Race Results 04/19/2008

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Terry Meitzler gave car owners Dennis and Joanne Bailey a large monetary 38th wedding anniversary present on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. He won the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series modified feature by holding off the challenges of runner-up and defending point champion Jeff Strunk. It was Meitzler?s first win of the season ending a three-year winless bout last visiting victory lane July 23, 2005. It was three years since Meitzler or the Bailey?s were in victory lane each with a different team and driver at the time.

      John Willman took the early lead trailed by Mark Kratz, Shawn Reimert, Sean Merkel and Meitzler.

      The lead changed on the third circuit as Kratz charged into first.

      Contact with an infield tire that launched it onto the track brought out the first caution with nine laps in the books. The restart saw Reimert and    Meitzler move into first and second respectively as Kratz dropped to third.

      Reimert and Meitzler made contact several times with neither one giving an inch.

      A new leader emerged on the 13th lap when Meitzler put the Berks Products No. 81 at the head of the pack.

      Behind Meitzler the battle for positions was hot and heavy between Reimert, Kratz, Merkel and Kevin Hirthler. Strunk was on the move and joined the top five on the 16th lap.

      Lap traffic came into play by the 29th lap, however Meitzler kept his momentum going and stayed his distance.

      Reimert and Strunk had their own race for second with Kratz and Stewart Friesen anticipating a false move in hopes of gaining a position.

      Doug Manmiller, who finished a solid second last week, stopped along the backshute and then Brad Brightbill, a rookie this season, came to a half in the second turn to bring out the yellow on the 25th lap.

      Meitzler maintained the lead when action resumed with Strunk now in the runner-up spot trying aimlessly to overtake him with little success.

      A two-lap shoot-out was set up when Chris Gambler spun in the second turn. Meitzler wasted no time pulling away on the restart as Meitzler knew Strunk wanted the win as badly as he did.

      Meitzler never surrendered the lead and pulled into the winner?s circle to claim a well-deserved, hard earned victory. Strunk had to settle for second trailed by Friesen, Craig Von Dohren, who came on strong in the final stages and Reimert. Rounding out the top ten were Duane Howard, Kratz, Ryan Godown, Ryan Grim and last week?s feature winner Mike Gular.

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SHUEY?S LONG HOURS PAY OFF WITH L.M. VICTORY AT GRANDVIEW

 

Bechtelsville, PA ? Brian Shuey, whose car was heavily damaged last week in the 10-car first lap accident of the feature, burned the midnight oil this week as the crew repaired the car to get it race-ready.
      Their hard efforts paid off as Shuey put the Dave and Charlotte Eyrich-owned/Bob Fisher Chevrolet No. 5X into victory lane in the 20-lap NASCAR late model feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway for his second win of the season.

      Before the first lap could be completed Dean Stoudt, the leader, g