KRESSLEY SCORES THIRD MODIFIED VICTORY AT GRANDVIEW, 3 OTHERS JOIN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE ON BECHTELSVILLE CAR WASH NIGHT
Story By: Ernie Saxton/Grandview Speedway
Photos By: George Steigerwalt/RacersGuide.com
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. JULY 1, 2018 . . . Saturday night at Grandview Speedway in activities sponsored by Bechtelsville Car Wash, Brett “The Threat” Kressley scored his third T.P. Trailers NASCAR 30-lap Modified feature victory by outdistancing runner-up Duane Howard.
In the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature Ryan Beltz scored his second point career win in the event.
Tim Tanner Jr. was the victor in the 25-lap Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series Sprint feature.
Brett Peters was able to win the 15-lap feature in the Blast From The Past Vintage division.
Providing the feature winners met the requirements, they received monetary awards from T.P. Trailers and also product certificates from BP Fuels.
Jordan Henn returned to the Modified ranks after being forced out of competition a few weeks ago and wasted no time grabbing the early lead.
John Willman, Ray Swinehart, Kenny Gilmore and Ron Kline diced for the remaining positions behind the rookie.
Willman and Gilmore battled for four laps for second before Willman broke free and set sail after Henn and by lap 11 he put his bids in for the lead.
By the Dan’s Deli ½- hoagie mark, a three-way battle for the top spot ensured between Henn, Willman and Kressley.
Kressley, who started 12th, made a bold move coming out of the fourth turn and got around Willman and Henn for first.
Mark Kratz slowed his pace in turn two to bring out the 21st lap caution.
Kressley held his pace on the restart with the order behind him comprised of Willman, Howard, Jared Umbenhauer and Mike Gular, with all of them trying their best to advance.
Howard moved by Willman on the 22nd lap and set his signs on Kressley, who had a commanding lead built up.
No more restarts were needed once Kressley gained control to allow anyone an opportunity to overtake him and at the wave of the checkered it was career win number six. Chasing him across the line were Howard, Umbenhauer, Willman, who finally had a change of luck for his season best finish and Gular.
Qualifying events were won by Craig Von Dohren, Henn, Kressley and Ryan Grim. Tim Buckwalter and Brett Gilmore won the consolation races.
The Sportsman feature saw Kenny Bock take the early lead and set the pace for four laps until Beltz slipped underneath him as the pair came off turn four to become the new leader.
Kyle Lilick brought out the first yellow on the ninth lap when he stopped along the homestretch infield apron. On the restart Bock got the edge on Beltz and was back in first.
After two tries to get the 11th lap in in the books Beltz managed to regain the lead.
Behind Beltz jockeying for positions were Bock, Mark Kemmerer, Craig Whitmoyer and Jack Butler.
Kemmerer moved into second on the 19th lap and set sail after Beltz. In no time Kemmerer caught the leader to pressure him.
A fourth turn multi-car incident set up a one lap shoot out for the win. On the restart as Beltz and Kemmerer exited the fourth turn, contact was made between the two and Kemmerer hit the first turn wall putting him out of contention. He was uninjured but the car sustained heavy damage.
Beltz never surrendered the lead and went on to claim the win. Finishing second was Whitmoyer followed by Bock, for his season best finish, Brian Hirthler and Butler.
Beltz, Butler and Lilick were the heat winners. The consi went to Ken Eckert Jr.
In the 25-lap MASS Sprint feature pole sitter Scott Frack was the early leader and survived several caution and red flag incidents.
Things changed on the 12th lap red flag restart brought out when Logan Diehl flipped on the backstretch. He was uninjured. Frack held the lead when racing resumed, but now Tanner Jr. got past Ryan Stillwagon for second to challenge the leader.
The red was displayed again for Bryant Davis’ flip between turns three and four after he hit the infield tire marker. This time Tanner Jr. made his move to the inside groove off four and was the new leader with Stillwagon following through for second.
Tanner Jr. and Stillwagon raced side-by-side for several laps, but it was Tanner Jr. that picked up the victory. Finishing a close second was Stillwagon followed by Dan Brown, Rick Stief and Andy Best.
Todd Lapp led the 15-lap Blast From The Past Vintage feature for five laps before Brett Peters passed him for the front position.
Peters never faltered and went on to win the event trailed by Doug Steppenchuck, Andy Cassel, Lapp and Wyatt Jacobus.
There is Tuesday night, July 3, racing at Grandview featuring the Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek 410 sprints and TP Trailers 358 Modifieds. Racing takes place at 7:30 p.m.
The biggest event of the season is coming up for the Late Model stock cars at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, July 7th when the annual Firecracker 40 takes place.
The format for the Late Model portion of the tripleheader night of racing excitement will have racers run practice hot laps, timed hot laps and the fastest eight will redraw for the 40-lap feature race. However if the car count is 24 or more then there will be qualifying through eight lap heat races with 24 cars starting the Firecracker 40.
Joining the Late Models as part of the Firecracker tripleheader will be the very popular T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds along with the exciting Sportsman racers.
Racers taking part in the Low Down & Dirty Meet and Greet at the main entrance starting at 5 p.m. will be Danny Snyder, Kyle Merkel and Wayne Pfeil.
Adult admission for this special night of racing will be $20 while youngsters 6 through 11 pay just $5. Kids under 6 are admitted FREE. Active military, with proper ID, are admitted free. And there is free parking on the speedway grounds.
BRC Car Wash T.P. Trailers NASCAR Modified Feature (30 Laps): 1. Brett Kressley, 2. Duane Howard, 3. Jared Umbenhauer, 4. John Willman, 5. Mike Gular, 6. Mike Mahaney, 7. Craig Von Dohren, 8. Jeff Strunk, 9. Kevin Hirthler, 10. Ryan Grim, 11. Ron Kline, 12. Doug Manmiller, 13. Ryan Lilick, 14. Eric Biehn, 15. Jordan Henn, 16. Clay Butler, 17. Joe Fanelli, 18. Kyle Weiss, 19. Steve Swinehart, 20. Chris Esposito, 21. Bobby Trapper, 22. Ryan Watt, 23. Kenny Gilmore, 24. Mark Kratz, 25. Brett Gilmore, 26. Ray Swinehart, 27. Timmy Buckwalter, 28. Ron Seltmann Jr. DNQ: Ron Myers, Skylar Sheriff, Bobby Gunther Walsh, Briggs Danner, Dan Waisempacher, Frank Cozze, Bobby Trapper Jr., Carroll Hine III, Justin Grim and Chris Gambler.
BRC NASCAR Sportsman Feature (25 Laps): 1. Ryan Beltz, 2. Craig Whitmoyer, 3. Kenny Bock, 4. Brian Hirthler, 5. Jack Butler, 6. Brad Brightbill, 7. Joe Funk III, 8. Mike Mammana, 9. Brad Grim, 10. Sean Weiss, 11. Derrick Smith, 12. Nicho Flammer, 13. Mark Kemmerer, 14. Jim Housworth, 15. Louden Reimert, 16. Mike Lisowski, 17. Jesse Landis, 18. Kurt Bettler, 19. Ken Eckert Jr., 20. Andy Clemmer, 21. Dylan Swinehart, 22. Paul Houseknecht, 23. Kyle Lilick, 24. Nathan Mohr. DNQ: Andrew Kreis and Brad Arnold.
MASS Sprint Feature (25 Laps): 1. Tim Tanner Jr., 2. Ryan Stillwagon, 3. Dan Brown, 4. Rick Stief, 5. Andy Best, 6. Jonathan Haegele, 7. Eddie Wagner, 8. Jeff Geiges, 9. Tom Carberry, 10. Zack Burd, 11. C.J. Faison, 12. Chad Connor, 13. Tim Smolenyak, 14. Scott Frack, 15. Bryant Davis, 16. Logan Diehl, 17. Tyler Reinhardt, 18. Brendon Poff, 19. Austin Bishop, 20. Johnny Yanek, 21. Keith Andersen, 22. Dominic Melair, 23. Daniel Leaper, 24. Larry McVay.
Blast From The Past Vintage Feature (15 Laps): 1. Brett Peters, 2. Doug Steppenchuck, 3. Andy Cassel, 4. Todd Lapp, 5. Wyatt Jacobus Sr., 6. Rich Decker, 7. Domique Deglas, 8. Ricky Rutt, 9. Doug Miller, 10. Dave Dissinger, 11. Tom Orth, 12. Brock Jacobus, 13. Bill Gerhart. DNS: Mike Kelly and Mike Mervine.