DONNY ERB, SNYDER AND DISSINGER WIN FEATURES AT GRANDVIEW BECHTELSVILLE, PA APRIL 10, 1999 . . . Donny Erb has gone from thinking about quitting the sport to being on top of the world. The veteran racer, from Douglassville, PA, won the 30- lap...
DONNY ERB, SNYDER AND DISSINGER WIN FEATURES AT GRANDVIEW
BECHTELSVILLE, PA APRIL 10, 1999 . . . Donny Erb has gone from thinking about quitting the sport to being on top of the world. The veteran racer, from Douglassville, PA, won the 30- lap NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modified stock car feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. It was his first win in more than a year. "This season the fun is back in the sport. I had fun last Saturday (the season opener) and I had fun tonight. Dave George, my engine builder, gave me confidence again. He said we would win this season. This win meant the world to me. It may have been better than winning the Freedom 76 (the biggest race of the season at Grandview, which Erb won a few years back)." said Erb in victory lane. Terry Snyder of East Greenville, PA wheeled the Larry's Mobile Home Vinyl Skirting entry to victory in the 20-lap feature for NASCAR Late Models. And Dave Dissinger, Mohrsville, PA, was the winner in the 15-lap feature for PA. Sportsman stock cars driving his own Oak Hill Farms sponsored entry. In the 30-lap main event for Modifieds Ed Aikin put the T&C Hobbies entry in front of the pack at the start and held off a number of challenges until the 16th lap. Donny Erb wheeled his Czatek Electronic Securities/Touch of Green Landscaping mount to the front from third spot on the 16th lap. And the rest of the feature event saw a "dog-eat-dog" battle for the win between Erb and Rick Schaffer. Though Erb managed to lead all the remaining laps Schaffer did manage to take the top spot a few times only to have Erb grab it back before the lap was completed. In the third turn of the final lap Schaffer tapped Erb in the rear, getting the leader sideways. "Somebody was with me. My neck hurts from that. If I had gotten turned around, there would have been a lot of action here," said Erb when asked about the third turn incident. Erb was able to straighten the car out and hold off Schaffer to win by a very narrow margin. Schaffer (Woxall, PA) and the Philadelphia Inquirer sponsored modified came home second. Terry Meitzler (Kutztown) finished with a strong third place effort followed by Kenny Gilmore (Kutztown) and Ed Aikin (Broomall). Several of the fan favorites were out early due to accidents including a ten car pileup at the six lap marker. The late model feature had Terry Snyder getting the lead at the start and holding the top spot for the entire 20 laps. The battle for second between Rick Todorow and Randy Stoudt, that went on for several laps, was worth the price of admission for late model fans. At the finish Todorow (Quakertown) managed to take second followed by Dean Stoudt (East Greenville), Ed Hoffman (Allentown) and Randy Stoudt (Pottstown). Joey Grammes lead at the start of the 15-lap feature for PA Sportsman and was on top for five laps. Going into the sixth lap Grammes spun in turn two putting Dave Dissinger in front and that is where he stayed until the green flag fell. Paul Kline (Reading) was coming on strong at the finish and had to settle for second. Third place was earned by Ryan Beltz (Boyertown) followed by Donn Edger (Lehighton) and Scott Singley (Ottsville) Wins in the qualifying events for NASCAR Modifieds went to Tom Mayberry, Donny Erb, Rick Schaffer, Ron Kline and Glenn Strunk. Consolation victories were taken by John Willman, Sam Martz and Dave Faust. The Cash Dash worth $400 went to Tom Mayberry. Late model preliminary events were won by Terry Snyder, Ed Hoffman and Junior Grebe. And the PA. Sportsmen heats were won by Joey Grammes and Scott Flammer. More than 100 race cars filled the pits on a chilly night at the one-third-mile, banked clay oval. A NOTE OF INTEREST: Both feature winners from opening night were out of action early in their features. Both Tom Mayberry (modifieds) and Jeff Teets (Late Models) were involved in early race accidents that eliminated them. And Charlie Gilmore, who won the sportsman feature on opening night, said, "The only reason I drove the car on opening night was that my social security check was late arriving and I needed the money." Gilmore turned the car back to Mike Smith this Saturday. On opening night Gilmore won his first feature since August, 1988 and has now won at least one feature race in each of the last four decades. NASCAR Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars will be featured in a tripleheader show on Saturday, April 17, with a 5 p.m. starting time. For race information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com.
NASCAR WINSTON RACING SERIES MODIFIED FEATURE (30 LAPS) Donny Erb, Rick Schaffer, Terry Meitzler, Kenny Gilmore, Ed Aikin, Jeff Strunk, Ray Swinehart, Glenn Strunk, Kenny Gruber, Kevin Hartnett, Kerry Kratz, Jon Kellner, Chip Slocum, Shawn Reimert, Junior Mikosz, Sam Martz, Doug Pannepacker, John Willman, Dave Faust, Tracy Readinger.
NASCAR LATE MODEL FEATURE (20 LAPS) Terry Snyder, Rick Todorow, Dean Stoudt, Ed Hoffman, Randy Stoudt, Junior Grebe, Lou Egrie, John Giesler, Ron Chrisman, Casey Ebright, John Durling, Keith Kidd, Mark Kropp, Mike Erb, Mike Bedell, Roger Decker, Ed Trimbur, Bill Neff, Buddy Wharton, Chuck Sennott.
PA SPORTSMAN FEATURE (15 LAPS) Dave Dissinger, Paul Kline, Ryan Beltz, Donn Edgar, Scott Singley, Scott Flammer, Steve Young, Bobby Yeager, Troy Moyer, Steve Lozorak III
GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY NASCAR MODIFIED POINT STANDINGS..Rick Schaffer (has never won a title at Grandview) 578, Jeff Strunk 558, Donny Erb 527, Glenn Strunk 509, Terry Meitzler 487, Chip Slocum 470, Kerry Kratz 452, Jon Kellner 451, Kenny Gilmore 425, Kevin Hartnett 395.
GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY NASCAR LATE MODEL POINT STANDINGS..Dean Stoudt 578, Randy Stoudt (not related) 513, Lou Egrie 510, John Durling 501, John Giesler 495, Ed Hoffman 491, Ron Chrisman 465, Rick Todorow 428, Chuck Sennott 388, Jeff Teets 379.