Race Results 04/12/2003Grandview PR
MEME DESANTIS AND JASON MILLER WIN PATRIOT BANK NASCAR SEASON OPENER AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA APRIL 12, 2003 . . . Coming from 18th starting spot in the 29 car starting field Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA was able to win the Patriot Bank sponsored 40-lap opening night feature for NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series Modified stock cars at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Jason Miller, Germansville, PA was able to win the 20-lap feature for the Late Model stock cars.
A first lap incident put both Tom Mayberry and Billy Pauch out of the modified feature race action. Craig VonDohren had the Devine Transport wholesale mlb jerseys #70D in front of the pack at the start of the 40-lap feature that was offering $4,000 to the winner. At the midway point VonDohren, a multi time champion at Grandview Speedway, was still in charge but getting heavy pressure from defending champion Jeff Strunk and Meme DeSantis who had charged up from 18th starting spot.
With 23 laps in the record book DeSantis was able to wholesale MLB jerseys put the Norm’s Save Station/Davis Insurance entry in front of the pack. Two laps later Kevin Hartnett brought out the caution stopping in the third turn. On the restart VonDohren was back in front but that was short lived as just two laps later DeSantis put the Norm Hansell owned machine in front of the pack.
In the final five laps of the feature DeSantis had a new challenger in Ray Swinehart who came from 23rd starting spot to wholesale NBA jerseys take second. The two ran side-by-side several times, Swinehart edged to the front but could not hold the position and when it was over former track champion Swinehart (Bechtelsville) had to settle for second to Meme DeSantis.
Third spot went to Craig Toxic VonDohren (Oley) followed by defending track champion Jeff Strunk (Bethel) and CHALLENGE! Jon Kellner (Lansdale).
The 20-lap feature for the Late Models had 26 cars start with a few being 04/05/2003 eliminated in a first lap accident. Ray Swinehart, doing double duty running both modifieds and late models, put the Bernheisel chassis, Dames Chevy sponsored #33 Data in front of the pack. It was all Swinehart for the first eight laps with Jason Miller coming from fourth to take the lead on the eighth lap. Once in front, after a little dicing with Swinehart, Miller was able to increase his lead a little each lap and end up with almost a front stretch lead on the field at the finish. Second spot went to Swinehart followed by last season’s multi time feature winner Randy Stoudt (Pottstown), defending late model champion Lou Egrie (Willow Grove) and Rick Todorow (Quakertown).
The late model feature was dotted by numerous cautions with no one being injured.
Qualifying heats for the close to 60 modifieds on hand went to Tom Mayberry, Jason Andrews, Craig VonDohren, Jason Smythe and Danny Erb. The consolation races were won by Ryan Watt, Kenny Gilmore and Ray Swinehart while the $300-to-win Cash Dash went to VonDohren.
In the Late Model qualifiers for the more than 30 cars on hand wins went to Ray Swinehart, Ron Kline and Junior Grebe while the consolation race was won by Sam Schlosberg.