FULL STORY: JASON HAMILTON WINS RICH FORREST ROGERS MEMORIAL FOR MODIFIEDS, SCHUTZ TOPS IN LATE MODELSGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA AUGUST 5, 2007 . . . Jason Hamilton seemed to be stunned that he was in victory lane at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. The Erwinna, PA racer had just driven the Flurer Machine & Tool No. 16 Modified to victory in the Stauffer Construction Forrest Rogers Memorial picking up $10,000 for his winning efforts. In the companion 20-lapper for the NASCAR Late Models Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) had what looked like an easy time of it winning his third of the season.
?Wow. Where am I.? were the only comments that Hamilton was able to make once he climbed out of his car after earning his first ever victory at the Berks County one-third-mile, clay oval. ?We got lucky on some restarts,? said Hamilton who basically dominated the race holding off the challenges of past track champions Duane Howard and Jeff Strunk to grab the rich victory. ?This would not have been possible without the Flurers.? Hamilton was referring to his major sponsor.
When the green was displayed for the 32 cars starting the classic teenager Mike Laise, just recently graduating from high school, went to the front. On the second circuit young Jon Kellner, Jr. took command. Kellner, Sean Merkel and Ryan Watt put on quite a show as the race was cautioned many times in the early laps due to multi car accidents.
At the 11-lap marker Merkel went to the front with Jason Hamilton able to grab the top spot on the 12th circuit after a restart. Kellner continued to be a ?thorn in the side? of Hamilton for several laps before Ryan Watt challenged from the high groove. At 13 laps, due to all the cautions, officials went to single file restarts.
At 18 laps Watt want to the front and stayed until the 28th circuit when Hamilton, who had been nipping at his rear for several laps, got back in front.
The feature race was stopped at the 26 lap mark (82 laps had been run including cautions) so racers could add fuel.
On the 31st lap Mike Gular and Jon Kellner, both running with the leaders, tangled ending their chances to a win.
For the balance of the 50 lapper Hamilton was able to run a smooth course staying low, close to the infield, while others tried the outside without success in an effort to get by him.
At the finish Hamilton was 0.221 seconds in front of Duane Howard (Oley). Third spot went to five time track champion and current point leader Jeff Strunk (Mohnton) who seemed to be frustrated by the single file restart decision of officials. Ryan Watt (Boyertown) held on to claim an impressive fourth place finish after having led for several laps. Kevin Hirthler (Green Lane) ran a smooth effort to grab fifth.
Greg Hoffmaster took advantage of his pole position starting spot to dominate the early laps of the 20-lap Late Model feature with three time champion Chuck Schutz charging into the lead on the seventh circuit. Once in front Schutz and his Mavericks Motorcycle Club/Alex?s Lemonade Stand No. One had control of things and no one seemed to have enough to challenge.
Greg Hoffmaster stayed consistent as the Pottstown racer earned an impressive runner-up finish for the second week in a row. Four time past champion Dean Stoudt (East Greenville) was third followed by current point leader Brian Shuey (Shoemakersville) and multi-feature winner Randy Stoudt (Pottstown).
In victory lane Schutz told fans that it was not as easy as it looked for his winning effort and he did point out that he was bothered by back problems that made driving a little difficult.
The Late Models were able to run off their feature event in less than 10 minutes with just two late race cautions.
Qualifying heat races for the Late Models were won by Ron Kline, Brian Shuey and Chuck Schutz. Top honors in the NASCAR Modified qualifying heats went to Randy Bailey, Don Norris, Jon Kellner Jr., Craig VonDohren and Tom Umbenhauer. Consolation