MANMILLER STOPS STRUNK STREAK, RANDY STOUDT GETS HIS FOURTH WIN AT GRANDVIEWGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA July 9, 2007 . . . Without his wife?s advice Doug Manmiller may not have been able to win the 30-lap Jeff D?Ambrosio Dodge NASCAR Modified feature race on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway.
?My wife told me I should be more patient during the feature races,? said Manmiller in victory lane after picking up $2200 for his first Modified win of the season. ?So I listened to what she said and I was more patient. It must have worked.?
Randy Stoudt won his fourth Late Model 20-lap feature of the season on Saturday night and in victory lane said, ?The track was perfect tonight.? Jason Rochelle of Hackettstown, NJ won the 15-lap Rolling Thunder Legends feature.
Jon Kellner Jr. was quick to the front at the drop of the green and set the pace for the first 11 laps of the NASCAR Modified feature. Former champion Terry Meitzler, who had been stalking the leader for several laps, went to the front on the 12th circuit of the one-third-mile, clay banked oval. Two laps later Danny Erb, who had started 13th, came up to challenge Meitzler for the top spot. The two had quite a battle going with Erb finally able to put his mount in front on the 23rd lap. Just two laps later Erb was taken out of the lead by a spinning tailender who also caught Meitzler. Erb, after being untangled, was able to continue but was not a factor in the finish.
Manmiller, at the wheel of the Berks Internal Medicine/Dick?s Gulf No. 14, owned by Rod Breitenstein, was able to take over the lead on the restart with five laps to go. The Wyomissing, PA racer, his last win coming in July of 2005, was able to hold off the late race challenge of Jon Kellner to win. The victory was also the first for the Manmiller/Breitenstein team as they just got together at the beginning of the season. Manmiller is now on top in the NASCAR Modified point standings for the first time.
Second spot went to Jon Kellner (Lansdale) who used the outside groove to charge up to the front from his 15th starting spot but had to settle for the runner-up position. Kyle Weiss (Jalapa) had another impressive outing with a third place finish followed by John Willman (Birdsboro), who had come from 30th starting spot, and Jon Kellner Jr. (Lansdale).
John Willman earned the Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger Award in the Modified feature coming from 30th starting spot to finish fourth a gain of 26 positions. Willman will receive a check for $50.
The Late Models were the final feature run during the program that lasted just a little over three hours. Four time Late Model champion Dean Stoudt put his NO. 5 entry in front of the 20-car starting field at the drop of the green. His lead lasted for eight laps before Randy Stoudt, they are not related, charged to the front from his ninth starting positions.
Once in front Stoudt made it look easy as he drove to his 34th ?official Saturday night? Late Model feature win. The Pottstown racer, driving the Rogers Auto Parts/TP Trailers NO. 22, had a comfortable lead over defending champion Ron Kline (East Greenville). Bill Henning (Lansdale) got third for his best finish of the season. Dean Stoudt (East Greenville) came home fourth with Harry Neiman (Bower Beach, DE) grabbing fifth.
Chuck Schutz continues to be the point leader in the Late Model division.
Jason Rochelle charged from his eighth place starting spot to take the lead early in the 15-lap feature and ride to a fairly easy win in the Rolling Thunder Legends cars feature race. The Hackensack, NJ, who comes from a large family of racers, was at the wheel of the Glick Fire Equipment sponsored entry. Second spot was earned by Rodney Kistler while third went to Josh Morrow.
Qualifying events for the Late Models were won by Mark Malcolm, Randy Stoudt and Ron Kline. In the NASCAR Modified heats the wins went to Tommy Sheetz Jr., Chris Esposito,