Race Results 07/19/2014Grandview PR
By: VICKI GEHRIS
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. ? Tim Buckwalter, former ARDC midget standout won several midget features at Grandview Speedway, but he never won a 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 358 Modified feature until Saturday night in the activities sponsored by Hatfield Quality Meats and televised by RCN-TV 4.
Buckwalter, the 2013 Modified rookie, teamed up with Jerry and Linda Rogue for the season to drive their No. 22. Several weeks ago after the car was destroyed when Duane Howard landed on top of his car in the homestretch melee, the team took some time off, got a new frame and were back in action. They struggled awhile, but had the car in top notch running order this week and his ?dream finally came true? ? he got to victory lane in the division. He thanked all his sponsors for sticking with them and making everything possible. He now has three more wins to go to tie his father Rick in the career list. Buckwalter collected a $2900 payday which included $250 from T.P. Trailers.
Bobby Gunther-Walsh led for ten laps before Kyle Weiss spun in the second turn for the first caution. On the restart Buckwalter put the H.G. Associates powered mount at the head of the pack.
Buckwalter quickly built up a comfortable margin by the Dan?s Deli ?-way bonus, which he received, over second through fifth-place runners Gunther-Walsh, Jon Kellner, Mike Laise and Jordan Umbenhauer.
Four-time feature winner Doug Manmiller spun in the fourth turn for the second and final caution on the 20th lap to erase Buckwalter?s commanding lead. Buckwalter hung tough and held onto the lead when action resumed, but now Kellner, Umbenhauer, Craig Von Dohren and Laise were in pursuit. Trying to get into a top five spot was last week?s feature winner Duane Howard and he did on the 23rd lap.
Kellner and Von Dohren battled for second for four laps before Von Dohren finally cleared him with one lap to go.
Buckwalter kept all challengers behind him and went on to score a crowd-pleasing well-deserved triumph. Chasing him across the line were Von Dohren, Kellner, Umbenhauer and Howard. Rounding out the top ten were Jeff Strunk, Laise, Nate Christman, Mike Gular, coming from the 21st spot and Frank Cozze. Todd Smith received the Cargo Trailers gift certificate.
Buckwalter, Laise, Ray Swinehart and Don Norris Jr. were the heat winners. After winning the third heat, Swinehart?s engine erupted and he was finished for the night. Consies went to Terry Meitzler and Gular.
Randy Stoudt became the all-time leading late model feature winner at 60 when he won his third 25-lap NASCAR BRC feature behind the wheel of the Taylor White and Wanda Brown-owned No. 22 and picked up an additional $100 from T.P. Trailers for his efforts.
Rookie and polesitter Cory Merkel took the early lead at the drop of the green trailed by Lou Egrie Jr., Joe Fanelli, Kory Fleming and bill Henning.
Fleming advanced to second on the fifth lap to challenge C. Merkel for the top spot.
C. Merkel was able to hold off Fleming?s bids until the Dan?s Deli ?-way mark when Fleming charged past him.
One lap later Stoudt moved into the runner-up spot and began challenging Fleming for first.
Stoudt moved to the outside lane coming off the fourth turn on the 19th circuit and was successful in becoming the new leader.
While Stoudt showed the way around the 1/3-mile oval, the battle for positions brewed between Fleming, Wayne Pfeil, Dan Green and Chuck Schutz, last week?s feature winner.
With three to go Pfeil made his way into second and took chase after teammate Stoudt.
It was Stoudt the rest of the way as Pfeil, Fleming, Green and Schutz chased him across the line. Sixth through tenth were Jason Miller, Sean Merkel, Lou Egrie, C. Merkel and Rick Todorow.
S. Merkel and Lou Egrie Jr. won the heats.
The ninth win for Jared Umbenhauer didn?t come easy as he beat Kenny Gilmore by inches in the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature in which he also received an extra $