Race Results 04/12/2008

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Mike Gular became the new driver of the Steve Kratz-owned, Banes Roofing No. 8 over the winter months when the team was in search of one.

      In Gular?s second outing for the team, he survived numerous restarts and held off the constant, strong challenges of runner-up Doug Manmiller to win his first 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. The win was Gular?s second career victory at the oval.

      Jason Smythe set the pace for two laps before Cliff Quinn took over the lead on the third lap restart needed for a multi-car fourth turn accident.

      The battle behind Quinn brewed between Smythe, Glenn Owens, Jason Hamilton and Gular.

Brad Missimer and Kerry Kratz brought out the next yellow when they tangled along the homestretch. The restart was void as Owens was spun on the frontstretch with many others involved. The restart was single file in an attempt to avoid all the accidents and Gular emerged as the new leader.

      Hamilton, while running second on the seventh lap, spun in the second turn; was somehow avoided by everyone and when his path was clear he pulled away not holding up the show.

      By the eighth lap Gular, running the high line, and Doug Manmiller, down low, were engaged in a fierce battle for the lead.

Behind them Smythe and Meme DeSantis had their own race going on for third with Tom Umbenhauer waiting for a false move.

      Duane Howard, last week?s feature winner, slowed against the boilerplate in the second turn with a flat tire. As cars scrambled to avoid him, Hamilton and Quinn spun. Howard rejoined the race in time after a quick pit stop.

      Gular continued to lead on the restart, but Manmiller was giving him no room to falter as the pair dueled back and forth trailed by DeSantis, Smythe and Umbenhauer.

      Gular was able to withstand all of Manmiller?s strong efforts to pull into victory lane for a hard-fought triumph. Manmiller hung on for second followed by DeSantis, Smythe and defending point champion Jeff Strunk. Rounding out the top ten were Umbenhauer, Tommy Scheetz Jr., Danny Erb, who fought his way back to the front; Howard and Ryan Grim.

      Qualifying heat winners were Jason Smythe, Sean Merkel, Doug Manmiller and Cliff Quinn. Kerry Kratz and Jeff Strunk won the consies. The Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger award went to Tommy Scheetz Jr.

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RANDY STOUDT TALLIES UP 43RD CAREER L.M. VICTORY AT GRANDVIEW

Bechtelsville, PA ? Randy Stoudt, driving the Ken Merkel-owned No. 118, became the leader on the sixth lap of the 20-lap NASCAR late model feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway and went on to record his first win of the season and his 43rd career victory.
      Rookie Danny Snyder grabbed the early lead on the initial start of the event.

      The red had to be thrown before the second lap could be completed as Ed Trimbur shot across traffic spinning into the homestretch infield setting up a major accident in turn one. Last week?s feature winner Brian Shuey?s car was backed on top of Wayne Pfeil?s car with several others involved.  Luckily all drivers were uninjured, but several cars sustained heavy damage.