STRUNK BECOMES FIRST REPEAT MOD WINNER, SEIDEL TOPS URC SPRINTS, KEPPLER WINS 600 MODIFIED FEATURE AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAYGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA JUNE 11, 2006 . . . Giving high praise to the track conditions Jeff Strunk became the first repeat winner of the 2006 season in the NASCAR Modifieds on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway winning the 30-lap Zuber Realty NASCAR Modified feature race. Former URC champion Brian Seidel lead all the laps in winning the United Racing Company 25-lap sprint car feature and Mike Keppler also lead all laps in winning the 20-lap 600 Modified feature race.
Five time track champion Jeff Strunk had been through a difficult few weeks at Grandview missing the features the last two times out. On this night he was not to be denied as he got by first lap leader Jon Kellner Jr. on the second lap and seemed to put the Big Spring Car Wash/Touch of Green Landscaping No.88 on cruise control leading 29 laps of the feature and picking up $2200 for his winning efforts. No one was able to challenge Strunk as was able to run the high and low grooves leading the field to the checkered flag.
The Bethel, PA racer thanked just about everyone he knew in victory lane and asked track management to keep the track the way it was tonight. He did point out that his mom was in attendance for the second time this season and that just may be his good luck charm.
Young Jon Kellner Jr. (Lansdale) had the best night of the season as he was able to maintain his second place position throughout the event holding off challenges from several veterans including Mike Bailey (Kutztown) and Tom Mayberry (Sellersviile) who finished behind him in that order. Fifth place went to Oley?s Tracy Readinger.
The CornerStone Auto Sales Hard Charger Award, $50, went to Meme DeSantis who started 30th and finished 7th improving 23 positions in the Modified feature race.
The current leader in the chase for the $1,000 Heat Winners Big Bucks D&S Archery/Rossi Welding Award, going to the Modified racer able to win the most NASCAR qualifying heat races during the season, is Jon Kellner Jr. who has won five qualifying heats. Interesting to note that his father, Jon Sr., won the Big Bucks last season..
In the 25-lap feature for the United Racing Club sprint cars Allentown based Seidel was able to take the Valley Forge Inc./GEI Enterprises No. 5G to the front of the 24-car starting field at the drop of the green. On his way to his second win of the season and twenty-first career URC victory he was able to hold off strong challenges from defending champion Curt Michael. The impressive field of sprinters was able to close up on Seidel on each caution but when the green was waved by starter Ray Kemp, Seidel was able to pull away.
Michael (Oceanview, Delaware) made several attempts at challenging the leader but it was to no avail and the defending URC champ had to settle for second. Greg Coverdale (Milford, DE), back in action this season after being away from the sport for a while, made some attention getting moves in the final laps to grab third. Former Grandview Late Model champion Ed Aikin (Lincoln University, PA) ran a consistent race to finish fourth followed by Wilmington, Delaware?s Chris Coyle.
During the course of the night?s events for sprints and modifieds there were a number of flips and bone jarring accidents but fortunately no one suffered any serious injuries.
In the 20-lapper for the 600 Modifieds, making their first of two scheduled appearances at Grandview, Mike Keppler of Boyertown to the lead on the first lap and was able to keep control throughout all the laps to gain the victory. Second spot went to Chad Behler who was mounting a challenge at the finish with Tom Martocci, a former winner at Grandview, grabbing third.
Qualifying heats for the Advance Auto Parts URC sprint cars were won by Seidel, Brooke Bowman (who was impressive in the feature race until a late race battle with the first turn wall put him