HOWARD, KLINE AND JARED UMBENHAUER WIN OPENING NIGHT FEATURES AT GRANDVIEWBy
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Saturday, April 14, 7 p.m. 50th Anniversary Special - Triple 50 Features for NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman. $25 for adult admission, youngsters 12 and under $5.
Saturday, April 21, 7 p.m. NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman
Sunday, April 22, 2 p.m. Sunday Small Car Series featuring 600 and 270 Micros, Slingshots and 600 Modifieds
Saturday, April 28, 7 p.m. NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman
Sunday, April 29, 1 p.m. NEETS Enduros and Blast from the Past Vintage Stock
Admission prices for regular Saturday night events are $15 for adults, youngsters 12 and under are admitted FREE. And there is always Free parking on the speedway grounds.
Saturday, May 5, switch to 7:30 p.m. starting times, NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman. 7:30 p.m. is new starting time for balance of the season.
HOWARD, KLINE AND JARED UMBENHAUER WIN AT GRANDVIEW
BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 8, 2012. . . Three drivers put their names in the history book at Grandview Speedway as Duane Howard, Ron Kline and Jared Umbenhauer walked off with feature victories as the 50th Anniversary season celebration kicked off on Saturday night.
Duane Howard was able to drive Chad Sinon’s Blue Bell Air No. 4 to victory leading all but the first two laps of the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modified feature. The race went nonstop with no cautions. The Oley, PA racer earned $2750 including the T.P. Trailers bonus bucks of $250.
Jeff Strunk (Pottstown) challenged early but settled into second spot and that is where he finished followed by Doug Man miller (Shoemakersville), Craig VonDohren (Boyertown) and Kyle Weiss (Hamburg).
The 20-lap feature for Late Models turned out to be the event with the most cautions but Ron Kline had fans standing and cheering as he charged to the front with just two laps remaining to get the win after leading much of the event. Danny Snyder finished second followed by Sean Merkel, Chuck Schutz and Wayne Pfeil.
And Jared Umbenhauer waited until the closing laps to get by Craig Whitmoyer who had led most of the 25-lap Sportsman feature. Once in front young Umbenhauer was able to hold on for the win. Second went to Whitmoyer with Brad Brightbill, Dave Dissinger and Joe Funk following.
A large crowd filled the stands on a cold night opening the season at Grandview Speedway.
Coming up on Saturday, April 14th is the 50th Anniversary Special featuring 50-lap features for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds ($4,000 to win), Late Models ($1500 to win) and Sportsman ($1500 to win). Racing starts at 7 p.m. Admission for adults is $25 for this special event and $5 for youngsters 12 and under.
50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON KICKOFF FEATURES GO TO HOWARD, KLINE AND JARED UMBENHAUER AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
All Winners Earn the T.P. Trailers Big Buck Bonuses
BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 8, 2012 . . . The 50th Anniversary celebration at Grandview Speedway got off to big start on Saturday night with a big crowd in the grandstands to watch Duane Howard, Ron Kline and Jared Umbenhauer win the NASCAR Whelen All American Series feature races.
Howard, a past champion, was able to lead just about every lap as he won the 30-lap NASCAR 358 Modified feature race by a comfortable margin driving the Chad Sinon owned Blue Bell Air modified.
The veteran racer from Oley, PA had high praise for the track conditions as the race was run from green flag to checkered flag without a single caution lap.
“I was hanging on at the end,” said Howard in victory lane. “It was great to get the new car dialed in this early in the season. The track held up well and made for w very wide racing surface.”
Howard picked up a $250 bonus from T.P. Trailers of Limerick, PA for winning and having the T.P. Trailers decals clearly visible on both sides of the race car.
Ron Kline put his Harleysville Mattress/V&M Towing entry in front of the pack at the start of the 20-lap feature for Late Models. Danny Snyder gave Kline a strong challenge and actually took the lead when Kline went high in turn one. Kline came back to get the top spot on the 19th lap and went on to win.
“The brake pedal just went to the floor (on the 17th lap when Kline went high in turn one) and I just went high,” said Salford, PA based Kline as he celebrated the win. “I just was not going to let Danny beat me so I just ran hard in the final laps without brakes.”
Jared Umbenhauer of Richlandtown, PA waited until the 23rd lap of the 25 lap Sportsman feature race to grab the lead and go on to win with Eastern Rigging sponsored racer.
“I want to thank Grandview for bringing the Sportsman here to race. I love this track,” said Umbenhauer during his interview with victory lane announcer Pete Knappenberger. “I played it safe for much of the race. The track had good bite.”
Both Kline and Umbenhauer had the T.P. Trailers decals on their cars and earned an extra $100 for their wins.
Nine time NASCAR 358 Modified champion Jeff Strunk (Pottstown) grabbed second early in the Modified feature and settled for that as the final finishing position. Third spot went to Doug Manmiller (Shoemakersville), six time champion Craig VonDohren (Boyertown) and early race leader Kyle Weiss (Hamburg).
Danny Snyder (Green Lane), despite a strong effort to take the win, had to settle for second in the Late Model feature with Gilbertsville’s Sean Merkel finishing third. Fourth and fifth finishing positions went to defending Late Model champion Chuck Schutz and Wayne Pfeil Jr.
Craig Whitmoyer (Hamburg) led many of the Sportsman feature laps but fell two laps short of winning and had to settle for second. Brad Brightbill finished third followed by Dave Dissinger and Joe Funk.
Heat winners in the 358 Modified division, each 12 laps, were Kyle Weiss, Doug Manmiller, Jeff Strunk and Duane Howard while the Modified consolation races, each 10 laps, were won by Wade Hendrickson in his first appearance as a Saturday night regular in the Banes Roofing No. 20 and Nate Christman.
Qualifying heat winners in the Late Models were Danny Snyder, Ron Kline and Rick Todorow. Each heat was eight laps in distance.
And the Sportsman qualifiers, each eight laps, the wins were taken by Dave Dissinger and Kyle Borrow.
The Bobby Gunther Walsh Hard Charger award, $50, in the Modified feature went to Nate Christman for gaining seven spots in the feature race. The Salvage Transport Late Model Hard Charger Award was earned by Mike Kellner as he went from 18th to 7th in the feature. And in the Sportsman feature the Searock Lawn Care Hard Charger Award was earned by Paul Kline for racing from 19th to a 6th place finish.
Cargo Trailer Sales had $50 gift certificates for each 10th place feature winner and Dan’s Deli of Boyertown had two giant hoagies for the drivers leading at the halfway mark in the three feature races.
Texas Roadhouse Restaurant of Trexlertown, PA gave two dinners to each feature winner.
Coming up on Saturday, April 14th is the 50th Anniversary Special feature 50-lap features for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds ($4,000 to win), Late Models ($1500 to win) and Sportsman ($1500 to win). Racing starts at 7 p.m. Admission for adults is $25 for this special event and $5 for youngsters 12 and under.
NOTES: The free-to-the-grandstand practice session on Friday night attracted close to 100 race cars including modifieds, late models, sportsman, Enduros, 270 micros, 600 modifieds, midgets and more. A healthy turnout of fans made for an exciting event of entertainment. Even dirt track racing legend Kenny Brightbill was on hand to watch the action.
Grandview Speedway, a NASCAR sanctioned one-third-mile, banked clay track, is located at 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA, just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For race information telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com. For marketing information telephone Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797 or email Esaxton144@aol.com.
NASCAR 358 MODIFIED FEATURE - 30 LAPS: 1. Duane Howard 2. Jeff Strunk 3. Doug Manmiller 4. Craig VonDohren 5. Kyle Weiss 6. Terry Meitzler 7. John Willman 8. Ryan Grim 9. Don Norris Jr. 10. Kyle Follweiler 11. Tommy Sheetz Jr. 12. Kevin Albert Jr. 13. Mike Guler 14. Chad Brachman 15. Nate Christman 16. Chris Esposito 17. Wade Hendrickson 18. Brad Missimer 19. Kevin Hirthler 20. Meme DeSantis 21. Gary Hager 22. Jordan Umbenhauer 23. Dan Waisempacher 24. Jon Kellner Jr. 25. Todd Smith 26. Jarred Miller 27. Jon Kellner Sr. 28. Brad Grim
NASCAR LATE MODELS, 20 LAPS: 1. Ron Kline 2. Danny Snyder 3. Sean Merkel 4. Chuck Schutz 5. Wayne Pfeil Jr. 6. Rick Todorow 7. Mike Kellner 8. Lou Egrie Sr. 9. Kory Fleming 10. Doug Walton 11. John Giesler 12. Andy Ressler 13. David Ogin 14. Steve Nederostek 15. Drew Weisser 16. Dallas Breidenbach 17. Jason Miller 18. Greg Hoffmaster 19. Buddy Mertz 20. Steve Butler (Did No Start) Mark Minotto and Chris Hitchens
NASCAR SPORTSMAN, 25 LAPS: 1. Jared Umbenhauer 2. Craig Whitmoyer 3. Brad Brightbill 4. Dave Dissinger 5. Joe Funk 6. Paul Kline 7. Ryan Beltz 8. Mike Lisowski 9. Kyle Borrow 10. Erik Renninger 11. Tim Apgar 12. Blaine Hemery 13. Nick DeSantis 14. Mike Loney 15. Steve Searock 16. Kevin Beach 17. Matt Hafer 18. Corey Seachrist 19. Brian Hirthler (Did not start) Mike Stringer and Chris Jenkins
UNOFFICIAL NASCAR POINT STANDINGS FOR ALL THREE DIVISIONS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR MODIFIEDS
AS OF APRIL 7, 2012
1. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #4 310*
2. Jeff Strunk, Bechtelsville, PA #357 300
3. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46 290
4. Craig VonDohren, Boyertown, PA #1C 279
5. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA #21K 270
6. Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, PA #81 259
7. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA #74W 249
8. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17 238
9. Don Norris, Douglassville, PA #976 228
10. Kyle Follweiler, Slatington, PA #42 219
11. Tommy Scheetz Jr., #22 208
12. Kevin Albert, Lebanon, PA #3A 197
13. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #3G 187
14. Chad Brachmann, #14 177
15. Nate Christman, Oley, PA #37 165
16. Chris Esposito, Perkasie, PA #31 156
17. Wade Hendrickson, #20 145
18. Brad Missimer, Bechtelsville, PA #327 136
19. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA #117 126
20. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA #88D 112
21. Gary Hagar, #44H 107
22. Jordan Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19 93
23. Dan Waisempacher #01 83
24. Jon Kellner Jr., Lansdale, PA #67 76
25. Todd Smith, Hatfield, PA #39 62
26. Jarrad Miller, Barto, PA #917 54
27. Jon Kellner Sr., Lansdale, PA #66 44
28. Brad Grim, #611 38
29. Glenn Strunk, Bechtelsville, PA #41 10
30. Scott Miller, #24 10
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR LATE MODELS
AS OF APRIL 7, 2012
1. Ron Kline, Salford, PA #3 310*
2. Danny Snyder, Green Lane, PA #4S 300
3. Sean Merkel, Gilbertsville, PA #117M 288
4. Chuck Schutz, Pottstown, PA #ONE 277
5. Wayne Pfeil Jr., Mohnton, PA #72 269
6. Rick Todorow, Quakertown, PA #93 260
7. Mike Kellner, Lansdale, PA #57 245
8. Lou Egrie, Sr. Willow Grove, PA #X4 236
9. Kory Fleming, Milford, NJ, #704 227
10. Doug Walton, Spring City, PA #02 217
11. John Giesler, Aston, PA #ZT1 208
12. Andy Ressler, Macungie, PA #46 190
13. Dave Ogin, Bechtelsville, PA #31 180
14. Steve Nederastek, #769 179
15. Drew Weisser, Reading, PA #19 165
16. Dallas Briedenbach, Royersford, PA #2 150
17. Jason Miller, New Tripoli PA #44 149
18. Greg Hoffmaster, Pottstown, PA #69 136
19. Buddy Mertz, New Berlinville, PA #00 126
20. Steve Butler, Quakertown, PA , #91 118
21. Mark Minotto, #14 10
22. Chris Hitchens, #77 10
23. Bill Henning, #80 10
* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are
NASCAR point events.)
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR SPORTSMAN
AS OF APRIL 7, 2012
1. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19U 307*
2. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 299
3. Brad Brightbill, #19 288
4. Dave Dissinger, #88X 280
5. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA #14F 260
6. Paul Kline, Muhlenbert, PA #14 250
7. Ryan Beltz, #221 246
8. Mike Lisowski, #15 230
9. Kyle Borror, Peach Bottom, PA #84 230
10. Eric Renninger, Bridgewater, NJ #51 216
11. Tim Apgar, Flemington, NJ #98 207
12. Blaine Hemery, #12 198
13. Nick DeSantis, #88D 185
14. Mike Loney, Taylor, PA #17D 170
15. Steve Searock, Bath, PA #26 160
16. Kevin Beach, Minersville, PA #17X 159
17. Matt Hafer, Oley, PA #9 140
18. Corey Sechrist, Womelsdorf, PA #135 135
19. Brian Hirthler, #117 120
20. Mike Stringer, #23 10
21. Chris Jenkins, Mohnton, PA #27J 10
* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are
NASCAR point events.)
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