Race Results 07/05/2014Grandview PR
By: VICKI GEHRIS
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. ? Craig Von Dohren and Jeff Strunk had a tooth and nail battle going on to decide the outcome of the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 358 Modified feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. Von Dohren ?tried to switch things up ? the lanes of the track he ran to confuse Strunk,? but that didn?t outsmart Strunk, the current point leader and he stayed right with Von Dohren using lap cars to try to gain the lead to score back-to-back wins.
Despite losing the lead slightly as the pair encountered lap traffic, Von Dohren was always in front when it counted. Von Dohren, the Oley leadfoot, kept Strunk behind him and went on to score his third win at the oval to claim a $2,900 payday which included $250 from T.P. Trailers, Limerick. He also received $150 of VP Racing Fuels products for running gas.
In the BRC Late Model Firecracker 40-lap event, Randy Stoudt literally ran away and hid as he appeared to be making a statement and lapped all of the nine finishing cars, but second and third place finishers Sean Merkel and Lou Egrie. Stoudt, the current point leader, returned to action this season driving the Taylor White/Wanda Brown-owned No. 10 and captured his sixth Firecracker event and is now the all-time career leader at 59. In addition to the $2,000 top prize money, he also received $100 from T.P. Trailers.
In the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature lap traffic worked to Jared Umbenhauer?s advantage when Mike Lisowski got trapped behind one with two laps to go. Umbenhauer took over first and went on to chalk up his seventh win behind the wheel of the Barry Bashore No. 5 and receive an additional $100 from T.P. Trailers..
Once the track was run in by the modified drivers to their liking and the green was thrown Andy Ressler was the early leader.
By the seventh lap Ressler was being chased down by Meme DeSantis, Justin Grim, Todd Smith and Chris Esposito.
The first and only caution was brought out on the 12th lap when Duane Howard got a left rear flat after contact with Brideport invader Rick Laubach. Howard made a quick pit stop, rejoined the race and left Laubach know he wasn?t pleased with the turn of events.
On the restart DeSantis, the ?Temple Tornado,? stormed into the lead to pick up the Dan?s Deli ?-way hoagie mark award, with the order behind him comprised of Ressler, Smith, John Willman and 12th-place starter Von Dohren. Coming through fast was Strunk, who started 15th and was third at lap 18.
The veteran campaigners DeSantis, Von Dohren and Strunk were running bumper-to-bumper that a blanket could have been put over them.
The lead changed hands on lap 20 when Von Dohren put his self-owned/V & M Towing No. 1C in front and one lap later Strunk was there putting his bids in.
The former point champions put on one heck of a battle while DeSantis, Laubach and Ressler diced for third through fifth.
Even as they approached lap traffic on the 23rd lap the hard-fought battle went on. Strunk edged ahead, but Von Dohren was in front as the pair crossed the line.
Von Dohren held off all of Strunk?s constant attempts to pull into victory lane for his 90th Saturday night career win followed closely by Strunk, Laubach, DeSantis and Ressler. Frank Cozze, Doug Manmiller, Willman, Smith and Ryan Grim, Cargo Trailer certificate recipient, rounded out the top ten.
Esposito, Willman and Ressler won the heats. The consi was won by Jon Kellner.
The Late Model feature took several attempts to get a lap in, but once it started Steve Butler was the pacesetter.
On the second lap John Giesler got out of shape on the backstretch, continued, but Kory Fleming, who awarded several bicycles to children in the grandstands, and Dan Green made contact and were out of action. The restart saw Butler spin in front of the pack in the first turn and also eliminated Ron Kline, Giesler and Sam Schlosberg, who had nowhere to go. The turn of events now put Bill Henning at the