Race Results 07/30/2005


 
Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Doug ?The Handler? Manmiller hasn?t been having quite the season at Grandview Speedway that he hoped for as numerous misfortunes kept him out of victory lane. Manmiller never gave up trying and finally on Saturday night he was rewarded when he overcame all the obstacles and won the 30-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series modified feature by holding off the challenges of runner-up Ray Swinehart. Racing activities for the night were sponsored by J & L Speed Supplies and Dodge.
Mike Bailey, who won his last feature on Father?s Day June 20, 1998, was the early pacesetter being pressured by Cliff Quinn, Ryan Taylor, Manmiller and Ryan Watt.
A multi-car tangle in the fourth turn brought out the yellow with three laps in the books. Bailey maintained the lead and couldn?t slack off as Quinn, Watt, Manmiller and Jon Kellner were breathing down his neck. With seven laps in the books and Bailey still in command, Quinn and Manmiller had their own race going on for the runner-up position and two laps later Manmiller was second.
The yellow was out again on the 13th lap as a tire was hit by Taylor, who was running fifth, and pushed on to the track in the second turn. Taylor was sent to the back of the pack for it. The leader continued to be Bailey with Manmiller giving him no room to error.
Manmiller put the American Dental/GMI No. 00 into the lead on the 15th lap and Quinn followed through for second at the same time.
By the 20th lap the battle for positions behind Manmiller was hot and heavy between Jeff Strunk, Keith Brightbill, Ray Swinehart, who started 14th, 12th and 22, and Quinn.
Brightbill, who destroyed a brand new car the previous week but was back this week after the crew and himself burned the midnight oil to return, overtook second on the 21st and set his sights on Manmiller. Strunk, while attempting to get underneath Brightbill in the second turn to regain the runner-up spot, hit the tire to bring out the yellow on the 23rd lap. Since officials claimed Strunk was crowded into the tire by Brightbill, both drivers were sent to the rear. On the restart Manmiller was the leader, but positions behind him were shuffled as now Swinehart, Kellner, Quinn and Meme DeSantis completed the top five. Manmiller held off all challenges from Swinehart and the others and never looked back until he pulled into the winner?s circle, a place he

hasn?t been since Sept. 4, 2004. Chasing him across the line were Swinehart, Kellner, Quinn and DeSantis. Rounding out the top ten were Tom Umbenhauer, Bailey, Kenny Gilmore, Craig Von Dohren and Rich Wisdo. Manmiller, Kellner, Quinn, Terry Meitzler and Von Dohren won the heats. The consies went to Umbenhauer, Swinehart and Shawn Reimert. Von Dohren won the 3-lap Cheers Tavern Cash Dash.
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Bechtelsville, PA ? Sean Merkel, driving the Agliano Bros. Trucking No. 118 and doing double-duty this season at Grandview Speedway between the modifieds and late models, had a Clean Sweep of the night in the late model division. First he won his qualifying heat, then the 3-lap Jim Brown Cash Dash and finally topped off the night with his first career win in the 20-lap NASCAR late model feature. J & L Speed Supplies and Dodge were the sponsors for the night?s racing activities.
Former point champion John Giesler was the early pacesetter and was being  challenged by Merkel, Brian Shuey, Buddy Wharton and Lou Egrie. Rick Todorow brought out the first yellow with four laps completed when he stopped along the fourth turn wall. On the restart Merkel charged past Giesler to take over first.
While Merkel showed the way around the 1/3-mile oval the battle for second through fifth continued to be between Giesler, Wharton, Shuey and Egrie.
Wharton, who is having some dec