Race Results 04/26/2014

By: VICKI GEHRIS

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. ? Doug ?The Handler? Manmiller plus the Josh and Beth Biever-owned No. 46 race team continued their dominance of victory lane at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night as they appear to have found the right set-up. He overtook rookie Brad Arnold on the 21st lap and went on to make it two-in-a-row in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified feature by a comfortable margin over Don Norris Jr. and Meme DeSantis. Manmiller, who is on a roll, couldn?t thank the crew enough for their countless hours of working on the car and having the best equipment. Manmiller earned a $2,900 payday. In addition to the purse he received $250 from T.P. Trailers and an extra $150 from VP Fuels for running gas.

The 25-lap NASCAR Late Model feature had its first repeat winner when Sean Merkel picked up his second win of the season and picked up an additional $100 from T.P. Trailers. He may need that extra since he commented in victory lane that he thinks he hurt the motor.

Defending Sportsman point champion Jared Umbenhauer made it three-in-a-row when he took home the checkered in the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature by a healthy margin over Brett Kressley and he also received $100 from T.P. Trailers.

Mike Laise took the early lead at the onset of the Modified feature and the next lap Kyle Follweiler brought out the yellow with a right rear flat tire on the homestretch. Laise was still in command on the restart trailed by Arnold, Chris Gambler, Andy Ressler and Brian Hirthler, who was on the move.

A seven-car tangle between turns one and two brought out the caution on the third circuit. Taking a hard hit and eliminated was Hirthler. The other cars involved made a quick pit stop and rejoined the action. It was still Laise ahead of the pack when racing went green.

The third caution was for Eric Biehn when he lost power on the homestretch on lap four. That didn?t deter Laise and he kept Arnold, Norris Jr., Manmiller, on the move on the outside from 16th behind.

Within a few laps Laise was in a race of his own building up a half a lap lead encountering lap cars.

The pack regrouped on the 14th lap when Craig Von Dohren, the defending point champion, was against the third turn boilerplate after contact with another car and was out of contention while making his way to the front for the fourth and final caution. The restart saw a lead change as Arnold bolted into first with Norris Jr. and Manmiller advancing to second and third with Laise back to fourth. Trying to get into the mix were Meme DeSantis from his 21st consi win spot and Duane Howard, 13th-place starter.

Behind Arnold cars were constantly swapping spots back and forth and by the 19th lap Manmiller was pressuring him for the lead.

Manmiller became the third different leader of the event on the 21st lap.

Trying to chase Manmiller down with five to go were Norris Jr., DeSantis, Howard and Arnold.

Positions never changed and at the wave of the checkered it was Manmiller in the winner?s circle. Second through fifth for better finishes than the past few weeks were Norris Jr., DeSantis, Howard and Arnold. Laise, recipient of the Dan?s Deli ?-way hoagie mark award; Kyle Weiss, Ressler, Mike Gular and Frank Cozze, Cargo Trailer certificate recipient, rounded out the top 10.

Heat winners were Chris Esposito, Cozze, Hirthler and Ressler. DeSantis and Tim Buckwalter won the consies.

The NASCAR Late Model feature sponsored by Bernheisel Race Cars, early leader was Kory Fleming. Former point champion and Merkel, opening night winner, had their own battle for second with Jason Miller and Sam Schlosberg in pursuit.

Dan Green brought out the first and only caution on lap seven after he spun in the second turn. The lead still belonged to Fleming on the restart, but second was now held by Merkel.

Coming out out the fourth turn to complete the ninth lap Merkel dove to the inside of Fleming and into the lead.

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