Race Results 09/20/2008

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Chris Esposito, a real low-budget racer at Grandview Speedway who  has had to miss some races throughout the years because he didn?t have the money to repair the car or get another engine, got the shot in the arm he needed  in the final 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series modified feature on Saturday night.

     Esposito inherited the lead on the 24th lap when Jeremy Banos, another low funded racer, who led from the initial green brushed the fourth turn wall which cost him the top spot. He then survived a one-lap shoot-out with Terry Meitzler created for a fourth turn multi-car tangle caution on the 29th lap and pulled the JCG Environmental Services/Munches Lunchies No. 31 into victory lane for a crowd-pleasing first career victory. The evening?s activities were sponsored by All-State Insurance.

     Jeff Strunk was crowned the 2008 Grandview Speedway NASCAR modified champion for his seventh title and his second straight for car owner Glenn Hyneman.

     Banos was off and running at the drop of the green from starter Ray Kemp with Marc Fehr, Bobby Gunther-Walsh, Troy Wink and Brad Missimer right on his bumper.

     Doug Manmiller brought out the first caution of the evening on the ninth lap when he was facing the wrong direction in the fourth turn. Banos held onto the top spot, but by this time Missimer and Esposito were second and third with Gunther-Walsh and Strunk completing the top five.

     The yellow was waving on lap 13 when John Tschudy stopped in the third turn. Before action resumed Strunk, who was running fifth, made an unscheduled pit stop, however he rejoined the race before the restart. The leader continued to be Banos, but the real battle was for second between Esposito and Missimer as they were constantly swapping positions back and forth allowing Banos to put some distance between himself and his fellow competitors. Behind them Kevin Hirthler and Meitzler dueled for fourth and fifth.

     A flat tire brought Tom Umbenhauer to a stop along the homestretch with 23 laps in the books. On the restart Banos was still the leader, but before the next lap was completed he hit the fourth turn wall, kept going, but by this time Esposito was first trailed by Missimer, Meitzler, Rick Schaffer and Hirthler.

     Meitzler overtook second on the 26th lap and began to challenge Esposito.

     With one lap to go, a fourth turn multi-car accident brought out the yellow setting up a one-lap shoot-out to the checkered.

     Esposito wasted no time pulling away as he knew Meitzler, a two-time winner this season, was right behind him in search of another victory.

     The lead never changed as Esposito went on to claim a well-deserved first win which was a very emotional one for him as it took him a few moments before he climbed out of the car in victory lane. Finishing second was Meitzler followed by Schaffer and Missimer, who posted their season best finishes; and Ryan Godown. Rounding out the top ten were Hirthler, Craig Von Dohren, who received the CornerStone Auto Sales Hard Charger Award; Strunk, Manmiller and Jon Kellner.




Bechtelsville, PA ? Brian Shuey, the defending Grandview Speedway late model point champion, was