BECHTELSVILLE, PA Just about everyone in the grandstands was
thinking that Jon Kellner Sr. was going to make a mistake and Duane Howard and
Craig VonDohren would shoot past them in the closing laps and one of them would
charge to victory. Howard had eight wins, VonDohren has five wins and Kellner
had none. In fact he had not been a major factor in a Modified feature victory
battle. That all changed on Saturday night when Jon Kellner, the Lansdale, PA
veteran of many years of racing competition at the Grandview Speedway, was able
to hold off the challenges of top performers and drive the Vince’s Towing Recovery No. 41 to a stunning victory in the
30-lap NASCAR 358 Modified feature race earning $2750 that included a $250 bonus
from TP Trailers.
“I just kept going as hard as I
could,” was the response when the victory lane announcer asked Kellner if he was
aware that Howard and VonDohren were so close to him. “We have been having bad
luck. One night we could not even get the car to the track. I really want to
thank my crew for all their hard work.”
In the 25 lap Sportsman feature
race it was Joe Funk of Coopersburg, PA bringing the Morrisville Tavern #14J
home first for his first win of the season and Sean Merkel, Boyertown, led all
the laps to win his third NASCAR Late Model feature of the season with the
Merkel Rebar/Kochel Equipment No. 118 entry.
Young sophomore racer Brian
Houseknecht turned a lot of heads as he charged to the front of the 28 car
starting field in the 30-lap NASCAR 358 Modified feature race and then set the
pace for 14 laps before Jon Kellner Jr. got the best of him and took command.
Kellner Jr. was able to lead five laps with his dad, Jon Sr., chasing him. At
the 20 lap marker Jon Sr. charged to the front with Duane Howard and Craig
VonDohren close behind. The final 10 laps was a three car battle between Kellner
Sr., Howard and point leader VonDohren and when the checkered flag fell Kellner
Sr. held just a narrow margin of victory over second place finisher Duane Howard
(Oley). VonDohren (Oley) grabbed third while nine time track champion Jeff
Strunk (Pottstown) finished fourth followed by mid-race leader Jon Kellner Jr.
Veteran racing talent Jamie
Undercoffler took the early lead over the 25 card starting field for the NASCAR
Sportsman racers. Able to lead the first two laps Undercoffler relinguished the
top spot to Joe Funk. Ron Krex challenged Funk for the lead for several laps
before point leader Jared Umbenhauer took second and put heavy pressure on the
leader for the balance of the feature. At the finish Funk had a slim lead as he
picked up his first win of the season and the second since Sportsman racers
became a regular part of Saturday night racing at Grandview. Umbenhauer
(Richland) held on to grab second followed by Brett Kressley (Orfield) followed
by Brad Brightbill (Sinking Spring) and Ron Krex
Rick Todorow led the Late Model
starting field to the green and was in front for the first lap before Sean
Merkel, coming from third, took control and set the pace for three laps before
Todorow was able to put his Juniper Auto Body No. 93 back in front. At nine laps
Merkel charged back to the front and that is where he stayed for the balance of
race. Steve Nederostek tried several times to take the lead away from Merkel but
the Walnutport racer had to settle for second. Third place was earned by Jason
Miller (New Tripoli) who moved to within 35 points of point leader Chuck Schutz
in the battle for the title. Sam Schlosberg (Green Lane) finished fourth while
Todorow held on for fifth.
Modified qualifying heat races, 12 laps in
distance on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval, were won by Mike Laise, Bobby
Gunther Walsh, Jon Kellner Jr. and Ron Seltman. Modified consolation races, each
10 laps, were won by Kyle Weiss and John Willman. Sportsman qualifiers, 8 laps,
were won by Dean Bachman, Jamie Undercoffler and Kenny Gilmore. Late Model
qualifiers, also 8 laps, had Sam Schlosberg and Sean Merkel winning.
The Hard Charger award for the Modifieds
sponsored by Bobby Gunther Walsh and sponsors went to Duane Howard charging from
15th to 2nd. The Searock Lawn Care Hard Charger award for
Sportsman was earned by point leader Jared Umbenhaur going from 15th
to finish second and Jeff Teets’ Salvage Transport Hard Charger award for Late
Models was earned by Steve Todorow going from 19th to 9th
in the feature.
Cargo Trailer Sales of Lansdale had $50 gift
certificates for 10th place finishers in each feature while Dan’s Deli has their
special hoagies for the leader of each feature at the halfway point. VP Racing Fuels has a $150 product bonus for
the first NASCAR 358 Modified feature finisher using their fuel, $100 product
bonus for the first Late Model feature finisher using their fuel and $75 product
bonus for the first Sportsman feature finisher using their fuel and carrying VP
decals on the race car and VP patch on uniform.
on Saturday, August 24, 7:30 p.m. is an action packed tripleheader featuring the
NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars in RCN Night. Just
three point races remain as racers battle for the various division point titles.
Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 12 and under are admitted free. Then on
Sunday, August 25th, 7 p.m. the TSRS 305 Sprints make their first
appearance along with the Sportsman stock cars. Adult admission will be $15,
youngsters 12 and under are admitted Free.
on racing at Grandview Speedway can be had by checking in at
www.grandviewspeedway.com or telephone 610.754.7688. In addition the official
Grandview Speedway Facebook page can be found at
www.facebook.com/grandviewspeedwayinc or check in on Twitter at @gviewspeedway