Gu­lar, Reimert, Sny­der take ti­tles

Boyertown’s Gu­lar ends Big 3’s reign de­spite 0 fea­ture wins

The Community Connection - - SPORTS - By Ernie Sax­ton For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

BECHTELSVILLE » For the first time this cen­tury there is a NAS­CAR T.P.Trail­ers 358 Mod­i­fied Cham­pion at Grand­view Speedway not named Howard, Strunk or Von Dohren. Go­ing back to the pre­vi­ous cen­tury it was 1999 when Terry Meit­zler won the ti­tle. Veteran racer Mike Gu­lar is the 2018 Mod­i­fied Cham­pion, his first cham­pi­onship, hav­ing tal­lied 3536 points with­out ben­e­fit of a fea­ture win but earned with con­sis­tent strong fin­ishes all sea­son.

“My car owner pro­vided us with great equip­ment,” said Gu­lar. “Over the years my par­ents have been very sup­port­ive of my rac­ing and sac­ri­ficed for my rac­ing. My dad (for­mer racer Rudy Gu­lar) was there to see us race many nights and was so happy that we won the ti­tle.

“A big thanks goes to car owner Rich Stankiewicz and his roof­ing busi­ness along with Con­estoga Val­ley Cus­tom Kitchens and of course the great team ef­fort. Our con­sis­tency paid off for us with the cham­pi­onship. We are hop­ing we can top off the sea­son with a win in the Free­dom 76 on Satur­day.”

In the Sports­man di­vi­sion sopho­more rac­ing tal­ent Louden Reimert earned the top spot with 2684 points and like Gu­lar did it with­out ben­e­fit of a fea­ture win. Danny Sny­der led the Late Model stand­ings all sea­son af­ter rat­tling off three fea­ture wins early in the sea­son. Sny­der tal­lied 2211 points to win his first ti­tle.

Ten time Mod­i­fied cham­pion Craig Von Dohren won three fea­tures and had 3386 points to fin­ish 150 points be­hind the new cham­pion. Jeff Strunk, an­other ten time cham­pion, fin­ished third with 3351 points. He had two wins. And the third of the big three, Duane Howard, fin­ished fourth in the fi­nal point tal­lies with 3057 points and no wins.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Chuck Schutz fin­ished sec­ond in the fi­nal Late Model stand­ings with 2053 points and three wins. Wayne Pfeil was a close third with 2023 points and two wins while young Kyle Merkel fin­ished fourth with one win and 2002 coun­ters.

Fin­ish­ing sec­ond to Reimert in the Sports­man stand­ings was Brad Grim with 2549 points and one win. Mike Lisowski took third with 2448 points and two wins.

Un­for­tu­nately the fi­nal point event of the sea­son, WNPV Ra­dio Cham­pi­onship Night, was rained out as were eight other rac­ing nights count­ing to­ward the cham­pi­onship stand­ings.

All at­ten­tion will now be cen­tered on two big nights of rac­ing ac­tion com­ing up on Fri­day, Septem­ber 14, and Satur­day, Septem­ber 15. On Fri­day, 7 p.m., the Sports­man will race in the Free­dom 38 and the Mid At­lantic Sprints will be per­form­ing in a full slate of qual­i­fy­ing events topped by a 25 lap fea­ture. Mod­i­fieds rac­ing in the Satur­day night Free­dom 76 will be per­mit­ted prac­tice laps. Adult ad­mis­sion is $12 while young­sters 6 through 11 pay $5 and kids un­der 6 are ad­mit­ted free. It will also be the last op­por­tu­nity for fans to pur­chase the money sav­ing ad­vance adult tick­ets for the Free­dom 76. Ad­vance tick­ets are priced at $35 with race day tick­ets cost­ing $40.

On Satur­day, Septem­ber 15th, 7 p.m. the “Grand­daddy of Mod­i­fied Stock Car Clas­sics”, the 48th An­nual Free­dom 76 pay­ing $25,000 to win, will be pre­sented. A full se­ries of qual­i­fy­ing events will lead up to the 76 lap fi­nale. Adult ad­mis­sion is $40 while young­sters 6 thru 11 pay $10 and kids un­der 6 are ad­mit­ted free.

The Free­dom 76 has a Septem­ber 22nd rain date while the Fri­day events do not have a rain date.

Check out all in­for­ma­tion on the Free­dom 76 at www.grand­viewspeed­way.com and click on Free­dom 76 where there is info for rac­ers and fans.

Stand­ings

MOD­I­FIEDS AS OF SEPTEM­BER 9, 2018

1. Mike Gu­lar, Boyertown #2 3536

2. Craig Von Dohren, Oley #1C 3386***

3. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown #126 3351**

4. Duane Howard, Oley #66⁄357H 3057

5. Brett Kress­ley, Ore­field #19B 2829***

6. Kevin Hirth­ler, Boyertown #117 2790

7. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Sta­tion #17 2436

8. Doug Man­miller, Shoe­mak­ersville #44M 2403*

9. Jared Um­ben­hauer, Rich­land #19⁄1H 2358*

10. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap #4 2254

11. John Will­man, Birds­boro #74W 1785

12. Kenny Gil­more, Fleet­wood #M7 1784

13. Clay But­ler, Blooms­bury, NJ #48 1767

14. Ryan Lil­ick, Col­legeville #49 1656

15. Eric Biehn, Barto #87 1613

16. Brett Gil­more, Fleet­wood #7 1608

17. Justin Grim, Ore­field #611 1438

18. Kyle Weiss, Ham­burg #21K 1420

19. Steve Swine­hart, Perkiomenville #942 1378

20. Ray Swine­hart, Perkiomenville #33 1304**

21. Tim Buck­wal­ter, Dou­glassville #23X 1128

22. Bobby Trap­per, Jr., Scran­ton #2T/69 1121

23. Ron Kline, Sal­ford #3 1096

24. Briggs Dan­ner, Al­len­town #6⁄78D 1052

25. Danny Erb, Boyertown #44 1042

26. Joe Fanelli, Ex­ton #22 1038

27. Dan Waisem­pacher, Spring­town #01 1010

28. Chris Es­pos­ito, Hat­field #31 1003

29. Jor­dan Henn, Blan­don #77X 870

30. Bobby Trap­per, Al­len­town #69⁄2 864 Other Fea­ture Win­ners: Ste­wart Friesen, Ryan Watt, #14W LATE MOD­ELS AS OF SEPTEM­BER 9, 2018

1. Danny Sny­der, Fred­er­ick #44 2211***

2. Chuck Schutz, Pottstown #00⁄1 2053***

3. Wayne Pfeil, Mohn­ton #72 2023**

4. Kyle Merkel, Green Lane #26 2002*

5. Steve Todorow, Trum­bauersville #93 1956*

6. Drew Weisser, Read­ing #19 1950

7. Lou Egrie, Wil­low Grove #X4 1917

8. Steve Wil­son, Green Lane #15 1643*

9. Jor­dan Knepp, Pottstown #108 1235

10. Cory Merkel, Gil­bertsville #118X 1021

11. Brian Shuey, Shoe­mak­ersville #177 997

12. Pa­trick Robin­son, Bechtelsville #5 970

13. Sean Merkel, Boyertown #118 927*

14. Bryan Sipe, Shoe­mak­ersville #33S 851

15. Todd Ravel, Shoe­mak­ersville #88 730

16. Dal­las Brei­den­bach Spring City #X/22 580

17. Shawn Horn­ing, Blan­don #8M 480

18. Dirk Rim­rott, Phoenixville #5H 480

19. Dave Ogin, Fleet­wood #12 468

20. Ge­orge Ir­win, Ch­ester Springs #22 190

SPORTS­MAN AS OF SEPTEM­BER 9, 2018

1. Louden Reimert, Oley #58 2684

2. Brad Grim, Co­play #23 2549*

3. Mike Lisowski, Min­ersville #15 2448**

4. Craig Whit­moyer, Ham­burg #99 2381*

5. Brad Bright­bill, Sink­ing Springs #19 2298

6. Dy­lan Swine­hart, Fleet­wood #38 2202

7. Brad Arnold, Sink­ing Spring #830 1862**

8. Mark Kem­merer, Green Lane #F10 1826*

9. Kyle Lil­ick, Col­legeville #104 1761**

10. Kurt Bet­tler, Heller­town #54 1672

11. Kenny Bock, Birds­boro#6 1653

12. Jack But­ler, Phillips­burg, NJ #5 1635

13. Joe Funk, Coop­ers­burg #14F 1574

14. Jesse Lan­dis, Gil­bertsville #976 1447

15. Der­rick Smith, Telford #20 1383

16. Brian Hirth­ler, Green Lane #4* 1334*

17. Jim Hous­worth, Reigelsville #72 1321*

18. Mike Mam­mana, Nazareth #31 1244

19. Ryan Beltz, Barto #221 1242*

20. An­drew Kreis, Boyertown #6K 1152 Other Fea­ture Win­ners: Nathan Mohr * * de­notes fea­ture win (Fea­ture wins listed are only those that are NAS­CAR point events.)

RICK KEPNER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE

Mike Gu­lar claimed the mod­i­fied sea­son cham­pi­onship at Grand­view Speedway.

RICK KEPNER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE

Danny Sny­der is joined by his young son in vic­tory lane af­ter win­ning the Fire­cracker 40 Late Model race at Grand­view Speedway on July 7, 2018.

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