Date: 7/26/2015 9:20:06 AM


Promoter Bruce Rogers @610.754.7688 – Media Contact Ernie Saxton or 267.934.7286

Race results written by Vicki Gehris with additions by Ernie Saxton

For Immediate Release Please With Our Thanks.




BECHTELSVILLE, PA. July 26, 2015 . . .Duane Howard and the Atlas Paving Petruska No. 66 358 Modified had last visited the winner’s circle at Grandview Speedway on April 18th. Since that time the group fought through a tough May and June. The past two Saturday nights were better for the five time point champion as he finished third and second. It appears that they may have overcome the obstacles that stood in their way. Howard picked an appropriate time to score his third win of the season grabbing the top spot Saturday night in the 30-lap T.P. Trailers NASCAR Whelen Modified feature since Atlas Paving was also the night’s race sponsor.

Chuck Schutz, the current Late Model point leader, sidelined from the 25-lap BRC Late Model feature after being involved in an on track accident last week, turned the tables around for a change of luck. In a drag-race to the finish line with Dave Ogin. Schutz took the win by a narrow margin of 0.0554 for his third win of the season.

For the second week in a row Brandon Whitmoyer lost the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature at the checkered. This time it was Paul “The Dude” Kline that edged him out in a side-by-side winner take all finish as the pair swapped paint at the finish. It was a tough loss for Whitmoyer as it appeared he was on his way to his first career win at the track only to be denied.

All three feature winners received monetary awards from T.P. Trailers and race products from VP Racing Fuels providing they ran gas and met the necessary requirements.

On Tuesday, July 28th, 7:30 p.m. the NAPA Auto Stores Thunder on the Hill Series features the always exciting 410 Sprint racers and the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds in an action packed doubleheader. Adult admission is $25, youngsters pay $10 and kids 6 and under are admitted FREE. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. There is a Thursday, July 30th rain date in place.

              Saturday, August 1st will be WNPV-1440AM Radio Night at Grandview. Three lucky people will win a pair of Grandstand tickets to the Verizon IndyCar ABC Supply 500 at Pocono on Sunday, August 23rd. Tickets valued at $130.00 pair.   One lucky winner will win a pair of Terrace Club tickets to the event, which includes pre-race pit/paddock access.  Pair valued at $500.00. Included in the night of racing will be the T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

              Fans are reminded to continue to participate in the Ingersoll Rand Texting Contest. From 11 a.m. each Saturday to 11 p.m. on Sunday fans are invited to text IRToolsGRV to 313131 to chance to win an IR prize pack.

Adult admission for the Saturday night events is $15 while youngsters under 12 are admitted free. Active military are admitted free with proper ID.

Mike Bailey overtook early leader Ron Seltmann Jr., a feature winner this year, for first on the third lap of the Modified feature to become the new pacesetter.

Action behind him heated up between Kyle Borror, Seltmann Jr, Todd Smith and Kevin Hirthler. Trying to get into the thick of things were Howard and Meme DeSantis.

A fourth turn spin by Jamie Speers brought the yellow out on the 12th lap. The restart was void since DeSantis was headed the wrong way in the second turn. The next attempt was null after current point leader Craig VonDohren found himself going the wrong direction against the backstretch boilerplate and had to be towed back to the pits. Bailey was still in the hot seat when action went green, as these were the only restarts, but now second through fifth consisted of Borror, Hirthler, Jeff Strunk and Smith. Frank Cozze and Howard battled for sixth.

Trying to reel Bailey in and claim a fourth win as Hirthler, who was a spectator last week after being sidelined with mechanical issues.

Howard, who started 14th, had the car dialed in and was thankful the track crew prepared the surface in a way to give two lanes and provided three-wide racing using the top line as a preference. He bid his time getting to the front and on the 26th lap Howard emerged into second to give Bailey a run for the money.

One lap later Howard was the new leader leaving Bailey, Hirthler, Strunk and Borror dice for the remaining positions.

Howard never looked back until he pulled into victory lane. Finishing second his best run of the year was Bailey. Coming in for the checkered Strunk inched out Hirthler for third and Hirthler had to settle for fourth despite a disagreement and discussion. Cozze came home fifth. Sixth through tenth were Borror, Don Norris Jr., Doug Manmiller, Jared Umbenhauer and Mike Laise.

Heat winners were Smith, Seltmann Jr. and Nate Christman. Ryan Grim picked up the consi win.

Steve Wilson led the first five laps of the caution-filled Late Model feature before last week’s feature winner Cory Merkel spun in the second turn. After two attempts to complete the next lap defending point champion Randy Stoudt was the new leader.

Stoudt’s lead didn’t last long since he spun in the second turn infield relinquishing the lead to teammate Dave Ogin.

Behind Ogin; Wilson, Schutz and Sean Merkel were caught up in a three-way battle for second with Kyle Merkel lurking and anticipating a slip-up by one of the front runners.

Just as Schutz passed Ogin for first, Lou Egrie Jr. spun in the second turn before the 13th lap could be scored putting Ogin back in first. Ogin held his line on the restart, but by now S. Merkel was second pressuring him.

Merkel just got past Ogin and a caution slowed the field. This time it was Wilson and once again Ogin was the leader.

Schutz took over second on the 15th lap to challenge Ogin on the outside groove.

The pair battled door handle-to-door handle without incident and the heated dual continued as the laps wound down.

With the checkered in Schutz’s sight after taking over first the previous lap, the race was far from decided.

Ogin gave it all he had, but fell short. Chasing them across were Egrie Jr., C. Merkel and Rick Todorow. Kory Fleming, Joe Fanelli, Bill Henning, Steve Gross and S. Merkel rounded out the top ten.

Gross and Henning won the heats.

B. Whitmoyer took the early lead at the onset of the Sportsman with Kyle Lilick, Kline, Ryan Shupp and Mike Lisowski in pursuit.

By the Dan’s Deli 1/2-way hoagie mark lap cars allowed the pack that now consisted of K. Lilick, Line, Lisowski and Brett Gilmore to close in on Whitmoyer.

The one and only yellow was displayed on the 22nd lap when Jim Housworth hit one of the infield tires and spun in the second turn. Whitmoyer stood firm on the restart and continued to lead with Kline trying feverishly to change the status.

Coming in for the checkered side-by-side Kline gave it one more try and pulled off the feat for his second triumph. Finishing a dejected second was B. Whitmoyer followed by current point leader Brett Kressley, K. Lilick and Lisowski. Kenny Gilmore, B. Gilmore, Craig Whitmoyer and Ryan Lilick, last week’s feature winner and Brad Brightbill completed the top ten.

Shupp, Kressley and B. Whitmoyer were the heat winners.


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

Atlas Paving BRC NASCAR Late Model Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Chuck Schutz, 2. Dave Ogin, 3. Lou Egrie Jr., 4. Cory Merkel, 5. Rick Todorow, 6. Kory Fleming, 7. Joe Fanelli, 8. Bill Henning, 9. Steve Gross, 10. Sean Merkel, 11. Kyle Merkel, 12. Randy Stoudt, 13. Devin Frey, 14. George Irwin, 15. Steve Wilson, 16. Wayne Pfeil, 17. Dan Green, 18. Dirk Rimrott, 19. Shawn Horning.

Atlas Paving NASCAR Sportsman Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Paul Kline, 2. Brandon Whitmoyer, 3. Brett Kressley, 4. Kyle Lilick, 5. Mike Lisowski, 6. Kenny Gilmore, 7. Brett Gilmore, 8. Craig Whitmoyer, 9. Ryan Lilick, 10. Brad Brightbill, 11. Brian Hirthler, 12. Jordan Henn, 13. Jason Neidlinger, 14. Brad Arnold, 15. Ryan Shupp, 16. Erik Renninger, 17. Dean Bachman, 18. Steve Young, 19. Lex Shive, 20. Jess Landis, 21. Jim Housworth, 22. Paul Effrig, 23. Ryan Beltz, 24. Nathan Mohr, 25. Mike Koffel. 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).


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 presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings for T.P. Trailers 358 Modifieds, $10,000 to win, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars.



* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are 

NASCAR point events.)

1. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA  #1C 3572**

2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 3505***

3. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #00 3366

4. Jeff Strunk,  Pottstown, PA  #88 3089*

5. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA  #44 2811*

6. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53/2 2758

7. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #5 2666

8. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA  #357/19 2651

9. Don Norris, Douglassville, PA  #976 2596

10. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA  #74W 2524

11. Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA  #22 2466

12. Kevin Hirthler,  Boyertown, PA  #117 2375***

13. Glenn Strunk, Bechtelsville, PA  #41 2368

14. Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA  #33 2319*

15. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA  #21K 2291*

16. Nate Christman, Oley, PA  #37 2109

17. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA  #357 1951

18. Mike Kellner, Lansdale, PA #A1/57 1827

19. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17 1820*

20. Kyle Borror,  Peach Bottom, PA  #B4 1813

21. Brian Houseknecht, Bechtelsville, PA  #323 1780

22. Jarred Miller, Barto, PA  #917 1749

23. Eric Biehn, Bechtelsville, PA  #87 1677

24. Mike Bailey, Kutztown, PA  #81 1403

25. Todd Smith, Hatfield, PA  #39 1262

26. Bobby Gunther Walsh, Allentown, PA  #1 1199

27. Ron Seltmann, Lower Pottsgrove,  #R19 1155*

28. Ryan Wyatt, Boyertown, PA  #14W 1111

29. Mike Laise, Pottstown, PA #15 1039

30. Ryan Kunkle, Fleetwood, PA  #77K 706



1. Chuck Schutz, Pottstown, PA  #1 3282***

2. Sean Merkel, Boyertown, PA  #118 2913*

3. Wayne Pfeil, Mohnton, PA  #72 2819**

4. Dan Green, Coatesville, PA  #46 2671

5. Kory Fleming, Milford, NJ  #704 2604**

6. Joe Fanelli, Exton, PA #22 2570

7. Dave Ogin, Bechtelsville, PA  #31/8M 2558

8. Rick Todorow, Quakertown, PA #93 2538

9. Cory Merkel, Gilbertsville, PA  #16 2348*

10. Lou Egrie Jr., Willow Grove, PA  #4E 2137

11. Bill Henning, Lansdale, PA  #80 1859

12. Steve Gross, West Chester, PA  #62 1783

13. Randy Stoudt,  Pottstown, PA  #5/10 1763***

14. Steve Wilson, Green Lane, PA #15 1452

15. John Giesler, Aston, PA  #ZT1 1384

16. Kyle Merkel, Boyertown, PA  #00 1243

17. Shawn Horning, Blandon, PA  #8M 768

18. Lou Egrie Sr., Willow Grove, PA  #X4 767*

19. Buddy Mertz, Boyertown, PA  #00 747

20. George Irwin, #2D 664



1. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 3036****

2. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA  #7 2753**

3. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA  #99 2536

4. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA  #4* 2487

5. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA  #77H 2486

6. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA  #00 2427*

7. Mike Lisowski,  Minersville, PA  #15 2417**

8. Brad Arnold,  Kenhorst, PA  #830 2381*

9. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA  #72 2220

10. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA  #142 2167*

11. Erik Renninger, Bridgewater, NJ  #51 2025

12. Ken Eckert, Orwigsburg, PA #29 1755

13. Jason Neidlinger,  Schuylkill Haven, PA  #88X 1700

14. Ryan Beltz, Barto, PA  #221 1648

15. Kyle Lilick, Collegeville, PA   #104 1364

16. Jeff Sechrist,  Robesonia, PA  #29G 1344*

17. Dean Bachman, Emmaus, PA  #65 1331

18. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA  #14J 1171

19. Paul Kline, Reading, PA  #1 1117**

20. Brandon Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA  #25 1115

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