Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Craig Von Dohren was at the opportune spot at the right moment during the running of the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American modified feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. The yellow came out on the 25th lap after Don Norris Jr. stopped along the homestretch when a huge puff of smoke erupted from his car. Before the restart, rookie Billy Pauch Jr., who took over first when leader Jon Kellner Jr. pitted on lap 12, stopped in the third turn with mechanical problems just five laps short of what may have been his first triumph. The turn of events put Von Dohren, behind the wheel of the BPG/Chad Sinon owned No. 1C, into the top spot. He then held off the challenges of teammate and current point leader Duane Howard to score his first win of the season in the event sponsored by Jeff D?Ambrosio Dodge. John Tschudy grabbed the early lead on the initial start and set the pace for three laps before Kellner Jr. took control the fourth time around. While Kellner Jr. led the way, the battle for the remaining positions was between Tschudy, Pauch Jr., his dad Jon Kellner and Mark Kratz. A third turn tangle between Danny Hieber and Doug Manmiller brought out the yellow on the 12th lap. Kellner Jr. had a tough break before action resumed when he was sidelined with mechanical problems forcing him to surrender the lead to Pauch Jr., who had just moved into second the previous lap. Pauch Jr. wasted no time pulling away on the restart to hold on to first.
It didn?t take long for Pauch Jr. to build up a comfortable margin while Von Dohren, Tschudy, Howard and Kellner chased him down. Von Dohren reeled Pauch Jr. in by the 21st lap and through lap cars closed in on his bumper to pressure him.
Norris Jr.?s engine problems brought him to a stop along the frontstretch to bring out the yellow. Also experiencing tough luck at the same time was Pauch Jr. and he was pushed into the infield with mechanical problems. This put Von Dohren in the top spot on the single file restart with Howard, Jason Hamilton, Tschudy and Shawn Reimert in tow. The final yellow was on the 27th lap as Hamilton was hooked to Reimert?s rear bumper as the pair stopped between the third and fourth turn. Von Dohren punched the accelerator on the Main Engines powered mount with Howard Umbenhauer, Kevin Hirthler, last week?s winner; and runner-up Jeff Strunk right behind.
Von Dohren kept Howard behind him and went on to claim the victory at the drop of the checkered. Umbenhauer recorded his season best finish in third trailed by Hirthler and Strunk. Sixth through tenth were Mike Gular, Kerry Kratz, Tschudy, Meme DeSantis, who received the Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger award and John Willman. Pauch Jr. also received the Dan?s Deli 1/2-Way Hoagie Mark award.
SHUEY REDEEMS HIMSELF WITH L.M. VICTORY AT GRANDVIEW
Bechtelsville, PA ? Last Saturday night at Grandview Speedway Brian Shuey, whole running fourth and not satisfied, spun with one lap to go in the 20-lap NASCAR late model feature. This week Shuey, the ?Shoemakersville Slaughter,? put the Dave and Charlotte Eyrich-owned/Bob Fisher No. 5-Star into the lead on the 12th lap of the event sponsored by Jeff D?Ambrosio Dodge and went on to score his second win of the season by a comfortable margin over runner-up Danny Snyder. Bill Henning put the Henning Supermarkets No. 80 into first at the drop of the green followed by Mike Kellner, Shuey, Snyder and Wayne Pfeil. By the fourth lap Henning, running the high line and Kellner down low had their own battle for the top spot and Shuey and Snyder diced for third while Chuck Schutz anticipated a false move.