STRUNK AND HOFFMASTER TAKE THE NASCAR FEATURE HONORS AT GRANDVIEW FIRST 300 MOMS THROUGH THE GATE RECEIVE FREE FLOWER FOR MOM?S DAYGrandview PR
Bechtelsville, PA May 7, 2006 . . . Jeff Strunk had a tough week. On Tuesday he and car owner Johnny Rea split up leaving the five time track champion without a ride. By the end of the week Strunk had put together some ?investors? and he purchased the car he had been driving from Rea, borrowed a motor from Merkel Motorsports and managed, with lots of help from friends, to get to Grandview Speedway on Saturday night.
The effort was worth it as the Bethel, PA veteran racer was able to lead 29 of the 30 lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified stock car feature race and ride to a relatively easy win picking up $2,200 for his efforts.
In victory lane Strunk could have been showing the strain of a tough week and a tough night at the track. He was not his usual talkative self saying, ?The car was a little tight and he was fortunate not to have a lot of traffic to deal with.? He did thank the Merkel family and others that helped him get a car to the track and being able to field a winner.
Veteran Late Model racer Greg Hoffmaster put his Keenan Chevrolet/Schaeffer Harley Davidson No. 69 in front of Buddy Wharton on the fifth lap of the 20-lap NASCAR Late Model feature and never looked back. The Pottstown racer drove to his first career feature win.
The entire night of racing was run in memory of Pvt. 1st Class Travis Zimmerman, a Boyertown, PA resident, who was killed in action in Baghdad and was laid to rest on May 5, 2006. The entire show 14-event show was run off in less than 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Thirty one cars started the 30-lap NASCAR Modified feature race with Jeff Strunk getting a fifth place start with the Big Spring Car Wash/Touch of Green Landscaping No.88 Modified. Looking to make up for his tough week and his bad early season luck Strunk charged into the lead, after young Todd Smith led the first lap, on the second circuit of the one-third-mile, banked clay oval. Once in front Strunk was able to pull away from the field. Even when a number of cautions closed up the field, putting Shawn Reimert on his rear bumper a couple of times, Strunk was still able to stay in control and at the finish had a comfortable margin of victory over Reimert (Oley) who earned his best finish of the season. Third spot was taken by John Willman (Birdsboro) in a late race charge toward the front. Tom Umbenhauer (Richland) came home fourth and past champion Terry Meitzler (Kutztown) grabbed fifth.
Greg Hoffmaster got the benefit of a second place starting position in the 20-lap Late Model feature race. The popular racer chased Buddy Wharton for the first four laps and was able to take the top spot on a restart after a caution. In front of the 24 car starting field at five laps Hoffmaster was not to be denied as held off strong challenges from two time past champion Randy Stoudt to grab his first career feature win by a narrow margin.
Hoffmaster did have to hold off some strong competition on a couple of restarts as a result of cautions but each time the field closed up Hoffmaster was able to regain control.
Second place went to Stoudt (Pottstown) followed by Harry Neiman (Bower Beach, DE), current Late Model point leader Ron Kline (East Greenville) and Chuck Schutz (Pottstown).
Qualifying heat races for the 51 Modifieds on hand were won by Jon Kellner Jr., Larry Solomon, Brad Missimer, Don Norris Jr., Tracy Readinger and Jeff Strunk. Consolation wins were earned by Barry Readinger, Meme DeSantis and Danny Erb.
In the chase for the lucrative NASCAR Modified championship Doug Manmiller moved in front of the standings while Meme DeSantis is second. Five time champion Craig VonDohren is in third spot. Last week?s point leader Danny Erb dropped to sixth.
In Late Model qualifiers the wins went to Dean Stoudt, Chuck Schutz and Randy Stoudt.
In the Late Model point chase defending champion Ron Kline