VONDOHREN AND STOUDT EACH GET FIFTH WIN AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAYGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 12, 2007 . . . Craig VonDohren probably feels like a yo-yo sometimes. His season has been one of ups and downs. Saturday night at Grandview Speedway VonDohren, a six-time track champion, had an up when he drove the Stauffer Construction/Felty Farms No.1c to victory in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Modified stock car feature race.
Randy Stoudt won the Annual Memorial Classic for Late Models, a 30-lap feature race dedicated to the memory of racers, officials and track employees who have passed away during the 45 year history of the Berks County clay oval.
Don Norris Jr. charged to the front of the 28-car starting field at the drop of Ray Kemp?s green flag. At the four lap marker Sean Merkel, a two feature winner this season, took command but Craig VonDohren was on the move from his eighth place starting spot.
At 8 laps VonDohren was in second and put heavy pressure on the leader. On the next circuit Jeff Strunk and Duane Howard, both involved in a close battle for the championship, made some quick moves to avoid an accident on the front straightaway. On the tenth circuit Strunk slowed on the edge of the front straightaway and was done for the night with mechanical woes.
With 11 laps in the record book Oley based VonDohren was in front with Meme DeSantis giving him some strong competition while Howard, coming from 12th, now in third.
At the 20-lap marker VonDohren still was the man to beat and Duane Howard had replaced DeSantis in second spot.
Howard (Oley), who took over the point lead in the chase for the lucrative NASCAR Modified track championship by virtue of his second place finish, was not able to real in VonDohren who went on to win and pick up the $2,200 first place money.
Kevin Hirthler (Boyertown) had a strong finish to grab third followed by DeSantis (Temple) and Ryan Watt (Bechtelsville).
The 30-lap Late Model feature had to be another disappointment for Greg Hoffmaster and his Schaeffer?s Harley Davidson No. 69 team. The veteran driver went to the front at the start and that saved him from getting involved in a massive multi-car wreck in the first turn of the first lap. Buddy Wharton flipped but was not injured and several racers were not able to continue.
Kyle Merkel gave Hoff master ?fits? for more than half of the 30-laps even going side-by-side a couple of times.
At 20-laps Hoffmaster looked comfortable in first but his close friend and also his nemesis Randy Stoudt have now moved into a position to challenge for the win.
The final 10 laps saw Stoudt pressure Hoffmaster and with just two laps remaining Stoudt was able to charge by the leader coming off the fourth turn and ride to his fifth win of the season. The Pottstown racer and the TP Trailers/Paradise Road Slot Track No.10 team picked up $1,000 for their efforts. Hoff master (Pottstown) was forced to settle for his third second place finish in the last month. Brian Shuey (Shoemakersville), the current Late Model point leader, grabbed third followed by Ron Kline (Salford) and Chuck Schutz (Pottstown).
Qualifying races for the Late Models were won by D.D. Keely, Hoffmaster and Stoudt. The Kochel Equipment Cash Dash in Memory of the late Chuck Sennott was won by Chuck Schutz.
In the Modified qualifiers wins went to Duane Howard, Ryan Watt, Sean Merkel and Mark Kratz. Consolation races were won by Tommy Scheetz Jr. and Kerry Kratz.
Veteran track photographer Don Marks and track announcer Ernie Saxton (now into his 39th year) were honored with Grandview Speedway ?stars? in recognition of their long service to the track. The stars will be hung on the back of the grandstands along with stars of a number of other honorees.
The Cornerstone Auto Sales of Fleetwood, PA Hard Charger Awards went to Tom Umbenhauer in the Modifieds for going from 27t