BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 10, 2004 . . . Kerry Kratz is excited, very excited, about racing in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified events at Grandview Speedway. He can hardly wait for the Patriot Bank sponsored opening night at the one-third-mile, banked clay oval on Saturday, April 3rd, 6 p.m. The NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models, at least 13 events, will be presented topped off by a 40-lap feature for the Modifieds.
The veteran racer has always been a consistent performer at the popular Bechtelsville track. The 35-year-old speedster has won more than a dozen feature events during his career at Grandview Speedway.
After a half season of learning to work with a new team Kratz is optimistic that his new DUP Motorsports team will be in victory lane before the season goes too far and he would be disappointed if the Donnie Derr owned Dirt Wheels No.1K Modified is not in the thick of the battle for the lucrative track and NASCAR titles. Last season Jeff Strunk won the NASCAR Modified title and that was worth more than $30,000 in end of the season cash awards.
Last year Kratz sat out the first half of the season after parting with his former car owner. And the second part of the year he spent “learning the ropes” with the new team. The team was close to be a feature winner in 2003.
“Getting a win for Donnie (and his family Janie and Kelly) would make me happy. He has given me the best equipment to get the job done. I will be disappointed if we don’t get a feature win or more and finish in the top five in the final point standings. Of course winning the Grandview championship would be great,” said Kratz. “We have a great team effort here and we are even talking about running a few races at Big Diamond this season.”
And Kratz gives a lot of credit to his wife Trina for her support. “It takes a special woman to put up with all the time that I have to spend away from the family for racing,” commented the talented racer. He and Trina have two children. There is Aaron, age 6, who is racing quarter midgets with the Phoenixville, PA organization and a daughter, Nicole, just 3 years old but already a big booster of dad’s racing efforts.
“There is a lot of tough competition at Grandview Speedway. You have to have a good team and luck helps. I think we are up for it. I can’t wait for opening night (April 3),” said Kratz.
Major sponsorship comes from Spunktown Tavern (Boyertown), Zgura’s Concrete Services, K.C.Stoves & Fireplaces, Hopko Excavating and T.J.R.Racing Engines. While associate supporters include Robert’s Dry Cleaning, Macungie Pub, Steven L. Wetzel Quality Electrical Work, Oak Grove Trailer Park and Campground, Saylor Landscaping, Total Performance & Collision Center, Stan Smith’s Garage, Frey’s Country Store, Pat White Realty and Elite Fitness.
On Saturday, March 27th, 12 noon, there will be a free-to-the-public practice session open to all racers planning to compete at Grandview Speedway in 2004.
Information on racing at Grandview Speedway, kicking off their 42nd season of stock car racing, is available at 610.754.7688 or visit their website at Fans are invited to visit the website and sign up to be on the track mailing list and have the opportunity to win some free prizes during the season.
The track is located just off Route 100 on Passmore Road, 10 miles north of Pottstown in Bechtelsville, PA.