TOMMY SHEETZ JR. AND MIKE KELLNER SHARE THE GLORY IN NASCAR FEATURES AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SATURDAYGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA JUNE 10, 2007 . . . Second generation racer Tommy Sheetz Jr. of Boyertown, PA drove the Jeff D?Ambrosio Dodge sponsored No. 37x Modified to victory in the 30-lap WNPV-AM Radio NASCAR Whelen All American Series Modified stock car feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. The win was the first of his career. The 20-lap feature for the NASCAR Late Models went to Mike Kellner of Lansdale, PA for his second win of the season.
Sheetz started in the pole position and led the 29 car field to get the green flag from honorary starter Harry ?The Wild Thing? Turner, a former racer at Grandview Speedway. The young driver never gave up the top spot throughout the 30-lap feature race.
Sheetz, denied a victory a season or so before when he dominated most of the race, kept this mount in the low groove and held off strong challenges for much of the final 10-laps from veteran racer Mike Gular, who was coming off a feature win at Penn Can Speedway the night before. Gular tossed everything he had at Sheetz, running high and low, but just did not seem to have the power to get by the fleet running youngster.
At the finish Sheetz was just a narrow margin in front of second place finisher Mike Gular of Lansdale. Third went to Duane Howard (Oley) who had made some strong challenges and ran as high as second from his 12th place starting position. Howard retained his point lead in the NASCAR Modified division. Jeff Strunk (Mohnton), five time track champion, finished fourth with six time track champion Craig VonDohren (Oley) finishing fifth.
To say it was not an easy win for Sheetz would be an understatement. The excited Sheetz said in victory lane, ?This is a first time for me in victory lane. I don?t know what to say. My dad raced here for many years and it is great to get a win for our team. We had a good motor and a good car and a hard working bunch of guys.?
John Geisler was the pace setter in the early laps of the Late Model feature race before young Mike Kellner, coming from 10th, grabbed the lead. At the midway point Kellner had control with Chuck Schutz, the defending Late Model champion, giving the leader a challenge. A couple laps late Randy Stoudt charged up to challenge the leader and he kept the pressure on.
Even a caution on the 19th lap forcing a green/checker finish did not allow Stoudt the opportunity to get by the Lansdale youngster and his Power Washer No. 57. Stoudt (Pottstown) settled for second followed by Chuck Schutz (Pottstown), four time Late Model champion Dean Stoudt (East Greenville) and Ron Kline (Salford).
The win put Mike Kellner in the lead for the 2007 Late Model championship.
Qualifying heat wins for the Late Models went to Kyle Merkel, Mike Kellner and Dean Stoudt. In the NASCAR Modified division qualifying heat races were won by Mike Gular, Tommy Sheetz Jr., Ryan Beltz and Don Norris. Consolation victories went to Kevin Hirthler and Kyle Weiss.
The Cornerstone Auto Sales of Fleetwood, PA Hard Charger Awards went to Duane Howard in the NASCAR Modifieds coming from 12th to finish third in the 30 lap feature. Two other drivers (Don Norris and Terry Meitzler) each gained nine spots as did Howard but the $50 cash award, in case of ties, goes to the driver finishing in the highest position. In the Late Models the $50 went to Ron Kline coming from 18th to finish 5th.
On Saturday, June 16th the always exciting United Racing Company sprint cars will be in action with the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Modifieds at 7:30 p.m. as part of Troy Wink Motorsports Night with eight lucky fans getting the chance to view the action from the sponsor suite.
Hatfield Quality Meats will sponsor the tripleheader show of racing action on Saturday, June 23rd featuring the NASCAR Modifieds, Late Models and Xcel 600 Modifieds in a 7:30 p.m. show.