VONDOHREN AND STOUDT WIN FEATURES AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY VonDohren and Schutz Win NASCAR ChampionshipsGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA SEPTEMBER 17, 2006 . . . The first half of the 2006 racing season was a nightmare for Craig VonDohren. The second half of the season was like a dream come true. On Saturday night the Oley, PA racer finished his dream with a story book finish that saw him not only win the BPG Racing/Chad Sinon Motorsports sponsored 30-lap NASCAR Modified feature race but also claim his sixth NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified championship at Grandview Speedway.
During the second half of the season VonDohren was able to win the Stauffer Construction Forrest Rogers Memorial worth $10,000, the T.H.Properties Freedom 76 worth $20,000 and the championship which could be worth close to $20,000 including track and NASCAR point fund money. VonDohren also earned wins in two regular Saturday night 30-lappers giving him 55 career victories making him the top Modified winner in track history.
Chuck Schutz did not win the 20-lap Late Model feature on Saturday night, that honor went to Randy Stoudt for the seventh time this season, but he did manage a fourth place finish and that was good enough to give the Pottstown, PA racer his third NASCAR Late Model title at the Berks County oval.
In addition to the title Schutz also won the two big money events of the season for the Late Model races, the Firecracker 40 and the Chuck Sennott/Jerry Glase/Carol Heckman Memorial.
Tommy Sheetz Jr. charged to the front on the drop of the green in the 30-lap main event for Modifieds but dropped out after leading just four laps. Young Chris Esposito inherited the top spot but that was also short lived as Todd Marburger, a youngster who battles MS, took command looked as if he would win his first feature.
At the 16 lap marker Marburger continued to be in charge while point leader Doug Manmiller was having a tire problem that sent him to the pits bringing out the caution. Manmiller, who had been involved in an early race second turn incident, came back to finish 9th but his valiant efforts to win his first track title fell short.
While Manmiller was having his problems VonDohren was working his way toward the front from his 14th place starting position. A mid-race rubbing incident in turn four between Cliff Quinn, VonDohren and Kevin Hirthler could have proved costly for VonDohren. Hirthler went to the pits while both Quinn and VonDohren were able to continue.
Marburger was the class of the field with Ray Swinehart and Meme DeSantis, coming from 21st, challenging. On the 24th lap Swinehart and Marburger both got high in the fourth turn as they battled for the lead and VonDohren made a bold move charging past the top three and taking the lead.
At 25 laps it was VonDohren and his BPG Racing/Chad Sinon Motorsports No. 1C in front with Ray Swinehart second and DeSantis third. Marburger, who led most of the feature laps, was shuffled back to fourth and Sean Merkel, who had challenged for the lead early, finished fifth. When the checkered flag was displayed by starter Ray Kemp the finishing order was the same.
Terry Meitzler came from 28th starting spot to finish 6th and earn the CornerStone Auto Sales of Fleetwood, PA Hard Charger Award.
The Late Models had a tough time getting their 20-lap feature started, a couple multi-car tangles creating problems, but once they got it going the action was hot and heavy. Mike Kellner led early with Randy Stoudt coming from 10th to take the lead on the seventh and set the pace for the balance of the race. The real action was the battle between Harry Neiman and Mike Kellner as they ran side by side for second spot. Chuck Schutz was having his own battle for the championship and fourth place with three time champion John Giesler.
At the finish Stoudt wheeled the TP Trailers No. 22 into victory lane while Harry Neiman was able to grab second followed by Mike Kellner, Chuck Schutz and Joh