HOWARD, STRUNK, VONDOHREN, GODOWN AND HOFFMAN ARE FAVORITES IN MODIFIEDS, MIKE KELLNER, RANDY STOUDT, SHUEY AND SCHUTZ FAVORED IN LATE MODELSGrandview PR
Bechtelsville, PA March 31, 2009 . . . There is a lot of excitement in the air as the 2009 NASCAR Whelen All American Series Modified and Late Model stock car racing season gets the green flag at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, April 4th at 7 p.m.
An unofficial survey amongst fans and a check of area motorsports websites indicates that seven time track champion Jeff Strunk, six time track champion Craig VonDohren along with Duane Howard, Ryan Godown and Doug Hoffman are fan favorites to be in the battle for the win in the 40-lap Modified feature race on opening night.
Howard, a popular racer from Oley, PA, has informed track management that he will be running all of the Saturday night modified events during the month of April and could decide to stay the entire season.
A stellar field of late model competitors is expected to be on hand to get the season started at the Berks County banked clay oval. Four time champion Chuck Schutz is a strong favorite to grab the win on opening night but fans are indicating that they think Mike Kellner, Brian Shuey, Randy Stoudt, Kyle Merkel and newcomer Kory Fleming will give the defending champ a battle for the win. The late models will top their program with a 20-lap feature.
With the modifieds racing for $3,000 to win there is expected to be a large field of entries with Billy Pauch, Jr., the talented young racer from Frenchtown, NJ, planning to be a regular Saturday night visitor to Grandview.
Doug Manmiller is expected to be a tough campaigner. A three time runner-up in the battle for the lucrative track championship, the Shoemakersville, PA racer is looking to be a title contender.
Several veterans of the modified racing wars such as Mike Gular, Kerry Kratz, Terry Meitzler (a past champion), Jon Kellner Sr. and others are expecting to have strong seasons.
The Saturday night season opener will see the gates for fans open at 5 p.m. with racing starting at 7 p.m. Adult admission for the opening night show is $15 while kids, 6 thru 11, are admitted for $5 and children under 6 are FREE. There is always free parking available on the grounds and fans are invited to bring their own refreshments (no glass bottles allowed). Of course the track offers a wide variety of reasonably priced concession items and great souvenirs and track sportswear. Many of the race teams also offer their own sportswear.
Coming up on Saturday, April 11th, is a tripleheader show of racing action featuring the modifieds, late models and Sidewinder Sprints.
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or check their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com