CRAIG VON DOHREN AND KENNY GILMORE CROWNED GRANDVIEW TRACK CHAMPIONS FOR 2021
OPENING NIGHT AND FREEDOM 76 DATES SET FOR 2022 SEASON
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. – Competition was very keen during the just completed 2021 race season at the NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway.
Picking up the 2021 Track Championships were Craig Von Dohren in the T.P.Trailer NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Modified division, the 12th title of his career at the track, and Kenny Gilmore in the T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman, his first ever point title. Another driver picking up a championship was Ryan Grim who came out on top of the points in the first ever 602 crate Sportsman 5 race mini-series. The T.P. Trailer Modified division was tough all year as no less than eleven different drivers visited victory lane.
Champion Von Dohren and Brett Kressley lead the way with five wins each, followed by Danny Bouc and Duane Howard with two wins. Other drivers scoring one win a piece were Brad Brightbill, Kevin Graver Jr., Ryan Lilick (who along with Bouc scored their first career wins at the track), Doug Manmiller, Jeff Strunk, Jared Umbenhauer and Ryan Godown in the Freedom 76.
The final top ten in Modified points were Von Dohren (5103); Kressley (4981); Umbenhauer (4562); Howard (4241); Manmiller (4171); Strunk (3986); Kevin Hirthler (3253); Bouc (3186); Ryan Grim (2918); and Craig Whitmoyer (2646).
In the T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman, the action was just as good, as eleven drivers visited victory lane as well. Leading the list of feature winners was 2020 champion Brian Hirthler who picked up five wins. Following next in line was Dylan Hoch, who not only scored his first career win, but ended the year with a total of four victories. Scoring two wins each were 2021 champion Gilmore, Kyle Lilick and Kyle Smith. Notching one win each were Logan Bauman, Jesse Landis, Lex Shive, Cole Stangle and Decker Swinehart, who also scored their very first career wins. Also picking up one win was former champion Jordan Henn in the Freedom 38. All totaled, there were seven drivers of the eleven winners who scored career win number one in Sportsman action including Kyle Smith.
The final top ten in Sportsman points were Kenny Gilmore (3879); Hoch (3730); Brian Hirthler (3628); Jesse Leiby (3265); Kyle Lilick (3161); Kyle Smith (2954); Mark Kemmerer (2464); Dakota Kohler (2445); Kenny Bock (2238); Nathan Mohr (2106)
In the 602 crate Sportsman 5 race mini-series, Ryan Grim was the top point man with 1134-points. Completing the top five were Hoch (1088); Tyler Peet (978); Glenn Strunk (935) and Decker Swinehart (883) Taking the wins in the five races were Hoch and Dylan Swinehart with two wins each, and Glenn Strunk.
The final activity of the year is the Fall Racer’s Flea Market at the track on Sunday, November 7, starting at 7 am
Racers and fans can begin planning for the 2022 race season which will begin with the annual free-to-the-public practice session on Saturday, March 26.
The official beginning of the 60th season of racing at Grandview Speedway will be on Saturday. April 2 with the running of the 5th annual Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker for Big Block/Small Block Modifieds.
The biggest race event of the season is the 52nd annual Freedom 76, which is set for Saturday September 17th, with September 24 reserved as a rain date.
Information is available all during the off-season on the track website at www.grandviewspeedway.com
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