VONDOHREN, STOUDT AND KEPPLER WIN ON ZUBER REALTY NIGHT AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAYGrandview PR
When his luck is good Craig VonDohren often wins and when his luck is bad Craig VonDohren often finishes in the pits. The six time NASCAR Modified champion had his best luck working on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway when he won the 30-lap Zuber Realty NASCAR Whelen All American Modified feature race. And luck played an important part in Randy Stoudt?s 20-lap Late Model feature. Mike Keppler was able to charge to the front to win the 15-lap Xcel 600 Modified feature.
Teenage talent Mike Laise was the leader at the drop of the green and held on to the top spot for ten laps holding off some high pressure efforts by Rich Wisdo. On the 11th circuit of the one-third-mile, banked clay oval Wisdo moved to the front of the 28-car starting field. The lead was short lived as Craig VonDohren, coming from ninth starting spot charged under him and took the top spot.
At the 17 lap marker Jeff Strunk, a five time track champion and current Modified point leader, moved into second spot after coming from 12th. The balance of the race saw Strunk trying to whittle away the comfortable lead that VonDohren had built up. At the finish Strunk (Mohnton) was a few car lengths behind VonDohren.
The second place finish increases Strunk?s lead in the chase for the lucrative track and NASCAR point fund money.
In victory lane VonDohren, who calls Oley home, gave his crew a lot of credit and indicated that the car has just been good the last few weeks. The win was his fourth of the season.
The Modified racers were using the Zuber Realty Night events as a tune-up for the big $10,000 to win Stauffer Construction Forrest Rogers Memorial set for Saturday, August 4th.
Third spot was earned by Rick Schaffer (Woxall) followed by Rich Wisdo (Souderton) and Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville).
Greg Hoffmaster survived a horrific early race crash the virtually destroyed the cars of Bill Henning and Rick Todorow, lead 19 laps of the Late Model feature and lost. Fortunately no one was injured in the accident.
However Randy Stoudt, his buddy, won the feature race for the fourth time this season wheeling the TP Trailers/Paradise Road Slot Track No. 10 using an engine that belonged to Hoffmaster. He had come from 8th starting spot.
With five laps to go in the feature race Hoffmaster had the power steering fail on his Schaeffer?s Harley Davidson entry while leading and that slowed his pace. In the first turn of the final lap Stoudt (Pottstown) charged to the front and led the rest of the way.
In victory lane Hoff master (Pottstown) came to congratulate the winner saying Stoudt ?was the man to beat.?
Third spot went to Dean Stoudt (East Greenville) followed by Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) and last week?s feature winner Kyle Merkel (Gilbertsville) coming from 18th starting spot.
Mike Keppler of Boyertown, PA charged from seventh spot to get by the early leaders (Brian Mady and Andy Ressler) about midway of the 15-lap feature race for the Xcel 600 Modifieds. Once in front Keppler was able to hold off any challenges and pick up the win.
Keppler?s mother was in victory lane for the celebration as she is an employee of the race sponsor Zuber Realty. Second spot went to Andy Ressler followed by Kyle Gardner, Brian Mady and Eric Whitby.
The Cornerstone Auto Sales of Fleetwood, PA Hard Charger Awards went to Doug Manmiller in the Modifieds for gaining 14 positions in the NASCAR Modified feature while Kyle Merkel, the feature winner the previous week, gained 13 spots to grab the Late Model Hard Charger award.
Qualifying heat wins for the Xcel 600 Modifieds went to Bruce Kindberg and Brian Mady. In qualifiers for the Late Models wins were earned by Buddy Wharton, Dean Stoudt and Wayne Pfeil Jr. The Modified qualifiers were won by Rick Schaffer, Rich Wisdo, Cliff Quinn and Sean Merkel while consolatio