BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 12, 2003 . . . Two veterans and a newcomer visited victory lane at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Doug Manmiller of Wyomissing, PA drove the Works Restaurant/GMI First ...
BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 12, 2003 . . . Two veterans and a newcomer visited victory lane at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Doug Manmiller of Wyomissing, PA drove the Works Restaurant/GMI First #00 Modified to victory in the 30-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified race that had been curfewed the week previous. In the second 30-lapper for NASCAR Modifieds, sponsored by DEKA Batteries and 3M, the win went to multi-time champion Craig VonDohren of Oley, PA in the Devine Transport #70D Modified. And in the final event of the night newcomer Brian Shuey of Orefield, PA wheeled the unsponsored #5c Late Model to victory in the 20-lap main event for NASCAR Late Models.
Greg Humlhanz set the pace at the start of the first 30-lapper for NASCAR Modifieds having started in the number one spot. Veteran talent Tom Mayberry grabbed the top spot on the second circuit of the Berks County one-third-mile, clay banked oval. At the 14 lap marker Doug Manmiller had moved into the picture and was challenging Mayberry for the lead. And on a restart after a caution on the 14th lap Manmiller was able to take control and lead the rest of the way holding off a strong challenge by Kenny Gilmore in the closing laps.
At the finish Manmiller was in front for his second win of the season and picked up $2200 for his efforts. Second spot went to Kenny Gilmore of Fleetwood followed by Tom Mayberry (Sellersville), Randy Bailey (Kutztown) and Jeff Strunk (Bethel).
The second 30-lap feature for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modifieds saw Donny Erb lead the field to the green. After five laps and a caution restart (after an accident) Tom Mayberry was in front of the pack. At 18 laps Mayberry and Craig VonDohren, coming from 10th, battled for the top spot on a restart with VonDohren making a slick move in turn three to scoot under the leader.
The rest of the feature saw VonDohren set the pace but Jeff Strunk made quite a show of it with five laps to go. Strunk and VonDohren, competitors since they were kids, put on quite a show with Strunk pulling alongside of the leader a time or two but was not strong enough to grab the lead.
At the finish VonDohren was just a few feet in front of Strunk to earn the $2200 first place money. Strunk (Bethel) finished second and continues to be the point leader in the Modified division looking for his third track title. Third spot went to Kenny Gilmore (Fleetwood) followed by Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville) and Jon Kellner (Lansdale).
Newcomer Brian Shuey put his unsponsored #5c in front of the pack on the 6th lap after Buddy Wharton had lead the first five circuits of the 20-lap feature for NASCAR Late Models. Once in front Shuey was able to hold off the persistent Rick Todorow and the charging Jason Miller to grab the victory. It was his first career victory at Grandview and also was a first time victory for his car owners. Second spent went to Todorow (Quakertown) and Miller (New Tripoli) got third followed by Ron Kline (Salfordville) and Randy Stoudt (Pottstown).
Two consolation races from the previous week were completed for the Modifieds with wins going to Jon Kellner Jr and Barry Readinger. The Cash Dash was won by Jon Kellner Sr. and was worth $410.
The qualifying events for the modifieds leading up to the regular weekly feature were won by Doug Manmiller, Jon Kellner Sr., Jeff Strunk, Terry Meitzler and Randy Stoudt. Consolation events were won by Todd Marburger, John Willman and Todd Smith. The Cash Dash worth $420 was won by Terry Meitzler.
In Late Model qualifying events wins went to Chuck Schutz, BUDDY Wharton and John Durling while the consolation was won by Mike Steinmetz.
On Wednesday, July 16th, many of the top talents in dirt track modifieds and sprint car racing will be in action at Grandview Speedway as Bob Miller and Bruce Rogers present Big Show II. Racing will start at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 19th, racing action returns to the Berks County oval with Hatfield Quality Meats sponsoring the doubleheader show of NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modifieds and Late Models. At least 13 events of racing will be presented starting at 7:30 p.m. SMILEY the very popular Hatfield Meats mascot will be on hand to toss out t-shirts and shoot hot dogs (wrapped) into the stands.
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com.
NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series 30-lap Modified Feature (curfewed from July 5): Doug Manmiller, Kenny Gilmore, Tom Mayberry, Randy Bailey, Jeff Strunk, Ray Swinehart, Shawn Reimert, Jon Kellner Sr., Terry Meitzler, Craig VonDohren, Meme DeSantis, Kevin Hartnett, Donny Erb, Tracy Readinger, Cliff Quinn, Tom Pompei, Ben Hatt, Randy Stoudt, Jon Kellner Jr., Bobby Gunther Walsh, Steve Young, Greg Humlhanz, Glenn Strunk, Ryan Watt, Barry Readinger, Rick Schaffer, Mike Gular, Ryan Beltz.
DEKA BATTERIES/3M NIGHT 30-Lap Modified Feature: Craig VonDohren, Jeff Strunk, Kenny Gilmore, Ray Swinehart, Jon Kellner Sr., Tom Mayberry, Keith Brightbill, Meme DeSantis, Donny Erb, Doug Manmiller, Kyle Weiss, Kevin Hartnett, Mike Gular, Terry Meitzler, Ryan Watt, Tracy Readinger, Randy Bailey, Barry Readinger, John Willman, Rich Wisdo, Todd Marburger, Danny Erb, Shawn Reimert, Todd Smith, Glenn Owens, Tom Pompei, Mike Bailey, Glenn Strunk, Randy Stoudt.
DEKA BATTERIES/3M NIGHT 20-Lap Late Model Feature:Brian Shuey, Rick Todorow, Jason Miller, Ron Kline, Randy Stoudt, Buddy Wharton, Lou Egrie, Junior Grebe, Mike Steinmetz, John Geisler, Dean Stoudt, Bill Henning, Ron Chrisman, Dallas Breidenbach, Steve Sennott, Kelly Snyder, Dean Schaeffer, Chuck Schutz, Doug Walton, Terry Snyder, Mike Wunderlich, Larry Dise, Chris Shuey, John Durling, Steve Weikel, Steve Todorow.
CORRECTION/APOLOGY: In last week's Firecracker 40 finish, July 5, we listed Doug Hoffman in ninth finishing position for the Late Models. Everyone knows that Doug Hoffman does not race at Grandview on Saturday nights. I don't know why that name ended up in our results story. Doug Walton finished a strong ninth in the feature. We apologize for the error.