Um­ben­hauer snaps slump; No. 50 for Schutz

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

BECHTELSVILLE » Jared Um­ben­hauer has had to over­come sev­eral ob­sta­cles through­out the sea­son at Grand­view Speed­way while try­ing to col­lect his first win of the year. Satur­day night, Um­ben­hauer fi­nally got the mon­key off his back when he parked the Kevin Brown-owned No. 19 in vic­tory lane in the 30-lap T.P. Trail­ers & Truck Equip­ment NASCAR 358 Mod­i­fied fea­ture.

“It felt so good to win,” com­mented the Rich­land Rocket. “The crew and fam­ily stuck by me af­ter the hor­ren­dous third turn fire in the early part of the sea­son and Mike Harvey then left me drive his car un­til we re­built.” He also thanked his crew chief Ja­son Hern­ley for set­ting up the car which was re­ally fast that al­lowed him to keep hit­ting his marks the last five laps.

The win set Um­ben­hauer to be a fa­vorite when the Mod­i­fieds com­pete in the Pi­o­neer Pole Build­ings For­rest Rogers Memo­rial 50-lap­per, pay­ing $10,000 to win next Satur­day.

Chuck Schutz fi­nally had a change of fate as he was able to chalk up his sec­ond 25-lap NACAR Late Model fea­ture win to hit the Big 5-0 in ca­reer wins.

Jim Hous­worth re­joined the Sports­man ranks af­ter miss­ing sev­eral weeks and the hard work paid off. Shut out of the win column since April 16, 2016, he was de­ter­mined to hold off run­ner-up Craig Whit­moyer’s chal­lenges to post his first win of the cur­rent cam­paign.

All fea­ture win­ners re­ceived a mon­e­tary award from T.P. Trail­ers, prod­uct awards from V.P. Rac­ing Fuel pro­vid­ing they met the nec­es­sary re­quire­ments which also in­cluded the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie award. There have been 25 fea­ture win­ners so far this sea­son spread over the three di­vi­sions of rac­ing that reg­u­larly com­pete at the Bechtelsville clay oval.

Andy Cas­sel was the vic­tor in the 15-lap Blast From the Past Vintage car fea­ture that was in mem­ory of fel­low racer Dave Smith who lost his life last year in a work-re­lated in­ci­dent.

Mod­i­fied ac­tion had sopho­more racer Briggs Dan­ner sport­ing a new car and num­ber, take the early lead trailed by rook­ies Brian Hirth­ler and Jor­dan Henn al­low­ing with Dan Waisem­pacher and Justin Grim.

Henn’s bad luck con­tin­ued as while run­ning third he suf­fered me­chan­i­cal prob­lems that brought him to a stop in turn one for the first cau­tion with nine laps com­pleted. On the restart Brian Hirth­ler, who switched over to the Mod­i­fied ranks from Sports­man in the be­gin­ning of July, charged into the lead fol­lowed by Um­ben­hauer, Dan­ner, Ryan Grim and Duane Howard.

Head­ing out of the fourth turn on the 13th lap, B. Hirth­ler went a lit­tle too high and Um­ben­hauer scooted un­der­neath him to be­come the new leader.

Once Um­ben­hauer was in front he be­gan dis­tanc­ing him­self from the oth­ers and in a mat­ter of time he en­coun­tered lap traf­fic.

Bat­tling for po­si­tions be­hind Um­ben­hauer were Howard and Jeff Strunk, who started 12th and 13th re­spec­tively, B. Hirth­ler and Ryan Grim.

The field re­grouped putting the com­pe­ti­tion right on Um­ben­hauer’s bumper when Bobby Trap­per Jr. was spun in the third turn. Um­ben­hauer wasted no time punch­ing the ac­cel­er­a­tor when ac­tion re­sumed since he knew Howard, Strunk, B. Hirth­ler and R. Grim were in pur­suit.

Strunk took over sec­ond with four laps re­main­ing to at­tempt to pass Um­ben­hauer for the lead.

No one was able to over­take Um­ben­hauer af­ter he held off all chal­lenges to win the fea­ture end­ing his winless drought since the last time he stood in the win­ner’s cir­cle was June 24, 2017.Chas­ing Um­ben­hauer across were Strunk, Howard, Frank Cozze and Ryan Grim.

RICH KEPNER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Jared Um­ben­hauer cel­e­brates in vic­tory lane af­ter his Mod­i­fied win at Grand­view Speed­way on Aug. 25.

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