STRUNK WINS AGAIN, SCHUTZ GETS FIRECRACKER 40 FOR HIS FIRST WINGrandview PR
Buddy Wharton was quick out of the box in the Firecracker 40 run in memory of Jerry Glase. Wharton led the race until the 15th lap when a nine car collision eliminated several top runners (no one was injured).
On the restart Lee Miller charged to the top spot with Chuck Schutz not far behind. At the 22 lap mark it was Chuck Schutz who was able to make a terrific charge to the front spot getting by leader Miller and challenger Dean Stoudt.
Once in front Schutz was able to make winning the Firecracker 40, the biggest event of the season for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Models, look rather easy as the
In victory lane Schutz, a former Late Model champion, was emotional as he celebrated his first win of the season and thanked ?everyone? and made mention that the team had made several changes after having suffered through a disappointing first half of the season.
Strunk, defending track champion, spent the early part of the season in a slump but in recent weeks he has come on strong as he chases his fourth track NASCAR Modified championship. Strunk started the 30-lap main event for NASCAR Modifieds in 11th spot and spent much of the first half of the race chasing a top five position.