BECHTELSVILLE, PA. Defending sportsman point
champion Jared Umbenhauer picked an appropriate time to win as he claimed the
richest sportsman event of the season, the 40-lap Summer Splash NASCAR Sportsman
feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway since the entire night of racing
was sponsored by Bashore Trucking/BFP Specialty. His car owner, Barry Bashore,
owns Bashore Trucking. The current point leader picked up his sixth win of the
season in the extra distance event for a hefty payday of $1,500 plus $100 from
T.P. Trailers, Limerick and the Dan’s Deli ½-way leader mark. Umbenhauer “got
through traffic good running the outside, but then had to protect the bottom
since that’s where the car worked best later.”
Jeff Strunk won his second 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
Modified feature of the season to increase his point lead in the battle for the
lucrative track and NASCAR titles. He also received an additional $250 from T.P.
In the 30-lap NASCAR BRC Late Model feature Jason Miller, the
defending point champion who sat out a few weeks due to motor issues, finally
got the monkey off his back and picked ups his first win of the season plus
first since June 23, 2012 and earn an additional $100 from T.P. Trailers plus
the Dan’s Deli ½-way leader award. “It feels great to be back and was happy that
runner-up Dan Green ran him clean the entire race.”
VP Racing Fuels presents product awards to the top finishing driver
in each division that is using their racing gasoline. That is $150 for
Modifieds, $100 for Late Models and $75 for
The next events scheduled at Grandview Speedway are set for
Tuesday, July 1, 7:30 p.m. with the NAPA Thunder on the Hill Series featuring
the Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week 410 sprint cars and Race of Champions
night racing action offers a big Holiday weekend show on July 5th, 7:30 p.m.
that will include the Firecracker 40 for BRC Late Models paying $2,000 to win,
NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and a great Fireworks display. In addition, for
the sixth straight year, Kory Fleming and his Sleepy Hollow Late Model team will
give bicycles to four lucky youngsters in the stands. Adult admission will be
$25, youngsters 6 through 12 pay just $5 and kids under 6 are admitted FREE.
Spectator gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with a Low Down and Dirty Meet &
Greet session featuring three racers and their race
Sportsman action saw polesitter Mike Stringer set the pace for
eight laps before Ryan Lilick, recent high school graduate, moved in front on
the ninth circuit.
Behind Lilick the battle for positions went on between Umbenhauer,
14th-place starter; Stringer, Kenny Gilmore and Tom
Gilmore advanced to second on the 17th lap to pressure
The yellow was thrown on the 19th lap when Paul Kline spun between
turns three and four. A multi-car third and fourth turn accident voided the
restart. When action resumed Umbenhauer ran the high line while Gilmore tried
the low lane to attempt to pass, but to no avail.
In a matter of time Umbenhauer outdistanced himself trailed by K.
Gilmore, Craig Whitmoyer, Brett Kressley and Brett
Kressley overtook K. Gilmore for second on the 26th lap and set
sail after Umbenhauer, who by this time encountered lap
At the conclusion of 34 laps Kressley started to erase Umbenhauer’s
one-lap shoot-out was set up when Jordan Henn spun in the second turn to regroup
Umbenhauer held the lead until the wave of the checkered to claim
the win for the second year in a row on his sponsors’ night. Chasing him across
were Kressley, K. Gilmore, Whitmoyer and Brian Hirthler, last week’s feature
winner. B. Gilmore, Paul Kline, Joe Funk III, Lilick and Miller, Cargo Trailer
certificate recipient, completed the top ten.
Miller, Funk III and Dean Bachman won the heats. The consi was won
by Jim Housworth.
At the drop of the green rookie Brad Arnold led the Modified
feature and set the pace for three laps until Mike Laise charged
Jockeying for second through fifth in a close knit battle were
Arnold, Chris Esposito, Todd Smith and Ryan Grim.By the Dan’s Deli ½-way leader
mark Laise, setting a rapid pace, approached lap traffic having to use heads-up
Jordan Umbenhauer stopped in the second turn to bring out the
yellow on the 19th lap to regroup the field. It was still Laise in control, but
by now Esposito, Strunk, Doug Manmiller and Arnold completed the top
The red was thrown on the 22nd lap when Duane Howard, moving on the
outside was pinched into the homestretch boilerplate by Arnold, turned then took
a violent nose dive end over end flip with cars going underneath him piling into
Arnold as they had nowhere to go. All involved drivers were uninjured. The cars
of Howard and Arnold sustained the most damage with Tim Buckwalter, Jon Kellner
and Kyle Borror was also heavily damaged and out of
When racing went green again Strunk put the Vinny Salerno No. 4*
into the lead. The real battle was for second between Laise, who hasn’t been to
victory lane since July 9, 2011 and Manmiller, last week’s feature winner.
Anticipating a slip-up in hopes of advancement were Esposito and Frank
Strunk never faltered and went on to claim his 60th career win at
the oval followed by Manmiller, Laise and Esposito, who both recorded their
season best finishes and Cozze. Sixth through tenth were R. Grim, Mike Gular,
Eric Biehn, Terry Meitzler and Tommy Scheetz III, recipient of the Cargo Trailer
Heat winners were Laise, Scheetz III and R.
It didn’t take Miller long to charge from second to first at the
onset of the Late Model feature and immediately began to pull
By the sixth lap Miller had a sizeable lead built up and coming up
on the slower moving traffic with Green, Ron Kline, Randy Stoudt and Rick
Todorow trying to reel him in.
On the 15th lap Stoudt, challenging Kline for third, made contact
with Kline and both spun in the fourth turn to bring out the caution. Kline
continued, but Stoudt went pit side out of action. Miller was still the leader
on the restart with Green making several moves to overtake him and gain that
elusive first feature win, but was unsuccessful.
Miller got some breathing room as the laps wound down when Green
and Lou Egrie diced for second.
At the wave of the checkered Miller, the leader the entire race,
was triumphant with Green, Egrie, Chuck Schutz and Todorow chasing him across.
Sean Merkel, Wayne Pfeil, Dave Ogin, Kory Fleming and Kline, Cargo Trailer
product certificate recipient, completed the top
Kline and Miller won the heats.
RESULTS Sportsman Feature Finish (40 Laps): 1. Jared Umbenhauer, 2.
Brett Kressley, 3. Kenny Gilmore, 4. Craig Whitmoyer, 5. Brian Hirthler, 6.
Brett Gilmore, 7. Paul Kline, 8. Joe Funk III, 9. Ryan Lilick, 10. Tom Miller,
11. Brandon Whitmoyer, 12. Ryan Beltz, 13. Erik Renninger, 14. Sean Weiss, 15.
Jim Housworth, 16. Dean Bachman, 17. Jordan Henn, 18. Doug Snyder, 19. Kevin
Dries, 20. Mike Stringer, 21. Ken Eckert, 22. Dave Bartram, 23. Ron Krex, 24.
Mike Lisowski. DNQ: Jason Neidlinger, Joe Masiado, Guy Germano, Mark Behm, Jamie
Undercoffler, Nathan Mohr.
NASCAR 358 Modified Feature Finish (30 Laps): 1. Jeff Strunk, 2.
Doug Manmiller, 3. Mike Laise, 4. Chris Esposito, 5. Frank Cozze, 6. Ryan Grim,
7. Mike Gular, 8. Eric Biehn, 9. Terry Meitzler, 10. Tommy Scheetz III, 11.
Craig Von Dohren, 12. Kevin Hirthler, 13. Ray Swinehart, 14. John Willman
(provisional), 15. Brian Houseknecht, 16. Todd Smith, 17. Ron Seltmann Jr., 18.
Mike Kellner, 19. Justin Grim, 20. Bobby Gunther-Walsh, 21. Duane Howard, 22.
Brad Arnold, 23. Tim Buckwalter, 24. Kyle Borror, 25. Jon Kellner, 26. Ryan
Kunkle, 27. Jordan Umbenhauer, 28. Glenn Owens, 29. Chris Gambler. DNQ: Don
BRC Late Model Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Jason Miller, 2. Dan
Green, 3. Lou Egrie, 4. Chuck Schutz, 5. Rick Todorow, 6. Sean Merkel, 7. Wayne
Pfeil, 8. Dave Ogin, 9. Kory Fleming, 10. Ron Kline, 11. Steve Wilson, 12. Steve
Butler, 13. Joe Fanelli, 14. Randy Stoudt, 15. George Irwin, 16. Dirk Rimrott,
17. Buddy Mertz, 18. Bill Henning, 19. Cory Merkel. DNS: John
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