JEFF STRUNK WINS T.H.PROPERTIES FREEDOM 76 WORTH $20,000 PLUSGrandview PR
The Bethel, PA racer, a four time track champion, complimented second place finisher Meme DeSantis on his clean driving efforts as the two battle closely a few time for the top spot. As usual Strunk gave his crew and his car owner, Chad Sinon, much of the credit for the winning effort as he celebrated the win in victory lane.
Shawn Reimert charged to the green leading the 40 car starting field through the first turn and set the pace for the first 12 laps. Jeff Strunk, starting 8th by luck of the draw, came to the front of the pack on the 13th circuit after surviving numerous cautions and red flags for a variety of accidents.
Meme DeSantis, driving the Dina tale #11D after parting ways with car owner Norm Hansell and the #357 Modified which the team had won numerous races including a Freedom 76, charged from his 14th starting spot to 2nd and was challenging Strunk. On several restarts DeSantis was able to go side-by-side with the leader only to have to settle back in second spot.
At 32 laps with Strunk and DeSantis still in the top two spots Jon Kellner had moved up to third only to have sparks flying out the rear and the Hutts Glass #85AM coming to a stop in the third turn done for the night.
At the halfway mark the top five had Strunk in front, racking up the lap sponsorship money, DeSantis second followed by Craig VonDohren who charged through the pack from 31st starting position, Kevin Harnett coming from 19th starting spot and Kyle Weiss.
Two laps later a mandatory fuel stop brought the field to a stop. Almost half the 40 starters had been eliminated because of mechanical woes and accidents.
On the restart Jeff Strunk, choosing the outside of the front row, charged out in front of the pack with DeSantis and VonDohren following.
At the 47 lap marker Kevin Hartnett got around VonDohren to take third and start reeling in DeSantis.
The final 29 laps saw Strunk keep control, with DeSantis (Temple) making a charge for first on a couple of caution flag restarts but falling short. Kevin Hartnett (Perkasie) put pressure on DeSantis but time ran out and he had to settle for third when the checkered flag fell. Craig VonDohren (Oley) came home fourth. Mike Gular (Harleysville), who visited the pit area a couple times, pulled off a strong effort to finish fifth. Less than half the starting field of 40 cars was around at the finish of the 76 lap event.
Qualifying events for the more than 80 cars that showed up to earn starting spots in the race were won by Danny Erb, Bobby Trapper, Rick Laubach, Donny Erb, Meme DeSantis, Mike Gular, Ron Solomon Jr. and Danny Johnson. Brian Weaver won the first consolation with Larry Solomon tops in the second consolation.
The Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20, starting 20 cars, was won by Jason Hamilton followed by Barry Readinger, Billy Pauch Jr., Jack Hartnett and Kenny Gilmore. The top five finishers earned starting spots in the T.H.Properties Freedom 76.
Meme DeSantis made winning look easy as he topped the 11 car starting field in the Cheers Tavern Cash Dash. The victory earned DeSantis $1000.
Coming up on Saturday, September 18th is open competition modified and late model stock car racing starting at 7 p.m. The annual open competition events feature a number of outsiders who want to test the