Race Results 05/22/2010


After a lengthy delay before the show could get started on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway due to extensive track preparation following heavy afternoon showers, the wait was worthwhile for some and not for others. It certainly paid off for Boyertown resident Kevin Hirthler as he put the family-owned Green Lane Wm. Penn/4-Star Lettering No. 117 powered by a Doug Meyers engine into the lead on the 19th lap and proceeded to win his first 30-lap NASCAR Whelan All-American Racing Series modified feature. The activities were sponsored by 3-Starz Landscaping and dedicated to Elwood Adams, a long-time member of the Barto Fire Co. and Donald Hartman, who once served on the Arny Faust tow truck crew.


Honorary starter Gwen Swinehart threw the initial green and Bobby Gunther-Walsh grabbed the early lead followed by Chris Gambler, Glenn Owens, Jason Smythe and Troy Wink.


A multi-car fourth turn accident that sidelined Mike Gular brought out the first caution with three laps in the books. Gunther-Walsh continued his pace on the restart, but by now the order behind him consisted of Todd Marburger, Cliff Quinn, Gambler and Jordan Umbenhauer. Wink advanced to second on the eighth lap restart needed when Danny Erb stopped on the backstretch to pressure Gunther-Walsh for the lead. The lead changed hands on the ninth lap when Wink, who is going to split his weekend time between racing and fishing, charged to the front of the pack. Jon Kellner followed through for second at the same time. While Wink and Kellner battled for first, Gunther-Walsh, Umbenhauer and Duane Howard diced for the remaining positions. Right behind them trying to get into the top five was Hirthler and he did so on lap 14.


The yellow was waving again on the 15th lap, which also marked the Dan?s Deli 1/2-way hoagie award point, for a multi-car backstretch incident. Kellner relinquished the runner-up spot before the restart when he had to pit with a right rear flat tire. Wink was still the leader when action resumed, but now Hirthler put his 2010 Bicknell into second and was on the move.


The lead changed hands for the third time on the 19th lap when Hirthler moved into first. Behind Hirthler the action was hot and heavy between Wink, Howard, Umbenhauer and Jeff Strunk, who took a provisional to get into the feature and started 29th.


Wink found himself facing the wrong direction in the fourth turn after contact with Howard ending his solid run and the yellow