Race Results 08/16/2008

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Tom Umbenhauer was beginning to doubt himself at Grandview Speedway since everytime he was leading a feature or having a decent run, something would happen and he?d never finish. Saturday night Lady Luck helped the Richland, Pa. campaigner break the jinx and he led from the drop of the green until the wave of the checkered to win his first 30-lap NASCAR All-American Whelen Racing Series modified feature by a healthy margin over runner-up Jeff Strunk. Umbenhauer thanked his pit crew which includes his sons Jared and Jordan for all their efforts. The event was sponsored and televised by RCN TV-4.

     Before the first lap could be completed Jeremy Banos, the polesitter, got sideways, continued but caused cars to spin behind him.

     On the restart Umbenhauer wasted no time putting the Miller Builders/Clay Realty Group, Inc. No. 19 at the head of the pack trailed by Todd Marburger, Banos, Meme DeSantis and Terry Meitzler who started seventh, fourth, first, ninth and 12th respectively.

     DeSantis and Meitzler advanced to second and third on the fourth lap to see if they could overtake Umbenhauer.

     The field was regrouped for a first turn multi-car tangle that brought out the yellow on the ninth lap. Umbenhauer was still the pacesetter when action resumed, but now the order behind him was comprised of DeSantis, Jason Hamilton, Doug Manmiller and Meitzler.

Fast approaching the top five to join the thick of the battle was Strunk.

     By the 16th lap Umbenhauer had a comfortable lead built up over DeSantis, Manmiller, Strunk and Hamilton.

     Slower moving cars entered the picture by the 20th lap and were told numerous times via radio and shown the move-over flag that the leader and the rest of the pack were coming. Some of the lap cars chose to run the groove rather than heed the warnings and Umbenhauer plus the other front runners had to use heads-up driving to get past them.

     With two laps to go Strunk overtook DeSantis for second and set sail after Umbenhauer.

     Time ran short and no one was able to close in on Umbenhauer to challenge him as he continued into the winner?s circle to claim a crowd-pleasing well-deserved first victory. Chasing Umbenhauer across the line were Strunk, Manmiller, DeSantis and Meitzler. Rounding out the top ten were Hamilton, Sean Merkel, Jon Kellner, who is now driving the Steve Kratz-owned No. 8; Shawn Reimert and Jon Kellner Jr., who was also the recipient of the Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger Award.

     Todd Smith, Umbenhauer, who also received the Dan?s Deli 1/2-way leader Hoagie Award; DeSantis and Kevin Hirthler won the heats. The consies were won by Reimert and Tommy Scheetz Jr.

Pit Notes: Craig Von Dohren, who was on a winning streak for a couple of weeks was sidelined with engine problems. He returned to Oley to try to get the other car ready, but was not able to get back to the track in time.

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2-IN-A-ROW FOR RANDY STOUDT IN L.M. FEATURE AT GRANDVIEW

 

Bechtelsville, PA ? It appeared that rookie racer Danny Snyder was going to claim his first 20-lap NASCAR late model feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway, but veteran campaigner Randy Stoudt had other visions. With two laps to go in the event sponsored and televised by RCN TV-4, R. Stoudt, who didn?t have power steering half-way through the ra