Strunk, Schutz, Hirth­ler haul in first fea­ture wins of sea­son

The Southern Berks News - - SPORTS - By Ernie Sax­ton

BECH­TELSVILLE » Jeff Strunk, 10-time NASCAR T.P. Trail­ers Mod­i­fied point cham­pion, de­fend­ing NASCAR Late Model point cham­pion Chuck Schutz and NASCAR Sports­man de­fend­ing cham­pion Brian Hirth­ler were in vic­tory lane for the first time this sea­son on Satur­day night at Grand­view Speed­way when they each won their re­spec­tive fea­ture. The ac­tiv­i­ties were spon­sored by K&N Fil­ters and broad­cast by RCNTV, Al­len­town.

Strunk, the fourth dif­fer­ent Mod­i­fied win­ner of the sea­son, held off the late stage chal­lenges of Mike Gu­lar, cur­rently sec­ond in the point stand­ings, for his 68th career win in the 30-lap event. Strunk ded­i­cated the win to for­mer pro­moter Bruce Rogers, who passed away last year, and to Ben Moyer, a long­time sup­porter of rac­ing that re­cently lost his bat­tle to can­cer plus Strunk also thanked all the sup­port­ive fans.

Schutz got by leader Kyle Merkel for the lead with five laps to go in the 25-lap Late Model fea­ture to be­come the fourth dif­fer­ent win­ner thus far.

Brian Hirth­ler be­came the sea­son’s fifth dif­fer­ent NASCAR Sports­man 25-lap fea­ture win­ner by hold­ing off the chal­lenges of run­ner-up Ryan Beltz.

Pro­vid­ing all win­ners met the nec­es­sary re­quire­ments, they re­ceived mon­e­tary awards from T.P. Trail­ers, prod­ucts from VP Gas. Strunk, Kyle Merkel and Hirth­ler were the re­cip­i­ents of the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie award.


K&N Fil­ters Night Mod­i­fied Fea­ture (30 Laps): 1. Jeff Strunk, 2. Mike Gu­lar, 3. Brett Kress­ley, 4. Duane Howard, 5. Craig Von Dohren, 6. Eric Biehn, 7. Tim Buck­wal­ter, 8. Kevin Hirth­ler, 9. Kenny Gil­more, 10. Justin Grim, 11. Ryan Brim, 12. Ryan Lil­ick, 13. Steve Swine­hart, 14. Ron Kline, (pro­vi­sional), 15. Sky­lar Sher­iff, 16. Kyle Weiss, 17. Chris Es­pos­ito, 18. Brett Gil­more, 19. Chris But­ler, 20. Chris Gam­bler, 21. Joe Fanelli, 22. Dan Waisem­pacher, 23. Jared Um­ben­hauer, 24. Bobby Trapper Jr., 25. Ron Selt­mann Jr., 26. Doug Man­miller, 27. Mike Kellner, 28. John Will­man. DNQ: Bobby Gun­ther, Steve Young, Car­roll Hine III, Jor­dan Henn, Briggs Dan­ner, Bobby Trapper, Mark Kratz and Ron Myers. K&N Fil­ters Night Late Model Fea­ture (25 Laps): 1. Chuck Schutz, 2. Kyle Merkel, 3. Brian Shuey, 4. Sean Merkel, 5. Lou Egrie, 6. Draw Weisser, 7. Steve Wilson, 8. Steve Todorow, 9. Danny Snyder, 10. Dirk Rim­rott, 11. Pa­trick Robin­son, 12. Shawn Horn­ing, 13. Dustin Fitzcharles, 14. Bryon Sipe, 15. Todd Ravel, 16. Dal­las Brei­den­bach. K&N Fil­ters Night Sports­man Fea­ture (25 Laps): 1. Brian Hirth­ler, 2. Ryan Beltz, 3. Louden Reimert, 4. An­drew Kreis, 5. Brad Arnold, 6. Dy­lan Swine­hart, 7. Brad Grim, 8. Jack But­ler, 9. Mike Lisowski, 10. Brad Bright­bill, 11. Kenny Bock, 12. Jesse Lan­dis, 13. Kyle Lil­ick, 14. Mike Mam­mana, 15. Der­rick Smith, 16. Jim Hous­worth, 17. Gary Wag­ner, 18. Andy Clem­mer, 19. Josh Adams, 20. B.J. Joly, 21. Craig Whit­moyer, 22. Nico Flam­mer, 23. Kurt Bet­tler, 24. Mark Kem­merer (pro­vi­sional), 25. Nathan Mohr. DNQ: Lex Shive, Mike Kof­fel, Mike Florito and Ryan Higgs.

RICK KEPNER - FOR DFM Chuck Schutz raises the check­ered flag af­ter gain­ing his first Late Model win of the 2018 sea­son Satur­day night at Grand­view Speed­way.

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