Race Results 07/17/2004



BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 17, 2004 . . . For the third time this season veteran racing talent Jon Kellner Sr. was able to drive the Cary Duncan owned Hutt?s Glass #85AM to victory in the 30-lap Deka Batteries NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified stock car feature race. And it was also the third win of the season for Randy Stoudt in the 20-lap NASCAR ShorTrack Late Model feature race on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway.

            Ron Solomon Jr., a winner in his heat and the Cheers Tavern Cash Dash, was quick to grab the top spot at the drop of the green in the 30-lap Modified feature race. A couple of early race multi car collisions did not bode well for top runners such as Meme DeSantis, Doug Manmiller, Craig VonDohren and Kenny Gilmore. All were forced to start at the back of the pack once things were sorted out.

            Solomon was able to hold the number one position for three laps with Mike Gular coming from seventh to grab the lead on the fourth circuit of the one-third-mile banked clay track. Once in front Gular, who has been having a strong season, and his T.H.Properties #53 were able to pull away from the field.

            However Jon Kellner Sr., coming from 10th starting spot, moved into second with about six laps in the record book and spent the next 15 laps nibbling away at Gular?s lead. On the 21st lap Gular got caught up behind some slower traffic, refusing to give way to the faster cars, and Jon Kellner was able to use the confusion to his advantage and sneak under Gular and through the slower cars to grab the lead.

            Once in front Kellner had things pretty much under control and the Lansdale racer was able to hold off a late race challenge by NASCAR Modified point leader Jeff Strunk (Bethel) to win the feature race worth $2200. With his second place finish Strunk continues to lead the track point standings and is second in the New England Regional point chase that could be worth as much as $50,000 to him at the end of the season. Third spot went to Keith Brightbill (Mohnton) followed by Doug Manmiller (Wyomissing) who had a fantastic effort after getting caught up in an early accid