Race Results 07/21/2012

By: Vicki Gehris


Bechtelsville, Pa. ? The previous week at Grandview Speedway, Don Norris Jr. was sidelined from the feature event with engine issues in the Limerick Diner No. 976 after his qualifying heat. This Saturday night with a borrowed power plant on board from engine builder Doug Meyers, Norris Jr. bolted into the lead on the 19th lap and went on to win his first 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series modified feature of the season. In addition to the top prize money, Norris Jr. also received an additional $200 from TP Trailers, Limerick.

Eric Biehn led for two laps before the yellow came out as a result of Duane Howard, eight-time feature winner this year and current point leader who started 16th, stopped in the fourth turn with a flat right rear tire. At the same time Kyle Follweiler, running sixth, had to pit with a flat tire. Through a lack of cooperation by some drivers in lining up despite being told for several laps where they belonged, Howard and Follweiler were given the break they needed to rejoin the race before the restart. A multi-car fourth turn incident involving Doug Manmiller and Craig Von Dohren, second and third in points, along with Brad Missimer caused a complete restart and all three returned in time.

Jon Kellner Jr. charged into the lead when action resumed trailed by Biehn, Brad Grim, Gary Hager and Chris Esposito.

By the eighth lap Kellner Jr. had a commanding lead built up in the quest for possibly his first win of the year and third career victory. Behind him by this point attempting to reel him in were B. Grim, Biehn, Esposito and Norris Jr.

Kellner Jr. picked up the Dan?s Deli ?-way hoagie mark award as he continued to increase the lead with B. Grim, Biehn, Norris Jr., Esposito, Kyle Weiss and Meme DeSantis bumper-to-bumper chasing him down.

The second yellow was on the 16th lap when Dan Waisempacher spun in the second turn. After Kellner Jr. took the caution flag and headed into the turn, he made contact with the spun car of Waisempacher ending his bid for a win. B. Grim was now the new leader since Kellner Jr. was out of contention. It was still B. Grim in first on the restart and now Norris Jr. was in the challenging runner-up spot.