ESPOSITO AND SHUEY CLOSE OUT SEASON AT GRANDVIEW WITH WINS, STRUNK AND SCHUTZ CROWNED AS CHAMPS SEPTEMBER 27 OPEN COMPETITION RACES CANCELLEDGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 21, 2008. . . Young Chris Esposito wheeled his JCG Environmental Services/Munches Lunches No. 31 to victory in the 30-lap Allstate Insurance NASCAR 358 Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway. The Saturday night win was the first of his career.
In the 20-lap feature for the NASCAR Late Models Brian Shuey earned his 5th win of the season with the Bob Fisher Chevy No. 5x and Nick Pecko came home first in the Tobias SpeedSTR 15-lap feature which was his third win of the season and gave him the season championship.
Jeff Strunk was officially crowned the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Modified Champion for 2008. The title was his seventh at Grandview. Chuck Schutz earned the 2008 NASCAR Late Model championship for his fourth career title at the Bechtelsville clay oval.
The Saturday night show closed out the 2008 regular season at Grandview Speedway with a Thunder on the Hill Halloween Celebration event planned for October 18th. The open competition show scheduled for September 27th has been cancelled.
Jeremy Banos took advantage of a fourth ?rub? of Bobby Gunther Walsh as the 29 car starting field charged toward the green flag and took the lead on the first circuit of the one-third-mile, banked clay oval.
Marc Fehr challenged with eight laps completed while Walsh hung on to third spot.
With the halfway mark showing Banos, hoping to win his first feature race, busy holding off challenger Chris Esposito. Brad Missimer, also looking for his first win, held third spot.
Missimer was challenging Banos at the 20-lap mark but disaster struck for the leader on the 23rd lap when he got too high in the third and fourth turns bouncing off the wall and giving the lead to second place Esposito. Banos was out of the top ten by the time he got control of his race car.
Esposito, one of the true low budget racers at Grandview, spent the rest of the 30 laps holding off strong challenges of two time feature winner Terry Meitzler. At the finish the Perkasie, PA racer had a narrow lead in grabbing his first career victory and the $2,200 first place money.
Second spot went to Meitzler (Kutztown) followed by Rick Schaffer (Woxall), Brad Missimer (Bechtelsville) and Ryan Godown (Ringoes, NJ).
In victory lane an emotional Esposito told the crowd that he had not even planned to race this season. He gave his crew all the credit for the win and he pointed out that ?patience pays at Grandview.?
Danny Snyder charged to the front to lead the 20 car starting field on the first lap of the 20-lap Late Model feature. One lap later Bill Henning took command looking for his third win of the season.
With half the race completed Henning picked up the Dan?s Deli Halfway Leader Award with Wayne Pfeil, searching for his first career win, now running second.
Point leader Chuck Schutz and challenger Randy Stoudt had a spirited battle going on until the 17th lap when Stoudt got into the back of Bill Henning and hit the third turn wall putting him out of the race and ending his championship hopes.
On the restart after the Stoudt incident defending champion Brian Shuey, who started in 9th spot, was able to take command and ride to victory. The win was the fifth of the season for the Shoemakerville, PA racer. Second spot went to Schutz (Pottstown) followed by Mike Kellner (Lansdale), coming from 18th starting spot, Bill Henning (Lansdale) and Wayne Pfeil (Mohnton).
Leading all 15 laps 15-year-old Nick Pecko (Vandling) rode to victory in the Tobias SpeedSTR feature race. Legendary dirt track racer Richie Tobias, creator of the SpeedSTR racers, finished and was closing in on the winner at the finish. Third place went to Billy Vaninwegan.
Qualifying heats for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds went to Chris Esposito, Shawn Reimert, Brad Missimer and Bobby Gunther