Von Dohren, Schutz, Hirth­ler claim points cham­pi­onships at Grand­view

The Boyertown Area Times - - SPORTS - By Ernie Sax­ton For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

BECH­TELSVILLE » With rained out races and a full nor­mal slate of fea­tures in Satur­day night’s reg­u­lar sea­son fi­nale at Grand­view Speed­way, there was no short­age of win­ners.

The night’s big­gest win­ners were the newly crowned 2017 Grand­view point cham­pi­ons.

Mod­i­fied chauf­feur Craig Von Dohren only won two fea­tures in the chase, but he still man­aged to record his 10th cham­pi­onship.

Chuck Schutz, a four­time Late Model fea­ture win­ner, gar­nered his ninth point ti­tle.

Open­ing night Sports­man fea­ture win­ner Brian Hirth­ler went on to claim his first cham­pi­onship.

On the track, the races spon­sored by WNPV 1440 AM Ra­dio, Lans­dale, cer­tainly had its share of va­ri­eties in all di­vi­sions.

Both Skip and Walt Smith paced the fea­ture fields for all di­vi­sions in the Blast From The Past Red No. 2 driven by Dave Smith who lost his life in a freak high­way in­ci­dent while work­ing for the town­ship. Dave was the fa­ther of sports­man driver Der­rick Smith.

In the rained out T.P. Trail­ers 358 NASCAR Mod­i­fied 30-lap fea­ture from Au­gust 19, it was Clay But­ler, who be­came a track reg­u­lar mid-sea­son, cross­ing the line first to regis­ter his first ca­reer win at the oval to be­come the 13th dif­fer­ent win­ner. How­ever due to an of­fi­cial er­ror with the cau­tion light, Brett Kress­ley, who had taken the lead on the 29th lap, also shared the win.

Mike Gu­lar had slowed down and as quick as the yel­low went on it was turned off. By that time Kress­ley had backed off the throt­tle and But­ler along with Jared Um­ben­hauer shot past him, but the yel­low was never of­fi­cially thrown. Man­age­ment felt it was only fair to credit both But­ler and Kress­ley with the wins.

Mike Ma­haney, who trav­els from New York to pi­lot the Rod Bre­it­en­stein-owned No. 14 on oc­ca­sion, had a rather dis­mal start to the sea­son when he com­peted, but once the team dis­cov­ered it was an elec­tri­cal prob­lem, they were in the hunt. Ma­haney went from

fourth to first by the sec­ond lap and de­spite yel­low flags that fell when he needed them to re­group the pack when he en­coun­tered heavy lap traf­fic, he still pulled into vic­tory lane to be the 14th dif­fer­ent win­ner and chalk up his first ca­reer tri­umph at the track.

In the BRC 20-lap NASCAR Late Model fea­ture, Lou Egrie Sr. in­her­ited the lead when Wayne Pfeil dropped out with me­chan­i­cal prob­lems and went on to cap­ture his first win of the year to be­come the sev­enth dif­fer­ent win­ner. The last time the two-time point cham­pion had won was April 2015.

Mark Kem­merer added his name to the win list in the 25-lap NASCAR Sports­man fea­ture for his first win of the year to be­come the divi­sion’s 12th dif­fer­ent win­ner. He ded­i­cated the win to fel­low driver Der­rick Smith’s fa­ther Dave.

All fea­ture win­ners re­ceived mon­e­tary awards from T.P. Trail­ers and VP Rac­ing Fu­els pro­vid­ing they met the re­quire­ments along with the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie awards.

In the make-up Mod­i­fied fea­ture, Mark Kratz led for seven laps be­fore Jeff Strunk hit the first turn yuke tire send­ing it onto the track bring­ing out the yel­low. On the restart But­ler charged to the head of the pack leav­ing Kratz, Kress­ley, Steve Swine­hart and Um­ben­hauer bat­tling for po­si­tions.

Lap af­ter lap the bat­tle for first en­sued be­tween But­ler and Kress­ley with nei­ther one giv­ing up.

The cau­tion was dis­played af­ter Kratz and Um­ben­hauer got hooked on the 17th lap. Um­ben­hauer broke free and con­tin­ued, but Kratz stopped in turn two. The red was thrown the next try when a multi-car ac­ci­dent blocked the third turn. But­ler and Kress­ley con­tin­ued the duel, but now Frank Cozze and Um­ben­hauer were in the mix.

Kress­ley just took the lead on lap 29, but quickly slowed when the yel­low light came on briefly, but quickly went out as Gu­lar limped around the track. As a re­sult But­ler and Um­ben­hauer got by and But­ler con­tin­ued into the win­ner’s cir­cle. Af­ter a turn of events, track man­age­ment de­clared But­ler and Kress­ley the win­ners fol­low­ing the er­ror. Um­ben­hauer was third fol­lowed by Cozze and S. Swine­hart.

The sec­ond Mod­i­fied fea­ture saw Ma­haney take the lead from Mark Biehn on the sec­ond lap in search of a vic­tory trailed by Biehn, Kratz and Kenny Gil­more.

Brett Gil­more brought out the yel­low as he stopped in turn two on lap five. On the restart, Kenny Gil­more, who had over­taken sec­ond, made con­tact with Ma­haney. Gil­more did a 360 with­out los­ing a po­si­tion, but oth­ers in the back weren’t as for­tu­nate and a multi-car tan­gle oc­curred. The top five be­hind Ma­haney when rac­ing went green again con­sisted of K. Gil­more, Cozze, Duane Howard and Von Dohren.

In no time Ma­haney checked out in­creas­ing the dis­tance each time he cir­cled the 1/3-mile oval.

K. Gil­more’s fine run ended with four laps to go when he stopped in the sec­ond turn. This restart saw Ryan Watt in a chal­leng­ing po­si­tion.

On the 29th lap restart needed when Cozze broke with sus­pen­sion prob­lems, Strunk was once again in the first turn yuke tire. Also in­volved were Ad­di­son Meit­zler and Danny Erb. Gu­lar was sent to the pits for the in­ci­dent. Ma­haney left Watt chase him on the restart and suc­ceeded in keep­ing all the com­pe­ti­tion be­hind.

Ma­haney never fal­tered and was vic­to­ri­ous fol­lowed by Watt, Von Dohren, Howard and Um­ben­hauer.

Heats were won by Ma­haney, B. Gil­more, Strunk and Meit­zler. Ron Selt­mann Jr. and But­ler won the con­so­la­tion races.

Satur­day, Septem­ber 16 th­ese same driv­ers plus a host of oth­ers will com­pete in the 47th run­ning of the Free­dom 76 in mem­ory of pro­moter Bruce Rogers with $30,000 go­ing to the win­ner in ad­di­tion to other awards.

In the Late Model fea­ture Wayne Pfeil’s mis­for­tune was Egrie’s for­tune when Pfeil pulled out of the race on the sixth lap when a red flag was needed as flames shot out of the head­ers of Schutz’s car putting him out of con­tention.

Pres­sur­ing Egrie on the restart were Bryon Sipe, Drew Weisser, Kyle Merkel, who started dead last and was ad­vanc­ing quickly and Steve Todorow.

Even though nu­mer­ous yel­lows were needed, Egrie Sr. didn’t give up un­til he saw the check­ered un­furled.

An­drew Kreis was the leader of the Sports­man fea­ture for eight laps be­fore Ryan Higgs, while run­ning sec­ond hit the sec­ond turn tire and spun also col­lect­ing Jim Hous­worth. When rac­ing went green again Kem­merer was the new leader and within no time opened up a com­fort­able lead.

The ac­tion for sec­ond through fifth was a heated one, be­tween Kyle Lil­ick, Louden Reimert, Brad Arnold and Lex Shive.

Kem­merer never looked back and went on to score his sec­ond ca­reer win trailed by K. Lil­ick, Reimert, Arnold and Mike Lisowski.

Heats were won by Kreis, Hous­worth and Jesse Lan­dis while Brian Hirth­ler took the consi.

The 47th An­nual Free­dom 76 Mod­i­fied Clas­sic in Honor of Bruce Rogers is set for Satur­day, Septem­ber 16th. The will pay $30,000 to the win­ner and is ex­pected to at­tract many of the top names in dirt track Mod­i­fied stock car rac­ing. Ac­tion will get un­der­way at 7 p.m.

The night be­fore the MidAt­lantic Sprint Se­ries will be in ac­tion along with the Sports­man rac­ing in the Free­dom 38’er of­fer­ing $1,500 to the win­ner. Mod­i­fieds en­tered in the Free­dom 76 will be al­lowed to par­tic­i­pate in prac­tice ses­sions. Adult ad­mis­sion is $12, young­sters 6 thru 11 pay just $5 and un­der 6 are ad­mit­ted free. Ad­vance tick­ets, $35 for adults, for the Free­dom 76 will be avail­able Fri­day night.

The Free­dom 76 has a Septem­ber 23rd rain date while the Fri­day night events have no rain date. RACE RE­SULTS WNPV 1440 Ra­dio T.P. Trail­ers NASCAR Mod­i­fied Fea­ture (Au­gust 19) (30-Laps): 1. Clay But­ler and Brett Kress­ley, 3. Jared Um­ben­hauer, 4. Frank Cozze, 5. Steve Swine­hart, 6. Kevin Hirth­ler, 7. Duane Howard, 8. Jeff Strunk, 9. Doug Man­miller, 10. Joe Fanelli, 11. Brian Krum­mel, 12. Craig Von Dohren, 13. Ryan Grim, 14. Ray Swine­hart, DNF: 15. Mike Gu­lar, 16. John Will­man, 17. Dan Waisem­pacher, 18. Kory Flem­ing, 19. Bobby Gun­ther-Walsh, 20. Mark Kratz, 21. Ron Selt­mann Jr., 22. Kenny Gil­more, 23. Mike Laise, 24. Mike Ma­haney, 25. Tim Buck­wal­ter, 26. Colt Har­ris, 27. Justin Grim, 28. Eric Biehn and 29. Ad­di­son Meit­zler. WNPV 1440 Ra­dio T.P. Trail­ers NASCAR Mod­i­fied Fea­ture (30-Laps): 1. Mike Ma­haney, 2. Ryan Watt, 3. Craig Von Dohren, 4. Duane Howard, 5. Jared Um­ben­hauer, 6. Tim Buck­wal­ter, 7. Tim Hind­ley, 8. Brett Kress­ley, 9. Ryan Grim, 10. Eric Biehn, 11. Bob Trap­per Jr., 12. Brett Gil­more, 13. Chris Es­pos­ito, 14. Joe Fanelli, DNF: 15. Jeff Strunk, 16. Mike Gu­lar, 17. Danny Erb, 18. Ad­di­son Meit­zler, 19. Frank Cozze, 20. Kenny Gil­more, 21. John Will­man, 22. Ron Selt­mann Jr., 23. Clay But­ler, 24. Mark Kratz, 25. Doug Man­miller (pro­vi­sional — drove Kory Flem­ing’s car), 26. Ray Swine­hart, 27. Steve Swine­hart, 28. Brian Krum­mel, 29. Kevin Hirth­ler. DNQ: Briggs Dan­ner, Justin Grim, Bobby Gun­ther-Walsh, Kory Flem­ing, Dan Waisem­pacher. WNPV 1440 Ra­dio BRC NASCAR Late Model Fea­ture (20-Laps): 1. Lou Egrie Sr., 2. Bryon Sipe, 3. Drew Weisser, 4. Kyle Merkel, 5. Steve Todorow, 6. Jor­dan Knepp, 7. Dal­las Brei­den­bach, 8. Scott McMichael, 9. Andy Cas­sel, 10. Pa­trick Robin­son, DNF: 11. Ge­orge Ir­win, 12. Steve Wil­son, 13. Wayne Pfeil, 14. Chuck Schutz, 15. Dirk Rim­rott. WNPV 1440 Ra­dio NASCAR Sports­man Fea­ture (25 Laps: 1. Mark Kem­merer, 2. Kyle Lil­ick, 3. Louden Reimert, 4. Brad Arnold, 5. Mike Lisowski, 6. Lex Shive, 7. Craig Whit­moyer, 8. Brad Grim, 9. Jor­dan Henn, 10. Brian Hirth­ler, 11. Brad Bright­bill, 12. Kurt Bet­tler, 13. Ryan Beltz, 14. Joe Funk III, 15. Dy­lan Swine­hart, 6. Der­rick Smith, 17. Jesse Lan­dis, 18. B.J. Joly (al­ter­nate), 19. An­drew Kreis, 20. Ryan Shupp, DNF: 21. Shawn Light, 22. Jim Hous­worth, 23. Ryan Higgs, 24. Ryan Lil­ick. DNQ: Nathan Mohr, Andy Clem­mer, Bran­don Whit­moyer, Kenny Bock, Tyler Re­ber, Rich Jones. DNS: Jack But­ler.


Craig Von Dohren won his 10th Mod­i­fied points cham­pi­onship at Grand­view Speed­way on Sept. 9.


Chuck Schutz se­cured the Late Model se­ries ti­tle Satur­day at Grand­view Speed­way.

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