Race Results 04/12/2014Grandview PR
By: VICKI GEHRIS
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. ? Doug, ?The Handler? Manmiller and Jeff Strunk shared the victories in the Twin 20-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 20-lap Modified features on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway claiming a $2250 payday which included the $250 bonus from T.P. Trailers, Limerick.
Randy Stoudt tied Jon Kellner?s win record at 58 when he won the 25-lap NASCAR Late Model feature for new team owners Taylor White and Wendy Brown in his familiar No. 10. He picked up an addition $100 from T.P. Trailers.
Defending NASCAR Sportsman point champion Jared Umbenhauer took advantage of Craig Whitmoyer?s bad luck when Whitmoyer dropped out while leading the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature. Umbenhauer went on to win the event by a comfortable margin over runner up Ryan Beltz, in which he earned the T.P. Trailers $100 bonus.
Eric Biehn took the early lead in the first 20-lap modified feature while Kyle Follweiler, Manmiller, Ray Swinehart and Jordan Umbenhauer diced for positions.
Biehn?s comfortable lead was erased on the seventh lap caution brought out when Kyle Borror and Ron Seltmann Jr. tangled on the backstretch. Biehn held his own on the restart, but Manmiller was now in the runner-up seat.
Manmiller, a winner of one of the twin events last year, got a good run coming off the fourth turn and ducked to the inside of Biehn to put the Josh Biever-owned/GMI No. 46 at the head of the pack.
Umbenhauer, working on the outside, charged into second to pressure Manmiller with Biehn, Craig Von Dohren and Jeff Strunk in tow.
Within no time Manmiller, who praised the crew for giving him a good car and was happy he had a good fourth place starting spot, built up a commanding lead.
Manmiller never looked back until he saw the drop of the checkered to chalk up his 19th career win at the 1/3-mile oval. Defending point champion Von Dohren came home second followed by Umbenhauer, Strunk and Biehn. Rounding out the top ten were Mike Gular, Duane Howard, Follweiler, Ray Swinehart and John Willman.
In the second 20-lap event Manmiller?s bid at two-in-a-row vanished quickly when he hit the third turn wall with heavy impact, but continued, before any laps could be completed.
Tommy Scheetz III was the early pacesetter when action resumed being challenged by Swinehart, Kyle Follweiler, John Willman and Biehn.
Behind Scheetz III and Swinehart, Willman, Follweiler and Biehn were three-wide for the remaining spots.
Meme DeSantis, Von Dohren and Justin Grim tangled along the homestretch to bring out the yellow at the eight-lap marker. A first turn incident that involved Mike Kellner and Manmiller and ended their nights voided the restart. On the next attempt Swinehart, who hasn?t visited victory lane at the track since August 4, 2012, charged into the lead. Second through fifth now was comprised of Scheetz III, Willman, Don Norris Jr. and Strunk.
Tim Buckwalter was in the fourth turn boilerplate for the next caution on lap 10. The restart was brought back to the line when Norris Jr. and Willman got together with Norris Jr. riding the second turn inside rail. When action went green again it was still Swinehart in the lead, but now Strunk took over second and was in the hunt.
Strunk, running the high line in the Vinny Salerno No. 4*, began closing on Swinehart who had distanced himself.
With five laps remaining Strunk charged ahead and went on to victory which he was happy to get so early in the season. Crossing the line in second was Swinehart trailed by Scheetz III, Follweiler and Frank Cozze. Sixth through tenth were Howard, Mike Gular, Biehn, Kyle Weiss and Terry Meitzler.
Swinehart, Manmiller, Von Dohren and Strunk were the heat winners. Consi winners were Buckwalter and Scheetz III.
Late Model action saw rookie Cory Merkel spin on the initial start. It was Stoudt charging from second to first on the next attempt.
While Stoudt showed the way, the battle behind him brewed betwe