Race Results 05/24/2008

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Craig Von Dohren, behind the wheel of the Mike Harvey-owned No. 1C, took the lead on the 17th lap of the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series modified feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway and went on to claim his second victory of the season at the track in the event sponsored by Jeff D?Ambrosio Dodge.

     Jason Hamilton, the 2007 rookie of the year, wasted no time grabbing the early lead from his outside pole starting grid and within a few laps he built up a commanding lead.

     The field closed in on Hamilton when Sean Merkel stopped in the third turn to bring out the first of many caution periods with six laps completed. Hamilton continued to dominate on the restart while Troy Wink, Tommy Scheetz Jr., Kerry Kratz and Don Norris Jr. jockeyed for the remaining spots.

     Positions behind Hamilton were constantly changing and by the 11th lap, second through fifth was comprised of Kratz, Jeff Strunk, Von Dohren and Scheetz Jr., who started eighth, 15th, tenth and seventh respectively, and it was a fierce battle as neither one gave an inch.

     Strunk, who was running fourth at the time, for some unknown reason slid to a stop in the second turn to bring out the yellow on the 15th lap and then proceeded to pull away. Hamilton couldn?t hold off Kratz?s moves on the restart and Kratz was the new leader. Von Dohren and Meme DeSantis, ninth place starter, also got by for second and third as Hamilton dropped to fourth.

     On the 17th lap restart needed when Danny Erb spun in the second turn, Von Dohren motored the Felty Farms/Stauffer Construction mount into the lead.

     Strunk found himself in the first turn wall on the 18th lap to bring out the yellow as he had to be towed back to the pits. Von Dohren remained in the lead when action resumed trailed by Kratz, DeSantis, Hamilton and Doug Manmiller, who was on the move from his 14th starting spot.

     Once Von Dohren was in control, the six-time point champion kept all the competitors behind him and pulled into the winner?s circle to chalk up his 62nd win at the 1/3-mile oval. Coming in for the checkered Manmiller overtook second with Kratz third, DeSantis fourth and Hamilton fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Terry Meitzler, Duane Howard, Mike Gular, who received the Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger Award, Scheetz Jr. and Stewart Friesen.




Bechtelsville, PA ? Ron Kline proved the old saying, ?it?s not over until it?s over,? to be true in the 25-lap NASCAR late model feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. He battled with Kyle Merkel, the leader from the initial green, took over first on the 23rd lap, lost it to Merkel on lap 24 and coming in for the checkered Kline made a bold dash and pulled off the win worth $1,250 thanks to the efforts of Mark Garman who collected many sponsors for the Memorial event. Randy Stoudt was able to get by for second as Merkel was third. The activities were also sponsored by Jeff D’ Ambrosio Dodge.
     Merkel quickly pulled away at the drop of the green by starter Ray Kemp with pressure coming from Ed Trimbur, Bryon Sipe, Wayne Pfeil and Dean Stoudt.

     Greg Hoffmaster and Steve Wilson brought out the first yellow when they tangled along the homestretch with four laps completed. Merkel held his own on the restart with Sipe giving him no room to error.