Race Results 06/09/2007

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Tommy Scheetz Jr., behind the wheel of the Jeff D?Ambrosio Dodge No. 37X, may have started on the pole in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelan All-American Series modified feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway, but claiming his first career victory at the oval was no cake walk. He had to hold off the challenges of Mike Gular, current point leader Duane Howard, Jeff Strunk plus Craig Von Dohren not to mention the caution periods. The event was sponsored by WNPV Radio and broadcast live by RCN-TV.

      Harry ?The Wild Thing? Turner, a former driver, was the honorary starter for the 29-car starting grid and Scheetz Jr. wasted no time pulling away with challenges coming from Ryan Beltz, Don Norris Jr., Cliff Quinn and Ryan Grim.

      It didn?t take Scheetz Jr., who on several occasions previously appeared to be headed to victory lane but couldn?t quite pull it off, long to put distance between himself and his fellow competitors while the order remained the same. Gular and Strunk were attempting to break into the top five.

      Ryan Watt stopped in the third turn on the 14th lap to bring out the first yellow. Scheetz Jr. held his own when action resumed, but by this time he was being pressured by Beltz, Gular, Norris Jr. and Howard.

      Howard advanced to second on the 19th lap and his next move would be to get by Scheetz Jr.

      The next caution was on the 20th lap when Meme DeSantis stopped in the second turn. Scheetz Jr. was still the leader on the restart, but now Gular was in the runner-up spot.

      A 10-car fracas off the fourth turn brought out the red as the track was blocked with 20 laps completed. Scheetz Jr. remained the leader on the restart with Gular, Strunk, Howard and Von Dohren waiting for a false move.

      Kerry Kratz brought out the final yellow on the 23rd lap when he spun between the third and fourth turn. Scheetz Jr. and Gular were still first and second on the restart, but Howard and Strunk swapped third and fourth with Von Dohren in tow.