Race Results 06/21/2014Grandview PR
By: VICKI GEHRIS
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. ? Doug ?The Handler? Manmiller was on a winning streak back in April at Grandview Speedway when he tallied up three 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified feature being the first repeat winner of the season. Victory eluded the self-employed electrician until Saturday night when he wheeled the Josh Biever-owned GMI No. 46 to victory by a 0.173 margin over runner-up and last week?s feature winner Duane Howard in the event sponsored and televised by RCN-TV 4. Manmiller also received $250 from T.P. Trailers and a $150 award bonus from VP Racing Fuels for running gas.
Manmiller was happy to be back in the winner?s circle as the ?team was struggling the past few weeks, but they just stuck with him fixing the car when he broke it and carry on.? He made a gutsy move on the eighth lap and if he had to do it over again, ?I wouldn?t have done it.?
Ron Seltmann Jr. and Jon Kellner brought out the yellow before the first lap was scored for a backstretch incident.
When action went green again Bobby Gunther-Walsh, who failed to qualify the past two weeks, was the pacesetter trailed by Brian Houseknecht, Chris Gambler, Todd Smith and Andy Ressler.
The caution was out again on lap two when Tim Buckwalter did a 360 in turn two and continued, but until things cleared Jared Umbenhauer, the defending Sportsman point champion running Modifieds since the Sportsman didn?t run, spun. At the same time Gambler was pulled into the infield as it appeared there was a fire in his car. Upon further inspection it was determined there was no fire and officials deemed it only fair that he regain third.
Houseknecht emerged as the new leader on the restart and immediately began to open daylight between himself and the rest of the pack.
The field regrouped on the eighth lap after Ressler, the sixth-place runner, was trying to limp his way into the infield with a left rear flat tire. Chris Esposito left with nowhere to go made contact with him and they spun in turn four. It was still Houseknecht in front, but now Gunther-Walsh, Manmiller, 14th-place starter who made a bold move through the middle down the backstretch to advance; Brad Arnold and Smith completed the top five. On the move from 16th was Howard and by the 11th lap he was fifth.
Manmiller overtook second on the tenth lap and set his sights on Houseknecht who had a slight lead built up. The action behind them was hot and heavy for third between Smith, Arnold and Howard. Howard split Smith and Arnold to take over third on the 15th lap.
By the 16th lap Manmiller reeled Houseknecht in and one lap later he was the new leader.
The final yellow was on the 20th lap when Arnold, who was having a solid fifth place run, slowed on the backstretch. The restart put Manmiller and Howard side-by-side, but Manmiller kept Howard at bay while Houseknecht, Terry Meitzler and Smith jockeyed for positions. Jeff Strunk was trying to get into the top five.
Manmiller never faltered and chalked up his fourth win for his 22nd career win. Chasing him across the line were Howard, Strunk, for the third straight week; Houseknecht, for his best run at the track and also recipient of the Dan?s Deli ?-way hoagie mark award, and Meitzler, who finally had a change of luck to post his best finish. Ray Swinehart, Kevin Hirthler, Mike Gular, Craig Von Dohren and Buckwalter, who received the Cargo Trailer certificate completed the top ten.
Heats were won by Seltmann Jr., Buckwalter, Hirthler and Arnold. Frank Cozze and Ryan Grim won the consies.
The 25-lap URC Rislone feature was won by eight-time champion Curt Michael.
Josh Weller was the early leader and by lap six was joined by Troy Betts and Michael as the three battled for first before Weller pulled away.
Lap traffic came into play by the Dan?s Deli ?-way mark that Weller received and that allowed Michael to reel Weller in to challenge.
The lead changed on lap 17 when Michael charged into first.
Once Michael was in contr