Race Results 07/19/2008

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? The action on the 1/3-mile Grandview Speedway oval on Saturday night was as hot and furious as the temperatures everyone had to endure off the track.

     Former point champion Terry Meitzler, with one win under his belt this season and defending point champion and current point leader Jeff Strunk, with three victories to his credit, battled side-by-side for the last seven laps of the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen Al-American Racing modified feature with the outcome anyone?s guess since they were almost even on occasions. Coming in for the checkered Meitzler was on the outside and Strunk down low and they were still door handle to door handle and neither one was about to give up. As the checkered unfurled Meitzler, behind the wheel of the Bailey Fabrications owned/Berks Products No. 81, emerged the winner by .91 seconds over runner-up Strunk to capture his second win of the season for the closest finish of the current campaign in the event sponsored by Hatfield Quality Meats.

     Chris Esposito, the polesitter, grabbed the early lead at the start trailed by Glenn Owens, Tom Umbenhauer, Marc Fehr and Brad Missimer. Umbenhauer overtook second on the third lap restart needed for a three-car tangle in the third turn to pressure Esposito for the lead. Behind them Missimer, Don Norris Jr. and Meitzler, who was on the move, battled for third through fifth.

     By the 11th lap Meitzler held down second and his next goal was to overtake Esposito.

     Lap 13, which is the Dan?s Deli 1/2-Way Hoagie lap, was a lucky one for Meitzler since he just passed Esposito for the lead and the  yellow came out when Mike Gular stopped in the second turn out of competition for the night. The red had to be thrown as one of the officials needed  medical attention as he was struck with debris. A multi-car tangle in the first and second turn brought the restart back to the line. Meitzler remained the leader on the next attempt with the race for second between Esposito and  Strunk while Kerry Kratz and Danny Erb completed the top five.

     Strunk advanced to second on the 16th lap and set his sights on Meitzler and the lead.

     Don Keefer and Missimer brought out the final yellow on the 21st lap when they tangled in the second turn. Meitzler wasted no time pulling away as he knew Strunk was right behind him as well as Esposito, Kratz and Ryan Godown. Craig Von Dohren, running in sixth, was forced to pull out of action on the 22nd lap.

     Meitzler stayed on the outside groove as his car was working well there while Strunk held the inside lane and the pair continued their duel as the laps wound down. Behind them anticipating a false move were Kratz, Godown and Meme DeSantis.

     Numerous times it appeared Strunk would emerge the new leader, but Meitzler remained first and the side-by-side action went on the final laps with neither driver giving up the charge.

     The race was still up for grabs as Meitzler and Strunk came in for the checkered, but Meitzler narrowly beat Strunk to claim the hard fought battle for his 22nd career win.





Bechtelsville, PA ? Randy Stoudt, driving the Sean Merkel-owned No. 118, overtook Wayne Pfeil for the lead on the 13th lap and went on to chalk up his third win of the season in the 20-lap NASCAR late model fea