STEVE SWINEHART AND RON KLINE WIN FEATURES AT GRANDVIEW

Bechtelsville, PA May 9, 2004 . . . The temperature may have been very chilly but the on track action was very hot as Steve Swinehart, son of former track champion Ray Swinehart,  was able to earn his first career victory in the 30-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. And Ron Kline had his hands full as he drove to his second NASCAR ShorTrack Late Model 20-lap feature victory.


            Mike Bailey lead the 28 car modified starting field to the green flag and set the pace for three laps. A multi car accident put Craig VonDohren, Mike Gular and Meme DeSantis at the back of the field. On the restart John Willman, having tough luck early in the season, put his Hampton Bros. Truck Repair #74W in front of the field. And at eight laps, on a caution restart, Steve Swinehart brought the Dames Chevy/J&L Speed Equipment #33 to the front of the pack with Ryan Watt chasing and also seeking his first career win.


            Swinehart, who calls Bechtelsville home, had his hands full with Watt trying high and low to get by. With 28 laps in the record book Watt had a tire go down and had to drop out of the main event while on the same lap Mike Bailey, who had spent most of the feature running the top five, had mechanical problems sideline him.


            The final two laps saw Willman (Birdsboro) put extreme pressure on the fleet running Swinehart but at the finish line the veteran racer had to settle for second to the second year racing talent Swinehart. Third spot went to Jeff Strunk (Bethel) in a brilliant charge through the field after having had to go to the rear of the 28 car starting field on the fourth lap. Rick Schaffer (Woxall) finished fourth followed by Danny Erb (Boyertown). VonDohren moved to the front in the chase for the lucrative Modified point championship as Meme DeSantis, the point leader at the start of the night, had a problem night and finished 20th.


            In the NASCAR ShorTrack Late Model feature it was Steve Sennott starting on the pole with Sennott and John Giesler going side by side for the first two laps. With just two laps in the book defending champion Randy Stoudt and Chris Shuey (winner of two features already this season) were eliminated in a multi car accident in the first turn.


            With six laps complete Harry Neiman shot to the front of the pack after a side by