BECHTELSVILLE, PA. Tim Buckwalter, an ARDC midget racing standout
has won several midget features at Grandview Speedway, but he had never won a
30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 358 Modified feature until Saturday
night in the activities sponsored by Hatfield Quality Meats and televised by
RCN-TV 4. Point leader Randy Stoudt topped the field in the 25-lap BRC Late
Model feature race while Jared Umbenhauer continued his record setting pace
winning the 25-lap Sportsman feature race for his ninth win of the
car racing returns to Grandview Speedway on Saturday, July 26th with
the Atlas Paving Co. Night featuring the Pepsi-Bashore Challenge, one on one
Modified racing, along with the regular NASCAR 358 Modified, BRC Late Model and
Sportsman racing action at 7:30 p.m. When spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. fans
are invited to the weekly Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet featuring Modified
standout Duane Howard along with father and son Late Model racers Lou Egrie
Sr.& Jr. Again this week fans will have the opportunity to win tickets to
NASCAR racing events at Pocono Raceway on August 2nd and
3rd which will feature the GoBowling 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
Tickets are courtesy of WNPV-1440 AM radio and Pocono
Buckwalter, the 2013 Modified rookie, teamed up with
Jerry and Linda Rogue for the season to drive their No. 22. Several weeks ago
after the car was destroyed when Duane Howard landed on top of his car in the
homestretch melee, the team took some time off, got a new frame and returned to
action. They struggled a while, but had the car in top notch running order on
Saturday night and his “dream finally came true” – he got to victory lane in the
division. He thanked all his sponsors for sticking with them and making
everything possible. He now has three more wins to go to tie his father Rick in
the career win list. The Royersford racer collected a $2900 payday which
included $250 from T.P. Trailers and a $150 product award from VP Racing
Allentown radio personality Bobby Gunther Walsh led
for the first ten laps before Kyle Weiss spun in the second turn for the first
caution. On the restart Buckwalter put the H.G. Associates powered mount at the
head of the pack.
Buckwalter quickly built up a comfortable margin by
the Dan’s Deli ½-way leader bonus over second through fifth-place runners
Gunther Walsh, Jon Kellner, Mike Laise and Jordan
Four-time feature winner Doug Manmiller spun in the
fourth turn for the second and final caution on the 20th lap to erase
Buckwalter’s commanding lead. Buckwalter hung tough and held onto the lead when
action resumed, but now Kellner, Umbenhauer, Craig VonDohren and Laise were in
pursuit. Trying to get into a top five spot was last week’s feature winner Duane
Howard and he did on the 23rd lap.
Kellner and VonDohren battled for second for four laps
before VonDohren finally cleared him with one lap to
Buckwalter kept all challengers behind him and went on
to score a crowd-pleasing triumph. Chasing him across the line were VonDohren,
Kellner, Umbenhauer and Howard. Rounding out the top ten were Jeff Strunk,
Laise, Nate Christman, Mike Gular, coming from the 21st spot and Frank Cozze.
Todd Smith received the Cargo Trailers product gift
Buckwalter, Laise, Ray Swinehart and Don Norris Jr.
were the heat winners. After winning the third heat, Swinehart’s engine erupted
and he was finished for the night. Consolation race victories went to Terry
Meitzler and Gular. There were 34 Modifieds on hand trying for one of the 28
feature starting spots.
Randy Stoudt, the all-time leading late model feature
winner, won his third 25-lap NASCAR BRC feature of the season behind the wheel
of the Taylor White and Wanda Brown-owned No. 22 and picked up an additional
$100 from T.P. Trailers for his efforts.
Rookie and polesitter Cory Merkel took the early lead
at the drop of the green trailed by Lou Egrie Jr., Joe Fanelli, Kory Fleming and
Fleming advanced to second on the fifth lap to
challenge C. Merkel for the top spot.
C. Merkel was able to hold off Fleming’s bids until
the Dan’s Deli ½-way leader mark when Fleming charged past
One lap later Stoudt moved into the runner-up spot and
began challenging Fleming for first.
Stoudt moved to the outside lane coming off the fourth
turn on the 19th circuit and was successful in becoming the new
While Stoudt showed the way around the 1/3-mile banked
clay oval, the battle for positions brewed between Fleming, Wayne Pfeil, Dan
Green and Chuck Schutz, last week’s feature winner.
With three to go Pfeil made his way into second and
took chase after teammate Stoudt.
It was Stoudt, who calls Pottstown home, leading the
rest of the way as Pfeil, Fleming, Green and Schutz chased him across the line.
Sixth through tenth were Jason Miller, Sean Merkel, Lou Egrie, C. Merkel and
S. Merkel and Lou Egrie Jr. won the
The ninth win for Jared Umbenhauer didn’t come easy as
he beat Kenny Gilmore by inches in the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature in which
he also received an extra $100 from T.P. Trailers.
Joe Masiado set the pace for two laps before rookie
Brett Gilmore took the top spot and checked out.
The battle for the remaining spots was hot and heavy
between Masiado, Sean Weiss, Tom “Elvis” Miller and Mike
Ryan Lilick brought out the first yellow when he spun
in the second turn. It was still B. Gilmore, running the outside, ahead on the
restart, but now Miller, in the low groove, was in pursuit of the
Miller became the new leader at the Dan’s Deli ½
leader mark, but B. Gilmore stayed right with him trying to regain the top
The yellow was thrown on the 16th lap for Brett
Kressley stopped in the fourth turn with a flat left rear tire. He rejoined the
pack after a quick pit stop. Umbenhauer, who overtook second the previous lap,
moved into first when Miller suddenly slowed his pace and brought out the yellow
on lap 18. The leader continued to be Umbenhauer on the restart, but now Kenny
Gilmore overtook his son Brett to set his sights on
Umbenhauer and K. Gilmore put on quite a battle for
the lead as K. Gilmore would nose ahead, but could never lead a lap as
Umbenhauer was always in front at the line. B. Gilmore, Paul Kline and Brian
Hirthler were dicing for third through fifth.
Coming in for the checkered K. Gilmore made one last
charge, but it was Richland, PA’s Umbenhauer the victor in the Bashore-owned No.
5 by 0.037 seconds. It appeared B. Gilmore would have his best finish of the
season in third, but was denied the chance as he found himself turned around in
the fourth turn with Kressley and Jordan Henn also involved as they had nowhere
to go to avoid the mishap. Hirthler, who was running fifth, managed to avoid
contact and finish third followed by Lisowski and Brandon Whitmoyer. Kline,
fourth at the time of B. Gilmore’s spun, managed to get sixth followed by Dean
Bachman, Ryan Beltz, Erik Renninger and Ken Eckert
Heats were won by Miller, Masiado and Lisowski. Eckert
Jr. won the consi.
PIT NOTE: With rain falling as close as Oley,
officials and racers worked together to speed the events along and had the
entire 15 event show completed before 10:30 p.m.