Race Results 05/19/2007Grandview PR
Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Despite the overcast skies and most of the area tracks cancelling due to rain, action at the 1/3-mile Grandview Speedway oval on Saturday night was fast and furious.
Six-time and defending champion Craig Von Dohren had a rather slow season start, but with his determination this was not the case in the fourth feature of the season. Von Dohren put on a fierce battle with Mike Gular before he took over the reigns with five laps to go in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelan All-American Series modified feature. He proceeded to claim his first feature of the season at the track behind the wheel of the Mike Harvey-owned, Stauffer Construction/Flurer Machine & Tool sponsored No. 1C. The win put his career total to 56 in the event sponsored by Auto Locator Magazine.
Bobby Gunther-Walsh led the first lap until Gular put the TH Properties No. 53 ahead to become the new pacesetter.
Behind Gular the battle for positions brewed between Walsh, Von Dohren, Terry Meitzler and Rick Schaffer.
Mike Laise and John Tschudy tangled in the fourth turn on the fifth lap to bring out the first caution. Gular held his own on the restart, but now Von Dohren was in the runner-up spot making his presence known.
The next yellow was on the sixth lap after Gunther-Walsh hit the second turn wall with heavy impact and was double-hooked to the pits through for the night. Before action continued, Jeff Strunk went pit-side and never returned. It was still Gular first with Von Dohren in hot pursuit trailed by Danny Erb, Schaffer and Doug Manmiller.
Lap after lap Gular ran the high line and Von Dohren stuck to the low groove as the pair diced for the lead. In a few laps Gular opened some daylight over the rest of the pack while Von Dohren chased him down and positions behind the pair were constantly being swapped.
Von Dohren began to cut into Gular?s lead by the 20th lap as lap cars were coming into play breaking Gular?s momentum somewhat.
The field was regrouped on the 25th lap when Ray Swinehart slowed