KEVIN HARTNETT AND RANDY STOUDT ARE WINNERS IN NASCAR RACING AT GRANDVIEWGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA MAY 28, 2006 . . . Kevin Hartnett rode to what was probably the toughest win of his career on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. Hartnett, in Dennis Bailey?s Berks Products No. 81. He had his hands full with Kerry Kratz, running side-by-side for several laps, and then held off challenges from past champion Ray Swinehart to win the 30-lap Green Lane Wm. Penn/Four Star Lettering NASCAR Modified feature race worth $2,200.
In the 20-lap feature for NASCAR Late Models Randy Stoudt got bounced around a big and shuffled back several positions early in the race but came back to win for the second time this season. The win came in the TP Trailers/Rogers Auto Parts No. 22.
Todd Marburger was the man to beat for the first five laps before a missing fuel cap caused the car to spew flames and forced him out of competition. At six laps Rich Wisdo, never a feature winner at Grandview, took the lead and held command while challengers Kevin Hartnett and Kerry Kratz were putting on a crowd pleasing battle for second. At the 14-lap market Kratz went to the front with his Garage Door Services No. 87 but on the next circuit it was Hartnett, who calls Perkasie home, in front of the field. At the start/finish line for a couple of laps the two were side-by-side.
With starter Ray Kemp indicating 10 laps to go Hartnett was in front with Kratz right on his rear and Ray Swinehart now a factor.
For the next 10 laps Hartnett had his hands full battling with Kratz for the win and then Swinehart. At the finish Hartnett had a comfortable margin of victory over past champion Swinehart (Bechtelsville) who had come from 15th starting spot. Third went to Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville) who was responsible for the strongest challenges to the winner. Doug Manmiller (Wyomissing) came home fourth after starting 16th and Meme DeSantis (Temple) came from 25th to finish fifth.
Jon Kellner started 29th and finished 7th gaining 22 positions and earning the Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger Award worth $50.
Hartnett is the sixth different Modified feature winner of the season.
Past champion John Giesler lead the first three laps of the 20-lap Late Model feature race with Greg Hoffmaster, already a winner this season, charging up to take the top spot on the fourth circuit of the one-third-mile dirt oval. Brian Shuey, winner of the opening night feature, came to the front of the field on the ninth lap and was in charge until rear problems on his Bob Fisher Chevy No.5D forced out of the race. With Shuey out Randy Stoudt inherited the lead but had his hands full trying to hold off the challenges of Harry Neiman looking for his first win of the season and Rick Todorow was coming on strong.
At the finish Pottstown based Stoudt had been successful in holding on to his top spot winning his second feature of the season. Harry Neiman (Bowers Beach, DE) came home a close second. Third place was taken by Quakertown?s Rick Todorow, coming from 15th starting spot, followed by early race leader Greg Hoffmaster (Pottstown) and defending champion Ron Kline (Green Lane).
Late model heat race victories were earned by Mark Malcolm, Randy Stoudt and Chuck Schutz.
The more than 50 Modifieds on hand had Brad Missimer, Jon Kellner Jr., Todd Marburger, Kerry Kratz, Tracy Readinger and Kevin Hirthler winning qualifying heats while the consolation races were won by Tommy Sheetz Jr., Ryan Watt and Meme DeSantis.
For the second week in a row defending champion Jeff Strunk was not able to qualify for the feature event.
DODGE Night will feature the NASCAR Modifieds, Late Models and Legends cars on Saturday, June 3rd starting at 7:30 p.m.
Coming up on Saturday, June 10th is a tripleheader show of racing that will please all fans with the United Racing Club sprint cars in action along with the NASCAR Modified stock car