STRUNK AND REA FORM STRONG TEAM FOR GRANDVIEW AND BIG DIAMOND RACEWAYGrandview PR
READING, PA January 26, 2006 . . . Veteran Modified stock car racer Jeff Strunk, a winner of 20 championships during his career, has teamed up with Reading?s Johnny Rea, a successful car owner, to challenge for the 358 Modified championships at Grandview Speedway and Big Diamond Raceway.
?Johnny and I feel we are going to have a very strong team to go after the two speedway titles and make a run for the NASCAR Division II championship (worth more than $25,000 at the end of the season),? said the five time Grandview Speedway NASCAR Modified champion. ? With Johnny?s success, winning a NASCAR championship at Big Diamond with driver Keith Hoffman in 2002, and my success at both Grandview and Big Diamond (a four time champion), we feel we are going to be tough to beat.?
The JR Motorsports team will field a Teo chassis Modified with Barry Gechter power plants. Gechter has built engines for Strunk in the past when he won titles with owner Keith Harring in 2000 and 2002 at Grandview Speedway.
The Johnny Rea owned Modified will carry the No. 1.
Strunk and Rea have been working overtime getting their new Teo chassis racers ready for the busy season ahead. The team just came together in the last couple of weeks.
Rea and Strunk are in the process of negotiating sponsorship for the team. They will be announcing their sponsors and team colors in the very near future.
In addition to racing the 358 Modifieds at Big Diamond Raceway in Minersville, PA on Friday nights and Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, PA on Saturday nights, Strunk is also looking to put together a 25-30 race schedule of Big Block Modified events running both the Advance Auto Parts Super Dirt Series and the Race of Champions Series.
Strunk is coming off a strong season having won his fourth straight Modified title and his fifth career title at Grandview Speedway. Strunk race 37 358 Modified events with five wins and he had eight races in the Thunder on the Hill and Race of Champions? Big Block events getting two wins.
In addition the 37 year old racer ran six races at Bridgeport, NJ Speedway with all top six finishes including a second. He earned a second at Hagerstown, MD Speedway plus a third at Delaware International Speedway and two wins at Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, PA.
In addition to his NASCAR title at Grandview Speedway in 2005, Strunk also earned the Comdial Thunder on the Hill Modified Championship and the Race of Champions Southern Regional title.
During his long career Strunk has tallied 114 career Modified victories.