VONDOHREN, KELLNER AND MORROW VISIT VICTORY LANE AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAYGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 31, 2008 . . . Craig VonDohren faced quite a few obstacles in getting to victory lane at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night in the 30-lap Green Lane Wm. Penn/4 Star Lettering Night NASCAR Modified feature race. The obstacles were lapped cars that created late race problems for VonDohren and could have cost him his chance at a sixth feature win of the season.
Mike Kellner had a relatively easy time of it as he led most of the laps in winning his fifth NASCAR Late Model 20-lap feature and it was Josh Morrow getting his third Legends win of the season at Grandview in the 15-lap main event.
The entire night of racing was dedicated to the memory of Joe Pratt. The long time advertising director of Area Auto Racing News (a trade publication that covers motorsports) and general manager of the annual Motorsports show in Atlantic City passed away on Sunday, August 24th and was a good friend to many racers and others involved in the sport.
A 29-car starting field took the green for the 30-lap Modified stock car feature race with Bobby Gunther Walsh leading. Veteran racer Rick Schaffer rolled the Norm?s Save Station No. 357 on the second lap in the second turn. He was not injured.
Chris Esposito took the top spot from Walsh and set the pace until the seventh circuit when young Brad Missimer was able to move to the front. Three laps later Missimer had smoke billowing out the rear of his No. 327 Modified and headed to the pits during a caution. Six time track champion Craig VonDohren inherited the lead coming from 14th starting spot.
At the midway point VonDohren held the top spot while Jeff Strunk, who just recently wrapped up his seventh championship, was charging in second. Meme DeSantis, coming from 23rd, was third.
The top three stayed the same for many laps but as the race went into the late stages lapped traffic created obstacles with VonDohren and Strunk seemingly working magic to get through them without incident.
At the finish VonDohren, in the Mike Harvey owned Felty Farms No. 1c, was able to hold off Strunk (Mohnton) by a narrow margin to grab the victory and the $2,200 first place money. Third spot went to DeSantis (Temple) followed by Chris Esposito (Lansdale) and Shawn Reimert (Oley).
In victory lane VonDohen, who calls Oley home, pointed out that things are just going their way right now but he questioned the thinking of the drivers in the lapped cars.
Wayne Pfeil led the 20 car starting field for the Late Model feature and set the pace for the first few laps as he continues to seek his first career victory at the Bechtelsville clay oval. Mike Kellner, coming from seventh, ran the high grove to move to the front of the field with just one third of the race completed. Once in front the young Lansdale racer made it look rather easy as he had a comfortable lead at the finish.
Chuck Schutz, leading the Late Model point standings, came home second with a strong effort. With the finish Schutz (Pottstown) now has a 56 point edge over Randy Stoudt going into the final point race of the season on Saturday, September 6th. Third spot went to early leader Wayne Pfeil (Mohnton) followed by four time champion Dean Stoudt (East Greenville) and defending champion Brian Shuey (Shoemakersville).
The 15-lap feature for the Rolling Thunder Blue Focal Legends Cars had Gary Fenton setting the pace. Buddy Sload Jr. was quick to move to the front but before the race reached the halfway mark Josh Morrow charged to the front. Frank Polimeda, a feature winner at Grandview earlier, was running second but just could not close the gap on the leader.
At the finish Morrow (Hamburg, PA) had a comfortable lead in grabbing the victory with Polimeda settling for second. Third spot went to Randy Kissinger followed by Justin Grim and Tim Henry.
Qualifying heat races for the Modi