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posted March 01, 2001 02:53 PM UIN: 16262997

BECHTELSVILLE, PA MARCH 1, 2001 . . . Winning the first
championship is the tough part, winning the second one will
be easier, or at least Jeff Strunk is hoping it will be that
The Grandview Speedway 2000 NASCAR Modified champion
will be looking to win his second straight title and hopes to
kick off his title defense with a strong showing in the
season opener on Saturday, April 7, 5 p.m. Strunk, who also
won the Motor Truck Equipment Co. Kenworth/Cummins NASCAR
Dual Track Modified Championship (for events run at Grandview
and Big Diamond Raceway ), will go up against some very tough
For much of the 2000 season Strunk and 1999 track
champion Terry Meitzler were locked in a close battle for the
title. In fact Meitzler lead the chase for the modified
championship at Grandview Speedway for 60% of the season.
Only a run of tough luck in the late part of the season
seemed to cost Meitzler his second straight championship.
Strunk, who will be wheeling a new Olsen creation NASCAR
Modified, again with Kenworth/Cummins sponsorship, will also
have strong competition from the likes of Tom Mayberry
(Sellersville), Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville), Glenn Strunk
(Barto), Ed Aikin (Broomall), Jon Kellner (Lansdale), Chip
Slocum (Ewing Township, NJ) and a host of others.
Car owner Keith Harring, he fields the cars for Strunk,
said, "We have two new cars, one is here and one is on the
way. And that will make a total of five cars we have ready
for the season. Our primary effort will be trying to win the
championship at Grandview. It is a lucrative title to win.
And we are still thinking about what we will do on Friday
nights. We have not made a decision as to where we will race
on Fridays. However we would like to be in a position to earn
some of the NASCAR regional point fund money at the end of
the season. We would like to get our share of the $1.4-
million that NASCAR has posted for the NASCAR Weekly Racing
Opening night at Grandview Speedway will include a
tripleheader show that gets the green flag at 5 p.m.
Included will be the NASCAR Modifieds, NASCAR Late Models and
PA. Sportsman stock cars. At least 13 events of stock car
racing are expected as the 39th consecutive season of
professional stock car racing gets started on Saturday, April
Fans will have an opportunity to see many of the racers
test and tune their equipment as they get ready for the new
season. A free-to-the-public practice session will be offered
on Saturday, March 31, 12 noon. This is a great opportunity
for people who have not been to an auto race before to come
out and see what the sport is all about.
New this year will be the chance for fans in the stands
to win a "ride" in the new two-seater modified stock car,
created by Ray Swinehart and J&L Speed Equipment, Two lucky
winners each Saturday night will have the chance to take "the
ride of their life" with one of the top drivers taking them
around the one-third-mile, clay banked oval.
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off
Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, just 10 miles north of
Pottstown. Telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at
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MEDIA NOTE: Time to let us know your credential needs for the
2001 season. All requests must be on media letterhead and
they may be faxed to 215.752.1518 or mail to Ernie Saxton
Communications, Inc. 1448 Hollywood Avenue, Langhorne, PA
19047-7417. THANK YOU.

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