Race Results 07/07/2007

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Due to a heat race incident the previous week at Grandview Speedway, Craig Von Dohren was not a participant in the feature. Saturday night the defending and six-time point champion, behind the wheel of the Mike Harvey-owned, Felty Farms No. 1C, battled with Randy Bailey for several laps before he put the Stauffer Construction mount into the lead on the 18th lap. Von Dohren then held off the challenges of John Willman to win his third 30-lap NASCAR Whelan All-American Series modified feature of the season sponsored by Norris Mechanical Contractors. It was Von Dohren?s 58th career triumph at the 1/3-mile oval.

      Tom Umbenhauer led for one lap before the red was thrown after Amanda Spotts hit the fourth turn wall and spun in front of traffic with several other involved. Spotts was uninjured, however her car sustained heavy damage. Before action resumed, Umbenhauer pitted relinquishing the lead to Bailey. A slow restart bottlenecked the back of the pack which caused a chain reaction with Sean Merkel being eliminated for the night. Bailey maintained the lead on the restart with challenges coming from Von Dohren, Willman, Kevin Hirthler and Tommy Scheetz Jr.

      Bailey had some breathing room as the battle for second between Von Dohren and Willman allowed him to make up some ground.

      The pack regrouped on the seventh lap restart when Chris Esposito and Todd Smith tangled in the first turn with Smith taking a slow roll. Smith escaped injury, but was through for the night while Esposito continued.

      Bailey was still the leader on the restart, but now Willman was in second pressuring him. Willman only held onto the runner-up spot for one lap as Von Dohren regained second on the eighth lap restart caused when Shawn Reimert stopped along the homestretch with a flat tire.

      Bailey and Von Dohren battled for several laps with the action behind them brewing between Willman, Duane Howard and Jeff Strunk, last week?s feature winner.

      After a fierce dual with Bailey, Von Dohren put the Main Engines powered machine into the lead on the 18th circuit.

      The yellow was waving again with 20 laps completed after Esposito spun into the backstretch infield. The restart was void as a tangle in the first turn occurred after a backstretch mishap set off the incident. Through it all Danny Erb and Hirthler were through for the night. Howard made a quick pit stop and rejoined the back of the

pack.

      Von Dohren continued his pace on the restart with the order behind him comprised of Willman, Doug Manmiller, who was back in the Breitenstein No. 14, Strunk and Bailey.

      Willman, a low-budget driver, was putting on an impressive run as he held his line and was not about to give up second. 

      Von Dohren kept all his fellow competitors behind him and pulled into the winner?s circle successful again. Finishing a strong second for his season best was Willman trailed by Strunk, Manmiller and Bailey.

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RANDY STOUDT SPARKLES IN FIRECRACKER 40 L.M. FEATURE WIN AT GRANDVIEW

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