BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 3, 2008 . . . Veteran racer Craig VonDohren is on a hot streak. He has won the last three times out with his most recent victory coming in the Forrest Rogers Memorial 358 Modified Classic paying $10,000 to win at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Current Late Model point leader Chuck Schutz won the 20-lap Late Model feature race for his first victory of the season.
Troy Wink led the 31-car starting field to the green for the 38th annual Forrest Rogers Memorial with a multi car accident bringing out the caution before the first lap was completed putting contender Kerry Kratz out of the race. A second caution had several cars involved with Duane Howard and Jason Hamilton heading to the pits while Craig VonDohren was at the back of the pack.
At the two lap marker Troy Wink was in front of Chris Esposito and Brad Missimer.
Wink continued to be the pace setter with Missimer making every effort to get by and that is the way it stayed for the first one-third of the 50-lapper.
At 18 laps Ryan Godown and Sean Merkel tangled bringing out the yellow flag and Meme DeSantis a crowd favorite was towed to the pits with mechanical woes.
On the restart Tom Umbenhauer got into the back of leader Wink with the leader doing an outstanding job keeping control of his car while Umbenhauer went to the front of the field.
At the halfway mark Umbenhauer had a comfortable lead over Wink with Rick Schaffer in third followed by Todd Marburger and Esposito.
Five laps later VonDohren was able to charge into the top five. Two laps later Billy Pauch Jr. had his mount break sending him to the pits.
VonDohren worked his way past everyone to mount a challenge on leader Umbenhauer and with 37 laps completed VonDohren was able to put his Mike Harvey owned Felty Farms sponsored No. 1C in front of the field.
Once in front VonDohren, winner of three previous Forrest Rogers Memorials, was able to distance himself from the rest of the field until the late laps. At 47 laps Umbenhauer had the power steering go on his mount putting him out.
Duane Howard now became a factor with just three laps to go running the outside groove. The three time track champion charged to second spot and closed up on VonDohren on the final lap but time ran out as VonDohren was able to hold on for the win, the fifth of the season for the Oley resident.
“The top was going away and the bottom was slow,” said the veteran racer in victory lane. “I just kept mixing it up and hoping to break the rythmn of the others behind me.” Apparently it worked as he earned himself a big pay day.
Howard (Oley) came home second continuing his streak of not being able to win this classic event. Third place was earned by Doug Manmiller (Shoemakersville) followed by six time track champion and current point leader Jeff Strunk (Mohnton) coming from 22nd starting spot. Fifth spot was earned by last year’s winner Jason Hamilton (Erwinna).
Danny Snyder looked like he might be able to win his first 20-lap Late Model feature at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night as he took the lead at the start and set the pace for 18 laps. Chuck Schutz stormed from 11th spot to the front of the field on the 18th circuit of the one-third-mile clay oval. One lap later Randy Stoudt moved to second after having come from 17th starting position. Stoudt made a strong charge at the finish but fell short of victory.
Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) picked up his first win of the season with the BPG Racing/Baro Trucking No. 1 and continues to lead the NASCAR Late Model point standings. Second spot went to Randy Stoudt (Pottstown) followed by Danny Snyder (East Greenville) followed by Wayne Pfeil (Mohnton) and Ed Trimbur (Boyertown).
Quality heats for the Late Models were won by Snyder, Pfeil and Schutz.
In the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Modified qualifiers the wins were taken by Danny Erb, Troy Wink, Kerry Kratz and Danny Hieber. The consolation races went to Cliff Quinn and Jeff Strunk.
The Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger awards, worth $50 to each driver, went to Rick Schaffer in the Forrest Rogers Memorial having started in 26th spot and finished 7th while Randy Stoudt went from 17th to 2nd in the Late Model main event. The Modified Hard Charger also received 10 gallons of racing fuel.
The Salvage Transport Award, $30 cash, went to John Favinger . The award goes to the Late Model racer who is the last racer to finish on the lead lap.
Dan’s Deli in Boyertown awards two hoagies to the leader of each feature at the halfway mark.
Cargo Trailer Sales awards a $50 gift certificate to the tenth place finisher in the Late Model feature race.
Coming up on Saturday, August 9th, is WNPV-AM Radio Night featuring the NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models with racing getting the green flag at 7:30 p.m.
Admission for regular Saturday nights is $13 for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 thru 11 and under 6 are admitted free with a paying adult. There is always free parking on the speedway grounds and fans are invited to enjoy the wide array of concessions available at the track or are free to bring their food and refreshments.
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com or telephone 610.754.7688.
50-LAP FORREST ROGERS MEMORIAL NASCAR 358 MODIFIED STOCK CAR FEATURE FINISH: 1. Craig VonDohren 2. Duane Howard 3. Doug Manmiller 4. Jeff Strunk 5. Jason Hamilton 6. Troy Wink 7. Rick Schaffer 8. Terry Meitzler 9. Chris Esposito 10. Mike Gular 11. John Kellner Jr. 12. Todd Marburger 13. Ryan Grim 14. Danny Hieber 15. Brad Missimer 16. Cliff Quinn 17. Danny Erb 18. Ryan Godown 19. Sean Merkel 20. Don Norris Jr. 21. Todd Smith 22. Kevin Hirthler 23. Jason Smythe (rest of the field did not finish) 24. Tom Umbenhauer 25.Tommy Scheetz Jr. 26. Billy Pauch Jr. 27. Brad Brightbill 28. Meme DeSantis 29. Chris Gambler 30. John Willman 31. Kerry Kratz
20 - LAP NASCAR LATE MODEL FEATURE FINISH: 1. Chuck Schutz 2. Randy Stoudt 3. Danny Snyder 4. Wayne Pfeil 5. Ed Trimbur 6. Buddy Wharton 7. Kyle Merkel 8. Brian Shuey 9. Rick Todorow 10. Bill Henning 11. Bryon Sipe 12. Dean Stoudt 13. Ron Kline 14. John Favinger 15. Eric Snoke 16. Bobby Wyatt (the rest of the field was not running at the finish) 17. Harry Henning III 18. Dennis Pieper 19. John Giesler 20. Mike Kellner 21. Jud Hendrickson