STRUNK GOING FOR THREE STRAIGHT WINS IN T.H.PROPERTIES FREEDOM 76 CLASSICGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 31, 2005 ? During the 34 year history of the T.H.Properties Freedom 76 Modified stock car race there have been some top talents win the race, some have won more than once and Billy Pauch has won six times while Duane Howard has won three times but there has never been anyone win three in a row.
When the top dirt track modified racers show up at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, September 10th, to try for the $20,000 first place money posted for the Classic, Jeff Strunk will be trying to become the first racer to win three in a row.
Strunk, winner of the 2005 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified championship at the Bechtelsville oval, is now a five time track champion. He is a consistent top performer and considered a strong favorite to bring the BPG Racing/Chad Sinon Motorsports No.88 home first in front of the expected 40 car starting field.
It is expected that more than 75 dirt track Modified racers will be on hand to try for a win. Included in the possible list of entries are former winners such as Doug Hoffman, Tom Mayberry, Donny Erb, Craig VonDohren and Meme DeSantis.
Bobby Varin, one of the top campaigners on the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Circuit, has signed to drive the DiNatale No.11D. That is the car driven to a strong second place finish in the Freedom 76 last September by Meme DeSantis.
?As usual there are a lot of rumors circulating about different drivers that will be running in the Freedom 76 but we don?t like use racer names unless they have actually told us they are entered.? said track promoter Bruce Rogers. ?However, as usual, we are expecting some surprise entries.?
Many of the Grandview regulars including Mike Gular, Ray Swinehart, Jon Kellner, Terry Meitzler, Doug Manmiller and a host of others are planning to be a part of the T.H.Properties Freedom 76. The season has been a very competitive one with (as of August 31st) 12 different winners in 17 feature races presented.
?At present just about all the race laps are sponsored which will mean even a bigger pay day for the winner,? commented track marketing director Ernie Saxton. ?And there are a number of special awards including the Tom Oates Chevy Hard Charger, the ABE Car Care Centers Hard Luck Award, Area Auto Racing News Qualifying Hard Luck Award, and more are expected to be announced before race day.? There are still a few lap sponsorship opportunities available by telephoning Saxton at 215.752.7797.
A full series of qualifying heats plus the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20 (the last chance to qualify for the big race) will lead up to the T.H.Properties Freedom 76 Modified Classic. Racing will start at 7 p.m.
Also a great crowd pleaser is the Cheers Tavern Cash Dash which features the qualifying event winners racing for $1,000 to win in a 10 lapper.
Pre race activities, including music, autograph sessions, driver interviews and more, will get started at 3 p.m.
A couple of lucky fans will go home winners of the Champion?s Trip to Punta Cana (a trip for two) and $500 from BPG Racing?s Pick 5 Contest.
Pits open at 9 a.m. with fan gates opening at 2 p.m. (advance ticket holders will be admitted at 1:30 p.m.). Adult admission is $25.00, youngsters 6 through 11 are admitted for $5.00 and under 6 are FREE with a paying adult.
The rain date for the Freedom 76 is Saturday, September 17th following the same schedule.
Still to come at Grandview Speedway this season is open competition modified and late model stock car racing on Saturday, September 17th (if not needed for Freedom 76 rain date) and Saturday, September 24th.
And on Saturday, October 22nd the annual Grandview Speedway Racers Flea Market will be presented with a 6 a.m. starting time.
The annual awards banquet has a new location and date because of the closing of the Gil