Race Results 07/04/2009


Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Until Saturday night there were no repeat feature winners in the modified ranks at Grandview Speedway. Defending point champion and current point leader Jeff Strunk changed that status. Strunk dueled with Jon Kellner for six laps, overtook him with four laps to go and went on to record his second straight 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American series modified feature behind the wheel of the Vince?s Towing No. 41. He also collected the CornerStone Auto Sales Hard Charger award in the event sponsored by Beer City.

Mike Laise led for one lap before Cliff Quinn became the new pacesetter on the second circuit.

While Quinn, who started second, showed the way around the 1/3-mile oval, the battle for the remaining positions brewed between Laise, Mark Kratz, Keith Brightbill and Brad Missimer.

Brightbill, who moved into second on the eighth lap and was chasing Quinn down, spun in the fourth turn and his car was sitting on top of the guardrail. Quinn held his own on the restart with Kellner challenging for the lead trailed by Strunk, John Willman an Laise, who started 11th, 19th, ninth and first. Attempting to get into the top five was 14th-place starter Doug Manmiller and on the 15th lap he advanced to fifth.

Kellner overtook Quinn for the lead on the 20th lap and Strunk followed through for second at the same time to challenge him.

Kellner held the outside lane while Strunk took the inside path as the pair battled side-by-side without incident.

Positions behind Kellner and Strunk were constantly changing since Willman, Quinn and Craig Von Dohren now completed the top five. Laise spun in the fourth turn on the 24th lap for the second and final caution. It was still Kellner in the lead when action resumed, but Strunk gave him no room to error.

The lead changed hands for the fourth and final time on the 26th lap as Strunk put the ?Squeak? powered machine at the front of the pack. Strunk never looked back once he gained control and pulled into victory lane to make it two-in-a-row. Finishing a solid second for his best run of the season was Kellner trailed by Von Dohren, Manmiller and Willman, who recorded his best finish. Rounding out the top ten were Kevin Hirthler, Duane Howard, Billy Pauch Jr., Brad Missimer and Meme DeSantis.

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KLINE SPARKLES IN FIRECRACKER 40-LAP L.M. FEATURE AT GRANDVIEW

 


Bechtelsville, PA ? Ron Kline has been able to win regular features, a late model classic and a championship, but the one race that always eluded him was the Firecracker 40-lap NASCAR late model feature at Grandview Speedway. Saturday night Kline, behind the wheel of the Harleysville Mattress No. 3, overtook Brian Shuey for the lead on the 27th lap after he reeled him in and went on to claim the victory worth $1,800 in the event sponsored by Bert Jones? Beer City. Kline also received the  CornerStone Auto Sales Hard Charger award worth $100 plus the Cheer Tavern 3 Cheers award.
At the drop of the green by honorary starter Jake Keller, Nate Christman, a rookie; quickly took the lead followed by Andy Ressler, another rookie; John Giesler, Bill Henning and Mike Kellner. Buddy Wharton brought out the caution with two laps in the books when he stopped in the third turn. Christman remained the leader when action resumed, but now Kellner was putting in his bids for first. Kellner became the new leader on the eighth lap when Christman got trapped behind a lap car and Kellner was able to take advantage of the situation.
The battle for the remaining positions behind Kellner was hot and heavy between Christman, Shuey, Henning and Ressler.