Race Results 06/28/2008

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Don Norris Jr. has led the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series modified feature on numerous occasions at Grandview Speedway, but he has never been able to be there at the drop of the checkered.

     Saturday night Norris Jr., driving the Norris Mechanical No. 976, inherited the top spot on the second lap and held off the likes of Meme DeSantis, Sean Merkel and finally runner-up Ryan Godown to claim his first career victory ever in the event sponsored by Whelen Engineering. It was also Brett Thayer Night as he was the winner of a contest to have a night named after them.

     Marc Fehr led the first lap before he spun in front of the pack coming out of the fourth turn on the second lap collecting Todd Marburger and Tom Umbenhauer. This put Norris Jr. in the lead position on the restart and he pulled away quickly followed by DeSantis, John Willman, Merkel and Danny Erb.

     The order behind Norris Jr. by the fifth lap was comprised of DeSantis, Merkel, Willman and Doug Manmiller.

     A four-car tangle along the homestretch brought out the yellow on the 10th lap. Norris Jr. continued to be the leader on the restart, but now Merkel overtook second to challenge him for first.

     The pair battled side-by-side for a few laps, but in a few laps Norris Jr. was pulling away from the pack and Merkel with the battle for third hot and heavy between DeSantis, Godown and Manmiller with neither one giving an inch.

     Kurt Spotts and Fehr spun in the fourth turn to bring out the yellow on the 21st lap. The restart was void as Tommy Scheetz Jr. spun in the second turn. Norris Jr. stuck to the low groove to maintain first on the restart with Godown now in second trying to dive underneath him and Merkel stuck to the high lane to try to pass both of them while Manmiller and DeSantis anticipated a false move. Jeff Strunk, defending and current point leader, moved into fifth on the 23rd lap to join the thick of the action.

     Everyone was given one last opportunity to unseat Norris Jr. when Spotts stopped in the fourth turn and then proceeded to pull away when the yellow came out on the 28th lap. Norris Jr. wasted no time pulling away on the restart as he knew by the lap counter board who he had to deal with.

     No one was able to unseat Norris Jr. as he pulled into the winner?s circle to claim a well-deserved win. Chasing him across the line were Godown for his best finish; Strunk, recipient of the Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger Award; Merkel, who also posted his season best finish and Manmiller. Rounding out the top ten were DeSantis, Craig Von Dohren, last week?s feature winner; Jason Hamilton, Willman and Erb.

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SHUEY CLAIMS 4TH L.M. FEATURE VICTORY AT GRANDVIEW

 

Bechtelsville, PA ? Brian Shuey, driving the David and Charlotte Eyrich-owned, Bob Fisher/Reading Express No. 5X, overtook Rick Todorow for the lead on the 12th lap of the 20-lap NASCAR late model feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. Shuey then went on to claim his fourth feature victory of the season in the event sponsored by Whelen Engineering.
     Todorow was the early pacesetter at the drop of the green trailed by Kyle Merkel, Shuey, Bryon Sipe and Mike Kellner.

     Shuey moved into the runner-up spot on the third lap restart needed when Harry Henning III and Matt Carter tangled in th