PA. Mother Nature finally cooperated after two consecutive weeks of rain and
racing returned to the 1/3-mile high banks of Grandview Speedway on Saturday
night with all the excitement being
telecast on RCN-TV.
Seven time and defending Modified
champion Craig VonDohren of Oley, PA took his first win of the season in the
30-lap NASCAR 358 Modified feature race while Brett Kressley, who calls
Orefield, PA home, won his second 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature race of the
season. Sam Schlosberg, Green Lane, PA, earned his first 25-lap Late Model
NASCAR stock car racing action
returns to Grandview Speedway on Saturday (May 24) at 7:30 p.m. when Whelen
Engineering presents a tripleheader card of 358 Modified, Late Model and
Sportsman racing action. WEEU-830AM will broadcast the racing
the Saturday night action Doug Manmiller appeared to have left off where his
streak was snapped before the weather intervened and was two laps short of
winning his fourth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 30-lap Modified
wouldn’t have it that way since Manmiller, left with nowhere to go, got
collected by the spinning car of Kyle Follweiler when he exited the third turn
bringing out the caution.
point champion Craig VonDohren, who started 22nd after winning the consi, was
second and now inherited the lead. He kept his self-owned, Beartown
Recycling/K.L. Harring Transportation No. 1C in front until he pulled into
victory lane for his first win of the season to become the fourth different
winner in 2014.
was almost ready to give up after an early heat incident made me mad and forced
me to miss the invert, commented VonDohren, but I just kept digging as my car
was loose, but then got tight when I changed my line. It was a shame for Doug,
but that’s part of the game.” His efforts netted him $2500, plus $250 from T.P.
Trailers, Limerick and $150 from VP Fuels for running VP
Seltmann Jr. set the pace at the wave of the green.
red was thrown on the third lap when Bobby Gunther-Walsh spun in turn four. Cars
scrambled and Andy Ressler rolled. Also involved were Duane Howard, Jeff Strunk
and Ray Swinehart. All drivers were uninjured and able to continue except
Gunther-Walsh and Ressler. On the restart Seltmann Jr.was still in command
trailed by Jon Kellner, Manmiller, who started 15th; Kevin Hirthler and Kyle
became the new leader on the second fifth lap restart. First Mike Laise, Tommy
Scheetz III and Mike Gular, the point leader going into the event, tangled in
the third turn with Gular and Scheetz III eliminated. The next try saw a fourth
turn accident that involved Mike Kellner, Don Norris Jr. and Eric
seeking his fourth win of the season,cleared Seltmann Jr. on the tenth lap and
set sail after Kellner. Manmiller closed in on Kellner by the 20th lap and the
pair engaged in a fierce side-by-side battle that made for some great RCN-TV
new leader emerged on the 21st lap when Manmiller cleared Kellner to show the
Manmiller and Kellner, VonDohren and Hirthler had their own race for third with
Weiss in the mix.
two laps to go, Follweiler was already spinning when Manmiller came charging out
of the third turn. Left with nowhere to go since he had a full head of steam
built up, Manmiller collided with Follweiler and spun and both were eliminated
for the final yellow.
misfortune was a break for VonDohren running second and now the new
kept the Nick Gatto powered/PPB/Bicknell mount ahead the rest of the way to pull
into the winner’s circle for his 88th career win. Posting second for his best
finish of the season was Kellner followed by Howard, coming back after the third
lap accident; Hirthler and Jordan Umbenhauer. Weiss, Ryan Grim, Swinehart,
Strunk and Borror completed the top ten.
Late Model action saw Sam Schlosberg become the new leader on the 19th lap after
Wayne Pfeil’s engine finally expired after smoking heavily since the eighth lap.
Schlosberg, who hadn’t won since August 10, 2013, held off Randy Stoudt’s bids
to win the 25-lap feature in his unsponsored No. 70 to become the fourth
different winner. Schlosberg had difficulty seeing since he ran out of tear-offs
and kept smearing his helmet. He also received an additional $100 from TP
wasted no time pulling away on the initial green trailed by Steve butler, Rick
Todorow, Kory Fleming and Dan Green.
heavy smoke bellowed from Pfeil’s car he still managed to build up a full
straightway lead over the four-way battle for second between Butler, Fleming,
Schlosberg and Todorow.
overtook second on the 14th lap and took chase after
the 19th lap, Pfeil slowed in the first turn and headed to the infield, but the
yellow was still thrown. Schlosberg was now the new leader and had his hands
full with Stoudt’s bids.
held off all challengers and went on to claim the victory followed by Stoudt,
Fleming, Chuck Schutz and Sean Merkel. Rounding out the top ten were Ron Kline,
Jason Miller, John Giesler, Lou Egrie and Bill Henning.
25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature had a bout of yellow fever. It certainly had
plenty of action though as eventual winner Brett Kressley and runner-up Craig
Whitmoyer raced side-by-side from the eighth lap with neither one giving up
until the drop of the checkered. Kressley, who picked up his second win of the
season, which he certainly earned, thanked Whitmoyer for racing him “clean” the
entire time. Kressley also received $100 from T.P.
took the early lead and one lap later the yellow was out when Guy Germano and
Brandon Whitmoyer spun in the third turn. The restart was void for an 11-car
fourth turn accident. The leader continued to be Whitmoyer when racing went
advanced to second on the sixth lap and set his sights on Whitmoyer. When
Whitmoyer went high heading into the fourth turn, Kressley pulled a slider on
him and overtook the lead. Whitmoyer didn’t give up though and the duo were door
handle to door handle. Several times Whitmoyer tried to dive under Kressley, but
couldn’t muster up enough power.
who “likes to run up top to get to the front,” held his line while Whitmoyer
made several runs on the inside and despite all of valiant attempts to regain
the lead, Kressley kept Whitmoyer behind him and went on to claim the win with
Whitmoyer a close second. Gilmore, finished third a spot he overtook with five
laps to go followed by Umbenhauer and Kaitie McCardle, for her best run of the
season. Erik Renninger, Brian Hirthler, Jim Housworth, Ken Eckert Jr. and Joe
Funk II were sixth through tenth.
the end of the night nine time track champion Jeff Strunk had 1422 points to
lead the 358 Modified standings by just 11 points over Duane Howard. Randy
Stoudt is tops in the Late Model standings by just 23 points over Chuck Schutz
and Jared Umbenhauer has a 82 point lead over Brett Kressley in the battle for
the Sportsman title.
Deli ½-way leader award winners were Kellner, Modified; Wayne Pfeil, Late Model
and Kressley, Sportsman.
Trailers certificates went to Kyle Borror, Modified; Bill Henning, Late Model
and Funk II, Sportsman.
Racing Gasoline product awards went to the top finisher in each division using
VP Racing Gasoline and carrying the proper VP decals and
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