JEFF STRUNK GETS FIFTH WIN WHILE RON KLINE GETS SECOND VICTORY IN NASCAR STOCK CAR RACING AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAYGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 16, 2006 . . . Giving high praise to the track conditions five time NASCAR track champion Jeff Strunk celebrated his fifth win of the season on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. The Bethel, PA racer came from 13th starting spot to win the 30-lap USG NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified feature race.
In the companion 20-lap main event for NASCAR Late Models Ron Kline of East Greenville, PA drove to his second win of the season as he continues to defend his championship won in 2005.
Greg Humlhanz took the lead in the 30-lap Modified main event at the drop of the green and set the pace for 22 laps holding off challenges from Barry Readinger, Sean Merkel and Terry Meitzler. However on the 22nd circuit of the one-third-mile, clay banked oval Meitzler, a former Modified champion, drove to the front with Jeff Strunk close behind. For the next few laps there was a wild, fan pleasing three car battle for the top spot between Meitzler, Strunk and five time champion Craig VonDohen. At the 28-lap marker Strunk put his Will?s Equipment Painting/Big Spring Car Wash No. 88 in front of the pack and set the pace for the balance of the 30-lap main event with Meitzler close behind.
The win was worth $2,200 for Strunk and continued his quest for a sixth track title. He has won in four of his last five appearances at Grandview.
Strunk dedicated the win to his car owner, Will Swoyer, who is currently in the hospital with some health problems.
Second spot went to Meitzler (Kutztown) followed by Craig VonDohren (Oley) for one of his best efforts of the season. VonDohren came from 14th starting spot. Last week?s feature winner Doug Man miller (Wyomissing) gained a fourth place finish coming from 16th. Steve Swinehart (Bechtelsville) had a strong effort as the youngster gained a fifth place.
Unofficially Meme DeSantis earned the CornerStone Auto Sales Hard Charger Award coming from 24th to finish seventh, a gain of 17 positions.
Four time Late Model champion Dean Stoudt lead the charge to the first turn when the green flag was unfurled by starter Ray Kemp for the 20-lap Late Model feature. Stoudt, looking like the champion of old, set the pace for the first four laps. Buddy Wharton got to the front when Stoudt had some problems in the first turn. Wharton?s front running position was short-lived as Ron Kline, coming from fifth starting spot, went to the front with his own V&M Towing Service No. 3. However the real excitement started when four feature winner and two time Late Model champion Randy Stoudt charged up to challenge Kline. The final five laps saw the duo run side-by-side in a battle for the victory At the finish Kline had a slim lead on challenger Stoudt who had to settle for second.
Kline said in victory lane that Stoudt brings something out in you and that makes you run harder. He also pointed out that the battle that he and Stoudt put on was what keeps bringing fans back to Grandview Speedway.
Randy Stoudt (Pottstown) was second followed by Harry Neiman (Bower Beach, DE) who came up to challenge the top two in the final laps. In fourth was Firecracker 40 winner Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) and Buddy Wharton (Birdsboro) finished fifth.
Qualifying heat wins for Modified racers as part of USG Night went to Chris Esposito, Greg Humlhanz, Steve Swinehart, Craig VonDohren and Barry Readinger. Consolation victories were earned by Tommy Sheetz Jr., Danny Erb and Tracy Readinger.
Late Model qualifiers went to Chuck Schutz and Brian Shuey.
DIRT Super Series Big Block Modifieds will be featured in the Traffic Jam 100 on Wednesday, July 19th at 7:30 p.m. Also included in the show will be the 600 Modifieds.
Hatfield Quality Meats will sponsor the Saturday, July 22nd show with the NASCAR Modifieds, 600 Modifieds and Late Models taking part in at least 13 big events of