BECHTELSVILLE, PA. It was a battle of champions at
Grandview on Saturday night and fans were treated to fireworks on and off the
track. In the premier event of the season for the BRC Late Models past champion
Rrandy Stoudt won the 40-lapper and earned $2,100 for his efforts including a
T.P.Trailers bonus. The win, his 59th career victory at the
Bechtelsville clay oval, also established the Pottstown racer as the all-time
leading feature winner in the very competitive Late Model division. In the
headline NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modifieds seven time champion
Craig VonDohren added another victory to his already record holding total
earning $2900 for the win including track prize money, T.P. Trailers bonus bucks
and a VP Racing Fuels product award. In the Sportsman division it was defending
champion Jared Umbenhauer earning his seventh win of the season. In addition to
an outstanding show of stock car racing the Holiday crowd was treated to a
terrific fireworks show.
sanctioned stock car racing returns to Grandview Speedway on Saturday night,
July 12th at 7:30 p.m. when A.D.Moyer Lumber presents a four division
card of racing action featuring the 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman
stock cars along with the added attraction of Blast From the Past Vintage
racers. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters under 12 are admitted
Craig VonDohren and Jeff Strunk had a tooth and nail
battle going on to decide the outcome of the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series 358 Modified feature. VonDohren “tried to switch things up – the lanes of
the track he ran to confuse Strunk,” but that didn’t outsmart Strunk, the
current point leader and he stayed right with Von Dohren using lapped cars to
try to gain the lead to score back-to-back wins.
Despite losing the lead slightly as the pair
encountered lap traffic, Von Dohren was always in front when it counted.
VonDohren, the Oley leadfoot, kept Strunk behind him and went on to score his
third win of the season on the one-third-mile, banked clay
In the BRC Late Model Firecracker 40-lap event, Randy
Stoudt literally ran away and hid as he appeared to be making a statement and
lapped all of the nine finishing cars, but second and third place finishers Sean
Merkel and Lou Egrie. Stoudt, the current point leader, returned to action this
season driving the Taylor White/Wanda Brown-owned No. 10 and captured his sixth
In the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature lapped traffic
worked to Jared Umbenhauer’s advantage when Mike Lisowski got trapped behind a
slower car with two laps to go. Umbenhauer took over first and went on to chalk
up his seventh win behind the wheel of the Barry Bashore No. 5 and receive an
additional $100 from T.P. Trailers..
Once the track was run in by the modified drivers to
their liking and the green was thrown Andy Ressler was the early
By the seventh lap Ressler was being chased down by
Meme DeSantis, Justin Grim, Todd Smith and Chris
The first and only caution was brought out on the 12th
lap when Duane Howard got a left rear flat after contact with Brideport invader
Rick Laubach. Howard made a quick pit stop, rejoined the race and left Laubach
know he wasn’t pleased with the turn of events.
On the restart DeSantis, the “Temple Tornado,” stormed
into the lead to pick up the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie mark award, with the order
behind him comprised of Ressler, Smith, John Willman and 12th-place starter
VonDohren. Coming through at a fast pace was Strunk, who started 15th and was
third at lap 18.
The veteran campaigners DeSantis, VonDohren and Strunk
were running bumper-to-bumper that a blanket could have been put over
The lead changed hands on lap 20 when VonDohren put
his self-owned/V & M Towing No. 1C in front and one lap later Strunk was
there putting his bids in.
The former point champions put on one heck of a battle
while DeSantis, Laubach and Ressler diced for third through
Even as they approached lap traffic on the 23rd lap
the hard-fought battle went on. Strunk edged ahead, but Von Dohren was in front
as the pair crossed the line.
VonDohren held off all of Strunk’s constant attempts
to pull into victory lane for his 90th Saturday night career win followed
closely by Strunk, Laubach, DeSantis and Ressler. Frank Cozze, Doug Manmiller,
Willman, Smith and Ryan Grim, Cargo Trailer product certificate recipient,
rounded out the top ten.
Esposito, Willman and Ressler won the heats. The consi
was won by Jon Kellner, Sr.
The Firecracker 40 Late Model feature took several
attempts to get a lap in, but once it started Steve Butler was the
On the second lap John Giesler got out of shape on the
backstretch, continued, but Kory Fleming, who awarded several bicycles to
children in the grandstands earlier in the evening, and Dan Green made contact
and were out of action. The restart saw Butler spin in front of the pack in the
first turn and also eliminated Ron Kline, Giesler and Sam Schlosberg, who had
nowhere to go. The turn of events now put Bill Henning at the head of the pack
with Wayne Pfeil, Stoudt, Egrie and Merkel in tow.
Stoudt charged into the lead on the seventh lap and
immediately began distancing himself since in three laps he had a straightaway
lead built up while the battle for second through fifth
By the Dan’s Deli ½-way leader mark, the order chasing
Stoudt, in the midst of lapped traffic, consisted of Merkel, Egrie, Pfeil and
No more cautions occurred to allow the others to close
in and Stoudt was in the winner’s circle followed by Merkel and Egrie, the only
ones not lapped. Jason Miller, last week’s feature winner was fourth followed by
Pfeil, Chuck Schutz, Rick Todorow, Cargo Trailer product award recipient; Joe
Fanelli and Henning.
Kline and Pfeil won the
Mike Lisowski was the early leader of the Sportsman
feature while Dave Bartram, Jason Neidlinger, Joe Funk III and Ron Krex diced
By the Dan’s Deli ½-way mark the order behind Lisowski
was now comprised of Funk III, Craig Whitmoyer, Brett Kressley and Brian
With five laps to go and Lisowski still in command,
Umbenhauer made his way into the brunt of the battle, overtook second on the
22nd lap and set his goal at passing Lisowski who was in lap
Umbenhauer took over first when Lisowski got caught
behind lapped car and went on to claim the win. Finishing second was Lisowski,
for his best run of the season; Kressley, Funk III and Hirthler. Rounding out
the top ten were Kenny Gilmore, Paul Kline, Guy Germano, Jim Housworth, Cargo
Trailer product certiciate recipient and Ken Eckert
Funk III, Lisowski and Germano won the heats. The
consi went to Ryan Lilick.