Race Results 09/06/2003


BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 6, 2003 . . . Three feature races and three different winners was the story at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Young Ryan Watt of Phoenixville, PA wheeled the Knauer Bros. Garage #14W to victory, his first career win, in the first 20-lap feature for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modifieds. In the 20-lapper for NASCAR Late Models Chuck Schutz of Pottstown drove the Total Rentals #1 to his fourth win of the season. And in the finale of the BPG Racing/Chad Sinon Motorsports Night Tom Mayberry of Sellersville took the Ray Swinehart owned Jerry Dames Chevy #33T to a victory, his first since September, 2001, in the 20-lap NASCAR Modified feature race.
Danny Erb was quick away from the starting line for the 29 car starting field in the first 20-lapper for NASCAR Modifieds. Ryan Watt moved up to challenge the leader with just four laps in the record book and two on track incidents had put Shawn Reimert and Terry Meitzler out of action. At the 5 lap marker Danny Erb got high and Watt took advantage of the opportunity to move in front of the field. Meme DeSantis, the point leader, was involved in a “minor tangle” with Erb midway through the event sending him to the back of the pack.
Watt was able to hold on for his first career victory while Kevin Hartnett (Perkasie) who had challenged him for the top spot for much of the second half of the feature had to settle for second. Third spot went Jeff Strunk (Bethel) followed by Kenny Gilmore (Fleetwood) and Mike Gular (Harleysville).
In the 20-lapper for the Late Model stock cars Mike Wunderlich was quick to take command of things and set the pace. The rookie racer was able to keep charge until the eighth circuit of the one-third-mile clay oval when Chuck Schutz, who had charged up from 11th starting spot, moved in front. And once in front there just was no one who could Schutz down as he rode to a comfortable win, his fourth of the season. Second spot went to Randy Stoudt (Pottstown) who came up from 17th starting spot. In third was Junior Grebe (Boyertown) and Wunderlich (Hatfield) finished in fourth while former champion John Durling (Reading) earned a fifth place finish.
It just was not point leader Meme DeSantis’ night as he tangled with two other competitors on the first lap and had to go to the back of the pack, giving up a fifth place starting position. On the restart, actually the first lap, Tom Mayberry came from 6th to take the top spot with Kevin Hirthler close behind. For much of the first half it was the Mayberry and Hirthler show with Jeff Strunk in third. At the 14 lap mark Strunk was able to get by Hirthler and start his chase to the leader. Despite several restarts because of cautions Mayberry was able to hold on to the top spot and ride to victory, a very popular win with the fans. Second went to Strunk (Bethel) followed by Kevin Hirthler (Green Lane), Jon Kellner (Lansdale) and Craig VonDohren ( Oley).
DeSantis, with an 11th and a 14th place finish was able to hold on to his championship chase point lead with a 13 point edge, unofficially, over Jeff Strunk. However in the chase for the $45,000 NASCAR New England Regional title things may be different. Official standings will not be available until Tuesday (September 9). There is just one more point race remaining at Grandview Speedway.
With close to 60 modifieds in the pits qualifying event wins went to Danny Erb, Doug Manmiller, Jeff Strunk, Terry Meitzler and Mike Gular. The consolation races were won by Kevin Hirthler, Tom Mayberry and Kerry Kratz. Taking the win in the $500 to win Cash Dash was Terry Meitzler.
Qualifying heat races for the Late Models were won Chuck Schutz, John Durling and Doug Walton. The consolation race went to Steve Sennott who had won the feature the previous week.