Race Results 08/25/2012

By: Vicki Gehris


Bechtelsville, Pa. ? It was only a matter of time before Gary Hager in the hunt to capture his first career victory on numerous occasions would make it to the winner?s circle at Grandview Speedway. The wait ended for the Stewartsville, NJ resident on Saturday night when he put the East Valley Trucking No. 44H into the lead on the 12th lap and went on to claim the win in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series modified feature. Hager had such a sizeable lead over runner-up Duane Howard that Howard actually thought he won the race sponsored by Kauffman?s Bar-B-Que Chicken. Hager dedicated the win to his uncle Tom Hager, a former modified stand-out driver, who recently passed away. In addition to the top prize money, Hager received $250 from T.P. Trailers, the Dan?s Deli ?-way hoagie award and dinner for two at the Texas Roadhouse Restaurant, Wyomissing.

A front-stretch incident had the yellow out before the first lap was scored with all involved cars able to continue.

Polesitter Eric Biehn was the early pacesetter trailed by Glenn Owens, Todd Smith, Mike Laise and Jason Clauss. Hager joined the mix when he overtook Clauss for fifth on lap six.

Mike Gular and Danny Erb tangled along the homestretch on the 11th lap for the next caution. The restart was void after Laise got crossed up, got back in line but by this time cars were stacked up behind him that created a fourth turn accident. Eliminated were last week?s winner Jeff Strunk, Meme DeSantis and Jarrad Miller. Ending his second place position and a fun run at the same time was Owens.

Hager charged to the front of the pack when they got the green again to put the Applebee?s mount in the top position.

Within no time Hager distanced himself from his fellow competitors. Biehn, rookie Michael Weinert, Smith and Ron Seltmann Jr. battled for the remaining positions which allowed Hager to open the gap even further.

With five laps to go Hager was ahead by at least a ?-car length. Howard, who had to go to a backup car