JEFF STRUNK EARNS FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON IN NASCAR MODIFIEDS, SEAN MERKEL GETS FOURTH WIN AND BRAD BRIGHTBILL IS A FIRST TIME WINNER AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

Date: 9/1/2013 7:20:21 PM


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COMING EVENTS: 

Saturday, September 7, 7:30 p.m. Green Lane Wm. Penn/Four Star Lettering Night- Final point races of the season- NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman

Sunday, September 8, 1 p.m. Outlaw Enduro Series and Blast from the Past Vintage Cars. Adults $10, children 12 and under admitted free.

Saturday, September 14, 7 p.m. BPG Racing Freedom 76 Classic for Modifieds, $25,000 to the winner. Adults $30, youngsters 6 through 12 pay $10 and under 6 are admitted Free. Fan Jam featuring dunk tank, autograph sessions, DJ Outlaw, race car displays and more, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Rain date is Saturday, September 21. Advance tickets are now on sale at the track office on Saturday nights.

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JEFF STRUNK GETS FIRST NASCAR MODIFIED WIN OF THE SEASON AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, SEAN MERKEL WINS FOR FOURTH TIME AND BRAD BRIGHTBILL WAS TOPS FOR FIRST SPORTSMAN WIN

Bechtelsville, PA September 1, 2013 . . . Nine time NASCAR Whelen 358 Modified track champion Jeff Strunk was able to win his first 30-lap NASCAR Modified feature race of the season at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Sean Merkel took the honors for the fourth time in the Late Models while Brad Brightbill won his first Sportsman feature of the season.

              Rookie Andy Ressler set the pace for 14 laps in the Modified feature race before Jon Kellner Sr was able to go to the front and lead the pack until the 22nd lap when Strunk charged to the front and led the rest of the way to pick up his $2750 first place money. Second went to Duane Howard coming from 17th starting spot. Craig VonDohren grabbed third after starting in 22nd spot followed by Jon Kellner Sr. and Ray Swinehart.

              The 25-lap Late Model feature had Sean Merkel leading every lap to get his fourth win of the season. Sam Schlosberg challenged but settled for second followed by Danny Snyder, Chuck Schutz and Wayne Pfeil.

              Erik Renninger was the early leader in the 25-lap Sportsman feature race with Ryan Lilick gaining the top spot on the third lap and leading through the 22nd lap when Brad Brightbill made a strong move to squeeze by the leader in the first turn to get the top spot on the 23rd lap and go on to win. Second went to Lilick for his best effort of the season followed by Brett Kressley, Jared Umbenhauer and Guy Germano.

              The final point races for the 2013 season take place Saturday, September 7th, the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman sponsored by Green Lane Wm. Penn and Four Star Lettering are in action starting at 7:30 p.m.

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JEFF STRUNK EARNS FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON IN NASCAR MODIFIEDS, SEAN MERKEL GETS FOURTH WIN AND BRAD BRIGHTBILL IS A FIRST TIME WINNER AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

 BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 1, 2013 . . . For the first time this season nine time track champion Jeff Strunk was able to earn a win in a regular season 30-lap NASCAR 358 Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night picking up $2750 (including the TP Trailers bonus money) with the Vinnie Salerno owned Keizer Aluminum Wheels No. 4*. In the 25-lap feature for Late Models Sean Merkel of Boyertown, PA charged to the front at the drop of the green with his Merkel Rebar NO. 118 and held off all challengers leading all the laps to win his fourth of the season. And in the 25-lap main event for Sportsman Brad Brightbill of Sinking Springs, PA was able to wheel his own Vinnie’s Towing & Recovery #19 to his first win of the season.

Rookie Modified racer Andy Ressler took the lead at the start for the 28-car starting field in the 30-lap feature for the NASCAR Whelen 358 Modifieds and looked like he just might be able to pull off a win leading for 14 laps while a variety of racers battled for the front running positions. At the 15-lap marker veteran Jon Kellner Sr., looking for his second win of the season, took charge and set the pace for seven laps while Jeff Strunk challenged coming from 16th starting position. With 22 laps in the record book Strunk charged to the front and the Pottstown, PA racer was able to lead the rest of the way to grab his first win at Grandview since he took home the $50,000 in the 2012 BPG Racing Freedom 76 back in September. Finishing in second was nine time feature winner Duane Howard (Oley) while third spot was earned by Craig VonDohren (Oley). Jon Kellner Sr. (Lansdale) finished fourth while Ray Swinehart (Perkiomenville) grabbed fifth.

With a 365 point lead going into the final night of points racing on Saturday, September 7th, VonDohren has claimed his seventh track championship.

Erik Renninger had the first place position for the first two laps of the 25 lap Sportsman feature before young Ryan Lilick took control and led for 20 laps looking as if he was on his way to a first career win. With just three laps to go veteran Brad Brightbill squeezed under Lilick in the first turn and went to the front and led the field to the checkered flag claiming his first win of the 2013 season. Second spot went to Collegeville based Lilick for his best effort of the season. Brett Kressley (Orefield) took third followed by Jared Umbenhauer (Richland) and Guy Germano (Richlandtown).

With a 533 point lead in the chase for the title going into the final night of point racing on September 7th Jared Umbenhauer has claimed his second straight NASCAR Sportsman track championship.

In the 25-lap Late Model feature Sean Merkel took command on the first lap and led every lap to claim his fourth feature race victory of the season. Sam Schlosberg (Green Lane) challenged the leader a couple of times but had to settle for a second place finish while Danny Snyder (Green Lane) looking for his fourth win had to settle for third. Defending champion Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) claimed fourth while Wayne Pfeil (Mohnton) grabbed fifth.

Jason Miller had been the point leader going into the night’s racing action but finished seventh while Chuck Schutz finished fourth putting Schutz back in front in the battle for the Late Model title. Schutz takes a 7 point lead into the final night of Late Model racing on September 7th. There are six different drivers that still have a mathematical chance of winning the title.

Qualifying races for the 358 Modifieds, each 12-laps, were won by Jon Kellner Sr., Addison Meitzler, Todd Smith and Eric Biehn. The two 10-lap consolation races went to Craig VonDohren and Kevin Hirthler. The 8-lap qualifiers for the Sportsman were won by Jordan Henn, Brett Kressley and Erik Renninger while the two 8-lap qualifying events for the Late Models were won Sean Merkel and Steve Nederostek. 

 The Hard Charger award for the Modifieds sponsored by Bobby Gunther Walsh and sponsors went to Craig VonDohren coming from 22nd to finish 3rd in the feature. The Searock Lawn Care Hard Charger award for Sportsman was earned by Brad Brightbill going from 14th to first and the Jeff Teets’ Salvage Transport Hard Charger award for Late Models went to Ron Kline driving from 11th to 6th.

 Cargo Trailer Sales of Lansdale had $50 gift certificates for 10th place finishers in each feature while Dan’s Deli has their special hoagies for the leader of each feature at the halfway point.  VP Racing Fuels has a $150 product bonus for the first NASCAR 358 Modified feature finisher using their fuel, $100 product bonus for the first Late Model feature finisher using their fuel and $75 product bonus for the first Sportsman feature finisher using their fuel and carrying VP decals on the race car and VP patch on uniform.

Coming up on Saturday, September 7, 7:30 p.m. is an action packed tripleheader featuring the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars in their Final point races of the season. The night will be sponsored by Green Lane Wm. Penn and Four Star Lettering.  Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 12 and under are admitted free. Advance tickets for BPG Racing Freedom 76 set for September 14th on sale race night.

On Sunday, September 8, 1 p.m. the final Outlaw Enduro racing events of the season will be presented with the big cars and small cars each racing in 150 lap events. The Race of Champions will go 30 laps and the Limited Open Class main event will be a 40-lapper. The Blast from the Past Vintage Cars will also be in action. Adult admission is just $10 while youngsters 12 and under are admitted FREE.

Information on racing at Grandview Speedway can be had by checking in at www.grandviewspeedway.com or telephone 610.754.7688. In addition the official Grandview Speedway Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/grandviewspeedwayinc or check in on Twitter at @gviewspeedway.

 NASCAR 358 MODIFIED FEATURE - 30 LAPS: 1. Jeff Strunk 2. Duane Howard 3. Craig VonDohren 4. Jon Kellner Sr. 5. Ray Swinehart 6. Ryan Grim 7. Mike Laise 8. Andy Ressler 9. Glenn Strunk 10. Addison Meitzler 11. Mike Gular 12. Jarrad Miller 13. John Willman 14. Nate Christman 15. Doug Manmiller 16. Doug Manmiller 17. Eric Biehn 18. Jordan Umbenhauer 19. Don Norris Jr. 20. Frank Cozze 21. Chris Esposito 22. Ron Seltman 23. Bobby Gunther Walsh 24. Todd Smith 25. Jon Kellner Jr. 26. Kevin Hirthler 27. Terry Meitzler 28. Tommy Scheetz III

  NASCAR LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 LAPS: 1.Sean Merkel 2. Sam Schlosberg 3. Danny Snyder 4. Chuck Schutz 5. Wayne Pfeil 6. Ron Kline 7. Jason Miller 8. Steve Todorow 9. Steve Nederostek 10. Dan Green 11. Bill Henning 12. Rick Todorow 13. John Giesler 14. Steve Butler 15. Buddy Mertz

   NASCAR SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 LAPS: 1. Brad Brightbill 2. Ryan Lilick 3. Brett Kressley 4. Craig Whitmoyer 5. Jared Umbenhauer 6. Guy Germano 7. Kenny Gilmore 8. Erik Renninger 9. Brian Hirthler 10. Kevin Beach 11. Jordan Henn 12. Scott Davis Jr. 13. Ryan Beltz 14. Joe Fanelli 15. Jason Neidlinger 16. Kevin Dries 17. Mike Debellis 18. Mark Behm 19. Kaitie McCardle 20. Joe Funk 21. Chuck Miller 22. Jamie Undercoffler 23. Tom Miller  DNS- Lex Shive

UNOFFICIAL  POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR MODIFIEDS

AS OF AUGUST 31, 2013

 

1. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C

5597*****

2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #4

5232*********

3. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #4*

4630*

4. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46 4369*

5. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA   #357

4272*

6. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA  #21K

4024

7. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA  #88D

4000**

8. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA  #117 3856

9. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA  #53

3850

9. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA  #74W

3849

11. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA  #17

3650

12. Jarrad Miller, Barto, PA  #917

3457

13. Glenn Strunk, Bechtelsville, PA  #2 3287

14. Nate Christman, Fleetwood, PA  #37 3173

15. Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, PA   #81

3127*

16. Jordan Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19

3010

17. Don Norris, Douglassville, PA  #976

2979

18. Jon Kellner Sr., Lansdale, PA  #41

2975*

19. Tim Buckwalter, Royersford, PA  #91 2543

20. Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA  #33R 2453

21. Tommy Scheetz III, Boyertown, PA  #22/30 2408

22. Addison Meitzler, Kutztown, PA  #21

2193

23. Mike Laise, Pottstown, PA   #15

1995

24. Chris Esposito, Perkasie, PA  #31

1919

25. Eric Biehn, Barto, PA  #87

1862

26. Ron Seltman, Lower Pottsgrove, PA  #R19

1816

27. Todd Smith, Hatfield, PA  #39

1780

28. Andy Ressler, #10

1751

29. Justin Grim, Orefield, PA  #61

1689

30. Kyle Follweiler, Slatington, PA  #42 1664

 

 

UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR LATE MODELS

 AS OF AUGUST 31, 2013

 

1. Chuck Schutz, Pottstown, PA  #00

5003***

2. Jason Miller, New Tripoli PA  #44

4996

3. Danny Snyder, Green Lane, PA  #4S

4988***

4. Sam Schlosberg, Green Lane, PA #70 4925***

5. Wayne Pfeil Jr., Mohnton, PA #72

4904

6. Sean Merkel, Gilbertsville, PA #118

4892****

7. Rick Todorow, Quakertown, PA  #93

4348

8. Mike Kellner, Lansdale, PA  #57

4320***

9. Steve Nederostek, Walnutport, PA #769 4316**

10. John Giesler, Aston, PA  #ZT1

4032

11. Steve Todorow, Quakertown, PA  #83

3860

12. Dan Green, Coatesville,  PA  #46

3828

13. Bill Henning, Lansdale, PA  #80

3489

14. Kory Fleming, Milford, NJ, #704

3021

15. Buddy Mertz, New Berlinville, PA  #00

2658

16. Lou Egrie, Sr.  Willow Grove, PA  #X4

2409

17. Steve Butler, Quakertown, PA , #91

1741

18. Dirk Rimrott, Phoenixville, PA  #92 1492

19. Drew Weisser, Reading, PA  #19

1490

20. Doug Walton, Spring City, PA #02

1421

 

* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are  

NASCAR point events.)

 

 UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR SPORTSMAN

 AS OF AUGUST 31, 2013

 

1. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #5

4975*****

2. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA  #7

4442*

3. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA  #99

4325*

4. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA  #19K

4078****

5. Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA  #19 4038*

6. Kevin Beach, Minersville, PA  #17X

3806*

7. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA  #4* 3679

8. Paul Kline, Muhlenberg Park, PA  #14

3269*

9. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA  #14J, 3261*

10. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA  #15 3202**

11. Ryan Beltz, Harleysville, PA  #221

2958

12 Ryan Lilick,  Collegeville, PA #142

2930

13. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA  #77H

2923

14. Scott Davis, Jr.  Emmaus, PA  #67

2829

15. Joe Fanelli, Exton, PA  #22

2815

16. Dean Bachman, #65

2532

17. Kyle Borror, Peach Bottom, PA  #B4

2436*

18. Erik Renninger, Bridgewater, NJ  #51 2277

19. Ron Krex, Harleysville, PA  #9K

2154

20. Tom Miller, Barto, PA  #77

2146

 

* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are 

NASCAR point events.)





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