STRUNK GETS SEVENTH WIN, SCHUTZ EARNS HIS SECOND BIG WIN AT GRANDVIEWGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 20, 2006 . . . ?We either win or not qualify seems to be our way at Grandview,? said five time track Modified champion Jeff Strunk after charging to his seventh win of the season taking the 30-lap Allstate NASCAR Modified feature on Saturday night. It was the seventh win of the season for the Bethel, PA racer after missing qualifying for the feature for two weeks in a row.
The 30-lap NASCAR Late Model feature, run in memory of former track employees Carol Heckman and Jerry Glase along with Chuck Sennott who was an outstanding Late Model stock car racing, had one of the closest finishes seen at Grandview in a long time. Chuck Schutz of Pottstown was able to hold on for the win despite a serious challenge by Ron Kline on the final lap that saw him fall short by the narrowest of margin.
Tommy Sheetz Jr. (Boyertown) looked as if he was going to have the greatest night of his life in NASCAR Modified racing as he went to the front on the drop of the green and lead all the laps up to and including the 27th circuit of the 30-lap feature race. While Sheetz was set the pace and holding off challenges from a variety of racers, looking for his first career victory, Jeff Strunk was charging toward the front with his Gold Rush Trailers #126. Strunk had started 14th and was running in the top five by the 16th lap and was challenging for the lead with four laps to go. The two had been going back and forth with the lead but with 28 laps down Strunk was in front to stay to pick up the $2350 first place money which included a $150 bonus from Allstate. The win his 40th career victory at the Bechtelsville oval
Strunk told fans from victory lane that he had run the last ten laps without front brakes.
. Second spot went to Tommy Sheetz Jr. for his best effort ever in NASCAR Modified feature racing. He made Strunk word hard for the win. Third place as earned by Craig VonDohren (Oley) followed by Steve Swinehart (Bechtelsville) and Doug Man miller (Wyomissing).
With his fifth place finish Manmiller retained just a 26 point edge over VonDohren in his quest for his first NASCAR Modified title with just two point events remaining.
VonDohren did earn the CarCorner Auto Sales Hard Charger Award coming from 21st to finish 3rd earning him $50.
The Late Model 30-lapper, paying $1000 to win plus some other bonus dollars awards, had Lou Egrie in front at the drop of the green. Egrie, who has challenged for victories the last three weeks in a row, let Ron Kline in front on the sixth circuit of the one-third-mile, banked clay oval. For the next few laps Egrie and Kline went back and forth for the top spot with Chuck Schutz working his way toward the front from his 11th starting spot.
At 19 laps Schutz got past Kline for the first time but then the race was back and forth, swapping the lead battle, until the 27th lap when Schutz went to a clear lead. However coming off the fourth turn on the final lap Kline charged to a challenge of Schutz and the leader was ready holding off Kline as the two charged toward the checkered flag. Schutz was just the narrowest margin in front of Kline at the finish line. Second spot went to Ron Kline (East Greenville) followed by Harry Neiman (Bower Beach, DE), Brian Shuey (Hamburg) and early leader Lou Egrie (Willow Grove).
Schutz also earned the AutoCorner Auto Sales Hard Charger for going from 11th to first in the feature race. The award goes to the driver able to improve the most positions in the feature race.
With Schutz able to win and his challenger in the Late Model point race, Randy Stoudt, only able to gain a ninth place finish, Schutz?s lead is now at 99 points with just two point events remaining in the season.
The Fab Five event featuring the top five in Late Model points in an eight lapper was won by Brian Shuey.
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