MIKE GULAR AND RANDY STOUDT WIN NASCAR FEATURES AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAYGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 13, 2008 . . .Mike Gular and Doug Manmiller had fans on the edge of their seats for most of the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modified feature race on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. The two ran side-by-side during much of the feature but Gular (Green Lane), at the wheel of the Steve Kratz owned, Banes Roofing No. 8, was able to earn the victory by a narrow margin over Manmiller.
Randy Stoudt (Pottstown) won the 20-lap feature for NASCAR Late Models with relative ease bringing the Merkel Rebar/Kochel Equipment No. 118 home ahead of second place Mike Kellner by a comfortable margin.
Jason Smythe set the pace at the start of the 30-lap Modified feature from his pole position. However a number of cautions for accidents early saw top runners such Duane Howard, Jeff Strunk, Danny Erb and others ending up at the back of the pack.
At the five lap marker Cliff Quinn was in front of the field but just one lap later he was headed to the pits and Mike Gular was the leader with Jason Hamilton putting pressure on him. In fact Hamilton put so much pressure on Gular that he did a 360 in the second turn and ended up at the back of the field.
At the 10 lap marker Gular (Green Lane) had his hands full trying to hold off Doug Manmiller while Meme DeSantis held third.
Between the tenth and twentieth lap Gular ran the high groove and Manmiller took to the low groove. The two ran side-by-side in a battle for first place.
Duane Howard, the opening night feature winner, was having a variety of problems and a flat tire forced him to make a quick pit stop during a caution. He was able to rejoin the race but was not a factor.
The balance of the 30-lap feature had Gular holding off Man miller (Shoemakersville) in a tight battle to the finish. Gular managed to get the win by a narrow margin over Manmiller. Third spot went to Meme DeSantis (Temple). Early leader Jason Smythe (New Berlinville) settled for four while six time track champion Jeff Strunk (Mohnton) salvaged a fifth place finish.
The win moved Gular into first place in the chase for the NASCAR Whelen All American Modified Series championship. Gular, with 565 points, leads Duane Howard by 28 points.
Danny Snyder was the leader when starter Ray Kemp dropped the green for the 20-lap NASCAR Late Model feature race. However Ed Trimbur had something go wrong on his No. 707 entry and that slowed his pace bunching the field up behind him. The result was a wild accident that saw Trimbur shoot across the front straightaway with at least ten cars piling up in the first turn eliminating last week?s feature winner Brian Shuey.
Snyder was able to lead the first five laps before relinquishing the top spot to hard charging Randy Stoudt.
The final 14 laps saw Stoudt set the pace while Mike Kellner worked his way into second spot. His efforts to gain on the leader fell short and the Lansdale youngster had to settle for second. Third went to past champion Chuck Schutz (Pottstown). Jon Kellner Sr. (Lansdale) got caught up behind a lapped racer and that cost him a position giving him a fourth place finish. Danny Snyder (East Greenville) finished fifth.
Mike Kellner now leads the NASCAR Late Model point standings.
The first of four 12-lap qualifying heat races for the 358 Modifieds went to Jason Smythe. Sean Merkel won the second 12-lapper with Doug Manmiller looking very strong in his win in the third qualifier. Cliff Quinn brought his 69 News entry home first in the fourth heat. Consolation races were won by Kerry Kratz and six time track champion Jeff Strunk.
Danny Snyder topped the field in the first qualifying event of the night for the NASCAR Late Models while Buddy Wharton topped the field in the second ten lapper. Randy Stoudt had an easy time of it winning the third qualifier though Chuck Schutz d