Race Results 04/15/2006

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Jon Kellner, behind the wheel of the Hutt?s Glass/Pit Stop Tavern #85Am, was denied a possible victory on opening night at Grandview Speedway when mechanical problems sidelined the Lansdale veteran campaigner. He was back Saturday night and even more determined to put a 30-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series modified feature under his belt for the new season.

      Kellner inherited the top spot of the event when leader Don Norris Jr. spun on the third lap and went on to capture his first win of the season by a comfortable margin over runner-up Danny Erb.

      Before the first lap could be completed, Jimmy Reppert was bounced off the homestretch wall, came to a rest in the first turn and was out of competition. When action resumed, Norris Jr. took command trailed by polesitter Rich Wisdo, Kellner, Kevin Hirthler and Jeff Strunk.

      Norris Jr.?s lead was short-lived when he got crossed up and spun in the fourth turn on the third lap collecting Hirthler and Strunk. Norris Jr. had to be towed to the pits, but Hirthler and Strunk could continue.

      Kellner was the new leader on the restart and he wasted no time keeping the Lombardo Race Engines powered mount at the head of the pack with pressure coming from Wisdo, Tom Mayberry, Danny Erb and Steve Folk.

      The red had to be thrown with seven laps completed for a homestretch accident. Eliminated from this were Jason Smythe, as his car sustained heavy front-end damage; Tom Umbenhauer, Jack Hartnett and Sean Merkel. Kenny Gilmore, Hirthler and Dale Hartz were also involved, but after everything was cleared, they were able to rejoin the race.

      Kellner remained the pacesetter being chased down by Wisdo, Mayberry, Ray Swinehart and Danny Erb. Trying to make his way into the top five was Doug Manmiller.

      With Kellner way ahead and increasing the distance each time he circled the 1/3-mile oval, the real battle was for the runner-up spot between Wisdo and Danny Erb while Manmiller and Kerry Kratz anticipated a false move.

      Lap cars were coming into the picture by the 17th lap and the drivers had to use heads up driving, but everyone heeded the move-over flag and radio messages.

      Erb and Manmiller advanced to second and third on the 18th lap and took chase after Kellner, who was somewhat slowed by the lap traffic, but continued his dominance.

      After the seventh lap red flag, the field never regrouped as no more interruptions were needed and anyone?s chances of catching Kellner were void unless he developed problems.

      Kellner never faltered and pulled the TP Trailers special into victory lane for his 13th career win. Chasing him across the line having their own battle for the remaining positions were Danny Erb, Manmiller, Swinehart and opening night runner-up Craig Von Dohren. Rounding out the top ten were Terry Meitzler, Kratz, Meme DeSantis,

Strunk and Wisdo.

      Heat winners were Jason Smythe, Larry Solomon, Jon Kellner, Jeff Strunk, Kevin Hirthler and Danny Erb. Tracy Readinger, Tom Umbenhauer and John Willman won the consies.

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