Race Results 08/19/2006

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? For the past two Saturday nights at Grandview Speedway, defending point champion Jeff Strunk was a spectator and no driver wants to be in that situation. This week he was determined to be a participant and qualified third in his heat which put him in the 14th starting spot for the 30-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series modified feature sponsored by Allstate Insurance. By the 17th lap Strunk was challenging leader Tommy Scheetz Jr. and the pair put on quite a duel

after that.

      Many times Strunk would get the edge, but when the lap counted Scheetz Jr. was still the leader. With two laps to go, Strunk managed to overtake him as Scheetz Jr. jumped the cushion. Strunk went on to pull the BDS No. 126 into victory lane for his seventh win of the season and his 40th career triumph which he really worked for this


      On the initial green polesitter Scheetz Jr. was off and running trailed by John Tschudy, Colt Harris, Steve Swinehart and Cliff Quinn.

      A second turn tangle between Bobby Gunther-Walsh and Don Norris Jr. brought out the caution on the third lap. Scheetz Jr. maintained first with the order behind him the same with the exception Todd Marburger was now fifth.

      Cliff Quinn spun in the third turn at the same time the red had to be thrown when Amanda Spotts? car burst into flames coming to a stop along the homestretch with seven laps completed. She was uninjured, but out of competition in the first event she qualified for all season. The restart was void as Tom Umbenhauer found out the hard way that going down the backstretch three-wide when you?re on the outside doesn?t

always work and he hit the wall. Scheetz Jr. was still the pacesetter on the next attempt with Tschudy, Marburger, S. Swinehart and John Willman in pursuit.

      The next yellow was brought out by Randy Bailey when he slowed his pace on the 16th lap. This restart was foiled as Marburger did a 360 coming out of the fourth turn, continued but several others were bottle-necked and spun. The number one spot continued to be held down by Scheetz Jr. on the restart, but by this time Strunk was in the runner-up spot challenging him.

      While Scheetz Jr. and Strunk battled side-by-side and wheel-to-wheel without contact and both being determined to be first, behind them the action developed between Tschudy, S. Swinehart and Mike Gular. Trying to get into the top five were Doug Manmiller and back-to-back feature winner Craig Von Dohren.

      Numerous times it appeared that Strunk would overtake first, but that quick Scheetz Jr. was right there when the lap counted.

      The final caution was when Willman sun between the third and fourth turn on the 27th lap. Scheetz Jr. didn?t surrender to Strunk and was still the leader.

      The lead changed for the second time with two laps to go as Strunk passed Scheetz Jr., who held off Strunk?s challenges up until then. Strunk never looked back and was in a place he?s quite familiar with at the drop of the checkered ? the winner?s circle. Turning in his best performance for a hard-fought well-earned second was Scheetz Jr. followed by Von Dohren, S. Swinehart, who also had a fine run and

current point leader Manmiller. Rounding out the top ten were Jon Kellner, Ryan Watt, Terry Meitzler, Tschudy and Kyle Weiss.

      Glenn Owens, Todd Marburger, Tommy Scheetz Jr., John Tschudy and Ryan Watt won the heats. The consies were won by Amanda Spotts, Craig Von Dohren and Danny Erb.