STRUNK AND SCHUTZ HONORED AS CHAMPIONS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY BANQUETGrandview PR
It was a very lucrative night for Bethel, PA?s Strunk and his car owner Chad Sinon, a successful Blue Bell, PA businessman, as they received $10,000 for winning the track championship in addition to NASCAR point fund money and $21,500 as third place finisher in the NASCAR New England Regional point battle. Grandview Speedway track owner Bruce Rogers and his son, Kenny, who assists him with the operation of the track, presented the huge trophies and checks. Grandview continues to be the only track in the area that offers two separate point funds for the competitiors.
Strunk also received a custom created championship ring along with a trip for two to Aruba. The trip, valued at more than $3,000, is a special perk, a token of appreciation for the driver?s support, offered to the Modified champion each year by the Rogers family.
The four time Modified champion tallied 4946 points and had five feature wins on his way to the 2004 championship. Craig VonDohren (Oley) finished second with 4844 points (two wins) while Meme DeSantis of Temple, PA was third with 4477 counters and two wins.
Ten different drivers were able to win features this season out of the total of 20 NASCAR Modified features run.
Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) and his car owner Ty Zeigler celebrated a second championship for Schutz and picked up point fund money from Grandview Speedway and sanctioning organization NASCAR.
Schutz won one feature and tallied 5260 points as he was able to top defending champion Randy Stoudt (Pottstown) by more than 500 points. Stoudt, winner of 5 features, earned 4725 points in NASCAR sanctioned events. Third spot went to Ron Kline of Salfordville with 4460 counters and two main event wins.
Schutz has announced that he will not return to defend his title as he plans to “take to the road” racing on the traveling late model circuits with Hagerstown, MD Speedway being a regulars stop.
The top twenty drivers and top ten car owners in each division were honored during the evening of awards.
Representing NASCAR was Kevin Nevalainen who presented awards to the top three finishers in each division, a special 4th place award for Chuck Schutz in the New England Regional ShorTrack point chased and to Craftsman Regional Mechanic Award winner Ken Sandman.
Chris Shuey got the lion?s share of $1050 in bonus money presented by Bill Devine/Devine Transport to the drivers winning the most Late Model qualifying heat races during the season. Shuey had eight wins. Others sharing in the loot were Jr. Grebe and Steve Todorow sharing second place while Harry Neiman, Brian Shuey and Jason Miller shared third place.
And Craig VonDohren, winner of seven Modified qualifying heats, picked up $1000 from D&S Archery of Barto and Rossi Welding of Reading, PA.
Rookie of the Year honors went to Jimmy Reppert (Modifieds) and Mike Kellner (Late Models).
The Most Improved Driver Award was presented to Mike Gular in the Modifieds and veteran Brian Shuey in the Late Model division.
Amanda Spotts earned the Best Newcomer Award in Modifieds while young Jesse Willman got the honor in Late Models.
The Hard Luck Awards, the award most racers do not want to earn, went to Bill Henning in Late Models and John Willman in Modifieds.
Modified racer Doug Manmiller was a happy recipient of the Sportsmanship Award in the Modifieds and the same