Race Results 06/07/2014Grandview PR
By: VICKI GEHRIS
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. ? Meme DeSantis, who is having his share of misfortunes at Grandview Speedway this season and took last week off, returned and withstood defending point champion Craig Von Dohren?s constant efforts to pass him on numerous restarts once DeSantis took over the lead. DeSantis took the inside lane on the restarts while Von Dohren ran high.
The battle went on every lap the pair circled the 1/3-mile oval with neither one giving an inch not knowing the outcome
Von Dohren made his bid on the 26th lap and this time he was successful take control of first, but DeSantis stayed with him trying to regain the lead with Jeff Strunk in the mix.
The leader continued to be Von Dohren until he pulled into the winner?s circle for his second win of the season in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified feature to earn a $2,900 payday. $250 came from the night?s sponsor T.P. Trailers, Limerick, while he received $150 in products from VP Fuels for running gas.
In the 25-lap NASCAR BRC Late Model feature, Ron Kline, who appeared to be on his way to his first win of the season the previous week until he ran over a muffler on the truck and punctured his tire which eventually made his spin, led from start to finish to ?finally get the monkey off his back,? and pick up the win. He also received $100 from T.P. Trailers plus an additional $100 from J & H Automotive owner Harry Gallagher.
For the second week in a row Jared Umbenhauer won the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature for his fifth win of the year and received $100 from T.P. Trailers.
Rookie Brad Arnold was the early race leader for seven laps of the Modified event before DeSantis charged to the front of the 30-car starting grid.
Kyle Borror, another rookie this year, spun in the fourth turn to bring out the caution on the 10th lap. DeSantis restarted on the inside, but by now Von Dohren was second. DeSantis wasted no time motoring away on the restart with Von Dohren by his side making numerous moves.
By the Dan?s Deli ?-way hoagie mark lap, the order consisted of DeSantis, Von Dohren, Mike Gular, Ryan Grim and Arnold with the outcome anyone?s guess.
DeSantis? slight edge was eliminated when the field regrouped for a multi-car first turn accident on the 17th lap. The restart was void when Kyle Weiss spun between turns one and two. DeSantis held his inside line on the next attempt and kept Von Dohren at bay with Gular trying to stick his nose in the mix while Kevin Hirthler and Strunk anticipated a slip up.
Von Dohren and Gular made contact on the 23rd lap and as a result Gular went around in the fourth turn for another caution. Gular showed his displeasure with Von Dohren. Also caught up was Hirthler, fourth-place runner, as his run ended when he had to pit with a flat front tire. The restart was brought back to the line after Terry Meitzler, who was finally having a decent run, found himself facing the wrong direction in turn two. The leader continued to be DeSantis when action went green again and Von Dohren tried feverishly to change the status.
The lead switched hands on the 26th lap when Von Dohren got past DeSantis.
Von Dohren kept the Nick Gatto powered/K.L. Harring Transportation No. 1C in front the remaining laps of the exciting event to captured the victory trailed by DeSantis, who posted his best finish; Strunk, Doug Manmiller and Frank Cozze, who came from the 27th starting spot. R. Grim, Arnold, Eric Biehn, John Willman and Ray Swinehart, Cargo Trailer certificate recipient, were sixth through tenth.
Last week?s feature winner Duane Howard pitted on the 10th lap, rejoined the race, was involved in the 17th lap melee and finished 16th.
Heats were won by Hirthler, Mike Laise, Arnold and Jon Kellner. Kyle Follweiler and Willman won the consies.
Late Model action saw Kline charge past rookie Cory Merkel and into the lead on the start and immediately opened daylight over the rest of the competi