Race Results 06/17/2006

by Vicki Gehris

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Last weekend at Grandview Speedway many felt that defending point champion Jeff Strunk had an advantage in his win because he started fifth since at the time he hadn?t accumulated many points. This Saturday night Strunk started 16th in the 33-car grid, was in the lead by the 18th lap and then held off the continuous hard charges of runner-up Jon Kellner. Strunk just beat Kellner by half a car length to score back-to-back victories in the 30-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series modified feature sponsored by Norris Mechanical Contracting and Checkered Flag Fan Club. Last week it was Jon Kellner Jr. that chased Strunk across the line and this time it was his father that narrowly missed out on another win.

      Don Norris Jr. took the early lead in the Norris Mechanical Contracting No. 976 at the drop of the green by starter Ray Kemp with pressure coming from Brad Missimer, Kevin Hartnett, Tom Umbenhauer and Todd Marburger.

      Hartnett overtook Missimer for second on the fourth lap and set his sights on Norris Jr. to see if he could be another repeat winner for the season.

      The lead changed on the tenth lap as Hartnett, who failed to qualify the previous week, put the Berks Products No. 81 at the front of the pack. The battle for positions behind him by this time developed between Norris Jr., Umbenhauer, Missimer and Ryan Watt. Not far behind in sixth was Strunk in the Touch of Green Landscaping special.

      Tommy Scheetz Jr. brought out the first yellow on the 12th lap when he stopped along the backstretch with a flat tire. The leader continued to be Hartnett trailed by Norris Jr., Watt, Strunk and Umbenhauer.

      One lap later the yellow was thrown again as John Tschudy spun in the fourth turn. The restart was void as Tschudy, Shawn Reimert, Colt Harris and Jason Smythe tangled in the first turn. When action went green again it was still Hartnett in command.

      Strunk put the Will?s Equipment/Big Spring Car Wash No. 88 in second on the 15th lap and began his quest for first. 
      Tschudy stopped in the third turn for the next yellow on lap 16. Marburger erased the restart as he stopped in the fourth turn and had to be pushed into the infield out of action for the night. On the restart Strunk outgunned Hartnett to change the lead for the third time with the top five now comprised of Hartnett, Kellner, Watt and Kerry

Kratz.

      Strunk built up a comfortable lead by the 20th lap and was approaching lap traffic at the end of the 22nd lap. By this time Kellner was in the runner-up spot chasing him down.

      The final caution that regrouped the pack was for a homestretch tangle that involved Harris, Smith and Tom Mayberry. Strunk wasted no time pulling away as Kellner was giving him a run for the $2,200.

      Strunk stuck to the inside path while Kellner chose the high line. Kellner made several runs on Strunk and one time he went a little too high which cost him some time but he quickly regrouped and was right on Strunk?s trail giving him no room to falter.

      Kellner was really challenging Strunk in the final stages and coming in for the checkered Strunk went high. Kellner quickly dove down low in an attempt to overtake him, but came up a half a car length short as Strunk chalked up another win. Chasing Strunk and Kellner across the line were Hartnett, Watt, for his season best finish; and