BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 10, 2008 . . . It looked like it was going to be Craig VonDohren adding another NASCAR 358 Modified victory to his current win streak until a late race restart saw VonDohren, the leader, make contact with challenger, Doug Manmiller, on the front straightaway sending VonDohren into the first turn wall and putting him out of the race.
When the race finished Jeff Strunk, six time champion and current NASCAR Modified point leader, had brought the Gold Rush Custom Trailers/Touch of Green Landscaping No. 126 home first for his fourth win of the season. The Mohnton, PA driver picked up $2250 for his win in the 30-lap WNPV-AM Radio NASCAR Modified feature race on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. The 20-lap feature race for Late Models was won by Randy Stoudt. The Pottstown racer, using last year’s chassis with new sheet metal, came from 11th starting spot to gain the win with the Merkel Rebar/TP Trailers No. 118.
“I would rather be lucky than good,” said Strunk in victory lane after having survived all the on-track incidents. “The track surface was great as it has been all season.”
Kurt Spotts had fans rooting for him as the 17-year-old high school student survived several early race accidents including a flip on the third lap by past champion Terry Meitzler. He was uninjured in the fourth turn incident.
Spotts was in front of the 28 car starting field right on up to the 14th circuit of the one-third-mile, banked clay oval.
Craig VonDohren, a six time champion and recent winner of the rich Forrest Rogers Memorial, was on a win streak. He had not lost a race in August and charged from 15th starting spot to take the lead on the 14th lap after a three lap battle for the top spot with Spotts.
Once in front VonDohren, who now calls Boyertown home, was making it look as if he was on his way to another victory as he pulled away to a full straight away lead.
With 24 laps in the record book Spotts bounced off the wall in the fourth turn and came to stop in the first turn bringing out the caution and ending a great effort by the young racer.
On the restart Doug Manmiller, who had started 13th, was now charging alongside of VonDohren making a run for the lead. The two made contact on the front straight putting leader VonDohren in the wall and out of the race while Manmiller was able to continue.
On the 25th lap of the 30-lap main event Jeff Strunk, charging up from 14th starting slot, took the lead from Manmiller while Ryan Godown, coming 19th starting position, was now in third.
Strunk was able to hold on to win despite a hard charge from Ryan Godown (Ringoes, NJ) who continues to seek his first Grandview feature win. Third place went to Manmiller (Shoemakersville) followed by Rick Schaffer (Woxall) and Kevin Hirthler (Bechtelsville).
VonDohren was credited with a 24th place finish.
Rick Todorow was quick to react at the drop of the green and took command of the 21 car starting field in the late model feature. The Quakertown, PA auto body shop operator looked like he was going for a win but Danny Snyder had some different ideas and took the lead from the veteran driver. Snyder put on an exceptional performance but Todorow worked his way past the younger at the midway point.
With 12 laps in the record book Randy Stoudt, coming from 11th spot, was challenging Todorow and one lap later was in first place.
Stoudt was able to ride to victory for the fourth time this season and the win allowed him to gain some ground in the point battle with current point leader Chuck Schutz.
At the finish Todorow (Quakertown) finished second to Stoudt while Schutz (Pottstown) just nosed out Ron Kline (Salford) for third spot. Schutz came from 18th starting position. Fifth place went to Snyder.
Qualifying heat races for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds were won by Craig VonDohren, John Tschudy, Bobby Gunther Walsh and Kurt Spotts. Consolation races for the Modifieds went to Kerry Kratz and Terry Meitzler.
In the Late Model qualifiers wins were earned by Brian Shuey, Randy Stoudt and Ed Trimbur.
The Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger awards, worth $50 to each driver, went to Ryan Godown in the Modified feature as he gained 17 positions. In the Late Model 20-lapper it was Chuck Schutz gaining 15 positions to get the award.
The Salvage Transport Award, $30 cash, went to Steve Weikel. The award goes to the Late Model racer who is the last racer to finish on the lead lap.
Racing this Saturday night, August 16th, will include the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and 600 Modifieds as part of RCN-TV Night. Racing will start 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.
30-LAP WNPV-AM RADIO NIGHT NASCAR 358 MODIFIED STOCK CAR FEATURE FINISH: 1. Jeff Strunk 2. Ryan Godown 3. Doug Manmiller 4. Rick Schaffer 5. Kevin Hirthler 6. Sean Merkel 7. Troy Wink 8. Jason Hamilton 9. Todd Smith 10. Cliff Quinn 11. John Tschudy 12. John Willman 13. Danny Erb 14. Shawn Reimert 15. Kerry Kratz 16. Tommy Scheetz Jr. 17. Don Norris Jr. 18. Kurt Spotts 19. Jon Kellner Jr. 20. Ryan Grim 21. Todd Marburger 22. Chris Gambler 23. Brad Missimer 24. Craig VonDohren (Rest of field did not finish) 25. Bobby Gunther Walsh 26. Chris Esposito 27. Terry Meitzler 28. Tom Umbenhauer
20-LAP WNPV-AM RADIO NIGHT NASCAR LATE MODEL FEATURE FINISH: 1. Randy Stoudt 2. Rick Todorow 3. Chuck Schutz 4. Ron Kline 5. Danny Snyder 6. Brian Shuey 7. Wayne Pfeil 8. Bill Henning 9. Ed Trimbur 10. Buddy Wharton 11. John Giesler 12. Bryon Sipte 13. Eric Snoke 14. Dean Stoudt 15. John Favinger 16. Kyle Merkel 17. Steve Weikel 18. Bobby Wyatt 19. Harry Henning III 20. Dennis Pieper 21. Mike Kellner.