VONDOHREN WINS STAUFFER CONSTRUCTION FORREST ROGERS MEMORIAL WORTH $10,000 MIKE KELLNER GETS SECOND OF SEASON IN LATE MODEL STOCKSGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA AUGUST 6, 2006 . . . If you are going to get your first win of the season why not make it on a night when there is $10,000 waiting for the winner and why not do it when the race carries your sponsor?s name? That is exactly what five time track champion Craig VonDohren did on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway picking up $10,000 for his victory in the Stauffer Construction Forrest Rogers Memorial, a 50-lap race for the NASCAR Modifieds.
Mike Kellner came on strong in the final laps to grab the victory by inches in the 20-lap NASCAR Late Model feature race.
Cliff Quinn charged to the front of the 30-car starting field on the drop of the green and was in command until the seventh lap when young Chris Esposito went to the front. A few laps later Mike Gular, who looked like a man on a mission, took control of the race and built up comfortable leads a couple of times only to have the leads disappear because of cautions.
At the 31-lap marker Gular still had his T.H.Properties entry in front of the field but was being challenged by Terry Meitzler. It was about this time that former champion Meitzler was able to move to the front. Gular took the top spot back on lap 32 and Meitzler was able to regain it on the 33rd lap. Just a couple of laps later last year?s winner Ray Swinehart, making a charge toward the front, had to drop out with a flat tire.
Meitzler was in charge but being challenged by Craig VonDohren who had brought his BPG Racing/Stauffer Construction #1c to second spot from a 15th starting position. At 42 laps VonDohren was able to take the lead and earn the victory. The win, his 52nd career win but just the Oley racer?s first of the season, put him in the record books as the all time leading modified winner at Grandview.
VonDohren claimed in victory lane that the win was a lot of luck. ?Qualifying was tough.? said the five time track champion. ?We took our time. It was a long race.?
Second spot went to Danny Erb (Boyertown) coming on strong in the final laps to challenge the leader on the final circuit of the one-third-mile, clay banked oval. Meitzler (Kutztown) came home third followed by Mike Gular (Harleysville) and Doug Man miller (Wyomissing).
Meme DeSantis, with a ninth place finish from a 25th starting spot, remained the point leader by a narrow margin with Doug Manmiller second and Craig VonDohren putting himself in the chase as he now sits third in the standings.
Six time feature winner Jeff Strunk had another tough night with his regular mount damaged when he tangled with a spinning competitor. Strunk tried to qualify with a back-up car from another racer but had a wheel come off putting him out of the qualifying event and out of the feature.
The Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger Award for the Modifieds, unofficially, went to Shawn Reimert coming from a 30th starting spot to finish 13th gaining 17 positions. The award is worth $100.
The 20-lap Late Model feature saw Lou Egrie take the lead on the drop of the green and that is where he stayed for 19 laps. Egrie was running a smooth and steady pace in a feature race that had very few cautions. Mike Kellner seemed to have nothing for the leader as he ran second for many laps. However in the late stages of the event Kellner seemed to ?come awake? and started to reel in Egrie. On the final lap Kellner and Egrie came off turn four side-by-side with Kellner able to win the race by just a few inches. It was the second win of the season for the Lansdale, PA racer and his Patriot GMC entry. Second spot went to Egrie (Willow Grove) followed by Mark Malcolm ( Hatfield), Randy Stoudt (Pottstown) and four time track champion Dean Stoudt (East Greenville).
Qualifying heats for the Late Models were won by Egrie, Kellner and Chuck Schutz.
In the Modified qualifying events wins went to John Tschudy, T