STRUNK WINS AGAIN, SCHUTZ GETS FIRECRACKER 40 FOR HIS FIRST WIN

            Bechtelsville, PA July 2, 2004 . . . . For the fourth time this season Jeff Strunk (Bethel) was able to wheel the BPG Racing/Chad Sinon Motorsports #88 to victory in the 30-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modifieds on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. It was Chuck Schutz, Pottstown, wheeling his Total Rental #1 Late Model to victory in the Firecracker 40 for Late Models.


            Buddy Wharton was quick out of the box in the Firecracker 40 run in memory of Jerry Glase. Wharton led the race until the 15th lap when a nine car collision eliminated several top runners (no one was injured).


            On the restart Lee Miller charged to the top spot with Chuck Schutz not far behind. At the 22 lap mark it was Chuck Schutz  who was able to make a terrific charge to the front spot getting by leader Miller and challenger Dean Stoudt.


            Once in front Schutz was able to make winning the Firecracker  40, the biggest event of the season for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Models, look rather easy as the Pottstown racer had a comfortable margin of victory when the checkered flag fell. Sixteen year old Mike Kellner (Lansdale) put on a tremendous display of talent as he was able to come from 15th to gain an impressive second place finish. Third was earned by four time champion Dean Stoudt (East Greenville) followed closely by Ron Kline (Salfordville, PA) and Lee Miller (New Tripoli).


            In victory lane Schutz, a former Late Model champion, was emotional as he celebrated his first win of the season and thanked ?everyone? and made mention that the team had made several changes after having suffered through a disappointing first half of the season.


             Strunk, defending track champion, spent the early part of the season in a slump but in recent weeks he has come on strong as he chases his fourth track NASCAR Modified championship. Strunk started the 30-lap main event for NASCAR Modifieds in 11th spot and spent much of the first half of the race chasing a top five position.