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VONDOHREN AND UMBENHAUER GET FIFTH WINS OF THE SEASON, MERKEL TAKES SECOND WIN IN NASCAR STOCK CAR RACING ACTION AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
Sunday, August 04, 2013

 BECHTELSVILLE, PA  It was just one of those nights that seemed to include a large number of accidents along with the normal exciting Saturday night stock car racing action at Grandview Speedway. Six time NASCAR Modified champion and current point leader Craig VonDohren was able to “pull a win out of the hat” with a low charge under leader Addison Meitzer in the second turn of the final lap to put his Kauffman’s BBQ Chicken No. 1c in victory lane in the 30-lap WNPV-1440AM Radio sponsored NASCAR 358 Modified feature. The win was the Oley, PA racer’s fifth win of the season and earned him $2750 including the TP Trailers bonus money. In addition there was $150 in fuel courtesy of VP Racing Fuels.

 In the 25-lap main event for NASCAR Sportsman defending champion and current point leader Jared Umbenhauer took the lead from Ryan Beltz late in the race and drove to victory. The win was the fifth of the season for the Richland, PA driver with the Eastern Rigging No. 5. And Sean Merkel of Boyertown, PA was able to run away and hide from the competition despite a large number of cautions earning his second victory of the season with his Kochel Equipment No. 118 in the 25-lap NASCAR Late Model feature race.

 It was all Addison Meitzler in the 30-lap Modified feature. At least that is the way it was until the second turn of the final lap when Craig VonDohren, charging from 26th starting spot made an aggressive move to get under Meitzler, who had led from the drop of the green, to take the lead and charge to victory. Meitzler , once he was able to regain control of his race car, was able to hold on for a second place finish. For Meitzler (Kutztown) it was his best effort of the season but it was no solace for the fact that he was so close to his first win since July, 2009. Ray Swinehart (Perkiomenville) looking for his second win of the weekend had to settle for third followed by rookie Andy Ressler (Bechtelsville) and Jordan Umbenhauer (Richland).

 With the win VonDohren increased his point leader in the battle for the NASCAR 358 Modified title while his challenger, defending champion Duane Howard, was caught up in an early race multi-car accident that had him towed off and credited with 24th finishing spot.

 Veteran Grandview racer Ryan Beltz took the top spot at the start of the 25-lap feature for Sportsman leading the 25-car starting field. Beltz was able to hold the top spot until the 18th lap. After a battle with Brett Kressley and Jared Umbenhauer the lead was relinguished by Beltz to point leader Umbenhauer. At the finish it was Umbenhauer (Richand) leading the way with Brett Kressley (Orefield) very close behind. Beltz (Harleysville) settled for third followed by Erik Renninger (Bridgewater, NJ) and Brad Brightbill (Sinking Springs).

 The 25-lap feature for the NASCAR Late Model feature was all about Sean Merkel as the Boyertown, PA racer was in front of the 16 car starting field for the entire event. Several cautions closed up the field behind the leader and each time he was able to pull away from the field and he had a healthy lead at the finish. Sam Schlosberg (Green Lane) finished second while Wayne Pfeil (Mohnton), who was in the hunt throughout the entire feature, had to settle for third. Jason Miller (New Tripoli) claimed fourth with Steve Nederostek (Walnutport) getting fifth.

 Qualifying heat races, each 12 laps in distance on the one-third-mile, banked clay track for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds were won by Terry Meitzler, Bobby Gunther Walsh and Addison Meitzler. The Modified consolation race, 10 laps in distance, went to nine time track champion Jeff Strunk. Qualifiers for the Late Models, 8 laps, were won by Sean Merkel and Jason Miller. In the eight lap Sportsman qualifiers wins went to Erik Renninger, Scott Davis Jr. and “Disco Joe” Fanelli.

The special WNPV-1440AM Linda and Joe Moskal Cash Dash, five laps, for the Late Models was won by Sean Merkel.

 The Hard Charger award for the Modifieds sponsored by Bobby Gunther Walsh and sponsors went to Craig VonDohren who came from 26th starting spot to first for the victory.  The Searock Lawn Care Hard Charger award for Sportsman was earned by Jared Umbenhauer charging from 15th to first and the Jeff Teets’ Salvage Transport Hard Charger award for Late Models went to Mike Kellner who gained just four spots.

 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, August 10, 7:30 p.m. Forrest Rogers Memorial presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings featuring 50-lapper for Modifieds paying $10,000 to win plus racing for Late Models and Sportsman. $25 for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 thru 12. Under 6 admitted FREE. Then on Sunday, August 11, 1 p.m. the Outlaw Enduro Racers in action along with Blast From the Past Vintage Cars. $10 for adults. Youngsters 12 and under 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.

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