BECHTELSVILLE, Penn. – Defending NASCAR 358 champion Craig VonDohren held off the challengers to win his second 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night.
The win came during T.P. Trailers Night with the Oley, PA based seven time champion earning $2,900 for his efforts including $250 bonus bucks from T.P.Trailers and $150 worth of racing gasoline from VP Racing Fuels.
In the 25-lap NASCAR BRC Late Model feature, Ron Kline, who appeared to be on his way to his first win of the season the previous week until he ran over a muffler on the track and punctured his tire which eventually caused him to spin, led from start to finish to “finally get the monkey off his back,” and pick up the win. The Salford, PA racer also received $100 from T.P. Trailers plus an additional $100 from J & H Automotive owner Harry Gallagher.
For the second week in a row Jared Umbenhauer, who calls Richland, PA home, won the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature for his fifth win of the year and received $100 from T.P. Trailers.
Rookie Brad Arnold was the early race leader for seven laps of the Modified event before DeSantis charged to the front of the 30-car starting grid.
Kyle Borror, another rookie this year, spun in the fourth turn to bring out the caution on the 10th lap. DeSantis restarted on the inside, but by now Von Dohren was second. DeSantis wasted no time motoring away on the restart with Von Dohren by his side making numerous moves.
By the Dan’s Deli ½-way mark lap, the order consisted of DeSantis, Von Dohren, Mike Gular, Ryan Grim and Arnold with the outcome anyone’s guess.
DeSantis’ slight edge was eliminated when the field regrouped for a multi-car first turn accident on the 17th lap. The restart was voided when Kyle Weiss spun between turns one and two. DeSantis held his inside line on the next attempt and kept Von Dohren at bay with Gular trying to stick his nose in the mix.
Von Dohren and Gular made contact on the 23rd lap and as a result Gular went around in the fourth turn for another caution. Gular showed his displeasure with Von Dohren. Also caught up was Hirthler, fourth-place runner, as his run ended when he had to pit with a flat front tire. The restart was brought back to the line after Terry Meitzler, who was having a strong run, found himself facing the wrong direction in turn two. The leader continued to be DeSantis when action went green again and Von Dohren worked at moving from his second place position.
The lead switched hands on the 26th lap when Von Dohren got past DeSantis.
VonDohren kept the Nick Gatto powered/K.L. Harring Transportation No. 1C in front the remaining laps of the exciting event to captured the victory trailed by DeSantis, who posted his best finish; Strunk, Doug Manmiller and Frank Cozze, who came from the 27th starting spot. R. Grim, Arnold, Eric Biehn, John Willman and Ray Swinehart, Cargo Trailer product certificate recipient, were 6th-10th.