Terry Meitzler, With A New Ride, Is Anxious For NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series To Start At Grandview Speedway BECHTELSVILLE, PA DECEMBER 9, 2001 . . . Former track champion Terry Meitzler has a new ride for the 2002 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing...
Terry Meitzler, With A New Ride, Is Anxious For NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series To Start At Grandview Speedway
BECHTELSVILLE, PA DECEMBER 9, 2001 . . . Former track champion Terry Meitzler has a new ride for the 2002 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series Modified events at Grandview Speedway. And, even though it is just the Christmas season, the Kutztown, PA racer is anxious for the season to get started.
The season at Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA) gets the green flag with a "free-to-the-public" practice session on Saturday, March 30th at 12 noon. And the chase for the NASCAR championships, for modifieds and late models, will officially start on Saturday, April 6.
"Last year we were not good. Don't get me wrong, the team did a great job but we tried everything and just could not get the right combination. It may have been the new tire deal or the new wide body. We just could not figure it out and we tried everything," said Meitzler.
With that in mind the talented veteran, he has more than 10 years experience driving the family owned racers on the high banked, clay oval at Grandview Speedway, has agreed to drive the Lou Cozze owned #61 Giels Automotive NASCAR Modified at the NASCAR sanctioned track in 2002.
Meitzler will replace Chip Slocum who had driven the Cozze owned entry for eight seasons and surprised everyone by announcing his retirement at the speedway's annual awards banquet a few weeks ago. Slocum wants to spend more time with the family owned bowling, tavern and restaurant business in Ewing Township, NJ. The popular driver felt that he should have won four or five features in his final season and indicated that he felt a new driver in the Cozze mount would be able to do that.
"I don't see that as pressure on me. The pressure really stopped after I won the track championship in 1999. Now I just want to win races and if another championship comes with winning races that will be good. I hope that we can win four or five, perhaps more. There is tough competition at Grandview Speedway," said Meitzler.
"He (Lou) has good equipment. The car was fast last season. And he has told me that he would be willing to buy a new car if I felt it was needed. I think what he has right now is good. It is a one year deal, good or bad. At the end of the year we will decide if we continue."
Meitzler pointed out that the family owned race cars are "resting." He had talked to the family and the team before making the decision.
"Some of the team members will be coming to the races and working with us. However they will be free to do other things. And my father (Elton) will still be there. Running for someone else just gives all of us a break. And Lou has told me that I am welcome to come over and work on the car but this will free me up a couple nights a week," said the very excited racer. "My wife (Karen) has a list of chores that will keep me busy during the time when I used to work on the race car."
The agreement between Lou Cozze and Meitzler is for the team to run on Saturday nights at Grandview Speedway. Meitzler, who would like to run Big Diamond Raceway in Minersville, PA, a track with a working arrangement with Grandview, on Friday nights but has nothing firmed up at present.
Meitzler will come up against a lot of strong competition in his chase for wins at Grandview Speedway. Expected to be part of the regular weekly NASCAR modified stock car racing action are such standouts as five time track champion Craig VonDohren, Meme DeSantis, Kerry Kratz, former champions Tom Mayberry and Jeff Strunk, Jon Kellner, Donny Erb, and a host of others.
Already announced for the new season is the T.H.Properties, a premier home developer in the area, renewal of the sponsorship of the T.H.Properties Freedom 76 race. In addition Stauffer Construction of Boyertown will sponsor the Forrest Rogers Memorial race.
The popular NASCAR weekly racing facility will announce their schedule of events, including the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Series, in the very near future.
For information on racing at Grandview Speedway and season passes for the 2002 events, telephone 610.754.7688.