MIKE KELLNER SCORES FIRST CAREER MODIFIED VICTORY AT GRANDVIEW, MILLER AND KRESSLEY EARN REPEAT NASCAR VICTORIES
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. August 17, 2014 . . . . Long time Late Model standout Mike Kellner was able to drive to victory in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen 358 Modified feature race earning his first career Modified victory on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. Defending BRC Late Model champion Jason Miller was able to win his second feature of the season taking the top spot in the 25-lap Late Model main event and returning to victory lane in the 25-lap Sportsman feature after a long absence was Brett Kressley earning his third victory of the season.
Mike Kellner began racing in the Late Model class several years ago at Grandview Speedway and throughout the course of time he garnered 30 wins to his credit in the division.
In 2014 Kellner teamed up with Vince Gagliardo for his rookie season in the 358 modified ranks to be teammates with his dad Jon. He was accustomed to driving late models and it took him a while to get used to a modified and the Vince’s Towing and Recovery team struggled on occasion in the New Year. The Lansdale racer is thankful they stuck by him.
Now all three Kellner’s – Jon (the father), Jon Jr. and Mike have won at least one modified feature race at Grandview.
Kellner motored the “Squeak” powered No. A1 into the lead from his pole starting berth, but Mike Laise, Todd Smith, Chris Esposito and Terry Meitzler were right behind him.
Kellner had a comfortable lead built up by the seventh lap, but he encountered lap traffic by the ninth circuit allowing Laise to reel him in.
By the 14th lap Laise caught Kellner as the pair battled for first while Smith, Meitzler and Esposito chased the duo down.
The running order behind Kellner and Laise by lap 20 consisted of Meitzler, Tim Buckwalter and Don Norris Jr. with Duane Howard knocking on the door.
Just as the race appeared it would be non-stop, Norris Jr. tried to go through an opening that closed up and he spun in the second turn for the first and only caution on lap 26. This incident put the pack on Kellner’s bumper for the single-file restart and he gassed it to stay ahead. Laise and Howard had their own battle for second while Meitzler and Jeff Strunk trailed.
Kellner kept everyone behind him and went on to be the ninth different feature winner of the season and pull into victory lane – a place he called “awesome.” Grabbing second on the final lap was Howard followed by Laise, Meitzler and Jeff Strunk, the current point leader. Sixth through tenth were Buckwalter, Craig VonDohren, Billy Pauch Jr., Cargo Trailer product certificate recipient; Jon Kellner and Smith.
Norris Jr., Meitzler, Buckwalter and Laise were the heat winners. The consies were won by Pauch Jr. and Kyle Borror.
Jason Miller, the defending Late Model point champion won his second 25-lap NASCAR BRC Late Model feature of the season by a straightaway over runner-up Chuck Schutz.
Rookie Lou Egrie Jr. led for six laps before Miller overtook him the seventh time around.
While Miller showed the way, Egrie Jr., Kory Fleming, Bill Henning and Lou Egrie diced for second through fifth as positions constantly changed.
As Miller increased the distance by the 16th lap a four-way battle for second ensued between Egrie Jr., Fleming, Schutz and Randy Stoudt, last week’s feature winner with neither one giving up. Stoudt dropped out on the 17th lap with mechanical issues.
Miller, who struggled throughout the course of the season with motor issues, never looked back until he was in the winner’s circle chased across by Schutz, Fleming, Wayne Pfeil and Egrie Jr., for his best run of the season. Finishing sixth was Lou Egrie followed by Dan Green, Cory Merkel, Sean Merkel and Henning, who also received the Cargo Trailers certificate.
Egrie Jr. and Miller won the heats.
Saturday, August 23, these same drivers plus a host of others will compete in the 30-lap Bernheisel Race Components feature.
In the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature, Brett Kressley held off Kenny Gilmore’s challenges to win his third feature of the season.
Sean Weiss was the leader until the eighth lap caution needed when Dean Bachman had contact with Erik Renninger, who was sent to the rear for the mishap. On the restart Brett Gilmore overtook first and was on his way.
B. Gilmore held that position until something broke on the car forcing him to pull into the infield and relinquish the lead to second place runner at the time Brandon Whitmoyer.
Positions were changing every other lap and by the 15th lap Kressley was the new leader.
Kenny Gilmore moved into second on the 17th lap and set his sights on Kressley.
The red was thrown on the 23rd lap when Bachman and Renninger tangled in the first turn. Renninger was sent to the pits and through for the night. Bachman was shaken up a bit. Kressley held his own when action resumed, but Gilmore stuck right with him waiting for a mistake.
Kressley didn’t slip-up and went on to claim the win trailed by Gilmore, B. Whitmoyer, Lilick and Ryan Beltz. Rounding out the top ten were Weiss, Jim Housworth, Paul Kline, Joe Funk III and Jared Umbenhauer, Cargo Trailer certificate recipient. Umbenhauer drove the car normally driven by Jason Neidlinger after his car sustained heavy damage in a heat race incident.
Brian Hirthler, Kline and Weiss won the heats.
Modified Feature (30 Laps): 1. Mike Kellner, 2. Duane Howard, 3. Mike Laise, 4. Terry Meitzler, 5. Jeff Strunk, 6. Tim Buckwalter, 7. Craig Von Dohren, 8. Billy Pauch Jr., 9. Jon Kellner, 10. Todd Smith, 11. Kevin Hartnett, 12. Mike Gular, 13. John Willman, 14. Ryan Grim, 15. Chris Esposito, 16. Frank Cozze, 17. Doug Manmiller, 18. Kevin Hirthler, 19. Nate Christman, 20. Don Norris Jr., 21. Brian Houseknecht, 22. Bobby Gunther-Walsh, 23. Eric Biehn, 24. Andy Ressler, 25. Lou Cicconi, 26. Kyle Borror, 27. Justin Grim, 28. Ray Swinehart. DNQ: Ron Seltmann Jr., Jarrad Miller, Chris Gambler, Mike Mahaney, Neil Huber, Chad Moyer, Paul Moyer, Jordan Umbenhauer.
Late Model Feature (25 Laps): 1. Jason Miller, 2. Chuck Schutz, 3. Kory Fleming, 4. Wayne Pfeil, 5. Lou Egrie Jr., 6. Lou Egrie, 7. Dan Green, 8. Cory Merkel, 9. Sean Merkel, 10. Bill Henning, 11. Rick Todorow, 12. Joe Fanelli, 13. Dave Ogin, 14. Tony Giglio, 15. Randy Stoudt, 16. Steve Butler, 17. Buddy Mertz, 18. John Giesler.
Sportsman Feature (25 Laps): 1. Brett Kressley, 2. Kenny Gilmore, 3. Brandon Whitmoyer, 4. Ryan Lilick, 5. Ryan Beltz, 6. Sean Weiss, 7. Jim Housworth, 8. Paul Kline, 9. Joe Funk III, 10. Jared Umbenhauer, 11. Jordan Henn, 12. Brian Hirthler, 13. Ken Eckert Jr., 14. Guy Germano, 15. Ian Humphreys, 16. Mike Behm, 17. Brett Gilmore, 18. Erik Renninger, 19. Dean Bachman, 20. T.J. Stump, 21. Mike Lisowski, 22. Chris Jenkins, 23. Lex Shive, 24. Jamie Undercoffler, DNS: Craig Whitmoyer.
GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR
MODIFIEDS AS OF AUGUST 16, 2014
1. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #4* 5063**
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 4875*****
3. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 4729***
4. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46 4432****
5. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #357 3885
6. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53 3879
7. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17 3204
8. Nate Christman, Fleetwood, PA #37 3190
9. Kevin Hirthler, Bechtelsville, PA #117 3105*
10. Jordan Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19 3037
SPORTSMAN AS OF AUGUST 16, 2014
1. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #5 4978***********
2. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 4543***
3. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 4268
4. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4* 3641*
5. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA #77H 3391
6. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA #72 3320
7. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA #14J 3247
8. Ryan Beltz, Harleysville, PA #221 3240
9. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 3215*
10. Erik Renninger, Bridgewater, NJ #51 3189
* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are NASCAR point events.)
JOHNSON MAKES LAST LAP PASS FOR WIN AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY
Ransomville, NY – Friday, August 15th- Danny Johnson of Rochester, NY captured his second win of the season in the FinditQuick.com Modified division. In what came down to one of the most exciting finishes of the season, Johnson used a move to the inside of defending champion Pete Bicknell on the final lap to take over the point position and the win in the thirty lap main. Chad Brachmann and Erick Rudolph were also in the hunt as the four car battle brought fans to the edge of their seats. By virtue of his win, Johnson would take over the points lead by just one marker over Ryan Susice and Erick Rudolph who are tied for second. Just two points separate the top three with two point shows remaining. This could not be scripted any better!! Bicknell held on to finish second followed by Brachmann, Rudolph and Susice.
Jesse Cotriss of Akron, NY took top honors for the third time in 2014 aboard the Investors Services Sportsman division. The defending champion used a move to the inside of Justin Sharp on lap eighteen and quickly pulled away from the field. Piloting his Fearby’s Auto sponsored #55c, Cotriss unofficially took over the points lead by three markers over James Michael Friesen. Boyd MacTavish advanced to second followed by Justin Sharp, Greg Martin, and James Henry.
Mike Martin of Lockport, NY captured his second win of the season in the Van Raine Construction Novice Sportsman twelve lap main. Martin took the lead away from Dan Heschke with just a couple of laps remaining. Heschke held on for second followed by James Sweeting, Randy Chrysler Jr., and Jim Stone.
Ransomville fans, drivers, staff, and sponsors joined in presenting a “sea of orange” in remembrance of Kevin Ward whom lost his life the week prior at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park. In addition to many in attendance wearing orange, patrons of the pit area lined the backstretch and joined those in the grandstands with a moment of silence for Kevin. The Modified feature would find the outside pole position left empty for Kevin during the initial pace lap. During victory lane, one attendee mentioned how fitting it was that an orange car won the headlining division’s feature main. R.I.P #13.
MODIFIEDS FEATURE FINISH – DANNY JOHNSON, Pete Bicknell, Chad Brachmann, Erick Rudolph, Ryan Susice, John Smith, Scott Kerwin, Jeff McGinnis, Tom Flannigan, Steve Schumacher, Robbie Krull, Rick Richner, Sam Crogan, Chuck Hossfeld, Russ Zimmerman, Nick Joy, Dave Flannigan Jr., and Brett Clarke. Heat Winners – Pete Bicknell and Jeff McGinnis.
SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – JESSE COTRISS, Boyd MacTavish, JustiN Sharp, Greg Martin, James Henry, Nate Reynolds, Derrick Borkenhagen, James Friesen, Andy Smith, Brett Martin, Mike Williams, Billy Coleman, Kevin Wills, Allan Wills, Kenny Wills, Sean Letts, Don Spatorico, and Matt Farnham. Heat Winners – Derrick Borkenhagen and James Henry.
NOVICE SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – MIKE MARTIN, Dan Heschke, James Sweeting, Randy Chrysler Jr., Jim Stone, Steve Lewis, Joe Drake, Ken Washburn, and Rick Blech. Heat Winner – Dan Heschke.
CAREY TERRANCE DOMINATES FOR 3RD WIN OF THE YEAR AT MOHAWK INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
AKWESASNE, NY – In 358 Modified action Lance Willix and David Papineau led the field to Austin Swamp's green flag with Willix jumping out to the early race lead over Carey Terrance, David Papineau, Gage Morin and Ryan Arbuthnot. Willix had one of the fastest cars on the track as he opened up a full straightaway lead by lap 10 and was in search of his first win in a long time at Mohawk. Carey Terrance was racing with a heavy heart on this night and was more than determined to run down the race leader. By lap 15 Terrance would catch Willix in traffic and would use the top side of the speedway to grab the lead away over Willix, Brian McDonald, Billy Dunn and David Papineau. Once in front Terrance began to show his muscle as he pulled out to a commanding lead as behind him Lance Willix was doing all he could do to hold on to 2nd as McDonald, Dunn and Papineau closed in. McDonald would move by for 2nd with 5 laps to go but Terrance was running like a bear through lapped cars and would build up a lead of over 3 seconds as the laps wound down. With the race going caution free Carey Terrance had no problems throughout the entire 25 lap contest as he cruised to his 3rd win of the season in dominant fashion. Brian McDonald held on for 2nd while Billy Dunn nipped Lance Willix at the line for 3rd with last week's winner at Cornwall, Gage Morin rounding out the top 5.
In the Sportsman division the odds of a first time winner were pretty good as 2 former Mohawk track champions started on the front row with former Pro Stock champion Ricky Thompson taking the top spot away from reigning Mod Lite champion Joel Hargrave. Thompson would have no problems in the opening 5 laps as he built up a comfortable advantage over the rest of the field as behind him Hargrave, Zach Arquiett, Adam Rozon and Louie Jackson Jr. were having a great battle in the top 5. On lap 11 Thompson still held the lead but as he entered traffic the first yellow flew for Billy Cook who broke a front end in turn 4. On the restart Thompson still was able to pull away with no problems as Hargrave, Jackson, Bryan Green and Wyatt Mullin were on the charge in the top 5. Bryan Green was running his best race of the season as he charged by both Jackson and Hargrave to jump into 2nd, and quickly reel in the leader by lap 17. On lap 18 the final yellow flew giving Bryan Green a clear shot at the leader. On the restart Thompson grabbed the top spot but Green was able to keep pace. Corey Wheeler was also on the charge as he recovered from a mid race tangle to charge back to the front and contend for the win. Bryan Green gave it all he had but the experience of Ricky Thompson paid off as he finally broke through to score his first ever Sportsman feature since moving from the Pro Stock division. Green came home 2nd with Wheeler, Dylan Evoy and Mike Maresca who recovered from a hard crash in hot laps to score yet another top 5 finish coming home 5th.
August 15th, 2014 Race Results:
358 Modified CAREY TERRANCE, Brian McDonald, Billy Dunn, Lance Willix, Gage Morin, Chris Raabe, Ryan Arbuthnot, Danny O'Brien, Tom Conklin, David Papineau, Jordan McCreadie, Steve Paine, Charlie Rice, Joel Doiron, Matt Woodruff, Bruno Lepage, John Mulder, Kevin Bates, Kevin Gamble, Casey Swamp
Sportsman RICKY THOMPSON, Bryan Green, Corey Wheeler, Dylan Evoy, Mike Maresca, Wyatt Mullin, Joel Hargrave, Louie Jackson Jr., Ryan Stabler, Ryan Helm, Adam Rozon, Thomas Cook, Eli Gilbert, Perry Francis, Brianna Ladouceur, Scott Mere, Neal Provost, Jasmine David, Greg Snyder, Robert Delormier, John Greene III, Mike Stacey, John Greene Jr., Billy Cook, Brent Kelsey, Zach Arquiett, Styles Arquiett
PAUCH JR. WINS PRELUDE TO COAL CRACKER FOR FIFTH VICTORY OF SEASON, HAUS WINS LATE MODEL FEATURE AND TITLE, BECKER IN ROADRUNNERS
MINERSVILLE, PA - August 17th, 2014
Scott Haus scored the Late Model point Championship Friday evening at Big Diamond Speedway and did it in fashionable style as he also scored the evenings feature win. Haus drew the pole in the rewdraw and lined up with Steve Nederosteck on the outside and brought the field to the green. Scott quickly put his red and white number 21 in front of the field and never looked back. Nederostak would be challenged by Bryan Bernheisel and on lap 11 Bernheisel took over the runner up spot, but 4 laps later, Andrew Haus would take that spot and give the Haus family first and second place finishes for the evening. Bernheisel would finish third followed by Steve Nederostak and Grant Adams. Scott Haus is your 2014 Slifko Fabrication Services Points Champion, finishing second in the points was Steve Nederostak, with Danny Snyder, Andy Haus and Billy Wampler rounding out the top five in points.
The Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic 358 Modifieds had their chance to get their cars ready for the upcoming Coal Cracker 72 event by running in the 2nd annual Prelude to the Coal Cracker. Doug Manmiller drew the pole alongside Billy Pauch Jr. and took the field to the green flag. Pauch would quickly take over the top spot and pull away from the field for the win. Manmiller, Craig Von Dohren, Frank Cozze and Rich Laubach would battle it out for the runner up spot, and it was Manmiller who would take 2nd place at the finish line, followed by VonDohren, Cozze and Laubach.
Frank Cozze was the overall victor in the one-on-one match races for the top 11 in points, taking home a set of four Hoosier tires for his efforts.
The Savage 61 Roadrunners saw Jeremy Becker and TJ Fitzpatrick bring the field to the green flag. Becker would take over the top spot honors and Fitzpatrick would fall to 2nd and feel pressure from Kris Ney. The pair would swap the 2nd spot back and forth numerous times. Becker ended up taking home the win, Kris Ney would earn the runner up spot followed by Fitzpatrick, Tom Hablett and Jim Kost. Becker is the current points leader in the class, followed by Chris Holland, Jim Kost, Shon Elk and Tim Fitzpatrick JR.
Racing returns to Big Diamond Speedway this coming Friday, August 22nd, featuring the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, USS Achey Sportsman, Savage 61 Roadrunners, and the Enduro Dash cars.
For the Modifieds and Sportsman, it will also be championship night, with the season long point battles decided in both divisions. In the Modfieds, just 69 points separate the top 3 of Rick Laubach, Duane Howard, and Billy Pauch Jr., with Frank Cozze, Kevin Smith, and Meme Desantis still mathematically in the hunt. It would be the first Big Diamond Speedway point title for everyone listed except for Howard, who is going for his 8th track championship. In the USS Achey Sportsman, just 33 points separate the top 3 of Wayne Witmer, Tim Fitzpatrick, and Doug Handricks, with Billy Moyer Jr., Clay Butler, Shawn Light and Kevin Beach still in the mix. For everyone but Hendricks and Beach it would be their first Big Diamond Speedway track title, while for Hendricks and Beach it would be their second.
Gates open at 5 PM, with warm-ups at 7:15 PM and the first heat hitting the track at 8:15 PM. Adult general admission is $15.00, seniors and students ages 13 to 17 are $13.00 (both with valid ID), while active military (with ID) and kids 12 and under are free.
For Modified drivers, entry forms will be available at the pit sign in booth for the annual Jack Rich Memorial Coal Cracker 72 race to be held Sunday, August 31st. Early car entry fee for this event is $40 and $60 the day of the race.
Speaking of Coal Cracker weekend, we are less than two weeks away from the annual event spread over two days of the Labor Day weekend. On Friday, August 29th, the Sportsman cars take the main stage with the running of the Coal Cracker 40 for the Sportsman paying $1,600 to win and $150 to take the green (with 26 or more cars). Both Hoosier and American Racer tires will be allowed for this event. Also on the card will be the Savage 61 Roadrunners in their final point event of the season, along with the Enduro Dash cars and a just added Modified non-winners race for the Modifieds. The winner of the non-winners race gets a guaranteed starting spot in Sunday's Coal Cracker 72 event. The Late Model portion of the Coal Cracker weekend scheduled for Friday evening has been canceled. Gates will open at 5 PM, warm-ups are at 7:45 PM, and first heat hits the track at 8:15 PM.
Then on Sunday, August 31st, it's time for the biggest race of the season at Big Diamond Speedway, the Jack Rich Memorial Coal Cracker 72 race paying $10,000 to win win and $700 just to take the green flag. A stellar field of cars is expected for this event which was won last season by Jeff Strunk in the 4* machine. Both Hoosier and American Racer tires are legal for this event. Also on the card will be the Savage 61 Roadrunners in their Coal Cracker 25 event paying $300 to win, and a huge fireworks display for the fans.
Gates will open at 4 PM on Sunday, with warm-ups at 7:45 PM and the first heat at 8:15 PM. Grandstand general admission for the Sunday portion of Coal Cracker weekend will be $25.00, with kids 12 and under free. Pit participation fees on Sunday will be $40.00 per person with no license required.
Big Diamond Speedway
Friday, Aug. 15
DIRTcar 358 Modifieds (30 Laps) 1) Billy Pauch Jr. 2) Doug Manmiller 3) Craig Von Dohren 4) Frank Cozze 5) Rick Laubach 6) Kevin Albert Jr. 7) Ryan Godown 8) Duane Howard 9) Kyle Follweiler 10) Kevin Smith 11) Ray Swinehart 12) Ryan Watt 13) Brett Kressley 14) Bobby Gunther Walsh 15) Rusty Smith 16) Steve Searock IV 17) Dale Hartz 18) Shawn Fitzpatrick 19) John Willman 20) Dan Hineline 21) Jeff Strunk 22) Tim Buckwalter 23) Danny Nicholas 24) Jared Umbenhauer 25) Mike Mammana 26) Meme Desantis
DNQ) Brad Trice, Scott Albert, Harry Landis, Jason Rivers, Heath Metzger, Jamie Speers, Mario Dinatale, Paul Moyer, Kyle Borror, Jim Bobbitt Jr., Robin Schultz, Tim Fitzpatrick, Ron Haring Jr., Shawn Ward, Colt Harris
Heat Winners - Rick Laubach, Meme Desantis, Duane Howard, Shawn Fitzpatrick
Modified Challenge Races - Overall Winner - Frank Cozze
Late Models (20 Laps) 1) Scott Haus 2) Andrew Haus 3) Bryan Bernheisel 4) Steve Nederostak 5) Grant Adams 6) Danny Snyder 7) Sean Merkel 8) Jim O' Hara DNS) Ben Whitaker, Drew Weiser
Roadrunners (20 Laps) 1) Jeremy Becker 2) Kris Ney 3) TJ Fitzpatrick 4) Tom Hablett 5) Jim Kost 6) Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. 7) Andrew Fayash III 8) Chris Holland 9) Joey Brennan 10) Jared Seigfried 11) Terry Kramer Jr. 12) Joe Kavanaugh 13) John Whyne 14) Greg Zelinsky 15) Bruce Ditzler 16) Jon Schlauch 17) Chuck Eckert 18) Shon Elk DNS) Devin Trexler DQ) Jesse Krasnitsky
Heat Winners - Tom Hablett, Jesse Krasnitsky