Race Results 07/12/2008

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Jeff Strunk overtook Todd Marburger for the lead on the 19th lap of the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series modified feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway and went on to score back-to-back victories for his third win of the season at the track in the event sponsored by Excel Collision.

     Troy Wink set the pace for three laps before Marburger, running the low groove and battled side-by-side with Wink from the initial green, became the new leader on the fourth circuit.

     While Marburger showed the way, the action for the remaining spots was hot and heavy between Wink, Cliff Quinn, Chris Esposito and Jon Kellner Jr. Mike Gular brought out the first yellow when he spun in turn two on the fourth lap. Marburger remained in front on the restart, but now the order behind him consisted of Wink, Quinn, Kellner Jr. and Jason Hamilton and the order of those positions were constantly changing.

     By the Dan?s Deli Hoagie half-way mark award that Marburger received since he was at the head of the pack, Quinn, Hamilton, Strunk and Ryan Godown, who started fourth, ninth, 16th and 14th respectively ran second through fifth.

     Strunk moved into the second spot on the 17th lap and began to put the pressure on Marburger for the lead.

     Lap 19 saw a change for first as Strunk powered the Gold Rush Trailers/Touch of Green Landscaping No. 126 into the number one position while Marburger, Hamilton, Godown and Quinn jockeyed for the remaining positions.

     The red had to be thrown on the 21st lap after John Willman flipped in the fourth turn. Also involved in the mishap was Sean Merkel. Both drivers were uninjured, but Willman?s car sustained heavy damage.

     The restart was void as Don Norris stopped in the first turn. Strunk was still the leader when action resumed being chased down by Hamilton, Godown, Marburger and Quinn. Coming on strong from his 21st starting grid was Craig Von Dohren as he joined the top five on the 23rd lap changing the spot every lap.

     With five laps to go and Strunk at the head of the pack Hamilton and Von Dohren exchanged paint for the runner-up spot with Godown and Quinn waiting for the opportunity to possibly advance.

     Strunk never looked back once he put the Glenn Hyneman-owned mount into the lead and pulled into victory lane for his 49th career triumph. The real battle was for second as Hamilton narrowly edged out Von Dohren, who had to settle for third and he also received the Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger Award; by Godown and Quinn, who posted his season best finish. Rounding out the top ten were Kevin Hirthler, Gular, Meme DeSantis, Terry Meitzler and Shawn Reimert.




Bechtelsville, PA ? Bill Henning was shut out of Grandview Speedway?s victory lane since 2003, but he changed that status when he scored his first win of the season a few weeks ago in the 20-lap NASCAR late model feature. Saturday night he captured his second victory of the current campaign as he pulled the Henning Scale Models No. 80 into victory lane for his eighth career win in the event sponsored by Excel Collision.
     Polesitter Wayne Pfeil grabbed the early lead followed by Henning, Ed Trimbur, Kyle Merkel and Buddy Wharton.