Race Results 07/19/2003


Bechtelsville, PA July 19, 2003 . . . “Slick” Rick Schaffer, considered by many to be the “Dean of Modifieds” at Grandview Speedway drove the Bud Stone owned Speed Palace sponsored #77 Modified to victory Saturday night in the Hatfield Meats Night NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified stock car feature race. The victory was the first since August, 2002 for Schaffer at Grandview Speedway and moved the veteran racer back to the top as the all time leading modified feature race winner at the Berks County oval. The 20-lap Late Model feature race was won by Chris Shuey for his third of the season.
Schaffer went to the front at the drop of the green from his fourth place starting position. And an early race caution put Jeff Strunk, the current track modified point leader and New England Region point leader, to the back of the pack.
At the 13 lap mark Schaffer is busy trying to hold off Barry Readinger and Jeff Strunk was working his way through the 29 car field running in 15th.
On lap 23 the caution was out for debris and that allowed the field to again close up on the fleet running Schaffer. With five laps to go Meme DeSantis spun putting him to the rear after running as high as fourth and bringing out the caution for the final time.
The final five laps saw Schaffer hold off the challenge of two feature winner Doug Manmiller to get his 49th career victory on the banked, one-third-mile clay oval. The Woxall, PA racer picked up $2,200 for his winning efforts.
In victory lane Schaffer had tears in his eyes as he thanked his crew, his car owner and Speed Palace (it was the first ever victory for a Speed Palace built car at Grandview Speedway).
Manmiller (Wyomissing) finished second just a scant few feet behind the winner while Mike Gular (Harleysville) got his best finish of the season, perhaps his career, grabbing third. Jeff Strunk (Bethel) came from last, after the early race incident and a tire problem, to grab an impressive fourth place finish. Fifth went to multi-time track champion Craig VonDohren (Oley).
In the 20-lap main event for Late Model stock cars John Durling had the early lead with Harry Neiman Jr. grabbing the top spot on the second lap. A fourth lap multi-car tangle brought out the caution and Neiman again grabbed command on the restart. With six laps in the record book Chris Shuey moved into the picture challenging Neiman and just two laps later Shuey was in front of the pack to stay.
Shuey, who calls Orefield, PA home, was able to hold off Ron Kline for the final few laps to grab the win in the Salvage Transports Services #56, his third win of the season. Second spot went to Kline (Salfordville) followed by Jason Miller (teammate to Shuey from New Tripoli), Harry Neiman Jr. (Pottstown) and John Durling (Bernville).
Qualifying heat races for the Late Models went to Doug Walton, Harry Neiman Jr. and Chris Shuey while the consolation race was won by Steve Todorow.
Five qualifying heat races for 57 modifieds had wins going to Ray Swinehart, Mike Gular, Barry Readinger, Doug Manmiller and Craig VonDohren. Consolation races were won by Todd Marburger, Terry Meitzler and Kevin Hirthler.
The Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash worth $440 was won by Craig VonDohren.