VonDohren Scores Sixth Forrest Rogers Memorial Victory, Stoudt and Weiss Are Also Grandview NASCAR Feature Winners

Date: 8/9/2015 10:23:06 AM


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Race results written by Vicki Gehris with additions from Ernie Saxton



VonDohren Scores Sixth Forrest Rogers Memorial Victory, Stoudt and Weiss Are Also Grandview NASCAR Feature Winners

          Latest point standings and coming event schedule

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. August 9, 2015 . . . Craig VonDohren, the current T.P. Trailers Modified point leader, behind the wheel of his K.L.Harring Transportation/Pioneer Pole Buildings sponsored No. 1C, made some daring moves to get to the front of the pack from his 14th starting berth in the 45th annual Forrest Rogers Memorial presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings 50-lap T.P. Trailers NASCAR Whelen Modified feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. The race also videotaped for future broadcast by RCN TV, Allentown. He put the Nick Gatto powered mount into second on the 19th lap and coming off the fourth turn dove underneath Eric Biehn to become the new leader. VonDohren dealt with heavy lapped traffic in the later stages that allowed to competition to close the gap, but he kept everyone at bay and went on to score his third win of the season and become the sixth winner of the event. In addition to the $10,000 payday he received a monetary award from T.P. Trailers, products from VP Fuel for running gas plus earned a guaranteed starting berth in the 45th Annual Freedom 76 on September 12 which offers $25,000 to the winner.

Randy Stoudt, the defending Late Model point champion, chalked up his fourth BRC NASCAR 20-lap feature as he finished ahead of current point leader Chuck Schutz.

In NASCAR Sportsman competition another new name was added to the winners list when Sean Weiss led from start to finish in the 25-lap event. His first career win didn’t come easily since he had to hold off all challengers before before claiming the top prize.

              Coming up on Saturday, August 15th will be the Henning Trains/Henning Motorsports Night with Lionel posting three Lionel “new state of the art” PRR train sets and some NASCAR 1:64 collectibles to be given out via a raffle for youngsters in the stands. And the “Lansdale Cannoneers Sportsman Club” will be tossing adult sized Henning Motorsports t-shirts with winners invited to victory lane for a quick photo session.

              Late Model driver Bill Henning will be celebrating his birthday and Henning Trains will be having an early 75th anniversary celebration. The Lansdale, PA based business will reach 75 officially in October.

              The night of racing will feature the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 11 and under are admitted free.

                             Ryan Kunkle led the Modified race for four laps before Biehn passed him on the fifth lap restart needed for a backstretch involving Doug Manmiller and Jordan Umbenhauer.

Behind Biehn the battle for positions brewed between Kunkle, Kyle Borror, Ryan Grim and Meme DeSantis.

Jared Umbenhauer brought out the 12th lap caution with a flat left rear tire. He quickly went pit side and rejoined the action. Biehn held his post when action resumed, but now pressure came from Kunkle, Borror, VonDohren and Grim.

The three-way battle for second between Kunkle, Borror and Von Dohren gave Biehn some breathing room. Waiting in the wings for a slip-up were Ray Swinehart, Grim and Jeff Strunk.

Once VonDohren broke free and overtook second his next mission was to pass Biehn.

The lead changed on lap 20 when VonDohren’s move underneath Biehn off turn four stuck and he was now the new pacesetter.

By the 28th lap VonDohren approached lap traffic and at this point was now trailed by Kunkle, Strunk, Duane Howard and Biehn.

J. Strunk, who started 15th, advanced to second on the 30th lap and set sail after VonDohren who by this time was in heavier lap traffic. This allowed Strunk to gain some ground, but by the 39th lap, 13th place starter Howard was third trying to get by Strunk.

The next yellow was for John Willman’s spin on the 43rd lap. It took two attempts to complete the next lap with VonDohren, Strunk, Howard, Grim and Danny Erb compili9ng the front five.

VonDohren, who “felt it was his turn tonight,” never surrendered the lead and went on to put  his mount in victory lane. Claiming second was Strunk followed by Howard, Grim, changing his luck finally and Erb. Taking an impressive sixth-place finish from 25th was 15-year old New York State visitor Tyler Dippel with Kunkle, Tim Buckwalter, Borror and Glenn Strunk sixth through tenth.

DeSantis, Ron Seltmann Jr. and J. Strunk won the heats. The consi winner was Mike Gular.

Late model action saw Drew Weisser take the early lead and set the pace for nine laps before Stoudt took over first.

The battle for positions behind Stoudt was an intense one between Devin Frey, Weisser, Lou Egrie Jr. and Steve Gross.

Frey, who was having one of his best runs, had misfortune strike and was out of contention on lap 15. Frey’s mishap put Egrie Jr. in a position to chase down Stoudt followed by Schutz, Weisser and Rick Todorow. Trying to break into the top five was Sean Merkel and by the 19th lap he advanced to fourth.

With two laps to go Egrie Jr. developed problems and pulled into the infield relinquishing the spot to Schutz.

Stoudt never looked back and was victorious once again followed across the line by Schutz, s. Merkel, Dave Ogin and Todorow. Rounding out the top ten were Kyle Merkel, Wayne Pfeil, Cory Merkel, Joe Fanelli and Weisser.

Gross and Egrie Jr. won the heats.

Weiss quickly motored to first on the initial start of the Sportsman feature ahead of Steve Young, Paul Houseknecht, Dean Bachman and Erik Renninger.

The red was thrown on the fourth lap when Brad Brightbill hit the first turn wall with heavy impact. Also involved were Jordan Henn and Joe Funk III. Brightbill was slightly shaken and through for the night, but the others could continue after a pit stop. Weiss held onto first on the restart with heavy pressure coming from Bachman, Jim Housworth, Renninger and Brandon Whitmoyer.

Ryan Beltz brought out the 15th lap yellow after he spun in the fourth turn. It was still Weiss first, but now Renninger took over second and was in hot pursuit of the lead.

Renninger had the opportunity at one point to pass Weiss, but had the door shut on him as Weiss was protecting the lead.

With one lap to go Renninger, having a solid second place run, spun in turn four for the final yellow. On the restart Weiss wasted no time moving out since Housworth was now second.

Weiss never gave up the top spot and went on to chalk up a well-deserved victory followed by Housworth, C. Whitmoyer, Bachman and B. Whitmoyer. Completing the top ten were Kyle Lilick, Kenny Gilmore, Henn, Brian Kressley and Ryan Shupp.

Heats were won by Weiss, Housworth and Young. Kyle Lilick was the consi winner.


Forrest Rogers Memorial/Pioneer Pole Buildings Modified Feature (50 Laps): 1. Craig Von Dohren, 2. Jeff Strunk, 3. Duane Howard, 4. Ryan Grim, 5. Danny Erb, 6. Tyler Dippel, 7. Ryan Kunkle, 8. Tim Buckwalter, 9. Kyle Borror, 10. Glenn Strunk, 11. Meme DeSantis, 12. Doug Manmiller, 13. John Willman, 14. Ryan Watt, 15. Don Norris Jr., 16. Eric Biehn, 17. Mike Gular, 18. Ray Swinehart, 19. Todd Smith, 20. Brian Houseknecht, 21. Ryan Anderson, 22. Frank Cozze, 23. Jordan Umbenhauer, 24. Jared Umbenhauer, 25. Kyle Weiss, 26. Kevin Hirthler, 27. Ron Seltmann Jr., 28. Nate Christman. DNQ: Chris Gambler, Bobby Gunther-Walsh, Ron Haring Jr., Dale Hartz, Mike Kellner, Mark Kratz and Glenn Owens.

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

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

Fans are reminded to continue to participate in the Ingersoll Rand Testing 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.

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 www.grandviewspeedway.com, Twitter@GrandviewSpeedway and www.facebook.com/grandviewspeedway along with Rainedout.com(for rainout information).


Saturday, August 15, 7:30 p.m Tripleheader show of T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman. Henning Trains/Henning Motorsports Night

Saturday, August 22, 7:30 p.m. RCN-TV Night along with Ingersoll Rand Tools promotion. NASCAR T.P. Trailers 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models, Sportsman and Blast from the Past Vintage Racing.

Sunday, August 23, 1 p.m. Outlaw Enduros and Blast from the Past Vintage racing.

Saturday, August 29, 7:30 p.m. Bernheisel Race Components Night with BRC Late Models in the spotlight along with T.P. Trailers 358 Modifieds and Sportsman.

Saturday, September 5, 7:30 p.m. Marshall Home Services Night, final point races, NASCAR T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman.

Sunday, September 6, 1 p.m. Outlaw Enduros and Blast from the Past Vintage racing.

Friday, September 11, 7:30 p.m. Race of Champions Sportsman and 305 Sprints

Saturday, September 12, 7 p.m. 45th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic, $25,000 to win plus Cash Dash. Rain date is Saturday, September 19th. Advance adult admission is $35, Race day adult admission is $40, youngsters 6-11 $10, kids under 6 admitted free.



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

NASCAR point events.)

1. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA  #1C 4157***

2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 4091***

3. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #00 3794

4. Jeff Strunk,  Pottstown, PA  #88 3699**

5. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA  #44 3304*

6. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53/2 3067

7. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #5/11 3007

8. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA  #357/19 2997

9. Don Norris, Douglassville, PA  #976 2977

10. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA  #74W 2801

11. Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA  #22 2702

12. Glenn Strunk, Bechtelsville, PA  #41 2687

13. Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA  #33 2652*

14. Kevin Hirthler,  Boyertown, PA  #117 2496***

15. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA  #357 2451

16. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA  #21K 2351*

17. Nate Christman, Oley, PA  #37 2322

18. Kyle Borror,  Peach Bottom, PA  #B4 2301

19. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17 2283*

20. Brian Houseknecht, Bechtelsville, PA  #323 2024

21. Eric Biehn, Bechtelsville, PA  #87 1914

22. Mike Kellner, Lansdale, PA #A1/57 1894

23. Jarred Miller, Barto, PA  #917 1749

24. Todd Smith, Hatfield, PA  #39 1555

25. Mike Bailey, Kutztown, PA  #81 1403

26. Ryan Wyatt, Boyertown, PA  #14W 1281

27. Bobby Gunther Walsh, Allentown, PA  #1 1209

28. Ron Seltmann, Lower Pottsgrove,  #R19 1205*

29. Mike Laise, Pottstown, PA #15 1189

30. Ryan Kunkle, Fleetwood, PA  #77K 752



1. Chuck Schutz, Pottstown, PA  #1 3782****

2. Sean Merkel, Boyertown, PA  #118 3322*

3. Wayne Pfeil, Mohnton, PA  #72 3242**

4. Dave Ogin, Bechtelsville, PA  #31/8M 3001

5. Dan Green, Coatesville, PA  #46 2988

6. Rick Todorow, Quakertown, PA #93 2960

7. Kory Fleming, Milford, NJ  #704 2952**

8. Joe Fanelli, Exton, PA #22 2898

9. Cory Merkel, Gilbertsville, PA  #16 2637*

10. Lou Egrie Jr., Willow Grove, PA  #4E 2513

11. Randy Stoudt,  Pottstown, PA  #5/10 2150****

12. Bill Henning, Lansdale, PA  #80 2143

13. Steve Gross, West Chester, PA  #62 2032

14. Steve Wilson, Green Lane, PA #15 1713

15. Kyle Merkel, Boyertown, PA  #00 1453

16. John Giesler, Aston, PA  #ZT1 1384

17. Shawn Horning, Blandon, PA  #8M 1004

18. Devin Frey, Myerstown, PA  #F62 868

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

20. Buddy Mertz, Boyertown, PA  #00 747



1. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 3377****

2. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA  #7 3148**

3. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA  #99 3003

4. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA  #77H 2832

5. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA  #00 2739*

6. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA  #4* 2707

7. Mike Lisowski,  Minersville, PA  #15 2704**

8. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA  #72 2507

9. Brad Arnold,  Kenhorst, PA  #830 2483*

10. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA  #142 2394*

11. Erik Renninger, Bridgewater, NJ  #51 2342

12. Ryan Beltz, Barto, PA  #221 2003

13. Jason Neidlinger,  Schuylkill Haven, PA  #88X 1900

14. Ken Eckert, Orwigsburg, PA #29 1755

15. Kyle Lilick, Collegeville, PA   #104 1649

16. Dean Bachman, Emmaus, PA  #65 1559

17. Brandon Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA  #25 1548

18. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA  #14J 1421

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

20. Ryan Schupp  #15R 1173

Also Feature Winners:  Paul Kline (2), Mark Kemmerer (1), Sean Weiss (1)

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