Gu­lar breaks Big 3’s Grand­view reign with con­sis­tency

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

For the first time since 1999 when Terry Meit­zler won the NASCAR 358 Mod­i­fied ti­tle at Grand­view, there is a cham­pion not named Jeff Strunk, Craig Von Dohren or Duane Howard.

For the first time in his ca­reer, Boy­er­town racer Mike Gu­lar was able to win the T.P.Trail­ers NASCAR 358 Mod­i­fied cham­pi­onship at Grand­view and he did it with­out ben­e­fit of a fea­ture win. Re­ly­ing on con­sis­tent per­for­mances that kept him in front of the stand­ings from the early part of the sea­son to edge out 10time track cham­pion Craig Von Dohren for the lu­cra­tive cham­pi­onship.

The son of for­mer Grand­view stand­out Rudy Gu­lar tal­lied 3536 points on his way to the ti­tle.

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

“A big thanks goes to car owner Rich Stankiewicz and his roof­ing busi­ness along with Con­estoga Val­ley Cus­tom Kitchens of course a huge thanks for a great team ef­fort. Our con­sis­tency paid off for us with the ti­tle.”

Fin­ish­ing sec­ond was Von Dohren, the all-time lead­ing fea­ture win­ner at the Bech­telsville clay oval with more than 100 wins dur­ing his ca­reer, with 3386 coun­ters and three fea­ture wins.

An­other 10-time Mod­i­fied cham­pion Jeff Strunk came home third in the stand­ings with two wins and 3351 points keep­ing the bat­tle for the cham­pi­onship close all sea­son.

Duane Howard, shut out of vic­tory lane all dur­ing the cham­pi­onship chase, tal­lied 3057 points. How­ever Howard came back to win the sea­son clos­ing Free­dom 76 Clas­sic earn­ing more than $25,000.

Three fea­ture win­ner Brett Kress­ley, point leader early in the sea­son, fin­ished fifth in the stand­ings

Young Louden Reimert, in his sopho­more sea­son, took the top hon­ors in the NASCAR Sports­man divi­sion. Louden’s dad, Shawn, was a five fea­ture win­ner in the Mod­i­fieds dur­ing his ca­reer and Grand­fa­ther Terry was also a win­ner. The Oley, PA racer also took the ti­tle with­out a fea­ture win and used con­sis­tency to tally 2684 points to top sec­ond place Brad Grim. With one fea­ture win to his credit Grim stayed close to Reimert in the fi­nal weeks but fell a lit­tle short of the ti­tle with 2549 tal­lies. Two time fea­ture win­ner Mike Lisowksi came home third in the fi­nal stand­ings with 2448 points. Vet­eran Craig Whit­moyer, a fea­ture win­ner, earned fourth in the stand­ings with 2,381 coun­ters and fifth was taken by Brad Bright­bill with 2298 points and no fea­ture wins.

After be­ing away from weekly com­pe­ti­tion at Grand­view for a few years rac­ing ta­lent Danny Sny­der, of Fred­er­ick, Pa., won three fea­tures on his way to the cham­pi­onship in the NASCAR Late Model divi­sion. Danny also comes from a rac­ing fam­ily as his dad, Terry, was a multi-fea­ture win­ner at Grand­view and did race a few times dur­ing the sea­son. Nine time cham­pion Chuck Schutz put on a late sea­son charge but fell short of a tenth ti­tle. The vet­eran racer won three fea­tures and chalked 2,053 points. Two time fea­ture win­ner Wayne Pfeil came home third in the stand­ings with 2,023 points while Kyle Merkel had 2002 and a fea­ture win to grab fourth. Steve Todorow earned a win and 1,956 coun­ters on his way to a fifth place fin­ish.

More than 100 rac­ers took part in the three di­vi­sions of Satur­day night stock car rac­ing on the onethird-mile, banked clay oval dur­ing the sea­son. Un­for­tu­nately nine events fell to rain.

Nine dif­fer­ent driv­ers won Mod­i­fied fea­tures while eleven driv­ers vis­ited vic­tory lane in the Sports­man and there were seven win­ners in Late Mod­els.

Rac­ing ac­tion will get the green on March 30th with a free-to-the-pub­lic prac­tice ses­sion set to start at noon.

2019 will be the 57th con­sec­u­tive sea­son of stock rac­ing at the Bech­telsville clay oval. In­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.grand­viewspeed­way.com.

RICK KEPNER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Mike Gu­lar was the mod­i­fied cham­pion at Grand­view this year, do­ing it with­out a fea­ture win.

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