BECHTELSVILLE, PA The battle for the lucrative point championships is down to just three events remaining in each division of competition at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway but the battles are far from over. This Saturday night FHG Services presents a doubleheader show featuring the NASCAR 358 modifieds and late models with the green flag falling at 7:30 p.m.
Jeff Strunk, a seven time track champion, leads the standings with Duane Howard, considered one of the best dirt track racers in the business, holding on to second. Just one miscue by Strunk, a missed feature, would put Howard back in front of the point chase. During the next three events there are more than 900 points available if a driver can win them all and Strunk has just a 286 point edge so a lot can happen in three weeks. And don’t count out six time track champion Craig VonDohren sitting in third spot or the “oldtimer” Meme DeSantis sitting in fourth.
With 12 different feature winners so far this season it has been one of the most competitive modified seasons on record. It has been difficult for fans to pick the winners as the BPG Racing Pick 3 Contest is now worth $1050 to a lucky fan who can pick the top three in the modified feature in the order they will finish using the entry blank in the Grandview Groove track magazine.
Competition is even tighter for the championship in the NASCAR Late Models with past champion Randy Stoudt, all time leading late model feature winner amongst active drivers, leading the standings by just 59 points over another past champion Brian Shuey. Ron Kline, also a past champion is third in the standings.
Interesting to note, based on more than 900 points being available to the racers in the next three weeks, the top nine racers in the standings still have a chance to grab the title. There have been seven different late model feature winners this season so far.
The modifieds will top off their night with a 30-lap FHG Services feature starting 28 cars while the late models go in a 20-lap event.
Many of the modified racers will be using these final three events to ready for the challenge of the biggest and richest event of the season when the BPG Racing Freedom 76 is presented on Saturday, September 12th. This event, paying $20,000 to win plus lap money, will attract many of the top talents in 358 modified racing as they try to win the prestigious event.
Information on entering the race can be had by telephoning 610.754.7688. Tech information can be had from Mike Kelly at KellyMI@PTD.NET
Adult admission for the BPG Racing Freedom 76 is $25 while youngsters 6 thru 11 pay $10. Children under 6 are admitted free. Pit passes will be $40. Advance tickets are available at the speedway on Saturday nights.
There are still a limited number of lap sponsorships available at $10 a lap. Included in the sponsorship is a listing in the track magazine for that special night and mentions on the public address system. Contact Ernie Saxton at Esaxton144@aol.com
or see him at the track.
Coming up on Saturday, August 29th, is a tripleheader show featuring the NASCAR 358 modifieds, late models and ARDC wingless midgets. The 7:30 p.m. show will be sponsored by 3 Starz Inc. Landscaping of Hatboro, PA. Adult admission will be $15.
Grandview Speedway is located at 43 Passmore Road, just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com