Race Results 07/26/2008

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Craig Von Dohren piloted the Mike Harvey-owned Felty Farms/Stauffer Construction No. 1C to his fourth 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series modified feature victory on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. The six-time modified point champion had a comfortable margin over runner-up John Tschudy, who returned after a week?s absence and turned in his career best finish, in the event sponsored by Zuber Realty.

     Mark Kratz led the first lap before Marc Fehr overtook him for the top spot while Chris Esposito, Tschudy and Kevin Hirthler diced for third through fifth.

     Tommy Scheetz Jr. brought out the caution with two laps completed when he spun between the first and second turns. The restart was void when cars got crossed up coming out of turn four and Danny Erb, left with no place to go, inched to a stop along the homestretch. Fehr remained the leader on the restart.

     On the third lap the red had to be thrown because the track was blocked along the homestretch after several cars were making contact with one another not giving an inch which in turn triggered a multi-car accident. It was still Fehr in first when action resumed, but now he was being pursued by Esposito, Brad Missimer, M. Kratz and Tschudy with Von Dohren trying to get into a top five position, which he accomplished on the sixth lap when he overtook fourth.

     Von Dohren overtook third on the eighth lap and then began to battle with Esposito for second, a spot Von Dohren advanced to on lap 13.

     The lead changed hands on the 14th lap when Von Dohren powered the Main Engines machine into the top spot.

     While Von Dohren showed the way, Fehr, Esposito, Missimer and Hirthler jockeyed for positions.

     Jason Hamilton and Mike Gular tangled along the backstretch to bring out the yellow with 21 laps completed. The restart was void as Rick Schaffer hit the first turn wall with heavy impact. He was uninjured, but the car was badly damaged. The next attempt was also unsuccessful since Fehr spun in the fourth turn and collected Esposito and Missimer, which was a tough break for all three since they had a chance for a possible decent finish.

     The fourth try to complete lap 22 was successful with Von Dohren still first, but a turn of events put Tschudy, Jeff Strunk, Hirthler and Danny Hieber second through fifth.

     While Tschudy and Strunk battled for second, this gave Von Dohren some breathing room and he began to pull away putting some distance between himself and his fellow competitors.

     No more restarts were needed after the 21st lap incidents to allow anyone to reel Von Dohren in to challenge him and at the drop of the checkered his pulled the Kauffman?s BBQ Chicken mount into victory lane trailed by Tschudy, Strunk, Hirthler and Hieber, who turned in his best performance of the season. Rounding out the top ten were last week?s feature winner Terry Meitzler, Jon Kellner Jr., Scheetz Jr., John Willman and Hamilton.

     Heats were won by Fehr, Von Dohren, Strunk and Hirthler. Doug Manmiller and Cliff Quinn won the consies.

     Von Dohren also received the Dan?s Deli 1/2-way Hoagie Award while Scheetz Jr. received the Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger Award. 

     Next week these same drivers plus a host of others will be competing in the Forrest Rogers Memorial 50-lap feature along with a full show of late models.

     The 25-lap URC sprint feature was won by a last lap charge by Dave Ely followed by Dave Gravel, Becca Anderson,