MEITZLER, DUNKELBERGER, LONG AND KAMINSKI WIN FEATURES AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, POINT CHASE TIGHTENS Bechtelsville, PA August 22, 1998...Four different names went into the record books as feature winners at Grandview Speedway on Saturday ...
MEITZLER, DUNKELBERGER, LONG AND KAMINSKI WIN FEATURES AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, POINT CHASE TIGHTENS
Bechtelsville, PA August 22, 1998...Four different names went into the record books as feature winners at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, moved to within 90 points of point leader Ray Swinehart by winning the 30-lap NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modified feature race while Swinehart was an early casualty. Zach Dunkelberger of Newtown, PA drove to his first career feature win in the 15- lap feature race for KLASCAR Legend stock cars. Leroy Long of Myerstown, PA won the 12-lap 4-Cylinder Pure Stock feature while Joe Kaminski of Mt. Carmel, a writer for the Citizen Standard newspaper, won the 5-lap media race.
Chuck Schutz took advantage of his pole starting position to set the pace early. Point leader Ray Swinehart was involved in a first lap incident that damaged the front end of his Golden Corral sponsored entry and forced him out of the feature race. Jon Kellner and Terry Meitzler put pressure on Schutz, who is the point leader in the late model division, for the first 14 laps. And it was at the 14-lap marker that Meitzler was able to take advantage of Schutz going wide in turn four, scooted under him and took the lead. Once in front with the Meitzler Excavating machine Terry had his hands full. During the second half of the 30- lapper Meitzler had to hold off challenges from Jon Kellner and Glenn Strunk. The threesome ran under a "proverbial blanket" for many laps.
With five laps to go Meitzler and Glenn Strunk were keeping the fans interest while Jon Kellner, Chip Slocum and Jeff Strunk battled for positions three through five. At the finish Meitzler, winning his second of the season, was just a few car lengths in front of the fleet running Glenn Strunk (Boyertown). Third place went to Jon Kellner of Lansdale followed by three feature winner Chip Slocum, Ewing Township, NJ, and Jeff Strunk, Bechtelsville.
In the 15-lap feature for KLASCAR Legends Zach Dunkelberger put his Langhorne Speedway Grill & Restaurant sponsored entry in front of the pack early. In winning his first career feature victory Dunkelberger was able to hold off a strong challenge from Paul Rochelle who came from 18th starting spot to finish right on the rear bumper of the winner. Brain Levan, involved in an early race skirmish, came from the back of the 24 car field to finish a strong third followed by Kurt Stametz and Mike Burrell ( who had started 22nd). This was the first appearance since 1994 at Grandview Speedway for the KLASCAR Legends and they had 45 cars trying for the 24 car starting field.
Leroy Long followed Sam Smith for a few laps and then roared past him to take the lead and go on to a relatively easy 12-lap feature victory in the four cylinder Pure Stocks class. Long, a former crew member with the Davey Wenger modified stock car racing team, was several car lengths in front of "hoodless" J.R.Berry at the finish. Berry had come from 7th starting spot. Third place went to Ed Halleback who had started on the pole followed by early leader Sam Smith and Dale Kreiser.
In the special five lap feature race for members of the media Joe Kaminksi of the Citizen Standard newspaper lead all the laps to pick up the three foot trophy for his winning efforts. Kaminski was at the wheel of the Ed Halleback owned four cylinder Pure Stock mount. Finishing second, in a strong effort to catch the leader, was John "The Animal" Smith representing Gater Racing News. Greg Zyla of Thomson News Service finished third followed by Bill Huneke of the New Brunswick Home News. Keith Fritz of the Reading Eagle had the biggest adventure of the night getting into the back of another competitor and taking a short cut through portions of the infield. Others taking part included Chuck Givler (Easton Express), Jeff Stover (Pottstown Mercury) and John "Crash" Heilig (North Penn Reporter).
Qualifying heat wins for the NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modifieds went to Jon Kellner, Glenn Strunk, Doug Pannepacker and Ron Schnable. Consolation races were won by Smokey Warren and Ray Swinehart while the Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash was won by Doug Pannepacker in a Chrysler powered race car. The win was worth $320.
Legend car qualifying events were won by Blane Gundrum, Jim Baker, Zach Dunkelberger, Wayne Laucious and Harry Stecker.
Top five point standings in each division show Ray Swinehart of Bechtelsville still on top in the NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modified division with 4538 points. In second spot is Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, 4449 points. Glenn Strunk, Boyertown, is third with 4,227 counters. Kerry Kratz, Bechtelsville, holds fourth with 4197 and Rick Schaffer, Woxall, has fifth with 3851 points. Only the top four are still in the chase for the championship.
Swinehart also continues to lead in the Dual Track Championship Series for NASCAR Modifieds that includes modified racers at Grandview Speedway and Big Diamond Raceway. With just two weeks left in the point chase Swinehart stands to win $5,000 for the Dual Track Championship with Glenn Strunk in second spot.
In the late models Chuck Schutz is still on top with 4443 points. The late models did not race this week so the Pottstown driver continues to lead the standings. Second is held by Randy Stoudt, Pottstown, 4385 counters. Dean Stoudt, the former champion from East Greenville, has 4348 points. John Giesler, a former champion from Aston, has 3807 counters and John Durling, Reading, is fifth with 3,807 points.
There have been 13 different feature winners with the NASCAR modifieds and ten different winners with the late models.
30-Lap NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modified Feature ( top 20 finishers):Terry Meitzler, Glenn Strunk, Jon Kellner, Chip Slocum, Jeff Strunk, Kenny Gilmore, Sam Schoenly, Shawn Reimert, Dave Faust, Steve Folk, Dennis Bailey, Danny Erb, Jim Stong, Cliff Quinn, Rob Ratoskey, Jack Hartnett, Chuck Schutz, Ron Haring, Ron Schnable, Rick Schaffer.
15-Lap KLASCAR Legends feature (top 10 finishers): Zach Dunkelberger, Paul Rochelle, Brian Levan, Kurt Stametz, Mike Burrell, Kevin Welsh, Ronnie Dunstan, Blane Gundrum, Tim Henry, Ray Scigowski.
12-Lap 4-Cylinder Pure Stocks: Leroy Long, J.R. Berry, Ed Halleback, Sam Smith, Dale Kreizer, John Adams, Bill Sherwood, Tom Gray, Harry Brewer, Scott Lutz, Sam Yeagley, Ken Harris, Ron Buck, Tom Garland.
COMING EVENTS: Wednesday, August 26, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia Daily News/NAPA Auto Parts King of the Hill sprint series. Includes 40-lap King of the Hill sprint car championship sanctioned by the All Star Circuit of Champions along with the KARS-358 Invitational sprint challenge. Rain date is August 27, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 29, 7:30 p.m. Kreiser Race Fuels Night featuring NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modifieds and NASCAR Winston Racing Short Track Late Models. At least 13 events with a Quigley Dodge Modified Cash Dash. Rain date August 30, 7 p.m. Saturday, September 5, 7:30 p.m. Harry's U Pull-It Auto Parts Night featuring the final point races of the season for the NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modifieds and NASCAR Winston Racing Short Track Late Models. Championships will be decided this night.
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their web site at www.grandviewspeedway.com.