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posted September 02, 2001 02:16 PM UIN: 16262997

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 1, 2001 . . . Craig VonDohren won
the battle on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway, winning
the 30-lap True Value Hardware NASCAR Modified feature. And
VonDohren, won the war, winning his fifth NASCAR Modified
championship at Grandview Speedway. Jason Miller earned his
second 20-lap NASCAR Late Model feature win in as many weeks
while John Durling took his first NASCAR Late Model
Tracy Readinger, driving the D&S Archery sponsored entry,
took the lead at the drop of the green for the 30 car
starting field in the modified feature. Readinger looked like
he was on the way to his first win as he was able to hold off
a number of challenges as Craig VonDohren was working his to
the front from his 14th starting position.
With five laps to go VonDohren, who had been trying to
get by Readinger for several laps, was able to "slide" under
the leader in the third turn. As the field came off the
fourth turn VonDohren was in command as Readinger was making
an attempt to regain his top spot. VonDohren and the #114
Mrs.T's Pierogies sponsored mount proved to be too powerful
for the challenger and lead the rest of the way to earn
$2,200 for his efforts.
The win also moved VonDohren (Barto) past Fred Rahmer on
the all time win list at Grandview. VonDohren now has 46
career wins and is just one win behind Rick Schaffer who is
the all time leading modified feature win with 47 victories.
Readinger (Oley, PA) was able to hold off a strong
challenge from defending track champion Jeff Strunk (Bethel)
to take the second spot. Bobby Trapper (Scranton) finished
fourth in an impressive showing while Tom Umbenhauer
(Richland) finished fifth.
VonDohren did not need the win, his fifth of the season,
to earn his fifth career championship at Grandview Speedway.
However his impressive final point race of the season showing
gave him 4649 points for the season topping defending
champion Jeff Strunk who had 4110 counters. Third spot went
to Meme DeSantis with 4044 points.
Making it an even bigger night VonDohren, unofficially
won the Timber Wolf Hard Charger Award worth $200 gaining 13
spots in the feature race.
In the NASCAR Late Models Jason Miller, who won his first
career feature victory one week previous, was able to make it
two in a row with the Saturday night feature win. Buddy
Wharton got the top spot for the first lap after four
cautions were needed to get the feature through the first
circuit of the 20-lap main event.
Wharton was on top of the 28 car starting field for three
laps with Sam Schlosberg, the teenager, getting the top spot
on the 4th lap. Jason Miller, coming from 18th starting spot
with his Rothrock Motor Sales sponsored entry, took the lead
on the 13th circuit. Once in front Miller (New Tripoli) was
able to hold off several challenges from John Durling and
Sam Schlosberg to earn the victory. Second spot went to
Durling followed by Schlosberg (Green Lane), Dean Stoudt
(East Greenville) and Lou Egrie (Philadelphia).
Durling, who had married his longtime girlfriend Denice
on his August 15th birthday, earned his first NASCAR Late
Model championship at Grandview Speedway. The Reading, PA
racer had just one win, though he made a strong effort at
making it two feature wins on the final night of the point
chase, and 4249 points to win the title. Second spot was
earned by Lou Egrie (Philadelphia) with 4009 points. Four
time Late Model champion Dean Stoudt had 3924 counters to
finish third.
Five qualifying heats, featuring 63 NASCAR modifieds,
were won by Craig VonDohren, Tom Umbenhauer, Brian Kressley,
Tracy Readinger and Donny Erb. The consolation races went to
Kerry Kratz, Ryan Watt and Kenny Gilmore. And it was Brian
Kressley who had the fans standing and cheering as he topped
Craig VonDohren in the Cash Dash worth $395.
Qualifying heats for the late models were won by Sam
Schlosberg, Steve Todorow and Ed Trimbur.
The GRANDDADDY of high dollar modified stock car racing
events comes to the Grandview Speedway on Saturday, September
8, 7 p.m. More than 90 entries, including many of the top
dirt track modified racing talents, are expected to be on
hand for the 31st annual T.H. Properties Freedom 76 Modified
Classic. Six time winner Billy Pauch, the winner in 2000,
will be back to try for win number seven. Track champion
Craig VonDohren will be in the field along with many other
top talents.
Included in the day, gates opening for fans at 1:30
p.m., will be autograph sessions and interviews starting at 3
p.m. There will be music. And at 5 p.m. there will be
children's activities that include finger printing, face
painting and clowns.
Racing will start at 7 p.m. with qualifying heats,
Schaeffer's Racing Minuteman 20, Cheers Tavern Cash Dash
paying $1,000 to win with the finale being the T.H.Properties
Freedom 76 starting 40 cars and earning the winner in excess
of $20,000.
Adult admission is $20.00 while youngsters 6 through 11
pay just $5.00. Rain date is Sunday, September 9, 7 p.m.
And on Saturday, September 15, 5 p.m. the United Racing
Club sprint cars will be in action along with the modifieds.
There will be no late model stock car racing.
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off
Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, in Bechtelsville, PA.
For information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website

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