JEFF STRUNK WINS FOURTH OF THE SEASON IN NASCAR MODIFIEDS WHILE CHUCK SCHUTZ WINS HIS SECOND FIRECRACKER 40 LATE MODEL CLASSIC AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAYGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA July 2, 2006 . . . Early in the season Jeff Strunk was having trouble qualifying for the NASCAR Modified feature races at Grandview Speedway now he just keeps winning. The five time track champion who calls Bethel, PA home drove to his third straight 30-lap NASCAR Modified feature win at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Chuck Schutz of Pottstown was able to win the Firecracker 40 Late Model Classic for the second time in his career wheeling the BPG Racing No. One to victory.
Young Todd Smith put his mount in front of the pack at the drop of the green and held off challenges from Todd Marburger in MFR Enterprises No. 18 for several laps. With seven laps in the record book Marburger was able to charge to the front. A race that was caution free for the first 12 laps turned into somewhat of a destruction derby with numerous cautions dotting the program. On the 15th lap Kyle Weiss, looking for his second win of the season, went to the front in a bold move off the fourth turn. At the 20-lap marker Jeff Strunk came into the picture moving into third and taking the second spot on the 23rd lap. With just four laps remaining in the feature Strunk put the Big Springs Car Wash/Gold Rush Trailers No. 88 in front and had a comfortable lead when the checkered flag fell with 30 laps completed. The win was the fourth of the season for Strunk.
Kyle Weiss (Jalapa) brought the Schaeffer?s Harley Davidson No. 21K home second in an impressive effort with Todd Mar burger (Boyertown) third. Danny Erb (Boyertown) came from 14th to finish fourth with five time track champion Craig VonDohren (Oley) grabbing fifth.
Despite finishing 14th in the feature race current point Meme DeSantis (Temple) continues to lead the point standings in his effort to win his first Grandview Speedway track championship. DeSantis has 1957 compared to second place Doug Manmiller (Wyomissing) who has 1918 tallies.
The Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger Award was earned by Kevin Harnett who gained 16 positions coming from 24th starting position in the Modified feature to finish 8th.
Four time track Late Model champion Dean Stoudt looked like the man to beat as he jumped out in front of the Firecracker 40 Late Model field and set the pace for the first 15 laps. A multi car accident at the 16-lap marker closed up the field for the restart and Chuck Schutz, who started seventh, charged to the front. Once in front Schutz, a two time Late Model champion, had things pretty much under control until there were less than 10-laps remaining. In the final laps Rick Todorow and Brian Shuey made life difficult for Schutz as they put heavy pressure on the veteran driver. At the finish Schutz was just a short distance in front of second place Rick Todorow (Quakertown) and Brian Shuey (Hamburg). Mark Malcolm (Hatfield) had one of his best career efforts with a fourth place finish just ahead of Buddy Wharton (Reading).
Defending Late Model champion Ron Kline had a disastrous night as he started the night as the point leader and drop out of the feature early after a multi car accident. He started the evening as the point leader and when the night was over he was not even in the top five. Former champion Chuck Schutz is the point leader with Brian Shuey just 35 points behind.
Qualifying event wins for the Late Models went to Schutz, Lou Egrie and Greg Hoffmaster.
In the qualifiers leading up the Modified feature wins went to Chris Esposito, Tommy Sheetz Jr., Barry Readinger, Rich Wisdo, Tom Umbenhauer and Kyle Weiss. Consolation races went to Glenn Owens, Kevin Hartnett and Mike Gular.
Coming up at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, July 8th is a tripleheader show of NASCAR Modifieds, Legends cars and Late Model stock cars. At least 13 events of stock car racing will get the green flag at 7:30 p.m. with Jeff D?Ambrosio Dodge sponsoring the night.