CRAIG VONDOHREN AND RANDY STOUDT VISIT GRANDVIEW VICTORY LANE AGAINGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA AUGUST 13, 2006 . . . For more than half of the season Craig VonDohren couldn?t catch a break but his luck has taken a definite change for the better as the five time track champion was able to win the 30-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. The win, worth $2200, was his second in a row on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval wheeling the BPG Racing/Stauffer Construction No. 1c Modified.
Randy Stoudt drove to his sixth win of the season in the 20-lap NASCAR Late Model feature wheeling the TP Trailers/Rogers Auto Parts No. 22.
John Tschudy went to the front at the drop of the green and set the pace. In the Modified feature. Mike Gular took a hard hit into the backstretch wall bringing out the caution on the third circuit. Gular was shaken but not injured. On the restart Ryan Grim charged to the front with Shawn Reimert giving chase. At 15 laps Glenn Owens brought out the caution spinning in turn four and on the restart Shawn Reimert took control but Craig VonDohren used that restart to charge from eighth to fourth. Three laps later he was third behind Reimart and Tom Umbenhauer. A restart after a caution on the 19th lap saw VonDohren charge to the front and that is where the Oley racer stayed until the checkered flag fell.
Shawn Reimert (Oley) came home second after leading the race for a few laps midway in the 30 lapper. Terry Meitzler (Kutztown) managed to grab third on the final lap while Tom Umbenhauer (Richland) and Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville) followed.
VonDohren came from 16th starting spot to grab the win and in victory lane pointed out that he had a good car, a good motor and had a lot of luck. The winner of 53 career victories had praise for the track indicating that both the top and bottom grooves were good.
Danny Erb earned the Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger Award. The Boyertown racer had to use his backup car to qualify for the feature. He started 29th and gained 22 spots to finish seventh.
With Meme DeSantis, the point leader going into the night of racing, not making the feature because of mechanical problems, Doug Manmiller took back the top point position with 2982 counters. Craig VonDohren, who seemed to have no chance for another title, is now second in points with 2938. Six feature winner Jeff Strunk also had mechanical problems that kept him from the feature lineup.
Lou Egrie looked like he might be able to make up for the one that got away from him on the previous Saturday. That was the night that Mike Kellner beat him to the finish line on the last lap after he had lead for 19 circuits of the 20 lap feature. On Saturday night Egrie again was in control early but for just about half the race with Randy Stoudt, coming from 12th, taking the top spot about midway of the 20 lapper and making it look easy as he won his sixth of the season and the 36th of his career.
The Pottstown racer was a comfortable margin in front of second place Egrie (Willow Grove) while four time Late Model champion Dean Stoudt (East Greenville) charged home third. Defending champion Ron Kline (East Greenville) came home fourth followed by Mark Malcolm (Hatfield).
Stoudt, like VonDohren, claimed that he got some luck and got some breaks getting through traffic on his way to the win.
With a sixth place finish Chuck Schutz managed to hold on to his point lead with 3712 points followed very closely by Randy Stoudt with 3695. Both drivers are going for their third titles at Grandview Speedway.
The 15-lap feature for Rolling Thunder Legends was won by Rod Kistler of Kempton, PA with a dominating performance that saw him lead the majority of laps. Kistler, who won a feature at Grandview two years back, was at the wheel of the Total Performance Collision Center No. 99. Second spot went to Josh Morrow followed by Jason Rochell