VONDOHREN, SNYDER AND READINGER SHARE VICTORY LANE HONORS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
(Track Press Release) Bechtelsville, PA May 2, 2010 . . . “I didn’t think it was ever going to end,” was the comment of Craig VonDohren in Victory Lane at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night after winning the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modified feature. The early laps of the race saw the caution flying often but the second half turned into quite a battle between winner VonDohren and second place finisher Kevin Hirthler.
May 1, 2010 Video Highlights
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358 Modifieds Feature Highlights
Chris Gambler 358 Modified Heat Race Flip
Late Models Feature Highlights
Sidewinders Feature Highlights
In the Late Model feature Danny Snyder showed his rear bumper to the 24 car starting field leading all 20-laps to pick up his first win of the season. And ARDC midget standout Tracy Readinger went to the front with six laps completed in the 20-lap feature for the Sidewinder Sprints and led the rest of the way to claim the victory.
After four Saturday night events for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds and the Late Models there have been no repeat feature winners.
Jeremy Banos led the 30-car starting field to the green flag but veteran racer Jon Kellner Sr. was quick to put his Banes Roofing No. 20 in front of the pack. Several cautions hampered the race progress during the early laps with Kellner Sr. able to hold on to the top spot with three laps in the record book.
On a restart after a sixth lap caution Kevin Hirthler, coming from 10th starting spot, was able to put the Four Star Lettering No. 117 in front of the surviving field of Modifieds. Early leader Kellner limped to the pits with mechanical problems.
At the midway point Craig VonDorhen, coming from 12th with the Felty Farms No. 1C, was right on the rear of Hirthler and the two staged a fan pleasing battle for the top spot. With two thirds of the feature in the record book VonDohren went to the front and held the top spot until the checkered flag fell picking up the $2,200 first place money. For the Boyertown racer it was his first win of the season and his 71st career victory at the Berks County clay oval. Second spot went to Kevin Hirthler (Bechtelsville) followed by defending champion Jeff Strunk (Mohnton) who had come from 20th starting spot. Ryan Godown (Ringoes, NJ) finished fourth after starting 25th and Duane Howard (Oley) came home fifth from 17th starting spot.
In the Late Model feature, 20 laps on the one-third-mile, clay oval, Green Lane’s Danny Snyder was able to but the 3STARZ Landscaping No. 4s in front of the 24 car starting field and led all the laps to grab the victory. The ride to victory saw Snyder fending off efforts by Randall Paxton, seeking his first career win at Grandview, to grab the top spot early in the race and then in the late laps held off Randy Stoudt. At the finish Snyder had a comfortable margin of victory. Stoudt (Pottstown) finished second followed by Randall Paxton. Fourth place went to Brian Shuey (Shoemakersville) and Rick Todorow (Quakertown).
The race night for the NASCAR Modifieds kicked off their participation in the new American Racer Tire East Coast Modified Cup point program. Racers that participate are in a position to share in the more than $100,000 in cash and awards bring posted by American Racer Tires. In a special drawing Modified racer Bobby Gunther Walsh won an American Racer tire.
Qualifying heat races, 12 laps for the 358 Modifieds, were won by Jeremy Banos, Craig VonDohren, Jordan Umbenhauer and Kevin Hirthler. Modified consolation races, 10 lap events moving the top four finishers to the feature, were won by Ray Swinehart and Shawn Reimert. Late Model qualifiers, 8 laps each, went to Ron Kline, Mike Kellner and Randy Stoudt while the consolation race, also 8 laps, was won by Kyle Merkel.
The battle for the championships, some of the top performers unable to win so far, at Grandview Speedway continue on Saturday, May 8th at 7:30 p.m. when the NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modifieds and Late Models are in action. The night is sponsored by Auto Locator Magazine and the first 200 paying adults that go through the front gate will receive a free Pocono Raceway ARCA race ticket.
30-LAP NASCAR 358 MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH: 1. Craig VonDohren 2. Kevin Hirthler 3. Jeff Strunk 4. Ryan Godown 5. Duane Howard 6. Meme DeSantis 7. Shawn Reimert 8. Mike Gular 9. Danny Erb 10. Jordan Umbenhauer 11. Sean Merkel 12. Keith Brightbill 13. Doug Manmiller 14. Jon Kellner Jr. 15. Terry Meitzler 16. Addison Meitzler 17. Billy Pauch Jr. 18. Chris Esposito 19. Jeremy Banos 20. Todd Smith 21. Kyle Follweiler 22. Bob Lilick Jr. 23. Ron Seltman 24. Jason Hamilton 25. John Willman 26. Jon Kellner Sr. 27. Kevin Albert Jr. 28. Ray Swinehart 29. A.J. DeSantis 30. Ryan Grim
20-LAP NASCAR LATE MODEL FEATURE FINISH: 1.Danny Snyder 2. Randy Stoudt 3. Randall Paxton 4. Brian Shuey 5. Rick Todorow 6. Chuck Schutz 7. John Giesler 8. Mike Kellner 9. Wayne Pfeil Jr. 10. Kyle Merkel 11. Bill Henning 12. Ron Kline 13. Doug Walton 14. Nate Christman 15. Kurt Spotts 16. T.J. Mayberry 17. Ron Coverly 18. Kory Fleming 19. D.D. Keely 20. John Favinger 21. Greg Hoffmaster 22. Jim Stoudt 23. George Marrero Jr. 24. Dirk Rimrott.
20-LAP SIDEWINDER SPRINT FEATURE FINISH: 1. Tracy Readinger 2. Mark Strickler 3. Mike Dicely 4. Mike Kiser 5. D.J. Montgomery 6. Don Harvey 7. Keith Ford 8. Danny Wykes 9. Mike Pychinka 10.Gary Funck