BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 10, 2006 . . . Earlier in the season Craig VonDohren, a five time track champion, was thinking about quitting. On Saturday night the Oley, PA racer was glad he stayed in the sport that has been a part of his life since he was a kid. The veteran stock car racer drove the Chad Sinon owned BPG Racing/Stauffer Construction No. 1C to his third T.H.Properties Freedom 76 Modified Classic win claiming $20,000 at Grandview Speedway.
In the first half of the season VonDohren had been struggling trying to stay in the chase for a sixth track championship and had talked about quitting. ?I was ready to give up,? was his comment in victory lane. His season turned for the better, much better, when he won the Stauffer Construction Forrest Rogers Memorial worth $10,000. During victory lane ceremonies, while hold the huge $20,000 check, the all time leading Modified feature winner (54) thanked car owner Chad Sinon for sticking with him and had high praise for Main Engines and his crew.
VonDohren, who won the Classic back in 1985 and 2001, came from 15th starting spot to claim the win over a talented field of 35 starters in front of a large turnout of fans.
Dirt track Modified stock car racing legend Kenny Brightbill started on the pole for the 76 lap race by luck of the draw. However Greg Humlhanz, starting outside of Brightbill, grabbed the lead before the first lap was completed.
On lap three Billy Pauch, a pre-race favorite since he had won the Freedom 76 six times, had his car catch fire bringing out the red flag. Larry Solomon?s mount also caught fire after riding through the Pauch flames. Both racers were able to continue but were not factors dropping out before the checkered flag was displayed.
On the restart Humlhanz continued his domination of the race. At 11 laps Mike Bailey stopped in turn four bringing out a caution and bunching up the field. Kyle Weiss was now a factor on the restart putting heavy pressure on the leader. One lap later David VanHorn, running in the top five, ended up in the first turn wall and was done for the night.
Again, with 13 laps in the record book, Humlhanz continued to dominate with Weiss challenging.
Five time track champion Jeff Strunk, a former race winner and a popular fan favorite, had a tire go down on the 18th lap and then tangled with Jason Smythe while trying to get his car to the pits for a tire change. The contact between Strunk and Smythe put both racers out of action.
At the 19 lap marker Kyle Weiss put his Schaeffer?s Harley Davison No. 21k in first. Weiss was the dominator lap after lap but at 30 laps had Danny Erb nipping at his rear. The top five was Weiss, Erb, Humlhanz, Brightbill and Billy Pauch Jr.
With 45 laps in the record book Danny Erb, put on a spectacular show chasing leader Weiss, saw his hopes of a Freedom 76 win go up in smoke. The resulting caution to tow Erb off the track turned into a red as racers were given the opportunity to add fuel. With cautions included 75 laps had been run to this point.
On the restart Kyle Weiss resumed command