Race Results 04/19/2014Grandview PR
By: VICKI GEHRIS
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. ? Last season at Grandview Speedway Doug Manmiller was only able to muster up one feature victory to his credit in the NASCAR Modified division in early April. Thus far during the ?14 season campaign at the 1/3-mile clay speed plant, Manmiller has become the first repeat winner in the class ? coming off a victory in one of the Twin 20-lap events the previous Saturday.
The Shoemakersville, Pa. leadfoot didn?t have an easy task claiming the win in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified feature. Manmiller battled with Kevin Hirthler starting on the sixth lap as the pair weaved through lap traffic later on. Manmiller quickly dove underneath Hirthler for the lead on the 28th lap after Hirthler made contact with the backstretch wall and with one lap to go Manmiller bounced off the fourth turn inside guard rail with Jeff Strunk in pursuit. Manmiller hung on for the win to put the Josh Biever-owned No. 46 in victory lane. Manmiller commented that the lap cars worked to his advantage on the multi-grooved track when they switched from the inside lane to the high lane. He also picked up an additional $250 from T.P. Trailers, Limerick.
Chuck Schutz claimed his first 25-lap NASCAR Late Model feature in the Ty Zeigler-owned No. ONE. The division recently acquired Bernheisel Race Cars as a major sponsor. Schutz, a bit dejected in the winner?s circle since while he battled for second with defending point champion Jason Miller they collided. Miller spun, collected the first turn wall and was through for the night. But as racing goes ?things happen.? T.P. Trailers awarded the winner with a $100 bonus.
Jared Umbenhauer, behind the wheel of the Barry Bashore-owned No. 5, scored back-to-back victories in the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature as he was able to hold off Brett Kressley?s challenges.
Rookie Kyle Borror led for five laps in the Modified feature before Hirthler, on his bumper since the fourth circuit, shot to the outside on the backstretch to put the Green Lane/Wm. Penn family owned/PPB No. 117 ahead as the pack came around to complete lap six. At the same time Manmiller dove underneath Borror for second to challenge Hirthler.
The front runners encountered lap traffic by lap eight. Hirthler, running the high lane worked around them while Manmiller, who stuck to the low groove, dealt with it.
Behind Hirthler, Manmiller, Ryan Grim and Borror, a side-by-side battle for fifth developed between Frank Cozze, Strunk, Todd Smith and Duane Howard.
Lap 13, which was the Dan?s Deli ?-way hoagie mark that went to Hirthler, was an unlucky one for Howard. Howard sat in the fourth turn with a collapsed front end in the Petruska No. 66 after Smith, who received a flat tire in the ordeal after contact was made and had to go pit side to bring out the only caution in the event. Hirthler held his line of the restart, but Manmiller gave him no room to falter.
Hirthler, who hasn?t visited victory lane since he won the Forrest Rogers Memorial on August 11, 2012, opened a slight margin, but Manmiller built up steam to close in on him and made several runs as the lap traffic decided to move up the track. This caused Hirthler to change his style and line. Reeling the front runner in was Strunk, who won the second 20-lap event last week.
It was a three-way battle for first with five laps to go and neither driver left off the gas and handled the slower traffic that was also racing for positions.
With two laps to go Manmiller was the new leader after Hirthler bounced off the backstretch boilerplate. Hirthler held on for second, but Strunk overtook him on the white flat lap.
Despite contact with the fourth turn infield guard rail and getting a flat tire, Manmiller emerged the winner trailed by Cozze, Hirthler and Craig Von Dohren. Ryan Grim, Tim Buckwalter, Jordan Umbenhauer, Ray Swinehart and Kyle Weiss, Cargo Trailers certificate recipient completed out the top ten.
Heats were won