Bechtelsville, Pa. ? It took awhile before continuous laps could be completed in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series modified feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway, but after the race went to a single-file restart things went better.
Craig Von Dohren, who started 12th, reeled in Kevin Hirthler, 10th place starter and the leader since the sixth lap, by the 15th lap with the aid of lap cars. The pair put on quite a side-by-side battle encountering the slower-moving traffic that would not heed the radio warnings that the leaders were behind them. Von Dohren dove underneath Hirthler on the 21st lap and put his self-owned Felty Farms sponsored No. 1C at the head of the pack and went on to score his first win of the season at the oval and hopefully changing his luck since it started out rather dismal. In victory lane Von Dohren even commented about some of the top runners that would not heed the move over warnings in the event broadcast by RCN-TV. Jon Kellner put the Banes Roofing No. 20 into the early lead trailed by Jeremy Banos, rookie Kevin Albert Jr. and Jordan Umbenhauer and Todd Smith. Chris Esposito brought out the first caution when he spun in the third turn with one lap completed. The restart was void after a third turn multi-car accident that eliminated A.J. DeSantis and Ryan Grim. Kellner held his position on this restart.
A second turn tangle between Jon Kellner Jr. and Billy Pauch Jr. brought out the yellow on the third lap. Todd Smith was put to the rear of the pack for the incident. When action went green again the order behind Kellner consisted of Umbenhauer, Hirthler, Banos and Danny Erb. The next caution was on lap five for a third and fourth turn spin involving Bob Lilick Jr. and Jason Hamilton. On the restart Kellner went
up too high and Hirthler darted underneath him and into the lead. Kyle Follweiler stopped along the homestretch on the sixth lap for another caution. Before the race restarted Kellner?s bad luck continued as he pulled into the infield and opening night feature winner John Willman was also out of contention. At this point it was decided the restart would be single file in an attempt to get some laps in. Hirthler kept the Green Lane/Wm. Penn./4-Star Lettering No. 117 in front when action went green.
Von Dohren overtook Umbenhauer for the runner-up spot on the ninth lap and took chase after Hirthler who was opening some daylight. By the Dan’s Deli 1/2-way Hoagie mark as Hirthler and others had to deal with lap traffic hampering his momentum Von Dohren was right on Hirthler?s bumper.
Despite the lap cars Hirthler and Von Dohren raced side-by-side for the lead and dealt with the situation. Von Dohren emerged into the lead on the 21st lap as he shot underneath Hirthler and into the top spot. Behind Von Dohren an Hirthler dicing for the remaining positions were Jeff Strunk, Ryan Godown, who started 25th, and Erb.
Once the race went single-file, no more restarts were needed allowing the pack to regroup despite positions constantly changing. Von Dohren never faltered and went on to capture his 71st win in Saturday night action at the 1/3-mile oval. Grabbing second for his season best finish was Hirthler followed by Strunk, Godown and Duane Howard. Rounding out the top ten were Meme DeSantis, Shawn Reimert, Mike Gular, Erb and Umbenhauer.
SNYDER CAPTURES 1ST L.M. VICTORY OF SEASON AT GRANDVIEW
Bechtelsville, PA ? Danny Snyder had two rather bad feature races the past weeks at Grandview Speedway, but on Saturday night the Green Lane racer changed his luck. He led from the wave of the green to the drop of the checkered for his first 20-lap