Race Results 07/05/2008

Bechtelsville, PA ? Mike Kellner, driving the Pit Stop Tavern/Justa? Pizza No. 57, overtook Wayne Pfeil for the lead on the 12th lap of the Beer City Firecracker 40-lap NASCAR late model championship race on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. The Lansdale leadfoot avoided a close encounter with a spun car and later held off the challenges of current point leader Chuck Schutz to score his first win in the event which was his fourth triumph for the season.

     Kellner?s father Jon, the all-time leading late model feature winner and four-time winner of the Firecracker 40, was inducted into the Grandview Wall of Fame along with current drivers Dean Stoudt and John Giesler plus retirees C.C. Lick, who is battling health issues and Ray Brinckman.

     Pfeil, who was missing a few weeks due to engine problems, took the lead on the initial start trailed by Kyle Merkel, Bill Henning, Buddy Wharton and Mike Kellner.

     While Pfeil set the pace by the fifth lap Merkel and Kellner were in a duel for second with Henning and Wharton completing the top five anticipating a false move.

     A multi-car first turn spin brought out the yellow on the eighth lap. Pfeil remained in first on the restart, but by this time Kellner was in the runner-up spot putting the pressure on him.

     Pfeil ran the high groove and Kellner stuck to the low side as the pair battled for the lead.

     The lead changed hands on the 12th lap as Kellner put the Touch of Green Landscaping mount into the top spot.

     With Kellner now in command, Pfeil, Schutz, Henning and last week?s feature winner Brian Shuey diced for the remaining positions.

     Eric Snoke spun in the first turn bringing out the caution on the 21st lap. It was a tense moment for Kellner as just as he went to the high side to get around Snoke, who was in the middle of the track, Snoke drifted up and almost squeezed Kellner against the boilerplate. Kellner moved out quickly on the restart while Pfeil and Schutz put

on a fierce battle for second followed by Merkel and Shuey.

     Schutz advanced to second on the 32nd lap just as the caution came out for debris on the track. Kellner motored away quickly as Schutz was right there waiting for him to falter.

     Kellner was able to build up a slight lead in a few laps while Schutz, Pfeil, Merkel and last year?s race winner Randy Stoudt chased him down.

     The top spot never changed and Kellner pulled into victory lane to pick up the win. He also received $50 from C.C. Lick for leading on the 13th lap and other cash bonus awards from various people, plus the 12? 1/2-way Dan?s Deli Hoagie Award. Following Kellner across the line were Schutz, Pfeil, Merkel and R. Stoudt. Rounding out the top ten were Shuey, Henning, Dallas Breidenbach, who also received the Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger Award; John Giesler and Dean Stoudt.




Bechtelsville, Pa. ? It appeared that Jason Hamilton, driving the Fleuer Tools/Beer City No. 16, was on his way to his second 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series modified feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway, but fate wouldn?t have it that way.
     Jeff Strunk, running second, was at the right spot coming off turn four when the lap car of rookie Brad Brightbill got