BECHTELSVILLE, Pa. – The outcome of the 30-lap BRC NASCAR Late Model feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway came down to a photo finish between Brian Shuey and current point leader and defending champion Chuck Schutz.
Shuey was declared the winner for his second win of the year in the event sponsored by Bernheisel Race Components.
Shuey was just glad he could hold off Schutz’s challenges when the pair raced side-by-side.
“Schutz had the lane to take the lead away, but I just never gave up,” Shuey said.
Shuey, Buckwalter, Young and Andrew Kreis were the recipients of the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie bonuses.
The Late Model feature saw Shuey shoot past polesitter Lou Egrie Sr. to put the Scott Lee owned car at the head of the 17-car starting grid trailed by Egrie Sr., Bryon Sipe, Jordan Knepp and Steve Todorow.
In no time Shuey had a comfortable lead built up and by the sixth lap encountered slower-moving traffic.
The first and only caution was when Shawn Horning spun in the second turn on the 13th lap putting the field right on Shuey’s bumper. Shuey turned it up a bit on the restart since by this time Schutz, who started eighth, was in the runner-up spot giving Shuey no margin to error.
The former point champions were nip ‘n tuck as the pair put on a fierce side-by-side duel. Schutz would edge ahead slightly, but when the lap counted Shuey was the leader.
It was anyone’s guess as to what the outcome would be, but when the checkered unfurled Shuey was the one that pulled into the winner’s circle beating out Schutz by inches. Todorow was third followed by Egrie Sr. and Drew Weisser.
The T.P. Trailers 358 NASCAR Modified 30-lap feature also went down to the wire. Tim Buckwalter, who recently returned to the track behind the wheel of the Norm Saxton-owned No. 24, held off veteran campaigner Frank Cozze’s closing lap bids to claim his first win of the season and his second career win to become the 12th different winner in the division.
Two new names were added to the books in the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman features. Steve Young, driving the Marshall’s Home Comfort Services No. 187, narrowly beat out runner-up Jim Housworth by .068 of a second to record his first career victory. The event was the race rained out from the Aug. 19 portion of the show.
The Sportsman feature from the regular segment was closer yet. In the photo finish win, sophomore racer Derrick Smith crossed the line .029 of a second ahead of defending point champion Jordan Henn. Smith, who didn’t expect to be in the winner’s circle had no idea that Henn was there until the end.