Grandview Championship Goes to Last Race

BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 30, 1998 . . . The chase for the lucrative championships at Grandview Speedway goes down to the final point races of the season this Saturday, September 5. Harry's U Pull-It Auto Parts Night will feature at least 13...

BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 30, 1998 . . . The chase for the lucrative championships at Grandview Speedway goes down to the final point races of the season this Saturday, September 5. Harry's U Pull-It Auto Parts Night will feature at least 13 events of NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modified and NASCAR Winston Shortrack Late Model stock car racing.

Ray Swinehart, a former champion and current point leader, goes into the final point race of the season with a 118 point lead over second place Terry Meitzler (Kutztown). The Bechtelsville speed equipment and auto body shop owner has a more than 300 point edge over third place Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville) and Glenn Strunk (Boyertown).

The NASCAR Modified champion earns a sizeable amount of cash from NASCAR and from the Grandview Speedway. In addition Bruce and Theresa Rogers, operators of the Bechtelsville, PA oval, give the champion a trip for two to Maui (Hawaiian Islands) for nine days and eight nights. The trip is worth more than $3,200.

In addition some lucky fan will win the Champion's Trip to Maui as the result of buying a lucky raffle ticket. Only about six tickets remain available. Just 110 were sold at $30.00 each. The winner will be announced this Saturday night.

In the late model division the chase for the championship is a very close three driver chase. Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) is on top followed by Randy Stoudt ( Pottstown) and Dean Stoudt ( East Greenville). Less than 150 points separate the top three as they go into the final point races of the season on Saturday night.

Coming up on Saturday, September 12, is the Grand-Daddy of area big money racing events for the 358-modifieds. More than $50,000 in prize money has been posted for the Schaeffer's Family Restaurant Freedom 76 Modified Classic set for a 7 p.m. start. Billy Pauch, a multi-time winner, will return to try for another rich victory worth in excess of $18,000. Also expected to be in the field are former winners Tom Mayberry, Smokey Warren, Chip Slocum, Craig VonDohren, Donny Erb along with those seeking their first win in the classic including Jeff Strunk, Glenn Strunk, Terry Meitzler and others.

Activities at the track, for fans, will see the gates open at 1 p.m. with music, entertainment, driver interviews, autograph sessions and a race car display area all set to be ready at 3 p.m.

In the past more than 90 of the area's top modified racing talents have been on hand for the rich classic and this year it is expected that another strong field will be on hand to chase the $50,000 in prize money.

B.L.C. Motorpsorts will sponsor the Minuteman 20, the final chance to make the Freedom 76. Heat races will be sponsored by Kochel Equipment, Cheers Tavern, D&S Archery, Berks Mont Publishing, Hartman's Roofing, Herb's Auto Tags, Stoudt Auto Sales and Brinckman's Coins.

Lap sponsorships, about half of them spoken for, are available at $20.00 each with the cash going to the driver leading the lap sponsored. For information on lap sponsorships, your name listed in the special Freedom 76 program/yearbook, may be had by telephoning Ernie Saxton at (215)752.7797.

Advance tickets for the Schaeffer's Family Restaurant Freedom 76 are available at the track on Saturday, September 5.

The Seventh Annual Schaeffer's Family Restaurant Freedom 76 Golf Classic takes place on Thursday, September 10, 8:30 a.m. at the Gilbertsville, PA Golf Course. Many of the drivers entered in the race will be playing in the tournament. Cost to play is $50.00 which includes golf, refreshments, prizes and dinner.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Billy Pauch