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NEWS FROM NASCAR SANCTIONED GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, Bechtelsville, PA

Promoter: Bruce Rogers – 610.754.9167

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PLEASE WITH OUR THANKS- We do appreciate the great support shown Grandview Speedway by the media. Thank you. Looking forward to 2015. – Ernie Saxton

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STRUNK, HOWARD, UMBENHAUER AND STOUDT EARN HONORS AT 52ND GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY AWARDS BANQUET

GILBERTSVILLE, PA NOVEMBER 15, 2014 . . . Champions and other outstanding performers were honored at the 52nd annual Grandview Speedway Awards Banquet held at the Gilbertsville Fire Co. Social Hall on Saturday night with a large turnout of competitors and fans on hand.

For the 10th time in his long storied career Jeff Strunk was able to claim the NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modified title while Jared Umbenhauer was honored as a three time NASCAR Sportsman champion while Randy Stoudt, who recently announced his retirement from racing, celebrated his second NASCAR Late Model title.

Pottstown, PA based Jeff Strunk teamed up with car owner, New Yorker Vinnie Salerno, to grab the title and the more than $10,000 in track and NASCAR point money. Strunk was able to claim the title with another season-long consistent performance winning two features and tallying 5332 points. Duane Howard, Oley, PA, took second in the standings with five feature wins and 5165 points. By virtue of his five wins Howard was able to claim the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Pennsylvania State title and earlier had laid claim to the American Racer Cup Modified championship earning his Atlas Paving #66 team a lucrative season ending payoff. Craig VonDohren, Oley, took third in the final standings with three feature wins and 4967 points.

Jared Umbenhauer, who is based in Richland, PA, won his third straight NASCAR Sportsman title with 11 feature victories and 5144 counters driving the Bashore Trucking/Eastern Rigging #5. Orefield, PA’s Brett Kressley kept the point battle close and finished second in the final standings earning four wins and 4899 points. Veteran Kenny Gilmore, Kutztown, PA, managed to come home third in the standings with 4364 points despite not have a feature win.

In the NASCAR Late Model division long time racing talent Randy Stoudt, he calls Pottstown, PA home, was able to pick up his second career championship at the Bechtelsville racing facility topping six time champion Chuck Schutz of Pottstown with the T&W Racing #10. Stoudt earned six feature wins and 5214 points while Schutz had two wins and 4998 counters. Third in the final standings went to Sean Merkel, also of Pottown, with three wins and 4980 points.

It was also announced that T.P. Trailers of Limerick, PA will return as a major sponsor at Grandview Speedway in 2015. In 2014 T.P.Trailers posted bonus bucks totaling $450 each week spread over all three division’s feature winners. Major sponsors from the 2014 season received appreciation awards including T.P. Trailers, Bashore Trucking and Pioneer Pole Buildings.

The top 20 drivers and top 10 owners in each division were presented with beautiful awards for their 2014 season efforts while the top ten drivers and top five car owners earned point fund checks. The champions received beautiful custom rings from the track owners, Bruce and Teresa Rogers and family.

During the evening veteran Modified racing talent Terry Meitzler, a past champion at Grandview, announced his retirement.

Jeff Ahlum, just completing his first year as the track announcer, introduced special guests, officials and others, before getting into the many special awards. Media members in attendance and a number of working officials were presented with tokens of appreciation.

The NASCAR 358 Modified Division special award recipients were:

Mike Kellner, Rookie of the Year

Kyle Borror, Best Newcomer

Nate Christman, Most Improved Driver (going from 15th in the 2013 point standings to 8th in the 2014 points)

Eric Biehn – Best Appearing Car for his No. 87

John Willman – Hard Luck

The NASCAR Late Model special award recipients:

Cory Merkel – Rookie of the Year

Joe Fanelli – Best Newcomer

Lou Egrie – Most Improved Driver ( 16th in 2013 points to 5th in 2014)

Kory Fleming – Best Appearing Car #704

Past champion Jason Miller – Hard Luck

The NASCAR Sportsman special award recipients:

Jim Housworth – Rookie of the Year

Brett Gilmore – Best Newcomer

Jordan Henn – Most Improved Driver (12th in 2013 and 6th in 2014)

Guy Germano – Sportsmanship

Craig Whitmoyer – Best Appearing Car #99

Ronnie Krex – Hard Luck

The top three in the final point standings received plaques courtesy of NASCAR.

The awards presentations were followed by music for dancing.

Speedway management announced that the 2015 season would get underway with the annual Free-to-the-Public practice session on Saturday, March 28th. The 2015 schedule will be released later in the year with Saturday night racing featuring NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Late Models.

NASCAR POINT STANDINGS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY AS OF COMPLETION OF FINAL POINT RACES ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 30

POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR MODIFIEDS

1. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #4* 5332**

2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 5165*****

3. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 4967***

4. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46 4740*****

5. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53 4108

6. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #357 3942

7. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17 3503

8. Nate Christman, Fleetwood, PA #37 3314

9. Kevin Hirthler, Bechtelsville, PA #117 3301*

10. Jordan Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19 3192

11. Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, PA #81 3130

12. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA #74W 3123

13. Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA #33 2952

14. Don Norris, Douglassville, PA #976 2836

15. Jon Kellner Sr., Lansdale, PA #41 2759

16. Chris Esposito, Green Lane, PA #31 2724

17. Tim Buckwalter, Royersford, PA #11 2590*

18. Kyle Borror, Peach Bottom, PA #B4 2559

19. Todd Smith, Hatfield, PA #39 2496

20. Eric Biehn, Bechtelsville, PA #87 2338

21. Tommy Scheetz III, Boyertown, PA #37X 2286

22. Mike Laise, Pottstown, PA #15 2249

23. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA #21K 2089

24. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA #88D 2088

25. Brian Houseknecht, Bechtelsville, PA #323 2039

26. Mike Kellner, Lansdale, PA #A1 1933*

27. Andy Ressler, Bechtelsville, PA #10 1792

28. Justin Grim, Orefield, PA #61 1686

29. Bobby Gunther Walsh, Allentown, PA #1 1630

30. Ron Seltman, Lower Pottsgrove, PA #R19 1432

Also Feature Winner: Steward Friesen, Danny Johnson

POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR LATE MODELS

1. Randy Stoudt, Pottstown, PA #10 5214******

2. Chuck Schutz, Pottstown, PA #1 4998**

3. Sean Merkel, Gilbertsville, PA #118 4980***

4. Lou Egrie Sr., Willow Grove, PA #X4 4573

5. Wayne Pfeil, Mohnton, PA #72 4463**

6. Dan Green, Coatesville, PA #46 4330

7. Jason Miller, New Tripoli, PA #44 4214**

8. Kory Fleming, Milford, NJ #704 4168

9. Rick Todorow, Quakertown, PA #93 4010

10. Joe Fanelli, Exton, PA #22 3683

11. Bill Henning, Lansdale, PA #80 3681

12. Cory Merkel, Gilbertsville, PA #16 3651*

13. John Giesler, Aston, PA #ZT1 3253

14. Dave Ogin, Bechtelsville, PA #31 2889

15. Buddy Mertz, New Berlinville, PA #00 2859

16. Lou Egrie Jr., Willow Grove, PA #4E 2784

17. Steve Butler, Quakertown, PA #91 2629

18. Sam Schlosberg, Green Lane, PA #70 2267*

19 Ron Kline, Salford, PA #3 2215

20. Steve Wilson, #15 2049

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

NASCAR point events.)

POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR SPORTSMAN

1. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #5 5144***********

2. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 4849****

3. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 4364

4. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4* 3888*

5. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA #72 3545

6. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA #77H 3506

7. Ryan Beltz, Harleysville, PA #221 3498

8. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA #14J 3402

9. Erik Renninger, Bridgewater, NJ #51 3316

10. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 3215*

11. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA #142 3163

12. Ken Eckert, Orwigsburg, PA #29 3111

13. Brandon Whitmoyer, Harrisburg, PA 99X 2984

14. Guy Germano, Richlandtown, PA #542 2849

15. Tom Miller, Gilbertsville, PA #77 2816

16. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #00 2655

16. Dean Bachman, Reading, PA #65 2573

18. Sean Weiss, Spring City, PA #24 2447

19. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 2423

20. Paul Kline, Muhlenberg Park, PA #22&1 2296

ERNIE SAXTON COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
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