WELSH AND STRUNK SURVIVE WILD NIGHT AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

WELSH AND STRUNK SURVIVE WILD NIGHT AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY


BECHTELSVILLE, PA June 13, 2004 . . . There was no full moon but the on-track action at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night would have made you think there was a full moon. Jeff Strunk managed to survive a wild altercation in turn three with two laps to go that took out race leader Bobby Trapper as the top three tried to squeeze into a space made for just two racers and ride to victory in the 30-lap NASCAR Modified feature race. The win in the Scott Powersports sponsored Modified feature was the second of the season for the defending NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified champion. Kevin Welsh chased down Ed Aikin, who had lead just about all the feature laps, and took the lead with just two laps to go in the 25-lap United Racing Club sprint car feature race and rode to victory.


            The Modified feature had Bobby Trapper coming from second to take the lead early. At the three lap marker point leader Craig VonDohren, Meme DeSantis and others were involved in a fourth turn fracas with both of them going to the back of the 29 car starting field. Trapper, who calls Scranton, PA home, kept his BPG Racing #66 in front of the pack lap-after-lap. Donny Erb and Mike Gular challenged often.


            With just two laps remaining Trapper, Mike Gular and Jeff Strunk went three wide in the third turn with Trapper ending up in the infield with a rumpled race car and Jeff Strunk in the  lead. Mike Gular was sent to the rear of the field getting blamed for the incident but officials rethought the penalty and put Gular back in second on the restart.


            Bethel, PA based Strunk managed to hold off the strong efforts of Gular in the final two laps and earn his second win of the season for the Chad Sinon Motorsports team. Gular (Harleysville) got second followed by Donny Erb (Douglassville) in his best effort of the season. Craig VonDohren (Oley) maintained his lead in the chase for the Modified title with a fourth place finish coming from the tail end of the pack. And Shawn Reimert (Oley) earned fifth.


            In the 25-lap feature for United Racing Club sprint cars it two red flag incidents in turn three to get the first lap completed. Ed Aikin, a former modified and late model racer at Grandview, took command early and looked as if he would be able to earn his second URC sprint car feature victory at Grandview