DESANTIS AND KELLNER EARN FIRST NASCAR WINS OF THE SEASON AT GRANDVIEWGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA May 21, 2006 . . . ?Patience is what it takes to win at Grandview Speedway,? is what Meme DeSantis said in victory lane on Saturday night after winning the 30-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified feature race sponsored by Auto Locator Magazine. In the 20-lap feature race for the NASCAR Late Models teenager Mike Kellner was able to win his first of the season in a close battle with Brian Shuey.
?There will be no five or six time winners this year,? continued an ecstatic DeSantis. ?With the new system they have here it is tough to win here.? The Temple, PA racer pointed out that his car was getting tight but he was able to hold off the challenge of early race leader Kerry Kratz to pick up the $2,200 first place money for the first time this season in the Norm?s Save Station No. 357 Modified.
DeSantis felt that the victory at Grandview sort of made up for the night before when he was beat out on the last lap for the 358 Modified feature win by Duane Howard at Big Diamond Raceway.
Don Norris started on the pole and led the first four laps surviving a few cautions and a red flag for a multi car accident on the main straight. On a fifth lap restart Kevin Hartnett went to the front but was quickly challenged by Kerry Kratz. At the 10-lap marker, with a caution out, Hartnett went to the pits and Kratz was able to take the lead with his Garage Door Services No. 87.
Meme DeSantis, who started 16th, came charging through the field and was in a position to challenge for the lead. Kratz and DeSantis battled side-by-side for a few laps with DeSantis taking the lead on the 14th lap. Once in front the veteran Modified racer was able to keep control of the top spot despite challenges from Kratz, Larry Solomon and John Willman. At the finish the top four could have been covered with a large blanket.
Kratz (Bechtelsville) earned his best finish of the season with a strong second place finish. John Willman (Birdsboro) came on strong in the final laps to grab third followed by Larry Solomon (Birdsboro) and Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville).
The CornerStone Auto Sales Hard Charger Award went to Craig VonDohren who came from 29th starting position to finish 11th.
Dean Schaeffer looked as if he was going to be able to grab his first career Late Model victory at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night as he set the pace for the first five laps. Brian Shuey, winner of the opening night feature race, charged to the front on the sixth lap and was the man to beat for the next five laps. Mike Kellner, able to run on the top or the bottom of the track with his Patriot GMC sponsored No. 57, went to the front on the 11th lap and that is where he stayed until the checkered flag fell. The Lansdale racer was able to hold off challenges from Shuey and Ron Kline in the final laps to get his first win of the season and his third career victory. Second spot went to Shuey (Hamburg) followed by Ron Kline (East Greenville), Harry Neiman (Bower Beach, DE) and Randy Stoudt (Pottstown) who had to go to the rear of the field early in the race.
Qualifying heat race victories in the Late Models were earned by Mike Kellner, Randy Stoudt and Dean Schaeffer.
In the NASCAR Modified qualifying heat races wins went to Chris Esposito, Rich Wisdo, Don Norris Jr., Kevin Hartnett, Jason Smythe and Kerry Kratz. The consolation races were won by Jon Kellner Jr., Tom Umbenauer and Terry Meitzler. More than 50 Modifieds attempted to qualify for the 30-lap feature race that started 31 cars.
There have been no repeat winners in either division of competition this season.
With his win DeSantis moved into the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified point lead with at least a 200 point edge over Craig VonDohren. Ron Kline continues to lead in the NASCAR Late Model Series.
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