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posted July 15, 2001 02:27 PM UIN: 16262997

BECHTELSVILLE, PA July 14, 2001. . . Performing in front of
one of the largest crowds of the season Glenn Strunk was able
to wheel Norm Hansell's Norm's Save Station entry to victory
in the 30-lap Deka Batteries NASCAR Modified feature race on
Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. And in the two 20-lap
features for NASCAR Late Models Terry Snyder drove the
Larry's Mobile Home Vinyl Skirting sponsored entry to victory
in the rained out feature from June 30 while Sam Schlosberg
at the wheel of his Green Lane William Penn mount was the
winner in the Deka Batteries sponsored 20-lap Late Model
feature. For each driver it was their first win of the
Glenn Strunk, younger brother of track champion Jeff
Strunk, started in sixth spot while Barry Readinger, the
polesitter, broke before finishing the first lap. That gave
Jack Hartnett the lead but Strunk was quick to make his move
and was in front of the pack, with a comfortable lead by the
5th lap. At the midway point Strunk had his hands full trying
to hold off current modified point leader Craig VonDohren in
the Mrs. T's Pierogies entry. Two laps later Jeff Strunk,
running fifth, was in the pits but back out quickly at the
back of the pack.
VonDohren bounced into the lead on the third turn getting
in front of Glenn Strunk on the 18th lap after a caution
restart. Once in front it looked as if VonDohren was going to
be able to hold off all challenges but Strunk never gave up
and stayed close.
With less than one half of a lap to go, VonDohren and
Strunk got caught in traffic in turn three. VonDohren seemed
to make the wrong decision and went high, slowed by another
competitor, while Strunk dove for the low groove, made some
"outrageous good moves" and grabbed the lead. At the finish
Strunk was just one half car length in front of VonDohren to
grab the $2200 first place money. It was the first win since
September, 1999 for the Bechtelsville racer and it was the
first win for the Strunk/Hansell team.
Second spot went to VonDohren (Barto) followed by three
feature winner Tom Mayberry (Sellersville), Jack Hartnett
(Perkasie) and Keith Brightbill (Mohnton).
The Deka Batteries NASCAR Late Model feature, 20 laps,
saw Dave Conover grab the early lead and set the pace for 16
laps. Sam Schlosberg, the Green Lane teenager, ran second but
on a late race restart after a caution Sam was quick to get
by Conover. However Schlosberg's work was not done as he
spent the final three laps holding off a very strong
challenge by current NASCAR Late Model point leader Dean
Stoudt (East Greenville) who settled for second. Third spot
went to Dave Conover (Royersford) followed by Bill Henning
(Lansdale) and Kyle Pensinger (Lyons).
The rained out 20-lap Late Model feature from June 30th
had Greg Hoffmaster in front at the start. He was in charge
for just two laps with Terry Snyder coming from fourth to
take the lead on the third lap. Snyder was able to lead the
rest of the way but spend the final few laps holding off the
hard charging efforts of John Durling. At the finish Snyder
(Green Lane) was just a narrow margin in front Durling
(Reading) followed by Kyle Pensinger (Lyons), Chuck Sennott
(Gilbertsville) and Dean Stoudt (East Greenville).
Qualifying events for the NASCAR Modifieds had wins going
to Jon Kellner, Smokey Warren, Jeff Strunk, Barry Readinger,
and Craig VonDohren. The consolation races were won by Randy
Bailey, Shawn Reimert and Kenny Gilmore. And the $315
Automotive Machining Services Cash Dash went to Craig
In qualifying events for the NASCAR Late Models wins were
earned by Terry Snyder, Bill Henning and Ron Chrisman while
Mike Bedell topped the consolation field. And in the Rothrock
Motor Sales Cash Dash for Late Models Ron Chrisman picked up
an extra $120 for his win.
PIT NOTES: During the course of the evening fans shared
in a variety of prices as Deka Batteries gave away battery
cables and batteries. A number of race teams and sponsors
made it possible for more than 75 t-shirts and hats to be
tossed into the audience. And fans Jeff Wydner and Dolores
Becker won the Grandview Experience two seat modified rides
for next Saturday night by luck of the draw.
Deka Battery employees were able to serve as honorary
starters, enjoy a pit tour, have their pictures take in
victory lane and enjoy a great night of racing. Information
on how your company can enjoy a great night of racing may be
had by telephoning Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797.
Raceway Chicken continues to give a $20.00 goft
certificate to each feature winner. Raceway Chicken is
located in Easton, PA.
And the Checkered Flag Fan Club, the oldest auto racing
fan club in the nation, was on hand to present awards to
feature winners and to create interest among race fans in
belonging to the organization.
This Saturday night, July 21, 7:30 p.m. Hatfield Quality
Meats will be on hand to sponsor the night of NASCAR Modified
and NASCAR Late Model racing action, at least 12 events of
stock car racing. And Smiley, the Hatfield Mascot, will be on
hand to greet fans and offer other surprises. This is always
a fun night of racing.
And on Saturday, July 28, 7:30 p.m. as part of ARCTIC
CAT Night at Grandview Speedway, Doug Rose will be on hand
with his Green Mamba Jet Car. See how fast he can get it
around the one third mile banked clay oval. Doug will also
use the Green Mamba Jet Car to burn someone's passenger car.
VOLUNTEERS? In addition there will be a full show, at least
12 events, of NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models. The modifieds
will use this to get ready for the Forrest Rogers Memorial
Championship on August 4 which offers $10,000 plus lap money
to the winner.
At present Chuck Lamb and his WWW.PHILLYRACING.COM has
agreed to sponsor all the feature laps of the Forrest Rogers
Memorial. You can get all the latest racing news and some
very interesting, thought provoking columns on motorsports at
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off
Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, in Bechtelsville, PA.
For race information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their
website at

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