Race Results 05/17/2014Grandview PR
By: VICKI GEHRIS
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. ? Mother Nature finally cooperated after two consecutive weeks of rain and racing finally returned to the 1/3-mile high banks of Grandview Speedway on Saturday night telecast by RCN-TV, Allentown cable.
Doug Manmiller appeared to have left off where his streak was snapped before the weather intervened and was two laps short of winning his fourth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 30-lap Modified feature.
Fate wouldn?t have it that way since Manmiller, left with nowhere to go, got collected by the spinning car of Kyle Follweiler when he exited the third turn bringing the caution out.
Defending point champion Craig Von Dohren, who started 22nd after winning the consi, was second and now inherited the lead. He kept his self-owned, Beartown Recycling/K.L. Harring Transportation No. 1C in front until he pulled into victory lane for his first win of the season to be the fourth different winner.
?I was almost ready to give up after an early heat incident made me mad and forced me to miss the invert, commented Von Dohren, but I just kept digging as my car was loose, but then got tight when I changed my line. It was a shame for Doug, but that?s part of the game.? His efforts netted him $2500, plus $250 from T.P. Trailers, Limerick and $150 from VP Fuels for running gas.
Ron Seltmann Jr. was the early leader at the wave of the green.
The red was thrown on the third lap when Bobby Gunther-Walsh spun by himself in turn four. Cars scrambled and Andy Ressler rolled. Also involved were Duane Howard, Jeff Strunk and Ray Swinehart. All drivers were uninjured and able to continue except Gunther-Walsh and Ressler. The deck was reshuffled on the restart with Seltmann Jr. still in command trailed by Jon Kellner, Manmiller, who started 15th; Kevin Hirthler and Kyle Weiss.
Kellner became the new leader on the second fifth lap restart. First Mike Laise, Tommy Scheetz III and Mike Gular, the point leader going into the event, tangled in the third turn with Gular and Scheetz III eliminated. The next try saw a fourth turn accident that involved Mike Kellner, Don Norris Jr. and Eric Biehn.
It didn?t take Kellner long to open daylight while Seltmann Jr., running the inside lane and Manmiller, on the outside, dueled for second.
Manmiller cleared Seltmann Jr. on the tenth lap and set sail after Kellner. Manmiller closed in on Kellner by the 20th lap and the pair engaged in a fierce side-by-side battle.
A new leader emerged on the 21st lap when Manmiller cleared Kellner to show the way.
Behind Manmiller and Kellner, Von Dohren and Hirthler had their own race for third with Weiss in the mix.
With two laps to go, Follweiler was already spinning when Manmiller came charging out of the third turn. Left with nowhere to go since he had a full head of steam built up, Manmiller collided with Follweiler and spun and both were eliminated for the final yellow.
Manmiller?s misfortune was a break for Von Dohren running second and now the new leader.
Von Dohren kept the Nick Gatto powered/PPB/Bicknell mount ahead the rest of the way to pull into the winner?s circle for his 88th career win. Posting second for his best finish of the season was Kellner followed by Howard, coming back after the third lap accident; Hirthler and Jordan Umbenhauer. Weiss, Ryan Grim, Swinehart, Strunk and Borror completed the top ten.
BRC Late Model action saw Sam Schlosberg become the new leader on the 19th lap after Wayne Pfeil?s engine finally expired after smoking heavily since the eighth lap. Schlosberg, who hadn?t won since August 10, 2013, held off Randy Stoudt?s bids to win the 25-lap feature in his unsponsored No. 70 to become the fourth different winner. Schlosberg had difficulty seeing since he ran out of tear-offs and kept smearing his helmet. He also received an additional $100 from TP Trailers, Limerick.
Pfeil wasted no time pulling away on the initial green trailed by Steve butler, Rick Todor