BECHTELSVILLE, PA?~ Defending NASCAR Sportsman champion
Jared Umbenhauer took the win in the biggest event of the season for the
Sportsman racers, the Bashore Trucking/BFP Specialties Summer Splash 40-lapper,
picking up $1600 for his efforts. Craig VonDohren, a six time track champion,
charged off the fourth turn on the final lap of the 30-lap Modified main event,
getting by the first and second place cars with the checkered flag in sight, to
win his third NASCAR 358 Modified feature of the season and take over the chase
for the lucrative Modified point title. And in the 25-lap show topper for the
Late Models it was defending champion Chuck Schutz charging to his third win of
the season and increasing his lead in the battle for his seventh Late Model
?Ronnie Krex took command of the 24 car starting field in the
40-lapper for Sportsman and set a quick pace while Tommy Scheetz II challenged
him for more than half of the race. At 22 laps Jared Umbenhauer, coming from
13th starting spot moved into second place and put pressure on the leader. With
25 laps in the record book Umbenhauer was able to charge past Krex for the lead
with his Eastern Rigging No. 5 and set the pace for the balance of the almost
caution free event. At the finish Kenny Gilmore was putting pressure on the
leader. When checkered flag was display Umbenhauer (Richland) was first across
the line followed by veteran Gilmore (Fleetwood). Third place went to Paul Kline
(Muhlenberg) who challenged the leaders with a late race charge. Fourth place
was earned by Ronnie Krex (Hatfield) and Tommy Scheetz II (Boyertown) came home
?A very excited Jared Umbenhauer had high praise for his crew, the way
his car handled as he used the low groove to his benefit and for his sponsors.
The $1600 win money included a $100 bonus from TP Trailers of Limerick,
?The 30-lap feature for the NASCAR Whelen 358 Modifieds saw 28 cars take
the green with Justin Grim in front of the field for 12 laps before Tommy
Scheetz III was able to take the top spot and set the pace for most of the race
holding the lead until the final lap when a caution for a truck tire used as an
infield marker was pushed onto the track and that created a caution. On the
restart Scheetz again charged to the front but Craig VonDohren was able to power
his way from third to first as they approached the checkered flag coming off the
fourth turn and steal the win away from young Scheetz.
?At the finish
VonDohren (Oley) had the Kauffman?s BBQ Chicken/Pioneer Pole Buildings No. 1C in
front by the narrowest of margins claiming his third win and moving in front of
Duane Howard in the chase for the lucrative Modified title. Scheetz held on for
what had to be a disappointing second place finish for the Boyertown racer.
Glenn Strunk (Bechtelsville) had a strong performance to claim third followed by
nine time track champion Jeff Strunk (Pottstown) still searching for his first
win of the season and Don Norris Jr. (Douglassville).
?VonDohren indicated
that racing 30-laps, almost non-stop, is tough racing at Grandview. When the
victory lane announcer pointed out it was his 301st career win, VonDohren said,
?I am not into the numbers I am here to win every night.? The win was worth
$2750 to VonDohren including a $250 bonus from TP Trailers of Limerick. He also
earned a $150 product certificate from VP Racing Fuels for being the first
across the line using VP racing gas.
?The 17-car starting field for the
25-lap Late Model feature had Sean Merkel in front for 17 laps while Sam
Schlosberg spent 14 laps challenging him. On the 15th lap it was Chuck Schutz
charging into second spot and just three laps later Schutz was able to get by
Merkel after a three lap battle. Once in front Schutz (Po