Race Results 07/11/2009


Bechtelsville, PA ? Last Saturday night at Grandview Speedway Mike Kellner tangled with a lap car while leading the Firecracker 40 erasing his chances of a victory. This week in the show broadcast live by RCN-TV, Kellner overtook leader Bill Henning at the Dan?s Deli 1/2-way Hoagie Award. Kellner had to deal with some uncooperative lap traffic, but he went on to score his third 30-lap NASCAR late model feature victory by a sizeable margin over runner-up rookie Nate Christman. Christman, who is showing improvement every week and proving he can run with the best of them, led for three laps before Henning moved into the number one spot on the fourth circuit.
While Henning showed the way around the 1/3-mile oval, the battle for

second through fifth was hot and heavy between Christman, Kellner, Chuck Schutz and John Giesler.
Kurt Spotts spun in the second turn on the seventh lap to bring out the caution. Henning held his own on the restart, but Kellner, who overtook second the previous lap; was giving him no chance to slip-up.
The second and final yellow came out with eight laps in the books when problems continued to hamper defending point champion Chuck Schutz and he stopped between the first and second turn out of competition. Henning remained at the head of the pack when action resumed with Kellner just waiting for a miscue.
At the half-way point Kellner charged into the lead as Henning experienced mechanical problems and continued losing positions as the laps wound down.
In no time Kellner opened daylight between himself and is fellow competitors while Christman, Brian Shuey, Giesler and Danny Snyder diced for the remaining positions. Trying to get into a top five spot was last week?s winner and eventual recipient of the CornerStone Hard Charger award Ron Kline. Kline advanced to fourth on the 17th.
Kellner patiently dealt with lap traffic that was told numerous times the leader and rest of the field was coming, but either their radios weren?t working or they chose not to listen.
Despite some obstacles that Kellner overcame he pulled into victory lane several car lengths ahead of second-place finisher Christman followed by Shuey, Kline and Giesler. Rounding out the top ten were Danny Snyder, Randy Stoudt, Kyle Merkel, Rick Todorow and Wayne Pfeil.

By: Vicki Gehris