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STRUNK, BRIAN HIRTHLER AND SMITH NASCAR FEATURE WINNERS AT GRANDVIEW ON SATURDAY NIGHT

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. JUNE 9, 2019 . . . Jeff Strunk, the ten-time Grandview Speedway NASCAR Modified point champion, behind the wheel of the Glenn and Bonita Hyneman-owned/Tabloid Graphics/Teo No. 126 became the new leader on the 14th circuit and went on to capture back-to-back victories in the 30-lap TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified feature on Saturday night at Grandview. Strunk also won the Modified feature the last time they had run back on May 25th. The veteran racer commented that the track was to his liking because it was smooth and slippery taking on rubber as the race progressed. The racing activities were sponsored by long time NASCAR supporter Whelen Engineering.

Brian Hirthler, running third, took advantage of the situation when leader Brad Brightbill developed mechanical problems and swung around Ryan Beltz and Brightbill to take over first on the 22nd lap to score the triumph in the TP Truck Equipment 25-lap Sportsman NASCAR feature for his second win of the season in the event rained out June 1

In the regularly scheduled Sportsman feature, Derrick Smith, who hasn’t been in victory lane since August 26, 2017, led from the drop of the green until the wave of the checkered to record his first win of the current campaign.

Providing all feature winners met the necessary requirements, the Modified and Sportsman feature winner got monetary awards from TP Trailers and a certificate from VP Fuels for product awards. The Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie award recipients were Strunk, Tom Miller and Smith. Both Sportsman feature winners received an extra $100 from the track for running crate engines.

John Willman, out of Modified action for a few weeks due to engine problems, returned and wasted no time resuming the lead from the pole being chased by Mike Lisowski, Ron Seltmann Jr., Kenny Gilmore and Kevin Hirthler.

Within eight laps, Willman had a sizeable lead built up, but by the 10th lap Lisowski was gaining ground.

A second turn tangle involving Clay Butler and Ryan Grim erased Willman’s margin as the yellow was thrown on the 11th lap. Willman’s hopes of a possible victory vanished when he slowed his pace stopping in the second turn. Willman’s loss was Lisowski’s gain since he was the new leader with Strunk in hot pursuit.

The caution was out again when Doug Manmiller found himself shoved into the first turn infield on the 13th lap. On the restart Strunk charged ahead to become the new pacesetter while Lisowski, Gilmore, Timmy Buckwalter and Craig Von Dohren composed the top five.

Von Dohren took over second on the 20th lap restart needed when Butler spun in the fourth turn to attempt to overtake Strunk who had already began distancing himself again.

Despite lapped traffic which sometimes a driver isn’t sure what they’ll do and use heads up driving, it didn’t slow Strunk down enough to allow anyone the opportunity to reel him in to challenge and he pulled into the winner’s circle for Saturday night career Grandview win No. 71. Second was Von Dohren followed by Buckwalter, Lisowski and Gilmore, for his season best finish.

Lisowski, Brett Kressley, Duane Howard and Steve Swinehart were the heat winners. The consi winners were Butler and Dan Waisempacher.

In the June 1st rained out Sportsman feature Tom Miller was the early leader with pressure coming from rookie Parker Guldin, Kenny Bock, Andrew Kreis and Beltz.

The comfortable margin Miller built up was erased when Kreis stopped in the second turn with suspension problems which brought out the yellow on lap 15. Miller resumed the lead with Guldin still trying to grab the lead, but now Brightbill, who started 27th; Beltz and Jack Butler were second through fifth.

Miller held on to first until the 18th lap when Brad Grim came to a half in turn two with heavy smoke billowing from the car. This restart saw Brightbill and Beltz charge past Miller as he fell to third and Guldin lost several positions.

Quick reactions on Hirthler’s part when Brightbill began experiencing problems saw him take advantage of the incident and shoot past Beltz and Brightbill into the lead.

Hirthler continued the pace to pull the 4-Star Lettering No. 117 into the winner’s circle followed by Beltz, Kyle Smith, Brandon Edgar and Grim, who after pit stops under caution got the smoking problem corrected.

These same drivers were ready to try and get into the regularly scheduled feature.

Qualifying heats were won by Smith, Guldin and Joey Vaccaro while Mike Mammana won the consi.

At the onset of the second Sportsman feature a multi-car tangle eliminated Mark Kemmerer, Brad Arnold and Beltz. When action went green again Smith was at the head of the pack being chased by rookies Vaccaro, Aaron Bowes, Nate Brinker with Andy Clemmer rounding out the top five.

The healthy lead Smith opened up vanished after the caution came out on the 13th lap when Kreis spun in the fourth turn. Smith resumed first on the restart but now Bowes, Brinker, Edgar, another rookie and Vaccaro were in pursuit.

Smith, who continued to run the bottom lane “because it felt good down there”, never looked back and went on to claim his second career win. This was certainly a better finish than the first feature since he placed last in that one. They must have found some speed since he commented he never had a fast race car before. Second through fifth were Bowes, Brinker, Edgar and Vaccaro.

The nationally famous Amsoil United States Auto Club (USAC) Wingless Sprint racers will be in action Tuesday night, June 11, in the annual Jesse Hockett Memorial Classic while the NASCAR 358 Modifieds will also be part of the doubleheader action. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing getting the green flag at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 15 the NASCAR Modifieds will compete in two 30-lap features, the first one being held over from June 1. A full show of qualifying for the Modified and Sportsman division followed by a 25-lap Sportsman will also be part of the show.

RACE RESULTS

Whelen Engineering/T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Jeff Strunk, 2. Craig Von Dohren, 3. Tim Buckwalter, 4. Mike Lisowski, 5. Kenny Gilmore, 6. Louden Reimert, 7. Kyle Weiss, 8. Duane Howard, 9. Rick Laubach, 10. Jared Umbenhauer, 11. Kevin Hirthler, 12. Craig Whitmoyer, 13. Danny Erb, 14. Frank Cozze, 15. Alex Yankowski, 16. Ryan Lilick, 17. Joe Funk III, 18. Doug Manmiller, 19. Dan Waisempacher, 20. Brett Kressley, 21. Ron Seltmann Jr., 22. Brett Gilmore, 23. Clay Butler, 24. Steve Swinehart, 25. John Willman, 26. Ryan Grim, 27. Ray Swinehart, 28. Eric Biehn. DNQ: Kory Fleming, Mike Laise, Mark Kratz, Dylan Swinehart, Brian Houseknecht, Steve Wilson, Justin Grim, Bobby Gunther-Walsh, Glenn Owens, Dillon Steuer, Jordan Henn, Briggs Danner, Richie Hitzler, Ron Kline.

T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps) June 1: 1. Brian Hirthler, 2. Ryan Beltz, 3. Kyle Smith, 4. Brandon Edgar, 5. Brad Grim, 6. Brad Arnold, 7. Tom Miller, 8. Brad Brightbill, 9. Kyle Lilick, 10. Parker Guldin, 11. Mike Mammana, 12. Steve Desmelyk, 13. Jack Butler, 14. Mark Kemmerer, 1. Kenny Bock, 16. Aaron Bowes, 17. B.J. Joly, 18. Nathan Mohr, 19. Chris Esposito, 20. Andrew Kreis, 21. Scott Kohler, 22. Lex Shive, 23. Andy Clemmer, 24. Derrick Smith.

Whelen Engineering/T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Derrick Smith, 2. Aaron Bowes, 3. Nate Brinker, 4. Brandon Edgar, 5. Joey Vaccaro, 6. Kyle Lilick, 7. Kyle Smith, 8. Brad Grim, 9. Brian Hirthler, 10. Dean Bachman, 11. Nathan Mohr, 12. Andy Clemmer, 13. Jack Butler, 14. Lex Shive, 15. Josh Adams (alternate), 16. Chris Esposito (alternate), 17. Mike Mammana, 18. Andrew Kreis, 19. Scott Kohler, 20. Jesse Landis, 21. Tom Miller, 22. Ryan Beltz, 23. Brad Arnold, 24. Mark Kemmerer. DNQ: B.J. Joly, Brad Brightbill.

NEWS ON COMING EVENTS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY AND LATEST NASCAR POINT STANDINGS

VON DOHREN AND BRAD GRIM CONTINUE TO LEAD NASCAR POINTS AT GRANDVIEW

                MODS AND SPORTSMAN IN ACTION ON SATURDAY, MAY 25TH

BECHTELSVILLE, PA May 22, 2019 . . . The battle for the NASCAR championships in T.P.Trailers Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman will continue this Saturday night, May 25, at Grandview Speedway as a doubleheader show kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

                Craig Von Dohren sits on top of the standings in the Modified division while Brad Grim has the top position in the Sportsman. However competition is close in both divisions as the racers battle for the lucrative titles.

                Two wins this season has allowed Von Dohren, a ten time champion, to hold on to the top spot in the Modified division with 1300 counters while Rick Laubach is just nineteen points behind without benefit of a win. Veteran campaigner Frank Cozze is third with 1153 followed by Duane Howard’s 1130 and Kyle Weiss’ 1049 rounding out the top five.

                The last few Modified races have attracted more than 40 entries per night.

                Brad Grim has just a 25 point lead over last Saturday’s Sportsman feature winner. Grim has 1061 tallies while Hirthler has 1036. Jack Butler sits in third with 1023 followed by Brad Brightbill at 1016 and Mark Kemmerer with 1011.

                On Saturday, June 1, there will be a first time appearance of Central PA Legends racers as they join the NASCAR Modifieds and Sportsman for a tripleheader that will be the first of the season to have RCN-TV coverage.

                Featured in the Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet this Saturday, starting at 5 p.m., will be Modified talent Skylar Sheriff and Sportsman racer Mike Mammana. The two racers will have their race cars on display just outside of the main entrance.

                Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is just $15 while youngsters under the age of 12 are admitted free.

                And coming up on June 8th is Whelen Engineering Night featuring the T.P.Trailers Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman.

                The first Thunder on the Hill Racing Series event, now in its 30th year, is set for Tuesday, June 11th at 7:30 p.m. The night of racing excitement will include the United States Auto Club Non-Wing Sprint Tour along with the 358 Modifieds in the Jesse Hockett Classic. The Sprints will be racing for $10,000 to win.

                Complete information on racing at Grandview Speedway can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or by telephoning 610.754.7688.

UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR

MODIFIEDS AS OF MAY 18, 2019

1.            Craig Von Dohren, Oley, PA #1C                1300**

2.            Rick Laubach, Hellertown, PA #7L             1281

3.            Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #4   1153

4.            Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66/357H          1130*

5.            Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA #21K  1049

6.            Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K             994**

7.            Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA   #99      954

8.            Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #44M      942

9.            Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17          931

10.          Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19/1H             881

11.          Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA #117        876

12.          Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA #23X                855

13.          Louden Reimert, Oley, PA #16   731

14.          Jeff Strunk, Boyertown, PA #126               660

15.          Alex Yankowski, Covington Twp., PA #84Y           658

16.          Briggs Danner, Allentown, PA #6/78D    644

17.          Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44  606

18.          Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #OG7/14             605

19.          Clay Butler, Bloomsbury, NJ #4B               566

20.          Eric Biehn, Barto, PA #87              490

21.          Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA #49                460

22.          Jordan Henn, Blandon, PA #77H                457

23.          Dylan Swinehart, Fleetwood, PA #81      457

24.          Mike Laise, Pottstown, PA #6     443

25.          Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA#33  432

26.          Bobby Gunther Walsh, Allentown, PA #65           370

27.          Skyler Sheriff, Auburn, PA #33S 370

28.          Justin Grim, Orefield, PA #611/61            364

29.          Ron Kline, Salford, PA #355         355

30.          Frank Yankowski, Troop, PA   #127           353

UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR

SPORTSMAN AS OF MAY 18, 2019

1.            Brad Grim, Coplay, PA #13           1061

2.            Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4*          1036*

3.            Jack Butler, Phillipsburg, NJ #5  1023*

4.            Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA #19 1016**

5.            Mark Kemmerer, Green Lane, PA, PA #F10          1011

6.            Brad Arnold, Sinking Spring, PA #830      905

7.            Kyle Lilick, Collegeville, PA #104              898

8.            Kyle Smith, Fleetwood, PA #77 818

9.            Dean Bachman, Emmaus, PA #65              810

10.          Andrew Kreis, Boyertown, PA #6K           755

11.          Ryan Beltz, Barton, PA #221        753

12.          Nate Brinker, Allentown, PA #14              571

13.          Brandon Edgar, Lehighton, PA #57           558*

14.          Lex Shive, Pennsburg, PA #5K    529

15.          Jesse Landis Gilbertsville, PA #976          511

16.          Mike Mammana, Nazareth, PA #31         497

17.          Andy Clemmer, Bechtelsville PA #127   439

18.          Josh Adams Douglassville, PA #44A         420

19.          Derrick Smith, Telford, PA#20    413

20.          Aaron Bowes, Nazareth, PA #4  355

21.          Nathan Mohr, East Greenville, PA #17M               336

22.          Kenny Bock, Birdsboro, PA#6     327

23.          Nate Klinger, Lake Wynonah, PA #4K     326

24.          Scott Kohler, Boyertown, PA #12S            275

25.          Parker Guldin, Fleetwood, PA #11           241

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

                NASCAR point events.)

KRESSLEY, BRIAN HIRTHLER AND BUCKWALTER WIN FEATURES AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SATURDAY NIGHT

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. May 19, 2019 . . . Brett “The Threat” Kressley, behind the wheel of the Kressley family owned No. 19K, scored his second 30-lap TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified feature victory on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway in a down-to-the wire battle with Skyler Sheriff, the leader since the beginning of the event. The pair had several laps of paint swapping battles, but with one lap to go the Orefield based lead foot muscled the lead away from Sheriff and went on to chalk up the win.

Brian Hirthler, who’s regular No. 4 Star was waiting for repairs, borrowed his Brother Kevin’s backup No. 117X with a crate engine in it and won his first TP Truck Equipment 25-lap Sportsman NASCAR feature of the season. It was the same car Kevin won the opening race in. Brian received an extra $100 from the track for being the highest finishing driver with a crate engine.

Tim Buckwalter, doing double duty driving Modifieds and Sprints piloted the GEI-owned No. 5G to victory in the 25-lap Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars feature. It was just the second time for Buckwalter in the car.

Providing all feature winners met the necessary requirements, the Modified and Sportsman feature winner got monetary awards from TP Trailers and a certificate from VP Fuels for product awards. Sheriff and Mohr won the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie award.

More than 100 cars took part in the three division show.

Modified action saw Sheriff motor ahead of rookie Steve Wilson, Ron Seltmann Jr., Ron Kline and Mike Laise at the start of the race to set the pace for the 31-car starting grid that included provisionals taken by Craig Whitmoyer, Jeff Strunk and Craig Von Dohren.

The yellow was out when Bob Trapper Jr. slowed in the fourth turn with ten laps completed. Sheriff was still the leader on the restart, but now Seltmann Jr. was second and when he put in a bid for the lead he was taken high into the first turn marbles. He stayed out of the wall, but fell back several positions.

By the 13th lap restart needed when Buckwalter slowed in turn two, Kressley, 13th-place starter, advanced to second to pressure Sheriff for the top spot.

Behind Sheriff and Kressley waiting for a slip-up were Duane Howard, Ron Kline and Jared Umbenhauer.

The red was thrown on the 23rd lap after Frank Yankowski hit the third turn wall with heavy impact and had flames coming out from underneath his car which was extinguished quickly. Alex Yankowski was along the third turn inside berm with both out of contention. Sheriff held his line when action resumed, but not he had to contend with Howard, who was in the runner-up spot making his presence known.

Sheriff and Howard exchanged paint on occasions and with five to go Kressley was back in second with Howard, Umbenhauer and now Rick Laubach in pursuit.

The battle for the lead continued between Sheriff and Kressley with neither one giving an inch as the race progressed. Both drivers swapped lanes several times, but the outcome remained the same.

Coming around for the one to go signal Kressley made a bold move and managed to take the lead away after using every inch of the track to find a way around.

Kressley didn’t give Sheriff another chance to regain the lead and pulled into the winner’s circle for his 11th career win. Following him across the line for his best finish was Sheriff trailed by Howard, Umbenhauer and Laubach. Sixth through tenth were Frank Cozze, Mike Laise, Von Dohren, Ryan Grim and Doug Manmiller.

Steve Wilson, Sheriff, Buckwalter and Bobby Gunther Walsh won the heats. Consies went to Kyle Weiss and Louden Reimert.

For the third straight week, ten-time point champion Jeff Strunk failed to finish the race.

Derrick Smith led four laps of the Sportsman feature before Brad Brightbill slowed with a flat tire in the first turn for the yellow. On the restart Nathan Mohr jumped into the lead to take control of the race.

It didn’t take Mohr long to build up a sizeable lead over Smith, Mike Mammana, Kyle Lilick and Nate Brinker.

Lap 13 was certainly an unlucky won for Mohr as his car seized up bringing him to a halt in turn two bringing out the caution. Mammana, who inherited the lead, wasted no time staying in front of the pack when action went green again with Smith, Brinker, Hirthler and Lilick in pursuit.

Hirthler overtook second on the 17th lap and set his sights on Mammana and the lead.

The lead changed hands for the fourth and final time on the 22nd lap when Hirthler overtook first.

Hirthler, whose contact in his right eye shifted earlier in the race and he had to rely on his left eye until it moved to a comfortable spot, never looked back once he was in front and proceeded into victory lane for his fourth career win. Mammana, Smith, Lilick and Brinker chased him across. Ryan Beltz, Brad Grim, Jack Butler, Brad Arnold and Brightbill rounded out the top ten.

Heats were won by Mohr, Mammana and Josh Adams. The consi went to Butler.

Joey Biasi led the USAC Sprint feature for four laps before Buckwalter charged to the front of the pack.

Chasing Buckwalter for numerous laps were Biasi, Carmen Perigo, Ryan Quackenbush and Steve Drevicki.

Quackenbush’s strong run ended when he slowed on the homestretch to bring out the seventh lap caution. It was still Buckwalter ahead with Chandler Leiby joining the mix.

Drevicki was on the move as he went from fourth to second in one lap to take chase after Buckwalter.

No one was able to reel Buckwalter in to challenge and he went on to take the checkered followed by Drevicki, Perigo, Biasi and Leiby.

Perigo, Biasi and Buckwalter won the heat winners. Zach Burd picked up the consi win.

Next Saturday, May 25, a doubleheader show of NASCAR T.P.Trailers Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman closes out the month of May as the battle for the NASCAR titles goes on. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission is $15 with youngsters 11 and under admitted free. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m.

                Coming up on June 1st is the first of two visits for the Central PA Legends as part of a tripleheader show that will also feature the NASCAR Modifieds and Sportsman stock cars. There is no increase in the admission price for this tripleheader.

RACE RESULTS

T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Brett Kressley, 2. Skyler Sheriff, 3. Duane Howard, 4. Jared Umbenhauer, 5. Rick Laubach, 6. Frank Cozze, 7. Mike Laise, 8. Craig Von Dohren, 9. Rayan Grim, 10. Doug Manmiller, 11. Kyle Weiss, 12. Clay Butler, 13. Dylan Swinehart, 14. Ron Seltmann Jr., 15. Bobby Gunther Walsh, 16. Craig Whitmoyer, 17. Justin Grim, 18. Tim Buckwalter, 19. Ron Kline, 20. Alex Yankowski, 21. Frank Yankowski, 22. Louden Reimert, 23. Danny Erb, 24. Steve Wilson, 25. Jordan Henn, 26. Meme DeSantis, 27. Kevin Hirthler, 28. Bobby Trapper, 29. Jeff Strunk, 30. Steve Swinehart, DNQ: Mike Lisowski, Brett Gilmore, Briggs Danner, Joe Funk, Richie Hitzler, Ron Myers, Ray Swinehart, Mark Levy, Brian Houseknecht, John Willman, Kyle Kania, Eric Behm, Kory Fleming, Steve Young, Ryan Lilick, Glenn Owens.

T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Brian Hirthler, 2. Mike Mammana, 3. Derrick Smith, 4. Kyle Lilick, 5. Nate Brinker, 6. Ryan Beltz, 7. Brad Grim, 8. Jack Butler, 9. Brad Arnold, 10. Brag Brightbill, 11. Mark Kemmerer, 12. Kyle Smith, 13. Dean Bachman, 14. Andrew Kreis, 15. Brandon Edgar, 15. Jesse Landis, 17. Scott Kohler, 18. Joey Vaccaro, 19. Andy Clemmer, 20. Josh Adams, 21. Sean Weiss, 22. Nathan Mohr, 23. Steve Desmelyk, 24. Tom Miller. DNQ: Lex Shive, Parker Guldin, Ray Cost, Chris Esposito, Warren Floyd Jr.

USAC Sprint Feature (25-laps): 1. Tim Buckwalter, 2. Steve Drevicki, 3. Carmen Perigo, 4. Joey Biasi, 5. Chandler  Leiby, 6. Tyler Brehm, 7. Mike Thompson, 8. Jonathan Swanson, 9. Steve Surniak, 10. John Stehman, 11. David Swanson, 12. Jason Cherry, 13. Zach Burd, 14. Bryan Quackenbush, 15. Chris Allen, 16. Eddie Strada, 17. Eric Jennings, 18. Connor Loeffler, 19. Bill Unglert, 20. Jake Winters. DNQ: Kyle Lick.