BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 24, 2006. . . Five time NASCAR Modified champion Jeff Strunk drove the ?old reliable? No. 88 358 Modified to victory Saturday night in the 30-lap Open Competition Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway. The win was the eighth of the season for the Bethel, PA racer. It marked the 41st time the veteran racer has visited victory lane at the Berks County one-third-mile, banked clay oval.
In the companion 20-lap open competition Late Model feature Brian Shuey drove to his second feature win of the season in the Bob Fisher Chevy sponsored NO. 5D. Shuey won the feature on opening night of the season.
The first time ever appearance of the Tobias Slingshots had 14-year-old Mike Butler of Milford, NJ riding to victory.
The open competition show was the final regular season event of racing at Grandview Speedway for the 2006 season.
Bobby Gunther Walsh brought out the red flag before the first lap of the 30-lap open competition modified feature could be completed. He was not injured but the car was heavily damaged.
Tom Umbenhauer was able to set the pace for the first lap restart while Meme DeSantis held second followed by Strunk and Craig VonDohren.
On the third lap a Brad Missimer flip brought out the red flag. Missimer was not injured but the car was in bad shape. On the restart Umbenhauer was again in front. On the fourth lap Jason Smythe had a engine explode with flames engulfing the car. Again the red flag was out. The driver was not injured.
Jeff Stunk was now on the rear bumper of Umbenhauer in the chase for the lead. At ten laps marker Strunk was able to charge to the front of the pack and that is where he stayed for the balance of the 30-lap feature race.
Meme DeSantis (Temple) did pressure Strunk for the top spot but when the checkered flag fell he had to settle for a second place finish. Third place went to Oley?s Craig VonDohren who just recently wrapped up the 2006 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified title for his sixth track championship. Doug Man miller (Wyomissing) finished fourth with Danny Erb (Boyertown) in fifth.
A multi-car accident that included seven feature winner Randy Stoudt got the 20-lap Late Model feature started.
On the restart Brian Shuey put the Fisher Chevy entry in front of the pack. By the eighth lap Shuey was contending with lapped traffic. Mike Kellner, who had been running a strong second went to the pits with a flat right rear tire on the ninth lap.
Shuey was able to hold on to the lead for the entire balance of the race with challenges coming from Chuck Schutz and Harry Neiman. In the closing laps Neiman went to the infield and at the finish Shuey had a comfortable margin of victory over Schutz (Pottstown) who is the 2006 NASCAR Late Model Champion. Third place went to Danny Snyder (East Greenville) followed by Randy Paxton (running a great race after have some early race damage) and Greg Hoffmaster.