Race Results 07/09/2011


Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Mike Laise, a low-budget racer brings determination with him every week at Grandview Speedway and does the best he can with the equipment he has.


It was only a matter of time before Laise, who has had a season of ups and downs, but has the support of family, crew and fans; would turn things around. His big break came on Saturday night when he led the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series modified feature from the drop of the green until the wave of the checkered to capture his first career victory at the 1/3-mile oval. Laise had such a huge lead built up and finished so far ahead of the pack that runner-up and current point leader Duane Howard actually thought he won the event sponsored by the Maverick?s Motorcycle Club.


On the initial start Laise moved from his runner-up starting spot into the early lead trailed by Addison Meitzler, Glenn Owens, Jarrad Miller and Todd Smith.


Kevin Hirthler, last week?s feature winner, stopped along the homestretch with heavy right-side sheet metal damage and was out of contention as he pulled into the pits. Laise continued his pace on the restart.


With two laps completed Craig Von Dohren found himself facing the wrong direction between the third and fourth turns for the next caution period. It was still Laise in front when action resumed with the order behind him comprised of Meitzler, Miller, Owens and Smith. Owens brought out the final caution on the sixth lap when a huge puff of smoked bellowed from his car bringing him to a stop in the second turn. Laise was still in control on the restart, but now Miller overtook second to put his bids in for the top spot trailed by Meitzler, Smith and Nate Christman, who along with the crew burned the midnight oil to get the car repaired after his car sustained heavy damage when he flipped last week.


By the Dan?s Deli 1/2-way hoagie award mark, the order behind Laise was now comprised of Miller, Meitzler, Christman and Kyle Weiss.


At the conclusion of 20 laps Laise, who has a commanding lead built up, had to deal with lap traffic while Miller, Christman, Meitzler and Weiss chased him down. Trying to break into the top five from their 17th and 16th starting bert