STRUNK AND SHUEY WIN NASCAR FEATURES AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAYGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA July 1, 2007 . . . Three of the best NASCAR Modified racers battled for the win on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway with five time track champion Jeff Strunk taking his second win of the season. Strunk, at the wheel of the Gold Rush Trailers No. 126, had a comfortable lead as he crossed the finish line in the 30-lap Allstate Insurance NASCAR Whelen All American Series Modified feature. The Mohnton, PA racer picked up $2,700 for his second win of the season with $500 coming from Hellertown, PA Allstate Insurance agent Kurt Ridgway.
The 20-lap main event for the NASCAR Late Models was won by Brian Shuey of Shoemakersville, PA driving the Bob Fisher Chevrolet sponsored No. 5. Shuey picked up an extra $200 for his win courtesy of Allstate.
Veteran racer Randy Bailey charged to the front of the pack at the drop of the green and set the pace for five of the first six laps and survived a variety of cautions for on-track incidents. On the sixth circuit of the one-third-mile, banked clay oval Jeff Strunk, coming from 11th starting spot, took over the top spot and that is where he stayed for the balance of the 30-lap main event.
Randy Bailey, the early leader, dropped out with about one-third of the race complete. Duane Howard, the current NASCAR Modified point leader, came up from 12th to challenge Strunk. At the 12 lap marker it was Strunk, Howard and Meme DeSantis battling for the top spot and that continued until the finish.
DeSantis moved into second with little more than half the laps completed but Howard came back with just a lap to go to grab the second finishing position. The second place kept Oley based Howard in front of the track point standings. DeSantis (Temple) finished third followed by Doug Manmiller (Shoemakersville) and Mike Gular (East Greenville).
Last week?s feature winner Craig VonDohren was involved in a first heat incident that caused damage on his Stauffer Construction No.1c entry that could not be repaired and he was out for the night.
In victory lane Strunk pointed out that he stuck to the low groove because the track was in excellent shape down there.
Three time Late Model champion John Giesler looked as if he might be on his way to his first win of the season as he set the pace for more than half of the 20-lap Late Model feature. Brian Shuey, coming from 10th starting spot and surviving a few ?full moon? incidents on the track, took the lead on the 12th circuit and held off the hard charging efforts of relative newcomer Wayne Pfeil (Mohnton) to pick up his first win of the season.
An early race accident saw Greg Hoffmaster roll his No. 69 and Randy Stoudt suffer enough damage on his TP Trailers No. 10 to keep him from finishing. Stoudt was third in the point standings going into the night?s events.
Finishing third behind Shuey and Pfeil was defending champion Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) followed by John Giesler (Aston) and Dean Stoudt (East Greenville).
Qualifying heat races in the NASCAR Modifieds were won by Duane Howard, Sean Merkel, Danny Erb and Meme DeSantis while consolation race victories were taken by Mike Gular and Rick Schaffer.
In qualifiers for the Late Models the wins were earned by Rick Todorow, Chuck Schutz and Ron Kline.
The Cornerstone Auto Sales of Fleetwood, PA Hard Charger Awards went to Kerry Kratz who gained 17 positions in the Modified feature race and Jamie Undercoffler who gained 10 positions from his last starting spot to 13th in the Late Model feature race.
More than 70 fans went home with a variety of prizes including one winner who received tickets to the Pennsylvania 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Pocono Raceway in August courtesy of Kurt Ridgeway Allstate Insurance Co. in Hellertown, PA.
FIREWORKS will be a big attraction at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, July 7th as part of Norris Mechanica