Race Results 08/04/2007

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Jason Hamilton, behind the wheel of the Flurer Machine & Tool/Beer City No. 16, earned his biggest paycheck in his rookie season on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway when he collected his first career victory at the oval by winning the Forrest Rogers Memorial/Stauffer Construction 50-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series modified feature. The Erwinna, Pa.-based speedster had no easy time getting to the winner?s circle as he battled side-by-side and swapped the lead several times with Ryan Watt and with five laps to go held off the challenges of runner-up Duane Howard.

      Recent high school graduate Mike Laise led the 32-car starting grid for one lap before Jon Kellner Jr. overtook him to become the new pacesetter.

      The battle for positions behind Kellner Jr. was intense between Sean Merkel, Laise, Glenn Owens and Randy  Bailey.

      Kyle Weiss and Todd Smith brought out the first of many caution periods on the sixth lap when they tangled in the fourth turn. Kellner Jr. was still the leader on the restart with the order behind him now comprised of Merkel, Watt, Bailey and Hamilton.

      Merkel moved into the lead on the 11th lap restart needed for a multi-car accident in the second turn.

      The yellow was thrown on the 11th lap when Meme DeSantis found himself facing the wrong direction between the first and second turn. Hamilton put his Teo chassis into the top spot with Kellner Jr. back in second followed by Watt, Merkel nd defending race winner Craig Von Dohren.

      With 12 laps completed Danny and Donny Erb tangled in the fourth turn bringing out the yellow. The next attempt was void as Danny Erb and      Laise spun between turns one and two. The next restart was called back as Von Dohren was spun along the backstretch with Doug Manmiller also involved as he had nowhere to go. After three tries, the next lap got completed with Hamilton at the front of the pack.

      The yellow was thrown again on the 13th lap for a multi-car fourth turn tangle.

      Since there were so many caution periods and laps being wasted relining the field, in an attempt to conserve fuel and try to avoid a fuel stop, the restart was single file. Hamilton held his own on the restart with Watt right on his bumper.

      Hamilton held the low groove while Watt ran the high line as the pair ran side-by-side making contact on occasions.

      Watt, driving the Pursell owned No. 6, became the new leader on the 18th lap as he was able to pass Hamilton, but Hamilton stayed right with him trying to regain control. Behind the pair waiting for a slip-up were Kellner Jr., Howard and Merkel.

      Keith Brightbill lost a wheel in the second turn bringing out the yellow on the 26th lap. At this time it was decided to have a fuel stop. Stop of the various teams were checked to see how much they had left and it varied between 15-18 gal. Watt was still in front on the restart while Hamilton,   Kellner Jr., Howard and Mike Gular were in the wings just waiting for a chance to advance.

      Hamilton was back in front on the 28th lap and Watt gave him no margin to err.

      Merkel and Rick Schaffer, who were running seventh and eighth, tangled in the second turn with Schaffer launching it on top of the guard rails. Both drivers were uninjured.. The leader continued to be Hamilton when action