Race Results 05/16/2009

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Tommy Scheetz Jr. piloted the TNT Auto Repairs/Jeff D?Ambrosio Dodge No. 37X to his first win of the season in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American modified feature sponsored by Wink Motorsports. The event was restarted with eight laps in the books as rains postponed the completion of the May 16 feature.

On the original start Scheetz Jr. took the early lead trailed by rookie Kyle Follweiler, Todd Marburger, Shawn Reimert and Jason Smythe. John Tschudy stopped between the third and fourth turn for the first caution on lap five. Scheetz Jr. maintained his position on the restart, but now the order behind him was comprised of Reimert, Jon Kellner, Marburger and Follweiler.

Duane Howard slowed with a right rear flat tire on the eighth lap bringing out the caution just as heavy rains came and the show was postponed until the beginning of the May 23 show.

The restart for the top five lined up Scheetz Jr., Reimert, Kellner, Marburger and Hamilton. Scheetz Jr. wasted no time pulling away from them when the green fell again.

By the 18th lap Scheetz Jr. opened some daylight leaving Kellner, Jason Hamilton, Ray Swinehart and Meme DeSantis take chase. Jon Kellner Jr., the previous week?s winner, lost a wheel in the first turn with Smythe and Todd Smith also involved bringing out the caution on the 20th lap. Before the restart DeSantis relinquished fifth as he pitted with mechanical problems.

Two attempts later, the next lap was completed with Scheetz Jr. still at the head of the pack trailed by Kellner, Swinehart, Strunk and Reimert. Hamilton?s strong run ended on the 22nd lap when he slowed in the first turn for the final caution. Scheetz Jr. remained in command when action resumed and was given no room to falter and he started to pull away again. Scheetz Jr. never faltered and pulled into victory lane to claim his second career victory at the oval and he also received the Dan?s Deli 1/2-way Hoagie Award. Finishing second was Swinehart, who won the previous night at Big Diamond Raceway followed by Howard, who received the Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger award; Kellner and Strunk. Rounding out the top ten were Craig Von Dohren, Reimert, Sean Merkel, Billy Pauch Jr. and Keith Brightbill.

Marburger, Follweiler, Smythe and Scheetz Jr. won the heats. Consies were won by Ryan Godown and Mike Gular. Following this feature they were ready to compete again for the full-show. The qualifying heats were completed and the 20-lap late model feature was on the track just as an electrical storm darkened the track. The lights came back on, but it started to rain and the lights went out again. Promoter Bruce Rogers decided to postpone the show. Saturday, May 20 a 20-lap late model feature, two consies for the modifieds and a 30-lap modified feature will start the show at 7 p.m. After these events are completed a full-show will be presented.

By: Vicki Gehris