BECHTELSVILLE, PA For the first time since 2009 Jeff Strunk was able to win a feature race at Grandview Speedway when he wheeled the Norm Hansell owned Norm’s Save Station #357 to victory Saturday night in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modified feature race picking up $2,500 for his winning efforts. The 20-lap NASCAR Late Model feature was won by Randy Stoudt his 55th career Late Model victory at the Bechtelsville one-third-mile, banked clay oval.
“We needed to win one,” said Strunk in victory lane. “The track was awesome tonight. Duane (Howard) is tough as nails here, I was glad to beat him.”
When asked about racing with his brother Strunk said “It brought back memories of when we were youngsters, 8 and 10 years old, racing go-karts.”
“Professor” Glenn Strunk got the classes attention when he jumped out into the lead after battling Gary Hager in the first two circuits of the 30-lap Modified feature. Fan favorite Ryan Godown lost a wheel on the second lap and was out of action.
John Willman challenged Glenn early but on the ninth lap lost second spot to Glenn’s older brother Jeff who then spent the next dozen laps chasing “The Professor” before being able to charge by on the outside in the fourth turn after Glenn made a minor miscue.
Once in front the eight time track champion was able to hold off a strong challenge from point leader Duane Howard (Oley) who had won the first two features of the season to gain the win. Third spot went to six time track champion Craig VonDohren (Boyertown). John Willman (Birdsboro) had been having some early season problems but came back strong to finish fourth followed by Meme DeSantis (Temple). Strunk (Bechtelsville) started 12th in the feature race while Duane Howard came from 14th starting position.
Thirty one Modifieds started the feature with two racers taking provisional starting spots (Terry Meitzler and Kyle Follweiler) based on top ten point positions.
Despite losing his brakes early in the race Randy Stoudt (Pottstown) was able to take the lead on the first lap, survive a couple of multi car tangles during the first two laps, and then lead the balance of the future to get his first Late Model feature win of the season.
“With the brakes going I was not able to get off the low groove without spinning,” said Stoudt as he celebrated the win in victory lane.
Second spot went to early season feature winner Danny Snyder (Green Lane) while David Ogin (Bechtelsville), a newcomer to racing at Grandview, was able to grab an impressive third place finish. Past champion John Giesler (Aston) came home fourth followed by Chuck Schutz (Pottstown).
Qualifying heat wins for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds were won by Duane Howard, Gary Hager, John Willman, Chris Esposito and Jimmy Horton IV. There 51 Modifieds on hand. Consolation wins were earned by Shawn Reimert, Glenn Owens and Ray Swinehart.
Late Model qualifing event wins were taken by Randy Stoudt and Rick Todorow.
The Hard Charger Awards will kick off with the next Saturday night events. Salvage Transport will post $25 for the Hard Charger in the Late Models while Cornerstone Auto Sales and racer Bobby Gunther Walsh’s sponsors will post $50 for the Hard Charger in the NASCAR 358 Modified division. These will be weekly cash awards.
Cargo Trailers of Lansdale posted $50 gift certificates for the 10th place finisher in each feature race and they were Kevin Albert in the Modifieds and Dirk Rimrott in the Late Models. Dan’s Deli of Boyertown continues to sponsor their Halfway Leader Awards for the leaders of each feature at the halfway mark. This week the awards went to Glenn Strunk in the Modifieds and Randy Stoudt in the Late Models.
Coming up on Saturday, May 7th, 7:30 p.m. the NASCAR 358 Modifieds and Late Models will be back in action. The new starting time will be in place with spectator gates opening at 5:30 p.m. As an added attraction a 40-lap 27-car NEETS Enduro for Small Cars will be presented following the completed modified and late model program.
Grandview Speedway, a NASCAR sanctioned one-third-mile, banked clay track, is located at 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA, just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For race information telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com
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