BECHTELSVILLE, Pa. – From 23rd on the grid, Jeff Strunk raced the Glenn Hyneman-owned No. 126 to a $3,000 NASCAR 358 Modified payday Tuesday night at Grandview Speedway.
Ryan Watt jumped to the early lead from his front row starting position, followed closely by Jared Umbenhauer. A lap three yellow flag slowed the field for the first time.
On the restart, Watt continued on in the top spot, with Umbenhauer in second and Craig VonDohren moving into the third position.
The top-three competitors battled side-by-side for the lead, with Umbenhauer slipping past Watt on multiple occasions but unable to hold the top spot.
Lap-by-lap Watt maintained command over the field, with Umbenhauer and VonDohren forming a three-car chase for the checkered.
A lap 21 restart offered Strunk an opportunity to pounce, first on VonDohren and then on Umbenhauer one lap later.
Strunk raced outside Watt’s No. 14W on the 23rd lap and finally completed the pass after multiple attempts. Strunk went on to claim his 13th NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series win and his first since 2015.
Watt settled for second place, ahead of VonDohren, Umbenahuer in fourth, and Doug Manmiller in the fifth position.
Modified heat races were won by Brian Papiez, Ron Kline, and Ryan Watt.
Strunk maintains his position as the winningest driver in NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series modified history with his win Tuesday night.