JEFF STRUNK AND JOHN GIESLER WIN MAVERICK MOTORCYCLE NIGHT FEATURESGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA AUGUST 14, 2005 . . . Four time track champion and current NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified point leader Jeff Strunk looked like he might have to settle for second on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway with seven laps to go in the 30-lap feature and Meme DeSantis was leading. However a left front flat tire discovered by track officials on a caution restart sent DeSantis to the pits and Jeff Strunk to the front of the pack and he was able to ride to his fourth NASCAR Modified feature win of the season and pretty much put on a lock on his fifth track title.
In the 20-lapper for NASCAR Late Models John Giesler seemed to be content with what looked like a sure second place finish to Randy Stoudt when Stoudt had something break in the second turn while leading give the lead to Giesler. And for the final two laps of the 20-lap feature the Aston, PA racer was able to hold off the challenge of Brian Shuey and collect his first feature win since April, 1998.
In the 30-lapper for the NASCAR Modifieds, sponsored by the Mavericks Motorcycle Club, young Todd Smith lead the first lap with Sean Merkel taking the lead on the second circuit of the one-third-mile, clay banked oval. Surviving a variety of spins and a major pileup Merkel stayed in front of the field until the 17th lap. Meme DeSantis charged to the front on a caution restart and looked like he had what it would take to be the feature winner holding off the pinball action of Strunk, Merkel, Tom Mayberry and Craig VonDohren as they swapped positions.
Earlier in the feature DeSantis had been told by officials that he had a left front tire gone soft. On a 23rd lap restart after a caution officials told DeSantis that the tire was flat on his Eastern Rigging No. 11 and, based on track rules, he would have to take it to the pits giving the lead to Jeff Strunk.
Once in front Strunk, driving the BPG Racing/Chad Sinon Motorsports NO. 88, was able to hold off challenges from former track champion Tom Mayberry and Craig VonDohren to grab his fourth win of the season and pretty much give him his fifth track title with only three point events left to run. Second spot went to Mayberry (Sellersville) followed by VonDohren (0ley), Terry Meitzler (Kutztown) and Ryan Watt (Phoenixville).
Unofficially Strunk also earned a $100 Hard Charger bonus from Tom Oates Chevrolet of Chester Springs, Pa for coming from 18th starting spot to finish first.
The 20-lapper for the Late Models also had a wild finish with John Giesler, who lead the first lap coming back to lead the final two and get a win. Mike Kellner took the lead from the Aston, PA auto repair shop owner and set the pace until the 8th lap when Junior Grebe moved to the front after a caution restart.
At the 10th lap Grebe was challenged by five feature winner Randy Stoudt and the two put on quite a side-by-side battle for the top spot. At 17 laps with Stoudt edging out front Grebe lost control in turn two and bounced on top of a couple of infield tire markers putting him out for the night. One lap later Stoudt, looking like a sure winner, suddenly came to a stop in turn two and had to be towed off the track. Giesler got his lead back with two laps to go, held off the charge of Brian Shuey (Hamburg), and the two crossed the finish line with Giesler taking the win. Third spot went to two time champion Lou Egrie (Willow Grove) followed by four time champion Dean Stoudt (East Greenville) and Steve Sennott (Gilbertsville).
The entire 16 event show was run off in three and one half hours including a close to 30 minute power failure brought on by an exploding transformer down the road from the track.
Qualifying heat races for the Late Models were won by Dean Stoudt, Sean Merkel and Mike Kellner while Mark Malcom was given the Consolation victory. Sean Merkel won the Jim Brown Cash Dash.