STRUNK AND STOUDT WIN AGAIN AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY NIGHTGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 30, 2006.?.The weather wasn?t the only thing that was hot at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Jeff Strunk showed he is the hottest talent at Grandview right now as he came from 16th starting spot to win his sixth NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified feature as part of 3M Night presented by Jesse Baro Trucking. Randy Stoudt was able to come on strong in the final laps of the 20-lapper for NASCAR Late Models to win his fifth of the season.
Cliff Quinn lead the 32 car starting field to the green and set the pace for the first 11 laps with Ray Swinehart charging to the front and he looked as if his No. 33 PK Moyer sponsored Modified was the car to beat. He and challenger Craig VonDohren, having come from 14th starting spot, put on quite a battle for the top spot. At the 19 lap marker Swinehart had the engine quit between three and four putting him out of the race and giving the lead to five time track champion VonDohren.
While all this was going on five time champ Jeff Strunk was making his way to the front from his 16th starting spot and moved up to challenge VonDohren with 20 laps in the record book.
With 24 laps complete Steve Swinehart and Chris Esposito had their own personal feud going on that had officials sending them to the pits. The incident caused a caution and on the restart Strunk, who calls Bethel home, was able to put the Gold Rush Custom Trailers/Touch of Green No. 126 Modified in front and lead the rest the of the laps to claim the $2,200 first place money. Second spot went to VonDohren (Oley) followed by Tom Umbenhauer (Richland), Mike Gular (Harleysville) and Danny Erb (Boyertown).
Point leader Doug Manmiller spun in turn four late in the race and had to be towed to the pits. Jon Kellner, Sr. one of the top three in the standings was sent to the pits midway in the race for bringing out an intentional caution. When the night?s action was over Meme DeSantis moved back in front of the point standings with just a narrow margin over Manmiller while Kellner maintained third spot.
Strunk had high praise for his Larry Lombardo aluminum cylinder head motor but said they needed to work on the handling of the chassis. He was also quick to praise the track surface saying, ?You could not ask for a better surface.?
Meme DeSantis earned the CornerStone Auto Sales Hard Charger Award starting 32nd (using a provisional) and charging through the pack to earn a ninth place finish in the Modified feature race.
Lou Egrie, a two time Late Model champion, looked like he was going to win his first of the season as he lead the field to the green, survived a multi car accident on the first lap, and set the pace for eight laps. Chuck Schutz, coming from 11th starting spot, took over the top spot with nine laps complete with Egrie and two time champion Randy Stoudt challenging. With 14 laps in the record book Stoudt was able to put his Rogers Auto Parts/TP Trailers No. 22 in front of the pack and that is where the Pottstown racer stayed until the checkered flag flew. Chuck Schutz, also a two time champion from Pottstown, finished second followed by Lou Eqrie (Willow Grove), Brian Shuey (Hamburg) and Rick Todorow (Quakertown).
Stoudt praised the strong effort by Schutz in Victory Lane and told fans he was awful on the bottom of the track and he was able to gain the victory much because of Schutz choosing the low groove. He pointed out that he it was great to see a two groove race track again at Grandview.
Qualifying heat wins for the Modifieds were earned by Colt Harris, Ray Swinehart, Don Norris Jr., Rich Wisdo and Sean Merkel. Consolation wins went to Rick Schaffer, Ryan Watt and Kevin Hirthler. Qualifying event wins in the Late Models were taken by Lou Egrie, Brian Shuey and Mike Kellner.
The Stauffer Construction Forrest Rogers Memorial, a 50-lap classic for NASCAR Modifie