Bechtelsville, PA April 10, 2004 . . . Taking the lead on the 14th lap Craig VonDohren controlled the rest of the 30-lap NASCAR Modified stock car feature race at Grandview Speedway picking up his first win of the season. In the 20-lap feature for NASCAR Late Models Jason Miller was able to lead all the laps to claim his first win of the season on Saturday night.
VonDohren, who calls Oley, PA home, started in seventh position in the 29 car field with Steve Swinehart taking the first lap lead. On the second circuit of the one-third-mile, banked clay oval veteran Donny Erb put his mount in front of the pack and was pulling away from the field. At the 10 lap mark defending champion Jeff Strunk had mechanical problems sideline him and a few laps earlier Doug Manmiller had problems force him from competition. The two had battled for the win last Saturday night and were one ?two in the point standings.
With 14 laps in the record book VonDohren had worked his way to the front to challenge Erb for the lead and on a caution restart VonDohren took control of the race.
The final 15 laps saw Mike Gular (Harleysville), coming from 17th starting position, move up to challenge VonDohren?s Stauffer Construction/Devine Transport #70D with Meme DeSantis (Temple) running third. And when the checkered flag fell that was the top three crossing the finish line. Kenny Gilmore (Fleetwood) finished fourth after challenging early for the lead and Keith Brightbill (Mohnton) earned fifth.
In the 20-lap main event for Late Models the crash and caution marred event had to be cut to 18 laps with the time limit running out and after the field had been forced to go to single file restarts early in the race as officials tried to get the racers under control.
Jason Miller started on the pole with his #44 and was able to avoid all the spins and tangles to hold the lead for all 18 laps and grab the victory. Second spot went to Lou Egrie, the two time champion from Willow Grove, who challenged Miller for many of the laps. Randy Stoudt, defending champion, was coming on strong in the final laps and the Pottstown ace was able to grab third. Lee Miller (Jason?s Dad) finished in fourth spot followed by Brian Shuey of Hamburg, PA.
Qualifying heats for the modifieds went to Jon Kellner Jr., Ryan Watt, Glenn Strunk, Shawn Reimert and Doug Manmiller. The consolation races were won by Larry Solomon, Paul Kline and Kevin Hartnett while Glenn Strunk won the Cash Dash worth $350.
In the late models qualifying events were won by Randy Stoudt, Mike Kellner and Jason Miller while Junior Grebe earned the win in the consolation race.
Racing action features the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modifieds and Late Models in at least 13 events of ?contact sport? competition starting at 6 p.m. for the next three Saturdays.
Grandview Speedway is a one-third-mile, banked clay oval, NASCAR sanctioned, located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For race information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com. For information on marketing opportunities at Grandview Speedway telephone Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. at 215.752.7797 or email Esaxton144@aol.com.
NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified Feature ? 30 laps:Craig VonDohren, Mike Gular, Meme DeSantis, Kenny Gilmore, Keith Brightbill, Terry Meitzler, Paul Kline, Kevin Hartnett, Tracy Readinger, John Willman, Donny Erb, Ray Swinehart, Steve Swinehart, Shawn Reimert, Jimmy Reppert, Jon Kellner, Jr., Larry Solomon, Glenn Strunk, Danny Erb, Rick Schaffer, Kerry Kratz, Jeff Sechrist, Jeff Strunk, Ron Seltman, Bobby Trapper, Doug Manmiller, Ryan Watt.
NASCAR Dodge Weekly ShorTrack Late Model Feature ? 20 laps:Jason Miller, Lou Egrie, Randy Stoudt, Lee Miller, Brian Shuey, Harry Neima