Von Dohren, Schutz, Hirth­ler claim points cham­pi­onships at Grand­view

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - 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.

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.

RICK KEPNER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

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

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