BECHTELSVILLE, PA AUGUST 28, 1999 - It was going to happen sooner or later. It is an impressive record that has stood for at least 14 years, that is the last time Fred Rahmer won a modified race at Grandview Speedway. That was win number 45. ...
BECHTELSVILLE, PA AUGUST 28, 1999 - It was going to happen sooner or later. It is an impressive record that has stood for at least 14 years, that is the last time Fred Rahmer won a modified race at Grandview Speedway. That was win number 45. On Saturday night Rick Schaffer of Woxall (PA) tied the win mark set by his good friend Fred Rahmer when he drove his Inquirer sponsored modified to victory in the Kreiser Race Fuels sponsorship 30-lap modified feature race. "It has taken me a lifetime to do what Fred did in a few years. But it is rewarding to know that I have tied the record. And now I would like to break it with a win in the Freedom 76 coming up on September 11. I want to break the record just so you won't have to talk about it anymore," Schaffer told track announcer Ernie Saxton in victory lane. The all time win mark for feature events belongs to Jon Kellner who won 57 late model features during his late model racing days. In the companion 20-lapper for the NASCAR Late Models it was John Durling driving the Exide/Hardee's/Golden Chevy sponsored entry to victory. His second of the season. And Lou Parson of McClure, PA won the special Pure Stock feature race. The 30-lap feature for NASCAR Modifieds saw Todd Heydt, an early season winner, take the lead at the drop of the green. Heydt, a rookie at Grandview, was in front for 14 laps before Donny Erb was able to charge to the front. Once in front Erb looked like a sure winner. Tom Mayberry, a seven feature winner, was out at the midway point. The battle was between Erb, Rick Schaffer, Kerry Kratz and Jeff Strunk. Erb and Schaffer had the fans on their feet as they battled for the top spot with "Slick Rick" taking command on the 22nd lap. Once in front Schaffer was able to hold off some strong efforts from Jeff Strunk and Donny Erb to pick up his third win of the season and 45th of his career. Second spot went to Jeff Strunk (Bethel) followed by Donny Erb (Douglassville), Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville) and Glenn Strunk (Bechtelsville). In the 20-lap Kreiser Fuels feature for late models Kyle Pensinger was in front at the start. John Durling motored to the front on the 4th lap and that is where Durling stayed for the balance of the race, surviving numerous spins and tangles. Dean Stoudt and Rick Todorow, running one-two for the late model title, were involved in an early race accident that put them both out of the race. As a result Jeff Teets was able to gain a strong second place finish to winner John Durling and grabbed the point lead going into the final race of the season. At the finish Durling (Reading) was just a car length in front of Teets (Coplay) followed by Ed Hoffman (Allentown), Randy (This car for sale) Stoudt (Pottstown) and John Giesler (Lenni). A special attraction for the evening was the Pure Stocks. Their 12 lap feature was won by Lou Parson and his Parson's Auto Salvage Special out of McClure, PA. Second spot went to Craig Swartlandery followed by Leroy Long, Frank Grubi and Sam Yeagley, Jr. Qualifying heats for the Pure Stocks went to Parson and Ed Hollenbach. In the NASCAR Modifieds the five qualifying heats needed for close to 60 cars were won by Chip Slocum, Donny Erb, Kenny Gilmore, Tracy Readinger and Kerry Kratz. The consolation events went to Kevin Hartnett, Tom Mayberry, and Shawn Reimert. Kenny Gilmore rode to a very impressive $360 win in the Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash. In the preliminary events for the late models wins went to Bill Henning, Chuck Sennott and Kyle Pensinger. The consolation was won by Ron Chrisman. Coming up at Grandview Speedway on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. is Budwieser Night featuring the final point events of the season for the NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models, at least 13 events of racing. In addition there will be the Budweiser Winston Cup car on display along with one of the famous Clydesdale horses (we could not fit them all on the grounds). There will be "freebies" for the first 1000 paid admissions and a grand prize. And on Saturday, September 11, 7 p.m. (3 p.m. for entertainment and activities on the grounds of the speedway) racing action will get underway for the THProperties Freedom 76 Classic. $20,000 goes to the winner out of a $50,000 purse. Also there will be $1000 going to the winner of the Keystone Pretzels Bakery Cash Dash. Cheers Tavern of Bechtelsville will sponsor the Minuteman 20 race. The rain date is set for September 12. PIT NOTE: Hal Renninger, who suffered a heart attack in the pit area the previous week, was back as a spectator. He wanted to thank the first aid crew and the "gentleman" who did CPR on him while waiting for the first aid crew. In addition Renninger wanted to thank all the fans and racers who called and sent cards. Renninger hopes to be back racing soon.
NASCAR MODIFIED KREISER FUELS NIGHT 30-LAP FEATURE (TOP TWENTY) Rick Schaffer, Jeff Strunk, Donny Erb, Kerry Kratz, Glenn Strunk, Ray Swinehart, Ken Lindaberry, Terry Meitzler, Doug Mannmiller, Smokey Warren, Kenny Gilmore, Meme DeSantis, Jack Hartnett, Chip Slocum, Jon Kellner, John Willman, Mike Bailey, Todd Heydt. (Timber Wolf Smokeless Tobacco Hard Charger Award go to Smokey Warren and Jon Kellner each gaining 15 spots in the feature. The award is worth $200).
NASCAR LATE MODEL KREISER FUELS NIGHT 20-LAP FEATURE(TOP TWENTY) John Durling, Jeff Teets, Ed Hoffman, Randy Stoudt, John Giesler, Bill Henning, Casey Ebright, Lou Egrie, Roger Decker, Chuck Sennott, Ron Chrisman, Mike Erb, Mike Bedell, Ed Trimbur, Buddy Wharton, Kyle Pensinger, David Conover, Sam Schlossberg, Steve Szymborski, Mike Bernhard.
NASCAR MODIFIED POINT STANDINGS: Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, 5232 (champion for 1999); Jeff Strunk, Bethel, 4661; Kerry Kratz, Bechtelsville, 4503; Rick Schaffer, Woxall, 4452; Kevin Hartnett, Perkasie, 4373; Chip Slocum, Ewing Township, NJ, 4369; Tom Mayberry, Sellersville, 4198; Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, 3967; Jon Kellner, Lansdale, 3950 and Smokey Warren, Jonestown, 3438.
LATE MODEL POINT STANDINGS:Jeff Teets, Coplay, 5243; Dean Stoudt, East Greenville, 5181; Rick Todorow, Quakertown, 5067; Randy Stoudt, Pottstown, 4726; Lou Egrie, Philadelphia, 4514; Ed Hoffman, Allentown, 4414; Chuck Sennott, Gilbertsville, 4410; Terry Snyder, Green Lane, 4074; John Durling, Reading, 4056; and Casey Ebright, Pottstown, 3905.
TOP TEN MOTOR TRUCK EQUIPMENT CO. KENWORTH CUMMINS NASCAR PA MODIFIED CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (Big Diamond and Grandview)..final point race on Saturday, September 4, Grandview Speedway. Jeff Strunk, Bethel, 10605; Kevin Hartnett, Perkasie, 9940; Jon Kellner, Lansdale, 9615; Dennis Bailey, Kutztown, 9385; Shawn Reimert, Oley, 8980; Smokey Warren, Jonestown, 8710; John Willman, Zionsville, 8540; Jack Hartnett, Telford, 8405; Mike Bailey, Kutztown, 7810; Glenn Strunk, Bechtelsville, 7770.
Feature winners on the dual circuit in modifieds: Tom Mayberry, Keith Hoffman and Duane Howard each have 7, Jeff Strunk 5, Rick Schaffer 3, John Willman 2, and there is one win each for Donny Erb, Jim Hauer, Kenny Gilmore, Chip Slocum, Toddy Heydt, Ray Swinehart, Terry Meitzler, Ron Haring, Kenny Gruber and Craig VonDohren.