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Saturday, April 13, 7 p.m. NASCAR 358 Modifieds (Twin 35 lap features),Sportsman and Late Models. $20 adult admission, $5 for youngsters 6 through 12and under 6 are admitted FREE.
Sunday, April 14, 1 p.m. Outlaw Enduro Racing along with Blast from the PastVintage Cars.
Saturday, April 20, 7 p.m. NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman
Saturday, April 27, 7 p.m. NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman
Saturday, May 4, 7:30 p.m. NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models andSportsman
Starting time for balance of season starting on May 4th will be 7:30 p.m withspectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. for Saturday night events.
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DESANTIS, KELLNER ANDUMBENHAUER WIN NASCAR FEATURES AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA APRIL7, 2013 . . . The weather may have been cold but the on track action was hotand enough to keep the large turnout of fans in the grandstands very warm. ________________________________________________________________________
Veteran dirt track Modified racer Meme DeSantis charged to victory in the30-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series 30 lap Modified main event atGrandview Speedway on Saturday night holding off the late race challenge ofdefending track champion Duane Howard. In the 25-lapper for NASCAR Late ModelsMike Kellner took home the top prize and it was defending champion JaredUmbenhauer taking the win in the 25-lap Sportsman feature race.
Don Norris Jr. set the early pace in the Modified feature race but wasquickly challenged by DeSantis. A three car battle for the win had fans on theedge of their seat as Howard joined the action. At the 18 lap marker Howardtook control but just five laps later DeSantis went to the front after somerubbing with Howard in the second turn. DeSantis held the top spot for thebalance of the race with Howard grabbing second followed by Norris, Jeff Strunkand Ryan Grim.
A multi car accident got the Late Model feature going with Mike Kellnergetting top spot when the race really got going. Kellner and Wayne Pfeil put onquite a battle for the top spot. At the 18 lap marker Pfeil challenged Kellnerand ended up get sideways and losing a couple of spots. Kellner went on toclaim the win followed by Sean Merkel, Pfeil, Jason Miller and Bill Henning.
Jared Umbenhauer set the pace for all but two of the 25 laps in theSportsman feature and was able to hold off Brad Brightbill to claim the openingnight Sportsman feature win. Second went to Brightbill followed by Kevin Beach,Craig Whitmoyer and Kyle Borror.
Twin features, 35 laps each, will have the 358 Modifieds in the spotlightas they race for $3250 to win in each feature on Saturday, April 13, 7 p.m..The Sportsman and Late Models will also have a full series of qualifying eventstopped by 25 lap features. Racing gets the green at 7 p.m. Adult admission willbe $20 for this special event while youngsters 6 through 12 pay just $5 andkids under 6 are admitted free.
DESANTIS, M.KELLNER AND UMBENHAUER WIN OPENING NIGHT NASCAR FEATURES ATGRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 7,2013 . . . Dirt track legend Meme DeSantis showed that he is looking to be aserious contender for the lucrative championship at Grandview Speedway winningthe opening night 30-lap feature for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358Modifieds Saturday night. Mike Kellner, a consistent winner at theone-third-mile, banked clay track, kicked off his season with a win in the 25lap Late Model feature while Jared Umbenhauer started defense of his 2012Sportsman title by leading almost all the laps to win the 25 lap main event forthe Sportsman racers.
Don Norris Jr. was quick to set the pace at the drop of the green flagfor the 30-lap NASCAR 358 Modified feature with Kyle Weiss close behind. Withsix laps in the record book Weiss went a little wide as he was challenged andgave second to hard charging Meme DeSantis. At the halfway mark it was a threecar battle for the number one spot featuring Norris, DeSantis and now defendingModified champion Duane Howard. At 18 laps Howard, now second, was able to takethe top spot by “rubbing” past Norris.
With 22 laps completed Doug Manmiller, who had been running in the topfive for much of the race, hit the fourth turn wall hard. Manmiller climbed outof his car pointing his finger at Howard apparently blaming him for an earlierincident that had Manmiller bouncing off the wall going into Turn 3 and,perhaps, damaging his car and leading to the hard crash.
One lap later DeSantis got wide in Turn 2 while taking the top spot fromHoward bouncing the defending champion off the wall. Howard was able tomaintain control and charge after DeSantis.
The final laps had DeSantis, who calls Temple, PA home, holding on to thelead and holding off a strong late race challenge from Howard (Oley). Norris(Douglassville) was able to grab third followed by nine time track championJeff Strunk (Boyertown) making a late race charge. Ryan Grim (Laury’s Station)had a strong effort grabbing fifth in the final standings.
In victory lane DeSantis, coming off a difficult season that actually hadrumors floating around during the off season that he would not be racing atGrandview this season, brought quite a reaction from the large fan turnout on avery cold night when he responded to a question from the victory laneannouncer. DeSantis indicated that he did not feel bad about the contact withHoward that got him the lead.
The victory earned DeSantis $2750 for his winning efforts with theIn-Home Oxygen/Dino’s Wings & Things sponsored #88D. $250 of the winner’smoney coming from the TP Trailers of Limerick bonus bucks given to the featurewinner provided TP decals are both sides of the car and clearly visible.
A multi-car accident in the first turn shortly after the green flag wasdisplayed eliminated a couple of the top performers in the 25-lap Late Modelfeature. On the restart after the caution Mike Kellner went to the front andthat is where he and his Power Washer/Mary Kay #57 stayed until the checkeredflag was displayed.
With seven laps remaining Wayne Pfeil, who had challenged the leader formost of the race, made a run for the top spot but got sideways in Turn 2 losinga couple of spots.
At the finish Kellner (Lansdale) was able to hold off a fast closing SeanMerkel (Gilbertsville) to get the victory. Pfeil (Mohnton) was able to hold onfor a third place finish followed by Jason Miller (New Tripoli) and BillHenning (Lansdale).
Defending Late Model champion Chuck Schutz had to climb into a borrowedcar (Buddy Mertz’ s #00) and start last in the feature race. He managed to comehome with a 10th place finish.
Jared Umbenhauer (Richland) showed that he is serious about winning hissecond straight Sportsman title as he lead all but two of the laps in thedriving the Eastern Rigging #5 to victory in the 25 lap Sportsman main event.The win was his second of the weekend having also earned a victory with theSportsman at Big Diamond Speedway.
Brad Brightbill (Sinking Spring) challenged Umbenhauer for much of therace and even managed to lead for two laps but had to settle for second. KevinBeach (Minersville) came home third followed by a hard charging Craig Whitmoyer(Hamburg) and Kyle Borror (Peach Bottom).
Both the Late Model and Sportsman feature winners earned $100 bonusesfrom TP Trailers of Limerick.
Qualifying heat races for the Late Models went to Mike Kellner and BillHenning. In the Sportsman qualifying heats were earned by Jared Umbenhauer, BradBrightbill and Kaitie McCardle. Heat races for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds werewon by Kyle Weiss, Don Norris Jr., Meme DeSantis and Doug Manmiller.Consolation races for Modifieds were won by Craig VonDohren and Jon Kellner Sr.The Sportsman consolation went to Erik Renninger.
The Modified Hard Charger award sponsored by Bobby Gunther Walsh and hissponsors went to Kevin Hirthler charging from 27th to finish 11th. Searock LawnCare’s Sportsman Hard Charger went to Joe Fanelli going from last starting spotto 12th in the final finish and the Jeff Teets’ Salvage Transport Late ModelHard Charger award went to Chuck Schutz going from 20th to 10th.
The Dan’s Deli Halfway Leader awards were earned by Don Norris Jr. in theModifieds, Mike Kellner in the Late Models and Jared Umbenhauer in theSportsman.
Cargo Trailer Sales had $50 gift certificates for 10th place finishersFrank Cozze in the Modified feature, Kirby Sites in the Sportsman main eventand Chuck Schutz in the Late Model feature.
Coming up this Saturday, April 13th, 7 p.m. is double 35-lap features forthe 358 Modifieds. Each feature will pay $3250 to the winner provided thewinner has the TP Trailers decal clearly visible on both sides of the race car.No decal means the first place money will be $3000. The Sportsman and LateModels will also see action with a full slate of qualifying events topped offby 25-lap features. Each of those feature winners gets a $100 TP Trailers bonusif the decals are in place. Adult admission is $20 while kids 6 through 12 payjust $5 and under 6 are admitted free.
A full color brochure outlining the marketing opportunities available atGrandview Speedway, along with pricing, can be had by emailing Ernie Saxton at Esaxton144@aol.com or telephone215.752.7797.
Information on racing at Grandview Speedway can be had by checking in at www.grandviewspeedway.com ortelephone 610.754.7688. In addition the official Grandview Speedway Facebookpage can be found at www.facebook.com/grandviewspeedwayincor check in on Twitter at @gviewspeedway.
NASCAR WHELEN ALL AMERICAN SERIES 358 MODIFIED FEATURE - 30 LAPS: 1.MemeDeSantis 2. Duane Howard 3. Don Norris Jr. 4. Jeff Strunk 5. Ryan Grim 6. CraigVonDohren 7. Kyle Weiss 8. Jordan Umbenhauer 9. John Willman 10. Frank Cozze11. Kevin Hirthler 12. Glenn Strunk 13. Mike Gular 14. Todd Smith 15. AddisonMeitzler 16. Mike Laise 17. Ron Seltman 18. Tim Buckwalter 19. Jon Kellner Jr.20. Dan Waisempacher 21. Brian Houseknecht 22. Nate Christman 23. DougManmiller 24.Shawn Reimert 25. Ray Swinehart 26. Andy Ressler 27. TerryMeitzler 28. Jon Kellner Sr.
NASCAR LATE MODELFEATURE - 25 LAPS: 1. Mike Kellner 2. Sean Merkel 3. Wayne Pfeil 4. JasonMiller 5. Bill Henning 6. Doug Walton 7. Lou Egrie Sr. 8.Kory Fleming 9. DanGreen 10. Chuck Schutz 11.John Giesler 12. Dirk Rimrott 13. Kyle Merkel 14.Steve Butler 15. Lee Miller 16.Rick Todorow 17.Danny Snyder 18. Steve Todorow19. Steve Nederostek 20. Drew Weisser
NASCAR SPORTSMAN FEATURE- 25 LAPS:1.Jared Umbernhauer 2. Brad Brightbill 3. Kevin Beach 4. CraigWhitmoyer 5. Kyle Borror 6.Kenny Gilmore 7. Paul Kline 8.John Kovatch IV 9.Katie McCardle 10. Kirby Sites 11. Dean Bachman 12. Joe Fanelli 13. BrianHirthler 14.Brandon Whitmoyer 15. Mike Lisowski 16. Steve Young 17. JamieUndercoffler 18. Erik Renninger 19. Scott Davis Jr. 20. Chuck Miller 21. JordanHenn 22. Joe Funk 23. Brett Kressley 24. Steve Searock
UNOFFICIAL POINTSTANDINGS FOR NASCAR MODIFIEDS AS OF APRIL 6, 2013
1. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA #88D 310*
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #4 299
3. Don Norris, Douglassville, PA #976 290
4. Jeff Strunk, Bechtelsville, PA #4* 276
5. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17 268
6. Craig VonDohren, Boyertown, PA #1C 255
7. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA #21K 250
8. Jordan Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19 238
9. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA #74W 229
10. Frank Cozze, #357 216
11. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA #117 202
12. Glenn Strunk, Bechtelsville, PA #2 197
13. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53 184
14. Todd Smith, Hatfield, PA #39 178
15. Addison Meitzler, Kutztown, PA #21 169
16. Mike Laise, Pottstown, PA #15 159
17. Ron Seltmann, Lower Pottsgrove,PA #R19 148
18. Tim Buckwalter, #91 137
19. Jon Kellner Jr., Lansdale, PA #67 123
20. Dan Waisempacher, #01 114
21. Brian Houseknecht, #323 107
22. Nate Christman, Oley, PA #37 96
23. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46 90
24. Shawn Reimert, Oley, PA #58S 73
25. Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA #33R 67
26. Andy Ressler, Bechtelsville, PA #10 56
27. Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, PA #81 42
28. Jon Kellner Sr., Lansdale, PA #41 35
UNOFFICIAL POINTSTANDINGS FOR NASCAR LATE MODELS AS OF APRIL 6, 2013* denotes feature win(Feature wins listed are only those that are NASCAR point events.)
1. Mike Kellner, Lansdale, PA #57 310*
2. Sean Merkel, Gilbertsville, PA #118 297
3. Wayne Pfeil Jr., Mohnton, PA #72 289
4. Jason Miller, New Tripoli PA #44 275
5. Bill Henning, Lansdale, PA #80 270
6. Doug Walton, Spring City, PA #02 258
7. Lou Egrie, Sr. Willow Grove, PA #X4 248
8. Kory Fleming, Milford, NJ, #704 236
9. Dan Green, #46 220
10. Chuck Schutz, Pottstown, PA #00 210
11. John Giesler, Aston, PA #ZT1 204
12. Dirk Rimrott, Phoenixville, PA #92 190
13. Kyle Merkel, #117 180
14. Steve Butler, Quakertown, PA , #91 173
15. Lee Miller, New Tripoli, PA #56 163
16. Rick Todorow, Quakertown, PA #93 154
17. Danny Snyder, Green Lane, PA #4S 149
18. Steve Todorow Quakertown, PA #83 137
19. Steve Nederostek, Walnutport, PA #769 126
20. Drew Weisser, Reading, PA #19 115
UNOFFICIAL POINTSTANDINGS FOR NASCAR SPORTSMAN AS OF APRIL 6, 2013
1. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #5 310*
2. Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA #19 300
3. Kevin Beach, Minersville, PA #17X 289
4. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 277
5. Kyle Borror, Peach Bottom, PA #B4 267
6. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 258
7. Paul Kline, Muhlenberg, PA #14 246
8. John Kovatch IV, Nesquehoning, PA #IV 236
9. Kaitie McCardle, Honeybrook, PA #11 230
10. Kirby Sites #21K 217
11. Dean Bachman, #65 206
12. Joe Fanelli #22 192
13. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4* 189
14. Brandon Whitmoyer, # 99X 174
15. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 165
16. Steve Young, Collegeville, PA #187 159
17. Jamie Undercoffler #1J 143
18. Eric Renninger, Bridgewater, NJ #51 135
19. Scott Davis Jr. #67 125
20. Chuck Miller #53M 112
*denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are NASCAR point events.)