Date: 7/19/2015 10:41:50 AM


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Race result story created by Vicki Gehris with additions by Ernie Saxton




BECHTELSVILLE, PA. July 19, 2015 . . .  Danny Erb, Cory Merkel and Ryan Lilick all scored season first victories on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway in each of their NASCAR stock car features during a night sponsored by Hatfield Quality Meats. For Merkel it was his second career feature win in the BRC Late Models and for Lilick he got his first career win in the Sportsman division. Feature races for the Blast from the Past Vintage racers had Dwayne Guistwite winning the 12-lap A Class event while Dave Smith took the honors in the B Class.

All three NASCAR feature winners received bonus bucks from T.P. Trailers and if they ran VP Fuels and met the necessary requirements received product awards.

              Atlas Paving Co. will be in the spotlight on Saturday, July 25th as the sponsor of a tripleheader NASCAR stock car racing show that will include the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. Racing action will get the green flag at 7:30 p.m.

The win in the NASCAR 358 Modified 30-lap feature was a very emotional victory for Erb, who returned to Modified racing full time this year with the support of former owner Terry Fastnacht, who also had health issues that sidelined him from racing many years. Many others helped the team return this year. Danny lost his father Mike, a former point champion and longtime campaigner who suffered health issues before he passed away in November. Erb, who finished a strong second the previous week, moved up a notch this time. His last win was June 2005, so this was certainly a long awaited, overdue and crowd-pleasing victory especially since he defeated runner-up Duane Howard by a narrow margin to become the ninth different T.P.Trailers Modified feature winner of the season.

              Mike Bailey led the 30-lap T.P. Trailers NASCAR Whelen Modified feature for one lap before Ryan Grim took over the reins.

Grim, who has one feature win to his credit this year and has suffered through his share of misfortunes, continued to be plagued by bad luck. He was sidelined with mechanical problems and relinquished the lead back to Bailey when the yellow was thrown for the one and only caution on lap six. Bailey continued his pace on the restart with pressure being applied by Ray Swinehart, Glenn Strunk, Erb and Howard.

While Swinehart chased down Bailey, Erb, G. Strunk and Howard had their own race going on for the remaining positions. At one time they were three-wide with neither one budging.

Swinehart and Erb shot into first and second respectively on the 18th lap. Swinehart’s lead was brief as Erb put the familiar No. 44 at the head of the pack the next time they circled around the 1/3-mile oval.

Lapped cars came into play in the closing stages of the event and some had a difficult time deciding if they wanted to stay to the inside and heed the move over flag or move up to the high groove. This indecisiveness caused heads up driving on the front runners’ part and even allowed Howard to close the margin on Erb.

Coming on strong toward the end of the race was Frank Cozze and he was gaining of the front two.

Erb withstood all of Howard’s move and went on to claim a well-deserved victory with Howard a close second. Cozze hung on for third to collect his season best finish trailed by Swinehart and Mike Kellner, who turned in his season best performance. Completing the top ten were Bailey, who also received the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie bonus; G. Strunk, Craig Von Dohren, Jeff Strunk and Mike Gular.

Kyle Borror, Swinehart and Cozze were the heat winners. The consi went to Brian Houseknecht.

In the 25-lap BRC NASCAR Late Model feature, Cory Merkel, the ’14 rookie, became the seventh different winner in the division and was chased across the line by veteran campaigner Rick Todorow.

Merkel overtook Bill Henning for the lead on the fourth lap restart needed when Drew Weisser spun in the second turn.

Battling for positions behind the youngest Merkel were Todorow, middle brother Kyle, Henning and Dan Green.

On the ninth lap current point leader Chuck Schutz, hit the first turn uke tire and shot into Steve Gross, Dave Ogin and Sean Merkel, the eldest of the racing Merkel brothers. Schutz, Ogin and Merkel were unfortunately out of competition for the night. C. Merkel motored away quickly on the restart to maintain the top spot.

Todorow, who last scored a win in 2007, gained some ground on Merkel by the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie mark to challenge him, but Merkel kept him at bay.

The lead never changed and Merkel pulled into victory lane for the second time in his career, the first one coming in his rookie outing. Finishing second through fourth for their best outings were Todorow, K. Merkel and Green. Last week’s feature winner Randy Stoudt was fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Kory Fleming, Wayne Pfeil, Steve Wilson, Joe Fanelli and Henning.

Heats were won by Stoudt and C. Merkel.

The 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature was a battle down to the wire between Brandon Whitmoyer and eventual winner Ryan Lilick, who after a side-by-side dual overtook him with two laps to go.

Rookie Paul Houseknecht was the early pacesetter at the onset followed by B. Whitmoyer, Dean Bachman, Erik Renninger and Jason Neidlinger.

Lap after lap Houseknecht and B. Whitmoyer were door handle to door handle with both determined to be the leader .Finally Whitmoyer succeeded in taking the lead from Houseknecht and was able to set the pace.

Craig Whitmoyer was spun in the fourth turn for the 14th lap caution. Before action resumed, Bachman, while running a solid third, had to pit with a flat tire. B. Whitmoyer was still first when action resumed, but now the competition was in the form of R. Lilick, Houseknecht, Kenny Gilmore and Brett Kressley.

The top five were running bumper-to-bumper and neither one was about to give any leeway.

With five laps to go K. Gilmore was spun creating the final yellow. The call was made on Kressley and he had to go to the tail end of the pack. It was still B. Whitmoyer first and Lilick stuck right with him.

With two laps to go Lilick made the pass on the top and emerged the new leader.

It was Lilick leading the rest of the way to victory lane with Whitmoyer a close second trailed by Jim Housworth, Brett Gilmore and Kevin Hirthler. Renninger, Brad Brightbill, Houseknecht, Jordan Henn and Ryan Beltz completed the top ten finishing order.

Mark Kemmerer, Housworth and K. Lilick were the heat winners. The consi winner was B. Gilmore.

T.P. Trailers NASCAR Hatfield Meats Modified Feature Finish (30 Laps): 1. Danny Erb, 2. Duane Howard, 3. Frank Cozze, 4. Ray Swinehart, 5. Mike Kellner, 6. Mike Bailey, 7. Glenn Strunk, 8. Craig Von Dohren, 9. Jeff Strunk, 10. Mike Gular, 11. Nate Christman, 12. Kyle Borror, 13. Doug Manmiller, 14. Kyle Weiss, 15. Jared Umbenhauer, 16. Billy Pauch Jr., 17. John Willman, 18. Tim Buckwalter, 19. Brian Houseknecht, 20. Ryan Grim, 21. Don Norris Jr., 22. Danny Bouc, 23. Ron Seltmann Jr., 24. Eric Biehn, 25. Bobby Gunther-Walsh, 26. Glenn Owens, 27. Ron Haring Jr. (alternate), 28. Meme DeSantis. DNS: Ryan Kunkle. DNQ: Mark Kratz.

Hatfield Meats BRC NASCAR Late Model Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Cory Merkel, 2. Rick Todorow, 3. Kyle Merkel, 4. Dan Green, 5. Randy Stoudt, 6. Kory Fleming, 7. Wayne Pfeil, 8. Steve Wilson, 9. Joe Fanelli, 10. Bill Henning, 11. Lou Egrie Jr., 12. Drew Weiser, 13. Steve Gross, 14. Chuck Schutz, 15. Dave Ogin, 16. Sean Merkel, 17. Tony Giglio.

Hatfield Meats NASCAR Sportsman Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Ryan Lilick, 2. Brandon Whitmoyer, 3. Jim Housworth, 4. Brett Gilmore, 5. Kevin Hirthler, 6. Erik Renninger, 7. Brad Brightbill, 8. Paul Houseknecht, 9. Jordan Henn, 10. Ryan Beltz, 11. Mike Lisowski, 12. Kenny Gilmore, 13. Brad Arnold, 14. Mark Kemmerer, 15. Paul Effrig, 16. Steve Young, 17. Brett Kressley, 18. Ryan Shupp, 19. Lex Shive, 20. Ken Eckert Jr., 21. Kyle Lilick, 22. Jason Neidlinger, 23. Dean Bachman, 24. Craig Whitmoyer. DNS: Sean Weiss.

Grandview Speedway, a one-third-mile, banked clay track, is located on Passmore Road just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. A full assortment of great concessions and novelty items are available. Free parking on the grounds. Fans are invited to the competition area after the events are completed to meet the racers. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at, Twitter@GrandviewSpeedway and along with rainout information).


Saturday, July 25, 7:30 p.m. Atlas Paving Night featuring the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars.

Tuesday, July 28, 7:30 p.m. NAPA Thunder on the Hill Series featuring 410 Sprints and NASCAR T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds (NASCAR points are awarded). Rain date July 30th 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 1, 7:30 p.m. WNPV-1440 AM Radio Night featuring NASCAR T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman.

Sunday, August 2, 1 p.m. Outlaw Enduros and Blast from the Past Vintage cars.

Saturday, August 8, 7:30 p.m. Forrest Rogers Memorial for T.P. Trailers 358 Modifieds, $10,000 to win, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. Adult admission is $25.

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