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Press Release
Saturday, July 12, 2008

BECHTELSVILLE, PA July 13, 2008 . . . Jeff Strunk, a six time NASCAR Modified champion at Grandview Speedway, looks like he just may be on his way to a seventh title as he won his third feature of the season winning the Excel Collision 30-lap NASCAR Modified feature race on Saturday night. Bill Henning was able to grab his second Late Model feature victory and Jason Rochelle drove his Legends stock car to victory in the 11 lap Rolling Thunder Legends feature race.

Troy Wink took the lead on the drop of the green from polesitter Chris Esposito in the Modified main event. At the second circuit of the one third mile banked clay oval Todd Marburger was nipping at the heels of Wink and on the fourth lap Marburger went to the front.

Lap after lap Marburger held on to the top spot with Cliff Quinn running his best race of the season in second and Jason Hamilton right behind.

At the halfway mark Marburger earned the Danís Deli Halfway Leader Award.

Three laps later Jeff Strunk, coming from 16th spot, moved into second spot and put some strong pressure on the leader. Just one lap later Strunk, a master at Grandview, put the Gold Rush Custom Trailers No. 126 in front of the pack and that is where he stayed for the balance of the 30-lap feature.

In the late stages of the race Jason Hamilton and Craig VonDohren put on a great battle for second spot with Hamilton just able to get the edge on the final lap coming off the fourth turn.

At the finish Strunk (Mohnton) had a comfortable lead while Hamilton (Erwinna) edged out VonDohren (Oley) for second. Fourth place was taken by Ryan Godown (Ringoes, NJ) in another strong showing while Cliff Quinn (Coopersburg), an early challenger for the win, settled for fifth spot.

In victory lane Strunk told the fans that it was one heck of a race track with lots of room to maneuver.† Strunk continues to increase in lead in the chase of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Modified championship.

In the 20-lap main event for the NASCAR Late Models it looked like a first career victory for Wayne Pfeil in the early laps as he was comfortably in front of the field.

With eight laps complete Pfeil had Bill Henning and Ed Trimbur to contend with for the top spot.

Five laps later Henning, winner of his first feature in five years a couple weeks back, took over first place and held the top spot for the final seven circuits of the one-third-mile, banked clay oval.

At the finish Henning (Lansdale), who for the past two seasons seemed to have only bad luck, held a comfortable lead as he brought the Henning Supermarket/WNPV-AM Radio No. 80 home first. Second spot went to Wayne Pfeil (Mohnton) followed by Ed Trimbur (Boyertown), Randy Stoudt (Pottstown) and Ron Kline (Salford).

For the first four laps of the Legends feature, scheduled to be 15 laps but cut to 11 due to time constraints, Buddy Sload was the leader. In the fifth circuit Sload spun in the second turn giving the lead to Bill Diehl. A short time later Scott Houdeshell grabbed the top spot and Jason Rochelle went to the front in the closing laps to get the victory. The Schnecksville, PA racer had just a narrow lead over Houdeshell for the win. Third spot was taken by John Schirk followed by Frank Polimeda, a feature winner at Grandview earlier in the season, and Rodney Kistler.

Qualifying heats for the Legends were won by Buddy Sload, Jason Rochelle and Reed Saloney. In the Modifieds qualifying heat wins were earned by Chris Esposito, Kevin Hirthler, Tommy Scheetz Jr. and Mike Gular while the consolation race victories went to Craig VonDohren and Don Norris Jr.. The Late Model heat races had wins going to Chuck Schutz, Ed Trimbur and Bill Henning.

The Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger awards, worth $50 to each driver, went to Craig VonDohren in the Modified feature going from 21st starting spot to finish third. In the Late Models it was Randy Stoudt gaining six spots to finish fourth.

The NASCAR Whelen All American Series Modifieds along with the Late Models and Legends stock cars will all be part of an action packed tripleheader show that starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 19th with sponsorship from Hatfield Quality Meats. The first 500 adults through the front gate will received a FREE ARCA 200 ticket for August 2nd at Pocono Raceway. There will also be free Pennsylvania 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race tickets given away to some lucky fans.

The first Enduro competition will be offered at Grandview in more than 10 years on Sunday, July 20th at 5 p.m. A 100 lapper for the big cars will be presented along with a 100 lapper for the small cars and a 50-lapper for the trucks.

United Racing Company sprint cars are featured in a doubleheader show on Saturday, July 26th at 7:30 p.m. along with the NASCAR 358 Modifieds sponsored by Zuber Realty.

Admission for regular Saturday nights is $13 for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 thru 11 and under 6 are admitted free with a paying adult. There is always free parking on the speedway grounds and fans are invited to enjoy the wide array of concessions available at the track or are free to bring their food and refreshments.

Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown.† For information check in at or telephone 610.754.7688.

30-LAP Excel Collision Service NASCAR 358 MODIFIED STOCK CAR FEATURE FINISH: 1. Jeff Strunk 2. Jason Hamilton 3. Craig VonDohren 4. Ryan Godown 5. Cliff Quinn 6. Kevin Hirthler 7. Mike Gular 8. Meme DeSantis 9. Terry Meitzler 10. Shawn Reimert 11. Jon Kellner Jr. 12. Chris Esposito 13. Tommy ScheetZ Jr. 14. Danny Erb 15. Jason Smythe 16. Tom Umbenhauer 17. Doug Manmiller 18. Danny Hieber 19. Ryan Beltz 20. Carroll Hine III 21. Todd Marburger 22. Troy Wink 23. Don Norris Jr. 24. John Willman 25. Sean Merkel 26. Glenn Owens 27. Rick Schaffer 28. Kerry Kratz

20 LAP Excel Collision Service NASCAR LATE MODEL FEATURE FINISH: 1. Bill Henning 2. Wayne Pfeil 3. Ed Trimbur 4. Randy Stoudt 5. Ron Kline 6. Brian Shuey 7. Kyle Merkel 8. Chuck Schutz 9. Buddy Wharton 10. Bryon Sipe 11. Dean Stoudt 12. John Giesler 13. Danny Snyder 14. Johnny Favinger 15. Greg Hoffmaster 16. Eric Snoke 17. Dallas Breidenbach 18. Mike Steinmetz 19. Harry Henning III 20. Dennis Peiper 21. Mike Kellner 22. Matt Carter

15 LAP Excel Collision Service Legends Stock Car Feature Finish (Top Ten): 1. Jason Rochelle 2. Scott Houdeshell 3. John Schirk 4. Frank Polimeda 5. Rodney Kistler 6.Reed Saloney 7. Pat McDermott 8. Josh Morrow 9. Paul Rochelle 10. Randy Kissinger.