PA† Doug ďThe HandlerĒ Manmiller plus the Josh and Beth
Biever-owned No. 46 race team continued their dominance of victory lane at
Grandview Speedway on Saturday night as they appear to have found the right
set-up. The Shoemakerville, PA racer overtook rookie Brad Arnold on the 21st lap
and went on to make it two-in-a-row, and third win of the season, in the 30-lap
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified feature over Don Norris Jr. and Meme
DeSantis. Manmiller, who is on a roll, couldnít thank the crew enough for their
countless hours of working on the car and having the best equipment. Manmiller
earned a $2,900 payday. In addition to the purse he received $250 from T.P.
Trailers and an extra $150 from VP Fuels for running VP
25-lap NASCAR Late Model feature had its first repeat winner when Sean Merkel
picked up his second win of the season and picked up an additional $100 from
T.P. Trailers. The Pottstown racer may need that extra since he commented in
victory lane that he thought he may have hurt the
Sportsman point champion Jared Umbenhauer made it three-in-a-row when he took
home the checkered in the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature by a healthy margin
over Brett Kressley. The Richland, PA racer also received $100 from T.P.
doubleheader weekend of racing is coming up with the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC
Late Models and Sportsman stock cars in action at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May
3rd. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the Low Down & Dirty Meet and Greet. Then
on Sunday, May 4th, the first of four Open Wheel Spectaculars takes place at
Grandview with the wingless ARDC midgets and TSRS sprint cars in action. Each
group will top off their portion of the show with a 25 lap feature. Racing
starts at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission for both nights is a low
Laise took the early lead at the onset of the Modified feature and the next lap
Kyle Follweiler brought out the yellow with a right rear flat tire on the
homestretch. Laise was still in command on the restart trailed by Arnold, Chris
Gambler, Andy Ressler and Kevin Hirthler, who was on the
seven-car tangle between turns one and two brought out the caution on the third
circuit. Taking a hard hit and eliminated was Hirthler. The other cars involved
made a quick pit stop and rejoined the action. It was still Laise ahead of the
pack when racing went green.
third caution was for Eric Biehn when he lost power on the homestretch on lap
four. That didnít deter Laise and he kept Arnold, Norris Jr., Manmiller, on the
move on the outside from 16th behind.
a few laps Laise was in a race of his own building up a half a lap lead
encountering lapped cars.
pack regrouped on the 14th lap when Craig Von Dohren, the defending point
champion, was against the third turn boilerplate after contact with another car
and was out of contention. The restart saw a lead change as Arnold bolted into
first with Norris Jr. and Manmiller advancing to second and third with Laise
back to fourth. Trying to get into the mix were Meme DeSantis from his 21st
consi win spot and Duane Howard, 13th-place starter.
Arnold cars were constantly swapping spots back and forth and by the 19th lap
Manmiller was pressuring him for the lead.
became the third different leader of the event on the 21st
to chase Manmiller down with five to go were Norris Jr., DeSantis, Howard and
never changed and at the wave of the checkered it was Manmiller in the winnerís
circle. Second through fifth were Norris Jr., DeSantis, Howard and Arnold.
Laise, recipient of the Danís Deli Ĺ-way hoagie mark award; Kyle Weiss, Ressler,
Mike Gular and Frank Cozze, Cargo Trailer certificate recipient, rounded out the
winners were Chris Esposito, Cozze, Hirthler and Ressler. DeSantis and Tim
Buckwalter won the consies.
NASCAR BRC Late Model feature early leader was Kory Fleming. Former point
champion John Giesler and Merkel, opening night winner, had their own battle for
second with Jason Miller and Sam Schlosberg in
Green brought out the first and only caution on lap seven after he spun in the
second turn. The lead still belonged to Fleming on the restart, but second was
now held by Merkel.
out of the fourth turn to complete the ninth lap Merkel dove to the inside of
Fleming and into the lead.
battle for second was a three-way one between Fleming, Schlosberg and
down Merkel at the Danís Deli 1/2-way hoagie mark were Fleming, Schlosberg,
Miller and Randy Stoudt.
champion Millerís bad luck continued when he pulled into the infield while
running fourth and was out of contention.
began to close in on Merkel in the later stages as lap cars were in the
werenít enough laps to allow Schlosberg to reel Merkel in to challenge him and
Merkel went on to score his eighth career win. Chasing him across the line were
Schlosberg, Stoudt, Ron Kline and Fleming. Sixth through tenth were Wayne Pfeil,
Lou Egrie, Giesler, Chuck Schutz, last weekís feature winner, and Bill Henning,
Cargo Trailers certificate winner.
and Steve Butler won the heats.
Jason Neidlinger was off and running at the wave of the green the NASCAR
Sportsman feature being challenged by Dave Bartram, Kaitie McCardle, Ron Krex
and Ryan Lilick.
comfortable lead was erased when Guy Germano slowed in turn four on the seventh
lap for the only yellow of the race. Krex, who had just taken over second prior
to the yellow took over first with Umbenhauer, who started 14th now in
lead was short-lived since Umbenhauer put the Barry Bashore-owned/ Eastern
Rigging No. 5 at the head of the pack.
the Danís Deli Ĺ-way hoagie mark, Umbenhauer was in his own zip code with Krex,
Neidlinger, Ryan Beltz and Brett Kressley behind. Jordan Henn attempted to break
into the top five.
was no stopping Umbenhauer despite him having to deal with lapped traffic and
was in victory lane for his ninth career win at the oval. Chasing him across
were Kressley, opening night winner, who overtook second with two to go; Krex,
Neidlinger and Beltz for their best finishes. Henn, McCardle, Jim Housworth,
Eric Renninger and Ryan Lilick, Cargo Trailers winner, finished the top
Housworth and McCardle won the heats.
Speedway continues to present NASCAR stock car racing each Saturday night
through late September. The one-third-mile, clay banked track is located on
Passmore Road just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of
Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or check