PA. Shoemakersville’s Doug Manmiller and Jeff Strunk,
Pottstown, two of the best talents in area 358 Modified racing, shared the victories in the Twin 20-lap NASCAR
Whelen All-American Series Modified features on Saturday night at Grandview
Speedway claiming a $2250 payday which included the $250 bonus from T.P.
Stoudt, Pottstown, tied Jon Kellner’s win record at 58 when he won the 25-lap
NASCAR Late Model feature for new team owners Taylor White and Wendy Brown in
his familiar No. 10. He picked up an additional $100 from T.P. Trailers. It was
the first win for the veteran racer in a while having not been active at the
Bechtelsville oval in 2013.
NASCAR Sportsman point champion Jared Umbenhauer, Richalnd, took advantage of
Craig Whitmoyer’s bad luck when Whitmoyer dropped out while leading the 25-lap
NASCAR Sportsman feature. Umbenhauer went on to win the event by a comfortable
margin over runner up Ryan Beltz, in which he earned the T.P. Trailers $100
bonus along with the winner’s purse.
Saturday night racing action returns to Grandview Speedway on Saturday, April
19th at 7 p.m. with the NASCAR 358 Modifieds in action along with the Sportsman
and Late Model stocks. At least a dozen racing events are
Biehn took the early lead in the first 20-lap modified feature while Kyle
Follweiler, Manmiller, Ray Swinehart and Jordan Umbenhauer diced for positions.
Biehn’s comfortable lead was erased on the seventh lap caution brought out when
Kyle Borror and Ron Seltmann Jr. tangled on the backstretch. Biehn held his own
on the restart, but Manmiller was now in the runner-up
a winner of one of the twin events last year, got a good run coming off the
fourth turn and ducked to the inside of Biehn to put the Josh Biever-owned/GMI
No. 46 at the head of the pack.
working on the outside, charged into second to pressure Manmiller with Biehn,
Craig Von Dohren and Jeff Strunk in tow.
no time Manmiller, who later praised the crew in victory lane for giving him a
good car and was happy he had a good fourth place starting spot, built up a
never looked back until he saw the drop of the checkered to chalk up his 19th
career win at the 1/3-mile oval. Defending point champion Von Dohren came home
second followed by Umbenhauer, Strunk and Biehn. Rounding out the top ten were
Mike Gular, Duane Howard, Follweiler, Ray Swinehart and John
the second 20-lap event Manmiller’s bid at two-in-a-row vanished quickly when he
hit the third turn wall with heavy impact before any laps could be completed. He
did manage to continue.
Scheetz III was the early pacesetter when action resumed being challenged by
Swinehart, Kyle Follweiler, John Willman and Biehn.
Scheetz III and Swinehart, Willman, Follweiler and Biehn were three-wide for the
DeSantis, Von Dohren and Justin Grim tangled along the homestretch to bring out
the yellow at the eight-lap marker. A first turn incident that involved Mike
Kellner and Manmiller and ended their nights voided the restart. On the next
attempt Swinehart, who hasn’t visited victory lane at the track since August 4,
2012, charged into the lead. Second through fifth now was comprised of Scheetz
III, Willman, Don Norris Jr. and Strunk.
Buckwalter was in the fourth turn boilerplate for the next caution on lap 10.
The restart was brought back to the line when Norris Jr. and Willman got
together with Norris Jr. riding the second turn inside rail. When action went
green again it was still Swinehart in the lead, but now Strunk took over second
and was in the hunt.
a nine time track champion, running the high line in the Vinny Salerno No. 4*,
began closing on Swinehart who had distanced himself.
five laps remaining Strunk charged ahead and went on to victory which he was
happy to get so early in the season. Crossing the line in second was Swinehart
trailed by Scheetz III, Follweiler and Frank Cozze. Sixth through tenth were
Howard, Mike Gular, Biehn, Kyle Weiss and Terry Meitzler. Swinehart, Manmiller,
Von Dohren and Strunk were the heat winners. Consi winners were Buckwalter and
Model action saw rookie Cory Merkel spin on the initial start. It was Stoudt
charging from second to first on the next attempt. While Stoudt showed the way,
the battle behind him brewed between Chuck Schutz, Kory Fleming, Lou Egrie and
the fifth lap trying to chase down Stoudt in traffic were Schutz, Fleming, Egrie
and Dan Grim and the order pretty well remained the same as the laps wound
got a last shot at Stoudt wheeling the A to Z Furniture, J & H Automotive
mount, when Merkel spun again between turns three and four. Stoudt quickly
motored away on the restart.
never relinquished first and pulled into the winner’s circle for his first win
of the year followed by Schutz, Fleming, Green and Egrie. Defending point
champion Jason Miller finished sixth trailed by Rick Todorow, Rimrott, Steve
Butler and John Giesler.
were won by Fleming and Egrie.
Umbenhauer was in the right position in the Sportsman feature when leader
Whitmoyer relinquished the top spot when he was forced to the infield with
mechanical problems. Umbenhauer, behind the wheel of the Barry Bashore-owned,
Eastern Rigging No. 5, thanked the crew for a well-handling car that worked on
the top and bottom.
quickly took the lead from polesitter Ryan Beltz on the initial green and began
to open some daylight.
Whitmoyer, a three car battle for second soon developed between Beltz, Joe Funk
II and Umbenhauer.
bad luck continued when he surrendered the lead on the 16th lap. It didn’t take
Umbenhauer long to take advantage of the situation as he assumed the
continued his pace and went on to claim his seventh career win at Grandview by a healthy margin followed
by Beltz, Funk II, Brian Hirthler and Jordan Henn. Sixth through tenth were Jim
Housworth, Dean Bachman, Kaitie McCardle, Erik Renninger and Brandon
Whitmoyer and Funk II won the heats.
Dan’s Deli ½- way hoagie leaders were Manmiller and Swinehart, modified; Stoudt,
late model and Whitmoyer, sportsman. The Cargo Trailers $50 gift certificates
went to Willman, modified; John Giesler, late model and Brandon Whitmoyer,
Speedway, a one-third-mile, banked clay track is located on Passmore Road, just
off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA , 10 miles north of Pottstown. For
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