Race Results 08/18/2012


By: Vicki Gehris


 


Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Jeff Strunk, the defending Grandview Speedway 358 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series modified point champion shut out of victory lane at the 1/3-mile Berks Co. oval since July 2011, finally found his way back to the winner?s circle on Saturday night. The nine-time champion put the Norm Hansell owned No. 357 into the lead on the 18th lap of the 30-lap feature sponsored by Hatfield Quality Meats. Strunk proceeded to chalk up his first win of the season at the track by a commanding lead over current point leader and runner-up Duane Howard. Strunk also received $250 from T.P. Trailers in addition to the top prize money and dinner for two from Texas Roadhouse Restaurant, Wyomissing.


Ron Seltmann Jr., outside polesitter, grabbed the early lead on the initial start trailed by Glenn Owens, Mike Laise, Gary Hager and John Willman.


Three laps were completed before the yellow was thrown when Nate Christman slowed to pull into the infield with mechanical problems which set up an unavoidable chain reaction behind him. Caught up in the miscue were Meme DeSantis. Glenn Strunk and Michael Weinert were hooked together along the homestretch and it took quite some time to unhook the two. Everyone continued at the back of the pack.


When action finally resumed, Seltmann Jr. was still the pacesetter, but now Willman advanced to second to pressure him.


Willman just crossed the starter?s stand to complete lap eight for the lead when a multi-car homestretch accident that involved front runners Owens, Mike Laise and Mike Gular with Ryan Grim also involved. Willman, who seems to have turned his luck around with the new chassis, continued to lead on the restart with Seltmann Jr., Dan Waisempacher, Jeff Strunk and Ray Swinehart in pursuit.


Willman, running on the inside lane, was still in command at the Dan?s Deli ?-way hoagie award mark with Strunk challenging him from the outside lane.


The lead changed on the 18th lap when Strunk put the Norm?s Save Station ahead trailed by Willma