Race Results 07/21/2007

 Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Current Grandview Speedway modified point leader Jeff Strunk, driving the Glenn Hyneman-owned/Gold Rush Trailers No. 126, took over the lead from Rick Schaffer on a restart with six laps to go and went on to claim his third win of the season in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series modified feature on Saturday night.

      Mike Laise set the pace for two laps before the yellow was thrown when Tom Umbenhauer spun in the second turn. On the restart Randy Bailey charged to the front of the pack trailed by Laise, Rich Wisdo, Chris Gambler and Donny Erb.

      Doug Manmiller brought out the next caution period when he found himself in the homestretch wall. Duane Howard was sent to the rear for the rule infraction. Bailey continued to show the way when action resumed with the order behind him now comprised of Laise, Wisdo, Danny Erb and Schaffer.

      Laise?s fine run ended on the eighth lap when he stopped in the second turn bringing out the yellow. The lead  changed on the restart as   Wisdo was now in command in search of his first win.

      Schaffer, who has not won since June 19, 2004, advanced to second on the 11th lap restart needed when Ryan Beltz spun in turn four to pressure Wisdo for the lead.

      Wisdo ran the high groove while Schaffer stuck to the inside as the pair battled for the number one position. Bailey, Danny Erb and Terry Meitzler completed the front five at that time.

      Schaffer took to the outside trek coming off the fourth turn and managed to get by Wisdo to move the Norm Hansell No. 357 into the lead on the 19th lap.

      Meitzler lost a back bumper on the backstretch for the next yellow on the 22nd lap as Ryan Watt ran over it. The restart was void as Gambler spun in turn two. Schaffer held onto the lead, but by this time the order behind him was comprised of Strunk, Wisdo, Howard, who was coming through the pack back to the front and Mike Gular.

      Gambler and Larry Solomon spun between the third and fourth turn for the next yellow with 23 laps completed. Bailey and Watt brought the final restart back to the line when they tangled on the backstretch with Bailey towed back to the pits. When action resumed Strunk put the Touch of Green Landscaping machine into first followed by Schaffer, Howard, Wisdo and Gular.

      Once Strunk was in front he never looked back and pulled into victory lane for his 44th career win. Howard was coming fast, but ran out of time and finished second followed by Schaffer, for his season best finish, Gular and Wisdo. Following a post-race inspection, Wisdo was found illegal and disqualified. Kevin Hirthler advanced to fifth then.

      Danny Erb, Randy Bailey, Doug Manmiller and Rich Wisdo were the heat winners. Consies were won by Shawn Reimert and Kevin Hirthler.

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KYLE MERKEL CLAIMS 1ST CAREER L.M. FEATURE VICTORY AT GRANDVIEW

 

      Bechtelsville, PA ? Kyle Merkel, in his sophomore year of racing at Grandview Speedway, took over the lead on the sixth lap of the 20-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model feature and put the family-owned No. 117 in victory lane for his first career win of the season at the oval by a comfortable margin over run