STRUNK WINS FIFTH TITLE WHILE KLINE GETS HIS FIRST AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAYGrandview PR
GRANDVIEW FANS DONATE CLOSE TO $7,000 TO HURRICANE VICTIMS
BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 30, 2005 . . . . For the fifth time in his career Jeff Strunk has won the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified Championship at Grandview Speedway while Ron Kline is the 2005 NASCAR Dodge Late Model Championship for the first time.
Strunk earned the title with four feature race victories and a total of 4711 points. The Bethel, PA based racer will be honored at the annual awards banquet set for the Kutztown, PA Fire Hall on Saturday, December 17th. Chad Sinon, a successful Blue Bell, PA businessman, will collect the Championship car owner awards having fielded the BPG Racing/Chad Sinon Motorsports No. 88 Modified for Strunk.
More than 400 competitors, fans and media are expected to be on hand to honor Strunk along with Ron Kline. The veteran Late Model racer from Green Lane, PA tallied five feature wins and 4618 points on his way to a first championship. Kline, who drove the Tom Oates Chevrolet sponsored No. 3, will share the championship awards with car owner Junior Grebe
Craig VonDohren of Oley, PA, also a five time Modified champion, finished second with 3848 counters and one feature win. Former champion Terry Meitzler (Kutztown) earned a third in a late season charge grabbing one feature win and a total of 3666 points. Mike Gular (Harleysville) earned a career first feature win while earning 3660 counters. Fifth in the final standings was Keith Brightbill. The Mohnton based racer had 3548 points but was unable to crack victory lane.
Strunk and Sinon will share $10,000 as the Modified champions in addition to NASCAR point fund money and contingency awards. Strunk will also pick up $12,000 as the fourth place finisher in the NASCAR Division II point standings.
Rick Todorow (Quakertown) had an impressive season earning second in the Late Model standings without benefit of a feature win but was a consistent performer tallying 4058 points. Brian Shuey (Hamburg) grabbed third with 3976 points and a feature victory. Dean Schaeffer (Douglassville) was outstanding with his ?low dollar? effort that earned him 3860 counters. Fifth place went to Steve Sennott (Gilbertsville) with 3802 points.
Kline and Grebe will share in track championship point fund money and NASCAR points award money.
A variety of special awards will be included in the banquet night presentations including Most Improved Driver, Rookie of the Year and more.
Even though banquet plans have been finalized there are still a couple of events on the schedule at the Bechtelsville oval. On Saturday, October 15th, the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill ?Halloween Special? will include 25 lap features for Big Block Modifieds, 358 Modifieds, Late Models, URC Sprints and Legends cars. There will be no qualifying events. Added attractions will include a special feature for racers who have not won a feature race with URC and an exhibition of Vintage race cars. Racing gets the green flag at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, October 22nd, the annual Grandview Speedway Racer?s Flea Market will get started at 6 a.m.
Grandview Speedway management did want to thank all the fans and racers who helped raise close to $7,000 for the Hurricane victims at the final regular season stock car racing events. One half of the money was sent to the Red Cross and one half went to the Salvation Army.
Tentative plans have been set for the start of the 2006 auto racing season at Grandview Speedway with a free-to-the-public practice session on Saturday, March 25th at 12 noon. The official point season gets the green on Saturday, April 1st.
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