Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Ray Swinehart returned to the 1/3-mile Grandview Speedway after a two-year hiatus and with four laps to go overtook leader Brad Missimer to capture his first victory of the season ending his winless drought in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen Al-American modified feature on Saturday night sponsored by National Earth Services and Checkered Flag Fan Club Night. The last time the veteran campaigner won there was the Freedom 76 on September 10, 2005.
Polesitter Bobby Gunther-Walsh was the early leader trailed by Jeremy Banos, Cliff Quinn, Troy Wink and Tommy Scheetz Jr. Duane Howard spun in the fourth turn and Jason Hamilton was stopped along the homestretch with front-end damage for the first caution with six laps completed.
Gunther-Walsh continued his pace when action resumed, but now Missimer charged into the runner-up spot to pressure him.
The yellow was thrown when Shawn Reimert slowed his pace in the third turn on the seventh lap, but that quick the red was brought out when Kevin Hirthler flipped along the backstretch with several others involved. Hirthler?s car was put back on all four wheels, made a quick pit stop and returned.
Missimer became the new leader on this restart with the top five now comprised of Gunther-Walsh, Swinehart, Jon Kellner and Billy Pauch Jr. By the Dan?s Deli 1/2-way Hoagie mark, Missimer had a comfortable lead built up while Swinehart, Kellner, Pauch Jr. and Gunther-Walsh chased him down.
Missimer?s margin was erased on the 18th lap caution brought out when Doug Manmiller spun in the third turn. The restart was void for a second turn three-car tangle. It was still Missimer in front on the restart with Swinehart giving him no room to falter while Pauch Jr., Kellner and Mike Gular waited for a slip-up.
Coming out of the fourth turn on the 26th lap Swinehart got under Missimer taking him to the high line and as a result Swinehart became the new leader. Pauch Jr. overtook second on the 27th lap to pressure Swinehart, but to no avail.
Swinehart never surrendered the lead and went on to claim his 26th career win at the track in his Scrap USA sponsored No. 33 followed by Pauch Jr., Missimer, who turned in his season best performance; Kellner, who finally had a change of luck and Gular, recipient of the Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger award. Rounding out the top ten were last week?s winner Craig Von Dohren, Jeff Strunk, who took a provision to get in and started last; Quinn, Howard, coming from the back after his spin and Terry Meitzler.
Bechtelsville, PA ? Ron Kline was at the right spot when leader Kyle Merkel and second-place runner Mike Kellner were unable to avoid the spun car of rookie Kurt Spotts sitting in the third turn and both were taken out of contention for the win on the 16th lap of the 20-lap NASCAR late model feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. Kline kept the V & M Towing No. 3 in the lead the remaining laps of the event marred by numerous caution periods and won his first feature of the
current campaign by a comfortable margin over runner-up Randy Stoudt. The night?s activities were sponsored by National Earth Services and it was also Checkered Flag Fan Club night.
After three attempts to complete the first lap, Merkel was at the head of the pack followed by Andy Ressler, Kellner, Rick Todorow and Randy Stoudt.
The red was thrown on the fourth lap after a multi-car first turn incident blocked the track. Merkel was still the leader on the restart with Kellner making several attempts to overtak