Race Results 09/08/2007Grandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 9, 2007 . . . ~ Six time NASCAR Whelen All American Series Modified champion Jeff Strunk had a relatively easy time of it as he lead all but eight laps of the THP Freedom 76 Modified Classic picking up $20,000 plus lap money for his impressive victory on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway.
Strunk, who calls nearby Mohnton, PA home, also picked up $1,000 for his win in the 10-lap Cash Dash. Ryan Watt (Bechtelsville) drove to victory in the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20.
Jason Smythe, making a rare start at Grandview this season, charged to the front at the drop of the green in front of a huge crowd filling the stands at the Bechtelsville, PA clay oval.
On the second circuit Shawn Reimert put his Kochel Equipment No. 41 in front of the 33 car starting field and was able to hold off a hard charging Jeff Strunk and the Gold Rush Custom Trailers/Touch of Green Landscaping No. 126 for a few laps. At the seven lap marker Strunk charged to the front.
Strunk and Reimert had quite a battle going on for several laps before Ryan Godown, a New Egypt Speedway standout, came up to challenge Strunk. At 17 laps a pre-race favorite in Doug Manmiller had the engine let go putting him out of action.
With 20 laps in the record book Godown was right on the rear bumper of leader Strunk but nine laps later Gowdown spun by himself in turn two putting him to the back of the field. He later dropped out after an impressive run.
Craig VonDohren was able to leap in front the field on the 30th lap but that was short-lived as Strunk, clearly the class of the field on this night, went to the front again and that is where he stayed for the balance of the 76 lap event.
A fuel stop on lap 55, after 95 laps had been run, allowed the top five to be bunched up with Strunk in front followed by VonDohren, Duane Howard, Kenny Gilmore and Jimmy Horton.
At 60-laps Strunk continued to sit comfortably in the front of the pack while challengers were having trouble with a lapped car.
Once Howard, driving the Mavericks MC Club/Alex?s Lemonade Stand No. 4, was able to get by the lapped car Strunk?s lead had increased to the point that the Oley, PA racer, who had finished one point behind Strunk in the chase for the track championship, could not challenge and had to settle for second which earned him $10,000.
Kenny Gilmore (Kutztown) drove a fantastic race at the wheel of the BPG Racing/Chad Sinon Motorsports No. 114 ( a first time ride for him), finishing third.
Six time track champion Craig VonDohren (Oley) finished fourth with his Stauffer Construction No. 1C. VonDohren also encountering problems with lapped traffic late in the race. VonDohren had started 16th.
Jimmy Horton (Neshanic Station, NJ) put on an impressive display of driving running the high and low grooves to finish 5th after starting 23rd.
In Victory Lane Strunk summed it up as a ?good year? as he added the Freedom 76 win to a season that also included championships at Grandview and Big Diamond Raceway.
Both Strunk and car owner Glenn Hyneman, a Freedom 76 winner for the first time, dedicated Strunk?s third THP Freedom 76 win to Chad Miller, a team member, who had been fatally injured in a one car highway accident midway in the season.
Strunk also made it look easy winning the Cash Dash over a nine car field to pick up $1,000. The Dash included qualifying heat winners and the three guaranteed starters.
Ryan Watt ran a strong race with the Fran?s Auto Repair No. 6 to grab the Schaeffer Motorsport?s Minuteman 20. Watt lead Mike Gular, Don Norris Jr,, John Tschudy and Kenny Brightbill across the finish line with all of them earning starting spots in the THP Freedom 76.