MEITZLER WINS BY INCHES OVER STRUNK, STOUDT GETS THIRD WIN IN LATE MODELS AND MCCOLLUM IS FIRST IN LEGENDS AT GRANDVIEWGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 20, 2008 . . . The final laps of the 30-lap Hatfield Quality Meats NASCAR 358 Modified feature at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night was a seesaw battle between former champion Terry Meitzler and current point leader Jeff Strunk with Meitzler getting the win by just inches at the finish line.
Randy Stoudt went to the front in the 20-lap Late Model feature with eight laps remaining and never looked back to take his third win of the season. The 15-lap Glick Fire Equipment Co. Central Pennsylvania Legends feature was won by Todd McCollum.
Chris Esposito led the starting field to the green and set the pace for the first three laps of 30-lap Modified feature race before a three car tangle that included Doug Manmiller, Rick Schaffer and Mike Gular brought out the caution.
On the restart Esposito was again in charge with Tom Umbenhauer applying pressure. With seven laps complete Shawn Reimert came to a stop in turn two bringing out the caution and closing up the field bringing Terry Meitzler into the picture as a factor in the battle for the lead.
With 12 laps in the record book Tom Umbenhauer was out with a flat tire and a red flag, for a medical emergency, brought the field to a stop. Terry Meitzler was in the front while Chris Esposito held second.
On the restart Meitzler was in charge but a five car pileup brought out a caution that again closed up the field. Meitzler again took command when the green came out and he had Esposito and Jeff Strunk to contend with.
With 15 laps completed Strunk was running the low groove and putting pressure on the leader Meitzler who was making his Berks Products No. 81 work in the high groove.
The duo rain side-by-side, Strunk low and Meitzler high, lap after lap in a battle that had fans standing on their seats. At the finish some fans thought Strunk had won and some thought Meitzler gained the win. Officials declared Meitzler the winner by the narrowest of margins.
?I did not know who won at the finish,? said Meitzler (Kutztown) in victory lane. ?I gave him (Strunk) room and he gave me room. It was a great win for our team.? Meitzler had started in 11th while Strunk came from 16th.
Strunk (Mohnton) unsure of the finish actually drove his car to victory lane but was assured by officials that the correct decision was made. Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville) had a strong third place finish with Ryan Godown (Ringoes) getting fourth followed by Meme DeSantis (Temple) coming from 25th starting spot.
Wayne Pfeil Jr. was in front as the green flag dropped for the 20-lap Late Model feature with Ed Trimbur close behind. Pfeil (Mohnton) was the man to beat for the first 12 laps of the main event before Randy Stoudt, coming from 9th starting spot, was able to charge past both leader Pfeil and challenger Trimbur to take the top spot.
In the closing laps Mike Kellner came to the front and tried to challenge Stoudt for the win but the laps ran out before he could make a serious effort.
At the finish Stoudt (Pottstown), in his TP Trailers/Merkel Rebar No. 118, had a comfortable lead over second place Mike Kellner (Lansdale). Ed Trimbur (Boyertown) held on for third followed by Wayne Pfeil Jr. (Mohnton) and Kyle Merkel (Gilbertsville).
The Central PA. Legends feature had Paul McCollum in front at the start of the 15-lapper. McCollum was able to stay in the lead for eight laps before his brother Todd took control of the race. Once in front Todd McCollum (Bridgewater, NJ) was able to lead the balance of the feature to gain the victory. Second went to Brian Weitzel followed by Scott Houdeshell (coming from 15th starting spot), Jason Rochelle (who spun on the backstretch early in the feature) and Bill Diehl (who had started on the pole).
Qualifying heats for the Legends went to Randy Kissinger, Reed Salony and Paul McCollum whi