Race Results 07/18/2009


Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Kevin Hirthler took advantage of the 23rd lap restart needed when Duane Howard stopped for the the second time in the second turn and charged past leader Craig Von Dohren to take over the lead in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series modified feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. Hirthler continued his pace the remaining laps and went on to claim his second win of the season in the event that was rained out the previous week with one lap completed. In the second 30-lap feature from the regular portion of the show which was BPG Racing-Robert Guinther Night, Von Dohren overtook Terry Meitzler on the 22nd lap and went on to score the victory for his second win of the year at the track.
In the rained out feature restart Bill Gensler remained the leader. Tom Umbenhauer brought out the yellow on the third lap when he was spun along the homestretch and collected several others. When action resumed Mike Laise became the new leader followed by Gensler, Von Dohren, Howard and Jeremy Banos.
Howard brought out the yellow on the fifth lap when he stopped in the second turn, went to the pits and returned before the restart that was void since John Willman spun. On the next restart Von Dohren took over the lead with Hirthler, who was on the move, taking over second trailed by Laise, Cliff Quinn and T. Meitzler.
Von Dohren soon built up a comfortable lead, but lap cars slowed his pace somewhat and Hirthler was closing the gap. The yellow was out again as Danny Hieber stopped along the backstretch on the 18th lap. Von Dohren maintained the lead on the restart, but Hirthler was giving him no room to falter with Meitzler, Doug Manmiller and Keith Hoffman anticipating a slip-up.
The final caution was on the 23rd lap when Howard stopped once again in the second turn, but this time he didn?t rejoin the field. On the restart Hirthler outgunned Von Dohren and moved into the top spot. Manmiller advanced to second on the 24th lap to challenge Hirthler. Hirthler never looked back once he gained control and pulled into victory lane for the win followed by Manmiller, Von Dohren, who received the Dan?s Deli 1/2-way award; T. Meitzler, recipient of the CornerStone Auto Sales Hard Charger award and Ryan Godown, who moved into fifth coming in for the checkered. Sixth through tenth were Hoffman, Mike Gular, Jason Hamilton, Meme DeSantis and Billy Pauch Jr. Gensler, Laise, Marburger and Banos were the heat winners from the July 11 show while Godown and Willman won the consies.
Once the first feature was out of the way, they were ready to start over with qualifying events.
Heat winners were Gensler, Jason Smythe, Mark Kratz and Marburger. Brad Missimer and Hamilton won the consies.
Laise led for two laps in the second feature before the red was thrown when Sean Merkel flipped in the first turn to trigger a multi-car accident. Merkel was uninjured, but the car was badly damaged. On the restart Marburger charged to the head of the pack with Laise, Meitzler, Smythe and Howard in pursuit.
Meitzler took over second on the fifth lap to pressure Marburger for the lead and became the new leader on the ninth lap.
Danny Erb brought out the yellow on the tenth lap when he stopped along the backstretch. At the same time Howard relinquished fourth spot when he made another quick pit stop. The restart was brought back to the line as Manmiller was stopped in the second turn. Meitzler remained in the lead on the restart, but now Von Dohren was in the runner-up position putting his bids in for first. Behind the pair, Pauch Jr., Jon Kellner and Marburger vied for the remaining positions.
The lead changed for the fourth time on the 22nd lap as now Von Dohren was showing the way around the 1/3-mile oval.
The battle for positions behind Von Dohren was hot and heavy between T. Meitzler, Kellner, Pauch Jr. and Jeff Strunk, who started 28th. Von Dohren didn?t surrend