Race Results 04/29/2006Grandview PR
Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Kyle Weiss thought he would never see the checkered flag to conclude the 30-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series modified feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway which turned into a marathon with one caution flag after another. A spin by Jon Kellner Jr. set up a one-lap shoot-out on the final circuit between Weiss and Kevin Hirthler, but Weiss held off Hirthler?s challenges to pull into victory lane for his first career win at the 1/3-mile oval.
Mike Bailey, who has not been in victory lane for awhile, grabbed the early lead trailed by Kellner Jr., Steve Folk, Weiss and Sean Merkel.
Kerry Kratz was eliminated from competition following a multi-car first turn incident with two laps completed. The restart was void as Colt Harris spun between the first and second turn. The next try created a red flag situation when Folk spun in the fourth turn which blocked the track as cars had nowhere to go. When things cleared and another effort to complete a lap was attempted, Steve Swinehart and Cliff Quinn spun in turn two. Then Todd Smith spun in the second turn erasing that restart. Finally in an effort to get a lap in, officials decided to go to a single file restart. That appeared to help and Bailey maintained the lead with Kellner Jr., Weiss, Merkel and Hirthler trying to unseat him.
On the eighth lap restart needed when Terry Meitzler stopped in the fourth turn, Weiss put the Schaeffer?s Harley Davidson/Brickel?s Collectibles No. 21K in the top spot, but Bailey stuck right with him.
Bailey made several runs on the outside of Weiss to try to regain control, but to no avail as Weiss continued his pace.
The battle for the runner-up spot was hot and heavy between Bailey and Hirthler with neither one giving an inch. Trying to stick his nose in and make it a three-way battle for second was previous race winner Jon Kellner.
With five laps to go, Hirthler and Kellner advanced to second and third to challenge Weiss.
Jimmy Reppert put everyone bumper-to-bumper again when he stopped in the fourth turn with 26 laps in the books. Weiss maintained the lead on the restart with Hirthler, Kellner, Merkel and Bailey waiting for a false move.
Greg Humlhanz came to a halt in the fourth turn with 29 laps scored. Then before the checkered could be thrown Kellner Jr. spun in the first turn to set up another shoot-out. Weiss was able to hold everyone?s challenges off and pulled into victory lane for a well-deserved win after a hard fought battle. Chasing Weiss across the line were Hirthler, for his season best finish; Kellner, Merkel and Bailey, who both turned in their best performances of ?06. Rounding out the top ten were Meme DeSantis, Donny Erb, Danny Erb, Doug Manmiller and Craig Von Dohren. Jason Smythe, Don Norris Jr., Kellner Jr., Bailey, Folk and Hirthler won the heats. The consies went to Shawn Reimert, Ray Swinehart and Manmiller.
RON KLINE WINS 1ST L.M. FEATURE WIN OF SEASON AT GRANDVIEW
Bechtelsville, PA ? Defending Grandview Speedway late model point champion Ron Kline took advantage of the 16th lap restart and overtook leader Rick Todorow. Kline then had to hold off the challenges of Chuck Schutz, who moved into second at the same time, to capture his first win of the season in the 20-lap NASCAR late model feature on Saturday night.
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