Race Results 08/15/2009


Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Brad ?The Missile? Missimer has circled the Grandview Speedway several times as he helps his grandfather and promoter Bruce Rogers prepare the track every week. Victory has eluded the speedster many times for numerous reasons, but Saturday night the tables turned. Missimer, behind the wheel of the Don Schaeffer-owned/Cheers Tavern No. 327, overtook the lead on the fifth lap of the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series modified feature sponsored by WNPV 1440 AM radio and broadcast live by RCN TV-4. He then had to survive restarts and a one-lap shoot out before the checkered between eventual runner-up Billy Pauch Jr. and Kerry Kratz. It was one week late, but it was a nice belated birthday present to himself. The 29-car starting grid took the green from honorary starter and former driver Harry Turner with polesitter Bobby Gunther-Walsh grabbing the early lead. Behind him dicing for positions were rookie Kyle Follweiler, coming off a feature win the previous night at Big Diamond Raceway; Troy Wink, John Tschudy and Tom Umbenhauer.
A four-car tangle between the third and fourth turn brought out the yellow with two laps completed. Gunther-Walsh continued his pace with Follweiler, Missimer, Wink and Umbenhauer trying to change the status. Missimer overtook second on the fourth circuit to challenge Gunther-Walsh for the top spot.
The lead changed on the fifth lap as Missimer put the CMS powered mount into the number one position with Gunther-Walsh, Follweiler, Shawn Reimert and Kerry Kratz in pursuit.
The red was thrown for a multi-car first turn tangle on the eighth lap that eliminated last week?s feature winner Duane Howard, Jason Smythe and Umbenhauer. Missimer maintained the lead on the restart, but  by now the order behind him was comprised of K. Kratz, Reimert, Follweiler and Pauch Jr.
Behind Missimer at the Dan?s Deli 1/2-way hoagie award Kratz, Reimert, Follweiler and Pauch Jr. continued to dice for the remaining top five positions.
Missimer, had a somewhat healthy lead built up, but lap traffic allowed Kratz to reel him in to challenge.
Craig Von Dohren stopped between the third and fourth turn to bring out the yellow on the 17th lap. After a quick pit stop he rejoined the race. It was still Missimer in first when action resumed, but by now Kratz, Pauch Jr., Mike Gular and Reimert were in challenging positions. Before the checkered was thrown as the field came out of four, the yellow came out as Keith Hoffman was stopped along the backstretch with smoke coming out the car. The set up a one-lap shoot-out and the outcome was anybody?s guess. Missimer pulled away quickly on the restart as the others were right on his bumper.
Coming in for the checkered with Missimer at the head of the pack, Pauch Jr. made a bold move past Kratz for second to make it three-wide, but couldn?t pull off the win. Missimer went on to score a long-awaited, well-deserved, crowd-pleasing victory followed by Pauch Jr., Kratz, Reimert and Terry Meitzler. Sixth through tenth were Gular, Ryan Godown, Jon Kellner, Jeff Strunk, who received the CornerStone Hard Charger award, and Meme DeSantis.
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SCHUTZ SCORES THIRD L.M. FEATURE VICTORY AT GRANDVIEW


Bechtelsville, PA ? Chuck Schutz, behind the wheel of the Ty Zeigler-owned, BPG sponsored No. ONE, got past leader Bill Henning after Henning slipped up coming off turn four on the 13th lap and went on to capture his third 20-lap NASCAR late model feature win of the season by a comfortable margin over runner-up Mike Kellner. The event was sponsored by WNPV 1440 AM radio and broadcast live by RCN TV-4. The defending point champion almost didn?t make the feature. After Schutz won the fir