WEISS, KLINE AND ROCHELLE ARE THE FEATURE WINNERS AT GRANDVIEW SATURDAYGrandview PR
Bechtelsville, PA April 30, 2006 . . . For the first time in his long career Kyle Weiss was able to wheel his Brickel?s Collectibles/Schaeffer?s Harley Davidson sponsored No. 21K Modified to victory in the 30-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Defending Late Model champion Ron Kline waited until late in the 20-lap feature race to grab the lead and ride to his first Late Model feature win of the season. He was at the wheel of his own P.K.Moyer Excavataing/D&M Towing #3 entry.
And it was veteran Jason Rochelle bringing his #17R home first in the 20-lap main event for the Rolling Thunder Legends cars feature race.
The Modifieds had a difficult time getting the second lap of the feature race completed with no less than six cautions taking place before the third circuit could be started. In fact officials had to go to a single file restart to get the event going with one caution coming out for an accident that included at least 20 cars in the fourth turn.
Once things got straightened out, Mike Bailey was able to resume command of the field but on a 8th lap restart after a caution Kyle Weiss, who calls Jallapa, PA home, was able to take charge. Though Weiss was able to lead the balance of the laps it was not an easy win as a series of cautions dotted the closing laps allowing challengers Kevin Hirthler and Jon Kellner move to within striking distance a couple of times.
With a caution on the 29th lap the race was turned into a one lap shootout with Weiss able to run a smooth line and hold off the fleet running Hirthler to grab the win and the $2200 first place money. Hirthler (Green Lane) finished second in a side -by-side battle with Jon Kellner (Lansdale) to the finish line. In fourth was Sean Merkel (Gilbertsville) followed by early race leader Mike Bailey (Kutztown).
Danny Erb was able to take over the number one spot in the chase for the lucrative NASCAR Modified championship. He now leads Craig VonDohren by just points while Doug Manmiller is third just three points behind VonDohren.
Rick Todorow looked like he was going to be able to lead all the laps and ride to an easy win in the 20-lapper for Late Models. However on the 16th lap a caution closed up the field and on the restart Ron Kline (Green Lane) was able to charge past Todorow for the lead. Chuck Schutz took advantage of the opportunity and moved by Todorow for second. And when the checkered flag fell it was Kline just being able to hold off the hard charging Schutz (Pottstown) for his first win of the season. Schutz earned second followed by Todorow (Quakertown), Mike Kellner (Lansdale) and Brian Shuey (Hamburg).
Late Model point leader Randy Stoudt dropped out at the midway point with front end problems as he was charging to the front of the field.
The 20-lapper for the Rolling Thunder Legends seemed to be the best feature race of the night as Jason Rochelle had to hold off strong challenges from Brian Levan (Fleetwood) and Ronnie Dunstan (Allentown) in the closing laps to get his win. The Hackettstown, N.J. racer finished about a car length in front of Levan for the win. Mark Schaeffer grabbed fourth and Lamar Schaeffer was fifth in the final finish.
Qualifying heat races for the Late Models were won by Rick Todorow, Steve Sennott and Mike Kellner with Harry Neiman going from last to first to win the consolation race.
In the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modifieds qualifying races were won by Jason Smythe, Don Norris Jr., Jon Kellner Jr., Mike Bailey, Steve Folk and Kevin Hirthler. Consolation race victories were earned by Shawn Reimert, Ray Swinehart and Doug Manmiller.
Legends car qualifying events were won by Tim Tomson, Rod Kistler and Josh Morrow.
NASCAR sanctioned Modified and Late Model stock car racing returns to Grandview Speedway on Saturday