Bechtelsville, PA August 29, 1998 . . . For just the second time in his career Steve Folk won the 30-lap Kreiser Racing Fuels/Feinours Citgo NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modified stock car feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night....
Bechtelsville, PA August 29, 1998 . . . For just the second time in his career Steve Folk won the 30-lap Kreiser Racing Fuels/Feinours Citgo NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modified stock car feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. And it was Jeff Teets winning the 20-lap NASCAR Winston Shortrack Late Model feature for the fourth time this season.
Folk, at the wheel of the Bob Lilick owned, Dupell Landscaping sponsored entry, a ride he took over just about a month ago, started on the pole and stayed in the top spot for the entire 30 laps. The Collegeville, PA racer had his hands full early in the main event holding off strong efforts from Ron Haring, Dave Faust and Sam Schoenly. With the track surface in excellent shape Folk was able to run both the high and low grooves to protect his number one position. With ten laps to go Sam Schoenly, who had run side by side with Folk, had dropped out with mechanical problems. Donny Erb, having his best run of the season, moved into second and challenged the leader. Kevin Hartnett had taken third.
In the final five laps Folk ran a steady race with Donny Erb right on his rear bumper. Erb (Douglassville) and his Hollenbach Home Center machine had to settle for second while Folk visited victory lane to accept his $2,200 first place money. Third spot went to Kevin Hartnett ( Perkasie) who had come from 9th starting spot. Jeff Strunk (Bechtelsville) came from 14th to finish fourth and Chip Slocum (Ewing Township, NJ) grabbed fifth. Current modified point leader Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville) got a sixth place finish and increased his point lead as they head into the final point race of the season on Saturday, September 5.
Buddy Wharton started on the pole but it was Bill Henning putting the Henning's Supermarket entry in front of the pack before the first lap was completed. With the five lap marker out Henning got wide in turn two and in the confusion Jeff Teets made the best of it and put his Harry's U Pull-It Auto Parts entry in front of the field. Once in front, the Coplay, PA racer was able to fend off challenges from Kyle Pensinger, Chuck Schutz and Dean Stoudt to pick up his fourth win of the season. Second place, in a strong final lap effort, went to current late model point leader Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) followed by Kyle Pensinger (Lyons), Dean Stoudt (East Greenville) and Randy Stoudt (Pottstown).
Qualifying heat races for the NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modifieds went to Kerry Kratz, Terry Meitzler, Steve Folk, Jeff Strunk and Jon Kellner. Consolation races, more than 50 modifieds on hand, were won by Sam Martz, Rick Schaffer and Randy Bailey. The Quigley Dodge Cash Dash was won by Jeff Strunk and was worth $345.
In the NASCAR Late Model qualifying action the preliminary events were won by Bill Henning, Randy Stoudt and Chuck Schutz while the consolation race went to Mike Erb.
The final point events of the season make up Harry's U Pull-It Auto Parts Night at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, September 5, 7:30 p.m. The championships will be decided in both the NASCAR Modifieds and NASCAR Late Models. In addition the championship in the Dual Track Challenge Series, modified racers at Big Diamond Raceway and Grandview Speedway, will be decided. At present Ray Swinehart is on top in the NASCAR Modifieds at Grandview and in the Dual Track chase. In the modified standings at Grandview Ray Swinehart has just a 118 point edge going into the final night of point racing. Second is Terry Meitzler while Kerry Kratz is third, 232 points behind Meitzler. And in the Late Models it is Chuck Schutz (4743 points) on top followed closely by Randy Stoudt (4655) and Dean Stoudt (4626). Less than 120 points separate the top three. All that can change on Saturday night. Rain date is Sunday, September 6, 7 p.m. And on Thursday, September 10, the annual Schaeffer's Family Restaurant Freedom 76 Golf Tournament is presented at Gilbertsville Golf Course starting at 8:30 a.m. And on Saturday, September 12, the 28th annual Schaeffer's Family Restaurant Freedom 76 for Modifieds will be presented. Racing for more than $50,000 in prize money will start at 7 p.m. At 3 p.m. there will be interviews, autograph sessions, music, entertainment and race car displays on the speedway grounds. Rain date is Sunday, September 13.
The annual Grandview Speedway Freedom 76 program/yearbook will be available and to guarantee that you will get a copy, it sold out quickly last year, you can order in advance. The book, at least 60 pages, with many color photographs, will be loaded with the history of Grandview and season recaps by Randy Kane, stories about the champions, point standings, and much, much more. To order in advance send $7.50 to Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. 1448 Hollywood Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047-7417.
KREISER RACE FUELS NIGHT, 30 LAP MODIFIED FEATURE:
Steve Folk, Donny Erb, Kevin Hartnett, Jeff Strunk, Chip Slocum, Ray Swinehart, Kerry Kratz, Rick Schaffer (from 22nd), Terry Meitzler, Dave Faust, Shawn Reimert, Kenny Gruber, Randy Bailey, Doug Pannepacker, Jack Hartnett, Sam Martz, Glenn Strunk, Smokey Warren, Jon Kellner, Dennis Fisher (top twenty finishers)
KREISER RACE FUELS NIGHT, 20 LAP LATE MODEL FEATURE:
Jeff Teets, Chuck Schutz, Kyle Pensinger, Dean Stoudt, Randy Stoudt, Lou Egrie, Bill Henning, Doug Walton, Buddy Wharton, Ed Hoffman, Junior Grebe, Sam Schlosberg, Mike Bedell, Chris Wojnar, Roger Decker, Ron Chrisman, Scott Miley, Mark "The Baker" Kropp, Chuck Sennott, Keith Kidd ( top twenty finishers)