BECHTELSVILLE, PA MARCH 25, 2004 . . . Three time Grandview Speedway NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified champion Jeff Strunk wants to be a four time champion and this year he wants to add the NASCAR New England Regional Championship.
Strunk will kick off his championship chase this Saturday, April 3, 6 p.m. with the running of the Patriot Bank sponsored doubleheader show of NASCAR Modifieds and Late Model stock cars. Topping the night will be a 40-lap feature for the Modifieds as part of the celebration of the start of the 42nd season of professional stock car racing on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval. The 35-year-old veteran racer, starting his 25th season of racing competition (having started in go karts at age 10); will be at the wheel of a new Bicknell chassis racer owned by Chad Sinon Motorsports.
“We want to win more features this season. More feature wins will help us in our efforts to win a fourth track title and certainly go a long way in winning a rich regional title (worth close to $50,000 at the end of the season). We also need to be consistent just as we have been in the past. That is what earned us a track title here last season and got us a second in the regionals,” said the Bechtelsville native.
“The Rogers Family treats the champion like a king. There is a track point fund, the NASCAR money, championship ring, the Champion’s Trip (last year he and his guest cruised to Western Mexico courtesy of Bruce and Theresa Rogers), and more. I like being treated like a king. It is great to race at Grandview because they treat all the racers so well.”
Strunk will have three brand new cars at his disposal. One new one will be the primary car at Grandview with an older car serving as a back-up. And the other two new Bicknell chassis racers will have big block engines in place and will be used in the D.I.R.T. Motorsports Southeastern Tour events (Strunk plans to run them all and Grandview Speedway will host a couple of them) and the other new car will be ready for some additional special events.
Strunk also plans to kick off the season running some of the early season events at Big Diamond Raceway and then, perhaps, trying some other tracks. “It all depends on how we do there the first few weeks,” said Strunk.
Joining Jeff for the opener on April 3rd at Grandview Speedway, as a teammate, will be his younger brother Glenn. At present this is just a one race deal for Glenn. And as announced earlier in the year Bob Trapper will be a season long teammate with Strunk at the Bechtelsville oval.
Of course Jeff will have plenty of competition in the form of such standouts as Craig VonDohren, Meme DeSantis, Kerry Kratz, Kenny Gilmore, Kevin Hartnett, Ray Swinehart, Ryan Watt and a host of others.
Racers are reminded that all cars must be signed in by 4 p.m. on each of the early season race nights that start at 6 p.m.
Grandview Speedway management has also announced that at least six events will be carried tape-delayed on Lehigh Valley’s RCN4 cable television network. The April 17, May 22, June 26, July 10, August 7 and August 18th events will all be shown in two hour shows on the popular network that reaches more than 100,000 homes in the Lehigh Valley (including Allentown, PA).
Each of the events will be shown a few days after the events are presented and then shown in replay a few times after the original broadcast date.
Area Auto Racing News writer Randy Kane, National Speed Sport News columnist Gary London and freelance photographer Mike Feltenberger will make up the RCN-TV broadcast crew.
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For race information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at