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posted April 16, 2001 02:59 PM UIN: 16262997

BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 14, 2001 . . . Defending NASCAR
Modified track champion Jeff Strunk seemed to play a waiting
game and it earned big rewards Saturday night at Grandview
Speedway. The Bethel, PA racer won the 39-lap NASCAR Modified
feature, picking up $3,000, as the 39th consecutive season of
stock car racing kicked off.
And it was defending NASCAR Late Model champion Dean
Stoudt (East Greenville) picking up the 20 lap Late Model
feature victory as he goes after his fifth track title.
The 15-lap feature for PA. Sportsman stock cars was won
by Ed Scott (Allentown).
Kevin Hartnett took control of the modified feature on
the drop of the green and set the pace for seven laps. A
three abreast battle on a restart after a caution saw Rick
Schaffer, Grandview's leading modified feature winner, take
the top spot with Craig VonDohren close behind. VonDohren did
grab the lead briefly. With 14 laps in the record book
Schaffer gave up the lead to VonDohren and his Mrs. T's
Pierogies sponsored entry on a caution restart.
With 26 laps complete on the one-third-mile, banked clay
oval it looked as if VonDohren was the man to beat. On the
27th lap things changed and Rick Schaffer had recaptured the
lead followed by VonDohren and Terry Meitzler. A multi-car
pileup, on a restart, saw Terry Meitzler challenging for the
lead lose a right front wheel. VonDohren and Ray Swinehart
had made contact creating the restart in turn one with
VonDohren spinning. Rick Schaffer spun and VonDohren had a
flat tire sending him to the pits. On the restart, of the
restart, Jeff Strunk's patience paid rewards as he had the
Kenworth/Cummins/T.H.Properties entry in front of the field.
In the final laps Strunk, who had gone to the rear of the
field earlier in the feature as a result of a first turn
incident, held off the challenges of DIRT modified ace, New
Yorker Alan Johnson to grab the victory. Kevin Hartnett
(Perkasie) finished third followed by Kenny Gilmore
(Kutztown) and Rick Schaffer (Woxall).
In post race inspections Alan Johnson's mount, a Don
Kiefer owned #99K, was found not to have a track engine seal
and his prize money was held until tech inspectors could
check the engine to make sure it met track requirements. The
inspection was scheduled for Sunday. Johnson had come from
22nd starting spot to finish second.
The 20-lap feature for NASCAR Late Models had Kyle
Pensinger quick to take the lead. Sam Schlosberg, the
outstanding young rookie talent of last season, grabbed the
lead on the third lap. Doug Walton was in front on the fourth
circuit. At seven laps Schlosberg regained the number one
spot. With 15 laps complete Schlosberg spun coming off turn
four giving the lead to Dean Stoudt. Once in front Stoudt
(East Greenville) was able to keep his Quigley Chevy/Kutztown
Glass #77 in front and take the win. Doug Walton crossed the
finish line second but was moved to last place when it was
found that he was using an illegal carberutor. Rick Todorow
(Quakertown) got credit for second followed by Kyle Pensinger
(Lyons), John Durling (Reading) and John Giesler (Aston).
And in the PA Sportsman 15-lap feature Ed Scott had the
early lead with Dave Dissinger getting the top spot on the
sixth lap. Scott resumed the lead on the ninth lap and was
able to hold off several challenges by Dissinger to grab the
opening night victory. Dave Dissinger earned second while Joe
Biasi was third.
With 67 NASCAR Modifieds in the competition area five
qualifying heat races and three consolation events were
needed to create the 30-car feature field. Heat races went to
Kevin Hartnett, Rick Schaffer, Mike Bailey, Meme DeSantis and
Tom Mayberry. The consolation races were won by Brian
Kressley, Alan Johnson and Ron Mawson. The Automotive
Machining Services Cash Dash went to Tom Mayberry earning him
$405 for the three lap win.
The Late Model heat races were won by Kyle Pensinger, Sam
Schlosberg and Doug Walton while Ed Trimbur grabbed the
consolation win.
Ed Scott and Dave Dissinger won the PA Sportsman
qualifying heats.
For the next two Saturday nights, April 21 and 28, there
will be tripleheader shows of stock car racing, NASCAR
sanctioned, starting at 5 p.m. Featured will be the NASCAR
Modifieds (30 lap feature), NASCAR Late Models (20 lap
feature) and PA Sportsman (15 lap feature) plus qualifying
events. The April 28th show will be sponsored by Budd Olsen
Race Cars and will feature a race car and hauler display.
And on Saturday, May 5, Grandview Speedway will kick off
their regular schedule of events with a doubleheader show of
NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models with a starting time of 7:30
Grandview Speedway, a one-third-mile, banked clay oval,
is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in
Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For race
information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at
Strunk, Alan Johnson (unofficial,subject to tech inspection),
Kevin Harnett, Kenny Gilmore, Rick Schaffer, Jon Kellner, Ed
Aikin, Meme DeSantis, Ray Swinehart, Craig VonDohren, Terry
Meitzler, Tom Umbenhauer, Sam Schoenly, Shawn Reimert, Chip
Slocum, Bob Trapper, Mike Bailey, Keith Brightbill, Junior
Mikosz, Jim Bagley (TOP TWENTY)

Todorow, Kyle Pensinger, John Durling, John Giesler, Ron
Chrisman, Lou Egrie, Jason Miller, Terry Snyder, Mark
Malcolm, Steve Todorow, Chris Wojnar, Sam Schlosberg, Scott
Miley, Josh Huber, Mike Steinmetz, Chuck Schutz, Buddy
Wharton, Dave Conover (TOP TWENTY)

PA SPORTSMAN, 15 LAP FEATURE..... Ed Scott, Dave Dissinger,
Joe Biasi, Tom Solderich, Tom Brennan, Jeff Graby, Shawn
Fitzpatrick, Bill Moyer Jr., Brad Grim, Brad Force (Top Ten)
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