich Wisdo. In Exide ShorTrack Late Model qualifying wins went to Jeff Teets, Bill Henning and Terry Snyder while Jim Stong was able to grab the consolation win. True Value Hardware of Harleysville, PA presented Kevin Hartnett with a Weber Gas Grill for his feature winning efforts and Ed Trimbur received a Master Mechanic Tool Chest. True Value Hardware Stores throughout the area combined to present more than $1000 in gift certificates to race fans in attendance. Coming to Grandview Speedway on Saturday, July 15, 7:30 p.m. is another doubleheader show of NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds and Exide ShorTrack Late Models, at least 13 events of good old fashioned stock car racing. The night will be sponsored by Hatfield Quality Meats. Smiley, the Hatfield mascot, will be firing hot dogs into the stands (wrapped) with the Hatfield cannon. There will be product sampling and a Hatfield Beach Kit for some lucky fan. Rain date is Sunday, July 16, 7 p.m. On Tuesday, July 18, 7:30 p.m. the Philadelphia Daily News/NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Series continues. Five features (no qualifying events) will be presented. Included will be two 410 sprint features, a KARS wingless sprint feature, ARDC midgets and NASCAR Modifieds. Rain date is Wednesday, July 19th. And coming on Saturday, July 22, the Green Mamba Jet Car along with NASCAR Modifieds and Exide ShorTrack Late Models. It will be EASY CARE Night. 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.
PIT NOTES: Those who have attended local stock car racing events for a number of years and been fans at Grandview Speedway will remember Red Lesher. He was a modified racer here and at other local speedways. And he was the starter/flagman here a number of years back. Red is having some serious health problems. Last week he had a leg removed up to the hip because of diabetes. And he is scheduled to undergo heart surgery this week. Red Lesher can use some cheering up. Mail will reach him at 3242 Country Lake, Deland, Florida 32724. Jeff Teets and his wife, Karen, did want to commend the first aid and medical team at Grandview Speedway for the professional in which his accident was handled. Karen and Jeff extended their thanks to the medical staff, the fire crew, other racers and the officials for the quick attention given what could have been a very serious situation. Fans had an opportunity to change a tire on Mark Martin's True Value IROC race car as part of a unique True Value Hardware traveling motorsports display area. Prizes were given to fans based on how quickly they could handle the ratchet wrench and change a tire. <pre> TRUE VALUE HARDWARE NASCAR MODIFIED FEATURE, 30 LAPS Kevin Hartnett, Jeff Strunk, Chip Slocum, Jon Kellner, Terry Meitzler, Junior Mikosz, Doug Manmiller, John Willman, Jack Hartnett, Dennis Bailey, Doug Pannepacker, Donny Erb, Ray Swinehart, Keith Brightbill, Smokey Warren, Kenny Gilmore, Danny Erb, Ryan Beltz, Tom Mayberry, Rick Schaffer
TRUE VALUE HARDWARE NASCAR EXIDE SHORTRACK LATE MODEL FEATURE, 20 LAPS Ed Trimbur, Lou Egrie, Terry Snyder, John Durling, Kyle Pensinger, Rick Todorow, Dean Stoudt, Casey Ebright, John Giesler, Chuck Sennott, Sam Schlosberg, Buddy Wharton, Doug Walton, Junior Grebe, Mike Erb, Dave Conover, Chris Wojnar, Mike Bedell, Jeff Teets, Donald Hale.
GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY NASCAR MODIFIED TOP TEN POINT STANDINGS Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, PA 2783 (four feature wins), Jeff Strunk, Bethel 2430 (three feature wins), Tom Mayberry, Sellersville 2280; Kerry Kratz, Bechtelsville 2264 (one feature win); Chip Slocum, Ewing Township, NJ 1948; Meme DeSantis 1840(one feature win); Doug Manmiller 1826; Glenn Strunk 1785; Rick Schaffer 1762 and Ray Swinehart 1756 (Eight nights of point races remain in the season at present)
GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY NASCAR SHORTRACK LATE MODELS TOP TEN POINT STANDINGS: Dean Stoudt, East Greenville 2679; Kyle Pensinger, Lyons 2594 (two wins); Chuck Sennott, Gilbertsville 2480 (one win); Lou Egrie, Philadelphia 2429; Sam Schlosberg, Green Lane 2420 (one feature win); John Durling, 2363 (one win); Rick Todorow 2267; Ed Trimbur 2244 (one win); Jeff Teets 2214 (one win) and Junior Grebe, 2065 (one win)
MOTOR TRUCK EQUIPMENT CO. KENWORTH CUMMINS PA NASCAR MODIFIED CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (Big Diamond and Grandview) TOP TEN (Overall winner will receive $15,000 out of a total of $40,000 in point fund money at the end of the season) Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, 5655; Jeff Strunk, Bethel, 5290; Meme DeSantis, Temple, 5225; Glenn Strunk, Bechtelsville, 5125; Kerry Kratz, Bechtelsville, 5100; Doug Manmiller, Wyomissing, 4925; Ray Swinehart, Bechtelsville, 4900; Shawn Reimert, Oley, 4830; Dennis Bailey, Kutztown, 4630 and Smokey Warren, Jonestown, 4280.