BECHTELSVILLE, PA After coming close to victory twice earlier in the season young Brad Missimer was able to drive the Schaeffer Motorsports/Cheers Tavern No. 327 to his first career win in the 30-lap WNPV-1440 AM Radio Night NASCAR 358 Modified feature race on Saturday night. The win at Grandview Speedway made the Bechtelsville youngster the 12th different modified feature winner this season. In the 20-lapper for late models defending champion Chuck Schutz was able to put the BPG Racing No. 1 in victory lane for the third time this season.
Bobby Gunther Walsh went to the front of the 29-car starting field in the 30-lapper for the NASCAR 358 modifieds. With just two laps in the record book a multi-car tangle brought out the caution with Walsh able to set the pace on the restart. At five laps completed Missimer was able to charge past Walsh for the lead and took Kerry Kratz with him.
At seven laps another multi-car accident sent Meme DeSantis, Kevin Hirthler and point leader Jeff Strunk to the pits. All returned to action. Duane Howard, second in the point standings, was towed to the pits on a wrecker.
Missimer was in charge at 10 laps with Kratz and Shawn Reimert pressuring. At the 17 lap marker six time champion Craig VonDohren, who had been on a hot streak lately, brought out a caution as he slowed with a tire problem.
On the restart Missimer was still the man to beat as Kratz, Reimert, Billy Pauch Jr. and Kyle Follweiler were chasing him.
With six laps to go in the feature Todd Smith and VonDohren got together between turns three and four bringing out the caution and closing the field of challengers behind leader Missimer.
The young racer was able to handle some lapped traffic and survive a caution on the 29th lap for Keith Hoffman who had engine problems while running sixth.
On the restart the top three put on a battle that went right down to the checkered flag with Missimer, grandson to track owner Bruce Rogers, able to pick up the $2,200 victory. Billy Pauch (Frenchtown, NJ) threaded the needle to get second coming off the fourth turn of the final lap with Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville) earning an impressive third. Shawn Reimert (Oley) came home in fourth followed by Terry Meitzler (Kutztown). Current point leader Jeff Strunk was able to increase his point lead over Duane Howard as he finished ninth compared to Howard’s 27th.
The 20-lap feature for late models had Bill Henning going to the front at the drop of the green. For 10 laps it looked like Henning, with a car sponsored in part by WNPV-AM Radio was going to be able to win the feature on his sponsor’s night.
However on the 11th circuit Chuck Schutz was able to take the top spot and set the pace for just one lap before Henning was able to take back the lead. With 13 circuits completed Schutz charged back in front and was able to hold off the challenge of Mike Kellner (Lansdale) to grab the victory. Third place went to Wayne Pfeil (Mohnton) followed by current point leader Randy Stoudt (Pottstown) and Ron Kline (Salford).
Qualifying heat races for the NASCAR 358 modifieds were won by Kyle Follweiler, Troy Wink, Billy Pauch Jr. and Terry Meitzler. Consolation race victories were earned by Kevin Hirthler and Jeff Strunk. Qualifiers for the late models went to Chuck Schutz, Danny Snyder and Randy Stoudt.
The Dan’s Deli Halfway Leader awards went to Bill Henning in the late models and Brad Missimer in the modifieds. Gift certificates from Cargo Trailer Sales went to the 10th place finisher in each feature with Rick Todorow getting the award in late models while Meme DeSantis won it in the modifieds. Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger Awards were earned by Kyle Merkel in the late models gaining 8 spots in the feature while Jeff Strunk gained 13 spots in the modified feature to get the award.
The leader of each lap in the late model feature race received $14.40 courtesy of Joe and Linda Moskal of WNPV-1440 AM Radio.
A doubleheader show of NASCAR 358 Modifieds and Late Models will be the attraction on Saturday, August 22nd at 7:30 p.m. The night is sponsored by FHG Services.
A new sponsor joins the Grandview Speedway family of marketing partners on Saturday, August 29th when 3 Starz Inc. Landscaping sponsors the tripleheader show of NASCAR 358 modifieds, late models and American Racing Drivers Club wingless midgets.
The month of racing at Grandview closes with the Sunday, August 30th NEETS Enduro competition starting at 2:30 p.m.
Grandview Speedway is a one-third-mile, banked clay oval track located at 43 Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, just 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com