Race Results 08/20/2005

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Tire problems kept Meme DeSantis, behind the wheel of the Eastern Rigging No. 11, out of victory lane the previous week at Grandview Speedway, but Saturday night he was back with a vengeance. ?The Temple Tornado? overtook Jason Smythe on the 24th lap after quite a battle and went on to capture his first win of the season in the 30-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series modified feature sponsored by 3M. Despite chalking up his 19th career win, he still felt he was ?one short.?

      It took three tires to complete the first lap due to various incidents, but once action got underway polesitter Smythe was the early leader trailed by Barry Readinger, Rich Wisdo, Tom Umbenhauer and Donny Erb.

      Jeff Strunk and Kerry Kratz tangled between the third and fourth turn on the fourth lap to bring out the yellow. Kratz continued, but Strunk went pitside and was out of contention. Smythe maintained the lead on the restart, but Barry Readinger gave him no room to make a mistake.

      Smythe, in the high lane, and Readinger, down low; both low-budget racers, were having quite a battle for the lead and at one point made contact, but neither one gave up.

      Sean Merkel slowed his pace for the next caution period on the ninth lap. The restart was void as John Tschudy and Danny Erb were both against the backstretch wall, and were luckily uninjured. It was still Smythe ahead on the restart, but now Wisdo was in second trailed by Readinger, DeSantis and John Willman.

      Smythe began opening daylight over his fellow competitors, but by the 19th lap Wisdo was gaining ground and three laps later he was putting pressure on Smythe for the lead.

      Kenny Gilmore brought out the final yellow when mechanical  problems brought him to a halt in the fourth turn on the 22nd lap. The leader continued to be Smythe when action went green again, but DeSantis overtook Wisdo and set his sights on Smythe.

      DeSantis was finally able to get by Smythe, who was not ready to surrender the lead easily, on the 24th lap.

Behind DeSantis the battle for the remaining positions continued to be hot and heavy between Smythe, Wisdo, Readinger and Mike Gular.

      No more restarts were needed and DeSantis continued on into the winner?s circle. Chasing DeSantis across the line were Smythe, Wisdo and Readinger, who all turned in their best finishes of the season, and Gular. Rounding out the top ten were Craig Von Dohren, Terry Meitzler, Keith Brightbill, Jon Kellner and Kevin Hartnett.
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BRIAN SHUEY HITS PAYDIRT IN JERRY GLASE/CHUCK SENNOTT MEMORIAL

L.M. FEATURE

Bechtelsville, PA ? Brian Shuey, ?The Big Shue,? has been struggling this season at Grandview Speedway in the Bob Fisher/Harry?s U-Pull-It, Charlotte and Dave Eyrich owned No. 5D. Saturday night Shuey overtook Dean Stoudt for the lead on the sixth lap and withstood restarts and current point leader Ron Kline?s late challenges to win
the first annual Jerry Glase/Chuck Sennott Memorial 30-lap NASCAR late model feature that paid $1,000 to win. The racing activities were sponsored by 3M.

      The event, organized by track official Mark Garman, was in memory of long-time Grandview employee Jerry Glase and Chuck Sennott, a competitor at the track who lost his life in a racing accident in Delaware. Garman had numerous sponsors and the drivers earned extra bonuses.