DESANTIS GOING FOR THREE ROGERS MEMORIAL WINS IN A ROW

BECHTELSVILLE, PA July 27, 2004 . . . One of the most prestigious events to win in local dirt track stock car racing is the Forrest Rogers Memorial, a 50 lap championship racer for NASCAR Modifieds, at Grandview Speedway. And one of the top dirt track stock car racing talents is Meme DeSantis (Temple, PA) and he has won it twice, 2002 and 2003, and will be looking to take home the $10,000 first prize offering for the third straight time when the Stauffer Construction sponsored Forrest Rogers Memorial is presented on Saturday, August 7th, 7:30 p.m.


            The race, first run in 1971 and won by Eddie Mumford, is run in memory of the man who had the idea and created the one-third-mile, banked clay oval which opened in 1963.


            Several past winners will be joining DeSantis in the battle for the big bucks. Current track point leader Jeff Strunk, a two time past winner (2000 and 1990), waited ten years between wins in the Classic. He is hoping he does not have to wait until 2010 to do it again. With several feature wins this season at the Berks County clay oval he has to be considered a favorite.


            Multi time track champion Craig VonDohren, having a strong season at the Bechtelsville track, is primed and ready to challenge DeSantis and others for the rich victory. VonDohren won this same race in 2001 and 1986.


            Other past winners in the field will include Rick Schaffer, the all time leading modified feature winner, who won the race in 1998; Terry Meitzler, 1997; Kerry Kratz, 1994; and Ray Swinehart, 1996 and 1988.


            Fred Rahmer, now one of the top sprint car racing talents in the nation, has won the most Forrest Rogers Memorial races with four victories and Billy Pauch has taken home the big prize two times as has Tom Mayberry winning in 1992 and 1999. All three of those drivers are still active drivers in the sport but are not currently racing modifieds at Grandview Speedway.


            A full slate of qualifying events will be presented leading up to the 50-lap Forrest Rogers Memorial race scheduled to have 29 starters. With a close NASCAR Modified championship point battle going on between currently point leader Jeff Strunk and challengers