Race Results 04/25/2015Grandview PR
By VICKI GEHRIS
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. ? Craig Von Dohren became the third different 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series Modified feature winner in four outings on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway when he collected his first win of the season and 91st career victory at the 1/3-mile oval. Von Dohren battled race leader Ryan Grim for several laps before the pair made contact going into the second turn. Von Dohren got underneath Grim to merge into first on the 27th lap ? the same lap current point leader Duane Howard advanced to second. Howard tried his best to get past Von Dohren, but fell short as Von Dohren pulled the Beartown Recycling/K.L. Harring Transportation No. 1C into the winner?s circle.
Kory Fleming, who was sidelined from Late Model action last week by a drive shaft issue in the heat, bounced back and scored his first win of the year. In the 25-lap NASCAR BRC Late Model Feature Fleming ended his winless drought being shut out since September 10, 2011. The N.J.-based driver said, ?He didn?t know when he was going to win again and the car kind of drove itself he was just along for the ride.?
In NASCAR Sportsman competition Brett Kressley continued his dominance of the division and won his third 25-lap feature out of four.
The T.P. Trailers, Limerick monetary awards went to Von Dohren, $250 modifieds; and Fleming and Kressley both received $100 as their respective feature winners. Von Dohren also received $150 in product awards from VP Fuels for running gas. The Dan?s Deli ?-way Hoagie leaders were Grim, modifieds; Fleming, late models and Arnold, sportsman. Bill Henning, Jared Umbenhauer and Brett Gilmore were the recipients of the Cargo Trailers certificates.
Modified action saw Ryan Grim, sidelined by an opening night crash, keep his self-owned/sponsored Hoffman Speed Supplies/Willow St. Pub No. 17, in front from his pole starting position trailed by Kevin Hirthler, Kyle Borror, running his back-up car after his opening night flip;, Ron Haring Jr. and Brian Houseknecht.
A seven-car homestretch accident eliminated Ray Swinehart, Tim Buckwalter and Jarrad Miller to bring out the red with one lap completed. On the restart Kevin Hirthler put the Green Lane/Wm. Penn/4-Star Lettering No. 117 into the lead, but Grim stuck with him trying to regain control.
A third lap first and second turn spin involving Mike Kellner, Jamie Speers and Meme DeSantis brought out the yellow. This restart Hirthler had a push coming off the fourth turn and Grim dove underneath him to regain the top spot.
In a matter of laps Grim had some distance built up between himself and second through fifth-place runners Hirthler, Glenn Strunk, Don Norris Jr. and Borror. Coming on strong behind them were Kevin Hartnett, Von Dohren and Howard.
Norris Jr., who previously moved into third, continued to be plagued by misfortunes when front end suspension problems brought him to a stop in the fourth turn for the final caution on lap 15. Grim maintained his position, but now putting in their bids for first were Hirthler, Von Dohren, Howard and Borror. Trying to break into the top five after being involved in the second lap red was Jeff Strunk and by the 16th lap he was fifth.
Von Dohren cleared Hirthler for second on the 19th lap and set sail after Grim.
Lap cars came into play with five laps to go and a blanket could have been put over the top five comprised of Grim, Von Dohren, Howard, Strunk and Hirthler.
Von Dohren and Grim touched coming off turn two with Von Dohren now first and Howard second since Grim fell to third on lap 27.
Von Dohren kept everyone behind and went on to score the win with Howard a close second followed by Grim, Strunk and Hirthler. Rounding out the top ten were Kyle Weiss, Doug Manmiller, Borror, G. Strunk and rookie Jared Umbenhauer.
Grim, Hirthler and Weiss won the heats. The consi went to Billy Pauch Jr. making a rare appearance since New Egypt took the week off from racing.