Race Results 08/30/2003


Bechtelsville, PA August 31, 2003 . . . Former Modified champion Terry Meitzler, relative Late Model newcomer Steve Sennott and current Modified point leader Meme DeSantis all won NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series feature events at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night as part of Kreiser Race Fuels Night.
In the first 20 lap main event for NASCAR Modifieds Cliff Quinn set the pace for the start for the 29 car starting field. On the second lap Jon Kellner Jr. put his Hutt’s Glass Co. entry in front of the pack and looked like he might be able to gain his first career feature win. The youngster was able survive several cautions and hold off several challenges until the ninth lap when former champion Terry Meitzler got the number one spot.
Jeff Strunk came up from 14th starting spot to challenge Meitzler in the final laps only to fall short with Meitzler putting the Giels Automotive #61 in victory lane. It was the first win for the Kutztown racer since May 12, 2001. Strunk (Bethel) earned a strong second place finish while young Jon Kellner, Jr. (Lansdale) held on for an impressive third place finish. Shawn Reimert (Oley) grabbed fourth with Kevin Hartnett (Perkasie) getting fifth.
In the 20-lap feature for NASCAR Late Models Mike Wunderlich was in front the 26 car starting field for just two laps before former champion John Durling charged to the front. At seven laps completed four feature winner Chris Shuey went to the front and four laps later Steve Sennott came on to challenge for the lead.
At the 19-lap marker Sennott was able to put his Kochel Equipment sponsored #61 in front of the field and hold off strong final lap challenges by Shuey to get the victory. For the Gilbertsville based driver it was his first career victory. Shuey (Orefield) finished second followed by Randy Stoudt (Pottstown), Bill Henning (Lansale0 and Terry Snyder (Green Lane).
Sennott is the son of Chuck Sennott, an outstanding late model racer at Grandview Speedway who was fatally injured in a racing accident at Delaware International Speedway almost two years ago.
Bill Pauch led the field to the green in the second 20-lap feature for the Modifieds. Pauch got the pole starting spot when the first 12 finishers in the first 20 lapper were inverted for the second race and Pauch had finished 12th. Meme DeSantis was quick to come to the front to challenge Pauch for the lead. And the two spent most of the event dicing for the top spot with Pauch running the high groove and DeSantis choosing to stick close to the edge of the infield. DeSantis did get credit for the lead on lap six and never gave it up even though he and Pauch ran side-by-side for many laps.
At the finish it was DeSantis putting the Norm’s Save Station #357 in front of the field. The victory was the fifth of the season for the Temple resident. Second spot was earned by Doug Manmiller of Wyomissing in a late race rally getting by Billy Pauch (Frenchtown, NJ) who had to settle for third. Tracy Readinger of Oley got fourth after having run as high a second and challenged for the top spot. Shawn Reimert (Oley) settled for a fifth place finish.
The combination of a ninth and a first place finish for DeSantis and a second and ninth for Strunk gave DeSantis 3383 points in the chase for the Grandview Speedway modified title and Strunk has 3367. Just three point races remain.
The point standings for the NASCAR New England Regional Standings will not be available until Tuesday of this week.
Qualifying events for the 52 Modifieds on hand were won by Todd Marburger, Craig VonDohren, Kevin Hirthler, Doug Manmiller and Kenny Gilmore. The consolation races were won by Craig VonDohren (he had to scratch the car he won the heat with from the night’s activities because of mechanical problems and qualify a backup car in the consolation event), Rich Wisdo and Billy P