Race Results 07/29/2006

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? It doesn?t matter what the car number is, whether it?s 88 or 126, Jeff Strunk can find his way to victory lane on a Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. The defending point champion wrestled the lead away from leader Craig Von Dohren, behind the wheel of the BPG Racing No. 1C, on the 24th lap restart of the 30-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series modified feature and went on to capture his sixth win of the season at the 1/3-mile oval. Strunk?s career win was in the event sponsored by 3M and Jesse Baro Trucking.

      On the initial green, polesitter Cliff Quinn was off and running in the ABE Car Care No. 69 to set the pace for the 32-car starting grid. Dicing for positions behind Quinn were Rich Wisdo, Don Norris Jr., Jon Kellner Jr. and Sean Merkel.

      A rear bumper from Jack Hartnett?s car brought out the first caution with eight laps in the books. Quinn held onto the top spot, but now the order behind him consisted of Wisdo, Kellner Jr., Ray Swinehart and Von Dohren.

      Swinehart and Von Dohren advanced to second and third respectively on the 11th lap restart needed when Tom Mayberry and Ryan Watt spun along the backstretch infield and set their sights on Quinn.

      The lead changed on the 12th lap when Swinehart was able to overpower Quinn to move into the number one spot.

      The next time around Von Dohren was second pressuring Swinehart.

      Jon Kellner brought out the next caution on the 14th lap when the No. 85AM stopped in the first turn. On the restart, Swinehart ran the high line and Von Dohren stuck to the inside path and the pair continued to battle as the action pursued.

      Once again victory lane eluded Swinehart and his familiar yellow No. 33 as the car broke coming out of the third turn on the 18th lap and Von Dohren inherited the lead as the caution came out. It was still Von Dohren first on the restart with competition now coming from Tom Umbenhauer, Norris Jr., Wisdo and Strunk.

      Strunk moved into second on the 23rd lap to pressure Von Dohren.

      Before the 24th lap could be completed, Steve Swinehart was spun in the first turn and Chris Esposito was put to the back of the field for initiating the incident, but then after an on track retaliation both were sent to the pits. On the restart, Strunk outgunned Von Dohren to become the fourth different leader.

      With five laps to go Doug Manmiller, the point leader going into the feature, spun in the fourth turn and finished 23rd to bring out the final caution. Kerry Kratz was also involved in the mishap. Strunk wasted no time pulling away on the restart leaving Von Dohren, Umbenhauer, Merkel and Mike Gular in tow.

      The lead never changed and once again Strunk was in victory lane as he gave himself an early birthday present. Following Strunk across the line was Von Dohren, who seems to have turned things around; Umbenhauer, for his season best finish; Gular, for his best run since the opener and Danny Erb, who turned in a fine performance. Sixth through ten were Merkel, Donny Erb, Kellner Jr., Meme DeSantis, who took a provisional and started 32nd, and Wisdo.

      Colt Harris, Ray Swinehart, Don Norris Jr., Rich Wisdo and Sean Merkel were the heat winners. Consies were won by Rick Schaffer, Ryan Watt and Kevin Hirthler.

      Next Sat., August 5, these same drivers plus a host of others will compete in the Stauffer Construction Forrest