Race Results 07/24/2004Grandview PR
Merkel started in the number one position in the 30 lap feature and lead every lap to take home his first win. Track conditions were excellent and made for some high speed competition. However Barry Readinger challenged the youngster early and after a caution on lap six that sent Jeff Strunk, the current Modified point leader to the back of the pack, and Meme DeSantis to the pits through for the night, Cliff Quinn came up to put pressure on the leader. A couple of times Merkel and Quinn ran side-by-side with Quinn able to get the edge a couple of times but Merkel outpowered the veteran racer to grab back first spot.
Late in the race another youngster came charging up to second spot and put some late race pressure on Merkel but when it was all over, the checkered flag had fallen, Merkel picked up his first $2,200 victory check. Mike Gular (Harleysville) continues to seek his first feature victory settling for second. Doug Manmiller (Wyomissing), coming from 10th, finished third while Craig VonDohren (Oley) put on a great driving display to earn a fourth followed by Kyle Weiss (Hamburg).
Current point leader Jeff Strunk, involved in an early race incident and forced to go to the rear of the field after a pit stop, came up through the pack to earn a seventh place finish in the 29 car starting field and held on to his point in the chase for the l