JON KELLNER AND RANDY STOUDT WIN FEATURES ON A WILD NIGHT AT GRANDVIEWGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA APRIL 16, 2006 . . . Jon Kellner must have needed some tax money as he drove like a man on a definite mission. The veteran racer wheeled the Cary Duncan owned Hutts Glass/Patriot GMC #85AM Modified to victory on Saturday night in the 30-lap NASCAR Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway. Randy Stoudt added another feature win to his growing career total of 31 victories winning the 20-lap NASCAR Late Model main event Saturday night in the Rogers Auto Parts #22.
Kellner had a victory pretty much in his pocket on opening night at Grandview Speedway when a sour engine forced him out of the event. Winning the 30-lap feature on Income Tax night may have made up for the disappointment of the opening night loss.
The Lansdale, PA racer had a relatively easy time of it as he inherited the lead from early leader Don Norris when he spun while leading on the third lap. Once in front Howard survived a few cautions and a red flag for a seven car pile-up on he main straightaway to lead all the remaining laps and win by a comfortable margin.
Danny Erb had an impressive second place finish. The Boyertown racer came from 14th starting spot by Wyomissing?s Doug Manmiller came home third after starting 15th. Ray Swinerhart (Bechtelsville) grabbed fourth while five time champion Craig VonDohren (Oley) finished fifth after a 16th place starting spot.
The Late Models had another wild night with the 20-lap feature plagued by cautions and single file restarts put in place by the 12th lap. Buddy Wharton took the green and the lead to be number one on the first circuit. Mike Kellner was quick to move to the front and lead until the 10th lap holding off strong challenges from Randy Stoudt. On a caution restart Stoudt, who calls Pottstown home, put the #22 Late Model in front of the pack and lead all the rest of the laps.
However in the closing laps defending champion Ron Kline (Green Lane) charged forward to give Stoudt a scare but he was not strong enough to take command and had to settle for second. Third spot went to Mike Kellner (Lansdale) followed by Steve Sennott (Gilbertsville) and Harry Neiman (Bower Beach, DE).
Strange was the fact that Stoudt never had a chance to celebrate his win in victory lane as he stopped in turn two after taking the checkered flag and requested first aid attention for a shoulder that was bothering him. The problem apparently was corrected and he did have his victory lane photos taken after racing had been completed.
Qualifying heat races for the Late Models were won by Randy Stoudt, Ed Trimbur and Ron Kline.
The six qualifying heat races for the NASCAR Modifieds were won by Jason Smythe, Larry Solomon, Jon Kellner, Jeff Strunk, Kevin Hirthler and Danny Erb. Consolation race victories went to Tracy Readinger, Tom Umbenhauer and John Willman.
Late Model drivers were able to collect $1,600 from fans in the stands for the injured Kevin Grebe. The rookie Late Model racer was critically injured in a highway accident and is currently confined to the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA.
NASCAR sanctioned Modified and Late Model stock car racing returns to Grandview Speedway on Saturday night April 22nd starting at 7 p.m. At least 12 big events of racing are offered with a 30-lap feature for Modifieds and 20 lapper for Late Models topping the program. Adult admission is just $12.00 with youngsters 6 through 11 paying $5.00 and under 6 are admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying adult.
The Saturday April 29th show will be the last with a 7 p.m. starting time and will be a tripleheader show with NASCAR Modifieds, Late Models and Legends cars.
Grandview Speedway is a one-third-mile banked clay oval located on Passmore Road just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For racing information telephone 610.754.76