Grandview Speedway results 2000-09-09

BECHTELSVILLE, PA SEPTEMBER 10, 2000 . . . Billy Pauch may have to be listed as a dependent on the Rogers Family tax return. For the sixth time in the 30-year history of the classic, the Frenchtown, NJ dirt track racing star was able to drive to...

BECHTELSVILLE, PA SEPTEMBER 10, 2000 . . . Billy Pauch may have to be listed as a dependent on the Rogers Family tax return. For the sixth time in the 30-year history of the classic, the Frenchtown, NJ dirt track racing star was able to drive to victory in the T.H.Properties Freedom 76 at Grandview Speedway. He took home more than $20,000 on Saturday night courtesy of the Rogers Family, operators of the one-third-mile clay oval. 1986 Freedom 76 winner Tom Mayberry started on the pole in the 40 car starting field and lead five of the first six laps. Craig VonDohren, coming from third, motored to the front in the Stauffer Construction entry on the seventh circuit of the one-third-mile, banked clay oval. At 10 laps it was VonDohren in front with Mayberry chasing him followed by Terry Meitzler, Duane Howard and Jeff Strunk. Several times Mayberry and the A&T Chevrolet #712 challenged VonDohren. Terry Meitzler was able to move up to challenge the leader when Mayberry had "some problems" in turn four on a caution restart. Meitzler, running the high groove, got the lead on the 24th lap. With Meitzler and his Meitzler Excavating #21A in front, Billy Pauch, coming from 11th, became a factor running in second spot. Meitzler, the 1999 track champion, looking for his first Freedom 76 win stayed in front until the 50th lap. Billy Pauch, in the Dick Greenfield Dodge/Shammy Shine Car Washes #1P, moved in front of the pack on the 51st lap and played cat and mouse with Meitzler and VonDohren for several laps. Duane Howard, a three time winner, brought the Hutt's Glass #85am up to put pressure on the leader but a "bounce" off the backstretch boiler plate wall slowed his pace. Craig VonDohren was able to shoot to the low groove, create a little more power, and take the top spot from Pauch on the 65th circuit. And it was Pauch coming back on the fourth turn of the 74th lap to regain the top spot with a high and low maneuver that put VonDohren back in second spot. The final two laps saw Pauch, in front of a huge crowd, able to hold off the pressures of second place finisher Craig VonDohren (Barto) followed by Terry Meitzler (Kutztown), Jeff Strunk (Bethel) and Duane Howard (Oley). Sixth spot went to Keith Brightbill (Sinking Spring) in an impressive showing for the rookie racer. And Kenny Gilmore brought the Esposito #7 home in seventh spot after having started in 29th. Eight place was earned by Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville) coming from back 19th followed by Brian Kressley returning to racing action after a two year layoff. Tenth spot, in what may have been the most impressive display of the evening, went to Mike Bailey (Kutztown) coming from 34th starting position. Eighty seven modifieds were on hand for the qualifying heat events with wins going to Keith Brightbill, Bob Trapper, Meme DeSantis, Tom Mayberry, Ray Swinehart, Shawn Reimert, Billy Pauch and Rick Schaffer. Consolation race victories were earned by Tim Fitzpatrick, Jack Hartnett and Smokey Warren while the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20 went to Kenny Gruber earning him a starting spot in the Freedom 76. Kochel Equipment First Alternate Award went to Doug Pannepacker and was worth $100. The Cheer's Tavern Cash Dash was won by Shawn Reimert in the Kochel Equipment #58s earning the Oley, PA racer $1,275. Stock car racing returns to the Grandview Speedway for the next two Saturdays (September 16th and 23rd) with tripleheader programs that will feature open comp modifieds (small blocks), late models and PA Sportsman. Racing will start at 5 p.m. with gates open at 3 p.m. Added to the schedule is a special Thunder on the Hill Series event set for Saturday, October 21, 6 p.m. featuring ARDC Midgets, URC Sprints, NASCAR Modifieds and Exide ShorTrack Late Models. This will be, as are all Thunder on the Hill events, a Bruce Rogers/Bob Miller promotion. And on October 28th a Race Car Flea Market will be presented starting at 7 a.m. For information telephone Joanne Bailey at 610.683.3075. For information on events at Grandview Speedway telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at

PIT NOTES: In an afternoon auction held to raise money for seriously injured Grandview Speedway race fan Stacy Miller more than $3000 was raised. "We did want to express our thanks to those who came out and spent money, those who donated items for the auction and those who just plain made donations. On behalf of Stacy Miller's family and Stacy we pass long their thanks, " said track announcer Ernie Saxton. Dennis Eisenhardt "Moose", owner of the #88T modified driven by Meme DeSantis, is recovering from recent surgery. Get well cards will reach him at 227 Broad St. Kutztown, PA. More than $1000 in lap sponsorship money was paid out with Lew Slocum posting $100 for the leader of lap 61. Rob Engessor "bought" himself a judgeship at the Pennzoil Motorsports Show in January with a hefty bid during the Stacy Miller Charity Auction. Rob will get to be an "official" judge for the Ms. Motorsports Beauty Pageant during the show. T.H.PROPERTIES FREEDOM 76 (TOP TWENTY)....Billy Pauch, Craig VonDohren, Terry Meitzler, Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard, Keith Brightbill, Kenny Gilmore, Kerry Kratz, Brian Kressley, Mike Bailey, Doug Manmiller, Danny Erb, Tom Umbenhauer, Junior Mikosz, Ray Swinehart (flipped while running fifth with two laps to go), Chip Slocum, Steve Folk, Brian Schaeffer, Kyle Weiss, Kenny Gruber.

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