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Press Release
Friday, September 27, 2013

BECHTELSVILLE, PA  Seven time Grandview Speedway NASCAR Whelen All- American Series 358 Modified champion Craig VonDohren has finished fifth in the National standings and for the first time in his career the 50-year-old racer is the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Pennsylvania champion.


The Oley, PA professional racer was able to win six feature races plus rack up consistent finishes to claim the track title. He is the all time leader in regular Saturday night feature wins with 87.


VonDohren was the highest ranked driver in the National points who competed at just a single NASCAR track during the season. VonDohren drove his self-owned Pioneer Pole Buildings/VP Racing Fuels No. 1c in gaining the impressive statistics.


The veteran racer will be invited to participate in the very plush NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards event at the NASCAR Hall of Fame/Charlotte Convention Center on Friday, December 13.


Finishing sixth in the standings was Duane Howard (Oley, PA) who won an amazing nine feature races during the 2013 NASCAR 358 Modified season but still fell short in his quest to win a sixth track title.


Under the point structure for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, a race winner receives two points for every car in the event up to 20 cars. Second place receives two fewer points and so on through the field. Race winners receive an additional five points. For example, if 20 cars are in the field, the winner receives 45 points, second place 38 and third 36. If there are 15 cars, the winner receives 35 points, second 28 and third, 26.


Track operators also designate support classes as NASCAR Divisions II-V and drivers in those divisions compete for points in the NASCAR Finalist program. The program brings added recognition to support division drivers. Points are kept separately for asphalt and dirt tracks. The Finalist program encompasses the best 14 races of the season in the final point tabulations.


Jared Umbenhauer (Richland, PA), winner of the NASCAR Sportsman title for the second year in a row, has earned the top spot in the national rankings for the NASCAR Finalist Division III Dirt standings. Umbenhauer drove the Eastern Rigging No. 5 Sportsman stock car.  Sean Merkel (Boyertown, PA), who competes in the Late Model division, finished second in the national NASCAR Finalist Division II Dirt points. Merkel was at the wheel of the Kochel Eqpt./Merkel Rebar No. 118 Late Model.


Both of these drivers will receive invitations to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards event.


Close to 6o speedways located across the nation and into Canada participate in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series sanctioned events.


More information on the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is available at


The top performers from the 2013 season at Grandview will be honored at the annual track awards banquet on Saturday, November 16th at the Gilbertsville, PA Fire Co. Social Hall.


Additional information on racing at Grandview Speedway is available at or telephone 610.754.7688