STRUNK SEEKS FIFTH TRACK TITLE AND FIRST DIVISIONAL TITLE AT GRANDVIEWGrandview PR
The Grandview Speedway season gets started with a free-to-the-public practice session on Saturday, March 26th at 12 noon. Officially the season, the chase for the championships, gets the green on Saturday, April 2nd, 7 p.m., when Susquehanna Patriot Bank Night is presented feature the NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models.
Strunk, considered one of top area Modified racing talents, has been close a couple times in his efforts to win a NASCAR Divisional Championship. This season the new point system put in place by NASCAR is both fan friendly and racer friendly. It might be just the system that will put the Bethel, PA racer in front of the pack at the end of the season and give him his first Divisional title worth more than $25,000.
Because Strunk is racing at Grandview Speedway, where the starting field consists of 29 Modified stock car racers, he will be eligible for 20 bonus points each week according to the new NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series point system. And had that been the case in previous years quick calculations show that Strunk would probably have won the Divisional title.
“Strunk has been a consistent performer and that will have even more rewards in 2005,” said track promoter Bruce Rogers. “The new system rewards racers who are willing to come out to race at Grandview Speedway where we have the largest field of feature starters of any of the local tracks. And our handicapping system makes it tough on the top performers. They have to work for their wins. NASCAR is now rewarding the racers who choose to race at tracks where the competition is tougher.”
Needless to say winning does not come easy at Grandview Speedway but Strunk has been able to visit Victory Lane on a regular basis over the years.
“If Jeff (Strunk) is as consistent this year as he has been in the past, I think he could add another track title to his already impressive record. However, I also think his chances of winning his first NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Divisional Championship are excellent,” said long time track marketing director and announcer Ernie Saxton (Saxton has been the track announcer for 36 years). “The new point system for the Divisional Championship is racer friendly with the bonus points being added. And it is fan friendly because it will be a lot easier for fans to understand where their favorite racer is in the chase.”
As usual winning the title at Grandview Speedway at Grandview Speedway, where more than 50 modifieds try for the 29 feature starting spots just about every Saturday, will not be easy for Strunk or anyone else. Five time champion Craig VonDohren, just nosed out last season in the final couple weeks, will be a strong threat as will past champions such as Tom Mayberry, Terry Meitzler and Ray Swinehart. In addition Saturday night regulars Doug Manmiller, Jon Kellner (had a strong season in 2004), Mike Gular and Keith Brightbill are looking to give Strunk a run for the title.
Young Sean Merkel, a feature winner last season, is considered one of the “young lions” that will be challenging for the title.
And should Meme DeSantis, in contention for the title the last few seasons, put together a Saturday night program he will also be in the thick of the chase for the lucrative track title worth $10,000 and the Divisional Championship worth at least $25,000.
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