RAY SWINEHART, MARK KEMMERER AND SEAN MERKEL EARN FIRST SEASON VICTORIES IN A.D.MYOYER LUMBER CO. NASCAR STOCK CAR ACTION AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. – All three NASCAR feature winners during the A.D. Moyer Lumber Night on Saturday at Grandview Speedway ended their winless streaks by claiming the victories in their respective feature. More than 80 racers took part in the racing action that was completed before 10:30 p.m.
Veteran campaigner and two-time Modified point champion Ray Swinehart struggled in the early portion of the season, but since he unveiled his new car it appears his luck changed. Despite being close on numerous occasions to pulling off the win in the 30-lap T.P. Trailers & Truck Equipment NASCAR 358 Modified feature, he couldn’t quite accomplish the feat. Taking advantage of the one and only restart to take first away from Skylar Sheriff, Swinehart was back in the winner’s circle – a place he was shut out of since June 13, 2015.
Sean Merkel, briefly returning to Late Model action at the 1/3-mile banked clay oval for a few weeks, led from start to finish to capture his first 25-lap NASCAR Late Model feature since April 2, 2016.
Mark Kemmerer, a bridesmaid the last time they raced, took the opportunity of the 19th lap caution in the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature to overtake Derrick Smith for the lead and was able to claim his first win of the year. The last time he won was August 9, 2017.
All feature winners received a monetary award from T.P. Trailers and product awards from V.P. Racing Fuel providing they met the necessary requirements. Swinehart, Merkel and Smith received the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie award.
Rookie racer Skylar Sheriff quickly took the early lead in the Modified feature and within no time he increased the distance between himself and Ray Swinehart, Ron Seltmann Jr., Bobby Gunther Walsh and John Willman, who jockeyed for the remaining positions.
A first turn ninth lap tangle between Seltmann Jr. and Frank Cozze brought out the yellow erasing Sheriff’s comfortable lead. On the restart Swinehart shot to the outside to put his self-owned/MVP No. 33 at the head of the pack.
By this time second through fifth behind him consisted of Sheriff, Willman, Ron Kline, another rookie and Kevin Hirthler.
On the 17th lap Willman finally cleared Sheriff for second after an eight-lap battle for the spot and took chase after Swinehart, who would soon encounter lap traffic.
Swinehart had to weave his way through the side-by-side slower traffic, who were also racing for positions as the laps wound down.
No one was able to reel Swinehart in to challenge him for the win as he continued on his way to career win number 29. Chasing him across the line for their season best finishes were Kline and Willman trailed by current point leader Mike Gular and K. Hirthler, another driver posting his best run.
Starting on the pole in the Late Model feature S. Merkel wasted no time leaving Wayne Pfeil, defending point champion Chuck Schutz and current point leader Danny Snyder, already feature winners this year and Brian Shuey in tow. Trying to break into the top five were brothers Kyle and Cory Merkel.
The pack regrouped with 18 laps completed when Bryon Sipe’s bad luck continued bringing him to a stop in the fourth turn and the yellow to come out. S. Merkel continued his pace, but the real battle was for the runner-up spot between Pfeil and Schutz with neither one giving in.
The top five remained the same the entire race with S. Merkel showing the way to victory. Pfeil, Schutz, Snyder and Shuey trailed.
Sportsman action saw young Nathan Mohr, winner of the Summer Splash 40 earlier this season, set the pace for one lap until Smith motored ahead on the second circuit.
While Smith led the way, Mohr, Kemmerer, current point leader Louden Reimert and Lex Shive were in the hunt for the remaining spots.
Kemmerer overtook Mohr for second on the ninth lap and the battle for the lead was on. Kemmerer made several attempts to pass Smith, but each try failed.
Kenny Bock spun in the third turn for the yellow on the 18th lap. On the restart Kemmerer, shut out of victory the past few weeks, became the new leader as Smith went a little too high off of turn four.
Once Kemmerer was in front he never looked back and continued to chalk up his third career win. Posting his best finish since he won August 26, 2017 was Smith followed by Reimert, Shive and Brad Grim.
Heats were won by Sean Weiss, Smith and Mohr. Kurt Bettler won the consi.
Kicking off August will be Checkered Flag Fan Club Night on Saturday, August 4th. Another tripleheader show of NASCAR stock car racing will be the attraction with the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds using the night to tune-up for the rich classic Pioneer Pole Buildings Forrest Rogers Memorial Classic set for Saturday, August 11th. The annual race, a 50-lapper for Modifieds paying $10,000 to the winner, is run to remember the man who had the idea for building the track and carried it through to create Grandview Speedway with the help of his son Bruce.
The Forrest Rogers Memorial is considered one of the most prestigious events to win and often attracts a bevy of visitors to try for the rich win. In addition the Late Models and Sportsman will be a part of the night of racing.
Admission for the August 11th special event is $25 for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 through 11 and FREE admission for those under 6.
Jersey Shore Grandview fan Jim Gilmore has posted $100 for the leader of lap number 18 in the Forrest Rogers Memorial in memory of the late Mike Bailey.
FULL FEATURE RACE RESULTS
A.D. Moyer Lumber NASCAR Modified Feature (30 Laps): 1. Ray Swinehart, 2. Ron Kline, 3. John Willman, 4. Mike Gular, 5. Kevin Hirthler, 6. Craig Von Dohren, 7. Duane Howard, 8. Jeff Strunk, 9. Steve Swinehart, 10. Skylar Sheriff, 11. Brett Gilmore, 12. Clay Butler, 13. Brett Kressley, 14. Kyle Weiss, 15. Frank Cozze, 16. Eric Biehn, 7. Ryan Lilick, 18. Jared Umbenhauer, 19. Doug Manmiller, 20. Danny Erb, 21. Bobby Gunther Walsh, 22. Justin Grim, 23. Dan Waisempacher, 24. Joe Fanelli, 25. Kenny Gilmore, 26. Chris Gambler, 27. Ron Seltmann Jr., 28. Jordan Henn, 29. Ryan Grim (provisional). DNQ: Bobby Trapper Jr., Ron Meyers, Meme DeSantis, Bobby Trapper, Brian Hirthler, Mark Kratz and Briggs Danner.
A.D. Moyer Lumber NASCAR Late Model Feature (20 Laps): 1. Sean Merkel, 2. Wayne Pfeil, 3. Chuck Schutz, 4. Danny Snyder, 5. Brian Shuey, 6. Steve Wilson, 7. Kyle Merkel, 8. Cory Merkel, 9. Dave Ogin, 10. Drew Weisser, 11. Steve Todorow, 12. Lou Egrie, 13. Shawn Horning, 14. Jordan Knepp, 15. Terry Snyder, 16. Bryon Sipe, 17. Dustin Fitzcharles, 18. Todd Ravel, 19. Dallas Breidenbach, 20. Patrick Robinson, 21. Dirk Rimrott.
A.D. Moyer Lumber NASCAR Sportsman Feature (25 Laps): 1. Mark Kemmerer, 2. Derrick Smith, 3. Louden Reimert, 4. Lex Shive, 5. Brad Grim, 6. Mike Lisowski, 7. Brad Arnold, 8. Kyle Lilick, 9. Nathan Mohr, 10. Kurt Bettler, 11. Dylan Swinehart, 12. Ken Eckert Jr., 13. Ryan Higgs, 14. Jack Butler, 15. Andy Clemmer, 16. B.J. Joly, 17. Steve Young, 18. Kenny Bock, 19. Brad Brightbill, 20. Ryan Beltz, 21. Craig Whitmoyer, 22. Jesse Landis, 23. Sean Weiss, 24. Joe Funk III. DNQ: Harry Landis, Blake Reber, Nate Klinger, Andrew Kreis, Nicho Flammer.
COMING EVENTS AS OF AUGUST 1
Saturday, August 4 Checkered Flag Fan Club Night - Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Saturday, August 11 Pioneer Pole Buildings Forrest Rogers Memorial 50 laps, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Saturday, August 18 T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman – (Rain date for Forrest Rogers Memorial)
Thursday, August 23 Thunder On The Hill Series – All Star Sprints and 358 Modifieds (NASCAR points)
Saturday, August 25 T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds, Late Models, Sportsman and Blast from the Past Vintage Racers – 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 1 Hatfield Quality Meats Night featuring T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds, Late Models, Sportsman and Blast from the Past Vintage Racers – 7:30 PM