DON NORRIS AND RON KLINE WIN NASCAR FEATURE RACES AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY NIGHT
(Track Press Release) Bechtelsville, PA April 18, 2010 . . . On a night when many fans were wrapped in blankets to stay warm in what could only be described as bone-chilling cold weather Don Norris was able to drive the Limerick Diner No. 976 Modified to victory in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modified stock car feature race at Grandview Speedway. In the 20-lap main event for the Late Models, the Topless Truckin’ 20, Ron Kline was able to drive his self-owned ING Financial No. 3 to a win.
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“More or less Duane (Howard) had a run on me on the final lap,” said Norris in victory lane as he explained how he held off the challenge of point leader Howard in the final lap. “I shut the door on him. It was a great race.
“Duane was high and low trying to get me. This is a big deal for a small team with a limited budget.” Norris went on to thank all his sponsors.
The Douglassville racer started on the pole and held off the challenges of a number of drivers as he road to his second career win and picked up the $2,200 first place money.
Norris was challenged by Jon Kellner Jr. early and then had A.J. DeSantis trying to take the top spot. With two thirds of the race in the record books Kellner Jr. came back to challenge again but with five laps to go Duane Howard, coming from 15th starting spot in the 30 car field, was right on the rear bumper of the leader. Norris and Howard warmed up the hearty fans that turned out in the brutally cold weather with some great side by side action. Norris used the high groove to his advantage and Howard used the low groove. At the finish Norris had just a very narrow margin of victory in topping point leader Howard (Oley). Third spot went to Jon Kellner Jr. (Lansdale) and fourth was earned by Jon Kellner Sr. (Lansdale) while Tommy Scheetz Jr. (Boyertown) came home fifth. Norris was credited with leading all the laps.
“I started on the pole and if I didn’t win I should have kicked myself in the rear,” said past champion Ron Kline as he celebrated his 21st career win in Victory Lane.
Kline has had a lot of bad luck this season including last week when rear problems on his No. 3 ING Financial Late Model kept him from being able to start the feature race. This week everything seemed to go his way as he started in the pole position, in front of the 23 car starting field, and set the pace for the entire race leading every lap to grab the victory and pick up the increased first place prize money for the special Topless Truckin’s 20 feature. Kline, who calls Salford home, did run a topless Late Model as did the majority of the feature race starters. In fact four of the top five finishers ran topless.
Randall Paxton, not running topless, made a strong effort to grab first from Kline in the early laps but them seemed to settle in and ride to a strong second place finish. Third place went to past champion Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) followed by defending champion Brian Shuey (Shoemakersville) and Kurt Spotts (Pennsburg).
Late Model heat winners each earned $50 courtesy of Cheers Tavern and they were Ron Kline, John Favinger and Chuck Schutz. The Cash Dash featuring the second place finishers in the heat races was won by Brian Shuey earning $100.
In the 358 Modified qualifying heats the wins were earned by A.J. DeSantis, Tommy Scheetz Jr., Terry Meitzler and Jon Kellner Jr. The consolation races were won by Jeff Strunk and John Willman.
The Cargo Trailer Sales $50 gift certificates went to 10th place finishers Ron Coverly in the Late Model feature and Craig VonDohren in the 358 Modifieds.
Dan’s Deli had their Halfway Leaders Awards going to Ron Kline in the Late Models and Don Norris in the Modifieds.
Auto Locator magazine sponsors the Saturday, April 24th events at Grandview Speedway. The doubleheader show starts at 7 p.m. featuring Late Models and 358 Modifieds. Sidewinders will be added to the May 1st show and will use a 7:30 p.m. starting time that will be in place right on up to the September 18th BPG Racing Freedom 76 Classic.
A special advertising opportunity is available for businesses, race teams or fans wishing to advertise in the Grandview Groove track magazine. Business card size ads for new advertisers are priced at just $150 and will run for the balance of the season.
Reasonably priced opportunities to market through motorsports at Grandview Speedway are available by contacting Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. at 215.752.7797. A color brochure outlining all the opportunities is available upon request.
Grandview Speedway is located at 43 Passmore Road in Bechtelsville, PA, just a short distance off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com.
30-LAP NASCAR 358 MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH: 1. Don Norris 2. Duane Howard 3. Jon Kellner Jr. 4. Jon Kellner Sr. 5. Tommy Scheetz Jr. 6. Ryan Godown 7. Terry Meitzler 8. Doug Manmiller 9. Jeff Strunk 10. Craig VonDohren 11. Ray Swinehart 12. A.J. DeSantis 13. Kevin Hirthler 14. Mike Gular 15. John Willman 16. Chris Esposito 17. Billy Pauch Jr. 18. Shawn Reimert 19. Sean Merkel 20. Jason Hamilton 21. Todd Marburger 22. Troy Wink 23. Todd Smith 24. Ryan Grim 25. Addison Meitzler 26. Meme DeSantis 27. Jason Smythe 28. Danny Erb 29. Ron Seltman 30. Jeff Sechrist
20-LAP NASCAR TOPLESS TRUCKIN’ LATE MODEL FEATURE FINISH: 1. Ron Kline 2. Randall Paxton 3. Chuck Schutz 4. Brian Shuey 5. Kurt Spotts 6. John Favinger 7. Doug Walton 8. Rick Todorow 9. Bill Henning 10. Ron Coverly 11. Greg Hoffmaster 12. Mike Kellner 13. D.D. Keely 14. Nate Christman 15. Randy Stoudt 16. Jamie Undercoffler 17. George Marrero Jr. 18. TJ Mayberry 19. Jim Stoudt 20. Dirk Rimott 21. Danny Snyder 22. John Giesler 23. Buddy Mertz