STRUNK, HENNING AND ROCHELLE WIN FEATURES AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAYGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA July 13, 2008 . . . Jeff Strunk, a six time NASCAR Modified champion at Grandview Speedway, looks like he just may be on his way to a seventh title as he won his third feature of the season winning the Excel Collision 30-lap NASCAR Modified feature race on Saturday night. Bill Henning was able to grab his second Late Model feature victory and Jason Rochelle drove his Legends stock car to victory in the 11 lap Rolling Thunder Legends feature race.
Troy Wink took the lead on the drop of the green from polesitter Chris Esposito in the Modified main event. At the second circuit of the one third mile banked clay oval Todd Marburger was nipping at the heels of Wink and on the fourth lap Marburger went to the front.
Lap after lap Marburger held on to the top spot with Cliff Quinn running his best race of the season in second and Jason Hamilton right behind.
At the halfway mark Marburger earned the Dan?s Deli Halfway Leader Award.
Three laps later Jeff Strunk, coming from 16th spot, moved into second spot and put some strong pressure on the leader. Just one lap later Strunk, a master at Grandview, put the Gold Rush Custom Trailers No. 126 in front of the pack and that is where he stayed for the balance of the 30-lap feature.
In the late stages of the race Jason Hamilton and Craig VonDohren put on a great battle for second spot with Hamilton just able to get the edge on the final lap coming off the fourth turn.
At the finish Strunk (Mohnton) had a comfortable lead while Hamilton (Erwinna) edged out VonDohren (Oley) for second. Fourth place was taken by Ryan Godown (Ringoes, NJ) in another strong showing while Cliff Quinn (Coopersburg), an early challenger for the win, settled for fifth spot.
In victory lane Strunk told the fans that it was one heck of a race track with lots of room to maneuver. Strunk continues to increase in lead in the chase of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Modified championship.
In the 20-lap main event for the NASCAR Late Models it looked like a first career victory for Wayne Pfeil in the early laps as he was comfortably in front of the field.
With eight laps complete Pfeil had Bill Henning and Ed Trimbur to contend with for the top spot.
Five laps later Henning, winner of his first feature in five years a couple weeks back, took over first place and held the top spot for the final seven circuits of the one-third-mile, banked clay oval.
At the finish Henning (Lansdale), who for the past two seasons seemed to have only bad luck, held a comfortable lead as he brought the Henning Supermarket/WNPV-AM Radio No. 80 home first. Second spot went to Wayne Pfeil (Mohnton) followed by Ed Trimbur (Boyertown), Randy Stoudt (Pottstown) and Ron Kline (Salford).
For the first four laps of the Legends feature, scheduled to be 15 laps but cut to 11 due to time constraints, Buddy Sload was the leader. In the fifth circuit Sload spun in the second turn giving the lead to Bill Diehl. A short time later Scott Houdeshell grabbed the top spot and Jason Rochelle went to the front in the closing laps to get the victory. The Schnecksville, PA racer had just a narrow lead over Houdeshell for the win. Third spot was taken by John Schirk followed by Frank Polimeda, a feature winner at Grandview earlier in the season, and Rodney Kistler.
Qualifying heats for the Legends were won by Buddy Sload, Jason Rochelle and Reed Saloney. In the Modifieds qualifying heat wins were earned by Chris Esposito, Kevin Hirthler, Tommy Scheetz Jr. and Mike Gular while the consolation race victories went to Craig VonDohren and Don Norris Jr.. The Late Model heat races had wins going to Chuck Schutz, Ed Trimbur and Bill Henning.
The Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger awards, worth $50 to each driver, went to Craig VonDohren in the Modified feature going from 21st starti