BECHTELSVILLE, PA?~ After being shut out of victory lane in 2012 Craig VonDohren was able to earn his first NASCAR Modified feature victory since 2011 picking up the win in the first of two 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modified features at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Doug Manmiller, after finishing second in the first feature, came back to win the second 35-lap NASCAR 358 Modified feature. Both winners picked up $3250 including the $250 bonus bucks from TP Trailers of Limerick, PA.
The 25-lap Late Model feature was won by defending Late Model champion Chuck Schutz while rookie Brett Kressley drove to victory in the 25-lap feature for Sportsman.
Brad Grim set the pace at the start of the first 35-lap feature for the 358 Modifieds but dropped out during a third lap caution. On the restart Tommy Scheetz III took control and looked like a possible feature winner. Craig VonDohren, coming from 13th starting spot, challenged Scheetz at the midway point and the duo put on a crowd pleasing battle for the top spot for several laps. With 26 laps in the record book VonDohren and Scheetz rubbed sheet metal with VonDohren able to gain the lead and go on to victory.
At the checkered flag VonDohren, who calls Boyertown home, had a comfortable margin of victory with his Beartown Recycling No. 1c over Doug Manmiller (Shoemakersville). Third spot went to last week?s feature winner Meme DeSantis (Temple) followed by Scheetz III (Boyertown) and Frank Cozze (Wind Gap).
The second 35-lap for NASCAR 358 Modifieds saw Chris Esposito take command at the start but just two laps later Tommy Scheetz III charged to the front in Turn 2. Doug Manmiller, looking to improve on his second place finish in the first feature, quickly moved into second spot and challenged the leader for first.
At the 10 lap marker Manmiller was able to charge by Scheetz for the lead in Turn 2 with Jordan Umbenhauer now in the chase for the top spot.
With 17 laps in the record book Scheetz and Kevin Hirthler made contact in Turn 2 as they battled for top five spots with Scheetz?s mount being towed to the pits and Hirthler sent to the rear of the field.
Defending NASCAR Modified champion Duane Howard, coming from 13th start spot, challenged Manmiller in the late laps of the race but fell short in his effort to claim his first win of the season. Man miller (Shoemakersville) steered the GMI/Manmiller Electric No.46 to his first win of the season. Second spent went to Howard (Oley). In third was Craig VonDohren (Boyertown) coming from 15th starting spot while Glenn Strunk (Bechtelsville) claimed fourth with a strong effort and Jordon Umbenhauer (Richland) had an impressive fifth place effort.
The second feature for the Modifieds had the top 15 in the first feature given points based on their finish in that event and then handicapped with VonDohren getting the 15th starting spot. Those finishing in 16th through 30th started according to their finishing positions in the first feature.
Going into the Saturday, April 20th, events Duane Howard has just a two point edge over Craig VonDohren in the chase for the lucrative track and NASCAR point funds.
Lee Miller looked as if he would visit victory lane in the 25-lap Late Model feature as he had a commanding lead for the first half of the race. Defending Late Model champion Chuck Schutz challenged Miller with about one third of the race completed and was able to take the top spot with half the laps in the record book. Danny Snyder put some pressure on Schutz in the closing laps but Schutz was not to be denied the victory. Schutz (Pottstown) steered the Pioneer Pole Building/BPG Racing No. 1 to victory with Danny Snyder (Green Lane) finishing second. Third spot was earned by last week?s feature winner Mike Kellner (Lansdale) followed by Lee Miller (New Tripoli) and Wayne Pfeil (Mohnton).
Charging to the front