Race Results 05/27/2006

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? The previous week at Grandview Speedway, Kevin Hartnett was forced to relinquish the lead when mechanical problems sent the Bailey Fabrication/Berks Products No. 81 pitside. This Saturday night Hartnett and the team were ready to try it again. Hartnett wrestled the lead away from Kerry Kratz on the 15th lap restart and withstood his challenges plus later runner-up Ray Swinehart?s bids to be the sixth different winner in the 30-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series modified feature. The event was sponsored by Wm. Penn/Green Lane Towing and 4-Star Lettering.

      Polesitter Todd Marburger grabbed the early lead trailed by Rich Wisdo, Hartnett, Steve Swinehart and Kenny Gilmore.

      The red had to be thrown with two laps completed after Kevin Hirthler spun in the fourth turn. The track was blocked as everyone tried to avoid him and had nowhere to go. When action resumed Marburger was still at the front of the helm with the only change in the running order behind him was Tracy Readinger took over fifth.

      Hirthler was spun in the second turn on the sixth lap and at the same time flames bellowed out of Marburger?s car as a result of a loose gas cap which in turn brought out another red flag. Marburger?s misfortune was Wisdo?s fortune as he was now the new leader. On the restart Wisdo pulled away quickly leaving Hartnett, Kratz, T. Readinger

and Tom Umbenhauer jockeying for the remaining top five positions.

      Wisdo gained some distance over his fellow competitors through the aid of the fierce battle for second between Hartnett, who was winless since June 11, 2005 and Kratz, who has been shut out of victory lane since April 17, 2004. 
      The field regrouped on the 11th lap when Barry Readinger spun between the third and fourth turn. The restart was void as John Tschudy stopped in the fourth turn. Wisdo was still the leader on the restart, but now Kratz overtook second to challenge Wisdo.

      Wisdo ran the high line, while Kratz stuck with the inside lane as the duel for the lead continued.

      Kratz became the new leader on the 14th lap and one lap later the yellow was thrown for a homestretch incident that involved Brad Missimer, Mike Bailey and Tschudy. The restart was recalled after Umbenhauer, Larry Solomon, who had a strong fourth place finish last week, and Tommy Scheetz Jr. tangled along the backstretch.

      The lead changed on the restart as Hartnett was now in the number one position.

      A three-way battle for first soon ensued between Hartnett, Kratz and Swinehart, who started third, eighth and 15th respectively, with neither driver giving any slack. Behind them anticipating a false moved by either one were Doug Manmiller, who came from 16th and sixth place starter T. Readinger. Trying to get into the top five was Meme DeSantis, last week?s feature winner, who started deep in the pack in 25th after winning the third consi. He advanced to fifth on the 20th lap.

      Hartnett managed to keep everyone behind him once he took over first and at the drop of the checkered he was in victory lane for the first time of the season and his seventh career win. Following Hartnett across were Swinehart, Kratz, Manmiller and DeSantis. Rounding out the top ten were Tracy Readinger, Jon Kellner, Wisdo, Steve Swinehart and Hirthler.