Grandview Race Results

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. AUGUST 21, 1999 . . . "There was a pretty good cushion there, and it kind of rough with the big dogs coming up (Mayberry, Gilmore and Jon Keller). I knew those guys were going to be tough. The track was getting harder. We kept...

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. AUGUST 21, 1999 . . . "There was a pretty good cushion there, and it kind of rough with the big dogs coming up (Mayberry, Gilmore and Jon Keller). I knew those guys were going to be tough. The track was getting harder. We kept using the cushion.(And it worked) We got the car running pretty good in the last three weeks. I think we will be ready for the Sixer (the rich THP Freedom 76'er coming up on September 11 offering $20,000 plus to win)," said veteran modified racer Kenny Gruber in victory lane on Saturday night after winning the 30-lap NASCAR Modified Winston Fan Appreciation Night feature race at Grandview Speedway. It was the first win for the Reading racer and his Mel-Dor Motel/Herb's Auto Tag Modified, since July, 1996. In the companion 20-lapper for NASCAR Late Models Randy Stoudt of Pottstown was able to wheel his Hutt's Glass/Stoudt Signs entry to victory for his third win of the season. 1998 Keystone Legends Tour Champion Kevin Welsh of Far Hills, NJ drove to victory in the 15-lap Legends Cars race. This was the only appearance of the season for Legends at the Grandview Speedway. Terry Meitzler, after finishing in second spot for a couple of seasons, was able to wrap up the NASCAR Modified stock car championship at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. By virtue of his 10th place finish in the modified feature the Kutztown, PA racer was able to tally up 4993 points putting the championship out of reach of any other modified racer.....even if Meitzler went on vacation for the last two weeks of the season. In the late model division Dean Stoudt, East Greenville, sits on top of the standings with two nights of point racing to go. Stoudt, a former champion, has 5072 points compared to Rick Todorow who has 4970 points and Jeff Teets has 4944 counters. They are the only three drivers with a chance at the title. When the green dropped for the NASCAR Modifieds Jack Hartnett was in front of the pack with Dave Faust and Cliff Quinn giving him quite a challenge for the top spot. Kenny Gruber worked his way through the field to be a challenger by the 10th lap and at the 15th lap Hartnett and Gruber were chasing the top spot, side by side. On the next circuit Gruber was in front of the pack and that is where he stayed for the balance of the 30-lap event. However Gruber did have plenty of competition as Jon Kellner, Kenny Gilmore and seven feature winner Tom Mayberry were there to challenge. At the finish Gruber got the win and $2,200 while just a few feet behind was Jon Kellner (Lansdale). In third was Kenny Gilmore (Fleetwood) followed by Tom Mayberry (Sellersville) and Rick Schaffer (Woxall). The 20-lapper for late models had Kyle Pensinger, in front, still looking for his elusive first win. Junior Grebe challenged Pennsinger at the midway point and took command on the tenth lap. Randy Stoudt got into the picture on the 16th lap with Stoudt and Grebe running side-by-side. Stoudt took the top spot and went on to win his third of the season. Junior Grebe (Boyertown) finished a strong second. Third spot went to Kyle Pensinger (Lyons) followed by Dean Stoudt (Green Lane) and Sam Schlosberg. The Legends cars showed up 48 strong and Mike Burrell looked as if he was going to gather up a win in the 15 lap feature. The Coplay racer set the pace in the early laps. However it was Kevin Welsh taking command about one third through the feature and he was able to hold off all challengers to win the feature race. Second spot went to Brian Levan (Fleetwood) followed by Mike Burrell, Blane Gundrum and Travis Dillman. Qualifying events for the NASCAR Modifieds went to Jack Hartnett, Ray Swinehart, Kerry Kratz, Kevin Hartnett and Rick Schaffer. The consolation races were won by Rich Wisdo, Ken Lindaberry and Danny Erb. The Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash, worth $380, went to Ray Swinehart. Late model qualifiers went to Randy Stoudt, John Durling and Sam Schlosberg while Dean Stoudt won the consolation. In the Quigley Motors Cash Dash the victory went to John Durling. In the qualifiers for Legends, Kevin Welsh, Ray Scigowski and Travis Dillman were winners while the consolation race went to last year's feature winner Zach Dunkelberger. GOOD NEWS-BAD NEWS DEPARTMENT: Jim Bagley, who suffered a heart attack at the track two months back, was back in action with the modifieds. Hal Renninger, a veteran campaigner, suffered some heart problems in the pit area. He was transported to a local hospital in Allentown, PA and had surgery during Saturday night. His main artery was 99% blocked. He could be released early in the week. Cards will reach him at 146 Harrison St., Emmaus, PA 18049. The 51-year old racer is expected to make a total recovery. On Wednesday, August 25, 7:30 p.m. the King of the Hill Sprint Car Classic will be presented. Many of the top names in the sport will be in action. Rain date is Thursday, August 26, 7:30 p.m. Please telephone 215.860.5631 for information relating to this event. And there will be another tripleheader show on Saturday, August 28 when the Pro-Four stock cars are added to the NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models on Kreiser Race Fuels Night. In addition it will be Family Night, the last one of the season, with all youngsters under the age of 12 being admitted free. "This has really proved to be a successful promotion. Family Night has gotten the kids to bring the parents out for a night of exciting stock car racing at Grandview Speedway," said Rogers. The NASCAR Late Model stock cars will get to run in a Quigley Dodge Cash Dash. The Grand-daddy of short track extravaganzas comes to Grandview Speedway on Saturday, September 11. With $20,000 going to the winner of the T.H.P Freedom 76, a stellar field of cars and drivers will be on hand. In addition there will be $1,500 for the winner of the Keystone Pretzel Bakery Cash Dash. There are opportunities to sponsor laps at $20.00 each (half of the laps have been taken), qualifying heats (3 heats remain available) and there is program book advertising. In addition there are opportunities for marketing through the Freedom 76 Golf Tournament set for September 9 at the Gilbertsville, PA Golf Club. The golf tournament includes refreshments, 18 holes of golf, a souvenir shirt, prizes and a steak dinner all for just $50.00.

NASCAR MODIFIED 30-LAP FEATURE (TOP TWENTY):Kenny Gruber, Jon Kellner, Kenny Gilmore, Tom Mayberry, Rick Schaffer, Kerry Kratz, Jeff Strunk (earning the Timber Wolf Smokeless Tobacco Hard Charger Award, $200, after starting 19th), Ray Swinehart, Dave Faust, Terry Meitzler, Chip Slocum, Smokey Warren, Shawn Reimert, Sam Schoenly, Jack Hartnett, J.R. Crouse, Danny Erb, Rich Wisdo, Donny Erb, Chuck Schutz. NASCAR LATE MODEL 20-LAP FEATURE: (TOP TWENTY) Randy Stoudt, Junior Grebe, Kyle Pensinger, Dean Stoudt, Sam Schlosberg, Ed Trimbur, Jeff Teets, Chuck Sennott, Lou Egrie, John Durling, Casey Ebright, Buddy Wharton, Ed Hoffman, Rick Todorow, Mike Bedell, Roger Decker, Ron Chrisman, Keith Kidd, Scott Miley, Terry Snyder NASCAR MODIFIED TOP TEN POINT STANDINGS:Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, 4993(Champion) : Jeff Strunk, Bethel, PA 4363; Kevin Hartnett, Perkasie, 4278; Kerry Kratz, Bechtelsville, 4223; Chip Slcoum, Ewing Township, NJ, 4189; Rick Schaffer, Woxall, 4144; Tom Mayberry, Sellersville, 4143; Jon Kellner, Lansdale, 357; Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, 3757; Smokey Warren, Jonestown, 3224. NASCAR LATE MODEL TOP TEN POINT STANDINGS: Dean Stoudt, East Greenville, 5072; Rick Todorow, Quakertown, 4970; Jeff Teets, Coplay, 4944; Randy Stoudt, Pottstown, 4452; Lou Egrie, Philadelphia, 4278; Chuck Sennott, Gilbertsville, 4190; Ed Hoffman, Allentown, 4127; Terry Snyder, Green Lane, 4120; Sam Schlosberg, 3748; John Durling, Reading, 3746. TOP TEN MOTOR TRUCK EQUIPMENT CO. KENWORTH/CUMMINS NASCAR PA MODIFIED CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINT STANDINGS. ($40,000 IN POINT FUND MONEY TO BE PAID TO THE TOP 15 FINISHERS IN MODIFIED EVENTS AT BIG DIAMOND AND GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY. $15,000 GOES TO OVERALL CHAMPION. A driver must compete in at least 10 modified events at each track during the season). Jeff Strunk, Bethel, 10040; Kevin Hartnett, Perkasie, 9540; Jon Kellner, Lansdale, 9215; Dennis Bailey, Kutztown, 8945; Shawn Reimert, Oley, 8520; Smokey Warren, Jonestown, 8285; John Willman, Zionsville, 8080; Jack Hartnett, Telford, 7890; Mike Bailey, Kutztown, 7405; Glenn Strunk, Bechtelsville, 7265. Just three point events remain in the Motor Truck Equipment Co. Series with one a Big Diamond on August 27 and two at Grandview, August 28 and September 4.

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