SCHAFFER WINS $10,000 FORREST ROGERS MEMORIAL MODIFIED RACE JEFF TEETS WINS THIRD OF THE SEASON IN LATE MODELS BECHTELSVILLE, PA AUGUST 8, 1998 . . . "We need the money. I didn't think we had a chance. That caution with five laps to...
SCHAFFER WINS $10,000 FORREST ROGERS MEMORIAL MODIFIED RACE
JEFF TEETS WINS THIRD OF THE SEASON IN LATE MODELS
BECHTELSVILLE, PA AUGUST 8, 1998 . . . "We need the money. I didn't think we had a chance. That caution with five laps to go changed things for us. I want to thank God and Arlan Schaeffer ( owner of Schaeffer's Family Restaurant and a long time Schaffer supporter ) and all my sponsors. We couldn't have done it without them," said Rick Schaffer after winning the Forrest Rogers Memorial 40-lap championship race for NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modifieds at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. The victory gave the Woxall, PA racer a $10,800 pay day, the biggest of his long career. The largest crowd of the season for a Saturday night stock car race was on hand to see Schaffer win the 28th annual Forrest Rogers Memorial for the first time.
In the 20-lap NASCAR Late Model feature race Jeff Teets was able to bring his Harry's U-Pull It Auto Parts entry home first for the third time this season.
Ron Haring, an early season feature winner, came from third to grab the lead on the first lap of the 40-lap Forrest Rogers Memorial ( run in memory of the founder and builder of the speedway ). Haring set the pace for 32 laps. Chip Slocum and Tom Mayberry put some tremendous pressure on the leader for many laps with Slocum and Mayberry running side-by-side right on Haring's rear bumper. At the 19 lap marker an 11 car wreck eliminated seven starters.
With Mayberry now in second spot, Haring seemed to have settled in as the leader and no one looked strong enough to catch him. However at the 32 lap mark Haring went into turn two, Mayberry was challenging low, and did a slow spin that seemed to take Mayberry with him. Haring was able to continue at the back of the pack and Mayberry went to the pits, out of the race.
Slocum got the lead on the restart but Rick Schaffer was quick to put the C&C Ford/Al Hamilton GMC Trucks sponsored entry in front of the pack. Two laps later Slocum did a slow roll in turn three eliminating himself from the chase for the victory. For the final five laps current point leader Ray Swinehart chased Schaffer to the finish line but fell short of victory by a narrow margin as Schaffer took the win, his third of the season. Swinehart (Boyertown) earned second followed by Kenny Gruber (Reading), Dave Faust (Boyertown) and Kevin Hartnett (Perkasie). Terry Meitzler, chasing Swinehart for the point title, was involved in a midrace accident and worked his way from the back of the field to seventh place at the finish.
Schaffer was also able to win his heat race, the Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash worth $435 and the Cheers Tavern Clean Sweep Award ( for winning his heat, dash and feature ) which was worth $325.
In the 20-lap feature for NASCAR Late Models Jimmy Meitzler Jr. was in front at the start and lead the first two laps with Jeff Teets getting the top spot at the three lap mark. Once in front Teets made it look somewhat easy as he drove to his third win of the season. John Durling and Dean Stoudt came from far back in the starting field to challenge the leader at the finish but their efforts fell short. Durling (Reading) took second while former champion Dean Stout (East Greenville) took third. In fourth spot was Jimmy Meitzler, Jr. (Barto) and Terry Snyder (Green Lane) grabbed fifth.
Qualifying heat races for the late models were won by Ron Chrisman, Jeff Teets and Mark "The Baker" Kropp. Chuck Schutz, current late model point leader, won the consolation race.
NASCAR Modified heat victories went to Donny Erb, Ron Haring, Rick Schaffer, John Willman, and Randy Bailey. The consolation races were taken by Ken Lindaberry, Glenn Strunk and Mike Bailey. Rick Schaffer won the Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash worth $435.
Latest point standings in the chase for the track championships show Chuck Schutz of Pottstown still on top in the late models with 4188. Second spot is held by Randy Stoudt, Pottstown, 4075 points. In third is former champion Dean Stoudt of East Greenville, 4049. Another former champion, John Giesler, is fourth with 3649 and in fifth is Junior Grebe, Boyertown, 3619.
Ray Swinehart of Bechtelsville, a former track champion, leads the modified standings with 4203 points. Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, is in the chase with 3986 good for second spot. Kerry Kratz, Bechtelsville, holds down third with 3912 followed by Glenn Strunk, Boyertown, 3689 and Rick Schaffer, Woxall, 3519.
FORREST ROGERS MEMORIAL 40-LAP NASCAR MODIFIED CHAMPIONSHIP: Rick Schaffer, Ray Swinehart, Kenny Gruber, Dave Faust, Kevin Hartnett, Sam Schoenly, Terry Meitzler, Chuck Schutz, Randy Bailey, Ron Haring, Shawn Reimert, Doug Pannepacker, Mark Stofflet, Kerry Kratz, Chip Slocum, Tom Mayberry, Carl Ruppert, Junior Mikosz, Dennis Bailey, Glenn Strunk, Donny Erb, John Willman, Mike Bailey, Ken Lindaberry, Ron Schnable, Sam Martz, Jon Kellner, Paul Koch, Danny Erb ( complete 29 car finish)
NASCAR LATE MODEL FEATURE, 20-LAPS: Jeff Teets, John Durling, Dean Stoudt, Jimmy Meitzler, Jr., Terry Snyder, Lou Egrie, Chuck Schutz, Rick Todorow, Randy Stoudt, Kyle Pensinger, Doug Walton, John Giesler, Keith Kidd, Sam Schlosberg, Mike Bedell, Ed Hoffman, Bill Henning, Scott Miley, Buddy Wharton, Bill Neff ( top 20 finishers ).
COMING EVENTS: Saturday, August 15, 7:30 p.m. NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modifieds and NASCAR Late Models, at least 13 events plus Quigley Dodge Cash Dash for Late Models. Saturday, August 22, 7:30 p.m. NASCAR Winston Racing Series Modifieds and KLASCAR Legends. No late model stock car racing. There will also be a special event featuring members of the media in 4-cylinder pure stock race cars. Saturday night race events have a Sunday night, 7 p.m. rain date.
Wednesday, August 26, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia Daily News/NAPA Auto Stores Thunder on the Hill sprint car show. King of the Hill 40-lap feature for 410 sprints sanctioned by All Star Circuit of Champions plus a special invitational KARS 358- Sprint Challenge. Rain date is Thursday, August 27, 7:30 p.m.
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their web site at www.grandviewspeedway.com.